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Putting it back together
Concrete was poured a few days ago as the project to rebuild the Battery Park Marina boat ramp in Apalachicola progrcsse
Concrete mixer trucks came at a steadN pace to keep the truck mounted concrete pump spewing the mix at a steady pac
The pour started early in the day and was completed by carlh afternoon.

Legion pauses to memorialize veterans
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Memorial Day began c.irh
for members of the American
I egonl Post 82 in Lanark
Village, as they placed American
flag, on all the known soldiers'
grades in Carrabelle, at both
Later, at 11 a.m., Comman-
der-elect A.P. Wh.lty of the
American I cgion Post 82 in
Lanark Villag. called an assem-
bly of I t'cionna.irr s and p):it, to
order ,lr the fl.ig r.iiingi ceremo-
ny held at the Post. After wel-
coming those in attrrndancc.
Whaley called for new Chaplain
Mike Guidry, Builder Second
Class, USNR, to give the invoca-
tion. Aflrr the pr.I ,'r While')
announced that "Taps" would be
played during the flt 1.i: I.i'.i
preceded hb the rc.litng, of the
lyrics for that music. Chuck
Spicer read the words in a rever-
ent tone, and the music Irgan
Sergeant-at-Arms James
Akers lowered the American
flag. which had been at h.lf-stall,
then raised it briskly to the pin-
nacle, where it waved sonfly in a
gentle breeze under the warm
All present then assembled
in the meeting hall, where
Commander-elect Whaley called
for all to come to order, and the
men to "uncover" (removal of

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Members of the American Legion Post 82 in Lanark Village salute as Sergeant-at-Arms
James Akers raises it to the top of the mast. L-R: Bill Miller, Sct.- areas. SAI.;Commander
Don Ellison, SAL; Diane and Bob Wohlcrt;Robert Ochala; Trey Taylor, M.P. -in-training,
U.S. Army; Travis Earl; Commander-elect A.P. Whalcy; Chaplain Mike Guidry; James

hats) for the Pledge of
Allegiance to the 11.ig,
Commander-elect Whaley
gave a brief welcome speech,
saying "'NMmorial Day is not
about another long weekend,
and an excuse to party. It's about
honoring the memory of every
man and woman who have given
their lives in defense of free-

dom," and introduced former
Commander of the Sons of the
American Legion (SAL) Bill
Miller to give his annual
Memorial Day speech. Miller
recounted a story he had heard
about a Marine marksman land-
ing upon Iwo Jima, and finding
that he had no rifle. "A lieu-
tenant saw his problem," Miller

said, "and handed over his own
rifle. 'I won't need this,' he said,
'1 have niv pistol.' The marks-
man thanked him. and went into
battle, from which he returned.
Later, he saw the lieutenant's
name on the list of the fallen. He
felt that he owed his own life to
that soldier, and though about
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Graceful oak trees highlight
the waterfront property.




Questions remain
About its use
C/ry'inh l/ Correspondent
Franklin County. in the past,
has owned very little Park and
Recreation property that was
open to the public. That has now
changed with the recent acquisi-
tion of the Lombardi property
west of Apalachicola and the
Indian Creek Park in Eastpoint.
On TuLesdad. May 20th ,the
Lombardi property was open for
the first time for public inspec-
tion from 1-3 p.m.
County Ci'rnmm]sninTnrs and
>C'.iTtintl'l, i UIuptic r,'r, were on
TT hand fit'rrret the pubic and to
janicwr quc-tions concerning this
bc.utiful pimpervt on the water
d. front. Also present were men-
Ce. brs of the Seafood Task Force
and Franklin County Seafood
Workers Association, who were
instrumental in working g for the
County's acquisition of this
The Lombardi property has
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will be

Local citizens are Ianding
ltIgcthir to clean up litter on the
Apalachicola, Carrabelle and
Chipola RR\ci,. as part of Nat-
ional River Cleanup Week 2008
The Apalachicola River-
kccpcr. Carrabelle Waterfront
Partnership, Main Street
Mar.ianna. and the City of
Ch.iit.ihioo h will conduct
river lc,lnlups. with the help of
volunteers on Saturday Ma,. 31st
from 8 a.m. until noon. Clean-
ups will start with coffee and
donuts at the various meeting
"We try and create opportu-
nities to clean up these rbeautilil
rivers," say's Andy Smith.
Executive Director of the
Ap.l.achicola Riverkeeper. "It
can be disheartening to see so
much litter, but that's overcome
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The Franklin Chronicle

By To / / I

I am confused and a little
frustrated and annoyed right
now. As a person with a lot to do
and very little time to do it in, I
find that, at every turn, I am
being bombarded with triviali-
ties. I fail to understand why
anyone gives a hoot about
Clinton's reference to Bobby
Kennedy's assassination. When
read in context, it was a dumb
thing for her to bring up but the
media are continuing to report
on it and analyze it and bring in
expensive panels of experts to
determine its place in the infinite
scheme of things until coverage
of the gaffe has gone beyond
being merely ridiculous and
entered the realm of high farce,
even unbounded zaniness.
The daily newspaper to
which I subscribe has ten pages
in the sports section today and
only one page dedicated* to
national and international news.
During football season it was 16
pages of sports to one of nation-
al and international news.
Maybe I should be grateful that
they devote as much space to
news that affects the safety of
our nation as they do to the
funny page. Somehow, I'm not.
At least the Rev. Hagee's
comment about Hitler being sent
by God to force the Jews back to
Israel hasn't been bouncing all
over the sorry excuses for news
stations we have been stuck with
lately. I wonder why WVrght got
all the flack and llagce got a
pass? Maybe if Fox or CNN or
NBC were forced to give up
reporting on and overanalyzing
petty trivialities, they might just
have to report on something that
matters to the future of our
nation and our society. Maybe
someone would investigate the
truth about gas prices, or explain
why our health system seems to
be in such a mess, or exploding
the preposterous myth that
claims Obama is a Muslim.
Maybe their panels of experts
could analyze the need, or lack
of need, for the immensely com-
plex income tax code and report
on what is needed to fix it.

Veterans from Page 1
him over the years." Miller
paused, and continued, "Then
one day last year, that former
Marine was walking through a
Tallahassee cemetery, and he
saw the lieutenants' name on a.
headstone with the inscription.
'Iwo Jima. February 19.1945.
He returns to that grave every
week. honoring the memory of a
soldier died on duty."
Next. President of the
Auxiliary, Mary Crane spoke
briefly, saying, "I want t remmind
everyone that not only are we
honoring all the men and
women, both past and present,
who were casualties, but I am
thinking of all the veterans lay-
ing in hospitals today, wounded
in body and spirit, some of
whom will never leave those
beds in this life. They deserve
our honor, too."

This problem of exaggerat-
ing trivialities is more than a
source of minor frustration for a
few die-hard patriots and news
junkies. It is a symptom of a
nation that has become addicted
to sound bites, quick fixes and
instant gratification. Let's talk
about exciting trivia and not
have to think too deeply about
the real problems. Thinking is
soooo hard. I say, "addicted"
because it is fast becoming an
addiction. The more we get used
to not thinking, the more a lack
of thought will become the norm
until we stop thinking altogether.
The issue isn't new with the
advent of television and the
internet. Henry David Thoreau
(1817-1862), in an article printed
in the 1863 Atlantic, said, "I
believe that the mind can be per-
manently profaned by the habit
of attending to trivial things, so
that all our thoughts shall be
tinged with triviality."
Thoreau must have been
prophesying the style of news
coverage we are seeing more of
on CNN, Fox, NBC, and the
daily papers.
Where's the bear?
I was asked this week if the
bear that was seen on the Island
a few weeks ago has been seen
again. Upon inquiry at the St.
George Island State Park, It was
learned that the bear is either
hiding out or has gone back to
better pickings in Eastpoint No
one has seen It recently Some
have shown curtlost\ ;s to hhow a.
bear could get clear over here
from the mainland with such a
large expanse of water to cross.
Remember that, at low tide. the
Bay is very shallow and an ani-
mal as large as a bear wouldn't
have to swim very much to get to
the Island or back. Besides, bears
are excellent swimmers and love
to explore.
Lighthouse update
The St. George Island
Light-house and Visitor Center
is drawing a lot of attention as it
nears completion with the out-

Whaley introduced the next
speaker, Mary Bntz. "A retired
Navy nurse, who served in the
military hospital in San Diego
during World War II." Bntz took
the podium and began,"The bat-
tle of Okinawa took a terrible
toll; 12.527 servicemen were
killed, and thousands others
wounded. That military hospital
in San Diego was not a happy
place to work, but one event
comes back to me. I was sitting
with a wounded man. who was
in a coma after surgeryv. One
afternoon, his eves opened
halfway, and lie began to speak
to me. It was apparent lie
thought he had died; as he
looked at me in my white uni-
form and cap, he told me that I
was the most beautiful angel lhe
could ever hope to meet him at
the gate. I gradually convinced
him that he was alive, and I was
just his nurse. Once lie woke

side painted
white and
the stairway inside undergoing
construction. On Thursday, May
15, the St. George Island
Plantation maintenance depart-
ment delivered two line bike
racks to the lighthouse, The bike
racks were designed and built by
the maintenance department and
donated by the St. George Island
Plantation owners.
Volunteers needed
The influx of summer visi-
tors to the Island is keeping the
Lighthouse Visitors Center staff
busy and they are looking for
more volunteers to talk to
Lighthouse visitors about its his-
tory and our Island attractions
and to keep the Center open. If
you like to meet people and
would enjoy talking about our
history and attractions, contact
Elaine Rosenthal at sgilight(a or phone (850)
927-7744 or (850) 323-1008.
Meals-on-wheels is also
looking for volunteers to serve
the elderly and shut-ins in
Eastpoint and Apalachicola. If
you are interested call Tony or
Ruth Smith at (850) 927-2550.
Restaurant snag
Once again plans for the
building on East Gorrie across
from Aunt Ebby's and the
Subway have changed. The cou-
ple who were planning a restau.
rant there ran inlo problems get-
ling a permit from the County
health dep.altilent because of an
old sewer system that is nade-
quate for a restaurant under the
new zoning regulations Present-
ly Sam Holliday and Ken Dykes
are working on the building,
attempting to turn it into a game
room and place to relax. Let's
hope they break the curse that
seems to hang over the place.
God Bless, stay in touch,
and remember, to contact me.
phone 850-927-2899 or e-mail
tjloughridge( I
answer all letters and try to find
answers to your questions about
our wonderful area.

completely, we had a little laugh
over that. There were not that
many occasions to laugh in that
hospital, but I treasure that one."
The final speaker, Travis
Earl, said simply. "We should
remember our soldiers who
fought and are fighting today
and every day."
Commander-elect Whaley
closed with a few remarks
encouraging everyone, when
they saw a soldier In uniform, to
sinmpl shake their hand and say
"Thank you," but when trying to
ccOunlit .a iecenll expeClence of
his own. he became overcome
with emotion and unable to
complete his story. The chaplain
said a prayer to end the service,
and the guests then sat down to a
hearty lunch of barbecued ribs,
chicken, and all the fixin's pre-
pared by the Sons of the
American Legion.

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I CI Hi L Cond

The Franklin Chronicle


May 30, 2008 Page 3

Hurricane season: Are you ready?

Only 2 days to go... and the
weather watching days begin
Franklin County residents
with a healthy respect for hurri-
canes will start their day with
weather news, keeping an eye
peeled for incipient hurricanes
on every weather broadcast
available to them. Sports bars
across the 'anlhaindle will have
patrons' eyes glued to the
Weather Channel instead of "the
Game" (or race) at all hours,
until closing time.
Every year, most local news-
papers include a "hurricane pre-
paredness" insert from the
American Red Cross aiea chap.
ter, full of tips and information,
including (by far the most popu-
lar part) a hurricane tracking
map. (Look for yours in next
week's Frtnklin Chronicle).
Homeowners: Do you have
a disaster preparedness kit? If
not, now is the time to get one
ready. This should include ample
first-aid supplies, a battery-pow-
ered radio, batteries, flashlights,
several days worth of water and
non-penshable food, a can open-
er. plenty of cash, and a supply
of any necessary medications

By Laurel Newman

any family member takes regu-
larly Avoid the last-inunute shop-
ping rush and tile risk of unavail-
ability by getting these supplies
RV owners: In addition to
the above list, keep a separate
fuel supply for your generator
and a spare propane tank in a
secure, well-ventilated outdoor
Business owners should
make sure that they have a store
of plywood to cover plate glass
windows and doors, as well as a
supply of sandbags to prevent
water coming in under any exte-
nor doors Hlomcowners should
also have these supplies on hand
to protect their homes from sen-

ous damage, especially near the
In 2005, a very busy hurri-
cane year, Hurricane Dennis, a
category 3 storm, made landfall
at Santa Rosa Beach, some 60
miles west of Apalachicola. The
wind effect in Franklin County
was minnimal, but the hurricane
pushed a stolrn surge of six to
niine feet along tile toast as far as
St. Marks, inundating hundreds
of coastal homes and businesses.
In Lanark Village, the waves
crossed Highway 98, leaving it
about four feet underwater in
places. At Carrabelle beach, the
surge pushed the waves across
the highway to break inside the
grounds of the Carrabelle Palms
RV Park, and destroyed parts of
Highway 98 between Carrabelle
and Eastpoint, forcing motorists
to use the old "Escape Road"
through Tate's Hell to travel
between Carrabelle and the west-
ern part of the county without
going the long way around.
In Lanark Village, hundreds
of infant and juvenile pelicans
were washed up on shore from
Bird Island, along with a few
waterlogged adults. Most of the
young birds were drowned, but a

few were rescued and taken to
sanctuaries in other parts of the
Debris and household pos-
sessions littered the road as the
water receded, and the extent of
the damage was realized.
The Franklin County
Emergency Management Center
has evacuation plans in place if
Coordinator Mike Rundel
said, "If we are expecting a
Category 2 storm or greater to
hit Franklin County, we here at
Emergency Management will
call for a mandatory evacuation
of the entire county 12 hours
prior to tropical storm force
winds hitting our coast, we will
call for an evacuation of the gen-
eral public.Twentyfour hours
prior to this (....which makes it
36 hours prior to tropical storm
force winds hitting our coast),
we will start our special needs
population evacuations and
evacuations for those without
Do what you can to prepare
for a hurricane now. Here's hop-
ing we "dodge the bullet" again
this year!

