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Thursday, JULY 7,2011 For breaking news, visit 50C

District earns fourth consecutive 'A'

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Honor roll or drum roll-
Gulf District Schools
earned both in 2010-11.
The Florida Depart-
ment of Education released
school grades last week and
Gulf District Schools again
preformed at the highest
With two "A" schools
and two "B" schools among
the middle and elementary

schools, the district was an
"A" district for the fourth
year in a row.
High school grades will
be released later this year
after graduation rates,
dropout rates and partici-
pation in dual enrollment
and other factors are rolled
into the grading formula.
This year, end of year exam
results for students taking
Algebra I will also be fac-
tored in the grading for-

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distict rade

At the elementary and
middle school levels, the
primary component is per-
formance in reading, writ-

ing, math and science on
the Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test (FCAT).
While high school

grades have not been re-
leased, performance by
high school students on the
FCAT is factored into the

district grade.
"I'm very pleased with


Commissioners consider RV ordinance

Tax Collector to assume driver's license duties in September

By Tim Croft tha
Star News Editor in t]
The Board of County fror
Commissioners held its two
first reading of a new RV spe
ordinance last week. side
Judging by comments fror
from the public, the ordi- vel
nance as written will not and
be the final word on the 1
subject. fine
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week's regular bi-monthly Sta
meeting as county com- as
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be stored in "coastal"
dors as long as it is
ed on the same lot
e primary dwelling of
property owner and is
being occupied.
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Ip on the "coastal"
dors must be used
sively for residential
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within the corridors
an not be in place for
than 45 days per cal-
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Property value

erosion slows


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
After two years of more than 20
percent declines each year, county
taxable property values dipped
only slightly for 2011.
Property Appraiser Kesley Col-
bert certified the county property
rolls last week with the county see-
ing a decline of just under 7 per-
cent compared to the same time
last year.
"I don't know if we are at the bot-
tom yet, but I think we can see it,"
Colbert said.
For the Board of County Com-
missioners, the baseline for per-
sonal taxable property dipped from
$1.57 billion to $1.46 billion, a 6.8
percent decline in revenue to the
county budget under current mill-
age rates.
The Gulf County School Board,
which by law does not allow certain
homestead exemptions allowed by
the cities and county, saw its tax-
able property value decline by just
7.03 percent.
"The school board collects more
than the county because the county
allows more exemptions," Colbert
said, noting the additional $25,000
homestead exemption allowed to
seniors by the county as one ex-
Preliminary reports to both the
county and school board earlier
this year estimated that the decline
in taxable property value would
again be in double digits, around
10-12 percent, a number Colbert
acknowledged he was looking at af-
ter three straight years of decline.
Property values fell 20 percent
in 2010, 24 percent the year before

School board approves new

Port St. Joe High School principal

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
A newly-configured Port St. Joe High
School had a new principal this week.
Last Thursday, the Gulf County School
Board approved hiring Jeremy Knapp as
the next high school principal, succeed-
ing Duane McFarland who has moved to
the district office as supervisor for busi-
ness affairs.
"I heartily recommend Jeremy for the
job," said Superintendent of Schools Tim
Wilder during his last official meeting in
Gulf County.
Knapp, who earned a Master of Edu-

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cation degree from the University of Vir-
ginia after graduating with a Bachelor
of Science in Education from Clarion
University of Pennsylvania, spent the
past school year as principal at J.P King
Middle School in Franklin, Va.
Prior to that Knapp was an assistant
principal at Harrisonburg City High
School in Harrisonburg, Va., and was a
teacher and track coach at Dinwiddie
(VA) County High School.
"It was as a teacher that I realized
my desire and determination to become
a school administrator," Knapp wrote in


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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Board says goodbye to Wilder

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
For most of last week's regu-
lar meeting of the Gulf County
School Board, board members
managed to hold their emotions
in check.
There were, however, mo-
ments when the tears and
choked voices signaled it was a
bittersweet day.
Board members bid goodbye
to Superintendent of Schools
Tim Wilder, who is leaving the
district after seven years at the
helm to take the same position
for Dothan (Ala.) City Schools.
Particularly choked up was
board Chairman John Wright,
who said, his voice cracking
and tears welling his eyes, that
he had run for a school board
seat specifically to serve along-
side Wilder, a longtime family
"I'm going to miss him,"
Wright said before gaveling the
meeting to maintain his compo-
Wilder, who was sought out
by a consulting firm to consider
the Dothan job, also recognized
the swirling emotions of the
"I appreciate my time with
this board," Wilder said. "One
thing I was most proud of, when
we had disagreements, and
we had some, we were able to
get up and walk away from the
table with our heads held high
that we had done the best for
the children.
"That is what makes me so
proud: This board was always
about the children in every de-
cision it made. It's been an hon-
or and pleasure to serve with
Board member Linda Wood
acknowledged all the changes

taking place in the district, such
as consolidation of middle and
high schools, changes at the dis-
trict office, and funding issues.
"This last year has been
change, change and change,"
Wood said. "This is one change
I am not sure I like. But it is a
good move for you, and we are
proud of you.
"And we will keep moving
Board member George Cox,
noting he had worked under or
with five superintendents dur-
ing his time as an educator and
board member in Gulf County,
said he wished he had Wilder's
"I have some big shoes to
fill," acting Superintendent
Sara Joe Wooten said.
Board attorney Charles Cos-
tin added, "He was really ag-
gressive in moving this district
Several other staff mem-
bers noted Wilder's vision and
energy and his desire to make
the district and its teachers and
students the best they could be.
"It has been an absolute priv-
ilege," administrative assistant
Mary Lou Cumbie said. "As a
district, we will be fine because
(he has) surrounded the district
with so many good people."
After the board meeting, a
reception was held for Wilder
and attended by a number of
local elected officials, including
Judge Tim McFarland, Board of
County Commissioners Chair-
man Warren Yeager, Supervi-
sor of Elections Linda Griffin,
Tax Collector Shirley Jenkins,
Clerk of Courts Becky Norris
and Property Appraiser Kesley
Colbert, among others.
"It has been a great ride,"
Wilder said.
Wilder started his new job in

Above, Cmdr. Marty
Jarosz from Port St.
Joe High School gives
Tim Wilder a token
of appreciation of his
work the past seven
years as superintendent
of Gulf County Schools.
Left, a reception
was held June 30 on
Tim Wilder's last day
as superintendent.
Judge Tim McFarland,
background right,
was among the local
officials in attendance.
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SCHOOL BOARD from page Al

his application letter.
"The schools with which I
have worked have continued
developing within me a di-
verse range of experiences
and opportunities and it is
my desire to share these de-
sires and experiences while
helping students and teach-
ers understand, develop,
and obtain opportunities for
individual and group suc-
Knapp was hired from
among six qualified appli-
cants for the position at the
high school. That group in-
cluded two candidates cur-
rently working within the
school system.
The targeted selection
process used to winnow
the field looks in depth at
each candidate, said acting
Superintendent of Schools
Sara Joe Wooten.
Three interviewers
trained in the process - one
from Madison County, an-
other from Franklin County
and a third from Calhoun
County- examine what each
candidate has done, both in
school and the community,
and each interviewer uses a
scoring formula to indepen-
dently score each candidate.
Scores are based entire-
ly on what "the candidate
says," Wooten added, with
no opinions or other filters
from the interviewer.
"It is a truly objective
process, not subjective,"
Wooten said.
The interviewers get to-
gether and arrive at a con-
sensus on the top two can-
didates, whose names were
forwarded to Wilder.
"We would do this if they
are all local or not all local,"
said board chairman John
Wright. "We do this process
for any administrative posi-
"It's not an exact science,
but (staff has) really done
their homework We see one
recommendation. The only
way we can vote against the
recommendation if we feel
there is just cause."

"It's not an exact science, but (staff
has) really done their homework.
We see one recommendation. The
only way we can vote against the
recommendation ifwe feel there is
just cause."

John Wright
School Board Chairman

In turn, Wilder had a
committee of faculty from
the high school interview
each of the two finalists and
followed up with his own in-
terview of the candidates.
Knapp emerged as the
top choice, which the board
unanimously approved.
Knapp began work at the
high school on Tuesday.

With the tax roll certi-
fied by Property Appraiser
Kesley Colbert, District Fi-
nancial Officer Sissy Worley
provided an update of the
budget for board members.
The year ended with the
district in the black, a "good
thing," Worley said with a
chuckle, and crafting the
budget for next year begins
in earnest this month.
The district will see a 7.03
percent drop in the value of
a mil, equal to $1 for every
$1,000 in taxable property
value, less than the 10-12
percent projected earlier
this year.
"It is not near as bad as
the last two years and that
is good," Worley said, refer-
encing two years of drops
of more than 20 percent in
taxable value for the school
Because of those better-
than-expected numbers, it
is possible, Worley said, that
the state will slightly raise
the required local effort
portion of the public school
funding formula, nearly all

of which is set by the Florida
Taxpayers, who are foot-
ing less of the tab for public
schools, percentage-wise,
than in the past four or five
years, will see a slight reduc-
tion in the millage rate, from
7.239 this year to a projected
7.153 millage rate for the
coming fiscal year.
The district will realize
a nearly $1 million drop in
revenue for the coming fis-
cal year.
"The millage rate is a lit-
tle lower, but it is a loss of al-
most one million dollars be-
cause of the drop in property
values," Worley explained.
During a budget work-
shop prior to last week's for-
mal regular meeting, board
members seemed incline
to slightly bump up the Lo-
cal Capital Improvement
(LCD component of the
funding formula to meet the
bricks-and-mortars needs of
At .350 mils, the LCI - the
lone component of school
funding over which the dis-
trict has any control -in Gulf
County is the lowest in the
And with aging buildings
and needs throughout the
district, the board asked
Worley to run various op-
tions of bumping the LCI up
to .400 mils.
"We are going to have to
raise the LCI at some point
in the future," Wright said.
"It is ridiculously low given
what we are trying to do."



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Thursday, July 7,2011

The Foxitarian

Having a 13-year-old
son is wonderful in so
many ways. I particularly
enjoy conversations that
start out with "There's
this girl at school..." or
"This girl at church...."
Thirteen-year-old boys like
girls; they just don't want
to admit it yet.
I knew this
must be a "woman
of interest" when
my son tells me
multiple times
that" is
bothering me"
or " is CRANI
chasing me." He TRA(
repeats it and BN
then slips up
and tells me these things
that happen at church
events, such as he used
somebody's phone to text
(when she's across
the room). He seems to
want to put himself in a
position to be "bothered." I
understand this.
In the car the other day
he seemed to want to tell
me again how much she
is bothering him. I asked
him to tell me some more
about her. He proceeded
to tell me that she was a
"flexitarian." I wasn't sure
how a 13-year-old girl could
have decided something
like this, nor was I sure
what a flexitarian was.
However, it opened the
door for just a little father-
son ribbing.
I said "OK, tell me more
about this foxitarian."
"Flexitarian," he corrected
me. I asked him if she
was cute. "Kind of, but
annoying" he replied.
"She's a foxitarian," I
insisted. He of course
then asked "What is a
foxitarian?" I told him
it was a sixth grade girl
who was kind of cute but
annoying. "Oh, I guess she
is," he agreed.
I looked it up; there's no
such word as "foxitarian."
I should get some sort

of credit for inventing a
word. That's not my main
point here (you know it
never is). I had to go do a
little research on what a
flexitarian actually is.
A flexitarian is a
"part-time vegetarian."
Flexitarians try to


decrease how
much meat they
eat without quitting
all together. They
eat meat. There
doesn't seem to be
any sort of rules
about how much
meat you can or
can't eat in order
to be a flexitarian.

Is three times a day
"occasional"? I may very
well be a flexitarian. This
was an "Opie moment"
(you would have to be an
Andy Griffith fan). Chances
are you are a flexitarian
also. You can eat fish,
chicken, pork, beef, potted
meat, Slim Jims, etc. and
still be a flexitarian.
The best part of the
whole story is the little
girl goes by a shorter
name that I will not reveal.
However, her real name
is "Marian." You have
to love it - "Marian the
foxitarian," or "Marian
the flexitarian." Do you
suppose she just chose to
be a flexitarian because
it rhymes? My son and I
will continue to call her
"Marian the foxitarian."
How would he know
what her real name was if
she was so "annoying"?
A week or so later, the
foxitarian had a "fainting
spell" at school. She's OK.
It's even better now (in
a Scarlett O'Hara kind of
way). I will have to change
the definition of foxitarian
now to include "prone to
fainting spells."

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And, if someone has
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Taking it personally

Last week county
Commissioner Carmen
McLemore urged his fellow
commissioners to file a
lawsuit against The St. Joe
Company over the access
to a road known as Ditch
Landing Road.
He talked about
the long-held
agreement between
the county and St.
Joe concerning
the road - which
winds down to a
boat landing on
the north end of TIM
the county - being Star ne
maintained as
public access, gates that
are alternately taken
down and put back up and
a tangled situation that
now involves multiple
The solution, said
McLemore, was to sue
The St. Joe Company, and
McLemore was determined
he was not leaving the
meeting until he had that
To what end?
This is similar to
watching the county wrestle
with regulating RV's in a
county in which the major
industry is tourism; similar
to observing the city of
Port St. Joe tussle with a
sign ordinance for much
of two years and come
away with a product that
former Commissioner Greg
Johnson called a jumbled
County commissioners
have wrangled with an RV
ordinance for months, held
special workshops on the
issue and commissioners
have before them a
document that few in
attendance at last week's
initial reading seemed
much enamored with.
Resident Pat Hardman
summed it up: this is a
county where one size does
not fit all.
So though some argued

that the ordinance did
not go far enough, others
argued it was over-
regulation and government
interference with basic
property rights.
That is a no-win for
the county, compounded
by the reality of
how enforcement
could even be
accomplished given
county staffing
The county can,
as was suggested,
CROFT pass the ordinance
ws editor and tweak as
time rolls along,
but as the Port St. Joe
commissioners could attest
the county will be tweaking
long after 2011 is rendered
to the history books.
The sign ordinance
remains a boil to the city,
a constant balancing act
between nurturing sorely
needed revenue streams,
i.e. businesses, and the
aesthetics of the business
Port St. Joe
commissioners have talked
of workshops to clean up
the sign ordinance almost
since the moment of
But the zeal with which
McLemore pushed the
county toward a lawsuit,
toward legal representation
at taxpayer expense,
against The St. Joe
Company, over a road, begs
This is, after all, The St.
Joe Company that long ago
demonstrated that even if
the objective was moving
a highway, say, U.S. 98, the
company could get it done.
There might be
some turbulence in the
boardroom and at the
highest ranks in the
company, but this is
still one of the largest
landowners of choice
Florida property in the

If the company doesn't
wish to abide by an
agreement over a road
that has become the center
of a sumo match among
fishermen and hunters
- the road leads to a boat
landing and is surrounded
by hunting leases - does
this mean the county
should be going to court?
What is the bang for the
And, most of all, where
is that passion when it
comes to countywide voting
and getting to a court of
The attorney hired
by the county to look at
its options will provide
a presentation at next
week's meeting but that
presentation has been
seven years in the making
- the time between a clear
voter mandate and the
attorney being prepared to
provide options.
Where is the urgency
over an issue that
nearly 70 percent of the
voting populace of the
county weighed in on, as
opposed to a road which
might have great import
to the constituents of
McLemore's district but
whose importance wanes
beyond Howard Creek and
Where is the effort
poured into an RV
ordinance which
commissioners arbitrarily
altered on anecdotal
evidence - Indian
Pass is out because the
commission chair received
comments about the area
being "different" and "not
desiring" to be included?
- when it comes to
employee health insurance,
and in turn taxpayer outlay
for said insurance?
Yes, as one reader
notes on the next page,
commissioners took an
overall sensible tact by
questioning a proposal

and contract - whether
on health insurance or
any other contract, they
should be so vigilant
- but they did so in such
a fashion that it led to a
debate on coverage less
on an informational than a
personal level.
How did it take seven
years, as Commissioner
Bill Williams asserted
a number of times over
the past two months, for
Williams to receive the
information he sought
regarding claims, losses
and history? It was being
hidden from him?
After all, Williams is
in the health insurance
business and has long
been the health insurance
leader on the commission.
Commissioners are
the bosses, are they not?
An RV ordinance can
be accomplished in six
months but information
on insurance policy and
premium basics takes
seven years? The logic in
that is elusive.
Too often it appears
that commissioners are
swatting bees in a phone
booth, flailing wildly at
the one buzzing around
their nose while failing
to prioritize action in
proportion to the impact
on county residents as a
Regardless of what the
attorney's information next
Tuesday, it would be a new
era to see commissioners
employ the same energy
concerning countywide
voting as was shown
concerning a road last week.
The county has a
host of pressing issues
- attracting businesses,
shrinking budgets, rising
costs of operations, to
name just a few - and until
commissioners are held
accountable by all, they will
be answerable only to their
own agendas.

