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Published Every Other Friday

franklin Chronicle

Volume 5, Number 8


19 April May 2 1996

The Great 10th Street Cleanup
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In observation of the Great Florida Cleanup efforts in Franklin County,
Sisters Sheila and Peter from the Martin House led a group of fourth,
fifth and sixth graders on a April 13 cleaning spree. The group col-
lected 15 bags of recyclable items.

Gulf Coast Work Force

Development Board:

Dividing Federal Money

By Rene Topping
Franklin, Gulf and Bay citizens
have opted by a majority vote at a
meeting held in Panama City on
April 16 at the Bay County Cham-
ber of Commerce, that they, as a
board will act as grant recipient/
administrative entity for funding
under the new Jobs and Educa-
tion Partnership, (JEP) and Title
The group voted also to work un-
der the name Gulf Coast Work
Force Development Board,
(GCWFDB.) This board is a re-
placement for the older eight year
old JPTA which will be phased out
as of July 1, 1996. this new board
is being set up to be the citizen
representation to deal with block
grant money which is anticipated
from the federal' government in
the future.
Kristin Andersen of Franklin
County said, "We are talking
about 100 thousands of dol-
lars." Joanne Cox, a represen-
tative from the Bay County
School system, said, "Millions."
Freda Sheffield. executive direc-
tor of the eight member Private
Industry Council (PIC) said that
the amount of funding coming
to Florida from the federal gov-
ernment will be S1.4 Billion
dollars and the share for Region
4. Bay. Gulf and Franklin coun-
ties, will be S15.7 million.
The next step will be presentation
of the decision to the three county
commissions for their approval.
The chairmen of the three coun-
ties. Bay. Franklin and Gulf. will
meet at their earliest opportunity
to decide to approve or disapprove
the board's decision. If they dis-
approve the decision of the Work
Force, the entire board would
have to meet again to revise the
decision. The decision is then re-
lavyed to the state. If the board and
the commissioners cannot agree
by May 22. the governor becomes
responsible for the decision. ac-
cording to Richard Means. Florida
Department of Labor. who is a
technical assistant to the group.
The board is comprised of 34 citi-
zens from both the private and
public sector, with 9 representa-
tives each from Gulf and Frank-
lin and 15 from Bay County.
Franklin County members are
Jane Cox: (Eastpoint) Chuck

vMa-ks, Ted Mosteller, Kristin
Anderson; (Apalachicola) David
Butler; (Carrabelle) Mike Murphy
with Cliff Butler as a designee
when Murphy cannot attend; and
Charles Watson Clark, Jimmy
Mosconis and C.T. Ponder, all of
The group had met for the first
time on April 8 in Panama City.
At that time the majority of those
present felt they had not received
enough to make a decision. They
appointed Jimmy Barr to be in-
terim chairman until the next
Before' making the decision to
have the board handle the admin-
istrative and fiscal responsibilities
members listened to 3 presenta-
tions. Those considered were the
following: Gulf Coast Community
College, the existing Private In-
dustry Council and the Bay
County School District Board.
Bay County School Board opted
not to be considered.
In opting out Joanne Cox who was
representing the Bay County
School Superintendent,
Stephanie Gall, said "I'm going
to scratch us (Bay County School
Board) from consideration. The
Bay District Schools have a very,
very large investment in this
project. We are not interested at
this time in becoming.the fiscal
agent." She went on to say, "It
might be a' conflict of interest."'
In the interests of clarification of
the conflict of interest problems,
Tom Clendenning, of the Florida
Department of Labor said. "In the
past the private industry council
staffs themselves were able to be
service providers. Pending federal
legislation does not allow that.
The proposed Jobs and Education
program within Florida policy, is
that if the board itself chooses to
be the administration entity and
fiscal agent, the staff of the board
who administers the program
would not be able to be service
providers for that same issue.
However, it has also been deter-
mined that the community col-
leges could be the administrative
entity and fiscal agent, aid at the
Continued on page 7

New Board

Gets Tough

on Vicious


The Franklin County Viscous Ani-
mals Adjudicatory Board con-
ducted their first ever meeting on
April 16 to decide the fate of a.
seven year old male German
Shepherd named "Hawk," who
has since gotten the reputation on
Ryan Drive in Carrabelle as a dan-
gerous dog.
The new board, which consists of
Franklin County Commissioner
Raymond Williams, Apalachicola
City Commissioner Jimmy Elliott
and Carrabelle City Commis-
sioner George Jackson, listened
to a string of complaints from
Carrabelle resident Elizabeth
Dean about the dangerous con-
ditions on Ryan Drive and Geor-
gia Avenue. Ms. Dean stated that
her neighbors, Les & Toni Albert,
had continued to allow their dog
to roam the neighborhood' un-
chained and without a muzzle.
"You have a responsibility when
you own a viscous dog to be able
to properly restrain that dog," said
Dean, "But since they repeatedly
violated a [court] order, it shows
me a lack of care on their part.
And I'm not in a working mood
about this anymore."
Ms. Dean also pointed out that
the children of her neighborhood
had to walk past the Alberts' resi-
dence daily to wait at a school bus
stop. She stated that "Hawk"
would frequently growl, bark and
lunge at the children as they
walked past the Alberts' home.
Neither Les or Toni Albert were
able to attend the April 16 meet-
ing of the Franklin County
Adjudicatory Board, though they
requested in advance that the
meeting be moved to May 7 in or-
der to accommodate their work
schedules. The adjudicatory
board denied the request. Board
members noted that they had jobs
Continued on page 7

John Gelch

Resigns as St.


Plantation Assn


At the beginning of the St. George
Island Homeowner Association
Board of Directors Meeting on.
Saturday, April 13, 1996. John
..-Gelch resigned as the President
of.the Association. The announce-
ment was unexpected. Mr. Gelch
submitted a brief letter to the
Board which indicated that his
resignation was for "personal rea-
Gelch was elected to the Board in
November 1994 and was voted by
the Board as President shortly
thereafter. The last resignation on
the Board was Lou Vargas, who
announced to a November 1995
Board meeting that he was resign-
ing because of the direction the
remaining Board members were
taking in regard to legal matters.
At the April 13 meeting, the Board
voted to seek a declaratory judg-
ment on the validity of the "Ben
Johnson Agreement," a continu-
ing controversy among many
Board members and Association
members for three years.
For the time being, Mr. Bill Hartley
will be acting President of the As-

Jeffery S. Richardsones
Homeowners Assn

New Plantation Seeks Declaratory

Assn Manager Judgment

Jefferv S. Richardson is a native
of Tallahassee. Florida, and is
married to Lisa Phipps
Richardson, also of Tallahassee,
Florida. Mr. Richardson has ex-
perience in business manage-
ment. and has been an attorney
since 1987. Mr. Richardson re-
ceived his Bachelor's Degree in
Philosophy in 1984 from the Uni-
versity of the South. "Sewanee."
and received his Juris Doctorate
in 1987 from Stetson University
College of Law. Mr. Richardson' s
experience includes private prac-
tice with Richardson Law Offices
of Tallahassee. Florida. in the ar-
eas of real property and adminis-
trative law. and experience as a
Senior Attorney and assistant to
the General Counsel for the
Florida Department of State. Mr.
Richardson plans to relocate to
the island.

In a split vote, 3-2. the Board of
Directors of the St. George
Homeowner's Association on Sat-
urday. April 13, 1996, voted to
seek a declaratory judgment re-
garding a controversial agreement
between the Association and
Dr. Ben Johnson. developer of the
Resort Village.
Dr. Tom Adams. chairperson of
the Association legal committee,
active opponent of the Resort Vil-
lage. summarized the scenario
leading to the pending litigation.
Upon Dr. Adams's suggestion the
Board voted to retain the services
of,Michael Coppins to represent
the Association in the pending liti-
gation. Coppins, a Tallahassee
attorney, had also provided legal
advice to the voluntary organiza-
tion fighting the Resort Village
development called the "Con-
cerned Property Owners" in The

Wellsprings Records

Seized for Grand Jury


Officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Florida
Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).seized records from the of-
fices of Wellsprings Home Health Care in Carrabelle about noon. on
Wednesday, April 17, 1996. Carton after carton of documents were
loaded into a van after agents served Wellspring officials with a Fed-
eral Grand Jury Subpoena, which gave them authority to remove
records pursuant to a Grand Jury investigation.
The next day, April 18th, in U.S. Bankruptcy Court (Tallahassee) the
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) filed papers asking the- Court to con-
vert the voluntary bankruptcy of Wellsprings into a Chapter 7 liqui-
dation. Among other aspects, the original filing by Wellsprings was
under Chapter 11, which permits reorganization. A Chapter 7 pro-
ceeding asks for complete liquidation.
The IRS is getting nervous over a claimed $339,685.45 it says is due
them for federal taxes, penalties and interest. The IRS petition said
that Wellsprings had not yet filed a plan for reorganization and to its
"...knowledge and belief of the United States, the corporation is no
longer operating." Additionally, the IRS petition continues, "...the
debtor has failed to file post-petition employment tax returns or (make)
timely deposits of employment taxes as required by this Court's Or-
der dated October 6, 1995..." The IRS claimed this amount due was
The tax authorities asserted that Wellsprings' continuing failure to
pay the accrued administrative taxes results in more accumulated
interest and a diminution of the assets. Without these payments of
current taxes and timely deposits and payment of future tax liabili-
ties, the IRS reasoned that "...there is no reasonable likelihood of
rehabilitation of the depositor's business."
However, just a week earlier, on April 10, 1996, Wellsprings had filed
a Disclosure Statement and a separate Plan of Reorganization. But,
in a strange complicating development, the attorney for Wellsprings
did not sign the paperwork, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Judge sent
them an Order to File Papers in Proper Form. The Wellsprings attor-
ney had not signed the Disclosure Statement nor the Reorganization
Plan as of April '18, 1996. Judge Lewis M. Killian ended his Order
with the language, "The Court will not consider what you have sub-
mitted until it is in proper form."

The Disclosure Statement reviewed the history of the bankruptcy case.
"WHHC (Wellsprings Home Health Care) filed for protection under
Chapter 11 on October 4. 1995. Brenda "Nita" Molsbee and Maxie
Carroll. the principals, bought WHHC on January 1. 1993. At that
time, WHHC was servicing twenty-eight (28) patients annually in
Franklin County. Over the next four years. Ms. Molsbee and Ms.
Carroll expanded WHHC to eight other offices, and served approxi-
mately 146.000 visits annually at its height. Approximately 95% of
the patients were Medicare insured.
On September 12.1995, WHHC lost its Medicare Provider Contract
due to technical deficiencies in training of staff personnel and accep-
tance of patients. WHHC was forced to file for protection under Chap-
ter 11 while it attempted to regain its Medicare provider contract.
The staff was immediately reduced upon filing the bankruptcy and
was operating solely out of the Carrabelle office when it was sur-
veyed by the Department of Health and Human Services. The exit
interview made it clear that recertification for WHHC in the immedi-
ate future was not likely without a change in ownership.
Accordingly, WHHC intends to liquidate its assets through a Chap-
ter 11 plan in order to generate the maximum benefit for its credi-,
On January 24, 1996. WHHC submitted a request for proposal to
parties who had expressed an interest in purchasing its assets. Night-
ingale and Associates submitted the highest offer, and the Debtor
signed the contract to purchase the assets of the Debtor..."

I Nightingale and Associates Offer to Buy Wellsprings
The Disclosure Statement filed on April 10, 1996, indicated that Night-
ingale and Associates had signed an agreement with Wellsprings to
buy the bankrupt firm for $450,000, subject to approval of the Bank-
,ruptcy Court. "By far the most valuable asset is the debtor's home
health care licenses..." said the Disclosure Statement. The distribu-
tions called for under the Plail of Reorganization are to be paid from
the proceeds of the sale of Wellsprings asset.
This plan, according to the Disclosure Statement and Wellsprings,
"provides the greatest possible return on the claims of creditors...
An alternative plan would be to convert the Chapter 11 case to a
complete liquidation under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Law. But, in
the opinion of Wellsprings attorneys, there would be additional ad-
ministrative expenses diluting the assets, along with diminished
market value on the assets, including office equipment and accounts
In the meantime, the Court has advised all creditors to Wellsprings
and interested parties that the continued U. S. trustee's motion to
convert the proceedings from a Chapter 11 to Chapter 7 procedure
will be heard in the U. S. Bankruptcy Court in Tallahassee on May 9,
1996 at 1:30 PM. This motion has been made in midwinter but was
continued until the present time.

