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Visioning: Infrastructure And Public

Services Workshop

By Tom Taylor and Harriett Beach
The 4th Visioning workshop held on May 20, 2003 at the Franklin
County Courthouse Annex focused on identifying the infrastructure
and public services necessary for the successful growth of the county.
Approximately 50 Franklin County residents attended this last work-
shop in the series of four.
This last workshop in the Visioning series focused on the five follow-
ing topic: Roads and traffic safety. Public safety (law enforcement,
911 communications, fire protection, and emergency management),
Healthcare, Education, and Public facilities and recreation. The au-
dience gathered in five work/discussion groups to make recommen-
dations on how to answer the questions posed to them.
On the topic of roads and public safety the first question asked of the
discussion group was, "How can we provide sufficient, uncongested,
low traffic roads." The group responded with the following sugges-
1.Establish strict infrastructure concurrency requirements for road-
ways to ensure that sufficient road capacity improvements precede
development. (4.35, 1.02)
2. Provide bike and pedestrian paths on existing and new roads. (4.23,
3. Conduct traffic analysis to determine congested areas, develop
solutions that alleviate congestion while protecting environmentally
sensitive and scenic areas. (4.38, 0.75)
The second question asked of this discussion group was, "How can
we ensure adequate traffic safety for the citizens of Franklin County?"
The following six suggestions received the highest consensus rating.
1. Improve quality of state and county roads. (4.09, 0.97)
2. Mark road lines better using bright, highly reflective materials.
(4.54, 0.96)
3. Construct bike paths throughout the county and sidewalks in the
urban areas. (4.31, 0.93)
4. Construct turn lanes, passing lanes and merge lanes rather than
construction of four-lane highways. (4.38, 0.94)
5. Utilize the latest surface technology such as permeable surfaces.
(4.54, 0.76)
6. Cooperate with State of Florida on identifying funding for pedes-
trian and bike paths. (4.38, 0.75)
The Public Safety discussion group first worked on the question, "How
can we ensure timely, quality law enforcement and 911 communica-
tions services?" They answered the question with the following three
1. County funding should be provided to ensure adequate law en-
forcement coverage in all areas of the county on a 7 day a week, 24
hours a day basis to ensure timely response to emergency calls.
2. Combine 911 dispatch with EOC at the same location. (4.54, 0.90)
3. Undertake study to update/upgrade 911 for the future. (4.52, 0,85)
The next question the group tackled was, "How can we ensure timely,
quality fire protection services?" The following five suggestions re-
ceived the highest consensus ratings.
1. Create fire district plans. (4.29, 0.8 1)
2. The county should develop necessary funding sources to upgrade
fire protection equipment to meet changing requirements. (4.50, 0.72)
3. Provide adequate fire protection personnel. (4.38, 0.92)
4. Establish strict concurrency requirements between fire protection,
infrastructure improvements and development. (4.68, 0.92)
5. Establish a fee based commercial fire inspection system and en-
force Florida fire prevention code with NFPA certified inspector. (4.46,
The third question the group discussed was, "How can we ensure
that there are sufficient emergency evacuations routes in the county?"
There were only two suggestions that had a high consensus rating.
1. Coordinate with the Florida State Division of Forestry to identify
and maintain on a year-round basis emergency evacuation routes
through State lands.(4.57, 0.66)
2. Update warning systems. (4.90, 0.31)
The last question the Public Safety group discussed was, "How can
we minimize the risk of property loss due to storm surges and flood-
There were three suggested answers to that question.
1. Establish a definition for what constitutes a coastal high hazard
area in Franklin County, which resolves the differing county and state
interpretations. (4.68, 1.00)
2. Avoid and restrict development in high hazard areas such as flood
plains and areas subject to storm surge. (4.58, 0.93)
3. Go with FEMA as the minimum standard for coastal high hazard.
(4.58, 0.65)
The Healthcare discussion group worked on two questions. The first
question was, "How can we ensure timely ambulance service in re-
sponse to emergency medical requirements across the county?" Their
only suggestion was:
Increase the number of ambulances and trained crews to the number
of ambulances/crews required to properly serve/cover the county on
a seven-day a week, 24 hours a day, taking into consideration the
current usage requirement and future usage requirements based upon
projected growth.
The next question, "How can we ensure quality healthcare services in
sufficient quality to meet the public need?" This includes access to
appropriate medical facilities, a workable healthcare support process
and sufficient doctors. This question brought a response of 13 sug-
gestions from the group.
1. Improve the quality of hospital services. This includes appropriate
medical equipment, quality personnel and a certified trauma unit.
(4.50, 0.78)
2. Provide incentives to encourage good healthcare. (4.38, 0.77)
3. Provide elder care transportation and facilities. (4.48, 0.79)
4. Develop programs and incentives to bring additional quality
healthcare practitioners to Franklin County. (4.41, 0.85)
5. Examine options for increasing number of people on health insur-
ance. (4.13, 0.97)
6. Improve the state of the art technology at the existing hospital and
facilities. (4.55, 0.74)

Continued on Page 5

Catch The Wind: Sailing On Apalachicola

Bay With Captain Jerry Weber

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June 27 July 10, 2003


Inside This Issue
10 Pages
Visioning............... 1, 5 Editorial & Commentary3
Water Allocation ....... 1 Apalachicola City ......... 3
Catch The Wind.. 1, 9, 10 Second Circuit Court 4, 5
School Grades ...... 1, 6, 9 Business Card Directory 7
APTA ..................... 1, 9 FCAN......................... 8

Stakeholder Support Of Florida

ACF Water Allocation Position

By David McLain
The self-imposed deadline of June
30 is rapidly approaching for a
water allocation agreement be-
tween the Governors of Florida,
Georgia, and Alabama. Accord-
ingly, on June 10th, the Florida
ACF Stakeholder group sent a
joint letter of support to the
Florida Governor regarding the
on-going negotiations Stakeholder
representatives of The Nature
Conservancy, Florida Wildlife,.
Audubon, 1000 Friends, county
commissions of the Florida ripar-
ian counties, and Apalachicola Bay
and Riverkeeper wanted to make
a matter of public record several
key points in support of Gover-
nor Bush's position. Specifically:
1) That Governor Bush hang
tough on such issues as the pro-
posed Termination Date of the
water allocation agreement, mak-
ing no further concessions:
2) Ensure that the Florida nego-
tiating team agrees to Stakeholder
participation in the drafting of
detailed implementing language;:
3) With respect to Florida's Terms
of Agreement: Under Flow re-
quirements, Stakeholders advo-
cate the addition of the following
sentence "Specified Chattahoochee
.minimum flows are explicitly not

* Under Limit, on Water Use and
Storage Allocations:
* Either "One-County limit on
inter-basin and intra-basin trans-
fers (as stated in. Florida's May
version) or "Review procedure for
major Georgia projects, or im-
pacts of multiple projects, to pro-
tect the Florida hydrograpth" (as
stated in Florida's latest June
version) or both.
* Under Other Provisions: "Pro-
vide for an independent, multi-
disciplinary scientific advisory
panel to monitor effects of an ACF
agreement and to advise tri-state
policy makers."
* Under term limits of the agree-
ment, reiterate the Florida pro-
posal that the termination for any
water allocation formula remain
the original 2050, but add provi-
sion that any party desiring to
"opt out" after 2040 can do so by
filing an original action in the
Supreme Court requesting an eq-
uitable apportionment, the agree-
ment to remain in effect pending
legal resolution.
Given these joint col'iderations,
the Florida Stakeholders appre-
ciate the Governor's personal
"ownership" and management of
this difficult issue in behalf of
Florida's interests. As you seek an
equitable water allocation agree-
ment, hang tough, Governor.
We're with you.

Franklin County School Grades

Here are the school grades for four
Franklin County schools evalu-
ated in the 2003 round of evalua-
tions as announced by the Florida
Department of Education last
week. The 2003 "grades," includ-
ing gains made over the last year,
are two Bs, one C and one A. The
A evaluation goes to H.G. Brown
Elementary School. The B grades
were earned by Chapman El-
ementary and Carrabelle High
School. The C evaluation was
earned by Apalachicola High
School. In reviewing the scores for
2002, Chapman moved from a D
evaluation to a B, a considerable
improvement, with 72% and 78%
making learning gains in reading
and math respectively. The per-
cent of the lowest 25% in that
group also made considerable
improvement clearly indicating a
greater effort. Scores for H. G.
Brown in the aforementioned cat-
egories of improvement in read-
ing and math are similar.
The trends in improvement in
reading and math at Carrabelle
and Apalachicola high schools
were somewhat similar but still a

tad lower. The much lower per-
centages of students meeting the
standards in reading and math
were lower, and account for a
lower point score. But, Carrabelle
high moved from a C to a B over
the previous year, 2002.
Apalachicola High was un-
changed in their letter grade
evaluation from 2002. But, over-
all, all of the schools have exhib-
ited higher scores.

The ABC Schools
The Department of Education did
not grade the ABC Schools be-
cause they lacked enough match-
ing scores on the FCAT exam from
the previous year. Thirty "eligible"
students are required for the cur-
rent and past year and the ABC
School did not have 30 scores for
2002 in order to be graded. How-
ever, score results for 2003 are

See Table of Scores
on Pages 6 and 9

Captain Jerry Weber
Despite the recent rains, there have been beautifully sunny days on
Apalachicola Bay. Sailing in that environment is a relaxing vocation
for Captain Jerry Weber, licensed U. S. Coast Guard Master. He re-
cently took us on a three hour search to "catch the wind" on his
classic 1950's forty-foot sloop called the Wind Catcher.
Apalachicola Bay is one of the most productive estuaries in the world.
The mixing of fresh and salt water in the bay provides a vital nursery
ground for marine life and the pristine water quality provides ideal
living conditions for its inhabitants. For many years, Apalachicola
Bay has supported the largest oyster industry in Florida as well as an
extensive shrimp, crab, and fish industry. Apalachicola Bay is a wide,
shallow estuary that covers approximately 210 square miles between
the barrier islands and the mainland. It has a variety of features
including oyster bars, submerged vegetation, tidal flats, soft sedi-
ment, marshes, and open water. Estuarine and marine species of fish
include striped mullet, spotted seatrout, red drum, flounders, and
Captain Jerry said, "Of course, we let everybody drive ... That is if
they want to drive. The boat is very forgiving and it sails very easily.
Most people tend to over-steer. All you have to do, really, is hold the
wheel. People are amazed how easily it is to sail and then they do it,
they're controlling about 12 tons of boat."
Captain Jerry isa classic Floridian himself, raised near the water in
the Sarasota area some years ago, and sailing since he was in his
teens. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard Master license, and his craft
contains the appropriate Coast.Guard equipment.
As the Wind Catcher parted the waters, Captain Jerry began an en-
lightened dialogue on what we were observing from the 40-foot craft.
"Estuarine wetlands buffer and protect adjacent land from storms
and flooding. When heavy rainfall occurs, swamps and marshes store
floodwaters and slowly release them into streams, rivers and bays.
Dense growth along estuary shorelines reduce the force of rising wa-
ters and wave energy during storms, qnd the extensive root systems
bind soil, helping to prevent erosion.
Pollutants that run off from the land may be cleansed by the action of
wetlands. As the water carries sediments and excess nutrients into a
marsh or swamp, the dense vegetation slows its velocity. This allows
many of the pollutants in the water to settle out in the marsh, where
they can be broken down by bacteria into less harmful substances."
Concerning his craft, he said: "...My sloop rig was developed as a
racing rig. Basically, a sloop boat is two sails; one mast and two sails.
The racing rigs have tall masts and a very short foot or bottom of the
In comparing his boat with the Governor Stone, he said: 'The Gover-
nor Stone was designed to be a cargo schooner. It carried its beam
(the widest point on the boat) forward of the middle part of the boat.
In that way, it did not dive under the waves. This kept the cargo dry
and brought more stability. There is only one left and that was the
Governor Stone. Unfortunately, it is gone from the area now..." Cap-
tain Jerry should know both vessels rather well, as he sailed the
Governor Stone when it was in active service on Apalachicola Bay. as

