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Cauj uftweml e O2 -4 200 f

The 38th

Florida Seafood Festival

Traditional Locally Prepared Seafood, A Saturday Parade, and

Run, Live Music and Crafts

We are turning back the clock to a time when this popular event was comprised of non-profit
I groups preparing regional seafood dishes in honor of the seafood industries.

Seafood Festival Royalty


The 32320
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Volume 10, Number 21 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER October 19- November 1, 2001

Inside This Issue
12 Pages

Franklin Briefs ............ 2
Swifty Mart Suspicious
.................................... 2
Editorial & Commentary
.................................... 3
Arvida ........................ 4
Franklin P & Z ............. 4
Carrabelle City ...........4..

Alligator Point............ 4
St. George POA .......... 6
Tri-County Chamber Meet
................................... 8
Memorial Park ............. 9
FCAN....................... 10
Ilse Newell .............. 11,
Kayak-A-Thon............ 12

Ashley Richards is the 2001 Seafood Festival Queen. She
is a senior at Apalachicola High School, and is involved in
many school, church and community activities. Ralph
Richards is the 2001 King Retsyo, and a native of
Apalachicola. He has been a commercial fisherman for 35
years, working as a shrimp boat captain. He is proud to be
escorting his granddaughter, Ashley Richards, this year's
Seafood Festival Queen,

Southern Country To Be Featured

At 38th Annual Seafood Festival
Apalachicola Prepares To Host Festivities
November 2, 3 and 4

By Tom.Campbell
Officials for.the 38th Annual Sea-
food Festival in Historic Apalachi-
cola recently announced plans for
November 2, 3 and 4. The festivi-
ties are traditionally scheduled for
the first weekend in November
each year, and 2001 follows the
On Friday, November 2, 2001, the
Gates Open-No admission
charge. The Blessing of the Fleet
is scheduled for 4 p.m. Arrival of
King Retsyo, and Miss Florida
Seafood will be followed by Musi-
cal Entertainment-King Cotton
On Saturday, November 3, the
Redfish Run is scheduled to start
at the Gibson Inn at 8:00 a.m.
Gates open at 10 a.m. Admission
$5. Kids under 12 are admitted
free. Parade begins at 10 a.m.,
Avenue E/Highway 98. At 10
a.m., Arts, Crafts and Food Ven-
dors open.
11 to 1:00 p.m.-Musical Enter-
tainment will be provided. And
again 2 6:00 p.m. will be Musi-
cal Entertainment and the Oys-
ter Shucking Contest is scheduled
for 1 p.m. followed by Oyster Eat-
ing Contest.
Beginning at 6 p.m. nationally
recognized country music bands
"Mustang Sally" and "Confeder-
ate Railroad" will be the headline
Confederate Railroad, a Southern
country rock band which hit the
scene in 1992 with "She Took It
Like A Man," has recently released
a new album titled "Unleashed."
Few artists in country music his-
tory have been as consistently
proficient at touching drama and
light comedy as Confederate Rail-
road. The group's knack for com-
bining hard edged honky-tonk
partv songs like "Queen of Mem-
phis" and "Trashy Women" with
heart wrenching, tearful story
songs like "Jesus and Mama" and
"Daddy Never Was the Cadillac
Kind," has earned them wide
ranging respect, multi-platinum
album sales, and major awards
in both the U.S. and abroad.
Confederate Railroad features
Danny Shirley (vocals, guitar);
Jimmy Dormire (lead guitar);
Mark DuFresne (drums); Cody
McCarver (keyboards, vocals);
Wayne Secrest (bass guitar);

Gates Nichols (steel guitar, vo-
cals). For nearly 20 years, the
group has been a torch bearer of
turbo-charged country music.
Confederate Railroad was offered
a record deal in 1991 and went
about changing the country mu-
sic landscape forever.
Another Southern country music
band to highlight this year's fes-
tival is "Mustang Sally.' This
group offers "edgy country music
with a contemporary feel and tra-
ditional roots," according to the
promotional release.
"Mustang Sally" features a show
that sizzles with a lot of polish.
The band features Ryan Rygmyr
on lead vocals, Debbie Johnson
plays bass guitar and sings. On
keyboards and vocals is Becky
Priest. Lead guitar is handled by
Lynne Campbell. Lisa Romeo
plays drums and adds harmony
vocals. The wild one on fiddle,
mandolin, sax and guitar is Renae
Mustang Sally is a group that has
played many high profile dates,
such as opening for George Jpnes,
and Lee Ann Rimes. A major
record deal is currently in the
works for this hot new "girl band."
This year's festival will be held
November 2 4 at Battery Park in
Historic Apalachicola. This year,
the gates will open on Saturday
at 10 a.m.
Festival President Betty Webb
said, "We're bringing back the old
festival. We want it to mean some-
thing special to the local people
we are honoring-the seafood
The Florida Seafood Festival
draws more than 10,000 to the
coastal area of Franklin County.
Hotel and motel rooms fill fast and
for nearly two weeks prior to the
event, the surrounding commu-
nities are bursting with bustle
and festival fever from visitors
from across the country and
around the world.
Gates open on Sunday, Novem-
ber 4, which is the final day of the
festival, at 10 a.m.-No admission
charge. Music entertainment will
be various local bands. At 4 p.m.,
the festival officially ends.
Mark your calendar and share
some wonderful memories with
your favorite person or persons.

Apalachicola City Commission
Hears Complaints About Sewer and
Water Rates
Four Commissioners were present at Monday's October 15th meet-
ing at City.Hall in Apalachicola. MVlyor Alan Pierce was absent due to
an illness in his family. Commissioner Elliott and Davis took turns
conducting their meeting.
Joe Witt of the Battery Park Marina Committee asked the Commis-
sioners to suspend one aspect of an ordinance that prohibited the
collection of fees for marina services on Saturday during the Seafood
Festival (City Ordinance 91-9)(3)(b). He explained that his committee
wanted to assess the impact that the suspension would have on rev-
enues and traffic during the Festival. His argument was made to build
additional revenues for that day. But, the City Council had years
earlier passed anordinance that contained a section prohibiting col-
lection of fees during the Festival. The Commissioners voted to're-
scind that portion of the ordinance but the question of timing and the
necessity of advertising such a change came up despite the charac-
terization of the action as an "emergency." The City Attorney was to
look into the time-line with the Administrator, and Betty Taylor Webb
to begin advertising for the change.
By far, the longest portion of the meeting Monday night, and the most
vocal, consisted of many complaints about the water and sewer rates.
Some excerpts from those attending the meeting included 'the follow-
"... My water bill is $98.91-1 don't have that kind of money
... The sewer went up from $12.75 to, $45.00. That's not
Commissioner Davis attempted to explain. "...The reason why we had
to raise the rates up, there was a provision to start the operation, to
get the funding to replace the water system, we had to look at the rate
structure to generate so much money up front... There are a lot 'of
concerns about the rates ... Commissioner Davis admitted that his
rates "...more than doubled..."
The manager at Burger King spoke. "...I just moved to Apalachicola...
I can understand an increase-But, what I don't understand is one
month (August) I am 54,000 gallons LESS... but yet my water bill is
$30 MORE ... (This is) not adding up..."


The owner of the El Rancho Inn, Mary Lynn Rodgers, spoke. "...We
compared our bills ... Mine was up more than hers, and I used a lot
less water. I used half as much water as hers ... (Burger King)."
"I had to spend $7000 on a water softener-and you can't drink the
water..." "I understand we need an increase but I would really appre-
ciate it if somebody could sit down and show me how you are coming
with these bills..."
"...If the commercial usage has a graduated increase, I'd
like to know about it too because I really think its unfair
for the facilities providing accommodations for the people
that come here, from whom we collect revenue from, to
support the City... the tourists, the workmen who come
in to work on the infrastructure Give me a flat rate, or a
discount for providing a service to the City..."
"... I have been here for three years. Back, in 1999 I used
30, 000 gallons a month... There were two of us living in
the house at the time. This month, the bill came, and
there's only me. You said I used 7000 gallons of water.
My bill went from $38.00 to $65.00..."
The City Attorney gave some background on the rumors repeated by
one citizen, amid smirks and chuckles. Pat Floyd said, The sewage
system you're speaking of has no connection with the increases in
Continued on Page 9


By Tom Campbell
In a wide-ranging interview, Clifton Lewis, widow of the late George
Lewis II, explained to The Chronicle that a member of the Lewis fam-
ily, Jeff Lewis, purchased Dog Island with friends after World War II.
Jeff Lewis had intended for the island to remain secluded as "a family
place" and a natural preserve. Not just for the Lewis Family, as
Raymond Williams pointed out. Williams for years ran the ferry from
Carrabelle to Dog Island.
"Not just for his family," Williams said, "but as a family retreat-for
various families who would appreciate the island," just as Jeff wanted.
According to Clifton Lewis, part of Dog Island at one time was a
"governor's retreat." Reuben Askew and Roy Collins found it a place
of meditation and relaxation. Collins called it his "favorite real es-
tate." Others have loved it for its tranquility and natural beauty.

p. .

Clifton Lewis
The seclusion enjoyed by Dog Island residents is increasingly valu-
able as the world of the 21st Century becomes more frenetic. The
compound values of Dog Island make it one of the most special places
in America, just as such values make the United States the greatest
nation in the world. Being in touch with one's self, confident in one's
self, and appreciating the marvels of the natural world all around-
this kind of peace is completely attainable on this beautiful island.
Permanent human settlement on Dog Island dates from 1839, ac-
cording to Dr. Nancy White, whose archaeological report on the is-
land was produced from the Dog Island archaeological survey led by
her. Fieldwork was performed in September, 1995.
Approximately 75 percent of Dog Island has been owned by The Na-
ture Conservancy since 1980 and is known as the Jeff Lewis Wilder-
ness Preserve (The Nature Conservancy 1995). The archaeological
survey by Dr. White mainly addressed that portion of Dog Island,
together with beach areas and previously known archaeological sites.
The privately owned portions of the island are primarily used for Gulf
shore and bay shore residences. There are over 100 residences on
Dog Island, some of them used year-round.
For readers who may not know, Dog Island is one of the barrier is-
lands of the Apalachicola Bay system and is an environmentally sen-
sitive portion of the estuarine complex, providing an important part
of the productivity of the Apalachicola estuary.
Dog Island is completely surrounded by salt water. Freshwater input
to the island comes solely from local rainfall. The surface soil is com-
posed of medium to fine sand. This, together with a silty clay layer
about 25 feet below the surface, forms the "geological basis for a
shallow lens of freshwater that is in contact, at the island borders,
with the surrounding saline waters" of the Gulf of Mexico and Apalachi-
cola Bay, according to Dr. White.
Land and water resources are understandably limited on the island,
which explains much of the "protectiveness" felt by owners and is-
landers. As for the dune system, it is protected from wind erosion by
various forms of vegetation with rhizomes (or roots) that bind the
sand. One might expand metaphorically that the owners and island-
ers provide the same kind of "protective rhizomes" for the wholeness
of the island. Continued on Page 8

The Compound Values of Dog Island:
Clifton Lewis Shares Her Memories




Page 2 19 October 2001


The Franklin Chronicle



October 16, 2001
Present: Commissioner
Jimmy Mosconis;
Commissioner Bevin Putnal;
Commissioner Clarence
Williams; Commissioner
Cheryl Sanders;
Commissioner Eddie Creamer

Superintendent of Public
Hubert Chipman reported an un-
expected repair of $1,400.

