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The Franklin CountyChronicle

Volume 3, Number 14 Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th 26 July 9 August 1994

St. George Utility

Hearings on Rate

Increase Grind on

In two full days of hearings held at
the Apalachicola Community
Center, 20 and 21 July 1994, the
Public Service Commission heard
new evidence, updates on pre-
filed testimony and citizen
comments concerning the
proposed water rate increases
proposed by the St George Island
UtilityCompany. The Utility,which
is owned by Gene Brown and
various companies and
partnerships, is a Class B utility
providing service to about 993
water customers on St George
The "testperiod" usedbythe Public
Service Commission (PSC) for
establishing rates is a historical
12-month period ending 31
December 1992. In that year, the
utility reported operating revenues
of $314,517 and a net operating
loss of $428,201. Before the "test
year", in 1990 and 1991, the utility
reported net losses of $278,565
and $326, 210 respectively. The
company requested interim rate
increases, which were approved
by the PSC in March 1994, subject
to the posting of a bond, and
subject to a refund. But, the
company has not submitted a
bond to the PSC, and thus far the
interim rates did not go into effect
The hearings conducted in
Apalachicola dealt with the
permanent rate increase which
would take a typical residential
5/8x3/4meter fromabout$19.06
to $46.93, and enable the utility
to earn a profit margin of about 8
per cent
The hearings have been conducted
before Chairman and
Commissioner J. Terry Deason
and Diane K. Kiesling. The
attorneys for the utility company
have been Mr. Gene Brown and
Mr. Steven Pfeiffer. Three
additional attorneys represent
"opposing" interests and include
Mr. Bob Pierson heading the Staff
of the PSC, Mr. Harold Maclean of
the Office of the Public Counsel,
and Ms. Barbara Sanders,
Intervener, on behalf of the
Plantation Water Management

The first day ofhearings, beginning
about9:30A.M. involved customer
testimony and the utility's case-
in-chief. More customers were
heard that evening, for 1.5 hours,
after 6:30 P.M.
There were a number of interesting
revelations made public during
the testimony ofvarious witnesses.
With the background of the recent
foreclosure action by the
Apalachicola State Bank, based
on a $200,000 mortgage of the
Utility signed over to the bank by
Walter Armistead, Mr. Brown
testified that he had paid off that
mortgage but he had not gotten a
Satisfaction of Mortgage, under
questioningbyMs. Sanders. Other
evidence indicated that there are
several liens against the Utility
Company, and that long term
loans also exist, totaling over $3
Wayne Coloney, a consulting
engineer for the utility, testified
that, in his opinion, the fire flowing
the current system was
satisfactory. This differed sharply
from the opinion of the island's
fire chief, JayAbbott, offered much
later in the dayThe Office of Public
Counsel questioned the utility
owner and manager closely on
travel expenses, legal retainer fees,
and other expenses, tryingtobuild
their case that Mr. Brown was the
chief beneficiary of the revenue,
perhaps with the implication that
any rate increase would only
increase his revenues. This
position will become clear when
the time arrives for summation.
Mr. Brown argued that all of the
reported expenses were necessary
and that certain fees could not be
paid promptly because the utility
was losing money, compounded
with debt, PSC regulatory fees,
government agency imposed
requirements, and engineering
studies conducted in the past.
St. George Volunteer Fire
Department Chief Jay Abbott
reported the results of hydrant
testing on the island to the two
Continued on page 2

Resolving Conflicts

at the Animal

Control Meeting

By Lisa More
The Franklin County Animal Control Authority met briefly at 4pm on
19 July In the County Courthouse to resolve recent conflicts among
board members.
Attorney Al Shuler opened the meeting by stating, 'The basic division
is that the Humane Society didn't want to be the enforcement arm of
the shelter so they requested the county commission to form an Animal
Control Authority and the Animal Control Authority was then formed
with members from communities within the county...intended to be
the operating arm and they have a mission from the county to operate
the animal shelter...and there's an Animal Control Office who's
involved in that"
Animal Control Chairperson, Jack Frye, initiate discussions saying,
"This thing is already heated up as it is and as the Chairman of the
Animal Control, I'm gonna' get my first say so." Frye stated that the
chain of command had been violated and that he had not been notified
of conditions at the animal shelter following the 20 June inspection.
Frye stated that he received a fax of a letter by Jane Cox from Oyster
Radio. He went on to say that other media sources including the
Franklin County Chronicle and The Panama City Herald contacted
him about the Shelter's conditions. Frye also stated that a person from
Leon's County's Humane Society contacted him. Mr. Frye maintained
that he was unaware of the deteriorate conditions. "One little phone
call would have stopped all this publicity that's going on about animal
control, because It's gonna' put a bad taste in the Franklin County
Commission about giving us some money to operate next year."
On 20 June, several members of the Franklin County Humane Society
conducted an inspection of the Franklin County Animal Shelter after
receiving many negative reports. The deplorable conditions of the
animals and facility prompted Humane Society President, Jane Cox,
to call for an emergency Animal Control Authority Meeting. Difficulties
in scheduling led to misunderstandings with meeting procedure.
Continued on page 2

-xi-mla wB-. -i .- -- --
Stan Norred pulls Sonia Rickards and Gail Barber through
the ankle deep waters flooding the Bluff Road area north of
Apalachicola. The dog, Toug Gus, was along for the ride.

Estuary Manager

Woody Miley

Assesses Impact of

Flood on Oyster

Industry in.

Franklin County

At the Thursday evening meeting of the St. George Island civic club,
21 July 1994, the manager of the Apalachicola National Estuarine
Research Reserve reviewed the recent Franklin County flood and
expressed an optimistic outlook on the result.
Woody Miley began his talkwith the statement that the recent flooding
on the heels of tropical storm Alberto was the second flood of record.
The Blountstown gauge peaked at 27.37 feet on 10 July (1994). Two
years earlier, the Blountstown gauge peaked at 26.5 feet
The 1929 record, which is still our flood of record, was 28.6 feet.
So, this flood is 1.3 feet under the flood of record. There were
some interesting thing that happened with this one, though. At
Lake Seminole, the peak behind the dam at Lake Seminole was
78.05 feet. The dam is 79 feet high. It almost came over. It was
78.7 in 1970. And, the tall water, the river water below the dam
reached 76.3 feet. So, it was less than two feet difference
between the water inside the reservoir and the water downstream
of the reservoir... The peak flow into [Lake] Seminole was
245,000 cubic feet per second. The discharge out of Seminole
was 225,000 cubic feet per second. That's an awful lot of water...
Woody continued:
We got lucky in this thing, in that the Chattahoochee and the
Flint peaked at different times. If the Flint had peaked at the
same time as the Chattahoochee, we would have flooded
considerably worse. The Chattahoochee peaked on the 6th and
7th of July with 280,000 cubic feet per second coming into
Walker F. George, the reservoir below Atlanta. The Flint didn't
peak until the 14th or 15th at Bainbridge, Georgia... Here is the
reason these floodings had a moderating effect:
The Chattahoochee is a mountain stream. Lot of fall, high
release, shoots through. That's where we get our peak flows
every winter. When we normally flood in the winter and the
spring, without exception, (these floods) come from the
Chattahoochee. The Flint runs through more level ground,
much like the Apalachicola, and is spring fed, so when the river
is down during droughts orjustnormal low period, Apalachicola
Bay gets a much larger portion of its water from the Flint than
the Chattahoochee. The flow regimes of those two rivers are
totally different.

Continued on page 8


and Zoning

the Great


The Franklin CountyPlanningand
Zoning Committee met on 12 July
to decide whether they should
recommend rezoning a lot owned
by Bob Allen of Eastpoint from
commercial to residential status.
County Planner, Allan Pierce,
recommended the rezoning plan
to the board and stated, "Since
the other three parts of this area
are residential, it seems to me
that this tip ought be residential
also....because that protects the
neighbor-hood of the houses that
are there. "
Bob Allen protested, "When you
start cutting this commercial land
up, where do you cut? This was
never residential when I
purchased it.n Mr. Allen hopes to
place a RV site for the handicap
on the lot that is in question. The
property adjoins two residential
houses, one of which is owned by
Continued on page 6




Four in


By Carol Ann Hawkins
Carrabelle Police Officer Larry
Litton. 37, in pursuit of a still-
unidentified vehicle, was involved
in a head-on collision early Friday
morning on 22 July, when John
Lance Bockelman, 17, of
Carrabelle, attempted to pass two
othervehlicles in a no-passing zone
less than a mile East ofCarrabelle
on Highway 98. The accident
occurred at 1:21 A.M. A reliable
source said Litton suffered a
broken foot in the accident.
Bockelman, who was not wearing
a seat belt, suffered only cuts and
bruises after being ejected from
his car after the impact.
Bockelman was transported by
Life Flight toTallahassee Memorial
Regional Medical Center in
Tallahassee and was released later
the same morning, according to
his mother. Sara Bullock, 19, of
Carrabelle, a passenger in by
Bockelman's 1989 Chevrolet, was
transported Franklin County EMS
to Emerald Coast Hospital in
Apalachicola where she was
treated and released. Brandon
Atkinson, 16, of Carrabell, also a
passenger in Bockelman's car, had
a non-incapacitating injury and
was not transported to a medical
facility, according to Sgt. Billy G.
Rippy, Florida Highway Patrol
(FHP), Eastpoint. Bockelman's
mother said the family feels "the
Lord protected them...We praise
the Lord."
According to the FHP report,
Litton, driving a 1994 Ford LTD in
the eastbound lane, was trying to
catch a traffic violator when
Bockelman, who was eastbound,
attempted to pass the two cars
ahead of him. As he crested a hill,
he was in the direct path of the
police car. Both vehicles were
totaled and were removed from
the scene by Shadetree Towing,
Continued on page 2

SOS Referendum


by Darl R. Ostrander
The waiting is over. Election
officials have verified 433,296
signatures for the Save Our Sealife
(SOS) referendum. This exceeds
the 429,428 needed to place the
referendum on the ballot in
November. Signatures will
continue to be verified over the
course of the next few weeks and
the total number is sure to grow.
The Save Our Sealife proposal will
appear on the ballot as
constitutional amendment No. 3
on election day.
The fight to keep the referendum
off the ballot in November is over.

An official announcement by state
election officials is justdays away.
As this phase of the "Net Ban"
campaign comes to close the
principles on both sides of the
issue will be switching gears. Both
sides will now be targeting the
Florida voters directly. Both sides
are planning extensive advertising
campaigns to put their message
in front of the public. Similar
legislation and referendums in
other states have been the focus
of national media attention. Large
amounts of financial and media
support for both groups from
interested organizations from
outside the state is sure to be a
factor this fall.

PaPe 2 26 .ulv 1994 The Franklin County Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Steven Pfeiffer and Gene Brown

Jay Abbot

Nick Laslavic

Gene Brown

Commissioners Kiesling and Deason

July 1994 Tests of
Hydrants served by
St. George Utility Co.


300 Ocean Mile
Third Street West, Gorrie Drive
Harbor View Lane
Sikes Cut
North Sawyer

Flow in gallons
per minute
350 gpm
752 gpm
456 gpm
452 gpm
510 gpm

Harold Maclean

St. George Utility
Continued from page i
Commissioners hearing the case. Abbott and Chris Crozier had
conducted the hydrant tests a couple of days earlier, noting the gallons
per minute at the hydrants. Similar tests were conducted by Nick
LaSlavic and others two years earlier, reporting results far below the
Abbott-Crozier findings presented on Wednesday night, 21July 1994.

Abbott reiterated the improvements in flow contrasted with tests made
two years earlier in which the entire problem of sufficient fire flow was
discovered. While the Utility was fully complying with all government
requirements in terms of water pressure, there is no mandate for
minimum fire flow standards anywhere in Florida. Fire flow
requirements, recommended by fire fighting trade associations, are
recommended in the figures of 1000 gallons per minute as minimum,
for extinguishing a fire in a three story structure with roof and frame
After citizen input Wednesday evening, and the Utility's case-in-chief,
the opposition team presented their evidence, following the same
direct and cross-examination format. By day's end, on 21 July 1994,
Commissioner Deason decided to continue the hearings in Tallahassee
on 3 August 1994, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the PSC headquarters.
The Chronicle videotaped the hearings thus far, comprised of about 15
hours, and plans to continue recording the hearings in Tallahassee
next week. The entire series or segments will be available for purchase
at rates to be announced. A summation of the evidence adduced in the
hearings will be published later.



