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Pile Driving Began January 2001

2001 Brings Great Prugirtss On

Island Bridge

Construction to end April 2003



A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER December 28,2001 Jan. 10, 2002

A r psIle '"ear

In Review"

A Report and Commentary
by Tom W. Hoffer
2001 brought continuing changes
to the historical, social and po- r
litical landscape of Franklin j
County also marked by the pas-
sage of friends and family, deeply
touched by the horrible events of
September 11th.

Publisher's Note: Each year,
about this time, the Chronicle
publishes a "Year in-Review"
emphasizing noteworthy per-
sonalities and events in j
Franklin County. Those sto-
ries that continue into the
New Year have been selected
for comment, recognizing that
a mere transition from 31
December to, 1 January does
not limit the life of a continu-
ing news story, nor does that
transition elevate the event to
some sort of "star status." The
items outlined here simply
bear updating and "watching"
as they become part of the
local historical landscape.'
Two obvious examples are .the
events. connected with the
Coastal Petroleum litigation
against the State of Florida,
and the progress of the St.
George Island bridge.
Also, I want to thank the nu-
merous individuals who con-
tributed to this "year end re-
view" by submitting informa-
tive summaries of their
organization's activities and f
projected events in the New f
Year. They are identified in t
their respective articles pub- i
lished in this issue. i
Tom W. Hoffer

The "water-sharing war" with
Georgia and Alabama continues I
into the New Year, with very slow 1
progress in developing an agree- I
ment among three states. That is f
discussed in more detail by Tom
Campbell in this section. At Alli- i
gator Point, the beach erosion is-
sue continues without final and
formal decision although the re-
vised draft study by the engineer-
ing consultants has been submit-
ted to the County Commission. A
resolution is expected sometime
in early 2002. On a more positive
note, clam aquaculture in Alliga-
tor harbor appears to be on sched-
ule with 'approvals given and
leases assigned to farmers.
At the county level, the future of
the Humane society appears un-
certain if private funding is not
available. The hard feelings
among the oyster community and
some elements in the state Dept.
of Agriculture appears to have
mellowed enough, perhaps en-
hanced by Sherman Wilhelm's
apology published in the Chronicle
in early October. The director of
the Division of Aquaculture,'
Wilhelm, was the object of criti-
cism when secretary Bronson
held a public meeting at the court-
house on August 27th.
The general theme voiced by many
Franklin County citizens was that
the Department of Agriculture
had become an adversary instead
of an advocate on behalf of the
oyster business.
In late 2001, the Franklin County
fire fighters, through their profes-
sional organization, presented
their arguments before the
County Commission, advocating
substantial increases in the Mu-
nicipal Service Benefit Unit tax,
citing the financial problems of at
least two volunteer fire depart-
ments. A public hearing on this
issue, described more as a work-
shop, is scheduled for January
Redistricting will not occur until
2003 due to an error in the cen-
sus data, and the relevant federal
agency has been laggard in ad-
vising the county government a
Continued on Page 5

U.S. Army Corps Of

Second Meeting
On Camp Gordon
Findings and recommendations of
.he Engineering Evaluation-Cost
Analysis study of the former
Camp Gordon Johnston
(Carrabelle, Franklin County) will
be presented at a meeting on
Tuesday, January 8, 2002. The U.
S. Army Corps of Engineers will
hold the public meeting at Chillas
Hall in Lanark Village,. located at
the intersection of Pine Street and
Heffernon Street, off U. S. high-
way 98. The meeting will start at
1:00 p.m. and last until 6:00 p.m.
This is the second scheduled.
meeting time for the same Isub-
ect due to several complaints
from residents because of short
The meeting will begin with a
short formal presentation fol-
lowed by a questions and answer
Camp Gordon Johnston operated"
as an amphibious training center
from 1942 until 1945 before clos-
ing in 1946. By 1948, all prop-
erty of the former Camp had been
transferred, sold, or returned to
lessors, ending the Army's role.
The Air Force later reacquired a
small part of the former Camp's
land in Carrabelle that now serves
as a tracking station to support
the Tyndall Air Force Base. The
remainder of the former Camp is
now primarily uninhabited tim-
berland intermixed with residen-
tial areas.
In 1995, the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers L,.Jrn .i ai investigation
into the historical use of the prop-
erty and recommended an ord-
nance and explosive (OE) investi-
gation be conducted to ascertain
the presence or absence of re-
sidual OE contamination.
The EE/CA study confirmed the
presence of various OE items on
portions of the former Camp Gor-
don Johnston property. These
findingss confirmed the need for
further Government response at
this site. The local community is
invited to attend the meeting to
review the results of past effort
ad provide input for future work
at the Camp Gordon Johnston.
For additional information or if
you are unable to attend and wish
a copy of the meeting materials,
please contact Mr. Barry Vorse,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
Jacksonville District Public Af-
'airs Office at 904-232-2236, or
the Huntsville Center Public Af-
airs Office at 256-895-1692.)

Water Management
District Assists
Apalachicola With
Stormwater Repairs
More effective stormwater man-
agement will be made possible for
the City of Apalachicola. with
$93,000 from the Northwest
Florida Water Management Dis-
A recommendation to allocate
these funds to the City of
Apalachicola is expected to be
submitted to the Northwest
Florida Water Management
District's Governing Board for
approval at its January 24th
"The District is very pleased to be
able to assist the City of
Apalachicola with this project,"
said Joyce Estes, Vice Chair of the
Northwest Florida Water Manage-
ment District Governing Board.
"Taking a proactive role in help-
ing resolve these regional kinds
of issues and problems is the
most effective approach for water
Retrofitting and repairing col-
lapsed segments of the city's ex-
isting stormwater lines will be
undertaken with these funds.
These improvements should not
only reduce flooding but also ben-
efit the bay through the proper
conveyance of stormwater.
Protecting and preserving the
Apalachicola River and Bay has
long been a priority of the District.
The river and bay have the high-
est ranking on the District's Pri-
ority List of the Surface Water
Improvement and Management
(SWIM) water bodies.

Franklin Briefs ........ 2
Carrabelle Chamber .2
Editorial & Commen-
tary ...................... 3..
ABC School............55
IGA Grocery............5
Franklin County
Library, Carrabelle
Branch ..................6

Carrabelle Lighthouse.7
FCAN.................... 8
Coastal Petroleum
Litigation ............. 9
River Talks ............. 9
Nunez Film............. 10
DIxie Theatre ........ 10
Chronicle Holiday
Greetings............... 12

Boyd Secures Funding To Save
4H Camps
national activities in cooperation
On December 19th, the House of with the County Extension offices.
Representatives passed the Labor,
Health and Human Services and 4-H is a Federally mandated pro-
Education Appropriations Bill for gram and operates in all 50
fiscal year 2002, in which Con- States. The 4-H camps are an im-
gressman Allen Boyd (D-North portant aspect of the total pro-
Florida), a member of the House gram because it provides children
Appropriations Committee, was and young adults with skills to
able to secure $100,000 to'help make a living, to be good stew-
save two 4H summer camps that ards of the environment and to
were in danger of being closed due develop leadership skills. The 4-H
to proposed State budget cuts. camping program is a focal point
for environmental education ac-
The two summer camps. Camp tivities within the overall Florida
Cherry Lake (Madison Co. Fl.) and Extension Program. The camps
Camp Cloverleaf (Highlands Co. provide opportunities for youth to
Fl.), serve the camping needs of develop an awareness of critical
thirty counties in north and south issues that impact communities.
Florida. A number of these coun- I:he economy and of course, the
ties are small rural counties that environment in Florida.
serve the needs of low income and
at risk youth. Lastyear, over 1000 "As a former 4H member, and a
4-H participant? attend the sum- I'-anper at Camp Cherry Lake, I
mer camping program This fund- i.'nnriro: emphasize ri-nih how
ihg will help support the environ- important these programs are to
mental education and skill devel- me and to the thousands of oth-
opment programs offered to the ers who have benefited from at-
children who attend the camps. tending these camps," said Boyd.
"The skills, values and leadership
The funding will also assist in qualities 4H teaches at these
supporting the staff hired to con- camps stay with throughout your
duct the 4-H summer camps at entire life. I am so pleased this
each site. Every year, approxi- funding was provided to help save
mately 25 individuals are hired on such a valuable asset to the young
a seasonal basis to conduct edu- people of Florida."

At The St. George Civic Club

Dora Brannon And Frank Latham

Cited As Citizens Of The Year

A- _

\ N S
Islanders Dora Brannon and Frank Latham were designated Citizens
of the Year at the Island Christmas Party Thursday, December 12th.
The Civic Club Board reviewed several nominations of persons who
have volunteered their time and energies over the years to help main-
tain and enhance the quality of life on St. George Island and in Franklin
Dora Brannon is an active member and fundraiser for the island
Methodist Church, and a member of PHILACO. She is a trained
caregiver in the Big Bend Hospice program, and delivers meals on
wheels throughout the year. Mrs. Brannon is also a Pink Lady at
Weems Hospital.
Frank Latham was President of the Maritime Museum, also active in
the island United Methodist Church, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the
Bay Area Choral Society, an accomplished craftsman in cabinetry
and wood furniture, donating many of his creative pieces to raise
money for the church and the island Fire Department. He has also
served on the Charity Chili Cookoff and Auction Board of Directors
and been a past president of the Island Civic Club.


... .. .--
Concrete girders measuring up to 125 feet in length, span
from pier to pier across the water.
As the superstructure to the new Bryant Patton bridge emerges from
Apalachicola Bay, the shape and mass of the bridge takes on a tradi-
tional form. Special equipment will be brought in to duplicate the
piling configuration as on the St. George side. "This now looks like a
bridge," one observer was heard to say. From the St. George Island
side, the support pilings are augmented with battered pilings (situ-
ated at an angle) and waterline footings. Eventually, the huge lateral
girders, extending 125 feet in length, are placed on the pilings. Then,
the decking, measuring about 8 inches of thickness, is poured into
place for the new roadway. Up to now, most observers driving by on
the old Bryant Patton bridges have seen single pilings reaching up
without much else except lapping saltwater leaving signs of corrosion
and barnacles.
Parsons Brinckerhoff is the Dlepartment of Transportation's' (DOT)
engineering consulting firm; "the owner's engineer" as it were, advis-
ing DOT and others about the progress and conformance of the
design-build project to the planned structure. Engineer Ben Brown
and Gary Roberts took the Chronicle reporter out into the Bay for a
closer look at the progress of this awesome structure.
The same cycle of piling construction is about to take place on the
Eastpoint side of the existing bridge except for one open gap where
the water is too shallow for the contractor's barges.
Bryant Patton Bridges, known locally as the Saint George Island
Bridges, traverse the Apalachicola Bay between Saint George Island
and East Point. The proposed project will replace the two existing
bridges and connecting causeway with one structure in the close prox-
imity west of the existing bridges, utilizing the existing landing points
for each end of the proposed structure.
The justification for the proposed project is based on several consid-
* State Road 300, Bryant Patton Bridges, is the only vehicular access
connecting St. George Island and East Point. Presently, the existing
bridge design causes serious vehicular constraints due to inadequate
lane widths, absence of safety shoulders and substandard barrier
* Several structural deficiencies have been noted in the most recent
bridge inspection reports and maintenance activities for the bridges
and causeway can't keep pace with the aggressive environment found
in the Apalachicola Bay. The existing bridges were constructed in
1965, with a design expectancy of 50 years.
* The causeway section is constantly bombarded with wave action,
producing erosion near the existing sea walls.

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A low-angle view of the concrete girders. In the high-level'
approach piers, over the navigation channel, the girders
will extend to 250 feet and use 5 girder lines. The height
of the super structure over the navigation channel will be
72 feet above the water.
* The causeway is also nesting sight for several listed species of birds.
FDOT, Florida Department of Protection (FDEP), U.S. Fish and Wild-
life Service (USFWS) and Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Com-
mission (FGFWFC) have established a plan to protect and preserve
the nesting site through ground preparation, site monitoring, speed
limit reductions and temporary barrier fencing to reduce the inci-
dents of road-kill.
* The proposed structure will provide a structurally and environmen-
tally sound facility, eliminating causeway maintenance, eliminating I
traffic delays due to maintenance activities performed from the deck
and eliminating the identified safety deficiencies, which in turn will
provide a safer transportation route between St. George Island and
The proposed project involves the replacement of the existing struc-
ture which consists of two travel lanes (11 -foot wide), with no safety
shoulders, substandard barrier rails and a maintained causeway sec-
tion with a totally elevated bridge structure spanning the entire bay.
The proposed structure will provide two travel lanes (12-foot wide)
and two safety lanes (10-foot wide), standard concrete barrier rails
and avoidance of the existing causeway.
Continued on Page 4

C .

Engineer Ben Brown "models" a series of substructure
concrete piles cut-off near the water level. The 80 foot
round concrete "tubes" are driven up to 60 feet below the
bay bottom in groups of three, spaced every 125 feet for
about 3.1 miles of the new bridge. Piers at the navigation
channel are designed to withstand a vessel impact of more
than 1,600 tons.

