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Easter Sunrise At St. George
Island 0oo4





Volume 13, Number 8 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER April 16- 29, 2004

Rev. Anthony D'Angelo of
the St. George Island Meth- Lana Heady also partici-
odist Church, and Rev Mike pated in the services. Walter
Whaley, of the St. George Armistead and others
Island Baptist Church, led started the group singing
Easter Sunrise Services for with the familiar hymn,
about 250 persons on Sun- "Christ the Lord Is Risen
day, April 11, 2004, begin- Today," followed by several
ning about 7:10 a.m. others. A breakfast was
Frances Campbell, Judy served after the services at
Little, Barbara Young and the Pavilions on the island.

Inside This Issue
12 Pages
Congressman Boyd ......
........................... 1,11
Carrabelle Riverfront
Festival................ 1, 2
Breakaway Lodge. 1, 10
Eastpoint Water & Sewer
......................... 1,4,5
ABC Charter School
Appeal............. 1, 5, 7
Franklin Briefs ......... 2
Editorial & Commentary
.. ............. ..... 3,4,5
Panhandle Players ..... 3
Franklin Bulletin Board
... ......................... .... 6
FCAN ...................... 8
Business Card Directory
................................. 9
Lanark Village ........ 10
Water Tower
Maintenance ......... 11
Niagra Prince in
Carrabelle .............. 12
Bookshop ................ 12

In Panama City

Congressman Allen Boyd Announces

Re-Election Campaign

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Fishing Marina Fades Into Memory

Breakaway Lodge And Marina

Closes After 28 Years Of

Wilson-Wade Partnership

Another Revision to the Apalachicola Landscape As
the Lodge Closes Permanently to be Repldced With
Upscale Development
Gorrie Wilson and Kendall-Wade, life-long friends and business part-'
ners for 28 years have sold the Breakaway Lodge and Marina to Harry
Arnold and Bobby Kirvin, as of the end of March 2004. Last week, the
new owners began clearing out the merchandise in the bait and tackle
shop under the monitoring of former owner Gorrie Wilson.
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The entry to Breakaway Marina on Waddell Road,
Gorrie announced to the Chronicle, "As of March 31st, the Breakaway
will be no more-never again." The 15-unit motel, the restaurant
managed by Delores Griffin, the dry boat storage, the marina, the
bait and tackle shop, and other associated activities will be perma-
nently closed down forever. "They were all good customers," Gorrie
recalled. A letter went out last week advising them of this change.
Kendall Wade recalled the history of the Breakaway in the mid-1970s
and earlier, in an interview with the Chronicle last week. "Gorrie and
my dad used to own the ice company down there, "Ike Wade Seafood
and Ice Company." I was in the seafood business with my father. We
bought the Breakaway Lodge from Roger Newton, former Mayor of
Apalachicola." Continued on Page 10

Riverfi. oit
Festival April
23rd April 25th
This year the Carrabelle Cham-
ber has done things a little differ-
ently than in the past few years.
Joanne Rodgers, of The Bank,
agreed to take on the role of
Chairman, and it was decided to
sell sponsorships. Thanks to
Jeanne's hard work, The Bank,
Apalachicola State Bank,
Progress Energy, Anchor Realty,
Gulf State Community Bank,,.
Arvida and The Pit Stop have all
participated in the sponsorship
Because of their participation,
some new and fun additions have
been added to the Festival. On
Friday night, April 23rd a 'Touch
of Class" will begin at 7 p.m. at
The Carrabelle Junction. This will
be a gathering of artists and au-
thors, displaying their work on the
sidewalk, accompanied by piano
music and refreshments. Here
you may meet and visit with the
artists and authors, and have
them sign their works for you.
Continued on Page 2

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U.S. Representative Allen Boyd, his wife Cissy, with Gerry Clemons, Panama City Mayor
and Attorney Lisa Walters in the background.

James T. "Tim" Turner
Serves Notice of

"Tim" Turner To
,Seek Litigation
Against Franklin
County Pursuant To
James T. "Tim" Turner, former
Franklin County Emergency Man-
agement Director, and his Talla-
hassee attorney, Marie A. Mattox,
have communicated to the
Franklin County Board of County
Continued on Page 2

The Pressures of Development

Eastpoint Water And Sewer
Identified Nearly $5 Million In
Improvements To Make It To 2014

The Continuing Cost of Infrastructure

Publisher's Note: News of more development projects may be
received with many cheers and high anticipation, but when the
bills come in for creating needed infrastructure, such as water
and sewer, the cost of expansion and development begins to spread
out to embrace more taxation and higher costs to Individual house-
holds. These gut-wrenching costs can follow a project for a good
many years. In Franklin County, these costs could easily raise
property taxes so as to exclude local residents from the usual
benefits of property ownership. Yet, the march of expansion con-
tinues in the Eastpoint area as it becomes the gateway to St.
George Island, where real estate, costs have nearly reached the
The utility audit of the Eastpoint Water and Sewer District was pre-
sented to the water board last week by representatives of
Baskerville-Donovan, Inc. auditors. The preliminary cost estimates
for repairing the water system totaled $1,573,775. The preliminary
estimates to refurbish and repair the vacuum collection system (sewer)
totaled $3,160,000 with both improvements capped at just under $5
The audit was conducted to evaluate the current capabilities of the
water and sewer systems. For the water system, a computer model
was developed to assist in performing a hydraulic analysis of the
system before and after improvements. It is important to note that
the summary of the analyses and recommended improvements are
made to meet anticipated demands for current users and demands
through the year 2014.
Eastpoint is a coastal community located on the eastern shore of
Apalachicola Bay in Franklin County. The current population of
Eastpoint is estimated at about 2,200 people. Based on recent records,
the Eastpoint Water and Sewer District provides service to about 630
sewer customers and 865 water customers. Although the area is pri-
marily known for the seafood industry, its proximity to St. George
Island and other coastal communities will most likely have a signifi-
cant impact on future growth and development.
Water for the Eastpoint system is supplied by two wells. These wells
are located close to each other as well as three (3) other wells that
provide water to St. George Island. Both wells draw pump water from
the Floridian Aquifer (as does the three St. George Island wells).
Well #1, constructed in 1975, is located under the elevated tank at
the end of Begonia Street west of Island Drive and is pumping at a
rate of 236 gallons per minute. According to available records, the
well is 6" diameter and is cased to 170 feet with a total depth of 200
Continued on Page 4

In Panama City

Congressman Allen Boyd

Announces Re-Election Campaign
Congressman Allen Boyd (Democrat, North Florida) launched his sec-
ond Congressional district-wide tour last week to officially announce
his candidacy for re-election. He appeared at MacKenzie Park in
Panama City on Monday, April 5th at 11:30 a.m.
Mr. Boyd was introduced by local 'attorney Lisa Walters and Panama
City Mayor Gerry Clemons.
Congressman Boyd spoke for about six minutes citing four major
issues he perceived as integral to his campaign for re-election. He
"Many of you know that I grew up in a small community
near Tallahassee just on the east side ... a little commu-
nity called Monticello ... I grew up, the son of two very
caring and loving parents who, in reflecting, I think taught
me two things that are very basic to the way that you live
your life. Number One is that they taught me always to
do the right thing and it would be easy to defend. And,
number two, I remember my father telling me time and
time again, he said, "Alan, always tell the truth and you
won't have to remember what you told...
"Those things were very important to me. They also taught
me that I should serve my country when called and that
public service was an honorable cause. I believe that those
were the things that led me to volunteer for service in
Vietnam, when that time came, and also later on to go
into public service here in the political arena. I have never
regretted those decisions.
Continued on Page 11

Board Members McKnight, Hinton and
Thompson Voted Against Charter School
Proposal for Middle School

Apalaehicola Bay Charter School
Appeals School District Denial

Of Middle School Proposal

Appeal submitted April 6 to Education
Commissioner Horne
The notice of appeal from a denial of their Charter School application
for a Middle School has been sent to the State of Florida Board of
Education by the Apalachicola Bay Charter Schools. The legal brief
was submitted by Henry L. Kozlowsky, Chair, Apalachicola Bay Charter
School Board of Directors and Donald H. Hungerford, Principal at
the Charter School.
The brief outlines two major arguments, one anticipating that the
Franklin County School Board will raise the claim that the current
appeal is "untimely and therefore must be denied." The second major
thrust in the appeal argument is the assertion by the ABC Schools
that the Franklin County School District's denial of the Middle School
proposal was not based upon "competent and substantial evidence
but rather an apparent anti-charter school animus." The Webster's
Collegiate Dictionary defines animus as a "feeling of strong ill will or
hatred, or animosity."
On November 26, 2003 the Apalachicola Bay Charter School, Inc.
perfected a timely appeal to the State Board of Education. The basis
for the appeal was the failure of the Franklin County School Board
(hereinafter, "School Board"), to act upon three new charter school
applications submitted by- the Appellant. The appeal was docketed
for hearing on January 27, 2004, before the Charter School Appeals
At the hearing of January 27, 2004, Commissioner of Education Jim
Horne expressed his extreme displeasure with the inaction of the
School Board and remanded the matter back to the School Board
Continued on Page 5

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The Franklin Chronicle



April 6, 2004
Present: Commissioner
Bevin Putnal;
Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders; Commissioner
Eddie Creamer;
Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis (left the meeting
at 10 a.m.) and
Commissioner Clarence

