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Franklin Chronicle

Volume 7, Number 15


July 24 August 6, 1998

By Rene Topping
The Carrabelle City Meeting of
July 13, was a record decision-
making night for the Carrabelle
City Commission. First decision
was to choose a replacement for
Commissioner Wesley (Buz)
Putnal, who had been appointed
to the Mayor's seat following the
resignation of Charles Millender,
in June. Don Wood, Ruby Elder
and Jimmy Allen put in letters of
application. Putnal disqualified
himself from voting, stating that
Allen was his brother-in-law. The
other three commissioners voted
unanimously, to have Wood fill
the Parks and Road Commis-
sioner chair.
Wood was immediately seated and
among his first duties, he, along
with the four other commission-
ers, decided on a Mayor Pro-tem.
On a motion from Commissioner
Pam Lycett, Virginia (Jenni)
Sanborn was unanimously ap-
proved by the commission. There
was some confusion as to who
had been chosen as the mayor pro
tem, as a woman's voice from the
audience loudly proclaimed, "Jim
Phillips," The voice almost entirely
drowned out the soft-spoken mo-
tion from Ms. Lycett for Ms.
Sanborn to the post. However, the
motion was seconded by Phillips
and approved unanimously. Ms.
Sanborn will be serving as mayor
for the next few weeks, while
Mayor Putnal is traveling up
The now full commission took up
the task of choosing a person for
the position of City Clerk. Rebecca
Lee Jackson was chosen over 15
other candidates, who had ap-
plied to fill the position, occupied
by Charles Lee Daniels for the
past 37 years. Ms. Jackson re-
ceived three votes with Mary Lou
Bowman and John R. McQuaig
each receiving one vote.
Ms. Jackson had said in her in-
terview, that it would be difficult

to till Daniels' shoes. She will start
work this coming week and will
receive help and training from
Daniels for the next few weeks,
until his resignation becomes ef-
fective, on September 1. Daniels
has offered to stay with Ms. Jack-
son until the budget has been
The field of candidates who had
made application in addition to
Ms. Jackson, were as follows:
Chieko Alford; Robin E. Hall; John
"Daniel" Howard; Clatie M.
Kirkland; John Randall McQuaig;
Kimberly Mahoney; Gina Messer;
Debra Ann Nichols; John W.
Porterfleld; Rita D. Preston; Jill
Lee Bryan Shiver; Jennifer Dawn
Staggs and William L. Stillman.
Mayor Putnal assured all the can-
didates that all of the commis-
sioners had seen the applications
prior to the interview, He told the
applicants, 'This is kind of a bar-
baric procedure, but we will try
to make as easy on all of you as
possible." The candidates went
downstairs and were called alpha-
betically, to be interviewed. Com-
missioner Pam Lycett was the sole
commissioner who asked at least
one question of all of the appli-
cants. She asked each one "Why
do you want this job?" This gave
the applicants a chance to speak
on their own behalf, Their an-
swers varied from advancement of
career, to a good salary, or a de-
sire to work with home folks.
Another position filled at this
meeting, was that of a new police
officer. Mike Morris was approved
for the job. Police Commissioner
Lycett said that the reason the
city had to have another full time
officer was that the overtime was
steadily adding up and could be-
come more that hiring a another
officer. He will serve with a one
'year probation,
Attorney Susan Brownlee ap-
Continued on Page 9

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"Butch" Baker Explains Emergency

Management at St. George Civic Club

Wilburn "Butch" Baker, Franklin
County's Director of Emergency
Management, told the St. George
Island Civic Club Thursday, July
16th that the priorities of his of-
fice were to (1) protect the public
in the face of natural disasters,
such as hurricanes, (2) educate
the public on how they may pro-
tect themselves in a natural di-
saster and (3) help coordinate
numerous law enforcement,
safety, and public agencies to
work together to enhance support
services, in the face of disaster.
His remarks were given before the
Civic Club, following their busi-
ness meeting. The most signifi-
cant storm problems in Franklin
County are storm surge and flood-
ing. "In a tropical storm'and level
one hurricane, the escape routes
are closed," he said. Highway 98,
east and west, will be flooded.
Highway 65 and 67 going north,
will also be flooded. There are no
emergency management shelters
in Franklin County. Baker added,
"It would not make sense to es-
tablish a storm shelter in a flood
zone, especially one that is iso-
lated." Hence, the judgment call
for evacuation of the barrier is-
lands and the county would come
early, in time to move the
county population to higher
One new development in the pub-
lic response to hurricanes was a
change in the judgment call for
evacuation of St. George Island in
the event of an approaching tropi-
cal storm or hurricane. "Evacua-
tions will now be called by the
Governor, or the Governor's of-
fice," and not local authorities.
Baker provided a brief historical
review of the emergency manage-
ment program, as it is now ad-
ministered from the state level.
Most counties now have some
kind of local emergency manage-
ment office," he said. These coun-
ties are better integrated into a
state plan coordinated out of Tal-
lahassee. "The goal is to establish
emergency management opera-
tions centers in every county." In
Franklin County, the Emergency
Management Operations Center is
now located at the Apalachicola
airport, at the old national

Skating Rink
Re-zoning Gets

By Rene Topping
At their July 14 meeting, the
Franklin County Planning and
Zoning Board denied a request by
Deborah Moses of Apalachicola,
to rezone from residential to com-
mercial, a piece of property on
which she intended to build a
skating rink.

weather service building. In the
last year, the center was outfitted
with communication devices and
other equipment needed for coor-
dinating local services, should a
storm disaster occur.
Baker also described current and
future operational exercise, in
which he and his staff will be en-
gaged, along with several county
and state entities. Some of the op-
erational exercises to be held,
starting this week, will involve re-
enactments of past or scripted
tragedies in order to study and
analyze aspects of emergency
management responses. Experts
from outside Franklin County will
evaluate the exercise. The first
exercise will involve the aftermath
procedures of a head-on auto col-
lision with a school bus. Another
will involve a staged oil spill up
the Apalachicola River, to assess
the county's emergency reaction
in cleanup and response.
Other actions undertaken by
Baker's office in the past year
- have included placing of chain
saws in selected locations, so vari-
ous communities would have
emergency equipment to
break-through road blocks made
by felled trees and debris. Efforts
to coordinate police use of com-
mon radio frequencies among
neighboring counties are continu-
ing. His office was also involved
in recent training for business
and disaster management.
One problem is still unsolved, and
that is how to make available a
continuous flow of information to
the public about road conditions,
bridges, flood data, etc. Commer-
cial radio stations have limited
range, if they remain on the air.
Telephones to the EMOC are very
limited, with only eight lines avail-
able, only to operational func-
tions. Perhaps some use of the
Internet would make emergency
management information more
available. Another partial solution
is the use of higher radio frequen-
cies used by the national weather
service, now available through a
repeater station in Eastpoint.

The property Ms. Moses has been
seeking to build the rink on, is lo-
cated on Bluff Road. She has in-
herited the lot from her family,
who had owned a skating rink
there, until in burned down sev-
eral years ago.
She related to the board that the
reason she was there was because
she had tried to work with the
county and had been sent to the
Airport Advisory Board who knew
nothing about it. She had never
heard anything from the idea of a
swap, which had been suggested
at a county commission meeting.
One piece of land that had been
suggested on U.S. 98, was already
being held for the Corps of Engi-
neers, to be used as a spoil site.
She said she was now asking for
Several neighboring home owners
were present and expressed their
feelings In the matter, Charles
Thompson. who owns Bluff Road
Storage, said he had received a
variance about four years ago to
build his storage company. He
said that at that time, he had let-
ters supporting it, from all neigh-
bors. He felt te difference was,
that his business generated little
traffic and was quiet.
He said he had been in the area
for twenty years and was there
when the original skating rink
burned down, I knew what it was
then and I am afraid for what it
can become, even more so.
Thompson went on to say. It was
voiced in the last meeting, some
concerns of the people here, about
the flight pattern of the airport.
.Let me say, we are directly in the
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Editorial & Commentary
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Eastpoint............ Page 4
S.E. Fisheries Report
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Florida Gov. Ocean
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Jeanne Burdick ... Page 8
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Chairman Williams



Through "Choppy

Waters" at Budget


By Tom Campbell
In its Budget Workshop July 14,
the Franklin County Board of
Commissioners encountered
some "choppy waters" of disagree-
ment concerning funding of a Rec-
reation and Parks Organization.
Chairman Raymond Williams
deftly guided the Commissioners
to find a compromise.
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
urged the Commissioners to form
a committee of "people interested
in the youth of the county." He
also urged them to "increase fund-
ing to $60,000 and hire a person
to run the department."
Commissioner Eddie Creamer ar-
gued that "the County can't afford
a recreation department," reason-
ing that the county budget was
already strained. Commissioner
Bevin Putnal, agreed with Mr.
Chairman Raymond Williams al-
lowed that a funding, increase
was needed, but urged fairness
and fiscal responsibility. Mr. Wil-
liams suggested "an increase of a
total of $10,000 up to $35,000.
Suggestion was made to "enhance
the programs we already have."
Mosconis suggested a proposal to
appoint a five-member committee
to study the needs and make a
recommendation to the Commis-
sioners. He said, "We need to
tighten up and sharpen up the
county program."
After some discussion, Mr.
Creamer made a motion to "in-
crease the budget to $35,000 and
add George Thompson to the com-
mittee." Mr. Creamer said he
wanted this to be a "County-wide
action, not one person's deal."
The motion carried, and the Rec-
reation Committee is to be made
up of Alan Pierce, Mark Elliott,
Michael Allen, David Butler, Van
Johnson, and George Thompson.
They are to study the situation
county-wide and report to the
Commissioners concerning the
county's needs regarding recre-
ation and parks, This includes
increasing the budget to $35,000.
Mr. Mosconis said, "This is not
near enough. Hopefully, the com-
mittee will come back with lobby-
ing to do more."
Chairman Raymond Williams
maintained the Commissioners
were doing all they could and ad-
hering to fiscal responsibility. The
county "needs to do more for the
young people in order to help
them stay actively and construc-
tively involved." The Commission-
ers also need to keep finances
under control.
Mr. Mosconis said, "If that's as
good as we can get, then so be it."