Irene Acree shows her gall!

Irene Acree had her gall
bladder taken out. I wasn't
surprised at all. As a matter
of fact, I thought it was
about time. She has had
too much gall for
years! I go in to get
a haircut, and she
starts in on my old
coaching days. What
I should have done,
what the school
could have done,
why she decided to HU
take my class in the D(
first place, who had Kesle
the cutest legs....
I'm trying to get her
to pay attention to my
hair! "Irene, leave those
sideburns, please!"
"Coach, are you trying
to look like Elvis! Nobody
wears them like that
anymore! Let me just even
them up a little."
She pays no attention to
me. Absolutely none! Those
clippers are just a'buzzing.
Hair is flying. You'd think
she had that fishing boat
cranked up and waiting!
She had the operation on
Wednesday. She was back
cutting hair on Friday. And,
yes, fishing by the week-
end. It takes a lot of gall to
live like that!
I'm telling you, they
threw away the mold when
they finished with Irene.
Daddy helped prepare
me for her. We lived out at
the end of Stonewall Street.
It was a far piece to town,
and a store-bought haircut
was 25 cents. Daddy found
some electric clippers that
were left over from World
War II. He drove a truck for
a living and farmed a little


on the side. He didn't know
jack squat about cutting
hair! But he could multiply
three times 25. And he
could save a trip to town.
He'd set a straight
back chair out on
the porch, wrap
a towel around
Leon's shoulders
and buzz those
clippers across his
head about a half
IKER a dozen times, and
WN presto, Leon's hair
Colbert was gone. I think
those clippers had
about three or four settings,
but Dad realized early in the
hair cutting game shorter
meant less often. After
he skinned Leon, he'd pat
that chair and say, "Next."
My fate was sealed even
before he laid the towel to
me. David followed without
a word. Daddy had some
gall of his own in 1956! We
climbed down off the porch
looking like Marines on our
first day at Paris Island.
About the fourth grade
or so I got to coveting the
way Ricky Hale's hair
curled down toward his
eyes. I asked Dad if he
couldn't move the setting
on those shearers up to the
highest notch. He mumbled
something about not
raising any Elvis Presley's
in this house and laid
them blades forward till
I thought he was going to
bring blood!
Mom finally intervened
about 1960. After hours of
behind the scenes begging
and pleading from the
three of us, she retired
Dad from the hair cutting

business. Mr. Brooks, a
neighbor just down the
way, volunteered for the
job. First day Mom sent us
down there he comes out
with the same type clippers
Dad used. We just rolled
our eyes and knew it wasn't
going to do a hoot of good
to bring up Troy Donahue,
Fabian ... or Elvis.
By junior high we were
making some money of our
own. Mr. Gene ran a real
barber shop down on the
corner of Lee and Waldran.
He had a pole, barber
shop chairs with lifts, head
rests and the works. Shoot,
you could read "Field and
Stream" while you waited.
And the place smelled of
Barbasol, talcum and bay
rum aftershave. The price
was up to 50 cents when
I went in and ordered my
first flat top. "Mr. Gene, I
want it to stand up in front,
take a little off the sides,
but don't skin me. Can you
leave a little extra in the
back so I can start working
on my duck tail?"
"Son," he said it like I
was the 16 millionth head
he had seen that morning,
"you want a flattop, don't
I got to know Mr. Gene
pretty good over the years.
And when Charlotte Melton
told me she liked the
James Dean-Elvis look, he
and I had a long talk. He
broke it to me gently, "Kes,
do you know the story of
the silk purse and the sow's
In college Bob-Bob
White cut my hair. He had
a pair of scissors and a

straight comb. He didn't
have clippers, "Field and
Stream" or tonic water.
But Bob-Bob didn't charge
nothing, and that was all I
could afford in those days!
And the haircut didn't look
half bad as long as I didn't
go out in public or take my
hat off.
Mr. George Cooper cut
my hair when I migrated
to Gulf County. He didn't
say much to me. He'd be
talking to all the guys who
were always sitting around
his shop but never seemed
to get a haircut. The Elvis
craze was in its waning
days when I met Mr.
Cooper, so I let the matter
drop. Besides, Charlotte
had run off with a tractor
parts salesman from Texas.
Irene has been telling
me how to live for years
now. She lets me know
in a heartbeat if I take a
misstep. I took to bringing
her brownies and chocolate
covered doughnuts in hopes
of having a little sway in
how my hair ends up. So
far my plan hasn't panned
out. She still pays absolutely
no attention to me. "Irene,
not too short on the top,
I don't have much left up
there anyway ... but cut that
curly stuff in the back a little
shorter ... and don't-"
"Coach, I'm cutting this
We're all hoping and
praying that removing the
over abundance of gall from
her life will tone her down a
mite. But I ain't betting the
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Thursday, July 7,2011

in Port St. Joe
Dear Editor:
I do not know anything
about a need for a Rescue
Mission in Port St. Joe,
but I do know we are
in need of a mission to
rescue those who cannot
help themselves. They
are homeless, hungry
and lost. They walk the
streets everyday looking
for someone who will help
If you want to see these
pitiful, homeless souls, just
ride the streets of Highland
View, the Avenues or any
back street in Port St. Joe
early in the morning. You
will see many starving,
abused and neglected
individuals everywhere. No
one cares about them. No
one gives them a food card,
pays their rent or provides
free medical care. They do
not have a Rescue Mission
to provide them with
Who am I talking about?
I'm talking about all of the
unwanted pets that are
breeding out of control.
Whenever a person
acquires a pet, it should
not be on a whim. Your pet
relies on you for their well
being for the rest of their
lives. If you are not willing
to provide even the basic
pet care they require, you
are not responsible enough
to own a pet.
Do you ever wonder
what happened to that cute
puppy or kitten you brought
home from your neighbors?
Well, I can tell you. It grew
up, it was no longer cute
and you grew tired of it. It
was put outside, got covered
in fleas, pregnant and gave
you and your neighbor's
new pups and kittens. After
a while everyone just got
tired of them and called
Animal Control.
In case you do not know,
Animal Control does not
take them home with them.
They end up in a shelter
waiting for you to come get
them because they loved
you and depended on you to
take care of them. If they do
not get adopted they will be
Owning a pet is a
full-time commitment.
They rely on you for all
their needs. They cannot
properly feed themselves
or seek medical care on
their own. Nor do they have
the ability to practice birth
control. That is why these
areas and others like them
are overrun with feral cats
and dogs.
I do not know if this
problem comes from
ignorance, affordability or
just neglect. One of the best
things you can do for you
pet is to have it spayed or
neutered. It does not make
"Old Buck" less of a man,
and you are not going to
get rich breeding "Lady
Fifi" with your neighbor's
Bulldog, creating a hybrid
breed. All you are going
to do is add to the existing
homeless pet problem.
It is estimated that
between 6 million and
8 million unwanted pets
enter shelters and over
3 million of them are

euthanized each year.
Many of these needless
deaths could have been
easily avoided. All it would
take is for you to have your
pet spayed or neutered.
I guess we do need
a Mission, a Mission to
rehabilitate and educate
responsible pet owners.
That's the kind of Mission
we need in Port St. Joe.
Debbie Fountain, Port St. Joe

Commissioners start
win - win zone!
Dear Editor:
It is rare that I disagree
with "Star" editor Tim
Croft's position on the
workings of the Gulf County
Commission, but I must
do so after his "Keyboard
Klatterings" piece in the
June 23, 2011 edition of the
"Star." First of all, I was
out of town the day of the
meeting, so I could not
attend. Upon returning I
watched the meeting on
television. After reading
Mr. Croft's comments on
"Commissioners in no-
win zone" article, I knew
it had to refer to the same
meeting I had watched
(because of the specifics of
the meeting). I came away
with completely different
conclusions. To make sure
that my initial impressions
were correct (as I might
have dropped off during the
broadcast), I secured a copy
of the meeting DVD and
reviewed it multiple times.
The gist of the
"Star" article was how
Commissioner Bill
Williams "badgered a
local businessman and
demeaned a longtime
county employee." Now
before you think me a
completely heartless,
insensitive cad, some of the
interactions of the meeting
were not too pleasant to
watch. Let's take a slightly
different view of the total
interaction. Please note:
I am viewing this from
the standpoint of a retired
Director of Sales of a major
packaging company, a Gulf
County resident, and a
person on a fixed income.
Commissioner Williams
was charged (by a 5 - 0 vote
of the County Commission)
with evaluating and making
recommendations on
our county employee's
health care supplier. That
"vendor" is chosen and
managed through a local
agent. For several years
that vender has been Blue
Cross / Blue Shield through
their local agent Todd
Torgenson (Combined
Insurance Services) and
as we found out in that
meeting a silent partner
Gaskin - Graddy Insurance.
In the May 23 County
Commission meeting,
the commission rejected
a 9.7 percent increase
to both the county and
the employees. In one
week's time the current
agent came back and
proposed a reduction to
4.6 percent increase (still
a considerable increase to
taxpayers and employees).
Williams through his
independent study found
the substantiation for this

increase lacking and had
a knowledgeable friend
(and contributor) review
the numbers. Their review
revealed that more savings
were possible to both
taxpayer and employee.
Isn't this what we elect /
hire our commissioners to
do? In private industry it's
called due diligence and
simply put - doing your
Williams made a proposal
to acknowledge Brown
and Brown insurance as
the "agent of record" to
communicate with Blue
Cross/Blue Shield to try
and secure additional
savings for the county and
its employees. He asked for
the tag "agent of record"
to allow Blue Cross / Blue
Shield to respond to their
enquiries. If you don't think
the "agent of record" title
important, it is like trying
to discover the origin of a
credit card charge on an
account upon which you
are not a authorized (your
wife or your husband's) -it
ain't going to happen! This
is necessary to research
the costs.
As for Ms. Manuel's
"negative job performance
review in public"; she was
not called to the podium to
respond to a commission
inquiry - she came on her
own and challenged the
Commission in general and
Commissioner Williams
specifically. Perhaps the
reason that the county
administrator (Don Butler)
did not speak up on behalf
of Ms. Manuel was that
he felt her involvement
in this venue was indeed
inappropriate. I would
guess that the reason Ms.
Manuel unfortunately got
so emotionally involved
was her perception that
her efforts were not valued
appropriately. Efforts

were not the issue here.
The issue at question was
results received for the
employees and taxpayers
of Gulf County. A secondary
issue is one of advising
all who are or want to be
a supplier to Gulf County.
Bring your best efforts and
value the first time. Don't
expect a relationships)
to automatically provide
second and third
Jim McKenzie, St. Joe Beach, FL

Dixie Youth thanks
George Duren
Dear Editor:
On behalf of Port St. Joe
Dixie Youth Baseball, its
Board of Directors would
like to extend a special
thanks to Mr. George Duren
and all his employees
at Piggly Wiggly and
Bluewater Outriggers for
all your support to our kids
that participate in Dixie
Youth Baseball.
Sometimes, someone
in the community gives
so much back that after a
while we just expect it of
them. Over the years, Mr.
Duren has given back to so
many organizations along
with Dixie Youth Baseball.
This year Mr. Duren's
Piggly Wiggly purchased a
new scoreboard for Dixie
Youth Baseball at a cost of
$3,000 for reconstruction
of our new Ozone field.
Whether it is bagging
for bucks, supplying side
dishes for a fish fry or
buying a scoreboard, the
folks at Piggly Wiggly and
Bluewater Outriggers has
always stepped up to the plate!
It's people like Mr.
Duren that makes Port St.
Joe a special place to live
and raise your kids.
Thanks Mr. Duren for
supporting our youth!

The Dixie Youth Board

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Superintendent of Schools
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two 'As' and we had one
school that was within a
couple points of an 'A."
Particular kudos was di-
rected to Port St. Joe Middle
School during last week's
School Board meeting. The
middle school will be consol-
idated into the high school
for the coming school year.
Port St. Joe Middle
School earned an "A" for the
sixth-straight year. Since the
1998-99 school year, Port St.
Joe Middle has earned an
"A" nine times in 13 years.
Port St. Joe Elementary,
which after three consecu-
tive years earning an "A"
slipped to a "B" last year,
was back in "A" territory this
year, giving the Port St. Joe
schools straight "As".
In Wewahitchka, both
the elementary and middle
schools earned "B" grades
but with a caveat - both
were extremely close to an
To earn an "A" grade,
schools must score 525
points on the grading ma-
trix, demonstrate adequate
progress in reading and
math by the lowest-perform-
ing students and test at least
90 percent of all students.

"We're showing improvement
helping those kids. That's a big plus.
To me that is significant. We are
closing the gap for those students."

Sara Joe Wooten

Wewahitchka Middle
School, an "A' school the
past two years, earned 523
points, two points shy of
an "A', while meeting re-
quirements in other areas.
Wewahitchka Elementary
School, a "B" school last
year, earned 518 points, just
seven points less than an
"They were both very
high'B's'," said Sue Gannon,
district supervisor for test-
ing. "We are proud of what
we have done this year."
As a district, Gulf District
Schools - already designat-
ed as one of just 13 "high-
performing" districts in the
state for 2010-11 - earned
the exact same number of
points, 534, as last year.
Wooten also noted the
gains made by students
among the lowest-perform-
ing 25 percent.
At Port St. Joe Elemen-
tary, 55 percent made learn-
ing gains in reading and 87

percent in math; at Port St.
Joe Middle the numbers
were 66 percent and 58 per-
cent, respectively.
The improvement was
similar at the Wewahitchka
At the elementary school,
61 percent of the lowest
quartile students made
learning gains in reading, 67
percent in math; at the mid-
dle school 67 percent made
gains in reading, 66 in math.
"We're showing improve-
ment helping those kids,"
Wooten said. "That's a big
plus. To me that is signifi-
cant. We are closing the gap
for those students."
Through the Florida
School Recognition Pro-
gram schools that earn
an "A' or improve one let-
ter grade from the prior


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The school grades and
performance on the FCAT
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dation are all the more re-
markable given that the
FCAT 2.0 test used this year
was considered more diffi-
cult than the earlier version
of the test.
"The test required more
thought and application of
knowledge rather than a re-
gurgitation of facts," Wooten
said. "That's a good thing
because that is what you
face in the real world."
Outgoing Superinten-
dent Tim Wilder, who was
attending his last board
meeting before formally
taking over as Superinten-
dent of Schools for the city
of Dothan, Ala., said he was
"very proud" of the work of
students and teachers in
making the district an "A'
district again.
"When anybody says
they might not want to send
their child to Gulf County to
go to school, all you have to
do is look at these grades,"
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and 8-9 percent the
prior year. Before
2008, the county had
never seen a decline
in property values in
its history.
"The decline this
year is not near what
it has been the past
two years which is very
good," said Sissy Worley,
financial officer for Gulf
District Schools.
The cities saw de-
clines that sandwiched
those realized by the
county and school board.
In the city of Port St.
Joe, property values
dipped 10.7 percent,
from $328 million to
$292 million; the city
of Wewahitchka saw
a decline in taxable
property value of
just 2.9 percent,
from $67 million
to $65 million.
"I think (the
smaller decline
compared to the
past two years) is a
good sign. I think it bodes
well for us," Colbert said.
"I have had more activ-
ity, more inquiries and in-
terest in property in Gulf
County than I've had in
The certified property
roll is, in effect, a snap-
shot of the past.
By law each county's
property appraiser must
assess taxable value as
of Jan. 1 of each year. As
Colbert noted, the market
typically changes by the
time of certification on
July 1.
The rolls are also dic-
tated by property sales
from the prior year, not
just an individual property,
but like sales on a street
or in a neighborhood, Col-
bert said.
"It is sales driven,"
Colbert said. "The people
who audit me at the De-
partment of Revenue are
basing my audit primarily
on sales. And I can't look
at sales after Jan. 1."
Further, Colbert must
come within 3-5 percent

u- -

"We've about got to the baseline, or
bottom lin. This is probably the best
time to b i property ifyou don't
have to borrow much."

