Title: Franklin chronicle
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Publication Date: February 21, 2003
Copyright Date: 2003
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Franklin -- Apalachicola
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Preparations Ready

The 21st Annual

Charity Chili Cookoff

and Auction,

St. George Island,

March 1st, 2003

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Volume 12, Number 4


February 21 March 6,2003

Homestead Imprinted Sportswear, Don Franklin, President, Cairo, Georgia, has authored this version of the t-
shirt design for the 21st Annual Charity Chili Cookoff to begin Saturday, March 1, 2003, at St. George Island.
The Red Pepper 5K run starts on the island at 8 a.m., and incidentally, has its own-t-shirt design, available for
sale at the Cookoff. The auction will start promptly at 11 a.m. and continue throughout the day. Preview
opportunities of many quality auction items will be available at the Friday evening showing in the new fire
station (top floor) for a cover chage of $5.00 that includes refreshments as well. Bids may be registered at that
time. The professional chili competition will begin at mid-morning. At least 45 professional cookers were signed
up as of mid-February. Amateur chili competition will be offered this year, also called "crockpot competition,"'
with Eunice Hartmann in charge of that division. Thousands of visitors are expected during the day-long fundraiser
designed to benefit the St. George Island volunteer fire department and First REsponders. The Cookoff proceeds
also benefit other fire departments and First Responders throughout Franklin County during the year.

Business Plan Continued

Business Plans For Middle, High
And Technical Schools
The plans for three new Charter Schools were approved by the ABC
School Board of Directors at their last meeting on Thursday, January
30, 2003. In the historic vote, the Board was turning new ground in
Franklin County education as the ABC school would become four
schools in Florida. Moreover, the third charter would be a technical
high school.
In the last article, the three schools were described and their admin-
istrative structure presented followed by a market strategy.
Specific admission and recruiting plans and policies for students
The school will continue to adhere to a policy of nondiscrimination in
educational programs, activities and employment and will strive af-
firmatively to provide equal opportunity for all. The school will con-
tinue its efforts to be representative of the demographics of the Franklin
County student population.
Programs for the elementary, middle and high schools have been'care-
fully crafted as unified, coherent and challenging curricula, which
progressively build on each student's foundation of knowledge and
mastery of skills. -Therefore, admission efforts will be focused in two
directions. The schools will limit enrollment with admission agree-
ments among each ABC school to ensure current students can ma-
triculate to the next appropriate school. These seats will be guaran-
teed and will not be affected by. the subsequent enrollment process.
if a subsequent enrollment process is necessary. If at any time ma-
triculation does not fill a grade, classroom, program or building, the
school will enroll any eligible student who submits a timely and com-
pleted application. However if the applications exceed the capacity of
any program, class, grade level or building, applicants shall have an
equal chance of being admitted through a random selection process.
The school may give enrollment preference to a sibling of a student
enrolled in the charter school, to a child of an employee of the charter
school or to a child of a member of the governing board of the charter
school. Student projections are based on matriculation projections
and the phasing in of grade levels.
Specific recruiting plans for teachers
Teachers are recruited locally, nationally and internationally. Cur-
rent elementary teachers were recruited from New York, Tennessee.
Georgia, Florida and Puerto Rico. The CEO/principal maintains ex-
tensive contacts with United States certified teachers teaching abroad
at American University Preparatory Schools (K-12), as well as with a
broad base of U.S. contacts.
Management Plan
Continued on Page 6

Marion Miley responds to one of the dozens of funny
remarks as her retiring husband, Woody of Research
Reserve, is roasted at a St. George party on Saturday,
February 8th. More photos and story are on Page 5.

SFranklinCounty Community

Planning Process: An Overview

To Update the County's Comprehensive Plan and
Prepare a Vision for Franklin County and St. James
The first workshop on community issues and options held at the Court-
room Annex building in Apalachicola on Tuesday evening, February
18, 2003 was a highly participatory effort joining county citizens and
leaders to an agenda designed to clarify what they wanted to retain
and change in Franklin County. Following a "welcome" from the work-
shop organizers, including County Commissioner Cheryl Sanders.
Planner Alan Pierce, Charles Gautier (Department of Community Af-
fairs-DCA) and Dr. Tom Taylor, the nearly overflowing courtroom
was divided into smaller groups to begin work.
The groups separated to meet among themselves, led by a facilitator
and small team of administrators who assisted in recording ideas
generated by the small group and categorized into long lists of con-
cerns such as the critical issues to be addressed, and identification
of the options that might address those critical issues. In an hour
and a half, the self-selected small groups identified what people trea-
sured about, and their desires for, Franklin County. The facilitators

Continued on Page 8

Inside This Issue
10 Pages

ABC Schools ............ 1, 6 Safe Driving Tips .......... 4
Franklin County Planning Editorial & Commentary3
Process.................... 1, 8 Woody's Celebration ..... 5
Secret Water Deal 1, 9, 10 Carrabelle................. 6, 7
Charity Chili Cookoff..... 1 FCAN............................ 8
Franklin Briefs ........ 2, 4 Dixie Theatre ............... 9

U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Florida Moves To Intervene In
Secret Water Deal Orchestrated By
Army Corps. Of Engineers And

Secret "Settlement" Threatens to Destroy ACF
Compact, Says Fla. Legal Brief
The State of Florida seeks permissive intervention because a pro-
posed settlement directly affects Florida's interests and violates fed-
eral law, proclaimed the opening sentence in a legal brief filed before
the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia on February 6.
20Q03. The pending litigation was explained in detail during the last
"Stakeholder" meeting involving the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint
(ACF) Basin Compact enacted in 1997. The meeting was held at the
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) headquarters at the
Commonwealth Building, Tallahassee, on Thursday, February 13th.
Teri Donaldson, General Counsel for DEP, and a participant in this
recent litigation, conducted a detailed briefing on the Florida plead-
ings, seeking intervention in an ongoing law case between hydro-
power interests and the U. S. Army Corps. of Engineers, as defen-
The Florida brief charges that a "settlement agreement" was prepared
in secret with the "undisclosed participation of non-parties, the State
of Georgia, and other Georgia entities. Florida was excluded unlaw-
The legal case into which Florida seeks to intervene has ..Southeast-
er.j Federal Power Customers.' Inc (South Carolina) as plaintiffs and
various Army Corps. of Engineers individiuaig fii their official capaci-
ties starting with Secretary to the United 'States, Dept. of the Army at
the Pentagon down through a chain of officers including the Mobile,
Alabama Commander of the Mobile District of the Army Corps of
Engineers. This litigation involved a power producer consortium that
claimed compensation because of the actions of the Corps of Engi-
neers water supply contracts they had with various municipal and
industrial users in Georgia. These activities harmed financially the
power consortium, but they pointed out in their lawsuit that the Corps.
activities also violated the Water Supply Act, the Flood Control Act
and the National Environmental Policy Act.
Ms. Donaldson argues that Florida's rights to the water allocation
process and ultimately water allocations, were similarly harmed by
the Corps conduct. Ultimately, if the settlement agreements involving
the State of Georgia were to be approved, without Florida's participa-
tion, "the prejudice to Florida by proceeding in its absence would be
substantial and irreparable."
The Settlement Agreement directly affects Florida, first because it
violates the ACF agreement. The Settlement Agreement allocates a
substantial amount of water despite the legal requirement that such
an effort be pursued through the ACF Compact. And, "the effect is to
destroy ACF Compact negotiations." The Settlement Agreement also
allows the Georgia interests to lay claim to 100% of the water re-
turned to the river after its original use. At present, Georgia returns
approximately 60% of this water to the river.
The Current Propoed Settlement Agreement
On January'10, 2003, Florida learned for the first time that the State
of Georgia and the Water Supply Providers although non-parties, had
been allowed to participate in the confidential mediation of the hy-
dropower customers' litigation. Florida immediately requested a sta-
tus report, and was told that the matter had been "settled." On re-
ceipt of a copy of the Settlement Agreement, Florida representatives
were shocked to discover that the scope of the narrow compensation
litigation had mutated to encompass the same type of long-term
(so-called "interim") contracts for water supply with ARC, Gwinnett
County, and the City of Gainesville as were, and are, the subject of
the Alabama and Georgia lawsuits. The settlement expressly encom-
passes these same types of contracts.
Moreover, the Settlement Agreement effectively allocates to the Geor-
gia interests water that was supposed to be subject to the ACF Com-
pact process.
Not withstanding the Alabama Stay Order and on-going ACF Com-
pact negotiations, the Corps appears to have agreed to commit a mini-
mum of 537 mgd (millions of gallons per day) of water from Lake
Lanier to municipal and industrial water supply. The commitment
takes the form of allocating 240,858 acre-feet of storage in the con-
servation pool, so that the 537 mgd will be dependable even if there is
a repeat of the worst historic drought. The so-called "interim" con-
tracts would tie up nearly five times the 50,000 acre-feet threshold in
the Corps' guidelines, representing a 60% increase over the current
water supply storage that the Corps termed already approaching the
outer limits of its discretion. Under the terms of the Settlement Agree-
ment, treated wastewater returned by water supply users to Lake
Lahier will be allocated only for water supply, with such allocations
to be the sole prerogative of the State of Georgia, and will be no longer
available to support downstream flows or refill lower federal reser-
Moreover, the settlement agreement commits the Corps to issuing
permanent contracts, subject only to reauthorization, which the Corps
agrees to support politically. The "Interim" contracts will "roll over"
into permanent contracts if Congress or the courts say the Corps has
authority for permanent contracts. There will be no change in con-
tract terms upon "roll over" thus, the interim contracts have been
negotiated as if they were permanent. If the interim contracts do not
"roll over" to permanent contracts within ten years, they will auto-
matically be renewed for'another ten years on the same terms. Effec-
tively, this means the settlement contracts extend for at least twenty
years after the NEPA process concludes. Assuming the NEPA process
takes two years, the contracts will extend at least through 2025. al-
though the Corps' own rules normally limit "interim "'contracts to
five years. There is no indication in the Settlement Agreement, nor is
it likely, that the Corps might curtail the municipalities' established
use of water after twenty years.