High Speed Chase Ends in Arrests
By B. J. Vonier, Sheriffs Office

Franklin County Sheriff Warren
Roddenberry announced on April
18, 1996 the arrest of a Texas
man and a Tennessee woman af-
ter a high speed chase through
the county. William Ray Haas of
Lacoin. Texas and Katie
Hammond of Waverly, Tennessee
were arrested. Both individuals
are currently in the Franklin
County Jail. Mr. Haas has been
charged with 3 counts of Agara-

vated Fleeing & Eluding s Law
Enforcement Officer, 2 counts of
Attempted Murder on a Law En-
forcement Officer, Criminal Mis-
chief and Willful, Wanton & Reck-
less Driving. Bond has been set
at $100,000.00. Ms. Hammond is
being held for Violation of Proba-
tion and is awaiting pickup and
return to Tennessee.
Continued on page 8

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Page 2 19 April 1996 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday



Notes from the April 16
Franklin County
Commission meeting.

*The board voted 3-2 (Chairper-
son Jimmy Mosconis and Com-
missioner Raymond Williams
voted Nay) to rescind the previ-
ously approved $700 raise to all
full-time county employees.
*The board unanimously agreed
to send a letter to the Department
of Transportation to express con-
cern for the "ruts" which have
been created along Highway 98
within the Lanark Village area.
Assistant County Planner Mark
Curenton explained that the ruts
tended to collect water during rain
storms and created dangerously
slick roads for all drivers.

*Assistant County Planner Mark
Curenton informed board mem-
bers that the Federal Emergency
Management Administration was
reconsidering their decision to
repay Franklin County for work
rendered on the C.C. Land Road.

*Assistant County Planner Mark
Curenton informed board mem-
bers that the Emergency Opera-
tions Office would be receiving its
own stand alone satellite connec-
tion from the state. He stated that
the expense would be paid for
through state grant money. He
further noted that the State of
Florida had discounted the
county's satellite hook-up
incentive, because the county's
utilization of a modem from the
Franklin County Sheriffs Depart-
ment has not been operational.
*The board .unanimously agreed
to approve resolutions and inter
local agreements with both, the
City of Carrabelle and the City of
Apalachicola to have Enterprise
Zones established'with Corporate
The boardalso agreed to name
Freida White as chairperson and
Alan Pierce as vice-chairperson to
the Enterprise Zone Development
Agency. Other members selected
for the agency includes Will
Kendrick, Shaun Donahoe, David
Butler, Wayne Dooley, Harrison
Jones, Gene Langston, Gerald
Siprell, Barbara McNair, Christina
Saunders, Rose McCoy and
Archie Holton.
*The board approved a small scale
land-use amendment for a ten
acre parcel of land on the New
River from Agricultural to Resi-
dential. Assistant County Planner
Mark Curenton noted that the
project's developer had agreed to
put the remaining land in

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Jim Sullivan
Patrick noted that the five most
asked questions included inquires
about places to eat, attractions to
see, places to stay, the location of
the nearest bathroom and the lo-
cation of golf courses in the area.
Mr. Carlton said that regulations
for the use of herbicides and pes-
ticides were observed closely by
the Department of Environmen-
tal Protection, the Department of
Agriculture and the Freshwater &
Game Commission. "Any one of
those organizations can come in
and fire me if I break the law," said
Carlton. He said that homeowners
do more damage to the environ-
ment, than to golf course owners.
Carlton stated that homeowners
were not regulated by environ-
mental organizations.

Most residents were generally ac-
cepting of the proposed project.
However, resident Joyce Timmons
noted concern of the facility's
holding pond, Joe Eckstine voiced
concern about the pesticide use
and Joan Bloodworth worried that
North Bayshore Drive would be
burdened with traffic and the en-
vironment may be damaged by
-pesticides. In addition, Helen
Greer worried about the possibil-
ity of environmental runoff into
residential aquifers. Mr. Sullivan
stated that the project, which had
served as a illegal dumping site,

was being gradually cleaned. "If
nothing else, we're clearing out
the rats and rodents that travel
to your house from here, because
it's only a quarter of a mile away."
Ms. Greer responded, "I know, we
shoot the rats from the dining
room window."
*The board voted 4-1 (Commis-
sioner Dink Braxton voted Nay) to
allow John Horan to rezone his
property from Residential to Com-
mercial. The zoning change would
allow for a 50 foot naturally veg-
etated buffer area adjacent to resi-
dential property. Commissioner
Braxton said that he could not
vote for the zoning change, be-
cause Mr. Horan did not know
what he wanted to incorporate in
the area. Resident William Shuler
told board members that he did
not support the land-use change.
He said that he had recently lost
access to the back of his property,
due to recent development.
"Something very negative is going
on or has gone one," said Shuler.
*Assistant County Planner Mark
Curenton informed board mem-
bers that a ribbon cutting'cer-
emony would be held on April 30
at 9:00 a.m. on St. George Island
in recognition of the St. George
Island Bike Path.
*Franklin County Sheriff Warren
Roddenberry requested that the
board transfer $15,000 from bed
rentals to vehicle repairs within
his department's budget. Sheriff
Roddenberry stated that he had
already overspent the annual
budgeted amount for vehicle re-
pairs, though said he did not fore-
see any great increase for activity
within the bed rental account. The
board unanimously agreed to
make the requested transfer.
-N Un

Sheriff Warren Roddenberry
*At the request of Sheriff Warren
Roddenberry, the board unani-
mously agreed to direct board At-
torney Al Shuler to review the
possibility of reenacting a $12.50
surcharge ordinance on traffic
tickets. Roddenberry said that the
proceeds from the ordinance
would help to raise the needed
funds to purchase of an updated
radio console for the communica-
tions division of the Franklin
County Sheriffs Office. "Our ra-
dio system needs a complete over-
haul," said Roddenberry. He
noted that the fire department,
first responders unit and EMS
vehicles all depended on the sher-
iff department's communication
*At the request of Commissioner
Bevin Putnal, the board voted 3-
2 (Commissioners Braxton and
Tolliver voted Nay) to accept Com-
missioner Putnal's resignation
from the Vicious Animals
Adjudicatory Board, appoint
Commissioner Raymond Williams
to the board and to require each
commissioner to serve one year on
the Vicious Animals Adjudicatory
Board. Commissioner Putnal said
that he didn't want to sit on board
that had to deal with controver-
sial issues during an election year.
Commissioner Tolliver joked,
"Just stay on it and don't do noth-
*The board unanimously agreed
to sent a letter to the offices of
Senator Connie Mack, Represen-
tative Allen Boyd and Senator
Bob Graham to request that the
Army Corps of Engineers be al-
lowed to dredge Two Mile Chan-

*The- board agreed to excuse re-
volving loan recipients from mak-
ing their monthly loan payments
when more than 50% of the most
productive areas of the condition-
ally approved oysters bars were
closed for 15 days or more per
month. John Gunter with the
shellfish laboratory offered to pro-
vide the board with information
on the productive areas of the bay
on a .regular basis. "I think you
can certainly feel comfortable in
saying that when the condition-
ally approved winter bars are
closed," said Gunter, '"The major
productive areas of the bay are
down and those. people are not
making full day's wages." Gunter
stated that Cat Point was the most
productive area of the bay, which
he said averaged 900 bushels per
acre. He also said that East Hole
and Dry Bar St. Vincent were
other very productive areas of the
*County Extension Agent Bill
Mahan informed board members
that the winning posters or pub-
lic service announcements for the
4-H & Department of Transpor-
tation sponsored Seat Belt Safety
Poster Contest have been for-
warded on to the state competi-
tion in Gainesville. Mr. Mahan
also informed board members
that the first place county winners
in each division received award
trophies. He then showed board
members what the winning tro-
phies looked like.
*Commissioner Raymond Will-
iams made a motion to enact a
six cent local option tax on gaso-
line. Chairperson Jimmy Mosco-

nis said that he did not want to
take action on the gas tax until
the recently formed committee to
study the efficiency on the road
department submitted their re-
port to the board. "As far as the
gas tax, Raymond (Williams) is
probably right," said Mosconis,
"But until I see a plan put together
on what to do in terms of stream-
lining the road department and
maximizing what we can do for
the public, I'm not gonna' fool with
that (gas tax)." Commissioner Wil-
liams stated that the county was
on a "time table" and needed to
advertise and hold a public meet-
ing on the issue by June 1. "You'll
never have your answers by then,"
explained Williams. Chairperson
Mosconis, however, failed to re-
quest a second for Williams' mo-
tion. Commissioner Dink Braxton
then changed the subject matter,
though later stated that the
county may not need a gas tax.
Gene Langston noted, "You have
a responsibility as well as we do.
Please consider this sales tax.
Every other county in the State of
Florida has got one. The county
is growing and there's nothing any
of us can do about it. And Y'all
have got some other .problems
besides (Highway) 67 that need
your attention."
*The board voted 3-2 (Chairper-
son Mosconis and Commissioner
Williams voting nay) to excuse
road department personnel from
filling out newly created daily re-
ports, which were created by
County Planner Alan Pierce. In-
stead, the county employees will
return to the traditional daily re-
Commissioner Bevin Putnal
stated that he had met with the
road crew and was informed by
most of the employees that they
preferred the traditional reports.
Commissioner Tolliver argued
that the reports had not come
before the board for approval.
Mosconis argued, "You are taking
an internal operation and mak-
ing a mountain out of this." Toll-
iver responded, "You are not Mr.
Franklin County. The board up
here is Mr. Franklin County."
Superintendent of Public Works
Prentice Crum said that County
Planner Alan Pierce had asked to
implement the reports to better
under the daily operations of the
road department. "And person-
ally," noted Crum, "I kind of like
the idea."

Chairperson Mosconis requested
legal advice concerning the role
of the superintendent of public
works in relation to the Franklin
County Commission. County At-
torney Al, Shuler said that the
superintendent of public works
was entitled to act on his own
authority unless otherwise di-
rected by the board of county
commissioners. When Mosconis
asked for a more detailed expla-
nation, Commissioner Braxton
charged, "He hasn't told youwhat
you want to hear, Jimmy. That's
the problem."

*The voted 4-1 (Commissioner
Braxton voted nay) to direct
County Attorney Al Shuler to ad-
vertise an ordinance for vehicles
on the public beach for a public


Speed Limit

On Highway

67 Questioned

Superintendent of Public Works
Prentice Crum informed board
members at the regular April 16
meeting that the speed limit on
Highway 67 had been reduced to
45 M.P.H. as previously re-
quested. The board had decided
at their previous meeting that
Highway 67 had become a dan-
gerous road due to the road con-
ditions and reduced the speed
limit at the recommendation of
County Engineer Joe Hamilton.
Mr. Crum stated that the county
road department employed had
worked extensively on Highway 67
for nearly two weeks. He said that
approximately 47 tons of hot mix
had been placed on the highway
patch many of the potholes. Con-
' cerning the patched-up highway
conditions, Crum stated, "It's kind
of bumpy, but it's fairly safe."
Gene Langston complained that
the reduced speed limit had se-
verely hampered the progress of
timber truck drivers. "That road
has been in bad shape long be-
fore I came on the scene and long
before these folks started logging,"
said Langston. He stated that the
road tended to fragment when
water got into the cracks and un-
der the asphalt. "When you have

heavy traffic on it," explained
Langston, "It just breaks up." He
then urged board members to also
consider the interests of those
who have to travel Highway 67
frequently. "Just please under-
stand that we are part of the
people," said Langston.
Chairperson Jimmy Mosconis
stated that the situation of High-
way 67 was a long term problem
that would take to time to resolve.
'That road has got to be rebuilt,
but right now we don't have to do
it," said Mosconis. He noted that
the board did not want to prevent
anyone from working, but had to
remain concerned with the prob-
lem at hand. "We're looking for a
long term solution," explained

"We'll work with you," said
Langston. He told board members
that he would donate some
limerock materials to help repair
the road. "We need to keep the
road open and going," concluded

School Board

Takes Action

on National

Honor Society


On the request of board member
Jimmy Gander, the Franklin
County School Board unani-
mously agreed at their April 11
regular meeting to allow candi-
dates for the National Honor So-
ciety ofApalachicola High School
to re-submit their applications to
the organizations.

