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State of


County passes resolution
after feds decrease flow
Chronicle Staff
Georgia will have more
water, and the Apalachicola Bay
will suffer, as a result of a ruling
by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
In response, the Franklin
County Commission on Tuesday
night voted to send a letter to
Gov. Charlie Crist, Cabinet offi-
cers, legislators and congress-
men, declaring that Franklin
County is in a state of emer-
gency, teetering on the brink of
an economic disaster.
County Commissioner
Bevin Putnal first called for the
letter, pointing out that people
who make their living fishing
Apalachicola Bay will probably
move to Louisiana and Texas to
ply their trade, if something isn't
done. Making matters worse-if
that's possible-is the specter of
red tide hanging off the Gulf
County coast.
Other commissioners agreed,
noting that no facet of Franklin
County's economy is safe from
the damages inflicted on the
seafood industry. They voted
unanimously to send the letter
In a press release issued
Friday, Nov. 16, the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service released its
ruling on the "Exceptional

A 112-year-old lighthouse
will once again become an aid to
navigation when the Crooked
River Lighthouse beacon is offi-
cially relit at 5:30 p.m., Saturday,
Dec. 8 to kick off Holiday on the
Harbor & Boat Parade of Lights
in Carrabelle.
"We're actually reviving a
piece of maritime history," says
John McGinnis, Carrabelle's city
administrator. "Because every
lighthouse has a unique color
combination, a unique beacon
and a unique flash sequence,
relighting this beacon is a one-of-
a-kind event."
Crooked River Lighthouse
was built on the Florida main-
land in 1895 to replace a light-
house on Dog Island which had
been destroyed by a hurricane 22
years earlier. The original

Drought Operations" proposed
by the U.S. Army Corp of
Engineers for the Apalachicola-
Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin.
Its decision was to support the
key element of the U.S. Army
Corp of Engineers' plan that
does the most to increase storage
in Lake Lanier near Atlanta,
namely, the ability to capture
and store water in the lake when
the rains come to maintain addi-
tional watertto'guard against the
effects of a continuing drought.
The federal agency also con-
curred with reducing minimum
flows required below Woodruff
Dam, first dropping the mini-
mum to 4,750 cubic feet per sec-
ond (cfs) then to 4,500 cfs at
Woodruff Dam later. The
Service determined that the
Exceptional Drought Operations
with minimum flows reduced to
4,750* cfs and 4,500 cfs at
Woodruff Dam does not jeop-
ardize the future existence of
any of these species. The deci-
sion gives the Corps the flexibili-
ty to reduce flows to 4,750
The Service has been work-
ing closely with Corps for sever-
al months on the issue.
"Working collaboratively
with the Corps, this opinion
relies on the best available sci-
ence and data for its conclu-
sions," said Sam D. Hamilton,

Continued on Page 2


Here co-m- Christm as
Here comes Christmas

Don't look now,
but Thanksgiving is
over and Christmas
is just around the
corner, as these
decorations in
Carrabelle show.
For more about
seasonal happen-
ings, see Around
Carrabelle on
page 3.


on the Harbor plans set

Crooked River lens built by
Henri LaPaute of Paris, France -
refracted light from a flame kept
constant with oil which was
replenished by light keepers,
who lived with their families on
the property. The lens' unique
shape and speed of rotation pro-
duced the light's identifying flash
sequence. In 1933, the flame
was replaced by an electric bulb,
but the lighthouse itself didn't
become fully automated until
1952. After 100 years of service,
the lighthouse was decommis-
sioned, and the lens was relocat-
ed to the U.S. Coast Guard 8th
District Office in New Orleans.
"The new lens will replicate
the flash sequence of the origi-
nal," says McGinnis, "and
Crooked River Lighthouse will
once again safely guide sailors

into our harbor."
McGinnis says Lighthouse
Park also will feature a children's
playground, anchored by a 70-
foot long pirate ship, the
Carrabella. "We're keeping our
fingers crossed the ship will be
delivered in time for the relight-
ing ceremony," he says.
"Eventually, our plans include
rebuilding the lighthouse keep-
er's residence to house a muse-
On The Harbor
Carolers, holiday displays
and Santa will take center stage
on Marine Street for the 15th
annual Holiday on the Harbor
celebration in downtown
Carrabelle from 5-10 p.m.,
Saturday, Dec. 8.
Special guests include "The

Sauce Boss" Bill Wharton & The
Ingredients, who will provide
live musical entertainment for
Marine Street strollers, begin-
ning at 5:30 until the boat parade
begins at 7 p.m.
"This is a family-friendly
event, with something for every-
one," says Hauser. "With no
admission charge, and plenty of
free gumbo, we think it's the
entertainment value of the sea-
son. Where else can you see an
antique lighthouse come back to
life, watch a fabulous light
parade on the water, eat good
food, dance to good music and
visit Santa-all free. That's the
spirit of Carrabelle."
Boat Parade of Lights
The Decked Out Boat
Continued on Page 2




Chronicle Staff
An effort to dissolve the
Lanark Water and Sewer District
cleared another hurdle Tuesday
night when county commission-
ers were informed by Franklin
County Property Appraiser
Doris Pendleton that the signa-
tures represent at least 10% of
the property owners in Lanark.
Earlier this month, 816
signed petitions calling for disso-
lution were presented to the
Property Appraiser for certifica-
tion. Ten percent of the property
owners is the threshold the peti-
tion effort had to eclipse in order
for county commissioners to put
the question of dissolution to an
official vote of property owners.
But county commissioners
are hoping it won't come to that.
After receiving the petitions,
commissioners voted to do noth-
ing until negotiations between
representatives of Lanark and
the City of Carrabelle are com-
plete. The two entities are hash-
ing out details of an agreement
that would transfer all assets and
liabilities from Lanark to
Carrabelle, effectively dissolving
the Lanark District.
SCounty Attorney Michael
Shuler told commissioners that
once the petition signatures are
certified, the commission has the
"discretion" to set a vote, but it is
not mandatory. County commis-
. o.sMae.eE have several times
-expressed concern that they
could in some way interfere with
the negotiations, or that the
county could wind up operating
the water system if negotiations
Attorney Nick Yonclas, who
represents the Concerned
Citizens of Lanark Village, told
county commissioners that the
citizens he represents are also
waiting to see if the negotiations
bear fruit. He said he was satis-
fied for the County Commission
to take no action Tuesday night,
but said that if the negotiations
falter, he would return to the
County Commission to ask that
they put the dissolution to a vote
of property owners.
The Concerned Citizens
group has been pushing for dis-
solution, and has been critical of
management of the water sys-
At a workshop between
Lanark and Carrabelle earlier
this month, the two entities dis-
cussed merging. County com-
missioners attended that meeting
informally and gave a positive
assessment Tuesday night, say-
ing they thought progress is
being made.
The next Lanark District
meeting is Nov. 26th at 6 p.m.

What's on TV?
Beginning this week, The
Franklin Chronicle will publish TV
listings in each issue. The listings
will include prime-time TV
shows for most network chan-
nels. You'll can find the listings
today on pages 14 through 15.

Page 2 November 23, 2007


The Franklin Chronicle

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Highs in the
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Highs in the
low 70s and
lows in the
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Highs in the
low 70s and
lows in the
upper 40s.

7:13 AM
5:39 PM

Boats light up the harbor in a scene from a previous year.

Holiday from Page 1
Parade, featuring festively deco-
rated and lighted boats on the
Carrabelle River, kicks off at 7
"We anticipate 50 boats will
be decked out in holiday lights
for this year's parade on the
water," says Sheila Hauser, pres-
ident of Carrabelle Area
Chamber of Commerce. "The
boat parade takes a circular
course on the Carrabelle River,
beginning at the Old Flour

Docks at the end of Marine
Street, continuing up the river to
Tillie Miller Bridge, and finally
returning downriver to the start-
ing point."
The holiday parade is open
to all boats, and no entry fee is
required. Lighting displays will
be judged in the following seven
categories: recreational power
boats through 24', recreational
power boats over 24', commer-
cial boats through 24', commer-
cial boats over 24', sailboats,

pontoon boats and specialty
"Boats will line up at 6:30
p.m. before the parade begins at
7 p.m.," says Hauser. "Best
Lighting awards from each cate-
gory will be presented at 9 p.m.
at Papa Pirate's Tiki Bar on
Timber Island."
For more information or to
register a boat, call the
Carrabelle Chamber at (850)
697-2585 or visit www.carra-

Emergency from Page 1
Southeast Regional Director,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
"The Endangered Species Act is
flexible, and we have used that
flexibility in a way that doesn't
risk extinction of the species. We
are using adaptive management,
so as new data becomes available
and as conditions change, we are
assessing the situation and
adapting our management to
best meet the needs of the many
users of the system."
"The Corps has begun these
changes in operations today," a
Corps spokesman said after the
ruling. "We will closely monitor
conditions in the basin daily to
assess how these operations are
affecting both storage and
endangered species. Our moni-
toring will help us assess what
future operational adjustments
are necessary."
The modification provides
for a pathway to increase com-
posite storage-that is the
amount of water stored at
Lanier, West Point, and Walter
F. George. If the Corps does not
hold back some water now, and
if extreme drought conditions
continue, it is possible there may
not be enough water in storage

next summer to meet the needs
of the users.
"We live here too, and fully
understand what is at stake in
the negotiation about how to
allocate water," Hamilton said.
"As citizens throughout this
basin, we are learning that choic-
es have consequences and we
cannot outgrow our carrying
capacity, living beyond what our
region's natural resources can
"While fish and wildlife
conservation is only a small part
of this balancing act, we
approach our role seriously,"
Hamilton said. "It is our respon-
sibility to ensure these indicator
species, which help us assess the
health of the system, are given
the best chance possible to ulti-
mately thrive. The better they do,
the better we will do. Because if
this drought has shown us any-
thing, it has shown us we cannot
thrive as a citizenry on an
unhealthy river system."
The Service looked at the
affects of the Exceptional
Drought Operations on four list-
ed species: Gulf sturgeon and
three mussels: purple bank-
climber, fat threeridge, and
Chipola slabshell. The federal
agency said nothing specifically

about the impact of the ruling
Apalachicola Bay shrimp or oys-
"Right now, we've analyzed
the Corps' proposed action
through June 1, 2008, because so
much uncertainty exists about
what might need to happen after
that," Hamilton said.
The Corps has agreed to
come back into consultation
with the Service as they deter-
mine what conditions would
trigger a reduction to 4,150 cfs.
In recorded history, there have
only been a handful of days
where flows of the Apalachicola
River have been less than 5,000
The river system is used for
many municipal and industrial
purposes, including power gener-
ation, flood control, navigation,
drinking water, pollution dilu-
tion, agriculture, habitat conser-
vation, and recreation.
Additionally, Apalachicola
Bay requires fresh water to sup-
port people, wildlife, and the
roughly $200 million commer-
cial and recreational fishery the
Bay supports.
To read the reaction of
Congressman Allen Boyd, see
page 10.

