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Festival Gears

Up For Nov. 4-6

The Florida Seafood Festival board
is well underway with planning
the 42nd annual event. It will be
held on Friday, Nov. 4th through
Sunday, Nov. 6th Headline enter-
tainment is to be provided by John
Anderson who is best known for
"Swingin" and "Seminole Wind".
Other local bands, including
Carrabelle's Locomotion, will pro-
vide live entertainment both Fri-
day and Saturday. The official
schedule for the festival can be found
at floridaseafoodfestival.com.
Artists from across the country
will be displaying their treasures
and crafts. Reithoffer Shows will
be providing the carnival rides for
the kids again this year with more
and bigger rides. Oyster eating
and shucking contests will be fea-
tured, as well as nonstop musical
entertainment, and of course, the
best seafood in the country.
In addition to delicious
Apalachicola Bay oysters, avail-
able at the Seafood Festival will
be fried and boiled shrimp, grou-
per, smoked mullet, gumbo as well
as a variety of other mouth wa-
tering dishes. As in years past, all
food booth proceeds go directly to
the area churches and other non-
profit groups who serve the food.
Admission is free on Friday and
Sunday, and is $5.00 on Satur-
day, with children 12 and under

free. Cathenne scott (653-3505)
is the president this year
The official Florida Seafood Festi-
val T-Shirts are now available for
pre-sale. Short sleeve shirts are
10 and are available in the fol-
lowing colors: Black, navy, ma-
roon, lime green, orange and gray.
Long sleeve shirts are $13 and are
available in black or white. Sup-
plies are limited, so call early to
place your order. Call the festival
office at 653-4720 and leave your
order and phone number.
Again this year, the festival board
will honor at least two Franklin
County graduating seniors with
scholarships made available
though proceeds from the festival
Commodore program. The 2005
scholarship recipients from AHS
are Kandle Evans and Jessica
Williams and from CHS Cody Bar-
ber and Keli Brannan-each re-
ceived $500.
Any business or individual inter-
ested in becoming a 2005 Festi-
val Commodore may contact
Cindy Clark at 653-9020. Commo-
dores receive internet advertising
on the festival website. advertis-
ing in the festival magazine, tee
shirts, hats, tickets, etc. Rachel
Chesnut is in charge of advertis-

The Island United

Methodist Church Sends

Team To Hurricane

Ravaged Mississippi

By Mary Lou Short
Ten members of the St. George
Island United Methodist Church
traveled to Ocean Springs, Missis-
sippi as volunteers to help the vic-
tims of hurricane Katrina re-build
their homes and their lives. The
team joined five other volunteers
from the Community of Hop.e
Church in West Palm Beach,
We arrived in Ocean Springs to a
scene out of a war movie. Devas-
tation everywhere. House after
house after house. Neighborhoods
completely obliterated. Huge boats
in front yards. Mangled cars.
People still wandering around in
shock five weeks after the hurri-
cane hit the Gulf Coast.
The team joined hundreds of vol-
unteers throughout the United
States. We were housed in a tent
city set up on the grounds of St.
Paul United Methodist Church.
Some teams brought their dwn
tents or campers. A team from
Charlotte, North Carolina cooked
three hot meals a day for the vol-
unteers. They worked from 5 a.m.
to 8 p.m. with just a short break.
We were so impressed at how well
everything was organized.
The team was given their assign-
ments. Norma Ethridge, food dis-
tribution. Alice Whitney and Bar-
bara Ward, interviewing families
in order to determine their needs.
Mick Whitney, Carlton Ethridge,
Jessie Doyle, Sharon & David.
Hutchinson, Bud Hayes and Mary
Lou Short, along with the team
from Community of Hope were
assigned to debris removal from
a house.
We arrived at the house four miles
from the Gulf on a bayou. The
owner, Jerry Quave met us and
wept. We cried with him. No words
can describe how we felt when we
climbed over the rubble still in-
side the house. There was noth-
ing recognizable except the appli-
ances. He and his wife Roann had
been married 47 years. Jerry built
the house 20 years ago. Years of
memories reduced to a wet, smelly
pile of rubble.

Donning gloves and hepa-masks
we tackled the cleanup. Using
rakes, shovels, crow bars, wheel
barrows, sledge hammers and our
own physical -Irlin eLh we removed
over 2 tons of Jdobi, i 4' toikThe
house down to the studs in three
days! Under toppled brick walls we
found a fragile teacup untouched.
We fished out of the bayou sev-
eral dolls from Roan's collection.
There wasn't much left, but each
find was a treasure to Jerry and
Roann. They would stop to tell us
the story behind each item we
found, sometimes crying, some-
times laughing. We listened with
broken hearts. We hugged them
and relished every precious mo-
ment we were with them.
Alice and Barbara processed over
400 people in three days. Some-
times stopping to hug and com-
fort those who cried. So many
people left with nothing! Norma
helped put together 400 food
boxes and others were putting
together supplies to give to those
who were in need. The disaster did
not discriminate between rich and
poor, black or white, young or old.
It affected everyone.
As we reach out to other Gulf
Coast communities, we know that.
Franklin County is no stranger to
natural disasters. Churches are
reaching out to the seafood work-
ers to try to help with food and
paying utilities during this latest
Red Tide outbreak. It is going to
take ordinary folks to bring the
Gulf Coast back to where it was
before hurricane Katrina hit. For
those who can, give to your local
church outreach, and give gener-
ously, and for those who want to
join the next team going to Mis-
sissippi, please call Mary Lou
Short at 653-6349.

History Group Sees Pictures,


Pictures and documents from the past exclaimed over at
Apalachicola Historical Society meeting. From left, Laura
Moody, Frances Cook, Frank Cook, Mary Virginia Robinson,
and Alice Jean Gibbs.

By Sue Cronkite
A treasure trove of historic pic-
tures, maps, and documents were
shown to Apalachicola Historical
Society members on Oct. 8 at
Trinity Church's Benedict Hall.
Frank and Frances Cook brought
several boxes collected over the

years and gleaned from attics and
storage spaces.
In her report to the members,
Laura Moody, president, said
preparations for recent hurri-
canes included rolling Raney
House carpets in bisquine. "We
plan to do an inventory of items

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Volume 14, Number 21 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER October 14- 27, 2005

Former President Of Franklin County

Senior Citizens Council Arrested On

Charge Of Grand Theft

The former head of the Franklin County Senior Citizens Council was
arrested Friday following an investigation by the Florida Department
of Law Enforcement. Cherry L. Rankin, 45, turned herself in at the
Franklin Countyjail then was released on her own recognizance after
being booked on a single count of grand theft.
The charge stemmed from allegations that Rankin, while serving as
president of the Franklin County Senior Citizens Council (FCSCC),
used a council credit card and cashed checks on a council checking
account for personal use. An audit showed that more than 50 unau-
thorized credit card charges were made during 2003-04 for such pur-
chases as clothing, nail care, vacation, dining, satellite TV service and
expenses related to a ministerial conference. In all, the unauthorized
expenditures totaled more than $5600.
An audit of accounts was made by T. Michael Tucker, CPA
(Blountstown) and reported to the Senior Citizens Council on October
26, 2004. Their report stated, in part:
"In this connection, we wish to inform you that during the course of
our work, we became aware of repetitive and numerous occurrences
of unauthorized expenditures of Council monies by a member of se-
nior management of the Council. During the year 2003, we noted 27
instances of probable improper personal expenditures on a credit card
totaling $1,618.11. The Council subsequently obtained $274.86 credit
for 6 of these transactions, resulting in a net loss to the Council in
2003 of $1,343.25.

In the subsequent year 2004, we noted an additional 27 probable
improper credit card expenditures by the same individual totaling
$2,424.66 In addition, during 2004, there were three checks made
payable to IGA that were probably not for the Council's use in the
total amount of $1,645.00 and therefore would be improper Council
expenditures. Also, related credit card finance charges amounted to
$200.28 during 2003 and 2004.
The total expenditures discussed above which appear to be non-Council
related amounted to $5,613.16. The individual responsible for these
probable improper expenditures subsequently reimbursed the sum
of $1,520.00 to the Council, leaving a shortage and loss to the Coun-
cil of $4,093.16.
The investigation began earlier this year when hoard members be-
came aware of the suspicious charges and asked the inspector gen-
eral for the state Department of Elder Affairs to audit FCSCC ac-
counts. The audit confirmed suspicions that unauthorized charges
had been made so FULL was asked to initiate a formal investigation.
When allegations of misuse of council funds were raised with Rankin,
she resigned her position.
The case has been referred to the State Attorneys Office for prosecu-

Sharon Hutchinson, Chuck Nichols, Jerry Quave, Eileen Nichols, Roann Quave, Pam
Diegel, Carlton Ethridge, Mary Lou Short, Pete, John McBride, Kristen Larson, Mick
Whitney, Bruce (Pete & Bruce are Seminole Indians from Oklahoma). This picture was
taken on the last day in front of the rubble removed from the house.

Alan Pierce Presents

Update On Alligator Point

Road And Environs

At the Tuesday evening meeting
of the Franklin County Commis-
sion, on September 20th, Direc-
tor of Administration Alan Pierce
informed the Board of five items
involving Alligator Point. His com-
ments included the status of the
beach nourishment project, the
local match requirements, tempo-
rary improvements to the existing
road, contracts for construction
and options for the redevelopment
of the Alligator Point Road.

Beach Renourishment
Mr. Pierce provided the Board a
copy of FY 2006/2007 funding
request for beach renourishment.
"This request is the same as the
FY 2005/2006 request that was
not funded from the DEP agency
budget, but the project did receive
a line item appropriation from the
Legislature for $1 million dollars.
This request will seek funding
through the DEP agency budget
in the upcoming session. The dif-
ference this time is that the
county, with DEP assistance, is
continuing to develop plans for the
beach renourishment and the
project is more likely to be funded.
As evidence of the DEP commit-
ment to renourish the Alligator
Point beach, DEP is spending
$476,000 to finish the analysis of
the sand shoal off Alligator Point
with no matching requirement
from the counties. This is a sig-
nificant investment by the DEP,
and was approved only because
of the catastrophic hit Alligator
Point took during Hurricane Den-
nis. The report should be deliv-
ered to DEP by the end of Novem-
Matching Requirements
Mr. Pierce reminded the Board
that with any beach renourish-
ment project there is a local match
requirement. "The state share of

a project cannot be greater tnan
50% of the cost, and can be less if
the standards for public beach
access are not met. At this time,
while the state legislature awarded
$1 Million dollars, the county only
has $500,000 in the Bald Point
Trust Fund. At this time the
county cannot meet the state
matching requirements if the cost
of the project is above $1 million
dollars. Further there are moni-
toring and maintenance issues
that must be funded over time.
Thus, the state highly recom-
mends the Board have in place a
funding mechanism that is dedi-
cated to the perpetual mainte-
nance of the beach once it is built.
I have been provided a handout
that talks about the most common
funding mechanisms that have
been used around the state. Ad-
equate funding is essential to the
maintenance of the project. I re-
quest that the Board allow me to
hold a workshop with DEP per-
sonnel in attendance on Alligator
Point to discuss various funding
mechanisms, and that this work-
shop be held around the end of
November when we have a sense
of what the sand source analysis
is going to be, and therefore some
sense of what potential costs of
dredging are going to be." The
Board approved a workshop to be
scheduled at the end of Novem-
Additional Temporary
"The Department of Transporta-
tion (DOT) has evaluated the ex-
isting road, and suggested the
county add some more rip-rap to
provide better protection. They
also suggest putting some sort of
surface on the temporary road)."
Usually asphalt surfaces are con-
sidered part of a permanent re-
pair, so I will need FEMA guidance

if they are going to pay for asphalt
on a temporary road. Additional
rip-rap without a filter fabric is not
going to be that beneficial, and it
will only add to the material that
will have to be moved or covered
up when beach renourishment
starts. Plus the county will have
to buy rocks, and positioning
rocks effectively in the area is go-
ing to be very difficult. At this time
I do not recommend the Board
initiate either of those additional
suggestions fry DOT."
FEMA Project Worksheet
Mr. Pierce provided the Board with
copy of signed FFMA Project
Worksheet (PW) for $1.3 Million
dollars to rebuild the Alligator
Point Road in its current location."
This PW represents the critical
staring point for understanding
what FEMA is willing to pay for.
The county is taking this PW and
building on it by asking for an
improved project which, if ap-
proved, will increase the FEMA
funds available. A PW represents
the cost FEMA believes it will take
to rebuild the Road to its pre-
storm conditions, with no im-
provements. Again, this is a
baseline cost from which the
county negotiates up for an im-
proved project. The improved
project is described in item E, (be-
Options for Redevelopment
of the Road
Through the direction of the
Chairman, representatives of
DEP, and DOT, have aided the
county is analyzing options for the
redevelopment of the Alligator
Point Road." The conclusions were
not easily reached because of the
complexity of the problem and the
number of variables involved. And
the report I am making here is not
conclusive, but it is based upon a
continuing dialogue I have had
with DEP, DOT, FEMA, Steve Fling
and his engineers, and the Alliga-
tor Point Water District and their

Carrabelle City Council
'Meeting October 6,2005



Just Say No

To The Strains Of Dueling
By Skip Frink
In an evening that stretched out
Endlessly until 12:15a.m., the new
Carrabelle City Commission suc-
ceeded in vetoing, stalling or no-
motioning many of the issues
brought forward. The winning
political campaigns of the 4 new
faces had highlighted a desire to
stop what was happening in town,
and it looks like they are perform-
ing as promised.
Lorenzo's, Carrabelle's fine-dining
Italian restaurant, has a new
owner who planned to change the
name to Michael's, and needed to
get the city's OK on his transferred
beer and wine license from the
state. The better part of an hour
was used to hear discussion on
the subject, including a local pas-
tor who used the opportunity for
some preaching, while noting that
alcoholism is promoted by the sale
of alcohol. (Reminiscent of crimi-
nals and guns?)
Mayor Mel agonized over the fact
that 3 other businesses are cur-
rently in violation of the city's 500.
feet-from-churches rule, and w(
know that, but we should Just
Say No to this one. So they did.
Commissioner Sands, who works
at a local bar, commented that
alcoholic beverages should be
taken home to drink.
Billy Buzzett, Strategic Planner for
the St. Joe Company, waited from
7 p.m. until midnight to have his
item heard. The 50-acre St. Joe
parcel on Timber Island, pur-
chased from the state last year,
still had the old "industrial" label
from the time when Carrabelle
had planned to make it a seafood
processing park. The St. Joe plan
is to build a high-end marina-
based complex. All of the neces-
sary permitting, documentation,
zoning, etc. is in place except for
this label change. Led by Commis-
sioner Parmenas, the board voted
to table the request to "study the
DRI" (the industrial label). Hmm
... why would St. Joe want to
change the industrial designation
to commercial, which would then
correspond to the zoning, land
use, etc.? We better look into this,
and it will give us another item
for next month's meeting.
Then there's the River Road situ-
ation. Two addresses, 229 and
235, have progressed for months
through the city system with the
goal of subdividing the whole into
lots that are allowable by city stat-
utes. Archie Holton. one owner,
was surprised at the net result:
that although the city approved
the Land Use Classification
change from county residential to
city residential (the property is in
the city), they "No Motioned" that
the zoning be changed from
county to city. Project delayed
another month.
Lest we be totally negative: now
registered sexual offenders may
not live closer than 1000' from the
school, we will institute video sur-
veillance on the recycling area, the
city attorney was fired, the city
engineering company was put on
notice, the court reporter shaken
up and the pavilion on the river
will have lighting.

