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Lubertos And Reginald Giddens Plead

No Contest To Lesser Charges In Hakan

M. Stevens Case

On May 1, 2003, three Franklin
County defendants, William Jo-
seph Luberto, Jr., William Gordon
Luberto and Reginald Giddens
pleaded "No Contest" to charges
out of an attack upon Hakan M.
Stevens at the St. George Island
bar, Harry A's, one year before.
The father, William Joseph
Luberto, pleaded to a lesser
charge of misdemeanor battery.
His son, William G. Luberto
pleaded to a felony battery with
adjudication withheld. Reginald
Giddens pleaded to a misde-
meanor battery and was adjudi-
cated guilty.
When arrested in late April 2002,
all three were charged with at-
tempted first-degree murder and
the lesser included offense of ag-
gravated assault. The charges
were reduced in a negotiation with
the State's Attorney' on May 1,
2003 and pleaded before Judge
The accused were also fined and
had to share restitution of
$12,705.42. William Gordon
Luberto will have to serve 20 days
in jail with 10 days already served,
and $2000 restitution paid on
May 1st. The ten days of additional
jail time will be served within the
next 90 days. His fine and court
costs were $3000 with no contact
with the victim, nor alcohol or
drugs permitted. Reginald
Giddens pleaded "no contest",
shared in the $12,705.42 restitu-
tion but has 10 days to be served
within the next 60 days. The older
William J. Luberto pleaded to a
misdemeanor battery, was fined
$1000 with adjudication with-
held. All three defendants must
appear at a restitution hearing
scheduled for August 11, 2003.
The trio was originally arrested on
April 29, 2002 and appeared be-
fore Judge Russell, who set bond
for all three at $15,000 each. Ken
Fish provided the bond money.
For a time, the defendants were
required to observe a curfew from
6 p.m. to 6 a.m. except when
working, with random breath,
blood and urine tests. A modifi-
cation of the pre-trial release was
eventually granted in which it was
recorded that William Gordon

Luberto and Reginald Giddens
were full time employees of
Luberto Sand and Stone, Inc.,
owned by William Joseph
Luberto, Jr.
At 2:29 a.m. on April 27, 2002,
the victim in this case, Hakan M.
Stevens reported to deputy sher-
iff Spence Massey that he had
been attacked by persons known
to him as William Luberto, Jr.
William Luberto and Reggie
(Reginald) Giddens. The incident
began at Harry A's, St. George Is-
land, when Stevens was con-
fronted by the suspects about
talking with a girl friend to the
younger Luberto. The probable
cause report filed by Spence
Massey said the defendant tried
to pull Stevens from his truck and
was hitting Stevens. Luberto Sr.
turned off the victim's truck and
told him he wasn't going any-
where. After being hit several
times, Stevens left the area to
avoid a confrontation in his truck
and was cut off by the defendant
William G. Luberto driving his
truck. Stevens was being chased
in his truck by the defendant in
his truck and was rammed head
on by the defendant's truck.
Stevens left his truck and ran to
an area between 6th and 7th
Street on East Pine Avenue on'St.
George Island, and was chased
and battered by the defendants.
Stevens heard Giddens say, "Get
that motherfucker" and the vic-
tim was tackled by Willie Luberto,
Jr. and Reggie Giddens. Stevens
asked Luberto to stop hitting him
and eventually the defendants
did. According to the probable
cause report, at that time, Stevens
saw another car pull up and it was
William Luberto, Senior and
Luberto (Gordon). A threat to kill
the victim was made but Stevens
could not see very well.
Stevens got up when the defen-
dants left the scene and ran to a
nearby house and banged on the
door to get help. He was later
transported to the hospital and
treated for severe trauma to the

Depositions And Motions Continue

John Lee And Apalachee Publishing

Company Case Involving A Video

Camera In The Toilet

Jessica Patterson, Debra Elliot.
and Cynthia Nations filed litiga-
tion against the Apalachicola
Times, Apalachee Publishing
Company and John Lee many
months ago alleging violation of
their privacy and other conduct
when the newspaper was owned
by the Lindsay family of Sarasota,
Florida. The case has since in-
volved deposing various witnesses
and principals since the plaintiffs
had replied to the defendant's af-

quest .wa
show up f
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about nol
sition or
Mr. Jenn

firmative defenses. A recent filing order All
has brought new issues into the leased a
legal milieu that may lead to the plaintiff
severance of one of the plaintiffs called lV
from the case. willful n
In a motion filed by John Lee's gard of
attorney, Gary Anton'ofTallahas- dure, rei
see, Mr. Lee through his counsel contumc
has asked the Circuit Court of the Court's
Second Judicial Circuit to enter So, the
sanctions against one of the plain- Court to
tiffs in the case, Cynthia Nations Nations
for failure to respond to discov- in the pi
ery. In the filing made last March behalf oi
2003, the motion cites Ms. Na- ing plain
tions as one of the plaintiffs bring- complain
ing the legal action against John to Ms. N;
Lee and the Apalachicola Times fendant
and the Apalachee Publishing neys' f
Company. On May 7, 2002, Lee's non-app
attorney served a request for pro- and havi
duction upon Ms. Nations and the sanction
other plaintiffs. Ms. Nations did matter re
not respond to the request. Addi-
tional requests were made to Ms.
Nations through her attorney,

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The Jewel at St. George Island

St. George Island State Park Open

Free On May 17th

The public is invited to join the
State Park system on May 17th
with free admission! The staff and
citizen support organization (CSO)
/ / from St. George Island is inviting
everyone to bask in the jewel of
the island and its natural beauty,
culture and historical gems. There
will be a low country- boil, hot
dogs, and hamburgers at reason-
able prices to help raise funds for
CSO projects. You may bring your
own food if you desire.
The free admission day applies to
all State Parks within the Florida

system, except the Skyway Fish-
ing Pier. The Friends of the St.
George Island State Park
(FOSGISP) currently consists of a
few park volunteers and support-
ers from St. George Island and
Apalachicola. The thread that
holds the membership together is
a love of the Island State Park and
the recognition of its recreational,
environmental and economic
value to the community.

Continued on Page 12

jerimnigs of DeFuniak
Florida. A December re-
as also ignored by Ms.
Ms. Nations failed to
for a deposition on Janu-
03 at the courthouse in
cola. Her attorney, Mr.
s, advised that Ms. Na-
ad not contacted him
t appearing for the depo-
inability to attend the
n. In early March 2003,
ings filed his Motion for
owing Attorney to be. Re-
s Attorney of Record for
Nations. Lee's attorney
Is. Nation's "pattern of
on-compliance or disre-
the rules of civil proce-
flecting a deliberate and
acious disregard of this
defendant Lee asks the
refuse to allow plaintiff
to provide any testimony
proceedings either on her
r on behalf of the remain-
ntiffs, striking from the
it all allegations relating
nations, and awarding de-
Lee his reasonable attor-
fees caused by her
earance at the deposition
ing to obtain an order for
is. Thus far, there the

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Volume 12, Number 10 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER May 16- 29, 2003

ABC Board Hires Don Hungerford As

New Principal And CEO

Visioning ............. 4, 11
Eating, Ya Gotta Love It
................................. 5
Tour of Homes ... 6, 7, 8
FCAT Results........... 7
Medical News....... 8, 11
Bookshop .............. 10
Alligator Point ....... 11

Franklin County

Public Library

Receives State


By Eileen Annie Ball
Library Director
May 5, 2003
The Franklin County Public Li-
brary is the recipient of the Florida
Library Association's 2003 Betty
Davis Miller Youth Services
Award. The prestigious award for
outstanding effort on behalf of
youth in Florida was presented to
the Franklin County Public Li-
brary for the TIGERS Program at
the Florida .Library Association
Conference on Thursday, April
24th in Orlando Florida. Eddie
Fields and Marlene Moore were on
hand to represent the library and
to proudly receive the award.
Betty Davis Miller worked as a
Youth Services Consultant for the
Florida State Library system for
seventeen years. The award in her
honor is presented in alternate
i years for a children's program or
a young adult program. The 2003
Award was given for an outstand-
ing program of direct service to
youth ages 13 through 18. Out-
standing, according to the Florida
Library Association, is defined as
unique, distinctive, exceptional,
notable, praiseworthy and/or ex-
emplary. In addition, the selected
program needs to promote read-
ing, literacy, library usage, and be
directly related to the mission of
the library.
TIGERS (Teens In Gear Enjoy Re-
alized Succeed) began in January
2000 as an enhancement to the
library's WINGS Program. Serving
over 270 cumulative students and
working intensely with approxi-
mately 145 county youth, TIGERS
continues to provide career and
life skills development, teen preg-
nancy prevention activities, aca-
demic assistance, and perfor-
mance based internships. TI-
GERS is made possible by federal
WIA and WT funds contracted
through the Gulf Coast Workforce
The long standing dedication to
providing essential youth services
throughout the county have re-
sulted in state and national ac-
claim to the Franklin County Pub-
lic Library and the Friends of the
Franklin County Public Library,
Inc. who serve as fiscal adminis-
trator for library youth and lit-
eracy projects.

Continued on Page 3

Don Hungerford
At the May 6th Board meeting for "Mr. Hungerford's greatest
the Apalachicola Bay Charter asset is his years experi-
School, the board voted to hire asset is his years of a expeK-12 school.
Donald H. Hungerford as the new ence knows schad of a K-12 soperathool.
Principal of the schools and CEO, He knows school operations
replacing Jeff Weiner, whose con- thoroughly and for every
tract ends May 31st. facet.
Mr. Hungerford has recently been Further,
Assistant Principal at the Marco "Mr. Hungerford discharges
Island, Florida, Charter Middle his duties as the school's
School for the last three years: chief disciplinarian with fair-
There, he was also responsible for ness and thoroughness. He
guidance and counseling, devel- does an excellent job of com-
oped a master teaching schedule municating with parents and
and assisted in the development is very clear as to what the
and implementation of the bud- expectations of the school are
*get. He also developed and super- with regard to their child."
vised emergency procedures, or-
ganized and trained teacher Catherine Callahan at Marco Is-
teams and assisted in FCAT land wrote, in part:
preparations. In 2000, the school
earned an A rating, in 2001 a B "Don Hungerford has over
rating, and in 2002 another A rat- thirty years in education and
ing. many of those were spent in
leadership positions. He was
Prior to his Marco Island assign- the principal of a community
ment, Don was K-12 Principal at school for several years. His
Northport Public Schools, in thorough understanding of
Northport, Michigan. He taught the workings of a K-12 pro-
there for the previous 27 years gram led his to be recognized
and developed the new Middle as a school of distinction."
School at Northport. He developed
high school courses in Critical The Superintendent at Northport
Thinking, Psychology, Social Public Schools in April 2000
Studies, Science, Language arts wrote, in part,
and health courses in HIV-AIDS.
His background also includes sev- I can't begin to say enough
eral years as coach in Soccer, boys positive things about Don's
and girls varsity basketball and role as the K- 12 principal. He
track. He was awarded "Coach of has demonstrated a consis-
the Year" in 1986 for his work in tency of goals and commit-
Soccer, and in 1985, he was ment to academic excellence.
awarded "Outstanding Person in His first priority has always
Education" award. been the academic and per-
sonal welfare of the students.
His education background in- His approach is always posi-
cludes a Bachelor of Science in tive, and he continually mod-
Education from Central Michigan els an appropriate demeanor
University and Michigan State for both students and staff.
University with graduate work at Care, concern and compas-
MSU. He is a member of dozens sion are evident in Mr.
of professional organizations and Hungerford's dealings with
served on many public school students. When disciplinary
committees. action needs to be taken, it is
always firm and appropriate
George Abounader, Principal at to the circumstance and
Marco Island Charter School, re- never arbitrary. His work to
cently commented on Don involve parents, and his re-
Hungerford as a "Major figure on spect for their opinions in
this campus who adds signifi- decisions that effect their
cantly and fundamentally to the children has been exem-
daily operations and quality of plary."
education at this school."

Carrabelle Lighthouse Gets


By Rene Topping
There was a double meeting held
at the Carrabelle Branch Library
on May 6 starting at 6 p.m. with
Scenic Byways. The main thing
was making sure that the Scenic
Byways were on the agenda of the
Carrabelle City Commission and
on the Franklin County Comm-
ission in June.
Team leaders were appointed with
Ron Truetel and Skip Frink. These
two will call meetings and keep
the process going.
The other business was to make
sure that all of the special places
in the area had been mentioned.
The second meeting was the regu-
lar meeting of the Carrabelle
Lighthouse Association (CLA) and
it was so delightful news as Presi-
dent Barbara Revell showed
around a check from the Florida
Lighthouse Association (FLA) for
$12,100. This came from dona-
tions from all the other lighthouse
associations to give CLA a leg up.


Some money will be spent on a
shed that can be used as a stor-
age place and later can be turned
into a gift shop.
There was a great deal of discus-
sion as to where the CLA would
leave the money and the best in-
terest paid. There will be a sur-
vey of the banks and also whether
it would be better to build a shed
if it is cheaper than buying one
President Barbara who was the
charter officer stepped down and
Ron Truetel took over leadership
of the CLA.
The members voted on buying
some T-shirts, postcards and pic-
tures of the lighthouse. When
hosts are on duty at the light
house on Saturday or Sunday
they will have some items to sell.
July 12 will be the date for cel-
ebrating the birthday of the CLA.
There will more on this as plans
are made.
The election of new officers will
be held at the June 3 meeting.
Next meeting June 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Judicial News ..............
Library Award .............. 1
Elliott Award .............. 1
ABC Principal ...... 1, 12
St. George Jewel.... 1, 12
Carrabelle .......... 1, 5, 8
Franklin Briefs ...... 2, 7
Editorial & Commentary
............................... 3,4

Elliott Named

U.S. National

Award Winner

The United States Achievement
Academy recently announced that
Alyssa Jarrett Elliott of
Apalachicola has been named a
United States National Award
winner in history and govern-
ment. This award is a prestigious
honor very few students attain. In
fact, the Academy .recognizes
fewer than ten percent of all
American high school students.
Jarrett, who attends Apalachicola
High School will graduate as Sa-
lutatorian of her class on May 30.
She was nominated for this na-
tional award by her teacher,
Michael Todd. She is the daugh-
ter of Debra and Jimmy Elliott of
Jarrett will appear in the United
States Achievement Academy Of-
ficial Yearbook, which is pub-
lished nationally. "Recognizing
and supporting our youth is more
important than ever before in
America's history. Certainly,
United States Achievement Acad-
emy winners should be congratu-
lated and appreciated for their
dedication to excellence and
achievement," said Dr. George
Stevens, Executive Director of the
United States Achievement Acad-
The Academy selects USAA win-
ners upon the exclusive recom-
mendation of teachers, coaches,
counselors, and other qualified
sponsors and upon the standards
of selection set forth by the Acad-
emy. The criteria for selection are
a student's academic perfor-
mance, interest and aptitude,
leadership qualities, responsibil-
ity, enthusiasm, motivation to
learn and improve, citizenship,
attitude and cooperative spirit,
dependability, and recommenda-
tion from a teacher or director.

