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Volume 12, Number 8 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER April 18- May 1, 2003

Passing through Apalachicola.

Overnight April 3, 2003

The "Niagara Prince" Visits

Carrabelle And Franklin

Ship's Passengers Toured the Carrabelle Area

Over 70 visitors disembarked the small ship Niagara Prince, owned
by the American Canadian Caribbean Line (ACCL) as she "dieseled"
north from Tampa enroute to New Orleans via the Inland waterways
on April 3-4, 2003. This ship, one of three small ships owned by
ACCL docked at Timber Island about an hour early, met by a contin-
gent from the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce, City of Carrabelle.
and other officials and "hosts".
The Chamber, assisted by Ed Saunders, Bonnie Stephens, Chuck
Spicer, David Butler and others, organized motor tours of the area
including Carrabelle and Carrabelle Beach, showing the visitors Camp
Gordon Johnston, the Old Carrabelle Hotel,, gift shops, Crooked River
Lighthouse, restaurants and local marinas.

and pulls a shallow draft of 6 feet. 13 inches. This latter characters
-see the best an area has to offer... (allowing) us to navigate coastal
Negotiating the St. George Island Bridge..
Billig itself acruising" concept was a "Yacht-like exploration", the Niagara Prince is by Luther H. 75
feet in length with a 40 foot beam (breadth across at its widest point)
and pulls a shallow draft of 6 feet, 13 inches. This latter characteris-
tic, plus smaller length, enables the company to stage cruises into
areas other ships cannot navigate. Their promotional brochure states.
"This avoids long lines and tourist traps so that our passengers candy
see the best an ag skills, hea has to offer... (allowing) usld be able to navistal
waters, jungle rivers and isolated beaches..hallow water. Today, ther
The "of three small shipng" concept was developed by Luther H. Blount
when he established his company, ACCL, in 1966. He built his hobby
into a cruise niche that has defined the "small ship cruise" industry.
.With Mr. Blount's shipbuilding background, his love of sailing, and
engineering skills, he designed a vessel that would be able to navi-
gate under low bridges and navigate in shallow water. Today, there is
a fleet of three small ships that feature Blount's patented designs.
The Niagara Prince is one of these ships, commissioned in 1994 and
built by Blount Industries, Inc. in Warren, Rhode Island. Cruises are
scheduled for Antigua/Grenada; the Bahamas; 'Belize; Panama;
Trinidad; Jacksonville/Tampa; Tampa/ New Orleans; New Orleans/
Chicago (traveling eight rivers of mid-America); Chicago; Lake Michi-
gan Getaway; Lake Superior; Autumn Coastal Colors (New York and
Rhode Island); New England, and others.
The ship also has a retractable pilothouse allowing ACCL vessels to
travel beneath low bridges and transit locks. Consequently, their ships
are the only overnight vessels able to navigate the historic Erie Ca-
-... :..-

Captain John Hunnewell in the pilot house.
nal. Stair lilts have been installed on all ships of the line-to assist
passengers who have tough problems climbing stairs. Modern cab-
ins, each with private facilities, are located throughout the ship. The
Niagara Prince had 70 passengers in 35 cabins, with 15 additional
Continued on Page 10

Registration At GCCC's Gulf/

Franklin Center

On April 16-17 from 9 a.m. to 6
p.m. (EST) the Gulf/Franklin
Center will regi s students for
the Summer A and B semesters.
Students may also register for the
Fall 2003 term at this time.
The Summer A semester runs
from May 12 to June 21. Late reg-
istration for Summer A is on May
12 and 13 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Summer B semester runs
rom June 23 to August 2. Stu-
nts may register for Summer B

on June lb and 1 / Irom 9 a.m. to
6 p.m. Late registration for Sum-
mer B is June 23 and 24.
The Fall Semester runs from Au-
gust 20 to December 19. Students
may register early for the Fall ses-
sion April 16 and 17.
For information, call 227-9670.
The Gulf/Franklin Center is the
local campus of Gulf Coast Com-
munity College. It is located at
3800 Garrison Avenue, Port St.
Joe, Florida.

Inside This Issue
10 Pages
Niagara Prince ..... 1, 10
Bald Point .......... 1
Profundus Tract ........ 1
Regatta ................... 1
Franklin Briefs ........ 2
Editorial & Commentary
................................. 3
Dixie Theatre .......... 4
Old Carrabelle Hotel .. 5
Carrabelle City ...... 6, 9
Trinity Concert ......... 7
FCAN....................... 8
Bird Watching .......... 9
Alligator Point ....... 10

Bald Point
Management Plan
Update Held April 3rd

Citizens Force

That Fencing
Plan Has Been


Largely at the thrust of two Alli-
gator Point residents, the Bald
Point "planners" holding an up-
date meeting on Bald Point admit,
ted that plans to fence the west-
ern boundary of the new .park
have been put into action. The
holding of the meeting on April
3rd at Chillas Hall, Lanark Village,
was to seek citizen input for the
management plan under the guise
of a "public workshop" inviting
citizen reactions.
The group that met in front of
Michael... Kennison, Mark
Wielgorecki (Park Manager at the
Ochlockonee River State Park)
and Roland G. Hall, (District As-
sistant Bureau Chief, Bureau of
Parks District 1, Division of Rec-
reation and Parks) was decidedly
against fencing in the western
boundary of the new Bald Point
State Park. Line and Vicki Barnett
kept pressing the three gentlemen

e) Mihael Keis, Mak Wie ei ad Ra
left) Michael Kennison, Mark Wielgorecki and Roland

(From left) Line Barnett and Vicki Barnett.

as to the decision on fencing the
property, and who they could con-
tact with regard to registering a
complaint about that when it was
admitted that a contract had al-
ready been prepared and signed
to complete the job. Roland Hall
explained that the fence contem-
plated by park planners was not
to be a continuous barrier, but
interrupted with large openings or
gaps to allow wildlife free passage.
The workshop was the first of two
that would be held to review park
plans. Kennison said, "...We de-
cided to come back to the public
to see what you had to say and
what you would like us to con-
sider on the new addition ... So
that's what we're here (about) to-
night. Is to hear what you would
like us to consider in this process;
what your vision is for Bald Point
State Park."
The Apalachee Ecological Conser-
vancy (APECO) presented a letter
to the park planners also object-
ing to fencing the western bound-
ary of the park. The letter read,
in part:
"Our opinion is based on three key
1. Our conversation with George
Wilson and others within St. Joe
have shown that various tracts of
lands they still own along route
98 are going to be used as miti-

gation lands
2. As far as we know, no study to
determine the location of com-
monly used', natural Wildlife Cor-
ridors has been performed.
3. The St. James Island overlay
is scheduled to start in Septem-
ber. This process will provide de-
tails of how the area may be de-
veloped and how critical re-
sources will be protected, show-
ing potential Wildlife Corridors,
conservation lands, and residen-
tial and commercial development
We must reiterate that any plan
by the Park Service to fence off
any section of Bald Point State
Park should be readdressed by
public workshop after the St
James Island overlay is complete
to achieve a more definite under-
.standing of what parts of St.
James Island may yet end up as
state lands or conservation ease-
We at the same time do agree within
your plan to call the Park Advi-
sory Committee together to revise
the master plan now that the park
is three times its original size. The
recreational opportunities that
present themselves with the ad-
ditional land are very significant.

Roy R. Di


Governor and Cabinet Defer
Acquisition Of Profundus Tract

In Tate's Hell

Option agreement for the State to acquire 37,358.5
acres put on hold
The Governor and Cabinet deferred an opportunity to buy over 37,000
acres within the Tates Hell/Carrabelle Tract in the Florida Forever
project from Profundus Holdings, Inc. for $38 million on Tuesday,
April 8th. Profundus, Inc. acquired the property in September 1992
for $17.5 million. The Governor and Cabinet voiced opinions that the
price was too high considering that a substantial amount of market-
able timber had been cut and sold already.
The property is one of the last remaining major tracts of land to be
purchased within the Tates Hell/Carrabelle Tract. It is an essential
parcel providing the critical connection between the two major tracts
of state-ovnhed lands, solidifying the connection with the Apalachicola
national forest. Acquisition of this parcel creates one of the largest
conservation "core" areas in the Eastern U.S., over one million acres.
The remote flatwoods and swamps spreading for miles from the lower
Apalachicola to the Ochlock6nee Rivers, though logged, are critical to
the survival in north Florida of black bear and other wildlife that
need large unpopulated areas. The Tates Hell/Carrabelle tract will
conserve most of this land, maintaining a link of undeveloped land
with the Apalachicola National Forest and the Apalachicola National
Estuarine Research Reserve, preserving the water quality of creeks
that flow into productive Apalachicola Bay, and letting the public
hunt, fish, canoe, or simply view the plants and animals in this
uniquely large landscape. About 83 percent of the gross land is con-
sidered to be productive for growing pine timber, with 76 percent of
the gross land currently having merchantable and pre-merchantable
timber valued at about $23 million.
According to a spokesperson at the Dept. of Environmental Protec-
tion, the proposal to sell the Profundus Tract will be placed on the
agenda for Governor and Cabinet April 22nd in Pensacola.

