Title: Franklin chronicle
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Publication Date: April 4, 2003
Copyright Date: 2003
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Academic Studies to Finish Construction

Project Managers plan Progress
On St. George Tsland Bridge To

Civic Club

New Techniques Add Strength to Bridge

Volume 12 Number 7 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSP.-PER April 4 17,2003

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Public Meetings Cornin
g TJp In Franklin County On
Big Bend Scenie BYWar

Inside This Issue
S10 Pages

Scenic Byway............ 1
Lanark Vllage ....... 1,2
Wody Milley ......... 1
ABC & Franklin Schools
............................... 1
Waktdla Fishermen 1, 9
SFranklin BrUftefe ...... 2, 3
Editorial & Comnpentary

Bay Area Choral......... 5
FWC .........................
Fishery Mgt. Council. 6
Blue Crab ................6
FCAN......................... 8

One Scenic Byway among many in Franklin County: Sunset at Sikes Cut, St. George
Island. Want to photograph the sun at the horizon line without the distant haze and
cloud cover? Best time of year is January through March as the earth "tilts back" to what
-- wra rol rni4 w ndl ei iinrmna

Progress on the proposed
248-mile. Big Bend Scenic
Byway, a corridor running
through portions of Wakulla,
Franklin, Liberty, and Leon
Counties, will be the subject
of discussion at four public
meetings during the month
of April as follows:
* Residents of Carrabelle-
Tuesday, April 8, from 6:00

- 7:30 p.m. at the Senior
Citizens Center in Carrabelle
* Residents ofApalachicola/
Eastpoint-Thursday, April
10, from 6:00 7:30 p.m. at
the Coombs House Inn, Ca-
mellia Room, corner of
Route 98 and 5th Street in
* Residents of St. George Is-
land-Thursday. Anril 17.

from 7:30 9:00 p.m. as part
of a meeting of the St.
George Island Civic Club at
the St. George Volunteer Fire
* Residents of Lanark/Alli-
gator Point/St. Teresa-
Thursday, April 24, from
6:00 7:30 p.m. at Chillas
Hall in Lanark Village

S- 2nd Annual
Woody Miley Receives NOAA Excellence Barbeque Rib
Award In Washington, D.C. Cotestn
The National Oceanographic and and service. His efforts have a
Atmospheric Administration of brought together the myriad m-' % Eastpoi t
the U. S. Dept. of Commerce has I dividuals, agencies, interests and
awarded Woodward ("Woody") W. I concepts to helpguide the balance
Milev. li. the Excellencein Coastal of human e lct Is ar, d natural re- RaiSeS -$7000
"7--- N- -.- ciorce npeds ton rotectf the

Zone Management Award on
March 19, 2003. at. the U.S.
House of Representatives,
Rayburn House office Building,
Gold Room, following his retire-
Mr. Miley retired in March 2003,
after nearly 22 years as the Man-
ager of the Apalachicola National
Estuarine Research Reserve. Un-
der his leadership the Resei-ve
grew from a single folding table
at the local county courthouse to
a program of national recognition

Apalachicola Bay and River sys-
tem, and others; in perpeLuit~'.
Wood y has served as a role model
for enthusiasm and dedication
while promoting the goals of
coastal zone management.
The ceremonies were orchestrated
by Jamison Hawkins, Acting
Ass't. Administrator for Ocean
Service and Coastal'Zone Man-
agement and Vice Admiral Conrad
SC. Lautenbacher, Jr. Under Sec-
retary of Commerce and Atmo-
sphere and NOAA Administrator.

New Group Forming to Sponsor New Charters

Tensions Rise Between Franklin

County School District: And ABC


Veiled threat to withhold funds for ABC Schools
stimulates conflict A '*
The dispute started with an administrative action sent to the Princi-
pal of the ABC School, Mr. Jeff Weiner. He was advised by Terry St.
Cyr, Director of Financial Services of the Franklin County District. to
file the ABC Schools quarterly reports in a particular format "...the
district requires of your school." Mr. Weiner was given until April 15th
to submit the first quarterly report, coupled with this advice, under-
lined in the St. Cyr letter: "...Compliance with this requirement will
allow for your school's continued receipt of pass-through revenue..."
Mr. Weiner's attorney in Tallahassee, Akerman Senterfitt, informed
the ABC Schools that the Franklin County District could not require
ABC schools to submit the quarterly financial report in any certain
format. "...The Charter School Contract simply requires that certain
financial information be provided, but it does not specify a format. In
addition, the Charter School Contract does not authorize the School
District to withhold funds if financial information is not provided in a
certain format."
The ABC School attorneys did point out that in cases of disputes
there is a process in the Contract between ABC and the District to
resolve the issues. "This dispute resolution process does not autho-
rize the School District to withhold funds," the law firm of Akerman
*Senterfitt concluded.
Mr. Weiner sent the lawyer's opinion letter to the Franklin County
District in late March, reminding them about the dispute resolution
process as well. He wrote, in part, "The dispute resolution process
does not authorize the School District to withhold funds and if the
District were to anyway in violation of the contract, numerous fami-
lies and children would be in jeopardy, which I am sure neither of us
wants. These families .and children are "all" our families and chil-
dren." If there is a "dispute" as defined in the Contract, the ABC Board
President, Mr. Hank Kozolosky, would meet with Superintendent Mrs.
JoAnn Gander before the next District Board meeting.
Superimposed over these administrative matters, are the pending
proposals for new charter schools, publicized in February 2003. These
were for new charter schools at the middle level, high school and a
vocational-technical school. Some perceive the veiled threat in the St.
Cyr letter to cut-off funding may destroy the entire Charter School
movement in Florida, "...if we allow threats of illegal remedies to our
contract." Another civic group is now being formed, not in competi-
tion with ABC Schools, to submit the Charters to the State Board of
Education under a new organizational entity, that will open the pro-
posed charter schools on time and work with the ABC and District
schools to provide all Franklin-County children and parents choice in
The newly formed sponsor group is not designed to compete with the
ABC Schools but merely to facilitate the forward progress of the pro-
posed charter schools, and only if the established channels of review
and administration remain "uncluttered" with local politics and ha-
rassment. The new potential sponsor group is designed to compli-
ment the ABC School effort to establish a Middle, High and
Vocational-Technical Schools as announced in February 2003.


By Eunice Hartmann
On March 22, 2003, The Eastpoint
Volunteer Fire Department held a
Barbeque'feast and contest at the
fire hall to raise money. Ribs were
slowly smoked and tenderly
rubbed with and, pork butt BBQ
like you never tasted before was
a favorite of the crowd. Jim Crowe,
a strong supporter of events for
good causes, did the cooking for
- the lunch and dinner. He says he
is a professional hobbyist" about
his rib and BBQ cooking. It
should, be noted the Mr. Crowe
drove to Atlanta to get all the food
supplies for the event. There were
some unusual BBQ beans made
from dried beans from scratch
,,plus other foods and desserts.
WVell over 600 folks enjoyed the de-
licious foods. Jeanne Bonds of
Navigator Realty brought in two
huge pots of gumbo to supple-
ment the ribs. The Sumatra Fire-
man came down to help with the
serving, selling and enjoying of the
There was a rummage sale as well
as a classic car show plus music
for your entertainment, Eastpoint
went all and if you missed this
event you missed a BIG one. It will
be even, bigger George Pruett as-
sures this reporter.
The winners of the "Rib Cooking
Competition" were: 1st Place-
Doug Creamer; 2nd Place-

Lanark Village

Still Trying For

By range Topping
By Rene Topping ,

The Lanark Village Water and
Sewer District Board met on
March 18 at 2 p.m. at the Chillas
Hall. Chairman Jim Lawlor' and
Commissioner Mike Hughes were
in attendance. The newest mem-
ber, Fred Hart was not able to be
The District's engineer Newt
Badcock said that the advertise-
ment that the District had placed
.in the local paper requesting en-
gineenng companies who had the
7 technique to get grants and to fol-
A .lov through to connect with the
L\'%'WSD board and given them
numerous answers. He said if in
the next week they did the adver-
tisement again he could sit down
and they could go over possible
Lawlor asked the attorney how
they would go about it to get the
money. Ben Watkins said, "We are
not a city so the bids would be
submitted to the county. We need
to work close with the county."
Lawlor said, "I asked Represen-
tative Kendrick last year why he
had never tried to help us and he
said, "You never asked me. "It has
to be feasible." he went on to say,
"We should have the bids in be-
fore the next meeting."
Badcock said "it is not bids-they
are responses. We want some one
who can do the money search and
then follow through"
Hughes said, "We cannot make
any decision unless we get engi-
neer firms to answer."
The commissioners decided to set
a date of April the 8th for the last
date for responses. Then the re-
sponses will be discussed at the
regular April 15 meeting.
The meeting then went on to the
regular agenda. Badcock said he
had answered the comments on
the wastewater permit and had
sent the application back.
Badcock said that he had filed

Continued on Page 2

Second Workshop on Comp, Plan Update

Growth And Economic Development

Discussed At Lanark Village

The second workshop in the Franklin County Comprehensive Plan
update was held at Lanark Village on Tuesday evening, March 18.
beginning at 6 p.m. The first purpose was to clarify growth and devel-
opment issues and options as determined by residents at the Febru-
ary workshop, and to develop recommendations as to how those iden-
tified issues could be addressed.
A slightly hoarse County Commissioner Cheryl Sanders greeted the
residents, followed by brief remarks by County Planner Alan Pierce.
His overview, excerpted below, consisted of the following:
"The US 2000 Census said there were approximately 10,000 people
in the county, up from 9000 in 1990, so the county is adding ap-
proximately 100 residents a year. The US Census projection for 2020
is around 11,300, so the expected growth rate of 100 residents a year
is expected to continue. The county is adding approximately 200
houses and mobile homes, each year, so a large percentage of the
housing stock is for second homes. In 1994, the first year the county
starting registering contractors, approximately 350 registered. In 2002,
approximately 750 contractors registered to work in the county.
In 1998, gross retail sales for the county was $129 million. In 2001.
it rose to $171 million, representing a 35% increase in three years.
Retail sales include the value of renting houses on St. George Island.
The sales tax goes to the state, for which the county does receive a
share from the state.
According to state figures, in 1990 1.2 million pounds of fish and 3.4
million pounds of shellfish, which include shrimp and oysters, were