Citizens File Suit On Three

Carrabelle City Commissioners

By Rene Topping
On May 1, 2003, Jim and Pam
Lycett, Donald Maclean and
Aimee Lance, along with the Pan-
handle Citizens Coalition, Inc
have filed a suit against Mayor
Wilburn Messer, Commissioners
-Frank Mathis and Raymond Will-
iams in a petition for Writ of Man-
The citizens and PCC had gath-
ered signatures in an amount
above ten percent of the voting
citizens, and this was certified by
Franklin County Voting Supervi-
sor Doris Shivers Gibbs with a
Petition Certification that there
was 121 total signatures for the
Carrabelle City Charter Amend-
ment Petition (PUD) by a referen-
dum on the ballot. Ordinance 296
relates to the Planned Unit Devel-
opment and was adopted on July
11, 2002.
On February 6, 2003, a regular
City meeting, the City Commis-
sioners voted 3-2 to schedule a
special election on the charter
change amendments.
On March 6, 2003 by a vote of 3-2
Messer, Mathis and Williams, re-
scinded the previous vote, char-
ter amendment change meeting,

and also to take no action toward
holding an election on the pro-
posed amendment charter change
amendments at any point in time.
These actions and inactions by
Messer, Mathis and Willams vio-
lates their duty to hold the char-
ter amendment elections required
by Florida Statutes 166.o31 which
had been properly demanded.
"This court has the authority and
obligation to order the Respon-
dents to take the actions required
to conduct elections on the pro-
posed charter change amend-
ments no later than the Respon-
dent City's regular scheduled gen-
eral election in September 2003
in order to fulfill respondents duty
to their voters, as represented
herein by Petitioners, and no
other adequate remedy exists
other than the issuance of a Writ
of Mandamus."
The amendments if approved.
would repeal the PUD ordinance
296 adopted on July 11, 2002,
relating to planned Unit Develop-
ments and adopts the Franklin
County Building regulations in
effect as January 1, 2002. Among
other things this ordinance made
Continued on Page 8

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Page 2 16 May 2003


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6 May 2003
Present: Chairperson:
Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders; Commissioner
Bevin Putnal;
Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis; Commissioner
Clarence Williams and
Commissioner Eddie

Solid Waste Director
Van Johnson presented a pro-
posal to the Commissioners for a
position within the solid waste
department to be exempted from
the requirement to obtain certifi-
cation to supervise State Inmates.
He asked the Board to review the
application and render a decision
at the May 20th board meeting.
Mr. Johnson said, "Here this
morning is a representative
from Advanced Environmen-
tal Technologies, Inc. AET is
a subsidiary of TRG the com-
pany that presently has a
lease with the County to stage
roll-off containers at the air-
port. The Company has pro-
posed to provide to the
County sampling and labora-
tory analysis of groundwater,
surface water, and leachate
as required under the Land-
fill Permit. They propose to
provide this service at no cost
in exchange for the waiving
of the landfill tipping fee. Also,
they propose to provide other
services such as engineering,
geological and health and
safety services on a time and
material's basis that will not
exceed a 10% markup. I am
bringing this up at this time,
because I am at the start of
preparing my budget request
for submittal. If the Board is
so inclined to explore and
possibly accept this proposal,
then I could trim my upcom-
ing budget by at least
$40,000.00. Anyway Chad
Gunter the company repre-
sentative is here to discuss
the proposal and answer any
The Board did not have any ques-
tions of Mr. Gunter.
Commissioner Mosconis inter-
rupted the agenda by raising
some questions about events in
the, Road department. Kendall
Wade advised the Commissioners
that he had spoken with Leonard
Carson last week and information
was to be sent a day or two later,
Wade was advised to "hold off'
and not to do anything. Mr.
Mosconis also conferred with
Leonard Carson. "We need to put
this behind us; we need to move
forward. We need to show some
leadership in our ranks." The un-
stated matter has been "festering"
since March 3rd. "...The morale
over there is in terrible shape,"
Mosconis said. Commissioner
Creamer moved that Mr. Mosconis
discuss the transfer with Mr.
Sanders and confer with Mr.
Carson, the county's labor lawyer.
Mosconis reiterated.. "This has
gone far enough. time to put
this behind us... There is a way
to solve the problem. I'll talk to
Oscar about this." The Commis-
sioners voted "Aye" except Com-
missioner Sanders, who ab-
stained. Motion carried. Subse-
quent inquiry into this matter re-
vealed that there was a labor dis-
pute occurring within the Road
Department in early March involv-
ing Oscar Sanders and another
employee. Leonard Carson, labor
lawyer, was brought into the dis-
cussion attempting to solve the
dispute, as well as a hearing held
on the matter by the County Com-
mission. According to the remarks
by Commissioner Mosconis little
had been done to solve the dis-

County Extension Director
Bill Malian informed the Commis-
sioners that the 2003-2004 USDA
Family Nutrition Program Grant
Proposal for Franklin and Wakulla
County had been submitted on
May 1st, requesting $42,092 for
Franklin and $15,608 for Wakulla
counties. A decision on the pro-
posal is expected in August.
The 9th Annual 4-H Tropicana
Public Speaking program has
started. The Countywide
"Speakoff' is tentatively sched-
uled for May 20th.
Mr. Mahan reported that the State
of California has prohibited the
sale of raw oysters harvested from
Gulf waters from April 01-Octo-
ber 31 unless they have been
treated with a scientifically vali-
dated process to reduce Vibrio

vulnificus to non-detectable
yields. He distributed.a letter from
the Chief, Division of Food, Drug
and Radiation Safety of the Cali-
fornia Dept. of Health Services.
The letter stated, in part:
"These regulations are now
subject to public comments
for a 45-day period. This ac-
tion was taken to prevent ill-
ness and death associated
with the consumption of raw
Gulf Coast oysters contami-
nated with the bacteria Vibrio
vulnificus (V. vulnificus).
Each year, Californians be-
come seriously ill and die af-
ter consuming raw oysters
harvested from the states

bordering the Gulf Coast
which are contaminated V.
vulnificus. Of all foodborne
infectious diseases, infection
with V. vulnificus is one of the
most severe. The vast major-
ity of foodborne illnesses do
not require any medical treat-
ment; however, V. vulnificus
infections may require criti-
cal care. Even with treatment,
the death rate for foodborne
V. vulnificus infections is the
highest of any foodborne ill-
ness. Over fifty percent of re-
ported cases of foodborne V.
vulnificus infections result in
death. Since 1983 there have
been 75 illnesses reported in
California that have resulted
in 48 deaths.
In 1991, DHS adopted Sec-
tion 13675, which requires
retail food facilities (e.g., res-
taurants and markets) to
warn customers that at-risk
persons who eat raw oysters
harvested from the Gulf of
Mexico area (Gulf Coast) may
become seriously ill and die
because of the presence of
pathogenic bacteria called
Vibrio vulnificus (V.
vulnificus) in the oysters. Sec-
tion 13675 was amended in
1997 specifying that the re-
quired warnings also be given
in Spanish. The 1997 amend-
ments also provided for ex-
emptions from the warnings
if the oysters had undergone
a scientifically validated pro-
cess that reduces V.
vulnificus to "non-detectable"
Despite education efforts and
traditional food safety control
measures (e.g., time and tem-
perature controls), illnesses
and deaths from V. vulnificus
have not decreased. However,
scientifically validated
post-harvest oyster treat-
ments 'have now become
available that reduce V.
vulnificus in oysters to a
"non-detectable" level. Re-
quiring post-harvest treat-
ments during the summer
months (April through Octo-
ber) offer the most effective
strategy capable of decreas-
ing illnesses and deaths, and
possibly eliminating them.
DHS has granted exemptions
pursuant to Section 13675
for two post-harvest treat-
ments voluntarily being used
by some raw Gulf Coast oys-
ter producers. The approval
of a third treatment is pend-
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
raised a question with Mr. Mahan
about skimmer nets. Apalachicola
Bay has been a large nursery for
white shrimp for years, he said.
The Commissioner made a motion
for,Mr. Mahan to draft aletter,for
the Chairperson's signature pffi-
cially asking the Florida Fish and
Wildlife, Conservation, Commis-
sion to have a public meeting in
Franklin County on the subject
of skimmer nets. Commissioner
Bevin Putnal seconded the mo-
tion. There has been some con-
cern that the use of skimmer nets
would considerably reduce the
white shrimp population in the
bay. The County Attorney will also
investigate the matter. The Com-
mission approved the motion.

Above Ground Four Post Lift
Three bids were opened for an
above ground four post lift and
turned over to Herb Chipman for
review and further recommenda-

Public Hearings
The Board approved 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 by a vote
3 "aye" and 1 "nay". Bevin Putnal
voted against the proposal. The
owners have proposed to erect a
concrete plant with several neigh-
bors against the proposal. Some
of the complaints against the pro-
posal included noise levels, dust
in the air and heavy traffic. The
owners also proposed a wooded
buffer zone. An engineer spoke
before the Commissioners stating
a hypothetical that a concrete
batch plant should not be sited
directly across from a residential
district. Gene Langston pointed
out that the area for the rezoning
was "intended for industrial use."
In a handout distributed to the
Commissioners by Jim Maples,
the owners of the proposed batch
plant estimated that 4-7 fulltime
jobs would be created during the
first year of operation, at an an-
nual salary range of $24.000 to
$35,000. The storm water flow is

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Jim Maples

in the direction of land owned by
the State of Florida, and away
from residentially zoned property.
The plant would have a minimum
.50 foot natural buffer across the
front of the site. Driveway, park-
ing and equipment operating ar-
eas would be paved, and paved
areas would be sprinkled for dust
control. The estimated total aver-
age truck trips per day would be
7,69. In what could be described.
as another ,manifestation of
"growth versus the environment",
the County Commission approved
the'cement plant.
In the second public hearing the
Board approved a zoning change
for lots 5, 6, and 7, Block 4 West,
Unit 1, St. George Island from C-2
Commercial Business District to
C-4 Mixed use Commercial Resi-
dential. The Board approved the
writing of the letter to Jeanni's

(Left) Commissioner Eddie Creamer and Commissioner
Jimmy Mosconis during the public hearing on the proposed
concrete plant.


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OAR Program
Scott Vascavage, coordinator of
the OAR program appeared before.
the Commissioners to request the
Commission "sign off' on the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers permit
for the artificial reef project. Since
its establishment in 1985, the
organization for Artificial Reefs
(OAR) has assisted Wakulla
County, the City of Carrabelle and
Franklin County with their
grant-funded artificial reef pro-
Our reefs provide a valuable re-
source enhancement that have
had an increasing economic ben-
efit for the Big Bend Gulf and have
been important in reestablishing
much needed habitat for our di-
minishing fish populations.
The IRS has approved OAR as a
non-profit organization under
Section 501c(3) of the IRS Code.
For operating funds, OAR relies
on a variety of sources including
.,membership fees, proceeds from
the sale of internally produced
products, private donations, and
governmental grants. OAR's pri-
mary annual fundraiser is the Big
Bend Saltwater Classic fishing
tournament. Established in 1989,
this tournament has grown into
the largest saltwater fishing tour-
nament operating on the north-
east Gulf Coast.
OAR is offering assistance in the
establishment of a new artificial
reef site offshore from Franklin
County for the reuse of material
generated by the proposed dis-
mantling of the existing Bryan
Patton Bridges. OAR has been
tracking the development of this
project since the beginning of the
The assistance being offered by
OAR involves activities necessary
for the siting and permitting of the
new artificial reef.
There are two passes available in
Franklin County for the offshore
barge transport of concrete ma-
terial. The deepest is East Pass,
located between St. George Island
and Dog Island. This is the pass
used by the larger barges that
navigate the Apalachicola River
and the ICWW. This pass is lo-
cated about 12 miles east of the
bridge. OAR has acquired permits
for the City of Carrabelle and
Wakulla County for several new
artificial reefs in this area re-
cently. Several of these permits
are still active. It is possible that
some of the material from this
project could be used to enhance
some of these existing reef sites.
These sites do not have the ca-
pacity to handle all of the mate-
rial from this project.
The other pass is Sikes Cut, lo-
'cated about fourfmliles to the
southwest of the bridge. There are
no active artificial reef permits
offshore from this area. The two
, previously permitted sites,
Franklin County Reef and
Apalachicola Reef (both previous
bridge rubble projects) are exten-
sive and do not need to be en-
hanced. Therefore, we propose to
acquire a permit for a new artifi-
cial reef site offshore from Sikes
Cut for this project.
Activities to be accomplished by-
OAR include the following:
* Based on the results of the ini-
tial reef siting coordination activi-
ties, representatives of OAR's Re-

search Dive Team (RDT) have
screened candidate sites with
fathometer surveys and visual
Initial coordination with OFMAS
indicates a site .2 nautical mile
wide by I nautical mile long may
be needed. Bottom surveys have
been conducted on the proposed
site. These surveys consist of 300'
diameter radial transects. Since
it is not possible to cover sites as
large as these with transects of
this type, it is proposed to supple-
ment the diver transects with an
underwater video inspection us-
ing a towable "fish type" under-
water video camera. All coordi-
nates of the surveyed and pro-
posed permitted area will be
logged with a differential GPS
unit, in accordance with pending
OFMAS requirements.
It is proposed that Franklin
County be the permit holder for
this artificial reef permit. It is cus-
tomary for governmental entities
to hold all artificial reef permits
in Florida. OAR will be responsible
for completing the permit appli-
cation, paying the application fee,
submitting the permit, and re-
sponding to any requests for ad-
ditional information.
Because OAR is an all volunteer
organization, it will not be practi-
ca for us to coordinate or observe
every aspect of the deployment
observation phase of this artificial
reef project. However, this is a
very critical phase of any reef con-
struction project and OAR will be
involved as closely as possible.
given the time constraints of our
I volunteer resources. Contractors
should be aware that the permit
application for this project will
contain a deployment plan that
will generally describe the final
configuration of the reef material
after deployment. The plan will
also specify a minimum naviga-
tion clearance (vertical reef pro-
file) and a deployment observation
Since this phase of the project is
a matter of permit compliance, it
is anticipated that the project CEI
will be responsible for deployment
observation activities. The bound-
aries of the permit site and the
target deployment site for each
barge load should be buoyed dur-
ing each deployment. The barge
should be anchored during de-
ployment operations. A large piece
of debris can be used for this pur-
pose, A differential GPS unit must
be available to record the coordi-
nates of each deployment. A form
listing relevant information
should be developed to record
each deployment.

