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Franklin Chronicle

Volume 8, Number 12


June 11 24, 1999

After 3 p.m., on Sunday, May 30,
1999, friends, family and associ-
ates gathered at the Friendship
Missionary Baptist Church,
Apalachicola, Florida to partici-
pate in a program cast by the chil-
dren of Clarence Williams.
They wrote in their program, "We
the children of Deacon Clarence
Williams, honor and love our fa-
ther. For he truly has shown all
of us he loves and cares for us."
In a loving tribute, seldom expe-
rienced by many living men or
women, testimonial after testimo-
nial citing deeds of Mr. Williams
-were publicly spoken as the nearly
three-hour program unfolded
amid music and song. The Friend-
ship Choir opened the program
followed by a hymn led by Elder
Clifford Williams. Brother William
Key led the congregation in
prayer, joined- by Minister.

Deandra O'Neal giving the Wel-
come, with the Occasion remarks
by Clifford Williams. Sister Teresa
McClendon sang. A series of trib-
utes were spoken by Andersen
Williams, Sister Nikita Williams,
Deacon Noah Lockley, Sr.,
Brother Charles Watson, Bruce:
Varnes and Mike Mock. Mr.
William's role in education was
addressed by old friend Willie L.
Speed. Clerk of Court Kendali
Wade, and friends William
Henderson and David Kelley also
addressed Williams and the con.
gregation. Brothers Henry Brown
and William Key conducted the
offering, and granddaughters and
grandsons sang,and danced a
tribute to the guest of honor.
Friendship Youth also danced in
honor of father, deacon, county

Continued on Page 11

Franklin Briefs ..... Page 2
Editorial............... Page 3
Island Methodists. Page 4
Dixie Theatre ....... Page 5
Graduation Classes Page 6
Fish ...................... Page 7

Yacht Club............ Page 8
Birds ................... Page 9
Bookshop ......... Page 10
Love Feast ..........Page 11
Bulletin Board .... Page 12

Buried Treasure Discovered

On St. George Island

Carrabelle City Commission

Votes To Hire Police officer

By Aaron Shea
Following almost one hour of de-
bate and heated arguments, the
emotionally charged citizens of
Carrabelle got the police officer
that they had pleaded for. The citi-
zens were able to convince City
Commissioner Raymond Williams
to break a 2-2 deadlock vote and
approve the hiring of new police
officer Allen Cyzon.
Williams and Commissioner
Donald Wood voted against the
hiring of a new officer, claiming
that they wanted to lower the city
budget. However, it was pointed
out that the city had a budget for
four officers and they currently
have only three, following the res-
ignation of Marty Schutt, who
moved on to another position else-
During the debate, citizens be-
came outraged over the prospect
that Williams and Wood were
placing more importance on
money then public safety. Cries
of "they don't care about us" came
from the angry crowd. At one
point, Commissioner Pam Lycett
became so incensed with Williams
she asked him to step down as
commissioner if he wasn't going
to run for "re-election."
Williams and Wood believed that
the Sheriffs Department could
handle the extra calls for police
assistance in the city. It was
pointed out by many people in the
audience that the Sheriffs De-
partment already has a heavy load
to handle because they have the
whole county to watch over.
Carrabelle Chief of Police Buddy

Shiver added that another officer
is needed because currently,
Carrabelle officers not only have
to answer calls in Carrabelle, but
,Lanark Village and Alligator Point
as well.
Williams agreed to hire the officer,
but he said that the topic would
be discussed again in three
months, when the city begins its
preparations for next year's bud-
get. Williams is interested in not
only cutting the newly hired of-
ficer out of next years budget, but
cutting another officer for next

We're Almost
To secure the $250,000
grant from the State of
Florida, we must match
that amount by July 1,
1999. At this time; we
have raised $185,000 and
need an additional
Please donate to:
FUND, P.O. Box 722,
Eastpoint, FL 32328.
With your help, we CAN build
a new Carrabelle Library.

By Aaron Shea
Legend has it that over 200 years ago a rowdy gang of pirates buried
a treasure chest full of gold coins where St. George Island state Park
resides today. On May 27, Jeanni McMillan discovered the chest that
contained an estimated $10,000 in gold.
Actually, this not-so-legendary chest, had no treasure in it and it was
buried there a little more than two months ago by editors of the Forbes
FYI magazine. Two things are a fact, however. Jeanni McMillan did
find the chest, with a little help from Alexandra Dixon of San Fran-
cisco, and the chest was worth $10,000 to anyone who found it.
Let's start at the beginning. Every year Forbes FYI magazine holds a
treasure hunt that spans the United States. The magazine posts six
clues on their web site. Each answer to a clue gives a coordinate.
Once these clues are solved, the location (coordinates) of the treasure
are revealed. The above mentioned Ms. Dixon solved four of the clues.
With the use of the coordinates she had, her computer, and more
than 100 mathematical possibilities, Dixon deducted that the trea-
sure was either on the coast of Massachusetts or Florida. She trav-
Seled to Cape Cod and came up empty.
She then returned to San Francisco and instead of going to Florida,
she called the Apalachicola Chamber of Commerce. She explained
that she needed to got in touch with someone who access to a boat,
four wheel drive vehicle, and a GPS (global positioning system). She
was advised to call McMillan who owns a canoe, kayak and sailboat
tour and guide business on St. George Island.
McMillan agreed to search for the treasure for half of the gold ($10,000)
reward. It took McMillan and Dave Armentrout only a hour to find
the buried chest. They discovered the treasure chest in a hollowed
out dune in the St. George State Park where two pieces of driftwood
formed an X. They found the chest two feet below the surface.
McMillan will be traveling to New York next month to collect $5,000
in gold. She is going to give $1,000 to Mr. Armentrout, who helped
her find it. How she is going to spend the rest of the money is up in
the air. "Hopefully, we won't spend all of the money in New York," said
McMillan kiddingly.

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Florida Forever

Signed Into Law
Governor Jeb Bush signed into
law June 7th, the new land ac-
quisition program, Florida For-
. ever. This program will succeed
Preservation 2000 when it
Florida Forever creates a $3 bil-
lion program for the next 10 years.
The state will receive approxi-
mately $300 million each year
through a bond program. The
Department of Environmental
Protection will receive 35 percent
of the funds for acquisition pro-
grams, plus 1.5 percent for rec-
reation and parks and another 1.5
percent for greenways and trails.
The Water Management Districts
will receive 35 percent and the
Department of Community Af-
fairs, Florida Communities Trust,
will receive 24 percent. The new
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission will receive
1.5 percent and the Department
of Agriculture, and Consui .
Services, Division of Forestry,

Special Preview Succeeds

By Carolyn Hatcher and
Tom Campbell
A Special Preview of the art ob-
jects donated by local artists was
held June 3 on Marine Street in
Carrabelle. There were 60 art ob-
jects donated, to benefit the
Carrabelle Library Fund. Chair-
person of the Carrabelle Library
Building Fund Committee, Mary
Ann Shields said, "We feel the
event was a big success like the
social event of the season in
Carrabelle and we want to thank
everybody who helped."
The. Special Preview of the Silent
Auction and a wine and cheese
tasting were sponsored by the Sea
Oats Garden Club to benefit the
Carrabelle Library Fund, which
was, at that point, about $67,000
short of the goal of $250,000, the
amount needed to match the state
funds for the matching grant.
Hostesses for the event were Mary
Ann Shields, Cindy L. Sullivan
and Martha Kersey.
Ms. Marian Morris organized the
artists' donations and arranged to
get the building location on
Marine Street for the event. The
use of the empty building was do-
nated by Attorney and Realtor
Ben Watkins of Carrabelle.

Ms. Morris was also the Coordi-
nator of the Medieval Days Festi-
val, Giant Yard Sale and Cook-out
sponsored by employees of the
Gulf State Bank and Timber
Island Yacht Club, held June 5th,
during which the Silent Auction
of the art work took place.
According to Mary Ann Shields,
both events were successful, mak-
ing over $4,000. Totals are: Li-
brary Book Table $290, Bank
Yard Sale $875, Silent Auction
$2,140, Food Tent $1,000, Total:
$4,305. The Preview social event
drew approximately 100 persons
from the area. Estimates of the
crowd at the Medieval Days
ranged from "about 1,000 up to
2,000," according to organizers of
the occasion.
Several artists donating their
work were present at the June 3
preview. Betty Roberts donated
her First Place prizewinning wa-
tercolor "Dinosaur Daze." The
painting won First Place at the
North Florida Fair last year.
Dan Dobson is an artist who
works in oil on driftwood and
other surfaces. He donated one of
his paintings of a seascape.

Continued on Page 4

Resource Officers Could Be
Patrolling High School Halls
By Next Year

The School Board will vote
on a contract that was de-
veloped by the Sheriff and
Superintendent at the June
17 Board meeting
By Aaron Shea
Currently, Franklin is the only
county in the state of Florida with-
out a resource officer's program
in their high schools. That could
change on June 17 when the
School Board will vote on whether
or not to pass a contract, which
will outline the program, that was
created by Sheriff Bruce Varnes
and Superintendent Brenda Gal-
The program would put a uni-
formed and armed Sheriffs officer
in Apalachicola High and
Carrabelle High. According to
Sheriff Varnes and Superinten-
dent Galloway, the program will
be much more than just having
an officer patrolling the halls of
the schools. The officers would
teach classes, counsel, and basi-
cally educate students on the law.
"They are there to supplement
what we already have in our code
of conduct," pointed out Galloway.
There are already three sheriffs
officers in the county that have
gone through a one week train-
ing program that taught them the
basics of how to set up a resource
program. Two of these three of-
icers will be used if the program
is passed. According to Varnes
these are officers that are already
active with the youth in the area
and know how to communicate
with local kids.
Some, however, may be wonder-
ing why has it taken the county
so long to go after a program like
this? Jay Abbott is one resident
of the county who wants to know.
His child had a conflict with a
classmate this past school year.
This same classmate was sus-
pended and then returned to the
school and allegedly assaulted
another student.
"That child could have came back
with a gun," said Abbott. "I don't
want our children to become
statistics...The schools are re-
sponsible for the safety of our
children. No if, ands, or buts

about it. I am going to stay with
this (resource program) until it
Galloway and Varnes said that
they have been looking to imple-
ment this program for years, but
there has been a lack of funds
because of a decrease in school
enrollment. This year enrollment
is up and the funds are there ac-
cording to Galloway. She says
that the program is a "done deal"
and it is "just a matter of word-
ing", but is it?
School Board Chairman Wil
Kendrick wants to make sure that
all problems are addressed with
this program. Kendrick said that
he does not want to create some-
thing that is not needed, such as
just a uniformed officer. He wants
to make sure that "true" resource
officers will be used in the
schools. He said that he will pass
the contract as long as his con-
cerns are addressed.
They all agree that a program like
this one is needed. The visibility
of officers in the schools would be
a deterent to those who want to
break the rules and a safety net
for those who feel uncomfortable
in the school halls.
More than ever, school safety has
been questioned because of the
epidemic of school violence
around the country. Up to this
point, county schools have not
had to deal with any fatal acts of
violence from students, but it is
still in the back of people's minds.
"It's my worst nightmare,' said
Galloway. "I think more so now
then ever before, our children
don't realize the damage that can
be done when they make poor
If the contract is passed by the
School Board, the resource offic-
ers will begin working at the high
schools in the Fall (August).


Art Auction Helps Raise Over $4,000 For Carrabelle Library Fund

Page 2 11 June 1999


The Franklin Chronicle



June 1 County
Commission meeting
* County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the Board that Franklin
County will not be eligible for the
Small County Road Assistance
Program this year. The House
Bill, which is co-sponsored by
Reprsenative Janegale Boyd,
could possibly make $25 million
from the State Transportation
Trust Fund available to rural
counties for the reconstruction or
resurfacing of county roads.
Franklin, however, will not be
eligible for the possible funds be-
cause the County's millage rate
does not meet the required rate
of 8 mils. The proposed bill was
considered as a possible funding
solution for repairs to Alligator
Point Road. The proposed bill
would continue through fiscal
year 2009-2010, making future
funding possible.
* Pierce advised the Board that
Governor Bush did not veto the
county park on St. George Island.
County Engineer David Kennedy
will begin the design work on the
project. Construction could pos-
sibly begin by winter.
* Brown Elementary received
$25,000 from the Work Force
Development program. The grant
money will pay for a computer lab
at the school. Brown elementary
is currently the only school in the
county without a computer lab.
* Anita Gregory of the
Apalachicola Chamber of
Commerce gave the Board some
information on the St. George
Island Art and Music Festival.
She informed them that blues
and/or jazz music will be played
at the festival throughout the af-
ternoon and evening. She did not,
however, give the Board a specific
date .for the event.
* Pierce informed the Board that
the St. Joe/Arvida corporation is
willing to give 5 acres of land next
the Carrabelle sewer plant to the
county for a needed sand pit. The
county will have to do all of the
work. The Board has to create a
legal description and deed to sub-
mit to the St. Joe/Arvida to com-
plete the transaction.
* Ben Withers received $4,999
from the county for the work he
had done on Alligator Point Road
following Hurricane Earl. The
total bill was $9,355. The money
he will be'paid is'bhe dollaii',n-
der the bid requirement. Withers
will be given credit for a donation
for the remainder of the bill. The
motion to pay Withers was passed
4-1 with Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis opposing.