Third Annual Youth Regatta

Scheduled For St. George May 3rd

Larry Hale, Coordinator, has an-
nounced that the Third Annual
Youth Regatta will be staged by
the St. George Island Yacht Club
on May 3, 2003. This sailing com-
petition will also be hosted by the
island Boy Scout troop 22. The
scouts last competed in Pensacola
sailing competition the weekend
of March 29-30, 2003 with eight
entries, taking First Second and
Third place in the youth division.
First Place was won by Alex
Hoffman and Jason Opie; Second
Place won by Tim Wallace and
Carl Ard; Third place, Jessica
Opie and Shana Tabby, and
Fourth Place Darin Hoffman and
Kelly Estes.
There will be food and hospitality
at the May 3rd event. The St.
George program under the lead-
ership of Larry Hale and Patricia
Hale, is considered by many as a
model for the country. Through
this program, self-esteem, confi-
dence and discipline is created
within the participating vouth.

i The byproduct is good character
land personal accountability.
This year, there will be a special
dedication of a 16-foot Hobie in
memory of Mat Bougeois. Mat was
a former Boy Scout serving as a
U.S. Navy Seal when killed in ac-
Stion while serving somewhere in
To participate in Regatta call
i Larry Hale at 850-927-2395 or

ABC School Board Meets
April 15th
Limited space in this issue per-
mits only a clarification of an item
reported earlier. Principal Jeff
Weiner has made an offer of em-
ployment to a social worker and
another candidate for teaching
fourth grade for the 2003-4 school
year, subject to final approval of
the ABC School Board.

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April 15, 2003

Present: Commissioner
Clarence Williams:
Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis; Chairperson
Cheryl Sanders and
Commissioner Bevin
Absent: Commissioner
Eddie Creamer

Sheriff of Franklin County
A Sheriff's representative ap-
peared before the Commissioners
and requested authorizations to
draw money from an internal fund
to purchase communication
equipment. The Board approved
the expenditure from grants and
a pool of money totaling about
870.432.00. There was 8110.000
in the money pool.

Supervisor of Elections
Doris Shriver Gibbs sought guid-
ance from the Commissioners re-
garding the future acquisition of
additional voting machines priced
at $5,275 each. The Board asked
her to itemize the expenditures at
the time of submitting her annual

Solid Waste Director
Van Johnson received a resolution
from the Board authorizing a rate
increase for household waste de-
livered to the landfill for disposal.
The resolution, approved by the
Board. is as follows:
Van Johnson also presented the
Board the Annual Full Cost of
Solid Waste Management Report
and public notice. The annual re-
port contains the full costs in-
curred by the Franklin County for
solid waste management services
provided to the public during fis-
cal year 2001-2002. The report
identifies all costs, both direct and
indirect, whether budgeted or not.
However, it does not take into ac-
count the offsetting factor of tip-
ping fee revenue, solid waste
grants or inmate labor used in the
production of services. The full
cost of Solid Waste Management
service for Franklin County dur-
ing the fiscal year 2001-2002 was
$1,048,600. which was a
8328,990 increase from the last
fiscal year. The public notice is
reproduced on page two of this
Chronicle issue.





Total: $1,048,600

SCollection: (1)

Disposal: (2)

Recycling: (3)

Residential Residential




WHEREAS, the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners contracts with a private
contractor for solid waste disposal services, which must be funded, and
WHEREAS, Florida law requires the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners to
impose tipping fees for such services, and .
WHEREAS, the Franklin Count y Board of County Commissioners has changed the tipping
fee for Household Garbage,
COMMISSIONERS, that the tipping fee for materials presented for disposal at the Franklin County
Central Landfill shall be:

1. Household Garbage
2. White Goods
3. Construction and Demolition Debris
4. Yard Trash
5. Tires

6. Seafood Waste for Composting Only
7. Dry Treated Sludge for Composting Only
8. Household Hazardous Waste Only

45.59/Ton with $2.50 minimum up to 120 Ibs.
45.00/Ton with $2.50 minimum up to 100 Ibs.
45.00/Ton with $2.50 minimum up to 100 Ibs.
22.50/Ton with $2.50 minimum up to 100 Ibs.
$2.50/tire up to four tires.
$250.00fTon over four tires.
$5.00 for tires 20-24 inches.
Over 24 Inches at tonnage rate.
$17.00/Ton no minimum charge.
$17.00/Ton no minimum charge.
Free of charge.

9. Asbestos and other Hazardous Waste Do not accept.
10. Out of County Waste Accept only from Transfer Station Operator at the
rate specified in the "Waste Disposal Agreement".
All charges heretofore charged at the above rate shall be deemed correct.
This Resolution shall be effective April 15, 2003.
This Resolution adopted by the Franklin County Board of county commissioners this 15' day of
April, 2003.

The Donny Wilson Sports
A group of interested citizens pre-
sented a proposal to the Commis-

sioners to name the baseball fields
the D. W. Wilson Sports Complex,
with individual fields to carry the
name of other deceased support-
ers of the county's athletic pro-
grams. Several names were men-
tioned including Carl Petteway,
Clint Baxter, Ned Porter. A formal
dedication ceremony will be held
at a later date, according to
county planner Alan Pierce.

County Extension Director
Bill Mahan informed the Commis-
sioners that he and Suzanne Wil-
son, the 4-H agent in Holmes
County, met for final planning for
the Franklin/Holmes County 4-H
Camp scheduled for June 16-20
at Camp Timpoochee. The camp
is for youth, ages 8-12. For regis-
tration or more information con-
tact the Franklin-UF-IFAS Exten-
sion Program at Apalachicola,
Florida, (850) 653-9337.

Public Hearings
Five public hearings occupied
most of the attention of the Board
from about 10 a.m. for an hour
and 15 minutes. The Board first

approved rezoning change for
9.88 acres in section 8, township
7 south, Range 4 west located in
Carrabelle from A-2 Forestry Ag-
riculture to R- 1 single family resi-
dential. .The rezoning of the
Jimmy Meeks property was ap-
proved but the sketch plat was
not approved. The previous owner
of the property was Thomas
Mitchell where he had his alliga-
tor farm. Neighbors on Kendrick'
Road complained about the dan-
ger of drainage, with. some ex-
pressing an interest in seeing the
construction of a proposed road
before any rezoning or land use
The second hearing which
involved-.zoning change for 9.88
acres in Section 8, township 7
south, range 4 West located in
Carrabelle from A-2 Forestry ag-
riculture to R- 1 single family resi-
dential. Since this involved the
interest of Commissioner
Creamer, the Board deferred any
official action on the proposal
until Mr. Creamer could be
present. The matter would be
taken up at the next meeting.
The third hearing involved a
land-use and zoning change for
.11.60 acres in Section 29, Town-
ship 8 South, Range 6 West Lo-
cated in Eastpoint from" C-4
Commercial mixed use residential
to R-7 multifamily high density.
The Board approved the changes.

The fourth hearing was tabled for
one meeting. This involved a land
use and zoning change for 9.9
acres in Section 25, Township 7
South, Range 5 West located in
Carrabelle from A-2 Forestry ag-
riculture to I-1 Industrial.
A fifth public hearing was a re-
quest to abandon a portion of the
plat of St. George. The Board ap-

The House on Marlin
The county board took no action
on the dilemma posed by contrac-
tor Gary Fritz who encroached on
public-right-of-way with his
'house. A stop-work order had
been placed on the construction
project until the pilings could be
removed. Finally, the Commis-
sioners took no official action
leaving the matter to remove the
pilings from the Fritz house.