Director of Administration
Marc Currenton provided Alan
Pierce's 'report 'as; Mr. .Pierce wasv
in Texas attending a conference.
The Commission authorized a
Resolution of Appreciation' to the
Florida state park system and the
four parks in Franklin County.
These parks include the St.
George Island State Park, Bald
Point State Park, the Orman
House and the John Gorrie Mu-
seum. The Resolution recognizes
May as Florida State Parks
The Board endorsed a proposal by
Ms. Bonnie Segree for a grant she
has submitted.

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The Board received a packet of
information on cell towers from a
firm Gannett Fleming.
Mr. Currenton reported that the
Board of Adjustment was unable
to meet on Monday, May 5, be-
cause there was not a quorum.
They will meet Wednesday, May
7th with a verbal confirmation of
a quorum. Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders said the Board of Adjust-
ment did not have a quorum the
previous month as well.
The Board was informed that the
grant to begin the renovation of
the old county jail was not funded.
Mr. Creamer moved to have the
County Attorney write a letter di-
rected to Jeanni's Journeys to
remove the fence erected across
3rd Street on St. George Island,
and not to use that street as a
staging and storage area for her
business. An adjoining property
owner would like access to 3rd
street and cannot do so at this
time. As of 6 May, the business
has failed to remove signs on Gulf
Beach Drive that were requested
to be removed several weeks ago
by the Planning Commission.
The Board did not take any ac- I
tion on pending appointments to
the Planning and Zoning Commis-
sion, a nine member advisory
board to the county Commission
with two alternates. These pend-
ing matters were tabled until the
next commission meeting.
The county zoning code requires
certain occupations be repre-
sented on the commission, and
other positions be appointed at
large. Three members and two
alternates are still within their
first three year term, and need
action to continue to serve. They
are: Vicki Barnett, Steve Davis,
Joseph "Smokey" Parrish,
Harriett Beach, and Dan Rosier.
The following members are inter-
ested in being re-appointed.
Terms are supposed to be for
three years, with re-appointments
allowable, but the record does not
reflect the last time these mem-
bers were reappointed, and tech-
nically each one's term expired
some time ago:
Seat 1: Ms. Gayle Dodds, sitting
as an at-large
Seat 2: Ms. Mary Lou Short, sit-
ting as an at-large
Seat 3: Mr. Tony Millender, sit-
ting as Forestry
Ms. Ruth Schoelles has verbally
resigned to Alan, or retired might
be more appropriate since she has
served since 1985. Mr. Jack
Prophater has resigned in a letter
written to Alan, or also retired,
since he has served since 1988.
.The ,urrenp. vacancies. therefore.
Seat 4: at-large
Seat 5: Real Estate-previously
held by Ms. Ruth Schoelles
Seat 9: Science-previously held
by Mr. Jack Prophater
For the real estate seat, Rose Drye
and John Shelby have expressed
interest. For the science seat, Ms.
Harriet Beach has expressed in-
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FFWC Commissioner Sees For Himself

So-Called "Legal Nets" Catch And

Kill Juvenile Fish

Two-Inch Mesh Size Causes Unnecessary Killing
Publisher's Note: For years, the commercial fishermen through
their organization in Wakulla County have argued that the cur-
rent "legal net" measuring. 500 square feet or less in state waters
with a mesh size no larger than two inches, is killing juvenile fish
and thus is not only an environmental threat, but is actually
diminishing the resource when the juvenile fish are killed. They
have argued, among other things, for a more flexible net with
larger mesh sizes to enable the juvenile fish to escape so they
may mature and be harvested as adults. Thus far, the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has refused to budge
on the issue of enlarging the mesh size because of various legal
hang-ups about gill nets. All nets gill fish is a widely understood
conclusion by most except the lawyers and staff representing the
fish commission.

Here is the excerpted article about a FFWC Commissioner making,
his discovery.

"Young Fish Victim Of Net Law"

Official vows review after his day on water
By Kevin Lollar...
Fort Myers News-Press
Following a fishing trip with two commercial fishermen, a Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation commissioner wants a closer took at
legal commercial fishing gear that might be causing unintended envi-
ronmental problems.
Commissioner Herky Huffman spent a morning on the water with
Mike Dooley, 50, and son Shane Doolev. 23, of Pine Island and was
shocked that the fishermen's legal necs caught and killed juvenile
"I have a concern with what I saw today," Huffman said, "These small
fish got caught in the net, If you get to them quickly, they probably
have good survival. If they hang in the net a long time, they're dead. I
saw those dead fish,"
Under current Florida law, the result of a 1994 constitutional amend-
ment, commercial fishermen can use nets measuring 500 square feet
or less in state waters, and the nets can have a mesh size no larger
than 2 inches,
The amendment, whose purpose was to prevent "unnecessary killing,
overfishing and waste," specifically banned gill nets, which catch fish
whose heads pass through the mesh so they are caught by the gills.
Adult mullet bounce off a 2-inch-mesh net and thus are not gilled.
"I saw by catch out here," Huffman said after the fishing trip. "I saw
juvenile mullet, trout... gilled, I want to pursue this bycatch issue. Is
there something we can do about it?...
Mike Dooley said something can and should be done about it.
The best way to keep juvenile fish from being gilled, he said, is for the
state to let fisherman sizes, which would catch the desired fish, adult
mullet for example, while juvenile fish (slip through).
Fishermen would also catch more target species than with the
.2-inch-mesh nets...
Tfi& ex1eplH uffriiarisdid;, is to have an FWG biologist spend a day
fishing with Dooley and then make a report to the commission..
"You only understand when you touch, see and smell what's going
on," Huffman said. "I'm observing to see what commercial fishermen
need to make a living while protecting the resource. *
"I'm really concerned about the bycatch, If our biologists determine
that a 2-inch net isn't the best net, then we can tweak it. If it is, then
it is what it is."
The entire discovery has been brought to the attention of FFWCC
head, Mr. Ken Haddad, Executive Director, by the lawyers represent-
ing the fishermen in Wakulla County. Their letter is quoted below, in
"Ken Haddad, Executive Director
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600...
Dear Mr. Haddad:
The firm of Mowrey & Biggins has represented commer-
cial fishermen over the years in various challenges of
Article X, 16, Fla. Cont, and the related statutes and
rules. In short, the commercial fishermen's position is
that the amendment does not accomplish the legislature's
purpose in enacting it and violates fishermen's constitu-
tional rights. Particularly, the amendment was enacted
to protect Florida's natural resources, i.e., mullet, How-

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........... Rene Topping
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Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ..................... Eastpoint
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ever, the amendment has led to the unnecessary killing
of juvenile size mullet, because the 2" mesh size targets
the smaller juvenile fish, instead of the adult mullet as it
was supposed to. Recently, FWCC Commissioner Herky
Huffman went fishing off Pine Island and witnessed this
very thing. Enclosed you will find a recent article regard-
ing the effect of the mesh size limitations.
In connection with out litigation, we had an independent
study conducted which resulted in similar conclusions
to that of Commissioner Huffman. A video tape demon-
strating the techniques, research, and outcome of this
study was produced. If you would like to view a copy of
this study or the videotape, let us know as we would be
happy to provide you with one."
All Commissioners were "copied to" in this matter. We can only hope
these arguments will find a receptive audience and the wisdom con-
veyed in Commissioner Huffman's observations will create change in
the administrative rule permitting larger mesh sizes.

Representative Kendrick Supports

Medically Needy Program

Representative Will Kendrick, D-Carrabelle, reported that at 11:55
p.m. Wednesday night the Florida House of Representatives passed
the most important piece of legislation this year. On Thursday, the
Governor signed into law legislation to extend the Medically Needy
Program through June 30, 2003.'
The Medically Needy program addresses a very important and very
real need throughout this state, especially in our rural areas. The
extension of the Medically Needy program through the end of the
fiscal year will mean the difference between life and death for many of
Florida's most vulnerable citizens.
As medical costs continue to rise, Florida's at risk citizens are finding
it harder and harder to fight the system. I am pleased to have sup-
ported the legislation that extends this program, said Kendrick.
"We will continue to work through the budget process to ensure that
we maintain these programs Into the next budget year," he added.
The House and Senate are expected to return to Tallahassee later
this month to resolve other differences in the proposed state budget.

A Reaction To "Rough Day At The Beach"

The Monday issue of the Tallahassee Democrat spread bad news about
St. George Island beaches across their front page with a photo show-
ing one very filled trash can in front of the "skinny minis" near Franklin
Boulevard. The tenor of the article by Democrat reporter Gerald Ensley
emphasized the trash and vandalism occurring in and near one of
the most tourist intensive portions of the island. To that extent, there
was some accuracy in the report. Our overworked and underpaid
public servants who empty the weekend trash from all those visitors
do not work on the weekend, but perform their "pickups" on Mon-
days and Fridays, presumably when Mr. Ensley was not around
searching for stories. That aspect of the "story" was buried on page
two. The overall impression one could obtain from Mr. Ensley's ob-
servations is that the entire place was being vandalized and trashed-
a fiction I would like to point out.
With the thousands of visitors coming onto St. George on most sunny,
summer and spring weekends, there are going to be some "bad apples"
who do not know their manners. The new county rule forbidding glass
containers on the beach will take some time to "take hold" and I sup-
pose this new development should be emphasized as well. When the
violators are arrested, the word will get around quickly. In earlier
days, a few "visitors" would take souvenirs home with them such as
street signs. Those signs were purchased by the island Civic Club.
! Thankfully, tlat cycle of vandalism diminished but temptation still
lurks at some intersections..
I suspect the presence of the Sheriffs sub-station at the end of Franklin
Boulevard has helped deter some vandals, but each new season brings
more visitors. Almost all respect private property and the beauty of
the beaches all along the shore. Local citizens can easily help by
making close observations, taking down license numbers of offend-
ers and otherwise monitor and report on "bad behavior". Mr. Ensley's
unflattering article may have been a useful warning signal, but I would
prefer a better balance with the truth.
Tom W. Hloffer

Letter To The Editor

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"New World Order". I found it well written and thought provoking. So
did others I've spoken to about the article, including those who dis-
agree with his conclusions. More of Mr. Childers' contributions to
your newspaper would be welcomed.
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May 7, 2003
May I have three more copies of the May 2 15 issue of the Franklin
Chronicle? I want to share your Editorial and Commentary page re-
garding the state library and other issues with three friends. I haven't
seen this covered in our paper and it concerns me...
Mrs. Elsie Green

"Mother" Reclassification

From "The Encourager" newsletter of the First Baptist
Church of St. George Island (May 2003)
A woman named Emily renewing her driver's license at the county
clerk's office, was asked by the woman recorder to state her occupa-
tion. She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself "What I mean
is," explained the recorder, "do you have ajob, or are you just a...?"
"Of course I have a job, "snapped Emily. "I'm a mother." "We don't list
'mother' as an occupation. 'Housewife' covers it." said the recorder
I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself in the same
situation. This time at our own town hall. The clerk was obviously a
career woman. She was poised, efficient, and possessed of a
high-sounding title like, "official interrogator" or "town registrar."
"What is your occupation?" she probed. What made me say it. I do
not know, the words simply popped out. "I'm a research associate in
the field of Child Development and Human Relations," was my com-
ment. The clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in midair, and looked
up as though she had not heard right. I repeated the title slowly.
emphasizing the most significant words. Then I stared with wonder
as my pronouncement was written in bold, black ink on the official
"Might I ask," said the clerk with new interest, "just what you do in
your field?" Coolly, without any trace of luster in my voice. I heard
myself reply, "I have a continuing program of research (what mother
doesn't?) in the laboratory and in the field (normally I would have
said indoors and out). I'm working for my masters (the whole family)
and, already, have four credits (all daughters). Of course, the job is
one of the most demanding in the humanities (any mother care to
disagree?) and 1, often, work 14 hours a day (24 is more like it). "
There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk's voice as she
completed the form, stood up, and, personally, ushered me to the
As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career.
I was greeted by my lab assistants ages 13, 7, and 3. Upstairs, I could
hear our new experimental model (a 6-month-old baby) in the child
development program, testing out a new vocal pattern. I felt trium-
phant! I had scored a beat on bureaucracy! And I had gone on the
official records as someone more distinguished and indispensable to
mankind than "just another mother."
Motherhood ... what a glorious career! Especially when there's a title
on the door. Does this make grandmothers "Senior Research associ-
ates in the field of Child Development and Human Relations? "And
great grandmothers, "Executive Senior Research Associates?" I think
so!!! I also, think it makes aunts, "associate research assistants." I
cannot wait to see the changes on government forms.
Author Unknown

Frankly Speaking In Franklin County

By Rene Topping
Here we go again! Someone wants to put a concrete plant on Airport
Road. Now Airport Road divides Carrabelle on the east side of the.
road to the county on thqe west side. The east side is zoned Rl and
was to have been 'a nfee subdvisionwith homes'each on'ohneoacre.
The other 'side ofthroad was' z6oned co'fmnerciil ''' '
On the west side the only place is the Forestry Service.I It is its offices
and a parking place for vehicles. Very nicely landscaped and next to
the gateway for the airport.
Sad to say every concrete plant I have ever known is noisy, dusty and
really not a congenial place for folks who want to build a retirement
There is another twist on this. If we finally approve the concrete plant
how can we turn down something that might be worse. We don't know
what will be next.
This kind of problem has come up in Franklin too many times.
It puts neighbors one against another. Each of them has a different
point of view. The nearest concrete plant apparently is making hay
on being the only near place for concrete. So people who want to be
building are hoping that when the plant starts to work they will be
able to slice a few dollars off the bill. And the other thing is that the
owners will employ 6 workers at a decent pay-a thing really needed.
Now on the other side of the road are" people who just want-to live
peacefully on their acre and enjoy the lakes and the trees that makes
this piece of land perfection to live out their years.
I believe there is a solution to this problem. It is nothing new. many a
small town has built a commercial park where all the commercial
enterprises can find a great place to build. And the town or county
makes a few more bucks.
I also believe that the land east of the sewer plant would be a great
piece of land for a commercial park. it is far back behind the trees.
This piece of land in owned by St. Joe and I am sure the county
commission could talk to them about a few acres.
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Frankly Speaking from Page 3