Solid Waste Director
Van Johnson reported that the
Franklin County Humane Society
expressed their intent to keep the
animal shelter open. At present,
they are temporarily closed for
repairs. Animal Control will house
any animals brought by until the
Humane Society completes their
repairs. Also, the Society wants
to know if the balance of the
$22,000 budgeted will be re-
stored. The County Commission-
ers remained silent until Eddie
Creamer spoke. I don't see where
we can give an answer on the
$22,000 ... We don't know what
we are going to be facing (with)
the state cutbacks ... Some dis-
cussion on possible outcomes of
the Special Session to be con-
vened after October 22nd in Tal-
lahassee was held among the
Commissioners with the general
conclusion that budgetary mat-
ters were "on hold."
Volunteers were performing the
repairs at the Shelter. According
to Gayle Dodds, President of the
Humane Society, the volunteers
were also paying for the supplies.
Amy Tharpe, in the audience, re-
ported to the Commissioners that
she saw nine dogs were locked in
a kennel without food nor water.
She reminded Chairperson
Creamer that she had written him
that those conditions were ille-
gal-a violation of State Statutes.
She later reported the incident to
police authority. Mosconis asked
Van Johnson about those details.
Van Johnson said, "Commis-
sioner, that's a long story. I don't
think we have time to go into it."
Gayle Dodds said a few moments
later, "We don't know who put the
dogs into the locked kennel." She
also told the Commissioners that
after the word was put out that
the Shelter was no longer accept-
:inga animals. a dog "was thrown
'"'over-the fence" into the kennel.
Initially. there was not a lock on
the cage Somebody put a lock on
the cage.

Director of Administrative
Alan Pierce's report was presented
by his assistant, Mark Curenton.
(The paragraph numbers refer to
Mr. Pierce's original memoran-
dum to the Commissioners.)
3 Invited Greg Preble to attend
the Board meeting to discuss the
situation with the bidding for the
Alligator Point Beach Restoration.
The important issue is that the
Board needs to discuss two main
A) The surveying costs associated
with determining how much sand
is currently in the project area
and then understand it will have
to be re-surveyed afterwards to
know how much sand has been
added. The surveying costs could
be as much as $70,000, and the
only source of county funds is the
Bald Point Trust'Fund. The
county might be reimbursed by
the state but do not count on it.
B) Setting a cap on how much the
county is willing to pay. The
project area is 6000 feet long. A
successful project has been de-
scribed as having a 60 foot wide
beach with the average height of
sand beach above sea level 3 feet
the entire length of the project
area. This represents a volume of
150,900 cubic yards. At least one
of the contractors wanted a unit
price so that if a lot more sand
piled up, then they would get paid
a lot more money. Again, the only
source of county funds is the Bald
Point Trust Fund, and again the
county might get reimbursed by
the state, but we don't know how

Tornado Strikes

St. George Island

By Tom Campbell
St. George Island Volunteer Fire
Department Chief Jay Abbott and
his staff were busy October 14
with damage left by a tornado
which touched down on St.

George Island at approximately
1:30 a.m. Emergency Manage-
ment Director of Franklin County,
Tim Turner, in an office memo
stated that twelve homes received
minor damage.
Vickie Cryderman,.an assistant in
the emergency management of-
fice, said that "one home was to-
tally destroyed at the address of
Mr. and Mrs. Roland Goyette at
320 Marks Street on St. George
'According to George Little of the
St. George Island Volunteer Fire
Department, there were no deaths
or injuries reported, "not that I am
aware of," he said.

much or when. And remember
there are other projects in the
works that will also need funding
from the Bald Point Trust- spe-
cifically the county's share of the
Corps of Engineers revetment,
and any work done associated
with the recommendations of the
Alligator Point Feasibility Study
which is now complete.
A spokesperson from the Alliga-
tor Point Taxpayer's Association
raised their concern that the sur-
vey proposed by Preble-Rich may
be "excessive." "Spot checking" by
the winning bidder would be a
'more reasonable approach, finan-
cially, for the County, and would
still assure that the County is
verifying the information that is
being provided by the Contractor.
Two Commissioners expressed
some reluctance to spend money
from the Bald Point Trust in light
of the proposed cutbacks by the
State of Florida.
'The Commissioners committed to
spend $25,000 from the Bald
Point Trust but other issues were
put "on hold." A representative
from the U.S. Army Corps of En-
gineers would be requested to
address the Commissioners on
several pending issues.
4 The Board approved the pro-
cedure to select a CDBG consult-
ant. This procedure was drafted
by Mark Curenton with assis-
tance from others with CDBG ex-
5 The Board approved Derelict
Vessel Grant. Board had asked for
$54,000, but the grant is only for
6 The Board was provided a let-
ter from DOT saying DOT has
granted the county a waiver of the
local match for the repaving CR
67. However, the waiver does not
increase funds available from the
7 The Planning and Zoning Com-
mission met in regular session on
October 9, and recommended the
following action:
A) approval of the following docks
in'the Critical Shoreline District:
*approval for William Martin to
construct a private dock on Lot
S4, Block 63, Unit St. George Is-
*approval for John Tucker to con-
struct a private dock on Lot 17,
Block 78, Unit V St. George Is-
*approval for John Thomas to
construct a private dock on Lot
1, Block G, Magnolia Bluff, East-
The Board of County Commis-
sioners approved all of the dock
B) recommendations on rezoning
*denial of the request by Noah
Goodson to rezone a parcel of land,
from C- I Commercial Fishing to
R-8 Multi-Family High Density.
Mr. Goodson was not present but
it appeared that the land was not
suitable for high density develop-
ment because it was too small.
The Commissioners approved the
*tabled a request for Tom Hoffer
to rezone a parcel from C-4 to R-7
Multi-Family Medium Density
because at the meeting Mr. Hoffer
did not have it in writing from
Eastpoint Sewer and Water Dis-
trict when sewer would be avail-
able to his project. The Commis-
sion had turned down numerous
requests in the past because
sewer was not available. The par-
cel of land is behind the nursing
home in Eastpoint. At this time
Mr. Hoffer has a letter from East-
point saying they expect sewer to
be available to his property in
May, 2002. Board action to accept
this letter and to authorize the
setting of a public hearing or to
let P and Z see the letter as they
had requested. The Board voted
to return the application to P
and Z.
*tabled a request for Dan Garlick,
agent for property owners in "The

Soundings" to rezone 60 acres of
land from R-3 to R-1. The request
was tabled to give Mr. Garlick time
to see whether his clients wanted
to put one road for access to the
property, as was the desire of the
Commission. The Commissioners
approved the tabling of the re-
*approval of a request for Nick
Saporito, agent for Sharon Gar-
dener, for 10 acres to be changed
from R-6, one unit per ten acres
to R- 1, but with the condition re-
quested by the applicant that the
parcel be divided into only two
lots, a 6 acre lot and a 4 acre lot.
This would represent a small scale
land use change and a rezoning.
Mr. Saporito said his client would
agree to a covenant enforceable
by the county, that the property
could not be further subdivided
without approval from the county.
The Board tabled the request.
C) on subdivision plat approval:
*recommend sketch plat approval
of Doc's Sea Shores, a 4.1 acre
parcel lying in Section 35, Town-
ship 7 south, Range 5 west. The
plat will have four lots with build-
ing sites on the north side of US
98 and waterfront access on the
south side. Mr. Shuler needs to
advise to make sure the property
on the south side is properly and
permanently tied to the north
side. The Commissioners tabled
the request.
*recommend tabling for Larry
Witt, agent for Richard Parvey, a
sketch plat for a 15 acre parcel
that is part of the Schoelles home-
stead until the sketch plat prop-
erly shows the wetlands and I get
guidance from Mr. Shuler on
whether a subdivision can create
private roads that do not conform
to road standards. At this point
Mr. Shuler has advised that if you
want to deviate from subdivision
standards, the development must
become a PUD. The Commission-
ers tabled the application.
*recommend final plat approval
for 3J's Subdivision, a 14 lot sub-
division developed by Jimmy
Miller off Otter Slide Road in East-
point. The Commissioners ap-
proved the plat.
D) Hidden Harbor development
on Alligator Point. The Commis-
sion heard a tremendous amount
of debate regarding this project.
When this project was discussed
last month, I proposed to P and Z
that it not be a PUD, but be con-
sidered as a 101 lot cluster sub-
division development. I doubted
whether 101 one acre lots could
be built on the property and so
the Commission asked for a site
plan showing the lot layout so it
could determine what the base
line density really was for the
.property. The layout was not pro-
vided but instead this time the
developers presented the develop-
ment as a proposed PUD with 84
lots on a central AWT sewer
The issues the Commission heard
ranged from very specific con-
cerns over the current water re-
strictions imposed by the Alliga-
tor Point Water District on cur-
rent residents to general concerns
over impacts to traffic, existing
community character, and mul-
tiple concerns over the impact of
the project to the environment,
including the reliability of a cen-
tral sewer system. The. Commis-
sion, in a rambling motion with
many parts, recommended the
project be brought to the county
commission. I can not say the
Commission recommended any
part of the project except that the
Commission appeared to prefer
84 lots and a central sewer sys-
tem to perhaps 55-65 lots on in-
dividual septic tanks. Mostly the
Commission felt that the project
still had a lot of unanswered ques-
tions, but that the county com-
mission is more prepared to judge
the project since the PUD requires
the drafting of an ordinance.
While; the project had originally
been submitted as a PUD I had
initially discouraged the PUD con-
cept and wanted the developer to
consider submitting it as a clus-
ter subdivision. My recommenda-
tion was being followed until the

meeting when the developer again
chose to present the project as a
PUD. The county zoning code lists
DRIs and PUDs as projects war-
ranting full review. A full review
means the county planner should
notify certain state and regional
agencies in advance of the P and
Z meeting about the project and
seek their advice. Full review was
not done for this project, nor
where are the documents submit-
ted in a timely fashion.
Further, there is on Plat Book 3,
page 11B, a document of a pro-
posed bulkhead of this same
property. Mr. Shuler needs to ad-
vise the Board on whether this
document needs to be abandoned
somehow, since it is in the Plat
Book as if the property has been
Alligator Harbor has just been
re-opened to shellfish harvesting
for the first time in years, and the
Harbor is soon to be home for
clam aquaculture. The Hidden
Harbor project has a lot of front-
age on the Harbor and certainly
could impact water quality be-
cause,, of sewage, stormwater
run-off, and other environmental
issues. I recommend the Board
direct the developer to meet with
county staff and Alligator Point
residents to discuss the project
and get some more baseline in-
formation because this project
represents the largest project Al-
ligator Point has seen in years.
The Commissioners agreed to
table the application until more
information becomes available.-
Freda White, representing the
owner, expressed a desire to work
with the Commission, staff or Al-
ligator Point residents for the
project. The owner does not have