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Volume 10, Number 26

Inside This Issue

12 Pages


Page 2 28 December 2001


The Franklin Chronicle



December 18, 2001
Present: Chairperson
Eddie Creamer;
Commissioner Bevin
Putnal; Commissioner
Clarence Williams;
Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders; and
Commissioner Jimmy

Director of Administrative
The Board reviewed the allocation
of county funds to finish McIntyre
Road and Jeff Sanders Road. Cur-
rently, the county has received
partial payments on the two
roads. Mr. Pierce, County Planner,
recommended finishing the two
projects so that the county could
receive full payments for the
roads. By FEMA agreement, the
county would receive $216,027
for work on the two roads to in-
clude cleaning the ditches on
about 18 miles of road, adding two
inches of limerock 20 feet wide to
stabilize the roads. Last year, the
county received $116,522 from
FEMA for work on the two roads.
When the projects are complete.
the county is scheduled to receive
another $95,505.
In Pierce's scenario, "assuming
the worst", which is that none of
'the limerock that the county has
put down can be saved, the
county will need to buy enough
limerock for 18 miles of road. It
would take 19,800 tons of
limerock or approximately 1100
tons per mile. If the Board would
pay Gene Langston for some of the
limerock now, he would sell the
county the rock at a discount of
$5.00 per ton. At this price, the
total cost would be $99,000. Mr.
Pierce recommended that the
Board buy $49,500 of limerock
now for use on the two roads As
soon as the jobs are done, the
Board will receive $99,505. The
Board approved the purchase.
Mr. Pierce had the Fire Service
Contract for Dog Island ready and
the Board approved the agree-
ment for one year.
Mr. Pierce submitted to the Board
a letter from Governor Bush writ-
ten to President Bush asking that
Franklin, Gulf, Liberty and
Wakulla be declared a FEMA (Fed-
eral Emergency Management
Agency) disaster area. He also
provided the Board a letter from
DCA (Dept. of Community'Affairs)
declaring that Franklin County,
was eligible for SBA (Small. Busi-
ness Association) loans.
Preble-Rish and Alan Pierce rec-
ommended to the Board that the
Board accept a bid from the
Ingram Group for $1,150,000 to
build the courthouse annex. The_


61 West Gulf Beach Dr.
Suite C
St. George Island, FL
(850) 927-2821


county currently has $1,135,000
for construction. It is likely the
Board would have to put in an
additional $15,000 to the project
if the Legislature does not provide
the county any funds out of the
session starting in January.
Alan Pierce met with representa-
tives from Boh Brothers, Sverdrup
And Parsons Brinkerhoff (Depart-
ment of Transportation) and Com-
missioner Moscoriis concerning
the condition of Gulf Beach Drive
on St. George Island where the
contractor did stormwater im-
provements. C. W. Roberts offered
to do some additional work on the
road, and the firm would evalu-
ate the situation and make some
The Board directed Alan Pierce to
write a letter to the Dept. of Trans-
portation (DOT) to erect security
lights on that part of the old St.
George Island bridge that is be-
ing given to Franklin County. Mr.
Pierce announced that there are
no plans for similar lighting on the
new bridge.
The Board directed the county
attorney to communicate with a
St. George Island landowner and
a public beach access route. Alan
Pierce reported that the land-
owner has planted Spanish bayo-
nets in an eight foot section'be-
tween two front lots, and the land-
owner had written him a strong
letter threatening legal action.
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
retorted that the landowner had
no right to plant the bayonets on
county-owned property. Action is
pending to remove the plants af-
ter communication is established
with the St. George Island land-
Gulf State Bank telephoned Mr.
Pierce that they were loaning Mr.
Ruic the local match for the
T-hangers but Mr. Pierce has not
received anything in writing. He
recommended that the Board not
award the bid to Poloronis until
written documentation of the lo-
cal match is received. The Board
Also, the Board approved a con-
tract with Preble-Rish for $5,625.
for supervision and contract ad-
ministration of the T-hanger con-
The county attorney, Mr. Al
Shuler, has researched the exist-
Sing contract on the airport road
with URS (also known as Dames
and Moore). Pierce recommended
that the county stay in the con-
tract and allow it to expire with
the project, and then advertise for
bids for a new general aviation
engineering firm. Most of the re-
mainder billing on the existing
contract is going to Prebel-Rish for
their services related to supervi-
sion of the road construction. The
Board approved to pay Dames
and Moore's invoice of 1i3.165.
Also, Mr. Pierce'provided rhe
Board a copy of the Army Corps
of Engineers wetland permit for
building the airport road.
The Board approved the County
Attorney to initiate legal action
against a resident in Apartment
4-5 on Parker Street in Lanark
Village who has allegedly been vio-
lating the Lanark Village Nuisance

Sales and
Long Term

For Sale:
Beautiful bay front acre
available. Lot 17 of Indian Bay
Village in the prestigious
Plantation of St. George Island.
High and dry, ready for your
special getaway!, $459,900.00

Long Term Rental:
Eastpoint: Magnolia BluffBay Front
Lovely in-ground pool home on
Apalachicola Bay. Open and breezey four
bedroom, two bath, furnished or
unfurnished. Great deck over the bay with
steps to water. $1,850. Call for full

Property For Every Budget

Mlay the Nvew year

Bring Us your

PN Talent.


Ordinance for the past several
months, and has been investi-
gated by the Health Dept. for be-
ing a sanitary nuisance. The
Board approved.
No action was taken on a proposal
to have the Board of County Corn-
missioners have a separate mem-.
bership in the Opportunity
Florida program. The
Apalachicola Chamber of Com-
merce is already a member of the
The Board approved the signing
of 4 Dept. of Environmental Pro-
tection (DEP) extension for the St.
George Island Park project involv-
ing construction of rest rooms and
a pavilion. Mark Curenton re-
quested the extension because
the project was not going to be
completed by December 31st.
The Board adopted the re-written
Franklin County Comprehensive
Emergency Management Plan, by
Tim Turner, with assistance from
the Apalachee Regional Planning
Council. The Board paid the ARPC
to write the plan to be consistent
with the state regulations and this
plan does this.
Cheryl Sanders moved to table the
Hidden Harbor issues until the.,
first meeting in February 2002.'
Mr. Pierce informed the Board"
that Debbie Holton telephoned
him and said that Hidden Harbor,.
would not be ready to present.
their case at this meeting, Decem-
ber 18th. The Board approved.

Joe Shields
Mr. Shields indicated that "... it
is possible that we could have red"
tide every year, or every other year
... Certainly, the lack of fresh wa-
ter did help keep the red tide stay''
for a longer period of time than
normal unfortunately, there is
not a lot we can do about it. Cor-'
missioner Putnal pointed out that
the need .for fresh water to mini-
mize red tide effects could be used
in the deliberations for water'
among the three states negotiat-,
ing for fresh water flows down

Public Hearing-Land Use
The Board approved a request by,
Tom Hoffer for land-use change
commercial to residential and re-
zoning from C-4 commercial resi-
dential to. R-7 Multi-family high
density .on approximately 3/4 of
an acre on Begonia Street in
Eastpoint. '
The Board approved a request by
Sharon Gardner for land-use
change rural residential to resi-
dential and rezoning from R-6
rural residential to R-1 singlefam-
ily residential on approximately.
10 acres on U. S. Highway 98 be-
tween Eastpoint and'Yent Bayou:

The Board received two bids on
the Derelict Vessel Removal Grant
Project. One was for $142,390
and the second for $70,800. The
proposals will be forwarded to the
Game and Fish Commission for

Dixie Theatre


By Tom Campbell
Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola is
offering two presentations on De-
cember 22 and 29,2001, at 8 p.m.
The stories featured are presented
the 'Saturday before and after
Christmas, and are from
"Sashaying From Splinters and
Shards," a book by Frances
Robinson. The book is filled with
wonderful characters.
Frances Robinson is the
daughter-in-law of Mary Virginia
Robinson, long time. resident of
Frances 'Robinson resides in Gulf
Breeze, Florida, where she is cur-
rently an adjunct professor at
pensacola Junior College.
"Sashaying From Splinters and
Shards" is her collection of short
stories and poems focusing on
Southern women.
There will be an opportunity to
meet Frances Robinson after the
performance where. she will be
available to sign copies of her
book. All money from the sale of
her book. at the Theare, will be
donated to the Dixie'Theatre
Foundation, Inc.
Justin White, who designed the
book cover, is from Tallahassee.
Both his parents graduated from
Apalachicola High School arid his
great-grandmother, the late.
Mamie Johnson, lived, in
Apalachicola most of her life '
The Dixie Theatre Company will
tell three of the stories.from Ms.
Robinson's book. Storytellers are'
Cleo Holladay, Dixie. Partirgton
and Randy Thompson. They told
some of the stories in "Everything
I Really Need To Know I Learned
In Kindergarten." :
DL\i Theatre will be open at- 7
p.m. on evenings of performance.
,No reservations are necessary, as
there will be open seating at both
performances. There is no ticket
price for the evening's perfor-
mance. However, donations will
be gratefully accepted.
This promises to be a fun-filled
eveningof storytelling. For more
information, please phone:the,,,
theatre at 850-65S3-3_P00,. : ,, .:

Place-Joyce Purvis and
on Sheriden, right on High-
98, one block west of IGA.
orable Mention-Carrabelle
, Units 29, 30, 31 and 32.
SDecorated Business:
Place-Carrabella Cove Gal-
Ron and Rose Truetel.
Place-Saunders Seafood on
)er Island.
Place-Sea Port Realty, Mary
Bowman, on Tallahassee
et across from the Fire Sta-
in Carrabelle.
of the judges, Barbara Revell
rted that "seven homes en-
I (this season) and more were
rated that could'have en-
i. Hope more will, next year.
n, it was a difficult decision,
he judges agreed it was a fun
re'. All of the entrants were
udging took place on Decem-
17, 2001.

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Parcel 2122200110000 Leon County, FL
Scale 1:3600.

o 150 300 450 600 750 Feet
--- -li-
j Zoned MR-1 Medium Density
Residential District

1. District Intent
The MR-1 distictis intended to be located
in areas designated Mixed Use-A. E. 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. [2] Day care

centers. (3) Golf courses. [4) Multiple-family dwellings. (5) Nurs-
S.. ing homes and other residential care facilities. (6) Passive and
SL eight house active recreational facilities. [7) Single-family attached dwellings.
R I (8) Single-family detached dwellings. [9) Two-family dwellings.
R ealty (10) Zro-lot line single-family detached dwellings

,- Of St. George Island, Inc.

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

Laura Moody reads the winner of the Alice Jean Gibbs
painting, drawn by Ellen Pearsal on Saturday, December
15th. The painting was raffled by The Apalachicola Area
Historical Society. The winner of the Gibbs artwork was
Farris Aston, Apalachicola.

Carrabelle Chamber Fills Six

Vacancies For 2002

Of St. George Island, Inc.

V Fresh Juices

V Cappuccinos >

V Latte -

> Mocha

> Espressos V

Epoelaly *FF ooc Open 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Happy
VWlOOI@ g Located on St. George Island facing the New Year!!
ryed&L g Ieod d beach/same street as the tall row houses
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By Tom Campbell Shar,
Bonnie Stephen'son, Executive way.
Director of Carrabelle Chamber of Hon(
Commerce, announced last week Cove
that six vacancies on the Board'
of Directors for 2002 have been Best
filled. Those positions were filled
'by Barbara Revell, Ruby Litton, 1st I
Kathi Jones, Sheila Hauser, Bob lery,
Solderholm and Raymond Finn.
,The officers for the Chamber for Timt
2002 are: Ron Treutel, President;
Sheila Hauser, Vice President; 3rdl
Rene Topping, Secretary; and Lou
Linda Blair, Treasurer. Stre(
Best decorated business and
homes were judged December 17. One
Prizes were $100 for First Place, repo
$50 for second, and '$25 foi third terec
place for homes. An acrylic'plaque deco
was awarded for the best deco- terec
rated business.. Agail
Winners are: 'cho
Best-Decorated Home:
1st Place-Franklin and Lee ber
Mathes, 702 Georgia Avenue,
2nd Place-Margaret Massey,
Lanark Village, iitght -'off' Pi'ifnal .-'i-