Hospice sets service

Big Bend Hospice will host
the 2007 Service of
Remembrance on Sunday, Nov.
25, at Veterans Park on Water
Street in Apalachicola.
This time of remembrance

and healing includes music,
words of comfort and an oppor-
tunity to light a candle and speak
the name of your loved one.
Anyone who has experienced
the loss of a loved one can come

light a candle and honor a mem-
ory. Call Tammie Barfield at
850-933-1878 for more informa-

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The Franklin Chronicle


November 23, 2007 Page 3

Holiday events take

center stage f

Happy Thanksgiving!
Hope that everyone is cele-
brating this day with good food,
family, friends, and prayers of
gratitude for all those blessings
and those to come.
In your prayers today,
remember all the servicemen and
women who are far from home,
and for their safe return, and give
thanks for their sacrifices that
enable us to retain and enjoy our
blessings of liberty and freedom.
Around Carrabelle today,
many local folks enjoyed a
Thanksgiving meal provided by
your friends and neighbors at
Harry's on Marine Street.
Everyone was invited.
Friday, Nov. 23 is, of course,
the first day of the Christmas
shopping season. Join the cele-
bration in Apalachicola for the
first two days of that season with
Santa Claus, who arrives by
shrimp boat at the city docks on
Water Street at dusk, when he
will preside at the lighting of the
city's Christmas tree, and then
hear all the children's Christmas
wishes. The town will be decked
out with sidewalk luminaries
and musicians, all the stores will
be open, and carolers will sing.
The town will be open again the
following evening for the lighting
of the Yule Log, at which Santa
will also attend. Join your
Apalachicola neighbors for an
early arrival of the season!
In Carrabelle, Christmas
elves (disguised as city employ-
ees) are already at work, putting
up the street decorations and

IBy Laurel Newman
preparing Santa's reception hall
in the old Hook Talley building
on the corner of Marine Street
and S.E. Avenue B, in prepara-
tion for the Holiday on the
Harbor on Dec. 8, beginning at
"dark-thirty." The celebration
will commence with the re-light-
ing ceremony at the Crooked
River Light, with a newly-
installed lantern which is a repli-
ca of the original light, de-com-
missioned in 1995 by the U.S.
Coast Guard.
After the ceremony, the
Annual Boat Parade of Lights
will commence, and food will be
served in front of City Hall,
while the "Sauce Boss" Bill
Wharton will play his Spicy
American Blues for everyone's
enjoyment, at the Marine Street
Pavilion on the river. Santa Claus
will be there in his reception hall,
decorated with garlands and
lights, a tree, and a model
Christmas train, to greet every-
Mark your calendar now,
and don't miss any holiday

In 1972, the Miami Dolphins became the first NFL team to
go undefeated in a season, with a 17-0 record and a Super
Bowl championship.

Big Bend Hospice
and the

Franklin County

Advisory Council
invite you to attend the

200T .

Sunday, Nov. 25

2:00 PM
Veteran's Park

Come light a candle and honor a
loved one. This time of healing
and remembrance is open to
everyone. A reception will follow
the service.

rBig Bend
yg. hometown hopice. Uce.sed &in-I 15f&3
For more info, call
Tammie Barfield: (850) 933-1878
BBH Carrabelle: (850) 697-3231
BBH Apalachicola: (850) 653-1323


Legislative Delegation holds annual hearing
Franklin County Commissioners present Rep. Will Kendrick (right) with a plaque, praising his serv-
ice to the county during his term as representative. This is Kendrick's final term; he is being term-lim-
ited out of office. The presentations came at the beginning of the annual Legislative Delegation hear-
ings. The comments at the hearing were a bit repetitive. Just about everyone who spoke focused on
two topics: the struggles with Georgia over water and the possible construction of an alternate U.S.
98. It's no surprise that everyone addressing those two topics agreed: Legislators should use their
influence to battle plans to release less water downstream'into the Apalachicola River, and to block
construction of a new U.S. 98. Leading the delegation hearing was state Rep..Kendrick, chairman of
the Legislative Delegation. Others members of the delegation are Rep. Jimmy Patronis of Panama
City and Sen. Al Lawson of Tallahassee.

Keep food safety in mind during holidays

Florida Agriculture and
Consumer Services Commis-
sioner Charles H. Bronson is
urging consumers to follow food
safety measures as the holiday
season gets underway.
Numerous food borne ill-
ness outbreaks during the past
year have heightened public
awareness about the dangers
with various types of food items.
From E-Coli in lettuce and meat
to Salmonella in poultry, more
than 76 million people are sick-
ened by .food borne illnesses
every year in the U-S with more
than 5000 fatalities. However,
the majority of food poisonings
occur as a result of unsafe prepa-
ration and cooking practices.
The Department's Division
of Food Safety protects the food
supply through permitting and
inspections of retail food estab-
lishments and lab testing food
products. But once consumers
have purchased the food it is up
to them to follow safe and prop-
er food handling practices. Food
poisoning is caused by bacteria
that are often undetectable by
sight, smell or taste.
"People may get caught up
in the hectic pace of the holi-
days, with shopping, parties and
family reunions," Bronson said.
"Celebrations often center
around food, including buffets
that result in food being left out

for extended periods of time.
Even people who are well aware
of safe food handling and prepa-
ration may be less than vigilant
about following safe practices."
One top concern this time of
year is the increased risk of ill-
ness resulting from stuffing
turkeys prior to cooking, which
is not recommended by food
safety experts.
Here are some other tips to
follow for a safe holiday season:
Thaw the turkey in the-
refrigerator, not the counter.
Room temperatures -..promote
bacteria growth. Allow one day
of defrosting for each five
pounds of turkey weight.
Cook the stuffing separate
from the turkey. Stuffing put in
an uncooked turkey is suscepti-
ble to bacteria growth.
Cook to the proper temper-
atures. A food thermometer
should be used to ensure a safe
minimum internal temperature
of 165F has been reached to
destroy bacteria and prevent
foodborne illness.
The stuffing in a turkey
should reach a temperature of
165 degrees. Cooking a turkey at
less than 325 degrees is unsafe
because it allows the bird and
stuffing to remain in the danger
zone for bacterial growth for too
Don't interrupt the cooking

process. Interrupting the cook-
ing process promotes bacteria
Slice the turkey before
refrigerating. Whole turkeys do
not store safely in the refrigera-
tor. Put the slices into shallow
containers, cover and refrigerate.
Keep cold foods cold and
hot foods hot.
Be careful with holiday
buffets. Servings should be kept
small and replenished often
directly from the stove or refrig-
erator. The longer food is kept
out, especially beyond two
hours, the'higher the risk of food
Carefully store leftovers. To
speed up the cooling process, put
leftovers into shallow, covered
containers and keep refrigerator
temperature at 40 degrees F or
below. Perishable foods left at
room temperature for longer
than two hours are susceptible to
bacterial growth.
Thoroughly wash hands,
cutting boards and utensils
before and after contact with raw
meat, poultry, seafood and eggs.
Keep raw meat, poultry,
and seafood apart from foods
that won't be cooked. Cross
contamination can occur when
using the same cutting board for
meats and then for iregetables.

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The Franklin Chronicle

Is Lanark's long

nightmare near an end?
They say democracy is a messy thing. If that's the case, they've
had a lot of democracy going on in Lanark Village recently.
In recent months, the push to dissolve the Lanark Village Water
and Sewer District and have Carrabelle take it over has brought tem-
pers to the boiling point and caused the
community extreme distress..
That's a shame, and it defies the
stereotype of the peaceful small-town
American lifestyle. Peaceful, it has not
been. An outspoken critic of the District
was actually beaten up before one Water
Board workshop, causing the Board ses-
sion to be cancelled. After a typical
I meeting, people might have been tempt-
Tl,. C1 ed to say they went to a fight the other
night and a Water Board meeting broke
By Russell Roberts As a newcomer to Franklin County,
I don't have all the background on the
complex issues surrounding the strife, and I don't pretend to under-
stand how something as quaint as a community water board could
engender such hard feelings. I've been to a few Water Board meetings
and can tell you from my perspective it looked like there was plenty
of blame on both sides of the public debate. The three District Board
members could barely contain their disdain for certain people, and
they showed it through their smirks, rolling eyes and tone of voice.
Whether there were factors behind the scenes that led to that type of
silly conduct, I don't know. And I don't want to know because as far
as I'm concerned it's ancient history.
The heavy-handed tactics of the board-such as telling profes-
sional photographers at one recent meeting they could only take pho-
tos from the front row-were apparently an overreaction to the
Concerned Citizens of Lanark Village's filming meetings and posting
them on
No doubt the Concerned Citizens' scrutiny got on the last nerve
of the Water Board attorney and some of the District's employees
and Board members. But I think it's safe to say that without that con-
stant scrutiny-without the dedication, the hard work and, yes, the
irritation of the. Concerned Citizens--the Lanark Village Water and
Sewer Districi would not be as close to merging with Carrabelle as it
is today. The Concerned Citizens engaged in the messy business of
democracy and made their voice heard.
It looks now like the folks in Lanark might be about to wake up
from their long nightmare. As of this writing, talks between Lanark
and Carrabelle are progressing. Many people can't believe it's true;
they won't believe it until the ink dries on the signatures.
Here's hoping an agreement is reached. It's time for Lanark to



Do I look like I need a free turkey?

This is going to be very hard for any of you to
believe. I know because it was difficult for me to
believe. But according to a book I just read' "The
Millionaire Next Door," I am in the top 20% of the
richest people in America.
At first I was somewhat excited about this esti-
mation but then when I started thinking it over, it
really didn't sound all
that good for Amer-
ica. I mean if I am
actually in the top
20% of the richest
people in America,
this country is in seri-
ous trouble.
The fellow who
wrote this book is
rather old fashioned. TIG
He claimed that just '-
because a guy was ByRichard E. Noble
making $200,000 a
year and was driving a
BMW that didn't mean that he was wealthy. He
claimed that when you subtract what many of the
above people owe from what they actually have,
many of them are totally broke or operating in the
red and getting redder everyday. If they lost their
job tomorrow they would lose everything they
I am estimated in the top 20% of richest
Americans because although I have always been in
the bottom 10% of earners and have a poverty
income even today, I have a few dollars in the bank,
a car that is paid for, a residence that is paid for,
combined with no credit card debts or payments on
anything. This is, of course, after working for 55
years of my life. But that's why I am "rich" and
everybody else is poor, according to the Millionaire
Next Door.
Then a week or so later I stumbled onto this
blog about the stock market. This guy who was
writing this blog was commenting on an article he
had read in the Wall Street Journal where this man
who was currently earnings $250,000 per year was
complaining that he didn't have any money and
that $250,000 wasn't what it used to be in the good
old days.
The blogger, who was from a modest, blue-col-
lar background, suggested that if his mom and dad
had read this guy's griping over his insufficient
income they would have very little pity for the gen-
tleman. I was, of course, in complete agreement
with the blogger's mom and dad.
Well, then I scrolled down to the "comments"
section on this guy's stock market blog.
All of the comments were from people who
were earnings over $150,000 per year and every
one of them was in sympathy with the guy who
couldn't get along on his $250,000. They all agreed
that incomes over $100,000 per year were nothing

to brag about and that they all had to watch their
I have the strong feeling that while these peo-
ple may be watching their pennies, the dollars are
being seriously overlooked.
But OK, that's the prologue to this
Canterbury/Eastpointer Tale, now let's go to the
real story here this week.
I am standing in front of the meat counter over
at the Piggly Wiggly. It was Thanksgiving time. I
was looking at the turkeys. I
was trying to decide whether I should buy a 10
pounder or a
20 pounder-I enjoy leftover turkey at
Thanksgiving time.
Suddenly this lady bumped up next to me. She
wasn't the best dressed lady even by my Eastpointer
standards. In looking at her I did not presume that
she lived in the Plantation for example. Like me
she obviously needed some work and possibly a
trip to the local Hair Design or Cut. But let's not get
judgmental here. Remember those that judge will
be judged and none of us really want any of that
In any case, she nudges me and whispers;
"They are giving away turkeys over at the Such and
Such Church. Anyone can get one. You don't have
to fill out no papers or nothing."
"Really, why are they doing that?" I asked.
"Just because they're nice people and they like
to help folks," she answered.
"Well, that is really good of them isn't it?"
"It sure is. I got one for me. You ought to go
over there and get one for yourself."
"Well, thanks for the tip," I said.
Just then my wife came over; "What did that
lady want?" she asked.
"She told me that they were giving away free
turkeys over at some church."
"Yeah, but why do you-think that she told me
about the free turkeys over at this church? There
were lots of other people standing by the meat
counter here that she could have confided in? Do I
look like I need a free turkey not that I am above
accepting a free anything from anybody?"
My wife looked me up and down. "Well, you
didn't shave this morning."
"Yeah, but I'm retired, why do I have to shave
every morning?"
"You've got that old shirt on with the mustard
stain that won't come out?"
"So? It's my favorite shirt. I like this shirt; it's
"You've got those ratty jeans on with the holes
in the knees and a pair of white socks with a hole
in the big toe with those worn sandals?"
"Are you kidding. I saw a pair of jeans just like

