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The Published Every Other Friday

Franklin Chronicle

Volume 7, Number 6


March 20 April 2, 1998

Daniel Davis, file photo

Local Business Owner

Arrested for Insurance Fraud

Local business owner Daniel B. Davis with Cook Insurance Agency in
Apalachicola was arrested on March 5 on third degree felony charges
of Insurance Fraud, Forgery and Uttering a Forged Instrument.
Mr. Davis was arrested for allegedly selling a false insurance policy to
David L. Leick, According to the probable cause affidavit. Mr. Levick
met with Davis in-mid-November0 o 1995 and inquired about pur-
chasing insurance on locally owned property known as "the old power
station." Levick agreed at that time to purchase a premium from Cook
Insurance Agency for $1,072 annually.
Mr. Levick informed investigators from the Division of Insurance Fraud
that he had repeatedly asked to receive a copy of his insurance policy
from Davis after purchasing the premium. "He said that for one rea-
son or another it never came," noted Investigator Warren Forrest with
the Division of Insurance Fraud in his probable cause report.
After approximately 10 months, Levick reported that he received a
large amount of xeroxed material from Davis that supposedly con-
tained his policy information. "Mr. Levick said that he found it strange
that the documents were copies," Forrest reported, "but he did not
pay that much attention.
In mid-November of 1996, Levick met with Davis again and renewed
his insurance policy for an additional year. He paid the same pre-
mium of $1,072 for his second year's policy.
In November of 1997, Levick visited the Cook Insurance Agency again
and spoke with Davis about renewing his policy for a third year. Davis
allegedly informed Levick that he would send him a bill for his third
year's policy. Levick reported that he never received a bill and de-
cided on December 4 to contact the carrier for Cook Insurance Agency,
Bankers Insurance Company.
Mr. Levick asked representatives from Bankers Insurance Company
about his policy and coverage. Levick was allegedly informed that the
policy number appearing on his xeroxed material belonged to Tom
Todd Realty of Port St. Joe. He was then asked to fax all of his policy
documentation to Bankers Insurance Company for further review. It
was later determined that there was no record of insurance coverage
for David Levick.
Shortly thereafter, the Bankers Insurance Company began investi-
gating Levick's case. On December 16, 1997, Ed Price with the Audit-
ing Department of Bankers Insurance Company and Marketing Rep-
resentative Betty Ryals made an unannounced visit to Cook Insur-
ance Agency.
Price and Ryals informed Davis of the matter concerning David Levick's
insurance inquiries. Davis was then asked to retrieve the file for Levick.'
Continued on Page 11

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Approximately six months ago.
members of the Franklin County
Commission unanimously agreed
to reject a proposal by Developer
Morns Palmer to construct a nine
hole golf course in Eastpoint.
However, during their March 17
meeting, the board voted 3-1 to
resume dialogue with Palmer on
the matter at a March 23 special
meeting. Commissioner Bevin
Putnal was the lone vote of dis-
sent in the matter.
The board agreed to reconsider
the golf course proposal after At-
torney Al Shuler announced that
the county would probably lose its.
case against Mr. Palmer and St.
George Island. Ltd.
"Judge Steinmeyer said at the
conclusion of the hearing that he
was inclined to grant relief to St.
George, Ltd., said Shuler. He
said that Judge F.E. Steinmeyer
was currently reviewing the case,
which could take several weeks.
Chairperson Raymond Williams
asked Shuler to clarify the com-
ments made by Steinmeyer.
Shuler responded, "it means we're
going to lose at the trial level." In
a prepared letter to the board,
Shuler further addressed the is-
sue. "My research indicated that
the relief granted would be to
'quash' or reverse the Board's
actions and send it back to the
Board for reconsideration in light
of the Court's decision," he noted.
Attorney Shuler advised board
members that they could take the
following actions:
1. Offer to adopt the Development
Agreement previously discussed.
2. Attempt to negotiate some
other mutually agreeable
3. Approve the site plan as pre-
4. Appeal to the First District
Court of Appeal.
5. Schedule a more formal quasi-
judicial hearing to take evidence
and reach a decision based on the
Court Order and the applicable
law and the evidence presented at
the hearing.
Shuler informed the board that
there were grounds for appeal in
the matter. "There are more ap-
peals lost than are won," he said,
"but obviously some of them are
won or we wouldn't need an ap-
peals court."
Chairperson Williams urged that
the board negotiate with Palmer
on the matter. "If we appeal this
and lose, then we have no protec-
tion," he said. Commissioner
Eddie Creamer agreed that the
board should negotiate with
Mr. Palmer informed the board
that he would remain with his
originally proposed golf course if
the board proceeded immediately
and resolved aiy conflicts with
the development project. "Where
I'm at as a developer," said Palmer,
"is that I feel that the indications
are very good that our arguments
will be upheld." He said that he
would still voluntarily work with
the county.
Mr. Palmer originally proposed
that he construct a nine hole golf
course composed of a synthetic
grass system. He previously de-
scribed the grass system as "a
rubber mat and grass that's about
four inches long and filled with
sand." He originally proposed golf
course would include approxi-

Continued on Page 8


Tallahassee twirlers traveled to Carrabelle to participate in the Camp Gordon Johnston parade. More on page 5.

Franklin Briefs ..... Page 2 '

Planning and Zoning........
.............................Page 2
Editorials ........ Pages 3, 4
Camp Gordon Johnston
Reunion ..............Page 5
Floods .................Page 6
Camp Gordon Johnston
Part III ................Page 7
Chili Cookoff.........Page 8
Marine Fisheries
Commission ........Page 9
Florida Classified Ad
Network .............Page 10
Riverkeepers .......Page 11
Bookshop ............Page 12

In cooperation with Florida Game
and Fish, .the local Research
Reserve and the Division of
Forestry, prescribed "burns" were
ignited amid wetlands and marsh
around the bay. Woody Miley. Head
of the Research Reserve, explained
to the Chronicle that controlled
burns at various times of the year
are a preventative measure against
possible catastrophic fires that
could feed wildly on themselves and
threaten the landscape and people.
These controlled burns can help
maintain and restore habitat in
addition to enhancing better
control over wild fires likely to rage
out of control. Miley also reiterated
that recent flooding has been more
pervasive and damaging than the
1994 floods.

Sporting the appropriate colors for St. Patrick's Day, Research Reserve
Director Woody Miley and Carrabelle resident Misty Chastain celebrate
Happy Hour at Harry A's (St. George Island) on March 17th. Misty was ,
one of the bartenders for the occasion at the island "watering oasis."

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Agrees to




Alligator Point resident Ruthann
Howard addressed members from
the Franklin County Commission
for the second consecutive meet-
ing to voice her concerns about
the county's failure to adhere to
its zoning code.
Ms. Howard pointed out that the
Franklin County Planning and
Zoning Commission was not gov-
erning its meetings in accordance
to Section 301.04 of the Franklin
County Zoning Code. The code
provides that applications for de-
velopment approval shall be sub-
mitted to the planning depart-
ment at least 30 days prior to a
zoning board meeting.
Ms. Howard first reprimanded
County Attorney Al Shuler for not
showing up to the March 10 Fran-
klin County Planning & Zoning

Commission meeting; Shuler had
been directed to by the county
commission on March 3.
"Someone (at the zoning board
meeting) made the comment that
Mr. Shuler doesn't work at night,"
said Howard, "and I've since
learned that it's common knowl-
edge that Mr. Shuler is unavail-
able for evening work."
She continued, "it's always been
my experience that when an em-
ployer directs an employee to do
something and the employee fails
to do so...disciplinary action en-
sues. It occurs to me that as a
taxpayer that, in a sense, I am Mr.
Shuler's employer."
Ms. Howard turned to Shuler and
stated, "bless your heart, I've pre-
pared for you this reprimand for
failing to attend the meeting."
Shuler responded, "I resign from
you." Howard then handed Shuler
a "Notice of Karma Violation"
which cited him for Disgustingly
Thoughtless & Reprehensibly Ir-
responsible Behavior for "failure
to attend p & z as directed."
Howard said that it was pointless
to request the planning & zoning
commission to recommend an ap-
propriate cut-off date to accept

items for their agenda. "Either by
design or to fault," she explained,
"the planning and zoning commis-
sion is dominated by realtors and
developers who will naturally
serve their own best interests by
advocating the addition of items
up until the last minute as they've
been doing for years."
She asked that board members
take steps in guarding against
having one interest dominate all
other interests on the Franklin
County Planning & Zoning Com-
mission. "I wonder how we ended
up with a commission where
seven of the nine members are
either developers or realtors,"
noted Howard.
Ms. Howard asked why the county
considered the 30 day waiting
period to be excessive. She
pointed out that Leon, Gadsden,
Wakulla, Jefferson, Gulf and
Holmes Counties all required be-
tween 60-90 days for applications
to be submitted prior to consid-
eration for approval.
By not following the zoning code,
Howard stated that the members
of the zoning commission were not
afforded the opportunity to fully
review those applications for
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Notes from the March 17
Franklin County
Commission meeting.
*The board granted a request from
Sheriff Bruce Varnes for a small
piece of land of land adjoining the
Franklin County Jail to be used
as a vegetable garden. "We'll prob-
ably start out slow and see how it
goes," said Varnes. He said that
County Extension Director Bill
Mahan would conduct a soil test
to determine how suitable the
area would be for a garden. Sher-
iff Varnes said that he planned to
give the vegetables grown at the
proposed garden to the public.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that five engi-
neering firms had responded to a
proposal submitted by the county
to seek a replacement for retiring
engineer, Joe Hamilton.
"I told them that one reason why
the county was advertising for an
engineering firm," said Pierce,
"was that the county was going
to try to reduce the amount of
money being spent on engineer-
ing services." He informed board
members that they probably
would not save much money by
hiring an engineering firm, as
opposed to an individual.
"One reason (that we won't save
money)," explained Pierce, "is that
when we call for a drainage prob-
lem or a road problem, they're not
going to send down a technician
or a draftsman or a surveyor...
they're going to send down a $100
an hour engineer."
The board agreed to consider hir-
ing an uncertified engineer with
a knowledge of engineer skills and
practices. Mr. Pierce said that the
county could contact an engineer-
ing firm when such services were
needed. 'That may be the cheap-
est way to go," he said.
*County Extension Director Bill
Mahan informed the board that
he had attended a one-day work-
shop on fancy goldfish produc-
tion. 'They feel that fancy gold-
fish production in North Florida
has some real strong potential."
He continued, "currently there is
no place in the United States that
produces fancy goldfish."
*County Extension Director Bill
Mahan announced that a Hard
Clam Industry Meeting would be
held on March 31 at the Univer-
sity of Florida in Gainesville.
Those interested must preregis-

County Agrees from Page 1
'"In addition to cheating planning
and zoning," she continued, "the
residents who are impacted by the
recommendations made are also
cheated." Howard said that resi-
dents were not allowed to "know
about,, deliberate or offer feed-
back" to the matters considered
by the zoning commission.
Attorney Al Shuler advised the
board to either follow or amend
their zoning code. "The board
needs to follow the rule it has,"
he said, "until it changes that
County Planner Alan Pierce said
that the county had not adhered
to the zoning code well before he
began serving as county planner.
"It wasn't I that started not fol-
lowing the zoning code," he stated.
Pierce said that one of the reasons
why the county had a shorter
waiting period was because the
zoning board handled both large
and small matters alike. "We don't
differentiate between big projects
and small projects," he said.
Developer Gene Langston said
that certain matters probably
didn't need a 30 day waiting pe-
riod. "I think 30 days is too long,"
he said, "30 days seems like an
exorbitant amount of time."
Developer Morris Palmer noted
that the county commission and
the planning and zoning commis-
sion handled far more trivial items
than other counties. "30 days
may not be unreasonable for
things that you typically see plan-
ning and zoning boards handle,"
he said.
The board first voted unani-
mously to follow Section 301.04
of the zoning code. Mr. Pierce said
that the 30 day waiting period
would prevent the zoning commis-
sion to meet at its next monthly
Ms. Howard said that the commis-
sion could still meet to discuss
other issues, but would not be
able to approve any development
applications. Pierce responded,
"planning and zoning's role is to
first look at development issues."
The board then voted 3-1 to fol-
low the code after the next zoning
commission meeting in 21 days.
Commissioner Bevin Putnal was
the lone vote of objection and
stated that the county should fol-
low the zoning code immediately.
"I don't think we should do any-
thing except go by the guidelines,"
he said.
Ms. Howard then cited Section
305.01 of the Franklin County
Zoning Code, which provided that
the zoning commission shall be
composed equally "insofar as pos-
sible" of representatives from vari-
ous industries, trades and other
interests of the county. The code

ter for the event by March 27.
There will be no registration fee.
Those interested in attending may
contact Leslie Sturmer at 352-
*County Extension Director Bill
Mahan announced that the First
Florida Marine Aquaculture In-
dustry Development (MAID) Work-
shop would be held at the Harbor
Branch Oceanographic Institu-
tion in Fort Pierce, Florida from
April 16-18. Those interested in
attending may contact Aquacul-
ture Division at 561-465-2400
ext. 400.
*The board appointed Ted
Mosteller to serve on the Apalachi-
cola Airport Advisory Board. Mr.
Mosteller will replace Joe
Hamilton on the board.
*The board unanimously agreed
to advertise a Beach Lighting Or-
dinance to help protect displaced
sea turtles. County Planner Alan
Pierce noted that the areas of
Yents Bayou and Carrabelle
Beach would be exempt from the
ordinance. Pierce informed the
board that the Florida Power Cor-
poration had also provided feed-
back on the ordinance.
*The board agreed to allocate
$100 to the Friends of the Re-
search Reserve to help pay the
cost of erecting a sign at the
county Park on St. George Island
advising the public what they
should do if they discover disori-
ented sea turtles.
*The board unanimously ap-
proved a request from Schooner
Landing Homeowner's Associa-
tion to construct groins on Lots
10-18 of Schooner Landing Sub-
division. County Planner Alan
Pierce informed the board that the
groins were intended to help stop
erosion along the lots that front
the cut.
*The board agreed to amend the
SHIP Program plan to approve the
purchase of modular homes for
eligible recipients to replace der-
elict homes or site built houses
that were beyond rehabilitation.
*The board approved a request
from Albert Richards to construct
a single family dwelling and rock
revetment approximately 30 feet
off a man-made canal on the
Apalachicola River.
*Seafood Workers Association
President Leroy Hall asked that
the county do all it could for the
seafood workers affected by the
flooding. "I don't know what you
can and can't do," he said, "but
certainly something needs to be
done." Hall pointed out that part
of the bay had been shut down
for five months. 'They're suffer-
ing very dearly," he added," and
it's not going to get better...it's
going to get worse."

also provided that the county
guard against having any single
interest dominate the zoning
board. "I don't think we've
guarded against that very well,"
she said. Howard asked if the
board planned to take corrective
action on the matter.
Commissioner Eddie Creamer,
who works in real estate, said that
the zoning board was doing a good
job. "I don't see any problems with
the appointments we've got," he
Franklin County Planning and
Zoning Commission member
Frieda White stated that she was
not a realtor when she was ap-
pointed to serve on the commis-
sion. "After that," she said, "I be-
came a licensed realtor." White
denied that the county commis-
sion intentionally appointed spe-
cial interest groups to the com-
mission. She acknowledged that
there were quite a few realtors on
the commission. "But it was not
a deliberate thing," she said.
Mr. Langston added, "I resent the
implication that because the
board has more real estate bro-
kers or developers on it that some-
how it lessens their ability as a
planning and zoning board."