This would be much better than having landowners to have to get an
attorney and fight the zoning.
Other places have done it and it sometimes takes a while before it in
filled up.
Let's look ahead. We are growing fast as a community and we still can
keep the small community spirit. The zoning on Airport Road was a
mistake in my opinion, Small businesses would be approved, such as
doctor's offices, hairdressers, accountants etc. I think we can make
everybody happy.
Publisher's Note: I would add my own comment to Rene's view-
point in the dilemma over the approval of the concrete batch plant.
Having another alternative is good for competition. Given the in-
tensity of development in Franklin County, and a diminished pres-
ence of truly competitive elements throughout the construction
industry, another alternative to the sale of concrete is most de-
sirable as a mechanism to balance prices with demand. In my
limited experience 'to the sub-contracting of material and ser-
vices in Franklin County, too many sub-contractors are reluc-
tant to provide estimates in a timely fashion or engage in com-
petitive bidding. A new concrete batch plant will, hopefully, open
up the competition.
Tom W. Hoffer


Natural Resources Workshop

Summary Report

By Harriett-Beach and Tom Taylor
The Third Visioning workshop held April 15th at the Franklin County Court-
house focused on the Natural Resources of Franklin County. The purpose of
the workshop was:
* To clarify Franklin County natural resources issues and options.
* To develop recommendations for how these issues can be addressed.
* To test for community consensus on the recommendations.
* To determine next steps needed to develop these and other
The 85 people in attendance were divided into- five groups to discuss and
consider possible solutions to three Natural Resource problems important to
Franklin County. The first focused on Resource Conservation and Steward-
ship. Approximately 70 percent of the county is owned and managed by state
and federal agencies for a variety of public purposes. The remaining 30 per-
cent are under increasing pressure to convert private agricultural land to
residential, development land. The "Public" lands are the only lands being
managed or monitored for such things as scenic views and vistas, fisheries
management, wildlife habitats, protection of vegetated communities. or pro-
tection of quality and quantity of ground and surface water. No provisions
exist for monitoring or managing private lands for conservation and open space
A number of state, federal, and private programs exist for -natural resource
research, education, or stewardship. The county however has limited resources
and has not taken advantage of programs to monitor, educate, or promote
natural resource stewardship and protection.
As federal and state government places increased responsibility at the local
level, the County is going to have to step up to the challenge. Major threats to
resource conservation and stewardship are a lack of awareness and under-
standing of the needs and importance of the surrounding natural resources.
and lack of county resources to guide, monitor, and control activities that
impact the natural resources. Most of the threats to the county natural re-
tsources.are development related .. ......

How to integrate natural resource planning and program coordination was
the first of two topics under discussion. .The question. "How can the public
and private groups coordinate data bases, strategic planning and program
implementation?" was answered with fifteen possible solutions. The following
five ideas had the highest consensus ranking:
1. Include a Natural Resource Element in the Comp Plan (including a public
use plan).
2. Establish clear lines of responsibility for managing the data bases and how
it will be used, with clear links for use in County decision-making.
3. Ensure data collected is valid using standard methods.
4. Have an expert review committee be part of the development review pro-
5. Establish penalties of sufficient severity enough to change behavior.
The second topic, Stewardship and Education raised the question. "How can
we improve public understanding and support of the value of natural resources
to the cultural, conservation and economic vitality of Franklin County?" Thir-
teen ideas were presented. The following had the highest consensus ranking:
1. Engage commercial as well as recreational fishermen in teaching children
how to fish and why seafood is a sustainable resource that encourages protec-
tion of rivers, wet lands, bays, seagrass beds and the ocean.
2. Build a nature center in cooperation with the FSU Marine Lab.
3. Provide incentives for good stewardship on.private lands.
4. Establish watershed stewardship programs (cross county lines) that build
cooperation in reducing pollution loading.
5. Develop informational brochures specific to our area to be distributed by
the Chamber of Commerce, Realtors, etc.
6. Tailor school curriculum to the local environment and current issues.
7. Produce exhibits, materials and brochures as part of a natural resource
educational outreach program.
8. Review natural resource stewardship policies in the existing comp plan Ior
re-adoption to ensure support for land use regulation and enforcement.
The second Natural Resource Problem discussed was that of Water Resource
Protection. Since the quality of the surface water resources of the county are
intrinsically linked to seafood harvesting, sport fishing. recreation, land val-
ues, water storage, and recharge of ground water it is important to everyone
who lives or visits in Franklin County.
The first subject under Water Resource Protection was Apalachicola River and
Bay. The question posed was: "How can water quality and quantity be as-
sured to protect fish and wildlife habitats in this river and estuary?" There
were twenty-eight recommendations. The following 12 had the highest con-
sensus ranking.
1. Establish inter-state freshwater supply agreements for river and bay to
ensure Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint ACF. freshwater flows mimic
historic record of flow regime in the River and Bay.
2. End ruinous dredging and destruction of Apalachicola floodplain by the
dumping of dredging spoil.
3. Educate citizens on the importance of floodplain for both habitat and water
4. Designate marshes, seagrasses and oyster bars as critical habitats.
5. Educate the public on the value and function of the estuary.
6. Continue non-degradation policy and standards for water resources that
are in the existing comp plan.
Continued on Page 11

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Man-
agement Council (Council) will
conduct workshops on collecting
information about vessel ex-
penses and earnings in the Gulf
of Mexico reef fish and coastal
pelagics (mackerel) fisheries. The
main goal of the workshops is to
solicit the views of participants on
the importance and necessity of
collecting vessel and trip level in-
formation on expenses and earn-
ings. In addition, participants will
be asked for their views on the
methods of collecting such infor-
Vessel expenses and earnings,
also known as cost and returns,
information is extremely impor-
tant so that Council members can
have a better understanding of the
economic impacts of proposed
management actions while they
are still under consideration. In
addition, several laws such as the
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Con-
servation and Management Act,
National Environmental Policy
Act, Regulatory Flexibility Act,
and Executive Order 12866re-
quire tile use of economic infor-
mation in the deliberation and
formulation of regulations. Fish-
ery participants' views regarding
the nature and collection of this
information are critical so that at
the time it is collected, assembled
and analyzed a more credible pic-
ture of the economic condition of
the fishery will be depicted and
used in the management process.
The workshops will be conducted
around the Gulf coast. Council
staff, with the assistance of NMFS
staff, will conduct the workshops.
All workshops will begin at 6:00
p.m. local time and conclude at
about 9:00 p.m.
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Fishery Management Councils
that were established by the
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Council prepares fishery manage-
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manage fishery resources to the
200-mile limit in the U.S. Gulf of

Library Award from Page 1
The selection of the WINGS Pro-
gram in 1996 for the national
Excellence in Small and/or Ru-
ral Library Service Award was
made especially because of com-
munity involvement, the extent of
planning the library demon-
strated in order to reach the youth
population, and the fact that it
was considered highly unusual
that a library take on the task of
administering a juvenile justice
grant. The Franklin County Pub-
lic Library was the first Florida
Library to receive this national
award from the Public Library
Association. The Friends of the
Franklin County Public Library
also received a FOLUSA (Friends
of Libraries USA) Award for excep-
tional support of a small library.
In January 1999, the Franklin
County Public Library was fea-
tured in Horizon Online Magazine
as one of the top ten innovative
libraries in the United States. In
1997, the WINGS Program re-
ceived specific recognition, was
selected by the American Library
Association and listed in Excel-
lence in Library Services to Young
Adults as being one of the top five
library programs for youth in the
At the Betty Davis Miller Award
Ceremony, Dr. Pat Bauer, Leader
of the Award Committee pointed
out the great possibilities the
Franklin County Public Library
demonstrated in providing ser-
vices to youth in the community.
She commended the TIGERS Pro-
gram for its spirit of teamwork
and dedication. It was considered
that the Franklin County Public
Library was truly on a mission.



the roofut comrple, is about 3.y1lit I Ibs .r
nearly \ 20i tons

* POST AND BEAM CONSTRUCTION: 41 pilings extend through each floor, holding up the roof system.
None of the exterior walls are load-bearing. There are three levels in this home built to last. Post and Beam
construction is the best and superb design for any building reposing on a pile of sand. 2100 square fect heated
and cooled. One of the last homes built on St. George Island by Mason Bean.
* ELEVATOR: by Sedgewick installed by Mowrey Elevators. Joined with a concrete ramp used for wheel-
chair accessibility to the living level. Can also function as a dumbwaiter and is especially useful for transport-
ing wood to the wood burning stove in the living area. The stove will adequately heat the house in the coldest
* CEILING FANS: In bedrooms and living areas.
* PROJECTION ROOM AND MINIATURE THEATRE OR STUDY: Prewired for a music system or film
and TV soundtracks.
* SOLID-CORE DOORS: Throughout the house: New fiberglass doors for the exterior openings.
* CEMENT TILE ROOF: Guaranteed in writing for 50 years (when built, 1989); no fire hazard here as in the
case of wood cedar-shake shingles.
* CYPRESS SIDING: Cut into board and batton design; impervious to the harshest salt-infested Gulf winds.
* TILED KITCHEN AND BATHROOM: On the living level; one-half bath stubbed out in the loft area.
One-half bath at the utility level.
* MOTHER-IN-LAW FACILITIES: Are available at the utility level with plans; concrete foundation already
in place for a wall system and other alterations.
* FRAMING: Of floors incorporates library loads in the study, bedrooms and third level loft which is the
largest sleeping room, 16 feet square.
* AN ENGINEERED FACILITY: For the floor system and the entire structure to. carry above-average loads.
* HEAT PUMPAND AIR CONDITIONING: Split-plan design by Ollie Gunn and Trane (General Electric).
* EXTERIOR WALLS: Incorporating six-inch studs for greater insulation: None of the exterior or interior
walls in this home are load-bearing.. .. -.

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The Frunklin Cli rolnicle


16 May 2003 Page 5

By Skip Frink
Commissioner Ed Saunders intro-
duced a prototype for Policies and
Procedures for the Carrabelle Po-
lice Department. The unit has
never had a written set of rules.
P&P documents detail everything
related to police operations: the
"reporting order" in the depart-
ment (from the police officer up
to the city council), hiring, firing,
training, uniform regulations, etc.
Each officer is to be issued a copy,
to keep with him, and which re-
mains City property. Commis-
sioner Saunders, by phone:
"There have been some instances
over the past year in Carrabelle
of questionable adherence to poli-
cies" (that don't exist), He noted
that non-adherence to nonexist-
ent policies could lead to legal
concerns for the city.
In the spirit of giving "credit where
credit is due" for the material, Dr.
Saunders thanked others for their
contributions: the Chief of Police
of Wachula, Florida, Chief of Po-
lice of Punta Gorda, Florida, Mike
Mock of the Franklin County
Sheriffs Department and "my son
Terry Saunders who started this
a couple of years ago". City Attor-
ney Douglas Gaidry is to review
the prototype and comment at the
June meeting.
In water tower news: Frank
Sundram, Station Manager of
WKGC (AM 1480/FM 90.7) radio,
requested use of our water tower
to boost his signal, by attaching
an antenna. WKGC broadcasts
from Gulf Coast Community Col-
lege, in the Port St. Joe area. The
strengthened signal could then
better serve Apalachicola and
The station is allied with National
Public Radio (NPR), the high qual-
ity (drive-time magazine of the air,
and plays jazz, classical and con-
cert music. Mr. Sundram added
that they immediately would be-
gin broadcast of any PSA's (Pub-
lic Service Announcements) from
any local non-profit group activi-
ties / festivals / etc. Commis-
sioner Saunders moved that
Carrabelle accept the antenna.
Mayor Messer called for and got a
second, followed by his call for a
vote: "All in favor say 'aye'. Op-
posed, likewise. You got it."

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Skip Frink

The meeting agenda started at
7:00 with a call to order. Minutes
were approved without reading,
and all bills were approved with-
out discussion, a total of more
than $668,000.00.
Commissioner Saunders pre-
sented his police P&P work, and
then Mr. Gaidry introduced the
subject of the American Legion
Hall property. Since it is no longer
in business in Carrabelle, the
property needs attention. His sug-
gestion was that there are several
ways to handle it, including deed-
ing it over to an organization like
the Amvets. Since the tide is un-
clear, it may take some legal work
beforehand. Mayor Messer, who
had worn his Amvets hat to the
meeting: "OK, I'm goin fixin to lay
it on. I was a member of that post
from the starting to the beginning.
And I'm a World War II veteran. I
belong to the Amvets and I'm for
let Amvets have it to build a build-
ing. And that's what we want."
The council voted to table the sub-
ject for'the next meeting.

Public Hearing
Proposed ordinance for the vaca-
tion and abandonment of a por-

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'Carrabeile To Write First-Ever

Police Rules

City Commiri.ssorters OK Water Tower Climb For NPR

lion ol Owen's Avenue located in
Sun & Sand Village between Lots
5 and 6 of Block B. This action
was also the subject of the first
reading ol' proposed City Ordi-
nance #303, No discussion.

Approved Pledge ol Civility Proc-
Unfinished Business:
1. City's FY 200 1-2002 Audit re-
port by Mark Payne and Scott Hall
of James Moore & Co. A "great
year"' total assets up from $16MM
to $21MM, total cash position
$6MM, equity position $15MM,
$600K appropriated by legisla-
ture, $13MM total grants re-
ceived. $4.1 MM was spent of that
grant money. No losses from any
of the fund categories.
2. (see water tower news above)
3. Controlling towers and wireless
facilities through Gannett
Fleming, Inc. Attorney Gaidry to
prepare advertisement for a bid
4. Franchise Area (for water and
sewer): Gaidry to take to county
I for approval of area to reach from
East Point to Lake Morality Road
east of Carrabelle.
a 5. City of Carrabelle and Lanark
Water and Sewer District Resolu-
tion supporting Utility Consolida-
tion: approved.
6. Baskerville-Donovan to begin
to charge fees for engineering time
invested in reviewing proposed
developments: approved.
7. BD update on CTST sidewalk
project: got small change order
8. Mediacom franchise extended
for 90 days.
9. Approved bid package for 6
hangars at Carrabelle-Thompson
10. Approved request by Karlene
E. Spencer to change Lot 21 in
Block A of Baywood Estate, from
A-1 (Agriculture-Conservation) to
R-1, Single Family Residential
and to name the subdivision
Kacey's Acres Estate.
11. No action on closing alley 54
(2) in Kelley's Plat, behind Neel's
Auto Parts.