Lombardi from Page I

a rich history in -Franklin
County's history of sea food har-
vesting. Ron Page of
Apalachicola, who was born and
raised on the property, told of
growing up amid the rich
seafood bounty that was caught
and brought ashore at that spot.
The property is located
about 1.5 miles west past the
Burger King on Hwy 98. The
parcel has 400 feet of frontage on
Hwy. 98 and encompasses
approximately 3.5+ acres. It is
bounded on west by a six foot
deep creek and on the east by the
Ward property. A marsh protects
much of the water side but there
is access to a deep water chan-
nel. There is a 150 foot dock in
place to serve as a landing for
larger vessels but it needs to be
repaired before it can be put to
public use. Across the channel
from the marsh is a protective
island that has served as a buffer
for the property during hurricane
The Public Works Depart-
ment has cleaned up the proper-
ty. There is still much to be done
before the park will be open for
public use. The mouth of the
creek has several sunken boats
blocking the drainage of the
creek and they need to be
removed before small working
boats can tie up in the 390 feet of
anchorage in the creek.
A concrete block building on
the property will be used after it
undergoes some renovation. A
metal shed that had been used
for processing crabs is to be torn
down due to its deteriorated con-
dition. The property has a shady
park like atmosphere that is cre-
ated by many huge arching live
oak trees. The ample frontage on
Hwy 98 makes for easy access to
that road.
Funding for the property
purchase of $1.55 million speci-
fies that the park be used for both
the seafood workers and the gen-
eral public as an educational
park that will showcase the activ-
ities of harvesting seafood. At
3:30 p.m. after the property tour
the public and County officials
met at the Courthouse Annex to
discuss how this beautiful prop-
erty should be developed.
The oystermen at the meet-
ing were very interested in hav-
ing a place to tie up their boats
and off load the catch. It is
important to them to have a
secure place to leave their boats
overnight after unloading.
Commissioner Joseph "Smok-
ey" Parrish suggested that the
concrete block building could be
used for educational exhibits of
the seafood harvesting process.
Others wanted picnic tables
under the shade of the old oak
trees. It was also suggested that
the block building could be used
as a lab for oyster research. From
the discussion it is obvious that
the rnany groups wanting to use
the property will need to hold
meetings to work out the details
of the property use.

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The Franklin Chronicle

Light pollution and

sea-turtle protection
Director Sea Turtles At Risk, Inc.
We could be better served if we gain a better understanding of
what good lighting is and how we can apply these concepts to our
environment; not only on a sea turtle nesting beach but other places
as well.
In Franklin County, our world class natural resources enhance
our lives-and are also the bedrock of our economy. These gifts need
to be protected if we are also all going to succeed and prosper here.
A night sky adorned with its celestial beauty is a natural resource
often overlooked until it is lost. A resource envied by many. Light pol-
lution will not only kill your sea turtles, it steals your beautiful night
Light pollution is a growing problem all over Franklin County, it
is not just isolated to St. George Island.
The most readily accepted strategy for solving light pollution is
to manage light rather than prohibit lighting. This concept is the hall-
mark of our county lighting ordinance. Light pollution can be defined
as lighting that is "out of place." The glow seen at night over the com-
mercial area of St. George Island is a good example. The light that is
being lost into the atmosphere as glow is not helping anyone on the
ground but it is harming our sea turtle population and stealing our
night-sky scape. That out of place light seen as glow could be direct-
ed downward to not only better protect our sea turtle population and
our night sky, it would provide more light to the areas that people are
using. Managing lighting by preventing light scatter and directing
light where it is needed is good for all concerned ammal and
Best available technology is a concept used for reducing other
forms of pollution and is the basis.of light management methods that
reduce the unwanted effects of artificial lighting to the greatest extent
possible. The following are methods we can use to minimize light pol-
lution and protect our sea turtle habitat. These light management
methods include:
Selecting some lights to be turned off. For example. lights not
being used at a given time; such as under-house lights or exterior deck
lights when all occupants are inside, not outside; or intenor lighting
when no one is home. This could also apply to high intensity lighting
illuminating commercial signage when a business is closed at night
Controlling light so that disruptive effects on sea turtles are min-
imized. This can be accomplished by using shielded well directed task
lighting-such as step lights used to illuminate stairways or well
shielded lighting directed downward onto a commercial parking lot.
Ensuring that the light that is visible from the beach is the least
disruptive color for wildlife. Research has proven that light in the 580
nanometer wavelength and above is less disruptive for loggerhead sea
turtles. ... Lighting in this range can also provide functional and safe
lighting for people.
Please come to the educational workshop offered by the coun-
Continued on Page 12



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Buying a ho
In honor of Hobo-ing America now being on
sale at I thought a hobo tale would
be appropriate.
For those of you who have never spent five or
ten years living in a Chevy van under bridges, farm-
ers' equipment shelters, in orange groves, apple
orchards, grocery store parking lots, rest areas etc.,
this should be a new insight.

One big memory
that both my wife and
I still talk about today
is stoppmg to buy a
hot shower.
I'll bet that you
didn't know that you
could buy a hot show-
er. Well, when we
were on the road you
could buy a hot show-
er at most any camp-

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ground. I By Richard E. Noble
Bathing with a |
gallon jug. a sponge
and a face cloth has its rewarding aspects, but after
a while the thought of a lingering hot shower
becomes overpowering. To think of standing under
a continuous flow of clean hot water and luxuriat-
ing, actually became a compulsion and periodical-
ly through our years on the road we had to give in
and throw away a dollar each on that extravagance.
Never since our return to civilized living have I
ever turned on our shower or our water tap at home
without thinking of the wonder of it all. That little
turn knob or lever on your sink or bath tub is not
actually connected to God. And the fact that water
comes spewing forth is not really a miracle. It takes
a whole bunch of pipes and a whole system of peo-
ple to make that experience the reality which is
taken for granted by us all.
How many of us ever wonder where that water
comes from and how it gets to our homes? When
we first "homesteaded" our place here in East-
point, my brother-in-law and me pounded down
both our water wells. We still have our well func-
tioning. We use the water for the garden.
I can remember the guilt caused by my linger-
ing at one of those $1 campground showers. I olten
thought the lady or fellow who sold me the shower
would grab me o1n imy way out and yell, ")o you
rc.,lih that you used 150 gallons of hot water just
now!" But it never happened.
We often got bIy on live one gallon containers

t shower
of water per week in our travels. It takes five gal-
lons of water just to flush the average house toilet
one time. Your automatic clothes washer and dish
washer are unbelievable in the number of gallons
of water they consume. Carol and I once hauled
every gallon of water that we used. I don't think
that there are enough hours in a week for us to haul
all the water we use today in our civilized exis-
As back-to-the-land-ers in Arkansas we got our
drinking water from a mountain stream that ran
through our property and we bathed in rain water
that we caught in our canoe. We thought that we
were doing great until we heard a warning on the
radio about the danger of drinking water from a
mountain stream. Pure mountain stream water is
filled with chemicals and herbicides sprayed on the
wilderness forests. Just because you live in the mid-
dle of a National Forest or wilderness area that
doesn't mean your water is safe to drink. Form then
on we had to drive 20 miles once a week to a free
artesian well in Mena, Arkansas for our water.
In some primitive campsites that we stayed at,
water had to be hauled from a central location via
a hand pump. When you have to walk to a well and
then pump by hand every gallon and then haul it
back to your home, you become very stingy in your
use of water.
Here in Eastpoint my wife and I use 900 gal-
lons of water per month each, but that is nothing
compared to what most average city folks use
today. The average person in the U.S. uses more
than 3,000 gallons per month. Americans use 408
billion gallons a day. If we had to haul all that
water from the pump in town to our homes I'll bet
that 408 billion would shrink considerably. If we
estimate the difference between what we actually
need to live and what we use, to be waste holy
Today my wife and I really feel spoiled: we
have indoor plumbing, we hop into the shower
whenever we feel like it, and we have electricity in
every room! We even have an automatic dishwash-
er. I don't know whether to feel grateful, guilty, or
privileged. I guess I should feel a whole bunch of
each. In this respect one can truly say, God bless
Richard E. Noble haIS bIern an Eastpointcr fir about 30
rivers. His hlks., Hobo-ing America and A Summer
with Charlie, arr ,now available on To
stock his: Iboks in your boooksm or b usins, ncottact him
at ( 70-8076 or -mail '

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR To honor those who

Funky Oyster Shack owners explain

problems encountered since opening

Randy and Traci came to the
small fishing village to pursue a
dream of opening a restaurant
that was different than any other.
They felt welcomed by the City
of Carrabelle, in the beginning.
Now they are not feeling so wel-
come. For the record, they would
like to state the following:
We attended a City meeting
on January 3rd to get permission
to open a restaurant at 203
Tallahassee Street in Carrabelle.
We were approved to open the
restaurant. We picked up our
Occupational license from the
C'it of Carrabelle on January
14th, 2008.
We were told to be at the
next city meeting on February
7th to ask for permission to serve
alcohol. We were not able to
attend the meeting due to
Randy's son being in the hospital
and he was not expected to live
longer than a week or two.
Christopher Timm passed away
on February 16th at 4 a.m.
We were told by the city that
Richard Sands said he could not
make a decision on the matter
until he met us face to face.
Richard came to the restaurant
the following week to meet us.
During our conversations with
Mr. Sands he expressed his con-
cern about the responsibility and
knowledge of running a restau-
rant with alcohol privileges. And
after an hour he told us he felt
good about our meeting and that
he felt that we would do a great
job. At the city meeting on
March 6th Mr. Sands stated
"Make sure there won't be any
alcohol leaving or entering the
establishment," "it is not going
to be a package store," and "I
don't have a problem, I think
they are trying to be members of
this community and also run a
We were told that we needed
to attend the March 6th meeting
to ask permission for the alcohol

license. We did so, and received a
sign oft from the city to serve
alcohol. The records from tlhe
meeting show that each colnmis-
sioner agreed that we could sell
alcohol. The confusion that has
followed has been one of mns-
communication and our business
has suffered greatly since then.
We estimate our losses at
$10,000 to $15,000.
One week prior to next
opening, we received another
visit from Richard Sands lic
was \'ery upset to leatin that we
would be serving alcohol and
stated that he was going to do
whatever it took to stop us from
serving the alcohol. He stated
that the city only gave us permis-
sion to serve beer & wine.
On April 25th, our original
opening date, the DBPR came to
the restaurant to inspect before
opening The city called and
asked that Tract bring all proper,
compiled with paperwork to the
city. Tract ran the paperwork to
the city and was told we could
open our doors. The next three
nights were great.
On May 2nd the DBPR
came to the restaurant to pick up
a C of 0 (Certificate of Occu-
pancy)that we were supposed to
have received from the city We
were not aware that we were sup-
posed to have a t ol 0) The citv
stated that we would now have
to get a permit and receive an
inspection of the building prior
to getting the C of 0. We were
not allowed to reopen that week
because of the conflict between
the city and the DBPR.
On May 7th we met With
John McInnis. the City Manager,
and filed the paperwork to
receive the permit and inspec-
tion. On May 6th Bo Creel, an
independent inspector for the
city, visited the restaurant. Mr.
Creel said we could not get a C
of 0; we needed to hire an archi-
tect or engineer to inspect the

building. Mr. Creel would not
state what changes if any needed
to be done to the building. lieI
stated that "We should have
mowed down the building aind
started ovel.
On May 8th we hued lan
engineer, received a letter fiomn
the engineer and forwarded the
letter to the city and the building
inspector to show that the build-
ing did comply The letter states
that the building is safe and
could be used as a restaurant.
Also we discovered on this date
that the city had contacted the
DBPR/ Alcohol Division and
had already pulled our alcohol
We received a letter from
Mr. Creel, stating that he wanted
to review the plans that were sub-
mitted and approved by the
DBPR On May 13th we deliv-
ered the plans to the city At the
same time, the permit, we
received the week before was
changed from a "renovation to a
restaurant" to a "change of
occupancy." We were told that
Mr Creels' business partner,
Michael Hodges, would come
out and inspect the building
again on May 15th. We contact-
ed Mr Hodges on the 15th and
he aid he was not coming to
inspect because the city did not
notify\ him that an ainspclClon
was needed
After a long conversation
with Mr hodges, he stated he
could come out on May 16th to
inspect the building
On May 16th. Mr Hodges
inspected the building and gave
us a temporary C of 0 on the
conditions that we would have a
licensed electrical contractor
inspect the building and make
corrections within the next 14
days He also made us reduce
our occupancy to 49 persons or
less He would not let us open
unless we changed the occupan-
Continued on Page 6

served our country

Memorial I)ay means many
things to many people. To retail-
ers, businesses and the like it is
an opportunity for sales and spe-
cial promotions, It is the official
kick of ofl the tourist season and
additional jobs lio tourist areas.
Tli our veterans, servicemen,
.ind their families it is a somber
day of remembrance, a day of
honor for those who have served
their country. There is an old
saying "All Gave Some, and
Some Gave All." It is a day of
pride as well as remembrance, to
embrace the red, white and blue
and relish in the freedoms we all
enjoy as Americans.
Origins of Memorial Day
Southern women decorated
the graves of soldiers even before
the end of the Civil War. After
the war, a women's memorial
association in Columbus,
Mississippi, put flowers on the
graves of both Confederate and
Union soldiers in 1866, an act of
generosity that inspired the
poem by Francis Miles Finch,
"The Blue and the Grey," pub-
lished in the Atlantic Monthly.
In 1971, federal law changed the
observance of the holiday to the
last Monday in May and extend-
ed it to honor all those who died
in American wars. htp://www.
am c r ica s b rar y. go v / c g -
bin/page.cgi/jb/recon / memor-
.il 3
It would be had to overlook
the sacrifices of these men and
women who have fought and
died for our freedom, yet so
many times we take for granted
the freedoms that we do have.
Women and minorities may have
had to fight a little longer for
their freedoms but the fact is that
many who fought for that free-
dom do not take advantage of it.
The freedom to vote is the
one freedom for which "We The
People" truly represents the right
for the people to have a say in the
way things go.
The U.S. Census reported
that 64 percent of U.S. citizens