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The Eastpointer from Page 4
these at the Gap, for $147. You have to pay extra for jeans with holes
in the knees these days. Expensive socks with holes in the toe will be
at the Gap'next year. I'm a trend maker here for cryin' out loud."
"Well then don't get all bent out of shape when someone tells
you where to go to get a free turkey."
"Who is getting bent out of shape? Where is that church any-
Richard E. Noble has been a resident of Eastpointfor around 30 years now.
He has authored two books: 'A Summer with Charlie," which is currently list-
ed on and "Hobo-ing America," which should be listed on
Amazon in the not too distant future. Most recently he completed his first
novel "Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother," which will be published soon.

National catastrophe program

would lower insurance rates

It suddenly appears
Congress may create a national
catastrophe-assistance program
to brace millions of homeowners
against natural disasters-and
disastrous insurance rates.
The House, by a 258-155
vote, has passed a plan by Reps.
Ron Klein and Tim Mahoney,
both of Florida. Now the Senate
has a companion bill by Sen.
Hillary Clinton and me. The bill
would allow multiple states to
join to help pay for each others'
disaster costs and would provide
them with low-interest federal
loans when damages exceed the
resources of state-run catastro-
phe funds.
Even though both bills keep
the federal government out of
the insurance business, President
Bush is threatening a veto
because, he says, it might take
business away from private insur-
ers. Other critics claim it would
be a taxpayer bailout of
Floridians who build where hur-
ricanes can blow them away or

Californians whose houses have
been burned to cinders.
But these critics fail to see
that taxpayers nationwide
already are paying the staggering
costs of recovery and rebuilding
after natural disasters. Consider:
For hurricanes Katrina, Rita and
Wilma, taxpayers have put up
some $94.8 billion. And there's
already a federal backstop for
terrorist events.
Wouldn't it be better if we
also spread the risk from wind,
water, wildfire and earthquake
among those states facing enor-

mous loss and, thus, lowered the
cost of insuring against such
Florida and California aren't
alone, after all. Recent disasters
have hammered half-a-dozei
states: Katrina in Louisianai
Mississippi and Alabama; hurri'
canes Andrew and Hugo in
Florida and South Carolina; and
the Northridge earthquake in
I can't say it much better
than did Florida Gov. Charlie
Crist in a recent letter to The
Wall Street Journal: "While indi-
viduals must do all they can to
provide for themselves, in the
end, rebuilding and repairing
lives and property in the wake of
a major natural disaster or terror-
ist strike is and should be a col-
lective American effort ... A
national catastrophe fund would
establish a disciplined, struc-
tured plan for what, as a simple
matter of reality, will be substan-
tial federal assistance following a
major natural disaster."

Inaction on Lanark petitions raises doubts

Lanark Village Resident
Who can we trust?
Those were the words on the
lips of a group of Lanark Water
and Sewer District residents who
had attended the Franklin
County Commission meeting on
Nov. 20, where they presented
their petitions to the County
Commissioners. The Commis-
sioners briefly acknowledged the
petitions and went on with other
agenda items.
There have been many true
and false words spoken concern-
ing the plight of the Lanark resi-
dents. The numbers who have
signed the petition to dissolve the
LW&SD in order to merge with

Carrabelle's Water and Sewer
District indicate that is the direc-
tion they would like the LW&SD
Commissioners to pursue as that
will be the most economical for
the residents.
At the merger workshop
with Carrabelle on Nov. 15, the
Lanark Commissioners and their
attorney, Brian Armstrong, pro-
fessed before the Lanark resi-
dents that they were in favor of a
merger and would work to pur-
sue it. Yet, on Nov. 1st and 8th,
LW&SD Commissioners pub-
lished a Request for Proposal in
a local newspaper for consulting
services to provide engineering
and administration of a Rural
Development Application that

would lead to grants and loans to
LW&SD improvements and
expansion that would put the
Lanark residents responsible for
a debt of over 12 million dollars.
At the September LW&SD
meeting, Sterling Carroll of the
Florida Rural Water Authority, a
consulting firm, presented his
plan to the District and told them
they needed to act on it as soon
as possible or it will cost them
even more money. They as well
as the attorneys at law, Nabors,
Giblin & Nickerson, of
Tallahassee, stand to financially
benefit by providing administra-
tive, engineering and legal servic-
es to a small Lanark Govern-
ment Utility Authority (GUA)

that would put the residents in
over 12 million dollars of debt.
On Nov. 15, the LW&SD
Commissioners (minus Commis-
sioner Pauline Sullivan who was
not notified or consulted about
the RFP) met to open the bids
for the RFP. While Armstrong,
Rohrs and Thoman profess to
support a merger with
Carrabelle, they continue activi-
ties that will lead to a Lanark
GUA and a huge debt load for
the residents.
Many Lanark residents
wonder if perhaps the County
Commissioners have another
plan for the Lanark District.
While several of the County
Commissioners have publicly

stated that they do not want to be
responsible for a Franklin
County Regional Water District
or GUA, making the Lanark
District the beginning of a
Regional District would create
job opportunities for their fami-
lies and friends. The majority of
the Lanark District residents are
first generation transplants from
other areas and do not have the
family ties and friendship groups
that can put pressure on elected
officials. Even the 866 (54% of
the land owners) that signed the
petitions did not seem to make
that much difference to the
County Commissioners on Nov.

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It's Thanksgiving! Eat up and go for a walk! ,
4:30-8 p.m.: Historic Apalachicola Christmas Celebration downtown.
Merchants open late, carols, Santa arrives on a shrimp boat at 4 p.m. at
the City Dock on Water Street, across from City Hall. For information,
call 653-9419.
2 p.m.: Service of remembrance to honor those we have loved and
lost. Veterans Park on Water Street in Apalachicola. Call 850-933-1878
for information.
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Rep. Allen Boyd's staff holds office hours at
Carrabelle City Hall.
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Rep. Allen Boyd's staff holds office hours at the
Franklin County Courthouse Commission Room in Apalachicola.
Celebrate the holidays Island style with the lighting of the palms trees
in the center of St George Island. Santa will be there and there will be
food, beverage and fun. For more information call (850) 927-2604.
Noon to 2 p.m.: Friends of Franklin County Public Library Fashion
Art Trunk Show and Luncheon to raise funds fQr the new library being
built at Eastpoint. Luncheon tickets and trunk show cost $30 per person
(tax-deductible donation), limited to the first 45 people responding. For
reservations, call 927-2303. Preview of art at 11 a.m. and after-luncheon
sale are free and open to the public..
S4 p.m.: Community Christmas Program at Historic Trinity Church in
Apalachicola. The Bay Area Choral Society, the First Methodist Church
Bell Cloi ~ the Eastpoint Chtrch of'God Women's Quintet,,and the
Riverkeeper Quartet. Admission donation $2.
Send your announcements of upcoming meetings and othei special occasions 10 the
Coimmunitv Calendar at news@(FranklinChroricle net. W'II l also announce birthdays in
this column at no charge.

Bill Mahan Report

Following is the report of Franklin County Extension Office Director Bill Mahan
to the County Commission on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
NOAA FL Red Tide Update: A patchy bloom of Karenia brevis, the Florida red
tide organism, is still being found in the FL Panhandle from Gulf County, FL to
Baldwin County; AL. Patchy high-impacts are possible in bay regions of Gulf County
through Thursday.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Update: The GMFMC will con-
vene its Socioeconomic Panel (SEP) on December 6-7, to discuss allocation issues and
the role of the Panel in the Southeast Data Assessment and Review (SEDAR) and
Council processes. The meeting will be held in Tampa beginning at 8:30 a.m.
December 6th, and ending no later than 1 p.m. on December 7th.
FL Fish & Wildlife Commission Updates: The FWC and the University of South
Florida (USF) announced last week the establishment of the Center for Prediction of
Red Tides. The Center will be located on the USF campus in St. Petersburg. A five-year
$1.25 dollar contract from FWC's Fish & Wildlife Research Institute will be matched
by USF $400,000 computer cluster and staff support for the center.
Fish Buster Bulletin, December 2007-Florida is the #1 place to fish according to
a survey by the U.S. Census Bureau with 46.3 million days of recreational fishing in
2006 (4.8 million days were by tourists).. Texas was second with 41.1 million days. FL
also ranked #1 in fishing participants' age 16 years old and older with 2.77 million.
However, FL has seen a decline in the number of fishermen of 11% over the past 5-
years, 3.1 million in 2001. FL was also #1 in angler spending with $4.4billion support-
ing 75,068 jobs. Texas was again #2 with $4.3 billion in spending and 58,938 jobs.

Show to benefit library building fund
The Friends of Franklin County Public Library invites the public to a Fashion Art
Trunk Show and Luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 3 to raise funds for the new
library being built at Eastpoint.
The show features wearable art for purchase-jewelry, jackets, scarves, and more-
by well-known artists newly exhibiting in our area.
The luncheon will include modeling, door prizes, raffle drawings, and special art
displays. Tickets for the luncheon and trunk show cost $30 per person (tax-deductible
donation), limited to the first 45 people responding.
A preview of art at 11 a.m. and an after-luncheon sale are both free and open to the
public. Raffle tickets for gifts are also being sold. Winners need not be present at the
luncheon. The price is $10 for 15 tickets, available at Sea Oats Gallery, St. George
Island. Gifts include a $175-value gift basket from Rejuva MediSpa, handpainted tea
set, seaside art lamp, painted silk scarf, and other items.
Featured artists are Kathi Gordon of Blue Water-Arts, Jennifer Flering, Aimee
Monahan, d. Majken Peterzen, and Joyce Estes. For reservations, call 927-2303.


