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The Franklin CountyChronicle

Volume 3, Number 16 Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th 26 August 9 September 1994

More Severe Rainstorms:

No Beryl Of Laughs

On the heels of tropical storm
Alberto, Beryl thoroughlywa:shed
through Franklin County in
August, leaving some damage and
thankfully, no loss of life.
According to the American Red
Cross, damage assessments
Indicated Franklin County
escaped much of the damage
reported in the Panhandle,
However, up to 100 families in
Franklin County have suddenly
lost their income potential due to
conditions in Apalachicola Bay
and the oyster fishery. George
Chapel, local chief of the United
Way campaign, has been
facilitating aid and referrals to
meet this emergency, while
announcing that the 1994 Big
Bend fund raiser for United Way
has started. All funds raised in
Franklin County will stay in
Franklin County, shared by many
of the 48 participating agencies
operating in an eight county area.
About $20,000 has been spent in
Franklin County bythe Red Cross
and their disaster relief fund. In
an average year, $15,000 to
$20,000 are routinely spent in
Franklin County by about 25
agencies such as Big Bend
Hospice, Refuge House, Food
Bank, etc. FEMA furnishes about
$15,000 in emergency food and
shelter funds, administered
through local churches.
To donate to United Way, send
your check to United Way of the
Big Bend, 307 East 7th Avenue,
Tallahassee, Fla. 32303. Please
identify all gifts coming from

Franklin County. On 17 August
1994, The Board of County
Commissioners resolved to
establish the Franklin County
Emergency Management Plan,
under the supervision of Carl
Petteway and Alan Pierce. The
primary emergency management
center shall be the County
Planning building and the
Courthouse and the secondary
emergency management center
shall be the county jail. A state of
local emergency may be declared,
as follows: By the chairman of the
Board of county commissioners;
or in his absence by an member of
the Board of County
Commissioners; or in their
absence by the County Emergency
Manager or acting County
Emergency Manager, or by the
Sheriff of Franklin County.

Times Reporter Accepts Editor's
Position In Georgia

Apalachicola Times reporter, Ben Baker, will pen his last
words for Franklin County on 26 August. After two and a
half years as a reporter for the Apalachicola Times, Baker
has accepted a job in Ashburn. Georgia with the Wiregrass
Farmer Newspaper. Mr. Baker will manage a small staff of
five. "I have wanted to run a weekly paper for the past six
or seven years. For a person my age to obtain his career
objectives...that's fantastic."
Anative of Georgia, Baker attended Troy State and received
a B. A. In Creative Writing and a B. S. in Journalism. Mr.
Baker said that he will miss covering the hunting and
fishing aspects of Franklin County most. "Ashburn Is a lot
like Franklin County," said Baker, "It's a Farming in Ashburn they farm the land and in Franklin
County they farm the sea."



MFC "Emergency" Phone


Apalachicola Bay

Fisheries Set For 6 Sept.

MOM i -tl.

In response to the conditions on
Apalachicola Bay and the
aftermath of tropical storm
Alberto, including the flooding,
the Marine (MFC) Fisheries
Commission has called an
"emergency" telephone conference
meeting Interconnecting the
Shellfish Center in Apalachicola
-with. other centers and separated
be held on 6 September 1994 at
9:10 a. m. and listeners may
participate in the conference call
meeting at the Apalachicola
Shellfish Center. The meeting is
expected to last about an hour.
This meeting will likely formalize
a plan of action formulated by the
MFC and other agencies at earlier
workshops, one of which Is
scheduled in Apalachicola for 31
August 1994 at the Estuaruary
Reserve, managed byWoodyMiley.
The 31 August workshop is
planned to discuss proposals in
response to the fisheries condition
of Apalachicola Bay, and these
proposals are likely to be in the
form of 90-day "emergency" rules
impacting oyster harvesting on
Apalachicola Bay for the coming
winter months, according to
sources at the MFC. The 6
September 1994 meeting involves
the MFC directly and they will
review proposals designed to deal
with the aftermath of the storm
and flooding in a more formal way
before the recommendations are
submitted to the Governor and
Cabinet on Tuesday, 13
September 1994.
The 6 September meeting will also
be heard by phone at the MFC
headquarters in Koger Center,
Douglas Building, Room 106.

Heavy Rains Cause

Flooding In Carrabelle

By Carol Ann Hawkins
"The little storm wasn't a little
storm," commented a spokesman
for the National Weather Service
(NOAA) in Apalachicola on the
afternoon of Wednesday, 24
August. He was referring to the
heavy rainfall that began about 6
a.m. in Carrabelle and continued
for several hours, causing flash-
flooding in the area.
County Planner, Alan Pierce, said
he had received reports that six to
nine inches of rain fell in
Carrabelle. Pierce also said that
he had received reports that the
seawall located behind Julia Mae's
Seafood Restaurant had "failed,
near or atJulia Mae's." Pierce also
had received reports of water
entering homes and businesses
in Carrabelle, on River Road and
on Highway 67.
Residents who made an early trip
to the post office, a block off
Highway 98, found themselves
wading through water shin-deep
in the parking ot at the side of the
building. A company car parked
in front of the St. Joseph
Telecommunications sub-station,
across from the Dr. George L.
Sands, Jr. Ball Park on Highway
98, was partlysubmerged in water.

Employees could be seen standing
outside the doorway of the
substation, surveying the water
that surrounded the building,as
county crews worked along the
highway in front of the area to
alleviate the flooding conditions.
Just off Highway 98, on 12 Street
North, a usually tame creek
overflowed its banks, and some
residents across the other side of
the highway, on 10 th Street East,
watched the same creek
overflowing into their yards.
Charles Smith, Sr. reported that
not only did the creek overflow in
his back yard, but so did the
swimming pool, which is located
at the side of the residence.
Unpaved roads that border the
ball park on the East and South
sides showed visible scars of the
deluge, deep rutswith steady, swift
streams of water, especially at the
southeast corner of the field.
Several reports were received that
water had entered the home of
Ruth Kendrick on Highway 67,
near the Congregational Holiness
Church. One lady said that
Mrs. Kendrick has had flooding
problems since Tropical Storm
Alberto passed through in
early July.
Continued on page 16

Resort Village Appeal

Hearings Begin In


Resort Village
Motion To Dismiss
Inte, venors In -
Resort Village has filed a motion
to dismiss intervenors in their
application for a wastewater
certificate that Resort filed last
year. The docket No. 931111-SU
involves a request for a certificate
to build a wastewater treatment
plant but intervenors filed
objections. Now, Resort seeks to
have the intervenor petition
dismissed by the PSC because the
intervenors have not
demonstrated that their
substantial interests would be
affected by the application, or that
the PSC could address the relief
sought The item has been placed
on the PSC general agenda for
30 August in room 106, Fletcher
Building, Tallahassee, beginning
at 9:30 a. m.


Sort out the

94-95 Budget
The Franklin County Commission
meet on 23 and 24 August to
continue budget allocations. The
followingbusiness was completed:
* The Franklin County Animal
Control Authority was officially
abolished and the Franklin
County Sheriffs Department
was entrusted with the duties of
Animal Control. The
commissioners allocated
$24,742 to the Sheriff's
Department forAnimal Control.
The Humane Society will
collaborate with the Sheriffs
Department and help out with
animal adoption and feeding the
animals at the Animal Shelter.
The Sheriff's Department
received a sum of $1,716,3$7
for their 94-95 budget.
The commissioners voted 3 to 1
(Mosconis objecting) to give
$1,200 raises to Prentice Crum,
LanyBeown, HubertChapman,
Van Johnson and Bill
Croom's Inc. for the
Transportation Disadvantaged
received $5,845 from the county.
Croom's received $1,000 more
than they had received the
previous year.
The Franklin County Public
Library was tentatively granted
$26,800 from the county. The
library had to reduce their
original request of $30,000.
As of the 23 August meeting,
the millage rate is set at 9.704.

The appeal from the Franklin
County decision not to approve
multifamily housing In the Resort
* Village development on St. George
Island, in the Plantation, began
before an administrative hearing
officer, Michael Ruff, on Monday
morning, 22 August 1994 at the
Franklin County Courthouse.
Coastal Development
Consultants, owned by Dr. Ben
Johnson (Tallahassee) started
their appeal case in the de novo
hearing by calling a slate of
witnesses, and essentially
presented a distilled version of
their case as they did when first
appearing before the County
Commissioners on 7 December
1993. That Board released their
decision denying Johnson's
request for multi-family housing
in an approximately 58 acre tract
in the middle of the Plantation,
another development on St.
George Island in early January
1994. The County, in its 4January
order, required any future
application to address sewage
disposal and provide assurances
that the productivity of
Apalachicola Bay would be
maintained. Coastal Development
has maintained that there were
additional requirements not
included in the 1977 Development
Order and not within the authority
of the Commission to make.
Moreover, the appeal also claims
that the County acted without
any reasons given for denial of the
proposed 60-multi-family
residential units.
A de novo hearing means hearing
the case as if it were presented for
the first time; anew but for a
second time.
The respondents, or opposing side,
consists of the Franklin County
and Massachusetts lawyer, John
Tobin, assisted by Dr. TomAdams
and others.
On the first day of the appeal, the
petitioners, Coastal Development
Consultants and Dr. Johnson,
presented evidence of
environmental safeguards and
examples of previously County
approved plans for other projects
which did include multi-family
housing, clearly indicating that
petitioners were structuring their
appeal on the rationale that t'
Franklin County Board o0
Commissioners January 1994
land use decision was inconsistent
with previously approved plans
which included multi-family. This
was referred to as the "detrimental
reliance," argument, or that
Coastal Development Consultants
relied on the Commission's past
action to their detriment Despite
objections from County Attorney
Shuler, the administrative judge
allowed petitioner's evidence on
previously approved county plans
into evidence By the end of
Monday, petitioner's case had
been concluded. On Tuesday, the
County respondant began, first
with the documentation in various
publications demonstrating the
sensitivity of Nick's Hole on the
island, verified by Woody Miley
along with his expert testimony
about the environmental
concerns. In his initial comments,
Attorney Shuler reiterated the
County s authority to investigate
and formulate land use decisions
(zoning) and this theme was
repeated through questions
submitted to other agency
Dr. Tom Adams and Ms. Lusia
Dende-Gallio testified on the
photographs of flooding submitted
into evidence by the Respondant,
and other matters before the
hearing was recessed at 2:15 p.
m. Because of delays occasioned
by storm Beryl, County Planner
Alan Pierce and others were not
able to participate in Tuesday's
hearings, so the hearings will be
continued on Tuesday, 9
September, at the courthouse in

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School Board Items Discussed ALLIGATOR

The following items were discussed
at the 9August regular meeting of
the Franklihn County School Board
held at Carrabelle High School.
Other items discussed at the
meeting are reported in another
section of this issue of the
* Board Member Willie Speed
requested that the record Show
that he was not aware of the 25
July School Board Workshop
and Special Board Meeting held
at Brown Elementary School
in Eastpoint Speed said the
Agenda for the meeting was
delivered to his home, but he
did not locate the material until
the meeting was already over.
* Superintendent C. T. Ponder
reported that the Back To
School Planning Guide is being
implemented inthe District this
year. Ponder said he thinks the
guide will be very helpful to all
employees this coming school
year. Assistant
Superintendent/ Director
Michael Clark said that many
comments have been made at
school board meetings and
throughout the system
reflecting "that we are proud to
be a part of the Franklin county
School System." Clark said he
felt that providing pictures "of
the people who make up our
team" was an important thing,
and the idea is to expand
distribution of the guide to all
the members of the community.
Clark said comments have been
made many times about the
need for teachers located at
different schools to talk with
each other about topics
involving specific grade levels
or perhaps just an item of
interest concerning another
school. "With this resource
readily available, teachers can
identify someone with whom'
theymightwantto speak." One
section of the guide lists
scheduled training programs;
other sections relate to the
needs and interests concerning
the system that have been
expressed by various people.
"The production of that
publication is the result of
teamwork," Clark said.
* The tentative Master Schedule
for the 1994-95 school year
was approved by the Board. An
interviewwas being conducted
atanotherlocation,at the same
time the School Board was
meeting, vyingwith a candidate
for this position ofMath teacher
atApalachicola High School. A
parent, concerned that the
District would be unable to
hire a certified Geography
teacher atAHS this year, asked
Superintendent Ponder if a
teacher for this subject would
be availablewhen school begins

At the 17 August Franklin County
Commission Meeting, county
commissioners listened to federal
relieforganizations and concerned
Franklin County citizens who felt
theywere not receiving the needed
federal assistance.
"These SBA (Small Business
Association) loans," said
Commissioner Mosconis, "are
taking forever and a day to get
processed." He continued,
"Extraordinary circumstances
take extraordinary action by the
bureaucracy of a government to
expedite these things."
Both FEMA (Federal Emergency
ManagementAdministration) and
SBA representatives addressed the
Franklin County Commission.
FEMA representatives informed
county commissioners that, while
commercial loans were not
available through their
organizations, residential loans
were and could be received within
15 days.
An unemployed seafood dealer
stated that only oystermen were
financially devastated; "When they
quit catching we quit selling. "
The FEMA representatives
informed the individual that
Disaster Unemployment funds
were available and could help
supplement their income. The
seafood dealer responded, "Yea,
$60 a week."
The SBA representative informed
county commissioners that those
individuals applying for loans
must be able to present their tax
returns for the past three years
and have proof of income, Those
applying for an SBA loan can
expect a decision within 20 days.
Those denied a loan have the
option to appeal the decision
within a 6 month period after the
initial decision. Appeals are only
allowed if pertinent
documentation was not included

on the original loan application.
Those who are denied SBA loans
may be eligible for funds in the
Individual and Damage Grant
Program. These funds are not
loans and individuals receiving
them are not obligated to pay the
money back.
Mike Murphy, Chairman for the
Economic Development and
Tourism Council, also addressed
the commission. Mr. Murphy
stated that four correctional
facilities were to be built in Florida.
Murphy suggested that the
commission contact either Rep.
Allen Boyd or Rep. Pat Thomas to

on August 15. Noting that the
lack of a Geography teacher
would affect her daughter, the
parent said this would be a
"kinda bad start for a kid
starting high school." Ponder
reported that the previous
Geography teacher resigned
unexpectedly the first week of
August The District always
tries to get certified people to
teach, but Ponder told the
concerned mother that "If you
reach a point where you can't
do that, then you get the best
possible person you can."
* School Board Member and
Chairman,Will Kendrickwas
appointed to represent the
Franklin County School Board
as Plaintiff in the Adequacy
Lawsuit. Kendrick said he
received a letter from the School
Board Association requesting
that each district designate a
board member to be elected as
Plaintiff in order to secure
proper standing before the
Courts. Kendrick said that the
Courts have given a slight
indication that a board member
would not have the authority
or the duty to bring suit against
the Legislature for inadequate
funding unless he or she is a
citizen or a taxpayer. The
Association asked that each
board identify a primary
Plaintiff, and the,names of
those selected from each
district will be listed as their
county's representative in the
lawsuit Kendrick said that
most school districts are
recommending that the Board
Chairman be appointed unless
another board member wants
to be designated.
* Mrs. Shirley Brown is retiring
from her position of Food
Service Worker at Brown
Elementary School in
* Laura Enfingeris resigning her
position of Paraprofessional at
Chapman Elementary School
in Apalachicola.
* Superintendent Ponder
acknowledged a "Thank You"
letter he received from Marilyn
Reynolds in which she
expressed her thanks tothe
district for sponsoring her at
the North Florida Writing
Project Workshop. Reynolds
said she was privileged to
represent Franklin County and
that although she has attended
many writing workshops, she
had never attended one that
was more valuable, as well
organized, is:informative, and
provided a multitude of ideas
for improving student writing.
* Superintendent Ponder was
given the authority by the

place bids on the facilities. The
commission agreed to contact one
of the state representatives. Mr.
Murphy offered to help the
commissioners coordinate efforts
to obtain one of the facilities.

In Other County Business:

* Bunky Atkinson replaced
Michele Belsen as representative
for the Franklin County Library.
* Lucia Galio replaced Ralph
Varnes on the Franklin County
Planning and Zoning Board as
Seafood Workers Association
* Attorney Al Shuler announced
that the Animal Control
Authority could not find an
Animal Control Officer. "The four
legged program," stated Shuler,
"is operating on one leg."
* Bill Mahan, County Extension
Director, announced that
Tropicana was sponsoring a
Public Speaking Program and
that Franklin County's young
adults could attend the program
at no charge, Mahan also
announced that the 4-H Marine
Camp in Niceville was the most
successful program ever
attracting 140 children. Mahan
concluded by reporting that the
Carrabelle Branch of the
Franklin County Library had
recently offered a babysitting
program for young adults
interested In learning proper
procedures as a babysitter.
Commissioner Braxton stated,
"Our public libraries don't need
to get into the daycare business,
That's what private industry is
for." Commissioner Tolliver
responded, "That's a good,
educational program."