Florida, Georgia and Alabama are
Continued on Page 9

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The Franklin Chronicle



February 17, 2003
Present: Commissioner
Clarence Williams;
Commissioner Eddie
Creamer: Commissioner
Jimmy Mosconis:
Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders: and
Commissioner Bevin

County Extension Director
Bill Mahan announced the bus
tour to look at post-harvest treat-
ment plants in Louisiana has
been scheduled for March 27 -
29th, 2003. The bus will leave
Apalachicola at 10:00 p.m. March
27th and return about noon on
March 29th. Two slots would be
held open for County Commis-
sioners who would like to go. Any
oyster dealers interested in at-
tending should contact their as-
sociation, Tommy Ward at 653-
8522. An advisory or liaison com-
mittee that would act as liaison
between the oyster industry and
the local and state agencies, re-
flecting the views and opinions of
the bay fishing community and
Franklin County is still in the for-
mation stages according to
Mahan. At the request of Mason
Bean, a meeting was held on St.
George Island to discuss options
for a boat ramp on the island. One
option was to investigate putting
a ramp at the seawall on the
causeway at the end of the old St.
George Island bridge.

Lanark Village Water and
Sewer District Board
The Board of County Commis-
sioners approved the appoint-
ments of three new Lanark Village
Water and Sewer District Board
for unexpired terms ending on
January 1, 2007. The newly ap-
pointed commissioners are:
James J. Lawlor, Sr; Michael S.
Hughes and Fred W. Hart. Before
the Board's vote on the candi-
dates, Carrabelle City attorney
Doug Gaidry asked the County
Commissioners for a resolution of
support for the Carrabelle con-
tract with St. James given some
concern for the security of an
agreement between the two par-
ties, lest the Lanark Water and
Sewer Board might try to prevent
the carrying out of the contract.
Bonnie Dietz spoke on behalf of
the nominated candidates for the
Lanark Board indicating that they
had the complete support of the
Lanark Village.

Supervisor of Elections
and Redistricting
Doris Shiver-Gibbs briefed the
Commissioners on the new laws
under the American Disability Act
for voting precincts indicating at
least one precinct would have to
be relocated, possibly two. From
there, the discussion ventured
into redistricting, providing for an
animated discussion on
single-member black districts
contrasted with the counts in
similar white districts. Ms. Gibbs
recalled from memory rough esti-
mates of the number of voters in
each of five. districts and now
these numbers exceeded the al-
lowable range, in excess of 5% in
some instances. Ms. Gibbs esti-
mated that future elections could
cost the county up to $20,000
each, in addition to the costs for
making physical changes in the
polling locations to conform to the
disabilities legislation. She urged
the Commissioners not to put of
their plans for redistricting, cit
ing the numerous tasks her office
had to undergo in preparation fo


each election. Above all, she urged
the County Government and-the
School District to remain with the
same lines if at all possible due
to the much higher costs in prepa-
rations when the districts were
dissimilar when totally redrawn.
Commissioner Mosconis volun-
teered to contact another poten-
tial consultant to address the
Board on redistricting. Commis-
sioner Williams mentioned that
the blacks in Washington County.
recently changing from
singld-member districts to "at-
large" candidates, did nothing to
stop that change in Washington
County. He called the change, "...a
step back." "...(If we make that
change in Franklin) ... we are defi-
nitely going to fight it." He added
with emphasis, "We are not going
to take a step back like that..."
Commissioner Mosconis said that
the entire issue may go to a refer-
endum to settle the matter. Com-
missioner Williams added that
blacks did not obtain elected of-
fice until there were
single-member districts. He cited
an example of another black can-
didate who could not win "at
large." Ed Tolliver ran "at large"
and lost, but when single-member
districts were innovated. Ed
Tolliver won and served'ten years
in the city and county govern-
ments. Bevin Putnal pointed out
another exception in Carrabelle,
who won elected office unani-

Ted Mosteller presented the Board
recommendations from the air-
port advisory committee to pur-
chase items and for advertising,
for which the Board 'approved.

Doctors Hospital (Perry)
and Life-Flight
Jim McKnight, administrator of
Doctors Hospital, and Marty
Thompkins, Emergency Medical
Services Director, Doctors Hospi-
tal, Perry, Florida, appeared be-
fore. the Board to explain their new
emergency helicopter evacuation
system, "Air-Medic-One." The
Board approved the issuance of a
certificate so Air-Medic-One could
service Franklin County, Details
would be worked out with the lo-
cal Emergency Management Ser-
Their arrangements with a com-
pany called "Corporate Jets"
would bring in Air-Medic-One
upon request and take patients
wherever they wanted to go,
within the area. Marty Thompkins
provided some travel time esti-,
mates and cautioned that these
would likely change depending
upon head winds and other fac-
Stors. The times include "lift-time",
or the time from receiving the call
to rotoring the aircraft before
Perry to Lanark Village: 26 minute
flight time; Perry to Carrabelle: 28
minutes; Perry to Eastpoint: 30
minutes; Perry to St. George Is-
land: 33 minutes; Perry to
Apalachicola: 40 minutes.
The flight system is at no-cost to
the County Board. The company
direct bills the patient for the
flight. Medicare and Medicaid
cover these costs, Thompkins
said. In the case of auto accidents,
he added, insurance usually cov-
ers the expense. At present, the
system maintains one helicopter.
Another is available from Lake
This service will not be dependent
upon whether the hospital has
available beds as in the instance'
of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
When no beds were available, the
helicopter "Life Flight" did not fly.
The local EMS personnel and the
patient will determine the desti-
- Director of Administrative
Alan Pierce advised the Board that
f he did not write a letter to our leg-
- islative delegation regarding
e emergency room doctors and sov-
r ereign immunity, because he was





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unsure as to what role the county
really was going to take. Commis-
sioner Mosconis indicated that
the proposed meeting with the
physicians had not yet occurred.
Mr. Pierce also informed the
Board that he had been unable
to find the 1983 Resolution on the
Challenger space shuttle disaster,
but when it is found a suitable
Resolution will be created about
the Columbia.
Pierce provided the Board with
copy of survey available at the
Community Action Program of-
fice, Ms. Melba Page, with the
hope that the Governor will au-
thorize the release of funds to help
the shrimpers.
Mr. Pierce also provided the Board
with copy of DCA letter saying
their review of the SummerCamp
amendment will be completed
around March 13.
The Board discussed the roof on
the Jail and Sheriffs Office. The
Building Department contacted
two roofing contractors, only one
responded. His estimate for re-
pairing the roof around all the roof
vents was approximately
$31,000. A completely new roof
is estimated to be between
$70,000 and $100,000.
While it would be possible to re-
pair the roof over the Sheriffs Of-
fice for around $14,000, which is
where the computers and office
equipment is, that then leaves the
jail cells, with leaking roofs and
inmate complaints.
Board discussion, but at this
point Mr. Pierce recommended the
Board direct the County Engineer
to draw up some specifications
and advertise for bids for a new
roof over the whole building, while
the Clerk, Chairman and Sheriff
try to pool resources. The Board
would not have to accept any bids
unless they had agreed funds
were available.
The Board also discussed how to
proceed with getting professional,
assistance to prepare Florida
Communities Trust (FCT) Grant
application for the purpose buy-'.
ing land on St. George Island for
a boat ramp, and Alligator Point
for public purposes. The Grant
.period will close some time in
June. The ARPC has a staff per-
son, Keith McCarron, who used
to work at FCT. The ARPC is will-
ing to assist the county in prepar-
ing a grant application, but 'the
ARPC will not bid on the job if the
county is interested in seeking
grant writers from the private sec-
tor. The ARPC does not want to
compete with private consultants.
If the Board wants to use private
consultants, Mark and I recom-
mend the Board advertise for Re-
quest for Qualifications, select the
most qualified, and then negoti-
ate with that firm for a price to
write these Grants. Each FCT ap-
lications can cost around
5,000, so to have two of them
done, would be about $10.000, for
which there is no money bud-
geted. However, qualified grant
writers miight know some way for
the grant to pay for the applica-
tion like it does in a CDBG Grant.
The Board approved.
The Board approved two grants
tabled from the last meeting. Tim
Turner and Pierce recommended
the Board accept the $25,000
Grant to create a Terrorist and
Continuity of Operations Plan,
and then to advertise for qualifi-
cations for those people interested
in writing such a plan. Mr. Linc
Barnett, Alligator Point, has ex-
tensive professional service in this
area, and is interested in at least
assisting the county, if not actu-
ally writing the plan.
Tim Turner and Pierce recom-
mended the Board accept the
$72,260 Grant to update the Lo-
cal Mitigation Strategy. The first
LMS was written by the ARPC,
and the Board could see if they
are interested in doing the update,
or the Board could seek requests
for qualifications and then award
the LMS update to the entity that

Continued on Page 4

appears to be most qualified to do
the update.
Mr. Pierce also informed the
Board that he failed to schedule
the public hearing for the Board
to consider banning glass bottles
on the beach. It is now scheduled
for March 18th at 10:00 a.m. and
will be advertised.
At this time, the Board discussed
the need to redistrict and to em-
ploy an attorney to assist.. The
Board budgeted no funds for such
an endeavor. If it appears that the
Board is going to enter into an
expensive endeavor, the only
funds that might be available are
funds that the Legislature has yet
to approve, which are the
payment-in-lieu of taxes program.
If the Legislature fuqds that pro-
gram, the county will receive ap-
proximately $160,000. Those
funds could be used to put a roof
on the county oil, and pay redis-
tricting expenses, but the earliest
those funds will be available will
be some time in June.
In November, 2002, the Planning
and Zoning Commission did not
have a regular meeting for lack of
a quorum and the county com-
mission directly dealt with two
items, one was the final plat of St.
James Bay, and the other was a
final plat for a large subdivision
in Eastpoint. The Board ap-
pointed two new members, and
the Commission had a special
meeting on Nov. 21, to take up a
few items that the Board had not
dealt with. One of those items that
the Planning and Zoning Commis-
sion approved in their special
meeting was a final plat for a five-
lot subdivision known as Mary's
Beach, submitted by Freda White.
Ms. White was not ready to have
the Board look at the subdivision
in December, and I failed to bring
it up in January. The Board ap-
proved the final plat of Mary's
The Planning and Zoning Com-
mission met in regular session on
Feb. 11, 2003, and recommends
the following action:
A) recommend tabling the dock
permit for William Mattice and
Edgar Moore on Lot 9, BRE, Sub-
division, Alligator Point, until it
can be determined that the ad-
joining property owners were no-
tified by DEP.
B) The Commission recommends
approval of the following docks
and the Board approved each one.
* approval for Al Buford to con-
struct a single-family dock on Lot
1, Block L, Unit 2, Alligator Point.
approval for Jim Sineath to con-
struct a boardwalk on Lot 4,
Heron Bay Village, St.. George Is-
approval for. David and Debbie
Shapiro to construct a single fam-
ily dock on Lot 17, Indian Bay
Village, St. George Island.
approval for Peter Block to con-
struct a single-family dock on Lot
5, New River Run Subdivision, on
the New River.
approval for Ron E. Brower to
construct a single family dock on
Lot 7, Osprey Village, St. George
C) The Commission recommends
approval of the following subdivi-
sions and the Board approved,
approval of the final plat of Hid-
den Harbor Subdivision on Alli-
gator Point, contingent upon the
County Attorney reviewing the
plat if he has not done so, and
contingent upon the County En-
gineer verifying that the road con-
struction is complete.
approval of a sketch plat for. a
10 lot subdivision known as Shell
Bay, located in Section 35, Town-
ship 7 South, Range 5 west, re-
quest submitted by Gene
Langston, agent for Chris
Langston. All the lots are one acre,
one hundred feet wide, and access
will be by a private easement.
D) The Commission recommends
the following public hearings be
scheduled and the Board ap-
Public hearing to consider re-
zoning lots 42,43,44,45, and 46,
Block 10 west, Unit 1, St. George
Island from C-2 to C-4, request
submitted by Steve Watkins,
"agent for Jerry Johnston.
E) The Commissiori asked another
property,owner to come back with

