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Franklin Chronicle


Volume 8, Number 4


February 19 March 4, 1999

Florida Fishermen's Federation

Annual Meeting Stomps


Ray Pringle: "These Florida Marine patrol
officers are out of control."
About 150 delegates met at the annual meeting of the Fisherman's
Federation in Panacea on Monday evening, February 8th, at Posey's
Beyond the Bay. President Ray Pringle called the meeting to order
at 7 p.m. followed by the prayer led by his father, Ray Pringle, Sr.
from the Jacksonville area. The group was joined by two State Repre-
sentatives and three Wakulla County Commissioners, and other dig-
nitaries including the Federation's attorney, Ron Mowrey.
At once, many of the speakers condemned the State of Florida Marine
Patrol for recent actions involving arrests of fishermen using what
has been described in a legislatively enacted rule as a "legal net."

Pastor Pringle
Moreover, Pastor Pringle set the tone of the meeting as one of concern
for the diminishment of a culture consisting of a commercial
fisherman's lifestyle and value system. In his opening prayer, Pastor
Pringle said:
Our Father, we thank you tonight for this meeting of a
true Brotherhood, people in Florida. Consumers, seafood
producers, seafood distributors, legislators, and all other
interested personnel. ... Oh God,-in respect of all the dam-
age that has been done through the trickery and the lives
of some, and have brought about this oppression of a
culture, and these people that are involved in this great
culture [and] industry of commercial fishing. We're gath-
ered here tonight to try gain restoration of our... civil rights
as pure red-blooded Americans, and I pray that You will
bless this gathering.
... Honor us Lord, with your presence, for in our Holy
Bible, the Scripture' says that Jesus Christ, where two
or three are gathered in His name, He'll be in the midst.
That's a real honor. And, help us honor you (as) we eat
our bread tonight, our food... And, as one great goal. And,
that is victory over the enemies of the greatest culture
and industry in this State. ... May this meeting tonight
generate strength to carry on in the greatest fashion of
patriotic red-blooded, God-fearing Americans.
Following the prayer, Pastor Pringle spoke one line before being inter-
rupted with loud applause. "That government just moved out of Tal-
lahassee. Thank God, they're gone. I'm not speaking as a Republican
or a Democrat ... They're out of office." His charge continued with
some unflattering references to the Marine Patrol and the adminis-

Continued on Page 8

By Aaron Shea
Ronald Marshall celebrated his
49th birthday behind bars when
law enforcement officers executed
a warrant for his arrest on
February 13. The arrest came
three weeks after he was involved
in an accident that took the life of
78 year old Lanark Village
resident Peter Britz and critically
injured three others in a head-on
car accident 2 miles east of
Marshall has been charged with
one count of Manslaughter by
D.U.I. (Driving Under the
Influence), three counts of D.U.I.
Causing Serious Bodily Injury,
and four counts DWLSR (Driving
While License is Suspended or
Revoked) Causing Serious Bodily
Injury. These charges, however,
could change after the state's
attorney office does their own
investigation. When the

Protection Of

Apalachicola River


By Tom Campbell
In a meeting of the Sierra Club
Big Bend Group Monday, Febru-
ary 15, at the Leon County Pub-
lic Library, Steve Leitman of the
Northwest Florida Water Manage-
ment District spoke about water
allocation issues for the
Apalachicola head waters and the
Flint and Chattahoochee Rivers,
together known as the Three Riv-
ers System. These three rivers
feed the most productive estuary
in the United States.
Leitman said that the Apalachi-
cola is Florida's largest river, in
terms of flow. "There are billions
of gallons in the river," he said.
"Beginning in north Georgia, al-
most to the North Carolina bor-
der, the flow of the river goes to
Lake Sinclair in north Georgia,
then past the 'beast of the City of
Atlanta,' which is a threat to the
Clean Water Act, and threatens to
contain the flow. The Chatta-
hoochee flows south, involving the
State of Alabama, and the Flint
River in the State of Georgia."
At the Florida border, the flow
becomes the Apalachicola River.
Hence, there is the need for the
Interstate Alliance of the three
states, Alabama, Georgia and
Leitman explained that the pro-
tection of the river flow is a very
complicated issue, and that he
was grateful for his 25 years of
experience in related fields of
study, which gave him an under-
standing of how to deal with the
The State of Florida has estab-
lished December 31, 1999, as the
deadline for the three states to
reach allocation of the river flow,
with special consideration to the
"adaptive process.'
The State of Georgia has "ex-
pressed its desire to reappraise in
50 years or 2050," he said. Florida
maintains the need for reap-
I praisal after 10 years or 2010.
Leitman jokingly said, "Even a
man and his wife need to reap-
Draise their relationship more of-

investigation is complete, the
Formal charges will be filed.
According to the probable cause
Sre p,-'rt, Marshall was visibly drunk
at the scene of the accident.
However, the Florida Highway
Patrol Officers were unable to
arrest Marshall at the time of the
incident because they needed the
results of a blood sample taken
by paramedics at the crash scene.
"The results of the blood sample
showed that Marshall had a blood
alcohol level of .307 at the time of
the accident, which is well above
the legal limit.
According to the Florida Highway
Patrol report of the accident
scene, Marshall was described at
that time: "The subject (Marshall)
was unsteady on his feet and his
eyes were bloodshot, watery, and
Continued on Page 14

ten than once in 50 years." The
State of Florida is insisting on re-
negotiating in 2010. The need is
to protect the river flow regime.
Naturally, Florida's interest is to
protect the downstream flow.
Leitm'an said that common
ground needs to be found for ne-
gotiations; and that the environ-
ment is a "player in the talks."
He pointed out that the
Apalachicola watershed extends
to almost North Carolina, involv-
ing the three rivers. 'There are 14
or 15 reservoirs on the
Chattahoochee," he said. There
are about 20,000 square miles in
the area of the river. Of these, 12
percent is in Florida, and 75 per-
cent of the basin is in Georgia,
where most of the water
The Florida part of the basin is
spectacular, the Apalachicola
River. A lot of it, he pointed out,
is "in a fairly natural. state, and
the idea is to keep it that way."

The Delta area
Wewahitchka "involves a
wide flood plain.


He continued, "Apalachicola Bay
is a real treasure in its own right.
Continued on Page 14

This Issue
Franklin Briefs ...... Page 2
Editorial................ Page 3
Chill Competition.. Page 4
Dixie Theatre ........ Page 4
Eastpoint Church .. Page 5
Sports ................. Page 7
CGJA Museum....... Page 7
FCAN Classified ... Page 10
Bookshop ......... Page 12
Cancer Society .... Page 13
DUI Offenders Bill Page 14

Third Annual


Coast Chef's


By Pam Rush
St. Patrick's Catholic Church was
the setting for the third annual
Forgotten Coast Chef s Sampler
and silent auction presented, by
the Apalachicola Bay Area Cham-
ber of Commerce.on February 6,
1999. Over two hundred hungry
guests attended the gala event.

Continued on Page 4

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Jubilee In Apalachicola A
XAJ^A 1- w LO" I IdlkU f oo

By Tom Campbell
Formerly Captain of The Gover-
nor Stone and now Captain of his
own 50-foot turn-of-the-century
paddlewheel replica, Jubilee, Cap-
tain Daniel Blake is a friendly
host, willing to answer questions
about Jubilee, the Paddlewheel
Riverboat Tours, or the Apalachi-
cola River and surroundings.
His wife Phyllis is First Mate, a
charming conversationalist and
accomplished artist. "We fell in
love with the town of
Apalachicola," she smiled. "We
have a real treasure here. People
come from all over the world, take
a tour on the Jubilee, and can't
believe how beautiful it is here."

She said many of the visitors don't
want to leave, and "some of them
decide to move here."
The last week in January, the
weather was like a perfect spring
day. The tour on the Jubilee up
the river and then down to the bay
provided spectacular views,
plenty of photo opportunities and
70-degree sunshine. Phyllis
smiled, '"hs is one of the reasons
we love living here."
Phyllis and Daniel Blake have
been living in Apalachicola for
quite a while. "It will be eight years
in the summer of 1999," she said.
Captain Blake has been on a river
"from birth," he smiled. "As far
back as I can remember, Dad had
Continued on Page 10

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Page 2 19 February 1999


The Franklin Chronicle



The Franklin County Board of
Commissioners regular meeting
was held on February 16. County
Planner Alan Pierce asked the
Board to consider the need for a
boat ramp on St. George Island.
Pierce pointed out that the county
does not own any land on which
a permit could be obtained for a
boat ramp. Pierce recommended
that the county ask the
Department of Transportation
(DOT) to demolish all of the old
St. George Island Bridge at the
island side so the county can
build a boat ramp in that space.
Alice Collins, who has lived on the
island for about 25 years, said
that this could be the last chance
to have a boat ramp on the island.
The Board has to make a decision
by the next meeting.
The Board approved an
application for a $7,249 grant for
the Franklin County Sheriffs
Office. Ray Clary, the Finance
Officer for the Sheriffs Office told
the Board that the grant will be
used to buy new computers and
printers for the department.
Alan Pierce informed the Board
that the Harris Brothers would be
interested in the construction of
the Eastpoint boat ramp. The
Harris Brothers would swap the
work on the ramp for 2 acres of
land. The Board decided that the
work is worth more than the land.
They agreed to give the Harris
Brothers the land plus $5,000. It
was estimated that the work on
the ramp would cost at around
$25,000 and previous bids on the
construction ranged from
$30,000 to $35,000.
County Extension Director Bill
Mahan informed the Board -that
he had met with John Gunter and


Harvest Turns

Into Smelly


By Rene Topping
There is one thing for sure, a clean
scallop shell is a thing of beauty.
One just out of the processing
house with the parts of it still
clinging to' the 'shll, mixed'With
a by-catch of crabs, mullet, star-
fish all in various stages decay,
make nature's most abhor-
rent smell-that of a dead body
The scallops, swarming in the
waters of the gulf are a golden
harvest for the scallop fishermen.
The seafood processing houses
are kept busy and they are a boost
to the economy.
The County Commission meeting
of February 16 had a small crowd
waiting to talk about the scallop
waste, so precisely at 9:30 a.m.
the debate was on.
It is when the scallop shells are
improperly piled up anywhere
near habitation that the smell
seems to overcome those who are
According to a memo written by
R. Brent Mabrey, Jr. Director of
Environmental Health for Frank-
lin County, the Board of Commis-
:sioners, Mabrey and Larry R. Witt
.an environmental specialist, went
,but to investigate a scallop shell
:disposal pile at C87 and
Jeff Sanders Road, north of
'The investigation found that the
,shell disposal was, in fact, a pro-
.found sanitary nuisance, with a
inassive blowfly infestation and
Large puddles of contaminated
water. This water is a problem
,both in disease propagation and
probable contamination of the
fragile water table in this critical
These conditions are violations of
Florida State Status 386.041. It
is therefore ascertained that in-
discriminate dumping of scallop
shells and the related viscera, in
this case caused a sanitary nui-
gance to exist and it is to be
ceased immediately.
A suggested alternative is the re-
noval of this material to an off-
shore site for dumping and upon
'removal lime and spray the area.
The memo was signed by Mabrey
and copied to all Commissioners.
Mabrey started off the dialogue by
saying he felt there was a change
for the better. He said he had been
by the site and it seemed to him
that they were doing some clean
,up and it was a case of so far-so
good." He added, "If they keep on
'doing what they are doing, I think
,they are doing a heck ofa job. The
smell is gone-the flies are gone."
He said there was now a positive
attempt to remedy the situation.
Selena Bryant said she lived on
'C87 at Jeff Sanders Road. "I have
*some pictures here I would like
to present to you and three bags
'of fly strips that were taken from
my house last night." She went
on to say she wanted to know how
'they are disposing of the viscera
now, saying, "Kids in the area