Apalachicola City



By Aaron Shea
George Chapel, President of the
Franklin County Historical Soci-
ety, received approval from the
Apalachicola City Commissioners
to apply for a $150,000 grant that
would pay to renovate the histori-
cal Raney House. James Waddell
of Baskerville Donovan agreed to
put together a construction bud-
get for the renovation.
Temolynne Wintons was able to
get the city to put in an air condi-
tioning at the 6th Street recre-
ation center. Wintons said she has
been trying to get the air condi-
tioning for years. The Board said
that they would take care of it
right away, especially because the
summer recreation program is
about to begin.
Wintons also requested that the
Board look into repairs for the 36
year old building. In particular,
she asked that they look into fix-
ing the fence, which she said
could be a possible danger to chil-
dren, as well as the flooring in-
side the building.
Apalachicola Chief of Police Andy
Williams went before the Board to
discuss the drug-free community
grant, which is a grant that was
set up to benefit children of the
area. Chief Williams explained to
the Board that he believed the
$50,000 grant, which has to be
.applied for every year, has not
been spent correctly.
He explained that there was only
$13,000 left in the grant and
nothing to show for it. Williams,
who has been Police Chief for a

little more than a month, said that
a great amount of surveillance
equipment had been bought with
the grant money. He pointed out
that the surveillance equipment,
which the police use for drug
busts, is in bad shape and it ap-
pears to only be worth a few
thousand dollars, which does not
agree with his expenditure
He said that he would like to, at
least, take the remainder of the
grant money for this year and
possibly put together a K-9 unit.
The Board agreed to have Chief
Williams present his program to
the county.

* Pierce informed the Commis-
sioners that he has been pro vded
information about the Army Corp
of Engineers pl llgi aii to0 build
breakwaters, which are struck=
tures that protect beaches or har-
bors from the force of waves, in
the county. The county would
have to pay 35% of the costs for
the program. According to Pierce,
the planning and design analysis
part of the project is "initially"
100% funded by the federal gov-
ernment. It is estimated that the
breakwater would cost $2 million.
The county would have to pay
* Eileen Ball of the Franklin
County Library requested a bud-
get revision. She told the Board
that the library had an extra
$2,243 from a state library grant.
The Board approved the revision,
* County Attorney Al Shuler told
the Board that the local banks
would be interested in loaning the
money for the renovations to
Weems Memorial Hospital.
Representatives of the hospital and
banks will meet to discuss the
possibility of a loan.
* Shuler pointed out to the Bord
that they have yet to make a de-
cision on which engineering com-
pany will work on the proposed
entrance road for the Apalachicola
Airport. The Airport Advisory
Committee recommended that
Dames and Moore should be the
primary engineers because of
their work on the airport's busi-
ness plan and layout plan. Preble
Rish, who is also under contract
with the county, has also been
considered for the work at the air-
port. The board did not come to
a decision on the matter.
* County Extension Director Bill
Maharn told the Board that 199
students from Brown, Chapmanr
and Carrabelle elementary
schools were presented awards for
the 4-H/FDOT Seat Belt Safety
Poster Contest and 4-H/
Tropicana Public Speaking Con-
test. Brown Elementary students
earned 73 4-H awards, Chapman
students earned 79 4-H awards
and Carrabelle students earned
47 4-H awards.
* An Alligator Point resident ques-
tioned the Board on the status of
the $90,000 that the county is
eligible for from FEMA, which was
supposed to be used to repair
Alligator Point Road. Alan Pierce
pointed out that it just isn't
enough money to completely fix
the road, which would include
repaving it and putting up a re-
vetment. The county will not use
the possible funds at this time.

Carrabelle City
Approve Some Items

By Tom Campbell
In their regular meeting Monday,
June 7, the City Commission of
Carrabelle found ways to approve
some items, including approval of
minutes of previous meetings on
May 3 and 13, and approval of
In other matters, there were

We're Almost
To secure the $250,000
grant from the State of
Florida, we must match
that amount by July 1,
1999. At this time, we
have raised $185,000 and
need an additional
Please donate to:
FUND, P.O. Box 722,
Eastpoint, FL 32328.
With your help, we CAN build
a new Carrabelle Library.

lengthy discussions, whicti
caused the meeting to be long,
lasting until almost 11:00 p.m.
Handicap accessibility to City
Hall, the "504 Transition Plan,"
required lengthy discussion.
Julian Webb, consultant on
grants, reported that action must
be taken to make City Hall meet-
ings handicap accessible. One
solution was to add to the agenda
the statement: If a handicapped
person wants to attend a meeting
in City Hall, the City will change
the location of the meeting for the
person, if that person phones the
City to so do. Donald Wood said,
"As of now, we can do that." Com-
missioner Ray Williams moved to
adopt the transition, and Com-
missioner Don Wood seconded.
The motion was approved.
In regard to the road at Baywood
Estates, after some. discussion, a
motion was made to transfer the
road to City of.Carrabelle. The
homeowners are currently re-
sponsible for the road. Mr. Lou
Turner said he has been main-
taining the road.
The Ministerial Association of
Carrabelle, including 12
churches, requested "to plant a
seed." The ministers "want to do
something with the old 'gym." It
was pointed out that maintenance
of the building was a problem,
and that it would have to be made
"safe" before any use could be
made of it.
The City Commissioners approved
"reversion of the old school gym
property" to the Franklin County
School Board. Getting this old
building in Carrabelle, up to code
standards would be very costly, if
not impossible.
By 8:16 p.m., the Commissioners
were running two hours behind
their agenda schedule. Instead of
8:16, the real time was 10:16 p.m.
It was then that the Commission-
ers voted to approve five items in
a row, and in about 15 minutes.
Approved was the Special Excep-
tion R-2 Cottage Industry to al-
low a plant nursery with a coke
machine on premises, located on
corner of Highway 67 and H
Street, requested by Andrea
Approved a request by Dan
Garlick, agent for The Moorings
of Carabelle Inc., to construct a
commercial dock and acquire a
bridge permit, if all state and fed-
eral permits necessary have been
Approved Water Improvement
System loan extension and loan
amount supplied by Gulf State
Bank, old resolution.
Approved Baskerville-Donovan,
Inc. request for payment for
Downtown Redevelopment.
Approved mileage for City Clerk
attending Truth in Millage Work-
shop in Orlando, Florida, June
16, 1999.
The meeting was adjourned at
about 10:37 p.m.

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Market Assessment For Florida Sturgeon
Deborah Britt, Extension Aquaculturist
Mitchell Aquaculture Farm
Florida Cooperative Extension Service
Dr. Andrew Lazur, Director'
Mitchell Aquaculture Farm
Florida Cooperative Extension Service
Paul Zajicek, Development Representative
Bureau of Seafood and Aquaculture
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Florida as a Seafood Market
Florida is one of the most competitive and active seafood markets in the world.
The state is uniquely positioned as a point of entry for seafood products from
the Caribbean and Central and South America. During 1997, Florida compa-
nies imported approximately 432 million pounds of seafood worth $1.16 bil-
lion for sale within Florida, North America or to re-export. Florida's commer-
cial fishers landed 117.8 million pounds of high-value seafood and fishery
products worth $210 million and aquaculturists sold $15.3 million worth of
edible products (alligator meat, clams, oysters, catfish, and tilapia) to na-
Stional and international markets.
A complex infrastructure exists to buy, process and re-sell edible fish and
shellfish. Approximately, 500 Florida-based businesses process seafood by
.methods as simple as gutting and icing fish to large scale breading and pack-
aging of shrimp, crab or fish products. Another 800 businesses buy and sell
seafood as dockside fish buyers, wholesalers, brokers and importers/export-
ers. Florida is also a huge market for seafood with an international reputation
for quality seafood serving a $15 billion restaurant industry and 4,600 sea-
food retailers (independents and grocery chain stores) selling products to over
40 million visitors and 14 million residents. Florida's residents are seafood
Fanatics. They consume 30 to 40 pounds of seafood (purchased and self-caught)
per person per year which is two to three times the national per capital average
of 14.6 pounds. Florida as a seafood source and seafood market is an impor-
tant player on the national and international scene.
The U.S. Seafood Market
American consumers spend more than $41 billion each year on a wide variety
of fish and shellfish products. This total includes about $28 billion purchased
in food service establishments, and about $13 billion in retail stores. In 1996.
U.S. commercial fishermen landed almost 9.5 billion pounds of fish and shell-
fish at U.S. ports, which was valued at approximately $3.4 billion. Approxi-
mately 1,000 U.S. firms are in the business of importing fish and shellfish.
Importers compete for products with buyers in Japan, Europe and other ma-
jor markets. In 1996, these firms purchased more than 3.2 billion pounds of
seafood valued at $6.7 billion making the U.S. the second largest seafood
import market in the world. Altogether, more than half the seafood consumed
by Americans is imported. The American seafood industry is also the world's
largest exporter of seafood. In 1996, U.S. firms exported 2.1 billion pounds of
seafood valued at $3.0 billion. The largest export markets are in Japan, fol-
lowed by the European Community and Canada.
Demand for seafood far exceeds what can be produced by U.S. commer-
cial fishermen and aquaculture producers. This shortfall in domestic sup-
" ply varies widely by product but is most severe for items such as fish blocks
which are used by U.S. processing firms to make fish sticks, tuna and shrimp.
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) estimates that approximately
1,500 plants manufacture seafood. Most are small businesses and many are
family owned. While most of the fish produced by commercial fishermen is
processed into seafood products, some is processed into products such as
animal feeds, fish oil and a wide variety of other products. These products
totaled more than $245 million in 1995, Fish and seafood are distributed to
restaurants and retail outlets throughout the United States by approximately
2,800 wholesale and distribution firms.
Imported Sturgeon Products
The NMFS tabulates and reports five different sturgeon related products: Stur-
geon (fresh and frozen) and sturgeon roe (fresh, frozen and cured). Unfortu-
nately, the fresh and frozen meat import volumes and values are identified as
"shad, sturgeon." It is unclear the quantity mix of shad and sturgeon being
reported. A formal request is being jointly developed with the NMFS to initiate
the separation of shad and sturgeon within the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of
the United States to clarify the value and volume of imported sturgeon meat.
Since 1989, the NMFS has reported the annual volume and value of caviar
imported into the United States. Annual volume of imported caviar for period
1989 to 1997 has ranged from 31,889 kilograms to 80,966 kilograms with an
average of 58,566 kilograms. Within the last two years, the volume has in-
creased 27 percent over the previous three year period to approximately 80,000
kilograms per year. As of July 1998, 47.119 kilograms of caviar have been
imported which indicates total imports during 1998 may exceed the total for
last year.
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11 June 1999 Page 3


Hurricanes 101

By Chris Floyd
Disaster Services Director
Capital Area Chapter
American Red Cross
187 Office Plaza Dr
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Hurricane season runs from June
1 November 30, with August,
September and October as the
busiest months of the season.
In the summer and late fall, the
air over the ocean warms up
considerably, picks up moisture
and begins to move in a circular
motion, forming a tropical
depression. If the wind speed
accelerates above 39 mph, it be-
comes a tropical storm and is
given a name. When the winds
reach 74 mph, the storm becomes
a hurricane.
Hurricanes are nature's most se-
vere storms. High winds, clouds,
and rain move around the calm
center, the eye of the hurricane.
Next to the eye are the strongest
winds, which make up the eye
wall. These winds swirl around
the eye in a counter-clockwise
motion at speeds anywhere from
74 to 200 mph.
A striking hurricane creates four
major hazards: storm surges,
high winds, tornadoes, and
heavy rains...
* Storm surge is a rise in the sea
level caused by the extreme low
pressure of the storm. It affects
both coastal and inland areas.
* High winds from 74 to 200 mph
take down trees, houses, and any-
thing else in the storm's path.
* Tornadoes are often spawned
by hurricane. If this occurs, seek
shelter immediately in an interior
bathroom or small hall, preferably
below, ground level.
* Flooding caused by the torren-
tial rain, can occur in both coastal
and inland areas. Residents of
storm-prone areas should pur-
chase flood insurance (which is
not provided for in a homeowner's
A hurricane watch is issued

when a hurricane or hurricane
conditions pose a threat to coastal
areas, generally within 36 hours.
Everyone in the area covered by
the watch should listen for fur-
.ther advisories and be prepared
to act promptly if a hurricane
warning or evacuation is issued.
A hurricane warning is issued
when hurricane winds of 74 mph
or higher, or a combination of
dangerously high water and very
rough seas are expected in a spe-
cific coastal area within 24 hours.
When a hurricane warning is is-
sued, all precautions should be
completed immediately. If the
hurricane's path is unusual or
erratic, the warning may be is-
sued only a few hours before
the beginning of hurricane
Stay informed of atmospheric be-
havior by listening to NOAA
Weather Radio. NOAA Weather
Radio broadcasts National
Weather Service warnings,
watches, forecasts and other haz-
ard information 24 hours a day.
It is provided as a public service
by the Department of Commerce's
National Oceanic and Atmo-
spheric Administration. The
NOAA Weather Radio Network has
more than 425 stations in the 50
states and near adjacent coastal
waters. Weather service person-
nel use information from Doppler
radar, storm spotters, state and
local officials, satellites and other
sources to issue warnings. These
watches and warnings are broad-
cast over local NOAA Weather
Radio stations and also are re-
transmitted by many local radio
and television stations. With this
information, local emergency
management and public safety
officials can activate local warn-
ing systems to alert communities
of an impending weather threat.
For additional information con-
cerning hurricane safety and
other disaster preparedness tips,
please contact the Capital Area
Chapter of the American Red
Cross in Tallahassee at 878-6080,
in Perry at 594-6663 or in
Apalachicola at 653-3952 or visit
our web site at www.tallytown.