Continued on Page 7

Mr. John, Kemp, P. E., Senior
Project Engineer and Scot Gros,
Resident Project Manager of Boh
Brothers Construction discussed
the progress of the replacement
St. George Island Bridge at last
Thursday's Island Civic Club,
March 20th.
The bridge is one of the largest
design-build efforts, ever: under-
taken by the Florida Department
of Transportation (FDOT), 4.1
miles over Apalachicola Bay, in
Franklin County. The $72 million
bridge Is being constructed by
the design-build team of Bob
Brothers Construction and
Jacobs, Inc. .The structure Will
have two 12-foot travel lanes and
two 10-foot shoulders. The
high-level section will be.9 of a
mile in length Piers at the navi-
gation channel are designed to
withstand an impact of more than
1600 tons.
Mr. Kemp explained that
Parsons-Brinkerhoff is the
middleman. "We do a lot of coor-
dination -between the different
entities on this project. We moni-
tor actiitiUes and ensure that the
project is being built like it should
Gulf Coast Pre-Stress in Missis-
sippi is where the 54-inch cylin-
der piles were cast. They have 8-
inch walls. The pile cut-offs have
been seen out on the causeway.
"The neat thing about the cylin-
der piles is that you can cast them
In 8 and 16 foot segments. That
allows the contractor to go ahead
and start casting them before he
needs to know the actual lengths.
The cylinder pile is a stronger pile.
It has better resistance to chlo-
ride penetration." The cylinders

are assembled on a bed and a
cable is run through them and
pulls them together-72 foot, 88-
foot-whatever length is needed.
SThe design calls for 7000 psi
(pounds per square inch) con-
crete, which is about twice the
strength of anyone's concrete
driveway. The actual strength
used for piles during construction
averaged 8000 psi which is a sig-
nificant increase in strength.
"Most of our caps and girders were
cast in Mississippi also; All the
stuff was barged in," added Scott
He continued, "We came here in
August 2000. When we first
started driving piles they were 375
feet apart. You could see them
scattered along the bay... With a
drill rig. we could drill down into
the bay bottom and try to see
where rock would be, and where
the piles would stop."
"The lateral stability of the piles
is governed by something that
does not exist yet. This is gov-
erned by the scour elevation of the
bay. That 100-year scour eleva-
tion is what we use to determine
if the piles are deep enough."
The piles are hollow. The caps
actually have three holes that are
I cast in them with little hourglass
type shapes. We pour concrete
into those three holes. When the
concrete gets hard, the hourglass
locks it into place. We didn't use
rebar to connect them. We actu-
ally used a steel pipe."
The girders are set on top of the
caps. The typical length of the
lower-level girders is 124 feet. As
Continued on Page 4

On the Heels of the Judge Sauls Decision

Wakula Fishermen Petition FFWCC
For Declaration That Their Hybrid Net
May Be Lawfully Fished In Florida

Nen hore And Tshore Waters

Ronald Crum; Keith Ward Seek a Declaration
Before the Administrative Agency, the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission
The Ronald Crum and Keith Ward petition for a Declaratory State-
ment from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FFWCC) as to the legality of their hybrid net was filed with the Ex-
ecutive Director of the FFWCC, Ken Haddad, on March 18. 2003.
Petitioners seek a declaratory statement, because the First Dis-
trict Court of Appeal stated that prior to bringing an action in
court Petitioners must exhaust their administrative remedies.
Petitioner Crum and Raymond Pringle originally sought a declaratory
judgment in the Circuit Court for Wakulla County. Florida. The com-
plaint sought a determination whether a specific hybrid net was per-
missible. The Wakulla County Circuit Court rendered an opinion fa-
vorable to Petitioners, which was appealed by the FWCC. The First
District Court of Appeal heard this appeal and rendered a written.
opinion on February 28, 2003. The District Court of Appeal found
that the cause of action had not been properly before the circuit court.
For this reason, the Court did not render a decision on the mer-
its of the case. The District Court of Appeal stated that "[ilt is well
established that a constitutional challenge to an agency's rule must
first be presented to the agency and the administrative process ex-
hausted before the issue may be raised in the courts."
The Court also cited to the doctrine of primary jurisdiction as reason-
ing that this action should be brought before the agency. instead of
before the courts. The Court felt this cause of action required exper-
tise outside the ordinary experience of judges and juries, but within
that of the FWCC.
Petitioners. request a declaratory statement determining their sub-
stantial interests in 1) whether nets of 500 square feet or less with a
mesh size for targeted species of finfish to maximize selectivity and
constructed of lawful twine to maximize catchability may be used in
nearshore and inshore Florida waters, thereby providing a commer-
cially viable alternative for women, the elderly, the disabled, and the
physically impaired; and 2) whether such a net violates Article X.
16(b)(2), of the Florida Constitution.
On November 8, 1994, the Florida Constitution was amended through
the initiative process as provided in Article XI, Section 3. of the Con-
stitution. The amendment was given the ballot title "Limiting Marine
Net Fishing" and added Article X, Section 16 to the Florida Constitu-
tion (the "Amendment").
Subsection (a) of the Amendment provides that the marine resources
in the State of Florida:

Continued on Page 9

Cutoff cylinder piles frame bridge construction.



Page 2 4 April 2003



April 1, 2003
Present: Commissioner
Cheryl Sanders;
Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis; Commissioner
Bevin Putnal;
Commissioner Eddie
Creamer and
Commissioner Clarence

URS Corporation of
Chipley, Florida
Franklin County Planner Alan
Pierce announced that URS Cor-
poration, the current
Apalachicola airport engineers
were submitting their request to
remain as airport engineers, seek-
ing approval of the Board. Their
letter of application read. in part:
'...URS welcomes your review of
our qualifications to provide all
required services for this ongoing
contract for Professional Aviation
Services. We are eager to continue
our service to Franklin County
and the Airport, and you may rest
assured that we will do everything
necessary to make each project,
"Our team offers you complete
in-house airport consulting tal-
ent, hands-on knowledge of the
airport, and the can-do spirit to
respond quickly and complete all
work with excellence. As
subconsultants, we propose to
use Southeastern Surveying and
'Mapping, Tri-state Testing Lab,
and Williams Earth Sciences..." .
The Project Manager, Larry
Parker, signed the opening letter
on,behalf of the URS agency.
Mr. Pierce pointed out that there
were no major projects underway
at/the Apalachicola airport at the
present time. and therefore the
timing of a decision on continu-
ing with the same engineering
consultants would not be subject
to a multitude of projects being
affected with a new group of con-'
sultants. He added that "No one
else has shown interest in being
engineers for the airport." The
Board awaited the arrival of/Ted
Moesteller who wanted to have his-
advisory board review the appli7
cation before official action was
taken by the Board.
By way of background to the air-
port engineer advisors, the URS,
corporation described themselves
in the opening pages of their ap-
plication, as follows:
URS is noted worldwide for lead-
ership in airports and for the
planning, design and manage-
ment skills that guide projects
successfully through all phases of
development. We are one of the
nation's largest airport consult-
ants and we have in-house all dis-.
ciplines that Franklin County will
need for its projects at
Apalachicola Municipal Airport.
We have worked at more than 300
airports worldwide and at more
Florida airports than any other

consultant. This is in aclituon to
a wide variety of assignments per-
formed directly for airlines, the
FAA, and FDOT's Aviation Office.
From this experience, we've
amassed broad knowledge of situ-
ations and solutions that few
other, if any, firms can claim.
Through two statewide assign-
ments for FDOT-the Florida
Aviation System Plan 1992-2010
and the Statewide General Avia-
tion Airport Pavement Evaluation
Program-we evaluated nearly all
Florida's airports.
Our track record includes general
consulting/on-call services at
more than 25 Florida airports.
Currently, these include Apalach-
icola Municipal Airport, Marianna
Municipal Airport/Industrial
Park, Tri-County Airport, Cal-
houn County Airport, St.
Petersburg-Clearwater Interna-
tional Airport, Vero Beach Munici-
pal Airport, Bartow Municipal Air-
port/Industrial Park, Hillsbo-
rough County Aviation Authority's
(Plant City, Peter 0. Knight,
Vandenbefg, Tampa Interna-
tional), Key West International
Airport and Marathon Airport.
The subconsultants were de-
scribed as follows:
We are pleased to have Southeast-
ern Surveying & Mapping,.
Tri-State Testing Lab, and Will-
iams Earth Sciences on our team
for this contract. We have worked
well with all these firms on previ-
ous and current projects. Their
skills and professionalism will
make a meaningful contribution
to our efforts.
The Board decided to turn over
the application book to Ted
Moesteller and his airport advi-
sory committee with final author-
ity to make the decision on the
engineering firm.

Solid Waste Director
-Van Johnson, Solid Waste Direc-
tor, announced that household
waste delivered to the landfill for
disposal will be increased on April
1, 2003. He reminded the Com-
missioners that the agreement
between Franklin County and
Waste Management called for an
annual rate adjustment based on
the Consumer Price Index. This
brings the cost of disposal from
$44.44 per ton to $45.59 per ton.
Also, the residents and busi-
nesses in the unincorporated ar-
eas who subscribe to Waste Man-
agement for service will see. the
2.6% rate increase. The Board of
Commissioners approved the rate
In a letter addressed to Mr. Van
Johnson, Waste Management
Manager Rory Cassedy said, "The
residential and commercial cus-
tomer,s are serviced under a sepa-
rate agreement. The uniform rate
for residential' customers will be
$17.39 for one time per week cus-
tomers, $33.85 for limited area
two times per week customers
and $46.17 for back/door-walkup
and $12.31 per month for' each
additional cart. The commercial
customer will be billed based on
an increase of 2.6% as well.
The Board approved Van
Johnson's proposed purchase of
a commercial Snapper riding
In another matter, Van Johnson
initiated a discussion renaming
the Ned Porter Sports Complex to
the Donny W. Wilcon sports com-
plex, or something suitable that


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Projected demonstration image of new digital mapping

would be befitting ot the cledca-
tion Donnie showed toward youth
, sports in Franklin County. Dis-
cussion followed involving other
names such as Carl Petteway.
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
was to meet with an advisory com-
mittee to discuss a recommenda-
tion that would be re-submitted
to the Board at the next meeting.

County Extension Director
Bill Mahan announced that the
University of Florida has hired
I Gene Shaner to fill the
multi-county FYN Program Agent
position in Bay, Gulf and Franklin
Counties. He was recently hired
to focus on how businesses and
homeowners can reduce the
amount of non-point source run-
i off from their property.
This year, Franklin County will be
camping with Holmes County for
our annual "County Camp" from
June 16-20. Also, the 4-H District
will I holding a special 4-H Shoot-
ing Sports Camp on June 29-July
3. The shooting camp will cover.
air rifles, archery, hunter and ATV
safety and possibly shotgun.

Fire Safety Inspector
Ashley Ryan Teat appeared before
the Commissioners with a power
point presentation on Franklin
County Fire Safety. His initial
point seemed lost on the Commis-
sioners and that is the Florida
Statute requirement that each
county is required to enforce the
Florida Fire Prevention Code,
which includes inspection of each
new building subject to the
Florida Fire Presentation Code,
and periodic inspections of each
existing building subject to the
Code. That means, namely, Com-
mercial buildings. He reviewed a
possible revenue plan for raising
enough money to pay for a fire
inspector and administrative of-
fices. The projected. fees might
raise as much as $61,200 annu-
ally. The Commissioners did not
take any action on his proposal.,
-- se.: - ' 4:

Ashley R. Teat

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BaVysde Residential, Waterfront '&
Y E y Dog Island Properties
| KRealtyic.