Director of Administrative
Mr. Alan Pierce asked for a public
hearing to increase review fees for
plats to $250 plus $2 per lot.
"Unfortunately the existing fee of
$100 plus $2 lot is embedded in
the Subdivision Ordinance, and
in order to amend the fee sched-
ule the ordinance has to be
amended." The Board approved
amending the ordinance.
Mr. Pierce asked the Board about
a request from Enterprise Florida
to sign an Memorandum of Un-
derstanding (MOU) between En-
terprise Florida and the Franklin
County Planning and Zoning Of-
fice. No money is involved, but the
proposed MOU does recognize
that Enterprise Florida will pro-
mote Franklin County and in turn
the Franklin County P and Z will
disseminate and publicize infor-
mation on Enterprise Florida pro-
grams and activities. The Board
;approved Mr. Pierce to sign the

Mr. Pierce advised the Board that
plans for a long-term solution to
erosion at Alligator Point are mov-
ing forward. Last Board meeting
the Board signed an agreement
'.with DEP to accept $80,000 of
state funds that will go towards a
long-term solution for the erosion
on Alligator Point. There is a lo-
cal match requirement, but the
county's match can come from the
federal Coastal Impact Assistance
Program (CIAP) funds that the
county received approval for over
a year ago. The county will receive
some $106,000 of federal CIAP
funds, and the county said in its
application we would use the
funds on Alligator Point CIAP
stands for some federal program
where the county receives a one-
time share from a coastal impact
assistance program, which are
funds to mitigate against the ef-
fect of offshore drilling. "Linc j
Barnett and I agree that the
county should match the $80,000
of Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) funds with
$86,000 of ClAP funds and use
this money to do the design work
on Alligator Point related to a per-
manent solution to erosion."
Preble-Rish Engineers, as the
county's engineers, will be pre-
senting a scope of work soon. The
total scope of work will be for
$195,000 because not only is the
county going to use $80,000 of
new DEP, and $80,000 of ClAP
funds, but there is $35,000 of
DEP funds left-over from Hurri-
cane Opal DEP is also going to
allow us to put towards this
project. When the scope of work
has been reviewed and approved
by DEP, it will be presented to the
Board for approval.
The erosion control solution that
Preble-Rish will be designing is
the one recommended out of the
feasibility study done in 2001.
That study recommends the
building of a few T-groins to sta-
bilize the shore and then rebuild-
ing the beach with sand from ei-
ther the Apalachicola River, the
end of Alligator Point, or from
off-shore Alligator Point.
"While design funds are available,
and some of the permitting funds
will hopefully be available next
year, the construction costs,
which are going to be in the mil-
lions, have not yet been identi-


The county is of course pursing
the acquisition of land on Alliga-
tor Point that will provide an op-
portunity to relocate the road
sometime in the future. Mr. Pierce
Mark Curenton, Don Ashley, and
Alan Pierce attended a meeting in
Blountstown with a military plan-
ner from Eglin Air Force Base. and
vie heard a presentation from the
Nature Conservancy on their
analysis *of open space and valu-
able ecological habitat. The con-
nection between the military and
the environment is that the mili-
tary needs to protect their air
space and the land surrounding
the air base from intense devel-
opment, and if the underlying
ground around Eglin is. environ-
mentally valuable then buying
land will protect the environment
and Eglin's ability to continue its
military role as a training center.
Because of the development south
of Eglin, some of their training is
being impacted, and they are
looking at ways to continue their
mission as one of the nation's pre-
mier training grounds. "I told the
Eglin planners that Franklin
County does not see its develop-
ment pattern of low density resi-
dential changing, but if Eglin
wanted to impress the county,
they should come over here and
look at our airport for use in cer-
tain support facilities and special
military training operations."


N/A (1)
804,961 (2)

68.21Z 243.639 (3)
$293,606 $1,048,600


$ 101.75 Per HH/Year .
$ 3.39 Per Cu. Yd. Disposed

$ 30.80 Per H.H/Year
$ 210.69 Per Ton Recycled


Atlarge (1)
Atlarge (2)
Atlarge (3)
Atlarge (4)
Real Estate (5)
Forestry (6)

Seafood Worker (7) Steve Davis
Seafood Dealer (8) Joseph Parrish

0-- 1 ISa A"Al Iffill


Science (9) Jack Prophater 10/11/88
Atlarge (10) Harriett Beach 04/10/01

Atlarge (11) Dan Rosier,
The Board was provided a current
listing of P and Z members. The
members are in need of electing a
new chairman and vice-chairman
but are holding off because there'
are several openings on the com-
mission that need to be filled.





Vice Chairman
Alternate Member
Alternate Member

a Code Enforcement Board. Such
a Board would have to be created I

Continued on Page 10

Wakulla Birding

and -.

Wildlife Festival

Friday Evening, April 25
and Saturday, April 26 /

Wakulla Springs State Park and Lodge

*:0 Birding, plant and wildlife tours to St. Marks NWR, Ochlockonee
and Bald Point St. Parks

A. Friday and Saturday evening presentations and walks
Bats, owls, frogs and nocturnal wildlife

*+ Learning stations including bird banding
*-: Creative hands-on activities for children

-:* Sunrise birding cruise
4* Live music and food
Registration Fee $2.00 Adults, $1.00 Children plus park entrance
fee. Some items require an additional fee.

For schedule, registration and other information:

(850) 487-0516 or

* -

. -

1. Collection in the unincorporated area it performed outside the control of Franklin County.
2. Disposal costs includes the costs of all classes of waste delivered to the Solid Waste Facility.
3. In addition to the unincorporated area, recycling services are provided to the Cities of
Apalachicola and Carrabelle, and to Eastpoint.
4. Offsetting grant monies and materials revenues affected the per unit costs as follows:
Disposal: Recycling:
'Residential $ 93.86 Per HH/Year $ 20.04 Per HH/Year
Non-Residential $ 3.13 Per Cu. Yd. $ 137.09 Per Ton

In accordance with. the requirements of F.S. 403.7049 and 62-708 F.A.C., the Board of County
Commissioners is advising all users of solid waste management services in Franklin County of the
above information concerning the full cost of service. All workpapers and source documents
used in calculating this information are on file and available for public inspection during normal
business hours.







* -i


The last official election of Chairman and Vice Chairman that I could find was held
August 13, 1996. If

Gayle Dodds 06/08/93
Vicki Barnett. 02/18/02
Mary Lou Short 10/08/96

Ruth Schoelles 08/13/85
Tony Millender 07/14/98

Board of County Commissioners

Franklin County, Florida

Full Cost of Solid Waste Management
Fiscal Year 2001/02

Total Cost FY 01/02:


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The Franklin Chronicle

There are 3 vacancies- an at-large
position; the real estate position
because Ms. Schoelles wants to
resign; and the science position
because Mr. Prophater wants to I
resign. The Board has also not
been regular in the re-appoint-
ments of seats and so Mary Lou
Short, Gayle Dodds are up, and
Dan Rosier will come up in July
of this year. The Board deferred
action on the matter.
On discussion of the uses and
development pattern that has oc-
curred under the existing C-4,
Commissioner Mary Lou Short
discussed the need to require that
at 50% of the structure be used
for commercial purposes on any
future C-4 zoning on Island. While
the Planning and Zoning minutes
do not reflect that Ms. Short might
have intended to exempt the Blue
Parrot property from this require-
ment, when she spoke to the
county commission she stated the
need to apply this standard to
interior commercial lots. If the
Board wants to require at least
50% of a building in C-4 have
commercial use, the C-4 zoning
district will have to be amended,
and this will require a public
Ms. Rachel Ward discussed with
the Commission the need to cre-
ate a Code Enforcement Board.
The Florida Statutes already de-
scribes a Code Enforcement
Board. The Commission unani-
mously supports the creation of


The Franklin Chronicle


18 April 2003 Pa e 3


Capitol Update-Rep. Will S. Kendrick

This week marked the half-point of session. The budget appears to
fpnd many initiatives, but in reality, exorbitant costs are pushed down
to the local level, forcing many counties and cities to raise property
taxes to generate revenue. So many counties, especially rural, small
counties and cities, are financially strapped and already facing the
constitutional limit for property taxes. We cannot simply continue to
absorb the state's financial burdens.
In addition, the House raided hundreds of millions from trust funds
to pay for their proposals. The budget proposal has massive raids to
the state's trust funds, such as affordable housing. These types of
reductions will mean counties will have to shoulder an even larger
share of affordable housing costs or thousands of families will lose
their chance at the dream of home ownership.
In response. my colleagues and I have proposed a series of amend-
ments this week to the Appropriations bill. Personally. I worked on
an amendment to restore cuts made to the salaries of Florida High-
way Patrol troopers. Unfortunately, the House defeated my amend-
ment, which would have budgeted $2 million for overtime pay for our
troopers who are busy protecting our state in the battle for homeland
On another subject, I am concerned about the massive tuition 'in-
creases at our universities proposed by this budget. My colleagues
and I are concerned about how this might impact the Florida Pre-Paid
College Tuition Program,
About 25 percent of Florida's 3.8 million children have signed con-
tracts for Florida's Pre-Paid Tuition Program. But the drastic increases
to higher education tuition, coupled with the massive cuts to the
community college and university budgets. signals the beginning of
the end of the Florida Pre-Paid Program.
The program cannot remain fiscally sound if tuition increases more
than 7.5 percent each year without massive cost increases. In addi-
tion, when each university sets its own tuition, the program will not
guarantee full-tuition at any Florida university, since the costs will
be different at each school.
My plan would tap $50 million set aside for school vouchers to fund
university budgets, eliminating the need for a massive tuition increase.
As a result, tuition would remain flat during the 2003-2004 school
years. The tuition cut would also provide significant savings for the
Bright Futures Lottery Scholarship Program. which is under similar
assault in the House budget.
On a final note, please continue to pray and support our troops in
this time of war. Remember that many families and neighbors near
you have loved ones serving our country overseas.