Joe Shields of DEP to discuss the
formation of the Franklin County
Aquaculture TaskForce. It was
agreed that a 8 to 10 member
taskforce would be put together.
It was recommended that one
County Commissioner, Bevin
Putnal, be on the taskforce along
with Mahan, Gunther, Shields,
and Tammy Summers, who is an
Aquatic Preserve Manager. It was
also suggested that there is a
representative from Alligator Point
and three to four seafood industry
representatives be on the
taskforce by the Board for a term
of 2 years.
Alan Pierce informed the Board
that the grant to place shutters
on the fire stations and county
buildings has been put on hold
because the estimated cost
exceeds the grant. Pierce asked
the Department of Community
Affairs (DCA) whether to increase
the grant or decrease the amount
of buildings that would receive the
shutters. That has yet to be
Pierce told the Board that he has
contacted Kim Shoemaker of the
Gulf Coast Workforce
Development Board and she is
interested in owning or leasing a
building in Carrabelle.
The Board agreed to hire Prebble-
Rish, the County Engineere, to
complete an application for the
Florida Beach Erosion Control
Program grant to study the
erosion on Alligator Point. The
study must be done before any
funds are given for beach
renoursihment. The application
along costs $3,000. The
application will give an estimate
of the cost of the study. It is
estimated at this time that the
study could cost between $40,000
to $100,000. If the county gets a
grant is given, there will be a 50%
matching requirement. The Board
can decide on whether they can
afford the study after the costs
have been determined.
The Board agreed to have two
plaques erected. One for the World
War II soldiers that had died in

haven't been able to go to school,
the smell was so bad. At our
house we couldn't even go out-
side. And that is just a sample of
what we have put up with since
October." She was not as positive
that clean up was taking place,
as was Mabrey. She said What
are you going to do in the future?
What are you going to do to help
She expressed her problem with
the contamination, as she and her
neighbors all have private water
Bobby Sapp, who has been truck-
ing the shells out to land he owns
behind Ms. Bryant's house said
that the scallops did cause a smell
in the beginning, but now they,
just smell slightly.
Christine Saunders also said that
there was a real change for the
better and she felt that the prob-
lem was not so big anymore. She
said it may have been a problem
but she felt that they were getting
a handle on it. "The scallops bring
a lot of work to the community,"
she said. Ms. Saunders said she
had been out to the site and felt
that the smell was much less ob-
The last word in the health de-
partment letter was, that the
shells out on Sapp's land would
have to be taken off. Sapp was
planning on using them as a base
tor roads out on his property.
Commissioner Cheryl Sanders,
who also lives close to where the
shells are and is asking for an
investigation into the problem,
not only for now, but the future.
The golden harvest should be able
to remain that way if the shells
and the viscera are handled prop-
erly, according to Ms. Sanders.
Alan Pierce was asked if the prob-
lem could be addressed with a
zoning change. He said, "Well,
seafood has been here a lot longer
than zoning." He said that there
is nothing specific written into the
Franklin County Zoning Code,
and when that happens, The state
code is what has to be observed."
Tim Brown said "I have talked to
a Mr. Lovell yesterday. There are
three piles, but one main pile, and
it is that one they are concerned
about mainly. That is where the
viscera is. Just to have that pile
move is going to take many
trucks,just to deal with that pile,"
He added, "I have only seen about
eight to ten truckloads."
Not all of the persons who are in-
volved in getting the site cleaned
up and a system thought out that
will not allow this type of thing to
happen again, were present at the
meeting. Sapp said that some of
the state men did not know
whether some of the material that
looks like viscera is not. He said
right now they have two pickers
on the line as the scallops are
being processed and at present
there is very little viscera getting
to his property. He added that the
last boat takes out about 3 tons
of viscera. For instance, the two
state members who are bringing
the charge that these piles are a
hazard to health and should be
removed and then the site would
have to be decontaminated, were
tied up in Tallahassee.
In the end, it seemed best that all
of the people who should be in-
volved should meet out at the site.
The DEP, Health Department and
Sapp and other seafood people
should meet at the site and hash
the whole matter out. Ann Brown
who lives on C67 at Jeff Sanders

combat and one for the Korean
War soldiers that had died in
The Board agreed not to seek a
six month time extension on the
Eastpoint CDBG grant because
there is no source of funds to pay
for the sewer improvements. By
continuing to fight the 50 point
penalty, the Board would be
postponing the impact of the
penalty. The penalty will be
imposed for two years after the
current grant is closed out. The
penalty applies to only
commercial revitalization
Pierce informed the Board that he
has yet to get a response from
DCA on the unresolved land use
dispute over the creation of a new
land use category, residential
estate. He told the Board that this
dispute began over one year ago.
The Board was informed by
County Attorney Al Shuler that
the holiday leave policy for Road
and Landfill Departments has
been re-worked. The department
heads will be given the authority
to decide when their employees
can take their days off for
Christmas. The number of days
they can take off has been set by
the county.
The controversy over the entrance
to Bob Sikes Cut has yet to end.
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
believes people are being cut off
from an area that has been used
by fishermen for years. County
Attorney Shuler pointed out that
the county does not want to be
liable for any injuries that hap-
pen in that area. It was also
pointed out that to get to the pub-
lic area of Bob Sikes Cut, people
have to cut through private prop-
erty. County Attorney Shuler said
he would look further into it.

Road asked, "Can a concerned
citizen come to the meeting and
she was assured she could be at
the meeting. Sanders said she
would notify all persons who
needed to be there of the date and
time arranged.
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
said, "I believe Mr. Sapp is trying
to rectify this problem. I know that
some years ago when we had a
problem involving viscera being
turned into compost and it caused
problems. The Seafood Industry
donated $5,000 for a permit to
put the viscera into the landfill.
He then made reference to the
scallop's that"are beii'g brought in
to Gulf County, saying that there
is a seafood house working the
scallops less than 100 yards from
where we are sitting. The final
thought was that now, every-
body's on the right track,
Still the folks who live the closest
are very leery and said they would
see how they felt after the

Can The

Old Bridge

Become A



By Rene Topping
Is it possible that the Bryant
Patton Bridge could become a rec-
reational area for people of all ages
instead of being demolished and
carted off to the rock pile. It may
well be, If Jack Pfiel of an organi-
zation called Floridians for Rec-
reational and Environmental
Equality (FREE.) can get his pro-
posal approved by Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation, District
111, (FDOT) the Federal Highway
Administrative and Franklin
County Commission.
Pfiel has ambitious plans for the
old bridge which would entail an.
area dedicated to fishing, skate
boarding, walking, running, bicy-
cling and any other sports that
Can be done on such a site.
In his proposal Pfiel stated that
FDOT is on record as saying that
they are willing to give the entire
cost of demolition of the bridge in
the amount of $3,640,000 to
Franklin County if the bridge were
saved. The money could be put
into an interest bearing trust fund
for future maintenance. Pfiel also
said that The National Recre-
ational Trails Funding Program
would provide funding to the
In the proposal written by Pfiel he
gives his reasons for wanting to
save the old bridge. He states
there are hundreds of recreational
anglers ranging in age from chil-
dren to senior citizens who could
fish in safety from the bridge for
speckle trout, flounder, sheeps-
head, black drum and other spe-
cies. The only other alternative for
those who do not own a boat is to
pay a charter boat. There is a "no
fishing" ban on all the bridges in
Franklin County at the present
time that started after several fa-
talities were incurred when fish-
ermen stepped back Into a line of
Nesting birds make their homes
Continued on Page 7

Lanark Goes Franklin County Teachers

Automated At Honored

Post Office

By Rene Topping
There was almost unanimous
agreement February 16, at a spe-
cial meeting of the Lanark Village
Association, called by Chairper-
son Ralph Dietz for the purpose
of gaining approval on a 10 year
lease between the Lanark Village
Association and the U.S. Postal
Service. After the lease is signed,
the post office will be almost fully
automated with a stamp machine,
parcel boxes and post office let-
,ter boxes. The crowd of about 50
residents listened to the terms of
the lease, asked a few short ques-
tions and then raised there right
hand high to signify their ap-
proval. Some Villagers say they
will miss the man or woman be-
hind the counter. However, Dietz
said says that this drawback will
be compensated by longer hours,
that persons will be able to pick
up mail from their boxes.
Dietz said that the hours will be
'from around 7:30 a.m. until be-
tween 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. each day.
Security will be maintained by the
volunteers of the Neighborhood
Watch who will keep an eye on the
Dietz went on to say that he feels
the village will benefit by the fact
that under the terms of the lease
the village will now be paid $180
per month for rent on a 10 year
lease. After the 10 years, the rent
will be $225 per month. As soon
as the lease is signed by Dietz, the
Postal Service will arrange to re-
decorate the building. They will
also pay the Florida Power bill and
pay the salary for the carrier,
The Association will continue to
heat and cool the building
through pipes from the main part
of Chillas Hall. As before, they will
take care of the water bill. The
carrier will open the building and
then go on to the Carrabelle Post
Office to pick up the mail.
He will then sort the mail and put
it into the boxes at Lanark. Dietz
said the carrier 'is new to the job
and will probably be faster when
he become wore familiar with the
postal customers. At present he
fakes about two full hours.
So far, the only machine in place
is the one that offers stamps. The
boxes to hold packages will be
installed in the near future. Until
that time, the carrier will leave a
yellow card and the customer can
then call the Carrabelle office and
.they will make sure that the car-
rier has it on the next day.

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By Tom Campbell
During The Franklin County
School Board meeting Thursday,
February 11, special presentation
was made to Seven teachers for
outstanding service.
Superintendent of Schools
Brenda Galloway said, "Good
solid scores were made on the
comprehensive tests and we are
proud of these teachers for their
Honored were three teachers from
Apalachicola High School: Ms.
Victoria Fuentes, Ms. Patricia
Fuentes and Mr. Eddie Joseph.


Ninth Annual



Friday, April 16th, the Carnival
will be a great way to start off the
three days of festivities.

Dietz said that he felt that was a
good deal, especially because.the
Postal Service had agreed to pay
some $1,800 In back rent due
since the past contract worker
retired. They will begin redecorat-
ing the building as soon as the
lease is signed and returned.
Dietz added that he had the ad-
vice of an attorney who told him
that Lanark Association cannot
come to any harm under the
terms of the lease.
Dietz was full of praise for the at-
titude and help given him by the
entire Carrabelle staff, "They are
just good people," he said.

From Carrabelle High School, four
teachers were honored: Ms.
Melanie Humble, Mr. Christopher
Crozier, Ms. Carol McDaris, and
Ms. Virginia Dale Millender.
The certificates of appreciation
awarded were for "services above
and beyond the call of duty given
to Franklin County students."
Ms. Galloway also pointed out
that she was happy with increas-
ing interest in the communities.
"We are happy that more people
are finding ways to contribute to
the education of our children and
to their well-being."
Three free vans have been do-
nated to the Franklin County
Schools by Gulf Coast Commu-
nity College. Ms. Galloway said,
'They are used vans and we will
evaluate the condition and do
what needs to be done. One will
be used for a small group carrier.
One or maybe both of the other
two will be used for transporta-
tion of commodities."
Ms. Galloway said that Mr.
Michael Eaton of Coastal Busi-
ness Products was very helpful.
"His company is giving Franklin
County Schools a Rizograph," she
said. "This is a high quality copier
and will be stationed at Brown."
She said interested people in the
communities are finding ways to
help increase the quality of edu-
cation in the county.

Saturday, April 17th will be jam-
packed full of activities that will
The ever-popular seafood gumbo
cookoff, all day bingo, art show &
market, fun auction, boat
auction, educational exhibits,
maritime crafts & exhibits,
sailboat rides, train rides, and the
Other activities include: Bubble
gum blowing contest, cheerleader
competition, yo yo contest, oreo
stacking contest, balloon toss,
mullet toss, men's pretty legs
contest, pet beauty contest,
children's beauty pageant...a
$500 cash drawing, and food,
food, food.
Sunday, April 18th, the carnival
will wrap up the three days of
family fun and entertainment.
All of this is happening on
Carrabelle's picturesque water-
front! Call Carrabelle Chamber of
Commerce at 850-697-2585 for
applications and vendor informa-
tion. Space is limited, so first
come, first served.