Mr. Gander said that several can-
didates were "short changed" be-
cause they received incorrect re-
sume applications. He requested
that those applicants who re-
ceived such applications be al-
lowed to re-submit their resumes.
Apalachicola High School Princi-
pal Beverly Kelley said that only
a few candidates received faulty
applications, but noted that she
would be agreeable to having
those applicants re-submit their
resumes. Gander said that he
wanted all parents informed of the
noted error.
Board member Willie Speed
pointed out that National Honor
Society guidelines were not fol-
lowed in the selection of candi-
dates. He stated that a five mem-
ber board was supposed to make
the selections. Ms. Kelley stated
that candidates were selected by
faculty staff from all seven depart-
.ments of the high school. Mr.
Speed commented, "When you
follow the national guidelines, you
are not as liable to bring on criti-
cism from individuals who are
really concerned about their chil-
dren. I noticed we haven't'been
doing that." Speed told Ms. Kelley
that she walked into a bad situa-
tion which prior Principal Ed
Duggar created. "I appreciate
what you've done trying to get this
ironed out...Now is a good time to
get back to the guidelines."
Superintendent C.T. Ponder in-
formed board members that he
had taken several steps to provide
future candidates with an equi-
table opportunity to apply to the
National Honor Society. Those
steps outlined by Mr. Ponder in-
cluded: 1. To provide instructors
with better orientation for resume
writing and the candidate selec-
ti6n process. 2. To provide stu-
idents with better orientation :in.

filling out applications and under-
standing the importance of re-
sumes. 3. To provide advance
notice to students in order to give
candidates an opportunity to seek
additional information before they
fill out their resumes and to pro-
vide more than one class period
for students to work on their re-
sumes. 4. To reinstate a five mem-
ber faculty council for the final
selection and appeal process of
candidates. 6. To use numbers
instead of names on the rating
sheets to provide greater anonym-
ity in areas of service and leader-
ship; also, to list all names on a
single sheet to rate the character
of candidates.
Mr. Ponder pointed out, however,
that "anytime you have a subjec-
tive. process, there's no way to
make it totally objective." He con-
cluded, "Don't expect any changes
like this to totally negate thing
sort of thing. I'm stating the obvi-
ous, but I think It needs to be
In other board business:
*Board member Jimmy Gander
again requested a list of instruc-
tors who were teaching outside of
their field of study.
*Superintendent Ponder informed
board members that the Knights
of Columbus had contributed
$250 for the Special Arts Festi-

*Board member Willie Speed com-
plained that the pothole in front
of the district's administration
building was becoming a nui-
sance to those vehicles who drove
over the said hole. Finance Officer
John Rieman said that all of the
district's construction money was
being used to repair roofs for area
*The board approved the erection
of tresses for the proposed field
house at Carrabelle High School.
Board Chairperson Will Kendrick
complained, "I sit back and won-
der what we're doing wrong or not
doing right." He continued, "By
the time we get this field house
built, hopefully, we'll have a con-
solidated school. I think it's time
we either get off of it or tear it (the
field house) down and forget
about it. This board is just as
much to blame as any other party
in this project. I think we need to
take it as a lesson learned that
sometimes the cheaper way ain't
the better way as far as when it
comes to the ultimate goal."

I uT jnwul Tnii

Quarterly Board

of Directors

Meeting at St.

Geo Plantation

Moving through a very long
agenda, acting President Bill
Hartley led the quarterly meeting
of the St. George Plantation As-
sociation Board of Directors
through a four + hour meeting
following a surprise announce-
ment that President John Gelch
had resigned for "personal rea-
All members except Mr. Gelch
were present, including Pam
Amato, Charlie Manos, Richard
Plessinger, Bill Hartley, B. L.
Cosey and Christian Gallio.
Alice Collins addressed the Board
about the St. George Island vol-
unteer Fire Department request
for a helicopter pad location. The
Board approved a motion to al-
'low the fire department to select
a location near the airport, coor-
dinated with the FAA and the
Plantation Association.
Richard Plessinger moved to al-
low the Association to borrow
money for infrastructure repairs
(mainly roads) and to change the
articles of incorporation of the
Association to permit this borrow-
ing. Passed unanimously. He re-
ported that about $65,000 was
still due from members for annual
dues. With regard to the Bob
Sikes Association, Plessinger re-
ported that the dues for $32,000
had not been paid, but a check
for $13,000 had been passed back
and forth. B. L. Cosey raised the
question about inviting the Sikes
Cut Association to meet with the
Board of the Plantation to try to
resolve the problems connected
with the annual dues. Plessinger
reported that Ben Johnson owed
the Association nearly $100,000,
but Dr. Johnson denied this.
Plessinger also noted that Asso-
ciation Office Manager Susan
Gunn had submitted her resigna-
tion. Pam Amato gave a short
"thank you" to Mrs. Gunn for her
past service and noted her past
work for the Association. Susan
will be taking a job with Resort
A letter from Michael Doyle was
referenced and the meeting de-
voted several minutes to the is-
sue of denying the general public
access to the Sikes Cut for fish-
ing. (A commentary on this mat-
ter is printed on page 3). Associa-
tion member Michael Bilock, a
social psychologist by vocation,
spoke on the danger of the Asso-
ciation alienating the general pub-
Continued on page 5-

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town on April 30, 1907 an event marked
with tumultuous celebration. The Apalach-
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known as Water Street in downtown Apalachicola
and connected this small but growing community
with its northern neighbors in Georgia and beyond.
Back in 1907 the new railroad symbolized a promise
of more prosperity to Franklin County.

Today, Apalachicola State Bank symbolizes a
promise to Franklin County a promise of service and
commitment to the community it serves.

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The Franklin Chronicle 19 April 1996 Page 3

Braxton Blows Whistle on 1

Spending, Public Works Su

Says Mosconis Is O.K., Dr.
Demonstrates Knowledge o

Arts, A Live Performance o

Mouse...and Other Assortec
A Report and Commentar

Rarely have so few seen so much
abuse in such a small time frame
and all in the name of unautho-
rized limerock. Indeed, ip the
course of one indignant tirade, an
overflowing crowd of innocent by-
standers would come to witness
a compelling and theatrical game
of cat & mouse prominently fea-'
turing two policy makers, one
supervisor and a cameo role by
Dr. Popsickle.

Unfortunately, this was no game.
This was business...public
business...where the weak and
covert were batted around like
gerbils within a den of lions. And
the mad and indignant stepped
away triumphantly much like the
unblemished protagonists from
"Don Quixote," "Catch 22," "The
Dukes of Hazard" and 'The Ka-
rate Kid."


The April 16 meeting of the Fran-
klih County Commission began
innocently enough as Commis-
sioner Dink Braxton announced
that East Bay Drive in Eastpoint
had been paved with limerock on
April 12. He noted, however, that
the board had not authorized the
road department to pave the East-
point road. In addition, Braxton
stated that he had conferred with.
Cbunty Engineer Joe Hamilton
and County Planner Alan Pierce
to find out who had authorized the
road department to work on East
Bay Drive. Braxton informed
board members that neither
Hamilton or Pierce knew anything
about the matter. "I asked every-
one I could find," explained Brax-
ton. He then turned to Superin-
tendent of Public Works Prentice
Crum asked him if he who'had
authorized the paving project. Mr.
Crum responded that he could,
indeed, answer Braxton's linger-
ing question. "The chairman
(Jimmy Mosconis) called me and
asked me if I could lim6rock that
particular piece of road."

With his answer received, Brax-
ton turned to Mosconis and stated
that the-main problem with the
chairperson's action.was that it
was not authorized. "The problem
is right here, on this board," em-
phasized Braxton. He continued
to say that the section of road that
was paved may not even be a.
county owned road. "We don't
know. Mr. (Joe) Hamilton don't
know." Braxton further noted that
the paving project had resulted in
one resident of East Bay Drive
receiving a "water problem" due
to the limerock that was used in
the project.

"Let's put this in perspective," said
Mosconis, who admitted to the
making the request to Prentice


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Vol. 5. No. 8

Editorial and Commentary

Unapproved Fi y
perintendent Fishing Passes to the Cut: Fiery

Popsickle A Rock and a Hard Place AlligatO

Af Marshall Commentary by Tom W. Hoffer, Publisher By Kris Halstrom
f Cat &
f Cat & In this-instarce, the Homeowner's Association in the St. George Plan- Waves of discontent ar
d Comments station is n-arly between a rock and a hard place. I want to merely up on the shores of the
comment on'the situation, not be an advocate for either point-of- peaceful community o
y by Brian Goercke view, and on this issue, there tends to be a sharp, polar response. Point. The problems (
head during heated di
For years before the Plantation was developed'into a private entity, between bar own
Franklin County residents drove down the rather loose sandy lane Willenborg and several
(now called Leisure Lane, paved) in their four-wheelers to fish at the at the Saturday. April 1
Sikes Cut. As development occurred, first at 12th Street where the of the Alligator Point Ta
main (Mathis) gate is now located, traffic into the incomplete Planta- tion Board. Mr. Willenb
tion fell under control. Upon payment of a fee, the Plantation Asso- to the crowd and pre
ciation permitted access to anyone who wanted to fish at the Cut. chalkboard sketch of h
Then, the Cut land itself, was purchased and developed. The com- expand the Surfside B.
pleted development consists solely of a private subdivision and does on Bald Point. Mr. Wil
not include any amenities or facilities intended or permitted for use facing much opposition
by the general public, community over his

I am told by a number of authorities that there is no state-owned addressed a fire depart
land nor federal land, except for small spaces on the marginals of the ing about the same iss
water channel. The Cut Association, a collection of property owners
at the Cut in formal organization, has requested that the St. George The crux of the debate
Homeowner's Association stop selling passes to the Cut. Existing agree- plan to put ten portable
mnents between the two associations permit the exchange of uses for Mr. Willenborg's proper
recreation and fishing, but that applies only to residents of both as- his bar. The portable ur
sociations .. he referred to as "villa
.socition. rent for about $50-$55,
my Mosconis The Plantation Owner's Association (POA) is under an obligation to could be rented on a
File Photo honor the "requests" of the Cut Association on this issue or perhaps nightly basis. Mr. WV
charged on, "You did in face litigation. There are also liabilities which could occur to the Cut stated that the price wa
Clerk's (Kendall Wade) association should guests find themselves in a difficult situation lead- out the riff-raff. D
I the clerk didn't even ing to injury. Neither association carries insurance for members of course of his presentat
ow he's got to explain the general public in these kinds of situations. Thus, the POA is peatedly asked the c
ple how come his road' "damned if they do" and is suffering the heat "if they don't" allow there was such overwh,
ring the election. You public access to the Cut. The POA does not have any control over position to his plans,
thing, chairman, that access at the Cut. But, lest I appear to thrust all the blame on the Cut point asked, "What'
't authorized to do." Association, remember the liability problems. deal?"
Bunkiy Atkinson, Secre
defended, "When a citi- The POA is aware of the "public relations" problem this dilemma has Tax Association Boarde
s county calls me and 'brought forward. They would prefer the whole issue go away but in copy of a petition sig
complaint, I relay it to this litigious day, they cannot merely "forget it." Meanwhile, letters residents who are in fa
agency that'deals with continue to pour in. Here's one with some suggestions from Michael ing laws which prohibit
aint." As Mosconis be- Doyle, Atlanta, Georgia: struction of prefabricate
estion Prentice Crum homes and campers, ar
matter, Braxton ask To the Board of Directors, St. George Island Plantation Owners' Associa- the building codes be u
matter, Braxton asked tion, Inc.: the building codes be u
erson to tell him why Atkinson explained th
wasn't brought before i urge you to modify that decision so as to continue to admit permanent ing laws do not allow
1. Mosconis replied, residents of Franklin County, arid their guests, to fish at the Cut for a put new structures or
ie talk. Just let me talk fee that will cover the expense of the additional security required, plus Point'that are not raise
id." Braxton returned, trash removal and pickup at the Plantation and the Cut. My reasons mobile homes are allow
1, because you've al- are: campers allowed with
g yourself." of the water. Ms. Atki
g yourself." 1. Most importantly to me. it just does not seem right to exclude from a of theater. Ms. Atki
saidtht heha re- choice fishing spot folks who have lived in Franklin County all their lives the example of a family
said that he had re- and to keep it just for those of us who have been fortunate enough to be on Alligator Point in
all from a constituent able to afford to buy and live in the Plantation. home for 40 years. If tl
ly asked for assistance is destroyed by a hurr
ig East Bay Drive. "I 2. If that does not persuade you, perhaps self-interest will. The Planta- cause of these zoning
said go out there and tion has in the past, and will in the future need or want political assis- cannot replace their i
ad up and rebuild it." tance from the Franklin County Commission. Frequently our interests, nthrailr "Y
said that his work &rew in opposition, for instance, to overdevelopment are totally aligned with another trailer. "Yet,"
anything up, butsim- the oystering and fishing folks who fearpollution of the Bay. However, if "Mr. Willenborg expect
the Plantation is going to wall itself off from the rest of the County and not to apply to hi
wn a couple inches of exclude residents from good fishing at the Cut, it would be a natural Willenborg replied thal
It was a clay road with reaction for a county commissioner to reject our call for assistance by asking to change the zc
e and we just added a letting us stew in our own juices.
s of limerock," said After more discussion
continued, "I think the 3. By continuing to permit resident fishing at the Cut. for county resi- Phil Guzzetta. as
That I respond to five dents, we not only maintain their goodwill, but we also provide some Willenborg what exac
ners in this county. support as well to our friends on the island, such as at Fishermen's tended to do. since hi
aers. inthis county. Headquarters and Survivors. who earn a little bit selling bait and addi- .. structures did not mee
*call me, I respond to tional hooks and sinkers to those who fish the Cut.
.ssioners. There's cer- ing requirements, and
ts that have to be au- I read in the Paper that some county residents have suggested that the answered other quest
:m the board." Braxton County permit fishermen to drive down the beach in order to get to the how he planned to skir
Crum realized if the Cut. Obviously, that is-the worst resolution, for the beach, the environ- Mr. Willenborg said his
-med exceeded $2,500. ment, the fishermen and the Plantation residents. are temporary, meal
now who's to blame, would need to be move
didn't really know you Understanding that concern about security is an issue, the procedure I days to qualify as sucl
his, Jimmy (Mosconis) would envision would require each car occupant to register at the guard he would be able to n
s, Jimmy (Mosconis) gate with a drivers' license number and/or a fishing license and a li-
can't do this and he's cense plate number. The guard gates at airport parking in Atlanta and five feet and back to the
d that's'how come we the airport entrance at Dallas-Ft. Worth take an automatic video cam- place every 180 days i
any money." era picture of the car's license plate, keep the temporary sta

on Mosconis asked This additional time for fishing registration and the cost for the photo- The temporary status 1
he had ever taken ac- graph will require additional guard assistance.and investment, which the zoning laws makes
complaint from a con- should be factored into the cost of the fishing pass but we should not to live on property, sl
a n res "Not want to be perceived as attempting to make money off this process. etc.. in a temporary-str
axton responded, "Not Instead, we should want to be seen as being happy to go to the trouble of six months while build
00." Mosconis then sharing our bounty and.largess with the community with whom we have home. Mr. 'Guzzetta
Prentice Crum. and' chosen to live. h'o W in r ta peopl
Willenborg that people
nued on pagThis week, rumors are flying that'a lawsuit is on the way. I suggest set because "Y ou area
more productive use of resources, perhaps by meeting with.the POA to build on the ground
BOX 590 and Cut Association boards to see if some. kind of relief could be something residents ca
A 32 obtained. If this could be in the form of a signed waiver of damages by Mr. Willenborg stress
)RIDA 32328 fisherman, plus a nominal fee to help maintain that portion of road- mobile, portable hon
2186 way use and parking, the problem might be solved. Talk is cheap; were "top quality unitE
T A T A q Cq C litigation is not for anyone. vitedr nennle to come to