& Tourism

Council Meets
By Carol Ann Hawkins
The main topic of discussion at
the 13 Julymeetingofthe Franklin
County Economic Development &
Tourism Council (EDTC), held at
the Carrabelle Senior Citizen's
Center, was the county's need to
have an Ecologically (ECO)
Friendly Business Center, located
on approximately 20-acres ofland.
According to EDTC Secretary Bob
Burnett only non-polluting
businesses would be invited to
take roots or purchase space at
the desired ECO-Friendly Center.
The Council feels that such a
centerwould give Franklin County
the beginnings of a livelihood that
could be earned through
something other than fishing,
tourism or forestry by bringing
business industries into the
Burnett said that Council
members discussed the need for
the county to provide something
for the young people who go away
to school to encourage them to
come back to Franklin County to
work. The Council agreed that
there is no employment in Franklin
County for the young people to
use their education and that the
county is in "a kind of Catch 22."
Burnett said there is no place at
this time for industry to come into
the area because Franklin County
is such a remote county and still
largely undeveloped.
Timber Island and the Buckeye
site are the only existing areas in
the county that are zoned for
industrial use, but Burnett said
that both sites are plagued with
wetland problems. EDTC has its
eye on what Burnett described as
"some beautiful land in Northern
Franklin County" with water and
sewer adjacent and is "high and
dry." The property is close to
LanarkVillage and Burnett said it
is "some of the highest land in the
County." If the Franklin County
Commission is receptive to
rezoning the land for industrial
use, Burnett said EDTC will
attempt to make the purchase
with grants.
The next meeting of the Franklin
County EDTC will be 10 August at
7P.M. at the Florida Power lounge
in Apalachicola.

Head On Collision
Continued from page 1
Eastpolnt. Bockelman was
charged wlth driving left of center.
The vehicle that was being pursued
by Officer Litton was not
apprehended, and no information
as to the description of the pursued
vehicle is available, according to
the FHP and Carrabelle Police
Commissioner Tommy Loftin.
Loftin said that Litton reported
that someone driving through
Carrabelle and acting like they
were drunk almost ran him off the
road. Loftin said Litton turned
around and began the pursuit. A
stress fracture to the foot will keep
Litton in a cast for about four
weeks, Loftin said.
The City purchased the new police
car about four months ago.
Sgt. Rippy was assisted in the
accident investigation by the
Franklin County Sheriffs Office.

Marin .

MFC Schedules
3-Day Public
Meeting In Fort
Walton Beach

The Marine Fisheries Commission
(MFC) has scheduled public meeting
"on August 3-5, 1994 at the Holiday
SInn, 1110 Santa Rosa Boulevard, 4in
Fort Walton Beach. The meeting will
include the following (please also see
the meeting agenda on page 3):
The Commission will reopen a final
public hearing on proposed rule
amendments to manage and replenish
the overharvested spotted seatrout
fishery. The Commission will
reconsider the following proposals
which would:
* prohibit all harvest and sale of
spotted seatrout duringJanuaryand
February each year
establish adailybaglimit of 3 spotted
seatrout per recreational fisherman
in all state waters from Pasco County
to the Florida/Alabama border, and
a daily bag limit of 2 spotted seatrout
per recreational fisherman in all
other state waters
increase the spotted' seatrout
minimum size limit from 14 to 15
inches for all fishermen, and reduce
the maximum size limit from 24 to
20 inches for recreational fishermen
repeal current season quotas and
trip limits for commercial spotted
seatrout fishermen, and instead
establish a daily trip limit of 50
pounds of spotted seatrout per vessel
for commercial fishermen
The Commission will reopen a final
public hearing on proposed rules to
manage the use of fishing gear in the
Northeast Region (Ponce Inlet to to
the Florida/Georgia border). These
rules would:
allow persons in Nassau, Duval, and
St. Johns counties fishing in waters
seaward of the Colregs' Demarcation
line during the period January 1
throughApril 30 each year to possess
on board a vessel or fish with more
than two nets (provided that no such
net or nets shall cumulatively exceed
600 yards in total length) persons
fishing in the above described area
and time would also be allowed to
use nets with a minimum mesh size
of 2-3/4 inch stretched mesh and to
soak nets for more than one hour,
and would not be required to tend
these nets
Continued on page 10

Resolving Conflicts
Continued from page 1
Frye called an emergency meeting and stated that the Humane Society
representatives were contacted, but were unable to attend. "We have
had a hard time getting 3 people, a quorum, to have meetings. I got
Animal Control Authority people together in order to meet to cover
these issues that were brought before us. We addressed this. It was
stated In the paper by Ben Baker that none of these .issues were
covered. That's a liel Commissioner Williams in Carrabelle covered
every item...this thing boiled down to one doggone phone call to the
Animal Control Authority Chairman from the President of the Humane
Society, then the problem could have been treated, instead of the press
getting a hold of this and blowing this sucker out of proportion and
making me look bad, cause Jane Cox has done that" Cox responded
that it was inappropriate to meet with the ACA Chairman, because it
would have been a violation of the Sunshine Act. Frye returned, "I
know a little bit about the Sunshine [Act], too. I think the attorney can
tell you that you can call me or I can call you to tell me we've got a
problem. I found out aftet the fact.. You can call this
Sunshine...operating under thie shine law, whatever, I've been a
commissioner for eleven years..,;:. I'dtdon't operate under the Sunshine
[Act]...l don't do, nothing th','gongna' jeopardize me as being, a
comniissionier." Frye stated th ane Cox does not run the whole
Animal ControlAuthority program and that she should cooperate with
the Chairman. He reiterated that the whole situation could have been
handled better. Cox concluded. "It would have been infinitely better
if you had been Chairman and you had been making regular visits [to
the animal shelter]".
The serious issues of animal cruelty and lack of funding for shelter
maintenance were camouflaged by hostility blame. Cox reasoned with
Frye, "You and I can disagree about how it was handled. Let's go
forward from here.: We have a great deal of Important decisions to
As of 9 July, the Franklin County Animal Shelter temporarily ceased
operation. The Franklin County Humane Society, which leases the
shelter to the Animal Control Authority, closed the facility with ACA
consent due to unsanitary conditions and rampant animal disease.
Humane Society President Jane Cox was advised by the Humane
Society of America that an immediate closure of the shelter was
According to members of the FCACA, it is unclear what will become of
Franklin County's stray animal population.
The ACA meeting was concluded ,by adding veterinarian, Hobson
Fulmer, to the board and by looking into a replacement for the resigned
ACA Secretary-Treasurer, Betty Taylor-Webb. The following motions
were made and unanimously agreed to:
1) The ACA meeting will now operate under Robert's Rules of Order
2) The ACA agreed to schedule regular monthly meetings with written
notice sent to all board members.
3) The ACA agreed to replace a sewage pump at the animal shelter
4) The ACA agreed to pay volunteer, Betty Rickards, for her work at the
5) The ACA agreed to advertise for a new Animal Control Officer for 30
6) The ACA agreed to remove all animals from the shelter for the period
of one week to have the facility decontaminated.
The Animal Control Authority will meet next on 25 July at the
Apalachicola City Hall at 5:30.

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The Franklin County Chronicle 26 July 1994 Page 3

Editoral fand Commentary

The Call for a Sharp Pencil
It's that time again, hashing out the proposed budget. A difficult task
i to say the least. However, a sharp pencils in order for Carrabelle again
this year. Once again, a 5 percent across the board raise has been
added to the proposed budget We, the taxpayers, are asking, what's
3 going on, another raise this year? What happened to merit raises?
A good example shows itself in these comparisons, keep in mind, these
figures do not include retirement contributions or life and health
Population Clerks Salary

Carrabelle App. 1,300


Itis this writer's opinion that most
government officials do not pay
the slightest bit of attention to the
Sunshine Act; an act that Is sup-
posed to ensure that the public
has full access to government
decision making and access to
records about that decision
On 19 July, the Animal Control
Authority met. Among much
controversy, Chairman Jack Frye
made a monstrously noticeable
statement In front of four
reporters, two tape recorders, one
county attorney and a room full of
Animal ControlAuthorityand and
SocietyBoard members. Frye said,
"I. don't operate under the

Sunshine (Act)." In this particular
case, Mr. Frye was not referring to
the north Florida sun, but to a law
that can carry penalties of a $500
fine, imprisonment and removal
from office by the Governor of the
state If convicted. Frye even
qualified his statement by relating
that he has been a city
Commissioner for eleven years.
My response to this incident is
that Mr. Frye is either more honest
than every other official who
violates the Sunshine Act or he
really wants out ofpolitics. Either
way you look at it, it leaves
government with an ugly mark.
Brian Goercke



Last year other curr. charges and obligations were $3,500.00. This
year, $7,000.00 (includes a typist) plus $3,900 for a part-time secretary.
That alone represents $7,400.00 more in expenditures. Does this
mean no one in the city hall knows how to type?
This year's only $1,200.00. We must all have seen the lightly Which
brings one to a very worrisome conclusion! The pencil sharpener must
be broken!!
Name withheld

Publisher's comment: It seems a little unfair to single out the
Clerk's salary for comparisons, especially across selected
communities which have varying requirements and demands and
involving persons with varying times in office. However, in the
interest of airing a citizen complaint about bureaucratic costs, a
subject which is of considerable interest to this newspaper, we have
published the complaint. We will add, however, and we have special
knowledge on this, the Carrabelle office has produced and continues
to produce the best set of city and Port and Airport Authority
minutes in the entire county, and perhaps in the region. These
minutes are nearly "verbatim," and extremely useful especially
when one is trying to determine who said what on an issue several
months old. Certainly the other city and county government
minutes do not contain such rich detail.

35 Feet is 37 Feet and

Other Related Matters
This mustbet Ihe wi' n, S!ri ilis l v r i1s'-.ormaking exceptions
to all the rules, or f'-wrilllintIhe rlr-6i In land use and other county
Point One: A house on St. George Island was constructed with a roof
system which took it over the 35 foot ceiling imposed by County
Ordnance. The Architectural Control Board in the Plantation, St.
George, was fully appraised of all the circumstances about this
problem yet they ultimately approved the exception, and passed the
matter to the County authorities. At the County level, the Board of
County Commissioners got wind of the violation and one or two stated
in unequivocal terms that the 35 foot ceiling would be enforced even
if this meant taking the roof off and starting over. A variance was
considered out of the question by this Board because variances are not
routinely grated for violations of the rules, especially given the
circumstances of this occurrence. The Board of Adjustment, privy to
the Commission's opinions, granted a variance and did not impose any
penalty for violating the County Ordnance. Indeed, the ordinance does
not address this matter and there was some discussion among
Commissioners just what could be done to back up the County's
authority on this issue. In the meantime, the builder got his permits
and the house is open for rental business.
Point Two: A Franklin County taxpayer wrote certified letters to each
County Commissioner complaining about one St. George Island
resident who has "seized" a county right-of-way and the 40 foot buffer
zone intended to separate commercial from residential areas. Numerous
persons and intermediaries have attempted to discuss the matter with
the encroaching party, and expert testimony has the encroachment
now approaching upwards of 30 feet. The Board of Adjustment
attorney and County Planner objected to the application by the
property owner who requested a variance for construction of a building
in the critical habitat zone. The Board of Adjustment granted the
variance, over the objections of the planner, BOA attorney, and
adjoining property owners. One more time the rules have been bent,
changed or ignored.
Decisions of the Board of Adjustment must be appealed to the courts.
We think the County Attorney should appeal both of these decisions
if for anything to restoresome public confidence in the rules and the
process in which most landowners and builders must cooperatively
adhere to for the benefit of the community.
By ignoring these matters, the Board of County Commissioners is
contributing to the mockery that is building across the county
concerning the compliance with County rules for building or land use.
As Dink Braxton said, "35 feet is 35 feet." No, Mr. Braxton, after last
week, "35 feet is 37 feet."
Tom W. Hoffer

"DEAR CHARLIE..." A Note of Concern about Higher

Education in Florida from a Parent and Academician

Response to

St. George Island

Cleanup Appreciated

Dear Editor,
On behalf of the St. George Island Civic Club, I would like to thank
County Commissioner Dink Braxton, Kendall Wade, Van Johnson and
Bll Henderson for their prompt response to the St. George Island
beach clean up. The tar on the beach was not only a nusiance, but in
our opinion, an environmental hazard. Your efforts are greatly
Marilyn Bean, President

Sr N OW EOXthe

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26 July 1994

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Publisher's Note: The following letterwas addressed to Dr. Charles
B. Reed, Chancellorofthe State UnlversltySystem in Florida (Board
of Regents). The letter might be construed as a "snapshot" of
problems pervading the entire University system, although the
writer. Dr. Churchill Roberts discusses his observations from the
standpoint of the University ofWest Floridawhere he is Chairperson
of Communication Arts, which Includes studies in journalism,
public relations and advertising, Radio-Television and Film. His
commentary does reflection an often-read claim about the "declining
quality of higher education" in Florida by putting some evidence on
the matter, in a rare insight not oftn available to the tax-paying
public in Florida. His arguments are not meant to be exhaustive or
complete, and for various reasons, ie does not discuss the rise of
the Florida education bureaucracy, chaired with very highly paid
administrators in plush office settings throughout the Florida
University system. Nor does he comment on the industrial or
"marketplace" approach in mseniotfaculty and administrative
recruiting, which adds higher cd fo higher education, as if each
rung on the ladder of admihista power demanded more, and
more money. These problems may shirie with either a dull glow, or
high brilliance in Franklin County where the literacy rate is low,
educational funding is limited and Opportunities for self-
Improvement through extension education are limited. Perhaps
there is some food for thought here as we end the summer and
prepare for yet another year of education activities.