Death Believed

to Be Accident-



Carrabelle Police Chief Buddy
Shiver has stated that the death
of 34 year old William James
Lattimore on March 7 was an
Carrabelle police officers re-
sponded to a call at 2:40 a.m. on
March 7 and discovered victim
William Lattimore on 12th Street
East dead as result of an appar-
ent automobile accident. Shiver
noted that the cause of death was
due to a broken neck and trauma
received to the body.
Walter Mock was arrested on the
charge of D.U.I. in connection to
the alleged automobile accident.
Witnesses to the alleged accident
included Andre Rosier, Ricky
Murray and James Murray.
Shiver stated that two vehicles
have been impounded and will be
processed by the processed by the
Florida Department of Law En-
forcement for forensic examina-
tion. One of those vehicles in-
cluded a 1984 Oldsmobile Cut-
lass, which was driven by Mr.

Mr. Hall also said that the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection
was considering placing the
Apalachicola Bay on a low prior-
ity list. "I don't like this," he said,
"because we're having a hard
enough time as it is."
Resident Williard Vincent stated
that he could not understand how
the DEP could put the Apalachi-
cola Bay on a low priority list. "We
should make them aware
that...90 percent of the state's
oysters come from the Apalachi-
cola Bay...and right now there's
one small portion of the bay
The board unanimously agreed to
fax and priority mail letters to area
legislators in concern to priority
listing of the Apalachicola Bay.

Ruthann Howard addresses
the Zoning Commission

Residents Demand

Adherence to Zoning Code

A small group of residents made their opinions known at the March
10 meeting of the Franklin County Planning & Zoning Committee
that they were not pleased with the manner in which items were be-
ing placed on the committee's monthly agenda for approval.
The residents pointed out that the zoning committee had not been
following section 301.04 of the Franklin County Zoning Code, which
provides that applications for development approval shall be submit-
ted to the county planner 30 days prior to the zoning committee's
County Attorney Al Shuler had been directed by the Franklin County
Commission on March 3 to attend the zoning committee's next meet-
ing. However, when discussion began on the matter of the zoning
code, Attorney Shuler was not present.
Attorney Shuler's absence drew angry comments from both audience
and committee members. Committee Chairperson Gayle Dodds pointed
out that the group was composed strictly of volunteer members; she
stated that the matter needed legal attention.
'The least that the county could do for us since we're an advisory
group," said Dodds, "is to have a lawyer here to guide us along." One
resident asked when the county attorney would be present at the
zoning committee's meeting. Ms. Dodds responded, "Your guess is as
good as mine."
Resident Ken Osborne pointed out that that the committee was cur-
rently voting on matters that had not been submitted to the county
planner 30 days in advance. "We've seen some things happen that we
did not get notice on 'that affected us," he said. 'The law says 30
days," he continued.
Resident Ruthann Howard noted that those living in the Alligator
Point area had to drive a considerable distance to attend the zoning
committee's meeting. "I just want to address the issue," she said.
Committee member Donald Wood apologized for the inconvenience to
those attending the meeting. "Not only you wasted your time," he
said, "but we wasted our time, too." Committee member Mary Lou
Short concurred, "We're left here with egg on our face, because the
county attorney is not here and we can't react to this."
Resident Robert Burnett noted, "Whoever threw egg on your face...I
assure you that it wasn't us.. .It was someone else." He asked, "Should
we go to the county commission with our wrath?" Committee mem-
ber Frieda White responded, "Yes."
Committee member John Murphy then made a motion that the com-
mittee adhere to section 301.04 of the zoning code until the county
attorney confers with the zoning committee at the next monthly meet-
ing. Cheryl Sanders seconded the motion. "If we're supposed to ad-
here by the rules," said Murphy, t's clearly stated here on 301.04
that we should wait 30 days."
Committee member Roxie Allen stated that there were many "mun-
dane" matters that were not controversial and should not require a
30 day waiting period. "If we're talking about rezoning and those kinds
of things," she said, "I think we need to specify it." She noted that the
committee served only in an advisory capacity.
Mr. Burnett noted, "You all continually say that anything that you
pass on is just a recommendation to the board of commissioners.
And that isn't wholly true." He continued, "We recently had a slipped-
in thing about a 360 degree tower in Alligator Point."
Burnett pointed out that matters involving public utilities were for-
warded to the Board of Adjustments and not to the Franklin County
Commission. "And the adjustment board makes the final decision,"
he said "If you disagree with the adjustment board's decision, your
only alternative is the court. Therefore, I feel that it is most important
that all of your business be brought to the attention of the residents
of this county."
"Well," Mr. Prophater speculated, "I don't know. This is a public meet-
ing and all you've got to do, if you're interested, is attend." He ques-
tioned how the committee could have operated contrary to the county
zoning code for so long. Then he added, "I ain't gonna change it to-
"We've been this way for all these years," added Mr. Wood, "and we
might be wrong..." Prophater interjected, "Another month being wrong
won't hurt." Mr. Prophater said that the county planner set the agenda
for the zoning committee. "I'm not sure it's ourjob to tell the planning
department what they've got to do," he said.
The board then voted 7-2 to reject the motion requiring a 30 day
waiting period. Murphy and Sanders voted in favor of the motion. The
committee agreed to table discussion on the matter until the county
attorney attended the zoning committee's meeting.
In other business:
*The board approved groins to be placed within the Critical Habitat
Zone on lots 10-18 at Schooner Landing on St. George Island. Assis-
tant County Planner Mark Currenton explained that the groins would
be perpendicular to the shoreline. They will be located inside of Bob
Sikes Cut.
Mr: Currenton noted that there was a statement in the Development
Order for the Plantation on St. George Island to not allow any shore-
line structure. He said that there were also statements concerning
the stabilization of Bob Sikes Cut to guard against erosion. "I look at
this as something that would be allowable," said Currenton. He said
that state permits would be required to have the groins placed in the
The committee voted 7-2 to approve the groins. Board members Gayle
Dodds and John Murphy voted against the matter.

Rosier. The other was a GMC
truck driven by Mr. Mock.
Chief Shiver acknowledged that
the death of Lattimore was con-
nected to a drug-related incident.
However, he said that no charges
would be filed in this case until
the results of the forensic exami-
nation were completed.

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*The committee tabled consideration of a request from Gramercy Plan-
tation to rezone a 27.5 acre parcel north of Highway 98 and east of
Highway 65 from Residential to Public Facilities. Committee mem-
bers requested that the Department of Community Affairs provide
more information on the matter before considering approval of the
*The committee unanimously approved a request from Raymond &
Linda Finn to rezone tracts 9-10 of Emerald Point Beach Subdivision
east of Eastpoint. Committee member Frieda White excused herself
from voting on the matter, noting that she was an adjoining property
*Committee member Mary Lou Short informed the board that the
Land Use Committee would be meeting on March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at
the Apalachicola Community Center. She said that Susan Anderson
with the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) would be present
at the meeting to address her concerns with the county's comprehen-
sive plan.
Ms. Short said that she had been receiving several calls concerning
the committee. She said that the committee had allegedly been criti-
cizing the Franklin County Planning & Zoning Committee. "Appar-
ently, we've been taking quite a hit," she said.
Mr. Currenton stated that the Land Use Committee was created by
the Department of Environmental Protection. He said that the com-
mittee had no legal authority. "Basically," he said, "people who run
these meetings are people who show up for the meetings. They sort of
appoint themselves."
Ms. Short said that few individuals were aware of the meetings. 'There's
terrible hits being taken at planning and zoning and Mark (Currenton)
and Alan (Pierce)...and there's no one there to respond." She contin-
ued, "One of my main concerns is an opposition.to people's property
rights...that's what I'm hearing."
Ms. White noted that she had attended one of the committee's meet-
ings. "They're basically a do away with property rights, do away with
development of any kind in Franklin County...this is just my
Ms. Short stated that Susan Anderson would be at the next meeting.
"Susan Anderson is a typical state bureaucrat," said Mr. Wood, "and
they are proposing their own personal agenda."

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Florida's landmark tobacco settlement includes a $200 million pilot
program. The proposed Florida Kids Campaign Against Tobacco Pilot
Program will reduce the use of tobacco products by youth under the
age of 18 years. The revenues used to support this program are de-
rived from $200 million included in the tobacco settlement. The
Governor's Recommended Budget includes $143 million for the sec-
ond phase of the pilot program. The program's five categories coin-
cide with the provisions of the tobacco settlement agreement.

Supports development of a media plan to raise awareness about to-
bacco and motivate behavioral change. Florida-based communica-
tions/marketing firms will be contracted to develop a multimedia to-
bacco prevention, education and enforcement campaign to
denormalize tobacco use. Youth involvement is a key component in
the development of the multi-faceted media plan.

Provides funding for community organizations that can raise match-
ing funds to implement effective interventions. Funding includes grants
for creating a local Tobacco-Free Florida Coalition or to augment ex-
isting coalitions that are working to reduce tobacco use in their com-
munities. These grants will be used to develop social change inter-
ventions appropriate to specific community and special population

Supports development of a comprehensive school-based tobacco edu-
cation program that supports the under-age-18 target group to make
desired behavioral changes. The plan includes establishing a student
scholarship program and other incentives that are focused on re-
warding appropriate behavior by youth. The plan also includes re-
cruiting students to participate in the development and implementa-
tion of these strategies.

Assists in the enforcement of the tobacco possession law that makes
it illegal for persons under age 18 to possess tobacco products. Strat-
egies include working with the industry to obtain voluntary compli-
ance, referring youth to anti-tobacco education programs, increasing
enforcement initiatives to address the manufacture or use of false
identification, and enhancing compliance investigations.

Provides for the development of a comprehensive evaluation plan to
assess project performance and the overall effectiveness and impact
of the Kids Campaign Against Tobacco Pilot Program. The plan will
evaluate the effectiveness and impact of social change, education and
awareness on preventing, persuading and motivating youth towards
making positive behavioral changes.

Local Ordinances-Smoking in Public Places

Although some may argue that Florida's war on tobacco has come
to a close with the recent court settlement, the war will continue
with legislation repealing the state preemption on smoking regu-
lation. The Florida Clean Indoor Air Act contains preemption pro-
visions that remove the authority of local governing bodies to
pass stronger local ordinances relating to smoking in public places.
Legislation has been filed in both the House and Senate, HB 3379
by Representative Bob Casey (R-Alice) and Senator Don Sullivan
(R-Pinellas), to remove the preemption clause. The Florida Asso-
ciation of Countiesis working in coalition with the American Can-
cer Society, American Heart Association, and the American Lung
Association to pass this legislation during the 1998 Session.
Reprinted with permission from Florida Counties, the magazine
of The Florida Association of Counties (pre-session, 1998).

