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Publication Date: September 5, 1997
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Published Every Other Friday

Franklin Chronicle

Volume 6, Number 18


September 5 18, 1997

Bankruptcy Motion

Intersects Wellsprings

Criminal Investigation

U. S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Florida, Talla-
hassee, Division, Lewis M. Killian, Jr., has granted a motion from
Trustee Mark Freund in the Wellsprings Home Health Care bank-
ruptcy matter to obtain documents related to the Carrabelle-based
corporation owned and operated by Maxie G. Carroll and Brenda
The-home health care agency filed for voluntary bankruptcy under
Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy law on October 4, 1995. On August 5,
1996, the Wellsprings' case was converted to a bankruptcy under
Chapter 7, calling for dissolution. Freund was appointed as Trustee
of the Wellsprings bankruptcy estate.
However, before October 4, .1995, the Federal Bureau of Investiga-
tion, Internal Revenue Service and/or the Florida Dept. of Law.En-
forcement served a search warrant-to Wellsprings to obtain their busi-
ness records. Freund wrote in his motion filed on June 23, 1997 that
he believed that "substantial assets and moneys were transferred by
the debtor (Wellsprings Home Health Care, Inc.) to certain officers,
shareholders, family members of officers and shareholders, and af-
filiated entities," before the bankruptcy filing. Freund continued, "...The
Trustee desires to bring preference suits and fraudulent transfer ac-
tions to recover these transfers of assets and moneys so the trustee
may pay the claims of creditors, including the claims by the Internal
Revenue Service and the Dept. of Health and Human Services. The
trustee has not been able to develop the factual basis for these law-
suits on account of the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation
and/or Internal Revenue Service hold the documents..."
Freund also cited an upcoming deadline which would end his right to
file complaints ending preferences and legal actions on alleged fraudu-
lent transfers that would end one year after the conversion of the
bankruptcy action to a Chapter 7 case.
Judge Killian granted Freund's motion on June 30, 1997.
By July 1, 1997, U. S. Attorney P. Michael Patterson responded to
Freund's motion by providing an affidavit from the Chief of the
Pensacola Branch of the U. S. Attorney's Office which officially indi-
cated for the first time that there is an ongoing criminal investigation
of Wellsprings Home Health Care. Previous inquiries to the U. S.
Attorney's Office in Pensacola produced only routine replies, "...We
can neither confirm nor deny that any investigation is taking place..."
or words to that effect. The affidavit of Stephen P. Preisser affirmed
that "...there is currently an active, ongoing criminal investigation
with respect to certain portions of the debtor's activities. That inves-
tigation would be jeopardized were the Trustee to receive, prema-
turely, sensitive matters involving the investigation and, specifically,
any reports and audits conducted and performed by the Federal Bu-
reau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service..." The Federal
representative pointed out that they had a right to place reasonable
limitations upon the availability of evidence and Federal witnesses,
the U. S. Trustee Freund had not exhausted all avenues of obtaining
his evidence. But, as long as the Trustee was seeking only copies of
documents which the Government obtained during the course of a
search warrant, the U. S. government had no objection to the motion
from Mr. Freund. If he wanted more, the federal prosecutor wanted
the Bankruptcy Judge to impose a protective order to protect their
Stephen Preisser asserted in his affidavit also filed on July 1st that
"premature disclosure of the nature and extent of that investigation
would result in a irreparable harm to that investigation," Continuing,
his affidavit said, "...the investigation has entered into a sensitive
.phase. Any adverse disclosure could result in an inability to complete
the in investigation or an inability to reach a conclusion with respect
to whether Federal law has been violated."

Postponement of
Provident Medical
On March 24, 1997, Provident
Medical Corporation of Apalachi-
cola, Florida, filed its voluntary
petition under Chapter 11 of the
U. S. Bankruptcy Code. After that
date, the corporation has oper-
ated as Debtor-in-Possession. The
corporation had 120 days to file a
plan of reorganization, which ex-
pired on July 23, 1997. Since
March, Provident Medical Corpo-
ration of Apalachicola worked to
complete the disclosure statement
and plan of reorganization while
managing its operations. A plan
had been prepared to file on July
25th, but "..,the entire staff of one
of its clinics tendered their resig-
nation, making it impossible for
the debtor to file its Plan in good
faith without time to evaluate the
going-concern value of its opera-
tion and feasibility of its Plan."
Thus, Provident requested U. S.
Bankruptcy Judge Lewis M.
Killian, Jr. to grant an extension
for the reorganization filing. The
Judge approved the request, and
the plan of reorganization and dis-
closure statement are now due on
October 21, 1997.

County to


Adopting a


The Franklin County Commission
took the initiative on September
2 to get a law on the books in con-
cern to public nudity. The board
directed Attorney Al Shuler to
begin researching the matter and
return to the board at the next
meeting with a recommendation.
Commissioner Bevin Putnal sug-
gested that the county begin look-
ing into such an ordinance to
avoid the chaotic situation that
recently befell the Carrabelle City
Commission. "Things are fixing to
change dramatically in the
county," said Putnal, "and there
are many problems that could
arise by us not having something
on the books."
Attorney Shuler said that he
would begin researching the mat-
ter promptly. "I'll be over in Bay
County this weekend doing some
research," Shuler joked.


.. .

Court Fines May -

Soon Increabse Ld

Locally Jackie Gay
Those who commit serious crimi- arrabelle's
nal acts in the county may soonC rrabe
be paying substantially higher
court fines in the future. Defen- Gumbo Guru
dants who appear before the
Franklin County Second Circuit to Compete in
Court may be ordered to pay fines
that are almost 10 times the cur- National
r ent rtat ie the mosnt Cri us i

Assistant State Attorney Ron
Flury and Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger are expected
to meet with Franklin County Sec-
ond Circuit Judge F.E.
Steinmeyer prior to September 15
to further discuss the matter. As-
sistant State Attorney Ron Flury
expected that a decision would be
made on the matter prior to the
second circuit court's next case
management date on September
Chief Judge N. Sanders Sauls has
already signed Administrative
Order 97-08, which requires that
all fines and costs in the second
circuit be uniform. The order,
which became effective as of Au-
gust 18, is regarded as the "Uni-
form Accounting and Distribution
Reference Guide of Fines and
Costs in the Second Judicial Cir-
cuit of Florida."
According to the order, "there is a
need to establish a uniform ac-
counting and distribution refer-
ence guide of fines and manda-
tory statutory court costs in the
county and circuit courts of the
Second Judicial Circuit with spe-
cific authorization and direction
to the clerks of the courts for the
accounting, distribution, appor-
tionment and priority thereof."
The Franklin County Second Cir-
cuit Court generally orders defen-
dants in most cases to pay a fine
of $255.- The following proposed

Continued on page 8

Recipe Contest

Carrabelle resident Jackie Gay
has previously been recognized in
her own community for her abil-
ity to prepare a tantalizing bowl
of gumbo. Now she will have the
opportunity to put her local prize
winning gumbo to the national
test. In fact, her gourmet gumbo
.will soon be tasted and judged by
one of the most famous actors in
the nation.
On September 3, Ms. Gay was
informed that her gumbo recipe
had been selected as one of the
eight finalists in the Seventh An-
nual Newman's Own, Inc. and
Good Housekeeping Recipe Con-
test. "I couldn't talk when they
told me," said Gay, "I kind of lost
my voice." She joked, "and that's
never happened before." Ms.
Gay's qualifying recipe was en-
titled, "Franklin County Florida's
Own Frankly Fantastic Seafood
As a finalist, Ms. Gay and her
husband, Mickey, will receive
round-trip accommodations to
New York City to participate in the
contest on October 28. She will
also receive $1,000 for incidental
expenses. While in New York, Ms.
Gay will have the opportunity to
meet with actor Paul Newman at
the Rainbow in Rockefeller Plaza.
"I probably won't be able to say
anything to him," Gay joked, "I'll
probably just stand there like a
dunce." A chef at the resort will
prepare each of the eight finalists'
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ACT Scores Improve for

Area Studen
American College Test (ACT)
scores for area students in the
1996-97 school year improved
markedly from those in the 1995-
96 school term. Although the
scores fell short of both State and
National averages, local students
did improve in nearly all areas
from the previous year. The only
decrease noted from the previous
year was in the amount of stu-
dents who took the ACT. In the
1996-97 school year, 27 students
completed the ACT. In the previ-
ous year, 31 students took the
Throughout the State, students
also showed an improvement of
.1 percent on the ACT. The great-
est increase on the test for stu-
dents statewide was in the area
of mathematics. The increase,
which was from 20.3 to 20.7, ex-
ceeded even the national average.
The number of students graduat-
ing and completing the ACT in the
State of Florida increased from the
past year. An estimated 40,500 of
the state's 10.5,000 graduates
completed the ACT; this repre-
sents an increase of 11.7. The
number of students graduating in
the State of Florida increased by
5.2 percent, also.

One reason for the recent success
of local students with the ACT
may be seen in the ratio of local
students who completed the rec-
ommended college preparatory
classes as opposed to those who
did not in the 1996-97 school
year. In the 1996-97 school term,
20 of the students who completed
the ACT reportedly completed
such classwork while 5 students
did not. In the previous year, 18
students completed such
classwork while 12 students did
not receive such course credits.
The recommended courses for
graduating students includes four
or more years of English and three
or more years of Mathematics,
Social Sciences and Nature Sci-
ence. In the State of Florida, the
average ACT score for those who
completed such coursework was
21.7. Those who failed to com-
pleted such classwork received an
average test score of 18.0. Locally,
those who completed such
coursework received an average

ACT score of 21.4. Those who
failed to complete such classwork
received an average test score
of 17.0.