T4 Mea

By Linda Raffield
age 18 and over voted in the 2004
presidential election, up from 60
percent in 2000.
Only up by an additional 9%
to 11% is projected for 2008.
The Franklin County
Seafood Workers would just like
to remind everyone, if you have
not registered to vote yet, please
do. While we might take that
freedom for granted, the differ-
ence between winning and loos-
ing an election can be as little as
one vote, so your vote does mat-
In our own local politics the
elections are just around the cor-
ner. Recently all our com-
missioners worked very hard to
make certain that the seafood
workers would have places for
their boats, public parks, boat
launches and a future heritage
center to preserve the water front
and our industry. Places that
will be key parks and recreation
resources for all our community.
The FCSWA would like for all
who participated to know how
very much it is appreciated and
to extend a very special thanks to
everyone who worked so hard to
make that happen. Indian Creek
and The Lombardi Property is
not just a source of our pride but
the pride of our community.
While Memorial Day is in
the remembrance of our service
men and women who died, let us
not forget the reason they died.
Let their sacrifices not be in vain,
but remember to honor them in
tribute by exercising the rights
afforded us by their sacrifice.




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Funky Oyster from Page 5
cy load and met his new criteria.
We reopened at 5 p.m. on the
16th but business was not good
due to the fact that nobody knew
we were open because of the
confusion caused by the city.
We have had to get 3 sepa-
rate inspections from the DBPR
to receive 3-day special event
permits. The DBPR/ Health
Department has on all 3 occa-

sions approved us to open and
serve the public.
The public response to our
restaurant has been great.
Everyone loves the food, enter-
tainment and ambiance of the
restaurant. We only wish to
reopen permanently and move
forward with our plans to help
the City of Carrabelle grow and
We have put all our money
into this restaurant and are now

having serious financial difficul-
As of this writing Traci has
been hospitalized for an ulcer
that was caused by the stress she
has endured throughout this
whole process. She hopes with
God's grace and strong commu-
nity support, she will overcome
this illness.
Randy Timm and Tracl Justice
Funky Oyster Shack owners


Resident wants information

on school referendum

The distribution/allocation
of the .5 mill school tax levy sub-
ject to a countywide vote as to
"yes" or "no" should most
importantly include a clear writ-
ten referendum provision as to
exactly where the money will go,
if it passes.
Jo Ann Gander and Jimmy
Gander owe it to all taxpayers,
and school system employees a
simple and clear formula for its
allocation. Accountability from
those in authority.
A suggestion: Why isn't
there three categories, such as
"Over the past five years, how
much new money by percentage

flies are
back. ouch'
If you
haven't seen them or fclt them.
yet, the yellow flies are back For
some information on the yellow
flies' biology and some traps that
can be made to help control
them, please check out the fol-
lowing Internet link:
files/IN/IN 15500.pdf.
4-H Butterfly Development
Program: Our painted lady but-
terflies have completed their
metamorphous from caterpillar
to chrysalis to adult butterfly
over the past few weeks; thus.
marking the end of the 2008 4-H
Butterfly Development Pro-

increase (year by year) and actu-
at dollars has gone into A)
Teachers' pay, o mcicase and
actual dollars; B) teaching and
supplies. % increase and actual
dollars; C) staff salaries/benefits.
"u increase and actual dollars.
Most of us can understand
such a comparison, and then
really know what we were voting
for. You know, who gets the $1.8
The school board members
should not participate Where I
come from (a community of
300,000+) it used to be that
school board members served as
a public spirited privilege and

gram. School stores this year were
the ABC School. Franklin
Counvt School's Fast. Central
and West c.ampusc%
New (;ulf reef fish
requircincnt.> Itllcltivr June 1st.
new fishing regulations require
all persons harvesting any
species of reel fish from a vessel
in Gulf waters to possess and use
non-stainless steel circle hooks
when fishing with natural baits
Gulf anglers also must carry and
use a dchooking device and a
venting tool when needed to
release reef fish from a vessel
Reef fish species include all
snappers. groupers, sea bass.
amberjacks. gray trggcrfish,
hogfish, red porgy and golden
tilefish For additional mforma-

honot; and were not compensat-
ed. They were highly respected.
As to the ABC School being
included equally, that should be
automatic and without question.
They are doing exactly the same
thing, teaching our county's chil-
dren how to be productive, well-
educated citizens.
How about it Ms. Gander,
Mr. Gander? Can the taxpaying
public and dedicated teachers
hear a clear answer from you (in
writing) well before June 10?
Frank Venable

tion please see the following
Flonda Fish & Wildlife websitc:
http:!/ .
Rip current safety: Rough
coastal waiters around the state
ro.ulted in hundreds ol people
needing rescue. Many of the
people needing help were caught
in a np current and got tied try-
ing to swim against the current.
For information on what to do if
you get caught in a rip currents.
please take a look at the National
Weather Service's Rip Current
Safety webpage at: http://www
Bill Mahion is the Dimra~r ofl th
Franklin UF-IFAS Extrnsson
PrNmun Cota c him at (850) 653-
9337. 697-2112 x 360; or via c-mail
at bmiihanrr auti edu.

S8 a.m Carabelle River Cleanup, Marine Street Pavilion. For infor-
matioi and signp, call or e-mail Watrfront Office phone 697,2141,
Waterfront Ofcc emall carrabellewfp@fairpointsitt.
S11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration for free Kids' Fishing Clinic for chil-
dren between the ag 4 and 16. Wooley Park in Panacea.
7 p.m. Moms (and Grandmothme) meeting U the Fellowhip Hall of-
the Firt Baptist church on St. George Iland for activities and dicus-
ions. For more information, contact Rebecca F6wler at 370-6995.
S34a0-. ind Hospice Franklin County Advisory Council plant
sw-p at the F r Market. Contact Pam Allbrltton at 508-8749.
*t 7 pcm.; Lcw on "SnI and rays of Florida: An itroductioj to
their diversity, nti ion, biology, and ccology,"by Dr. R. Deaht
Onbb, PSUCoatal& Marine La.otory.
Sendyour annouammefs tf upcomi ng tgr andothersspecial acc
sonu to the Community Calendar at nwW hinOnm
We'Ull cs amosa birthdays AinAis wlhmnat no dwa.

Moms on a Mission
The first Thursday of every Activities include crafts and
month is a time for Moms (and recipe exchanges and discussions
Grandmothers) to get together at cover a variety of topics, from
the Fellowship Hall of the First parenting and marriage to sex
Baptist church on St. George and finances. For more informa-
Island at 7 p.m. for an evening of tion, contact Rebecca Fowler at
fun-filled Christian support. 370-6995.
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not enough molecules in space to
carry a sound wave we can hear.

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The Franklin Chronicle


May 30, 2008 Page 7

Peter F. rowell,. FP, Presents

Weekly economic update for
the week of May 26, 2008
These views are those of Peter Montoya Inc., and not the presenting
Representative or the Representative's Broker/Dealer, and should not be con-
strued as investment advice.
Quote of the week
"Love truth, and pardon error." -Voltaire
A crude question
In the commodities market, analysts wondered: would oil supply
keep up with oil demand? The Energy Department's Energy
Information Administration reported a 5-million-barrel reduction in
U.S. crude inventories last week, and the
International Energy Agency also fore-
cast diminishing world oil output in
coming years. These factors sent oil up
to $135.09 a barrel Thursday; it ended
the week at $132.19 on the NYMEX,

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Sponsored by
Peter F Crowell, CFP

Resales dip downward
The pace of existing home sales
dropped 1% in April, according to the
National Association of Realtors, with
the median price 8% below that of April
2007. More troubling was the glut of
unsold residences-4.55 million, or 11.2
months worth of inventory at the April

sales pace.
Leading indicators edge forward
The Conference Board's index of leading U.S. economic indica-
tors moved north 0.1% in April. Economists polled by Briefingcom
had forecast no gain at all. The index gained in both March and April
after five straight monthly declines.
Mixed inflation data
Last week, the Labor Department reported that the Producer
Price Index only rose 0.2% for April, below economists' estimates.
But core PPI climbed 0.4% during the month, double the 0.2% econ-
omists had expected.
Market retreats
Wall Street had its poorest week since February, attributable in
part to poor housing data and ever-rising energy prices. The major
indexes lost 3.3-3.9% on the week.
% Change Y-T-D I-Year 5-Yr Avg
DJIA -5.92 -8.38 *9.02
NASDAQ -7.83 -5.42 +12.38
S&P 500 -6.29 -10.64 +9.49
(Source: USATodaycom. CNNMoney corn. 5/23/08) lndcts are
unmuanaed, do not mcu fres or expense and cannot be invested mito
directly These returns do not uwide dividends
Riddle of the week
Three playing cards lie face down on a table. A jack is to the left
of a queen. To the left of a spade is a diamond. A king is left of a
heart. A spade is right of a king. What are the three cards? See ne~
week's Update for the answer
Last week's riddle
A right-handed glove is inverted so it can be worn on the left
hand. Is the material that was touching the palm of the right hand
now touching the palm or the top of the left hand? Answer. Thepabs
of the hand.
Peter F Crowe is a Certified Financial Planner in Talahassee and a
Franklin County property owner Contact him by e-mail at, or by mail at PO Box 590, Eastpoint, FL 32328.
The Dow Jones Industra Average is a pnce-weghted index of 30 actively trad-
ed blue-chip stocks. The NASDAQ Compote Index is an unmanaged. market-weight-
ed index of all over-the-counter common stocks traded on the National Association of
Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System. The Standard & Poor's 500 (SAP
500) is an unmanaged group of scurities considered to be representative of the stock
market in gner It is not possible to invest directly i an mdex. NYSE Group, Inc.
(NYSE:NYX) operates two securetis exchanges the New York Stock Exchange (the
"NYSE") and NYSE Arca (formerly known as the Archipelago Exchange, or
ArcaEx, and the Pacific Exchange). NYSE Group is a leading provider of securities
listing, trading and market data products and services The New York Mercantle
Exchange, Inc. (NYMEX) is the world's largest physical commodity futures exchange
and the preeminent trading forum for energy and precious metals, with trading con-
ducted 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 represent.
station 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 unmanned indices Please consult your Financial Advisor
for further information. Additional risks are associated with international investing.
such as currency fluctuations, political and economic instability and differences in
accounting standards.

TMs Wees Masm

Cogno's Corner
Answer to question #221 is: True.
Because interstellar space is not a perfect vacuum, it does
have some molecules in it. Therefore, it could probably transmit
sound waves, but not ones that the human ear can hear. It could
only transmit very large, long sound waves ... possi bly bigger
than the entire Earth!

1. Undercover org.
4. Spills the beans
9. High-IQ crowd
14. Herbert of Pink
Panther movies
15. Chowder server
16. Accepted truth
17. Suffix with
18, Biblical witch's
19. Manhattan's Little

20. "The Quiet
American" actor
23. Topple in a joust
24. Like some blocks
28. One of equal rank
29. Steward's
32. Rock's ZZ Top.
for one
33. Figs.
36. Each, sangiy
38. Verb with thou
39. "In the Still of the
Night actress
42. Taking after
44. Fit of pique
45. Stuff in a pit
46. Source of nectar
48. off (irate)
50. Fateful time for
54. Catch in a net
56. Bubble gum cost.
59. "Hush" actress
62. "Otmpie" painter
65. Up to ,
66 Cookie container
67 Put in a seat
68. Started a hole
69. Sinus-
specatzng MD
70. "Same here
71. Raid alert
72. Paris's Pont

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2. Cut application
3. "Cocoon" Oscar
winner Don
4. Make indistinct
5. Kegling sites
6. Disoombobulates
7. Allied group
8. Blood fluids
9. The only one-
syllable state
10. Full range
11. Actress Vardalos
12. Costa del
13. Singer
21. Mezzo-soprano

22. Japanese car,
25. Drainpipe part
26. Go public with
27. Stickball field,
30. Headlong action
31. for (choose)
34. Surgery ctrs.
35. Moogs et al.
37. Shade of green
39. "Just the facts,

40. Crock
41. Susan Luci role
42. Pal of Tarzan
43. Grid great
47. Throw out
49. Tamper with


51. In need of body
52. Wankel, for one
53. Artery wideners
55. Brief tussle
57. Born yesterday,
so to speak
58. Barkin or Burstyn
60. Brewski
61. Calhary letters
62. Pre- (coll.
63. Boxer portrayed
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Crossword P~le Aswer on Page 13

Bank sets

up donation

Gulf State Community
Bank is making it so easy to give
to those in need. They have a
Donation Account for anyone in
our community to give to over 20
local charitable organizations
and many national or interna-
tional emergency relief funds.
Forget finding the correct
addresses or contacts and pay-
ing for postage. Gulf State
Community Bank will do all of
that for you. Call or stop by any
of their branches and see if your
charity of choice is available and
start giving to those who need it