Frankly Speaking In Franklin County

By Rene Topping
What was Carrabelle police officer Mark Savage thinking (of more
likely not thinking at all,) when, on the night of March 14 he "ar-
rested" two youths, one 15 and the other 16, put them In his police
car to take them off from the Carrabelle Beach. He paid little atten-
tion to the 14 year old girl, daughter of Lee and Missy Jones, who
watched him as he locked the door of the car she had been in and
sped off leaving her alone at the beach. There was three young men
at the beach, but all she knew was the first name of one of these. So
who could she turn to? The first thought would be a policeman, but
this one had abandoned her.
What child that age when left in that condition would not be scared
out of her life? She was terrified. Here she was, all alone, just before
11 o'clock. I am sure she felt terribly alone. Her two friends being
arrested for who knows what. She finally went over the road and
phoned the family of one of the boys and then tearfully told her mother
what was happening.
It was 11:10 p.m. when the police car came into sight and the two
boys and the police officer told her, "It was just a joke!"
I, for one, could not believe that a certified police officer, with over a
year on the force, would even let something like that happen. What
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ana protect?" Well, as tar as I can tell, our police department has no
such motto on their cars. We have all grown up to run to a police-
man-every last one of us.
But after this type of stupidity displayed by Mark Savage what should
a young girl in distress do in Carrabelle? I can be sure that she would
not rely on this man who thinks it is O.K to play jokes on the very
kind of person who needs him the most.
I do know that if an officer is arresting someone they call either their
chief and the sheriffs office to tell them that they are out of the city
making an arrest, and call for someone to take the underage girl
home. In my opinion he is a disgrace to the department.
At the meeting when Lee and Missy Jones came to complain, he didn't
seem to know that what he did that night was not a joke. It surely
meets one policy Carrabelle, and every other police department has.
What he did was to fail everyone, the two boys who he "arrested." the
parents of all the young people, the girl, the entire citizenry of
Carrabelle. He had done something that certainly falls under the policy
of conduct unbecoming an officer."
Before a man or woman becomes a police office, every officer takes an
oath and it is a solemn oath. Being a policeman is not to play tricks
with the citizen young or old.
Mark Savage did not even "get it," when the parents thought that a
written reprimand that said he should not have had the boys in his
car, with nothing about the 14 year old girl. was all he should get.
When asked by Mayor Messer (also Police Commissioner.) to come
and make a statement, Mark Savage said, "No comment."
Commissioner Ed Saunders said he wanted to make a motion to re-
move the reprimand and replace it with a termination notice. The city
attorney, Doug Gaidry said that the reprimand is in his file and you
cannot punish him twice for the offense. Mr. Gaidry said. He has
rights," Saunders got no second, He asked, "How many reprimands
will it take for this? Until somebody gets hurt?"
The parents were there, and Lee Jones said," if this is not taken care
of we will not stop here. I'm sure there were several laws violated."
They left soon after that.
At one point the officer came to the podium and gave his account of
what the reprimand process had been. "Mr. Mayor," he said, "The
Jones are correct in one aspect and incorrect in another, The written
reprimand for the practical joke is in writing. The verbal reprimand
concerning their daughter, was done by you at city hall after Ms.
Jones left. That was done at your discretion, as police commissioner.
so a reprimand was done, probably not to their liking, but it was
done. The verbal reprimand was given by Lt. Carl Renfroe."
At this point Savage said "I would like to apologize for my actions this
night, it may be bad judgment. However certain facts that were stated
by the Jones family*." he was interrupted by Commissioner Saunders
"The Jones Family are, not here, Let's be fair." Savage challenged
Saunders, saying that he had a personal vendetta.
Commissioner.Frank Mathes said, "I personally do not approve of
what you have done, and I have no vendetta against you" and the
mayor said "I don't approve of it either." Mathes went on to say As
long as the lawyer says it's over I'll go by it. But if it was up to me. I'd
fire you right now."
The mayor also said, "I'm going to be honest with you: if it was left to
me, I'd fire you. I do not approve of what you have done; I don't ap-
prove of you using the car for a joke you are playing. I'm going to tell
you like it is If I had a choice, after 20 something years in law en-
forcement I was a major in the Franklin County Sheriffs Depart-
ment. if I'd done something like that, I'd have been gone in a heart-
beat. If it was left for me tonight, buddy, you'd be gone down the road.
because I think that was childish." Savage said, "Once again. Mr.
mayor, I apologize for my actions."
Too bad he could not pluck up the courage to apologize to the Jones
family. Nothing he can say will amend his actions of that night, but,
isn't it just being decent to apologize to that 14 year ,old .and herr
whole family. He doesn't think he should. I suppose, because a t,- r' i,
it was only "Just a little joke." .
I wonder.. What is the opinion on this'matter of every mother and
father whose children are just beginning to spread their wings, and
as Lee Jones put it, "We turn our kids loose with a fear, as a parent,
until we got them back in the house, under our care, we have a fear.
The entity or person who's supposed to protect our children violated
Here is my opinion, "Mark Savage is a disgrace to his uniform and he
should have been fired."'

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Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ..................... Eastpoint
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The Franklin county Public Library is pleased to announce that the
PEACE poster submitted by Jada Chason, a member of the Library's
Eastpoint Branch of WINGS, was winner #1 of four winning posters
in the State of Florida. This year's Department of Juvenile Justice
Poster Contest, judged by attendees of the 2003 Juvenile Justice Week
Day at the Capitol, resulted in a four way tie for first place. Jada was
also the second place winner within Franklin County. Other County
winners, who are also members of WINGS, are: Sabrina Evans, First:
Thomas Provenzano,, Third; Brittney Simmons, Honorable Mention:
and Charles Goggins, Honorable Mention. To view Jada's winning
poster on the web, visit
Congratulations to all the State and County winners and to the par-
ticipating WINGS members who are all winners.
The Franklin County Public Library's Seventh Annual Volunteer and
Special Friends Volunteer Tea will be held on Sunday, April 27th from
3:00 5:00 p.m. at the Eastpoint Firehouse, Each year, the library
and grant project staff extends appreciation to the.Volunteers and
Friends of the Library who provide support, staff services, literacy,
youth, and specialized programs in the library system,
The Franklin County Public Library's TIGERS Program in Apalachicola,
Eastpoint, and Carrabelle, had a busy April schedule starting with a
trip to the Miracle Strip Fun Park in Panama City Beach on Satur-
day, April 12th. Cass Allen is presenting a special three-part pottery
workshop beginning this week. The second in the series Of work-
shops was held in Eastpoint on Monday the 14th, in Carrabelle on
Wednesday the 16th, and in Apalachicola on Thursday the 17th.
Back by popular demand, YOGA with Deby, sponsored by the FROG
Family Learning Programs, will be held on Mondays in April from
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Carrabelle Branch of the Franklin County
Public Library, Also at the Carrabelle Branch, a writers workshop will
be held on Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Host and writer. Selina
Winchester, will lead the Program. Walk 'N Talk is now on Mondays
only at 10:00 a.m. Interested FROG walk and talkers meet in front of
the Carrabelle Branch of the library.
TIGERS is a Franklin County Public Library Youth Program funded
by the Gulf Coast Workforce Board. WINGS is a Department of Juve-
nile Justice funded by the Gulf Coast Grant project. FROG Family
Learning Programs are funded by a Florida Library Literacy Grant
from the Department of State/State Library of Florida, and the De-
partment of Children & Families-Devereux Kids.
All programs offered by The Franklin County Public Library are free
and open to the public. Registration, however, is required. For infor-
mation about these and other upcoming programs, please call
670-4423 or 697-2091.