Dear Charlie:
I have never been one to address my concerns about the State
University System or the University of West Florida directly to the
chancellor, but after spending twenty-three years my entire academic
career as a dedicated SUS professor, and after paying for the
education of a son and daughter who are graduates of Florida State
University and the University of Florida, I cannot sit back quietly and
witness the declining quality of higher education in this state. So
please forgive me for this indulgence.
The final straw was the news this past week that for the third year in
a row there would be no equipment budget for the University of West
Florida. The problem, it appears, is related to the combined effects of
the recession of the early 1990s and the recent decline inenrollment.
The solution, we are told, is more students, for more students will bring
in more money. But those of us who have been around a long time know
that unwise expenditures arid a lack of flexibility also contribute to the
A few weeks ago Jeb Bush was in town campaignin for governor and
visited UWF's radio station, WUWF. An article about his visit appeared
in the Friday, May 27 issue of the St. Petersburg Times:
Bush gapes at the station. The building is startlingly new and
roomy, filled with pristine equipment, not the usual radio
grunge. He asks questions. Turns out this was built with state
tax money; it's public radio. As soon as the interviewer turns his
back, Bush is rubbing his hands together, ready to tear the place
down. This is exactly what Bush means when he talks about the
ways that government wastes money and, worse, intrudes
where it should not.
What Jeb Bush said made a lot of sense to me, a lifelong Democrat, but
for a different reason. Why should we continue to fund new buildings
- especially those that are not central to the academic mission of an
institution when we cannot furnish or operate the ones we have?
UWF's WUWF and PJC's WSRE have spanking new facilities, the best
that money can buy, while the academic programs that support those
stations are starving for lack of support.
The usual response is that building funds (PECO) come from a more
stable funding source. But isn't it time to ask whether it would be more
prudent to use PECO funds for books and personnel rather than bricks
and mortar? A good case is UWF"s library, which has lost seven
positions and over a million dollars in operating expenses since 1991.
My son, who recently finished a master's degree in Coastal Zone
Studies at UWF, complained that the cuts in books and periodicals
were so drastic that he was unable to produce truly graduate-quality
papers. Nonetheless, the administration's quest for FTEs is so intense
that in order to offer as many courses as possible, the 1994-95 library
budget is being reduced from $1.2 million (the BOR allocation) to
$830,000. Another year without essential books and periodicals!
Despite this intolerable situation inside the library, on the outside
everything is rosy, for we are in the midst of an $8 million PECO
expansion project Bizarre!
Several years ago a PECO project funded our department's move to
anotherbuilding. The renovation included funds fora television studio
and most of the equipment to furnish it. The rest would have to come
from the regular OCO budget. Asyou might guess, the studio has never
been completed. We purchased new cameras but are still awaiting the
pedestals to mount them on; we purchased a $48,000 state-of-the-art
Grass Valley switcher but were unable to afford the audio and monitor
components. As a consequence, the switcher has been gathering dust
for two years and is no longer under warranty.
This past month we decided we could no longer offer a course in film
production. There was simply not enough equipment in working
condition. We had reduced the enrolhnlment from 15 students to 12 and
finally to 8. Now we cannot accommodate even that many. Because of
the continuing deterioration of equipment, we will soon begin reducing
enrollment in field production courses in broadcast production and
broadcast news. The film and broadcast courses are essential not only
to our program but to students who hope to enter FSU's prestigious

MFA program in Motion Pictures, Television, and Recording Arts. Last
week's Pensacola News Journal and St. Petersburg Times featured an
article about an academic project at FSU's film program, a film by Tom
Roush, one of our graduates. For me, it is sad to think that we will no
longer be able to prepare students to enter a related program at a sister
For fear of sounding like sour grapes, let me say that our program,
which has been designated a "Program of Distinction" at UWF, has had
excellent support from administration. I could not ask for a more
helpful dean or academic vice president. The problem is that money for
"existing" programs is simply not there, and as a consequence, we are
reduced to giving students little more than a mediocre education.
Despite the decline in quality, the diminished stature of this university
appears to generate little interest at the Board or in the Legislature.
In 1993 Communication Arts was scheduled for a BOR program
review. Several of us who had ACEJMC accredited programs at our
institutions argued that an additional review would be a waste of time
and money. Instead of paying consultant fees, we would much rather
spend money on courses. Besides, our program CommunicationArts,
had just had its accreditation review. Nevertheless, the Board insisted
on a review. Two weeks ago I received a draft report of the review, along
with a comment from our associate vice provost regarding the review
team's main recommendation (the need for new equipment): "We need
to develop some new sources of equipment funds. Can't do it with what
the State is appropriating these days." Imagine, we paid thousands of
dollars for someone to tell us what we already knew, and then, before
the final report is issued, we have already acknowledged that we
cannot act on the recommendations.
Last year, for the first time in the university's history, a homicide was
committed on campus. Susan Morris, a Communication Arts student,
was murdered near a dimly lit campus parking lot. Although it could
have occurred anywhere, there can be little doubt that severe budget
cuts increased the chances ofjust such a tragedy. Burned out parking
lot lights and a non-functioning "blue light" safety system were victims
of budget shortfalls. On the weekend before Susan was murdered, the
university hosted a Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration at its Fine and
Performing Arts auditorium. Several hundred people attended a
speech by FAMU president Dr. Fred Humphries. That evening the
university had only one police officer on duty for the entire campus.
The reason: lack of funds.
Just recently the dean of Arts and Social Sciences announced the
suspension ofUWF's Nursing program. In light of dwindling resources,
the dean could no longer support it The secretary and faculty were
reassigned, and the expense budget will no doubt be divided among
other disciplines. Although the suspension makes good sense
budgetwise, it seems strange that an area with so many health-care
facilities cannot support a Nursing program.
Last month I was in Washington working on a documentary project
and happened to see Bob Graham. Senator Graham said he was
planning to come to Pensacola in the fall and would like to visit UWF.
Frankly, I am embarrassed for him to see the poor state of affairs on
our campus. As governor, no one did more than Bob Graham (and you)
to try and increase support for higher education. But those days are
over. There is no longer talk of being in the top quartile at least not
at UWF. Our recent SACS self-study suggested that morale is at an all-
time low in part because of the "reduced level of SUS funding for the
University" (UWF Institutional Self-Study. February, 1994, p. 186).
Last year one full-time faculty member in the department left for the
University of South Carolina; this year a part-time faculty member left
for Southern Illinois University. Three of our faculty interviewed for
Jobs this year at DePauw, the University of Georgia, and Western
Kentucky University-and two more have indicated they will be
interviewing in the comingyear. As a consequence of this unprecedented
bailout, a group of Communication Arts faculty asked me recently
whether we might approach Roy McTamaghan about moving our
department to the new university.
Perhaps a better question is whether UWF as a whole should move to
the new university rather than continue its slide into mediocrity. With
declining resources, it is hard to attract new students, especially in an
area where the high school and community college student population
is not increasing. And each time we add new programs (the only way,
it appears, we can attract additional money from the BOR), we do so
at the expense of established programs.
There is much that we have accomplished at UWF. often on a
shoestring. But we are just about at our wits' end, with little hope of
relief, andlittle faith in the system. I rarely see a regent on this campus
anymore. Is it because there is no regent from this area, or is UWF the
least important of the nine universities?Whatever the case, if the BOR
and Legislature do not soon address the issue of declining quality at
UWF, we will continue to lose dedicated faculty and will fail to attract
the students we so desperately need.
I have been one of UWF"s biggest boosters for almost a quarter of a
century. But for the life of me.,can no longer think of good reasons for
faculty and students to come here.
Thanks for listening.
Churchill L. Roberts, Chair

cc: Members of the Florida Board of Regents
West Florida Legislative Delegation
Dean Richard Doelker
Provost Doug Friedrich

ACA Chairman Jack Frye

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Rick Taylor's Astro-Tables show you the best days and slower than the moon's, its best times are averaged out
times of day to fish and hunt, based on the ever- for the month and posted at the bottom of the table (see
changing positions of the sun and moon. "Solar Times"). This does not mean, however, that the
sun's value is less than the moon's.

* The "Today's Potential" column rates each day's
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higher the number (see "Value" column or black bars),
the more you can expect fish and game activity on that
* The "Today's Best Periods" section tells you the best
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WED 10
THU 11
FRI 12
SAT 13

SUN 14
MON 15
TUE 16
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THU 18
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* Depending on various cycles of the sun and the moon,
activity periods can be as short as 30 minutes or as long
as 3-1/2 hours.
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Naval Observatory.
* All times are adjusted to the center of your time zone
and for daylight-saving time.


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7:45 am 10:51 am 7:20 pm 10:26 pm
8:35 am 11:41 am 8:10 pm 11:16 pm
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4:12 pm 5:38 pm 2:46 am 4:30 am
5:12 pm 6:24 pm 3:47 am 5:13 am
6:13 pm 7:15 pm 4:47 am 5:59 am

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9:10 pm 10:02 pm 7:46 am 8:42 am
10:07 pm 10:59 pm 8:45 am 9:37 am
10:57 pm 11:57 pm 9:42 am 10:34 am
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12:20 am 1:54 am 11:55 am 1:29 pm
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1:36 am 3:40 am 1:11 pm 3:15 pm
2:13 am 4:33 am 1:48 pm 4:08 pm
2:50 am 5:24 am 2:25 pm 4:59 pm
3:29 am 6:13 am 3:04 pm 5:48 pm
4:09 am 7:03 am 3:44 pm 6:38 pm

4:50 am 7:54 am 4:25 pm 7:29 pm
5:37 am 8:43 am 5:12 pm 8:18 pm
6:26 am 9:32 am 6:01 pm 9:07 pm
7:16 am 10:22 am 6:51 pm 9:57 pm

SOLAR TIMES PRIMARY: 12:12 2:22 pm (Days)
SOLAR TIMES SECONDARY: 12.12- 2 22 am (Niahts)

Use these tables to find high and low tide times for (1) St. George Island, and Apalachicola Bay (2) Apalachee Bay
and Cedar Key area and (3) St. Andrew Bay. Corrections for specific locations are found In Tables on page 5.

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FSU Parents

Weekend To


Campus Life

Parents of Florida State University'
students may go "back to school"
on 23-24 September for Parents"
Weekend 1994 on the Tallahassee
campus. 'I

Registration will be held Friday
from noon to 6 p.m. In the Oglesby'
Union Courtyard. From 6 to 8
p.m. on the Union Green, the
Marching Chiefs band, FSU
cheerleaders and other student
entertainers will perform at a
picnic and pep rally. Afterward,
parents may venture off-campus
or stay at the Union to enjoy live
entertainment in the Club
Downunder, bowling and billiards
in Crenshaw Lanes or movie in
Moore Auditorium.

On Saturday, registration
continues from 7:30 to 9 a.m.,
with coffee and donuts served in
front of the Westcott Building.

Parents then may participate in a
faculty question-and-answer
session, hosted by Vice President
for Student Affairs Jon Dalton
and Faculty Senate President
Marilyn Young, from 9 to 10:30
a.m. in Ruby Diamond
Auditorium, Westcott Building.

FSU President Talbot "Sandy"
D'Alemberte will host his first
Parents Weekend brunch from 11
a.m. to 1 p.m. at the president's
home on West Tennessee Street.

During the afternoon, open houses
will be held, welcoming parents
into residence halls, scholarship
houses and sorority and fraternity

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Saturday night, parents may get
an up-close view of the completed
phase of University Center when
the FSU Seminoles play the North
Carolina Tar Heels, tentatively
scheduled at 7 p.m. in the newly
expanded Doak Campbell

Because Parents Weekend is held
on a football weekend, parents
are encouraged to make hotel
reservations and order game
tickets early. Information on rooms
and rates maybe obtained through
the Tallahassee Convention and
Visitor's Bureau at (904) 681-
9200. Football tickets may be
ordered through theAthleticTicket
Office at (904) 644-1830.

