Title: Franklin chronicle
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Publication Date: February 23, 2001
Copyright Date: 2001
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F franklin Chronicl 5.0

Volume 10, Number 4


February 23 March 8, 2001


Cookoff Throw
This handsome throw, initially designed by Eunice of Calvary, Georgia. Don Franklin is the President,
Hartmann, will be on display for order-taking at the Sharman Franklin is the Art Director.
Charity Chili Cookoff Saturday, March 3rd. Eunice Hartmann is also the Project Coordinator of the
The throw measures 52 inches by 69 inches and is first Cookoff Cookbook of Chili recipes, another new
manufactured by Homestead and Imported Sportswear premium at very modest cost at the Cookoff, listing
dozens of Chili recipes for the first time.

Inside This Issue
10 Pages

Many New Features

This Year

Aided with a longer list of Corporate Sponsors.
the i9th Annual Charity Chili Cookoff is off
tow ard a much higher goal of fund-raising for
tihe volunteer Fire Department and First Re-
p-ponders on St. George Island, headed by a
planning committee consisting of Harry
Arnld. President, Lee Edmiston. Ollie Gunn.
Sr. Frank Latham, Jayne Bamberg. Jay Abbott
and David Fulmer and supported by literally
hundreds of volunteers from the island.
Franklin County and surrounding counties.
'['hi- is the 19th fund-raising celebration to
help finance the volunteer St. George Island
Fire Department and First Responder teams.
(O) er the years, proceeds from the Charity Chili
(C i.,koff have enabled the fire department to
purchase fire trucks and First Responder
emergency medical trucks, as well as provide
1-.r professional training at State-of-Florida
training centers. Emergency medical equip-
ment and radios have also been purchased and
pronded to other Franklin County fire depart-
men.s from Cookoff funds.
This year, the needs are still greater. The new
Firehouse and Civic Hall is under construe-
Iion on East Pine Avenue. St. George Island.
.1 ross from the old firehouse. And, the old
lirrh-ouse is for sale-a "slightly used" Iwo
-t-ri.:, two bay building on the bay-without
th1 lire trucks!
Harry Arnold, President of the Cookoff. said.
.. \\ are expanding the Professional Cook-
niin this'year to over 60 cooks. The national
Iv.inner and runner up from last year's event
in Rcno will be cooking in this year's event on
Ih,' island. We are increasing the food booth
inrres to include apple dumplings and ice
: rriam, and much more!"
iHe added. "...We also need your help! Judges
I '.r professional cooks, servers and cook help-
er-. in the food service area, and as always
quaity auction items.
Th- ,Art Preview and unique items will be on
d lp'lay Friday, March 2nd at Oyster Cove Res-
Lturant downstairs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A'
95 I,:,, preview donation entitles the attendees
ito pre -register for an auction bid number. Wine
and heese will be available.
C hili Head items will also be available. The
-Chili Head JacketfeatuFesultra soft Artet-200"'
fleece riade of:~-ni-pill polyester. Full fro-ni..
zipper closure through the top of the collar.
The jacket has two deep on seam side pock-
ets. Priced at $125.00. The Chili Head hat is a
six panel twill with fused backram plastic
snap; one size fits all. Priced at $30. Order
from Harry Arnold, Post Office Box 9, Apalachi-
cola, FL 32329.
The Saturday events start with the Red Pep-
per 5K run at 8 a.m. The Professional Cook-

Continued on Page 9

Forgotten Coast Wildlife Gallery and Frame i
Shop Has Grand Opening In Apalachicola

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Take A Walk Across Sike's Cut?

Franklin Briefs............ 2
Allen Boyd "Town Meeting"
Boyd Report ..............3..
Editorial and Commentary
................................ 3, 4
Aquaculture Leases....... 2
Dixie Theatre ............. 4
Camp Gordon Johnston.4
Sharks (Apalachicola High
School) .........................4

Government in the
Sunshine ............. 5, 7
The Courtyard, St.
George ...................... 6
St. George Civic Club .7
FCAN ....................... 8
Lanark Village........... 8
Cookoff Pictures ...... 9
Bookshop ................. 10

By Sue Riddle Cronkite
Speculation is making the rounds
among fishermen that it won't be
long until people can just "walk
across" from St. George Island to
Cape St. George unless the sand
is removed from Sikes Cut.
A barrage of phone calls, letters,
and e-mails from boat owners
around the bay were aimed at lo-
cal, state and federal officials dur-
ing the week of February 12-17,
asking that the cut be dredged.
"The Corps of Engineers say they
have no money allotted to dredge
Sike's Cut," Apalachicola Mayor
Alan Pierce said in off-the-cuff
remarks at the weekly Apalachi-
cola Rotary luncheon meeting.
Even if the U.S. Corps of Engi-
neers were to "find" funds to
dredge the cut it would have to
be done by March 31 when the
Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) call a halt to
dredging in the bay because of
shrimp movement.
Several boats have been reported
stuck in the cut, including the "W.
J." owned by W. J. Fisheries of
Maderia Beach which was said to
have been sanded four hours.
"A Corps boat is out at the cut
now," said Apalachicola council-
man Jimmy Elliott Feb. 14. There
were cheers from boatmen, then
it was reported the Corps was
measuring the depth of the wa-
The Bob Sike's Cut, a part of the
Intracoastal Waterway marked on
marine maps as a navigable route
with a supposed depth of 10 feet,
has shoaled in to less than 6 feet.
Many of the vessels trying to ne-

gotiate the waterway make speeds
of 25 knots and draw 7 or 8 feet
of water. Tourists bringing their
boats down for the winter and
back up north for the summer,
may be unaware of the change in
depth, making navigation through
the cut very dangerous.
The cut was made in order to give
Apalachicola a more available link
to the Gulf of Mexico. Without it
vessels travel from the bay to the
gulf through east pass, 18 to 20
miles from Sike's Cut. Marine
tourists and commercial fishing
vessels depend on the cut for area
travel. If Sike's Cut is allowed to
close in there will be no water traf-
fic from and to Apalachicola and
the Gulf.
Representative Allen Boyd's re-
sponse to contact from local con-
cerned fishermen and pleasure
boat owners is that "your opin-
ions are important in my decision
making process on legislation af-
fecting North Florida and our
country. Please make full use of
this opportunity to let me know
your opinions on issues." No de-
cision can even be discussed with-
out the Franklin County Commis-
sion asking for it.
The east side of Sike's Cut is bor-
dered by the homes in The Plan-
tation. The west side called Little
St. George, or Cape St. George, is
uninhabited. The Cape St. George
lighthouse is located on the south
side of the cape. Recent efforts to
shore up the lighthouse to keep
it from washing into the Gulf have
brought numbers of tourists to
the area wishing to see the light-
house, which heretofore has been
accessible only by boat.

Bow Wow Ball Barks Past Their

After expenses have been taken,
the Franklin County Humane So-
ciety tabulated their receipts and
it appears that they exceeded their
fund-raising goal. The Society
raised $7000. The event was
staged at Harry A's, St. George
Island, on Saturday night, Feb
ruary 17th.
At $15 per ticket, $25 percouple,
visitors were treated to an exten-
sive buffet of meat and seafood,
salads, casserole dishes and tasty
desserts served in two sittings,
7:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The com-
edy came out with the auction led
by Ed Tybee, auctioneer, with
Mason Bean drawing the most
laughs by offering himself for four

hours ot yard work stripped down
to his Bermudas, with bare chest.
Many women bidders were ac-
tively vying for his services to
cleanup their yards.
All proceeds after expenses go to
the SPA and neuter programs at
the society.
At the gate, visitors also brought
dog and cat food, accumulating
about 600 pounds of dog food and
210 pounds of cat food plus
canned food.
Two volunteers were honored with
plaques for volunteer service to
Continued on Page 9
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The Franklin County community
celebrated the grand opening of
John Spohrer's Wildlife Gallery
and Frame Shop with elegant
o'deurves and company Friday
evening, February 16, 2001.
Many examples of his stunning
photography were displayed as
guests mingled through the shop,
sampling finger foods and asking
numerous questions about the
taking of the photographs. John
Spohrer is assisted in his gallery
by Biff Newsham, who manages
the shop in day-to-day operations,
and oversees the making of cus-
tom frames.

ing on his writing skills and con-
veying the story of the superb fish-
ing in the Franklin County area.
He carried a camera at first to
document catches, but eventually
"...I found myself holding the cam-
era more than a rod and reel." The
walls of.the shop display his work
across a wide range of subject
matter, from the tiny creatures
that inhabit the local wilderness
to scenic vistas. His fine art pho-
tographs are available in several
sizes for each of the images pre-
sented in the displayed collection.
The photographs are custom
printed on FujiColor Crystal
Archive extended life color paper

E I TybeGail Dodds and "".
Ad ctneer Jean MacMillan Looking over art prints at the open house.


Page 2 23 February 2001


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February 20, 2001
By Sue Cronkite
The Franklin County Commission
met February 20,. 2001, in
Apalachicola. Attending: Chair-
person Eddie Creamer, Cheryl
Sanders, Clarence Williams,
Bevin Putnal, Jimmy Mosconis.
Minutes of previous meeting and
payment of bills were approved as

Chipman, Director
All the men in the road depart-
ment are to be certified this week
to work with inmates.

SERVICE, Bill Mahan,
On Florida's draft Vibrio
vulnificus (bacteria in oysters)
Risk Reduction Plan, Mahan said
he had spoken to David Heil about
the plan's status. Heil reported
that the draft plan and comments
received during the public work-
shops have been submitted to Dr.
Martha Roberts and Sherman
Wilhelm for final comments.
"Upon their approval, the volun-
tary" plan will then be put into
effect, said Mahan.
"The Interstate Shellfish Sanita-
tion Conference's Vibrio vulnificus
Education Subcommittee meeting
is being held at the Stennis Space
Center, MS, February 22-23," said
Mahan. This is the first meeting
of the committee that will develop
the ISSC's Vv Education Plan to
be presented at the annual meet-
ing in Virginia. Putnal asked when
the next work group meets, and
Mahan said he would let the com-
mission know. "We need to stay
on top of this thing," said Putnal.
Mahan said the ISSC's annual
Gulf and Southeast Regional
meeting is April 23-25 in Biloxi,
MS, "The ISSC's Vibrio vulnificus
subcommittee will be meeting at
the same site either just before or
after the regional," he said. The
ISSC's annual meeting is July
21-27 in Norfolk, VA.
Sanders asked for agendas for the
meetings and Putnal asked how
the aquaculture project is going
at Alligator Point. Mahan said it's
being scheduled to go to the gov-
ernor and cabinet. Sanders said
it was being discussed February
21 at the Department of Agricul-
ture and she planned, with the
commission's permission, to be
there in the event' there were any.
Commissioners asked that she
represent Franklin County.
Johnson, Director
Johnson said the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection
and the Division of Forestry held
a workshop Feb. 16 to discuss the
proper disposal of land-clearing
debris in Franklin County. DEP
confirmed that disposal of debris
at non-permitted sites was illegal.
DEP officials also state that
land-clearing contractors could
apply for a land clearing disposal
permit or a permit for an incin-
erator. They also stated that the
city of Carrabelle could apply for
a permit to stage yard trash
pickup by the county. "Remem-
ber at the last meeting you ap-
proved that pickup and I'll be
working with the city to obtain
that permit." Also, the landfill's
biannual water quality report is
due in June of this year. The
county engineering firm prepared
the last report for $4,900, They
have verbally agreed to charge the
same for this reporting period. "I
have given the firm the go-ahead
to start," said Johnson, He re-
ported a meeting Feb. 16 in
Jefferson County of recycling co-
ordinators from small counties
from throughout North Florida to
discuss the impact of the
governor's proposed budget cuts
on solid waste grants. Asst. Solid
Waste Coordinator Davis at-
tended. "Like our counterparts,
Franklin County uses these
grants to fund the disposal of
waste tires and household hhz-
ardous waste and for electrical on
amnesty days, to purchase trucks
that maintain recycling equip-
ment," said Johnson. "Should the
governor's proposed budget be
adopted, we would have to cut
back or fund the recycling pro-
gram from other sources. It is my
recommendation that the board
follow the lead of Baker and Lib-
erty counties and follow up with
a resolution opposing the reduc-
tion of funding for recycling of
solid waste grants." Board ap-
proved. Mosconis said when the

program began 12-14 years ago
there was a funding source in
place in the private sector. "I
haven't seen. anything from the
government saying we're cutting
out all these fees we charge you
to have you collect for us to sup-
port this program," said Mosco-
nis. "When you buy a tire you get
on there a disposal fee. That's
where this money comes from. If
you buy a battery there's a dis-
posal fee. I don't know if they plan
on continuing that taxing avenue
and using it for something else,
or what. It's a user impact tax is
what it is, and I think it's for a
good purpose."