Letter To The Editor

Just a note to thank everyone and to say I feel a powerful smile on the
inside of me. It was a quality crowd rather than a quantity crowd. It
felt good all day. In the middle of the night, I awoke trying to decide
what day to have the Medieval Festival next year. Our first opportu-
nity for publicity will be the press releases on this one. So how about
May 5th which is a Spanish freedom festival called Cinco de Mayo or
Memorial Day Weekend. I'm inclined to the May 5th weekend, 2000,
and possibly renaming it Library Renaissance Festival, though I still
like Medieval Market. Something to think about if you're inclined. We
can talk about it at the Building Committee meeting this Wednesday
at 6:30, but that will be too late for this press write up. Does anyone
have a "Master Calendar" for 2000 for this county? A huge thank you
Again for your support of this endeavor. Thank you seems trite -
Appreciation is closer still words are insufficient.
Marian Morris

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Vol. 8, No. 12

June 11, 1999

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

Sales ........................................... Jean Collins
............ Kathleen Heveran
........... Tom W. Hoffer
Advertising Design
and Production..................................... Diane Beauvais Dyal
Production Assistant ................................ Jason Sanford
Copy Editor and Proofreader ................... Tom Garside
-C circulation ............................................... Larry K ienzle
............ Tom Campbell
Citizen's Advisory Group
George Chapel ......................................... Apalachicola
Sandra Lee Johnson ................................. Apalachicola
Rene Topping ................................... Carrabelle
Pam Lycett ............................................... C arrabelle
David Butler .................. ............. ........ Carrabelle
Pat M orrison ........................................... St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona ................. St. George Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ........................ Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins................. Eastpoint
A nne Estes ............................................... W akulla

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Arbuckle Stresses Importance

Of Memorial Day

By Tom Campbell
Commander Ken Arbuckle of American Legion Post Number 82 in
Lanark Village, led the ceremonies on Memorial Day, May 31, and
stressed that Americans must not take their freedom for granted.
"Freedom is not free," he said. "It was bought by men and women
who were willing to give their lives in service to this
Early in the day, Commander Arbuckle led a group in placing flags
on all the graves of veterans in the Carrabelle Cemetery. Remem-
bered were those who.served in the Indian Wars, War Between the
States, both Confederate and the Union, the Mexican War, World Wars
I and II, Korea and Viet Nam.
At about 11 a.m., in the meeting hall of the American Legion Post #82
in Lanark, Commander Arbuckle and fellow officers led a ceremony
"to celebrate the bravery and dedication of all men and women who
served our country, as Commander Arbuckle pointed out. He added,
"And some of them gave their lives,"
Over a million made the supreme sacrifice, according to Arbuckle, He
said, "For our liberty, they were willing to die." He pointed out that
there is a need to teach the young people today about the sacrifices
made by others, in order for them to enjoy freedom,
When asked about what Memorial Day means, one seven-
year-old young lady said: "We are remembering all the people who
fought for our country."
At about 11:45 a.m., "The Star-Spangled Banner" was played, while
the American flag in front of the American Legion hall was slowly
raised. The group stood at attention and the moment was appropri-
ately dignified.
The group of about a hundred who had gathered, were as one in their
quiet memorial. Commander Arbuckle's words rang loud and clear.
"Memorial Day is the day we honor those who lost their lives, fighting
for our nation. It is more than a day to decorate the our honored
dead. It is a day to uphold our faith faith that the natural and
pursuits of mankind, justice and democracy, will be ours, because
free people will fight for them."
Following the ceremonies, lunch was served for those attending. It
was pointed out that Sunday, June 6, Law Officers will be honored at
the Carrabelle First Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m., and that lunch
will be served for those attending.
Flag Day is Monday, June 14. Remember to fly your flag. Bingo is
played every Friday at 7:00 p.m., at American Legion Post 82 in Lanark
Village. Participate, was the key word from all the officers. Participate
and watch American Legion Post 82 grow, they said.

Card Of Thanks

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital announced today the success-
ful completion of Math-A-Thon at Chapman Elementary School in
Apalachicola, FL. Math-A-Thon, now in its 21st year, is an education-
ally based fund-raising program in which students obtain sponsors
for the number of math problems completed in special workbooks
provided for students in grades K-9. The program is sponsored na-
tionally by Six Flags Theme Parks, who provide free passes to their
parks for every student raising $35.00 or more.
The students who participate in the program learn to do more than
just math problems; they also learn the importance of helping chil-
dren who are less fortunate than themselves. Through the Math-A-
Thon, they are able to help provide a future for St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital. Children with more.than 200 forms of cancer and
other catastrophic diseases find hope at St. Jude. Since its founding
in 1962 by the late entertainer, Danny Thomas, the survival rate for
most forms of pediatric cancer have risen dramatically. In fact, today
more than 70% of all children with cancer will survive their bout with
the disease. St. Jude fully credits these successes in treatment to the
generous support of people around the world, including the students
at Chapman Elementary School.
"We are very proud of our students for working so hard on the Math-
A-Thon," said Ms. Barbara Bloodworth, volunteer coordinator. "with
their help St. Jude Hospital will be able to create new treatments that
may one day lead to a cure for many forms of cancer that will benefit
the children of our state, our country, and around the world. I also
want to extend our thanks to the Apalachicola community for sup-
porting our students. It takes all of us to make a difference in the
lives of children with cancer, and we can all feel proud of our

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Why Can't "Y'all" Work Together?

The Carrabelle City Commissioners' meeting at City Hall Monday,
June 7, produced several eye-opening revelations. The unnecessarily
long meeting lasted until almost 11:00 p.m. Two items that took up a
great deal of time were the matter of hiring another police officer for
the City of Carrabelle, and second, the matter of whether the City
Commissioners would work with the Carrabelle Port and Airport Au-
thority in taking care of the Carrabelle Airport, which could improve
the economic environment of the City of Carrabelle.
A course in "conflict resolution" would be time well spent for the City
Commissioners and the Carrabelle Port and Airport Authority.
The question that was asked several different times by different citi-
zens was this: "Why can't y'all work together for the good of the City
of Carrabelle?" That question was never answered. Listen up, Com-
missioners Wood, Williams, Sanborn and Lycett. Why can't "y'all" work
One citizen said she had heard that same question asked for over a
year in the Carrabelle City Commissioners' meetings and there never
was an answer to that question.
In an effort to find some way to mediate the conflict and find some
cooperation for the good of the City, Chairman Jim Lycett of the Port
and Airport Authority proposed that the Attorney for the City and the
Attorney for the Authority should meet and come to some kind of
workable solution. That proposal died for lack of cooperation among
the commissioners.
One ray of hope for progress in putting the good of the City of Carrabelle
in the forefront and finding compromise for personal positions of Com-
missioners, came when Commissioner Rayiond Williams said he was
willing to change his vote on the matter of hiring a policeman. This
vote had been a stalemate: 2 against and 2 votes for. There was ap-
plause from the room full of citizens (about 50). They realized that
this was finally a step in the right direction. At last there was some
movement to truly serve the people of the City of Carrabelle. This
spirit of mediation, compromise and cooperation could open up a
whole new way of creative and positive thinking about the future of
the City.
Listening to Commissioners Donald Wood, Williams, Sanborn and
Pam Lycett as they steadfastly refused to yield due to private, hidden
or public agendas, was frustrating to the citizens that were present.
All the citizens of the City of Carrabelle need to know that these four
commissioners could not find a way to cooperate for the good of the
citizens who are supposed to be served. The commissioners are sup-
posed to serve the best interests of the people. If they cannot find a
way to cooperate with the Port and Airport Authority, then how can
the future of the citizens of Carrabelle be served?
A personal statement and clarification by each commissioner, stating
the reason he or she cannot cooperate with the Port and Airport Au-
thority, would be very helpful.
Tom Hoffer, Tom Campbell, Aaron Shea

U.S. Post Office Customer Appreciation Day

Post Offices throughout the North:
Florida District will extend a
hearty thanks to all customers
during Customer Appreciation
Day events on Wednesday, June
23. In a May memo to all offices,
Harold Swinton, District Manager,
Customer Service & Sales, re-
minded employees that at the
heart of every successful company
is the ability to meet and exceed
customer expectations. Quoting
from Gandhi he said, "A customer
is the most important visitor on
our premise. He is not dependent
on us; we are dependent on him.
He is not an interruption on our
work; he is the purpose oI it. He
is not an outsider to our business;
he is part of it. We are not doing
him a favor by serving him; he is

doing us a tavor by giving, us an
opportunity to do so."
At the Carrabelle Post Office there
will be refreshments for all and
coloring books for the children.
Also, our 1936 stamp canceling
machine will be on display.
Time will be at 9:00 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. on Wednesday, June 23. The
public is invited.
Bill Matsinger is Postmaster in
Carrabelle. Since January, 1999,
he has been in that position.
"We're enjoying our stay in
Carrabelle," said Bill. "Haven't got
my fill of fish yet," he laughed.




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American Family Publishers To
Revise Sweepstakes, Pay $4 Million
American Family Publishers will dramatically revise its sweepstakes
practices and pay $4 million to resolve charges that the company
deceived consumers, Attorney General Bob Butterworth announced
Under an agreement with Florida and three other states, the com-
pany will also make charitable donations in the names of its celebrity
spokesmen, Dick Clark and Ed McMahon.
"Unlike millions of sweepstakes entries sent out by American Family
Publishers, this agreement is definitely a winner," Butterworth said.
"It is intended to eliminate consumer deception in the future while
holding the company responsible for past abuses."
Butterworth filed a civil complaint in February 1998 charging Ameri-
can Family Publishers and spokesmen Clark and McMahon with us-
ing various deceptions to sell magazine subscriptions. Those decep-
tions included falsely suggesting that recipients must make purchases
to win, that recipients were part of a select group vying for a prize and
that recipients had to respond immediately to prevent someone else
from claiming their prize. Butterworth also accused the company of
using deceptive billing practices to entice customers into paying two
or more times for the same subscription.
Following Florida's complaint against American Family Publishers,
similar complaints were filed by Indiana, South Carolina and West
Virginia. Under the agreement, American Family Publishers will pay
$1 million to cover the cost of the states' investigation and $3 million
in consumer reimbursements. The exact amount consumers in each
state will receive has yet to be determined under a formula based on
the number of American Family Publishers customers in the partici-
pating states.
The agreement also calls for the company to make two $10,000 dona-
tions to the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation in the names of Clark
and McMahon.
Without admitting wrongdoing, American Family 'Publishers agreed
to revise the manner in which it conducts its sweepstakes

W= EN* I!MiIgm W -waWar ..*t m lua
Some of the artists and visitors to Art Preview. Library Funi
for Carrabelle Library is growing. Chair-woman Mary Ani
Shields said, "We're getting closer. Now we need only about
$62,000." The goal is $250,000.