Podiatrist Dies

At--- -

Dr. Stephen J. Gross, 54, of
Eastpoint, Fla, died Monday, July
13, 1998 at his home in
Eastpoint, of an apparent heart
Dr. Gross had operated his medi-
cal practice in Eastpoint for ten
years. He attended St. Petersburg
Junior College and earned his
degree in podiatry from the New
York College of podiatric medicine
in New York. He- performed his
training at Cast Western Univer-
sity Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio
and at the New York City Beth Is-
rael Hospital. While living in St.
Petersburg, Florida, Dr. Gross
practiced podiatric medicine with
his father, Dr. Jerome Gross and
his brother, David Gross.
He was also the Chief of Podiatric
Surgery at Bay Pines VA Hospital
in St. Petersburg. He practiced
podiatry in Tallahassee, FL for
twelve years and while living there
volunteered his time to the Leon
Association for retarded citizens.
Dr. Gross' office was located on
Highway 98 in Eastpoint.
He was on the Board of Directors
for the Apalachicola Bay Cham-
ber of Commerce. Dr. Gross was
also instrumental in organizing
the annual "Bow Wow Ball", that
later became the primary funding
for the Franklin County Humane
Society. He had served as presi-
dent for two years. His weekly
column "Footnotes", appeared in
the Apalachicola Times and the
Wakulla News.
Survivors include his wife, Maria
P. Rodriguez Gross of Tallahassee
and Eastpoint, a daughter, Tonia
Gross of St. Petersburg; his
mother, Mrs. Sonia Gross of St.
Petersburg; two brothers, David
Gross and Kurt Gross, both of St.
Petersburg, FL; and one grand
daughter, Rachel, of St. Peters-
burg, FL.
Dr. Steve Gross was loved by
many and will be greatly missed
by everyone that knew him.
Funeral services were held at the
St. Patrick's Catholic Church,
Apalachicola, FL. Memorialization
was by cremation. All arrange-
ments were under the direction of
Kelley Funeral Home,

Forfeiture Action
Taken Against
Two Autos and
$6,500 in Cash

On July 21st, a forfeiture action
was filed against two automobiles
and $6500 in cash, from a seizure
by Franklin County's Narcotics
Unit, in a Carrabelle raid, two
weeks ago. The filing is addressed
to "Any Person Having Interest In,
Title To, or Right To..." the prop-
erty seized during the arrests of
11 suspects. The owners have
until August 10, 1998 to file writ-
ten defenses. Failure to file a de-
fense will result in a default be-
ing entered against that person
holding title to the cars or cash.
The matter is being handled in the
Circuit Court of the Second Judi-
cial Circuit, Franklin County.

Charles Daniels (left) retiring City Clerk after 37+ years,
and Rebecca Lee Jackson.

City Commissioners Make

Multiple Decisions

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Published every other Friday

County Employee Raises Approved By


By Tom Campbell
In its Budget Workshop July 14,
the Franklin County Board of
Commissioners heard over thirty
items. The session lasted over four
hours and included a lunch
break. County employees were
granted raises. Commissioner
Eddie Creamer recommended an
"across the board raise of $1200,
this year."
Including FICA and retirement,
Chairman Raymond Williams
said, "if no other changes are
added to the budget," this will
"add to the budget $161,000." The
millage required will be 7.355. The
motion carried without objection.
Tax Collector Jimmy Harris pre-
sented his budget, which was ac-
cepted as presented. It was ap-
proved without objection.
In some cases, salary adjust-
ments were recommended. Chair-
man Raymond Williams sug-
gested that "these adjustments be
considered later, everything at one
In Sheriff Bruce Varnes' report, a
request was made that "mainte-
nance control budget be in his
office and report back to Board of
Commissioners." At the end of the
year, any surplus "will come back
to the Board of Commissioners."
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
recommended that "in-house
people be used to do plumbing
work," so that money could be
saved. The Sheriff said, "It'll be
nice to get an engineer from the
county to come and take a look."
Mr. Mosconis commented that the

Alligator Point

Taxpayers Meet

By Rene Topping
Alligator Point residents attend-
ing the regular monthly meeting
of the Alligator Point Taxpayers
Association (APTA), on July 11
found a new project to pursue.
APTA President Tom Vanderplaats
introduced the idea of improving
the Lifeflight site at the Alligator
Point Volunteer Firehouse, up-
grading it with lights and with a
windsock and other amenities.
He said he had seen the neces-
sity for the lights after he was
present, as one resident was flown
out of the Point to Tallahassee
Regional Memorial Hospital after
11 p.m. on Friday, July 10.
The idea was immediately taken
up by members-Juanita and,
Frank Gibson, who said, they
would check with the Lifeflight
crew and the hospital to see what
would be needed. Vanderplaats
said a group of residents could get
together and work on a plan.
Vanderplaats said that eleven
members attended the public
hearing, on the matter of the State
of Florida buying the land at Bald
Point. He also commented favor-
ably on the article in the July 10
edition of the Franklin Chronicle.
The members who had been at the
meeting said that there were no
negative comments. Juanita
Gibson said that she had never
seen as intensive a study on a
place, as the one she had picked
up at the meeting and offered it
to other members to read.
The matter of public access to the
beaches on the Point was brought
up when the president said he
had noticed a "No trespass" sign
on an access road while on his
way to the meeting. Commis-
sioner Raymond Williams, who
represents the Point residents,
said that the county could move
the sign, as the access is for the
public. However, the residents
present opted to have a letter sent
to the owner of the adjacent prop-
erty, informing him that he could
not keep the sign In place.
APTA will be seeking a new rep-
resentative on the Franklin
'County Planning and Zoning
Board, when the present board
member John Murphy ends his
term at the end of December.
Vanderplaats asked for some vol-
unteers to put in their names. The
post is filled by appointment made
by the Raymond Williams,
Franklin County Commissioner
for Alligator Point. The board
meets once every month, on the
second Tuesday night at 6:30
p.m. at the Courthouse, in
Apalachicola. Anyone interested
can give their name to
Vanderplaats asked for volunteers
to go to the upcoming July 14
meeting of the P&Z as Joe and
Ruth Hambrose will not be able
to attend. The agenda reflects two
items that are of interest to Alli-
gator Point. Several resident said
they would attend.
The association now has a total

of 253 paid-up members. A door
to door campaign for increased
membership, will be held over the
Labor Day holidays,
Vanderplaats urged all members
to attend the next regular meet-
ing on August 8, as the associa-
tion will be discussing bylaws
changes. Also, an executive meet-
ing is called for July 24 and di-
rectors will be notified.
Liz Hurley announced that yard
trash free pick up will be held July

jail "is the most expensive facility
we own." He added that Sheriff
Varnes was staying on top of his
The total jail budget is $213,500.
The Sheriffs total budget overall
is over three million dollars.
In other action, the Board of Com-
* Agreed with President Gavle
Dodds of the Animal Shelter that
"the funds requested will keep the
animal shelter open." The Presi-
dent also pointed out "that mem-
bership in the Humane Society is
declining steadily, and consists
primarily of elderly, inactive sup-
porters. The bulk of the volunteer
work Is done by a very few people.
We are rapidly approaching the
point when a full-time paid direc-
tor will be necessary."
* Accepted the budget for Mos-
quito Control.
* Approved a motion to accept the
Health Department budget.
* Approved the budget of the
County Extension Agent Bill
* Heard a report from Ms. Bonnie
Segree, Literacy Coordinator, that
the program had worked with 437
students of all ages county-wide
since January of 1998.
* Heard Mr. Johnny McLaurin,
employee of Florida Power, speak
"on behalf of the kids of Franklin
County" and a need for "construc-
tive activities to keep them out of


Seeks Help in

List of Past


By Tom Campbell
Since old records were lost in a
fire, the Carrabelle Area Chamber
is seeking help in forming a list of
past presidents, with proper years
of sequence. If you can aid, please
phone Executive Director Bonnie
Stephenson with any information
you can provide at 697-2585.
Carrabelle Area
Chamber of Commerce
Chartered 1972.
Past Presidents of Chamber (not
in proper order):
Jack Burda (1 year)
Lee Myers (1979-80)
Doris Holton (2 terms)
Pat Howell
Mary Miller
Jim McKnight'(19'81-82)
Dr. Ed Saunders
Ruby Litton
Laurice Squires (6 or 7 years)
Ralph Kendrick
SJack Prophater
,,Bill Miller
Bruce Moore
Mike Murphy
Joe Butler
Will Kendrick (1997)
Thomas Loftin (1998)
Please help us fill in the blanks
as to name and yearss. Thanks.

Suggests Land
Swap on
Property for
Skating Rink

Regarding the proposed Skating
Rink on the property of Mr.
Oliver Nash, the Board of
Commissioners at their regular
meeting July 21 heard lengthy
discussion, and eventually offered
a proposal.
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
suggested that a "land swap on
county property" be made, if an
agreement can be reached. Such
a land swap will require research
and discussion. A public hearing
will be arranged, if an agreement
is reached.
The land in question concerning
the skating rink is zoned residen-
tial. Noise and traffic in that area
appear to be problems.


++ +L7


Highway 98 & 6th Street
EST. 1836
8:00 A.M.
10:00 A.M.

Battery Park Fun
Day Saturday,

July 25

By Tom Campbell
Saturday, July 25, from 3 p.m.
until dark is the time for Battery
Park Family Fun Day, a fund-
raiser for the "Apalachicola Parks
Fund," at Battery Park in historic
Apalachicola. All proceeds go to-
ward new playground equipment
in Battery Park.
For the whole family, this event
has been planned to include
Cajun cooking, games and con-
tests for all ages. Admission is
Chefs from Louisiana will be pre-
paring steaming pots of Seafood
Jambalaya, Boiled Shrimp, Fried
Fish, and other treats. Hot dogs,
smoked sausage and drinks will

also be available. Cajun food con-
cessions and carnival games will
open at 3 p.m.
Local merchants will host an auc-
tion at 5 p.m. and Southern
Builders Supply Association and
Big River Industries have spon-
sored a band, The Fabulous
Reflexions. The band will enter-
tain with 60's and 70's Rock and
Roll, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Families from all over the Pan-
handle are invited to join the fes-
tivities. Those interested in volun-
teering to work the arts and crafts,
games booths or food conces-
sions, should contact Karen Den-
nis at 653-2168. Donations can
be made to Apalachicola Parks
Fund, P.O. Box 823, Apalachicola,
FL 32329.


& Answers

on El Nino

By Chris Floyd
Disaster Services Director
Capital Area Chapter
American Red Cross
Q.1 What is El Nino?
A.1 El Nino is a combination of
several climatic events in the
equatorial Pacific, where there is
a shift in circulation patterns that
leads to a buildup of water much
warmer than usual off the Peru-
vian coast. According to the Na-
tional Oceanic & Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA), El Nino is
characterized by a large-scale
weakening of the brace winds and
warming of the sea surface lay-
ers in the eastern and central
equatorial Pacific Ocean. Because
vast areas of the world's largest
ocean-a primary driver of
weather-are involved, its effects
are strong and widespread, typi-
cally causing drought in Indone-
sia and Australia and flooding in
Peru and other parts of South
America. It has been labeled
the second-biggest disrupter
of weather activity, after the
9.2 How often does El Nino
A.2 El Nino events occur irregu-
larly, typically about once every 3
- 4 years.
9.3 How long does it last'?
A.3 El Nino events typically last
12 18 months.