School Board to contribute
toward the expenses of
sponsoring Apalachicola High
School student Shanteia
Cargille's participation in the
National Young Leaders
Conference In Washington,
D.C. Ms. Cargille was selected
to represent Florida as a
National Scholar, and
according to her mother,
Jeanette Cargille, will be
involved in activities with
members of Congress and the
Legislature. Jeanette Cargille
told School Board members
that, as of 9 August, her
daughter had $982 of the
$1,765 needed to cover
Conference Tuition and travel
expenses, for which
participating students are
responsible. One fund-raiser
had to be cancelled, but
another, a Bar-B-Q, is being
planned. The mother said
Shantela's money must be in
by 15 August. Board Member
Wllie Speed speculated that
unless the School Board made
an exception to it's past
procedures of limiting any
financial assistance of this type
to $250, the Honor Roll student
might not be able to travel to
the nation's capitol. With $982
in hand and the normal $250
assistance from the Board,
Shanteia is still $533 short of
her goal. The board authorized
Ponder to put a cap on how
much more the board can
contribute toward sponsorship
beyond the normal $250, for
Shanteia as well as for any
other student who might need
some type of sponsorship in
the future. The School Board
will make up any difference of
what the excited teenager may
need after the Bar-B-Q funds
are tallied and added to the
amount she already has. The
School Board voted that the
sponsorship amount is not to
exceed $500.
* Board Member and Chairman,
Will Kendrick, thanked CHS
Principal,William Clayton
Wooten, for workthat hasbeen
accomplished around the
football field and in front of the
school. Kendrick said that over
the years, the Districthas been
blessed with a lot of different,
people at the helm of CHS,
"and one of whom is back with
them now." Wooten left the
same position at CHS in 1989.
"We had a lot of face-lifts, a lot
of positive things that were
done. This man was always
good about pulling them all
together and then getting it
done," Kendrick said.Kendrick
also thanked other School
Board members and told
Wooten, "You've got a lot of
useful talents here.",

It's The

End Of The


Know It...
The Franklin County Animal
Control Authority met on
22 August at the Carrabelle
Branch of the Franklin County
Library for what seems to be the
last official Animal Control
Authority Meeting. A small group
of three (Raymond Williams, Jane
Cox and Earl Whitfleld) were
present Chairman Frye was away
on duty with the Army Reserves.
Members Whitfield and Cox stated
thatthe resignation ofBettyTaylor
Webb as ACA treasurer had left
the group in a position where
adequate bookkeeping was not
being kept. Jane Cox stated that
the ACA had overdrawn its
account in purchasing a sewage
pump. Whitfield said that Betty
Taylor Webb had settled the
account by using city funds to pay
the overdrawn balance. Cox
pondered the possibility of
entering into an agreement with
accountant, Larry Lane.
Earl Whitfleld Reported that the
Animal Shelter was half clean. He
thanked Prentice Crum for
allowing Franklin Work Camp
squad to help clean the facility.
Cox stated, "As bad as all this has
been, I think there's going to be
some good outcome." Williams
returned, "Itbetter, becausewe've
had a lot of bad publicity."
At the meeting's close, member
Williams stated, "In essence, we're
not going to operate unless the
county takes over. If we've got a
budget, we haven't got any money.
How in the world are we gonna
hire an Animal Control Officer
when we don't have anything to
pay him with."

New Property Owner

Organization in St. George

Calling themselves the Concerned
Property Owners, St. George's
Plantation, a notice has been sent
to Plantation members about
various matters of concern to their
membership. A meeting of the
group is scheduled for Friday, 26
August, just prior to the Saturday
meeting of the Plantation Board of
Directors meeting at the
Clubhouse in the Plantation, St.
George Island. The Concerned
Property Owners have identified
two issues of concern to them.
One is the need to select two
members for election to the Board
of Directors. The second issue is
identified as "POA [Property

Owners Association]
Management". The flyer
announcing the meeting read as
follows: "The current Board, with
the exception of Pamela Amato, is
determined to disenfranchise the
membership and turn the
management of the POA over to
Realtor and developer interests."
The controversy related to the Ben
Johnson agreement Is still not
settled. Please believe we have
used every means atour command
to avoid litigation only to be lied to
or ignored. We will litigate if
necessary to regain control of our


By Paul Jones

Tropical Storm Beryl created more
media hype and activity on
Alligator Point than a multiple
serial homicide. As the storm
approached, local and major
television network teams
positioned themselves along
County Road 370. Small vans and
sophisticated satellite transmitter
transports were being unloaded,
TV cameras, equipmentand yards
and yards of cable being stretched
up and down the beach and road.
The TV crews had done their
homework, they selected the most
vulnerable targetonAlligator Point
for any initial storm damage.. .the
surrounding beach front area
along and adjacent to CR 370 in
front of the camp grounds. As
nightfall came closer the relentless
surge of the storm eventually
caused the road in front of the
camp grounds to be closed and
traffic to be rerouted through the
North portion of the grounds. The
TV broadcast teams were also
relentless in theirpursuitof quarry
of people to interview on camera.
As the traffic gaggled up at the
detour point, people were being
stopped and asked to comment
on the approaching storm. And a
few of the local residents' homes
were being used as focal points for
the TV networks' coverage of the
storm. The main topic was the
collapse of Alligator Point's
road system.
To some folks this TV storm talk
show was fun and games and to
others it was bothersome.
There is a silver lining to all this...a
pain in the butt or not. Alligator
Point got nationwide coverage.
Alligator Point property owners
must have well maintained road
for ingress and egress from their
property, especially during a
storm. It appears that (hopefully)
the right people took notice. Two
days after the storm, Governor
Lawton Chiles and several
Franklin County officials
(including Tom Saunders) toured
the area along the damaged road.
The governor acknowledged that
County Road 370 required
immediate attention and that he
would take action. There will be
more to this later.

The Alligator Point Taxpayers
Association has mailed out a
newsletter reminding property
owners of the upcoming annual
generalAPTA meeting and election
of officers and board members.
."The newsletter will reveal the
proposed nominees for newboard
members and the slate forofficers.
The annual meeting is scheduled
for Saturday, September 10 at 10
am, in the Alligator Point fire
station conference room.
Continued on page 15

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The Franklin County Chronicle 26 August 1994 Page 3

Commentary andEditoriaf

Finding Caring People

In Franklin County Is

A Matter Of Looking

Letter to the Editor:
I saw a blond spaniel crossing
Highway 98 in Carrabelle, The
attitude was nonchalant. This
immediately told me that the dog
wasn't street wise. I whistled and
like a well-mannered dog he
responded. "He" was very friendly
and such gorgeous eyes. I asked
him to load up and away we went
to find his house. "He" sat in the
car as though it was normal to
kick back and ride the streets.
"He" watched as I knocked on
several doors. We were batting
zero. "He" wasn't concerned-"He
had an air-conditioner and part of
a coea cola. We rode up one street
and down another searching and
"He" began to look around with
interest. I saw a family sitting in
their fenced in yard relaxing. I
rolled down his window to ask if
anyone recognized him. No
Luckc..but as I told our sad tale of

woe the family listened and'
responded, "we have 5 dogs, 2
birds, and a cat; however, we'll
keep him until his owner can be
found." Stacy O'Steen stated that
he'd place an ad in the newspaper.
This makes he and his family go
special to exhibit such caring.
Stacey takes my riding partner
into his arms. I thanked him and
we exchanged phone numbers so
we each would be able to know
"the rest of the story"...
Less than one hour later I returned
to the O'Steen house to deliver
some dog food that a friend of
mine had so graciously donated.
Good Newsl! "He" found his owner.
Finding caring people in Franklin
County is a matter of looking...
Carole Adams
(Harry's Bar)

Pine View Cable Moves

to Dismiss Lawsuit

In response to a July 1994
complaint filed by Dr. Ben
Johnson and his Coastal
Development Consultants, Inc.
developer company seeking to
erect Resort Village on St George
Island, Pine View Cable has filed a
motion to dismiss the lawsuit Dr.
Johnson originally sought an
injunction seeking to remove Pine
View's fiber optic cable which
traversed the Resort Village site,
adjacent to Leisure Lane, the road
which runs through the
Plantation, a private community
developmenton St George Island.
Pine View Cable, which uses the
name St. George Island Cable, is
'authorized to lay its cable, first by
the county-wide franchise granted
by the Board of Franklin County
Commissioners, and second by
the St. George Plantation Owners
Association, so its members could
receive cable 'IV, says the motion
document, filed by attorney J.
Patrick Floyd ofPort St. Joe. Thus,
reasons Pine View Cable, Dr.
Johnson has left out an
"indispensable party" to the entire
lawsuit, and -aecordingly, the
matter as it relates to Pine View
should be dismissed. The motion
reviews the legal train of
aceotntabfility by "pointing ouit,.
"...St George Plantation Owners
Association, Inc. has an undivided
interest in Leisure Lane pursuant
to a quit claim deed from Andrew
Jackson...and an easement
interest from Gene Brown... A
portion of that undivided interest
in Leisure Lane includes an
easement for the placement of
utilities specifically including
cable television. This is the area
where the television utilities have
been placed." The placement of

the cable line was undertaken
Pine View and the Homeowners
Association authorizing the use of
Leisure Lane for the purpose of
installing and providing cable TV.
Pine View further reasoned, that
the rules of Civil Procedure in
Florida require that Dr. Johnson's
complaint be dismissed for failure
tojoin an "indispensable party" to
the matter. Their motion
elaborates on the legal basis of
this assertion for dismissal.
While the lawsuit by Dr. Johnson
against the cable company also
brings him a growing public
relations problem among
Plantation residents, he is placed
into another dilemma. His
company is also negotiating, or
discussing the unsettled status of
an earlier agreement with the
Homeowners Association. Ifhe has
to include the Homeowners
Association in his lawsuit against
Pine View Cable, he is also adding
to the problems involving the
discussions between the
Homeowners' Board of Directors
and his company.' In the
meanwhile, his appeal from the
Franklin Countydecision rejecting
multi-family as been in hearing
this week, involving a growing
number of Plantation property
owners who want to make sure
the county decision is not
overturned. As indicated in a
related story, an organization
called the Concerned Property
Owners has formed within the
Plantation, brandishing threats of
litigation against their own Board,
and perhaps others regarding a
number of issues still unsettledin
Plantation affairs.

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The 35 foot Rule:

An Update

The Franklin County Planning Department furnished the drawing
depicting a profile of a house and the 35 foot ceiling for new construction
in Franklin County. Recently, the Board of Adjustment granted a
variance for a 37 foot structure in the Plantation, St. George Island.
That case was discussed further in the recent meeting of the Board of
County Commissioners and the workshop on the 35 foot ordinance
with inspector Roscoe Carroll and two contractors, on Tuesday, 16
August 1994. Some Commissioners voiced strong disagreement with
the Board of Adjustment approval of a variance in the current case,
concluding that a variance was not appropriate for a construction
violation of the rule. The dilemma seemed to center on Just what the
County's authority might be to enforce the 35 foot rule except for the
general misdemeanor charge that might ordinarily accrue to violations
of the rule. Other Commissioners were in favor of a heavy fine to be
levied a contractor violating the ordinance; one suggested suspending
the license of the contractor for one year for such a violation. Morris
Palmer, a contractor, argued that the burden to submit an official,
engineer-signed statement certifying the building elevation was an
unfair and expensive burden on contractors who adhere to the rule,
which is the monitoring procedure put in place a few weeks ago. The
Commissioners instructed the Planning Office to meet with the
county's building contractors to work out a solution to the problem of
penalties and enforcement and return it to the County Commission at
some future time. No formal date was established.

Johnny Can't Read,

But He Can Sure

Whack the Cover

Off That Ball

Honestly, I wanted to write a feel-good commentary for this edition. I'm
not as cynical as my past commentaries Indicate. Though, what can
you do when commissioners keep providing you food for angst? Here
we go again.
At the 23 August budget meeting, this writer nearly lost his Sanka
when Commissioner Mosconis made several politically Incorrect and
severely goofy statements concerning funding for the Franklin County
Mosconis stated at the meeting that the library's request for thirty
thousand dollars from the county, a"300% Increase", was unreasonable.
The Franklin County Commission gave ten thousand dollars to the
Franklin County Library lastyear. The librarywill notbe receiving seed
money or matching funds from the state this year and, subsequently,
has asked the commission for an increase In funding. In response to
Commissioner Mosconis'statement, PamelaAmato, member ofFriends
of the Franklin County Library, asked how much money the county
planned to use to fund recreational facilities as the baseball fields that
are to be built on State Road 65. Commissioner Mosconis returned,
"We got more people who want to play ball, than visit your library." At
the Commissioner's statement, Cecil Babbs, a student the Franklin
County Adult Reading Program, charged, "I grew up In Franklin
County and did not learn to read. Ifyou think people would rather play
ball than learn how to read, you'd better check your books." Mosconis
concluded, "We're [the County Commission] not the school board.
You're [the Franklin County Library] gonna have to bite the bullet and
take some of this [budgeted money]out [of the budget]." Mosconis
continued, "let's not get into this You're not for education. You're for
Ignorance.' Our job is to try to look at the big picture and try to find
what the needs of the community are. I do support the library."
This writer scratches his head in bewilderment as he realizes that most
politicians would not be caught with their trousers down making a
statement even slightly negative about libraries oreducation...especially
in an election year. This writer has heard the politicians on CNN many
times state that rock-and-roll musicians and professional athletes
make too much money and teachers do not make enough. Still.
Commissioner Mosconis has indicated that more money should be
allocated toward recreation over education because that's what the
people want in Franklin County. This writer wonders if children should
given more candy bars and soda rather than vegetables and milk,
because that is probably what they want.
The serious matter that should be examined is that education must
come before recreational programs. Many individuals will better their
lives with increased education. Relatively few will play for the Florida
Marlins and make millions. In a county in wich local literacy
providers estimate a 50% functional illiteracy rate, it is imperative that
a priority with the county's budget be placed on education. The
Franklin County Commission is not the School Board. However, if
commissioners feel that they're exempt from being concerned about
educational standards in their county, they had better re-examine
their thinking or face the wrath of Franklin Countyvoters. Ask not who
the election booths toll for, they certainly toll for thee on 8 September.
Brian Goerke

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Cause of Fatal


By Carol Ann Hawkins
"Misty always had a beautiful
smile for everyone she met, and
was a very loving and caring
person who will always be an
angel in the memories of her
loved ones and friends."
Misty Dawn Sexton, 18, a 1994
graduate of Carrabelle High
School, may have been in diabetic
shock Wednesday, 10 August
1994, when the 1991 Eagle she
was driving eastbound on State
Road 30 (Highway 98) crossed
over completely into the
westbound lane into the path of a
1991 Itasca Motorhome driven by
John McCracken of Friendswood,
Corporal M.S. Cross, Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP) Homicide
Investigator, said Wednesday, 17
August, that he was "99 percent
sure" Misty was experiencing
diabetic shock when the accident
occurred at 3:55 p.m., a little over
three miles east of Eastpoint, not
far from the Highway Patrol
Misty, who served as class
president during her junior and
senior years at CHS, was Miss
Carrabelle High School and Prom
Queen forth 1993-94 schoolyear,
and Captain of the cheerleading
squad, of which she was a four-
year member, died at the scene.
McCracken suffered minor
Injuries in the wreck, and he, his
wife, Dorothy McCracken, and
three-year-old James E. Kimling
III, also of Friendswood, were
transported to Emerald Coast
Hospital (ECH) byFranklin County
EMS. John McCracken and James
Kimlingwere treated and released.
Dorothy McCracken was
transported from ECH to another
medical facility for treatment of a
broken leg.
According to the FHP report by
Trooper Thomas M. Shepard,
when McCracken steered his
motorhome to the left trying to
avoid collidingwith Misty's vehicle,
Misty "tried to correct back into
the eastbound lane," but the left
front of her car struck the right
front of McCracken's vehicle in
the westbound lane. Both vehicles
were totaled. Seat belts were in
use in both vehicles. Alcohol was
not involved in the accident and
no charges were filed.
Corporal Cross said he contacted
the medical examiner, Dr. Wood,
on Thursday morning, 11 August,
and told the doctor of-his
suspicions of possible diabetic
shock, basing his suspicions on
several factors: 1) There were no
basic maneuvers by Misty to
attempt to avoid the crash; 2)
there Were no skid marks; 3)
McCracken said he blew his horn
when he saw Misty's car cross
over into his lane; and 3) upon
impact, Misty's speedometer "froze
at 70 mph."
Cross said Misty, who had a
history of diabetes, was late
reporting to her job on the morning
of the 10th and took her insulin
shots as soon as she arrived at
work at the East End Dell on St.