News From The Ed Ball Laboratory

The Associate Director of the FSU Marine Laboratory at Turkey Point.
Dr. John Hitron, as announced a new Interim Director of the Labora-
tory, Dr. Richard Iverson, of the Oceanography Department at FSU.
Tallahassee. His interests concern the physiology and ecology of ma-
rine phytoplankton and macro plants. Dr. Iverson succeeded Dr. Nancy
Marcus in August, 2001...
Dr. Raymond Bye, Vice president for Research has helped provide for
the following renovations and improvements so as to ensure the con-
tinued success of the FSUML in meeting its mission goals.
Renovations to building #407 consisting of new flooring, interior paint-
ing, new cabinetry and laboratory countertops, refinished tables and
new laboratory chairs.
Rooms :15-and, 16 in-building'#408 have also been modified, with wet
tables; laboratory tables and Stools, new microscopes and audio-visual
equipment to also p-rovide for- wet and dry classroom activities.
Our fleet of Beachcat catamarans have been upgraded with new 90
hp Honda four-cycle outboard engines. This new power option will
significantly improve performance under load and ease of operation
with increased research and educational project use.
A new stainless steel winch with 1200 feet of 1/4 inch stainless steel
cable has been installed aboard SEMINOLE. The electrical system on
board SEMINOLE has also been modernized to 12 volt thereby allow-
ing greater safety, flexibility and significant cost savings in electron-
Additional security facilities have been added to the FSUML dock area
so as to further safeguard security and safety provisions for the User
Construction will soon be underway on the new seawater intake sys-
tem components. Two new 14-inch HDPE passive pipes will provide
water to a concrete well at the base of the southwest corner of the
concrete dock area. Two new FYBROC pumps will then draw seawa-
ter from these wells and deliver it at up to 1000 gpm throughout the
facility. New configuration and placement of the passive pipes in the
channel bottom will also ensure an uninterrupted flow of seawater!
This construction was made possible by an NSF Facility Improve-
ment grant submitted by Dr. Nancy Marcus, former Director, FSUML.
Construction will soon begin on two greenhouse buildings and sev-
eral large solar panels to the south of building #407. These facilities
will be utilized by Dr. Marcus, FSU Oceanography Department and
Dr. George Buzyna, FSU College of Engineering, who are Principal
Investigators and part of a cooperative project with the Harbor Branch
Oceanographic Institution and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Dr. Jeff Wilcox a postdoctoral intern working with Dr. Marcus is also
involved with this project which is exploring the energy budget re-
quirements for the operation of re-use systems in various aquacul-
ture applications.


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Panhandle Players To Present

An -Evening Of One-Act Plays

Ed Tiley and Linda Elsea

The Panhandle Plavers will
present an evening of one-act'
plays at the Dixie Theatre in
Apalachicola on Friday and Sat-
urday. April 25 26. and at Port
St. Joe Elementary School in Port
St. Joe on May 2-3. Curtain time
for both shows is 8 p.m. Admit-
tance at the door is S10.
According to Liz Sisung. president
of the Panhandle Players, the fun
night will consist of four comedies
and one suspense. Directors.
stage managers, cast and support
crews are all local people. Cast-
ing for the five plays calls for 24
parts, some of them filled by new
members of the Panhandle Play-
Sorry. Wrong Number. written by
Lucille Fletcher involves 14 ac-
tors. Director Rex Partington
noted that this timeless favorite
from radio days stars an invalid
woman who. overhearing a mur-
der plot over her phone, desper-
ately attempts to report the
planned crime. The popular Bar-
bara Stanwyck starred in the film
version of Sorry. Wrong Number.
Judith Henderson has been cast
for the starring role at the Dixie
Theatre. Other actors-are: Hardy
Bush, Angel Colagrossi. Malanie
Cooper. Linda Elsea. Michele
Garrard, Adam Garry, Royce
Hodge, Elaine Kozlowsky, HanK
Kozlowsky. Delores Roux. Joe
Shields, Christina Slotin. and
Janet Christenson.
It's a Small World, written by
Albert Brown and directed by
Royce Hodge, stars Barbara
Siprell and Hank Kozlowsky. In
the play, two mature people meet
by chance and discover their com-
mon roots, a shared childhood.
Mr. Hodge noted that the original
setting has been altered to fit
Cathy Watts directs the comedy,
The Footsteps ofDoves, written by

Robert Anderson. Ms. Watts de-
scribes the play as another older
favorite. "with characters you can
relate to." In the story, a
middle-aged couple (played by Ed
Tiley and Linda Elsea) shop for
twin beds. Carolyn McCullough
and Elaine Kozlowsky also act in
tlis play.
A second Robert Anderson play,
I'm Herbert. stars Royce Hodge
and Liz Sisung. and is directed by
Gayle Dodds. Written and set in
the sixties, the comedy remains
contemporary in its depiction of
an older couple's boggled memo-
ries of each other and former part-
Ed Tiley directs a Dorothy Parker
comedy, Here We Are. Originally
published as a short story in the
early 30s, the play's two unnamed
characters are a newlywed couple
en route by train to a New York
honeymoon. Amy Paterson and
Joe Shields III star as the charm-
ing but bashful bride and the
hopeful, eager bridegroom.
Director Rex Partington noted
that the Port St. Joe production
will not include Sorry. Wrong Num-
ber. In its place, he will direct Is It
Me? an anonymously written one-
act work whose two female char-
acters (played by Melanie Cooper
and Christine Slotin) meet while
applying for the same job.
Mr. Partington, Producing Artis-
tic Director of the Dixie Theatre
Company, says that he is pleased
with the involvement of new
people in the theater's upcoming
presentation. "We have several
new directors and stage manag-
ers," he said. "We welcome actors
and people interested as well in
non-acting roles like costumes.
props, publicity, ushering, and
more." He hopes the upcoming
program's success will inspire
even more community participa-

Panhandle Poets

And Writers'

Second Annual
Reading, "Big Bend

Gumbo," Set For

Friday, May 9, At

Dixie Theatre

It's well known that the unspoiled
beauty of the Panhandle attracts
people who like to write. Residents
and visitors have a rare chance
to hear some of the area's finest
amateur and professional writers
read from their own works on Fri-
day, May 9, at 7 p.m. at the Dixie
Theatre in Apalachicola. It's "Big
Bend Gumbo," the Panhandle
Poets and Writers' Second Annual
"We've got some great readers,"
says PP&W president Dawn
Radford. "Like last year, we've
planned the event to be entertain-
ing and enjoyable, a good evening
-Ms. Radford, an award-winning
writer who was raised in
Apalachicola and now lives in
Eastpoint, will read from her col-
lection of poems about
Apalachicola characters.
A full list of writers takes in most
of the communities of the Big
Bend area. Ann Cowles, of
Carrabelle Beach, will read from
her children's book in progress.
River to Tomorrow. Betty Roberts
of Lanark Village will read from
her husband Allan's autobiogra-
phy. Another Lanark Village resi-
dent, Kathleen Heveran, will read
a memoir. Former Tallahassee
storyteller Julian Roberts, who
now lives in the Lanark Village
area, will read two poems and a
story from his book, How a Fat
Kid Can Get Through Skeeterville
High School Without Doing IT.
Julian's wife, Sally, will read sev-
eral poems.
Bill Osher, from St, George Island,
will. read from his novel-in-
progress, Taken. His wife, Diane
Thomas, will read from her novel
in progress, Trying to Get to You:
The Letters of Achsa McEachern
and Elvis Presley. Other work
from St. George Island residents
includes poetry by Nora Collins
and Lola Seager.
Several area writers founded Pan-
handle Poets and Writers in 1998
to foster a writing community in
the Big Bead area. "We wanted to
create a place where people who
were interested in writing and
enjoyed writing could get feedback
on their work," said founding
member Carolyn Hatcher, who
now lives in Panama City. Bitsy
Love, a collection of short stories
she developed in the group, will
soon be published.
Other members have included
writers for the Apalachicola Times,
Carrabelle Times and Franklin
Chronicle, and a 90-year-old
woman who published'two large
collections of poetry while in the
This year's reading will honor
founding member and former
president Tom Campbell, a writer

for the Franklirn'Chronicle. Mr.
Campbell is recuperating from
surgery and illness with family in
south Georgia, While writing his
play, Ice Man, about Apalachi-
cola's Dr. John Gorrie who in-
vented the first air-conditioner,
Mr. Campbell read scenes at
PP&W meetings and solicited
feedback from members. A scene
from the play highlighted last
year's reading. Ice Man was pro-
duced last fall at the Dixie
Those interested in joining Pan-
handle Poets and Writers or in
learning more about the group
may contact PP&W president
Dawn E. Radford. 670-1315. And
anyone interested in spending an
evening with a talented assembly
of local poets, h'ovelists, memoir-
ists and storytellers can come to
the Dixie Theatre Friday, May 9
at 7 p.m. The event is free. A sug-
gested donation of $5 to $10 will
benefit the Dixie Theatre.

Bu. Lu City

Limits Back At

Dixie Theatre

Boston City Limits, a bluegrass/
old time country band centered in
the north Florida area will be re-
turning to the Dixie Theatre stage
Saturday, April 19 at 8:00 p.m.
Doors will open at 7,00 p.m. Tick-
ets are $10.00, general admission,
no reservations necessary.
Performing smoking' Florgia blue-
grass music is the groups spe-
cialty, Featuring hot instrumen-
tal prowess with the traditional
vocal styles, this group has been
setting audiences on fire since
February 2001. A typical perfor-
mance may include bluegrass
standards, gospel favorites, old
time country tunes from the
1920's and 1930's, Merle Travis
guitar tunes, hammer dulcimer,
hoe-downs and scorching double
banjo selections. Versatility is the
group's strong point. The four
members originally hail from
Michigan, Indiana, Virginia and
Tallahassee, Florida.
Talk about diversity!! They come
together to create a unique blend
of string music that is exciting to
watch and listen to.
'Boston City Limits' at the Dixie
Theatre-8:00 p.m. Saturday,
April 19th. All seats $10.00, no
reservations necessary.