- Special Preview from Page 1
Also present was Julie Kahn Val-
entine, who is a part-time resident
of Carrabelle and also New Or-
leans. She also had many new
paintings of Carrabelle scenes in
the Artists' Tent at Gulf State
Bank on June 5.
Darlene Bryan donated a fox and
was present at the event. Ms;
Bryan is a self-taught taxidermist
who works only with "accident
victim animals." She collects the
animals who have been killed by
road accidents and does not her-
self kill any of the animals.
Jack Chuites is an artist who lives
in Carrabelle. He works in leather,
cutting out, among other items,
butterflies and fish. Then he
paints the creatures as true to life
as he can, except in some in-
stances where he allows his
imagination to take flight. He do-
nated several works in leather. He
specializes in ornate masks, like
Mardi Gras masks.
Cal Allen, a noted Florida artist,
donated one of his Southern
Coastal Series.
Joe Kotzman, President of the


Carrabelle Artists Association,
and his wife Josefa attended the
social event and donated some of
their art work. They are well
known as the husband-wife team
of artists;
Janet McGrath donated one of her
portraits valued at $400. Jeanni's
Journeys Inc. donated a certifi-
cate for a canoe trip for two to
Coffee Creek, valued at $70.
Many other local and non-
resident artists participated, in-
cluding Virginia Jackson. "We are
deeply grateful to all of the art-
ists," said Mary Ann Shields.
"They have played an important
part in helping us toward our goal
in raising funds for the library
Several of the organizers com-
mented that there are "so many
individuals to thank" that the list
is almost endless. The coopera-
tion has been "phenomenal,"
Shields said. She concluded, "The
success of this collaboration
shows how constructive and posi-
tive events occur, when people are
creative and willing to work to-
gether." One organizer smiled, "It's
almost like a miracle."

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DBPR Secretary
Henderson Warns
Phony Contractors
Of Stiffer Penalties
Last week's Executive Order de-
claring a state of emergency
throughout Florida provides for
harsh penalties for contractors
operating without a license in
fire-damaged areas.
Standard Florida statute consid-
ers unlicensed contracting a first
degree misdemeanor. However,
the same activity in a disaster
area may be prosecuted as a third
degree felony, punishable by up
to five years in prison and a
five-thousand-dollar fine.
"These enhanced penalties are
necessary to protect homeowners
from the potentially devastating
consequences of dealing with un-
licensed contractors," said
Cynthia Henderson, Secretary of
the Florida Department of Busi-
ness and Professional Regulation.
Secretary Henderson noted that
repairs carried out by unlicensed
contractors are not insured, leav-
ing unsuspecting homeowners
with no recourse should the work
be faulty. In addition, most con-
tractors operating without a li-
cense do not carry workers' com-
pensation insurance, making the
homeowner liable for any injury
to workers on their premises.
Homeowners are advised to ask
for a contractors license before
entering into any agreements. A
complete search for license infor-
mation can be performed on the
DBPRwebsite at

Island Methodists
Planning For
Annual Fundraiser
A meeting was held recently at St.
George Island United Methodist
Church to plan the Church's an-
nual fundraiser, proceeds from
which will benefit the Church ex-
pansion program. Fundraiser
Chairman Hampton Dews an-
nounced the date of the Indoor
Yard Sale as Saturday, August
28th. A week later, on Sat., Sep-
tember 4th, the 11th Annual La-
bor Day Weekend Fish Fry will
take place and will include a 5-K
Run, a Crafts Sale, and the very
popular Bake Sale. Carlton
Ethridge is Chairman of the Fish
Fry and Claire Dews will coordi-
nate the Bake Sale.
Co-Chairpersons for the Indoor
Yard Sale are Shirley Hartley and
Marci Collins, who hope members
of the community will once again
support the Church with dona-
tions of furniture, clothing,
household goods, and large and
small appliances. For more infor-
mation about drop-off or pick-up
of donations, please call Shirley
Hartley at 927-3154.



Free Stuff
From Tobacco


You Pay With Your
Life When You Smoke

If you become a one pack a day
smoker, you will spend over
$900 a year and have little to
show for it, except getting
hooked on the drug nicotine,
having black lungs, or
becoming a difficult

(Your boyfriend or girlfriend is
not likely to kiss you since such
an embrace is like licking the
bottom of an ash tray.)

Add to the list of "free" tobacco
things... like grungy,

-^" '---S t 7The more you smoke or chew
tobacco, the worse your teeth
will look.

More "free" things follow in using tobacco... a too fast heart
rate, or a bonus coughing fit. It's not only nauseating but cheap.
All for smoking one cigarette!!

More "free" benefits from smoking include having a "fashion
statement" in threes...
*bad breath
smelly clothes
stinky hair

That cigarette breath will "send 'em" every time.

Other "benefits" from cigarettes include:

*carbon monoxide (found in car exhaust)
*ammonia (used to clean toilets)
*acetone (usea in paint thinner)

*hydrogen cyanide (used in the gas chamber)

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Cigars Are No Substitute


1. There is no such thing as a "safe

Cigars contain nicotine and can-
cer-causing chemicals just like
2. Cigar Makers Hide what You're
Tobacco is mixed with other

to have

Even If

things to make cigars

Cigars are not required
health warnings
3. Cigars Cause Cancer
You Don't Inhale

Lung cancer rates for cigar smok-
ers are three times as high as
those of non-smokers
4. Smoking Cigars In Moderation
Is Still Harmful
Because of their size, smoking
one cigar is like smoking three to
eight cigarettes.

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Page 4 11 June 1999

"Greater Tuna" Offers Plenty Of
Laughter At Dixie
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By Tom Campbell
From the opening scene, "Greater
Tuna" had the audience laughing
last week at the Dixie Theatre.
This funny play will continue per-
formances Thursday, Friday and
Saturday, June 10, 11, 12 at 8
p.m. and Sunday matinee June
13 at 2:30 p.m.
Much of the play centers around
OKKK, Tuna's radio station,
which provides news, local color,
'some fascinating characters and
plenty of prejudice.
('Greater Tuna" takes place in and
around the environs of Greater
Metropolitan Tuna, Texas, popu-
lation probably about 1500. The
comedy features Richard Kinter
and Trip Plymale, both profes-
sional actors. Between them, in a
smooth and fantastic display,
they create about twenty charac-
ters. The audience follows these
people as each is well-defined
physically and psychologically.
"The characters are expertly por-
trayed, and watching these two
fine actors is more than worth the
price of the ticket.

The dog episode is one example
of how full and complete the com-
edy is. The actors are remarkable
in how they manage the humor,
the belly laughs, the poignancy
and ultimately the lesson about
kindness to animals-in a most
unusual way. The audience never
felt "preached at," but definitely
was entertained.
,Another funny situation (among
many) that weaves in and out of
the action is the desire of the
"Book Snatchin' Squad" to cen-
sor the dictionary in the local li-
brary. Said one of the characters,
"Some of those words shouldri't
be in there. We've got to cut out
such words as hot, clap and ball,"
among others.
They are not even sure that the
word "snatchin' should be in the
Those who have a love of reading
and a sense of humor will enjoy
"Greater Tuna." It made the au-
diences last week laugh loud and
long. Box office phone at the Dixie
Theatre is 850-653-3200.

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Cambric Of ARPC

Moves To DCA
Bob Cambric, Assistant Director
of the Apalachee Regional Plan-
ning Council, and a familiar face
at many Franklin County .Com-
mission meetings, has changed
jobs. As of 3 June, he is affiliated
with the Dept. of Community Af-
fairs. In a letter to Executive Di-
rector Charles Blume, ARPC,
Cambric wrote: "...Leaving the
Council (ARPC) was one of the
hardest decisions I have had to
make. Working with the Board;
member local governments; citi-
zens; federal, state, regional gov-
ernment partners; private sector
interest; and last, but not least,
you, have provided me with a
wealth of experience..."

Loves Opal"
Begins June 16
On Wednesday, June 16, the com-
edy "Everybody Loves Opal" will
begin a two-week run at the Dixie
Theatre in Apalachicola. This will
be the third play in the Summer,
Opal Kronkie, a middle-aged re-
cluse, lives in a tumble-down
mansion at the edge of the mu-
nicipal dump. The general disar-
ray of her home is aggravated by
the fact that Opal collects things,
anything that can be taken home
in her little red wagon.
Opal is also an optimist. No mat-
ter how mean her lot, or her
friends, Opal responds with un-
failing kindness and an abiding
faith in the goodness of human
Into her life come three inept con
artists. They concoct elaborate
schemes to do her in. Opal radi-
ates kindness and trust. How she
turns the tables on her beneficia-
ries, makes for a delightful and
amusing evening of theatre.
"Shamelessly entertaining..." said
the New York Post.
"Everybody Loves Opal" runs
through June 27 at the Dixie The-
atre. Performance times are: 2:30
p.m. on Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. on
Thursday, Friday and Saturday,
and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. For
reservations, phone 850-653-

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111 June 1999 Pag~e 5


Federal Grants
Available For
Urban Forestry
Florida Agriculture Commissioner
Bob Crawford today announced
that $448,566 in federal funds
will be available to local govern-
ments, Native-American tribal
govermnents, educational institu-
tions, and legally organized non-
profit (volunteer) organizations to
develop or enhance urban and
community forestry programs.
The grant funds are part of the
federal government's Urban and
Community Forestry Matching
Grant Program. The federal funds
will be administered by the
Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services, Division
of Forestry. Awards will be made
as 50-50 matching grants (50 per-
cent federal, 50 percent applicant)
in five grant categories:
* Local Government Program
* Demonstration or Site-Specific
* Nonprofit Administration
* Information and Education
* Urban Forestry or
Arboricultural Training
A maximum of $10,000 will be
awarded to successful applicants
for tree-planting projects, and a
maximum of $5,000 will be
awarded for information and
education projects. Nonprofits
staffing grants will be limited to
three years. Otherwise, the maxi-
mum award is $25,000 for appli-
cants who have never received
these grants and $15,000 for pre-
vious urban and community for-
estry grant recipients. The clos-
ing date for applying is August 18,
1999, at 2:30 p.m. To request a
grant application, contact:
Florida Department of Agricul-
ture and Consumer Services
Purchasing Office
Mayo Building, Room SB-8
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800
Telephone (850) 488-7552

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The rXnllnl a -II lip

Apalachicola High Class
of 1999 Graduates

By Aaron Shea
Some of them are just looking for
happy, fulfilling lives. Most of
them will be off to college in the
fall and all of them thanked their
family and friends for the love and
encouragement they have re-
ceived over the years. Those were
the thoughts, gratitude and fu-
ture plans that the Apalachicola
High graduating class of 1999, of-
fered to everyone in attendance as
they were handed their diplomas
at the May 27 graduation.
The ceremony opened with the 35
graduates-to-be walking on to Pop
Wagoner field to the music of the
Apalachicola High School Band.
Class President Gloria Martina
welcomed everyone to the cer-
emony. Salutatorian Michelle
Carroll and Valedictorian Jeffrey
Edmiston addressed the audi-
ence, in which they gave a few
words of wisdom and wished their
classmates the best of luck in the
Members of the community then
stepped up to the microphone to
award scholarships, 19 in all, for,
individual achievements. Kim
Leavins was awarded $500 from
the Apalachicola High Scholar-
ship Trust. The Apalachicola
State Bank awarded a $500 schol-
arship to Christy Wilson. Wilson
also received scholarships from
the Apalchicola High Faculty,
United Methodist Church, and
Franklin County Teachers Asso-
Four college/State of Florida
scholarships were awarded.
Shenita Frazier received a schol-
arship from FAMU. One national
scholarship, the Coca Cola
Scholar, was awarded to Jeffrey
Edmiston, who became the first
student at the school to receive
this award. Edmiston also re-
ceived six other scholarships.
Following the presentation of the
scholarships, one-by-one, the stu-
dents were handed their diplomas
and a white flower, which each
gave to a loved one, making their

graduation almost official. It fi-
nally became official with the
turning of their tassels and the
toss of their caps into the air.
Apalachicola High Class of 1999:
Angela Arroyo
April Justice
Gregory Banks
Kimberly Levins
Devin Barber
Merrill Livingston
Gregory Barnes, Jr.
Kevin Lolley
Joe Blan III
Arthur Londono
Amber Blevins
Kelvin Martin
Chanda Bonner
Betty Martina
Karen Busby
Gloria Martina
Michelle Carroll
Natasha Mashburn
Ebony Croom
Tracy McClain
Maya Croom
Phillip McElravey, Jr.
Heather Duggar
Brandilyn Pendleton
Jeffrey Edmiston
Tabitha Polous
Shenita Frazier
Tiffaney Smith
Dana Fuller
Pamela Theis
Bobby Harris
Erica Thomas
Hillary Hutchins
Christy Wilson
Clifford Johnson'III