* 2 BR/2BA Gulf Front Hom e. ach with beautiful views
out over St. George So UNDER CONTRACT oms, vinyl in both baths,
and wood floors in the gt of0the house. $299,000.00.
* Immaculate New 3370 sq. ft. home on Carrabelle River. Three bed-
rooms with master baths + a loft upstairs could beused for fourth room.
Florida Room overlooks the river from the 2nd floor, screened-in porch
overlooking the river from the first floor. Home has 1080 sq. ft. carport
under the house with two storage rooms, 10' ceilings, elevator, dock
with boat lift, central sound system, and an irrigation system with well.
* Bayfront Lot-50 x 130 lot on the Bay, located in St. James. Spec-
tacular views. $195,000.00.
* Gulf Front-Two beautiful wooded lots on the waterfront of pictur-
esque St. George Sound. 1.3 acres each. $175,000.00 each.
* Riverfront-Beautiful 1-acre lot located on New River. Located across
the river is Tate's Hell State Forest. This property has deep-water access
to the Gulf, nice growth, and plenty of room for a dock! Included in this
price is a dock permit. $225,000.00.
Bayside Realty, Inc.
305 Avenue B South Carrabelle, FL 32322
697-5470 697-3919 877-577-7177 Fax: 697-5471
Freda White-Owner/Broker
Raymond Williams-Broker/Sales Beth Barber-Realtor
Jenny Weaver-Realtor

Refuge House Resolution
Clarice Gross and Marilyn
McCann recommended the adop-
tion of a Resolution proclaiming
the month of April as Sexual Vio-
lence Awareness Month." The
Board passed the Resolution

Digital Mapping Project
Doris Pendleton, Property Ap-
praiser, appeared before the Com-
missioners to explain the "new"
digital mapping system. With the
help of C. J. Oagles, Ms..
Pendleton explained that the sys-
tem equipment had been obtained
many years earlier but the County
ran out of money to fund expan-
sion and application of the tech-
nology to the production of new
county maps. Each year, a small
amount of money was set aside
by Pendleton to enhance the sys-
tem but it was never enough to
make it completely operational.
Now, there are still 15,054 par-
cels to be mapped, costing about
30,000. Now, the Department of
Revenue has announced that
matching grants would no longer
be available. The benefits of the
new mapping system. will cut
across County departmental
lines, from the Sheriffs office, P-
and Z, Planning Office, etc. Ms.
Pendleton did offer one warning,
and that is property owners us-
ing the new digital system may
find property lines overlapping. _
Continued on Page 3

Lanark Village
from Page 1
permits for new customers on
Carolina/Illinois Streets, for two
homes on the south side of U.S.98
and a third for one permit on In-
diana Street.

The commissioners then dis-
cussed the line going to St James
Bay. The commissioners are op-
posed to it being on US 98 and
are talking about Louisiana Street
as an option.
The commissioners brought up
from the table the 10 years lease
extension for some property be-
hind the fire department for stor-
age of vehicles. The said they had
no objection and would sign the
lease. There was applause from
the audience. The meeting was
open for any discussion from the
Jim Plexico who is in charge for
Department of Environmental
Protection, Financial (DEP) as a
watchdog for the money that
would be granted to make the
consolidation of Lanark Village
District with Carrabelle a reality.
Someone asked, "Has Carrabelle
got any grant or is it a loan?"
Plexico said," They have money
they can draw on."
Jim Lawlor asked for him to iden-
tify himself and he gave his name
and profession.
He stated that out of 72 appli-
cants Carrabelle was funded.
Plexico was questioned by a resi-
dent as to who was paying for the
water and sewer at St. James Bay.
He answered that the State was
not but they were paying for
Carrabelle's water and sewer.
Lawlor gave his take on the sewer
line that was proposed for St.
James Bay was as he saw it; he
said, "They have put in all the pip-
ing and there will be a water tower
on the water. on the sewer it will
collect the waste water from St.
James Bay and make it usable
and bring it back to St. James Bay
and the prison. On the water,
Carrabelle will take over and will
operated by Carrabelle.
Plexico said that he would like to

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Geoige Pruett. Among me com-
petitors were Jim Crowe, George
Pruett, Jimmy Mosconis, Tom
Johnson. Billy Blackburn. "The
Dogs Team", T. Travis Bentley,
Jimmy Hilton and Jerry from the
Grill in Apalachicola.
Entertainment was provided by
the band the Renegades and from
Pam Nobel's Dance Studio.
The Eastpoint Fire Department is
raising money to pay for their row
truck, a Pierce Contender, which
they believe to be the most mod-
em fire truck in the county. It is
the first new truck the Eastpoint
Fire Department has owned and
they are very proud of it. In all,
over $7000 was raised for this
cause. Congratulations to every-




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The Franklin Chronicle
give the people the history of
- sewer for St. James Bay.
"Carrabelle had a grant to expand
their treatment plant. Then up
came the question of what can
you do with the effluent.
Well, we thought we could do it
here but the land is not dry
enough. Well, you are going to
have to pipe it to Georgia We can't
pay that cost. We pay for the land
and the pipe but not any other."
"Well one day X months later the
engineers came and said "You are
not going to believe this there's a
golf course in range and they want
the waste water, sometimes
people pay for it. I don't care.
That's what we are doing all over
the state. I have a stack of papers
and there is no question. You have
effluent and you can only put it
one kind of area. This gentleman
may know who is paying for it. I
don't care. we're paying for the
land and the treatment get rid of
the effluent."
"I am here today because I be-
lieved there would be a vote to-
day. Why am I here? I'm here for
pollution control and there was a
plus when St. James Bay didn't
have to have a package sewer
"And to get you qualified for the.
grant. I really don't care if you
don't want a grant. We bent over
backwards. I thought there was
to be a vote today-nobody told
me there was not to be. Maybe I'll
come back when there will be a
You'all think Carrabelle is push-
ing this. I don't know anybody
who is pushing it in Carrabelle.
The guy who is can see down the
road. That's fine."
Bob Benson said, "I thought the
Tooth Fairy came last week and
it's a no brainer as for as I am
concerned. Get the man's money."
Plexico said, "You have 3 big is-
sues, one is Technical, two is Fi-
nancing, Yes, you can't get over
this consolidation. I have to write
up an agreement-this agreement
has got to say "Carrabelle will not
be able to give this money out."
Hughes said that he had thought
consolidation for a while when he
first was on the board. But he said
the District is riot in financial
trouble and they have some ideas.
Plexico said, "You can always
hook into the pipe. But if we don't
get an answer real quick I will
shut it down." He went on to say
that the rates on a par with
-Carrabelle would most probably
not be available. You would be out
of district and they carn charge
anything they like."
Lawlor adjourned the meeting
saving that there wgs nothing in
'wri ung. The'tihxt regula'ihieetirlg
will be April 15.

The Franklin Chronicle


4 April 2003 Page 3


Will S. Kendrick-Capitol Update

The House and Senate produced drastically different budgets this
week. Each Chamber is promoting a different philosophy, with the
Senate attempting to increase taxes and the House trying to "live
within its means."
I am concerned that the House budget leaves working families and
middle class Floridians to foot the bill. The budget appears to fund
many initiatives, but in reality, many costs are pushed down to the
local level, leaving many counties no choice. but to raise property-
taxes to generate the revenue. In addition, the House proposal is tp
raid hundreds of millions from trust funds to fund its version of the
I do not believe the state or local counties should have to raise taxes
in uncertain economic times, such as these. But I also do not support
the state shifting its burdens onto local governments without any
funding to pay for the initiatives. While many large counties have
revenue options before them, smaller counties, like the ten I repre-
sent, are already at the constitutional limit for property taxes. What
are the smaller counties to do?
The house budget proposal also has massive raids to the state's af-
fordable housing programs, such as the Governor's proposed raid of
$94.5 million. Speaker Byrd suggested sheering off an additional S 125
million, which will result in drastic cuts to affordable housing pro-
grams statewide. These types of reductions will mean counties will
have to shoulder in even larger share of affordable housing costs or
thousands of families will lose their chance to a home for their family.
It is feared that the House budget released this week, will similarly
volley the tax burden onto local government. The House budget is
already proving difficult to decipher, confusing many legislators as to
what programs are funded from which revenue sources.
On Thursday, upon request of Rep. Kendrick, the Florida House of
Representatives observed a moment of silence in memory of Marine
Lance Corporal Brian Rory Buesing of Cedar Key. Brian was a 2000
graduate of Cedar Key School and entered the Marines a month later
to serve his country. Brian lost his life as one of the nine U.S. Marines
to be ambushed by Iraqi troops near An Nasiriyah.
Please continue to pray for and support our troops in this time of war.
Remember that many families and neighbors near you have loved
ones serving our country overseas.

Message From The President From

The James Madison Institute

James Madison Institute
Post Office Box 37460
Tallahassee, Florida 32315
Publisher's Note: The James Madison Institute is more concerned
with policies and proposals that emanate from the State Capitol
in Tallahassee. This excerpted message from the President Jim .
McDowell is a useful guide in focusing on some major issues in
the current session.


Constitutional Amendment Ballot Initiatives
As legislators wrestle with how to fund, execute, and administer the
astronomical costs associated with the recent amendments to the
Florida Constitution adopted in 1998, 2000, and 2002, there will be
ample motivation to change our current constitutional amendment
process and procedures during the 2003 legislative session, Simply
puit, the ballot initiative process as it is currently.conducted provides
that anyone with enpoiygh lroIey and organization'cat be almost as-
sured of amending the Florida Constitution with the support o'f'an
.actual minority-of..the.state's registered,voters. Our representati' '-,.
form of government is increasingly being twisted into a perverse form
of an elite mobocracyy" with the voters having little understanding of
what they are being asked to approve or to vote down. A number of
options are available to the Florida legislature to rectify this situation
without unduly compromising voters' access and privilege in approv-
ing changes to Florida's Constitution...

Tax and Budget
The governor's 2003-04 proposed budget had barely, cooled bel,:Ire
protesters associated with various special interest groups ma s-ed in
Capitol's rotunda proclaiming why they shot4 ,d be exempt from any
cuts. Despite a whopping $53 billion budget, there are those who
believe this is not enough and that. indeed, ta-'< increases should be
implemented. Lost in the debate so far is the fact tjha[ Florida has.
fared extremely well with its tax revenues when compared to other

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Medical Malpractice Liability Insurance
Medical malpractice insurance for Florida's doctors has gone up 100.
200, and even 300 percent in the past 18 months. As a result, prac-
titioners in critical care specialties are retiring or relocating to other
states. Driving all of this, of course, are the plaintiffs' attorneys who.
thanks to current medical malpractice law and prior Florida Supreme
Court decisions, have a free hand in winning absurd jury awards and
settlements. The Governor's Task Force on Medical Malpractice Li-
ability Insurance has already recommended a cap on noneconomic
damages, and Florida's doctors have indicated they may strike if the
legislature refuses to address the issue.
JMI (James Madison Institute). long an advocate of tort reform, will.
continue to follow this issue and provide an additional analysis of
what Florida needs to do to avoid a meltdown of the state's health
care system.

Living Wage Movement
Liberal religious leaders, the unions, and socialists have joined hands
in an effort to implement "living wage" mandates in local government
jurisdictions throughout the nation. Their definition of a living wage
varies from locale to locale, but chiefly their efforts involve a mini-
mum wage far in excess of the federal minimum wage with the added
provision of health insurance benefits. Initially, these campaigns de-
mand that local governments provide these exaggerated wages and
benefits for their employees and also require the same wages and
benefits of any vendor who has a contractual relationship with the
local government. However, as has already happened in California
and Maryland, these groups also push for ordinances that create
living-wage "zones," where the local government simply mandates
these wages and benefits for workers, whether the employer has any
contractual relationship with the local government or not.
JMI anticipates legislation during the regular session that will pre-empt
the establishment of any such zones, while at the same time recog-
nizing that if a local government is foolish enough to require these
wages and benefits of its vendors, that is certainly their prerogative.