Average ACT Scores for Local,

State and National Students

Number English Math Reading Reason Composite
1995-96 31 17.9 16.9 19.3 18.6 18.4
1996-97 27 20.0 19.1 21.5 19.9 20.2
1996-97 40496 19.9 20.7 21.1 20.6 20.7
1996-97 959301 20.3 20.6 21.3 21.1 21.0

Provident Medical Corporation of Apalachicola
Objects to Franklin County Claims

Provident Medical Corporation of
Apalachicola, through its attor-'
ney, Ronald Mowrey (Tallahas-
see), has. on August 23, 1997,
formally objected before the U. S.
Bainkrupl.cy Court (Tallahassee)
to the back taxes and rent levied
by Janies A. Harris, Tax Collec-
tor for Franklin County.
A lawsuit was begun against
Provident Medical Corporation in
February 1996 for alleged failure
to pay ad valorern taxes connected
with heir lease of Emerald Coast
Hospital for the years 1.987
through 1995 and personal prop-
erty taxes for the period 1994-
1995. Additional allegations for
back rent were also made against
Provident Medical Corporation,
which owns 100%/ of the stock of
Provident Medical Corporation of
Apalachicola, the debtor in a
bankruptcy action started in
March 1997. The lawsuit judg-
ment was found against Provident
Medical Corporation for the back
taxes, and rent by Judge William
L. Gary and judgment was en-
tered for Franklin County for
$238,538.96. Thereafter, Provi-
dent Medical Corporation filed for
voluntary bankruptcy.
Now, the debtor corporation,
Provident Medical Corporation of
Apalachicola, asserts that a claim
against Provident Medical Corpo-
ration does not entitle Franklin
County to file a claim against the
debtor corporation (Provident
Medical Corporation of Apalachi-
cola). Their brief also recited.
"...Furthermore, the Debtor did
not have any contractual relation-
ship with Franklin County as evi-
denced by the agreement..." More-
over, $13,200 is being held in the
court registry with the balance
being paid by Provident Medical
Corporation. Provident Medical

Corporation disputes Franklin
County's entitlement to the
$13,200. "The Debtor (Provident
Medical Corporation ofApalachi-
cola) is not liable for the debts of
Provident Medical Corporation
therefore, Franklin County's
claim should be disallowed," the
brief concluded.
A proof of claim was also filed by
Franklin County for $282,000 for
repairs and maintenance under
the lease and sublease for the
hospital, then called Emerald
Coast. Provident responded in
their complaint, "Franklin County,
has not provided any documen-
tation to support its claim of
$282,000.00... Assuming the
Debtor is liable for these repairs,
the Debtor is not aware of any
damage to the hospital, and would
require strict proof thereof,"
stated the brief filed by Provi-
dent Medical Corporation of
The brief continued, "Even as-
suming the Debtor can be found
liable for these taxes, Franklin
County's claim against Provident
Medical Corporation should be
disallowed." Citing case prece-
dent, Provident Medical Corpora-
tion of Apalachicola asserted that
at the time of filing their bank-
ruptcy petition, they had no in-
terest in the hospital and were
therefore not obligated to pay ad
valorem taxes.
"...Courts have routinely held that
taxes on property of the estate, in
which the property has no value
the estate or if the estate has no
interest in the property must be
disallowed." Citing case prece-
dent, the brief explained that such
taxes against a property which
provided no benefit to the estate
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Notes from the September 2
Franklin County
Commission Meeting
*County Extension Director Bill
Mahan informed the board that
the Florida Sea Grant Program
would be conducting an educa-
tional program concerning the
regulations for soft-shell crab
shedding operations. The pro-
gram, he said, was open to the
general public.
*County Extension Director Bill
Mahan informed the board that
the UF Aquatic Food Products
Program was currently seeking
shrimp processors who were in-
terested in participating in a Haz-
ard Analysis Critical Control Point
(HACCP) pilot program.
Those participants selected for the
program, he said, would receive
all the resources need to comply
with the Food and Drug
Administration's (FDA) HACCP
mandate for December 18. Those
participating companies will be
expected to follow all HACCP plan
guidelines, perform standard
sanitary operating procedures
and compile all necessary records.
*The board appointed Chairper-
son Raymond Williams and Com-
missioners Clarence Williams and
Eddie Creamer to the Value Ad-
justment board. Commissioner
Jimmy Mosconis agreed to serve
as an alternate on the board. The
noted board will meet on Septem-
ber 24 at 9:00 a.m. at the county
*The board approved a proposed
landfill credit policy. The matter
was reviewed by both Attorney Al
Shuler and Finance Officer Ruth
Williams. "The only significant
change," said Solid Waste Direc-
tor Van Johnson, "is that all now
applicants will be required to pay
a refundable deposit of $500." Mr.
Johnson informed the board that
there was $1,100 .in delinquent
accounts at the landfill.


Expressed Over

Pending Lawsuit

Against City

Mayor Bobby Howell warned
members of the Apalachicola City
Commission to remain mindful of
a pending lawsuit against the City
of Apalachicola during an August
21 special meeting. Discussion of
the pending lawsuit began as the
board turned to the topic of the
city's budget.
Mayor Howell indicated that the
lawsuit between the Teat Family
and the City of Apalachicola could
easily drain the city's reserves.
"It's something that every bit of
reserve will be gone in one hit of
the gavel," warned Howell, "and
that's what worries me about this
The lawsuit stems from an alle-
gation by Wanda and Eric Teat
that the city's sewer, system treat-
ment plant has been discharging
waste into a nearby body of water
known as Huckleberry Creek. The
effect of the sewage, they allege,
has resulted in the pollution of the
creek which has also been
noticably overwhelmed by water
The city may pay as much as
$75,000 in legal fees alone dur-
ing the course of the lawsuit, said
Howell. If the city loses the suit,
Howell estimated that it will pay
a minimum of $250,000. "This is
what we're looking at," said
Howell, "I don't have a crystal ball.
I don't know whether we're gonna
lose or win. I think we're in good
Commissioner Wallace Hill in-
formed the board that the mill-
age rate for the upcoming fiscal
year was tentatively set at 8.7914;
a rate identical to that of last
year's figure. The tentative mill-
age rate, Hill said, would gener-
ate $536,560. In the previous fis-
cal year, the same rate generated
Commissioner Hill also presented
two proposals to the board in re-
gard to employee raises. The first
proposal, which was estimated at
$7,941, would be $600 below the
normal step increment. The sec-
ond proposal, which was esti-


rw Ap

The board directed Attorney
Shuler to write letters to the busi-
nesses of those delinquent ac-
counts in an attempt to collect.
"Some of them undoubtedly will
have to be filed (to a collection
agency)," observed Shuler. The
board noted that many of the de-
linquent accounts belonged to
out-of-town businesses.
*Solid Waste Director Van
Johnson informed the board that
he had instructed the local ani-
mal control personnel to issue a
$10 fine to a Lanark Village resi-
dent for violating Ordinance 88-
4. The resident, he said, had a dog
that disturbed the neighbors with
its barking noises. "The resident
fixed the problem that resulted in
the issuance of the citation," said
Johnson, "but has decided to ap-
peal the citation." He noted that
the matter could be heard by
County Judge Van Russell on
September 5. The board directed
Attorney Shuler to be in atten-
dance at the hearing with Mr.
*The board agreed to allocate
$4,500 from the county's Recy-
cling Grant to purchase a two-way
communication system for solid
waste department vehicles. Solid
Waste Director Van Johnson in-
formed the board that such an
acquisition would enable his de-
partment to discontinue the use
of three cellular phones.
*The board approved an applica-
tion for a $5,000 Community
Based Program Grant. Solid
Waste Director Van Johnson said
that the grant would be used to
assist the Keep Franklin County
Beautiful Program. The applica-
tion, he said, needed to be
completed an postmarked by
September 8.
*County Engineer Joe Hamilton
informed the board that seven T-
Hangar buildings were being com-
pleted at the Apalachicola Munici-
pal Airport. He stated that he had
recently received a Joint Partici-
pation Agreement from the
Florida Department of Transpor-
tation (FDOT) to build seven ad-
ditional hangars. "We have space
available for 50 units," said
The joint agreement, he said,
would provide 50 percent of fund-
ing for as much as $82,500 of
construction of additional T-Han-
gars at the airport. Hamilton said
that he had also received a letter
of commitment from the Apalachi-
cola International Aviation Train-
ing Center to provide 50 percent
in matching funds to the county.
The board unanimously approved
the joint contract with the FDOT.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that the Depart-

mated at $15, 973, would be $500
above the annual step increment.
"We're not the highest paid (em-
ployees)," Hill volunteered, "and,
in most cases, you'll find we're not
the lowest paid in the State. We
hit the happy medium."
Mayor Howell cautioned board
members to consider the pending
lawsuit as they determined a bud-
get for the city. "Even if we don't
lose, we're gonna have some
doggone attorney fees. And I mean
some big fees, because we've got
a big environmental firm." He
added, "two people sitting on this
board were here when they (the
city) couldn't write a check that
wouldn't bounce," said Howell.
Commissioner Hill pointed out
that the city would save approxi-
mately $8,000 annually if they
could sell the Sixth Street Lodge.
He stated that the city paid an
estimated $8,000 yearly to main-
-tain the facility. Hill informed the
board that the lodge was,ap-
praised at $95,000.
"Anybody who pays $95,000 for
it," said Howell, "ought to be com-
mitted to Chattahoochee." He in-
formed the board that he was
aware of one individual who was
willing to pay $50,000 for the
lodge. Any sum less than the ap-
praised amount will go the State.
The City of Apalachicola will re-
ceive any amount paid for the
lodge above the appraised price.
"We probably won't get a dime out
of that," said Howell.
Howell concluded, "I'm scared to
death of this suit."
Hill added, "I think we're all
scared to death of this suit."