George Island. Cross said Misty's
medication was a mixture of two
types of insulin, which she took
regularly, twice a day, once in the
morning and again in late evening.
Cross said the teenager left work
early that day. Some of her insulin
was still at the deli after the fatal
Cross said he spoke with Misty's
grandfather, Tom Sexton, of
Carrabelle and also with an uncle.
Both men felt that the accident
was related to the diabetes. Cross
said Misty's uncle said he had just
spoken to Misty the weekend
before the wreck occurred and
asked her if she'd ever passed out
before because of the diabetes.
Cross said Misty told her uncle,
"No." The medical examiner
reported to Cross that, prior to the
examination, he discovered an
insulin syringe' clutched in the
girl's hand. Cross said the results
e's received from the medical
examiner are not conclusive, nor
will findings from the autopsy be
conclusive because of chemical
changes that occur in the body
after death.
Cross called varying reports that
quickly circulated in the
community following the accident
"just rumor...false. Cross said
Mistywas not driving at 100 mph,
although she suffered severe cuts
on her legs. Cross said the rumor
of "separated limbs" is false,
neither vehicle caught on fire, no
other passengers were in her car,
and the report that she was
slumped over the steering wheel
at impact is "just rumor, Cross
said, adding that McCracken said
he was unable to see through the
girl's tinted windshield before the
two vehicles collided.
Trooper Shepard was also assisted
in his investigation the Franklin
County Sheriffs Office and the
Eastpoint Volunteer Fire
Department Both vehicles were
removed from the scene by Shade
Tree Towing of Eastpoint
FHP Duty Officer Martina said it
is normal procedure fora homicide
investigator to become involved
when a fatal accident occurs. The
FHP Eastpoint station has
homicide investigators stationed
in Franklin and Wakulla counties.
Misty was a native of Decatur,
Georgia and had lived in Carrabelle
since, she was three years old,
moving here from Conyers,
Georgia. In addition to the
previously listed positions of
recognition she held at CHS, Misty
was president of the schools
Future Business Leaders of
America, FHA treasurer, and
played on the softball and
volleyball teams. She was of
Baptist faith.
Misty is survived by her
grandparents, Tom and Barbara
Sexton of Carrabelle; her mother,
Cindy Stegall 6f Covington,
Georgia; two brothers, Thomas R.
Wright-Sexton, Jr. of Carrabelle
and Kevin Wright of Covington,
Georgia; three step-sisters. Crystal
Stegall, Stevie Cheppon-Stegall,
andApril Wright allofCovington,
Georgia; and her other
grandmother, Ruth Watkins, also
of Covington.
Visitation was held Friday, 12
Augustfroiqm5-8p.m. intheKelley-
Riley Funeral Home Chapel at
Carrabelle. Services were held
Saturday, 13 August, at 11 a.m.
at the Carrabelle Assembly of God
Church, followed by interment at
Evergreen Cemetery in Carrabelle.
All arrangements were under the
direction of Kelley-Riley Funeral
Home, Carrabelle, Florida.

Beryl Leaves a Fallen Giant

By David Hawkins
Today is Wednesday, 17 August, the day after Beryl. It is a day of
mourning. We're missing a family member. The old front-yard water
oak is down, a casualty the least likely I could have imagined of the
storm's blow. The fallen giant lies sprawled across the grass, its
undamaged top branches spanning a pool of rainwater, what was its
uppermost leaves just short of the banana tree. We keep seeing it like
it was, before.
Several pines of similar size are also down in Tillie Miller Park, just off
Highway 67 in Carrabelle, by the Senior Citizens' Center and the
playground. Most of the other fallen trees I've seen are also pines, and
few will be remembered, except for the outages some of them caused
when they fell across power lines during the storm's passage.
But each will mourn his own in surveying the losses to Beryl's frenzy.
The old tree's massive, lowest branch, I always thought, was admirably
suited for a child's swing. Now, it lies broken beneath the huge, mossy
trunk. Opposite it, yet another lower branch also lies, crushed under
the weight of the tree's final settling to earth.
Other branches are intact, except for the smaller ones, which were the
first to yield to the winds. As the storm wore on, they drooped
downward from the trunk, broken but still attached. We ignored them
as necessary tributes to the relentless wind. But their combined weight
put the first strain on the trunk, which was- and still is tilted outward
from beneath its upper weight, from atop a small knoll. That angle of
the trunk spelled the tree's ruin. But it was not until the lowest bough
(almost a tree in Itself in its horizontal thrust over the lawn) added its
great weight to the down-pull that the killing strain was applied to the
trunk and roots. The trunk itself didn't break. Its roots pulled up at
ground level on the downside, leaving sharp splinters sticking up from
what was the seedbed of a solitary sapling two ago.
Surveying the disaster, neighbor Carlton Wathen, Mayor ofCarrabelle,
remarked that this species of oak has a shorter taproot than most
others and was its own victim, in part.
Carlton offered to bring his chainsaw over and convert what he can of
the wreckage into firewood for his fishing camp on the Ochlochonee
River. My wife, Carol, would like to see the tree left where it lies, as an
ornamental memorial to Beryl, our first "hurricane" since arriving here
fromArkansas last November. She asked her boss, Chronicle Publisher
Tom Hoffer, when he stopped by to take pictures of the fallen tree, if
he didn't agree with her that the once-mighty oak provided a pretty
backdrop for the banana tree and rose bush. Tom shook his head and
told her no, it just looked like a fallen tree.
As for me, a slender, 10-foot magnolia growing from the base of the
fallen trunk, a bird feeder attached, is an adequate memorial of the tree
and the storm that killed it The magnolia will also be a suitable
successor, a century hence, to the majestic oak, now destined for the
saw and the campfire.


Page 4 26 Au2ust 1994 The Franklin County Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


Respond to Questions Submitted by the Chronicle in

David Jackson Bill Scaringe
County Commission County Commission
District 2 District 2

Ray Williams
County Commission
District 2

The Questions
1) What prompted you to run for County
Commissioner or, if incumbent, why
do you wish to seek an additional

2) What are your qualifications?

3) Whti orvso orvtlz

3) What is your vision to revitalize
Franklin County's industry?


4) Do you feel that the bay can and will
be a viable industry for Franklin

5) What is your position on the issue of
net banning?

Continued on page-6

I am the best qualified person for the job. I think
that Franklin Countyneeds to have commissioner
that looks to the future, not just today. Someone
has to start today planning for our kids and elderly
people or we'll have no tomorrow.

The Answers
I decided to run for District 2 Commissionerbecause
of my concern for the future of our community. I
believe that the budget for the county must be
managed and priorities set to address the major
concerns of the majority of the residents and
taxpayers. These include roads, beaches, economic
opportunities, clean and compatible industries and
job opportunities.

My activities in the community of Carrabelle and in
connection with various groups in Franklin County
brought my attention to the needs and problems in
our area which need to be addressed.

P U- U

I am the manager of Jackson's Auto Parts and Ace
Hardware, which is a family business that started
in 1963. I deal with the public every day, six days
a week. I see most all voters in my district, so I am
the most in contact with the voters in District 2. In
Ace Hardware, we deal in competitive bidding,
which has all types of business training. I have two
years experience on the Carrabelle Planning and
Zoning Board, fiveyears as DeputySheriffofFranklin
County and am a graduate of Police Standards of
Gulf Coast and Lively Police Standards.

My qualifications include a Bachelor of Science
Degree in Engineering, Master of Science in
Management, almost thirty years experience in
Project Management/Engineering with sixteen of
those years in Direct Management Control of a
major state construction agency. That agency has
placed approximately 100 to 150 million dollars of
in place per year with an annual operating budget
of 3.4 million dollars. I have been able to operate
consistently under budget each year and know how
to analyze, as question, budget requests from staff,
determine whether or not funds are being used
effectively. I also worked as president and board
member with our Taxpayer Association and
Volunteer Fire Department.

I have owned and operated several types of
businesses in Franklin County during the past 26
years. Among those are: deep sea fishing boat,
restaurant, fish house and ferry service. I have
served on the Carrabelle City Commission as Streets
& Roads Commissioner and Finance Commissioner.
I have been actively involved in the budget
preparation for the City. I serve on various Boards,
Councils and clubs getting a wide variety of
experience and insights into the needs of our area.

We as businesses and organizations have to promote
Franklin County Seafood in a whole new outlook,
mainly as fresh seafood. The image of any selling
product determines how good it sells. Tourists are
another vital part of industry. We have to advertise
Franklin County beaches and promote fishing as
the best in the world and also allow people to catch
enough fish to make it worth while to come to this

My vision to revitalize Franklin County's industry
recognizes the fact that Franklin County will slowly
change from the Forgotten Coast to one seen by
tourists and others as an excellent place to visit or
live. Changes that have already taken place on St.
George Island and around Apalachicola indicate
this trend has begun. It is necessary for the county
commission to be able to handle and establish
necessary growth regulations to ensure that
development does not destroy the natural beauty
and conditions of our environment while allowing
for orderly, clean growth to occur.

I am interested in bringing clean industries to the
County to provide alternative types of employment
for its residents. With cooperation between the
County Commission, Chambers of Commerce and
Industrial Development Council we should be able
to attract industries which would be compatible
with the needs of Franklin County and its


We have no other choice than for the bay to be a
viable industry for Franklin County. The main
problem to me is that it needs to be utilized better.
We need to utilize the productive areas as a business
and work to make them produce. There has. to be
estuaries and hatcheries to supplement the bay.
One of my recommendations is to take the salt
water and fresh water license fees and finance this

I feel that the bay can and will be a viable industry
for Franklin County. That is why we must insist
that conditions are not allowed to be created to
destroy the delicate balance which maintains the
bay's ability to produce its famous seafood.

The Apalachicola Bay System has been one of the
most productive aquatic systems in the United
States. With proper management and adequate
planning, it can continue to be a viable way of life
for many.


I am notfor the netban. Iam for moderate regulation.
There are places for all forms of fishing in Franklin
County. To me, if you would leave the estuaries and
rivers alone, we would have plenty of seafood. All of
this is your spawning areas. There are programs
available for this type of growth, but we have to
apply for them.

Continued on page 6

The net-ban issue is one that has created a division
between the sports fishing and commercial fishing
interests in our county. This is regrettable since
both of these interests should be working together
to assure a continuing resource to support their
livelihood. Both provide significant economic
benefits to our county. Should the net-ban pass, I
believe the county should strenuously seek new
clean industries to replace the jobs lost and seek
state and federal assistance for retraining and
Continued on page 6

I am opposed to the net ban amendment which has
been proposed. The primary industry of Franklin
County is its fishing industry. The economic impact
of the net ban would be felt not just in Franklin
County, but statewide through loss of an estimated
40,000Jobs. Itwouldmeananendtothe commercial
fishing industry which currently provides the
seafood for which Franklin County is famous. I
believe there are other solutions to saving our
sealife without destroying an industry.
Continued on page 6



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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

The Franklin County Chronicle 26 August 1994 Page 5


Preparation for the Primary Election, 8 September 1994

Jimmy Mosconis

County Commission
District 4

County Commission County Commission
District 4 District 4

Bobby Varnes

County Commission
District 4

The Answers

1) There is a lot of county business that I have been
involved in that is unfinished. I would like to see it
through to completion before I end my term on the
board. I also feel that I am the best qualified
candidate to represent the fourth district.

2) I graduated from Chapman High School and served
in the Army in Vietnam. I have attended Gulf Coast
Community College and served on their Foundation
Board from 1990 through 1993 which administered
scholarships. Twenty-four years ago I started my
own business which I continue to successfully
operate. For the past 12 years I have served on the
Board of County Commissioners. Five of those
years I have been Chairman, as I am currently. On
the Board of County Commissioners, instead of
sitting and getting stagnant, I'm getting more and
more effective as a commissioner, as well as a
lobbyist for our county, in Tallahassee.

3) I will continue to actively seek clean industry that
is compatible with our environment An example. is
the Franklin County Work Camp which I was
heavily involved in acquiring for the county and
which has provided many good jobs for the people
of the county and has provided good service
throughout the county with inmate labor.

4) For the last 150 years, the Apalachicola Bay has
been a source of employment for citizens of
Apalachicola and Franklin County through the
many resources it has to offer (oysters, crab, shrimp,
fish, etc.). The Franklin County Board of County
Commissioners has been the moving force in
protecting the bay. The bay can continue to be a
viable industry for Franklin County if the state and
federal regulators allow it to be. However, the
regulations governing fishing, oystering, crabbing
and shrimping are becoming more and more
restrictive making it harder and harder to earn a
livelihood from the bay.

5) I am opposed to the net ban.. If passed, it would
destroy the commercial fishing industry in Florida
as we know it and would destroy Florida's famous

Continued on page 7

I'm a candidate for county commissioner because of
my concern for the prosperity, quality of life and
well-being of all present and future residents of
Franklin County. This concern and an inner calling
of "Service to God and Country," a calling that just
would not go away, and many requests from fellow
citizens led me to offer to serve as District 4

I believe it's time for a change in District 4. The voice
of the people needs to be brought back.

* pI1

My education credits include a degree from Gulf
Coast Community College (with an emphasis on
Business), several technical schools for training in
electronics and refrigeration, and Army National
Guard and US Air Force technical and leadership
schools. I have been employed as an Engineer/
Operator forWCCB-TV in Charlotte, N.C., Assistant
Chief Engineer for WFSU-TV in Tallahassee and
since 1967, as an Electronics Technician for Florida
Power Corporation in Apalachicola and the Franklin
County area. Additionally I run Apalachee
Electronics, a contractual electronics refrigeration
service business. I served a term as school board
member, serving as vice-president for a portion of
that term. I have been active in athletic boosters,
serving a time as president. I served in officer
positions in band boosters, PTA, PTO and other
advisory committees. I have promoted the seafood
industry as a volunteer in the Florida Seafood
Festival. I was a director for 6 years. Of those years,
I served two as treasurer and two as president I am
a member of the Apalachicola Bay Area Chamber of
Commerce. I serve as squadron commander of our
local civil air patrol.

My qualifications are 30 years of business
experience, my love and concern for the county that
is my home.

I saw many needs and wanted to represent the
people of this county. This prompted me to seek this
office and to be their spokesman.

Because of my life-long residency here in Franklin
County, I understand the needs of a small county
and I truly care about the people.

Ir I

The bay has been, almost exclusively, the backbone
of the the local economy for many years and will
undoubtedlybe a major contributor to our economy
for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, we have
failed to diversify and now the bay's ability to
provide almost exclusive economic opportunity for
our citizens has come under great pressure, not
only from an endless stream of laws, but from
mother nature herself. We must develop diversity in
our economy. I am convinced that new, clean
industries must be diligently pursued. A partial list
of assets thatwe currently have that we can include
in our overall revitalization include our school
system (and others such as Gulf Coast Community
College, FAMU and private schools), the railroad,
waterways, barge port, prison work camp, airports,
industrial parks and an ever increasing tourism

We need to bring an industry here that is compatible
with our seafood industry to aid our area income;
something to add to our county instead of taking
away from it


I feel that in time, the bay will recover as it always
has and it will again be a major contributor to the
economyofFranklin County. For many generations
the seafood industry has been the economic life
blood of Franklin County. However, with the obvious
decline of the productivity of the seafood industry
over recent years, it should come as no surprise
that Franklin County's economy is in dire need of a
transfusion. I am absolutely dedicated to the
maintenance and preservation of our most precious
assets the bay and all other waterways in and
around Franklin County. I am convinced, however,
that the bay cannot reliably be "the" viable industry
for Franklin County. We must diversify our economy
in order to sustain our citizens.

Yes, the bay has provided for many years. It has
problems, but most industries do that have shut
downs, lay offs, etc. Mother Nature and state
regulations often closes the bay, but I believe it will
always be a viable industry for Franklin County.


To ban the nets would be devastating to our already
stressed seafood industry and thus our local
economy. It Is estimated that one half of the seafood
industry jobs would be lost. This "ban the nets"
issue is based on "mythinformation" presented by
certain special interest groups.

Continued on page 7

I'm against banning nets. Commercial fishing has
always been away oflife. Think of all the people who
would be out of a Job after generations of people
making a living with commercial fishing, not to
mention all the money they have invested in boat
nets, etc.

Continued on page 7

My vision is to see the commissioners get more
involved with the regulations and laws passed
involving our Industry.

Yes, I feel that it could be, if the state and county
would work together on the laws and regulations for
the good of the Industry.

I'm against the banning of nets. Nets have always
been used throughout history and are needed.

