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Franklin Chronicle

Volume 7, Number 18


September 4 17, 199.8

First Primary Election:

Kendrick Wins Outright-County

Commission Incumbents to Compete In

Runoff Election

Cheryl Sanders led District 2 County Commission
candidates with 48.5% of the votes. Her brother, candidate
Will Kendrick received over 70% of the votes for District 2
Cthoorl lBoard

By Brian Goercke
Incumbent Will Kendrick collected
305 (71-09%) v6 t lr~~i'the District-
2 race for Franklin County School
Board and coasted to an easy vic-
tory over challenger David Hinton,
who received 124 (28.90%) votes
in the September 1 Primary
Mr. Kendrick responded after re-
ceiving the election results, "I said
that my record spoke for itself,
and that the people would like to
see my leadership continue."
In the District 2 race for Franklin
County Commissioner, Incum-
bent Raymond Williams collected
168 (38.62%) votes and will com-
pete against challenger Cheryl
Sanders in the October 1 Primary
Election. Ms. Sanders led all Dis-
trict 2 county commission candi-
dates with 211 (48.50%) votes.
Candidate Johnnie Gray received
56 (12.87%) votes in the race.
Ms. Sanders, who could become
the first female to be elected to the
county commission, responded to

the election results. "I'm very
pleased," said Sanders, "I knew I
had the support. I knew my home-
town wouldn't let me down."
In the District 4 race for Franklin
County Commissioner, Incum-
bent Jimmy Mosconis received
399 (42.22%) votes and will join
challenger Bobby Varnes in the
October 1 Primary Election. Mr.
Varnes led all candidates with 451
(47.72%) votes in the race, Can-
didate Arthur "Red" Davis col-
lected 95 (10.05%).
Mr. Varnes, who was narrowly
ceteated lour years ago by Jimmy
Mosconis, commented on his
chances to dethrone the incum-
bent. "I feel good about it," said
Varnes, "I feel that I can get a lot
of Red's (Davis) votes. I just think
the people want a change. They
say 16 years is long enough."
Only 24% of the local constitu-
ency made their way to the polls
during the September 1 Primary
Election. Franklin County Super-
visor of Elections Doris
Shiver-Gibbs had predicted a 30%
voter turnout.

Court Decides For Apalachicola In
Teat v. City Of Apalachicola

By Tom Campbell

In the Circuit Court of Second
Judicial Circuit, in and for Fran-
klin County, Case of Eric Teat and
Wanda Teat, Plaintiffs, versus City
of Apalachicola, Defendant, the
Court'in its Final Judgment after
six and one-half days of testimony
and argument and a review of the
briefs filed by the parties, found
that the owners of a ten-acre par-
cel of land adjacent to Huckle-
berry Creek had "no injunctive
relief' available.
The Defendant had constructed "a
wastewater treatment plant in
'1985 on the upper side of Huck-
leberry Swamp, which is the
headwater of Huckleberry Creek.
The wastewater treatment plant
has its discharge point in Huck-
leberry Swamp approximately two
and one-half miles, as the water
flows, from the Plantiffs' property
(1.8 direct miles). The treatment
plant itself is located approxi-
mately a mile further away."
In the Court's Judgment is stated:
"This treatment plant was appar-
ently 'doomed from the start.' The
discharge of the effluent into a
wetland was experimental at the
suggestion of and with the per-
mission of DEP. The plant was
improperly designed and con-
structed, resulting in malpractice
litigation against the engineering
firm involved."
The Judgment continues: "The
location of the treatment facility
is a discretionary, planning func-
tion of the municipal government
for which it cannot be held liable,
but the operation, of the facility,
if negligent, is actionable."
The Judgment further states:
"The discharge from the treatment
plant has caused a substantial

increase in the nutrients in the
creek which has caused the in-
creased exotic plant growth, clog-
ging tie creek periodically, which
in turn causes a 'die off. result-
ing in a layer of decayed matter
building up on the bottom of the
After a thorough discussion of the
elements of the case, the Judg-
ment states: "Plaintiffs also seek
injunctive relief to compel action
' from the Defendant to rectify this
situation. The legislature has
adopted Section 403.412 Fla.
Statutes 1997 which sets forth a
specific procedure for injunctive
relief, no injunctive relief is avail-
able to the Plaintiffs under their
complaint as filed. Plaintiffs have
not sought relief under that
The Judgment concludes: "This is
another tragic situation where
citizens have sought relief from
their government and their pleas
have fallen on deaf ears. Plaintiffs
proof being insufficient, the De-
fendant shall go hence without
Done and Ordered in Chambers
at Apalachicola, Franklin County,
Florida, the 31st day of August,
1998, signed by F.E. Steinmeyer
III. Circuit Judge.

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At left, superintendent of Franklin County Schools Brenda
Galloway at her desk, discusses funds for necessary
improvements for safety of students with Financial Director
Louis Hightower.

Franklin County Schools May

Levy Up To 2.0 Mills

By Tom Campbell
Superintendent of Franklin
County Schools Brenda Galloway
has discussed the possibility of
increasing millage to 2.0 mills.
Funds for state support to school
districts are provided primarily by
legislative appropriations. The
major proportion of state support
is distributed under the provi-
sions of the Florida Education Fi-
nance Program (FEFP).
Each school board participating
in the state allocation of funds for
current operation of schools,
must levy the millage set for its
local required effort taxes. Each
district's share of the total of re-
quired local effort is determined
by a statutory procedure which is
initiated by certification of the
property tax valuations of each
district by the Department of Rev-
enue. Not later than July 19 each
year, the Commissioner of Edu-
cation certifies each district's re-
quired local effort millage rate.
The Franklin County School
District's "Required Local Effort
Millage for 1998-99," according to
its report submitted in Public
Hearing, is 6.364 mills, as pro-
vided by Florida Department of
School boards may set discretion-
ary tax levies of two types, accord-
ing to Public Hearing information.
One, Capital outlay and mainte-
nance. Schools may levy up to 2.0
mills as prescribed by Florida law,
for new construction and remod-



Doing Well

By Rene Topping
Laurel Newman, Carrabelle re-
porter for the Carrabelle Times is
reported to be doing well after
having a small stroke and heart
attack on Friday, August 21. She
was flown by Life Flight to Talla-
hassee Memorial Regional Medi-
cal Center in Tallahassee, after
collapsing in front of the home of
Pam Lycett on Ryan Drive.
Ms. Lycett whose profession was
nursing saw the problem and
acted swiftly to get medical help.
Ms. Newman said that she is
grateful to Ms. Lycett and credits
her swift action with part of the
reason she is doing so well, Ms.
Newman had angioplasty and
says that she no longer has any
effects from the stroke, adding
that she feels lucky in getting to
the hospital so quickly. She will
be returning to her usual rounds
as a reporter in the very near

eling for sites and site improve-
ments, maintenance, renovation,
and repair of existing school
plants, purchase of school buses
and maintenance of plant and
The 'Tentative Approved Budget"
as voted on by The Board, sets the
millage at .667 and would gener-
ate approximately $427,066 in
Second, current operation, as set
by the legislature, is maximum
discretionary current operation
millage at .510 mills. However,
districts may make an additional
supplemental levy, not to exceed
.25 mills, that will raise an
amount not to exceed $50.per FTE
The "Tentative Approved Budget"
as voted on by the Board, sets the
millages at .510 and 113, for a
total discretionary millage of .623
for current operations and would
generate approximately $398,893
in funds.
This places Franklin County as
one of the lowest Capital Improve-
ment Millages in the state of
Ms. Galloway has stated that
Franklin County must increase
the millage in order to be able to
make the improvements neces-
sary for the safety and well being
of the students. She advocates
raising the village to the maxi-
mum 2.0 in the coming year. "This
will enable us to do or the stu-
dents what needs to be done," she

Animal Adjudicatory Board

Spares "Dangerous Dog"

By Brian Goercke
For many humans found culpable by the courts, it's three strikes
and you're out. However, for an 80 pound female German Shepherd
accused of attacking three individuals on three separate occasions in
Alligator Point, an extra strike was added.
On August 24, two members of the Franklin Count Animal Adjudica-
tory Board spent nearly two hours deciding the fate of a dog named
Destiny currently being held at the Franklin County Animal Shelter.
The dog's owner, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, informed
the board that her dog was aggressive because it was protective of its
The owner further disputed the amount of times in which the dog
had been accused of attacking a resident. She questioned the accu-
racy used by members of the Animal Control Authority to determine
the identity of her dog during the alleged incidents.

Nola- r

Attorney Jim McCathrin .
appeals to board members for
mercy on behalf of Destiny, Van Johnson points out that
the German Shepherd who the public's safety is the most
has allegedly attacked three important issue.
Attorney Jim McCathrin, who represented the dog's owner, also ques-
tioned the accuracy of the identification process used to determine
that Destiny was the dog guilty of attacking Alligator Point residents
on the three separate occasions.
'I'm not trying to sneak in here and do anything backdoor," said
McCathrin, "I just think that it's pretty tough to figure out which dog
is which." He added jokingly, "I've never represented a dog before."
Mr. Van Johnson, who coordinates the Animal Control Authority (ACA).
pointed out that members of the ACA were certified and trained in
the area of identifying dogs. He claimed that the dog's owner did not
honor an agreement which occurred following the second attack.
Johnson stated that the agreement included keeping the dog retained
at all times, assuming all liabilities for any other attack and having
the dog considered "dangerous" if it chased another individual.
"'She didn't keep her part of the bargain," said Johnson, "and we've
got a dog terrorizing that part of the community. Somebody had to
take responsibility for these public safety issues. The owner has not
taken that responsibility."
The dog's owner claimed that she had kept the dog locked up at all
times and that her daughter accidentally allowed it to escape. Attor-
ney McCathrin argued that it was difficult to distinguish between a
bite and a nibble. "All these people were self-treated," he stated.
Mr. Johnson responded, "a dangerous dog is not something that has
to maim you or pull your throat out By Florida Statutes, this is a
dangerous dog."
According to Florida Statute 767. 10, the definition of a "dan-
gerous dog" includes:
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Page 2 4 September 1998 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday



In its regular meeting September
1, the Franklin County Board of
Commissioners adopted a Reso-
lution of Appreciation for Ms.
Sandra Johnson, who has an-
nounced her retirement as
Chairpersonship of the Frank-
lin County Juvenile Justice
During her service as member
and Chairperson of the Juvenile
Justice Committee, Ms. Johnson
worked continually to achieve
progress in the area of juvenile
justice. This Commission made
new and striking progress in
achieving its goals under her
The Resolution was adopted in
order to express appreciation for
Ms. Johnson's tireless help to the
people of Franklin County.
In other matters, the Board:
* Authorized both the County and
the School Board for the joint use
of facilities as provided by parks,
recreation and similar services.
Under Section 163.01, F.S., these
two entities are authorized to en-
ter into interlocal agreement for
dse of facilities. Duties and Au-
thorities' are spelled out in the
interlocal agreement.
* Approved a request for Pine View
Cable to do business as St. George
Island Cable, assigning the rights
to St. George Island Cable.
* Granted the use of $3,500 in
funds to be used to buy uniforms
for a new Little League Football
season, wherein some sixty uni-
forms are needed.
* Agreed to support an effort on
the part of Franklin County
Chronic Disease Intervention Pro-
gram, to reduce the incidence of
chronic diseases such as Coro-
nary Artery Disease and Diabetes
in Franklin County. Health sta-
tistics for the State of Florida
show that Franklin County has a
higher rate of morbidity and mor-
tality associated with these con-
ditions than does the State as a
whole. In the past year, this pro-
gram screened four hundred
Franklin County residents to
evaluate their risks for these dis-
eases. Of those screened, 68 per-
cent were found to engage in no
leisure time physical activity. Of
these individuals, 66 percent were
overweight. A walking path for the
citizens of Eastpoint will be
marked in quarter-mile incre-
ments, so that walkers can mea-
sure their progress.

Senior Center

Fall Festival

By Tom Campbell
The Board of Directors of the
Franklin County Senior Center
Citizens Council, Inc., announced
last week that the public is invited
to participate in its Fall Fun Fes-
tival Saturday, September 26, on
the grounds of the Senior Center
on Avenue F in Carrabelle.
Scheduled are a parade, enter-
tainment, food, games for kids of
all ages, a cash raffle and bingo
inside the Senior Center.
The parade is scheduled to begin
at 10 a.m., forming at Tenth
Street and Highway 98, and end-
ing at the Senior Center. Those
interested in being in the parade
should contact Ms. Helen
Schmidt at 850-697-3760.
Booth space is available for arts
and crafts. A 10x10-foot space will
cost $10. Participants may "sell
anything except food," according
to the announcement. Booth par-
ticipants are advised to bring
table, chairs, cabana and other
needed items. Please phone Will
Kendrick, if interested in booth
space. He can be reached at
697-4500 or 697-3726.
The Fall Fun Festival is a fund-
raising event for the Senior Citi-
zens Council. Mr. Sid Winchester
is Festival Chairman. For further
information, contact Mr. Winches-
ter at 697-3395 or 697-3927.