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ment of Community Affairs had
received the Resort Village
adopted amendment. "They did
not say when they will issue their
report," Pierce said, "but I expect
it by the end of September."
Mr. Pierce also noted that the
Department of Environmental
Protection had amended the Re-
sort Village sewage treatment
plant permit. The permit, he said,
will include a modification to the
construction schedule; the permit
will also include the ground wa-
ter monitoring plan, Pierce said.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that he had
been working with several prop-
erty owners in the St. Teresa area
to try to establish a public boat
ramp. He noted that one possible
location for the ramp was behind
the Turkey Point Marine Lab. 'The
directors of the lab," he said,
"have turned me down in my re-
quest." Pierce also informed the
board that he had written St. Joe
Land Development about building
a boat ramp on some of their
property. The board directed Mr.
Pierce to pursue the matter.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that 12 indi-
viduals had applied for the posi-
tion of Emergency Management
Director. The position, he said,
could pay as much as $25,000.
annually. Pierce said that he
would inform the board that the
next meeting as to the individual
he has hired for the position.
*The board appointed Commis-
sioner Jimmy Mosconis to serve
of the Land Management Review
Team. The team will determine
whether natural resources owned
by the state have been managed
for they purposes that they were
acquired to do so in accordance
with approved management
plans. Franklin County's land will
be reviewed on September 25-26.
The team will meet at the
Apalachicola Reserve at 9:00 a.m.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that he had met
with Developer Morris Palmer,
Environmental Consultant Dan
Garlick and Lee Edmiston and
Woody Miley with the Department
of Environmental Protection in
regard to a monitoring system
Palmer has proposed for his pro-
posed golf course "Morris
(Palmer) appears to have made the
changes suggested at the meet-
ing," said Pierce. Mr. Pierce ex-
pected that the board could dis-
cuss the matter in detail at the
next regular meeting.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that the basket-
'ball court at Vrooman Park was
under construction.



The Teats

Speak Out on

their Pending

Wanda & Eric Teat spoke with the
Franklin Chronicle on August 29
about their pending lawsuit
against the City of Apalachicola.
The Teats expressed concern that
they were being made out by the
city commission to be villains of
Apalachicola due to their pend-
ing lawsuit. They pointed out that
the city commission refused to
meet with them about the matter
and negotiate.
"We tried to go and meet with
them," said Mr. Teat, "my wife has
tried to go talk with them. And we
have gotten nowhere with them.
They have never tried to come sit
down and talk with us. They had
a quote in the other paper that
they have tried to talk with us and
settle. That is a lie." He added,
"they caused the problem. They
brought this on themselves by not
trying to work with us...I feel that
we have been treated like a red-
headed step young-un'."
The Apalachicola City Com-
mission's recent discussion of the
Huckleberry Creek lawsuit dur-
ing an August 21 special meeting,
said Ms. Teat, was a strategy by
the city to win a vote of sympathy

from the community. "He's (Mayor
Howell) trying to make us the
scapegoat," said Ms. Teat, "be-
cause he handled the situation
wrong to start with. It's a personal
vendetta against us because we
had the nerve to stand up against
The Teats noted that the sewage
run-off that was being pumped
into Huckleberry Creek from the
city's wastewater treatment plant
could easily affect the bay. "If the
seafood workers are going to be
concerned about things polluting
the bay," said Ms. Teat, "they need
to be concerned about this."
The Department of Environmen-
tal Protection (DEP), said Ms.
Teat, was initially sympathetic to
their plight. Representatives from
the DEP office in Pensacola, she
said, were initially cooperative.
However, Ms. Teat said that DEP
representatives from the Talla-
hassee office have seemed more
sympathetic to the City of
Apalachicola. "It smells like bad
politics," said Mr. Teat.
"I think the people are tired of the
DEP being allowed to sit on their
back-sides and not do their jobs,"
said Ms. Teat, "and they're tired
of all the environmental agencies
not having the backbone to stand
up and do what they're paid by
the citizens to do."
Ms. Teat said that the environ-
mental agencies continue to over-
look section 403.413 of the
Florida Litter Law from the Divi-
sion of Forestry in regard to the
discharge of sludge from a waste
treatment facility. "It's against the
law," she said, "if nothing else,
they ought to get them for
littering...the DEP has allowed the
city to monitor themselves." Mr.
Teat added, "if you were allowed
to grade your own tests in school,
wouldn't you make pretty good
grades? The city's doing their own
Ms. Teat alleged that all initial
scientific data from the DEP indi-
cated that the City of Apalachi-
cola was at fault in allegedly pol-
luting Huckleberry Creek. "Every-
thing showed that they (the city)
had damaged the creek, they were
polluting it and that their plant
was not working," said Ms. Teat.
The Teats urged all residents to
be in attendance at the Apalachi-
cola City Hall on September 15 at
6:00 p.m. to voice their concerns
about the newly proposed waste-
water treatment plant. 'They (the
city commission) want it to dis-
charge directly into the waterways
and we're urging that they use a
spray system," said Ms.. Teat,
"there is land to spray it out on.
There's no reason to put it in the
water. A direct discharge is not
going to work in that area. It's
gonna kill what area it goes out
on. The nutrients are too high."
She asked, "why put sewer into
the water if you don't have to?"
Mr. Teat noted, "the city messed
up Scipio Creek with their sewer
and they messed up this (Huck-
leberry) creek. We were told be-
fore that you can drink the water
coming out of here. I'llgive them
a glass of this water and I want to
see the mayor and the city drink
some of this water that comes out
of this creek." The Teats noted
that their health in the past year
has been fairly poor. They ques-
tion whether these health condi-
tions have been due to the alleg-
edly polluted water near their
Ms. Teat stated that the City of
Apalachicola has ample grant
funding to implement a spray sys-
tem. 'The spray system will not
cost them four million dollars as
they're stating," she said. Ms. Teat
further stated that Dr. Wayne Hall
from the Florida State University's
Engineering School had offered to
review the city's plan for a spray
system. "He's offered to help," said
Teat, "he's offered to assist them.
And they need to take advantage
of this." Ms. Teat said that Dr. Hall
has already met with the city's
engineer, James Waddell from
Baskerville-Donovan, about the
The Teats assured that most resi-
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Scouts of America

Dear Editor:
PFor. many years St. George Island and the surrounding areas have
;-developed and maintained a very strong Scouting tradition for the
youth in our community. The Cub Scouts serve boys in the 1st through
5th grades. After the 5th grade the boys graduate into a Boy Scout
: .Troop where they. will stay until after High School. Our Sea Scout
Exploring program serves young men and women between the ages
of 14 and 21. All of our units have been involved in numerous beach
clean-ups along with other community service projects. These ser-
vice projects are one of the many ways that our scouts learn how to
take care of the environment, but our primary focus is the building of
character through:
S* enhancing self-esteem and self-confidence
Building self-reliance and self-discipline
developing a sense of personal and social responsibility
appreciating the value of respecting and helping others
developing pride in both physical and mental growth
becoming fully participating citizens in their communities
...WE NEED YOUR HELP. Our Boy Scout Council is in danger of be-
Sing dissolved. Many do not realize that the Boy Scouts are not funded
by the government and only exist because of private donations. For
efght years our council has operated in the red. Our time is running
out. We must raise $225,000 of a $500.000 budget. The most money
Sever raised in the council is $130,000. To date, in 1997, we have
already raised $175,000.
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SMany Problems Persist

SMediated Confrontation Over

!2"Net-Ban" Issues: A Beginning

Hostilities on Some Fronts Reduced
The Florida Conflict Resolution Consortium deserves applause and a
batch of orchids for undertaking the task of bringing together pan-
handle fishermen and some private and public agencies, discussing
Sthe various issues evolving from the Limiting-Marine Net Fishing Con-
Sstitutional Amendment (the so-called "net-ban"). Under the leader-
ship of Dr. Tom Taylor and Dr. Patricia Bidol-Padva, the antagonists
were brought together in an education resource center located in the
heart of the Wakulla Woods for three meetings in July and August
1997. By the end of the third meeting: there was some harmony on a
number of: controversial issues, but moreover, all parties gained a
Snew sense of respect for the others. When the hostilities were dimin-
jsised,-.ihe deliberations began, and at least some understanding of
,.Ihe other view was gained.
A major disappointment was the absence of two agencies, the Coastal
Conservation Association, headed by Ted Foresgren, and the Marine
*Fish.enes Commission, minimally represented in two sessions by
General Cdunsel Charles'Shelfer. Public relations aide, Lee Schlesinger,
! presented one talk, Shelfer could have stayed and become a full pair-
iticipant, but instead he had tried to leverage the participation of the
Marine Fisheries Commission based pn a proposal that would involve
-a dismissal of the Crum-Pringle declaratory judgment lawsuit. Hav-
;iing been "burned" in previous treatment before the staff of the MFC,
Sand recognizing the wide impact of any ruling on their proposed net,
SPringle and Crum did not want to withdraw.
'Shelfer and Schlesinger walked out of the second meeting (August
13, 1997) citing litigation which "prevented" the MFC from fully par-
cicipating ..-.
.That was a cheap shot, and a feeble excuse for failing to live up to the
,public trust of a state-funded agency charged with regulating the
;-seafood industry, and moreover, making rules for that industry. Since
these folks at the MFC are a considerably insensitive group, they did