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19 February 1999 Page 3


Frankly Speaking In

Franklin County
By Rene Topping the post office parking lot in my
small Ford Festiva. Io order to be
I have yet to talk to anyone in able to see oncoming traffic, I now
Carrabelle who will give me a discovered that to see at all I had
good, common sense reason why to poke the hood of my car into
the Florida Department of what is now a traffic lane. I could
Transportation (FDOT) has cho- see nothing until the hood of my
sen two lanes westerly through car was well in the right hand
Carrabelle and one lane easterly. lane. I edged my way out into that
In fact, the main conversation in now traffic lane and was almost
the cafes and at the post office are hit by a large RV who had not seen
those of people who don't like the me and had moved over into the
change one little bit. right hand lane to accommodate
faster moving vehicles. I don't
So far, the two lanes with no know who was more shaken him
breakdown lane has apparently or me.

been the cause of many of our
residents to develop the shakes
after having "a near encounter of
the dangerous kind," when a fairly
large truck moved swiftly over to
get back into line for the lane of
the Tillie Miller Bridge.
In fact, one of our commissioners
just called me on Monday after-
noon, to report her near collision
with a car and trailer who had
reached the area close to the
bridge, realized almost too late he
was In the wrong lane and cut her
off, causing her to have to slam
on the brakes. A close call is what
she called it.
As for myself, I was coming out of

The city commissioners ques-
tioned said they had no idea that
the third lane was in the plan,"
Oh" they say, "we knew there was
to be no parking on the north side
of U.S.98. We did not know that.
there was going to a third travel
lane." Calls to several people at
the FDOT resulted only in being
transferred to yet another part of
the FDOT. I have yet to find the
person who designed this road-
way. When I do, my question will
be a short one. "WHY?"
It seems to me that we are set up
to have some real traffic problems.
From my vantage point, working

Employment Opportunity

for Gulf and Franklin

By Tom Campbell
Executive Director Diane' Scholz
of the Gulf County Chamber of
Commerce in Port St. Joe, re-
ported last week tiat help is avail-
able for individuals who may have
become unemployed in Gulf and
Franklin Counties. Florida Coast
Paper Company's mill in Port St.
Joe has been idle since August of
Recently, Florida Coast Paper
Company (FCPC) officials an-
nounced they would discontinue
insurance plans that affect ap-
proximately 500 hourly and sala-
ried employees. In a press release
from FCPC General Manager
Ferrell Allen, he said the company
will no longer provide health care
,coverage for laid-off employees,
after February 14.
Affected employees will be ac-
corded the right under COBRA (a

government regulated insurance
program for laid-off and termi-
nated workers)., to continue par-
ticipafion in the plan at their ex-
Executive Director Scholz of the
Gulf County Chamber explained
that there is "an excellent employ-
ment opportunity with a medical
telephone service." This is spon-
sored through the Gulf County
Chamber and the Gulf County
Economic Development Commit-
"No job skills are necessary," said
Ms. Scholz. "There is a 90-day
training period on computer
skills. Starting salary is $8 per
hour, with the possibility of $9.25
per hour in three months."
She emphasized that training is
available and interested persons
may come into the Gulf County
Chamber of Commerce on Fourth
Street in Port St. Joe and fill out

o U' 850-385-4003 (TALLAHASSEE)
-'911v Facsimile 850-385-0830

Vol. 8, No. 4

at an office at the corner ot U.S.
98 and C67, I watch the RV driv-
ers pull over into the north lane
almost immediately. Little do they
know that ahead they will have
to pull that 33 foot motor home
complete with the ten foot or more
of a tow car back over, to continue
their trip over the bridge.
In addition, any car or truck pull-
ing out from the post office onto
U.S. 98 will find themselves hav-
ing to put themselves in harms
way to see what traffic is bearing
down on them. Only the big truck
drivers have clear visibility from
their crow's- nest seats.
Now, all you folks at FDOT don't
got me wrong. I thank you from
the bottom of my heart for that
great pavingjob done so efficiently
by C.W, Roberts. I thank them for
their swift performance making it
less of a hassle for those of us who
work in town each day.
But, Why, Oh Why. Oh Why, did
you give us an extra lane? Twd
into three and three into two
seems not to make any sense to
this person. And I have only one
request. Please send the paint
machine back and give us back
two lanes into town, two lanes
through town and two lanes over
the bridge. Then we will all
breathe easier on our daily

an application. She pointed out
that the individual must be de-
pendable and caring.
The name of the company which
will be hiring is Telemed Inc. In-
terested persons in Uulf and
Franklin Counties may phone
1-800-454-0068 for an'applica-
tion, or may phone the Gulf
County Chamber of Commerce at
850-227-1223 or 227-2151 ,- ., .
Ms. Scholz said she or her assis-
tant Teresa Lowry would be will-
ing to help interested individuals
any way possible. "We want them
to know about this excellent em-
ployment opportunity," she said.
"Help is available."


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Publisher ................................................ Tom W Hoffer
Contributors ........................................... Tom Campbell
............ Aaron Shea
............ Rene Topping

Sales ....................... .......................... Jonathan C apps
Advertising Design
and Production......................................... Diane Beauvais Dyal
............ Jonathan Capps
............ Jacob Coble
Production Assistant ................................ Jason Sanford
Copy Editor and Proofreader.................. Tom Garside
Circulation ....................... ................. Larry Kienzle
............ Tom Campbell
............ Kathleen Heveran
Citizen's Advisory Group
George Chapel ..................................... Apalachicola
Sandra Lee Johnson ................................. Apalachicola
Rene Topping .................................... Carrabelle
Pam Lycett ...................... .............. ....... Carrabelle
David Butler ........................................ Carrabelle
Pat Morrison ..................................... St. George 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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Reprinted below is the resolution recently passed by
The Wakulla County Commission urging Governor Bush
to provide relief to area fishermen in regard to "Net
Limitation Rules." Similar proposals will be circulated
to all other coastal communities by the Florida
Fishermen's Federation.


WHEREAS, Florida Constitutional Amendment Article X, Section
16-ontitled"Limited Net Fishing became effective July 15. 1995.
WHEREAS, the amendment, was enacted as a limitation on marine net fish-
ing in Florida,
WHEREAS, the marine resources of the State of Florida belong to all the people.
Whereas the amendment authorizes the use of two 500 sq., foot' non-gill or
non-entangling nets in in-shore and near-shore Florida waters, and
WHEREAS, since the adoption of the amendment, Florida Marine Patrol offic-
ers reportedly acting on "instructions from. Florida Marine Patrol superiors"
have inconsistently, arbitrarily and unreasonably arrested fishermen using
lawful 500 sq. foot nets, and
WHEREAS, according to Marine Fisheries, Commission's records the spawn-
ing potential ratio (measure of return of abundance of fish) is generally within
one year of reaching it's goal, as opposed to nine years as originally projected.
WHEREAS, small coastal fishing counties in Florida are economically devas-
tated due to the continual actions of the Marine, Patrol arresting fishermen
using lawful nets and seizing their nets and products, and
WHEREAS, the mullet fishing is a valuable food fish for the citizens of Florida
including specifically, those that are economically deprived, and
WHEREAS, fishermen are actively concerned with resource conservation, and
WHEREAS, the Florida Legislative in 1998 adopted Section 370.093, Florida
Statutes, which specifically provided among other things, that any net con-
structed of braided or twisted nylon, cotton, linen, twine or polypropylene
twine material is not an entangling net within the prohibition of Article X.
Section 16, Florida Constitution, and
WHEREAS not-withstanding said statute the Florida Marine Patrol has con-
tinued to arrest fishermen using those nets made Lawful by Section 3 7 0.
093, Florida Statutes,
WHEREAS, there is no prohibition in the Florida Constitution nor in the Florida
Statutes of the use of two 500 sq., foot gill or non-entanglement rectangular
nets for fishing in in-shore and near- shore waters in Florida, and
WHEREAS, the former Governor Lawton Chiles previously directed all agen-
cies to meet with representative local fishermen for mediation in Wakulla
County, Florida, and
WHEREAS' said medallion took place in Wakulla County and concluded with
the understanding that a joint declaratory judgment would be sought, and
the matter resolved once and for all, and
WHEREAS, the Florida Marine Patrol Department of Environmental Protec-
tion and Marine Fisheries Commission failed and refused to join in the action
for a declaratory judgment, and
WHEREAS, these continual actions by the Florida Marine Patrol officers are
driving fishermen out of business, and

WHEREAS, there are numbers of cases pending in trial courts, appellate courts
and in the Florida Supreme Court, that upon final ruling may bring consis-
tency in the enforcement of the laws.
NOW THERFFORE, the Board County Commissioners of Wakulla County,
Florida, resolves the, following:

1 The State of Florida should use all of its powers to insure equal, fair
enforcement of all laws and equal treatment of all its citizens.
2, The Board specifically requests the Governor to enter an Executive
Order prohibiting the Florida Marine Patrol from arresting any properly li-
censed commercial fishermen using two 500 sq. foot nets or less constructed
of braided or twisted nylon, cotton, linen, twine or polypropylene twine mate-
3. Further, that a meeting be scheduled, between, the Governor and
local government officials of all coastal counties draft a bill for the Florida
legislature to resolve these issues favorably for all people in the State of Florida.
4. That a Special Grand Jury be summoned and empowered to investi-
gate the conduct of the Florida Marine Patrol in arresting fishermen, seizing
their property and, catches while purportedly enforcing the laws of the State
of Florida, when the nets being used by the fishermen are lawful under the
Florida Constitution and Section, 370,093, Florida statutes.
ADOPTED this first day Of February,. 1999.




Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic
187 Highway 98 W,
Eastpoint, Florida
Phone: (850) 670-8306
Emergency: (850) 927-2510

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Hours: Monday Friday 8:00 5:30
Saturday 8:00 12:00


Bill Clears First

Hurdle: Entire

Senate To Vote

On Bill Next

You have won $ 10 million dol-
lars! This statement has been de;
livered to the homes of America.
American Family Publisher Clear-
ing House has become a staple of
the American mail system.. Unfor-
tunately these sweepstakes have
taken the American public for a
ride. Too many people have been
led astray by their advertising tac-
tics. The Senate Agriculture and
Consumer Services Committee
today approved legislation spon-
sor by Senator Skip Campbell
(D-Tamarac) that will clean up
this abuse.
"This bill will stop companies from
fraudulently deceiving our citi'-
zens into believing that they have
been selected the winner of the
sweepstake," said Campbell dur-
ing his testimony. "It's time to
start cleaning up the sweepstakes
scams who've lured consumers
into misleading contests.
Specifically, Senate Bill 86 does
the following:
* Requires that the disclosure on
the envelope is no less than
16-point font. The disclosure
should read: "This is a game pro-
motion that involves chance. You
have not automatically won."
* Must have disclosure on the first
page of all advertising and promo-
tion materials.
* Protects older consumers (60 or,
older): Any persons, firm, corpo-"
ration or agent of game promo;
tions who acts unlawful against
an older individual is guilty of er
first-degree misdemeanor. "The
elderly are the primary victims of
sweepstakes mailings and
fraudulent contest," sai4
* Requires that the operator must
publish the rules and regulations
that offer a chance to enter, in no
less than 12 point font. And re-
quires that the rules and regula-
tions are to be made available to
the public without charge upon
rTqfusf." -
.' Adds that alli advertisements
pei~rining to tie game promotion
must indicate the address and'
telephone number where these
rules can be obtained.
* Gives the Department of State'
the authority to take administra-
tive action to enforce a violation
of this act.
* Makes it a civil penalty for those
who keep sending promotional'
material to persons who have re-'
quested to be removed from the.
game promotion distribution.
Campbell's bill now travels to the'
full Senate for further consider-
State Senator Campbell's legisla-'
tion is similar to federal legisla-'
tion-"Honesty in Sweepstakes,
Act" sponsored by U.S. Senator'
Ben Nighthorse Campbell,

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SRegional Chili Competition

On March 6th

Music by Steve Malvestuto
Chefs Sampler from Page 1

Anita uregory, xecum
Chamber of Commerce.
V ".