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Publisher .................................................. Tom W Hoffer
Editor and Manager ................. Brian Goercke
Contributors ........................................ Sue Riddle Cronkite
............ Tom Campbell
............ Bonnie Segree
............ Rene Topping
Sales ....................... .................... ...... Pam Rush
Advertising Design
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........ Jacob Coble
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Proofreader ..................................... Tom Campbell
Circulation ..................... .......................... Scott Bozem an
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Citizen's Advisory Group
George Chapel ......................................... Apalachicola
Sandra Lee Johnson ............................. Apalachicola
Rene Topping .......................................... Carrabelle
Pam Lycett ...................... ................ Carrabelle
Pat M orrison ........................................ St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona ............... St. George Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung .................... Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins................ Eastpoint
W ayne Childers ....................... ............ Port St. Joe
Anne Estes ........................ ......... W akulla
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When The Smoke Clears

An Update on Florida's Tobacco Settlement
By Carol Bracy, Florida Association of Counties
Governmental Liaison
As the old saying goes, "patience is a virtue." Nearly five months after
the landmark court settlement with the tobacco industry on August
25, 1997, payment for attorneys' fees continues to hinder the State of
Florida from accessing the first installment of the $11.3 billion award.
Private attorneys representing the state in its lawsuit are appealing a
circuit court ruling that payment for attorneys' fees must be paid by
the tobacco industry and is outside the purview of the settlement
agreement. As this battle persists, a lien remains on the first install-
ment of the settlement proceeds, $550 million in general payment
and $200 million for an anti-smoking pilot program.
Many are vying for a slice of the tobacco funds with numerous sug-
gestions, requests and proposals on how to best spend the money.
This means a tough political fight with no guarantee that counties
will get reimbursed for their share of Medicaid costs to treat tobacco-
related illnesses. If the state supports county reimbursement, the
county share could be limited to payment for medical expenditures
only, a preliminary estimate of approximately $23 million statewide.
Florida's lawsuit settlement is based on reimbursement for Medicaid
expenses, punitive damages, fraud and RICO (Racketeer Influenced
& Corrupt Organizations Act). Additionally, imposing "state strings"
will be on the table for discussion and negotiations. "Strings" could
include: required spending on children's health care or general health
care programs and/or restructuring the current county Medicaid bill-
ing process.
The Florida Association of Couinties'has adopted, as part of its 1998
Legislative Program, support for a proportionate reimbursement from
the tobacco settlement to counties for payment of incurred Medicaid
expenses for tobacco-related illnesses without requirements for local
spending. Although FAC's position has been shared with Governor
Lawton Chiles, Senate President Toni Jennings, House Speaker Daniel
Webster and other key leaders, grassroots lobbying from county offi-
cials is a must to ensure FAC's position stays on the front burner.
Hopeful that a resolution will be reached by session's end on attorney's
fees, the state is moving forward on implementing a portion of
the $200 million earmarked for a two-year anti-smoking campaign
The "Florida Kids Campaign Against Tobacco" pilot program, coordi-
nated by the Department of Health, will seek to reduce the use of
tobacco products by youth under the age of 18 years. The Governor's
recommended 1998-99 budget allocates more than $100 million of
the tobacco funds for the implementation of the new federal Title XXI,
Child Health Insurance Program, for uninsured children.

The Tobacco Coalition in Franklin County
coordinated by the County Health Depart-
ment, chaired by George Chapel, with
Sandra Lee Johnson as vice-chair, Janice
Gordon as secretary and Jo An Thomason
as treasurer is made up of representatives
from the hospital, law enforcement, the
health department, library and the school
system, among others.
Anyone interested in youth tobacco pre-.
vention issues from service clubs, reli-
gious and legislative groups, scouts, res-
taurants to anyone who would like to help
is invited to join the coalition.
Partnership building in the community
is important. The next meeting will be
held at Brown Elementary School library
in Eastpoint at 2:45 p.m. EST on Friday,
March 20th. There will be an update on
the tobacco settlement, a review of the
goals of the Franklin County Coalition
and the presentation of the By-laws for
Staff support is provided through the
health department, Ellie Tullis, 653-
2111. Anyone interested in the Ameri-
can Cancer Society's "Relay for Life" is
reminded of the Cancer Society meeting
on March 26th at 5:30 p.m. in the Raney
Carriage House in Apalachicola.

In addition, the House and Senate are establishing a deliberative pro-
cess to determine how to best spend the settlement proceeds.

The National Association of Counties has been aggressively advocat-
ing the county interest in the federal tobacco debate. The U.S. Con-
gress has begun preliminary discussions on how to craft federal leg-
islation responding to the $368.5 billion settlement reached between
the tobacco indust-y and a number of the state attorneys general.
Testifying before the Health and the Environment Subcommittee of
the House Commerce Committee, NACo stated its "support for legis-
lation which compensates counties for tobacco-related health costs;
funds public health activities; protects their ability to adopt and en-
force ordinances stronger than federal law; and addresses the econo-
mies of tobacco-producing counties." NACo believes that any federal
legislation must contain a direct funding mechanism recognizing the
unique and substantial tobacco-related health care costs counties
For Florida's counties, Representative Michael Bilirakis (R-FL), a
member of the Commerce Committee, will be a critical ally in the
federal debate. For more information on NACo's efforts, please con-
tact Tom Joseph, deputy legislative director, at (202) 942-4230 or via
email at tjoseph@naco.org.
Reprinted with permission from Florida Counties, the magazine of
the Florida Association of Counties (pre-session 1998)

Franklin County Department of Health officials is-
sued a "Boil Water Notice" for persons residing in flooded
Residents whose wells have been covered by recent
flood waters or have reason to believe that their drink-
ing water is unsafe for any reason should adhere to the
following precautions:
Attempt to obtain bottled drinking water or water
from another approved source. Do not drink water ob-
tained from private wells that have been flooded until

* Blood pressure drops to normal
* Pulse rate drops to normal
* Body temperature of hands and
feet increases to normal

* Carbon monoxide level in blood
drops to normal
* Oxygen level in blood increases
to normal


* Chance of heart attack de-

* Nerve endings start regrowing
* Ability to smell and taste is en-

2 WEEKS to 3
* Circulation improves
* Walking becomes easier
* Lung function increases up to
30 percent
1 to 9 MONTHS
* Coughing, sinus congestion, fa-
tigue, shortness of breath de-

* Cilia regrow in lungs, increas-
ing ability to handle mucus, clean
the lungs, reduce infection
* Body's overall energy increases

* Excess risk of coronary heart
disease is half that of a smoker

* Lung cancer death rate for av-
erage former smoker (one pack a
day) decreases by almost half

* Stroke risk is reduced to that of
a nonsmoker 5-15 years after
* Risk of cancer of the mouth,
throat and esophagus is half that
of a smoker's

* Lung cancer death rate similar
to that of nonsmokers
* Precancerous cells are replaced
* Risk of cancer of the mouth
throat, esophagus, bladder, kid-
ney and pancreas decreases

* Risk of coronary heart disease
is that of a non-smoker

Source: American Cancer Society; Centers for Disease Control and

Community Leaders

Remembered at Memorial

Planting Ceremony

Area residents gathered at the kiddie park in Carrabelle to remember
the lives and accomplishments of two community leaders during a
planting ceremony hosted by the Sea Oats Garden Club on
March 10.
Residents remembered the community-based works of Marvin Justiss
and Nelson Viles during the special ceremony. A variety of trees in-
cluding two magnolias, two red maples, one dogwood, one sycamore
and three red buds were planted in the park in memory of the two
community leaders.
Anne Lindsey welcomed members to the ceremony and provided a
brief address on the two leaders being honored. "Marvin Justiss wasn't
just a taker," she stated, "he was a giver. He created. He built so
many of the buildings in Carrabelle."
Lindsey noted that Mr. Justiss had built the fireplaces and the foun-
dation in her 58 year old house. "He also planted the oak tree that is
in the yard behind me," she continued, "and it is one of the largest
oak trees in Carrabelle."
Ms. Lindsey noted that Nelson Viles was an encouragement to his
wife in their musical endeavors. "Nelson created music...beautiful
music...sweet saxophone music with that old saxophone," she said.
"We honor the best in the old in Marvin Justiss, who died at 99 and-I
wish he had lived to be 100," said Lindsey, "but that oak tree that he
planted behind my house will probably live to be 200. I wish that
Nelson Viles was still with us making that sweet music, but we hear
it in our hearts. We dedicate these trees to them and to their memory
Dolly Sweet spoke next on behalf of Mr. Viles. "Nelson was a man who
loved nature," said Sweet, "You would often see him outdoors when
you went by his home. And he would never want to come back in. He
Continued on Page 4

National Quilting Day

In celebration of National Quilting Day, the "Wandering Star
Quilters" of Lanark Village will be hosting a quilt show on Sun-
day, March 29th. It will be at Chillas Hallon Heffernan Drive in
Lanark Village from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. There will be a
variety of quilts from minis to bed size, new and antique ones,
too. Live demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the day.
Admission and refreshments are free. Everyone is welcome to
come and spend an enjoyable day in the world of quilting.

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would spend every waking hour in his shed or playing in his garden."
She noted that Nelson was an excellent volunteer in the community
and would help her with sing-alongs at the senior center and nursing
homes in the area. "It was a great privilege to know such a great
volunteer and nature lover as Nelson," she concluded.
J.P. Massey continued by speaking on behalf of his brother-in-law,
Mr.'Justiss. "He was a most generous person," said Massey, "When-
ever you went to his house, he always had food for any and everybody
that came along. I appreciated Marvin. He was a real good person."
Massey pointed out that his brother-in-law was a lover of nature and
greatly enjoyed fishing.
Helen Schmidt commented on the lives of both Justiss and Nelson.
She pointed out that Nelson & Claire Viles had provided a great deal
of volunteer service to the senior center in Carrabelle. "They've just
been a great part of this senior center," she said.
Ms. Schmidt also noted that Mr. Justiss always kept a careful eye on
the construction of the senior center in 1989. "I remember when we
started building and laying out the foundation...and Mr. Justiss would
come by in his little golf cart and he would sit by and watch," she
said, "He would come along every single day and watch to see what

L t i

Anne Lindsey (R) speaks at the memorial planting as Claire
Viles looks on.
they were doing and see they were doing it right. If he thought they
weren't doing it right, he wasn't bashful about telling them."
David Butler continued, "I'm really impressed by someone who in
their life has forgotten more than I will ever learn in mine. But I can't
say that, because Marvin was sharp as a tack for the age that he was
and all that he had done in the past. I wish I could have gotten to
know him more than I have."
Butler praised Nelson Viles for his volunteer service in the commu-
nity. "I've always felt that it's a handful of people that really make
things happen," he said. "A handful of people can energize and be a
mentor and lead in community efforts. For such a small community,
we are fortunate that we have so many people that are caring."
"The lives of such people as Marvin Justiss and Nelson Viles have
had a great impact on the community," said Butler. "They spur us on
to be much more than we thought we ever could be," he concluded.
Rene Topping also commented on the impact of Mr. Justiss' work in
the community. "He was very, very visible," she said, "and he was so
interesting that I would sit for hours and let him tell me what build-
ings he had built and then go and look at them. He told me about
how he did it. They made bricks by hand and it was during the W.P.A.
(Works Progress Administration) days when things were very rough."
Topping continued, "In his last days, every time I would meet him he
would say, '99 and so many weeks.'And I kept saying, 'Lord:..will you
please let him go to 100?' Sometimes it's just not given to us to have
people for as long as we'd like to have them."
Ms. Topping also commented on the privilege that she had in know-
ing Mr. Viles. "When Nelson passed on, there was such a very big void
in my life and in my husband's life. But I'm glad we had the chance to
know him, because he was so wonderful."
"Why we're here," explained Topping, "is that we want to leave a living
memory...the trees are small now, but when they grow...we'll all watch
them. And when the red buds come out, we'll be able to watch them."
She said that the two magnolias would represent both Justiss and
Viles. "I like that they're together so they can chat a little every once
and a while. Plants do talk, you know:"
'Claire Viles thanked everyone who attended the ceremony. "This is a
lovely, lovely, lovely dedication," she said, "and thank you, Lord, for
the sunshine. This is a beautiful day. And Nelson was just crazy about
trees. And I know that this would make him very happy."

Knights of Columbus

Tootsie Roll Drive

Dear Editor:
First of all, the members of Knights of Columbus Council in
Apalachicola and I would like to thank you for your support during
our Tootsie Roll Drive which will be around the rest of March.
The money we collect goes like this: 85% stays here in our county
and is divided as follows:
Martin House Early Childhood Development Program.
Franklin County Literary Council.
Franklin County Senior Citizens Center.
Bayside Nursing Home for Christmas Party and Presents and
Easter Party.
Thank You again, and please be generous when you see us in our
yellow aprons.
God Bless You,

Jim Welsh, F.D.D.