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not take note ot tme very negative response generated by their
Contributing to the "entrenched" image this state agency manifests
in the panhandle is the fact that the MFC has yet to participate in a
new process of settling disputes over proposed rules, called "Negoti-
ated Rule-Making." This was one of the recommendations to come
out of the Wakulla Conference, interestingly from an environmental
group. I wonder if the fact that negotiated rule-making imposes a
burden on all parties, in that they have to "give-and-take", and ap-
proach the problem in a kind of partnership with their adversaries
put too'great a burden on the MFC.
When the shouting became too much for Mr. Shelfer, he started to
waffle, saying that "things were getting out of hand." True, he faced a
very hostile group. But, he could not muster the expertise, the per-
suasion, or the demeanor to face the critically delivered questions,
one ramblirig down the pike after another.
The absence of Shelfer as representative of the MFC during the phases
of the forum involving rule-making was keenly felt. Some comments
about this negative development were publicly made, and not all of
them were from the fishermen. Having dealt with this agency through
the news aspect I have noted the arrogance and insensitivity that
spokespersons in this agency have manifested on the simplest
Somewhere in this agency there is a recurring attitude that all fisher-
men are out to beat the "net-ban", that they would lie and cheat to a
man and that fishermen are generally uncooperative. There is a syn-
drome in this agency, as perceived by some at this conference, that
the MFC is the insensitive, arrogant regulator and rule-maker and
what they say is the final word, despite the fact that this agency does
not have a commercial fisherman in its ranks (the Commission). I
suspect the staff is the source of the negative poison the MFC seems
to present to this part of the Florida community, not the Commission
itself. And the opportunities to present other viewpoints are scant,
given expensive settings for hearings and the infamous 5 minute
speaker's limit.
With regard to suitable representation, I would note another point
concerning this administrative agency. At the Federal Level, Congress
created administrative agencies years ago, recognizing the need for
expert opinion on such things as railroads, food and drug matters,
the securities and business, radio and TV broadcasting, and the like.
Various congresses going back to the late 19th Century recognized
the need for having experts in rule-making and quasi-judicial func-
tions at the administrative level. Yet, in Florida, at the Marine Fisher-
ies Commission, such expertise is incomplete. There are no commer-
cial fisherpersons on the Commission. The Legislature has "recom-
mended" that the. Governor consider such backgrounds when mak-
ing appointments, but thus far, he has not appointed anyone from
the commercial industry. The two previous Governors have made such
In this period, there has been more consternation and conflict than
the previous administrations. Could this be, in part, because the views
of the commercial industry have not sufficiently filtered through the
biased staff organization, into the MFC as efficiently as they might?
If there were a Commissioner appointed directly from the commercial
business, such an appointment would also become a safety valve for
the hard-pressed times the Florida seafood industry is going through
because of the Constitutional Amendment. There are times when it is
necessary to lose a little temperament to make a point, so asleep are
Florida government entities in times of crisis.
While there are some exceptions to this statement, there are abuses
to the trust embraced in government auspices, especially when elected
officials wrap their names in routine press releases, or are constantly
quoted in press stories manufactured by their own press personnel.
There are three cabinet officials who continually abuse this govern-
ment paid public relations machine almost daily. At some future time,
we will have considerably more to say about this problem.
I would add, by its nature, government is not widely known to be full
of visionaries, making recommendations for futures; they are usually
taking more time to patch up ill-conceived, and badly executed plans
'made years earlier.'
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Mickey Watson

There have been a few successes in futurism too, I would concede;
damn few. Social Security, Medicare and the goal of a trip to the
moon are among them. The space exploration programs have pre-
pared our futures for the next century but no one can take the credit,
and a very few understood the implications this would have for our
One such visionary, however, did emerge at the Wakulla forum. He is
Colonel "Mickey" Watson. Col. Watson articulated a new direction
to his organization, the Division of Law Enforcement. He recognized
that internally to his own organization, there are old timers who re-
sist such change, but he has mandated a new orientation for his
organization. This is called "Community Oriented Policing." It means,
"...sitting down with the community, just as we're doing here (his
remarks quoted from the Wakulla Forum), people at all levels in the
community... The first step is recognizing that there is a problem..."
Imagine! If the Marine Fisheries Commission would make such a ges-
ture, part of the acrimony, the antagonism, the hard feelings would
probably evaporate. Is this in the cards if the MFC dares to "stoop" to
engage in "negotiated rule making?" I see some behavioral changes
needed in this agency, quickly. Whether some would admit it or not,
and despite the limited success of the-Wakulla Forum, the friction
between the regulated and the rule-makers is growing.
Tom W. Hoffer

Carrabelle Locals

By Carol Ann Vandegrift
Former Carrabelle High School
Class of '47 students and teach-
ers, John and Kathryn Stubbs,
will observe their Golden Wedding
Anniversary by reaffirming their
marriage vows at Carrabelle
United Methodist Church on Sat-
urday, September 13 at 5 p.m.
Reverend Mike Kelly will officiate.
Each of 10 grandchildren will
Present the couple with a rose.
John and Kathryn grew up in
Carrabelle and graduated to-
gether from CHS and later, Florida
State University. They are said to
be the only two people in the Class
of '47 to tie the knot with a fel-
low-classmate by marrying each
other. The Carrabelle Methodist
Church was new then and the
Stubbs wedding was the church's
first formal wedding ceremony.
John was drafted into the U.S.
Army, and at the age of 18 was
fighting in Germany when he re-
ceived a copy of the official mili-
tary newspaper, "The Stars and
Stripes", which was. headlined
that 18-year-olds would not be
sent into combat. After the war,
John taught World War II Veter-
ans in night school and all the
Vet-students called him "Uncle
John and Kathryn taught at CHS
for a number of years before mov-
ing to Atlanta. Kathryn taught
English and sponsored a lot of
high school plays. John taught
biology, chemistry and physics.
All 1947 classmates or former
CHS students who remember the
couple fondly are cordially invited
to attend the 50-year wedding
anniversary service. The only two
Class of'47 members who still live
in Carrabelle are Edgar Smith and
Mary Westburg, and a few
Carrabelle locals included on the
1947 student roster are Mickey
Gay, Mary Lou Mathes, Buz and
Genevieve Putnal, Judy Whitten,
Mayor Charles Millender, Bonnie
Segree, Myrtis Corley, and Cecil
and Kay Millender.

John is the son of Louie Glenn
and Janie Stubbs: Glenn operated
Stubbs Garage in Carrabelle for
many years. Kathryn is the
, daughter of former Franklin
County Judge Raymond
WithersDoon and his wife, Annie.

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Several members of the original
wedding party will participate in
the ceremony, including best
man, Jeff Bradford; maid of
honor, Anne Lindsey, sister of
Kathryn; and bridesmaid,, Aline
Hall-Segar. John's brother, Glenn,
who was in Alaska in September,
1947 and missed the wedding,
will be here when the Stubbs' re-
affirm their vows. The couple's
three daughters, Karen, Tammy
and Cindy, who live in Atlanta will
also be in Carrabelle for the ser-
vice, as will former CHS football
coach John Upchurch and his
wife, Pat.
The Sea Oats Garden Club will
meet Thursday, September 11 at
7 p.m. at Carrabelle's Episcopal
Church of the Ascension in
Wathen Hall. Local artist Claire
Viles will present a program on
floral paintings. Hostesses for the
meeting are Jo Woods, who is also
the club's president, and Bonnie
October 25 is the date for the
Carrabelle High School Home-
coming/Reunion for all students
who attended and all faculty who
taught at CHS during the years
1917 1980. If you have not re-
ceived- a letter or if you know the
address of someone who should
be notified, please call committee
chairman Buz Putnal at (850)
Aaron Brock, 15-year-old son of
Carey and Pam Brock of
Carrabelle, who was critically in-
jured in a skateboard accident in
Tallahassee on Augutst24,,tame
home from Tallahassee Memorial
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six days after undergoing emer-
gency brain surgery. Aaron is the
grandson of former Carrabelle
City Commissioner Wesley "Buz'"
Putnal and his wife, Genevieve.
Before and during the two-hour
surgical procedure (which nor-
mally takes three to six hours) to
stop the bleeding in a main ar-
tery to the brain, Genevieve said
doctors could give the family no
hope that Aaron would survive,
and a nurse told them, "the best
thing to do for Aaron is pray."
Doctors said the Carrabelle High
School student's condition follow-
ing surgery progressed in 24-
hours to a point that takes some
people 24 days to reach after this
type surgery. Aaron had approxi-
mately 100 staples removed from
his head Wednesday, September
3. Other skinned places on his'
head and face have already
healed. Grandfather Buz said
Aaron is "doing fine, doing really
good." Referring to Aaron's mi-
raculous recovery, Buz said, "A lot
of prayers did that." Since Aaron
came home, Genevieve said she
and other family member have
each experience, at different
times, delayed emotional reac-
tions to the near-fatal accident.
She herself, sobbed for an entire
day-but in genuine thankfulness
for God's amazing grace and the
prayers of a community. "
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Devin Creamer stands before a wall covered in plaques and
certificates in his grandfather John James' office as he
receives a certificate of his own from Franklin County
Sheriff Bruce Varnes. Devin's grandfather is the tax ap-
praiser of Franklin County. Devin received a certificate
om Sheriff Varnes for saving the life of diabetic Kenny
Siprell after Siprell went into diabetic shock. Devin called
911 and directed emergency medical technicians to
Siprell's car.

Minimum Permit Fees Remain the

Same in Apalachicola

The Apalachicola City Commis-
sion agreed during an August 21
special meeting to leave the price
of the city's minimum permit fees
at $100. The board agreed to leave
the fee at the noted rate for a six
month period. After six months,
the city will determine whether
the $100 fee has been an ad-
equate sum.
Commissioner Jimmy Elliott sug-
gested that the city raise the mini-
mum permit fee to $500. He said
that the fee should be raised due
to the increase in building mate-
rial costs. "It's hard to build any-
thing if you have to hire somebody
to do it," said Elliott. He also said
that the newly proposed rate
would give the elderly and those
unskilled in carpentry a break on
building permit fees.
By raising the minimum permit
fee, those who completed various
construction work valued below
the amount of $500 would be ex-
cluded from paying a nominal
sum of $20 to the city building
inspector. Commissioner Elliott
pointed out that the city building
inspector would be relieved of

additional paperwork if the fee
was raised. He added, "we don't
make that much money on mini-
mum fees."
Mayor Bobby Howell stated that
the user fee imposed by the city
was fair and equitable. "Taxes af-
fect everybody," said Howell, "the
user fee is the person that's get-
ting the service that's paying for
Commissioner Jack Frye added,
"we're not looking at a great
amount of money."
Mayor Howell indicated the im-
portance of remaining mindful of
all new construction in the city.
"We have got to think of historic
Apalachicola," said Howell, "and
we might have .been a little dire
there since I've been mayor. I
didn't pay a lot of attention to it
before. But, let's don't be too fool-
ish so that people won't check
what's going on. Because what
you do can definitely affect your
neighbor. It can affect the value
of our neighbor's house. It can
affect the appearance of your

Volunteers Keepin' Things

Cool at the Library

The Carrabelle Branch of the Franklin County Public Library received
special help from a handful of volunteers who decided to make the
library a cooler place to be.
In middle part of August, Mike and Cheryl Creek decided to donate
an air condition to the public library. The machine was then installed
by Bryan Lycett, Bud Strange, Dustin Messer and Rhetta Jane
Strange. In addition, electrical work was provided by Mike Boles and
Eric Tate.
"It's truly heartwarming when the community comes together to pro-
vide necessary items to the public library at no cost to the public
library," commented Carrabelle Branch Manager Jackie Gay.

