Title: Franklin chronicle
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Publication Date: August 10, 2001
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Resolutions For Franklin County

Members Of World Series Champs


At The Apalachee Regional Planning Council

Training For Riverine

Warfare May Come To The

Apalachicola River Rasin

Proposal For Military Special Operations Training
On Tracts Up River May Bring New Business And
Population To Panhandle Counties

The presentation at the Apalachee Regional Planning Council on
Thursday, July 26th, began in routine fashion, complete with lec-
ture, computer generated visuals, and roving narrator who spoke
without script. The title of the presentation to the assembled del-
egates seemed a little lackluster and ambiguous, but there it was:
'The Gulf Maritime Assistance Center". (G-MAC). The hour long talk
would describe the development and operation of the G-MAC and,
when fully funded, what it could do for Calhoun, Liberty and Franklin
The speakers were Don Pulley, (the roving'narrator) and Bruce
McCormack. They were from L3-EER Systems, an information tech-
nology, engineering and technical support company with an exten-
sive background in support of U. S. Department of Defense (DOD)
special operations training.
Their pitch to the ARPC was to describe a plan to provide several
tactical training ranges for special operations forces and law enforce-
ment personnel in the Apalachicola River Basis area, extending first
as far south as little St. George Island (for Maritime Operations), up
through the Apalachicola Airpoit (for Forward Operations Base), into
the Tates Hell Swarrip and the Apalachicola National Forest, up
through a Forward Operations Base and the Riverine/Land Tactical
Training Area. In these most northern locations, training areas are
being established or are .planned in Calhoun, Franklin and Liberty
Counties involving live fire (.50 caliber and 7.62mm small arms), drug
laboratories, Riverine operations in the tradition of U. S. Navy Seals,
and a 160 acre "base" with quarters, messing facilities, administra-
tion and communications.
In short, the remote, and shadowy environment covered with heavy
canopy, will become a controlled "war zone" to train special opera-
tions forces and law enforcement personnel.


August 10 23, 2001

Inside This Issue

10 Pages

Grady Levins Condemns
Agricultural Aide....... 2
Franklin Briefs........ 2
School Board Tax
Increase.................2... 2
Editorial & Commentary
................................. 3

Carrabelle News ...... 5
Medical Alert ........... 6
Critical Access Hospital
................................. 7
Vibrio vulnificus ....... 7
FCAN ..................... 8
Franklin Bulletin Board9

Robbie Register and Randall Johnson are members of the
2001 Dizzy Dean Baseball World Series Championship team.
These two Franklin County young men participated in and
won a championship game. The Franklin County Board of
County Commissioners, at their regular meeting last
Tuesday, August 7, 2001, recognized and congratulated
them through a Resolution. As Parks and Recreation
Director, Van Johnson said "...It is not every day that the
opportunity is given for a ball player ... to participate in
and to win a championship game ... As members of the
Franklin County community they are to be commended
and congratulated for their achievements..."

The Region's Economy With The Bark Off

Lighthouses .............. 3 Th Yurs ..........Economic Development Strategy
Bookshop .........10
Report For Fiscal Year Ending

River Talks Extended Again June 30,2001 Released

Some Say That "Every
Meeting Is Important"
By Tom Campbell
The "water wars" continue among
the three states, Florida, Georgia
and Alabama. Officials for the
three states have again extended
negotiations about sharing water
from their river systems until Sep-
tember 13. The conflict has now
been going on for 10 years.
Negotiators for the three states
met last week in Atlanta and
agreed to push back talks for the.
River basins until the fall.
Essentially, the decision was
based on Florida's call for more
time to fine tune its proposal for
agreement among the three
states. Critics of the Florida pro-
posal had asserted that the plan
conceded too much to the other
two states and endangered the,
Apalachicola River and Bay.
Lindsay Thomas, the federal com-
missioner of the negotiations, said
that this "is one of those lulls in
the storm."
Florida and Alabama have con-
tended that Georgia takes too,
much water'fromi the river basins
that flow into its neighbor states.
The main culprit appears to be the
ever-growing metropolitan needs
of Atlanta. Atlanta has been de-
manding more water from the sys-
tem for years, and there appears
to be no easy solution, short of
piping water from the Atlantic
Ocean and turning, it into fresh
water to fill Atlanta's needs.
The states have been trying since
1998 to keep the dispute out of
'court by coming up with "an
agreement for sharing the water."
Georgia's Environmental Protec-
tion Division Director, Harold
Reheis, said the process has been
"tedious for all involved."
"We're talking about an agree-
ment," said Reheis, "that will be
binding federal law for 50 years,
so we certainly wart to get it right.
This is an extremely difficult task

to find the balance... How do you
manage a river system in the
drought years, where each state
gets what it needs?'
Man\y critics say that the question
has no fair answer and the deci-
sion will ultimately have to come
from the Supreme Court.
The flaw of the water compact is,
as Morton Reed of Georgia has
pointed out, that a unified model
has not been formed. Each state.
needs more water from the sys-
tem than is now available.
Reed said, "The good thing is that
'people are meeting. Every meet-
ing is important."
A' 60-day public comment period
would precede formal adoption of
any proposal by the ACF Commis-
sion. A unanimous vote of the
ACF Commission is required be-
fore a proposal can be adopted by
the ACF Commission. The Federal
Commissioner would then have
255 days to review it for any'vio-
lations of federal law.

Grady Leavins

Installed As SFA

Grady Leavins, Leavins Seafood,
Apalachicola, Florida, was 'in-
stalled as the 49th president of
Southeastern Fisheries Associa-
tion in the Oldest City in the
United States, St. Augustine.
Grady is in the oyster processing
business and is rightfully proud
of his state of the art facilities in
Apalachicola, Florida. Grady and
Alice Leavins have been active in
helping to preserve the heritage
of the Florida seafood industry for
many decades.

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Narrator Don Pulley spoke of one of many applications when he dis-
cussed the need for a wide range of operational environments to pro-
vide highly realistic training for these personnel involving live fire,
assault and riverine operations. A number of other water craft opera-
tions could be conducted in the river's unique geography to also in-
clude the coastal areas without having to build special training ar-
eas. He and Mr. McCormack emphasized that the river basin lends
itself to a wide variety of training applications by the U. S. Navy, Air
Force and other government agencies, presumably including the Cen-
tral Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and even

including the U.S. Bureau of'Indian Affairs. Pulley illustrated one
application in the need for training so interdictions could be made in
South American rivers to confront drug functionaries in those
Realizing that a portion of the Apalachicola River Basin might be-
come a controlled "war zone" for training, the ARPC delegates pep-
pered narrator Pulley with a number of detailed questions, sensing
that additional benefits might accrue to Calhoun, Franklin and Lib-
erty counties with the presence of the Gulf Maritime Assistance
Center. Continued on Page 4

Potential Outlook Tempered With Distressing Statistics
The Apalachee Region was designated an Economic Development Dis-
trict because of its prolonged economic distress marked by high un-
employment, high incidences of poverty and slow rates of economic
growth relative to the State of Florida and the nation. In 1979, the
U.S..Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administra-
tion designated the Apalachee Regional Planning Council (ARPC) an
Economic Development District. The annual report, recently released
for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001, identified the economic
strengths and weaknesses of the region, and described strategies to
improve the region's economy. The ARPC originated report serves
Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty
and Wakulla Counties.
The ARPC regional planning board is also the Comprehensive Eco-
nomic Development Strategy Committee. There are 27 voting mem-
bers and four non-voting. Each county has an elected official repre-
senting county government, an elected official representing the mu-
nicipalities within the county and a Governor's appointee from the
private or nonprofit sectors.
Within the past year's activities, the ARPC has continued to serve as
an information resource for communities, businesses, and citizens
regarding funding sources, state and federal assistance, growth man-
agement and other topics. For example, ARPC staff aided the town of
Altha in Calhoun County in grant administration for a new well, and
to extend central water to Oglesby Plants, International, where they
will expand nursery operations and create about 15 new full-time
jobs. In Blountstown, water lines are planned for extension to sup-
port a dry kiln at Big River Cypress, Hardwood and Lumber for'their
expanding operations.
At least 12 new full-time jobs will be created. .In Gadsden County,
ARPC staff assisted the county in preparing State Enterprise zone
and federal empowerment zone applications. These programs will in-
crease federal and state incentives to businesses planning to expand
or locate in the area. In Gulf County and the city of Port St. Joe, the
ARPC staff administered grants for a grocery/retail development
project, and the installation of central water and sewer on site. Revi-
sions of a Port Master Plan have been facilitated.
There have been liaisons in assisting the city to arrange funding to
purchase the Gulf County Freshwater Canal. ARPC staff is also part
of an action team that is assisting the city in the resolution of eco-
nomic injury issues resulting primarily from the local impacts of the
paper mill closing. In Liberty county, an Enterprise Zone has been
authorized. In Wakulla county, Federal Empowerment Zone and State
Enterprise zone applications have been prepared that will lead to in-
creased federal and state incentives to businesses planning to ex-
pand or locate in designated areas.
The Rural Economic Development Initiative was authorized by the
1999 Florida Legislature. This multi-agency group acts to facilitate
regional development. Expedited permitting and waivers of certain
governmental requirements that speed the creation of jobs are con-
sidered by this agency. In November 1999, Governor Bush signed
into existence the Northwest Florida Area of Critical Economic Con-
cern that includes six ARPC counties. In October 1999, the ARPC
Council established its Small Business Revolving Loan Fund. Loans
of $5,000 to $25,000 are available to local residents in all member
counties. The Fund was made possible by the USDA Development
grant funds provided for a prior Council economic development project.

Regional Economy
A critical factor in the economic health of communities is their em-
ployment base. Over the next ten years, the Region's counties (except
for Leon and Wakulla) are projected to grow at rates lower than the
expected state rate. Several of the counties have projected growth
that is low in terms of the actual number of jobs created and do not
clearly reflect the impact from jobs lost over the last year. Table 1
presents the Employment in the Apalachee Region.

Table I: Employment in the Apalachee Region (in Thousands)
2000 1999/2000 1995-2000 Average 2010 2000-2010
% Change Annual % Change (Projected) Change
Florida 7058.8 2.9% 3.4% 8,581.3 1,522.5
Calhoun 3.4 2.9% 3.8% 4.1 .7.
Franklin 2.8 1.2% (0.4)% 3.3 .5
Gadsden 12.4 1.3% 0.0% 12.9 .5
Gulf 3.5 2.4% (1.6)% 4.6 1.1
Jackson 14.0 2.1% 0.0% 15.5 1.5
Jefferson 2.8 2:2% 0.2% 3.3 .5
Leon 147.5 2.2 .2.3% 176.8 29.3
Liberty 1.6 3.4 0.0 2.2 .6
Wakulla 4.2 5.3 5.6% 5.3 1.1
Source: Florida Trend. April 2001

While past growth rates in the Region have been below the state rate
in seven of nine counties, the growth trend projected until the year
2010 shows counties growing at a similar rate to the State. The pro-
jections for the Apalachee Region in both employment and per capital
income appear to show that the Region will lag behind the state of
Florida in economic growth and development. The Florida Depart-
ment of Labor and Employment Security reported that the Franklin
County unemployment rate dropped to 1.8 percent, the lowest in the
In the present, the Apalachee Region continues to experience the large
plant and service industry closings and relocations. Item: The Florida
Coast Paper mill in Gulf County (300 jobs) continues to impact the
region. There is a new boat building facility in Gulf County and other
coastal counties are experiencing increases in service-based jobs.
There continues to be a focus on airport and adjacent industrial park
development in Gulf, Franklin and Calhoun Counties.
Per Capita personal income for the year 2000 is lowest in Liberty
County. In Franklin, the per capital personal income for 2000 was
$20,902 higher than Calhoun, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson and Liberty
Counties. The annual changes from 1995 through 2000 were a mod-
erate 2.1 per cent. Table 3 presents the data for all of the ARPC coun-
ties plus the state average at $29,523, indicating that wages are lower
in Franklin despite more employment.

