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The Franklin CountyChronicle

Volume 3, Number 20 Published twice monthly pi the 10th and 26th 26 October 9 November 1994


PSC Approves Water

Rate Increase For

St. Geo Utility
APhCethf w ith thI T1qV n-ini nrA n-

After months of document filings,
depositions, hearings, oral and
written arguments, the Public
Service Commission, on 7 Octo-
ber 1994, rendered a series of
decisions in the St. George Island
Utility case, in which the Island
utility sought to increase ratesto
provide a profit margin for inves-
tors. While the rate increase is not
as large as the utility sought, the
PSC has approved rate increases
by nearly 33 per cent. This means
the gallonage charge per 1000
gallons will increase from $1.67
per 1000 gallons to $2.03 per,
1000 gallons, or specifically an
increase of 32.85 per centi,
Figure One provides a rate sched-
ule based on the new fees, Previ-
ously, the PSC approved interim
fees which were scheduled to go-
into effect after July 1994. The
new fee schedule will become ef-
fective after the utility provides
legal notice to its customers.
The Utility files revised tariff

proved by the PSC, and other ac-
tions have been met after 27 Oc-
tober 1994.
The action by the PSC on 7 Octo-
ber 1994 brought to a close nine
months of formal filings, deposi-
tions, motions, and field hearings
in Apalachicola, and continued
.hearings in Tallahassee, and
reams of transcripts and public
documents. The Utility initially
sought the rate increase to pro-
vide for a rate return of about 8
per cent for its Investors. Withall
the adjustments ofa complex va-
flety of factors the PSC actions
.have adjusted- that rate of return
1t6 7.35 per cent.
As the issues became better de-
fined, there were 42 separately
identified matters to be resolved.
In the interest of clarity and com-
pleteness, the Chronicle is re-
rinting these enumerated items

Animal Shelter Reopens
Nje W,ift. MM

A busy midway of eating and craft products with a few
thousand visitors to the Seafood Festival in 1988.

Final plans are being put into
place for the state of Florida's old-
est marine and seafood spectacle,
to be held in Apalachicola,
Florida, on the first weekend in
November 1994.
Oin Fridlav 4 Novemher. the gates

parade begins at 10 a. m. and the
gates to Battery Park open at the
same time. Admission this day is
$5. At noon, the oyster eating con-
test will be staged and the con-
tinuous musical entertainment
will begin.

will open to Battery Park free of Featured at the festival will be
charge, allowing the crowds to Cypress Creek, Hoot Gibson,
patronize the food and craft Riverboat John Furgesun, Coun-
booths, listen to Chaz Mikell sing, try Gentlemen, Jason Byrd and
and welcome King Retsyo and Kelli Kemper. Riverboat John
Miss Florida Seafood at the open- Ferguson grew up in Huntsville,
Ing ceremonies. At 6 p. m. Ms, Alabama, and left home during
Kelli Kemper will perform on the the folk revival period of the late
mainstage. 50s and early 60s. He plays
"riverboat style" banjo and sings
Saturday, 5 November, festivities several styles of music including
begin early, at 8 a. m. with the minstrel and stage show songs.
famous Red Fish Run at the Since returning to Alabama a few
Gibson Inn. Entrants pay $10 to years ago, he has performed at the
participate in the prize-winning Panoply of the Arts (Huntsville),
competitition. All entrants will Jack Daniels (Lynchburg, Ten-
receive T-shirts. The traditional nessee) and Falls Mills (Belvedere.
Continued on page 7

Juvenile Justice


Speaks To MAD DADS

The MAD DADS (Men Against
Destructions, Defending Against
Drugs and Social Disorder) were
visited by Juvenile Justice Coun-
cil representative Lynette Griffin
at their 20 October meeting at the
Apalachicola Community Center.
Ms. Griffin said that her visit to
the MAD DADS was to both pro-
vide the group with information
about her role with the Juvenile
Justice Council and to keep the
lines of communication open be-
tween the two organizations. "I
want ya'll to know that the De-
partment of Juvenile Justice
wants to work with ya'll and wants
to cooperate with you. And if you
get some kind of program going
that's going to help the kids. If
there's anything that I can do to
help or if ya'll can help me with
some ofthe the things I have to do...I
just want to make sure we're

working together." Ms. Griffin
stated that the Juvenile Justice
system, which previously oper-
ated under the Health and Hu-
man Rehabilitation (HRS) Depart-
ment, worked with children who
have been convicted of criminal
offense, She stated that the
children's punishment was
weighed on a point system that
determined the seriousness and
frequency of crimes committed.
Griffin said that those who re-
ceived twelve or more points were
securely detained. Those who re-
ceived between seven to eleven
points were placed on home de-
tention and those receiving less
than seven points had to be re-
leased back to their families. "It's
really cut and dry. We don't have
a whole lot of leeway. It's not like
we can say "you're a bad kid and
we're gonna lock you up...but we
Continued on page 3.

The Franklin County Sheriffs
Department and the Franklin
County Humane Society joined
forces in the effort to reopen the
Animal Shelter on State Road 65
next to the County Jail.
Previous Animal Control Officer
Earl Whitfleld has reassumed his
duties, though is now employed
through the Franklin County
Sheriffs Department. Whitfield
has full responsibility for the en-
forcement of the County's Animal
Control Ordinance. Persons wish-
ing to to report animal problems
should call the Sheriffs the
Sheriffs Department at 670-
8500. Animal Bites should be re-
ported to the Franklin County
Public Health Unit at 653-2111.
Under an agreement with the
Board of County Commissioners,
the Franklin County Humane So-
ciety will be responsible for the
operation of the shelter facility
and pet adoptions. Betty Rickards
will serve as Shelter Manager. "I
think the shelter's running a lot
hbetter.-" sail rkards.o "WVe ha

the help of the inmates every day
except Saturday and Sunday to
help with the yardwork and clean-
ing. It's too much for one person.
S'feed the animals and also bathe
and dip them. I think Earl is do-
ing a really good job. He's a kind-
hearted person, but he's also
practical." Those wishing to adopt
a pet, report a lost animal or make
a contribution of time or money
to the Humane. Society's efforts
should call Rickards at 670-8417.
The shelter will be open for adop-
tion from 9AM to 12PM and from
2PM until 4PM each day except
Wednesday. Many beautiful and
healthy pets are available for
those who can provide a loving
vand safe home for them. Ms.
Rickards will make every effort to
ensure that the family and
adopted pet are compatible and
suited to one another. There is no
charge for adoption, but a deposit
is required to ensure that the dog
or cat will receive a rabies shot
and is spayed or neutered at the
appropriate time as mandated by
state statute.

. .

Volunteer Lisa Suggs, Shelter Manager Betty Rickards
and Animal Control Officer Earl Whitfield

Orman House Reflects

Area History
by George Chapel

Rising on a bluff overlooking the broad estuary and bay of the
Apalachicola River, the Orman-Btutterfield home ofApalachicola has
stood for over 150 years. (1838) .
Cut to measure near Syracuse, New York, and shipped by sailing
vessel around the Keys, the home was assembled and securely fas-
tened together on heavy cypress framing timbers with large wooden
pegs. The pegs may stifl be seen in the attic today.
A two story building with Federal lines and Greek Revival features, it
expresses a romantic eclecticism starting to burst out from the Geor-
gian academic tradition following the impact of early scientific ar-
chaeology, the collapse of Palladianism, and the rise of neo-Classi-
cism. It has the quiet old dignified facade and delicate detail of the
Federal period. A desire for classical quality is evident in the smooth-
ness of the flush boarded front wall-intended to simulate stone and
the bare simplicity of its interior plaster walls.
Its strong similarity to the raised cottage style of French or Spanish
architecture with its galerie across the front. giving ventilationto a
single line of large rooms, and oriented to benefit from the low winter
sun, may be seen as meeting similar needs in the same climate. It
suggests a resemblance to the "Plantation Greek" style of the next
two decades, with the latter evolving perhaps by almost imperceptable
steps out of the former. Although lacking the more complex vocabu-
lary of Greek Revival decorative detail-especially a single giant order
of Classical columns rather than its superposed wooden posts-its
details are in both the Federal and Greek Revival styles with its wide
heart pine floor boards, wooden mantel pieces, and molded plaster
cornices. A richly carved plaque of acanthus leaves is on the frieze
above the generous width of the deep-set, planeled front door-shades
of Callimachus. A rectangular transom with flanking sidelights, en-
cased by posts and lintels, with deeply carved magnolia blossoms at
the junctures, provide a sense of depth to the doorway. This is ech-
oed by an elaborate sunburst plaque on the galerie over the front
steps of the home. The attenuated but very rich wooden forms of the
galerie's balustrade are a delightful Federal feature.
Continued on page 7


MFC Takes


The Marine Fisheries Commission
held a three-day public meeting
in Fort Myers last week and took
the following action:
East Central Coast Gear
The Commission received scien-
tific and public comment regard-
ing management options to pro-
tect green sea turtles on Florida's
east central coast, and voted to
direct staff hold a final public
hearing on 18 November 1994 in
Tampa on a proposed rule that
would establish a conservation
zone from Ponce Inlet to Jupiter
Inlet fron the shoreline to one mile
offshore in which the use of all
gill nets, trammel nets, and seines
would be prohibited from Janu-
ary through May.
Continued on page 7

In a letter dispatched to newspa-
per editors from Senator Charles
Williams and Representative F.
Allen Boyd, Jr., concerning the
proposed scallop rule announced
in 11 October 1994 report from
the Marine Fisheries Commission
(MFC), Williams and Boyd re-
ported receiving numerous calls
rom outraged citizens in
Steinhatchee who were upset with
the new rules. The elected Sena-
tor and Representative are
strongly opposed to Implementa-
tion of the new rule which pro-
poses to close the month of July
to harvesting bay scallops. George
R. McElvy, Chairperson of the
Marine Fisheries Commission,
attended a special meeting in
Steinhatchee, Florida, on 18 Oc-
tober 1994, in which Boyd and
Williams vowed to fight the clo-
sure. Commissioner McElvy has
stated that he would direct his
staff to work with Bill Arnold of
the Florida Marine Research In-
stitute to provide an evaluation of
the impact of allowing the har-
vesting season to remain open
from July through Labor Day
weekend in the Steinhatchee wa-
ters. If the MFC staff and Mr.
Arnold provide a positive response
to a reevaluation of closure dates,
MCElvy will not submit the rule
to the Governor and Cabinet as