Kesley Colbert
Property Appraiser

of what the Department
of Revenue believes is the
taxable value of property
in the county or face an
audit or serious discus-
sions about how certain
values were reached.
The DOR performs an
audit of the property ap-
praiser's work each year,
with a more in-depth audit
every other year.
And bank sales, fore-
closure sales so prevalent
the past few years have
little to no impact on the
final certified roll.
"I can't use those as
qualified sales," Colbert
said, noting that state
guidelines characterize a
qualified sale as one com-

pleted at arm's length,
under no duress and the
property must be on the
market for a specified
length of time.
Colbert said that there
were likely fewer sales
than in 2010, but the sales
prices were not dropping
at the rate they had the
past two years.
"We've about got to the
baseline, or bottom line,"
Colbert said, noting the
value of the land in the
county dictates that pric-
es can't sink much lower.
"This is probably the best
time to buy property if
you don't have to borrow
Colbert said his work

his one of
sense as
much as num-
"We try to
make the most in-
telligent decisions
we can make on
each property," Col-
bert said, noting the
county has 17,000
parcels which must
be assessed and
assigned a value. "I
- have to look the people
of Gulf County in the
eye and tell them I am
doing everything I
can to reach market
"I know I am six
months behind but
I am working hard
to ensure that
I do what I can
to reach market
value. We just don't
pull a number out of
the hat. We are not trying
to reach a certain number.

We are trying to assign
just value and make the
best decisions we can."
The volatility in the
market the past few years,
as logic would dictate,
comes from waterfront or
interior beach property.
"We saw the gains near
the water, where prices
were going up and up not
long ago, but we now we
are seeing those 20 per-
cent drops near the wa-
ter," Colbert said.
Global economic con-
ditions also play a signifi-
cant role in property value
trends in the county. As
consumer confidence de-
clined around the coun-
try and internationally,
as banks slowed lending
and land prices dropped
across the nation, those
factors play a role in Gulf
"A lot of what we do is
beyond our control," Col-
bert said. "All of the things
that are happening finan-
cially around the globe ac-
centuated what happened
here. The more global it
is, the more impact we

feel here.
"I don't know where
that trust turns around."
However, Colbert add-
ed, Gulf County is nicely
poised for a turnaround.
"The history of land in
Florida has always run
in cycles," Colbert said,
noting that early in the
20th Century men such as
Henry Flagler and John D.
Rockefeller got rich buy-
ing up Florida land only
to see the bottom drop
out decades later. "We just
happen to be in a down

cycle. It always bounces
"We have a community
that is immeasurable and
people will come to find it.
They are going to come.
We don't have to build it
and they will come, it is
already here.
"The beach, the water,
the sunsets, they are al-
ready here. The land has
"You know there is val-
ue there. There is value in
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If you're looking for a place
to fish on a busy weekend and
don't want to dodge boats, one
of my favorite spots is St. Joe
Bay. It is large and doesn't
have a bottleneck pass like the
one in St. Andrews.
St. Joe Bay has a pass about
two miles wide, and the current
doesn't come boiling through
like St. Andrews pass. St. Joe
Bay is a large body of water
running north and south and
more than three miles wide
from shore to
:"-" : shore running
Seat to west.
The only
bad part about
fishing there is
the scalloping
currently going
Scott Lindsey on. All the boat
OutdoorWriter ramps will be
fullm and this
bay doesn't have
an abundance of them. The
first ramps you will encounter
east of Panama City are in
Mexico Beach. If you want to
have a place to park, I would
advise you not sleep late.
If you are going toward the
cape, an obstacle to watch out
for is the amount of water you
will have to cross to get there.
When the wind gets up in the
middle of the day, it can get
pretty rough between the cape
and Mexico Beach.
The best boat ramp
moneywise is in downtown
Port St. Joe because it is free.
Down the road is Presnells
landing, which will entice
every hard-core scalloper from
Georgia to Tennessee.
The best bet might be Eagle
Harbor landing on the west
shore of the bay. The state park
there has a good landing and
plenty of parking, and you can
start speckled trout fishing
immediately after you launch.
St. Joe Bay has the most
diverse sea life in this part
of Florida. It is possible to
catch everything from tarpon,
speckled trout and redfish to a
variety of sharks.
If you want to slip away
from everyone fishing
freshwater, I would head to
the Apalachicola River. It
should be clear enough to fish
because with its size, local
rains don't easily stain it. The
head waters of Brothers River
always is a favorite with bream
Lake Wimico should offer
good stringers of bream and
bass, but you have to be a tough
customer to stay on this lake
after 10 a.m. There is no shade
unless you go up into one of the
creeks that feed the lake.
Expect a lot of company
if you head for your favorite
snapper hole. The Gulf is
swarming with people who
don't have a clue where to fish,
and when they see another
boat in one place for more than
10 minutes automatically think
you are catching some fish.

White marlin
are one of the
billfish present
in offshore
waters of the
Panhandle. Blue
water fishing is
prime from May
through October.
.i &Tuna up to 150
. pounds show up
k in big schools
Offshore in the
Gulf of Mexico
throughout the

SID RICE I Contributed photos

Offshore big game action marks Panhandle summers

By Frank Sargeant
In the dreams of every angler, there
leaps a 1,000-pound blue marlin.
For most of us, that will remain a
dream. But for those fortunate enough
to finance an offshore trip in Florida's
Panhandle waters anytime between May
and October, it's always a possibility.
We know because Capt. Tom Browning
and crew, fishing out of Destin, proved
it few years back with a monster billfish
that scaled 1,046 pounds. While that blue
remains the biggest ever for Florida,
several fish in the 700-pound range have
been caught since.
The offshore fish are what biologists
call "pelagics" or ocean roamers. They
ride the Gulf Loop Current out of the
Caribbean in May, stay in the DeSoto
Canyon and off the Mississippi Delta
through the summer, and complete the
loop in fall as water temperatures start to
fall back into the 70s offshore.
In addition to the blue marlin, there
are white marlin, sailfish, wahoo,
yellowfin tuna and dolphin in the mix,
as well as swordfish - mostly caught
at night by specialists - all marking
Panhandle waters as some of the best big
game fishing territory in the nation.
The ishins I)eins al)bout 3n mlesr
o(tshorle most ot t Lthe time, aIron(I t he
Il-u-tathonm lii-footi curve. Basically, .I

blue of offshore water. The edge where
it meets the green inshore water often is
a great spot to start trolling for weedline
species such as dolphin.
The fishing areas are well-known
despite being so far from land; the Elbow,
the Spur, the Nipple, the Steps and the
Squiggles all are part of the lexicon of
offshore skippers, each named for unique
bottom characteristics.
Needless to say, this is not small boat
country. Most experienced offshore
anglers consider a 35-footer the
minimum for safety. Twin engines are a
must, as are satellite communications
gear and a life raft.
Since very few of us can afford boats
of that size and equipage, charters are
the way to go for most. Fortunately,
Panhandle ports have plenty of options,
with Destin one of the most active
bluewater towns in the nation.
It is not cheap to go blue water fishing.
Because of the staggering costs of fuel,
charter fees typically are $1,200 to $1,500
per day. On top of which you generally are
expected to tip the crew 10 to 15 percent.
The cost of a day's charter can be split
by up to six anglers on most boats. That
cuts the tally back to a reasonable level
for those who can stand to share "chair
time." or hours spent actually sitting
in the fi htLn chair and \\aitnllle r tlhe
.. Billfishing is a game ot patience, andl,,;

only a single day chasing marlin or sails
will be disappointed. However, if you can
be satisfied with 100-pound yellowfin
tuna, 50-pound wahoo and 40-pound
dolphin - all highly edible creatures
- you're likely to feel richly rewarded for
the offshore adventure.
Getting far offshore is a treat in
itself. You may see a school of hundreds
of oceanic dolphin driving tuna, or sit
on the bowsprit and watch these black-
and-white mammals play in the bow
wake just a few feet below.
You might see a whale shark lazing
along at the surface, sucking in hundreds
of gallons of plankton at each gulp. Flying
fish sail away like transparent butterflies.
And just looking into water so clear that
you can see a 100 feet straight down is a
treat for landlubbers.
If you do luck into a marlin, don't
expect to tie it to the roof of the station
wagon for the trip home. Billfish usually
are released after a few photographs.
They are scarce, mostly due to incidental
commercial long-line kills and highly
valued by the charter skippers who
depend on them as the poster children of
their advertising.
One of the best online sources
for info on blue water fishing in the
Panhandle is Capt. John Holley's site.
\\W\\ caLtchbIlmarllin col There are
numtlerous other skippers at Panhandle


brought in
an 8-pound
red snapper
on a June
25 trip on
Mark's boat.


Andrews of
Lynn Haven
a red
on a fishing
trip for
his 22nd





Top water baits fished early in the morning or late in the evening
are producing good trout. Redfish have starting to show up in the
bay along town's beach. Scallop season is in full swing in St. Joe
Bay. Early reports are that the shells are small, but the meat is
good-sized and everywhere in the bay.


Red snapper and king fish are still red hot. Live bait is catching
bigger fish. Red snapper have moved offshore because of
the rising water temps. Try fishing the 80- to 200-foot range
to maximize your limit. Good numbers of Spanish and king
mackerel can be found along the buoy line out of Mexico Beach.

Large shellcraker and bream are still being caught in the river
systems and in Howard Creek. The new moon from last Friday
has the bite heating up. Surface poppers and crickets are local
baits of choice. Bass fishing is hit or miss right now, but we have
had good reports from lake Wimico bass fishing at first light.

Thursday, July 7, 2011


The Starl A9

Reveling in the negative

Emerson Heating and Cooling designs, builds unique negative air pressure machine

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

Jim Emerson hopes to
become a pioneer of the
Emerson and his Port
St. Joe-based company,
Emerson Heating and
Cooling, have designed
and built a negative air
pressure device he hopes
will help put Gulf County
on the map as a champion
of clean indoor air.
"Indoor air quality is
one of the big things in our
company," Emerson said.
"We are building houses,
buildings too tight, and we
are building sick buildings.
We have seen (houses and
buildings) from concept to
construction, and there is
not enough thought that
goes into indoor air qual-
"We want to be a pio-
neer in indoor air quality."
There are other nega-
tive air pressure machines
on the market, but Emer-
son's is unique is several
First, it is important to
understand the concept
behind negative air pres-
sure in a room or home.
Air naturally moves
from areas of higher pres-
sure to areas of lower
pressure. When negative
pressure exists, a con-
tinuous air current enters
the room under the door,
which prevents airborne
particles generated in the
room from escaping.
A common example of
negative air pressure is a
bathroom with an exhaust
fan. When operating cor-
rectly, and with the door
closed, the fan prevents
unwanted odors and mois-
ture from escaping.
Negative pressure is
created by balancing the
room's ventilation system
so that more air is me-
chanically exhausted from
a room than is mechani-
cally supplied to the room.
The machine created by
the folks at Emerson Heat-
ing and Cooling consists of
a large unit in which a mo-
tor/blower and filter are
installed. That sucks the
air from the room into the
From the main unit,
the air travels through
ductwork to a second unit
in which a HEPA filter is
installed, which further
cleans the air before it is
discharged through ad-
ditional ductwork to the
"It cleans the area,"
Emerson said. "It will
change the air in a 3,300-
square-foot area 10 times
in an hour. It also works as
an air scrubber."
What separates Emer-
son's machine from others
are several features that
he says make it safer and
more efficient.
On the side of the main
unit are red and green
lights. When the green
light is on, the machine is
safe to operate. However,
should, for example, the
motor malfunction, the
red light will illuminate
as a signal to stop the ma-
Also, there is an hour
counter that can be set for
the time of construction
on a given day or week or
period of time - negative
air pressure machines are
typically used in construc-
tion applications - that
allows for monitoring of
how the machine is func-
tioning over the scheduled
construction period.
Further, the HEPA fil-
ter is detached from the
main unit, and the static
air pressure is constant.
Emerson and his crew
crafted the entire machine
in their shop and built it,
Emerson said, "to take a
And other than the 2.5-

Emerson Heating and Cooling in Port St. Joe has built

expansive company shop.
unit and on outside.

horsepower motor and
wiring, everything is made
in the U.S.
Emerson said future
machines will be made en-
tirely with American-made
parts and equipment.
"This piece of equip-
ment is going to be made
in Gulf County, and every
piece inside will be made
in the U.S.A.," Emerson
said, adding that once
the business has traction,
it will create additional
jobs. "We are not going to
be dictated to by another
company. We are going to
build every unit in Gulf
County, and that is how it
is going to stay."
Emerson is specifically
targeting hospitals and
health care facilities for
his machine.

Air is sucked into the large

He said the company
worked closely with the
state Agency for Health
Care Administration
(AHCA) during the de-
sign-and-build stage and
provided a demonstra-
tion for AHCA officials
last week that resulted in
AHCA giving the machine
its "blessing," with the
agency suggesting several
hospitals and facilities to
contact about providing a
The prototype built
by Emerson and sitting
in the office at company
headquarters is destined
for Weems Hospital in
Apalachicola, where a new
CT scan room will soon be
"Indoor air quality is
not what is should be at

Among the features unique to the Emerson machine
are a green light/red light system to ensure the
machine is operating safely; a filter detached from
the main unit; and a hour counter that can be set to
ensure operation throughout construction time.