Carrabelle Graduation

Emphasized Gratitude

Wrightstone, Carrabelle United
Methodist Church, gave the Invo-
cation. The Salutatory Address
was delivered by Manuel Gass.
The Awards Presentations were
made. Following is a list of the
presenters and the recipients:
Pam Nobles Studio, Mrs. Pam
Nobles ... Recipient, Courtney
Cameron Memorial Scholarship,
Mr. Robert McDaris ... Tomislav
Loretta Taylor Memorial Schol-
arship, Mr. Will Kendrick ...
Tasha Massey
Misty Sexton Memorial School
Board Scholarships, Mr. Will
Kendrick ... Tony Shiver, Tasha

The Class of 1999 included:
Wendy Dawn Allen
Antoine Benjamin
Autumn Brooke Beebe
Brian James Bilbo
Courtney Elizabeth Cates
William Paul Coward
Tami Ann Chambers
James Adam Creamer
*Melissa Roshelle Chapman
Ronald Charles Custer
Rebecca LeAnn Curry
**Manuel Gass
Crystal Gayle Glass
Rome Carlton Goodson
Sara Elizabeth Hall
Bridget Renee Hayes
Ruby-Lynn Ann Higgins
Virginia Michelle Holmes
Robert Earl Lolley
Tasha Lynn Massey
Anthony Scott Marcus McGavock

Sea Oats Garden Club Installs
New Officers

By Tom Campbell
Outgoing President Jo Woods of
Sea Oats Garden Club, welcomed
guests at the June 3 luncheon at
the Carrabelle Episcopal Church
meeting hall. Creative place cards
on the head table were made by
Dee Sanfield. Each consisted of a
small packet of flower seeds and
a seashell with the guests name
and the quote; "All the flowers of
tomorrow are in the seeds of to-
One of the guests was the charm-
ing Faye Dickey, President of the
Tallahassee Garden Club, who
shared a childhood memory.
"When I was young," she smiled,
"the Mobile (Alabama) Press Reg-
ister published the serialized epi-
sodes of a Children's Story."
She explained that some were full
of fantasy and appealed to "chil-
dren of all ages." I looked forward
to them and read every one of
them from the time I was about
nine until I was a teen-ager. I
think that was one way I learned

to love reading." She added, "They
also listed pen pals you could
write to in England."
Seated next to Ms. Dickey was Ms.
Inez Cone, currently Chairman of
School Grounds Improvement for
the whole State of Florida. She
previously was former District III
Director of eight garden clubs in
the Tallahassee Area.
Ms. Cone installed the new offic-
ers of the Sea Oats Garden Club
who are: Cindy Sullivan, Presi-
dent; Mary Ann Shields, First Vice
President; Carolyn Hatcher, Sec-
ond Vice President; Rene Topping,
Secretary; Martha Kersey, Trea-,
surer; Ginnie Clower and Ann
DeLoney, Trustees.
There are 36 members of the Sea
Oats Garden Club in Carrabelle.
The club was started in 1995.
The out-going President Jo
Woods, said "I think the ladies in
this club are wonderful. I thank
the Lord I've had a chance to be
with you."

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Trying to keep graduation robes dry and pressed while the
rain pours.

Apalachicola State Bank Schol-
arship, Mr. Will Kendrick ...
Melissa Chapman, Manuel Gass
FAMU President's Scholarship
Award, Dr. Charles Watson
Clark ... Melissa Chapman,
Daniel Murray, Brooke Staggs
Robert McKnight Memorial
Scholarship, Mrs. Katie
McKniight ... Tony Shiver
Gulf Coast Community College,
Mr. Leon Bloodworth ... Sara
Hall, Heather Shiver
Melissa Chapman presented a
moving Valedictory Address.
The speaker for the evening was
Dr. Ruth McCoy Lowery, Associ-
ate English Professdr and Author,
University of Florida, Gainesville.
Dr. Lowery quoted Poet Robert
Frost's "The Road Not Taken." She
urged the graduating class to
"continue to make the right deci-
sions... Roads take us to places
we choose. Continue to be role
models. Remember to thank those
who help you."
The evening was inspirational,
featuring Parent Dedication,
Class of 99, Special Music, Candle
Lighting, Presentation of Diplo-
mas by Superintendent Brenda
Galloway, Principal McDaris and
Chairman Will Kendrick. The
theme, rather than "Pomp and
Circumstance," seemed to be
gratitude for every blessing.

James Gregory Wilson Messer II
Jonathan Jeremiah Millender
Katherine Elane Moon
Ashley Marie Moore
Felicia Ann Morris
Daniel Keith Murray
Timothy Franklin Murray
Mark Jesse Myrick
Jeremy Heath Owens
Christie Nicole Polous
Charles Matthew Register
Bruce Roscoe Rotella
Timothy Lee Sadler
Amber Nicole Saunders
Allison Louise Schaffer
Heather Marie Shiver
Tony Alton Shiver, Jr.
Keisha Kay Smith
Melanie Brooke Staggs
Donovan John Taylor
Donna Kay Varner
Tomislav Vukasovich
Jessie Rena Walden
*Valedictorian **Salutatorian
The 1999 Seniors, when ques-
tioned, said they were happy and
ready to move on to the next epi-
sode in their lives.

Opportunity Hunt

Available Now

The Game and Fresh Water Fish
Commission (GFC) has lined up
some special hunting opportuni-

Cindy Sullivan, new President of Sea Oats Garden Club.

ties for sportsmen again tnis year.
Participants will have large areas
reserved for them, and they'll have
excellent chances at bagging alli-
gators, deer, wild hogs, quail,
Osceola turkeys and doves. The
GFC also is offering special-
opportunity bird-dog training.
Applications for special-
opportunity hunts are available at
Commission offices and from the
Commission's Web site at Dove hunt-
ers don't need to apply for per-
mits, however. They can purchase
permits from local vendors on a
first-come, first-served basis, be-
ginning two weeks before the
opening day of dove season.
"Spring turkey hunt applications
will be available after Thanksgiv-
ing," quota hunt coordinator
Eddie White said. "All other
special-opportunity hunt applica-
tions are available now."

Sportsmen may submit as many
applications as they wish, but
each application requires a $5
non-refundable application fee.
Lifetime and five-year license
holders who purchased their li-
censes before July 1, 1998, are
exempt from the permit fee but
not the application fee.
White said the GFC will use a ran-
dom selection process to pick par-
ticipants from among applications
it receives by June 15. If a selected
applicant does not purchase his
special-opportunity permit by a
specific deadline, the Commission
will offer the permit to another
randomly selected applicant.
This year's special-opportunity
hunts include: Deer Hunting,
Wild Hog Hunting, Quail Hunt
and Bird-Dog Training and Dove

By Tom Campbell
A break in the dry weather on
Friday, May 28, occurred, and the
rain poured on Carrabelle and the
football field for over an hour,
causing a delay in the graduation
ceremonies. At about about 8:40
'p.m., the sky had cleared, the rain
had stopped and the graduation
proceeded for 45 Carrabelle Se-
At 7:15 p.m., the Seniors and
Advisers were gathered in the field
house, watching the rain pour.
Several were heard to say, "Keep
praying and the rain will stop, so
we can use the football field as
planned." One Senior was heard
as he announced loudly, 'Then
remember to be thankful for all
of God's blessings."
At about 7:45 p.m., one of the
graduates jokingly said, "The rain
and the sun are battling it out,

and right now, the rain is winning
by several bucket loads." The sky
was beginning to clear and the
sun was shining while it rained.
Finally, the rain stopped as the'
sun was beginning to sink in the
west. A delay was announced
while preparations began for the
ceremony, including drying the
seats for the Senior Class and the
speakers. One adviser looked sky-
ward and smiled, "Thank you,
About 8:40 p.m., everything was
ready for the proceedings. A crowd
of over two thousand friends and
relatives of the Senior Class gath-
ered to celebrate the occasion.
Rolls of brown paper towels were
offered, as the guests headed for
the bleachers, so they could dry
a place to sit.
Principal Bob McDaris welcomed
the group. Reverend Ralph

" Thanks to

our doctors,

nurses and

medical staff


County is a

great place to

live. "

Apalachicola State Bank would like to take this opportunity
to thank the people who care for our community's health:
the doctors, nurses and medical staff who are always there
working to make us well. We're proud to have recently
hosted the County's First Annual Healthcare Appreciation A PAlHICu1
Reception to honor those healthcare professionals dedicated S T A T E B A N K 1897
to improving the quality of our lives through good health. Service, Commitment
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Proctor and Gamble used it as a road base on
their huge timber plantation. Gene Langston used it on
several projects as a result. Neil
Atkinson, a River Rock Mining
consultant, knew what this .
shell-based road base would do.
Mr. Atkinson, a religious .
man, said to Gene Langston,
"When God thought about road-
base, this is the material that he
intended for us to use."
He had drilled holes on
the site of the mine and had
determined that the "Micrite",
made of sea shells "worn" for
millions of years, was incredibly
compatible and-ultimately could
be mined and sold at a very
competitive price to highway
departments and road builders.
It was Gene Langston's
own observations of its ease of use
(compactability) and its durability plus the technical
information provided by Mr. Atkinson, and a strong dose
of courage, that led to the formation of Langwood
Further studies by the Florida Department of
Transportation at the University of Florida have
determined unusual strength gains on unpaved road
surfaces and were determining if the same "well perform-
ing" strength gains could be recorded under a structural
asphalt course when Hurricane Opal came through.
The results of Hurricane Opal were: the asphalt
above our road surface was destroyed and the road
surface below us was destroyed. But our surface

remained virtually intact. Further "official" findings are on
their way from varying engineering studies.
contributions are being felt in
both Franklin and Liberty
counties where a "soft spot for
; community projects an
churches often go unnoticed.
Langwood is prepared to go
the extra mile in every
project they undertake and
make this promise to the
communities of both counties:
After we have mined our first
site, we will create a beautiful
clearwater lake with hardwoods
planted to orm a natural
parkland for use by visitors of
all kinds. People, animals and
birds will find that we will have
done our job.
And kept our promise.
And proved that although
strip-mining traditionally has an ugly connotation, it doesn't
have to be that way.
This entreprenural enterprise has not been easy
and has taken considerable courage and investment on the
part ofGene Langston, both in capital expense and time.
Our 18 employees and our taxes paid, make us very
important to both Franklin and Liberty counties. And to
the ;L of our employees.
In addition, we're making another promise:
Everything we do will be in perfect harmony with Mother

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The Franklin Chronicle


11 June 1999 Page 7

ARPC Applies for Grant to

Study Fish Markets

Angel Wing
Clam Research

Harbor Branch Oceanographic
Institution, Fort Pierce, reports in
Their latest "Acquaculture
Report," a new angel wing clam
project, sponsored by Nature
Coast Industries. The angel wing
clams are known for delicious ten-
der meat and white shells, along
with a rapid growth rate. They
reach marketable size (50-60mm;
15 18 grams live weight in three
to four months. By comparison,
hardshell clams require 16-20
months to grow to one inch across
the hinge and attain the same
weight. The new angel wing
research project will focus on
methods to improve harvesting
without damaging the delicate
shell. For additional information,
contact Harbor Branch Oceano-
graphic Institution, Inc. Aquacul-
ture Division, 5600 US 1 North,
Fort Pierce, Fla 34946 or http://

CD-ROM to be
Available in

The world's first digital textbook
on aquaculture is being developed
at Harbor Branch Oceanographic
Institution, Fort Pierce, FL. The
CD-ROM is entitled "World Aquac-
ulture Primer" and provides deep
coverage typical of 'college-level'
aquaculture texts, augmented
with images, graphics, anima-
tions and digital video highlight-
ing aquaculture topics, including:
history, water quality issues, cul-
ture systems, and techniques,
nutrition, aquatic health, environ-
mental and regulatory issues, and
economics. For additional infor-
mation, e-mail: masterson
@hboi,edu; Phone: 561-465-
2400, ext 417.