Page 2 26 October 1994 The Franklin County


Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

and Vocational
Training Dis-
cussed At
Fran klin
County Com-

P & Z Member Wesley Chesnut

Planning and Zon-
ing Lacks Zone

The 17 October meeting of the
Planning and Zoning Board ran
into a dilemma of sorts when it
found out that it lacked a zoning
An efficiency home was re-sub-
mitted by contractor Dan Reeves
for approval of alterations. A lot
5, block 100 home had requested
to have a built in closet and bath-
room in the breezeway. Member
Wesley Chesnut worried that the
person requesting the change had
plans to use the home as a rental
in a residential zone. Chesnut
asked private contractor Jim
Stefanko if he would be able to
track the development of that unit
to make sure it did not turn into
a rental. Stenfanko stated, "That's
not a part of my duties as a pri-
vate contractor." Chesnut asked
if there was any zone enforcement
officer in Apalachicola and
Stefanko stated that there was
not. Mr. Chesnut then beamed at
the media in attendance and
stated, "There's a newsworthy
Asked about the zone enforce-
ment problem after the meeting,
Betty Taylor-Webb stated,
"There's no zoning officer to iden-
tify code violations. Someone has
to notify us of an infraction." Mr.
Taylor-Webb said that Mr.
Stefanko had been the zoning of-
ficer from 1984 to January of
1993. Webb felt that Mr. Stefanko
was relieved of his duties in order
to help the city ofApalachicola cut


The Franklin County Commission
listened to a proposal at their 18
October meeting from Big Bend
Association's Adminitrative Assis-
tant, Cynthia Mercer, to have the
county receive and administer a
Coastal Grant.
Ms. Mercer stated that the Big
Bend Association for Citizens with
Disabilities was seeking a grant
that would use aquaculture as a

medium to provide vocational
training for citizens with disabili-
ties. Mercer stated that the Big
Bend Association would be re-
stocking the bay with Redflsh and
other types ofg ame fish as a part
of the project's hatchery. "If you
are interested in taking a joint
venture with us," stated Mercer,.
"we will not ask you for anything,
except allow us to write the grant
proposal. You will be paid the
funds and then we will be reim-
bursed for any expenses that
would be generated through this
grant. You would actually profit.
You could take these monies and
use them in your projects...your
coastal reserve projects."
Commissioner Dink Braxton felt
that the county commission
needed more information to study
the grant application. Commis-
sioner Jimmy Mosconis added
that a similar grant project in
Calhoun County for a Catfish
Farm "fizzled" six years ago and
was left for the county to oversee.
Ms. Mercer said that although the
Big Bend Association would be
helped greatly with the sixty-five
thousand dollar coastal grant,
they would still continue opera-
tion if they did not receive the
grant. Mercer stated that an open
house would be provided to the
public on 17 November. The Big
Bend Association's Center for Citi-
zens with Disabilities is located at
the old Buckeye Millsite on River
Road in Carrabelle.

Federal Loans Look Dim

For Seafood Dealers

Bob Cambric. Senior Planner for
Apalachee Regional Planning
Council, spoke to the county com-
missioners about loan possibili-
ties on 18 October.
Mr. Cambric visited the county
commissioners earlier at their
20 September meeting and stated
that he would be seeking a four
hundred and sixty-flye thousand
dollar grant from the Farmers
Home Administration (FHA).
Cambric informed the commis-
sioner at the 18 October meeting
that the FHA would probably not
be able to allocate more than one
hundred and fifty thousand dol-
lars to Franklin County in grant
money. "They (FHA) said they only
had eight hundred and seven
thousand dollars for the entire
state and could not justify giving I
Issue I

four hundred and sixty-five thou-
sand to one county. We're still
going to apply for that amount."
The figure of four hundred and
sixty-five thousand dollars was
arrived at with the intention of
providing each of the thirty-one
oyster houses with fifteen thou-
sand dollars.
Cambric said that he would con-
tact a group called Community
Equity Investment out of
Pensacola. He said that this group
was in the process of receiving a
grant through FHA called the In-
termediary Lending Program.
Cambric stated that Community
Equity Investment may be able to
buy SBA loans out for individu-
als living in Franklin County.



Speaks to Senior
by Laura Roger
"I feel like I've made some differ-

No s th tie t

suscie o h


Charles Clark explains to resi-
dents what he can do for them
as ombudsman.
Apalachicola Health Care Center
highlighted "Residents Rights"
Week on Friday, 7 October, 1994
with a special message from
Charles Watson Clark, Ombuds-
man for this district. Mr. Clark
told the residents and guests
about the function of an ombuds-
man, and showed them a brief
film which gave dramatizations of
how residents rights can be ne-
glected, and properly observed.
t Following his talk, handouts were
given to all present about the
ombudsman program and other
pertinent information. Among dis-
tinguished guests present, was
Mr. Edward Tolliver, county com-
Residents were then given an op-
portunity to speak with Mr. Clark
about any questions they had.
This was followed by refreshments
provided by the Dietary depart-
ment of AHCC.
Mr. Clark has had a long and dis-
tinguished career in the field of
education, serving for many years
as an instructor of Math and Sci-
ence in local schools. When he
retired, he was nominated to serve
as an ombudsman. Mr. Clark is
currently in the middle of his first
term. Ombudsmen are appointed
by the Governor to three-year
terms and act as an advocate and
intermediary between residents
and their facilities. If you would
like to have Mr. Clark speak to
your civic group or organization,
please contact him at (904) 488-

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St. George Island Utility Co., Ltd.
Docket No. 940109-WU
October 7, 1994

The Identified Issue

Issue 1: Is the quality of service provided by St.
George Island Utility Co., Ltd. satisfactory?
Issue 2: Has St. George accurately stated the origi-
nal cost of the water system?

Issue 3: Should the utility's pro forma adjustment
of $21,000 for engineering design fees, as stated in
Audit Exception No. 14, be removed
Issue 4: Should plant in service be reduced by $1,295
for leasehold improvements?

Issue 5: Is an adjustment necessary to reflect the
use of office furniture and equipment by utility af-
Issue 6: Should adjustments be made to plant and
contributions in aid of construction (CIAC)?

Issue 7: Does the utility's case in chief present an
appropriate matching of rate base, on the one hand,
with revenues and expenses, on the other?

Issue 8: What is the appropriate level of test year
rate base?

Issue 9: What capital structure should be used for
ratemaldng purposes?

Issue 10: What is the weighted average cost of capi-
tal including the proper components, amounts, and
cost rates associated with the appropriate capital

Issue 11: Should the numerous pro forma adjust-
ments to the test year in this case be contrasted with
those requested in the Immediately prior, dismissed
rate case?
Issue 12. Are the expenses claimed by St. George
comparable to those experienced by other Class B
water utilities under Commission jurisdiction and,
If not, are any adjustments appropriate?
Issue 13: Should test year expenses be adjusted to
reflect an additional allocation of expenses to utility
Issue 14: Should employee salaries and wages be
Issue 15: Should pension and benefits be reduced?

Issue 16: Should an adjustment be made to reduce
engineering contractual services by $1,959 as sug-
gested in Audit Disclosure No. 6?

Staff Recommendation jor
Background Statement

Recommendation: Yes, the quality of service pro-
vided is satisfactory.
Recommendation: No. Staff recommends that a
$379,948 reduction to the.utility's test year plant in
service is appropriate. This results in a reduction to
depreciation expense of $9,385.

Recommendation: Yes, the utility's pro forma ad-
justment should be removed.

Recommendation: No. However, plant leasehold im-
provements should be reduced by $647 for non-util-
ity use.
Recommendation: Yes. An adjustment should be
made to reduce general plant by $562.

Recommendation: Yes, an adjustment should be
made to increase CIAC by $44,440 to reflect contri-
butions received in 1991 but not booked until 1993.
Also advances should be increased by $65,000 to
record the receipt of funds from St. George Island
Homeowners Association.
Recommendation: No. Adjustments should be made
to the following items: increase plant in service by
$115,428; increase land by $11,086; increase accu-
mulated depreciation by $59,543; increase CIAC by
$267,148; increase accumulated amortization of
CIAC by $28,542; decrease advances for construc-
tion by $2,775.
Recommendation: The appropriate level of water
rate base should be $247,876.

Recommendation: The utility's actual capital struc-
ture, after adjustments to certain debt instruments.
should be used for ratemaking purposes.
Recommendation: The weighted average cost of
capital is 7.35%. The cost of common equity should
be set as 11.34%, with a range of plus or minus 100
basis points.

Recommendation: No. The adjustments made in this
case should not be contrasted with those requested
in the prior case.

Recommendation: No. SGIU's expenses are not com-
parable to the expenses of most other Class B utili-
ties; however, no additional adjustments are neces-
Recommendation: Yes. A adjustment should be
made to reduce expenses by $10.288.

Recommendation: No, employee salaries and wages
should not be reduced.
Recommendation: Yes. The Commission should not
allow the utility's requested amount for pension ex-
pense. $6,156, in 0 & M expenses. The Commission
should disallow $10,800 for health

Recommendation: Yes, engineering contractual ser-
vices should be reduced by $1,959.

PSC Action















(Approved, with the
modification that the
company be required to
set up an externally
managed and funded
pension plan. The order
should state when and
how the company
would fund the current
and the new pension

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Two Weeks Of Ranting: Nightmare on
JEB Street, In Defense of Haiti and
The School Advisory Board Meeting
that Wasn't