Streamlined Sales Tax
. lState legislators v.illl consider legislation to streamline Florida's sales
aind us", tax -stru-IctLre and administration. Consideration of this is-
sue is the result of the state's participation in the Streamlined Sales
-Tax Project;-whtch Flo-tdaloined in 2001. The Project represents the
cooperative effort of 39 statesiand the 'District of Columbia to "stream-
line" their sales and use taxf administration in an effort to require
out-of-state or "remote" Interniet, telephone, and catalogue dealers to
collect and remit the sales and use tax. While Florida law has long
required that consumers pay the sales and use tax on purchases
made from out-of-state vendors, it has been and remains unenforce-
able. Two U.S. Supreme Court rulings in 1967 and in 1992 have
largely held that it is unconstitutional for states to require remote
dealers to collect and remit [the sales and use tax. However, in the
1992 Quill ruling, the Court did hold out that if the states succeeded
in "streamlining" their sales and use tax administration and differing
rate structures, their constitutional objections) might be .overcome
and Congress could arguably act to empower the states to require
Ssuch collection.
While. streamlining Florida's state and local sales and use tax admin-
istration is a good idea in and of itself, the idea of the states cobbling
Sthem-selves, into a compact to cooperate on the collection and remit-
tarice of the tax on remote vendor purchases raises a whole host of
issues both at a philosophical and practical level: JMI will publish a
Backgrounder soon that wilt"evaluate this issue and provide recom-
mend-ation n

April 4, 2003

Publisher .............................................. Tom W Hoffer
Contributors .......................................... Tom Campbell
......... Sue Cronkite
............ Barbara Revell
............ Rene Topping
............ Eunice Hartmann
Sales M manager ....................................... Nick Hutchison
Proofreader ........................................ Barbara Revell
......... Sue Cronkite
Advertising Design
and Production Artist............................ Diane Beauvais Dyal
Production Associate............................ Andy Dyal
Director of Circulation ......................... Andy Dyal
Circulation Associates .......................... Nick Hutchison
......... Jerry W eber
Citizen's Advisory Group
Rand Edelstein....................................... Alligator Point
Karen Cox-Dennis ................................ Apalachicola
Rene Topping .......................................... Carrabelle
David Butlet ............................................ Carrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ..................... Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins.............. Eastpoint
George Thompson ................................. Eastpoint
Pat M orrison ......................................... St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona .............. St. George Island

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Franklin Chronicle, Inc.

This year, why not make room for
a manatee in your child's Easter
basket? Adopting a manatee is a
great way to introduce children.to
the environment, and a real
"hands-off' way to get to know
animals. Proceeds from Save the
Manatee Club's Adopt-A-Manatee
program go toward conservation
programs to protect endangered
manatees and their habitat.
From now until April 30, each new
member who joins the Adopt-A-
'Manatee program online at $30
or more will receive a manatee
adoption packet and a free plush
manatee toy while supplies last.
The plush manatee is an alterna-
tive to purchasing a live chick or
bunny for a child and an oppor-
tunity to teach children about the
humane treatment of animals.
"Parents" of adopted manatees
receive an adoption certificate,'a
photo of their manatee, the
manatee's biography, and a mem-
bership handbook with educa-
tional information about mana-
tees. In addition, a coloring and
activity book for young children
can also be included in the adop-
tion packet upon request. Mem-
bers receive updates on their
adopted manatee four times a
year in the Save the Manatee Club
Newsletter. As children follow the
activities of "their" manatee, they
learn a great deal about the life
cycle of a manatee and about
manatee conservation efforts.
Although they average 10 feet in
length and weigh between 800 to
1,200 pounds, manatees are
gentle animals. They are slow
moving aquatic mammals that
travel the rivers, estuaries, salt-

water bays and coastal areas of
the southeastern United States.
Manatees are a migrating species
and are concentrated primarily in
Florida in the winter, but they can
sometimes be found as far west
as Texas and as far north as Vir-
ginia in the summer.
Twenty manatees that winter at
Blue Spring State Park near Or-
ange City, FL, have been chosen
as adoptees for one of Save the
Manatee Club's three Adopt-A-
Manatee programs. Blue Spring's
natural spring maintains a con-
stant temperature of 72 degrees
and is an attractive winter refuge.
Ranger Wayne Hartley, who writes
updates for the SMC Newsletter,
watches over each of the mana-
tees in the program. Three of the
manatees in the Blue Spring pro-
gram include Whiskers, Dana,
and Howie.
For more information about
manatees or the Adopt-A-Manatee I
program, contact Save the Mana-
tee Club, 500 N. Maitland Ave.,
Maitland, FL 32751, 1-800-432-
'JOIN (5646). You can visit the
SMC web page on the Internet at
http: //www..savethemanatee.org.
Students can also request a free
"student education pack" by
sending their name, address and
grade level to SMC via regular'
mail or an e-mail to education
@savethemanatee.org. Educators
can receive Manatees: An
Educator's Guide, a free 30-
page guide accompanied by a
four-color poster, by sending a
request on school letterhead and
a self-addressed 9" x 12" envelope
with $1.95 in postage on it.

Franklin Briefs, April 1, 2003

She did not offer anything more
about that possible dilemma.
There may also be gaps between
property lines in other instances.

Clerk of Court
Kendall Wade submitted a copy
of a letter addressed to Senator
Graham indicating that mainte-
nance dredging would likely re-
sume at Sikes Cut soon. He also
cautioned the Board that the
county was in for some "tough
times" financially, with greater
demands on next year's budget
due to roof repairs on the Franklin
County jail, and other expendi-
tures. He recommended that the
Board advise all department
heads there would not be any in-
creases in budgets over the pre-
vious year.

County Attorney
Tom Michael Shuler, advised the
Board that the current owner of
the Sumatra cemetery, Drew
Branch Jr. offered to sell the cem-
etery to the Franklin County
Board for $10,000 including a
contingency concerning the deter-
mination of who would be eligible
to be interned 'in that property.
Mr. Shuler advised the Board that
the county could not enter into
such a contingency and therefore
the Board rejected the offer. But,
they left the matter open for Mr.
Shuler to fashion a counter-offer
without a contingency to Mr.
Branch's attorney.

Director of Administrative
Mr. 'Pierce had shown the Board
a copy of a map of the current dis-
trict boundaries. Total county
population based upon the modi-
fied US Census is 9828. The
population shifts that need to
.happen so that each district has
1965 people, or as close to that
number possible are As follows:
District 1 needs to lose 116
people; District 2 needs to gain
338 people; District 3 needs to
gain 660 people; District 4 needs
to lose 549 people and District 5
needs. to lose 336 people.
Mr. Gary Fritz sought Board per-
mission to use county right-of-
way. He has a house under con-
struction that is partially built
into Marlin St. on Bald Point. The
Board tabled action until next
meeting to further investigate a
similar case of encroachment.
The Board received a copy of let-
ter closing out the Big Ditch
CDBG project.
The Board approved a Resolution
stating that Habitat for Human-
ity projects'will be consistent with
the county's comprehensive plan.
The benefit of this Resolution is
that it provides tax credit for any
person or corporation that do--i
nates to Franklin County Habitat
for Humanity projects.

Continued on Page 5

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Resort Realty Management Team

Prudential Resort Realty is pleased to
announce the addition of Thomas
(Thom) H. Bartlett to their Real Estate .'
Management Team. Thom, who
recently served as General Manager of
the St. George Plantation Owner's A'
Association, has joined the firm as
Assistant Property Manager/Human
Resource Director.

Rose Drye, President, announced:
"Thom brings a wealth of executive
leadership skills in operations management and staffing/training
functions to our firm, and we are pleased he chose to join
Prudential." Thom's office is located at the new Welcome
Center facility, under the water tower at 1st and Pine Streets on
St. George Island.

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The Franklin Chronicle

we rise, the length will increase
to 140 feet. The main spans 11
across the channel, range from
115 feet to 137 feet. Eventually,
the main span will be 250 feet.
"Every time we pour the bridge
deck we pour 500 feet at a time.
That's 96 concrete trucks. The
last concrete pour like that. we 'did
in 6 hours."
The expected life of the new bridge
is 100 years. Gros continued,
"...The theory we've been told
more often than not ... is the piles
that make up the foundations for
that existing bridge were driven
probably past their limits...If you
overbeat the pile. you'll have
plenty of micro-cracks. You will
never see them. But a chloride
ion-could go right in there (the
cracks) and ruin everything ...
And, 2000 standards are better
than 1965 standards.
We have more concrete cover on
steel and better concrete mixes for
strength and corrosion resis-
The construction now focuses on
the high rise portion of the new
bridge as it passes over the navi-
gation channel. This will elevate
the roadway at least to the 65-foot
level, 15 feet higher than the ex-
isting bridge. Under the waterline
footer are several piles anchored
deep into the bay surface slanted
at various angles to absorb
stresses and impacts from differ-
ent directions. Then, the water-
line concrete is poured, followed
with dual columns. These are
shaped by the cylinders but tech-
nically they are not cylinder piles
holding up much of the bridge
portion. The columns are in shape
but they are also filled with con-
crete and steel, joined at varying
intervals with struts. extending
horizontally. joining each column
pair. Laterally, there are to be ten
strut-systems in the high rise por-
tion of the bridge, actually extend-
ing above the 65 feet level. As the
work progresses, this imposing
structure will change the shape
of the bridge outline against the
The next upcoming item of con-
struction will be the erection of
the high level bridge girders. This
is a different type of girder that
will be used on the superstruc-
ture. This will be a "girder" con-
figured with additional steel in-
side, when the girder is manufac-
tured. "When you put girders up,
you're going to place four main
channel piers up there. Scott con-


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tinued, "These girders have to be i
larger. The weakest point in the
life of the girder is not when the
concrete deck is on it, not when
the traffic is on it. It is just dur-
ing erection.
During erection, temporary shor-
ing will be needed to balance the
cantilevered sections of the
haunch girders. Once the Haunch
girders are secured, "drop-in"
girders will be set in between the
Haunch girders. Cables will then
be run through each of the gird-
ers and tensioned to make all the
girders act as one unit. Thus, a
Haunch girder system is formed.
The St. George Island bridge will
feature one of the longest Haunch
girder systems in the United
States-at 1,180 feet.
The existing bridge is 22 feet wide.
The new bridge is going to be 44
feet wide with two travel lanes and
two 10-foot emergency lanes.
The first day of construction, be-
* gan in January 2001. The origi-
nal plan was to finish November
or December 2003. Changes by
the Department of Transportation
(DOT) have been made to the
girder system has created delays.
To study the lateral impact on the
pilings, the University of Florida
is conducting impact studies on
the existing bridge. Sensor instru-

Tom Campbell
His sister, Mrs. Sandra Roper, re-
ports that former Chronicle re-
porter Tom Campbell is "gradu-
ally improving. I am very pleased
with the care he is receiving here
at the care home. He is also very
satisfied here," according to a
short note received by the
Chronicle last week. Tom is con-
valescing in Georgia, about 50
miles east of Atlanta in Covington
following surgery for varicose
veins in the Panhandle last fall.
He can be reached through Mrs.
Roper, at 55 Myrtle Grove Lane,
Covington, Georgia, 30014.

Front view of the column
system with the cap
mounted on top. The struts
are the horizontal connect-
ing link between the two col-
umns, that are completely
filled with concrete and
steel. The struts will be at
varying heights Above the
waterline footer (a concrete
enclosure) at the base of the
columns. The concrete road-
way will be poured into
forms on top, of the columns
after the girders are put into

ments will be installed around the
waterline footers on the existing
bridge, and a barge will be
rammed into the bridge to study
the result of the impact. The Uni-
versity of South Florida will also
do studies on chloride penetration
of the cylinder piles.