Inside the main unit, a 2.5-horsepower motor and
filter help suck in and push air out at a rate of 4,000
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a prototype of a negative air pressure machine it hopes
unit on the right and blown through the ductwork and a

health care facilities,"
Emerson said. "And not
enough attention has been
paid to it.
"Anytime you have a
renovation or construc-
tion at a hospital or health
care facility, these should
be in there keeping the air
at negative pressure."
In addition, Emerson

said, running his ma-
chine for several hours in
a home or building with
mold or mildew problems
will scrub the air of sub-
stances that make people
Emerson said his com-
pany will lease the ma-
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ORDINANCE from page Al

Otherwise, RVs would
be banned from along or
on lots contiguous with the
rights-of-way of the tourist
Outside of those "coast-
al" corridor areas, RVs are
limited to one per parcel;
lot coverage must be no
more than 30 percent of
impervious area; the place-
ment of the RV must allow
for two parking spaces per
lot; and all RVs must meet
standard building setbacks
and county building and
comprehensive plan guide-
All RVs must be regis-
tered with the county.
"We've been working on
this for a couple of months,"
said Commissioner Warren
Yeager. "Previous to that
we had no RV ordinance;
there was no protection."
In enacting the ordi-
nance, Yeager said, the
commission was attempt-
ing to address issues such
as aesthetics, property val-
ues, sprawl/blight and pub-
lic safety, while "striking a
balance" between property
rights and the public inter-

Yeager, responding to
a question from the public,
noted that County 30-B and
the Indian Pass had been
excluded from the tourist/
coastal corridor due to in-
put from residents who said
the area was "different" and
they did not wish to be in-
cluded in the ordinance.
St. Joe Beach resident
Rich Brenner favored the
ordinance and provided a list
of suggestions for commis-
sioners to tighten language
to eliminate ambiguity that
would open the county for
any court challenge on the
Natalie Shoaf of St. Joe
Beach urged commission-
ers to adopt the guidelines
of the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Devel-
opment (HUD) which would
require all RVs to be at last
1,500 feet from the a major
body of water such as St.
Joseph's Bay or the Gulf of
She also asked commis-
sioners to declare a mora-
torium on selling lots within
the coastal corridor to be
used for RV's to allow the
county to more closely ex-

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View had also been excluded
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of the number of residents
living in campers, mobile
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There were also ques-
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the registration process
and how the county would
regulate the ordinance, par-
ticularly since the county
struggles, one resident
noted, with regulating even
dog leash and trash laws on
the beach and tourists are
allowed to erect tents and
beach equipment overnight.
"If we are going to worry
about the beaches let's wor-
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whole," said part-time resi-
dent Cheryl Baco.
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also wondered about grand-
fathering in existing RVs in
the county and Yeager said
he was not opposed to the
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der the ordinance unless
grandfathered in.
Others wondered about
the fundamental fairness
to people using RVs in the
county, noting that many
RVs cost as much as some
homes, many visitors travel
to Gulf County, stay in RVs
and pour thousands of dol-
lars into local restaurants
and stores. They questioned
to what extent the presence
of RVs really impact proper-
ty values given the current
Pat Hardman of Port St.
Joe said commissioners
should pass the ordinance
and tweak it as needed in
the future.
"We are not one-size fits
all," Hardman said. "If you
try for one size you will end
up doing nothing."

Tax collector to
assume driver's
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As of September, the Gulf
County Tax Collector's Of-
fice will take over the duties

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of the Division of Motor Ve-
hicles in Gulf County.
As of last Thursday, the
DMV office in Port St. Joe,
the only office in the county
where individuals could
obtain a Florida driver's
license closed due to state
budget cuts.
"That will be a great loss
to the citizens of Gulf Coun-
ty," said Tax Collector Shir-
ley Jenkins.
Jenkins explained to
commissioners, her office
could assume the duties
of the DMV office on a fee
basis, with the bottom line
between expenses and rev-
enues being a wash - fees
were estimated at $29,000
per year with costs of rough-
ly $32,000.
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fice would be open five days
a week for those seeking
driver's licenses.
Jenkins said state law
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Bone Density Testing - Comiing
Suntmiier 2011

can give us the equipment,"
Jenkins said, adding that
would end up being a sav-
ings of roughly $40,000 to
the county should the coun-
ty wait until 2015 to assume
driver's license duties. "It
should take care of itself (fi-
nancially). After 2015 all tax
collector's will have to take
this on and (the state) will
up the fees."
She added that she is in
discussions with the DMV
employee in Port St. Joe
about coming to work at the
Tax Collector's Office.
Jenkins said her office
would perform all tasks re-
quired to provide drivers
with licenses save the driv-
ing test. The written test
could be provided through
her office, but her staff
would not perform driving
"We would be doing it all
from our current office (in
the courthouse)," Jenkins
Jenkins said her office
would not be able to take
over the duties until Sep-
tember as her employees
would have to undergo re-
quired background checks
and training in the functions
of the driver's license office.
Commissioners unani-
mously approved the plan of

Health insurance
Given recent reports
concerning the county's
ongoing tussles over em-
ployee health insurance,
Yeager said he had been ap-
proached by an official from
Marianna and other entities
interested in assisting the
Commissioners voted to
provide "temporary" agent
of record letters to three or
four entities identified by
county administrator Don
Butler as interested in solic-
iting quotes for the county
to see if any savings could
be realized.
Butler noted that those
"temporary" authorization
letters do not diminish the
agent of record authoriza-
tion provided Brown and
Brown Insurance during
the June 28 meeting.
"This is the perfect op-
portunity for us and we
have to time to do it," Yea-
ger said.
Williams added, "This is
what we needed, the com-
petitive nature of it ... My
intentions all along were to
get under the hood and see
what we can do."
The county solicited
RFP's last year and ended
back with long-time carrier
Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

Ditch Landing Road
Commissioner Carmen
McLemore asked for com-
missioners to approve go-
ing to court to sue to have
the road opened.
McLemore cited an
agreement with The St.
Joe Company that the road
Should remain a public road.
The road ends up at a pub-
lic boat landing, but there
are at least two private
hunting leases adjacent to
the road.
The county has taken
down gates blocking the
road only to have them
erected again. McLemore
said the response from The
St. Joe Company is inad-
* equate and the issue unre-

He urged commission-
ers to vote to go to court
over the issue, noting that
St. Joe benefits from selling
. k the hunting leases while
paying property taxes on
agricultural land, or about
11 cents an acre.

in front of a judge,"
McLemore said. "If we sit
back and let them close this
one they will close any road
they want."
Williams said he had is-
sues that some of the pro-
visions of the Development
of Regional Impact (DRI)
agreement have not been
met. Williams urged and
commissioners agreed to
have McLemore work with
the county attorney and
come back with options at a
future meeting.

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Healthy Start Coalition

baby shower educates

moms and dads

By David Adlerstein
Florida Freedom Newspapers
More than 100 women and
their families, volunteers and
sponsors from two counties
took part in the Healthy Start
Coalition's annual Baby Shower
June 21 in Port St. Joe.
Jason Flowers of the
Franklin County Health
Department, served as master
of ceremonies for a host of
games and giveaways. Moms-
to-be and new parents who
have had a baby within the last
six months gathered at the
Centennial Building, courtesy
of the city of Port St. Joe,
for a chance to learn about
everything from car seat safety
to safe sleep.
"I'm seven weeks
pregnant with my first baby,"
said Jennifer O'Barr, from
Wewahitchka. "My mom heard
about the shower and invited
me to come with her. I have
gotten a lot of good information
tonight to help me through my
pregnancy and after from all the
different organizations that are
here at the shower. I am so glad
that I came."
Highlighting the program
was an address by Dr. Toni
Pennington, a board-certified
obstetrician and gynecologist
from Emerald Coast OB/GYN of
Panama City, who helped dispel
misconceptions surrounding a
baby's birth.
"I got some good information
on the pregnancy myths from
Dr. Pennington and at the
childbirth and breastfeeding
tables," said Candy Simmons of
Port St. Joe.
The benefits of breastfeeding,
provided by Ellie Tullis, Healthy
Families program manager for

Photos by SUZY NADLER I Special to the Star
These three Wewahitchka dads, from left, Tim Buell, Shane
Whitfield and winner Jonathan Harper, competed to see who

was the fastest at changing diap

Wakulla and Franklin counties,
was one of several topics
covered at the information
Kelly Byrns-Davis,
coordinator of the Healthy
Start Coalition's Fetal and
Infant Mortality Review
program, shared information
about the dangers of sleeping
with a newborn as part of the
presentation "Safe Sleep."
Car seat safety was the
topic of Terri Pridgen, Healthy
Start care coordinator from
Franklin County, who stressed
the importance of ensuring each
car seat is installed properly.
Pridgen also distributed Life-
Meters, visual reminders
placed on car windows to
help caregivers remember
not to leave a child in the
back seat. The Life-Meters
were purchased from a grant
received from the United Way of
Northwest Florida.
Diana Taunton, Healthy
Start care coordinator from Gulf
County, spoke on how to avoid
three potential threats to infant
safety. She demonstrated the
effects alcohol and substance
abuse have on a baby and
shared information with


participants to never shake
a baby. Taunton used a doll
to demonstrate how being
shaken affects a baby. Different
parts of the doll's brain lit up
when shaken, representing
damage to the baby's brain.
Another doll showed the facial
characteristics of an infant with
fetal alcohol syndrome.
Nurse practitioner Helen
Cook, a care provider at the
Women's Center at the Gulf
County Health Department,
provided information on inter-
conceptional care, educating
women on how to take care of
their bodies before pregnancy
and discussing baby spacing.
Patricia Rickards, Gulf
County Healthy Start care
coordinator, focused on
childbirth education, talking to
participants about positions of
labor, comfort measures during
labor and delivery, and how
education helps decrease fear
and anxiety.
The winner of the grand
prize, a $200 gift card to
Walmart, was Glenda Martina
of Apalachicola, who is three
months pregnant. She said
she was very interested in the
topics presented, especially the

lessons on smoking prevention.
Even dads enjoyed
the shower, with a talk on
fatherhood tailored to their
needs by Russ Petrucka, a
family support worker with
the Franklin County Health
"I came to the shower with
my wife, since we do everything
as a family," said Jonathan
Harper, from Wewahitchka.
"I have a 2-year-old and a 2-
month-old. It's interesting to see
how information and research
evolves and changes over the
Helping to make the event
a success was the Gulf County
Health Department's Tobacco
Prevention Program, which
donated $1,000 as a Newborn
Cut-N-Up Family Hair Care,
from Port St. Joe, provided
40 free haircuts while Vision
Bank donated $500 as a Third
Trimester Sponsor.
Serving as Second Trimester
Sponsors, with a donation of
$250, were the Healthy Kids
Corporation, of Tallahassee;
George E. Weems Memorial
Hospital, of Apalachicola; the
Kiwanis Club of Port St. Joe; and
the Workforce Center.
First Trimester Sponsors,
each with a donation of $100,
included Magellan Health
Services, of Tallahassee;
Gulf Coast Electric Co-Op, of
Wewahitchka; Shoreline Medical
Group, of Port St. Joe; United
Way of Northwest Florida; of
Panama City; Usborne Books &
More, of Lynn Haven; Walmart,
of Panama City; and Reds
Family Store, of Apalachicola.
Prenatal Sponsors included
the Anchorage Children's
Home, of Panama City; Franklin
County Literacy; Franklin
County Public Library; Healthy
Families, of Apalachicola; North
Florida Child Development,
of Wewahitchka; the Bay-Gulf-
Walton WIC Program; and Bay
Medical Center, of Panama City.

The Harper Family of
Wewahitchka: dad Jonathan
and mom Nicole, with 2-week-
old Landon, right, and big
sister, 2-year old Aliyah.

You can always judge a book
by its taste was the feeling
of Lennox Groh, daughter of
Michael and Guthrie Groh of
Port St. Joe.

Dr. Toni Pennington, guest
speaker from Emerald
Coast OB/GYN, speaks on
pregnancy myths.

Happy campers

91 area youth

attend Camp

Timpoochee 2011

Special to The Star
4-H summer fun has begun!
From June 27 to July 1, 91 Gulf
County youngsters attended a
fi\e-day residential canip at 4-H
CanmI Timipoochee ini Nicrille
The camp) \\eek \as a ireat
success The campers had a

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fun-filled week of kayaking,
crafts, dancing, archery,
snorkeling, swimming, marine
science, forestry, singing and
On 'Tesday, they celebrated
with a carnival full of cotton
candy, snow cones, popcorn,
swimming, dancing, basketball,
face painting and a water slide.
On Wednesday, they
participated in a variety of
classes. s\\mIlmnll anld field
)ni Thui'sdaZ,; thel gLo'LuI) took
a filed trip to Heniidersonii Bachli

State Park in Destin. They
spent the afternoon enjoying
the sun and Gulf of Mexico
waves, along with a picnic. The
day ended with an evening
dance and a candlelight
ceremony at the campfire to
bring closure to the fun week.
While at camp, the youth
had many opportunities to
expand their leadership skills,
make new friends and learn
cominiuntityL Ii\ing skills and
other basic Ilte skills \\ hle aL\\a.
troiLl tLhe comtorts ot home
Alter a \el busy and( tun-fiiled

From left, Gregory Julius of Port St. Joe and Maximus Cargill
of White City make mosaic tile art in craft class. Victoria
Lanter, Matthew Jackson, Nicholas Lewis, Mike Burke and
Tia Roney eat dinner together. C.J. Johnson and Matthew
Randig of Wewahitchka enjoy the Roaring River water slide.
Below, the entire camp group spends time at Henderson
Beach in Destin.

week of 4-H summer camp, in participating as an adult
the youth arrived back to Gulf volunteer or involving your
County last Friday with lots of child in this program, contact
fun experiences to share with Melanie Taylor at the Gulf
their friends and family County Extension Office at 639-
4-H is a youth deleIopl) ent I"321 ' -'".' I - . l or metai\lo'. uri
that is assisted greatly by1 adilt 41:hts ffIM
volunteerss It \u are interested ilagined C'omejoin the tifn.

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Please congratulate Vera Zick as Duren's Piggly
Wiggly Associate of the Month for June.


Parker Dwight Butler is born

Parker Dwight Butler
was born at 3:38 p.m. CT
on June 2 at Bay Medical
Center. He weighed eight
pounds, 10.2 ounces and
was 21.25 inches long.
Rhett and Brittnie
Butler are the proud
parents of Parker, and
Miles and Rilan are the

proud big brothers.
Parker is the grandson
of Dit and Debbie Butler
of St. Joe Beach and
Sandy Watson of Howard
Creek and Allen Parker of
Jonesboro, Ga.
We are all so blessed
to have another beautiful
healthy baby boy.


Jimison-Hamilton engagement

Chuck and Holly
Jimison of Greensboro
are pleased to announce
the engagement of their
daughter Leslie Hendrix
Jimison to Matthew
Williams Hamilton, son
of Harvie Hamilton of
Knoxville, Tenn., and
Anne Eliza and Dr.
Kevin Klein of King's
Mountain, N.C. Leslie
is the granddaughter
of the late Dr. and Mrs.
J. Wayne Hendrix of
Port St. Joe, Fla., and
Mrs. Patricia Goodwin
Jimison, Asheville
N.C. and the late Mr.
Jack Harder Jimison.
Matthew is the grandson
of Mrs. Margaret Forbes
Hall and the late Mr.
James Dulany Hall of
Alexandria, Va. and Mr.
and Mrs. Richmond
Harrison Hamilton of
Richmond, Va.
Leslie is a graduate
of Page High School,
NC State University,
and received her MS
and Ph.D. in Materials
Science and Engineering
from Stanford University,
Palo Alto, Calif. She is
currently a postdoctoral
fellow in the Department
of Bioelectronics
at the Centre
Microdlectronique de

Provence of the Ecole
National Sup6rieure
des Mines de Saint
Etienne, living in Aix-en-
Provence, France.
Matthew graduated
from NC State
University where he
received an MS degree
in Biomathematics.
He earned his MPH in

Global Health from the
University of California,
Berkeley. He currently
works as a consultant,
designing and
implementing impact
evaluations of health
programs in Africa.
The wedding is
planned for October in
southern West Virginia.