Question #277: The chair (or
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up mostly of: a) air; b) empty
space; c) hardened chocolate
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Peter Crowell Presents

Weekly economic update for the
week of November 19, 2007
Quote of the week
"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive." -Robert
Louis Stevenson
Can oil stay under $100?
While U.S. crude oil inventories rose by 2.81 million barrels last
week according to the Energy Department, oil prices shot up again
Friday-by more than $1 per barrel-to
close at $95.10 on the New York
Mercantile Exchange. Venezuela's oil
minister Rafael Ramirez commented
that OPEC "can't do anything about the
pride," noting that crude oil prices might
top $100 "soon."1
Prices, jobless claims rise
Last week, the Labor Department
ce i4 v 4a e noted a 0.3% increase in its Consumer
Price Index for October, matching the
Sponsored by Pete September increase. At the current pace,
Crowell, CFP consumer prices will rise 3.6% this year,
versus 2.5% for 2006. Jobless claims also
hit a four-week high at 339,000.2
Industrial output dips
Abnormally warm weather and housing and auto industry trou-
bles affected industrial production in October. Federal Reserve data
showed the pace of manufacturing slowing 0.4% for the month; out-
put at factories, mines and utility companies declined 0.5%.3
NAR revises sales forecast
The National Association of Realtors now estimates that 2007
will be the worst year for existing home sales since 2002, with a medi-
an price drop of 1.7% to $218,200 for 2007 and a forecast median
price of $218,300 across 2008. One bit of good news: pending home
sales were up 0.2% in September, although still 20% below one year
Worst foreclosure markets
New 3Q data from RealtyTrac shows the metro areas with the
highest foreclosure rates: Stockton #1, Detroit #2, then Riverside-
San Bernardino, Fort Lauderdale and Las Vegas-Paradise.5 In
Florida, Levitt & Sons-the builder that created the modern sub-
urb-filed for bankruptcy.6
A bit of recovery
The DJIA climbed 320 points Monday on good news from Wal-
Mart and Goldman Sachs, even as Bank of America noted a $3 bil-
lion 4Q writedown. 7 All the major indexes gained on the week.

% Change 1-Week 4-Week Y-T-D
DJIA +1.02 -2.62 +5.73
NASDAQ +0.35 -3.33 +9.19
S&P 500 +0.35 -2.88 +2.85

(Source:,, 11/16/07)
Riddle of the week
A man tells you he can take a telescope and look into the past. Is
he right? Read next week's Economic Update for the answer
Last week's riddle
In the 1950s, New York and St. Louis both had-pro football and
baseball teams with the same name (the Giants, the Cardinals). Now
only one city has pro football and baseball teams named after the
same "species." What is that city? Answer: Chicago-home of the Bears
and Cubs.
Peter E Crowell is a Certified Financial Planner in Tallahassee and is a
Franklin County property owner.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a price-weighted index of 30 actively traded blue-chip
stocks. The NASDAQ Composite Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of all over-the-
counter common stocks traded on the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated
Quotation System. The Standard & Poor's 500 (S&P 500) is an unmanaged group of securities con-
sidered to be representative of the stock market in general. It is not possible to invest directly in an
index. NYSE Group, Inc. (NYSE:NYX) operates two securities exchanges: the New York Stock
Exchange (the "NYSE") and NYSE Area (formerly known as the Archipelago Exchange, or
ArcaEx, and the Pacific Exchange). NYSE Group is a leading provider of securities listing, trad-
ing and market data products and services. The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. (NYMEX) is
the world's largest physical commodity futures exchange and the preeminent trading forum for
energy and precious metals, with trading conducted through two divisions the NYMEX Division,
home to the energy, platinum, and palladium markets, and the COMEX Division, on which all
other metals trade. These views are those of Peter Montoya Inc., and not the presenting
Representative or the Representative's Broker/Dealer, and should not be construed as investment
advice. All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however we make no representation
as to its completeness or accuracy. All economic and performance is historical and not indicative
of future results. The market indices discussed are unmanaged. Investors cannot invest in unman-
aged indices. Please consult your Financial Advisor for further information. Additional risks are
associated with international investing, such as currency fluctuations, political and economic insta-
bility and differences in accounting standards.

From Page 6

Cogno's Corner Answer question #277 is: b) empty space.
Everything you can touch is made of millions of atoms. Each
atom contains a nucleus (center) and electrons around it. In between
the nucleus and the electrons is empty space. Electrical charges help
atoms hold their shapes, and cause atoms to cling to each other to
form objects such as a table or a floor. No matter how solid anything
feels, it is truly made up of mostly empty space.

Raising the Steaks

1. P aparazzo's
6. J essica of "Sin
C itl
10. "Makle it fasil"
14. Sup eiior to
15. Carson's
16. Pac-10 team
17. Ceriur, elbiurn,
20. Caustic stuff
21. vlold-iipened
22.Will Srmih ilmr
based on an
Asimov classic
23. Cause of weird
25. Porker's pad
26. Gum arabic
31. Inexact recipe
33. "Rabbit food"
34. Churlish soit
36. mater
40. Seance figure
43. Canine visitor to
44. At _end
45. Slowoy, on a
46. Student VIP
48. One in a convent
49. Scot's topper
52. Antiairclaft gun
55. Delphic prophet
57. "Passages"
author Sheehy
59. Forum greeting
62. Meaning no hairn
65. Inner: Prefix
66. Look after
67. Large ray
68. Hang in there
69. 1974 Peace
70. Witch's ride


1. Sagan of
2. Cyber-bidder's
3. Handed-dowi
4. Time to party,
5. English channel,
6. Boston Malathon
7. Grow dark
8. Scroogian epithet
9. With limbs liked
10. Mercury or
11. Some line-
12. Mlete out
13: Hardly ruddy
18. Surface figure
19. Lustful god

24. Ones on
26. Office title abbr.
27. Mob bigwig
28. Touched dowi
29. Chocolate
30. Ar in (F forest
Whitaker role}
32. The deil's
34. LeSabre maker,
35. Granola morsel
37. Navel buildup
38. Trumpeter's
39. 19-Dow, to the
41. Opinion,
42. Yalie
47. Timbuktu's land

48. "SNL" segment
49. Coiner man's
50. Luxury box locale
51. Fountain treats
53. Go-between
54. 'No p-oblern!"
56. Circulation
58. An arm or a leg
59. Dorini
60. Presidential
61. Wax-coated
63. Drink wth
64. Dinghy propeller

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Following is a list of Nov. 13,
2007 dispositions of cases in
Second Circuit Court, Judge
James C. Hankinson presid-
WAYNE: Charged October
15, 2007 with felony flee or
attempt to elude officer (to be
dropped); driving while
license suspended or revoked;
giving false name or identifi-
cation to officer; reckless driv-
ing. The defendant entered a
plea of no contest and was
adjudicated guilty. The defen-
dant was sentenced to 1 year
and 1 day in prison-count 2;
time served-counts 3 & 4.
Charged July 4, 2007 with
possession of controlled sub-
stance cocaine; possession of
ecstacy; possession of
cannabis; criminal mischief;
Charged August 2, 2007 with
possession of contraband at
county detention facility. The
defendant entered a plea of
no contest and was adjudicat-
ed guilty. Defendant was sen-
tenced to 36 months in
prison-counts 1 & 2 (concur-
rent); time served-remaining
Charged October 12, 2007
with grand theft. The defen-
dant entered a plea of no con-
test. Adjudication withheld.
The defendant was sentenced
to 37 days injail with 3.7 days
credit for time served; 36
months probation; restitution
to victim; attend and com-
plete NPI; $410 costs.
Charged September 26, 2007
with burglary of dwelling;
dealing stolen property. The
defendant entered a plea of
no contest. Adjudication
withheld. Defendant was sen-
tenced to 37 days in jail with
37 days credit for time served;
36 months probation; attend
and complete NPI and after-
care; no drugs or alcohol, ran-
dom testing; restitution to vic-
tims reserved on 60 days;
$410 costs.
E: Charged 2 times October
11, 2006 with sale of con-
trolled substance cannabis.
The defendant admitted being
in violation, and was found in
violation of probation. The
defendant was sentenced to
30 days in jail with 17 days
credit for time served; sub-
stance abuse evaluation and
treatment; probation reinstat-
ed, modified.
D: Charged January 11, 2007
with sale of controlled sub-
stance. The defendant admit-
ted being in violation, was
found in violation of proba-
tion and adjudicated guilty.
Probation revoked. The
defendant was sentenced to 1
year and 1 day in prison with
117 days credit for time
Charged October 5, 2007 with
battery on law enforcement
officer; trespass after warning.

The defendant entered a plea
of no contest and was adjudi-
cated guilty. The defendant
was sentenced to 39 days in
jail with 39 days credit for
time served; 30 months pro-
bation; substance abuse evalu-
ation and treatment; no drugs
or alcohol; AA 2 times per
week with sponsor; $410
Charged August 28, 2007
with 2 counts possession of
controlled substance; posses-
sion of cannabis; possession
drug paraphernalia. The
defendant entered a plea of
no contest. Adjudication
withheld. Defend-ant was
sentenced to 24 months pro--
bation; random urinalysis;
$510 costs.
DONALD: Charged April
19, 2006 with burglary of a
structure. The defendant
admitted being in violation
and was found in violation of
probation. Defendant was
sentenced to 30 days in jail
with 16 days credit for time
served; probation reinstated;
any conditions not met, re-
Charged July 23, 2007 with
sale of controlled substance
within 1,000 feet of a church;
retaliate against a witness;
,,grand .theft 3rd .degree; bat-
tery-felony; July 30, 2007
with tampering with physical
evidence; Charged 2 times
July 31, 2007 with sale of
controlled substance; Charg-
ed September 3, 2007 with
battery by inmate. The defen-
dant entered a plea of no con-
test and was adjudicated
guilty. Defendant was sen-
tenced to 24 months in prison
(concurrent) with 113 days
credit for time served.
Charged September 20, 2007
with burglary of dwelling;
grand theft; dealing stolen
property; criminal mischief
3rd degree. The defendant
entered a plea of no contest;
count 2 dismissed; adjudica-
tion withheld counts 1, 3 and
4. The defendant was sen-
tenced to 56 days in jail with
56 days credit for time served;
48 months adult supervision
probation (concurrent); resti-
tution to all victims; no con-
tact with victims; Hearing
restitution set for January 14,
Charged August 27, 2006
with grand theft motor vehi-
cle; grand theft 3rd degree;
SCharged September 13, 2006
with possession with intent to
sell cannabis. The defendant
admitted being in violation,
was found in violation of pro-
bation and adjudicated guilty.
Probation revoked. Defend-
ant was sentenced to 18
months in prison with 113
stipulated days credit for time
served. Cases concurrent.'
LAS: Charged August 11,
2006 with lewd or lascivious