Local restaurants showcased a
lovely array of great tasting
dishes, which included Fresh
Shrimp Salad from Apalachicola
Seafood Grill & Steakhouse, Gal-
lic Mustard Sauce with tasty '
chips from Bayside Gallery & Flo-
rist, Seafood Gumbo from Blue
Parrot Ocean Front Cafe, Shrimp
Cakes with Lobster Sauce from
Caroline's Dining on the River,
Charombord Cake from Chef
from Cone Distributors, Tuna
Crabmeat Pasta from The Gibson
Inn, Shrimp Scallop and Crab
Bisque from The Owl Cafe, Beef
and Lobster Misoyaki from Para- '
dise Cafe, Assorment of Wine from
Piggly Wiggly, Margarita Chicken
from Tamara's Cafe Floridita, Key
Lime Pie from That Place on 98, .
an array of fresh coffees from To
Your Health Juice & Java.
After sampling the delicious foods,
a silent auction was held for
guests to bid on merchandise pro-
vided by the following merchants:
Apalachicola Maritime Museum,
Apalachicola State Bank, Artemis
Gallery, Bayside Gallery & Florist,
Bridges South, Candy Kitchen,
Charlott's Web, Citizens Federal
Savings, Dixie Theater, Executive
Office Supply, Gulf State Commu-
nity Bank, Harry A's, Island Ad-
ventures, Island Emporium,
Kristin Anderson, Kristinworks,
;Lacye Coffin, Marilyn Bean, Mar-
ket Street Emporium, Riverlily,
Robinson & Son Outfitters,
Shirley Redd Sumner, The Sun-
flower, Tiffin Interiors, The Tin
Shed, That Place on 98, Two
Gull's Too, Anchor Vacation Prop-
erties, Collins Vacation Rentals,
- and Prudential Resort Realty.
,Music was provided by Franklin
County resident Steve Malvestuto.
The Forgotten Coast Chefs Sam-
pler raised 3,500.00. Proceeds Will
Benefit the Apalachicola Bay Area
Chamber of Commerce.

Informal Readers'

:By Tom Campbell
vProducing Director Rex
.Partington of the Dixie Theatre in
,Apalachicola, gave an interesting
,presentation on different aspects
".of readers' theatre Thursday, Feb-
,ruary 11, at 7 pm. Discussed were
formal readers' theatre and infor-
' mal, the former being staged pre-
1.sentations. Informal readers' the-
,'atre is the type that will be imple-
'.mented Thursday evenings at 7
-pm, beginning Thursday, Febru-
'ary 18, with Thornton Wilder's :
*"Our Town."
, .'; -'.'. .
"About 20 persons were present
,last week and witnessed Mr.
:Partington and his daughter-
actress Dixie Partington demon-
'strate an informal reading.
Mr. Partington invited anyone in-

The largest regional chili cookoff
in the United States will be held
on March 6, 1999 at St. George
Island. This will be the 17th An-
nual Charity Chili Cookoff that
donate all proceeds to the St.
George Island Volunteer Fire De-
partment and First Responder
Units. Last year's proceeds were
about $96,000 and this year,
Cookoff President Harry Arnold
would love to make it over
Hundreds of volunteers are help-
ing him reach this goal. The tim-
ing is right, as March 6th is also
part of the "Rite of Spring", tradi-
tionally a fine and fair weather
weekend on St. George, site of one
of the world's top beachfront along
the 27-mile long island. Harry
Arnold, owner of Executive Office
Furniture in Tallahassee, leads a
Board of Directors working on the
rea planning details to make this
year's cookoff "...the best ever."
The Board includes Jayne
Bamburg, Lee Edmiston, Ollie
Gunn, Sr., Jay Abbott, David
Fulmer and Frank Latham. The
on-site volunteers running food
booths, and hundreds of donators
to the auction and food conces-
sions are also an important part
of this premier volunteer effort.
The auction starts at 11 a.m. and
this year will end at 3 p.m. A
special time, Noon to 2 p.m. has
been reserved for the more
generous donations in the
auction, .including island and
mainland vacation packages,
fishing trips, meals in highly rated
restaurants, art and antiques. In
fact, these items may be
previewed the night before,
Friday, March 5th (5-8 p.m.) at
Oyster Cove restaurant on the
island. The preview donation is $5
and wine and cheese will be
About 10,000 visitors are ex-.
- pected at the Cookoff, beginning

ie Luberto and Larry Lane serving beverages.

Theatre At Dixie
terested to attend on Thursday
evenings, whether as actors or
readers, orjust as audience mem-
bers. He also pointed out that
there was a need for people who
might just want to help out in
technical aspects, such as setting
(% out chairs, copying scripts, mak-
ing telephone calls, etc.
This is an opportunity for the
."-p ~ community to get involved in
reading plays and learning more
About theatre. The plan is to read
Sone play each week, which will,
involve about two hours, with the
TI option of discussing the play af-
terwards, if people care to stay
S I longer in order to have the dis-
-.-)'-j'" cussion. Those pressed for time
may leave after the reading.
S, For more information, phone the
i I ; Dixie Theatre at 653-3200.

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Apalachicola Office
Hwy 98 & 73 Avenue E

Carrabelle Office
Hwy 98 & 2nd St

Apalachicola, Fl 32320 Carrabelle, Fl 32322
850-653-2126 850-697-3395
Rates effective 2-11-99 and are subject change.

St. George Island Office
Gulf Beach Dr & 1st St W
Eastpoint, FI 32328

with the Red Pepper run at 8 a.m.
Saturday morning. At 10 a.m.,
about 60 professional chili cook-
ers will begin their competition to
the national competition as they
start their cooking. Visitors get an
opportunity to sample their com-
petitive concoctions for a nominal
fee during the day. About 40-50
judges will sample the chili to de-
termine who advances to the na-
tional competition. The Profes-
sional Cookers will be preparing
their chili in specially decorated
booths, many also providing en-
tertainment at the same time.
Georgia Weller, 1996 World
Champion, and former Cookoff
competitor, will be the Chief
Judge. She won the Regional
event in 1996 at the Cookoff.
There will be other food offerings
including Apalachicola Bay oys-
ters, shrimp-ka-bob and sausage
ka-bob, Neil and John Henry
Spratt's world famous chicken
and dumplings, and the hot chili
offered by Dominic Baragona and
his comedy. There will also be a
competition to determine Mr. Hot
Sauce and Miss Chili Pepper. The
Florida Lottery stage will be in
place and for the first time, addi-
tional free entertainment will be
provided after 3 p.m.
The Cookoff funds are also raised
from community-minded corpo-
rate sponsors, who have donated
sizeable sums, to fatten the
Cookoff treasury for the fire fight-
ers and First Responders. These
sponsors are listed individually
through their logo identifications
in these columns and have made
a profound impact in helping the
Cookoff reach this year's goal.
There will also be an amateur chili
competition in the name of
Crockpot competition that will
also begin late Saturday morning.
For more information, please call
the Apalachicola Bay Chamber,

A Cook-off audience
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Eastpoint Church Builds

700-Seat Sanctuary
By Tom Campbell of the Spirit that much more ef

The new sanctuary for the Church
of God, Just off Old Ferry Dock
Road on Avenue A in Eastpoint,
is scheduled to be completed by
Easter Sunday, April 4, 1999.
This impressive structure is de-
signed to seat between 650 and
700, according to Pastor Herman
W. Knapp.
When he arrived in Eastpoint as
Pastor of the Church in 1995, the
average Sunday morning atten-
dance at worship was about 130
to 150. Currently, that number is
"about 300," he said. "We have
doubled. The spirit and coopera-
tion of the community is very posi-
Pastor Knapp continued, "This
Church has been here since the
mid-1940's and has a real sensi-
tivity of spirit. There have been
good pastors here, including a fe-
male pastor, Sister Norris. They
prepared the way for this growth.
Confess with your mouth and the
power is there. Building this sanc-
tuary demonstrates that power."
The music ministry of the Church
is an important part of the growth.
Under the direction of Ms. Sonja
Creamer, the music creates an
atmosphere of joy, expectancy,
creativity and worship. Pastor
Knapp said, "I don't know how
successful the ministry of the
Word would be without the mu-
sic ministry. They go hand in
hand. The ministry of worship
and the Word make the ministry

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This is a church whose congrega-
tion "feels good about what it is
doing through God's power,"
Pastor Knapp said. The sanctu-
ary that is being built is grand,
somewhat incongruous with the
small fishing village.
The Scriptures point out that
Jesus moved among fishermen

and found many disciples. The
same is true in the fishing village
of Eastpoint. One of those dis-
ciples is Major Ronald Crum of the
Franklin County Sheriffs Depart-
ment. Crum said,, "If you don't
know God deeply, you can walk
away (from Him). But if there is a
deep attachment, you can't."
Crum is an Associate Pastor and
has been with the church 24
years. He is a lifetime resident of
the area. He and his wife Shirley
live in Eastpoint.
Faith is an important part in the
growth of the church. Pastor


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The current sanctuary of the Eastpoint Church of God is
at left in photo above. The 700-seat sanctuary is scheduled
to be completed by Easter Sunday, 1999.

Knapp said, "The spirit and co-
operation of the community is the
cause of the growth. The Biblical
law of sowing and reaping. You
have an anointing within you. The
spirit here has made it pleasant,
and has made it possible to ac-
complish the building of a new
parsonage and now this new
sanctuary." He was quick to ex-
press his own humility, in not tak-
ing credit for the project.
Pastor Knapp said as far as he
knows, "the nearest church with
that size sanctuary would prob-
ably be Tallahassee or Panama
City." Eastpoint is a fishing vil-
lage with a population of about
1500. He continued, "Seek ye first
the kingdom of God." He smiled,
"When you do that, all things are
possible. The Spirit of God within
you is greater than any chal-
A flag with the Star of David hangs
on the wall behind the pastor's
desk. "The church here blessed
my wife and me with a trip to Is-
rael. I purchased the flag there. It
reminds me of the generosity of
my church, and it reminds me to
pray for Israel. All over the world,
people have the opportunity to
become the children of God. That
means any color or nationality."
He explained that people of all
colors have come and worshipped
in the Eastpoint Church of God.
He said that people from St.
George Island "come here to wor-
ship and love the warmth and
welcome of our church."
He pointed out that the Church
of God is a Pentecostal denomi-
nation, which means they believe
in the exercise and demonstration
of the "gifts of the spirit as refer-

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examples of miracles and healing
can be found.
Pastor Knapp and his wife Kim
have been in Eastpoint "about
four and a half years, since about
1995," he said. Before that, they
were in Perry for over three years.
He was born in Montgomery, Ala-
bama in 1965. He attended col-
lege at Lee University in Cleve-
land, Tennessee. At the age of 16,
he felt "called to be a minister,"
and began preaching.
Completion of the new sanctuary,

is scheduled for April 4, Easter
Sunday. Morning worship service
is at 11 am. This past Sunday
morning, the current sanctuary,
which seats about 300, was filled
to overflowing and the sermon
topic was "There is no limit to the
love of God." Pastor Knapp re-
ferred to the third chapter of John
and asked the gathering to "re-
ceive what God wants to give. Po-
sition yourselves to receive all that
God has for you."
The new sanctuary stands as a
testimony of the faithful in this
small fishing village.