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i .Rfnn.RfQ.SHRFD

By Johanna White
This past month the
Kiwanis Club had the
following programs:
May 10: Students from
the Port St. Joe Odyssey
of the Mind came and
performed the act they
plan to do at the OM World
Competition. The Kiwanis
Club wished them good
luck and presented a $300
check to cover some of
their expenses.
May 31: Melissa Ramsey
and Carmel Dodson
presented a program on
the PSJES Butterfly and
Vegetable Garden. Mrs.
Dodson explained the cycle
of the Butterfly Garden
and how the students
learn and interacted with
the program, such as
how the Butterfly Garden
plants milkweed to attract
monarchs and swallowtails.
She said there was a
decline in the butterfly
population that is usually
seen in other areas.
Mrs. Dodson said the
vegetable garden was
a great project for the
students, too. It teaches
them about the hard work
it takes, from planting
to harvesting the crops.
This year the students
harvested enough

vegetables to be taken to
market. They took their
product to sell, to our local
SaltAir Farmer's Market
that takes place every other
Saturday. Mrs. Dodson said
this was another lesson;
the students had to price
at fair market value (while
staying competitive), weigh
the produce and prep it for
Mrs. Ramsey discussed
the need for volunteers
as mentors and for other
activities at the elementary
school. She said the
mentoring program only
requires one hour a week,
mostly during the lunch
hour. Another program
available for volunteers is
the "Rock & Readers" for
the Kindergarten classes.
This is the one that I
participate in, and I love
it. During the school year,
Vision Bank allows me time
off in the morning to go
and read to the students.
I am usually there for
about 30 minutes, and it's
the best 30 minutes of the
entire week. This past
school year I read to Mrs.
Kerigan's kindergarten
class. I became so close
to the children; when my
time was up, we would do a
big group hug. What better
way to spend 30 minutes in

Melissa Ramsey and Carrr
Kiwanis Club in May.
the morning "Rocking and
Reading" to the little ones.
Sometimes, the children
would see me outside the
classroom, and I would
hear, "Hey Miss Jojo." Life
doesn't get any better than
that. If you have any time at
all to spare, be a volunteer;
it's a true blessing.
Port St. Joe High School
Graduation: Mark Haddock,
a Kiwanian Member
presented Kiwanis
Scholarships this year to
the Graduating Class of
2011. The Kiwanis Club
presented four academic
Scholarships for Gulf Coast
State College and two
scholarships for vocational
schools. The Kiwanis Club

iel Dodson spoke to the

would like to congratulate
all of the graduating class
and wish them all good luck
in this next venture of life.
Kiwanis Club Event: Mark
your calendar for July 22.
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, in
the Vision Bank parking lot
at 529 Cecil G. Costin Blvd.,
there will be an American
Red Cross Blood Drive.
To give blood, call Karen
Fountaine at 850-647-3337.
What a great gift to give.
The Kiwanis Club meets
every Tuesday at noon
ET at the Gulf County
ARC/Transportation on
Industrial Road. For more
information, call Johanna
White at 850-227-6268 or

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St. Joseph Bay Humane Society

Meet the handsome
a . c Kyle, a 1 year old, 43#
S . Shepherd mix boy. He is
:-, . very smart, playful and
. attentive. Kyle also has
/.,a great temperament.
Kyle recently graduated
from the DAWGS in
prison program and is ready for his new home! The DAWGS
in prison program is an 8-week intensive training program in
a work camp setting. Each dog has a handler, caretaker and
trainer. All are inmates who are well trained themselves and
dedicated to their dogs' success. Graduates of the program
are cratetrained, house trained, walkwell on a leash, and know
many commands like sit, stay, come, and down. Dogs are
temperament tested prior to admission and must get along
well with other dogs and humans. Please give Kyle a forever
home he is waiting for you to come get him with lots of love
to give you. PLEASE HELP US! If you are not able to adopt a
pet then please help us save a life by sponsoring one today
just Contact Melody at 227-1103 or Shelter Mom Melissa at
625-5676 for more information on how to help! You may also
find more information about our other dogs and cats we have
here on our website at Our
hours for the shelter are Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am-4 pm!
Also Faith's Thrift Hut is in great need of donations also and
all the proceeds go directly to support the animals in our care!
Faiths Thrift Hut Has Expanded! We now have more furniture
& appliances. Plus lots of other great thrift store treasures.
The hours for the store are Thursday-Saturday from 10 am-3
pm. Volunteers are always welcome at both our store and our
shelter! Our store and shelter location is 1007 Tenth Street in
Port St. Joe! Hope to see you all there soon!

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Red Hat chit chat
On Tuesday, June 28,
The Beach Belles Red Hat
Group was entertained at
a Tea in the home of Eileen
Schreiner with Mary Nolan
and Colleen Burlingame
also acting as Hostesses.
Fourteen members

Senior Citizens accept
new meal clients
Gulf County Senior
Citizens is accepting
new clients at its meal
sites in Port St. Joe and
Senior Citizens provides
a hot nutritious meal
Monday through Friday
to seniors 60 and older
along with activities. Daily
activities include bingo,
arts and crafts, gospel
singing, shopping trips,
blood pressure checks,
exercise classes and
educational programs.
There is no charge for
the meal or activities, but
donations are accepted.
Transportation may be
Call Debbie in Port
St. Joe at 229-8466 and
Maureen in Wewahitchka
at 639-9910.
Gulf County Senior
Citizens is a non-profit

Thursday, July 7, 2011

School News/Local

The Star I B3

Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative sponsors D. C. trip

Special to The Star

Savannah Harper
and Seth Scheuermann
recently traveled to
Washington, D. C. as the
winners of Gulf Coast
Electric Cooperative's
Youth Tour competition.
GCEC's local competition
is part of the national
Rural Electric Youth Tour
program that rural electric
cooperatives across the
nation participate in.
Each year, the
Cooperative sponsors the
Youth Tour contest for
eleventh-graders whose
parents are members of
GCEC. Contestants are
interviewed by a panel
of three judges from
the electric cooperative
industry, and two winners

are chosen to travel on an
all-expenses-paid trip to
Washington, D. C. in June.
While in Washington,
the students toured the
Holocaust, Newseum and
Smithsonian Museums;
Arlington National
Cemetery; the Iwo
Jima Monument; the
U. S. Capitol area; the
mall area; the Korean,
Lincoln, Vietnam, FDR,
Jefferson and World
War II Memorials; Mt.
Vernon; and the National
Cathedral. They also
enjoyed the U. S. Marine
Corps Sunset Parade; a
boat cruise and dance on
the Potomac River; and
ended their trip by seeing
the musical Wicked at the
Kennedy Center.
A highlight of the trip

was the National Youth
Day rally, where they
joined other eleventh
graders from across the
"We were proud to
have Savannah and Seth
represent Gulf Coast
Electric Cooperative
in Washington," GCEC
Manager of Marketing and
Member Services Kristin
Evans said.
The Washington, D.C.,
Youth Tour Program
has been in existence
since 1958, when 34
students from Iowa and
a handful of chaperones
visited Washington for
a weeklong study tour.
By 1964, the program
was catching on, and the
National Rural Electric
Cooperative Association

began to coordinate the
efforts of the co-ops. Since
then, thousands of young
people have experienced
this once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to visit our
nation's capitol and learn
about our government.
Gulf Coast Electric
Cooperative is part of
the Touchstone Energy�
national alliance of local,
consumer-owned electric
cooperatives providing
high standards of service
to customers large and
small. GCEC serves
approximately 20,200
meters in Bay, Calhoun,
Gulf, Jackson, Walton and
Washington counties and
in the municipalities of
Wewahitchka, Ebro, White
City, Lynn Haven, Fountain
and Southport.

Seth Scheuermann and Savannah Harper at the
White House.

Norris elected to association leadership

Gulf County Clerk named First Vice President for

Special to The Star

The Honorable
Rebecca L. (Becky)
Norris, Gulf County
Clerk of the Circuit
Court, was recently
elected as First Vice
President of the Floric
Association of Court
Clerks and Comptrollh
a professional associa
for the upcoming year
the annual conference
"I consider it an
honor to serve as the
Association's First
Vice President," Norr
said. "In this rapidly
changing world, Court
Clerks around the nat
are faced with more
challenges than ever
before. We must be re
to accept these challe
so that we may serve

upcoming program year

constituents in the best her c;
possible manner. It is office
important for all citizens a lifel
to have the access they Counl
need to the court system." Assoc
"We are proud to have Gulf (
Becky serve in this post Colleg
for the next year," stated serve
da outgoing President Tim Direc
Smith, Putnam County Addic
ers, Clerk of the Circuit Court. Effort
tion, "She has been supportive and a
Sat of our Association and Chur(
in provides the experience FA
and the know-how needed in 196
to fulfill the goals that are non-p
set before the Clerks." assoc
Norris has served Assoc
is as Gulf County Clerk of of the
the Circuit Court and Court
t Comptroller since 2005 The A
ion and serves on numerous provi(
FACC committees. Norris and a
has served in many Clerk
ady financial positions at the Comp
nges local government level in and t(
our Gulf County. She began to loc

career in the Clerk's
in April, 1984, and is
ong resident of Gulf
ty. She received her
ciates Degree from
Coast Community
ge. Norris also
s on the Board of
tors of Chemical
'tions Recovery
;, Inc. (C.A.R.E.)
ttends First Baptist
ch of Port St. Joe.
CC, established
9, is a statewide,
profit member
iation. The
ciation is comprised
Clerks of the Circuit
Sand Comptrollers.
des education
accreditation for
s of the Court and
strollers, information
technical assistance
al governments.

GCSC/Franklin Center wants public input

for a new nursing transition program

Special to The Star
Gulf Coast State College's
Gulf/Franklin Center is hosting a
Community Forum to introduce
the new LPN to RN Transition
Class. College staff and faculty
have been requesting input from
current students, potential students
and area health care providers. A
current nursing shortage combined
with that initial input prompted the
creation of this new program which
will begin this fall 2011.
On Tuesday, July 19, the general
public is invited to attend an open
discussion of class requirements,
expectations and opportunities,
in addition to future education
and training needs for Gulf and
Franklin county residents. Your
recommendations are vital to
ensure that the Gulf/Franklin
Center's educational offerings truly
meet community needs in the local

Speakers include Christine
Bottkol, GCSC Nursing Coordinator,
and Brenda Galloway, Gulf/Franklin
Center Director.
During the forum, they will
address details about the transition
course and then give everyone
a chance to speak during a Q&A
Attendees will also have the
opportunity to fill out a needs
assessment survey. Everyone who
completes the survey that night
will be entered in a drawing for
a $100 GCSC book voucher. The
book voucher is sponsored by the
Gulf Coast Community College
Foundation, Inc.
The forum will be held from 6:30-
7:30 p.m. ET on July 19 at the Gulf/
Franklin Center, located at 3800
Garrison Avenue in Port St. Joe.
Call for 227-9670 for more

Gulf/Franklin Center T 850.227.9670

3800 Garrison Ave. F 850.873.3256

Port St. Joe, Florida 32456




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your choice this week. L.F.D.
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The Christian CONSCIENCE

Paul, a Christian


To live a consistently Christian life in this
world today,
Seems hard for some, because many keep
falling away.
Peer pressure is in the world to stay.
This has caused many people to stray.
Some think people look down on them for
being a Christian today.
We need to get across to them, there will be a
judgment day.
Being content with what we have is a problem
with many today.
Many want things they can't afford, but charge
them anyway.
Yes, there are those that don't make a decent
That's why we as Christians should share our
love by giving.
God said He would supply our need, if we but
live His way.
Why can't we be content as Paul was with
what we have today?
Paul had something I wish we all had, to be
content, even when we're sad.

- Billy Johnson

God's covenants:
Part three

God's covenant with
Abraham was extended
to Isaac. See Genesis
26:2-5. Once again, there
is a promise which is
conditional and depends
upon the recipient, Isaac,
continuing to dwell in the
land. In verse 12, we see
that God kept His part of
the bargain. The blessing
is continued in verses 23
to 25.
Isaac married
Rebekah and eventually
they had twins. Normally,
the covenant blessing
would have fallen upon
Isaac's older son, Esau,
but God foresaw that
Esau's heart would not be
right before God.
By deceit, Jacob
receives God's promise
and the promise given
to Abraham falls into
Jacob's hands. The
blessing comes from his
father Isaac, who in this
case is acting in the place
of God.
Many things
transpired, but eventually
the covenant was
transferred to Jacob, who
God later re-named Israel
(Prince with God). In
Genesis 35:10-12, we find
that the covenant that
was given to Abraham
and Isaac was then
transferred to Jacob. All
this happened nearly 2000
years before Christ.

This should tell you
something about the
accuracy of those who
claim the covenant
was transferred from
Abraham to Ishmael.
There is no reliable
source of information
that indicates that the
Abrahamic covenant was
transferred to anyone
except Isaac, and his
Jacob and his family
of about 75 people moved
to Egypt, where in about
430 years, they become a
great nation of about 2-3
In Egypt, they
eventually adopted many
of the Egyptian gods.
When they had come out
of Egypt, crossed the
Sinai Peninsula, and then
the Gulf of Aqaba (part
of the Red Sea) they
travelled to Midian, the
home of Moses's father in
law, Jethro, (See Exodus
18) where Moses would
meet the Lord, again,
on Mt. Sinai (correctly
called Mt. Sinai in Arabia)
in Galatians 4:25. There,
through Moses, the
children received what
is usually called the Old
Mt. Sinai is located in,
what is today, western
Saudi Arabia. That's
where the real Mt. Sinai
was, and is, today. It
was never on the Sinai
On Mt. Sinai, Moses
received the most

important part of the
Old Covenant, the Ten
Commandments. These,
along with many other
commandments, in
Exodus 20-24, comprise
what we usually call the
Old Covenant.
After many attempts
to get the children of
Israel to be obedient to
Him, and their continuing
rebellion, and captivity,
God announced through
the prophets Jeremiah
and Ezekiel, His intention
to make a New Covenant,
with the house of Israel,
and the house of Judah.
That took place in
about 600 BC, when
Jeremiah was in, what is
today Israel, and Ezekiel
was in Babylon.
We will examine the
New Covenant, how
it works, and how it
pertains to Jesus Christ,
our Messiah and Savior,
in our next article.
Questions or
comments are invited.
Send to us at one of the
addresses below.
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Thursday, July 7, 2011


The Star I B5


Thom Lewis died on
June 23, 2011 in a plane
crash on Eglin Air Force
Base in the panhandle of
Florida. He was 50. Thom
was the U.S. Fish and Wild-
life Service biologist for St.
Vincent National
Wildlife Refuge from
1992 to 2008. He was
a constant advocate
for conservation of
the herpetofauna on
the island refuge,
particularly the Go-
pher Tortoises and TH(
Eastern Diamond- LE
back Rattlesnakes
that lived there in such
abundance. In addition, he
promoted many research
projects that were eventual-
ly funded and accomplished.
More recently, he was a wild-
life pilot for the USFWS, pri-
marily involved with migra-
tory bird programs. When
he died in the crash, he was
doing what he loved.
Thom was born on Oc-
tober 15, 1960 in Pasadena,
Maryland. He received
his Bachelor's Degree in
1985 from the University of
Maryland and was pursu-
ing a Master's Degree from
Texas A&M University at
the time of his death. Thom
oversaw the endangered
Red Wolf Program for the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser-
vice on St. Vincent NWR
from 1992 to 2008, and one
of his many legacies is the
more than twenty Red Wolf
pups that were born, sur-
vived to adulthood, and were
transferred to repatriation
programs at other areas

Debbie Ryan 50, of
Apalachicola and origi-
nally from Norwalk, Ohio
passed away June 20, 2011
at her home.
She is survived by
her longtime companion



Thomas Eugene Lewis

across the nation.
Earlier this year, Joe Col-
lins, Suzanne Collins, and
'Itavis Taggart published a
48-page booklet entitled "A
Pocket Guide to the Snakes
of St. Vincent National Wild-
life Refuge- Flori-
In it, the dedica-
tion reads: "Dedi-
cated to Thomas E.
Lewis, who watched
over the island and
kept it wild."
MAS The magnificent
FIS beauty and pri-
mal majesty of St.
Vincent National Wildlife
Refuge remains today as a
testament to his wise and
vigilant stewardship.
Thom is survived by
JoAnne, his wife of over 20
years. A fund to help her
with funeral expenses has
been set up at Superior
Bank, PO. Box 699, Apala-
chicola, Florida 32329.
Condolences may be
sent to JoAnne Lewis, PO.
Box 712, Apalachicola, Flor-
ida 32329.
In memory of Thom,
please send donations to the
Florida Wild Mammal As-
sociation, 198 Edgar Poole
Road, Crawfordville, Florida

The CNAH Board of
Directors extends its sym-
pathies to the family and
friends of Thom Lewis, par-
ticularly to JoAnne. Thom
was a champion of all wild-
life, and a fun person to be
with in the field; his passing
is a great loss to us all.