North Florida Medical
Joel'Montgomery, Chief Executive
officer of the North Florida Medi-
cal Centers, addressed the Com-
missioners regarding Franklin
County medically indigent.
At a February meeting called by
the Franklin County Health De-
partment in Carrabelle, North
Florida Medical Centers (NFMC)
was asked to consider how they
might help with the issue regard-
ing medical care for Franklin
County's medically indigent.
NFMC staff was informed that the
trust fund carryover, allocated for
this purpose, will be depleted by
June 30th. Staff was also in-
formed that the annual cost to the
county to continue beyond June
30th with the current provider
would be approximately $70,000.
North Florida Medical Centers is
a federally qualified health cen-
ter and receives federal assistance
for the purpose of serving the
medically indigent. NFMC has a
practice location in Eastpoint
where we are currently accepting
new patients, including the medi-
cally indigent. In anticipation of
increased patient volume a new
full time provider was recently
added to the staff. This new pro-
vider is averaging 25 30 new
patients per week.
In an effort to help mitigate the
financial impact on Franklin
County taxpayers and to further
increase access to primary
healthcare for the medically
underserved, North Florida Medi-
cal Centers proposes to:
* Establish a practice location at
the Apalachicola health depart-
ment site in spaces previously
utilized by the former practicing
physician under a mutually ac-
ceptable agreement with the
Franklin County Health Depart-
ment/Franklin County Commis-
sioners. It should be noted that
there are no additional funds al-
located for this expansion and
projected operational losses will
have to be subsidized.
* Staff the practice site initially
with a part-time provider, nurse,
and receptionist. Full time staff-
ing would occur when patient vol-
ume increased to a level requir-
ing full time staff.
* Rely on Franklin County to pro-
vide NFMC free use of the health
department clinic spaces, includ-
ing utilities and housekeeping.
NFMC will provide for its own
* Rely on Franklin County to pay
NFMC for any co-pays not met by
medically indigent patients at the
health department location.
(Based on information revealed at
the February meeting Franklin
County has 110 medically indi-
gent patients registered with a
local provider in Carrabelle. It is
estimated that each patient will
visit the clinic 3 4 times per year.
The projected annual exposure to
Franklin County is $15.00 per
visit or $6,600.00.)
Franklin County's medically indi-
gent patients and more specifi-
cally those from Carrabelle have
the following options under this
proposal. They may access care
in Panacea (25 miles), Eastpoint
(15 miles) and the proposed loca-
.tion in Apalachicola (21 miles).
It should be understood that
NFMC cannot open a new prac-
tice location without various gov-
ernmental approvals. First and
foremost is the requirement for a
Change of Scope. This involves a
request to the Department of
Health and Human Services for
approval to offer services at a dif-
ferent address. This process along
with recruiting a provider and
support staff could take up to six
months to accomplish.

Commissioner Sanders recom-
mended that there be a meeting
with the Franklin County Health
Dept. North Florida Medical and
a County Commissioner, and
Michael Lake of Weems Hospital
to discuss these matters further.
Tourist Development
Kurt Blair gave a report on the
proposed Franklin County Tour-
ist Development Council and the
proposed "bed tax". The tax would
be levied on transient rentals for
the purpose of providing funds to
assist in promoting the commu-
nity and providing for certain in-
frastructure needs created by visi-
tors. This would be presented to
the voters in a referendum.
Mr. Blair outlined the purpose of
the Council and the "bed tax": (1)
to create and maintain infrastruc-
ture for visitors including cleanup
activities, rest rooms and other
amenities; (2) Promotion of
Franklin County during off-peak
season; (3) Provide support for
development of regional and local
recreational events; (4) Promote
the County's historical relation-
ship with the seafood industry
and promotion of local products.
A 2% levy would generate an ex-
pected $544,580 per year, based
on the number of rental units,
hotel rooms and RV spaces in a
typical year, average occupancy
rates and average cost of units.
Sixty per cent of the budget would
be recommended for infrastruc-
ture needs such as beach main-
tenance and facility cleanup to
service tourism. Infrastructure
needs would also include enhanc-
ing county-wide recreational fa-
cilities and construction of boat
ramps, piers and rest rooms. The
remaining 40 per cent would be
used for administration of coun-
cil activities, funding visitor cen-
ter activities and to promote ac-
tivities and events in non-peak
periods. Bevin Putnal moved the
Commissioners to have the
County Attorney develop an ordi-

Boat Ramp
Representatives of the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Commission in-
formed the County Commission-
ers that they would jointly par-
ticipate with the County in apply-
ing for a grant that would finance
a boat ramp at the end of Bluff
Road, Apalachicola. The Board
approved the proposal unani-

Director of Administrative
Alan Pierce provided the Commis-
sioners with an update on Alliga-
tor'Point projects. E-
"At this point, the Corps ,of/Engi-
neers has determined that the
project to move sand off of the
Apalachicola River, and poten-
tially to Alligator Point, must be
tabled for time being. The Corps
is now concerned with the low
river, and the impact to migrat-
ing sturgeon. The Corps expects
the project to get back on track
in the fall, if funding and. river
stages allow."
"Mike Dombrowski has spoken to
Mr. Larry Parson, USACOE, and
Mr. Parsons believes the Corps
will receive re-authorization to
move the sand. Mr. Parsons does
believe that by the fall all permits
will be in hand, and then it will
be a matter of river stages. At this
point, Mr. Parsons does not ex-
pect the Corps to finish the de-
sign on the rock revetment be-
cause the beach renourishment
project is still viable."
The Board was informed that
through Office of Homeland Se-
curity, Franklin County Emer-
gency Management will be receiv-
ing funds for training and exer-
cising in preparation for a
bio-terrorist attack. The training
and exercise will be coordinated
with the American Red Cross, who
is doing it for several other coun-
There are also Homeland Security
funds available for additional se-
curity at the EOC. At this time I
instructed Ms. Hutchins, EM Co-
ordinator, to turn in a request for
physical security at the EOC. This
might include replacing bad win-
dows in the EOC, or even a secu-
rity gate with keypad at the en-
trance tothe airport that the air-
port advisory committee wants.
Emergency Management has also
coordinated with the Franklin
County Sheriffs Office to request
funding through FDLE for a per-
manent back-up generator at the
Sheriffs Office. At this time it ap-
pears that Franklin County will
receive $24,672 from the Office of
Domestic Preparedness, and a

back-up generator is an allowable
expense. No action is needed by
the Board at this time; however,
if this funding materializes, the
county emergency management
budget by saving on personnel
costs should be able to contrib-
ute another $11,000 to provide
some $35,000 for a permanent
generator at the jail at no cost to
the county taxpayers.
The Board approved a request
from St. Joe to provide a deed for
the Lake Morality Road. The City
of Carrabelle has provided a legal
description and survey for an 80
foot right-of-way three miles long.
Currently the county has no le-'
gal description or deed for the
Lake Morality Road. If St. Joe will
provide this right-of-way to the
county, the county then will grant
an easement to the city to provide
sewer and water services up Lake
Morality Road to the state prison.
In exchange for providing the
right-of-way, St. Joe requests the
county undertake an appraisal of
the three mile long right-of-way
and provide St. Joe with a tax
credit for the value of the land.
The Board heard a discussion re-
garding alternatives to the exist-
ing aerobic vs. septic tank sys-
tems currently allowed in the
Critical Shoreline Ordinance. The
concern is this: the Critical Shore-
line Ordinance, adopted originally
in 1987, and then amended in
1992, only discusses two types of
on-site sewage disposal systems.
For standard septic tanks the
minimum distance from state
waters or wetlands is 150 feet:
and for aerobic systems the dis-
tance is a minimum of 75 feet.
Since 1992, the state of Florida
has allowed other types of on-site
systems that provide as much, if
not better, protection to water
quality, but shrink the distance
that these better systems can be
from the water. This is important
as the Board of Adjustment is
beginning to receive requests for
variance from the setbacks for
aerobic systems. I would rather
the. county commission consider
amending the Critical Shoreline
Ordinance if the same or better
protection can be gained by newer
systems than being forced to
grant variances to old technology.
The four types of systems allowed
by the state are: septic, aerobic,
performance-based and hon-
drainfield systems.
Mr. David Brumbaugh was
present to provide a brief expla-
nation of the four types of sys-
The Board's consultant, Mr. Linc
Barnett, has finished the county's
terrorism plan and continuity of
operations plan. The plans need
to be submitted to the state for
,review- and ;approval. The. Bard
approved the submission.
Mr. Billy Buzzett, St. Joe, would
like permission from the Board to
build several "dry" houses in
SummerCamp prior to final plat.
A "dry" house is one that is not
connected to water or sewer, will
not receive a Certificate of Occu-
pancy, and is being built totally
at risk by St. Joe. The purpose is
to provide some sample homes for
prospective buyers to look at. If a
change is made in the final plat,
or an error occurs in the location
of the house, St. Joe will either
move the house or demolish the
house to be consistent with the
approved final plat. The Board
approved the proposal.
The Planning and Zoning Com-
mission is still interested in the
county commission considering
the revised dock ordinance, as
well as the C-5 district on St.
George Island. The C-5 district
would be the new commercial
zoning district which would re-
quire a certain amount of com-
mercial space in any mixed use
building on the Island. Mr. Pierce
also said,
"My hesitancy in moving forward
with these projects is that at this
time I will not be here to present
the material at a public hearing. I
have decided not to run for the
Clerk of the Court position, and I
have sought and accepted a posi-
tion in the private sector. Even
though I decided not to run for
public office, I still had the desire
to further my professional career.
All aspects of the Planning arid
Building Department continue to
grow, as well as the general
county commission meetings, but
my professional development has
gotten fragmented into three ar-
eas: the county planner, director
of administrative services, and the
part-time emergency manage-
ment director. My administrative
responsibilities for the Board have
grown but my personnel career
has not. At this time I will be leav-
ing county employment in the
middle of May. I will try to finish
as many tasks as possible, but I