Continued on Page 4


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The Franklin Chronicle

Aftermath Of ISSC Meeting

Grady Levins Condemns Agricultural

Aide Franklin

Seeks Firing Of Sherman Wilhelm

After describing the Interstate
Shellfish Sanitation Commission
(ISSC) Conference last week in
Virginia, Grady Levins strongly
urged the Franklin County Com-.
missioners to seek the firing of
State of Florida Agricultural Aide
Sherman Wilhelm.
Levins reported that two County
Commissioners, Creamer and
Sanders, and Extension Director
Bill Mahan attended the meeting.
The Department of Agriculture
sent Sherman Wilhelm to repre-
sent the Department as a voting
Delegate for Florida. All week, the
Franklin County Commissioners
sought and received Mr. Wilhelm's
assurance that they would be per-
mitted to address the General
Assembly, and under their rules,
one has to be recognized by the
voting delegates before address-
ing the Assembly. "Mr. Wilhelm,
at the General Assembly, simply
denied them that right, said
Levins. "...1 say it's a right ... as a
result of that, I am here to ask if
the County Commission would
write a letter to the Commissioner
of Agriculture, Charles Bronson,
requesting his (Wilhelm's) resig-
nation ... (and) if not that, the re-
moval from the Division of Marine
Resources ... I've had many
bosses. Never had I had one that
has been as bad as he (Wilhelm)
... There have been 8-12 people
who have resigned under pres-
sure because of him, some very
good people, he's not replacing.
This has me concerned for the
future of the oyster industry ...
Bevin Putnal asked Levins if
Wilhelm might have been follow-
ing someone else's instructions.
Mr. Levin said, "He made it very
clear to me that this was his de-
cision." The "chain-of-command"
is Bronson, Martha Roberts and
Wilhelm. Eddie Creamer said
Wilhelm told him he was the
"head Chief' in Tallahassee re-
gardless of who was over him. The
Commissioners unanimously
agreed to write a letter to Mr.
Bronson, newly appointed Com-
missioner of Agriculture.
Mr. Levins acknowledged the at-
tendance at the ISSC meeting by
two of the County Commission-
ers, Creamer and Sanders. He
mentioned that the hotel was
over-booked and the Commis-
sioners had to seek shelter in the
lobby overnight until Sunday
morning. The County paid their
In a letter to Commissioner
Bronson:on July 31, Commis-
sioner Sanders wrote.:,
c'. All week long I had
conversations with Mr.
Wilhelm and even the
morning of the General
Assembly and he assured
,me that he would recog-
nize Chairman Creamer
,and myself to speak on
the issue 00-201 since it
concerned Franklin
County. When the time
came for him to recognize
us, he didn't. I feel like he
has done a grave injus-
tice to the people of my
county. He disrespected
the office that I hold and
myself but more than
that he disrespected the
people of Franklin
County. The county
spent taxpayer dollars to
send three people up to
Norfolk to speak on this
issue that so greatly af-

Grady Levins

fects Franklin County.
And not to be given that
chance I can only say
that I am very concerned
as to the message that
this sends to us as far as
the Department of Agri-
culture is concerned.
After the meeting on Fri-
day, Chairman Creamer
asked Mr. Wilhelm why
he didn't acknowledge us
and his response was "He
didn't think we needed to
say anything." The way I
feelis irregardless of
what we may have or had
not said, we should have
been afforded that oppor-
tunity to have said it.
And, that should have
not been for Mr. Wilhelm
to decide..."
Anita Gregory, Executive Directoi
of the Apalachicola Bay Chamber
of Commerce wrote on August 3rd
her concerns about the Agricul-
tural staffs display of "...complete
disregard for our Franklln
County Commissioners..."
... I am shocked at Mr.
Wilhelm's behavior.
Other general assembly
voting members even
questioned why he did
not let the commission-
ers speak. They were
quite pleased that an
elected official would
even bother to come to
the meeting..."
Gregory wondered aloud why the
Florida Fish and Game Commis-
sion did not have a representa-
tive show up at the last two ISSC
meetings. "It is clear to'me that
the Florida Department of'Agri-
culture has an agenda of its own."
'Gregory enclosed a letter she
wrote last year about another
employee, Martha Roberts. The
letter concluded,
"The oyster industry is a
clean, renewable vital
component of our liveli-
hood, culture and the
state's economy. My hope
is that we could have
more support and a bet-
ter working relationship
with your department..."
Grady Levins is the 2001-2 Presi-
dent of the Southeastern Fisher-
ies Association in Florida.

Agriculture Commissioner
Bronson was out of town and
unavailable to comment on
these developments.


August 7, 2001
Present: Chairperson Eddie
Creamer, Commissioner
Clarence Williams,
Commissioner Bevin Putnal,
Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis (until 10:15 am),
Commissioner Cheryl
Mr. Grady Levins addressed the
Commissioners after the Board
was officially convened. His re-
marks are contained in a sepa-
rate story in this issue.

Superintendent of Public
In the aftermath of Tropical Storm
Barry, Hubert Chipman, Super-
intendent, reported on light dam-
age but considerable rain in the
county. The worst road damage
was the Brickyard Road but it was
opened on Tuesday, Chipman
commended his men for doing a
good job.

Mosquito Control Director
DeWitt Polous is responding to the
medical alert on by increasing
spraying pesticide. He requested
additional funds to buy more pes-
ticide and authorization for hir-
ing a part-time assistant. The
County would do what they rea-
sonably can to accommodate a
complaint from a St. Teresa resi-
dent who did not want mosquito
spraying on his property. Attor-
ney Shuler recommended that the
Board adopt a policy calling for
an emphasis on protecting the
public health by appropriate
means but the county did not.in-
tend to spray private property that
did not want such coverage un-
der present conditions.

County Extension Director
The Florida Mosquito Control As-
sociation has recently published
a list of West Nile Virus Web Sites,
according to County Extension
Director Bill Mahan: Comments
were also given to the Commis-
sioners concerning the recent
ISSC meeting, the subject of a
separate story in this issue..

Solid Waste Director
Van Johnson distributed a copy
of a proposed and revised Animal
Control Ordinance. Originally the
County had three ordinances and
a resolution regulating animals in,
Franklin County. He has revised.
the three documents into one,
added some additional sections
and increased fines and impound-
ment fees. Most noteworthy, he
said, is a provision that gives Ani-
mal Control a greater latitude in
abating problems concerning nui-
sance animals. Also, the only dogs
that the ordinance will allow in a
park or on public beaches will be
dogs trained to aid the disabled
or handicapped. The impound-
ment fee will increase from $10
to $25 for the first offense and a
citation will increase from $10 to
$25 for each violation of the pro-
posed ordinance.
Peggy Miller urged the Board to
approve a commercial amnesty
day for commercial tires, to in-
crease from two to ten. Ms. Miller
Said, "...I would like to propose,
or have the Board think about,
letting businesses have an am-
nesty day, where they can take
ten tires per month to the land-
fill, in lieu of two tires per indi-
vidual" She reported to the Com-
missioners that she paid local tax
on diesel fuel purchased locally.
She bought 3,000 gallons of fuel
yesterday, and generally uses
10,000 gallons of fuel each
month. That translates into
$1230 of local tax money. "What
am I getting for this money," she
asked. In a year's ,time, she cal-
culated this to be over $14,000

in local taxes. Trucking is how the
local fishing industry gets its sea-
food out of the county. Tractor
trailers are used to get the sea-
food to market, she reminded the
Commissioners. "Our County
doesn't give us a break on dispos-
ing of tires."
Van Johnson reported that getting
rid of the tires also costs the land-
fill dollars. If the level of tires in-
creases, the landfill may develop
problems with the state regula-
tors. Kendall Wade interrupted
and said that he had heard from
others complaining about the in-
ability to dispose oftires. "It is not
just her problem, it is a problem
all over the county..." Ms. Miller
said there are at least ten seafood
companies with trucks that have
the same problems. "I run to New
York twice weekly with three, four
and five semi-loads of seafood."
Van Johnson added, "The State
won't allow me to take more than
1000 tires at one time ... "The
fines could go as high as $10,000
to abate this problem..." Chair-
person Creamer urged Van
Johnson to meet with Mrs. Miller
to "work something out", and re-
port back at the next meeting.

Cleaning the Courthouse
Before Jimmy Mosconis left the
meeting, Kendall Wade wanted to
bring up a problem he has been
dealing with and that concerns
cleaning the courthouse. While he
recognized that the Clerk has al-
ways been in charge of oversee-
ing this function, his plate is full,
and after nine years of this su-
pervisory role, he recommended
privatizing the function.
With another building scheduled,
the problem is going to magnify,
he said. If he could obtain the use
of a county vehicle, he could also
use prisoners on an irregular ba-
sis, as is done in Calhoun and
other counties. He discussed the
problem with clerks in other
counties. "This is becoming a real
headache, and I would suggest
thatyou privatize it." Silence. Not
one Commissioner responded to
Mr. Wade's plea. Chairperson
Creamer asked if anyone had any
reaction to the Clerk's suggestion.
No one responded.
Mr. Wade moved to another sub-
ject: traffic around the court-
house. He urged the Commission-
ers to develop a plan to put in
additional parking perhaps by
"giving some of our property" to
that purpose. Alan Pierce also
added the problem of making
some streets one-way. Jimmy
Mosconis recommended .that
parking be designated for.employ-
ees, and others by "working out a
plan." A motion was made, sec-
onded, and passed unanimously.
Alan Pierce pointed out that that
did not solve the congestion prob-
lem. There was a need to create
more parking spaces. The'Board

School Board

Proposes Tax


At a special meeting of the
Franklin County School Board on
Tuesday afternoon at 6 p.m., the
Franklin County School Board
approved a tentative property tax
levy of $6,924,147 and a village
levy of 7.3360.
No one from the public raised any
comment nor question regarding
the increase, representing an 8.27
percent increase over last year's
tax levy of $6,250,153. Included
in the 7.3360 millage rate is a 1.0
mill property tax for capital out-
lay. This increase is expected to
generate about $896,666 to be
used in construction and remod-
eling, future land purchases,
maintenance, renovation and re-
pair, school bus purchases, new
and replacement equipment, air
conditioning and lighting retrofit,
office copier lease and costs as-
ardous waste or materials.
A proposed operating budget for
the district was also approved,
representing about 2.2 percent
increase over last year's operat-
ing expenditures. The budget to-
tals $13,505,946.

Alligator Point Beach
Restoration Project
Patty Clewell addressed the Board
of County Commissioners about
a pending lawsuit involving her
company and another litigant.
Chairperson Creamer interrupted
indicating that the Commission-
ers did not want to near about the
litigation, but was seeking advice
and proposals on the beach ero-
sion problem at Alligator Point,
and would she kindly get to the
point of her talk. Cheryl reminded
Ms. Clewell that she should stick
to the proposal.
Request to Lease County
Martha Flowers, appearing with
her attorney Rachel Chesnut, re-
quested to rent or lease county
property for a restaurant. Attor-
ney Shuler recalled there is a pro-
cess for leasing county-owned
property but he was not sure if
this had to be put out for bid or
not. Chairperson Creamer sug-
gested he research the question
of leasing. Alan Pierce brought up
additional questions about other
requirements such as parking
rules, or state regulatory require-
ments. For example, in Apalachi-
cola, the occupational license is
issued only to those owning pri-
vate property.
St. George Civic Club
Redistricting Proposal
Their redistricting proposal had
been submitted to the Board ear-
lier. Charles Brannon, President
of the St. George Civic Club, said
the major thrust of their request
was citizen input to the process.
Their recommendation was to
appoint specific citizens for the
Board to work with in drawing
new maps. The discussion ex-
tended to the problem of the U.
S. Census data, and District II.
In separate correspondence dated
July 20, 2001, Alan Pierce wrote
to the U. S. Census Bureau indi-
cating that elected officials and
others in the Carrabelle area
agreed that there are closer to 150
to 200 blacks (instead of the 800
reported earlier) in District II. He
said that the Franklin County At-
torney (Al Shuler) received a let-
ter from Doug Lee, assigning a
number to the problem (CQR-
Count Question Resolution Pro-
gram) number IDL 053011133.
Cheryl Sanders told the Commis-
sioners that it would take about
7-9 weeks to resolve the count
problem. If this were not resolved
by the end of the year, than re-
districting would have to be put
off until 2003. A question was
raised about whether the School
Board had taken any action on
redistricting. Tom Hoffer
(Chionicle) said in recent meetings
the subject had not been listed on
any of their agendas. Doris Shiver

Gibbs, Elections Supervisor, re- -
ported to the Commissioners that
she had not heard anything from
the School Board on the redis-
tricting subject.
Director of Administrative
Tropical Storm Barry
Alan Pierce informed the Board
that the County Road Depart-
ment, the Emergency Manage-
ment and Sheriffs Offices re-
sponded all day Sunday, August
5th, and Monday to tropical storm
Barry. The Board declared a state
of emergency at 11 a.m. Sunday
morning, and Tim Turner, Emer-
gency Management Director, or-
dered evacuation of Alligator
Point, Dog Island and St. George
Island shortly thereafter, at 1:00
p.m. The storm had strengthened
considerably, and the next formal
report from Miami would not be
available until 5 p.m. Sunday af-
ternoon, so the decision was made
to order the evacuation.
A person in the audience
indicated that the evacuation
warnings in Alligator Point were
not received. Mr. Pierce indicated
that the traditional channels were
used, by sending the evacuation
order to the local Fire
Department. Mr. Pierce did not
expect any FEMA declaration on
damage in Franklin County.
Ambulance Service
Several months ago, when
Marilyn Walker was Ambulance
Director, the Board had agreed to
let Mr. Turner use emergency
management grant funds to as-
sist the ambulance in upgrading
its communication equipment.
That project appears to be no
longer a priority with the ambu-
lance service, and Mr. Turner
would now like to use those same
funds to work with the Sheriffs
Office to upgrade the Sheriffs ra-
dio system. The Board approved
to use the funds to aid the
Sheriffs communication system.
The funds available are approxi-
mately $25,000.
Cheryl Sanders raised the ques-
tion if the ambulance service had
appropriate communications ser-
St. James Bay
The Board approved setting a
public hearing for the approval of
St. James Bay comprehensive
plan amendment for September
18th. The public hearing should
have been held today, but several
weeks ago Mr. Steve Lewis, St.
James Bay attorney, requested
the Board put off the meeting. I
have a letter from Mr. Lewis.
Board action to schedule the
hearing on September 18.
St. George DRI
Board approved setting a public
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Editorial and Commentary

