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The Franklin ountyChr0onicle

Volume 3, Number 9 Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th 10 May 25 May 1994

Plantation Resident, Dr.

Tom Adams-, Intervenes

in Resort Village Appeal

The State of Florida Land and Water Adjudicatory Commission has
granted Dr. Tom Adams, St. George Island resident, permission to
intervene in the legal appeal made by Resort Village against the
Franklin County Commission. The Commission denied Resort Village
owner Dr. Ben Johnson permission to develop his St. George Plantation
commercial project with up to 60 multi-family residential units, or
condominiums, in early January 1994. Johnson's development firm is
Coastal Development Consultants. Inc. who claimed in their appeal
that the Franklin County Commissiori based its denial ofhi~s proposed-
amendment to the 1977 Development Order for St. George Island
Plantation on insufficient evidence.
Dr. Adams filed his request to intervene in March 1994, and the Land
and Water Adjudicatory Commission ruled on its merits on 12 April
1994, stating "...Having determined that the Motion to Intervene
demonstrates sufficient cause for the intervention ofThomas H. Adams
in support of the decision of the Board of County Commissioners, the
(Land and Water Adjudicatory) Commission hereby grants that petition
and gives Thomas H. Adams full party status." The Adams petition
states, in part, that he is a resident-owner ofproperty lot 58,in Sea Palm
Village, next to the property of Ben Johnson and Coastal Development
Consultants, and that he would be subject to the adverse effects of the
property being developed as proposed in the amendment by Dr.
Adams recited the history of the December 1993 Hearings held by the
Franklin County Commission on the proposals, and the official denial
issued by the Commission in early January 1994. Dr. Adams supports
the Franklin County Commissioners in their denied proposed
amendment to the 1977 Development Order, stating in his petition that
the County denied the Johnson proposals " is their authority and
properly denied the amendment which included multi-family
structures." Further, the petition stated that the beach club plans were
altered significantly in the Resort Village proposal, and that the County
Commission's review was within their authority. Dr. Adams pointed
out in his petition that over 75% of the property originally designated
for commercial use no longer exists for commercial development
because two sites have been changed to single-family residential
development, naming the area south of Nick's Hole and the area near
Bob Sike's Cut
The Adams petition also stated that the Board of County Commissioners
properly notified Coastal Development Consultants, Inc. of sewage
treatment and drainage control as major factors in their final review
and approval for plans in the commercial areas, as called for in the
Development Order. Moreover, Adams pointed out, "Currently, serious
problems with water availability and adequate fire protection on the
island represent substantial adverse data to be considered in the review
and approval process. Similarly, recent concerns relative to hurricane
evacuation, including problems of flooding, and integrity of the bridge
to the island represent substantial and adverse data to be considered
in the review and approval of more intense development proposals. The
Board was within its regulatory mandate to examine any and all data
which arose which was, in its judgement, substantial and/or adverse."
In a direct challenge to the Resort Village appeal, Dr. Adams addressed
the issue of competent and substantial evidence raised by Coastal
DevelopmentConsultants. "As to the issue of competent and substantial
evidence, testimony of community members provided credible data,
Continued on page 8

T/TJOHN Lawton Chiles. The Goverorwrote
JOjNi Crooms, "Your efforts to help your
community by providing a public
CROOM S transportation service in Franklin
County are invaluable. Your work
RECOGNIZED withtheApalachicolaBayChamber
of Commerce, Black Male College
AT FAMU; Explorers Program, St. George
Island Development Project, and
COMMENDED the Healthy Start Program is
critically needed and very
Y f fR admirable. For your efforts, I am
BY GOVE N JC/rhappy to designate you as a
recipient of the 'Florida's Finest'
CHILES award which honors Floridians who
make their communities
John Quincy Croom and six other significantly better through
small business owners were dedication, hard work and good
publicallyrecognized and given the deeds." Governor Chiles' letter
Florida A and M University Small continued, "The heart of our
Business Excellence Award on 6 administration is getting people
Ma durngaluncheon in theGrand involved with their government and
Ba oomon the university campus. their community by helping others
The event was a part of the United in need. Government alone will
States Small Business Week neverbe able to meet the challenges
celebrated by the Florida A and M facing Florida-it's our citizens who
University Small Business will ultimately make the difference.
Development Center. You are testament to what
Croom also received a letter and individuals can do to help make
certificate of appreciation as Florida a community, notacrowd."
Florida's Finest signed by Governor

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By Rene Topping
Three local doctors met with
members of the public to suggest
ways that an $800,000 grant from
the state to help rural hospitals
could be best used at the Emerald
Coast Hospital. Dr Photis Nichold,
a longtime Apalachicola physician
led the meeting, and was supported
byDr. Chai Seebrutaand Dr. Betty
Curry. All of the doctors were
concerned because the
administration of Emerald Coast

Hospital had refused to say how
the money would be spent. Nichols
said they had refused to tell how
they would use it until after it was
spent The three doctors said the
money could most wisely be used
to buy equipment and upgrade the
The county commission room was
filled with hospital workers,
hospital volunteers and residents.
Nichols said that his major concern
was the only accountability on
expenditure of the money was a
quarterly report to the legislature.
He said that "It would seem that
those spending the money should
be accountable, not only to the
legislature, but to all taxpayers,
including those in Franklin County.
The problem is that the money was
given by the legislature with no
specific requirements of reporting,
according to Nichols.
The money was given under what
has become known as the "Trammel
Bill" and as presented contained
no reference to reporting on how
Continued on page 2

Another sign of Spring includes the warning signs to
lower speed when motoring to St. George Island for
the low flying birds nesting on the man-made corridor
connecting the two bridges. In the background is
the distant reminder of continuing repair work, at a
slow pace, on the piling bridges.





The Auditor General, Charles L.
Lester, State of Florida, released
his audit report on 11 April 1994,
with the results of the audit of the
Public Defender Nancy Daniels,
Second Judicial Circuit, finding
that Ms. Daniels and her staffs
"...had generally complied with
the various provisions of laws,
administrative rules, and other
operations." With respect to items
not tested in the audit, Lester's
staff did not discover anything
that would cause them to believe
that the Public Defender's Office
had not complied, " all material
respects"... with those provisions.
The routine audit was undertaken
pursuant to Florida Statutes
Section 11.45 and as part of the
Legislature's oversight
responsibility for operations of
state agencies.
The background statement of the
audit report contained the
Section 27.50, Florida Statutes,
provides that there shall be a
Public Defender for each of the
judicial circuits of the State who
shall be elected at the general
election by the qualified electors
of the circuit. The duties of the
Public Defender as prescribed by
Chapter 27, Part III, Florida
Statutes, Include representing,
without additional compensation,
any person who is determined by
the court to be indigentas provided
in Section 27.52, Florida Statutes.

and who is: (1) under arrest for, or
is charged with, a felony; (2) under
arrest for, or is charged with, a
misdemeanor, a violation of
Chapter 316, Florida Statutes,
which is punishable by
imprisonment, or a violation of a
municipal or county ordinance in
the county court, unless the court,
prior to trial, files in the cause a
statement in writing that the
defendant will not be imprisoned
if he is convicted; (3) alleged to be
a delinquent child pursuant to a
petition filed before a circuit court;
or (4) sought by petition filed in
such court to be ifivoluntarily
placed as a mentally ill person or
involuntarily admitted to
residential services as a person
with developmental disabilities.
Nancy A. Daniels is the Public
Defender of the Second Judicial
Circuit. The Public Defender of
the Second Judicial Circuit is
responsible for performing the
duties described above, as
provided by law, InLeon, Gadsden,
Wakulla, Jefferson, Franklin, and
Liberty Counties. Offices are
maintained atTallahassee in Leon
County, Quincy in Gadsden
County, Crawfordville in Wakulla
County, Monticello in Jefferson
County, Apalachicola in Franklin
County, and Bristol in Liberty
County. The Public Defender of
the Second Judicial Circuit is also
designated, pursuant to Section
27.51(4)(a), Florida Statutes, to
perform duties relating to indigent
Continued on page 8


Radio G.M.

Steps Down

By Brian Goercke
Oyster Radio (WOYS-FM) General
Manager Butch Baker decided to
terminate his position with the
Eastpoint-based station and
submitted his letter of resignation
in the final week of April. Baker,
who moved to Franklin County
-almost three years ago, began
working with Oyster Radio in
February 1992 as a disc jockey and
moved into the position of General
Manager almost a year later.
"I've thoroughly enjoyed working
with the station, said Baker,
"though I feel that it is time to move
on." Bakerplans to attend a realtor's
course in Tallahassee and begin
working with Florida Coastal
Properties in Carrabelle. Baker
expressed an interest in eventually
owning his own business.
In reflection ofhis workwith Oyster
Radio, Baker related, "I certainly
appreciated all the help and
cooperation I received from Oyster
Radio's clients, the Plessinger's,
and the station's staff members."

Webb Again

Chastised By

At Carrabelle

City Meeting

By Rene Topping
Julian Webb, of Julian Webb and
Associates, once again came under
heavy fire from Carrabelle City
Commissioner Jim Phillips overthe
quality of work done by contractors
on repair work on homes in the
city. Phillips bored in on Webb with
machine-gun-like rapid questions
as to why he (Webb) re-hired a firm
who was one of the contractors
who were already accused of poor
qualitywork on three of the homes.
The money to repair these homes
came from the CDBG grant project
to repair local homes. The homes
involved were those of Boots Evans,
Evelyn Pope andAnnabelle Dabney.
Phillips asked if the item on the
agenda referring to a payment of
$1,800 to Webb was the last
payment to him as grants-writer
on the last contract. He then said
he had a number of things he
wanted to talk about before deciding
on payment. Webb had been told
by commissioners at a previous
meeting, to make sure that
corrections were made to the three
homes, and that Carl Obert, who
was acting as Webb's inspector on
the homes be down in Carrabelle
and was supposed to oversee the
work. Continued on page 8








By Carol Ann Hawkins
At the 26 April meeting Lanark
Village Water & Sewer District
(LVW&SD) Commissioner Harold
Sparks unexpectedly moved that
the board agree to purchase
property owned by Pete Richardson
for use as office space at the 26
April meeting. The district now
rents the property for $200 per
month. Chairman Carl Bailey has
said that since December, 1993
monthly payments on the property,
if purchased, would be $200 per
month for 20 years for a total
purchase price of $48,000.
Sparks' action came during a
heated discussion concerning a
letter that one of the water
customers at -the, meeting said
Bailey mailed to Richardson. The
customer said that the letter was
postmarked 8 April, and she
questioned how Bailey could have
made the offer without discussing
his action with the other board
members. The board last met at a
regular meeting on 22 February. A
regular meeting was scheduled to
be held on 22 March, but Bailey
was the onlyboard member present
that night.
Although Bailey talked with
LVW&SD customers for over an
hour on 22 March, the meeting was
not official because a quorum was
not present. Commissioner Greg
Yancey, after being asked, said at
the 26 April meeting that Bailey did
not discuss the letter or an offer on
the property with him.
Attorneys ScottSmley andThomas
Thompson, ofThompson, Crawford
and Snmiley Law Firm In
Tallahassee, quickly requested that
Bailey be permitted to see a copy of
the alleged letter Bailey said that
he didn't remember sending. The
attorneys were told that no copy
was available then.
Several customers were expressing
concern that purchase of the
property would require the district
to be responsible for all
maintenance and repair expenses,
which they said the district cannot
afford, when Sparks made the
surprise move. Loudly protesting
Sparks' action, customers asked
the attorneys to advise the board
against adopting the motion, but
Smiley said that he could not tell
the board what was right or wrong
for them to decide. Smiley said that
he had advised the board at the 25
January meeting to "look into the
purchase." At the same January
meeting, Smileyalso advised Bailey,
"There's enough interest in this
room to put this (decision) off," and
he suggested then that the board
obtain an appraisal of the property
and make a counter-offer if the
district was the only interested
party. Both attorneys stated that
Bailey had no authority to enter
into a contract to purchase the
property, and Thompson said that
he doesn't feel that Bailey has
entered into a contract. Smiley said
that Bailey can take steps to find
out the price, etc.."but he cannot
enter into a contract."
In the ensuing bedlam which
followed Sparks' 9:15 p.m. motion,
one of the customers asked the
district's new office manager, Janet
Dorrier, if she was still taping the
meeting. Dorrier apologized and
said that her tape had run out and
that she did not have any extra
tapes to use. The meeting continued
until adjourned by Bailey at 9:40
St. James-Lanark volunteer
Continued on page 8

Paze 2 10 May 1994 The Franklin County Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Franklin Footnotes

By Rene Topping

Bald Eagles on the
Comeback Trail
Lovers of our national symbol, the
bald eagle, are celebrating their
comeback in Northwest Florida.
According to a news release from
the Florida Game and Fresh Water
Fish Commission (GFC) Franklin
County is second only to Wakulla
County, in the number of active
eagle nests that were spotted by
non-game wildlife biologist Dr. Jeff
Gore and GFC's endangered species
coordinator, Don Wood. They were
flown over the area in the GFC's
Cessna 182 by GFC's pilot Sgt.
Dennis Welsh.
Wakulla is credited with 12 nests
and Franklin with 10. This is a far
cry form the 60's and 70's when
just a few eagles still nested on St.
Vincent's Island and in St. Marks.
It is believed that the retinant
population is slowly re-populating
old historic nesting areas. Gore
predicted that at the end of this
century, virtually all coastal
communities will have nesting
eagles. Nests recorded in other
counties this year are: Leon, 5;
Bay, 4; Jefferson, 3; Okaloosa, 2;
Gulf, Gadsen and Liberty all had 1
Only Two Board Members
Show Up For Special Meeting
Will Kendrick, Chairman of the
Franklin County School Board and
Katie McKnight, member from




By Rene Topping
If you work at the jail, it is quite
possible the hair will stand up on
the back of your neck during our
frequent lightning storms. In fact,
this part of Florida is second only
toTampaBay area inthe frequency
of the lighting strikes counted. Two
representatives of Morgan Electric,
present at the 19 April meeting,
said they had studied the problem,
and told commissioners that it will
take around $25,000 to fix it.