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Ilse Newell

The Ilse Newell Fund for the Per-
forming Arts will present "A Fam-
ily Affair" on Sunday, April 6, at
4:00 p.m. EDT, at Trinity Episco-
pal Church, Apalachicola. The
"Family" is composed of the fami-
lies of three sisters: Eugenia
Bowles Watkins, Ruth Bowles
Eckstine, and Matilda Bowles
McLain-all of Magnolia Bluff,
Eastpoint. Family members pro-
viding the program, in addition to
the above, will be R. Bedford
Watkins, David P. McLain, Tho-
mas Wyatt Watkins, his wife,
Donna, and their four children
from Indianapolis IN, Mary
Catherine McLain, her husband,
Donavon Diez and daughter Mimi,
from Highland Park, NJ; Virginia
Eckstine McMillan, her husband,
Greg, daughter Annie and son
Tim, and Randi Eckstine
Hamner-all from Jacksonville.
Included in the program will be
instrumental, vocal, and choral
music, selections by the
"One-Night-Stand Barbershop"
Quartet, clever skits and profes-
sional dramatic excerpts.
The Ilse Newell Fund is sponsored
by the Apalachicola Area Histori-
cal Society, a 501(c) 3 educational
incorporation in the State of
Florida. A $2.00 donation is re-
quested at the door for those not
holding season membership
cards. For further information,
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Sideview of new bridge from the point-of-view of a barge passing underneath the 65-
foot span in the navigation channel. The black line represents the water level. Note
the water pilings below the concrete cap. There are multiple pilings slanted in different
directions to absorb any possible collision with the barge. There will also be a sys-
tem of fenders for additional protection. The columns rising Above the water-line
pilings are completely filled with concrete and steel, unlike the hollow cylinder piles
that are tied together with steel cables running through the piling. On top of the
columns are mounted the Haunch girders and caps (not shown well in this side-
view). The Haunch girders are somewhat triangular shaped, and joined with steel
cables and concrete.

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Bay Area Choral Society Receives Warm

Reception And Crowded House At Dixie

The Bay Area Choral Society, so-
loists and the Barbershop Quar-
tet (called the "Baykeepers Bar-
bershop Quartet") performed to a
packed Dixie Theatre Sunday.
March 23, 2003.
The theme of the program was
"Songs of America" beginning with
a rousing rendition of selections
from "Oklahoma", the Rogers and
Hammerstein musical, followed
by a musical montage of songs of
the states arranged by Carl
Strommen, with narration by
Wesley Chesnut. Cynthia Rhew
(soprano) sang "Sentimental
Journey", then the chorus per-
formed the theme from "New York,
New York". Wesley Chesnut (bass)
sang "Shenandoah" followed by a
choral rendition of "Chattanooga
Choo Choo".
Dr. Tamara Marsh (alto) sang
"Stars Fell on Alabama" and the
chorus ended the first half of the
program with a medley of "Yellow
Rose of Texas", "Home on the
Range" and the rousing "Califor-
nia Here I come." The treat before
the break was "Apalachicola, FLA"

made famous in the Paramount
1948 production "Road to Rio".
Other soloists included: Gordon
Adkins, Royce Hodge and Virginia
Part II included more songs of
America with the "Baykeepers
Barbershop quartet" singing
"Back Home Again in Indiana"
and "Carolina in the Morning."
The quartet is comprised of Tom
Adams, Gordon Adkins, Dave
McLain and Bedford Watkins.
Bedford normally contributes his
talents as Accompanist" as he did
in the earlier parts of the program,
but this time, he sang with the
The concert closed amid high ap-
plause and a benediction "The
Lord Bless You and Keep You".
The Bay Area Choral Society con-
sists of the following members:
Shirley Adams
Virginia Harrison
Marilyn McCann
Matilda (T.) McLain

Olga Nichols
Cynthia Rhew
Marsha Smith

Gordon Adkins
Curt Blair
Frank Latham

Suzanne Chapple
Ruth Eckstine
Shirley Hartley
Judy Little
Dr. Tamara Marsh
Ina Margaret Meyer
Shirley Taylor
Mary-Frances Willocks

Wesley Chesnut
Royce Hodge
Dave McLain
Merel Young
Sunday's concert was directed by
Dr. Thomas Adams, and accom-
panied by Dr. R. Bedford Watkins.
The series is administered by
Eugenia Watkins and was orga-
nized by the late George Chapel
and others in the memory of Ilse
Newell, an Apalachicola resident
of many years ago.


Prudential Resort Realty St. George Island

Office Receives National Award

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Franklin Briefs
from Page 3
Board acted to authorize the
Chairman to sign DEP grant for
additional funds to begin the de-
sign and permitting of the Alliga-
tor Point beach erosion control'
project. These funds appear to be
leftover Hurricane Opal funds the
state is allowing Franklin County
to use.
The Board acted to authorize the
Chairman to sign the DOT JPA to
install signs and remark the run-
way at the airport. This is a
$180,000 JPA with no local match
required. The JPA calls for
$150,000 of federal funds and
$30,000 of state funds for the
project, The motion also should
include a Resolution authorizing
the Chairman to sign the JPA,
because DOT no longer accepts a
county commission chairman's
signature on its face value.
The Board was informed that at
the February 18th meeting the
Board signed an agreement with
DCA where they provide us with
$25,000 and we hire someone to
write a Terrorist Annex and a
Continuity of Operation Plan. Mr.
Pierce said, "I have inquired with
all of the county's grant writers
and consultants and none have
experience in this area. However,'
Mr. Linc Barnett does have years
of professional experience in ter-
rorist assessment and continuity
of operations plans, and I have
asked him if he is interested in
writing these plans. He is, and has
given me his resume, and a pro-
posal to do the work for $23,000.
This leaves $2,000 for the county
to print up some documents for
distribution at the end."
"Based upon the lack of qualified
people to do the work, I recom-
mend the Board recognize that
Mr. Barnett is a sole source pro-
vider of terrorist assessment in
this area, and award W Barnett
the scope of work described by
DCA for $23,000. Board action,
contingent upon the attorney re-
viewing Mr. Barnett's scope of ser-
vices letter to make sure it is in a
form he is comfortable with."
The Board was informed that Ms.
* Pat McWhinnie, 911 Coordinator,
has been informed by GT COM
that as of July 1, 2004, GT COM
will no longer be providing 911
service in Franklin or Gulf coun-
ties. Ms. McWhinnie is in contact
with two other possible providers,
Sprint and Direct, about what it
is going to cost to use those ser-
vices. Essentially, GT COM does
not want to be responsible for the
maintenance and accuracy of ad-
dresses. Gulf County is looking at
hiring their own Personnel and
manage their own address data
bank, but there is a lot of liability
for maintaining 911 addresses,

4 April 2003 Page 5
and a lot of work, with the num-
,ber of phones in this county that
are changed and turned off and
on seasonally. "Ms. McWhinnie
and I do not recommend that
Franklin County try to maintain
its own records, and that is why
we are looking at a service proc-
vider such as Sprint or Direct, The
cost of maintaining the data bank
and the 911 call answering equip-
ment will be paid for out of the
fifty cent surcharge already in

In the visioning process, there
have been two public meetings,
with a third meeting scheduled or
April 15 to discuss natural re-
sources. "I have been meeting
with participants ttry and make
these public meetings more pro-
ductive. At a conference call last
Week, Mr. Charlie Gautier, DCA,
said he might have some addi-
tional money available for more
public workshops because "there
was general concern after the last
workshop that there was not
enough time to discuss the issues,
especially future growth and de-
velopment issues. I will know
more on this at the next meeting.
However, some ideas already have
general agreement on, such as the
need for the county to develop an
economic element for its compre-
hensive plan."
The Board approved allowing Ms.
Anita. Grove, Chamber of Com-
merce director, to begin work.on
an optional element to the
Franklin County Comprehensive
Plan, which would be an Eco-
nomic Development Element.
There is broad consensus from
the people who have been partici-
pating with the public vision
workshops that Franklin County
should have some basic economic
principles and try to develop a
plan to meet those principles.
"One issue is the maintenance of
the seafood industry. Now, admit-
tedly, the county can not control
the price of seafood, or the cost of
.catching it, but the .county can
develop a plan to protect seafood
loading and unloading areas, as
well as develop ideas for promot-
ing Franklin County seafood."
"Another obvious goal would be
to promote diversification of the
local economy. Anita has not yet
provided me with a list of people
who are interested in serving on
j.a Economic Development Task
I Force."
If the Board does appoint such a
Task Force, it is not giving up con-
trol of the Economic Development
project, because whatever the
Task Force recommends will have
to come back to the Board for

Continued on Page 8

Congratulations to President, Rose Drye, and the St. George Island sales team on their spectacular success. The office
recently received the Prudential Round Table Award and the #1 ranking for Residential Gross Commission Income out
of 143 similarly sized offices in the Southern Region.
The award was presented by John Van Der Wall, Chairman and CEO Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services,
at a special awards ceremony at Prudential Real Estate's annual Business Convention held in Las Vegas, March 16-19,
2003. The three-day event was attended by more than 5,000 real estate professionals from the United States and
Canada. As of December 31 I, 2002, there were approximately 1,637 offices and 44,422 sales professionals in the
franchise network.
"It's a delight to be recognized for such an achievement," said Broker/Owner, Helen Spohrer. "We go to great lengths
to stay focused on what buyers and sellers need and want, so we can meet those expectations."
Prudential Resort Realty, established in 1985, has 3 offices: St. George Island, Apalachicola, and Port St. Joe. The firm
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The Franklin Chronicle

FWC Proceeds With


And Approves New


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC).
during its March 26-28 meeting
in Tallahassee. voted to proceed
with changes to the state's list of.
imperiled species.
The peregrine falcon. currently
listed as a "species of special con-
cern." may come off the list en-
tirely. Classification of the
red-cockaded woodpecker may
change from "threatened" to "spe-
cies of special concern." and the
Panama City crayfish may change
from "species of special concern"
to threatened.
FWC biologists have completed
biological status reviews on the
three species and concluded they
should be reclassified under cri-
teria the agency uses to track the
recovery status of imperiled wild-
life. However, the listing changes
won't become final until biologists
prepare new management plans
for the species.
The state's protection measures
for imperiled species are based on
management plans rather than
the species' classification, so re-
classifications, will not weaken
protection efforts. Also. changes
on the state's list do not affect fed-
eral listing classifications, which
are based on different criteria.
Commissioners also adopted
regulation proposals and date
changes for wildlife management
areas, wildlife and environmental
areas and one public use area. In
addition, they approved a staff
recommendation to acquire the
71-acre Outlawlessness Produc-
tions, Inc. parcel as an addition
to the Chassahowitzka Wildlife
Management Area.
Commissioners heard a staff re-
port concerning free-ranging do-
mestic cats and discussed FWC
policy on their management. At
their-next meeting, Commission-
ers will considerformal adoption
of a policy of opposition to
free-ranging cat colonies in areas
where domestic cats live in asso-
ciation with significant native
wildlife populations. Even in colo-
nies where cats are well-fed, they
prey on native wildlife, in some
cases including, endangered
Regarding marine fisheries, Com-
missioners voted to adopt regu-
lations to manage commercial
ballyhoo harvest. The new rules
include a daily 10-box vessel limit
and an August closure for quali-
:ied commercial lampai-a net bal-
lyhoo fishermen, a five-year mora-
torium on flew commercial bally-
hoo lampara net permits after ini-
tial allocations, and commercial
trip limits for ballyhoo harvested
incidentally (10-gallon trip limit)
or by fishermen using cast nets,
dip nets or hook and line (5-gal-
lon trip limit).
The FWC approved a federal con-
sistency rule for billfish and
swordfish that establishes a daily
one-fish bag and on-the-water
possession limit per person for
recreationally harvested sword-
fish arid a recreational vessel pos-
session limit of three swordfish.
In addition, 'the rule requires all
anglers to report non-tournament
landings of billfish and swordfish
caught in state waters and re-
quires that all billfish must be
landed in whole condition.
-In other marine fisheries action,
the FWC approved a draft rule for
final hearing in May to designate
silver mullet as a restricted spe-
cies and close commercial harvest
of the species on weekends July I
- Jan. 3-1 statewide. The rule also
would prohibit sale of silver mul-
let harvested during the weekend
closure and would close Atlantic
coast commercial harvest of the
species during February. In ad-
dition, the rule would establish a
statewide aggregate recreational
bag limit for striped and silver
mullet of 50 per person per day.
From Feb. 1 Aug. 31, a maxi-
mum vessel limit of 100 mullet
would apply; and from Sept. 1 -
Jan. 31, a maximum vessel limit
of 50 mullet would apply.
The Commission also approved
draft stone crab rule amend-
ments, for final hearing in May,
to repeal an obsolete law that lim-
its all stone crab harvesters in
Citrus, Dixie, Levy and Taylor
counties to 600 traps each. In
addition, the new rule would pro-
hibit all traps in the area north of
the Suwannee River and beyond
three miles seaward Sept. 20 -
Oct. 5-when the stone crab soak
season opens. It would apply the
shrimp trawl-stone crab trap
separation areas in Citrus and
Hernando counties to all traps
and contintie the Stone Crab Ad-