North Flcfida Author Releases First Work

Spring Creek Chronicles: A

Collection Of Short Stories,

Observations and Opinions

A Glimpe Into "Old Florida"
Leo Lovel hs been operating the Spring Creek Restaurant for at least
24 years. B- community is a small commercial fishing village located
at the endf Wakulla County Road 365 that deadends into the Gulf
of Mexico. .he book is an inside view of a people, a culture- and a
lifestyle tht is goin' out "like a full moon tide"; an era known as the
"old Florid'. as those who now live there were born and raised.
The book':sub-title says, "Stories of commercial fishing huntin',
working' ar people along the North Florida Gulf Coast." Near Spring
Creek, salvater fish, freshwater fish, oysters, shrimp, crabs, alliga-
tors, otter, ducks, birds of every kind abound in the bay. Deer, tur-
key, bear,niogs and all the woods animals there are, live along the
shorelineLovel has written his recollections that give considerable
insight ino the habits of most of these creatures and some of the
people wb inhabit the area.
He begin the collection with "My Old Mullet Skiff', appropriately,
that still s "ready to trip a pile of net on the back, stick that motor in
the well, nd go chase mullet," despite its 19 years of age. Yet there
are chass galore including some close calls with the Florida Marine
Patrol sice the net limitation was added to the Amendment of the
Florida constitution .
The nearly last chapter in the book has some sobering thoughts on
the longerm changes state regulation and other factors have brought
to this Testyle. He wrote, in part,
"bu better hurry, you chroniclers of history and people.
'tn years or so and you've lost your change to study a
alture, lifestyle and people that have been here as long
a a man has been on earth. While you're at it, you might
a well study the American Dream too. It's only a couple
c hundred years old, but a big portion of it is going along
ith us. Hurry up now, we're going extinct:.."
This wirk is a valuable addition to the rather scarce material about
the "otler side" of the net limitation prosecutions, and the seemingly
systematic prosecution of commercial fishermen, and the state in-
spired movement to destroy Florida's commercial fishing industries.
You wo1:'t filndmuch about this in the Florida metropolitan press,
nor on elevision-commercial or public. Leo Lovel has provided a
valuable collection of other points-of-view in the controversies involv-
ing commercial fishing in Florida since the net limitation Constitu-
tional Anelrdment was voted on in 1994.
Son Cliy M1arshill Lovel illustrated the book, a student of the Fine
Arts Program at Florida State University. His oldest son, Ben, edited
the boik.
The spring Cretk Chronicles will provide the reader with some
cliff-langer stories, but moreover, very important perspective on the
Florica fishing culture and the great transition Florida is moving to
tourist destinations and development. Leo's advice: "Enjoy these sto-
ries, cause we si-e enjoyed livin' em."

T, O S T

Phone: 850-927-2186
850-385-4003 (TALLAHASSEE)
)W14 Facsimile 850-385-0830
Vol. 0, No. 16 August 10, 2001
Published ................................................. Tom W Hoffer
Contribiors ............................................. Tom Campbell
............ Sue Cronkite
........... Barbara Revell
........... Rene Topping
........... Jimmy Elliott

Sales ............ ....... ..... .... ............... Diane Beauvais Dyal
............ Cheryl Garry
............ Tom W. Hoffer

Adverting Design
and Priuction Artist............................... Diane Beauvais Dyal
Produion Associate ............................... Andy Dyal
Direcr of Circulation ............................ Andy Dyal
Proofader .............................................. Tom Cam pbell
Citizen's Advisory Group
Rand,delstein .......'.:........................... Alligator Point
Georl Chapel ........................................ Apalachicola
KareCox-Dennis ................................... Apalachicola
Rene'opping ......................................... Carrabelle
DaviButler ........................................ Carrabelle
Elizaeth and Jim Sisung ........................ Eastpoint
Bedird and Eugenia Watkins ................ Eastpoint
Geoie Thompson ................................... Eastpoint
Pat lorrison ............................................ St. George Island
Donnic and Vilma Baragona .............. St. George Island
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Scout Growth

We welcome Cub Scout Pack 22 as they join Boy Scout Troop 22
under the sponsorship of FBCSGI. The Pack leader is Mary Baird.
A pack. organizational meeting was held in the Scout Hut with
thirty-five cubs and eleven parents present. Four dens will meet, sepa-
rately, with the pack coming together monthly. FBCSGI was the origi-
nal sponsor of a Cub Scout troop that evolved into our current Boy
Scout Troop.
We praise God for these young men as they learn and develop as
future leaders and productive citizens in the tenets of scouting. We
support the troop and their leaders in prayers and assistance.
In a recent publication, based upon statistics form the history of Boy
Scouts of America, the following predictions are made for every one
hundred boys who join a Boy Scout troop:
-12 will have their first contact with a church
- 5 will earn their religious symbol
- 1 will enter the clergy
-18 will develop hobbies that will last through their adult years
- 8 will enter a career that was learned through the merit badge
1 will use his Boy Scout skills to save a life
1 will use his Boy Scout skills to save his own life
-17 will become Scouting volunteers
2 will become Eagle Scouts
Boy Scout Troop 22, at our church, First Baptist Church of St. George
Island, has produced, over the years, eight Eagle Scouts and many
civic leaders.
From "The Encourager" (August 2001), a publication of the First Bap-
tist Church, St. George Island.

Lighthouses Shine In Third Century

Of Service

Even with advances in maritime
navigation technology, such as
Global Positioning Systems,
"America's Castles" have stood the
test of time. Lighthouses have
.protected mariners and guided
ships to safety for more than 200
years. Some of these lights are still
active today, and all of them have
a rich history.
The weekend of August 3-5-is
known as National Lighthouse
weekend. The goal of the event is.
to honor the tradition of light-
houses and recognize the role
they and the Coast Guard have
played in promoting safety at sea.
Amateur radio operators around
the country established tempo-
rary radio stations inside light-
houses in celebration of the event.
There' are currently more than
600 classic lighthouses in the
United States and approximately
350 active lighthouses owned and
managed by the Coast Guard.
One of the oldest is the USCG
Light Station in Boston. Because
of its historical significance, it re-
mains the only continuously
manned lighthouse in existence.
On Lake Pontchartrain, in New
Orleans, La., a canal was created
in the early 1830's, to connect the.
Mississippi River or at least down-
town New Orleans with Lake
Pontchartrain, and was to be
called "New Orleans Canal," The
entrance to the New Canal was
marked by a lighthouse in 1838.
The New Canal Lighthouse is still
active. More than two-dozen
Coast Guardsmen man the sta-
tion and are responsible for res-
cues in Lake Pontchartrain and
the bayou area surrounding the
greater New Orleans area.
One of the most famous light-
houses is located on Galveston
Island, TX. The Bolivar Point
Lighthouse weathered a momen-
tous hurricane on September 8,
1900. The hurricane, which
nearly destroyed Galveston, tor-
mented the lighthouse. The
keeper of the lighthouse, Harry C.
Claiborne, saved 125 people. He
lodged and fed them the station's
monthly limited food ratiqn,
which he just purchased.

For his heroism, one of the Coast
Guard's 175- foot buoy tender
homeported in Galveston is
named after him.
The first lighthouse built by the
United States government on the
Florida Gulf Coast in 1824, was
the Pensacola lighthouse. Rebuilt
in 1858, the lighthouse still
stands today in excellent condi-
tion. The light shines today, its
automated electric light is visible
27'"-iles out to sea.
Few Gulf Coast lighthouses are as
well. known as the Biloxi Light-
house, located on the neutral
ground of U.S. Highway 90.
SBuilt in 1848, the 48-foot tower
is one of the few conical-brick
structured lighthouses left on the
Gulf Coast.
The Coast Guard is dedicated to
the preservation of America's
lighthouses. The new National
Historic Lighthouse Preservation
Act, signed in 2000, allows for
lighthouses to be transferred to
agencies best suited to maintain
and promote these historic trea-
"We are working closely with GSA
(Government Service Association).
and the National Park Service to
ensure that our lighthouses are
transferred to the best stewards
of the property and that they will
be maintained and their history
preserved," commented LCDR
Keith Turro of the Coast Guard's
Office of Civil Engineering.
More, information on lighthouses
is available on the Coast Guard's
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Capital Health Plan Administration:

A Menace To Public Health?

There are two major entities in the Tallahassee operation: (1) the cluster
of dedicated physicians with degrees in medicine, and their staffs,
and (2) the administrative machinery consisting of a variety of practi-
tioners who control the organization through a labyrinth of policies
and rules. Some may be medical doctors, but their mission is far
different than the plan's doctors. Given the current debate in Con-
gress and my own brush with the administrative machinery, I offer
the following anecdotes as some evidence that accountability be
re-introduced into the health care process as currently practiced in
this plan. The accountability can be easily solved: permit clients to
seek legal accountability for failures to deliver health services.
Like many other'members of this plan, I pay these people to deliver
health services and prescriptions, often totaling into thousands of
dollars per year just in the routine deductions made from retirement
paychecks. My complaint is not with the physicians whom I have
found to be competent, caring and concerned, but I suspect they too,
are held captive by this new form of medicine being practiced in
America. I call it bureaucratic medicine.
Toward the end of June, I was getting ready to travel to the Midwest
for about five days. In checking over my drugs taken for Type II dia-
betes, I discovered that my supply of Avandia was nearly exhausted.
I had picked up in mid-May, a two-month supply, and concluded
that the remainder of that supply was accidentally left in Franklin
County, where I had another residence. In my 63 years, I am occa-
sionally prone to "senior events" of forgetting, and apparently over-
looked bringing the Avandia supply back to Tallahassee. At once, I
contacted my doctor at the Capital Health Plan, a Tallahassee HMO,
and his nurse searched the office for a few sample tablets but could
not find any.
My physician wrote a prescription for a few tablets but upon check-
ing with other suppliers, I discovered the price for each pill was $5.00!!
Upon calling the HMO administrative offices, I ran into a bureau-
cratic buzzsaw of unresponsive assistants who kept lecturing me that
"...you have already picked up two months supply, and that satisfies
our obligation to you. We will not issue any more tablets until that
time period expires." I explained that I forgot the balance of the tab-
lets, and I had heard that there was some kind of "vacation excep-
tions" for such instances. Another call to the director or chief execu-
tive officer of'this HMO produced only short conversations with his
people handlers who kept insisting he was "in a meeting."
The rigid policy put into practice remained rigid despite my need to
continue this medication to service my blood sugar levels. As the
answers to niy questions kept coming, the resistance on the other
end of the telephone kept getting stronger. Finally, when I picked up
another drug at the CHP pharmacy, I tried again to obtain a few
tablets of Arvandia, and was told the same litany of CHP policy on the
subject of the two month supply. One generous customer nearby heard
my protestations, and'motioned me to the parking lot, where he gra-
ciously gave me a few of his Avandia tablets to tide me, over, adding
"...I have had the same problems with this group."
A few weeks passed and I decided to postpone my complaint to the
Agency for Health Care Administration. Then, once again, the rigid
policies of the HMO took hold. This time, I was taking a self-injecting
chemical that was prescribed by my doctor, which also had to be
refrigerated. In the first month's trial, the chemical, along with other
drugs, worked to help me restore my capability to make more red
blood cells. I had developed anemia, temporarily.
However, my doctor's orders were "held up" until some committee
within the administrative mechanism "reviewed" the prescription, a
process that took nearly three days to complete. In a rural setting,
my doctor's orders would not have been subjected to such bureau-
cratic review and the valuable time would have been committed to
getting the drug. The drug worked, and I sought a refill. That too, has
been held up because my "date" had not yet elapsed the required
number of days. The rule operates to treat patients as children, it
would appear. The Veterans Administration releases drugs for much
longer periods, I am told by users. This HMO has placed limitations
on the frequency of refills for unknown reasons, and an attempt to
find out why is only met with "I don't knows..."
Such rigid policies and practices are not the hallmark of what I con-
sider to be meaningful and receptive medical practice, much less
"health maintenance". The appeals about putting the doctors'back in
charge of health delivery in this instance ring true, if somewhat hol-
low, since the physicians are also captive of the administrators who
run this organization. I would not be inclined to call them health
maintenance, but a menace to public health after having this experi-
ence. The clients need the right to litigate against these uncaring,
slick PR bureaucratic machines where few employees are bold enough
to defy myopic policies and practices. The old saw about "socialized
medicine" is out-of-date, but the new, "modern" health delivery mecha-
nisms under the guise of bureaucratic medicine without oversight
and accountability, are a potential danger to their community.
Tom W. Hoffer

Good News On Crooked River Lighthouse

By Rene Topping
City Clerk Beckey Jackson an-
nounced that the city was in re-
ceipt of a letter from Bill Huie,
Federal Lands to Parks Program,
Southeast Regional, Office, Na-
tional Park Service. She said that
Huie said that the deed to the
Carrabelle Crooked River Light-
house may be in the hands ofthe
city sometime next week.