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On The Proposed Closing Of

The State Library Of Florida

By Eileen Annie Ball
Libraries across the State of Florida have responded to the Florida
Library Association's December 2002 enthusiastic memo requesting
a statewide effort in declaring February 2003 Library Appreciation
Month. In this December memo, Harold Hines announces with plea-
sure that the Friends and Trustees Interest Section of the Florida
Library Association has received Governor Jeb Bush's Proclamation
dated October 28, 2002. He goes on to write that this is the fourth
consecutive year they have sponsored this statewide recognition for
all libraries within the State of Florida, to include public, private.
academic, special, cooperative, county, and regional libraries.
The Governor's Library Appreciation Month Proclamation spells out
in no uncertain terms the essential role libraries play in our lives.
how they "enrich our understanding of the world," provide a means of
invaluable research, and support literacy and career development
programs. Librarians know this. Seizing the moment to seek rein-
forcement of local support and recognition for all of the exceptional
services libraries offer citizens in a community, librarians across the
State of Florida have been taking Jeb Bush's wonderful Proclamation
to County Commissions and City Councils and requesting that each
county follow the Governor's example. The Franklin County Board of
County Commissioners recognized the need for "public library ser-
vice for the residents of the county" and signed a Resolution of Ap-
preciation on January 21, 2003 designating February 2003 as Li-
brary Appreciation Month. The County Commissioners in Bradford
County, Palm Beach County, Pasco County have signed Resolutions.
The City Councils in Maitland and Clearwater and Sanibel Island
have done the same, And so on throughout the State.
But then we were suddenly looking at an entirely different proposal --
a proposal that seemed incredibly far removed from the outstanding
accolades about libraries declared just a small handful of months
earlier. When Governor Bush released his 2003-2004 Florida budget.
it included a proposal to dismantle the State Library of Florida. The
Division of Library and Informatioi Services would be eliminated.
Library Development would be incorporated into a "Department of
State and Community Partnerships." State archives would be moved
to the Department of Environmental Protection, the records manage-
ment would move to the Department of Management Services. The
State Library of Florida not only provides consultation, data, .infor-
mation, grant assistance, planning, guidance and developmental ser-
vices to all Florida libraries, it maintains a vast collection of materi-
als, provides library services to state agencies, library services to the
general public, and interlibrary loan materials so the reading public
can access materials that would otherwise be unavailable. The State
Library, in existence since 1845, would be closed,
How can this be?
We are being somehow vaguely reassured that support for libraries is
not at stake. This will, after all, only affect the long arm that reaches
across the state. Some questions arise. If a great library can be dis-
mantled and eliminated in such a poof of a pen, then what is in the
future for smaller libraries in small counties with small budgets? Where
will future budget cuts come from? And as this trickles down, what
kind of value system is being set for local governments?
Many kudos go out to the City Council of Sanibel Island, Following
the signing and open reading of the February is Library Appreciation
Month declaration, the Library Director and City Manager were in-
structed to write a resolution opposing Jeb Bush's Proposal to close
down the State Library of Florida.
There is a bright side. The Governor's budget needs State Legislature
Well, Good luck to us all.

Frankly Speaking In Franklin County

What is a P.U.D.-Read before voting on the P. U.D.
By Rene Topping
The Carrabelle City Commission voted an amendment to the City
Planning and zoning to allow developers to work under a special zon-
ing called PUD --Planned Unit Development District, evermore called
PUD. The commissioners passed ordinance 296 on July 11. 2002.
The intent of this district is to have planned residential, commercial
and industrial uses that will occur in accordance with limitations of
use, design, and density height coverage, phasing and other limita-
tions on an approved development plan.
There had been a lot of discussion over the height after it was dis-
closed that there was no height specified by the developers. The city
attorney had said this document was a draft of the ordinance and
after it was discussed he said that he would look into any illegality.
However, nowhere in tle ordinance 296 was a specified height. So
apparently it stands that way to the date of the publishing of this
article. (February 20)
There has been talk from the City Commission that they will honor
the County height as 32 feet plis the height of the pilings, however
no motion has been made to add it to Ordinance 296.

There is also another Ordinance 288 that was approved on December
28, which made a sweeping change in the Coastal High Hazard area.
This ordinance makes only the offshore Dog Island the only one to
have the Coastal High Hazard definition.
It affects Ordinance 296, the PUD has a paragraph that says:
a) In areas outside of the high hazard area residential development
may be permitted at a maximum of fifteen (15) units per acre. b)
within the coastal high hazard area, residential development shall be
permitted not to exceed (2) units per acre.
The approval of a proposed PUD will first be approved by the Building
and Zoning Official, in Carrabelle this is done by Alan Pierce the County
Planner. All fees from these go to the county. The last approval is
done by the Carrabelle Planning and Zoning Commission. In
Carrabelle, The City Commission act as their F and Z. The Commis-
sioners maybe ordinance approve, amend, modify or change the ex-
isting zoning requirements for the applicant's parcel or it may deny
application, in which case it shall take no further action for substan-
tially the same proposal on the same premises, until twelve (12)
months after the date of the prior disapproval.
All of those documents are on file at the City Hall and if you want to
check them Just see City Clerk Beckey Jackson.

Capital Area Chapter Of The
American Red Cross Encourages
Emergency Preparedness

Recent events have left many people concerned about the possibility
of future terrorist incidents. The Capital Area Chapter of the Ameri-
can Red Cross is always there with emergency relief in the aftermath
of disasters-but just as importantly, the organization works through-
out North Florida every day by teaching people the skills they need to
prevent, prepare for, and respond to, and mitigate the effects, of di-
Now more than ever, the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red
Cross is encouraging people to develop emergency response plans for
their homes, neighborhoods, schools and workplaces, so that they
know how to respond to an act of terror or any other emergency that
might occur.
There are things all of us can do to prepare for the unexpected.
Create an emergency response plan. Establish a family
contact person outside your area and decide in advance
where your family would go in the event of an emergency.
Talk to your children's schools. If you have school-age
children, ensure that their schools have your current
caregiver contact information and that you know their
school's emergency release plan
Ask our employer about the disaster plan for your
workplace. Make sure you know and practice all emer-
gency response procedures at your workplace.
Assemble a disaster supplies kit. Include a first aid
kit essential medications, canned food, can opener, wa-
ter (three gallons per person), protective clothing, bed-
ding, radio, flashlight, extra batteries and any special
needs items.
The Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is reaching out
to the residents of North Florida with a presentation entitled "Prepar-
ing for the unexpected. This 1-1/2 hour presentation can be con-
ducted free of change in your neighborhood, or at your school or
place of business. Learn what you can do to be ready for the unex-
pected before it happens.
For additional information on disaster preparedness and to learn how
to keep your loved ones safe, visit www-tallytown.com/redcross or
call us in Tallahassee at 878-6080, in Quincy at 875-8836, in Perry
at 594-6663, in Apalachicola at 653-4220, in Bristol at 643-2339 or
in Monticello at 342-02111.

Tom Campbell Scheduled To

Convalesce In Georgia

During the last several weeks,
Chronicle reporter Tom Campbell
has been a patient at Tallahassee
Memorial Hospital and the Reha-
bilitation Clinic nearby./Lately, he
was transferred to Bay St. Joe
Nursing Home, and on two occa-
sions, transferred again to Gulf
Coast Hospital in Panama City.
Mr. Campbell has been suffering
from an internal infection follow-
ing surgery for varicose veins last
summer. He is currently in inten-
sive care at the Panama City hos-
His sister, Ms. Sandra Roper, is
making arrangements to transfer

Tom to a nursing facility near her
home in Covington, Georgia,
about 30 miles east of Atlanta.
The availability of a bed in a
nearby respite care or nursing
facility will determine just when
the transfer would occur. Ms.
Roper reports that Tom has re-
,gained his appetite and is eating
regularly; he has lost considerable
weight during this bout -with in-
fection. Friends who may want to
send Mr. Campbell greetings may
address any communications
through Tom's sister. Just ad-
dress your card or letter to:
Sandra Roper, 55 Myrtle Grove
Lane, Covington, Georgia 30014.