19 April 1996

Publisher ......... ... ......................... Tom W Hoffer
Editor and Manager ..............Brian Goercke
C contributors ............................................. R ene Topping
............ W ill M orris
............ Tom Markin
........... Kris Halstrom

Survey Research Unit .............................. Eric Steinkuehler
Computer Systems.
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and Production .. ................ ............... Christian Liljestrand
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Citizen's Advisory Group
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Grace and Carlton W then ...................... Carrabelle
Rene Topping ............ .. ................... Carrabelle
Pat M orrison ............................... ......... St. George Island
Tom and Janvce Louthndr e .................... St. George Island
'Elizabeth and Jim Sisun ......................... Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins ......... ...... Eastpoint
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look at them before tlh
to oppose his plans. He
planning for a "family or
sort-type atmosphere.'
Sonta Henderson asked
marketing strategy
Willenborg said he has
at a bridal show and is
in catering to private p
plans to use a bus t
groups to Alligator Po
places as far away as
sep. He also calls Sunda
ily day. giving children
dogs to entice families
Ms. Henderson asked. "
Prevent young college
putting in 85 each to re
and then there are 10
them?" Mr. Willenbor
"You need a Visa or a 1

ebate Heats Up

r Point Meeting

e washing
f Alligator
came to a
er Mike
3 meeting
x Associa-
borg spoke
resented a
is plans to
each Club
lenborg is
n from the
e week he
nent meet-
is over the
Homes on
rty, next to
lits, which
as", would
/night and
weekly or
would "keep
during the
ion, he re-
rowd why
elming op-
and at one
s the big

etary of the
, held up a
ned by 76
vor of zon-
it the con-
ted mobile
id ask that
pheld. Ms.
at. the zon-
owners to
i Alligator
ed. No new
ed, nor are
n 100 feet
nson gave
y that lives.
a mobile
heir trailer
icane. be-
laws, they
home with
she said,
s the laws
m. Mr.
t he is not
dining laws.
i, resident
ked Mr.
*tly he in-
s portable
et the zon-
he had not
ons about
t the laws.
ning they
d after 180
h. He said
love them
eir original
n order to
oophole in
it possible
tore tools.
ructure for
ng another
told Mr.
* were up-
i. which is
cannot do."
d that the
s" and in-
his bar to
ley decide
said he is
iented, re-
I about his
gy. Mr.
parties. He
o shuttle
point from
.v his fam-
n free hot
to his bar.
What is to
kids from
nt [a unit]
0 or 15 of
g replied.
ot of cash

to rent one of these, so the only
riff-raff would be some of the lo-
cal people that we know. And they
know if they caused trouble they
would not be allowed to come
Also discussed was a concern over
the safety hazards that result
from increased commercializa-
tion. Residents complained about
the probability of a higher volume
of traffic and debris from the de-
stroyed portable homes clogging
the road after storms. Mr.
Willenborg suggested a traffic
light may be necessary. He said
he has discussed his plans with
owners of adjacent property and
that the owners have no problems
with his plans.
Earlier in the meeting, Deputy
Sheriff Bubba Crum spoke to the
crowd about his candidacy for
Sheriff of Franklin County. He
told people one of the biggest is-
sues he sees facing Alligator Point
is response time to calls made for
emergency assistance. Mr. Crum
said there may be a need for full
time law enforcement on Alliga-
tor Point. He said he is concerned
about the increase of new people
moving to the area and the prob-
lems beach partiers create for full-
time residents. Later. during Mr.
Willenborg's presentation, resi-
dent Jim Grovsnor noted the
timeliness qf candidate Crum's at-
tendance at the meeting, due to
the safety hazards .Mr.
Willenborg's. establishment may
pose to the community.
In other business, the Board,
which consists of President. Tay-
lor -Moore, Treasurer Bob
Harwood and Secretdry Bunkiy
Atkinson, discussed the begin-
'ning of the road repair project that
was to start of April 10. Some
resident's noted the lack of
progress made so far, but heavy
equipment has been seen moving
into the area, which was taken as
a good sign.
Mr. Moore announced that the
County agreed to pick up over-
sized trash on the third Wednes-
day of each month. The new pick-
up schedule begins this month
and includes waste such as yard
limbs and white goods, but not
household furniture. The agree-
ment is separate from the Am-
nesty Week arrangements the
landfill is participating in during
the Great Florida Clean-Up, which.
is April 13-20.

ASB To Produce

Area History Book

Apalachicola State Bank (ASB), in
commemoration of its 100th an-
niversary, is producing a pictorial
history of Franklin County to be
available summer of 1997. The
professionally published 1.76-
page book will feature more than
200 photographs of Franklin
County throughout the past 100
The book, which is being co-writ-
ten by noted author and retired
FSU History Professor Dr. William
Rogers (Outposts On The Gulf) and
local resident Lee Willis, Jr., will
feature an overview of the
County's colorful history includ-
ing the county's role in the civil
war and the first commercial sea-
food operations.
"We're very excited about the
project," says ASB President
Barry Brynjolfsson. "We will be
commemorating our 100th anni-
versary (in 1997) with something
very special. At the same time we
want to give something back to
the community that has been so
supportive of us over the past 100
ASB officials are now actively
seeking historic photographs to
feature in the book which is ex-
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have a historic photograph of the
area that you would be willing to
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Brynjolfsson at 904/653-8805.
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Published every other Friday



The Honorable Judge William Gary

Frank T. Williams,
Assistant State Attorney

Kevin Steiger,
Assistant Public Defender

Franklin County Court House
April 9, 1996

Adolph Buzier, Jr.: Charged with one count of Lewd and Lascivious
Act in the Presence of a Child, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to
the charge. Judge Gary continued the case for case management on
June 10. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Alvin E. Cummings: Charged with one count of Trafficking in Co-
caine, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary
continued, the case to May 13 for case management. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Gary Denny: Charged with one count of Lewd or Indecent Act on a
Child, the defendant pleaded No contest to the charge. Judge Gary
adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to six months in
the Franklin County Jail with 31 days of credit for time served. Judge
Gary also sentenced the defendant to two years of probation and or-
dered him to pay $255 in court costs. As condition of probation, the
defendant will be prohibited from making contact with the victim and
must perform 50 hours of community service. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Stephanie Glass: Charged with eight counts of Uttering a Forged
Check, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the charges. Judge Gary
withheld adjudication and sentenced the defendant to either serve
six months in the Franklin County Jail or complete an impatient drug.
treatment program. Judge Gary also sentenced the defendant to 18
months of probation and ordered her to pay $825 in restitution. As a
condition of probation, the defendant will be required to complete 50
hours of community service. The defendant was represented by As-
sistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the robable cause report, the defendant was accused
by the presently deceased Tom Christianson on November 8 of steal-
ing checks from his vehicle. The defendant allegedly cashed two of
Christianson's checks for $225 and $250 at the Red Rabbit in Apala-
Charles McBroom: Charged with one count of Sexual Battery on a
Child Under Age 12, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the charges.
Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to
six months in the Franklin County Jail with two months of credit for
time served. Judge Gary also sentenced the defendant to three years
of probation and ordered him to pay $255 in court costs. As condi-
tion of probation, the defendant will be prohibited from making con-
tact with the victim or with other minors unless in the contact of
another adult for supervision. The defendant was represented by As-
sistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Leighton Morris: Charged with two counts of Burglary of a Dwelling,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary contin-
ued the case for case management on May 13. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Eddie P. Nelson: Charged with one count of Possession of Cocaine
and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, the defendant pleaded No
Contest to the charge. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty
and sentenced him to two years of probation. Judge Gary also or-
dered the defendant to pay $300 for investigative costs and $255 for
court costs. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevir Steiger. '
According to the probable cause report, seven illegal drug-related items
were seized at the defendant's residence during a search conducted
by Deputy Michael Moore on January 16. According to the report,
four of the items seized were smoking devices used for crack cocaine.
Nicholas M. Rolack: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault
with a Deadly Weapon, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge.
Judge'Gary continued the case for pre-trial on May 13. The defen-
dant was represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant threatened
O'Sheila Harris at her Avenue J residence on March 3 with a semiau-
tomatic weapon.
Charles F. Tiller: Charged with one count of Falsely Impersonating a
Police Officer, the defendant failed to appeared for his court date.
Judge Gary issued a capias of arrest to the defendant for failure to
According to the probable cause report, the defendant and Nicholas
Rolack told Barbara Estes on March 3 that they were undercover
police officers. The defendant and Mr. Rolack allegedly told Estes that
she was under arrest and that they were going to take her to the Gulf
Cpunty Jail. Estes allegedly entered the defendant's vehicle willingly.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant and Rolack
stopped their vehicle halfway from Franklin to Gulf County and told
Estes that they would leave her stranded on Highway 98 if she did
not agree to have sex with them.
Donald W. Wilson: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault
with a Deadly Weapon and Battery, the defendant pleaded No Con-
test to the charges.
Judge Gary withheld adjudication and sentenced the defendant to
nine months of probation. Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to
pay $830.61 in restitution to Heidi Weking in payments of no less
than $100 per month. As a condition of probation, the defendant will
be required to complete the P.A.V.E. (Providing Alternatives to Vio-
lence through Education) Program. The defendant was represented.
by Attorney Ben Watkins.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant assaulted Heidi
Weking on February 28. He also threw a pocket knife at Bert Carlson
as he chased him from the Oasis Lounge in Apalachicola.

Charles Dixon Brown: Charged with Possession of a Firearm by a
Convicted felon and Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, the defen-
dant pleaded Not guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the case
for pre-trial on May 13. The defendant was represented by Attorney
J. Gordon Shuler.
Dan Brown: Charged with one count of Escape, the defendant pleaded
Not Contest to the charge. Judge Gary continued the case for pre-
trial on May 13. The defendant was represented by Attorney Clyde M.
Larry M. Cummings: Charged with one count of Sale of Cocaine, the
defendant pleaded No Contest to the charge. Judge Gary adjudicated
the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to 30 days in the Franklin
County Jail. Judge Gary also sentenced the defendant to three years
of probation and ordered him to pay $1500 for investigative fees and
$255 for court costs. As a condition of probation, the defendant will
be required to complete 50 hours of community service. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Eric Carl Evans: Charged with one count of Resisting Arrest with
Violence, Battery, Criminal Mischief Under $200 and Battery on a
Law Enforcement Officer, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the
charges. Judge Gary continued the case for case management on
May 13.
Wordsworth F. Irving: Charged with one count of Sexual Battery
Upon a Child, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge
Gary continued the case for trial on April 16. The defendant was rep-
resented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Marcus Lamont Jenkins: Charged with one count of Sale of Con-
trolled Substance, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge.
Judge Gary continued the case for trial on June 13. The defendant
was represented by Attorney Timothy J. McFarland.