SERVICES, Mark Curenton,
Assistant Director
Curenton introduced Dan
Tonsmeire and John Tobe, North-
west Florida Water Management
District, at the meeting to make a
presentation on the proposed
change to the definition of wet-
lands as defined in Policy 3.1 of
Land Use Element of the Franklin
County Comprehensive Plan.
Tonsmeire and Tobe began their
presentation and it was decided
that more time was needed, so the
presentation was re-set for March
6 at 1 p.m.
"Mason Bean reports he'll start
the bathrooms at St. George Is-
land county park soon after Feb-
ruary 25," said Curenton. Jerry
Johnson made a presentation on
rezoning his property where Fini's
is located from C-2 to C4 to allow
for possible residential use at
some time in the future. Creamer
asked that the request be tabled
for now.
Curenton informed commission-
ers that Planning and Building
personnel are working with insur-
ance representatives in the
county and the building industry
to revise what is allowed under
houses on piling in flood zones.
"We are trying to limit the under-,
story construction to be consis-
tent with FEMA guidelines," said.
Curenton. "The big change is that
the county is no longer approv-
ing plans that have finished
entranceways and foyers." In past
there were people finishing off en-
trance ways, putting down car-
pets. Explaining to contractors
what's allowed, said Curenton.
Mosconis asked what's changed,
"Nothing's changed in the law,"
said Curenton, "it's the same, we
are starting to more rigidly enforce
the rules. We were letting them do
more than they should, which is
a problem with our flood insur-
Curenton reported that the state
of Florida Building Code Admin-
istrator and Inspector Board has
rejected both Robin Brinkley and
Rachel Ward's applications to take
the state test called Principles and
Practices of Building Construc-
tion. Both were rejected as not
having enough experience. "How-
ever," said Curenton, "both have
passed the Southern Building
Code exams for competency in
their field." He said Alan Pierce
believes the state board is trying
to limit entry into the building of-
ficial and inspection business in
order to limit the number of state
qualified officials, which will then
dramatically drive up the salary
for such employees. Curenton
asked and was given permission
by the Board for County Atty.
Shuler to assist him in getting to
the bottom of the impasse,
Curenton said Joser.phine Krchl,1
with Let the Children Play Foun-
dation, is no longer interested in
putting playground equipment on
the beach, but is thinking about
asking to use the old luau site.
"Any equipment placed there
would end up being covered by
the county's insurance," said
Curenton. "Is the board interested
in having the site used?"
Curenton said Robin Brinkley and
Florida Power would like the
board to pass an ordinance or
resolution requiring new homes to
install their 911 numbers before
approval for final electric power
is issued. Approved by board.
Curenton presented a letter from
City of Carrabelle about his as-
sistance in writing a FRDAP grant
for recreation improvements on
city property. Curenton's help was
Curenton also provided the board
with a copy of a letter written to
Terry Jangula, about the East-
point channel, basically to set up
a meeting between the U. S. Corps
of Engineers, DEP, and county to
figure out a spoil site, and copy
of letter written Feb. 13 by Pierce
for County Clerk Wade's signature
about the Corps needing to do
immediate dredging of Bob Sike's
Cut. He gave the board a copy of
the original release signed by
Arthur Hollenbeck concerning his
trailer, which has been moved into
the trailer park, and copy of Atty.
Shuler's letter stating it is lawful
for board to award additional en-
gineering services on the court-
house annex project. The board
approved $82,000 for designing,
architectural services, electrical
and plumbing, periodic inspec-
tions, site design, including park-
ing lot layout, stormwater design
and permitting and water and
sewer design and permitting. "It
will not include geotechnical soil
investigations, permit fees,
boundary and topographical sur-
veying, the interior design of the
building, such as furniture selec-
tion, audiovisual design, thresh-
old inspect on services, and re-
imbursable expenses such as
print photos, that sort of stuff,"
said Curenton. Clerk said with

total construction at $1,000,000
that would be about 8 percent.
The board approved use of a
FEMA grant of $15,000 to put a
new roof on the Carrabelle fire
station, with the city of Carrabelle
paying $2,500 in matching funds.

Kim Shoemaker, Director
In remarks by Shoemaker on
money from the state for
job-training contract, Shoemaker
mentioned $15,000 to the
Franklin County Library, a small
contract for healthy start and said
the literacy program's funds are
about to run out. Shoemaker said
Bonnie Segree, literacy coordina-
tor, can sub-contract with the li-

Representative Allen Boyd Promises

To Defend Social Security Trust Fund

By Tom Campbell
Promising that "I'm going to help
Senator John McCain with Cam-
paign Finance Reform" in every
way he possibly could, U.S. Rep-'
resentative Allen Boyd discussed
a number of topics in his "town
hall forum" Tuesday. February
20, 2001. The meeting was held
in the Tallahassee City Hall Com-
mission Meeting Room with about
eighty people attending.
Representative Boyd pointed out
that the U.S. government was
spending back in 1996 "300 bil-
lion dollars more than what we
took in." Then, in October of 1997,
in a bipartisan effort, the House
and Senate "wrote a balanced
budget in a five-year plan, balanc-
ing the budget in 2002. We got
three years ahead of the plan," he
Boyd explained the "greatness of
our American workers and Ameri-
can capitalists" caused the
economy to turn around to the
point of a "budget surplus." He
gave credit to The Concord Coali--
tion for helping with the fiscal re-
sponsibility that led to the "first
non-Social Security surplus in
He added, "In 2000, we had $86
billion in excess of the Social Se
curity surplus." He explained that
the Social Security surplus had
been used to "pay down the debt."
The budget now is balanced and
estimates "assume a $5.6 trillion
surplus" over the next ten years.
But Boyd cautioned that
"long-term projections are uncer-,
tain, because we don't know what'
will happen with the economy:"
He advised that the government
should "make no specific commit-
ments for this money," as it was,
an "assumed surplus" that might'
not happen in reality.
"We should not increase spend-
ing by our gover'nment'based oni
this assumed, projected surplus.
The U.S. Budget Office doesn't
make money," he said. "They

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brary, ,prr,alke application di,;
rectly :to the 'Workf9yredDevelo8- 1'
ment i~oard. Shoemaker said the
literacy program is doing a great
job with 10 GEDs last month. She '
said one of the highest success
rates in the state. "They want to
get the GED to go to work." she
added. Shoemaker said those
from Franklin County'on the
Workforce board include Ruth
Schoelles, Ted Mosteller, and Cliff
and David Butler. Shoemaker
lauded Eileen Annie Ball for the
Tigers program.

Kendall Wade
Wade said even with the work not
completed on the old jail renova-
tion, that it is being used. for stor-
age, "There's no dumbwaiter in
yet, but it is really helping us out,"
said Wade.
Bruce Hall, Apalachicola, asked
that the stormwater runoff be dis-
cussed and was assured that it is
being worked on. Ted Mosteller
showed a bullet found at the air-
port and said FAA regulations
prohibit firing a weapon within 3
miles of the airport, He said who-
ever is doing it has a scanner,
because when he called the sher-
iff, the firing ceased.

make projections."
Boyd repeatedly made a key point
that "Congress and the politicians
, should go slow on spending a sur-
:; plus that is projected and may not
really be there."
He also pointed out that in the
"ten-year window we're looking at,
there will be a retirement cost of
the Baby Boomer generation."
"We need to develop a plan for the
future that keeps producing a
surplus. As it is now, the year
2014 crosses into a deficit situa-
tion. We need to fix the problem
now, or we will have to cut ben-
efits later, in about year 2037."
He said he was in favor of reform-
ing Social Security with "some
changes in the program." He said
."one viable alternative is to take
a small portion -not totally priva-
tize -but a small portion to invest
I favor a reform of the Social Se-
curity program that will not affect
anybody who is over 55 years old,"
Boyd said.

Another possibility discussed was
the idea oftdesigning a system that
"pays less to the wealthiest people
than to those who need the So-
cial Security retirement as income
to live on."
He thanked members of The Con-
cord Coalition as "non-partisan,
objective people who provide valu-
able information." He produced
graphs and charts to demonstrate
the kind of information he was
speaking of.
Boyd closed his remarks with, "We
are on a roll in America. We are
Sthe economy leader in the world.
We are the political and military
'leader of the world. And I person-
ally will be working with President
Bush to keep the ball rolling."

Proposal For
Alligator Point
Aquaculture Leases
To Go Before
Governor and

Cabinet February 27
Sitting as the State Board of
Trustees, the Governor and Cabi-
net are likely to review a request
for authorizing a tract of sover-
eignty submerged land as an
Aquaculture Use Area to cultivate
hard clams on February 27th.
.They will also review and approve
,..i '' .I'pli ..i n I, r 'r. .:,:-s to select
uLik.:tll:,d ppi,,- -ii P lfor individual
l':::>- p el. 'i.l iin the aquacul-
ture use area.
The very next step in the approval
process is to pass a review of the
Cabinet aides, who will have met
on Wednesday, February 21st.
The aquaculture use area, if ap-
proved, will be subdivided into
individual lease parcels and
leased to qualified lease appli-
cants. The Department of Agricul-
ture and Consumer Services
(DACS) recommends a specific
schedule for receiving applica-
tions and a specific process to
select qualified applicants. The
schedule includes a time frame in
which complete applications and
application fees must be received.
The process of selecting from the
pool of qualified applicants will be
based on a formula that uses the
number of qualified applicants,
the number of leases available
and the size of individual lease
The location of the aquaculture
leases are Sections 27, 34 and 35,
Township 6 South, Range 2 West
in Alligator Harbor, Alligator Har-
bor Aquatic Preserve, near the
town of St, Teresa Beach.

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job too small or large.
Call Clarence DeWade in
Lanark Village at 697-

Teats Prevail


Apalachicola In
Court Appeal

In a per curiam decision the Dis-
trict Court of Appeals in the Teat
case against the City of Apalachi-
cola, affirmed a 1999 Circuit
Court decision by Judge
Steinmeyer that Eric and Wanda
Teat have riparian rights in their
dispute with the city.
The Teats asked for damages
against the City of Apalachicola
due to the sewage discharged into
Huckleberry creek and swamp.
causing a thriving growth of plant
life and other damage to the wild-
life. Steinmeyer ruled that the
sewage treatment plant opera-
tions have consistently been neg-
ligent throughout its existence. A
new plant, continuing the policy
of direct discharge into the creek,
is predicted to come on line in
early March.
The appeal case was taken to the
District Court of Appeals by the
City of Apalachicola last year, and
the appellate Court has affirmed
Judge Steinmeyer's opinion at the
Circuit Court level. Now, the case
is to be remanded back to Circuit
Court for a hearing as to the ques-
tion of riparian rights taking with-
out compensation and, if so., what
compensation might be due to the
Teats. The matter of legal fees is
also included in the issues as the
Steinmeyer 1999 decision re-
quired the City of Apalachicola to
pay "reasonable" attorney's fees.