St. Vincent Celebrates Its 35th Anniversary
And The Centennial Of The National
Wildlife Refuge System

Did you or your parents live on
St. Vincent Island before it was a
refuge? Did you ever work on St
Vincent.National Wildlife Refuge?
Think back were you a fire fighter,
Youth Conservation Corps-mem-
ber, Young Adult Conservation
Corps member or other employee
of the refuge. St. Vincent National
Wildlife Refuge would like to hear
from you.
St. Vincent National Wildlife Ref-
uge turns 3 5 on July 9, 2003.
The refuge system turns 100 on
March 14, 2003. We want to cel-
ebrate both of these birthdays by
putting together a history of St.
Vincent Island and St. Vincent
National Wildlife Refuge. You can
participate in three ways. If you
live in the area, you can schedule
an appointment to meet with the
refuge staff in June. There will be
a videographer present who will
video tape your memories of the
island. The tapes will become an
oral history of St. Vincent Island.
You will be given a copy of the tape
for your records.
You can submit a letter to the ref-
uge detailing your memories of St.
Vincent Island. These will be pre-

served and entered into our his-
torical archives.
Lastly, if you have pictures and
documents that relate to St.
Vinceht Island. Please bring these
to the refuge office. We will scan
in the photos and documents and
keep a digitized copy. You will also
be provided a digitized copy of
your photos or documents.
All of the above items will be on
display at our birthday party on
July 9, 2003. Of course all of the
citizens of this area will be invited
to St Vincent National Wildlife
Refuge to help us celebrate.
If you are interested in assisting
us with recording our history.
Please contact Terry Peacock at
St. Vincent National Wildlife Ref-
uge, P.O. Box 447, Apalachicola,
FL 32320, 850-653-8808. The*
refuge really needs your help in
preserving our history before all
of your knowledge is lost.
"Our mission is working with oth-
ers to conserve, protect, and en-
hance fish, wildlife, and plants
and their habitats for the continu-
ing benefit of the American

AMVETS Now Officially "American

For more than 45 years,'AMVETS
had been known as American Vet-
erans of World War II, Korea and
Vietnam. Now, thanks to Public
Law 107-241 recently signed by
President Bush, the organization
is called simply American Veter-
The new legislation, which
amends AMVETS' congressional
charter, addresses a long-
standing need to bring the
organization's name more in line
with the demographics of its
broad-based membership.
Anyone who has honorably served
in the U.S. Armed Forces from
World War H to present, to include
those now on active duty as well
as in the National Guard, Re-
serves and wartime merchant

marines, is- eligible to join
AMVETS, whose original charter
was signed by President Truman
in 1947, was the first World War
II organization to be chartered by
A leader since 1944 in preserving
the freedoms secured by
America's Armed Forces,
AMVETS provides, not only sup-
port for veterans and the active
military in procuring their earned
entitlements, but also community
services that enhance the quality
of life for this nation's citizens.
Anyone interested in joining the
local chapter, please contact Jim
Lawlor, Post Office Box 1442,
Lanark Village, FL 32323.

The Florida Breeding Bird Atlas,
a collaborative study of Florida's
birdlife, now is available to the
public on the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation
Commission's (FWC) Web site at
The Breeding Bird Atlas (BBA)
documents breeding distributions
of all bird species in Florida be-
tween 1986 and 1991. The study
confirms 196 bird species were
breeding and cites another 19
bird species as probable or pos-
sible breeders.
"This project is an enormous ac-
.complishment and a tribute to the
passion and energy of Florida's
birdwatchers," said FWC's Frank
Montalbano, director of the Divi-
sion of Wildlife. "They provided a
wealth of data that will fuel orni-
thological research in Florida for
years to come."

The project was a joint effort be-
tween Audubon of Florida, the
Florida Ornithological Society and
the FWC. Nearly 1,900 partici-
pants, most of them volunteers,
were involved in conducting sur-
veys and compiling data for the
An FWC final report by Herb Kale,
Bill Pranty, Brad Stith and Wes
Biggs is the basis for the infor-
mation on the Web site. This is
the first time that BBA data have
become widely available to the
public. The Web site will provide
a custom search engine, which
enables anyone to search and
download BBA data. Other Web
site features include an introduc-
tion, a discussion of methods and
results, species accounts and spe-
cies distribution maps for 215
bird species.

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Vol. 12, No. 4

February 21, 2003

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

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Rene Topping ....................................... Carrabelle
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Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ..................... Eastpoint
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Dominic and Vilma Baragona ............. St. George Island
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Share the Road

Truckers Offer-

Safe Driving Tips

Large truck-related
fatalities have dropped
34% over past 10 years

It is time to learn to share the road
safely with large trucks. Most
drivers were never taught how to
drive safely around tractor-trail-
ers, inadvertently initiating 75%
of all truck-related car fatalities.
Trucking plays an important role
in the Florida economy. The
trucking industry employs over
455,700 people in Florida, and
84% of all its communities are
served exclusively by truck. Each
day, trucks move over 1.7 million
tons of freight in and out of
Florida, according to Jim Long,
Director of Operations and Safety
for the Florida Trucking Associa-

tion. Florida recorded 4,276 ve-
hicles involved in fatal crashes in
2000; trucks made up only 302
of them. If these numbers follow
national statistics, nearly 75% of
the truck-related accidents were
attributed to the driver of the
car-and at least 35% of them
occurred in the blind spots. These
numbers indicate the urgent need
to educate car drivers about how
to drive safely around trucks.
On a national level, the trucking
industry is proud of its achieve-
ments in highway safety. Large
truck-related fatalities have
dropped 34% over the past 10

years, while miles driven have in-
creased by 42%. Truck-related
car fatalities have dropped for the
fourth year in a row and the fatal
crash rate is the lowest since the
U.S. Department of Transport-
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safety records in 1975.
To reduce accidents, the Ameri-
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* Steer clear of front and rear blind spots; stay back 20-25 car lengths and leave 10 car lengths in front of a truck for
safety cushions. Following a truck too closely obscures your view and the truck driver can't even see you 30 feet
behind the truck.

* If you're following a truck and you can't see the driver's face in the truck's side mirrors, the truck driver can't see you.

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Frankin Briefs
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a joint request for a rezoning some
other land on the Island.
F) The Commission discussed
with me the need for consistency
in applying certain rules, such as
the 100-foot wide lot requirement.
The Commission recognizes there
are situations where it could be a
hardship to require a lot be 100
feet wide at the road, such as on
cut-de-sacs, and curves. The
Commission recommended that a
standard procedure be developed
so that lots that are not 100feet
wide be addressed. I have agreed
to send lots in a subdivision that
are not 100 feet wide to the Board
of Adjustment so that there is
some determination of hardship
on lots that do not meet the 100
foot wide requirement.
G) The Commission recom-
mended approval of a subdivision
known as Palmetto Village in
Eastpoint in January, however.
the final plat was not ready until
now. Board action to accept final
, plat contingent upon the County
Attorney reviewing documents.
Mr. Pierce discussed the Airport
Advisory Committee meeting last
night and discussed the re-design
of the airport road. "I explained
to them that Preble-Rish Engi-
neers believed the road could be
re-designed to bring the cost down
to the funds available. Preble-Rish
has met with C.W. Roberts and
the numbers look good at this
point for having the road com-
pleted for the funds remaining,
which is approximately $700,000.
While the Board has authorized
a re-design, at this point URS
Engineers are still the engineers
of record for the road. Obviously,
if the Board is going to use a dif-
ferent design then URS needs to
be released from their position as
engineers of record for the road.
The Board released URS contin-
gent upon the submission of
sealed plans from Preble-Rish and
a satisfactory cost estimate from
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Miley Held

Completes 20 Years of Service at Research Reserve

Woody and Marion Miley during the roast.

Dozens of well-wishers gathered
around the shucked oyster table,
slowly gaining on the two
shuckers trying to keep up with
the hungry consumers. This ap-
peared to be a typical "Recogni-
tion Party" at St. George Island.
The shuckers were also consum-
ing their bay product along with
the guests to the Woody Miley
After 20 years as head of the
Apalachicola Bay "Research Re-
serve, Woody was preparing for
retirement, and his friends, asso-
ciates and co-workers were gath-
ering on Saturday afternoon, Feb-
ruary 8, 2003 to say "farewell" to
the first director of the
Apalachicola National Estuarine
Research Reverse.
The celebration took the format
of a "Roast" but in actuality, the
ceremonies turned into a "love
At 3 p.m. the oysters were served
on ground level of the new fire
station, and around 5 p.m. the
"Low Country Boil", consisting of
shrimp, corn, sausage, potatoes
began. The crowd had grown to a
few hundred persons, who took
their food plates topside to con-
sume the food.
Co-workers had assembled
strings of photos into a couple of
Power Point presentations (com-
puter generated images) salted

with choice wise-cracks and
funny lines designed to embarrass
Woody was accompanied by his
lovely bride Marion who wore a
constant smile all evening.
Woody's sisters, Silvia and Sandy,
were also in the audience. Sandy
later addressed the audience and
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Mason Bean with a joke that
brought the house down.

she later addressed the audience
of admirers about Woody's earlier
life as her "big brother."
The more formal recognition of
Mr. Miley's accomplishments were
memorialized in a letter from
Senator Bob Graham, the
Franklin County Commissioners
Resolution and the Apalachicola
National Estuarine Research Re-
serve. Staff.
Senator Graham wrote as follows:
January 30, 2003
:Dear Woody:
It is a special pleasure to extend
congratulations on your retire-
ment after decades of public ser-
vice to the State of Florida.
As Administrator tof the
Apalachicola Nationa: Estuanne
Research Reserve, you have been
the environmental amba-ssador of
the Apalachicola River and. Bay.
You have been a role model for
ecosystem stewardship and I
commend you for your leadership.
professionalism and dedic anon to
preserving one of our state', most
pristine areas.
Through the years, I have valued
your counsel and advice i appre-
ciate the special assistance \ouI
have provided with the numerous
projects we have organized to im-
prove the quality of the
Apalachicola River. You have per-
formed in a manner that is a
credit to yourself and the State of
Florida as whole. I know you will
be greatly missed by those who
were privileged to work for you.
Best wishes for an enjoyable and
richly deserved retirement and for
continued health and happiness
as you begin the next chapter of
your life.
With warm regards,
United States Senator
The Franklin County Board of
County Commissioners cel-
ebrated Woody's contributions to
Franklin County life in this way:
WHEREAS, Woodward "Woody"
W. Miley II, is retiring from many
years of public service, and
WHEREAS, Woody Miley is known
far and wide for his knowledge of
the environment, his interest in
civic and social causes and his
sunny personality, and
WHEREAS, Woody Miley has been
involved in many causes, includ-
ing having his head shaved at
least once at the St. George Island
Chili Cook-off, and
WHEREAS, Woody Miley has as-
sisted in the cooking of mullet,
hushpuppies, and cheese grits for
the benefit of many; and
WHEREAS, Woody Miley has been
the first manager of the
Apalachicola National Estuarine

Research Reserve, and has
brought much attention to this
ward "Woody" Miley II be pre-
sented with this Resolution of
Appreciation in recognition of all
that he has done and contributed
to during his many years in
Franklin County.
By: Cheryl Sanders, Chairman
The Research Reserve staff
awarded Woody a certificate as
"Employee of the Century." The
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also
presented Mr. Miley a "Certificate
of Appreciation" for "your efforts
to protect and help others appre-
ciate the magnificence of the
Apalachicola River and Bay".
The evening ended with the power
point presentations featuring
slightly one-sided (and funny) ver-
sions of River, Bay and Franklin
County environmental life with
Woody Miley. Several gifts were
presented to Woody and Marion.