Continued on Page 8



O.I.C. At


Post Office

By Tom Campbell
The new Officer in Charge at the
Carrabelle Post Office is Bill
Matsinger, who arrived to take
thatjob April 27, 1998. He resided
previously in Crestview, Florida,
and has been with the U.S. Post
Office for 22 years.
"My wife Donna and I would love
to settle here in Carrabelle," Mr.
Matsinger said. "We come from a
small town, Englewood. It is no
longer a small town, but once was.
We enjoy the small town flavor of
He said that he and his wife find
the people of the area here
"friendly." Mr. and Mrs. Matsinger
are currently staying at The Moor-
ings, but plan to settle in
Carrabelle, if he is successful in
his bid for the job of Postmaster.
There currently is no Postmaster
at the Carrabelle facility. When
the job is "posted," anyone here
can bid (or apply). The applicant
must, of course, meet certain
qualifications. He or she must
have one year of "continuous duty
and be knowledgeable in the job."
The application will be followed by
an in-depth interview.
Mr. Matsinger said he estimates
there are about 3,000 pieces of
mail per day at the Carrabelle Post
Office, and many times, such as
Christmas, this number may
double or even triple. A conscien-
tious effort is made by the staff to
see that no mail is lost or placed
in the wrong box. The postal
workers are dedicated to serving
the public in the most efficient
manner possible."
Does the new Officer in Charge of
the Carrabelle Post Office enjoy
the job here? "I love it," he said.
"My wife and I love the whole
Carrabelle area."

Area Historical

Society Picnic

The Apalachicola Area Historical
Society, Inc. will hold it's annual
picnic and business meeting on
ETTE PARK in Apalachicola. Of-
ficers will be elected, committees
will be reviewed, objectives and
mission revisited, and needs
The Society will provide ham, tur-
key, soft drinks, ice and paper
goods. Bring a simple covered
dish, chairs and utensils. A bit of
bug spray might be useful! George
Chapel's home will be opened in
support of the event. Do come,
and bring a friend. Things will
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Please Note

Effective immediately the Franklin County Public Library
Carrabelle Branch will be closed temporarily for inventory and
computer system upgrading. Books may be returned in the
bookdrop in Carrabelle or to the Eastpoint Branch which will
remain open.
Library hours in Eastpoint are: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
12:00-6:00 p.m. Friday 12:00-7:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m.-
2:00 p.m.
In addition to Eastpoint, Library cardholders may also use the
other libraries in the Wilderness Coast system, including Wakulla
and Jefferson County Public Libraries and the BOOKMOBILE.
A special Bookmobile stop has been established for July 30th
from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Franklin County Public Li-
brary Carrabelle Branch parking lot.
The Literacy Program and WINGS Program in Carrabelle will keep
scheduled hours.

Here's How to
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To determine your likely Social
Security benefits--and to make
sure your Social Security records
are correct--you should contact
the Social Security
Administration, (800) 772-1213
or on the internet.
Request form SSA-7004 and use
it to obtain, by mail, your Personal
Earnings and Benefit Statement,
which will tell you how much
you've paid in and will estimate
how much you can expect to re-
ceive in benefits after retirement.
If you find a mistake in your earn-
ings, report it promptly.

Pictured are the seven grandchildren of Zin Tate. Merle Gay, Martha Taylor, Max Gay,
Mervin Brown, Marie Saunders, Myra Kimbrell and Wayne Tate standing by the marker for
the new Tate's Hell State Forest on County Road 65.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Chronicle Staff:
I received the June 26, 1998 edition of the Chronicle from Rene Top-
ping on June 29th and while I was thrilled to read about Grandpap
and see his picture, I was astonished to read another article about
another Tate, entitled "Another Tate, Another Tale." I feel it is neces-
sary to write you this letter and give 6ur family's position on this
matter and I hope you will share it with your readers.
When I wrote Mike Murphy inquiring about the origin of the name,
Tate's Hell, he later called me at home and told me it was my grand-
father; that the swamp had been named for a man named Tate who
had gotten lost. I asked him if there was any documentation as to
whom the man was, and not knowing, he referred me to Rene Top-
ping with the comment, "What are the odds that another man named
Tate got lost there?" Apparently the odds were better than Mike and I
thought possible.
I called Rene Topping and we had a very long and amiable conversa-
tion. I told her I would send her a biographical summary and a pic-
ture that were published as aforementioned. Until I read "Another
Tate, Another Tale," I did not know nor had I been told there was
another Tate. Perhaps no one knew.
My grandfather, Zin Tate, was 78 and deaf when I was born in 1942.
1 never heard him talk about himself: It was difficult to have a con-
versation with him because of his impairment. My mother told me
about all of the things that happened to him over the course of her
life as described in the article. That he was lost in a Florida swamp
land is undeniable. No one in our family knows for sure where he was
lost and has never claimed to know. Our family was simply intrigued
about the possibility that maybe we had at long last found where
Grandpap got lost.
Our family does, not wish to have our grandfather's name involved in
any kind of controversy. His memory is too precious for that. Also,
there is no aspiration in our family to usurp the claim of Cebe Tate's
family or to submit a tale to gain fame for our grandfather.
One observation as you look for definitive information, surely there
was a search party for a local man who had family, at least a wife,
and who was lost for ten days. A good approximation of the time
frame would also be helpful.
We plan to visit Tate's Hell State Forest on July 16th at the invitation
of Rene Topping. It is feasible in my own mind that either man could
have been the one. They probably were contemporaries since it was
Cebe's great, great grandson who contacted the Chronicle how ever
many years ago it was. I would like to meet any of Cebe Tate's descen-
i dants who may live in the area and invite them to take the tour with
us on the 16h. Who knows? We may even be kin. There aren't that
many Tates around.
My interaction with Rene Topping has been delightful over the past
weeks and I thank her for being so gracious to me.
Merle Gay

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Zin Tate

By Rene Topping
I had the extreme pleasure of be-
ing with a happy family group
from Georgia, who had come to
Carrabelle to visit Tate's Hell State
Forest, on April 16. You see, they
have a grandfather they affection-
ately refer to as their grandpap,
who Is named Zin Tate. One of the
reasons they came was because,
Merle Gay, one of two brothers,
had seen the sign for the new
Tate's Hell State Forest on an ear-
lier visit. It seemed strange, as
their Grandpap Zin Tate had liv-
ened their childhood days with a
hair-raising tale of being lost for
several days in a swamp in North
Florida and had felt that he would
die there. Never once, through the
years, had any of them known
where it might have been, until
this day.
There were seven grandchildren
in the group, who were direct de-
scendants of Zin Tate. In addition
to Merle Gay there was brother
Max Gay; four sisters Martha Tay-
lor, Mervin Brown, Marie
Saunders and Myra Kimbrell, and
one cousin Wayne Tate, whom

they all said might as well be a
brother, all having direct blood
lines to their grandpap.
Having heard the story so many
times, they wanted to go and see
for themselves what a true Florida
swamp looks like and how it
might have looked back in the late
1800's, when grandpap got so
lost, he claimed he was going in
circles. I knew just the person to
take them into Tate's Hell. My
neighbor, Billy Kersey, was born
right on the edge of the forest.
More, he has spent most of his
life in the woods, working for Proc-
tor and Gamble at their Buckeye
Cellulose tree farm that sur-
rounds Carrabelle and also is a
great part of Tate's Hell.
Billy Kersey amiably saddled up
his brand new truck and led us
into the realm of the bear, snakes,
coyotes, raccoons and all manner
of bird life that make up the per-
manent residents of Tate's Hell.
It was not too long and not too far
into the woods before these folks
decided that, if their grandpap
had indeed been the Tate of bal-
lad and other stories, he did well
to get out at all.
They marveled at the impen-
etrable growths ofTiti and smelled
it's glorious scent. Billy and I ex-
tolled the virtues ofTiti Honey and
told them about the aplaries that
are allowed in the forest.
The temperature was over 90 de-
grees when we arrived at the
unique miniature cypress. Billy

told us that they had never been
found anywhere else to his knowl-
edge and he added he had heard
they could be anything from 250
to 500 years old. One of the
daughters said, "Think of it, if
grandpap had been lost here he
might have looked at these very
trees." They all stood and chatted
as they took pictures. They
seemed to echo the thought, if it
had. been grandpa, maybe he
had stood where they were stand-
ing, looking a one of nature's
Our guide told us that the Proc-
tor and Gamble Company had
recognized the beauty and the
uniqueness and had declared that
the stand would remain. Later
visitors will perhaps get a better
look at the stand. Tony Millender,
who is the forester in charge of
rebuilding Tate's Hell from a tree
farm to a forest, has spoken of his
desire to build a walkover there.
We made our way to Broadway
and 42nd Street, where two dirt
roads join. Billy explained that we
were on the alternate route from
Carrabelle to Eastpoint that had.
been used when the road between
to the two places were washed out
by first 1985 Hurricane, Elena.
The road was fixed for a few
weeks, until Hurricane Kate came
to town and blew the road out
again. The roads have retained
the old names and the family was
delighted at Car Body Road, John
Allen Road, Burnt Bridge and all
the other names put on them by
workers. Only the signs were new.

Merle Gay asked our guide, "Billy,
have you ever been lost in these
woods?' Billy was quick to answer,
saying he never got lost but, once
he got left out in the woods. His
piece of equipment let him down
at Gully Branch. He called for as-
sistance and then began to walk.
He got back to Broadway, when a
ride appeared. He said he was too
stubborn to take up the offer and
walked the final mile.
After we had completed the tour,
the ones who were blood relatives
to Zin Tate grouped around the
forest marker on C65 and took
picture after picture.
Back at their room in the Moor-
ings, they were full of stories
about Grandpap. The oldest
daughter said, "He was a dear
grandpap. He took time with us
as children and that is where we
got some of our stories that we
tell to our children." She went on
to say that he also kept a weather
eye on them. "He had a cane and
if one of us strolled too far away
from him, he would stretch out
his cane and hook us back."
They also told of a man who was
very deaf. Each morning when he
arose, he went outdoors, hooked
his hands in his braces and let
out a loud bellow. He could not
hear himself. Nor could he hear
the answering call from a boy on
the next farm, but all the neigh-
bors could.

Continued on Page 5.

July 24, 1998

Publisher ............................. ................. Tom W Hoffer
Contributors ....................................... .. Tom Cam pbell
......... Sue Riddle Cronkite
............ Brian Goercke
............ Bonnie Segree
........... Rene Topping

Sales ....................................... .................. P am R ush
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and Production ....................................... Diane Beauvais Dyal
........... Jacob Coble
Production Assistant ................................ Stacy M. Crowe
Copy Editor and Proofreader ................... Tom Garside
C circulation ............................................... Scott Bozem an
......... Larry Kienzle
Citizen's Advisory Group
George Chapel ......................................... Apalachicola
Sandra Lee Johnson ............................... Apalachicola
Rene Topping ........................................ Carrabelle
Pam Lycett ............................................... Carrabelle
David Butler ........................................ Carrabelle
Pat M orrison ............................................ St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona ................. St. George Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ........................ Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins ................. Eastpoint
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An artist's depiction of the old Racoon Swamp, circa 1870s, before it was renamed Tate's Hell.