The F~ranklin Chronicle

Wins Award

By Tom Campbell
Tony Minichiello, Franklin
County resident and well-known
media consultant, who is on the
Board of Directors of Camp Gor-
don Johnston Association (CGJA),
won the Community Service
Award presented by Carrabelle
Area Chamber of Commerce in
January, 2001.
President Ron Treutel of the
Chamber presented the award.
Minichiello has been on the board
of CGJA since it began some
seven years ago, and has dedi-
cated many hours to honor the
memory of World War II veterans
who were amphibious fighting
troops. Camp Gordon Johnston
existed in the Lanark Village -
Carrabelle area from 1942 to
1946, and was instrumental in
training men who helped win the
Second World War.
Recent efforts to establish a mu-
seum in Carrabelle to honor those
veterans have been due in large
part, to the dedication of
Minichiello, along with others in
the community.
Those wishing to become 'mem-
bers of the Camp Gordon
Johnston Museum, which is now
located in downtown Carrabelle,
may contact Minichiello or David
Butler at 697- 3395 at Gulf State
Community Bank in Carrabelle.

The Franklin Chronicle


23 February 2001 Page 3



From Southeastern Fisheries Association

FWC's Proposal To Cripple Florida

Grouper Industry

According to Alan Barton, writer for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
"Florida Wildlife officials and others have already endorsed changes
in federal fishing rules that would essentially do away with long-line
grouper fishing by outlawing the gear in less than 300-feet of water"
What a sad commentary on governance and regulatory management.
All the players know there are a minimum number of red grouper
outside 300 feet of water.
During a recent FWC meeting in Tallahassee the longline grouper
fishermen presented a brief, well thought out and quantifiable rea-
son for managing this fishery. They left the meeting thinking the FWC
had an open mind and would wait for completion of the scientific
reports and other inputs before taking "another bite out of the el-
ephant". Unfortunately it seems this did not happen.
Remember when CCA's Ted Forsgren was making a point at a meet-
ing on the demise of the Florida commercial fishing industry and said
his leaders told him, "the way.you eat an elephant is one bite at a
time." Make no mistake that the commercial fishing industry is the
elephant and those who wish to see us disappear are simply taking
"one bite at a time". This would be a very big bite. There is absolutely
no justification other than greed on the part of the recreational fish-
ermen to curtail 70% of the Florida red grouper harvest. Not only will
fishermen from Collier County through Pensacola suffer, the restau-
rants and retail markets that provide grouper to consumers will suf-
fer greatly. Alan Barton further stated in his article that the Gulf
Council had made several major decisions to cut grouper fishing.
In a January 25, 2001 letter to writer Alan Barton from the Chair-
man of the Gulf Council, Kay Williams states, "Perhaps the most seri-
ous inaccuracies (in his article) are the statements that the Council
"passed the controversial restrictions at a meeting in Texas on Thurs-
day" and other statements implying that the Council made decisions
on specific regulatory actions concerning grouper. No such decisions
have been made. Aside from being a misrepresentation of Council ac-
tivities, these type of statements discourage fishermen and other con-
cerned citizens from participating in the Council's rule making process,
since they are led to believe that the decision have already been made
and their input is irrelevant".
The Florida votes on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
are stacked against commercial fishing. The vote to ban grouper
longlines may see Karen Bell voting against it while Roy Williams
(FWC designee), Alex Jernigan (CCA), Jim Fensom (anti-longline law-
yer) voting for the ban.

Please Forgive the Horn-Tooting

We moved to Franklin County about a year ago and had received the
Carrabelle Times for several years after buying our property to be-
come accustomed to the county before building arid moving here.
After we finished the house and moved permanently to Carrabelle in
2000, we had time to concentrate on the news as it was portrayed in
the Times.
The constant weekly barrage of typos and misspelled words, (to even
include misspelling Carrabelle and Apalachicola) kept me from en-
joying the paper because I couldn't get past the errors. I think the
thing that annoyed me most are the misspellings in the advertise-
ments and classified for local businesses. To pay hard-earned money
for an advertisement is bad enough, but to have it butchered weekly
for months (Carrabelle IGA Deli "speicals") is a shame.
We had hesitated getting one of your papers because of the two-week
issues; but there are some things that are just worth it. We finally got
one and the difference was like night and day...
Thanks for letting me vent!
Dear New Subscriber: Many thanks for your generous remarks, but I
should hasten to add that typos are a "disease" afflicting many print
production rooms. The Chronicle has not yet developed a "vaccine" to
cure us of all of them. I do appreciate greatly your taking the time to
let us know your views.
Tom W. Hoffer, Publisher

Phone: 850-927-2186
S850-385-4003 (TALLAHASSEE)
Facsimile 850-385-0830

Vol. 10, No. 4

February 23, 2001

Publisher .................................................. Tom W Hoffer
Contributors ........................................... Tom Campbell
........... Sue Cronkite
........... Eunice Hartmann
.....:...... Barbara Revell
............ Rene Topping
............ Jimmy Elliott

Sales ...................... .................... Tom W H offer
............ Diane Beauvais Dyal

Advertising Design
and Production Artist ............................... Diane Beauvais Dyal
Production Associate ............................... Andy Dyal
Director of Circulation ............................ Andy Dyal
Proofreader ............................................. Tom Campbell
Citizen's Advisory Group
Rand Edelstein ........................................ Alligator Point
George Chapel ........................................ Apalachicola
Karen Cox-Dennis ................................... Apalachicola
Rene Topping ......................................... Carrabelle
Pam Lycett ............................................... Carrabelle
David Butler ............................................ Carrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ........................ Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins ................. Eastpoint
George Thompson ................................... Eastpoint
Pat M orrison ........................................... St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona ................. St. George Island
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The Boyd Report

Balancing America's Checkbook

By Congressman Allen Boyd
Washington's debate du jour currently features the timing, size and
composition of a tax cut package that Congress and the President
should enact. Although this is an important discussion, arguing about
the details of a tax cut before there is agreement on the overall bud-
get is putting the cart before the horse-a strategy guaranteed to
send the cart's cargo of a strong economy into a jumbled mess.
Before we launch into a full-fledged debate over which taxes to cut,
how deeply to cut them, and when to apply the knife, Congress must
agree on a budget plan that preserves the fiscal discipline necessary
for our future economic success.
As a Co-Chairman of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of fiscally con-
servative House Democrats, I have set forth several key principles of
a budget plan that we believe can win bipartisan support in Con-
Credible Budget with Realistic Spending Caps. A good
budget plan is a useful blueprint for all federal tax and
spending decisions; a bad budget plan is a blueprint for
fiscal disaster. Unrealistic spending levels in recent bud-
get resolutions have resulted in a chaotic process that
dragged on well beyond established deadlines and pro-
duced irresponsibly high spending. A budget which es-
tablishes new, realistic spending caps will restore sorely
needed budgetary discipline.
Honest Surplus Figures. Bipartisan majorities of Con-
gress have voted repeatedly, overwhelmingly and with
great fanfare to place Social Security and Medicare trust
funds off limits. But advocates of a large tax cut conve-
niently ignore those bipartisan votes and continue to cite
surplus figures that include these 'out of bounds' sur-
pluses in order to make their tax cuts seem more afford-
Flexibility. Surplus projections are exactly that pro-
jections. In 1990, the projected budget for the year 1995
was off by several hundred billion dollars. Likewise, in
1995 the projected budget for the forthcoming five year
interval was off by a similarly sizable proportion. Our
most accomplished economists cannot predict natural
disasters, military crises, or other unforeseen circum-
stances that require government funds. Even the finan-
cial strains we can predict, such as the retirement of the
baby boom generation, can not be fully appreciated a
decade in advance. Enacting policies today that consume
most, or all, of the projected surplus will hamstring the
flexibility of future Congresses to deal with future cir-
cumstances and priorities. Federal Reserve Chairman
Alan Greenspan highlighted this uncertainty in his testi-
mony before the Senate Budget Committee last week in
advising caution about making commitments based on
projections. In his testimony, he warned that "the risk of
adverse movements in receipts is still real, and the prob-
ability of dropping back into deficit as a consequence of
imprudent fiscal policies is not negligible."
Debt Relief. Chairman Alan Greenspan has repeatedly
advised that paying down the publicly-held debt is one
the most important actions we call take to maintain a
strong and growing economy. Reducing our national debt
helps investors who closely follow fluctuations in the in-
terest rate; moreover, it will provide an immediate' tax
cut' for every American that carries a student loan, car
payment, mortgage, or small business loan. By signaling
a real commitment to fiscal discipline, Congress can win
the confidence of markets which is necessary for growth
and stability in the short and long-term.
I am eager to work with President Bush on his agenda, including tax
cuts. But I will not sacrifice fiscal discipline in order to do so. There is
room for discussion and compromise on the exact size and nature of
a potential tax cut, as long as changes are considered in the context
of honestly balancing competing budget demands. But before we
squander the strong economy of the last several years by abandoning
our hard-won fiscal discipline, we should first take a step back and
find common ground on a fiscally responsible budget framework that
allows for debt relief, tax cuts and spending priorities.

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St. George Island Bridge Project
Please be advised that the St. George Island Bridge Team is sched-
uled to begin drainage improvement work next week. The work
will begin on or about February 26th, along the West End of Gulf
Beach Blvd., between 2nd Street West and 7th Street West, on St.
George Island.
There will be flagmen present, and lane closures in effect on both
Gulf Beach Blvd. and the Bike Path. This work is scheduled to
last approximately 3 to 4 weeks. Please take alternate routes if
possible. Thank you for your cooperation.

A Swine By Any Other Name

Swine is a noun that can mean any of various stout-bodied,
short-legged, omnivorous mammals-those avidly taking in everything
as if devouring, whether it be animal or vegetable substances. Swine
may also denote a contemptible person.
Consider, for example, the behavior of Bill Clinton. Many samples
could be detailed here, but suffice to name only a couple. While some
of his staff members were being "cutely adolescent in lifting the "W"
keys from some of the White House computer keyboards. Clinton
himself was busy handing out pardons to various criminals.
A great deal has been written about the pardon to fugitive commodi-
ties trader Marc Rich, a client of former White House counsel Jack
Quinn. Rich has been living lavishly in Switzerland since he fled the
United States in 1983, following indictments for tax evasion, fraud
and racketeering.
The news media has enjoyed staying\on Clinton's trail almost as much
as the right wing of the Republican Party. The fact that anybody is
going after Clinton with such zest is a sad comment on the slate of
the Clinton presidency. That we can even mention his office as com-
pared to swine is a shame, because some of us elected him presi-
dent-twice. I wished him well until now.
Presidential pardons are often political, but usually they are extended
to people who have paid sufficiently for their crimes and have indi-
cated some sort of remorse.
Rich never paid anybody, except perhaps the Clintons, through Rich's
former wife, a generous campaign contributor.
Clinton continued to the very end of his presidency to put the flour-
ishes on a message he has been sending to Americans for a long time.
In Clinton's world, you can get away with anything-even lying, which
Clinton finally admitted he did under oath during the Jones lawsuit.
Nobody is perfect, but we like to hope that our presidents have the
integrity to at least try to be correct in judgment.
At the end of his presidency, with his job ratings still high, he had an
opportunity to exit the White House with the aura of class he wanted.
Instead, he shattered his own mystique and, by his actions, cast all
his prior conduct in the appropriate light. Clinton, though an intelli-
gent, artful politician, was a shameless egotist bereft of integrity and
character. He probably won't change, but surely he can learn some
important lessons and stop acting as if smiling nonchalance excuses
any action, however selfish.
He avidly took in everything as if devouring-whether it was animal
or vegetable.
To have so many gifts and talents, yet so little integrity to mix with
those, places him squarely in the category of swine.
We can marvel at the gluttony, but are dismayed by the grunts and
vulgar shenanigans.
Tom Campbell


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art, books and many
more dstinctive accent
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Photos circa 1900, of area
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Postcards, circa 1900, of old
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items, arclitectvral stars,
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a ride on the Governor Stone and
Pick a good time to quit. Don't try to quit when you're under a lot of a number of other activities there
stress or around a holiday. in Apalachicola.