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Continued on Page 12



Page 2 14 October 2005


The Franklin Chronicle



October 4, 2005

Present: Commission Cheryl
Sanders; Commissioner
Jimmy Mosconis;
Commissioner Bevin Putnal;
-Commissioner Noah Lockley,
Jr. and Commissioner Russell

County Extension
Bill Mahan informed'the Commis-
sioners about the 4-H Mock De-
ployment Weekend.
The statewide 4-H Mock Deploy-
ment weekend at Tyndall Air Force
Base on September 9 11, was a
big success. One hundred-seventy
five youth from all over the state
participated. We had six 4-H'ers
representing Franklin County.
Four of the six said that they want
to go again and they hope next
time it will be run as a week-long
4-H camp. 4-H'ers signed up for
different program areas such as
Aviation. Law Enforcement, Fire/
Emergency Services and Marine
Science. I was one of the three
,marine science instructors who
Taught about marine ecology and
sports fishing.
Recreational Red Grouper Fishing
, Update: On September 22, the FL
,Fish and Wildlife Commission
(FWC) proposed reducing the daily
bag limit from two fish to one fish
per person for red grouper har-
vested by recreational fishermen
in the Gulf of Mexico state waters.
FWC expects this action to result
in a 30% annual reduction in Gulf
red grouper recreational harvest.
The final public hearing will be at
the FWCs Nov. 30-Dec. 1 meeting
in Key Largo. If the proposal is
approved it will go into effect the
first week of January 2006. FWC
also wrote a letter to the Gulf of
Mexico Fishery Management
Council urging them to adopt a
one fish limit instead of a two fish
limit, reducing the overall grou-
per bag limit from 5 to three and
the proposed one month fishing
closure for groupers.
Boat Ramp Update for 8-Mile: "I
have continued to work on the 8-
Mile boat channel and dock
project for 8-Mile. The preliminary
estimates for the initial water and
sediment testing and the bathy-
metric;survey that is required for
the initial permit, request is ap-
proximately $15.000- $18,000.
The initial rough estimate on the
amount of dredging that will be
required for the 1,400 foot boat
channel out to the required 5-foot
depth at low tide is approximately
4.630 cubic yards at an estimated
cost of $138,900."

Clanton Dubose, head of
Emergystat. presented a letter to
the commissioners regarding al-
legations made at the August 30.
2005 meeting. He wrote, in part:
"The purpose of this correspon-
dence is to address the allegations
made at the August County Com-
mission Meeting.
It was stated that Emergystat
crews were not covering the foot-
ball games. In reality we have cov-
ered all football games unless one
unit is out of town and the sec-
ond unit is answering emergency
In one county commission meet-
ing, Emergystat was accused of
"making excuses". My regional
manager has been very honest
and forthright each time he has
addressed the board members.
Each complaint levied against
Emergystat, except one, was a di-
rect consequence of our policy'
that the commissioners are aware
of and agree with. This policy
states that at no time will both
units leave the county on trans-
ports at the same time.
Occasionally delays in response
time have occurred because of out
of county transports from Weems
Memorial leaving one unit in the
county to answer all 911 calls.
In the September 2-15, 2005 edi-
tion of the Franklin Chronicle it
stated the ambulance evacuated
the area during Hurricane Den-
rits. We do not feel that we did
ithat. Current EOC and Emergy-
stat policy advises crews not to
answer calls in sustained winds
qf 40 MPH or gusts of 50 MPH.

This would put the ambulance
and crews in imminent danger.
On the night Hurricane Dennis
made landfall, our crew evacuated
from the station in Eastpoint lo-
cated on Hwy. 98 in order to pro-
tect themselves and the ambu-
lance. During this time the winds
would have been too high for them
to respond. Our crew correctly
protected themselves and the
ambulance unit. Due to their ac-
tions they were able to answer
calls immediately after the hurri-
cane. This by the way is exactly
what was done in South Alabama,
Mississippi and Louisiana during
Hurricane Katrina.
We regret the entire incident.
Emergystat intends to submit a
bid in the proposal process and
we hope to continue to serve the
residents of Franklin County. At
the same time, we want to work
with the commissioners to im-
prove on the service being pro-
I think providing a third para-
medic unit at no cost to the county
after Hurricane Dennis so the
county would not be faced with
paying for two additional units
shows we care about Franklin
County. Along with that we pro-
vided a third unit during Hurri-
cane Katrina's landfall at the re-
quest of the EOC Director as well
as providing an additional ambu-
lance at no cost during the Sea-
food Festival without anyone re-
questing it.
In addition, the local manager can
also provide you with several other
community events we have taken
part of in order to be a part of the
Lake Morality Road Deed
Billy Buzzett presented the deed
to the Lake Morality Road. His
transmittal letter, read, in part:
By cover of this letter, I am pleased
to transmit the deed for the right-
of-way for Lake Morality Road. As
you recall, the request for this
land originated with the construc-
tion of the new Franklin County
Correctional Facility. Specifically,
the City of Carrabelle requested
permission from the County to
locate a wastewater line in the
road right-of-way: It was later dis-
covered that the right-of-way was
owned by The St. Joe Company
rather than the County and, as
such, the County approached The
St. Joe Company for the land. I
am pleased that we were able to
work with the County and that
today we are able to convey the
deed for Ihe right-of-way.
On a related but separate matter,
I applaud Franklin County for se-
curing the funding from the
Florida Department of Transpor-
tation to pave Lake Morality Road.
The County's leadership in this
arena fulfills several of the goals
of :lhe.,ne'wly adopted Franklin
Cot!nty -Comprehensive Pl'an.
Fir-l. iinpr'-.' ig infrastructure is
Sa pAiimnount goal of the Infra-
structure Element of the Plan. By
securing the right-of way for Lake
Morality the County has laid the
groundwork for improving the
roadway. Second, improved infra-
structure is a goal of the draft
Economic Element because it
helps to attract industry. Third,
the County's cooperation with the
City of Carrabelle demonstrates
compliance with the Intergovern-
mental Coordination Policy of the
Comprehensive Plan.
Lake Morality Road is an integral
element of the County's transpor-
tation network. The road will not
only provide a direct connection
to the new prison but will prob-
ably become the gateway for other
job creation efforts. In addition,
the road may become the first link
in developing an alternative and
improved hurricane evacuation
route. In summary. The St. Joe
Company is pleased to assist
Franklin County with its efforts
and believes that this contribution
will act to partially address infra-
structure needs of the County.
With kind regards,
Billy Buzzett
Vice President, Strategic Planning

Lanark Water and Sewer
The county attorney moderated a
discussion concerning the Lanark
Water and Sewer Board and the
vacant slot on the board. The pre-
vailing opinion on the issue is that
the Franklin County Commission
could "take over" the vacant seat
if the Lanark Board does not ar-
range for an election to fill the
vacancy. Another question was
raised, concerning if the Lanark
Water and Sewer Board could be
dissolved and later merged it with
the Carrabelle Water and Sewer
Board. The Mayor of Carrabelle,
also in the audience for this meet-
ing, said she will take up the mat-
ter with the Carrabelle City Com-
mission in the near future. The
Franklin County Commissioners
indicated that the Lanark Water
and Sewer Board must have the
vacancy filled by 31 December
2005 or the-county will exercise
"other options".

Clerk of Court
Marcia Johnson informed the
Commissioners of an $88,901
grant to the Sheriffs Department.
The commissioners accepted the
grant and made a budget revision,
The county has been awarded
$300,000 to renovate the court-
house. A subsequent report in-
volving the Judge's recommenda-
tions will be made at a later date.

Director of Administrative
Alan Pierce presented a Resolu-
tion approved by the County Com-
missioners concerning stale as-
sistance on closure, of
Apalachicola Bay. This has been
republished in this issue of the
Mr. Travis Stanley would like to
address the Board on support for
an easement from the county
maintained Teat Road to a parcel
of land east of Teat Road. The
Board voted to send correspon-
dence of support to FFWC et al.
Discussion of relocation of Alliga-
tor Point Road. modification and
expansion of the South Shoal
PUD, and abandonment of part.of
the Alligator Point road right-of-
way. "At this time, the county has
3 FEMA PW's for Alligator Point
road. One. for approximately
$75,000 for a feasibility study on
the type of protection recom-
mended by a coastal engineer on
that part of the road that is not
going to be relocated. That recom-
mendation would be used asjus-
tification for the design and the
ultimate costs FEMA would pay
to protect the remaining road.
Currently the county has a PW for
approximately $1.3 million to re-
build 30,0 feet of the road (which;
is the second PW). DOT,has given,
a rough estimate of $3.1 million
for apile supported roadway for
only 1200 feet of road. The third
PW is for additional emergency
repairs on the road in its current
location and that is for $178,000.
But for whatever FEMA pays, at
this time the county is obligated
to pay 25%. So if the final design
recommended by the engineer is

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for a pile supported roadway, and
that roadway cost was $4 million
dollars for the 1200 feet of road,
then the county's share of costs
is $1 million dollars, which is vir-
tually all the money the county set
aside for road paving for all of the
next year. A pile supported road-
way is probably the most effective
design, but it is also probably the
most expensive. A rough estimate
of an asphalt road on grade with
a rock revetment, or sheet pile,
was about $2.1 million for 1200
feet. The county's share of that is
$500,000. I spoke to David
Kennedy, Preble Rish Engineers,
last week on how long it will take
for him to give us an engineer's
recommendation on the protective
action needed on that segment of
the road. If he can produce such
a report within 60 to 90 days does
the Board want to authorize
Preble-Rish to perform the feasi-
bility study. They would employ
Mike Dombrowski as a sub for the
coastal part.
On October 7, the current DSP
emergency order expires for hur-
ricane related repair activities sea-
ward of the CCCL. Board action
to ask DSP to extend the emer-
gency order 30 days to give prop-
erty owner's time to complete
storm related repairs. The Board
approved the recommendation.
Give Board copy of Phase I Envi-
ronmental Assessment of Bluff
'Road Boat Ramp. This was nec-
essary for the lease and the DSP
permit. Also the county has re-
ceived notice that the grant has
been forwarded to county for
implementation now that the sub-
lease has been completed. There
is still a baffle with DSP about the
permit. A DEP staff person had
made a decision that because the
county was modifying the size of
the boat ramp to avoid additional
environmental review, that the
county would be submitting a new
DEP permit. Therefore, the staff
person had not reviewed the per-
mit that was submitted, and prop-
erly modified by the county engi-
neering firm and by the county
Inform Board that Ms. Bonnie
Segree and Ms. Susan Howze has
resigned as an alternate from the
Board of Adjustment. Mr. Joe
Hambrose is currently an alter-
nate. Does the Board want to
move Mr. Hambrose to full mem-
ber, and then seek to fill the two
alternate positions. Mr. Mike
Schneider. State Attorney, who
lives on St. George Island, has of-
fered to serve as an alternate. It
is convenient to have an alternate
who works in the courthouse, that
when/if the Board is lacking a
quorum it is easy to get the alter-
nate to the meeting. The Board ap-
proved the recommendation.
.Board action ,on R,--s.,itl ion of
..,support for ih- acppli-al i-.n i..E L)DE
i'for beach er,..-'o: n .luni.l- lur ,\Ili-
:igator Poirii E en th.,ulgh Ihe
Board voted to submit the appli-
cation, the DSP wants a separate
Resolution indicating the Board's
support. The Board approved.
Board discussion on legislative
delegation issues. The Board is
submitting several requests

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through various agency budgets:
FRDAP. DSP beach renourish-
ment program. Northwest Florida
Forever Florida. The county has
yet to ask our legislative delega-
tion for support for an inland sea-
food processing facility, or for
state funds to purchase water ac-
cess points for the seafood indus-
try. Does (the Board want to seek
a legislative appropriation of $2
million dollars for the seafood pro-
cessing facility, and $2 million
dollars for water access for the
seafood industry? Does the Board
also want to support the Scipio
Creek initiative and support a re-
quest for $1 Million dollars for the
Mill Pond project as it is called?
The Board approved Mr. Pierce to
draft the appropriate letters for
Remind Board that if it did not act
on the ambulance REP. then the
Board needs to approve an Octo-
ber payment to Emergystat con-
sistent with previous Board pay-
ments, which would be in the
amount of $15.500. The Board ap-
proved the October 2005 pay-
See separate story on Hotel/Mo-
tel definition problems.
Michael Moron, Affordable Hous-
ing Coordinator, is leveraging
USDA fund's to provide more
money for rehabilitation of exist-
ing dwellings. The process will
work by the USDA funds will be
sent to the county and then paid
out to the contractor in accor-
dance with the work USDA ap-
proves. A motion is needed by the
Board to accept the USDA funds
as they come in and have the
Board agree to disburse the funds
to the contractor. The Board ap-
proved the recommendation.
By Richard E. Noble

Oysterman's Blues-Bay
Closed Indefinitely
Having been an oysterman myself
for approximately thirteen years,
I understand all too well some of
the catch-22 intrigues that plague
that occupation.
One of the biggest of these
"catches" relates to unavoidable

bay closures and in general
"downtime" for the oysterman. Put
more succinctly "What do you do
when the bay is closed down?"
The Bay has now been down for
the majority of the last three
months, and it is estimated to be
down for another three months
into the future. Not too many of
us can live without a steady in-
come for six months.
SAs a traditional employee in most
industries, you would simply go
to your local employment office
Sand file for unemployment insur-
ance. But an oysterman is not an
"employee". He is a small business
owner. Business owners do not
qualify for unemployment insur-
ance. Even though they pay the
premium for their employees,
their payments do not cover their
own unemployment possibilities.
Traditionally, an oysterman has
the right to sell his product to
whomever he pleases. He is not
required by law to sell his prod-
uct to any particular Dealer. He
.is self-employed.
Over the years this independence
has often been challenged, and
more often than not by the Deal-
ers themselves. Nevertheless, this
has remained the practice and the
tradition for more than one hun-
dred and fifty years.
As any independent business
owner, an oysterman has the op-
tion of purchasing insurance to
protect his income during a disas-
ter or the loss of his business or
the loss of his physical abilities
due to an accident. The premium
for this type insurance is substan-
tial. Most small businessmen, in
any commercial enterprise, are
not able to afford this type insur-
ance. And even if the oysterman
could afford this type insurance,
the technicalities involved in the
nature of the profession would
make this coverage dubious. As
the insurance companies argue
with insuring for pregnancy: a
woman being pregnant is a mat-
ter of her own choice and a nor-

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TheJFranklin Chronicle


14 October 2005 Pa e 3


Letter To The Editor

Dear Editor:

In late afternoon on Monday, September 26th while the deadly RED
TIDE covered Apalachicola Bay and was snuffing out the livelihood of
so many of our citizens, the Franklin County Board of County Com-
missioners met and approved a record setting budget in expenditures
and new taxes. The 2005-2006 Franklin County budget total
$30,036,313 (yes, that is 30 million plus) and included $13,609,544
in property taxes. New taxes on Franklin County property owners
amounted to the unprecedented amount of $3,288,768. Overall, the
budget and new taxes were in excess of 3000 of the current budget.
The budget was approved without comment except for the yes and no
votes on final passage. Commissioners Sanders, Putnal, and Lockley
voted to approve the increase expenditures and taxes and Commis-
sioners Crofton and Mosconis voted no.

One must ask, are Commissioners Sanders, Putnal, and Lockley not
aware of the plight of our citizens resulting from a series of tropical
storms? Do they not know that the devastation from these storms
have resulted in financial losses to most if not all of our citizens?