The lFranklin Chronicle


28 December 2001 Page 3


Frankly Speaking In Franklin County

By Rene Topping
Shades of yesteryear! Why is it that Franklin County can't seem to
ever get redistricting right? Let us hark back to the 80's, to the cen-
sus of 1980 that was mortally flawed.
This short history will fill in the newcomers and remind the ones who
were here when it all was happening.
Every county is supposed to look at their district lines every 10th
year. It had been 30 years since Franklin had a redistricting.
In July of 1984, five black residents. Clifford Williams, Betty Louise
Williams. Bryant Hand, Eugene Banks and Clyde Ray filed a suit in
U.S. District Court to stop the county elections of 1984.
County Attorney Al Shuler answered the suit as he wrote back that
"negotiation was out of the question." The suit said that "if the board
would simply commit to pursue a single member district for elections
for the next elections 1986. they would take no action to stop the
The County Commission in 1983 was made up of Ralph Kendrick.
Bill Collins, Admiral Brown, Harry Falk and Willard Vinson with Clerk
of the Court, Lee Pal Rivers, (who had been appointed by Governor
Bob Graham in August following Bobbie Howell's Resignation after
27 years.) The issue raised by the black population was made pos-
sible by a change in the Federal Voting Act which was approved in
Congress and endorsed by President Reagan's signature.
The lawsuit stated in part. 'The State of Florida and the County of
Franklin, FL, have a long history of discrimination and disenfran-
chisement of qualified black vote and denial to black voters and can-
didates of equal access to the political process. Under this form of
government and system of electing a (at large) county commissioner
not one black citizen in the entire history of Franklin County has ever
been elected to a seat on the County Commission."
It went on to say, "Franklin County needs to recognize there are two
Constitutions, the County and the United States."
The election of 1984 went forward on September after an agreement
was made that the elections of 1986 in District 2-3-4 would be held
as single member districts and in the election of 1988 District 1-5
would be held as single member district.
The black population was taking the Commission to court to be pro-
vided with a district in which they would be able to have a black
person run and have a chance at becoming a Commissioner. In 1984
the Commissioners all ran at large so the black community never got
a plurality as was seen in District 3 where Mabrey won over Edward
(Ed) Tolliver. Previously, Tolliver had served as mayor of Apalachicola.
The county commission was now Jimmy Mosconis, Harry Falk, Percy
Mock, Brent Mabrey and Willard Vinson.
On September 13, 1984 another issue was exposed as it became clear
that if the lines were to be used as published, District 5 was, now a
district that stretched from Alligator Point to Yent Bayou. It was not
"One man-one vote: it was one vote for two men."
Another issue was that Apalachicola had three commissioners while
the east end of the county was being represented by two commission-
This was the birth of the Concerned Citizens of Franklin County who
saw clearly that there was something terribly wrong with the num-
bers game. A meeting of residents was held at the "Old Gym" and the
vote was taken to fight the issue. It was agreed that an organization
called Concerned Citizens should be formed and Margaret Holton
was voted to be president. As the days went by, the Concerned Citi-
zens led by Margaret and Archie Holton became bigger and bigger
until their numbers were in the hundreds.
The Concerned Citizens went to all of the county meetings and re-
quested a new count. They were denied, So they made their own count. ;

Starting at Alligator Point, "Margaret's Marauders" as they became
known, knocked on every door and with pen in hand they counted
the entire county.
After concerned citizens brought in their count they were asked to
draw what they thought was the correct line as to the count and the
line ended up in the middle of County Road 67. They were denied
On behalf of the Concerned Citizens, three couples, Archie and Mar-
garet Holton. Carlton and Grace Wathen and Edward (Ed) and Marge
Kubicki served the county notice that they were entering into the suit
brought by the Black Community as interveners. The Concerned Citi-
zens was to be represented by Virginia Daire.
The "lines" problem was uppermost in many residents as the year
turned to 1985. Margaret Holton was busy keeping her "marauders"
on the job. In January she was before the county commission. She
told them once again that the lines were incorrect.
February, March April, May, June, July marked the time of the citi-
zen census, checking up on the lists, drawing up maps and attending
each commission meeting. Holton received no help from the county
commission. They hoped that she would "Go away".
So at one meeting she told them clearly, "We are not going to go away."
She was asked, "If a census proved you wrong what would you do?"
She answered, "If it were true we would cheerfully accept it. We are
only looking for fairness."
In August the Concerned Citizens were asked to bundle up the cen-
sus and the maps to send to Judge Stafford.'
1985 had seen the county reeling from a huge fire in June, thatjumped
U.S. 98 and burned over several hundred acres of land when a wind
change whipped up a holocaust. The huge fire swept across the for-
est burning all before it. Several houses were burned to the ground.
Violet Cadwell escaped by jumping'into the St. George Sound when a
ball of fire enveloped her home. ,
From then it became worse. Franklin County endured the wrath of
two hurricanes in the late fall. Eleria came in for Labor Day and just
when the road between Carrabelle and.Apalachicola was/fixed, along
came Kate.
But this was the year that the two issues were before Judge Stafford.
who had recognized the issue of both the Black population and the
members of the Concerned Citizens and he allowed them to enter the,
case as interveners. The opposing attorneys were Al Shuler for the
County and Virginia Daire for the Concerned Citizens.
At one day of the hearing the Judge told the residents of Franklin
that they all should go back to their county as they already had plenty
of problems there. The final hearing and judgment came in 1986 in
February and the judge had ruled for the Single member district. He
said that the. citizens had right on their side and accepted the census,
numbers made by all those determined people who went through a
summer of counting heads. He ordered the lines to be drawn as were
shown by those numbers and the'lines were established for a new
districteast of the middle of 67, that encompassed a small part of
Carrabelle, Lanark Village, St. Teresa and Alligator Point. Ed Kubicki
was elected to be the first commissioner from the new District 2.

For the first time, Apalachicola only had two commissioners and one
was Ed Tolliver and the other was Jimmy Mosconis. So you see, it is
possible to fight and win against a government when your cause is
just. And.only if you could have the same stalwart workers who placed
their money and their honor on the line for "Fairness.". The judge
said that he understood the work that went into doing a citizen cen-
sus. He said that took it as presented and the census taken by the
citizens was straight and true.
But here we are again with problems in redistricting. The commis-
sioners hired a firm to make sure that this time it would be got right.
But who could predict that it was now the most easterly district that
had been "Given" an "additional several" hundred constituents all
supposed to be living in McIntyre. Commissioner Cheryl Sanders
lookedrinto the overage and found that they were all males, allyoung
:and all in jail in Gulf County.

Mosconis made a motion to do away from the commissioner type of
government, to go to a manager type. "It won't cost the county any-
thing" he said. "We have the two people already on board." Have you
ever heard of a change in any government that didn't cost the popu-
lation any thing? Mosconis didn't get a second for his motion but I
think we have not heard the last of that motion. I am sure it will show
up again in 2002.
Good government comes from the vigilance of an interested popula-
tion. Apathy breeds an atmosphere of allowing governments to gov-
ern without the reigns of an interested populace.

From Southeastern Fisheries Association, Inc.

Siding With Fishermen, Independent
Scientific Panel Rejects Federal
Government Shark Science
In November 2000, commercial fishermen and the United States Gov-
ernment settled a long standing court dispute regarding the scientific
and economic data and analyses used by the Government to set re-
strictive shark fishing quotas in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.
As part of the settlement, the parties agreed to an independent scien-
tific review of the scientific data and analyses used by the Govern-
ment to set these quotas. Litigation efforts had blocked the imposi-
tion of Federal quotas that would have effectively eliminated com-
mercial shark fishing. The results of the independent scientific re-
view are just in. A comfortable majority of the five reviewers con-
cluded that the "scientific conclusions and scientific management
recommendations" used to set the shark quotas and related mea-
sures at issue were not based on "scientifically reasonable uses of
appropriate fisheries stock assessment techniques and the best avail-
able biological and fishery information relating to large coastal sharks."
Robert Spaeth, Executive Director of the Southern Offshore Fishing
Association, the lead Plaintiff in the case, said, "We hope the review
will bring a new, more fair and science-based era in federal shark
fishing management." David E. Frulla of the Washington, D.C law
firm Brand & Frulla, P.C., and counsel to the shark fishermen, stated.
"It has been a long road. We are pleased that the independent scien-
tific review confirmed and vindicated the shark fishermen's concerns.
We applaud the Government's decision to let its science be subject to
impartial scrutiny to help move matters forward."
At some point in time there must be an independent scientific panel
review of the grouper fiasco. Industry feels most of the grouper sci-
ence is more confusing and disjointed than the shark science ever
was. Hopefully the grouper managementwill be settled with NMFS
and riot in a federal court.

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,Vol. 10, No. 26 December 28, 2001
Publisher .............................................. Tom W Hoffer
Contributors .................................... Tom Campbell
............ Sue Cronkite
........... Barbara Revell
S............Rene Topping
............ Jimmy Elliott

Sales ............................ .... ............. Diane Beauvais Dyal
........... Tom W. Hoffer
Advertising Design
and Production Artist............................... Diane Beauvais Dyal
Production Associate ............... ........ Andy Dyal
Director of Circulation ....................... Andy Dyal
Proofreader .............................................. Tom Cam pbell
Citizen's Advisory Group
Rand Edelstein................................. ....... Alligator Point
Karen Cox-Dennis .........../...................... Apalachicola
Rene Topping ........................................ Carrabelle

David Butler ..................... ............. Carrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung .................. Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins .............. Eastpoint
George Thompson .................................... Eastpoint
Pat Morrison .......... ........ .......... .... St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona ................. St. George Island
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'Sb t-i redistnctingi hd to go back to the Federal Government and
now we must wait until 2003 to get the district lines settled. But
there is always so much going on ir Franklin County. And it seems
"here we go again." The only commissioner left over from 1984 is
Jimmy Mosconis. And now he seems to feel that the best time to ring
in with a proposition for a new way of governing Franklin County
would be to make the motion after the crowd has gone. Such a propo-
sition should be on the agenda and give the public a chance to look
into it.


The Franklin County School District seeks to enter into an
architectural services contract that will provide for expert
educational facilities planning and maintenance. Proposed
services will include the following:

* Maintenance and update of therFlorida Inventory of School
Houses (FISH) report

* Preparation of Educational Plant Surveys

* Long range financial and facilities planning
* Architectural services for renovation and new construction

* Other facilities matters required by the Florida Department
of Education

Interested firms should submit portfolios by 1:00 p.m.,
Friday, January 18, 2002. Correspondence and inquiries
should be addressed to:

Mr. TerrySt. Cyr
Director of Business Services
Franklin County School District
155 Aveque F
Apalachicola, FL 32320
(850) 653-883,1 ext. 108

By Tom Campbell
Franklin, Wakulla and Leon
County area U.S. Marines and
motor cycle enthusiasts combined
to sponsor a mammoth Toys For
Tots gathering last week. The
motor cycles gathered at the Fair
Grounds south ofTallahassee and
traveled in a huge parade escorted
by Sheriff's department and
Over 1,400 motor cycles were in-
volved, according to police esti-
mates. They traveled from the Fair
Grounds to the parking area at
Publix Mall on North Monroe
Street in Tallahassee, filling up
one whole section of the parking
spaces for the mall.
Many of the bikers were husband
and wife and brought along their
children. Over 1,500 people were
involved, each delivering suitable
"toys for tots."
The accompanying photo shows
some of the more than 1,400

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A Capsule Year In Review: 2001 (continued.
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The pile driver barge with piers already in place.
Boh Bros. Construction, prime contractor on the design-build team,
mobilized the first barge and crane to the project site on August 17,
2000. Under the provisions of a Letter of Diminimous from DEP, Boh
Bros. drove the first test pile on August 29, 2000. This "letter permit"
allowed temporary construction work to proceed, specifically allow-
ing the installation and testing of six piles of the type to be used in
the proposed bridge. These piles will not be used in the final con-
struction of the bridge but are primarily used to determine load ca-
pacities and driving lengths for the "production" bridge piles.
Sverdrup, Engineer of Record for the design, submitted 90% design
plans for the proposed bridge and approaches on March 27, 2000.
One Hundred percent plans were submitted to the FDOT on August
1, 2000. No significant changes to the design were needed relative to
the review.
The design-build contractor, the designer and the precaster working
together developed the 54-inch-diameter coricrete cylinder piles used
for the SGI Bridge. Requirements imposed by the FDOT Structures
Design Guidelines mandated a minimum pile wall thickness of
8-1/8-inch in order to provide the minimum 3inch of concrete cover
over reinforcing steel for the harsh Apalachicola Bay environment.
Gulf Coast Prestress (GCP) of Pas Christian, Mississippi, had the tech-
nology, experience and equipment for casting large diameter cylinder
piles. GCP had to undertake significant retooling of equipment how-
ever for the SGI Bridge Project. Because the wall thickness of the
piles had to be increased from the 5-1/4-inch (standard) to the
8-1/8-inch (special) to meet FDOT pile specifications for extremely
aggressive environment," GCP's equipment had to be "beefed-up" to
handle pile segments that nearly doubled in weight. The pile seg-
ments are cast in 16-foot lengths using a spinning mold to compact
the low slump 7,000-PSI concrete mix.
Boh Bros. has considerable experience driving large cylinder piles
and are experts at construction in a marine environment. Their spe-
cialized equipment, including barge mounted ringer cranes, winches
and deck engines for maneuvering, is well adapted for the shallow
water in Apalachicola Bay.