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The Franklin Chronicle

Arnold Seeks Resignation Of

Two City Commissioners

By Rene Topping
Many people have their say at a
city meeting and then disappear.
But true to his word, Stan Arnold
said his piece and then went home
to begin an earnest effort to un-
seat Commissioner Jim Phillips
who was elected, and to charge
two others, Donald Wood and
Raymond Williams, with ethical
violations. He told this reporter
that the recall petition was get-
ting plenty of signatures. He ex-
plained that he could not get out
recall petitions on Williams and
Wood because the other commis-
sioners appointed them. He is
sticking to the claims he made at
the City meetings which are re-
printed below and vowed that "I
am not going to go away, and you
can count on that."
Stan Arnold asked for the resig-
nation or removal from office of
Commissioner Donald Wood and
Commissioner Raymond Williams
at the end of a three hour meet-
ing of the Carrabelle City Commis-
sion on February 1, 1999. The
overflow crowd was almost
equally divided between those
who were there to cheer on Stan
Arnold and those who were there
to defend the two commissioners.
Arnold came armed with several
copies of various parts of the
Florida State Constitution, the
City Charter and other documents
to uphold his allegations of mis-
.behavior on the part of the two
In regard to Donald Wood, Arnold
started by saying that "Public of-
ficials and employees are agents
of the public purpose and are to
hold office for the benefit of the
Public. They are bound to uphold
the constitution of the United
States and the constitution of the
state and to carry out impartially
the laws of the nation, state and
this county and observe their of-
ficial acts at the highest standards
of morality and discharge faith-
fully the duties of their office re-
Sgardless of personal consider-
Sations recognizing that the pub-
lic interest must be their prime
, concern. No official or employee
shall grant any special consider-
ation or treatment or advantage
to any citizen beyond that which
is available to every other citizen."
Breach of the public trust means
a violation of the state constitu-
tion. He read from the Sunshine
:Law which in particular deals with
f'the ethical conduct.
'He went on to say "And because
'of that and not knowing exactly
Which city hall I was supposed to
,-come to tonight night. (There was
Slaughter, as some citizens have
Come to call the Garrabelle
.General Store the "second city
*,hall" because commissioners and
others congregate there.) When
Syou look at the fighting out there,
whether you are right or wrong,
that is misconduct, over and
;-beyond the duty of the
'commission. Having a private
meeting over there, two or three
of you over there on Saturdays or
-'any day of the week, that is not
proper." Gaidry said, Are you
"'talking about a meeting involving
something concerning the
commission or are youe saying
they can't go fishing together?"
-Arnold replied, "Well, you have
what is called public trust do you
Snot?" Gaidry said, "I'mjust asking
a question. Which are you talking
'.about?" Arnold answered "If it is
*a meeting concerning this, it is a
.._problem.' Gaidry said,
"Concerning business, Yes."
Arnold said, "I think the problem
here is there is a distrust. There
should not be rumors of these
.private meetings, whether they
,:are discussing this or not. We
have no idea. We can only assume
,'and that is part of the public
'Arnold went on to address Wood
!,directly saying "I think it is avery
bad conflict o interest with your-
self, Mr. Wood, with the contacts
you have been having outside of
the board. Contacts inside of the
board here. Your relationship with
the limerock, your relationship
with Mr. Watkins and Mr. Gaidry
on the board here. We've got three.
ties in here so far." Gaidry said,
"Look here. What relationship are
2you talking about that he has with
me?" Arnold responded. "What
relationship? I believe it was tied
in as a business venture with Mr.
, Watkins who you are associated
'with." Gaidry said, "I don't know
,what you are talking about. If you
,.will be specific. Are you talking
about me now, or are you talking
about Mr. Watkins?" "Well, I am
talking about Mr. Watkins." There
;was laughter as he was intro-
-,duced to Ben Watkins who was
' sitting In the center of the room.
Arnold asked Wood, "Do you have
ties in the limerock out there?
Have you got property?." Wood
vehemently denied having any
property or any partnership in the
Slimerock pit doing business as
- Langwood. He said the sale of his
portion of the property is regis-
tered at the Wakulla Courthouse.

.He asked for the resignation of
Wood for misconduct in office, al-
leging that he had been involved
in private meetings with other
,commissioners and private citi-
.zens, out of the sunshine at the
Carrabelle General Store and
other places. He said that in ad-
'dition, Wood was harassing
STommy Bevis and had continued
'this pattern from his time on the
Carrabelle Port and Authority
Board .
In part, he said, referring to Wood,

"I think the misconduct is valid
for the harassment from the time
you got back on the board, (City
Commission,) I think this thing is
getting out of control. You have
spent many hours on the phone
to the lawyer, discussing this
thing." At this point City Attorney
Doug Gaidry said, "He has not.
He has not spent many hours on
the phone with me period. You are
making these allegations. Why
don't you be specific."
Wood broke in, "Let me just ask
one question and the question is
this. I am harassing Mr. Bevis?
When he's building on property
not leased to him and he has no
building permit? And that's con-
sidered harassment? I would
think that anything less than try-
ing to stop his illegal behavior
would result in misfeasance and
malfeasance of my duty."
There was applause from part of
the proponents of the commis-
Audrey Messer said, "I'd like to
ask him, (pointing at Arnold) did
Mr. Bevis, the other day when he
met him over the restaurant, put
him up to say this?. I was in the
restaurant the day that Mr. Bevis
threatened to kill that man right
there, Mr. Donald Wood."
David Parramore, the man who is
building the travel lift that has a
stop work on it, was recognized
by the Mayor. He said "I have been
here seven years watching this
whole thing, and I have tried to
stay neutral but you're (indicat-
ing Donald Wood) the one who
showed us where that corner
marker was. You did come back
and say that there was supposed
to be a road where the railway is.
You were supposed to provide a
survey as chairman of the Port
Authority. As for you and Doug
going to Alan Pierce, you as a
commissioner are not supposed
to be the investigator. You are not
supposed to instigate that and
you can look that up in the stat-
ute 480, Doug, if you don't believe
me. I've looked up some laws
"And yes, you are the one that got
us into this thing here and you
are the one who promised that
everything would be hunky dory
until the grant was satisfied,
which the grant has been satis-
fied. For you to try to put me out
of business when all I'm trying to
do is provide jobs and provide a
service that this city really, really
needs. And you are doing every-
thing in your power to put me out
of business. Me and Fred Martin.
I talked this man (into purchas-
ing a travel.lift) and he's just about
losing his house and stuff and in-
vest it in me and you all voted to
let do this." He went on to say that
anyone else who wanted to any-
thing on the river has only had to
come before the commission bne
He added that Alan Pierce will not
honor the permits the Port Au-
thority because Doug Gaidry told
him that the Port Authority
doesn't have the authority.
Parramore was choked with emo-
tion when he said, "It's costing me
big time money. You aren't hurt-
ing Tommy at all Donald, not one
bit. You are hurting me and the
seven or eight men who work for
me. You are not hurting Tommy
one bit." There was a loud burst
of applause. Parramore he said he
talked to Wood about building and
he showed him how to do it with
creosote piers and 12 x 12 's on
the road. What are you doing to
me Donald, he added "And then
you come around and stab me in
the back."
Wood said he was not trying to
hurt anyone. Parramore said,
"What are you doing to me,
Donald? You know what you are
doing to me. Why didn't you come
and try to work things out with
me? I'm subleasing from Tommy.
I'm the one being hurt, the one
going under. I'm the one so deep
In debt, I can't see the daylight."
Rita Preston, who works for the
County in the Planning and Zon-
ing Department said that she was
speaking for herself only, but she
' just wanted to say that not every-
one has mistrust in Donald Wood
and she said this is just not true.
Gary Reakes said that he would
testify that the harassment goes
back a long way and to the time
when Donald Wood was the chair-
man of the Carrabelle Port and
Airport Authority. "That has been
headlines for a long time." he
Richard Molsbee, contractor said
"I don't have a problem with this
man here (Wood). But when I
build I have too and get a per-
mit, have to have a survey and
they have stopped me before just
on account of adding a garage. I
mean, if we are going to play by
one rule, let's all of us play to-
Nita Molsbee who is in real estate,

said Gene Langston could not be
here tonight, so I told him that if
the question of ownership came
up, Donald Wood sold his share
of stock in Landwood Industries
in June of'95."
The mayor asked if there was any-
thing the commissioners had to
do on it and the attorney said
The last item was in regard to the
resignation or removal of Com-
missioner Raymond Williams
from his seat, for conflict of in-

terest and use of his position for
personal gain.
Arnold said, "I'm really baffled
that the gentleman would stop in
the middle of one term and run
for county. People didn't vote him
in and then want to sit in front of
the people. But that is only my
personal opinion."
"Because of Mr. Wood making his
own determination to bring in Mr.
Williams-it was a personal thing,
to keep the clan together. That is
the problem. Too many related
people. You just got a license I
believe, a real estate license and
you placed it with Franklin Realty,
which is part of Mr. Watkins.
When you start outlining this all
together you all have too many
ties, too many conflicts." He added
"I think when you have the ma-
jority of the clan and you go out
and have your private meetings
at a situation like the Country
Store ..." At this point he was cor-
rected by Freda White who owns
the store. "Excuse me. It's
Carrabelle General Store. It's open
every morning from 9:00 to 5:30
and the door is wide open. You
can come any time."
Arnold said, "So I believe in ask-
ing both of you to resign and step
down because of that."
Rita Preston again rose to say that
she had confidence in Raymond
Williams and thought he did a
good job as Chairman of the
County Commission and tlhat he
has a lot to offer the Carrabelle
Commission. Audrey Messer said
she had worked for Raymond "for
32 years and he was a good boss."
Arnold asked for the commission
to vote on the material he placed
before them and remove Mr. Wood
and Mr. Williams for misconduct.
Williams said, "I have never
discussed anything at any place
outside of this building with
Donald, nor Mr. Phillips, nor Ms.
Sanders, nor Pam."
"As far as going over to the Gen-
eral Store, I just got my real es-
tate license. They happen to be
realtors and Mr. Watkins happens
to be a broker. I just got it after
the January meeting. I am now
learning the business. If I want
to go over to the General Store and
ask a question, or any other

realtor, I will do so," Arnold said,
"But you also have a public duty
and a trust. And I will speak for
myself if you don't want to. I don't
trust because of the sneakiness,
and the stories and you all going
together, we have no idea of what
is going on in there." Jean Reakes
said, "It really doesn't matter if
you vote in Carrabelle, because if
you don't vote, they appoint them
any way." Phillips asked where
was everybody when they had the
general election. He said, "When
things don't go your way, then you
come and raise hell. It would have
been alright if you had put one
man there instead of another."
Jim Phillips said that he had been
on the commission for seven and
a half years and he said he had
voted his conscience.
There was no action taken on the
two commissioners. The next
regular meeting of the City Com-
mission is slated for March 1,

Fourth Annual

By Tom Campbell
President Sid Winchester of Camp
Gordon Johnston Association
(CGJA) announced this week that
his group is gearing up for the
Fourth Annual Reunion of CGJA.
Last year, veterans of World War
II (WWII) and their families from
all over the nation set a record
when about 100 attended the fes-
tivities in Carrabelle and Lanark
"We expect the same kind of crowd
and the same good times," said
President Sid Winchester. "A lot
of interest is being shown, espe-
cially in support of the museum
we are trying to build in our area,
which will honor the veterans who
helped win the war."
The reunion will take place March
12-14, Friday through Sunday.
Opening Luncheon will be at Noon
on Friday, March 12, at the Fran-
klin County Senior Citizens Cen-
ter, with registration from 9 to
There will be a fingerfood recep-
tion at the. American Legion Hall
at 6 p.m. in Lanark Village, Fri-
day evening, March 12.
Saturday's Parade will begin at
10:45 a.m. in downtown
Carrabelle. There will be bus tours
and plane rides Saturday after-
noon, in order for the visitors to
view the area.
A dinner-dance is scheduled for

Saturday night at Chillas Hall in
Lanark, with music by the Talla-
hassee Swing Band.
A breakfast is scheduled Sunday,
March 14, at Chillas Hall. Gen-
eral meeting from 10 a.m. to 12
Noon. In the afternoon there will
be a barbecue and farewell.
The Sweetheart Dance-Fund
Raiser will be held February 20,
1999, in Tallahassee. Drinks at 6
p.m., dinner at 7, dancing from
8:30 to 11:00. Music by the Tal-
lahassee Swing Band. Phone
850-697-8575 for reservations.
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World's Smallest