Due to the tropical storms this year and the resulting adverse weather
conditions, oystermen and shrimpers have on many days, maybe
weeks, had their boats tied to the dock. And now, RED TIDE is here
and no one knows when the BAY may be safely reopen for oystering.
Our shrimp fleet is suffering from increasing competition from for-
eign producers and record level fuel prices have cut heavily into their
profits. Are Commissioners Sanders, Putnal, and Lockley not aware
that the storms have had a serious impact on our tourist trade? Two
mandatory evacuations of our coastal areas during prime vacations
periods have greatly reduced visitors to our County. Less people means
less income to citizens that work in restaurants, gift shop and other

Are Commissioners Sanders, Putnal, and Lockley not aware that all
Franklin County property owners, improved and unimproved, have
experienced property losses from the recent storms? Have Commis-
sioners Sanders, Putnal, and Lockley not seen the storm damage to
properties in Eastpoint, Carrabelle, St. James, Alligator Point and St.
George Island? These properties are being taxed at their value on
January 1, 2005. No consideration is being given to their current
value. Many of these properties have been totally destroyed by the
storms. Real estate brokers tell me that the real estate market is stag-
nant and prices are plummeting since the storms. Now is not a good
time to sell even if a buyer could be found.

Did Commissioners Sanders, Putnal, and Lockley forget that gasoline
is reaching $3:00 a gallon and is expected to go higher? You can bet
that young families and retired people on fixed income are adjusting
their budget to meet this unexpected expense. Commissioners Sand-
ers, Putnal, and Lockley could learn a lot from them.

Did Commissioners Sanders, Putnal, and Lockley forget that they were
elected to be the.people's advocate for fair, just and equitable taxa-
tion? I think so. Editor, what do you think?

Willie Norred, Chairman
Franklin County Republican Committee

Library Happenings

By Judi Rundel

The Franklin County Public Library Advisory Board will meet at the
library in Eastpoint on Monday, October 17th, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The public is welcome to attend.

The FROG Family Learning Program will host a trip to the Tallahas-
see Museum of History and Natural Science on Saturday, October
22nd, for Halloween Howl. Transportation will be provided for this
popular annual trip, but seats are limited. The bus will leave the county
by mid-afternoon and return late:inthe evening: For further informa-
tion and to make reservations,'Apalachicola and Eastpgoist families
should call Jhaki at 670-4423, Carrabelle families please call Marlene
at 697-2091.

A Genealogy Workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 25th from
6:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the library in Carrabelle. Library Assistant and
Branch Manager, Carolyn Sparks, will be the guest speaker at this
event hosted by the FROG Family Learning Program. For informa-
tion, call the library at 697-2366 or one of the FROG offices at 670-
4423 or 697-2091.

The library's updated online catalog can be accessed from.any com-
puter with internet capabilities. To locate a book or other type of in-
formation, go to www.franklin.lib.fl.us, click on "Online Card Cata-
log", then choose your library. There are lots of new features to ex-
plore in the catalog such as best seller lists and suggestions for new

The Franklin County Public Library's programs-FROG, WITH-ITI and
TIGERS-are offered at no cost to participants. Registration however
is required. For information about the Library and any of its pro-
grams, please call 697-2366, 670-8151, or, 653-2784 or view the
Library's website located at www.franklin.lib.fl.us.

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October 14, 2005

Publisher Tom W. Hoffer

Director of Operations Andy Dyal
Contributors Dawn Radford
........... Carol Noble
............ Richard Noble
........... Skip Frink

Advertising Design
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Circulation Associate 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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Costume Night At The Dixie


Saturday, October 29, 2005

SPECIAL PRIZE for best costume
sported by a member of the audi-
ence at the evening performance
of Rounding Third

ebrate the bewitching season of
Halloween by dressing in costume
to attend the October 29th per-
formance of the Theatre's first pro-
fessional production of its eighth
season. The 'best costume' will be
determined by the Dixie Theatre
Costumers, and a special prize will
be awarded.

Meet The "Coaches"

The talented professional actors
who will portray little league base-
ball coaches in award-winning
playwright Richard Dresser's
Rounding Third have arrived on
the Coast to begin rehearsals.
David Hemsley Caldwell (the vet-
eran coach) returns to the Dixie
after directing two productions of
Forever Plaid, as well as Smoke
on the Mountain, Bye Bye Birdie
and The Pavilion. He most recently
appeared at the Dixie as Sparky
in Forever P/aid, which he also
directed, and as Tom/Phyllis/
Leslie in Sylvia. He last appeared

on stage in Mixed Emotions at the
Totem Pole Playhouse, where he
also portrayed Teddy Roosevelt in
Tintypes. He has worked in nu-
merous regional theatre produc-
tions all across the country.
David, who received his MFA from
Brandeis University, served as
Artistic Director at The Gretna
Timbers Theater from 1996
through 2001.

Originally from Indiana, John
Watts (the new assistant coach)
currently resides in Chicago
where he has worked as an actor
and puppeteer for Redmonn The-
ater. Favorite roles include Willard
in Footloose (Timberlake Play-
house), Reverend Oglethorpe in
Smoke on the Mountain (Allen-
berry Playhouse), Charlie Brown
in You're a Good Man Charlie
Brown, and Paul in Barefoot in the
Park, among others. John is a
graduate of.Webster Conservatory
in St. Louis and is glad his par-
ents let him play little league ball
when he was young.

Rounding Third Performance
Dates: October 20-30, 2005
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at
8:00 p.m..and Sunday at 3:00
p.m. For reservations call the
Dixie Theatre Box Office at 850-

"Old Folkie" To Appear At

The Dixie Theatre

Ken Sizemore will perform "clas-
sic" folk music of the '50's & '60's
at the Dixie Theatre in
Apalachicola on Saturday October
15 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $10.00 with table seat-
ing & refreshments available.

A favorite of music lovers from
Nashville to Pensacola, Ken has
previously delighted audiences at
the DIXIE when he and Judith
Lovin visited as 'The Folk Revival".

Now playing solo, Ken's fabulous
guitar playing and rich warm voice
creates a wonderfully nostalgic,

..calm & re-assuring mood in this
fast paced strident world.

Works by such artists as Peter,
Paul, and Mary, The Kingston
Trio, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan,
Woody Guthrie, John Denver,
Gordon Lightfoot, The Everly
Brothers, Neil Diamond, Jim
Croce, James Taylor, and Buddy
Holly, will be featured along with
"Calypso" favorites from the

This is a general admission event
and tickets will be available at the
door the day of the show. Box Of-
fice opens at 7:30 p.m. & the show
starts at 8:00 p.m.

Inside Out

By Chip Ballard

It's All A Mystery To Me

.< When you stop to think about it, everything
is a mystery, It's allmagic. Life is a miracle.
How did it begin? Where did it come from?
How did something evolve from nothing?

SHaving read both the Bible and Darwin, I
heartily cast my vote for Creation, thus
placing myself in the camp of some ex-
tremely highly acclaimed individuals. Like the eminent scientist, Dr.
Gerald L. Schroeder, who walks tall in the Creation Corner. Dr.
Schroeder is the author of "Genesis and the Big Bang," 'The Science
of God," and "The Hidden Face of God" I recommend these fascinating
books to believers and nonbelievers alike. Who knows? You might
come to scoff, but stick around to pray.

I admit I know very little. But when I was sixteen. I knew plenty It's
amazing how much I've forgotten since those halcyon days when the
world was my oyster and I knew I.would never grow old, or die and if
ever any tiny speck of doubt did creep in, one glance at the smooth
and smiling faces of friends, shining with the certainty that they too
would never die, quickly confirmed the immortality of us all, and doubt
and fear would flee like morning mist in the blaze of the rising sun.

Back then the years crept by so slowly, but suddenly they began to
fly, and now, the more I learn, the more I realize I do not know, and
never will know.

Not in this life, looking through a glass, darkly, at a world of mystery.

From where does the sound come in a radio? When I turn on the TV,
how do those walking talking pictures get there on the screen? Com-
puters? Forget it. Jet planes soaring over the ocean in a few hours?
Men walking on the moon? Space shuttles creeping around on Mars?
It's all way above my head.

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Nor can I understand evil. The horrible things some human beings do
to others. What makes'a Ted Bundy tick? Were his atrocities inspired
by a diseased mind, or did the devil have him in a headlock? Instead
of being fried, I think Ted should have been locked up like a lab rat
and studied. Psychiatrists and psychologists tell us the brains of psyz
chopaths are different than brains of normal people. Who knows whale
kind of abnormalities scientists might have discovered in Bundy'S

And how can evil come about on such a massive scale as it did in Nazi
Germany? It's mind boggling. Those who would re-write history, claim-,
ing the Holocaust never happened, are surely pandering to the inca-
pacity of most people.to conceive of such monstrous evil.

Neither can I understand the opposite of evil, the ultimate Good, or'
God, exemplified by the life of Christ, God's son. The selfless purity
and love Jesus expressed in all He said and did amazes me. That He
could say, "Father, forgive them," even as they drove the spikes through
His hands dazzles my imagination.

Realizing that my understanding is so limited, I have decided to, leave
the mysteries of the universe to greater minds than mine. As I can't
even understand how boys who wear their pants down below their
buttocks suspend gravity to keep them from falling down around their
ankles, I'm convinced that Einstein's theory of relativity and his state-
ment that the universe is a gigantic intellect, thinking mathematil
cally, will forever be beyond me.

So I've decided to stick to more mundane endeavors and activities like
trying to be a better person, spreading more kindness, creating clearer
sentences, writing better stories, publishing my book, making more
money ... and, if I'm very lucky, perhaps I'll join the ranks of the
fortunate few and find the long lost love of my life while the sun still
shines brightly enough to burn away the morning mist, before the
lines in our faces begin to tell tales better left untold.

Chip Ballard is a writer and educator living in Zolfo Springs. He wel-
comes your e-mail at chipkyle746@earthlink.net.

Pay The County Bills

$1,682,391.27 was dispensed by the Franklin County Commission at
the October 4, 2005 meeting. Here is the list of bills supplied by the
Finance Office.

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Sunday Bible Study 10:00 a.m.
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Sunday Night 7:00 p.m.
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The Franklin Chronicle


The Clerk Of The

Circuit Court

Your Public Trustee

By Marcia Johnson
Q: I'd like to know more about the county's bud-
get process. What's the clerk's role in this pro-
A: The office of the Clerk is a complex organization that performs a
wide range of record keeping, information management, and financial
management of the judicial system and county government. The Con-
stitution and Florida Statutes decree that the Clerk carry out duties
as custodian of county funds. As custodian, the Clerk ensures that
taxpayers' money is managed according to law. The Clerk compiles
information for the proposed budget based on requests submitted by
all the constitutional officers, county departments, and other agen-
cies. The Property Appraiser certifies to the County Commission the
taxable value of real property for the current year and prior year. The
Clerk uses the certified value of real property within the county as the
basis for calculating a proposed millage rate. The proposed millage
rate represents the amount of money per $1000 of taxable property
value that will be assessed as ad valorem taxes.
As part of the budget process, a rolled-back millage rate must also be
calculated. The rolled-back rate represents the millage rate which
would be assessed if the budget requirements remained the same as
the prior year. The Clerk must also gather estimates of revenues from.
taxes, grants, and other sources that will be used to fund the pro-
posed budget. Using all the information provided, the Clerk presents
the proposed budget to the County Commission. It is the responsibil-
ity of the County Commission, not the Clerk, to approve or adjust any
portion of the proposed budget.
Once that process is complete, the Clerk incorporates the Board's
recommended changes and presents the final budget. The Clerk's role
in the budget process is to provide information and oversight to make
certain that a balanced budget is approved by the County Commis-
If you have any questions or comments about this column, please
forward them to: Marcia Johnson, Clerk of the Court, 33 Market
St., Suite 203, Apalachicola, Florida 32320.

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mal part of her being a female. The
argument would probably be the
same for oystermen. What part of
an, oysterman's downtime would
be covered, or insurable, and what
part would be considered "nor-
mal" and an integral part of the
The bottom line is, most
oystermen have no insurance and
as with 54% of all Americans they
have a net worth of zero, or a nega-
tive net worth. This means that
they live from day to day, from
paycheck to paycheck; and, in
addition, they have mortgages, car
payments, monthly light bills and
debts. The sad fact of life here in
America is that less than half of
all Americans own everything, and
the rest of us make payments to

them. This is simply the way that
it is. To rise from the ranks of the
bottom half of this equation and
migrate into the top half is a part
of what we all call "the American
In the course of my stay here in
Franklin County, I can distinctly
remember when a two week clo-
sure of the bay would result in an
audience of two or three hundred
oystermen at a County Commis-
sion meeting. At this week's meet-
ing the numbers were substan-
tially lower, but the problem for
them was as important as it has
ever been.

Alan Pierce read a resolution that
was adopted unanimously by the

The resolution pointed out the
devastation to the bay and the
Seafood Industry since hurricane
Dennis and the continual havoc
caused by Katrina and Rita in pre-
cipitating a lingering Red Tide
which has shut down the oyster
industry entirely and continues to
keep the bay shut down to oys-
tering. The resolution will be sent
to the Governor and Cabinet and
to the legislature. It pointed out
the lack of any help or assistance
with this problem thus far and
petitioned the Governor and
friends to enact some emergency
measures to alleviate the dis-
tressed workers and seafood busi-
ness owners suffering in our area.

David Heil-Dept. of
The first to be called upon to speak
were two very familiar names to
the oystering community David
Hell and Mark Berrigan. These
men have the unfortunate title of
'bureaucrats." They have worked
for the government for at least as
long as 1 have lived here in
Franklin County. In the past they
both worked for the Department
of Natural Resources.
"I'm David Heil of the Department
of Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices. Mark Berrigan is here with
me as well, from the same agency.
The short term, which is not short
in most people's minds, is the Red
Tide. It will eventually leave, but
it is not leaving as we speak. It is
still out there. We are monitoring
the waters as well as the shellfish
meats. All the shellfish meats that
we have taken out of the bay, both
east and west, are toxic for Red
Tide-well above ... our limit (for
safe consumption). It has got quite
a ways to go. The bad news is, the
cell counts are still out. And it is
still coming into the bay (the Red
Tide). There is nothing that we can
do to predict when it will go, but
we can tell you that once the cells
leave the bay we have three or four
weeks, maybe longer, before the,
meats clean out and become non-
toxic and are safe to put on the
market. So we do have a time be-
fore us that any portions of the
bay will be open. It will probably
open piece by piece which cer-
tainly won't be what fishermen
and processors would like. The
bay will (eventually) open, but it
won't be any time soon."
Mr. Putnal then interrupted to
relate a conversation that he re-
cently had with the Governor's

"They said (the Governor's office)
that they are having trouble de-
claring this a disaster. But, I said
that you are going about it the
wrong way. You need to connect
Katrina with the Red Tide and
then you will get some help from
the Federal Government."
"Yes." confirmed Mr. Heil suc-
"We need some dates, through
Alan, and you and the emergency
manager-you need to get all
these dates together so that we
can connect the Red Tide with
Katrina," repeated Mr. Putnal.
"We've got connections with the
Red Tide with Katrina, with Den-
nis and Rita and there is no doubt
about it," David Heil supported.
"The Governor needs to know
that," continued Mr. Putnal. They
are isolating us over here away
from the disasters over there."
"I also spoke to the Governor's
office yesterday and they are look-
ing for that information you are
correct," said David Heil. "The fact
is that we are going to help sup-
ply that information. We will col-
late all of that information plus the
Resolution you just passed is an
excellent one. The Governor's of-
fice told me yesterday that they
would receive that (resolution)
with open arms. And they will
start moving on it, if at all pos-
"Do you know what programs may
possibly be available to oystermen
and seafood workers in the sea-
food industry?" asked Ms. Sand-
"The only things that the
Governor's office mentioned to me
was, of course, food stamps could
be made available plus unemploy-
ment compensation could be de-
clared due to the state of emer-
"The biggest problem ... and you
be sure and tell them this." said
Mr. Putnal, "I talked to this one
guy and he has already got an
extension on his light bill. His sec-
ond one is coining due on the
sixth, and he can't make it be-
cause he hasn't been working. His
lights is fixin' to be turned off. He's
got kids living in the house. Some-
thing is wrong with a system when
that happens."
"I agree," said David Heil. "Those
are all Governor's office agencies
that deal with direct assistance.
Now Mark (Berrigan) is here to let
you know about the relay pro-
gram. This is not a public assis-

tance program, it is a resource
program. But it can be used to put
money in fisherman's pockets in
time of need like this."
"Can't you give them more than
just one day?" asked Mr. Lockley.
'They ain't giving them but one
day now."
"I'm sure that we can go with a
couple of days a week."
'These men have been out of work
two months, right now," explained
Mr. Lockley. "And now you are
saying that it will be another two
to three months. That one day a
week isfi't putting too much
money into their pockets. They
need at least three days. That
might allow them to do a little
catch-up with some of their bills."
"Well, Mark is here to give you the
actual numbers; but clearly there
is a limited amount of money that
we have for relay."
"Well, why don't you use what you
got and then the Governor will put
some more in?"
"We would love that! If they will
do that, we will spend it, don't

Louisiana Link to County,
Mr. Putnal then explained that it
seemed to him that the State Gov-
ernment had plenty of money to
spend saving other Florida indus-
tries, citrus for example, so what
was wrong with the Seafood In-
dustry he proffered. He 'pointed
out that another viable link in our
local seafood industry had just
recently been shut down due to
Katrina and Rita. The oysters that
are usually shipped into Franklin
County weekly from Louisiana for
shucking, packaging, processing
and resale are now gone and will
not be returning for quite some
time-maybe years.
This unfortunate link alone may
finish off any local Seafood Dealer
whose main business is the oys-
ter. With Apalachicola Bay shut
down and Louisiana wiped out,
that is about it for local oyster
processors. It is even questionable
whether an oyster dealer can
make a living dealing with local
product entirely. So with Louisi-
ana gone, it may very well signal
the end of the Franklin County
oyster industry also.

