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Florida loses Water Wars battle

Ruling fi'iois 0 sn'(t/'er'
J7loi'ftr five )'',rs
A federal agency has issued
a ruling that clears the wa. for
maint.iming reduced levels of
water flowing into Apalachicola
Bay for the next five years.
The Biological Opinion was
released by the U S. Fish and
\\ IldlJ Service (.',I \.',) on
the U.S. Aini\ Corps of
Engineers' Revised Intciinm
Operations Plan (RIOP) for
water ,h.1:nI between Florida.

(Gogli.i. and Alabamria .iling the
I liin (ACF) system In the
iultogn .l Opinion. 1U.1 W11
determined that the water plan,
allowing for flows as low as
4.i500 cubic It-ct per second (cir)
would be in elffct for the next
five )\t"r
I he new water plan also
. llo '. for more storage retention
in upstream lakes to the derrin
ment iof downstream users.!., bothth ihe Corps ,and
I. I \V\ have stated that the

demands along the ACF \,vciri
are igMrin.tif nt and those will
.1nil increase; yet the new tri-
state water plan fails to address
demand m.lan.gcilrnt .ilrng the

Florida tlkl, la decried the
"Wc are disappointed with
iitJ.1i's recommendation to the
Corps fironi the US Fish and
W:dlitc Service because Florida
will continue to 'iltIr under the
conidmons imposed," said
M'hlatcl Sole, secretary L the

Florida Department of
I -nr\ Protection. "It is
Iroublilng that the Corps persist-
cnilv ignIores the significant
impacts that .gIrgiing flow reduc-
tions are L.iusing to the down-
stream communities and once
gainn fails to provide a compre-
hensive analysis of the real scien-
tific effects on the ecosystem.
"If implemented, the
Revised Interim Operations Plan
. lik the Exceptional Drought
Operations that was approved in
November 2007 by the Corps -

Class of 2020 graduates from Carrabelle

S:',, ,::, .c' (rfsan .l dnt
The last kiinltrL utrlii class
to graduate :I'riin the Carrabcllc
school put on their dark red
(Scahawk colors) caps ,arid
".I", and ni utricitlatd ito tihe
world ot I' r l and other inrar
velous discoveries I il.v
Superintendent of Schools
Jo Ann Gander welcomed the
parents and lurnial members in
the audience, the plcrdgl of allc-
gi.anc was said, and then, to the
strains of II',Iip and
Circumstance," the tiny gradu-
ates filed into the auditorium
and took their front-row seats.
This was accomplished with lit-
tle pomp, but much circum-
A charming PowerPoint
presentation, prepared by I v'nn
Clark, portrayed each child in
the two teacher's (Patry
Dempsey and Karyl G.avigan)
classes yearbook style, inter-
spersed with candid photos of
the children in pl.iw with each
other, hijinks in the cafeteria,
and in rapt attention to teachers
and special guc't speakers, such
as the fire chief, Carl Whale).
Kid's favorite things and
aspirations were listed: Heroes
topped out as moms and dads,
teachers, grandmas and gr.indl
pas, and a sprinkling. of super-
heroes, notably Spiderman.
Favorite foods the kids crave
are hamburgers, French fries,
macaroni and cheese, fried
chicken, pizza, spaghetti and
meatballs, chocolate ice cream,
and a few true Carrabellians
favored fried shrimp, boiled crab,
and sausage gravy and biscuits.
Hobbies included fishing,
coloring, watching cartoons and
playing video games.
When it came to what they
wanted to be when they grew up,
many aspited to teacher, veteri-
narian, soldier, police officers,
firemen, and dancers. One

I -. .
The class of 202(1 pauses on the playground for a photo with their teachers.