APTA Meeting Held On June 14

By Rene Topping
A longtime project seems to be on
the move. Dick Waters who is the
chairman of the Beach Erosion
said that he hoped to have the
design of the breakwater. He also
said that he understands that the
sand from the Apalachicola River
is still going to the be available
for the beach. He said that the
revetment will have to be changed
east and west.
Joe Hambrose said that the own-
ers of the Marshall property want
to abandon the 2 lots, one is
unbuildable and he would like to
build a 2000 sq. ft. home on the
buildable lot and ask for a vari-
ance. Hambrose said that it is
1000 and he could do it with no
variance. He said that he thought
it would be making a precedent
for others that might come.
He said that the new owner of the
Marina, Ben Franklin, had said
that he wanted to build a bigger
barn and had said that the resi-
dents could meet with him at the
Firehouse at 6:30 p.m. on June
19th and he will let them know
what he will be doing.
Ann Maruszak on Website sug-
gested that John Murphy post a
notice of the June 19 meeting on
the Website.

On Communications she asked
the people to come and tell her if
there were things that they were
unhappy with. She said then they
can perhaps do something. Top-
ics of information can be seen on
the links.
Vicki Barnett said that there is an
opening for science/marine biol-
ogy member at the Franklin
County Planning and Zoning.
John Murphy, Public Safety, said
the decals for the cars are in. Linc
Barnett suggested that the decals
be put on either the bumper or in
the back window. Mailing of the
decals will be with the next news-
letter. He said he will make a list
of Block Captains in the Neigh-
borhood Watch.
Jo de Haven said that the water
restriction is on and she is afraid
that there will not be enough for
weekends. Vicki Barnett asked
why there is no restriction on per-
mits for developing permits.
Linc Barnett said that they can-
not deny anybody water and
would like to see research as to
whether the water board has au-
thority to deny water to a devel-

Continued on Page 9

Captain Jeiry Weber and Diane Dyal
a popular attraction a few years back.
As Captain Jerry continued, we could see that Apalachicola Bay and
most of its drainage basin encompassed what can be considered one
of the least polluted, undeveloped, resource-rich systems left in the
United States. The Apalachicola drainage basin includes upland, flood-
plain, riverine, estuarine, and barrier island environments that are
closely interrelated and influenced by each other. The Apalachicola
River basin is only one component of the larger Apalachicola-
Chattahoochee-Flint River system (ACF). The ACF basin covers the
central and southwestern part of Georgia, the southeastern part of
Alabama, and the central part of the Florida panhandle. It drains an
area covering approximately 19,800 square miles.
There are 16 dams on this river system, the last of which is located at
the Georgia/Florida border. Below this point, the name of the river
changes to the Apalachicola. From here, the river flows for 106 miles
through some of the most pristine bottomland hardwood forests in
the U.S. before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico.
Captain Jerry's boat, available for charter service out of Apalachicola
at Battery Park (850-653-3881), sails for the public for half-days,
full-days, and night sails year around. Two-and-one-half hour sails
are available to adults ($35 each) and Children ($25 each) with com-
plimentary snacks and soft drinks. Excursions are also available to
Dog Island, Little St. George or Cape San Blas. And, sail and naviga-
tion training are also available.
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June 17, 2003
Present: Commissioner
Cheryl Sanders;
Commissioner Eddie
Creamer; Commissioner
Clarence Williams;
Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis and
Commissioner Bevin

Public Health Unit Issue:
Firing of Brent Mabrey
William "Bill" Trew, the acting
administrator of the Franklin
County Public Health Unit, was
present to respond to inquiries
about the dismissal of Brent
Mabrey. Bevin Putnal led the
questioning indicating "I know
you don't have to give a reason
but we deserve one." Mr. Trew
responded: "I respect that ques-
tion, sir ... but it is the policy of
the State not to discuss these
matters in public... Really, not to
discuss these matters. We really
look at this as an issue between
the two parties..." Putnal added,
"Who's next." Trew denied that
there was a list, '"There is no next."

William "Bill" Trew

Commissioners asked Mr. Trew if
he was aware that some portion
of ad valorum tax money went into
the county health unit, and ac-
knowledged that. Commissioner
Jimmy Mosconis expressed con-
cern that an "acting administra-
tor" dismissed Mabrey on the last
day the current health depart-
ment head was employed," "...It
just kinda smells a little bit to me,
to tell you the truth." And, another
thing (bothered me) and that was
the police were called to escort Mr.
Mabrey out of the building."
Trew denied this. He explained
that any time someone is termir
nated because of the environment
we're in today, for the welfare of
all parties we have to take into
consideration a possible risk ...
We did notify local authorities ...

Brent Mabrey
in case there was a situation. Mr.
Mabrey was not escorted out of
the building. We had two police-
men who showed up." He ex-
plained that it was the Health
Department intent to have the
policemen on standby.

Mosconis asked for a fuller ac-
countability of the firing, and why
he was terminated like he was,
and why it was on the last day of
Dr. Junejo's employment and why
it was done by an acting director.
"...We need to go higher than this,
politically, if necessary." "If
somebody's character doesn't
speak for itself, we're getting into
a sad state of affairs-Commis-
sioner Creamer also expressed
dismay when Trew said Mr.
Mabrey had not been told the rea-
son for his dismissal. Trew ex-
plained that it was not required
under State policy. Commissioner
Putnal repeated his concern, "I
think this board deserves to know

Commissioner Williams moved,
seconded by Mosconis, to have
the County Attorney look into the
dismissal. and to determine what
the Commission might be able to
do. Unanimously approved.
Trew explained that he was "del-
egated" to execute the decision.
The request was initiated by Mr.
Mabrey's supervisor and reviewed
internally and with the State
agencies. Mr. Mabrey was not in-
volved in the review of the pro-
posed decision supposedly under
the "select exempt" provisions.
Mosconis responded, "There's
something wrong with the sys-
tem." Commissioner Mosconis
also suggested that the legislative
delegation be brought into the is-
sue of Mabrey's dismissal.
Brent Mabrey also addressed the
Commissioners. He said, "...I
think the best thing to do is to let
it travel its course. Give the Health
Department its due. Florida First
does make me select exempt ...
They can walk in anytime and say

they don't need your services any-
more..." He thanked the County
and Board for permitting him to
serve the county for eleven years
... I'm not going anywhere. This
is my home."

Superintendent Of Public
Absent for some previous meet-
ings due to hospitalization, Mr.
Herbert Chipman apologized to
the Board for not having some-
one from his department to report
in his absence.
The speed limits up Highway 67,
in the vicinity of the site for the
new prison were adjusted from 35
mph to 45 mph, and areas beyond
to 55 mph.
Commissioner Mosconis moved to
modify the disposition of "some-
thing that happened back in
March" involving Oscar Sanders.
"Give Oscar two days suspension.
Forego the 90-day probation be-
cause its already been 90 days ...
I put that in the form of a motion,
and put this behind us ..." The
Board approved unanimously
with Commissioner Sanders ab-
Commissioner Sanders ex-
claimed, "We've been privatized for
three years now, and our roads
are in worse shape than I have
even seen." Commissioner Mos-
-conis recommended the firm,
VMS (Virginia Maintenance) come
to county meetings at least once
per month to receive the
commissioner's advice, Commis-
sioner Sanders raised the ques-
tion of contacting Edward
Prescott to see if the county could
return to the "DOT (Department
of Transportation) system" of
maintaining state roads.
"Franklin County is becoming a
jungle down here..." Commis-
sioner Putnal urged the others to
remember the private company
does not have enough employees
to do the job. "These guys are
working hard ... but they can't do
the whole thing. They're trying to
replace 30 people with two and it
don't work."

Solid Waste Director
Mr. Van Johnson reported that
property owners on St. George
Island have asked that the recy-
cling containers be moved:
"Due to illegal dumping at the St.
George Island recycling site, prop-
erty owners near the location has
requested that we move the recy-
cling containers. The current lo-
cation is at the north end of 3rd
Street West, between Bay Shore
Drive and Pine Avenue. This por-
tion of the street is platted, how-
ever, it remains undeveloped. A
new location to consider would be
within another undeveloped road-
way near State-owned land. The:
State owns several parcels of land
on 'the easterif end of the Island.
At various points, they have
blocked the entrance to this prop-
erty, however, the county owns
the roads leading to it. Therefore,
if the Board so desires, a new site
could be situated at one of these
blocked entrance."
The Board asked Mr. Johnson and
Commissioner Eddie Creamer to
investigate St. George Island sites
for a new location.
"For the Boards information and
direction: The Solid Waste De-
partment is currently in need of
the services of an engineer. The
Class III disposal area at the land-
fill is at 75% capacity and we need
an engineer to get started with the
siting and permitting of a new site.
Hopefully this new location can
be within the current 40 acres.
Also, the permit to operate the Air
Curtain Incinerator will expire on
April 27, 2004, and the renewal
application is due by February
27th of the same year. I am bring-
ing this up today because we need
to get a jump start on both
The Board approved moving
ahead on the permits and also to
review the landfill site with a view
toward further expansion.

Artificial Reef Project
The Board approved a permit to
remove the rubble from the old
bridge to St. George Island and to
build an artificial reef with that
rubble. The County Attorney said
the Board could go ahead and
sign an agreement with the OAR
(Organization for Artificial Reefs)
regarding the permit.

Public Hearings
Property owned by Dennis
Delmain was proposed for
changes in land use and zoning.
This involved approximately .81
of an acre tract in Section 12,
Township 7 South, Range 4 west
located on Highway 98 in
Carrabelle from Commercial to
'Residential. The proposal was
tabled until the July 15th meet-
ing when a survey of the land
would be presented.