Aid Assistance
The three areas of aid assistance
center around emergency unem-
ployment compensation, food

stamps and direct assistance pro-
grams, and oyster relay money.
The hope is to get the Federal
Government involved somehow -
via emergency monies allocated
for damages caused by Katrina
and Rita. These would be legiti-
mate claims because of the Red
Tide and the interrelationship be-
tween Franklin County's Seafood
Industry and shipped-in product
traditionally coming into the
County from Louisiana. This
would be a residual linkage, but
no less devastating to the Com-
munity Seafood Industry than if
Katrina and Rita struck here di-
Either way, the oyster dealers are
out of business.

Mark Berrigan-Relay
"My name is Mark Berrigan. The
question as to why we have been
relaying one day per week is basi-
cally a monetary and budgetary
consideration. We had a limited
pot of money. How do we get the
money to all who need it when we
have only eight, ten or twelve
boats out there working on Fri-
days. Up until the last couple of
weeks we were really not getting
that great of a participation, and
part of that was because the
weather was so disturbed and the
other part was that we assumed
that people were on the emergency
assistance programs and were
stable with that."
"Wait a minute ... wait a minute
..." interrupted Mr. Mosconis.
"You told one of my constituents
last week that you didn't have
anything for them and that they
needed to call their local Govern-
ment. That is what you told one
of my constituents and now you
have just told a different story."
"No ... no. Well, I will certainly tell
you what 1 told them (Mr.
Mosconis' constituents) in this
regard. They have called me ask-
ing for emergency assistance, I
have told them that we do re-
source work and we have money
to do that. That is not emergency
resource (aid) money. Our money
is not dedicated to that (emer-
gency aid). We have a hundred
thousand dollar contract with the
Oystermen's Association to do re-
lay work that we typically spend
during the summer season. Right
now we are trying to amend that
contract to ad another forty-nine
thousand. We also have dollars

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14 October 2005 Pa e 5

Proposals For Programming

The New Eastpoint Library

This visioning process will likely become the basis for public
Here are the proposals generated during a "brainstorming session on
Saturday, September 24, by supporters and sponsors of the new
Eastpoint library. Eight questions were presented to the group, which
in turn divided themselves into smaller groups to generate ideas for
programming the facility. The question begins the list of several pro-
posals in response to each question beginning with:
1) How can we promote the new library?
Monthly cultural evenings for dance, theater, music, poetry read-
ings, guest speakers, travelogues, etc.
Monthly intergenerational activities & events (parlor games, bridge,
chess tournaments)
Donations from Friends of the Franklin County Library (fundraiser)
Matching donations from personal friends
Donations from Seafood Festival proceeds
Private & other grants (fundraiser)
Corporate & business donations (purchase columns, etc)
Donation of part of proceeds from movie show
Gumbo contest
Dinner theatre
Car washes
Quilt raffle
Silent auctions (of boats, cars, trucks, computers, rental weeks,
'jewelry, art)
Dance Contest
Sell bricks
Annual picture-calendar of events
Franklin County cookbook
S2) What are your technology needs at your library?
Good security system
Good database & programs like GIS
Fax facilities & coin-operated copy machines
Raised, interior internet-access computer lab suitable for classes
Plenty of computer drops & electrical outlets
"Smart" classroom utilizing PowerPoint/Smart Lab
Use "dumb terminals" to save money on computers?
Strong servers & quality technology
Archival center: genealogy, local living history exhibits, newspaper
files, with microfiche, microfilm readers/printers
Youth computer lab, with filter to monitor & control internet access
Satellite linkage for programs
Wireless access
Cable television hookups
Interlibrary loan from National Archives (for genealogy) to correct
human error in commercial census data
Classes in computer applications
Put old, refurbished computers in needy patrons' homes (set crite-
Research nore databases

3) How can your library enhance the environmental
flavor of Franklin County?
Site development appropriate for & compatible with protection of
natural resources
Design environmentally sensitive building & grounds
Native tree plantings (tupelo, etc)
Should be able to view wetlands from library
Take advantage of environment: lots of windows & maximum use of
natural light
Handicapped-accessible nature trails with maps and identifying
Large open indoor activity space with retractable walls
Equipment for program activities: nets, WQ meters, digital cameras
* Provide information on natural resources (soils, groundwater, to-

pography, geology, water quality of estuaries & river
* Interrelated activities to promote environmental awareness: flora &
fauna identification
* Specific programs for environmental study
* Special projects specific to environmental program lessons
* On-call resource person specific to sciences & resources of Franklin
* Develop contacts with local associations for natural resource use &
protection (commercial seafood industry, forestry, tourism, etc.)
* Estuarine Sanctuary Coastal Management
* Preservation & the need for maintaining a clean, healthy environ-
ment is extremely important in Franklin County

4) How can the new library promote life-long learning
among... Preschoolers.., youth.., teens & young adults...
adults... seniors?
* Library large enough to allow for future expansion
* Take advantage of environment: lots of windows & maximum use of
natural light
* Dust filtering AC throughout
* Separate bathrooms for men/ women
* Large-type reading machines
SFax facilities & coin-operated copy machines
* Community bulletin board for events postings
* Separate sound-proofed pre-school/ child care area
* Rocking chair & climbable objects/prompts
* Separate area for seniors
* Quiet reading room with comfortable chairs
* Sound-proofed audiovisual room for music listening, DVD viewing
* Archival center: genealogy, local living history exhibits, newspaper
files, with microfiche, microfilm readers/printers
* Lighted study carrels
* Exhibit areas for books, history projects, art exhibits
* Special collection/theme room to focus on history of Franklin County
* Moveable book stacks
* Separate, safe outdoor space for youth program activities
* Adequate parking, with bike rack
* Gazebo for quiet reading
* Nature center & wild area
* Large open indoor activity space with retractable walls
* Separate bathrooms for boys/girls
* Youth computer lab, with filter to monitor & control internet access
* Youth & teen program area in back of building with outdoor access
* Separate study area with study carrels & reference resources
* Equipment for individuals with learning exceptionalities
* Morning story hours for very young children
* Book club (expand existing club times) & online book club
* Monthly cultural evenings for dance, theater, music, poetry read-
ings, guest speakers, travelogues, etc
* Monthly intergenerational activities & events (parlor games, bridge.
chess tournaments)
* Endow funds to specific or special projects
* Advertise new book selections
* Quarterly flyer with "top ten books" listed
* Give the Chamber of Commerce library & program brochures/info
* Longer & more flexible library hours are essential (7 days a week!)
* Library fundraising projects will get much more support in the com-
munity if we are careful not to step on toes: be selective in choosing
fundraising activities
* Tap into youth and keep kids involved in the planning!

5) How can your library promote adult and family
* Attractive, inviting setting inside & out
* Raised, interior internet-access computer lab suitable for classes
* Age-appropriate software for classes in GED prep. Aztec. etc.
* Separate privacy study areas
* Separate sound-proofed pre-school child care area
* Hands-on, interactive activity area
* Provision for multi-learning modes (e.g.: film TV, audio tapes, oral
* Career & job information, tax forms
* After-school tutoring
* Classes in fine arts, crafts, cooking, music, literature, art apprecia-
* Help filling out job applications, disability forms, etc.

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* Monthly cultural evenings for dance, theater, music, poetry read-
ings, guest speakers, travelogues, etc.
* Partner with other programs & organizations: DARE, Franklin's Prom-
ise, health department
* Use outdoor promotional signage
* Give away tickets (promotional ideas)
* Use word of mouth, radio, and blanket area with posters
* Expanded concept of literacy should NOT be limited to reading, but
should also include: fine arts, crafts, folk arts, music, dance, litera-
ture, poetry, film, drama, photography, storytelling, languages, his-
tory. geography, travel, culinary arts, local history & arts
* Longer & more flexible library hours are essential (7 days a week!)
* A friendly, welcoming human staff (no automated phones!) is crucial
(human services!)
* Find ways to bring in & keep more volunteers
* Allow volunteers to set routines & schedules, or allow flexibility to
participate in one-time short-term projects
6) Now can the library serve as a center for the county?
* Library to be accessible by bicycle, via special bike path
* Technology for independent locating of materials/access
* Good database & programs like GIS
* Technology center for public use
* Fax facilities & coin-operated copy machines
* Large room for meetings, suitable to seat 100, with (removable?)
* Sound-proofed audiovisual room for music listening, DVD viewing
* Archival center: genealogy, local living history exhibits, newspaper
files, with microfiche, microfilm readers/printers
* Lighted study carrels
* Handicapped-accessible nature trails with maps and identifying
* Adequate parking with bike-rack
* Nature center & wild area
* Small rooms for tutoring and/or private counseling
* Career & job information, tax forms
* College applications, scholarship forms
* Contract someone to provide transportation- or purchase more li-
brary vans/bus
* Book club (expand existing club times) & online book club
* Monthly cultural evenings for dance, theater, music, poetry read-
ings, guest speakers, travelogues, etc
* Create database of individuals & groups to serve as resources for
cultural activities, demonstrations & events, loan art for display, etc.
* Bring in school board
* Bring in county commissioners
* Bring in municipal library
* Gulf Coast Community College (careers underwater crime scene
* Make & post a painting of the vacant property for the new library
* Longer & more flexible library hours are essential (7 days a week!)
* Race & poverty issues are important in Franklin County & need to
be addressed
* Look at library & schools building guidelines, especially regarding
prioritizing & long-term planning
* Coordinate with schools on theater/auditorium construction
Find a volunteer coordinator
Allow volunteers to set routines & schedules, or allow flexibility to
participate in one-time short-term projects

7) How can the library promote art and culture In the
Conference/lecture room
Small-sized furnishings
Large room for meetings, suitable to seat 100, with (removable?)
Exhibit areas for books, history projects, art exhibits
"Drawing wall" (erasable)
Outdoor art garden, with interactive, climbable sculptures
Project area with sinks and stove
Hands-on, interactive activity area
Storage areas for children's projects
Expand collections of books on arts, crafts, travel, languages, writ-
Expand video/film library to include art & foreign films
Reciprocal exhibits or traveling exhibits of visual & written arts.
crafts, etc.
Writing workshops
Classes in fine arts, crafts, cooking, music, literature, art apprecia-
tion ..
Book club (expand existing club times) & online book club
Holiday celebrations that include arts & culture
"Cultural fairs" annual special (fundraising?) event that celebrates
wide variety of local arts, crafts, music, literature, etc.
"Live culture" within the library on a daily basis: musicians, visiting
artists, craftspeople. writers, etc. Monthly cultural evenings for dance,
theater, music, poetry readings, guest speakers, travelogues, etc.
Regularly scheduled field trips of cultural & historical interest, for
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duties from home for 10-15 hours a week. The starting
salary is $15/hour. It will be an exciting and challenging
Qualifications Sought:
* grant writing experience
* medical/administrative background
* negotiation/communication skills
* organized/time-management skills
* computer literate/comfortable with email
* able to make evening meetings
* familiar with healthcare issues
* owns computer and can work from home
If you want to help shape the future of healthcare in
Franklin County, please call Dr. Tamara Marsh with
specific questions at 850-653-3338 or fax your resume
to 850-653-3339 by the deadline of Tuesday, October
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The Franklin Chronicle