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a significant volume of clams this year off the coast of Dixie and Levy
Seeding in 1994 is expected to increase sharply to 114 million clams.
Survival rate to harvest was reported to average 65 percent in 1993,
up from 58 percent in 1991. Improvement in seed quality contributed
to the higher survival rate.

114 W,

, Sharp Increase in

Sales of Florida

Aquaculture Products
FloridaAgriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford announced that farm
sales of aquaculture products in Floridajumped a dramatic 35 percent
between 1991 and 1993.
Results of a recent survey conducted by the Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Services revealed that more than 500
Florida growers sold $73 million in aquaculture products during 1993,
compared to sales of $54 million reported in a similar survey in 1991.
As in previous surveys, tropical (ornamental) fish continued to dominate
Florida's aquaculture industry, accounting for $46.7 million, or 64
percent, of total sales in 1993. Net sales of tropical fish increased 42
percent between 1991 and 1993.
Tropical fish production is centered in Hillsborough and Polk counties,
with smaller concentrations in Dade and Palm Beach counties.
Aquatic species identified in the survey were tropical fish, catfish,
alligators, oysters, clams, sport and game fish, crawfish, eels, tilapia,
shrimp, and aquatic plants. The value is based on farm gate sales of
aquatics produced by Florida growers and it excludes harvest from
open waters or the wild.
There were about 10,300 acres of land including water surface
area, devoted to aquaculture production in 1993. This compares
with 8,100 acres reported in 1991.
Sales of aquatic plants totaled $13.2 million last year to take Second
place in value, followed by oysters and clams, alligators, and sport and
game fish.
"Aquatic plant farmers are benefiting from an explosive growth in
water gardening among home gardeners and professional landscape
designers," Crawford said. "There is also an increasing demand for
nursery-grown aquatic plants for wetland mitigation and restoration
The survey identified 50 potential new growers with intentions to
produce aquaculture products for sale this year or later. Based on
survey findings, production of tropical fish, aquatic plants and clams
will show slight to moderate increases in 1994.
"Since the first survey was conducted in 1987, aquaculture sales have
more than doubled," Crawford said, "This indicates the significance
of the industry to Florida's economy."

, Florida Agriculture
The Florida Agricultural Statistics Service has recently released data
used to form the basis of the following news items of particular interest
to the northern Florida and Big Bend area. Oyster sales are down from
1991 highs, and clam sales have tripled upward. The productivity of
graduates from "Pro ect OCEAN" at Cedar Key appears to contribute
to this upward trend. Table 1 (below) presents the number of growers
of aquaculture products in 1993, including sales results of the Dixie-
Levy County groups in Project OCEAN.
Number Water surface Value of
Specie -of sales
growers 1993 1 1994 1/ 1993
Catfish: Number Acres 1,000
Food 34 1,251 1,251 349
Other 9 36 37 203
Total 37 2 1',287 1,288 552
Hides -- -- -- 3,252
Meats -- -- 1,180
Total 38 320 315 4,432
Oysters 18 421 412 974
Clams 173 3' 937 958 3,662
Sport/Game fish 13 133 135 1,227
Tilapia 19 3,127 3,128 1,037
Aquatics 13 80 80 1,235
Total 269 4/ 6,305 6,316 13,119
11 Includes area only for active growers in 1993. 2/ Total
reflects some growers with both food type and other.
3/ Total reflects recent graduates of "Project OCEAN" at
Cedar Key who had sales in 1993. 4' Total reflects some
growers with more than one specie.

Clam Production Rose to $3.66 Million
During 1993, sales of clams produced by Florida growers totaled
$3.66 million, a three fold increase from the $1.18 million in 1991.
The 173 growers, including graduates of "Project OCEAN", sold
38,138,000 clams for an average of 9.6 cents per clam. There are six
additional growers expecting to produce clams in 1994 or later. The
National Marine Fisheries Service reports sales, including clams
produced from areas leased from the State and open harvest, at $7.3
million in 1993, up sharply from 1991. Production has centered
along the east central and northeast coastal counties, but recent
graduates of "Project OCEAN" at Cedar Key are expected to harvest

Number of Producers

Total: 523

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10 -. 19.
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Aquaculture Labor
Florida aquaculture operators reported working an average of 39
hours per week on their operations during 1993. This compares with
40 hours per week for 1991. Operators in Hillsborough, the leading
county with a heavy concentration of tropical fish, averaged 52 hours
per week compared with 51 hours per week for 1991. Brevard County,
with a heavy concentration of clam producers averaged 25 hours
during 1993 compared with an average of 22 hours in 1991.
Aquacultural producers employed 964 full-time workers and 292 part-
time workers in 1993. This was up from 884 full-time workers and 235
part-time workers in 1991. In addition, there were 341 unpaid
workers, primarily family members, reported in the survey. This
compares with 262 unpaid workers reported in the survey for 1991.
Number of farms and workers
State Unpaid Paid full time Paid part time
Farms IWorkers Farms IWorkers Farms Iworkers
Total 164 341 158 964 110 292

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Year I
Year Clams Oysters i/
seeded Clams Oysters
1992 68,877 251
1993 87,878 501
1994 intentions 114,000 560
Survival Percent
to harvest 65 50
1/ Many growers do not seed oyster beds. Thus, the rela-
tively low amount reported as seeded.

Oyster Sales Nearly $1.0 Million
During 1993, Florida growers sold oysters valued at nearly $0.97
million, down from $1.37 million in 1991. There were 30,400 bushels
of oysters sold by 18 producers at an average price of $32.05 per
bushel. In addition, two other producers were expecting to begin
production in 1994 or later. According to the National Marine Fisheries
Service, $9.2 million worth of oysters were harvested from leased area
and open or public waters off the coast of Florida in 1993. Only a small
percentage of the total was reported as production from leased areas.
Oyster production is expected to increase based on seedings reported
by growers. Reports for survival of oysters seeded to harvest averaged
50 percent. Many growers do not seed oysters. They spread shells in
the leased area and oysters from the wild lay eggs on the prepared
beds. In such a case growers cannot determine the survival rates.
Storms during the growing season damaged beds and reduced
harvest in some areas.

Florida, 1993




Page 6 26 Julv 1994 The Franklin County Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Ben Johnson Seeks

Injunction, Damages

and Removal Of CATV

System From His

Resort Village Property

Plaintiff Ben Johnson and Coastal Development Consultants, Inc.,
developers of the Resort Village project in the Plantation on St. George
Island, has initiated a lawsuit against Pine View Cable, also known as
St. George Cable-TV, seeking a permanent injunction and an action for
St George Cable, owned by Charles Sumner of Pine View Cable,
Valdosta, Georgia, has installed a CATV system in the Plantation, and
crossed the property owned by Johnson and Coastal Development
Consultants. St. George Cable installed cable trunk lines following the
contours of Leisure Lane, the main artery through the Plantation. The
Resort Village project is near the Nick's Hole area, roughly in the
middle of the Plantation and is in the planning stages for a commercial
In the third paragraph of the Johnson-Coastal Development complaint,
filed at the end of June 1994, the plaintiff alleges:

3. Commencing at least as early as October, 1993, and on
numerous occasions thereafter, the Defendant, PINE VIEW
CABLE, INC. ("PINE VIEW CABLE"), entered on the Property,
even though Plaintiffs demanded that Defendant not do so
and even though Defendant was advised by Plaintiffs that
Defendant had no legal right to do so. Defendant continues to
remain on portions ofthe Property and has installed equipment
and other property of a permanent nature on portions of the

4. If the continual trespass by the Defendant is not restrained
and enjoined by this Court, Defendant could assert that its
possession could or will ripen into a prescriptive right or an
easement in order to continue to use and be in continual
possession of a portion -of Plaintiffs' property. As a result,
Plaintiffs do not have an adequate remedy at law.

5. As stated above, the Plaintiffs warned the Defendant before
entry on the Property that the entry would be a trespass and
directed the Defendant not to enter on the Property and install
its equipment. Notwithstanding, the Defendant ignored the
warning of the Plaintiffs and willfully entered on the Property
after Plaintiffs' warnings and has refused to leave the Property
and remove its equipment and other property after repeated
demands by the Plaintiffs that Defendant
do so.

Johnson also claims that the presence of the CATV truck line has
resulted in a depreciation of his propertybecause of the trespass by St.
George Cable, and that "plaintiffs have lost the use of their Property,
or a portion thereof, during the time of the trespass which still
continues." The owners of Resort Village want the cable line removed
permanently, a permanent injunction against Pine View cable, and
damages of an unstated amount
In early January 1994, Johnson was denied permission by the County
to include multi-family structures in his commercial development
called Resort Village. He is appealing that decision before an
administrative tribunal at the level of Governor and Cabinet. In the
meantime, just a few weeks ago, he attempted to interest the County
in negotiations to settle that issue and others, but the County decided
to allow the appeal of its decision to follow through in normal course.
The CATV matter appears to involve more than just permissions for
routing the trunk line through the Resort Village, Johnson's property.
Presently, the Board of Directors of the Homeowner' Association is
negotiating with Dr. Johnson on an agreement which has drawn
considerable controversy in recent months as to its legality, and a
debate running on certain terms in the agreement A recent survey of
home and lot owner members indicated that most wanted their Board
to negotiate with Johnson on the terms of the agreement. The cable TV
issue may now rise to complicate those negotiations, especially for
many Plantation residents on the west side of the Resort Village
property, who have awaited CATV services for many months. One
issue in the CATV matter involves a reported demand by Dr. Johnson
for some data and CATV channels in exchange for permission to route
the trunk through his property. Others argue in behalfof Pine View (St.
George Cable) that the right to run cable already exists, but the law and
regulatory rules are not clear on this point. Aso, the entire question
of who owns Leisure Lane, and how much, has never been adequately
addressed and answered, although Dr. Johnson has a quit claim deed
to Leisure Lane in the Resort Village area purchased from former owner
Gene Brown.
Pine View Cable was served with the legal papers announcing the
litigation on 5 July 1994 and has 20 days in which to file an answer.

Resort Village
Appeal Sent to
Division of
At the last Governor and Cabinet
meeting on 14 July 1994,
theResort Village appeal from the
Franklin County Commission
decision banning multi-family
residences in the commercial
development owned by Dr. Ben
Johnson, has been assigned to
the Division of Administrative
Hearings. Earlier, the appeal was
to be heard before the Florida
Land and Water Adjudicatory
Commission (Governor and
Cabinet). The hearing officer will
be P. Michael Ruff. The hearings
are now scheduled for 22 and 23
August 1994 in Apalachicola.
According to a recent Order of
Pre-hearing instructions, all
parties to the appeal are to meet
no later than 15 days prior to the
22nd to discuss any possible
settlements, draw up stipulations,
examine exhibits and otherwise
complete any matter which might
expedite the hearing.
The litigants in the action are, as
petitioner, Dr. Ben Johnson and
Coastal Development
Consultants, the Board of County
Commissioners, Franklin County
as Respondents, and Dr. Thomas
H. Adams as Intervenor.