The Apalachee Regional Planning
Council has recently applied to
the Fiscal Year 1999 Economic
Recovery grant program, admin-
istered by the U. S. Dept. of Agri-
culture, for funds to assist
distressed coastal communities
affected by the 'Net Limitation
Amendment.' The proposal is
entitled the "Apalachee Region
Live Fish Market" and is designed
to evaluate the live fish market in
the eastern United States.
The sale of live marine foodfish for
human consumption was identi-
fied as a potential income source
at a recent meeting coordinated
by the ARPC and the Florida State
Rural Development Council. In
the outcome of that meeting, there
is little or no information existing
describing qualitatively or quan-
titatively the value, demand, sup-
ply, or buyers of live market fish.
Anecdotal evidence indicated to
the ARPC representatives that the
Asian communities of large met-
ropolitan areas (such as Atlanta,
Chicago, New York and Philadel-
phia) are the largest markets for
live marine foodfish. The grant
would fund a formal study about
the process, conditions, and re-
quirement of sale such as mini-
mum qualities and payment
schedules, projected sales
volumes and availability of haul-

ers of live product to wholesale
markets along with secondary
activities such as food service as-
sociations and establishments.
The project would require person-
nel having experience and exper-
tise in evaluating agricultural
markets. Dr. David Zimet of the
Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences (University of Florida)
will serve as principal investiga-
tor. A market representative from
the Bureau of Seafood and Aquac-
ulture would assist in the study.
The project will be administered
by the ARPC. The ARPC was
created through a series of
interlocal agreements among its
member local governments and
by the Florida Legislature. The
ARPC serves 9 counties and 28
municipalities in the areas includ-
ing, but not limited to, growth
management, economic develop-
ment, transportation, and emer-
gency management. The ARPC
has administered federal, state
and private sector grants awards.
The second phase of the project
would be to train fishers to handle
and maintain the live catch.
The grant proposal was transmit-
ted to the Dept. of Agriculture in
late April.

Gag/Black Grouper Regulatory Amendment To Be
Reconsidered At The July Council Meeting

The Council will reconsider the
Gag/Black Grouper Regulatory
Amendment at its July 12 15,
1999 meeting, in Key West,
Florida. The regulatory amend-
ment was approved by the Coun-
cil in March. It proposed a 423
nautical square mile area off the
west coast of Florida that would
be closed to all reef fish fishing
and an increase of the minimum
size limit for gag and black grou-
per that would be phased in from
the current 20 inches total length
(TL) to 24 inches TL. At the July
Council meeting, all measures
contained in the regulatory
amendment will be reconsidered,
and public testimony will be
The Council's decision to recon-

sider the regulatory amendment
was based on arguments put forth
in a submitted by
the 5 members who voted against
the original approval, and on a
strong negative reaction to the
proposed measures by many
members of both the commercial
and charter/headboat sectors.
Prior to the July Council meeting,
a public workshop will be held in
Panama City to receive comments
from the public and representa-
Stives offishing and consemation
organizations for alternatives to
the original proposed measures.
The workshop occurs June 23,
1999. It begins at 8:30 a.m. and
will be held at the Oakland Ter-
race Clubhouse, 1900 West 11th
Street, Panama City, FL 32401.


Alligator Hunting:
Hunters may take one alligator
per permit. These hunts should
not be confused with the public
waters alligator harvest. Hunters
may apply or a permit to take one
alligator in the Tenoroc Fish Man-
agement Area, or Guana River,
Ocala, Holey Land, Everglades,
Francis S. Taylor or Three Lakes
wildlife management areas. There
is no permit fee for alligator hunts,
but the hunter must purchase an
alligator trapping license. Alliga-
tor trapping licenses cost $250 for
Florida residents and $1,000 for
non-residents. The GFC will offer
one hunt on Guana River and
Holey Land and two hunts on
each of the other areas.

Florida Depatritmni
Of Agriculture And
Consumer Services
Bureau Of Seafood
And A Rnciulture
2051 East Dirac Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32310-3760

Aquaculturists, Expect
To Hear From Us
Certified aquaculturists should
expect renewals to arrive early in
May for the July 1, 1999-June 30,
2000, certification year. Aquacul-
ture certification is now tied to the
Department's new role as the pri-
mary regulatory agency for aquac-
ulture in the state. You will no-
tice that the renewal application
requires the applicant to affirm
they intend to comply with Best
Management Practices (BMPs) for
aquaculture or applicable interim
measures. Interim measures
mean that farmers are expected
to comply with the requirements
that existed prior to the regula-
tory change to the Department.
Aquaculture certification is re-
quired of aquaculturists in the
state. If you need an application
or have questions, contact the
Aquaculture Section at 850/

If You Need the
Information, We Have It!
Call today for a copy of the mar-
ket analysis and enterprise pro-
duction budget reports for
farm-raised hard clam,
farm-raised bait shrimp and fish,
wild harvested sponge and can-
nonball jellyfish. Market assess-
ments for sturgeon and tilapia are
also available. Contact Berenda
Williams (phone 850/488-0163,
e-mail us>) for your copy.

Public Hearing Set

For Amendment

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Man-
agement Council (Council) will
hold public hearings to receive
comments on "Draft Amendment
12 to the Fishery Management
Plan for Coastal Migratory Pelagic
Resources in the Gulf of Mexico
and South Atlantic, Including
Environmental Assessment and
Regulatory Impact Review" and
"Draft Amendment 17 to the Fish-
ery Management Plan for Reef
Fish Resources, Including Envi-
ronmental Assessment and Regu-
latory Impact Review." Both of
these amendments seek to con-
tinue a moratorium on the issu-
ance of new commercial permits.
Monday, June 14 1999
City Hall Auditorium
300 Municipal Drive
Madeira Beach, FL 33708
Tuesday, June 15, 1999
National Marine Fisheries
Panama City Laboratory
3500 Delwood Beach Road
Panama City, FL 32408


Researchers with the Disney
Wildlife Conservation Fund and
Harbor Branch Oceanographic
Institution's (HBOI) private
industry partners, Nature Coast
Industries, are continuing their
work on Southern Flounder
(Paralichthy lethostigma) by try-
ing to improve brood stock fecun-
dity and fertilization and increase
larval survival using intensive
rearing techniques and improv-
ing survival during weaning from
live feeds to artificial diets. The
Nature Coast Industries project
will determine the best methods

We're Almost
To secure the $250,000
grant from the State of
Florida, we must match
that amount by July 1,
1999. At this time, we
have raised $185,000 and
need an additional
Please donate to:
FUND, P.O. Box 722,
Eastpoint, FL 32328.
With your help, we CAN build
a new Carrabelle Library.

for large-scale fingerling produc-
tion in hatcheries and developing
technologies for land-based recir-
culating growout systems.
The result to date have been very
successful, according to HBOI.
Since August 1998, forty
broodstock were acclimated to the
greenhouse production system.
Thousands of eggs were produced
during the winter 1999 reproduc-
tive season. After hatching, eggs
were transferred to larval rearing
tanks. Many of the larvae have
metamorphosed and have been
weaned onto dry feed.
Dr.. Daniel Benetti, research sci-
entist on the project, said: "...This
year we have mastered the tech-
nology for controlled reproduction
and are developing the larval hus-
bandry and fingerling production
techniques for southern floun-

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Allocation To Provide Disaster Assistance For

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Legion Post 82



By Tom Campbell
Announcement was made last
week by Commander Ken
Arbuckle of American Legion Post
82 that the Camp Gordon
Johnston American Legion Post
82 monthly newsletter, "The Bugle
Call," and its Executive Editor Bob
Evans, along with his wife Grace
Evans, have been accepted into
the National American Legion
Press Association.
Executive Editor Bob Evans of
"The Bugle Call" and Editor and
Publisher of Vilcom Outdoor News,
along with his wife Grace Evans,
who is General Manager of Vilcom
Outdoor News, "are very talented
people," according to Commander
Arbuckle, "and we are pleased to
have them so honored."
Arbuckle continued, "Acceptance
into the seventy-five year old as-
sociation not only brings credibil-
ity to the editorial staff of "The
Bugle Call," it also puts the Camp
Gordon Johnston Post 82 in the
spotlight as producing one of the
best American Legion newsletters
in Florida."
National Executive Director
George W. Hooten of the National
American Legion Press Associa-
tion said last week, "We are proud
to accept talented people like Bob
and Grace Evans into our mem-
bership and we feel their com-
bined media and business expe-
rience will not only be an asset to
the Camp Gordon Johnston
American Legion Post 82 of
Lanark Village, Florida, but to the
efforts of the American Legion
National Press Association na-
tionally as well."
Arbuckle said he was excited
about what this means for "The
Bugle Call," and said he was
happy to congratulate Bob and
Grace Evans on the honor.


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The Winners

By Tom Campbell
Timber Island Yacht Club is noted
for its efforts to help the young
people of the area with the fish-
ing tournament and such. Sun-
day, June 6, the Club demon-
strated their continuing effort by
having a Mini-Boat Race on St.
George Island. Intended to provide
an opportunity for kids, the event
turned out to be fun for the adults
as well.
Rules for the Mini-Boat Race were
simple. The boat could not be over
three feet long, three feet wide nor
three feet high. The boat could
have no motor.
Boats entered included "Speed
Demon" by Casey Sullivan and
Eddie Lively; "After You" by Robin
Hall; "Streamline" by Elaine
Rosenthal and "Speeder" by
Michael Given.
Judges for the occasion were Lau-
rel Newman. Willie Irvine and Tom
Ron Yount won First Place with
his fast boat, "Fast Fred," repre-
senting Timber Island Yacht Club.
His boat was so fast it actually
created a wake on the water. His
sail was most effective.
Second Place was won by David
Deal, representing St. George Is-
land Yacht Club with his boat

named "Sassy." It was really a fine
Third Place went to D.J. Hall, who
named his boat "Beer Boat."
Special Prize called "Get Your Boat
Out of the Water" went to "Speed
Demon" by Casey Sullivan and
Eddie Lively of Carrabelle.
"Strangest Boat Prize" went to
"Wild Flower" by Stanley Colvin
and Hampton Goodman. Their
boat appeared to be made of ce-
ment, although it turned out to
be styrofoam covered with stucco
base, with copper keel.
Captain Jerry Bonds of Captain
Jerry's Bay Cruise on St. George
Island used his boat to "ferry" the
judges to their positions and fi-
nally to retrieve some of the boats
from the water. The Yacht Club
was grateful for his help.
Saturday, June 18 is the next race
sponsored by TIYC. Skipper's
Meeting at 9 a.m. at the Gazebo
at The Moorings in Carrabelle.
The race will be counterclockwise
around Dog Island.
August 7 and 8, the St. George
Island Yacht Club will be celebrat-
ing its 11th Year.
Another Mini-Boat Race will be
scheduled in the future.

Franklin County Glass
Carrabelle, Florida 32322-1357


Phone: (850) 697-8007
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Notice is hereby given that the
undersigned pursuant to the
"Fictitious Name Act" Chapter
865.09 Florida Statutes will
register with the Florida De-
partment of State upon receipt
of proof of the publication of
this notice, the fictitious name:
Wild Dolphin. Under which we
expect to engage in business at
1592 Alligator Drive, Alligator
Point, FL 32346-5116. Roy R.

Black with four white boots,
10-month old female cat
named "Boots." Has all shots
and has been spayed. Complete
health records available. Free
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Notice is hereby given that the
undersigned pursuant to the
"Fictitious Name Act" Chapter
865.09 Florida Statutes will
register with the Florida De-
partment of State upon receipt
of proof of the publication of
this notice, the fictitious name:
Pink Pelican Products. Under
which we expect to engage in
business at 1592 Alligator
Drive, Alligator Point, FL
32346-5116. Roy R. DuVerger
and Marybeth Hayes.