JEB Bush Scares me. He gives me the fear that I felt in 1976 watch-
ing the "Jaws" dorsal fin surface and swim hungrily to its' victim.
With JEB, I feel like that victim. All of this phobia aside, at the save
our Seafood meeting on I October, Gene Raffield addressed the meet-
ings telling attendees to "Get out and vote on November 8" against
the net ban. I talked to Raffield after the meeting and asked him if
candidate JEB was for the net ban. Mr. Raffleld said that he was and
that big money lobbyists had gotten to the candidate. I asked RFffield
why he didn't mention that important fact to the attendees when he
gave his "get out and vote" pitch and he answered that it would have
been too political. My responses are 1) Bush has been had by "big
money" since he was a young shrub and 2) when a political item
affects the way a person lives, the time to confront that item is at
every turn; especially at a forum where approximately 150 voters
are in attendance.
Haiti is a poor third world country that has been saddled with brutal
dictatorship for the last two years. The country has had little to offer
its' denizens in the last couple of years, except destitution, starvation
and human rights abuses. It is no surprise that the Haitian refugee
would venture a dangerous boat trip to the shores of the United states
with absolutely no assurance of permanent residency. With that said,
the Franklin County Commissioners have launched a several month
intermittent campaign of blaming their problems on Haiti. At the 11
October meeting of the Franklin County commission, Commissioner
Putnal followed in the steps of his peers by blaming the plight of
seafood dealers on Haiti. Putnal reasoned that if the united states
diverted less money to Haiti, it could afford to put more money into
the panhandle's small seafood businesses. Your author finds these
sentiments understandable given the circumstances, but also reac-
tionary and completely void of insight or compassion. On the scale of
human suffering, no matter how unpopular it might be say, I don't
think you can can compare being temporarily unemployed or finan-
cially burdened to human rights abuse and starvation... even if those
abuses are many miles from the coast of Florida.
In a final note, your author was present at the 19 October meeting of
the Carrabelle School Advisory Committee. He attended partly be-
cause he is extremely concerned with the state of education in America
and partly because there was a free pot luck meal. Nonetheless, your
author attended and he was sure to ask questions. He first asked the
board how the Carrabelle students scored on their most recent state
test and what they sought to achieve in the next testing. At that,
Principal Clay Wooten responded that this was not "that" kind of a
meeting. Wooten said it was a meeting get the parents involved. Very
well, your author thought, and he waited as his counterpart and role
model Will "give me a free meal or give me money to buy one" Morris
asked about the possibility of getting a vocational school in Franklin
County. Quite reluctantly, Wooten answered that Carrabelle High
School had some vocational training and would be seeking more. Your
author then asked if it would be possible to get a parent and peer
tutoring group started after school. Once again, 01' Clay Wooten set
your author down and told him this was not "That" kind of a meeting,
either. Using his power of deduction, your author figured out what
kind of meeting this was not. It was not a meeting: where people asked
questions and got answers. However, your author could not figure
out what kind of meeting this was and it tortured him severely. So
severely, it tortured him, that he went back to the buffet table and
grazed on some chips. Your author then concluded, if the powers that
e provided its' concerned or angry citizens with enough food or some
other type of disvertisment, they would not have to answer any
questions.. .ever.
Brian Goereke

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The Franklin County Chronicle 26 October 1994 Page 3


111 141

Fiddler Entertains Civic Club

The Civic Club Was entertained
by Tallahassee fiddler and profes-
sional story teller Hank Taylor at
their 20 October meeting. Mr.
Taylor described his music and
stories as inspired by Apalachian
and Irish folklore Taylor's perfor-
mance was funded through the
courtesy of the Wilderness Coast
In other business, the Civic Club

Guardian Ad Litem
Program Reports
On Franklin

The Guardian Ad Litem Program
(Tallahassee) advertised in the
Franklin County Chronicle solic-
iting application from volunteers
to represent abused and neglected
children through the court sys-
tem. In the continuing spirit of
voluntarism throughout Franklin
County, five persons responded to

Mad Dads continue from page 1
like you, so we're gonna let you
go." The process is mandated by
the law. So, when you hear that a
child has committed a serious'-
crime and was released, it's a mis-
conception to think that just be-
cause a child was not detained
that nothing was done," said
In other business, MAD DADS
Vice President Robert Davis said
that the group's initial request for
more patrol units was responded
to by the city police. However, Mr.
Davis felt that police patrol had
waned recently. "We know that
the attitude now in the city is that
they're looking for the MAD DADS
group to keep quiet...but we don't
want to do that. We still.want the

announced that their new Presi-
dent was Pam Vest and their new
Vice-President was John Shelby.
The Civic Club stated that they
were still seeking a secretary and
The Civic Club's yearly Seafood
Festival fundraiser will be a T-
Shirt sale. Volunteers were en-
couraged to participate in the
fundraising efforts.

the advertising and completed 32
hours of training, and are now
certified guardians ad litem. They
Geraldine Homer, Alligator Point
Jeanette Pedder, Lanark Village
Gloria Rounsaville, Lanark Vil-
lage, Bill Rutledge, Alligator Point
Susan Wenman, Magnolia Bluff*
This report was received from Ms.
Mary Hopping, case coordinator,
Guardian Ad Litem Program,
State of Florida, Second Judicial
Circuit. She very kindly wrote,
"The ad proved tobe very success-
ful and I am sure I will be calling
you again, as well as recommend-
ing your paper to others."

'f`cus to be on increased police
protection. After the Community
meeting down here, we did see an
increase in the patrolling, but it
has dropped of lately. We have
some. officers who are fearing their
jobs and they're seeing our orga-
hization as a threat to their jobs.
We're saying, forget about that
and do your jobs as far as mak-
ing sure the community is being
MAD DADS 'president Harrison
Jones said that the organization's
street patrol would begin as soon
as interested participants received
training. Jones also said that the
MAD DADS were planning a vol-
leyball competition in November.
He stated that their first volley-
ball tournament in September
raised nearly four hundred and
fifty dollars.


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In almost every case, the organi-
zational meeting following the in-
auguration of new members and
the installation of officers is the
most important caucus of any al-
liance. The mission of the organi-
zation is reiterated and objectives
are prioritized, budgets are re-
viewed and approved, member
responsibilities are delegated, and
committees or work groups are
molded. Not so with the Alligator
Point Taxpayers Association, this
group couldn't even get a quorum
together for their first organiza-
tion meeting scheduled for Octo-
ber 8th... this sends a bad mes-
sage not only to the new members
of the board but also to the entire
membership. THERE IS NO EX-
So What! Why all the furor...who
gives a damn? At least, the 290
plus PAYING members
In the October 1 Oth issue ot the
Chronicle publisher Tom Hoffer
profiled an article in the Wall
Street Journal which depicted
homeowners associations a/kla
taxpayers associations as very
powerful organizations which
have grown from 20,000 commu-
nities in 1975 to 150,000 commu-
nities in 1994.
Unfortunately, if the APTA contin-
ues in this aurora of apathy it will
most surely represent the lower
quantile of this group. Hoffer con-
tinues his commentary noting
that Franklin County has an in-
creasing number ot approved real
property plats that will lead to
homeowner associations. Well, So
Wake up, Alligator Point Taxpay-
ers Association...if you faintly re-
member your organization meet-

A Few Precautions

for Halloween

The celebrations, creative costumes and decorations of Halloween have
provided enjoyment for young and old for centuries. Children are gen-
erally fond of"trick-or-treating"--but certain aspects of this Hallow-
een tradition can be dangerous.
The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that
more than three-fourths of all injuries associated with Halloween cel-
ebrations happen to children aged 14 and under. But parents can
take steps to insure their children's safety without denying them the
enjoyment of celebrating this holiday. The Florida Department of Ag-
riculture and Consumer Services and the CPSC offer the following
Halloween safety tips:
* Examine all treats carefully for signs of tampering before allowing
children to eat them.
When purchasing costumes-including masks, beards and wigs-
look for labels indicating the materials are "fire resistant" or "flame
retardant." Materials so labeled are not fire-proof, but will resist
burning and extinguish quickly.
Purchase or make costumes that are bright enough to be seen clearly
by motorists. Decorate or trim costumes and treat bags with reflec-
tive tape. Children should carry flashlights when trick-or treating.
Costumes should not be so long as to cause tripping and falling.
Children's shoes should be sturdy and well fitting. Mom's high heels
are not a good idea for safe walking.
Apply a natural mask of cosmetics rather than have a child wear a
mask that might block vision or interfere with breathing. Supervise
children's use of Halloween makeup kits and make sure all direc-
tions for application and removal are followed. Take special care to
see that makeup does not get into the eyes.
Costume swords, knives and similar accessories should be soft and
You.g children should always be accompanied by an adult or an
older, responsible child when trick-or-treating. Children should
walk-not run-from house to house and should stay out of the
Children should go only to homes where the residents are known
and have outside lights on as a sign of welcome. Unless accompa-
nied by an adult, children should never enter homes or apartments.
When driving on Halloween, be especially careful and watch out for

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ing on September 10th, you would
be able to recollect that Mr. Gene
Langston, developer tor Sunrise
Harbor Estates (Bald Point) stated
that as soon as enough landown-
ers of that development were in-
fold that a homeowners associa-
tion would be formed.

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abandon ten plus acres of prime
beach front property (county
right-ot-way) and now they have
arbitrarily cut off traffic to the end
of Bald Point.
Bottom line...if the Alligator Point
Taxpayers Association continues
to waffle in their ways and fail to
get their act together, they may
be history
Preliminary work scheduled for
weeks ago has been delayed, not
because of lack of local progress,
but due to the United States Sec-
retary of Agriculture Mike Espy's
demise regarding issues of con-
flict-of-interest allegations.
A grant in the makings from the
U.S. Soil Conservation Office,
which is under the Department of
Agriculture, has been put on hold
until new paperwork is processed
under the new or interim secre-
In the meantime, Alligator Point
could ver y. well appreciate the
grand opening of a auto alignment
shop in the vicinity.

Page 4 *. 26 October 1994 The Franklin County Chronicle

Tide Tables

St. Marks Lighthouse

Oct. 26th Nov. 10th EST

26 H 5:50 AM 3.3Ft. 3 H 12:48 AM 4.0Ft.
W L 1:17 PM 0.7 Th L 7:38 AM -0.8
H 8:15 PM 2.9 H 2:09 PM 3.9
L .7:35 PM 1.3
27 L 1:29 AM 1.8
Th H 6:54 AM 3.0 4 H 1:24 AM 4.1
L 2:28 PM 0.8 F L 8:25 AM -0.9
H 9:27 PM 2.9 H 2:57 PM 3.8
L 8:13 PM 1.4
28 L 2:54 AM 1.7
F H 8:30 AM 2.9 5 H 2:02 AM 4..1
L 3:42 PM 0.9 Sa L 9:12 AM -0.9
H 10:30 PM 3.1 H 3:44 PM 3.6
L 8:52 PM 1.5
29 L 4:16 AM 1.4
Sa H 10:14 AM 3.0 6 H 2:41 AM 4.1
.L 4:48 PM 0.9 Su L 10:00 AM -0.7
H 11:20 PM 3.2 H 4:31 PM 3.3
L 9:33 PM 1.6
30 L 4:22 AM 1.0
Su H 10:34 AM 3.2 7 H 3:23 AM 3.9
L 4:44 PM 0.9 M L 10:51 AM -0.3
H 11:01 PM 3.4 H 5:20 PM 3.1
L 10:19 PM 1.6
31 L 5:16 AM 0.5
M H 11:36 AM 3.5 '8 H 4:11 AM 3.6
L 5:32 PM 1.0 Tu L 11:45 AM 0.1
H 11:37 PM 3.6 H 6:14 PM 2.9
L 11:17 PM 1.7
1 L 6:05 AM 0.0
Tu H 12:31 PM 3.8 9 H 5:09 AM 3.2
L 6:15 PM 1.0 W L 12:45 ,PM 0.5
H 7:15 PM 2.8
2 H 12:13 AM 3.8
W L 6:52 AM -0.5 10 L 12:36 AM 1.7
H 1:21 PM 3.9 Th H 6:38 AM 2.8
L 6:56 PM 1.2 L 1:53 PM 0.9
H 8:22 PM 2.8