Robert L. Jones: Charged with one count of Sexual Battery Upon a
Child, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on May 13. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Sandra Massey: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand Theft,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary contin-
ued the case for trial on April 16, The defendant was represented by
Attorney Gordon Shuler.
Ricky V. Millender: Charged with one count of Possession of a Fire-
arm by a Convicted Felon, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the
charge. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced
him to six months of probation. Judge Gary also ordered the defen-
dant to pay $155 in court costs. The defendant was represented by
Attorney Lynn Thompson.

Theodore Parker: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwelling,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary contin-
ued the case for trial on April 16. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Tyrone Patterson, Jr.: Charged with one count of Possession of a
Controlled Substance and Resisting Arrest with Violence, the defen-
dant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the
case for pre-trial on May 13. The defendant was represented by As-
sistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Pasquale John Piccirillo: Charged with one count of Sexual Battery,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary contin-
Sued the case for trial on April 16. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Herbert Braxton Toliver: Charged with one count of Aggravated Bat-
tery and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, the defendant
pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for
trial on June 13. The defendant was represented Attorney Barbara
Sanders. '
Mark Temple Watson: Charged with one count of Driving Under the
Influence Involving Serious Injuries and Possession of an Improper
Driver's License, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges.
Attorney Steven P. Glazer entered a motion to dismiss on behalf of
the defendant. Judge Gary set a May 13 hearing date at 3 p.m. to
review the motion to dismiss.
James Yon: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand Theft
and Burglary of a Dwelling, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the
charges. Judge Gary continued the case for case management on
May 13. The defendant was represented by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
Donald Williams: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with
a Firearm, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser charge of
Improper Exhibition of a Dangerous Weapon. Judge Gary adjudicated
the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to six months of probation.
Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to pay $155 for court costs.
As a condition of probation, the defendant will be prohibited from
making contact with the victim.

Michael Shane Alday: Charged with V.O.P., the defendant was found
Guilty of probation violation at his April 8 hearing. Judge Gary sen-
tenced the defendant to nine months in the Franklin County Jail
with credit for five months of time served. Judge Gary also sentenced
the defendant to one year of probation.
Charles A. Anderson: Charged with V.O.P., the defendant failed to
attend his court appearance. Judge Gary issued a capias of arrest for
the defendant.
Billy James Beverly: Charged with V.O.P., the defendant entered an
admission to the violation. Judge Gary revoked the defendant's pro-
bation and imposed a new term of probation with the same condi-
tions. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Tammy D. Douds: Charged with V.O.P., the defendant entered an
admission to the violation. Judge Gary revoked the defendant's pro-
bation and sentenced her-to nine.ihonths in the Franklin County Jail
with 31 days of credit given for time served. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Frank Garcia, Jr.: Charged with V.O.P., the defendant entered an
admission to the violation. Judge Gary revoked the defendant's pro-
bation and imposed a new term of probation with the same condi-
tions. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Michael Gloner: Charged with V.O.P. and one count of Third Degree
Grand Theft, the defendant entered a denial to the violation and
pleaded Not Guilty to the new charge. Judge Gary continued the case
for a May 13 probation hearing. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Tammy Griggs: Charged with V.O.P., the defendant entered an ad-
mission to the violation. Judge Gary revoked the defendant's proba-
tion and sentenced her to nine months in the Franklin County Jail.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Ayokunie Osceola Kwanzaa: Charged with V.O.P. and two counts of
Threat Against a Public Servant, the defendant entered a denial to
the violation and pleaded Not guilty to the new charge. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly called
Assistant Department of Corrections Secretary Bernard Cohen on
March 19 & 20 and stated, "If I'm sent back to Lake Butler, I will kill
that six foot six nigger, (Harry K.) Singleton, and that Judge Gary.
And I know where Judge Gary lives." The two threats made by the
defendant were aimed at Harry K. Singletary, Jr., Secretary of the
Florida Department of Corrections and Judge William Gary, who
presides over the Second Circuit Court of Franklin County.
Chris Ashley Nowling: Charged with V.O.P., the defendant entered
an admission to the violation. Judge Gary revoked the defendant's
probation and imposed a new term of probation. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Ronald Franklin Phillips: Charged with V.O.P., the defendant en-
tered an admission to the violation. Judge Gary revoked the
defendant's probation and imposed a three year term of probation.
"The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
David R. Pool: Charged with V.O.P., the defendant entered an ad-
mission to the violation. Judge Gary revoked the defendant's proba-
tion and imposed a new term of probation with the same conditions.
The defendant was represented by Attorney Timothy McFarland.
Carl Drew Smith: Charged with V.O.P., the defendant entered a de-
nial to the violation. Judge Gary continued the case to May 13 for a
probation hearing. The defendant was represented by Assistant Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger.
Catherine A. Tucker: Charged with V.O.P., the defendant entered an
admission to the violation. Judge Gary revoked the defendant's pro-
bation and sentenced her to four months in-the Franklin County Jail
with 41 days of credit given for time served. The defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney Edgar Lee Elzie. ,
William Sutton: Charged with V.O.P., the defendant entered an ad-
mission to the violation. Judge Gary revoked the defendant's proba-
tion and sentenced him to 60 days in the Franklin County Jail. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.

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held a 3-day public meeting in
Panama City Beach the week of
April 5 and took the following ac-

RULE Final Public
The Commission held a final pub-
lic hearing on a proposed rule that
- allow the use of baitfish trawls
only seaward of the Colregs De-
marcation Line in state waters of
Escambia County through
Wakulla County approximately
south of St. Marks from April 1
through November 15 each year
for a two year period, ending No-
vember 15, 1998
- define a baitfish trawl as a net
in the form of an elongated bag
with the mouth kept open by vari-
ous means and buoyed by- floats
so that it is fished and towed at
or, along the surface of the water
and never on the bottom
- allow the use of baitfish trawls
for the directed harvest of men-
haden, round and Atlantic thread
herrings, scaled, Spanish, and
orangespot sardines, anchovies,
round scad, chub mackerel, blue
runner, and ladyfish only a ten
percent (by weight) bycatch allow-
ance for hontargeted species har-
vested in baitfish trawls would
also be allowed
- allow baitfish trawls to be towed
for no more than 30 minutes
- allow the use of no more than
two baitfish trawls, each with a
mesh area not greater than 500
square feet and a perimeter
around the leading edge of the net
not greater than 66 feet, to be
fished or deployed from any ves-
sel where allowed in all waters of
the region
- prohibit the use of baitfish trawls
with a mesh size less than 1 1/4
inches stretched mesh in the cod
(tail) end, and prohibit the use of
any liner or insert with a smaller
mesh in the cod end
The Commission intends to take
this proposed rule to the Gover-
nor and Cabinet for approval on
May 14, 1996 and the. rule will
take effect July 1, 1996 if ap-
proved. The Commission also di-
rected staff to hold a public work-
shop in southwest Florida to re-
ceive comment on proposals to
allow baiffish trawls in that re-

The Commission received public
comment and reviewed a draft
rule regarding shrimp harvesting
in state waters from the Apalachi-
cola Bay'system to the Northwest/
Big Bend Region demarcation
line. The rule would eliminate the
current shrimp count (size limit)
regulation in this area and estab-
lish the following area/season clo-
sures to all harvest of shrimp:
- retention of the .present:year-
round closed area north of the
John Gorrie Bridge in Apalachi-
-cola Bay
- closure of areas in St. Vincent
Sound known as Big Bayou,
Sheepshead Bayou, and Indian
Lagoon year-round
- retention of the presently en-
forced daytime area closure from
July 15 through September 15 in
St. Vincent Sound- and Apalachi-
cola Bay
- closure of a specified area in St.
George Sound south of Green.
Point from September 15 through
December 31
- closure of a specified area be-
tween the shipping channel and
,the mouth of St. Vincent Sound
in Apalachicola Bay from March
1 through May 31
closure of the Carrabelle River
The rule also provides for closure
of specified nearshore and inshore
waters in Wakulla County year-
round to all harvest of shrimp (ex-
cept recreational). The Commis-
sion will hold a final public hear-
ing if requested on this proposed
rule, and intends to take the rule
to the Governor and Cabinet for
approval in time for the rule to
take effect before the expiration
of an emergency rule now in place.
The Commission also intends to
consider an exemption to the
closed area provisions of shrimp
rules for scientific and educa-
tional purposes during its June
meeting in Gainesville.
Commission directed staff to hold
a final public hearing in June on
a proposed rule that would pro-
hibit the harvest of spotted
seatrout in this area from Decem-
ber through February (all other
statewide spotted seatrout provi-
sions now in place, including bag
and size limits, would not be af-
fected by this proposed action).
The Commission will also hold a

public workshop on this.proposed
rule prior to the June hearing
The Commission received scien-
tific and public comment regard-
ing proposals to allow the use of
certain specified trawls to harvest

cannonball jellyfish in state wa-
ters, and directed staff to hold a
final public hearing in June on a
proposed rule that would:
- allow the harvest of cannonball
jellyfish with' trawls in all state
waters outside of the Colregs line,
with no bycatch allowance
- allow the use of paired seines,
wing nets, and frame nets only -
with a maximum of 500 square
feet of mesh area, a perimeter no
greater than 66 feet per net, and
a minimum mesh size in the bag
of 3 1/2 inches stretched mesh -
in state waters inside 1 mile from
shore on the Atlantic coast and 3
miles from shore on the Gulf coast
- allow the use of a paired seine
net with a maximum mesh area
of 3,000 square feet (no more than
two nets with a combined total of
3,000 square feet may be used)
in state waters beyond 1 mile off-
shore on the Atlantic coast and 3
miles offshore on the Gulf coast -
a minimum net mesh size of
3 1/2 inches stretched mesh
would also apply

The Commission received scien-
tific and public comment on
several issues relating to the man-
agement of Florida's mullet fish-
ery. The Commission directed
staff to develop mullet manage-
ment options for the Commission
, to consider during its.June meet-
ing. These options will include
gear provisions, areal/seasonal
closures, restricted species sta-
tus, harvest limits, and other is-

The Commission received public
comment and-reviewed the status
of proposed rules developed last
year regarding the use of fishing
gear, due to passage of the con-
stitutional' amendment limiting
net fishing in Florida. Commer-
Scial fishermen filed a successful
legal challenge to these proposed
rules, however certain key issues
remain to be settled in the appel-
late process. The Commission has
withdrawn numerous other non-
controversial gear. rule amend-
ments as part of the legal proceed-
ings, and directed staff to develop
options for consideration in June
on further proposed rulemaking
concerning these amendments.

The Commission received:
a scientific report and public
comment on the SNOOK fishery,
and directed staff to conduct
workshops to receive public input
on this fishery
a report and public comment on
a SHEEPSHEAD workshop re-
cently conducted by the Commis-
sion, and will reconsider the cur-
rent management plan for this
species at its June meeting
reports regarding Florida's salt-
water fisheries research programs
and LIVE ROCK lease permits
reports from Florida Marine Pa-
trol officials from around the state
regarding problems with the en-
forcement of the constitutional
amendment limiting net fishing,
and discussed numerous propos-
als to aid and strengthen law en-
forcement efforts and increase
compliance with fisheries laws
and rules
public comment regarding the
TRAWLS, plans to reduce SHRIMP
JACK bag and size limits
scientific comment regarding the
reports regarding the proposed
withdrawal of SPINY LOBSTER
and STONE CRAB federal fishery
management plans .
a report and public comment on
post-quota sale of KING MACK-
EREL the Commission will re-
ceive further input on this issue
at its June meeting

Federal Fish Trap
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery
Management Council is con-
ducting a public workshop in
the Big Bend area on fish trap
Suse and regulation. The Coun-
cil is making final decisions on
how to regulate the fish trap
industry and the workshop is
being held to present informa-
tion from a fish trap -observer
study, to review the Council's
proposed regulations, and to
take public testimony on the is-
sues. Interested persons are
encouraged to attend the work-
shop, which will take place
Wednesday, April 24, 1996 from
2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Board
of County Commission's Con-
ference Room on Old Aaron
Road in Crawfordville. For more
information, contact the Coun-
cil at (813)228-2815.

Commissioner's Tale,
continued from page 3

asked, "Have I ever asked you do
anything that was out of the pe-
rimeters of what you do?" Before
Mr. Crum could answer, Braxton
again asked who had authorized
the paving project in Eastpoint.

"My integrity here is getting at-
tacked by a commissioner," com-
plained Mosconis, "I need to get
this straightened out."

"You sure do," responded Brax-
ton, "It's (Mosconis' integrity) sure
in bad shape, buddy."
Prentice Crum stated that he re-
ceived instructions from the
chairperson and felt that he was
rightfully authorized to begin
work on East Bay Drive. "The
chairman generally, kind of, leads
the way for the board. The chair-
man moves the board."