Continued on Page 9

Test Of Suspicious Material

At Swifty Mart

According to Franklin County
Sheriff Bruce Varnes, on October
14, 200 1, at approximately 8:30
a.m., the Franklin County
Sheriffs Office received a call in
reference to suspicious persons at
.the Swifty Mart, store Number
181, located at 352 Highway 98
in Eastpoint.
On arrival, the Sheriffs Depart-
ment personnel noted the suspi-
cious persons were no longer in
the store. The store clerk stated
that 6 to 8 people had entered the
store earlier that morning, some
using the rest room. One of the
men in the group had asked if it
would be okay to pray in the store.
The store clerk said that would be
SheriffVarnes contacted F.D.L.E.
and the FBI along with Tim
Turner of Emergency Manage-
ment to coordinate a team effort
in the investigation. The store's
staff and other individuals com-
plained of sore throats and ead-,
aches. The Hazmat Team of Bay'
County conducted an investiga-
tion along with Brent Mabrey of
the Franklin County Health De-
partment. The store staff was ex-
amined at the Franklin County
Health Department and released.
At approximately 12:00 p.m. that
afternoon, the individuals re-
turned to the store, and it was at
that time that they were asked to
come to the Sheriffs Office for fur-
ther questioning. The individuals
were very cooperative with inves-
tigators. The investigation had
included a test of material that
presumably had been left in the

According to Franklin County
Sheriff Bruce Varnes, on October
16, 2001, at approximately 2:30
p.m., the "test results came back
negative, concerning the con-
tainer from the Swifty Mart Store,
#181, located at 352 Highway 98,
The container had been removed
from the store by the Hazmat
Team of Bay County on October
14 and had been sent to Jackson-
ville for extensive testing.
According to the Franklin County
Sheriffs Department, the test re-
sults were negative.
In summary, the incident turned
out to be.a "false alarm" influ-
enced greatly by the context or
circumstances of recent terrorist
events. However, the incident
clearly demonstrated that all the
elements involved in responding
to such an emergency situation,
including the response of the au-
thorities, the County Health De-
partment and many others func-
tioned smoothly and efficiently.

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19 October 2001 Page 3


Five Steps Forward
Ten Steps Back

A Commentary By Jeanni McMillan, Vice President,
Franklin County Humane Society
The Franklin County Humane Society has had a successful
twenty-year struggle. In the late 70's and early 80's, Franklin County's
animal control consisted of picking the animals up, shooting them,
and burying them at the landfill.
Many hours of labor and donations by a few dedicated people from
Carrabelle to Apalachicolh created the Franklin County Humane So-
ciety in 1982. After years of collecting donations by volunteers and
labor, the first Franklin County Humane Society was born. A plot of
land was dedicated on Highway 65 and a building was erected.
Funds were always a struggle. Animals to house and feed were too
abundant. With a few volunteers, loving homes were found for these
neglected animals. Part-time paid help became a reality in the late
80's and many meetings and fundraisers supported this worthwhile
project. A spay & neuter fund developed from revenues raised by the
Bow Wow Ball.
Mrs. Gail Dodds, President, has been an integral volunteer, and her
energy, and total commitment to the Humane Society. She has pro-
cured city and county funding which has created a full time director
and two positions to run this wonderful shelter.
I relocated to this area in 1986 and became a member of the Humane
Society. I have actively raised monies and been involved with the "ani-
mal" cause for over fourteen years. My faithful first mate "Namaste"
arid all my cats were adopted from the Humane Society. I come and
go, but this has been my "pet" project.
The last couple of months have been very confusing to the staff and
the public regarding the funding of the Franklin County Humane
Society. Below is a timeline of the facts:
At the preliminary budget meeting the County approved
Sour budget without an increase ($50,000.00)
The County was mis-informed and told that the FCHS
received $20,000. per year from a private source-un-
The County decided to cut the FCHS budget by $30,000
and fund animal control a new position and a new truck.
The County approved $22,000 for FCHS and said they
would work with us and share a position to help run the
FCHS. Our employee would be hired and begin work at
both facilities October 1.
The County hired an employee for Animal Control and
did not consult or review FCHS' existing employee. The
employee was considered unsuitable by the FCHS.
On October 1 the Board of Directors for FCHS made a
decision to close the shelter as of October 15 because of
Slack of funds and cooperation by the County.
FCHS was asked to reconsider their decision and meet
with commissioners on or before October 10.
The Franklin County Humane Society has many positive aspects and
differences from the Animal Control:
We have a policy of not euthanizing unless the animal is
totally unadoptable because of sickness. Over the last
six months we have adopted out over 500 animals. This
is an incredible record.
Our staff, board and volunteers have worked diligently
to make the animal shelter a humane and safe refuge for
unwanted animals.
-;., ~N Mrs. Dodds and Ijniade the decision on'October 1 to close
_: i, klithe'shelter as of October 15,-20O 1- 'Feeding and caring
for our homeless animals was oiir goal, without appro-
priate funding this cannot be achieved to the level we
Where does this leave our strays and unwanted animals?
They'll be picked up by the fancy new trucks, held for
five days and euthanized. No medical, no loving hands
and no full time personnel looking for appropriate homes.
You call this progression-Five steps forward-ten steps
This is your county; it is time to respond and speak out
against this terrible injustice. Our homeless animals need
your voice. Write or call your County Commissioner and
let them know.what YOU WANT for our County's ani-




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Vol. 10, No. 21

October 19, 2001

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

Sales ................................... ................... D iane Beauvais D yal
............ Tom W. Hoffer
Advertising Design
and Production Artist.............................. Diane Beauvais Dyal
Production Associate ............................... Andy Dyal
Director of Circulation ............................ Andy Dyal
Proofreader ...................... .......... .......... Tom Campbell
Citizen's Advisory Group
Rand Edelstein .......................... .......... Alligator Point
George Chapel ....................................... Apalachicola
Karen Cox-Dennis ................................... Apalachicola
Rene Topping .......................................... Carrabelle
D avid Butler ........................................... Carrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ........................ Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins................. Eastpoint
George Thompson ............. Eastpoint
Pat M orrison ...................... ................. St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona................. St. George Island
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Computer Courses At GCCC's
Gulf/Franklin Center

Gulf Coast Community College at
the Gulf/Franklin Center in Port
St. Joe, Florida will offer computer
courses as follows:
Microsoft Windows Basics (12
hours)-October 25 to November
15 from 6:30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
This introductory course is de-
signed to give a broad introduc-
tion to the Microsoft Windows
operating system. The course.will
instruct how to start and exit Win-
dows properly, manage the desk-
top and use Explorer and My
Computer to copy, move, rename
or delete files. "Intro-to Comput-
ers" is the recommended prereq-
uisite course. The required text is
"Windows 98 Peter Norton's In-
troduction to ComDuters,"

Glencoe. The course fee'is $53.
Microsoft Word-Basic (12
hours)-November 29 to Decem-
ber 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
'The course will instruct how to
create, edit, format save and print
documents such as letters,
memos and reports. The prereq-
uisite course is "Windows 95/98
Basics and basic keyboarding
skills, or equivalent. The required
text is "Microsoft Word 2000 Il-
lustrated Edition A First Course,
Course Technology." The cost for
the course is $53.00.
Advance registration is required.
For more information call
1-800-311-3685, ext. 3823.

Confident Americans Go

About Living

According to a CNN report, last week over 7 million U.S. citizens were
confident enough to fly again in American airlines traffic. Those people
won't receive, any awards, but the terrific boost to the American
economy is beginning and very much needed.
The good news keeps on coming in that Americans are refusing to live
their lives "scared." That would be sad and would allow the terrorists
to believe they have won the battle.
Thursday, October 1 l-one month after the tragedy of September 11-
an encouraging note could be witnessed on several shop doors in Tal-
lahassee. The words follow:
You hit the World Trade Center,
But you missed America.
You hit the Pentagon,
But again you missed America.'
You used helpless American people
To kill other helpless Americans.
But you still missed America.
You see, we don't live in America.
America lives in the hearts of free people.
God Bless America.
And a person at an AARP state meeting said, "In spite of the horrific
events on September 11, the terrorists have opened up the possibility
of some good. I believe the end of the "Me Generation" has begun."
Americans are learning again what it means when we say, "United We
Stand." May we discover every new day what a blessing it is to live in
this country. And may we continue to live unafraid.
'As President Roosevelt'said during the depression, "We have nothing
to fear but fear itself." Be aware. Be careful. But do not be afraid.
Tom Campbell

An Open Letter
To The Citizens Of Franklin County:
If you have any interest in helping the Franklin County Humane
Society continue to adopt and to save unwanted animals from
being put to death, your help is urgently needed.
It is apparent from the Franklin County Commission meeting
held October 16, 2001, that no financial support shall be forth-
coming from our elected officials.
Although the Humane Society built and owns the Shelter build-
ing, the land was donated by the County. The entire facility re-
verts to the County if the Humane Society should dissolve or
should it permanently close its doors.
At the present time the Shelteris open for the animals. There will
be a public meeting held at the Eastpoint Firehouse on Thurs-
day, October 25th at 7 p.m. We shall discuss the current situa-
tion and consider issues such as fund raising, donations of time
and/or money and grant applications.
Our ultimate goal is to keep the Shelter open as a private
not-for-profit organization totally independent from the whims of

Gayle Dodds
President FCHS



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We Have Abandoned Modesty Just