Carrabelle High School is
going in a new direction and
we want you to be a part of
it. Come and learn what we
are doing for YOUR child
and YOUR community's fu-
ture. Join the PTO for a
meeting on March 24th, 7:00
p.m. at Carrabelle High
School and find out about
the direction we are

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Frankly Speaking in

Franklin County

By Rene Topping
Members of the Franklin County Public Library Advisory Board
(FCPLAB) and Friends Or the Public Library combined with focal resi-
dents, are embarking on a greatadventure. At the FCPLAB meeting
on Wednesday, March 18 the need to raise $250,000 money to build
a new library building. This task might seem daunting to many.
But not to this small band who love their library and are already
looking forward to a couple of years hence, when Instead of being
housed in an overcrowded site, the library will be next to the senior
center and the park in Carrbelle.
What is this Herculean task these people are attempting' Well, they
plan to build a 5.000 square foot building with room for all of the
modern day amenities. Video room, reference, computer rooms, and
books by the hundreds. In the tiny spot they are in now next door to
the "old gym" they are already supplying these needs in a small way,
They have done wonders in the short time they have been in exist-
ence they long to bring some of the urban "goodies" to our rural
children and it Just cannot be done in these cramped surroundings.
Just before Christmas of 1997 it seemed that Providence was smiling
upon this small community. Jackie Gay who is Library Assistant of
the Carrabelle Branch, and who cooks a mean pot of gumbo was
notified that she had been the winner of $50,000 in the Paul Newman's
Cooking Contest. A $50,000 gift that could have been put to any
useful effort. Jackie Gay chose her first love the library. The mem-
bers of the library were exhilarated and for the first time there was a
true light at the end of the tunnel. Like the "little engine In the
children's book," the members of the FCPLAB, The Friends, The Lit-
eracy program, The wings program and many residents said, "We
think we can We think we can we know we can."
The State of Florida will match every dollar these people can raise to
buy the building and equip It. The application to be considered for
this grant of money has to be In by May 1. That application must
specify how big, estimated cost, where it will be situated and how it
will be furnished, among a myriad of other details. So it is brain-
storming time, hours of research and writing.
Everyone knows that this task raising $250,000.00 is going to be
hard -but not impossible. So a Carrabelle Branch Building Commit-
tee has been formed and a bank account has been opened.
Already one big festival has been held. Happy tired workers counted
$7.819. The total amount in the fund as of Wednesday, March 18 is
$65,162.05.. The end goal is $250.000.00
The group also have to have their half of the total cost on hand it the
application is approved and granted. The $250,000.00. is the amount
needed for the matching money from the state to be granted. The site
has already been donated to the Library by the Franklin County Se-
nior Center. The group has offers of architects, landscapers among
others willing to donate back the entire cost of their services. These
offers can also be used as match and will serve to decrease requires
cash amount.
Now the group is turning to all those who know what a good job the
people who run our library day to day have done with a minimum oft:
supplies and space. The library is the home of the Franklin County
Literacy and the Award winning WINGS program for the children.
With a better building these can all be made stronger and more avail-
able, It is a sin for a bright human being to lead a lack luster life
because he or she does not have attained the skill of reading. Already
the Literacy program hex done wonders in unclasping the chains of
Illiteracy in Franklin County.
A proud moment came when one of the children of the area was asked
what she was doing to do and she said, "I'm going to hang out at the
library." Here is the need. Hanging out at the library versus hanging
out on the corner.
Can the library depend upon the people ulho call Franklin County
their permanent or "Get away from it all" home, to come through for
this cause with their donations now? Remember this is one place
when one dollar turns into two dollars. Fifty dollars turns into one
hundred. One thousand dollars turns into two thousand dollars. And
$250,000 dollars turns in $500,000 dollars which turns into a brand
new 5,000 square foot library building. Frankly Speaking, I'm going
to put some of my money into this wonderful cause. I don't know any
other place I can double my money.

literacy Program Offers Hope to Community

By Pam Rush
Preparing all learners for
tomorrow's work force is the goal
of the literacy department of the
Franklin County Public Library.
We are a community based orga-
nization working with students at
many different levels. Our pro-
gram offers many services such
as GED lessons, basic computer
lessons, typing, and other office
skills. Students receive individu-
alized instruction with a trained
tutor. Each student's program of
study is based on individualized
needs. Our goal is to help build
the students' self esteem while
preparing them academically to
meet their goals for a successful
future. The letter below is from a
student enrolled in our program.
It shows the importance of a com-
munity based program, and how
it has helped this student,
"My name is Lori. I found out
about the literacy program
through a good friend of mine, Ms.
Bonnie Segree. I am 32 years old
and never got my high school di-

ploma. Before I found out about
the program had no hope and I
thought it was just too late; but
with the help of Ms. Bonnie Segree
and my literacy teacher Ms. Pam
Rush I'm getting back my self es-
teem and I know I now have a
chance. I know it's not TOO late.
I have been to so many schools in
the past but this school is the
best. So if you are just like me or
if you are thinking it's too late,
well take it from me, a person that
once had no hope but turned her
life around with the help of God
and this great program. There is
hope. Let them help you pick up
the pieces of your life."
Our services are free. Visit us at
the Franklin County Public Li-
brary branches in Eastpoint and
Carrabelle. We also have a pro-
gram center at the Holy Family
Center in Apalachicola.

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Vow to Save

Old Gym

By Rene Topping
Two Carrabelle City residents
vowed to raise the hundred thou-
sands of dollars it would take to
save the old gym. At the March
12 meeting to discuss what to do,
Nita Molsbee was emotional in her
plea to save the building. Appar-
ently the three commissioners at
the meeting, Mayor Charles
Millender, Commissioners Buz
Putnal and Jim Phillips, were
ready to commission Ms. Molsbee
and Freda White to co-chair such
a drive.
The problem started with a letter
from the Franklin County School
Board Attorney, Barbara Sanders,
in which she stated: "... It has
come to the attention of Board
that the old school gym is not be-
ing maintained. As you will recall
the warranty Deed from the
School Board to the City contains
a reverser clause. Specifically, it
the City fails to maintain the prop-
erty in reasonable and safe con-
dition title to the property reverts
to the School Board."
Ms. Molsbee made an eloquent
plea, "That building must be
saved. It is the last of the old
school. When it's gone it's gone
Will Kendrick, present chairman
of the Franklin County School


Board hotly denied that the school
board wished to take over the
building or had any secret plans
for it. He said both he and
Carrabelle School Board member
Katie McKnight voted against any
Several people testified to the fact
that when the school board had
first leased the building to the city
it was in a despicable condition
with clothing piled in the middle
of the floor with varnish poured
over the pile. In addition one room
was stuffed with clothing and was
full of vermin. It was said that the
area now used for the library and
was an old band room was
filled with trash and broken
Since that time the city has put
on a new roof on that area. The
floors were twice restored, ply-
wood had been placed over all
openings to protect the building
and the library had done exten-
sive remodeling, modernizing the
electricity. At least some part of
the building has been in continu-
ous use since the building was
leased and later donated to the
city. Underlying all this is the fact
that the building was built using
Carrabelle funds.
Carrabelle City Attorney Ann
Cowles felt that the city would
have a good case should they be
forced to dig in on a legal issue in
However, Ms. Molsbee and Ms.
White are planning to spearhead
a campaign to write letters to ev-
ery graduate of Carrabelle High
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The Franklin Chronicle 20 March 1998 Page 5


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Major Dunbar

At the Parade



Speaker at

i Luncheon

By Rene Topping
Brigadier General Robert (Bobby)
Howell, Ret. was the keynote
speaker at a luncheon held at the.
S Franklin County Senior Center in
Carrabelle, on March 13th at
12:00 noon. The luncheon was
the opening event and marked the
beginning of a weekend reunion
of World War II veterans who did
their amphibious training at
Camp Gordon Johnston.
General Howell has a long and
distinguished service both in the
Army, National Guard and as a
long term Franklin County Clerk
of the Court and Mayor. He
started his career In the army as
a private and left as a Brigadier
General as he ascended through
the ranks. He was at one time
Commander of Camp Blanding in
The general, who is presently
serving as Mayor of his hometown
of Apalachicola, brought back
vivid memories to the wives and
the men, of the days when fami-
lies were housed with local resi-
He spoke of his own home where
wives and children were housed
in every room with just a small
corner of the house reserved for
the Howell family. Residents in
both Franklin and Wakulla di-
vided their homes into separate
rooms with everyone using the
same kitchen.
He spoke of the thousands of men
who crowded the streets of both
Carrabelle and Apalachicola and
efforts of the local residents to
make their last days on American
soil as happy as possible.
After saying that today many
people ask what is wrong with our
children, he ended his speech
with an emotional poem that
touched many of the audience.
The thrust of the piece was that
the child follows the pattern set
up by the father, following in his
father's footsteps like a shadow.

The luncheon was opened with a
recorded rendition of Red Skelton
in his now famous Pledge of Alle-
giance. As he said each word it
seemed there was many a wet eye
among this mainly over seventy
year old crowd, who know what
the words patriotism and flag re-
ally mean. The Pledge was then.
repeated by the audience.
Other festivities continued with a
reception at the Camp Gordon
Johnston American Legion. Sat-
urday, after breakfast, there was
a parade in which many of the
veterans marched proudly at the
head of the parade. In the after-
noon there were boat tours, air-
plane rides, shopping trips and
rest time.
The evening was taken up with a
dinner-dance at Chillas Hall with
the Tallahassee Swing Band mak-
ing music of the war years for the
folks to sing and dance to.
Sunday morning there was a
breakfast at Chillas Hall followed
by a meeting of the Camp Gor-
don Johnston Reunion Associa-
tion. Here the visiting members
are given their opportunity to
voice their ideas and take an ac-
tive part in the meetings. Several-
members felt that the historic
marker which gives a short his-
tory of the camp did not give ref-
erence to all the units that un-
derwent training for the European
or the Pacific theater.
Sid Winchester and David Butler
explained the difficulties of in-
cluding all the units. However'the
local members will work until
some solution can be found. Dis-
cussion was held also on the idea
that a museum should be built
somewhere on the grounds of the
old Camp Gordon Johnston. A
committee will be formed to work
on this, both locally and all over
the United States.
The meeting ended with ideas for
next year. Some one asked why
the reunion was in March and it
was explained that was the 50th
Anniversary of the closing of
Camp Gordon Johnston. So the
date will still be the second week-
end in March. Another veteran
quipped, "There are no black flies
In March."
The next meeting of the local
Camp Gordon Johnston Reunion
Association will be at 2:00 p.m.
on the second Tuesday in April,
at the American Legion in Lanark

Excerpts From

A Narrative History of the

Amphibious Training Center

Camp Gordon Johnston

Part III

By Brigadier General Frank A. Keating, Commanding
General of the Amphibious Training Center

In April 1942, Colonel Keating was ordered from his position as
Chief of Staff in the 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Sam Houston,
Texas, to Washington, D.C. on a mission which was, at the time,
unknown to him. After his arrival in Washington, D.C. Colonel
Keating was appointed the Commanding Officer of the soon-to-
be activated Amphibious Training Command, to be headquar-
tered at Camp Gordon Johnston. His narrative was classified
SECRET for years, then downgraded to RESTRICTED until fi-
nally declassified at the request of the Chronicle publisher, Tom
W. Hoffer in 1989. Only in recent days has the manuscript "sur-
faced" in the Chronicle archives, and portions of the narrative are
excerpted here, in recognition of the reunion which was held mid-
March, 1998.

Continued from Chronicle issue of March 6, 1998.

Continued on Page 7

An aerial view of the Camp Gordon Johnston Parade.

At Chillas Hall in Lanark Village Saturday evening, "nearly 100 people
enjoyed the banquet," according to Ralph Dietz, who was in charge of
that event. Kay Arbuckle, Secretary of CGJA, smiled, "If we were any
more successful, the success would probably have killed us." Her co-
worker, Treasurer Barbara Sabas, wholeheartedly agreed. 'The re-
union is a big success," she said.
Their job was to keep track of all the veterans and relations and as-
sure that the functions went as smoothly as possible.
Ralph Dietz reported that all his workers did a superb job in provid-
ing the delicious banquet at Chillas Hall. "I'wish we could name each
of them individually," Mr. Dietz said. "I couldn't be happier with the
way they accomplished a very difficult task."
The helpers at Camp Gordon Johnston are as follows: Harold Hering,
Bill & Esther Tibbetts, Cliff Blankenship, Phil Wallace, Midge Say,
Phyllis Lindvall, Helen Schmidt, Bill Peterson, Bonnie Dietz, Bob Dietz,
Barb Sabas, Kay Arbuckle, Sid Winchester, Capt. Robert Winchester,
U.S.M.C., Kendall & Ruth Wade, David &Andrew Butler, Bill Pearson
(Dinner Music), and Jim Phillips (Speaker on Americanism).
The Tallahassee Swing Band led by Dr. Elliot Toole was in good form.
The seventeen-piece band performed many of Glen Miller's and Jimmy
Dorsey's songs, among others. The Dorsey songs in the second set
were a big hit with the veterans and relations. Glen Miller's classic
"String of Pearls" and his famous theme song "Moonlight Serenade"
were obviously favorites of the audience.
A funny "military skit" was performed during intermission, while the
band took a break. Tony Barlow explained that Elmer Home wrote
the skit and played the General in charge of Camp Gordon Johnston.
Tracy Hartsfield from Tallahassee played the "poster girl" from WWII.
Show-stopping laughter and applause proved what a hit this was
with the audience.

Bobby Howell







Saturday, April 18, 1998
10:00 a.m.. to 4:00 p.m.

Located, on Highwa 98
j ust east of the
Hig~kway 319 cutoff;
ap roximate Ly seven n
miles east of Lanark

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This year we are contini
to include more enterta
ment. games and other
things for the kids. This
includes fun rides on an
1090 steam train replica

Learn more about the w
derful environment that
franklin County and the
Carrbelle Area by way
some specially exhibits
are being planned right

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iginal COOKOFF
qual- has grown Into a major part
you'll of our festival. The cookoff Is
'be sponsored by The Gulf State
IR Bank who Invites all of you
arts cooks AND seafood lovers to
plan be part of the fun and prizes.
g Last year's winner, Jackie
and Gay went on to win The
hewman's Own national
Recipe Contest Enter YOUR
recipe orjust bring your
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more information please call
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jing are a grand part of AlY fes-
in- tival and ours is no eNcep-
tlon. Besides the popular
Seafood Gumbo Cookoff we
have more local food ven-
a. dors than ever to show off
and sell their own specialty
foods and redpes. And well
have all those other tradl-
tional food favorites that
festival-goers expect.
Eating Ias good a reason
AL as any to come on down
and enjoy The Eighth Annual
Carrabelle Waterfront
Festival... and
on' spend plenty of
ti time In the Food
Court Area.