young fellow aspired to "work in
the rock pit." A few more years
with Franklin schools' excellent
teachers will raise his sights, and
he will probably want to "own
the rock pit."
A special honor for a special
person was announced next, and
Mrs. Laura Lee Sutton, a
favorite kindergarten teacher at
Carrabelle school from 1980
until her retirement in 2005, was
called to the stage. A few former
students read poems and state-

ments of admiration and love,
and one young man told her how
much she had affected his life.
"I think of you almost c\ i
day," he said, "I love you, Ms.
Sutton," he finished with a hug,
loinglv returned. In honor of
her many years and all the love
she inspired in her students and
fellow teachers, Mrs. Sutton was
presented with a small trees dec-
orated as an apple tree, and a
l.uge bouquet of roses. Few cye.s
were dry as she left the st.ige to

the applause from the audience,
Many of whom had once been
her students.
Presentation of diplomas
followed, as Superintendent
Gander passed each document
over, the stage positively glowed
with pride and accomplishment,
and then the very last kinder-
giilten class to sweeten the halls
of Carrabelle school went home
for the summer, looking forward
to their first year in the new
Franklin County School.

would starve the Apalachicola
River and Bay of freshwater
flows needed to sustain those
ecosystems and the species and
economies dependent on them.
Flows below 5,000 cubic feet per
second cause an enormous strain
on the Apalachicola ecosystem,
allow elevated salinity in the
Ri\ti and the Bay and threaten
the health of federally listed
threatened and endangered
Continued on Page 19

D-Day vet

t b', .i, C 'C .lpl 2 l
-lDt', the 6th i June,
1044 is the day that marked the
invasion and establishment of
.iX' d Ofrces in l ."1in.1 .
France during Operation
)crloerd during World War II It
covers from the initial landings
on June 6, 1944 until the Allied
breakout in mid.Jul' It was the
larg'q seaborne invasion at the
time, in\'lv'ing over ~50.000
troops crossing the English
Channel from the unitedd
Kingdom to Normandy by the
end of June 1944.
A local veteran, Rev. Gene
Hallstrom of Carrabelle, remem-
bers his part in the invasion.
"We came over by ship from
Southampton on the third day,"
he said. "We got onto the land-
ing barges and were landed on
Utah Reach I remember being
glad we weren't going to Omaha
Beach -it was awhil there. Just
like they showed in that movie -
bodies everywhere. till lying on
the beach. It was a Iunn\ thing,
the summer before I graduated
from high school in Omaha,
Nebraska, I had a summer job
Continued on Page 18

.. -1

Gene Hallstrom poses in front
of a wall of photos of Carra-
belle veterans as they appeared
at the time of their service.
Hallstrom is the handsome
young man in the photo in the
corner on the right.

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The Franklin Chronicle

"T h

be t ee n
man's soot and nature's grime is
that nature knows how to clean
up after herself." (Stanford
Research Institute, in R.
Buckminster Fuller, I Seem To
Be a Verb)
While St. George Island
remains the best place to live I
have found so far, it is still a frag-
ile place and can easily be made
much less desirable by people
who don't love it as we do, or by
selfish interests, or just by
thoughtless people. While we
who live and work here aren't the
police, we have a certain respon-
sibility to help keep our Island
nice. If people would remind the
ones throwing bottles and trash
around the parking lots and
roads that there are trash con-
tainers handy, they might, in
being reminded how much we
care, start to care a little them-
selves. The Civic Club is work-
ing on plans to reduce the temn-
porary sign pollution (yes, it is
pollution) and hopes to have the
county's help soon to get signs
otf the right-of-ways. The light
pollution is becoming a problem
not just for the sea turtles, but
also for those of us who appreci-
ate the clear skies in which the
stars make such a spectacular
display all free. Music from
places of entertainment some-
times blasts sleep away from
blocks away and through insulat-
ed walls and closed doos,
These are things you need to)
be thinking about Io you love
your Island enough to fight for
its beauty and reputation as a
unique place to come and relax
in the beauty of the Gulf Coast'
I think you do you proved that
when you helped with the highly
successful clean-up day last
week. Let's keep that spirit going
and not let things sneak up on us.
The farther we get down that
road to trashiness, the harder it
will be to come back.
In that same vein, I just got a
message from the Apalachicola
Riverkeeper relating to the Wild
& Scenic Film Festival. They
suggested a film that I viewed