Once For This Letter

October 12, 2001
Dear Tom,
I have been a negligible Advisory Council Member, as I have been out
of the country on when the last two meetings were held. Please know
that I accumulate all of our family's subscription and pour over the
them in an attempt both to 'catch up' and to analyze.
All of the local, political, environmental, and recreational articles are
thorough and engaging. The recent article on the ABC Charter School
provided solid information and helped to educate the public, about
local, public and free educational alternatives. It is a public school
available to any Franklin County students, grades K through third,
with added emphasis on Science, Art, Music & Language. It is ex-
tremely important that the Franklin County School Board support
the efforts of concerned parents to create a better more cost efficient
educational environment for the children of Franklin County. Any
efforts on the part of parents to encourage an atmosphere of learning
should be given the support of all elements within our community.
The children are Franklin County's future.
I very interested in hearing more details of the US Governments' and
the private contractors' (out of Tampa) intentions of turning Franklin
County and Apalachicola Airport in to a Special Operations Training
camp. What will be the impact on our community of large groups of
200 men on maneuvers under Special Operations Guidelines, armed
with live ammunition? Especially in light of the tragic, recent histori-
cal events, I believe the public would like to read a little more outside
political analysis of events and people that affect us both locally and
Brian Goercke's articles in February and June, "Children of the Street"
and "From the Cradle to the Streets," respectively, were enlightened.
I'm so pleased that you continue to publish articles about Zimbabwe
and know that this international coverage of events outside the realm
of Franklin County goes a long way in giving objectivity to our some-
what near-sighted and economically repressed community. Your sup-
port of this kind ofjournalism is a productive way for readers to know
that people from our community, like Brian, are able to make a'dif-
ference in young, needy people's lives through education and love,
two things Franklin County and other communities could always
embrace more of. I look forward to further updates of Brian's work
Your article in the October 5th issue on the Humane Society manner
was astute, assertive and very appropriate. Thank you, Tom, for staying
professionally and persofially involved in our community and inter-
preting matters for the public in a responsible manner.
Thank you for publishing the Franklin County Chronicle, Tom, and
for employing a staff that keeps us both informed and proud of living
in Franklin County. I support your efforts.
Karen L. Cox-Dennis

Andy & Diane Dyal and Tom Campbell
I appreciate Karen's very generous remarks in her unsolicited letter.
But, I must emphasize that the Chronicle is more a team effort, not
the product of a "One Man Band." I have located a photo of three of
our principal associates, from the left, Andy Dyal (Director of Circula-
tion), Diane Dyal (Ad Design and Production Artist) and Tom Campbell
(Writer).' Other principal associates include Rene Topping and Sue
Cronkite (photo still to be taken). Barbara Revell and Jimmy Elliott
contribute occasional pieces, along with many other talented Franklin
County writers who take pen to paper and record something impor-
tant from'their lives. Our advisory panel is also a contributor, and
they are listed in the masthead published on this page. Brian Goercke
has been kind enough to send infrequent reports about his life in the
Peace Corps, but he is nearing the end of his tour in Zimbabwe. In
the future, the Chronicle shall be located in Eastpoint next to the
Coastal Supply Lumberyard just off Highway 98. There are some other
developments smoldering as wbll, but I will hold off that hype, At this
time, there are just too many hoops tojump through before we will be
able to announce our 2002 plans.
Tom W. Hoffer

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Folk Revival
Back At Dixie
Judith Lovin and Ken Sizemore
return to the Dixie Theatre with
'The Folk Revival," music from the
1950's, 1960's and 1970's.
Performances will be Friday and
Saturday, October 19 & 20 at 8
Admission is $10.00 and no res-
ervations are necessary. Tickets
may be purchased at the Dixie
Theatre Box Office, which will be
open both days from 6 PM until
shoiv time.
Judith Lovin and Ken Sizemore
are truly artists for whom singing
is the most natural expression.
They are versatile performers
who, having found their own best
style, wisely stay in this niche.
Their repertoire ranges from folk,
MOR, Country Classics, Show
Tunes, 50's Reprises, Bluesy Bal-
lads and Social Statements to
their own shining collection of
well-written original songs. All in
all this creates a fine sense of bal-
ance between performers and
Both Judith and Ken have varied
and interesting musical histories.
The perfectly matched vocal tim-
bre, the subtle yet striking har-
monies, all come together in this
partnership of two polished pro-
fessionals who strong,
charismatic performances.

"The Folk Revival"--Friday and
Saturday, October 19 and 20, 8
p.m. at the Dixie Theatre, Avenue
E, Apalachicola, FL 32320. Phone:


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Pu d ao 10 9 Ortahbr 2001

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Plans For New Vacation

Cnmmmnity In Franklin County

Local Residents Given Opportunity To Provide Input

By Tom Campbell
Last week on October 10, 2001,
Arvida, a St. Joe Company
(NYSE:JOE) announced plans to
create SummerCamp, a new
beachfront community in south-
eastern Franklin County at the
intersection of U.S. highways 98
and 319. SummerCamp is being
designed as a family retreat and
gathering place on the Gulf of
"Our objective is to develop
SummerCamp in a way that re-
spects and enhances the special
personality of this region of
Florida," said Arvida president,
Jim Motta.
The company said they will be
"seeking significant input from

Sthe community" as they design
and develop SummerCamp. Tim
Edmond, Arvida's capital region
president said, "Our experience
with other recent projects, includ-
ing South Wood in Tallahassee,
has demonstrated the value of
bringing all aspects of the com-
munity into the planning process.
We want to be sure the project is
designed so the natural qualities
that make the property so valu-
able are not only protected but
Become an integral part of our
SArvida recently opened an office
in Apalachicola at 82 Sixth Street
Sand will soon open an office in
Carrabelle. For further info,
phone 850-513-0131, or e-mail at

By Rene Topping
The Franklin County Planning
and Zoning Board were still hard
at their work long after dark on
October 9.
There was a request for a subdi-
vision in the area of Yent Bayou
known as "The Soundings" rezon-
ing of 60 acres to R1 single family
on one acre lots. There was ques-
tion on the access to the lots from
US 98. There is 1700 feet so that
each lot would have 160 feet on
the road. Each five homes will be
on one aerobic system, P and Z
asked for only two roads into the
project and will need a letter from
Carrabelle and Eastpoint on the
sewer: They would like a feasibil-
ity study, : -,, ,,,,, .-

Another request for rezoning was
near the Soundings. This one was
a request for 10 acre parcel to be
split with 4 one acre lots and one
. 6 acre lot for the owner. This was
- approved.
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Subdivision next to his salvage
yard at Otterslide Road in East-
point. It will be on 54 acres. He
will have a high fence around the
A development known as Hidden
Harbour was presented by Freda
White as consultant to a subdivi-
sion on Alligator Point. Alan Pierce
said that the county commission-
ers had been inundated with let-
ters of objection from the resi-
dents. There was a large contin-
gent from Alligator Point to object
in person.
Freda White started by saying
that they could have had 172 lots
on 172. acres but they chose to
plat it to be 101. She said that
every lot will be at least a third of
an acre and all the lots meet the
50 foot set back from the wet-
She added, "All of the septic, (and
there is water to the property) will
be piped to the plant that will be
on an Interior area to keep it away
from the wetlands."
Chairperson Gayle Dodds laid
down rules for the audience. She
said, "First to comment on it will
be the members of the Board,
then when a member of the audi-
ence speaks they should give their
name first. They should address
the board,"
One of the first to speak was Jack
Prophater who spoke on the own-
ers of property and their rights to
develop the land.
John Murphy said, "Jack, you
talk on property rights but what
are the rights of tose who are
already there. The homes are di-
verse, a Jim Walter home, next to
a large custom built house. This
development is planned like the
Plantation on St. George on a
smaller scale. It is out of charac-
ter with the present way the Point
has evolved." He went on to say;
that the homes on the peninsula
on the plat would be inundated
by water in a hurricane. He felt
that all in all it is not keeping with
Alligator Point.
Joanne Deibel said, "Add to
John's statement 'ambience' that
is Alligator Point." She said there
would be an increase in traffic, the
density, and a serious problem
with water.

_r;ut.JU ^L IV~UI rp It was stated that there has to be
Shores subdivision, 4.12 acres 2- It was s tated that there has to be
1/2 miles west of Carrabelle was at least 85 homes for the septic
/2 e e Carrabelle wa system to work. Freda White, 'The
approvedost of the system would be
Request for sketch plat approval $900,000." She felt that the 1/3
from Larry Witt agent for Richard acre per lot, with a walkway over
Parvey for 15 cluster homes on a the wetlands to the pool was good
15 acre property known as the use of the property. Harriet Beech,
Preserve Subdivision on C 30 at board member from Lanark said
Eleven Mile was tabled for docu- she had thought they could not
mentation and a clearer plat. cross the wetlands. She was told
it was O.K:
Jimmy Miller, Shade Tree Towing. -
for final plat approval for 3 J's

SMurphy said that the 172 acres
is not all upland and about 80
acres are in wetlands.
Vicki Barnett asked two questions
of Alan Pierce, questions from the
P and Z zoning book in reference
to documentation that is sup-
Sposed to be in before the site plan
is considered.
Speaking as representative of
APECO, the environmental orga-
nization on Alligator Point. "I be-
lieve you have made a good faith
effort." He was in favor of the
waste water plant. However he
said that the site plans before the
board had been seen for the first
time by everybody and he would
like an opportunity to look over
the plans for his client APECO
and to see what could be worked
out. In the end the board voted to
pass the matter to the county
commission tentatively recom-
mending it but leaving it up to the
commissioners to deal with it at
their meeting October 16.