He apologized for the delay and
said that he hoped that the trans-
fer will be made within this
Barbara Revell, President of the
Carrabelle Lighthouse Association:
(CLA) said that she was delighted.
"It has been a long time in com-
ing but once we have the deed and
the key we will be able to start
getting to work, All the CLA mem-
bers are excited.",

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Riverine Warfare from Page 1

Narrator Pulley explained that the entire plan, still.in the drawing
stages and as yet unfunded, began as a dedicated training plan for
Naval Special Warfare, such as the Navy Seals, sometimes involved
during the Vietnamese War as assassination squads. In the current
environment, SEALS must complete 287 training tasks at 67 loca-
tions requiring extensive training plans and travel expenses. In the
GMAC environment (namely Franklin, Calhoun and Liberty counties)
269 of the SEALS training tasks could be satisfied in the Apalachi-
cola River Basin resulting in large savings to DOD and other agen-
cies. Pulley explained that over 36 private companies and eight Fed-
eral agencies are backing the project, seeking to satisfy their training
needs. Pulley and McCormack, and most of the executives of the par-
ent agency sponsoring the establishment of the G-MAC are former
special forces military personnel.
The anticipated needs include training 150 persons per year, at $125
per day for their training. The total needs for money are$ 1.3 million.
Pulley presented a graphic that projected economic impact of the
project, once it is funded, totaling $35,million to the panhandle
The G-MAC would create 43 full time positions upon start up with a
payroll of 1.9 million annually. The average salary for each of those
'positions was calculated at $25,322. The parent company, EER Sys-
tems (Tampa) also furnishes a benefit package. The positions include
one Range Training Services Manager, one Assistant Range Training
Officer, one Facilities Manager, 4 Transportation mechanics, 3 ordi-
nance/weapons technicians, 3 range safety managers, 3 ordinance
certification technicians, 4 electronic systems technicians, 4 range
target technicians, 8 range maintenance technicians, 4 quality con-
trol technicians, one chef, 4 cooks helpers, and 4 camp maintenance
There are several appeals that the river basin offers to the G-MAC
plan,, including replacement of live fire ranges at Puerto Rico and
Panama. There is also an appeal for a "diversified one-stop training
environment" that the basin offers, including opportunities in mari-
time training (as far south as little St. George Island) and riverine
operations (in very remote northern areas of the basin). The,airport at
Apalachicola offers yet another training environment nearby. There
would even be a return to some facets. of amphibious warfare given
the island environments. Special boat unit exercises number 80 that
could be used in training in the basin.
G-MAC would facilitate and support training that would include para-
chute drops, assault landings, land navigation, infiltration, exfiltration
operations, combat swimmer operations, live fire training, beach land-
ings, special operations boat movement and others. G-MAC would
provide accommodations and feeding, briefing and class room areas,
storage of ordnance and maintenance areas for weapons, ranges, and
At the Apalachicola airport, GMAC would provide training in mari-
time operations ship to shore, riverine ops, maritime interdiction op-
erations, swimmer deliveryvehicle operations, combat swimmer op-
erations, underwater reconnaissance, over the beach operations,,
parachute operations, combat search and rescue.
Some discussion after the presentation by the EER Representatives
involved questions and comment about financial support, perhaps
from state agencies. There seemed to be consensus that individual
counties would not have,the financial resources to make much of a
contribution to create the G-MAC. But, under the leadership of Chair-
person Kendall Wade, a motion was made and approved to endorse
the project through a letter directed to the State of Florida and the
Governor's Office.

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walk-in closet, separate shower and whirlpool tub. The floors are
all ceramic tile. The house has 1500 sq. ft. of decking including
two screened porches and a widow's walk. The guest apartment
is 704 sq. ft. and is fully equipped and has a private screen porch.
The garage has 3 cemented bays 12 x 35 and 9 ft. height. There are
also 2 cemented open storage areas and a workshop, outside
shower. Landscaped with oaks & pines and other native plants.
The property has 230 ft. beach frontage with a 230 ft. seawall that
consists of 25 ft. poles in-ground. Two heating/cooling units,
hurricane clip system 1 foot square concrete pilings about 16-18
in-ground security system.

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Calhoun 16,733 2.2% 2.9% 26,147 9,414
Franklin 20,902 3.5% 2.1% 34,715 13,813
Gadsden 19,436 2.6% 3.0% 29,277 9,841
Gulf 1,267 3.1% 1.9% 29,387 11,996
Jackson 18,875 3.4% 2.4% .29,487 11,556
Jefferson 21,410 3.1% 3.6% 34,027 12,617
Leon 29,232 3.1% 3.6% 47,165 17,933
Liberty 15,937 1.0% 1.4% 27,178 11,241
Wakulla 25,028 3.1% 4.7% 40,953 15,925,
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Each community in the Apalachee Region could develop their own
Economic Development Strategies. In a letter from Alan C. Pierce di-
rected to Charles Bloom, Executive Director of the ARPC, the follow-
ing Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) was ar-
ticulated on behalf of Franklin County. The list is not prioritized.
What follows below is a list, not in any particular order, of projects. I
have identified which are in progress and which are proposed.
*2.1 million dollar improvements to the Eastpoint sewer plant and
extending water lines, in progress.
*3.0 million, dollar improvement to City of Apalachicola water system
in design phase.
*2.5 million dollar improvement to City of Apalachicola sewer system,
in progress. $900,000 improvement to the Apalachicola airport ac-
cess road leading to a proposed industrial park, in progress.
*5.0 million dollars for site prep for a state prison north of Carrabelle,
in progress. Construction of prison is planned for 2006.
*$150,000 improvement for county park on St. George Island, in
*$250,000 improvement to stormwater systems in Apalachicola and
Eastpoint, proposed.
*$172,000 improvement to stormwater system in Lanark Village, pro-
*2.0 million dollar (estimated cost) for beach renourishment/shore-
line stabilization on Alligator Point, proposed.
This list of projects represents a short list of needed improvements to
the county's infrastructure. Without these improvements, and many
others that are unfunded, there will be no economic development in
the county.
The City of Carrabelle submitted the following projects in their Com-
prehensive Economic Development Strategy:

Bay City Horse And Carriage
HORSEBACK RIDING On The Beach (Cape San Bias)
Romantic Sunset & Moonlight Cruise (Free Oysters)
Beach Tours-Parties (Private, Business, Birthdays)
Historic Tours-Riverview & Bayview in Apalachicola
Call for information and i
reservations 850-653-2098 or
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resources, we have infrastructure and other community-sevice defi-
cits that have critical impacts on the well being of our community. We
a're interested in the development of a comprehensive
community-based strategy for long-term community planing, eco-
nomic stability and sustainability.
2. We are taking this opportunity to request assistance *om the
Apalachee Regional Planning Council and any other appropriate fed-
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Prudential Resort Realty

Issues "Sell" Rating

Market conditions, home prices present ide l
opportunity for homeowners
Apalachicola-Prudential Resort Realty has issued "SELL"
recommendation to its customers based on the convegence of.
several key market conditions that will dramatically benefit home
sellers for the next 3-6 months.
"Our research indicates that the dynamics of this market have
shifted and we arc urging our customers to take advanlge of these
conditions," said Paul Capicchioni, Sales Manager Resrt Realty.
"This is a highly unusual opportunity."

Capicchioni listed three key factors that support his firdrs "SELL"
Long-term mortgage rates: The Fed's recent interest-ra: cuts
have sliced 30-year mortgage rates to 7%. Rates are elected to
rise slightly over the next few months, said Capicchion who
believes rates will then trend upward in the next 12-16 months,
Record-setting home prices: Homeowners will be able t receive
top price for their homes now because demand is high ad
mortgage rates remain attractive. "These prices won't around
at this time next year," said Capicchioni.
Pent-up.supply: A prolonged period of low supply is.usully
followed by a brisk increase in home inventory, accordir, to a
statistical analysis of deed transfers in the Franklin, Gulfand Bay
"The pendulum is ready to swing," said Capicchioni, "Hoeowners
have been waiting and waiting for the right time to sell, anjour
analysis points to optimal sell conditions for the next six ninths."
Prudential Resort Realty, Inc., founded in 1985, is one of th largest
real estate brokerages in the 'Forgotten Coast' with 5 officein
Franklin County. Based on market share, Resort is the No. 'real
estate company in Franklin County. The company employs lore
than 40 sales associates. Resort's Web site is

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No Approval

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By Rene Topping
There was no approval given on
two projects on Timber Island at
the regular monthly meeting of
the Carrabelle City Commission
held August 2, at the Franklin
Senior Citizens Center in Carra-
belle. Tommy Bevis had come to
the last meeting in July asking for
city permits to install six more wet
slips and a concrete pad mixed 30
feet x 30 feet for a fuel station.
The commissioners said they were
reluctant to take up the proposi-
tions because the City Attorney,
Doug Gaidry, was away on vaca-
tion and so they had tabled the
project until the August meeting.
Bevis was item 5 on the agenda
and he restated his request. He
said that he had all the permits
except for the city. He also said
that his request or the slips did
not require any amendment to the
Development of Regional impact
(DRI). Gaidry asked Bevis, "Do
you have any letter, statement or
some document that we do not
have to have a development or-
der change?" Bevis responded
that the fact that he had the per-
mits meant that there was no
amendment needed.
Gaidry, "I don't know, if there was,
Mr. Bevis said there originally was
an approval for fifteen slips prior
to Whiteline, and the development
order, and I have looked in my
papers and I didn't find that." He
added that the development or-
der he had seen had called for
only 9 slips, then went on to say
that it looked to him that it would
need a DRI development order for
the added six slips.
There was discussion of a review
from Susan Anderson who was at
one time in charge of development
and environmental matters in
Carrabelle as a state worker.
Gaidry said he felt Anderson was
saying that there would have to
be change in the DRI. He said that
if there was no document it looked
as if Mr. Bevis would have to go
through the same procedure as
on the travel lift and the boat
Referring to a recent court case,
Gaidry said that although there

had been reference to "You could
do about whatever you want to do
over there, Judge Steinmeyer
has said in his final judgment.
alluding to the boat slips, The
Court's conclusion does not leave
the city without a possible rem-
edy as the enforcement agency of
the 189 DRI development order."
Gaidry said that it was the city's
Bevis said the way that they came
to 15 slips was when he was first
leasing the site. Gene Langston
stood there at and of the dock and
informed us that the site was per-
mitted for 15 slips originally-
Snine were already put in. Pilings
had been driven for the other six
slips." He added he had been in-
formed that the money had run
out before the extra six could be
At this point Gene Langston stood
up and said that he did not re-
member saying 13 slips.
SBevis said angrily that he believed
that the City was not living up to
its agreements. and said that he
would go to court again if neces-
Commissioner Rita Preston
asked, "If we are talking about
proper procedure would it be a
possibility, if the board approved
it contingent that he would get
something from the state?"
Gaidry Said, "It may not be nec-
essary if Mr. Bevis can get some-
thing (from the state). You all are
in charge of development orders.
It's your call on this thing, There
is a procedure established for
"You seem disposed to give him
the extra six slips, but if you want
to do it as provided there in a DRI
out there. Whether they dissolve
it or not is another question. You
haven't done it yet." Preston said,
"Instead of talking this to death it
sounds like, and appears, that
everyone is in agreement. If you
could get something for us then
there would be no problem."
Gaidry explained the process say-
ing that Bevis would have to do
what he did before. Bevis said
every time you need a change it
costs $2,500.and it takes several
months. Gaidry said, "I read

something today. Lot me read
something Susan Anderson, who
we all know well, sent a memo-
randum to James Merly, Secre-
tary of Department of Community
Affairs, in 1998, discussing sev-
eral elements, and on page three
the department issued comments
on the application, additional boat
slips included in the permit but