Museum Opens

By Tom Campbell
In announcing the next step of Camp Gordon Johnston Association's
drive to build a World War II museum in Carrabelle area, President
Sid Winchester smiled, "We now have the World's Smallest Museum."
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ries," said Weiss. "You can tell a
Sherlock Holmes or Shakespeare
story to 5 or 6 year olds and they
will get into it. I don't memorize
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who the characters are. then I tell
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By Aaron Shea
"I came home one day and told
my wife that I was really unhappy
with my job (salesman)," recalled
story teller extraordinaire Jim
Weiss. "I had taught school for a
while in Los Angeles and I knew I
could tell stories and I knew kids,
as well as adults, loved stories.
That afternoon we started our
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He also travels all across the
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ries to children and adults. Stops
in his tour have included the
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ruary 5. Weiss told tales to the
children of Browne, Chapman,
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An entranced listener.
performer in Los Angeles for his
ability to keep children interested
in his storytelling. "I always loved
to act, sing, and write," said
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Weiss. "After I grew up, I studied Carrabelle And
all those things.' df C An

Weiss also held a workshop in
Eastpoint to share his storytelling
knowledge and secrets with par-
ents in Franklin County. Unfor-
tunately, the turn out for the
workshop was well below expec-
tations. Weiss was going to teach
parents how to use storytelling to
teach, entertain, relax, and calm
their children. He also wanted to
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said Annie. Weiss also put his job
into a simpler perspective, "people
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Playoffs With Loses

By Aaron Shea
The Apalachicola Sharks final
regular season game on February
15 was one to forget, as they lost
98 to 50 to Rutherford. "They beat
us up real bad." said Head Coach
Eddie Joseph. "They had a lot of
athletes." The Sharks ended their
regular season with a 5-11 record.
In their previous two games, the
Sharks had played exceptionally
well. On February 5, they defeated
Wewahitchka 61 to 47 behind 17
points from Mario Lane and 14
points from Tim Poloronis. On
February 9, they narrowly lost to
Liberty County 60 to 51. They got
a good performance from Trevor
Nelson who scored 18 points.
Overall, however. Coach Joseph
believes the team had a tough
season. "We were kind of up and
down. We played 7. 8. 9 guys,"
continued Joseph. "We just didn't
have enough bodies." The Sharks
will play the Carrabelle/Aucilla
winner tonight in the district play-

Carrabelle Basketball
The Carrabelle Panthers ended
their regular season on February
15 with a loss at Wakulla. The
Panthers finished their season
0-20 and will face Aucilla in the
district playoffs.
Though the Panthers finished the
season winless, senior Antoine
Benjamin had a sensational year.
He averaged over 18 points and 9
rebounds a game, which puts him
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rebounders in the Big Bend. He
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sun and sea air. Pliel said you only
have to stretch your imagination
a tiny bit to understand that all
manner of recreation could
be enjoyed by residents and alike.
Pfiel says he feels that retaining
the bridge could have a positive
economic effect on the commu-
nity. With the advent of more
things to do in Franklin County,
there would be more tourists to
rent homes, and enjoy the prod-
ucts and services of bait shops,
gift shops, general store, food
stores, restaurants, motels and
convenience stores.
If you are interested in this pro-
posal and want to hear more there
will be a meeting at the County
Courthouse on February 18 at 6
p.m. Or you are encouraged to call
Jack Pfiel in Tallahassee at 850
504 6444.



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Tea and

By Tom Campbell
Invitations went out last week to
the Third Annual Franklin County
Public Library and Library
Friends and others who may be
interested. This is the annual Vol-
unteer and Special Friends Rec-
ognition Tea, to be held Sunday,
February 28 from 3 to 6 pm at
the Eastpoint Fire Station on 6th
Street in Eastpoint.
Music will be provided by Tom
Adams. A magic show will feature
Telly the Magician. Snacks will be
served along with tea.
Those interested in attending
should phone 670-8151 or
The purpose of the tea is to give
recognition to the volunteers and
special friends who help the Fran-
klin County Public Library. The
national theme this year, accord-
ing to Director of the Library
Eileen Annie Hall, is "Volunteers
Have That Magic Touch."
She also said the Friends of the
Library meeting will be held
Thursday, February 25 at 7 pm
in the Carrabelle Branch of the
Library. The new WINGS Coordi-
nator in Carrabelle is Ms. Connie

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To Be Or Not
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By Rene Topping
Alligator Point has one main road
that forms a sort of backbone to
the peninsula, from one end to
another of the Point. During the
hurricane season each year, it
serves as an evacuation route for
the 242 homes and businesses.
It also serves 225 vacant lots that,
in the burgeoning economy, will
be developed in the years to come.
All of these homes, lots and
,business bring a $31 million
dollars of taxable value to
Franklin County.
This backbone of a road at present
is once more in a bad condition
due to the ravages of the
hurricanes Georges and Earl. So
residents attending the February
13 meeting of the Alligator Point
Taxpayers Association, (APTA)
paid close attention when APTA
Director Bunky Attkinson read
passages of most interest to them
from a long letter of appeal to the
Division of Emergency
Management that has been
written by Franklin County
Planner Alan Pierce.
The Federal agency FEMA has
turned down a request for funding
to replace or relocate the road in
front of the Alligator Point
Campground. This is the most
vulnerable part of the road, as it
is on low lying ground and is
where the most damage is after a
hurricane. The appeal quoted the
fact that the Franklin County
Commission, at the request of the
local residents had refused a 1994
offer from FEMA to pay to relocate
the road. In the letter directed to
Joe Myers who heads up the
Division of Emergency
Management in Tallahassee, Alan
Pierce said, "Without some
outside assistance, the county
may very well lose the fight to keep
the road open." Members of the
Franklin County Board of
Commissioners are requesting
that FEMA reconsider it's current
denial of assistance.
Pierce went on, in the appeal, to
quote some past history of the
much damaged piece of road that
is always the most expensive
repair done to facilities on the
Point during the winter storms
and the almost yearly hurricanes.
He went on to articulate some of.
the points the board wished to
have the authorities at FEMA take
into consideration, in making a.
final decision.
In 1993, the board was asked to
support the relocation before the
entire scope of the plan was
completely known. A general path
for the road was presented at one
meeting in Tallahassee and
another at the Point. He added
that FEMA made a verbal offer of
a road that would take up some
of the Campground property even
though FEMA knew that the
owner of the Campground had
said that he would fight the
condemnation proceedings. The
county was not given any time to
evaluate or study the relocation.
It was sort of a "Yes or No" offer.
Also involved was the fact that
residents would have to continue
to use a substandard road for an
indefinite time while the new road
was being built. The problem had
been ongoing since the advent of
Hurricane Elena and Kate in
1985. There was no assurance of
time as to when the road could,
be completed. Part of the reason
was that the road had recently
been paved by FEMA assistance
after the winter storm. Residents
were unwilling to relive the years
of driving over a rutted road and
feared the moving of the road
would involve a long and hard
Pierce quoted the fact that the
county authorities had minimal
but contradictory experience in
their dealirngs with FEMA prior to
1994. This was their first
experience dealing with the state
Division of Emergency
Management, when the Board
received the information that any
Continued on Page 9

Annual Meeting from Page 1
trative rules under which fishermen were being arrested for using
"illegal nets". He concluded, "...You just keep the Faith. I believe we
are gonna have the victory. And, God is on our side."
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State Representative Manny Priegas at right and Ray
Pringle at left.
State Representative Manny Priegas (Miami, Republican) was then
introduced. He spoke about his background, emphasizing " con-
stituents are not only District 113 (Miami) but all of Florida." He was
firmly allied with the Wakulla fishermen.
The most informative part of the evening's agenda were the remarks
on current progress of the various litigations involving certain issues
in the net limitation arena by Federation attorney Ron Mowrey.
The Net Limitation Issues
Measuring The Net
Ron Mowrey: ...This whole thing started... several years ago with an
issue concerning how you measure a trawl net .... provided for in the
Constitution. But, as our Marine Patrol, Marine Fisheries, and some
of the special interests groups determined, we weren't on the same
page at all. ...Because, Mr. Golden over in Eastpoint took a section of
net, laid it on the ground, with witnesses, and measured it out to be
exactly 498... less than 500 square feet. He took that net, manufac-
tured it into a trawl net, and then when the Marine Patrol (repre-
sented by the Attorney General) then measured it, they determined it
was about 700, 80 or 90 square feet in size, and then the wonderful
conservation group intervened and suggested it was some 900 square
feet-the very same net! The case was tried over in Apalachicola in
Circuit Court and, after a declaratory judgment ruling in our favor, it
was appealed directly to the Florida Supreme Court.

Shaw-held up a glass,.and asked the Attorney General how he thought
he could take a glass holding about 8 ounces of water and somehow
reconstruct that glass and make it hold about twice that much. He

suggested that on their way back to the Capital that they try to find
some support for their argument, because they [the court] thought it
was absolutely ridiculous.

Needless to say, that Supreme Court ruling in our favor concluded
that issue.
We thought now the Marine Patrol and the Marine Fisheries Commis-
sion are gonna act with some reasonable common sense and work
with us. Work with the group of people, these fishermen who are
truly conservationists, these fishermen care about the resources. Who
cares more? Who's gonna be here tomorrow without a living if they
use up all the resources? It's certainly gonna be the fishermen..
The key cases are: (1) the Pringle-Crum net case sitting in the DCA;
(2) the rule challenge and (3) the Connor case which we hope the
Supreme Court will pick up.
Ron Mowrey: We have a bunch of cases pending. We never really talk
about the cases that are pending. But, I think they're significant be-
cause what we're hoping is that at some point in time-it may take
the Florida Supreme Court-We know Representative Boyd thought
thev resolved it. When we got this bill adopted. It amended sections

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Lanark Village
Golf Club Seeks
By Tom Campbell
The Lanark Village Golf Club an-
nounced this week a financial cri-
sis. Memberships and daily play
have "fallen drastically," accord-
ing to the announcement "and
therefore expenses in maintain-
ing the course are exceeding in-
The Golf Course benefits all Vil-
lagers, who are asked to join the
Club as a full member at $50 a
year. Contributions may'also be
made. To join or contribute,
please phone 850-697-3943.
Daily play costs only $2 for mem-
bers or $5 for non-members. The
announcement stresses enjoy-
ment and healthful physical ex-
ercise. Individuals are invited to
learn the game or just appreciate
the opportunity for healthful