Both Commissioners Braxton and
Tolliver objected to Prentice
Crum's statement. Commissioner
Edward Tolliver stated that the
chairperson's role was to lead the
board through their agenda items.
"That's all," noted Tolliver. Brax-
ton stated that, while the board
of county commissioners had re-
cently created a committee to
study the efficiency of the road
department, Chairperson Mosco-
nis continued to spend the road
department's money on unautho-
rized projects. He said that
Mosconis had previously autho-
rized work on the Escape Road in
Eastpoint without board ap-
proval. Braxton then turned to
Mr. Crum and asked if he remem-
bered who had authorized the
road department to work on the
Escape Road. Crum paused,
smiles and stated, "I've got a short
memory, commissioner."

'The point I'm making," explained
Braxton, "Is that we can't con-
tinue to go the way we're going."

Dink Braxton
Commissioner Raymond Williams
pointed out that the newly formed
committee, which was established
to study the efficiency of the-road
departrrient, needed time in order,
to assess the operations of the
road department. He stated that,
since the committed had yet to
formally meet, the board of com-
missioner needed to remain pa-

"I'll be perfectly honest with you,"
said Braxton, "I don't have much
faith in a committee...because
we're shirking our own responsi-
bilities as commissioners and
sending it down in the hope that
somebody else will solve our prob-

Braxton stated that Alan Pierce
was appointed as the Director of
Administrative Services with the
hope that he would analyze
county problems and report them
to the board. "Well, guess what,"
began Braxton, "Right along with
the road that's been done, there
was a swap at the landfill... oys-
ter shells for tipping fees." Brax-
ton said that he was not informed
of the unauthorized trade. "Did
Alan (Pierce) call you about that,"
inquired Mosconis. Braxton re-
sponded, "He's not authorized.
His job is not to go out and devi-
ate and tell the people at the land-
fill that this man can bring all his
stuff in and trade it with them."
He stated that those individuals
and businesses as Flowers Sea-
food, Nick Shiver's Seafood and
Fred Millender had all donated
oyster shells in large quantities to
the county. "And when they find
out we're swapping tipping fees for
oyster shells, they're gonna' all
come in and want the same deal,"
said Braxton.

Chairperson Mosconis said that
he had asked Mr. Pierce to con-
tact all of the board members as
well as the board's attorney about
the situation to seek permission
on the oyster shells for tipping fee
deal. Braxton responded,. "Alan
(Pierce) can't do that; he is not
authorized to do that." He also
said that the two items were in
separate accounts and could not
legally be traded with one another.
"You can't use road and bridge to
put in the landfill. The problem is
not the road department, it's not
the landfill, it's this board."

Mosconis inquired, "What do you
propose to do about it?"
Tolliver responded, "Stop it. Bring
this to a streaking halt."

Eastpoint resident Joyce
Timmons informed board mem-
bers that the limerock added to
East Bay Road had not caused the
"water problem." She stated that
the work that has been done on
the road was "the first evidence
of the county's interest" in the
safety and well-being of the resi-
dents on East Bay Road. "It's won-
derful to see that we're getting a
little bit done for our road," said
Timmons. "This has helped and I
don't want Mr. (Prentice) Crum to


Joyce Timmons
be castigated about it." Commis-
sioner Braxton said that he had
no problem with Mr. Crum or the
work performed on the said road.
He emphasized that the work was

County Clerk Kendall Wade
noted, "I'd like to go on record that
I was not authorized. I didn't know
anything about it."
"It seems that my integrity is defi-
nitely under the microscope," said
Mosconis. He then asked Prentice
Crum, an employee who answers
to the board, to assess his work
as a commissioner since he has
been on the board. Mosconis has
been a county commissioner for
over 12 years. Mr. Crum paused,
chuckled and stated, "You, in my
opinion, have done a good job for
the people of Franklin County. I
don't always agree with the way
you think about whatever, but I
respect you for what you have
done for the people of this'
county." Braxton inquired, "Can
you say that for everybody on this
board." Crum returned, "I can."
Mr. Crum stated that, since the
county board has been divided
into districts, board members
tend to get scattered. "It's hard for
this board or any board that's di-
vided in five ways to really come
together and address a problem
and solve it. Because you're look-
ing at it (the problem) from the
perspective of either one-fifth or
one-third. It makes it hard to
reach a conclusion."

Mark Stratton

Resident Mark Stratton ad-
dressed Chairpeison Mosconis
and stated, "I think you should
be my county commissioner for
my district, because if it just takes
a phone call to say, 'we have a
problem,' and you'd get my vote."
Braxton responded, "That's not
the way it's supposed to work and
you know that as well as I do,

The board's discussion about
unauthorized decision-making.
came to a general halt as an in-
dividual in attendance known to
some as Dr. Popsickle stood up
and said that he attended the
board meeting to honor the al-
mighty God and the Statue of Lib-
erty. He further stated that he
wanted to build a house on Eighth
Street in Apalachicola and had
asked Mr. Willie to help him build
his home. As Braxton attempted
to again discuss the board's di-
lemma, Dr. Popsickle walked be-
fore the board, stood with one leg
raised and his arms stretched
outward (see Ralph Machio in
'The Karate Kid") and then walked
out of the board meeting.

Plantation, continued
from page 2

lie outside, of the Association by
cutting off access to the Cut.
Board members explained other
responsibilities borne by the As-
sociation that required action lest
liability for that access continues
to involve the Association.

A motion to purchase that por-
tion of Leisure Lane directly north
of the current Casa del Mar, Phase
I and the proposed subdivisions-
Phase II, the subject of correspon-
dence between Case del Mar and
the-Plantation, was tabled. The
proposal, made by Mahr Develop-
ment Corporation, involved the
purchase of 4200 feet of the Lei-
sure Lane roadway so as to pro-
vide maintenance work.

In the segment of the meeting on
"Standing Reports", Security Of-
ficer Bob Shriver reported the re-
sults of a check on rental agree-
ments for April 6. Out of 65 homes
checked, agreements did not con-
tain the renter-'s signature or
realtor's signature, and this con-
tributed to long delays at the main
gate. Mr. Shriver also recom-
mended that the Association pur-
chase night vision goggles for use
by security personnel and this
was approved.
After lunch recess, Dr. Tom
Adams provided a legal summary
of the "Ben Johnson agreement",
and eventually a vote was taken
on the motion to seek a declara-
tory judgment concerning the va-
lidity of the agreement. Pam
Amato and Richard Plessinger
voted No; Gallio, B. L. Cosey and
Moore voted Yes, Bill Hartley, as
acting President, did not vote.

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Board Members Tangle at A Day of Egg-stasy:

Lanark Village Meeting j E TheThird AnEnual
iI *. ',-- Easter Egg Hunt at

It was vaguely apparent from the
onset of the April 15 Lanark Vil-
lage Water & Sewer Board meet-
ing that bad blood was brewing
between some of the board mem-
bers. Chairperson James'Lawlor
and Commissioner Phil Shiver,
who usually sit side-by-side at the
board's regular monthly meet-
ings, began the meeting notice-
ably separated by one attorney,
one commissioner and one empty

However, trouble and strife' did
not find its way onto the agenda
until the board began discussing
new business matters mid-way
through the meeting. Chairperson
Lawlor announced that the board
had received a proposal from
Moore Logic, Inc. for the purpose
of repairing spray field pumps at
the district's wastewater treat-
ment plant.
When Lawlor asked if each board
member had a copy of the pro-
posal, Shiver responded that he
did not have a copy, but noted
that he had already authorized
the approval to have the spray
field pumps repaired.
Chairperson Lawlor asked if the
situation at the wastewater treat-
ment plant was an emergency.
Shiver responded that it was an
emergency situation, because the
wastewater treatment plant was
not operating properly.
"But it is operating?" inquired
Commissioner Shiver responded
that the wastewater treatment
plant was operational, though did
not operate efficiently. "It's en-
tirely up to this board if they want
to spend the money to make the
repairs," said Shiver, 'The thing
is broke and it needs to be fixed."
Shiver said that procrastination
in the matter would only cost the
district more money and possibly
a state citation. "Now DEP [De-
partment of Environmental Pro-
tection] hasn't come down and
cited us. Whether they will or
not...I have no idea."
Commissioner Jeanette Pedder
responded, "I'm quite sure they
will after this meeting."
Chairperson Lawlor informed
Commissioner Shiverthat he was
not authorized to make a three'
thousand dollar decision without
board approval. "You've over-
stepped the line here. You answer
to the board."
Commissioner Shiver stated that
he was within his rights to ap-
prove the purchase, because he
Swas appointed to oversee water
S and sewer matters as the board's
commissioner of field operations.
He inquired, "Aie you saying that
every time something breaks
do0in that I have to bring it be-
fore the board?"
Chairperson Lawlor said that the
Shiver could make such a deter-
mination in an emergency situa-
tion. However, he noted, the prob-
lem in question was not an emer-
gency. Lawlor also noted that the
board was required to advertise
* any repair purchase over one
thousand dollars for a public bid.
"I don't think we're gonna' get
down to taking formal bids for
repair work on existing equip-
ment," said Shiver.
Board Attorney Tommy Thomp-
son stated that the situation could
be deemed an emergency, be-
cause of the potential threat of an
interruption of a public service.
"It's not like buying paper clips or
something like that," explained
Commissioner Pedder said that,
if they spent the three thousand
dollars, they would only be left
with five thousand dollars for the
next six months. She inquired,
"Can you live with five thousand
dollars for repair and mainte-
nance for the next six months."
Pedder asked Shiver what he
would do ifa major problem arose
down the road and the board did
not have the money to fix the
"We'll cross that bridge when we
come to it," said Shiver. He
pointed out that Wayne Conrad
with Southern Water Service had
recommended that the treatment
plant be repaired. Shiver pre-
dicted that, when the spray field
pumps have been repaired, the
entire wastewater treatment plant
should be in good working opera-
tion. ,
The board then unanimously ac-
cepted the proposal from Moore.
Logic, Inc.
However, Chairperson Lawlor re-
mained dissatisfied with Commis-
sioner Shiver's role as the com-
missioner of field operations. "You
have alienated yourself from the
office, from the staff and from the
position of Field Operations by
removing all maps, workingg op-
erations form the office to another
location. You are not dealing di-
rectly with the commission." said
Lawlor. Commission Shiver stated
that he had personally ordered
the maps for field work from the
planning and zoning office. He
said that the maps were presently
being used by the maintenance
staff. Lawlor argued that all board
members deserved equal access
to materials within the water and
sewer board's office.
:Chairperson Lawlor then in-
formed Commissioner Shiver
that, as chairperson, he had de-
cided to relieve him of his posi-
tion as the commissioner of field

Mr. Saunders looked over at Ms.
Hamm in bewilderment and re-
sponded, "Where did you get that
Ms. Hamm then accused
Saunders of lacking good will to
the community. "I've never seen
anything that you've given to cre-
ate good will. All I've ever seen is
ill will and threats and intimida-
tions." She then told Saunders
that he should donate his prop-
erty to Lanark Village.

operations. Shiver argued that he
could not be relieved from his
positions without a vote. Lawlor
said that Shiver was still the
board's secretary. However, he
stated that the field operations
positions was granted by an ap-
pointment from the chairperson.
Shiver argued that Lawlor was
"going against the law," because
he said that only the board could
make such decisions. When Com-
missioner Shiver asked Commis-
sioner Pedder for an opinion on
the matter, Pedder agreed that
Shiver had alienated himself from
the board.
Frustrated, Shiver stated, "Suit
yourself. Whatever you want to
do, it doesn't make a difference.
It's a pain in the butt to do it any-
how... I said I didn't want the
damn thing in the first place."
Chairperson Lawlor maintained
that Shiver had alienated himself
form the board and said that he
was making a decision that did
not require board approval. Shiver
peered into the audience and
commented, "Oh boy, this sounds
like somebody we had in here not
too long ago. You're pouting be-
cause I took a map." He then ac-
cused Lawlor of acting like a sher-
iff and a mayor with "royal blood."
Attorney Thompson agreed to
take the matter under consider-
ation and report to the board with
his findings at the next meeting.
In other board business:,
*Chairperson James Lawlor in-
formed board members that rent
for the water & sewer
department's facility on Pine
Street would be increased on
June 1 from $200 to $300 per
month. Mr. Lawlor stated that
owners Peter & Jane Richardson
had suggested the possibility of
selling the Pine Street property to
the water and sewer board.,
Chairperson Lawlor suggested
that the board invest in a modu-
lar building and have the facility
placed on district owned land. He
said that it would cost approxi-
mately eighteen thousand dollars
to purchase a modular building.
Commissioner Jeanette Pedder
complained that the.board's cur-
rent facility was leaky and prob-
ably not worth the $300 per
month that the Richardsons had
requested. Ms. Pedder also noted
that, if the board was obligated
to a one year lease agreement,
they needed to notify the
Richardsons by May 1 if they de-
cided to leave the facility. No
board action was taken on this
*Chairperson Lawlor announced
that the board had received the
necessary forms from the North-
west Florida Water Management
District to apply for an increase
in district water usage. He said,
however, that no action would be
taken on the matter until the
board received a response to the'
questionnaires that they board
mailed to all residential owners.
The questionnaires, said Lawlor,
would giye the board a better idea
of how many individuals that the
district services.
*Chairperson Lawlor stated that
the board had received a loan
application request from the
Farmers Home Administration.
He said that the loan money could
be used for the purchase of
meters. Lawlor also said that the
board would soon be receiving an
estimate for 200 meters. He fur-
ther stated that he planned to
meet with David Hines of the
Eastpoint Water and Sewer De-
partment to discuss grant possi-
*Following the meeting's conclu-
sion, resident Edward Saunders
gave a brief presentation to Com-
missioner Pedder and Chairper-
son Lawlor about the progress on
his proposed development. He
stated that the development
would require 24 acres to be re-
zoned from R-1 to multi-family.
He stated that the Environmen-
tal Protection Agency informed
him that the district's sewer treat-
ment plant had the capacity to
service his proposed 40 unit de-
velopment. Saunders said that
the project would use approxi-
mately twelve thousand gallons of
sewage per day. "According to
DEP.," said Mr. Saunders, "That
will not put you over the 75%
mark." Pedder debated, "We are
at 98% this moment." Saunders
said that DEP. records indicated
that the district's sewage usage
was recorded at 57% for the past
six months. The board strongly
felt that the 57% figure was in-
Critical of Mr. Saunders and his
project, resident Millie Van Hamm
remarked, "For a developer com-
ing into an area, I have never in
my life seen anybody conduct
themselves the way these people
have. They don't know who they're
dealing with. They've created all
kinds of animosity. They've
threatened and intimidated the
entire community and I think It
is a crime."