By Eunice Hartmann
Strange name for a cake. but if
i you are familiar with this cake you
probably love it. I tried to some
history on the name but came up
empty except it is a popular
southern cake. Even the internet
failed to provide some history. So
if you read this and do know the
story behind the name, I'd appre-
ciate you dropping me a line at
the Chronicle.
Bon Appetite had a cake recipe
from the River House Tea Room
in Gruene, TX printed in June
2001 that sounds just like the tra-
ditional Hummingbird Cake.

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12. Approved Interlocal Agree-
ment for Public School Facility
13. Approved contract agreement
between City of Carrabelle and
Artificial Reefs. Inc. for the Rose
City Artificial Reef.
New Business:
1. Approved request by Jim
Carey, Jr. to divide 115'x 137' lot
into two 57.5'x 137' lots.
2. Tabled discussion concerning
a land swap between Carrabelle
and St. Joe Land Company, 1.1
acres for 2.2 acres in the spray
field property.
3. Approved $ 100 donation to the
Timber Island Yacht Club for the
TTYC scholarship fund for youth
education and recreation.

shared not only the recipe but a
taste of her Hummingbird Cake-
YUV ,M "'.'-,- r.-- ij.- ,.. in a well-
worn Southern Living Cook Book.
The recipe was the same as the
first one in this column and she
uses the layer cake approach with
frosting in the middle. As I was
leaving her restaurant I overheard
a young couple tell the waitress
that the cake they were eating
was...." absolutely the best they
had ever eaten". They had ordered
Hummingbird Cake.
You can e-mail me at: eunihart@

Banana-Pineapple Layer
with Cream Cheese Frosting
alias Hummingbird Cake
3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
I cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1- 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups chopped bananas (about
3 bananas)
1 cup chopped pecans
1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple.
with juice
1 cup chopped pecans
1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple
with juice

Cream Cheese Frosting
2 8-ounce pkgs. cream cheese,
room temperature
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans
1. Preheat oven to 3500 degrees
2. Butter and flour 9l" round cake
pans with 2" skies.
3. Whisk first 5 ingredients in a
large bowl to blend.
4. Whisk in oil, eggs, and vanilla
5. Stir in bananas, pecans and
6. Divide batter between the 2
7. Bake 30 min. until cake tester
comes out clean.
8. Lot cool thoroughly before frost-
Frosting: Use an electric beater
to thoroughly blend ingredients
which will work best if added
slowly. Spread top of one cake
generously and top with other
half; spread sides and top, being
careful not to get crumbs mixed
in. Sprinkle toasted pecans on
Bundt Pan Hummingbird
Use the same recipe except:
Add 1/4 more vegetable oil
Bake 70 min in abundt cake pan
Cool thoroughly
Frost on outside
There is a recipe for Humming-
bird Cake in the Treasured Reci-
pes of St. George Island on page
There is also a recipe that Miss
Dolores uses at Dolores's Sweet
Shoppe in Apalachicola. (Open
M-F 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and
not on weekends!) She generously

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Island Methodists
Host Memorial
Weekend Pancake
The Methodist Men's organization
of the St. George Island United
Methodist Church will sponsor
another delicious Pancake Break-
fast on Saturday, May 24, from
7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Breakfast
will be served in the Fellowship
Hall of the Church, located at 201
E. Gulf Beach Drive on St. George
Island. A donation of just $5 will
allow you to enjoy a plate of
scrumptious pancakes wallowing
in syrup, with sausage, juice and
coffee or tea.
Contributions benefit the Church
building fund as it seeks to ex-
pand its facility to serve a rapidly
expanding congregation. To vol-
unteer or for more information,
please call Carlton Ethridge, event
coordinator, at 927-2010.

Spring Recital


Violin and piano students from
the music studio of Martha
Gherardi will present a Spring
Recital on Sunday, May 18, 2003
at 4:00 p.m. at Saint George Is-
land United Methodist Church,
East Gulf Beach Drive. Students
scheduled to perform are Riley
Morgan Dennis, Jessey Krehl,
Grant Malvestuto, Shelby
Malvestuto, Maranda Monroe,
Carla J. Ogles, Julie Rex, and
Sara Ward. Family and friends are
invited to attend this program of
beautiful music.



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Wefing-Mathews Home.

The 12th Annual Tour of Homes
sponsored by Trinity Episcopal
Church was held the weekend of
May 3rd. Trinity's annual historic
home tour is one of several an-
nual church events that include
area youth participation. The
youth ministry includes an active
Sunday School and Youth Group,
and the sponsorship of 100 young
Three other historic churches
were also included on the tour
including the First Baptist
Church, First United Methodist
Church and St. Patrick's Roman
Catholic Church, all of
.Apalachicola. Twelve other his-
toric homes and sites were also
included on the tour in addition
to other items of historic interest
available to visitors such as the
Chestnut Street Cemetery, John
Gore Museum, the Consulate,
Orman Building and Lafayette
The homes and sites included the
cottage now occupied by the
Coastal Connection (East and
12th Street), Heart Pine Cottage
(the Corner Avenue E and 7th
Street), Lynn Haven (127 Avenue
B), the Mohr-Key-Leach House
(15 13th Street), the Orman
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The red cypress staircase in the Wefing
Mathews Home.

"The Porches" formerly owned by
Richard and Laura Macy (67 Av-
enue D). The home is now owned
by Willis and Harrette Kennedy.
Mrs. Kennedy is the founder of the
historic tour of homes now in its
12th year.
Other homes included the Raney
House Museum (Corner of Mar-
ket Street and Avenue F), the
Schoelles-Coker House (111 Av-
enue D), the Trinity Rectory
(George Marshall House) (corner
of 6th Street and Avenue E) and
the Wefing-Matthews House.( 163
Avenue B. The Dixie Theatre was
also on the tour (21 Avenue E).
The theatre opened its first pro-
fessional season in July 1998 af-
ter extensive renovations. New
construction began in 1997.
As a work in progress, the
Wefing-Matthews House was open
to visitors providing an unusual
glimpse into the construction of
the original building started in
1892. Current owners John and
Christine Knight are restoring the
building to its original beauty.
Until his death this "Queen Anne"
style structure was the home of
George Chapel, local historian.
Mr. Chapel wrote about the struc-
ture at an earlier time and the
details included here are based on
his descriptions.

The Wefing-Matthews home is
constructed of red cypress and
oak. Its has heart pine floors, burl
pine door posts and lintels and
the woodwork is beaded tongue-
in-groove. The oak wainscoting
continue up the red cypress cen-
tral staircase, which has arched


alcoves built into the wall along
the way. Playfully combining clas-
sical arches with a Gothic turret,
typical of the 19th century Victo-
rian "Queen Anne" style, it sup-
posedly expressed the architec-
tural ambivalence of the reign of
Queen Anne (1702-1714).
Harris Clark, foreman for the Cy-
press Lumber Company in
Apalachicola acquired the prima-
rily vacant property in 1892, and
the present house was con-
structed for him. The chimneys
and kitchen still standing from
the pre-Civil War house were in-
corporated into the new home. It
is said that he personally selected
the lumber to go into the house.
The home was to be a wedding gift
for his bride-to-be. She married
another, and by 1899 Harris Clark
was in debt.
George F. Wefing acquired the
. property in 1903. He was a son of
the widow, Elizabeth Wefing, who
later married Captain George
V Hatch, owner of St. Vincent Island
and a former mayor of Cincinnati,
Ohio. She was known as "Granny
Hatch" and lived in fhe house with
her son and his family. George F.
Wefing's daughter Lillian was
married in the central hall of the
home to the town's doctor George
E. Weems.
Dr. William P. Blackmo'n bought
and renovated the house in 1951.
In 1953, the property was pur-
chased by George E. Matthew, the
Hydrographer and former Chief of
Surveys of the Panama Canal
(1913-1953). He was widely rec-
ognized as the authority on the
Chagres River system which sup-
plies the water for the canal. Af-
i ter his death, his widow, Mary
Alice Craig Matthew, continued in
the house until her death in 1985.

Continued on Page 8

Exterior of the Wefing-Mathews Home.

Getting Ready For A Hot, Steamy Summer In The Panhandle...

Many of us will change appearances...

but summer also brings the season of potential danger-HURRICANES!
Here are steps toward creating a Hazardous Weather Plan
for you and your family:

Steps To Creating A Hazardous Weather Plan

For Your Family

Buy a NOAA Weather Radio and test it weekly. (The National Weather.Service issues a test every
Discuss the types of disasters that could occur.
Locate a safe room or the safe areas in your home for each disaster.
Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet-one. right outside your home and
another somewhere else in your community (possibly at a child's school).
Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all of your family members can call and tell that
person where they are.
Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones, and make sure your children know how and
when to call 911.
Check your insurance coverage-flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.
Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a disaster supply kit that should include:

-A three-day supply of food and water, a change of clothing, a blanket or sleeping bag for each
person and a First Aid kit that includes your family's prescription medications.
-Emergency tools: Battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries, work gloves and a fire

-Important family documents in a fire and waterproof container, an extra set of keys. credit card.
and cash.
* Replace batteries, not only in your smoke detector but also in your NOAA weather radio in the Spring
and Fall when Daylight Savings Time changes.
* Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes through your local American Red Cross
chapter. .
We got your attention, didn't we?
Thanks to Andy Dyal, Chronicle Circulation Manager, who modeled for this public service ad.

The Firankrlin C~hronielp fa

The Franklin Chronicle


16M V 2063. P 7


The 2003 FCAT results have been
released piece-meal and scores for
schools in Franklin County are re-
produced below in the accompa-
nying tables.
Results for Grade Three, Math-
ematics only, were available this
week and are published as Table
1. The mean scale score on a
state-wide basis is 308. Chapman
Elementary (329) and the ABC
Schools (332) exceeded those av-
erages. Carrabelle.High and
Brown Elementary were below
state averages for Grade Three
Statewide Totals for FCAT Writ-
ing, Grade Four, Combined
Scores, were 3.6.
Only the ABC School exceeded the
state average, and in narrative
writing, ABC students reached a
4.2. See Table 2.
The Statewide Totals for FCAT
Writing, Grade 8, Combined
Scores, were 3.9. Neither
Carrabelle High nor Apalachicola
High reached the state averages
(combined scores) but their com-
bined scores were close, 3.7 and
3.5 respectively. See Table 3.
Grade Ten scores for FCAT writ-
ing also fell below statewide av-
erages, as depicted in Table 4.
Additional scores will be released
by the end of May 2003.





Now Available

Wildlife management area
special-opportunity hunting ap-
plications for the 2003-2004 sea-
sons are now available.
Hunters can obtain applications
to participate in the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation
Commission's (FWC) special-
opportunity hurts at regional of-
fices and on the hunting section
of the agency's Web site at http:
The .FWC offers special-
opportunity hunts on eight of the
state's 115 wildlife management
'These wildlife managemc iit are..,s
were selected for their outstand-
ing populations of the featured
species," said Eddie White, FWC's
quota hunt coordinator. "Surveys
indicate many hunters afe look-
ing for better quality hunting ex-
periences on public lands.
"Special-opportunity hunts are
geared to feature older deer with
minimum hunting pressure,"
White said. 'The results have been
very good. Most of the older deer
harvested under this program
have had impressive antlers, and
the limited number of hunters on
each hunt makes for a great hunt-
ing experience."
The demand for permits'for these
hunts far exceeds supply. There
is a $5 nonrefundable application
fee, and hunters can apply as
many times as they like. The cost
of the hunts for selected appli-
cants ranges from $50 to $175.
The application deadline for inclu-
sion in the special-opportunity
random selection is June 15.