will not oe able to finish every-
thing, and that includes the dock
ordinance and the C-5 zoning dis-
With the concluding remarks by
the County Planner, an extended
discussion followed concerning
the Pierce resignation. Led by
Jimmy Mosconis, most on the
Board agreed to ask the County
Attorney to meet with Mr. Pierce
to determine if there might be a
suitable alternative that would
enable Mr. Pierce to revise his
plans. Cheryl Sanders was visibly
upset over 'the announcement by
Pierce, and Commissioner Bevin
Putnal was not in favor of any
negotiation, fearful that a prece-
dent might be set allowing any
county employee to demand ne-
gotiated settlement of their em-
ployment. Commissioner Mos-
conis reminded the other Com-
missioners that the office occu-
pied by Mr. Pierce required some
special consideration, given the
responsibilities of County Planner
and the Director of Administra-
tive Services, as well as Emer-
gency Management. The County
Attorney was asked to meet with
,Mr. Pierce to ascertain what al-
ternatives might be available and
acceptable. The report is due at
the next regularly scheduled
*meeting of the County Commis-
Comp Plan update: FSU has com-
pleted its update of the data and
analysis of the county compre-
hensivel plan, and the review of
the statutory changes to the
county's goals, objectives, and
policies. Mark Curenton and Mr.
Pierce have created a strike-
through and underline package, of
the required changes. Mr. Buzzett
has a proposed overlay map for
St. James Island and a set of pro-
posed policies. Mr. David McLain
has also prepared a proposed
overlay map for St. James Island.
The update of the comp plan will
also include an updated future
land use map. The map to be pro-
posed will include those large
scale land use changes that the
county Planning and Zoning have
already recommended, and the
Board has already agreed to
schedule as well any land use
changes that the Board believes
is appropriate on St. James Is-
The County Commission needs to
be presented with this informa-
,tion in a public hearing, receive
public comment, and then decide
what to transmit to DCA for re-
view. Today is not an advertised
public hearing. I am willing to
assist the Board in holding the
transmittal hearing, but it needs
to be before May 15th.


Turner from Page 1

Commissioners, to serve formal
notice that Mr. Turner intends to
start litigation under the
"Whistle-blower" statute for his
dismissal last January 2004.
The letter to the County Commis-
sioners was intended to serve no-
tice of the pending investigation
into Turner's dismissal at Direc-
tor of Emergency Management: In
Turner's claim, he says he dis-
closed information about a viola-
tion or 'suspected violation of law
or regulation committed by an
employee or agent that presented
a substantial and specific danger
to the public health, safety or
welfare, or an act or suspected act
of gross mismanagement, malfea-
sance, misfeasance, gross waste
of public funds, or gross neglect
of duty committee by an employee
or agent. Turner's statement of
discrimination was formally filed
with the Florida Commission on
Human Relations on February 26,
2004. The formal complaint,
mailed to the Franklin County
Commission, on March 10, 2004,
does not state any formal allega-
tions except for the kind of gen-
eralized conditions described in
-the Florida law, -as indicated


Park Concert

April 18th

The Ilse Newell Fund for the Per-
forming Arts will present the an-
nual concert in Lafayette Park,
Apalachicola, on Sunday, April 18
at 4:00 p.m., EDT. This year will
be a return performance by the
Panama City Pipes and Drums
with the Scottish Highland Danc-
ers. This group pleased last year's
audience with accomplished and
entertaining performances and it
is a pleasure to invite them back.
This concert is free and open to
the public. Please bring lawn

Riverfront Festival '
from Page 1

Another new addition will be a
The Chamber will be raffling off a
WEEK at one Anchor Realty's va-
cation properties here in
Carrabelle on the River. Included
with this, will be a half day fish-
ing charter by Seacrafter's Char-
ters in Carrabelle, a $50 certifi-
cate for dinner at Nola's Restau-
rant in Apalachicola and a.$25
certificate for dinner at That Place
on 98 in Eastpoint.
SUNNY JIM of Margaritaville fame
will be playing at the Festival both
Saturday and Sunday, along with
The Duncan May Band. Also,
Wayne's World will be playing at
Wicked Willies that weekend.
Heritage Row will also be fea-
tured-where some of our mari-
time heritage will be featured.
There will .also be a Fun Park for
Sthe kids and The Tallahassee
Museum of Natural Science, will
be displaying animals and pre-
senting animal shows both Sat-
urday and Sunday.
The Edward Ball Marine Labora-
tory at Turkey Point (intersection
of highways 98 and 319 between
Panacea and Carrabelle) will hold
an Open House on Saturday, April
24th, 10 a.m. 5:00 p.m. in con-
junction with the Carrabelle
Riverfront Festival and' the
Apalachicola Antique Boat Show.
Investigators and staff will de-
scribe research and education
programs conducted at the labo-
ratory. There will be tours of the
facility, poster displays, demon-
strations, touch tanks and oppor-
tunities for participating in col-
lecting trips. Food and beverages
will be provided at cost by Posey's
of Panacea. For mqrygpfgr.a..n,
contact the FSU Marine Lab,
697-4095, ext. 100."




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Saturday, April 24-10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 25-12 noon to 4:00 p.m.

Admission is FREE both days


features regional ART, SEAFOOD/MARITIME

EXHIBITS, LIVE MUSIC featuring "Sunny Jim"

(parrot head delight).

Thank You Event Sponsors: The Bank, Gulf State

Community Bank, Apalachicola State Bank,

Arvida/St. Joe Co., Progress Energy, Anchor

Realty/Vacation Properties.

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Receives Generous
Contribution From howme On
The Tapper Showtime On

Foundation The Showboat

Sopchoppy Worm Grunting Festival

A Day of Family Fun
Crowds of local and visiting people had a full day of fun at the
Sopchoppy Worm Grunting Festival from early morning until the last
of the dancers who "did it all at the Worm Grunting Ball' drifted home.
This laid back, visit and have fun with your family and friends kind of
festival was held on Saturday, April 10th. The first thing festival goers
had to do was find out what "worm grunting" was all about.
While the noble art of worm grunting was the focus of the festival,
there were all kinds of other activities going on. Craft vendors had
their creations displayed for sale in tents scattered over a three block
area. Beautiful beaded jewelry, many styles of pottery, woodwork,
mosaics, clothing and needle work enticed the crowds. Children had
a great time with the pony rides and special "kid" art projects while
the adults could compete in horse shoe pitching, dancing and just
plain having fun.
The music was especially wonderful with several groups playing in
different locations in the festival area. There were places to just sit
and listen to the music and rest up from all the strolling about, meet-
ing politicians, sampling the great food, buying works of art "you
couldn't live without" and even dancing a bit.
Of course all that activity made everyone hungry. and there was plenty
of good food to fill them up. There were lots of choices from the many
food vendors. For the seafood lover, there was full plate of
"low-county-boil" (1/2 pound of boiled shrimp, potato, and corn with
plenty of sides of butter, sour cream, pickles and cocktail sauce) for
the modest price of $6.00. A filling lunch.
The many gardeners in the crowd found all kinds of plants and flower
arrangements for sale in the large Iris Garden Club tent. Club mem-
bers were on hand to answer questions about how to grow the plants
as well as how to arrange flowers.
Oh yes, about "worm grunting". Well this is how it is done. A team of
grunters would pound a short stake into the ground.'One team mem-
ber would saw across the top of the stake with a metal blade until the
noise and vibration caused the worms to wiggle to the top of the
ground. Another team member would quickly capture the worms for
sh bait. There were several teams competing to see who could "grant"
the most worms. The only ones who didn't have a good time at the
Worm Grunting Festival were the worms.
Harriett Beach

Franklin County Public Library

By Judi Rundel
The Franklin County Public Library's FROG Families will be going
Zoo World in Panama City Beach on Saturday, April 17. Transpor
tion, lunch, and feeding the animals are all included. Reservatic
are required. Call Ms. Marlene or Ms. Michelle at 697-2091
670-4423 for more information,
The fun begins at 4:00 p.m. for Ms Michelle's Story Time for you a
your children in kindergarten through third grade. It is held on Mc
day at the Eastpoint branch of the Library, Wednesday at t
Apalachicola program site (in the New Life Center on 8th Street), a
Thursday at the Carrabelle branch.
The Franklin County Public Library's FROG, WINGS, and TIGE
offer many programs that ares free and open to the public. Regist
tion however is required. For information about upcoming program
becoming a volunteer tutor, or becoming a library volunteer, plea
call 670-4423 or 697-2091, or view the Library's website located

i oih^o EASTPOINT, FLORIDA 32328
850-670-1687 (OFFICE)
Facsimile 850-670-1685
^or J e-mail: hoffer531

Vol. 13, No. 8

April 16, 2004

Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Contributors Sue Cronkite
........... Rene Topping
............ Eunice Hartmann
S............ Harriett Beach
............ Dawn Radford
Sales Lisa Szczepaniak
Advertising Design
and Production Artist Diane Beauvais Dyal
Production Associates Andy Dyal
........... Lisa Szczepaniak
........... Richard Noble
Director of Circulation Andy Dyal
Circulation Associates Jerry Weber