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Youth Fishing Tournament

Registers Iecord Number
{E ,1

Just a few words to let you hear
from us again, Things have been
so hectic lately, that I haven't kept
up too much on the news around
town, but I'll give you what I got.
Melissa Rush is visiting her
mother Pam Rush for a few days,
Melissa has been living in Louisi-
ana for the past few months.
Donna Dasher Coulter and her
husband Dwayne have returned
from their honeymoon in Mexico.
I'm hoping they had a wonderful
time and will have a very good
Kristi Crum and Keith Butchikas
were married on the I 8th at St,
Andrews State Park on Panama
City Beach. Good Luck in the
The Eastpoint Church of God
Youth went to Summer Camp this
week. There were quite a few chil-
dren attending, Hope they all
come home full of the Spirit.
A group of kids and adults from
the Island Baptist Church went
to Six Flags in Atlanta last
week-end. I understand they had
a ball!!!
Pam Amato the new WINGS co-
ordinator at the Eastpoint Branch
of the Public Library is doing a
great job with the children. She
is planning a lot of things for them
'in the future.
It was such a relief to have a little
rain last week. I'm sure the
firefighters were very happy to see
the rain. Maybe our grass will live
after all.
Don't forget the Family Fun Day
at Battery Park in Apalachicola
this Saturday. Let's all go out and
support their fundraiser for the
park, while enjoying all the fes-
tivities and good food.
The Eastpoint Church of God is
in the process of building a new
sanctuary that will seat over 700
people. So for you that have vis-

ited in the past, and had trouble
finding a seat, just hang in there
because we will soon have plenty
of room.
Many young people and old en-
joyed the production of
"Thimbalina" held in Apalachicola
last week. Thanks to Eileen Annie
and her efforts to have programs
such as these in the county.
The Sheila and Ross Chambers
family along with Michelle and
John Richards family will be go-
ing on vacation to the mountains
next week. I've asked Sheila -to
bring back a lot of brochures be-
cause I plan to go to the moun-
tains in August. I plan to pack a
lot of fun into a few days,
I'll close for this week, wishing all
of you blessings and good health.




Southeastern Fisheries

Association Report

Publisher's Note: The outgoing President of the Southeastern Fisheries
Assn, Inc. recently presented his "year-end review" before the annual
meeting of members held in Orlando, June 18-20, 1998. Steve Cox ad-
dressed many important issues facing the Florida fishing industries dur-
ing the last year. 1997-1998. His remarks have been excerpted in the
interest of brevity. The abbreviation SFA stands for Southeastern Fisher-
ies Assn, Inc.

Let me share some of SFA's accomplishments during 1997-98.

By Tom Campbell
The Timber Island Yacht Club
Youth Fishing Tournament regis-
tered a record number of area
young people for 1998.
Ms. Flo Coody who was in charge
of registration said that 202 chil-
dren between the ages of 1 1/2
and 15 years registered this year.
Last year there were 162 who
The youth and their families made
this year's event a whopping big
success. Over 400 attended the
weigh-in at 4 p.m. and the crowd
grew during the auction, leading
to the announcement of the win-
ners at about 5 p.m.
Catfish Category:
First Place Kala Penny (4.0
Second Place Levi Millender
Third Place Jessie Hicks (2.5)
Croaker Category:
First Place Jarrad Griswold
(1.0625 pounds)
Second Place Rob Smather
Third Place Eli Dean (.685)
Flounder Category:
First Place Zack Tarantino
(1.375 pounds)
Second Place Shantasia Rosier
Third Place Bradley Rushing
Pinfish Category:'
First Place Preston Massey

(.5625 pounds)
Second Place Stacey Venable
Third Place Stacy Worthington
Speckled Trout Category:
First Place Shawn Kelly (3.5
Second Place Kayla Cleveland
Third Place Nick Cordonia (2.5)
Whiting Category:
First Place Brent Penny
Second Place Andrew Butler/
Adam Gardy (0.875) (tie)
Third Place Caulin Sheridan
"Wild Card" Category:
First Place Joseph Kinard (59.
pounds Stingray)
Second Place Sharon Stone
(18. Stingray)
Third Place Barnet Goodale
(9.4375 Stingray)
Cal Allen won the fishing rod and
reel valued at $200.
Jack Bixler won the 1/2 day fish-
ing off shore with John Ramsey.
Every young person who entered
the tournament won a trophy and
a T-shirt. From all appearances,
there were 202 happy kids and
plenty of proud Moms, Dads, and
Grandparents. Timber Island
Yacht Club's 4th Annual Youth
Fishing Tournament was a big
success, with a record number of

This should be called the year of HACCP. Bob Jones trained over 525 people
in 37 different classes. The year was spent on the road providing service to the
industry. Through HACCP training we signed up 165 new seafood companies.
We generated enough income to pay off some past debts and for the first time
in over 25 years we avoided asking for a voluntary assessment from the mem-
SFA is a recognized leader in HACCP. We have the computer capability to train
electronically anywhere in the world and have done so on numerous occa-
sions. We have a large scientific and technological data base. We can alert
members to any and all changes in regulations immediately. If you are certi-
fied through the SFA HACCP course you will be kept aware of all rule changes
as long as you are a member. If you are not a member you are on your own
and that could be costly in lack of knowledge..
The Constitutional Revision Commission (CRC) began its Public Hearings in
July in Panama City and the commercial fishing issue was in the forefront. We
had members in attendance and speaking at the Hearings. We thought for
awhile that the CRC would look at changing the way the constitution is amended
but instead, it became evident that a highly organized push would be made
for unifying the Marine Fish Commission and the Game and Fish Commis-
sion. This would give the anti-commercial fishing crowd what they have wanted
for years, that is, rulemaking over saltwater fisheries without elected official
overview and very little judicial overview.
In July, the US Secretary of Commerce appointed John Sanchez, executive
director of the Monroe County Commercial Fisherman's Association to the
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.. The Florida Conservation
Association's (FCA) President went into orbit and wrote a very nasty letter to
the Secretary. SFA backed Mr. Sanchez's appointment as the FCMA contem-
plates fishermen's representatives sitting on the Councils as most of the fish-
ermen would rather be fishing. The appointment process has become so po-
litical, it takes White House support to get appointed. SFA will stay involved
with the process.
On August 21, 1997, the Florida Supreme Court issued their net ban decision
against our industry. In Lane vs. Lawton Chiles. (No. 88,609) the-Supreme
Court ended 3 years of expensive litigation and forever closed a commercial
fishing industry era. The legal fees were in excess of $200,000, with SFA pay-
ing the lion's share and OFF paying what they agreed to in the first place. I
don't think I will ever understand why society has chosen to punish the sea-
food providers for all the adverse ecological damages. SFA & OFF are to be
commended from never wavering in taking this cause all the way through. It
was expensive not only in terms of legal fees but it cost the Association many
members who didn't want to be part of the fight.
In August, the worldwide effort to curtail bottom trawling began in earnest.
The Marine Conservation Biology Institute published a paper by Dr. Elliott A.
Norse entitled "The Unseen Worldwide Plowing of the Seabed" Norse says in
his report that scientists agreed that trawling is the most important source
of human-caused physical disturbance on the world's continental shelves ....
by crushing marine animals and their habitats, trawling greatly reduces struc-
tural complexity of the seabed". Non-quantified statements such as this are
very difficult to fight. There are very few studies aimed at looking at what
impacts, if any, shrimp trawling has had on the various'shrimp grounds.
Suffice to say that having hundreds of "scienusLs ~iLh an agenda like Dr.
Norse makes it very difficult for the trawling industry. SFA tries to correspond
with all these people and point out the other side of the coin. We keep many
articles and scientific published reports on the SFA website. If you haven't
been there in a while take a look. The address is:
SFA commented on numerous NMFS proposed regulations this past year, in-
cluding the guidelines to implement the re-authorized Magnuson-Stevens Act
which controls all fishing outside state waters.
Overfishing is an overused word but is the word that will control our industry
for the next decade or more.
Determining when a stock of fish is overfished should be done by scientists
using models that can be understood and accepted by everyone involved. When
a stock is defined as overfished, nothing good happens to the harvesters. It's

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As part of his report to the
Franklin County Board of,
Commissioners at their regular
meeting July 21, Director of
Administrative Services Alan
Pierce made a recommendation
concerning the Committee on
David Butler and Mark Eliot
asked to be removed from the
Committee, and it was requested
that Donnie Wilson and Mark
Householder replace them.
The Recreation Committee is now
comprised of George Thompson,
Michael Allen, Van Johnson, Mark
Householder, Donnie Wilson, and
Alan Pierce.
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almost like a "collapse", and we all know that when a fishery is said to have
collapsed, it's not long before all commercial fishing is stopped. Rarely, does
commercial fishing ever start again after it has been closed down for even a
short period of time. There are some very important things going on. It be-
comes more important each day for us to have a strong association with a
recognized influence on state and national policy.
In September, SFA's Domestic Shrimp Section challenged the Marine Fisher-
ies Commission on their Bycatch Reduction Devices Rules. This became a
bitter challenge. SEA had some genuine complaints about the BRD rule last
year and still have them today, even though the Hearing Officer rules for the
Cecil Lane and I nominated Bob Jones for the Federal Task Force on Overfish-
ing and Capacity and he was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce.
October found us once again in Tallahassee, for the October Seafood Month
celebration with the Governor & Cabinet. We helped provide a very nice cel-
ebration, to draw attention to the value and importance of the Florida seafood
industry in particular and the southern seafood industry in general."
Also in October, we stepped into the fight with the US Department of Interior,
concerning commercial fishing inr federal waters, in Pensacola. It seems a sport
fisherman can cast a net for bait and fish in the federal park waters but
commercial fishermen can't castnet in the same waters. SFA wrote Secretary
Bruce Babbitt complaining abut this unfair situation. We are still waiting on a
satisfactory answer to our questions. It seems that some park Superinten-
dents look at the park as their personal domain and allow what they want and
prohibit what they don't want. The Fish & Wildlife Service isn't very sensitive
to citizens.
During last year, the Pew Charitable Trust started a media blitz to call atten-
tion to the strife of the ocean. The main focus of their press conference was
what they said was a "clandestine, never before seen, expose of the way com-
mercial fishermen work". The video they used at the National Press Club and
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.SE. Fisheries, Continued from Page 4
r' sites around the country showed a dilapidated old shrimp boat trom
me foreign country, bringing in sharks and beating them over the head and
cutting their fins off. They showed dolphins, whales and sea turtles being
brought up in a net as well as giant blue marlin beingdiscarded. dead among
other shocking images they want to plant in people's mind. For some reason.
the Pew Charitable Trust has selected commercial fishermen as their target.
The Pew Trust was founded on oil money that was accumulated over many
decades. Millions of these oil related dollars are spent annually, in poisoning
propaganda against commercial fishing.
Springing up, were several more fishing organizations promising things that
can't be delivered and slandering the well established professional groups .
SFA's attitude is get more people involved in the industry, however possible
and then work toward bringing them together. Unity is the only salvation but
unity is the hardest thing to achieve in our business. Some folks seem to
always look for an excuse to get angry. We will keep trying to serve everyone in
the industry.
During the legislative session. SFA was able to continue the prorate fuel tax
exemption for vessels that fish outside Florida waters. Unless legislation was
passed authorizing this exemption to our commercial fishing vessels, it would
have ended on July 1, 1998. SFA is to be congratulated for saving thousands
of dollars annually, for anyone who fishes outside Florida waters but buys
fuel in Florida ports.
The Florida legislative session was very successful. We once and for all solved
the closed season crawfish reporting form problem. This effort had positive