Land owned by Rocky Moore in-
volving lots 1, 2, 3, 6 and a por-
tion of lot 4 of David Brown Es-
tates located in Eastpoint was
proposed for land use change and
rezoning from residential to com-
mercial C-4. Former County Com-
-missioner Dink Braxton spoke
against the land use change and
rezoning to commercial. These
parcels had been recommended to
the Board for approval several
months earlier but this was de-
nied. Mr. Moore has brought the
matter up before the board again.
Mr. Pierce told the Commission-
ers that, over time, there is prob-
ably going to be more commercial
pressure for such rezoning and
land use changes as the area in-

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evolved is bounded by three high
traffic roads, U.S. 98, Patton Drive
and Island Drive. "...It's going to
be less desirable as a residential
area..." he said.
Mr. Braxton reviewed some his-
tory of rezoning in the "triangle
area" bounded by Patton Drive,
Island Drive and Highway 98, in-
voking statements from the Dept.
of Community Affairs about the
potential for urban sprawl and
spot zoning. "We want to keep our
residential section and if you do
this rezoning today ... you are go-
ing to open the floodgates (for
greater pressure to rezone com-
He added, "I understand what
DCA was saying now." He ex-
pressed concerns and uncertain-
ties about what other proposals
for rezoning might come before
the board, and perhaps run the
risk of losing the diminishing
amount of residential property in
that area. Rocky Moore, the
owner, also addressed the board.
He asked the Board for their sup-
port in rezoning to C-4. Commis-
sioner Eddie Creamer moved to
change the land use and rezone
to C-4. There was no second but
Commissioner Mosconis asked
how much was commercial al-
ready. Alan Pierce said this would
be the first in that block. Mosconis
seconded the motion. "I've got two
friends out there on opposing Is-
sues." The Board voted "yea"; "Mo-
tion carries."
The Board approved two addi-
tional proposals for zoning
changes. Property belonging to
Steve Rash, Lots' 3/,38, 39, 4U
and 41 West Unit 1 St. George Is-
land, located on West Gorrie Drive
from C-2 to C-4. The Board ap-
proved the rezoning. Property be-
longing to Helen Spohrer, Tract 4,
Lots 35 and 36, Blk 10 West, Unit
1, St. George Island, located on
West Gorrie Drive from C-2 to C-4.
The Board approved the rezoning.

Sheriffs Department
Ginger Coulter, finance officer for
the sheriffs dept, appeared before
the Commissioners with a bud-
get amendment request. In a
memorandum from the Sheriff,
"The Budget total needs to be
raised to reflect the amount of
money received from the two
grants for the current year, re-
source officer revenue, and the
match amount received from the
Apalachicola Police Department
for a total of $148,563.33.
Narcotic Task Force: $106,730.00;
Voca Grant: $31,281.00; Re-
source Officer: $32,000.00;
Apalachicola Police Department:

Right-Of-Way Issues
Jeanni McMillan, owner of
Jeanni's Journeys of St. George'
Island, appeared before the Com-
missioners regarding land that
makes up a portion of Third Street
on St. George Island. She pre-
sented some history of the
cleanup of that area after she ob-
tained the building in foreclosure,
and various persons continued to

that is one of the many items that
need to be addressed because of
the over-crowding. There defi-
nitely is a problem with that ga-
rage and Jeanni's business. You
can hardly get access to your
property even from Pine Street.

Scenic By-Way Committee
Dixie Partington presented a
Resolution on behalf of the Big
Bend Scenic By Way Committee,
which the Board accepted and

Director of Administrative
Mr. Pierce provided the Board a
copy of a letter from DCA (Depart-
ment of Community Affairs) stat-
ing the county has been awarded
$700,000 in CDBG funds for im-
provements to Twin Lakes Road,
and Lanark Village, pending any
final appeal of the rankings by
some unhappy applicant.
He also provided the Board copy
of a notice of Farm Service Agency
loans available to farmers who
suffered losses from the heavy
rains of October 14 29th. 2002.



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Marine Construction
Septics Coastal Hauling

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Utility Work-Public &

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 06/17/03 Invoice No. 8868
Description of Vehicle: Make Ford Model SW Color Beige
Tag No V85UHU Year 1985 ,,e FL__ in No. 2FABP44F6FX163536

To Owner: Michael Evans Grotenhuis To Lien Holder:
169 Mohawk Trail
Crawfordville, FL 32327

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
06/11/03 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
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 07/17/03 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219



Deadline for applying is Decem-
ber 30, 2003.
Mr. Pierce also provided the Board
with an analysis of ownership of
the end of River Road that is peri-
odically used as a boat ramp. The
current public records do not
completely establish ownership of
the road extension. A surveyor
would have to be hired to
straighten out the records and
even if there is a section of land '
that is not owned by one party or'
the other that does not mean the
county has ownership of the un-
claimed land.
He also advised the Board of con-
tinuing action and re-action from
adjoining property owners at the
end of another section of River
Road where there is no county
maintained drainage system.
Mr. Pierce also stimulated Board
discussion of a limited bed tax
along the coastal area of Franklin
County and to direct the Cham-
bers of Commerce to provide the
Board with a proposal. The ben-
efit of a bed tax is that now that

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use the end of Third Street as a
dumping area. "We pulled out of
the wetlands old cars and rusty
things probably from the old ga-
rage there..." She indicated she
used a portion of the east side of
Third Street for parking, and the
adjacent auto-care garage used
the west side of Third Street for
parking. "If we don't have that
parking we just don't have a busi-
ness." Finally, after the rhetoric
involving taxes and employment
of 13 persons, the point about
parking emerged. Alan Pierce in-
terrupted, saying that "...when
she started her business, the is-
land had fewer people, etc. Now,
it looks as if the right-of-way is
part of her business, or her per-
sonal property. There is advertis-
ing in the right-of-way. It is not
gated, but it is fenced."
Third street is the end of the com-
mercial district, and across the
street the land is residential.
Pierce concluded that the issue is
there is little buffer between the
Journey business and the resi-
dential area. Commissioner
Mosconis said "...if it is her busi-
ness, let her pay taxes on it."
Commissioner Sanders inquired
if the area could be enlarged for
additional parking. Ms. McMillan
added that the commercial loca-
tions on St. George are diminish-
ing and parking is indispensable
to her continued operations. Com-
missioner Mosconis recom-
mended that Chris Clark review
the properties involved and report
back to the Commissioners.
Tom Hoffer told the Commission-
ers that he owned two commer-
cial lots in that vicinity and "I
think you also ought to consider
the impact that the garage park-
ing requirement has on adjacent
property owners. I'm familiar with
the fellow who owns three com-
mercial lots next to mine., and he
also has the same concerns. Alan
has copies of our letters concern-
ing the lack of a parking policy
on the island. That really, Alan,
is the root problem. The Commis-
sioners have not evolved any kind
of parking solution, and I think


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27 June 2003 Page 3


The County Commission Has Failed to
Redistrict in a Timely Fashion

Setting The Record Straight

A Few Disgruntled Commissioners Seek Retaliation
Let's get a few facts straight. Yes, Harriet Beach wrote a lively, some
'say entertaining, commentary on the state of affairs about the Franklin
County Commission, the Franklin County School Board, and Admin-
istrative aides (including lawyers) and the task of redistricting. Our
telephone at the Chronicle, and elsewhere, has been ringing daily with
kudos, compliments, and 100 percent agreement from the reading
population who AGREE WITH MS. BEACH. Some of these are repro-
duced on this page.
S "I was recently at a local gathering and some of the com-
ments that were made about your article were "We were
there and she hit the nail on the head," "that sums it up
perfectly," "she called it like it was!" "The article was right
on!" There wasn't one person there who did not agree
whole heartedly with the article!!I
Some people were referring to you as the heroine of
Franklin County!
One man said that he called you to tell you how great he
thought your article was and how brave he and his wife
both thought were to write it. It provided lots of very ba-
sic information that helped them to understand the poli-
tics of Franklin County."
In point of fact, the Commission and School Board have failed to
follow the law and redistrict after the 1990 census, and the 2000
census. This is not a new problem for them, but they have studi-
ously avoided addressing that problem while they have held elec-
tive and paid office. Jimmy Mosconis, not long ago, announced
publicly that he would "take over" the problem and address it. Thus
far ... Commissioner Mosconis has done nothing on that issue. In
1990, when I asked the former County Attorney, Al Shuler, "when
will the county redistrict itself?" Attorney Al Shuler replied, "Well I
don't know that the Commissioners want to do that." I replied that,
"They don't have any choice in the matter. It is the law, Al."
So, when Ms. Beach wrote about the slovenly, unprepared meeting
with the Board of County Commissioners and the School Board, she
criticized them on several points. 1. They were totally unprepared to
address the issue. Incidentally, the black leadership in the audi-
ence made this observation directly to all of the commissioners.
2. There was a fear among the Commissioners that redistricting would
dilute their constituency. 3. Their ties limit their ability to focus on
an issue of county-wide importance, such as redistricting. 4. One
could not hear all of the discussion because some participants did
not use a microphone. 5. There was a fear that "outsiders" would
take over the county. No future meeting time was proposed, and yet
one-half year remains to accomplish the task.
Here are the districts and population data in each district. These are
woefully out-of-balance, and the Commissioners know this perhaps
only too well. They continue to ignore the issues. Instead, Commis-
sioner Creamer moved to hold at the next Commissioners' Meeting, a
Public Hearing to dismiss Ms. Beach from her alternate position on
the Planning and Zoning Board. Bevin Putnal seconded the motion.
The nine member Planning- and Zoning Board is a voluntary three
year assignment to review county land use/county development re-
quests. The recommendations that the Planning and Zoning Board
makes on land use/county development requests are then presented
to the Commissioners who can agree or disagree. The Commissioners
alone make the final binding land use/development' decisions for
Franklin County.

Distribution Of Franklin County Population
By Districts
(According to the 2000 Census)
District: 1 2 3 4 5 Total
Population: 2081 1627 1305 2514 2307 9828
Commissioner: Mr. Creamer Ms. Sanders ,Mr. Williams Mr. Mosconis Mr. Putnal

This motion made a sham of the citizen volunteer effort across many
tasks fulfilled in county government by many citizens. Citizens may
serve on these boards but do not cross or criticize the County Com-
missioners: Ms. Beach happens to be, among many of her life accom-
plishments, a marine biologist and a candidate for the science post
on the Planning and Zoning Board. Planning and Zoning meets at
length monthly and none of the members are paid.
That is certainly not the case of the County Commissioners who regu-
larly collect their paychecks of taxpayer dollars monthly. It would
appear that the County Commissioners desire only "yes men" on their
advisory board, not free-thinkers, or those of independent judgment.
To say that the Beach remarks held the Commission in "disrepute" is
to claim that Cinderella is Al Quida in disguise, especially in light of
the agreement the Chronicle has received independently, indicating
that the readers agree with Ms. Beach. But, Harriett's writing is re-
ally not the issue here, although the Chronicle thanks those who
telephoned, e-mailed and wrote letters in support of the column.
Some Commissioners have yet to learn the lesson that when you are
in the public marketplace, sticking your neck of accountability out
there, some one may take a swing at it. If you write a book, some one