Debbie Ryan
and friend, Jim Grimm:
her son, Jerry Ryan;
her daughter, Elisha
Ryan; her brothers, Tim,
Rusty, Jeff and Steve
Debbie loved the gulf

In chronological order,
a brief bibliography of the
published herpetological
papers by Thomas E. Lewis
Means, D. Bruce and
Thomas E. Lewis. 1997.
Geographic distribution:
Amphiuma means. Herpe-
tological Review 28 (1): 47.
Peacock, Terry and
Thomas E. Lewis. 2000.
Geographic distribution:
Deirochelys reticularia.
Herpetological Review
31(2): 110-111.
Thomas E. Lewis and
Joseph T Collins. 2000. Geo-
graphic Distribution: Re-
gina rigida. Herpetological
Review 31(3):187.
Lewis, Thomas E., Lisa
K. Irwin, and Kelly J. Irwin.
2001. Geographic distribu-
tion: Pseudemys nelsoni.
Herpetological Review
32(2): 117.
Lewis, Thomas E. and
Kelly J. Irwin. 2001. Geo-
graphic distribution: Macro-
chelys temminckii. Herpeto-
logical Review 32(4): 274.
Irwin, Kelly J., Thomas
E. Lewis, Jay D. Kirk Su-
zanne L. Collins, and Jo-
seph T Collins. 2003. Status
of the Eastern Indigo Snake
(Drymarchon couperi) on
St. Vincent National Wildlife
Refuge, Franklin County,
Florida. Journal of Kansas
Herpetology 7:13-20.
Lewis, Thomas E. 2006.
St. Vincent National Wildlife
Refuge Fish. Amphibian,
Reptile and Mammal List.
Publication of the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service, Apala-
chicola, Florida. 8 pp.

and the solitude. She en-
joyed fishing, boating, and
Debbie will truly be
missed by all of us she
We Love You.


The United Methodist Women of Port St. Joe will be hosting a tea party
July 16.

From staff reports

United Methodist Women
of Port St. Joe to host tea
If you miss tea parties or would like
to enjoy one with your daughter or
friends, the United Methodist Women
of Port St. Joe will be hosting a tea on
July 16 at 2 p.m. EST in the Fellowship
Debbie Norred will be the featured
speaker on "Tea & Teaching With Je-
Debbie founded Heart Keepers
Ministries in 1997. She uses teacups
and other visuals to teach women
about the Fruit of the Spirit and how
Christ is willing to be our heart keeper.
The proceeds from this mission proj-
ect will benefit tornado relief. Tickets
can be purchased for $10 from any
UMW member or you can call the
church office at 227-1724 leave your
name and contact information a com-

mittee member will return your call as
soon as possible.

Revival at Philadelphia
Primitive Baptist
Philadelphia Primitive Baptist
Church will be holding a revival begin-
ning July 11. The Elder Bobby Duval of
Tallahassee will be the evangelist
for the week. Services will begin at
7:30 p.m. ET nightly with local choirs
providing the song services. It is the de-
sire of Pastor Jessie Hawkins and the
congregation of Philadelphia Primi-
tive Baptist Church that everyone feel
welcomed to come out for this time
of spiritual revitalization. The church
is located at 261 Avenue D in Port St.

New Horizon AA
The New Horizon AA Group's new
schedule is Sunday mornings at 11 a.m.
EST or 10 a.m. CST; call 850-639-3600.

In Memoriam: Bryce Nelson

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Happy Birthday, Bryce.
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A Public Hearing will be held at the Planning

and Development Review Board (PDRB)

meeting on Monday, July 18, 2011 at 8:45 a.m.

ET, and at the Board of County Commissioners

(BOCC) meeting on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at

6:00 p.m. ET. Both public hearings will be

held in the BOCC Meeting Room at the Robert

M. Moore Administration Building, 1000 Cecil

G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida. The

public hearings will be to discuss and act on

the following:

1. Subdivision Application - Hibiscus Horizons

- by Jay Rish for Parcel ID #'s 06268-503R, 06268-

509R, 06268-513R, 06268-514R and 06268-516R

- Located in Section 6, Township 9 South, Range

11 West, Gulf County, Florida - Continuance of the

tabled June 20, 2011 meeting for determination of

Development Order for platting a subdivision for said


2. Open Discussion

3. Staff

The public is encouraged to attend and be heard on

these matters. Information prior to the meeting can

be viewed at the Planning and Building Department at

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File Number 10-46-PR


The administration of
the estate of JULIAN
ceased, whose date of
death was August 29,
2010 and whose social
security number is
***-**-**, is pending
in the Circuit Court for
Gulf County, Florida,
Probate Division, the
address of which is
Gulf County Court-
house, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port
St. Joe, Florida 32456.
The names and ad-
dresses of the personal
representative and the
personal represen-
tative's attorney are set
forth below.

All creditors of the de-
cedent and other per-
sons having claims or
demands against dece-
dent's estate on whom
a copy of this notice is
required to be served
must file their claims
with this Court WITHIN

All other creditors of
the decedent and per-
sons having claims or
demands against the
decedent's estate must
file their claims with this

1 1100

733.702 OF THE FLOR-

The date of first publi-
cation of this Notice is
July 7, 2011.

Attorney for Personal
Charles A. Costin
Florida Bar No. 699070
Post Office Box 98
Port St. Joe, FL 32457
(850) 227-1159

136 Nicholas Ln
Cairo, GA 39828
July 7, 14, 2011


as successor in interest


JR., a/k/a HAL KEELS,

CASE NO. 10-304-CA


GIVEN pursuant to a
Summary Final Judg-
ment of Foreclosure
dated March 22, 2011,
and Order to Reset
Sale dated June 2nd,
2011, entered in Civil
Action No. 10-304 CA
of the Circuit Court of
the Fourteenth Judicial
Circuit in and for Gulf
County, Florida,
wherein the parties
were the plaintiff, CEN-
successor in interest to
BANK, and the defend-
ants, HAROLD E.
KEELS, JR., a/k/a HAL
MEDINA, I will sell to
the highest and best
bidder, for cash, at
11:00 a.m. (Eastern

Time) on the 21st day
of July, 2011, at the
front door of the Gulf
County Courthouse,
Port St. Joe, Florida,
the following-described
real property as set
forth in said Final Judg-
ment of Foreclosure:

Lot 26, Garrison Planta-
tion, as per plat re-
corded in the public
records of Gulf County,
Florida, in Plat Book 4,
page 9.


PARCEL NO. 1: Begin
at a St. Joe Paper
Company concrete
monument marking the
Southwest Corner of
the Southeast Quarter
of the Southeast Quar-
ter of Section 29,
Township 5 South,
Range 9 West, Gulf
County, Florida; thence
from said Point of Be-
ginning run North 00
degrees 50 minutes 43
seconds West 663.79
feet to a rod and cap;
thence North 89 de-
grees 45 minutes 38
seconds East 969.31
feet to a rod and cap;
thence North 03
degrees 08 minutes 35
seconds East 104.71
feet to a rod and cap;
thence North 75
degrees 42 minutes 05
seconds East 59.22
feet; thence North 58
degrees 16 minutes 42
seconds East 118.52
feet to a rod and cap
lying on the Westerly
right of way of State
Road Number 381,
said point lying on a
curve to the right hav-
ing a radius of 1382.69
feet; thence Southeast-
erly along said curve
and said right of way
for an arc distance of
433.20 feet, thru a cen-
tral angle of 17 degrees
57 minutes 03 sec-
onds, chord of said arc
being South 22 de-
grees 34 minutes 34
seconds East 431.43
feet to a State Road
concrete monument;
thence continue along
said right of way run,
South 16 degrees 26
minutes 15 seconds
East 19.04 feet to a rod
and cap; thence leav-
ing said right of way
run South 89 degrees
06 minutes 33 seconds
West 379.88 feet to a
rod and cap; thence
South 00 degrees 38
minutes 49 seconds
East 421.08 feet to a
concrete monument;
thence South 31 de-
grees 31 minutes 17
seconds West 90.38
feet to a rod and cap;
thence South 00 de-

grees 02 minutes 15
seconds West 581.29
feet to a rod and cap;
thence South 89
degrees 39 minutes 04
seconds West 383.05
feet to a rod and cap;
thence South 89
degrees 54 minutes 27
seconds West 478.97
feet to a rod and cap;
thence North 00
degrees 51 minutes 03
seconds West 655.84
feet to the Point of Be-
ginning; AND

PARCEL NO. 2: Begin-
ning at the Northeast
corner of Section 32,
Township 5 South,
Range 9 West, and run-
ning South along said
Section line for 210 feet
to a concrete marker;
thence run West along
the South boundary
line of a country road
known a Birge's Drive
for 210 feet to the Point
of Beginning; thence
continue along a
straight line for 196
feet; thence turn South
(which is also running
parallel with Section 32
boundary line) for 450
feet; thence turn West
for 67.8 feet; thence
turn North (along sur-
vey line) for 581.15
feet; thence turn North-
east 91.79 feet; thence
turn South for 150.5
feet; thence turn East
for 210 feet; thence
turn South for 60 feet to
the Point of Beginning;
lying and being in the
N /2 of NE /4 of NE 1/
of Section 32, Town-
ship 5 South, Range 9
West, Gulf County,

The successful bidder
at the sale will be re-
quired to place the req-
uisite state documen-
tary stamps on the Cer-
tificate of Title.

DATED this 6th day of
June, 2011.

Gulf County, Florida
By: BA Baxter
Clerk/Deputy Clerk

ESQ. 4431 Lafayette
Street, Marianna, FL
July 7, 14, 2011


as successor in interest




CASE NO. 10-454-CA


GIVEN pursuant to a Fi-
nal Judgment of Fore-
closure dated June 7th,
2011, and entered in
Civil Action No. 10-
454-CA of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth
Judicial Circuit in and
for Gulf County, Flor-
ida, wherein the parties
were the plaintiff, CEN-
successor in interest to
BANK, and the de-
fendants, SUNSET BAY
will sell to the highest
and best bidder, for
cash, at 11:00 a.m.
(Eastern Time) on the
28th day of July, 2011,
as the front door of the
Gulf County Court-
house, Port St. Joe,
Florida, the
real property as set
forth in said Final Judg-
ment of Foreclosure:

Lot 15, according to
the plat of The Village
at Marina Cove, as re-
corded in Plat Book 4,
Page 48, in the office of
the Clerk of the Circuit
Court of Gulf County,

The successful bidder
at the sale will be re-
quired to place the req-
uisite state documen-
tary stamps on the Cer-
tificate of Title.

DATED this 7th day of

Gulf County, Florida
By: BA Baxter
Clerk/Deputy Clerk

ESQ. 4431 Lafayette
Street Marianna, FL
July 7, 14, 2011

1 1100

The Port St Joe Rede-
velopment Agency's
regular Board of Direc-
tors meeting will be
held on Thursday July
14, 2011 at 8:00 am at
150 Captain Fred's
Place in Port St Joe,
FL. All persons are in-
vited to attend and par-
ticipate. Anyone want-
ing to appeal an official
decision made on any
subject at the meeting
must have a verbatim
record of the meeting
that includes the testi-
mony and evidence on
which the appeal is
July 7, 2011

Case No.: 11-13 CA

formerly known as




GIVEN pursuant to a
Summary Final Judg-
ment of Foreclosure
dated June 16th, 2011,
and entered in Civil Ac-
tion No. 11-13 CA of
the Circuit Court of the
Fourteenth Judicial Cir-
cuit in and for Gulf
County, Florida, where-
in the parties were the
BANK, and the Defend-
ants, MILES C. BRY
Husband and Wife, and
ATION, INC., I will sell
to the highest and best
bidder for cash, at
11:00 o'clock a.m.
(Eastern Time) on the
04th day of August,
2011, at the front door
of the Gulf County
Courthouse, Port St.
Joe, Florida, the follow-
ing described real
property as set forth in
said Final Judgment of

Lot 44, Windmark
Beach, a subdivision as
per map or plat thereof
as recorded in Plat

1 1100
Book 4, Page(s) 1
through 5, inclusive,
Public Records of Gulf
County, Florida.

Any person claiming an
interest in the surplus
from the sale, if any,
other than the property
owner as of the date of
the lis pendens, must
file a claim within 60
days after the sale.

The successful bidder
at the sale will be re-
quired to place the req-
uisite state documen-
tary stamps on the Cer-
tificate of Title.

DATED this 20th day of
June, 2011.

By: BA Baxter
Deputy Clerk
June 30, July 7, 2011






GIVEN pursuant to the
Summary Final Judg-
ment in Foreclosure
dated May 26, 2011
and entered in Case
No. 23-2010-CA-
000117 of the Circuit
Court of the 14TH Judi-
cial Circuit in and for
GULF County, Florida,
wherein WELLS
SOCIATION is Plaintiff

known parties claiming
by, through, under or
against the named
Defendant(s), whether
living or not, and
whether said unknown
parties claims as heirs,
devisees, grantees, as-
signees, lienors, credi-
tors, trustees, or in any
other capacity, claim-
ing by, through under
or against the named
Defendant(s) are the
Defendant(s), I will sell
to the highest and best
bidder for cash at the
the GULF County
Courthouse, in GULF
County, Florida, at 11
a.m., on the 14th day of
July, 2011, the follow-
ing described property
as set forth in said Or-
der or Final Judgment,
to wit:


Street Address: 217

Any person claiming an
interest in the surplus
from the sale, if any,
other than the property
owner as of the date of
the lis pendens, must
file a claim within sixty
(60) days after the sale.

WITNESS my hand and
the seal of the Court
this 03rd day of June,

Rebecca L. Norris,
By: BA Baxter
As Deputy Clerk

This notice is provided
pursuant to Administra-
tive Order No.2.065. In
accordance with the
Americans with Disabil-
ities Act, If you are a
person with a disability
who needs any accom-
modation in order to
participate in this pro-
ceeding, you are enti-
tled, at no cost to you,
to provisions of certain
assistance. Please con-
tact the Court Adminis-
trator at 1000 Cecil
Costin Boulevard,
Rm.148, Port St. Joe,
FI 32456, Phone No.
(850) 229-6112 within 2
working days of your
receipt of this notice or

pleading; if you are
hearing impaired, call
1-800-955-8771 (TDD);
if you are voice im-
paired, call 1-800-995-
8770 M (Via Florida Re-
lay Services).