* Be aware that smokers have different experiences when they quit.
They may feel sleepy or very excited, lightheaded, nervous or irri-
table. Others might crave tobacco or sweets or have headaches.
* Be sure to get some exercise every day. For example, walking is a
great way to reduce the stress of quitting. Exercise is a big boost
Itnwairrl foelinr hitter imnrovinr snirits ,and keening trim

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S-- .-a walk with or just listen can give you a needed boost.
'' -- For more information about quitting smoking and lung health, call
r the American Lung Association of Florida/Big Bend Region at (850)
f7 -- 386-2065 or 1-800-LUNG-USA or visit www.lungusa.org.

S..... Ragtime At The Dixie Theatre

F ebruary 23rd ferred to as "the finest ragtime/
". boogie-woogie pianist on this

Drew Barton Crossman, 1960-2000

Drew Crossman was a Floridian, but he was an infrequent visitor to
the panhandle counties. He was born on February 17, 1960. His grow-
ing up years were spent in the Dunedin-Clearwater area, and he at-
tended St. Petersburg Junior College before coming to Tallahassee
and Florida State University. He graduated from FSU in December
1982 with a B. S. in Communication and minor in Film.
His professional life in media began with work in Tallahassee, first for
Group W Cable, then WCTV, a CBS affiliate, and Florida Public Tele-
vision. He moved to New York City in 1988 and began free-lance pro-
ducing and editing at CNN, MTV, VH1, WNYW, WNBC and WCBS. He
started at the Cable News Network on October 16, 1989. He edited
everything-same day spot pieces, long form shows, Showbiz pieces,
Moneyline opens and more than one resume reel. In 1990, Drew won
a Cable Ace Award for producing "Still Rocking After All These Years",
a VH1 music special.
A memorial service was held for Drew Crossman in late January 2001,
at Anthology Film Archives, New York City; 200 of his friends and
co-workers attended.
Liz Sabagh said in the program, "Dreward ... extremely talented, hard
working, intelligent and passionate. He made me smile every day. He
made work worth coming to. I miss his complaining, his humor, and
his hugs. Drew was a true heart and a dear friend ... a person not
easily forgotten. He will live on in the hearts of all who loved him
forever. At the editing family dinner, Drew sat at the head of the table
... no one will ever take his place."
Adam Kluger, another associate, said: "We know that this place is a
lesser place and it's missing a person who meant everything to every-
Drew Crossman died on Christmas Day, 2000 of an apparent heart
attack. He is survived by his mother, Janet Baldassare, his sister
Jean Crossman, and his niece Celeste Crossman. He certainly left
his mark in the millions of TV households tuned to the nightly news
from CNN, even though most of us were unaware of his work. He also
left many memories with hundreds of friends, students and profes-
sional peers who still ache from his absence, including this aging
Tom W. Hoffer
The Chronicle is grateful to Dana Garrett and Liz Sabagh for copies of
the memorial program from which some of the biographical data were

If At First You Don't Succeed,

Quit Again

American Lung Association of Florida/Big Bend Region Encourages
Smokers To Keep Trying To Quit, Offers Basic Tips
It's tough to be a quitter, especially if you're trying to quit smoking,
according to the American Lung Association of Florida/Big Bend Re-
gion. Nearly 25 percent of Americans smoke cigarettes, and while
millions of them try to quit smoking each year, "successful quitting"
averages two to four quit attempts.
"Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things people try to do," said
Saundra Kelley, Regional Director. "It's immensely, difficult because
you must break two strong chains-a physiologic addiction to the
nicotine in cigarettes, and a behavioral habituation of simply having
smoking part of your daily lifestyle."
To quit, the American Lung Association of Florida/Big Bend Region
offers some basic tips:
* Consider joining a stop-smoking program like the American Lung
Association's Freedom From Smoking@ (FFS).
* Look into nicotine replacement and other quit-smoking products
available both by prescription and over-the-counter. Talk to your
physician about prescription products. These work best with smok-
ing cessation programs.

America's top ragtime/boogie-
woogie pianist Rob Milne will
present a concert at the Dixie
Theater in Apalachicola, FL, on
Friday, February 23, 2001, at
8:00 p.m.
Mr. Milne has recently returned
from a week's-long concert tour
of Japan. The tour included a con-
cert in Kanancho, In the district
of Tohoku, where he was regaled
by city officials as Kanancho's
"First Musical Citizen;" a concert
at the American School In Japan
(Tokyo), where his ragtime and
boogie-woogie delighted Ameri-
cans and Japanese alike; and the
highlight of the trip, when Bob
had the honor of accompanying
Kagami, master of the ancient
Japanese art of temple juggling.
Bob Milne performs for theater
and, performing arts center audi-
ences from coast to coast as a
full-time touring artist. In recent
newspaper reviews, he was re-

FSU Chorus At

Dixie Theatre

March 4th

The Ilse Newell Fund for the Per-
forming Arts will present, for the
sixth concert of the 2000-2001
season, The Collegians, a 35-voice
male chorus from Florida State
University. This concert will be
held at the Dixie Theater in
Apalachicola on March 4, at 4:00
Professor Larry Gerber, conduc-
tor of The Collegians, received
degrees from Fort Hays State Uni-
versity in Kansas and from Colo-
rado State University. He was as-
sociated with the Santa Fe Opera
and the Merola Opera of San
Francisco and he taught at the
University of Alabama before join-
ing the Florida State University
music faculty in 1979, as a vocal
teacher and conductor of The Col-
legians. This accomplished group
of young men will present a var-
ied program, from traditional Ger-
man and Latin literature to Aaron
Copland, Gilbert and Sullivan and
the FSU "fight song"!
The Ilse Newell Concert Series,
sponsored by the Apalachicola
Area Historical Society is a
501-C-3 educational corporation
in Florida. A $2.00 donation is
requested for each concert. For
further information, call Eugenia
Watkins, Chairman, at

planet" and "one of the greatest
ragtime pianists ever."
A favorite among ragtime fans,
classical music lovers and general
audiences alike, Mr. Milne dem-
onstrates the many different and
often pianistically showy styles of
the ragtime era, a period in Ameri-
can history that spanned the
mid-1800's through the 1920's.
His stories and commentaries
about the music and the musi-
cians who created it are entertain-
ing and enlightening, and his pi-
ano playing has been referred to
as "spectacular" and "amazing."
The concert will be held at the
Dixie Theater at 21 Avenue E, in
Apalachicola, FL. Tickets are
$15.00. For advance tickets and
information, call the Box Office at
850-653-3200. Visa and
MasterCard are accepted.


Chamber Seeks


Cooperation With

By Tom Campbell
For the "overall good of Franklin
County," President Ron Treutel
and Executive Director Bonnie
Stephenson of the Carrabelle Area
Chamber of Commerce said they
are now actively seeking the
"maximum cooperation" between
the two Chambers of Commerce
of Carrabelle and Apalachicola.
The 3rd Annual Antique and Clas-
sic Boat Show in Apalachicola and
the 11th Annual Riverfront Fes-
tival in Carrabelle are scheduled
for the fourth Saturday in April,
which is April 28, 2001. Execu-
tive Director Bonnie Stephenson
said that this gives the perfect
opportunity for cooperation in
advertising and attempting to
"draw record numbers of tourists
to Franklin County." She said,
"There is no reason to compete
with each other, when our coop-
eration can do such positive good
for Franklin County, drawing
maybe as many as eight or even
10,000 people here over that
Stephenson said that through
advertising and "word of mouth"
the people attending Carrabelle's
Riverfront Festival could also be
encouraged to travel the short dis-
tance to Apalachicola and enjoy



The Camp Gordon Johnston Association proudly announces the es-
tablishment of the Camp Gordon Johnston Museum Fund. The Fund
will enable the Association to move the Camp Gordon Johnston Mu-
seum to larger quarters in Carrabelle to continue the Museum's role
as the preserver of the heritage of the men who trained at the Camp.
Many historians of World War II view the training in amphibious war-
fare that men received at the Camp as being a key factor in the defeat
of the Axis powers.
Please help the Association preserve the past by becoming a Charter
Member of the Camp Gordon Johnston Museum Fund. Your contri-
bution to the Fund is fully tax deductible.
Money raised through Charter Memberships will pay to relocate the
Museum. Contributions will also pay for the production of displays in
the Museum, help the volunteer staff of the Museum to index and
preserve the Museum's artifacts, enable the Association to continue
its educational partnership programs and scholarships, and enable
the Association to promote and advertise the Museum.
There are five levels of Charter Memberships:
Division, $500 Battalion, $100
Brigade, $300 Company, $50
Regiment, $200
Please become a Charter Member on the highest level you can.
Donors will receive certificates indicating their levels of participation
(along with a tax deductible receipt). Copies of these certificates will
be prominently displayed in the Museum. Donors will be listed in The
Amphibian, the official newspaper of the Association, and on the
Association's web page. Charter Members may have their web pages
linked to the Association's web page if they choose to do so.
Send your Charter Membership donation to:
Camp Gordon Johnston Museum Fund
P.O. Box 1334
Carrabelle Florida 32322
Help the Association in its efforts to inform present generations about
how the men who trained at Camp Gordon Johnston contributed to
the preservation of the freedom of the United States. Your donation
will be promptly acknowledged.
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second period of play found the
Bulldogs getting tougher and the
Shark lead was cut to 26 to 21 as
the first half came to a close.
The third period was as tough as
the second as both teams played
about even. The Bulldogs were
still behind at the end of the pe-
riod but gained a point closer to
the Shark lead as the third pe-
riod ended 45 to 41. The fourth
and final period of play was a mir-

P i

The Tallahassean, a Tallahassee
magazine, has offered to feature
Carrabelle, the Riverfront Festi-
val, the Crooked River Light-
house, the "World's Smallest Po-
lice Station," Camp Gordon
Johnston and other highlights of
the area, in an upcoming issue.
Stephenson said this would give
an opportunity to tie in the
Apalachicola Antique and Classic
Boat Show, rides on the Gover-
nor Stone and other features of
the Apalachicola boat show at the
same time.
"There are many things to do in
the area," said Stephenson, "in-
cluding the fact that Tates Hell
State Forest now has a one-mile
tract that can be walked." She
said that the area really needs a
'public relations type of person' to
take charge and put together a
package for Franklin County.
She said this might also include
St. George Island, as well as
Apalachicola and Carrabelle.
"Progress in the area in the last
two years, from 1999 to now, has
been fantastic," she said.
She pointed out that also the new
prison was coming to the area, the
St. James Bay Golf Course and
Community and other develop-
ments-all expected within the
next year or so. Real Estate Agent
Freda White has pointed out how
"environmentally safe" the St.
James Bay Golf Course and Com-
munity has been planned. Ac-
cording to her, Franklin County
can benefit greatly from the golf
course development.
Kathi Jones, Advertising Chair-
man for the Riverfront Festival,
said that she hoped the Carrabelle
Chamber would pursue the article
in the Tallahassean and provide
information and photographs for
Sandi Crowder explained that she
and husband Jimmie Crowder
were sponsoring the Social at
Wicked Willie's on Tuesday,
March 6, 2001, and wanted to be
sure that members of the
Apalachicola Chamber of Com-
merce were invited to that social,
as well as members of the Carra-
belle Area Chamber of Commerce.
Consensus at the meeting of the
chamber last week was that the
food would be "delicious," because
"the food is always good when
Jimmie Crowder provides it."
President Ron Treutel reported
that progress was being made for
the Riverfront Festival and the
Apalachicola Antique and Classic
Boat Show, scheduled for Satur-
day, April 28, and it should be a
"fantastic day for Franklin County
and the maritime history that we
are celebrating here."