District 5, were the only two
members who showed up for a
special meeting called for 28 April
at 6 p.m. Willie Speed was in Fort
Lauderdale on school business,
William "Pops" Waggoner had to
take someone to the doctor and
Connie Sadler was ill that evening.
In the absence of a quorom the
meeting was postponed and no new
date announced.
Carrabelle Sells Police Car
for One Dollar
Carrabelle City Commissioners sold
the 1986 police car to the St James-
Lanark Volunteer Fire Department
(SJLVFD) for a one-dollar bill. The
car will go back into use as a first
responder unit with the SJLVFD,
as commissioners responded to a
request from Fire Chief Leonard C.
Evans. Evans said in his letter to
the commission, "There are many
times when there is only one
ambulance in the county and our
department's emergency medical
staff are called on a regular basis."
The car will be used to answer calls
in the Lanark, St. James and
Carrabelle area. The SJLVFD
presently has paramedic,
emergency medical technicians and
first responders as members.

when they came to meeting
Monday, 2 May. Around the corner
on Marine Street was yet another
truck. On a motion by Buz Putnal
and seconded by Raymond
Williams, commissioners decided
to have local police tell the truckers
that they had to find another place
to park and not on city streets.
Putnal said, "I don't think another
city in the world who would allow
trucks to park like this." It was
pointed out that the truckers were
staying at the Georgian motel and
eating in local restaurants. The
commission also discussed at some
length trucks parking on U.S. 98
and the truck route marked for
through trucks that directs them
off U.S. 98 by way of Ryan Road
and Three Rivers Road. The city
attorney Bill Webster told
commissioners that they had no
authority to restrict travelling on
U.S. 98.

New Equipment for
Carrabelle Fire Department
Carrabelle Fire Chief Bonnie Kerr
received permission from
commissioners to buya large blower
that would be used to clear the
smoke out of buildings so that
firemen could enter safely to put
out fires. She said the gas power
blower would cost $1,169.95 and
would add to the safety of the

Log Trucks Take Up Spaces Rumors Abound on State
Land Purchase
Carrabelle City Commissioners
objected to the fact that all of the In Carrabelle, rumors w
parking spaces in front of City Hall circulating about a very large tI
were taken up by three huge logging of land in Franklin County alleg
trucks belonging to Coastal Timber purchased by the State of Floi

The past history of the problem
according to B. J. Vonier,
Administrative Assistant to the
Sheriff, the department moved into
the jail in February of 1990. "We
had our first major strike in the
early summer of that year. Since
then we have had eight more major
lightning strikes, and bunches of
little strikes. And when it was
happening, the people who would
come out to repair the radio and
telephone would .say 'Y'all need
something done. You have no
lightning protection out here.' So I
called the Division of
Communications and they sent
engineers who found all kinds of
things that were wrong.


under the land acquisition
program. The Chronicle checked
the appropriate state agencies but
could not find anyone affirming
such a land purchase, rumored to
be upwards of several thousand
acres. The County Property

Appraiser's Office had no record of
any exchange, private or public.
However, it is possible a "deal" for
exchanging property in private
hands could have been struck and
simply was not recorded yet.
Beach Dumpsters Are
Meant For Visitors
Franklin County Solid Waste
Director Van Johnson, reported
that he was removing the padlocks
on dumpsters at the Carrabelle
Beach and at the public beach area
at Alligator Point and St. George
Island, because household garbage
was being stacked alongside of
them. Dogs were tearing the
packages apart and strewing them
up and down the roads, The
dumpsters were meant to be used
by visitors in an effort to keep the
beaches clean. He said that the
information signs he had placed
had been torn down adding that
cost $150 each and had become
part of a bonfire.
Proud To Be Recycling
All over the county green signs
have sprung up announcing that
the cities and other communities
of Franklin County are proud to be
recycling communities. The signs
are part of a recycling campaign
being waged by Van Johnson,
Franklin County Sold Waste
St. Vincent's Refuge
Manager Brings Money
St. Vincent's Wildlife National
Refuge Manager Randy Conroy
brought a ray of sunshine to the
Franklin County Commission
meeting as he presented
Commission Chairman Jimmie
Mosconis with the yearly in lieu of
taxes check. This year it was in the
amount of $44,972.

Splendor in the Glass
Fine Custom Stained Glass by
Barbara Metz
Entryways & Windows for Homes, Offices, Churches
Cabinet Door Inserts, Lampshades & Gifts
Repairs & Restorations
Call for On-Site Estimates & Repairs Competitive Prices

B. J. Vonier Resigns As
Animal Control Secretary
Ata special meeting of the Franklin
County Animal Control Authority
held on May 2, B.J. Vonier
announced that she would have to
resign her position as secretary for
the Authority as her duties were
being expanded at the Sheriffs
Department with the re-opening of
the Franklin County Jail.

Please Don't Help
That Bear!
Bruce Loomis, a resident of the
City of St. George area of Franklin
County, was reminded of the old
Phil Harris song about the
"Preacher and the Bear," on
Thursday, 5 May, as he strolled on
the beach near Yent's Bayou.
Loomis said he was enjoying the
quietwalk, when he turned around
a bend in the dirt road and came
face to face with a Florida bear. The
bear was between him and his
truck, which was parked by the
road on U.S. 98. He said for a
moment, he eyed the bear, as the
bear eyed him. Then Mr. Bear
ambled off in one direction and
Loomis got hastily into his truck.

They Won't Answer The
School Bell Come Fall
When the school bell is rung for the
fall session of the Franklin County
School system some very familiar
faces willbe missing. The following
four long-term teachers will leave
the system: Matha Kersey, Myra
Ponder, Dessie Sanders and Orlis
Burton will be retiring at the end of
this school year. School board
members said they will invite the
four to the next school board
meeting in early June to
demonstrate their appreciation for
the long service given to the School

from page 1
recovery unit was being used to
store files. There is also a need for
upgrading equipment, according
to the doctor's report.
Nichols said thatmostof the original
equipment was bought when the
hospital was built in 1959 is still in
use. Some was replaced when the
hospital underwent the last
renovation in 1978, The hospital at
that time was owned and run by
the county by a hospital board. The
hospital is still owned by the county
but is leased to Emerald Coast.
Today the county hospital board
still exists but is purely in an
advisory capacity and has not met
for quite a while. New members are
recently being appointed to the
Dr. Curry said that when she came
to the area and began the Nemours
Children's Clinic in Eastpoint, she
had zero patients at the hospital.
She said she has since sent more
than 60 or more there. She said
that she felt that this was a lifetime
chance for the hospital to be use
the money wisely and and make
the facility into a good county
hospital with a upgrading of
facilities and repairs. Both Nichols
and Seebrutra are in accord on this
and would like to see the money
used for a new roof, new heating,
and air conditioning, complete new
patient-room furniture including
new T.V.'s, new emergency room
equipment, new telemetry, new
patient call system and furnish the
operating room as well as other
Nichols said that the administration
of the hospital had all been invited
to attend, but no one came.
Although no one was at the meeting
to represent the hospital in person,
Dr. Charles Stark. the hospital

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Mr. Richard Plessinger, owner of
WOYS radio surveyed the jail and
made his report to the Franklin
Board of County Commissioners at
their meeting on Tuesday, 5 May
1994. He found a number of items
inadequately or not grounded
including the auxilliary
communications building, pay

phone, burglar alarms, fencing
surrounding the jail, flag pole,
propane tanks and backup
generator, marine radio. and the
closed circuit and cable TV systems.
A number of small corrections are
necessary to dramatically lessen
the risk of lightning damage to
property or personnel at the
Franklin County Jail.

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Little things mean a lot.

It all adds up. Did you know as citizens of this county we individually
generate up to five pounds of garbage per day? By the end of the year,
each one of us generates nearly one ton of garbage...garbage that is
currently being incinerated.

Incineration cost and our landfills are filling up fast. And it's not going
to get any better unless we begin to reduce the amount of trash we

Fortunately, simple and environmentally sound methods of waste
management such as recycling and waste reduction can reduce the
amount of garbage we're throwing away by 20 to 30 percent.

Burying or burning our garbage should be our last choice, not our
first. Soon it will not be an alternative. By adopting some simple
recycling and waste reducing practices, we can reduce our reliance on
landfills. But it will take a commitment by all of us. A commitment that
begins today.

.s make it second nature!

For more information call or visit the Department of Solid Waste & Recycling, Monday-
Friday (9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.) at 670-8167 located on Highway 65 in Eastpoint.

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The Franklin County Chronicle 10 May 1994 Page 3

Editorial and Commentary

My Mother
My mother is so special it's hard to put it in print. The most wonderful
description is lacking.
My childhood memories make me feel warm, loved and protected. In
this day of both parents working, I can never remember my mother not
being home, waiting for me when I stepped off the school bus. The
house was always spotless and something simmering on the stove.
She was always so happy I was home. She is the most innocent and
gentle person I've ever known. I'm a mother and a grandmother and my
desire is to be as loving and good as my mother.
In my mind, I see myself as a child buried deep in a sun fresh feather
bed, with many home stitched quilts used when I was cold or just
frightened of the dark but I would call our Mama. No matter what time
of night she would answer and just hearing her voice would make
everything all right. I close this letter in tears because one day I'll call
and Mama won't answer,
Shirley Dunaway

For Grandma

On Mother's Day 1994 Little Chiquita Rankin is sending the following
letter to her Grandma Classie Lowery who died early this year:

904-385-4003 (TALLAHASSEE)
Facsimile 904-385-0830

Vol. 3, No. 9

10 May 1994

Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Columnists Judy Corbus
Captain Ernie........Ernie Rehder
Contributors Rene Topping
.............Paul Jones
.............Brian Goercke
.............Will Morris
.............Lee McKnight
............Carole Ann Hawkins
Survey Research Unit.. .Tom W. Hoffer.
............Eric Steinkuehler

Sales Staff................
Will Morris.....Apalachicola, Eastpoint (697-2519)
Will Morris.....St. George Island (697-2519)
Betty Roberts.....Carrabelle-Lanark (697-3506)
Tom Hoffer.....Tallahassee (904-385-4003 or 927-2186)

Computer Systems and
Advertising Design Maxwell Stemple

Production & Layout Design...........Barbara Metz
...........Pamela Clarke
.............Maxwell Stemple
Proof Reader ........Barbara Metz