Tw Cracke4 Pots
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winning fish

I'm still basking in the after-
glow of our success in the Big4
Offshore Tournament.
There was a fascinating inci-
dent involving the grouper
weigh-in. The leading fish was a
16.1 pounder until about 20 min-
utes before the final bell. Then
another red grouper went on the
scale and weighed 16.2 pounds.
The weighmaster noted that the
fish's gut was swollen. He cut it
open and out popped a lane
snapper (undigested).
Speculation was rampant
over the presence of the snapper
in that grouper's belly. There was
no hook mark in the snapper, but
if it had been used for bait that
would have been illegal because
the use of reef fish as bait is pro-
hibited by State regulations.
After much study and analysis
(the lane was laid out on the
counter of the marina) the tour-
nament officials concluded that
the grouper had been improperly
enhanced by the snapper and
was declared disqualified.
There have been many
examples of other
tourneys: entering previously
frozen fish, fished stuffed with
lead weights, stashing fish in
underwater cages, other angler's
catch entered as one's own, fish
caught by means other than rod
and reel, etc. It's no wonder
entrants are often required to
take polygraph exams if asked to
by the tournament officials.
However, I've found that the vast
majority of folks who fish in
competitions are honest and try
to follow the rules.
A recent trip and some tips
On the offshore front, a trip
this past week produced 6 good-
sized gag grouper, 4 mangrove
(grey snapper) each 5 to 10
pounds and one 9 pound red
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boat. We chummed with ground
menhadden and fished on both
the bottom with live bait (sand
perch and pinfish caught on
Sabiki rigs) and on top with
small pieces of cigar minnow
We caught fish on both the
Franklin reef and the Apalach
A couple of tips on this kind
of fishing:
1. When anchonng try to
place your anchor well off the
strbture in order to avoid snag-
ging and maybe losing it. ,xt out
enough scope so that the boat
will drop back over the good bot-
2. Since many of the
grouper were pretty large and
because big, hungry sharks will
be around, use at least a 6/0 reel.
a sturdy rod, 80 Ib. test mainline.
and 100 Ib test leader.
The new reef fish rules for
snappers, groupers, black sea
bass, triggerfish, etc. take effect
on June I. To learn all about
these new regulations attend the
workshop given by FWC on
Thursday, May 29. at the
Apalach NERR located at 261
7th Street in Apalachicola.
Times are 1-3:30 p.m. or 6:30-
8:30 pm. It's free and open to the
public. The new rules include
using in-line circle hooks, a hook
disgorger, and venting syringes.

Get all the details at the work-
shop. Also. red snapper will be
legal in Federal waters (past 9.1
miles) from June 1 to August 30.
State waters remain open.
Saturday, June 7, is the date
for Fishermen's Choice Kids
Fishing Tournament. Get info
and register at Fishermen's
Choice in Eastpoint. This event
is great fun for kids and adults
and every entrant gets a rod and
reel. a T-shir, and lunch. I will
helping out and will put photos
on my Shorelines TV Show on
Major bite times
Sat. May 31: 9 to I1 am
Sun June 1: 10 a.m. to noon
Mon. June 2: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tues. June 3: noon to 2 p.m.
Wed. June 4: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Thurs. June 5: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Good fishing and tight lines!
Jeff ltrdi, a nrr'nd atornem and
liime fishe rman nides happily in
Easqpint. Surrounded by some of
the best angling w~tes anywhere, he
takes full aduntag by writing this
column for th e OC Mide and doing
Shorlines, a Forgoen Coast TV
program, neuiring him to fish as
often as he can. When not fishing,
her's talking about fishing. You an
contact him at chatch8888(d

Joseph Rickards of Eastpoint

running for County Commission

Joseph Rickards of East-
point has announced his intent
to run for the County Commis-
sion for District 1.
Following the official quali-
fying period for the upcoming
county elections from June 16-
20, Rickards will face David Ray
Ard and incumbent G. Russell
Crofton Jr., all Democrats.
The following is a campaign
announcement provided by
Joseph Rickards:
Married for 24 years to
Patricia Rickards.
Two daughters, Natasha
and Kayla.
Two granddaughters,
Autumn and Hailey.
I am an active member of
United Baptist Church of
Joseph is a lifelong resident

of Eastpoint. and has been an
oysterman in the Apalachicola
Bay for over 27 years. Joseph
knows what is pressing against
the seafood workers and wants
to be the voice for District 1. 1 le
has also served with the Franklin
County Sheriff's Office, owns
and runs his own business in
Franklin County for the last four
Rickards' reason for running
is he is concerned for the future
and direction of District 1. There
has been a lack of road repairs,
jobs for the future for our chil-
dren and grandchildren. Rick-
ards is also concerned about the
waterfront restoration.
District 1 is the center of
Franklin County and should
reflect the natural beauty of
Franklin County. After the dev-

astion of Hurricane Dennis,
there has only been minimal
clean up, and beach restoration.
With the decrease in real-estate
sales, clean beaches will help to
promote and invite potential
District I deserves a better
Joc stands for the
Apalchicola Bay and wants to be
a voice for District I: Increase
jobs for the next generation, road
repairs, cleanup of waterfront,
repair and build new boat ramps
for District I.
I will be a voice for the com-
munity and seafood workers of
District I. Any concerned voters
in District 1 who also have ques-
tions or concerns, please call
Joseph at 670-5478. Remember
we can do better.


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Great view of the Gulf from the deck. Walking
distance to the beach.

$1200 per month/Call 850-927-2648

"My Counmtry, may she always be right.
My Country right or wrong."
We ar proud of our Cmunuy. always have and always will be.

God Bless America,
God Bless America
This is our prayer

Do you believe as we do? Isn't it time to change?
Complete form and mail or visit the
Supervisor of Elections
47 Avenue F
Apalachicola. FL 32320


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Date of Birth _Prdnt No.

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May 30, 2008 Page 9

Richard Harper running
My name is Richard Harper,
Jr. and I am seeking the position
of Franklin County Property

Appraiser. I would deeply appre-
ciate your vote and support in
this election. I believe every
property owner in franklinn
County should be treated equally
and equitably by recognizing
"thir anld consistent applicatiill
of the tax laws." 1 pledge to rep-
resent all property owners in a
manner that shows no
favoritism, but simply atnd direct.
Iv carries out the duties of the
Property Appraiser.
My wife Ann and I have
made Franklin County our home
for many years now and have
developed warm friendships
with many people across the
county. We love and respect this
wonderful place and the people
who live here. It is my intent to
meet every one of the 7,500 reg-
istered voters in the county so
that you can ask me questions,
tell me what's important to you
and your family, and I can ask
for your vote.
I am a construction contrac-
tor licensed in Franklin County
and have had the pleasure of
working for many of you over
the years. My 25 years as a con-
tractor also has taught me many
of the skills required of the prop-
erty appraiser's office such as

Richard Harper
dialing and inteipiet.tnirt o
flooi plans, squtae fonotige calcL-
latuons, prolperity values and
comparative values I have also
advised and assisted customers
with the adjustment in assessed
value and property tax following
an addition or renovation to
their home.
I served as Assistant
Engineer at Stone Mountain
Park in DeKalb County, GA.
where my range of duties includ-
ed the survey, design, layout and
construction of buildings spread
across over one thousand acres
of state park.
Beyond my business expen-
ence, my qualifications include
course work at Georgia State
University and at DeKalb South
College where my studies con-

for Property
centrated on drafting and survey-
ing property.
For the past three years, I
have served lthe people of this
county as an appointed memberC
of the Franklin County Advisory
Board of' Adjusttment, antd dur-
ing Ithat tille I have nrot Itrssed a1
single ne1eting. 1 will i Ung thai
same comt1111 n nite1t anid job ethic
to the job of plopcity appraised.
Ann and I shaie a passion
1ot this tcomunitlllv Ind thle belief
that we have aI responsibility to
volunteer our (inue and talents to
help others I have been part lof
many commtun ty pvlojects
including working with the local
schools to help families have toys
for their children at Christmas,
serving as Vice President and
then President of my Civic Club,
volunteering to help build the
pavilions and the restrooms at
the county park on the island,
and attending meetings regard-
ing our beautiful new consolidat-
ed school.
Some of you may recognize
me through my citizen involve-
ment in our local government. I
have long been an advocate for
open and transparent govern-
ment and for the full and wel-
comed involvement of citizens in
the process. But talking about it
doesn't mean very much, so let
me make my first commitment
to action if elected as your prop-
erty appraiser I plan to put the

budget for the Franklin County
Property Appraiser's office on
our website for everyone to see.
Since the Property Appraiser's
budget has grown ifroml
$373,000.00 in 2001 to
$67t),000.00 last year, I feel that
this action will help you track
oui spending yourself. Although
Scanll do lnothllg about past
budget inicieases, I can certainly
spend vout tlax dollars wisely for
the next four years. There will be
n11,i11y inoe positive changes in
the Property Appraiser's office
that will make' service to you
noice transparent. I would ask
you to let me know what YOU
think. Having worked in private
business more than twenty-five
years, I certainly recognize that
customer service is central to
success, and input from you is
wanted and needed.
You can send your com-
ments to: voterichardharper(a,
I look forward to the oppor-
tunity to get to know the voters
of Franklin County and to earn
your vote and support. I will be a
constant advocate for the proper-
ty owners of this county to make
sure that not a single property
owner in Franklin County pays
one dollar more in taxes than the
law allows. Please honor me
with your vote and support for
Franklin County Property



I New s400% FW2

Leave wildlife alone
This time of year, wildlife is
on the move. Critters, such as
alligators, may be looking for
new bodies of water or mates;
snakes may be searching for
prey; bears may be foraging.
While moving from one point to
another, wildlife sometimes
comes face to face with people.
When that happens, FWC
urges the people to leave wild
animals alone and just let them
pass through.
The FWC, in the past two
weeks, has responded to two sit-
uations where alligators have bit-
ten people.
On May 15, the Volusia
County Sheriff's Office received
a call that an alligator was at an
apartment complex in Deltona.
Officials notified a licensed alli-
gator trapper, but in the mean-
time, a deputy sheriff attempted
to capture the 8-foot gator him-
self. The deputy sustained a bite
on his left leg and had to be air-
lifted to the hospital. Another
deputy shot the alligator several
times before the trapper arrived
and killed it.
In another incident on May
21, a 4-foot alligator made its
way to a woman's front yard near
Vernon. She called the
Washington County Sheriff's
Office and was told to leave the
alligator alone and eventually it
would move on. Not satisfied
with this sage advice, the woman
called a neighbor, who called a
16-year-old neighbor to remove
the reptile.
As the young man attempt-
ed to catch the gator, he was bit-
ten on the hand. Another teenag-
er rushed up and stabbed the ani-
mal, still clamped down on his
friend's hand. The injured
teenager was treated at an area
hospital and will be fine. The
alligator was destroyed.
Animals looking for new
areas to forage, hunt or mate do
not typically pose a threat to peo-
ple. Unfortunately, as Florida's
human population grows and
development occurs in wildlife
habitats, conflicts will continue
to occur.
Wildlife biologists say gener-
ally the best thing to do is give
any wild animal plenty of space,
and in most instances, the ani-
mal will eventually move on.
Untrained people who step in to
resolve conflicts with wildlife
risk serious injury or worse. In
most instances, the best thing to
do is leave the animal alone or
call the FWC.
If a potentially dangerous
animal doesn't leave your yard.
or persistently enters your yard,
call FWC's Wildlife Alert
Hotline at 1-888-404-FWCC

Following are the FHP chec-
kpoints in Franklin County for
June 1-5: SR 30, SR 30A, SR
June 6-12: SR 384, SR 67. SR
377, SR 385.
June 13-19: CR 370, CR 157.
CR 59.
June 20-26: CR 374, CR 30A
SR 300 (St. George Island
June 27 -30: SR 30, SR 30A,
SR 65.