State Of Florida

Asks Belt

Tightening On

City Budget

By Rene Topping
The Carrabelle City Commission
of October 4 commenced with a
message from Governor Jeb
Bush, and delivered to them by
State Representative Will
Kendrick and State Senator Al
Lawson: They told mayor Wilburn
Curley Messer that the Governor
was asking each and every town
city and county in Florida to look
at their budget and try to cut out
any- unessential activities.
The Mayor announced that there
will be no more overtime on the
Water and Sewer, Roads and
Parks and Police Department.
It was pointed out that with the
resignation of Officer Albert
Fincher, there would only be three
officers on duty and each officer
would have to work 56 hours.
*Messer responded that he was
sure that Sheriff Bruce Varnes
will allow one of his deputies to
do full duty in Carrabelle, for the
missing officer.
When it was pointed out this still
leaves eight hours, Messer closed
the subject saying, "I'll work that
one out."
City Attorney Doug Gaidry was
approved for legal billing of
Baskerville and Donovan, 'Inc
- (BDI) was approved for 2 August
Invoices, #65866 for $12,451.09

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"Amelia's Place"-Beautiful wooded tract located on the Crooked
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on Sanitary Sewer System Im-
provements, #66250 for $689.05
For Timber island LS & FM. Also
SSeptember Invoice # $334,48 for
Timber island LS & FM.
Royal American Constriction
Company, the firm who are work-
ing on the sewer project, was ap-
proved for $272,799.00.
The new commissioner Dr. Ed-
ward (Ed) Saunders, and the two
who retained their seats,
Raymond Williams and Frank
Mathes were sworn in by Freda
Rita Preston was awarded a cer-
tificate of appreciation from the
City of Carrabelle for her dedi-
cated duty as a commissioner for
the past 4 years. Preston said that
on the whole she enjoyed her du-
ties, but added, "It got off to a
rocky start. It has not always been
The next item, a commercial re-
view of a proposed site plan from
Freda White 24 units in Riverwalk
Resort Condominiums located on
Marine Street, was canceled.
Williams asked to table a request
from Dell Schneider for approval
of a variance to build an office and
clubhouse five feet below the base
flood level. Williams pointed that
the variance could place the flood
insurance for the entire city in
danger. Schneider said, "The two
buildings would only be used dur-
ing the day."
The matter will be tabled to the
Special meeting already approved
for October 16 at City Hall. The
Carrabelle Lighthouse Association
will have a workshop with the City
for that date.
On the Riverside Park project, the
two decks will be built on either
_ side of the Pavilion. However the
fishing platform, boating facilities
Sand boat mooring were modified
South of the plan.
There were three bids for heating
and cooling the US Coast Guard
-dock building.
The commissioners decided to,
seek the advice of best and most
i efficient method from the Florida
Power Company and come back
with their choice at the Novem-
ber meeting.
A contingent of four of the five
retirees from service to the city
came to ask for help in their
health contract. In a letter signed
by Mary Lou Mathes, Charles Lee
SDaniels, Herbert Mock and Jesse
i Gordon Smith. The other retiree
was Marvin E. Braswell and he
Swas notable to sign as he was
under medical care.
The letter stated that between
them they had 147 years of ser-,
vice to the city. The insurance is

When questioned, on the water
problem by Joanne Deibel, he said
that on the North side of US 98
there in a ridge that the company
believes will be a likely spot to drill
for the wells. The projectwill have
a private sewer plant.
He added that the Arvida Com-
pany will be selling some more of
the Bald Point area to the State
of Florida. When asked about the
piece of land on the water side
near the Ochlockonee Bridge he
said that there is what he called
a "concept," an idea to sell that
off for higher priced homes on 5
or 10 acres but that is only in the
early planning stage.
'Delano also stated that U.S. 98

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Franklin County P and Z Board

Kept Late Hours

Franklin County United Fire

Fighters Association



Job Requirements: Enjoy emergency calls during the middle of the night, being capable
of functioning on little rest and having plans disrupted at the most inopportune times.
Spending your weekends working for the fire department, training and fundraising while
watching your friends have fun. Complete hours and hours of certification training, which
never ends. Enjoy risking your life and safety.

Job Highlights: While on emergency calls, enjoy Florida's worst inclement weather,
thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, hail, sleet, and snow. Become a "night owl" re-
sponding to emergency calls at all times of the night. Become an expert on human na-
ture; get to know people at their best and worst. Become very agile; dodge bullets, speeding
cars, falling trees, power lines, run away hose lines, exploding gas and aerosol cans and
fists!! Become an expert on contagious diseases and occasionally you can help and
even save your neighbor. Your pay rate doubles, even triples, annually (2 or 3 times
nothing = nothing).

Job Variety: Clearing roadways of trees and power lines during the height of a storm.
Evacuating your neighbors, rescuing cats out of trees. Seeing first hand just how well a
car can be shaped around its occupants, become a crash expert. Give testimonials to the
fact that every substance will bum. Rescuing lost boaters, hikers, skydivers, wandering
infants and swimmers. Fighting house fires, car fires, forest fires, boat fires, bon fires, air
plane fires, tractor fires, motorcycle fires, mobile home fires, motor home fires; need we
say more?

Your fire departments' volunteers are dedicated professionals in which the American spirit
lives: neighbors helping neighbors.

Franklin County residents have always supported their volun-
teer fire departments, actively, financially and morally.

Franklin County residents know who always responds to their

Franklin County residents realize that the vast enormous size of
their county makes their volunteer fire departments a necessary
link for their survival.





He named Dick Waters to head up
ithe "Beach Erosion Committee,"
for both APTA and APECO. There
will be an APTA committee that
-will be chaired by Frank Gibson
to monitor the redistricting. An-
other committee will be the APTA
'Membership and Communication
to be chaired by Ann Maruszak
and Beth Hatyes will be working
with her on that. Bunky Atkinson
will head up "By-laws," Barnett
chose John Murphy to head up
"Public Safety."
The members took up the prob-
- lem of Hidden Harbor and Vicki
Barnett along with Joe Hambrose
reported on the planning and zon-
Jng meeting held on October 9.
Consultant on the project, Freda
IWhite, said that Alligator Point
'Water and Sewer District manager
Taylor Moore had told her that
they would be able to supply wa-
iter. Hambrose said that the resi-
;dents at the meeting had tried to
I tell the P and Z Board that there
was only one well pumping and
they were on tight restrictions on
The property had been platted
before and the members had
found it in the county records.
There are Water lines and hy-
drants on the property.
- The President asked for a pol of
the membership asking them to
tell him what their desires are on
this matter.
iAnn Maruszak passed out a sur-
vey form in draft form and asked
for members to make suggestions
as to more concerns on what
members would like to see done
by the board of directors.
The meeting was adjourned and
Doug Delano V-P of Arvida, who
had come to present the plans for
i"Summer Camp" a new project
gave the audience a laugh when
he said that "Arvida had a few
acres in Franklin County."
Summer Camp will cover 635
acres starting from Just east of
Lorenzo's Restaurant and follow-
ing the water line to Port Edward
and across U.S. Highway 98 on
the west side of State 319 and
back on the water side some miles
past FSU Turkey Point Labora-
Delano said that the rumors that
Arvidawas going to take over Tur-
key Point Lab and grounds was
incorrect. He did however say that
they would like to put in a small
boat launching area.
There will also be a small shop-
ping center with a grocery store,
restaurant, and small shop. The
houses will be small and built
simply, to be beach homes as a
get away place. Although he said
that he thought there would be a
lot of people who might want to
live there year around.



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carried by the Florida League of
Towns and Cities. The request
was for a subsidy of: $3.00 for
every year a retiree had served,
The total amount would cost the
city a total of $441 per month for
'all retirees.
,After discussion, Williams said
that he felt that the city would
have to wait and see what the
state requests on them would be,
He made the motion to table to
'the next meeting after Jackson
has had time to research the
On another advertisement for a
worker on the Water and Sewer
Department, Jackson said the
applicants will be interviewed at
the November meeting. Williams
was selected to be the third signee
on checks.
New Commissioner Ed Saunders
asked that the city consider a re-
view of its charter as it has not
been reviewed since 1966.
Ivan Daniels asked about park-
ing on Highway and was referred
to the Safety Committee.


Ready For A ,

Busy Year

By Rene Topping
With a membership of 277 and
still growing, the Alligator Point
Taxpayers Association is getting
organized for a busy year ahead.
At their regular monthly meeting
held on October 13, at 9 a.m. at
the Alligator Point volunteer Fire
Department building, President
Linc Barnett announced APTA
has setup two committees with
The first will be jointly chaired by
Vicki Barnett for APECO and Joe
Hambrose for APTA. It will be
:called the Hidden Harbor Com-


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Plantation Update

The next meeting of the new Board of Directors of the Plantation
7-"1Owners Association will be on Saturday, November 17, 2001 at
-10:00 a.m. in the Clubhouse. The Board has selected the follow-
i ,'' ing persons for the positions indicated: As President, Mike Doyle;
Treasurer, Lee Sewell.

Recessed Meeting Reconvenes

St. George Plantation Owners

Conclude Annual Meeting

Many Complain About Increased Assessments
Richard Plessinger, outgoing President of the St. George Plantation
Owners' Annual Meeting, called the approximately 55 members
present "to order" on Saturday, October 13th to resume a recessed
annual meeting that began three weeks earlier.
The order of business included the introduction of the new manager,
Thomas Bartlett, a report on the membership vote of the Covenant
Restatement Revision and By-Laws Amendment, the final tally of the
election of the new Board of Directors, a financial report, approval of
the minutes of the 2000 Annual meeting, and adjournment. By far,
money matters occupied most of the available time of the members
as they cussed and discussed the Board-proposed increase of annual
dues to an all-time high of $2400 for home owners.
Only two candidates for the Board of Directors, Donna Butterfield
and Molly Read, were present to state their positions on service with
the Board of Directors. "Flip" Froelich and Boyd Ellison were absent.
Three new board members were elected to the Board. They are: "Flip"
Froelich, Donna Butterfield and Boyd Ellison. Molly Read, who served
on an earlier Board, was not re-elected to the Board.
Thom Bartlett was introduced by Mr. Plessinger, and then spoke briefly.
John Ralph, Certified Public Accountant, spoke about his audit of
Plantation finances. He was asked if a 36% increase in lot and home-
owner assessments was considered "normal" and the auditor said
"No, this was not very common." However, Ralph proceeded to com-
pare the scope of the St. George Plantation organization with others
in central and south Florida. While associations further south had
larger numbers, the physical layout was quite different, having impli-
cations for increased operational expenses. For example, on St. George,
the lot size is one acre. Typically, south Florida associations are com-
prised of lot sizes considerably less than one acre. Ralph explained
that he and his firm were hired by the St. George Board of Directors
to audit accounts for the past year.
Ralph also reiterated the differences between a "new" homeowners
association and one as old as the St. George Plantation. In the first
few years of a "new" association, the maintenance costs for the infra-
structure are minimal. As the association ages, the higher costs oc-
cur more frequently, he said..
The total debt at the end of 2000 for the St. George association was
about $650,000. At the end of September 2001, the positive cash
flow was about,$125,000.
Harry Topliss, outgoing Board member and Treasurer. presented his
analysis of the Plantation's financial posture. His summary is reflected
in Table 1, below.


Attendance at the "recessed" Homeowners Annual
Meeting was "thin" probably due to the Florida State-
Miami football game.


munication problem that has existed between the Board and the
Membership. "...I think that's an awful lot of other..."' If you want me
to pay 36% more in my dues, doggonit, I want you to be able to prove
to me ... some kind of heed!!" ...I think we can tighten the belt, as I
said at the last meeting."
Finally, one member exclaimed, "We're not going to get anything done
today. We need to find out when is the new Board next going to meet
... and we can discuss these issues before them..."