If you thought the old Astro Tables was
an accurate forecaster of fish and game
' activity, wait until you try "2000!"
By Rick Taylor
Most fish and game activity tables base their predictions entirely on the moon.
Besides having proven its worth time and again, the lunar position is one of
the few things we can predict well in advance. But there is one other factor,
Just as predictable, that has even more to do with setting up the daily activity
cycle of most fish and game. It's the good ol' sun. There simply is no denying
the effect all life on earth feels from the hourly changes in both the sun's heat
and light energy.
For example, one of the best times to go bass fishing in July is during the
- dawn period, when the overheated shallows are at their coolest, and darkness






0 25 50 75 100


Tide Corrections For Your Area
High Low
Steinhatchee River 0:15 0:03
Aucilla River + 0:03 + 0:05
Shell Point + 0:05 + 0:03
Dickerson Bay + 0:16 + 0:20
Bald Point + 0:33 + 0:19
Alligator Point 0:08 + 0:11
Turkey Point 0:12 0:18
Dog Island + 0:07 + 0:06
St. George Island (East End) 0:15 + 0:06
St. George Island (Sikes Cut) + 0:49 + 1:32
Apalachicola + 2:00 + 2:44
St. Joseph Bay 0:24 0:51
Panama City 0:43 0:44
St. Andrews Bay (Channel Entrance) 1:31 2:02

is suddenly turning into light. During cold months the heat-of-the-day period
is often the best for bass, because now the chilly shallows are at their warm-
est of the day. And what creature's daily routine is not deeply rooted in the
sun's daily light cycle (dawn-to-duskto-dawn)?
For these reasons, the Astro Tables that you've been following in The Franklin
County Chronicle has changed a little in format and a lot in dimension. While
the "Best Days" column and concept remain the same-continuing to rate
each 24-hour period on a sliding scale of 0-100, it's the best times of each day
section, now called "Daily Periods" that has a new look and concept. Where
the old Astro Tables offered four periods of electromagnetic influence (the
Overhead Moon, the Underfoot Moon, the Overhead Sun, and the Underfoot
Sun), we've now added those three vital periods of solar heat and light
Until now, the most important influences of hourly fish and game
activity have been ignored by "moon tables."
energy. These are Dawn (darkness turning into light and the coolesttime of
day), Heatof-the-Day (the warmest time of day, effective when temperatures
are below ideal), and Dusk (light turning into darkness). The result is "Astro
Tracker 2000," a new fish and game activity forecaster so much more compre-
hensive and accurate, all outdoorsfolk can sink their hooks into it...even
those who have always been skeptical of "moon tables."
The Prime Periods and Their Order of Priority
These three new solar elements bring the total to seven potential periods in
any given day. Of course, not all will apply year-round, nor will they all be
equa in strength. Consequently, Astro Tracker 2000 attempts to place them
in order of importance each day (see the "Best," "2nd Best," etc. columns). As
you can see, the "Heat-of-the-Day" period pretty well dominates the "Best"
column during November. Later on, as temperatures warm to more ideal,
"Dawn" is often suggested as the best choice, with "Heat-of-the-Day" fading
out completely. (Note: While 2000 works well for both fish and game, there are
times when the two will not react equally to the same factor. For example, the
dawn period is a top priority for animals year-round, while the heat-of-the-
day period takes over for fis during the colder months. When a discrepancy
occurs, 2000 sides with the fish kingdom.)
Asa rule of thumb, that "ideal" we've been mentioning is approximately 70
degrees, and it applies mostly to the shallows of an average body of water. And
since this turning point arrives at different times in different states, 2000
keys on the middle latitudes of the U.S., where 70-plus-degree water runs
rom a boutMay through Sept. Consequently, those of you fishing farther north
or south will want to adjust 2000's "Best" column accordingly during the spring
and fall. For example, in your region of northern Florida, 70-degree water will
arrive sometime in about mid-February; so in 2000's upcoming February,
March and April calendars, then again in October and November, you should
disregard the "Heat-of-the-Day" period being shown as "Best" (Notice the little
reminder at the bottom of the Nov. calendar. The same reminder will also
appear in the Feb.-May and Sep.-Oct tables.)

Figure 1: Astro Tables 2000 is based on the PrimeTimes Wall Calendar
(sample shown here). Compare these first three days in Nov. to those on the
adjacent page to see how the times and order of Astro Table 2000's periods
are determined. On Nov. 2, for example, the "Heat-of-the-Day" period has
the highest peak, so it earns the "Best" column in Astro Tables 2000.
"Noon" is the second highest, and soon. On Nov. 3 the "Overhead Moon"
elevates to the "2nd Best" slot by overlapping the "Noon" period.


BEST 2nd Best 3rd Best 4th Best 5th Best

555 HEAT/DAY 0 NOON : 0 DAWN 9:54-11:28p
555 HEAT/DAY 0 NOON I .Q. DAWN 10:57p-12:17a
555 HEAT/DAY 0 NOON I .0, DAWN 12:03-1'09a
F S S S 0 NOON .Oa DAWN 6- DUSK 1:10-2:06a

ugM;ff2| J0 NOON .. DAWN DUSK 2:14-3:06a
'55 HEAT/DAY 3:401i1 0 NOON -. DAWN 3:15-4:07a
555 HEAT/DAY NOON 0a DAWN 4:10-5.10a
5 % HEAT/DAY NOON 0- DAWN O a 5:00-6:10a,
555 HEAT/DAY 0 NOON .0 DAWN *ta 5:467:06a
55 HEAT/DAY 6:31-7:57a* 0 NOON 2 DUSK *6:4 :
555 HEAT/DAY 0 NOON 7:12-8: 48a* DUSK 7:19 9:0

555 HEAT/DAY 0 NOON -.0 DAWN 7:49-9,39a i
555 HEAT/DAY 0 NOON .. DAWN 8:25-41029a
555 HEAT/DAY 0 NOON .0. DAWN 9:03-11 19a
555 HEAT/DAY 0 NOON .0 DAWN 9:40a-12:10p z
10:18a-1:02p* 555 HEAT/DAY I -.0. DAWN in DUSK
55 HEAT/DAY 10:59a-1:53p* l DAWN ,2 DUSK
555 HEAT/DAY 0 NOON 111:41a-2-47pl a DUSK

12:29-3:35p* 0 NOON DUSK .0. DAWN
1:17-4:23p* 0 NOON'" 2 DUSK '.0 DAWN
555 HEAT/DAY 2:08-5:08p O NOON :, DUSK
555 HEAT/DAY 2:59-5:53p* 0 NOON DAWN
555 HEAT/DAY 0 NOON 3:51-6:35p* .a DAWN
555 HEAT/DAY 0 NOON n DUSK ':4:45-7:15p |
555 HEAT/DAY 0 NOON Ii DUSK 5:40Q-7:56p I

55 HEAT/DAYI I 0 NOON DUSK 6:36-8:36p
555 HEAT/DAY O NOON 2 DUSK 7:34-9:18p
555 HEAT/DAY 0 NOON 2 n DUSK 8:36-10:02p
555 HEAT/DAY | NOON Ii 2 DUSK 9:40-10:52p










Published twice monthly on the 10th and

Another reason to use this priority listing as just a guide is this type of for
can't show you how much stronger or weaker one period is over another. 2
is based on its mother publication, PrimeTimes (see sample in Figure 1), wt
studies each day's peaks and valleys to organize 2000 s priority list. Soi
times two peaks are so close in strength that it's a toss-up on which ta
priority. Occasionally that battle is between the fifth and sixth slot, mean:
the loser doesn't even show up here, when it may rightfully deserve consid'
action. (Due to space limitations, only the top five periods can be shown
2000). Also, when it's close between a solar and lunar period for the "5th Bes
slot, 2000 always shows the lunar one for the benefit of you staunch moo
This order of priority can also be thrown out of kilter by adverse weather,
water clarity, over-fishing, the nature of your quarry, etc. It's not difficult to
understand, for example, how the "Heat-of-the-Day" period will lose its punch
on a cold, rainy day in January. In this case, you should move to the "2nd
Best" column, where "Noon" or a lunar period is probably suggested. (Both, by
the way, are electromagnetic influences, and are less affectedby such things.)
The Time-Boxes and Their Symbols
The "Moon Overhead" is signified by the black boxes with white lettering. The
"Moon Underfoot" uses the gray box with black letters. Because these periods
change considerably from one day to the next, their times are always given
inside the boxes.
Both lunar periods are constantly "sliding" their way up and over the solar
peaks, overlapping each at least once every month. (In Figure 1, watch the
Overhead Moon's progression through the first three days of Nov.) When a
lunar period does occur at the same time as a solar period, we get a double-
whammy affect, which the old Astro Tables never showed you. At these times,
Astro Tables 2000 lists only the lunar time and signifies the overlapping with
an asterisk (*). An example of this can be found in the black box (Moon Over-
head) on Nov. 3. This corresponds to the same date in PrimeTimes (Figure 1),
where you can actually see the Overhead Moon overlapping the Noon (Sun
Overhead) period.
Because all solar times change relatively little day to day, each (white) sun box
contains just its own symbol and descriptive term. If you want to see an,aver-
aged-outfor-the-month estimate of how long these periods last, check the key
at the bottom of the calendar.
While Astro Tables 2000 gives you the precise times for the moonJ please use
these as the general guide for which they were intended. For example, 9:24
a.m. to 10:58 a.m. should be treated more as,'mid-to-late-moming," and given
at least a half-hour cushion to either side. Besides, these times correspond to
the center of any time zone, meaning in Florida (which Is on the western edge
of your time zone) you should add about 30 minutes to all lunar times listed.
PrimeTimes and Astro Tables 2000 may not be the end-all-be-all of when to go
fishing or hunting. But they are the best look into the future the outdoor
world has to date. By basically adding a true "sun table" to an existing "moon
table," we finally have an excellent forecaster of 11 the predictable, influential
variables. If you've been following Astro Tables or some moon table regularly,
your success rate should increase substantially with 2000. If this is your first
attempt with any activity prognosticator, you couldn't have come at a better

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Of 05.!