conduct. The defendant
entered a plea of no contest to
the lesser charge of simple
battery and was adjudicated
guilty. Defendant was sen-
tenced to 17 days in jail with
17 days-credit for time served;
12 months probation; no
drugs, random testing; no
contact with victim, family or
residence; payment to crimes
compensation trust fund;
$582 costs.
D. I: Charged 3 times
November 8, 2006 with sale
of cocaine. The defendant
admitted being in violation
and was found in violation of
probation. Defendant sen-
tenced to 63 days in jail with
63 days credit for time served;
probation reinstated, modi-
fied. Any conditions not met
P: Charged August 28, 2007
with 2 counts possession of
controlled substance; posses-
sion of cannabis; possession
of paraphernalia. The defen-
dant entered a plea of no con-
test. Adjudication withheld.
Defend-ant was sentenced to
24 months probation counts 1
& 2; 12 months probation
counts 3 & 4 (counts concur-
rent) with 3 days credit for
time served; $370 costs.
Charged April 4, 2007 and
May 23, 2007 with burglary
of conveyance.. The defendant
entered a plea of no contest to
the lesser charge of trespass
and was adjudicated guilty.
Defendant was sentenced to
180 days in jail with 99 days
credit for time served; $250
THOMAS: Charged
November 16, 2006 with sale
of cocaine. The defendant
admitted being in violation,
was found in violation of pro-
bation and adjudicated guilty.
Probation revoked. Defend-
ant was sentenced to 36
months in prison with 261
days credit for time served.
SEPH: Charged October 19,
2005 with aggravated battery
with deadly weapon. The
defendant admitted being in
violation and was found in
violation of probation.
Probation reinstated, modi-
D: Charged January 5, 2005
with grand theft; Charged
August 29, 2006 with grand
theft; Charged June 15, 2006
with criminal mischief 3rd
degree felony. The defendant
admitted being in violation,
was found in violation and
adjudicated guilty. Defendant
was sentenced to 24 months
in prison with credit for time
served. Cases and counts con-
Charged July 20, 2007 with 2
counts child abuse (to drop
charges); corruption by
threats; driving while license
suspended felony; battery

domestic violence (to drop
charge); resisting officer with-
out violence; DUI accompa-
nied by minor. The defendant
entered a plea of no contest to
count 3 & 4 and to lesser
charge of DUI. Defendant
was sentenced to 30 months
in prison (concurrent with
another case).
Charged March 17, 2006 with
possession controlled sub-
stance marijuana over 20
grams; possession drug para-
phernalia; Charged January
24, 2007 with resisting officer
without violence; possession
of cannabis; possession of
paraphernalia; driving while
license suspended or revoked.
The defendant admitted being
in violation and, was found in
violation of probation and
adjudicated guilty. Probation
revoked and terminated.
Defendant was sentenced to
30 months in prison-count 1.
Count 2 and misdemeanor
counts-sentenced to time
SHEA: Charged December
2, 2005 with felony fleeing or
attempting to elude officer.
The defendant admitted being
in violation and was found in
violation of probation.
Defendant sentenced to 1
year additional probation.
Probation reinstated, modi-
JR: Charged 3 times
September 13, 2007 with sale
of controlled substance with-
in 1,000 feet of a church. The
defendant entered a plea of
no contest and was adjudicat-
ed guilty. Defendant was sen-
tenced to 36 months in prison
(concurrent) with credit for
time served.
Charged April 21, 2006 with
grand theft; uttering (passing
worthless document);
Charged May 17, 2006 with
uttering; 2 counts grand theft.
The defendant admitted being
in violation, was found in vio-
lation of probation and adju-
dicated guilty. Probation
revoked. Defendant was sen-
tenced to 1 year and 1 day in
prison with 123 days credit
for time served.
WINGARD: Charged
September 13, 2007 with sale
of controlled substance; sale
of controlled substance with-
in 1,000 feet of a church. The
defendant entered a plea of
no contest. Adjudication
withheld. Defendant was sen-
tenced to 61 days in jail with
61 days credit for time served;
36 months probation; sub-
stance abuse evaluation and
treatment; no drugs or alco-
hol, random testing; $510
costs. Cases concurrent.
JOYCE: Charged March 18,
2006 with battery. The defen-
dant admitted being in viola-
tion, was found in violation of
probation and adjudicated
guilty. Defendant sentenced

to 86 days in jail with 86 days
credit for time served; proba-
tion terminated.
JOYCE: Charged September
13, 2007 with possession
cannabis with intent to sell
within 1,000 feet of a
church/business. The defen-
dant entered a plea of no con-
test. and was adjudicated
guilty. Defendant was sen-
tenced to 61 days in jail with
61 days credit for time served;
30 months probation; sub-
stance abuse evaluation and
treatment; no alcohol or
drugs, random testing; $710
EVERETT: Charged
September 5, 2007 with sexu-
al battery with 16 or 17 year
old (charge to be dropped);
criminal mischief 200 to
1,000 dollars. The defendant
entered a plea of no contest.
Adjudication withheld.
Defend-ant was sentenced to
1 year probation; substance
abuse evaluation and treat-
ment; no alcohol or drugs,
random testing; AA 2 times
per week with sponsor; 'no
contact with victim; $290
RICOLE: Charged
September 26, 2007 with
dealing stolen property. The
defendant entered a plea of
no contest. Adjudication
withheld. Defend-ant was
sentenced to 30 months pro-
bation; substance abuse evalu-
ation and treatment; no con-
tact with victims; restitution
reserved on 60 days; $410
LY JANENE: Charged
January 9, 2006 with burglary
of a dwelling; Charged
September 11, 2007 with
criminal mischief 200 to
1,000 dollars; DUI. The
defendant entered a plea of
no contest and was adjudicat-
ed guilty; admitted being in
violation and was found in
violation of probation.
Probation revoked. Defend-
ant was sentenced to 18
months in prison; 69 days in
jail with 69 stipulated days
credit for time served; sub-
stance abuse evaluation and
treatment; DUI school; 6
month license suspension.
D: Charged March 12, 2007
with aggravated battery great
bodily harm; Charged
September 15, 2007 with sale
of cocaine. The defendant
entered a plea of no contest
and was adjudicated guilty.
Defendant was sentenced to 6
months in jail with 63 days
credit for time served; 10
years probation; substance
abuse evaluation and treat-
ment; no drugs or alcohol,
random testing; restitution to
victims; $370 costs. Cases

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The Franklin Chronicle

The Franklin Chronicle


November 23, 2007 Page 9

Manatees and lobsters and eagles, oh my!

FWC to meet in
December on rule changes
The Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) will meet at the
Marriott Key Largo Dec. 5-6.
Commissioners will consid-
er final approval of the Florida
Manatee Management Plan dur-
ing the Wednesday (Dec. 5) ses-
sion. If the plan passes, it will
mark the first time the FWC has
had a comprehensive manage-
ment plan that lays out all the
realistic measures the state can
take to nurture the species away
from the threat of extinction.
The plan also includes measura-
ble goals for the manatee's recov-
Also up for consideration on
Wednesday are rules to reclassify
manatees from endangered to
threatened on the state's imper-
iled species list. Commissioners
also will hear an update on a pro-
posed management plan and
associated rules concerning the
bald eagle Wednesday. Final
action on those proposals will
take place at a later meeting.

New4s fo FWC

Wednesday's agenda also
includes consideration of the
1,148-acre Dunham Ranch in
Polk County as a mitigation park
and acquisition of the 1,652-acre
Lucky L Ranch in Osceola
County as an addition to the
Three Lakes Wildlife Manage-
ment Area.
During Thursday's session,
the first item of business is elec-
tion of the Commission's new
chairman and vice chairman for
After that, Commissioners
will consider final adoption of
rules that will place the FWC's
due process procedures and dele-

gations of authority in the
Florida Administrative Code
and make them more available to
the public.
In addition, the Thursday
agenda includes final action on
captive wildlife regulation pro-
posals. This includes bonding
for exhibition of venomous rep-
tiles and other financial responsi-
bilities or bonding for exhibition
of Class I wildlife, which are
considered potentially danger-
ous. The rules also require pro-
cedures for reporting animals
that escape from their facilities
or while away from those facili-
Concerning marine issues
on Thursday, Commissioners
will review and discuss a series
of draft rule proposals from the
FWC's Spiny Lobster Advisory
Board. The board's proposals
include ending the spiny lobster
trap reduction schedule, allow-
ing commercial lobster trappers
to place their traps in the water
the day after the two-day sport
season, allowing two different
spiny lobster endorsement hold-
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Fox squirrels look different than gray squirrels.

vessel, reverting trap certificates
not paid for to the FWC after
two years instead of three and
prohibiting the harvest of any
egg-bearing females of all lobster
Also, the Commission will
review and discuss a proposed
rule that would modify the legal
dimensions for black sea bass
traps to allow more flexibility in
the size and shape of these traps.
In other marine fisheries
actions, Commissioners will
review and discuss the proposed
Division of Marine Fisheries
Management work plan for
2008-09 and ways to better incor-
porate FWC input into the feder-
al fisheries management process.
The Commission also will
consider various federal fisheries
management issues, including
management alternatives for
Atlantic gag grouper and vermil-
ion snapper and Gulf gag and
red grouper, amberjack and gray
The Marriott Key Largo is at
Mile Marker 104 on the
Overseas Highway, and FWC
meetings are open to the public.
The meeting will convene at 8:30
a.m. both days.
Big foot or fox squirrel?
The speculation about the
mystery creature in Baker
.County is running rampant.
Stories run the gamut from an
escaped ape to a juvenile "big
foot," according to media
However, according to offi-
cials with the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC), there may be anoth-
er explanation-an orange phase
fox squirrel.
Fox squirrels are the largest
species of tree squirrel. They
have distinct color phases rang-
ing from reddish brown to pale
grey backs and red to yellow-
orange bellies. These animals
can be about 2 feet in length,
when measuring the tail and
body. They have broad tails,
coarse, grizzled fur and short

FWC Officer Ken Holmes,
the investigator on the mystery
creature case, said the animal in
question is not behaving like a
primate, especially with all the
nocturnal activity.
The first sighting of the mys-
tery creature occurred at the end
of October. A homeowner
reported hearing and seeing
something in a tree behind his

house. Holmes went to investi-
gate. Although the investigator
acknowledges that there was
something about 100 feet up in a
pine tree in a nest-like structure,
he was unable to identify it.
The homeowner told
Holmes. that the creature had
broken into some jelly dough-
nuts that were at the site. Holmes
suggested that since the creature
had exhibited an interest in the
doughnuts, that the homeowner
should leave additional treats at
the base of the tree to lure the
creature back to the ground.
Holmes then instructed the
homeowner to call once the ani-
mal was out of the tree.
The creature came and went
with no one seeing it.
"I'm not discounting any-
thing. However, this creature,
whatever it may be, simply isn't
acting like a primate (monkey),"
Holmes said. "When it climbed
up in the nest and hid, that was-
n't primate behavior. An orang-
utan would have peered over the
side to watch what was going on
down below.
"Orangutans don't walk
very well, so they swing from
limbs, and it's hard to swing
from pine tree limbs. Orangutans
are messy eaters. If the animal
were an orangutan, you would
expect to find pieces of doughuts
or fruit scattered all over the
place, rather than just neatly nib-
The next sighting was
reported Wednesday when a
homeowner reported hearing his
dogs bark and a shadowy figure
running across the roof of his
dogs' kennel late that night. The
homeowner didn't get a good
look at the creature since it was
Thursday, Holmes went to
the site and set up a culvert trap,
baiting it with bananas and
apples, which had been donated
by KC's Produce in Lake City.
"The trap was still empty
Friday morning," Holmes said.
"However, the story attracted
quite a crowd to the area, so the
animal may have been simply
avoiding the people."
Holmes continues to moni-
tor the situation.
"The possibility that it may
be a fox squirrel is a good one,"
Holmes said.
Holmes speculates that if
the trap catches any wildlife, it
will be of the native variety.

Page 10 November 23, 2007


The Franklin Chronicle

Boyd decries river reduction

Congressman Allen Boyd
(D-North Florida) has decried
the assessment by the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
of the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers' proposal to reduce
the minimum water flow in the
Apalachicola River to an eventu-
al 4,150 cubic feet per second
(cfs) from 5,000 cfs-a 16 percent
reduction-over a six month peri-
od or longer. This massive
reduction of flows to 4,150 cfs is
equivalent to 517 million gallons
of water every day.
The Corps of Engineers
began reducing the water flows
in the Apalachicola River to
4,750 cfs, and they plan to con-
tinue reducing these flows to an
eventual 4,150 cfs if drought
conditions persist.