visory and Appeals Board through
June 30, 2008, as an advisory
board only. The rule also would
specify that partial payment for
unpaid stone crab certificate fees
will not be accepted.
Another draft rule, approved by
the FWC for final hearing in May,
would allow commercial fisher-
men to transport four seines tex-
cluding legal cast nets) aboard
their primary vessel, regardless of
how many auxiliary vessels are
towed or transported by the pri-
mary vessel, specify that all aux-
iliary vessels used for commercial
purposes be legally registered,
establish a minimum auxiliary
vessel length of eight feet, and
clarify that net transit rules ap-
ply to persons operating vessels.

Regarding spiny lobsters, the
Commission directed staff to
schedule a final public hearing in
May on proposed rule amend-
ments that would change the
regular season recreational daily
bag limit of 6 lobsters per person
or 24 per vessel, whichever is
greater, to 6 lobsters per person
per day. The recreational bag limit.
for the Special Two-Day Sport
Season in Biscayne National Park
would be reduced from 12 lob-
sters per day to 6 lobsters per day.
The rules would also phase out
the special recreational crawfish
license by reducing the 50-lobster
daily bag limit by 5 lobsters per,
year, and prohibit the harvest of
spiny lobsters from illegal artifi-
cial habitats. Amendments also
would establish a commercial
diver permit program with an
implementation goal of the
2004-05 fishing year, based on
reported dive landings in 2001-02
and 2002-03. Also, they would
establish a moratorium on issu-
ing new commercial dive permits,
after the 2004-05 season and es-
tablish a daily vessel harvest/pos-
session limit of 250 lobsters dur-
ing August and 200 lobsters per
day the rest of the season for com-
mercial divers in Monroe County.
The Commission also is pursuing
legislative authority to establish
a Special Two-Day Sport Season
License for lobster harvesters with
up to a $'10 fee.
The FWC also directed staff to
conduct a final public hearing in
May on rule amendments to lower
the aggregate recreational bag
limit for pompano and permit
from 10 fish to 5 and reduce the
commercial harvest limit in state
waters from 250 pompano to 175.
The draft rule would apply the
commercial harvest limit for pom-
pano to both state and federal
waters, except for commercial
fishermen possessing a Pompano
Endorsement, and it would repeal
.the Pompano Special Activity Li-
cense program.
Commissioners also reviewed a
draft artificial reef strategic plan.,
considered federal fishery man-
agement issues, and received a
presentation by Biscayne National
.Park staff regarding the park's
draft Fishery Management plan.
In addition, the FWC voted to pro-
hibit all harvest of spiny dogfish
as an Atlantic States Marine Fish-
eries Commission consistency

Friday's session was closed to the
public to enable Commissioners.
and the executive director to dis-
cuss pending litigation with attor-
neys in' private. Florida's open
government laws authorize such
"executive sessions" for attorney/
client discussions under certain
Newly appointed Conrimissioner
Richard A. Corbett took the oath'
of office and assumed his post on

the Commission on the first day
of the meeting.
The next scheduled meeting
will take place May 28-30 in

Public Hearing

Scheduled On

Reef Fish

Amendment 21,

Continuation Of


Swanson And


Lumps Marine


The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Man-
agement Council (Council) will
hold -a public hearing on the
Council's proposed Amendment
21 to the Reef Fish Fishery Man-
agement Plan (FMP). to extend the
time period for the Madison/
Swanson and Steam-boat Lumps
marine i-eserves beyond their
June 16, 2004 expiration date.
The public hearing will be held
from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at
the following location and date:
Wednesday, April 9, 2003
Tampa Airport Hilton
2225 Lois Avenue
Tampa, Florida
In addition, public testimony will
be taken at the May 12-15, 2003,
Council meeting at the Edgewater
Beach Resort, 11212 Front Beach
Road, Panama City Beach,
Florida. (The exact date and time
for public testimony at the May
Council meeting will be an-
nounced at a later time.)
The Madison/Swanson and
Steamboat Lumps marine re-
serves were implemented on June
19, 2000, with a four-year sun-
set provision. The Madison/
Swanson site is approximately
115 square nautical miles in size
and is located about 40 nautical,
miles southwest of Apalachicola
City, Florida. Steamboat Lumps
is approximately .104 square nau-
tical miles in size and is located
about 95 nautical miles west of
Tarpon Springs, Florida. Within
each area, fishing is prohibited for
all species except for highly mi-
gratory species, i.e., tunas, mar-
lin, oceanic sharks, sailfishes,
and swordfish. These marine re-
serves were created primarily to
protect a portion of the gag
spawning aggregations and. to
protect a portion of the offshore
population of male gag. The ar-
. eas are also suitable habitat and


Cape San Bias

Shared-Use Path Project

The purpose of this meeting is to notify the affected
property owners, local government, and the public of the
upcoming proposed design of a,10-foot wide
Shared-Use Path within the Existing Right-of-Way of
State Road 30E on St. Joseph Peninsula in Gulf County,
'Florida. The project limits for the Shared-Use Path will
begin at Cape Palms Park and continue North to St.
Joseph State Park. The proposed Shared-Use Path will
be constructed on the East side (St. Joseph Bay) of the
roadway with a project length of approximately two
miles. All driveways and street crossings are to be
modified to facilitate pedestrian traffic and to meet ADA
,requirements. This project has a scheduled letting date
of July, 2005 with an anticipated duration of 6 months.

All residents, property owners; interested persons, and
groups are encouraged to participate. Public participa-
tion is solicited without regard to race, color, religion,
sex, age, national origin, disability, or familial status.
Representatives from David H. Melvin, Inc., Consulting
Engineers will conduct this meeting.

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Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Where: William J. "Billy Joe" Rish Recreational Park
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provide protection for many other
species, such as scamp, red grou-
per, Warsaw grouper, speckled
hind, red snapper, red porgy, and
It was the Council's intent to pro-
hibit the use of any fishing gear
within the closed areas in order
to maximize enforceability of the
closed area as well as minimize
the negative impact from inciden-
tal catch and release of reef fish
while targeting other species. For
this reason, the Council asked
that the NMFS Highly Migratory
Species (HMS) Division implement
compatible closed area regula-
tions for the species and their
management jurisdiction (tunas.
swordfish, oceanic sharks, and
billfishes). This led to a legal chal-
lenge from a recreation fishing
The recreational organization felt
that restrictions on fishing for
migratory species higher up in the
water column were unwarranted
because they would have no im-
pact on the bottom reef fish spe-
cies. As part of a settlement to the
legal challenge, NMFS agreed to
hold the Council's request to
implement an HMS closure in
abeyance while research is con-
ducted into the impact of the
no-take areas, the effect of pelagic
trolling on and ability to reach reef
fish species, and the impact on
enforceability by allowing pelagic
trolling in the no-take areas. Re-
ports on the results of the re-
search into these areas are sched-
uled to be presented at the May
12-15, 2003 Council meeting,
where final action is to be taken.
No action will result in the two
reserves expiring on June 16,
2004, and the areas re-opening
to all fishing.
Copies of the public hearing docu-
ment for these meetings can be
obtained by calling the Council
office at 813-228-2815 (toll-free
888-833-1844), or can be down-
loaded from the Council website
These meetings are open to the
public and are physically acces-
sible to people with disabilities.
Requests for sign language inter-
pretation or other auxiliary aids
should be directed to the Council
office by April 2, 2003.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Man-
agement Council is 1 of 8 regional
fishery management councils that
were established by the
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Con-
servation and Management Act of
1976., The Gulf of Mexico Fish-
ery Management Council pre-
pares fishery management plans
that are designed to manage fish-.
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Will Luck-Nationally Acclaimed

Artist-Donates Logo For "Getting The

Blues In Panacea"

"We are delighted with Will Luck's
generous donation," announced
Kathie Brown, Co-Chair of
Panacea's Blue Crab Festival
2003 planning committee. "Will is
a nationally acclaimed, award-
winning artist whose work ap-
pears in private and public col-
lections all over the world." "Paige
Killeen and Jennifer Harrison, the
arts/coolkbook subcommittee,
have put so much energy into this
year's festival.' This logo is just
"Will's whimsical art captures the
family-fun of seeing old friends,
eating great food, listening to ex-
cellent music, playing,games and
browsing arts and crafts booths
to your heart's content," explains
Paige. "We will be selling the logo
as limited edition, signed prints
and posters."
Will Luck is a -self-taught,
self-motivated, self-supporting
Gulf Coast visual artist/musician
who has been doing art for more
than thirty years.
His current body of work is the
latest of a twenty-year series
based upon the experiences
shared with artist Carolyn Flow-
ers, two dogs (Moon and Star),
and several cats (presently
Smokey, Cali Jo, Budda, Spike

and Go-Go). They live together in
a little red house, built by the art-
ist, located in the wooded land-
scape of the North Florida Gulf
Coast. This setting, and the crit-
ters which live in it, are his inspi-
ration and models. His art ex-
presses a sense of optimism and
a belief that life is magical.
"We hope Will Luck's art will in-
spire children attending the fes-
tival," said- Jennifer. "Children's
activities includes coloring
paper-plate crabs, drawing pic-
tures, decorating, cookies as well
as games, rides, face painting,
demonstrations, story telling and
"Wooley Park, overlooking scenic
Dickerson Bay, is home to the fes-
tival," explains festival Co-Chair
Sherrie Posey Miller. "All proceeds
from the May 3rd festival will, go
toward refurbishing the Wakulla
Welcome Center in Panacea."
"At this point we still have space
for additional arts and crafts
booths," said Paige. "If you are
interested in selling your work at
the festival, you can download the
Arts & Crafts rules and booth
application from our web site, at
I www.bluecrab-festival.com, or
I call 850-984-CRAB (2722), and
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landed in the county. In 2001, 1.9 million pounds of lish and 4.2
million pounds of shellfish were landed. However, the price of seafood
product has not changed significantly over time, which has caused
hardship in the industry because the cost of catching the product
has increased. Currently there is a crisis in the shrimp industry be-
cause of the flooding of the national market with foreign shrimp. There
is an on-going concern in the oyster industry because of federal health
So while the county economy has increased, there has not been sig-
nificant diversification. The county is relying upon construction, tour-
ism, and the seafood industry as its main stays. The largest single
employer is the school board with all the teachers and support per-
sonnel. There are substantial seasonal employment shifts in the tour-
ism and seafood industry.
National and state affairs do affect the county economy, but there are
specific county drawbacks to economic development, including the
lack of sewer and water capacity to serve commercial development.
the distance to market, the cost of housing for transplanted workers.
the limited re-training opportunities for the existing workforce. and
no local revenue to promote the area or maintain it.
Source of financial and other help were identified by Mr. Pierce. The
county does have a local gas tax that generated about $300,000 per
year and that money is specifically reserved for maintaining existing
roads. He concluded:
The county currently places a low demand on developers to provide
services. Currently, development is allowed to proceed at one house
per acre using private wells and septic tanks. The county does not
have mandatory garbage collection, nor does it promote the use of
regional water or sewer systems. That is, there is little a developer
must provide to be concurrent with the services expected by the
The assembled residents were divided into three groups, each taking
a topic and moving to separate meeting areas under the leadership of
a facilitator. The groups involved (1) Land Use Planning, Community
Character, appearance and quality of life. (2) Growth Impacts included
concurrency, impact fees, taxation, and affordable housing. (3) the
last topic was Viability of the Seafood industry, workforce develop-
ment and business development and recruitment. Then, the groups

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came back together for the last half of the meeting. Each group had
available to it the list of issues and options generated from the Febru-
ary workshop grouped by the consultant in order to address their
topic and identify policy issues related to them.
The Chronicle published about half of the Issues and Options identi-
fied in the February meeting, and in this article, the balance of those
800 items by category are reprinted below in order to facilitate ad-
vance study for the next workshop meeting on natural resources
scheduled on April 15th.