Sverdrup, the Engineer of Record for the SGI Bridge Project, provided
the expertise for the development of the specification of the 54-inch
pile in compliance with the FDOT standards. Pile production was
started at the GCP yard on January 4, 2000, in compliance with an
"approved as noted" specification. The Final Technical Special Provi-
sion was submitted o the FDOT on March 13, 2000. Boh Bros. be-
gan driving the six test piles at the St. George Island Bridge Project
site on August 29, 2000, and production piles on January 11, 2001.
As of the end of July 2001, 136 of the 648 concrete piles have been


Piers near the navigation channel are driven at an angle to
provide better stability for the high-level highway platform.

The top of a pile driven cylinderobefore being cut off.

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Piers near the navigation channel cut-off.

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Pier system shown with adjoining girders. Longer spans
(up to 250 feet) will be used over the navigation channel.
The Old Bridge
After the new bridge is open to traffic, the old bridge will be partially
removed. At the north end 3,250-feet will be left in place as a fishing
pier, accessible from the mainland. Trucks and cars, however, will
not be permitted on the pier, only pedestrians-including wheelchair
There will be no land access to the existing causeway located be-
tween the two existing bridges. This future "island" will be trans-
ferred from MOT to FDEP (Department of Environmental Protection)
who will maintain the area as a bird sanctuary. We will be building a
dock for their use on one end of the sanctuary. I do not know if the
public will have any use of the dock or the island sanctuary-that
determination remains up to FDEP.
At the St. George Island end, again after the new bridge is open to
traffic, the old high-level bridge will be partially removed. The south
end 3,250-feet will be left in place as a fishing pier, accessible from St
George Island. Trucks and cars, however, will not be permitted on the
pier, only pedestrians-including wheelchair access, same as the
mainland end.'

A paved parking lot at each fishing pier, for about 20 cars each, in-
eluding spaces for handicapped parking will be constructed. There
will be no access to the shore lint for vehicles at either parking lot,
however there will be access for shore fishermen.
Regarding the demolition of the old bridge-the portion to be removed
will be disassembled into pieces that can be loaded onto barges. Some
of the pieces will be used as rubble shore protection around.the bird
sanctuary. The rest will be transported off shore to an artificial reef
site and added to the existing reef now under construction by others.
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Ends of typical 80-foot concrete cylinders.

The design of the substructure piers and concrete pile foundation-
is complete. A unique element of the proposed design is the use of a
new high-capacity 54-inch-diameter. precast concrete cylinder pile
used in to support precast concrete pier caps. These 4-foot
6-inch-diameter round concrete "tubes" about 80 feet long, are deliv-.
ered to the project by barges and driven into the bay bottom in groups
of three, spaced every 125 -feet for about 3. 1 -miles of the new bridge.
The Boh Bros./Sverdrup'Team has investigated and developed these
54inch, precast cylinder piles specifically for this crossing of the
Apalachicola Bay, designed in accordance with the requirements of
the FDOT.

The superstructure consists of three main parts:
* the concrete girders which span from pier to pier across the water
* the 8-1/2-inch-thick concrete deck that is placed on top of the gird-
ers for cars to drive on, and
* the concrete barrier railings that prevent vehicles from driving off of
the side of the bridge.
The low-level portion of the bridge and the high-level portion
(72-foot-high hump over the navigation channel) will both look the
samq from the deck driving surface. The deck width will be 44-feet
clear between the concrete railings, providing one 12-foot lane each
way, plus 10-foot wide shoulders for bicycles and emergency use.
All low-level superstructure construction over water will utilize 78-inch
deep concrete girders wiith simple spans of 125-feet. Spans of 125-feet
provide a relatively long span bridge, using only four girder lines. Use
of four girder lines minimizes the number of girders required, reduc-
ing construction time. In addition the 78-inch prestressed concrete
bulb-tee girder superstructure provides an aesthetic design, with a
proven track record.
The superstructure for the high level approach piers will utilize simple
span 78inch deep concrete girders with spans of 140-feet, using five
girder lines. The main channel unit is a continuous 5-span spliced I-
girder design, using five girder lines and maximum spans of about
260-feet. The 5-span unit traverses the most critical reach of the Ship
Impact Zone, and using longer spans reduces the number of sub-
structure elements and size requirements.
Piers at the navigation channel are being designed to withstand a
vessel impact of more than 1,600 tons.

Pile driver.

Men at work. "

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M 12/20/01 6739
Date of this Notice 12/20/01 InvoiceNo. 6739
".': Description of Vehicle: Make Ford Moel Bronco Color Gray/Blue
1983 IFME154DLA46797
:4. Tag No T86YFP Year983 ae in o.FME4154DLA46797
S To Owner: William Franklin Woods To Lien Holder:
P.O. Box 548
Carrabelle, FL 32322

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
12/12/01 at the request of APD that said vehicle is in its
S possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
S 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 01/17/02 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
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Capsule Year In Review: 2001 (continued)

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The IGA Grocery Store as of last week when demolition of the structure was started.

SIGA Grocery Relief Fund Aids As Construction Proceeds

By Tom Campbell and Rene
Demonstrating what a proactive
community can do for its citizens,
Carrabelle's leaders have helped
to establish the "Carrabelle Gro-
cery Relief Fund." Donna
Butterfield, Director of the
Franklin County Senior Center ir.
Carrabelle, is coordinating the
program, and the telephone num-
ber is 697-3760.
Tax deductible donations may be
made to the Carrtbelle Ministe-
rial Association. noting that the
donations are "for the benefit of
the Carrabelle Grocery Relief
Mail or deliver donations to Gulf
State Community Bank. P.O. Box
GG, Carrabelle, FL 32322.
Acknowledgement of donations is
available on request.

The mission of the Carrabelle Gro-
cery Relief Fund is to provide re-
lief to the affected citizens of
Carrabelle and the surrounding
area, where needs have been cre-
ated by the total destruction of the
Carrabelle IGA. Those most in
need include elderly, disabled and
people without transportation.
The objectives are to support the
disadvantaged in gaining access
to groceries until a local grocery
store is re-opened. Also, to sup-
port displaced employees of the
Carrabelle IGA. and to assist the
reestablishment of a Carrabelle
Grocery to eliminate the needs
stated in the two objectives above.
Those.wishing to request reim-
bursement for transporting disad-
vantaged citizens to out-of-town
grocery stores must follow these


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ABC School Progress And Beyond

By Jeff Weiner, Principal
Opening a free quality Franklin
County Public Charter School,
which strives to ensure,that ev-
ery child reaches his or her aca-
demic and social potential, seems
like a hefty challenge in this day
.of educational cutbacks. However,
the Apalachicola Bay Charter
School board of directors made
this very serious commitment on
July 5, 2001 when they presented
their plan to the Franklin County
School Board, which approved the
opening of the ABC School.

Only forty days later, ABC school
opened its doors to 62 students
in grades Kindergarten, 1, 2, and
3. We rented the Apalachicola
Community Center in Battery
Park and converted it to a tempo-
rary school for the 2001-02 school
year. We hired the very best certi-
fied teachers we could find from
all over the country. We pur-
chased nationally recognized cur-
"ricula, and extended the school
day by an hour. In addition to the
regular subjects (math, reading,
\\-ntini. science, and social stud-
Iesi we added music, creative writ-
ing. Spanish. PE classes' weekly,"
and developed an, optional
hands-on free after school pro-
gram. We recognized the need for
all students to master their basic
skills, yet remain active and en-
gaged learners. We developed a
general education program which
groups like skilled students for
extra assistance and enrichment
activities. We are committed to
developing each child's apprecia-
tion for science and the arts, and
want. all children to think criti-
Developing caring young citizens
was a priority as well. School
starts each morning with an all
student group discussion. This
allows time for the students to
share personal experiences with
each other, to focus on the tasks
for each' day, and discuss prob-
lems and develop solutions within
the school in a collaborative and
empowering manner. In addition,
all students attend social skills'

classes, learning values and
building positive and caring char-
acter. Already these students have
had a food, toy, and clothing drive,
which they will donate to a wor-
thy cause after Christmas. The
entire student body also visited a
nursing home to bring holiday
cheer to the residents by singing
them Christmas songs.
Being committed to academic ac-
countability started in August
with the school giving every child
assessment tests in reading and
math. The national Stanford
Achievement Tests (SAT's) were
given in September. This allowed,
the school to develop programs
proactively, addressing the needs
of the children from the "get-go"
as opposed to finding out how well
or not we were doing at the end of
the year. In early December, we
further assessed early reading lit-
eracy, in order to supplement the
already strong reading program.
In the spring, we will give state-
wide FCAT tests.
A Parent, Teacher, Student Asso-
ciation (PTSA) was formed. Their
mission was to promote effective
cornlnuriication. sponsor educa-
tional seminars for parents and
incidental fundraising. Ninety
percent of the parents partici-
pated. By December they had held
2 education seminars, sponsored
the children's Fall Festival,
manned the Seafood Festival
booth, and sponsored a Holiday
teacher appreciation luncheon.
Collectively there were over 800
hours of parent volunteerism in
the first four months of school!
The school's quick and success-
ful rise may be only a prelude to
the second half of the 2001-02
school year and beyond. ABC an-
nounced plans to double its en-
rollment for next year to 132 stu-
dents and expand to grade 4. Ev-
ery year thereafter, they expect to
grow by a grade, ABC school.has
received 10+ acres of land from
the St. Joe Timber Company for
the purpose of building a new
school. The land was successfully
conveyed and annexed into the
city limits. The school develop-

ment committee has presented
plans for phase one, a new el-
ementary school building with
eight state-of-the- art classrooms.
The project is being finalized. If
all goes as expected, ABC School
anticipates to make an official
announcement and break ground
in the very near future. At the
same time, however, we are secur-
ing alternative sites in the event
the new building would not be
completed in time for the 2002-03
school year. At some point, fur-
ther in the future, phase two, a
cafetorium and phase 3, a middle
school are expected.

Even with this exciting develop-
ment nearing fruition, no one at
ABC has lost sight of the reality
of what makes a school, a "qual-
ity school." Yes the building is im-
portant, however, more important
are the teachers. The teachers are
the backbone for any educational
institution. The teachers need ex-
ceptional materials and educa-
tional support, The teachers de-
serve positive feedback from par-
ents, administration, and the
community. The teachers need to
be heard and their professional
opinions accepted. I am proud to
say we at ABC understand the
incredible commitment our teach-
ers are making. We respect them.
We are fortunate to have them.
I am also proud to say we at ABC
recognize the dedication and un-
selfish commitment our volunteer
(non-paid) board-of-directors
make. I am proud to say we at
ABC school truly appreciate and
respect our parents. I am proud
to say that we at ABC School ap-
preciate the community's recep-
tion to our efforts, especially
Franklin County School person-
nel and board members.
Mostly, I am proud of our chil-
dren. Thank you, parents of
Franklin County, for entrusting
your youth to the ABC School:

corrected version of minority
populations in the district repre-
sented by Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders. Important background
on this issue is contained in Rene
Topping's "Speaking Frankly..."
on Page 3 of this issue. Commis-
sioners expect to receive docu-
mentation for review of the "Sum-
mer Camp" development project
by the St. Joe Company, an-
nounced in November. This will be
a major Franklin development
near the intersections of highways
319 and 98, in the vicinity of the
FSU Marine Lab.
In health matters, the county has
survived the tensions brought on
by numerous reports of diseased
birds from mosquito borne dis-
eases, Eastern Equine Encepha-
litis and West Nile Viris. Some
controversy occurred over mos-
quito spraying instead of using
alternative means of controlling
the pests. Some restoration at
Weems Hospital (Apalachicola)
has been finished including im-
provements in air conditioning.
However, in the latter part of
2001, the County Commissioners
heard concerns from the ambu-
lance sub-contractor regarding
financial problems in maintaining
two ambulances on call at all
times. That matter was not com-
pletely resolved by year's end.
Historic preservation funds were
applied to the Frye/Contra house
(Apalachicola) and Raney House,
still unfinished by year's end. A
new park at the Ormond House,
overlooking the Apalachicola
River, opened during the year, and
plans for a waterfront park were
approved in Apalachicola. Resto-
ration appears to be complete at
the St. George Lighthouse, on
little St. George Island, but debris
clutters the site.
In the fishing industry, a Vibrio
Vinlnificus risk reduction plan'was
drafted and approved, but a liti-
gation challenging the state's re-
lusal to approve the Crum-Pringle
rectangular net for mullet fishing
is still pending in Judge Saul's
Court. The Chronicle published
excerpts from an FSU dissertation
evaluating the impact of the
so-called "net ban" upon fishing
families in Franklin and Wakulla
counties, For shrimpers, there
continue to be concerns ex-
pressed regarding nets and teds
for use in waters further from the
The role of volunteers in 2001 has
continued to shine very brightly
as evidenced in the dedication of
the new fire station on St. George
Island, the construction of a pa-
vilion by volunteers an the island,
and the upcoming grand opening
of the Carrabellr Library, a
branch of the Franklin County
Library system. Half of the
$500,000 construction of the
branch library came from dona-
tions of money and fund-raising
time of volunteers.
SIn Apalachicola, the Teets won
their court appeal against the city.
The Apalachicola Bay Charter
School opened its first season last
fall, and their activities are dis-
cussed more fully in an article by
principal Jeff Weiner in this sec-
However, Apalachicola City Com-
missioners received blunt criti-
cism over the new water and
sewer rates at mid-year, and the
school board experienced some
lengthy meetings' discussing the
controversial dress code and be-
havior code.
On the Apalachicola river, Con-
gressional interest intervened in
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the controversial dredging issues
with Senator Graham leading the
charge to diverting the U. S. Army
Corps. of Engineers away from
their yearly dredging activities.
Marilyn Blackwell (Wewahitchka)
was initially the organizer of pro-
tests over this issue. But. Geor-
gians did not all agree that the
river dredging should be cur-
tailed. More to come on this is-
In Carrabelle. legal controversies
bloomed with the cancellation of
the Timber Island lease, urged by
the State of Florida. and what
became known as the "Quo War-
ranto hearings" involving a dis-
pute between the Carrabelle City
Commissioners and the
Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority.(CPPA). City nominated
candidates for the CPAA were hav-
ing problems being seated on that
Authority and litigation ensued.
In court, the City prevailed.
On St. George Island, the Planta-
tion owner's Association (a gated
community on the west end) was
facing debt of$1 million and sub-
stantially increased assessments
upon homeowners and lot own-
ers. This problem continues well
into 2002, and likely for the next
several years under the present
scheme of assessments and capi-.
tal spending. The treasurer on the
Board of Directors in 2001 called
some of tre previous Directors "ir-
responsible" in the fiscal activities
of the Association. The Charity
Chili Cookoff held the first week-
end in March, and comprised en-
tirely of volunteer efforts, hosted
thousands to the annual event.
Moreover, the- Cookoff generated
over $300,000, including the sale
of the old firehouse. A committee
led by President Harry Arnold or-
ganized the annual event. The
proceeds not only paid for the new
firehouse. but are used to train
volunteer firemen at State fire
fighting schools, and service some
of the financial needs of the First
Responder program and contribu-
tions made to other county fire
departments. Jay Abbott is the
current head of the St. George
Volunteer Fire Department. This
premier fund-raising activity has
a deep.history, and clearly illus-
trates the importance and impact
of volunteer activity in the public
Each Civic Club meeting (held on
the third Thursday of each month)
contains reports of fire fighting
activity or First Responder emer-
gency work, saving lives and prop-
erty. The new fire station, de-
scribed by some as "awesome",
was dedicated in November, built
entirely without tax dollars. While
this activity was "years in the
making", islanders and others can
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New Carrabelle Library Branch

Celebrates Christmas

By Rene Topping
December 16 was the date for a celebration, not only of Christmas.
but the first time for many people to see the inside of the buildirig
that now graces Carrabelle's Main Street. All those people who had
worked in any way on getting the library built were there.
The guests were very complimentary as they moved through the todr
of the entire building. The tower room was a favorite of young and
old. The view of the harbor ard the windows enclosing the area gave
a feeling of peace and light. It will surely be a place to go to for conver-
sation or just quiet thoughts.
The tower is reminiscent of the Crooked River Lighthouse. Marian
Morris of the Friends of the Franklin County Public Library said, "Our
library will help pass the torch of knowledge to future generations."
To many of those who participated in any way in the building of the
edifice it is "The Library Thrt Gumbo Built" and the topmost brick on
the "Spirit Wall" makes that statement,
Indeed, this is the story of how it came to pass that a recipe for gumbo
was the beginning of a campaign to have a building to be proud of:
Long time ago Carrabelle had a small library in the Yaupon Garden
Club House. It was on the waterfront almost directly across from the
new library building. It was run by members of the club from before
the time ofWWII. Those sturdy ladies would be proud of their succes-

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Mary Ann Shields stands before the commemorative brick Santa (Ollie Gunn Sr.)
wall in the foyer of the library. visited the library-Ollie, Jr.

Anne Lindsey and Rene Topping were the "librarians" at the time that
the small library, which was open on each Friday, 3 to 5 p.m., was
getting ready to become the beginnings of a public library.
Although it was a small library it was proud that many new editions
would be there. People who belonged to the various Book Clubs would
buy the book of the month and read it and pass it on.
Still the town needed a "real" library and a group of people trom all
over the county started a Friends of the Public Library, With the help
of the Franklin County Corhmission, the Franklin County Public Li-
brary was started.
The old school gym which was right opposite and had an annex that
had held the school band practice room and rooms for the instru-
ments became the site of the library. Unfortunately the old building
had seen too many years and had to be taken down.
The county made a swap of some land with the city. and the library
was On 'go.' The first thing was to bank the $50,000 won by Jackie
Gay-and make the Friends of the Public Library custodians of all
funds that were donated.
The members of the Carrabelle Branch Library Building Committee
went into high gear. Mary Ann Shields spent endless hours on her
computer writing and answering letters. Some went out to people
Swho had graduated from the Carrabelle High School. She got good
returns from those grads. Cindy Sullivan developed the idea of a "Spirit
Wall" of bricks as a way to make money. You can see how many people
took their part in making the wall on the left hand side as you enter
the library.
The winning recipe.for the Gumbo which won the starting S50.000.
was made and sold by members at the Waterfront Festival each year
There were also a lot of smaller events going on, But dollar by dollar
the Building Committee added up the income until it v.was $250.000
and the State said that they could have the grant.
Each decision was made and approved by the Franklin Country Pub-
lic Library Advisory Board headed up by Denise Butler
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A Capsule Year In Review: 2001 (continued)
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Capsule from Page 6

take justifiable pride in the tact
that their efforts are part of the
"glue that holds Franklin County
together." Many other entities
have responded with food and
money to help others less fortu-
nate due to the devastating im-
pact of the October-November red
tide problems in the fishing indus-
tries. As one example among
many, area churches sponsored
a Christmas Day dinner at the
Armory in Apalachicola. The fund
raising for the Carrabelle branch
of the new Franklin County Li-
brary public library is another
example of volunteer work in gen-
erating a match for state dollars
to build the $500,000 facility, a
jewel for Carrabelle and the
county system.
In Carrabelle, promotional inter-
est among visitors and locals was
generated in the annual
Riverfront Festival held in April.
In Apalachicola, the Seafood Fes-
tival brought thousands of visitors
into the county to savor locally
cooked Florida seafood, except
this year, oysters were noticeably
absent from the mass sales. The
Seafood Festival is held during the
first weekend in November.
The response to the annual Camp
Gordon Johnston reunion cel-
ebration in Carrabelle was even
larger than last year. A list of ac-
complishments of the camp is fea-
tured in another piece in this sec-
At year's end, a hearing was
scheduled in early March on a
motion to dismiss in the litigation
filed against Franklin County
seeking a declaratory judgment
on ownership of portions of St.
George Island beachfront in the
vicinity of the public beaches and
the new pavilion. A Jacksonville
business is claiming ownership of
considerable portions of Gulf
beachfront and public access cor-
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Bob and Rene Topping check out the interior of The Tower.

But the ones who should get the credit for the fact that the building is
so splendid is Mary Ann Shields, Sarah Marxsen and Eileen Annie
Ball. They were the watch dogs on the project and spent many an
hour. And it couldn't have been done without the $50,000 for a gumbo
recipe and the lady who cooked it up after many a trial bowl-Jackie
The party was a great feast with more food than could be eaten. The
Christmas tree in the tower was adorned with gifts from the workers
who worked in so many ways to make a library. These gifts went from
rolls of toilet paper, crayons, pens, mugs, and a fabric Dormouse, in
a fabric, basket, that was made as a doorstop.
It was a great day for all who love libraries. There will be a dedication
of the library which will be a much more formal affair. It is planned
for January of 2002.
But I think that a lot of the visitors noticed the young boy who had
found a quiet corner and was sitting on the floor, so deep in his book
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Carrabelle Lighthouse Association
And Crooked River Lighthouse 2001

By Barbara Revell
Crooked River Lighthouse is 106
years old and the Carrabelle
Lighthouse Association (CLA) is
now two and a half years old!
Progress in the year 2001 has
been slow but steady. The biggest
news of the year is the transfer of
the deed from the Federal Govern-
ment to the City of Carrabelle.
What an accomplishment! And,
"they" said it would never happen!
When CLA embarked on the en-
deavor of "saving" the lighthouse,
General Services Administration
in Atlanta said it would never hap-
pen! They did not know what an
industrious and enthusiastic little
group we were! The City of
Carrabelle is now the proud owner
of Crooked River Lighthousel CLA
is currently negotiating an agree-
ment with the City of Carrabelle.
CLA started out the year with a
"BANG" by hosting the quarterly
meeting of the Florida Lighthouse
Association. About 175 people
from around the State and Nation
attended the meeting. People
came from as.far away as Michi-
gan, New York and south Florida.
Thenmeeting was a great success
and enjoyed by all!

CLA has received community sup-
port, from the Sea Oats Garden
Club. The Garden Club has writ-
ten a grant, which, if awarded, will
be used to landscape the light-
house. Scallop shells have been
donated by Bobby and Brenda
Sapp. Lee Dingler volunteered to
transport the shells. Sea Oats
Garden Club also has commis-
sioned a miniature .(6') replica to
be built to place in the City's new
park. Tommy Bevis is making the
The Historical Committee, chaired
by John Canetta, had a busy and
productive year. Among its
achievements are:
* Locatinlg .and obtaining a copy
of the 'first' Watch Book
(i895-1897) and Journal
(1895-18991 for the Lighthouse.
* Made contact with Ralph T. Wil-
liams, the great-grandson of the
first Keeper of Crooked River
Lighthouse, James Albert Will-
iams. Ralph was able to identify
his great-grandfather and several
other family members in a, circa
1905 family photo, taken on the
front porch:of the-Keeper's:house
wvho were heretofore unknotv.-n.
*. Obtained two replacements
buoys donated by the United
States Coast Guard's Panama
City ANT. The steel buoys are ap-
proximately ten feet tall and wil\
replace the badly rusted buoys at
the Lighthouse entrance road
along Hwy 98.

Secured a significant collection
of historical documents pertain-
ing to the Crooked River
Lightstation from the United
States Coast Guard's Civil Engi-
neering Unit. The documents con-
sist of engineering and architec-
tural drawings, many of which are
large in size. They were copied
from the originals onto Mylar. An
inventory of the collection has
been made.
If you have any historical infor-
.mation, please contact: Ann
Deloney, 697-4464; Bonnie
Stephenson, 697-2585; Mary Ann
Shields, 697-2640; Barbara
Revell 697-2054; John Canetta,
386-2503; or write to CLA, P.O.
Box 373,Carrabelle, Florida
CLA has a wonderful website that
can be found at http:/
carrabelle/. The website is do-
nated by Ch'is and Monique
Simmons, Atlanta, Georgia
CLA is eagerly looking forward to
2002. Come join us!
In the year 2001 our focus was
on learning more of the history,
getting the deed and an agree-
ment with the City. In the year
2002 we hope to actually begin

Year 2001

History of AAHS
History is in the making for the
Apalachicola Area Historical So-
ciety. The Society started off the
year with an expert architect in
renovations, Randy Lewis, to as-
sist the Society in planning the
repair and renovations to the
Raney House Museum. The
money was made available
through a Special Category Grant
of $150,000 from the State of
Florida, Dept. of State, Div. of His-
torical Resources in September
2000. Randy Lewis, AIA, is with
the Tallahassee firm of Manausa
Lewis & Dodson Architects, Inc.
The Museum has been closed for
over a year due to the condition
of the building. The contractor
started working late September
and the project is due for comple-
tion on December 26.
Rededication. and ribbon-cutting
ceremonies are planned for Mon-
day, Februai'y 23, 2002 by
Columba Bush, wife of the Gov-
ernor Jeb Bush. The ceremony
will be preceded by a luncheon
hosted by Bill and Lynn Wilson
Spohrer at their home on Avenue
B with Mrs. Bush as the honored
guest and members of the
Apalachicola Area Historical So-

Continued on Page 9

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THE U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a Public Meeting at
the Chillas Hall in Lanark Village, Florida, located at the intersec-
tion ofPine Street and Heffemon Street, ofU.S. Highway 98 from
4.00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8,2001. The meeting
wll begin with a sort formal presentation followed by a question
and answer period. Corps of Engineers personnel will be avail-
able following the session to answer questions. The purpose for
the meeting is to present the findings and recommendations of the
Engineenng Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) study for the
former Camp Gordon Johnston, Carrabelle, Franklin County,
Flonda. The formal comment period for the study will close 30
days after the public meeting. Camp Gordon Johnston operated
as an amphibious training center from 1942 until 1945 before
closing in 1946 By 1948, all property of the former Camp had
been transferred, sold, or returned to lessors, ending the Army's
role. The Air Force later reacquired a small part of the former
Camp's land in Carrabelle that now serves as a tracking station to
support the Tyndall Air Force Base. The remainder of the former
Camp is now primarily uninhabited timberland intermixed with
residential areas In 1995, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
began an investigation into the historic use of the property and
recommended an ordnance and explosive (OE) investigation be
conducted to ascertain the presence or absence of residual OE
contamination. .The EE/CA study confirmed the presence of
various OE items on portions of the former Camp Gordon
Johnston property. These findings confirmed the need for further
Governmentresponse at this site. The local community is invited
to attend the meeting to review the results of past effort and
provide input for future work at the Camp Gordon Johnston. For
additional information or if you are unable to attend and wish a
copy of the meeting materials, please contact Mr. Barry Vorse.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District Public
Affairs Office at 904-232-2236, or the Huntsville Center Public
Affairs Office at 256-895-1692. The EE/CA Report is available
for viewing on the project website at
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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 12/20/01 Invoice No. 6656
Description of Vehicle: Make Chevy Model S10 Color Grey
Tag No A92RQK Year 1987 stateFL VinNo. 1GC8514E1H2225669
To Owner: Lee Earnest Dingier To Lien Holder:
P.O. Box 129
Carrabelle, FL 32322

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
12/14/01 at the request of FCSO that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the'undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 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 01/17/02 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL Frpm 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
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Bainbridge Road, Tallahassee, FL 32303, by Monday on the week the
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2002. Thus, ad copy, your check and your telephone number must be
received by Tuesday. January 8. 2002. Please indicate the category in
which you want your ad listed. Thanks.