Little Lebgua


Receives Funds

By Aaron Shea
The Franklin County Board of
Commissioners agreed to provide
$3,500 in funds to buy new uni-

forms for the upcoming Little
League Football season. Last sea-
son, Apalachicola's Little League
Football team was voted out of a
league that consisted of teams
from Liberty, Chattahoochee and
Blountstown because those teams
did not want to travel to
Apalachicola. This season, a
county wide league has been
formed consisting of two teams
from Carrabelle, two from
Eastpoint and four from
Apalachicola. Each team will play
six games at the local high school
facilities. The teams began prac-
tice on August 31.

County Planner

Reports To The

Board Of County


In his report to the County Com-
mission on September 1, County
Planner Alan Pierce reported that
Mr. George Pruett is planning a
fund raiser for the Eastpoint Fire
Station by hosting a 3 on 3 bas-
ketball tournament at the
Eastpoint basketball court in
early November. The Board gave
its approval for the fund raiser.
In other matters:
* Bill Mahan, County Extension
Director, recommended that
Prentice Crum get the timber har-
vested at Ned Porter Park.
* The Board approved the State
Housing Initiatives Partnership
(SHIP) plan for fiscal years 1998-
1999 through 2000-2001 contin-
gent upon a few minor revisions
to be made within 45 days. The
revisions will be done by the Fran-
klin County Senior Citizen
* The Board was informed that the
county is in possession of a "No
Wake" zone for the Newt
Creekmore Channel, also known
as the Two Mile Channel The
county is in possession of a letter
of intent from the Department of
Environmental Protection on the
Cow Creek Channel, off the
Ockloconee River, but the permit
has not been issued yet.
Franklin County
Board Of
Adopts Resolution To
Update Floodplain

By Tom Campbell
In its regular meeting September
1, the Franklin County Board of
Commissioners adopted a Reso-
lution to update its Floodplain
Management Plan, according to
guidelines set out by the Federal
Emergency Management Agency.
An updated plan has been pre-
pared, covering the repetitive loss
area of Franklin County, as re-
lated to the National Flood Insur-
ance Program and the Commu-
nity Rating System.
In another Resolution, the Board
authorized County Planner Alan
Pierce as the Board's agent on the
application of the Special
Waterway's Project, which aims to
maintain good water quality in the
Apalachicola Bay area, by inform-
ing boaters of local sewage and
pump-out facilities.
The grant applied for under the
direction of Estuarine Reserve
Director Erik Lovestrand, will be
used to produce a boater's guide
for improved public awareness,
The project will not exceed
$20,000, of which all costs are
re-imburseable through the


Reading Program

Coming in October at the
Eastpoint Branch of the Franklin
County Public Library will be a
Pre-school Reading Program con-
ducted by former public school
music teacher, Pat Vallone-
Harrington. "Sing Me A Story,
Read Me A Song," which inte-
grates music with language, is
designed primarily for 3-4 year
olds. The program is being sched-
uled for Tuesday mornings begin-
ning on October 6th. Admission
is free. To register, please call li-
brary director Eileen Annie Ball
at 670-8151.

Mildred Mirabelle-"Stay Involved
and Stay Young"

By Tom Campbell
Among some remarkable indi-
viduals living in Lanark Village,
Ms. Mildred S. Mirabelle certainly
demonstrated she is one. Chipper
and vivacious, she displayed the
temperament that kept her active
and involved for nearly half a cen-
tury in the Carrabelle area.
"My husband John called this
area his Hawaii," she smiled "The
natural beauty everywhere in this
section always has fascinated us.
We walked miles on end, and we
rode our bicycles. He rode a
two-wheeler and I, a three-
There was a great deal of warmth
among the neighbors back then,
according to Ms. Mirabelle. "Some
of the dearest, caring people live
here," she said. Among those she
named were Allen and Betty Rob-
erts, John and Kay Grant, Eileen
and Bob Benson, Earl Pfeifle, Vic
Imbierowicz, Jim Welsh, Ruth and
Ralph Dietz, Ms. Alice Courage
and Ms. Ann Pilli. "And so many
others, I can't name them all," Ms.
Mirabelle said. "It would be nice
if more volunteers would work in
the county like these dear
She said her husband John,
swam from Lanark to Dog Island.
"And my daughter Kathleen, is a
fantastic swimmer also. We've all
been active and involved. That's
what keeps me thinking young.
I'm not going to grow old."
She confessed that the "physical
shell that houses my mind and
soul, this body" is victim of
chronic spinal arthritis, which
has slowed her some, in recent
years. 'I'm not able to do as much
as I'd like to do." She said, "I'm in
my mid-eighties, you know."
"I'm a Life Member of the Little
Theatre in Tallahassee," she said.
"And I'm elated we have the Dixie
Theatre in our area. I hope the
people here will respond and do
all they can to help the Dixie The-
atre succeed. It's a wonderful
She explained, "Years back,
Lanark advertised some little
units and had an office in New
York. This was soon after World
War 11 ended. John and I bought
three units. My husband John
was working for the Post Office,
and when he retired, he worked
for Colgate-Palmolive. He was very
active and didn't want to retire
and just do nothing. I came down
and looked at the property and
bought it, and John was pleased
with what I had done."
Her husband John was also mu-
sically inclined, playing piano,
accordion and harmonica. "At
Chillas Hall (in Lanark) John
would play his harmonica every
morning, and all would sing
along," she said. "He was a per-
fect gentleman. Everybody fell in
love with him. John and I served
coffee at Chillas Hall, at that time,
as Ruth and Ralph Dietz do now."
She was treasurer for the Lanark
Village Association, and at the
Ladies Organization at the Com-

munity Church in Lanark. "Rev-
erend and Mrs. David McGraff are
wonderful people," she said.
She continued, 'My husband
John was one of the best jurors.
They called him all the time to
help out. He stayed active until
his death about ten years ago, in
In her sixties, Ms. Mirabelle vol-
unteered at the Carrabelle School
"and they took me on as a
teacher's assistant, first grade to
fifth grade. I did that one year,
then Tirst to fourth grade, which
suited me better, and I did that
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
for seven or eight years. I never
missed a day."
She has two daughters, Kathleen
M. Heveran, who also fives in
Lanark Village and is President of
the Artists Association of the
Carrabelle Area. Her other daugh-
ter is Lucille M. Kent of Tom's
River, New Jersey.
When she was about seventy, she
began writing short stories.
There's a collection of about
twenty, and several are based on
people she has known over the
"Please, be sure," she said, "to say
hi to Rene [Topping]. I love Rene.
She came to visit me, soon after
she arrived in the area, and she
wrote one of her first articles
about our efforts with 'CHIPS'.
That stands for 'Carrabelle High
Important People Service,' and
Rene wrote a wonderful article."
That article from 20 November
1980, stated in part:
"Why not consider joining CHIPS?
... a worthwhile local effort,
Carrabelle High Important People
Service. The hours can be ar-
ranged to fit your schedule, you
can work when and however you
can. The only pay you will receive
will be a loving hug and kiss from
the children you will work with,
and the grateful thanks of the
hard-pressed Carrabelle teaching
The article continued: "Mrs.
Mirabelle has been answering the
school bell each morning ... She
says she feels that the volunteers
can offer most effective help be-
cause they have the time to take
with each child and in effect give
them a little tutoring on a one-
to-one basis.
"I never feel my age when I get to
school each day." she says. 'I just
simply forget my aches and pains
I have."
She continued, "It's a good few
years since I was in school myself
but this makes me feel young
Rene Topping's article states:
"If you can help, contact Martha
Kersey at the school. You will join
Othelia Clerk, Darlene Alligood,
Carolyn Lewis, Wanda Brannan
and Barbara Mock who work at
the school and Phyllis Cook,
Becky Jackson, Tina Jetton,
Continued on Page 12



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In the Matter of Application for a Stormwater General Permit by: Mr. Morris
Palmer, St. George Island Limited partnership, Post Office Box 446, Eastpoint,
Florida 32328

DEP File No. 19-0128351-003-RG, Franklin County

The Department of Environmental Protection gives notice that it has determined that
the construction of a nine hole golf course on 40.3 acres, which includes artificial
greens and a voluntary ground water monitoring program on County Road GIA by St.
George Island Limited qualifies for the general permit established under Rule
62-25,801(1)(b) Florida Administrative Code.

The Department's determination shall become final unless a timely petition for an
administrative hearing is filed under Sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Stat-
utes. The time and procedure for petitioning for a hearing are set forth below. Upon the
timely filing of a petition, this determination will not be effective until further order of
the Department.

A person whose substantial interests are affected by the Department's decision may
petition for an administrative proceeding (hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57
of the Florida Statutes. The petition must contain the information set forth below and
must be filed (received by the clerk) in the Office of General Counsel of the Depart-
ment at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida
32399-3000. The petitioner shall also mail a copy of the petition to the applicant at the
address indicated above at the time of filing.

Petitions must be filed within 21 days of publication or receipt of this written notice,
except that a petition by any person entitled to written notice under Section 120.60(3)
of the Florida Statutes must be filed within 21 days of receipt of the written notice. The
failure of any person to file a petition within the appropriate time period shall consti-
tute a waiver of that person's right to request an administrative determination (hear-
ing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes. Any subsequent inter-
vention (in a proceeding initiated by another party) will be only at the discretion of the
presiding officer upon the filing of a motion in compliance with Rule 28-106.205 of
the Florida Administrative Code.

A petition must contain the following information:

(a) The name, address, and telephone number of each petitioner, the Department per-
mit identification number and the county in which the subject matter or activity is

(b) A statement of how and when each petitioner received notice of the Department

(c) A statement of how each petitioner's substantial interests are affected by the De-
partment action:

(d) A statement of the material facts disputed by the petitioner, if any:

(e) A statement of facts that the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modification of
the Department action:

(f) A statement of which rules or statutes the petitioner contends require reversal or
modification of the Department action: and

(g) A statement of the relief sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the action that
the petitioner wants the Department to take.
A petition that does not dispute the material facts on which the Department's action is
based shall state that no such facts are in dispute and otherwise shall contain the same
information as set forth above, as required by Rule 28-106.301.

Because the administrative hearing process is designed to re-determine the Department's
determination, the filing of a petition means that the Department's final determination
may be different from the determination stated in this notice. Persons whose substan-
tial interests may be affected by any change in the Department determination have the
right to petition to become a party to the proceeding, in accordance with the require-
ments set forth above.

Mediation, under Section 120.573 of the Florida Statutes is not available for this
The application is available for public inspection during normal business hours, 8:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. Monday through Friday. except legal holidays, at the following

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In Memory

We suffered a great loss in the
death of Dr. Stephen Gross on
July 13. Dr. Gross served as the
president of the Franklin County
Humane Society in the past and
was the founder of the Bow Wow
Ball, our most popular and suc-
cessful annual fundraising event.
We'd like to acknowledge the fol-
lowing contributions that have
been made in memory of Dr.

Tallahassee Builders Association/
Sperry & Associates, Inc./Akin
Associates Architects, Inc./Pre-
miere Construction & Develop-
ment, Inc/Big Bend Chapter
Southern Building Code Con-
gress/Growth Management Dept,
Land Use & Environmental Ser-
vices Division, City of Tallahassee,
and Buddy Holshauser, Danny
Browh, Del Sparkman, Ben Mclin,
Debbie Fleetwood, and Eddie Jus-
tice/Jefferson County Senior Citi-
zens/Palms of Pasadena Hospital,
St. Petersburg FL/Magnolia Bluff
Civic Association/ Mr. & Mrs.
William Luberto/Susan L.
Richardson/ Helen Townsend
Spohrer/Rene Topping.