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do know the story behind the
name, I'd appreciate you dropping
me a line at the Chronicle.
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ditional Hummingbird Cake.

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alias Hummingbird Cake
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2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups chopped bananas (about
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1 cup chopped pecans
1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple
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1 cup chopped pecans
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3. Whisk first 5 ingredients in a
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4. Whisk in oil, eggs, and vanilla
5. Stir in bananas, pecans and
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7. Bake 30 min. until cake tester
comes out clean.
8. Lot cool thoroughly before frost-
Frosting: Use an electric beater
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of Atlanta Parrotiheads. In spite of
the bonhomie, Kathy chanced to
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on Day I had three helpers ready
to go, with paint cans and
brushes. Painting is usually the
last trade hired, but in this case
the foreman was allowed no
choice-it had to be first, and this
led to a lot of friendly confronta-
tions throughout more than a
year of work. (Debbie's painting
resume includes mention of the
fact that she has never cleaned a
brush or a pan, and Skip has
never thrown anything away-ask

Continued on Page 6

(From left) Will, Debbie, Skip and Kathy,




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The upstairs at the Old Carrabelle Hotel.

The Old Carrabelle Hotel opened'
for business with innkeepers
Kathy and Skip Frink on the 4th
of July, 2002, very likely in the
first years of the building's 3rd
Old county records are sketchy on
the subject, but enough
word-of-mouth evidence exists to
put the original construction in
the late 1800's. It seems that the
first use of the property was as a
railroad hotel, serving the railroad
line from Tallahassee that ended
in a spur where the Carrabelle
Volunteer Fire Department cur-
rently stands. The old Coombs
sawmill was across the street
(now Gulf State Community Bank
property), preparing cypress and
other woods for transportation by
rail and schooner.
Another opinion is that it may
have been home to the sawmill
manager of the time. But oral his-
tory moving forward into the
1920's seems to agree that the
Gray family, still in Carrabelle,
owned it as their home for 20 or
30 years. The first dated family
photo proof is 1938 Christmas. In
the War years when Carrabelle
turned into the amphibious train-
ing base for the Normandy inva-
sion, most of the famous "brothel"
rumors originated. Ownership
(and use) of the hotel is unclear
until after the war, when it is
shown in a picture now hanging
in the lobby to be the "Carrabelle
Hotel". Skip, in the remodeling
process, found evidence that there
was only one bathroom, on the
ground floor. There were "three
johns. side by side with no stall
partitions, 2 sinks and a bathtub.
Seems it was a very social place".
The 1950's saw Captain Leon
Langston, Carrabelle's original
deep-sea charter captain, make
the old place his showplace fam-
ily home. Years after the death of
both parents, son David sold the
property to Weldon Vowell, the
(self) acclaimed Donald Trump of
Carrabelle. Weldon, desiring to
move his business to Panacea.
sold to Skip, Kathy and partners
in May, 2001.
Kathy fell in love in Carrabelle.
"No, not with Skip, with
Carrabelle. I started coming to
Carrabelle Beach in the 1960's on
family vacations. We even went
out sometimes with Captain
Langston on his Queen of
Queens." Family and careers in-
tervened, then in the mid-90's she
visited here with Skip and son
Nathan, just for old times' sake.
staying at the Riverside Motel
(where C-Quarters Restaurant/
Marina now stands). That was
when Skip got hooked ("Not on
Kathy, on Carrabelle").
Fast forward to the 2001 Chili
Cook-Off on St. George Island.
The couple was invited, by friend
Rose Tortorici, to stay at a row
house nearby that was chock full

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Bed & Breakfast
from Page 5
Kathy). But the friends remained
friends, and on the 4th of July the
following year. the house was
booked all weekend.
Exactly what layout was original
is difficult to determine, even
though the work got into moving
walls and doorways. exposing the
structure. But it is clear that af-
ter the time of the "3 johns" down-
stairs. the west side porch on the
second floor was enclosed to form
two bathrooms, men's and
women's. Those three bathrooms
still remain, highly renovated, and
serve as the innkeepers' on the
ground floor, and Flamingo and
Regatta baths on the second floor.
Baths for Hemingway and Mag-
nolia had to be created from
"The guys from M&L Plumbing
were great to work with". Skip,
comments. "I had to do things
-like raise floor levels and lay tile
exactly where their bathroom fix-
tures would go". to suit the instal-
lation schedule which ran for 3
weeks (every pipe was upgraded
from the street in. a water heater
added to run in tandem with the
other, and new fixtures added).
"So all the bathrooms had tile
'paths': through the doorway, over
to the toilet and over to the sink,
I didn't have time to do the whole
room, since they put in all 5 bath-
rooms at once". (The finished
product is seamless.) To date. not
one service call.
The plumbers had an advantage
over Ronald Gray's A/C crew.
however. There was no central
heat and air when Ronald was
there (summertime). The inn now
enjoys climate control running
like a top. with separate heat
-pump.units in the attic and un-
der the house which can be con-
trolled separately, or shut off if not
needed. To date, not one service
And of course, all trades worked
around the painting. Will, a ca-
reer banker, divided his efforts
between watching money disap-
pear and helping Debbie make
paint disappear from her bucket
(onto the hotel). Or doing
back-breaking yeoman landscap-
ing labor, as time and weather
permitted. There were many times
when Carrabelle Junction.
Willie's. Tiki Hut or Julia Mae's
hosted a very tired and hungry
group of four (or five, as Nathan
devoted all his year's vacation
time to work on the hotel).
The Old Carrabelle Hotel can be
visited at,
which has photos of all guest
rooms and public areas. Cur-
rently there are four themed up-
stairs bedrooms with private
baths, wraparound porches on
both 'floors, the Monkey Bar
(where Chuck Spicer can occa-
sionally be found holding forth-
or holding onto something for
support), living and dining room
guest areas and the Key West
courtyard. The carriage house
(still has 5 doorways for carriages)
is to be a future project. And next
door up the street, the Oyster
Cabin is a rental efficiency apart-
ment complete with loading dock.
What now that most of the work
is done? Kathy: "Well, now we can
relax. We escaped Atlanta. you
know, and all that ratrace. So,
Skip remodels with Thomas Con-
struction, is active in the
Carrabelle Chamber of Com-
merce, is running the Riverfront

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Roger Bybee

Challenges City

On Sunshine Law

By Rene Topping
Roger Bybee took the opportunity
at the end of the City commission
meeting on April 3 to read a letter
challenging the City Clerk Beckey
Jackson and Attorney Douglas
Gaidi-y on his inability to get a
document he had asked three
times for.
He sent the following letter which
he delivered by hand.
To: Carrabelle City Commission,
,105 Avenue B South, Carrabelle,
FL 32322
APRIL 3, 2003
Subject: Request for documents
under Florida's Government-in-
the-Sunshine Law
The March 6, 2003 Carrabelle
City Commission meeting agenda
listed Item 7 as "Discussion and
possible action concerning sub-
mitting proposed Franchise Area
to Franklin County Commission."
This proposal, which was unavail-
able prior to the meeting, was pro-
vided to the Commission at the
meeting by Baskerville-Donovan,
Inc. A motion by Commissioner
Williams and a second by Com-
missioner Mathes led to a 3-2 vote
for submission to the County.
Two weeks later I went to City Hall
to request a copy of the proposal
and was told by City Clerk Becky
Jackson that the City did not have
a copy.
On March 27, I went to City Hall
again and paid for copies of the
Map and Exhibit A (purportedly
part of the franchise ,proposal);
however. Becky still did not have
the proposal.
On April 3, 1 went to City Hall a
third time and Becky informed me
that City Attorney Douglas
Gaidry's office told her she could
not provide a copy of the proposal
to me.
Although I understand that a
written request is not required
under Florida's Government-in-
the-Sunshine Law, this is a for-
mal written request that I be pro-
vided with the franchise area pro-'
posal voted upon by Carrabelle,

City Commission an March 6,
2003. 1 will pay reasonable
charges for copying, as I have in
the past but I do not require nor
request certified copies
Further, for this and any future
requests I may make, I request
that the custodian of City of
Carrabelle public records provide
me with a statutory citation and
written reasons for concluding a
requested document is exempt
from the Florida Govern-
ment-in-the-Sunshine law.
Roger W. Bybee, P.E.
P.O. Box 1357
Carrabelle, FL 32322
(850) 697-8532
cc: State of Florida Attorney Gen-
eral Charlie Crist
After Mr. Bybee finished reading
the letter there was a murmured
"Thank You" as the commis-
sioner's only indication that they
had heard it.
Mr. Bybee had copied and sent the
letter to The State of Florida
Charlie Crist. The Attorney gen-
eral replied by sending Mr. Bybee
two documents on the Public
records mediation program within
the office of the Attorney General.