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Franklin County Planner Alan Pierce presenting a County
Commission certificate to Woody.

Woody with
Sister Sandra (right).

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ABC School from Page 1
The core administrative team from the original elementary school
mains intact. The CEO/principal is a United States Small Busin
Person of the Year (Missouri 1988) awarded by the U.S. Small B
ness Administration and has 13 years of educational experience
the United States and abroad, including founding and develooin
K-12 American International College Preparatory School. The b
ness, manager holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. Scd
of Business Administration. He was a CPA for 27 years with a m
international accounting firm. In 2003-2004. during the start
period for the new charters, an assistant principal will be hired
the elementary school to oversee the curriculum and the acade
and social outcomes of the students. Thereafter an assistant pri
pal will be hired for the middle and high schools for the same p

Staffing plan/number of employees
All schools are designed in advance to adhere to the new class s
as will be required by law. All core classroom teachers will be ci
fied. Teachers are recruited locally, nationally and international
The current elementary school has teachers from New York. Geor
Tennessee. Florida and Puerto Rico.

Facility plan
The Apalachicola Bay Charter School, Inc. has several options
long-term facilities. One option is to ultimately construct a K- 12 c
pus to house its program. If there were to be construction, the c
struction will be done in multiple phases to reduce the risks ass
ated with building and opening new schools. A second option i
negotiate for an existing Franklin County public school building sho
one be closed due to student consolidation. The third option i
provide temporary classrooms similar to the current setup of the
ementary school. The elementary campus is using three and a
acres of an 11 -acre tract of land donated to the Apalachicola
Charter School, Inc. by the St. Joe Company. The elementary'. sch(
campus consists of 11 portable classrooms, a playground and a 2
square foot pavilion/auditorium. Each classroom is 860 square
with air conditioning and heating and has boys' and girls' bathroom
The entire campusand infrastructure cost approximately $25.0
square foot. A fourth option is to acquire more land for the high scl
and technical high school and to place the middle school near
elementary school on the current acreage. For the purpose of
business plan, the third option, temporary classrooms similar to
current set-up, is utilized.

ABC School Operating Plan/Schedule

Proposal for Business Plan & New Charter Schools
discussed by ABC Board
Letter of Intent to Franklin County School District
for New Middle and High Schools
Proposal of New Schools to General Public at two (2)
Public Meetings $
Letter of Intent to Franklin County School District
'for New Technical High School
'Preparation of Business Plan & New Charters using
Mini District Model (MDM)
Presentation to ABC Board of New Charters and
Business Plan
Submit Business Plan & New Charters to Sponsors
Sponsor Approval or Appeal
Begin Start-up Funding Programs
Clear Land
Site Preparation
Site Preparation.
ABC Elementary School Opens for 2003-04-
School Year
Negotiate with Franklin County School District
for Available School Buildings
Seek Donations for Additional Land
Construction of New Campuses
Construction of New Campuses
Construction of New Campuses
Construction of New Campuses
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In remarks at the Wakulla County
is Visitor Center in Panacea on Feb-
tizes ruary 6, Rep. Will Kendrick high-
ally. lighted the potential benefits of
rgia. designation of the proposed
248-mile Big Bend Scenic Byway
for coastal counties in the Pan-
handle. This is especially impor-
tant for Franklin and Wakulla
for Counties, he noted, where many
am- people are working for sustainable
am- economic development.
oci- The occasion was the presenta-
s to tion of a "Spirit Award" on behalf
would of the USDA Forest Service to the
s to Wakulla County Tourist Develop-
e el- ment Council (TDC) in recognition
half of the "exceptional job that has
Bay been done with collaborative part-
ool's nerships between community
000 groups, the TDC, private citizens,
feet federal, state, and local agencies,
ims. Wakulla County Commissioners,
00 a and the cities of St. Marks and
hool Sopchoppy." The Forest Service
the itself has been a strong proponent
this of the Scenic Byway as a stimu-
the lus to rural economic develop-
ment in communities adjacent to
the Apalachicola National Forest-
The "Spirit Award" carries a
$5,000 stipend, which will be
used to support further efforts on
the Byway.
"Most people don't understand
the impact that the Scenic Byway
will have," Kendrick added, Not
only does the designation process
encourage grassroots involvement
and support, he stressed, "It pro-
motes nature-based tourism that
allows us to maintain our abun-
dance of natural resources" and
also gives rural areas increased
priority when seeking grant fund-
Partnership opportunities with
state, local, and federal agencies
are enhanced, and the expansion
of nature tourism brings eco-
nomic benefits to the local
economy. "This allows our com-
munities*to continue to be who
we are, without a lot of alterations
or changes to our resources," Rep..
Kendrick concluded. He promised.
to continue his personal support
3 of win-win programs like the Sce-
nic Byway.
This "Spirit Award" was one of
only three ,approved in 2002 by
the U.S. Forest Service nationally,
and the only one in the southeast
region of the United States. Mr.
Alan Pigg, Regional Supervisor for
the USDA Forest Service, traveled
from Atlanta to make the presen-
Ms. Bonnie Holub, Director of the
Wakulla County TDC, accepted
the award on behalf of the many
groups and individuals who had
worked for more than a year es-
tablishing a foundation of support'
for the Big Bend Scenic Byway.
She explained that the stipend
would be applied to the commu-

nity visioning process in Wakulla
County, which is a step toward
'establishing a long-term citizen
"watchdog" group to oversee and
manage the resources along the
Byway corridor together with lo-
cal authorities.
Other speakers on February 6
announced that work in support
of the Scenic Byway was already
well under way in Franklin
County as well. Meetings and
briefings had been organized for
a variety of civic and environmen-
tal groups, and endorsements of
the Big Bend Scenic Byway had
been received to date from the
Apalachicola Bay Chamber of
Commerce, Carrabelle Chamber
of Commerce, Apalachicola Bay
and Riverkeeper (ABARK),
Apalachee Ecological Conser-
vancy (APECO), Carrabelle Light-
house Association, Camp Gordon
Johnston Association, Dixie The-
ater, Apalachicola Traffic Safety
Committee, Julian Bruce State
Park on St. George Island, St.
Vincent National Wildlife Refuge,
and Lanark Village Citizens Asso-
Open public meetings are now
being planned for Apalachicola,
Carrabelle, and St. George Island,
and presentations will eventually
be made to the City Councils of
Apalachicola and Carrabelle,. as
well as to the Franklin County
Board of County Commissioners,
seeking their formal approval
. and-support of Franklin County's
moving ahead with the Byway
A parallel initiative is proceeding
in Leon County under the aus-
pices of Kimley-Horn & Associ-
ates, Inc., with support from the
Florida Department of Transpor-
tation, which administers the Sce-
nic Byway program.
For further background on the Big
Bend Scenic Byway and planned
events in Franklin County, con-
tact Diane Delaney or Don Lesh
of Applied Sustainability Enter-
prises by phone on 850/984-0662
or 850/984-0663, respectively, or
by mail at P.O. Box 1210, Pana-
cea, FL 32346.

February 6th

Meeting Of

Carrabelle City


By Rene Topping
. The February 6th meeting of The
Carrabelle City commission
started with a Proclamation de-
claring "Disaster Resistant Neigh-
borhood initiatives as a part of the
Hazardous Weather Awareness
Week: February 16 22, 2003..
Each year for several years they
have joined in this awareness.
Unfinished Business:
Item 1: Discussion and action on
a request from Johnny Jackson
for help in closing a portion of
East Owens Avenue and quit
claim on the property he owns.
Commissioner Raymond Williams
said that he saw the area was
60x90 feet. The original intentent for
the extension of Owens Avenue
5was for access to Lot 5. He is re-
questing the closure so work can
be done on the erosion of the

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parking of his boat.
It will require an easement 20 feet
wide and 50 foot deep so that
there could be access to Lot 5. The
location is in the Sun and Sand
subdivision and Owens Ave. dead-
ended at lots 5 and 6.
After a question time it was de-
cided that a commissioner would
meet up with the owner and see
if they can get a good solution.
Item 2: Approve or disapprove
agreement between Department
of Corrections and the City of
Carrabelle for water supply and
wastewater 4rranamission, Treat-
ment and effluent Disposal Ser-
vices. Dan Keck said that he
wanted to wait and see how the
referendum goes and asked for
Tabling, the commissioners
tabled it. The Item will be heard
on March 6.
Item 3: Discussion and possible
action concerning submitting
Franchise Area to Franklin
County Commission, Keck also
asked if he could bring it up again.
The commissioners tabled it to'
March 6th.
Item 4: Discussion regarding ac-
tion on the Panhandle Coalition.
City Attorney Douglas Gaidry
said, "You can proceed to take it
to a judge who would possibly
knock it out of the vote or alter-
natively you can let it go to the
vote, If we put it to a vote and it
doesn't pass it then that is it. If it
passes it is still subject to chal-
lenge. if we go to court it will prob-
ably be two to three months be-
fore it would be heard."
After more discussion he said that
having an election would cost be-
tween $1,500 and $2,000. He said
finally "If I had my druthers I
would say let it go to a vote."
Commissioner Ed Saunders said
"I move to take it to a vote."
The vote was 2 3, Commissioner
Frank Mathes and Commissioner
Phillip Rankin joined Saunders,
and the referendum will go ahead.
Laurel Newman, the reporter from
the Carrabelle News asked about
the PUD referendum and she was
told that it would be on the bal-
Item 5: Consideration and action
concerning participating Certifi-
cation Program, which DCA has
implemented. Williams said he
had read the whole document in
the packet and he said that he did

not think it would do anything for
the commission. It was dropped
from further agendas.
New Business:
Item 1: The commissioners ap-
proved a request from the
Carrabelle Area Chamber of Corn-.
merce to use the pavilion, closing
Marine street and a portion of
Avenue B South, for the
Carrabelle Riverfront Festival to
be held on April 26 27, 2003
Item 2: The commissioners ap-
proved closing Highway 98 for the
Camp Gordon Johnston Parade
held Saturday March 8th 2003.
Item 3: Wilburn Curly Messer was
the commissioner's choice to take
a seat on a committee consisting
a Franklin County Commissioner,
an Apalachicola City Commis-
sioner, and a member of the
School Board. Their mission is to
establish an interlocal agreement
required by Chapter
Item 4: The commissioners ap-
proved the 50150 grant for 8 fire
suits at a-cost of $839-00 at a
total of $6,712.00 each and 3 ra-
dios at a cost of $350 each for a
total of $866.32. The City's 50 %
will come out of MSBU funds.
Item 5: The commissioners ap-
proved the purchase of 1 chain
saw at cost of $546-35 and one
blower at $319.96 combined to-
tal of $866.32
Item 6: The commissioners ap-
proved Police Lt. Carl Renfro to
attend training classes In Jack-
sonville, Fl. on March 3 -7 at an
estimated "50.00
1. Second Reading and Adoption
of proposed City ordinance 300t
An ordinance of the City of
Carrabelle rezoning and changing
the land use of parcel
Block A, Lot 12 of Daywood Es-
! states, located in Section 17, town-
ship 7 South, Range 4 West,
Carrabelle Franklin County.
Florida, containing approximately
7.43 acres from A-1, agricultural/
conservation to R-1, single family
residential district, changing the
city of Carrabelle Zoning Map, and
providing for effective date and
publication, hereof.