.............Pamela Clarke

Video Production............................David Creamer
.Citizen's Advisory Group
George Chapel Apalachicola
Sandra Lee Johnson........................Apalachicola
Grace and Carlton Wathen..............Carrabelle
Rene Topping.................................Carrabelle
Mary and John McDonald..............Lanark Village
Pat Morrison.................................St. George Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung...............Eastpoint
Brooks Wade..................................Eastpoint
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A Mother's Day Letter
A few weeks ago I was visiting Phil Dunaway over at his Goodyear
dealership on Highway 98 West near Apalachicola. We were talking
about the qualities of friendship.
Phil asked, "So what do you think is the most important thing about a
Within seconds I said, "Loyalty." Phil agreed.
On 8 May, the families in Franklin County and in every county of this
nation will be celebrating Mother's Day. On that Sunday, I'll be thinking
about and telephoning my mother who lives in Coleman, Michigan. I
will be recalling the friendship we've shared since I was a child.
Let me tell you about my mother:
Bernice Lavina Groesbeck, nee. Erickson, was born and raised in
Skanee, Michigan. That's a tiny town located on Huron Bay and near
the base of the Keweenaw Peninsula in the Upper Peninsula.
This blue-eyed, blonde-haired daughter of Swedish homesteaders
excelled at school, and after graduating with honors from L'Anse High
School she moved to Detroit. While working as a governess and
housekeeper for a wealthy family, Bernice met my father at the
Greystone Ballroom. Some months later, Gordon proposed to her. They
married and settled down to the hard work of earning a living and the
challenge of raising a family during The Depression.
That's the brief biographical sketch, but you'll notice these facts say
little about the qualities of her personality. For me, her actions define
her character.
When her children were babies, my mother carried water in buckets,
built camp fires and boiled hot water in tubs so she could wash diapers.
To help buy food and pay the family's bills, Bernice worked as a waitress
and a cook at various restaurants. Since my father had a penchant to
move the family from town to town and state to state in search of
"opportunities" and adventures, my mother also became the family's
organizer, packer, loader and unloader of our possessions. And of
course, at every new residence she cooked our meals, cleaned the tent,
trailer, apartment or house, washed our clothes, bandaged our scratches,
treated our colds and helped us with our school work. Regardless of all
those moves our family made before, during and after World War II, I
can't recall a day when I lacked food, clothing or shelter.
Last October, I hooked up my travel trailer in Coleman, waved good bye
to my mother and began searching for a creative home in Florida. While
heading south, the clutch burned out on my Chevy near French Lick,
Indiana. Then, near Ashville, Alabama, a wheel flew off my trailer as I
approached another mountain range. The cost of these repairs exceeded
my savings. Within hours after calling my mother, a cashier's check
was waiting for me at a bank in Gadsden.
We all now live during a time of verbal bombast. Advertisements,
promises and commitments in newspapers, on billboards, from radios,
televisions, politicians, preachers, strangers and acquaintances blast
at our minds. And yet, we can easily filter out all of the lies and
nonsense, if we will only remember that we can measure the person's
character by observing actions instead of believing words. If we have
been raised by caring, honest and loyal mothers, then we can use their
lives and their actions as guides, so that we may avoid or overcome
some of the disappointments and heartaches from associating with
other people.
Bernice Lavina Groesbeck, nee Erickson, is my guide. She is my loyal
friend. She is my mother.
Cordially yours,
Jack Dakota
(a.k.a. Howard Groesbeck)

Mother's Day in a New Form

Margaret, my mother, is 88 and has in medical terms what is called
"profound dementia." Herdoctoeyery recently concluded that she has
suffered a stroke. She does not talk very much and when she does, the
words are usually jumbled, often urintelligible and she has lost control
over her legs, though nothing is paralyzed. When I started this, I was
not sure just where to start or:what to write without creating a
misleading impression. ,Many, many others suffer the same problems
and many families endure the same emotional byproducts of this
particular form of aging. Yet, I can look at her emaciated body and face
and attempt to communicate with her, finding a mere touch sometimes
worth more than a volume ofwords, partly because she "touches back,"
and says, "I love you."
It is possible to see beyond her physical state to a mother I remember
very clearly. She was one who gave life to three children; I was the
youngest. The oldest died in infancy. Only in recent years have I
realized how painful that experience had been to my father and mother.
Yet, she and my dad continued their lives and shared themselves with
their children, and Motherwas the most expressive in doing so. Always,
the letters ended "Love from us..." as she took over the tasks of "family
scribe" in keeping me informed of their lives when the nest became
empty. Years would pass before I truly realized the emotional aspects
of that transition, when children grow up and leave their home in
search of making a living. Always, it seems, the youngsters are too
much in a hurry to go somewhere. I am facing the transition of losing
her to another world, but this too-is a part of living, isn't it? When
Charles Lindberg died, his wife, the prolific author Anne Murrow
Liridberg likenedhis departure to a giant tree now fallen in the woods,
with a trunk of substantial length and girth. She was trying to "sum up"
his life for Eric Severeid, a CBS correspondent in a TV interview. Her
characterization surprised Severeid and, as I dimly recall, it practically
brought tears to the eyes of that crusty TV reporter, who had enough
life experience for two or more lifetimes.
In the face of Margaret's debilitating disease, memory reminds me of
the "substantial length and girth" that continues in her life. We would
all probably describe our mothers in those terms because their will and
strengths still ring solidly through the years, to the present day, even
though she lives in a mask which she cannot remove. The mask, called
dementia, serves to separate her from a community of like minds, souls
and emotions. Some in that community want to be separated from this
world mostly inhabited by the old. The separation is stimulated by fear;
sometimes sanctioned by fear. But, talk with an aging person, you will
find an encyclopedia ofexperience and activity that would keep anyone
occupied for hours, perhaps even days. My mother has her share of
stubborn, sometimes unreasoning mental holds on old values, perhaps
in frustration to her own physical predicament. When she said "What
is wrong with me," we have a statement of one who has not lost her mind
because it would be impossible to formulate that kind of question
without thought. She would take your hand, even during her darkness
called dementia, and say "I love you." She and I and her companions
are surprised that such a thought is possible in the face of forgetfulness,
some anger, physical infirmities, crossed brain waves, sacks of excess
protein and all the other things which clutter the brain or our fear.
When she says "I love you, "I can see once again behind her mask and
I can "touchback" the same message. While we may not be able to enjoy
Mother's Dayin the traditional terms, we can still communicate and for
that I am grateful. I am pleased I am able to learn something from my
mother even at this age. Like you, dear reader, I am also getting old.
Tom W. Hoffer

St. Patrick's


By Lee McKnight
On Sunday, 17April 1994, another
link with Apalachicola's past was
formed with the 143 year
rededication of St. Patrick's
Catholic Church by Bishop John
M. Smith of the Pensacola-
Tallahassee Diocese assisted by
Father Roger Latosynski, St.
Patrick's Parish Priest. Originally
constructed in 1829 and dedicated
by Bishop Thomas T. Toulin of the
Mobile Diocese, the current church
building sits on the same site as

the original wooden St. Patrick's
Church built in 1850. That building
burned down the same year it was
constructed and was rebuilt in
1851. The rebuilt church served
Apalachicola's Catholic Parish until
it was moved to the site of the
current priest's house and replaced
by the new church building in 1928.
The Romanesque-style building
with it's white stucco walls and
melodious bells (retained from the
1850 church) have been one of
Apalachicola's most distinctive
landmarks for the past seventy-five
years. SL Patrick's has seen its
parishioners through the Great
Depression, a World War, the
Korean and Viet Nam conflicts, and
the day-to-day joys and sorrows of




Finding the "Right"

By Judy Corbus
For most people, buying a home is
a major investment of both time
and money. Choosing the "right"
house for your needs and budget
takes time and planning but can
help you avoid regrets later on. The
Better Business Bureau surveyed
home buyers who had been living
in their homes for seven years and
asked them what they regretted
most about their decision to buy.
Among their top responses were:
*Purchasing without sufficient
*Poor quality construction
*Declining neighborhood,
reducing property value; and
*Layout of house unsuitable for
The first step in finding the right
house is to determine how much
house you can afford. The principal,
interest, taxes, and insurance for
the house plus other long-term
debt, such as loan payments,
should not exceed 41% of your
gross income. Once you know
what you can afford, look only at
houses in your price range. This
will save you, and the realtor, if you
are using one, much time.
Next determine what your family's
housing needs are and the features
the house should have. Room size
and lay-out are very important
considerations. If you have small
children, you may want your
bedroom near theirs to save steps
at night. If the children are older,
you may prefer a split plan, with
the master bedroom across the
house from the kids' rooms to give
you more privacy. Extra bathrooms
are a desirable feature for large
families, especially to handle the
morning rush! A laundry area, a
family room, storage space, and a
dining room vs. an eat-in kitchen
are other features to consider.
Ifyou have a lotof furniture or large
pieces, calculate the room size you
will need to handle it. You can
sketch a potential floor plan and
draw in your furniture and
possessions to see if the room size
will be adequate. You should be
able to move freely around the
furniture without tripping or having
to go out of the way to get through
the room.
Keep in mind, too, your lifestyle
and the amount of time you will
have for upkeep and maintenance
on your house. If you are gone
much of the time or have a busy
weekend schedule, you may not
have enough time to take care of a
large yard or fix up a "handyman's
special." Maintaining your home's
appearance not only protects the
house from structural damage but
also adds to your neighborhood's
overall appearance. Think carefully
about how much time and effort
you are willing to put into a house
before your begin your search.
Third, carefully consider the
LOCATION of your house. While it
maybe convenient to schools, work,
church, and shopping, you may
have difficulty selling it later on if it
is located in a declining
neighborhood. If you anticipate
selling the house in a few years, it
might be wise to live in an
appreciating neighborhood. If you
are considering moving to a
subdivision, check the zoning areas
and long-range plans for
development. What may be an
empty lot down the street or behind
you today may become a shopping
centerorbusiness later on, creating
a lot of traffic and noise you hadn't
planned on!

Once you know what you want and
you begin your search, look for
quality construction. A house may
look pretty but have many
structuralproblems. Here are some
points to consider: Howwelldo the
doors shut? How solid is the floor?
How energy efficient is the house?
Is the roof ridge perfectly straight?
Are there any cracks in the
foundation? Is there a musty smell
(a sign of moisture problems)? Is
the grading on the lot sloping away
from the house enough to carry
water away from it? What is the
condition of the window frames?
Why is the house on the market? It
is a good idea to have a professional
inspector check out a house you
are seriously considering. He or
she can detect problems that may
require ,costly repairs. This maybe
a deciding factor in whether or not
to buy the house.

the local population. But, like any
seventy-five year old, time had
taken its toll on the church. The
exterior white stucco that gave St.
Patrick's its distinctive style was
badly in need of repair. In the
interior of the church the stucco
walls had suffered damage from
Improperly installed paneling. J.
W. Gaskins, the Tallahassee
Contractor responsible for the
restoration said that the interior
walls were pock marked every
sixteen inches where studs had
been improperly driven into the
walls and water had leaked from
the exterior of the church behind
the interior paneling and caused
even more damage to the interior
stucco walls.
on page 8


Speaking in



By Rene Topping
People are always complaining that
the government is not responsive
to the people. We all have a
knapsack full of those "for-
instances." So I feel it only fair that
when any arm of our government is
responsive they deserve a pat on
the back. With that in mind, here
Small as the Sewer and Water work
crew is in Carrabelle, and as small
as the budget is for unexpected
expenses, when the Mayor and
Commission are informed of a
potential danger they find time to
check it out and the resources to
do something. Case in point was a
potential danger to both children
and animals, perceived by this
reporter, after following up on a
call reporting that once again a dog
was trapped in the water retention
pond at the Sewer plant just north
of U.S. 98 on a dirt road off Airport
I sent the following letter to the
Mayor and commission on Monday,
11 April 1994:
Mayor Carlton Wathen and
City of Carrabelle, FL 32322.
I would like to bring to your
attention a potentially
dangerous situation that exists
out at the sewer plant just off
Airport Road. Over the last
months several dogs have fallen
into the holding pond there and
some have been rescued, but
some drowned, as they failed to
be able to get up the slippery
sides to safety before they ran
out of strength.
This past Friday, I was notified
by the Florida Power peoplethat
some of their workers were-out
at the facility and trying to get a
dog out. They asked that my
husband go over and assist them
and the animal control officer
who was also enroute. They did,
in fact, get the dog out and upon
release he started away in a
very wobbly condition. The men
left before my husband or the
control officer arrived and we
have so far been unable to locate
the animal. They notified us that
there was a body of a dog still
floating in the water. The animal
cohtroloffilcer is alerted to return
sometime Monday and get the
dead animal out and bury it.
Because I wanted to see how so
many animals were able to get
in, I took a ride over to the
plant. It is fenced all around.
However, I am worried after
seeing the four foot gate.
Obviously the dogs can get
between the bars, Gentlemen,
if a full sized golden retriever
can get in so can a small child.
Our children wander in the
open areas of our county and I
cannot help but feel that this is
truly an invitation to children
to investigate the "swimming
pool" that lies just beyond the
fence. It is possible that ifa dog
cannot get out, neither could a
I would like to strongly urge
that the city check into this
and make this so that neither
dogs nor children can be lost to
us. I would like to be in a
position of reporting some very
positive action on this. I am
glad that so far, the kids seem
not to have "found" this
intriguing place
Please let me know what you
will do on it. There is water In
the pond and the dead dog has
been in it for a while and I am
sure that water is now polluted
with who knows what. I am not
in any way trying to be a
scaremonger, just that I know
that small children are very
like puppies. They have a habit
of getting into places they
should not be. We cannot afford
to have that happen.
Thank you,
Rene Topping
On Friday, 15April Iwas contacted
by Sewer and Water Department
Supervisor Keith Mock, who
Informed me that he has already
put some protective wire on the
gate and is trying to figure out
other ways to make the area safer.
Although there are other things
that may be able to be done later a
hearty thank you to those in office
and those who work for this cash-
shy city, for their prompt attention
and efforts to make it a safer place
for our children and our animals.