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impact on thousands of seafood businesses. SFA also supported and fought
for the passage of a law that prohibits restaurants from buying seafood prod-
ucts from anyone, other than a retail or wholesale seafood dealer, We have
been trying to stop the tax free, unrecorded back door purchases of seafood
for years."
In April, SFA spoke out forcefully against the possible prohibition of all night
time shrimping in the Atlantic Ocean. Gerald Pack. Director Area 1. gave the
SFA position paper before a packed crowd of over 100 concerned fishermen.
There has been a petition drive going on for several years, whereby the Florida
Wildlife Federation and the Florida Sportsman Magazine were gathering sig-
natures to combine the Marine Fisheries Commission with the Game & Fresh-
water Fish Commission.
After they had the required number of signatures to take before the Supreme
Court, they did so. SFA challenged the ballot summary and after a swift legal
fight, the Florida Supreme Court ruled with the Association and struck the
wording and the item from the November ballot. We could only celebrate that
victory for about a day or so. because then the 34 member Constitutional
Revision Commission voted to put the unification on the ballot and there is no
way we can challenge them. This was one of the strongest power plays we
have ever seen with the Chairman of the Commission, Dexter Douglass. lead-
ing the charge. This ill-conceived proposal will be on the ballot in November
and if there is no hew and cry from the citizens, it will pass and our industry
could be governed by seven sportfishermen without any overview from any
elected official and with very little judicial review.
As usual, SFA & OFF continue to cooperate with each other in litigation and
legislation. When there is mutual respect, fishery trade groups can come to-
gether for the good of the industry. SFA rejoined the National Fisheries Insti-
tute after a five year absence, during the net ban struggle. NFI helped found
SFA in 1952, when Charlie Jackson met with the organizing committee in
Jacksonville to draft a Constitution and By-Laws. NFI provides a lot of service
to its members and SFA is proud to be part of our national group. SFA will
also join the Texas Shrimp Association as the TSA has joined SFA_ There is
strength in numbers and many SFA members shrimp in Texas during the
Summer/Fall season. The South Carolina Shrimp Association is part of SFA
and we hope that the Georgia Fishermen's Association will return, once they
settle all.their legal costs and complete their reorganization.
I have enjoyed serving as President. I have never seen a year go by, so fast. I
heard Cecil Lane, my predecessor say the same thing last year, but now I
know what he meant.
Thanks for all the support I received from everyone. It was a year I won't
Thank you.
Steve Cox, President

Florida Oceans Policy Task Force

Publisher's Note: Excerpts of the Executive Director of the South-
eastern Fisheries Assn., Inc. annual meeting June 18-20, 1998, at
Orlando, Florida are presented below. The report, presented by Rob-
ert P. Jones covers three major initiatives that will impact on every-
one in the Florida fishing industries. These initiatives are: (1) The
Florida Oceans Policy Task Force, (2) the Federal Task Force on Ca-
pacity and Overcapitalization and (3) the White House National Con-
ference on the Ocean.

The Task Force is a group of 24 people appointed by Governo
velop recommendations for a State ocean policy. The membership
includes nearly all user groups as well as leading state agencies.
represents the commercial fishermen and I represent fish retail:
ers & processing. Ted Forsgren represents recreational fishing ar
represents the MFC. There are divers groups, academia, oil 8
cruise lines plus several federal entities.
This group operates under a consensus. We have a procedure ii
come to consensus on anything that will go into the report. Ii
can't reach consensus, then an 80% majority vote is required
into the report. It is a give and take procedure with no domi
control. This Task Force expires in about 12 months and the
tions will be given to the new governor, legislature and the trE
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of his earlier exploits, as he made
his way to Tampa, to join the
Rough Riders and Teddy
Roosevelt. One was the story of
his stay on an island in the Gulf.
Here, he was working for a man
who owned the sole boat to get to
the mainland and kept Zin Tate a
virtual prisoner. The island was
covered in citrus trees and these
provided a mainstay for a meager
diet provided by the boss. One day
when this boss man was prepar-
ing to go to shore again without
him, Zin Tate made his move. He
picked up an axe and said, "Now
we will see, who is going to the
However he made a vow never to
eat any citrus fruit ever again, as
he had more than his fill on that
island. He went on to Tampa
where he joined up with the
Rough Riders and went on to
Cuba with them, Merle Gay said
that it was there he believes, his
Grandpap became deaf from an
overdose of Quinine, adminis-
tered for the malaria.
When he got home, he married a
woman twenty years his junior, a
fairly unheard of thing in those
days, settled down and worked
hard all the rest of his life until
he passed on. Wayne Tate, cousin
to Merle Gay, who was only a
small baby when his father died
at the age of 23, is the only one
carrying on the Tate name. But it
was evident that as they described
the big man with blue eyes and a
loud laugh, they were proud of
their Grandpap. Martha Taylor
said, "He married when he was
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The Task Force has addressed 2 of the 3 main issues so far i.e. environmental
protection and living marine resources. The economic development debates &
discussions will occur on July 8-10 in Marathon. I encourage all members in
that area to attend at least, the public hearing session and express your views.
In studying the environmental protection situation we found that South Florida
has 6 sewer pipes flowing directly into the Atlantic Ocean. The Miami-Dade
Central pipe ends 18,971 feet from shore and pumps out 143 million gallons
per day of treated effluent. This Miami-Dade Central facility has multiple ports
and is currently permitted by the EPA's Regional IV office because the outfall
is located beyond Florida's jurisdictional waters...
Miami-Dade North pumps out an additional 112.5 millions gallons a day which
means Miami-Dade pumps over 255 million gallons of treated effluent per
day, 365 days per year. Over a period of a year this amounts to enough sewage
to fill a football stadium to a height of 292 miles in the air. Add the other 169
million gallons per day from Broward and Palm Beach County and the football.
stadium size column of sewage would reach over 400 miles into the sky...
...Harmful Algal Blooms have been making the headlines recently but they
are nothing new for us, here in Florida. We have had the Red Tide phenomena
since way back when and later on today you will hear about the current situ-
ation on HAB's including Pfeisteria, from a world expert.
This Task Force has also reviewed the living marine resources element of the
program. Fishing, as always, turns out to be one of the most controversial and
emotional. We were shown a report on turtles at our most recent meeting in
St. Pete and one of the presenters showed a slide of a shrimp boats with the
deck full of large turtles. I recognized the photo right away as I have seen it
many times over the years, especially in the S.O.S. net ban campaign.
I asked the presenter to tell the group when the photo was taken, who took it
and under what context were the turtles on the deck. It turned out that she
took the picture in the 1970's aboard the Georgia Bulldog when it was doing
turtle work in the Cape Canaveral Channel.
I told her that photo in no way represented the shrimping experience and all it
did was poison minds. I hope she either removes that slide or explains to her
future audiences that it was a scientific experiment not a shrimping
Overfishing and by-catch dominate most discussions. Part of what I am trying
to get across, is that recreational fishing is also part of any overfishing prob-
lem and in some instances the biggest part. Fisheries such as snook, tarpon,
billfish, redfish, trout, king mackerel are dominated by recreational fishing
and they are an equal amount harvester of Spanish mackerel and Red snap-
per. Its taken a long time to convince the regulators that even though the
sport fisherman only take fish one at a time there is great impact. However,
when there are almost a million licensed sport fishermen in Florida, plus all
the tourists who have their hooks in the water every day and night, a million
fish here and a million fish there tend to'add up...

Federal Task Force on Capacity and Overcapitalization
This 22 person group was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. It
will report directly to the Congress in October of this year and will disband at
that time. When the Magnuson Act was re-authorized last year. Congress
established this Task Force to get a feel on whether or not and how much the
US fishing industry might be overcapacity and overcapitalized.
Determining either overcapacity or overcapitalization is like trying to catch a
puff of smoke. Many times it is in the "eye of the beholder". But, most fishery
managers have determined the fishing industry is overcapitalized based on a
report by the United Nations'FAO. The US Congress wants to know if this is
true in America and what can be done about it.
In the southeast we are overcapacity because of regulations as much as any-
thing else. Whey the net ban passed, all the inshore fisheries participants had
overcapacity and where the harvest is set at zero, any dollars invested at all
causes overcapitalization for those fisheries.
Our next meeting is in Portland, Maine.the last part of June. We will be look-
ing at the exemption boat owners have who use crews less than ten. There is
a major effort to remove this exemption and to classify the crewmen as em-
ployees thereby making them eligible for state workers comp and unemploy-
ment programs.

White House National Ocean Conference
The most recent event I attended, which was the White House National Ocean
Conference held in Monterey, California will be a turning point for fisheries in
the United States. I thank the Domestic Shrimp Industry Section contributors
in Fort Myers, for paying the expenses for me to attend the event.