Citizen's Advisory Group
Rand Edelstein Alligator Point
Karen Cox-Dennis Apalachicola
Skip Frink Carrabelle
David Butler Carrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins.............. Eastpoint
Barbara Revell Lanark Village
Richard Harper St. George Island
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The Tapper Foundation has
awarded the Dixie Theatre Foun-
dation a $2500 grant. This gen-
erous contribution will be used to
help with the Theatre Workshops,
for Young People this summer.
Founded by the George Tapper
Family and managed by David
and Trish Wariner, the Tapper
Foundation funds educational
programs for many non-profit or-
ganizations within Franklin, Gulf
and Bay counties. The Tapper
Foundation receives letters from
various groups throughout the
year providing information about
their specific organization and for
what purpose they are requesting
the donation.
In late January or early February,
the Tapper Foundation Board of
Directors meet and decide on the
specific organizations and in what
amounts they will make their an-
nual contributions.
'The Dixie Theatre Foundation is
the primary presenter of perform-
ing arts programs for all of us in
this area. We also provide the only
opportunity for young people in
our coastal communities to take
acting lessons and learn about
the theater from professionals,"
said Dixie Partington, Executive
Director of the Dixie Theatre
Foundation, Inc.
Formerly directed by retired Dixie
Theatre founder, Rex Partington,
the Dixie Theatre Foundation will
use the contribution to engage the
services of a professional who
conducts Youth Workshops in
New England. It will also help de-
fray costs associated with provid-
ing these programs. The work-
shops for children will include im-
provisation; work with voice and
movement and other performing
arts skills. The final result of these
workshops will be a performance
by the children, which will be
open to all members of the com-
munity. "We anticipate an enroll-
ment of 30 students, two groups
determined by either age or level
of accomplishment," said Ms.
If you would like further informa-
tion or have children whom you
would like to have participate in
these summer workshops, please
contact Dixie Partington at

g 10

orDEP Encourages

on- Floridians To
nd Recycle Cell

RS Phones
ms, Recycling electronics
at prevents pollution,
safeguards environment
The Department of Environmen-
tal Protection (DEP) is encourag-
ing Floridians to recycle old or un-
wanted cell phones. Recycling
electronics helps protect the en-
vironment from heavy metals,
such as lead and cadmium, which
can impact groundwater-the
source of 90 percent of Florida's
drinking water.
"Recycling cell phones is becom-
ing more convenient," said DEP
Deputy Secretary for Regulatory
Programs Allan Bedwell. "Dispos-
ing of unwanted electronics re-
sponsibly prevents pollution, pro-
motes reuse and extends the life
of existing landfills."

Real Estate News

Galloway Winds Top
Prudential Award
Jeff Galloway was recently named
a Pinnacle Award winner for 2003,
placing him fifth out of 50,000
Prudential sales agents across the
country. This achievement was
honored at a special ceremony at
Prudential Real Estate's annual
sales convention in March.
2003 was Galloway's third full
year in the real estate business
and he operated for most of the
year with only one assistant. Gal-
loway works for Prudential Resort
Realty on St. George Island, spe-
cializing in beach, vacation and
investment properties.
"We're extremely proud of Jeff s
accomplishments," says company
President and Broker Rose Drye.
"His success is the result of hard
work and excellent customer ser-
vice. Most of all, he understands
the increasing values of real es-
tate in our area."
Jeff lives with his wife and three
children on St. George Island.

By Betty Bryan
The cast has been assembled, the
crew is hard at work and the re-
hearsals are underway at the
Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola for
the presentation of Showtime On
The Showboat directed by Pam
Vest and produced by the Pan-
handle Players. This is a melo-
drama play, with music and
drama, and is set in the 1800's,
an era of villains and heroes. A
popular type of theatre of ancient
Greek times.
Can Captain Lucy save her in-
debted showboat? Will Rufus
Bilge interfere in the romance of
Alex Adonis and Heather
Heartthrob? Do you think evil will
triumph over good? These ques-
tions will be answered by the Pan-
handle Players on Friday April
30th, and Saturday May 1st at
8:00 p.m. A matinee performance
will be held Sunday, May 2nd at
3:00 p.m.
In addition to the melodrama
there will be a series of olios which
are variety acts of comedy, trag-
edy, instrumentals, singing, and
dancing that can be compared to
the vaudeville shows of the past.
Following is a list of the actors
who will be presenting this melo-
The Flower Sisters are Monica
Moron of Apalachicola and Elaine
Kozlowsky of Eastpoint. Jack
Spencer of Apalachicola i's the
handsome deckhand, Alex Ado-
nis. Joe Shields of Carrabelle
plays the. villainous Rufus Bilge.
Adele Hungerford is from
Apalachicola and she plays Sadie,
an actress in league with Rufus.
Elizabeth Kilbourne of
Apalachicola is the pretty niece of
Captain Lucy, who is being played
by Delores Roux of Apalachicola.
Merel Young from St. George Is-
land is the pilot of the River
Queen. Hank Kozlowskzy from
Eastpoint is the ventriloquist and
Andrew Butler from Carrabelle
plays Mick, his dummy. The stage
manager is Jenee Heinke, of
Apalachicola. Ed Tiley of
Apalachicola will MC the event.
This is an audience participation
event, so mark your calendar and
plan to sing along with the mu-
sic, laugh, boo and hiss the vil-
lain, cheer the hero, and enjoy
this delightful evening of enter-
The tickets may be obtained at the
door or in advance by contacting
the following members: Gayle
Dodds 670-8200 or Janet
Christenson 927-3115. The price
of the tickets is $10.00 for adults
.and $5.00 for children 12 and

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Eastpoint Water & Sewer from.Page 1

feet. Well #2 was constructed in 1987 and is located behind the sys-
tem office on the east side of Island Drive. Well #2 is pumping at a
rate of 597 gallons per minute. According to available records, this
well is 12" diameter. The casing depth is not known. Based on its
location in relationship to Well #1, it is assumed to have a similar
depth. Both wells pump through a tray aerator to a 55,000 gallon
ground storage tank located at Well #1. The aerator is needed to as-
sist in removing and/or reduce total sulfide levels in the raw water.
Two (2) 320 gpm high service pumps then deliver the treated water
from the ground storage tank to the distribution system and the
125,000 gallon elevated storage tank. Together, these pumps deliver
approximately 560 gpm (gallons per minute) the distribution system.
The distribution system consists primarily of 6" and smaller mains.
In 2002, the District modified the pumping and treatment schematic
to include aeration prior to pumping into the distribution system.
The system has experienced a relatively steady growth over the past
10 years and this is expected to continue into the foreseeable future.
Most of the development is expected in the northwestern portion and
along U.S. Highway 98 on the eastern end of the system.
Based on this growth, the estimated average daily flow in the year
2014 will be approximately 430,000 gallons per day. Further, based
on current trends, the maximum daily flow could exceed 700,000
gallons per day.
A computer model of the water system was generated to help identify
areas within the distribution system that have the greatest potential
for pressure problems during periods of peak usage. Using the cur-
rent average daily flow with a peaking factor of 3.5 to approximate
the peak hour, the model indicated relatively stable pressures near
the existing tank with the pressure generally dropping in areas to the
east. The lowest pressure as modeled using current conditions oc-
curs at the eastern end of Wilderness Road and the surrounding area.
This area is supplied by a relatively long 6" water main and is at the
highest ground elevation in the system. The pressure as modeled at
this point was 34.6 pi. Another area of concern is the eastern end of
the system near the county jail. This part of the system is also fed by
a 6" line and is the most distant point from the existing tank. The
model indicated a pressure at this location of 35.6 psi. These pres-
sures are based on a full elevated tank and lower pressures can be
expected as the level in the tank drops. That is, if the tank is 6 feet
below full, the pressures would then be 32 psi and 33 psi.
The computer model was also used to predict system response to
future demands. With the 10 year anticipated growth applied to the
existing system, the pressures in the eastern end of the system de-
creased dramatically. In this scenario, the entire area east of Otter
Slide Road shows pressures of less than 30 psi with the two problem
areas mentioned above at less than 25 psi.
Several proposed improvements were evaluated based on anticipated
demands. The resulting pressure profile indicates that the system
with the proposed improvements will be capable of providing accept-
able service with the 10 year anticipated demands.
The Florida Administrative Code refers to a document commonly
known as the Ten States Standards-Recommended Standards for
Water Works, for guidelines regarding storage and pumping capabili-
ties of water systems. Under Chapter 7, the Standards state that
"The minimum storage capacity shall be equal to the average daily

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The Ten States Standards further states that that the water supply must
be capable of supplying the maximum system demand with the re-
maining pump or pumps out of service. The monthly maximum daily
flow currently averages approximately 163% of the average daily flow
or 408,000 gallons per day. With well #2 out of service (the largest
capacity well), the remaining well can only deliver approximately
340,000 gallons per day when pumping 24 hours thereby creating a
68,000 gallon per day (50 gpm) shortfall. Further, continuous pump-
ing is not recommended and can lead to water quality problems since
the aquifer has no recovery time.
Based on the above data, the existing water system is currently defi-
cient in both storage and pumping capability as required by the De-
partment of Environmental Protection.
Several water line improvements on the existing system will help cur-
rent pressure problems to some extent but the primary needs of the
system are for an additional source of water and more elevated stor-
age. Implementation of the following recommendations will prepare
the system for the growth expected over the next 10 years. The cur-
rent well-field is probably nearing its ultimate capacity with the addi-
tion of the well discussed above. To handle demands beyond that
point, an alternative source of water will be required. The following
improvements are recommended to enable regulatory compliance
through the year 2014:
In order to provide an emergency water source that may help during
certain periods, complete an interconnection with St. George Island
water system. The interconnect should be low cost, while providing
both systems some redundancy.
For the 10 year projected peak demand, an additional 500 gpm well
will allow the largest well to be out of service and provide the needed
flow while allowing the well field 8 hours per day for recovery.
Therefore, locate a potential well site and construct a test well. If the
test well indicates that water is available in sufficient quantity and
quality, the site should be acquired and a permanent well and treat-
ment facility should be constructed. The treatment facility will most
likely require aeration, ground storage and high service pumps. The
capacity of the well and high service pumps should be at least 500
gpm. If a suitable well site cannot be found, alternative water sources
should be investigated.
Install a third high service pump at the existing ground storage tank.
The addition of a third 320 gpm high service pump will satisfy the
redundancy requirements for the high service pumps as well as in-
crease the ability to deliver water to the system due to limited space
within the existing building. It is recommended that a new building
be constructed to house the new and existing pumps. The building
should be placed just north of the existing building. For this report,
we assumed that a new concrete slab and fiberglass building would
be constructed. Then the two (2) existing pumps and controls would
be relocated along with a new pump/controls into the new structure.
The building should be well ventilated to allow for proper air flow.
Also, a new standby electrical generator and transfer switch should
be installed. The size of the generator should be large enough to oper-
ate all electrical devices on site.
Install additional "target nozzles" in the existing tray aerator. The
design capacity of the aerator is sufficient to handle both wells when
operating together; however, a lot of spillover and splashing is occur-
ring. Additional target nozzles installed in each tier of the aerator will
increase the hydraulic capacity of the aerator, and should reduce
some of the spillover. Preliminary review of tests show that sulfide
removal is sufficient; however, if a higher flow rate is desired, an ad-
ditional cascade aerator or induced draft aerator capable of providing
the required treatment should be installed.
In order to meet the storage requirement for the 10 year projection of
440,000 gallons per day, a minimum of 300,000 gallons of additional
elevated storage will be required. This additional storage does not
include the existing 55,000 gallon ground storage tank. A larger tank
should be considered as funds allow to provide additional capacity