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The CommissionQuestions
Continued from page 4
6) Do you feel that Franklin County can
be developed without losing its
historic beauty?

7) What is your knowledge of the budget

Candidate Jackson
Continued from page 4
We have no choice but to develop Franklin County,
but the key is a controlled growth. We as citizens
have to protect the areas that need protecting and
planned development of those that can be developed.

Candidate Scaringe
Continued from page 4
I believe Franklin County can be developed without
losing its historic beauty. This has been proven in
many other areas. It will require the commission
and planning board to establish standards for
development, especially in historic areas to assume
this result.

a___ a ______

My knowledge of the budget process is that it does
network. Inmy opinion, all agencies buy separately.
There should be one purchasing agent for Franklin
County. He or she would get purchase sheets from
all agencies, then seek the best price and qualify for
the money. This is the way all businesses, except
the government, operates.


I have significant knowledge of the budget process
through my 23 years of work for the state of Florida.
I have obtained a copy and reviewed the proposed
'94-95 budget for the county. I approach budget
;review and approval using the concept requiring
agencies to justify the whole budget request, not
Just the add on for the new year. This is important
because just reviewing the add-on portion prevents
any analysis ofwhy an agency does what it does and
is it a worthwhile use of tax dollars. It also misses
the opportunity to consider competing priorities in
allocating funds. I notice that the county is now
using the add-on budget method. During my
experience with the state, I have managed an
annual operating budget of 3.4 million dollars and
a capitol budget varying from 150 million to 600
million from year to year. During this time, I have
never exceeded my budget.

Candidate Williams
Continued from page 4
Yes, with appropriate consideration for the historic
aspect of this County, development can help to
enhance an atmosphere of historic beauty.

As the Finance commissioner of the City of
Carrabelle, I have helped to put together the City's
annual budget I understand that spending must
be kept to a reasonable level, yet we need to provide
the best possible services with the funds available.
I realize that once a budget is adopted, the
governmental body must live within that budget.

8) What are some of the recent budget The biggest problems are garbage and sewage. Budget issues that should carry a high priority are Some ofthe things which deserve attention are: our
items thatyou feel should bea priority road maintenance and construction, medical roads, our public library system, our animal control
yo treatment and health care facilities and beach and our recreational facilities.
in the county? erosion control and renourishment

9) According to 1990 census figures, What is poverty? It depends on where you live. This The only answer to the level of poverty in Franklin We need to work with the Chambers of Commerce
Franklin County ranked 66th out of is based on a money figure, which does not reflect is jobs. Efforts must be made to stimulate economic and the Economic Development Council to actively
Florida's 67 counties for the the true amount if you took the cash money which developmentand new, clean industries. These efforts seek clean industry for Franklin County. We also
oriease of faotiles w ro lhie inis paid and turned into payroll checks. I say take the could include tax exemption incentives and an need to work with the schools, colleges, etc. to
percentage of families who live in money we are spending on welfare and HRS and all advertising campaign. They should include school provide training or retraining for individuals for
poverty. How would you address this those programs and give it to the local governments and road improvements. Medicaltreatmentfacilities jobs which become available.
issue? and put these people to work. Welfare won't work, also require improvement. All of these attributes
has never worked and will never work. Put people are looked at closely by any industry considering
to work. This is the only answer. relocation.

10) According to 1990 census figures, The school system and parents are where this has The illiteracy rate should be addressed by the Our primaryfocus shouldbe onkeepingindividuals
46% of all individuals 18 years and to start. This is the problem. There is not one school board with assistance from the commission, in school. However, those who need help becoming
older do not have a high school or organization that can solve this problem. It takes a the state Department of Education and Volunteers. literate, can benefit by the local Literacy Volunteers
combined effort of all. The parents have to demand Continuing after-work-hours classes should be through the Franklin County Public Library system.
equivalency diploma. Local literacy qualified teachers and the earlier the education, the provided in both basic education and vocational These Volunteers have already accomplished much
providers estimate the county's more kids learn. training. Efforts should also be made to .obtain toward this goal.
functional illiteracy rate to be at least extension service education from nearby community
50%. How would you address this colleges using public facilities.
issue? What local organizations
would you collaborate with?

11) What is your knowledge of the The WINGS grant is a good answer toa bad problem, I am not familiar with the WINGS grant. The Wings Grantwas obtained through the Juvenfle
recently received WINGS grant? which is funded through state dollars, which should Justice Program. It will provide after-school
involve local government, assistance for young people ages 10-17 with the
goal of preventing drop outs. Those older persons
who need assistance getting their GED can be
helped through this program also. This grant will
be administered through our Public Library system.

12) What is your feeling on Emerald Coast You have two choices with Emerald Coast Hospital. I am concerned over the Hospital's accountability The Trammell Funds provided significant financial
Hospital's accountability of the Correct the problem or let it continue, for the Trammell Funds. If elected, I intend to look assistance to Emerald Coast Hospital. It appears,
controversial Trammell Funds? into the issue more fully. I am concerned over from information in the local newspapers, that they
ambulance service to the eastern end of the county. are providing necessary information the County
For some time I have noted serious delays and life regarding expenditure of the funds within Franklin
threatening failures occurring on a too-frequent County.

13) There has been much controversy To me, this law is too broad. If an official gets The Sunshine Law requires that whenever two or Simply stated, the Sunshine Law requires that any
over local officials violating the togetherwith others and makes ajudgementbefore more covered public officials meet to discuss two or more elected officials must advertise to the
Sunshine Law. Howwouldyou define they hear the case, this is wrong. But just casual business, the meeting must be properly advertised public and meet in a public forum to discuss or
unsneLaw. u you de e conversation. I have no problem with. in advance and open to the public. transact any business related to that elected
the Sunshine Law? position.

14) What is your solution to the evolving Overhaul the justice system. It is a Joke. If you The solution to the drug problem must come from We need increased public awareness of the drug
drug epidemic in Franklin County? correct the problem when they are juveniles, you a strong educational program, family involvement, problem through the various organizations
have no problems. As far as the adults, jail is not a church assistance and effective law enforcement. throughout the Communities of Franklin County,
hotel. Make ita punishment, not a pleasure to go to. 'This will take a commitment to get involved by the the DARE program in the public schools. After
school board, school administration, parent and school and weekend activities for young people and
teachers organizations, church groups, civic clubs, families would provide an alternative to involvement
county government and the sheriff. in drug and related activities.

15) Whatdo you know about the recently This is one of the solutions, not the answer. AD DADS is a good first step towards addressing An organization of concerned parents in
formed organization, MAD DADS Communityinvolvementisthe totalanswer.Without the drug problem (Men Against Drugs). If elected, I Apalachicola, initiated by Rev. White to provide
Chapter of Franklin County? both, neither one can service. intend to confer with MAD DADS to see how the activities and education for the prevention of drug
county might play a role along with others in abuse and violence. This type of organization, if
healing this wound. expanded throughout Franklin County, could help
to curb some of our drug problems.

16) How do you feel about Franklin
County's status on race relations?
Do you believe they need to be
improved? If so, how?

17) What can the county do to keep its
young talent within the county?

To me, this is one of the biggest problems facing the
United States today. There is nothing I can do about
what happened yesterday, but if I don't move on
with today, then there is a problem as long as have
the minorities have a crutch to lean on. But this
creates a problem. When you are leaning on your
crutch, some one will kick it out from you. To me,
the answer to this problem is to take and make
every person in the United States equal. The person
who is best qualified for the job would get it.

Franklin County is growing whether we like it or
not. We have to create jobs for our young high
school graduates. It is like the man said, "You have
three choices: lead, follow or get out of the way."

I recognize that Franklin County does have a race
problem in some areas. I believe all persons should
be treated fairly and equally and given equal
opportunity. I understand these problems are
occurring at times in our schools. I believe strict
standards of conduct should be established and
effectively and equally enforced in our schools. I
also believe that local churches should contribute
to improving relationships.

We can keep our young talent within the county by
providing career opportunities. This will require
economic development through new, clean

I am not aware of anyserious race relations problems
in Franklin County. However, communication and
cooperation are the only solutions to any race
relations problems which might arise.

We would have to work to provide good-payingJobs
and career opportunities within the County by
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Candidate Mosconis
Continued from page 5
6) Yes.

7) This year marks the 12th county budget I have
helped write. I understand how to set a budget and
stick to it. I also understand the peculiarities that
are incumbent to preparing a budget for the county.
Many of the county's expenses are mandated by the
state and the county has no control over them.
However, I have taken a firm stand on spending
controls in our budget process, even though this
has not been popularwith many four departments
within the county. It is my belief that one of the most
important duties of an elected official is to insure
that subtle tax money is spent in a most wise and
efficient manner.

Candidate Mosteller
Continued from page 5
Absolutely, however, we must carefully and wisely
monitor all facets of our county development. To
quote the late James Floyd, "One of God's greatest
gifts to the people of this area has to be the
Apalachicola River and Bay, the river delta, marshes
and barrier islands, the coastal beaches, timberland
and seafood. In his wisdom, the Almighty also
assigned the stewardship of this heritage to his
people. The management of this gift is an awesome
responsibility and not to be taken casually." This is
our charge to maintain this historical beauty in
the midst of inevitable development.

Candidate Dunaway
Continued from page 5
Yes, however, not everyone wants a tremendous
amount of development. Our small town charm Is
what draws many people here. Natural growth is
expected, but with careful planning and
enforcement, we can retain our history and our way
of life.

S_ I I I

I do have extensive knowledge of the budget process:
personally, church, employment and as a school
board member. And I do know to live within that
budget. I have witnessed both good and bad financial
actions of our county.

Each Department of the courthouse and each
group who feels they should be funded presents to
the board how much they feel they need to run their
offices. It is the board's job to check and verify their
needs and see if it can be worked into the budget,
keeping the overall amount in mind to keep taxes

Candidate Varnes
Continued from page 5
It would be a shame to destroy the historical sites
and homes of Franklin County. They need to be
beautiful and renovated with the utmost care. The
marshlands, rivers, beaches and etc., that have
been set by mother nature should exist as they are.

I'm aware that each officer submits a budget The
clerk finance office prepares a budget and complies
with a budget requestbook. They schedule a meeting
for each individual budget request. At the meeting,
they receive the line items, then decide whether to
cut it or let it go through.

8) There are many worthy causes in the county that Our infrastructure must be improved and The whole budget should be a priority. That's the All budget items should be received with equal
deserve funding, but the Franklin County Board of maintained. Any item that affects the motivation, taxpayers money being spent and each dollar is as attention.
County Commissioners has a limited budget and prosperity, quality of life and well being of the important as the next one.
cannot give everybody everything they ask for, but citizens of Franklin County is always a priority.
certainly recreational opportunities for our young
people is high on my list of priorities.

9) Florida is not the most desirable location for This is a rather deplorable statistic. However, Poverty is always a real issue. That's all the more I thinkwe need to getverybusyto see thatFranklin
industries seeking locations to go to. Georgia and Franklin County Is not the desolate, cultural reason for the leaders of the county to bring more County, with its hard-working citizens, obtain a
Alabama are doing a much better job attracting new wasteland that this may indicate. The solution lies jobs into our area. higher percentage by promoting other Industry
industries. Even though Florida is lagging behind in motivation, education and economic development. here without hurting our existing seafood Industry.
as a state, the county commission is still diligently
seeking good, clean business. I have encouraged
economic development and diversification in
Franklin County so people can acquire Jobs that
paya good salary. An example would be the Franklin
Work Camp which is compatible with Apalachicola
Bay and offers career opportunities for our citizens.

10) This is a problem that everyone needs to address It starts with the individual, who must feel the need I feel the school system would be the first. This Once an area is in a socioeconomic system, it is
and got involved with. Programs are in place for and want for an education. We must somehow problem needs to be stopped before the person gets hard to break the cycle. As a parent, we should
people toupgrade theireducation. Everyone should instill this into our citizens, to motivate them, to out of the school system. We need to put our stress the need for a good education. We need to
make an effort to encourage students to stay in educate them to the need. There is probably no resources together and see if there's any help we collaborate with the volunteer reading program,
school in order to have a more productive life. organization locally or otherwise that should be can give the school system to accomplish this goal. our library and adult educational classes.
overlooked to collaborate with for a solution the
individual, parents, families, churches, schools,
civic clubs/groups, chambers, government all
organizations and citizens are affected. No one is
exempt from this mammoth problem.

11) The Wings Grant is a grant received by the Franklin The Wings Grant helps fund the Wings Program, The Wings Grant was awarded to the Franklin It is a state grant that serves children 10-17 years.
County Public Library from the Juvenile Justice which is an interagency partnership program County Library system by the Juvenile Justice Itprovides after-school activities, computer training
Department to establish computer centers and between the Franklin County Public Library System, Department. They have after school tutoring and teen counselors. It's federally approved and
after-school tutors in the public libraries in the the Franklin County Public Schools, the Franklin programs for children with learning disabilities and involves everyone in the community.
county. This will be for children from 10 to 17 years County Sheriffs' Department, and the Department classes in computer knowledge. This willbe in three
old. The purpose is to have a place for children to go of Health and Rehabilitative Services, Juvenile locations, the Carrabelle and Eastpoint branch of
once they get out of school in the afternoon, to keep Justice. The Goal of the "Wings" program is t the Franklin County Library and the Holy Family
the children out of trouble, to get the children used provide comprehensive approachto the prevention, Center.
to going to the library and to help those children intervention and response to juvenile crime ini
who have alreadydropped out of school prepare for Franklin County. The primary goal will be to
theirGED. I thinkitis a commendable program and positively impact the self-esteem, life and social
look forward to its success, skills, literacy level, family stability and scholastic
motivation of the youth target group.

12) A new administration took over in the hospital The rules or lack of rules for administering these I believe they should be accountable. We all want I haven't been in a position to know much about it
about the same time the Trammell Funds became funds seem to be very poorly done. All public the hospital to prosper and by everyone working at this point I'm only aware that the hospital
available. So far, the new administration has been monies must be fully accounted for, both by the together, we can makeitbetterforFranklin County. receives the funds and uses them attheirdiscretion.
very responsive to the county's concerns. administrator and the recipient I feel that all public In a rural area as we are living in, a hospital is very
funds awarded to Franklin County should benefit important.
Franklin County.

13) Tomyknowledge, thathasn'tbeenaproblemon the The Sunshine Law is Government in the Sunshine The Sunshine Law requires that meetings of My definition of the Sunshine Law is when two
Board of County Commissioners. The law is very in full view of the public. This also applies to all governmental agencies be open to the public with elected officials meet to conspire over an issue.
clear that when two or more commissioners get extensions of a governmental entity. reasonable access to records of such proceedings.
together to discuss business, they have to do it
openly and in public.

14) Franklin County provides funds for the DARE We should support educational programs such as Manypeople have become complacentaboutdrugs. I believe parents, citizens and law enforcement
program which is taught in our public schools, the Wings Program, MAD DADS, Dare Bears and We need to overhaul these thoughts; our judicial need to establish a unified front against drug
Education and job opportunities are the key to other fine educational programs. system, Judges, prosecutors, judges, etc. need to dealers. The new MAD DADS program recently
overcoming the drug problem. take a firm stand and give stiffer penalties and. formed in Apalachicola is a great beginning.
enforce them. On a county level, we need to help our Education is also an important solution to this
local law enforcement in any way we can. Better program. Our county is fortunate to have the DARE
education is a plus here, also. program taught in the school system. If we educate
people regarding the final outcome of a life of drug
abuse, then hopefullytheywouldbe sowell informed
that they would have no doubt about refusing that
first experience with drugs.

15) From what I understand, MAD DADS is a group of The issues addressed by MAD DADS are what the It's a group of citizens that want to help children. It's a nation wide organization focusing on drugs,
responsible adults that have come together in letters stand for; Men (women are also invited to MAD DADS, Men Against Destruction, Drugs and alcohol and crime. This program allows parents
Apalachicola to try to deal with the drug problem participate) against destruction, drugs and disorder Disorder in Society. and law enforcement to meet and discuss drug
and I support and salute them in their efforts. in society. problems and, hopefully, find a solution to at least
some of them.

16) I have not observed any race relations problems in In most areas, race relations seem to be improved. I feel the key to any relation is the ability to listen. There are not an overwhelming amount of problems
Franklin County. However, there is plenty of room for improvement. compared to other counties.
We should all, whatever our race, treat each other
with more brotherly love and tolerance toward one

17) We can work to create a favorable business
environment where good paying Jobs are created to
provide employment opportunities for the people of
Franklin County.

Employment opportunities in technical fields are
very limited in Franklin County. In order to retain
our youth who choose these type and other
professional career fields, we must provide Jobs for
them. With the bay obviously overworked and
declining we must attract new industry; new,
clean industry that is compatible with our historic
Franklin County.