Affordable Housing Coalition

September 14, Discussion Group
By Richard E. Noble
A discussion group met this past Wednesday, Sept. 14th, at the Court-
house Annex in Apalachicola. The scope of the meeting included a
broader spectrum than just the affordable housing issue. Affordable
housing, seems to be defined as individual single family units selling
at less than $200,000. This discussion covered housing issues rang-
ing from the homeless up to and including what is called Affordable
Interest in this issue has been stimulated by the recent Louisiana
and Mississippi Gulf Coast disaster, but on the local level, Mr. Gary
Shiver of Apalachicola has been a very responsible party in bringing
this issue before the attention of the people of Franklin County.
Mr. Shiver has appeared before the local county commission several
times in the last couple of months in defense of what he claims may
be the eventual displacement of over two hundred local families and/
or individuals who have, over the past decades, found sanctuary in
renting available space in several of the county's privately owned trailer
The local trailer park has been, in effect, Franklin County's primary
source for rental living space for modest and low income families over
the years.
When my wife and I arrived here over twenty-five years ago, we lived
in a local trailer park for several years before we purchased our land
on the outskirts of Eastpoint. I can easily recall a minimum of five
different trailer parks in the Eastpoint area alone. There have been, I
would guess-timate over the years, fifteen or more trailer parks scat-
tered throughout the county. These parks have accommodated per-
manent seafood workers and general laborers, as well as transient
guests and visitors.
Many of these parks are now being. sold and the residents are being
asked to relocate. For a good many of these residents relocation is
impossible for many different reasons they may be too old; they may
not have the money; their trailer home may be impossible to move
even if they could afford to buy a lot or find a place to park it. It is not
a Tsunami or a hurricane that is displacing them, it is ... 'progress'.
Michael Moron the past SHIP program administrator and present Clerk
of Court assistant introduced the coordinator of this housing discus-
sion group, a Mr. Randell Webster from Tallahassee.
Mr. Webster represented an organization called the Sapient Consult-
ant Group. "What we do is help counties and municipalities and gov-
ernmental entities create affordable housings ... workforce housing
strategies for their communities, and then we help them implement
them." Mr. Webster then asked the audience to introduce themselves.
The audience consisted of private citizens, concerned real-estate
agents, local politicians (Commissioners Cheryl Sanders, Bevin Putnal
and Ms. Mel Kelly, the newly elected mayor of Carrabelle), representa-
tives from homeless agencies, pastors and individuals from socially
concerned groups, and representatives from local developer compa-
nies and construction firms, along with some "System Built" and modu-
lar home building entrepreneurs,
After the introductions Mr. Webster complimented the large group of
attendees but admonished them that the success of this project would
require support from an even larger and more varied segment of the
local population. Throughout the meeting Mr.. Webster reiterated the
importance of involved mass participation in such a effort. And even
in his conclusion he solicited the group to bring a concerned friend to
the next meeting. (The next meeting will be on Wednesday, the 28th of
Sept. at 5:30 at the Courthouse Annex in Apalachicola.) "I bleed
affordable housing," Mr. Webster, empathized. "It is something near
and dear to my heart. This is something that is really important to
me. As I see the tangible benefits to the community when this prob-
lem is addressed, Everybody here has mentioned that we have an
affordable housing problem. The big question is: What exactly are we
looking at? The median income for Franklin county for a family of
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The median income signifies a midpoint half of the family incomes in
this category are above this figure and half are below this figure. It
was suggested that a family with this income would be safely and
economically capable of purchasing a home in the $80,000 range.
"It is almost impossible for a family to buy a house (in this area) at
this income level," Mr. Webster stated, "There is such a drive for people
who want to live on the water, It draws families, not just from the
immediate area, but from all around the world. You might see people
from outside this country here (on the coast) that have come here to
live because they want to live on the water. And to their way of think-
ing, it is affordable even though they are spending a half a million, a
million, 1.5 million .., even five million dollars for a house .., that is
affordable to them because where they are coming from, in Germany
or Spain or elsewhere, you couldn't even dream of living on the water
in their country in that price range. There is a pressure on housing in
this community that extends way beyond our country's borders and it
is really dramatic, There are some,innovative ways to resolve those
issues ... If you stop to think about it, even if your prime interest is in
the upper level income homes, those type homes need people to sup-
port that community. Everything from the dry cleaners person to the
guy bagging the groceries at the Piggly Wiggly; they all need a pres-
ence here in this community. Otherwise you don't have a community.
There are communities up in the Northeast and on the West Coast
where all that they have are these expensive developments with no
supporting infrastructure or service sector. People have to drive an
hour to drop off their dry cleaning because nobody can afford to run
a dry cleaning business in that community. And that is the last thing
you want to see happen here. You want to see a community that is
whole; that has all those resources moving forward."
Mr. Shiver then interrupted to voiqe his concern for the basic poverty
level folks who are at this moment being displaced by the sale of the
local trailer parks. Mr. Webster said there were various alternatives to
deal with that scenario, but that he would discuss them later with Mr.
Shiver personally so as not to lose the current perspective and remain
concentrated on the larger over-allcommunity picture facing devel-
opment here in the near and up-coming future. "But briefly to answer
your question there are representatives from Habitat for Humanity,
from self-help housing; there are system built homes that can bring
down construction costs; there are ways to mitigate land cost through
a Community Land Trust as Mr., Bissett (St. Joe Company) had
mentioned and we can talk about that a little bit more after we get
through the core agenda here. There are a lot of things that need to
happen and we need a lot of people to be working on individual pieces
simultaneously. This has to be a big tent that we are setting up here;
we can't leave anybody out ... We talked about the median income
people .. so now let's talk about the very bottom ... let's talk about the
no income people.",
A woman who represented the Tallahassee Coalition for the Homeless
then presented the group with some statistics from the Outreach Re-
search Program. "They (Outreach) claim that one third of the U.S.
population are renters. In Franklin County, for example, they suggest
a minimum wage earner can afford a rent of no more than $334/
month ... A Franklin County worker earning minimum wage must
work 65 hours per week in order to afford to rent a one bedroom
apartment (estimated at a rent of $375/month). A full-time worker
must earn a minimum of $8.92 per hour in order to be able to afford
to rent a one bedroom apartment in Franklin County. This is esti-
mated at a spending of not more than 30% of one's total income on
rent and an average rent in Franklin County of $375/month. Most
local people in the audience scoffed at the possibility of finding any
place in Franklin County for a rent as low as $375/month other
than in one of Mr. Shiver's disappearing trailer parks. Their sugges-
tions were more in the $500 to $800 range.
"I see some people saying to themselves ... I 'can see it in their eyes;
We don't have homeless people here in Franklin County. Well, you do!
Like Mr. Shiver's folks from these local trailer parks; we're talking
some two hundred families or mioe right here. This is a real issue,"
Mr. Webster then asked what a homeless or potential homeless per-
son in Franklin County could do right now to alleviate their situation,
The answers ranged from "very:little"' to "nothing". "So basically if
someone in Franklin County is homeless, you give them a quarter or
thirty-five cents and tell them to call the Tallahassee Homeless Coali-
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twenty thousand dollars and was well overburdened at the present.
At the moment, they were somewhat better off financially than in
their early beginnings, but not substantially.
"One of the points," continued Mr. Webster, "of this discussion, and
hopefully this big tent organization that will come out of this meeting
tonight, is to have a centralized place to deal with these issues and to
have a unified plan that makes sense. No matter whether you are
homeless, or low income, or moderate income or being displaced from
your mobile home park, you could pick up the phone and get some-
body on the line who is knowledgeable about these issues and could
get you into the right hands ... Everyone (in the community) needs to
buy into this and hopefully get on the same page ... inclusionary hous-
ing is an option we should discuss. Seventy-five percent of this county's
land is already spoken for it is never going to be built on. So
inclusionary housing is a huge part of what this organization can
work for. What that does is ... any developer that comes in and wants
to go through the growth management process is going to be made
aware that if they want to build that development, they must create
some workforce housing in that development ... and that housing has
to be affordable to people who are working for a living. We've got to,
not only, bring in those SHIP funds but this alphabet soup of funds
that are available to people out there ... there's Federal Home Loan
Aid Moines, there's funds from the USDA, there's the Home Invest-
ment Partnership Program, there's Hud, there's HAT, there's all sorts
of resources out there to leverage these funds. There's down payment
assistance; there's closing cost assistance; there's principal reduc-
tion on first mortgages; and we can also help developers to keep their
cost down too ... The Community Land Trusts is one way. I've been
doing my homework on this. A Community Land Trust is a not-for-
profit organization that secures land for affordable housing or exist-
ing units; they take ownership of that property. What happens is the
individual family comes in and buys the house: the Land Trust owns
the land and through that marriage there are certain things that are.
agreed to. One is that the community Land Trust has the first right.of
refusal to buy that property back should that family want to sell that
house, Ad 2) that purchased price when the property is bought back
is limited to a certain amount of appreciation each year. So that the
price doesn't shoot through the roof like you are experiencing right
now. Yes, the family can have some appreciation in this house's value
but there are limitations on the appreciation that is put in there -
usually between five and ten percent a year ... which is still not bad.
"Another thing is that there may be a sharing of the equity that re-
sults from the sale of that house. Let's say they purchased the house
for $100,000 and they sell it for $150,000; you then have fifty thou-
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Affordable Housing from Page 6
the family would get the other half Mr. Webster went on to explain
that the family involved in such a transaction will be willing to give up
that portion of their equity as a result of benefits that were given to
them at the time that they purchased the house, "So that is how these
things fit together. And that is one way to keep the prices under con-
trol here."
Commissioner Sanders informed Mr. Webster that the County was
about to partnership such a program. Mr. Putnal wanted to know if
such an idea was legal or Constitutional. Mr. Webster said that the
idea was legal and he would be glad to assist the County in any way
that he could.
The spokesperson from the Homeless Coalition then explained that
there was Federal and State money also available for assistance,
through her organization and similar organizations, directed towards
the purpose of alleviating problems relating to shelter and the home-
The discussion then turned to the government's lack of interest in
mobile homes and trailers. The government's plan is to put people
into housing with a longevity of at least thirty years modular homes,
factory built homes, system built homes. These homes are tradition-
ally designed to show more resistance to tropical storms and hurri-
canes. A lot of this depends on proper instillation and mooring re-
quirements, new procedures and upgraded standards, according to
Mr. Webster.
Over the years, this choice has for some reason replaced the tradition
of allowing or building only cheap, expendable structures in Coastal
High Hazard Areas and adjacent beach properties shacks and shan-
ties, cement block structures with concrete floors to allow water to
wash through easily, inexpensive trailers, mobile homes, cottages and
camps which could be blown away at minimal cost and expense to the
owners and the insurance companies. Instead, this rather "common
sense" notion has been replaced all over the nation with mansions
and palaces, hotels and condos; even gambling Casinos and high-rise
hotels. Of course, when these get blown or washed away, as we see is
the inevitable case, the insurance and personal costs are astronomi-
cal. And instead of rewarding those wise enough to live in low cost,
easily replaceable dwellings, the solution seems to be to outlaw the
cheap, inexpensive coastal housing; to raise or cancel the insurance
to people living in sensible, inexpensive, no-great-loss dwellings, and
replace them with more expensive, and' costly, "hurricane approved"
homes or even billion dollar Casinos.
The discussion then went into more elaboration on the System-Built
home design which was touted as comparable to the traditional onsite
type construction, The System Built home was also cheaper, quicker
(could be completed in less than forty-five days), insurable, and hur-
ricane resistant. It was then explained that the worldwide pressure
on construction has, for example, raised the prices on timber and
concrete over thirty percent just since the Tsunami. Anything to do
with construction has gone up in price because of world demand and
pressures. This is why everyone is looking at alternative construction
This explanation of higher building costs sounds reasonable when
one thinks of building supplies that may be limited and finite -like
lumber; but when it comes to, sheetrock, cement, even nails -one
wonders what happened to the supply and demand theory that we all
learned about in freshman economics, If the demand is increasing,
why isn't the supply? And if the supply isn't increasing, why not?,
Mr. Shiver then returned the discussion to the potentially displaced
residents of the locally sold trailer parks. Mr. Shiver expressed the
urgency of their immediate situation, A young lady on the opposite
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authorized the sale of these trailer parks it was, equally, their respon-
sibility to find a,place for these displaced citizens to go. She went on
to explain that in her opinion the future of these displaced persons
was not the concern of a private based citizen's group like the one
presently being designed. She advised Mr. Shiver to take his problem
back to the County Commission, Mr. Webster chastised the young
lady, politely, and suggested that this group could handle all prob-
lems relating to housing or the lack of it in this community.
"My intention is not to leave any part of this puzzle out. We had a
giant start on this tonight. A listener then suggested that he had not
yet heard any mention of rental properties; apartments, multi-family,
or tenements, A gentleman responded to this inquiry that the inten-
tion in this community was "not to create poor people". The inference
being that rental property is a source of poverty.
"I think that there is a role for rental property," Mr. Webster inter-
jected. "There are some people who will never be in the financial posi-
tion to do anything but rent, Also when people initially move into a
community, they may not want to buy right away. They may want to
rent for a period of time and then advance to home ownership. That is
really your decision as a community. You may decide that you do not
want any rental houses, I think that would be a mistake ... My sug-
gestion as a kind of consultant in all of this, is to form an organiza-
tion, for example, for lack of a better name the Franklin County Hous-
ing Coalition and make it an open door organization. The idea behind
this organization being to exchange thoughts, keep everybody informed
on what is going on and so forth. In this way, we can workwith our
County Commissioners, with our SHIP coordinator, with our private
organizations, the Habitat for Humanity, the Coalition for the Home-
less ... we can work with all of these people to try and bring this
together. If you accept the notion of a housing organization, I can set
up an e-mail group. If you feel that this is a worthwhile endeavor we
can then set up an entity to try and implement these programs. We
have a lot of options."
Mr. Shiver then made a last plea for someone to join in with him and
help with the day to day work involved in doing what he was trying to.
do for the unfortunate, soon to be displaced, trailer park victims, Other
people began speaking on different issues and Mr. Shiver's request
was lost in the shuffle.
By the time the discussion returned to the moderator, the hour was
getting late and he wanted to get a vote on whether or not the people'
present at the meeting were willing to get some kind of organization
started. A "study" was then suggested.
Mr. Shiver said that these people in these trailer parks didn't have
time to wait for a "study". Mr. Webster politely told Mr. Shiver that ...
"Nobody was going to turn their back on anyone ..." but that a study
was necessary in order to get funding. Commissioner Sanders sug-
gested that maybe the Commission and the County could try to play
some kind of a leadership role. Mr. Webster informed Ms. Sanders
that some kind of outside, non-governmental, private type organiza-
tion was necessary also.
A consensus of the people present agreed on the formation of an orga-
nization and a volunteer agreed to be the "chair", The meeting was
then adjourned and a second meeting was scheduled for Wednesday
28, at 5:30 at the Courthouse Annex. The meeting will be open to the
public and anyone who would like to become B part of such an orga-
nization is welcomed,
Back in the-early years of the formation of our representative democ-
racy, the criticism from the established governments of Europe and
from philosophers and prominent political thinkers of the era, was
that the new American representative democracy was merely an eu-
phemism for an "Aristocracy" (government by the wealthy class). In
Washington we see the reality of this criticism. But, as government
trickles down through the States, then to the cities and the counties,
we see more of the democracy as envisioned by men like Tom Paine,
Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson even the first ancient Greek
city states,
A democracy where the "common" folks and the average citizen does
not participate looses its democratic nature and quickly becomes a
government of special interest groups. People who have a financial
stake, always take an interest in what the government is doing. They
get paid to do so. Keep these special interest groups honest: don't
.leave it up to the newspapers and media, solely. Attend some of these
public meetings, if you have an interest,
Franklin County will be undergoing serious change in the next few
years. Join a coalition or two if you have the time. Even if you have
nothiig.much- to contribute, you can watch; you can find out where
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* Weekly evening art or foreign-language films
SVolunteers to take books to elderly & shut-ins
* Create traveling exhibits to send to other locations
* Outreach to schools: volunteers read, demonstrate crafts, etc.
* Create database of individuals & groups to serve as resources for
cultural activities, demonstrations & events, loan art for display, etc.
* Collaborate with Franklin County schools
" Dixie Theater
* Hold writing & art competitions, with results to be displayed at 11-
Write weekly book reviews for paper
* Give special "build the library" ribbons for people to wear
SUse local radio to present informational messages, "brought to you
by FCPL"
* Expanded concept of literacy should NOT be limited to reading, but
should also include: fine arts, crafts, folk arts, music, dance, litera-
ture, poetry, film, drama, photography, storytelling, languages, his-
tory, geography, travel, culinary arts, local history & arts
* Extremely important to preserve LOCAL history (written & oral) &
Culture (folk arts, crafts, music)
* Talk to churches
8) What should be the nature and scope of youth
programs and services?
* Recreation area
* Youth computer lab, with filter to monitor & control internet access
* Contract someone to provide transportation, or purchase more li-
brary vans/bus
* Morning story hours for very young children
SYouth book clubs
* Character education
* Summer reading program
* Debate teams
* Career development
SLocal history lessons & speakers geared to youth
SYouth luncheons, pizza parties, etc
SCareer preparation & independent living skills
Babysitter training
Practice for FCAT & GED
SMentoring training, to pair older kids with younger
Teen pregnancy prevention programs, including sex ed.
Opportunities to perform community service
Internship & work experience opportunities with businesses
Classes in fine arts, crafts, cooking, music, literature, art apprecia-
Promote writing skills
"Live culture" within the library on a daily basis: musicians, visiting
artists, craftspeople, writers, etc.
Monthly cultural evenings for dance, theater, music, poetry read-
ings, guest speakers, travelogues, etc
Regularly scheduled field trips of cultural & historical interest, for
all members of community (seniors, families, singles, community
Weekly evening art or foreign-language films
Career fairs
Collaborate with Franklin County schools
C Hold writing & art competitions, with results to be displayed at li-
SCreate local PSAs
Weekly ads: "What's the sheriff reading?" etc, with book available at

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Monday, October 10,2005

Needs And
Anguish At:-..