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for further growth potential and renovation of the existing tank. Sev-
eral potential tank locations were investigated. A site on Otter Slide
Road just north of Ridge Road appears to be a good location for both
a tank and a well. The computer model indicated that this location
Will improve the pressure profile of the entire system. Included with
this should be a new 8" water main from the new tank south of Otter
Slide Road to connect to existing piping at "A" Avenue.
Loop the water line from end of the existing 6" line on Bayshore drive
to the existing 6" line on Twin Lakes Road. This will help with the
current pressure problems on Wilderness Road and Ridge Road as
well as eliminate a dead end line condition. If possible, this new water
main should be at least an 8" line. This larger pipe size will become
more important as the system grows to the east.
Install new 8" main from the intersection of 10th Street and C.C.
Land Road east along C.C. Land Road to State Road 65 and north
along State Road 65 to Wylonda Ave. The need for this new water
main will depend on several factors including final tank location and
well location, and the actual distribution of future development/de-

Existing System
The existing sewer collection system is primarily a vacuum collection
system with a limited amount of gravity sewer. The scope of this in-
vestigation is to examine the condition and capacity of only the vacuum
collection system and recommend any necessary changes to meet
current and future (10 year) demands. It is assumed that the existing
wastewater treatment plant has sufficient capacity to handle antici-
pated demands in the immediate future.
The existing vacuum collection system consists of two vacuum pump-
ing stations and associated piping constructed in about 1974. Since
the system was originally designed by the AIRVAC Corporation and
they have been involved with operation, maintenance and expansions,
Baskerville-Donovan, Inc. consulted with AIRVAC to investigate the
status of the existing vacuum system and provide input regarding
any necessary improvements.
The vacuum sewer collection system is divided into two areas with
each area served by one vacuum collection station. Attachment C
shows the layout of the existing system. District records indicate ap-
proximately 630 sewer users. A building count indicating 726 dwell-
ings and 39 commercial users was used in the evaluation to be conser-
vative. The peak flow for each dwelling was assumed to be 0.65 gpm
per dwelling based on 2004 US Census data and the Ten States Stan-
dards. Peak flows for commercial customers were based on actual
.water use records supplied by the District. In both areas, friction
losses in portions of the vacuum mains are in excess of established
target values for vacuum systems. Line sizes in significant portions of
the system are undersized for the current and anticipated demands.
The vacuum stations themselves are undersized for the current flows
and are in relatively poor physical condition. While it is not known
what the current flows and run times are, it is recommended that
run time clocks be installed on pump s and motors to record daily
In general, a number of the vacuum sewer collection lines should be
upgraded to better handle current and anticipated flows. The two
vacuum pumping stations should also be replaced with properly.sized
facilities that are in compliance with current code/regulatory require-
ments. The District has ample space on the existing sites to con-
struct new stations. Specific recommendations for each area of the
vacuum collection system are as follows:

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Eastpoint Water & Sewer from Page 4
Vacuum Pumping Station No. I/System
In addition to replacing vacuum pumping station No. 1, numerous
line upgrades in this area are recommended. The most notable of
these is the installation of a new 8" vacuum sewer main along U.S.
Highway 98 from Begonia Street back to the pump station. Also rec-
ommended is the installation of a new 6" vacuum sewer main from
the intersection of Hickory and Power Road to Norvell Street and south
along Norvell to the new 8" main on U.S. Highway 98. Further recom-
mended improvements include the upgrading of several 3" lines to 4".

Water System
1. Complete connection with St. George Island system $10,000
2. Well and water plant No. 3 and treatment equipment $425,000
3. New high service pump, building, and piping modifications to ex-
isting treatment plant and electrical upgrades. $80,000
t. Install new target nozzles in existing aerator $5,000
5. New 300,000 gallon elevated storage tank $450,000
6. Complete loop along Twin Lakes Road (by county) $0.00
7. 8" main from 10th Street to Wylonda Ave. (of CR65) $220 000
Subtotal $1,190,000
15% Contingency $178,500
15% Non-Construction Cost S205.275
Total Water System Improvements Cost $1,573,775
Say $1,575,000

Vacuum Collection System
1. Replace Vacuum Pumping Station No. 1 $800,000
2. Replace Vacuum Pumping Station No. 2 $800,000
8. Install 6200 L.F. of 4" Vacuum Sewer $115,000
4. Install 3700 L.F. of 6" Vacuum Sewer $85,000
5. Install 7000 L.F. of 8" Vacuum Sewer $165,000
6. Install 1500 L.F. of 10" Vacuum Sewer $45,000
7. Restoration $200,000
8. Misc. (Road Bores, Connection to Existing Etc.) $175.000
SSubtotal $2,385,000
15% Contingency $357,750
15% Non-Construction Cost $411,413
Total Vacuum Sewer Improvements Cost $3,154,163
Say $3.160,000

The preliminary cost estimates, above are based on typical costs for
similar projects. Actual costs may vary significantly. More accurate
estimates can be made when detailed designs are completed.

ABC Charter School Appeal from Page 1

with the alrecuve that they consider and act upon the applications.
Such directive was spelled out in a letter dated January 30, 2004
from Commissioner Horne to School Board Chair, Jimmy Gander and
Superintendent Jo Ann Gander. Commissioner Horne stated:
"This matter is remanded to Franklin County for a swift and legally
adequate resolution that is formally communicated to the SBE on or
before the 27th of February 2004. Further, because of this directive
all rights of the parties, including that of appeal, are preserved with-
out prejudice. ,-
Should Franklin District School Board again fail to act, I, as Commis-
sioner, shall recommend to the SBE that all appropriate sanctions be
employed including the withholding of lottery funds."

Pursuant to Commissioner Horne's directive, the School Board met
on February 10, 2004 to consider the applications submitted by the
Appellant. At the outset of that portion of the meeting concerning the
Appellant's applications, Superintendent Jo Ann Gander read her
recommendations to the Board members. With regard to the Middle
School application, she recommended that the Board adopt the ap-
plication. After some brief comments by Appellant's Principal Donald
Hungerford, Board Chair Jimmy Gander asked whether anyone wished
to make any additional comments before a vote was called. Board
Counsel Barbara Sanders then addressed the members, stating:
"Before the Board votes on it, you need to understand they can ap-
peal your decision, your denial. If you want to give any reason other
than those stated by the Superintendent, now is the time for you to
give those reasons. If you do not, then you can ask for a vote."
In response thereto, Board Member David Hinton stated that he:
"...had personal reasons for this, that two years ago when it first
came before the Board I voted 'no' because, my study of the applica-
tions, as a twenty year educator in Franklin County indicated to me
that a charter school would not benefit the majority of students in
Franklin County; it would benefit a select few. With our declining
enrollment we need to put all the emphasis we could on the total in
Franklin County."
Mr. Hinton then indicated that he had a prepared statement that he
would like to read.
After denying Appellant's applications for a High School and Techni-
cal High School charter, the discussion turned to Appellant's appli-
cation for a Middle School Charter.
At Superintendent Gander's recommendation, Exhibit "'C" also in-
cluded a recommendation to amend Appellant's current charter to
provide for a K-5 school. Board Chair Jimmy Gander asked Board
Counsel Sanders if there needed to be separate votes on the amend-
ment to.the current charter and on the proposed Middle School char-
ter. After a brief dialog, it was determined that there would be two
separate votes. Chair Gander called for a Motion to approve Superin-
tendent Gander's recommendation to modify the Appellant's current
charter. A Motion was obtained, seconded and defeated by a vote of
three to two. Board members, David Hinton, Katie McKnight and
George Thompson voted against the recommendation.
Eventually, a motion was made by Board member Hinton to deny the
Middle School application. Hence, a "'Nay" voted would deny the ap-
plication while a "'Yea" vote would approve it. After a Second was
received, the application was denied by a vote of three to two. Again,
members McKnight, Hinton and Thompson voted against the appli-
The purported reasons for the denial are contained in a letter dated
February 17, 2004 from Superintendent Jo Ann Gander to Commis-
sioner Horne, Exhibit "'F". A copy of the letter was not sent to the
Appellant. Appellant received a copy during the latter part of the week
of February 23rd, and only after its Principal, Donald Hungerford,
made an inquiry and a request.
Given current time constraints as well as the lengthy delays which it
has been forced to endure, the Appellant is 'appealing only the denial
of its Middle School application. It is withdrawing any appeal'of its
High School and Technical High School applications.

FLORIDA STATUTE 1002.33(6)(b)
In an attempt to preclude an appeal of its action, it is anticipated that
the School Board will raise the claim that the instant appeal is un-
timely and must therefore be denied. Such a claim, if raised, is spu-
rious at best and has no basis in law or fact.