Sharks Win

Three In A Row

By Jimmy Elliott
On January 16, the Apalachicola
High Sharks basketball team
played the Bobcats of Monroe
High out of Quincy and were win-
ners in a game that turned out to
be more ofa match than expected.
The first period of play started out
very slow for both teams with the
two teams exchanging possession
of the ball ten times without a
score until the Sharks scored two
points. The first period remained
close and ended with the Sharks
holding a slim 11 to 9 lead.
The second period of play was
played just as close as the first
and the Sharks just couldn't seem
to find a rhythm and the scoring
see-sawed back and forth and
with the score tied 21 to 21 the
Sharks were guilty of a foul with
only thirty seconds remaining in
the first half. From the free throw
line the Bobcat shooter hit both
free shots to put Munroe up by
two. The Sharks took the ball out
and worked the ball down the
court and a three point shot at
the buzzer gave the Sharks back
the lead 24 to 23 to end the half.
The Sharks came out to start the
second half with an improved
game plan and began to score
more easily than in the first two
periods and at the end of the third
period they had extended their
lead by six points to end the pe-
riod 41 to 35. In the fourth period
of play the Sharks stepped up the
play and lead began to improve.
The Sharks closed out the game
with a 72 to 50 win over the Mon-
roe Bobcats. The Sharks' Tyler
Poloronis was the game's high
point man with 23, followed by
Shark Pat Lane.
On January 19, the Sharks took
on the Bulldogs of Liberty County
and the Sharks began the game
at a much faster pace as the
Sharks jumped out to a 7 to I lead
early. The first period saw Shark
Pat Lane as the main attacker for
the Shark team as the first period
ended in their favor 16 to 7. The

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ror of the second and third period
as the play from both teams was
hard fought for every point. The
Bulldogs had shortened the Shark
lead to three points and were in
possession of the ball with twenty
seconds remaining in the game
and tried for a three point shot to
tie the game but the shot missed
and the Sharks got the rebound.
With only ten seconds left the
Bulldogs purposely fouled to stop
the clock and hope for the Shark
shooter to miss from the free
throw line. Their wish was granted
as both free throws missed and
the Bulldogs got the rebound and
had one last shot to tie the game.
The shot came with about two
seconds remaining but it barely
missed ending the Bulldogs last
chance to tie the game and send
it into overtime. The Sharks held
on to win 59 to 56. Pat Lane was
the hot Shark of the game with
30 points followed by Timmy
Poloronis with 10.
The Sharks traveled to Carrabelle
on January 23 to play the Pan-
thers. The Sharks started quickly
and put a full court press on the
Panthers who seemed unable to
deal effectively with it and turned
the ball over on their first three
possessions and the Sharks
scored on every opportunity. Half
way through the first period the
Sharks had a 16 to 0 lead.
Following a time out the Panthers
regrouped, settled down and be-
gan to play better. The first pe-
riod of play ended with the Sharks
in front 29 to 13. In the middle of
the second period the Panthers
closed within nine points of the
Shark lead but before the half
came to a close the Sharks had
moved back to a commanding
lead as the first half ended 49 to
In the third period the Panther
defense held the Sharks to only 8
points but could only manage to
score 6 points on offense and the
period ended 57 to 31. The fourth
period of play found the Shark of-
fense finding some rhythm and
the lead widened to 85 to 44 as
the game ended. The hot Shark
of the night was Timmy Poloronis
with 21 points with his brother
Tyler right behind with 18 and
Dorian Evans with 15. High man
for the Panthers was Ken Franklin
with 12 and Curt Chisholm with

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Expulsion, Is Focus

At School Board


By Sue Riddle Cronkite
Discussion of the Educational Al-
ternative Plan and approval of
transfer of students was held at a
special meeting of the Franklin
County School Board, followed by
a closed expulsion hearing on
February 15 in the Brown El-
ementary School Media Center.
Board Member David Hinton
asked about funding of the "Road
to Success" alternative education
plan under the auspices of
Brenda Galloway, Nan Collins,
and B. Wilson. "There are 15 stu-
dents shown in the plan; is grant
money paying for this?" asked
"Grant money is paying for the
second staff person," said Mikel
Clark, assistant superintendent.
"Will the plan have to be re-done
every year?" asked Hinton,
"Yes," answered Clark.
"What if you had more students?"
asked Hinton.
"As for the plan, next year's staff-
ing would have to address that,"
answered Clark. "It is not an easy
task to arrange a special educa-
tion schedule, but money is
earned with students in regular
classes too." Since the plan is un-
der development, board questions
may be directed to Galloway,
Collins, and Wilson, or to staff
members, Clark told board mem-
Supt. Jo Ann Gander said Wilson
had sent a memo to board mem-
bers about a workshop, "Jot down
your questions, and we'll be glad
to address them if you can be at
the workshop," she said,
On Chairman Jimmy Gander's
announcement that the board
had three student transfer re-
quests, member Katie McKnight
made a motion to accept the
transfers, member George Th-
ompson seconded and the motion
passed with the dissenting vote of
Supt. Gander showed a publica-
tion SOAR where Franldin County
was highlighted and lauded a re-
port on the Carrabelle School's
food and nutrition program. Also
attending the special meeting
were board member Teresa Ann
Martin, Atty. Barbara Sanders,
and Sec. Charlotte Smith.
After the special meeting was ad-
journed, the expulsion hearing
opened with a sheriff s deputy,
parents, and student in atten-
dance. News media representa-
tives were asked to leave the
closed hearing.

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23 February 2001 Page 5

Government In The Sunshine

Based on a Seminar on Florida's Government-in-the-Sunshine
Laws by Barbara Peterson, Executive Director of Florida's First
Amendment Foundation
Publisher's Note: Ms. Peterson spoke recently at the R. J. Gray
Building, Tallahassee, on Monday, February 12, 2001. As you
will learn by reading this digest of her remarks, Florida is unique
among the 50 states in the access citizens enjoy to governmental
proceedings and records. In terms of complaints about access
questions, about 40% come from the citizens who are denied ac-
cess to local government or access to records of local govern-
ment. The Chronicle will publish her talk in two parts, with Part
I devoted to access to public meetings, and Part II focusing on the
Florida Public Records Law.
Byway of introduction, Ms. Peterson described the First Amendment
Foundation as a private non-profit organization based in Tallahas-
see, Florida. This was created in 1984 for the primary purpose of
publishing the Government in the Sunshine Manual, the cover of
which is depicted with this article. This is a comprehensive guide to
both Florida's Sunshine Law and the Public Records Law. The First
Amendment Foundations publishes the manual each year in coop-
eration with the Attorney General's Office. It is in a question and
answer format, and contains summarizations of all of the 750 excep-
tions to the Records Law.
The Foundation also publishes the Public Records Handbook a users
guide to the public records law. This lists the 100 most commonly
requested public records, tells you how to get them, where to get
them, and the information from those records.
The First Amendment Foundation is an advocate to the public's right
to oversee their government. They also operate a toll-free hotline for
applications of the Sunshine Law, started in 1995. The Foundation
averages about 100 calls per month on questions of public access to
meetings and records.
Her talk is organized by the two pieces of legislation covered in the
manual (1) the Sunshine Law and (2) the Public Records Law.
Barbara Peterson:
"Florida is unique in that we have the most open government laws in
the country. When I say open, I mean really open. During the election
hassles, people were stunned to learn about the FL Open Records
law and the Sunshine provisions. A woman, 82, in Naples who said to
me, I want to count the ballots-myself. "How do I do it?" The answer:
Go down to your Supervisor of Elections and request the county, and
you can count. A Press corps in FL very used to this. Press corps in
other states was stunned.
There are only three or four other states that actually have Constitu-
tional guarantees of access. But, these are general in nature and very
limited in their applications.
In Florida, under Article 1, Section 24 of the Florida Constitution, we
have the right to access of records of all three branches of State gov-
ernment; the legislature, the judicial and the executive. That is com-
pletely unique."
Under the Federal Freedom of Information Act, you have the right of
access to the records of the Executive Branch of Federal government;
not the Judiciary and not Congress.
"There is no other state in this country that gives you a Constitu-
tional right of access to the records of all three branches of govern-
"Section 24 also stipulates that all meetings of any collegial body of
the Executive Branch of state government or any county, municipal-
ity school district or special district at which official acts are to be
taken, or public business is to be transacted or discussed shall be
open, and noticed to the public unless there is a specific Constitu-
tional or Statutory exemption. So, while the records portion applies
to all three branches the meetings provision applies only to local gov-
ernments and executive agencies. And, that's because there are other
provisions in the Constitution that apply to meetings of the Legisla-
ture (Article 3) and Judiciary (Article 4)."




2001 Edition

A Reference For Compliance
with Florida's Public Records
and Open Meetings Laws

Volume 23

Access To Public Meetings In Florida
State Policy: Florida's Sunshine. (Open Meetings) Law, section
286.011, Florida Statutes, requires that all meetings of state agen-
cies and local government boards or commissions be open to the public
unless there is a specific statutory exemption.
Application: Generally applies to any meeting of two (2) or more offi-
cials of any public agency, any private company doing business on
behalf of a public agency, and any advisory board or committee with
the power or authority to make recommendations to a public agency.
NOTE: The function of a board or committee, as well as its composi-
tion, can trigger application of the Sunshine Law.

Procedural Requirements
Reasonable Notice: Notice must be sufficient so as to inform mem-
bers of the public who might be interested in attending the meeting.
Minutes: Minutes of all meetings must be taken. Generally, minutes
become a public record at the conclusion of the meeting.
Public Participation: Members of the public and press cannot be
asked to leave an open meeting unless disruptive. Also, unobtrusive
camera and video equipment cannot be prohibited.



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Exemptions: There is a presumption of openness in Florida, mean-
ing that all meetings between two or more members of the same board
or commission are presumed subject to the Sunshine Law unless
there is a specific statutory exemption. Only the legislature can cre-
ate an exemption to the law.
Sanctions: An unintentional violation of the Sunshine Law is a non-
criminal infraction, punishable by a fine of up to $500. A knowing
violation of the law is a second degree misdemeanor, carrying a jail
term of up to 60 days and/or a fine of not more than $500. Any
action taken at a meeting held in violation of the Sunshine Law will
be voided by the court.

The Three Basic Requirements
Barbara Peterson:
"There are only three basic requirements under the Florida Sunshine
Law. (1) Meetings of public agencies must be open to the public. When
two or more officials of the same collegial body an agency, a board, a
commission, or a committee-are meeting to discuss any issue that
may come before the board. I want to stress "discuss." A lot of people
erroneously believe that the Sunshine Law applies only when boards,
or commissions are going to take action. But, the Constitutional guar-
antees says it applies when official acts are to be taken OR meetings
where public business is to be transacted OR discussed. In other
words, we have a right of access to the entire deliberative process, not
just those meetings where action is going to be taken." (2) Reasonable
Notice of such meetings must be given. Reasonable is not defined in
the law. (3) Minutes of the meeting must be taken.
Absent a specific statutory exemption, those minutes become public
record at the conclusion of the meeting. The public does not have to
wait until those minutes have been transcribed or ratified in order to
obtain a copy. They become a public record at the conclusion of the
meeting. That's not to say that we can come running up to the po-
dium as soon as the gavel pounds and demand a copy right then. We
have a reasonable right of access to public records."
"It also means we don't have to wait until those minutes are
transcribed or officially adopted or approved at the next meet-
ing-before we can get a copy.
There's one little city in central Florida that uses an antiquated re-
cording device to record its meetings. That recording device cannot
playback the tapes they use. so, they are 6 months behind in tran-
scribing the minutes of their meetings ... We don't have to wait 6
months ... .o get minutes to those meetings. They will have to make
some reasonable accommodation to provide access to get reasonable
access the minutes of those meetings."
"The fact is that the Sunshine Law crosses state boundaries. I get a
lot of questions from Northwest Florida about meetings held on Fed-
eral Reservations where say for example the Navy is asking members
of the county commission to come on to the Naval Base for a meeting.
Yet, the Sunshine Law would apply. The county would have to make
reasonable accommodations so that the public would, feel free to at-
tend. In south Florida, I get the gated community. Can the public
come into the gated community to attend the meeting? It's o.k. so
long as the public feels free to attend the meeting. In a gated commu-
nity, it does not appear to be a big a problem as it is on a military
base. I would suggest that the local officials try to get the Navy to
"come to them", so that the public is free to attend the meeting. To
exclude the public from a meeting on a military base, there has to be
a statutory exemption."
"Florida's Sunshine Law can apply to businesses doing business on
behalf of government agencies. There is a list of nine factors that the
Court will look at in determining whether the Sunshine Law or the
Public Records law apply to private companies. The first and most
important question we have to is 'Has there been some delegation of
governmental duty or authority?'
If there is no delegation of duty or authority, then we don't even get tol
the nine factors. As government privatizes its service, those private
companies delegated the authority will be subject to the Sunshine
Law and the public records law in Florida. Otherwise, we would have
government run by private companies would be no oversight, no ac-
countability. We want to make sure that the entire deliberative pro-
cess is subject to the Sunshine Law."
"Advisory boards and committees formed for the purposes of making
recommendations back to a governmental agency will be subject to
the Sunshine Law in Florida. For example, if a group of parents got
together on their own initiative and made a recommendation there is
no delegation of governmental authority-the Sunshine Law would
not apply. The key is the delegation of governmental duty that trig-
gers the law.
The Sunshine Law would not apply if the advisory board is merely
"fact-finding" ; no recommendations are included in their report. Sun-
shine does not apply to fact-finding. If an advisory committee on se-
lecting facts about four possible sites for new construction, the Board
could take a bus trip. to find facts, and Sunshine would not apply if
they did not, as a group, discuss school board business, but merely
"found facts". They can travel to the different sites "finding facts", but
if they discuss school board business, then the Sunshine Law ap-
"Staffs are not subject to the Sunshine Law, generally speaking. They
are subject to the Records requirements. If staff has been delegated
decision-making authority, their activities MIGHT be subject to the
Sunshine Law. There are no general personnel exceptions under the
Sunshine Law. For example, three staff members asked by a govern-
mental body to search, identify and rank candidates for City Manager
are subject to the Sunshine Law intervenes, exit interviews, even some
disciplinary hearings will be subject to the Sunshine Law."
But, the regular "first Monday of every month staff meeting" is NOT
subject to the Sunshine Law."
"A meeting between the city manager and the Mayor, or a member of
the City Commission, is NOT subject to the Sunshine Law, as a rule.
In other words, the City Manager could go to every member of the city
commission-let's say there is a big meeting coming up, controver-
sial-and discuss the controversial issue. He goes to the next mem-
ber of the Commission...The Sunshine Law does not apply in these 1
on 1 meetings. But, if the City Manager goes to each of the Commis-
sioners individually and asks them "how are you going to vote on this.
issue", or "what do you think about it?" and so on down the line. In
this example, he conducts the individual conversations as if there
were a meeting of the whole. In this case, the City Manager is acting