"Steps to Unlimited
"Iho'rw wtulnts t, sour frei'h on the unlisinri l svmi oft
posibilitir nImt firvi lkrkf vp. "
Dear Community Member and Business Owner,
The First Graduating Class from the new conshlidated Franklin
County Schools will be the "Scahawk Seniors 20(I" We are honored.
thankful and proud to be part of this community and school We
would like to team up with you to help make our graduating year the
most memorable We have thought hard and long to come up with a
fundraiser that truly brngs us all together as a community and rrcog.
nizes you as a donor
Leave Your Mark' In appreciation to our comnunlty and your sup.
port. we are otTenng the first "Steps to unlimited possibility" stepping
stones that will pave the pathways along the new school These step
ping stones will represent a pathway to a successful education expert
cncc. Each stone you purchase will be placed on the school grounds
for each generation of students to see and be proud that their common
nity is supporting them each step of their way
1. Each stone will be personally engraved with your message to make
it unique to each donor, as seen above Engravcmcnt up to 2 Lines
with 16 letters each line
2. Stones are approximately 12" round in diameter and 1" thickness
with smooth edges made of' genuine slate stone A natural'lVecxtured
top surface will give each stone depth and beauty
3. Each stepping stone will be S100 and you may purchase as many
stones as you would like, each having a unique personalized message
Each stones will be displayed at the new school You may purchase
additional stones for your private garden to show your expanded
school spirit.
Phone Number
Personal Engravrcmntl

Stones Purchased ('heck Enclosed $
MAKE AND MAIL CHECK TO: Protect (Gr.lduation 2008
(All donations are tax deductible). 661 U.S. IIwv. 98. iastpoint,
FL 32328.
Thank you very much for teaming with the Scahawk Seniors 2008 in creating a.
stronger sense of community, history and in being part of this new and exciting
educational fundraising. All the proceeds will he used as a scholarship to ALL
2008 GRADUATING SENIORS who attend protect graduation 2008. For
Questions please contact: (850) 323-0380

Living Tree Donation Program
Dear Community Member and Business Owner,
Thank you in advance lor taking an interest in our children This let-
ter comes from the parents of the first Consolidated School 2008
(Grt.duatlng Class ot F.anklin County
This project is a first. lor Frankhn County Schools and for our com-
munity You will Ib the first to Ie part of this great "Living Tree
I)onation Progratnm" When you purchase a tree from the Living
Tree donation Program. you will Ie helping a graduating senior
expand their possibilities Many students might not have the to further their education. but with your help they can
achieve avenues the\ thought would not be possible The proceeds
from this program will be used as follows Project Graduation 2008
and to beautify our new Franklin County School Campus
Protect Graduation has been a very successful program in Franklin
County Immediately after graduation, all seniors return to the
school gym. where they will stay until the next morning We call it
Lockdown. dunng that time. we have safe and entertaining activi-
ties for them that will last all night until the next morning These
activities will also include educational information regarding col-
lege and how to manage their money and time well All who attend
will be awarded equal amounts of the Project Graduation 2008
Scholarship Fund that comes directly from the Living Tree
Donation Fundraiser
This program not only helps the graduating students, you will also
be Ibautifying our new franklinn County School Campus" all the
trees purchased will Ie planted on the school grounds for all to see
for future ears to come As an appreciation to your donations, we
will be placing your name on the beautiful Donor Tree Wall for all
who enter the Franklin County School Campus to see Your dona-
tion will always be known and appreciated

TREES PURCHASED & PLANTED (All trees are native to
our area): Palms/Chase Tree/Southern Magnolia/Live Oak.
DONATION (You may donate ,is many trees as you would
like): $150 per tree.
Your Name
Phone Numbetr
I low manv traces will you ibe donating:
MAKE AND MAIL CHECK TO: ProIect ( Grduation 2008
(All donations arc tax deductible). Questions: (850) 323-0380.
661 U.S. Hwv. Q8, Eastpoint, FL 32328.


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During a recent visit to Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum, the teacher, ten
students and family members from John Paul II Catholic High School in Tallahassee
were impressed with the displays and narrative explanations about wartime training
held in the Carrabelle area. Various units are represented at the Museum, and their
histories are continued after they left this local training area and moved overseas
into actual combat zones. The museum has brought living history lessons to hun-
dreds of visiting students during field trips. "We welcome the opportunity to high-
light and share this important chapter of our local history with all our visitors," said
Linda Minichiello, Museum director. "Our board and volunteers, many of them vet-
erans, are proud to share this heritage and lessons with students and all others who
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JOBS: l. ikmln for reliable and responsible
lec-eptionti't Io woik appnvx 20 hI.s per week.
'ihurnSun for fast paced real estate company
in Franklin Co area. Please far resumes to
FOR SALE: 2003 (;heccno. 13 ft olive
green. verx gotod condition. hbat only. $500.00
obo l'astilont. 850.87i-n49*
FOR SALE: 2005 Coachman Cascade
luxe 21SFL. travel trailer. 23 ft front sofa.
Irir full bed bunk/full bath. center
kitchen dlncett. lots of storage. exc condition.
toad rradv. hitch. 3.550 Ibs $9450 00 obo
I:a tpount 850.8$7QOSo-6
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hlihn. !; .glr' Jdis with all h.adwvare $75 pet
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SI'RVICIS: HI a11I 1t'in 1 .i\1n Serivice
In'uicd 31.'i 0' (inobile) M014 itRdu Road.
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JO1 S: Ner\ Iloie Coi'miniiTn1\ i Catabeille.
P'.ilt time S.alel Assistint Must have sales
cperlincei and :1. Real I:state License,
Commission onlv Call Michael Leo Sales
Manager at 850-273-2433
JOBS: Part-timne weekend receptionist wanted
lot New Home Conmmunitv in Carrabelle.
Please Call Michael L.eo Sales Manager at
JOBS: Iltrvehne Retail is accepting applica-
lions lir merchandisers with pnor retail expc-
trence o scivice local stores No selling. Must
lie lilendlv and a self slatlel IHourlv pay plus
bonus loi perfoliman-ce Please send name, e-
mail address. city, state, zip to C'Parks(i)drive-
lineretail com.
FOR SALE: I+ acre, on CC. I and Rd..
IEastpoint, mobile Ihome with large addition,
city water, septic asking $140,000, call 670-
FOR SALE: Lot SE of Cottage Hill in
Apalachicola. Backs up to Estuarine Reserve.
$35,000, cash or terms. (850) 653-4808.
FOR RENT: 2 bedroom, I bath on
Sopchoppy River, large screen porch, 7 ceiling

fans, woods, water, wildlife, nice place, $850
per month. 962-2849.
Florida Regional Housing Authority is accept-
ing applications for 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom
apartments in Cairabclle. Rent is based on
inomen l'or more information, call: (850) 263-
530? 0i 530(7 Elqu.l Housing Opportunity
FOR SALE: Classic Globe slicing mach-ine,
in working order, very heavy, $100 Call 670-

JOBS: Construction company hiring truck
dnvers, w/CDL Call (850) 697-2161.
FOR SALE: Refrigerator/Freezer Fngi-daire
Elite. 18 5 cubic feet. $85 OBO! 850-697-9053.
FOR SALE: 2003 750 Honda Shadow. cherry
red. immaculate shape, chrome and leather,
less than 8.000 miles, S3,800, 643-3207.
JOBS: Homemaker and companion (CNA &
Nursing Aides) needed in Franklin County.
For more information call Allied Care 850-
FOR SALE: Carrabelle. 5 city lots reduced
from 580.000 to $65,000. 653-3838.
FOR RENT: I bedroom, 1 bath, historic
downtown Apalachicola second-floor apart-
ment, with balcony facing Market Street. $750
a month All appliances. First, last, plus secu-
ntr. 850-323-0590
FOR SALE: Pl'mouth Voyager (S7). Not
prcit\. iut good transportation A C works,
nced', p.nitl iobh (ct on the road fit $400. Call
Giieg. 2.2S ->S"O

ANNOUNCEMENT: Could you have used
extra cash this past holiday season? Local
handmade items. Get started now! Carrabelle
Bazaar Dec 2008.
FOR SALE: 40 acres. Pine Coast Plantation
on- Crooked River. $350,000. Call for details.
Bobby Turner. 850-528-3306.
FOR RENT: Alligator Point 2 bed 2 bath
home $850/month. 6/12 month lease, tur-
nished or unfurnished. Pets. Credit & refer-
ences required. 349-2408.
FOR SALE: 1980 Dodge R/V, runs good,
good tires, needs interior work, good hunter's
camper MUST SELL! $1000 OBO. Greg 228-
SERVICES: Erickson's Cleaning Services will
clean homes, rentals, offices in Franklin
County. 850-381-6627.
GOOD BUYS: There's always something new
to read at Walkstrect, Kickstone and Newman
Books on Tallahassee Street across from the
post office in Carrabelle! Romances, adven-
tures, history, Florida authors Non-fiction,
MORE! Kids' Book Sale! $.25 $1.50. VHS
Sale! 697-2046.




Pag~~ 12 %'Iay 30, 2008 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER The Franklin Chronicle

An aerial view of Apalachicola in 1990 shows the "new" Gorrie Bridge under construction.
There's been a lot of water under the bridge since then.

Guest Column from Page 4
ty on June 10 to learn more
about using these light managing
techniques and how to better
protect both people and sea tur-
Safety and security need not
be sacrificed when residences
and business properly use shield-
ed task lighting as an integral
part of a sound lighting plan
These lighting techniques are not
just as safe as present lighting
techniques used bv some. thev
are more safe by virtue of the
fact that task lighting better illu
minutes areas where light is
needed and by using light
sources to which the humai.n cani
better adjust in a night-time set-

ting, such as amber or red I.ED
and low pressure sodium light-
Most that claimed to have
tried turtle "friendly" lighting
and find it unsatisfactory have
applied shielding on an exterior
lighting plan that was already in
place. They have failed to add
task lighting into their lighting
plan Their bad lighting is not
required bv law. it is being used
by choice Thev haic omitted .an
essential part ol ai good lighting
plan task lighting businesses
and icsidences aihke. do need
good lighting .ind I .i\sa%%
encourage the addition ot task
lighting. to meet and
s.ilfet' necCJ lo Icopic I igiht:mg
ned.s to be managed so that

human needs, including our
quahlty of life. and the needs of
the sea turtle nesting beach are
protected These concepts are
not mutually exclusive.
We are blessed to be the
stewards of this beautiful and
delicate place In living here, or
coming here. we need to take a
strong dose of personal responsi-
biltyv and commit ourselves to
treading lightly and protecting
out charge Our quality of life
aInd economic well being depend
on it
I eCncour.lag the public to
attend the light workshop on
June 10th .and learn more ,about
lighting techniques that protect
ioth huin an. s ,id c.i turtles


Foundation Pilings
Commercial Construction
Utility Work--Public &

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has-nine blank squares. Fill in all 81 squares on the puzzle
with numbers 1 to 9. You may not repeat any numbers in any
one of the nine sections that you've already used elsewhere
in that section. Also, you can use each number 1-9 only once
in each horizontal line of nine squares, and in each vertical
column of nine squares. The puizle is completed when you
correctly fill every square. Answer to this week's Sudoku
Puzzle is on page 13.

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Pagee 12 May 30, 2008

Th'le Franiklin Chronicle


New Carrabelle development holds

chroniclee C rtesponhett
Judy Miller, an attorney
from California, and Pinki
Jackel, a local developer "met
through a realtor on St. George
Island 4-5 years ago," according
to Miller who splits her time
between her new home in
Carrabelle and her home in
Marin County, Calitornia.
Now the two have teamed
upon a joint venture to develop
Sea Side Village, a subdivision inI
Carrabelle that ha1d an open
house on May 22. Selected real-
tors were invited to this new res-
idential development located at
o01 Avenue 1l N.E. A public
open house is set this weekend.
Featured were four, three
bedroom, model homes, all
designed to be energy etficient.
Pinki .ackel, the developer
of this new "green" conimunity,.

[his model is the
listed several of the qualities that
make this unique village aittrtac
live to honie buyers. "All toui of
tihe houses aie equipped with
Energy Star rated appliances,
ceiling fans, compacl't fluolriescenlt
lighting, low flow shower heads
1and toilets, irelective roots and
eco-firiendlv insulation1" she

Alliator Poilit St. Patrick Catholic Church
Father Roger l.atosynski
Mission by the Sea 27 oth Street
Pastor Edl McNeely c53-9453 ,
County Road 370 Sunday Mass, 10 a m
962-2010 noi nursery

Sunday Worship 9 a.m.
Covenant Word Christian
Pastors David & I arolvn
158 12th St
Sunday WoVrship 10) a ni
Children's Church (2 and up)
First Pentecostal Holiness
Revs. Emory and Susan Roach
379 Brownsville Road
Sunday Worship, 1 a.m.
nursery provided
Living Waters Assembly of
Pastor (Rev.) Lots Long
1580 Bluff Road
Sunday Worship, 10 45 a.m
nursery provided
Trinity Episcopal Church
Highway 98 & 6th Street
Sunday Worship. 8&10:30 a.m

First Assembly of God
Rev Gwiell & David Wilson
267 Brownsville Road
Sunday Worship. II a m
no nursery
Friendship Missionary Baptist
Pastor James Williams.
233 9th St
Sunday Worship I I a.m
no nurse'y
Carrabelle Christian Center
Donald B. Carroll. Sr Minister
142 River Road
Sunday Worship. 10 a m
nursery provided
First Baptist Church of
Mark Mercer. Pastor
206 SE Ave A
Sunday W\orship. 10 55 a.m

iptot "Xaptit htiMch

St. (;eorge Island
501 E. Ihntshore Drive

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Join us s we praise and
worship the living ('hrist!

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"Iftalking in Christ"

WHAT: Grand Opening
WHEN: May 31st and
June 1st 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
WHERE: Seaside Village,
(i0l Ave. II. N I.,
iltei tainiiilel free food
and beverages

said. When asked about "eco-
ftiendlv insulation," she replied,
that they used recycledd newspa-
pets and cellulose She also
explained how the paint they
used, although "mnote expensive,
is low in volatile chemicals,"
great foi all people but especially
tot those who may be more sen-
sitve to regular paint times.
She said that she has "cre-

n11111ier pr vi\lded
East point
Eastpoint Church of God
Pastor CaseC Smith
370 Avenue 1":
Sunday Worship. 11 am and 6
nursery provided
United Baptist Church
Pastor Hobby Shiver
Brian St and C C l.-nd Road
o70-5481 or 670-8451 Schloil. 10 .a n
nur'ser y provided
Laiark' Village
Lanark Community Church
171 Spring St
Sunday Worship 10 30 a m
Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish
Catholic Church
Father Joseph Ssemakula
2653 Hwy 98. -anark Village
Sunday' Mass. 10 a in
no nursery
First Baptist Church of
Ochlockonee Bay
Rev James 0 Chunn Sr.