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Florida Oceans Policy, Continued from Page 5

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Bob Jones, file photo

plus Commandant Loy of the Coast Guard, EPA Administrator Browner and
Environmental Quality Chairman McGinty, all come together to talk about
the ocean in general and fisheries in particular.
Our Commerce Subsection was chaired by Dr. James Baker, head of NOAA.
The plenary session, where the. report of our Commerce Section meeting was
given, was chaired by Vice President Al Gore.
There was an awards luncheon on the first day of the conference where 5
dignitaries were honored. Two of the award recipients were evidently vegetar-
ians as the artist asked the audience not to look at fish as a resource but as
Dr. Sylvia Earle. who has said she couldn't eat a fish or anything that has a
face, was her usual self. When Ted Danson, star of Cheers, was recognized for
his work on behalf of the oceans, he said, "I hope I didn't hurt Dr. Earle's
feelings, but I asked her what was the use of saving it, if you can't eat it?" His
comment brought the house down.
By the way, the luncheon was a green salad topped with delicious 16/20
count P & D shrimp. Julius Collins thought they were Texas browns but they
tasted more like Florida whites to me.
Let me just mention why, I think this was a most important conference and
why we need to be part of the follow-up.
In the middle 1970's, James Schlesinger was Director of the Office of Manage-
ment & Budget. He wrote ONE letter concerning marketing and questioned
whether the government should be involved in any loan programs to the fish-
ing industry. That ONE letter reverberated throughout the entire executive
department and spilled over into Congress. The result was a complete shut
down for a while on loans and the end of the marketing and promotion ele-
ment with the National Marine Fisheries Service. One letter from an appointed
bureaucrat did all of that. What impact do you think direct recommendations
by the President and VP and his Cabinet will have on the fisheries world. I
think it will be riothing less than enormous.
In President Clinton's address he set policy that will affect everyone in this
room, and I quote, "We must do more to restore precious marine resources. To
help create sustainable fisheries, we will help to rebuild fish stocks within 10
years, work with industry to develop, new technologies to net only targeted
species offish, ban the sale and import of under-sized Atlantic swordfish and
protect essential fish habitats.
This Presidential policy statement says so much more than is written. It is
pro-commercial net fishing but wants better technology to solve the bycatch
situation. It is pro-commercial net fishing because it supports sustainable
fisheries. It is pro-commercial because it wants to rebuild overfished fish stocks.
It is pro-commercial because it didn't support the "Give The Swordfish A Break"
campaign by the Pew Trust and Sylvia Earle.
He recognized that a real dialogue has began and that everyone should have a
place at the negotiating table. This has to be an American issue which in-
cludes the consumers as well as the harvesters.
He directed his cabinet to, "come back to him in one year with recommenda-.
tionsfor a coordinated, disciplined, long-term federal oceans policy." He urged
Congress to establish an Oceans Commission which, if we get a seat at the
table, will give our industry a chance to survive not only in the 21st century
but for centuries to come.
If you want to read President Clinton's speech, you can go to the SFA website,
Bob Jones
Executive Director

Florida Governor's Ocean


What is the Year of the Ocean?
In recognition of the, importance of the ocean to life on this planet, the United
Nations has declared 1998 to be the International Year of the Ocean. This
declaration offers an opportunity to bring the value of the ocean and its re-
sources to the public's attention and to look for ways to improve ocean man-
agement so that future generations will have a healthy, vital ocean to depend
upon and enjoy. Similarly, Governor Lawton Chiles has proclaimed 1998 as
the Year of the Ocean for Florida, so that the state may focus on the impor-
tance of the ocean to the cultural, economic, and environmental health of the

What's so important about the ocean?
The ocean, is of great importance and value to everyone. It is the source of
oxygen we breathe, rain that waters our, crops, food we eat, and medicines
that improve our health. It is the basis for important industries such as ship-
ping, commercial and recreational fishing, and tourism. Transportation and
,rational security interests are dependent on the ocean. It regulates our cli-
,mate and is an important source of energy. Finally, there is an intangible

value to the ocean that is very personal. Each of us responds to the ocean and
its majesty in some way. A visit to the ocean has the power to rejuvenate,
inspire, comfort, relax, and entertain.
What is the Florida Governor's Ocean Committee?
The state recognizes how valuable ocean resources are to Florida's economic
and environmental well-being. The. state also recognizes that current meth-
ods of managing ocean resources are fragmented, uncoordinated, and at times
conflicting and contradictory. As a result the Florida Governor's Ocean Com-
mittee was created by Executive Order 98-13, signed by Governor Lawton
Chiles on January 9, 1998. The Committee is charged, with several, impor-
tant goals, including identification of instances where current management
responses to ocean issues are inadequate or conflicting: development of strat-
egies that address those inadequacies or conflicts; improvement of coordina-
tion of management efforts by local, state, and federal governments: and fi-
nally, promotion of public awareness of the importance of the ocean to all

Who is on the Committee?
The Florida Governor's Ocean Committee is made up of 24 members, repre-
senting government, conservation, education, science, recreation, and busi-
ness interests. The chair of the Committee is University of South Florida Presi-
dent Betty Castor; vice-chair is Department of Community Affairs Secretary
Jim Murley. The Committee is assisted by six ex officio members representing
federal agencies and is staffed by the Florida Coastal Management Program,
Florida State University, and 1000 Friends of Florida.

When and where does the Florida Governor's Ocean
Committee meet?
The Florida Governor's Ocean Committee is scheduled to meet six times be-
tween January 1998 and December 1998. The first meeting was held Febru-
ary 2-3 in Tallahassee. The rest of the schedule is set as follows:
September 28-29: Northern Florida
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During a five mile hike and outing at St. George Island
State Park, Boy Scouts of America Troop #24 discovered
and marked a new nest made by a huge sea turtle. Its
laborious path to and from the Gulf of Mexico looked fresh,
but later in the day the wind had removed much of the
distinctive markings made by the turtle's flippers. The
chosen site is among some tall sea oats close to a sand
dune. The question is: How many babies will make it back
to the water?
Pictured left to right are Scoutmaster Mike Vroegop, Reese
Kern, Michael A. Vroegop, Assistant Scoutmaster Ron
Smith, Jeremy Thomas, Paul Sullivan and Wesley Sullivan.

How is the Florida Governor's Ocean Committee
pursuing its goals?
The Committee's work will be conducted in two phases lasting 18 months.
Phase I will be completec~during the first nine months and will explore issues
related to environmental protection, living marine resources, economic devel-
opment, and intergovernmental coordination. Phase II will focus on a dedi-
cated public outreach effort and the development of suggestions for imple-
menting the Committee's recommendations.

What issues are being discussed at the Florida
Governor's Ocean Committee?
After an initial organizational meeting in February 1998, the Florida Governor's
Ocean Committee began a series of focused meetings discussing three topic
areas: environmental protection, living marine resources, and economic pro-
tection. Issues related to intergovernmental coordination and public outreach
concepts highlight topical discussions.
The March meeting of the Committee was devoted to environmental protec-
tion issues, and was organized into three subtopics: ocean-based sources of
pollution, land-based sources of pollution, and public health. The Committee
heard from experts on the issues and began formulating strategies that will
eventually become recommendations to the Governor on how the state can
best address environmental protection concerns as part of a comprehensive
ocean management strategy.


The meetings of the Committee will discuss issued related to living marine
resources. The discussion of the topic will be organized around three subtop-
ics: living marine resources, human use of living marine resources, and the
institutional structure of managing the resources. The Committee will hear
from experts on the issues and will then proceed to develop strategies that will
eventually become recommendations to the Governor on how the state can
address living marine resource concerns as part of a comprehensive ocean
management strategy.
The July meeting of the Committee will discuss issues related to economic
development. The discussion will be organized around three subtopics: tour-
ism, ports and shipping, and oil and gas development. The Committee will
hear from experts on the issues and will then proceed to develop strategies
that will eventually become recommendations to the Governor on how the
state can best address economic concerns as part of a comprehensive ocean
management strategy.


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Nearly 100 members of the local
youth population (ages 14-21) re-
ceived employment and skill
building opportunities during the
summer, through the Job Train-
ing and Partnership Act (JTPA)
The JTPA Summer Youth Employ-
ment and Training Program,
which began on June 8 and con-
cluded on July 16, provided local
youth members with an opportu-
nity to "learn & earn." The youth
received a weekly stipend of $144
and worked 28 hours per week.
These youth members were also
carefully interviewed and as-
signed, as well as possible, to jobs
in their general area of interest.
Ms. Karyl Gavigan, who serves as
the JTPA Summer Youth Employ-
ment & Training Program Coor-
dinator, commented that the vast
majority of those receiving such
employment opportunities, found
the experience to be rewarding.
"They get to learn about different
jobs and different careers that
they wouldn't normally know
about," she said, "and they're
learning responsibilities. They
seem to be enjoying themselves
and they're learning to work with
all'kinds of different people."
"Some are working with adults
and others are working with chil-
dren." Gavigan continued,
"they're seeing some of the things
that they like and don't like, so
they can look forward to mold
their education and plan for their
future. It's helping them gain per-
spective on real life situations."
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their young summer employees.
"We've had situations where em-
ployers have found that the stu-
dents are so capable that they
would like to retain them into the
school year," she said. Gavigan
added, "unfortunately, we only
have funding for six weeks."
Some of the employment sites in
the area participating with the
JTPA Program included the Na-
tional Estuary, Apalachicola High
School, St. Vincent Wildlife Ref-
uge, the Franklin County Public
Library, Chapman Elementary
School, the Franklin County Ex-
tension Office, the Community
Action Agency and the Eastpoint
Water & Sewer Office.
Ms. Gavigan noted that funding
may not be available for the JTPA
Summer Youth Employment and
Training Program next year. "Un-
fortunately," she continued, "the
subcommittee and the House of
Representatives in charge of JTPA
funding have disallowed the pro-
gram for next year." The summer
employment program, Gavigan
added, will have to be either re-
funded or rewritten by another
committee, in order to continue
next year.
Those, serving as supervisors at
the various employment sites for
the youth, commented that the
program will be greatly missed if
it does not continue next year. Ms.
Eileen Annie, who serves as the
Franklin County Public Library
Director, stated that the JTPA
workers have helped to enhance
summer programs at the library
for several years.
"We've had them for several years
now," said Annie, "and it's great
in the summer when we have so
many programs. It's a boon to the
library." She added, "it's also good
for them, because they have a lot
of different experiences. They
have diverse duties; working in
the library is a very good experi-
ence for the kids."
Several of the JTPA workers at the
library also spoke of their sum-
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Annie Johnson noted, "I've
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"I've enjoyed being here." Haley
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individuals can be a very trying
experience. "I've learned how to
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enth quarterly Florida
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indicates 42 nursing hon
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services possible, some i
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any time, during January 1 Mar
minimum standards at the time
health or safety. If the deficienc
1998 is noted. Facilities appealir