"Reducing water flows by
millions of gallons every single
day will be tantamount to a
death sentence to the Apalachi-
cola River and Apalachicola Bay
if these flow levels are main-
tained," Congressman Boyd
said. "In Florida, thousands of
jobs are at stake as well as the
health of our environment and
the communities that depend on
the Apalachicola River and Bay
for their livelihood. The USFWS
even agreed that this system is
already seriously distressed, and
the Corps' proposal only serves
as a Band-Aid for a problem that
is not going away. I plan to con-
tinue fighting this violation of
our resources, and I hope that a
much more reasonable and long
term water management solution

will be developed so that we do
not find ourselves in this difficult
and damaging situation year
after year."
Over the past 35 years, the
state of Florida has been ahead
of the game when it comes to
water supply planning through
the development of a long term,
statewide water management
strategy. In stark contrast, the
state of Georgia has failed to
plan for their water supply needs
amidst major development in the
state. In fact, there currently is
no moratorium on new develop-
ment and associated new water
requirements in the Atlanta
Regional Area despite the fact
that drought conditions are
expected to continue.
"Our state should not have

to pay the price for Georgia's
lack of long term water plan-
ning," Boyd stated. "The water
supply problems in Georgia did
not happen overnight, and they
certainly are not exclusive to
Georgia. I strongly urge the
state of Georgia to recognize
their need to look further down
the road and develop a plan for
their continued growth and
water needs."
Since Georgia Gov. Sonny
Perdue asked the Army Corps of
Engineers last month to reduce
the minimum flow of- water to
the Apalachicola River, Con-
gressman Boyd has been work-
ing with the state of Florida and
with his colleagues in the Florida
Congressional Delega-tion to
block the alteration of the reser-

voir releases. Earlier this month,
Congressman Boyd and mem-
bers of the Florida Delegation
sent a letter to the House and
Senate Leadership opposing the
reckless legislation introduced by
the Georgia Delegation that
would allow any Governor or
Secretary of the Army to sus-
pend the protections provided by
the federal Endangered Species
Act (ESA).
"The Apalachicola River
and the Apalachicola Bay are
critical to our economy, our envi-
ronment, and the quality of life
for hundreds of thousands of
residents," Boyd said. "The state
of Florida must stand together to
make sure that these resources
are protected."

The Jim Woodruff Dam on the Florida, Georgia state line is where water is released into the Apalachicola River.

A history of water supply planning in Northwest Florida

Regional water supply plan-
ning efforts in Northwest Florida
have long focused on identifying
and developing needed alterna-
tive water supplies to proactively
meet long term water resource
challenges in a manner that sus-
tains.water resources and associ-
ated natural systems and ecosys-
tem functions. As a result,
inland ground water supplies
and transmission pipelines have
been developed, as well as water
reuse facilities and a number of
other projects across the district.
Concurrently, stringent regulato-
ry measures have been instituted
to improve water conservation
and water use efficiency.
Unlike Florida, Georgia has
never moved beyond paper exer-
cises and plans for meeting the
current and projected water sup-
ply needs of the upper basin.

Northwest Florida is far beyond
just planning for the future needs
of the area and has already
secured sources and production
capacity for water needs in criti-
cal areas through 2020. Similar
planning and implementation
activities are occurring through-
out the state of Florida.
1972: Five water manage-.
ment districts were created by,
the Florida Legislature through.
passage of the Water Resource
Act to focus on regional water
supply needs.
1977: Water supply plan-
ning and development of water
supply future needs begin in
Okaloosa, Walton, and Santa
Rosa Counties, which was the
Northwest Florida Water Man-
agement District (NWFWMD)'s
first major water supply project
following the creation of the dis-

trict. -
1982: The first Regional
Water Supply Development Plan
for the NWFWMD was com-
1997: The Florida Legis-
lature amended the Florida
Water Resources Act, directing
the state's five 'water manage-
ment districts to comprehensive-
ly assess the sufficiency of water
supplies over a 20-year planning
period and to develop regional
water supply plans for those
areas with insufficient water
sources to meet the 20 year proj-
ect demands while also protect-
ing the environment.
1998: In response, the
NWFWMD established seven
water supply planning regions
and completed the first District-
wide Water Supply Assessment.
Only Region II (Santa Rosa,

Okaloosa and Walton Counties)
was determined to need a Water
Supply Plan at that time.
2001: The NWFWMD
completed the Waterq Supply
Plan for Region II.
2003: The demand pro-
jections from the District-wide
Water Supply Assessment were
updated through 2025.
2005: The Florida
Legislature established the
Water Protection and Sustain-
ability Program Trust Fund for
the purpose of providing a recur-
ring source of funding to assist
water suppliers and local govern-
ments in meeting longterm alter-
native water supply development
and other statewide water
resource needs. Since the 2005-
2006 fiscal year, over $21 million
in state funding has been appro-
priated through this program for

alternative water supply and
water resource development
projects in northwest Florida.
Local governments and utilities
in Northwest Florida have pro-
vided $40 million for these proj-
ects. The total funding for the
alternative water supply and
water resource development
projects is $60 million.
2006: The NWFWMD
completed the first update of the
Region II Regional Water
Supply Plan.
2007: The NWFWMD
completed a Water Supply Plan
for Region V (Franklin and Gulf
Information provided by
the Northwest Florida Water
Management District.

The Franklin Chronicle


November 23, 2007 Page 11

Check out charities before giving

Consumers should check
out charitable organizations
before making any donations,
according to Charles Bronson,
secretary of the state Depart-
ment of Agriculture and Con-

summer Services.
As the holidays get under-
way, charities are gearing up for
their busiest time of the year.
Many collect about half their
annual donations in the short

time between Thanksgiving and
New Years. There are 12,597
charitable organizations regis-
tered with the state.
"The number of charities
registered with the department

continues to rise and the barrage
of requests for help that con-
sumers receive can be daunting,"
Bronson said. "But consumers
have a wealth of information at
their fingertips if they just take a

little time to research a charity to
ensure it is legitimate and that
donations are being spent in a
prudent manner."
Florida law requires most
charities that do business in the
state to register with the Depart-
ment and provide financial infor-
mation about income and expen-
ditures, regardless of where the
home base is. There are more
than 11,000 charities registered
with the state.
Consumers should always
make sure a charity is registered
before donating and check on the
complaint history. However,
even if a charity is properly regis-
tered, consumers should get
information about how dona-
tions are spent. The Depart-
ment does not endorse any char-
ity, even those properly regis-
tered. The Department also
doesn't have authority to dictate
how a charity spends its funds
but does provide financial infor-
mation so consumers can make
educated decisions about where
to contribute. An annual 'Gift
Givers' Guide' lists all registered
charities and provides a break-
down of how much is spent on
fundraising, how much on
administrative costs such as
salaries and operating expenses,
and how much actually goes
toward program services. The
guide also includes the names of
professional solicitors and con-
sultant who are working on
behalf of a charitable organiza-
"Unfortunately, some con
artists don't think twice about
taking advantage of someone's
generosity and giving spirit"
Bronson warned. "That's why
it is important for consumers to
find out if a charity has regis-
tered or is exempt. Failure to
properly register should raise a
huge red flag with consumers."
Bronson also provided the
following tips to consider when
deciding whether to donate to an
Don't judge an organiza-
tion based on an impressive
sounding name. Find out what it
actually does.
Be wary of emotional
appeals and organizations that
have only vague plans for spend-
ing the funds they collect.
Never give cash. Write a
check payable only to an organi-
zation-not an individual.
Be wary of organizations
that offer to send a 'runner' to
pick up your donation.
Reputable charities are willing to
wait for your contribution.
Consumers have the right
to ask for an organization's
financial report and its federal
tax identification number-the lat-
ter of which you'll need to claim
your contribution as a tax deduc-
Ask the organization to
send you written information
about its activities.

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Students and their teacher pose in front of a school in Eastpoint for a photo taken around
1906. The Archives of Florida History identify the teacher, at right as Herbert Brown. The
photo is part of a collection of historical pictures donated by the Brown family. The Archives
state that Herbert Brown lived from 1883 to 1984.

Boyd staff
holds office
A member of Congressman
Alien Boyd's (D-North Florida)
staff will be visiting Carrabelle
and Apalachicola on the fourth
Wednesday of every month so
the people of Franklin County
have the opportunity to discuss
issues concerning them.
Boyd's staff is trained to
assist constituents with a variety
of issues relating to various fed-
eral agencies.
In Carrabelle, office hours
will be Wednesday, Nov. 28, 9:30
a.m. 11 a.m., Carrabelle City
In Apalachicola, the hours
will be 1:30 p.m. 3 p.m. at the
Franklin County Courthouse
Commission Room.

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making duo of "Captain"
Darryl Dragon and wife
Toni Tennille remained on
the air with a series of
prime-time specials. These
three, which took them to.
Hawaii and New Orleans
and on a tribute to
American music, feature
guests Kenny Rogers,
David Soul, Don Knotts,
Glen Campbell, B.B. King
and other stars of the day,
all caught up in the good-
times tide of the couple's
infectiously wholesome,
sing-along high spirits.
-Neil Pond, American

In the last ten years,
Wilson's music has taken a
back seat to her other
media appearances, includ-
ing a gig as an "Entertain-
ment Tonight" correspon-
dent, and a cybercast of her
gastric bypass surgery. This
warm, welcoming collec-
tion of some of her favorite
Christmas classics is a
reminder of the tuneful
vocal talent she inherited
from her dad, Beach Boy
Brian Wilson, that helped
fuel the sugary-sweet
sounds of the '90s pop trio
Wilson Phillips.
-Neil Pond, Americanr

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After their successful net-
work variety show ended in
1977, the sunny "Love Will
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The Florida Highway Patrol
has announced that state troop-
ers will be conducting driver
license/vehicle inspection check-
points during daylight hours at
the following locations in
Franklin County:
-Nov. 23-29: S.R. 30, S.R. 30A,
S.R. 65;
-Nov. 30: S.R. 384, S.R. 67,
S.R. 377, S.R. 385.
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Several years ago, the
Franklin County Commissioners
were approached by concerned
citizens of Sumatra about the
Sumatra Cemetery as to the
ownership and who could and
could not be buried in it. The
County Commissioners listened
respectfully during the numerous
times the Sumatra residents
spoke emotionally and tearfully
during the county meeting. After
many months of discussion, the
Franklin Commissioners ended
up buying the Sumatra
Cemetery for the Sumatra resi-
dents and relatives for $10,000. It
would be nice if the residents of
Lanark Village Water and Sewer
District. could treated with the
same concern and respect as
those of Sumatra. "Lanark.resi-
dents would like their wishes to
be respected by the elected offi-
cials, but there has come a time
when they do not know who to


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Opinions expressed on alternative Highway 98