Technical Staff Of Miss

Daisy Creative



From left, Zachariah Phillips, Assistant Technical Director,
and Tech. Director/Lighting Designer Tim Frost of"Driving
Miss Daisy," performances through September 6 at Dixie
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By Tom Campbell
A play like Alfred Uhry's "Driving
Miss Daisy" requires a technical
production as creative and pro-
fessional as the actors on stage.
Fortunately for the Dixie Theatre,
the technical staff working on this
production, scheduled for perfor-
mances through September 6, is
Tim Frost is Technical Director
and Lighting Designer. He has
been at Tallahassee Community
College nine years and worked in
theatre in Connecticut before
that. He said, "It's great working
with the Partingtons here at the
Dixie Theatre. I'm happy they
called me, through Fred Chappell
at FSU."
Tim Frost started in theatre as a
volunteer in 1978 and has been
working steadily since, at the
Daytona Beach Community Col-
lege Theatre Department, Ala-
bama Shakespeare Festival, Long
Wharf Theatre, and pursuing his
BFA in Tech/Design at FSU. His
lighting for Miss Daisy is imagi-
native and provocative, serving
the play perfectly.
Zachariah Phillips is Assistant
Technical Director for the produc-
tion and is the lighting and sound
board operator. Without his excel-

lent work, the magical moments
that happen on stage in "Drivihg
Miss Daisy," would have less
magic. He helps provide the fights
and sound effects which provide
the proper environment. One of
his effects gets a laugh in the
opening moment of the play, when
the audience hears a car crash
into a garage and realizes Miss
Daisy has done her damage to the
auto, while not being hurt herself.
Mr. Phillips has polished his skills
and his timing is excellent in ev-
ery detail.
Agnes Albright -is Production
Stage Manager and has been do-
ing this kind of work for many
years. She stage managed at the
Affiance Theatre in Atlanta,
Cortland Repertory Theatre in
Cortland, NY, and was General
Manager for Piccadily Produc-
tions, a dinner theatre in Colum-
bus, GA. She has taught stage
Management at FSU and served
as Production Manager for the
School of Theatre.
These people do a goodjob of sup-
porting the actors on stage, by
keeping the technical aspects
running smoothly. Mark your cal-
endar and plan to see "Driving
Miss Daisy."





Round-Up For


By Tom Campbell,
A piece of conversation heard re-
cently is: I don't read any news-
paper. I don't know why anybody
A different conversation on the
following day in another place re-
vealed this comment: "When the
mind atrophies, it's all over."
The first speaker was in his teens;
the second speaker, in his seven-
ties. For some reason, the two
snatches of conversation hooked
up and raised the question,
"Where does the child learn to
read and reason and enjoy the
The youth-oriented culture seeks
to place emphasis on physical
beauty and prowess, money, the
easy way to riches with little
thought to commitment and self-
discipline. There's a strong move
to deny aging: how to stop losing
hair, how to lose inches from your
waist, how to firm up, how to
maintain energy, etc.
Nothing wrong with any of that,
but how about exercising the
Literacy Volunteers of Franklin
County and Franklin County
Adult Reading Program work to
help with reading and enjoying life
Coming up Saturday, September
26 at 4 p.m. at Eastpoint Fire
House is the Literacy Volunteers
Annual Fundraiser, including fun
games, door prizes, clogging, and
costume contest. Mark your cal-
endar and plan to attend. For fur-
ther information, phone the Lit-
eracy Department at 850-670-
4481. It's the Western Round-up
for Literacy.
Exercise the mind and get more
out of life. Guaranteed. Phone the
above number and get with the

Proposed Settlement
Agreement To Be
Discussed At POA

A proposed settlement agreement
between Dr. Ben Johnson's Resort
Village project and the Plantation
Homeowner's Association, St.
George Island, will be presented
at two "informational meetings"
for the membership on Sunday,
September 27 at 1:00 p.m. and
Saturday, October 3, 1998, at
10:00 a.m.
A summary of the proposed settle-
ment will also be mailed to Plan-
tation homeowners and lotowners
for their review. Comments are
solicited from the members by fax
(850-927-3039) or E-mail:
The annual Plantation Owner's
Association meeting has been
changed to October 17, 1998,
noon, at the Clubhouse, 1712
Magnolia Road.

By Aaron Shea
Hundreds of football fans were out
in full force last Friday night at
Carrabelle High School, to watch
the first ever Fall Kickoff Classic
between the Apalachicola Sharks
and Carrabelle Panthers. Unfor-
tunately for the Carrabelle faith-
ful, the game was not so classic
with Apalachicola prevailing 32 to
0. These two intense rivals, how-
ever, gave us our first glimpse at
what should be an exciting and
entertaining high school football

Carrabelle was brought onto the
field by first year coach Robert
Humphries. Coach Humphries
will try and repair last year's in-
jury plagued Panthers team,
which went 1-9. There were some
encouraging a signs on Friday
night for Panther fans. Senior kick
returned, punter, and halfback
Antoinne Benjamin's quickness
and ability to make defenders
miss was a bright spot for the
Panther's offense. Overall, the
Panthers struggled on the offen-
sive side of the ball. Quarterback
Jarrod Billingsley was sacked
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September 4, 1998

Publisher .................. .................. Tom W. Hoffer
Contributors ............................................. Tom Campbell
............ Sue Riddle Cronkite
............ Brian Goercke
............ Bonnie Segree
.......... Aaron Shea
......... Rene Topping

Sales ................................... ................ Jonathan Capps
............ Pam Rush
Advertising Design
and Production ...................................... Diane Beauvais Dyal
............ Jacob Coble
Production Assistant ................................ Stacy M. Crowe
Computer Consultant ............................... Wayne Myers
Copy Editor and Proofreader ................... Tom Garside
Circulation ............................................ James Andrew
............ Larry Kienzle
Citizen's Advisory Group
George Chapel ....................................... Apalachicola
Sandra Lee Johnson ................................. Apalachicola
Rene Topping ....................................... Carrabelle
Pam Lycett ............................................ Carrabelle
D avid Butler ......................................... Carrabelle
Pat M orrison ............................................ St. G eorge Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona ................. St. George Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ........................ Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins ................. Eastpoint
Anne Estes ........................ ................ W akulla
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once by Apalachicola back Trevor
Nelson. Carrabelle managed a few
carries of over ten yards, but there
was not much daylight for the
halfbacks for most of the game.
"We are way behind offensively,"
said Coach Humphries. "We had
only four offensive plays and only
one week of practice as a team.
We will be a better team than we
were Friday night, no question."
Throughout the first half, the
Panther's defense was stout and
determined, holding the
Apalachicola offense to 13 points.
They also sacked Apalachicola
quarterback Roger Mathis two
times and continuously stuffed
the Sharks inside running game.
Coach Humphries pointed out the
strong play of Junior linebacker
Patrick Fleming, Senior defensive
end Daniel Murray, and Junior
offensive/defensive back Stephen
Milander, who had a 35 yard run
and an interception before getting
injured in the first quarter.
They eventually, however, ran out
of steam in the second half, which
Apalachicola took advantage of
behind the slashing running style
of halfback Mario Lane and the
speed and power of fellow half-
back Kelvin Martin. Lane scored
two touchdowns rushing and had
another one receiving. In addition
to this dynamic duo, the Shark's
featured another powerful back in
Leon O'Neal, who trampled de-
fenders on his way to two touch-
downs of the night. Much of the

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Local Youth Respond To Tobacco

Awareness Event

By Brian Goercke
Approximately 50 local youth
members made their way to the
Eastpoint Firehouse on August 22
to participate in a special tobacco
awareness event entitled Under-
standing Smoking Education
(USE) Day.
The event, which was coordinated
by the Franklin County Public
Library WINGS Project and
funded by a grant from the To-
bacco Free Partnership Project,
included of various educational
and entertaining activities that
began at 9:00 a.m. and concluded
at approximately 10.00 p.m.
Those attending the event were
also treated to a smorgasbord of
food throughout the day. As the
event kicked off, youth members
were served a pancake breakfast.
During the early afternoon, the St.
George Island Cookers (Harry
Arnold, Woody Miley, Dominic
Beragona and Ollie Gunn) pre-
pared a massive quantity of bar-
becue ribs, and chicken for the
youth; potato salad, cole slaw,
baked beans and Italian bread
was also served with the lunch.
During the later part of the after-
noon, the youth were served pizza
for dinner.
Ms. Pamela Amato, who serves as
the Eastpoint WINGS Coordina-
tor, helped facilitate the schedule
of events throughout the day.
Those serving as chaperones in-
cluded Pam Rush, Sandra Lee
Johnson, Jennifer Daughtry,
Robert Guns, Bobby Messer,
Valentina Webb, Marcus May,
George Chapel and Pamela Estes.
Other coordinators from the
WINGS Program, Dolores Law,
Nikita Williams and Carolyn Wil-
liams, helped with event. Denise
Butler, who serves as chairperson
of the Franklin County Public Li-
brary Advisory Board, helped to
prepare breakfast at the event.
The grant from the Tobacco Fire
Partnership which made USE Day
possible was written by Ms. Eileen
Annie, Director of the Franklin
County Public Library. Ms. Annie
extended her appreciation to
Pamela Amato and the many
youth members including: Rhetta
& Bud Strange, Leefire Anno-
Hendrix, Pinto Webb and Stacy

Price, who helped to make USE
Day an overwhelming success.
Ms. Annie noted that the event
was coordinated strictly by youth
members. "What was special
about this is that it was planned
by the kids," said Annie, "The
writing of the proposal was from
the kids' input for the day. They
picked the prizes and the guest
speakers. They also decided what
they wanted to eat."
A host of guest speakers ad-
dressed youth members through-
out the day to provide enlighten-
ing information about the effects
of long-term tobacco use. Dr.
Nancy Chorba provided a film pre-
sentation to educate the youth
about the physical damage that
tobacco use causes to the body.
The presentation also illustrated
how tobacco companies used ad-
vertising to entice people to begin
smoking. Tom Fischer conducted
a peer support workshop to help
youth members to communicate
better and find support in resist-
ing tobacco use. Lt. Leonard Mar-
tin with the Franklin County
Sheriffs Department engaged
youth members in an entertain-
ing but educational game de-
signed to provide facts about to-
bacco use.
Also available to the participants
was an assortment of literature
from the Florida Department of
Health concerning the affects of
second hand smoke, the facts
about nicotine and "spit tobacco."
In addition to the meals and work-
shops which filled the youth
members' minds and stomachs,
a variety of games and other ac-
tivities were offered. The younger
participants created anti-tobacco
posters with clever pictures, slo-
gans and words of advice. The
older participants created tie-dye
T-shirts. And prizes, which in-
cluded sports equipment and
compact disks, were given to each
participant at the event.
As evening arrived, the remaining
youth members prepared them-
selves for the scheduled dance.
Members from ACE Productions
spun a variety of records and kept
the music pounding at volumes
which most young people seem to

(From left) Dakaya Floyd, Layfette Martin and Racvyn
Jefferson, youth representatives at the Tobacco Partnership
meeting, contribute to the wide-ranging discussion. In the
far right, consultant Mary Hilton and Annie Townsend,
Apalachicola Health Department, listen.

Franklin County Tobacco Free

Partnership Hunkers Down To

Determine Priorities

The Franklin County Tobacco Free Partnership, consisting of reprep
sentatives from numerous State of Florida, Franklin County and lo-
cal agencies, sat down .at the Apalachicola Community Center last
Thursday, August 27th, to develop a work plan for spending the
$53,341 made available from the tobacco settlement. The money con-
sists of two phases. Every county in Florida received $25,000, and an
additional amount based on minority population and other factors,
to encourage minority participation in the partnership's programs.
First, a work plan had to be developed among the various representa-
tives. George Chapel is chairperson of the Franklin County partner-
ship. Mary Hilton functioned as Community Partnership Consultant
advising the group. A number of suggestions came from the group of
about 23 persons representing a broad spectrum of interests in pro-
moting an anti-tobacco stand as this pertained to young audiences.
Four program categories such as Environmental aspects, Enforce-
ment, youth empowerment and attitude change served to organize
group thinking in developing ideas aimed at discouraging the use of
tobacco among young persons. The students participating in
Thursday's meeting recommended the use of a late-night movie to
capture the attention of young users of tobacco. Karen Leigh Cox-
Dennis presented a detailed plan featuring a fall festival, including a
hayride, as an ambitious activity to get the attention of youngsters
prone to be tobacco users. An interesting presentation was made about
how "surveys" of shops selling tobacco products to under-age users
was presented, as part of the enforcement program.
Mr. Chapel stressed that youth were involved at many stages in the
"input" phases of structuring the Franklin County programs, and
would continue to be involved in the future. The money to be used to
fund various projects and programs comes from the "tobacco settle-
ment", and the State of Florida tobacco fund of $200 million set-up to
specifically fight tobacco use by younger groups.
Another meeting of the coalition will be held on September 17th at
2:30 p.m. to determine priorities for various elements in the categori-
cal programs.