Older Americans' Act

By Tom Campbell
Many people may not realize that niors need.
the Older Americans' Act has to
be reauthorized, if essential pro- Locally, Franklin County
grams like Meals-on-Wheels are Center sponsors Mea
to continue. The legislation, which Wheels. Ms. Helen Schmid
authorizes some community- is on the Board of Directors
based services, expired three Center, has pointed out th
years ago. and other vital programs
niors are assisted by volui
That legislation, the Older Ameri- "rhese services are essen:
cans' Act, was last reauthorized the well-being of the seni
in 1992 but expired at the end of serve," Ms. Schmidt said.
FY 1995. As long as the act re-
mains unauthorized, its programs According to Ms. Ga
suffer from diminished status in 'Today's seniors are health:
the appropriations process. living longer. By 2030, the
ber of those 65 and over wil
National Committee Director of up to 70 million, about tv
up to 70 million, about tv
Government Relations and Policy many as today. 'Longevity
is Ms. Cheryl Gannon. She ality that seniorsface.
pointed out that the longer the ing for that longer life re
Older Americans' Act is left un- m forthatte ong
authorized, the greater the risk more attention.
that its programs may be diluted She points out, "The Older.
or severely cut. cans' Act should be reauth
as soon as possible, if es
The original 1965 act specified the programs like Meals-on-
program's scarce resources are to continue. Program
should focus on those with the that and elder abuse prey
greatest social and economic programs, don't only se
needs.meals and advice. They als
One issue causing debate is cost ster seniors' independent
sharing. Currently, some pro- sense of dignity."
grams can seek voluntary contri- Experts agree that quality
butions from seniors who use depends on staying acti
their services. Some lawmakers involved as ongevity expa
now wart to impose a cost shar- involved as longevity expa
ing mandate for some services, on Readers interested in real
all those who can afford it. zation of the Older America
according to Ms. should talk to representative
Opponents, according to Ms. senators about the issue.
Gannon, claimtheprocess ofveri- ers who would like more inm
flying a senior's ability to pay tion or want to get active
would be "intrusive and cumber- evolved should call the Na
some, and might scare off many Committee to Preserve Soc
who need help." Ms. Gannon curity and Medicare at
points out that money for Older 966-1935.
Americans' Act-funded programs
is already directed to com-
munity-based organizations,
which know best what local se-

Effort Underway The stretch of Highway 9
Ochlochonee River bri
To Name Part of Carrabelle is the area unc
sideration. 'This would t
Highway 98 Camp ting memorial to the he
S9 aWorld War II," Mr. Wini
Gordon Johnston said.
Clerk of Court Kendall Wa
P llr a he will also contact mem
Pa way the legislature regarding tt

By Tom Campbell
President Sid Winchester of the
Camp Gordon Johnston Associa-
tion, announced July 15 that Mr.
Elmer Horne has contacted mem-
bers of the Florida Legislature in
an effort to name part of Highway
98, The Camp Gordon Johnston

For those who might wis
information, the Camp C
Johnston Association
number is 850-697-8575.

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ing. The conditional-rated facili-
ties listed face the possibility of
monetary penalties, moratoriums
on new patient admissions and
even suspension from the
Medicaid and Medicare pro-
grams, if they fail to correct their
The Update is just one of the many
tools consumers can use to help
make an informed nursing home
decision. So far this year, AHCA
has distributed nearly 20,000
copies of the Florida Nursing
Home Guide and Florida Nursing
Home Guide Update.
The new Florida Nursing Home
Guide will be available this
Since 1993, AHCA has placed
more than 50 moratoriums on
new admissions at nursing homes

throughout the state and ,has
forced the closure of eight nurs-
ing homes.
The Agency for Health Care Ad-
ministration works to provide ac-
cess to affordable, quality health
care for all Floridians-which in-
cludes Florida's 670 licensed
nursing homes. AHCA regulates
18,000 health care facilities and
more than 550,000 health care
practitioners, administers Flor-
ida's $7 billion Medicaid program,
oversees the Community Health
Purchasing Alliances (CHPAs) and
publishes health care data and
For a free copy of the Update, call
toll-free 1-888-419-3456 or visit
AHCA's web page at www. fdhc.

Update is published by the state Agency for Health Care Administration to assist consumers in
I home care in Florida. This Update lists facilities that.met the criteria for a conditional rating, at
:h 31, 1998. A conditional rating Indicates that a facility failed to meet, or correct upon follow-up,
of the state's annual inspection. Immediate action is taken if a facility poses a threat to resident
:les which resulted in a conditional rating have been corrected, the current rating as of April 3,
ig the state's inspection results are also noted.

Cedar Hills Nursing & Rehab Number of Beds: 180 Beds Some residents had significant weight loss; Not all
2061 Hyde Park Rd. Jacksonville License Expires: 12/31/98 residents received care to attain or maintain well-
County/Area Office: Duval/4 Owner: Emerald Cedar Hills, Inc. being.
Center For Health Care of the Alliance Number of Beds: 130 Beds Facility corrected deficiency and now has a
Community License Expires: 6/30/98 standard rating as of 3/11/98. Deficiency cited
130 W. Armstrong Ave. Deland Owner: The Alliance Community for before that time was: Inappropriate use of
County/Area Office: Volusla/4 Retirement Living, Inc. restraints.
Fairview Manor Number of Beds: 192 Beds Some residents developed pressure sores while in
324 Wilder Blvd. Daytona Beach License Expires: 1/31/99 the facility.
County/Area Office: Volusla/4 Owner: Delta Health Group, Inc.
Magnolias, The Number of Beds: 210 Beds Some residents developed pressure sores while in
600 W. Gregory St. 0 Pensacola License Expires: 8/31/98 the facility.
County/Area Office: Escambla/1 Owner: Pensacola Health Care Services, LLC
Riverwood Center, The Number of Beds: 240 Beds Facility corrected deficiencies and now has a
2802 Parental Home Rd. Jacksonville License Expires: 12/31/98 standard rating as of 3/6/98. Deficiencies cited
County/Area Office: Duval/4 Owner: Genesis Eldercare Properties, Inc. before that time were: Not all residents received
care to attain or maintain well-being; Medication
Tanglewood Convalescent Center Number of Beds: 180 Beds Facility corrected deficiency and now has a
2400 S. First St. 0 Lake City License Expires: 3/31/99 standard rating as of 2/6/98. Deficiency cited
County/Area Office: Columbia/3 Owner: Hunter Care Centers, Inc. before that time was: Some residents were not
given notice regarding the bed-hold policies.

wecare Nursing Center
490 S. Old Wire Rd. Wildwood
County/Area Office: Sumter/3

Whispering Pines Care Center
808 S. volley Rd. Starke
County/Area office: Bradford

Number of Beds: 210 Beds
License Expires: 4/30/99
Owner: Wildwood Healthcare, Inc.

Number of Beds: 120 Beds
License Expires: 10/31/98
Owner: Cambridge Health Care of Starke,

Facility corrected deficiency and now has a
standard rating as of 3/4/98. Deficiency cited
before that time was: Fire alarm not sent to fire

Facility corrected deficiency and now has a
standard rating as of 3/27/98. Deficiency cited
before that time was: Facility failed to implement
an adequate Infection control program.

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Friday & Sat. 9:00 p.m. 2:00 a.m.

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_ _Telephone: 653-3444


Page 8 24 July 1998 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday

Church News
Rev. Theodore Schiller, new Pas-
tor for St. George Island and
Eastpoint United Methodist
churches, has initiated worship
services, with participation from
both congregations, at Bay St.
George nursing home in
Eastpoint, beginning Sunday,
July 1-6. Services will be held at
3:00 p.m. and twice monthly
Also, a Bible study program for
both churches is being conducted
Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the
Eastpoint United Methodist
Church, David St,, in Eastpoint.
A new series, 'The Grand Sweep:
Genesis Through Revelations,"
begins July 29. The public is en-
couraged to attend.
Carolyn and Lydle Brinkle were
accepted into membership at St.
George Island United Methodist
Church on July 19, 1998. St,
George Island residents as of Au-
gust, the Brinkles moved here
from Erie, Pennsylvania, where
Lydle was Director of the Geogra-
phy Department at Gannon Uni-
versity in Erie. Carolyn was a fam-
ily Cherapist for the court system
in Crawford County. The Brinkles
have three boys, and were foster
parents for 12 years for the juve-
nile probation office. Lydle is cur-
rently a tour director for Tortuga
Travel Agency in Philadelphia.
On July 22, the baptism of David
Hutton, Son-in-law of Pastor and
Mrs. Schiller, was held at the
Eastpoint Methodist Church. The
Schillers have recently moved to
our community from Cape Coral,
Florida, where he was Visitation
Pastor for Cape Coral United
Methodist Church. The Schillers
currently reside in Eastpoint at
the parsonage on David Street.
Also receiving the sacrament of
baptism on July 26, was Emily
Herbst. The Herbsts moved to St.
George Island in April 1997 from
Atlanta. Emily currently works at
Resort Realty, and Paul manages
a business, Paul's Electronics, on
the Island. Paul has studied the
martial arts for over 20 years as a
hobby, and Emily will be joining
in productions of the Dixie The-
atre, opening soon in Apa-
lachicola. Emily has performed in
community theater productions
in Atlanta and has also appear-
ed in movie and television
The Methodist Church on St.
George Island is winding up a
busy month with a dessert and
ice cream social, complete with a
nostalgic sing-a-long, on July
25th. For more information about
activities of either church, contact
Rev. Ted Schiller at 670-8875.



Expert in


By Tom Campbell
Talking with Ms. Jeanne Burdick
in her studio and shop at Big
Bend Ceramics, at the Mini Mail
East, in Carrabelle, gives the visi-
tor an opportunity to witness an
expert at work. She is finishing
one of many examples of her art.
About a thousand objects are on
display, each one created by Ms.
Burdick herself.
Since the 1940's in California, Ms.
Burdick has been busy with ce-
ramics. She started while her
husband was a student in college
and she was working as a teacher.
"It keep me busy creating," she
says, "and I thoroughly enjoy it."
When she retired and moved to
Lanark Village, Ms. Burdick
opened her studio and shop, Big
Bend Ceramics, in 1994.
She pours the greenware, enjoys
teaching others about ceramics,
and stays busy. She paints the
creations. "Adding the colors is a
wonderful experience," she says.
"If you stain, you don't do any
more baking. Three coats of glaze,
on occasion, can go on color. The
process can be as complex as you
want. A beautiful product is your
end result."
All over the state of Florida, people
have requested her ceramics. She
also has shipped to many distant
locations, throughout the nation.
Favorites with customers are the
lighthouses (some of which actu-
ally have lights inside), rabbits,
and specialty items such as
manatees, trees and fish. Ms.
Burdick dry brushes many of the
items, doing each piece with care.
She said, "Anybody can get
started in ceramics and it's won-
derful therapy, giving a chance to
do something constructive. Any-
body wanting to get into ceram-
ics as a hobby, should start small
and grow. You can spend as much
or as little as you want. It takes
time to learn, but even the novice
can do some beautiful work."
Ms. Burdick provides workshops
for senior citizens, as well as
school students and others. Spe-
cial discounts on materials and
supplies are offered.
"it's relaxing and enjoyable," she
said. Her large and varied display
is a joyful enticement to "give it a

Grandpap Remembered,
Continued from Page 5
old lady. That was almost un-
thinkable in those days but they
lived together in a good marriage
and raised a lot of children."
The group said that they had a
good time here in Carrabelle and
elt their day in the woods was a
special day for all of them.