Poster Winners from kindergarten to the second gr
From left to right, first place winner Tambra Duc
second place winner Danielle Maxwell and third p
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Poster winners from the third and fourth grade. From
to right, first place winner Hope Critton, second p
winner Brittney Newell and third place winner Brit

Over 200 students from pre-kindergarten to the fourth grade
ticipated in the Seat Belt Safety Poster Contest at Chapma
ementary School. The contest, which is sponsored by the 4-H
gram and the Department of Transportation, was coordinate
Chapman Elementary School Instructor Ms. Bertha Stanley.

o Be."

Actor Terry Jones Educates,

Entertains During Visit to


SFranKlin County
Sheriffs Department
A'N N:, ramn or darkened clouds could
S tirrn back the throng.of youthful
L hunters at the April 6 Third An-
nui l Easter Egg Hunt at the Fran-
Skhrn County Sheriffs Department.
i t ,ik about 30 minutes for over
S50 N young hunters to gather up
S m:- t of the 1,400 Easter eggs and
1 .21 prize eggs that were hidden
t.-i the help of 6 state inmates
on the grounds of the proposed
state prison site located next to
th' county jail.
F CFI..-pin Don Hammock served as
-- Ihos to the third annual event. He
,,lrnoted that Deputy Carl Carlson
had been host to the first two an-
ntIal events. Despite the threat of
an all-out thunder storm, Ham-
mnock assured visitors, "Unless
(Hurricane) Opal, Jr. comes, we're
gonrna have this hunt." He con-
tinued, "We promised you an Eas-
Ier e g hunt and we're gonna give
you one."

Brown Elementary School Seat

Belt Safety Poster Winners

By Kris Halstrom

The Franklin County Public
Library's award-winning WINGS
program hosted a week-long visit
by actor/lecturer Terry Jones last
week. Mr. Jones is a statewide
Prevention Coordinator with the
Florida Prevention Association,
which is based in Tallahassee,
.and is also a professional actor,
with several television and movie
roles to his credit. His talks focus
on drug awareness and conflict
resolution. Mr. Jones visited
schools, a library and a commu-
nity center to talk to both kids and
their parents about good ways to
prevent violence and drug abuse.
Mr. Jones spent Monday after-
noon talking to a group of WINGS
kids in the Eastpoint branch of
the Franklin County Public Li-
brary. Kids from all three WINGS
sites attended the presentation.
From all accounts and judging
from the number of questions
they asked, the presentation
made an impressive impact. Mr.
Jones began with a one-man
show of a party scene, jumping
quickly from-the role of a child all
the way to an elderly woman. The
ten minute show was a rhyming
dialogue between party-goers, in-
tended to demonstrate how much
fun can be had without drugs-
including alcohol-involved.

ed the He brought a display of actual
r sub- drugs and the paraphernalia that
;ty." is commonly used to take the
drugs, which he used to help edu-
cate young people about the real-
ity of drugs and their affects on
the human mind and body. Said
Ruth Carmen, 12, ofApalachico-
la, "He was really cool. He was a
good actor." Mr. Jones also used
slides to show the ugly truth
about the effects of drugs on the
human body, at one point juxta-
posing a healthy human heart to
one that had been abused by co-
caine use. "The heart swelled up
and turned red and the blood
went to the surface," said Toni
Hutchinson, 16, of Eastpoint.

S Mr. Jones spent the middle of the Franklin County schools.
In the Media Center at Carrabelle
High School, he spoke to 6th grad-
ers for half of the day, and 4th
and 5th graders together for the
other half of the day. Assistant to
the Principal, Nan Collins, said
the day was a great success. "Ev-
erything went well. There was ex-
Scellent involvement and participa-
tion.," she said. "He's fantastic. "

ight, At Apalachicola High School,
nner Terry Jones spent time in class-
es. rooms with 7th and 8th graders.
Teacher Denise Butler said, "It
went well." Student Rachel
Carmen, 14, said he talked about,
"Anger and how to solve problems
without violence. Instead of yell-
ing, kind of talk it opt. "
Mr. Jones's visit to Browne El-
ementary in Eastpoint was "very
worthwhile", said Principal Janis
Gordon. Browne's 4th, 5th and
6th graders gathered separately
for and hour and half each ses-
sion. Principal Gordon said the
teachers and students alike were
very impressed with the days
Thursday was another busy day
trade. for Mr. Jones. After his visit to
cker, Browne during the school day, in
?lace the afternoon he held a workshop
on goals with the newly formed
WINGS teen council. Two repre-
I sentatives from each WINGS site,
plus TEENSPEAK Teen Aide Toni
Hutchinson, were invited to join
the council, which will provide
them-the opportunity to develop
their leadership skills and orga-
nize around issues they consider
important to young.people. In the
coming weeks, the council de-
H cided, they will choose a group
name and they are currently
working on plans for a dance to
celebrate the beginning of their
organization. Mr. Jones worked
with council members on identi-
fying goals, working with others
to organize action, and the steps
necessary to taking action. Mem-
bers of the council as it currently
stands are: Keri Jenks and
S Brandy Weathers from the Car-
rabelle WINGS site, Terri Cham-
left bers and Ruth Carmen from the
Palace Eastpoint site, Michael Pugh and
Ed Griffm from the Apalachicola
tany site, and Toni Hutchinson from
Later Thursday night, Terry Jones
was the guest speaker at the sec-
par- ond Celebration of Families
n El-
Pro- parenting workshop. Parents
ed by
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From left to right, Nikita Williams, Ruth Carmon, Terry
Chambers, Terry Jones, Rachel Carmon and Eileen Annie.

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Over 200 Brown Elementary School students participated in the Seat
Belt Safety Poster Contest, which was 4-H and Department of Trans-
portation sponsored. Ms. Barbara Bailey coordinated the poster con-
test at Brown Elementary School. She stated that she narrowed down
the poster contest on March 21 and then chose the final six winners
on March 22.

Poster contest winners from left to right: 3rd grade student I\
Putnal submitted the poster entitled, "Buckle Up. This could Be
2nd grade student Heather Bramblett submitted the poster-en
"Be Cool, Buckle Up. It's the Safest Way to Be." 1st grade st
Bryan Baird submitted the poster entitled, "Safe Is the Way to
3rd grade student Latoshia Martina submitted the poster en
"Buckle Up America." 1st grade student Kayla Reeder submitted
poster entitled, "Do it safe." 2nd grade student Lindsey Kempel
mitted the poster entitled, "Stop and Look. Buckle Up For Safe

Chapman Elementary

School Seat Belt Safety

Poster Winners

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Poster winners from pre-kindergarten. From left to r
first place winner Kruiz Dickerson, second place wi
Heather Fasbenner and third place winner Steve Jon

Published every other Friday


The Franklin Chronicle 19 April 1996 Page 7

School Board Confronts

Lingering Audit Problems

Chairperson Will Kendrick vented
his frustrations at the April 11
Franklin County School Board
meeting about the school district's
continual citations from the Au-
ditor General.
Mr. Kendrick noted that several
problems had been detected in the
district's Preliminary and Tenta-
tive Audit Findings. In the Tan-
gible Personal Property section of
the preliminary audit. Kendrick
noted that the district's stibsid-
iary records for furniture, fixtures
and equipment had not been rec-
onciled with the applicable con-
trol account in a timely manner.
According to the record, the con-
trol account for the said items
exceeded the amount recorded in
the underlying subsidiary prop-
erty records by a total of
In the section for Discretionary
Lottery Funds, the preliminary
audit findings indicated that the
district failed to provide a sepa-
rate amounting of actual expen-
ditures incurred from its en-
hancement funds to demonstrate
how such monies were used to
obtain enhancement objectives.
The district had received
$328,280 in enhancement funds,
which it allegedly intended to use
to obtain a reasonable pupil/
teacher level of no more than 14
to 1.'Although the district indi-
cated that 95% ($313.165) of the
enhancement money was alleg-
edly used to obtain the said pu-
pil/teacher ratio, the preliminary
findings noted. "the information
provided for our review did not
provide specific teachers assigned
from these proceeds and the ef-
fect of these teachers in reaching
the Districts objectives."
Chairperson Kendrick told fellow
board members that the entire
board was as responsible as any
other party to ensure a sound
audit report. "In the real world,"
he noted, "the first time you may
get slapped on the hand, but the
second time they may come close
you down." He warned, "We need
to take this thing pretty seri-
ously." Kendrick suggested that
the board meet with those audit-
ing the district to get a better un-
derstanding of the complaints.
"Some of this is like ghosts. They
keep coming back."
One problem area of the prelimi-
nary audit report that Chairper-
son Kendrick contested was
within the section of Personnel
and Payroll Administration. The
report indicated that the district
had failed to resolve the overpay-
ment of a transportation mainte-
nance worker, which had oc-
curred from 1987 to 1994 in the
amount of $43. 691. Mr. Kendrick
insisted that the district had re-

sponded in accordance to the au-
ditor general's request. "If they're
gonna' write us up for it," noted
Kendrick, "I want them to at least
recognize that we did- what we
were told at that time to do." The
preliminary report indicated that
Attorney Barbara Sanders had
sent a letter to the Florida
Comptroller's Office on May 27,
1994 to request assistance in the
matter. The report concluded. "As
of March 29. 1996. a response
had not been received.
Board member Willie Speed asked
for notification when the auditor
arrived and requested that a
board member be present during
the exit interview. The board then
agreed to set up a meeting with
the auditor general's staff. "I can't
help but believe that they don't
see us involved," complained
Kendrick, "It's like we're a part
that just has to be there, because
statutes says." He concluded,
"Maybe we're coming at it in the
wrong way and then again, maybe
they are...maybe they need to see
Show we have to approach it."
While other audit problems did
exist in the preliminary report.
Franklin County School Board
Finance Officer John Rieman in-
formed the Franklin Chronicle on
April 16 that the audit report for
the 1995-96 fiscal contained
fewei trouble areas than the prior
year. "Repeat items have really
gone on toolong," noted Rieman,
"We've come a long way, but these
things should still be cleared up.",
In other board business:
*The board unanimously voted to
allow the Kindergarten Screening
Team members to work during
the week of June 4-7 for the pur-
pose of screening pre-kindergar-
ten students in the county.
*The board unanimously agreed
to advertise for a part time occu-
pational therapist.
*The board unanimously agreed
to have several portable class as
well as the gym and marine me-
chanics building hooked up to a
security alarm system at Carra-
belle High School. Board mem-
bers also agreed to direct Super-
intendent C.T. Ponder to meet
with Carrabelle Principal Clayton
Wooten and discuss the poor
lighting situation in secluded ar-
eas of the high school. The board
also agreed to have intercom and
fire alarm systems installed in the
pre-kindergarten classes at
Chapman Elementary School.
*The board agreed to allow Attor-
ney Barbara Sanders to attend
the Florida School Board
Association's annual legislative
review:meeting at the expense of
the school district.

Carrabelle High School's Seat

Belt Safety Poster Winners

7th grade winners from left to right: 1st place winner
Johanna Hatfiled, 2nd place winner Donnie Mathes and
3rd place winner Denise Butler.

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From left to right, poster winners from grades 9-12: 1st
place winner Todd Griffith, 2nd place winner April Hogan
and 3rd place winner Nina Mathes.