Benign Boatworks Offers

"Endless Opportunities"

By Tom Campbell
Mr. Charles Chapin, the owner of Benign Boatworks, Inc., at 317
Water Street in Apalachicola, is a gentleman dedicated to the pres-
ervation of the beauty and wild life indigenous to the area. Hence,
the name chosen for his company, "Benign."
Boat rentals on the Apalachicola River System are among his spe-
cialties. Electric launches for sightseeing, picnicking, birdwatching,
photography, fishing or just plain exploring are available.
He suggests that you may enjoy a journey "up the pristine
Apalachicola River System on your own ecological adventure, aboard
a silent electric boat. Your tranquil approach will allow you endless
opportunities to view and photograph birds, alligators and other wild
life. Your peaceful and relaxing outing will capture the spirit of an-
other era."
Talking with him caused this writer to reflect on "a kinder, gentler
time" which is still available in Apalachicola today, if you look in the
right places.
Electric launch rates at Benign Boatworks, Inc., 18 foot and 21 foot,
maximum occupancy six, costs only $50 for two hours. Additional
hours $15.
They also rent houseboats for daily and overnight adventures.
The Fun Festival for Kids in Battery Park featured one of his boats.
Tulip was the name. They have four of these, "and they are 28 and
1/2 foot houseboats, sleep four in two double bunks. They have a
little one-burner stove, a sink, a head and small shower. We rent
them for whatever people want, overnight or weekend. They may
rent for a day or half a day. We have two 19 foot Carolina Skiffs with
fifty horses on them."
They travel up the rivers, all of them, anywhere inland from the
Mr. Chapin has been in the area eight years and loves it.
"We buy the boats," he said, "and then we outfit them differently.
Usually we change things and add to suit ourselves." For instance,
they make it easier to anchor a boat. They provide radios on the
boats and generally make them comfortable for the guests.
Mr. Chapin gives credit to Mr. Jack Jolley for being in charge of
equipping the boats properly. Captain Hillary Brigham has a licence
for taking guests out on pleasure trips for seeing alligators and such
and taking photographs. His staff are obviously happy and treated'
like "part of the family."
"We try to use boats that do as little damage as possible. We're inter-
ested in people using the river without destroying it."
That's why it was named "Benign Boatworks."



Sharks running success was due
to the offensive line which accord-
ing to Apalachicola Coach Bill
Thomas, "just, out-manned
These players are just some of the
reasons why second year
Apalachicola Coach Bill Thomas
believes that this year's team will
be a contender for the 3-AA Dis-
trict Championship and possibly
improve on last year's 6-4 mark.
"I believe that the winner of our

game against Port St. Joe will be
the District Champion," said
Coach Thomas.
Defensively, Apalachicola
shut-out and shut-down
Carrabelle. Defensive lineman
Byron Blan continuously ha-
rassed Carrabelle quarterback
Jarrod Billingsley every time he,
dropped back to pass. Players
such as Kelvin Martin and Leon
O'Neal not only proved their value
on the offensive side, but proved

Apalachicola back,
Kelvin Martin

to be valuable on the defensive
side by using their speed to con-
tain Carrabelle's outside rushing
game. It was a dominant perfor-
mance by Apalachicola's defense.
"We have the ability to play with
anybody," said Coach Thomas.
"Overall, I was satisfied."

Fall Football Schedules

Apalachicola Sharks

September 4 ......... ................ .......... at Havana ......................................... 7:30 p.m .
September 11 ...... at Munroe ............................................ 7:00 p.m.
September 18 .................................. Vernon ............. ................... 7:30 p.m.
September 25 ............................... Aucilla ...... ..... .......................... 7:30 p.m.
October 2 ...................................... at Jay................................................. 8:30 p.m.
October 9 ...................................... at W ewa* .............................................. 8:00 p.m .
October 23 .................................. Port St. Joe* (Homecoming) .................. 7:30 p.m.
October 30 .................................... at Freeport ......................................... 7:30 p.m .
November 6 .................................... Sneads ...................... .. .................. 7:30 p.m .
November 13 ................................. Carrabelle* ................. ...................... 7:30 p.m.

Carrabelle Panthers

Septem ber 4 ................................... at Vernon .............................................. 7:30 p.m .
September 11 ................................. at Wewa* .................... ..................... 7:30 p.m .
September 18 ................................ Munroe ........ ......................... 7:30 p.m.
September 25 ................................. at Port St. Joe* ..................................... 7:30 p.m .
October 2 ...................................... Havana North Side .............................. 7:30 p.m .
October 8 ................... ................. Rutherford Junior Varsity .................... 7:00 p.m.
October 23 ..................................... Aucilla Christian (Homecoming) ................ 7:30 p.rfi.
October 30 .................................... at Provident (Jacksonville) ..................... 5:30 p.m.
November 6 ......................... ..........at Navarre......... ................. 7:00 p.m.
November 13 .......................... at Apalachicola High* ........................... 7:30 p.m.
*District Game

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containing other offering in the area. Don't forget we can show you any
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The Franklin Chronicle 4 September 1998 Page 5

Second Circuit Court


The Honorable Judge F.E. Steinmeyer
Assistant State Attorney Rachel Chesnut/
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger /
August 17, 1998

Timothy Rossi: Charged with one count of Grand Theft of a Motor
Vehicle, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on September 14. The de-
fendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant was stopped
on May 12 in Holmes County by Trooper Chris Mc Adams while driv-
ing a 1983 Chevrolet pick-up owned by Jack Robinson. Mr. Robinson
had reported his vehicle stolen on the day of the defendant's arrest.
Dewayne Braswell: Charged with one count of Possession of Crack
Cocaine, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on September 14. The de-
fendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.

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According to the probable cause report, Officers from the Franklin
County Sheriffs Department served a search warrant to the Carabelle
residence of the defendant on July 3, 1998. Officers discovered two
cannabis plants, a grow light, a Jennings 22 semi- automatic pistol,
two marijuana smoking pipes, and a plastic bag containing cannabis
Jamaail Fenn: Charged with one count of Possession with Intent to
Sell Cannabis, Resisting Arrest without Violence, Driving while Li-
cense is Suspended or Revoked, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to
the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on
September 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant was stopped
by a Trooper of the Florida Highway Patrol on July 19, 1998 for speed-
ing. The Trooper allegedly discovered 15 small bags containing 3.5
grams of marijuana and $141 on the defendant's person.' While be-
ing questioned by the Trooper, the defendant allegedly provided a
false name and date of birth.
Bradley Wright: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with
Great Bodily Harm, defendant pleaded no contest to the lesser of-
fense of felony battery. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant
guilty and sentenced him to 60 days in the Franklin County Jail with
credit for 25 days of time served. Judge Steinmeyer also sentenced
the defendant to two years of probation and ordered him to pay $275
for court costs. The defendant was represented by Attorney Jeff
'According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly bat-
tered Patricia Lafluer on July 22, 1998 'causing a compound fracture
and tendon and muscle damage to her hand, Witness Angie Sheridan
informed Sgt. Larry Litton of the Franklin County Sheriffs Depart-
ment that the defendant had threatened to kill the victim if she con-
tacted the police department.
Natasha Stallworth: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery
with Great Bodily Harm, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the of-
fense. Judge Steinmeyer appointed a public defender to the defen-
dant. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on September
According to the probable cause report, on July 19 at the Starfire
Lounge in Apalachicola, the defendant and Rhonda Banks allegedly
engaged in an altercation. The defendant allegedly grabbed Bank's
hair and slashed her with some type of skinny knife, After the alter-
cation, Banks went to the hospital where she received six stitches
above her right eye.
Michelle Hassey: Charged with one count of Uttering a Forged In-
strument, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on September 14. The de-
fendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report,, on July 17, the defendant
wrote a $30 check to Carrol Adams, the owner of Harry's Bar, Adams
discovered that the check was, in fact, one of Annie Ruth Brannon's
checks that had been stolen from her earlier. The defendant came
back later on to cash another check, which Adams refused to do.
Jessica Poole: Charged with one count of Forgery, the defendant
pleaded Not Guilty to the offense, Judge Steinmeyer continued, the
case for pretrial on September 14. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly signed
a stolen check in the amount of $30 to Johnnie's Restaurant in
James Burch: Charged with one count of Resisting Arrest with vio-
lence, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on September 14.
According to the probable cause report, on July 31 at approximately
11:45 p.m. on St. George Island, Deputy Carl Whaley and another
officer observed a lot of broken beer bottles laying on the ground. The
two law enforcement agents approached about five car loads of people.
Everyone was told to vacate the area. Everyone besides the defendant
followed the orders. The defendant allegedly began to curse and cause
a public disturbance. When the officers detected a strong odor of
alcohol on the defendant, they attempted to arrest him. The defen-
dant allegedly resisted the officers before he was finally placed under
James Amison: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Uttering. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case management
on September 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Stewart Amison: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Aggravated Battery. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on
September 16. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Brian Anderson: The defendant had been charged with one count of
Aggravated Battery on a Pregnant Victim. Assistant State Attorney
Ron Flury filed a report of no information in this case on August 12,
1998. According to the report the cast as dropped due to insuffi-
cient facts. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Everette Barrack: The defendant has been charged with one count
of Sale of Cannabis. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial
on September 14, The defendant was represented by Assistant Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger.
Everette Barrack: The defendant has been charged with one count
of Possession of Crack Cocaine with the Intent to Sell, Possession of
Less than 20 grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Parapher-
nalia. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on Septem-
ber 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Willis Baucham: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Resisting an Officer with Violence and Petit Theft. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for pretrial on September 14. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Michael Beaty: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Grand Theft. Judge Steinmeyer continued the came for pretrial on
September 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Gerald Brannon: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and Battery. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for trial on September 16. The defendant was
represented by Attorney Alfred 0. Shuler.
Fred Brown: The defendant has been charged with one count of the
Sale of Cocaine. The defendant pleaded No Contest to the offense.
Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant guilty and sentenced
him to one year at the Franklin County Jail with credit for 90 days of
time served. Judge Steinmeyer also ordered the defendant to pay $275
for court costs and $100 for Florida Department of Law Enforcement
(FDLE) lab fees.
John Burks: The defendant has been charged with one count of the
Sale of Cannabis. Possession with Intent to Sell Cannabis, Cultiva-
tion of Cannabis and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for trial an October 21. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Michael Campbell: The defendant has been charged with one count
of Sexual Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Burglary with Assault
Therein, Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated As-
sault with a Deadly Weapon and Battery on a Law Enforcement Of-
ficer. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on October
19. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin

Michael Champion: The defendant has been charged with one count
of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Battery.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on September 16. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Robert Dean: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Burglary of a Dwelling, Burglary of a Structure and Grand Theft.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial an September 14.
The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Danny Dillon: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon and Dealing Stolen Prop-
erty. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on September 16.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin

Robert Dillon: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Manslaughter by DUI and
two counts of DUI with Serious Injuries. Judge Steinmeyer continued
the case for pretrial on September 14. The defendant was represented
by Attorney John Kenny.
Wade Dixon: The defendant has been charged with one count of Bur-
glary of a Dwelling and Lewd and Lascivious Act in Presence of a
Child. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case on September 14.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Richard Edgecomb: The defendant has been charged with one count
of Lewd and Lascivious Assault on a Child Under the Age of 16. Judge
Steinmeyer has continued the case for trial on September 16. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Frederick Notes: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Dealing Stolen Property. Judge Steinmeyer has continued the case
for pretrial on September 14. The defendant was represented by As-
sistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Noah Goodson; The defendant has been charged with one count of
Cultivation of Cannabis and Possession of Cannabis more than 20
grams. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on Septem-
ber 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
William Goodson: The defendant has been charged with one count
of Aggravated Battery, Battery, Cultivation of Cannabis and Posses-
sion of-Cannabis more than 20 Grams. Judge Steinmeyer has con-
tinued the case for pretrial on September 14. The defendant was rep-
resented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
James Gorman: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Burglary of a Conveyance. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
pretrial on September 14. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Cynthia Gray: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Possession with Intent to Sell Cannabis, Cultivation of Cannabis,
Principal to Sale of Cannabis and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on October 19. The
defendant was represented by Attorney' Gordon Shuler.
Jason Harrell: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Felony Battery with Great Bodily Harm and Resisting Arrest without
Violence. The defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser offense of
Battery and Resisting an Officer without Violence. Judge Steinmeyer
adjudicated the defendant guilty and sentenced him to one year of
probation. As a condition of probation, the defendant will be required
to complete the Providing Alternatives to Violence through Education
(PAVE) program. Judge Steinmeyer ordered the defendant to pay
$155 in court costs. A restitution amount in this case will be deter-
mined at a later date. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Loretta Harris: The defendant has been Charged with one count of
Aggravated Battery. Assistant State Attorney Ron Flury filed a report
of no information in this case on August 12, 1998. According to the
report, the case was dropped due to insufficient facts. The defendant
was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Michael Hill: The defendant has been charged with one count of Sale
of Cannabis and Cultivation of Cannabis. Judge Steinmeyer contin-
ued the case for pretrial on September 14. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Travis Hill: The defendant has been charged with one count of Prin-
cipal to Sale of Cannabis, Possession with Intent to sell Cannabis,
Cultivation of Cannabis, Possession of a Firearm during Commis-
sion, Possession Less than 20 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of
Drug Paraphernalia. Judge Steinmeyer continued the came for pre-
trial on September 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Thomas Hudson: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Murder in the First Degree, Armed Robbery with a Firearm, Burglary
with Assault Therein, Possession of a Firearm during Commission
and Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle. Judge Steinmeyer continued the
case for pretrial on October 19. The defendant was represented by
Attorney Gregory Cummings.
Katina Joseph: The defendant has been charged with one count of a
Sexual Act with a Child Under Sixteen. Judge Steinmev er continued
the case for pretrial on September 14. The defendant t "as represented
by Barbara Sanders.
Donald Lilley: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Resisting an Officer with Violence, DUI Property Damage and No Valid
Drivers License. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on
September 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Alma Marks: The defendant has been charged with one count of Cul-
tivation of Cannabis and Possession of more than 20 grams of Can-
nabis. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on Septem-
ber 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Alvin Marks: The defendant has been charged with one count of Cul-
tivation of Cannabis and Possession of more than Twenty Grams.
Judge Steinmeyer has continued the case for pretrial on September
14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Henry Martin: The defendant has been Charged with one count of
Attempted Burglary of Dwelling, Battery of a Law Enforcement Of-
ficer and Violation of Injunction for Protection. Judge Steinmeyer con-
tinued the case for pretrial on September 14. The defendant was rep-
resented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Kim Miller: The defendant has been charged with one count of Sale
of Cannabis. Judge Steinmeyer has continued the case for pretrial on
September was represented by Assistant Public Defender Keven
Brian Myers; The defendant has been charged with one count of the
Sale of Crack Cocaine Judge Steinmeyer has continued the case for
pretrial on September 14. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
John Nowling: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Resisting an Officer with Violence. Judge Steinmeyer issued a Capias
of arrest for the defendant for failing to appear at his court date. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
James Golden: The defendant has been charged with one count of
the sale of Cannabis. Judge Steinmeyer issued a Capias for the ar-
rest of the defendant for failing to appear at his court date. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Patricia Nowling: The defendant has been charged with one count of i
Battery on a person 65 Years of Age or Older. Judge Steinmeyer con-
tinued the case for trial on September 16. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Rufus Polk: The defendant has been charged with one count of Bat-
tery on a Pregnant Victim. The defendant pleaded no contest to the
offence. Judge Steinmeyer withhold adjudication and sentenced the
defendant to two years probation. As a condition of probation, the
.defendant will be required to complete the PAVE program. Judge
Steinmeyer also ordered the defendant to pay $275 for court costs.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Mark Rhodes: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Aggravated Battery with Great Bodily Harm. The defendant pleaded
No Contest to the charge. Judge Steinmeyer withheld adjudication
and sentenced him to one year of community control followed by two
years of probation. As a condition of probation, the defendant will be
required to attend Alcohol Anonymous meetings. Judge Steinmeyer
ordered the defendant to pay $275 for court costs and $771 in resti-
tution to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. The defendant was reDre-

sented by Assistant Public Defender'Kevin Steiger.
Michael Richardson: The defendant has been charged with one count
of Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Sell and Possession with
the Intent to sell Cannabis. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
pretrial an September 14. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
John Rickards: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Possession of a Controlled Substance. Assistant State Attorney Ron
Flury filed a report of no information in the case on August 12. The
case has been transferred to county court on the charge of Posses-
sion of Paraphernalia. The defendant was represented by Attorney
Gordon Shuler.

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Second Circuit Court from Page 5
Andre Rosier: ine aetendant has been charged with one count of
Sale of Crack Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Co-
caine with the Intent to Sell. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
pretrial on September 14. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Kenneth Rucker: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Criminal Mischief and Violation of Injunction for Protection. Judge
Steinmeyer has continued the case for sentencing on September 14.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Jimmy Shiver; The defendant has been charged with one, count of
Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Discharge of a
Firearm in Public. Judge Steinmeyer continued the trial for Septem-
ber 16. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Christie Sloan: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Principal to Sale of Cannabis. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for trial on September 16. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Larry Stevens: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Attempted First Degree Murder and Shooting into an Occupied Ve-
hicle. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on September 6.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Richard Sutcliffe: The defendant has been charged with one count
of the Sale of Cannabis. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
pretrial on September 14. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Gary Taunton; The defendant has been charged with one count of
DUI with Serious Injuries, Leaving the Scene of an Accident with In-
jury and Driving while License Suspended. Judge Steinmeyer contin-
ued the case for trial on October 21. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Amanda Whiddon: The defendant has been charged with one count
of Grand Theft. The defendant pled no contest to the offense. Judge
Steinmeyer adjudicated defendant guilty. The defendant received 30
months of probation and must successfully complete a inpatient treat-
ment program. Judge Steinmeyer ordered the defendant to pay $410
in restitution to Carah Whiddon and $275 in court costs. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Thomas Wright: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Sale of Cannabis. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on
September 16. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Mitchell Yander: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Aggravated Assault. Judge Steinmeyer withheld adjudication and
sentenced the defendant to 3 years probation. Judge Steinmeyer or-
dered the defendant to pay $275 in court costs. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Violation of Probation (VOP)
Tony Brown: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial to
the offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a hearing on
September 14. The defendant will be appointed the services of the
public defender.
Ronnie Crum; charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial to
the offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a hearing on
September 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Wade Dixon: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial to
the offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case manage-
ment on September 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Daniel Johnson; Charged with VOP, Judge Steinmeyer issued a Ca-
pias for the defendant's arrest for failing tp appear at his court date.
Anthony Sanders: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a den-
tal to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for hearing
on September 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Delonta Sanders: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial
to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a hearing on
September 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Kevin Harless: Charged with VOP. Judge Steinmeyer continued the
case for a hearing on September 14. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Robert Lattimore: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an ad-
mission to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant
Guilty and sentenced him to 19 months in the Department of Correc-
tions with credit for 9 months of time served. Judge Steinmeyer re-
duced all court costs to a civil judgement. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
George Lowery: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an admis-
sion to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty
and sentenced him to 11 months and 29 days in the Franklin County
Jail with credit for 6 months and 55 days of time served. Judge
Steinmeyer reduced all court costs to a civil judgment. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Mathew Parramore: The defendant has been charged with VOP. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for case management on September
14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin


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Local Rotarian C.T. Ponder presents
Award to Carl G. Petteway,'Jr.

Development Of The Fisheries
Monitoring Program In Apalachicola Bay

Paul Harris Fellow
Paul Harris Fellow

By Lisa Bailey
In order to properly manage
Florida's marine fisheries re-
sources, data must be collected
from a number of sources
throughout the state. The Florida
Department of Environmenlal
Protection/Florida Marine Re-
search Institute (FMRI) has initi-
ated a long-term monitoring pro-
gram designed to provide the most
accurate fisheries data available
from major estuarine systems
throughout Florida. Monitoring in
Apalachicola Bay began in June
of this year. Sampling will be con-

ducted using both seine and ot-
ter trawl nets, and will also in-
clude the area from Indian Lagoon
to Alligator Harbor.
On Monday, September 21st,
from 7:00 8:00 p.m., Steven J.
Rider, Assistant Research Scien-
tist at FMRI, will be discussing the
Fisheries-Independent Monitoring
Program as part of the free Guest
Lecture Series at the Apalachicola
Reserve. We are located at the end
of Market Street, at Scipio Creek
Marina. Make a left at the stop
sign and the Reserve building is
just ahead on the left.

Rotary Club Named Petteway Fellow

The Rotary Foundation of Rotary
Club International recently
named Mr. Carl G. Petteway, Jr.
a Paul Harris Fellow. Mr. Petteway
was sponsored by the local Rotary
Club for this esteemed award in
recognition of his community ser-
vice as a Rotarian, business
leader and private citizen.
The presentation of Paul Harris
Fellow recognition is the Rotary
Foundation's way of expressing its
appreciation for a substantial
contribution to its humanitarian
and educational programs. It is
named for the founder Paul Har-
ris, a Chicago lawyer who started
Rotary International with three
business associates in 1905.
Rotarians often designate a Paul
Harris Fellow as a tribute to a
person whose life demonstrates a
shared purpose with the objec-
tives of the Rotary Foundation.
Local Rotarian C. T. Ponder pre-
sented the award in behalf of club
members and president Jimmy
Harris in an informal ceremony
at his home in Eufaula, Alabama,
on July 29.
Petteway was the Apalachicola
district manager for Florida Power
Corporation for 24 years. He re-
tired from Florida Power in 1995
after 34 years of service and cur-
rently resides in Eufaula with his
wife, Jane.

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By Tom Campbell
For those who want to get away
and change their pace, Dog Island
Passenger Ferry, The Ruby B, is
highly recommended. Captain
Raymond Williams will insure a
pleasant 45-minute ride across
the bay. The trip is about six miles
to the cove, where you'll find the
Dog Island Yacht Club.
A short walk across the island to
the Pelican Inn will reveal a place
that belongs to another era. Lo-
cated on the beach, overlooking
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The Fall Schedule is for the
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Visitors can depart the Island at
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on Friday, 4:00 p.m. on Saturday,
and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Visitors often don't want to leave
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'I bet nobody on board wants to
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'his writer certainly didn't want
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md Pam Householder will make
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nn. The environment of Dog Is-
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Gayle Dodds explains that
being attacked by an animal
can be a traumatic lifetime
S experience.

(2) If a dog that has not been declared dangerous attacks and
causes severe injury to or death of any human, and the owner
of the dog had prior knowledge of the dog's propensities yet
demonstrated a reckless disregard of such propensities un-
der the circumstances, the owner of the dog is guilty of a
misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided
in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. In addition, the dog shall be
immediately confiscated by an animal control authority,
placed in quarantine, if necessary, for the proper length of
time or held for 10 business days after the owner is given
written notification under s. 767.12, and thereafter destroyed
in an expeditious and humane manner. This 10-day time
period shall allow the owner to request a hearing under s.
767.12(l)(b). The owner shall be responsible for payment of
all boarding costs and other fees as may be required to hu-
manely and safely keep die animal during any appeal proce-

Bevin Putnal

Recreation Committee Dedicates

Three New Additions

This damaged tennis shoe containing two holes on the side
was presented as evidence at the hearing. The shoe
belonged to a 12-year-old girl, who was attacked by Destiny
while riding her bicycle on the sidewalk.
1. A "dangerous dog" mean any dog that according to the
records of appropriate authority:
(a) Has aggressive bitten, attacked, or endangered or has in-
flicted severe injury on a human being on public or private
(b) Has more than once severely injured or killed a domestic
animal while off the owner's property;
(c) Has been used primarily or in part for the purpose of dog
fighting or is a dog trained for dog fighting; or
(d) Has, when unprovoked, chased or approached a person
upon the streets, sidewalks, or any public grounds in a men-
acing fashion or apparent attitude of attack. provided that
such actions are attested to in a sworn statement by one or
more persons and dutifully investigated by the appropriate
2. "Unprovoked" means that the victim who has been con-
ducting himself peacefully and lawfully has been bitten or
chased in a menacing fashion or attacked by a dog.
Mr. Johnson presented members of the Animal Adjudicatory Board
with the damaged shoe from a 12 year old girl who was recently at-
tacked by Destiny. The shoe contained two holes on the side, which
allegedly were caused by the dog,
The young girl who was attacked by the dog, informed Animal Adju-
dicatory Board members that she was bitten by Destiny while riding
her bicycle on the sidewalk past the home of the dog's owner. She
further stated that she had to pass by the house in order to go to a
store in the area. The child later began crying as Attorney McCathrin
began arguing on behalf of the dog.
Attorney McCathrin pleaded for board members to have mercy for
Destiny, because it had several puppies to raise. "I don't think that
you want to kill a dog's mother," he argued, "the puppies are three
months.old." He added, "the dog is not known to be constantly on the
loose. If it was, it wouldn't be around."
Ms. Kathy Dewey, mother of the young girl, asked that board mem-
bers consider, the risk posed by having such a dog present in the
area. "It was not a traumatic injury by any means,' she acknowledged
"but it could have been. I'm not interested in having a vicious dog in
the neighborhood."

Sergeant Randy Cook oversaw the
creation of the sign displaying the
rules of the facility. Officer David
Wilson supervised the FCWC crew
that prepared the basketball
foundation, skritted the concrete,
painted the lines on the basketball
court, graded the parking area,
and leveled the volleyball court.
Mr. Butler pointed out that Cor-
rectional Officers Greg Daniels
and Pat Dunnill serve the city rec-
reation committee and volunteer
their time to repair recreation
equipment, and oversee the facili-
ties on a daily basis to ensure the
safety for public use.
Mr. Butler then thanked
Baskerville-Donovan Engineering
employee Mark Householder of
Carrabelle for his duties as
vice-chairman of the recreation
committee, and for being the ar-
chitect of the Tillie Miller Park
project during the past four years.
He drafted the expansion plans for
the entire park, which the city
In closing, Mr. Butler thanked the
other members of the recreation
committee who provided insight
to shape the recreation plans.
"Finally," Mr. Butler said, "I want
to thank the citizens themselves
for helping maintain the facilities
in a clean, safe condition and
abiding by the posted rules."