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April 25-26th. The Festival fea-
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There are numerous creative and
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attractive to children such as
"touch tanks" of sea and river life,
crafts and animals. Other activi-
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Wakulla county manatee herds
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$1.00 for children. The specialty
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Mix Of Music And Family Creates Animated Concert At Trinity

The program began with father
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duo playing piano and violin, re-
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William Cullen Bryant. The fam-
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sang the salute to the Bobolink
A reception for the artists and
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The next and final concert in this
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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File N,
Date ol this Notice 04/11/03 lve No 8479
Description ol Vehicle: Mak,e Ford Motdel Bronco color White
Tag No V85YHC Year 1992 Slate FL Vin No. IFMEUI5N3NLB02141

To Owner: Justin Harold Goodwin To Lien Holder:
55 Gibson Road
Apalachicola. FL 32320

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
04/06/03 at the request of FHP that said vehicle is in its
Possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of S 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 05/15/03 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
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Date ot this Nonce 13/27/03 I .iice No. 8455
Dewriptionol Vehicle: \lMke Ford ,,del Explorer r,,,,.. Green
Tag No S6WGL Year 1996 Sitte FL _V,,m N IFMDU32X2TUC749)08

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404 Shadeville Road
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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
S 260.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of S 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien ol
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Description of Vehicle: Make Nissan Model Altima Cola Blue
TagNo G78AZM Yea, 1997 State FL inNo IN4BU31DITCL33245

To Owner: James Richard Keith ToLien Holder: Amsouth Bank
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You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
04/05/03 at the request of FHP that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of S 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien o'f
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 05/15/03 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
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18 ADril 2003 Pane 9

Migratory Bird

Day Open
House Tours

St. Vincent National Wildlife Ref-
uge will conduct staff-guided ref-
uge tours May 8. 9. and 10 to cel-
ebrate Migratory Bird Day. Many
neotropical migratory birds are
declining due to fragmentation of
breeding habitat in North America
and loss of winter habitat in the
Caribbean. Central America. and
South America. Participants will
have the opportunity to become
better acquainted with their ref-
uge and its varied wildlife and
wildlife habitats.
One tour will be conducted dailv
May 8.9 and 10 (Thursday
through Saturday). The tours are
scheduled to leave the Refuge's
Indian Pass boat dock at 8:00
a.m.. E.D.T. and will return at
approximately 1:00 p.m.. E.D.T.
Transportation across Indian
Pass will be provided for partici-
pants of the staff-guided tours.
Those wishing to participate must
make reservations by phone at
850-653-8808 beginning on April
21. Reservations will be limited to
four individuals per group.
As a reminder, the Refuge is open
to the public year-round during
daylight hours except during hunt
periods and prescribed burns
and/or wildfires. Special permits
or prior notice are not required to
visit. Transportation to the Ref-
uge is the responsibility of the
visitor when not in conjunction
with a specific refuge activity.
Throughout the year look for up-
coming events hosted by St.
Vincent National Wildlife Refuge
as it celebrates 35 years in the
Refuge system. This year the
whole National Wildlife Refuge
system celebrates 100 years of
conservation and saving wildlife.
On March 14. 1903. President
Roosevelt set aside Pelican Island
in Sebastian, Florida as America's
first federal wildlife sanctuary.
Thanks to his courageous effort,
Americans now have 95 million
acres to call their own in 540 very
special places around the coun-
try. These lands-the National
Wildlife Refuge System remain
today as America's only network
of federal lands dedicated to wild-
life conservation.
"Our mission is working with oth-
ers to conserve, protect, and en-
hance fish, wildlife, and plants
and their habitats for the continu-
ing benefit of the American

Watchers Bring
In Big Bucks To


Florida,attracts more out-of-state
visitors to view wildlife than any
other state, according to a re-
cently published report titled "The
2001 Economic Benefits of
Watchable Wildlife Recreation in
Florida." The 490,000 visitors
traveling to view Florida's wildlife
is 22 percent more than in the
second-place state, Oregon.
The report was published by
Southwick Associates, Inc. of
Fernandina Beach, and funded by
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC).
Geoff Brown, the FWC's
watchable wildlife coordinator,
said the report reveals that in
terms of retail sales, Florida resi-
dents and non-residents together
spent nearly $930 million dollars
ion2001, on food, lodging, fuel,
books, bird feed, film developing,
entrance fees and other items on
their way to view wildlife. That fig-
ure does not include retail sales
for major expenditures such as
vehicles, binoculars, cameras and
other equipment that might be
used for other purposes in addi-
tion to watching wildlife.
The report showed there were 1.5
million watchable wildlife
recreationists (residents and
non-residents) participating in
non-residential activities in
Florida. Nonresidential activities
include any wildlife-watching ac-
tivities that require at least one
mile of travel from home. The
non-residential activity cited most
often by recreationists was ob-
serving wildlife, while the primary
residential activity cited most was
feeding wildlife. More than 3.24
million people participated in
some form of residential or
non-residential watchable wildlife
recreation in Florida in 2001.
On average, residential wildlife
watchers are in their late 40s, 70

percent are married, and they are
evenly divided between the sexes.
They have completed one to four
or more years of college and have
an average household income of
about $45,000.
Non-residential wildlife watchers
have a much higher average
household income-about
$73,000-and 70 percent have a
four-year college education or
"That means typical out-of-state
visitors probably have done more
research into the wildlife they
have come to see, they know what
they want in terms of
nature-based recreation, and they
have the income to spend on trav-
eling long distances," Brown said.
"They want more information

about species, their habitats and
Residents spend less on wildlife
watching because they can travel
shorter distances. In view of the
Sept. 11 attacks and the result-
ing security measures, more
Florida residents may avoid larger
metropolitan areas and attrac-
tions to participate in smaller, lo-
cal wildlife festivals, visit local
wildlife management areas, state
parks and smaller community
recreational areas in the short
run, Brown said.
One of every six Florida residents
over the age of 16 participates in
some form of wildlife watching
activity. Birds are by far the spe-
cies most observed, followed by
mammals, then other wildlife, in-
cluding fish. Over 61 percent of
Floridians participate in
birdwatching from their resi-
The Great Florida Birding Trail
(GFBT) of the FWC was created
to provide residential and
non-residential birders with a se-
ries of viewing areas throughout
the state to address the growing
demand for this type of recreation.
More information about the GFBT
is available at http:// or by call-
ing Julie Brashears at (850)
Data for the report were analyzed
from the "2001 National Survey
of Fishing, Hunting and
Wildlife-Associated Recreation."
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
and the U.S. Census Bureau con-
duct the survey, which consists
of a wide range of hunting, fish-
ing and watchable wildlife recre-
ation participation, expenditure
and demographic information.
More facts about the economics
of wildlife watching-the fastest
growing sector of outdoor recre-
ation-are available in the report.
Electronic versions are available
at the FWC'.s wildlife viewing
Web site at http://florida
conservation. org/viewing/
articies/wwecon200l.pdf. For
more information, interested per-
sons can contact Geoff Brown by
e-mail at geoffrey.brown@fwc.
state. or by phone at (850)


City Meeting

The Carrabelle City Commission
met on April 3 at 7 p.m. for their
regular monthly meeting.
They approved use of a $5000
grant along with donations of
100 and $66 that can be used
as the volunteer firemen wish.
There will also be a little longer to
wait for the arrival of the new fire
engine. At the time of the last in-
spection there were scratches in
the paint and it needs to be fixed.
Under commercial review Sam
Neel was approved to build an
Auto Lube on U.S.98. on site
Block 54 (2) Lots 18 and 19
Kelleys Plat in C-l Zoning.
A resolution from the city for the

Franklin County Senior Center to
Proclaim Donor/Volunteer Day
was approved by the city Commis-
sion. This is an annual luncheon
and the Center gives out honors
to people who have donated or
worked as a volunteer.
There was discussion and action
on water and sewer hook-ups at
the 90 acres donated to the
county as the Carrabelle recre-
ation Park and the county will do
the constructing. Commissioner
Raymond Williams said he had no
problem to waive the fees but the
city cannot do this with borrowed
money. He made a motion that he
would set up a meeting with Mark
Curenton to see what he wants
to do about fees.
A new resolution in the matter of
the consolidation of the City of
Carrabelle Water and Sewer Dis-
trict with Lanark Village Water
and Sewer District (LVWSD). Rob-
ert Simmons, an engineer with
Baskerville and Donovan, Inc
(BDI) said that the resolution was

identical to the first one except
that this offered the LVWSD cus-
tomers a rate scale exactly as the
rate given to the customers inside
the City.
Simmons said that BDI has been
able to get a grant from USDA that
would allow the City to pick up
the 45 customers in the city and
that would give them sufficient
financing to make it feasible with
the 181 customers in Lanark.
There was more discussion and
George Maier argued that it was
unfair to the city customers. The
LVWSD board had said that they
would discuss it on April 15. City
Commissioner Phillip Rankin said
he would like to have a workshop
with the City and Lanark.
Under New Business:
There were three items that con-
cerned the use of the communi-
cation towers and the use of the
water tower in the City. Bruce
French from Gannett Fleming of-
fered a contract that would allow
them to take applications that
would ensure that the city was
getting the best financing from the--
customers on the towers. He said
that the towers should be any-
where from $25,000 -$50,000 a
year depending upon the cus-
tomer. The towers can serve 6
customers. He said there was no
cost to the city and they investi-
gate the applicant. The city would
draw up an ordinance or a reso-
lution. All those on the towers al-
ready would be grandfathered in.
The Commissioners tabled it for
more information and approved
City.Attorney Doug Gaidry to-
gether with French. There was two
other FM stations who asked to
put up two antennas and a small
place on the ground for the use of
the service employees. One was
from Andy Hanus, Director of
Engineering, WFSU-FM also
Frank Sundram, WKGC AM
1480/FM 90.7. They will be on the
next meeting agenda.
The commissioners approved the
Department of Transportation
(DOT) State Highway System
Lighting Maintenance and Com-
pensation Agreement.