AT 653-8716. LOCATED ON

Great Divide
Continued from page 1
Franklin County Commissioner,
Dink Braxton.
Annie May Flowers, a board
member on Planning and Zoning
and the sister of Dink Braxton,
stated, "It's (the lot owned by Bob
Allen) always been residential. It's
in a residential community."
Craig Shuler, representative for
the Association for Citizens with
disabilities, stated, "The RV park
is a seasonal business. It is
moderate to light, but not
intensive. There would be one
small office building and one small
but nice bathroom area. It would
be an RV park that the community
could be proud of."
Ms. Dink Braxton stated. "My
home is there. I intend to live
there for the rest of my life."
Michael Allen, Oyster Radio's news
director and the son of Bob Allen.
asked whether Dink Braxton was
on the County Commission when
the rezoning plans were initiated.
He also asked when Mr. Braxton
moved into the house adjoining
Bob Allen's property. Braxton
responded that he was on the
County Commission when the
rezoning plans were brought up
and that he had been living in his
present residence since December
1992. Mr. Braxton also stated that
he always abstained from voting
from issues where he felt he was
in a conflict of interest. Braxton
said that his presence at the
Planning and Zoning meeting was
as a citizen and that he had every
right to be heard at the meeting.
After number audience members
spoke on behalfofBobAllen, board
member Jack Prophater stated,
"Mr. Allen has a lot of fans here
and I don't consider myself one of
them. I just want to do what's
right. Something smells funny
Board member Rene Topping
echoed Prophater's sentiments
and felt that a board of volunteer-s
could not adequately vote on a
matter that seemed to require legal
Board member Don Wood made a
motion to send the rezoning back
to the Franklin County
Commission without a
recommendation. Michael Allen
protested, "before you vote. I also
ave a vested interest in
this....before you decide not to
make a decision, I think one of the
reasons this was brought to this
board was because my father felt
he couldn't get a fair shake from
the county commission because a
county commissioner requested
this and also because of the way
thls was requested. It was not
requested that there be a rezoning '
hearing to see whether It could be
made C-3 or R- 1. It was requested "
that it be changed to R-1. One of
the reasons that this matter was
brought to this board was that
hopefully a fair and equitable
decision from a group of people
who do not live near the land in
question could be arrived
at...because it is not going to come
from the county commission."
After Mr. Allen's statement.
Member Pedder seconded Mr.
Woods motion s and the
commission voted 6 to 1 to send
the matter back to the Franklin
County Commission without a

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At the meeting's conclusion, Helen
Spohrer announced her decision
to resign from the Commission
after nine years of service. She
stated that she no longer had the
time to devote to the commission
and that she was planning to
pursue permits for a marina
project on St. George Island and
did not want to be in conflict with
the commission. Member Flowers
voted nay.
Mr. Pierce told the commission
that they needed to elect a new
Chairman and Vice Chairman. On
the motion of Ms. Flowers and the
second by Ms. Topping, Roy
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elected Chairman. On the motion
of Mr. Wood and the Second by
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Lock-Box For
Voluntary Landing,
Tie-Down Fees
May Be Placed At

Carrabelle Airport
By Carol Ann Hawkins
Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority (CPAA) board members,
at their 14 July meeting held at
City Hall, discussed the possibility
of placing a lock-box at the
,Carrabelle Airport for voluntary
donations. The donations would
help cover the expenses incurred
to keep the site in useable
condition, including replacement
of light bulbs and keeping the
area mowed. CPAA Attorney Ben
J. Watkins, Apalachicola, told the
board that no fee is charged for
use of the Apalachicola Airport if
pilots gas up, but said there is a
$3 landing fee or overnight tie-
down charge.
According to Gene Langston, the
only ones who use the Carrabelle
Airport are the Florida Marine
Patrol, Florida Fish & Game, Terry
Dowden and the Florida Forest
Service. J. B. Woods said the
airport is also used once a year in
the Fall by the United States Army
when they search for marijuana
Woods also corrected an error
reported in the 26 June Chronicle
that a UNICOM 122.9 frequency
can sometimes cause bulbs in the
runway lights to go out. Woods
said the frequency can sometimes
cause runway lights to come on,
but not burn out. Woods reported
at the 6 June CPAA meeting that
something was causing the
runway lights to blow out Florida
Power checked their transmission
lines and Jim Motley, who installed
,- the lights, checked the control
'box current regulator. No
*malfunctioning problem was

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The Honorable P. Kevin Davey
5 July 1994

Compiled by Carol Ann Hawkins _
TERRI ANN BARRS: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand
Theft and one count of Resisting Arrest Without Violence. Capias
issued (authorization to arrest) for failure to appear; hold without bond
in Franklin County Jail pending further order of the Court.
PHILIP LOUIS CALIFF: Charged with one count of sexual act with
child under 16 years of age and one count of lewd and lascivious
assault. Defendant entered Plea of Not Guilty and Demand for
Discovery. Parents of victim present but did not wish to address the
Court Pre-Trial and Trial dates set. (Represented byMark H. Zilberberg,
MIKE CREEK, JR.: Charged with aggravated assault Plea of Not
Guilty and Demand for Discovery entered by Barbara Sanders,
ConflictAttorney. Pre-Trial and Trial dates set (Represented by Public
Defender Assigned by Court, Barbara Sanders, Atty.)
JOYCE MARIE HENDELS: Charged with attempted burglary of a
structure, a Third Degree Felony. Pleaded No Contest to charge;
Adjudicated Guilty. Sentenced to 90 days in the Franklin County Jail
with 58 days credit given for time already served; Pay $71.68 restitution
to victim, George Rogers, then pay $250 partial reimbursement for
Public Defender; pay $105 Court Costs within 90 days after release
from custody; payvictim restitution first, then Court Costs. (Represented
by Julius Aulisio, Public Defender.)
CECILHICKS: Charged with Lewd and Lascivious assault. PleaofNot
Guilty already filed. Victims present but did not wish to address the
Court. Pre-Trial and Trial dates set. (Represented by J. Ben Watklns,
LORI THOMAS HOLLENBECK: Charged with Third Degree Grand
Theft. Plea of Not Guilty entered by Public Defender; Pre-trial and Trial
dates set (Represented by Julius Aulisio, Public Defender.)
LIMOUS HUMOSE: Charged with Felony Driving Under the Influence
(DUI), Driving While License Suspended or Revoked, Unlawful Speed,
Failure to Drive Within a Single Lane, and Open Container ofAlcoholic
Substance. Public Defender entered Plea of Not Guilty. Pre-Trial and
Trial dates set. (Represented by Julius Aulisio, Public Defender.)
ALAN H. MATHIS: Charged with Dealing Stolen Property;, Pleaded No
Contest to lesser charge of Petty Theft. Adjudicated Guilty. Involved
theft of the Federal mails (Postal Theft). Sentenced to six months
probation; if probation violated, will be sentenced to 60 days in the
Franklin County Jail. Pay Court Costs of $105 and $150 to Public
Defender. Court reserved jurisdiction for 45 days for defendant to pay
restitution. (Represented by Julius Aulisio, Public Defender.)
BARBARA MACANALLY: Charged with Worthless Check over $149.
Capias issued (Authorization to Arrest) for Failure to Appear in Court;
hold without bond in Franklin County Jail.
CAROLYN MILLER: Charged with Third Degree Grand Theft. Plea of
Not Guilty and Demand for Discovery entered by Barbara Sanders,
Conflict Attorney. Arraignment date set (Represented by Public
Defender Assigned by Court, Barbara Sanders, Atty.)
EDWARD JOSEPH PERRY II: Charged with Aggravated Assault with
Deadly Weapon, Reckless Driving, and Fleeing Attempting to Elude
Police. Plea of Not Guilty entered by Public Defender. Pre-Trial and
Trial dates set. (Represented by Julius Aulisio, Public Defender.)
ROY LEE SIMMONS: Charged with Aggravated Battery; Pleaded No
Contest to lesser offense of Battery, a First Degree Misdemeanor.
Adjudicated Guilty. Sentenced to seven days in the Franklin County
Jail with seven days credit given forj time already served; sentenced to
six months probation. No restitution. No contact with victim, Doretha
Jones; no acts of violence against victim. If victim wants contact, she
must come in and file an affidavit Defendant can be sentenced to one
year, less time served, if probation violated. Pay court Costs of $105
and Public Defender fees of $150. Defendant has right to appeal
sentence. (Represented by Julius Aulisio, Public Defender.)
Shooting into Occupied Vehicle and Attempted Second Degree Murder.
Plea of Not Guilty entered; Bond set at $10,000 on first charge and
$25,000 on second charge. Pre-Trial and Trial dates set (Represented
by Gordon Shuler, Atty.)
THOMAS L. ZAWONDA. Charged with Burglary of a Structure and
Grand Theft. Capias issued (Authorization toArrest). If not being held
already, hold without bond in Franklin County Jail. (Represented by
Julius Aulislo, Public Defender.)
JUVENILE: Delinquency, Battery. Child present with father; victim/
witnesses not present; possible dismissal coming. (Represented by
Julius Aulisio, Public Defender.)
JUVENILE: Delinquency, Assault on a School Employee. Child
present with Public Defender. Plea ofAdmission entered, waived PDR,
Adjudication of Delinquency withheld. No contact with victim


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Compiled by Lisa Moore
Apalachicola City Police recently
tracked down a con artist preying
on the kind-hearted residents of
Franklin County. Charles Greg
Cloud, 33, of Port St Joe, Florida
was arrested for petty theft by

Apalachicola City Police Officer
Jack Osburn.
Cloud, who was apprehended on
Sunday the 17th of July has since
been released on $500.00 bond
with additional charges pending.
According to Officer Osburn,
Cloud conned his victims into
giving him $20.00 by relating that
his truck had broken down on
John Gorrie Bridge and he needed
money to remove it before being
towed away by the law.
Apalachicola City Police obtained
four signed complaints by
Apalachicola residents alone. The
total number of Cloud's scam
victims remains undetermined in
the county. Area residents should
continue to be alert.
Police records describe Cloud as a
white male, thirty-three years of
age. He's 5'8", 175 Ibs., with brown
hair and brown eyes. Cloud has
been seen driving a gray Ford
Ranger pick up truck with a red
stripe on the sides.
To issue a complaint or receive
additional Information contact the
Apalachicola City Police
Department at 653-9432.
Apalachicola City Police arrested
Christopher Busby, 25, of
Apalachicola for burglary on
Sunday the 10th ofJuly. According
to police reports early Sunday
morning Busby threw a brick into
the front doorwindow of the Oasis
Lounge Package located onAvenue
D, in Apalachicola.
City Police Officer, Jerry Proctor
and Arnold Tolliver had received a
call that the Oasis burglary alarm
had been activated. At the scene
officers noticed a trail of fresh
blood leading from the shattered
window into the establishment.
Officer Proctor alerted Emerald
Coast Hospital to be aware of
suspicious individuals.
Busby apparently. drove himself
to the hospital for treatment of
serious cuts and abrasions
sustained while climbing through
shards of glass. Busby was
apprehended by the officers
shortly after arriving at Emerald
Coast Hospital. Court date is


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(altercations/problems). Juvenile Attorney's Service Program (JASP)
evaluation/treatment; to 11/1/94 to complete conditions of 40 hours
Community Service Work, successfully complete JASP program, write
three-page essay in lieu of apology letter. (Represented by Julius
Aulislo, Public Defender.)
JUVENILE: Delinquency. Burglary of a Structure, Petit Theft, and
Possession of Alcohol by Person Under 21 Years of Age. Child present
with parents. Plea of denial entered, then changed to Plea of admission
on all three Counts. Waived PDR, Adjudication of Delinquency
withheld. JASP, all conditions of program, plus conditions of 50 hours
of Community Service Work, consume no alcoholic beverages/controlled
substances. Letter of apology to victim. Juvenile transferred to Leon
County. (Public Defender Assigned.)
JUVENILE: Delinquency, Burglary of Conveyance. Child not present.
Trial set. (Represented by John Daniel, Atty.)
JUVENILE: Delinquency, Loitering and Prowling. Plea of No Contest
entered. 20 hours of Community Service Work, to run concurrent with
Community Control; Condition, stay off St. George Island. Juvenile
transferred to Leon County. (Represented by Julius Aulisio, Public
JUVENILE: Delinquency, Burglary of Dwelling &PetitTheft. Disposition
date set. Curfew established: weeknights, 7 P.M.; weekends, 10 P.M.
(Represented by Julius Aulisio, Public Defender.)
JUVENILE: Delinquency, Trespass on Property After Warning. Child
Present. State moved for continuance, witnesses unavailable; Hearing
reset; if witness does not appear at next hearing, case will be
JUVENILE: Delinquency, Battery. Child present with Public Defender.
Witnesses presented testimony. Officer Jessie Smith (Carrabelle)
present. Found Guilty; disposition date set.
JUVENILE: Delinquency, Loitering and Prowling. Stay of St George
Island; 20 hours of Community Service Work.
JUVENILE: Battery.
JUVENILES: Five new cases, Delinquencies, Trespass on Property, in
each of the five cases.
EDWIN C. CHASON: Charged with Aggravated Battery. Trial date set;
possibility of Plea. (Represented by John F. Daniel, Atty.)
ERNEST EDWARD COX: Charged with five counts of Sexual Battery
Upon a Child Under 18YearsofAge. Plea ofNot Guiltyalready entered;
all trials consolidated into 4-day trial; possible trial date set Arrested
2/25/94. Chargedwith Possession of Firearm and Improper Exhibition.
Trial date set (Represented by Robert A. Pell, Atty.)
ROBERT CRAIG ESTES: Charged with Possession of Firearm and
Improper Exhibition. Trial date set.
CLIFFORD E. JONES: Charged with Assault With Deadly Weapon.
Plea of Not Guilty already entered. Possible disposition date set
(Represented by Public DefenderAssigned by Court, Barbabra Sanders,
DERRICK KENNEDY: Charged with Aggravated Assault With Deadly
Weapon. Public Defender rescheduled Pre-Trial and Trial dates;
defendant must stay in touch with Public Defender. (Represented by
Julius Aulisio, Public Defender.)
GERALD H. KENT. JR.: Charged with Attempted Aggravated Battery
to a Pregnant Victim, Third Degree Misdemeanor. Entered Plea of No
Contest to charge. Adjudication Withheld. Sentenced to one year
probation with credit of one day for time already served; pay $250
Court Costs and $200 for Public Defender; no early discontinuation of
sentence. No violent assaults, batteries, or confrontations against
victim; could get five years in the state prison if probation violated.
(Represented by Julius Aulisio, Public Defender.)
TONY RAY NOWLING: Charged with Battery on Person 65 Years of
Age. Trial date set. (Represented by Julius Aulisio, Public Defender.)
LARRY TAZ STEVENS: Juvenile Rights Waived bydefendant Charged
with Aggravated Battery With Deadly Weapon. Pleaded No Contest to
charge. Adjudication withheld. Sentenced to 8 days in the Franklin
County Jail with 8 days credit given for time already served. One year
Probation; will get one year in Franklin County Jail if Probation
violated; Make restitution of $949.96 @ $50 per week to victim, Fred
Reynolds; no contact with victim. Pay Court Costs of $105 and Public
Defender fee of $150.
BENNY RAY STROPS: Charged with Grand Theft of Motor Vehicle.
Plea of Not Guilty entered; Hearing date set (Represented by Julius
Aulisio, Public Defender.)
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Pape 8 26 .ulv 1994 The Franklin County