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376.09 (Florida Statutes), to make it clear that it you have 500 square
foot net made of non-monofilament material then it's not entangling,
not a gill net.
Everybody believes that except one group. Can you guess who they
are? They're the Marine Patrol. They don't accept; they think the Leg-
islature was wrong.
So, that's what we've been trying to do. We've looked for cases where
we thought there was a good challenge and we had to do them basi-
cally all in the nature, except for a couple of criminal cases, because
otherwise we couldn't bring the issues up appropriately.
James Connor And The Seabase Line
So, beginning with the case that arose right here in Wakulla County,
the case of James Connor, concerning the territorial seabase line, a
simple argument of how you determine where the inshore and
near-shore waters are. That issue we tried in Judge Walker's court.
She took a long time. Wrote a very in-depth opinion, and found that
there is no way to tell ... That was appealed. The District Court of
Appeals reversed Judge Walker. And, now we have filed a petition
asking the Supreme Court of Florida to exercise its discretionary ju-
risdiction and consider that because it clearly is one of the issues
considered by the Court in that case and in a case involving Kirvin,
Carter and Taylor, St. and Nelson, Nichols ...
Franklin County Case
They came out of a case in Franklin County from Judge Russell in a
trial down there where he found the Constitutional Amendment was
vague and ambiguous and uncertain because you could sit on the
dock, with a net constructed exactly in accordance with the Florida
Administrative Code. And, you could go out [on] the water with that
same lawful net, and if in fact, if you pulled up a stupid fish [that]
didn't know not to gill himself, then you were arrested. We took the
depositions of numerous Marine Patrol Officers ...
We have stacks of stuff. It's remarkable out of 4 or 5 or 6 Marine
Patrol Officers, every answer was different. We can make any of that
testimony available any time. ... So, that case was tried in Judge
Russell's Court. He said there is no way a reasonable fisherman could
understand what he can and cannot use.
In the American criminal justice system, you don't have to guess at
what is ... prohibited. You have a right to know as a reasonable per-
son what you can and can't do.
The "Use Test"
Ron Mowrey, continuing: ... What happened was-they decided that
in addition to the rules relating to how you construct a seine net
under the ... Code, and further considering the requirements and the
restrictions in the Constitutional Amendment, there was in fact this
resulting or "use" test.
For the life of me, I guess I'm blind. I don't find and can't find and
can't stretch my argument to find any support that there is in fact a
"use test" in the Constitution that says you have to wait and see how
the fishermen uses that net and determine if a fish is gilled, and if it
is, then miraculously that is no longer a lawful seine (net), it is a gill
... So, therefore, what you're doing is saying "Ladies and Gentlemen
commercial net fishing, except for hand-held cast nets, is over. If that
opinion stands, it is over because every net will gill something. And, if
that "use test" stands then the Constitutional Amendment has been
broadened so much that it is incredible. The people never, ever voted
for that.
We keep reminding the people, the judges in the different courts too,
that all we ever hear the Attorney General say is "Over 70 percent of
the people in Florida voted for the net limitation Amendment." You
know what the truth is? Seventy percent of the 61% that voted-
some 40-some percent (less than half the people) actually voted
for it. You don't hear that very often.
Veiled Threat To Judge Russell
On the day our trial was supposed to start, Judge Russell said "Ron
Mowrey, I need to see you in my chambers..." There was a report by
an assistant state attorney who had been told that if Judge Russell
ruled in our favor in this case that they [the state] were going to make
sure that he was removed from the bench and file a complaint with
the Judicial Qualifications Council. ... Should the Judge excuse him-
self? Mowrey asserted that this statement in the report was traced
back to "some lawyers" at the Marine Fisheries Commission, Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Marine Patrol.
Simply, the Constitution says you'can't ... there are restricted use of
nets in inshore and near-shore waters. Now, where are they? They
are three miles seaward from the coastline. That's easy, right? No,
but the Amendment further defines the coastline. It's that imaginary
line called the territorial seabase line as established on marine charts.
Available in every marina! Anybody found one? DNR, DEP, Marine
Patrol, Coast Guard Boating and Fishers can't produce one chart.
What they've said, it that what it really means is that ... it means
nautical mile ... [the DCA threw that in].
Along the coast of Florida, the line meanders so badly, that its any-
where from a mile and a quarter to over four miles from the [place
where] dirt hits the water at the beach to that nautical line on the
charts. ...
Maybe at that point, the Marine Patrol will listen to somebody.
The other two cases pending are very significant.
Pringle-Crum Net
In a trial we asked Judge McClure to rule on the Pringle-Crum net. It
is a 500 square foot net made out of one inch bar, two inch stretch,
with panels, three-inches in the wings. Clearly that was provided in
the Administrative Code at the time. We asked him to approve that.
We showed historically that the percentage of the size of the panel in
that net was consistent with seine nets ... And, that any other smaller
size net was commercially unreasonable, unfeasible, wouldn't work.
The Marine Patrol had to agree with that.
The Resource Has Recovered
We further established through the state's own biologist, unequivo-
cally, at the SPR (Spawning Potential Ratio) the measurement of the
return of the resource, instead of being 7 to 9 years out, it was in a
year, now, generally, and certainly for mullet. Thus there was no rea-
son to further restrict the use of nets ... In fact, their own testimony
made it clear.
You know what has really brought the resource back? It's really not
banning gill nets. It's been single from reducing the size of net that
were 10s of thousands of yards to two 500 square foot nets. That
singularly has brought the resource back. So, there's been no reason
to further deal with restrictions.
Judge McClure found that that net that I have just described, was
the least size that was commercially feasible... The government, DEP,
Attorney General have appealed that to the First District Court of
Appeals. They suggested that Judge McClure was wrong to even hear
the case because there had been a rule proposed to reduce the mesh
size throughout a seine net to two inches ... We had a three day trial
over in DOAH (Division of Administrative Hearings) ... I think we clearly
established that the net was not commercially feasible period! ...
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Alligator Point from Page 8
proposed relocation would have to
include "the purchase of all or
part of the 140 unit Alligator Point
Campground which would be a
costly and time consuming
solution." The county went for a
"hazard mitigation grant" of
$142,196 to rebuild the existing
revetment in 1993, but were
turned down because the grant
would not be cost effective. Then
in 1994, the board was advised
verbally that FEMA would carry
all costs for the road through the
Alligator Point Campground. The
county had been denied a
mitigation project designed by
their engineer in 1993 and then
in 1994, was offered without any
analysis "the costly and time
consuming program."
It seems that the residents and
the board knew that despite what
might happen with the road, the
revetment was necessary. At a
September 9 meeting in
Tallahassee with the Soil
Conservation Service (now
Natural Resources Conservation
Service), the county was asked to
choose between 100 percent
funding of a relocation with the
road not being noved, or a 75
percent funding of the revetment
costing $860,000, with the road
being moved. The county could
not come up with the $150,000
matching funds. The board
viewed the erosion factor as most
important and chose the
Another factor involved in the fate
of the road, is that in the late
1970's, the State of.Florida
reassessed its secondary roads
that no longer came up to state
standards and the Alligator Point
Road was among those handed
over to the county for
maintenance. In a study made in
1993 to reclassify the roads, the
Alligator Point Road was identified
as one that could be reclassified.
However, it failed to pass the
Legislature, even though it is
essential to the Point residents as
the evacuation route during
storms. The Board is adamant
that it never should have received
the road and that it is beyond the
county's ability to maintain.
To round out the appeal, the
board feels that FEMA's complete
denial of assistance does not move
the county closer to a solution of
the problem. Franklin County has
a total budget of $14 million
dollars and the allocation for this
year for road repair and
maintenance is $1.2 million
dollars. All of the relocation
proposals cost at least $2 million
dollars. The board never
anticipated that its actions in
1994 would forever bar it from all
further emergency management
funding. Indeed, they expected
that the action taken would have,
lasted longer than it has, and the
board and the Point residents are
now faced with losing their only
access road. Pierce ended the
appeal with the following words,
"Certainly there must be
conditions under which FEMA
will revisit the Alligator Point Road
relocation issue."
Copies of the appeal were sent to
Governor Jeb Bush, Senator Bob
Graham, Senator Connie Mack,
Representative Alan Boyd and
Lacey Sutor, FEMA.
The residents at the meeting
expressed their hope that
something will happen. Pierce has
expressed his desire to meet with
Joe Myers as quickly as possible.
In other business, Ms. Atkinson
displayed a plaque presented to
the Point by Doris Shiver Gibbs,
County Voting Superintendent,
recognizing that Alligator Point
residents had the highest voting
percentage in the 1998 election.





By Tom Campbell
The Carrabelle Waterfront Festival
is scheduled for Saturday, April
17, 1999 from 9 a.m. ESTi to 7
p.m. Location is Marine Street in
Carrabelle, Florida.
Announcements were made this
week, including booth spaces still
available. The booth spaces are 15
feet deep by 20 feet long, and are
paved. The festival site on Marine
Street runs along "Carrabelle's
beautiful River/Harbor, between
busy Highway 98 and the new
City Riverwalk," according to the
announcement. It continues,
"You'll find this location and
layout safe, beautiful and well
planned for visitor comfort and
vendor visibility."

Emphasis for the Waterfront
Festival will be on art shows and
markets, Family Fun and
Children's Exhibits and sales.
For further information, contact
the Carrabelle Chamber of Com-
merce, P.O. Box DD, Carrabelle,
FL 32322, or phone 850-697-
2585. There will be an old-fash-
ioned family fun carnival, in ad-
dition to the festival.

Commercial King

Mackerel Fishery

Closed Until July

1, 1999
For Vessels Using
Run-Around Gillnets
In The Florida West
Coast Subzone
Beginning 12:00 noon, local time,
January 20, 1999, the commer-
cial run-around gillnet fishery for
Gulf group king mackerel in the
Florida west coast subzone is
closed, announced Dr. Andrew J.
Kemmerer, Regional Administra-
tor, Southeast Region, National
Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).
The Regional Administrator has
determined that the quota was
reached on January 19, 1999.
The fishery will remain closed
through June 30, 1999.
Through June 30, 1999, king
mackerel may not be taken nor
possessed by anyone commer-
cially fishing in the closed area on
a vessel holding a Federal com-
mercial mackerel permit with a
gillnet endorsement.
NMFS is an agency of the Com-
merce Department's National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin-

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Please call me on
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with a large two bedroom stucco home
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a boat on the Mississippi River.
And my Grandfather, before him,
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The Blakes lived in Vicksburg be-
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Captain Blake did all the work on
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'23 Palmer Brothers. In 1995, Dan
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vides an ecology-friendly way to
explore the Apalachicola River.
"We try to take care of the river,
protecting it as. we enjoy it,"
Phyllis said. "We even go out oc-
casionally with friends interested
in helping us clean up trash and
debris. Some of the mess is natu-
ral and we try to help nature with
the cleaning too."
The Jubilee is a shallow boat. "We
draw 15 feet," said the captain,
"so we can go where many boats
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The Blakes are the sole owners of
the Jubilee. Asked the value, .the
captain appeared to find that dif-
ficult. "I don't want to sell," he
smiled. In answer to the question
he said, "About $125,000."
Captain Blake will soon probably
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said as far as he knows, the re-
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Phyllis said that the paddlewheel
Jubilee doesn't hurt the environ-
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and then," she said. "We know the
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19 February 1999 Page 13

Dr. Shezad Sanaullah Is A

Cardiologist With A Heart Of Gold


By Aaron Shea
As an undergraduate college stu-
dent at the University of Texas,
Dr. Shezad Sanaullah, who is
originally from Pakistan, studied
philosophy. "I never really wanted
to go into medicine," reminisced
Sanaullah. "My mother wanted
me to go into medicine."
Fortunately for the residents of
Franklin County. Dr. Sanaullah
listened to his mother. Six months
ago, the former philosopher
turned doctor, left the Diagnostic
Clinic in Clearwater and moved
to Apalachicola to open his own
practice, Florida Coastal Cardiol-
ogy, the first ever cardiology prac-
tice in Franklin County.
"I found this place on a map," said
the graduate of Creighton Univer-
sity Medical School. "This is a
community needed a lot of care.
To be able to develop something,
and to be able to contribute to the
community and its development
is a challenge. I could have gone
to.any city and been plugged into
a system. To actually be able to
build something is more exciting."
Dr. Sanaullah took some time out
of his hectic schedule to talk with
the Chronicle.
Chronicle (C): What type of doc-
tor is a cardiologist?
Dr. Sanaullah (DS): A cardiologist
is a heart doctor. There are sev-
eral types of heart doctors. I am
an interventional cardiologist. I
put in pacemakers. I am also a
nuclear cardiologist, which means
I do nuclear stress testing of the
heart, That means that through
that nuclear chemical we can see
if there is any lack of blood sup-
ply to the heart without using any
needles. The nuclear camera is
also able to take Pictures of the

kidneys, gall bladder, thyroid, and
bones. I also do ultra sound test-
ing, which makes sure all the por-
tions of the heart are working
(C): Have you seen a lot of patients
in your first six months?
(DS): There is a considerable
amount of resistance in the com-
munity. I can tell you that in my
practice anything that you need
cardiac wise is the same here as
you would find in any big city.
Perhaps, I may have more. It is a
matter of commitment. My belief
is if you are going to do something
do it right. I have invested a lot in
providing everything that is
(C): Do you believe you have made
a big difference in you first six
months here?
(DS): Hopefully I have made a dif-
ference. We have treated 8 heart
attacks at the hospital. All of them
have walked out of the hospital
and gone on with their everyday
lives. I.have put in 8 pacemakers
at the hospital. All of those people
are doing well.
(C): Is that the most serious, sur-
gery (pacemaker) that you have
performed since you have been
(DS): Yes. I do it at Weems. We
have a coronary care unit at the
hospital which is run by me. Ev-
ery patient is taken care of by me.
We have done a number of other
procedures at the hospital. We
have put a special kind of IV in
the heart, which allows us to mea-
sure the pressures inside the
heart. We can do essentially any-
thing besides angioplasty, which
is when you open blockage in the