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The commission did not do any-
thing on the revised resolution for
submittal to Lanark Village Sewer
and Water District 02-2003 for-
mally resolution 10-2002 sup-
porting utility consolidation. They
will wait until after the LVWSD
meeting of April 15.

Franklin Chron ic^le

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Saturday, April 26-10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 27-12 noon to 4:00 p.m.

Admission is FREE both days


regional ARTISTS with original works and prints; authentic custom-

designed fine pottery, stained glass, sculpture, unique metal art.

woodcarvings, yard art, and more.

FOOD will include a variety of Seafood Specialities and Old-

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Come join us for a weekend of sun and fun!

Paee 10 18 April 2003


The Franklin Chrnnicle

Niagara Prince from Page 1

The dining area on the 2nd deck.
persons in the crew, along with the Captain John Hunnew
First Mate. This cruise originated in Tampa and would end
Orleans via the Inland waterway, a ten-day trip. There is a se
dining room with chef-prepared meals. The lounges have 180-
visibility with free soda and juice mixers complementing their
(Bring Your Own Booze) policy.
Passengers returned to the ship around 5 p.m. in time for
Hour followed with dinner on board. In the meantime, the N
Prince was moved from Timber Island to the Carrabelle Pavili
so passengers could enjoy entertainment after dinner at Wicked
Open Mike Nite at Carrabelle Junction Coffee Shop or "Harr
and Carrabelle's version of what is now called "Cheers." Th
morning, the Captain and crew took the ship out of Carrabel
traveled down St. George Sound, under the St. George Island
on the inland waterway, and into Apalachicola and over to P
City via the inland waterway.
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Alligator Point

Meeting Full Of
News And


By Rene Topping
It was general membership meet-
ing this Saturday, April 12 and
the there was a table full of all the
sorts of "goodies" In addition it
was a meeting when the members
can bring up issues that they have
wanted to for a time and the mem-
bers can make motions and vote.
The difference is that the other 9
meetings the directors were the
only ones who could make a mo-
tion and vote on it, and the mem-
bers can have discussion.
Ken Osborne made the most of it
as he wanted to talk about the
hydrants that had been discussed
several times on the proposal to
have APTA donating $10,000 to
match another $10,000 from the
Alligator point water and sewer
Board bereft of hydrants.
To most of the Alligator Point resi-
dents these hydrants would give
them a good discount on their
home insurance. Ken said he
would like to have it come up and
be voted on that day. Linc
Burnett, present president
brought it up and it was approved
by the majority of the residents
and was approved by the direc-
tors and passed.
The two consultants from the Big
Bend Scenic Byway. Don Lesh
and Diane Delaney, gave a talk
and showed the map of the pro-
posed project. The members
agreed it was fine in concept and
felt it would be fine for the area
however they would not like a
spur road to come into the Point.
The roads are already being worn
down. and are not able to have
heavy traffic all week long. How-
ever they, did say that they will
support the project.
Linc Burnett told the residents
that he had attended the meeting
on Bald Point State Park and
there was no agreement on the
fence that the Park was suggest-

S."-' ing to show where the Park ended
and the St. Joe Company prop-
erty. He said that a small com-
mittee came together and talked
and in the end the park decided
that the $30,000 grant could be
better spent. Such things as a
concession for kayaks and ca-
noes, primitive camping for orga-
nizations, and make a scenic drive
on a spur close to the beginning
of 370. There was murmurs of
"That would be great."
Sheriff Bruce Varnes came to ex-
plain that he will not be able to
-' have a deputy living on the point-
He said that he is short 2 depu-
'ties and will have to try to get a
raise to get them. He said that he
v':" ., had been out on the point seven
days in a row and he saw a deputy
ell and there every day. He said he has
inNew three deputies tied up at the
in pNe courthouse. He said that the chief
dpaeree judge wanted the deputies to
- BYOB make sure the courthouse is

Happy Someone asked the Sheriff about
Niagara the 15-mile limit on the road in
on pier front of the RV Camp and it still
Willies. is 35 the other way. He said that
y's Bar the road is so bad that he had the
e next deputies stop people but not is-
le. and sue any tickets to make it safe.
bridge He said one deputy stopped 125
lanama people. Burnett told the Sheriff to
take the cookies and buns for the
deputies. Varnes thanked Burnett
at 800- and said that the deputies would
x 368, enjoy them.
After that the meeting was called
it was reported that the Marina
Shas been sold and the name of the
owner is Ron Franklin from
Amelia Island. It was reported also
that there is now no restaurant
and the barn has been taken
Dick Waters reported that there
will be $80,000 from the state.
plus $115,000 to design the
beach and $106,000 in matching
funds. He said that Mike
Dumbroski will do the beach de-
sign. He will have more for the
May meeting. John Murphy said
.^ that they are meeting on the
neighborhood Watch and they will
also get busy on the Decals for
residents cars. He asked for sug-
gestions for design and a commit-
tee was formed and they will
chose the design. Steve Fling said
he was proud to say that there are
two new EMT's and will go for the
State certificate. He said they are
working on getting an ambulance
to be sited on the point. St. Joe
Company is donating a deed to a
nice piece of property and look-
ing at that project will take 2
I'r On the Welcome Garden, they are
5 going to use an undercloth cov-
._ ered with shells and they have
decided to renew the old sign and
along with delivery and spread-
ing they estimate it will cost
$1,100 -$1,400. The committee
said,"... remember this is a one
time expense."
Motion was made to do it.
The people who live at the end of
Gulf Shore Boulevard were com-
plaining on the trash. They said
that they don't empty the bins
enough. They will investigate what
is the status of the end of the road.
It will be done and reported at the
next meeting.

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April 27th, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ABC School

FSU Marine Lab Board Postponed
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The Florida State University Ed
Ball Laboratory will host an open
house in conjunction with the
Carrabelle Riverfront Festival and
the Apalachicola Antique Boat
Show on Saturday, April 27th
beginning at 10 a.m.
Investigators and staff will de-
scribe research and education
programs being conducted at the
lab. 'There will be tours of the fa-
cility, poster displays, demonstra-
tions, touch tanks, and opportu-
nities for participating in collect-
ing trips.
Due to liability policies, only in-
dividuals eleven years or older, or
at least in the 6th grade, will be
permitted on boats.
Food and beverages will be pro-
vided at cost by Posey's of Pana-
cea. For more information, please
contact the FSU Marine Labora-
tory at 697-4095.

Franklin Briefs
from Page 2
by ordinance, which will take a
public hearing. Board action was
deferred on the matter.
St. George Island Bridge
St. George Island resident Harry
Buzzett addressed the Commis-
sioners on preserving the cause-
way and old bridge to St. George
after the new bridge is completed..
He was mindful of previously an-
nounced state plans to take-over
the causeway and that the bridge
could revert to county "custody."
Because of the wildlife and fish-
ing opportunities, he argued that
the county ought to preserve the
bridge and possibly the causeway
as well. The county resolved to
allow Col. Buzzett to represent
them to various agencies includ-
ing the Dept. of Transportation to
make further inquiries about pre-
serving the bridge. Present plans
call for the State of Florida to take.
jurisdiction of the causeway, and
to preserve about 5/6 of a mile
'from either side of the old bridge
to be preserved as a fishing bridge
for foot traffic. The remainder
would be broken up to be used
as barrier reefs.

R. Michael Whaley, Pastor

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Vandalism Incident
Creates Delay
The April 10 meeting of the ABC
school board was postponed to
April 18 due to an act of vandal-
ism at the ABC schools a day be-
fore necessitating meetings
among board members, adminis-
trators and teachers. The two
male students involved were
awarded in-school suspension
and a special meeting with police.
Restitution is also planned to pay
for damages done in a classroom.



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