Submitted by:
800 Corporate Drive,
Suite 500
Fort Lauderdale,
File # 3023.82
June 30, July 7, 2011

Notice of Unclaimed
Moneys held by the
Gulf County Clerk of
Circuit Court

The following is a list of
unclaimed moneys
held by the Clerk of the
Circuit Court. Unless
such, moneys are
claimed on or before
September 1, 2011,
they shall be declared
forfeited to Gulf County
Persons having or
claiming any interest in
such funds or any por-
tion of them shall file
their written claims with
the Clerk of Circuit
Court of Gulf County by
September 1, 2011 and
shall make sufficient
proof to the Clerk of
their ownership and
upon so doing shall be
entitled to receive any
part of the moneys so
Unless claim is filed
within such time as
aforesaid, all claims in
reference thereto are
forever barred. Florida
Statute 116.21.

Clerk's Trust Fund:
Robert Scarabin-
Marshall Watson-
Emily Mackey-

Registry of the Court
Charles Isler III-
Charlie Brock-

Rebecca L. Norris,
Clerk of the Circuit
Gulf County, Florida

By Carla O'Dell
Deputy Clerk,
July 1,2011
June 30, July 7, 2011

PROJECT #019.183


Thursday, July 7, 2011


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| 1100
RFP 2011-07
The City of Port St. Joe
will receive sealed bids
from any qualified per-
son, company or cor-
poration interested in

This project consists of
constructing approxi-
mately 700 LF of con-
crete sidewalk and
5,700 LF of multi-use
asphalt path within the
City of Port St. Joe
from the High School
to Gulf Coast Commu-
nity College.
Plans and specifica-
tions can be obtained
at Preble-Rish, Inc.,
324 Marina Drive, Port
St. Joe, Florida 32456,
(850) 227-7200. The
bid must conform to
Section 287.133(3)
Florida Statutes, on
public entity crimes.
All bidders shall be
FDOT Qualified per
Section 2-1 of the
FDOT Standard Speci-
fications for Road and
Bridge Construction,
latest edition in the fol-
lowing work classes:
Drainage, Grading,
Flexible Paving, and
Hot Plant Mix- Bitumi-
nous Course.
Completion date for
this project will be 120
days from the date of
the Notice to Proceed
presented to the suc-
cessful bidder.
Liquidated damages
for failure to complete
the project on the
specified date will be
set at $200.00 per day.
Please indicate on the
envelope that this is a
sealed bid, for the
"Garrison - Madison
Bids will be received
until 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Time, on July 21st,
2011 at the City of Port
St. Joe City Hall, 305
Cecil G. Costin Sr.
Blvd, Port St. Joe, Flor-
ida 32456, and will be
opened and read aloud
at 3:15 PM. Eastern
Time. The City of Port
St. Joe is an Equal Op-
portunity Employer/
Handicapped Accessi-
ble/ Fair Housing Juris-
Cost for Plans and
Specifications will be
$50.00 per set and is
Checks should be
made payable to
The City of Port St. Joe
reserves the right to
waive informalities in
any bid, to accept
and/or reject any or all
bids, and to accept the
bid that in their judg-
ment will be in their
best Interest. If the con-
tract is to be awarded,
it will be awarded to the
lowest responsive bid-
der. All bids shall re-
main firm for a period
of sixty days after the
All bidders shall com-
ply with all applicable
State and local laws
concerning licensing
registration and regula-
tion of contractors do-
ing business to the
State of Florida.

This project is federally
funded with assistance
from the Florida De-
partment of Transporta-
tion (FDOT) and the
Federal Highway Ad-
ministration (FHWA).
By submitting a bid,
the bidder certifies that
no principal (which in-
cludes officers, direc-
tors, or executives) is
presently suspended,
proposed for debar-
ment, declared ineligi-
ble or voluntarily ex-
cluded from participa-
tion on this transaction
by any Federal Depart-
ment or Agency.
If you have any ques-
tions, please call Clay
Smallwood at (850)
June 30, July 7, 14,
BID #1011-24

The Gulf County Board
of County Commiss-
ioners will receive
sealed from any quall-
fled person, company,
or corporation inter-
ested in purchasing the

1-1985 Plymouth/
Vin No.:
Minimum bid of $200
Please place YOUR
SEALED BID, and the
outside of your
envelope, and provide
three copies of your
Bids must be submitted
to the Gulf County
Clerk's Office at 1000
Cecil G. Costin, Sr.,

Blvd., Room 148, Port
St. Joe, Florida, 32456
by 4:30 p.m., E.T on
Friday, July 15, 2011.
Bids will be opened at
this same location on
Monday, July 18, 2011
at 10:00 a.m., E.T.
Any questions concern-
ing this bid should be
directed to Houston
Whitfield, at
(850) 227-5839.

1100 P1100 3240 1 4100 1 6140 1 7100/
THE SURPLUS FROM N S W 3 Br 1 ba, house in
BOARD OF COUNTY THE SALE, IF ANY, a UN R n Logistics/Transport Oak Grove; very large
COMMISSIONERS OTHER THAN THE Santa Rosa County yard; 432 lola St., Port
GULF COUNTY., PROPERTY OWNER F Auditorium, Milton, Truck Driver S Je; (850)227-7800 i
FLORIDA AS OF THE DATE OF FLJulythth Truck Driver Joe; (850227-7800
Warren J. Yeager, Jr., THE LIS PENDENS PE.ANIM 9am - 5pm call Must have Class B EREI_ INAIN
Chairman MUST FILE A CLAIM (850) 957-4952 or CDL. Boomtruck or
Chairman 2100 Pts (850) 261-8407 Piggyback truck ex- St.Joe, 3 br, 1 bath, 8100 Antique& Collectibles
Attest: THE DATE OF THE Good Home General perience a plus. Ap- fenced backyard with 2 8120 - Sports Utility Vehicles
Rebecca L. Norris, SALE. 2120 - Pet Supplies Admission $6. ply to 3333 Highway Bayfr i br,2 storagebuildings, new 8130 -Trcks
Clerk 2130 - Farm Animals/ 77, Lynn Haven, FL ba, 5353 Sanbar Dr. metal roof and paint on 8140 - Vans
July 7, 2011 In accordance with F.S Supplies Web ID#: 34166489 annual rental near house, near school and 8150 Commercial
584 )________, the suc 2140 - Pels/Lvestock Text FL66489 to 56654 Cape San Bias. Port Lake Griffin, Call (850) 8160 - Motorcycles
3065S (3), anted ST Joe. 12 months of 227-8295 for appt 8170 Auto Parts
NOTICE TO RECEIVEcessful high bidder, f 2150 -Pet Memorials Sunset. $995 month. Accessories
SEALED BIDS other than the Plaintiff, Available June 01, 2011 8210 - Boats
BID NO. 1011-25 shall post with the NOo iin 8220 - Personal Watercraft
Clerk a deposit equal No Hirin!230 - Sailboats
to five (5) percent of Are You Making Less 8240- Boat& Marine
The Gulf County Board the final bid o Than $40,000 Per Year? Gulf Aire Sub., Supplies
er d $1,000.00, whichever is L N Covenant Transport 4 br, 2 ba, includes ac- 245- Boat Slips Docks
less.The balances 2100 Needs Driver Trainees cess to pool, tennis 7150 320 - Airt/ RoadVehicles
less.fThe balancelihae8320 - ATV/Of Road Vehicles
bids from any qualified be paid to the Clerk 4100 - Help Wanted Now! No experience re- court, private beach. 8330 - Campers & Trailers
person, company or within twenty-four 4130- Employment quired. $1250 month, minimum 8340 -Motorhomes
in constructinterestg:rs of th sale; oth- Inf n *Immediate Job Place- 6 months lease, long
n constructing: erwse the Clerk shall Extra Mile I ment Assistance term only rental. Call
2011 BEACHES RE- re-advertise the sale Pet Sitting 4 *OTR, Regional, & Lo- 229-881-2700
SURF2011 BEACING PROJECT and pay all costs of the e ing cal Jobs Text FL63537 to 56654 FSBO: 5.5 acres White
R I PROJEC sale from the deposit. me visits/overnight CALL NOW FOR MORE City, Fl. Nice property,
(PRI PROJECT Any remain tng funds in the comfort of your INFORMATION mutes to Intercoastal
#003.236) shall be applied toward pets home. Exc. local, I 1-866-280-5309 Water Way. Convenient
thejudgment.Ref. since 1993. Gulf I to beaches, reasona- 8210
This project includes th Co. Mexico Bch & Ap- iEducation/Training I Port St. Joe 2 br 1 ba ble offers considered.
approximately 5 miles THIS NOTICE dated palach Exotics wel- Clean, furnished, non ca ble offer9046261482
of roadway resurfacing,ne T aeed Diana227-5770 f1T l Clean,gfurnished, non call904-626-1482
of roadway resurfacing, this 29th day of June, come Diana 227-5770 Infant/Toddler smoking house, Call for
milling, and reclaimed a t h S 9th day DJune, an227-8225 Caregivers details 850-722-5364
asphalt located at St. are needed to pro- **850-TTNTION**
Joe Beach in Gulf Rebecca L. Norris, vide quality early I HUNTING LEA
County, FL. Clerk of Court care and education HUNTING L
ans and schldr ages 0-31 6170 LOOKING TOH ADDS
Plans tand speclclca-By Key Largo 23.6CC
tlons can be obtained ByBABaxter yrs. AAS pre arly RV Lots at Krstiana RV MEMBERS. Boat 2005, 2008
Sat Preble-Rinsh, InputyClerk FCCPC (CDA) ac- Me Park at Beacon Hil , 2 Yamaha 5 0-2299022
324 Marina Drive, Port July 7, 14,2011 cepted with a wllng- blocks from the Gull LIMITED DOGso
St. Joe, Florida 32456, ness toli -hei 6100- Busimesshar $250 m month, W/S 7 aIn- r
St. 0 The MoeTrw4"M1IN" education. Expe- I Commercial HUNTING. boat, TTop, Rod hold-
Cd must confor. e o Eence working with 6110-Apartments erscluded. Crd co
S120- Beach Rentals 8506475000/3400675 SOUTHEAST outer, stereo system,
Section 21 f he A adsoa must. Exce-llec s 1 bedrownhom unfur- 7110 -Berach- Condo
Florida Statutes1 on 6140- House Rentals
public entity crimes o benes pakage- C 6150- Rommate Wante; d l trailer. Stored i Boat

FDOT Standard Spec o the advertiser to 3190 - Electronics I u l Terrace Apartments; GULot-railrStrd 108nS. E.AVE.A
Cost for Plans and Incorrect neAppsy at Earlspialy 808 Roodward Avems for Rent Ca Haan Ba. $27 .
Specificationslowing work classes Insertion 30 G aEducation and Care, M6170- Mobile Home/LotC-rt.20
Specfcatons will be Insertion MERCHnDISE Inc. 6180 - Out-of-Town Rentals Haddock @ 8502299022
$75.00 per set and is Policy I5o Fank A u 6190- TimeshareRentals Ha227.6983 or
no n ref undabe e. Pocy 3100 - Antiques 1450Jenks Avenue,1 6200- Vai tin entals
Checks should be 3110 - Appliances Panama City, FLp 229.6807o na
made payable to For Classified 3120- Arts& Crafts n 32401 C Sn R a 229.680
PREBLE-RISH, INC. In-column Ad- 3140 -MBaby Items Web-ld : 34166575 w

tal woo d ato (ro 0) re ases Eou r s aa n e rs -u s Re ouept sng th1so wtlr, ae n sex BR U Rt S CAP R E N ...
rvertisers 3150- Building Supplies Text f 66575 to 56654 6 10 7100
FDOT Qualified - f uusieatel. R e- tes -ctor.u a a re e n family land s SH CONDO

All bidders shall bt e 3160Your Florda Free- pications and a co- ion or discrimination" n Long Term, Includes Utilities..........................$910
Setinlly Equipment 7105 - Open House
Specton 2theof the All ads placed by 3170 -Collectibles n bedroom st us includes 7 h 3 BR 3 BA F ED
FDOT Standard Spec phone are read back e 3180-Computerssheda e ap d rt Dogwood Prope u erty Pl
fcatons for Road and to the advertiser to 3190- ElectronicsTef 18 Apartments 7120 CoDmmercial VE,
Bridge Cnstruction t insure correctness. 3200o Firewood 713E 4pctn0 e- Co ne..........................
envelope tha t this is a3210- Free Pass it n Hospitality 808 Woodward Ave 7140 FarmsBR UNFURNISHED APARTMENTRanhes

sealed bid, for the tl ments to a p w 2011 at 5:00 p.m. a LanarFk............................................................$375
latest edition n these R - e newspaper will 3220 - aFurnitu re PSJ; (850) 227-7800. 7150- - Lts and Acreage 850-6979604 8503230444
lowing work classes: assume correctness 3230 - Garage/Yard Sales Housekeeping 71o0 Mobile Homes/Lots
Grading, Drainage at the time of the s e 3240 Guns lese 7170 T n WaterfrontPet FriendT.
Flexible Paving, and read-back procedure 3250- Good Things to Eat Part Time weekend 7180- Investment
S P l unless otherwise - 3260-Health Fitness help needed for all p Publishers Property 1 BR 1 1/2 BA CONDO, FURNISHED

Hotror 850-227-1632 Administrator at advertising for real es- R NTL
Hots P Mi Bum formed. 3270 - Jewelry/Clothing sitions, apply n pe 7190 OutolTown On River, Downtown, Boat Slip.....................$1000
nous Course. If you 3280 - Machinery/ son, 4693 Cape San Downtown B S.l E stai ....... $00
have any questions, Equipment Bias Rd or 1200 H 7200 - Timeshare 1BR 1BA LANARK APT, REMODELED
please call Clay 3290 - Medical Equipment A ea esa e ad ert Water In, Street Entrance .............................$425
Smallwood at (850) Please �ur ad. 3300"Miscellaneous 98 Mexico�Beach All real estate advertis-
tl 0 3300 Miscellaneus Iy cy ng n this newspaper s 1 BR FURNISHED APARTMENT, DEN
227 7200. 3310 - Musical nstments Human Resources subject to the Fair Carport, Utilities Incl .......................................$650
Adetsr0r.e 3320- Plants & Shrubs/ Housing Act which 3 BR 2 BA DOUBLEWIDE
Time, on JuyAdvertisers are re- Supplies g Free Wrkplace st al Eo ad-
Completion date for quested to check the 3330- Restaurant/Hotel JOB NOTICE s a e iac Dec Nice nation a

Clerk s o ice, 1 Opportunity / Affirma- are available on a equal ................................ 700
this projecadvertisemet on the 3340- Spingoods The Gulf County Boad limitaion o discrmina-
days from the date of first insertion for cor- 3350-Tickets (Buy & Sell) o f County C om lon b r ae 3 B a BAAPARTMENT
e N e da f County Commission- ton based on race, Front& Bck Porch ........................................

u b . E rn any classificationH and inform for | I:mB 1-800-927-9275. A iE
the Notce to Proceed rectness. Errors ers s accepting app- clor regOFFon seCE Your COMPLEX

dated damages for failn familieseachem intention, to make any family land 1 trolled R 1 BA FURNISHED CONDO
ure to complete theft i Your Florida Free catons and a co- ton or dsc aton" all y need Term, ncludesUtilities .........$910
project on the specified dom newspaper will 3110 plete job description Familial status includes 3 BR 3 BA FURNISHED CONDO
date will be set at not be responsible are available in our HR children under the age t Pool, Downtown. WKLY
$200.00 perday. for more than one office o at of 18 living wth parentssn 3 BR 2 B U S D HOS

~er nd n loreraw Emerald Coast ARgal cu*a*
e correct a aserton, no or legal custodians, 3 neR 2 BA UNFUR D
Please indicate on the will be liable foEOEApplication dead pregnant women an a new home Long Term ....................................................... $850
en e that this is a any error in adver- n s , people securing cus
sealed bid, for the segments to a h a 50 p to o children under Lanark.....................
"2011 Beaches Resur- greater extent than Gas Water Heater 40 ET. For more informa- 850-682-3344 2 BR UNFURNISHED APARTMENT
facing Project Bid the cost of the space gallons $100 and Gas tion, please contact This newspaper will not W/D Pet Friendly ........................................
#1011-25". occupied by the er- stove $75. Call Lynn Lanier, Deputy knowingly accept any 3 BR 3 B FURNISHED CONDO
Bs ner 850-229ror - 850-2271632 Administrator at advertising for real esFO r e.
Bids will be receivedText FL65906 to 56654 852296106. Gulf tate which s n violation Long Term, Pool................850
until 4:30 p.m. Eastern Any copy change, County enforces a of the law. Our readers
Time, on July 22, 2011 during an ordered Drug Free Workplace are hereby Informed

and/or reject any or all wemmmovlo 310eid Avenue
at the Gulf County schedule constitutes Policy and is an Equal that all dwellns n pa Ster
Clerk's Office, 1000 a new ad and new Opportunity i Afflrma- are available on a equal
Cecil G. CostI n charges tlve Action Employ er opportunity basis. To
Blvd, Port St. Joe, Flor ce- Web ID#: 34165412 complain of discrimina-

COMMISSIONERS or FAXED to interior upgrade; $2,250 mo mod gross
Ida 32456, and will be We do not te tID 34on call HUD toll-Sefree ato
opened and read aloud guarantee position eMedical/Health -8006699777. The
at this same location caton ntals res us iness *aralegal tollfree number for the
on July 25, 2011 at also pressure t J hearing impaired s
10:00 a.m., Eastern any classification, and inform for .\I's, 1-800-927-9275.