Speaker Bense Warns School
Board Chair to Start
Construction on the
Consolidated School Building
Before March 2008
Representative Will Kendrick
called 'the annual legislative del-
egation hearing to order on Mon-
day evening, October 10th at the
county annex building in
Apalachicola. The delegation con-
sisted of Speaker of the House
Alan Bense, Senator Al Lawson
and Representative Will Kendrick.
Citizens and Franklin county Con-
stitutional Officers and City
elected officials addressed 'the
delegation throughout the two and
half hour meeting.
Alan Pierce presented a list of
Franklin County projects as fol-
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lion fund could be a target for
other priorities if the Board and
school officials do not act
promptly on construction plans.
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the county commission, began her
remarks to the delegation. "Some-
one has forgotten us", She la-
mented on the current state of
affairs involving the persistent
Red Tide and relief efforts from
Hurricane Dennis. This theme
was repeated through the testi-
mony of others who presented
their needs lists to the delegation.
Denise Butler discussed the cur-
rent dilemma over higher insur-
ance rates. The city of Apalach-
icola presented their concerns
over waste water treatment and a
new fire station. Mayor Mel Kelley,
Carrabelle, discussed their con-
cerns with the context of the cur-
rent economy and environmental
issues. She underscored the sig-
nificance of the recent Carrabelle
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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Dale of this Notice 09/28/05 Invoice No. 12264
Description of Vehicle: Make Toyota Model Camry Color Silver
TagNo. W96LDR Year 1997 State FL VinNo. 4T1BG22K8VU179575

To Owner: Alissha Barbar To Lien Holder:
P.O. Box 1335
Carrabelle, FL 32322

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
09/22/05 at the request of FCSO that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien
of the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78

You and each of you are hereby notified that on 10/27/05 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 charges.

P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219

Serene Muuntain aGolf lomesle 53421 month. Breathtaking views.
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Radiation For

Control Of


The U.S. Food and Drug Admin-
istration Center for Food Safety

and Applied Nutrition issued a
Final Rule which amends the food
additive regulations to provide for
the safe use of ionizing radiation
for control of Vibrio species and
other food borne' pathogens in
fresh or frozen molluscan shell-
fish (e.g., oysters, mussels, clams,
etc.). This action is in response to
a petition filed by the National
Fisheries Institute and the Loui-
siana Department of Agriculture
and Forestry. This rule is effec-
tive August 16, 2005.


Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No
Date of this Notice 09/28/05 Invoice No. 12259

Description of Vehicle: Make Dodge Model Ram Color Black
Tag No. DKV7820 Year 1996 Stale OH Vin No JB7FP24D6CP096796

To Ownr: Eric Edger To Lien Holder:
417 Gross Port Road
Whipple 45788

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
09/20/05 at the request of FWC 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 10/27/05 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 charges.

P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b)
Date of this Notice 10/07/05

File No.
Invoice No. 12303

Description of Vehicle: Make Chevy Model LeBaron Color Maroon
Tag No. 131ECJ Year 1989 State FL Vin No. 1C3XJ45K9KG130242

To Owner: Kyle C. Lamberson To Lien Holder:
105 Old Kyle Road
S Wimberley, TX 78676

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
09/29/05 at the request of FHP .that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from' the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount .
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien
of the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

,To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78

You and each of you are hereby notified that on 11/03/05 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 charges.

P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 09/21/05 Invoice No. 12194
Dcscnption ofVehcilc: Make Chevy Model Lumina Color White
TagNo. AJL0038 Year 1997 State GA VinNo. 2G1WL52MXVI186357

To Owner: Hilario-Cea Cardon To Lien Holder: Mr. Maserati
363 Joyner Road, Lot I 1 1534 GA Highway 935
Cairo, GA 39828-7421 Cairo, GA 39828-6634

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
09/15/05 at the request of FCSO that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien
of the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78

You and each of you are hereby notified that on 10/20/05 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 charges.

P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219




1992 Georgie Boy, 33 feet long with Ford V-8
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Shown at 33 Begonia Street, Eastpoint. Sleeps
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3+ Acres Deepwater Ocean Access Lot
from just $240 per month *
45 min from Jacksonville/15 min from St. Simon's
Call today for appointment Excellent Financing available
*monthly payment of $240.32 based on $59,900 purchase price
with 10% down payment of $5,990. $53,910 financed @ 5.19% fixed
(APR of 5.55% includes 1% origination fee) for 3 yrs. 35 monthly
payments of $240.32 with final payment of $53,910.
Offer void where prohibited by law.

Commercial Real Estate
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October 26, 2005 10:00 A.M.
Crawfordville, FL
Info Package (850)926-9160
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2+ Acres Deepwater Marsh Lot
3+ Acres Oversized Deepwater Lot
45 min from Jacksonville/15 min from St. Simon's
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73 Avenue E 73 205 NW Avenue A
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AI it;r RI nlili %-IIIMIlMIC

Briefs from Page 4

fr6m NOAA that we've got to do
restoration work after hurricane
Ivan. The question that I have
been asked mostly has not been
about relaying, it is about other
work-type opportunities; how can
you put us to work doing other
projects-and those are the ones
that I have said. We really can't
help you. You need to go to
Workforce Development people, or
the Regional Economic Council;
you need to go to somebody in the
County because in the past that
was done with community block
grants. I have not said that we are
not going to do what we have al-
ways done. We are fully pledged
to spend that money. If we have
$160,000 to $220,000 do we
want to try to make that last for
six weeks. Do we want to spend
that all in two weeks or make it
last longer."
"Many oystermen would rather
find something else other than
relaying," offered Mr. Putnal.
"Many of them are getting old and
they are really not abe to do that.
They try to relay and it is real hard
and the price of gas-in relaying
you are talking about running
back and forth. We're talking any-
where from fifty to one hundred
dollars worth of gas a day in re-
laying." Mr. Putnal pointed out
that there had to be other type
work made available to oystermen
in-addition-to or, in some cases,
in-place-of the relaying. Mr.
Berrigan explained basically that
the funds allocated to his depart-
ment were fairly specific and dedi-
cated to particular areas. He went
on to suggest that it may be up to
the County to devise work pro-
grams in clean-up and the like to
better suit the needs of the un-
employed and distressed within
the community. He suggested
community block 'grants spon-
sored by the county to employ
'These are the type of employment
programs that I would think that
would be enacted if you are look-
ing for something else (other than
relaying)." Basically Mr. Berrigan
stated that his office had money
for transplanting and shelling
(building new oysterbeds) any
other type of emergency programs
would have to come from other
sources-whether they be State,
Federal or County. "They (the
people calling his office) con-
stantly ask me who they can call.
We have quit telling them to call
the Governor's office because
those calls have been sent right
back to us."
Mr. Mosconis suggested that
people should know about the Red
Cross with paying light bills and
that sort of thing. Mr. Lockley then
brought up his point that one day
of relaying per week was not ad-
equate. ..
"Our plan is to go to two days per
week as soon as we have the
money. Right now we have enough
money to relay on Fridays."
"Sir, you just said," interrupted
Mr. Lockley. "You was just count-
ing money that you said you could
throw in."
"I understand what I am saying
but what I am saying and what
comes out of the bureaucracy are
two different things. We have to
go through normal budgetary
steps where these contracts are
approved. They have to go onto
certain posting dates and things
like that. We are taking what ad-
ministrative steps that we know
how to do."
"They need at least three days,"
said Mr. Lockley: '"These people
are behind."
"We will work with the association.
If we do that (3 days) we run the
risk of spending all that money.
We're spending between $20,000
and $25,000 per day. So you can
see how long the money will last."

Billy and Toby Dalton
A gentleman from the audience,
Billy Dalton, then spoke up.
"A while back you said that only
eleven people was there to do the
relaying. We work for oyster
houses and whenever we have
oyster houses working we have to
work for them, We have to keep
them going. We can't quit oyster-
ing and go shelling (relaying)."
"I don't want to give any impres-
sion that we are doing anything
to keep from using those funds."

defended Mark Berrigan.
- He went on to explain that he
- might have enough money to re-
lay for ten days. The question be-
ing, should ten days work be pro-
vided in a row or should it be
Stretched out.
- Mr. Dalton wanted to know why
. money could not be put aside be-
.: fore the emergency arose so that
it would be available when every-
<. one needed it.

"That is a good concept," offered
SMr. Berrigan. "But it just does not
Work when it comes to State gov-
Sernment. There is no way to just
put that money aside and let it sit,
so that it will be available when it
is needed. Unfortunately, that is
the problem."
"How many people participate in
the relaying?" asked Mr.
"I think, the last time, I think that
we had about thirty-five or forty
boats. It has increased dramati-
cally since earlier in the month.
The need is there. We know the
need is there."

"My name is Toby Dalton. I know
that when we went last week re-
laying, there was a good fifty or
sixty boats. Everybody that I know
is either cutting grass; working for
anybody they can, doing sidejobs.
Like me; I'm mechanicing any
where that I can. I'll do anything
to make a dollar. But right now it
is getting so bad that nobody can
pay their bills. If the money was
there we will work. We always
want to work. I can't understand
it, I don't think that there is any
excuse for this."

Pauline Sullivan
"My name is Pauline Sullivan ...
Mr. Berrigan do you have any data
relating how much money it costs
this County every day when this
Seafood Industry is shut down?"
"We have looked at the econom-
ics ... there is a study being done
right now, We are not economists.
The answer to your question
would be, no-we don't know ex-
actly what it costs."
"If you had those numbers behind
you, you could then apply for Fed-
eral grants."
"We have already sent our esti-
mates to Congress. We're way
ahead on this. We are moving all
the time."
"The USDA has funds available
that could be used to find alter-
native industries that could be
complementary to oystering," said
Ms. Sullivan.
"I will not say that we have done
everything possible. We have been
doing it since Ivan. We have taken
every path that we could, But, we
are an Agricultural agency. And
we know what you get through
FSA. I went around the state do-
ing workshops for the Department
of Agriculture last year. There are
a lot of cracks, and there needs to
be more creative people found that
need to be doing this: and they
need to be working on a County
level, not the Department of Agri-
"Excuse me," said'Pauline
Sullivan, "but I was employed by
the University of Vermont Agricul-
tural Extension Agency and we did
that kind of development work.
There is funding available."
"I'm not saying that there isn't!"
Mr. Berrigan responded.
"Billy Dalton?" Mr. Mosconis
called. "Are the oystermen want-
ing to do more relaying?"
"I talked to a man in Tallahassee,"
Mr. Dalton said, rising from his
seat in a back row. "He said that
the people from the Workman's
Association said that the
oystermen didn't want more than
one day a week so that they could
collect. .fod, stamps... Everybody
t1a.i have talked to says thfft is a
lie. They say that they haven't
been talked to and they haven't
been asked. Everybody that I talk
to wants at least two to three days
a week so that they can keep ev-
erything going."
"We do not have an open pocket-
book," Mr. Berrigan responded.
"As soon as we have the money,
we will spend it. The only thing
we tried to do was make this
money last. We can't spend money
we don't have. We have a problem
and I know that some people don't
like to listen to this but it is the
reality of the world that we all live
in. There is a problem with us hav-
ing a contract going with the same
entity all the time."
The Board then approved a rec-
ommendation to have the relay
program two days per week.
"We've got to find out what funds
are available and we, the County,
may have to sponsor something,"
suggested Ms. Sanders.
The talk then turned to a revolv-
ing loan program that had been
set up in 1994. Money was loaned
out on this revolving loan pro-
gram. Nobody knew exactly how
much, but whatever, not much of
the money had "revolved". It was
estimated that there was possibly,
at present $100,000 in that re-
volving loan program. But if that
money was to be used it had to be
used as a part of the revolving loan
program. Mr. Mosconis pointed
out that the County could end up
responsible for paying all of that
money back to the original source, i
just as the State of Florida was
responsible for money appropri-,
ated for a rejected local aquacul-'
ture program initiated two de-
cades past.

Willard Vinson-Oysterman

Mr. Willard Vinson, former
County Commissioner and ex-
oyster dealer, was present speak-
ing on behalf of the Oysterman's
"The Commissioner is right, we
did talk to the Governor and Al
Lawson. We said that we had this
thing all set up for the relaying,
but we ran out of money. The
Governor told Al that he would get
us some more money. But have
we asked them for more money?
Has anybody asked? We also need
more help if we want to go into
this. We could do this program
while were waiting on other
things. Louisiana just got 90 mil-
lion dollars for their oyster bed
rebuilding program. It is not only
just the oystermen; we have
shuckers that don't ever get help.
We got waitresses, and cooks and
dealers and small businessmen
who never get any help. We don't
have the resources to work on
these coon bars.forever, we also

need shell money ... we need
The discussion then faded off into
a possible access area at eight
mile. Mr. Hell suggested that as
long as folks were launching boats
and not parking them overnight
that would be fine and he would
support the suggestion. Mr.
Putnal then suggested that 'the
oysterman would have to leave
their boats there overnight. Other
board members and staff imme-
diately "hushed" Mr. Putnal and
suggested that they get the boat
launching area before they start
an argument about anything else.
Mr. Putnal hushed.
Mr. Berrigan suggested that the
recent Working Waterfront legis-
lation be looked into by the Board,
His inference was that there may
be exceptions provided to seafood
areas with regards to docking and
seasonal mooring due to this
Working Waterfront legislation.
The bottom line is that there
should be more relaying work
coming up for oystermen in future
weeks. The Bay will remain closed
indefinitely due to the Red Tide.
And if you can't pay your light bill
-call the Red Cross. Obviously,
if you are in a position to send
money to the Red Cross, this is a
good place for it to go. Along with
the Salvation Army, these two or-
ganizations seem to be every-
where-and helping the people
who need the help, when they
need it.

TDC-Tourist Development
Council-Curt Blair
"We have opened that cycle for the
off peak season non-profit orga-
nization-the grant cycle that is
in the ordinance and the deadline,
for submittal in that program is
the end of the month. We will be
bringing to you at your Dec. 6th
meeting the outcome of the review
of those fund requests. We are go-
ing to be releasing about $ 100,000
for that program. These funds are
expected to be spent by the be-
inning of the year. As to the in-
rastructure of the program,
which is the lion's share of the
dollars, we're working on those
and we expect to have them ready
for you by the end of this year.
The funds will actually be ex-
pended after the 1st of January."
"Where do you get a copy of the
money that you guys are spend-
ing?" asked Mr. Lockley.
"We'll get you a copy. If you would
like. We can make that informa-
tion available to the Commission."
Barbara Rhoar wanted to know
where a person might go to pick
up a packet (grant application
packet) of information from the
"The packets will be on the website'
(Frlanklin County Florida.com).:
They are also being distributed by'
the Chamber or you can call the
Tourist Development Council,

Branch Mahaffey-Nick
"This is a procedural issue," ex-
plained Mr. Yonclas who was
present representing the County.
Mr. Shuler could not be involved
because, of a conflict of interest,
"What happened was that the P&Z
voted to deny the rezoning request
of Mr. Mahaffey. It appeared on
.your Consent Agenda when you
globally took those and didn't in-
dividually discuss them-and it
was denied. Mr. Mahaffey and his
attorney were here but it was done
so quickly that they did not know
that it had been denied. Then he
asked to get back on (the agenda)
for a public discussion of that
denial. So that is where it is. It is
my recommendation that the saf-
est course for the County to take
is to grant the man the public
A motion was then made to take
the issue to a public hearing. The
motion was approved on the con-
dition that Mr. Mahaffey pay any
cost for the public hearing.