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not authorized, should not be
constructed either if the three
conditions, Storm Water Plan,
Waste water Plan and he also
spoke additionally on pollution
plan were not met." Gaidry said
he was going to advise the city to
go through the normal process .
Pat Maier asked to be recognized
and said, "All I want to say is any-
body else who comes, before you:
'gets the same hassle."
Commissioner Raymond Williams
said that there were two matters
on the agenda. The second item
was a concrete pad for fuel tanks.
Davis said that presently he has
to fuel his equipment by carrying
fuel in buckets, After some heated
arguments Williams said that he
could do it if he followed all the
procedures under the. develop-
ment order and he would make a-
motion for Bevis to install the con-
crete pad and the slips and go
through the legal process. There
was no second.
Gaidry said "Lt might be wise to
consider what Mr. Bevis has pro-
posed with respect to doing away
with that ORI but it certainly
shouldn't be done in a few min-
utes. It should be considered in a
workshop or a special meeting to
consider ramifications. There may
be something cooking we don't
know about."
It was suggested that the mayor
and Bevis go up to state and find
out by talking to people. It was
finally decided that the attorney
write a letter.
Williams suggested that the com-
missioners needed to get in touch
with a Elva Peppers at the Phoe-
nix Environmental Group Incor:
porated and find out the status
of the DRI.
Bevis said that the original ORI
was to provide a Seafood Indus-
trial Park and it was seventeen
years old. He added that there are
people who would want to do
something with the remaining 39
acres. Gaidry said, "That is an-
other issue."
Preston said to Davis, "Why don't.
you bear with us and let the at-
torney check it out?"
Williams said, "I told the attorney
to write to Ms. Peppers, did I not?"
Commissioner Frank Mathes
made a motion "To have the at-
torney to write a letter to abolish
the DRI." Commissioner Phillip
Rankin seconded the motion. The
vote was Mathes and Rankin for
abolishment and Preston and Wil-
liams against abolishment of the
DRI. Mayor Messer broke the tie
and voted to abolish.
Bevis said he would wait and see
if they did anything.
On the Timber Island Resort-
project, Jerry Wallace and Dell
Schneider were present to argue
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the meeting room. They gave it
their best try but had finally to
bow to the city commission's de-
sire to take a few more days and
a little more time to get answers
to several questions they had on
this largest project that has come
before them.
The project is a resort with 171
condos, each unit having two
parking spaces beneath, two large
swimming pools, a 4000 square
feet of restaurant, seating 150
persons. There will a 50 slips for
the private use of residents. It will
be a gated community with a six
foot high fence on the Timber Is-
land Road. The overall size of the
site is 11.47 acres.
Wallace said that the project in
being financed by Capital Bank
in Tallahassee. He had large plans
of the project and asked for final
approval. However the commis-
sioners and Alan Pierce said they
had never seen these plans before.
There seem to be several ques-
tions left unanswered. One dealt
with was Wallace wanting to get
the approval in order to sell the
project as a fully approved project.
Pierce said that Wallace might not
be involved in the actual build-
ing. This premise was hotly de-
nied by Wallace at the meeting.
Pierce had also advised the City
to have in writing what it expects
from the eventual developer. Such
documents are called Developer
Agreements. Pierce said it could
make a problem if personal agree-
ments Wallace makes with the city
do not get transferred to the even-
tual developer.
There appears to be a problem
that could develop in connection
with the road that serves Timber
Island. It may not be up to Florida
Department of Transportation
standard. Wallace said that he
was planning on developing in
stages. According to his site plan
the first stage would be A & B
block of condos and along with
that build the docks. Stage 2
would block, Stage 3 would be
block D and E.
Stage 4 would be I, J and K block,
Stage 5 would be H block, Stage
6 would be F block and Stage 7
would be G. He said after the first
75 units were built he would prob-
ably have to deal with the road
problem then.
So far the developers have only
paid up front for the engineering
design made by Baskerville and
Donovan (BDI) of the newer pipe
going under the river. SDI Engi-
neer Ella Mosconis said that the
cost would probably be around
$200,000 and it would have to be
earmarked to that project at the
bank from the funds.
:The commissioners and Alan
Pierce, who advises on projects,
Said that the site plans the men

had brought would have to be
looked over by Pierce as they all
had many questions.
Pierce had written a letter to
Wallace informing him that the
project called for a Full Review
and at present the project only
has a "Preliminary Approval."
Commissioner Rita Preston said
that she had corrected Wallace at
meetings each time he stated that
he had approval by saying "You
only have preliminary approval."
Pierce had looked at some of the
preliminary plans. He told Wallace
in his letter that the later addi-
tion of a restaurant which accord-
ing to the dimensions shown
would mean .33 acres have to be
deducted from the site. It would
also have to have 32 parking
spaces. He did not think that the
City would allow "Cross parking."
Pierce also brought up the boat
ramp at the end of Timber Island
Road. He said because there were
not enough parking places in the
resort he feared they would wind
up on the road. Pierce stated that
the marina would require a park-
ing space for each of the boats and
trailers. The new site plan calls
for 15 parking spaces although
there will be 50 slips.
In the end the commissioners
agreed to meet to consider the
project on August 23 at 6 p.m.
and will be in the Senior Center.

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At the recent Apalachee Regiona
Planning Council (ARPC) meeting
on Thursday, July 26th, Rust
Crum Seafood was approved fo
a ten year loan of $100,000 to b
used to construct a processing
and holding facility, purchase
equipment and for working
The review committee opined tha
Rusty Crum Seafood "represent
an opportunity to provide employ
ment and on-the-job training fo
residents in Franklin County, ant
specifically the City of Apalachi
cola." The ARPC Council unani
mously approved the loan appli
In his business plan, the propri
etor Donnie R. Crum of Apalachi
cola intends to establish a shrimp
processing facility to handle im
ported and domestic shrimp to
support the sale of wholesale
shrimp. The loan is to be used to
construct a processing building
with freezer space, purchase anc
install processing equipment and
working capital for shrimp inven
tory. The facility will support sales

SRegional Economy from Page 4
Carrabelle Public Improvement Program
Projects and Potential Projects

Riverwalk: Carrabelle Riverwalk Completion
Sewer System: Sewer System Completion
Water System: Water System Completion
Sidewalks: Sidewalk Completion
Library: Library Completion
Economic Development: Franklin Correctional Institute Completion
Downtown Revitalization: Downtown Redevelopment Completion

Potential Projects
Timber Island: Economic development of Timber Island. Same as
last year. There are existing funds and programs to assist in the de-
velopment of Timber Island. These programs can be used to satisfy
state DRI requirements as well as developing facilities. A Timber Is-
land development strategy will, however, require overall community
Carrabelle-Thompson Airport: Project completed--resurfacing
Sewer Service: Establishment of sewer service on west side of Carra-
belle River
Water Expansion Service: The expansion of City's water service to
developments along U.S. Highway 98 West

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allow for sales growth.
He intends the targeted market
area to be primarily Franklin, Gulf
and Wakulla counties with sales
generally to restaurants and sea-
food markets and other small
wholesalers with some limited re-
tail sales. The business is to, be
located in Apalachicola at 1 Wild-
flower Lane, adjacent to his resi-
dence. Donnie Crum has been in
all phases of the shrimp business
for over 20 years, establishing a
firm route sales base. The busi-
ness will provide jobs for the lo-
cal market both full and part time.
He projects employment to involve
the equivalent of four fulltime jobs
in the first operating year, ex-
panding to eight full-time jobs by
the third year of operation. He is
currently the only full-time em-
ployee of the business.
The loan is approved at an inter-
est rate of Prime +1, with Prime
rate currently at 7%, and a
monthly payment of $1,213.28.
The loan is secured by a second
mortgage on his personal resi-
dence, a first lien on business
equipment in addition to the
equipment to be purchased with
loan proceeds, a first lien on a
1996 Chevrolet pick-up and a
personal guarantee. Unless
waived by the ARPC, the borrower
shall provide the ARPC quarterly
statements of cash flow, income
and balance sheets at the close
of each quarter, for the life of the
Currently, the ARPC's Economic
Development Administration Re-
volving Loans number six loans
with one referred to Legal Coun-
cil for collection, one in bank-
ruptcy, and two additional loans
delinquent. Two other loans are
described as "current" indicating
the borrowers are paying making
payments. The ARPC also has an
additional eight Small Business
Revolving Loans outstanding,
with only one "delinquent" and
two additional loans just starting.

t Carrabelle

sr City Meeting
- Other Business At
SCarrabelle City
Commission Meeting
- By Rene Topping
p In Other Business: Ray Payne.
* of Waste Management requested
o and was granted a price increase
e $14.87 a raise in price by 22 cents
3 for residential customers. Com-
g mercial rates will be raised by 66
d cents.
- City Commissioner Rita Preston
Said she would like to try a sys-
tem that would place numbers on
.cityproperty. She said she will
bring the proposal to the next
City Commissioner Phillip Rankin
made a recommendation that the
city allow Sewer and Water Super-
intendent Keith Mock to purchase
extra fittings for newer lines if
broken. The Royal will be start-
ing on the Sewer Project as soon
as August 15 and they have
agreed that if they have the fit-
tings they will install them free of
charge according to Ella Mosco-
nis who is Baskerville and
Donovan's engineer on that
project. If the company breaks a
line that is on the maps they will
have to fix and provide the fittings.
Mock was approved to purchase
fittings up to $2,500, with the
money to be taken out of the
City Clerk Beckey Jackson an-
nounced that the first public
hearing on the proposed.budget
will be changed to September 13
at 6 p.m. and will be held at the
Franklin County Seniors building.
The second and final hearing will
be on September 17 at 7 p.m.
Commissioners approved pay-
ment of $600 to Attorney Doug
Gaidry, Robert Carroll gained ap-
proval on a variance of 10 feet
from the Alley on lots 6-8 Block
94 (C8) Picketts Addition. amount
of $600.
BDI was approved on an invoice
for engineering design for the Tim-
ber Island Lift Station and Force
Main in the amount of $8,694.65
Commissioners approved pay-
ment of $23,100.00 to Coastal
Reef Builders. They also approved
payment of $1000 to the organi-

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The Franklin Chronicle

Killing Birds

And Other

Wildlife Would

Not Stop West

Nile Virus

Although some well-meaning Flo-
ridians are calling for a wholesale
slaughter of birds to stop the West
Nile virus outbreak and other
mosquito-borne diseases, wildlife
officials say that wouldn't work.'
"Birds aren't causing the prob-
lem-mosquitoes are," said
George Wallace, Ph.D.. bird con-
servation coordinator for the Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC) office in Panama
City. "Birds, especially crows, are
just victims."
Wallace said West Nile virus is
what scientists call an "arbovi-
rus"-a disease spread by such
critters as mosquitoes, sand flies
and ticks. Mosquitoes carry West
Nile virus in their saliva, and they
infect host species, such as birds,
when the insects bite to draw
"Some birds die within a couple
of days," Wallace said. "Others-
the birds that survive the virus,
will have infectious West Nile vi-
rus for one to four days after ex-
posure. Then they are immune."
A large number of mosquitoes
must feed on an infectious host
to ensure that some of them are
still around after the portion of the
virus' incubation cycle that occurs
outside of a host (about 2 weeks,
depending on temperature) to feed
again on another bird host. Over
70 species of birds have tested
positive for West Nile virus in the
northeastern states where the vi-
rus first turned up in North
America in 1999.,
"People, horses and most other
mammals are not known to de-
velop infectious-level viral disease
very often, and thus are probably
'dead-end' or 'incidental' hosts,"
Wallace said.
So far, 20 birds have tested posi-
tive for West Nile virus in Florida,
all of them in Okaloosa, Washing-
ton, Leon, 'Jefferson, Madison,
Duval and Taylor counties. Half
of them were in Jefferson County.
West Nile virus can cause en-
cephalitis (inflammation of the
brain), and it can also cause seri-
ous disease or even death in
horses, but people can protect
themselves by taking a few simple
precautions. For instance:

Carrabelle from Page 5
zation For Artificial Reefs, ()AR)
Both of these payments will paid
from the General fund but will.be
reimbursed by Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FFWCC).
Linda and John Hewitt gained
approval for a special exception
on Lots 4 and 5, Block F, Picketts
Addition under R2 Zoning No. 4
for cottage industry, family
owned. The purpose is to sell left
over merchandise from Linda's
Trading Post possibly 2 -3 week-
ends per month.
Item 8 was taken off the city
agenda due to no show by the
buyers, Rodney Mathews and
Clare Specht, There was no rep-
resentative from Anchor Realty.
The prospective buyers were seek-
ing a special exception to allow
two living quarters in the second
floor of the Old Gulf State Bank
Building. Mayor Messer ordered
it to be taken off the agenda.
Dan Ausley gained approval on a
first reading of Ordinance no. 287
to change the land use of a par-
rcel, adding lots 11, 12, 13,14, 15,
S16, and 17 in 44.01 acres in River
SBluffs Subdivision Agricultural
Conservation to R1 and Chang-
ing the map of Carrabelle. He also
was approved on his plat adding
them to River Bluffs Subdivision.
Donald Green was approved for a
commercial review for U-LOCK,
SINC. of Carrabelle, for construc-
tion of Storage units located at
1557 Highway 98. (The old Tim-
ber Island Realty site.)
Commissioners approved renewal
Sof the Community Rating System
Annual Certification on Flood In-
The final reading was made on
Ordinance 286 amending the City
of Carrabelle Zoning Code to add
Zoning R6, residential office
Commissioners approved resolu-
tion 08-2001 authorizing ZBDI to
apply for State of Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection
for Small Community Wastewater
Facilities Grant.

The commissioners approved a
Florida Department of Transpor-
tation grant of up to $120,000 to
build sidewalks from the school
to US 98. The pavement will be 6
Feet wide and 4" deep.
This was, Safety Committee
Project to protect our children on
their way back and forth from
iCorfimtssioners approved pur-
'chase of a detection horn to lo-
cate newer lines at a cost of $650.
Commissioners disapproved the
I purchase of an ice machine at a
,cost of $2,064.00 for use of Wa-
'ter/Sewer and Streets/Roads

* Stay indoors during hours of
peak mosquito activity. If you are
going to be outdoors during those
times, use mosquito repellent
with DEET (30 percent or less is
strong enough).
* Eliminate mosquito breeding
habitat around your home, such
as stagnant water. in bird baths,
buckets or tires.
* Report dead birds to your county
health department or to the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission. You can log
dead bird discoveries at FWC's
web site: http://wld.fwc.state.
Fewer than 1 percent of all mos-
quitoes are infected, and fewer
than I percent of all people bitten
by infected mosquitoes develop
the disease. Even fewer develop
serious illness. People over age 50
are at greatest risk.
In areas where the virus has been
found, it occurs in a very small
percentage of the birds. Of those
that do carry the virus, many are
dead-end hosts that have no role
in spreading the virus. Killing a
few birds will do virtually nothing
to stop the virus. The odds of kill-
ing birds that actually have infec-
tious West Nile virus are extremely
small. Furthermore, it's against
the law. All migratory birds except
introduced species such as star-
lings and house sparrows are pro-
tected under the Migratory Bird
Treaty Act.
West Nile virus is not known to
affect white-tailed deer. Most
mammals are also protected by
state law.
In combating arboviruses like
West Nile virus, it's much easier
to control the vectors (the mos-
quitoes) than the hosts (the birds).
The most effective method of con-
trolling the spread of the virus is
mosquito control targeted at spe-
cific areas where the virus has
been detected. The Florida De-
partment of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services and county and
regional mosquito control boards
are in charge of those efforts.