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I IA Capsule Year In Review: 2001 (continued)

A Capsule Year In Review: 2001 (continued)
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Capsule from Page 7
Finally, after years of legal wran-
gling generated by opposition
forces, the ground was broken for
the county's first golf course. St.
James Bay groundbreaking was
held in October. Two previous ef-
forts were unsuccessful in obtain-
ing county approval for golf
courses due to perceived 'threats
to Apalachicola Bay. St. James is
removed from that problem, and
work is going ahead in the New
Year to fully develop the property.

AAHS from Page 7

city and Philaco Woman's Club
of Apalachicola.
At the Society's annual meeting
and picnic, the following officers
were elected. President, Laura
Moody; Vice President, Judith
Henderson; Secretary, Lynn Wil-
son Spohrer; Treasurer, Bill
Greer; Director for one year of a
two year term, Gordon 'Kelly'
Meacham; two directors for a term
of two years, Helen Greer and
Bedford Watkins; Eugenia (Genie)
Watkins to continue as Chairman
of the Ilse Newell Fund Commit-
tee. The President named Kelly
Meacham as Assistant Treasurer
.to help Bill Greer with the Ilse
Newell Fund and the CSO Fund.
B.M. Spohrer was named Ways
and Means Chairman. The lun-
cheon was held on the spacious
porch of the Spohrer home. A dis-
cussion was held regarding
changing from regular monthly
meetings to quarterly meetings,
when possible, except July, and
Lynn Wilson Spohrer held the Fall
quarterly meeting at Camellia Hall
S on October 28th with a program
on the restoration and preserva-
tion of historic buildings. Plans
were made to have'a booth'at the
r Florida Seafood Festival for
tax-free donations to the 'Raney
House Museum restoration.
Alice Jean Gibbs, noted local art-
ist and member of the Society,
donated one of her pastels for a
fund-raising drawing for the
Raney 'House restoration. The
pastel "St. George Sunset", was on
display at the Society's booth at
the Seafood Festival. Tickets were
available until the drawing on
December 15. Also on display at
the booth, was a 20 x 30 enlarge-
ment of a photograph taken by
Ken Mansuy of the Raney House
Museum before restorations were
underway. Copies of "Outposts on
'the Gulf were given away for a
donation of $25.00 to the fund.
Plans are underway for the Soci-.
ety to host' an antique appraisal
fair in February or March with the
assistance of two appraisers from
Former President of the Society,
George Chapel, passed away on
November 18. George had been in
failing health for several years and
had given a letter of resignation
to the Society at the annual meet-
ing. As President, George had
written two grants (pro bono) for
,the Raney House Museum, but
Unfortunately will never see the
completion of his efforts in this

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.oasral petroleum versus Floriaa

Property Rights Taking Trial

Date Set

Judge Ralph Smith in Leon
County Circuit Court will hear the
First portion of the litigation
brought by Apalachicola-based
Coastal Petroleum who is suing
Sthe State of Florida beginning
1 September 8. 2002. Eight days
have been set aside on the court's
calendar for the litigation accus-
ing the State of Florida for an un-
lawful taking of Coastal
Petroleum's leaseholds by with-
holding permits td drill. The liti-
Sgation was filed a year ago on
January 16. 2001. and after vari-
ous motions, including one to dis-
miss the case (denied),.a trial date
has been established.
The lawsuit, filed in Leon County
Circuit Court, asks the court to
determine the fair market value
of the 60-year-old state lease that
gives the Apalachicola company
the exclusive right to drill for oil
and gas in state waters in the Gulf
of Mexico. The lease involves the
issue of drilling an exploratory
well about 9 miles south of St.
George Island, known as site
"The state wants it both ways,"
said Coastal Petroleum President
Philip Ware. "The state is refus'
ing to allow Coastal Petroleum to
exercise its legal right to explore
for oil and gas under the leases
the state sold to us. At same time,
the state is refusing to compen-
sate us for taking away our prop-
; erty rights."
Ware noted that the intent of the
lawsuit is only to seek compen-
sation for the state's taking of its
property rights,, not to force the
state to allow Coastal Petroleum
to drill for oil and gas. Although
Coastal Petroleum has consis-
tently sought a state permit to
drill on the lease, the company
also recognizes that Florida pub-
lic officials are opposed to offshore
oil and gas drilling and unlikely
to change their minds in the near
Coastal Petroleum officials and
independent oil exploration ex-
perts have strong scientific evi-
dence of oil deep below the ocean
floor where the company holds a
state lease.
The validity of Coastal Petroleum's
leases with the state have repeat-
edly been unheld by state and fed-
eral courts, and acknowledged by

state officials.

On June 26, 2000, the First Dis-
trict Court of Appeal affirmed an
earlier ruling that the Florida De-
partment of Environmental Pro-
tection (DEP) could deny Coastal
Petroleum a permit to drill an ex-
ploratory well about nine miles
south of St. George Island in the
Florida Panhandle. While the ap-,,
peals court held that DEP could
take such action on the basis of a
compelling public purpose in not
allowing offshore oil and gas drill-
ing in Florida. the court also
found that DEP's action would be
Unconstitutional 'if just compen-
sation is not paid for what is
The appeals court concluded,,
"this is a matter to be resolved in
circuit court." Thus, the company-
is seeking the recourse suggested
by the court.
"After more than 30 years of liti-
gation and numerous court rul-
ings upholding the Validity of the
leases, it's time for the state to.
provide Coastal Petroleum with
fair market compensation for
what amounts to a taking of prop-
erty," said S.' Cary Gaylord of
Gaylord, Merlin, Ludovici, Diaz &
Bain, the Tampa-based law firm
representing Coastal Petroleum.
Coastal Petroleum's lawsuit seeks
,compensation for the taking of
lease 224-A, which covers about
400,000 acres in the Gulf of
Mexico extending from
Apalachicola to Pasco County'.
That lease includes the location
off St. George Island Where the
company was denied a'drilling
The history of the oil and gas
leases dates back to 1941, when
the state granted the leases to
Arnold Oil Exploration Coastal
Petroleum's predecessor. Arnold
Oil Exploration became Coastal
Petroleum in 1947. For years,
Coastal Petroleum explored its
leaseholds, but by 1968, public
officials sought to regain the
leaseholds and the leases have
been the subject of litigation ever
Coastal Petroleum Company is a
majority-owned subsidiary of
Coastal Caribbean Oils & Miner-
-als, Ltd., which is traded on the
OTC Bulletin Board (COCBROB)
and traded on the Boston Stock
Exchange (CCO-B; CCO-BN).

River Talks Extended Again And

Again In 2001

By Tom Campbell
In 2001, the "water wars" contin-
ued among the three states of
Florida, Georgia and Alabama.
Again and again, the negotiations
about sharing water from the
three-river systems were
Each state needs more water than
the system will allow. Generally,
Alabama needs it for industrial
purposes, agricultural and for the
towns and cities in the area. Geor-
gia needs it for industrial, agri-
cultural and for Atlanta and other
cities. Florida needs it for the
Apalachicola River and Bay,
among other items.
The states have been trying since
1998 to keep the dispute out of
court by coming up with "an
agreement for sharing the water."
At last report, the states agreed
to extend the talks until January
of 2002.
A 60-day public comment period
would precede formal adoption of

any proposal bythe ACF Cormmi -
sion. A unanimous vote of the
ACF Commission is required be-
fore a proposal can be adopted.
The Federal Commissioner would
then have 255 days to review it
for any violations of federal law.
.Needed in any proposal are these'
Provide for water supply needs for
the three states. Stabilize reser-
voir levels. Variable minimum
monthly flows to be met yearly at
the Florida state-line.
Minimum weekly flows at the
Florida state-line to be met or ex-
ceeded at all times-even during
drought conditions. Minimum
weekly flow at Columbus, Geor-"
gia. A definition of drought con-
ditions and a drought manage-:
ment plan for the entire ACF.
Nationally recognized as' one' of'
the most important and produc-'
tive estuaries in the country, the::



Recaps Year


By Rene Topping,
Lanark Village Water and Sewer
District Commissioner Jim Lawlor
did a recap on the passing year
2001, at the last meeting of the
.year. The meeting was held at the
water Board office at 7 p.m.
on December 18. Lawlor did it
primarily to give a little history of
Sa year that saw two new commis-
sioners being appointed to the
In June, Commissioner Herschell
aBlanchett was appointed by
Franklin County Commissioner
Cheryl Sanders to fill the seat of
-Jeanette Pedder who passed away
in May.
In October, Commissioner
Michael (Mike) Hughes was ap-
pointed by Sanders to fill the seat
of Greg Yancey who had moved to
Panama City and resigned from
the Board.
The year also brought about the
resignation of both employees
Donny and Kenny Griswold.
Stanley (Stan) Currie, who has
experience in plumbing, was em-
Sployed as supervisor and David
Currie was employed as a laborer.
The commissioners extended
Currie's probation for three
Lawlor remarked on the fact that
the overtime had diminished and
callouts were negligile, He added
that the district is doing much
better and looks better, since a
maintenance schedule has been
in place,.
This was the year that the district
had to have renovation on the
water tank. It has been painted
inside and out and has had all
necessary repairs done and has
now been put back in service.
Jim Phillips was assigned the job
Continued on Page 10

Apalachicola Bay is currently des-
ignated as a National Estuarine
Research Reserve and a State
Outstanding Florida .Water,
SamonLg other national, and inter-
national designations.
The bay produces Florida's third
largest shrimp harvest and 90
percent of the state's oysters. This
represents ten percent of the na-
tional harvest of oysters. The lo-
, cal economy depends on the fish-
' ery, with annual seafood landings
reaching millions of dollars
Recently, the red tide was devas-
tating to oyster fishermen.
Franklin County Commissioner
Bevin Putnal pointed out in a re-
cent board meeting that there is
a great "need for fresh water to
minimize red tide effects..." This,
he said, could be used'in the de-
liberations for water among the
three states negotiating "for fresh
water flows down river."
'While the talks continue to be
extended again and again, the
Urgent ieeds of the communities
:such as Franklin County continue
to grow and become increasingly

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Description of Vehicle: Make Volvo ModelL Color Blue
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12/14/01 at the request of FCSO/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
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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.
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A Capsule Year In Review: 2001 (continued)

Dixie Theatre 2001 to 2002 commissioner

By Tom Campbell and Rex Sternberg, piano virtuoso, played
Jazz HvTonk Ragtime and Saunders Selected

Pictured above are some of the local Eastpoint residents who appear in the film.

Nunez Filmed "Coastlines" In Franklin

County Area

By Tom Campbell
The acclaimed writer-djrector Vic-,
tor Nunez filmed in the Franklin
County area in the spring of 200 1.
The Tallahassee filmmaker was
shooting scenes in and around
Carrabelle, 'Sopchoppy and
Production director Stewart Lippe
said the title of the new movie is
now "Coastlines." but that could
change. The low-budget film is
expected to come in at a cost of
under six million dollars. It was
expected to "wrap at the end of
June in Panama City."
On June 1, Nunez and his crew
were filming at Tallahassee Me-

morial Hospital. Writer-director
Nunez was shooting scenes for his
latest film.
Nunez was a cameraman for
WFSU-TV in the 1970's and be-
gan his moviemaking career in the
late 1970's with "Gal Young 'Un."
In the mid-1990's Nunez adapted
John D. MacDonald's novel "A
Flash of Green" for the screen.
That movie had Ed Harris in the
lead role.
The part of North Florida bee-
keeper Ulee Jackson in "Ulee's
Gold" was played by Peter Fonda,
who received an Oscar nomina-
tion for the role. Fonda has said
.i he would "work with Victor and
i _

his crew again in a second." He
said he thinks Nunez is very tal-
ented and one of the best in the
Films directed by Nunez include
"Ulee's Gold" (1997), "Ruby in
Paradise" (1993),. "A Flash, of
Green" (1985) and "Gal Young
'Un" (1979).
His latest full-length feature is a
"character drama," starring Josh
Brolinl Timothy Olyphant and
Sarah Wynter. The movie is set in
the Florida Panhandle, and tells
the tale of three friends
they "choose to live their lives."