16 April 2004 Page 5

1. The present action is a continuation of Appellant's
timely appeal which was filed on November 26, 2003
1002.33(6)(b) states that "(A)n applicant may appeal any derfial of
that applicant's application or failure to act on an application to the
State Board of Education no later than 30 calendar days after receipt
of the district school board's decision or failure to act and shall notify
the district school board of its appeal". Hence, it is quite clear that
the Legislature fully anticipated the possibility that a district school
board would attempt to defeat a charter application simply by not
acting on it. To prevent such actions, it adopted the "... or failure to
act" provision and gave appeal rights to an applicant.
The original date of the School Board's "'failure to act" is October 27,
2003. It was at that time that the Board Chair was unable to obtain a
motion to accept or reject Appellant's applications (Original Notice of
Appeal, page 5). Appellant's appeal was filed on November 26, 2003,
which was within the required "30 calendar days."
Once an appeal is timely filed pursuant to 1002.33(6)(b) there is no
statutory authority to unilaterally terminate it. It is quite evident that
Commissioner Horne was fully cognizant of this fact when he stated
in his January 30th letter:
"Further, because of this directive all rights of the parties, including
that of appeal, are preserved without prejudice."
Therefore, lacking any statutory authority to the contrary, Appellant's
current action is appropriate in that it is a continuation of a timely
2. The Franklin County School Board failed to follow
the clear requirements of 1002.33(6)(a)(2) and (b)
1002.33(6)(a)(2) states, in part:
"If an application is denied, the district school board shall, within 10
calendar days, articulate in writing the specific reasons based upon
good cause supporting its denial of the charter application."
1002.33(6)(b) states, in part:
"An applicant may appeal any denial of that applicant's application
... to the State Board of Education no later than 30 calendar days
after receipt of the district school board's decision ... and shall notify
the district school board of its appeal."
"...common rules of statutory construction lead to the inescapable
conclusion that the School Board had an obligation to reduce its rea-
sons for denial to writing and to forward them to the applicant within
10 calendar days. That was clearly not done in this case.
Superintendent Gander's letter of February 17, 2004,- which outlines
the School Board's reasons for the denial, was sent to Commissioner
Hornet. No copy was sent to the Appellant. In fact, it was not until
some five days afterthe expiration of the statutory 10-calendar day
requirement that the Appellant finally did receive a copy. It should be
noted that the Appellant received its copy only after it resorted to
requesting a copy from the School Board.
In this case, the School Board never communicated its reasons for
denial to the Appellant within the required "10 calendar days". Hence,
the "30 calendar day" period never commenced. To argue that the "30
calendar day" period commenced when the Appellant finally did re-
ceive a copy of Mrs. Gander's February 17th letter is illogical. In order
to give credence to this position, one would first have to overlook and
excuse the School Board's clear failure to comply with the statutory
dictates of 1002.33(6)(a)(2) and (b). The School Board cannot have it
both ways.

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2004 in Apalachicola. The boat
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Local Arts' art show and exhibi-
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to present the third annual Cel-
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by our students. The event is
scheduled for Thursday, April
29th, 2004 at the Wakulla High
School auditorium. A silent auc-
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at 5:30. Musical groups with stu-
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reserved seats. We welcome any
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16 April 2004 Pane 7

ABC Charter School Appeal from Page 5

The Appellant reiterates that it is withdrawing its appeals regarding
the applications for a High School and Technical High School Char-
ter. However, in discussing the February 10 meeting, references may
be made to these two applications. Such references are used only to
put the matter into proper context and should not be construed oth-
According to the minutes of the School Board's meeting, Board mem-
bers Katie McKnight, David Hinton and George Thompson voted to
deny the application. Therefore, the appropriate inquiry must be cen-
tered on the rationale put forth by those three Board members.
With regard to member David Hinton, his prepared statement, sets
forward his reasons for denial. Even a quick review of this document
makes it readily apparent that Mr. Hinton's alleged reasons are pure
subterfuge to mask his anti-charter school animus.
His first reason for denial ties itself to studies which recommend that
Franklin County reduce the number of facilities it has and consoli-
date into one K-12 school. Although this is an admirable goal for
Franklin County and a step which the School Board has recently
voted to take, the Appellant is not aware of any study by anyone that
has recommended that the Apalachicola Bay Charter School be closed
to facilitate consolidation.
His second reason stems from his concern that the Appellant's school
lacks minority and disadvantaged students. He attributes this lack of
representation to Appellant's supposed requirement that parents must
volunteer their time. Again, an illusory argument. At the current time,
approximately 44% ofAppellant's students are participating in the
free and reduced lunch program. Although Appellant encourages
parents to volunteer and get involved with their child's education,
there is no requirement that a parent must volunteer their time.
Mr. Hinton's concern regarding his perceived lack of minority and
disadvantaged student representation conveniently ignores certain
underlying facts. First, Appellant's school is a "School of Choice." A
parent must elect to send their child to the school. Although it can
and does vigorously recruit such students, enrollment is subject to a
parent's election. Secondly, the School Board itself currently oper-
ates two schools with a minority student population that is far less
than Appellant's.
Mr. Hinton's third and final justification for denying the Middle School
charter is one that he has consistently put forth since October, 2003.
He maintains that the Appellant is utilizing the Middle School char-
ter as a "'Scheme" to obtain federal start-up funds. Although he ac-
knowledges that obtaining such funds would be legal, he still views it
as "immoral" and therefore a reason to deny the application.
This concern regarding the receipt of federal funding, was one of the
reasons Appellant's applications were tabled by the School Board at
their October 9, 2003 meeting. At that time the School Board di-
rected Board Counsel Sanders to request a clarification from the De-
partment of Education. Such a request was made with the response
being that there would not be any conflict with applicable federal law.
With regard to members McKnight and Thompson, the record is
completely devoid of any reason for their denials. In spite of the
fact that all School Board members were advised by Board Counsel
Sanders that it was imperative that they voice their objections and
put them into the record, both members sat silent. This would lead
anyone to the inescapable conclusion that they had absolutely no
basis for their denial but for their anti-charter school animus.
Any claim that the document entitled "REVIEW OF CHARTER
the true justification for the denial, must fail. First, there is abso-
lutely no evidence that members Hinton, McKnight and Thompson
ever read the document. Secondly, even if they managed to gather its
contents by osmosis, there is no evidence that it was a factor in their
The credibility of the document is seriously questioned when one views
it in the context of how it was used. On two separate occasions, Su-
perintendent Gander stated that this document was used as the ba-
sis for her decision. Yet her decision was to recommend the Middle
School application. In fact, this was the third time Superintendent
Gander has recommended the adoption of the Middle School applica-
tion. It simply defies logic' that one tries to justify the contents of a
document when the proponent of such a document takes a position
opposite to what it states,
Perhaps the single greatest voice of reason at the February 10 meet-
ing was School Board Chair Jimmy Gander. In urging Board mem-
bers to approve the Middle School application, he stated:
"This is not an issue between Chapman Elementary and the ABC
School anymore than it is an issue between Brown Elementary and
Chapman or Carrabelle and Brown; this is just about kids. Regard-
less, if we approve this charter we're going to be ... right back really
where we are, other than the ABC School is going to redo some things
with their middle school and they are going to get some startup money.
The Franklin County School System is not going to lose aAy money-
none of that money is coming from this school system. We can go
back to Tallahassee, and pay some big bucks to the attorneys. When
we get through, I would predict this has got to come with another
charter and the money that leaves is going to leave this county and
leave these kids and be spent elsewhere. The money will leave the
county and the middle school will be done through negotiations. The
Franklin County students will lose." [emphasis added]
The Appellant believes that it has clearly demonstrated that the School
Board did not have competent and substantial evidence to deny its
Middle School application.

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The Nature Conservancy on April
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Florida to praise the state of
Florida's protection of the
Apalachicola River and urged that
the basin remain a top priority.
The ultimate goal is to complete a
conservation corridor that
stretches the entire length of the
river from Georgia to Apalachicola
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river carries daily through coastal
marshes to Apalachicola Bay and,
ultimately, the Gulf of Mexico
support a vast variety of species
and a multi-million dollar seafood
industry. The state's 30-year his-
tory of protecting the river has
included the acquisition of more
than 190,000 acres of conserva-
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proved for acquisition under the
Florida Forever program.
"The Nature Conservancy is hon-
ored to work alongside the vision-
aries who have seen the need for
keeping the banks of this impor-
tant river natural," said Vicki
Tschinkel, the Conservancy's
Florida director. "We look forward
to their continued commitment on
behalf of all Floridians."
Tschinkel praised Gov. Jeb Bush
the Florida Cabinet and the
Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection at the cabinet
meeting, where a resolution de-

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Mayor Brown explained that the

Page 10 16 Apr1I 2 ..0.