Something For Everyone At The

Market Street Emporium

Pam Lycett


Ms. Gayle Dodds, President of the Franklin County Humane Society,
noted that German Shepherds were magnificently loyal animals. How-
ever, she also stated that the dogs could be extremely dangerous at
times. "They're used as police and guard dogs)" she stated. Ms. Dodds
recommended that the dog at least be spayed. "You do not need to
carry this blood line on," she said. Dodds added that the young vic-
tim would carry the fear of being attacked again throughout her life.
Attorney Al Shuler stated that the purpose of the hearing was not to
punish the dog, but to protect the community. "We don't need little
girls going down the sidewalk being terrorized," he stated, "we have a
potential for a grievous situation here."
The dog's owner requested that Destiny be allowed to nurse her pup-
pies before being spayed. She said that spaying the dog being the
puppies were nursed would be the equivalent of "cruel and inhu-
mane punishment."
Mr. Johnson absolutely protested such a proposal. "We can't put off
public safety until that time," he stated, "I have to keep the public
safety in mind." Johnson said that further attacks were not a ques-
tion of "if' but rather "when." He added, "I won't be able to sleep if this
happens again. We can't afford to have another incident."
Ms. Dewey concurred, "I don't know anyone in this room who would
let their child be the next (victim):'
Ms. Dodds noted, "I would just be happy to keep the dog alive if I was
the owner."
Mr. Johnson "reluctantly" agreed to have the dog spared if the follow-
ing conditions were met: The dog would have to be spayed before
being returned to the owner. An enclosed kennel would have to be
built by the dog's owner and be approved by Mr. Johnson. A surety
bond would have to be posted by the dog's owner.
The young girl who was attacked by the dog questioned whether the
kennel would be secure. She noted that many dogs could jump over
six to eight foot fences. She was then informed that thekennel would
have to be covered.
Carrabelle City Commissioner Pam Lycett, whb serves on the Animal
Adjudicatory Board, gave a firm warning to the owner of Destiny.
"Just a nip and the dog is history," she said, because I don't want to
do this again. If it gets out and seriously hurts somebody, you're
going to have to sleep with it."
Franklin County Commissioner Bevin Putnal, who also serves on the
board, added, "if the dog even gets out and is caught by the Animal
Control Authority, it's history." Apalachicola City Commissioner James
Elliott, who also serves on the board, was not present for the hearing.
According to Florida Statute 767.13, the owner of a "'danger-
ous dog" can be punished as following in the case of repeated
(1) If a dog has previously been declared dangerous attacks
or bites a person or a domestic animal without provocation,
the owner is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, pun-
ishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. In addition,
the dangerous dog shall be immediately confiscated by an
animal control authority, placed in quarantine, if necessary,
for the proper length of time, or impounded and held for 10
business days after the owner is given written notification
under s. 767.12, and thereafter destroyed in an expeditious
and humane manner. This 10-day time period shall allow the
owner to request a hearing under s. 767.12(l)(b). The owner
shall be responsible for payment of all boarding costs and
other fees as may be required to humanely and safely keep
the animal during any appeal procedure.

By Tom Campbell
The Market Street Emporium at
75 Market Street in Apalachicola
is filled wall to,wall and floor to
ceiling with beautiful arts and
crafts by local, artists. They also
feature antiques, collectibles; and
a wide variety of souvenirs, in-
cluding extraordinary and popu-
lar T-shirts. Ms. Carol Robinson
is the owner and proud of the se-
lections offered.
"We are absolutely filled, at this
point," Ms. Robinson said this
week. "We are full of booths at the
present time. And we have a wide
variety of arts and crafts."
She said The Market Street Em-
porium opened June 1, 1996, and
has had a steady stream of
Ms. Lucy Hardy manages the
shop and will be happy to show
customers around, pointing out
special and rare items, or just
plain good souvenirs. She ex-

plained that the store is set up
with people renting spaces or
booths, and putting in their col-
lections. There are collectibles,
fascinating antiques and red wing
pottery, among other items, in
Carol's SeaBee Treasures features
stained glass stepping stones
handcrafted by the Robinsons,
gifts and a large selection of adult
and children's T's from 12 months
to XXL.
The Candy Kitchen Annex fea-
tures Tupelo Honey and
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browsing can be spent, as this
writer proved.
Look into the nooks and crannies
of The Market Street Emporium
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By Tom Campbell
The Carrabelle Recreation Com-
mittee dedicated three new addi-
tions to the Tillie Miller Park near
the Senior Center Friday, August
28. The new athletic and recre-
ation additions included a full
length basketball court, a volley-
ball court and horseshoe pits.
After a blessing of the occasion
and the facilities by Pastors An-
drew Rutherford and Don Glenn,
the crowd was welcomed by Mr.
David Butter, ex-chairman of the
Recreation Committee, who
thanked Franklin County Board
of Commissioners Chairman
Raymond Williams and Commis-
sioner Bevin Lynn Putnal for their
continual support, including
funding of this project, county
maintenance support, land
preparation, fill dirt and limerock.
It was noted that, in the last three
years, all requests for athletic and
recreation assistance have been
supported by the Board of Com-
missioners. Mr. Butter then
thanked the City Commissioners
and Mayor Putnal, who not only
funded these projects but man-
aged them as well. The City pro-
vided those necessary services to
enable the moving of basketball
goals and assisted the County and
Franklin County Work Camp
(FCWC) personnel involved.

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By Tom Campbell
President Sid Winchester of Camp
Gordon Johnston Association re-
ported last week that efforts are
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who helped win that war. Contri-
butions are coming in from all
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"Interest is spreading like wild
fire," Mr. Winchester said. "New
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tended. Operations and Manage-
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President of CGIA Winchester said
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in order to raise money for the
Museum. Those .interested in
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Shrimp Aquaculture Appears Promising

In The Florida Panhandle

Nearly 30% of the world's total
shrimp production is farm-raised.
The U.S. demand for shrimp con-
tinues to exceed supplies, result-
ing in high market prices. In fact,
the $2.5 billion dollar trade defi-
cit created by shrimp imports is
second only to petroleum imports.
Harbor Branch's Aquaculture Di-
vision hosted a full-day workshop
in early 1998 which summarized
the aquaculture opportunities for
Florida's citrus growers and cattle
ranchers. The workshop focused
on shrimp farming opportunities
in freshwater recirculating sys-
tems. Finfish opportunities were
also presented as a supplemen-
tary or alternative crop. The work-
shop was sponsored by the Co-
operative Extension Service and
the University of Florida Institute
of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Aquaculture Division Director, Dr.
David Vaughan predicted that the
tri-county area of St. Lucie, Indian
River and Brevard become a ma-
jor aquaculture center in the
Harbor Branch was instrumen-
tal in increasing Florida's clam
production from the lowest of
any of the coastal states to the
highest production in less than
5 years.
Now the division plans to estab-
lish a shrimp and finfish aquac-
ulture technology center, located
at the Aquaculture Development
Park to provide a full range of re-
search and. services. Harbor
Branch will provide shrimp
postlarvae and fish fingerlings,
and prepare farmers to start their
own business with education,
hands-on training and a compre-
hensive support system, includ-
ing an aquatic animal health labo-
ratory on campus.
David Vaughan admitted that only
three years ago he had believed
that it would not be economically
feasible to raise shrimp in Florida.
Since then two things have
changed: shrimp culture tech-
nology has advanced and re-
searchers discovered that the
Pacific white shrimp, Penaeus
vannamei, can be acclimated to
hard freshwater at the age of
three .weeks. Now farmers with
hard freshwater wells are able to
raise this species in inland loca-
tions from Dostlarvae to market

size. It appears that the freshwa-
ter found in much of central and
south Florida has the correct min-
eral balance to support this spe-
cies after the gills fully develop.
Pacific white shrimp grow quickly
and can be harvested after ap-
proximately 150 days.
Durwood Dugger, President of
BioCepts International, Inc. noted
that shrimp is one of the most
popular seafoods in the U.S., and
that there is always a preference
for fresh product. He added that
Florida's shrimp consumption is
30 million pounds higher than is
presently supplied by shrimp pro-
duction, or shrimp from capture
fisheries. This means that
Florida's shrimp farmers could
have an advantage in the Pre-
mium Fresh-On-Ice Market.
Harbor Branch's Aquaculture Di-
vision is also developing new tech-
nologies for producing marine fin-
fish. Dr. Daniel Benetti, a re-
search scientist for Harbor
Branch's Aquaculture Division
summarized the aquaculture po-
tential for a number of finfish spe-
cies in Florida. Harbor Branch
has successfully produced several
species of marine finfish, includ-
ing hybrid striped bass, red drum
and southern flounder.
Paul Zajicek from the Florida De-.
partment of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services Bureau of Seafood
& Aquaculture, discussed market
potential and government sup-
port. He encouraged the work-
shop participants to take advan-
tage of the considerable expertise
of the people in the department
Sin all aspects of aquaculture pro-
duction, including the permitting
Ralph Sexton, a local citrus
grower and cattleman who has
lived and worked in the local ag-
riculture community for 70
years recommended that farm-
ers and growers take a good
look at these new opportuni-
ties. According to Sexton, the
low start-up costs, the short
time from start-up to receiving
a return on investment, and the
ability to grow several crops per
year make shrimp farming an
attractive option.

Council Cancels Ad Hoc Council

Technical Group Meeting

The Gulf of Meco FisheMan deterred to the September 14-17,
he Glf of Menxico Cihas 1998 Council meeting in Mobile,
agement Council (Council) as Alabama.
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canceectU its-rUU 1oc oUUnci i 1 ecl-
nical Group meeting scheduled on
Tuesday, September 2, 1998 to
review bycatch reduction device
(BRD) evaluation analyses. A
spokesman indicated the meeting
was canceled because the Depart-
ment of Commerce took indepen-
dent action to release an addi-
tional 3 million pounds of red
snapper for harvest by Gulf fish-
ermen. Therefore, review of the
effectiveness of BRDs has been

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Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Con-
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1976. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery
Management Council prepares
fishery management plans that
are designed to manage fishery
resources in the U.S. Gulf of


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Chris A. Hine Named Vice
President-Development Northwest
Florida For The St. Joe Company

David Fitch, senior vice president
and general manager for commer-
cial and industrial development
for The St. Joe Company, today
announced the appointment of
veteran real estate executive Chris
A, Hine as Vice President-devel-
opment west Florida for the Com-
mercial/Industrial Group of St.
Joe. Based in the Panama City
area, Hine will initiate and over-
see commercial and industrial
development activities in north-
west Florida.
Hine joins St. Joe after seven
years directing commercial real
estate activities in Orlando and
Jacksonville for Reynolds Metals
Development Company. Hine has
broad real estate experience that
includes office, industrial, retail,
shopping center and multifamily
"St. Joe is committed to growing
the economic pie in west Florida,"
Fitch said, "If ever there was a real
'land of opportunity' for business
and industry, it's Northwest
"The region offers a highly
skilled-and motivated-labor
force. An abundance of plant
sites, industrial parks, and both
land and water transportation
systems. And a superb quality of
life in one of the most beautiful,
unspoiled areas in the country,"
said Jim Rester, President-west
Florida of Arvida, the community
development arm of The St. Joe
Company. .

iine said: "We will initially exam-
ine areas where we can become
involved in the community, and
seek to gain insight from various
local organizations, both govern-
mental and private sector, to ini-
tiate opportunities within north-
west Florida. Through our com-
mercial/industrial activities, we
will address emerging business
trends in a way that promotes
broad economic growth, creates
new jobs and brings in new ser-
vices to better the lives of its resi-
dents. That's what we plan to do
at St. Joe."
Hine received a Bachelor of Sci-
ence in 1982 from Tennessee
Technological University, and a
Master's of Business Administra-
tion from Rollins College in 1988.
Chris and his wife, Stacia, have
four children and will reside in the
Panama City area.
Hine will work in tandem with
Arvida, St. Joe's community de-
velopment arm. Arvida is one of
the nation's most respected devel-
opers of large-scale master-
planned communities.
St. Joe, a publicly held company
based in Jacksonville, is Florida's
largest private landowner. It is
engaged in community, commer-
cial, industrial, leisure and resort
development, along with residen-
tial realty services. The company
also has significant interests in
timber, sugar and transportation.