Table II
St. George Plantation Owners' Association Projection
(in thousands of dollars)


Budgeted operating expenses year 2002

Capital expenditures
Total cash expenditures

Budgeted dues amd all other revenues
Excess of income over cash expenditures

$ 890

$ 1131

$ 291


Total debt to be retired

Recommended funded reserves
Major capital expenditure not included
in annual budgeted capital expenditures
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$ 1000


$ 2700


Table I

Income, Expense, Capital Expenditures,
Indebtedness for the past
Six Years (in thousands of dollars)
2.000 1999 1998 1997 1996. 1995 GYEARS



1004 917 970 848 643.
948 1071 636 589 647
-141 -91 -77 -52 -31
259 345 114 I 788 23

-62 -408 297 -4Z77 -2

652 492 412 692 425
376 464 33 284 66
028 956 725 976 691

If the Plantation suffers a major storm in the next ten years
or has need for other major capital expenditures not
not provided for in the budget the, time required
to achieve the goal will be substantially increased


Mr. Topliss emphasized "There is no quick fix" to the financial indebt-
edness. His objective was to plan for retiring the approximate $1 mil-
lion of debt- and building a reserve fund to protect the association
from unforeseen emergencies such as hurricane damages to the com-
mon areas. The amount of total indebtedness is indicated in column
7, under:"Total, 6 years" as $925,000. Capital expenditures over the
six year period totaled $1,870,000.,
He said, "At the end of 1995, we owed the bank $119,000. By the end
of 2000, the debt was $652,000." Because $376,000 was "borrowed"
from the next year's dues, the debt escalated to $1,028,000 in his
analysis. "That's howwe got where we are." He added, "Our operating
expenses in 2002 are $890,000... Our Capital expenditures are
$241,000 our dues are $1,000,422, leaving cash available $291,000.
Now, that raises a real question. What should be our goals? What are
the goals for a properly managed, prudently run Plantation Owners'
Association...? First of all, we've got to retire a million dollars worth of
debt ... A recommended practice is to provide funded reserves for
emergency and major future capital expenditures."
He strongly argued for a $1 million funded reserve to be built up over
a five year period. Table II projects a plan over a 9.3 year period to
retire debt and build a reserve.
A question was raised about special assessments. Mr. Topliss said
this was considered but he pointed out that the special assessment,
under the by-laws and covenants, can only last one year, but could
be collected over more than one year. He added that there might be
great resistance from the membership to approve high special as-
sessments, and it would have to be renewed again. "We have a
multi-year problem here, not a one year problem..." Another re-
sponded: "I don't want a 30 per cent increase now and build upon
that every year ... Your facts are based on speculation. How do you
know what the homeowners are going to do?" Another recommended
a one-time assessment of $500 from all property owners, followed on
with a $100 per year assessment in following years. Clearly, this con-
tinuing problem was one for the next Board, with three new mem-
Complicating the financial situation for property owners are the ris-
ing taxes for lot owners who cannot take homestead exemption, and
place themselves within the statutory ceiling of 3% tax increases.
Some lots have tripled in taxes over the previous year. "With another
30 per cent.(due to assessments), this is irresponsible!!" Another
member exclaimed.
Rick Watson, former Board member and president, argued for a more
gradual increase in assessments.
Topliss responded with: "...I think the financial management of this
plantation was irresponsible for the last five years..." Donna Butterfield
pointed out that the word "need" raised more questions than have
been answered. She pointed out that the new budget lists $85,000 as
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Compound Values of Dog Island from Page 1

Inland on the island, various groves of live oak trees and rosemary
bushes occur, along with slash pine scrub complexes. In the marshy
areas are found various forms such as laurel oak, live oak, wax myrtle,
buttonwood and sawgrass.
These areas merge with highly productive salt marshes that line the
shallow bay side df the island and are dominated by cord grasses,
needlerush, marsh elder, and false willow. The composition of island
vegetation is a product of what is essentially a marine environment.
Dog Island serves as part of an important flyway for a variety of birds
and is therefore a natural "birder's paradise." During spring flights,
trans-gulf migrants often use the island as a first landfall or shelter
during periods of adverse conditions such as cold fronts, strong head
winds and heavy rains. Over 250 species, according to Dr. White, are
represented during certain periods of the year. Dog Island is very
important as habitat and food for amphibians, reptiles, birds and
mammals. Man is incidental to the life chain-as well he should be;
and he should not intrude or abuse.
Dog Island is situated about six kilometers (3.5 miles) offshore, to the
south of the mainland town of Carrabelle in Franklin County.
The island is nearly eleven kilometers (7 miles) long, running along a
southwest-to-northeast axis. Some of the named areas on the island
from west to east are the West End, Cannonball Acres, Mid-Island,
and East End.
Clifton Lewis revealed many interesting facts about Dog Island's his-
tory, as referred to herein. Most of the following verbatim quotes are
used to demonstrate her manner and pattern of thinking, as well as
her knowledge. Fundamentally, the remarks show her vigorous dedi-
cation to life and Dog Island.
She said, "The deal with Nature Conservancy was they wanted to
buy.. and Jeff by then was in (some) financial straits... And the people
who were trying to buy it were developers from Miami... What hap-
pened-Nature Conservancy came into the picture-and that was
because ...
She then spoke of "the little white orchids that are on the island."
And all of the "wild flowers on Dog Island." It was obvious that she
put special significance on the island, as so many people do.
Jeff wanted the island to be protected, so that the natural environ-
ment would last. He wanted it to be a "family retreat."
"George (her husband) and I sailed to Dog Island. And Byrd, our daugh-
ter, was with us-and my older brother, Tom Byrd... We sailed to the
out side, and Jeff met us-He had made a dune buggy..." She said a
friend told her, "This is the most beautiful island... Leave this island
just like it is... Accept what is built, but you leave the rest of this
island. ... Save the island." Obviously, an island lover.
Jeff had wanted to have his house built in the marsh of the west end
of the island, so he could "sit on his porch and catch crab."
Clifton Lewis said that Jeff never made money on Dog Island.
His father bought up lots from Jeff just for "pennies." "George and I
got n oh' the second wave..." George was Clifton Lewhs husband;
George's brothers were: Jeff, Frank, Bill and Benjamin Cheever.
"Byrd's my wonderful daughter ... takes care of me." She (Byrd)
straightens up and then it's difficult for Ms. Lewis to find anything.
She laughs-her wonderful chuckle, revealing a great sense of hu-
"My late husband, George, was a remarkable person and I adored
him. He was a real world citizen ... lot of fun-cool, beautiful... I was
running for county commission-Leon County. ... I got an ink stamp
made ... I ran twice ... no contributions ... basically, environmentally-
oriented ... I am a law school drop-out ... (Laughter) When I went to
law school for just a few months and had to drop out, because of
priorities at home that:needed attention. ... I graduated from F.S.U.
when it was a women's college in 1940. ... My late husband George
died early on Easter morning. If you're going to die, it's probably a
good day to die. ... He died on April 7th of '96. He was six years older
than I."
"When I first remember Dog Island as a child... My earliest memory
would be my Mother telling me about it. My Mother's name was Lina
Clifton-Clifton is a surname used in the family for men and women
for generations. ... When I ran (for public office) I ran'with no political
affiliation, ... I was an 'N.P.A.' ... This is historic. You know how you
have things arranged, on your desk. And then, Byrd straightens up-
bless her heart-I don't blame her. She's organized. But then people
organize in different ways ..."
She continued, "I only let people take pictures of me not posed. So I'll
be reading. Most of the pictures of me that people take are with my
mouth open. (Laughter.) This is a book that is wonderful... Thomas
Schmidt, an attorney ... Dedication to Thomas Schmidt for his being
in charge... He has been here to the house a couple of times, ... He
started the Franklin Wright building foundation, which is different
from the Franklin Lloyd Wright Foundation. ...It's a non-profit-they
give wonderful services free and he started it basically to help people
like George and me who own Franklin Lloyd Wright homes and who-
There is high maintenance on these homes, and so many people have
a difficult time ... George said he never wanted to leave this house
except feet first. Bless his heart. ... But we loved our Dog Island life.
We had the best of two worlds. And I'm very thankful for that."
"The first magazine of general circulation to recognize Wright was
House Beautiful. ...Franklin Lloyd Wright didn't charge any more than
local architects..." And then, she talked about that for a while.
She then spoke of her husband's sailboat: "George had made it with
his own hands-designed and made-a beautiful sailboat... with a
cabin-perfectly beautiful ... because he had grown up sailing. His
grandfather ... George Lewis was married to Elizabeth Douglas ... the
Betty I and the Betty II ... one of the boats had been put in a barn.
The grandfather's house was across the street on Park Avenue, and it
had two acres, and there was a great old barn. And one of these boats
was down there. And George was named for his grandfather -George
Lewis II. George's father. was George Edward Lewis ... His
great-grandfather was Benjamin Cheever. ... Benjamin Cheever who
walked down here (from Massachusetts) and came early-is the one
who first started working in a drug store, and then he started bank-
ing out of his own pocket-and that was the beginning of the oldest
bank in Florida ... the Lewis State Bank. .." Anyway, that sailboat
first took them to Dog Island.



She laughed that people have said, "Clifton Lewis is a woman of ac-
tion-with the answers." She laughed again, "I usually put a question
mark about that."
Clifton Van Brunt was her maiden name-Holland Dutch. The family
came to this country very early-to the Hudson area-Pennsylvania
Dutch. "I was born in Tallahassee. My husband George had the same
kind of heritage of Florida-and when we were married, the Secretary
of State who was then R.A. Gray ... he was an interesting man. He
had a proclamation that these two pioneer families of Florida had
married. It was a lot of fun...
"I've been wanting to make a movie for a long time... The Making of a
World Federalist'-that's the name now ... I've read where writers some
times change it. But to focus it. Because George was a real world
citizen. And I was too. Our beliefs were ... he was written up in the
Democrat-we used to call it the Daily D-when Malcolm Johnson
was the editor...
George was the oldest (in his family) ... the youngest was Bill Lewis;
he's still living. He was 15 years younger than George. Bill Lewis now
has a home in Lanark Village.
During World War II, Jeff was "flying the hump in a cargo ship-the
Himalayas. A young man who was a pilot too, flew with Jeff-great
cargo ships-flying into China." Richard Weeks was the man's name
who flew with Jeff. Jeff and Richard said, "when this war is over,
we're going to.get us a place on the coast -just for.families." So when
they got back from the war, George's father-George Edward Lewis-
told Jeff about Dog Island. That it was available for sale. But there
were turpentine rights on the island for a number of more years. Jeff
and his friends paid for Dog Island right after World War II-some-
where around $20,000.
Richard Weeks and Jeff Lewis bought the island. In with them,
Tallahassee's first aviator, Ivan Munroe-he was much older than
Jeff... Anyway, these aviators got this island.
"Jeff couldn't live there on the island, at first, only on weekends,
because he had married Mary Holland. They had a son Jeff, but he
died tragically in a wreck." Eventually, Jeff Lewis lived on the island.
"Jeff personally made that little airfield on Dog Island. With the trac-
tor, with planting the grass, with the ... the whole airfield. He also
made the roads. He physically worked on that island. There was a
little tiny house right by where the ferry boat comes in there-there's
a slip-there was a lite house that's now called the yacht club-it's
had a porch added to it ... it was called The Last Resort. When Jeff
would go over, he would stay in that tiny little house."
There is a theory that Dog Island was named by the French and the
name appears. on a map, according to Raymond Williams, as "Isle de
Chien," translated Island of the Dog.
Ms. Lewis explained that the "other theory" about Dog Island -when
people on ships would "shanghai" to get their crew, they were known
as "dogs." And dogs ... when ships came from Norway ... they would
ballast there ... stop at Dog Island and leave their "dogs" -- because
they figured they couldn't swim across to shore... They would go into
Apalachicola and get lumber, and then on their way back, they would
pick them up and take them back home. And that's how it came to be
known as Dog Island.
"I used to pick Raymond Williams' brain... anyway-he said there
was this man from Carrabelle, who went away and came back... He
said it was funny-St. Augustine, St. Joseph, St. Teresa, St. George
and-Dog Island, It doesn't make 'sense.". It ought to be St.
"something-or-other." Eventually, a name on a map detailed it as St.
Catherine rather than Dog Island.
"You've heard about the treasure that's supposed to be hidden there.
They think it is on Dog Island-on the bay side at low tide." A kind of
treasure was found-in the form of an Indian canoe. "The young people