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Planning Stage Complete For

Courtyard On St. George

By Tom Campbell
With final bids now coming in, a
new commercial development on
St. George Island is prepared to
complete its planning stage. De-
velopers Thom and Mary Baird
received the needed zoning
change, variance and site plan
approval from Franklin County
last year.
Said developer Thom Baird,
"Many of our friends in Franklin
County are excited that a full ser-
vice fitness center will soon be
available. We are 'beginning to
think we will have as many cus-
tomers from the health conscious
people living full-time in the com-
munity as we will have from the
tourists. Of course we will have
membership plans available for
Approval for a new state-of-the-
art "Performance Based Advanced
Wastewater Treatment Plant" has
been granted to the developers
from the State of Florida.
The treatment plant is a five-stage
filtration system that basically
renders the effluent as potable
water. This type of system is be-
ing successfully used in highly
environmentally sensitive areas of
South Florida, with testing results
falling within required guidelines.
The developers plan to use the
effluent in a specially designed
underground irrigation system for
the extensive landscaping
planned in the courtyard portion
of the property.
The current estimate for the treat-
ment plant, irrigation system and
four rainwater cisterns to supple-
ment the irrigation system is
$92,000. Those involved with the
project have stated that, although
expensive, the hope is that the
long-term benefits of the system
will outweigh the initial cost.
Mary Baird said, "Our architect,
Larry Burke of Architecture by the
Sea, has done a great job of fit-
ting a lot of uses into seven com-
mercial lots. And our builder, Carl
Hoffman, Inc., is really looking out
for us in trying to keep the costs
in a range we will be able to
In addition to the fitness center,
plans for the development include
"Juice and Java by the Sea,"
which is a specialty coffee/juice
bar shop now located on the is-
land at East Gorrie near Second
Street. Also, 'Total Photo," will be
included in the development. 'To-
tal Photo" is a film processing and
printing shop that will be expand-
ing to service all possible film for-
mats, including digital download-
ing, processing, storage and
The Bairds also said that a mas-
sage studio and several of the
other beauty services you would
expect in the health spa environ-
ment are also planned."

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The advanced wastewater treat-
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St. George Island is nearing the
completion of construction. The
treatment plant is seeking a per-
mitted capacity of 30,000 gallons
per day, with a disposal capacity
of absorption beds at 90,000 gal-
lons per day.
The Department of Environmen-
tal Protection (DEP) permit origi-
nally issued for the plant is in a
renewal process that has not yet
been completed. A spokesperson
for DEP told the Chronicle that
the paperwork for the renewal was
expected to be returned to DEP
by the end of February, and then J
DEP would, in their deliberations,
make a decision about renewal or I
possibly rejection. The permitees
designated in the paperwork are
Ben Johnson and David E. Wilder.
Public Notice would then be given
concerning the permit, and a
14-day period would elapse before
the DEP decision on renewal
would become official. A public
hearing must be requested within
that 14-day period, following a

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There has been one complaint
raised against the project dealing
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question of flooding during
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The treatment plant will have pro-
visions for pretreatment, equaliza-
tion; nitrification, reaeration, sec-
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digestion, according to the permit.
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Florida Fisherman's
Federation Annual
Meeting Brings
Charges Of Delay
From Fisher
At the annual meeting of the
Florida Fisherman's Federation
annual convention dinner, held at
Posey's on the Bay on February
8, 2001 there were featured legal
updates by Steven Glazer and
Ronald Mowrey.
Glazer is representing Ray
Pringle, the Federation President,
in a litigation involving the Ameri-
cans With Disabilities Act and the
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC), arguing that
Pringle should be able to use a
rectangular net instead of having
to throw a cast net for mullet fish-
ing. Glazer charged that the FWC
and the Marine Patrol are "over-
charging" fishermen with cita-
Ronald Mowrey is representing
Gulf County fisherman Lamar
Moore in a federal and state liti-
gation. Moore was stung by a stin-
gray while being arrested by a
Florida Marine Patrol officer to
retrieve his nets without any
medical aid offered to help Moore.
Mowrey has also represented Ray
Pringle and Ron Crum in a cir-
cuit court case in Wakulla
County, seeking a declaratory
judgment on the legality of a rect-
angular net, now set for trial in

April. Mowrey is also represent-
ing Ron Crum in a net case be-
fore County Judge Walker next
week, on February 19. They are
seeking a declaration that a rect-
angular net of 500 square feet or
less with a two inch mesh is a le-
gal net.
Mowrey also referred to the un-
marked boats and camouflaged
Marine Patrol Officers referenced
in an editorial published in the
Chronicle in the last issue (Feb-
ruary 9), referred ,by Ron Crum
as a "Swat team." Mowrey said the
state enforcement agency, the
FWC and Marine Patrol have "de-
clared war on the fishermen."
In the Lamar Moore case, two
weeks ago, a federal judge in
Gainesville denied motions for
summary judgment on behalf of
the officers arresting Moore while
a sting ray attacked him, the ar-
resting officers apparently show-
ing some indifference to Moore's
plight. He was bleeding profusely
and medical treatment was de-
layed for over two hours. The state
moved for a summary judgment
arguing that the arresting offic-
ers should have a qualified immu-
nity in the case. A portion of the
case is also being heard in Gulf
County. In the meantime, the
State of Florida has appealed the
ruling to the' federal District Court
of Appeals in Atlanta. Ron
Mowrey, representing Moore, has
complained that the State is de-
laying the case with such tactics.

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as a conduit from one Commissioner to the next, providing inlorma-
tion from one Commissioner to another. When staff is being used as
a conduit, or as a liaison, between members of a board or a commis-
sion, those activities will be subject to the requirement of the Sun-
shine Law."
"A telephone cannot be used to avoid a meeting. E-mail cannot be
used to avoid a meeting. The Attorney General has ruled that a single
Commissioner may communicate with other Commissioners on how
he or she feels about a particular issue, they may issue a memoran-
dum to all Commissioners. That paper becomes a public record. But
they should not solicit a response in doing so. Commissioners are
free to say "This is what I think." But if he also asks "What do you
think?" then a violation of the law has occurred."
There are two situations that will not invoke the Sunshine require-
ment when there is a meeting of two or more members of the same
board. (1) Fact-finding and (2) social situations. Sunshine Law does
not apply to social situations. Even if two Commissioners are married
to each other, they may not discuss public business between them-
selves without violating the Sunshine law.

Reasonable Notice
Barbara Peterson:
Reasonable notice is not defined in the Statute, but such notice must
be given for all meetings. The Clerks have said "reasonable notice
means notice sufficient so as to inform members of the public who
may be interested in attending." The Administrative Procedures Act
defines notice requirements for those agencies. The Attorney General
recommends that an Agenda be included in the Notice. This is not
required by law, only recommended. The Sunshine Law does NOT
preclude a board or commission from taking up an item not included
in the Agenda, or in the Notice to The Sunshine Law does not make
any distinctions to regular meetings, special meetings,
emergency-meetings or workshops. It simply says when two or more
commissioners meet, it is a meeting subject to the sunshine law re-
quirements. You must give reasonable notice. Is the notice reason-
able under the circumstances? Notice provided only to the Al news-
paper is NOT reasonable. This is the public's right of access."


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The Public's Right to Participate
Barbara Peterson:
Generally speaking, the public cannot be asked to leave during a
public meeting. However, reasonable rules requiring orderly behavior
may be adopted. The public cannot be prohibited from videotaping a
meeting, tape recording a meeting or photographing a meeting so
long as their activities are not disruptive. There is a prohibition in
Florida about tape recording a conversation unless all parties to the
conversation agree to the recording. That is specifically not appli-
cable to open public meetings. So, it-is perfectly 0. K. to video or
audio tape a public meeting."
"In terms of the public's right to speak, the Court have said .. the
right to speak...is a fundamental right. But the judicial cases have
not given any guidelines about how that right is to be interpreted or
applied. This complaint comprises the largest number of calls re-
ceived at the First Amendment offices-citizens telephoning us about
being shut out of local meetings. For example, a school board in
Alachua County passed a rule saying you can speak everybody gets
to speak for three minutes-but we will not accept any criticism from
any member of the audience. (Laughter). A little town in southwest
Florida adopted a rule saying Tom Brown can't speak. (Laughter). Mr.
Brown apparently got up at every meeting and took his 2-3 minutes
to remind the City Commission that the Mayor was a convicted felon.
Rules must be reasonable. They must be content neutral. They
must be person neutral and they must be uniformity applied."
'There is a presumption of openness in Florida. All meetings are open
unless there is a specific statutory exemption. Only the Legislature
can create an exemption, to the Sunshine Law. You cannot close a
meeting simply to avoid discussing records that are exempt from public
exposure UNLESS there is a specific statutory exemption for the meet-
ing too. You must have the statutory authority to do so if the meeting
is to be closed."

An unintentional violation of the Sunshine Law is a non-criminal in-
fraction punishable by a fine of up to $500. An intentional violation is
a 2nd degree misdemeanor which carries a jail term of up to 60 days
and a fine of not more than $500. Any public official who is found to
intentionally violate the Sunshine Law can be removed from office.
We've never had anyone go to jail for an intentional violation. We've
had a school board member go to jail for violating the public records
Part II (Access To Public Records) will be featured in the
Chronicle issue of March 9, 2001.

Helpful Citations
Constitutional Amendment: Article I. section 24
Sunshine Law: Section 286.011, Florida Statutes
Public Records Law: Chapter 119, Florida Statutes
Legislative Records: Section 11.043 1, Florida Statutes
Judicial Records: Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.051

Helpful Publications
Government in the Sunshine Manual Cost:
Florida Public Records Handbook
Cost: $22.95
To order, call the First Amendment Foundation at (850) 224-4555.