General Approach to Protection of Natural Resources
Desired Outcomes:
* An integrated approach to natural resource protection
* Establish a local environment unit at the County
* Create a scientific baseline e.g. inventory of easing natural areas
* Identify pollution sources
* Current water quality
* Identify existing threats
* Existing wildlife/habitat areas/resource protection areas
* Water flow in Apalachicola
* Identify impervious surface areas
* Require sediment analysis
* Study and learn from others' experiences
. Refine environmental regulations
* Provide adequate staff for planning, permitting and enforcement
* Educate the public on natural resource protection; provide websites.
publications, and maps describing public areas, access, and programs
* Establish a program to promote and educate for local stewardship
* Compensation of local residents to execute natural resource protec-
Water Quality: Wastewater Treatment, Wetland and
Waterway Protection, etc.
Desired Outcomes:
* Reduction in point and non-point source pollution; keep sewage out
* Protection of the water quality in the Apalachicola River, bay, wet-
lands and ocean; the same in the future as it is today,,
* Protect purity of our drinking water
* Protect and preserve aquatic habitats
* Restoration of the Apalachicola River to its natural state
* Reduced development on bay/water, especially on septic systems
* Preserve the fresh water lakes on St. James Island. I hope they
continue to improve and be restored in the case of endangered ones.
* As development occurs more and more along the coast, protection
of bay and river Water quality must be central, especially in regard to
* Enhance standards and regulations to protect bay and ensure en-
* Increase funding for water management district enforcement
* Develop a social plan for water resources, river, bay, alligator har-
bor, wetlands
* Minimize effect of transient users, salt water resources, i.e. Recre-
ation fishing
* Control storm water and road run-off
* Monitor and maintain waterways through regulations; consider the
impact of dredging.
* Protect water salinity, close Sikes Cut
* Deeper docks deep-water channels
* Take pressure off bay: road relocation, direct development away
from bay, direct recreation away from bay.

Wildlife Habitat Protection
Desired Outcomes:
* End authorized dredging of Apalachicola River
* Protection of wildlife corridors and buffers
* Protection of habitat for endangered/threatened species such as:
bear, white top pitcher plant

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* Protection of the most productive estuary in the northern hemi-

* Healthy natural habitat for fish birds and other wildlife and sea life.
especially for migrating bird populations
* Preservation of pristine natural areas marshes and bays
* Undeveloped forests should be protected and left undeveloped
* Limited development of watershed (all)
* Ability to witness a full spectrum of nature and to learn from the
close encounters
* Beaches are not a giant ashtray
* Natural scenic values/vistas are retained
* Open space for people and wildlife
* Assure that we have fresh water for the natural environment here.
* Establish conservation plans with wildlife corridors, greenways, and
* Include wildlife requirements in comp plan e.g. allocation of water
* Reduce pressure on resources by establishing triggering thresholds
for resource tolerance and aquifer protection
* Provide conservation managers adequate resources to manage
* Continued prescribed burning
* Regulate activities to prevent destruction of environment, enforce
existing protective laws
* Stop bear's being killed by hunters
* Encourage xeriscaping
* Provide alternatives to dumping trash in natural areas
* Expedite conservation land purchases
* Have the state to buy more buffer lands to protect the waters in
particular "the miles" and create a buffer zone from development for
St. Vincent sound
* Turkey Point-State Park
* Protect salt marshes, sea grasses and oyster bars; have better des-
ignation of marine areas/zones .
* Clearly mark boat trails through sea grass beds
* Restrict dock building and marinas


Drinking Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment
Desired Outcomes:
* Adequate, clean drinking water supply (how many people can we
* Effective water and wastewater management on St. George island
* Provide centralized, comprehensive planning and coordination to
meet sewer and water needs across the county, Each community or
special district is responsible for its "piece" of the county.
* This creates a disjointed approach to meeting critical long-term water
and sewer needs and results in water availability and quality issues
for some communities and potentially higher costs or tax assessments
for all communities.
* Increase use of sewers instead of septic tanks; consider countywide
central sewage
* Require individual aerobic systems
* Require larger developments to utilize advanced wastewater treat-
ment *
* Provide for regular inspection of all wastewater facilities
* Utilize modern waste treatment system i.e. Waste compost
* Address the conflict between preserving ground water and water
way flow and developing central sewer systems to provide for growth
* Improve placement and operation of septic tanks, encourage devel-
opment away.form water ways .
Solid Waste (garbage)
Desired Outcomes:
* Minimize the amount of solid waste
* Provide efficient, cost effective removal of solid waste
* Effective waste management St. George Island
* Improve recycling program
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which will probably be discussed
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approach to the provision of sewer
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county. "At this time, the indi-
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are telling the county where they
are putting sewer and water lines,
which is then driving develop-
ment, instead of the county say-
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It is the county that has the com-
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is supposed to be directing devel-

"It is my expectation that the
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with the need for a regional ap-
proach to sewer and water ser-
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protect the resource because you
will have fewer small wells and
sewage treatment plants and it
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A consistent top-producer, Jeff was "Rookie of the Year"
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The Franklin Chronicle

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 03/16/03 invoice No. 8586
Description of Vehicle: Make Pontiac Model Grand Prix Color Red
Tag No H85QZN Year 1989 state FL vinNo. IG2WJ14T7KF294602

To Owner: Tracy Jill Sommer To Lien Holder: Flanders Auto Wholesale. Inc.
P.O. Box 103 Rt. 1 Box 65 Hwy. 20 West
Telogia, FL 32360 Blountstown, FL 32424

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
03/16/03 at the request of CPD 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
$ 296.00 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 04/24/03 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

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 03/18/03 Invoice No. 8573
Description of Vehicle: Make Mitsubishi Model PK Color White
Tag No G50YID Year 1988 tate FL Vin No. JA7FL24D4JP095601

To Owner: Lawerence C. Woodhull To Lien Holder:
3731 Tee Side Drive
New Port Richie, FL 34655

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on .
03/11/03 at the request of FHP/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
$ 355.00 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 04/17/03 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

The F ranklin Chronicle


4 ADril 2003 Page 9

Visioning from Page 7

* Increased education on recycling
* Assure coordinated waste management
* Provide proper trash disposal and disposal sites for public

Road Construction and Maintenance
Desired Outcomes:
* Uncongested roads
* Adequate traffic safety and flow
* Better traffic flows on Franklin Blvd.
* Prefer no four lane highways or super highways.
* Install speed bumps to prevent 50-mph traffic on SGI.
* Roads along bay
* Take pressure off bay: road relocation, direct development away
from bay,
* Keep large highways out
* Focus community development off mature highways
* Require that road capacity improvements proceed development
* Improve quality of state roads, mark lines better
* Integrate bike trails through county and state

Public Safety (fire and police)
Desired Outcomes:
* Keep crime down
* Timely, quality emergency 5erviGes:
* Adequate police coverage
* Health and safety protection, fire-fighting, water, sewer
* Upgrade fire services
* Provide adequate fire protection personnel Establish paid -fire de-
partment (not just volunteers) Coordinate fire. EMS, police emergency
services Fire district plans

Emergency Management: prevention, evacuation and
Desired Outcomes:
Ability to get out in an emergency
Minimize risk of damage
Adequate emergency evacuation routes for the county and public
Evacuation: routes, roads paved. FEMA
-* Maintain a hurricane evacuation plan and coordination to support
Avoid development in high hazard areas flood plain i.e. Storm surge
More evacuation routes; have evacuation routes across (east-west)
the county, build an east -west road inland from the coast

Health Care and Emergency Medical
Desired Outcomes:
Timely ambulance service, only two ambulances service the entire
county. Seriously, ill or injured patients are routinely transported to
either Panama City or Tallahassee hospitals for treatment. This re-
sults in only one ambulance being available to respond to emergency
calls for the whole county for several hours at a time.
Improved health care services, quality and quantity
Better access to medical facilities, good local hospital, more local
Workable health support process and hospital
SImprove the hospital, more medical equipment for hospital
Improved health care centers with quality personnel, certified trauma
hProvide incentives to encourage good health care
Provide elder care transportation
Maintain and increase regional transportation, health systems
Improve healthcare (personal)

Desired Outcomes:
* 1st class, high quality schools
* Sense of communities: county wide, community wide
* Quality, committed teachers
* Neighborhood schools (no long bus rides)
* Integrated education with public lands
* School consolidation, if necessary
Develop a higher education learning system
* School board members must be volunteers.
* Determine the best locations for schools
Provide dedicated funding, review and audited
SAssure availability of affordable housing (for teachers)

Public Facilities
Desired Outcomes and Options:
* Improved infrastructure throughout Apalachicola and other parts
of the county for existing/future residents
* Move the county seat from Apalachicola to Carrabelle so that it is
centrally located
* No state prisons
* No nuclear power plants
* Airport: Apalachicola in particular and also Carrabelle, Dog Island,
and St. George Island (The Airport is the most valuable single asset in
Franklin County..'.
* Bike paths, Pedestrian walkways in business area
* Complete "rails-to-trails" project (to Carrabelle)
* Retirement center
* I treasure our public libraries and the youth programs it provides
as well as adult education
* Utilize objective processes for location of infrastructure improve-
* increase library system and budget for existing libraries and new
* Consolidate county services
* Build more public facilities (libraries, recreation centers, etc.)
* Make facilities self-supporting where possible, i.e. fishing pier
Public Access to Beaches and Boat Ramps
Desired Outcomes:
* Public access to clean, free (no charge) beaches.
* Safe convenient boat launch ramps provide access to bay, gulf and
* Public access to woods and roads
* State or County should make sure people have use of bay: assures
individuals cannot control access to the water
* Open up Bob Sikes Cut
* Clearly marked and more beach access
* Give priority to waterfront access when addressing water develop-
ment issues
* Provide public marinas
* Provide municipal docks
* Provide boat ramps for small fisherman
* Develop a comprehensive boat/water access plan
* Develop a comprehensive beach/recreational areas plan
* Establish a public beach and park in the Apalachicola area (west-
em Franklin County).