Lanark Village Recap from Page 9

of Field Manager and comes in
three hours each day..
When the meeting started to get
into future plans the District en-
gineer, Richard Musgrove, told the
commissioners that he had
changed some of his plans for the'
next year. He said that he was go-
ing to shaie his time between
Jefferson County Water and
Sewer District with Lanark
He outlfi'ed a plan for the district
to extend its water lines and said
that would extend the district's
ability to serve more customers by

extending along Oak and Louisi-
ana Street to Kentucky Street.
The commissioners okayed the
project. Most of'the work can
be done by the district's two
Commissioners Blanchett said he
had been approached by several
Villagers to do something to me-
morialize Carl Bailey. Bailey was
a long time commissioner who
was in from the beginning of the
district. The commissioners said
they would name the vacuum sta-
tion building as the "Carl Bailey
SMemorial Vacuum Station"
The commissioners agreed on a

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motion to return to customers
their security deposits. They said
they had deposits in the amounts
of eight dollars to fifty dollars. The
deposits will be sent out in April
of 2002.
Commissioners made a resolution
of appreciation to be sent to Greg
Yancey for his devoted service to
the District for many years.
For at least the next meeting, it
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lots of oldies but goodies.

2001 was a full and interesting
year at the Dixie Theatre in
In January, Ballroom Dancing
was. re-introduced every second
Friday of the month. Also held
was the first Ballroom Dancing
session for young people.
In February, the Dixie hosted Bob
Milne, the extraordinary Ragtime
Pianist who delighted and capti-
vated the audience for over two
In March, the Ilse Newell Concert
Series brought "The Collegians,"
the Florida State University men's
Chorus. It was a superb Sunday
During April, the Dixie Theatre
and the Panhandle Players pre-
sented the Wakulla Community
Theatre production of "Kiss Me,
Kate," which was well received.
In May "An Evening of Classical
Music" with a well-known pianist
was thoroughly enjoyable.
Some highlights of the summer
were the writings of Robert
Fulgham adapted by Ernest Zulia
with music by David Caldwell. Mr.
Zulia traveled from Greece to di-
rect the play. This was a refresh-
ingly intimate combination of the-
atre and storytelling.
The regular summer season
schedule was halted for "Family
Week at the Dixie Theatre." The
.mornings were spent watching
the children's play "A Little Bit of
Magic," performed by members of
the Dixie Theatre Company. In the
afternoons, the young people
learned a great deal from classes
and theatre games. The students
were cast in short plays and per-
formed for enthusiastic audi-
During the evenings of "Family
Week at the Dixie Theatre," Steve

The fifth play of the 2001 Sum-
mer Season was A. R. Gurney's
unique and imaginative piece,
"Love Letters." It is comprised of
letters exchanged over a lifetime
between two people who grew up
together, went their separate
ways, but continued to share.
The Wakulla Community Theatre
returned with musical comedy
hits that the Wakulla Community
Theatre has done during the past
ten years. It was well received.
Next was the annual production
of "The Folk Revival," featuring
Judith Tovin and Ken Sizemore,
singing and playing great music
from the 1950's to 1970's.
November featured "The Capital
Chordsmen," the Tallahassee
Barbershop Chorus presented by
the Ilse Newell Series. Ballroom
Dancing drew the biggest turnout
The Vaguely Classical Series
kicked off the Dixie Theatre Holi-
day Celebration on a real upbeat.
"Sing Joy" featured familiar clas-
sic and Holiday songs.
The Panhandle Players presented
a sensational new production,
"American Holiday." Pam Nobles
Dance Studio presented "Making
Spirits Bright." The annual
Christmas recital was 'out of this
world' and wonderful, as always.
The Dixie Theatre closed out the
year 2001 with two performances
of "An Evening of Stories" by
Frances Robinson.
2002 promises to be even more
entertaining and interesting than
2001 at the Dixie Theatre. Ball-
room Dancing will be held every
second Friday of the month, in-
cluding two hours of instruction,
dancing and refreshments.
The Vaguely Classical Series is
scheduled to start off January 19.
Continued on Page 11

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 12/14/01 Invoice No. 6846
Description of Vehicle: Make GMlC Model PK Color Red
TagNo seFR511U Year1981 StateFL inNo. TCC14H2B1524979
To Owner: Philip Anthony Jackson To Lien Holder:
P.O. Box 41
Carrabelle, FL 32322

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
12/10/01 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
$ 308.00 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 ,01/17/02 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification. driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219

To Negotiate

Tower Lease

By Rene Topping
At a special meeting held at
Carrabelle City Hall the City com-
missioners selected commissioner
Ed Saunders to negotiate for a
lease on a 350 foot tower proposed
by SEA ( Steve Bernstein and As-
sociates.) it was obvious that
Saunders had done his homework
as he quoted statistics on other
leases on towers in other areas...
Jimmy Papa, Team Leader for
SEA, along with Mark Sheldon.
Zoning Specialist, SBA listened
carefully as he read out to the
commissioners his 14 terms for a
lease proposal.
1) 100 x 100 feet located at the
city of Carrabelle Water Facility.
2) Five year lease renewable three
times (five years each)
3) $14,400 per paid at $1,200 per
4) 2 % increase in lease amount
per year for the entire lease pe-
5) Maintain all necessary insur-
ance covering the City of
Carrabelle, Any increase in the
City's insurance due to the tower
will be borne by SEA.
6) 6 foot barbed wire or chain link
with barbed wire atop to surround
the tower property.
7) City will work with SEA on any
zoning or variances needed to ac-
complish the project.
8) Height of the tower shall ex-
ceed no more that 350 feet. Mono-
pole or free standing construction.
Able to withstand hurricane
9) SEA will furnish the City of
Carrabelle drawings of.their build-
ing, a structure or steel box equip-
ment room,
10) This lease will remain effec-
tive and enforceable upon sale of
tower to any other party.
11) This lease is non-exclusive to
any other properties owned by the
City of Carrabelle.
12) At the time of sighing, SBA
will make a one time bonus of
$..$5,000 directly to the Carrabelle
Public Library.
13) One antenna space on the
tower will be made available to the
14) Meet all FCC and FAA regu-
Papa said that he could not nego-
tiate as SBA would be the entity
that would build the tower, When
built, it would belong to
M/A-COM. However he said he
would take the proposal to
The tower will be used by several
state and other agencies-such as
Florida Highway Patrol, Depart-
ment of Law Enforcement, Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mittee, -Division of Alcohol, Bev-
erage and Tobacco. Department
of Environmental Protection, De-
partment of Transportation Mo-
tor Carrier License, Department
of Insurance, Department of Cor-
rections, Department of Juvenile
Justice, Office of Attorney Gen-
eral Medical Fraud Control Unit.
Florida Atlantic. University,
Florida International University
and University of Central Florida.
Continued on Page 11

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28 December 2001 Page 11

A Capsule Year In Review: 2001

2002, with the F.S.U. Irish
February will be the first "Pan-
handle Poets and Writers" pro-
gram, featuring original short sto-
ries and poems by local writers,
including Carolyn Hatcher, Dawn
Radford, Kathleen Heveran and
Bob Milne will return with more
"Ragtime Piano."
March 10, 2002, willfeature "The
Tallahassee Irish Step Dancers"
presented by the Ilse Newell Con-
cern Series.

Other productions will feature the
Wakulla Theatre, The Panhandle
Players, and the possibility of
Leonidas Tipovetsky returning for
another concert.
On June 7, 2002, will be the Gala
Opening of the Dixie Theatre's 5th
Summer Season. Three plays will
be done for three weeks each.
There will also be a Children's
Play and a Youth Stage Workshdp.
The entire summer season will
run eleven weeks, ending on Au-
gust 18. 2002. Plays under con-
sideration for the 2002 Summer
Season are: "Quilters," "Dearly
Departed," "The Good Doctor,"
and others.

It is expected to give clear com-
- munications from any or all of the
agencies including remote lands
or offshore waters. The tower will
join a n''rk of towers all over
Florida. it \will L.e helpful in hurri-
canes, The .SBA representatives
said that it will take about one
month after' negotiations are ac-
complished to build the tower.
Saunders was not the only City
I official to have done his home-
Swork. City Attorney Doug Gaidry
said that he had read through the
Lengthy contract and found sev-
- eral things that he could not ad-
, vise the city to sign on for. He said
I "There arejust toofmaniy conflict-
ing terms," He said there was a
confidentiality clause that he felt
was against the Sunshine Law. He
held up a sheaf of papers and
said, This just doesn't fly." The
Lease was turned over to Gaidry
for his scrutiny and corrections
along with Saunders proposal.
Williams said that he would make
Sthe motion, "To go ahead on the
proposal by Commissioner
Saunders'arid turn the lease over
to the attorney. "
The commissioners also held a
public hearing that had been ad-
vertised as a proposed enactment
of a city ordinance amending the
R5 Limited Residential District
Zoning classification to allow
churches, parish houses, and
SSunday school buildings as a spe-
cial exception.
Gary Millender and Pastor Don
Carroll appeared before the com-
mission to explain that they are
going to be building a larger sanc-
tuary, a Family Life Center with
tennis courts, Soft ball &rounds,
and other sports. They said it
Should be done in phases.
Williams suggested that if they
had a site plan that would indi-
cate all of the things they wanted
to build it might be simpler and
Easier on the permits if it could
be permitted all at once. Then as
some other portion of the plan was
phased in it would just need a
person coming to a meeting and
tell the commissioners what they
planned to do.
Gary Millender said, "The archi-
tect is away on vacation but when
he.sets back we can give you a
set of plans. I will be ready to start
work in February ."

Island Pavilion
Almost Completed
An extension for the finishing of
the St. George Island Pavilions
was recommended by the board
of County Commissioners at the
last meeting, December 18, 2001.
Since early summer, volunteers
headed up by Mason Bean have
been working on the rest rooms
and pavilion proper, located at the
end of Franklin Blvd., on the is-
land. Those who gave of their time
and expertise included: Mason
Bean, Bob Harper, Dominic
Baragona, Charles Brannon,
Melvin Marsh, Nick Yonklas,
Charles, Pfeifer, Frank Holtom,
Steve Kiesler, Wayne Thomas, Ray
Moody, David Cox, Gordon
Adkins, Willie Irvine, Cole Nelson,
Bob Day, Dr. Mike Wilder, Emory
Morris and Roland.

School Readiness
The Franklin County School
Readiness Coalition announces a
meeting will be held on Wednes-
day, January 9, 2002 at 11:00
a.m. EST at the Franklin County
Emergency Management office,
Apalachicola. The agenda will in-
clude a financial report, a report
on the number of children served
by the coalition and details about
the Pre-K Early Intervention Pro-
gram. For additional information,
contact Sue Adams, 872-7550,
ext: 2223.

The commissioners said that it
will need a change to a C 1 zoning
which is Mixed Commercial, Wil-
liams made the motion seconded
by Frank Mathes to make a
change of land use and zoning on
the entire site." It was approved
The City will meet in regular ses-
sion on January 3 at 7 p.m. 2002
and the church can get its final
plan approved. There will be a
public meeting on Friday, Decem-
ber. 28 at 6 p.m. to approve the
amendment to the comprehensive
There is also a public meeting ten-
tatively planned for two work-
shops to be held on Tuesday,
January 15., The first workshop
will be a Department of Environ-
mental Protection, (DEP) and De-
partment of Community Affairs,
(DCA) to talk about the future
development of Timber island,
The second workshop is to look
into a proposal to offer sewerage
treatment by the City of
Carrabelle, to The St James Bay
Development. The City's engineer
from Baskerville and Donavan,
Ella Mosconis will, conduct that

Clip And Save
Amnesty Days are days each month you may dispose of various
solid waste items at the County Landfill at no charge.
The 2002 Amnesty Days are:
Saturday, Jan. 26 Wednesday. May 22 Wednesday. Sept. 18
Wednesday, Feb. 20 Wednesday. June 19 Saturday, Oct. 26
Wednesday, Mar. 20 Saturday. July 20 Wednesday. Nov. 20
Saturday, April 20 Wednesday. Aug. 21 Wednesday, Dec. 18
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York. He moved to Florida in 1984,
uing Woodland Hall Academy anc
Vo-Tech. There he studied small
repair for two years. He married o
S1997. Mr. Dyal worked in constru
in* the Tallahassee area before his j
the Frankin Chronicle as Produc
sociate and Circulation Director,

S responsibilities include the circulation
Chronicle along a 150 mile tract
communities of Tallahassee, Cr
rville. Panacea. Eastpoint, St, Geh
0 land. Apalachicola. Carrabelle.
Joe and Mexico Beach.