Helpful Contacts
First Amendment Foundation/FOI Hotline
In Florida: (800) 337-3518
Elsewhere: (850) 222-3518 (Tallahassee)
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More and more exemptions to the Sunshine Law are requiring some
kind of transcript of the closed session.

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Thursday, February 15,
By Eunice Hartmann

A challenging and informative
agenda followed the usual deli-
cious pot luck supper. Chairman
Charles Brannon introduced
speaker Elizabeth Kirvin, chair-
person and board member of Bay
Community Charter School, a
public school with no tuition and
open to all within space and staff
limitations. Starting in August a":.
K-3 school will open its doors in
the community center building in
Battery. Park.
Charter schools must be approved
by the-Board of Education in the
area they serve, however they:
have their own Board who are
unpaid volunteers. Funds for this
undertaking are initially provided
through a 2 year Federal Start Up
Grant of $70,000 each year. Ms.'
Kirvin is actively pursuing other
grant money available through
the State. A sum of money is also
allocated by Franklin County'
School Board for each child's edu-
cation in Franklin County public
schools. Church affiliated schools
are private and do not qualify for
public money for their students.
A Charter School has the freedom
of creating its own curriculum
and methods of teaching, how-
ever, attending students must
take the mandated Sunshine
State Standard Tests. Supporters
feel that charter school educated
students, their teachers and par-
ents will be held to a higher stan-
dard of accountability than
non-charter school students.
Tests will be given upon entry to
school, at mid-term and at the
conclusion of the year. Students
not having success academically
will receive extra help on a regu-
lar after-school basis.
An important requirement of the
charter school is that each child's
parent or other caretaker must
participate in the education pro-
cess at the school in some way.
Another component of the school
plan is to teach morals, citizen-
ship, respect, honesty and loyalty
among other universally held val-
ues. Ms. Kirvin made it clear that
their values will not reflect a par-
ticular religion or way of think-
The curriculum is going to be a
theme based or holistic approach
to learning. For instance, the topic
would be the study of the tides,
or water quality during different
seasons, ecological concerns of a
specific nature, the art of dance,
drama or drawing. The' class
would read about the topic, learn
the science involved with the
topic, relate math to the topic,
write about the topic and do fur-
ther research as challenge
projects. It would be all-inclusive
learning with a multidimensional

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of study.
Students will be selected on a
first-come first-served basis. Cer-
tified teachers will carry out the
programs with assistance of vol-
unteers and professionals in the
field of, study. Florida has ap-
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last 3 years. There are few stud-
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Charter School education with
traditional public school or pri-
vate schools.
Parson Brinkhoffs resident engi-
neer, Bryan Estock, responsible
for the construction of the new
bridge and the demolition of the
old bridge, presented a progress
report. Though the project has
been moving forward since 1999,
we can now see a line of uneven
height pilings. These are test pil-
ings and have instrumentation
attached to them to test the prod-
uct and environmental impact.
They will become part of the per-
manent structure and leveled off.
These pilings go down 60-70 feet
into the bay bottom. When the
existing bridge was built in 1965
it was considered state of the art
construction. Newer technologies
addressed problems the old
bridge has of salt erosion and
weight damage. The cylinders you
now see are prefabricated in 16'
sections which are spun as they
are cast. Using the centrifugal
force, the special cement spreads
into the smallest crevice or
cranny. The rebars are not tradi-
tional but spun wire inside the
cylinder and cement which gives
vertical strength not just lateral.
Another material of silica base is
spun inside to complete the pro-
cess. This is designed to eliminate
the permeation and degradation
of the pilings as they age in a salt
water environment.
The side roads will be used tem-
porarily to facilitate the building
of the connection of bridge to land.
Delays can be expected from now
to completion plus a REDUCED
SPEED LIMIT will be imple-
mented. Unfortunately there have
been recent accidents on the
bridge. Many drivers are staring
at what is going on out there and
paying less attention to driving

Hearing On

Quo Warranto
By Rene Topping
A hearing, presided over by Judge
Steinmeyer, was held in the
Grand Jury room at the Franklin
County Courthouse on Tuesday,
February 20, starting at one
o'clock. The hearing was to settle
a long drawn out controversy that
has been fired up between the
City of Carrabelle Commission
and the Carrabelle Port and Air-
port (CPAA).
The hearing lasted five hours of
hearing testimony from four of the
Carrabelle City Commission,
Mayor Wilburn Curley Messer,
Rita Prentice, Frank Mathes and
Raymond Williams; Rebecca
(Beckey) Jackson, City Clerk and
Auditor, a former City and CPAA
employee Mary -Jane Kitamura,
Donald Wood, Barry Woods,
George Maler and Pat Maler.
City of Carrabelle Attorney Dou-
glas Gaidry and CPAA Attorney
Ann Cowles were the opposing
Judge Steinmeyer had a few
words of advice for the two law-
yers as he closed the hearing. He
has given them until March 9 to
prepare and file a brief. He spoke
also to some of the other people
who were present as he tried to
bring the two sides into some ac-
The controversy has been raging
over several years since June 1,
1998, when Williams sprang a
surprise motion to appoint four
people, Donald wood, William
Massey, Sid Winchester, and Ri-
chard Molsbee, (the last two with-
drew almost immediately.) Will-
iams went on to again surprise the
audience by appointing two more
to replace, Fred White and Ivan

Fishing Vessel Burs To Water Line;

3 Crewmen Rescued

Coast Guard and Navy rescue
units worked as a team to rescue
three fishermen whose 83-foot
shrimp boat engulfed in flames in
the Gulf of Mexico Thursday
night, February 8th, approxi-
mately 60 miles south of
Choctawhatchee Bay, FL. An
emergency positioning indicating
radio beacon (E.P.I.R.B.) and dis-
tress flares aided in the rescue of
the men.
Eighth Coast Guard District com-
mand center personnel received
an emergency signal via an
E.P.I.R.B. alerting them to a pos-
sible distress at sea from the fish-
ing vessel TOAD about 8 p.m.
Thursday. They researched the
distress call, learning the previ-
ous owners of the vessel sold it
five years earlier and didn't know
who currently owned it.
Unable to confirm TOAD's dis-
tress, the watchstanders re-
quested a Coast Guard jet from
Aviation Training Center (ATC)
Mobile, AL, divert from their train-
ing mission and investigate the
fishing vessel's distress signal.
The jet crew arrived over TOAD
and saw it engulfed in flames. The
aircrew also saw two faint lights
approximately 100 and 200 yards
from the burning vessel.
The jet crew dropped a liferaft and
a data-marker-buoy near the
lights. They also requested a sec-
ond jet from ATC, a helicopter
from Coast Guard Air Station New
Orleans and the Coast Guard
Cutter STINGRAY. A helicopter air
rescue crew from Naval Air Sta-

tion (NAS) Pensacola, FL, also re-
sponded as requested by the
Coast Guard.
The first jet returned for fuel but
was relieved by the second jet
crew who saw at least one flare
being fired from the water. The
NAS helicopter arrived about
11:15 p.m. and safely hoisted
three Vietnamese fishermen into
their helicopter; two from the wa-
ter and one from a liferaft. It's
unknown if the liferaft belonged
to the TOAD or if it was the Coast
A Navy corpsman aboard the res-
cue helicopter said all three suf-
fered from mild hypothermia. All
three were delivered to, Baptist
Hospital in Pensacola, FL for
medical attention.
The remaining rescue units were
not needed and returned to base.
TOAD burned to the waterline,
and at last report, was smolder-
ing and adrift. Coast Guard offi-
cials issued a broadcast notice to
mariners, warning them of the
hazard to navigation and remain-
ing two drifting liferafts. The
cause of the fire is under investi-
gation by personnel from the Ma-
rine Safety Office, Mobile, AL.
At the survivor debrief, the fish-
:ermen said they fired 13 distress
flares which correlated to several
reports Coast Guard officials re-
ceived from people on Panama
City Beach, FL, Thursday night.
The new distress flares are able
to reach 800 feet and burn for 10

Apalachicola Hospital Lease Changes

By Sue Riddle Cronkite
Over the objections of chairman
Eddie Creamer, the Franklin
County Commission, voted to ac-
cept assignment of the lease for
Weems Memorial Hospital in
Apalachicola from Centennial
Corp. to Michael Lake's DasSee
Community Health Systems. By
this action, the commission em-
phasized that Centennial is not
being released from payment of
bills owed.
Several people spoke against the
hospital, citing lack of supplies
and equipment, and several criti-
cized the ambulance system. Cen-
tennial Atty. Mike Riley defended
the firm and pointed to improve-
ments made since the firm took
Lake said his organization has
already acquired hospitals in
Quincy and Blountstown and
wishes to add the Apalachicola
facility. He said Centennial is fo-
cusing on its nursing homes and
is no longer interested in operat-
ing hospitals. DasSee's action is
a management takeover," he said.
"From clinical aspects there are a
lot of people who have been saved
by what has happened at that
hospital," said Lake.
It was voted by the Commission
that each member would appoint
a member to serve on an advisory
board to the hospital, with one at
large. Members are to bring their
recommendations to the next
commission meeting.
Frieda White told a horror story

about an ambulance not having
money to put diesel fuel in it and
her husband having to be trans-
ferred to a different ambulance
several months ago. Other criti-
cisms were voiced about the am-
bulance service with emphasis on
dedication and excellence of per-
sonnel pointed out. Ginger
Conrad, director of nurses told of
many improvements to the hos-
pital and recent education classes
or nurses which she said "puts
the nurses at a level with a much
larger hospital." She pleaded with
people to use the hospital and see
for themselves. "Susan Ficklen is
committed," she said. She asked
that patients and local residents
come to her with complaints and
recommendations. She said the
internal process in ensuring that
patients get the best of care is in
place. "'Give us a chance," she
Lake talked about the money al-
ready spent at the hospital and
outlined plans for more improve-
ments. Lake will also be respon-
sible for straightening out prob-
lems with the Emergency Medi-
cal Service. Commissioners at the
public hearing, in addition to
Chairman Creamer, included
Cheryl Sanders, Clarence Will-
iams, Bevin Putnal, and Jimmy
Mosconis. The commission vowed
to keep up with what happens at
the hospital through the new ad-
visory board.

Larimore Youth Charged With Murder

William E. Larimore, 19 years of
age, was arrested and charged
with first degree murder in the
shooting death of Louis Blaske,
Jr., 18, on February 10th.
Blaske was killed by a gun shot
to the head on January 24th at a
residence on River Road in Car-
rabelle. A juvenile witness, name
withheld, has told authorities one
version of the shooting, contra-
dicted by another statement given
by Larimore to authorities. When
the Chronicle called the Sheriffs
Department last week, one of the
investigating officers said that the
search for independent evidence
showing intent, necessary to sus-

tain a first degree murder charge
in court, had not turned up any
additional evidence to show that
the shooting was something other
than an accident-a conclusion
initially reached by some investi-
The initial statement by the juve-
nile witness tended to confirm the
defendant's version of events,
then a few days later, the juvenile
witness recanted his statement,
and gave authorities a new state-
ment that contradicted the
defendant's statement.
Larimore is being held without
bond in the Franklin County Jail.