Members of the Honor Guard march in the parade.
Cliff Blankenship of Lanark Village was at the banquet and looked
sharp, as usual. Mr. Blankenship was on the USS Tennessee and
was at Pearl Harbor on the day of the attack December 7, 1941, which
caused the U.S. to get into WWII. He said: "We had ajuke box aboard
ship at Pearl Harbor and played these songs that the Tallahassee
Swing Band is playing. It brings back a lot of memories."
David Butler, CGJA Tour Guide, said "forty-six people were on the
tour." Of the reunion, Mr. Butler said, "All the vets who came had a
good time and went on their way happy. It was another good year."
Mr. Butler also pointed out that a committee was appointed to "agree
upon the wording" of another monument to be erected. The Depart-
ment of State will have to approve any action, prior to its becoming
final. It will be placed at a site "to be determined," said Mr. Butler.
Almost a hundred veterans and relations attended the Third Annual
CGJA Reunion and phrases that were heard many times from them
included: "The CGJ Association is a wonderful group of people and
we appreciate all the effort they are making on our behalf." All the
veterans seemed to have a good time, and at the farewell barbecue on
Sunday, many of the WWII heroes said they would try to "make it
back again next year."
Along with CGJA, Partners for the 1998 Reunion included The Geor-
gian Motel, Carrabelle Lion's Club, Franklin Realty/Ben Watkins, W.B.
Miller III, Apalachicola State Bank, Franklin County Commission, and
Gulf State Bank.


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Carrabelle's entire history
centers around the seas.
Countless skills were neces-
sary in order to live and
work In the seafood and
fishing industries. Many of
these skills are changing or
dying out but we plan to
have some of them on dis-
play to entertain and edu-
cate our visitors, If YOU
have one of these
skills or have
access to tools or
'props that may
be shown or dis.
please let
us know.

SCall the Chamber at
697 2585

Waterfront Festival April 18, 1998


Open Mary Lou Bowman
Mayor Charles Mlllender
Chamber President Tommy Loftin
Church of God Eastpolnt Singers
Pattle and Lennie Ministries
David Rlckards
Carrabelle Christian Center Singers
Evelyn McAnally
Wayne Williams
Music by "Twilight"
Fun Auction
"River Run" Foot Race
$500.00 Cash Drawing
Music by "Twilight"
Blues Brothers Set

8:00 End
(Tentativ and subject to change)
Take a Salboat Ride with Captain Jack as he tells slones Irom
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This will mark the second
year for yet another exciting
Waterfront Festival tradition
- our River Run foot race
compettiion scheduled at
S:00PM. If you are Interest-
ed In participating In this
event and would like to
know more information
please call the Chamber
office between 10:00AM
and :00 PM at

See where Carrabelle's
going, see where
Carrabelle's been... but
most of all, see where
Carrabelle Is right now!
enjoy the flavors and fun
of the Coast along the
picturesque Carrabelle
Harbor where the
Intracoastal Waterway
meets the Qulf of
Mexico. This festival Is
for and by the communi-
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readers of the Coast
Line to come Join us.
APRIL 18th, 1998.

Pilot Bolling Stanley stands in front of a 1940 Piper J-3
Cub named "Old Yeller." If you were at the Camp Gordon
Johnston parade on March 14, you may have seen "Old
Yeller" flying approximately 1000 feet above the event.



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CGJA Third Annual

Reunion Big Success

By Tom Campbell
The Third Annual Camp Gordon Johnston Association (CGJA) Re-
union to honor World War II (WWII) veterans during the weekend of
March 13-15 was attended "by a record crowd," according to CGJA
President Sid Winchester. Chamber of Commerce weather with sunny
skies added to the festivities. The parade in Carrabelle on Saturday
morning was witnessed by "a crowd of nearly 500 people stretching
along Highway 98," according to some parade officials.
Many of the veterans and their relations agreed that the parade, the
"excellent care given to every detail by the CGJA workers," and the
weather were highlights of the reunion. Several veterans mentioned
the luncheon and the banquet as especially memorable.
The Opening Luncheon at the Franklin County Senior Center on Fri-
day was attended by over a hundred. Guest speaker was Brigadier
General Bobby Howell.

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Flooding in West Apalachicola off Bluff Road, near the Breakaway Lodge.






Franklin County Emergency Man-
agement Director Butch Baker
announced that Franklin County
will be included in the Presiden-
tial Major Disaster Declaration;
this will provide the county with
Individual Assistance from the
Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) effective.March 13
as a result of the flooding.
Other counties included for Indi-
vidual Assistance were Calhoun,
Collier, Escambia, Gadsden,
Glades, Gulf, Jackson,
Okeechobee, Santa Rosa, Walton
and Washington. Okaloosa
County will receive Individual and
Public Assistance. Homes and
Sarasota Counties, which were al-
ready designated for Public Assis-
tance, will also receive Individual
Assistance from FEMA.
Individual Assistance will be pro-
vided to those homeowners with
damage to their personal property
and possessions with some relief
from FEMA. Public Assistance
would help the county with its
roads and maintenance. Mr.
Baker met with representative
from FEMA on March' 19 to de-
termine whether the county
would receive Public Assistance,
as well. "Preliminary evaluations
indicate that the county has a
good chance of being approved for
Public Assistance," reported

Baker. He said that the county
could receive in excess of
$100,000 from FEMA for Public
Both the Red Cross and FEMA
have attempted to evaluate resi-
dential property damage in Fran-
klin County, also. The Red Cross
has determined that two mobile
homes and three houses received
major damage. Additionally, 12
mobile homes and 10 houses re-
portedly received minor damage.
FEMA has determined that 50
houses and mobile homes re-
ceived some level of damage.
Mr. Baker stated that the Red
Cross has already provided the
county with 25 clean-up kits
(mops, brooms, sponges, etc.) and
46 bathroom supply kits (tooth-
paste, toothbrushes, soap, etc.".
He said that the National Guard
has provided the county with 800
gallons of water. So far, 300 gal-
lons of that water have been dis-
bursed. "If I need more water," re-
ported Baker, "I can get more." He
also stated that those residents
who have been in the flood water
may receive free tetanus shots at
the Franklin County Public
Health Department.
The river crested at 27.3 feet this
week as a result of the flooding.
That level of flooding exceeded
that of the Alberto flood in 1995,
which'crested at 27.21 feet. Mr.
Baker explained that the recent
flooding was even more severe
than Alberto due to the recent
saturation of the forest. "There
was no place for the water to go
but up," he explained. During the
Alberto flooding, he said that the
forest was dry and was able to
absorb some of the water. "This
is the first time ever that there has
been an evacuation order for a

flood in Franklin County History,"
said Baker.
An estimated 15,000 sandbags
were provided to the county by the
Corps of Engineers. Mr. Baker
applauded the efforts by the Fran-
klin County Sheriffs Department,
inmates from the Franklin Work
Camp and member of the Frank-
lin County Road Department for
their restoration efforts.
"Even though the prisoners were
working because they had to,"
said Baker, "you could tell by the
interest they took that they
wanted to...they could see that
people were in danger of losing
everything that they had worked
for their entire lives. And they
truly wanted to help them save
what they could."
Baker continued, "I really want to
praise Sheriff Bruce Varnes and
his deputies for the work they
have done protecting the property
'of the affected homeowners. Cap-
tain Pat McWhinnie made daily
trips with a boat to deliver fresh
drinking water to the people and
checked on their safety and
conditions...I cannot give them
enough praise."
Baker also thanked Bill Hen-
derson with the Franklin County
Road Department for delivering
sandbags and dirt to the Frank-
lin Work Camp. The inmates filled
the bags and stacked them about
the property of homeowners in the
It will take approximately 7-10
days before the water level begins
to decrease, said Baker. He said
that restoration efforts will con-
tinue for many weeks. "We're look-
ing at a long drawn out process
to put it all together again," con-
cluded Baker.


Fund to Help

Young CHS


A $500 scholarship fund from the
Robert L. McKnight Family will be
offered annually to one graduat-
ing senior from Carrabelle High
School beginning at the end of the
1998 school term.
"We have some fond attachments
to the community and to educa-
tion," stated Ms. Martha
McKnight from Louisville, Ken-
tucky. She continued, "This will
help maintain the memory of the
family who invested their lives in
the community and also invest in
the lives of other young people
from the community. We felt that
this would be a more permanent
memorial to the family."
Ms. McKnight noted that Robert
L. McKnight, III and Dr. Carol
McKnight Hanes were instrumen-
tal in efforts to create such a fund.
She also credited Franklin County
School Board member Will
Kendrick, Carrabelle High School
Principal Bob McDaris and Dr.
Kay Cadwaller, the school's guid-
ance counselor, for their work in
arranging the fund.
The scholarship fund will be avail-
able to those students seeking
post-secondary education or
training. "This will be offered,"
said Ms. McKnight, "as long as
funds are available."
Robert Joseph McKnight, father
of Robert L. McKnight, came to
Carrabelle in the early 1860's. His
:descendants have lived in
Carrabelle since that time.
The following criteria will be used
in considering the graduating
senior to be selected for the
1. The student will be required to
submit a 150 word essay stating
his or her educational goals. The
essays must be submitted to the
guidance counselor of Carrabelle
High School at least six weeks
prior to graduation.
2. The student must have a mini-
mum of a B average for his or her
four years of high school course
3. The student must have partici-
pated in one (or more) extra cur-
ricular activity. This may include
athletics, music, academic clubs.
community activities, etc.
4. The student must be consid-
ered an exemplary school and
community citizen by members of
the high school faculty.
5. The student must demonstrate
the need for financial assistance
in order to continuing his or her
educational goals. These goals will
not be limited to college plans, but
may also include other training.
A member of the McKnight family
will make a final determination as
to the student to receive the schol-
arship, after assessing the eligi-
bility of each applicant based
upon the five criteria. The schol-
arship will be presented to the
student at graduation or honors/
awards day. The student will also
receive a plaque in addition to the
scholarship fund.
"This is an opportunity for our
most deserving student," com-
mented Principal Bob McDaris.
"The cost of continuing education
is up and this will certainly help."
He continued, 'This is also a won-
derful way to remember the
McKnight family. They're a part
of our history and I think it's
meaningful that they remember
their roots and heritage."

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The Infiltration Course was designed to give men experience in ad-
vancing across open ground littered with obstacles such as double
apron fence, shell holes, stumps, and trenches under grazing ma-
chine gun fire. This course was approximately 100 x 150 yards, and
the troops crossed from one end to the other in full field equipment
directly under the fire of six machine guns, which were so sited that
their fire was thirty inches off the ground and formed interlocking
bands across the 150-yard width of the course. In addition, twenty-
four dynamite charges were exploded during each crossing of the
course. These explosives were controlled by engineer officers located
in towers on either side of the course. The psychology of fear and
shock of battle were ever present in the minds of men before they ran
this course, but it was found that after they had run it fear at being
under fire had been greatly reduced. All personnel, from the Com-
manding General down to the last basic, went through the Infiltra-
tion Course.
The Boat Firing Course was built to simulate firing from small land-
ing craft... This course consisted of two mock-up LCP(R)'s (Landing
Craft, Personnel, with ramp), mounted on jeeps, which traversed a
rolling runway 150 yards in length, and upon which firing was con-
ducted on targets from 150 to 300 yards in extension of the runway.
The Street Fighting Course required five officers and twenty-eight
enlisted men to operate, and consisted of a two-day course given each
infantry battalion of the student division. During this course they
were instructed in such subjects as wall sealing with and without
ropes, roof climbing, the unorthodox use of grenades and other small
arms, booby traps, house searching, and house-to-house advance.
All subjects in which an infantry soldier must be thoroughly grounded
before undertaking any serious combat in cities is covered. This course
was received with tremendous enthusiasm by all troops undergoing
it as it was a form of training they had not previously received.
A Battle Practice Course was conducted ... in which all members of
the division undergoing training were instructed in snap-shooting
methods. They were instructed in firing the rifle, pistol, tommy-gun,
carbine, B.A.R., and light machine gun quickly and accurately at fast-
moving, fleeting targets. A practice range was used until they were
proficient, then they were allowed to make a run on a range which
consisted of ten disappearing and moving targets.
The Special Training Division, which had started on rather a small
scale to give instruction in one course of Street Fighting, now con-
sisted of five areas, ten courses, twenty-eight officers, and fifty-six
enlisted men.
The 38th Infantry Division, during the months of November and De-
cember, 1942, was the first unit trained. From the comments received
in reply to a letter sent out by the Director of the Special Training
Division, it is felt that this Division profited greatly from the training
it received. During the lapse in time between the departure of the
38th Infantry Division and the arrival of the next division consider-
able improvements were made in the various courses.

Special Staff Section
When a decision was made shortly after the activation of the"Am-
phibious Training Center to present a specialized course of training
in amphibious operations for the general and special staffs of the
student divisions, it became apparent that the personnel assigned to
what is now the Staff Training Division would be inadequate for such
a task. For that reason it was decided to establish what was to be
known as a Special Staff which would be composed of officers repre-
senting the various arms and services, who would serve as experts in
matters pertaining to their particular arm or service.
The first officer to arrive and to be assigned to the Special Staff was
Major David H. Gregg, CE, who reported to duty on June 17, 1942.
The officers of the Special Staff have been of valuable service to the
Staff Training Division and to the Amphibious.Training Center as a
whole. They have prepared and delivered lectures pertaining to the
role which their particular arm or service will play in amphibious
operations. They have developed doctrines and principles, and tech-
nical, tactical, and logistical data pertaining to their particular arm
or service. In addition, during the planning phase for each student
division amphibious exercise, the Special Staff has been made avail-.
able to the commanding general of the student division for advice
and consultation in preparing plans and orders for the execution of
the maneuver.
While directly responsible to the Executive Officer, the Special Staff
has had two other masters in addition. They have at times worked
under supervision of the director of the Staff Training Division and
also under commanding generals of the student divisions. Their con-
tributions to the data available for study concerning amphibious op-
erations haver been many.