The charge of First Degree Grand
Theft was dropped against resi-
dent James Copeland by the State
of Florida on July 25.
Assistant State Attorney Ron
Flury filed a document on No In-
formation on the case. In the
document, Flury noted, "at the
present time, witnesses cannot be
located to substantiate the above-
captioned charge."
Mr. Copeland was accused of tak-
ing a mobile home belonging to
Sara Vinson from Copeland's
Trailer Park in Apalachicola on
April 1, 1997. Ms. Vinson had al-
legedly owed Mr. Copeland $440
in lot rent.

Four Attend LVWSD

Budget Meeting

By Rene Topping
Only four residents attended the
final hearing on the 1997-98 bud-
get for the Lanark Village Water
and Sewer District held at Chillas
Hall on September 2, 1997. All
three commissioners were
present, and the budget was
passed unanimously,
District Treasurer Jeanette Ped-
der announced that the budget of
$268,000 was basically the same
amount as the previous year, al-
though there was one difference;
an increase of $12,000 per year,
which is the amount of a reserve
fund that mandated by the state,
according to the State Auditor's

Medical Marijuana Coalition
to Visit Franklin County

The Coalition Advocating Medical
Marijuana (CAMM) out of Ft. Lau-
derdale, FL has informed the
Franklin County Clerk's Office
that they plan to set up an edu-
cational display outside of the
county courthouse on September
30 from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M.
The coalition plans to petition
residents to place a constitutional
amendment on the ballot in the
State of Florida. "The display
tables will not block any en-
trances, exits, and fire hydrants
or impede the regular flow of traf-
fic," noted Coalition President
Toni Leeman in an August 12 let-
ter of correspondence to County
Clerk Kendall Wade.
Ms. Leeman requested that the
county provide in writing any pos-
sible permit requirements or cor-
responding county and/or city
ordinances that may be relevant.
According to the clerk's office, no
permit would be needed to allow
the group to petition residents.
Furthermore, no county ordi-
nance currently exists to prevent
the coalition from setting up such
a display. However, the City of
Apalachicola will require the coa-
lition to sign a hold harmless
agreement if it plans to set up dis-
play tables on the city's right-of-
The Franklin Chronicle spoke with
Ms. Leeman on September 4
about the proposed amendment.
According to Leeman, volunteers
of the coalition will begin the pe-
tition drive on September 8 in
Escambia County and continue
until November 8. The format of
the initiative, she said, was ap-
proved on August 28 by the sec-
retary of state.
Many patients suffering from"
such illnesses as multiple sclero-
sis, AIDS and cancer have gained
much relief through the use of
marijuana, said Leeman. "Pa-
tients have told me that they
would have quit their chemo-
therapy if it wasn't for the ben-
efits obtained from the medical
use of marijuana," Leeman added.

Cannabis, noted Leeman, has
been proven effective in a wide-
range of studies reported in such
medical periodicals as the Jour-
nal of the American Medical As-
sociation and the New England
Journal of Medicine. "Doctors
around the country are testifying
to the National Institute of Health
on the safety and efficacy of this
falsely maligned medicine," she
In Lake County, Leeman ex-
plained, a woman who was suf-
fering from ovarian cancer de-
cided to grow marijuana to help
her through her chemotherapy
sessions. The woman was even-
tually arrested, Leeman noted.
"She didn't have the strength to
fight the charge and she accepted
four years of probation to avoid
jail. These people are sick and
fighting for their lives."
Patients with debilitating disabili-
ties should not be treated as
criminals, Leeman stated, be-
cause they choose to gain a little
bit of relief through the medical
use of marijuana. '"This is an is-
sue of compassion," she stated,
"and it's an issue of science and
the people's will; the only reason
it (marijuana) remains illegal is
due to political posturing."
Some of the organizations back-
ing the initiative include the
Green Party, the American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU) and the
Libertarian Party, according to
Ms. Leeman. She estimated that
approximately 15,000 volunteers
would support the initiative in
some manner. "We're trying to or-
ganize our supporters right now,"
said Leeman. She expected that
the proposed amendment would
pass, as it already has in the
states of California and Arizona.
"I can fully understand the war
on drugs," Leeman concluded,
"but it is time to stop holding pa-
tients hostage in this drug war."

This money will be raised by an
additional one dollar added to
water rates and two dollars added
to the sewer rates on all residen-
tial, non-metered accounts. bring-
ing the monthly flat rate to $43.00
per month.
Pedder said that the raise was
made necessary because the dis-
trict was under fire from the State
Auditor's office. This is because
no money has been set aside for
the past five years in a reserve
fund that is mandated by the state
to cover depreciation in the dis-
trict. The commissioners had
been called to a meeting at the
State Auditor's office and this was
one outcome.
In addition, Ms. Pedder read off a
list of what she ironically called
"Greg's Wish List" which had been
compiled by District Field Man-
ager and Commissioner Greg
Yancey. This is actually a list of
equipment the District should
have to be in compliance with the
A generator costing $35,000, plus
a fuel tank costing $1,500 are
needed to keep the water supply
going in an emergency. These two
items, along with a long list of
other equipment deemed abso-
lutely essential, added up to an
estimated $85,000 in mandated
costs facing the district.
Pedder said that the state is look-
ing much more closely into spe-
cial distrusts-such as the
LVWSD-since the bankruptcy of
Miami and are really "nudging
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The rate change was made by the
passage of Resolution Number 9
and applies to all non-metered
residential subscribers. It also
provides that the $12,000 be
placed in a special reserve ac-
count. Pedder pointed out that he
hopes that future commissioners
would follow this example, and in
30 years the district would have
a hefty $360,000 in reserve.
Commission Chairman Jim
Lawlor suggested that the com-
missioners look into passing a
resolution to that effect. He added
it would not be binding on future
commissioners but was needed
One resident suggested that the
district send out notices of the
rate raise as he felt that a lot of
people would be surprised by it.
Ms Pedder pointed out that the
entire budget had been advertised
in The Apalachicola and Car-
rabelle Times, and had been thor-
oughly reported in the Franklhn
In addition, she said that there
had been no interest exhibited at
the tour budget hearings the
board had held before this final
meeting. Village resident John
Grant asked if the district insur-
ance covered hurricane damage
and was answered that it was fully
Ms. Pedder pointed out that all
three commissioners had spent a
great deal of time working on the
budget. She said that the commis-
sioners served without salary and
very little of the yearly $300 ex-
penses that were mandated by the
state for each commissioner had
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The Franklin Chronicle 5 September 1997 Page 5

Budget, Senior Trips and Taxes
Occupies School Board

By Rene Topping
It was obvious that the overflow
crowd on Thursday, September 4,
attending the Franklin County
School Board meeting at Car-
rabelle High School, were there to
talk back to their school board.
This was the final meeting to be
held on the budget for the 1997-
98 school year. The budget of
$10,283,481, with an unchanged
millage rate of 7.854, was passed
unanimously by the board at the
end of a meeting that lasted
3 1/2 hours.
The meeting opened with several
people taking advantage of the
opportunity to ask many ques-
tions of the board. Unfortunately,
many of the questions should
have been addressed to County
Assessor John James. Randy
Brown addressed the issue that
is already smoldering across the
county, as to why some taxpay-
ers had received large hikes in
their taxes. He said, "It doesn't
matter if a house is valued at
$50,000 or $100.000 as all get the


same services, same benefits." He
added that his assessed value had
gone up from last years assess-
ment of $94,666 to $119,666, and
he felt that the board should be
Board member Jimmy Gander
said, "We get blamed for every-
thing from the Net-Ban to the 55
mph speed limit." He told Brown
that although he sympathized
with the raise, Brown needed to
go to the assessor. He added, "All
we get on what is levied by the
local board goes for capital ex-
penses." Board Chairman Will
Kendrick said, 'The school board
is the only entity that from the
first of our hearings has given an
actual millage rate and tried to
stay constant."
Apalachicola School Principal
Beverley Kelley said, "By state
law, he [county assessor] can in-
crease yearly by 3%. "Bayou Har-
bor resident, Barry Woods, re-
marked "It looks as if the citizen
is wasting his time coming to
these meetings."