Page 4 10 May 1994 The Franklin County Chronicle




Eight .volunteers from the Franklin Work Camp were honored on 21 April at a Volunteer Appreciation,
Banquet at Gulf Correctional Institute (C. I.). Those honored included Rev. and Mrs. Onnie Jackson (for their
camp ministry), Wanda Teat and Brenda Wilson (for G.E.D. instruction), Guy Marsh, Allan and Betty Roberts
and this writer (for educational instruction with the Franklin County Adult Reading Program).
The event began at 6 P.M. with an invocation from Rev. Jackson, Chaplain Michael Newton and Inmate Joe
Pacifico gave welcoming words to those in attendance. After the group welcome, the volunteers were treated
to a banquet provided by the Food Service Department of Gulf C. I.
Chaplain Michael Lister of Gulf Forestry introduced guest speaker, Jerry Kelley (principal at Wewahitchka
Elementary School), at the close of dinner. Kelley praised those at the honor's benefit as "essential pieces
in the rehabilitative puzzle." Kelley thanked the volunteers present for their effort to help the corrections
At the banquet's close, approximately 30 volunteers from Gulf C. I., Gulf Forestry and the Franklin Work
Camp were presented with Certificates of Appreciation for assisting the Department of Correction.

Gene Brown Pre-Filed Testimony

Continued From The Previous Issue
". Can you be more specific, and discuss the various adjustments as
they appear in the revised MFR's?
A. Yes. First, with regard to Account 601, Employee Salaries and Wages, we
put a new pay raise into effect as of December 1, 1993. This was done for two
basic reasons: (1) to keep up with the cost of living increase; and (2) to
maintain employee morale so that we would have no turnover. These raises
had been promised for some time, and it was necessary to put them into effect
so we would not lose any experienced employees. We also have been required
to hire a new full time office staff person, Fiona Ramion, who is paid $6.00
per hour for a basic 40 hour week. She was and is necessary to maintain our
books and records in compliance with the rules and regulations of the
Commission as interpreted to us by the Commission staff. In order to meet
the "readilyavailable requirementoftheNARUC(ascheduleofanaccounting
system) rules as Interpreted bythe Commission's audit staff, we now prepare
full daily documentation on each and every transaction as ultimately
reflected in our monthly general ledgers. It was impossible to provide this
level ofdetail and to otherwise maintain our books and records in accord with
the NARUC and PSC rules without the addition of at least one staff person
in the Tallahassee office.
As mentioned earlier, we also had to hire a new maintenance person to assist
with the day-to-day operations on St. George Island. The person we hired is
Larry Hatfleld, who is working for us at the rate of $8.00 per hour. There are
a number of reasons for adding this person to our staff on the Island. We now
gather all of the DEP required samples in house, whereas we previously
contracted this work out at the rate of $800 per month to Southern Water
Services, Inc. Second, as shown by the Baskerville-Donovan aerator report,
we will be required to flush our lines on a daily basis at various dead end
points on the Island, which is 20 miles long. This alone will require
approximately four hours per day for one person. Third, with the proliferation
of shallow wells and the increased emphasis by DEP, PSC, etc. regarding the
cross connection program it is almost a full time Job for one person tokeep
our system map up to date and to audit all of the development and
construction which is going on throughout St. George Island, much ofwhich
includes the construction of shallow wells. Fourth, at the insistence of the
PSC audit staff, we are now keeping detailed work orders, purchase orders,
time logs, plant records, and other records which were not kept at the same
level ofdetail during the 1992 test year. Fifth, our leak detection program is
taking more and more time. Also, in order to document each and every
transaction on a daily basis, a great deal more of Hank Garrett's time in the
office Is required to provide this detail to our Tallahassee bookkeeping office
on a dally basis. In other words, Hank Garrett no longer has time to work in
the field with Kenneth Shiver on routine repairs and maintenance as he did
in 1992. Instead, he has to spend substantial time in the office doing
managerial and bookkeeping functions, so that he is available for manual
labor and repairs only on an emergency basis.
Regarding Account 604, Employee Pensions and Benefits, we have enacted
an employee pension and profits sharing plan effective January 1, 1994. This
type of plan has been promised to the employees for several years, and it was
necessary to implement it at this time to maintain employee morale and to
keep the dedicated employees which we have. This plan requires a contribution
by the utility of an amount equal to 5% of each employees' salary. I am not
included In this plan, because I am not a direct employee of the utility
We have also revised our health insurance program to provide basic health
insurance coverage for all utility personnel. All employees of the utility were
not covered by health Insurance during the test year of 1992, which was not
fair or equitable. We have been able to cap these costs by providing a direct
cash allowance to each employee, rather than maintaining an overall group
policy which would be subject to periodic increases.
Also, we have provided for $3,000 per year for employee education and
seminars. I recently spent five days at the NARUC seminar at Clearwater
Beach. I believe that at least two of the utility's employees involved in
accounting management need to attend this or a similar seminar. Sandra
Chase, who s in charge of our cross connection control program, needs to
attend one or more cross connection control seminars to fully understand
how to satisfy the requirements of her position. Ann Hills, who is in charge
four computerized billing system, needs to attend the annual seminar that
TAABS offers to keep up with the advances in the TAABS billing software.
Hank Garrett is now trying to obtain his Class "B" operator's license and
Kenneth Shiver is trying to obtain his Class "C" operator's license. Both of
these individuals need to attend at least one or two seminars annually to keep
up with all utility companyoperating requirements and other advancesin the


Judy Corbus is the Multi-
County SHIP Home Economics
Extension Agent with the
University of Florida, Franklin
County Cooperative Extension
Service. The Cooperative
Extension service provides
educational information and
other services to individuals
without regard to race, color,
sex, age, handicap, or national
origin. For more information,
Contact the Franklin County
Cooperative Extension service
at (904) 653-9337.

industry. These seminars are sponsored by DEP, Rural Water Association
and other similar agencies and entities. Seminars such as these should be
attended by our employees on a ongoing basis, and it is estimated that this
will cost approximately $3,000 per year.
Regarding Account 631, Contractual Services-Engineering, it is necessary
for the utility to have the services of a competent engineer available on an
ongoing basis. We constantly need engineering advice regarding the proper
operation and maintenance of the system. Also, the utility and its personnel
have to meet and confer on an ongoing basis with developers, customers, and
various agency personnel regarding engineering matters. This includes
meetings with DEP, PSC, Northwest Florida Water Management District,
Volunteer Fire Department, St. George Island Civic Club, St. George Island
Plantation Owners'Association, Florida Rural WaterAssociation, an various
other groups and agencies that have an ongoing interest in the utility
company and its operations involving engineering issues. To assure that we
will have engineering expertise and assistance available at all times, the
utility entered into a retainer agreement with Mr. Wayne Coloney, effective
January 1, 1992, at a cost of $500 per month. We feel this expense is
reasonable and necessary to provide Hank Garrett and me with instant
engineering assistance which is necessary for both of us to properly do our
RegardingAccount 632, Contractual Services-Accounting, we have a retainer
agreement with Barbara Withers, CPA, for $500 per month or $6,000 per
year, effective January 1, 1993. This covers five hours ofwork per month. Any
excess time spent by Ms. Withers is billed at the rate of $100 per hour. We
primarily use Barbara Withers for our tax returns, all partnership accounting,
and other complicated or more sophisticated accounting matters. Our day-
to-day accounting, Including compliance with NARUC and PSC accounting
requirements, Is handled by Jeanie Drawdy. She works 16 hours pe week
at a cost of $20 per hour. She has responsibility for assuring that we are in
compliance with NARUC and PSC accounting requirements. She prepares
and files the annual reports, as well as the monthly and yearly general
ledgers. Based upon the detailed and stringent accounting requirements
which must be met by this utility company, we must have the services of both
Ms. Withers and Ms. Drawdy, as I mentioned earlier, in order to remain in
compliance with all applicable accounting requirements.
Regarding Account 633, Contractual Services-Legal, the utility has entered
into a retainer agreement with my professional association, Gene D. Brown,
P.A.. under which the utility is obligated to pay $2,000 per month. This covers
all legal services that the utility may require, except extraordinary matters
such as this rate case and substantial litigation that cannot be handled by
me alone. As a part of this retainer agreement, I keep detailed time records
covering all legal matters which I handle for the utility company. This time
Is billed to the utility at $150 per hour, which is my standard hourly rate, but
I have agreed to waive all fees in excess of $24,000 peryear. During the time
that Mary LaBatt was co-managing the utility with me last summer, I was
requested to keep time records Tor a period of approximately 6 weeks. The
result was a bill of approximately $4,000 to $6,000 per month. Since I was
requested to keep detailed time records by the PSC audit staff last fall, I have
been keeping time sheets on all legal services rendered to the utility. On the
basis of these time records, the utility would be charged well in excess of
$24,000 per year if the utility was required to pay at the rate of $150 per hour
rather than an agreed fee of $2,000 per month.
Regarding Account 634, Contractual Services-Management, the utility has






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By Brian Goercke
Franklin County Library Director, Eileen Annie, visited the Franklin
Work Camp on 22 April to provide inmate Jason Davis with in-service
training on librarian techniques. Inmate Davis was chosen as the camp
librarian for the newly created library. Eileen Annie demonstrated how
to categorize different books, fill out check-out cards and place card
sleeves within the books.
The Franklin Work Camp is in the process of sorting its donated books
and creating the proper shelving. The library is expected to be fully

functional by July.

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Consumer News
from page 3

Finally, ifyou are thinking ofbuying
an older house to remodel,
remember not to "over-build the
neighborhood." To reduce the risk
of a loss on your investment, it is
best not to increase the value of the
house more than 15% over the top
value in the neighborhood. For
example, if you buy a house in a
$50,000-house neighborhood and
add a $24,000 addition, it is highly
unlikely you will sell your house to
a family looking for a $75,000
house. They will be looking in a
s $75,000-house neighborhood.
Another "rule of thumb" is the cost
of the improvement should be less
than 60% of the cost of building a
new home of equal size and quality.
j Findingyour "right" house requires
time, patience, and a little
homework but it is effort well spent
when you end up with a home that
fits your budget, your needs, and
most importantly YOUI

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P.O. Box 671

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Highway 98 at 4th Street
(904) 697-3539 Carrabelle, Florida 32322

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Professional Land Surveyors
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an ongoing management agreement with Armada Bay Company, which Is an
affiliated management company. This retainer agreement has been provided
to the Commission staff, and It details the scope of the agreement. Basically,
it covers any and all management responsibilities regarding all day-to-day
utility operations. It also covers the office space which I use, as well as
substantial office equipment and furniture which is owned by Armada Bay
Company and used by the utility company. At the suggestion of the
Commission's audit staff, I have been keeping general time records regarding
my management responsibilities with the utility company. These records
show that I am spending almost all of my time in managing this utility
company. I intend to continue doing this until the remaining problems are
solved, and until the utility secures a sufficient revenue base so that the
company can be managed by a professional utility manager who does not
have to face the daily cash flow crises that we have been operating under for
the past several years.
Regarding Account 635, Contractual Services-Other, there are a number of
adjustments which need to be made. First, we need to have a contract with
a competent testing lab to pick up and test our samples as required by the
DEP regulations. The lab we had been using lost some of our samples last
year, which caused us substantial problems, Also, the DEP personnel and
our engineers have strongly recommended that we transfer our testing to a
more competent qualified lab. Accordingly, we have obtained a written quote
from Savannah Labs in Tallahassee, based upon all of the sampling that we
are currently required to perform to meet all applicable state and federal
regulations. We are no longer going to Impose upon the wives of our
employees to deliver the samples to the lab. This procedure has raised
numerous concerns and questions which need to be avoided. The quote set
forth in our revised MFR's is the total annual amount required to properly
meet our sampling requirements.
Over the years, we have received numerous complaints about our personnel
not being in uniform. Many of our customers have complained that they do
not like un-uniformed personnel coming on their property because their
tenants do not know our employees are utility authorized personnel who
have authority to come on to the property for meter reading and other similar
matters. We did not provide uniforms for our employees during the 1992 test
year, but we now have a contract to provide these at approximately $1,200 per
year. I believe this is a reasonable and necessary expense.
DEP has mandated that we make arrangements for substantial maintenance
of the ground storage tank. Also, ourengineers and others have advised that
our elevated tank will soon begin having substantial problems unless we
begin a maintenance program immediately. Based on this, we have agreed
to a maintenance contract with Eagle Tank Technology Corporation of
Jacksonville for the ongoing maintenance of both tanks at a cost of $20,493
per year.
For many years, we have been advised that our pipes throughout the Island
need to be cleaned or "pigged out" on a periodic ongoing basis. This will help
us detect and repair leaks, itwill increase water pressure, it will cut down on
turbidity levels and other water quality problems, and It will provide other
benefits that have been explained to us. The cost of this work is $35,040 per
year, which we believe to be an ordinary and necessary expense for the utility
company. Continued on page 8