., "SeksTKWater District

Seeks To

CREEK Expand
Service Area

,g By Harriett Beach
R- At the Board of County Commis-
1. 44 ", sioners meeting on Tuesday, April
.r t-_ 6, 2004, Carrabelle Mayor Jim
CIO Brown requested that the County
"%Vil4 Commissioners grant a request by
SR-4 i the Carrabelle Water and Sewer
'I'. .District to expand their service
S .territory east to the Alligator Point
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Breakaway Lodge from Page 1

Kendall recalled, "Gorrie and I grew up together. we went in the ser-
vice together back in 1962. We went to high school together. We've
been friends for many, many years. The motel was originally 8 units
and we made it into 15 units. We put in dry storage, doubled the size
of the restaurant..." Mr. Wade also recalled that the Breakaway and
environs were owned by Jim Waddell's father, who also owned Bay
City Lodge. "He owned all that property out there. Jimmy Waddell
sold Bay City Lodge after his daddy passed away."
Mr. Wade plans on his retirement this fall (2004). "Development takes
time. I don't want to be in my 70s trying to develop land." So, he and
Gorrie decided to part with the Breakaway. So, what will you plan to
do in retirement asked the Chronicle. He replied, "I'll do what my wife
tells me what to do."
Harry Arnold and Bobby Kirvin were also caught up in the excite-
ment of moving into the site, even helping in clearing out the mer-
chandise and making plans to dismantle the storage buildings.
Their specific plans are understandably somewhat indefinite, but Mr.
Arnold told the Chronicle that they planned to develop the property,
very likely into upscale housing with access to the waters of the
Apalachicola River. Several years ago, Bobby Kirvin was unsuccess-
ful in urging the Apalachicola City Council to approve the sale of
river-front property to be developed into upscale condominiums in
the downtown river front area, also involving Ben Watkins. It would
now appear that the dream of development will likely change the land-
scape north of Apalachicola, beyond the city's jurisdiction.

The New England Journal of Medi-
cine reported a study that con-
cluded one type of by-pass sur-
gery on a live heart leads to more
blockage in grafted arteries than
does the conventional technique
of using a heart-lung machine to
keep patients alive during the
surgery. The British study is one
to cast doubt on what is referred
to as "off-pump" surgery, in which
the beating heart is functioning
normally while only a small area
is operated upon. Nearly
one-fourth of the 400,000
coronary-artery bypass proce-
dures in the U.S. each year are
performed "off-pump." The ad-
vantage of "off-pump" method re-
quires fewer transfusions and
shorter recovery times. With the
use of the heart-lung machine,
the risks of brain damage and kid-
ney failure are associated with
this exposure to the machine. The
study of 104 patients found that


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98% of those placed on heart-lung
pumps still had blood flowing
through their grafted arteries 3
months later compared to 88% of
patients undergoing the
"off-pump" procedures. There is
some speculation that the lower
rate of success is attributed to the
relative lack of experience with the
"off-pump" technique practiced by
Those hospitalized for heart fail-
ure are discharged without
knowledge of the four standard
therapies that could prolong their
lives. The proven treatments, tests
and therapies are: (1) Written dis-
charge instructions; (2) Tobacco-
cessation counseling for smokers;
(3) A prescription for an ACE in-
hibitor and (4) a test to measure
their heart's pumping ability.
The above findings were reported
at a recent meeting of the Ameri-
can Heart Association in Orlando,
Florida. The reports were at-
tempts to close the large gap be-
tween what is known scientifically
in treating heart-attack victims
and clinical practices throughout
the nation's hospitals.

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Lanark Village



By Harriett Beach
County Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders addressed the regular
monthly meeting of the Lanark
Village Association on Monday,
April 5, 2004, at Chillas Hall,
Lanark Village. There were six of
the seven board members and
over 40 regular members present.
Commissioner Sanders, dis-
cussed the proposed increase in
the Homestead Exemption Tax
that is on the County Commis-
sioner's agenda for the April 6,
2004, meeting. Sanders said that
the Homestead Exemption Tax
would be increased from
$25,000.00 to $50,000.00 when
the Commissioners accept the
exemption increase for Franklin
Commissioner Sanders also told
the group that she had received
the resignation of Alan Pierce who
has been a Franklin County Ad-
ministrator for 16 years. The
Commissioners will discuss the
resignation and possible replace-
ment of Pierce. There was concern
about the revision of the Comp
Plan for Franklin County that
Pierce had been working on. At
the St. James Overlay Meeting on
March 24, 2004, Pierce said that
he had finished the revision to the
Comp Plan.
Sanders discussed a proposed
upgrade of medical services for
the residents of Franklin County.
The Association members asked
Commissioner Sanders about any
possible paving that could be
done in the Lanark Village area.
Sanders said that most of the pav-
ing to be done was ear-marked for
the Carrabelle and Apalachicola
City areas. Lanark Village is an
unincorporated area.
The Lanark residents told Com-
missioner Sanders that they were
very concerned about the amount
of household trash being dumped

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bins. Sanders said that the best
possible way to handle the piles
of unsightly household trash is to
call the Franklin County Landfill
Director- and request a trash
pickup. Sanders said that there
are three recycling areas in her
District and that they have simi-
lar problems.
Betty Roberts, a resident of the
Lanark area, addressed the
Lanark Village Association con-
cerning a proposed swimming
pool for seniors. She said that she
has the funds to build a pool but
that she needs the donation of
some land on which to build the
pool for use by the seniors of the
community. Roberts had asked
the Lanark Village Association
Board if they would consider al-
lowing the pool to be built on land
on Pine Street across from the
Association Meeting Hall (Chillas
Hall). Bonnie Dietz, Secretary of
the Board, told Roberts that the
Board did not consider the piece
of land large enough for the pro-
posed pool and thus had voted
unanimously not to allow the pool
to be built on that land. They were
also concerned about any pos-
sible deed restrictions that went
with the land that had been do-
nated to the Association for over-
flow parking. The Roberts and
group supporting the swimming
pool are still looking for a possible
building site.

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Date of this Notice 04/09/04 Invoice No. 10323
Description of Vehicle: Make Nissan Model 2-Door Color Red
. Tag No No Tag Year 1985 State FL vinNo. JNICS26S9FW037360
To Owner: Danny Ray Tolbert To Lien Holder:
148 5th Street
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You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
04/05/04 at the request of APD that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 05/13/04 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 620 Houston Rd., 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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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 03/19/04 Invoice No. 9286
Description of Vehicle: Make Ford Model Explorer Color White
Tag No None Year 1997. State_ VinNo. 1FMCU22X3VUC37696

To Owner: Tamra Jean or To Lien Holder:
Robert Wayne Lunsford
131 Palm Street
Eastpoint, FL 32328

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
03/19/04 at the request of FCSO/APD that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 04/22/04 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 620 Houston Rd., 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.
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charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
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Mayor Brown explained that the
treatment plant will have a capac-
ity to process 2 million gallon of
sewage daily and will be able to
service all of the proposed district
expansion. Brown went on to say
that with a plant that has such a
large capacity they will also need
to expand their customer base.
Carrabelle Attorney Dan Cox told
the Commissioners that the ex-
pansion did not intend to move
into any areas already served by
another Water and Sewer District.
The Commissioners asked for
more information and said they
will need to look at the County
Water and Sewer District Ordi-
nance that originally created the
Carrabelle Water and Sewer Dis-
trict franchise. The Commission-
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16 April 2004. Page 11