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will criticize it. If you make a remark in public, some one may contra-
dict it in another forum. To attempt retaliation in the same public
marketplace merely makes the accuser look silly, perhaps immature,
certainly subject to additional challenge. Public criticism is a form of
public feedback and the wise person with a constituency finds that
listening to the criticism will produce a better result-perhaps In-
cluding reelection. Whether the County Commissioners realize these
matters or not, some of the public do not like the footdragging they
- have performed on the redistricting issue. The County Commission-
ers, not Harriet Beach, are the real basis of the problem here, and
they have had three turns at bat to get this task done. I think the
public recognizes the dismissal hearing planned for what it is worth,
so the point is made. Most of the public will not agree that Ms. Beach
should have her First Amendment rights circumcised to satisfy the
whims of a few county commissioners.
A careful review of this situation will clearly show who are the losers
in this proposal if the dismissal goes forward to a formal Commis-
sioner vote.
It is interesting to speculate the outcome of the Commissioner's fail-
ure to redistrict. Can you imagine what a Federal District Judge would
do when he learned that Franklin County government, on three occa-
sions, refused to redistrict? What if an injunction prohibiting the
Commissioners from using taxpayer funds to defend such a
citizen-based litigation were to be put into operation by the Judge?
As Commissioner Mosconis has kept reminding his brethren that if
the Commission does not redistrict, "someone else will do It for us".
The clock is ticking, and we've heard that citizen groups are forming
to push this issue.
Tom W. Hoffer

Letter To The Editor

I read with interest the article titled "Franklin County Tribes" by
Harriett Beach in your June 13-26, 2003 edition. I guess that I am
one of those "outsiders" who pays a considerable amount of property
tax to Franklin County, and I am interested in getting the meeting
schedule for both the county commission and school board. Can you
tell me who I need to contact to get the meeting dates, times, and
locations? Thanks so much, Penny Angel.
Please be advised that the Franklin County Commission meets the
first and third Tuesdays each month at the Courthouse annex start-
ing at 9 a.m. The frequency of the School Board meetings is less
certain and the locations for the School Board will vary from the cen-
tral District Headquarters to Brown Elementary to Apalachicola's
Chapman School to the Carrabelle High School media center. Call
653-8831, extension 102. Ask for Charlotte Smith.

Net Fishermen Found "Not

Guilty" Of Netting Charges

Net fishermen Jonas Porter and Virgil Robinson were found "not guilty"
by a jury and Judge Jill Walker on Wednesday in a Wakulla County
Courtroom. Porter and Robinson each had 500 square foot rectangu-
lar nets, within the legal limits of the Constitutional Amendment to
Limit Net Fishing. The FWCC arrested the men on a charge that their
nets were constitutionally prohibited gill and entanglement nets, due
to the net's mesh sizes being larger than two inches. At the beginning
of the trial, Judge Walker instructed the jury that if the net meshes
were larger than two inches, then the nets would be considered pro-
hibited by the constitution. But after the accused men's attorney,
Jim Cummins, went on the offensive, Judge Walker found it neces-
sary to rewrite the jury's instructions. Cummins proved the men were
in full compliance with the Constitution by pointing out that large
mesh nets made ofbraided or twisted nylon, cotton, linen twine, or
polypropylene, twine, are clearly defined in Florida Statute, 370.093
(b) as NOT being gill or entanglement nets. When the state attorney
admitted that the nets of the accused were legal in State waters from
3 9 miles off-shore, in essence, he had unwittingly admitted that
the nets were legal from one to three miles, due to the fact that NO gill
or entangling nets are permitted in any state waters. Since by law,
the nets were not prohibited gill nets, and were made of 500 square
feet (or less) of mesh area, the men were found innocent by the Judge
and jury. At one point during the trial, the state attempted to claim
that it was the FWCC's "policy to...," Judge Walker informed the State
Attorney that he was in a court of law, and that "policy" was not law.
Even though the Judge and jury found the men innocent, and in
compliance with the constitution, the FWCC held true to form, threat-
ening to arrest the men again if they used their nets which were just
declared legal. Porter, Robinson, and this writer, are members of "Fish-
ing For Freedom," whose members are attempting to "bring the flag
back to America," by fighting for the rights of American Citizens. Among
the rights these men and the test of "Fishing For Freedom" members
have fought for, are rights for the disabled under the ADA, the right
to be judged by the law, not political motives, and the right to the due
process of law," which the FWCC has clearly abridged in defiance of
the US Constitution.
David Grix

Franklin County Public Ubrary

News And Huppenings

Registrations are still being taken
for the Franklin County Public
Library's Summer Reading Pro-
gram for children in K-6th grade.
This year a special reading pro-
gram for pre-school children and
their caregivers is also being of-
fered at the Carrabelle Branch on,
Thursday from 4:00 4:45 p.m.
and at the Eastpoint Branch on
Monday from 10:00 10:45 a.m.
Stop in at the Eastpoint or
Carrabelle branches of the Library
or at the Library's Apalachicola
program site in the New Life Cen-
ter on 8th Street. To find out how
your child can participate in one
of these great programs, call
653-2784, 670-5250, or 697-2091
for more information.
This month, the Library's WINGS
program will sponsor a special
caregiver/youth field trip to
Wakulla Springs. For information
on the award winning WINGS and
TIGERS programs, call 653-2784,
670-5250, or 697-9216.
The Summer Reading Program is
made possible by a grant from the
J. Ben Watkins Foundation.
WINGS is a Department of Juve-
nile Justice Community Partner-
ship Grant project also funded by
the J. Ben Watkins Foundation
and United Way. TIGERS is a
Franklin County Public Library
Youth program funded by the Gulf
Coast Workforce Board. FROG
Family Learning Programs are
funded by the Department of
State, State Library of Florida,

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and the Department of Children
and Families-Devereux Kids.
The Franklin County Public
Library's FROG, WINGS, and TI-
GERS offer many programs that
are free and open to the public.
Registration, however, is required.
For information about the sum-
mer reading program, about be-
coming a volunteer, or for infor-
mation about upcoming pro-
grams, please call 670-4423 or


Dear Community,
Congratulations for outstanding (FCAT) EDUCATIONAL increases for
ALL Franklin County KIDSI
It is clear, you recognize the MOST important ingredient for a suc-
cessful, happy, and productive livelihood is EDUCATION! Our KIDS
deserve the best!
Congratulations to EVERY Teacher, Parent, Teacher-Aide, Bus Driver,
Maintenance, Office, and Kitchen worker!
Finally, thank you for making my family and I feel so welcomed these
past two years.
Jeff Weiner
Former ABC School Principal
(Jeff Weiner has accepted the position as the first principal at Keys
Gate Charter School, K-8, in Homestead, Florida. Keys Gate opens to
1,100 students in a new multi-million facility, August 27, 2003.)

We would[ like to egress our heartfelt thanks and
gratitude to the many people and organizations
who hlpedandsupportedcus in so many ways
during the past weeks. We are truly thankful for
aff your generosities.


Water Questions, Police Conduct,

Among Apalachicola Concerns

By Sue Cronkite
"When will be taste new water?"
Mayor Alan Pierce asked at the
June 2, 2003, meeting of the
Apalachicola City Commission.
"Several months," said City Engi-
neer Ella Mosconis. "We can't just
drain out the old water. We'll re-
place the meters, but it's up to the
homeowners to .replace the old
cast iron pipes. We won't get the
full benefit until all that's done."
Commission members instructed
Police Chief Andy Williams to "be-
gin termination proceedings
against Officer Bobby Wintons"
after Chief Williams asked for a
decision by the commission on
returning Wintons' revolver.,
"I thought under the injunction,
he was to turn in his revolver ev-
ery night," said Mayor Pierce. City
Attorney Pat Floyd explained that
a domestic violence injunction
prohibits carrying a gun "except
for use under the employing
agency, with firearms for official
duties only. If he continues to
work he can have a firearm."
Mayor Pierce said it is his belief
that under the personnel rules
employees are to exhibit behav-
ior which shows respect, that they
"reflect" the city to others, that
public employees be held to a
"higher standard." Commissioner
Van Johnson said "It's embarrass-
ing it's conduct unbecoming to
the city; it's a breach of public
trust." Atty. Floyd explained that
the judge's ruling on Wintons was
a final l injunction. I don't see any
Commissioner Mitchell Bartley
said "I agree with Mr. Johnson."
Johnson said he doesn't think "we
should wait for the FDLE (Florida
Department of Law Enforce-
ment)." Mayor Pierce said an in-
vestigation by FDLE is a criminal
investigation. "What has hap-
pened is a violation of public
trust," he added. Johnson recom-
mended termination proceedings
begin, with a second by Bartley.
The motion carried with one nay
vote by Commissioner Robert
City Administrator Betty Taylor-
Webb said work is to start on the
new water plant in two weeks. She
reported a major sewer line break,
"in a 16-inch line; we had to bring

in a crew from Tallahassee. The
repair was made," she said. Pat
Wilson asked about recent prob-
lems with water pressure and was
told city workers would try to fig-
ure out where the problem origi-
Webb said an investigation had
been made on a complaint by
Angela McFarland concerning a
garbage dumpster at the Rancho

....Sue Cronkite

Sue Cronkite

McFarland, who owns the former
Ethel Bridges property along the
bay, wants the dumpster, which
has been in the same location
many years, moved- Webb said if
it were moved to the west, the
dumpster would be in front of the
entrance to two other neighbors'
Atty. Floyd said the alley cuts
straight back and is in line with
the telephone pole, Mayor Pierce
said an easement "was granted 15
years ago, at the' time of the fire
at the motel." Commissioner
Bartley, Mayor Pierce, Atty. Floyd,
and Assistant City Administrator
Michael Moron went to the .prop-
erty and looked at the location of
the dumpster with reference to
one of two marked entrances to
McFarland's property. It was as-
certained there is plenty of room
for her to enter and leave her
property by the north entrance
marked by Mrs. Bridges with two

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Card of Thanks

We take this means of expressing our sincere apprecia-
tion for all the kindness shown during the illness and
death of my beloved husband, Jack L. DePriest and the (
following illness and hospitalization of myself. -

There are so many wonderful people to acknowledge, I
(S friends, neighbors, physicians, the Health Care Agencies
and Nursing staffs, Hospice, our Minister Henry Jones
and the singers and of course Kelley-Riley
Funeral Home.

Your love and compassion, support, prayers and cards,
the flowers, food, telephone calls and visits.


The Family of Jack L. DePriest
P Jean DePriest, Josephine Tate, Patricia Smith


Page 4 27 June 2003


The Franklin Chronicle

Second Circuit

Court Report

By Harriett Beach
The Honorable Judge Janet E. Ferris
Prosecuting Attorney, Sean Desmond
May 12, 2003
All persons identified below are innocent until
proven otherwise in a court of law.