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Published twice monthlv on the 10th and 26tlh

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

The Franklin County Chronicle 10 May 1994 Page 5

Fire Safety Workshop Brings Rental Managers and Regulators into "Polite Confrontation"

The purpose of the workshop was to seek public comment about a
proposed rule concerning "transiently-rented dwellings" a phrase with
legal implications because if a structure were so-defined, it would be
categorized into the purview of a Florida Statute that required external
means of egress (under certain conditions) and/or installation of a
sprinkler system (under certain conditions) by 1 October 1994. Ms. Lee
M. Cornman, Environmental Specialist III, from the Division of Hotels
and Restaurants, opened the workshop on Monday, 25 April 1994 at
the St. George Island fire house. The audience consisted of St. George
Island residents, real estate and property managers, and various legal
representatives of professional associations in Florida.
Ms. Cornman said the purpose of the meeting was to obtain public
comment on the proposed administrative rule, which attempted to
define stories as relating to FS 509.215 (1)(a). The proposed language
has not been finalized even at this date, and she added that additional
workshops would be held around the state to obtain additional opinion.
She also said:
"Let me make one thing clear at this time. This is a statewide
issue. A lot of publicity and comment have come out of this
north Florida area."
One of the issues has to do with the defining single-family residences
on pilings into the statutes, sometimes rented to others, through a real

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estate agency, which manages these properties. If so defined as a
transient rental facility, and depending upon how "stories" are defined
for piling homes, the homeowner might have to install a sprinkler
system, or provide for external means of egress, which would also
become an expensive burden.
The draft language presented to the workshop was as follows:

61C-1.004 Safety Requirements Fire. Miscellaneous
(6) As used in Section 509.21 5(1 ) (a), F.S., the term "three
stories" means three horizontal divisions of a building,
beginning from fire department access level, each of which
comprises the area between two adjacent levels; provided
that the area between the two adjacent levels must exceed
10 feet to be considered a "story"; and, provided further
that said area need not consist of habitable space to be
considered a "story" .
Ron Webb, Fire Safety Coordinator, gave some background on the
relevant Statute 509.215:
"...Florida Statute 509.215 is nothing really new. It's been
around since about 1982. The problem we're faced with right
now.. .over the last how do we define a story. Part of the
issue came about with coastal dwellings being constructed.
Part of that problem has to deal with locations which are built
on stilts (pilings). How do you define the level below the stilts?
In some areas it is only 2 feet above the ground, and in some
it's 8 feet (above the ground) and other locations around the
state, we have two-, three- and four-story structures being
built atop 17 foot pilings. You talk about fire department
access, especially along coastal areas where you're dealing with
sand and dunes, how some departments handle this problem
is different from others. Down in in the Keys and
is different Every departments capable ofhandling it differently.
But, they're all faced with the same problem and that's height
or height of structures. Different building codes, they don't
refer to stories, they refer to floors. That's the difference
between our statute and their building codes...One code
specifically addresses the issue of floors. Anything where there
is something enclosed... .If you have a laundry room or a porch
enclosed on the bottom below your living quarters where your
pilings are, that would be counted as a story. We're just
basically here today to listen. For you to provide input on
helping us resolve this matter..."




By Jack Dakota
In my first column appearing in the
26 April edition of The Chronicle, I
announced that the Forgotten
Coast Theatre was holding
auditions for "A Bridge to Love" at
7 p.m. on Tuesday, 10 May and
Thursday, 12 May at the Florida
Power Corporation's meeting
lounge located near downtown
Although the exact address is 49
Avenue F, our typographer hit the
wrong key on the computer and
sent you to "99" Avenue F. If you
drive to "99" Avenue F, I don't know
where you'll end up, but our
producer/business manager/
director, Angela Boyd Schoelles,
and I won't be at that unknown
location. We'll be holding the
auditions at the Florida Power
Corporation lounge.
I admire consistency in people. So,
I was impressed when our
typographer hit the same, wrong
key near the end of the same
paragraph in that column.
"A Bridge to Love" requires seven
actors: two female teenagers about
16, two male teenagers about 18,
one male adult about 45, a male or
female adult between the ages of
35 to 70 and one female adult
about 40. Already I'm getting help
in revising my first Adams County
play. The. typographer changed the
age of the one female adult to about
"90". Since that woman in the script
is the mother of a 16-year-old girl,
our typographer was accidentally
challenging me to create a character
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Public Comment was then solicited, led by Marion Hough of Mexico
Beach, but she discussed her ideas for a fire safety rope ladder.
"I can guarantee window box with the neck bag, with
the safety harness...I can put that baby in that net bag and
hand over hand, and have 'em down."
Trey Goldman, representing the FloridaAssociation ofRealtors, brought
the issues into focus, challenging the Hotel and Restaurant Division of
the Department of Business Regulation authority to even write an
administrative rule. He added that the Division's interpretation of the
statute was changing, and that the Hotel and Restaurant Division was
proposing one version and the State Fire Marshall's office another set
of rules.
"How does this Division reconcile this proposal with the State
Fire Marshall's proposal?"
No representatives of the State Fire Marshall's Office were present at
this meeting. Ms. Comman repeated however, that the State Fire
Marshall's Office had been involved in discussions about the proposed
rule. Bruce Minnick, St. George Island property owner, and legal
representative for an unstated Realty firm brought the issue to a
sharper focus, which became a part of the low level confrontation
between the regulated businesses and the regulators. Minnick said, in
"The Dept. is attempting to define the phrase or term "stories,"
I believe, is 509.215 (1)(A). Is that correct? That same Statute,
509.215(7) reads as follows: The division of State Fire Marshall
shall adopt in accordance of Chapter 120 (That's the
Administrative Procedures Act) any rules necessary for the
implementation and enforcement of this section...' (Talking
about this section of the law to amend, or to interpret). '...The
Division of State Fire Marshall shall enforce this section in
accordance with the provisions of Chapter 633 and any
"Under what authority does the Department of Business and
Professional Regulation have in promoting this rule when the
Statute clearly says that the Division of State Fire Marshall
shall adopt-promulgate and adopt?"
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Gale Palmer Trey Goldman
Gale Palmer, President of the Vacation Rental Manageis Association,
explained the communications difficulties between the managers and
the regulators "in trying to make something fit into a shoe that it wasn't
designed for." She added:
"...I was elected President of that Association. We have spent
thousands ofdollars making sure we were available to the State
Fire Marshall's Office and anybody else...We agreed publicly
and privately that fire safety was an incredible concern of ours
in this industry for no other reason than the liability that it
poses to us as realtors and property managers, in addition to
the concern for human life. Anyway, the end result was, as
vacation rental managers, we were working with the Fire
Marshall's Office. We were told, we were directed, that they
were the authority that writes this law in the State of
Florida...We've always been told that the Fire Marshall's Office
writes the law, they interpret the rule, they have the final
authority in interpreting how the rule is supposed to be,
.interpreted. And, the Division, of Hotel. and .Restaurant :
Professional Regulation is the enforcement agency. Itwas a big
shbck to us, all of a sudden, one week before we thought we'd'
finished the writing of this rule with... the Fire Marshall's Office,
to get a notice that we were going to have five more public
workshops around the State of Florida and were going to talk
about life safety and fire code and how it applies to resort rental
units...It applies to the residential unit because their lives are
saved, it just how it applies to those people that are licensed.
And, for the record, I want to say that we had a very involved
part in coming up the rule that has just recently been
written...4A.43...and as an Association of property managers
throughout the state, for the record, we are very much in
support of this rule as it's written, and the way it's been
interpreted and have iton good authority thatwe will immediately
start complying with these rules and regulations, and if...We
have come to agreement that we are excited that we have a
definition for what we are. We're hoping that we are not trying
to start all over again."
Other speakers followed, commending the State Fire Marshall rules
and Hotel and Restaurant Division enforcement, but adding a rising
concern about which agency had the authority to write the rules.
Bill Woodyard, Assistant General Counsel for the Division of Hotel and
Restaurant, Dept. of Business Regulation, was moved to state:
"I would like to say something just to make something clear.

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administrator, did send a letter to
the meeting, and itwas distributed
to everyone in attendance. In it be
asked for public input and invited
the public to visit the hospital. He
wrote in part "I will continue to
interact with the existing and
anticipated future medical staff to
refine specifications of required
equipment and services to optimize
the scope and quality of medical
care available in Franklin County."
He went on in the letter to say, "We
urge you to join us in identifying
common service and equipment
goals that we can reach through
mutual positive interaction." He
added that in order to communicate
with the public he had a weekly
column in the Apalachicola paper.
"We offer a standing offer to any
member of the public to inspect the
Emerald Coast Hospital atany time,
announced or unannounced to
assess the progress we are making.
Finally I make myself available to
anyone in the community for direct
communication of the concerns
the money was spent. Due to the
efforts efforts on the part of Nichols,
one line was added to the bill,
calling for the quarterly reporting
to the legislature.

Nichols produced a long list of
problem areas, starting out almost
falling off the wall in one bathroom.
The air conditioner is leaking freon.
There is a non-working faucet in
the respiratory therapy room. Some
patient rooms have been converted
to office use. Critical office space is
being used for Home Health Care.
The X-ray dark room is in need of
repair. He added that many of the
above need a major overhaul and
"band-aid" repairs will not suffice.
The doctors were concerned that
the the area that had at one time
been intensive care and surgical
about our management."
Continued on page 5


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6 10 May 1994 The Franklin County Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Harold Woods
This proposed draft which has not been noticed in the Florida
Administrative Weekly, this is just a workshop to get your
ideas. This preliminary draft is the product of discussion
between the management of Hotels and Restaurants and the
Fire Marshall's Office. It is not something that was sui
sponte..."from" or "own impetus" from the Division of Hotels
and Restaurants. It is, as she said earlier (referring to Ms.
Cornman) a collaboration with the Fire Marshall's Office. I
want to make that clear."
Harold Woods, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, said:
"Some people call me Murphy. And, I would like to pose a
situation. If I were constructing an exit from my third floor
residence in anticipation that I might rent it... and I slipped and
fall and die..And, my widow, who we now call Mrs. Murphy, in
her efforts to make ends meet, opens a boarding house, and she
rents it out to transient folks who may want to visit St. George
Island. And, it's my recollection...even the Federal Government
excluded Mrs. Murphy's boardinghouse from the Public
Accommodations laws. I'm just curious as to why Florida
thinks that it has the right.. .make rulings on these issues when
the Federal government has not..."
Counsel for the trade association, Florida Vacation Home Manager
Association, Andy Marcus, addressed the panel. He raised the so-
called dichotomy between the State Fire Marshall's Office and the
Division of Hotel and Restaurants. According to Marcus, there was a
growing concern that both agencies were saying different things to the
regulated industries. He claimed that his contacts with the State Fire
Marshall's Office have not been aware of the Hotel and Restaurant
Division's proposed rule. He agreed with Bruce Minnick and others
that there was some question about the Hotel and Restaurant authority
to write rules. Then, Marcus sought to redefine the issue. by bringing
into the discussion about interior corridors and a definition of guest
"Three stories is not the issue. Guest area is the issue.. .because
the guest area is the hole which I believe it to be. That is, the
area for which the guests have access to the entire
accommodation, as opposed to a hotel where the guest
area...wbere the guest access is limited."

"Would it be your point that the person on the 6th floor would
have access to the second floor and would be in the guest area?