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Some of the equipment
associated with nuclear
stress testing operated by
Dr. Sanaullah.
(C): Why do you think you are the
first cardiologist in Franklin

(DS): It is a tough living. You go
to a big city and make the big
bucks. You go to a small town and
you make the small bucks. There
has to be something else to drive
a person to come here. For me, it
is the thought of building
something and contributing

Preparations For
Relay For Life

By Aaron Shea
The Franklin County Chapter o
the American Cancer Society me
on January 26 to gather ideas anc
find a sight for this year's Rela3
for Life, which will begin May 14
at 11 a.m. and end May 15 a
11 a.m.
The focus of the Relay For Life ii
to raise money to fight cancer. The
money is raised by teams of 10 tc
15 people (possibly less). Eaci

member of the team seeks spon
sorship from friends, family, etc
The member then donates the
money he or she has received
which has to be a minimum o
$100. Each team has its own tent
which it decorates according tc
the theme of the Relay for Life.
This year's theme will be "WE
Don't Need A Time Machine tc
Kick Cancer In This Millennium.
The theme was unanimously
agreed to by the members of the
Franklin County Cancer Society
Board. They believe this will give
people participating in the even
a wide arrav of tent decorations

t h

f to choose from, such as sports,
t futuristic, and time capsule
d decorations.
y According to George Chapel,
4 President of the Franklin County
t Chapter, Vrooman Park in
Eastpoint will be the likely loca-
s tion for the event because it al-
e ready has bathrooms, lighting,
0 parking and a kitchen. "A lot of
S the work is already done," said
S Chapel. Safety, lighting concerns,
and a neutral area between
e Carrabelle and Apalachicola are
the important aspects of choos-
j. ing the right area.
, The Relay For Life begins with the
S cancer survivors lap. The walk
symbolizes the courage of the sur-
e vivors. At dusk, a candle lighting
Ceremony is held in honor of can-
cer survivors and in memory of
Y those who haven't survived. "It is
S rather emotional," said Chapel.
Y During the overnight stay, partici-
S pants of the event are entertained
t by music and dance. Food is sold
S-as well.
For more information on the Re-
lay For Life contact George Chapel
at (850) 653-9524 or Loraine
Browne at (850) 653-9610.
In other matters:
The Franklin County Chapter of
the American Cancer Society will
begin the Look Good-Feel Better
program in the Spring. The pro-
gram is a free service to help
women undergoing cancer treat-
ment cope with the
appearance-related side effects of
treatment. ThPes side effects in-

Md H Annual Meeting from Page 9
... The hearing officer ... ruled that anything...the two-inch mesh net
was not commercially feasible, and admitted and agreed with us that
it's a mullet net .... The resource is not being hurt by the existing net
S. with the wings and the panel. So, what's the reason to move except to
punish the fisherman. Why reduce it to two inches? ... That's not
what-brought back the resource. We don't have 30,000 yards of net
anymore. We have two 500 square foot nets ...
Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) Executive Director Russell
Nelson-he's either the dumbest guy or smartest guy in the world, I
don't know which-yet-said it's our responsibility to make the rules
consistent with the Constitution. I didn't know they had that
kind of rule-making authority. I thought they were supposed to look
at what the statute tells them to do. and it lays out about eight things
to consider. We showed that about 5 out of 7, they [MFC] hadn't even
thought about, much less considered....
We appealed that. That's sitting over in the First District Court of
Appeals, right now. We've had oral argument. We're waiting for the
Court to rule...

_tU O N tM

State Representative Janegale Boyd:
They frequently say that our judges in these counties are biased.
Have you heard that one? When they make decisions in our favor,
you'll get other people around the state saying, "Well, the reason
they want to change jurisdiction, is that our judges are biased."
They're trying to make it so local judges can't hear the cases. I
have repeatedly defended that, by saying, "Look, maybe its
because they understand the issue and that government is
supposed to work best when it is closest to the people they serve."
They [the state] have a hard time arguing that point.
I will tell you also that in meetings with Willie Meggs [State
Attorney] he made the point in my office with several
representatives from the Marine Patrol, he said: "You know, I'm
supposed to be defending you when you arrest some of these
fishermen. I'm having hard time figuring out this... If you can't

explain to me what a legal net is, how am I supposed to explain it
to defend you?"

Betty Bensil, from Mayport area, a small fishing village in Duval
County. The Mayport Fisherman's Association sent a check to
enable them to Join the Florida Fisherman's Federation. "...We
have a 75 foot trawler. They're [Marine Patrol] taking our nets,
they're arresting us; they're eatin' us alive in Duval County. They
don't know where the mile, or three mile line is either.
If we don't unite together, and come together, all of us-the
sportsfisherman, the commercial fisherman-and take a stand...
we're going to lose the commercial fisherman. And, the best
fisherman I ever knew is Jesus Christ, who is the fisherman of
men. ... He said "put your nets in the water." (Applause).

Continued to Column 6 IInM


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teach women how to enhance
their appearance using make-up
techniques. Ms. Dorothy Cooper
and Ms. Dina Hamilton will be
helping patients in Franklin
County. They will not only teach
make-up techniques, but they will
teach patients how to disguise
hair loss with wigs and other
items. The sessions are free and
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Marshall from Page 1
red. The subject (Marshall) spoke
with a slurred speech and ap-
peared semi-coherent as to what
had transpired concerning the
crash. As the subject spoke, an
extremely strong odor of an un-
known alcoholic beverage was
present and easily detectable
upon his breath from several feet
away. The subject (Marshall) was
obviously injured and his lips
were cut, his mouth was bleed-
ing, he had just lost one or two
teeth, and his jaw had a visible
bump along its lower right side,
Medical assistance was offered to
the subject (Marshall) but he re-
fused medical assistance at the
crash scene. Prior to my arrival,
Trooper V.W. Pandolfi observed
the subject's (Marshall's) obvious
state of impairment, notified me
of the situation by radio, and per
my request, he requested and vol-
untarily received a blood sample
from the subject (Marshall) that
was drawn by a Paramedic on the
crash scene."

Bill Will
Lengthen Jail
Time For Repeat
DUI Offendfers
The Senate Fiscal Policy (Budget)
Committee approved on Febru-
ary 4, legislation by State Sena-
tor Tom Rossin (D-West Palm
Beach) that would significantly
raise the penalties for repeat DUI
offenders who cause accidents
that result in serious injuries,
death, or substantial property
damage. According to the Traffic
-Injury Research Foundation, it is
-these repeat DUI offenders who
are responsible for nearly half of
.all the traffic accidents and fatali-
ties on the weekends. The goal of
Senate Bill 94 is to target those
drunk drivers who are considered
"hardcore drunk drivers." These
'"hardcore drunk drivers" are mo-
.torists who, despite previous con-
victions and penalties for drink-
ing and driving, continue to get
behind the wheel of a car or boat
after consuming large amounts of
alcohol. We've got to do some-
thing to get these people off
Florida's roads and waterways,"
said Rossin.
Effects of Senate Bill 94:
1) Increases the penalty to a sec-
ond degree felony for a fourth (4th)
or subsequent conviction for Driv-
ing Under the Influence (DUI).

2) Raises the penalty to a third
degree felony for a DUI conviction
involving property damage over
3) Increases the penalty to a sec-
ond degree felony for a DUI con-
viction involving bodily injury to
4) Increases the penalty to a first
degree felony for a conviction of
DUI that results in the death of
another ( DUI Manslaughter).
Senator Rossin's bill also changes
the boating law to mirror the driv-
ing law. "If you commit the same
crime behind the wheel of a boat,
you will receive the same harsh
penalty as behind the wheel of a
Rossin's bill will now travel to the
full Senate for further consider-

Protection from Page 1
in that it provides extensive oys-
ters, shrimp, blue crabs, and a
nursery for fin fish, such as
Ecologically, the Apalachicola
River is still intact. 'This is a real
credit to those who are trying to
protect the river," Leitman said.
"Before it is on its deathbed, the
rich Apalachicola River basin is
being protected from a crisis. The
people involved here are protect-
ing it. Before it gets on its death-
bed, more people need to be edu-
cated as to the importance."
Leitman pointed out that some
years ago, he helped to thwart a
dam at Blountstown for the pur-
pose of solving a supposed navi-
gation problem. It turned out that
there was really no problem and
no need for the dam. Stopping the
building of that dam helped to
save the ecology of the
Apalachicola River.
Leitman stressed that people need
to get interested and involved be-
fore the crisis of the river arises.
"If we are to pass on the rich re-
sources of the Apalachicola River
to our kids and grandkids," he
said, "we must give importance to
the river flow regime. How do we
protect this resource over time?"
After some debate, finally, in
about 1991, the State of Georgia
came forward to take a stand. As
a result, the State of Alabama filed
a lawsuit "on an environmental
impact statement," Leitman said.
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time, followed by five years of
mutual studies. The three states
agreed to create a River Basin
Commission for the three rivers.
Leitman pointed out that this was
the first such commission since
the Clean Water Act. It was also
the first in the Southeastern
United States.
The water allocation formula
came out of this commission, and
has to be ratified by the federal
government. Leitman pointed out
that the federal government has
no vote, but must ratify. He said
that the commission needs to be
in a "learning mode, ready to

Steve Leitman, file photo
modify as lessons are learned." An
allocation formula must be agreed
on by the three states by the end
of the year, 1999.
Florida believes this must be an
adaptive process, with regular
corrections, like sailing a boat,
constantly adjusting. In 2010,
Florida insists on renegotiating
again. "The models are not per-
fect," Leitman said, "and lessons
will be learned over time. Com-
mon ground needs to be found."
Leitman said, "The fishermen in
Frankin County have not been
that good at attending meetings.
We've had representatives of en-
vironmental groups, the Farm
Bureau, agricultural people.
We've had the navigation people.
But the fishermen from Franklin
County have not attended. We
even tried having meetings down
there in Franklin County, and the
same people attended down there
that attended up here."
He continued, "There is a group
started now, which is the River
Keepers. They will host a meeting

down in Franklin County, but one
dilemma is that people react to
crises. They get interested when
there is a crisis. But if you want
to make a difference, you need to
start before, a crisis, having your
input, getting educated. That's a
funny dilemma."
Leitman said that watersheds
"should be managed as water-
sheds. Eco-system management
needs to be taught." Education is
a major part of it. "Save the river
in its natural state. Sticking to
this task as a life project is


Audit Shows


By Rene Topping
There was some good news for the
residents who attended the Feb-
ruary meeting of the Lanark Vil-
lage Water and Sewer Commis-
sion. Finance Commissioner
Jeanette Pedder said that the fi-
nal report said that the LVWSD
Village showed improvement over
past years. She said that there
was still room for improvement
and they needed to have $142,000
in a state of emergency depreca-
tion account started last year. She
said they had managed to get
$11,000 put in it last year.
There was some good news on the
generator Field Manager Greg
Yancey said as he has received a
permit to install it and is begin-
ning to advertise for a contractor
to get it installed.
The biggest problem is that one
of the vacuum pumps has gone
out of order and is in need of re-
pair. He said that there is a ser-
vice in Jacksonville where the
pump can be looked at. He said
the cost to look at it is $65.00 per
hour. Also, a crane will have to be
used to pull it out of the building.
Transportation costs are also very
high. He cautioned the commis-
sioners, "Even though we get it to
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might find that the vacuum sys-
tem could not be able to be fixed.
He had been told that the aver-
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