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Water And

Sewer Meeting

By Rene Topping
The February 16th meeting of the
Lanark Village Water and Sewer
Board gave rise to much discus-
sion ofthe future of the district
in the rapid developments in the
district and near neighborhood.
There was no audience present as
Board Chairman Jim Lawlor,
Greg Yancey, (the third board
member, Jeanette Pedder was ex-
cused), their attorney Tommy Th-
ompson, Engineer Richard
Musgrove and the district's two
employees, Kenny Griswold and
Donny Griswold, talked over prob-
Lawlor brought up the uncer-
tainty of whether the St. James
Bay project, now apparently close
to ground breaking, is going to re-
quest water service from the dis-
trict. He said that a proposal
made by Freda White who is man-
aging the St James project would
need to come up with better fig-
ures before the district could be
in a position to serve them, He
reiterated that he would be
pleased to serve them if the two
entities can come to a conclusion.
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around the district by other dis-
tricts," in fact "locking in" the La-
nark Village Water and Sewer Dis-
trict. He said that should there be
an effort set forth to.do this, he
will push the franchising. The at-
torney agreed that the district is
not in any position where they can
finance water to the upcoming.St.
James Bay project. Engineer
Musgrove said that "The offer was
marginal and there was no way I
could recommend the proposal to
the board." He then went through
a list of expenses that would be
involved. The board decided to
request that their attorney take
over this matter and write a letter
to St. James Bay developers to
find out their position.
The district have obtained some
of the equipment that the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection
(DEP) deemed necessary on one
of their inspections. Such equip-
ment includes one set of SCUBA
(Self Contained Underwater
Breathing Apparatus) equipment
for employees for underwater
work, scales, a means to calibrate
the chlorine amongst other needs.
it was stated that'the fans to the
generator had been replaced.
Lawlor and Yancey decided to re-
quest that the District Operator,
Wayne Conrad of Technologies
Services, who works on contract
with the district, that he go over
the whole system and check ev-
erything out and report to the
board at a future meeting.
Insurance rates have risen for the
district by $5,000 and on a re-
quest from Yancey it was decided
that the district insure for replace-
ment of equipment and buildings.
A request will be made to the in-
surance company to give them
rates to do this.

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They have said that they will con-
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Presently, Me. Pedder is ill and
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person, Yancey is no longer resid-
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persons present at a meeting to
vote. Lawlor stated that he would
not be able to make a meeting in
March so the board voted to can-
cel that meeting until the regular
one in April on the third Friday
(April 21) at 3 p.m. in Chillas Hall.

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pounds of unused produce pro-
viding more than 7 million serv-
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Florida last year.
Over 96 billion pounds of produce
_from America's farms are left in
the fields or rejected as unmar-
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includes tomatoes that aren't per-
fectly round, potatoes that are too
small, etc. This is nutritious,
healthy food, and it is wasted.
Approximately 20% of the crop is
left in the field when the commer-
cial harvest is completed. The
Society of St. Andrews coordi-
nates the teams of volunteer
"gleaners" who go into the fields,
orchards and groves to gather the
food left behind and then distrib-
utes it to, soup kitchens, food
banks, church food pantries,
homeless shelters, community
action centers or wherever it is

For more information the public
is invited to attend the Church
supper and bring a dish to share.
Or you can contact Dick Mead at
the Society of St. Andrew. 3383
Sweet Hollow Road, Big Island,
Virginia 24526. The Church is
located at 201 E. Gulf Beach Dr.
on St. George Island.

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priced not less than $1500.
Must be seen to be appreciated.
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To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
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You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
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The Professional Cookers may
assemble their booths as late as
Saturday morning, but the booths
may be constructed beginning at
12 noon on Friday.
On Saturday morning, amateur
chili cookers will have their own
competition starting at 9:30
a.m.-the Crock Pot Chili compe-
tition. This can be "on site" or pre-
pared at home; a $5.00 entry fee
is required. First, Second and
Third places will be honored with
plaques. The chili will eventually
be sold after judging; proceeds go
to the Cookoff.
While Chili is the featured food,
there will be other concessions
including a bake shop, John and
Nell Spratt's fabulous chicken and
dumplings, and Dominic's chili.
About mid-morning, the profes-

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roomy "a must see". Property is cleared with water oaks, pine
trees and live oaks overlooking the bay. $495,000.
"MovE IN SPECIAL"-Beacon Ridge Phase I, mobile home fur-
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. sional cookers will meet for last
minute coordinations before the
competition begins. The winner
From this competition will go to
the national competition in Reno.
While the chili is brewing, the
auction featuring about 200 items
will begin under the big tent. This
year, some effort will be made to
cater to the auction audience by
having runners available for pro-
curing those special treats with-
out losing your auction seat un-
der the big top.
Around Noon, the judging for Miss
.Chili Pepper and Mister Hot Sauce
will begin. At 2:00 p.m., the pro-
fessional cooking will stop, and
the judging begins. At 3:30 p.m.
the judges' decision will be made
in the Chili judging area.

Cookoff Planners on the other side of the table, from left:
Eunice Hartmann, Jayne Bamforth, Harry Arnold, David
Fulmer, Lee Edmiston, Ollie Gunn, Sr., and (back to camera)
Jay Abbott.

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Cookoff Planning Directors, (facing the camera, from the
left) Harry Arnold, David Fulmer, Lee Edmiston, Ollie Gunn,
Sr., Jay Abbott. They meet weekly at the Island Oasis.

Biff Newsham

Gallery Open House
from Page 1
to ensure years of enjoyment
without fading. The prints are ex-
posed using the LightJet 5000
high resolution laser digital en-
larger, available at only a few labo-
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States. Light fading tests predict
a display life of 60 years for
FujiColor Crystal Archive Paper
compared to 29 years for
Ilfochrome and only 14 years for
Ektacolor prints.
Spohrer is a member of Florida

Jan Adkins discusses John Spohrer's
Open House Friday.

Outdoor Writers Association, and
author of the book Fish St. George
Island, Florida. He has written,
"...I believe we have a tremendous
challenge on the Forgotten Coast
to preserve and nurture our wild
areas and creatures... I hope that
my photographs and the stories
behind them will both educate
and motivate thoughtful behavior
in this wild and beautiful land."
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with anecdotes. These were
more like conversations,
and Bob Edwards of Morn-
ing Edition (National Public
Radio) joined him during the
broadcasts. This is Ed-
wards's memoir of that ra-
dio friendship. Sold nation-
ally for $21.00. Bookshop
price = $11.95. Hardcover,
240 pp, published by Simon
and Schuster. Special price
when purchased with
Lylah, a memoir by Lylah
Barber = $16.95.

(48) New. Give War a
Chance by P. J. O'Rourke.
A political humorist
O'Rourke does for the world
in this book what he did for
the U. S. Government in
As he puts it, "Eyewitness
accounts of mankind's
struggle against tyranny, in-
justice and alcohol-free
beer." Sold nationally for
$20.95. Bookshop
price = $10.95. 233pp.

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(52) My American Journey:
Colin Powell with Joseph E.
Persico. In time for the po-
litical season, Colin Powell
is also the embodiment of
the American Dream. Born
in Harlem to immigrant par-
ents from Jamaica, he knew
the rough life of the streets.
For the first time, he tells us
"how it happened" in a
memoir distinguished by a
love of country and family,
warm good humor and a
soldier's directness. He
writes of the anxieties and
missteps as well as the tri-
umphs that marked his rise
to four-star general, Na-
tional Security Advisor,
Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, mastermind
of Desert Storm, and some
argue, the man many would
like to draft as a candidate
for President of the United
States. Sold nationally for
$25.95. Bookshop price =
$20.95. Hardcover.




with Joseph E. Pcrsico'

(114) To the Golden Cities:
Pursuing the American
Jewish Dream in Miami
and Los Angeles by
Deborah Dash Moore. Pub-
lished by the Free Press, a
Division of Macmillan,
1994, 358 pp. Hardcover.
Published nationally for
$22.95. This book is about
the second Jewish migra-
tion into the south and
southwest U. S. This move
turned out to be as signifi-
cant as their ancestor's de-
parture from their tradi-
tional worlds. Miami and L.
SA. were "frontier towns"
with few rules for newcom-
ers. Bookshop price =

(192) Vivian Sherlock's bi-
ography of John Gorrie,
The Fever Man, is available
once again after being
out-of-print for more than
a decade. This is the story
of John Gorrie, young phy-
sician who invented an "ice
machine" that many argue
was a forerunner to air con-
ditioning dozens of years
later. His cooling device was
developed to provide relief
to his suffering yellow fever
patients. A museum in
Apalachicola to this day
marks the work of John
Gorrie just across from his
last resting place in Gorrie
Square, down from Trinity
Church. This book tells
what is now known about
Dr. Gorrie, his work and his
ice machine. Paperback,
New, 151 pp. Bookshop
price = $10.00

A Biography of Dr John Gorrie

(183) Florida Lighthouses
by Kevin McCarthy; Paint-
ings by William L. Trotter.
A concise history of
Florida's 30 lighthouses
and one light station. Also
contains maps and dire
actions for reaching each
lighthouse along with info
about tours and fees. Pa-
perback, 1990, 134 pp. 30
color illustrations. Sold na-
tionally for $12.95. Book-
shop price = $10.00

(140) History of the Second
Seminole War, 1835-1842,
Revised Edition, by John K.
Mahon. Paperback, Univer-
sity of Florida Press, 1985,
391 pp. Georgia Historical
Quarterly: "Mahon has
studied all of the available
documentary, manuscript,
and printed works on the
subject to produce a full ac-
count of the origin, progress
and conclusion of the war."
This is a valuable addition
to your Florida history col-
lection. Sold nationally for
$19.00. Bookshop price =

(184) Florida's History
Through Its Places. Prop-
erties in the National Reg-
ister of Historic Places, by
Morton D. Winsberg. A
catalogue of more than 800
historically significant
buildings and sites in
Florida. Paperback, 1997,
158 pp., illustrated. Sold
nationally for $19.95.
Bookshop price = $15.95.

(181) Florida Hurricanes
and Tropical Storms. Re-
vised Edition 1997, 148 pp.,
Paperback. A comprehen-
sive guide to hurricanes,
tropical storms and near
misses to impact Florida
since 1871. Authors John
M. Williams and Iven W.
Duedall explain
meteorological terms and
demonstrate the use of the
Saffir-Simpson Scale. Sold
nationally for $12.95.
Bookshop price =.$9.95.

(145) Updated Atlas of
Florida Guides Tour of
Ever-Changing State. The
adverse effects on high-tech
industries from cuts in de-
fense contracts, the ongo-
ing southerly shift of the
citrus industry, the steady
growth of contract Hispanic
labor in agriculture, and the
mechanism of Florida's
sugar industry are trends
documented in the revised
"Atlas of Florida."
The 288-page reference vol-
ume, produced by Florida
State University's Institute
for Science and Public Af-
fairs (ISPA), covers many
other facets of Florida, in-
cluding natural environ-
ment, history, culture,
population, economy, tour-
ism, recreation, infrastruc-
ture and planning, plus a
section on the origin of
place names.
First published in 1982, the
atlas was completely over-
hauled in 1992 with statis-
tics from the 1990 U.S.
Census. The latest revision
is the first since then.
About 35 percent of the
book was revised from new
population and economic
data, and current legislative
Sold in bookstores for
$49.95. The Chronicle
Bookshop price is $39.95.


(126) Shipwreck and Ad-
ventures of Monsieur
Pierre Viaud From 1768,
the sensational story of a
shipwreck near Dog Island,
and the adventures of Pierre
Viaud and his search for
survival. Published by the
University of Florida Press,
139 pp. Hardcover. Sold
nationally for $24.95.
Bookshop price = $20.95.

(125) Norman Corwin and
Radio: The Golden Years
by R. LeRoy Bannerman.
Hardcover, University of
Alabama Press, 275 pp. The
fabulous "Golden Age of
Radio" embraced the period
from the mid-1930's
through most of the 1940's.
There was a sense of excite-
ment, purpose and
unpredictability that made
it a memorable era. At this
time, radio and motion pic-
tures were probably the
most challenging public
media for creative minds
and talented artists, includ-
ing Norman Corwin. Here is
Corwin's biography, and
the social history of a time
when radio was the center-
piece of family life. Here is
also the story of network
radio, its highlights and ul-
timate decline. Norman
Corwin is often associated
with radio's highest mo-
ments in the history of the
radio medium. Corwin was
also a part of the fight for
the art and integrity of ra-
dio broadcasting told in
authentic detail by
Bannerman. Sold nation-
ally for $30.00. Bookshop
price = $16.95.

(6) New. Your First Car. You
do not have to be a me-
chanic to keep your car in
A-1 condition. With proper
care, it will give you many
years of service and go thou-
sands upon thousands of
miles. This book will save
you money. Sold nationally
for $3.95. Bookshop price:
$1.50. Paperback.



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