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The Franklin Chronicle


11 June 1999 Page 9

By Aaron Shea
It's a scene that Alfred Hitchcock
would be proud of. Nearly 10,000
birds swooping past automobiles
as if they were on suicide mis-
sions. This is a daily occurrence
during the months of May
through October on the St. George
Island causeway.
Some of the birds, such as the
Least Terns, come from as far
away as Mexico. Others, such as
the Laughing Gulls, are spread
out through the county year
round. Joining these birds on the
causeway are the Royal Terns and
Sandwich Terns. They all have
one common objective for their
pilgrimage to the causeway, nest-
There are an astounding 3,443
Laughing Gull nests, 1,686 Royal
Tern nests, 128 Least Tern nests,
and 39 Sandwich Tern nests cur-
rently on the causeway. Their rea-
son for nesting in this most un-
likely of places, there is almost no
where else for them to go.
Historically, most of these bird's
nesting areas were on dunes at
the beach. But these areas have
slowly been taken over by man.
The development of this beach
front property has forced some of
these species to not only take to
an unusual area like the cause-
way, but also rooftops. Last year,
Least Terns had nesting colonies
on the roof tops of Wal-Mart and
K-Mart in Panama City.
"They (the nests) don't do very
well," said Lee Edmiston, a re-
search coordinator for the
Apalachicola National Estuarine
Research Reserve. "The roofs are
hot and the eggs break. There just
are not that many areas left that
are undeveloped for them to go
The causeway and roof tops keep
the birds safe from predators such
as dogs, cats, and raccoons. They
don't realize, however, that those
animals may be a better fate then
facing a couple of tons of machin-
ery coming at them at 40 miles
per hour on the causeway.
"They don't recognize what a road
is," explained Edmiston. "That is
one reason they nest on the
causeway. They don't recognize
vehicles as predators."
The birds better start paying bet-
ter attention. Several years ago,
it was estimated that 400 birds
were hit by vehicles on the cause-
way, which more disastrous then
it sounds. Edmiston pointed out,
"if one of the chick's parents are
killed, they (chicks) won't
During this time of year when the
birds invade the causeway, the
speed limit is lowered from 45 to
35 miles per hour, but according
to Edmiston, speeding remains
the biggest dilemma for the birds.
Another precautionary measure
that has been taken, is not allow-
ing cars or people access to the
nesting areas. The presence of
people in the nesting area forces
the birds off their nests, which
leaves their chicks vulnerable to
predators and the heat. "You get
the birds off their nests and the
eggs and chicks won't live, said

Adding to an already delicate situ-
ation, the eggs are difficult to see,
especially in the case of the Least
Terns, and can be stepped on. At
this time, Least Terns are a
threatened species, just one step
away from becoming an endan-
gered species. Fencing has been
put up on these designated nest-
ing areas in an attempt to keep
chicks from wandering into the
road and to force the adult birds
to fly higher over the road.

o T'17 1 I

Lee Edmiston
Inside the fencing, the terns face
danger from the Laughing Gulls,
who began nesting on the cause-
way five years ago because of the
vegetation. They nest in the veg-
etation unlike the other birds who
lay their eggs directly on the sand.
The gulls have made a habit of
preying on the tern's eggs and
chicks. Because of this, the much
smaller Least Terns have begun
to flee the causeway. In 1990,
there were 704 Least Tern nests
on the causeway compared to zero
in 1998.
The Research Reserve has made
attempts to discourage the large,
black-headed gulls from nesting
on the causeway. They have been
unsuccessful. In fact, the cause-
way has become one of the larg-
est Laughing Gull colonies in the
Though the gulls could be hang-
ing around the causeway for a
while, there may be some good
news concerning the elimination
of the other hazards that have
faced the terns. With a new bridge
on the way for the Island, the
causeway, which is currently des-
ignated a critical wildlife area,
could become sanctuary cut off
from traffic during the nesting
"The plans right now have the
causeway staying" said Edmiston.
"If it does, it will become a much
better nesting site than it is now."

The Land Of 10,000 Birds

1999. At this time, we
have raised $185,000 and
need an additional
Please donate to:
FUND, P.O. Box 722,
Eastpoint, FL 32328.
With your help, we CAN build
a new Carrabelle Library.

~k ;S~`


Mack C. Peterson


Christine Mallett Scarabin
Christine Mallett Scarabin. 78, of
Apalachicola, died on Thursday. May
27, 1999 at Tallahassee Memorial
Healthcare in Tallahassee, Florida. A
native of Carrabelle, Mrs. Scarabin
had lived in Apalachicola since 1937.
She, along with her husband, Edward
Scarabin, who died in 1992, were the
founders and owners of the Red Top
Restaurant in Apalachicola, where she
was a member of St. Patrick Catholic
Church, in Apalachicola, where she
was a member of the Ladies Guild and
also sang in the choir. She is survived
by three sons, John Scarabin of Tal-
lahassee, Stephen Scarabin of Cary,
NC, and Michael Scarabin of Rome,
GA; two daughters, Betty Lang of St.
Petersburg, and Cynthia Taylor of St.
George Island; three brothers, Walter
Mallett and Lester Mallet, both of New
Port Richey, and Chester Mallett of
Oxford, AL; one sister, Thelma Revell
of Gainesville; Ten grandchildren and
four great-grandchildren. A funeral
mass was held on Saturday, May 29,
1999 at St. Patrick Catholic Church.
Memorialization was by cremation.
Those desiring may make contribu-
tions to the St. Patrick Catholic
Church Restoration Fund,
Apalachicola, FL 32320. Kelley Fu-
neral Home, Apalachicola, FL in
charge of all arrangements.

David Benedict Turkington
David Benedict Turkington, 54, of
Carrabelle, FL died on Sunday, May
25, 1999 in Carrabelle. A native of
Cortland, NY, he had lived the past
few years in Carrabelle. He was a com-
mercial fisherman, and had served in
the United States Marine Corps. He
is survived by his daughter, Wynne
Marie Turkington of Chicago, IL: his
brothers, Richard Turkington
(Patricia) ofCollegeville, PA, and Harry
Turkington; two nieces, Tracy and
Clare Turkington. A graveside service
was held on Friday, May 28, 1999 at
the Evergreen Cemetery in Carrabelle,
FL. Kelley-Riley Funeral Home,
Carrabelle. in charge of arrangements.

Lee Efford Walker
Lee Efford Walker, 76, of Carrabelle,
died on Monday, May 24, 1999 at Tal-
lahassee Community Hospital in Tal-
lahassee. A native of the Brickyard
Community, FL, Mr. Walker had lived
in Carrabelle since 1947. He was a
former employee with the State of
Florida Department of Transportation,
had served in the U.S. Army, and was
Baptist by faith. Survivors include
three sons, Jerry Walker of Hatboro,
PA, Joel Walker of Lake Jackson, TX,
and Ivan Walker of Carrabelle; three
daughters, Margie Sheffield of
Panama City, FL, Denise Brannon of
Bridge City, TX, and Annie Smithe of
Locksburg, AR; one brother, Lavere
Walker of the Brickyard Community,
Sumatra, and Agnes Richards of
Panama City, FL; eighteen grandchil-
dren and 2 great-grandchildren. Fu-
neral services were held on Friday,
May 28, 1999 at the First Baptist
Church in Carrabelle. Interment fol-
lowed in the Brown Cemetery, The
Brickyard Community, Sumatra.
Kelley-Riley Funeral home, Carrabelle,
in charge of arrangements.
Gene Crawford Gragg
Gene Crawford Gragg, 65, of
Apalachicola, FL, died on Sunday,
May 23, 1999 at his home. A native of
Barrett, WV, Mr. Gragg had lived in
Apalachicola for the past thirty-six
years. He was a commercial fisher-
man; had served in the U.S. Army and
the United States Air Force; and was
of the Baptist faith. Survivors include
his wife, Thelma Gragg of
Apalachicola, FL; four sons, Chris
Gragg of Apalachicola, Tommy
Whiddon of Eastpoint. FL, Craig
Whiddon of Apalachicola, and Robert
Whiddon of Bayou George, FL; two
daughters, Xuripha Cain and Linnie
Lolley both of Eastpoint, FL: two
brothers, Jerry Gibson and Dennis
Gibson, both of West Virginia; one sis-
ter, Ann Jarrell of West Virginia; fif-
teen grandchildren; and three great-
grandchildren. Funeral services were
held on Tuesday, May 25, 1999 at
Kelley Funeral Home Chapel in
Apalachicola. Interment followed in
the Eastpoint Cemetery in Eastpoint,
FL. Arrangements were under the di-
rection of Kelley Funeral Home,
Apalachicola, FL.

Charles Noel Seymour
Charles Noel Seymour, 61, of
Eastpoint, FL, died on Wednesday,
May 19, 1999 at his home. A native of
Apalachicola, FL, Mr. Seymour had
lived in Eastpoint most of his life. He
was a former grocery clerk at Gulfside
IGA in Apalachicola, had served in the
United States Air Force, and was a
member of the First Assembly of God
Church in Apalachicola. He is sur-
vived by his wife, Floria Seymour, of
Eastpoint, FL; one son, Adam
Seymour of Eastpoint, four daughters,
Rachel Lynn Shiver of Eastpoint, FL,
Rebecca Lorene Hill of Panama City.
FL, Mary Elizabeth Godwin of Jack-
sonville, FL and Crica Beth Lintton of
Carrabelle, FL, one sister, Edith
Lorene Crews of Cross City, FL; and
seven grandchildren. Funeral services
were held on Thursday, May 20, 1999
at the First Assembly of God Church
in Apalachicola. Interment followed in
the Eastpoint Cemetery in Eastpoint,
FL. Arrangements were under the di-
rection of Kelley Funeral Home,
Apalachicola, FL.

We're Almost
To secure the $250,000
grant from the State of
Florida, we must match
that amount by July 1,

Arvin Sterling Creamer
Arvin Sterling Creamer, 62, of.
Apalachicola. FL, died on Sunday,
May 23, 1999 at George E. Weems
Memorial Hospital in Apalachicola. A
native of Grand Ridge. FL, Mr.
Creamer had lived in Apalachicola for
the past 45 years. He was the preacher
at the Highland Park Community
Church in Apalachicola, and was a
commercial fisherman. He is survived
by his wife, Shirley Creamer of
Apalachicola, FL; four sons, Arvin
Creamer, Jr. of Panama City, FL. Ray
Creamer, Kerrry Creamer, and Kelly
Creamer, all of Apalachicola; one
daughter, Felecia Boone of
Apalachicola: one brother. Edward
Creamer of Gulfport, MS: two sisters,
Myrtle Alday of Cypress, FL, and Annie
Mae Larson of Canada: nine grand-
children; 1 great-grandchild. Funeral
services were held on Wednesday, May
26, 1999 at the Highland Park Com-
munity Church in Apalachicola. In-
terment followed in Magnolia Cem-
etery, also in Apalachicola. Arrange-
ments were under the direction of
Kelley Funeral Home, Apalachicola,



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George E. Weems Memorial Hospital
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in Apalachicola since 1986. He was a
laborer in the transportation indus-
try. He is survived by four daughters.
Lula Peterson of Apalachicola. Lessie
Walker (Freddie) of Miami, Betty Bush
of Orlando, and Marilyn Peterson of
Havanna, two sons. Robert Peterson
of Apalachicola. and Walter Peterson
(Yvonne) of St. Augustine: two sisters,
Willie Mae Fuller and Millie Peterson:
one brother, Willie Washington. twelve
grandchildren; and fifteen great
grandchildren: a host of nieces, neph-
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and loving friends. Funeral services
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1999 at the St. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church, 246 Higdon Road.
Calvary, GA. Interment will follow in
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Memorial Day Weekend Brings

Fundraisers To St. George

As the summer season rolls into June, fund-raising
concessions are a frequent sight on St. George, including
the following two. The Sheriffs Department was offering
seafood lunches to raise extra money for their Special
Response Teams, including equipment, helmets, and other
technologies to be used in assisting solving kidnapping
and drug-crimes. Here, Amelia Varnes, wife of the Sheriff,
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Part of the Friendship Choir of the Apalachicola Friendship Church began the program
with a rousing, hand-clapping number.

Clarence Williams Sheriff Bruce Varnes

Grandson Austin O'Neal,
age 6

Love Feast
Continued from Page 1

commissioner, former deputy
sheriff and funeral director
Clarence Williams. Mr..Williams
is father of nine children ani
grandfather of nineteen grand-
children. His children, in the offi-
cial program of the commemora-
tion, wrote: "...Although a man of
few words, when he spoke ... ev-
eryone listens. This is the way the
words from our father came to us.
He has taught us to love and re-
spect everyone. Over the years,
Daddy has stood out in the com-
munity in many areas to assist all
mankind that needed his ser-
vices..." Sister Essie M. Wyles also
sang and his brother, Professor
Henry Murphy, Principal of Steele
Collins School, was the keynote
speaker. Gifts from the gathering
were presented to Mr. Williams by
Valetina Webb and Ms. Keeva