This is what the new tag will look like.

and although I taught Farth
Science and Conservation for
many years, I was ltunpiessed
with the presentation of this vet I
impotr ant mate al I itcom-
mend it highly Go to the follow-
ing site to watch "The Story of
Stuff". www storyofstuff.coim
You'll be glad you did.
The Forgotten Coast TV
program, "Community Heroes".,
is honoring, among others.
Dennis Barnell, president of the
St. George Lighthouse Associa-
tion. Barnell has shown a strong
spirit of dedication in his tireless
leadership keeping the light-
house restoration program on
track and bringing another rea-
son to visit the Island to realiza-
tion. The program airs dailv ait
9:30 A.M. & PM and 4 15
A.M. & PIM on Forgotten Coast
The St. George Island
branch of the Gulf State
Community Bank is being read-
ied fiI opening sometInieC
around June 30. according ito
bank president. Chit ritler I
called Butler aftcr noticing there
had been no discernable activity
around the site for a couple ot
weeks. He assured me that tlhe
plans are going forward after
pausing slightly for a more
detailed plan for the site which
takes future expansion into con-
sideration. We are glad to see
real planning going into business
construction on the Island. As
our community grows. it's reas-
sunng to know that people are
planning for the future rather
than just letting things happen as
they go

In a previous column, I
mentioned the passage of a
Flotlda bill creating a lighthouse
IlTcense plate Flolida Gov.
Charlie C'rist has signed the bill
into law and the plate is a reality
The Franklin County tax collec-
tor's office has committed to
stocking the new plate and it
should be ready for purchase
early next year I have never
had a specialty plate but I think
I'll make this one my first The
mote lighthouse tags that are
sold, the mote money will be
available for the preservation of
these hlstorltic I .uctuIes
Jerry Thompson (Pruden-
tial Resort Realty, (850) 027-
200W, ext 120) has sent out infor-
mation that seems to bode well
for reducing the huge inventory
of homes for sale in
Apalachicola. Fastipont. and on
St George Island Twentvsix
homes have Icen sold since the
tirt of the vear as opposed to 33
sold .all l.tst ,cear l' w l \e w\cr
sold dtur'.it the 1.11sI month (Mayv)
.t lonrl anl hel monlIth \vhen
agentss expcct high sales ust
starting Lowered prices seem to
be sparking more interest in
home sales even as the national
economy stays in a slump
IDon't forget Father's Day is
coming up on June 15 Yes. I
know I forgot to mention
Mother's Day last month. I'm
not being sexist, just a little for-
getful sometimes You guys
understand don't you' Huh?
God Bless, stay in touch.
and remember, to contact me.
phone 850-927-289' or e-mail
tjloughndgea' mchsi com.

'Tiki Hut' folks reunite one more time

Chronic Corresspichnt
Not everyone came. but
those who still remember the
"good old days" at the Tiki I ut
bar on Timber Island gathered at
Wicked Willie's Thursday
evening to greet and share nlem-
ones with the beloved former
owners. Andy and Shirlev
In town for brief visit from
their New Mexico home to visit
family and friends, Shirley said,
"This will probably be the last
time we'll he able to do this, con-
sidering the gas prices."
Andy, who suffered cardiac
problems here shortly before the
couple's move in the late 1990s,
has slowed down some, walking
with a cane, but still retains his
cheerful, affectionate nature. It
wasn't just the Tiki Hut crew
who came; it was an entire
Pirate's Landing reunion. Tim
and Christina Saunders, owners
of Saunders seafood house; Eric
Pfeufer, Saunders's son-in-law
who ran the Ring Power dealer-
ship headquartered there; and
Tim and Lisa Baroody, former
owners of Julia Mac's Seafood