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Carrabelle City
from Page 6
2. Second reading & adoption of
proposed City ordinance
3. An ordinance of the City of
Carrabelle increasing rates to be
charged for the use of the munici-
pal wastewater system: increas-
ing rates to be charged for con-
nection to the Municipal waste
water system; providing for waiver
of wastewater system connection
fees under specified circum-
stances; and providing an effec-
tive date.
Second reading & adoption of pro-
posed City ordinance 302: an Or-
dinance of the City of Carrabelle
increasing rates to be charged for
the use of the Municipal water-
works system; and providing an
effective date.
Approval of Bills:
1. City Attorney Pay Request,
$1,912.50 2. Baskerville and
Donovan., Inc. Pay requests: 1/25/
o3 Inv. 68569 $45-298.81 Tech
services, (SSSI) and Engineering
Services. (SDCGF) 1/10/03 In-
voice #68546 $ 617.50. CTST
Sidewalks. 3.Royal American
Construction Co. Pay Request
018, $55,607.00.
The next regular meeting will be
held on March 6, 2003'

Cai-r-abelle Building
By Rene Topping
There was only a sprinkling of
residents at the Public Workshop
on February 6 at 6 p.m. Mr. Dick
Whatley proposed to the Carra-
belle city commissioners that they
could start to have their own
Building Department with a
Building official with a very small
outlay of money. He said that he
would come up with $7,500 to
purchase office equipment. This
would be returned to him over a
period from the fees paid. He
asked the city to find a small
space for one r person at a small
Whatley said that he would use
his own vehicle and would ask
only $50.00 for gasoline on a trial
period of 3 months. He said that
over the last three years fees had
gone up. The County Planner,
Alan Pierce read out the fees that
had been on homes in the last
three years.
Carrabelle Permits in the year
2000, had been 3 RI Dwellings,
Mobile homes 7, Additions and
repair 24, Dock and Sea Walls 2,
Swimming Pools 1, Storage 1, Site
Preparation 6, other 3. for a total
of $4,676.06.
In 2001 R1 dwellings 5, .Mobile
Homes 12, Add and alteration 11,

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Commercial S. Dock and Seawalls
7, Electrical 15, Storage 3. Site
preparation 4, Other 6, to a total
of $10,408-33
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Homes 10, Add, Alter and repair
21, Commercial 4, Dock and Sea-
walls 7. Electrical 11, Storage 7,
Site Preparation 2. and Other 7
to a total of $14,472.25.
Whatley said that in the next few
years this will be more and he
believes he could got his salary
out of the fees, He has taken the
amounts paid in fees of several
towns and left them for the com-
missioners to look at.
The state has started to certify a
building official and Whatley said
he would like.a letter from the City
Commission so that he could take
the exam,
Whatley said that he was retired
and was ready to give the city
three years and he felt he would
then have it so that he could have
someone ready to follow him
He said, "The city is growing and
if Timber Island gets started I can
see that you will need someone."
Raymond Williams said, "The city
could not start you until we could,
look at the budget which we start
doing in June."
Whatley said he could not be able
to go to the state for the exami-
nation unless he can show that
he would have a job.., and that
was the need for the letter.
Pierce said there are very few
people who are capable and as
ready As Whatley is. Whatley said
that he felt with Summer Camp,
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Whatley said "I will be at least
three months but you have to get
me the letter."
Williams said, "Thank you for
coming over. We cannot make a
decision at the workshop. I don't
think we can give you a letter hir-
ing you."
Whatley said he understood them
and gave the city clerk some more

Shooting Range
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission's (FWC)
Apalachicola Shooting Range will
close for construction repairs be-
ginning February 24. The FWC
expects repairs to be completed
in approximately two months.
The Apalachicola Shooting Range
is off Springhill Road in the
Apalachicola National Forest,
southwest of Tallahassee.
Seven public ranges operate
throughout the state under the
FWC's Hunter Education Pro-
gram. They are federally funded
by the Pittman-Robertson Act,
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arms and ammunitions. That tax
revenue is distributed to the
states by the U.S. Fish and Wild-
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1 lb. hot sausage
2 lb. ground chuck
1 large onion, chopped
2 Bell peppers, chopped
2 large cans diced tomatoes with
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4 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon cilantro
2 tablespoons Worcestershire
1 large can kidney beans
Jalapeno peppers, chopped (to
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2 tablespoons ground cumin
4 teaspoons paprika
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collected these ideas, written on small slips of paper, one idea at a
time, and organized them into categories, which were written out on
a display board. Then, the issues teased out from the group were
prioritized, and the lists on the display board grew longer. The op-
tions for addressing the ranked issues were identified and discussed
before the break, and the small groups were merged again to the full
group. Throughout, there was lots of chatter created by the nearly
full courtroom, but a close monitoring of any given small group could
easily discern the growing list of identified concerns.
In one group monitored by the Chronicle, the first item generated in
the group was the protection of wildlife, followed by the concern of
reducing pollution, enhancement of public safety, and two most ex-
pressed concerns of growth management and the seafood industry.
As a way of addressing the growth management issue, an idea of
polling the citizens on their attitudes of growth was advanced. An-
other mentioned the issue of dealing with heights of buildings, and
yet another on the subject of low density. Another mentioned having
an-adequate infrastructure for existing development, and yet another
idea on limiting the ability to change the comprehensive plan, and yet
another on code enforcement. Fire protection and hurricane evacua-
tion was other items arising from the group, and so on. Each group
came back together in a full group session after 8 p.m. under the
rubric "Challenges to Cope With" led by Dr. Tom Taylor.
One classic dilemma was expressed at the outset in this discussion
and that was private property rights balanced with the needs of the
community. This issue historically goes back to the introduction of
zoning and the idea that evolved in the Pesidential administration of
Theodore Roosevelt at the turn of the century. That idea was that one
held 5rivate property subject to the will of the community, in its most
simplistic terms. Other dilemmas identified by individual speakers
included "Who pays for growth?" Yet another was "Maintaining healthy
habitats for wildlife in rapidly developing areas." Considerable con-
cern was expressed in the dilemma of families being forced out of
their homes by high taxes. Another included "How to stimulate eco-
nomic growth and yet preserve the existing seafood industry, and its
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here by five such groups and you will have some idea of the high
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before a summary paper can be produced on the total output of Tues-
day evening's workshop. Dr. Taylor announced that his group of fa-
cilitators would try to have these results summarized in written form
within two weeks of the first workshop. The work product of the first
meeting would be placed on the internet at http://consensus.fsu.edu/
The next workshop will be held at Lanark Village on March 18, 2003.
beginning at 6 p.m. The subject will be "Future Growth and Eco-
nomic Development."

The future of Franklin County may take many forms. The Compre-,
hensive Plan (Plan) is a valuable tool in guiding and coordinating
both public and private sector efforts. The Franklin County Commu-
nity Planning Process is designed to engage property owners, inter-
ested citizens, business interests, responsible government agencies
and others in shaping plans that addresses common and conflicting
hopes and concerns, The goal is to efficiently involve everyone in is-
sue identification, planning and productive problem solving; not just
presenting positions at pubic hearings. The focus will be on recom-
mending changes to the Comprehensive Plan. Other constructive
suggestions from the process participants will be referred to the County
and appropriate groups for implementation. In this way, this process
can contribute to an integrated approach to creating the future that
the people of Franklin County want.
The process will begin with four community visioning/problem-solving
workshops. The results of these workshops will be used by County
planners and the' FSLI consulting team to propose plan updates; and
by The St. Joe Company to propose a St. James Island overlay plan
and policies. These proposals will both be reviewed at public -
consensus-seeking workshops. The proposals will then be submitted
to the County Commission with the workshop reports for further re-
finement and adoption. The general concept of the participation
process is to seek broad consensus on as many recommendations as
possible and to clarify the concerni,where there are differences of
opinion. The Commission will thenbe able to review consensus items
and exercise their responsibility tomake the difficult decisions after
considering the concerns of all interest groups.
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process, the initial schedule and protocols for participation. The pro-

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Community Planning Prooe@ OfBS

Community Planning Workshops

The frst community workshop was held Februay i' ri tflt
eytiify Cmort House Annex. After a brief oWf-,.u r' t'f.: f "l-.;}'
at ppo1 rt ltty vT doierjuj what they I lr-tie lr rn to i i, r.fri'l.''t'hV .ni'iv-,"1\'
sand options. This will be followed by 3 v.',,rk'si,,t',', 4e.,l.rp'
cige em/ for the critical issues, Identified it li ih frf tdfrkr.'.,p i
'--"-f -r- wi.ti and Economic Developmentt 2) N"afo., rrP Ve-, m.
'S $ In frastructure, Services and Public Safety. Saf1h T1 v",il -r,
lle a presentation of background information anrid al orpp.-.i r.irn rI.
f r artipants to both discuss concerns and to sugget .,a., v"
6&4 be addressed.
N~eitt the County Planning staff and the FSU C(ionulting Teaf t .,.ii
proose plan update recommendations using Ihe work'shrp reprirr'.
and professional analysis. Then, in January. ao (LOmmtrinti'/
Conaensus-Seeking Workshop will review the proporid Prl ian The r ,n-
senus suggestions and clearly stated alternatives for unresolved ist
sues from this workshop will be provided to the County Comffilsiofb
for final consideration.