Better education, recreation and job opportunities.
This is what we need to offer our Young people. They
are the leaders of tomorrow.

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Respond to Questions Submitted by the Chronicle

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Will Kendrick



1) What are


School Board
District 2

My qualifications are as follows:
I am the Treasurer and Past
President of the Carrabelle High
School Band Boosters, Member
of the Carrabelle PTO. In
addition to serving as Chairman
of the Franklin County School
Board since November 1992, I
have served as our Board Liaison
to the Small County Consortium
Council, I was chosen by the
Commissioner of Education to
serve as a member of the Florida
Department of Education
Textbook committee for two
separate textbook selection
I feel my experience as Vice
President Office Manager of
the Carrabelle Office ofGulfState
Bank, where I have employed
since 1981, has given me the
opportunity to gain a lot of useful
skills and knowledge to help me
understand most of the financial
information that is supplied to
the School Board.

Mike Mock
School Board
District 2

I am a graduate of our school
system. I understand the areas
that need upgrading in our
system. Through working with
with public, I am constantly
aware of the concerns and needs
of our students and parents. My
commitment is to make a
difference for our children and
an eager willingness to work

William Wagoner
School Board
District 4

I am a World War II veteran, a
former teacher and an
experienced school board
member. I am a college graduate
with a Masters Degree in
Education. My ability to listen to
people and maintain a friendly
manner helps me to work with
people and within the school
system to benefit our students.

Michele Belsen
School Board
District 4

Several of my life experiences
help qualify me for a position on
the school board. I am a small
business person and a
communityvolunteer. I majored
in Journalism at the University
of Kansas and started my work
life as a reporter. I was also a
professional recruiter. I found
talented, qualified people with
good jobs and enticed them to
move to Springfield, Missouri or
Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Jimmy Gander
School Board
District 4

I am a graduate of the Franklin
County School System. I have
anAssoclates ofArts Degree from
Chipola Junior College and a
Bachelors of Science Degree from
the University of West Florida. I
have been in private business in
Franklin County all of my adult
life. I have first hand knowledge
and experience in understanding
and following budgeting
procedures as well as experience
in working with people. I have
been a member of the Franklin
County Board of Adjustments
since It was formed and served
two years as Chairman. I served
as a Director of the Chamber of

2) How doyou assess the All school systems have it's Proportionately, students who We have a very healthy school Bluntly, the schools need some There is always room for
state of formal good points and weaknesses. I graduate from Franklin County system that operates on a tight help. Our test scores have been improvement and we should
education in Franklin am pleased that we have been schools are just as, if not more, budget. The schools, by working disappointing, to say the least. continuously strive to improve
able to provide class sizes that successful than students who with parents and othermembers We have a problem with the quality of education in
County? are some of the lowest in the graduate from larger schools; of the communities, are dropouts. And I see too many Franklin County, academically
state. Also, our drop out rate is therefore, I consider the state of preparing our students to have kids who aren't challenged, as well as vocationally.
one of the lowest in the state. formal education in Franklin successful careers. I'mproud of aren't interested and don't
While at the same time we are County to be equal to educational our schools. The success ofmany achieve even a small portion of
able to hire a lot of people who systems around us. former students indicates that what they could potentially
are from Franklin County. the school system is providing achieve. We must find a way to
the opportunity for students to let the teachers teach the kids
gain the skills necessary to who have come to learn.
become productive citizens.

3) There is controversy as I feel that it starts at home. But Today, usually both parents The school system and the family The school system, the family The blame would have to be
to whether the school we must realize the reason for work and it is difficult for them should work together and unitandthecommunltyallneed shared. We as a parents of
system or the family the decline in the amount of to spend extra time on support each other. I believe the to provide support, attention and students have a definite
unit iis not vidin instruction that a student academics; but over the last two schools should foster parental positive reinforcement for responsibility to provide
unit is not providing receives at home and try to decades an increasing number involvement in the education of academic development for adequate attention to the
adequate attention to educate them accordingly. of Franklin County students are each student The strength of children and adults, too. We are academic upbringing. The school
the academic attending vocational schools, the family unit is an extremely all like a team of horses. The system on the other hand has a
upbringingofFranklin As more and more parents are colleges or enlisting in the importantpartofourcommunity schools should be the lead horse,, responsibility to make sure that
County's children. having to both work, we must military, and contributes to the success but the group can only go as fast all students are able to take
t' realize this and dealwith it. There of the school system. The school as the slowest horse. Rather than advantage of every o rtunity
What is your opinion? are some things that a parent system and the family are not in argue about which horse is available to them an at every
can help with and this is letting competition with each other. but slowest, maybe we should each opportunity possible is made
the teachers know that they are on the same team. see what can be done to move available.
support them more. the whole team along.

4) What is your response I feel that the violence in the Because we have a violent Any incident that disrupts the The simple answer to the penalty School board policy should be
to the outbreak of schools thatwe have experienced society, I think today that at any educational programs of for belng caught with a weapon clear and precise. If a law is
violence in Franklin is a situation of the time when young people are students is undesirable. When is to suspend the kid. but then violated, thenthoseviolatingthe
administration not reacting in a together, there is a chance for these incidents ofviolence occur, we have a child with a weapon law should be prosecuted. Ifthe
Countyschools?What timely manner. Discipline, as I violence. As to penalties for they should be controlled loose in the community. We'd Student Code of Conduct is
penalty do you feel mentioned earlier has to be given weapons, I think that each immediately for the protection have.made the school safer, but violated, then those violated It
should be assessed for out fairly and must be given out circumstance needs to be looked and safety of all students and we've just moved the problem to should be dealt with equally
those caught with a quickly. Otherwise, you soon at on an individual basis while staff. Based upon facts, those the next block. If a child has a regardless of who they are. I
weapon of any kind? start feeling the ripple affect, taking into consideration the the found to be responsible for the gun, that violates state laws. In don't believe "getting caught is
Once in this situation,you find students' past history and the violence should be punished in that case, I would favor pressing punishment enough."
yourself having to put out fires Franklin County Code of accordance with the law and charges and turning the child
and you can never get them.all Conduct. rules, even if It means expulsion over to the judicial system.
out at one time. from school. I support zero Pocket knives can be totally
tolerance for weapons on harmless or deadly. I would
Should astudentbe caughtwith campus. The penalty for attempt to know the
a weapon in or around school, I possession of a weapon should differenceandwould favor harsh
feel that they should punished be severe enough (expulsion, if penalties for aggressive acts by
to the fullest extent of the law, necessary) to prevent future students, whetherwith fists or a
regardless of who they are. incidents. pocket knife.

5) What educational
organizations are
doing a good job in
Franklin County?

Outside the school system we
have two very fine organizations
that come to my mind first. The
Franklin County Public Library
and also the Literacy Program.

Continued on page 9

The two educational
organizations that I am familiar
with are Literacy Volunteers of
America and the Franklin
County Library. Literacy
Volunteers of America has
provided many services for
adults in our community and
students in our schools in the
area of reading. The Franklin
County Library provides story
time, computer skills and a
variety of activities for all of
Franklin County.

Continued on page 9

I feel we are fortunate to have
man educational systems doing
goodlobs in our county. I'm most
familiar with the public school
system, which I think does a
good job. Through our school
system's cooperative
agreements, I'm aware that there
are numerous organizations and
volunteers are two examples of
community programs that
provide good educational
services. Also, the churches in
our County have educational
programs that are very important
to the communities they serve.

Continued on page 9

Mypersonal favorite is the public
libraries. The new countysystem
has the potential to offer a lot to
the schools and the community.
Literacy programs, story hours
and special programs all
increase learning; notto mention
all the wonderful books. the new
WINGS Juvenile Justice grant
has the potential to do great
things. Jane Cox, the local
literacy coalition coordinator,
has done a wonderful job
matching kids at risk or just
behind or with a special
challenges with tutors that make
the difference between success
and failure.
Continued on page 9

They all should be commended
and supported. We as parents
need to become more involved in
all the organizations that are
working toward a better
education for our youth.

Continued on page 9

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6) What is your
knowledge of Chapter
One funds? How
should the School
Board respond to the
recent decline in
Chapter One funding?



7) What educational
volunteer work have
you done in Franklin
County? Explain.

Candidate Kendrick
Continued from page 8
Chapter One funds are similar
to our State Categorical funds
that we receive. With the only
exception that these funds are
from the Federal level to assist
students with difficulty in special
areas such as Reading and Math.
The shortage of funding is an
area that has somewhat been
misrepresented. The districtwas
aware the shortage of funding
was going to occur last year.
This was a reduction spread over
a two year period. However, I feel
that the district staff has done
an excellent job in reorganizing
the Chapter One locally to
equalize it out.

My educational volunteer work
has evolved around those
organizations that I am active
However, as a Board Member I
make frequent trips to the
schools in the district. I feel that
each Board Member has a school
in their immediate area and I
feel that each Board Member
does a good job at bringing to the
other Board Members attention
the things that occur in and
around these schools. An
example of this could be seen at
the last regular meeting, where I
commended Mr. Wooten and his
staff for an outstanding Job that
they had done in preparation of
the new school year.

Candidate Mock
Continued from page 8
I am aware that Chapter One
funds provide much needed
remedial services in reading and
math for students who score at
a certain level on CTBS test. I
feel the board should assess the
needs of the students and overall
program requirements, look at
the systems ability to assist with
funding and do whatever it has
the ability to do.

Candidate Wagoner
Continued from page 8
As a school system, we must live
within our available funding
levels. While we pursue
additional funding. The recent
cuts inChapter I funds allocated
to Franklin County are a major
concern. We have managed to
maintain a quality Chapter 1
program, but if the trend of
diminishing funding continues,
It will become increasingly
difficult to continue with the
program, as we know it. I support
lobbying efforts to increase state
and federal funding for our

I ,I

For six years, I have worked as a
resource speaker for career
education. I have worked at
career days. I've volunteered on
days off to work at Carrabelle
High School. I have assisted in
the weight room.

In the area of athletics, I
organized Apalachicola's first
little league baseball, served as
its president and later was
instrumental in the building of
the ball field at Battery Park
(with help from other in the
community). As a member of the
Florida High School Coaches
Association, I have served on the
board of directors as well as the
state football and state baseball
committees. Civic volunteerwork
has been through active
membership in organizations
such as the Lion's Club,
American Legion, Junior
Chamber of Commerce and
special Olympics. I have
coordinated the paper sales for
the Shriners ofApalachicola and
have worked with the Red Cross
as a collector of donations.

Candidate Belsen
Continued from page 8
Unfortunately, my knowledge of
Chapter One funding is limited.
We have a moral obligation to
provide certain services to our
students, regardless of state
funding formulas. And we can't
ask regular classroom teachers
to take on additional special
education burdens.

I am a trained literacy volunteer
and I have spent time tutoring
adults at the Franklin County
jail and served as Coordinator
for the Family Reading Program.
I am on the Apalachicola High
School Site Council and the
writing committee thatwrote the
plan that complies with the
Blueprint 2000 guidelines. I
demonstrate handweaving at
local schools and festivals and I
am the new Brownie Troop

Candidate Gander
Continued from page 8
Chapter one funds are federal
funds. These funds are used to
remediate or help students who
are below average in reading and

None of the volunteer work I
have done has been directly in
the field of education.

8) It was stated by Board I feel that Mr. Speed is correct Research shows that all kids I feel we have an excellent I don't care if teachers are black I believe we should hire the most
Member Willie Speed that we need to recruit more need good role models of their recruitment plan and support or white or green or purple, qualified people available.
that Franklin County minorityteachers, howeveritwas own. I think that we have to hire the implementation of It. With Franklin County currently has Whether or not they are a
discovered in that same meeting the person who can help our the continued implementation hard time keeping an adequate minority should not be a
schools do not have that he was not really concerned students most. of this plan, this matter should number of good teachers! With criterion for hiring.
an adequate amount about minority teachers, he no longer be an issue. an unbiased recruiting and
of minority teachers. singled out a particular section retention process, the Issue of
Do you feel this is an of minority teachers, racial balance would, hopefully,
issue? resolve itself.

9) Do you feel that the
Franklin County high
schools should be

The consolidation issue is one
that has been around for a long
time. Shortly after becoming a
member of this Board, we formed
a committee to look at the
possibility of consolidation. At
that time I supported the issue
and still today I support it,
however there questions on both
sides on the issue.
Consolidation would certainly
help to enhance our curriculum
and offer awider choice of college
prep courses on a regular basis.

I would represent the voters of
my district and consider their
opinions on the consolidation

Before the decision is made
regarding consolidation, a specific
plan would need to be submitted
to the people of Franklin County
for a vote.

After the study several years
ago, I agreed with the findings
that a consolidated high school
would provide a richer academic
and social environment and
would benefit the students. That
study is now out of date, but I
feel the question should be
looked into again.

There was a committee
appointed by the school board
to make a study on
consolidation. This committee,
after many monthly meetings,
recommended consolidation. To
my knowledge, no action has
been taken on the
recommendation. This is a very
important issue which will
require extensive long term
planning. Should the board
decide to consolidate, decisions
should be based on what is best
for our children, not political
motives or personal gains.

Brief Profiles: Candidates Lanark

Village W & S District

By CarolAnn Hawkins
Carl N. Bailey, born 1 December
1909 in Lima, Ohio, is the
incumbent in the up-coming
election for Lanark Village Water
and Sewer District Commissioner.
Carl was among the first three
commissioners elected to serve
when the District was created in
1973 by the Board of County
Commissioners of Franklin
County. John Zegler was the first
chairman of the newly-created
district Carl assumed the position
of Chairman of the Lanark Village
Water & Sewer Utility Board in
1973 and holds that position
today, 21 years later.
Carl, who served three years, six
months and 18 days in the United
States Navy Air Corps during
World War II, retired in January
1973 from an engineering position
with Dalton, Dalton, Little,
NewportArchitects and Engineers,
Cleveland, Ohio, his employerfrom
1966 to 1973. From 1954 up to
his retirement, he worked in
engineering positions for various
firms. He also held managerial
positions with different
contractors in various locations
across the nation, including the
Watergate Apartment Complex in
Washington, D.C.; the Titan
Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
Program in Denver, Colorado; and
the Atomic Energy Commission in
Weldon Springs, Missouri.
Carl and his wife, Zelma, live in
Lanark Village.
CharlesJ. Delille, abachelor, who
is seeking to fill one of the three
water commissioner positions for
the Lanark Village Water & Sewer
District, was born in 1921 in
Galliploice, Ohio, where he grew
up on a farm. He attended high
school and also took some college
courses at Rio Grande, Ohio. He
worked in insurance for a while,
then became a paralegal for
Worker's Compensation at
Columbus, Ohio, retiring in 1979
after 28 years.
Charles has lived in Lanark Village
since he purchased property there
in 1987, but he visited the
community long before that and
was attracted to the area by the
beaches, the water, the forests,
and the low population. He also
owns property in Paco County,
Several factors led him to enter
the race for Water Commissioner
in the LVW&SD. One is to make
sure that, according to the
ordinances on file, Lanark Village
residents receive the services they
are entitled to. "Any ordinances of

the Lanark Village Water & Sewer
District should be heard and voted
on by the people, not just three or
four people." He wants to make
sure that the people who live in
Lanark Village "have a voice" in
matters that concern them as
residents and as customers who
pay for water and sewer services
provided by the District Charles
said he would, if elected, require
according to the ordinance, that
"about a dozen people on the Gulf
side," who he says have not yet
paid the fee for sewer hook-up, as
other residents have had to do,
pay the required fee.
Jack Garrison (Jack E. Garrison)
"...We're not going to be
expanding at the expense of
Lanark Village people."
Jack Garrison first came to Lanark
Village in 1988. His parents had
lived in the Village since 1967. In
1993, Jack moved permanently
to the area. Born in 1933 in
Cleveland, Ohio, where he grew
up, he played high school football
and took commercial courses. He
served in the United States Navy
from 1951 1955 and married
during that time. After his
discharge from service, he moved
to York, Pennsylvania. In 1961,
he went to work for the U.S. Postal
Service as a clerk, and over the
years progressed from clerk to
carrier, from carrier to supervisor
and on to branch manager; finally,
he worked as Postmaster in
Dallastown, Pennsylvania, where
he retired in 1988. His son,
William, resides in Redlion,
Jack said that one of the reasons
he's running for one of the three
positions of Water Commissioner
for the Lanark Village Water &
Sewer District relates back to the
installation of the new sewer
system. "Rates went up 27.5%. If
I'm elected, we're not going to be
expanding at the expense of
Lanark Village people."
Jim Lawlor (James J. Lawlor, Sr.)
"There's no representation of
the people."
Jim Lawlor was born in Bronx,
New York in 1933, where he was
raised. He served stateside in the
United States Air Force (1950 -
1954), where he learned printing.
He was in charge of printing and
buying at St. Vincent Hospital in
New York City (Manhattan) for 33
years. He and his wife, Carole,
have a combined total of 10
children-James, Jr., Carmel New
York; Robert, Chicago; Karen,
Denver; Dianne, Elizabeth and

Deborah, Marlboro, New York;
Vincent, Newberg, New York;
Veronica ("Ronnie"), Vaughn, and
Nancy, Marlboro New York.
Some of the reasons Jim is running
for one of the three positions of
Water Commissionerofthe Lanark
Village Water & Sewer District are
that he. feels "There's no
representation of the people." Jim
said thatmanyresidents ofLanark
Village live on Social Security
benefits and are "doing without,
food" in order to pay their water &
sewer bills. Jim feels that
commissioners are "there to serve,
guide, work things out," and he
hopes to be nominated, basically,'
"for the idea of bringing the voice
back to the people." He feels that
one reason the District is in debt
now is because it "went into 1994
with a 1992-93 Budget"
Kenneth Phillip Shiver
"...Lack of access to public
Phil Shiver was born in Pompano,
Florida (now Pompano Beach) in
1934, where he lived all his live
except for 3V2 years in the United
States Navy (1952- 1954),
stationed mostly in Pensacola. He
played football at Pompano
(Beach) High School. He retired
after 23 years (1960 1983) with

the City of Pompano Beach,
beginning as a fireman and retiring
as Assistant Fire Chief. He and
his wife, Dolores, have four
children-Phill II, in New York;
Laurie in Ft. Lauderdale; and Bart
& Matt, both in Pompano Beach.
He moved to Lanark Village
"hoping to get a few years without
hearing the construction of pile
drivers constructing highrises."
Phil said he primarily got into the
race for one of the three positions
of Water Commissioner for the
Lanark Village Water & Sewer
District for environmental
reasons, but now his reasons have
branched out into many different
areas, including the indebtedness
of the District, uncontrolled
growth of the community, and the
powerlessness of voters in the
District. Phil said he feels that an
elected Board representing Lanark
Village residents should not
borrow money or accept any
Grants "without approval of the
voters." He stated that the present
Board got a Poverty Interest Rate
loan from the Farmers Home
Administration (FhMA), then made
an agreement that caused water
& sewer rates to go up. He also
feels there is a "lack of access to
public records" kept in the
administrative office in the Village,
and he would like to make these
public documents readily available
upon request.