Congressman Boyd from Page 1

"Now, as I stand before the people of the Second Con-
gressional District, asking them-as Cissy and I stand
before you-asking you all to send me back to represent
your interests in the U.S. House of Representatives, I am
very reflective of the critical issues that face us as a com-
munity and as a nation, as a whole. I want to talk to you
about several of those very critical issues.
'The issue of affordable, acceptable, quality health care
is an issue no matter what community you go into.
Whether its Panama City, Bristol, or Marianna, or Talla-
hassee. Everybody-many of your friends and neighbors-
face the same problem with affordable, accessible, qual-
ity health care. The health care system in America is a
privately run, private sector, health care system, prima-
rily. And, we in the government, are struggling with and
have for a long time trying to figure out how to make a
private sector industry work better. We'll continue to do
that. I have taken some criticism for the fact that I voted
for the Medicare reform, prescription drug bill. I took criti-
cism because "it wasn't enough" or "it was too much" or
"we didn't know how much it would cost,"-which by the
way, I thought we did, but we found out later that we
didn't. But, that will unfold as time goes on. I certainly
hope that will lead us in the right direction in terms of
delivering and helping our citizens receive affordable and
accessible quality health care.
"Secondly ... we are the greatest nation on the face of the
earth. We're the most powerful, militarily, politically and
we're the richest on the face of the earth. ...I think one of
the key ingredients to that success-our success over
the last 230 years-is the fact that each generation is
better educated, has an opportunity to receive a better
public education than the previous generation. We can't
continue to advance as a society and continue to play
our dominant role in .the world unless we continue to
make sure that our children are better educated than we
"So, as I told you about my parents earlier, they made
sure that I got a good education. I received that educa-
tion in the public schools of Jefferson County and in the
community college system, and on as a graduate of FSU.
... I know, like you, want the same for my children and
grandchildren. We have some problems. That's primarily
a function of the state government, as you know. .. .We
have some problems existing. The Federal government
has tried to assist through the "No Child Left Behind Act".
We have some problems with that Act, quite honestly...
that we're trying to work through. I think that's the sec-
ond point that we need to consider as a critical issue for
this community and for our nation, as a whole."
In 2002, Boyd won a 4th term with 67%. He was the only Florida
Democrat to win a congressional district that was carried by Presi-
dent Bush in 2000. Throughout his career in the Congress and state
legislature, Boyd has developed a reputation as a serious policy maker
who brings people together on tough issues. He is a leader of a group
of moderate, fiscal-minded Democrats called the Blue Dogs and be
sits .on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.
'Third, I think we need to consider that we need to main-
tain ourselves as the most dominant military power in
the world if we're going fo continue our economic and
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that. Number one. obviously, we have a very parochial
interest in a strong military because we have two instal-
lations here."
The Congressman spoke on the BRAC Commission which, in 2005,
will make a recommendation to the President which military bases
should be closed. Congressman Boyd has fought hard to protect, and
get as much military construction money as possible through his
seat on the Appropriations Committee, to both Tyndall Air Force Base
as well as Coastal Systems Station. In the face of the pending base
closure round in 2005, Congressman Boyd has worked hard to en-
sure Tyndall Air Force Base and Coastal Systems Station have the
infrastructure required to meet the needs of the military in the 21st
century; securing money in military construction projects for the bases
over the last seven years. These projects include a new runway and
control tower, a new building for the Air Battle Manager School, a
new communications center, and a new Air Operations Center for
Tyndall. In addition, funding has been provided for a new Expedi-
tionary Warfare Center and a new Littoral Warfare Center at Coastal
Systems Station.
"The key and the backbone to a strong successful mili-
tary are the young men and women who sign up to wear
the uniform. We have not done a very good job in the last
few years, since World War II, keeping the commitment
to those men and women who said they would put on
their uniforms to defend their country ... Now, we put
them into the class called Veteran. We have made some
progress over the last few, short years, on the veterans
issues ... Tri-Care for Life is a good example.
Tri-Care for Life is a first attempt by Congress, to fix the Health Care
crisis for military retirees and veterans. Commonly referred to as the
effort to "Fix the Broken Promise," it is a Congressional attempt to
begin to restore the health care benefits promised to military retirees.
As a decorated Vietnam Veteran himself, Congressman Boyd has been
very supportive of Veterans in general and Veterans' health care in
particular, and has led a bi-partisan effort in Congress to restore
these promised benefits.
"But, there are many more issues to deal with. As Bob
Thompson, with the National Association of Uniform Ser-
vices, he'll tell you we've got lots of work to do on Survivor's
Benefit Program and more to do on Concurrent Receipts."
Allen Boyd has fought against and voted to do away with a law that
mandates that Veterans cannot receive both their military pensions
and Social Security; i.e., under current law, one pension must be
offset by the other. Congressman Boyd has voted to repeal this law so
that Veterans and career military personnel can receive both Social
Security and their full military pensions. He has also co-sponsored
H.R. 303, the Retired Pay Restoration Act, which would allow retired
military personnel who suffer from a service connected disability to
receive both their full retirement pay as well as their full disability
pay. As he emphatically stated in Panama Pity on Monday, 'These
veterans deserve full concurrent receipt,"
"Fourth, I want to talk about our standing in the world,
our foreign policy we're struggling with right now. This
receives more media headlines than any other of the is-
sues. Things that are going on in Iraq and Afghanistan
and other places, I think we've struggled since 9-11 in a
lot of ways. We have to work together to make sure that
this country maintains its standing as the dominant,
economic and military power around the world ... all of
these issues will require bi-partisan cooperation to find
solutions,. I find that this country is more divided on a
partisan basis than it has been at any time in my 16
years in public service. Let me say that again. I find that
this country is more divided on a partisan basis than it
has been at any time during my 16 years of public ser-
vice career. I'd like to change that. Now, more than ever,
we need independent leadership. We don't need folks who
are beholding to just the Democratic party or just the
Republican party. We need leaders who are willing to
reach across the aisle. We don't need leaders who are
subservient to Speakers of.:the House, or Chief Execu-
tives, or a particular party leader. We need people who
are subservient to the. folks they represent, in this case
the folks in the Second Congressional District. Only then
will we find solutions to the problems that we're talked
about here. I pledge to you, if you choose to return me to
the U. S. House, to provide that effective, independent
leadership, doin' the right thing for the people in the Sec-
ond Congressional District. Cissy and I sincerely appre-
ciate your support and friendship."
Boyd's service in Vietnam as a rifle platoon'leader gives him a unique
perspective on military issues. 'The bond of battle unites those who
have worn the uniform to defend our country," said Boyd. "One of the
genuine thrills, and solemn obligations, of serving in Congress is the
opportunity to make life better for those currently inthe field and
those who have served so well."
On the domestic front, Boyd sees much to be done, "I think that the
new Medicare prescription drug benefit is a good starting point, It
was a historic opportunity to add a new benefit for seniors," said
Boyd. "But, I think we can do more as our economy continues to grow
and the deficit reduces. I'd like to see us cover more folks and really
get at the main issue confronting seniors: the cost of prescription .
Boyd has been a national leader of a group of moderate Democrats in
the Congress who have worked to control spending and out the defi-
cit while holding the line on taxes. "It is important for America to pay
its bills," said Boyd. "The long-term security of important programs
like Social Security and Medicare and investments in defense, Home-
land Security, education and the like is dependent on our ability to
bring our budget into balance. These high interest payments on the
national debt deprive us the ability to fund key programs that work
and pass along additional tax savings for working folks and the middle
class. I will continue to speak out and lead on deficit reduction,"


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To the uninitiated, painting a
water tower might appear to be a
routine maintenance job, except
your work is accomplished at
least 100 feet above the ground.
Often times, depending upon the
height of the water tower, the job
is much "higher."
Supervisor Robert Whiddon, a 20
year veteran in this risky job, la-
mentis thlt "it is very hard t i 'ire
help 'for'this kind of work. It is
dangerous work. If you don't wear
a harness, and you don't have a
safety line on, there is a big risk."
Robert is a supervisor for Tank
Pro (Tuscaloosa, Alabama) that
has contracted with Apalachicola
and Eastpoint to repaint and
maintain their water towers. "As
long as you watch what you're
doing, and you've got clear eyes
in the morning..." the risks are
manageable. He added, "...We
don't allow any drinking nor
drugs... If they party too hard the
night before, they can't get on that
tank..." the next morning.
Tank Pro has recently finished
repainting the water towers in
Apalachicola and Eastpoint for a
combined contract cost of about
$140,000. Robert explained in
starting a job, the tanks are sand-
blasted inside and out. Three
coats of paint are applied inside
and out including a water-potable
epoxy on the exterior, one coat
consist of zinc chromate, then an
"intermediate" epoxy with a third
layer of polyurethane finish. The
zinc chromate is a kind of liquid
galvanization. The initial coat of
paint is sprayed and the last two
coats are brushed and rolled.

The other two helpers on these
projects were Mike Drummond
(Cottendale, Florida) and Dustin
Carmichael (Eastpoint, Florida).
What do you like about this kind
,of work? "Traveling," he said. He
wears a T-shirt around his head
to keep the paint from his hair,
and if they are using a spray ap-
paratus, respirators are worn.
Dustin is brand new on the job.
"I did not have any special train-
ing. This is the first tank I've ever
worked on. Oh, I love it. You can't
get bored with it. You don't have
time to get bored!" His initiation
consisted of climbing up the long
ladder to the scaffold suspended
from the top 'of the tower. The
scaffold has two motors operated
on air pressure, and usually the
men ride down on the scaffold to
the ground level. But, each day,
they climb up to it.
Dustin is related to Robert. "He
needed some help. I needed a job.
I was an oyster shucker before."
Robert pointed out that weather
is a very large factor in starting
and finishing a tank maintenance
and painting project. Winds aloft
are very different than those at
ground level. Mr. Whiddon also
added that he thought the
Eastpoint tower was in excellent
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April 8, 2004

Cruise Ship Docks Again

Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce greets passengers Ig 3 '..
Carrbele Cambr onilroa

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At lunch time last Thursday Sheila Hauser, Chamber VP,
one of the largest ships ever organized the day to show-
to sail into Carrabelle harbor case Carrabelle in the best
made its second visit. Last way possible for the passen-
April's trial was a complete gers, Volunteers Lorraine
success, this April's visit was Dowden, TJ Sellers, Carol
also applauded by crew and Zurawka, Chuck Spicer,
passengers, and our town is David Butler, Ron Treutel,
now on the regular schedule. Skip Frink and Sandra
The American Canadian Car- Ruckman spent the after-
ibbean Line specializes in noon doing chauffeur and
tours of smaller ports and guide duty from Tate's Hell
shallower waters. State Forest to St. James

Bay golf course and all ended
up on Marine Street for the
balance of the afternoon.
Mayor Jim Brown, onboard
in the dining salon, officially
welcomed the visitors to
Carrabelle. Then chamber
officers introduced Chuck
Spicer, who in his inimitable
merry way described the
Forgotten Coast and why we
all love it here.

Once all had boarded volun-
teer vehicles and set off in
all directions, the Pirates
Landing Marina complex was
able to relax back into the
normal daily., routine There
was then in opportunity to
present the Saunders, (2
Tims and Christine) with a
corporate community ser-
vice award for their commu-
nity involvement. Although

it is true that the liner
bought fuel at this stop, it
is also true that their shrimp
boat fleet, had to suffer the
inconvenience of mooring
elsewhere for 20 hours.
The result hoped for by the
Chamber and the town of
Carrabelle is that more
people will get to know
Carrabelle, will tell their
friends and maybe come
back with some money to

live here. One passenger was
seen to meet with a realtor
on the sidewalk and plan a
re-visit to look at property
"with a nice water view."
Chamber volunteers and
Mayor Brown and his wife
Juanita were honored by an
invitation to the Captain's
Reception and Dinner that
evening aboard. The shrimp
cocktails looked very much
like a batch of shrimp from
Saunders Seafood..

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and at these prices may sell out fast. If any book Is sold out your
money will be refunded by bank check. To offer the lowest possible
prices all orders must be prepaid. We do no billing and do not accept
credit cards.
Order Form
Mail Order Dept., Chronicle Bookshop
(Please Print)
Your Name
Town State ZIP
Telephone ( )
Number Brief Title Cost

Total book cost
Shipping & handling
1 book ....... $2.50 Sales tax (6% in Fla.) +
2-3 books .... $3.50
4-5 books.... $4.00 Shipping and
6-10 books... $5.00 handling +
Bookshop List of
16 April 2004 Total
Amount enclosed by check or money order $
Please do not send cash. Thanks.
All book orders must be ordered on this form. When
completed, please mail this form and your check or
money order to: Franklin Chronicle, Post Office Box
590, Eastpoint, FL 32328. Be sure to add sales tax
and shipping charges. Incomplete orders will be re-


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