36Time. washing callPlacement assistance. e a Public Chartr School looking for a Stand alone building located at the corner of Williams and 1st
All bids shall remain families each Weems uClimate Controlled Units Lease Warehouse Space
firm for a period of sixty week. Let a little seMarketinl Lease Office Space , Watercraft and RV Storage
days after the opening. Classified ad do a o iNow Availablea 1i x 30 Storage Units
All bidders shall com- Classified ad do a Is now hlrlngforthe

State and local laws Emerald Coast *ARNP or PA *wwwAMERICAMINISTORAGEANDOFFICEcom*

concerning-418-CA Tra for a high paying ion inquire for termslcensng
regisrainManatiee Deluxe 100 IT S *Medical Lab Tech.ene negotia
tion of contractors do- Kayak tan and LLBean *E f t MTs 6140
Ping business to the lost in vacilnty of Pig Is- 747-5020 RNun
State of Florida. land please call if you RespTherapist 2 3 br, on St. Joe Port St Joe C om m ercial
have seen or found! +Dietician beach and Mexico P
The Board of County 850-229-1090 Reward! Houskeeping Beach. 1 br, Eff. on
Commissioners re- +Admissions Areas Pleach. Nice Fcallr Lease
serves the right to
waive informalities in Applications are 850-348-7774 R etail O ce Space
any bid, to accept avallableat TExt FL64758 to 56654
andor reject any or all: F S a l
bdand/ o rejetan toweemsmemonal com T10 ReidAvenue
bids, and to accept thesubmit MINI STORAGE Suite A +/- 1100 sf; $1100 mo mod gross
bid that in their judg- = and ma be sbmit-
ment will be in the best ted to Ginny Griner ortL oe 325ReidAvenue
interest of Gulf County. WMH HR Director, +/- 4,500 sf :Shell space Corner location; $2500 mo od gross
E ka Si 98 12th Stner a 309 Williams Avenue 0 0 0 /3000 fFormerda school outdoorplay area; Recent
COMMISSIONERS or FAXED to interior upgrade; $2,250 mo mod gross
GULF COUNTY , 850-653-1879 101 ReidAvenue
FLORIDA Old Maid Attend College Online Web ID 3463444 1 4 400 Seven office suites avail starting at $400 mo plus pro rata CAM
/s/ Warren Yeager, Now has opening forfrom Home. *Medical 103ReidAvenue
Chairman vacation rentals res- BusCness *Paralegal Chief Development Officer Great office/retail location ready for occupancy; $10 psf mod gross
July7,14,2011 dental also pressure Criminal Justice. Job 190 Williams Avenue
3126S washing call Placement assistance. We are a Public Charter School looking for a Stand alone building located at the corner of Williams and 1st
IN THE CIRCUIT 850-229-1654 Computer available. Fi- Street; On-site parking; $10 psf mod gross
COURT OF THE FOUR nanclal Aid if qualified. highly motivated creative individual with excellent
COR O H FU- - 79 SCHEV certified. Call communication skills. A self starter who has a BA in W warehouse / Flex S pace
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR wwwr Business, Marketing or Public Relations and is interested
GULF COUNTY, FLOR- in developing and implementing fundraising programs. 110 Trade Circle West
IDAhiring. SELL ALLYOUR FulTime Position +/- 2500-7500 sf suites; 14ft roll-up doors, dock high loading;
Case No.: 10-418-CA Train for a high paying inquire for terms
Aviation Career. FAA ITEMS � Salary/Benefits negotiated 2790 Hwy 98
OPTIMUMBANK, approved program. Fi-
Plaintiff, nanclal Aid if qualified, through classified. � Develop fundraising goalsforthe next five years +i/- 5,640sf : Office /Warehouse, $8 psf mod gross, Property also
Job Placement Assls-

Insittce. o atint Send resumesto: For S ale
TODD OLIVE; SHELIA nance877-206-9405 306 Williams Aveiwa
MEAD aka SHEILA 98 12th Street Apalachicola, Florida 32320 +/- 2400 sf o0m, ll=' CONTFL CT

ceased; STANLEY M.
GIVEN that the under-
signed, Clerk of Circuit
Court of Gulf County,
Florida, pursuant to the
Final Judgment of
Foreclosure entered in
this cause, will sell
on-line at 11:00 a.m.
EST in the lobby at the
Gulf County Court-
house located at 100
Cecil G. Costin, Sr.,
Blvd., Port St. Joe,
Florida 32456 on the
day of 2011, the follow-
ing described parcel of
real property, to-wit:
Lot 23, Block A, Gulf
Pines Subdivision, ac-
cording to the Official
Plat thereof recorded in
Plat Book 3, Page 25,
in the Public Records
of Gulf County, Florida.

The Economy has made it tough on everyone the last few years. But it's time to move forward.
Visit to find the right job for you. Let's do this.

SBnt" monster'


I'm sorry
To state the obvious, it hasn't been pretty the last few years, especially for the job market
I'm aware of the anger, and I don't blame you This whole thing got away from me But I think it's time we made
a fresh start
Here's what I propose:
1 If you have a job and you're happy with it, good for you Keep it up
2 If you're not happy in your job, its time to rethink things I'm not telling you to quit on the spot But maybe
there's a better job out there for you
3 If you've taken a job that under normal circumstances you wouldn't have, my hat's off to you You did what
you had to do But now maybe it's time to go back to doing what you do best
4 If you don't have a job, again, I'm sorry I know looking for a job can be, to put it nicely, challenging
But know this it's not you, it's me And if the recovery is here, I think you can lead the way
So to everyone who's been affected the last few years, which is pretty much everyone, I accept complete
responsibility But now the ball is in your court You have permission to move on with your life
It's time to move forward, find a job you love and get back to work ;"To

Loggerneada estauranr
Cape San Bias, +/-3000sf, FFE incl., .47 ac, on site-parking, sewer
asking $350,000. Short Sale
256 Hatfield Street, Eastpoint, FL
+/- 7,500 sf : 16' inside clearance; Dual 12' roll-up doors; $150,000
60 Island Drive, Eastpoint, FL
+/-19,620sf: Fully climate controlled office & retail show space;
located on primary SGI access corridor; $675,000
516 1st Street
+/-11,400 sf office/warehouse : .09 acres; Four roll up and/or high
clearance entryways; $515,000
320 Marina Drive
Corner lot entry to Marina Cove : .14 acres; High visibility site; Call
for details
+/- 4,988 sf : 100% leased multi tenant bldg; On-site parking; $450,000
+/- 4,431 sf : Hwy 98 frontage w/ On-site parking; $499,000
401 Reid Avenue
+/- 5,400 sf : Retail space; $225,000; Avail for lease; Inquire for terms
260 Marina Drive
+/- 3,200 sf : Multi tenant building in Marina Cove; New Construction
w/ ample parking; Also avail for lease; Inquire for details; $345,000
PSJ Commerce Park
+/- 6.5 acre site : $119,900; owner financing available
Hwy 98 Retail/Office Vacant Lots
Two lots avail w/ frontage on Hwy 98; 30' x 80' each; $69,900 per lot

Marketed Exclusively by:

850-229-6373 LRID

B8 I The Star


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sacred Heart

Hospital offers


physical rehab

Special to The Star

When an inpatient stay for
physical or occupational therapy
is needed, patients can now con-
sider staying closer to home. Sa-
cred Heart Hospital on the Gulf
now offers a program to provide
inpatient rehabilitation services
to the community.
Certain rural hospitals qualify
to establish an agreement where-
by they can assign a patient room
to provide either inpatient medi-
cal care or inpatient physical re-
habilitation. The program agree-
ment is commonly titled "swing
beds" because the beds can swing
from one status to the other.
"We are excited that this pro-
gram will allow patients the op-
portunity to stay in Gulf County
and be closer to their loved ones
while undergoing rehabilitation,"
said Gail Blackmon, registered
nurse and case manager for Sa-
cred Heart.

Alfred Harper is seen with daughter and son-in-law, Desda and
Walt Fields while spending time in inpatient rehabilitation at
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf.

Patients that are currently
in the care of SHH can receive
their rehabilitation without be-
ing transferred to a different fa-
cility, allowing them to keep the
same treatment team. Patients
also can request admission after
a patient stay in Panama City or
Tallahassee so they can be closer
to home.
The program has already been
a success in the eyes of at least
one local family. Ask the Harper

family, longtime residents of Port
St. Joe.
"Mr. Harper is an example
of how being closer to home can
improve the quality of someone's
experience," Blackmon said. "His
wife came to see him nearly every
day. It really gives the family a
chance to be involved without the
extra burden of an hour or longer
drive. We were sad to see them
go but glad to see him improve so

GCEC promotes smart water usage with H20 Plus

Special to The Star
Homeowners interested in
ways to make a difference in en-
ergy costs have a tool at their
disposal. Known as H20 Plus, the
program is an innovative service
from Gulf Coast Electric Coopera-
When a member enrolls in the
program, GCEC sends a certified
electrician to the home (at no cost
to the member) to install a cycling
device on their water heater. The
cooperative's power supplier can
then send a signal that instructs
the device to cycle the water heat-
er during times of peak energy
demand, usually between 5 a.m.
and 8 a.m.
When the water heater cycles,
the elements will power down
for a short period of time - usu-

ally between two and four hours
- and restart in time to maintain
plenty of hot water in the tank.
The cycling process reduces the
amount of power needed for the
overall system's peak demand.
The program is designed to
encourage wiser energy use dur-
ing peak demand times, increas-
ing the efficiency and reliability of
GCEC's power system.
"There are two things our mem-
bers need to understand about the
H20 Plus program," GCEC CEO/
General Manager Michael White
said. "First, members should not
notice a difference in the amount
of hot water available to do normal
household tasks. And second, par-
ticipation in this program can help
us all become wiser energy users
and reduce the amount of demand
on our system.

"In appreciation to those mem-
bers who choose to enroll in the
program, we will issue a one-time
bill credit of $25."
The cycling process will go vir-
tually unnoticed by participants.
There will be plenty of hot water
in their tank for showers, chores
and other household tasks.
Members who enroll in the
H20 Plus program should not
expect to see a reduction in their
monthly power bills. The true ben-
efit comes when you consider the
effect of thousands of homeown-
ers joining forces to better man-
age the region's energy demands
by reducing the amount of power
needed during the hours of peak
To learn more or to enroll in
H20 Plus, visit or
call 265-3631, 639-2216 or 481-1188.

The following is the Gulf
County Sheriff arrest log from
June 20 to July 4.

The Gulf County Sheriff's
Office will be conducting vehi-
cle safety checkpoints and DUI
checkpoints during the month
of July. The checkpoints will be
throughout the county, includ-
ing Highway 98 near St. Joe
Beach, Highway 98 and Garri-
son Ave, C-30 Simmons Bayou,
Highway 71 North of White
City, Highway 22 and Highway
22A, Highway 71 and Westarm
Creek, Highway 71 Dalkieth
Area and Highway 71 near the
Calhoun line.
On June 20, Juan Boday
Shackleford, 20, was arrested
on a warrant for domestic bat-
On June 20, Stephen Alan
Brinkmeier, 46, was arrested
on a warrant for violation of an
injunction against repeat vio-
On June 22, Ronald Samuel
Smiley, 55, was arrested on a
warrant for failure to appear;
the original charge was battery
on a law enforcement officer.
On June 22, Arsenio San-
tiez Sims, 22, was arrested
on numerous charges after a
search warrant was served on
his home. Sims was charged
with cultivation of marijuana,
aggravated fleeing and at-
tempting to elude, resisting
without violence, driving with a
suspended license and he was
also arrested on charges from
Franklin and Escambia coun-
On June 23, Johnathan Earl
Cooper, 29, was arrested on a
warrant for violation of proba-
On June 23, Cleatha Ann
Nickell, 39, was arrested on a
warrant for failure to pay child
On June 24, Clay Von Turner,
49, was arrested on a warrant
for failure to pay child support.
On June 24, Jimmy Ham-
mond, 22, was arrested on
three warrants for failure to
appear; the original charges
were burglary and grand theft.
On June 24, Nellie Elaine

Causey, 37, was arrested on a
warrant for unlawful posses-
sion of listed chemical to man-
ufacture methamphetamines
On June 25, Jason Allen
Fortson, 30, and Melanie Marie
Forston, 35, were arrested on
charges of domestic battery.
On June 26, Brent Lamar
Davis, 40, was arrested on
charges of driving under the
On June 26, Melissa Diane
Mims, 32, was arrested on
charges of driving under the
influence, and on July 1, she
was arrested for violation of
On June 26, Rebecca Le-
anne Causey, 23, was driving
a vehicle that was stopped for
a traffic violation. She was ar-
rested for driving with a sus-
pended license. During an
inventory of the vehicle the
remnants of a meth lab along
with chemicals to manufac-
ture meth were located in the
car. Causey was additionally
charged with possession of
methamphetamines and pos-
session of listed chemical to
manufacture methamphet-
amines. Three days earlier,
Causey had been convicted of
being a principal to manufac-
turer of methamphetamines.
On June 27, James Richard
Haney was arrested for failure
to pay child support.
On June 28, Edward Allen
Glasgow was arrested for flee-
ing and attempting to elude.
On June 30, Gary Lee Hud-
son, 42, was arrested for disor-
derly conduct.
On June 30, Ryan Michael
Carver, 20, was arrested for
violation of probation.
On June 30, Joe Daniel
Griffin, 50, turned himself in a
sheriff's office; he had a war-
rant for aggravated battery.
On July 3, Charles Justin
Russ was arrested for DUI he
refused a breath test.
On July 3, Amanda Elmore,
31, was arrested for two counts
of battery and one count of dis-
orderly conduct.
On July 4, Adam Lee Fore-
man, 38, was arrested for


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