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ing, 2) encore HACCP training and
3) organized industry meetings.
Phase III consists of a third round
of inspections and if deficiencies
are still discovered, FDA will in-
voke injunctions and product sei-
zure. The Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
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Meat Inspection, also conducts
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Fly The Flag
Market Assessment from Page 2
The total annual value of imported caviar has ranged from $3.07 million to
$12.2 million. Over the last two years value has almost doubled from an aver-
age $6.4 million (1993 through 1995) to $12.2 million. The price per kilogram
has mirrored increasing volume and value. Since, 1991 price fluctuated from
$96 per kilogram to $117 per kilogram with an average of $105 per kilogram.
The 1997 value of $154.92 is a significant increase (68 percent) from the
average. This trend of rapid price escalation may continue. As of July 1998
the average value was $204.68 per kilogram for the first seven months of
1998. The extent to which price fluctuates over the year is unknown, but
coupled with the price spike of 1997 there is a strong indication the end-of-
year 1998 price may set a new record.
Unfortunately, NMFS reports a blended value for imported caviar. There was
no attempt made to report values based on the caviar grade. A number of
factors are considered when grading caviar: Uniformity and consistency of the
grain, size, color, fragrance, flavor, gleam, firmness and vulnerability of the
roe skin. There are three grades of caviar: Grade I ideally combines all the
properties and must be firm, large grained, delicate, intact and of fine color
and flavor; Grade 2 has normal grain size, very good color and fine flavor: and
Pressed caviar is composed of a high percentage of fractured roe blended with
a heated saline solution and then pressed to remove excess salt and oil. Ap-
proximately four pounds of fresh caviar is used to produce one pound of
The Florida Market for Sturgeon
A telephone survey of wholesalers providing fresh, frozen or smoked product
to white tablecloth restaurants was completed. Several assumptions were made
to assist in the selection of wholesalers to survey. These assumptions were: 1)
sturgeon products are expensive relative to the fish available to Florida-based
wholesalers, 2) only wholesalers servicing accounts capable of and interested
in buying unusual and expensive seafood might buy and sell sturgeon, and 3)
potential wholesalers would be located in Florida's metropolitan regions (i.e.,
Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando and Tampa) containing restaurants with a
clientele affluent enough to purchase sturgeon as an appetizer or entree.
Sturgeon Meat
The small number of wholesalers that have bought and sold sturgeon meat
and their very similar responses yielded a qualitative analysis of the Florida
market. Sturgeon meat was purchased by these respondents upon request by
their clientele. They were' selling to white tablecloth restaurants with order
amounts -ranging from 20 pounds on an irregular basis to a winter season
purchase of. 200 pounds to 300 pounds per week. "Bullets" (and fillets were
purchased with most of the product being farm-raised sturgeon bullets from
California. An estimated 90 percent of the sturgeon meat sold in Florida is
domestic. A sturgeon "bullet" is a headed, gutted and tailed caicass. Tuna are
sold in a similar condition called "logs." Some wholesalers used "bullet" and
"log" interchangeably. Other sources included Canada and Uruguay (wild stur-
geon) and Italy (farm-raised sturgeon). None of the wholesalers held sturgeon
products in inventory. Because the ordering was irregular, wholesalers esti-
mated prices for farm-raised products which ranged from $4.50 to $5.80 per
pound for bullets and $8.50 per pound for fillets. A significant amount of
sturgeon is imported and smoked as a value added activity, but wild product
is the preferred material for smoking (farm-raised product lacks sufficient fat
content and the bullets are too small).
Sturgeon Caviar
The caviar sold in Florida comes from Russia, Canada, Iceland, Spain, Israel,
United States or Japan. Respondents estimated in 1997 that two tons of Rus-
sian caviar and a greater amount of domestic caviar was brought into Florida
for sale within the state and for sale outside the state (domestic and export).
Imported caviar is brought in as bulk packaged product and broken down by
the wholesaler into small, metal tins. Wholesalers would not comment on the
price paid for bulk import. The value of wild domestic, processed caviar pur-
chased by these same wholesalers ranged from $40 per pound to $50 per
pound. The principal markets for caviar are white tablecloth restaurants, gour-
met food retailers and air or cruise lines.
Marketing Sturgeon in the Eastern United States
During the fall of 1996 staff of the Mitchell Aquaculture Farm completed a
sturgeon market survey. They contacted 27 of 40 companies in the eastern
United States that were buying and selling fresh or frozen sturgeon "bullets",
fillets and roe. The companies reported paying $4.00 to $5.00 per pound and
$5.00 to $5.90 per pound, respectively, for bullets and fillets. Size ranges for
bullets and fillets were 5 to 15 pounds and 2 to 8 pounds, respectively. The
companies bought sturgeon meat sporadically or on special order in quanti-
ties of 50 to 500 pounds per week. Roe was purchased on a special order basis
for $7.00 per ounce (American sturgeon) or $33.06 per ounce (Beluga stur-
geon). Of the 27 companies contacted, 21 expressed an interest in expanding
the volume of sturgeon products purchased. Buyers noted as general com-

* Meat price is a barrier to market expansion.
* Most sturgeon is sold to white tablecloth restaurants.
* Consumer recognition is weak.-
SBuyers need samples and source information.
SPoint-of-sale materials are needed (nutritional and recipe
SSturgeon meat suffers from off-flavor problems.
SSupply is inconsistent.
Florida is an ideal seafood market to introduce new products. A very strong
and diverse food service industry is patronized by a cosmopolitan population
of visitors and a growing resident population that anticipates eating the finest
seafood available. A very well developed seafood industry infrastructure exists
that can rapidly integrate and absorb new products. Growth in culinary ap-
preciation, as exemplified by exciting blends of Caribbean, European and
American cooking, thrives on the introduction of new center-of-the-plate en-
trees or appetizers.
Florida wholesalers are familiar with sturgeon fillets or bullets. Wholesalers
expressed frustration in not finding consistent supplies at prices that they
could offer to a wider audience of food service buyers. Currently, sturgeon
products enter Florida under a weak "pull" market scenario (limited number
of buyers seek out the product). Wholesalers expressed confidence in the quality
of sturgeon and its potential as a premium seafood item, when and if, price
and availability improve. An ideal price would parallel high-quality tuna or
swordfish and range from $3.75 to $4.50 per pound for bullets sold to whole-
salers servicing the food service market. Wholesalers suggested that promo-
tional activities at the International Foodservice Expo and the availability of
samples would fuel their efforts to develop sales.
Sturgeon caviar is truly international in its production and consumption, The
volume and value of imported product exhibits a strong growth trend. A
mid-year price for 1998 of $204.69 per kilogram or -$93 per pound may indi-
cate price increases have not ceased.
Domestic product (wild and farm-raised) does not suffer a stigma of poor quality
or flavor. As one wholesaler remarked, "The best caviar comes from sturgeon."
His point being the source of the sturgeon has little bearing on quality. Qual-
ity is determined by egg uniformity, firmness, integrity, texture, size, color.
fragrance and flavor. The value of bulk farm-raised, domestic processed caviar
ranges from $40 to $50 per pound with high quality product being $200 per
pound. Price is driven by market segment and grade with farms being at a
disadvantage in relation to the quantity of imported caviar available.
A copy of the expanded study may be had by writing Bureau of Seafood and
Aquaculture, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 2051
East Dirac Drive, Tallahassee. FL 32310-3760.
A longer version of this article was presented at a Sturgeon Production Work-
ing Group meeting, October 23, 1998, at the University of Florida, Depart-
ment of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Gainesville. Florida.
Information for The U.S. Seafood Market was provided by National Fisheries
Institute web site

By Paul Zajicek
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phased Hazard Analysis and Criti-
cal Control Point (HACCP) en-
forcement program for seafood
processors. During Phase 1, pro-
cessors receive unannounced vis-
its by FDA inspectors followed by
"untitled" letters that identify de-
ficiencies. Phase 11 consists of a
second unannounced Inspection
followed by "warning" letters iden-
tifying deficiencies. During Phases
I and II, FDA and the University
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deficiencies: 1) one-to-one discus-
sion concerning deficiencies,
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Friday, Saturday, June 11-12 Tallahassee Builders Fishing Tournament,
Carrabelle. Phone Chamber for more information 697-2585.
Saturday, June 12 APTA Alligator Point meeting. 9 a.m.
Saturday, June 12 Emergency FIP Signup, to Replant Pines. Landowners,
if you have lost planted pines due to fire, flood, disease, or drought you may
be eligible for costshare through the Forestery Incentive Program (FIP) to re-
plant. Contact the USDA-NRCS office in Blountstown for information and
application 850-674-8271. Applications will be serviced by the local DOF county
forester. Conctact Brian McGraw, District Conservationist.
Monday, June 14 Wilderness Coast Public Libraries Governing Board will
meet Monday, June 14, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wilderness Coast Public
Libraries office in Crawfordville. For more information, phone 850-926-4571.
Monday, June 14 Domestic & Sexual Violence Task Force & Volunteer
Meting, June 14, 1999. Get active in the Healthy Family movement. For addi-
tional information, time, location call 697-3983.
Monday, June 14-22 Gulf Coast Community College. Registration will
continue for the second summer session June 16-18, Wednesday and Thurs-
day, 7:30 a.m. until 6.p.m., and Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., in the Office of
Admissions and Records. Registration will require payment of fees the same
Registration at the Gulf/Franklin Center will be held June 14-15, from 9 a.m.
until 6 p.m. (EDT). Registration will require payment of fees the same day.
Classes for the Summer B semester will begin June 21.
Late registration will continue June 21-22: on campus from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.:
Tyndall Air Force Base from 3:30 to 6 p.m.; and the Gulf/Franklin Center
from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. (EDT). Registration will require payment the same
More information about summer registration is available at 850-872-3892 or
850-872-3809. Contact: Sue Gordon.
Tuesday, June 15 Tyndall Job Fair Open to the Public. The 325th Service
Squadron Human Resource staff will hold ajob fair from 8 a.m. noon June
15 and 16 in the Tyndall Community Activities Center's Emerald Room. Ap-
plications will be accepted for positions as bar waiter, dining room waiter,
custodial worker-housekeeping, custodial worker-janitor, food service worker-
bus tables, food service worker-dishwasher and food prep, grill cook and bar-
Selection will be based on merit without discrimination because of race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, handicap, political affiliation
or any other nonmerit factors. Applicants who are not authorized to enter
Tyndall may get a pass at the base visitor center. For more information, call
Tuesday, June 15 Lanark Village Water and Sewer Department meeting,
Chillas Hall, Lanark Village, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, June 16 Saturday, June 19 Southeastern Fisheries Asso-
ciation Annual Meeting, Howey-in-the-Hills, Mission Inn Resort. Contact the
association at 850-224-0612.
Thursday, June 17 Chamber of Commerce, Carrabelle, meeting at 7 p.m.
at the Chamber. Phone 697-2585 for more information.
Friday, Sat., Sun., June 18, 19, 20 Yamaha Big Bend Fishing Tourna-
ment Carrabelle. Phone 697-2585.
Friday, Sat., Sun., June 18, 19, & 20 The dates for a training blitz for
volunteers who would like to help their community when a disaster strikes. If
you are interested please try to attend one or several of the following Disaster
Services courses. All Disaster Services courses are offered at no charge. To
register please call the Disaster Services Office at the Capital Area Chpter in
Tallahassee at 894-6741, in Perry at 584-6663 or in Apalachicola at 653-
3952 or fax your name, phone number and course selection to 878-3441 or e-
mail us at Friday, June 18th, 6:00 p.m. Introduction
to Disaster Services; Saturday, June 19th, 9:00 a.m. Emergency Assis-
tance to Families I; Saturday, June 19th, 9:00 a.m. Shelter Operations:
Saturday, June 19th, 1:00 p.m. Shelter Simulation: Sunday, June 20th,
9:a.m. Mass Care: An Overview; Sunday, June 20th, 1:00 p.m. Logistics:
An Overview; Location of Training 187 Office Plaza Drive Tallahassee, FL
Monday, June 21 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Coun-
cil) will convene its Mackerel Advisory Panel (AP) asnd Scientific and Statisti-
cal Committee (SSC) to review "Draft Amendment 12 to the Fishery Manage-
ment Plan for Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources in the Gulf of Mexico and
South Atlantic, Including Environmental Assessment, Regulatory Impact Re-
view, and Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis." Draft Amendment 12 con-
tains provisions for extending the commercial king mackeral permit morato-
rium from its current expiration date of October 15, 2000 by three or five
years in order, to provide time for the Gulf and South Atlantic Councils to
develop and implement a controlled access system for the king mackerel fish-
ery. The Mackeral AP will be convened at 1:00 p.rm. (EDT) on Monday, June
21, 1999 and will conclude by 2:00 p.m. The SSC meeting will be convened at
10:00 a.m. (EDT) on Tuesday. June 22, 1999 and will conclude by 12:00
Wednesday, June 23 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
(Council) will hold a workshop to receive public input on possible changes to
its proposed Regulatory Amendment to the Reef Fish Fishery Management Plan
to Set 1999 Gag/Black Grouper Management Measures. The workshop will be
held on Wednesday, June 23, 1999 at the Oakland Terrace Clubhouse, 1900
West 11th Street, Panama City, Florida. It will begin ot 8:30 a.m. and continue
for as long as necessary.
Wednesday, June 23 Prior to the Jily Council meeting, a public workshop
will be held in Panama City to recieve comments from the public and repre-
sentatives of fishing and conservation organizations for alternatives to the
original proposed measures. The workshop occurs June 23, 1999. It begins at
8:30 a.m. and will be held at the Oakland Terrace Clubhouse, 1900 West 1 Ith
Street, Panama City, FL 32401.
Saturday, July 24 Hurricane Awareness Day. 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at
Taylors Building Supply, Hwy 98 & Franklin Street, Eastpoint. Participants
include: Franklin County Emergency Management Department, Apalachee
Regional Planning Council, Lanark Village Volunteer Fire Department, Franklin
County Emergency Medical Services, Capital Area Chapter of the American
Red Cross.
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