Carl Wayne Ard: Charged with driving while under the influence man-
slaughter on February 13, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. Kevin
Steiger represented the defendant..Defendant entered a plea of not
guilty and a motion for continuance. The case was entered on the
Plea Docket for August 11, 2003.
James Kevin Harless: Charged with murder in the first degree on
February 7, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. James C. Banks rep-
resented the defendant. Defendant entered a written plea of not guilty
on February 24, 2003 and a motion for continuance. Case was en-
tered on the Case Management Docket for September 8, 2003.
Nathan E. Lawrence: Charged with two counts of uttering of March
20, 2003. Defendant was incarcerated. Kevin Steiger represented the
defendant. Defendant entered a plea of no contest and adjudication
was withheld. Defendant was given two years probation with 53 days
credit for time served. Probation is to be served concurrently with the
sentence from a Bay County case. Defendant is to pay $200.00 resti-
tution to Gulf State Bank. Defendant is to have no contact with alco-
hol or drugs and submit to random testing and evaluation for sub-
stance abuse. Defendant must complete 100 hours community ser-
vice. Probation will be terminated early if all conditions are met. De-
fendant must pay $295.00 court costs but cost of supervision is
Kelley A. Shiver: Charged with one count of driving while license
was permanently revoked and doing $9,000.00 of property damage,
one count of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and doing
$9,000.00 of property damage, one count of driving while under the
influence and doing $9,000.00 of property damage and one count of
resisting an officer with violence on January 10, 2003. Defendant
was incarcerated and a bond of $4,500.00 was set. Kevin Steiger rep-
resented the defendant. Defendant entered a plea of no contest and
was adjudicated guilty. On the first two counts the defendant was
sentenced to 15 months in the Department of Correction with 28
days credit for time served to be followed by 2 years of drug probation
that is to run concurrent with one year of probation for the last two
counts. Defendant is to have no contact with alcohol or controlled
substances and must submit to random testing for drugs and alco-
hol. Defendant is to be evaluated and report for counseling as recom-
mended. Restitution was imposed with a reservation on the amount.
Defendant must not drive without a license. Court costs were re-
duced to a judgment and cost of supervision waived. Defendant was
charged with violation of probation and admitted to violation of pro-
bation. Probation was revoked and outstanding financial obligation
was reduced to a judgment. Defendant was sentenced to 15 months
in the Department of Corrections to run concurrent with the first
sentence but is not to be followed by probation. Case was entered on
the Plea Docket for June 9, 2003.

Clarence Lowery: Charged with violation of probation by two counts
of dealing in stolen property on September 29, 1992. Steve M. Watkins
represented the defendant. Defendant entered a written denial on
April 28, 2003. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for July 14,
2003. Also charged with violation of probation by the cultivation of
cannabis on July 2, 1999. Bond of $5,000.00 was set. Case entered
on the Plea Docket for July 14, 2003.
Michelle Massey: Charged with violation of probation by two counts
of battery upon a law enforcement officer and one count of resisting

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an officer with violence. Defendant was incarcerated. Kevin Steiger
represented the defendant. Defendant admitted to violation of proba-
tion and was found in violation of probation. Probation was revoked
and defendant was sentenced to 90 days incarceration with 45 days
credit for time served. Upon release, the defendant is to serve one
year of community control and undergo evaluation for outpatient drug
treatment and random drug testing. The defendant is to have no con-
tact with alcohol or drugs. Cost of supervision was waived.
Theresa Maybell: Charged with violation of probation by the posses-
sion of a controlled substance on July 7, 1999. An order for dismiss-
ing the warrant was entered on May 1, 2003
Allen Dexter Oncal II: Charged with violation of community control
by one count of the possession of a controlled substance on May 25,
2002 and violation of community control by three counts of the sale
of a controlled substance on June 6, 2002. Defendant was incarcer-
ated. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. Defendant admitted
to the violations of community control and was found in violation of
community control. Community control was revoked. Defendant was
sentenced to 11 months and 29 days incarceration with 18 days credit
for time served. Following release from incarceration the defendant
will be placed under 2 years of community control with one year of
probation with all prior conditions imposed. Sentences are to run
concurrent for all of the defendant's cases. Cost of supervision was
Monica Scott: Charged with violation of probation by possession of a
controlled substance. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. De-
fendant entered a denial. Case entered on the Plea Docket for June 9,
Thatcher W. Shivley: Charged with violation of probation by the pos-
session of a controlled substance on January 31, 200 1. Defendant
was incarcerated. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. Defen-
dant entered a straight up plea of being in violation of probation and
was found in violation of probation. Defendant sentenced to 142 days
in jail. Probation was modified and extended for one year from the
end of incarceration date with all prior conditions reimposed. Defen-
dant is not to use Xanax.
Donald Taylor: Charged with violation of probation by petty theft.
Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. Defendant entered a denial.
Case was entered on the Plea Docket for June 9, 2003.
Hoyt Wayne Wehunt: Charged with violation of probation by aggra-
vated battery with a deadly weapon on September 27, 1999. Defen-
dant was appointed a Public Defender. Case was entered on the Plea
Docket for June 9,2003.
William Foster Wright: Charged with violation of probation by shoot-
ing into a building or dwelling and aggravated assault with a firearm
on February 24, 1995. Defendant was incarcerated. Kevin Steiger
represented the defendant. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for
August 11, 2003.

James Lee Carmichael: Bond was set at $20,000.00. Steven Glazer
represented the defendant. Prosecutor was Adam Ruiz. Motion was
entered to terminate the defendant's probation which was granted.
Bobby G. Creamer: J. Gordon Shuler represented the defendant.
Defendant is serving time in the Department of Corrections. Defen-
dant filed a motion to mitigate, which was denied.
Sean Patrick Fitzgerald: Charged with murder in the first degree on
January 24, 2001. Defendant is incarcerated. Barbara Sanders rep-
resented the defendant. Defendant stipulated to the charge and the
case was entered on the Trial Docket for July 21, 2003.
Beverly Howard: Case review. Defendant was sentenced on April 14,
2003 to inpatient treatment and is still in the Franklin County jail.
Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. Defendant is to be two weeks
in treatment and on release from jail is to report to probation,
Thomas Randall Hudson: Defendant was incarcerated. Clyde M. Tay-
lor Jr. represented the defendant. Motion was filed for post conviction
relief witnesses. Motion under advisement pending preparation of an

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James Stewart Amison: Charged with one count of aggravated bat-
tery to do great bodily harm and one count of aggravated assault with
a deadly weapon on July 9, 2002. Bond was set at $2,000.00. Rachel
Chesnut represented the defendant. Defendant entered a plea of no
contest and adjudication was withheld. Defendant stipulated to the
lessor of the included offenses (felony battery), and the Prosecutor
did not prosecute on the assault with deadly weapon charge. Defen-
dant waived arraignment on the battery charge and entered a plea of
no contest and was adjudicated guilty, Defendant was sentenced to
two years of community control with 200 hours of community ser-
vice, and must pay $295.00 court costs. After one year of community
control and all community service hours have been completed the
community control may become probation, Defendant is to have no
contact with the victim.
Gerald D. Glenn: Charged with three counts of sexual batter by one
in familial authority and two counts of lewd and lascivious assault or
acts on March 15, 2001. Defendant is incarcerated. Kevin Steiger
represented the defendant. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for
June 9, 2003.
Thomas A. Gorski: Charged with driving while license was suspended
(felony charge) on June 15, 2002. Bond was set at $1,000.00. Kevin
Steiger represented the defendant. Case was entered on the Plea
Docket for June 9, 2003.
Michael Henderson: Charged with driving under the influence with
serious injuries on May 8, 2002. J. Gordon Shuler represented the
defendant. Case was entered on the Docket Sounding for June 9,
Terrance Holt: Charged with violation'of probation by battery of a
law enforcement officer on August 2, 1997. Defendant is incarcer-
ated. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. Case was entered on
the Violation of Probation Hearing Docket for June 9, 2003.
Alvin Glenn Martina Jr.: Charged with criminal mischief (3d degree)
and trespass after a warning on March 6, 2002. Bond was set at
$1,000.00. J. Gordon Shuler represented the defendant. Prosecutor
was Scott Matthews. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for June 9.
Sonya Starr Murray: Charged with violation of probation by driving
while license was suspended (felony) on November 23,1999. Bond set
at $1,000.00. J. Gordon Shuler represented the defendant. Case was
entered on the Violation of Probation Hearing Docket for June 9, 2003.
Horace Powell II: Charged with grand theft on August 13, 2002.
Bond set at $5,000.00. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. Case
was entered on the Plea Docket for June 9, 2003.
Carlos Ramirez: Charged with resisting an officer with violence and
driving under the influence with $200.00 property damage on Octo-
ber 18, 2002. Bond set at $1,500.00. Kevin Steiger represented the
defendant. Defendant entered a plea of no contest to the first charge
and guilty to the second charge. Defendant was sentenced to 6 months
probation to run concurrent with the sentence for the first count.
Adjudication to the plea of no contest was withheld. Defendant was
sentenced to 2 years probation and 50 hours of community service.
Defendant must pay $675.00 and $295.00 in court costs. Cost of
supervision was waived pending early termination. Defendant has a
10-day car impoundment for DUI Level. 1 and a 6 months driver's
license suspension. Defendant to submit to evaluation for alcohol
treatment. Court reserved judgment on restitution.
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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) : Fle No.
Date of this Notice 06/17/03 Invoice No. 8871
Description of Vehicle: Make Cadillac Model 4-door Color Tan
Tag No G88FUU Year 1987 ate FL__ inNo. IG6EL1150KU604725
To Owner: Roberta Allen To Lien Holder:
350 Post Oak Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32310

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
06/11/03 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
$ 290.00 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 07/17/03 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
P.O. Box 971
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Date of this Notice 06/09/03. Invoice No. 8692
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Tag No M29BG Year 1985 Staie FL.. vinNo. 2G2GK37H4F2290986
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possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
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$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
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$150.00 on January 29, 2003. Bond set at $635.00. Kevin Steiger
represented the defendant. The Prosecutor filed notice the state would
not prosecute on May 9,2003.
Brandon Robinson: Charged with aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon and discharging a firearm in public on September 4, 2002.
Bond set at $11,000. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. Case
was entered for Docket Sounding on June 9, 2003.
John Robert Spann Jr.: Charged with grand theft on March 1, 2002.
Bond set at $1,500.00. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. De-
fendant presented proof of incarceration with expected release on
June 2, 2003. Case was entered on the Plea Docket for June 9, 2003.
Henry Sullivan: Charged with aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon on January 28, 2003. Bond was set at $5,000.00. Kevin Steiger
represented the defendant. Prosecutor filed notice the state would
not prosecute on May 9, 2003.
Thomas C. Tarantino: Charged with dealing in stolen property on
October 16,' 2001. Bond was set at $15,000.00. Defendant is incar-
cerated. J. Gordon Shuler represented the defendant. Case was en-
tered on the Plea Docket for June 9, 2003.
Corey D. Vause: Charged with battery and disorderly conduct on
January 20, 2002. Bond was set at $2,500.00. Kevin Steiger repre-
sented the defendant. Defendant admitted to being in violation of
probation and was found in violation of probation. Probation was
terminated. Defendant was also charged with one felony count of driv-
ing while license was suspended causing $1,300.00 property dam-
age, one count of leaving the scene of an accident that caused
$1,300.00 property damage and one count of failure to sign a sum-
mons or citation for having caused $1,300.00 property damage on
December 14, 2002. Bond was set at $2,700.00. Kevin Steiger repre-
sented the defendant. Defendant entered a plea of no contest to the
first count and was adjudicated guilty. Defendant was sentenced to 3
years probation with drug offender conditions for two years and regular
probation for one year. Defendant was given the choice of 4 weekends
in jail or 100 hours of community service. Defendant chose to spend
the 4 weekends in jail and started the sentence on May 16, 2003.
Defendant is not to drive without a valid Drivers License. Defendant
must pay $295.00 in court costs and the court reserved on the resti-
tution. On the remaining two misdemeanor counts, the defendant
was given 6 months probation to run concurrent with the probation
given for the first felony count.
i Christopher G. Enloe: Charged with violation of probation. Defen-
dant is incarcerated. Defendant waived arraignment and admitted to
violation of probation and was found in violation of probation. Proba-
tion was revoked and the defendant was given 36 months in the De-
partment of Corrections with 122 days credit for time served. On
other counts the defendant entered a plea of no contest and was
adjudicated guilty and given 36 month incarceration and three years
probation. Sentences are to run concurrent and coterminously with
sentences in Leon County cases. Cost of supervision was waived but
defendant must pay court costs of $295.00 and retribution of
$2,150.00 at the rate of $60.00 per month to each person.