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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Continued from page 1
An interesting thing is that the Chipola river broke the 1929
record. At one point, the Chipola was rising at one inch per hour
at Altha... The Chipola at Altha should have crested 24 hours
after Marianna. It didn't. It crested several days after Marianna.
Ground water hydrologists were scratching their heads saying
our model has always worked before...its always been very
accurate. Our ground was wet when this flood came. We had
already had a good bit of rain, especially up around Alpha. The
ground was soaked. The pressure from this flood produced so
much ground water coming out of the springs into the
Chipola...that their flood was a lot higher than was projected,
and came in later because the ground water was moving so
Early next week, the forecast is that the Blountstown...gauge,
which is what we rely on for managing Apalachicola Bay from an
oyster industry [standpoint] is expected to be within 10 and 12
feet Ten or twelve feet won't hurt us at all.
The biology of this is that the Apalachicola system has evolved
almost totallydependent upon floods. We need floods to produce
seafood in Apalachicola Bay. One of the hardest things that we
have to do, as managers of the Bay, is to do is to convince the
Army Corps. of Engineers that flooding is a good thing. All of
their background Is taming rivers and keeping floods from
happening... The energy driving force, the energy supply that
produces seafood in Apalachicola Bay... is the dead plant and
animal matter, which is the leaf litter that falls in the river
swamp. We flood in the spring and winter. That's the transport
mechanism that brings the nutrients into Apalachicola Bay and
produces our seafood. Without the flooding, Apalachicola Bay
would be nowhere near as productive as she is. So, flooding is
a good, normal process for us. One that the seafood industry
totally relies on.
The difference in this flood [is that] it is higher than normal and
it came at the wrong time of the year. We don't normally flood in
the summertime. Now, that's not all bad. In the summertime,
the oysters are at their highest point of stress. Many, many
oysters die every summer, because of high temperatures and
resulting low (levels of) dissolved oxygen. Hot water won't hold
much oxygen. And, that's our period of low water. With the
exception of blue crabs, all parasites, predators and diseases of
oysters require high salinity. So, in the summertime, we have
parasites, predators and diseases coming from the Ocean...and
devastating oyster bars. Those parasites, predators and diseases
can't stand this fresh flush. This flush is going to kill the
parasites, predators and diseases its gonna point them back
into the Gulf of Mexico. A good point Fresh water is going to
bring a source of nutrients into the bay and put a grown spurt
on the oysters that wouldn't have been there without this flood.
We get that growth spurt in the winter and the spring. The
downside is that oysters can't stand fresh water for a very long
time. If it stays fresh on the bottom very long, then we'll have
mass mortality of the oysters on the bar. We're seeing increased
mortality now. Nothing to be alarmed about. What is in our favor
is that saltwater is heavier than fresh water, so even though it
looks like that entire Bay is freshwater, most of it is going out
over the surface of the fresh water, and there is still saltwater on
the bottom. During the first part of the floods, we had zero
salinity on top, and as much as 20 parts on the bottom. Full
strength seawater is 35 parts per 1000. You could dive down
through muddy water and actually get to clearer...water on the
bottom. If that situation (remains unchanged)...this is going to
be good for the oyster industry and it will be good for the summer
season. [In] summer seasons, usually we run out of oysters.
We'll get a quick growth from the nutrients and we won't have
to share with the other parasites, predators and diseases of
If the fresh water stays there long, the downside is there could
be mass mortality of the standing crop of oysters. I predict that
won't happen. But, then mine's just a guess. I've always been an
optimist, especially when it comes to the healing powers of
Apalachicola Bay..-A question was raised about the opening of
the Apalachicola Bay. Miley responded, "No, (the bay is not
opened now)."
Some in the Civic Club audience had seen oystermen working the bay.
Miley explained the situation to them.
The state has two oyster enhancement programs. One is a shell
planting program... Shells arealoaded onto a state barge, or
during periods when the bay is closed, the oystermen are paid
to load their boats and take the shell back out and build a new
bar where research has shown oysters would grow...
That's all it takes for us. Just to prepare the bottom. An oyster
is a free swimming organism the first 10 to 14 days of its life. It
looking nothing like an oyster. If you looked at it under a
microscope, it looks like some kind of space bug. Awhole bunch
of legs and it is darting about rapidly. Depending on water
temperature, somewhere between 10 to 14 days, the shell starts
to grow, the oyster settles out always on the' left side. If it settles
out in mud' or grass, or sand, it's dead. If it settles out on
something hard, like this shell clutch, it attaches and grows and
increases [in size]... A female oyster can lay millions of eggs at
a time... We've got no problem producing babies. But, 99.9 per
cent of those die. One of the main causes of mortality is settling
out on insufficient substrate. The shell planting program is a
really important program... it is creating jobs and it is an.
investment in the future. Once the bar is there, the cost-benefit
ratio [in one study] was 2:1 for the first year. That bar was
monitored for 20 years and the benefit'cost ratio was 100:1.
And, that bar is still producing.
The other program is the relay program. We have areas in
Apalachicola Bay that are permanently closed to oyster harvesting
just because of the potential for bacterial contamination. There's
a half-mile radius around the city of Apalachicola. There's one
at Eastpoint..during periods when the bay is closed, the
oystermen are paid to go catch those oysters and haul them into
good water, often times on the new shell-plants. Oysters are
filter-feeders. He gets his oxygen and his food by filtering water.
One oyster can filter 100 gallons a day, through that tiny body.
If he is put in good water, it takes a very short time to purge and
be completely good to be placed on the market. So, the relay
program is also good for the oyster industry.
They are paid in the relay program and they are paid to seed new
beds. By the way, they pay that themselves through their oyster
license. The Apalachlcola Bay Trust Fund is a pot of money that
is part of the oysterman's license that's held aside for the relay
program and seeding. That's not coming out of tax dollars.
That's coming out of their license fee.
Mason Bean asked Woody if the submerged gas stations, sewer plants
and similar structures up river might have a negative effect on
Apalachlcola Bay. Woody offered this conclusion:
That is certainly a concern. More than the sewer treatment
facilities and septic tanks is what can come out of the
agribusiness, the farming areas of south Georgia and Alabama.
The pesticides used there are a major potential problem. They
will be monitored, but monitoring tells you you have a problem.
We don't expect the sewage overflows to be a problem. If you
remember four years ago, when the Atlanta sewage facility
dumped 280,000,000 gallons of raw sewage into the
Chattahoochee, and then for five days they treated it with
Clorox, with millions of gallons more... We couldn't find it when
it got to Florida. That's because our flood plane and our marshes
are intact and functioning and act as a giant filter. It is possible
that the pesticides coming off the farm lands could be another
story. Unlikely, but possible.
Septic tanks do grow oysters but you can't eat them

Another question was raised about the leased plots remaining open.
Miley responded:
They are closed now too. The oystermen took the doors off of my
office. I get blamed [for that]. I have nothing to do with opening
[or closing] the bay. Some of the leases were open. Some of the
leases were closed. The leases are away from the mouth of the
Apalachicola River, at the far western end of the bay. Water
quality samples said the bacteria levels were low. Those leases
were left open for awhile and caused hard feelings among the
industry... They are all closed now, based on water quality
samples. Mostof the oysterbars are fairly close to the Apalachicola
River so the closures are done based on local rainfall.. .and river
stage. Two inches of rainfall in a 24-hour period will close the
We have the fastest growing oyster in the worldwide distribution

The view to the west on Brickyard Landing Road heading to with food stored at their homes. Water was brought in by the
the Apalachicola River, on Sunday, 17 July 1994. Mr. R. J. Red Cross and Holmes-Middlebrook Funeral Home. Bloody
Brown transported the Chronicle reporter, and many of his Bluff Road, on the west side of the Apalachicola, was
neighbors, back and forth during the worst of the flooding, similarly flooded. Brickyard Landing Road is reached just
Residents in this remote section of Franklin County had off Highway 65 North, near Fort Gadsden, which was also
electric power during the flooding, and telephone, along partially flooded.

Bay City Lodge on Sunday 17 July 1994. Apalachicola, near Bluff Road

of the American oyster. We go from this free-swimming larvae...
to a legal three-inch oyster in less than a year. It's been
documented in seven months. When the oyster experts for [the
Department of Environmental Protection] DEP do their
calculations, typically they base the forecast next year on 18
months. But we routinely do it in less than a year. The same
oyster in Chesapeake Bay takes at least three (or four) years...
Providing some perspective on previous storms, including two
hurricanes, Miley described recent history of Elena and Karen
and their impact on Apalachicola Bay.
The 1985 floods were really interesting. If you remember, one
was a tropical storm, but then we had two hurricanes that did
totally different things here. Elena was the first one... It went
right over to Cedar Key, spun a couple of circles, and headed east
to west. Going east to west..put us in the front, right-hand
quarter of the hurricane, which is the strongest quarter of a
hurricane. The quarter behind it, is feeding it, pushing it. Those
winds were east and northeast. Our bay is oriented east-west.
She's 55 miles east-west, but only six miles in her greatest
north-south dimension. So, coming outof the east and northeast,
Elena had the greatest fetch. Fetch is a meteorological term for
the distance that the wind [and] water had to react East and
northeast winds are among the worst for us. It blew the water
out ofthe bay even though the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration said we had a storm surge, we didn't NOAAH's
storm surge gauge is way off-shore. It got a storm surge.
Apalachicola bay was "blown out"; we've got shallow water and
all of this this fetch. The water velocity over Bulkhead Shoals,
the largest bar in the bay [paralleling the island bridge]...the
water velocity across thatshoal is estimated to have exceeded 30
miles per hour. Oyster bars are typically shallow in the
surrounding waters.
All of these big oysters...were either rolled off the bars, put in
holes and buried, or the storm put the bars into the water
column. The heaviest things, the live oysters, settled out first,
dead shell, sand, silt. In any event, the oysters were buried. Our
bars were between 80 and 100 per cent destroyed.
Right after that, we had an incredible spat set. Spat set is when
those larval oysters drop out... In response to the stress of the
storm, every oyster in Apalachicola bay spawned, at least most
of them. Incredible spat set. You could pick up a shell in East
Hole and it would have 20, 30 or 40 baby oysters per dead oyster
So, here comes [hurricane] Kate. Kate comes out of the south.
It hitwest of here, and we're again in the right-hand quarter; the
strongest quarter of the hurricane. She's coming out of the south
Continued on page 10

Mark Currenton of the County Planning office drew this
map showing the flooded areas north of Apalachicola. The
flooding along the northern portion of Bluff Road in
Apalachicola was unexpected. Aerial inspections indicated
that Lake Wimico exceeded its banks and caused water to
flow into the Apalachicola River in an unprecedented
manner, and the water was dropping slowly as of late last
week. Pierce also reported that 20 structures received
minor damage in the flooding.


Mrs. Levere Walker ,recalled, "All I know is I stayed in the spent some time canning tomatoes and putting up fig
house and the yard. With Benny Brown's help, and also R. preserves. In explaining the appeal for continuing river
J., we got medicines and water. We also had plenty of front life, Thelma said, "It's natural...the best place to live.
mosquitoes. It was worse than normal." The flooding Peaceable...I've been here for 50 years. Lavere (my husband)
reached its peak on Sunday, 17 July, but the Brickyard was born here. This is the first time I've seen (flooding like)
Landing Road was still closed. Thelma (pictured above) this." The last hurricane brought down many trees.