APECO: Alligator

Point Organization

Is Critter Friendly

By Rene Topping As Told
By Vicki Barnett
Two birds, one a Ring Billed Gull
and the other a Brown pelican are
once again flying high over the
waters off Alligator Point. When
they could no longer help them-
selves they found a group of
people who are "critter friendly",
members ofAPECO, an organiza-
tion who love all \dldlile and ill
go to all ends'to help them. The
gull had a broken wing and the
pelican was suffering from a se-
vere case of sinusitis and was
having trouble breathing. The two
birds were rescued by members
of Alligator Point Environmental
Conservation Organization;
(APECO) and transported to The
Florida Wild Mammal Association,
Inc. (FWMA,Inc.) in Wakulla
County for rehabilitation.
Vicki and Line Barnett,'along with
APECO president Roy Durverger,
assisted in the recent release of
the two birds, after they had been
declared completely healthy.'Vicki
said that as the door of each car-
rier was opened the birds just
walked out, sort of looked around
and flew up high to join their in-
dividual species.
Before leaving, each of the birds
flew a circle around the three, as
if to say, 'Thanks for the help."
Vicki said that was a magical and
emotional moment for all three
members and she said she swal-
lowed a big lump in her throat as
she watched the two birds soar-
ing high and feeding along with
their companions.
The members ofAPECO have vol-
unteered to rescue, transport the
critters to FWMA Inc. and assist
in returning them to the wild. Two
other APECO members, Donna
Becker and Jim Ellis are devot-
ing their help in building of much
needed rehabilitation facilities as
well as contributing their time in
helping with the feeding and care
of injured animals and birds be-
ing cared for at the FWMA Inc.
The Florida mammal Association,
Inc. is run by Chris Beatty in
Wakulla County. Chris founded
the rehabilitation center in 1995
and has been an invaluable asset



The State Department of Health
has issued a medical alert for
Eastern Equine Encephalitis for
three counties in the Panhandle.
Holmes, Jackson and Washington
counties have reported 14 cases
of EEE in horses in the last few
weeks. This number is much
higher than usual for this time of
the year.
Although we have no case reports
of EEE in humans or animals in
Franklin, we have experienced an
increase in mosquito activity all
over the county, Outdoor activi-
ties such as fishing, hunting,
camping and being out in the
marshy arm especially during the
dusk and dawn hours when the
mosquitoes are likely to bite, in-
crease the risk of exposure to
mosquitoes and EEE. To prevent
cases of EEE in our county I have
advised the County Mosquito
Control Program to step up their
activities. I also suggest that in-
dividuals make every effort to
minimize exposure to mosquitoes
1. Use mosquito repellent in ac-
cordance with manufacturer's
recommendations on exposed
skin as needed
2. Check residential screening,
including porches and patios, for
tears and other openings.
3. Eliminate stagnant water in
birdbaths, lily ponds, old tires,
flowerpots and any other recep-
tacles in which mosquitoes might
All horse owners are advised to
be extra vigilant in taking protec-
tive measures to prevent EEE.
Individuals with symptoms sug-
gestive of EEE are advised to seek
medical advice immediately. The
symptoms of EEE could range
from mild like cold and slight fe-
ver to severe like headache, fever,
vomiting, disorientation and
blurred, vision.
For more information please con-
tact Franklin County Health De-
partment at (850) 653-2111.

an6G lfConte

to both WaKulla and Franklin
County since then.
'She receives no county, state or
federal money, and the center is
funded by donations, member-
ships and garage sales. She has
provided care to approximately
600 animals and birds each year
and approximately 100 are from
Franklin County.
Chris is extremely busy now and
has around 100 critters to care
for at present. She is happy to
have the adolescents who are ful-
filling their Juvenile Community
Service requirements by volun-
teering for the rehab center. She
says that this has been a plus for
everyone-the animals and the
Vicki said if you can volunteer,
donate or want to be a member of
FWMA.Inc. the way to get in touch
with Chris Beatty is to call her at
926-8308. There is a special need
right now for any kind of fruit and
bait fish. The fruit is especially
critical because of the babies this
Time of year.
Meanwhile the APECO members
are asking that special attention
be given to the nesting sea turtles.
Last year there was only one sea
turtle nest. Vicki Barnett said that
the plea to "Dim Your Lights" is
having results-there are nine
nests so far this year.

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2001 Grade

Appeal Results In

Carrabelle High

School Moving

From Ito C
By Tom Campbell
Florida Education Commissioner
Charlie Crist this week an-
nounced the results of the 2001
school grade appeals. The an-
nouncement resulted in an addi-
tional 23 schools receiving mon-
etary rewards under the School
Recognition program, among
them Carrabelle High School.
A total of 843 schools are to re-
ceive bonuses. Said Crist, "The
appeals process provides an op-
portunity for schools to submit
additional information before fi-
nal grades are assigned." Crist
contends that the school grading
process assures that young
people in Florida will achieve
higher academic performance.
A total of 203 schools in 47 dis-
tricts filed appeals or provided
data to reconcile incomplete
glades. In Franklin County,, Car-
rabelle High School was one of
Carrabelle High School had been
reported as an I or Incomplete.
After the grade appeal, Carrabelle
High Scho61 achieved a "C".
There are 843 schools that are
eligible for School Recognition
Funds by earning an "A" or im-
'proving a letter grade. Of the 843
schools, 582 earned an "A". The
schools may use their funds for
any one of the following:
Nonrecurring bonuses to the
faculty and staff.
Nonrecurring expenditures for
educational equipment or
i* Temporary personnel to assist
in maintaining or improving
Student performance.
Some of the other area schools
were also reported. In Calhoun
County, Blountstown High School
received an original grade of "B"
and there was no change in that
In Wakulla County, Shadeville
Elementary School moved from a
"B" grade to a new grade of "A."
Medart Elementary School was
'tested and graded, but there was
,no change and the grade re-
'mained at "B."
Number of schools by grade after
appeals in the whole state of
:-Florida totaled 2431.., Of those,
,,59,1 recel d:.a, gra4e of "A',,413
received a grade of "B", and 1120
.received a grade of "C."
'There were no Failures or
'Incompletes reported.

Hunter Educadiuil

Course Ofeired
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) is
offering a hunter education
course in Franklin County in Au-

The 16-hour course will be taught
in the media center of Carrabelle
High School located at 1001 Gray
Avenue in Carrabelle from 6 9
p.m. August 17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
August 18, and 8 a.m. to noon
August 19.
Attendance is required at all class
sessions and the range in order
to complete the course. The
course is required for anyone born
on or after June 1, 1975 to pur-
phase a hunting license.
FWC's Regional office in Panama
City at 850-265-3676 to
,pre-register. For information on
future hunter education classes
in your area individuals are in-
vited to visit the .FWC's
Web site at http://
floridaconservation.org/j oin-us /
he/he.html. Contact: David
Crosariol at 850-265-3676.



Medical News

You Can Use

Medicare Solvency
The board of Medicare trustees
announced in March that the
principal trust fund which covers
hospital benefits and other Part
A services would remain solvent
for another 28 years-until 2029.
It had been predicted earlier that
the program, which now covers 39
million people who are over 65 or
disabled, would run out of money
four years sooner. The trustees
called the latest finding on when
the fund would be depleted "a sig-
nificant improvement over last
year's estimate of 2025."
In its report, the bipartisan panel
said one reason for the rosier fore-
cast was that Medicare had spent
less than expected because of
slow increases in health care
costs generally. Other studies of
these costs have shown that pre-
scription drugs, which are not
covered by Medicare but consti-
tute a major medical expense for
older people, have had rapid price
increases in recent years. Several
Members of Congress have cited
the trustees' report as evidence
that prescription drugs could be
added to Medicare without mak-
ing any radical changes in the
structure of the program.
The money in the Hospital Trust
Fund comes mainly.from payroll
tax revenues, unlike Medicare
Part B, which is financed with
beneficiary premiums and general
revenue contributions.

Assisted Living
In recent years, facilities known
as assisted living communities
have sprung up rapidly, offering
older people a "middle way" be-
tween complete independence
and nursing home care. There are
now about 32,000 such facilities
throughout the country, with up
to a million residents. While many
of these residents express satis-
faction with their new homes,
there have been a number of me-
dia stories about poor treatment
of frail elderly in some of these
homes and of actual abuse and

neglect, resulting in death. Unlike
nursing homes, there are no Fed-
eral regulations or standards gov-
erning assisted living facilities,
nor do residents have any guar-
anteed rights. There is no Medi-
care coverage for assisted living
communities,, and only in rare
cases will Medicaid pay a
resident's costs.
In the only Federal study of these
facilities, made in 1999, the U.S.
General Accounting Office found
that prospective consumers were
often given misleading or inaccu-
rate information, with brochures
failing to provide the full facts on
costs or services provided. Only
after moving in would these facts
be made known, as, for example,
when fees were assessed for such
services as help with bathing, tak-
ing medications, or laundry, or
when monthly charges were
higher than those initially quoted.
Speaking at the airing of the Sen-
ate Aging Committee in April,
Karen Love of the Consumer Con-
sortium.on Assisted Living (CCAL)
called the present system of state
regulation of these facilities "a
patchwork approach" that has
failed to protect residents. Citing
many of the problems reported in
the GAO report, she said these
problems have grown with the
"unrestrained" growth of the in-
dustry: Marketing literature con-
tinues to be unreliable, especially
as to what services are automati-
cally covered; administrators fail
to disclose what happens when a
resident's funds are exhausted or
he or she becomes seriously ill or
disabled; staff are often un-
trained, unqualified, or insuffi-
cient; and medicines are not al-
ways administered in the right
way. More alarming are the ac-
counts of personal assaults on the
frail elderly, those most in need
CCAL is now working with other
concerned groups to develop
model standards for adoption by
all assisted living homes, Ms. Love
told the Committee. While these
facilities offer "a vital option" for
long-term care, she said, there is
a need to define and specify ex-
actly what appropriate care is
and, through national standards,
assure that it will be provided.
For more information, and for
answers to questions about as-
sisted living, call CCAL at
703-533-8121, (www.ccal.org.), or
the National Citizens Coalition for
Nursing Home Reform,
202-332-2275, (www.nccnhr.org).

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10 August 2001 Page 7

Florida Hubpial Survives Closing

Publisher's Note: The following article is from the Federal pro-
gram assisting rural Florida hospitals. This is a program designed
to assure the availability of primary care services, emergency ser-
vices and limited acute inpatient services in rural areas where it
is no longer feasible to maintain a full service hospital. The pro-
gram is entitled "Critical Access Hospital (CAH), for a rural for
profit, public or not-for-profit, limited service hospital. George E.
Weems Memorial Hospital in Apalachicola applied for this
designation as a CAH last February 2001. The Florida Dept. of ,
Health newsletter stated that most CAH hospitals "...should ben-
efit from the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Benefits Improve-
ment and Protection Act (BIPA) of 2000 that was passed by Con-
gress in December." One of the provisions ensures that a CAH
will be reimbursed on a reasonable cost basis for outpatient clinical
diagnostic laboratory services and that Medicare beneficiaries will
NOT be liable for coinsurance payments. Another provision al-
lows CAHs to receive cost-based reimbursement from Medicare
for the amount of compensation for emergency room on-caill
(not-present on premises) physicians.
As of March 1st, the state of Florida has certified three CAH.
George E. Weems Hospital has been certified in recent months.
Other certified hospitals include the Calhoun Liberty Hospital in
Blountstown and the Shands Hospital at Live Oak, Live Oak,
It is critically important that the reader be aware that the follow-
ing article is a "case-study" on how one hospital was able to re-
main open because of this Federal and State program. The
case-study is true and applies only to the Wauchula Hospital in
Hardee County. By publishing this "case-study" the Chronicle
only intends to introduce this concept to the community and help
explain how this funding configuration enabled one county to
retain their hospital. As of this date, there is no indication that
the George E. Weems Hospital is acting officially on their certifi-
cation, to alter their operations in conformance with new require-
ments of a CAH.
The federal program called Critical Access Hospital (CAH) designa-
tion can dramatically affect Hardee the future of rural County hospi-
tals. Heartland Center Hospital in Wauchula City, Florida was on the
verge of closing its doors permanently due to inability to turn around
its financial situation. According to Mark Blondin, the hospital ad-
ministrator, "Our hospital would have closed if it had not gone to
Critical Access designation!"
The Crisis
The problem was so serious that the county commissioners were called
upon to loan $1 million to the hospital just to keep the doors open
long enough for the new designation to be approved. Wauchula Hos-
pital records show that the hospital was actually losing over $2.5
million annually in 1999.