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Tanark Village Water and Sewer District;

Created by Franklin County

Commissioners in 1973: A Brief History

(Information obtained from
letter dated 28 April 1994
from Florida House of
Representatives, F. Allen
Boyd, Jr., Representative,
10th District. Used by
(Retyped by Carol Ann Hawkins;
all "NOTES:" by Carol Ann
The Lanark Village Water & Sewer
Utility Board was created by the
Board of County Commissioners
of Franklin County in 1973. The
Board is an Independent Special
District, created by the County
Commissioners, meaning that any
changes in its structures, powers,
or duties should originate from
within the County. The following is
a brief description of the history of
the .Utility Board.
In 1973, the Board of County
Commissioners of Franklin
County authorized an election in
Lanark Village for the purpose of
creating a water and sewer utility
board. The Lanark Village Water
and Sewer Utility Board was
created pursuantto Section 153.3,
Florida Statutes. This section
allows local governments to create
special districts if the need arises:
Board ofCounty Commissioners
of any county may establish one
or more districts as it shall in its
discretion determine to be
necessary in the public interest
Any such district shall consist.
of only unincorporated
contiguous areas of such
county, comprising part but not
all of the areas of such county.
As used herein, "Unincorporated
Areas" shall mean all lands
outside of the incorporated
boundaries of towns, cities, or
other municipalities of the state,
whether existing under the
general law or special act, and
shall include any lands, areas,
orpropertywithin the district of
any special tax districts, school
district, or any other public
corporations or bodies politic of
any nature whatsoever, except
"After the voters of the area
approved the creation of a utility
board, the Board of County
Commissioners of Franklin
County passed an ordinance
creating the LVW&S UtilityBoard.
Chapter 153, Florida Statutes,'
specifies that Property Owners in
Lanark Village elect a governing
body for the UtilityBoard. In 1973,
the residents of Lanark Village
elected three members to serve on
the governing body of the Utility
Board." (Note: The results of the
16 October 1973 election,
canvassed by the Board of County.
Commissioners of Franklin
County, Florida, were declared to
be: Carl N. Bailey, 178 votes; Alex
A. Wood, 177 votes; and John A.
Zegers, 176 votes. Zegers was the
Utility Board's first Chairman.)
"The powers and duties of the
Utility Board are set in the
ordinance passed by the Board of
County Commissioners of
Franklin County. The enabling
ordinance authorized the Utility
Board to create its own ordinances
to set water and sewer rates,
establish its own rules to operate
under, and levy taxes and fees as
"The principal sources of funding
for the Utility Board are the fees it
assesses for services and loans
and grants from the Farmers Home
Administration (FmHA), under the
U. S. Department of Agriculture.
Recently, the Utility Board
expanded its sewage treatment
plant to serve residents living along
the Gulf of Mexico. These residents
could no longer use septic tanks,
because the Apalachicola Baywas
designated anAreaofCritical State
Concern, which imposed
regulations on the types of land
uses around the Bay. To help pay
for the expansion, the Utility Board
passed an amendment raising
monthly rates and fees. The Utility
Board also levied a one-time fee to
all those residents being connected
to the system. (Note: The Water &
Sewer Ordinance, Ordinance
Number Nine, promulgates the
rates to be charged for use of the
outlines means of enforcing
payment for such service,
promulgates requirements for
connecting, sets up maintenance
requirements, prohibits free
service, and details penalties for
violations. Section 2 of the
ordinance states: "No connection
or connections shall be required
where said sewer or line is more
than 200 feet from such lot or
parcel of land" upon which a
"transmobile or permanent
structure is now situated or shall
hereafter be situated for
residential, commercial, or
industrial use." Section 2 states
that owners of the above described

"shall connect or cause such
buildings to be connected... within
two months following notification
to do so by the Administrator of
the District.") "Both of these
actions (of raising monthly rates
and fees and the levying of a one-
time fee to all those residents being
connected to the system)fell within
the scope of powers granted to the
Lanark Village Water & Sewer

Utility Board by the Board
of County Commissioners of
Franklin County."
Current Status
Carl Bailey was elected as the
UtilityBoard's Chairman in 1973,
and he continues to serve in that
capacity today.
"The Utility Board is currently
experiencing some financial
problems, related to recent
lawsuits. When the sewage
treatment plant was expanded,
the Utility Board contracted with
a company [T & A Utilities
Construction] to install new pipes
and fittings. The installation,
however, was done improperly,
and the pipes had to be reinstalled.
The company that installed the
pipes for the treatment plant [T &

AJ is suing the Utility Board
because it did not pay for the
reinstallation of the pipes."
(Note: The Utility Board, in turn,
has filed acountersuitagainstT&
A. Decision is pending and involves
over $50,000.)
In Summary
"In summary, the Utility Board is
a creation of the Board of County
Commissioners ofFranklin County,
and the Legislature has limited
control over its daily operations.






Commissioner Jim Phillips

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and perhaps humorous "profile" of personalities and
events which illuminate many lives in this area, and
would otherwise go unreported without the keen
observations of Carol Hawkins. We think you might agree.

By Carol Ann Hawkins
A U.S. Coast Guard officer received a verbal hand-spanking from
Carrabelle City Commissioner Jim Phillips at City Hall on 1 August
because the Guard had gotten a little behind on its annual rent
payments for the dock it leases from the City. About 40 years behind,
to be exact, according to Phillips' calculations. But don't get excited,
fellow citizens of Carrabelle. We're not anywhere near receiving a big
windfall of funds from the military, because the lease agreement,
signed in 1951 (according to Charles Lee Daniels), stipulates that the
annual lease payment to the City amounts to a grand total of one
dollar. So Uncle Sam is about $43 behind. But when the public
whipping was all over, Chief Brian J. Donahue, Officer in Charge, U.S.
Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team, Panama City, agreed that the
the Guard will send the City a $50 arrears check and ask for another
year's lease.
Donahue appeared before commissioners to request what the City's
intentions were for the property (located near Poteet Seafood) upon
expiration of the "current" lease.
Phillips, with a smile on his face and a bittersweet look in his eyes,
calmly told Donahue that he remembered when the City leased the
property to the Coast Guard. "There was going to be abuoy tender here,
with about 25 personnel, an economic shot in the arm," Phillips said.
"We've been waiting for that ever since they leased that property back
in '59 or ' a dollar a year." [Daniels told Phillips the year was
'56..."ho, '51."]
"So we've collected all of about, what, $40...over the last 40 years, for
that property? And I don't think Uncle Sam, anywhere, can get rent
that cheaply" Over the loud laughter that erupted in the meeting room,
Donahue kiddingly replied, That's why we like it" Still smiling,
Phillips told the officer, "I bet you do. Meanwhile, we're still waiting on
the buoy tender and the 25 personnel."
Phillips said his understanding is that the lease had already ended
because the City advised the Coast Guard about a year ago that the
City wanted to break the contract, "and we wanted you to move."
Phillips said the contract calls for 30 days notification from either
"So, in effect, correct me if I'm wrong, right now the Coast Guard has
a presence there that's not costing us anything," Donahue said
ashamedly. To which Phillips replied, "That's pretty much what's been
going on for 40 years."
When Phillips was informed by a commissioner that the City did
receive a payment from the Coast Guard, Phillips said, "Yeah, and we
sent it back." Phillips was then told that the City did send the payment
back, but the coast Guard sent it again. "Well, we need to send it back
to them," Phillips said.

Commissioner James "Buz" Putnal said that he doesn't want the Coast
Guard to think that the City of Carrabelle is "booting the Coast Guard
out" Putnal then mentioned that the Marine Patrolis in the process
of moving from their location on Marine Street, to Timber Island. "I'd
like the Coast Guard to stay here, and maybe be located on that side
of the river. "Putnal told the officer that he didn'twanthim to leave with
the impression that the City would like to see the Coast Guard get out
of town. Phillips then interjected with a laugh, "However, don't expect
a dollar-a-year lease"
Donahue told Phillips "that's ludicrous and the Coast Guard doesn't
expect the City to do that." Phillips asked the soft-spoken and polite
officer if he would consider it "ludicrous" for the Coast Guard to send
the City a $50 check and ask for another year's lease. Donahue
described Phillips' offer as "a golden opportunity" to "fix" the problem
and "address the future."
"While you may not see us [his unit] in here often, this is a very
important place for us, not Just for storing material; but, after we've
been out three or four days, 'We're tired; we've got someplace to tie
up...we like to come here." Donahue told commissioners that the Coast
Guard was under the understanding that they didn't have to make a
new agreement, and that he will address this matter to his commanding
officer. The military representative admitted that there has been "gross
miscommunications from New Orleans, Miami, and the Mobile area
Phillips said the City has sent letters to the Coast Guard but has not
received any reply other than a $50 check. Donahue told commissioners
to "please not hesitate to start any inquiries" through his office if they
have a question, a problem, or think there is a mispropriety.
"I'm not wanting to force you out," Phillips told Donahue. "but we
would like to see you relocate somewhere else under a new agreement,
a new lease." Donahue requested that the City of Carrabelle extend
some options to the Coast Guard, and those options would be looked
at and the Coast Guard would move accordingly. Commissioners
thanked Donahue for attending the meeting.

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By Wayne Childers
This fortification was built as one
of several in 1719 and 1720.
During that period, Spanish and
French rivalry for control of the
Gulf Coast intensified and then
erupted into open warfare with
the beginning of the War of the
Quadruple Alliance in Europe.
In the early part of 1718, the
French Council of the Marine,
ordered Jean Baptiste LeMoyne,
Sieur de Bienville, the founder of
Mobile, to occupy the St. Joseph's
Bay. The reason for this was that
the channel leading into Mobile
Bay and to Dauphin Island had
been closed by a recent hurricane.
At that time this bay and all of
West Florida from the Ochlockonee
River to Mobile Bay, was a part of
The bay had been occupied by the
Spanish in late 1700 or early 1701.
Don Andres de Arriola, Governor
of Pensacola, had, sent the
engineer, Don Juan de Siscara,
with twenty-five men to build a
lookout on St Joseph's Peninsula
and a village of sorts on the
mainland. Later, some of the
Christian Chacato Indians from
the Marianna region were settled
there to hunt deer and buffalo to
supply the Spaniards there and in
Pensacola with meat.
At some point, it appears that a
fort of sorts was constructed on
St. Joseph's Peninsula. However,
in August of 1704, with the
destruction ofthe missions around
Tallahassee, the Spanish had
evacuated the area and moved the
soldiers to Santa Rosa.
Bienville was familiar with the
area and had sent reports about it
to France. He had sent Joseph
Belinda there in 1703 to lure the
Chacatos to Mobile where they
settled on the site of present day
Mobile on the Dog River. He was
well aware that this was not a
good spot for a depot nor was it a
good entry point into the uplands
of the Lower South.
Therefore, Bienville was not at all
happy about this order but he did
send his brother, Antoine
LeMoyne, Sieur de Chateauguay,
to build a fort on St. Joseph's Bay.
Chateauguay did so, building a
'wooden stockade with four
Sbastionsa and five cannons-
somewhere near present day Palm
Point in St. Joseph's Bay and
leaving it garrisoned with a
commander and fifty men. He
named it Fort Crevecoeur or Fort
Broken heart, supposedlybecause
someone was killed while it was
being built.
In the first part of May of 1718,
Captain Juan Manuel de Roldan,
Lieutenant GovernorofPensacola,
found out what the French were
doing. He spotted a French ship
anchored inside St. Joseph's Bay
and stopped to inquire what she
was doing there. Chateauguay,
who was in command ofthevessel,
lied to him, telling him that he had
been sailing from Dauphin Island
for the Mississippi River when a
storm had hit him and he had
only stopped in the bay to make
Roldan did not believe him and
anchored his boat in St. Andrew's
Bay, from where he sent out two
scouts. These reported back that
there were about fifty Frenchmen
on shore erecting a stockade, huts
and a trading station. From the
map of the area done on May 1st,
1718, it appears that the Fort was
well back from the water's edge
and within the tree line of the
shore. It would necessarily then,
have been invisible from the water.
R61dan then sped on to Pensacola
where he told the Spanish
Governor, Don Pedro Matamoros

The Presidio of the Asturias -

A Spanish Fort on St. Joseph's Peninsula
S ", ,

de Ysla. Matamoros sent Roldan
back to St. Joseph Bay to tell
Chateauguay to leave. Roldan
delivered his message and was
told that by Chateauguay that he
was only obeying his brother's
orders and that therefore Blenville
was the proper person to talk to.
When Matamoros found this out,
he sent a strong protest to
Bienville, ordering him out of
Spanish West Florida. Bienville
was more than happy to have a
reason to get out of St. Joseph's
Bay. Already, more than twenty-
five of the fifty soldiers there had
deserted after a talk by Roldan
telling them how welcome they
would be in St. Marks. Therefore,
after a meeting in June or early
July with several hundred of the
Indian chiefs in the southeast, on
July 21st, 1718, the Bienville sent
a boat for the Frenchmen in St
Joseph's Bay.
The French removed everything
they could and then set fire to the
fort and abandoned it. It was
raining the day they left and a
little while after their departure,
the fires went out On or about
August 6th, Roldan found the fort
broken down in places and in bad
condition but unburned.
While the French had remained in
St. Joseph's Bay, the Viceroy of
NewSpain and made preparations
to retake the area. He
commissioned the former
Governor of Pensacola, Don
Gregorio de Salinas Varona, to
take some eight hundred men and
occupy the Bay. Salinas arrived in
Pensacola on February 19th, 1719
and after a month or so there, set
sail for St. Joseph's Bay on the
25th of March. He arrived on
March 29th and immediately
occupied the French fort which
was being garrisoned by a few
soldiers from St. Mark's.
On January 14th, 1719, the War
of the Quadruple Alliance had
opened in Europe. The French,
English and Austrians had lined
upagainstSpain. In the firstaction
in the Western Hemisphere, the
French took Pensacola on May
24th, almost without firing a shot.
Matamoros had sent word to
Salinas that he needed his help
but before anything could be done,
the capture of Pensacola was a
The first word of this to reach
other Spanish colonies was with
the capture of two French ships,
the Cond6 de Tolosa and Mariscal
deVillarsonJuly4th, 1719. These
were ferrying the Spanish
Governor and garrison to Havana
and were captured by a fleet under
the command of Don Alfonso
Carrascoa which was sailing to
join with Governor Benevides of
Florida and together, to attack
As a result of this accidental
encounter, the attempt to invade
and capture South Carolina was
abandoned. Instead, the Fleet
sailed to retake Pensacola. In order
to effect the recapture of this port,

This map showing the site
of the ruins of the
St. Joseph Penninsula fort
was Drawn by George
Gauld about 1766.