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Cypress Creek

Jason Byrd

cola, Florli a

November 4
Gates Open No Admission Charge
Arrival King Retsyo & Miss Florida Seafood
For Opening Ceremonies
Kelli Kemper Performs

Saturday, November 5
8:00 Red Fish Run (Gibson Inn)
8:00 Battery Park Gates Open $5 Admission
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10:00 Parade (Avenue E/Highway 98)
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Noon Oyster Eating Contest;Continuous Entertainment
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3:00 Blue Crab Race
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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

County Rallies Against Net Ban

by Laura Rogers and Brian Goercke

SusrieNO o h


The Chronicle now has 34 vending
machines across a 80-mile zone
bridging south Wakulla County,
throughout Franklin, and into
Gulf County. We are also pleased
to report that vending sales have
set new records for us along with
rising subscriptions. We are more
interested in targeting audiences
for advertisers, inside of Franklin
County as well as external audi-
ences outside of the county. Many
local advertisers do not realize
that there are nearly 4000 house-
holds which pay taxes for prop-
erty in Franklin County that do
not live in Franklin County.
The Chronicle has developed and
refined mailing lists, eliminating
duplicates with subscriptions and
other lists, to a large degree, per-
forming regular maintenance on
those lists, to deliver ad messages
to audiences inside and outside of
Franklin. We are learning our zip
codes and what comprises the
audiences in the geographical ar-
eas those codes represent. We also
market those audiences to solicit
subscriptions. The St. George Is-
land list contains hundreds of
property owners including the

Plantauon list. To develop such a
data base has required hundreds
of hours and a reasonable amount
of money, one of our assets which
has helped us survive in this com-
petitive environment
We do not seek any claim to send
to every state. Indeed, the impor-
tant audiences for our advertisers
are those nearby, who regularly
visit Franklin County, shop her
stores, stay in her motels and eat
at her resturaunts. The concen-
tration of those folks are not across
the 50 states but in southern Geor-
gia, northern Florida and Talla-
hassee. That is the territory we
regularly market, and this is pay-
ing off for our advertisers.


The St. George Plantation Owners' Association, Inc., elected two Plan-
tation residents to the seven-person Board of Directors at their An-
nual Membership Meeting on 15 October 1994. John Gelch and Will-
iam Hartley were elected to the Board with 287 and 291 votes respec-
The results of the balloting among four candidates are as follows:
1994 Annual Meeting Election Results

Al Clark
John Gelch
William Hartley
William Murphy

155 votes
287 votes
291 votes
110 votes

Outgoing members, Lori Rodrique and John Cullen, were given a round
of applause for their voluntary service on the Board during their three-
year terms. Gelch and Hartley assumed their new positions in their
first Board meeting at the organizational board meeting that after-
noon, described in a related story in this issue.
The annual meeting was called to order about 10 a. m. and ended
about Noon, making it one of the shortest meetings in recent memory.
The 1993 minutes of the Annual meeting were approved. Then, led
by Association manager Wayne Gleasman, candidates for the Board
were permitted to address the membership for three
President Lou Vargus announced that Hank Kozlowsky (Wyomissing,
Pa) was absent because his mother was being hospitalized with a
serious medical problem, He continued.
"...First of all, I'd like to thank the staff. The security staff and,
maintenance staff...I think everybody's done a fantastic job. When
I was asked to serve as President of the Board last year, I think I primary goal was to create harmony. And, to reduce
the acrimony ... I think we've really come a long way. I think it's
been a rocky road. We've had our ups and downs. Somewhat
analgous to the condition of Leisure Lane right now. I think we've
gotten our act together a little bit faster than Leisure Lane. Hope-
fully, that will be the next big step. As Wayne has pointed out, the
comprehensive plan I think is the first time we're not just putting
out fires. We're planning. We're starting to organize... ...We've done
several other things that are not as significant as the comprehen-
sive plan, and the Infrastructure issues, but nevertheless impor-
tant. ,,. We've put in a new mailbox system. We have cable... Does
everybody have cable? (group responds, No. ). I was led to belive
that you all had cable. Well, we're close. "
"I think we need to continue to work together as a team. Now, of
course, we can still disagree and not be disagreeable. And that's
what I'm hoping for."
Gleasman pointed out that the St. George cable company had experi-
enced several delays because of the rainy weather and flooding. Those
who wanted cable hookups were invited to call the Plantation Office
to sign-up .
Association attorney Barbara Sanders gave a brief report on litiga-
tion, indicating the only outstanding legal action still pending was
the RSH (Herron) litigation. After the case was bifurcated, the Asso-
ciation appealed the earlier decision to the First District Court of Ap-
peals. Briefs had been filed last spring, but oral argument has not yet
en scheduled. She also spoke about "dues collection" indicating
that her involvement in that phase of Association of legal action had
been taken over by the new Manager, Wayne Gleasman, now con-
cluding his first year.
The balance of the meeting dealt with comments from the member-
ship, issues, starting with the proposed fire station, dues assess-
ments, building heights and informing the membership about pend-
ing problems.
On the fire station, Gleasman pointed out that Dr. Ben Johnson had
planned to donate the land for its location across from the Pelican
Point tennis court. Johnson affirmed that the land would be deeded
to the St. George Volunteer Fire Dept. Discussion then moved to the
continuing problem of enforcing the County's building height ordi-
nance of 35 feet from the first living level stimulated.
Stimulated by member Donna Butterfield, discussion then moved to
the continuing problem of enforcing the County's building height or-
dinance of 35 feet from the first living level.
In other discussion, Wayne Gleasman explained some aspects of the
comprehensive plan, including the identified 1.5 miles of Leisure Lane
slated for repair as soon as bridge repairs to the island would permit
moving heavy equipment over from the mainland. He reiterated that
the Board did not want to embark on a massively expensive con-
struction plan, escalating dues assessments. Some concerns about
the higher dues assessments for the next year were expressed at the
Woody Miley: "Dues on our house (which) went up $300 and that's
a middle-ground starting point?
Gleasman: Well, yeah. When you consider comparable communi-
ties throughout the southeast...most of them start at $1200 will
(dues) for a vacant lot and go up to $4400 for an improved lot....
Miley: That's four times the dues for Bay Point, in Panama City.
Vargus: I think you need to direct this kind of question to specifics.
It's very easy to criticize any increase. and not look at the specific
information... (We have)... the fire hofise, repairs on Leisure Lane.
There's a host of things we have to repair. The boardwalks.. .It doesn't
do us any good to shoot back and forth...
Continued on page 8

Nearly one hundred and fifty resi-
dents filled the Franklin County
Courthouse on Monday, 17 Oc-
tober, to listen to an informational
forum on the Net Ban proposal
and to gain ideas on how they
could wage opposition to the 8
November Amendment item.
Net ban opponents spent almost
two hours at the Monday night
meeting drawing up 'battle plans'
to make sure that Florida voters.
hear both sides of the issue. Cast
as a "David and Goliath" struggle,
keynote speakers emphasized the
need for good public relations,
continued grassroots opposition
to the net ban and to campaign
against Florida's wealthiest "ten
percent" and sports fishermen
who both fund and favor the cam-
paign to ban nets.
Wakulla resident and president of
the Seafood Producers and Con-
sumers Association, Pat
McFarland, opened with the state-
ment: "We're not harming the en-
vironment. We're providing people
with fresh Florida seafood and
we're making a living." Mcfarland
stated that all seafood industries
would suffer as well as the com-
mercial fisherman if the net ban
amendment were approved. He
also stated that those vacation-
ing to the coast for the taste of
fresh Florida seafood might vaca-
tion elsewhere if much of that sea-
food is scarce due to the net ban.
McFarland intimated that tourist
related services as hotels, real
estate rentals, retail stores, gas
stations and local restaurants
would also suffer.
Commissioner Dink Braxton
stated, "We don't want to ban any
nets in Franklin County." He con-
tinued, "Any way we can help (to
fight the net ban), we will do so."
Commissioner Tom Saunders
concurred, "We must be a visible
part of the election, (pointing to a
Save bur Seafood sign) and we
must be at all of the precincts with
a sign."

Gene Raffield
Mr. Gene Raffield of Raffield Fish-
eries discussed the need for anti-
net ban activist to be at many of
the the pivotal precincts in Tampa'
Bay, Orlando and Miami with a
Save our Seafood sign. Raffield felt
that most voters in these areas
had no idea what the amendment
3 issue was about. He said that
fourteen Florida counties had al-
ready passed resolutions that
support keeping nets in the fish-
ing industry. "90% of Florida resi-
dents eat seafood. There are two
kinds of opposition we're dealing
with. There is the uninformed and
the greedy. With the greedy, we
have no control over; but the
uninformed...every time we
have an article written and they
read it...or every time they see us
with one of those (Save our Sea-
food) signs, it could have a major
impact on how they vote."
Meeting attendees then viewed a
video that gave some stark facts
about potential affects of the net
ban. According to the film, ap-
roximately 40,000 jobs and one
million dollars in state revenue
would be lost if the net ban
passed. It stated that with
500,000 recreational boats com-
pared to 8000 commercial vessels,
the real enemy to sea-life was the
recreational and not the commer-
cial fishermen.
Apalachicola City Attorney J.
Patrick Floyd noted that Florida
was one of the few places in the
world where one could get fresh ,
seafood that was "safe to eat."

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Floyd concluded, "We had a little
battle a while ago (concerning the
mesh nets) and we won that... this
is the war! We can win it, too. Let's
do this the right way and let's win
Resident Carrabelle shrimper
James Lycett opened with an at-
tack on a 14 October Tallahassee
Democrat editorial in support of
the net ban. "The Tallahassee
Demo-Crap... they don't put forth
a single fact." Lycett felt that most
people were missing three key is-
sues in concern to the net ban: I.
Conservation: Lycett stated that
commercial fishermen were not
hurting the environment. He
stated that 75% of the trout were
being caught by recreational fish-
ermen. 2. The American Way:
Lycett asked, "Would any of our
founding fathers vote for the net
bay?" He felt that small busi-
nesses should be able to conduct
their livelihoods without undue
governmental restrictions. 3. The
Facts: Lycett stated that there
was plenty of state and federal
documentation proving that com-
mercial fishermen were not re-
sponsible for the extensive sea-life
devastation that they were being
accused of. He concluded, "We've
got some pretty good cards in our
hands. Let's get out to to the
A sign-up sheet was circulated
among the attendees to volunteer
time or money to the anti-net ban
campaign. Over one thousand
dollars were pledged. After the
meeting, Commissioner Saunders
presented material suggesting
that certain groups in Texas were
very much involved financially in
pushing for the net ban. "Let them
eat catfish" is one of the rhetori-
cal phrases coming from the
Texas lobbyists. Catfish is one of
Texas' main exports to other
states. Local Fisherman Mitchell
Lemieux concluded after the
meeting, "I think the two (groups)
should be able to get along." Mr.
Lemieux felt that the bigger inter-
ests within the recreational fish-
ing group were not ,thinking of
men as himself who were just try-
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- Bay Scallops Rule Final
Public Hearing
The Commission held a final pub-
lic hearing on proposed rule
amendments to manage the.
state's stressed bay scallop fish-
ely that would:
allow the recreational harvest of
hay scallops only on 4 and
5 July, and from 1 August
, through 30 September each
year, and allow such harvest to
take place in state waters north
and west of the Suwanee River
only (all other state waters
would be closed to the harvest
of bay scallops through the
1997 season)
establish a daily recreational
bag limit of 2 gallons of
unshucked bay scallops per
pe.-son (or 1 pint of shucked bay
scall-)p meat), or 1C0 gallons per
vessel (cr '/2 gallor. of shucked
bay scallop meat), whichever is