Andrew Marcus Buddy Dewar
Andy Marcus:
"My point is that if there is one entrance to the accommodation
from entry level, the guest area... the guest has access to all
areas of the home... If it is a 6-story home... then I would suggest
to you that the 6-story home constitutes one guest area
because it has one entrance and... the guest has access to all of
the areas, as opposed to the more traditional hotel where you
have a corridor and the guest area would be limited to that area
where the person could go inside and lock the door.. .Or a better
way to put it would be if you have an interior corridor, in a fire
situation, where's that person's access? In the traditional hotel
situation, you can't get into a locked room. That's a separate.
guest area. No access. In a home, if there be such thing as an
interior corridor, and I'm not sure that I a
single family home context, what an interior corridor is... In that
context, that person would have access to all the different
rooms for a means of escape."
Marcus concluded by saying that the State Fire Marshall's rules are
"fair and comfortable", and there was a need to strike a balance
between safety and business interests.
"Fire safety is not important to anyone more that the members
of the Association...but there was a danger of putting 'these
folks out of business.'"
Larry Hale, St. George Island, Suncoast Realty, spoke to the panel:
"On St. George Island, the tide goes out and the tide comes back
in. The beaches are never the same. Kinda like the
administration of the Department of Business Regulation or
the State Fire Marshall's Office. Every time a new tide comes in,
the beaches are never the same. By this I mean, they interpret
laws differently. The new regime comes in power, they interpret
laws and they get awayfrom statute law and into administrative
law and interpret things they way they want to interpret. My
wife worked with the Dept. of Business Regulation for 17 years.
She was Training Director when she left there. I'm going to read
a statement from her. (Reading from her letter): '...At the time
I was employed for the Division of Hotel and Restaurants, this
issue was assigned to me to research and form an opinion. I
contacted Mr. Walter Sterline, the NFPA who works in the
technical department where the life safety code and other fire
codes are written. I explained the issue to him and... he told me
that the definition of hotels was redefined to include the issue
of 30 days... to divert the increasing number of hotels that. .were
constructing units in a collection of smaller buildings in order
to circumvent the code. Itwas not intended to include individual
homes owned by separate owners or by separate properties. He
said that the individual family-type home whether rented
transiently or not were not considered to pose a significant risk
to safety to justify retrofitting those types of establishment to
the same code or hotel-type establishment."
'"When this came about, the State Fire Marshall's Office came
to the same conclusion and issued a full interpretation of this
matter. For whatever reason, this interpretation was later
rescinded by the State Fire Marshall's Office."
He ended with:
"I have a hard time understanding why condos were exempt
from this... the Condo lobby saw to it that they were not required
to have fire sprinkler systems."
Helen Spohrer of Resort Realty, St. George Island, was supportive of the
State Fire Marshall's Office but "would the state agencies please get
their act together. "Alice Collins later added, We all feel safety is the
important thing. Let's do it right."
Buddy Dewar, of the Florida Firefighters Association and Executive
Director of the Florida Fire Sprinkler Association, made a comment on
the fire safety situation on St. George Island.
"I had the opportunity to drive around the island when I first
got over here and I'll tell you I would be hard pressed as a fire



Charged in

Auto Theft

By Rene Topping

Fast work on the part of sheriff
deputies in two counties on 13
April resulted in the arrest of a
sixteen year old from Farmington,
Missouri, who was charged with
"Grand Theft Auto and Fleeing
and Attempting to Elude a Police
Officer." The juvenile was finally
arrested by deputies after fleeing
fromApalachicolain a stolen 1990
black Jaguar.
According to a police report, at
7:43p.m. on 13April, Ross Hewitt,
anApalachicola resident, reported
the car stolen to the Apalachicola
police department Eye witnesses
told police that they had seen a
young, white male wearing a black
hat and baggy, red shorts along
with a white shirt which had print
on it, had just gotten into the car
and driven off. This information
was relayed immediately to road
Franklin County Deputy Elzie
Shiver, who was in Eastpoint,
attempted to make a stop. A road

blo' kwas setup atC65 and US 98
but the juvenile ran through it.
The Jaguar was finally pulled over
at a point between Eastpoint and
Carrabelle, and deputies learned
Sat that point that the driver had a
partner who was driving a white
Lexus. Franklin County
immediately relayed this
information to the Wakulla
Sheriffs office.
After receiving the "be on the alert,"
(BOLO) from Franklin County,
WakullaDeputyJarrettCrum took
up a position near the Medart
Junior Market where he stopped
the Lexus and arrested the sixteen
year oldjuvenile driver on a charge
of Grand Theft Auto. The juvenile
was taken to the Wakulla Sheriffs
Department. After being informed
by Missouri authorities that the
youth was wanted on several other
charges in Missouri, he was held
for the Missouri law enforcement
to be taken back to face charges.
The Lexus was owned by a Richard
C. Dickherber of St. Louis,
The juvenile, who was arrested in
Franklin County, was a resident
of Farmington, Missouri and has
also been charged with Grand
Theft Auto and also Attempting to
Elude a Police Officer. He was
turned over to the custody of
Division of Youth Services in


By Paul Jones
Just a couple of days after our article on animal control was published,
the Leon County Animal Control office issued a warning to the
residents of Leon County of a serious rabies alert.
Yet we still have a few animal owners on Alligator Point that continue
to let their pets roam at-large, increasing their potential for being bitten
by a rabid wild animal.
Vision let your pet out alone for just a couple of hours to
exercise and relieve themselves. Days later you notice that your pet has
an unseemly inability to respond to your commands, is very sluggish,
and appears to be unwilling to eat his meal. As a concerned owner you
begin to examine the pet, especially checking the mouth area and
Tongue to determine if the pet had eaten something toxic. In the process
'you allow a trace of saliva to enter a small open cut or lesion you that
you incurred earlier in the day cleaning fish or working in the garden.
The next day you find your pet dead. You grieve the death of your pet
and bury it, then you go on about your everyday business. Days later
you experience some mild flu-like symptoms and it crosses your mind
that you are too busy to come down with the flu at this time, so you hope
it goes away. The next day you are becoming increasingly ill and seek
your doctor's opinion. After a few days of testing during which you are
developing grave neurological symptoms, the diagnosis is made
Unfortunately, your pet has exposed you to the "dumb" form of rabies.
!Since symptoms have already developed, medical science can't help
you. There is no effective treatment for this fatal disease. Hadyou
known that you were exposed to this deadly virus, the disease could
have been prevented by post exposure vaccination.
Kinda' scary, isn't it!!
According to Dr. John Erickson, Medical Director for the Franklin
'County Health Department, there has been no recent accounts of
1 rabies cases in this county. He stresses that all pet owners should keep
i pet vaccinations current and should maintain control of their animals.
I A bumper sticker observed in Tallahassee was quite appropriate....
"Unleashed is Unloved".
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There is a petition being circulated on Alligator Point insisting that
county ambulance service be retained in the Carrabelle-Lanark Village
area instead of being required to relocate in Apalachicola for standby
each time the other Apalachicola-based ambulance is called for
assistance outside the county.
According to Steve Fling, Alligator Point/St. Teresa Fire Chief and 1st
Responder Coordinator, the petition is an invalid demand, that Franklin
County, unfortunately, has only two equipped ambulances and they
must be at all times positioned strategically close to the most populated
areas of the county. He agrees that the extreme Eastern portion of the
county needs immediate access to ambulance service at all times.
However, that exorbitant equipment and manpower costs prevented
the county from providing the service.

tighter to manage a lire in one of these properties in a timely
manner. I'm quite impressed with the equipment that St.
George Island's fire department has. I commend the citizens of
the community for their efforts to provide them with the needed
equipment to at least stop the fire from spreading from one
property to another, because that's basically the all option you
He continued:
"These were all the issues of concern that led to the passage of
this law. The number one industry in the State of Florida is
tourism. We cannot afford a major fire loss in this state. That
was the basis, the reasoning behind the passage of that law...I
was the co-author of that law back in 1983. I can assure you
we did not discuss single-family homes on stilts when we wrote
that law. I can assure you of that. I can also assure you that we
addressed all properties and we feel, the reason we looked at
transient occupancy is because people come from the North,
they rent properties, be it a hotel room or a high rise or a single
family home here on the beach. They deserve some level of
safety. They deserve some level of standards. We would strongly
support...all ofthe actions of the Division of Hotel and Restaurant
with respect to licensure of transient occupancies. There are
requirements that are needed for the safety and protection and
liability of the property owner..."
"We're talking (about) a fire flow...three hundred gallons a minute. A
typical 2-story on stilts, which we would call a three-story building, we
talking probably 1500 to 2000 gallons a minute to contain that fire in
that one building. We got 300 gallons a minute coming out of the
ground. There's no way. It can't be done...What is needed is a fire
sprinkler system...That's the solution. Whether it's going to be
economically feasible or politically popular within the community is an
issue you all are going to have to decide."
Dewar also provided some background on the fire safety rules going
back to the early 1980s:
"Let me give you a little bit of history on why 509.215 came into
place...I was representing the fire service at the time. MGM
Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Major fire loss. There was a concern
within the fire service community not to have a situation where
85 people died in a the state of Florida. The next year
after that fire.. .we would have a law in Florida that would have
fire sprinkler requirements. That law did not pass. It passed
only when we started looking at the economic Impact of that fire
loss. There were mass cancellations of conventions in Las
Vegas. A number of properties were troubled financially. That
was followed by the DuPont Plaza Hotel fire in Puerto Rico. A
major loss of life. Major cancellations. So, the economic issue
was really...the liability issue..."
Then, Andy Marcus offered another orientation by proposing the
"It seems to me that this is not a Hotels and Restaurant issue,
but this is a local government issue. This is a construction
issue. What's happening now, is a lot of zoning by fire safety..."


Dr. George
Lansing Sands, Jr.

Dr. George Lansing Sands, Jr. was
born on 27 June 1922 in Colburn,
West Virginia. As a young boy
growing up in this small coal-
mining town. George's dream was
to simply become a doctor. He got
his inspiration from the country
doctor who practiced there in
Colburn, making house-calls to
tend the ill whenever anyone needed
Dr. Sands graduated from Beaver
High School in Bluefield, West
Virginia in 1940. He was active in
sports and played basketball and
football. He served in the Army Air
Corps during World War II as a tail
gunner from 1942 until 1946. For
his service, he received the Medal
of Honor. After the war, he went to
medical school in Kirksville,
Missouri, where he graduated and
later began his medical practice in
Gary, Indiana.
Dr. Sands came to Carrabelle for a
short period of time in the early
1950's. He left Carrabelle in 1957
and started a practice in Ft.
Lauderdale. After only a short
period of time in Ft. Lauderdale,
Dr. Sands began receiving mail
from the people in Carrabelle asking
that he please return and renew
his practice. He truly missed
Carrabelle and the people who lived
there, so he gladly returned in 1959

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and remained there until his death.
Just as the kindly doctor of his
earlyyears in that small coal mining
town in West Virginia, he became
the country doctor of Carrabelle,
making his calls, delivering "lots of
babies and tending to those who
needed him.
He loved sports and attended most
all of the football, baseball and
basketball games. Every year, he
gave all the team members their
physical exams free of charge to
show his support. In 1976, Mayor
N.O. Cook (deceased) declared 3
July as George L. Sands, Jr.
Appreciation Day.
Dr. Sands' favorite hobbies were
sporting events and reading, but
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officially renamed the Dr. George
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The Franklin County Chronicle 10 May 1994 Page 7









By Carol Ann Hawkins
Approximately 150 men, women
and children attended the grand
opening ceremonies of the Dr.
George L. Sands, Jr. Field on
Saturday morning, 7 March.
Carrabelle Mayor Carlton Wathen
officiated in the ribbon-cutting
ceremony. Then, assisted by
Carrabelle Youth Athletics Vice-
President, Barbi Nunnery, the
Mayor unlocked the gate to allow
the crowd to enter the field. As four
teams, "anxious to start," headed
toward their prospective fields,
everyone else gathered for the
dedication ceremonies. Announcer
Vance Millender opened the
ceremony with a special welcome
to out-of-town families, then the
noise of the crowd slowly dwindled
to silence as Vance led a prayer of
thankfulness for the successful
completion of the recent renovation
of the ball field. Mayor Wathen
then displayed a plaque, dedicated
to the memory of Dr. Sands, which
will hang inside the concession
With the wonderful aroma of hot
dogs and Bilbo's Bar-B-Q drifting
through the air, all turned to face
the flag of the United States of
America, which was waving
beautifully against a backdrop of
blue sky, white,puffy clouds and
glorious sunshine and still at half-
mast in honor of former President

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Gall Ellyn Gardner and Eric Steinkuehler were
married at historic Saint John's Episcopal
Church, Tallahassee, Florida, on Saturday, 16
April 1994. Mr. Steinkuehler is a member of the
Chronicle's survey research team and works full
time at the Department of Education. Gail,
daughter of Mrs. Jane E. Gardner and Richard
Gardner III, is employed at Tallahassee
Community Hospital. The Steinkuehler's spent
their honeymoon in Italy following the wedding
ceremony at St. John's and reception at the
Tallahassee Women's Club, Los Robles.