P And Z

Coping With


Problem On


Not Ready to Make a
Recommendation to County
Alan Pierce reported to the county
commissioners at the last meet-
ing (October 4th) that Planning
and Zoning Commission was still
having problems with the defini-
tion of hotels and motels. The P
and Z board wanted the Commis-
sioners to know about the direc-
tion their discussions have been
going. Mr. Pierce's summary of the
issues is as follows:
a) The Commission is consider-
ing restricting hotels/motels from
the Coastal High Hazard Zone.
This is being considered in re-
sponse to the devastation the re-
cent hurricanes have caused. I
have advised the Commission that
I did not know of any community
that banned an otherwise allow-
able use just because of its prox-
imity to the water. The City of
Cedar Key has placed additional
restrictions on the extent of de-
velopment in the CHHA, but all
the allowable uses could be built.

b) The Commission is consider-
ing continuing the ban on hotels/
motels in the C-l zone even if ho-
tels/motels are allowed in the
Coastal High Hazard Zone. Mr.
*Pete Wilson has submitted a re-
quest for the Board to consider
hotel/motels in the C-1 zone at a
density of one unit per 25 feet of
road frontage.

c) The Commission is consider-
ing a definition of hotel/motel that
has been developed by the City of
Treasure Island. This definition is
also the basis for the definition the
City of Apalachicola has been
working on. Essentially, the defi-
nition focuses on how a property
is used. It covers hotels, motels,
and condo-hotels. From the City
of Treasure Island, Florida: The
City of Treasure Island recognizes
that the condo-hotel is a hybrid
form of ownership of the tradi-
tional hotel/motel concept. It
must be recognized that the
condo-hotel is considered to be a
transient hotel/motel use, and not
a residential use. It is the intent
of this regulation to ensure that
condo-hotels are operated and
governed in substantially the
same manner as conventional
hotel-motel. The operation of
condo-hotels, hotels, motels is
strictly a commercial activity and
is inconsistent with residential
use. Transient and business re-
lated activities have different im-
pacts on governmental facilities
and infrastructure (e.g. density,
traffic, parking, schools). As such
this regulation is to ensure that
the use and operation of condo-
hotels, hotels, motels, remain ex-
clusively a commercial enterprise,
and not a residential use. Trea-
sure Island provides 14 criteria
which help control the use. The
Commission is comfortable with
adopting a definition based upon
use so long as it has the tools
available to make sure that, as an
example, a hotel that is built with
kitchen facilities continues to be
used as a hotel and is not con-
verted to residential uses. Specifi-
cally, the Commission wants and
needs code enforcement of the
hotel industry if it.is going to de-
velop a definition based upon use.
Otherwise, it will have to develop
a definition based upon design,
which is much more limiting. The
developers representing the hotel
industry who have been at the
meeting support a definition
based upon use, and support code
enforcement as a tool. Is the
Board willing to apply code en-
forcement to the hotel/motel in-
dustry? The difference is whether
you regulate the size of hotel
rooms, the presence of kitchens,
the size of closets, etc, or whether
you let the developer build the size
and type of hotel room they think
is needed in the county, and the
provide enforcement mechanisms
to make sure the rooms do not
turn into permnmerni dwellings.


Hikes Take

Toll On Feet,


As brightly colored leaves dazzle
the fall landscape, hikers and
hunters nationwide will migrate to
mountains, woods and fields, but
many, unfortunately, are ill pre-
pared for the beating their feet will
take, warns a local foot and ankle
"Hikers, hunters and others who
love the outdoors often don't re-
alize how strenuous it can be to
withstand constant, vigorous
walking on uneven terrain,' said
Dr. Tamara Marsh of
-Apalachicola, a member of the
American College of Foot and
Ankle Surgeons.
"Lax physical conditioning and
inappropriate footwear bring
scores of r\oi trloon nth itinst inf t

suru u ei us o ,o eIlLniassOnLO llLo
our office each fall for treatment
of foot and ankle problems such
as chronic heel pain, ankle
sprains, Achilles tendonitis, fun-
gal infections and severe blisters,"
she added.
"Walking up and down steep hill-
sides and tramping through wet,
slippery fields and wooded areas
puts stress on the muscles and
tendons in the feet and ankles,
especially if you haven't condi-
tioned properly before hitting the
trail," said Dr. Marsh. "Also, many
don't realize that cross-training
athletic shoes aren't the best
choice for extended hiking and
hunting. Had some of my patients
worn sturdy, well constructed hik-
ing boots, they wouldn't have suf-
fered sprained ankles or strained
Achilles tendons."
Marsh advises hikers and hunt-
ers to make the investment in top-
quality hiking boots. She said
strong, well insulated and mois-
ture-proof boots with steel or
graphite shanks offer excellent
ankle and foot support that helps
lessen stress and muscle fatigue
to reduce injury risk. "The sup-
portive shank decreases strain on
the arch by allowing the boot to
distribute impact as the foot
moves forward. So ifa boot bends
in the middle, don't buy it."
In wet and cold weather, wearing
the right socks can help prevent
blisters, fungal infections and
frostbite. Dr. Marsh recommends
synthetic socks as the first layer
to keep the feet dry and reduce
blister-causing friction. For the
second layer, wool socks add

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Its Beds In Ruins, Vows

To Return

By Steve LeVine
This piece was originally published in the Wall Street Journal on
September 28th, reprinted with permission. The article reflects
upon the severe Katrina damage inflicted on the Louisiana oyster
industry and the dynamic response to the hurricane.
Some of the nation's largest oyster producers sustained major dam-
age last month when Hurricane Katrina dumped tons of sewage, dirt
and refuse into Louisiana's coastal waters. Two-thirds of the state's
sprawling oyster reefs were suffocated, and prices of the delicacy are
up steeply. Now oyster growers are bracing for still more damage as
Rita comes barreling in.
Few have felt the blows more keenly than the Voisin family, the state's
foremost oyster tycoons. Their company, Motivatit Seafoods Inc., is
the largest U.S leaseholder of oyster beds in the Gulf of Mexico, pro-
ducing 4% of the nation's supply of fresh oysters.
During eight generations of oyster farming, the Voisin clan (pronounced
vwa-ZAN) has weathered food-poisoning calamities, market battles
with West Coast suppliers and storms too numerous to count. They'll
make it through the current crisis, too, says Mike Voisin, the 52-year-
old leader of one branch of the clan. "Cajuns are very resourceful.
We're just going to make it."
But the Voisins need help. Mr. Voisin, who is also chairman of the
Louisiana Oyster Task Force, has launched his own recovery effort on
behalf of the state's oyster industry; which rang up about $300 mil-
lion in retail sales last year. He made the rounds in Washington ear-
lier this week, asking for federal funds to help the staffs oystermen
recover. Last year, after Hurricane Ivan, Louisiana's oyster industry
received $9 million in recovery funds.
Experts say this time it could take as long as four years and as much
as $125 million to restore the industry, including recreating the hard
underwater surfaces where finicky oyster larvae attach themselves
and mature into hard-shelled adults.
With the bill for building critical levees and demolished communities
expected to climb, the round and ruddy Mr. Voisinknows it won't be
easy finding funds for mollusks. On Monday, he met with some 35
congressional staff members from Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas
and Mississippi to ask for help in securing a priority allocation from
the billions of dollars in recovery money President Bush has prom-
ised. On Wednesday, he made his case at the White House, to the
Office of Management ard Budget...
When Katrina swooped up the Gulf. it buried tens of thousands of
acres of underwater oyster beds along the coast in debris, and most of
the reefs in the main harvest areas in eastern Louisiana are still un-
der as much as a foot of silt. Some one billion pounds of in-shell
oysters have suffocated, state officials say.
In 2004, Louisiana produced 250 million pounds of in-shell oysters,
or about one-third of the nation's 750-million-pound harvest. With
two-thirds of the state's oyster beds damaged after Katrina, and as
much of the 70% of the oysters in those areas lost, Mr. Voisin says
some two-thirds of the industry's 3.300 workers may be out ofjobs.
Americans have grown increasingly fond of oysters, usually consum-
ing them fried or raw on the half-shell in restaurants and bars. Na-
tionwide, sales have climbed 25% over the past five years, industry
experts estimate.
Since Katrina, wholesale prices of fresh oysters are up by as much as
50%, to their highest levels in two decades. On Monday, the price of a
105-pound sack of raw oysters straight off the boat in Louisiana was
$27 up from $18 before the storm. Oyster meat is fetching about $7 a
pound, up from a pre-hurricane price of about $5. Oysters from the
West Coast., especially California and Washington state, also are com-
manding higher prices. In Washington, the wholesale price for Pacific
oysters has increased to about $3.25 a dozen from $3 since Rita, and
it is expected to rise even more during the seasonal holiday peak.
Now,' with so much of Louisiana's harvest, out.ofthe picture s-acioIlod
supplies are desperate for new supplies to meet strong demandi.rPa-
cific 'oysterman Jeff Pearson, president of Taylor Shellfish Farms, of
Shelton, Wash., says he is receiving triple the number of orders that
he can fill.
But West Coast and foreign oyster growers won't be able to fill all the
demand. It takes two to three years for a new crop of oysters to grow
to market size, and transporting heavy, live oysters long distances is
It could take longer than that for Louisiana's oyster reefs to rejuve-
nate. Rebuilding is a painstaking process of spreading old oyster shells,
limestone and crushed concrete over the seafloor of waterways emp-
tying into the Gulf. That material furnishes the surfaces to which
oyster larvae can cling. But the process is tricky, as oysters are ex-
tremely sensitive to salinity levels and other environmental condi-
The Voisin family knows well the highs and lows of oystering. Patri-
arch Jean Joseph Voisin survived the Last Island Hurricane of 1856
in Louisiana by clinging to a piece of driftwood, according to family
lore. During the early 1990s, when the industry was threatened after
several people died eating Gulf oysters contaminated with the vibrio
vulnificus bacterium, Mike Voisin's father, Ernest, rescued the busi-
ness with a stroke of ingenuity. It was a pressurizer that not only
killed the bacteria but also automatically shucked the oyster, elimi-
nating a major production expense.
Still, that health scandal opened the door to oystermen from Califor-.
nia and Washington, where cooler waters don't contain the bacteria.
West Coast producers were able to carve out a large share of the na-
tional market supplying some 125 million pounds of oysters, or roughly
one-sixth of the market, about half of Louisiana's share. Washington's
Mr. Pearson says his company's sales of oysters have tripled over the
past five years.
Although Washington and California seem poised to claim an even
larger piece of the oyster pie, the Voisins scoff at the idea that the loss
will be permanent. Eighty-two-year-old Wilson Voisin Sr. and his son,
Wilson Jr., who head another branch of the Voisin clan, say their
oysters are up to challenge of rebuilding.

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Series Begins

Nov. 13

The 2005-2006 season will he the
20th year of concerts by the Ilse
Newell Fund for the Performing
Arts. Eugenia Watkins, chairper-
son of the Apalachicola Historical
Society's concert series, an-
nounced that the season will
present nine performances rather
than the usual eight.
'The first concert will be dedicated
to George Chapel and Bill Greer,"
said Mrs. Watkins. Chapel and
Greer, both deceased, worked
untiringly for many years to help
preserve Apalachicola's historical
Nov. 13-Music for Male Quartet
and Guitar by Franz Schubert
opens the series. Stephep
Mattingly, a doctoral student at
Florida State University, has re-
searched this area of Schubert's
work and will offer comments dur-
ing the program.
Dec. I11-Community Christmas
Program. As a change of format,
groups and soloists, vocal and
instrumental, from the Bay area
will present a variety of seasonal
Jan. 22-The Trio Internazionale.
Martha Gherardi, violin, R.
Bedford Watkins, piano, and
Luciano Gherardi, contrabass,
present another of their audience-
pleasing concerts.
Feb. 12-The 24th Street Klezmer
Band from Gainesville presents a
program of Eastern European
dance and folk music. Yiddish
theater music and jazz. A unique
and exciting concert.
Feb. 26-The Synergy Brass
Quintet, artists in residence for
Sthe Episcopal Arch Diocese of
Massachusetts, brings a program
of music from early Renaissance
to modem jazz and rock.
March 12-The Con Brio Trio
from Ft. Rucker, Alabama, who
presented an outstanding concert
in 2001, makes a return visit.
Members of the trio are Lenorah
McKee, flute. Ingrid Teclaw, vio-
lin, and Dr. Jean Bynum. piano
and organ.
March 26-Forgotten Gems: Par-
lor and Concert Music from the
Federalist Era is to be presented
by the Dobbs-Welch Duo, flute
and Guitar. Dr. Leo Welch, a fre-
quent perflrmeron the Ilse 'NwllI
Con'ef-t Series, will be jo'ifn by
Wendell Dobbs for this program.
April 2-Bay Area Choral Society.
Tom Adams will conduct another
entertaining program of Broadway
favorites and other popular clas-
April 23-Concert in the Park.
Jim Crozier's Dixie Jammers re-
turn to bring another concert of
the best of jazz.


Docks In

P&Z Agenda

By Sue Cronkite
Four subdivisions and five docks
were to be considered at the meet-
ing of the Franklin County Plan-
ning & Zoning board Tuesday,
Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m. at the
Apalachicola Courthouse Annex.
The subdivisions include Tucker's
Landing, Cypress Flats, Crooked
River Lighthouse Estates, and
Heron Walk, to be located in
Carrabelle, Alligator Point,
Apalachicola, and North of
Apalachicola. Sketch plat approv-
als and preliminary plat approv-
als on the subdivisions were to be
The five docks awaiting P&Z okay
are located in Lanark Beach,
Carrabelle, and Dog Island. The
P&Z was to review the critical
shoreline applications on the dock
requests and review the monthly
building report.
Dock applications included a re-
quest for approval for Scott Rob-
erts to construct a Single Family
Private Dock on Lot 11, Lanark
Beach Subdivision, Section 14,
Township 7 South, Range 4 West,
2224 Highway 98 East. Lanark
Beach. The application has met all
state and local requirements. Re-
quest submitted by Docks 4 Less,
agent for Scoff Roberts, applicant.
Paul Paluzi has in a request for
permission to construct a Single
Family Private Dock on Lot 10,
Lanark Beach Subdivision, Sec-
tion 14. Township 7 South, Range
4 West. 2226 Highway 98 East,

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Docks 4 Less, agent for Paul
Paluzi, applicant.
Michael Riley has requested ap-
proval to construct a Single Fam-
ily Private Dock on Lot 12, Lanark
Beach Subdivision, Section 14,
Township 7 South, Range 4 West,
2222 Highway 98 East, Lanark
Beach. The application meets all
state and local requirements. Re-
quest submitted by Docks 4 Less,
agent for Michael Riley, applicant.
Bert Pope seeks approval to con-
struct a Single Family Private
Dock on Tract 26, Dog Island. The
application has met all state and
local requirements. Request sub-
mitted by GEA, Inc., agent for Bert
Pope. applicant.
William Lawler has in a request
to construct a Single Family Pri-
vate Dock at 578 River Road,
Carrabelle. The application has
met all state and local require-
ments. Request submitted by
GEA, me, agent for William
Lawler, applicant.
Rezoning requests include consid-
eration of a request to re-zone Lots
6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, Block 5 West,
Unit 1, St. George Island, from C-
2 Commercial Business to C-4
Commercial Mixed Use. Request
submitted by Nita Molsbee, appli-
Sketch plat approvals include
consideration of a request for
Sketch Plat of a 5 Lot subdivision
named "Crooked River Lighthouse
Estates" lying in Section 36.
Township 7 South, Range 5 West,
Carrabelle. The request has been
submitted by Steve Watkins III,
Esq, agent for Crooked River LLC,
"Heron Walk sketch plat approval
is sought for a 9 Lot subdivision
tying in Section 32 Township 6
South, Range 1 West, Alligator
Point. The request is being sub-
mitted by Walter Armistead. agent
for N.F.P.I. LLC, applicant.
Preliminary plat approvals in-
cludes consideration of a request
for a revised preliminary plat of
"Tucker's Landing PUD" a 50 lot
subdivision lying in Section 27,
Township 8 South, Range 8 West,
Apalachicola. The request is be-
ing submitted by Inovia Consult-
ing Group, agent for Tucker's
Landing LLC, applicant.
PUD requests include consider-
ation of a request for Sketch Plat
approval of "Cypress Flats PUD"
a 33 lot subdivision lying in Sec-
tion 28. Township 8 South, Range
8 West North of Apalachicola. The
request is submitted by John
Carroll, agent for Carroll Holdings,
me, applicant.
Consideration is to be given for
plat re-configuration of Lots 3 &
4, Block 1, Perkins Beach, Unit
4, St. Teresa. The request is be-
ing made by Gabriel Hanway. ap-
plicant. The Planning and Zoning
board is also to hear the zoning
administrator's report.