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 en-
hancement projects These rule
amendments are intended to
aid the recovery of bay scallop
populations in the proposed
closed, areas, and to prevent
further declines in the fishery
in areas where bay scallops are
still relatively abundant. The
Commission will continue to
monitor the bay scallop fishery,
and will consider relaxing these
restrictions in the future if the
fishery recovers. The Commis-
sion intends to take this rule to
the Governor and Cabinet for
approval on 22 November 1994,
and implement the rule 1 Janu-
ary 1995 if approved.
Marine Life Rule Final
Public Hearing
The Commission held a final pub-
lic hearing on proposed amend-
ments to the tropical ornamental
marine life rule that would:
* reduce the maximum size limit
for queen, French, blue, and
gray angelfishes from 10 inches
to 8 inches center length, and
from 6 inches to 5 inches cen-
ter length for rock beauty an-

* establish a maximum size limit
of 8 inches center length for
spotfin (Cuban) and Spanish
hogfish, and a minimum size
limit of 2 inches center length
for Spanish hogflsh
* increase the daily harvest limit
on pink tipped anemones (ge-
nus Condylactus) from 200 to
400 per person
* allow persons to possess oth-
erwise prohibited corals on live
rock harvested from aquacul-
ture operations, provided that
they possess appropriate fed-
eral or state permits and pro-
vide proper notification to the
Florida Marine Patrol (off-the-
water possession by wholesale
and retail dealers would require
documentation that the corals
were legal harvested by a per-
mit holder)
* replace the term "gorgonians" in
the present rule with the term
"octocorals", and define
octocoral as an erect, non-en-
crusting species (in addition,
one inch of substrate around
the perimeter of the holdfast at
the base of the octocoral would
be allowed to be harvested, as
long as such substrate remains
attached to the octocoral)
change the fishing year for

Figure One
New Water Rate Schedule

St. George Island Utility Co.,


Ltd. Approved
by PSC

by Utility

Residential and General Service
(Base Facility Charge)
Meter Size

%" x

3" Compound
3" Turbine
4" Compound
4" Turbine
6" Compound
6" Turbine
8" Compound
8" Turbine
10" Compound
10" Turbine
12" Compound

Gallonage Charge Per Mg. (1,000)

Typical Residential Bills (%" x %")
3,000 gallons.
:5,000.gallons., ,


$ 14.05
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$ 15.61



The Identified Issue
Issue 17: Should any adjustment be made to con-
tractual .services-accounting?
Issue 18: Should an adjustment be made to reduce
legal contractual services?
Issue 19: Should an adjustment be made to reduce
management fees?
Issue 20: Should an adjustment be made to con-
tractual services-other?

Issue 21: Should transportation expenses be re-

Issue 22: Should an adjustment be made to reduce
insurance expense?

$ 30.91




by PSC

$ 21.49


Staff Recommendation or
Background Statement
Recommendation: Yes. Accounting contract
vices should be reduced by $6,000.
Recommendation: Yes, a, reduction of $21,
legal contractual services is appropriate.
Recommendation: Yes. An adjustment sho
made to reduce management fees by $16,00(
Recommendation: Staff recommends that $
be allowed for these expenses on a yearly basi
results in a $43,037 reduction to the Utility's rt
Staff also recommends that the utility provide
that these expenses are under contract or hay
completed by January 10, 1995.
Recommendation: Yes. Transportation ex]
should be reduced by $7,800?

Recommendation: Yes. Due to Insufficient su
ing documentation and to noncontinuous co'
in the past, the Commission should disallow t
tire $36,502 for general liability, workmen's co:
station, and property insurance.

To be continued in the Chronicle issue of 10 November 1994

Seafood Festival from page 1

octocorals to begin October I
each year
require that all corals harvested
in aquaculture operations re-
main attached to cultured rock
require that live rock harvest-
ers landing rock harvested in
federal waters give notice to the
Florida Marine Patrol
ie Commission intends to take
these rule amendments to the
governor and Cabinet for ap-
roval on 22 November 1994, and
iplement the amendments on
January 1995 if approved.
lue Crab Trap
egradability Rule Final
public Hearing
he Commission held a final pub-
c hearing on a proposed amend-
ent to the blue crab rule that
would establish degradabillty re-
uirements for blue crab traps.
ils rule amendment would con-
der traps to have a legal degrad-
)le panel if:
the trap lid tie-down strap is
secured to the trap by a single
loop of untreated Jute twine,
and the trap lid is secured so
thatwhen the jute degrades, the
lid will no longer be securely
closed, or
the trap lid tie-down strap is
secured to one end with a cor-
rodible hook composed of non-
coated steel wire measuring 24
gauge or thinner, and the trap
d is secured so that when the
hook degrades, the lid will no
longer be securely closed, or
the trap contains at least one
sidewall with a vertical rectan-
iular opening no smaller in ei-
er dimension than 6 inches
high and 3 inches wide, and the
opening is laced, sewn, or oth-
erwise obstructed by a single
ength of untreated jute twine
mknotted only at each end and
not tied or looped more than
once around a single mesh bar;
the opening in the sidewall of
the trap must no longer be ob-
structed when the jute de-
grades, or
the trap contains at least one
sidewall with a vertical rectan-
gular opening no smaller in ei-
her dimension than 6 inches
high by 3 inches wide, and the
opening must be obstructed
vith an untreated pine slat or
slats no thicker than % inch;
the opening in the sidewall of
he trap must no longer be ob-
structed when the slat de-
grades, or
the trap contains at least one
sidewall with a vertical rectan-
gular opening no smaller in ei-
her dimension than 6 inches
high by 3 inches wide, and the
opening must be laced, sewn,
or otherwise obstructed by non-
coated steel wire measuring 24
gauge or thinner or be ob-
structed with a panel of ferrous
single-dipped galvanized wire
nesh made of 24 gauge or thin-
aer wire
Continued on page 10
PSC Action
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(Approved, with the
modification that the
company will keep ac-
curate mileage records
from the date of the fi-
nal order.)
average (Approved, with the
he en- modification that the
mpen- Company will be al-
lowed $12,703 for in-
surance expenses. The
final order will require
that the Company pro-
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He wrote, "I will rove, do stage
shows, tell stories, sing, play my
banjo, and just generally be the
character that I am."
Jason Byrd, from Tallahassee,
Florida, has performed locally,
and in Nashville, and on television
He says his "early influences"
have been George Jones, Vern
Gosdin and Merle Haggard.
Saturday afternoon events in-
clude the traditional oyster
shucking contest at I p. m., the
Apalachicola Bay Chamber Auc-

tion at 1:30 p. m. and Maritime
Crafts in the Community Center
at 1:30 p. m. The Blue Crab races
will be staged at 3 p. m., and the
traditional Blessing of the Fleet
ceremony at 4 p. m. Saturday
night is the King Retsyo Ball at
the Armory, 9 p. m.
The festival continues into Sun-
day, 6 November, with gates open
(no admission charge) at 9:00 a.
m. Spiritual singing groups and
individuals from around north-
east Florida will begin at 10 a. m.
and continue throughout the
morning. The Seafood Festival of-
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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Homeowners, continued from page 6
Hoffer: But Lou, he (Gleasman) has used the word "starting point"
and I think the membership is fully entitled to know If this is on the
mind of the Board to increase the dues in incremental steps so we
get up to the $4000. I think that's a perfectly legitimate question to
ask and to find out from this Board of Directors what their PLANS
are for next year.
Vargus: I don't think that was the question.
Hoffer: He did (use the word) "starting point".
Gleasman: Well, it was not intended to be an incremental
increase. The Board considers the budget on an annual basis. They
have full authority to increase or decrease the scope of the planned
expenditures when that annual budget is considered. With the com-
prehensive plan...we don't intend to make the increases
incremental...What we wanted to do was to get to a level where we
can sustain a rejuvenation of an extensive network of infrastruc-
ture that you folks have in this community...
Hoffer: Well, let's get to the bottom line. What is that level that you
perceive as of this time?
Gleasman: I perceive somewhere between $1000 and $1200 as a
fair, sustainable assessment for an improved lot in a community
such as this..."
Gleasman reminded the group that the projected costs for repairing
all of Leisure Lane could reach 1.7 million, but that no previous Board
of Directors had set aside monies to embark on a project of that mag-
nitude. Questions were raised as to why the repairs were not consid-
ered by the Board as a Special Assessment against each lot and
homeowner. President Vargus said that a special assessment was not
appropriate since this was not a one-time project, but a growing and
continuing problem, requiring Board action through the annual bud-
get and better planning.
To be continued in Chronicle issue of
10 November 1994


WHEREAS, proposed Constitutional Amendment #3, which will
appear for the voters' consideration on the ballot for the General Election in
November; and
WHEREAS, passage of Amendment #3 would prohibit net fishing in
the waters of the State of Florida; and
WHEREAS, at this time net fishing is adequately regulated and
the Legislature has the authority to establish other regulations, if needed; and
WHEREAS, far more marine resources are killed by recreational
activities than by net fishing; and
WHEREAS, the primary reason for decline, if any, in marine
species is habitat degradation caused by coastal development, which destroys
wetlands and seagrasses, and pollution; and
WHEREAS, net. fishing provides inexpensive seafood to
consumers, particularly, elderly and low income families, who could not oth-
erwise afford nor acquire this form of protein; and
WHEREAS, net fishing creates retail, wholesale, processing,
transportation, marketing and support jobs throughout the State of Florida;
WHEREAS, banning net fishing will eliminate an entire culture
and tradition practiced by farmers of the sea for centuries, which is an ex-
tremely disturbing, frightening precedent; and
WHEREAS, banning net fishing would in reality take away the
individual's opportunity and right to share In available marine resources; and
WHEREAS, banning net fishing is not a conservation issue; it
is a taking issue affecting everyone, now, it is, therefore,
COMMISSIONERS, as follows:
'1. That the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners
hereby go on record opposing the proposed Constitutional Amendment #3.
2. That the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners
respectfully requests other County Commissioners throughout the State of
Florida join with it opposing the proposed Constitutional Amendment #3.
3. That a copy hereof shall be furnished to Senators Bob
Graham and Connie Mack, Governor Lawton Chiles, Senator Pat Thomas,
Representative Robert D. Trammell, and the Chairman of each County Com-
mission throughout the State of Florida.