Historic Tour from Page 6

State Report of School Results
Grade 03

Total Test Scores

Mean Ponil Eamed

6 in each Achievement Level By Caontent

d) r --d)o C .0 0.E M
2.-= 1 2 3 4 5
Numberof Points Possible 12 8 7 6 7
03" 19 FRANKLIN 0021 CHAPMANELEM 13 1436 329 8 0 69 23 0 9 6 4 3 4
03 19 FRANKLIN 0091 CARRABELLE HIGH 29 1234 286 14 48 31 7 0 6 5 3 3 3
03 19 FRANKLIN 0101 BROWN ELEM 30 1249 289 23 30 33 7 7 6 5 3 3 3
03 19 FRANKLIN 9009 CHARTER 18 1448 332 6 17 33 44 0 8 6 5 3 5

| 03 00 ISTATEWIDEAVERAGE| 188,4871 13351 3081 19) 191 341 221 71 7 5 4 1 3 I 4 I

School FCAT Writing Results
TABLE 2 2003 Data
Grade 04
SDistrict District School School Type of Number of Mean Percent Earning Each Score Point
Number| Name |Number| Name Writing Students [Score| 1 11.51 2 12.51 3 13.5s 4 14.51s 5 5.5| 8
00 Slatewide Totals 0000 Grade 04 Expository 95,470 3.5 1 1 3 5 26 22 26 9 4 1 0
00 Statewide Totals 0000 Grade 04 Narrative 96,274 3.8 1 1 2 3 17 19 31 14 6 3 1
00 Statewide Totals 0000 Grade 04 Combined 191,744 3.6 1 1 3 4 21 21 28 12 5 2 1
S19 FRANKLIN 0021 CHAPMAN ELEM Expository 9 .
19 FRANKLIN 0021 CHAPMAN ELEM Narrative 9 *
19 FRANKLIN 0021 CHAPMANELEM Combined 18 3.2 0 0 11 6 44 17 17 6 0 0 0
19 FRANKLIN. 0091 CARRABELLEHIGH Expository 11 3.1 18 0 0 0 27 18 36 0 0 0 0
19 FRANKLIN 0091 CARRABELLE HIGH Narrative 14 3.4 0 0 14 0 21 29 36 0 0 0 0
19 FRANKLIN 0091 CARRABELLEHIGH Combined 25 3.2 8 0 8 0 24 24 36 0 0 0 0
19 FRANKLIN 0101 BROWN ELEM Expository 17 3.3 0 0 18 0 29 29 18 0 6 0 0
19 FRANKLIN 0101 BROWN ELEM Narrative 18 3.8 6 0 0 0 17 22 33 6 11 6 0
19 FRANKLIN 0101 BROWN ELEM Combined 35 3.5 3 0 9 0 23 26 26 3 9 3 0
19 FRANKLIN 9009 APALACHICOLA BAY CHARTER Expository 20 3.3 0 0 10 15 20 25 20 10 0 0 0
19 FRANKLIN 9009 APALACHICOLA BAY CHARTER Narrative 18 4.2 0 0 0 0 17 11 33 17 6 11 6
19 FRANKLIN 9009 APALACHICOLABAYCHARTER Combined 38 3.7 0 0 5 8 18 18 26 13 3 5 3

School FCAT Writing Results
TABLE 3 2003 Data
Grade 08
strict District school School I Typeof Numberof Mean Percent Earning Each Score Pointi
Number Name Number | Name I Writing Students Score 111.61 212.5| 33.5 414.51 5 5.5| 6
00 Statewide Totals 0000 Grade08 Expository 95003 3.9 1 1 2 4 12 17 27- 17 11 5 2
'00 Statewide Totals 0000 Grade08 Narrative 95396 3.8 1 1 3 5 17 18 24 16 10 3 1
00 StatewideTotals 0000 Grade08 Combined 190.399 3.9 1 1 3 4 15 18 25 16 11 4 2
19- FRANKLIN 0023 FRANKLIN CO. LEARNINGCTR Expository 2 *- .
'No data are reported when less than ten students were tested

19 FRANKLIN 0041 APALACHICOLA HIGH Expository 36 3.8 0 0 6 3 11 31 22 14 8 6 0
19 FRANKLIN 0041 APALACHICOLA HIGH Persuasive 27 3.1 4 0 11 7 41 26 4 4 4 0 0
19 FRANKLIN 0041 APALACHICOLA HIGH Combined 63 3.5 2 0 8 5 24 29 14 10 6 3 *0
19 FRANKLIN 0091 CARRABELLE HIGH Expository 24 3.9 4 0 4 4 13 8 29 25 8 0 4
19 FRANKLIN 0091 CARRABELLE HIGH Persuasive 23 3.6 4 4 4 0 13 17 9 30 9 4 0
19 FRANKLIN 0091 CARRABELLE HIGH Combined 47 3.7 4 2 4 2 13 13 19 28 9 2 2

; -; ,-.. ... School FCAT Writing Results ...
TABLE 4 2003 Data
Grade 10
District District School School Type of Numberof Mean Percent Earning Each Score Point
Number Name Number Name Writing Students Score 111.51 2 12.51 3 3.514 14.5| 5 5.516 6
nn Qf !I M. nn.- -.,- -" -,

tatiewIae i oials 0000 Grade 10
Statewide Totals 0000 Grade 10
Statewide Totals 0000 Grade 10



Quota hunt applications for wild-
life management areas not in the
special-opportunity program will
be available June I from tax col-
lectors, FWC offices and most
places that sell hunting and fish-
ing license. Applications must be
received by June 11 to be in-
cluded in the quota hunt random

Expository 81,897 3.8 1 1 3 4 13 17 37 14 7 3 1
Persuasive 82,161 3.7 1 1 5 7 10 16 37 13 7 2 1
Combined 164,058 3.8 1 1 4 5 11 16 37 14 7 2 1


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FWC Schedules Workshopb On

Stone Crab And Blue Crab Rules

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) has
scheduled public workshops in
Crystal River and St. Marks to
receive input regarding a pro-
posed seasonal closure of the blue
crab fishery in northwest Florida,
and other proposals regarding the
stone crab fishery.
The Commission encourages all
interested persons to participate
at the workshops, which took
place from 5- 7 p.m. on Wednes-
day, May 14 at St. Marks Volun-
teer Fire Department, St. Marks,
The FWC has proposed a rule that
would prohibit blue crab trapping
beyond three miles from shore in
the area north and west of the
Suwannee River from Sept. 20
through Oct. 4 each year. This
action is intended to prevent the
use of blue crab traps to target
stone crabs prior to the start of
the stone crab trap soak season,
which begins October 5.

Other proposed rule amendments
prohibit the use of all traps in the
stone crab-shrimp trawl seasonal
closure area in Citrus and
Hernando counties, where stone
crab traps are not currently al-
lowed during certain times each
year, and repeal an obsolete law
that limits the number of stone
crab traps that can be fished from
a vessel in Citrus, Dixie, Levy, and
Taylor counties.
In addition, the FWC has pro-
posed a rule amendment to ex-
tend the Stone Crab Advisory
Board through June 30, 2008 as
an advisory board only, and ad-
just board membership qualifica-
The FWC will conduct a final pub-
lic hearing on these rule propos-
als during its May 28-30 meeting
in Kissimmee.

Inside one of the rooms, first floor, Wefing-Mathews Home.

Laura Moody, President of the
Apalachicola Area Historical Society, in
period dress.

Friends Of St. George Island

State Park (FOSGISP)

FOSGISP currently consists of a
few park volunteers and support-
ers from St. George Island and
Apalachicola. Our common
thread is a love of the St. George
Island State Park and the recog-
nition of its recreational, environ-
mental and economic value to the
community. FOSGISP work-, with
the Florida Park Service to pre-
serve and protec r our park s natu-
ral and cultural resources and to
provide recreational opportunities
to area visitors. We believe that
recreational opportunities and
preservation of the natural re-
sources can and shall be compat-
ible. We are the official Citizen
Support Organization of St.
George Island State Park.
FOSGISP is an IRS tax-deductible
501 c3 organization.
We realize that SGISP presents
different pictures to each visitor.
We have fishing in the surf, boat-
ing in the bay, hiking and shell-
ing opportunities from one end of
the park to the other, bird watch-
ing, world class fishing at the East
End. As a group, we can enhance
each of these activities. We invite
you to design your own member-
ship. Some members choose to
express, their support through
'annual membership dues only.
Others devote many volunteer
hours to the park, and find time
for socializing, relaxing and enjoy-
ing the result of their labors while
building new friendships within
FOGISP. The amount of involve-
ment is up to you.

FOSGISP Current Goals
* Raise the $20,000 necessary to
Re-establish the East Slough
* Expandthe East Slough Boat
* Expand East Pass Parking with
some 'hardening' of the access
* Construct a screened building
in the campground. (Completed)
* Expand the hiking trail
* Add new primitive camp sites
* Create kayak and canoe specific
launch areas

Becoming a Member
Membership in Friends of St
George Island State Park is re-
warding. As a member you will
receive our quarterly newsletter,
The Turtle Finder, gain free entry
to the park for all official Friends
activities, and take pleasure in
knowing you are helping to pre-
serve and protect a part of the
Real Florida. All members of
FOSGISP may enter the park free
on the 2nd Saturday of each
Our mailing address is:
1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive
St. George Island, FL 32328
For more information, please
telephone: 850-927-2111,
or e-mail to
friends@fosgisp. com;

We do all'the paperwork necessary to
stop those unwanted calls!
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If your idea of paradise is to be in an area surrounded by
miles of rivers, thousands of acres of wetlands and
unspoiled forests you'll find no better place to live than
St. James Bay. This new golf course community is
located in picturesque Carrabelle. An 18-hole golf course,
two tennis courts, swimming pool, restaurant and bay
access will all be part of this affordable 370-acre commu-
nity. Fishing, bird watching or sun worshiping-it's all
within walking distance of the Gulf of Mexico. With only
161 lots available in Phase One these
beautiful sites will go
fast-so call us to
reserve yours
today! Contact Freda White

or Raymond Williams

850-697-3919 Bayside
ST.JAMES Realty, Inc.

FCAT Results As Released By The Department Of

Forest Animal Hospital
2571 Crawfordville Hwy. Crawfordville, Florida 32327
Telephone: (850)926-7153

Serving Pets in
Wakulla, Franklin, and Leon
"_ Counties


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Pane 8 16 Mav 2003


The Franklin Chronicle

The April 2003 AARP Bulletin re-
ports that Social Security will re-
main solvent until 2042 without
any changes or reforms. But, the
Medicare Trust Funds will be ex-
hausted by 2026. Both programs
will face financial difficulties as
the so-called "baby boomers" re-
tire from the work force about
More Americans use mail-order
through Canadian sources for
drugs. The AARP Bulletin de-
scribed the two principal
means-by mail order and through
the internet. "...The trickle has
become a torrent..." the magazine
said. The two major problems are
legal and safety according to an
article in the April 2003 issue of
the Bulletin.
The best way to avoid West-Nile
Virus is to avoid being bitten by
mosquitoes. Use insect repellents
outside, especially at dusk or
dawn. Wear long sleeves and long
pants; protect hands, face, neck
and ankles. Discourage breeding
locations such as standing water.
People over age 50 are especially
vulnerable from complications.
Click on and
"Home Health" for quality indica-
tors for home health agencies in
Florida and elsewhere. The Na-
tional Council on Aging has an-
other service reviewing nearly 250
prescription drug savings pro-
grams. See: www.benefltscheck-

Warning on Kava
The herb Kava is under investi-
gation by the Food and Drug Ad-
ministration (FDA) following re-
ports of liver damage by users.
The herb is sometimes used as an
aid in countering anxiety and in-
somnia. Anyone experiencing bad
effects from this herb is asked to
contact the FDA MedWatch pro-
gram at 1-800-332-1088 or
A daily low-dose of aspirin can
protect against heart attack or
stroke by preventing blood clots.
However, products containing
ibuprofen (such as Motrin or
Advil) can block this anti-clotting

Continued on Page 11

Tour of Homes
from Page 6

Her nephew, George L. Chapel,
who was reared by the Matthews,
retired from the U.S. State De-
partment before her death, and
occupied the house until 2001.
The first house built on this site
was a Greek Revival Temple Pedi-
ment, winter home of John C.
Maclay, an ante-bellum shipping
and banking representative,
1837-1860, from New York. This
first house burned. During repair
work in recent years, a foot and a
half of ashes were discovered un-
derlying the present house.

Franklin Briefs from Page 2

from her current alternate posi-
tion, there is then an alternate
position that would need filling,
There have been no names sub-
mitted to fill Seat 4.
The Board approved the name to
the new airport road, now to be
known as the "New Airport Road."
The Board approved the proposal
to remove the fiberglass dome over
the weather service building and
to provide for a new storage build-
Since currently the Emergency
Management Office is using that
building for storage, the National
Weather Service has agreed to
place a storage building behind
the EOC as a new storage area.
Tim Turner, EM Director, recom-
mends this be done. The Chair-
man of the Airport Advisory Com-
mittee is aware of this change.
Board action to allow the National
Weather Service to remove the fi-
berglass balloon dome at their
expense and provide a new stor-
age building.
"The airport road project is get-
ting geared up again, but URS and
Preble-Rish have not yet resolved
an old issue relating to the billing
for inspection services when
Preble-Rish was a sub on the
project. Now that Preble-Rish is
the lead engineer, inspections
need to be made as construction
proceeds. URS has submitted two
invoices for inspection services
that the county finance office has
not paid because of this confu-
sion. Alan has spoken to Larry
Parker and he acknowledges a
problem with these two invoices.
At the request of the finance of-
fice the Board authorized the ex-
penditure, of approximately
9000 of airport funds for inspec-
tion services on the airport road.
There are funds available in the
airport grant, because the county
has been reimbursed by DOT for
the previous in-kind work the
road department had done.
At some point the two companies
will get their bills straight, and the
$9000 will be reimbursed by the
The Board approved the URS
Contract for engineering services
for airport contingent upon
County Attorney reviewing the
contract. This contract does not
involve any compensation, as all
fees are related to specific projects
and this contract does not include
services for any particular con-
. William Poloronis, Chairman of
the Franklin County Construction
Licensing Board was available to
address the Board on the need for
separate permits to be issued for
different types of inspections. The
proposal was tabled until the pro-
posal could be presented as a pro-
spective county ordinance. A draft
Resolution, now abandoned, pre-

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A boat load of Home Cooked
Meats and Vegetables.
Sunday Friday 11:00 2:00

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'Worth Driving 100 Miles For,"
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sents a schedule ot proposed li-
censing fees when the matter is
presented as a prospective ordi-
WHEREAS, the Franklin
County Board of County
Commissioners has deter-
mined that there is a need to
require additional phases of
permitting for new construc-
tion and major renovations in
the county, and
WHEREAS, the Franklin
County Board of County
Commissioners has further
determined that the addi-
tional permits will provide a
method of eliminating the
problem of unlicensed con-
tractors working in the
county, and
WHEREAS, these permits will
further help to insure that
property owners use properly
licensed and insured contrac-
ERS, that the Franklin
County Building Department
will require permits for the
following, effective April 1,
Building Permit: Fee based on
estimated value; Electrical
Permit: $25.00; Plumbing
Permit: $25.00; Mechanical/
HVAC: $25.00; Roofing Per-
mit: $25.00; Site Prep Permit:

Carrabelle Litigation
from Page 1
no reference to building height
and many of the citizens would
like to see it set at the county limi-
tation at 35'.
The second amendment -to the
Charter if adopted, would prohibit
the City of Carrabelle from pro-,
viding additional sewer or water
service by any method, be it di-
rectly as a city service or indirectly
through, and including but not
limited to, any other company,
entity, provider, authority, or util-
ity, except pursuant to a vote of
the electorate and only after all
existing customers within the City
limits of Carrabelle have been pro-
vided with these services.
Jim Lycett who is leading in the
petition drive, said, "We are de-
termined that all the people who
signed our petitions in the city,
along with all the voters of the City
of Carrabelle will have the oppor-
tunity to make their voices heard
on these questions which will al-
low our citizens the right to;

choose how their community
Jeffery Richardson. the attorney
for the individual petitioners an
well PCC. stated "This suit is
about giving the citizens of
Carrabelle a direct voice in deci-
sions that will shape their com-
munity for years to come. Florida
law provides that citizens can
seek specific amendments to their
City Charters. The necessary
number of voters have already
requested their right to vote on
these issues."
"The Carrabelle City Commission,
acting on the advice of their at-
'torney, has flipped-flopped and
wrongly decided not to conduct an
election on these matters. We ex-
pect that the court will recognize
the right of the citizens to amend
their city charter and will issue a
Writ of Mandamus ordering the
City to conduct an election the two
measures no later than the gen-
eral election in September, 2003."
Richardson added that the relief
sought by the Individual petition-
ers and PCC was to have the City
ordered (1) to fairly prepare the
ballot language; (2) to hold legal
elections no later than-the next
general election in September
2003; (3) to pay Petitioner's their
costs' and attorneys fees and (4)
"'add another relief it deemed nec-
essary to effect the will of the
people." He added, "A decision
could come relatively rapidly.
John Hedrick, Chair of PCC said
"We want to thank the hundreds
of citizens who signed our peti-
tions, some of which belong to our
organization. The right to petition
government goes back to this
country's founding. The right of
the citizens to initiate changes in
government directly is of more
recent origin. In Carrabelle and in
the Panhandle, allegedly demo-
cratic city governments have, and
are denying their citizens their
basic right to vote on issues which
the citizens themselves have le-
gally initiated by following the
laws on the books when their own
government haven't."
Lycett added, "We have cooper-
ated every way possible with the
elected officials yet certain pow-
ers that be are refusing to allow
the citizens to vote much less a
voice on whether these issues
should happen or not. We would
rather not have to sue the City of
Carrabelle but we have been
forced into this posture at least
in part by advice they have re-
ceived from their attorney, Doug
Gaidry. Certain people don't want
and have never wanted public in-
put on these matters as has been
evident in their trying to ignore
I the petitions but that is about to
change dramatically."