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Despite the fact that it had been
advertised in the Apalachicola
and Carrabelle Times as the final
hearing for adoption of the bud-
get, there was indecision on the
part of the board as to whether
this was indeed the date. After
some discussion the board was
assured by Superintendent of
Schools Brenda Galloway, School
Attorney Barbara Sanders, and
Finance Officer John Reiman,
that "This was the time." The bud-
get and millage were both adopted
unanimously. Kendrick pointed
out that the millage rate was the
same as last year.
Mark Householder appeared be-
fore the Franklin County School
Board to ask questions on behalf
of his wife, Mary Jo, who was one
of the aides let go at the begin-
ning of the summer. He said that
he had questions about the
method used to select Connie
Kendrick to fill the Paraprofes-
sional Child Development Asso-
ciate position at Carrabelle High
School for the 1997-98 season. He
quoted various parts of the hir-
ing procedures and said he felt
they had not been followed.
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said, "I don't often speak at meet-
ings other than the county com-
mission and I am not an eloquent
speaker, but I feel that the proce-
dure has not been followed." He
also went on to quote various pas-
sages from the employment rules.
The position had been advertised
"in house", which Ms. Galloway
said meant that it was circulated
to all the schools and posted on
the window at the administration
building. She said this way was
used in order that all persons who
had been laid off would get first
opportunity. Householder said his
wife did not see these notices and
felt that all available people
should have been notified by mail.
Ms. Galloway said that although
no notifications were sent out, all
available people who had been
laid off were on the list to be con-
sidered, including Ms. House-
holder; The job called for 30 hours
of CDA training. Apparently, al-
though Ms. Householder had suc-
cessfully completed this course,
the information was not in her file.
Galloway added that this informa-
tion is on file at the present time.
Attorney Barbara Sanders, upon
urging by Board Member Connie

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put to the task of selecting the
grand prize winning recipe.
The grand prize winner will have
the opportunity to donate
$ 0,000 to his or her favorite
charity. All other contestants will
re eive $10,000 to donate to their
favorite charity. Ms. Gay, who
ser es as the Carrabelle Branch
MaIager of the Franklin County
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commented Gay, "that he would
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Public library boosters through-
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more squealing last night than I
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ber 4, "It sounded like a bunch of
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The store in which Ms. Gay pur-
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uct may also receive as much as
$10,000 to donate to its favorite
charity. Ms. Gay purchased the
Newman product at the Winn
Dixie in Crawfordville. Further-
more, the recipes of all of the fi-
nalists will be printed in a future
Good Housekeeping issue.
Those entrees allowed in the con-
test include appetizers, main
dishes and desserts. Each entree
must utilize at least one Paul
Newman Product such as a salad
dressing, salsa or pasta sauce.
Ms. Gay was selected as the over-
all winner of the Gumbo Cookoff
during the 1997 Carrabelle Wa-
terfront Festival. She also received
recognition for her gumbo in the
1996 festival. "I've done a lot of
research on the contest," said
Gay, "and I discovered that Paul
Newman seems to like seafood;
and he likes his food hot and
spicy. I think our chances are
pretty good."
Although she has never visited the
State of New York, Jackie Gay said
that she has always wanted to
make such a journey. She pointed
out that her parents were mar-
ried in New York. "And I have a
lot of new best friends now that
also want to go with me to New
York," said noted.
According to the rules of the Sev-
enth Annual Newman's Own, Inc.
and Good Housekeeping Recipe
Contest, Ms. Gay cannot release
her recipe for publication prior to
the contest. However, if the rules
permit, the Franklin Chronicle
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Practically any item may be de-
fined as a weapon, said Galloway.
She explained, "anything can be-
come a weapon if you pick it up
with the intent harm someone."
The offense of Possession of a
Weapon, according to the district's
code of conduct, was listed as a
Class 4 Major Offense; those stu-
dents guilty of such an offense
may be expelled or placed in an
alternative class setting or other
youth services or justice program.
Superintendent Galloway noted
that each of the students facing
terms of suspension will be re-
quired to attend a conference with
his parent and the school's prin-
cipal to be informed of the charges
against him and the conse-
quences of his actions. "This will
be done in a fair and equitable
manner and according to the
Code of Conduct," said Galloway.
The terms of suspension for those
students charged with fighting
will range from 3 to 5 days. Ac-
cording to the Franklin County
Public School District's Code of
Conduct, the offense of fighting
was listed as a Class 3 Offense.
All of those students involved in
the fight, noted Galloway, were
first offenders of the district's code
of conduct.
Following the initial confrontation
on August 26, officers from both
the Carrabelle City Police Depart-
ment and the Franklin County
Sheriffs Department were called
to Carrabelle High School to
maintain security on August 27
& 28. Superintendent Galloway
complimented Carrabelle High
School Principal Bob McDaris for
his handling of the situation.
Superintendent Galloway noted
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think it's important for the teen-
agers to understand that there are
other ways to address an issue
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do, advised, "If I were sitting in "Reasonable Force"
your seat I would vote to table it
to a certain date." She added this Guidelines
will give the board attorney and
superintendent time to consult Appro by tt
and gather facts. At that point it Approved State
was decided that all proposed ac-
tion on all of the paraprofession- Board of Education
als on the recommended list
would be tabled along with that
of Ms. Kendrick until the special On August 28, 1997 the State
meeting of September 9. Board of Education approved a
set of guidelines on the use of rea-
Several parents led by Cheryl sonable force by school person-
Glass, whose son Nathan is in the nel to maintain a safe and orderly
senior class this year, were there learning environment.
to protest a new policy on senior
trips. The superintendent has rec- The guidelines are the recommen-
ommended that the senior trip dation of the Education Stan-
from now on be a twenty-four dards Commission and the Edu-
hour trip sponsored by the school cation Practices Commission as
authorities to Disney World. If the result of a 1996 law provid-
parents and students wish they ing teachers with the authority tc
will be allowed to have a longer use reasonable force to manage
trip with the parents being totally student behavior. The Teachei
responsible for the students, and Authority Law enhances the au-
providing that it is taken on a thority of teachers to maintain a
break or that students make up safe and orderly learning environ
work missed. ment by providing them with the
authority to establish rules of con
The parents said they believed the duct for their classrooms and
change was being made because have violent, abusive uncontrol
of problems on last years lable or disruptive students re
Apalachicola seniors trip.to Wash- moved for their classroom. Comn
ington, D.C. Ms. Keller said that missioner Brogan, a forme:
two of the three students in ques- teacher, principal and superinten
tion had never followed the man- dent of schools who once wrestled
dates of the school board, a gun away from a distraught stu
dent, advocated passage of th,
David Meyer spoke eloquently of law. The law directed the Educa
many good trips he and students tion Standards Commission anc
had participated in during the the Education Practices Commis
past years with no problems. He sion to develop guidelines regard
said he felt that this was the last ing use of reasonable force b3
time students were together as a teachers and other school person
body and that they saved for years nel to protect themselves and oth
to go on them. It was stated by ers from injury and maintain ar
the superintendent that they were orderly learning environment.
not doing away with the longer se-
nior trip, but if it was to take place The recommendations are the re
in 1998, it would have to be suit of the joint Education Prac
planned, arranged, monitored tices/Education Standard corr
and paid for by the parents. Par- mittee; research about state an
ent Tony Millender suggested that national standards for use of rea
the board table it till the next sonable force; crisis managemer
board meeting. training; and public hearing
throughout the state.
During a period of remarks from
the board members, member The guidelines define reasonable
Willie Speed said that he sup- force as "appropriate profession;
ported the middle school concept, conduct including physical fore
However, he dressed down the as necessary to maintain a sa
superintendent, saying he had and orderly learning enviror
not received a plan. Gander said ment." The recommendations ii
that the plan was presented at a clude guidelines that would d
meeting at which Speed was not termine when the use of reason
present. Speed insisted at great able force is permitted, such as
length that he be supplied with a
plan. conditions harmful to learning
conditions harmful to
Gander supplied the audience student's mental health
with a moment of levity when he condition harmful to student'
said on getting his turn under physical health
remarks from the board, "I am .conditions harmful to safety
glad this school board does not harm and/or injury to self,
have one hundred members." school personnel and others









In other business:
The chairman of the board was
asked to sign a document to help
clear a title, in order to facilitate
a sale of a property that is on the
water front in Carrabelle. The
property was under a long term
lease but has not been used by
the school for many years. At one
time it was a Marine Mechanics
High School Fight RI

and Possible Expulsi
Approximately 10 students from
Carrabelle High School will face
terms of suspension following a
fight on August 26 & 27. One of
those students may even be ex-
pelled from the school for the pos-
session a weapon on the high
school campus.
According to Superintendent
Brenda Galloway, the entire event
began when a verbal disagree-
ment between two students re-
sulted in a physical fight. The two
students have allegedly had a his-
tory of confrontation with one
another at the school. The fight
allegedly escalated as additional
students chose sides in the con-
During the confrontation, one of
the students allegedly retrieved a
floundering gig from his vehicle
and began threatening other stu-
dents with the weapon. The stu-
dent, it was noted, was an Excep-
tional Education student. He may
be punished with expulsion from
the school if a Staffing Review
Committee determines whether
the noted act was a result of the
student's disability; the commit-
tee will be composed of five indi-
viduals and will include a school


Paoe 6 5 Sentember 1997 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday

Voters Go For "New

Blood" in Apalachicola's

First Primary Election

A Report and Commentary by Brian Goercke
Voters in the City of Apalachicola decided to hire a pair of new appli-
ants for the job of city commissioneron September 2. As a result of
the First Primary Election, the voters will get what they seemingly
want: New blood.
While Robert Davis has already been hired for the job of Seat 4 city
commissioner Candidates Van Johnson and George Patrenos will
compete in a run-off election for the remaining job of Seat 3 city
Mr. Davis had never competed for a political position in his entire life
,rior to the September 2 primary race. In his first attempt for political
office, Davis gave swift credibility to his candidacy and removed all
toubt from the skeptics. He scored a first round knock-out. "I believe
'i* miracles," Davis told the Franklin Chronicle while waiting for the
results. "you know that."
s the results were read aloud, Mr. Davis covered his face for several
moments in what seemed to be disbelief; but the smile never left his
face. "My first thought was a thought of gratitude," said Davis. He
Continued, "I was grateful that the turnout was like it was...and for
~e votes of confidence and support. I couldn't have done this on my
.wn. This was not just an individual victory. And now we will proceed
vith all the things that we talked about during the campaign."