Clay William Bailey: Charged with aggravated battery with intent to
do great bodily harm on May 30, 2002. Bond was set at $2,500.00,
Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. Case was entered on the
Docket Sounding for June 9, 2003.
Willie Fred Baucham: Charged with possession of counterfeit co-
caine with intent to sell and resisting an officer with violence on De-
cember 28, 2002. Defendant was incarcerated. Kevin Steiger repre-
sented the defendant. Case is continued until May 14, 2003 on the
Jury Trial Docket.
Reggie Giddens: Charged with aggravated battery with intent to do
great bodily harm on April 29, 2002. Bond set at $15, 000.00. James
H. White Jr. represented the defendant. Defendant entered a plea on
May 1, 2003.
Noah H. Goodson: Charged with aggravated assault on a law en-
forcement officer on July 14, 2002. Kevin Steiger represented the
defendant. Case was entered on the Docket Sounding for July 14,
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2002, Charles E. Hobbs II represented the defendant. Defendant en-
tered a motion for continuance. Case was entered on the Docket
Sounding for July 14, 2003.
William Gordon Luberto: Charged with burglary of a conveyance,
,i-. ., l iiw. a person, battery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon
and i-.t-.i I, d battery with intent to do great bodily harm on April
29, 2002, buid was set at $15,000.00. Timothy M. Warner repre-
sented the defendant. Defendant entered a plea on May 1, 2003.
William Joseph Luberto Jr.: Charged with burglary of a convey-
ance, a;-niilliiit .1 person and battery on April 29, 2002. Bond was
set at $15.UUU.00. Harry L. Harper represented the defendant. De-
fendant entered a plea on May 1, 2003.
Herman Lee Pate: Charged with lewd and lascivious molestation on
May 17, 2002. Defendant was incarcerated. Kevin Steiger represented
the defendant. Case was entered on the Hearing Docket for June 9,
2003 and Docket Sounding for September 8, 2003.

James E. Cooper: Charged with battery on a law enforcement officer
on January 28, 2003. Bond was set at $5,000.00. Case was entered
on the Plea Docket for July 14, 2003,

James Phillip Jackson: Charged with one count of possession of a
controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled sub-
stance with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a church. Defendant
was incarcerated. Kevin Steiger represented the defendant. A jury
found the defendant guilty. Defendant was given 5 years in the De-
partment of Corrections on the first count and 10 years in the De-
partment of Corrections on the second count with the terms to run
concurrently. Defendant was given 150 days credit for time served.
Robert Lewis Rowland: Charged with burglary of a dwelling and
grand theft on August 30, 2001. Defendant was incarcerated. Kevin
Steiger represented the defendant. Defendant entered a plea of no
contest and was adjudicated guilty on the first count. The Prosecutor
dropped the second charge of grand theft. Defendant was given 63
months of incarceration to run concurrent with an active sentence.
Defendant was given credit for 1,109 days of time served. Incarcera-
tion is to be followed by 4 years administrative probation.

Cecil Hicks: Charged with violation of probation by lewd and lascivi-
ous assault or act on June 10, 1994. Rendi Katalinic represented the
defendant. Case was entered on the Violation of Probation Hearing
Docket for August 11, 2003.

JURY TRIAL (May 14, 2003)
Willie Fred Baucham: Charged with one count of possession of coun-
terfeit cocaine with intent to sell and one count of resisting an officer
with violence on December 28, 2002. Kevin Steiger represented the
defendant. A judgment of acquittal was granted on count one by the
court upon the defense's motion. The trial proceeded on count two.
After deliberating 39 minutes the jury returned a verdict of guilty as
charged on count two of resisting an officer with violence. The defen-
dant was remanded to custody but with bond reduced to $2,000.00.
Pre-sentencing supervision was ordered. Sentencing was entered on
the Sentencing Docket for June 9, 2003.

Visioning from Page 1

7. Improve and expand drug and alcohol abuse and mental health
services. (4.54, 0,72)
8. Look into saving costs with ambulance services through alterna-
tive transportation services, e.g. medical taxi. (4.43, 0.66)
9. Establish a quality nursing home. (4.43, 0.78)
10. Plan for a trauma center. (4.42, 0.93)
11. Enhance wellness programs for preventative care, nutrition,
lifestyle, prenatal/well baby care, and disease management. {4.64,
12. Coordinate and integrate medical outreach with the school sys-
tem, e. g. eye exams, physical, medical screenings, etc. (4.64, 0.58)
13. Encourage state support of primary care positions that were lost
at County Health Department. (4.55, 0.80)
The group that worked on the Education issues for Franklin County
recognized that the county commission and the school board each
have their own budget process and each is responsible for the funds
they raise. The question put to the discussion group was, "How can
we ensure first class, high quality schools staffed with quality com-
mitted teachers?" The following suggestions had the highest consen-
sus ratings:
1. Develop an in-county higher education learning system (i.e. an
extension of the Florida university system by investigating the possi-
bility of teaming up with citizens of nearby counties to increase class
size to attract FAMU, TCC, and FSU evening programs for students
and adults. (4.39, 0.94)
2. Establish strict concurrency requirements between education in-
frastructure and services improvements and development through
creation of a formal Franklin County Board of County Commission-
ers School Board. (4.23, 0.97)
3. Natural Resources on Public lands should be used as part of the
education process. (4.50, 0.67)
The fifth discussion group focused on Public Facilities and Recre-
ation. These two areas of concern are grouped together because the
Waste Management Department and the Recreation Department in
Franklin County are both managed by the same person. The first
question posed to the group concerned waste management. The group
was asked, "How can we reduce solid waste sent to landfills?" They
answered the question with the following suggestions:
1. Increase public education on recycling. (4.52, 0.73)
2. Develop a solid waste plan with population thresholds. (4.53, 0.77)
3. Develop a current and long-term location plan for a new landfill
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5. Include surcharge for solid waste in construction permits. (4.32,
To the second question, "How can we ensure effective control and
removal of solid waste in Franklin County and reduce improper trash
disposal and dumping?" The group responded with these three sug-
gestions that received a high consensus rating.
1. Assure coordinated waste management. (4.50, 0.74)
2. Provide sufficient trash disposal receptacles in public areas and
enforce regular schedules for emptying them to minimize overflow
and litter issues. (4.52, 0.95)
3. Strengthen and enforce improper dumping and trash disposal regu-
lations throughout the county. (4.70, 0.88)
The third question concerned Public Facilities. The discussion group
were asked, "How can we improve public facilities infrastructure
throughout the county for existing/future residents?"
Four of their suggestions received high consensus ratings.
1. Utilize objective processes for location of infrastructure improve-
ments. (4.41, 0.91)
2. Increase library system and budget for existing and new libraries
(4.09, 0.81)
3. Build more public facilities (libraries, recreation centers, etc.). (4.05,
4. Create bike paths and pedestrian walkways in business areas.
(4.14, 0.89)
"How can we improve public access to our beaches and the bay for
our citizens and for visitors to the county?" was the fourth question
asked of the group. The following two suggestions received a high
consensus ranking.
1. Preserve, protect, and properly maintain existing access points to
beaches and the bay. (4.82, 0.66)
2. Protect environmental resources at access points. (4.65, 1.00)
Next the group was asked, "How can we improve boating access to
the bay, gulf and rivers?" These two suggestions received high con-
sensus rankings.
1. Preserve, protect, and properly maintain existing public boat ramps,
public docks, and public marinas. (4.91. 0.29)
2. Create a comprehensive countywide boat/water access plan for
development'of additional public docks, public boat ramps, and other
public water access areas. (4.62, 0.80)
The last and sixth question put to the discussion group was. "How
can we maximize outdoor recreational activities for the children and
adults of Franklin County and use our diverse outdoor recreational
potential to promote the county?"' The group responded with the fol-
lowing four suggestions that received high consensus rankings:
1. Provide management or recreational activities. (4.18, 0.73)
2. Encourage public participation in the development of state and
county land management plans for the public lands within Franklin
County. (4.18,.14)
3. Develop facilities that support nature based and heritage tourism.
(4.25, 0.79)
4. Establish a federal, state and county coordination task force for
the public land management and use. (4.53, 0.87)
The group of dedicated Franklin County residents worked from 6:00
p.m. until 10:30 p.m. in discussing and attempting to give recom-
mendations to the questions that were asked of them. After the five
small discussion groups finished their work they came together to
rank the acceptability of all of the recommendations on computer
scorable forms. The acceptability ranking used the following scale:
5= Wholeheartedly Support 4= It was good but it could be better 3= It
has pros and cons or neutral 2= Serious concerns 1= Opposed.
The first number after'each recommendation is the average or mean
acceptability ranking, e.g. (3.42, .88) The second number is the stan-
dard deviation, SD. A standard deviation of less than 1.00 indicates
that most peoples ranking was close to the mean, (most people agree
on the ranking).
Higher SD's indicates progressively greater differences in the ranking
(some like the recommendation and some don't.
The group was asked to submit their comments about the workshop.
The following is a compilation of the comments.
* Too little time to discuss issues in sub-groups. Each sub-group
only got to address one issue. Not enough time to properly address
* Where were our elected officials?!! Weren't they interested in the
comments and feelings of the people they serve?
* Starts too early, and lasts too late.
* The county's airports need more attention in the comp plan, zoning
(noise), encroachment of airports.
There were three recommendations not covered by the April 15th
workshop on Potable (Drinking) Water and Waste Water Treatment
that were submitted by Linc Barnett at this workshop.
1. Create a countywide potable water and waste water treatment co-
ordinating group made up of representatives from all water districts
and sewer authorities in Franklin County to develop a coordinated
approach to potable water provisioning and wastewater management
throughout the county.
2. Implement mandatory periodic inspection of all existing septic tanks
in Franklin County to ensure proper functioning.
3. Establish strict infrastructure concurrency requirements for the
availability of sufficient potable water supply for existing and pro-
posed development'prior to approval of new development.
Tom Taylor, the Facilitator for all the Visioning Workshops reminded
the group that there were desires expressed in the first workshop in
February, "that may be conflicting and that there may be overarching
challenges that need to be addressed in the planning process. These
are the challenges or critical decisions the group identified as need-
ing consideration."
1. Do citizens want the County to grow and if so where and how?
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2. How can we continue to develop and protect water and natural
resources that draw people to the area? (need financial analysis)?
3. How can we balance preserving our culture heritage and seafood
industry with other economic opportunities?
4. How can we provide water for people and protect groundwater for
the environment? Do we waste water or not? Flush toilets and central
sewers draw down ground water levels more than composting toilets
and other conservation measures?
5. How can we balance private property rights and community needs?
6. How can we develop tourism-related jobs and better paying jobs,
with benefits, for current workers and our youth, so they can stay in
the area?
7. How can we maintain public infrastructure, safety, services and
schools and keep taxes low?
8. How much of the cost of growth should be paid by developers and/
or taxpayers?
9. How can we have adequate taxes withouttorcing people out of
their homes due to increased valuations?
10. Do we depend on ad valorem (property) tax or consider alterna-
tives (hotel tax, impact fees, local sales tax, etc.)?
11. How do we have appreciation of property values and assure qual-
ity affordable housing for seniors, service workers and others?
12. How can we have clear controls in the comprehensive plan and
assure appropriate flexibility?
13. How do we set priorities for what needs to be done with limited
14. How can we create forums to resolve the conflict where stake-
holders balance their interests using best available data?
15. How can a citizen board or other community review mechanism
monitor comp plan implementation and coordinate with Commission
and staff reviews?
The next steps in this process of making recommendations for shap-
ing the future of Franklin County through the planning process will
continue with specific issue workshops, task forces and group/agency
work on the issues raised during the four Visioning workshops. These
workshops will be scheduled beginning this summer.
In the fall will be St. James Island Charrette Workshops, The French
word "charrette is used by planners and land design architects to
indicate the manner in which a planning problem is approached. In a
"charrette" approach to a land design problem, several lay and pro-
fessionals make proposals as to how the design should be developed.
All of the designs are considered and elements of the best proposals
are combined to make a final design.
Community consensus workshops will begin in January '04. The goal
of all the workshops is to get as many people as possible to think
about the future they want in Franklin County and to take a role in
shaping it. All are invited to submit their ideas at:
Dr. Tom Taylor, Associate Director FL Conflict Resolution Consor-
tium; 2031 E. Paul Dirac Drive, #132; Tallahassee, FL 32310; phone:
850-644-7816; Suncom 284-7816 FAX 850-644-4968 http://