The Department of Experiment
On September 19, 1942, Headquarters, Amphibious Training.Com-
mand, Camp Edwards, Massachusetts, Major A. C. Miller II, Infan-
try, in a memorandum to Colonel G. P. Lynch, Infantry, Operations
Officer, recommended the establishment of a department of experi-
mentation for developing and testing new theories, methods, ideas,
and equipment relative to amphibious operations. On that same day,
the recommendation was approved by Colonel Lynch and by Briga-
dier General F. A. Keating, Infantry, Commanding General of the Am-
phibious Training Command.
Shortly thereafter, one thousand dollars was set aside as a fund to
obtain experimental equipment, and Major Miller was for the time
being designated head of the new department.
A memorandum from Headquarters, Amphibious Training Center,
Camp Carrabelle, Florida, of October 21, 1942, announced the orga-
nization of First Lieutenant J. F. T. Murray, Field Artillery, was desig-
nated as Chief of the new department and directed to organize and
conduct experiments necessary to determine the value of amphibi-
ous operations of any new or existing idea, weapons, doctrines, meth-
ods, and equipment.
In a memorandum, close cooperation was assured between the De-
partment of Experiment and the Supply and Procurement Section,
the latter to handle the supply of experimental equipment due to the
former and to receive excess materials already tested and reported
upon. Most of the items sent for test came from the Office of the
Quartermaster General, by directive from Headquarters, Army Ground
Forces. Some materials are sent upon requests from this Department
and this Headquarters and some from other and higher sources.
Equipment received for testing includes items of clothing, food, shel-
ter, transportation, ordnance and communication materials, and other
of the various needs of a large and expanding Army.
On October 25, 1942, the first equipment arrived for test, and there-
after materials of all sorts, sizes, shapes, and descriptions arrived
from time to time. Some of the materials received for testing include:
waterproof rifle covers, water and gas proof capes, cellophane water-
proof tape and.paper, preventative sunburn cream, waterproof food
bags, waterproof barracks bag liners, folding and collapsible boats,
waterproof match box with compass, pipeline paper, jungle suits,
rocket launchers, rope ladders, scaling ladders, toggle ropes, rops-
soled climbing shoes, mud shoes, ankle fins, 6 x 6 3/4 ton truck, OD
woolen sweaters, alpaca lined vests, poncho tents, telescoping and
collapsible tent poles, collapsible canteens, wool sleeping bag,
waterproof matches, jungle boots, tree climbers, grapnels and life
Organization of the Department continued through November and
December, 1942, and, with the receipt of additional experimental
material, tests were conducted and reports prepared. For the first
two months submitting of reports was delayed considerably due to
the. fact that all photographs taken of test items had to be sent to
Headquarters, Fourth Service Command, Atlanta, Georgia. for pro-
cessing. The Amphibious Training Center now has its own film pro-
cessing laboratory and picture delays are no longer an acute
The Department of Experiment is organized to make practical rather
than scientific tests, and is neither equipped not intended to be a
scientific testing agency. Common sense and practicability are the
guides. In conducting experiments, the purpose is to determine the
suitability of, adequacy, and need for the test material for use in
amphibious operations.
During the past four months, reports have been submitted by this
Department on such varied items as waterproof rifle covers, folding
boats, waterborne supply carriers, waterproof bags, waterproof match
boxes with compass, T-20 machine pistol, waterproof paper cello-
phane, rucksacks, artificial pile vests, jungle suits, wool OD sweat-
ers, 3/4 ton 6x6 Willys Truck, Transparent Waterproof Rifle Covers,
mud shoes, tree climbers, and waterproof matches. Reports are be-
ing prepared on toggle ropes, scaling ladders, rope-soled climbing
shoes, several items of new field equipment, life preservers, grapnels,
gas and water proof materials, rocket launcher, vehicle waterproof-
ing, and jungle equipment.
From time to time the Department has been privileged to have visits
from and to work with representatives of other organizations and
branches of the service in connection with experimental equipment.
Tests by this Department have been conducted in and around the
Camp Gordon Johnston Military Reservation, Florida. Saltwater tests
have been conducted along Saint George Sound, on Dog Island and
in the Gulf of Mexico.
The most recent test by this Department is a, three-day, fifty mile
march around the reservation to test and compare standard issue
and some new types of field equipment, includingjungle packs, jungle
boots, tent stakes, collapsible tent poles, collapsible canteens, pon-
cho-tents, sleeping bags, rifle covers and rations. Comfort, endur-
ance, wear, and other practical features were noted during the three-

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day period and conclusions drawn from questioning the men partici-
pating, which included personnel of this Department.

Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment
The Provisional Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Am-
phibious Training Center, was activated at Camp Edwards, Massa-
chusetts, on June 15, 1942. General Order #1, dated June 12, 1942,
tentatively outlined the organization of this unit which was to operate
under the supervision of the Chief of the Administrative Division. It
was responsible for the operation of Headquarters and for the estab-
lishment of messing and housing facilities for the officers of the head-
quarters. The Commanding Officer of Headquarters Detachment was
to perform all the duties incidental to a headquarters commandant
as outlined in paragraph 27, FM 101-5. The Headquarters Detach-
ment was officially activated and assigned to the Amphibious Train-
ing Center by General Order #2, dated June 14, 1942.
The cadre for the provisional detachment consisted of 25 non com-
missioned officers and 22 privates from the 29th Infantry Division.
The initial Tables of Organization provided for 29 commissioned of-
ficers and 48 enlisted men. This was a temporary arrangement only,
subject to change when the actual needs of the headquarters become
more apparent. It became obvious early in the life of the Amphibious
Training Center that the officer and enlisted personnel of Headquar-
ters and Headquarters Detachment was very inadequate. A gradual
increase has brought the present total to 68 commissioned officers
and 71 enlisted men. All officers of Headquarters, Amphibious Train-
ing Center, are carried by Headquarters Detachment.
The Chemical Warfare Amphibious Project
The Chemical Warfare Amphibious Project was organized on Novem-
ber 5, 1942, at Camp Carrabelle, Florida, by direction of the Chief,
Chemical Warfare Service to continue further tests, in the use of smoke
screens in connection with amphibious operations. The original tests
on this work were made at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts, from July
to October, 1942, by the Chemical Warfare Board.
The Chemical Warfare Board, while at Camp Edwards, coordinated
its efforts with the Amphibious Training Center and the Engineer
Amphibian Command. Tests were conducted with various types of
mechanical smoke generators and also those of the chemical-reac-
tion type. These tests were made on land and water using various
types of mechanical smoke generators and also those of the chemical
reaction type. These tests were made on land and water using vari-
ous methods and tactics.
Upon completion of tests made by the Chemical Warfare Board at
Camp Edwards, the Chemical Warfare Amphibious Project was formed
at Camp Carrabelle where further tests were made with the chemical
mortar. At the direction of the War Department, The Chief, Chemical
Warfare Service, was directed to determine the tactics, technique,
organization, and equipment required to provide smoke blinding of
enemy defensive installations ashore and to screen the approach of
landing craft. The Commanding General, Army Ground Forces, was
directed to rotate elements of the Second and Third Chemical Battal-
ions through the Amphibious Training Center, upon call by the Chief,
Chemical Warfare Service.
The entire Second Chemical Battalion and three companies of the
Third Chemical Battalion were trained in accordance with the above
directive. Tests and training carried on at Camp Gordon Johnston by
the Chemical Warfare Amphibious Project combined the use of the
4.2" chemical mortar, the floating smoke pot (used in the water as
well as from a rack on the stern of a landing boat), the smoke gre-
nade, and the airplane smoke spray.

Publisher's Note
This brings to a conclusion the excerpted "official history" of the
Amphibious Training Center, Camp Gordon Johnston by Briga-
dier General Frank A. Keating, Commanding General. There are
mounds of detail in the original document, much of it containing
names of individuals and units involved in the evolution of the
Center. Moreover, the 13 Appendices originally attached to the
General's report were not available in the recently declassified
study, and this is likely to result in another extended search in
the National Archives Records. Other important references since
published would have provided better perspective for this detailed
review but space did not permit reference to them. A casual re-
view of the Camp newspaper, now microfilmed and available at
Strozier Library, Florida State University, has revealed consider-
ably more detail on military-related content than one would imag-
ine in this day-and-age of security classifications and purview,
but again, space and time considerations did not permit that
kind of historical treatment.
Of some considerable importance, however, is the conclusion that
Camp Gordon Johnston, and the Amphibious Training Center,
were the seeds for the destruction of the German Reich and the
Japanese Empire at the end of World War II. In reviewing these
military histories we are able to realize just how unprepared the
United States was in confronting those enemies. The remarkable
mobilization to confront Japanese and German aggression is a
lasting story told elsewhere. History was being made in Franklin
County to be sure. The doctrine and techniques for mounting the
massive invasions that led to allied victories were developed in
Florida, Massachusetts and Washington State. And, when we re-
member how rigorous life was at Camp Gordon Johnston, we can
also remember that the destruction of the aggressive Japanese
and German regimes found their beginnings at these bases.

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Chili Cookoff

Sets New


The 16th Annual St. George Is-
land Charity Chili Cookoff and
Auction grossed over $94,000 to
benefit the island Volunteer
Fire Department and First
Despite heavy winds and a threat-
ening rainstorm from the west,
accompanied by tornadoes, about
5000,island visitors ate and bid
on a menu of tasty food and hun-
dreds of auction items before
Franklin County Sheriff Bruce
Varnes announced the news
about the approaching storms.
The auction was closed down af-
ter 3:30 p.m. as the winds began
to whip the tents from many di-
rections. Skies darkened. News
reports filtered into the departing
crowd about flooding and storm
damage from the west.
Despite the ominous turn of
events, the closing hours of the
Charity Chili Cookoff and Auction
marked climbing revenues on the
hand-drawn gauge mounted right
behind the volunteer auctioneers.
While tabulations are still incom-
plete, revenue raising records had
clearly been set. Last year's re-
sults tallied $65,000+. The 16th
Annual Cookoff climbed nearly
$30,000 more.
Clearly, this fund-raiser has es-
tablished itself as the region's
most successfully organized en-
terprise for raising money. The
organizing credit goes first to the
Board of Directors, with Harry
Arnold as President, and includ-
ing Gary Cates, Lee Edminston,
David Fulmer, Ollie Gunn, Sr.,
Jane Bamburg and Jay Abbott.
The Board also credited all of the
volunteers who helped in the
event and all the businesses and
individuals who donated auction
items, time, baked goods, food
items, and goodwill. "Without
them none of these results would
have been possible" said the press
release announcing the totals.
Due to some electrical malfunc-
tions, the crock-pot competition
had to be canceled.

The Ilse Newell Fund for the Per-
forming Arts, and the Bay Area
Choral Society, and soloists, will
present the most challenging con-
cert of its nine year existence,
Mozart's Requiem in D minor, (K-
626), under the direction of Dr.
David Nott, on Palm Sunday, April
5, 1998, at 4:00 PM, EDT, in the
historic Trinity Church on High-
way 98 at 6th Street in Apalachi-
cola, Florida. Adults $2.00, Stu-
dents $1.00, all children under 12
should be in the company of an
Dr. David Nott, professor emeri-
tus of choral music and voice, Il-
linois Wesleyan University, has a
Master's Degree from the Univer-
.sity of Wisconsin, and a Doctor-
ate in Music from the Cincinnati
Conservatory of Music. He taught
at Simpson College in Iowa before
coming to I.W.U. He was a mem-
ber of Robert Shaw Collegiate
Chorale in New York City. He has
performed and conducted widely
in this country and in Europe.

The Soloists are: Carla Connors
and Scott Wichael of Tallahassee,
Anne Nott of Bloomington, Ill.,
Merel Young of Keokuk, Iowa, and
Wesley Chesnut of Apalachicola.
The Ilse Newell Fund and the Bay
area Choral Society extend grate-
ful thanks to Dr. Nott for travel-
ing here to conduct Mozart's Re-
quiem in D minor,(K-626). The Ilse
Newell Fund is sponsored by the
Apalachicola Area Historical So-
ciety, a 501-(C)-3, Educational

Golf Course, from page 1
mately 21 acres of Bermuda grass
fairways. Palmer previously noted
that the synthetic system would
have an approximate 15 year life.
Commissioner Putnal made a mo-
tion to appeal to the First District
Court of Appeal. His motion re-
ceived no second. "Nobody knows
the outcome of a hearing until
you've had it," he stated.
Commissioner Creamer re-

sponded, "if he wins his appeal,
we're not going to have any pro-
tection." Putnal returned, "if he
puts a golf course there, you ain't
going to have no bay anyway."
Commissioner Clarence Williams
then made a motion to work with
Mr. Palmer on the project. Again,
no other board member agreed to
second the motion. Commissioner
Creamer noted that he needed
more time to think about the pro-
posal. The board then agreed to
schedule a special meeting on
March 23 at 9:00 a.m. at the
Franklin County Courthouse.

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An astonished Kit Hoff is announced as the first place winner.