S7 6' 7 S,

Carrascoa and his officers decided
to first go to St. Joseph's Bay to
get the latest news concerning the
French occupation. Carrascoaand
his officers were briefed on the
situation in Pensacola and
preparations were made to retake
it. On August 7th, the Spanish
retook it with little loss. However,
on September the 17th, the French
came back and after an eight hour
battle, again took possession of
Pensacola. Throughout the rest of
September, the French sailed
along the coast perhaps as far as
the mouth of St Andrew's Bay,
leaving signs nailed on pine trees
that read, "Monsieur de
Champmelln, Commander of the
French Squadron, took possession
of these dominions in the name of
His most Christian Majesty on
such and such day of September
of 1719."
In the meanwhile, Salinas had
been busy. He had a fort
constructed at the mouth of the
Apalachicola River, on the
Eastpoint side. The ruins of this
fortwere still standing some eighty
years later when the commandant
of St. Marks noted its presence
and remarked that William
Augustus Bowles had a house in
the middle of it. He probably began
preparations for building a fort at
the entrance to St. Joseph's Bay
near the spot where some twenty
years earlier, Don Andres de
Arriola had said was the ideal spot
for a fort on that bay. Finally, with
some eight hundred men and the
up to two thousand
reinforcements he would have by
the end of 1719, he had to think
aboutsheltering these soldiers and
the camp followers, wives and
children that accompanied them.
By the beginning of 1720, the fort
atthe tip ofSt Joseph's Peninsula
was probably substantially
complete. On March 8th, 1720, a
French fleet of four warships and
a storeship anchored in the
roadstead of St. Joseph's Bay.
The commander, the Chevalier de
Saugeon after viewing the
situation and apparently taking
in the sight of the newly completed
fort decided to withdraw without
The Presidio continued in
operation until early 1723, when
it was once again abandoned.
During this period of time it
became the capital of the Province
of Nueva Asturias, a name given
to this area by the Marquis de
Valero in honor of the birth of a
Crown Prince and heir to the
throne of Spain. Like the title
Prince of Wales in England, in
Spain the title Prince ofAsturias
is given to the heir apparent to the
crown. Thus it was known both as
the Presidio of Asturias and the
Presidio of Asturias and the
Presidio of San Jose in Pensacola.
From what remains of this fort, it
appears to have been built on the
standard Spanish plan. It had
foursides, each one hundredyards
long. The best preserved of these
walls is on the southern side and
today is about fifteen feet high.
At each of the corners was a
diamond shaped bastion on which
two or more guns were mounted.
The sides andwalls of the bastions
were constructed by placing two
rows of stakes about ten feet apart
and probably about forty feet high.
The space between these two was
then filled in with sand which was
keptwet and continuously tamped
down while it was being built.
On each of the bastions, a floor of
timbers was constructed to
support the guns. Part of the
bastion floor nearest the interior
of the fort appears to have been
floored with ladrillos which are
thin flat bricks used either for
flooring or as roofing tiles. Many
peasant cottages in the Mexican
states of Puebla and Mexico still
have large stacks of these outside
their homes to make repairs with.
These tiles were probably brought
from Veracruz in Mexico. Most of
the supplies for the Presidio or
fort would have come from
Veracruz and the rest from

The story of the Spanish
Fort on St. Joseph's
Peninsula will be
continued in the next
issue of the Chronicle.

6 7

Wayne Childers

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Tide Tables

St. Marks Lighthouse

Braids and Baitcasters

By Randle Leger
Since most of us have been fishing,
there has been monofilament line.
It was always inexpensive, and
readily available. There were many
brands from which to choose, but
for the most part monofilament
lines were al about the same.
They required constantinspection
and changing. The only way to
insure against break-offs was to
use a ridiculously, heavystrength
line. This also translated into a
large and unmanageable size.
As fishing became more ofa sport,
fishermen began to demand more
from their tackle and a new breed
of lines hit the market, copolymers.
These lines 'were a big
improvement over mono. They
exhibited excellent knot reliability
as well as good tensile strength
and small diameter. The
consistency was also vastly
improved due to requirements by
Recent years have seen some of
the finest lines constructed by
mankind butno line on the market
offered the one thing that many
fishermen wanted, incredible
tensile strength and small
diameter. Until now that is. The
new braided lines that have
recentlybecome available offerjust
that, very small diameter and
enough strength to horse a water
buffalo to the at These linesare
so strong that there is a very real
danger of damaging your
equipment if the hook is set too
hard. Today's baitcasters are
equipped with a rather flimsy anti-
reverse arm that is basically the
shear-pin for the reel. If too much
pressure is applied during a hook-
set, this "reverse dog" could be
There are many advantages to
using braided lines, but, one of
the most obvious is its lack of
stretch. Monofilament could
stretch as much as 35 percent
during a hook set and this has
caused more than a few lost fish.
Braided line has virtually no
stretch which increases the
amount of pressure applied to the
hook point during a hook set.
Lack of stretch also increases the
sensitivity of the line. What may
have felt like a small bite on
monofllament, feels like a jolt on
braided lines. In truth, the
fisherman has to retrain himself
when to set the hook. Otherwise
he will be sticking the hook into
every log or stump that the bait
makes contact with.
Braided lines have their own
characteristics that have nothing
in common with the old
monofilament we have come to
know and love. Forget everything
you know about monofllament, it
won't apply to fishing braided
lines. In fact it is difficult to switch
back and forth between the two
types of line.
The different habits of braided
line are noticed when you first
spool it onto your baitcaster. This
line is extremely slick and it must
be wound on the spool very tightly
or the last coil will slip into the
spooled line when you set the
hook. After the line gets broken in
this is not such a problem.
The next thing that becomes
obvious is, due to the small
diameter of braided line, a full

spool of 100 yards will not fill the
average baitcaster. Even with line
strength as high as 25 or 30 pound
tests, you must first fill the spool
atleasthalf fullwith monofllament
or tape to serve as filler.
Another major difference with
braided line is how it cast. This
line is extremely flexible. It will
not tolerate a sloppy cast. If your
thumbing is not just right, the
spool is apt to revolve faster than
the line exits the reel. This causes
the line to wrap in the opposite
direction on the spool. When all
the slack is gone, the bait stops
abruptly in mid-air. Though not
prone to backlashing, this line is
extremely difficult to untangle
when it does occur.
When braided lines first came on
the scene, many fishermen could
immediately visualize its use for
fishing spinnerbalts. Spinnerbaits
heavier than 1/4 oz. have always
presented special problems to bass
anglers and braided line is
definitely the solution. Larger
spinnerbaits have larger blades
and this creates a tremendous
amount of drag. This drag not
only keeps the rod in a perpetual
bow but also totally deadens the
line's sensitivity. Hard strikes are
easy enough to detect but often
fish will strike so lightly that the
bite is not recognized. Not so with
the braids. If a fish even swims
close to the bait and disturbs the
swirl of the blades it can be felt
With this kind of sensitivity,
imagine what a violent strike feels
Anotheradvantage to braided lines
that can be attributed to its lack of
stretch is the bait's response time.
A twitch, yank or jerk of the rod is
transmitted immediately down the
line. Popping a bait over lily pads
or through heavy covers breeze.
After a full day of fishing heavy
baits in cover, this attribute can
really be appreciated with fewer
sore tendons and muscles.
These lines are also recommended
by the manufacturers for saltwater
applications. It is claimed that
leaders are not necessary with
this line and in truth It does seem
to be difficult to cut. Nail clippers,
scissors and pocket knives have a
hard time with braided lines. The
only thing that seems to cut this
line is a fresh razor blade. This
sounds great until you realize that
oyster bars, rocks and half the
fish in the ocean seem to have
fresh razor blades attached to
them. After a full season of using
braided lines this author has been
cut off several times by everything
from chain pickerel in freshwater
to Spanish mackerel on the flats.
This seems to occur after the line
is well broken in. If you are using
this line to fish for "toothy critters"
a leader is still recommended.
Braided lines are readily available
in most of the better tackle stores
and range in price from ten dollars
a spool to more than you care to
spend. Ten dollars a spool may
seem a bit much for only 100
yards until you consider that it
doesn't require constant changing.
For the angler that spends a lot of
time on the water, this is a big
plus. With proper maintenance, a
spool ofbraided line could possibly
lastan entire season without being
The jury is still out on braided

August 26th September 11th EST

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Steinhatchee River
Aucilla River
Shell Point
Dickerson Bay
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lines. Some anglers find it can be
used in virtually all situations
while many only use it for specific
jobs such as spinnerbaits and
buzzbaits. There is still a great
deal of field testing to be done.
However, this field research may
never come to pass. Today's
braided lines are just the leading
edge of technology. If scientific
research continues at its present
rate, braided lines may well
become obsolete before we even
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Dear Concerned Citizens:

I am very concerned for our
Seafood Industry and want
to work hard to protect and
preserve this way of life. I
would alsoliketoseeadded
industry in our county for
those who prefer other
means of income. I would
like to see our graduates
stay with Franklin County
and be able to further their
education within their
home town. Because of the
lack of activities for our
youth, we need to be
concerned with providing
adequate areas of recreation
such as ballfield complexes,
rifle ranges and after-school
computer centers.

I hope you will support me
on September 8.

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MFC Acts On
Spotted Seatrout,
Bay Scallops, And
Other Saltwater
Fishing Issues
The Marine Fisheries Commission
held a three-day public meeting
last week in Fort Walton Beach
and took the following action:
Spotted Seatrout
The Commission reopened a final
public hearing on rule
amendments to manage the
spotted seatrout fishery, and voted
to propose to the Governor and
Cabinet for approval in November
a rule that would prohibit the
harvest and sale of spotted
seatrout during January and
February. The Commission also
voted to withdraw all other
previously proposed spotted
seatrout rule amendments at this
time. The Commission will
reconsider further spotted
seatrout management measures
during its December meeting in
Bay Scallops
The Commission received
scientific and public comment
regarding the state's bay scallop
fishery, and directed staff to hold
a final public hearing during the
Commission's October meeting in
Fort Myers on a proposed rule
that would:
* allow the harvest ofbay scallops
only on July 4th and 5th, and
from August 1 through
September 30 each year
* allow the harvest ofbay scallops
in state waters north and west
of the Suwanee River only
* establish, a daily recreational
bag limit of 2-1/2 gallons of
unshucked bay scallops per
person, or 10 gallons per vessel,
whichever is less (shucked
equivalents would also be
prohibit all commercial harvest
and sale of bay scallops
prohibit the use of mechanical
devices (including shrimp
trawls) and drags to harvest bay
establish exemptions for bay
scallop aquaculture and
enhancement projects
Blue Crab Traps
The Commission received
scientific and public comment
regarding blue crab trap
degradability definitions, and
directed staffto hold a final public
hearing on proposed degradability
requirements for blue crab traps
that would include the use of
certain types of trap lid tie-down
straps made of Jute twine, twine
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comment and directed
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Spanish sardines used
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central region
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management of bluefis
state's east coast
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comment regarding the
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The Honorable P. Kevin Davey
26 July 1994 & 31 July 1994
Compiled by Carol Ann Hawkins

Derrick Kennedy: Charged with Aggravated Assault With a Deadly
Weapon. Pleaded No Contest toAggravatedAssaultWithouta Firearm.
Adjudicated Guilty and sentenced to one year probation with the
special condition that he serve 90 days in the Franklin CountyJail with
one day of credit given for time already served. Work Release privileges
allowed ifF.C. Jail approves, Waive pre-sentence investigation; weapon
forfeited to Franklin County Sheriffs Office. No contact with victim,
Jerry Shirley. If probationary terms violated, could be sentenced to five
years in the state prison. Thirty hours Community Service Work. Will
serve full one-year probation. Must turn self in no later than 7 P.M.
Friday, 29 July 1994. Pay Court Costs and pay $200 partial
reimbursement for legal counsel. (Represented by Julius Aulisio,
Public Defender.)

Eugene Wheeler, Jr.: Charged with two counts of Aggravated Battery
With a Deadly Weapon; Also charged with Burglary With Assault
Therein. Pre-Trial and Trial Dates set (Represented by Julius Aulisio,
Public Defender.)

Limous Humose: Charged with Felony Driving Under the Influence,
Driving While License Suspended or Revoked, Unlawful Speed, Failure
to Drive Within a Single Lane, Open Container (Alcoholic Substance).
Original Bond of$ 15,000 reduced to $5,000 with conditions: Forbidden
to drive an vehicle; released to Leon County Work Release Program,
Pre-Trial Release Officer; No consumption of alcoholic beverages;
Random urinalysis; obtain employment within 10 days of release.
Release contingent upon bond being made. Violation of any of the
conditions will result in bond being revoked. (Represented by Julius
Aullsio, Public Defender.)
Tammy Griggs: Charged with Third Degree Grand Theft. Will waive
right to Jury Trial. (Represented by Julius Aulisio, Public Defender.)

Thomas LaPlatney: Motion to release on bond denied. State's motion
granted to hold defendant for Pre-trial for safety of community and for
safety of defendant. Arraigned on charges of Burglary of a Dwelling and
Breaking into Residence of victim on St. George Island. Charges create
automatic violation of previous probationary terms. Take medication.
Request for psychiatric evaluation granted. Plea of Not Guilty entered
by Public Defender, Julius Aulisio. Pre-Trial Conference set.

TRIAL, 25 JULY 1994:
Tony Ray Nowling: Jury found defendant Guilty of Battery on person
65 years of age or older. Sentencing set for 15 August. Assistant State
Attorney, FrankT. Williams, said there are two elements to this charge:
1) That defendant intentionallytouched or struck the victim, Nowling's
77-year-old grandmother, against her will and 2) that victim is 65
years of age or over. Incident occurred on 8 May 1994 in parking lot
ofSuwannee Swifty Store in Eastpoint. Jury deliberated an hour and
Benny Ray Strops: Charged with Grand Theftof Motor Vehicle. Found
Not Guftyby Reason oflnsanity. Order of Commmiltment to Department
ofHealth &Rehabilitative Services, FloridaStite Hospital, fortreatment


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The Honorable P. Kevin Davey
18 August 1994

Compiled by Carol Ann Hawkins

(Information Obtained From Office Of Circuit Clerk, Franklin County)
The charges listed in this report are not proof of guilt and should not
be considered as such. In America, all have legal rights, and all who
are accused of a violation of the law are innocent until proven
guilty, beyond a reasonable doubt. A defendant does not have to prove
his or her innocence; rather, the State has to prove guilt beyond a
reasonable doubt. There is a difference between accusations and
truth. Jury decisions are made,based upon the sworn testimony of
people who describe what they heard, saw, or experienced. Jurors
must agree on what is reliable; or.what Is the truth or not the truth.
Cases must not be decided based on fear or anger; prejudice, bias, and
sympathy have no place in the courtroom. Jurors determine guilt or
non-guilt. A judge determines and sets punishment according to the
judicial laws of our country, that pertain to the particular crime
committed, basing his or her determinations on jury decisions or on
a defendants plea of Nolo Contendere (No Contest), which is equivalent
to an admission of guilt; and the defendant subjects himself or herself
to punishment but leaves open the possibility for him or her to deny
the allege, facts in other proceedings. Every man, woman, or child
charged with a crime comes into, the courtroom with a presumption
of innocence.

Randal T. Hudson: In a jury trial on 18 August 1994 in 2nd Circuit
Felony Court at the Franklin County Courthouse in Apalachicola,
Randal T. Hudson, 33, was found not guilty ofAttempted First Degree
Murder and two other charges. Hudson was arrested on 4 May 1994
and charged with beating his 70-year-old stepfather on the head with
a claw hammer in an alleged premeditated attempt to slay him.
Hudson had also been charged with Attempted Arm Robbery With a
Deadly Weapon and Burglary of a conveyance.
According to Frank T. Williams, Assistant State Attorney, Hudson
will be incarcerated at the Franklin County Jail for 16 days on an
unrelated charge.