Shirley and Andy Travis, Christina and Tim Saunders swap

Rcstlaurint, wcIc .ll there
former wiitstafl ,and custonicis
also came along during the
evening Shrimp boat captain
Tony Jackson, whose boat wlas
based at Saunders, and who laitci
purchased one of Saunders's
"Pirate" fleet, was a frequent fix-
ture in the old place with other
fishermen, came to share Imemo-
ries of what was now, in retro-
spect, the last days of
Carrabclle's commercial fishing
Absent friends were toasted,
and many stories traded about
events at the old neighborhood

g.llheiIug placc II.lppv nights of
music .i an d.ancin, p.i1t lis. slhcl
clriig in the advellnt .inid ailci-
mnath of huirricanies. waiting loi
the flst lotd of the last scallop
T'he happy evening came to
.1 close with many hugs. kisses.
and exchanges of addresses and
phone numbers. Shirley blamed
her watery eyes on1 "allergies, I
always had them here, and the
humidity; our air is so dry there
(in New Mexico) thai thec
haven't bothered me." The rcsl of,
us had no excuse, she thought
faster than we did.

Local 5-Day Forecast

Mix ot hmil
and clouds
Highs in thI
low 90ti and
lows in the
low 70s

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Highs in tihe
low 90s rand
lowm In the
low 70s

6 37 AM
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More shur
than clouds
Highs in the
upper 80s
and lows in
the low 70s

6:37 AM
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Plenty of
sun. Highs
in the low
90s and
lows in the
low 70s

6 37 AM
a39 PM


Times of
sun and
Highs in the
upper 80s
and lows in
the low 70s.

6.37 AM

Florida At A Glance




Area Cities

Ckearwater 94
Crestview 96
Daytona Beac-h 89
Fort Lauderdale 88
Fort Myers 96
Gainesville 95
Hollywood 88
Jacksonville 91
Key West 88
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I ake City 94
Million 96
Mcltxlimr 87
Ma.imr 87
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Saint Augustine
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Moon Phases

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Responsibility, Accountability, Accessibility

"It's All About Kids"

After 30 years of professional law enforcement including 23 years as a Special
Agent/Supervisor with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
I know you cannot arrest your way out of the destructive debilitating drug
problem that plagues our country and our community. Franklin County enjoys
not only the highest law enforcement to citizen ratio in the State of Florida but
it also has the highest incarceration rate per capital in the State of Florida.

Support for this referendum is a very small price to pay in comparison to the
huge sums that you pay to feed, house and care (medical and dental) for those
who end up in the criminal justice system. Remember the War on Drugs dates
back to June 1971 when then President Richard Nixon names drug abuse as
"public enemy number one in the United States." Invest in the future not the
past, vote YES on June 10th. As your Sheriff, I will work hand in hand with
the school administration, the teachers, the coaches, the parents and most
importantly, the future of Franklin County, the children. Because when it is all
said and done, "IT IS ALL ABOUT THE KIDS."

Phone: (850) 228-1108 Address: P.O. Box 1077 Eastpoint, FL 32328
E-mail: Web site:

Political Advertisement paid for and approved by Bruce Barnes, Republican, for Sheriff



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Random thoughts
Don't forget to vote on Tuesday, June 10, on the half-mill school
tax levy. The money will be used for raises and benefits for public
school teachers.
School officials say it won't increase your takes. Rather, it
amounts to a transfer from one budgetary fund to another. As far as
elections go, Tuesday's vote is a pretty low-key affair, except for a dis-
agreement over whether the ABC Charter School will get a cut (it
won't). Still, it's an opportunity for you to express your opinion on a
matter of vital importance.
In today's newspaper, there are two full-page advertisements sup-
porting the referendum.
Water and baseball
Considering the disagreement between Florida and Georgia over

By Russel Roberts
By Russell Roberts

the water flow coming into
Apalachicola Bay, it's interesting that
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Georgia
Gov. Sonny Purdue appeared together
Tuesday night.
I was halfway watching a baseball
game between the Atlanta Braves and
the Florida Marlins Tuesday night when
the two politicians were being inter-
viewed by a broadcaster. An announcer
mentioned that the two governors threw
out the opening pitches, and that Crist
threw a strike from the pitcher's mound,
while Purdue had to get close to the
plate to heave it.