The 1998 Regional Chili Winners
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Leprechaun Chili
Kit Hoff
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Columbus, OH
Second Place:
Dragon's Breath Chili
Chuck Hoff
1133 S. Roosevelt Avenue
Columbus, OH
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Trish Meyer
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Orlando, FL
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Keith Mayfield
200 Dale Street
Sylacauga, AL
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The Showmanship awards at the
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Tallahassee Parrot Head Club
Mark Friedman
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Tallahassee, FL
Second Place:
Mom's Nuclear Chili
Matt Fortini
3405 Chatsworth Lane
Orlando, FL

Third Place:
Cowpokes Chili
Dick & Kathy Austin
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Appleton, WI
Awards for the Most Creative
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First Place:
Atlanta Parrot Head Club
Keith Young
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Atlanta, GA
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Holiday Hot Hot Hot Firehouse
Janet Christenson
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St. George Island, FL
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Mom's Nuclear Chili
Matt Fortini
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Orlando, FL
Miss Chili Pepper was "Kristen
Bell" from Ruby Tuesday's Chili,
Cindy King, 1500 Apalachee Park-
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The Franklin Chronicle 20 March 1998 Page 9

MFC Votes to
Marine Sue Federal
Commission Agency Over Red

Bycatch, and Acts on Other
Saltwater Fishing Issues

Snook Public Workshops Scheduled
The Marine Fisheries Commission voted to sue the National Marine
Fisheries Service over its failure to reduce the bycatch of red snapper
in Gulf of Mexico shrimp trawls, and took action on several saltwater
fishing issues during a two-day public meeting held in Tallahassee
on February 24-25, 1998. The Commission has also scheduled pub-
lic workshops in nine Florida cities to receive comment on proposed
changes to the management of snook. Information regarding the snook
workshops follows this Commission meeting summary:
The Commission strongly expressed its concern that the successful
management of the red snapper fishery in Gulf of Mexico waters is
not possible unless the extensive bycatch of juvenile red snapper
harvested in shrimp trawls is reduced by at least half. A federal plan
to require the use of certified bycatch reduction devices in Gulf shrimp
trawls was approved last summer, but this plan has not been imple-
mented by the National Marine Fisheries Service. The Commission
directed staff to sue this agency for their failure to implement the
plan. The Commission's own proposed rule to require the use of
bycatch reduction devices in shrimp trawls in Florida waters has been
held up by a lawsuit held by commercial shrimpers. In other action,
the Commission received scientific and public comment and consid-
ered management options regarding red snapper and other state/
federal reef fish issues. The Commission directed staff to schedule
public workshops on options/proposals that would:
- reduce the minimum size limit for red snapper harvested from Gulf
waters from 16 to 15 inches total length
- provide an automatic closure of state waters to Gulf recreational
red snapper harvest when federal waters close to such harvest (after
6 weeks prior notification of the projected closure)-the Commission
will also consider specifying a fixed closure period instead
- prohibit retention of the recreational bag limit of Gulf red snapper
by captain/crew on for-hire vessels
- prohibit the sale of red snapper harvested from state waters
- require both "South Atlantic snapper-grouper" and "Gulf red snap-
per" commercial licenses in Commission rules
- establish a 2 fish daily recreational bag limit (within the 5 fish daily
aggregate limit for all groupers) for black and gag grouper, increase
the minimum size limit on black and gag grouper from 20 to 24 inches
total length, and prohibit the harvest, possession, purchase and sale
of black and gag grouper during March and April (all of these provi-
sions would apply statewide)
- increase the minimum size limit on black sea bass from 8 to 10
inches total length statewide, and establish a 20 fish daily recreational
aggregate bag limit on all sea bass species statewide
- establish a statewide 12 inches total length minimum size limit for
white grunts, and establish a 20 fish statewide aggregate daily bag
limit and apply it to either all grunts or to just white grunts
- establish a 14 inches total length minimum size limit and a 5 fish
daily recreational bag limit for red porgies in Atlantic state waters,
and prohibit the harvest and sale in excess of the bag limit and all
sale of red porgies in March and April in Atlantic state waters (other
possible management options for Gulf red porgy will also be consid-
require that all reef fish species included in Commission rules be
landed in a whole condition, and designate all reef fish species as
"restricted species"
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- prohibit all possession of undersize Nassau grouper
- specify that the 1 fish daily recreational bag limits for speckled hind
and Warsaw grouper are within the 5 fish aggregate daily grouper bag
The Commission received scientific and public comment on propos-
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propose a rule that would establish mullet as a "restricted species"
statewide. The Commission also directed staff to develop other pos-
sible management options for mullet for consideration during its June
meeting (this will allow a review of legislation that may be approved
during the 1998 legislative session regarding the use of gear and the
mullet fishery).
The Commission received scientific and public comment regarding
proposed rules to specify which finfish species should be allowed to
be simultaneously possessed with entangling nets. The Commission
decided not to establish an allowable species list, but instead directed
staff to develop options for consideration during its June meeting on
the establishment of transit corridors, setting vessel sizes, and other
possible measures intended to discourage and prevent the illegal use
of gill nets in state waters.
The Commission received scientific and public comment regarding
the calico scallop fishery, and directed staff to draft a proposed rule
that would:
- prohibit the harvest of calico scallops between the Hillsborough/
Manatee counties line and the Big Bend/Northwest regions line
- prohibit the use of scallop trawls in all state waters closed to otter
trawls, and within 1 mile from the COLREGS line
- establish a minimum size for calico scallops of 1 inch shell height,
with no tolerance for the harvest of undersize scallops
- allow the use of specified trawls for the directed harvest of calico
scallops only, and allow the use of a try net
- establish a minimum webbing size of 3 inches stretched mesh
throughout the body and bag df the net, a minimum net twine size as
#84 nylon, a maximum headrope length of 40 feet, and a maximum
net mesh area of 500 square feet
- establish a maximum net tow time of 25 minutes, and allow turtle
excluder device exemptions for specified calico scallop trawls if feder-
ally approved

The Commission received scientific and public comment and directed
staff to schedule a final public hearing, if requested, on a proposed
rule that would allow shore fishermen who possess a valid saltwater
products license with a restricted species endorsement to harvest the
commercial limit for black drum.
The Commission received scientific and public comment and:
- considered issues regarding the Commission's proposed rules to
manage the aquaculture, handling, and sale of red drum and spotted
seatrout the Commission voted to reconsider these proposed rules
during its June meeting
directed staff to schedule a final public hearing, if requested, on
proposed rules that would prohibit the sale of undersize cobia, blue-
fish, flounder, sheepshead, and tripletail
discussed the Fenholloway River project, and directed staff to draft
a letter to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) express-
ing the Commission's disappointment that no formal study has been
done by DEP to assess the impacts this project may have on the
marine resources in this area, and suggesting to DEP that a study be
done before the project is approved .
agreed to accept the transfer of DEP seafood quality control code
rules to Commission rules
The Commission also received reports regarding the status of the bay
scallop fishery, the use of shrimp gear in Biscayne Bay, research
status and trends, and an update on legislative issues.

The Marine Fisheries Commission has scheduled nine public work-
shops to receive comment on proposed changes to the management
of Florida snook. These proposed changes would:
reduce the daily bag limit for snook from 2 fish per person to 1 fish
establish statewide minimum/maximum size limits of 26-34 inches,
28-36 inches, or 30-38 inches total length for snook
add either the month of February or May to the snook statewide
closed season
allow the harvest of snook by spearing, as requested by a represen-
tative of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)-
currently, snook may only be legally harvested by hook and line
The Commission will review the input it receives at these workshops
(and two others held earlier this month in Cocoa and Orlando) before
it takes further action on proposed snook rule changes during its
SJune meeting. Interested persons are encouraged to participate in
the workshops, which will all take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. as
Tuesday, March 24, 1998
Port of the Islands, Egret Room
25000 Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41)
Wednesday, March 25, 1998
Fort Myers Beach Town Hall
2523 Estero Boulevard
Fort Meyers Beach
Thursday, April 2, 1998
West Palm Beach Fishing Club
201 5th Street
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i ANK YOU!!!,,

February 14, 1998, Valentine's Day will go down in the history of
Carrabelle as the day of the "Love Your Library Festival".
Total Income from this fundraiser is now $7,819.00.
The thanks, praise and credit for this success are due to the
generous and gracious donations of time, energy, merchandise,
money, advice and goodwill so unselfishly given to the
Carrabelle Branch Building Fund.
STo all the individuals, businesses, seafood workers and dealers,
churches, organizations, schools, volunteers and everyone else
throughout Franklin, Wakulla and Leon Counties.who worked so
very hard to support the drive to build a new building for the
Carrabelle Branch of the Franklin County Public Library--
4 CThank you.
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Commercial King
Mackerel Fishery
Closed Until July 1,
1998, for Vessels
Using Hook-and-Line
in the Florida West
Coast Subzone
Beginning 12:01 a.m., local time,
March 5, 1998, the commercial
hook-and-line fishery for Gulf
group king mackerel in the
Florida west coast subzone is
closed, announced Dr. Andrew J.
Kemmerer, Regional Administra-
tor, Southeast Region, National
Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).
The Regional Administrator has
determined that harvest for the
1997/98 winter season has
reached the recently increased
quota level of 585,000 pounds.
The fishery will remain closed
through June 30, 1998.
NMFS previously closed the hook-
and-line fishery on January 7,
1998, when the former, lower
quota of 432,500 pounds was
taken. On February 20, 1998,
NMFS opened the hook-and-line
and run-around gillnet fisheries
for Gulf group king mackerel in
the Florida west coast subzone to
allow harvest of the balances re-
maining on the recently increased
quotas. Each quota was increased
from 432,500 pound to 585,000
pounds on February 19, 1998, as
a result of a regulatory action that
increased total allowable catch
and the commercial quotas for
Gulf group king mackerel. The
increases were applied to quotas
for the 1997/98 fishing year that
began July 1, 1997. The revised
run-around gillnet quota was
taken and the fishery was closed
February 24, 1998. Conse-
quently, with this closure of the
hook-and-line fishery, the com-
mercial Gulf group king mackerel
fishery in the Florida west coast
subzone is closed through June
30, 1998.
The Florida west coast subzone
extends in the EEZ of the eastern
zone from-the Alabama/Florida
boundary to the south Florida
seasonal boundaries: Dade/Mon-
roe County line from November 1
March 31, and Collier/Monroe
from April 1 October 31. King

and Spanish mackerel fisheries
are regulated under the Fishery
Management Plan for Coastal Mi-'
gratory Pelagic Resources of the
Gulf of Mexico and South Atlan-
tic (FMP). The FMP was developed
and amended by the- Gulf of,
Mexico and South Atlantic Fish-
ery Management Councils.
Through June 30, 1998, king.
mackerel may not be taken or0
possessed by anyone commer-
cially fishing in the closed Florida
west coast subzone on a vessel
holding a Federal commercial.
mackerel permit. The bag limit,
however, may be possessed on a
charter vessel or headboat that,
holds both the commercial mack'
erel permit and the coastal migra-
tory pelagic permit, provided the
vessel is operating as a charter
vessel or headboat. The recre-
ational fishery for Gulf group king
mackerel remains open in the
EEZ under the established daily
bag limit: 2 fish per person. King
mackerel from this closed
subzone, including those har-
vested under the recreational bag
limit, may not be sold unless
landed prior to the closure and
held in cold storage by a dealer or

Family History

By Sue Riddle Cronkite
Laura Roberts Moody and Margo
Fariss Brewer will lead a seminar
on genealogical research on Sat-
urday, March 21st, in Mexico
Beach at the Family History Cen-
ter of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints, 318 Robin
Lane, off 15th in the center of
Mexico Beach.
During the seminar, from 9:00
a.m.-3:00 p.m. (CST), genealo-
gists Moody and Brewer will teach
attendees how to research their
family history. Those attending
may bring a bag lunch, or go to
lunch at nearby restaurants.
There will be two 10 minute
breaks during the seminar, with
punch and cookies provided.
There is no charge for the semi-
nar. Those wishing to attend are
asked to call (850) 648-5082 or
648-8182 to reserve a seat.


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money, down the road, and we will
take up public funds and effort
in kind, whether it be architec-
tural or engineering, putting up
steel beams, then that would be
the answer sent back to the school
board." He went on to say that we
will not let the building go.
Will Kendrick made the statement
that 'That building needs to be
saved, whether it means stand-
ing on the street with a tin bucket
or going to the Legislature and
asking for a special consideration
and whether the city or the school
board do it, I think it needs to be
saved." Speaking for the board
Kendrick said, "We're not for tear-
ing it down. We're not going to sell
it. But we don't want you to tear
it down, either."

Continued on page 11

It was then suggested that mem-
bers of the public attend the next
school board meeting. Ms.
Molsbee said that an assessment
of how much it will cost to stabi-
lize and do all repairs necessary
should be done and taken to the
meeting. Commissioner Buz
Putnal said, "I don't think there
is any problem in the world that
if the community of Carrabelle
decides they want to save it-they
will. He went on to say, "That's
good to have a common cause arnd
come together on something. He
pleaded for unity saying, "We are
so fragmented right over a lot of
things right now."
Ms. Molsbee said that it would be
useful if a group could go to the
School Board meeting armed with
letters, estimates and inspections
to give to the board. David Butler
said, "If it is the consensus that
we will try to pursue some grant

Let's Make a Deal: (L-R) Jimmy Crowder, Leon Bloodworth
and Commissioner Jim Phillips.