Desired Outcomes:
* Ample recreational activities for children and adults: seashore, woods
and waterways, including: hunting, fishing, hiking
* I want a recreation facilwith swimming pools for locals -YMCA
* Keep and promote sporting (game) fishing of fresh and salt water
* Establish a public beach and park in the Apalachicola area (west-
ern Franklin Countv).
* Showcase recreation opportunities
* Provide management of recreational activities
Encourage social diversity, maintain through recreation
Provide parks and'facilities for youth (roller-blading)
Increase utilization of state owned property (parks, recreation ar-

Wakulla Fisherman from Page 1

... belong to all of the people of the state and should be
conserved and managed for the benefit of the state, its
people and future generations. To this end the people
hereby enact limitations on marine net fishing in Florida
waters to protect saltwater finfish, shellfish, and other
marine animals from unnecessary killings, overfishing
and waste. (emphasis added)
The Amendment became effective on July 1, 1995 and
applies equally to all citizens, including women, the eld-
erly, the disabled, and the physically impaired.
Subsection (b) of the Amendment, provides, in relevant part. that the
use of nonentangling and non-gill nets is allowed in the nearshore
and inshore waters of Florida as long as the nets do not exceed 5 00
square feet of "mesh area." The Amendment provides no other size
or mesh limitations for legal, non-gill and non-entangling nets.
The Amendment's goal is to limit net fishing by prohibiting the use of
gill nets. However, any net made for marine fishing will gill or en-
tangle fish and marine animals in its meshes. Therefore, the Amend-
ment has the effect of making all nets unlawful. The Amendment
has been broadly interpreted by the FWCC, which has led to com-
mercial fishermen, such as Petitioners, being arrested whenever their
legal nets accidentally or incidentally gill or entangle marine animals
and finfish.
Similarly, section 370.025, Florida Statute's primary goal is the man-
agement and preservation of marine fishery resources for "all the
people of this state for present and future generations." 370.025(1),
Fla. Stat.(emphasis added)
The rules adopted by the FWCC have steadily decreased the types of
nets that qualify as legal nets under the Amendment by reducing
mesh sizes, reducing the types of twine from which a net can be con-
structed, and reducing the types of non-gill and non-entangling nets
that can be used in Florida nearshore and inshore waters.
These changes by the FWCC have defeated the purpose of the Amend-
ment by not considering the effect such reductions have on juvenile
fish populations. Further, the changes are contrary to the standards
the FWCC must follow in promulgating rules, which provide that in
adopting a rule for the protection and conservation of marine re-
sources, the rule must: be based upon the best information available
to the FWCC, including biological, sociological, economic, and other
information deemed relevant by the FWCC; permit reasonable means
and quantities of annual harvest consistent with maximum practi-
cable sustainable stock abundance on a continuing basis; and be fair
and equitable to all the people of this state and carried out in such a
way that no individual, corporation or entity acquires an excessive
share of such privileges.
Section 370.093(2)(b), Florida Statutes, provides that nets constructed
of materials not defined as multi-strand monofilament material, such
as braided or twisted nylon, cotton, linen twine, or polypropylene
twine, are not considered entangling nets. Accordingly, a net con-
structed of materials with appropriately sized mesh and measuring
less than 500 square feet should be a legal net pursuant to this stat-
ute and the Amendment.
Subsection (b)(1) of the Amendment proscribes the use of gill nets in
any Florida waters. Subsection (c)(1) defines 'gill net' as "one or more
walls, of netting which captures saltwater finfish by ensnaring or en-
tangling them in the meshes of the net by the gills
There is no rule applicable to a rectangular net other than a seine
net, thus there is no limitation on a rectangular net's use or
construction. Subsection (c)(2) of the Amendment permits other rect-
angular nets that are not gill/entangling nets. There are no rules
applicable to other rectangular nets. Therefore, a non-gill net less
than 500 square feet constructed from non-monofilament material
with appropriate sized twine and mesh, should be captures fish by
the gills is not necessarily a gill net. Any net, regardless of mesh size.
will ensnare fish by the gills, Any reduction of mesh size merely means
a concomitant increase of the chance that juvenile bycatch will be
ensnared by the gills.
Subsection (c)(1) further excludes hand thrown cast nets from -the
definition of gill nets and entangling nets. Therefore, it is clear that
the Amendment does authorize gill nets so long as they are hand
thrown. There are numerous nets with large mesh sizes that are law-
ful nets for use in Florida waters.
Article I, Section 2 of the Florida Constitution requires.that.all.natU-.
ral persons are equal before the law". No citizen, regardless of physi-
cal disability, can be deprived of his or her inalienable right to due
process, equal protection under the law, and a right to pursue their
livelihood. The Amendment, by its own Subsection (a) and by Article
I, 2, Florida Constitution, equally and fairly applies to all people.
However, Petitioners maintain that the FWCC is intentionally inter-
preting and applying the amendment to deprive women, the elderly.
the disabled, and the physically impaired of equal protection and
equal rights. Inherent physical limitations of many historically disad-

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Ronald F. Crum
Wakulla Fisherman from Page 9
vantage groups, including women, the elderly, the disabled, and the
physically impaired, make it impossible for said groups to use large.
commercially viable, legal hand thrown cast nets. Because all nets
ensnare fish by the gills, and because only hand thrown cast nets are
exempt from gill net prohibition, to allow hand thrown cast nets as
permitted by the Amendment and to deny the use of likewise consti-
tutionally permitted rectangular nets that are not gill nets denies
these historically disadvantaged., .groups equal protection under the
law and is arbitrary and capricious.
In addition, Florida Administrative Code Rule 46-4.0081 deprives these
persons of their livelihood and impermissibly denies them due pro-
cess and equal protection. This rule does this because it removes any
possible commercially viable way to earn a living. In Dept of Environ-
mental Protection v. Millender expressly stated that commercial vi-
ability was a valid consideration which is relevant in interpreting
the-Amendment, statutes, and rules relating to fishing nets. Rule
46-4.008'1, F.A.C. restricts the mesh size of all seine nets. leaving no
commercially viable alternative.
Petitioners maintain that FWCC rule changes, coupled with the harsh
enforcement of the Amendment by the FWCC Division of Law En-
forcement has, in effect, created a complete ban on marine net fish-
ing to those citizens incapable of using commercially viable hand
thrown cast nets, thus denying their rights under Article 1. 2, and
Article X, 16(a), Florida Constitution and Florida Administrative Code
Rule 46-4.0081. Therefore, Petitioners must be allowed to use a con-
stitutionally permitted rectangular net.
The effect of these laws is that Petitioners and other similarly situ-
ated persons have been prevented from earning a living and discrimi-
nated against. Since there is no agency rule stating what is legal. the
existing rules make everything illegal.
The right to earn a livelihood is a fundamental right, which cannot be
taken away. Further in order for a classification to be constitutional.
it must apply equally and uniformly to all persons within the class.
Therefore, no law can discriminate against certain fishers, such as
women, the elderly, the disabled, or the physically impaired. Any law
which discriminates in such a way violates Petitioners and other simi-
larly situated people's due process and equal protection rights.
Petitioner Crum has designed and developed a rectangular net or
hybrid net, which Petitioners and other fishers intend to use and
generally duplicate as a basis for creating a commercially-viable net
that will fully comply with the Amendment. A diagram of one such
hybrid net intended for a specifically targeted finfish species. This
hybrid would provide a commercially viable alternative for women.
the elderly, the disabled, and the physically impaired and would elimi-
nate the discrimination imposed by the Amendment, statutes, rules.
and enforcement policies. As diagramed, the hybrid net is designed
for specific target species specific finfish.
The hybrid net is a non-monofilament 500 square feet net, which is
not a seine net. The hybrid net does not have a pocket, wings or a
panel like seine nets, nor is it dragged on the bottom as seine nets
The hybrid net is also not a gill/entangling net. The hybrid net must
be retrieved quickly, rather than left stationary in the water. Further.
the amount of unintentionally gilled or entangled fish is significantly
less that the 90-100% from traditional gill/entangling nets. Unless a
net, such as the hybrid net, can be utilized in inshore waters and
incidental killing of fish ignored, then the constitutional provision
that purports to only limit net fishing becomes an absolute ban on
net fishing.
Declarations Sought
WHEREFORE, Petitioners are in great need of a declaratory state-
ment from the FWCC:
1. As to the size, measurement and configuration of nets that may. be
used in Florida waters in order to properly comply with the Amend-
ment, statutes, and rules while sustaining a livelihood for their life--
long occupations as commercial fisherman. Specifically, Petitioners
seek a declaratory statement determining whether a hybrid net. as
described in Exhibit A may be lawfully fished in Florida, nearshore
and inshore waters.
The Amendment was designed to prevent unnecessary killing.
over-fishing and waste. Prevention of unnecessary killing over-fishing
and waste is not achieved through blanket restrictions on mesh size
or twine type, but rather through the Article X, 16 mandate that no
net shall measure over 500 square-feet. This drastic reduction of net
size from former industry norms has worked to restore marine life
population faster than was originally anticipated. A blanket restric-
tion on mesh size or twine type has disastrous effects on the varying.
marine populations. A small mesh size, or no mesh size in the case of
tarpaulin-type nets currently authorized by the FWCC, causes the
entanglement of smaller, juvenile fish and unintended bycatch. re-
sulting not only in a premature depletion in the population of juve-
nile stocks of the targeted species, but also the unnecessary killing.,
over-fishing, and waste of non-targeted bycatch and game fish. In
order to prevent the unnecessary killing, over-fishing and waste the
Amendment seeks to curtail, allowances must be made for the type of
fish targeted in relation to the net, twine, and mesh size used. Such
an approach provides for more species-specific fishing, allows the
replenishment of depleted marine resources, and accounts for sea-
sonable variations and differing developmental periods for certain
targeted fish.
Petitioners' hybrid net achieves these goals, and furthers the stated
purpose of the Amendment because the hybrid net's construction.
which uses permitted materials pursuant to 370.093, Fla. Stat. and
allows non-targeted fish and other bycatch of unintended species and
juvenile fish to escape, by causing only the targeted fish to be har-
vested in a manner consistent with the highest selectivity and
catchability standards of the FFWCC.
A.declaration that the hybrid net could be legally fished under the
Amendment also would remove the arbitrariness and inflexibility of
current enforcement practices and would provide Petitioners and other
commercial fishermen and those enforcing the Amendment with a
concrete guide as to how to fish in compliance with the Amendment
Such a declaration would also be in accordance with section 370.093.
Florida Statutes, which indicates that a legal net can be constructed
using the non-prohibited materials. Finally, a determination that the
hybrid net is legal under the self-implementing Amendment also pro-
vides Petitioners with a commercially viable method of fishing.
As to whether Article X, 16, Florida Constitution and Florida Ad-
ministrative Code Rule 46-4.008 1, are unconstitutional because they
deprive historically disadvantage groups, such as women, the eld-
erly, the disabled, and the physically impaired, of their equal protec-
tion and due process rights, due to their inherent physical limita-
tions preventing them from using commercially viable, legal hand
thrown cast nets.
Further, pursuant to section 120.569(2)(c), Florida Statutes and
Florida Administrative Code Rule 28-105.003. Petitioners request a
hearing on this matter because it substantially affects their interests.
especially their ability to earn a living. Moreover, an evidentiary hear-
ing is necessary because this petition involves questions of fact. law.
and law applied to facts.

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