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Chamber of


Office Closes

for Repairs

By Carol Ann Hawkins
The Carrabelle Chamber of
Commerce office, opened in March
of this year, is closed for an
indefinite period for repairs to the
ceiling. Chamber of Commerce
President Jerry Adams told
members who attended the
21 July meeting at the Senior
Citizens Center in Carrabelle that
the membership needs to decide
what to do about relocating the
Chamber's office.
Adams said the problems started
during the heavy rain that began
in the area on the eve of the
Waterfront Festival and continued
on 1 July for a week. The roof was
replaced on 1 July but damage to
the ceiling had already been done.
Adams and others said a "big hole"
in the ceiling is over the volunteer's
desk and goes across almost the
entire length of the inner ceiling.
"If it rains, everything gets
drenched," Adams said.
Adams told members that
although the rainy weather
hampered the success of
Waterfront Festival '94, the
membership can "make it up next
year," adding that the Chamber is
not "in the hole" but neither did
the organization gain the profit
they hoped to make from the
festival. To add to the Chamber's
woes, Adams said he had received
a letter from the Department of
Revenue, Division of Collection
and Importment, advising him
that they expect sales tax for each
booth rented at the festival to be
paid. AccordingtoAdams, Sharon
Cobb wrote that the taxes are due
within 15 days of a particular
event. Adams said the letter also
asked for the Chamber's Florida
Sales Tax Number. Cobb said she
sent packets that were to be
presented to each vendor who
participated in the festival, and
Adams said the vendors had the
packets. Next year, Adams said
each vendor has to have a permit,
plus the Chamber has to have a
cover permit to cover the vendors.

In order to obtain a liquor license
for the beer truck used at the
festival, a Chamber representative
had to go to Panama City to the
Department ofRevenue to present
the necessary papers. Adams said
it was not necessary to go to
Panama City for the liquor license
in 1993 because an agent from
Hotel and Restaurant signed the
necessary papers.
Adams said a Board of Directors'
meeting will be called to discuss
the Bluegrass Festival, and that
by the time this meeting is held,
the Chamber will know where it
stands financially.
Property owners who need help
cleaning up tar balls should
contact the Carrabelle Chamber
of Commerce. Adams said bags
for clean-up are being stored at
the Apalachicola Chamber of
Commerce office.
Norm Boyd opened the meeting
with prayer. Recording Secretary
Rene Topping was undergoing
medical tests, so the minutes of
the June meeting will be presented
at the 18 August meeting,
scheduled to be held at 12 Noon at
the Senior Citizens Center. Please
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CPAA Seeks
Engineering Firm
Jor Storm Water
Management Plan

By Carol Ann Hawkins
Gene Langston told the Carrabelle
Port and Airport Authority (CPAA)
that he hasn t been able to find any
engineering firm to do a master plan
for the storm water development
project on the Timber Island Marina
site. The CPAA board agreed in the
development order to do a master
plan, subject to approval by the
Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP). Langston said
there Is no central water system on
that side of the river, and that other
phases of the development order
cannot begin without the storm
water plan. "We have a big
investment there eroding away..."
CPAA Attorney Ben J. Watkins
suggested that the board get a
master plan showing the buildings
being contemplated in the
foreseeable future and said the rest
could be adjusted "as you go along,
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Proposed Ferry Route from
Apalachicola to St. George Island
Builder Bill Grimes, Tallahassee, presented three plans
for his ferry route from Apalachicola to St. George Island
to the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday, 19 July
1994. The route preferred by the Commissioners would
begin in Apalachicola and follow the Intracoastal Waterway
South, turn East to a point about two miles west of the
St. George Island bridge and then turn Southeast to dock
on the West side of highway C-IA, about 250 feet South
of the second bridge abutment. The Commission approved
this plan, but Grimes must obtain final approvals with
state agencies. He proposed the ferry to enable him to
transport pilings and other building materials exceeding
the 20 ton limitation placed on the bridge during the
long repair period.

The Mathes Gate, The Plantation, St. George Island
The Board of Directors of the St. George Homeowners'
Association on Saturday, 25 June 1994, resolved that the
east gate on 12th Street, St. George Island, would henceforth
be called the Mathes Gate, in honor and memory of"Curley"
Mathes, who worked there before losing his life in an auto
accident in Carrabelle recently.

Second Circuit Court
Continued from page 7
ANDREW JACKSON THOMPSON: Charged with Battery With Deadly
Weapon. Pre-Trial set, pending polygraph. (Represented by Julius
Aulisio, Public Defender.)
CATHERINE TUCKER: Charged with Dealing Stolen Property. Non-
Jury Trial set. If restitution made by 18 July, charges will be
dismissed. (Represented by EdgaiLee Elzie, Jr., Atty.)
ROBERT C. ESTES: Chargedwith Driving Under the Influence/With
Serious Injuries; Leaving Scene ofAccident; Willful, Wanton Reckless
Driving. Hearing and Trial dates set to be held together, per Circuit
Clerk's office. (Represented by Edward S. Stafman, Atty.)
ROBERT C. ESTES: Charged with False Imprisonment VOP Hearing
set (Represented by Edward S. Stafman, Atty.)
KAREN K. GANDY: Charged with Battery, Driving Under the Influence,
and Driving while License Suspended or Revoked. VOP Hearing set
Perform 90 hours of Community Service Work in lieu of monetary fine.
(Represented by Julius Aulisio, Public Defender.)
ALVIN WADE MARKS: Charged with Battery; two other counts Nol
Pros. Capias Issued (Authorization to Arrest); No Bond. (Represented
by Julius Aulisio, Public Defender.)
WILLIAM EARL RILEY: Charged With Burglary of a Structure, First
Offense Petty Theft, Burglary of a Structure, and Criminal Mischief
under $200. Ruled competent to understandproceedings. Admits to
Violation of Parole; parole revoked. Sentencedto nine months in the
Franklin County Jail with 160 days credit given for time already
served; Civil Judgement until all money owed paid. (Represented by
Julius Aulisio, Public Defender.)
ANDY GEORGE LOWERY: Chargedwith Possession ofCocaine. Entered

Apalachicola Bay
10 me A Resource Planning
omand Management

A regular meeting of the advisory
group called the Apalachicola Bay
Resource Planning and Management
Committee was called on Friday, 1
July 1994 for the purpose of
monitoring the Apalachicola Bay
Area of Critical State Concern area,
growth management and
^ administration of land development
ign e r and comprehensive plans.
wished The representatives met at the
Apalachicola National Estuarine
Research Reserve Center in
Apalachicola. Mayor Howell
presented a report on the
g ApalachicolaWastewaterTreatment
Program, and the city's application
nishings to acquire riverfront lots through
the Preservation 2000 Program.
buy Development projects at Andris
ials Marina and Riverside Seafood were
discussed by Mike McDaniel, which
will be heard formally before the
gs Governor and Cabinet formally on
Tuesday 12 July. A status report on
the Shoreline Stabilization Project
luest and an expansion of the Reserve
Center itself was presented by the
tar Estuarine Reserve Center.

Conclusion of Kimberly

Dismukes Pre-filed

Testimony in St. George

Utility Co. Rate Case

The pre-filed testimony of the Office of Public Counsel employee, Kimberly
Dismukes, has been published in the Chronicle n two previous issues. This
segment concludes the excerpts of her remarks which have become part of the
official record. The Chronicle has also published excerpts of pre-filed testimony
by Gene Brown and the utility's consulting engineer, Mr. Wayne Coloney.
The formal hearings began in Apalachicola on 20 and 21 July, and will be
continued in Tallahassee on 3 August 1994 at the Public Service Commission,
beginning at 8:30 A.M.

9. What is the next adjustment to CIAC that you recommend?
A. The next adjustment is only necessary if the Commission does not
adopt my growth-adjusted rate base. The adjustment to increase
CIAC by $44,440 was booked by the Company in 1993 and taken into
consideration in developing my recommended rate base.
In December 1991, the Company received a contribution of $44,440
from Covington. This contribution, however, was not recorded on the
Company's books until May 1993. Accordingly, it Is not reflected in
the Company's 1992 average rate base. According to Mr. Brown, who
thought that the $44,400 was reflected in the Company's 1992
average rate base, it should be, if it was not.
Yes. I mean, I'm assumingitis. I haven'tgone through and
analyzed it, but It's supposed to be, and feel certain that
it is. If it hasn't, it should be. I mean, it's money that we
received prior to the test year, and it is clearly CIAC, and
it should come off of rate base. [Brown Deposition, p. 271.]
Accordingly, If the Commission does not use my recommended 1993
rate base, then It should reduce the Company's test year rate base
by $44,440.
9. Let's turn to the fifth section of your testimony. What is your
recommended overall cost of capital?
A. As shown on schedule 24, the capital structure that I recommend
results in an overall cost of capital of 7.82% compared to the
Company's request of 8.07%.
9. What is the first adjustment that you recommend to the
Company's capital structure?
A. The first adjustment that I recommend concerns the 12% note to
Alice Melton with an average outstanding balance of $85,865. This
indebtedness originally arose out of monies owed by Leisure Properties
to Pruitt, Humphres as, Powers & Monroe Advertising Agency (Pruitt,
Humphress) for advertising services performed by PruittHumphress
for Leisure Properties. Leisure Properties could not pay Pruitt
Humphress so Leisure Properties issued a note to Pruitt Humphress
for the monies owed. Pruitt Humphress then pledged the note and
a property mortgage to Sun Bank. Pruitt Humphress defaulted on
the note and the Sun Bank sued Pruitt Humphress and Leisure
Properties/Gene Brown for the default on the promissory note of
$234,000. This lawsuit resulted in a settlement between Sun Bank,
Pruitt Humphress, and Leisure Properties/Gene Brown. The
settlement provided, in essence, that Leisure deed to PruittHumphress
four lots on St. George Island valued at $250,000; that Leisure s debt
owed to Prultt Humphress was $287,500; that the transfer of lots to
Pruitt Humphress would reduce the debt owned to $137,500; and
that the note was to be in the name of Gene Brown, G. Brown &
Company, and St. George Island Utility Company, Ltd. The settlement
agreement was effective in July 1988.
Subsequently, Pruitt Humphress sued Gene Brown, G. Brown &
Company, St. George Island Utility Company, Ltd., St. George's
Plantation, Inc., Leisure Properties, Ltd., and Leisure Development
(Gene Brown, et. al.) for their failure to make the first and subsequent
monthly interest payments. This lawsuit resulted in a judgment
against Gene Brown, et. al. which was subsequently purchased by
Mr. Brown's mother, Alice Melton, on February 25, 1992.
From these transactions and events it is not at all clear why the debt
owed to Ms. Melton appears on the books ofSGU. The debt originally
arose from Leisure Properties failure to pay for advertising services.
According to Mr. Brown, however, at sometime in 1989 or 1990, SGU
was assigned this indebtedness of Leisure Properties, in exchange
for which Leisure Properties reduced the debt the Utility owed it.
-For purposes ofestablishing the Company's-capital structure, Ihave
o removed this debt. While it Is possible that Leisure Properties
reduced the amount of debt SGU owed it by the amount of Leisure
Properties' debt assigned to SGU, there has been no proof of this
provided by SGU. In addition, the Company could provide no
promissory note or other debt instrument In support of the monies
owned to Ms. Melton. [Brown, Late Filed Deposition Exhibit 12.]
Accordingly, unless the Company provides uncontroverted evidence
that this debt was properly exchanged and that it properly belongs
on the books of the Company, the Commission should remove
$85,865 from the Company's capital structure.
If SGU does prove that it is appropriate to treat the Alice Melton debt
as it has, then the Commission should reduce the interest rate on the
debt to 6%. This is the interest rate on the debt owed by SGU to
Leisure Properties. The interest rate on the Alice Melton debt is 12%.
Thus, the effect of what the Company did was to exchange $137,500
of 6% utility-owed debt for $137,500 of 12% Leisure Properties-owed
debt. It would be patently unfair for this Commission to require
ratepayers to pay a higher overall cost of capital because SGU
exchanged debt it owed for debt owed by one of its affiliates.
Accordingly, if the Commission does not adopt my primary
recommendation, it should substitute 6% for the 12% interest rate
used to determine the Company's embedded cost of debt. This
recommendation would reduce the Company's embedded cost of
long-term debt from 7.68% to 7.48%.
9. Do you have any other recommendations concerning the
Company's capital structure?
A. Yes. I recommend that the Commission only include in the
Company's capital structure the short-term debt that currently
exists on the Company's books. According to the Company's response
to OPC's Interrogatory 29, the Company has retired several of short-
term notes. Specifically, as shown on page 1 of schedule 24, the
Company has paid offits debt concerning Wallace Pump # 1, Rhema
Business Services, Ardman, Pruitt Humphress, Wallace Pump #2,
and Harris 3M. Removing this debt and allowing 1993 average
balance for the remaining short-term debt reduces the cost of short-
term debt from 12.17% to 11.81%.
9. What is the effect of your recommendations?
A. As depicted on page 3 of schedule 24, my recommendation produces
a long-term debt ratio of 78.97%, a short-term debt ratio of 5.39%,
and a customer deposit ratio of 15.63 %. Using these ratios that the
cost rates that I recommend, indicates that the Company's overall
cost of capital is 7.82%. This compares to the Company's request of
9. Let's turn to the next section of your testimony. Would you
please summarize your recommendations concerning the
Company's revenue requirement?
A. Yes. Schedule 25 of my exhibit summarizes the adjustments that I
propose so far. Schedule 26 of my exhibit depicts my recommended
rate base. As shown, the adjustments that I recommend produce a
rate base of $98,425. Schedule 27 of my exhibit sets forth my
recommended net operating income and the Company's revenues
requirement As shown, the adjustments that I propose produce a
revenue decrease of $13,539. This compares to the Company's
request to increase revenue by $428,201.
9. Let's turn to the last section of your testimony. Would you
discuss the Staff's audit of the Company?
A. Yes. In large part I endorse the conclusions and recommendations
found in the Staffs audit Assuming that the facts are true as stated
in the audit, I support adoptionofthe following Audit Exceptions and
the auditors' recommendations: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14,
17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, and 28.