Apalachicola City from Page 3

concrete posts. Atty. Floyd said
the encroachment agreement in-
cludes the place for the dump5ter.
Floyd asked for, and was given
approval to prepare a new ease-
Assistant City Administrator Mo-
ron said two members are needed
for the Board of Adjustment, one
for the Planning and Zoning
Board, and one for the Commu-
nity Development Board. Com-
missioner Davis asked if anyone
present was interested in serving
on any of the boards and three
persons raised their hands.
The Commission passed a reso-
lution supporting a program
called WaterFronts Florida.
Apalachicola Bay Area Chamber
of Commerce Administrator Anita
Grove said the grant-supported
program would be administrated
by the Chamber. A discussion was
held on how to proceed for the city
to help with bathrooms for the
new Visitors Center and new
home for the Chamber in the
building where Wesley Chesnut's
antique shop was located behind
Tamara's Restaurant.
Along with a report by Bob Deeter,
chairman of the Apalachicola
Traffic Safety Committee, a pri-
ority list of stormwater problems
were discussed. Webb said work
on the Prado is at the top of the
list and the city has the pipe to
install. Deeter said money is avail-
able to do lots of work, but that
the committee is "limited to do
things on city property. For in-
stance, we can't repair sidewalks,
but we can install new sidewalks."
Deeter said a 4-way stop at 4th
and Avenue C is on the list, plus
a roundabout at 61h Street and
Avenue D. "Sidewalk plans in-
clude Battery Park, along Water
Street to Market Street and to
Scipio Creek, perhaps the Cem-
etery on 12th Street, when you
leave 91' and Prado to 24" Street.
The $500,000 in improvements
won't cost the city anything,"
Deeter explained. The city ap-
proved, with its blessings.
Lee McKnight reported vandalism
at the Botanical Gardens, with
flowers uprooted. He suggested
the fence go around the big oak
tree. Webb said a new fence is in
the works. Laura Moody asked if
something could be done to do
away with the Saturday flea mar-
ket at 12th Street and Highway
98. Mayor Pierce said the prop-
erty is, owned by the Franklin
County School Board. Speeding
on Prado and people riding mo-
peds and golf carts was remarked
upon. Ret. Coach Bill (Pop)
Waggoner said people are driving
through his yard.
Robert Bautham asked that con-
sideration be reviewed on a pro-
posal he made in March to use
ithe city community building at
Battery Park. Commissioner Rob-
ert Davis stated he has "a prob-
lem with a social club, or modi-
fied night club being held in the
building." Bautham was told to
take his proposal back to the rec-
reation center board. Commis-
sioner Van Johnson said to give
the recreation board a week to
give an answer to Bautham.
Commissioners adopted a motion
to pass a resolution commending

Dr. Sereebutra Chai for his many
years of service to the people of
the city upon his retirement.
Commissioners also accepted the
annual agreement with work
camp crews who mow
right-of-way and do cleanup work
within the city. I
The commission endorsed desig-
nation of the Big Bend Scenic
Byway Process as presented by
Laura Moody. Moody, as a mem-
ber of the Franklin County Big
Bend Scenic Byway Corridor Ad-
vocacy Group, said 23 groups
have endorsed the Byway plan, in-
cluding Apalachicola Area Histori-
cal Society, Apalachicola Bay
Chamber of Commerce,
Apalachicola' Bay and
Riverkeepers, Apalachicola Na-
tional Estuarine Research Re-
serve, Apalachicola Traffic Safety
Committee, Dixie Theatre, Garlick
Environmental Associates, and
the St. Vincent National Wildlife
"We believe that the designation
of the Big Bend Scenic Byway,
including an 85-mile corridor in
Franklin County which travels
across the Apalachicola Bay
Bridge on Highway 98, terminat-
ing in downtown Apalachicola,
will bring economic benefits to our
city and help us preserve our
unique character and quality of
life," said Moody. By endorsing the
designation, the city is to send a
letter to the Florida Department
of Transportation. Moody said
signs at places of business are not
affected, with highway-style bill-
boards grandfathered in at time
of designation. "But," she said,
"new ones are not permitted after
designation, which is consistent
with public recommendations
made at Franklin County Vision


2002-2003 School Accountability Report

Elementary Schools 2002-2003 School Accountability Report
% of
% Meeting % Meeting % Meeting % Making % Making Lo25% wes arned Grade Grade % Free
District School/ School High High High Learning Learning Making (Sum of Percen (Includes (Includes 2001 2000 1999 and Minority
District Number Standards Standards Standards Gains in Gains in Maing um TestedIncudes nudes Grade Grade Grade Reduced Rate
in Reading in Math in Writing Reading Math Gains in Colums 6 Gains) Gaing unch

FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY 65 62 65 72 78 72 414 93 B D D C D 72 41
(19) SCHOOL (0021)

FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY 62 60 62 76 78 76 414 98 A B A C C 69 4
(19) SCHOOL (0101) 60 62 76 78 76 414 98 A A C C 69 4

(19)RANKL HIGH SCHOOL 36 47 71 61 75 63 353 98 C C C D D 45 34
FA HIGH SCHOOL 52 51 88 61 78 56 386 97 B C D C C 73 6
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Grading Scale: A=410 or more, B=380-409, C=320-379, D=280-319, F=0-279, [=Incomplete, N=Indicates a new school, no grade

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SMarshall Marine, Inc.
Bait Tackle Deli Beer Ice
Boat Transporting Marine Supply Grocery
Highway 98 East Carrabelle, FL 32322 I
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Phone: 850-927-3347
On St. George Island across from Long's Video
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Jackson Auto Parts and Hardware
Check our inventory out, we have a fill line of building
materials, hardware and auto parts.
Give us a call and let us serve your needs.
Highway 98 P.O. Drawer L
Carrabelle, FL 32322 Phone: (850) 697-3332


"When You Expect The Very Best"
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A Trailer Parts
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Phone: (850) 926-6020 Toll Free: (888) 733-3474
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Hours: Mon. Sat. 7 6 Sun. 7 2 2nd/6-13/6-27

Full Service Boat Repairs
Glass Repairs Transom Repairs
Woodwork Bottom Work
Electronics Installation
697-5528 2332 Highway 98 East, Lanark

Plant Nursery and More '
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Corner of 1st & Avenue A
Eastpoint, FL 32328 >
Phone: (850) 670-4146

Professional Nail Care and Waxing Services
Open 7 days: Mon. Sat. 10 am 7 pm. Sun. 12 pm- 6 pm
(850) 926-1650
3278-C Crawfordville Hwy.. Crawfordville, FL 32327


Hourly Daily Weekly Rentals
Body Boards Skim Boards
ST. GEORGE ISLAND 850-927-3993

The BUSINESS CARD DIRECTORY in the Chroniclepages is an
efficient way to promote your business to the public and save money
at the same time. These ads are strictly business cards magnified
to 2 columns by two inches, offered to you at 50% discount for two
insertions. Send your business card or copy to: Franklin Chronicle,
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Captain Jerry Weber, see article Page 1

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88 Tallahassee Street 697-9550
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YorAnn's flowers and'

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44 Rose Street Sopchoppy, FL 962-5430
Fresh and Silk Flowers
Gifts for every occasion Teleflora member
Hours: Tuesday Friday 9:30 6:00 e Saturday 9:30 4:00


Marine Auto Furniture

3215 Crawfordville Highway Crawfordville, FL

Specializing in: Used Cars & Truck Sales, Car & Truck
Accessories, Bed Liners, Tool Boxes
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web address: lst/6-13/6-27

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Sn Office: (850) 927-2821
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and a Variety of Bird Baths
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Date of this Notice, 06/09/03 Invoice No. 8697
Description of Vehicle: Make Chevy Model Astro Color Red
Tag No No Tag Year 1985 State CO VinNo. 1G8DMI5N7FBI46886

To Owner: Joseph A. Shrader To Lien Holder:
7540 Krameria Drive
Commerce City, CO 80022

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
06/02/03 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 07/10/03 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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APTA Meeting from Page 1

The residents are worrying about
the water issue and there were
several comments made. One was
that Eastpoint was turning down
any new applicants for water and
they have been sued. Line Barnett
suggested that the residents
should go to the water Board
meeting at 10 a.m. on June 21.
Jo de Haven said that water will
be part of the comp plan.
The Beautification of the Welcome
Garden has been done by Joann
Diebel and her committee and
they received compliments.
Linc Barnett reported on the Ad
Hoc Committee that was com-
bined from the Four Issues of the
Comp Plan.
Economic Development chaired
by Anita Gregory: The County
needs more medical facilities and
the hospital needs to be updated.
The next meeting will be Public
Facilities, Beach Access.
Natural Resources on Environ-
ment and addressing potable wa-
Land Use will be held in Decem-
July meeting will be regulation,
Political Development. Board of
Adjustment Planning.
September will be St. James Over-

Fire Department
There are to be no bonfires any-
where. If a resident sees one he
can call the Fire Department and
they will deal with it. The renters
are given a letter to warn them to
not build a bonfire. The "no lights
on the beach for turtle nesting
time and no bonfires are being

Election Committee
Barnett said that Joe Hambrose
was to get together people to hold
the election before June 30th.
Their job is to set out the elec-
tion, send out to all members.
Vicki Barnett was elected to chair
that committee and will choose
her people.