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Bay, Gulf and Franklin County
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that assists in the process toward
teacher certification and employ-
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intended to support teachers cur-
rently under three-year temporary
certificates to complete certifica-
tion requirements.
The institute is offered in "hybrid"
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(Internet/web-based) and face-to-
face traditional classroom ses-
sions, over a series of three 8-
week long semesters.
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The Franklin Chronicle




Friend, Loved One, Now Gone

By Sue Riddle Cronkite
I had planned to go to Milton for some time to see my cousin Marga-
ret, a year older than me, and as close as a sister. She hadn't visited
Apalachicola either, though we did meet at Riddle family reunions in
A strong, courageous character, she rode out Hurricane Ivan. "It looks
like a war zone here," she told me. We talked on the phone often. I
valued her opinions and observations on the ins and outs of family
triumphs and tribulations. The place where we grew up, in Holmes
County, was the landscape of our memories.
When we were 10 and 11, she insisted I sing "Amazing Grace", along
with her and Virginia Howell, in front of the whole New Hope Baptist
Church congregation. I stood beside her, but I couldn't get out much
more than a squeak. Instead of criticizing me, she patted my arm and
said "You'll do better next time."
Margaret had a sense of what was proper. I got a hard punch in the
ribs when I asked the Sunday school teacher the meaning of "circum-
cision." "You don't know either," I defended myself. "I know enough
not to ask," she told me.
We tried basketball together. Wynelle Miller knocked me off the court
and hit Margaret with the ball, breaking her nose. Margaret kept play-
ing. I got on the cheerleading squad. She knew when I first fell in love.
"You've got calf eyes," she laughed. I couldn't pry a name out of her,
and was surprised when she married Bennie John Lewis from
Darlington. They'd been married 55 years when she died Sept. 29,
breaking all our hearts.
Margaret's cousin, Rev. Dan Padgett, was to conduct the funeral, but
he was in the hospital, so the Rev. David Lewis and the Rev. William
Milam did the honors at First Baptist Church of Bagdad. She chose
"Rest Awhile in Your Arms" from a CD her son Terry, a singer and
musician, was putting together. After Margaret's friends Dorothy Wicks
and her daughters Teresa and Pam sang "Sheltered in the Arms of
God" and "Resurrection Morn", Margaret's niece Lelia Dodson sang
"Amazing Grace." Her voice soared in the small church building, strong
like Margaret's when she had carried the tune for me many years ago.
A mile-long trail of ears followed the hearse to Barrancas National
Cemetery, with Escambia County Sheriffs deputies stopping traffic so
that cars zipped through red lights. "What a wild ride," I thought as
we sped along. Cars pulled respectfully to the curb on both sides of
the highway. Two elderly men held hats to chest and saluted.
Barrancas Cemetery was peaceful, with headstones like rows of corn-
stalks. A mocking bird sang near the gazebo, as more words were said
while we cringed at the thought of Margaret under the earth. But
there were many bouquets of flowers. Her favorites were day lilies,
Gerber daisies, and azaleas.
When we were young we didn't see or feel time passing so fast. In the
middle years we were rearing children and trying to make it in the
work of our choice. Margaret's office was where military families called
to find housing and transportation for their next move. I worked for
newspapers. We'd laugh at the humorous situations in our jobs. We
hoped to untangle life for people in a complex world.
Margaret outlived her parents, E. Bert and Ethel Padgett Riddle; three
brothers, Collins, Bryan, and Milton Riddle; two sisters, Viola Brooks
and Mary Alford. Still living are two brothers, Edwin Charles Riddle
and Glen Riddle, and a sister Lelia Morgan. In addition to husband
Bennie and son Terry, Margaret left daughter-in-law Gay; grandsons,
Jonathan Smyly, James Lewis and Joseph Lewis; two granddaugh-
ters, Glenda Cropp, and Jennifer Phuong; grandson Jonathan's, wife
Nancy; three great-grandchildren, Alexander Phuong, Emma Phuong,
and Caroline Smyly. Pallbearers included Jonathan Smyly, James
Lewis, Joseph Lewis, Tri Phuong, Brian Cropp and Jon McFatter.

Parents, Grandparents

Welcomed At ABC Charter Casino Night

School On Island

A rollicking time was had by all at a recent gathering at A casino night to raise money for
the Franklin County Christmas
the ABC Charter School in Apalachicola held for parents Fund for children's gifts is being
and grandparents. The tent was full and the students per- held Saturday, Nov. 26 beginning
formed with enthusiasm. Leading off with the sixth and at 6 p.m. at the St. George Island
seventh grader's band, each grade group sang and recited Fire Station, 317 East Pine St. on
to the delight of the others. Student art decorated the out- St. George Island.
door auditorium and individual rooms. Photos by April In addition to card and dicegames
Finch. a silent auction will be held, plus
music, good food, drinks and ca-
S. ' I sino entertainment. The price is
a $25 donation at the door. Out
S of the $25 donation each person
will receive chips worth $20 with
which to play casino games.
"We raised $11,000 last year to
help youngsters and the elderly
have a good Christmas," said
: Sherry Buetner. "This year we
;' 0 hope to get that up to $15,000."
She said gifts for the silent auc-
S." tion are being gathered. "We're
getting some really good ones,"
Sk b. she added.

ABC Charter School's seventh and eighth grade band make
great music on the drums.

Kindergarten and first graders show off their skills at the
parent and grandparent day celebration at the Apalachicola
ABC Charter School.

Friends Of
County Public
Library To Meet

October 13th

The Friends of the Franklin
County Public Library will meet at
29 Island Drive, Eastpoint, at 5:30
p.m. to discuss the proposed
Eastpoint Library. Please call 670-
8151 for additional information.



Featured At

Fund Raiser

The Lewis Family of Lincolnton,
Georgia, will be featured at the
Buddy Smith Annual Gospel Mu-
sic Concert on Saturday, October
22, 2005 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
The event will be staged at the
Blountstown, Florida, high school
Proceeds will benefit the Florida
Sheriffs Youth Ranches. The
Rivertown Girls will also be on the
program. $8.00 advance tickets,
$10. at the door. Children under
12 years of age admitted free. For
further ticket information, please
contact 850-674-5793. Advance
tickets are available from Blount
Insurance (Blountstown) and
Hinson Insurance (Marianna).



Workshop At

Gulf Coast

The Lifelong Learning Division of
Gulf Coast Community College, in
conjunction with the Institute for
Attachment and Child Develop-
ment, will present an attachment
disorder workshop on October 26
and 27 in the Language and Lit-
erature Lecture Hall on campus.
The workshop is appropriate for
all parents and professionals in-
volved with children that need
protection, therapy and perma-
nency. This group includes juve-
nile court, foster care/adoption,
pediatrics, psychiatrists, psy-
chologists, teachers, clinicians,
child development specialists,
program administrators and
policy makers in child welfare.
The following topics will be ad-
* Basic Concepts of Attachment
* Impact on Society
* Causes and Symptoms of At-
tachment Disorder
* Assessment
* Neuro-Developmental Impact
* Differential Diagnosis
* Effects on Families
* Treatment Philosophy
* Videotaped Case Presentations
* Audience Questions
* Clinical Concerns of the Audi-
* Contracting with Kids
* Outpatient Techniques
* Family of Origin Issues for the
* Philosophy and Goals of
Parenting RAD Kids
* Parenting Strategies that Work
* Specific Behavioral Problems
and Possible Solutions
For additional information, call
Sherrie Lock at 784-3819.

Comp Plan


Have Small-

County Help

The Florida Counties Foundation
has provided a copy of the Small
County Technical Assistance Ser-
vices (SCTAS) Final Report. The
SCTAS program provides much-
needed services to 32 rural coun-
ties of Florida. Services of each
county utilized under the section
tabbed "Activity Reports." Client
counties are listed alphabetically
with a narrative of technical as-
sistance provided, according to
Chris Halley, Executive Director,
Florida Counties Foundation.
Examples of the program's impor-
tant technical assistance and
training services include: super-
visory training programs; county
commissioner education pro-
grams; finance/budget/revenue
alternatives assistance; technol-
ogy enhancement; human re-
source management assistance;
comprehensive planning and dis-
pute resolution; organizational
development/efficiency studies;
and miscellaneous general gov-
ernment assistance.
Although the Final Report in-
cludes highlights of the major
technical assistance and training
activities completed by June 30,
it by no means is inclusive of all
the support services provided to
client counties. The three geo-
graphically assigned Circuit Rid-
ers continued to provide a ready
source of information by way of
written material, telephone, fax
and on-site visits. The success of
a program is measured by client
satisfaction. The results of the
various workshop evaluations and
comments indicate continued
strong satisfaction among small
counties with the coordination
and services and the quality and
timeliness of other technical as-
sistance activities.
Although pleased with program
accomplishments during the first
12 years, and appreciative of con-
tinued legislative funding for the
thirteenth year, The Florida Coun-
ties Foundation continue to strive
for improvements in the 2005-
2006 Program to better serve ru-
ral counties.
In the Franklin County Needs As-
In conjunction with the new for-
mal Notification of Availability of
SCTAS services and Project Re-
quest Application process at the

beginning of the program year, the
Circuit Rider contacted the Ad-
ministrative Services Director and
provided follow up to review the
needs of the County, and to as-
sist in developing the County's
priority needs list for 2004-2005.
The Work Plan lists the activities
included in the 2004-05 SCTAS
Program Work Plan and the sta-
tus of each as of June 30, 2005:
In addition to responding to gen-
eral requests for information from
time to time, the Planning Special-
ist provided the following more
intensive assistance: Met with
DCA staff regarding a proposed
comprehensive plan amendment;
and Met with 1000 Friends of
Florida and Nature Conservancy
staff to draft planning policy op-
tions for the proposed military
An individualized Bi-Annual Alter-
native Revenue Options Manual
was provided to Franklin County
this year. In addition, the Circuit
Rider provided specific informa-
tion to the Administrative Services
Director regarding impact fees and
other related local revenue op-
In Human Resource Management:
The results of a Bi-Annual Salary
Survey of Key Administrative Po-
sitions were provided to Franklin
Franklin County participated in
five of the six regional Commis-
sioner Education Workshops
(Ethics; Human Resource Man-
agement & Labor Relations; New
Commissioners; County Govern-
ment Roles & Responsibilities;
and Structure & Authority).
Franklin County did not adopt any
new local option revenue sources
this year. No equipment pur-
chases or personnel changes were
Results of information obtained at
the regional workshops can pro-
vide both immediate and long-
term benefits to the County by
improving general government
Historically, Franklin County has
not been a very active participant
in the SCTAS Program. County
Commissioners attended several
of the workshops this year, and
the County utilized some of the
services offered by SCTAS. The
County will be encouraged to con-
tinue to participate in upcoming
activities. The Circuit Rider con-
tinued to provide an easily acces-
sible and very important point of
contact with the Administrative
Services Director. As a result, the
Circuit Rider responded to tele-
phone inquiries and other general
information and technical assis-
tance requests on a routine ba-

Parents and grandparents listen intently with pride as ABC
Charter School students perform.

Hikes from Page 10

warmth, absorb moisture away
from the skin, and help make the
hiking boot more comfortable.
"Wool lets moisture evaporate
more readily than cotton, so fewer
blisters develop," she added.
What happens if your feet or
ankles hurt during a hike or hunt?
Marsh said pain usually occurs
from overuse, even fromjust walk-
ing. "If you're not accustomed to
walking on sloped or uneven
ground, your legs and feet will get
tired and cause muscles and ten-
dons to ache," she explained. "To
avoid a serious injury, such as a
severe ankle sprain or an Achil-
les tendon rupture, rest for awhile
if you start hurting."
According to Marsh, pain is a
warning sign that something is
wrong. "Serious injury risk esca-
lates significantly if you continue
hiking in pain." She likened hik-,
ing to skiing, in that beginners,
should take on less difficult trails-
until they become better condi-
tioned and more confident.
Evaluation by a foot and ankle
surgeon is recommended if there
is persistent pain following a hik-
ing or hunting outing. "I'm most
concerned about ankle instability
and strained Achilles tendons. In
attention to these problems at
their early stages may lead to a
serious injury that will keep you
off the trails for a long time,"
Marsh said.
Hikers and hunters seeking fur-
ther information about ankle
sprains, Achilles tendon injuries
and other foot and ankle problems
may contact Dr. Marsh at 850-
653-FEET (3338), or visit





History from Page 1

in the Raney House," she said.
"Anita Grove has invited people to
get irreplaceable pictures and
documents scanned at the Cham-
ber of Commerce," said Moody.
Winds from Hurricane Dennis
loosened an electric wire, which
charred a spot on the Raney
House, said Moody. She also re-
ported that Helen Quackenbush
had given $500 to the Historical
Society for maintenance of the
Raney House.
When introducing the pictures
and documents, Frank.Cook said
his family has been in
Apalachicola since the 1830s.
"Two Porter brothers came here,"
said Cook, "and one of those was
my great-great grandfather.
Frances' grandmother was born
here. "The Morratt's have been
here a long time," she said. "My
ancestor was in the Civil War as a
Confederate," she added. "He and
his brother were in the cavalry."
Among the pictures were several
of downtown Apalachicola after
the 1900s fire wiped out many of
the businesses along the water-
front. Cook also showed the fam-
ily tree.of the Porters. "My grand-
father staffed Cook Insurance
Agency," he said. "My father
worked in Tallahassee with the
Department of Transportation
when I was little, then came back
Sto work in the insurance agency."
The Cook's brought original
Sanborn Insurance maps show-
ing what was on individual lots in
Apalachicola. The maps show
buildings and what company
owned them. Colors of buildings
reflect whether they were made of
wood or brick. One picture
showed Cook's grandmother, a
teacher, and her class. "My grand-
father, John Cook, was a King
On a discussion of family names
being simplified in the early his-
tory of Apalachicola, Cook said his
family's original name was Koch,
which is German. "I have a sword
an ancestor used in the War of
1812," he said. "When the sword
is pulled from its scabbard it is
much shorter. We think it had
been cut down to use for a hunt-
ing knife."

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Buildings under construction in the far past in
Apalachicola's downtown area, a number of which are still
standing. Pictures gleaned from Frank Cook's family ar-
chives, from attic and storage space, and shown to the
Apalachicola Historical Society at recent meeting.

I a

Apalachicola proclaimed great seaport in pictures, docu-
ments displayed at Historical Society meeting. From left,
Frank Cook, Mary Virginia Robinson, Alice Jean Gibbs, and
Helen Greer.

The great tire which did so much
damage to Apalachicola started as
a cooking fire in the kitchen of the
Methodist minister's wife, said
Cook. Moody showed a picture of
the bluff light house found in the
Raney House.
A newspaper clipping of Ripley's
"Believe it or Not" identified
Apalachicola's Trinity Episcopal
Church as "the first prefabricated
church. It was built in sections in
New England and transported to
Florida, where it was assembled
entirely without metal or nails."
Most of the building still has
wooden pegs, but there are now
nails also, said Bedford Watkins.
Way back, said Cook, the base-
ball and football field was Porter's
Field, between avenues C and D
and 11th and 12th streets. The

Porter house stood on an area
three blocks long and two blocks
wide and dated back to the 1840s
or 1850s. "Two of those blocks
don't have an alley," said Alex
A large advertisement from the
1920s showed Lanark Springs
with a famous hotel of the time,
called Lanark Inn. The flier said
people came on the railroad from
Tallahassee. The pictures showed
crowds of people.
Those perusing the pictures and
documents included, in addition
to those mentioned, Shirley Tay-
lor, secretary. Eugenia Watkins,
Ken Mansuay, Helen Greer, Alice
Jean Gibbs, and Mary Virginia
Robinson. Also attending were
Sandy Madsen and John Winfield.

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