St. James Island Overlay Plan Workshops
St. James Island is an area of about 57,000 acres in the eastern part
of the County, largely owned by the St. Joe Company. The proposed
overlay plan and policy will be adopted as part of the Franklin County
Comprehensive Plan. It will provide general guidance for how the area
maybe developed and how critical resources will be protected. There
will be a St. James Island Conceptual Design Charrette that will inte-
grate environmental and land use information with participant vi-
sions for the area. The St. James Island Draft Design Charrette will
seek general consensus on an overlay plan and policy ideas. Using
the workshop reports. The St Joe Company will prepare an Overlay
Plan and Policies. This plan will be reviewed at subsequent public
workshops. The consensus suggestions and clearly stated alterna-
tives for unresolved Issues from this workshop will be provided to the
County Commission for final consideration.

Web and Other Participation Opportunities
A web site is being created for this participation process. In addition
to background information, it will have reports from the workshops.
the charrette and other activities and draft products when available.
Materials will also be available at County Libraries, the Planning De-
partment and other locations as appropriate. The goal is to provide a
way for those new to the process to, get up to speed and to solicit
input from a wide range of individuals and groups who may not be
able to attend some or all of the workshops. (http://

Schedule of Community Planning Process Events

Feb 18
Mar 18
Apr 16
May 20
Feb Aug
Sep Dec.
Sep Dec
Jan 2004

Community Issues and Options Workshop
Future Growth and Economic Development Workshop
Natural Resources Workshop
Infrastructure, Services and Public Safety Workshop
FSU Team Data Compilation and Analysis
County Staff with FSU Draft Update Recommendations
St. James Island Design Workshops & Plan Preparation
Community Consensus Seeking Workshops
Commission adoption and transmittal to DCA

James K. Harless

Arrested For


According to the Franklin. County
Sheriff Bruce Varnes, an arrest
has been made in the 1994 mur-
der of 83 year old, Mamie Eliza-
beth Robison, a resident of East
Meridian Street in Carrabelle,
Florida. Robison was discovered
brutally murdered in her home on
January 291h, 1994. An investi-
gation by the Florida Department
of Law Enforcement, State
Attorney's Office, and the
Franklin County Sheriff s Office
led to the arrest of 35 year old,
James Kevin Harless, on Friday,
February 7th at 3902
Crawfordville Highway in Talla-
hassee, Florida. Leon and Wakulla
County Deputies assisted in the
apprehension of Harless. Harless
was charged with First Degree
Murder and is incarcerated in the
Franklin County Jail, where he is
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Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-1Int loer Basin Compact (ACF Com-
pact') enacted in 1997. The ACF Compact requires the three States
and the United States to undertake, an effort to allocate the water in
the ACF River Basin. The ACF Basin includes the Apalachicola River,
in which Florida has legt protected interests, and the Buford Dam/
Lake Lanier Project, a resenrvoir operated by the United St.ues Army
Corps of Eniineers (' Cotrp '), which contains water subject to the
ACF Compact allocation efforts,
Pending an agreement on allocation, or expiration of the ACF Com-
pact, the United States, which is also a party to the ACF Compact. is
prohibited from entering into water contracts that would undermine
those allocation efforts. The United States is also obligated to use its
best efforts to act in furtherance of the ACT Compact. and to use its
best efforts to see that an allocation formula is developed. In addi-
tion, the Corps' authority to enter into water supply contracts with
respect to the operation'of the Buford Dam/Lake Lanier Project is.
subject to limits under the Flood Control Act. the Water Supply Act.
and the National Environmental Policy Act.
Despite those strict lcg.tl requirements, the parties to this litigation.
along with non-party Georgia and others have entered into the Settle-
ment Agreement and have thereby violated the ACF Compact and
other laws. They have done so without involving Florida in these ne-
gotiations, even though they knew the Settlement Agreement would
adversely impact Florida. It was not until January 10, 2003, that

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date otilusNotice 02/13/03 Invice N,, 8611
Description ofVehicle: Make Subaru Station Wagon Blue
T No Tag ,,ea 1984 stte FL vinNo. JFIAM42B5EB473599
To Owner: Willie Edward Pelt To Lien Holder: -
710 Jones Street
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed'on
02/07/03 at the request of APD that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
5 230.00 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 03/13/03 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

IPer Florida Stals. 7.13. ~ .b File No. ,
,,Daie of this Notice . 1 ... t ,, I ..
Description of Vehicle: Make Ford Model Aerostar -color Brown/Tan
Tag No NoTag Year 1989 State. FL vinNo. IFMDA31U9KZC16294
To Owner: Dean Benjamin Belmont To Lien Holder:
P.O. Box 571
Apalachicola, FL 32329

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
02/03/03 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 occurihg 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 03/13/03 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
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You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
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

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!-':, -.t.t learned what the Corps Was up to, and StlEnuousgy otbjlited
to it. While Florida was discussing the mater with the Corpt.. on
.-.'.t*.,u 16. JC'3 G1-T,.:a and other non-par Ties Lpl:-,R. "-t ip i.
the Settlement Agreement with this Court for its review and apipro walL
The United States objected. Since that :i- IFlomnda has sougltl to
meet with the United States to determine why a case nvollng wiati
the parties described as a relatively narrow dairn for t, -r.i.' -,e .r,,
by a power producer consortium has -i: r t-..: : into a -..-,'1 :' .. -
forditnao o. ot.i lon,-term water supply c...r,' :. .- .',",'-.< .i. in vio.at1aim
of the -AkI' I,,;,i.t. as well as other federal laws..
Florida has always supported and continues to '..,: o,- .'-.,. 'i- Con
pact as the exclusive means by which water [ihi-.i the ACVF River
Basin should be determined, if at all possiblh- ~',".'oa seeking in
tervention in this action because if the Settlement Agreemenit is ap-
proved. The ACF Compact to which it is a party will be violated, and
Florida's ri,:ht- to an allocation process guaranteed under the ACT
Compact wil be drt-in\ ced.
The Corps proposed agreement to enter into long-terlm Water. ',uw'
Contracts for Lake Lanier implicates a long and complex history of
dealings among Florida, Georgia, Alabarnma and the Corps of Engi-
The Chattahoochee River originates in the mountains of north. Geor-
gia, becomes part of the border between Georgia and Alabama, and
joins the Flint River to become the Apalachicola River, which flows
through north Florida to the Apalachicola Bay and Gulf of Mexico.
The three rivers and surrounding tributaries make up the
Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin.
These waters are vital to the economy and ecology of Florida. The
ACF Basin includes several aquatic plants and animals listed as threat-
ened under the Endangered Species Act, including the Gulf Sturgeon
and six federally protected mussels. The Apalachicola River is a vast
wetland system of bottomland hardwood forests and tupelo-cypress
swamps. It has the highest species density of amphibians and rep-
tiles on the continent, north of Mexico.
The exceptional productivity of this wetland system depends on the
flow of the Apalachicola River, which depends in turn on inflow from
the upstream states.
The Apalachicola Bay is known as one of the most productive estua-
rine systems on the Gulf of Mexico coast. It is home to the Apalachicola
National Estuarine Research Reserve, one of twenty-five sites desig-
nated by the National Oceanic and Atrihospheric Administration as a
Research Reserve. The Bay provides 90% of Florida's oyster harvest,
supports an active finfish industry, and serves as an important nurs-
ery area for many marine species. This productivity depends on fresh-
water inflow from the Apalachicola River to maintain the salinity re-
gime needed by an estuarine ecosystem. The inflow from the river is
also important for transporting of nutrients from the Apalachicola
River watershed.

Federal Agency Management of Surface Water
In the mid 1940's Cpngress authorized the Corps to build the Buford
Dam on the Chattahoochee River, forming the reservoir called Lake
Lanier.,It was part of a multi-dam project extending throughout the
length of the river. The Buford Dam/Lake Lanier project was com-
pleted in 1957; the southernmost project, Lake Seminole (at the
Florida-Georgia-Alabama border) also in 1957; the Lake George project
(near Fort Gaines, Georgia) in 1963; and the West Point Lake project
(near West Point, Georgia) in 1970. The Corps operates these reser-
voirs conjunctively, releasing water from upstream reservoirs to al-
low the lower reservoirs to meet authorized purposes,
Congress authorized the Buford Dam/Lake Lanier project for flood
control, navigation, and hydropower. The increased flow for naviga-
tion and hydropower would also have the incidental effect of stabiliz-
ing water supply for Atlanta, fifty miles downstream. However, none
of the storage in Lake Lanier was allocated for water supply; instead.
as with most other federal projects, it was assumed that local and
state governments would take responsibility for their own water sup-
Although the federal government assumed the cost of the navigation
and flood control functions, the project's hydropower function was
designed to pay for itself Eighty-nine percent of the project's invest-
ment costs were allocated to hydropower users. No costs were allo-
cated to municipal and industrial supply users because such use
was not an authorized purpose for constructing.the project..

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Mioreon'ef. ufnllke spouragi p ici:itited to ,r..iiis...";.-- :- which is
Spl-AtNigte,. and Th,.e. Corps. # aa" re.*. *!i ttwaller supply partial con-

Bhe 1sg int th1g0 ,, the Co.ri ot ,eniutred ittts e-vear contracts
oaif t g gw 6thie wiirdraaw ias..'. I.i '- eLakitir Lnir oawer suppy.p in-
:7;>.{in i amits seiiwlit nS eiiturspasliltan Atllainita grew- The
seta-c tiv.ey Act \these) .w.i..thdrawalsxtwetrtoake suant twoithdraw-
ath aw long acs they do ner st sily aliet fl the i,".', p..' authorized
purposes or involve Cnajiorp wasiftioiail en ies. iti, l. h .rps iMay fiot
undertak;significantmoid i otilnse i V-n iI.'I'..*.'.-e.'-- operations
without first. under the Wa2er Sid 1r Aet,. '.Lai':i,.i.r ..rWer siural
approval and, second, under the rinaleli, :.h... A,-a',r. i..I -'.i' .
thoroughly assessing environmenitall ijipaut as,. i .i as huit .i
portunities for public partxiljpa.P.r aYnd coian mmena. ,sew .t :. ver '
Supply Act and The Corps' redIto w.i- re yin g the need aor NEPA
documentation and for an opportunity pJ os j... review and com-
ment before undertaking a significant modification,
As population continued to grow in the Atlanta n -Tr*..j..J.*t area in -.
the 1970s and 1980s, the Corps continued to increase the amounts
of withdrawals from Lake Lanier for water supply. As a Corps repre-
sentative explained, these withdrawals were pursuant to "interim
withdrawal contracts" under the authority of the Independent Offices
Appropriations Act of 1952.
In the 1989 report, the Corps was proposing to, allocate the equiva-
lent of approximately 327 mgd from Lake Lanier for Water Supply
Contracts with local governments in Georgia, the Atlanta Regional
Commission the City of Gainesville, and Gwinnett County.