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found an, ndian canoe... Fourteen- or titteen-year-ola young people-
they dug the canoe up. It was so waterlogged, it was heavy-so they
had to swim to try to keep It up as they went toward Carrabelle.
"So they got the canoe to our backyard in St. Teresa... And Jeff found
out about it, and he said, That canoe belongs on Dog Island.' So it
got back to Dog Island, On that screen porch of the tiny house where
Jeff lived."
Someone said that canoe should be in the state museum. It finally
ended up in the state museum. It's way up high, and has a little sign
saying 'Dog Island Canoe.'"
Jeff and Richard Weeks and Ivan Munroe bought Dog Island origi-
nally. Ivan lived on the island. When Ms. Lewis was active in preserv-
ing the island, she contacted Leonardo Ricci to help make plans.
Leonardo Ricci was head of the University of Florence, school of ar-
chitecture and urban design. Ricci after World War II had been put in
charge of the infrastructure of Florence. "Ricci had designed for Italy
for the World's Fair in 1948 in Montreal, I think..." And she got him to
come to Dog Island.
She continued, 'The best crab in the world are off Dog Island. On the
outside part... because what they eat is so clean. Jeff would never let
mosquito-spraying go on that island. He just said no. ... because it
gets into the life chain... you know."
Jeff never made any money from the land on Dog Island. He was a
good steward, and wanted no speculators. He wanted it preserved in
its natural state. "Family-oriented" is what he wanted it to be.
Jeff had cancer ... melanoma from the sun. But he had time before he
died to enjoy the seclusion of Dog Island. And the seclusion is part of
what makes it so valuable.
"They shouldn't just try to make as much money as they can, devel-
oping the island. They should preserve its natural beauty." Spoken
for all who desire the natural preserve which Jeff Lewis had in mind,
The birders' paradise. One of the compound values of the island and
of America. Wave the flag, and be grateful to folks like Jeff Lewis and
Clifton Lewis.

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Chamber Meeting Success

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Jeannie Rodgers, Sheila Hauser, Ron Treutel and Executive
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By Tom Campbell
The Carrabelle Chamber of Com-
merce hosted the First Annual
Tri-County Chamber Business
Social at C-Quarters in Carrabelle
on October 11. The event was
planned by Sheila Hauser, Busi-
ness Social Chairman for the
Counties invited were Franklin,
Gulf and Wakulla. Hauser said
that over 120 people attended and
the event was a big success. "This
is the first such annual event fo0"
the tri-county group and I hope,
that there will be many more," she
The goal of the event, according
to Hauser, was "to bring together
business professionals, tourist
.and economic development
groups, in order to outreach and
exchange ideas."
The event was sponsored, she
said, by local Carrabelle busi-
nesses and "Sandi Crowder,
owner of C-Quarters Restaurant,
who provided the place for the
evening's festivities." She said
there was plenty of good food, ca-
tered by Sherry Rankin. "Every-
body had plenty to eat and
seemed to have a good time."
,M llllMBBB :- V--

Chambers and Tourist Develop-
ment Councils in attendance, ac-
cording to Hauser, were: Carra-
belle Chamber, Apalachicola
Chamber, including Executive
Director Anita Gregory, Wakulla
County Chamber, Wakulla
County Tourist Development
Council, Gulf County Chamber,
Gulf County Tourist Development
Council, and Mexico Beach Com-
munity Development Council.
speciall Guests and Dignitaries
"h i attended. according to
Hauser, were: Florida USA "Visit
Florida," Opportunity Florida,
Enterprise Florida, Florida Scenic
Highway, Douglas Delano, Vice
President of Arvida, and many
David Butler of Gulf State Com-
munity Bank set up a computer
at the entrance of C-Quarters,
according to Hauser, and was able
to get information on a data base,
providing ways of contacting the
guests who attended for future
Hauser said, "Due to the over-
whelming success of 'the event,
the Carrabelle Chamber of Com-
merce would like to make this an
annual happening."

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Eastpoint, FL

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The House of Representatives
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Allen Boyd (D-North Florida)
strongly supported this important
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makes a number of changes to
current criminal investigation and
foreign intelligence gathering
laws, and generally expands the
surveillance and wiretap powers
of federal law enforcement au-
thorities while fighting the war on
Mr. Boyd said, "I believe this bill
provides the necessary solutions
to one of the greatest challenges
our country has ever faced. Con-
gress and the President must
work together to ensure that the
necessary steps are taken in or-
der to prevent terrorism from oc-
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19 October 2001 Page 9



Apalachicola Veterans Memorial Park Plan Approved; Phase I To Begin "Grand Planting" Replaces Gorrie

Poloronis Construction Is Contractor Causeway Palm Trees

The Apalachicola City Council
approved Monday night, October
15th, Phase I of the Veterans Me-
morial Park. The Park will be lo-
cated on Water Street, between
Avenue E and Avenue D, on the
Analachicola River.

AARP Organizing
For Florida
By Tom Campbell
To keep a "watchful eye" on the
various Florida legislative com-
mittees that are meeting in the
capitol, the Florida AARP state
leaders are organizing. A meeting
was held in the Hospitality Cen-


)ourneys of St.

The Florida Recreation Develop-
ment Assistance Program
(FRDAP) has funded the project
through a series of grants total-
ing $225,000. The work to be
started by Poloronis Construction

ter downtown Tallahassee at the
comer of Duval and West College
on October 10, where state AARP
leaders mapped out their plans.
In the national scheme, each state
has an AARP Legislative Commit-
tee (SLC), a group composed of 10
to 25 volunteers, depending on
the size of the state. SLC mem-
bers decide which issues will be
priorities for AARP in their states
for the legislative year, based on
AARP's public policy agenda. They
also undertake "grassroots" out-

George Island,

240 E. 3'd Street, St. George Island FL-32328.
Ph# 850 927-3259

20% Off all Accessories with purchase of Kayak
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will include cleanup of the site,
draining and fill, adding about 4.5
feet, the construction of a revet-
ment, some paving, installation of
concrete walkways and ramps to.
the waterline, landscaping. Ilmga-

reach to chapters and the general
membership, through legislative
Florida AARP State Affairs Coor-
dinator Lyn Bediford was in
charge of the meeting, assisted by
Ed Burtenshaw and Jeff Johnson
and others at the state level. As
far as AARP issues are concerned
Lyn Bediford operates as the "Is-
sue Efforts Team Captain."
One of the committees of concern
to AARP members is the Florida
State Senate Committee on
Health, Aging and Long-Term
Care. Volunteers attended that
committee meeting from 1 p.m. to
4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10.
Ed Burtenshaw had explained to
the group of volunteers that the
intention was "to expand the
AARP core group of volunteers in
committee meetings." Many of the
volunteers wore blue AARP shirts,
which branded them as "watch-
ful eyes and ears for AARP,"
Interested readers may contact
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Parcel 2122200110000 Leon County, FL
Scale 1:3600

o 150 300 450 600 750 Feet

Zoned MR-1 Medium Density
Residential District

1. District Intent
The MR-1 district is intended to be located
in areas designated Mixed Use-A. B. or C
on the Future Land Use Map of the
Comprehensive Plan, in close proximity to
more Intensive non-residential uses,
including commercial and office uses; and
to residentially compatible public facilities
such as schools, parks, and transit
facilities The MR-1 district shall provide
for a wide range of residential housing
types. The maximum gross density allowed
for new residential development in the
MR-I district is 16 dwelling units per acre.
while the minimum gross density allowed
is 8 dwelling units per acre, unless
constraints of concurrency or
preservation and/or conservation
features preclude the attainment of the
minimum densities.

This property is a "developer's
dream!" There are no comparable
properties this size within the city

Listed exclusively with Marion Miley,
George Island, Inc., (850] 927-
2821. 61 West Gulf Beach Drive,
Suite C., St. George Island, Florida

2. Principal Uses
(1) Community facilities related to residential uses. including
religious facilities, police/fire stations, and elementary, middle,
and high schools. Other community facilities may be allowed in
accordance with Section 18.1 of these regulations IP(2 vDa care

centers. (3] Golf courses. (4) Multiple-family dwellings. (5) Nurs
S 4Lighthouse ing homes and other residential care facilities. (6) Passive and
S Lighthe active recreational facilities. (7) Single-family attached dwellings.
R ealy [8] Single-family detached dwellings. [9] Two-family dwellings.
( R ealtYI [10) Zero-lot line single-family detached dwellings.

_ Of St. George Island, Inc.

(850) 927-2821 office/(850) 927-2314 fax

tion, and installation of electrical
apparatus except the specific fix-
Stures. The overview plan is shown
in a partial sketch drawn by
Baskerville-Donovan, Inc. in
January 2001.