Gulf Coast Development Board, continued from page 1

same time be a service provider
and that would not be viewed as
a conflict of interest."
The board was then left with a
choice of three other methods of
obtaining a fiscal agent and ad-
ministrative entity and proceeded
to listen to presentations from
Gulf Coast Community College
(GCCC) and the Private Industry
Council (PIC).
Freda Sheffield, executive direc-
tor of the PIC, spoke on behalf of
the existing PIC saying that they
had already been appointed as the
grant recipient and fiscal agent for
the counties of Calhoun. Holmes,
Jackson. Liberty and Washington.
The counties that had recently
been involved with the PIC were
Bay, Franklin and Gulf as part of
the eight county Florida Pan-
handle Private Counsel Inc, which
was headquartered in Panama
City. This council is now in the
process of being dissolved.
The program is now being oper-
ated as the Jobs and Education
Partnership (JEP). The PIC does
have a building which they own
in Panama City, and Sheffield said
that could be a shared facility for
the two entities as a cost saving.
Space, equipment and some per-
sonnel are already in place. She
felt that there was previously
trained personnel on the line and
this would help in a transition
period which ends on July 1, 1996
when the JTPA's role will be
ended. The PIC has already been
appointed by the Board at their
previous meeting to receive and
administer a $25,000 Workforce
Development Training and Tech-
nical Assistance grant.
Sheffield added, I am not asking
for the job. I left last week's meet-
ing feeling completely disen-
chanted." She went on to say that
during the week she had received
a number of phone calls from
members of the board and she
became very concerned. She dis-
cussed the various duties that
would fall on the grant recipient
and fiscal agent. They would be
responsible for all fiscal agent.
They would be responsible for all
fiscal responsibility, monitoring
programs, certification, school to.
work program, welfare to work
program, adult education and all
grants coming in. She noted that
there would be little problem in
getting the program up and run-
ning as they have already done
everything necessary and that the
other five counties that they will
represent have already met all of
the state deadlines and are ready
to go.
Kristen Andersen made the mo-
tion that the board appoint the
existing Panhandle PIC to serve
as grant recipient and fiscal agent.
Motion failed by a vote of 13 to 12
of those members present.
Dr, Robert McSpadden then spoke
on behalf of Gulf Coast Commu-
nity College (GCCC) saying that
the group would be hard pressed
to find a better partner than
GCCC. In a handout passed to all
participants, he made several
points including that the college
has theostaff, technical resources,
business and industry connec-
tion, which he believes would be
to the board's benefit. McSpadden

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grade and approximately 30
students from grades 9-12 par-
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Safety Poster'Contest, which is
sponsored by 4-H and the De-
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Instructors Buck and Pam
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added tat the college could oiler
shared space, telephone and
other utilities, tax ID numbers
and tax exempt status. He did not
add that there would be cost in-
volved. 'McSpadden stressed the
past history of the community
college with the three counties.
At this time,-a letter was passed
to a:l participants from Clark
Maxw-ll, Director of Division of
Education, community colleges,
add:ecsed to Doug Jamerson,
Flow'da Department of Labor,
wh'.' said in part that "...the
cor.,rimunity colleges in each and
Sevwe::. region stand ready to step
into the branch and take on the
administrative services and re-
sponsibilities for their communi-
tie- if necessary."
Jmn Bruce, of Bay County com-
rmnted, 'The thing that I am con-
c.rned about is fair ai.d impar-
t:al representation across the
board of the three counties and I
don't believe that the provider
(GCCC) can do that."
Jimmy Mosconis said, "Let me
speak on behalf of Gulf Coast
Community College. Gulf Coast
Community College is real com-
mitted and had been real respon-
sive to their service area: Bay,
Gulf and Franklin. A good ex-
ample is the Criminal Justice pro-
gram we have had in the last five
years. All you know what has hap-
pened to net ban. In jobs this part
of Florida we don't have any in-
dustry. It's a crying shame, but I
think that the growth industry
locally in Florida has been prison
construction and prison staffing.
When these prisons started being
constructed in this area, even up
in Marianna, Blountstown and
Gulf County. Gulf Coast Commu-
nity College came over there and
said, "We want to help." They
brought the school to Franklin
County, they brought the school
to Gulf county. They have been
very responsive."
Also speaking on behalf of GCCC
as the fiscal agent, Rick Hurst,
Chairman of the Bay County
Commission, said, in part, "...It
seems to me if we want to have
this all organized in a logical fash-
ion so that we are all pulling the
wagon in the same direction, then
we should organize under the
community co ,lege system. That's
the way everybody is moving."
Joanne Cox from Bay County
Schools said, "One disadvantage
I would like to add, if I may, is
that for the school district to re-
ceive the big amount of those
funds that would come to us for
the school board, it seems a little
strange to run it through Gulf
Coast and then run it back to Bay
District Schools.
Kristen Anderson said, after pref-
acing her remarks, that she ad-
mrnired the GCCC and nothing she
'w.ia ab but to .;ay should be taken
as criticism of the college. She
said, "The only thing I am con-
cerned about is serving two mas-
ter. The staff that reports to this
board, since we have the respon-
sibility, should be responsible
only to us."
John Bruce of Bay County said,
"If I had a vested interest in the
administration of funds, there's

no way that I am going to aamin-
ister those funds, regardless of
what you intend to do. Your in-
tentions might be fine. but there
is no way you are going to admin-
ister funds equally down the road
if you are one of the recipients of
it. And assuming for a moment
that you would, the perception
that you are not is still there. You
can't just assume that three
counties are going to look at this
and say that's fair unless you give
the some voice in it."
David Butler said, "I think it is a
question of conflict of interest and
impartiality. Obviously everybody
in here is going to have a very
parochial view. That's why we are
here. We are close to where the
needs are, and we are going to be
making our best pitch to get our
share of the services."
After more discussion, a motion
was made to hire Gulf Coast
Community College as the fiscal
agent and administrative entity.
The vote was 12 to 13 to disap-
prove and he motion failed.
A motion was made by Jane Cox
and seconded by John Bruce that
the board itself become the fiscal
agent and administering agency
and hire their own staff. Motion
was passed by a vote of 14 to 10.
Chariperson Jimmy Barr ap-
pointed a nominating committee
to choose candidates to be voted
on at he next meeting on April 23.
Appointees are Jane Cox, Frank-
lin; Ruth Phillips, Gulf; John
Tinney, Gulf ;and, Jimmy Barr,
Barr also appointed by-laws com-
mittee to come up with by-laws
for the organization. Selected were
Kristen Anderson, Franklin; John
Bruce, Bay; Jan Traylor, Gulf; and
Jimmy Barr, Bay. A personnel
committee/transition team com-
prised of Ted Mosteller, Franklin;
John Bruce, Bay; and, Sylvester
Herron, Panama City.
The next meeting will be held on
April 23, 1996 at the Bay Cham-
ber of Commerce offices at 5:30
When Gulf Coast Commission
Chairman Billy Traylor was con-
tacted on Thursday. April 18,
1996, he said, "I was shocked.
Something went very wrong at
that meeting. I could not imagine
all those people voting against the
community college. I know that
someone is saying something bad
about Gulf Coast and I cannot tell
you why. Gulf Coast has been
good to Gulf and Franklin coun-
ties. I intend to go to the meeting
on Tuesday and try to find out
what is wrong." When he was
asked if he was going to meet with
the other two commissioners and
either approve or disapprove the
decision made to have the JEP
board itself become the fiscal
agents and administrative entity,
Traylor said, "I'm not going to
meet with the other two until we
have been back to the table."

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also, but still managed to take
time out of their busy schedules
to attend the April 16 meeting.
Franklin County Animal Control
Officer Earl Whitfield stated that
the Alberts' dog had bitten sev-
eral individuals in the past few
years. Documentation from Mr.
Whitfield indicated that the dog
had attacked a child as far back
as 1991 and as recently as March
of 1996.
"Is their any sign of that dog be-
ing viscous?" asked Commis-
sioner Williams.
"There's no sign of it being
friendly," responded Whitfield. He
continued, "I believe they've [Les
& Toni Albert] had quite a bit of
warning and notification and they
know that there is a problem." In
concurrence with Ms. Dean, Of-
ficer Whitfield said that the dog's
unfriendly manner placed many
school children at risk. "The dog
is big enough that, with a regular
chain.. .he'd probably break it. So,
I understand how a lot of the fami-
lies feel about this."
"I understand the Alberts' affec-
tion for this dog, but where's the
line here," said Dean, "There's a
respect that everyone has to be
held accountable for when it
comes to human life. I'm sorry
that it's come to this, but I've done
everything in my power to work
with them [the Alberts]. I've
talked. I've tried to be polite about
the situation. I've begged, but I'm
not begging no more to no one."
Commission Jackson responded,
"I love dogs as good as anyone,
but If someone has a dog and
doesn't think enough of it to take
care of it, then they don't need it
[a dog]." He concluded, "I think it
should be three strikes and you're
Franklin County Clerk of Court
Kendall Wade asked board mem-
bers to inform him about any
other viscous dogs in the county.
He said that, since he was on the
campaign trail, he wanted to
know which houses to be weary
of in his house-to-house politick-
ing. "I had one dog just about eat
the seat out of my britches al-
ready," said Wade.
Upset by the neighborhood's scru-
tiny of "Hawk," the Albert family
submitted an April 3, 1996 letter
of correspondence concerning the
"viscous dog" allegations. "We are
sick and tired of people in this
neighborhood trying to get rid of
our dogs," noted the Alberts, "We
had him seven years and he has
never hurt anyone until he acci-
dentally bit the Ham girl." They
concluded, "He never intention-
ally tried to hurt her; all he was
trying to do was play with kids."-
SThe daughter of Joseph Ham, who'
the Alberts referred to ii their let-,
ter of edrrespondehce, received''
several bites from "Hawk" on her
legs and buttocks in April of 1995.
Her injuries also included dam-
age to her muscle tissue. The-
Hams' daughter received six
stitches as a result of the attack.
Accepting the recommendation of
Animal Control Officer Earl
Whitfield, the adjudicatory board
unanimously agreed that the
Alberts' 'dog should be
euthanized. However. before
Whitfield can euthanize the ani-
mal, the board requested that
County Attorney Al Shuler first
review the matter to determine
whether the county can legally
euthanize an viscous animal
against the will of the animal's

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in Apalachicola on Sunday, April
21, 1996 at 4 p.m. Presented by
the Ilse Newell Fund for the Per-
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Franklin County deputies set up
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mph, frequently entering the op-
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going to strike two deputies. At
this time, the tire of the Fiero was
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its will pay 150% of the city rates.
An estimated 200 extra homes
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On another item, McCartney said
Freda White will be appointed to
a commission governing the an-
ticipated Enterprise Zone. If that
is approved McCartney believes it
will give a boost to the entire area
but especially Timber Island, as
an enterprise zone brings many
benefits to business. "
McCartney also said that Hudson'
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Port Authority on five hangars out
at the airport, at a cost of
$100,000. The hangars are being
paid for with Florida Departrhent
of Transportation (FDOT) with a
grant of $50,000. Hudson Aircraft
will supply $40,000 an the re-
maining $10,000 will be supplied
from the CPAA Budget.
In addition to the T-hangars
funds from DOT McCartney also
recommended that the City of
Carrabelle request funding for a
refueling system and tie-downs at
a cost of $200,000. Although
there are no specific funds,
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WINGS Continued From
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gathered at the Apalachicola
Community Center to participate
in an evening of food, prizes and
learning. While Mr. Jones and the
parents were involved in discus-
sions onr creating peaceful solu-
tions in the home, WINGS teen-
agers provided baby-sitting ser-
vices for parents who needed it.
Mr. Jones stressed the impor-
tance of each person in the fam-
ily, both parents and children,
finding the point during a conflict
that could potentially turn violent.
Each person, he said, needs to
know their limits and the place
where they need to stop and cool
off. Mr. Jones acted out true-to-
life examples of typical conflicts
between children and their ar-
ents. He examined those convicts
and offered alternative ways that
they could be handled so as not
to escalate the argument. WINGS
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L:rn ', e,r rlase at no 'lst in r'-iit rr-i
lur the up Ir ont mo:irie\ ie,' aire
'..'illinriLe .i expi:end ':'rn p. t radinr:
thie r'ci:lity, Ajuthr n embnibr-
'skr' \\3rkjI-_. t.,; dra'.-. I.ip i r'ri
Lr.j-ir fl.:r their reT.\.'
,.\u-i,:.nTiv atorrirr- ',. Brn \V.-rkjri-
told the members ':I io te aI .iLh. r
i', thai. e' ..:'uld be attrndini a
h-:ainrirn 'rn hJ-e Br- '.i d: larato'r
-luid nirnt i uLiir I:, be held t L 3i:
p m ihai .l ternl ::n He .-.'ill
un.' rt: ulII_ ,I1
Da,'.-idJ \k'rdJ aippeare-d t[ -:-et per-
mi-ssionr rn, :\tate the l.. Ma-
rile F r, l '..o:,d building,. bLil
Chairman Diin \onud -aid ait LLhii
point they did not have the staff
to review and wished Ward well
in his project.

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