Carrabelle Area Calendar Of Events

September 18, 19 & 20,
"Fun Fishing Tournament" for
Grady White owners at Carrabelle
Marina in Carrabelle, Florida.
Plaques and trophies. All age
groups. Pre-registration required.
For more information, call: Bruce
Shaefer at 850-697-3351 or
Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce
at 850-697-2585.
September 26, 1998
The parade starts at 10:00 a.m.
in downtown Carrabelle and ends
at the Senior Center.

September 26, 1998
1st Street and Avenue F,
Carrabelle, Florida. Entertain-
ment all day; games for the kids;
cake walk; bingo; prizes; hot dogs;
dinners; ice cream; and soft drink.
Giant flea market (spaces still
available-$10.00). For informa-
tion: 850-697-3760 or 850-697-
3899 after 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, noon 4 p.m.
Carrabelle Senior Center. 1st
Street and Avenue F, Carrabelle,
Florida. Every Thursday, the
'Carrabelle Serior Center
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beginners and advanced play-
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1/* (NOTE: This reveals what a "melt-
ing pot" Lanark Village is. Inhab-
'. itants come, not only from all over
S the United States, but also from
all over the world. Franklin
County is an amalgamation al-
though work to make it a "unified
whole," is ongoing and includes
natives, rich and poor, and all
sorts of people who find beauty
and wonder in this area.)
I was born in Dewsbury, York-
:hter. shire, England. My mother's
name was Mary Fusco. She was
Italian. My dad's name was
Arthur Bamforth. He was English.
Mother was a housewife and Dad
an engineer. My mother was mar-
man ried before she met my dad and
had one daughter, Frances, who
urnd in was five years older than 1.
djics L. Frances will be 83 years old this
.'Iregar year, and I am 79.
ed me. "
ar dadl\ When I reached the tender age of
ou racli five years, my dad passed away.
rmanior A few years later, my mother died
ViEc-g'r of pneumonia. My grandmother
x 24500 on my father's side brought me
printing up, and Mother's sister and her
but nol husband brought up Frances.
Do:,,i, When I was seven years old, I went
into the hospital located in Leeds,
about five miles from my
grandmother's house. I walked on
the sides of my feet, and to cor-
rect this my legs were broken and
then re-set. I was fitted with
braces and wore them for a few
I started school late. I was seven
years old, two years behind the
other children of my age. The good
Lord was with me, and I finally
won a scholarship to a secondary
school when I was eleven. A stu-
dent got a better education at a
secondary school than at a pub-
lic school. I finished my educa-
tion when I was sixteen and got
my first job at a dyers and clean-
IS. ers. I worked as an invoice clerk
and was very happy there.
About this time, my grandmother
[CK decided to move into a smaller
SR house. Our present home had
SH three stories. We moved and
YOUR settled down in Huddersfield, a
& NEW town about 50 miles from our old
ICISE place. By this time, my father,
JFF mother and grandfather had all
Passed away.
purchases i
e to pro- When I was about twelve, I was
, Hotels. allowed to play with some neigh-
ido, FL. borhood children ages eleven to .
fifteen, including about fifteen or,
twenty boys. About that time, my
uncle bought me my first bike,

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and I was in hog-heaven! The
neighborhood boys were not al-
lowed to ride my bike.
My grandfather made a big sleigh
and the boys were allowed to ride
on it, on the condition that they
pulled it back up the hill. We also
played cricket on an empty lot
across from my house. I would
take my braces off my legs for the
rough games, such a's football,
and for climbing trees.
On July 23, 1940, 1 received my
calling card from the government.
I had just had my birthday. I was
22 years old. This meant I had to
go into service for my country.
My choices ofjobs were many, but
probably due to my mathemati-
cal abilities and the fact that I'd
won the scholarship to the sec-
ondary school, I ended up as a
supervisor in the Royal Ordinance
Factory (ROF) at Chorley
Lancashire, working on the rocket
My job was a combination of in-
specting and supervising, to be
sure thejob was done right. A tray
held four to six small bombs.
Each bomb was about the size of
a can of soup. After the bombs
were filled with powder, I took
them to another room, where they
were filled, first with acetone and
then with mercury. I then weighed
the bombs to ascertain that the
amounts of chemicals inside were
within strictly specified limits. If
the bombs weighed too little or too
much, bomb production was im-
mediately halted until corrective
actions were taken.
My job was a dangerous one, and
I had many scares when the Ger-
mans dropped their bombs. The
sirens were wailing and the
searchlights were moving about,
trying to spot the German planes.
Thank God, I was spared. My
husband, Buford, said I was
spared because the Lord knew
that he (Buford) needed me to be
his wife and live in America.
Now, here comes the exciting part
of my story. Buford Duval (of
Carrabelle, Florida) and others
were sent to guard our camps.
The one camp had 1800 young
ladies in it and the other camp
had 1200 young ladies. I was in
the camp that was comprised of
;the 1800.
SAll the ladies had to pay the Brit-
ish Government room and board
every week. Buford and another
Yank would ride the buses we
rode in, to see that we arrived
safely to work. Buford 'asked to
be introduced to me. He asked me
out twice and I turned him down,
but the third time he asked, I ac-
cepted and went cycling with him.
About three miles from camp was
a farm house cafe. We dined there
and it was romantic. The food was
excellent, made from scratch.
On the 23rd of July, 1944, Buford
presented me with an engagement
ring. On October 9, 1944, we were
married in a church much like our
Lanark Village (Community)
Church, only a bit larger. We had
a small reception in a private club
and then a nine-day honeymoon.
The villagers turned out for the
wedding, threw confetti at us and
Some of the M.P.'s formed a
Guard of Honor for us. It was all
very lovely. In the middle of a war-
torn world, there were small acts
of kindness and beauty. I was re-
ally happy and proud to be Mrs.

By Rene Topping
Sam Yannuzzi of Fairview, New
Jersey, was the most surprised
individual when he saw his name
in the "The Amphibian," a news-
letter of the Camp Gordon
Johnston Association (CGJA),
published quarterly for veterans
of World War 11 who served there.
Fifty-five years ago Yannuzzi was
receiving his basic amphibious
training at the camp when he lost
his dog tags. (For the uniformed
on G.I. slang, dog tags were the
two inch long aluminum identifi-
cation tags issued when they first
started basic training and were
worn around every man's neck.
They were ordered not to ever take
them off, while even while they
were showering.)
The two small mementos of World
War II were unearthed by a mem-
ber of the Association. Ernie
Juliano, accompanied by Tony
Minichiello, has spent many
hours combing the sands of the
headquarters area. Juliano has
donated many of his finds to the
Association for display In the
museum members of the Associa-
tion hope to found very soon.
Juliano said that the most com-
monly found artifacts are live M.I.
Tony Minichiello, one of the
founding members of the CGJA
said that as he held the dog tags
in his hand he felt a kinship with
the soldier who had worn them.
He said, "You realize that what
you hold in your hand represents


October 9, 1944, Mr. and Mrs. Buford Duvall were married.

After the honeymoon, it was back
to work for me, and Buford was
back on duty.
This next story gave Buford and
me many laughs.
He and a military partner were on
duty about three miles from
camp, leaning against some iron
railings that were around a cem-
etery. They had seen a house in
the cemetery, but were not sure
if anyone lived in it. They were
soon to find out.
A hand touched Buford on his
shoulder and, from the silence of
the graveyard, a voice said, "Got
a light, Buddy?"
"Run!" Buford said to his partner.
"Let's get out of here!"
They ran across the road to a
6-foot wall they needed to scale,
in order to get away from the cem-
etery. Buford, being shorter than
his partner, would climb a foot or
two, then slip back another foot.
All this time, Buford was yelling
for someone to help them.
Finally, his partner got over the
wall and, while on top, reached
down and pulled Buford up and
over by his belt. When Buford got
over the wall- a cow-that was
nearby greeted him' with a loud,
We shared some laughter over
In February, 1946, Buford and I
were sent to Bournemouth in the
South of England for ten days,
where we waited to board the
Queen Mary. The weather was so
bad that we were ten days late

Ms. Duva, 1981.
Ms. Duvall, 1981.

arriving in New York. School
buses took us to see the shops
and sights.
We rode the Silver Star train to
Jacksonville, Florida, then the
Silver Meteor took us to
Chattahoochee. The old-time
choo-choo train took us to
The passengers on the trains
asked me where I was going to live
in Carrabelle, and I very politely
replied, "Box 1269." That was the
address I sent all my letters to.
My answer became a bit of ajoke
to them, but no one bothered to
tell me why my answer to their
question was so funny.
Lanark Village was a desolate
place when we moved here in April
of 1947. Mr. Andy Delaney,
Buford's uncle, asked Buford if he
would like to go into partnership
with him, with the idea to reopen
the fish camp. The government
had used Mr. Delaney's property
for amphibious maneuvers for the
servicemen connected to Camp
Gordon Johnston when it was
based here.
Buford became Mr. Delaney's
partner and ran the business for
21 years, from 1947 to 1968. Mr.
Yancey was here then and became
a good friend of ours. Buford
helped build the first Legion Post.
All of us who lived here had some
good times there.
Buford and I were blessed with a
daughter, Ann. She was born in
England in 1945. She is now mar-
ried and lives in Apalachicola. She
has four biological children
and one four-year-old adopted
The Villagers have been very good
to me, as is their way, especially
since Buford has died. He passed
away in Lake City-VA Hospital,
at 60 years of age.
Like many of us who live here in
Lanark Village alone, I do get
lonely; but not for long. I have
many friends, too numerous to
mention them all, but they know
who they are. My love and bless-
ings to you all. God bless each and
everyone of you. God bless you all.

We finally set sail in October and
ended up in South Wales and had
many maneuvers with Scottish
and English Troops. We did not
go In on D-Day, but went into
battle at St. Lo. and then on
through Prance, Belgium and
Luxembourg. Out greatest mo-
ment was being the first troops
to march through Paris, and our
worst and saddest moments were
the tough battles of the Hurtgen
Forest and Battle of the Bulge.

There were many heroes In the
28th Division and campaigns
through Normandy, Northern
France. and the Rhineland,
Ardennes and Central Europe,
but of course the biggest heroes
still lie over there in the
cemeteries of France, Belgium
and others. May they all "rest in
peace." I know I left many good
Friends there, we lived together for
four years so it is not easy to
There are many more small and
large secrets of the men who
passed through Camp Gordon
Johnston hidden In the sands of
the camp. The Camp Gordon
Johnston Association appreciate
stories from personnel who served
here. Any mementos received by
the Association will be carefully
preserved and eventually put on
show in a museum the members
are working towards having some-
where in the area.
One of the members, Sid Win-
chester the Association's current
president, said it best when he
said, 'The veterans of World War
II are gradually dying off, We want
to keep the memory of the brav-
ery of men such as Sam Yanuzzi.
and all the others who went to war
for their country-who spent
some of their best years fighting
to keep America and the world
free. They never questioned that
this was their duty and accepted
bravely all dangers it might en-
tail. "

a soldier's story. I would like to
find out more about this indi-
vidual because I don't think it
somehow right that I should pull
his name out of the sand and just
let it slip by without trying to find
out any more about him."
He wrote about the dog tags in the
Amphibian which goes out to all
members who are In every part
or the nation. He was pleased
when he received a letter in the
mail from the man he was look-
ing for. Here in his own words Is
one soldier's story of his time
fighting for his country.
"It is hard to believe that after
fifty-five years you could uncover
a two inch piece of aluminum
which brings back so many
memories of my military life and
of course, Camp Gordon. "We had
some rough training there, but
also some good times. I remem-
ber on a weekend pass to Talla-
hassee and Carrabelle. your
people were very kind and help-
ful to us.
After my basic training In 1941 I
was assigned to the 28th Infan-
try Division, 112th Regiment
Anti-Tank Company. I eventually
became a sergeant In a new pla-
toon formed in our company
called an Anti-Tank Mine Platoon.
Our mission was, to uncover and
also to plant mine fields. And so
we come back mysteriously to
your story about using your metal
detector to find my Dog Tags as I
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Published every other Friday


The Franklin Chronicle 4 September 1998 Page 11

The Florida Enterprise Zone Program

High Promise; Mixed Results In The Panhandle

The year was 1996. Baskerville-
Donovan, Inc. an engineering,
architectural and surveying firm
in Tallahassee, developed a plan
for Franklin County to submit a
joint application to the State of
Florida to seek an Enterprise Zone
Designation in Franklin County.
There were certainly many needs
for economic relief as one sur-
veyed the geographical, social,
political and economic Franklin
County landscape. The so-called
"net-ban" .created many hard-
ships, including impacts on local
businesses as fishing families
moved away or changed jobs.
The Franklin County area had
experienced almost 50 years of
declining economy as it had lost
the economic bases of wood har-
vesting, military, wood process-
ing, commercial fishing, oyster-
ing, water borne transportation,
government offices and other ac-
tivities. Franklin County was 65th
in 67 counties in the average,
annual wage. 65th in 67 counties
in an average hourly wage and
recent population decline. This
"doom and gloom" scenario set the
stage for a rationale to bring in
an Enterprise Zone Development
Plan for the area, specifically for
geographical areas in Apalach-
icola and Carrabelle. The plan was
crafted by Baskerville-Donovan,
Inc., for the county.
Instead of competing with each
other, the County, Apalachicola
and Carrabelle chose to file ajoint
application to develop one Enter-
prise Zone with three non-
contiguous parcels.