We hope Crist's ability to throw a strike translates to ability to
negotiate a fair deal to end the Water Wars. So far, Crist has been a
good cheerleader, but seems to strike out when what we need is a
good dutch hitter.
Hurricane seaaso
Yes, it's hurricane season. We're pleased that the Red Cross
decided to insert its annual Hurricane Survival Guide this year in The
Chronicle. Be sure not to miss this important publication full of tips
and advice in this week's issue.
Modular homes
In a previous life, I was the communications director for the
Florida Manufactured Housing Association. I no longer draw a pay-
check from that industry, so I'm free to comment without fear of los-
ing my job.
As you may have heard, county commissioners are unhappy that
St. Joe has put a few modular homes in their upscale, but struggling.
SummerCamp development in the eastern end of the county. The
commissioners are worried about the impact on property values.
But modular homes are not mobile homes. In truth, modular

Continued on Pae 5

Te The


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Volume 17, Number 23 June 6, 2008
Publisher & Editor
Russell Roberts
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Laurel Ncwman. Richard U1. Noble, Paul Puckett
Circulation Associate
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Remembering 'the good old days'

As most of us who were around in the "good
old days" know, the good old days weren't really all
that "good." I was talking with some folks the
other evening who had never been seafood work-
ers. They wanted to know what we used to do with
our valuable oyster boats when a storm was threat-
ening offshore
Pictures began to pop into my mind, but the
first thing I remembered was that our old oyster
boats were not all that
valuable We rented
our first oyster boat
for a-bag-a-day. We
called the boat. bail-a-
little sail-a-little. The
boat leaked so badly
that I had to take a
break from tonging
every half hour or so,
walk to the back of
the boat and start 14
bailing it out. Our bail
bucket used to be an By Richard E. Noble
old Corox bottle or
plastic milk jug with
the cap screwed back on and the bottom cut out.
Many oystermen that I knew didn't own an
oyster boat or a motor. They rented their boat and
motor from the dealer who they worked for one
bag of oysters for the boat and one bag for the
motor. Some other oystermen shared one rented
boat. Some dealers had a small fleet of old boats
and motors that they rented. At one point in our
career, my wife and I owned three oyster boats that
we rented out to other aspiring self-employed busi-
nessmen in the "trade." It was somewhat of a los-
ing proposition. Most of the time, the fellow who
rented a boat would get behind on his rent. He
would then unload his oysters down on Cat Point
or elsewhere and when he came back to tie out the
boat, he would have no money to pay.
But the boats were cheap. I think we bought
our old boats for between $150 and $250. For most
of our career we never had a trailer for any of our
oyster boats-and most other folks we knew didn't
After many storms we simply joined the large
crowd of oystermen who were digging their boats
out of the sand along the shore line. At that time
there were at least 1,500 registered oysterman. The
channel in Eastpoint could have 500 to 600 boats
crammed in that tiny stretch of beach. If you did-
n't get your motor off your boat in time, you would
have to take it apart, get all the salty water out of
the carburetor and squirt lots of oil into the cylin-
der heads, get some new spark plugs and you were
back in business again within the week.
If it started blowing unexpectedly during the
night, I would crawl out of bed, hop in the truck
and head down to the shore.
There was a time when there was no breakwa-
ter in Eastpoint and every stormy night the shore
along highway 98 would be lined with pickup
trucks. They would shine their headlights on their