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May 30, 2008 Page 13

pen house
ative control" of the develop-
ment and that she was looking
for an "energy efficient, environ-
mentally friendly, old Florida
cottage look."
When referring to the
grounds Jackel said, "All the
l.ots are 50 X 100 and all of the
utilities will be underground,
thereby not allowing for big trees
to be planted because of their
root systemss"
Slolwever, she did say that
she was working with, "ECT,
Lee Noris, in landscaping the
common areas with a Waterwise
list of drought resistant, drought
tolerant trees such as; Wax
Myrtles and Oaks."
There are 270 lots. The plans
call for the common areas to
include: walking trails and swim-
ming pools. The adult section
Continued on Page 14

360 Coastal Hi ghway
Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.
nursery provided
Panacea Congregational
Holiness Church
Rev. Ronnie Metcalf
1127 Coastal Highway
Sunday Worship. 11 a.m.
no nursery
St. George Island
First Baptist Church of SGI
501 I Bay shore I)rive
(on the bay)
Pastor Mike Whaley
Sunday Worship 11 a.m.
nursery provided
Children's Worship 11 a.m.
SGI United Methodist
201 E. Gulf Beach Drive
Pastor Themo Patrnotis
Sunday Worship. 9 a.m.
nursery provided
lfat'in w wvur main church sen'ice
lsl:rd its fre To be included, sublmi
ii lrtmnafin hb c-mail to
it ,1a i,.ainklmchi~iitlcw.nct or byi
mad t PO uox 590. Eastloint. F7.

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St. George Island
United Methodist Church


i 201 E. Gulf Beach Drive on the Island
Phone: 927-2088 Website:
Pastor: Themo Patriotis Dir. of Creative Ministries: Dusty Turner


Questions & Answers
About Our Environment

Dear EarthTalk:
What is the status of wet-
lands in North America? Years
ago 1 remember that wetlands
loss, due to development and
sprawl, was accelerating fast, but
I haven't heard much on the
topic of late.
John Mossbarger, La Jolla,
Wetlands serve as primary
habitat for thousands of wildlife
species-from ducks to beavers
to insects-and impor-
tant ecosystem link between land
and water. They also play a key
role in maintaining water quali-
ty, as they filter out agricultural
nutrients and absorb sediments
so that municipal water supplies
don't have to. On and near shore-
lines, wetlands provide a natural
buffer against storm surges and
rising floodwaters, helping to dis-
perse and absorb excess water
before it can damage life and
The eradication of wetlands
in the so-called New World
began when white settlers, intent
on taming the land, started
developing homesteads and
town sites throughout what was
to become the United States and
Canada. Researchers estimate
that at the time of European set-
tlement in the early 1600s, the
land that was to become the
lower 48 U.S. states had 221 mil-
lion acres of wetlands. By the
mid-1980s, following another
great period of loss after World
War II when army engineers
drained huge swaths of formerly
impenetrable marshes and
swamps, the continental U.S.
had only 103 million wetland
acres remaining.
Across the U.S. and Canada,
the vast majority of wetlands-
about 85 percent-have been
destroyed in the name of agricul-
tural expansion. Other major
factors include road building,
residential development, and the
building of large facilities like
shopping malls, factories, air-
ports and, ironically. reservoirs.
But growing awareness
about the importance of wet-
lands has led to new regulations
aiied at protecting those that
remain. A variety of state and
federal programs. such as the
U.S. Department of Agricul-
ture's Wetland Reserve Program
(whereby landowners voluntarily
protect, restore and enhance wet-
lands on their own private prop-
erty), have been effective in stem-
ming the tide of wetlands loss.
During the 1990s the rate of wet-
lands loss in the U.S. declined by
sonie 80 percent over previous
decades. But the nation is still
losing upwards of 50,000 wet-
1,.nd acres per year, according to
the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
The issue is of even greater
oncetcIt in Canada. which har-
bors a quarter of thile world's
remaninig wetlands in its north-
ern boreal forests. According to
Natural Resources Canada, full\
14 percent of Canada's total land
mass is in the form of wetlands.
Researchers believe that about 50
million acres of wetlands have
Continued on Page 17

Pag~ 14 May 30, 2008 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER The Franklin Chronicle

Open House from Page 13
for those "55 and older will com-
prise about 70% of the develop-
ment,"' according to Jackel, and
will also contain an active adult
clubhouse. The other 30%,
(those under 55), will also have
access to a playground, court
yard, and a community center.
Although the plan calls tor a
70% adult section and 30% for
everyone else, she explained, "It
will all depend on the demand
and who the buyers are," so there
may be some flexibility in the
When asked her opinion of
the models, Realtor Kathy Frink
replied, "Very cute. We inetled
a community like this." Another
Realtor, Marilyn Beam's reac-
tion was, "Tastily done. The
prices are very good for the prod-
Speaking of prices, probably
the most, important factor for
home buyers, these tasteful beau-
ties start at $159.000, for a three
bedroom, two bath, brand new
home. Judy Miller, in charge of
the marketing and sales contend-
ed that, "We have done what we
said we would do," referring to
affordable housing. She also
claimed that, "We will eventual-
ly have to raise the prices." She
and Pinki said that they will only
build a limited number of houses

at this low

lam a--t-e-I-y
said her
t a r C e t
a r e
it ne
s e cd o n d Miller
hole buy-
ers, famli-
lies antid
locals. ,
She main-
tains that
there is,
s 0 o11 e -
thing foi

b odi '
She also
that, "no Jackel
under six months will be
allowed. It is in the covenants."
Jackel said they are "mem-
bers of the Florida Green
Building Coalihtion."
For more information
on this new development either
contact a real estate agent, or call
the development directly at 850-
697-6970 and speak with
Michael Leo. Sales Manager.

Cleanup from Page 1
by the comradery and good spir-
its of folks who are committed to
making the world a better place
people and critters."
National River Cleanup
Week, presented by American
Rivers, kicks ol' a series of com-
nlunity-based stream cleanup
nationwide beginning May 31,
2008. This popular annual event
helps taise public awareness of
the magnitude of trash accumu-
latingg n our nation's waterways.
I.eacn more about National
River Cleanup Week at
"It's thrilling to see so many peo-
ple across the nation pitching in

to protect their local river or
favorite stream," said Rebecca
Wodder, president of American
Rivers, the organization that
coordinates National River
Cleanup Week.
At 8 a.m. on Saturday May
31st, volunteers will gather at the.
public landing behind the St.
Vincent.Island National Wildlife
Refuge office on Scipio Creek in
Apalachicola, at the City
Pavilion in Carrabelle, at Gaskin
Park in Wewahitchka, at Bear
Paw Canoe Rentals on Magnolia
Road in Marianna, and at the
Picnic Pavilion at River Landing
Park in Chattahoochee.
The following team leaders

can be contacted for more infor-
mation: Anna Gering at the
Apalachicola Riverkeeper, 850-
653-8936, Tamara Allen at
Carrabelle Waterfront
Partnership in Carrabelle, 850-
697-2141, Chuck Sims at Main
Street Marianna, 850-482-2786,
and Lee Garner with the City of
Chattahoochee, 850-663-4475.
Volunteers on foot and with
boats are needed to clean up
landings and boat ramps, creek
and river sites using canoes or
kayaks, and sites accessible by
power boats. Call your area's
team leader to coordinate your

Learn about sharks and rays

Sharks and rays of Florida
will be the topic of a lecture
Thursday, June 12, at 7 p.m. at
the FSU Coastal & Marine Lab
in St. Teresa.
Dr. R. Dean Grubbs, FSU
Coastal & Manne Laboratory,
will present an introduction to
their diversity, identification,
biology, and ecology.
Worldwide, nearly 1,200 liv-
ing species of sharks and rays
elasmobranchh fishes) are known
to science and new species are
being described every year.

Many Floridians may be
shocked to learn that more than
100 of these species occur off the
coasts of Florida. About one-
half of these known species and
most of the undescribed species
occur in the deeper waters of the
continental slope while the oth-
ers inhabit shallow coastal
waters or the offshore near-sur-
face waters (epipelagic zone).
The presentation will pro-
vide an introduction to the
diverse array of sharks and rays
in Florida waters albng with keys

to the identification of species
most likely encountered by fish-
ermen, divers, and beachgoers.
Some of the more fascinating
aspects of their biology and ecol-
ogy including reproductive
strategies, feeding ecology, habi-
tat use, and migratory patterns
will be discussed, and the presen-
tation will conclude with a short
examination of fisheries, abun-
dance trends, and the conserva-
tion status of Florida's sharks
and rays.

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The Franklin Chronicle


May 30, 2008 Page 15



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Following is a summary of
ihe May 20)th l-'Fnklin County
( '(o niiin ssioii Ileeting.

Public Works D)epartment

Thlie )epaiitlitcnt Stupervi-
som's Repo(tls began with Hubert
'lipmaniii Public Works. At the
last Hoald nietiiing, the Board
had dCi ctCd ILChipman, Alan
P'iice, I)iitntoi of Adminislra-
ive ServicesC, and Mike Shuler,
County Attoincy, to look into
the impact of thc County provid-
ing tiuanportation for County
workers to and from work sites.
Dl)u to legal issues, liability con-
cerns and the problems attached
to providing this service to all
County employees, it was found
to be an unwise move and the
staff recommended that the
Board not pursue this issue.
Marcia Johnson. Clerk of
Court, told the Board that
department heads needed to
inspect the vehicles used by their
dcparinmcnts and to remove old
and unused vehicles from the
inventory. She suggested that the
Board take action to require that
department heads justify to the
Board their need to use county\
vehiilcls and to specify who is to
diive lithose vehicles Johnson
gave the I Board a lisl t o\vhicls
insured it 1 th C'ount'\ as well .as
1a list (of Ce ipmIen) C andl trail, e
owncd l'\ the Count\ IThe lis
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Shel Icporitd thatl the Countl
pa.\s Saboto: S40.00.O annually to
insure the r\hicles and trailers.
and about $30,000 to insure
County equipment The budget
could be tiimmcd by the Board
Icdomlg the insurance on County
vehicles and equipment
PlICt-C told the Board thal
FF MA phoned him urging
the Couniv to spend unused
lunds Iericc suggested that the
funds be used to buy two dump
trucks fo Public Works

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Chipman said he could use the
new trucks and perhaps retire or
sell a County owned older truck.
Board unanimously approved a
motion to purchase the two
Chipman's written report
listed 35 projects and/or works
in progress.

Solid Waste/Parks and Rec

Van Johnson, Solid Waste &
Recycling, Animal Control and
Parks and Recreation, requested
Board action authorizing the
Chairman's signature on the
Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection application
for Recovered Materials Certifi-
cation and Reporting Form and
authorizing the payment of
$50,00 for the annual fee.
Commissioner Bevin Putnal
made the motion for approval,
seconded by Commissioner
Cheryl Sanders, which passed
Van Johnson then requested
Board action to approve a budg-
et transfer to increase the infra-
structure budget for Carrabelle
Recreation Park by $23,099.41
and to decrease the Parks and
Recreation budget for operating
supplies by $23,099.41. Commis-
sioner Smokey Parnsh made the
motion for approval, seconded
by Commissioner Crofton.
which passed unanimously.
Johnson told the Board that.
"since January the contractor
that is doing the work along
Hwy. 18 has been using the
County scales at the landfill to
weigh the trucks hauling the
large rocks. The landfill does not
normally charge for this service:
however the frequency of the
trucks and the weight of the
loads may hasten the need for
repairs on the scales. All
attempts to communicate my
concerns to the contractor have
been unsuccessful." Since the
contractor, to date, has not

Continued on Page 16


Page 16 May 30, 2008


The Franklin Chronicle

Commission from Page 15
returned any phone calls or
responded to a recent letter from
Johnson, he requested direction
from the Board. Putnal made a
motion, seconded by Sanders,
that Johnson and County
Attorney Shuler get together to
resolve the problem and to deter-
mine if a per truck fee should be
charged. The motion passed
unanimously. District 10 Rep.
Will Kendrick from the audience
suggested that his contacts might
assist in solving the problem,
Rep. Kendrick addressed the
Board with suggestions of grants
and available fimds that should
be available to Franklin County.
Some of these funding sources
would apply to parks and water
front development as well as the
seafood industry.

Seafood Task Force

Kevin Bogos, Seafood Task
Force, discussed what work
needs to be done at both
Lombardi Seafood Park and the
Indian Creek Park. It was point-
ed out that Johnson is in charge
and has the spending authority
to work on the improvements at
both of these properties. The
Board stressed that the Seafood
Task Force, Seafood Workers
and Parks and Recieation all
need to work together on these
projects and that the communi-
cation lines must be kept open.
The Board passed unanimously
a motion by Putnal, seconded by
Crotlon, directing a letter to be
sent to Florida Department of'
Agriculture Commissioner Cha-
rles Hronson, request ng a
seafood marketing program to
promote the local seafood indus-

try. Before moving on to other
topics, the Board discussed the
possibility of the County pur-
chasing other parcels of land for
park and recreational use as well
promotion of the seafood indus-
County Engineer

D)an Rothwell, county engi-
neer, requlCteLd Ioarld action ot)
make final payment Ito Jason
White Constiruction l or
$39,582.92 once the TRIP re-
find has been received. Sanders
nade the motion to approve, sec-
onded by Putnal, which passed
The Board discussed a
request for permission to
decrease the southbound
Franklin Houlevard speed limit
from 45 mph to 35 mph and to
place crosswalks and crosswalk
signage on Franklin Boulevard

and East and West Gulf Beach
Dr. at County expense. The
Board unanimously passed a
motion by Crofton, seconded by
Sanders, to proceed with the
project themselves instead of
Putnal asked about the engi-
neering plans for the Eastpoint
boat ramp. Rothwell and Public
Works will need to work togeth-
er to get rock removed from the
ramp and the project finished
before September, the beginning
of the fall seafood harvest.
Sanders asked about paving
changes on the Alligator Road
project. Alligator Point resident
and Chairman of the Alligator
Point Tax Payers, Ken Osborn,
expressed concern about any
changes in the contract to get the
road paved. Rothwell said that
he would monitor all the work

being done to repair the road to
make sure it is being done to
Extension Office

Bill Mahan, Franklin Cou-
nty Extension Director, request-
ed Board action on a request by
David Hinton to kill with a rela-
tively safe weed killer, a patch of
noxious invasive grass on the
County right-of-way. The reason
for the request stems from the
County Ordinance that all spray-
ing of weed killers close to the
Bay must be approved by the
County Commission. Motion
for a approval made by Sanders,
seconded by Putnal, and unani-
mously passed.
Mahan reported that the
Tillie Miller Park Dedication
was very well attended and in

Continued on Page 19

The Franklin County Commission approved the expenditure of
$79Q,Qo0O.70 at their May 20, 2008 meeting. The bills are listed as fol-
lows, published for the Board by the County Finance Otfice

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An enthusiastic group of
Republicans and their guests
gathered for their May
Republican Party lunch meeting
at the Owl in Apalachicola on
May 21st.
Party Chairman Willie
Norred introduced the guests
and the candidates who are seek-
ing office in the next election.
The candidates present and
introduced running on the
Republican ticket are: Denise
Butler for Superintendent of
Franklin County School District,
Bruce Barnes II for Franklin
County Sheriff, Don Curtis from
Perry for Florida House District
10 Representative, and Richard
Harper for Franklin County
Property Appraiser.
Not present but also running
on the Republican ticket are
Marcia Johnson for Clerk of
Court and Dawn Radford for
County Commissioner. A fifth
candidate present was Will
Kendnck the current Florida
House District 10 Representa-
tive, a registered Republican but
running as an Independent for
the position of Superintendent of
Franklin County Schools.
Anthony Pate from Calhoun
County was introduced as the
District Republican Committee
Person for this area.
The program for this meet-
ing focused on the financing of
the Franklin County Schools.