The Solution
Since converting to a Critical Access Hospital in May of 2000,
Wauchula Hospital is projected to earn an annual profit of $428,000.
Because of the CAH designation, the hospital will be able to pay back
Hardee County $250,000 annually for four years while still earning a
yearly profit of $178,000.
Critical Access Hospital designation can help rural hospitals in many
ways. The most obvious way is that the CAH designation increases
the amount of money a hospital is reimbursed by the federal govern-
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than by Diagnostic Related Groups. This had a drastic impact on
Wauchula hospital because over 70% of their patients were eligible
for'Medicare. Besides increased federal funding a CAH is not required
to meet stringent staffing standards and therefore the hospital staff
can be tailored to better suit their communities' needs.
In order to convert to CAH designation a rural hospital must be able
to meet certain criteria. There will be differences in the applications
of these stipulations from state to state, therefore check with your
state's Office of Rural Health for details. Economic Impact on Com-
munity. What makes this story so significant and worthy of our at-
tention? Consider the following. In most rural communities the hos-
pital is actually the second largest industry in town (schools are gen-
erally the first). The economy of Hardee County would be devastated
if it lost its hospital. The hospital employs 91 people and pays out
around $2.4 million dollars locally each year. These numbers are
impressive, but they show the direct impact only. The actual effect of
losing the hospital would be even worse.
To get an idea of the true impact the loss of the hospital would have
on Hardee County we must consider the secondary effects. The sec-
ondary effects take into account how many more jobs would be lost
in the community besides those that were directly employed by the
hospital. Economists measure the amount of the secondary losses
that would result from reduced business and household spending
through economic multipliers. For instance, not only would the hos-
pital lose 91 employees, but by adding in the secondary effect, Hardee
County would lose an additional 40 jobs for a total of 131 lost jobs.
The hospital payroll lost to the county of $2.44 million increases to
$3.49 million including the secondary effects.
Going further, the loss of a hospital also has an effect on other health
care services. The entire health sector of a hospital's medical service
area can be divided into 5 separate components: 1) Hospitals, 2) Doc-
tors, Dentists, and Other Medical Professionals, 3) Nursing and Pro-
tective Care, 4) Other Medical and Health Services, and 5) Pharma-
cies. The health sector employment is 361 jobs with a payroll of
$13,814,450. Using the multipliers to factor in the total impact on
the economy increases employment by 145 and payroll more than $5
million, for a total of 506 jobs with a payroll of $18,987,672. The
direct and total impacts of employment and payroll (income) for each
of the components and the overall health sector are shown in the two
Many businesses depend on a local hospital for survival. Losing the
Wauchula Hospital would put these other businesses in jeopardy of
closing their doors, therefore causing a downward spiral impact on
the local economy. Hardee County will find it more and more difficult
to retain and/or recruit doctors, pharmacists, and other medical pro-
fessionals without a local hospital. Furthermore, Hardee County will
find it nearly impossible to retain and attract industry, as well as
retirees, since they look for locations with quality health care ser-
vices. In short, the basic needs of Hardee County residents will not be

The Background
Wauchula hospital was established in the early 1970s through
Hill-Burton funding. The hospital is located in Wauchula City, the
county seat of Hardee County. The hospital services 23,000 people,
which includes Hardee County and the surrounding area.
CAH Conversion: Wauchula Hospital had 24 acute care beds and 20
swing beds before the conversion to CAH status. The hospital staffed
2022 beds. After the CAH conversion the hospital is now licensed for
13 acute care beds and 12 swing beds. The daily census for swing
beds is down from 17.6 to 10.2, and the census has increased from
3.1 to as high as 5.4 for acute care beds. The total employment of the
hospital has decreased from 107 to 91 employees. The monthly pay-
roll also decreased from $215,852 to $203,000.
It is important to note the high.number of Medicare patients, which
represented about 70-72% ofWauchula's total discharges. Because
CAH increases reimbursement for these patients Wauchula Hospital
benefited greatly. Medicare reimbursement is not the only reason for
the hospital's turnaround. Critical Access Hospital designation en-
abled Wauchula Hospital to operate on a much more efficient level
than prior to conversion.
The bottom line is that before the conversion the hospital was losing
$2.8 million annually. After the conversion the hospital is projected
to earn a yearly profit of $428,000.

The importance of having a rural hospital keep its doors-open be-
comes alarmingly apparent. Hardee County commissioners realized
this to the tune of a one million dollar loan. Community leaders must
work together to plan effective health services that benefit everyone.
The involvement of the community in health planning is crucial to
the survival of rural health care services. Rural hospitals cannot sur-
vive without local support. Rural communities will find it difficult to
survive without rural hospitals. Critical Access Hospital designation
is an important tool that rural communities can utilize to help keep
their citizens and local hospital healthy. CAH can do this by increas-
ing federal reimbursements to.the hospital, by relaxing staffing stan-
dards, and by providing a guideline for an overall more efficient hos-
pital. The reality is that a local hospital not only impacts the state of
our physical well being, but it also plays an extremely vital role in the
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Statement At Annual Meeting

During the last meeting of the Board of Franklin County Commis-
sioners, on Tuesday, August 7th, County Extension Director Bill
Mahan briefed the Commissioners on the outcome of the Interstate
Shellfish Sanitation Conference General Assembly actions at their
recent annual conference.
SThe "position statement" requires the core states of California, Texas,
Louisiana and Florida to develop Vibrio Vulnificus Management Plans
that will reduce Vv. oyster-related illnesses by 40% in five years and
60% in seven years. Additionally, the Statement requires core states
to use the ISSC's Consumer Education Program targeted to "at-risk"
individuals, and establishes post-harvest treatment capacity goals of
25% in three years. If necessary to meet the Vv. reduction, goals, to
have 50% capacity in five years for shellstock harvested during the
summer months (May through September) for the raw consumption I
market. The statement recommends the effective date to be October
1, 2001.

Vibnro vlnificus Risk Reduction

Plan Adopted

The Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC), which provides
the national uniform human health guidelines for all states and the
shellfish industry to follow, has been aggressively addressing illnesses
and deaths associated with consumption of raw shellfish containing
the naturally occurring marine bacteria Vibrio vulnificus. During July
2000, at the ISSC annual meeting, the implementation of a manda-
tory Vibrio vulnificus Illness Reduction Plan" was postponed.
Following the ISSC meeting, the Division of Aquaculture coordinated
meetings with the Florida shellfish industry to discuss the idea of
developing a Draft Florida Plan using the ISSC proposed Plan as a
guide. The consensus was that it was preferable to take a leadership
role and cooperatively develop a Florida Plan. A small workgroup with
broad representation (shellfish industry, academia, seafood trade
association, federal health agency, and state health agencies) met on
two occasions and came to consensus on the "Interim Florida Volun-
tary Vibrio vulnificus Risk Reduction Plan For Shellfish."
The goal of the Interim Plan will be to reduce the rate of shellfish-borne
Vibrio vulnificus septicemia illnesses reported from the consumption
of commercially harvested raw or inadequately cooked oysters in
Florida from Florida produced oysters or from oysters processed by
Florida certified processors. The Interim Plan includes the following
strategies that are to be cooperatively implemented by the shellfish
and foodservice industries, state and federal-agencies and academic
* Work with the oyster industry to craft a Vibrio vulnificus Manage-
ment Plan incorporating the Best Management Practices for Vibrio to
reduce illness and deaths associated with consumption of Florida
* Craft and deliver specific educational programs on potential risks of
consumption of raw foods containing Vibrio vulnificus. Target educa-
tional efforts to include all at risk groups and their health care pro-
* Work with Department of Business ard Professional Regulation and
the Florida Restaurant Association on adoption of the Model Food
Code consumer message for oysters as well as prominent display of
the current consumer information statement.
* Determine the local economic impacts on the oyster industry of
specific post harvest treatments, limits of harvesting, and other po-
tential controls.
* Develop a "Florida White Paper" on existing and emerging
post-harvest treatment technologies.
* Work with the federal government and Congress to further develop
post harvest treatment technology.
* Sponsor, demonstration projects for post harvest treatment pro-
cesses, for example, offshore cleansing and complete the demonstra-
tion projects for heat shock and dockside icing.
* Compile analytical data concerning Vibrio vulnificus, levels in'Florida
waters and Florida oysters and conduct environmental Vibrio sam-
pling program to fill in various data gaps.

* Increase harvester education wimt current narvesung requirements:
shading, time to refrigeration, and other current control measures.
* Increase retail and food service education efforts in proper handling
and preparation of shellfish to control and reduce potential illness.
* Work with industry and law enforcement personnel to increase com-,
pliance with current harvesting requirements: shading, time to re-
* Determine potential addition of value for products undergoing post
harvest treatment.
In addition, the shellfish industry must select and prepare for imple-
mentation of one or more of the following controls to reduce illness: ;
product use restrictions and labeling, post-harvest treatment, shell-
fish harvest area closures, on-board product icing or refrigeration or
summer month early morning or late evening harvesting. The indus-
try and Division of Aquaculture are to develop an incentive program I
to encourage industry to implement the identified controls.
The industry-agency workgroup will meet at least annually to review
progress to implement the Interim Plan and deliver an annual progress
report. For a complete copy of the Interim Plan and additional infor-
mation, contact David Heil, 850488-5471.
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Before deciding on choosing
an Assisted Living facility
for yourself or a loved one,
here are some questions to

1. Is the facility licensed?

2. What is the level of experi-
ence of the facility staff?

3. Does the facility have the
type of housing arrangement
you want? Is it available?

4. Is the facility attractive,
comfortable, clean and

5. Is the staff courteous and

6. Is the staff available to pro-
vide prompt assistance at all

7. Are there organized social
and recreational activities?

8. Does a resident have easy
access to a medical complex?

9. How many daily meals are
provided? Is the food tasty
and nutritious?

10. Does the facility have pro-
grams for Alzheimer's and
other dementias?

Published from United
.SeniorsHealth Report
(Spring 2001) Vol. 17, No. 2.

Refuge House clients are in
need of the following in good
working condition: washer,
dryer, bunk beds and mat-
tresses, chest of drawers. If you
can provide any of the above,
please contact our office at 653-
3313. Thanks.

5,815 sq. ft. commercial build-
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on 215'x250' lot in the Lanark
Village Retirement Community.
$238,000. Call 850-697-3395
(697-3183 nights/weekends).

Manager Of


By Tom Campbell

Bill Hess, currently Manager of St.
George Island Plantation, an-
nounced his retirement on July
21, 200 1, to become effective "at
the end of September." He said
that he has told the Board of Di-
rectors he would be willing to stay
on to help in the transition, at the
pleasure of the Board. "I would be
willing to continue through Octo-
ber (2001)," he said.

Hess has been in the position of
Manager of St. George Island
Plantation three years, from Au-
gust 3, 1998, until the present.
He said he has enjoyed the work
and has made many good friends
in the area.

In cooperation with members of
the plantation, Hess has been
able to improve the infrastructure
of the plantation. "And we are free
of litigation now," he added.

Hess said he is resigning for "re-
tirement purposes only. I have
spent twenty-five years in munici-
pal government as a career and I
am now ready to retire." Having
started out in his hometown of
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, he
:then went to a suburb..of,-Phila-
delphia and finally to Hershey,
Pennsylvania, where he was hired
for the job on St. George Island.

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and the pavilion floor was finished
by late July. The framing for the
rest room roof was in place by last
weekend by the volunteers.
Most of the donated labor originates
from the St. George Island
community but a few from
Apalachicola have donated time on
these projects.

The following persons have
participated in the construction:
Bob Harper, Mason Bean. Dominic
Baragona, Charles Brannon, Melvin
Marsh, Nick Yonklas, Charles
Pfeifer, Frank Holtom. Steve
Kiesler, Wayne Thomas, Ray Moody,
David Cox. Gordon Adkins, Willie
Irvine and Cole Nelson. The

His new home will be in Alexan-
dria, Louisiana. He has bought a
home, there, and has "some in-
vestments in rental properties
there." He plans to "enjoy" his re-
tirement, just having fun with

The Search Committee is work-
ing to establish a means of search
for a replacement. The committee
met July 30. It is made up of
Board members Jim Matson,
Manley Siler and Lee Swell. They
plan to search locally first, then
regionally. After that, the search
would go national, if that is;

SConsensus of plantation mem-
bers is that Hess has been highly
successful. "He is a good man and
a good friend," said one.

thousands of future users of these
facilities will never know much
about the commitment made by,
these volunteers that will make
their visit to St. George Island a
memorable one, but their names are
here for this brief recognition.
Volunteers are the glue that holds
Franklin County together!


Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 07/27/01 Invoice No. 6923
Description of Vehicle: Make Kia Model Sportage C Color Black
Tag No Year 1999 State FL Vin No. KNDJB7234X5590571

To owner: Nathan Montgomery or To Lien Holder: Debis Financial Ser
Kimberlv Denny 7 Village Circle, Suite 350
200 Gunn Street Roanoke, Texas 76262
St George Island 32328

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
07/21/01 at the request of FHP that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 from
the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of the
lienor: that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 08/30/01 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT. FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
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
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the

P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219 '-


Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date ofthjs Notice' 07/31/01 Invoice No. 6922
Description of Vehicle: Make Kia Model Sephia Color Black
TagNo U18ATC Year2000 stateFL vinNo. KNAFB1213Y5911144

To Owner: Paul Whiddon T Lien Holder: WFF Financial Corp.
P.O. Box 246 P.O. Box 168048
Carrabelle, FL 32322 Irvin, Texas 75016

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
07/20/01 at the request of FCSO that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 from
the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem' the vehicle from the lien of the
lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78

You and each of you are hereby notified that on 08/23/01 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
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
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the

P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 07/24/01 Invoice No. 6916
Description of Vehicle: Make Ford Model Taurus Color Black
Tag No Year 1990 State FL VinNo. IFACP50U4LA231075

To Owner: Ronald Bellew To Lien Holder:
35 Redman Road
Crawfordville, FL 32327

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
07/14/01 at the request of APD that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 from
the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of the
lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 08/23/01 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
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
vehicle you must present personal identification. driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219

Bill Hess
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10 August 2001 Page 9

Bulletin ;


August10 October 14, 2001
By Tom Campbell
Friday, August 10-Apalachicola
Bay and River Keeper, Inc.:
T-shirts and hats available and
information on sea turtles and
other Bay and River life on dis-
play. River Keeper is a private,
non-profit and non-governmental
membership and advocacy orga-
nization, dedicated to helping pre-
serve and protect the natural
aquatic resources ofApalachicola
Bay and River. Apalachicola Bay
has been recognized as an Inter-
national Biosphere Reserve by
UNESCO, and classified by the
federal government as a National
Estuarine Reserve. It is an Out-
standing Florida Water Body, des-
ignated so by the state of Florida.
Help support the preservation of
this wonderful pristine natural
resource. For more information
on the Riverkeeper organization,
phone 850-670-5470 or visit the
office at 29 Island Drive, Suite 6,

in Eastpoint. Olfice,hours are 9
to 1:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tues-
days and Fridays. ,
Saturday, August 1-1-Yard Sale
to benefit the "Children at Christ-
mas" fund, Carrabelle, held at
Bayou Beer and Bait, Highway 98
in Carrabelle. Every Saturday.
Monday, August 13-Big Bend
Hospice invites you to become a
lasting part of the beauty and
peaceful tranquility of the Hospice
House Garden. By making a gift
for the Remembrance Walkway,
you can honor your loved ones
while also supporting the on-go-
. ing needs of Hospice patients and
their families. Every dollar of your
gift stays in our community and
ensures that no one has to die
alone or without the care they
need. With a gift of $250, $500 or
$2,500, you can leave a legacy by
having your own name or a loved
one's name engraved on our gar-
den walkway. Gift may also be
made in honor of grandchildren,
a birthday, anniversary or other
special occasion. The pavers will
be located on the sidewalks
throughout the Hospice Garden
and a limited number are avail-
able. Donors will receive a map
to identify the location of their
paver(s) and a certificate suitable
for framing. As a living tribute to
those we love and remember, do-

nors are invited to submit a story
or message about their loved one
by sending an e-mail to
hospice@bigbendhospice. org.
Pavers are available in three sizes.
Requests received by September!
1, 2001 will be installed by No-
vember and will be dedicated at a
special ceremony. Messages may
be three or six lines based on the
size of the paver. Larger sizes are
available upon request. Please call
the Development Department at
(850) 878-5310 or (800) 772-5862
for more information.
Monday, August 13-Get free
samples and all kinds of stuff free,
if you buy a five-year hunting li-
cense or lifetime hunting license
between August 13 and October
31, 2001. Hunting equipment and
supply companies are eager to
bring their products to the atten-
tion of Florida's sportsmen. Con-
tact Kent Whittington at
850-488-9434, Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC). He is marketing man-
ager and organizing the program.
He said anyone who spends the
$56.50 to buy a five-year hunting
license, or buys one of the other
long-term hunting licenses dur-
ing the promotional period, will
receive a package of samples and
coupons valued at more than the
cost of the license. He said, "We
have succeeded in securing qual-
ity product samples that hunters

SPrudential Resort Realty
VServing Franklin, Gulf, and Bay Counties

At Prudential Resort Realty a pattern of steady growth has resulted in a solid and profitable Florida Real
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Positions are currently available in both our Apalachicola and other Franklin County offices for experienced
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As a Prudential Resort Realty Agent, you will enjoy state of the art technology, supportive training, along
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Contact Paul Capicchioni, Sales Manager for an interview, at (850) 653-2555 ext. 12, or fax resume to
(850) 653-9161. EOE


can use." The free bonus package
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Birchwood Casey Shoot-n-C tar-
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cover scent and unscented sports-
man soap, a Woods 'N Water
six-month trial subscription and
other samples and coupons. More
information is available at FWC's
Website at www.state.fl.us/fwc.
August 13 14-Monday and
Tuesday-Gulf Coast Community
College Gulf-Franklin Center ad-
vising and registration, 9 a.m. to
6 p.m. EST. Contact Alexandra
Dallas at Institutional Advance-
ment, 850-872-3809.
Wednesday, August 15-
Franklin County School Readi-
ness Coalition meeting announce-
ment: 11 a.m. EST at Franklin
County Emergency Management
Office; with Pre-K Committee Re-
port and much more. For addi-
tional information, phone Vicky
Patterson at Early Childhood Ser-
vices, Inc., 872-7550, ext. 2223.
August 15 16-Wednesday and
Thursday-Gulf Coast Commu-
nity College, Main Campus advis-
ing in faculty offices. Registration
in the Lifelong Learning Confer-
ence Center, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reg-
istration and Drop/Add will re-
quire payment the same day.

Monday, August 20-All day and
evening classes begin at Gulf
Coast Community College. For
additional information phone
Gulf Coast Community College's
Visual and Performing Arts per-
forming groups invite interested
citizens in the community to join
them for the 2001 2002 school
year in the newly renovated
Amelia G. Tapper Center for the
Arts. The Masterworks Chorale
group performs classical compo-
sitions and lighter works, con-
ducted by Judy Harrison. Chorale
meets Monday evenings at 6:30
p.m. The GCCC Concert Band,
conducted by Rusty Garner,
meets on Monday afternoons at 3
p.m. For additional information,
phone 872-3886.
Tuesday, August 21-Franklin
County Legislative Delegation
Hearing: Rep. Will S. Kendrick (D)
Carrabelle, Chairman of the
Franklin County Legislative Del-
egation, announced that the an-
nual local public hearing will be
held on Tuesday, August 21, 200.1
at 6:00 p.m. in the Courtroom of
the Franklin County Courthouse
in Apalachicola.
Thursday, August 23-Carra-
belle Lighthouse Association
meeting at 6:30 p.m., Carrabelle
C-Quarters Restaurant. City of
Carrabelle may have received per-
mit to move ahead with saving the
lighthouse for future generations.

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Jessica And Metin Yur Add To

International Flavor Of Franklin County

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By Tom Campbell
It has already been observed that
Franklin County is a "micro-
cosm." Politics and socio-
economics substantiate this
Many examples could be listed
which demonstrate the fact of the
matter. Among those are Jessica
and Metin Yur, who have a home
on Highway 98 in Carrabelle
Beach, and who exemplify-the "in-
ternational flavor" of Franklin
CouAty residents.
Metin Yur is from Istanbul, Tur-
key, and his wife Jessica is from
Glascow, Scotland.
Recently, Jessica said that her
cousin, William Wilson Aird,
whom she had never met, came
to visit from South Africa. "I had
never seen him," said Jessica Aird
Yur, "because my Mother's
brother left Scotland in 1926 and
moved to South Africa. William's
father and my Mother were
brother and sister."
Jessica's Mother's natne was
Jessie McAulay, who lived in La-
nark Village. She was one of the

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early residents who came there in
about 1955. She lived in Lanark
Village until "she came to live with
us in Briarcliff Manor in
Westchester County, New York,"
Jessica explained.
In 1926, Scotland experienced a
depression similar to the Great
Depression in the United States
about the same time. People were
starving to death and were not
able to find jobs.
"Everyone in Scotland," said Jes-
sica, "was effected by the depres-
sion and everyone tried to do bet-
ter. My Mother's older brother
went to Australia, and my
Mother's younger brother went to
South Africa. His son is William
Wilson Aird."
Aird and his wife Sheila came to
visit. Also, his son, wife and two
children'visited the Yurs in Car-
rabelle Beach.
"Mletin came from Turkey and I
came from Scotland," said Jes-
sica. "We were married in Carra-
belle;tn. 19598, in, the Methodist
Church. There was no Commu-
nitfy'Chiurh in Lanark Village, at
that time.",
The Yurs have one son, Errol
Yur-"like the famous actor,"
smiled Jessica. "Errol is a lawyer
and lives in Fairfield, Connecti-
Jessica and Metin Yur have re-
tired now and live full-time in
their home in Carrabelle Beach.
"We have a lazy life here," said
Metin. "We like it and that's why
we selected this area to retire
The wind chimes hanging on the
front porch made a joyful sound,
as if to reinforce what Metin was
saying. "We have a breeze here
almost all the time," he said. He
said if you own a home, it is im-
portant to have good neighbors,
"and we do have good neighbors,"
he smiled.
Metin Yur is a Mason, Curfew
Lodge #73.
The Yurs are community-minded
people and are members of the
Boat Club in Lanark Village,
Yaupon Garden Club, Lanark Vil-
lage Hobby Club, Lanark Village
Association, and the Golf Club.
Metin Yur said he was a "copy boy
at 17, and became a news corre-
spondent for the United Nations."
He was, at one time, a writer for
the Turkish Daily News.
He said that meeting politicians
"opened my eyes." For example,
Senators, members of Parliament
and such were often heard to
"gossip" about a person as soon
as the person left the room. People
are ordinary people, wherever
they are found.

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Thursday, August 23-Or any
day, actually, stop by Carrabelle
Florist and thank Flo Coody and
Commodore Paul Gilday for help-
ing to sponsor the Timber Island
Yacht Club's activities supporting
the young people of the area.
namely the Fishing Class and
Youth Fishing Tournament. Also
the annual Christmas lighted
"Boat Parade" on the Carrabelle
River in early December. They do
a great job and deserve hearty
Friday, August 24-Ice Cream
Business Social at Carrabelle
Junction from 5 p.m. until 6:30
p.m. After Hours Business Social
sponsored by Carrabelle Area
Chamber of Commerce. Carra-
belle Junction is located across
from Post Office. Come sample
Ron's Ice Cream, delicious coffee
and goodies-and take a look at
all his cool antiques.
Tuesday, August 28-Gulf of
Mexico Fishery Management
Council will hold public hearings
to review "Draft Amendment 10
to the Fishery Management Plan
for the Shrimp Fishery of Gulf of
Mexico, U.S. Waters with Environ-
mental Assessment, Regulatory
Impact Review, Flexibility Analy-
sis and Social Impact Assess-
ment." This involves measures to
reduce bycatch in the shrimp fish-
ery on the west coast of Florida,
south and east of Cape San Bias
(850 30' West Longitude). Mea-
sures being considered include
area and/or seasonal closures, as
well as requiring bycatch reduc-
tion devices (BRDs). A copy of
Amendment 10 and related ma-
terials can be obtained by calling
the Council office at
813-228-2815. Public hearing will
be held at Franklin County Court-
house, Tuesday, August 28, 2001.
33 Market Street, Apalachicola,
Florida 32320. Phone
850-653-8861. Scheduled to be-
gin at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, August 28-Talk with
state leaders at 6 to 8 p.m. about
AARP's legislative work in Talla-
hassee and how you can become
involved in the efforts. Meeting 6
to 8 p.m. at the "round" Holiday
Inn, 316 West Tennessee Street.
AARP leaders will hold discussion
on AARP's growing role in the
Florida legislature, including
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ment to the St. George Island DRI
to create five additional building
sites in Casa Del Mar Phase II. The
requested hearing date is also
September 18th.
Hurricane Earl
The Board approved the Finding
of No Significant Impact and Re-
quest Release of Funds and Re-
moval of Environmental Condi-
tions for the Hurricane Earl
CDBG project for Eastpoint and
Apalachicola. Mark Curenton also
recommends the Board approve
advertising for an engineering
firm to design the project. While
the county has an engineering
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require a separate decision for

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August 23 if you plan to attend.
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Thursday, August 30-Or any
day actually, stop by Carrabelle
Florist and thank Flo Coody and
Commodore Paul Gilday for help-
ing to sponsor the Timber Island
Yacht Club's activities supporting
the young people of the area,
namely the Fishing Class and
Youth Fishing Tournament. They
do a great job and deserve hearty
congratulations! Also the annual
lighted boat parade in early De-
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Monday, September 3-Holi-
day-The Florida State University
will be closed in observance of
Labor Day.
October 5 14-The Visual and
Performing Arts Division of Gulf
Coast Community College will of-
fer as its first play of the season
the comedy "The Compleat Works
of Wilm Shkspr (Abridged)." This
will also he Gulf Coast Commu-
nity College's entry for the
Kennedy Center American College
Theatre Festival. Performances
are scheduled in the Amelia Cen-
ter Theatre Lab before going on
tour. Local production dates are
October 5 14. For more infor-
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it might very will be the same en-
gineering firm, but the request for
professional services has to be
County Recreation Site
In Carrabelle
The Board was advised that the
county can not move forward with
acquiring the preferred site in
Carrabelle for the county recre-
ation facility because the owner
as identified by the Property
Appraiser's Office admits that
they do not currently have clear
title to the property. There is a
hearing before judge in Septem-
ber to try and get it straight.
The problem is the county can not
apply for a grant to build the rec-
reation facility until it owns the
land, and the deadline for apply-
ing for a grant to build the facility
is October 1. The Board approved
to direct the Planning Department
to submit an application for con-
struction even though a site has
not been selected, and hope that
such application will not be re-
jected before we have time to
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