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 05/05/03 Invoice No. 8785
Description of Vehicle: Make Plymouth Model Colt (olor Maroon
Tag No U75XHM Year 1991 State FL VinN. JP3CV50WXN

To Owner: Amy Sauers To Lien Holder:
209 9th Street
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
04/29/03 at the request of Margaret Chitty 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
$ 150.00 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 06/05/03 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

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Date of this Notice 04/24/03 Invoice No. 8768
Station Wagon
Description of Vehicle: Make Chrysler Model Color Wood Grain
Tag No No Tag Year 1985 state FL vin No. IC3BC59G7FF308872
To Owner: Richard Edgecomb To Lien Holder:
P.O. Box 613
Carrabelle, FL 32322

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
04/19/03 at the request of FCSO that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens.. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 350.00 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 05/29/03 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 bf 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 04/30/03 Invoice No. 8778
Description of Vehicle: Make Ford Model Tempo Color Green .
Tag No No Tag Year 1985 Slate FL viNo. IFABP22XXFK261794

To Owner: Jamie orEmily Crum
724 CC Land Rd.
Eastpoint, FL 32328

To Lien Holder:

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
04/25/03 at the request of FCSO that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges 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 05/29/03 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 05/06/03 Invoice No.. 8784
Description of Vehicle: Make Dodge Model Dynasty Color Maroon
Tag No Year 1989 State FL__inNo. 1B3BC4631 KD625786
To Owner: Lorretta Mayfield or To Lien Holder: M&M Motors, Inc.
John Russell Dart, Jr. P.O. Box 938
P.O. Box 161 Carrabelle, FL 32322
Telogia, FL 32360

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
04/28/03 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 $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
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To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 06/05/03 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
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7. Improve and enhance the capacity of the North Florida Water Management
8. Politically advocate for the future of water flows and quality.
9. Encourage purchase of lands along river flood plains for conservation pur-
10. Deter filling of wetlands.
11. Obtain baseline data for entire coastline and river system and use it to
inform county planning policy.
12. Have the County complete development review process with adequate
human resources in place.
The second topic considered in the Water Resource Protection was that of the
management and treatment of human waste. "What kind of comprehensive
human waste management is needed?" was the question posed to the partici-
pants. Of the nineteen recommendations made, nine had the highest consen-
sus ranking.
1. Establish a long-term strategy for extending municipal sewage treatment
capacity countywide, including St. George Island (including conversions from
existing septic tanks.)
2. Monitor effluent from municipal waste-treatment to assure they meet US
Clean Water Act standards.
3. County permitting and inspection of septic tanks to assure proper func-
4. Establish a plan for the enhancement of the county sanitary landfill.
5. Establish coordination between the County Planning and Health Depart-
ments (Septic tank regulators) with a common data-base and established ac-'
6. Enforce all existing laws.
7. Regulate and enforce the regulation on houseboats.
8. Establish baseline data regarding wastewater in order to evaluate existing
and future Impacts.
9. County should plan comprehensively for county-owned and operated sewer
systems, distinguishing between appropriate and inappropriate areas for sewer
The third topic in Water Resource Protection was that of the management of
stormwater runoff. To the question of, "What must be done to abate the pollu-
tion from stormwater runoff?" there were 14 recommendations. The following
10 had the highest consensus ranking.
1. Monitor potential stormwater "hotspots" and identify worst offenders.
2. Require more comprehensive stormwater best management practices
3. Ensure all building permits indicate the use of pervious surfaces wherever
4. Seek adequate state and federal funding for stormwater management
5. Prohibit clear cutting of trees for development purposes.
6. Develop countywide stormwater mitigation plan.
7. Prohibit paved parking lots not accompanied by the simultaneous con-
struction of adequately sized retention ponds.
8. Retrofit developed areas with adequate stormwater infrastructure.
9. Enforce existing 50 foot buffer requirement and do not permit variances
from it.
10. Eliminate encroachments into critical habitat zones achieved through vari-
The Protection of Potable water supplies was the forth subject of discussion in
the Protection of Water Resources. There were 18 recommendations to the
question of, "How can we ensure adequate potable water to meet future needs?"
The following 10 received the highest consensus ranking.
1. Identify and protect groundwater resources for public water supply
2. Ensure all new development permits provide a plan for provision of ad-
equate potable water.
3. Develop treated wastewater re-use program versus using potable water for
industrial and landscape uses.
4' Identify Acififer recharge protection zones throughout the county.
5. Establish water conservation program.
6. Establish County monitoring and oversight capability.
7. Enforce all existing regulations.
8. Conduct more active water quality monitoring of the water supply system.
9. Educate the public about conservation and develop policies to encourage it.
10. Link land use and water planning,
Protection and Enhancement of Wetland was the fifth topic discussed under
the overall subject of Water Resource Protection. There were 23 recommenda-
tions to the question. "How can we better protect wetlands and the critical
functions they perform?" Thirteen received high consensus rankings.
1. Establish a more protective wetland buffer program that includes isolated.
as well as, connected (jurisdictional) wetlands of the state.
2. Coordinate with state and federal wetland protection efforts.
3. Ensure any variance application meets clear wetland protection standards.
4. Establish County monitoring and oversight capability.
5. Create County code enforcement positions to monitor and enforce local
regulations protecting wetland, as well as, rivers, bays and forests.
6. Assure that there is fresh water for natural environmental functions.
7. Address illegal dumping with education and enforcement.
8. Enhance enforcement
9. Significantly increase fines on violations.
10. Establish a program to restore wetlands regardless of the length of time
since filling occurred.
11. Prevent repeat offenders of wetland filling by denying permits.
12. Coordinate stormwater and wetland policy within the comprehensive plan.
S Fish and Wildlife Habitat was the third topic under discussion. The major
threat to wildlife habitat is the loss and fragmentation of habitat because of
development that directly impacts fish and wildlife productivity and
sustainability. There were three subjects of discussion; Habitat Corridors and
Buffer, Seagrass Beds, and Scenic Highway and Natural Vistas.
The subject of Habitat Corridors and Buffer. posed the question of. "How do
we better protect important "'focal species like black bear, sturgeon, gopher
tortoise eagle and migratory birds?" Of the twenty recommendations the fol-
lowing seven receivedthe highest consensus ranking.
1. Establish conservation easements and green ways in cooperation with pri-
vate landowners, to protect fish, wildlife and native plants.
2. Provide wildlife managers with adequate resources for management
3. Continue prescribed burning.
4. Provide and restore native trees and plants on public and private lands.
Establish and designate sensitive areas, habitat corridors and greenways in
the Comp Plan and establish buffers and other protections and incentives.
5. Develop and adopt supporting land use regulations and enforcement pro-
6. Protect ground water recharge areas as related to wildlife habitat.
7. Establish enforcement mechanisms for habitat corridors and buffers.

The question of, "How can better protect and preserve seagrass beds that are
i. important breeding and feeding grounds for grouper, trout, scallops. mana-
tees, sea turtles and other marine species" There were twenty recommenda-
tions with eleven receiving the highest consensus rankings.
1. Designate seagrass beds as critical habitat subject to restricted use.
2. Educate public about the value and need to protect seagrass beds from
pollution, motorboat scars and other threats.
3. Protect fresh water input into the bay-establish natural flow regimes-qual-
ity, quantity and timing (also benefits oyster bars).
4. Review adequacy of existing regulations to adequately protect seagrass beds.
5. Mark shallow seagrass beds to prevent damage and establish "pole-in only"
6. Encourage all marinas to observe the standards of the DEP clean marina
7. Assess and monitor existing seagrass beds and adjust protections as needed
to assure adequate coverage.
8. Institute higher levels of environmental compliance for new and existing

9. Tmoprove;~'-:. of water quality Standards and pro t~cior of s-ar.a
beds near boat ramps and marinas.
10. Complete marina and boat ramp siting survey to determine needs,
11. Add "personal watercraft and jet skis" to all regulations :e -.- larger
The last subject of discussion under Habitat corridors and Buffers was thal of
Scenic Highways and Natural Vistas. There were twenty recomraendanons for
the question of, "How do we protect and maintain the scenic Coas" l Hi.;-.
(Hwy 98), the Bear Creek highway (Hwy 319L the Crooked -r :
(McIntrve), and other scenic roads, natural bay. river or forest views and star
shine." The "o o.:-. ten 0.,-_, s:o(r.s received the highest consensus ranking
1. Designate Hwys. 98 & 319 as scenic roadways with 100-ft, setbacks. native
vegetation buffers and restricted access points.
2. Adopt a lighting ordinance.
3. Adopt a sign ordinance.
4. Designate Hwys. 98 and 319 as scenic Hwys. Examine programs and meth-
ods used by other jurisdictions to protect and enhance scenic resources.
5. Proceed with designation of Franklin Co. portion of Big Bend Scenic By-
6. Enforce light and sign ordinances.
7. Adopt a more restrictive sign ordinance for scenic highways.
8. Ensure greenways and natural vista observation sites are incorporated into
scenic highways.
9. Establish county bike-ped plan.
10. Work with DOT to secure financing to iinplement region-wide scenic high-
way planning.
The consensus rankings were established by the Visioning participants rank-
ing the recommendations on the following scale: 5=Wholeheartly Support.
4=It is good but it could be better 3=It)as pros and cons or neutral. 2= Seri-
ous concerns, and 1= Opposed to the suggestion.
All of the higher consensus rankings received a ranking of 4 or above and a
standard deviation of I or less. A standard deviation of I or less meant that
most people agreed on the ranking.
The forth Visioning Workshop will be held May 20th at the Court House in
Apalachicola at 6:00 p.m. The workshop will focus on the Infrastructure. Ser-
vices and Public Safety of Franklin County. Come and have a chance to voice
your ideas and recommendations for the growth and planning for Franklin

Alligator Point

Residents Are


By Rene Topping
As you turn into Alligator Point
you will see two billboards with
messages on water shortage. one
NOW!" The second one says
OR CAR WASHING." These have
been posted by the Alligator Point
Water Resources District.
It was to these billboards Tom
Vanderplaats referred at the APTA
meeting as he told the residents
just how bad the water crisis is.
He is a member of the water
board, and introduced the new
manager of the water board office.
He is Bob Brooks and he stood
up so .hat everyone could know
him. Vanderplaats was going' to
speak about the 20-year master
plan but he also spoke to his
neighbors on the crucial problem
with the water on the Point and
started off with how the system
works. He outlined the places
where the district has drilled for
He said that Number 7 of the new
wells drilled was the best one.
Number 8 was so bad they had to
abandon it and fill it with con-
crete. In the old well field Num-
ber 1 is one that they can draw
from as 2,3 and 4 have failed. So
they are now running off of Well I
and 7.
The board is now almost new with
Vanderplaats, Randy Miller and
Bunky Atkinsons. Vanderplaats
said that they are dealing with
some things left over from the
older boards.
With the storage tanks all filled
he believes that they can go
through the next weekend holi-
day. The residents have cut the
water usage by half and can be
Vanderplaats has a copy of the
master plan and it can be taken
out on signature so that anyone
who wants to go into it deeper can
The Master plan is mandated by-
the Northwest Florida Water Dis-
trict. One of the things he said
was people say they need more
water pressure but in a I" pipe or
3/4" you can't get the water
through. "Our water pressure is
made through static pressure
from a tall tank in the old well
field." He said it cannot be made
any better. One of the problems
was lack of money.
Vanderplaats said that now there
is some money from Northwest
Florida Water District. Also the
new people who are building at
Hidden Harbor will pay $2,500
each besides the cut on. He said
that there is going to have to be a
rate change, adding that on St.
George Island the Bill is $80.
The source of the water is from
the Florida aquifer. It begins in
South Georgia and goes all the
way down to lake Ochochobee.
He touched on the fact that the
state is trying to get small com-
munities together in a regional
area and said they are surveying
from Carrabelle to the Ochlock-
onee Bridge, but Alligator Point in
not included in the regional plan..
The new wells are all on lease land
and in the terms of the lease St
Joe gets 444 connections and 50
gallons for each daily.
The board is trying to get the lease
amended on a basis of fair mar-
ket value. Bob Brooks is looking
into any recourse from the engi-

Everybody will hove to conserve
.and hope the new testing turns
out good. Brooks said that the
600 customers are not enough to
carry the budget. He said that he
has to eat into the reserve and it
will need a rate raise to get on a
good basis.
There was discussion on the
$10,000 that the water board had
offered for hydrants. He said that
was in last year's budget. Line
Barnett said that the APTA money
is in last year's budget. With the
new purchase of land by the State
they will take care of some of the
ones planned.
There is a flier at the office and
Ann Maruszak said she will get it
on the web site. Brooks said,
"People just cannot use water to
wash boats, cars, gardens and
necessary for fires or we will run
out of water."
Vanderplaats said people keep
asking him when the new rate will
be settled on and he said "After
Next Saturday at the board meet-
ing." The water board meeting
,starts at 9 a.m. on May 17 at the
oFirebouse. : .. .