The Alabama Litigation
In 1990 Alabama responded to this report by suing the Corps, chal-
lenging the previous interim Contracts and proposed permanent con-
tracts as violating both the Water Supply Act and NEPA. Alabama
further asserted that the Corps had breached its duty to operate Lake
Lanler and other federal reservoirs for benefit of all downstream us-
ers within the ACF and ACT (Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa) Basins, and
asked for an injunction preventing the Corps from executing the wa-
ter supply contracts.
Florida moved to intervene on the side of Alabama, and Georgia moved
to intervene on the side of the Corps.
Negotiations began among the three states and the Corps. With the
consent of the proposed intervenors, the parties moved to stay the -
. Alabama litigation so that these negotiations could proceed. In the
joint motion for a stay, the Corps agreed to maintain the status quo
by not executing water supply contracts while the stay was pending
without first obtaining the consent of Alabama and Florida.
In its September 1990 order granting the stay, the court noted it
"views the parties to this action as bound by their joint motion to
The Corps has observed the stay ever since, entering into contracts
covered by the Alabama complaint only with the relevant state's con- ,
sent, and entering into no contracts for water supply from Lake Lanier
since 1987. By order of the court, the parties and proposed interve-
nors have filed status reports every three to four months, with the
most recent being filed in August, 2002.
In 1992, the three states and the Corps signed a Memorandum of -
Agreement ("MOA") that included a "live and let live" provision allow-
ing informal arrangements for water supply withdrawals to proceed
as needed while negotiations were pending, but recognizing that the J
Corps' proDosal for long-term water supply contracts was "prema- '
The 1992 MOA called for a Comprehensive Study of the ACF, and _
ACT basins to provide information on water availability, forecast wa-.,
fer needs, examine options fdr meeting those needs, and find an ap-
propriate coordination mechanism to implement the study findings "
and recommendations. Although the three states and the Corps origi-
nally contemplated that the Comprehensive Study would result in a

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water sharing agreement among the states, it did not; instead. the
Comprehensive Study recommended that an interstate compact be
developed for this purpose.
The ACF Compact
The ACF Compact arose directly from the requirements of the 1992
MOA. as part of a continuum of actions by the three states extending
from the MOA through the Comprehensive Study to the ACF Com-
pact and intended to culrriinate in the ACF allocation formula. The
ACF Compact was approved by all three states and enacted by Con-
gress in 1997.
The ACF Compact's purposes are "promoting interstate comity,. re-
moving causes of present and future controversies, equitably, appor-
tioning the surface waters of the ACF. engaging in water planning.
and developing and sharing common data bases." The fundamental
goal of the ACIF Compact is to provide for an orderly process by which
the three states would achieve a water allocation formula, which would
then be implemented. The ACF Compact's scope extends to all the
waters within the ACF Basin. including Lake Lanier. The ACF Com-
pact created an ACF Basin Commission with the power to sue or be
sued and to make recommendations concerning uses of the waters in
the ACF Basin, including uses for water supply, and to allocate the
waters within the ACF Basin. The ACF Compact. Congress stated its
intent that state and federal officials act in furtherance of Compact
purposes and it directed the Corps to cooperate with the ACF Basin
Commission. The ACF Compact also stressed the importance of pub-
lic participation in reaching an equitable allocation of water within
the ACF Basin.
As noted, pending development of an allocation formula, the ACF
Compact contained essentially the same "'live and let live" provision
as in the 1992 MOA, so the Corps could continue informal arrange-
ments for temporary water supply as needed while the states negoti-
ated a toward an allocation formula.
Article VII of the ACF Compact governs the uses of water to satisfy
reasonable demands between the effective date of the Compact and
the date an allocation formula is approved. Until a formula is adopted.
uses can only be expanded in accordance with actual and immediate
needs; the "Live and Let Live" provision does not permit the Corps to
make any substantial contractual commitment for water supply.
Georgia began the ACF Compact negotiations by attempting to con-
vince Florida, Alabama, and the Corps that reauthorization, of Lake
Lanier for water supply was not necessary. When Florida, Alabama.
and the Corps all rejected this contention, Georgia began to negotiate
with Florida and Alabama to acquire political support .for reauthori-
zation of Lake Lanier for water supply.
In sum, the Lake Lanier water supply contracts for ARC and the other
Georgia entities, and the political support necessary for reauthoriza-
tion of Lake Lanier, have always been a central focus of the ACF Com-
pact negotiations. In return for any assent to such contracts, Florida
has always sought specific commitments from Georgia in order to
ensure the health of the Apalachicola River and Bay. Id. The parties
have been negotiating pursuant to the ACF Compact since its enact-
ment. The ACF ;i4~Compact is presently set to expire on July 31,
.2003, unless extended by the States.
:Georgia's "Administrative Proceedings"
'Some time in the year 2000, Georgia began engaging in private com-
.munications with the Corps without prior notice to Florida, despite
,the ongoing ACF Compact negotiations and the Stay Order in the
*Alabama litigation, and attempted to persuade the Corps to enter
'into substantial long-term water supply contracts. After private meet-
ings between Georgia representatives and'Corps representatives In
'March and April, 2000, Georgia wrote a letter formally asking the
'Corps to allocate approximately 705 mgd from Lake Lanier to water
-supply for ARC and other local governments. In November of 2000.
during a mediation proceeding, a Corps representative assured Florida
that this request could not be granted.
Litigation over Management of Lake Lanier Continues
The Hydropower Customers Litigation
On December 20, 2000 the Southeastern Federal Power Customers.
Inc. (hydropower customers) brought the present litigation against
the Corps. The crux of its complaint was that the Corps was allowing
water supply uses of Lake Lanier without making water supply users
pay for the harm to hydropower customers from loss of hydropower
In short, the hydropower customers sought financial compensation.
Florida's understanding was that the hydropower customers' finan-
cial concerns could be resolved without the need for any long-term
water supply contracts.
Georgia moved to intervene and for an immediate change of venue to
"the Northern District of Georgia. In March of 2001, before the parties
responded to Georgia's motions, and before discovery or any progress
in the case beyond the initial pleadings, the Court granted the par-
ties' motion to stay the action in order to engage in mediation.
The Court's Order directs The parties and their counsel to attend the
mediation. It also requires that any settlement negotiated through
mediation be subject to Court review before becoming final.
Georgia sought reconsideration of the stay, arguing that it was a nec-
essary party to resolution of the litigation and further arguing that
"any meaningful settlement reached by the Corps and the Plaintiff,
without the participation of other interested parties, would be inef-
fectual and incomplete. In their responses, both the hydropower cus-
tomers and the federal defendants pointed out that Georgia's attempt
to intervene in order to transfer to a later-filed case in another forum
was a thinly disguised attempt at "ex post facto forum shopping."
The hydropower customers also noted that the present suit addressed
quite different issues from Georgia's broad concerns with water allo-
cation. The hydropower customers' case was described as a "focused
dispute," involving "a narrow issue"-the Corps' duty to credit hydro-
power customers with benefits foregone because of water supply with-
drawals. Georgia's concerns, in contrast, raised "a far different and
much broader array of legal arguments," implicating "disputes be-
tween two sovereign states over water management decisions" within
the ACF River Basin that "are not the subject matter" of the com-
plaint. Florida, having read the pleadings, and understanding that
both the parties took the position that Lake Lanier was not autho-
rized for water supply, and having been aware of Corps' regulations
confirming this, saw no reason to become embroiled in this compen-
sation controversy.
The Georgia Litigation
On February 7, 2001, two months after the complaint was filed in
this action and one day before Georgia filed its motion to intervene in
the instant case, Georgia brought suit against the Corps in the U.S.
District Court for the District of Georgia. In that suit Georgia is seek-
ing to compel the Corps to execute long-term contracts to meet
Georgia's municipal and industrial needs with water from Lake Lanier.

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Recognizing the direct impact this would have on the ACF Compact
process, Florida immediately moved to intervene. The court denied
intervention, agreeing with Georgia's claims that Florida had no legal
interest in the subject matter of the litigation. In the district court's
view, water supply from Lake Lanier involved only an "intrastate"
allocation of water. Florida appealed, and the Eleventh Circuit re-
versed. In its August 2002 opinion, the Court of Appeals held that
Florida was entitled to intervene as a matter of right.
The court found that neither the ACF negotiations nor an equitable
apportionment action in the Supreme Court would protect Florida
from potential injury to its interests from disposition of the Georgia
suit The court pointed out that if negotiations remained at an im-
passe, Florida would have no remedy through the ACF negotiations.
Having achieved party status in August of 2002, Florida moved in
December, 2002 to dismiss or abate the Georgia litigation on several
grounds, including: (1) Congress intended the three states to utilize
the ACF Compact, not litigation, to resolve these issues while the
Compact endures, (2) The states agreed to act consistently with the
purposes of the Compact, and (3) the prior Alabama litigation and the,
hydropower customers litigation made the Georgia litigation the third
case filed involving the same parties and aspects of the same dispute.
Georgia's "Administrative Proceedings" Continues
On April 15, 2002, while Florida's appeal in the Georgia litigation was
pending, the Corps denied Georgia's request for long-term water sup-
ply contracts on the basis that (1) water supply was not an autho-
rized purpose for the Lake Lanier project, and (2) granting Georgia's
request for a threefold increase in water supply storage (representing
over a third of the storage in the reservoir) would violate the Water
Supply Act by substantially affecting the project's authorized pur-
poses and causing major operational changes.
The Corps noted that by allowing informal withdrawals for water sup-
ply, it was already exceeding its own rules (allowing a maximum of
50,000 acre-feet) and approaching the limits of its discretionary au-
The interests of the State of Florida in the intervention litigation will
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