Chronicle Correspondent
Following are some of the
opinions of local people
expressed during last week's pub-
lic meeting to gather public com-
ments about the possible con-
struction of an alternative U.S.
Briefly, the Northwest
Florida Transportation Corridor
Authority (NFCTA), is a board
enabled by legislative act to
adopt a Master Plan by 2005,
which was accomplished in
April. The first phase of the
Master Plan is known as the
Corridor Feasibility Study,
which is to "identify and develop

feasible causeway corridors that
will accommodate a new road-

way while satisfying the future
regional transportation demand
and minimizing the social, eco-
nomic, and environmental
effects of this project. For this
project a 'corridor' is a 2000-foot
wide path that would accommo-
date the right-of-way needed for
the roadway."
The project states that no
replacement of "Scenic" High-
way 98 is planned, but an anoth-
er highway would be intended
"to provide mobility in the area."
It further describes the project's
three goals of improving people
and freight movement, reducing
travel time for emergencies, and
economic growth and develop-

This first meeting seemed to

Curley Messer

serve entirely as a selling point
for a new evacuation highway
parallel to Highway 98, which is
apparently generated so much
opposition comment, as well as
protest on part of wildlife, wet-
lands, watersheds and other co-
dependents, including adequate
control of surgewater in Tate's
Hell State Forest, where any par-
allel road would have to be built.
Here is a sample of some of
the comments:
Kathy Swaggarts (Alligator
Point): "I'm concerned with
potential consequences of our
actions," she said, referring to
the problem of getting in and out
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Here at the Franklin Chronicle we see the
need to help our local animal shelter in get-
ting the ani-
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so they will
not have to be destroyed. There are
many adult cats to choose from as well
as many cute kittens. At this time there
is over
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If just the thought of crowd-
ed malls, long lines, traffic snarls
and poor customer service have
put a "hum" in your holiday
"ho," consider a myriad of fun,
festive alternatives in the charm-
ing, historic communities of
Franklin County.
With the last of
Thanksgiving leftovers polished
off, it's time to get a jump on
your holiday shopping this
Friday, Nov. 23 from 4 8 p.m.
during the Historic Apalachicola
Annual Christmas Celebration.
Shake loose of the coupon-wav-
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shoppers in selecting the perfect
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Kids of all ages should make
sure their "wish list" is ready for
Santa's arrival. In coastal style,
Santa will arrive via shrimp boat
at the City Dock on Water
Street, across from City-Hall, at
4 p.m. For more information
about Apalachicola's Christmas
Celebration, call 850/653-9419.
Franklin County ushers in
December with two special
events. A holiday Fresh Market
will take place outdoors at the
Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola
on Friday, Dec. 1. Shoppers can
expect to find fresh holiday
wreaths, garlands and trees.
Hand-crafted gifts including vin-
tage European glass bead jewelry
also will be featured. For more
information, call 850/653-9419.
There won't be any snow,
but chances of sand are good on
St. George Island during the
Island Lights celebration, Friday,
Dec. 1, from 6:00 8:00 p.m. at
St. George Island Public Park.
Visitors will enjoy the traditional
lighting of the palms, followed
by Santa's arrival. There will be
music and refreshments for all.
For additional information, call
Historic Trinity Church is
the location of Apalachicola's
Community Christmas Program
on Sunday, Dec. 16. A joyful
holiday tradition, this musical
event features The Bay Area
Choral Society, the First
Methodist Church Bell Choir,
the Eastpoint Church of God
Women's Quartet and the
Riverkeeper Quartet. The audi-
ence is invited to accompany
The Choral Society in singing
the Hallelujah Chorus from
Handel's Messiah. Admission is
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Highway 98from Page 14

of Alligator Point during an
emergency. Will Stewart, the
project manager for HDL, the
engineering firm hired by the
NFCTA, said, "We will process
for the connector 'roads' soon."
"What about water reten-
tion and restriction affecting
habitats? I have heard of many
areas (around the state) where
water control and flow disturb
the natural wetlands, at great
cost to the habitants," she said.
Stewart said that they would
endeavor to replace natural
hydrology in the disturbed areas
by working with the Forestry
Department, and improved
stormwater drainage. Swaggarts
said that she was not impressed
by "new" stormwater drainage
Dan Rosier (Carrabelle
Beach area): "I live six miles
(west of) the bridge on Highway
98," he said. "I rely on down-
town, everyday, and I would
need it during an emergency, and
so would all my neighbors. I
need Highway 98." He said that
once he was in town, he already
had an evacuation route. "We'll
look at north-south routes,"
Stewart said, "but most people
have to go east or west to get to
(Highways) 65 or 67."
Leslie Cox (Lighthouse
Point): A Green Guide and
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"Why can't we have state of the
art stormwater treatment along
the existing 98? So far, we
haven't had anything but
dumped sand and riprap, and
'hope for the best.'
"We want to keep the habi-
tat where it is; we don't need a
parallel corridor. If the county
has allowed additional housing
with no roads, that's a develop-
er's problem, not the taxpayers.
That's a concurrency issue," she
said. "Furthermore, all the pub-
lic land to the north of us is what
makes our estuaries and Bay the
most productive. I'm for the 'no
build' option," she concluded, to
loud applause.
Michael Keith (Wakulla
County): "Absolutely all that
land in Tate's Hell was bought
for conservation," he said, "not
for transportation corridors."
The project's engineer, Ray
Reissener, replied, "The master
plan was based on the service
level based on 2030 as supplied
by the counties."
Ben Fusaro (Tallahassee):
Ben Fusaro, a college professor
(FSU) and Green Guide instruc-
tor, had this to say: "The Florida
Panhandle is what is referred to
has a 'biological hot spot.' It con-
tains over 2,000 separate native
plant species; more are found in
this region that any other compa-
rable region within the United
States. Its list of native plants,
and animals, and their richness
and biodiversity have been over-
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ports more reptile and amphib-
ian species that anywhere else in
the United States and Canada,
with more than 40 amphibian
and 80 reptilian species.
"A road is a sink," Fusara
said, "if you build it, they will
come. Mitigation is baloney."
Another round of applause
greeted these remarks, to which
Stewart replied, "Wildlife cross-
ings are considered to make
crossings easier, and also to pro-
vide more water inland to take
wave action subside, otherwise
they would be impracticable to
Mayor Wilburn "Curley"
Messer (Carrabelle): Mayor
Curley Messer stood at the podi-
um and announced, "If anyone
tries to take our road away from
us, I will sue them myself. We
are not going to let anyone ruin
Carrabelle; we can fix 98 and
keep it for years to come."
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Give your home a guest-friendly holiday tune-up

With guests coming from far
and wide to celebrate the holi-
days this year, you have never
had a better excuse to make your
home more livable. Hey, it's only
human to put off fixing that
leaky faucet or squeaky stair, but
we all want our homes to be per-
fect when we are playing host.
Your guests will greatly appreci-
ate the effort you go through and
you'll get the benefit of a nicer
home once they leave. Now
Janes don't generally need an
excuse to jump into DIY action,
but since the countdown to the
holidays has started, it's time to
get moving! Here are a few tips
to get you started:
Put Out the Welcome Mat
Creating a great guest room
involves more than just cleaning
the linens the night before your
visitors arrive. It's easy to think
that your guests will feel right at
home in your house because,.
well, it's your house! Just
because the room has a bed does-
n't necessarily make it a good
guest room. Homeowners often
use their spare bedroom as an
office or a gym. Would you real-
ly want to spend the night nes-
tled next to a computer or a
treadmill? Well, neither do Aunt
Sylvia and Uncle Fred!
If this sounds familiar, start
by cleaning out as much as your
stuff as you possibly can before
your guests arrive. Try to make
the room less about function and
more about comfort. Take big
items to the garage and store
papers and other important doc-
uments away in inexpensive plas-
tic storage containers or neatly in
the closet. (Remember, your
short-term guests will only need
a little space for their clothes).
If you can, try to invest in a
few functional furnishings. A
daybed makes the transition
from full mattress to couch, and
an armoire can serve multiple
purposes. If you don't have the
dough to plunk down (and really,
who does with the holidays
looming) scour Craig's list, yard
sales, and second-hand stores for
classic, clean pieces. A little
paint or stain can breathe new
life into any piece of furniture,


regardless of how dilapidated it
may look!
Don't forget those creature
comforts. A television, a phone,
even a computer with internet
access will allow your guests to
truly feel at home. And clean
linens are a must. For less than
$20 at most discount stores, you
can find high quality sheets and
towels. Add a scented candle,
fresh flowers or linen spray to
give your guests a hotel-like
But I Don't Have A Guest
If your guests are going to
shack up on the couch for a bit,
be sure that "they have a little
space to call their own. Clear out
a hall closet, give them a drawer
in the bathroom, or make room
on a bookshelf. There's nothing
less inviting for a guest than to
have to unpack and repack their
suitcase every day.
Privacy is extremely impor-
tant. If you have a small apart-
ment, be sure that your guest
feels that they have a bit of alone
time. They should have access to
the television and a reading light
even after you decide to go to
bed. In the morning, it's even
more important to be as respect-
ful as possible. If you have chil-
dren or pets, keep them out of
the guest area until they wake.
Keep your kids from rifling
through your guests personal
belongings and allow your guest
an appropriate space and time to
dress and prep for the day.
Get on those Repairs
It's no secret that your toilet
runs constantly or that doorknob

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 11/05/07 Invoice No. 14411
Description ofVehicle: Make Honda Model Accord Color Green
TagNo.No Tag Year 1996 State FL vinNo. 1HGCD5636TA129568

To Owners Dale E. Washington
1437 Kingford Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32312

To Lien Holder:Drive It Away Auto
391 Castleton Circle
Tallahassee, FL 32312

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was
towed on 10/30/07 at the request of FHP that said
vehicle is in its possession at the address noted below. They the under-
signed 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 $ 244.50 plus storage
charges occurring at the rate of $ 22.00 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 12/03/07 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


jiggles when you go to turn it,
but who-wants to tackle these
mundane repairs? Just because
they don't provide the biggest
payoff doesn't mean you can
ignore these annoyances forever.
Besides, once your guests come,
you run the risk of having them
comment on them. (And every-
one has one of those relatives).
Then you will be annoyed and
Make a list of all of the
things that need looking into and
tackle them in order of impor-
tance. If you're honest, you will
probably have quite a lengthy
list, so don't expect to get to all of
the projects. Be realistic about
what you can get done and set a
timeline. Once they are com-
plete, you will feel more confi-
dent about the way your home
looks and feels. To make sure
you at least get something done,
order them from easiest to hard-
est rather than feeling over-
whelmed by the hardest task
being project number one.
Cleanliness Speaks Volumes
No matter how you live the
rest of the year, the one thing
you want to be sure of is that
your house is clean before your
guests arrive. You also want to be
sure that it stays as clean as pos-
sible during their visit. This will
not only make your guests feel
more comfortable during their
stay, but will keep the family
rumor mill down to a minimum.
Think about how many of your
relatives talked to you about the
way a certain member of the
family lives!
The Outside Speaks, Too!
How does the front of your
home look? 'Are there dead
weeds littering the driveway? Is it
dark and depressing? There are a
number of small projects that
you can do in the course of a
weekend to spruce up the front
yard. From installing outdoor
lighting kits, building a walkway,
planting a small flower bed, or
even painting the front of the
house, your guests will feel more
at home and you'll be proud to
show off the results of your hard