APTA Meeting

Shows Progress

And Changes On

The Point

By Rene Topping
At the APTA meeting of May 10
President Line Barnett said that
the residents seemed to be in a
great mood and he made them
laugh some more with his read-
ing of a humorous e-mail from a
member who lives in another
state. He opened the meeting with
a report that thanks to donations
the turtle fund now stands at
Dick Waters reported that Mike
Dumbrowski who was designing
the beach erosion abatement, will
be ready for the June meeting.
Joe Hambrose reported that the
barn and the restaurant have
been taken down at the marina.
He also reported that a horse barn
has been erected on a lot in Hid-
den Harbor. It apparently was
approved by the Planning and
Zoning Board, with the promise
that they would not be any rent-
ing of horses, stabling for other
people, and they would not ride
the horses on the beach.
On the people who have been at-
tending the visioning for Franklin
County, Vicki Barnett said that
they talked about having some-
one for code enforcement.
Ken Osborne said that he had
tried to put forth the need for
more boat ramps, but he added
that no-one put it forward.
Osborne said that he had noted
that there was a contingent of
people from Tallahassee. Barnett
said that in January the residents
will have another time to try to
put it forward. All the voting will
be done by residents. No one from
state Government or St Joe ex-
cept for Billy Buzzett. Barnett said
they had to let everyone have their
say but the voting will be done by
people who live in, own property
or work in Franklin County. Oth-
ers could speak on issues but will
not be able to vote at the final
workshop in January 2004.
Ann Maruszak said she will post
notices on the website and needs
photos. Vicki Barnett said she
would keep it fresh. Alan Fiefer
said that the 'spiders" came up
on the web site, This received
some talk from those who are not
computer language literate. They
are robot programs that can be
automated to work.
Maruszak said that a Robert Pea-
cock was said in describing Alli-
gator Point, "A place for oystering
people." Beth said that articles for
the next newsletter should be


(Left) ABC Principal Jeff Weiner with Don Hungerford. See
story Page 1.

turned in by June 1. She asked
Tom Vanderplaats to do an article
on the water.
Under Public Safety Linc Barnett
was asked if something could be
done on the construction work-
ers who did not mind the speed
limit. Beth Hayes said that in fog
you cannot see the edge of the
road. Barnett asked for a show of
hands for him to speak to the
sheriff and Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders. He will ask the Sheriff
to try to have a deputy come at
the 4 o'clock time when the speed-
ers are on Alligator Drive in front
of the R.V. Camp. He said he
couldn't count all the hands and
it looked as if all of the residents
there were in favor. He will ask
the commissioner to paint a
centerline and lines on the sides.
John Murphy said that they have
three Block Captains named for
the Neighborhood Watch and they
would have a meeting next week.
Vicki Barnett spoke on Member-
ship. She said that the organiza-
tion has 305 Paid, 3 Complimen-
tary and 2 who pay for a newslet-
ter. She said that the membership
drive was, Successful. They sent
out one letter which cost $182
and brought $4,900. A second one
to 85 netted 30 members cost
$46.50 and netted $1,000. A third
which was sent out Cost $47 net-
ted 11 members and $220.
There will be a new flier at the
Water Office and those who do not
pay their dues will be deleted from
Vicki Barnett also said that she
had news from the Planning and
Zoning. Ruth Schoell'esanridJack
Prophater resigned from the
She discussed the C2 and C4 zon-
ing. The C2 is strictly for commer-
cial and C4 is for a business on
the bottom floor and an apart-
ment on the second floor. She said
there is no C4 on Alligator Point
and she would like to hear from
residents on it as the board is
looking at countywide.
She said it was used on St George
Island to give them another rev-
enue as their business in many
cases is seasonal. They build
"Skinny-minis" on 25-foot lots on
St. George.
Alan Fiefer said that he felt that
opening the door on Alligator
Point would be like opening a door
and driving a truck through it. He
preferred one house, one acre.
Vicki Barnett said "Whatever you
all want. Call me."
On code enforcing there was no
action. Alan Pierce is supposed to
have a report on it. Send e-mails
to Vicki if the dock lights stay on
at night.
She added that a loggerhead turtle
has nested and will have a hatch-
.ing around July 4. "Please keep
the lights shaded towards the
On The Welcome Beautification
Tom Vanderplaats gave that Com-
mittee Praise. He said they have
disconnected the water as it will
save $14 a month. They can get it
on if they need it, but the garden
Is nearly waterless. On burning
trash it has to be in a barrel-no
open fires. You have to have a
burn permit and watch the
Jo DeHaven said she was writing
a grant for a fire engine. The next
meeting will be on June 14 at 9

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effect and should not be taken
during the few hours before tak-
ing the aspirin. Acetaminophen
(in Tylenol and others) does NOT
have this problem. ASK YOU

Update On Response
To Severe Acute
Respiratory Syndrome
The Florida Department of Health
(DOH) is working with the Center
for Disease Control (CDC) to iden-
tify potential cases ofSARS in citi-
zens and visitors to Florida. The
state is working with local health

I officials and clinicians to watch
for patients who became sick af-
ter February 1 and have symp-
toms of the respiratory illness.
As of April, 2003, the CDC re-
ported 213 suspect and 41 prob-
able cases, for a combined total
of 254 suspect and probable
SARS cases in 38 states.
The CDC has adopted the World
Health Organization's (WHO) defi-
nition for a probable case; there-
fore, the CDC now has distinct
criteria for suspect and probable
cases. In order to be classified a
suspect case under the current
definition, a patient must meet
the criteria of both a measured
temperature of greater than.
160.4F and a cough, shortness
of breath, or difficulty breathing
in addition to having been ex-
posed to a suspect case of SARS
or having recently traveled, in-
cluding transit in an airport, to
an impacted country. A probable
case meets the criteria for a sus-
pect case and has radiographic
(x-ray) evidence of pneumonia or
respiratory distress syndrome.
Individuals, who have fever, res-
piratory symptoms, and have
traveled to or have been in close
contact (having cared for, having
lived with, or having direct con-
tact with respiratory secretions
and/or body fluids) with someone
who has traveled to affected ar-
eas of the world should call their
doctor. Doctors should report
cases they are treating to their
County Health Department.
SThe 'CD)'snmost recent travel ad-'
visory for SARS calls for deferring
non-essential travel to all of main-
land China; Hong Kong; Hanoi,
Vietnam; and Singapore.
Additionally, individuals planning
travel to Toronto, Canada should
be aware of the current SARS
outbreak, stay informed daily
about SARS through the various
websites, including> and>,
and closely follow recommended
travel advisories and infection
control guidance (

Mosquitoes Take A
Bite Out Of Summer
Warm weather and longer days
are here. And in many areas, so
are the annoyances caused by
mosquitoes and the potential for
disease they carry with them.
With more than 2,500 different
mosquito species in the world, no
other organism causes more hu-
man suffering and deaths each
year than mosquitoes. This tiny
insect is responsible for the trans-
mission of diseases such as ma-
laria, yellow fever, encephalitis
and the recently introduced and
quickly spreading West Nile virus
In 2002, the Centers for Disease
Control (CDC) reported more than
4,100 confirmed human cases of
the mosquito-transmitted West
Nile virus and 277 deaths, mostly
in the Midwest and South. The
disease, which originated from
Africa in 1937 and first appeared
,in the eastern U.S. in 1999, is now
found in more than 40 states.
While most people bitten by an
infected mosquito never show
symptoms of the virus, about 20
percent do develop mild symp-
toms, which include fever, head-
ache and body aches. An even
smaller percentage of infected
people develop major symptoms
of the disease.
In addition, pet owners should be
aware that dogs, horses and other
animals are also susceptible to
WNV, as well as other diseases
and parasites carried by mosqui-
toes. Eastern equine encephalitis
and WNV are two diseases that
infect both horses and humans.
It's important that pet and horse
owners consult their veterinarian
and vaccinate their animals
against the diseases. i
Homeowners, pet owners and
people who enjoy the out-of-doors
should take certain precautions
to reduce the annoyance factor

Continued on Page 12

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The Franklin Chronicle

Jewel of St. George from Page 1 .

For example, on an annual basis,
last year 208,401 persons visited
the Island Park, 35,678 were
overnight guests at the camping
sites. These visitors eat in area
restaurants, stay in area motels
and hotels, and patronize area
shops. The park contains 17 dis-
tinct biological communities and
about nine miles of undeveloped
beach. There are two full service
day use parking and beach areas,
picnic pavilions, boardwalks, an
observation deck, two boat
launches, 2.5 miles of hiking
trails, 60 site family campground,
an interpretive theater, a youth
campground, and special recre-
ational use fishing area. The
shoreline is 25 miles long, con-
sisting of 1,962 acres. The Park
was opened in 1980, sometimes
called the Julian Bruce Park,
named after a local dentist and
county commissioner. Dr. Bruce
donated the first parcel of land to
the state for the park.
The historical significance of the
island park surrounds the story
of the "General Director" of the
Muskogee Nation, William
Augustus Bowles, who was
aboard the HMS Fox, a British
schooner, which sank off the east
end of the island in 1799. A his-
torical marker commemorates
Bowles near the entrance. The
park area was also used for cattle
and turpentining and as a train-
ing site during World War II.
The St. George Island State Park
is a high-energy beach-dune sys-
tem with many loggerhead turtle
nests and more than 25 desig-
nated species that occur there.
The direct economic benefit to the
community is above 4.5 millions
of dollars.
The natural features of the park
*include extensive beaches and
dunes, forests of slash pines and
remnant coastal scrub. The bay
supports numerous needle rush
and spartina marshes. The arid
conditions, coupled with the
park's island location limit both
the population and diversity of
resident island life. Bald Eagles
and Ospreys nest and rear young


in the state park, Ospreys prefer-
ring bare dead snags for nesting
while the Bald Eagles prefer live
trees. Sea Turtles nest along the
park beaches with Loggerhead
Turtles being the most common.
Raccoons and ghost crabs may be
observed on the beach along with
Snowy Plovers, Least Terns, Black
Skimmers, Willets, American Oys-
tercatchers and many other spe-
cies of shorebirds that frequently
rest along the park's sandy shores
and grass flats.
The barrier islands on the Gulf
Coast are important "rest stops"
for a wide variety of migrating
birds, especially warblers, during
the fall and spring.
In 1995, Hurricane Opal hit St.
George Island with 80+ mile per
hour winds and a strong tidal
surge. The Island Park was hit
extremely hard by the storm and
the park was closed for more than
eight months. Over 3.5 miles was
destroyed by the tidal surge.
About 4,500 feet of boardwalk was
lost due to the surge and over 30
feet of beach and dune system
was removed. One of the areas
that park staff was unable to re-
pair was the East Slough over-
look. This overlook provided visi-
tors a view of a pristine tidal
marsh system. The slough was
also a pristine hatchery for ma-
rine life native to the island. The
park has purchased over $12,000
in materials to replace the board-
walk but is $20,000 short of the
amount required to complete this
project. Thus, the citizen support
organization, and the group effort
for the low country boil on May
'17th are mechanisms being used
to raise more dollars to finish the
Camping and cabin reservations
are now available by calling toll-
free 1-800-326-3521 To make
your reservation online, go to Most
of the campground now allows
pets but ask about this when you
call for reservations.

The Gulf Vista from the first Pavilion.

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Site of East Slough Trail. Portions of the old boardwalk are
still visible.


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and disease risk caused by mos-
quitoes. The first rule is if there's
any water standing for long peri-
ods of time, you can have mos-
quitoes. Therefore, the elimina-
tion of mosquito breeding areas
and other habitats that attract the
pest is critical for long term con-
trol. Under ideal conditions, mos-
quitoes can go from egg stage to
adults in seven to 10 days.
According to the CDC, by follow-
ing a few precautions, people can
reduce the annoyance and risk of
mosquito-transmitted., disease.
* Apply insect repellent contain-
ing DEET when outdoors. Avoid
applying high concentration prod-
ucts (greater than 30% DEET) di-
rectly to the skin or to children.
* Wear long-sleeved shirts and,
long pants treated with repellent"
since mosquitoes can pierce
through thin clothing.
* Use oil of citronella or other re-
pellents for controlling or repel-
ling mosquitoes in confined
spaces or outdoor areas.
* Consider staying indoors dur-
ing peak mosquito biting times,
usually dawn, dusk and early
* Control weeds and other vegeta-
tion around the home. Adult mos-
quitoes prefer to rest on grass and
other vegetation around founda-
tions of building and near water
Homeowners and outdoor enthu-
siasts can also obtain information
on mosquito-transmitted diseases
and mosquito control programs
on the CDC Web site at or on the American
Mosquito Control Association Web.
site at www.

NCOA Program Helps
Seniors Save Money
On Prescription Drugs
The National Council on the Ag-
ing has announced a new pro-
gram called BenefitsCheckUpRx
that helps seniors learn about
discount plans on prescription
drugs and how to enroll and start
saving money. The program is a

major expansion of NCOA's popu-
lar BenefitsCheckUp Web site,
which, for over two years, has
been connecting seniors with the
various services available in their
communities, including health
care, housing, transportation,
employment and financial aid.
Like its parent program,
BenefitsCheckUpRx is a comp-
uter-based screening tool that is
fast, free and completely confiden-
tial. It provides men and women
over the age of 55 with a compre-
hensive and personalized listing
of their eligibility for over 240 pre-
scription drug savings programs
covering nearly 800 medications.
Those who click on can
quickly determine what prescrip-
tion savings programs an appli-
cant qualifies for and how he or
she can begin receiving benefits.
After completing a brief question-
naire displayed on the screen,
users are shown a personalized
report that specifies all the pro-
grams for which they're eligible,
with detailed instructions on how
to enroll.

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Subscribers to NCOA's Vital Ag-
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receive up-to-date news on a wide
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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 05/05/03 Invoice No. 8779
Descriplion of Vehicle: Make Ford Model Explorer (,,oo Maroon .
Tag No 9400AJK Year 1996 State GA vinNo. IFMDU34X9TUB58781
To Owner: Kimberly Ann Wallace To Lien Holder:
68 Driskell Ave. SW
Mableton, GA 30126-1825

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
04/26/03 at the request of APD that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 06/05/03 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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