A "bottom up" view of the five haunch girde atop the
tower. Cables will be threaded through the girders and spas
to fasten them together. Thus far, haunch girders have been
installed on four towers:

The base of the bridge superstructure holding up the
haunch girders and concrete deck.

Apalachicola Charter School Scores for 2003

Scale: % of students scoring at or above level 3

3rd Grade

The state average for math was 63% in 200

praBar m Bnp 66% (2003)
The state average for reading was 63% in 2003.

A longer view with Captain Jerry showing the haunch
girders atop its tower.
Continued on Page 10


In post and beam construction, the load-bearing
e exten d all the ,, tshey s..I \h .1

In the chaner construction aie. u the
bridging in the roof sn stem is interlaced
with ~ bridging the 2x8 rafters
supporting a cement tile roof eighing
10X)0 lb per square. The total \%eight on
the roof complex is about 39.000 lb,, or
nearly 2' tons..

* POST AND BEAM CONSTRUCTION: 41 pilings extend through each floor, holding up tile roo 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 feet 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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Page 10 27 June zuuj203 uVjV V j_^

Franklin Briefs
from Page 2
the county is providing tax rev-
enues to maintain such tourist
facilities as the county park on St.
George Island a bed tax could be
used to provide the revenue for
that activity as well as others and
thereby keep from spending prop-
erty tax dollars on tourist related
facilities and needs.
Mr. Pierce advised the Commis-
sioners there is a check for
$40,000 of county SHIP funds cut
to the Franklin County Habitat for
Humanity project, as recom-
mended by the SHIP committee.
Some of the Habitat Board mem-
bers were present and the Chair-
man ceremoniously gave the
check to the Habitat members as
an opportunity to remind the
county of the public/private effort
going forth to build at least two
houses here in Franklin County
for deserving families.
Mr. Billy Buzzett discussed two
items. One, the recent announce-
ment of the' interest of St. Joe
Company to sell 50,000 acres of
land between Apalachicola and
Port St. Joe to the state, or fed-
eral government. Two, clarifica-
tion as a scrivener's error the le-
gal description of the property
approved by the Planning and
Zoning Commission and the
county commission for the begin-
ning of an affordable housing ef-
fort east of Carrabelle. Board ac-
tion on scrivener's error should be
contingent upon the County
Attorney's consent. The Board
Mr. David McClain is here to en-
couraged the Board to move for-
ward with the development of a
Code Enforcement program. After
his comments Alan Pierce ad-
dressed the Board regarding the
issues of signs on St. George Is-
land and how this would be a good
test for code enforcement separate
from having the county commis-
sion do it.
The Board asked Pierce to inves-
tigate the problem of signs on St.
George Island. There are two main
violations. Real estate companies
have quietly been increasing the
size of sales signs so that they are
now in violation of the county sign
requirements, and.rental agencies
continue to place the rental signs
near the road with the house
numbers on it, which are an eye-
sore to most. If there was some
uniform requirement most of the
rental signs could be placed on
the house in a less striking loca-
Mr. Pierce informed the Board
that after some telephone calls
made by the Chairman, the US
Army Corps of Engineers has
called and said they now have met
with Mr. Mike Sole, DEP (Depart-
ment of Environmental Protec-
tion), and are working on a pro-
posal to meet the revised moni-
toring requirements that DEP still
needs for the Eastpoint project.
This will also include submission
of a DEP application by the Corps.
According to Mr. Terry Jangula,
if Franklin County became the
applicant to DEP then the Corps
would not be able to spend fed-
eral money under a county per-
mit. The Corps must be the per-
mit holder.
Mr. Line Barnett, county consult-
ant for a Continuity of Operation's
plan for the county, has been
meeting with various county
groups, including all sections of
Public Works, Emergency Man-
agement, and Planning and Zon-
ing. There are several issues the
Board needs to address to make
sure the county can properly re-
spond to disasters, both federally
declared, and those not federally
The first three involve the county
A) During storm events the county
road department is called upon to
clear culverts and ditches of de-
bris. These operations may in-
clude deepening of ditches with
equipment. Under normal situa-
tions the Road Department would

contact No Cuts or Sunshine
State One Call to locate potential
underground utilities, but under
emergency situations the Road
Dept. does not have time to wait
the two days for the utilities to be
located. Does the Board want Line
and Hubert to get with the County
Attorney to draft some policies
when the Board is going to au-
thorize such work to be done with-
out waiting for utility locating?
B) The State of Florida is sup-
posed to maintain state highways,
including 98 and under emergen-
cies the county may be able to
respond faster thereby saving
lives or minimizing property
losses if it can act on the state
highway system without first hav-
ing to wait for DOT or its agent to
respond. Does the Board want
someone to contact VMS or DOT
to see what sort of pre-disaster
agreement might be reached?
C) Periodically, especially after
storm events, the Road Dept. is
called to assist in the removing of
debris from private property. The
Board has some risk if damage is
done by county equipment on pri-
vate property.
At this tifne, Road Department
personnel do not have a clear
understanding of their roles and
responsibilities during local state
of emergencies. Periodically, the
courthouse has closed, yet Road
Department employees are re-
quired to remain at work, and are
not always guaranteed that they
will be paid-sometimes only comp
time is offered. And while the
equipment is propositioned for
storm events, employees are not
required to be at any location.
While a number of employees
usually do volunteer in the imme-
diate recovery, it is not clear if
there is a requirement to work if
the courthouse is closed, nor is it
clear that certain skilled positions
must be at work. As the county
grows, and responding to a disas-
ter gets larger, the county needs
to have a more reliable system for
its response and recovery efforts.
The Board needs to set up proce-
dures for emergency call-outs so
that employees know where and
when they are needed, and the
employees need to know how they
are going to get compensated.
Mr. Pierce informed the Board
that there will be two additional
public workshops this summer to
continue developing public opin-
ion on county issues. The next
workshop will be July 15th, and
it will focus on resolving some of
the conflicts and contradictions
the public is holding regarding
development rules and guidelines.
As an example: at previous work-
shops the public has stated they
would like to seek low density
development maintained, but
they also want to have public
sewer provided. As FSU develops
a proposed land use plan, they
need to know whether the public
really wants low density, one unit
per acre housing, or does it want
the availability of public sewer to
serve development. Because if you
want public sewer then develop-
ment needs to be clustered or in-
creased in density to make pub-
lic sewer affordable.
A second workshop in August will
cover the roles and responsibili-
ties of those county programs
which monitor and regulate de-
velopment, such as the Board of
Adjustment, the Planning and
Zoning Commission, the county
staff itself, etc. The focus will be
whether there is a consensus on
recommending changes for how
these groups function of their re-
Dismissal Hearing
Commissioner Creamer indicated
to the Commissioners that he
would like ..." to hold a public
hearing maybe before our next
Board meeting with the possible
dismissal of Ms. Harriett Beach
from Planning and Zoning. I think
the article in the Chronicle was
inappropriate and against this
Board ... derogatory. I don't think
we should have anyone on Plan-
ning and Zoning that is going to
be doing that." The motion was
made by Mr. Creamer and sec-
onded by Bevin Putnal. The Board
approved the motion.

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Catch the Wind from Page 9

The Wind Catcher carries a lot of keel underneath; about 9000 lbs. of
weight. The Governor Stone did not carry any weight other than its
cargo or passengers. "Of course, they are really different boats," he
reminded us, "with the Governor Stone having about twice as much
sail as the Wind Catcher. The Governor Stone was a Gulf Coast
Captain Jerry prefers the sailing environment around Apalachicola
Bay in contrast to southern Florida waters, most because of
over-population on the water and the high traffic. In our sail, out of
Battery Park, following the channel to Sikes Cut, and than a swing to
the new St. George Island bridge, the traffic was moderate, and then
there was none. With the boat engine secured, and the sails unfurled
the sloop breezed through the water with only the sound of the bay
waters parting by the fiberglass hull. What was a hot afternoon turned
into a moderate breeze so relaxing as to induce a snooze on the fiber-
glass deck.
The Wind Catcher is also a shallow draft vessel. When the keel is
lifted, the craft is able to navigate into shallow areas of the Bay.
Thus, canoeing, kayaking and ecotouring are becoming more popu-
lar on local waters because many areas of Apalachicola Bay are too
shallow for powerboats. There are also a vast array of small creeks
and rivers associated with the Apalachicola River system. Many people
like being able to travel at a more leisurely pace, while also enjoying
the exercise. The smooth and quiet operation of these crafts allows
the user to see many fish, birds, and other wildlife that are difficult to
see from boats with motors or from the road.
Other highlights involved in catching the wind include the Apalachicola
Bay aquatic preserve and St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge. The
Apalachicola Bay Aquatic Preserve encompasses the main bay from
St. Vincent Sound on the west to the bridge to St. George Island on
the east. The preserve is located on the coast of Franklin County,
approximately 70 miles southwest of Tallahassee, FL. This large es-
tuarine system is also designated as a National Estuarine Research
Reserve and provides a home to many organisms that are vital to the
seafood industry, the economy of Franklin County and the entire state
of Florida. The bay also provides a wealth of recreational fishing op-
portunities with redfish, spotted sea trout, and flounder regularly
The St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge is a 12,358-acre, undevel-
oped barrier island located just off shore from the mouth of the

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Apalachicola River in Franklin County, Florida, The island is dis-
sected by dune ridges, which are geological records of ancient beaches
and fluctuating sea levels over the last 5,000 years. Interdune areas
vary from lakes and sloughs on the east end to dry upland pine for-
ests on the western end of the island. The refuge provides sanctuary
for a number of endangered and threatened species. Bald eagles, log-
gerhead sea turtles, wood storks and peregrine falcons are all regular
inhabitants or visitors. during migration. All recreation is allowed
during daylight hours only and the island is accessible only by wa-
The shift to such "moving calm" was only broken by the approaching
view of the awesome towers in the St. George Island bridge construc-
tion. Up close, the Wind Catcher brought us views of the bridge su-
perstructure one cannot see from the adjacent "old" bridge and the
narrow roadway still being used to get to the island. Seen up close,
one can appreciate the engineering and construction that makes this
new bridge an awesome marvel of the area, with towers over the in-
land waterway 65 feet into the air. And, quick comparisons can be
readily seen between the new structure and the spans on the old
bridge, that make the new forms of pre-stressed concrete pilings and
long spans truly remarkable.
One cannot sail on the Wind Catcher and not be caught up with the
relaxing tempo of activity on the boat yet discovering a new, unique
perspectiveof Franklin County beauty. As Captain Jerry says, "Every
sail is a unique experience." He invites everyone to "Come with us,
take the helm and catch the wind!!"

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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 06/17/03 Invoice No. 8870
Description of Vehicle: Make Mercury Model 4-door Color Tan
Tag No G517353 Year 1987 State FL Vin No. 2NEBM75R2HX622517
To Owner: Melton Strickland To Lien Holder:
33 Bayview Drive
Apalachicola, FL 32320

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
06/11/03 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
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 "'" 1 "' R 12 00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public action
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
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