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spoken up. I'm not a ruDber stamp." Commissioner Hill said that he
wouldn't necessarily endorse either candidate in the Seat 3 run-off
election. He simply concluded, "I have accepted defeat."
Commissioner Grady Lowe said that he planned to travel a bit and
spend some time with his grandchildren during the off-season. How-
ever, he said that another run for a.city position was not totally out of
the question. "Never say never," Lowe stressed.
Commissioner Lowe said that he was content with the progress the
city has made during his term. "I feel good about it," said Lowe. He
continued, "When I went on board, the city was in debt. All that's
paid off. I feel good about what I've done."
A total of 43 percent of the eligible voters in the City of Apalachicola
made their way to the polls on September 2. The outcome, although
seemingly poor, was actually better than expected. Supervisor of Elec-
tions Doris Shiver Gibbs predicted that 42 percent of the city's voters
would visit the polls. "I think it's a good turnout for a city election,"
said Ms. Shiver-Gibbs, "maybe they'll be more next time."

City of Apalachicola
First Primary Election
September 2, 1997

Total number voting
City Commissioner Seat 3
Jerry Hall
Wallace Hill
Van W. Johnson, Jr.
Lee T. McKnight
George T. "Jook" Patrenos, Jr.

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'ifng victory over the Seat 4 incumbent. Incumbents Grady
Lowe (C) and Wallace Hill (R) examine the early returns in
the Franklin County Courthouse.
Mr. Davis pledged to be a voice for the community. "A lot of people
have a lot of different ideas," said Davis, "and I would like to be that
voice on the commission for people to express themselves."
Candidate Van Johnson made his second straight attempt on Sep-
tember 2 for a seat on the city commission. In fact, Johnson ran for
the same seat four years ago against one of the same candidates,
Wallace Hill. In that election, he lost by a narrow margin of 14 votes.
In the September 2 primary, he led the pack in vote getting. Asked
about what he thought had made the difference between the two elec-
tions, Johnson simply responded, "I worked hard."
MVlr. Johnson expressed a certain amount of anxiousness while wait-
ipg for the results. "It feels like the night before the big game," he
commented. Following the results, he said that he had hoped to win
the whole thing in the first primary. "I thought I'd, do it without a run-
qff," said Johnson. However, he voiced his determination to win the
upcoming run-off election. "I'm confident," he noted, "I realize I'm
running against history."
Candidate George Patrenos said that he was just happy to have the
Opportunity to continue in the race. "We made the first cut," he said.
Mr. Patrenos once ran for political office 20 years ago. He considered
himself to be a relative newcomer to politics. "I'm green as grass," he
Mr. Patrenos commented on the success that all three challengers
have had during the first primary election. "I think there just comes a
time when people want new blood." Mr. Patrenos collected a little over
26% of the votes in the primary election and came in a distant second
lace. However, he vowed to work hard in the ensuing weeks. "I'm
planning a lot of door to doors," he said.
The primary election was hardest on the incumbents; both Wallace
Hill and Grady Lowe lost their races for seats 3 and 4, respectively.
Both now seem content to take some time off and enjoy life at their
own pace. And both look back fondly at what they've been able to
accomplish as city commissioners in the past four years.
commissioner Wallace Hill, who served for the past four years as city
commissioner, has many plans for the future. He expects to complete
restoring the old Porter home. Hill also plans to continue working on
his 165 acre farm; he grows soy beans and peanuts on the farm and
also raises cattle. In addition, Mr. Hill hopes to expand his car wash
business and spend some time with the grandchildren.
Commissioner Hill said that he was content with his accomplish-
ments on the city commission. "A lot of good things happened," he
noted. Hill pointed out that the city received funding for the sewer
and water plants, acquired waterfront property, enhanced the police
department and amassed an adequate amount in reserves during his
past four years of service to the city. "We can pay the bills as they
come up," said Hill.
Known by many as the most outspoken commissioner on the board,
Commissioner Hill defended his often independent and vocal stands
on various issues. "If I didn't care," he declared, "I wouldn't hnve

City of Carrabelle
First Primary Election
September 4, 1997
Total number voting 168
City Commissioner Seat 5
Louise Cone 33 19.6%
Virginia Sanborn 135 80.4%


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By Rene Topping
Commissioner Virginia Sanborn.
won handily over Louise Cone on
September 4 with a majority of
135 to 33 votes. Ms. Sanborn will
continue in her office of Finance
Commissioner for the next four
"I appreciate all the people who
voted and all who helped in my
re-election," said Sanborn. She
continued, "I am looking forward
to continue working on the
projects started in my first term."
The Franklin Chronicle was un-
able to reach Ms. Cone for a com-
ment before the paper's deadline
Only 21% of the 800 registered
voters turned out for the off-year
election. The Sanborn/Cone race
was the only one contested.
Supervisor of Elections Doris
Shiver Gibbs had predicted a 25
percent voter turnout for the
Carrabelle election. "I think it was
a low key election," said Shiver
Gibbs, "and I think it generated
less interest."
Ms. Doris Shiver Gibbs noted that
both candidates were well quali-
fied for the position. However, she
said that fewer'voters come to the
polls when fewer candidates run
for an elected position.
In the other two vacant seats,
neither Commissioner Jim
Phillips or Pam Lycett were op-
The two returning commissioners
and Ms. Lycett will be seated at
the upcoming Friday, September
5 meeting. Ms. Lycett will assume
the position as Police Commis-

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"If it wasn 'tfor Croom's, Inc., I wouldn't be able to go
to the beauty parlor, the hospital or the doctor's. Thgey,:
give wonderful service. I rate Groom's, Inc. as A-.."

"They take me to the leg doctor and to the eye doctor
They look out for me. When I need to,go to.Panara
City, they take me there. They're on time and very nice.

"They've been great helping me. They take me to the
hospital and to the bank in town. They're great. When
I need to go out of town, they take me."

These are just a few of the people who have met with the Franklin Chronicle to speak out about
the excellent service provided by Croom's, Inc. Soon, the whole county will begin to find out
about the excellent service and Croom's, Inc. are one and the same.
Starting October 1st, Croom's, Inc. will begin to offer transportation services to everyone from
the locations of Apalachicola, Eastpoint and St. George Island. The price of the fare to any loca-
tion is only $2.00. The service will be offered from 8:00 a.m. to approximately 5-00 p m Croom's,
Inc. will have an estimated 15 stops in Apalachicola, 6 stops in Eastpoint and 10 stops on St.
George Island.
"We know that this county will need'a county-wide transportation system," said Mr. John Croom.
"The growth of Franklin County will require this. And this is just the beginning." Mr. John Groom
announced that his newly acquired 30 seat bus will be used on the daily transportation route: The
bus, he said, was acquired with the help of the grant funding.
Mr. Croom expects that a second bus will be acquired sometime between 1998-99. "We hope to
eventually serve 100% of those in the county with transportation needs," Croom stated. The
second bus, he pointed out, would be used for a daily route in Carrabelle and Lanark Village. "It
all depends on whether we can get more grant funding to purchase the second bus," he said. Look
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Local Animal


The Franklin County Animal
Shelter received mixed reviews
following an inspection of their
facility by a representative of the
Humane Society of the United
States (HSUS).
HSUS Consultant Kim Stanton
complimented the cleanliness of
the facility and the care rendered
by personnel at the shelter. "When
I went there, the shelter was very
clean," said Stanton, "and the
people seemed really concerned -
with the care of the animals
However, Stanton pointed out that
the facility seemed inadequate to
care for the many animals at the
shelter. "The facility is far from
ideal," she commented. Stanton
noted that the shelter was not
large enough so that personnel
could isolate and segregate the
sick animals. "That's not anyone's
fault," she said. Unfortunately,
she pointed out that cats obtain
respiratory illnesses quite easily.
Such illnesses, she said, were very
contagious among felines.
Stanton stressed that the animals
needed to be isolated in such
Presently, personnel at the ani-
mal shelter have not been trained
to identify specific diseases in the
animals. However, a workshop
designed to identify animal dis-
eases will be conducted at the
Tallahassee Animal Shelter on
October 6. The admission price of
the workshop will be approxi-
mately $60 per person. Ms.
Stanton said that she may visit
individual shelters to conduct
such workshops in future. Indi-
vidual workshops, she said, may
be more affordable for shelters
located in smaller counties.
Ms. Stanton expressed concern
that animal control efforts may be
under-funded in the county. She
sympathized with the budget limi-
tations every county must con-
front. "But the county does need
to take the task of animal control
more seriously," Stanton ob-
served. She added, "the situation
that Franklin County's in is not
much different than that of many
other smaller counties."
Franklin County's Animal Shelter
Director Katherine Neill praised
the volunteer efforts rendered by
community members to assist in
keeping the shelter in good run-
ning order. "We've got some really
great volunteers now," said Neill.
he also encouraged more local
students to volunteer at the shel-
ter and possibly earn school cred-
its for their volunteerism.
Presently, Ms. Neill noted that the
animal shelter has many feline
visitors. She explained that resi-
dents in the county may not real-
ize the health hazards posed to
the community with such a feline
population. Neill pointed out that


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Shelter Director Katherine
Neill shows off some of the
facility's feline population.
cais can come into contact with
rabid animals and then pass the
disease along to humans. "It's
important that we keep this in
mind," she said.
Other members of the local ani-
mal shelter include Margaret Bar-
ber and Ruby Millender. Ms. Bar-
ber serves as the Kennel Manager
and Ms. Millender serves as the
Assistant Kennel Manager.