Bradley M. Johnson: Arrested 8 July 1994, charged with Burglary of
Structure; Petit Theft, 2nd Offense; Possession of Alcohol by Person
Under 21 Years of Age. Pleaded No Contest to all three charges;
Transferred to Leon County. Represented by Gene Brown, Attorney.
William A. Marks: Arrested 17 July 1994, charged with Grand Theft
of Motor Vehicle. Pleaded No Contest to charge; Adjudicated Guilty.
Sentenced to one year of community control; Find Tull-time work or
make good-faith effort to find full-time work,within 30 days; 25 hours
Community Service Work; Drug Screening and Treatment; no controlled
substances. Pay Court Costs, $255; Pay Public Defender Lien, $200;
one year to pay these costs; Urinanalysis if Probation officer sees as
necessary. Represented by Julius Aulislio, Public Defender.
Tony Ray Nowling: Arrested 8 May 1994, charged with Battery On
Person 65 Years of Age. Pleaded No Contest to charge; adjudicated
Guilty. Sentenced to three years probation with conditions of four
months in the Franklin County Jail; 67 days credit given for time
already served. Pay Court Costs of $255 and Public Defender
Lien, $200.
Nowling also arrested 12 June 1994, charged with pealing Stolen
Property. Pleaded No Contest to charge; Adjudicated Guilty. Sentenced
to two years probation, to be consecutive to probationary terms as
described above; Serve 60 days in the Franklin County Jail, with credit
given for time already served since 12 June 1994; no alcohol, no
controlled substance; random urinalysis; substance abuse treatment,
non-residential. Represented by Julius Aulisio, Public Defender. (No
restitution required)
Shannon O'Brian: Arrested 6 August 1994, charged with Aggravated
/Battery. Pleaded No Contest to lesser charge of AggravatedAssault;
Adjudication Withheld. Sentencedito 18 months pro ation, 13 days in
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School Board Sets

Completion of Field

Houses as "Top Priority"

Franklin County School Board Member Willie Speed expressed, at the
9 August regular meeting held at Carrabelle High School, his
disappointment that work on the Apalachicola and Carrabelle High
Schools' field houses will not be completed when school opens on 15
August. "Way we're going now," Speed said, "looks like those same two
field houses will be up before the Board this time next year. Appears
to me that we're not making much progress and haven t made much
progress; some, but not enough to get these facilities completed."
Speed said he thought that the field houses would be a means of better
serving the students, "especially all the athletes," but he felt that other
Board members may not be as concerned about the delayed projects
as he. After much discussion, C.T. Ponder, Franklin County Schools
Superintendent, said the Board needed to put completion of the work
on the field houses as a "top priority," then the district will look at
available funds and let the Board know what other projects "will
probably have to go on hold." Ponder said he didn't mean that in any
negative sense, but in order to go ahead and get full completion on the
fled houses, "there's certain things that can'tbe done." Speed suggested
that Public Capital Outlay Funds (PECO) and Local Capital Outlay
Funds be used for the project.
Board Member and Chairman Will Kendrick reported that the Office of
Educational Facilities had specified in a letter that certain corrections
had to be made in the Apalachicola facility before PECO funds could
be used. Assistant Superintendent/ Director Michael Clark said the
needed corrections were, in his opinion, not of major proportions, and
include: 1) Corridors in the building (when the doors are open) are not
wide enough to meet safety requirements; 2) Moving the wood around
the windows that need to be replaced. Once the corrections are made,
Clark said OEF indicates they would then approve the building as
satisfactory, which would allow the Board to use PECO dollars and
would, in turn, allow more dollars to be used from local funds to
address the Carrabelle facility. Kendrick said the hold-up at Carrabelle
is the plumbing.
The Board approved a request by Carrabelle High School Principal
William C. Wooten for materials there, and approved "all items
necessary" to bring theApalachicola facilityup to satisfactory standards.
Apalachicola had not specified exactly what the needs are for the
facility there.
Board Member William R. "Pop" Waggoner said that when the $40,000
per school was set aside, the field houses were not expected to go up
"in a short time." Kendrick said the delay came in July when some
community members were not able to work into their schedules some
of the needed services. Board Member Connie Ard pointed out that
adverse weather factors also delayed construction work. "Everybody
here is concerned," Ard told Speed, "when we can progress in anything
we can do for our county, especiallywhen it concerns our's
not that we're not concerned, each one of us; we'd never be board
members if we're not concerned."
When Speed said he knew there was no question that the Board was
concerned, "The Beard's actions speak so loud until I can't hear a thing
the Board members say," Ard told Speed that he needed to be listening,
and she reiterated that the Board is concerned, especially about
Board Member Katie McKnight drew everyone's attention to the recent
flooding and "the devastation of the Bay," pointing out that the District
will be losing a lot of students "if a lot of these families have to leave
Franklin County to go to Alabama, Louisiana, orTexas." McKnight also
emphasized that the county would lose a lot of state money. "And if the
banning of the net law goes through in November...we're going to be
lookingat probably another loss offamilies leaving Franklin County to
move elsewhere. That's going to be taking a lot of money out of our
Ponder reminded everyone that "this was a mutually-agreed upon
project"A lot ofresources have beenicoming through and will probably
be coming through, "but it obviously can't come as fast as we'd like it
to, and that can amount' up AIot'bf money. in terms of in-kind
materials." Ponder emphasized that the county will continue to accept
in-kind donations of materials, funds, "or whatever."

Chiles/MacKay Rep. Mike Spellman (left)
with Mayor Bobby Howell

Visit Franklin
Four representatives from the
Chiles/MacKay administration
were in Franklin County on
Saturday, 20 August to meet with
Franklin County citizens and
listen to concerns.
Two representatives from the
Campaign office, Jim Krog and
Dean Fenn, and two
representatives from the
Governor's Office, Jim Daughtry
and Mike Spellman, attended a
reception at the Gibson Inn.
Representative Krog stated that
Governor Chlles had wanted to be
at the reception personally, but
was drawn away to Washington to
speak with President Clinton on
the nflux of Cuban refugees. Krog
stated that Florida has been the
recipient ofimmigration problems
in the past and did not want to
have those problems repeated.
Representative Krog then fielded
questions from those in
attendance. County Clerk Kendall
Wade, voiced concern about the
problem of Alligator Point's road
washing out several times in the
last three months. Krog said that
the Governor wanted the
Department of Transportation to
look into the matter. Krog felt
that the Governor may want the
state to take over the road and
maintain It.

Alligator Point
Continued from page 2
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Whether it was intentional or an
accident, the Alligator Point
welcome sign at the triangle" has
been literally wiped out by some
large wheeled vehicle during this
pastweekend. The well manicured
plot of Spanish bayonets and
flowers had been the pride of the
Alligator Point Taxpayers
The suspect vehicle entered the
West end point of the triangle
traveled over several large railroad
ties completely severing the stop
sign for West bound traffic and
then continued on through the
flora busting the three by five foot
sign into several pieces and
relocating three large Spanish
bayonet plants from their roots.
Tread marks indicate that the
suspect vehicle had tractor type
tires similar to those used for
"Big Foot" type trucks.

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Second Circuit Court
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Jail with credit given for 13 days already served. Defendant Present (in
custody). Represented by Julius Aullslo, Public Defender. Pay
Restitution of $1,202.71 to Emerald Coast Hospital; Additional
restitution reserved by Court for 45 days. Conditions of sentence
include no violence directed toward victim; no alcohol; random
urinalysis; at victim's request, there will not be a "no contact with
victim provision. Pay Court Costs, $255 and Public Defender Lien,
$200. Represented by Julius Aulisio, Public Defender.
Donald Page: Arrested 10 August 1994, charged with Violation of
Probation, Resisting Arrest With Violence. Defendant present, in
custody. Has paid $214.59; P & P received ROR. State Agreed. Case
continued to 12 September 1994 with conditions: consume no alcohol,
random urinalysis. Represented by Julius Aulislo, Public Defender.
John A. Peterson: Arrested 1 July 1994, charged vwth Grand Theft.
Defendant present, in custody. Based on report from doctor, state
stipulates defendant is incompetent and appropriate for placement
Committed to Florida State Hospital. Represented by Julius Aulisio,
Public Defender.
Michael Whittaker: Arrested 8 July 1994, charged with Grand Theft,
Third Degree. Pleaded No Contest; Adjudicated Guilty. Sentenced to
four years probation and to 40 days in the Franklin County Jail with
credit given for time already served; sentence concurrent with another
case tried also on 18 August; 75 hqurs Community Service Work. Pay
fine, $255 and Public Defender Lien, $200. Pay restitution of $250 to
Iran White; No contact with victim, residence or business.
Whittaker also charged with Burglary of Dwelling. Pleaded No Contest
to charge. PSI waived. Adjudicated Guilty. Sentenced to four years
probation and 40 days in the Franklin County Jail with credit of 40
days given for time already served; 75 hours Community Service Work;
pay restitution of $211.45 to Kurt Pilger, Sr.; no contact with victim,
residence. Pay $255 fine and $200 Public Defender Lien. Represented
by Julius Aulisio, Public Defender.

Brian Braswell: Arrested 19 April 1994, charged with Grand Theft.
Pretrial set for 12 September 1994. Representedby Douglas W. Gaidry,
Cecil Hicks: Arrested 10 June, 1994, charged with Lewd and Lascivious
Assault. Pre-trial set for 12 September 1994. Represented by J. Ben
Watkins, Attorney.
Limous Humose: Arrested 1 June 1994, charged with Driving While'
License Suspended or Revoked; Unlawful Speed; Failure to Drive
Within Single Lane; and Open Container (alcoholic substance).
Defendant present (in custody); Plea offer withdrawn, information to
be amended. Pre-trial set for 12 September 1994; trial set for 20
October 1994. Represented by Julius Aulisio, Public Defender.

JamesDaniel Creamer.Arrested 7August 1994, charged with Resisting
or Obstructing Without Violence; Attempted Tampering with Physical
Evidence; Possession of Undersized Oysters; Disorderly Intoxication
Established Only on 1 Count; No Saltwater Fishing License. Case
Continued to 12 September 1994.

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Heavy Rains
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Lisa Baroody, who, along with her
husband. Tim, own Julia Mae's.
Seafood restaurant, said the
facility was not damaged when
the seawall cracked in the middle.
Mrs. Baroody said certain parts of
the seawall were leaning, but the
wall wasn't going to give way, and
in fact, "looks pretty sturdy." At
the time we talked with Mrs.
Baroody, her husbandwas outside
talking with City Commissioner
James B. "Buzz"Putnall, trying to
determine the cause of the water
draining down from the road.
Because of the cracks in the
seawall, Mrs. Baroody said the
water "had someplace to go."
Meteorologist Stanley Hobbs (U.S.
Department of Commerce,
National Oceanic & Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA), National
Weather Service) said the rainfall
began in Carrabelle around 6 a.m.
Hobbs said the Apalachicola
weather station does not record
the amount of total precipitation
for Carrabelle, but J. B, Woods, a
Carrabelle resident and Port and
Airport Authority Board member,
said his personal rain gauge goes
close to six inches and had run
over that measurement WCTV,
Channel 6, Tallahassee, reported
that six and a half Inches of rain
fell in a matter of a few hours.
Hobbs also reported that he
received a report about 7:06 a.m.
from a man staying at an R.V.
park near Carrabelle, that a water
spout had been sited between Dog
Island and Carrabelle. Dan Husk





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by Amanda Loos
The summer for some Carrabelle
High School students seemed to
zoom by before they could blink,
and the coming of school stomped
out the summer flames too fast
For others, there had been too
manylong hot days and 15August
was the oasis in the desert.
However, no matter how long
teachers, parents, and students
prepared for the firstday of school,
none were prepared for Tropical
Storm Beryl to close it down for
the first two days.
Most were overjoyed, many were
disappointed, and some were
exasperated-especially some
Eastpointstudents who "enjoyed"
a two hour bus ride Monday
On top of that, the beginning of a
new year at CHS arrived
immediately after the tragic loss
of friend and long time classmate,
1994 graduate, Misty Sexton.
Students who knew Misty were
relieved to have an extra few days
to gather strengthbefore returning
to school where the memories of
her smile still linger.
When the storm cleared and school
finally did open on Wednesday,
17 August, the students of
Carrabelle, along with seeing
refreshingly or dreadfully familiar
faces and places, returned to find
many changes in the school. At


the top of the list is the replacement
of Mr. Jim Sinor by Mr. Clayton
Whooten as principal. Actually Mr.
Whooten Is the "new/old" principal
since he is returning to the position
he left in 1989.
Wednesdaymorning, Mr. Whooten
visited each classroom to discuss
his beliefs on discipline and what
will make 1994-95 a successful.
happy school year at CHS. He
talked about the code of conduct
as well as his plans to improve life
at Carrabelle. He also spoke to the
Senior class about setting a good
example and about the
responsibilities they need to
uphold to keep the open lunch
privilege alive.
Also new this year is English
teacher Mrs. Humble, Math
teacher Mrs. Millender, Music
teacher Mr. Rudd, and new Coach
Mr. Abbott. CHS welcomes them
and students seem excited to have
a few new faces at the front of the
classroom (as well as the ones
they already know and love).
Carrabelle High School students
have a lot to look forward to.
Football/marching band season
is around the comer, there is now
an art class to draw out some
creative energy, theITVProduction
class is busy preparing for a new
improved news and interest
broadcast, the Paws Pause Art
and Literary Magazine will be
getting together soon, dances are
scheduled, each class is already
planning various fundraisers-
especially the Juniors for the prom
-and the Seniors for their trip.
overall, CHS has whole year
ahead of them filled with fun with
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and his wife, Gloria Jean, who
have a home in South Carolina,
are staying at the Gulf Breeze R.V.
Park. Husk said that to the best of
his recollection, he and his wife
spotted the water spout around
6:30 or 7 A.M. From where they
are positioned at the RV. park,
Husk said they are directly In line
with theeast e nd of Dog Island.
Husk said his wife has lately
become interested in watching
cloud patterns, and she has seen
"two or three" water spouts in the
last week or two over Dog Island.
On this particular morning, 24
August, she saw another one. She
and her husband called 911 and
reported what they saw, and 911
personnel, In turn, called NOAA.
and reported the siting to Hobbs.
Hobbs said he contacted Husk
within 20 minutes, and as a result
was able to locate the water spout
on radar.
Husk said in an interview later in
the day that the water spout

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School Year

BY La'Keisha Barnes

(the nan

On August 15, 1994, in spite of
pouring rains, mostofthe students
of Apalachicola High School
trudged through cold, muddy
waters in order to be at school
when the 8 a. m. bell tolled.
After a summer of sleeping late,
going to bed late and just lounging
around the house, waking up to a
dark, gloomy, stormymorningand
getting ready for school was avery
hard task for most AHS students,
while others had anxiously
anticipated the first day of school
and decided that they were going
to come-rain or shine.
The news that there would be no
school on 15 or 16 August was a
lullaby in the ears of some and a
sad song in the ears or others.
Schoolwas postponed fortwo days
due to heavy rains and winds.
Kids from St George Island could
not safely get to school because
sight on the bridges was very
There was a lot of fuss and
confusion on the first dayofschool,
though was quickly terminated
after a little patience and
understanding from the faculty
and staff at AHS.
The school year has begun with a
"splash" of difference this year,
but the rainy weather has not
discouraged students and a good
year anyway. With a little help
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Training for
Board Members

By Carol Ann Hawkins

The Franklin CountySchool Board
approved a motion thatauthorizes
Superintendent C.T. Ponder to
move in the direction of providing
in-service training for schoolboard
members. Board Member Willie
Speed approached the subject of
the training for board members,
mentioning that the faculty
members, support personnel, and
"whomever else is involved," and
potiting out that "all employees"
should include board members,
too, since school board members
receive a paycheck. Speed also
added that his income tax people
told him that he is an "employee of
the School Board." Speed said the
Florida School Board Association
provides regular in-service
training for school board
members, individually orfor entire
boards, referred to as a "Master
Board." Speed said Florida law
states that the Florida School
Board Association, along with the
Department of Education, is to
provide in-service training for
school board members, but
doesn't make it mandatory that
board members attend.
Ponder told the Board that If they
wanted to "move in that direction,"
he'd be happy to follow through.

started out toward the south end
of Dog Island, first as a funnel
cloud. "After it formed, it was
moving to theright," (west), Hobbs
said. Hobbs and his wife observed
a "rain system" move in front of
the water spout, and the spout
apparently dissipated. The Husks
have seen six water spouts over
Dog Island since April of this year,
mostof them inJuly andAugust."
Meteorologist Hobbs said Husk is
very knowledgeable about water
spouts. "The Weather Service was
very appreciative of what he did,"
Hobbs said, referring to Husk's
quick action ofreporting the spout
to 911. Hobbs also dispelled
rumors that water spouts wreck
havoc on land. Up in the air, you
see it hanging from a cloud, like a
cone. When it moves along
hypothetically across the water,
touching the water, it's a water
spout. Above land, we see a funnel
cloud. In the water, we see a water
spout. A water spout, when it
reaches land, becomes a tornado.
According to Hobbs, the only
difference between a tornado and
a water spout is that a water spout
is on the water and a tornado is on
the ground.

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