While the St. George Utility Com-
pany, Ltd. has received partial
approval on their rate increase,
described elsewhere in this issue,
the Public Service Commission's
own motion to revoke the certifi-
cate (under docket No 920782-
WU) is still pending. Last year, on
13 October 1993, the PSC decided
to postpone the hearing in the
revocation proceeding d during the

endency- of the rate case
fdocket94- 109-WU). At that time,
the PSC opined "The need for con-
tinuing the revocation process
shall be re-evaluated after the rate
case is completed." While sched-
ules are tentative and subject
to revision, the current schedule
for prehearing on revocation (if
necessary) is scheduled for 6 Feb-
ruary 1995, and a formal hearing
(if necessary) scheduled for 22
February 1995. e

Background on the Utility
Rate Case
Prepared by PSC staff
st. George Island Utility, Ltd. (St. George, SGIU or utility) is a Class B
water utility providing service for approximately 993 water customers in
Franklin County. For the test year ended 31 December 1992, the utility
reported, in its application, operating revenues of $314,517 and a net
operating loss of $428,201.
On 31 January 1994, the utility filed an application for approval of in-
terim and permanent rate increases pursuant to Sections 367.081 and
367.082, Florida Statutes. The utility satisfied the Minimum Filing Re-
quirements (MFRs) for a rate increase, and this date was designated as
the official filing date. The utility's present rate of return was established
in Order No. 21122, issued on April 24, 1989, in Docket No. 871177-WU.
St. George requested interim water rates designed to generate annual
revenues of $435,453. The requested revenues would exceed test year
revenues by $120,935 for a requested interim increase of 38.45%. The
utility requested final water rates designed to generate annual revenues
of $742,718, which exceed testyear revenues by $428,201 for a 136.15%
increase. The utility stated in its filing that the final rates requested would
be sufficient to recover a 8.07% rate of return on its rate base. The utility's
application for increased rates is based.on the testyear ended 31 Decem-
ber 1992 for both interim and final.
On 14 March 1994, Order No. PSC-94-0291-PCO-WU was issued acknowl-
edging the intervention of the Office of Public Counsel (OPC). On 18March
1994, Order No. PSC-94-0461-FOF-WU was issued suspending the per-
manent rate increase request and granting interim rates subject to re-
fund. This Order also provided that the utility provide a bond in the amount
of $34,307 as guarantee for any potential refund of interim water rev-
enues. On 21 March 1994, Order No. PSC-94-0320-PCO-WU was issued
establishing procedure for this case. On 13 May 1994, Order No. PSC-94-
0571-CFO*WU was issued granting the request by the Utility for confi-
dential treatment of its 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992 tax
returns and associated work papers While in the possession of the Office
of Public Counsel; and resolving discovery motions filed by the Office of
Public Counsel. On 16 May 1994, Order No. PSC-94-0573-PCO-WU was
issued granting the petition to intervene filed by the St. George Island
Water Sewer District (District). And on 14 July 1994, Prehearing Order
No. PSC-94-0856-PHO-WU was issued.
On 12 July 1994, the Prehearing Conference was held and there were
forty-two (42) issues identified. The technical hearing was held in
Apalachicola on 20 and 21 July 1994, and was continued in Tallahassee
on 3 and 9 August, and was concluded on 10 August 1994.
During the Hearing in Apalachicola approximately 19 customers were
present to offer testimony. In the morning session of 20 August, 10 cus-
tomers of the Utility offered testimony against the rate increase and com-
plained about the quality of the water. One of these 10 customers repre-
sented 99 customers of 300 Ocean Mile, St. George Island, Florida. In the
evening session 9 more customers testified,. and several letters were pre-
sented by customers that could not be present; all protesting the rate
increase request and complaining about the poor quality of water. Bar-
bara Sanders appearing on behalf of St George Island after and Sewer
District also reported that she had received 18 call-ins from other cus-
tomers wishing to make their opposition to this rate increase request
known to the Commission.

St. Geo Utility
Escrow Funds
To Be Returned
Five days following their decision
to increase water rates through
the St. George Island Utility Com-
pany, Ltd., the Public Service
Commission (PSC) released util-
ity escrow funds and closed a
docket requiring escrow of regu-
latory assessment fees.
In an order issued 9 June 1992,
the PSC required the utility to re-
mit past due regulatory assess-
ment.fees (RAFs) for 1991, and to
place a 4.5 per cent of the utility's
monthly revenues into an inter-
est bearing escrow account to
cover prospective RAFs. The re-
cent order said, "Over the next
eighteen months, the utility's
compliance with the escrow re-
quirement was imperfect, at best"
The utility responded from time
to time that its revenues were
down and occasionally there were
no funds to deposit, But, by
25 January 1994, the PSC re-
quired the utility to slow cause
why it should not be fined for its
failure to fund the escrow ac-
count. By February, the utility
formally responded to the show
cause order, disputing issues of


fact and law, and requested a for-
mal hearing. Accordingly, this
docket (920318-WU) was sched-
uled for 28 November 1994. Since
that time, the PSC reported that
the St. George Utility Company,
Ltd. "...has become current on all
past due RAFs." It has also be-
come current with regard to the
RAF excrow account. In a letter,
the utility withdrew its request for
a formal hearing. So, the PSC has
approved the request, November
1994 hearing, and additionally,
ordered that the escrow funds be
returned to the utility. In the same
order, the PSC ordered that the
docket be closed.

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symptom), but rather, to find the
causes and correct them.
imbalance is the
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The westward movement by farmers and planters to settle in Georgia
and Alabama, put pressure on the Creek Indians along the
ChattahoocheeFlint-Apalachicola River system. In Georgia, the Treaty
of Fort Jackson in 1814 opened for settlement all lands in the south-
ern part of the state. The Treaty of Washington in 1827, moved them
west of the Mississippi. This concluded a process started in 1802,
when the United States promised to the State of Georgia to relocate
the Indians in that state within a reasonable time. In Alabama, land
speculations and encroachments on Creek territory in violation of
the Treaty of Cuseta (1832), resulted in the Creek War, (1836-7). While
there were some remaining incidents, the Indians were generally gone
by 1843. In Florida, the process began as soon as the territory was
transferred from Spain to the United States, and was generally com-
pleted by 1838. Harassed by settlers, attacked by other Indians, and
beset by floods and disease, they sold their small reservations near
the Apalachicola River, and agreed to leave. On the river Columbus,
Georgia the head of navigation, was founded in 1826; Eufala in
1833, and Albany in 1836.
Thomas Orman, (1799-1880), a respected pioneer settler, landowner
and merchant, came to Florida at age 18 from Salina, New York, a
town later absorbed by Syracuse. Traveling via barge on the Missis-
sippi River to New Orleans and then to St. Andrews, Florida, he en-
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he moved to Webville, 12 miles north ol Marianna. At Webville, he
purchased a plantation and slaves and married his wife, Sarah, (1805-
1896), a local belle. His only child, William Thomas Orman, (1830-
1888), was born there in 1830. A story is told that Orman while on an
all night expedition searching for marauding Indians, at dawn neared
where the house now stands, and was so struck by its lofty beauty
and panoramic view that he decided on the spot to build his home
there. In 1834, he left the Marianna area, chartered a barge, and with
his family, furniture and slaves, floated down the Chipola to the re-
cently incorporate town and county seat of Apalachicola.
A tale is told that "one afternoon during the long and arduous(trip)... the
barge yawed at a sharp bend in the river, and "...a steaming pot of
mush that was being prepared for supper, bounced over the side into
the water. This stream deviation is still marked on river maps as
"Mush Pot Bend."
Initially, cotton was shipped down the Apalachicola River on flatboats.
Two hundred sixty six bales were shipped in 1822, one year after
Florida was transferred to the United States. The first steamboat,
the"Fanny," sailed up the river in 1828. That same year, the pine
barren known as "Cotton Town," was named West Point by the Legis-
lative Council of the Territory of Florida. It was incorporated in 1829



with an Intendent and four councilmen, and finally named
Apalachicola in 1831, becoming the county seat of Franklin in 1832.
It is estimated that 150 people lived in West Point in 1828 and 2,000
in 1838. However the population would fluctuate according to trade
and yellow fever conditions. In 1835, during the fever months, Au-
gust 1 to November 1, the Apalachicola Advertiser estimated that
there were no more than 70 people in town. Cotton was shipped from
December through June, with most of it shipped from January through
March. The population from sailors and merchants, would then swell
to 4,000 people.
In 1836, 50,000, 500 lb. bales of cotton were shipped from
Apalachicola. In the land dispute of 1836, dissidents attempted to
ship cotton from the Apalachicola River by rail to the deep water bay
at St. Joseph, and built Florida's first railroad. Although Florida's
Constitutional Convention was hosted there in 1838, the failure to
attain economic viability, along with death and damage from hurri-
canes and yellow fever, brought this experiment to an end by 1844.
Apalachicola became the third largest cotton port on the Gulf Coast,
ranking after New Orleans and Mobile, shipping some 153,000 bales
of cotton in 1845 with some 61,000 bales of it going to foreign ports.
Some 15 steamboats on the average, plied the river to Columbus.