Accept That Things Will Break
Look, if your grandmother's
china is something that is very
important to you, only serve
Thanksgiving dinner on it if you
can bear the thought of a piece
or two getting misplaced or bro-
ken. There's no sense in having a
meltdown over a broken plate in
front of the one group of people
that will remember it for every
year thereafter. If it's something
that seems stressful just thinking
about it, then consider using the
not-so-nice tableware and set the
scene with beautiful linens and
cutlery. Trust us, nobody will
care. Everyone is really there for
the company and the food any-
Prepare Properly
With guests in town,
remember to be realistic. Choose
your home improvement proj-
ects wisely and realistically. If
you don't think you can get a
particular project done well
before the arrival of your guests,
then don't start it. There's noth-
ing worse than staying in a room
that's 'half-done."
That said, we all want our
homes to look absolutely perfect,
but resist the urge to splurge on
expensive furniture, rugs, or
other d6cor in anticipation of
your guests arriving. With chil-
dren comes horseplay, spilled
drinks and dirt, so save yourself
the headache of worrying about
your most important personal
items. The last thing you want to
be is the kind of host who
screams over footprints on the
carpet. Assume that your guests
will put their feet on the furni-
ture, and plan accordingly! You.
can always hire a cleaning crew
for those tornado-like relatives.
The most important thing to
remember is to be sure not to
lose sight of what the holidays
are really about-spending time
with your family and friends. By
getting some minor projects out
of the way, you will be able to let
yourself relax and enjoy the
inner bliss this time of the year
can bring. Happy Holidays!
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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 11/05/07 Invoice No. 14412
Description of Vehicle: Make VW Model Passat Color Gray
Tag No.NoTag Year 1993 State FL VinNo. WVWJD4316PE139406
To Owner Angela M. Hicks To Lien Holder:
496 Avenue A, Apt. #B2
Eastpoint, FL 32328

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was
towed on 10/30/07 at the request of Owner of Property that said
vehicle is in its possession at the address noted below. They the under-
signed 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 $ 170.00 plus storage
charges occurring at the rate of $ 22.00 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 12/03/07 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

Major automakers will
increase production of
green cars


Dear EarthTalk:
We've all seen the current
generation of hybrid cars, but
what vehicles do the automakers
have coming out that are even
- Brian Smith, Seattle, WA

No longer just the domain of
the Japanese, greener cars are
forthcoming from just about all
of the major automakers. Toyota
will improve on its hot-selling
Prius by adding a plug so owners
can juice up the batteries
overnight and make it at least six
miles before switching over to
the car's gasoline-powered inter-
nal combustion engine. Toyota's
president hinted that the plug-in
hybrid, though still in the proto-
type stage, could attain double
the fuel efficiency of the current
Prius, which gets 46 miles per
While gas-electric hybrids
are all the rage today, carmakers
are also looking at other tech-
nologies, though none are on the
market yet. Mitsubishi's new
concept car, the iMiEV, runs for
more than 120 miles exclusively
on electricity stored in high-
capacity lithium-ion batteries,
and sports small electric motors
on each of the front wheels, as
well as another propelling both
back wheels. Nissan is also get-
ting.into electrics with its Mixim
concept car, which can reported-
ly go 155 miles on a single rapid-
charge (20-40 minutes only).
While Nissan says it has the
technology to mass-produce the
Mixim today, costs remain too
high to make feasible from a
marketplace perspective.
General Motors (GM)
recently released a prototype of
its futuristic Chevrolet Volt. This
concept car is designed to go 40
miles on just its batteries, but it
has an onboard gasoline-pow-
ered internal-combustion engine
(not connected to the wheels)
that can recharge it on the fly.
GM hopes to make the Volt
available to consumers within
three years, but because of slow
lithium-ion battery development,
competitors wonder if such a
timeline is too ambitious.
On the fuel-cell front,
Honda already has a few dozen
of its zero-emission hydrogen-
powered 2007 FCX sedans on
the road, and plans to lease 100
or so more of the sleeker 2008
model. Honda will only lease the
vehicles to a few lucky individu-
als, since each FCX costs hun-
dreds of thousands of dollars to
General Motors is launching
a "test" fleet of a 100 fuel-cell
powered Chevrolet Equinox
SUVs in select cities across the
U.S. in 2008. The company will
also set up hydrogen refueling

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stations in the same locales. The
program will last two years and
GM engineers hope to glean
important information on how
to improve its fuel cells to per-
form better at lower cost.
South Korea's Hyundai is
also getting involved in fuel cells,
launching a U.S. test fleet of
some 300 of its Tucson SUVs.
The company also recently
unveiled its i-Blue concept car, a
decidedly space-age vehicle that
reportedly can cover 372 miles
before needing to refuel. The
company says that it will put fuel
cells into mass production by
2015, if not sooner.
Automakers are responding
to growing environmental con-
cerns-and consumer demand-
by producing vehicles that our
grandparents would not recog-
nize as cars. The dream of futur-
istic vehicles may just yet
become a reality.
CONTACTS: Toyota,; Mitsubishi,; Nissan,; General
Motors,; Honda,;
Dear EarthTalk:
I recently had an argument
with a friend who says that if we
pollute and cut down the forests,
it doesn't matter because the
Earth will take care of itself any-
way. How would you counter
such an argument?
- Alison Berglof, via e-mail
It is true that Mother Nature
has amazing powers to restore
her ecosystems, and most scien-
tists agree that it would be nearly
impossible for humans to destroy
the Earth itself, despite our suc-.
cess at wreaking environmental
havoc. Short of a catastrophic
meteor strike or some other
unforeseen galactic trauma, the
Earth will likely continue to spin
in the solar system, perhaps as
long as there is a solar system.
Example after example from
distant and recent history under-
score the fact that the Earth can
recover from just about any trau-
ma-including the meteor strike
65 million years ago that many
believe caused the extinction of
the dinosaurs. Whether subject-
ed to tidal waves, volcanic erup-
tions or nuclear bomb blasts,
landscapes reform anew, even if
it takes years, decades, centuries
or eons.
But what is at stake if we
don't clean up our act may be life
itself as we know it, both our
own and that of other species
with which we share the planet.
We are already witnessing what
may be an even larger species
extinction than occurred with
the dinosaurs-but this time
thanks to various human activi-
ties. Eminent Harvard biologist
E.O. Wilson predicts that
human-caused environmental
destruction will lead to the
extinction of half of all species
on the planet within 100 years.
Such species loss is a big prob-
lem for humans. That incredible


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Golfing great Greg Norman turns to winemaking

Greg Norman is well known for his spectacular suc-
cess on the golf course, which includes two British Open
Championships, 20 U.S. PGA Tour titles, and a 2001
induction into the World Golf Hall of fame. Mr. Norman
is also a successful businessman whose endeavors
includes a wide range of businesses including golf course
design, men's and women's clothing apparel-and wine-
We recently met with Andrew Hale, senior winemak-
er to Greg Norman Estates since 2000 to get his take on
the current state of Australian winemaking and to taste
some of Mr. Norman's current wine offerings.
Mr. Hale related how the three plagues of drought,
late frosts and fires have severely impacted the 2007 har-
vest in Australia with some areas losing up to 50 percent
of their crop. He also discussed his concerns with the
potential of global warming, which can cause grapes to
ripen too fast and not fully develop full flavor maturity.
Fortunately none of the wines that we tasted had been
cursed with any of the above calamities. We were very
favorably impressed with the Greg Norman Estates
Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir Australia NV ($15).
Nice biscuit nose, and an elegant, austere expression in
the mouth with refreshing citrus notes. It would be the
perfect accompaniment to appetizers or the main course.
Finishes long and creamy. This is an amazing sparkler for
the price and would certainly provide a lot of pleasure for
the upcoming Holiday meals.

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We were also impressed
with a trio of Greg Norman
Estates Padthaway Reserve
Shiraz-2000, 2001 and
2002. The 2000 exhibits a
plum nose and rich black-
berry and chocolate flavors.
Nice acidity to accompany
food and a hint of oak, and
mild supple tannins. The
2001 was another winner
with ripe plum and blackber-
ry notes and a more pro-
nounced spice and mint. Soft

tannins and round mouthfeel.
Our favorite in a close race, though, was the 2002,
which exhibited a distinctive mocha nose and flavor
mixed with the rich blackberry and plum flavors.
All three of these wines are ready to drink now, or
they can easily age for up to 10 years. They are 100 per-
cent shiraz and retail for about $50.
We tasted a bunch of new and old zinfandels at a
recent tasting with friends. You won't find a better con-
coction for good cheer.
As the weather turns cold, zinfandel is a good choice
to ward off the winter chill. And, it is a perfect accompa-
nyment to foods like chili, stew and sausage. Sounds like
a tailgate to us.

Wine of the Week
Ridge York Creek California Zinfandel 2004 ($30).
About 13 percent of this wine is petite sirah, which gives
it a sturdy structure. Violet aromas, soft fruit redolent of
raspberries and cherries, followed by a long, intense fin-
ish. This is winemaker Paul Draper's 30th vintage of the
York Creek wine.

EarthTalkfrom Page 19
diversity of life keeps our water, soil and air healthy, our
stomachs full and our ailments in check (many modern
medicines originated as herbal plant remedies).
And regardless of the fate of other species, the
destruction of our environment also impacts us directly.
Though early conservationists sought largely to preserve
nature for its own sake and beauty, most environmental-
ists today see a direct correlation between environmental
protection and human health. Modern environmental
problems like fast-paced habitat destruction, toxic chemi-
cal releases and global warming (which is exacerbated by
cutting down forests) raise concerns about the spread of
diseases for which we have not evolved proper defenses.
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yura- & Bar

The Freshest La -eafoo Stcea s, Sandwiches, Salads a- ids Menu

The Famniy Friencdlest Place Live Entertainment Nightly

Large Parties Welcome OPEN FOFr 0-tAKFAST A- :o00 A.M.

First Right Over The Bridge, On Your Lei
BAlr HOURS: Sunday thru Thursday B:oo a.m. to Midnigh
and Fridajy Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
KITCHEN HOURS: Everyday S:o0 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.


*- ~ 1 "/

Lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Dinner from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Lunch: Sandwich Basket with Coleslaw $4.95/
Dinner: I Dozen Wings $5.15
Lunch: Hamburger Steak with Mashed Potatoes
and Veggie of the Day $5.15/Pinner:
Hamburger SteaK Dinner with Mashed Potatoes,
Veggie of the Day, Garlic Toast and Side Salad
Lunch: 3 Hard or Soft Shell Tacos with BlacK
Beans and Rice $3.15/Pinner: 3 Hard or Soft
o Shell Tacos with BlacK Beans and Pice $3.95
Lunch: Spaghetti with Garlic Toast $4.95/
Dinner: AL You Can Eat Spaghetti with 6iarlic
Toast and Side Salad $7.15

Lunch: Catch of the Day Fish Sandwich with
Coleslaw $4.95/Dinner: All You Can Eat Peel r
Eat Shrimp with Coleslaw and New Potatoes
pt Lunch: SteaK (( oz. 4ibete) Sandwich with
C oleslaw $.915/Dinner: Surf r Turf (I Shrimp
t SKewe r 12. oz. Ribey) with garlic Toast, New

Lunch: Country Dinner (All Da) Meat,
Potatoes, Veggie of the Day, Garlic Toast and
Side Salad $6.95/
Pinner: Country Dinner (All Dal) Meat,
Potatoes, Veggie of the Dal, Giarlic Toast and
Side Salad $S.95

We also have available sweatshirts, t-shirts, holiday gifts, etc. No ubtut % d
SNo ubstitutions/o% Added to.
: ' U n" "- \ ;' --' -: 'i .) NAll "To Gmo" Orders

The Franklin Chronicle


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