...9. Does this complete your direct testimony profiled on May 25,
A. Yes, It does,


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Page 10 26 July 1994 The Franklin County Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

C.O.L.O.R. at the


By Amanda Loos
"I hope my mama isn't here yet. I just love this place," said an eight-
year-old girl attending the Summer Reading Program at the Franklin
County Public Library in Eastpoint. The program was held for two age
groups Kindergarten to third grade andfourth grade to sixth grade.
The program was also held at three sites: The Carrabelle Branch of the
Franklin County Library (instructed by Jackie Gay), the Eastpoint
Branch of the Franklin County Library (instructed by Eileen Annie)
and the Holy Family Center in Apalachicola (instructed by Debbie
McCormick). The reading program tearfully came to a close on 16 July.
The theme this year was C.O.L.O.R. (Celebrate Our Love of Reading)
and each day a large number of the 154 registered students (all three
locations combined) explored one of the ten colors; each representing
a topic: Radical Red for riddles and humor, Bodacious Blue for feelings,
Yummy Yellow for food, Intriguing Indigo for mystery. Outrageous
Orange for Florida, Going Green for environment and conservation,
Very Violet for music and flowers, Beautiful Black for night, Wondrous
White for winter in July and the Multicultural Rainbow.
The kids read many great books on the day's theme and worked on
many craft projects such as puppets, masks, musical instruments,
pictures, collages, grew beans and also made home-made (or library-
made) ice cream. The children also took time for a booksharing session
where each student told the other about the books they had read
during the week.

Sidney Williams is enraptured by a flying squirrel at the
Nocturnal Animals Program at the Holy Family Center

Throughout the six-week reading adventure, other special programs
were held for both the kids and adults sponsored by the Wilderness
Coast Public Libraries. Shelly Harshbarger, a master storyteller, came
in costume and visited the students at all three locations of 9 July.
Jane Fleitman, Wildlife Rehabilitator from the Tallahassee Museum of
History and Natural Science, presented a nocturnal animals program
and brought along live owls and a flying squirrel on 15 and 16 July at
all three locations. Juanita Raymond from the Odyssey Space Center
brought their starlab to the Eastpoint Firehouse on 19 July. Doug
Gleason, a Marine Biologist from the Gulf Coast Specimen Company,
presented his sample on 23 July. Chaz Mikell, a multi-talented
musician, delighted the children with music and songs with a Florida
theme. CliffShawoffered a leather craft program. Deene Cook presented
a basic drawing class and I, Amanda Loos, offered a face painting
session with the kids.
Just because the Summer Reading Program is technically over, it does
not mean that the kids aren't pouring into the library. In fact, a group
in the Eastpoint Branch is preparing a puppet show and many other
children come into both of the public libraries to just "hang out, read
books, color, paste and paint."
More events and programs for all ages are always scheduled. Please
call your local library at 670-8151 or 697-2366 or stop and see for
yourselfatthe PointMall in Eastpointand on Highway98 in Carrabelle.
Continue to celebrate our love of reading.

Summer Reading Program gets ready for Puppet Show at
Eastpoint Library

Puppet Show at

the Library

By Amanda Loos
The grand finale of the Summer Reading Program at the Eastpoint
Branch of the Franklin County Library came in the form of a child-run
puppet show on Saturday, 23 July.
Eleven Eastpoint kids had been working furiously for the last week
creating a puppet stage; sewing, gluing, and decorating puppets;
divvying roles and lines; and crafting together various props and
costumes for the big event. Courtney Shriver, Beth Yon, Tara Ray, Tara
Bloodworth, Julie Rex, Michael McCormick, Stephanie Provenzano,
Thomas Provenzano, Loismay Provenzano, Kell Brannon and Brandi
Brannon brought to life some of their favorite children's stories
including It Looked Like Spilt Charles Shaw, The Little Old Lady
Who Was NotAfraidOfAnything by Linda Williams, There'sAnAlligator
Under My Bedby Mercer Mayer, Down By The Bay by Raffl, There's No
Such Thing As A Dragon by Jack Kent and dialogue from Feelings by
Parents and friends gathered to cheer on the children and take
pictures. By the time the curtain fell, the kid's eyes were lit with pride.
As they gathered their Summer Reading Program folders and their
individual puppets, they asked when they could come back for more
library fun. Ms. Annie informed them that there will be Story Hour for
all ages Wednesdayaftemoons from 3:30 to 4:30. C.O.L.O.R.S (Celebrate
Our Love Of Reading), this year's theme, certificates will be sent to.all
the kids who participated in this summer's Franklin County Public
Library reading adventure.

The Summer
The Summer Recreation Program,
led by Angella Boyd-Schoelles,
attracted many of Apalachicola's
youth. The program ran from early
June to late July and was held hit
the Apalachicola Community
Center. Some of of the program's
volunteers includedTar-ekJulius,
Lisa More and Chrystal Calhoun.
Some of the program activities
included arts and crafts, board
games, indoor and outdoor sports
and movies on rainy days.

Tar-Ek Julius plays a game

of "Elimination" with his

Arts & Crafts at the Summer Recreation Program

Getting to know one of nature's nocturnal animals

Jane Fleitman presents a screech owl at the Nocturnal
Animals Program in the Carrabelle Library

Marine Fisheries
Continued from page 2
* prohibit the use ofany gill or trammel
net, or seine, in certain in-shore
waters of Nassau Sound
*repeal Section 370.0821(3),(5),
Florida Statutes regarding the use
of seines and recreational nets in
waters of St. Johns County in order
to assure application of statewide,
gear rules in this area
The Commission will reopen a final
public hearing on proposed
amendments to rules Intended to
manage the harvest of shrimp in
northeast Florida. These rules would:
* prohibit any person harvesting
shrimp as a live bait shrimp producer
from possessing aboard a vessel
more than one gallon of heads on
dead shrimp in the inshore waters
of Nassau and Duval counties
* prohibit shrimp harvested as live
bait in Nassau, Duval, St. Johns,
and Flagler counties from being sold
as anything other than live bait
* require shrimp harvested as live
bait in Nassau, Duval, St. Johns,
and Flagler counties to be constantly
maintained In wet live storage
containers of certain specifications
aboard vessels and vehicles, and
during storage, in order to minimize
* prohibit all harvest of shrimp from
the inshore waters of Nassau, Duval,
St Johns, Putnam, Flagler, and Clay
counties during April and May each
* prohibit all harvest of shrimp in any
tributary of St. Mary's River, Bells
River, Jolly River, Amelia River (and
Jackson Creek), Nassau River, Back
River, South Amelia River, Lanceford
Creek, and Mud River in Nassau

and Duval counties (shrimp harvest
would be allowed in each of the
above listed water bodies proper)
decrease the number of state
holidays when commercial shrimp
harvest is prohibited to nine major
* amend language that defines the
term "frame net" to clarify that this
gear may be fished behind or
alongside a vessel not under power
* require that wing nets used in
Volusia County have a perimeter no
greater than 26 feet
The Commission will receive reports
and provide directions to staff on:
* RED DRUM management
* west central Florida's SPANISH
SARDINE fishery management of
BLUEFISH on the state's east coast
The Commission will also receive
public comment and:
* consider management options for
* review a draft rule to allow the use of
nets with a minimum mesh size less
than 3 inches stretched mesh to
harvest SILVER MULLET in the
Florida Keys
* consider management options
intended to reduce bycatch of
nontargeted species during the
harvest of SHRIMP
* consider options to amend the
* develop a proposed definition for
degradable materials in BLUE CRAB
* consider proposed options to
establish a SHRIMP SANCTUARY in
the Ochlockonee Shoals area off
Wakulla and Franklin counties hold
a find public hearing (If requested)
on a proposed rule that would allow
month of September



30 Sept 1991
30 Sept 1992
30 Sept 1993
Revised '93-94
Proposed '94-95


Table 1 presents the actual dollars
for the budgetyears 1991 through
1993. The figure for '93-94
represents actual dollars spent
and budgeted through the end of
the budget year. The proposed
1994-95 budget is over $10

Begin Review of
'94-95 Budget

The Board of Franklin County
Commissioners began last
Tuesday, 19 July 1994, a series of
workshops or "budget meetings"
for reviewlngbudget requests from
various county department for
the 1994-1995 budget year.
County Clerk Kendall Wade
conducted the first workshop
which began at 1:30 P.M. after the
morning county commission
Wade announced to the four
commissioners present that the
first meeting for officially setting
the millage would be held on 7
September 1994 at 5:05 P.M.
Commissioner Dink Braxton was
absent from the first workshop.
The tentative budget put before
the four commissioners that day
and severalworkshops thereafter,
totaled $10,042,111, and If
approved would require 9.905
mills to fund. This tentative budget
represents a six per cent increase
over the previous year, which now
stands at an actual $9,405,814.
The 1994-95 budget is $636,297
higher. Table 1 presents the
Franklin County budgets for
recent years.
Table 1
Franklin County Budgets

Alan Pierce reported to the Board of County Commissioners
on Tuesday, 19 July 1994, that Franklin County was
included in the Federal declaration of disaster for Tropical
Storm Alberto and the flooding that followed. The county
filed notice that it would be applying for Federal Emergency
Management Administration (FEMA) funds to repair roads
damaged by the flooding. Only primary residences and
businesses are eligible for FEMA assistance. Those who feel
they qualify may call 1-800-904-462-9029. The deadline
for applications is 2 September 1994.
Continued from page 8
with no fetch because of these barrier islands. We did have a
storm surge with Kate, so the water is...deep and not moving
rapidly like it was with Elena, and...Kate tore up all the oyster
houses. Both of theme hurt the oyster industry. One of them hit
the resource and the other hurt the structures....
Even with [the bay] more than 80 per cent destroyed was only
closed for eight months. We were at commercial grade again in.
eight months... Now [that period] was [tough] for the industry.
But, to go from devastation to commercial quantities in eightt
months is a testimonial [to the bay's ability to recover],.'
The best number of legal size and under 3 inches.
Those under 3 inches coming up is sitting on Apalachicola bay
bottom this year is the best in the last ten years. When folks tell
you Apalachicola bay is dying, tell them "that's not exactly true."


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of the proposed budgets in the
fall, along with millage rates to be
assessedagainst propertyvalues.
At least three more workshops on
the new Franklin County budget
are scheduled. These will occur
on the dates and times Indicated
below on the following subjects:
26 July, 10 A-M.
Clerk of Courts
Property Appraiser
Tax Collector
Supervisor of Elections
Planning and Zoning
Building Department
Health Department
Chambers of Commerce
2 August, 1:30 P.M.
Veterans' Service Officer
County Judge
Circuit Judge
State Attorney
Disadvantaged (Croom's
Road and Bridge
Mosquito Control
9 August, 10:00 A.M.
County Extension Agent
Animal Control
Salaries of County
11 August, 10:00 A.M.
and others, as announced.