Boat Ramp Favored by


By Rene Topping

Despite opposition from some of
the commercial fishermen
present, and a petition with more
than one hundred names on it,
at a workshop meeting on March
12 at 6 p.m. at City hall the three
commissioners present favored
the idea of a new boat ramp.
Mayor Charles Millender, Com-
missioners Jim Phillips and Buz
Putnal were shown the plans for
the ramp which could come into
being as a part of a land swap with
Jimmy Crowder who is presently
doing development on the
Carrabelle Waterfront.
Crowder had proposed swapping
a piece he owns adjacent to the
Riverside Condominiums for the
portion of Fourth Street that pres-
ently leads to the existing boat
ramp. Crowder said that he would
build a new ramp and would pave
the way to it. Commissioners said
that they would make the ramp
for commercial fishermen and lo-
cal residents only, giving the
larger portion of the parking space
to the commercial fishermen. All
using the ramp would have to
have a sticker from city hall.,
Although the ramp is old and has
many problems, several of the
fishermen present said that the
ramp was easier for them to use
as they could come straight out
onto Fourth Street. Also they were
skilled in using the ramp. Another
objection had been the problem
that visitors -would use the new
ramp and the fishermen would

not have space to park their ve-
hicles and trailers.
Crowder displayed plans for the
ramp showing parking spots. City
Attorney Ann Cowles said she
could not see any legal problem
in reserving the ramp to commer-
cial fishermen. Mayor Charles
Millender said at the end of the
discussion that it might not be
able to happen. He stated that the
Department of Transportation
(DOT) would have to approve the
closing of the street. He said he
would check into it. The matter
will be taken up at the next regu-
lar meeting on April 7th at 7:00
p.m. at City Hall.
The commissioners then dis-
cussed the rate hike proposed by
Mediacom, who supply cable tele-
vision service to the city.
Mediacom sent out letters to all
patrons informing them that the
new rates would go into effect on
April 1, 1998. Ms. Cowles said she
felt that the company, who are
working on a contract signed only
two months ago, after months of
negotiating, were definitely in vio-
lation of their contract. The rais-
ing of rates according to that
document can only take place by
the company notifying patrons
two months ahead and re-
ceiving permission from the city
The.commissioners instructed the
attorney to write a letter to the
F.C.C. reporting this violation of
the terms of the contract.

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Sally Bethea tells the story of the Riverkeepers.

The Story of the Riverkeepers
Approximately 50 members from the community made their way to
the Apalachicola Community Center on March 12 to learn more about
a small Atlanta-based organization known as the Riverkeepers, who
have devoted much time and effort to protecting the area's river
Sally Bethea, who works with the Riverkeepers, led audience mem-
bers on a visual journey from the Chattahoochee River to the Apalachi-
cola Bay with a slide-show presentation. The presentation detailed
much of the organization's work in combating those elements that
have caused or allowed the many tributaries within the river basin to
become polluted.
The Atlanta Riverkeepers organization was created nearly four years
ago.through funding from the Turner Foundation. The group was
modeled after an organization from Hudson, New York that was formed
in the early 1980's. Bethea explained that the Hudson Riverkeepers
Program grew out of a seafood workers organization that had been in
existence for nearly 30 years.
"In the early eighties, they had decided that the river had gotten so
bad and they had been struggling against big industries and against
a government that wouldn't do its job and they wanted to be a little
more aggressive," said Bethea.
Through the efforts of concerned citizens, Bethea said that the
Riverkeepers organization in Atlanta began focusing on the upper-
half of the Chattahoochee River. "We decided that it would be our
mission to begin to look at this river basin," she said, "not just the
river itself but all the tributaries that flow into it."
It was determined that the organization would research matters af-
fecting the river basin and communicate its findings to the public,
said Bethea. She added, "it would communicate, educate but take
aggressive action when necessary to clean up the river." Bethea noted
that the group has worked closely with public officials to address
pollution issues. When such dialogue with municipalities has failed,
she said that the organization has utilized the court system.
"We want to work on all points of discharge where industries and
municipalities are allowed to discharge into our river," said Bethea,
"and we want everyone in compliance. We want to try to protect the
green side buffers on all the streams in the river...And we also want
to be out there on the river looking for unpermitted discharges. We're
here to say that you can't do that."
Bethea pointed out that one of the greatest sources of pollution to the
basin was the city of Atlanta. She explained, "there is absolutely no
other major city in this entire country that has such a.small water-
shed above it as the city of Atlanta."
She continued, "that creates all kinds of problems when you have a
city that has no geographical limitations on growth, that is sucking
out all of its water from its little stream and putting its waste back
into the river. It's a setup for a very difficult water management
In 1996, Bethea stated that the Chattacoochee River was designated
as one of the ten most endangered rivers in the country. The designa-
tion, she commented, was largely due to the city of Atlanta been pol-
luting the water for decades. "It has gotten away with outrageous
behavior," she said, "and I'd like to think that those days are ending."
Those polluted tributaries in the water basin all have an impact on
the Apalachicola Bay, said Bethea. She continued, "the urban streams
in Atlanta are some of the filthiest in the entire southeast...and what's
within those streams are coming straight down here. You're lucky
that there are 15 dams in-between because most of that stuff gets
stuck in those lakes."
Bethea pointed out that the greatest impact on preservation came
from concerned citizens. "I think that the way we will save our waters
and restore them to what they can be is through citizen efforts...it's
the water in your back yard...it's the water you played in as a child
that you want to perpetuate and restore for the future."
The 1,700 member Riverkeepers organization in Atlanta has a total of
four full-time and five part-time employees. "We're real proud of what
we've done," said Bethea, "but we're always frustrated that we're not
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Meeting Called

By Mayor


By Rene Topping
Mayor Charles Millender called a
special meeting of the Carrabelle
City Commission for 6:00 p.m. at
City Hall on March 11. The meet-
ing was called in order that the
commission could issue a resolu-
tion to stop the Carrabelle Port
and Airport Authority from tak-
ing any action at their meeting on
March 12. The resolution was
passed on a vote of 3 1 with the
Mayor, Commissioners Buz
Putnal and Jim Phillips voting for
the resolution and Commissioner
Pam Lycett voting against.
The Mayor said that "This meet-
ing has been called to make sure
the Port Authority does not do
anything to jeopardize the City of
Carrabelle." Jim Phillips sug-
gested that the resolution be read
out so that the audience would
know what they were doing.
City Attorney Ann Cowles read the
resolution as follows:
Resolution: The Mayor and City
Commissioners. of the City of
Carrabelle by and through the
authority vested in them by the
passage of House Bill 1349 of the
1986 regular session of the
Florida Legislature (sec. 3 (1), Ch.
86-464 Laws of Florida) creating
the CPAA as a "dependent Spe-
cial District," hereby resolved that
all duties and activities of the
CPAA shall be suspended until
such time as the Legislature of the
State of Florida shall rule on this
City of Carrabelle's request to
abolish the Port and Airport Au-
thority. Done and executed this
third day of March 1998 by the
City Commission of the City of
The document was signed by
Mayor Millender and Commis-
sioners Phillips and Putnal.
Commissioner Pam Lycett said
that she had a question. When we
had the city meeting the other
night (March 2) Mr. Putnal made
a motion to do a resolution to pe-
tition the Legislature to abolish
the. Port Authority. "How did we
wind up with this?" Putnal said
that the resolution was done on
the advice of their city attorney.
Ms. Cowles explained "It seemed
to me that we did have a thorough
discussion and it seemed to me
that the outcome of the discus-
sion was that the city commission
wanted all activities of the CPAA
to stop." She went on to say that
the city had always had control
over the financial matters of the
CPAA. The resolution is to allow
the city, to whatever limit author-
ity is vested in them, by the stat-
ute that created the CPAA, to halt
the activities until a ruling comes
down from the Governor, Gary
Reakes, Chairman of the CPAA

said that he thought that the
CPAA was working only for the
good of the city. He expressed his
opinion that the city could not
arbitrarily suspend the activities
of the group.
Putnal commented to Reakes,
"You say you want to do what is
best for the people of Carrabelle,
I think I have a good enough feel
for what people of Carrabelle
want. And I think what they would
like, is for you to stop what you
are doing."
Reakes said that there was a dis-
cussion to be held on a proposal
for the airport but he did not be-
lieve any action was going to take
place. At one point the commis-
sioners said that the airport ac-
tually belonged to the city and
they might very well want to take
it back. Reakes said that he saw
no problem if the city did want to
take it back.
There was a short flare-up of the
old East West rivalry as the
Apalachicola member of the CPPA
tried to express his opinion, David
Jones said, "I'm tired of hearing
this fight." He went on to say he
felt that the rivalry was crippling
the economy of Franklin and he
would like to see more unity.
Barry Woods tried to explain a
proposal for the airport delivered
by David and Pat Maiers. There
was a general feeling expressed
that the Authority was ready to
lease the airport and surround-
ing land for $1.00 a month for ten
years. There was a remark that
someone thought that the Au-
thority was going to lease the air-
port before the Legislature acted
on the city's request. Reakes said
that was "Nonsense." He extended
a open invitation to attend the
meetings and see for themselves
what was taking place.

Old Gym, from page 10
Any money received to help the
old gym can be made out to the
city and will be placed in the rec-
reation fund and earmarked to
the old gym. The next meeting of
the School Board will be on April
9th at 6:00 p.m. at Brown El-
ementary School. The next regu-
lar meeting of the Carrabelle City
Commission will be on Monday,
April 7th at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.

Residents Voice CoIncUrib about

Drug Dealing in Carrabelle

Approximately ten Carrabelle residents met with Sheriff Bruce Varnes
and other members from the Franklin County Sheriffs Department
on March 16 to voice concerns about the sale of drugs in their
Resident Andy Travis questioned why the high crime areas of
Carrabelle were not patrolled more frequently. "I know that you all
know who the dealers are just as well as we all do," he said. "The
cancer is growing," he added, "we're concerned about a generation of
void people...they're wasting their lives and killing themselves."
Travis questioned where the drugs were coming from. He acknowl-
edged that the crack cocaine did originate in Franklin County. Sher-
iff Varnes responded, "if you're coming into town in your car and
you're not breaking any laws, I can't stop you." Travis returned, "you
can sure make them feel awful unwelcome." Varnes responded, "we
can do that to a point. But you have to be careful when you do that."
Sheriff Varnes continued, "we try to shut down the avenues of the
drug company and we do on a lot of occasions. But things can slip by
you. You can't be everywhere at one time. With the manpower that
we've got, we're doing the very best that we can. We've come a long
way in a year."
Mr. Travis questioned whether Varnes was comfortable with the
amount of staff he had to combat the drug problem in the county.
Sheriff Varnes responded that he was comfortable with his staff. He
qualified, "we have to live within the means of what this county can
afford. We'd like to have 300 officers, but the county is not going to
give me that."
Varnes noted that he had two individuals working on the department's
drug task force. He said that these individuals focused their atten-
tion solely on the drug enforcement. Varnes said that he had 16 addi-
tional deputies working for the department. He noted that Chief
Shiver's staff was even smaller. "It's not that we have law enforce-
ment on every corner," said Varnes, "because we don't have the man-
power. But we do have deputies on that hill all the time."
Sheriff Varnes stated that for the fiscal year of 1997 a total of 152
drug related arrests were made. He said that 49 of those arrests were
for marijuana and 102 for crack cocaine. Varnes pointed out that
over two million dollars worth of drugs had been seized in that year.
"I let my record speak for itself," said Varnes, "we've come a long way
from what it was. We've got it under control, but we want to get it
completely under control...If you lived over in Apalachicola, you'd say,
'we ain't got a drug problem in Carrabelle.' Where there's one here,
there's 50 of them there. Now, you can ride down the streets in
Apalachicola without them chasing you down and selling you drugs.
In Carrabelle, we've hit that just as hard."
"We're working," Varnes continued, "but it's like an everyday thing. I
want to go out and stop it today, but you will never ever stop it. What
you have to do is to control it and stay on top of it. And that's what
we're trying to do."
Sheriff Varnes said that community support was critical in combat-
ing the drug epidemic. He said that anonymous tips and support
with undercover controlled drug purchases would be quite helpful.
"It's difficult for us to get somebody that wants to go in there and buy
it," he said. He said that female volunteers for controlled drug pur-
chases would be especially helpful. Varnes acknowledged that he re-
ceived help from the sheriffs departments of other counties in con-
ducting such overcover work.
Resident Trish Messick said that those with drug problems needed
help. "It's a heartbreaker," she said, "It's destroyed so many lives in
this community. The people that are hooked on it need help. I don't
think the answer is not to lock them up and put them in jail. They
need help." Varnes concurred, "the legislature don't see it the way
me and you do...I strongly encourage you to call your legislators to
get them to set up some drug rehab here."

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Arrest for Insurance Fraud from Page 1
Upon returning with the file, Davis allegedly admitted that he had
"messed up" and asked Ms. Ryals if she could "save" him. According
to the probable cause affidavit, Davis went on to make the following
He took an application from Mr. Levick to insure the prop-
erty knowing it would not meet Banker's underwriting
standards, but planned to find another company to place
the business with. He prepared the declaration page us-
ing the Tom Todd Realty policy, but altered it to read as
a declaration page for Mr. Levick. At the end of the first
year, the record was in the agency computer system and
a renewal notice was mailed for the $1,068.00, which
was again paid by Mr. Levick.
Mr. Davis refunded the premium payments with interest to Levick
shortly after his meeting with Price and Ryals. Mr. Forrest reported,
"Although, Davis has returned the premium amount with interest to
Mr. Levick, the actual victim is still deprived of the benefit of the
premium payments. Bankers Insurance Company was due the pre-
mium payments and would have been liable for any claims filed by
Mr. Levick."
The Franklin Chronicle spoke with Investigator Warren Forrest on
March 13. Investigator Forrest stated that the insurance documents
given to Levick by Davis were easy to detect as not being genuine. "He
Levick) received what's knownas a declaration page," said Forrest,
"it was the second page of a policy saying his property was covered."
Forrest commented that insurance fraud was not an uncommon oc-
currence. "But it's uncommon when you have a smaller clientele," he
stated. Forrest said that there would be an ongoing investigation of
Mr. Davis to determine whether any there were other cases of fraud.
"We're not trying to give Mr. Davis a black eye," he said, "we're not
trying to hurt him."
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