Death On



The body of Peter Wayne Bartlett
was found two miles east of
Apalachicola on the north side of
the causeway at about 6:53 a.m.,
October 3rd by Sheriffs Investi-
gator Lt. Ronnie Segree and
Deputy Thomas Webb. They came
upon a Jeep Grand Cherokee
parked with the flashers on.
Deputy Webb stopped to render
assistance and discovered a white
male lying on the ground in front
of the parked vehicle. The subject,
Peter Wayne Bartlett, was from
Vedra Beach, Florida.
Bartlett was lying on his back with
a peach colored towel draped over
his shoulders. There was a SB
Rossi Cal .357,in his right hand
and a note in his left hand. There
appeared to be a single gun shot
would entering the mouth and
protruding into the head area.
Aboc e his head, written in the dirt
%as 'Lood bye LB, HB, SB, for-
* alwie nie with-alcross marked
in the dirt. In his report, Investi-
gator Segree concluded that the
cause of death appeared to be self-

Franklin Briefs from Page 2
a problem with the PUD (planned
unit development).
As directed by the Board I con-
tacted Mr. and Mrs. Brett;,and
their attorney W Charles Stratton,
concerning the county's desire in
maintaining a through street ei-
ther across, their property or in
some other fashion so that resi-
dents and emergency vehicles can
travel from one end of Lanark Vil-
lage to the other end. I proposed
the following settlement, which
was accepted by the Bretts. Now
the Board must decide if it will
accept it. The settlement is:
A) The Brett's will deed to the
county 30 feet of their property

I I M i ] L J

The firms contracted by the Florida Department of
Transportation to construct the new St. George Island
Bridge, along with teams of local volunteers, joined forces
on Saturday, October 13th, to plant palm trees along the
causeway between Eastpoint and Apalachicola.
The contractors for the bridge included Sverdrup Civil, Inc,
Boh Brothers Construction and C.W. Roberts Contracting.
This was the first of two efforts designed to replace palm
trees that were removed during drainage improvements
made to the Causeway earlier this year, and mandated by
the Department of Environmental Protection. In 2002, an
additional number of palm trees will again be planted along
the Causeway. Volunteers from the Philaco Woman's Club,
the St. George Island Civic Club and the Keep Franklin
County Beautiful Committee assisted members of the
contracting and engineering firms in the work.


along the northeast boundary
down to Pinewood. (Adjoining the
Brett's property, Jim and Nancy
Green will deed over 30 feet of
their property). These two parcels
will create a 60 foot right-of-way
for a road to be built and main-
tained by the county.
B) The county will relocate the
existing Oak St. to the north side
,of the power line and turn it so
that it connects to the above par-
C) The Brett's will dedicate a 20
foot drainage easement on the
east boundary of their property for
the future use of a drainage ditch
that will be built and maintained




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by the county in the event it is
ever needed. This drainage ease-
ment will lead from Pinewood
down to Infield.
D) The Brett's will deed to the
county a 10 foot wide utility ac-
cess and emergency vehicles ac-
cess on the west side of their prop-
erty in the area currently known
as Debbie Lane. This area will
cease being a through street and
access will be limited by a chained
gate to be installed by the Brett'sq
with keys given to the county and
the appropriate emergency re-
sponse agencies.
E) The county will allow the Brett's
to build the interior road of their
subdivision on a 50 wide
right-of-way instead to make up
for the loss of property because
of Debbie Land. The road will be
built to county standards with an
asphalt surface and if so desired
by the Brett's the county will ac-
cept the road for maintenance.
F) Acceptance by the Board of this
settlement also includes accep-
tance of the Board of the proposed
sketch plat which was tabled by
the Board. The sketch plat will be
revised to include the above
G) The final plat will be sent di-
rectly to the Board for approval,
so as to help the Brett's make up
for time lost during these nego-
The Board accepted the settle-

G ilCaRealt





Pane 10 19 October 2001


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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 10/04/01 Invoice No. 6630

Description of Vehicle: Make Chrysler Model 5th Avenue Color Black,
Tag No No Tag Year 1986 State FL Vin No. 1C3BF66P3GX520553

To Owner: Herbert R. Bell To Lien Holder:
P.O. Box 655
Apalachicola, FL 32320

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
10/02/01 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 per
day 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 11/08/01 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

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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 10/11/01 Invoice No. 6806
Description of Vehicle: Make Isuzu Model PK Color Black
Tag No D51KNS Year 1989 state FL viinNo. JAACLIIL8K7200564

To Owner: Axson Robert Cooper TI Lien Holder:
P.O. Box 252
Apalachicola, FL 32329

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
10/04/01 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
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$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
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To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78

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Description of Vehicle: Make Mercury Model COlgar Color White
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possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
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impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 170.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day 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 11/08/01 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
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Apalachicola City from Page 1
the amounts of the bills here ... Number two, the contractor termi-
nated because he didn't get paid. And, the reason he didn't get paid
enough money was because he didn't do the job he was supposed to
do. The Bond Company has come in and has provided another con-
tractor... The Contractor, Morris Plumbing, is not on the job and will
not be on the job. We have a new contractor coming in and the surety
S company is paying for that..."
S Ella Mosconis, engineer for Baskerville-Donovan, added to the City
Attorney's comments:
"...We all recognize that we need the water system... In
the agreement that we executed with Rural Development,
there is a clause in there, (that says) before we can go to
construction, we hare to raise the rates to pay the debt
service on the loan. The City was eligible for a 70% low
interest loan and a 30% grant. Rural Development was
the one who determined what they felt was a water bill
that the city could pay. And, they based that on what
other water systems that they worked with, and what
today's going rate is for a typical residential service. So,
it was-based on those figures that they came back and
gave the City a 70% loan and only a 30% grant. The 70%
loan will be paid back over 40 years, so that means the
City has to generate X number of revenue to pay off that
loan... So, in the calculation... (we had to figure out) what
the City had to generate on the water system to pay for
our operation and maintenance, our operators and other
things that we're required to do plus to pay that debt

quired to go to seven days a week, 24-hours-a-day op-
eration that requires a tremendous amount of staff to do
that ... to cover vacation time and sick leave. Your staff
just doubled at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. In ad-
dition to that, the wetlands have to be monitored. The
monitoring costs for that alone is $50,000. ... The City
does not have a choice. You have to generate that rev-
enue. You have to operate that treatment plant. And, you
have to monitor it.
Another citizen spoke, "...My meter's not being read at all ... I put dirt
on top of it and a stick. It's still there, That's why I know the meter is
not being read. As to the water, you can't bathe in it; you can't wash

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Commissioner Davis asked that the community give the Commis-
sioners some time to look over the bills and conduct an analysis,
given the complaints of meter readings, juxtaposed rates and other
matters raised by the citizens who came to the meeting.
City attorney Pat Floyd addressed the group.
"Certainly, those mechanical problems, like whether the
meters are read correctly, and the formula, we can ad-
dress those, and we will address them. As far as the rates
themselves the rate sheets are there, but the Rural De-
velopment looks at the income we have here, and the
rates that we charge, and they have determined if the
rate is too high compared with the income and the num-
ber of people (customers), they give you a bigger grant.
That's the way they regulate this. The rate is set by them
based on their ... determinations..."



Ella Mosconis
In addition to the debt service you have to add 10% debt
service coverage... Unfortunately, the city of Apalachi-
cola does not have 5, 6, or 7000 customers. We only have
2200 ... We are basically replacing the entire water sys-
tem. A lot of communities will face this ... We're building
all brand new wells. Existing ones are going to be shut
down. Brand new tank. The existing one is going to be
shut down. We're replacing every bit of the distribution
system downtown...It costs to do that.
We developed a rate structure that's equitable to all cus-
tomers. Everyone is paying the same rate ... It's based on
your meter size ... Then everybody pays a flat rate per
1000 gallons. So, you can save on your water bill by cut-
ting back on your consumption. (Laughter).
She explained further that for the Senior Citizens, there was a new
category introduced and a reduced rate structure.
One of the meeting participants brought forward a filter used to col-
lect one week of sediment. "...I can't drink that water, and would
suspect nobody else could either." He put the filter on the table near
Commissioner Elliott. "...If we need to raise the water- rates, that's
fine. But why are we jacking up the sewer rates? I can't swallow that..."
Ms. Mosconis continued, "In the construction, the City
of Apalachicola and the permit with DEP ... the City was
forced togo to an advanced wastewater treatment, in order
to treat that water to a level that we could continue to
use the wetlands. To do that, the City had to increase
their operation and maintenance costs. There is an in-
crease in the operator cost. The City is now being re-

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SShe sang in the Trinity Church
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in it. You can't cook with the water."
Mary Lynn'Rodgers complained that she did not know what her rate
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everybody else does." She responded, "Do you want me to tell my
customers that? Do you know who they are? My customers are the
guys fixing the water and sewer!"

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Mark Mayfield, a son by her first
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the Ford Motor Company as well
as an accomplished concert pia-
nist. A framed program from a
Beethoven recital he had given
hung in her living room. Her pet
shih-tzu was named "Beethoven."
Just before her accidental death
in 1984, she made a donation of
$250 to the Historical Society.
However, before a decision could
be made concerning its use, she
had died. George Chapel, presi-
dent of the Society, decided to use
the money to start a community
concert fund in her memory.
The annual concert series was
launched in 1985, with solo art-
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FSU School ofMusic. In 1989, the
Bay Area Choral Society was
formed and in succeeding years
has presented two concerts each
year. Artists and performing
groups have come from Illinois,
Indiana, Wisconsin, North Caro-
lina, Georgia, and Mississippi as
well as throughout the state of
Under the guidance of George
Chapel, David Dearing, and since
1988, Eugenia and Dr. Bedford
Watkins, the Ilse Newell Concert
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Sixteenth Season
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The Capitol Chordsmen
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Tentative Work


By Tom Campbell
District Public Information Direc-
tor Tommie Speights of the
Florida Department of Transpor-
tation (FDOT), at a Public Hear-
ing held on October 9, announced
proposed projects in Franklin,
Gadsden, Leon, Jefferson, Liberty
and Wakulla Counties.
Comments and input from local
and regional interest groups, gov-
ernmental entities, business en-
terprises and the general'public
were welcomed.
The Tentative 5-Year Work Pro-
gram for Franklin County in-
cludes the following projects,
among others:
In the year 2003, SR 30 (US98)
Yent Bayou Bridge No. 490012
Bridge Repair/Rehabilitation,
.014 miles. Also-SR 300 Bryant
Patton Bridge Br. Nos. 490003
and 04 Replace High Level
Bridge. Also-SR 300 Causeway
- From N. End North Bridge to SR
30 (US 98)-Resurfacing, .922
In the year 2004, SR 30 (US 98)
From SR 65 to Carrabelle River
Bridge, resurfacing, 11.676 miles.
Other projects will follow in the
year 2004 through 2006.
For more information, contact
Tommie Speights, District Public
Information Director at
850-638-0250, ext. 208.

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would be moved north on the West
side of 319 aid outlining the
Summer Camp area to the west
and coming back out on U.S. 98.
The cost of the project will be
borne. by Arvida and will be in the
neighborhood of $1.500,000. All
infrastructure'will be put in by
Arvida. The part of US 98 on the
west end that runs through the
middle of the project would prob-
ably be taken over by Arvida as a
main road in their property.
Delano said that if anyone wanted
to ask further questions he would
be available on E mail or
call 513-0131 if you would like to
be on the mailing.

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