Richard M. Nixon. Dale Millender Youth Athletics, thanked CYA
led the National Anthem. The new, president and vice-president, Cliff
soon-to-be-lighted scoreboard, & Barbi Nunnery. "Without these
provided by the Coca Cola two, it would have been very hard
Company, gleamed beside the flag. to complete this project," Millender
Among the guests atthe ceremonies said, noting that the Nunnerys
was Judy Sands, widow of Dr. devoted a lot of their personal time
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Before the "first ball" was pitched
by special guest, Smokey the Bear, Millender then "publicly
who reminded everyone that "only acknowledged" those who
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Tina Roberts, Bilbo's Bar-B-Q, for
100 pounds of Bar-B-Q; Barbi
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of hamburger and, also, lettuce,
tomato, ketchup, onions, mustard,
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Tina Roberts for large containers
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Also acknowledged publicly were
the following: Mayor Carlton
Wathen; Mr. & Mrs. Buz Putnal;
Carrabelle City Commissioners; the
City of Carrabelle; Prentice Crum
and the Franklin County Road
Department, the Franklin County
Work Camp, Major Whitehead and
prisoners; Franklin County
Commissioners; Millender's
Seafood, Johnny, Sheila & Levi
Millender; Mark Householder;
Jimmy Adams Construction;
Florida Power Corporation and FPC
employee Ray Tyre; Frank
Sheridan; Hopkins Foods; Odie;
Lynn Hankins; John Summerhill;
Franklin County Department of
Transportation; Dr. Hobson
Fulmer; Dick Larimore & Family;
Russell Cumbie; Brooks Concrete;
Hercules-Johnson, Inc. Fence Co.,
Tallahassee; Lanark Village VFW,
Post 82; ChristieThompson &
Family; Carrabelle Lion's Club;
Ralph Dietz; Russ O'Steen; Matt
Kely; and Joe & Shirley Ham.
The Carrabelle teams play in the
Dixie League and are sponsored by
the following merchants:
5-8 years old, Julio Hernandez,
PUTTERS, T-Ball, Brenda Barfleld,
LEAGUE, Matt Kelly, Ray Messer
and Bryan Hardy, Coaches; ELL'S
COURT EAGLES, baseball, 8-12
Sears old, Richard Sands and Stevie
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baseball, 8-12 years old, Daniel
Foster and Ray Messer, Coaches;
CARE RANGERS, baseball, Russ
O'Steen and Christie Thompson,
MERMAIDS, girl's softball, 8-14
years old, Shirley Ham and Louise
Cone, Coaches; CARRABELLE
REALTY SAILCATS, girl's softball,
Ruby Litton and Mark Householder,
Coaches; JULIA MAE'S & THE
MOORINGS MO-JU, girl's softball,
Wendy Ferguson and Bonnie
Brannon, Coaches.
Also recognized were all officers of
the Carrabelle Youth Athletics
(formerly the Carrabelle Youth
League): the Nunnery's; Sheila
Millender Treasurer; and Ruby
Litton, Secretary. Vance Millender
emphasized that every dollar spent
at the concession stand "goes right
back to the children." When the
ceremonies ended, everyone
headed toward the playing fields,
and many paused long enough to
hear Smokey the Bear yell, "Play


Springtime brings concerts and picnics and also weddings. We thought
this happy occasion might justify a nostalgic return to the prose
description of another wedding, common to an age long gone. We have
substituted the names to bring the event into the present.

1TheeLife' UnionofEricSteinkuefherandgaiflEllyn Gardner is Consumated
Thepen ismightierthan the sword, but Cupid's arrow is even morepuissant thanthe pen.
Eric Steinkuehler andQ aiEffyn gardnerwere united in marriage Saturday evening at
six o'clockat the historicSt. John's EpiscopalChurch.
Following their honeymoon in Europe Mr. and Mrs. Steinkuehler wil be at home to
receive the warmest congratulations of scores of friends-and they certainly are worthy
of them in the fulest measure.
The bride is a beautiful daughter of Tallahassee andnever has the reputation of our city
been more happily illustrated than by this latest married maiden.
If her countless charms office, form, andmannerseem to defy description, what sha be
saidof the grace, gentleness and dignity that clothe her, andof the perfect womanliness
which crowns her with an ambrosial wreath.
No day of her residence in Talahassee but has brought her the increased respect,
admiration, and love of alf who were happy enough to meet her, no act of her daily fife
here has but won more loyal hearts to her service.
Small wonder, therefore, it is that the hitherto adamantine soul of our journalistic
confrere across the way felt the allpervading magic and came not haltingly, but with the
swift, unerring step of a (over's intuition to offer itself as a life companion to that other.
Mr. Steinkuehcer is too well known here to need words of either introduction or praise.
It would be useless for us to enlarge upon his frank, hearty nature, his open-handed
generosity, his amazing energy, hisfidelity to those who repose trust inhim, andhis noble,
wefl-rounded character. Hlis career hitherto has been strewn with wreck---wrecks of
obstacles that threatened to thwart his progress-andwith the triumphs which always
reward untiring application.
And now a new wreck hasjoinedthe other wrecks that mark his past-the wreck of his
bachelordom. .ndin its oldplace stands a palace ightedandirradiated with the golden
glom of hope; a hope which, let us trust, shall never be dimmed.
Long be the flowery path which these two shall tread. Nj{ver may they know the harsh
meaning of pain andtrouble. May the "lamentations of Jeremiah" never be heard in the
aqYE CY I[CLE offers theseprayers to the powers that preside overhappy hymeneal
rites andfeels that its readers wflljoin in the earnest supplication.
Marriage, somesourcl. i/npl' .'.ii andevery ticketwins apreciousprie,. Upon such lotteries, every law smiles, human and
'We know thatsometimess@s a dark but wefeelthat when the lights of love illuminate
the sky, there em te "can .v,';-ie..; -.*,i'i ray upon ray of brilliancy, until the whole life
becomes one ui..i'.' v.iim,'-we.

Too lofty to be true? We are not sure that the romantics among our
readership would agree. Some would like to retain the lofty language.
But, in tact, the description was published in the IOWA CITY
REPUBLICAN (Iowa City, Iowa) nearly 100 years ago, to celebrate the
marriage of Jerry L. Plum and Myrtle Dana Baker, on 31 July 1899.
They .a,> twhe maternal grandparents of the Chronicle publisher.




Page 8 10 May 1994 The Franklin County Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Carrabelle City
from page 1

Phillips wanted to know why the
contractor, Kendrick and Son, had
replaced the roof at the home of
Evelyn Pope while there was still a
portion of rotten wood underneath
it. Also he said he was not sure that
Boots Evans really understood what
she was signing when she said that
the repairs to her house were all
satisfactory. Contractor Joe Webb
did the work on her home. The
commissioners agreed that there
were still some things that were not
completed satisfactorily to them.
Phillips said however, "I am
somewhat reluctant to try to get
anything more done. He added that
the paint job could not even be
considered good. As to the floor
covering he remarked, "It had every
color in the world in it. It looked like
Bonnie's shirt." Referring to
Carrabelle Fire Chief Bonnie Kerr
who had on a multi-colored blouse.
Commissioner Buz Putnal said that
he, too, had inspected the Evans
house and the floor covering was
unsatisfactory to him. He said,

St. Patrick
from page 5
George Island residents called the
Dawn Patrol and a chance remark
by George Sorrett, one of its
members and an architect, about a
state historical restoration grant.
Harry Buzzett, another Dawn Patrol
member and St. Patrick's
parishioner, picked up on Sorrett's
remark and, with the aid of
Apalachicola's City Planner,
Johnny Meyers, applied for a state
grant to restore the exterior of the
building while the parishioners
themselves raised the necessary
funding to restore the Interior of
the church.
All the work was done under the
watchful eyes of the St. Patrick's
Restoration Committee composed
of Harry Buzzett, Dot Roasted, and
Marge Solomon, who served as the
committee's chairwoman. The
committee was also responsible for
raising additional funds for interior
restoration and meeting grant
requirements. J. W. Gasklins'
Construction of Tallahassee was
selected as the contractor to restore
the exterior and interior stucco
work, while Mel Livingston
refinished the interior woodwork.
Today, after much work, St.
Patrick's stands pretty much as it
did at its original dedication in
1829, and the entire community
can take pride in the restoration
and rededication of St. Patrick's.

Lanark Water & Sewer
from page 1

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Jim Phillips

fireman and district customer Jim
Bove caused anothersurprise when
he told Smiley that County
Commissioner Tom Saunders
offered Bailey$ 100 per month until
the debt he owes the district is paid
off and Bailey refused the offer.
U- "V Bove said that Bailey reportedly
told Saunders that he wanted $200
per month.

referring to the contractor, Joe
Webb, "He told her he would buy
her a rug to cover the floor." Putnal
added that the heater had
problems. Webb said that he had
taken this contractor off although
he had previously worked well for
him in other counties.
Phillips repeated a statement he
had made at the previous meeting
saying, "We wound up doing your
(Webb's) ob and I don't like that"
He finally said, "Based on the
discussion I have had with the
three ladies, I move to pay the
$1,800. But notwithstanding
finishing the contract with you, I
arantee that the next one won't
this way."
He then wanted to know about the
houses that had been contracted
in the second round. "Why is work
being started ifwe (commissioners)
have not approved the bids?" he
questioned. Webb said it was
normal for him to let out the bids.
However the commissioners
disagreed, saying that they let the
other bids. Webb said that he did
work for many other places and it
was normal for him to take care of
the bids. Phillips responded that it
might be normal for him but it
certainly was not normal for
Work has been started on the home
of Chapman (Chappie) Gray. Buz
Putnal said, "Chappie's house was
awfully mildewed. They wasted
paint. It is just going to fall off. It is
good money being thrown away.
pray paint or brush, you can't get
a good coat of paint unless you
clean it first" It seemed to Phillips
that Webb did not have any
satisfactory answers and he said,
"I still don't have an answer as to
why these people were allowed to
bid, when you knew we were
It was pointed out that the city
signs the checks and is ultimately
responsible for the work. Phillips
said he was dissatisfied with Webb
and his inspector Carl Obert. He
said that Webb seemed to routinely
disregard the commissioners.
Phillips then called for a special
meeting to be held just to discuss
the issues, his final question was
directed at the city attorney. "Can
we fire the administrator?" The
answer from Webster was, "Yes."
No date was set for the meeting.
Mark Householder, as
representative for the firm7 of
Baskerville and Donovan,
presented the commission with
permits to continue work on the
parking apron at.the airport. He
also presented another bill for
engineering work done by the firm.
The bills amounted to $2,425.53
and were disputed by both
commissioner Jim Phillips and City
Attorney Bill Webster. These bills
were to cover work done by the
engineering firm on alleged
violations of wetlands of the Corps
of Engineers (COE), who had
stopped work until the conditions
were corrected.
The original estimate made by
Baskervflle and Donovan was that
it would cost $2,000.00. Bill
Webster said that he thought the
total looked as ifitwould be around
$10,000. The total amount that
has been spent on the apron project
since its inception is a preliminary
paymentof $8,250 when the project
started, then another $9,375 has
been paid out for trying to get the
dispute with Corps of Engineers
settled. There are outstanding
invoices that would bring the total
up to$l 1,800.66. Householderwas
not able to comment on the latest
bill. The final decision was to table
the matter until it could be
discussed with James Waddell, also
of Baskerville and Donovan.

Bailey reported at the 22 February
meeting that he had attended a
preliminary hearing in the Franklin
County Small Claims Court that
same day concerning the debt
Saunders owes the district Bailey
said that Coun Judge Van Russell
suggested that Baley and Saunders
meet privately to see if a payment
agreement could be worked out,
but Bailey said at the 22 February
water and sewer meeting that
Saunder's payment proposal "was
completely unsatisfactory." Smiley
was noticeably surprised by Bove's
report and said that he was not
aware of Saunder's offer to Bailey;
but Smiley added that Saunder's
offer could be "a delay tactic" and
that there still would be no
guarantee that full payment would
made, whereas garnishee would
guarantee that the LVW&SD would
receive payments every month.
Saunders' debt to the district
involves water and sewer services
for a business and a home that
Saunders owned in LanarkVillage.
Bove asked Smiley to "get in touch
with Saunders." Smiley turned
toward the board members and
said that if the board wanted to
direct him to contact Saunders he
would, but several people were
talking at the same time and
Smiley s request to the board for a
directive went unanswered. Smiley
had just begun his report on the
status of the district's efforts to
collect the debt from Saunders
through garnisheementwhen Bove
stood and disclosed Bailey's refusal
of Saunders' offer.
Commissioner Greg Yancey came
under fire when the minutes of the
22 February meeting were read
stating that Yancey was present at
the February meeting. Jim Bove
reminded Bailey that this was
discussed on 22 March with Bailey,
when no one showed up for the
scheduled meeting except Bailey.
The Franklin County Chronicle was
represented at both the February
and March meetings, and Yancey
was not present at either meeting.