City Informed of

Existing Statute


Volume of Noise

City Attorney Patrick Floyd in-
formed members of the Apalachi-
cola City Commission during their
September 2 regular meeting that
an existing law in the Florida Stat-
utes already addressed the mat-
ter of excessive noise.
Attorney Floyd referred the board
to FL Statute3S16.3045 which was
entitled, "Operation of radios or
other mechanical soundmaking
devices or instruments in ve-
hicles." An individual would be in
violation of the statute if his mu-
sic was (a) plainly audible at a
distance of 100 feet or more from
a motor vehicle or (b) if the music
is louder than necessary for the
convenient hearing by persons
inside the vehicle in areas ad-
joining churches, schools or
"If it's plainly audible at a distance
of 100 feet or more from the mo-
tor vehicle," said Attorney Floyd,
"then it's a violation of Florida
"What if you hear it," asked Mayor
Bobby Howell, "and your window
starts shaking?"
The provision of the noted stat-
ute does not apply to any law en-

Sheriff Bruce Varnes, County
Planner Alan Pierce and 911 Co-
ordinatodin r Pat McWhinnie were
just a few of the local residents to
be included in a recent feature
story that highlighted the county's
efforts to become organized and
pro-active against crime. The
story, which was entitled "Frank-
lin may be a small county, but it's
organized against crime," ap-
peared in the July/August issue
of the Sheriffs Star.
The feature story first highlighted
the strategic efforts of Sheriff
Bruce Varnes in "Operation
Crackdown" to remove the flow of
illegal drugs from the county's
streets. The article described in
detail the drugs, money and
weapons that were seized during
a June 6 operation in which eight
search warrants were served in
Apalachicola. Varnes was quoted
in the article as saying, "we're
cleaning the streets up...I don't
care who it is, if it was my own
mother, God bless her. If you're
dealing drugs, you're going to jail."
The article also focused on the
county's new Enhanced 911 ser-
vice to the entire county. Due to
the new communications system,
it was pointed out that response
time has been greatly decreased

forcement motor vehicle equipped
with any communications device
necessary in the performance of
law enforcement. In addition, the
provision does not apply to motor
vehicles that are used for busi-
ness or political purposes. The
provision does not prevent local
authorities to exercise reasonable
police powers on the streets and
highways. Additionally, the pro-
vision does not apply to the noise
made by horns or any other such
warning device.
In other business:
*The board ranked two bids for
for the position of the city's Com-
munity Development Block Grant
(CDBG) Consultant.
The board gave the highest rank-
ing to a proposal from Roumelis
Planning and Development Ser-
vice, Inc. The firm bid $86,000 for
the city's housing grant and
$45,000 for the Commercial and
Neighborhood Revitalization
The board ranked a proposal from
Fred Fox Enterprises, Inc. second.
Upon hearing the proposal, Mayor
Bobby Howel noted, "I thought he
was dead." The firm bid $45,500
for the Commercial and
Neignborhood Revitalization
grants and $87,500 for the hous-
ing grant.
The city will now begin negotiat-
ing a contract with Roumelis Plan-
ning and Development Services,
Inc., who served the city in the
previous year as CDBG Consult-
*The board appointed resident
Davey Jones to the city's variance

in emergency situations. The ar-
ticle noted that the new system
."was a GIANT step in the right
direction for fighting crime."
County Planner Alan Pierce and
Assistant County Planner Mark
Currenton were credited in the
article for their efforts to begin
working on a set of base maps for
the entire county in 1988.in an-
ticipation of the Enhanced 911
system. 911 Coordinator Pat
McWhinnie, it was noted, began
notifying property owners in 1996
of their physical addresses. The
planning office and the 911 Co-
ordinator were credited in the fea-
ture store for working collab-
oratively to make the Enhanced
911 system a success.
Sheriff Varnes later spoke about
his response to the feature story.
"I felt flattered that they chose me
as one of the sheriffs to spotlight,"
said Varnes. He continued, "I un-
derstand that they've heard a lot
of good things about the way this
sheriffs department has oper-
ated. But I wasn't expecting no
two page article." Varnes con-
cluded, "we have made a differ-
ence here and we will continue to
make a difference."

Rascally Coyote
Keeps Local Red
Wolf Release
Program on Hold

One elusive coyote has been pre-
venting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service from releasing a pair of red
wolves onto Cape St. George Is-
land for months now.
Members of the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service have attempted to
bait and trap the coyote, but to
no avail. They have not actually
even seen the coyote; but they
have noticed its unmistakable
tracks all summer long.
Thom Lewis with the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service said that
there are several reasons why he
does not want to release the
wolves onto Cape St. George Is-
land while the coyote is also roam-
ing about.
First, Lewis said that the young
wolves may associate with the
coyote and pick up some of his
bad habits. For instance, he said
that the coyote had been feeding
on the Island's sea turtle eggs.
"They (the wolves) may figure that,
you can dig these (eggs) up and
they're real good to eat," explained
Also, Mr. Lewis pointed out that
the wolves are territorial. He said
that the wolves may chose to swim
off the Island if they detect an-
other such predator. The closest
area for the wolves to swim to
would be the Plantation on St.
George Island. "Obviously," he
noted, "the coyote got there by
swimming. No one put him there."
Finally, Lewis explained that Cape
St. George Island may not contain
enough resources to support
more than two such predators.
The release program, he said, is
experimental in nature. By add-
ing a coyote into the equation, it
would be difficult to determine
why the release was not success-
ful. "If this fails," Lewis concluded,
"we don't want it to be because a
coyote a coyote was competing for
the same resources."
The possibility of the wolves
mating with the coyote was not
one of concerns in the proposed
release. The two red wolves are

The Franklin Chronicle 5 September 1997 Page 7

SHIP Program to go

through More Changes

The Franklin County Senior Citi-
zens Center recently agreed to
serve as administrator for the
county's Sadowky Housing Initia-
tive Plan (SHIP) Program. How-
ever, County Planner Alan Pierce
informed the Franklin County
Commission on September 2 that
the senior center does not want
to run the program as it has been
run previously. Specifically, he
said that the senior center did
want to continue with the reha-
bilitation aspect of the program.
"The senior citizens are very leery
of continuing the same kind of
rehab program considering all the
problems that we have had," said
Pierce. He pointed out that four
rehabilitation repair projects still
remained. "You have too little
money to do too big of a job (with
the rehabilitation projects),"
Pierce explained,,"so then you
start cutting things out and the
job isn't complete and the
homeowners aren't happy...that's
what the senior citizens are try-
ing to avoid and I can appreciate
Mr. Pierce explained that the SHIP
Program ranks the top 12 reha-
bilitation projects to be completed
each year. The program, he said,
has completed 8 of those projects.
Although the county has the
money to complete the remaining
projects, Pierce said that the
county was under no contractual
obligation with the homeowners'
to have those projects completed.
Commissioner Clarence Williams
recommended that the county
complete the four projects. "Let's
finish these because we've already
promised them," said Williams.
"You can ask the senior citizens
center (to complete the projects),"
Pierce said, "and I'll be glad to
work with them. But I don't have
time to do all that work right up
to the contract." He added, "they
have seen all the trouble we have

Charles Watson Clark
gotten into. And they don't want
to have the same problems. I'm
not sure they're gonna commit to
do the rehab projects."
Resident Charles Watson Clark
requested that the county com-
plete the four projects. "The
county made an obligation," he
said, "and I'm here to request that
they honor their obligation and
complete the projects. The money
has been appropriated and the
money is in the budget for it (the
projects). I'm gonna ask that the
county honor its commitment to
this program."
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
questioned a member in the au-
dience, Bill Kennedy with the
Preble-Rish Engineering Firm, if
he would be interested in work-
ing with the remaining projects:
Mr. Kennedy spontaneously
agreed to do the projects. The
board then unanimously agreed
to declare an emergency and
award the project bid to Preble-

Florida Coastal Cleanup

Just a reminder to all Franklin County residents, and visitors as
well, the Florida Coastal Cleanup takes place on September 20,
1997. Elementary students interested in volunteering should con-
tact the St. George Island State Park at 927-2111. All other vol-
unteers should contact the Apalachicola Reserve at 653-8063.
Volunteers are still needed to cover the bridge causeways and
local business areas.

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Verna Burke, believe that when
building a new home or office, it is
best to start with a solid foundation
and a quality builder.
Amy Armstrong (pictured above
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involvement from conceptual design

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would be imposed at the expense
of unsecured creditors.
Therefore, Provident Medical has
argued that these taxes should be
disallowed to protect their unse-
cured creditors.
The brief conceded that Provident
Medical Corporation of Apalachi-
cola might be liable for intangible
taxes based on it's leased inter-
est in the property as opposed to
the fair market value of the prop-
erty. Their argument concludes
with the assertion that Franklin
County's tax levy was imposed as
a tax on real property-which was
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In summary, the Provident Medi-
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ad valorem taxes and personal
property taxes because the Debtor
was not a party to the lease agree-
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the amounts for ad valorem taxes
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amount for personal property
taxes reduced by the fair market
value of the personal property in
possession of Franklin County.
While this formal objection re-
mains to be settled before the U.
S. Bankruptcy Court, a hearing
on another matter is scheduled
for September 18, 1997 at 1:30
p.m. before Judge Lewis M.
Killian, Jr. The Franklin County
Board of County Commissioners
and Franklin County Tax Collec-
tor have filed objections against
plans by Provident Medical Cor-
poration of.Apalachicola, which
intends to sell some of its assets.

Court Fines, From Page 1
fee schedule would require defen-
dants of the Franklin County Sec-
ond Circuit Court to pay these
1. Third Degree Felony
Violations = $788
2. Second Degree Felony
Violations = $1,313
3. First Degree Felony
Violations = $2,363
While Assistant State Attorney
Ron Flury chose to withhold any
opinion on the matter until a de-
cision was made, Assistant Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger had no
reservations about commenting
on the subject.
"I think it's a simple solution,"
said Steiger, "and like most simple
solutions, it won't work." He ex-
plained, "most people commit
crimes because they are poor...not
because they're particularly evil.
They won't be able to pay."
Mr. Steiger predicted that the
county and state would end up
paying more money in the long
run by prosecuting those indi-
viduals who violate their terms of
probation by not paying their
court fines.
"I think it will cost more money
than it will generate," Steiger con-
cluded, "most people won't be able
to pay. They're already living hand
to mouth."

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