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been lost in Canada since Europ-
ean settlement. Undersconng the
correlation between urbaniza-
non and wetlands loss, less than
.2 percent of Canada's wetlands
lie within 25 miles of major
urban centers today.
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ernments are signatories to the
1971 Ramsar Convention on
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that provides a framework for
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conservation and wise use of
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sites-totaling almost 400 mil-
lion acres-have been protected
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gov/Programs/WRP/; Natural
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on Wetlands,
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icans discuss

May meeting
Denise Butler, a current member
of the Franklin County; School
Board was the moderator of a
presentation by Jo Ann Gander,
current Superintendent and Sam
Carnley, Financial Officer for
the Franklin County School
District. They presented'reasons
why Franklin County voters
should vote for the millage refer-
endum on June 10th. They
stressed that passage of the refer-
endum would not increase taxes
as it will reduce the Construction
Fund by .5 mill and shift that
millage to the General Operating
Many questions came from
the audience asking how the
money will be used by the school
district. Gander and Butler
replied that the money would be
used to recruit and retain caring,
qualified teachers, increase rev-
enue for professional develop-
ment for programs that effect
learning, provide students with
up-to-date materials and technol-
ogy and increase student
achievement and opportunities.
The question arose about which
teachers in Franklin County
would benefit from the increase
in teacher salaries. It was pointed
out that the Franklin County
Public School budget was sepa-
rate from that of the Charter
School, which has no entitle-
ment to that money and thus the
salary increase would pertain to
only the public school teachers.

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The Franklin Chronicle

The following felony cases
were disposed of in Franklin
County Circuit Court in May.
Brown, Brandon Nel: lDefen-
dant charged with arson or
dwelling, burglary of dwelling,
prevent of obstruction extin-
guishment of fire. Defendant
entered a plea of no contest-
adjudicated guilty. Defendant
sentenced to total 6 years at
DOC; 8 years probation (proba-
tion may terminate after 2 yis it'
restitution paid in full and in
compliance); restitution $10,000
to homeowner---500.00 to
other specified party; court rec-
ommends DOC placement be
near Foley, Alabama-probation
may transfer to Alabama; no use
or possession of alcohol or
drugs: submit to random alcohol
and drug testing-pay costs; t to
substance abuse evaluation-fol-
low recommendations-sign up
within 30 days or release from
DOC; sentence concurrent with
other cases; $4 10 costs.
Brown, Brandon Neel: Defen-
dant charged with violation of
probation. Defendant admitted
violation-adjudicated guilty-pro-
bation revoked Defendant sen-
tenced to 45 months at )DOC
(credit for 597 days served); pro.
baton terminated; submit to
DNA tests: costs waived
Chapman, Homer Jefferson:
Defendant charged with viola.
tion of probation. defendant
admitted violation-adjudwiatcd
guilty-probation revoked Defen-
dant sentenced to 1 yr and I dlay
at DOC with credit for 203 days
time served; pay restitution
S5000 to specified party. pay
transportation costs $379: sub-
mit to DNA tests; $410 costs.
Cruse, Michael Trey: Defen-
dant charged with resisting arrest
without violence. Defendant
entered a plea of no contest-
adjudicated guilty. Defendant
sentenced to 30 days in jail with
credit for 30 days served; 50
hours community service a 10
hrs per month; anger manage-
ment course; no use of alcohol
or drug use: random alcohol and
drug testing-pay costs: no con-
tact with certain persons; letter
of apology to certain person;
sentence concurrent with other
cases; $410 costs.
Cummings, Larry Mel Chese-
dec: Defendant charged with 4
counts of sale or possession of a
controlled substance with intent
to sell within 1000 ft of a church
or park I)cfcndant entered a
plea of niot guilty-adjudicatioo n
withheld. cfendant sentenced
to 120 days in lail with credit for
39 days served; submit to sub-
stance abuse evaluation-follow
recommendations-sign up within
30 days; no use of alcohol or
drugs; submit to random alcohol
and drug testing-pays costs; 36
months probation; submit to
DNA tests; sentences to run con-
current; $1530 costs.
Day, Thomas Dewey: Defen-
dant charged with violation of
probation. Defendant adjudicat-
ed guilty. Defendant sentenced
to 86 days in jail with credit for
86 days served; 36 months new
probation; substance abuse eval-
uation-follow recommendations-
sign up within 30 days; submit to
DNA tests; any previous condi-
tions not met reimposed; costs

Dever, Anthony P.: Defendant
charged with violation of proba-
tion, Defendant admitted prolia-
tion violation-probation revok-
ed/terminated. Defendant sen-
tenced to 15 months at )DOC,
with credit for 191 days jail
served; submit to DNA tests.
Downing, James Tracey: De-
fendant charged with possession
of drugs with intent to sell with-
in 1000) t of church, business or
school. Defendant entered a plea
of no contest-adjudicated guilty.
Defendant sentenced to 2 days in
jail with credit for 2 days served;
36 months probation; submit to
substance abuse evaluation-fol-
low recommendations-sign ip
within 30 days; submit to DNA
tests; $510 costs.
Evans, John E.: Defendant
charged with sale of cocaine and
violation of probation. Defen.
dant entered a plea of no contest
on cocaine charge, admitted vio-
lation-adjudicated guilty-proba-
tion revoked. Defendant sen-
tenced to 24 months at DOC for
each count (concurrent) with
credit for 144 days jail time
served; submit to DNA tests.
$410 costs
Everett, Christopher I.: I efen
dant changed with iol.ition of
probation Doelindault .idtl Illl
violation a.diudicalted guilvty pro
baton evokcl re inlnnalred
I )Cefendant % lentli'ced to I SOt
in ja Wil wit credit for 107 d.ay
served. sentences to run concur-
rent. submit to IDNA tests
Holmes, Michelle: clciitdant
charged with 2 counts of viola-
(ion of probation Dlefendant
adriitted violation-adjudicated
guilty-probation revoked I)eden-
dant sentenced to new probation
of 48 months each count-concur-
rent (probation may transfer to
Alabama). credit for 75 days jail
time served; $S.m(X) restitution to
specified individual at $50 per
month, submit to DNA tests.
transportation costs of $238 10
Houston, Eddie F.: Defendant
charged with 2 counts of viola-
tion of probation Defendant
admitted violation-adjudicated
guilty-probation revoked. Dcfen-


dant sentenced to 40 months at
I)OC each count (concurrent)
with credit for 167 days jail time
served; court recommends place-
ment where substance abuse
treatment program available;
subniit to INA tests.
James, John .: )Defendant
charged with criminal mischief
and simple battery. Defendant
entered a plea of no contest-
adjudicated guilty. Defendant
sentenced to 1 yr probation;
credit for 2 days jail time served;
40H) hrs community service (a no
less than 17 hrs per month; sign
up with anger management
course within 30 days; no use or
possession of alcohol or drugs;
submit to random alcohol and
drug testing-pay costs; no con-
tact with specific party; no early
termination until restitution has
been made.
Jones, Anthony Alien: Defen-
dant charged with dnving while
license suspended felony, and
sale of cocaine. Defendant
entered a plea of no contest-
adjudicated guilty. Defendant
sentenced to I yr and I day at
1X)C for 1st charge (credit for
341 days served). 24 months at
DOC for 2nd charge (credit for
320 davs served). submit to
I NA tests. $820 costs
King. Hardy: Defendant char-
ged % with sale of controlled sub-
st.ine hydrocodone l)efendant
entered a plea of no contest-
adjudication withheld Defen-
d.nt sentenced to 10 days in jail
uilh crcJdit for 10 days served., 24
months probation, submit to
substance abuse evaluation-fol.-
low rccommendations-sign up
within 30 days; no use or posses-
sion of alcohol or drugs, submit
to random alcohol and drug test-
ing-pav costs: submit to DNA
tests; $820 costs
King, Mary L.: Defendant char-
ged with sale of controlled sub-
stance Defendant entered a plea
of no contest-adjudication with-
held. Defendant sentenced to 24
months probation; credit for 37
days jail time served; submit to
substance abuse evaluation-fol-
low recommendations; no use of
alcohol or drugs. submit to ran-

dom testing for alcohol and
drugs-pay costs; $820 costs.
Larry, Jermaine Monteil: De-
fendant charged with sale or pos-
session of controlled substance
with intent to sell within 1000 ft
of store. Defendant entered a
plea of no contest-adjudication
withheld. Defendant sentenced
to 120 days in jail with credit for
69 days served; 36 months pro-
bation; submit to substance
abuse evaluation-follow recom-
mendations-sign up within 30
days from release from jail; no
use of alcohol or drugs; submit
to random alcohol and drug test-
ing-pays costs; submit to DNA
tests; $560 costs.
Maxwell, Matthew aka Mat-
thew Brown: Defendant char-
ged with possession of prescrip-
tion drugs with intent to sell or
deliver. Defendant entered a plea
of no contest-adjudicated guilty.
Defendant sentenced to 1 yr and
1 day at DOC; credit for 39 days
jail time served; submit to DNA
tests; $7100 costs.
Maxwell, Michael Kyle: Defen-
dant charged with violation of
probation. Defendant admitted
violation-adjudicated guilty-pro-
bation revoked. Defendant sen-
tenced to 60 days jail time-credit
li, 14 days served, new 2 yr pro-
bation, submit to substance
abuse evaluation-follow recorn-
mendations-sign up within 30
days; curfew 7 p.m. 7 a.m.; sub-
mit to DNA tests, any conditions
not met reimposed; costs waived.
Murray, Sonya Starr: Defendant
charged with cnminal mischief.
Defendant entered a plea of no
contest-adjudicated guilty.
Defendant sentenced to 36
months probation; 191 days in
jail with credit for 191 days
served; submit to outpatient
treatment with local mental
health; take medications as
directed; submit to substance
abuse evaluation-follow treat-
ment recommendations; no use
of alcohol or drugs; submit to
random alcohol and drug test-
ing-pay costs; no contact with
specified persons; restitution of
$950 to specified persons; $410

Orr, Gordon Keith: Defendant
charged with 2 counts of sale or
possession of a controlled sub-
stance with intent to sell within
1000 ft of a church. Defendant
entered a plea of o contest-adju-
dicated guilty. Defendant sen-
tenced to 60 days in jail with
credit for 39 days served; 36
months probation; submit to
substance abuse evaluation-fol-
low recommendations-sign up
within 30 days; no use of alcohol
or drugs; submit to random alco-
hol and drug testing-pay costs;
submit to DNA tests; $1370
Parmele, Christopher Dwayne:
Defendant charged with viola-
tion of probation-probation ter-
minated. Defendant taken into
custody-sentenced to 90 days in
jail with credit for 31 days
served; submit to DNA tests;
costs waived.
Pounders, Jeremy: Defendant
charged with possession of mari-
juana, use or possession of drug
paraphernalia. Defendant enter-
ed a plea of no contest-adjudicat-
ed guilty. Defendant sentenced
to 2 days in jail with credit for 2
days served; I year probation;
submit to substance abuse evalu-
ation-follow recommendations-
sign up within 30 days; no use of
alcohol or drugs, random drug
and alcohol testing-pay costs;
forfeit monies taken at time of
arrest; $590 costs.
Prince, Edward J: Defendant
charged with 2 counts of viola-
tion of probation. Defendant
adjudicated guilty-probation
revoked. Defendant sentenced to
43 months at DOC for each
count (concurrent) with credit
for 262 days (1 count) and 108
days jail time served (other
count); submit to DNA tests.
Robinson, Yolanda A.: Defen-
dant charged with possession
with intent to sell, dispense or
deliver prescription drugs.
Defendant entered a plea of no
contest-adjudication withheld.
Defendant sentenced to 18
months probation; credit for 39
days jail time served; submit to

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substance abuse evaluation-fol-
low recommendations-sign up
within 30 days; no use or posses-
sion of alcohol or drugs; submit
to random testing for alcohol or
drugs-pay costs of testing; $510
Schoelles, Kevin Morris: De-
fendant charged with 2 counts of
possession of prescription drugs
with intent to sell or deliver; vio-
lation of probation. Defendant
entered a plea of no contest-
adjudicated guilty. Defendant
sentenced to 24 months at DOC;
credit for 40 days jail time
served; probation revoked; sub-
mit to DNA tests; $705 costs.
Shunman, Jason Curtis: Defen-
dant charged with sale of con-
trolled substance-hydrocodone.
Defendant entered a plea of no
contest-adjudication withheld.
Defendant sentenced to 39 days
in jail with credit for 39 days
served; 24 months probation;

submit to substance abuse evalu-
ation-follow recommendations-
sign up within 30 days; no use of
alcohol or drugs; submit to ran-
dom alcohol and drug testing-
pay costs; submit to DNA tests;
$510 costs.
Simmons, Bernard F. II: Defen-
dant charged with violation of
probation. Defendant admitted
viQlation-probation revoked.
Defendant sentenced to 2 years
probation; submit to substance
abuse evaluation-follow recom-
nendations-sign up within 30
days (or complete program start-
ed); credit for 165 days jail time
served-not a part of probation;
curfew 7 p.m. to 7 am.; submit
to DNA tests; costs waived,
Smith, Jennifer: Defendant
charged with possession of con-
trolled substance and probation
violation. Defendant entered
plea of no contest on possession
charge, and adjudicated guilty
on probation violation. Defen-

dant sentenced to 90 days in jail
with credit for 2 days time
served; 90 days administrative
probation to terminate with jail
completion; submit to DNA
Smith, Theresa Lynn: Defen-
dant charged with 2 counts of
possession of marijuana with
intent to sell within 1000 ft of a
church or business. Defendant
entered a plea of no contest-
adjudication withheld. )efen-
dant sentenced to 30 months
probation; credit for 2 days jail
time served; submit to substance
abuse evaluation-follow recom-
mendations-sign up within 30
days; no use of alcohol or drugs;
submit to random alcohol and
drug testing-pay costs; submit to
DNA tests; $510 costs.
Sproles, Clayton W.: Defendant
charged with felony fleeing or
attempting to elude officer, driv-
ing while license suspended or
revoked, reckless driving.