El Nino, Continued from
Page 2

Q.4 How did it get its name?
A.4 El Nino (pronounced "el-
neenyo")-"The Child" in Span-
ish-was named for the Christ
child by a Peruvian fisherman
who noticed that the ocean
warmed periodically around
Christmas time. El Nino is just
one phase of a larger cyclical phe-
nomenon-the El Nino Southern
Oscillation (ENSO) that sends sea'
surface temperatures in the east-
ern Pacific climbing above aver-
age during El Nino Years, and
plummeting during the flip side,
La Nina.
9.5 Why is this El Nino getting
so much attention?
A.5 Already, this year's El Nino is
shaping up to be the biggest in
history. NASA satellites show that
a bulge of warm water stretching
more than 6,000 miles, half again
as big as the continental United
States, and the biggest in some
150 years, has migrated from the
international date line to the coast
of South American, raising sea
levels there by 10 inches. Sea-
surface temperatures, which are
now nearly 9 degrees Fahrenheit
above average in parts of the east-
ern Pacific, have already equaled
those measured during the pow-
erful El Nino of 1982-83, which a
U.S. government study blamed for
2,000 deaths and $13 billion
worth of damage worldwide. It al-
ready is disrupting weather in
Indonesia, Australia and South

1997 Shark Attacks

On June 10, 1998, University of
Florida scientists released statis-
tics on worldwide shark attacks
in 1997. Of a world total of 56
reported incidents, 32 occurred in
the United States, of which 25
were in Florida. However, none of
the 11 reported fatalities occurred
in the United States. [Assoc.

TO: Any Person Having Interest In, Title To, Or Right To,
the above Described Property
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a forfeiture action has been filed against
the above-described property by the Franklin County Sheriffs Office Narcotics Unit. An
Order Finding Probable Cause and Directing Claimant To Respond has been issued by
the court. You are required to file a copy of your written defenses with the Clerk of the
Court and to serve a copy of your written defenses on or before the 10th day of August,
1998, on Ron Flury, Esquire, Counsel for Petitioner, whose address is Assistant State
Attorney's Office, Franklin County Court House, Apalachicola, Florida, 32320. Failure
to file your defenses will result in a default being entered against you.
WITNESS my hand and the Seal of this Court on this 21 day of July, 1998.
/s/ Kendall Wade BY: /s/ Renee S. Griffin
as Clerk, Circuit Courtas Deput Clerk
Franklin County, Florida

TO: Any Person Having Interest In, Title To, Or Right To,
the above Described Property
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a forfeiture action has been filed against
the above-described property by the Franklin County Sheriffs Office Narcotics Unit. An
Order Finding Probable Cause and Directing Claimant To Respond has been issued by
the court. You are required to file a copy of your written defenses with the Clerk of the
Court and to serve a copy of your written defenses on or before the 10th day of August,
1998, on Ron Flury, Esquire, Counsel for Petitioner, whose address is Assistant State
Attorney's Office, Franklin County Court House, Apalachicola, Florida, 32320. Failure
to file your defenses will result in a default being entered against you.
WITNESS my hand and the Seal of this Court on this 21 day of July, 1998.
/s/ KendallWade BY: /s/ Renee S. Griffin
as Clerk, Circuit Court as Deputy Clerk
Franklin County, Florida

bearing VIN#1G2JB 14K9M7599014 NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: Any Person Having Interest In, Title To, Or Right To,
the above Described Property
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a forfeiture action has been filed against
the above-described property by the Franklin County Sheriffs Office Narcotics Unit. An
Order Finding Probable Cause and Directing Claimant To Respond has been issued by
the court. You are required to file a copy of your written defenses with the Clerk of the
Court and to serve a copy of your written defenses on or before the 10th day of August,
1998, on Ron Flury, Esquire, Counsel for Petitioner, whose address is Assistant State
Attorney's Office, Franklin County Court House, Apalachicola, Florida, 32320. Failure
to file your defenses will result in a default being entered against you.
WITNESS my hand and the Seal of this Court on this 21 day of July, 1998.
/s/ Kendall Wade BY: /s/ Renee S. Griffin
as Clerk, Circuit Court as Deputy Clerk
Franklin County, Florida

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house Estates ................... $25,000.00
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City Commission, Continued
from Page 1
peared to discuss the matter of a
lease on the airport property, pro-
posed by her clients George and
Pat Maiers. She was requesting a
meeting with the city attorney, to
try to negotiate some of the terms
on the lease. The two attorneys,
commissioners and the Maiers
agreed to a workshop meeting,
open to the public, to be held at
city hall on July 30.
Commissioner Jim Phillips asked
and received approval to extend
the time in which people may still
apply for city water at the "Bar-
gain Price" of $50.00, to the end
of July.
Ms. Lycett stated that the small
building adjacent to the City Hall
would now be opened, to offer the
police officers a place to do their
paper work and assemble. Police
Chief Buddy Shiver said, "The
phone booth will still remain the
smallest police station in the
Ms. Lycett also spoke for the of-
ficers, in asking that overtime
money be paid, for hours worked.
Charles Lee Daniels verified the
hours and the motion to pay was
approved, for those who have ac-
quired overtime.


"Sylvia" Full of



By Tom Campbell

Ms. Dixie Partington moved about
the Dixie Theatre like a business-
woman taking care of the shop.
From answering the phone to de-
ciding where some books should
be placed, she was charmingly in
control and apparently enjoying
the whole procedure.
In her conversation about the new
Dixie Theatre at 21 Avenue E in
Apalachicola, she revealed that
she is no novice, but has her feet
firmly on the ground, even if what
she really loves is "living theatre."
She has learned "a few things
about survival," she smiled.
Ms. Partington has lived in
Apalachicola about five years and
has worked three years with Dan
Garlick at Garlick Environmental.
She also worked in P. J. Trowell's

Skating Rink, Continued
from Page 1
flight pattern." The concerns were
to have the children exposed to
the possibility of a disaster. He
added that he was in favor of skat-
ing rinks, but not where Ms.
Moses proposed It.
Jack Prophater made the motion
to recommend to the county com-
mission, that they deny the re-
quest for rezoning saying that he
could not in" in good conscience"
recommend rezoning. It was de-
nied unanimously by the board.
The matter will be taken up at the
next Commission meeting on July
There were four applications for
construction in the Critical Habi-
tat Zone. Mark J. Martinko was
approved to build a cantilever
deck on Lot 76, Holiday Beach ,
Unit One on Alligator Point.
Gerald McManus was approved to
construct a rip rap revetment on
Lot 83, Block C, Unit One St.
James Island Park. Don Wilson
and Vera Clark received approval
for a private dock at 999 Mill
Road, in River Forest. Don Boyd
was approved for a private dock
on the 7.8 acre, Tract 46.
The board then reviewed a sketch
of a plat for Phase Ii Beacon Ridge,
owned by Mile Langston.
Langston was represented by his
father, Gene Langston. The zon-
ing requested was R2 which per-
mits houses and mobile homes.
However, the written application
had R4 on it, which permits cot-
tage industry. Langston was given
conditional approval, contingent
on a change on the application to


Don Wood

Putnal requested that a commit-
tee be formed to be called the
Carrabelle Safety Committee.
Members would be chosen by the
commissioners. They would help
explore the possibility of grants to
light up the Tillie Miller Bridge.

shop, River Lily, as the specialty
gift shop "moved around from
place to place." Ms. Partington
said, "She (P. J. Trowell) has lit-
erally and figuratively been
around the block, finally locating
on Commerce Street in
Apalachicola, where she is now."
About the Dixie Theatre, Ms.
Partington said, "We're happy to
get underway here. We love what
we're doing, and it's a project that
will last for the rest of our lives."
Asked how she liked working with
Director Fred Chappell ofF. S. U.,
she said, "He has an infectious
enthusiasm and everybody adores
him. The whole cast is having a
good time."
Ms. Partington said she had
worked with Maureen McCarthy,
also starring in "Sylvia," on a film
done previously for F.S.U. "All the
'actors are fun to work with," said
Ms. Partington. Rehearsals are
going well and everything is on
track for a successful opening
night, July 3 1, at 8 P.M.
She shared a secret about
"Sylvia," which this writer swore
to keep, that will certainly fasci-
nate the audience. Plan to be
there opening night for the sur-
prises. "This is a dream role of a
lifetime," she said.
"Sylvia" by A.R. Gurney is a mo-
dem romantic comedy about a
marriage and a dog. Adult lan-
guage is used. Performances are
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and
Saturday evenings at 8. Sunday
matinee at 3.
Dixie Theatre Box Office is open
Tuesday through Saturday, I to 7
P.M., and Sunday I to 5 P.M..
Closed Monday.
Don't miss the production of
"Sylvia," guaranteed to be a les-
son in good fun and imagination.
Performances through Aug. 16.

Phil Worley was given approval to
retain an old building on his lot,
to use as a guest house and stor-
age, with one electric meter. The
kitchen would be removed and it
would basically be overnite sleep-
ing quarters for guests. Several
members questioned Worley
closely as to his intentions. Final
approval by a vote of 4-3 was
given with John Murphy, Cheryl
Sanders and Roxy Allen voting
against the recommendation.
The board also approved a docu-
ment on flood insurance, writ-
ten by Mark Currenton, to be
presented to the County
Don Popham was the last appli-
cant for approval. His request had
not appeared on the agenda, al-
though he had applied thirty days
in advance. Alan Pierce apologized
to the applicant, saying that it was
somehow lost in the files and
should have been on the agenda.
Pierce read a part of the new rules
that said the applicant had to
have his application in to the
planning office at least 15 days
ahead, but the rules did not re-
quire it to be on the agenda to be
heard. The board heard his ap-
plication to build a 8,000
square foot building, west of
Apalachicola, about one half mile
outside the city limits. He pro-
poses to open a Dollar General
Store. The application was recom-
mended for approval. Popham
said to look for his opening 90
days after he gets the final ap-
proval from the Commission.
Special Uses, a zoning that ad-
dresses golf courses, was dis-
cussed and Pierce said that pub-
lic hearings would be held by the
County Commission.

As an information item, Ms.
Dodds told the board members
that she had attended a Coastal
Alliance meeting, chaired by Jim
Marx of the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection,
(DEP) She said the group was
made up of citizens and state
employees. Ms. Dodds said she
just wanted to let the members
know that this group was in ex-
istence and that Marx was going
to send them a copy of a brochure
of recommendations, made by
that group and that he would be
individually contacting all the
members of the planning and zon-
ing board.


Re-Elect for County Commission District #4

JimmyG .

On Education:
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spearhead the GCCC Franklin/Gulf satellite campus and, for
the past 10 years, he has been involved in GCCC's scholar-
Pd. pol. ad.- Paid for and approved by he 'ship program which provides scholarships to deserving youth.
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