He has been employed by the hi
Officefor over two years, in charge of
ing the subscriber list and general
) As a child, Andy played little league
1988 ball Hstill obbntines now include watcl
racing.'He is 30:. C

competedat the statelevel. He h
Jimmy NEiontt
S Conruiuting Sperts Writer
Jimmy Elliott is a six t generation
resident of Franklin County, He ha
an Apalachicola City Commissione
( O past 17 years. He received his /
Gulf Coast CommunityCollege a
been employed at t'he Apalachicc
Office for the past 27-1/2 years. He
establish a Little Girls Softball Pro
1988 and still continues to coach
one team each year. This past
S coached the Franklin County Al
O* who won the District 2 Champions
competed at the state level. He he
Sin the Army National Guard sine
and is a veteran of both the Vietn.
and Desert Storm. He is currently
Sas an Infantry Platoon Sergeant wi
pany C in Chipley, FL. He has I
S announcer for the Apalachicol
S School .Sharks football program fo
Years. He has written articles f
school football, volleyball and ba
J for numerous years. He is ma
Debra Elliott and is the father of
Celeste and Jarrett and the grar
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Diane Beauvals Dyal
Advertising Designer
Diane Beauvais Dyal was born and raised
in Rhode Island. Her education includes
an Associate Arts degree with an art ma-
jor from the Community College of Rhode
Island. She has taken continuing educa-
tion courses in graphic design at North-
eastern University. She has been a-mem-
ber of the Rhode Junior Honor Society and
the Rhode Island Honor Society, then later
made the Dean's list during her educa-
tional career. Then she moved to Boston-
where she worked as a typesetter, as well
as doing camera work, paste-up, and
Diane also worked as Art Director for a
magazine and trained other personnel in
XyVision typesetting system in Needham,
Massachusetts. She has also performed
similar services for a Somerville, Massa-
chusetts printing firm's art department in-
cluding graphic design, typesetting,
paste-up, camera work, illustration and
stripping. As freelance work, she did
graphic design for magazine covers for
Boston Rock magazine.
Her hobbies include formerly owning a
horse named Synchronicity, entering into
horse shows and winning the Champion-
ship in the Adult Division.
She moved to Florida, and married Andy
Dyal in 1997. Here, she was employed at
Rapidographics. Mrs. Dyal has worked for.
the Franklin Chronic/e for over five years
doing advertising design, typesetting, lay-
out and design of the twice-monthly news-
paper. She continues her interest in horse-
manship at Black Water Creek Riding
Stables, and is preparing to enter a
Dressage show soon.

Barbara Revell
Contributing Writer
Resident of Franklin County for 11 years,
moving here from Tallahassee. Married to
Ben Revell, retired State Specifications
Engineer, Florida Department of
Transportation. They have four children
and three grandchildren. Retired from
state 'government as a social worker in
April 1998. Actually, Ben says Barbara is
not retired, just not getting paid for most
of her activities!
Current activities:
* Master Gardener
* Florida Yards and Neighborhood Advisor
* Writes occasional gardening columns for
the Tallahassee Democrat
Sea Oats Garden Club
Carrabelle Lighthouse Association,
founder and president
Florida Lighthouse Association,
Commissioner for District 4
Literacy Volunteers of America/Franklin
County, secretary
Member of Franklin County Planning and
Zoning Commission
Wakulla Business and Professional
Member of Red Hat Society, Tallahassee
Gardening, reading, writing, avid football
fan (University of Alabama and University
of Florida), collector of lighthouse art...has
extensive collection, visiting lighthouses,
fishing, and painting ceramics.

lone Topping
Rene Topping came to the United States
in July of 1946 as a GI Bride from England.
She had served in the British Army for
nearly 2 years. She married American
Army Soldier Robert (Bob) Topping on
August 16, 1945.
She arrived in New York on US President
Tyler bn July 6. Lived in New York for 5
years and then moved to Tucson, Arizona.
She was part owner in a carpet and tile
business known as House of Carpets
along with two'male partners. Her hus-
band was a sergeant on the Tucson Po-
lice Department. She and her' husband
moved to Carrabelle in April of 1977 and
she and her husband built their home on
the Carrabelle River starting on July 4
1977. They took two years to completely
finish the home.
She had always been interested in writ-
ing and so it was natural that she began
to write as a stringer for the Democrat She
then was a reporter and column writer for
the Carrabe/le Timesand from there ac-
cepted a position as Carrabelle Editor and
writer for the Frank/in County News, a sis-
ter paper to the Wakulla News. The 1985
hurricanes and economy of Franklin
caused that paper's demise.
She joined the Chronicldeas soon as it was
established and has stayed with them.
She is a news writer and from time to time
writes a political column "Frankly Speak-
ing in Franklin County".
She has a weekly column in the Wakulla
News and also was a Community Corre-
spondent for the Tallahassee Democrat
She is busy getting a book containing her
columns called "Topping the News." She
is publishing her own memoirs "I Married
a Bloody Yank" on her 56 years of mar-
riage and her 54 year of being an Ameri-
can in 2002.

Sue Riddle Cronite
Contributing Writer
A writer and journalist Sue Cronkite has
moved back tc. Apal.aicr'jola She divides
her time between writing for the Frank/in
Chronicle and helping her daughter and
son-in-law Mary Lynn and Mark Rodgers
at the Rancho Inn. Before she moved from
Dothan she published Heart and History
of Holmes County, The Bay Country and
Copper Blade Review, the Troy State at
Dothan literary anthology.
Before moving to Apalachicola, she was
named Outstanding Undergraduate Stu-
dent in English, College of Arts and Sci-
ences, Troy State University Dothan. She
was named an All-American Scholar by
TODA Ynewspaper in 1995.
She won the Florida First Coast Writer's
Festival contest in short fiction in 1994 and
1995 and the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
Museum Literary contest with a short story
in 1994.
She was a correspondent for Life Maga-
zine, has written a column for the Holmnes
County Advertiser, and has written articles
and fiction published in People, Time, Life,
Prevention, Hometown Presso State
StreetReviewand Sabal Palm Review.
She has been executive editor of
Wiregrass TODAYin Dothan, AL, manag-
ing editor of the Decatur (AL) Daily, news
editor of the Rome (GA) News-Tribune,
news editor of the Clearwater (FL) Sun
and managing editor of the Talladega (AL)'
Daily Home.

Tom W. Offer
Tom W. Hoffer is a retired Professor of
Communication from Florida State Univer-
sity, having taught there from 1972 through
1996. He started the Frank/in Chronicle
with a small staff in August 1992. Previ-
ous to his work at FSU, he taught at the
University of Wisconsin where he earned
a Ph.D. in Communication and a Master
of Arts degree in'Broadcasting. In earlier
years, he made over 100 non-theatrical.
films of various subjects at the University
of Wisconsin where he began his gradu-
ate studies.
Hoffer is retired from the U. S. Naval Re-
serve, having served a brief time in Viet-
nam, and during the "cold war" aboard an'
aircraft carrier in the Western Pacific. He
is also a graduate of the State University
of Iowa (Iowa City) in 1960. In his under-
graduate work, he worked in radio, for the
Associated Press as a photographer-
stringer, and free-lanced newsfilm.
Following his undergraduate education, he
worked in commercial television in Rock-
ford, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin as
writer, director and publicist: In his youth
(deep past, now) he assisted in the man-
agement of a "home-town" theater for
motion pictures before television took over
the night-time'audience. Tom was born
and raised in the midwest (Iowa) aid
graduated from high school in Toledo,
Iowa in 1956.
He is the author of a reference volume in
Animation (Greenwood Press, 1981) and
numerous scholarly journal articles.
As publisher of the Chronicle, he has re-
ceived a second education in journalism,
and experience in a large variety of tasks
from the lofty decision-making to sweep-
ing up. His continuing hobbies include
answering love notes from the IRS and
bashing government bureaucracies in
particular and bureaucracies in general.
There is a love of books in there some-
where as well. Now that the night-time
audiences have grown weary of homog-
enized television, he wants his own movie
theater once again. Given the tasks re-
quired to accomplish that goal, his "third
education" has begun.

She worked with the daily Birmingham
News 14 years before going to Talladega,
Clearwater, Rome, Decatur, Dothan, and
At the Birmi/gham News, Ms.. Cronkite
was an editorial page writer, assistant
state editor, night city editor, copy editor,
layout and makeup editor,.feature writer
and reporter. She also wrote.a column
called "Single Parent" which was syndi-
cated, and taught journalism at Jefferson
State College.
In the 1980s she wrote a column called
"Isn't it Grand!" for the C/earwaterSunand
in the '80s and '90s taught creative writ-
ing and reporting at Wallace Community
College, Dothan.
Before joining the Birmingham Newsas a
copy editor in 1969, Ms. Cronkite was staff
writer for the Florida Times-Unionin Jack-
sonville, FL. She started as a reporter at
the Geneva County (AL) Reaperin 1955.
She has been owner-operator of the
Graceville (FL) News and Hartford (AL)
News-Hera/ld and editor of the Southern
Sta, Ozark, AL., and covered Southeast
Alabama for The Birmingham News.
She worked for Seafarer Magazine in
Jacksonville, FL; with University of Florida
Press as production manager and book
editor; public relations specialist with the
Florida State Board of Health; public rela-
tions with the Florida Lung Association,
and was manager of the Geneva (AL)
Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Cronkite's educational background
includes study of communications, a bach-
elor of science degree in English, and
advanced studies in English literature and
psychology at Troy State University
Dothan and Troy State University Tyndall
Air Force Base, the University of Alabama,
University of Alabama in Birmingham,
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, and
Jacksonville (FL) University.

Carolyn and Bob Hatcher
Contributing Writer
Carolyn Hambrick Hatcher was bor
Alabama and grew up near the area
grandfather settled 'in 1819. She is r
ried to Robert E. Hatcher, Jr., a ret
Naval Officer who served in the U. S. S
marine Force. This union and the m
tours of duty enabled Carolyn to becc
a Jack of All Trades, so to speak.
During one of her initial tours in the Na
she was president of the naval wives c
in Key West, Florida. Also, during this t
the movie "Operation Petticoat" was m
on the Submarine Base and Carolyn
the delightful job of doubling for C
Merrill and getting to know Cary Grar
While' Bob toiled away in Naval F
Graduate School, Carolyn had a cho
job as private secretary to John Gard
at his Tennis Ranch in Carmel Valley, (
fornia. From there it was on to Naval
College for Bob and a course at the N
port Academy of Arts for Carolyn, no
reer but a wonderful hobby.
During Bob's command tour in Char
ton, Carolyn was lucky to enjoy a job n
eling and to also become involved as
active member of the Red Cross. The
was on to Washington, D. C. for Bob w
ing at Main Navy on torpedo deve
ments and while there she worked as h
of the Insurance Department for First F
eral Savings and Loan in Alexandria,
Retirement time came and Bob took a
in New Orleans and Carolyn decide
go back to work as a private.secretai
Mr. Crutcher of Crutcher and Tufts
Company. At the same time she also c
pleted a course in real estate and a cc
spondence course in writing from C
necticut College.
After six years in New Orleans she
turned to her native state of Alabama
served as'a representative:on the
bama Republican State Committee.
was also president of the Albertville
dies Civitan Club, became a member
the Daughters of the American Revolu
and served as president of a chapter
the United Daughters of the Confeder
Having toured most of the south di
genealogy research, Carolyn and
have retired and built a home
Carrabelle. Currently in Carrabe
Carolyn is serving as Vice President of
Sea Oats Garden Club, Secretary
Treasurer of the Panhandle Poets
Writers Club, and on the board of The
eracy Volunteers of America, Fran
County. Also, she is working on her
novel and a contributing writer for
Frank/in Chronicle. She has two sons
three grand children.


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Tom Campbell
Contributing Writer
Tom Campbell has written for TheFrat
Chronicle since 1997. He said he "t
oughly enjoys this job" and living on
Gulf coast.
He has a theatre background, having b
a professional actor and director. He s
led acting and directing in New York
and performed there and in Los Ange
He has performed in movies and tel
sion, and acted and directed a number
years at Flat Rock, North Carolina,
Atlanta, Georgia.
Campbell has published two short no\
and a children's story. He is currently wi
ing on a play suggested by the life of Jo
Gorrie, M.D.
He was born in north Georgia, recei
his Honorable Discharge from the U.S.
Force, has many friends in Frank
County and now claims Florida as
home. He is President of Panhandle I
ets and Writers Association, which n
has twenty members, including publish
poets and writers.




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