Defendant entered a plea of o
contest-adjudicated guilty.
Defendant sentenced to 180 days
in jail with credit for 19 days
served; lyr license suspension;
submit to DNA tests; $410 costs.
Strops, Benny Ray: Defendant
charged with violation of proba-
tion. Defendant admitted viola-
tion-found in violation. Defen-
dant sentenced to sign up for sex
offender treatment within 30
days; wear electronic monitor-
ing; have approved housing; any
conditions not previously met to
be reimposed.
Turrell, Keenen Ivory: Defen-
dant charged with burglary of a
dwelling with person assaulted.
Defendant entered a plea of no
contest-adjudication withheld.
Defendant sentenced to 180 days
in jail with credit for 77 days
served; 60 months probation;
attend school, obtain GED, or
seek employment; curfew 10pm
to 6am unless working; submit to

substance abuse evaluation-fol-
low recommendations-sign up
within 30 days; no contact with
victim or specified individual;
$677 restitution at $20 per
month; submit to DNA tests;
$510 costs.
Yon, James C.: Defendant char-
ged with corruption by threats,
disorderly intoxication. Defen-
dant entered a plea of no con-
test-adjudicated guilty. Defen-
dant sentenced to 15 months at
DOC; credit for 60 days jail time
served; submit to DNA tests;
$410 costs.
Zingarelli, Joseph Chad: Defen-
dant charged with probation vio-
lation. Defendant admitted vio-
lation-probation modified-rein-
stated. Defendant sentenced to
30 days in jail with credit for 22
days served; no use of alcohol; 2
AA meetings per month; 2 hrs
per week with sponsor; submit to
DNA tests; any conditions not
met reimposed.

Commission from Page 16
addition to all the fun had by the
attendees, many trash containers
were "bear-proofed."
Bid Opening
Alan Pierce opened 3 bids to
construct an aircraft mainte-
nance hangar at the County
Airport. The Board, after a
motion by Sanders, seconded by
Crofton and passed unanimous-
ly, agreed to turn the bids over to
Attorney Shuler and Ted
Mosteller. Chairman Airport
Advisory Committee, The Board
noted that no bonds were
attachedd to the bids
Modular home issue
Billy Buzzett of the St Joe
Co appeared before the Board
again to request that the building
permits be reissued to finish the
work on the modular homes at
Summer Camp that were previ-
ously rescinded by the Board. He
told the Board that the units
were being damaged by the
weather as they needed to be
under roof. Sanders told him to
cover the units with tarps until
the County issues with St. Joe
Co. were resolved. The Board at
a previous meeting had expres-
sed concern that the units had
been manufactured outside the
County and towed to Summer
Camp. Buzzctt reported that he
had contacted a manufacturer of
modular homes in Carrabellc
about constructing the units and
was told that facility would not
be able to do the work for sever-
al months
The HBoard. after questioning
Buzzett, discovered that the
modular units were to be used as
rental units or for prospective
home buyers This information
further annoved the Board who
expressed anger with the deci-
sion makers in St Joe Co in
Jacksonville In a notion bv
Sanders. seconded Iv Putnal and
passed unanimously. the Board
voted to reexamine the original
PUD by which Summer Camp
was created to see if St. Joe Co.

is adhenng to the original devel-
opmental concept.
Dan Tonsmeire, Apalachi-
cola R ivrkeeper. suggested the
Board go back and review how
the St Joe Co plans for Summer
Camp have evolved from the
original PUD to what is now at.
the site Buzzett assured the
Board that only the highest stan-
dards will be in place in the
development of Summer Camp
and that the modular units, if
allowed to be finished, will be
used as part of a merchandizing
discoveryn package" allowing
prospective buyers to st.v itwo
Idat\vr the units Thct Ho.aud
again letus>cd to ircslt.ic the
building petlints At thius point in
the meeting Chainman of the
lkoard, Noah l.okley Jr turned
the gavel over to Vice Chairman
Parnsh and left the meeting
Planning and Zoning
Alan Pierce presented the
Planning and Zoning report in
which the Planning Board
requested approval by County
Commissioners for a sketch plat
for 10 lots on a 11 49 acre parcel
to be known as Keley's Plat.
Phase II The property is located
on the New River northeast of
Carrabcllc. The P & 7. Board had
approved of the plat sketch
except PI & 7 Board member
Murphy. The Board approved of
the plat sketch in a motion by
Putnal. seconded by Crofton.
and approved by all except the
absent Locklcy
Pierce also presented to the
Board the recommendations by
the Advisory Ho.ud of Adiust.
ment to delny .1 rcrqlust lo .11
after-the-fact v.iri.ance to con-
stiucl a stor.ilg building ove an11
existing concrete slab 8 5 feet
into the rear setback off of an
alley and icplacc a 12 ft. high
fence (8-ft maximum is the
allowed height per code) on
piopeltv descllbed ,is lots 7-.
Block I West. St (corge Island,
Florida Rrquest submnied by
James P. Kourkoulis, lariv A's
It was pointed out that theci
is currently a sewage problems at
that site but Tcrrv Brewer

assured the Board that the prob-
lem is being taken care of with
an advanced treatment system
costing 40-50 thousand dollars.
In a motion by Croflon, second-
ed by Putnal. to approve only the
storage shed. the motion passed
with yes votes from Crofton,
Putnal and Sanders and a no
vote from Parnsh.
Clerk of Court
Marcia Johnson. Clerk of
Court. reported that the Weems
Hospital account for April indi-
cated a balance of S546.236.63.
She requested th.a the Board
allow her to pro.cecd outside the
bid policy to procure a sound
syserill t r the renovactd cotllt.
InNiW .1 t mlost of $24,27o0 71
The Boald was told th.a
MustcMasters of Tallahassee
wa.s the only company utilized
by the court administrator of this
circuit to install courtroom
sound systems Johnson assured
the Bkard that there were funds
available to take care of this
expenditure In a motion to
approve the purchase by Putnal
and seconded by Sanders, the
Board passed the motion unani-
Next Johnson asked the
Board to amend the current bid
policy from a cap of $5.000 to a
cap of S10.000. Sanders made
the motion to raise the cap, sec-
onded by Putnal and passed
The Board was then asked
for a resolution to receive
$53.000 from Prebble Rish and
CW Roberts for I.ake Morality
additional paving expenses. Tlhe
money is to be put in the Local
Option Gas Tax Fund Motion
to receive Ithe money made by
Crotlon, seconded iw Sandersl
and passed 111nanimouslv,
Sanders made a motion to move
527,000 to cover the expense of
the paving overlay on Lake
Moralitv Road from one line
item in the budget to another line
Item in the budget Motion was
seconded b\y Croflon and passed
.lohnson finished her report
by telling the Board that the ren-
ovations to the courtrooms hope-
filly will be done lv June. The
Chief Judge changed the design
from what was originally pro-

posed and in her opinion will
probably have to be redone as the
changed design is not workable.
Director of Administrative
Alan Pierce began his report
by informing the Board of the
Court ruling on the draft revi-
sions to the Corps of Engineers
Interim Operations plan for the
Flint River Basin. David Mc-
Lean, Apalachicola Riverkeep-
ers. told the Board that there
would be a meeting on May 27th
in Blountstown to discuss the
reversal of the court order A
court opinion will be rendered
on June Ist
P'icit.e and Shule told the
Board they have been in talks
with the School Board about
land for tile Carrabelle Urgent
Care Clinic. Pierce has placed
ads for an architect to assist in
designing the clinic. Qualifica-
tions will be opened at the July
Ist Board meeting.
Ted Mosteller requested per-
mission to advertise for a con-
tractor to rehab a runway. There
is 100%/ funding for this project,
which will cost $750,00.00.
Motion to give permission made
by Crofton, seconded by Sanders
and passed unanimously.
The Board was asked to
write the cities of Carrabelle and
Apalachicola letters requesting
their participation in a joint
county-cities traffic safety pro-
gram. Both cities have created
traffic safety programs but can
get additional funding if they
participate in a joint county pro-
gram. Crofton made the motion
for the Board to write the letters,
seconded by Sanders and passed
Pierce asked for Board
action to allow a Building
Department employee to trans-
fer to Courthouse Maintenance
at entry level salary of $26.500
effective June 15th as there has
been a request by the Circuit
Judge for more janitorial servic-
es. The transfer was approved by
a motion by Sanders, seconded
by Croflon and passed unani-
The Board passed a motion
bv Sanders, seconded by Crofton

and passed unanimously, for two
Building Department employees
to take the Inmate Supervisor
Training in the event that they
might be used by Parks and Rec
for maintenance on various
recreational facilities. The Board
also unanimously passed a
motion by Crofton, seconded by
Putnal, to give a time extension
on construction in order to build
handicap ramps on the St.
George Island Boat Ramp.
Crofton also suggested that in
addition to ramps for the handi-
capped they build steps for the
Pierce's report ended with a
discussion about bundling all of
the FWC grant applications. As
there is other funding available,
Pierce felt that the Board might
start on the Lombardi property
before the FWC award is made.
Pierce pointed out that the Board
has not determined whether they
will use in-house engineering, or
a consultant on improvements at
County Attorney
Attorney Mike Shuler
reported that he is beginning
negotiations on 4-5 acres for the
proposed Urgent Care Clinic in
Crrabelle that is currently
owned by the School Board and
is near the existing Health
Department building. He is also
working on previously author-
ized litigation relative to
Alligator Drive and Harbor
Circle. Shuler also has work in
progress concerning a setback
waiver, ongoing litigation,
Business and Professional Reg-
ulation complaint, visitor injury,
and a damage complaint.
The Board meeting conclud-
ed with a report by Bruce Hall
concerning correct lighting to
protect the sea turtle hatchlings
(see that report elsewhere in The
Chronicle) and comments by
Dan Tonsmiere about events
related to water flow in the
Apalachicola River,
The Board meeting ended at
12:15 p.m. and the Board was
scheduled to meet at the
Lombardi Property at 1 p.m.
when the property will be open
to the public for viewing.

It's beach season, so follow these tips and stay safe

Florida has more than 1,200
miles of coastline, including
more than 800 miles of sandy
beaches. National Beach Safety
Week, promoted through a part-
nership between DEP, the
Florida Beach Patrol Chiefs

Association and the Southeast
and South Atlantic Regions of'
the United States Lifesaving
Association, reminds visitors to
use caution when enjoying the
state's aquatic environment.
Enjoy our beaches safely by:

Refraining from alcohol ings and flags before entering the
consumption before swimming, water.
Swimming near a life- Flag warnings and colors

Swimming in groups.
Supervising children.
Observe beach safety warn-

Giren: Low hazard, calm
conditions, exercise caution.
Yellow: Medium hazard,

moderate surf and/or currents.
Red: High hazard, high surf
and/or strong currents.
Red over Red (nrwflags flying):
Water closed to the public.
Purple: Dangerous marine


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The agenda will be the rules of the relay and to give
those who have not yet signed up or turned their
paperwork in another opportunity to be able to
participate in the Oyster Relay when it starts. For
further ifo on when the relay will begin stay tuned
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For those of us who love food
and believe me "I do", If you
crave for something special to
awaken your taste buds like
never before ..Nothing can
compare to te Absolutely
Sinful culinary creations by
Chef Randy.
Among my personal favortes
so far. Pork Chops/Stuffed with
Oyster Dressing. made with
Fresh Apalachicola Bay Oysters
seasoned to perfection, dribbled
with a special recipe simmering
sauce, accompanied with baby
green beans so tender they
should be in bed so
seasoned that they should be
shameful, and topped off with
home-made dinner rolls
prepared by none other than the
Chef himself. To say it was
Plate Sopping Good would be an
understtement, but my mouth
and brain sure thought I had
went to heaven.

Prime Rib, so tender, and
cooked to perfection, garic
mashed potatoes, topped with
the Chefs secret simmering
sauce and tender greens
seasoned with just the right
irredients is a mea fit for
a king,
Lasagna piled hih and covered
in cheese. everybie beckoning
your taste buds to indulge in
pure satisfaction and second
only to what your Aunt from the
O Country would fix, with
almost as much TLC added

Beef Vellington, almost
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