boat to make sure another boat hadn't "drug"
anchor and was now rubbing up against theirs. If
that eventuality did happen, the owner of the
endangered boat would have to wade or swim out
to his boat, crank it up, move it and re-set his
anchors. If it was raining, which was usually the
case, and you couldn't afford a battery and an auto-
matic bilge pump, you would have to wade out to
your boat and bail it out periodically. Sometime it
would get too windy and too rough and all us oys-
termen would just sit there and count the boats as
they went under
Several times in my own career, I remember
wading out to my boat with the wind blowing and
the waves crashing, and unscrewing my motor
from the stern and carrying my 40-horse Johnson
to shore on my shoulder. The'boat might go under
but at least I would have my motor.
A stormy night in Eastpoint meant glowing
headlight beams filled with the sparkle of rain-
drops, cigarettes flickering behind each steering
wheel, and a host of invisible worried, sleepy faces
set and determined to face Mother Nature and
whatever she had in mind for their future.
When a big storm was announced to be on its
way, pickup trucks would be along every bank
dragging oyster boats up on the hill as far as they
could get them. The trunk of every old car would
have the foot of an outboard dangling. Others
would be out in the woods hacking down small
cypress trees. The cypress trees would be sunk into
the mud and used as mooring posts for your old
boat if you wanted to take your chances that it
wouldn't blow as bad as they said it would.
Digging out your boat after a big storm was a
rather strange experience. I remember my wife and
I were standing on the beach looking at our old
boat that had washed up 300 yards from where we
had it moored. Old Pappy Millender came up
beside us. He looked at our faces. We hadn't said a
"Yeah but," he said, "sure it looks bad now but
you'll have it up and running before the week is out
and you won't even remember today. What you
want to think about today is the beautiful sun peek-
ing up on the horizon on a foggy morning as you're
heading out to work, the cool breeze blowing in
your face, the clunking of them oysters being
tossed into a metal bagging can. What you will
remember tomorrow, is all the good times and all
the fun that you have had making your living right
out there on this beautiful bay with nobody telling
you what to do, or how fast you have to move, or
when you have to leave, or how hard you have to
work. Take my word you'll forget about today and
you will remember the good times and all those
good days."
And so it was!
Firelancr writer Richard E. Noble has been an
Eastpointer for about 30 years. His books, Hobo-ing
America and A Summer with Charlie, are now avail-
able on If you would like to stock the books
in your store or business, contact him at 670-8076 or e-
mail richaredwa&



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Kendrick: Seagrass bill What is the oyster
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Chrnicle Cornmsponrlnt
Representative Will Ken-
drick has had a few bricks tossed'
at him from environmental
organizations in recent weeks,
but he says the "seagrass bill'
amendment has been misunder-
stood, misinterpreted, and his
actions which have been report-
ed as "sneaking it in at the last
minute" untrue and unjustified.
"Amendments don't just
make it in "at the last minute,"
he said. "There is a committee
stop, then a council stop, before
it can be presented. That amend-
ment was not late in filing, it was
presented a full 24 hours in
"This bill would allow for
the Board of Trustees (the
Governor and Cabinet) to look
at new technologies as they
come along; advances are being
made all the time. If there are
advances in seagrass restoration,
they need to be looking at them.
This bill gives the Board the
option to form mitigation banks,
if it is in the best interests of the
people of the State of Florida."
Kendrick said that Secretary
of the DEP, Mlike Sole, came to
him the following day and gave
him suggested wording for the
amniendment "I passed it on just
as hre gave it to me." Kcnditick

)n Api'l 28, the cHouse
passed the bill and scnt it on to
the Senate. The Senate ,added an
amendment, deleting some lan

guage and substituting other. An
important section is devoted to
penalties for damaging seagrass,
of which several species are
named, and penalties for any
inolestation or possession of
scalife and animals.
The amendment also states,
"that the BOT of the Internal
Improvement Trust Fund may
ensure the preservation and
regeneration of seagrass, as providing for the
establishment of seagrass mitiga-
tion banks, offset the
unavoidable impacts of projects
where such banks meet the appli-
cable public interest test."
Sarah Williams, from the
DEP press office, regarding the
mitigation banks, First, criteria
have to be established, and no
one can buy credits until the mit-
igation banks have been proven
successful. The Board of
Trustees will have to determine if
a mitigation project is in the pub-
lic interest. Then, it still has to be
Said Kendnck: "This bill is a
way to repair beds already dam-
aged, and seek new ways to
regenerate this important
resource "
The only question left unan-
swered is, "What arc the critci.i
for meeting the public interest
test andi who will detercmI nc
An\ .iisw ri lto that n'ICe \i l
btf toulld 111 .1 lucll I C illllnl ot
the l'ankh'lns b'r:. .'ci. it one can
be fIound