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Georgia. Cotton would be shipped down river, compressed, usually
by steam, at one of the 43 and lightered by 50', 1-2 masted, central
hatched, shallow water boats to the ocean going sailing vessels either
just out or inboard of St. George Island at West Pass. These vessels
tended to sail a triangular trade route among Boston or New York,
Liverpool or Le Havre, and Apalachicola. In addition to a coastal im-
port trade from New Orleans and New York of flour, corn, whiskey, a
Small amount of manufactured goods, metal products, books, cloth-
ing, ice from New York or Boston packed in sawdust, machinery and
building material; foreign imports included salt and iron from Liverpool
used as ballast, green fruits such as oranges, coconuts, bananas along
with molasses from Havana, Cuba, and wines, a small amount of
finished goods and some foodstuffs from Europe. Apalachicola shipped
cotton, some tobacco, corn, resin, hides and timber. There were sev-
eral foreign consulates in Apalachicola.
According to the surviving records of his firm, Thomas Orman en-
gaged in an extensive trade with up river farmers and planters. Some
notations involved hundreds of bales of cotton from individual plant-
ers, but most of the entries concerned smaller accounts. "R.B. Evans
of Quincy sent a quantity o' venison in exchange for salt, a pocket
knife, and several breakfast dishes. The venison was valued at $5.00
and the goods, plus freight, amounted to $9.78. Evans sent addi-
tional venison to pay the balance. Dr. Horace Ely of Marianna...always
paid cash." Many of the orders from small farmers were paid in pro-
duce. The Thomas Orman papers arhe largest single collection of
ante-bellum business records in the South. There is a local rumor
that Robert E. Lee, U.S. Corps of Engineers, while inspecting coastal
defense installations in the summer of 1847, may have visited at the
Orman home. With the outbreak of the War Between the States (1861-
65), Apalachicola and the surrounding coastal area assumed a dual
role of strategic military importance. Sheltered by the chain of off-
shore islands and situated on the river which provided easy access to
military industrial centers in the interior, the city and port offered
refuge to vessels carrying much needed supplies to the Confederacy.
Scarcely less important was the area's ability to maintain a large
number of salt producing installations which gave the Confederacy
the means of preserving meat and other food supplies. Union opera-
tions in the area were concerned with the blockade of the port and
the destruction of the salt producing installations. Confederate
counter-measures were attempts to fol the Union efforts. The prob-
lem was that with all of the inlets and bayous, neither side could
control the area. Confederate forts could be surrounded, and Union
blockade ships could be eluded.
The story is told that Sarah Orman would simulate roof and place a
nail keg on the Captain's Walk when the Union troops would come
into town for an inspection tour, to warn the southern sympathizers
upriver. Orman, like Governor Milton, Florida's war time governor,
denounced the blockade runners as greedy profiteers. But as the war
progressed, and shortages became more acute, the opinion of Jefferson
Davis that the blockade runners were vital, encouraged the activity
while the Union blockade tightened. Thomas Orman claimed that 3
out of 4 blockade runners were captured.
William Thomas Orman, joined the Confederacy only three years
after graduation from Yale University, and was placed in command of
a gunboat in New Orleans. Later he was assigned to the army Lieu-
tenant, 1st Florida Infantry, CSA and fought in several battles, in-
cluding Chickamauga in 1863.
"By 1864 the citizens of Apalachicola felt abandoned and even began
to question their continued loyalty to the Confederacy. Thomas
Ormand and John' Ruan, a respected merchant of the town, were
arrested by Union officers because of their alleged involvement in the
killing of two Unionists. They were released once it was established
that the loyaltists were shot by Confederate soldiers. Later, the two
men traveled to Marianna, where they were arrested again, this time
by Confederate soldiers. Incredulous and angry, they appealed to
0 Governor Milton.Their arrest on the grounds that they were interlop-
ers from Union held territory upset the governor. Milton wrote the
military commanders that Apalachicola 'is not now and never has
been within the enemy lines. It may be without our lines, but it is not
within theirs.'
During this time, Thomas Orman bought a plantation at Owl Creek.
Changes in transportation patterns and the reconstruction of south-
ern railroads after the war, left Apalachicola after 1867 as "a city of
mouldering ruins," with "streets grown up in grass." It would not
revive until the cypress lumber boom which ran from the late 1870's
Sto the 1920's.
On December 13, 1870, by the records of Trinity Church in
Apalachicola, Sarah Genevieve Orman (1869-1952), daughter of Wil-
liam T. Orman and Annie V. Orman (1841-1918), was baptised with
Lenora Lightenfeldt, Fanny Raney and parents, and Jenny Lind as
witnesses. In 1881, Dr. Alvin Wentworth Chapman, the leading bota-
nist in the South, who also served as Probate Judge, the salary help-
ing to support his botanical interests, appointed W.T. Orman as com-
missioner to settle certain debts owedby the Sinclair estate. This
resulted in Orman conducting a public auction at which a Horace H.
Humphries acquired 4,980 acres of St. George Island for $21.00. W.T.
Orman was also among those who in 1885, unsuccessfully attempted
to secure a railroad for Apalachicola. By the Trinity records, William
T. Orman died on October 28,1888, and was buried on October 29
with a funeral at the residence conducted by the Rev. J.B.C. Beaubien,
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MFC from page 7

The Commission intends to take
this rule amendment to the Gov-
ernor and Cabinet for approval on
22 November 1994, and imple-
ment the rule 1 January 1995 if
Other Meeting Action
The Commission:
* received scientific and public
comment and directed staff to
draft proposed rule amend-
ments for Commission consid-
eration in December that would
prohibit the sale of king mack-
erel during commercial season
closures, and prohibit the sale
of amberjack during April and
May each year
* received a report regarding the
condition of the oyster fishery
in Apalachicola Bay, and di-
rected staff to hold a public
workshop in the area and de-
velop future management op-
tions for the Bay for Commis-
sion consideration in February
* received a report on enforce-
ment issues regarding off-the-
water possession and transit of
oysters, and directed staff to
further study these issues; the
Commission also received a re-
port regarding oyster health
safety actions
* received a report regarding
shrimp harvesting in Franklin
received a report on the status
ofbluefish management on the
Atlantic coast

reviewed a draft rule amend-
Sment that would establish that
possession aboard a vessel
within state waters of the
Tortugas Shrimp Beds of more
than 5 gallons of heads-on dead
shrimp at the same time any
shrimp trawl is deployed shall
constitute prima facie evidence
that such shrimp were taken
within the Beds as an illegal
food shrimp activity; the Com-
mission directed staff to hold a
final public hearing on this pro-
posed rule amendment in De-
cember, if requested
received a scientific report on
the weakfish fishery, and di-
rected staff to draft a proposed
rule for Commission consider-
ation in December that would
establish a minimum size limit
of 12 inches total length for
weakfish harvested from state
reviewed a draft rule amend-
ment that would allow the har-
vest of shrimp during the April/
May closure in a narrow area
adjacent to federal waters out-
side the mouth of the St. Johns
River, and directed shff to hold
a final public hearing on this
proposed rule amendment in
December, if requested
received a scientific report on
the status of the state's tarpon
* elected Dr. Robert Q. Marston
to serve as Commission Chair-
man and Robert D. Woodward
III to serve as Vice-Chairman for


HWY. 98

Carrabelle Teacher John Humble participates in Group Exercise

culture and climate: "In order to
develop culture and climate, it re-
quires a lot of work called vision
work. Climate can change daily,
but culture is far more engrained.
It's deeper and harder to change
We're looking for an umbrella of
each that holds us here and now.
"What is"
After the staff and faculty work-
shop, there was a Carrabelle Ad-
visory Board Committee meeting
held. Approximately fifteen par-
ents attended the meeting. The
advisory board gave a brief over-
view of the Blueprint 2000 goals,
which included readiness to start
school, graduation rate and readi-
ness for secondary school, the
proper learning environment,
school safety, ensured profes-
sional teachers and staff and
adult literacy. Ms. Nan Collins
stated that she hoped to see the
student Comprehensive Test of
Basic Skills scores improve in
years to come. Mr. Will Morris
asked about possible vocational
training and Mr. Clayton Wooten
responded, "We've got a marine
mechanics and a wood shop and
art class going now. We would like
to have more things going." Ms.
Marlbeth Diflorio concluded,
"Blueprint 2000 is a reality. It is
a responsibility or an opportunity.
Good, bad or ugly, I want to see
this happen. The more ideas we
have the more likelihood we'll
have to get this going." Those in
attendance were then asked to
participate In the Carrabelle Ad-
visory Board Committee to build
a strong alliance with the Blue-
print 2000 plans. Almost every-
one in attendance signed up to

Carrabelle Advisory Board Chair-
person Maribeth Diflorio con-
ducted a workshop on 19 Octo-
ber to discuss culture and climate
goals within Carrabelle High
Approximately fifty staff and fac-
ulty members attended the work-
shop to exchange ideas. Diflorio
had the participants separate into
seven small groups to engage in
individual and group activities.
Participants were first asked to
draw a picture of what they felt
described Carrabelle Elementary
& High School. Each individual
was given approximately twenty
minutes to draw their pictures.
The pictures were then posted on
several folded tables. Participants
were then asked to view each of
the pictures.
Ms. Diflorio then gave each group
a couple of general questions to
answer. The groups addressed
questions such as issues that
bring their community both to-
gether and apart, positive and
negative aspects within Carrabelle
High School, how faculty re-
sponds to change and things that
the community expects from the
school system..
One of the groups felt that the
j community wanted a winning
football and this sentiment stimu-
lated a debate between faculty
members Dale Millender and
Mickey Gay.
Ms. Millender felt that the school
system placed an unreasonable
level of importance on school ath-
letics; Mr. Gay felt that school ath-
letics stimulated responsibility
and a higher self-esteem,
Ms. Diflorio brought the meeting
to a close by examining school

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First Responder Cecil Babbs Gives "Thumbs Up" to,
Adult Reading Program

ers," said Mr. Babbs, "and I was
encouraged by Mr. George Pruitt
to go ahead and get my Class D
In early October, Cecil Babbs took
the written test for his Class D
License and answered 38 of 40
questions correctly. The license
that Mr. Babbs received will en-
able him to operate the county's
fire engines and emergency ve-
hicles as a first responder.
The Franklin County Adult Read-
ing Program invites anyone who
interested in improving their read-
ing or possibly seeking a drivers
license to contact them at 670-
8151. "Just come to the library if
you need help," urged Cecil,
"they'll help you with anything
you want to do."

It was almost two years ago since
Eastpoint resident Ceci Babbs
found both the courage to admit
that he had a reading problem
and the determination to try to
correct it.
For almost two years now, Mr.
Babbs has worked steadily with
the Franklin County Adult Read-
ing Program (FCARP). He began
under the tutelage of St. George
Island residents Elizabeth
Hoffman and then Helen Marsh.
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Orman House from page 7
and a masonic funeral at the cemetery. His estate had extensive land
holdings in the town. Sarah Genevieve would attend Wellesley, marry
Judge James Fenimore Cooper Griggs, (1862-1924), and after his
death, C. M. Butterfield, (1866-1945).
Recently acquired by Anna and Douglas Gaidry, attorney at law in
Apalachicola, from Mrs. Iona Andrews, a great, great niece of Thomas
Orman, the house and grounds are undergoing an extensive rehabili-
tation. Although not yet ready to receive visitors, and not open for
public viewing, it promises to become once again, under the personal
daily care of Anna, a beautiful home in a beautiful setting. In the
words of Horatio Greenough,(1805-52), Emerson's friend and artistic
mentor "The redundant must be pared down, the superfluous dropped,
the necessary to its simplest expression, and then we shall find, what-
ever the organization may be, that beauty was waiting for us."
Personal acknowledgements are made to: Dr. Harry P. Owens Senior,
Judge John G. Hodges, Dr. Williams Warren Rogers, Mrs. Iona
Andrews, Anna and Douglas Gaidry along with references to their
works and the works of Dr. Hugh Morrison, the records of Trinity
Episcopal Church, cemetery markers, the Orman papers, census
records, Union and Confederate War records, Governor Milton's
letterbook and the State of Florida, Historic Preservation Records as
well as all those people who through the years, lived the story of
Apalachicola's Orman home. The errors are mine.

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