Yancey was also questioned about
his alleged failure to file Florida
Ethics Commission Form 4-A, a
disclosure of business
transactions, relationships, or
Interests. A district customer said
that the forms are to be filed with
the governing agency, which is the
Lanark Village Water & Sewer
District, but that none were on file
for Yancey anywhere as of 26
The customer requested that
someone on the board tell herwhere
the form was sent, since no record
of it can be found. Smiley said that
he felt that Yancey was not in
violation and that he (Smiley) will
review the matter. Yancey recently
purchased W&W Treatment
Services and said that he has talked
to two attorneys about his
ownership of the treatment service
and his position of LVW&SD
Commissioner. Yancey said he has
been advised that there is no
problem, and he added that he is
not employed by the LVW&SD "in
any way, form, or fashion."

Bailey hastily called for a 5-minute
recess at 8:45 P.M. to allow hot
tempers to cool off after a shouting
match, which involved invitations
to go outside and fight, erupted
between Sparks and several
customers. This particular ruckus
started when a customer remarked
that the board was supposed to
oversee the manager, Bailey, "but
here, the manager oversees the
board, and elected members sit
and listen!"

The board was admonished by it's
own customers to discuss district
business "tonight, at the meeting"
and not after the board meeting.
Discussion had been centering on
the fact that several Lanark Village
residents are still not hooked up
for water service even though they
are within 200-250 feet of the main
water line. When Bailey was asked
why one potential customer who
owns two trailers was not hooked
up, Bailey replied that "we just
haven't got around to it."

Exasperated customers at' the
meeting told Bailey that the district
needs the revenue that new hook-
ups would provide and that the
district only needs to send letters
to the potential customers advising
them that they have 60 days to
hook up. Customers at the meeting
also said that the district must
furnish the sewer if a residence is
located within 200-250 feet of the
main. Smiley was in agreement
,with customers at the meeting and
said he had provided Bailey with
letters regarding the matter and
had advised Bailey, "we need to
hook up."
Bailey reported that lead and copper
did not exceed the action level and
that results of asbestos tests taken
in February show that the asbestos
level falls below detectable limits.
Bailey said that future asbestos
testing will be done "as regulations
demand." Bailey reported at the 22
February meeting that testing for
asbestos levels in the system was a
new requirement of the Department
of Environmental Regulation for
districts that use asbestos cement
pipes, and that when the districts
main water line was contracted in
1977,. water commissioners had a
choice of using PVC or asbestos
cement pipes, and that asbestos
"was believed to be the best stuff
'In a telephone interview on 3 March,
Michael LeRoy, a professional
engineer with the Florida
Department of Environmental
Regulation, said that the Water
Bacteriological Analysis tests tell
DER whether or not there is a
corrosion problem in the pipes and
that the tests are done every nine
years because the corrosion process
is very slow. Samples must contain
less than 7 million fibers perliter of
water, and those 7 million fibers
must be greater than 10 microns in
length, according to LeRoy. If the
water is deficient of calcium
carbonate, the calcium carbonate
contained in asbestos cement has
the potential to dissolve, releasing
the asbestos fibers into the water.,
"So far, we have not seen this
happen in Florida," LeRoy said,
and added that asbestos cement is
widely used and is very good
material for pipes, "strong, does
not corrode easily, and has a long
life." If the water is corrosive and
eats the cement away, fibers could
be dropped into the water, but
LeRoy said that after one year of
testing the State of Florida has not
noticed a problem in reports
received here. LeRoy said that
asbestos cement itself poses no

Commissioner Sparks, who is also
board treasurer, reported revenue
of$17,061, with $17,500 budgeted;
expenses totaled $17,766, with
$17,500 budgeted; total restricted
funds were $120,970; total
unrestricted funds were $51,946;
and total funds in the bank,
$69,024. Contacted by telephone
on Thursday, 28 April, Sparks said
this report given at the 26 April
meeting is "all for the month of
March, and does not include the
month of February which would
have been reported at the 22 March
meeting if there had been one.
The next regular meeting of the
Lanark Village Water & Sewer
District is scheduled for Tuesday
24 May, at 7:30 P.M. at Chilas Hall.


Tom Adams Intervenes
from page 1
observations and knowledge of local issues from environmental,
historical and social perspectives, and included people experienced
and competent in community planning, environmental issues, and
other resources appropriate to the deliberative processes of the hearing.
Adams cited instances of unresolved issues involving waste water
treatment, storm water run off, ground water, surface water and
possible degradation ofApalachicola Baywaters, in pointing to testimony
of representatives of the Department of Environmental Protection and
the Department of Community Affairs.
The Adams petition ended with brief identifications of site-specific
problems with the commercial development including the plan to
relocate Leisure Lane, the only through road to the western end of St.
George Island, the placement of roads at right angles to the beach
(prohibited in the Development Order under certain circumstances);
population concentrations near the airstrip; the proximity of the
commercial development to Nick's Hole, an environmentally sensitive
area; flooding; and the State's interest in acquiring adjacent sites to
Nick's Hole and the airport, and perhaps Pelican Point.
The case (APP-94-023) has been assigned to Administrative Hearing
Officer P. Michael Ruff. All parties are to confer on possible hearing
dates, still to be determined.

from page 1
criminal appeals within the 32-
county area comprising the First
District Court of Appeal, when
requested by the applicable public
defender. The Office of the Public
Defender employed 85 people at
December 31, 1993, to perform
the duties of office."'
The Office of the Public Defender,
Second Judicial Circuit, was
funded by State appropriations
for the 1992-93 and 1993-94 fiscal
years, respectively, pursuant to
Chapters 92-293 and 93-184,
Laws of Florida, the General
Appropriations Acts. The following
is a summary of released
appropriations by appropriation
category for the 1992-93 fiscal
Appropriation Amount
Category Released
Salaries and Benefits $3,474,956
Other Personal Services 27,848
Expenses 219,116
Operating Capital Outlay 39,529
Special Category:
Public Defenders Law Library 26,590
Total $3,788,039
As required by Section 27.54(3),
Florida Statutes, the counties
which comprise the Second
Judicial Circuit provided facilities
and services to the Office of the
Public Defender. These facilities
and services included office space,
utilities, telephone service,
custodial services, and funds for
the rental of private office space...
The objectives of this audit did not
include the expression of an
opinion on the comparison of
budgeted with actual expenditures
and commitments, which is
presented on the basis specified
in Chapter 216, Florida Statutes,
and includes several elements and
accounts relating to the Office's
budgetary operations. Therefore,
an independent auditor's report
on the budgetary comparison, as
contemplated by Statement on
Auditing Standards No. 62, Special
Reports is not included herein.

Our audit did not extend to an
examination of the Office of the
Public Defender's financial
statements as of and for the fiscal

year ended 30 June 1993. On 12
January 1994, this Office issued
audit report No. 12224, with
accompanying general purpose
financial statements presenting
the financial position of the State
of Florida at 30 June 1993, the
results of its operations, and the
cash flows of its proprietary fund
types and nonexpendable trust
nd for the fiscal year then ended.
The Office of the of the Public Defender
is an integral part of the reporting
entity of the State of Florida. The
financial information relative to
the Office of the Public Defender
was included by the State
Comptroller in the general purpose
financial statements that
accompany that report.

On 18 October 1993, this Office
issued audit report No. 12176,
presenting the results of our audit
of the Justice Administrative
Commission for the period I
January 1992 through 31
December 1992, and selected
actions taken through June 30,
1993. The Commission, created
in the judicial branch of Florida
pursuant to Section 43.16(1),
Florida Statutes, is responsible
for providing administrative
services and assistance to the
various Judicial agencies of the
State. The administrative services
primarily pertain to processing
receipt and disbursement
transactions in the State
Automated Management
Accounting Subsystem (SAMAS),
maintaining payroll and position
records in the Cooperative
Personnel Employment System
(COPES), compiling and
processing budgets, and providing
assistance with issues related to
information management
For those programs, activities, and
functions and classes of
transactions within the scope of
audit, the Office of the Public
Defender has substantially
corrected the deficiencies noted
in audit report No. 11771.







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Brown Pre-Filed Testimony
from page 4
The Northwest Florida Water Management District is requiring that we
perform a hydrological study of the Eastpoint area as a condition of our
continued drawdown of water from our three wells at Eastpoint. According
to the water management district, we are already exceeding our consumptive
use permit allocation by at least 10%. So, this study will have to be done
during 1994. The estimated cost of this study is $45,000.
Regarding Account 642, Rental Equipment, we have an arrangement with
our operations manager. Hank Garrett, under which we lease the backhoe
which he purchased forour use and benefit We need a backhoe on a full time
basis, and this arrangement with Mr. Garrett has resulted in a substantial
savings over what we paid when we were renting the backhoe from Beard
Regarding Account 650, Transportation Expenses, we have determined over
theyears thatitis much more costeffective for the utility to require employees
to have a vehicle as a condition of their employment with an auto allowance
rather than the utility trying to own and maintain a fleet of vehicles. The
transportation allowances set forth in our revised MFR's are reasonable and
necessary for the various employees to perform their duties, and this has
resulted in a savings to the utility as compared with the expense we would
incur if vehicles were owned and maintained by the utility.
Regarding the various Insurance Accounts 656, 657,658 and 659, we do not
need vehicle insurance per se because of our arrangement with the utility
company employees requiring them to own and maintain their own vehicles.
However, we must have general liability, workers' compensation and property
insurance to properly protect the interest of the utility and its customers. We
had such insurance at the time of the hurricanes in 1985, which enabled us
to repair the damaged pipe across the bridge within a matter of days. Because
of the availability of this insurance, we were back in service faster than the
other utilities on the Island. However, without insurance at that time, I do not
know howwe would have been able to cover the substantial cost of repairing
the damage to our transmission line across the bridge and causeway. The
insurance quotes set forth in our revised MFR's are reasonable, and we must
have this insurance to comply with the law and to properly protect the
interests of both the utility and all of its customers.
Regarding Account Number 670, Bad Debt Expense, we have determined
that our uncollectible accounts at 12/31/92 were $6,276.13, which has
been written off as of the end of 1992. One of our main problems in operating
the utility company is that many houses remain vacant for substantial
periods of time before they are sold, or between customers. Under the

Commission rules, we are not allowed to collect the old debt Irom the new
owner or new customer, which accounts for significant losses through bad
debts eachyear. Also, under the Commission rules, we are required to refund
deposits based upon the customer's payment record. However, in many
cases, we are still left with a bad debt when the customer's account is closed,
since the deposit has already been refunded in accordance with the
Commission rules.
RegardingAccount675, Miscellaneous Expenses, we have made an adjustment
to provide for a cellular phone to be used by our operations manager, Hank
Garrett, on the Island, as well as one-half of the cost of my cellular phone.
In my opinion, these phones are necessary for the utility to be properly
operatedwith no outages. On at least two occasions since Mr. Garrett and
I obtained our cellular phones, we have communicated during times of
emergencies by using these cellular phones. In both cases, the phones may
well have made the difference between an outage and remaining in service,
which we were able to do. Also, on a daily basis, we are able to reach and
communicate with Mr. Garrett, and all of the utility personnel are able to
reach and communicate with me by using the cellular phone. I believe these
phones are reasonable and necessary, and that an adjustment should be
made to cover their costs, which was not fully covered during the test year
because both phones were not available during all of 1992.
Because of the constant communication and paper flow required between the
Tallahassee office and the Island office, the Island office badly needs a fax and
copy machine. Accordingly, we have agreed to rent these items, which is an
adjustment to our 1992 test year when we did not have a fax or copy machine
on the Island. This expense is necessary, and I believe it is reasonable and
should be allowed.
The cost of filing the limited partnership annual reports with the Florida
Secretary of State's Office is greater than the amount reported during the
1992 test year.
I assisted our consultant, Frank Seidman, in preparing MFR's filed in this
case. Although I am not familiar with all the MFR's in detail, I have reviewed
all of the costs and adjustments, including the proforma items, and I believe
they' re all reasonable and necessary if this utility is to maintain its ability
to provide safe and adequate water service on St. George Island. Since the last
rate case, the utility company employees and I have worked diligently to meet
all of the governmentally imposed requirements, and to provide safe and
reliable water service which is our ongoing responsibility. However, we can
continue to meet this responsibility only if we obtain a revenue increase
sufficient to meet our operating expenses, and to provide a reasonable return
on the investment by the utility company owners. The utility has no other
source of revenue, and it is impossible to continue operations with the losses
we have been experiencing since this company has been in business. In my
opinion, the revenue increase requested in this rate case is absolutely
necessary for St. George Island Utility Company to continue meeting its
obligation toprovide safe and reliable water service to its customers on St.
George Island.
9. Does that conclude your testimony?
A. Yes. It does.

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