This sub-zone included about 918
acres in and adjacent to the City
of Carrabelle, including the his-
toric Carrabelle Port Riverfront
area, Timber Island and the
Carrabelle Airport.

This sub-zone consisted of a 20-
acre area that traditionally has
served as a business center of the
African-American community in

Unincorporated Zone
Immediately to the west of
Apalachicola, a 480-acre area was
proposed by the County as an
area where revitalization of com-
mercial activity needed stimula-
tion. The area is located along an
authorized navigation channel
and highway U.S. 98 and in prox-
imity to the County airport.

The objectives of the plan were to
develop "extensive, long term
strategies" to bring significant
economic, physical and social "re-
vitalization" to the enterprise
zones so identified. How would
these lofty objectives reach real-
ity? The planning document is
muddled with administrative lan-
guage that seems to circle itself
at times. For example, "The im-
mediate and long term creation of
jobs in the Zone through identi-
fied economic incentives, the de-
velopment of infrastructure, and
the focus of local and state gov-
ernment programs including
training on revitalizing the nomi-
nated areas." Or, "encourage en-
trepreneurial initiatives for new
"Fiscal" (financial) and regulatory
incentives could have some teeth
to make a difference in the three
identified zones. The teeth cutting
against poverty and low economic
development could include Ad
valorem tax exemptions, tax in-
crement financing, a revolving
loan program, exempting occupa-
tional license fees, and other fees
such as service taxes, impact fees
and tap fees.

The planning document outlined
the "general distress of the
nominated areas" including loss
of employment, population,
declining infrastructure,
abandoned structures and
human service needs. The
so-called "net ban" affected 300
licensed fishermen, and this
number includes almost 20% of
all licensed fishermen in the state
of Florida. In a report completed
by the Apalachee Regional
Planning Council, the city of
Carrabelle lost about 387 jobs in
the past ten years. In the
remainder of Florida, it is rare to
lose population but in Carrabelle,
for the period 1980 to 1990, the
U.S. census shows the population
dropped from 1320 to 1200
persons. In both Apalachicola and
Carrabelle, the sewer systems
failed, and their water systems
required improvements. The three
areas comprising the Franklin
County zone have a large number
of closed, vacant, abandoned and
dilapidated businesses, homes
and other structures. Human
service needs continued to grow,
including identification of nine
areas of critical services such as:

basic standard of living, maternal
and child care, health care, needs
for families with domestic
violence, mental health and
substance abuse.
From the distress identified ear-
lier, the Franklin County commu-
nities sought, organized and
implemented assistance to de-
velop capital improvements worth
over $20 million. In Apalachicola,
construction started on an en-
tirely new sewer system with a

new discharge facility and a
former discharge area restored.
The Battery Park Boat Basin was
expanded and a harborwalk has
been authorized by the City. The
City provided low interest loans
from a re-development revolving
trust fund to support private in-
vestment in historic restoration
and re-development. In
Carrabelle, federal funds made
possible an upgrade in the City
water system, expanding service
to Timber Island, Carrabelle
Beach and Carrabelle Airport. The
State of Florida awarded a $3.49
million low interest loan to replace
an old and failing sewage collec-
tion system. The City's treatment
plant will have additional capac-
ity for new development. The City
planned a 900 foot river walk be-
tween the east bank of the
Carrabelle River and Marine
Street. A public pavilion was

opened in 1998. But, develop-
ments in the Port and Airport
Authority, overseeing the Tim-
ber Island area, brought plans to
a halt, when a major (1998) in-
vestor pulled out. Yet, the propos-
als still have an upbeat flavor, as
"...the area still exhibits serious
social and economic distress,
[but] the prospects for new invest-
ment have never been better.
Some speak ofApalachicola as the
new Key West of Northwest
Florida and Carrabelle as the Tar-
pon Springs. The 1996 rheto-
ric of the planning documents
resonates high promises, but the
political and economic realities for
these Enterprise Zones present
very high barriers for success.
To be continued in the
next issue.

Jackson County
Gulf County
Chipley/ Washington County
DeFuniak Springs
Milton / Santa Rosa County
Tampa -I
St. Petersburg -'
Palmetto / Manatee County-
Bradenton -
Sebring / Highlands County

Ft. Myers / Lee County

Everglades City

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Oak Hill Eatonville

South Apopka

Ft. Pierce

Pahokee Belle Glade
IRiviera Beach
Palm Beach County St Bay
Ft. Lauderdale / West Palm Beach
Broward County
Miami Beach
Dade County North CentralDade
South Dade

The Enterprise Zones are identified in the following maps.
Florida Enterprise Zones are located throughout the Florida
peninsula, from as far to the Northwest as Century, to the
deep south of Dade County. There are 30 such zones in the
state. The Florida Enterprise Zone program offers financial
incentives to businesses located in designated areas, in ru-
ral or urban communities. These incentives are offered to
encourage private investment in the zones, as well as, em-
ployment opportunities for the area's residents.
The financial incentives include tax credits, property tax
credits, refunds of sales taxes for building materials used in
rehabilitation of real property, or for business machines or
equipment, or sales tax exemption for electrical energy.

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Page 12 4 September 1998 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday


Mildred Mirabella from
Page 2
Grace Wathen, Mayme Millender
and Marion Millender who all do
work at home."
The article's concluding para-
graph quotes Mrs. Kersey and is
pertinent today:
"You know, people like Mrs.
Mirabelle and other volunteers
really are important people. They
make the difference for our chil-
dren. I'm proud of the record our
school is making in the state tests,
but we'll do even better if we can
get some more community help.
Yes, Mrs. Kersey, there is a need
for volunteers.
And yes, Rene, Mrs. Mirabelle is
one of those volunteers.
And yes, Ms. Mirabelle, you're
right when you say, "I'm not go-
ing to grow old."

Pictured below: Bobby
Varnes on Primary Election
Eve. Mr. Varnes led all
candidates in the race.

Old-Fashioned Political Bar-B-Q

Politicians Raymond Williams and Jimmy Mosconis,
seeking re-election for Franklin County Board of
Commissioners, entertained voters in an old-fashioned Bar-
B-Q Voter Appreciation Day, in Carrabelle, Apalachicola
and Lanark Village.


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My husband wrote this, which to
me is more of a poem. We now live
in Georgia. Please print this so
people will know how much
Carrabelle means to us. Thank
you, Lorraine Wyatt.
If you go down to the beach
Down in Carrabelle
You'd better be cautious
Or you'll be captured by the
Down in Carrabelle
Carrabelle Beach
It's a place so many seekers
Are desperate to reach
It'll rejuvenate your soul
It'll make your spirit whole
Your passion and love will grow
It's the place you've got to go
Down in Carrabelle
Carrabelle Beach
It's a place so many seekers
Are desperate to reach
If you think God doesn't love
Think again
You'll know just what I mean
Exactly when
You get to Carrabelle
Carrabelle Beach
It's the place so many seekers
Are desperate to reach
Stories of pirates and plunder
History all around
Mystique will surely be there
Waiting to be found
Down in Carrabelle
Carrabelle Beach
It's a place so many seekers
Are desperate to reach
Pine trees and palm trees
Standing along the coast
Guarding the place
That I love the most

Return Books

Now With No

Late Fee

Amnesty Month declared by the
Franklin County Public Library.
Return your overdue books, video
and audio tapes to the Franklin
County Public Library during the
month of September and you will
not have to pay overdue fines. Li-
brary Director, Eileen Annie Ball,
asked the Franklin County Pub-
lic Library Advisory Board to ap-
prove this special action at their
August meeting. The Director is
in the process of conducting an
extensive inventory and records
update at the Franklin County
Public Library, Carrabelle
For various reasons library books
are not returned.., people forget,
books are misplaced, and the late
fees start climbing. Library users
may be embarrassed or don't
want to pay the late fees. Although
the Carrabelle Branch is closed
for inventory, the Eastpoint
Branch is open Tuesday through
Saturday. There are book drops
at the Eastpoint Library and the
Carrabelle Library. You may sim-
ply return your books and tapes
using the book drops. September
is the month to return your
overdue books and tapes to the
Franklin County Public Library
without having to pay late fees.

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Franklin County Commis-
sioner Jimmy Mosconis and
his wife at the Bar-B-Q in
Apalachicola's Battery Park.

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Former Green Beret Now Superb Actor At Dixie

By Tom Campbell
Former Green Beret Retired Ma-
jor LeRoy Mitchell, Jr., served his
country in Vietnam and other ar-
eas of the world with honors, and
currently stars with Cleo Holladay
in the superb production of "Driv-
ing Miss Daisy" at the Dixie The-
atre in Apalachicola.
After Sunday's matinee, in which
the performers received loud
laughter and applause continu-
ally from a very appreciative au-
dience, Major Mitchell sat down
for a chat and revealed the
warmth, humor and intellect that
makes him a first-class actor and
person. He went into "the Army
when I was eighteen," he said.
"The first time I had the good feel-
ing about theatre was in Junior
High School in Seattle, Washing-
ton. I was MC of a talent contest
and the audience was having a
good time every time I came on
stage, and I was hooked, I was
thirteen years old and I knew I
was having a real good time."
He graduated from Officers Can-
didate School in 1960 as an In-
fantry Officer. He achieved rank
of Major and is now retired. He
was in Vietnam a year and then
in a hospital from a gunshot
wound for three months. Shot
through the elbow, he underwent
physical therapy and had to learn
to use the arm again, "AK-47 at
forty meters, military wound," he
smiled. "I'd call that a military
He was born in Mt. Dora, Florida.
As a child, he "never confronted
prejudice while he lived in
all-black communities. 'Not until
I was in high school in Tacoma,
Washington. It was not a shock
to me, because we had one sum-
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Florida to visit my grandparents.
I was instructed by my parents-
by my Mom-that there were
things I did up there at home that
I don't do down here in Florida.
Not just my Mom and Dad, but
the whole extended family, My
grandparents were land-owners.
They farmed and were
self-sufficient. Just north of Ocala
was an area that had been popu-
lated by descendants of ex-slaves.
My grandfather on my Mom's side
came from Leon County and came
down there, part of the family
came from North Carolina. Cous-
ins and cousins. The only white
man we saw was the insurance
man. We went to an all-black
school. We didn't encounter
Mr. Mitchell said he thought a
younger black man playing the
role of Hoke in the production of
"Driving Miss Daisy," nil h t "tend
to be moremcombative, as-opposed
to me. I've been around. I've seen
my Dad and my grandfather and
their relationships with white
people their age."
He continued, "They survived be-
cause theywere manipulators. In
playing the role of Hoke, "I use
experiences of Grandpa Jessie
Davis, and my Dad, and Rev.
Mitchell, my grandpa on my Dad's
side. I learned from them.
'Yassuh' doesn't always mean
'Yessir.' The meaning depends on
the inflection and the ideas. I may
have my own ideas and say
'Yessir.' It doesn't always mean I
He said that colleges are "learn-
ing stores. We go there to learn. I
studied arts management, con-
centrating on voice, guitar. I stud-
ied musical theatre." He learned
movement, music, the concept of
stage presence. "You learn by

making mistakes," he said. Often,
I make a mistake on stage, I go to
the script and figure out why. In
officers candidate school they tell
you to do something even if it's
wrong. Then you learn from it."
Reading is an avocation and an
actor has to dominate the English
language, according to Mr.
Mitchell. An actor has to experi-
ence visions, not in a clairvoyant
way. But practice visualizing.
Practice. "I can remember being
cold in Germany, in Korea, and
even in Vietnam. I know cold, and
it comes back to me. Things that
happen in books, I can visualize."
He also surfs the Net. But prac-
ticing the visualization is the im-
portant thing.
The same thing he experienced as
the thirteen-year-old MC in the
Junior High show on stage, this
same thing is what thrills him to-
day as a performer. That feeling
ofkinsmanship that comes across
the footlichts. according to Mr.
Mitchell. is the |oy of acting.
His perfrrnrance is always full of
joy and truth The actor .nd the
audience create together, in order
to see the reality of what is hap-
pening. That's the joy. The audi-
ence participates. The actors tell
the story that the playwright
wants told. But the audience is
participating all the way. And the
Dixie Theatre is a great place for
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