I have been asked by a num-
ber of people, what is an Oyster
In short it is a program set
up by the lFlorida Department of
Agriculture's Division of
Aquaculture to relocate live oys-
ters ioin onle area to another in
hopes of propagating or reseed-
ing oyster beds to encourage new
growth and a more productive
This is done in cooperation
with the Franklin County
Seafood Workers Association
who has a contract with the state
to do the actual work it takes to
move the oysters from point A to
point B.
Some of the areas m our bay
do not produce as well as others,
some areas actually have so
many oysters that they clump up
and have what is commonly
referred to as burrs, or bundles of
oysters all clumped together. In
order for them to be more pro-
ductive it is to our benefit to
break the burrs apart and relo-
cate those oysters to a part of the
bay that is less productive What
this does is promote more effec-
tive growth in both areas. which
i'. a nefl t to the entire bay
1 .a1'h v.ail monies .arte appro-
p1,i.ilcI iI the budget foi such
P'1Ii.1 %llT tlhe State of l' lollda
to enti I.'.age the gol ll h I ,IIdI
Swell cing ut bCtsc .il oi the IC'.\s

The Editor from Page 4
home' are Ibullt to the .samnre state
building code that regulates site-
built homes Modular homes can
go anywhere a sitc-buill home
can go A beautiful two-story
modular recently went up on St
George Island. and while some
neighbors worked when the sec-
tions arrived, it's really quite a
nice house
Local cartoons
Take a look on page 4 and
you'll see a cartoon by Dale

14 CMII 4

By Linda Raffield
that are productive to oyster har-
vesting. We are very fortunate to
have had many of the politicians
behind this program and by no
means is it a hand out to the men
and women who work this pro-
For each 20 gallon box of
oysters moved, there is approxi-
mately 2 bushel. Each bushel
will net $1.25 or $1.50 to the
men or women participating in
the Relay. The price difference is
dependant on the location of the
Relay and how many miles the
boats must travel from point A to
point B. Most boats have 35
boxes maximum and that would
be 70 bushel a tnp.
This program is specifically
stc up to plant oysters The ben-
efits from the Relay however go
much larthcr than that. Iu e to
bav closures, redI tide and hurrn-
c.i-nes ot the pa'.st. the Relay pro- ha'. 1 '. cn \(e i\ e ri ttclIc tiv 11i

Nesenian., our newest addition at
7hc l"u-ankhn Chrm>, /c Dale will
be drawing editorial cartoons on
local issues. We hope you enjoy
his work
Don't drink and...
Here's a rule about driving:
Don't try to check on your dog in
the bed of your pickup while the
truck is turning around. That's
what a passenger apparently did
recently in Calhoun County.
According to state troopers,
a man was driving on State Road
20 when he decided to do a u-


turn. While the truck was turn-
ing around, the passenger
opened his door to make sure the
dog in the truck bed was OK.
That's when he fell out onto the
And guess what ... the driver
was charged with driving under
the influence. Troopers said the
passenger was also drunk.
It's funny until you find out
the man was seriously injured
when the truck ran over him.
So: Don't drink arid check
the dog.

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stimulating our own local econo-
my and the income of the
seafood workers. With bag price
cuts and limits on orders the men
and women look forward to hav-
ing the Relay this year as well
and have the opportunity to once
again serve in the capacity of
stewards of the bay.
While we may not always
agree, the relationship between
the FCSWA and FDOACS in
this endeavor is one of mutual
respect and cooperation. Over
the last few years we have
worked together with the
Shellfish Center in the spirit of
friendship and cooperation, real-
izing that each could learn from
the other, There is as much work
behind the scenes to get this pro-
gram going as there is in actually
doing the program. It is the com-
bined effort of both the FCSWA
and FDOACS, which makes this
Relay successful.
Each week beginning the
first week of the relay the
FCSWA will feature a story on
the Relay Program so be sure
and look for the upcoming arti-
cles which will be informing and
entertaining with photos from
the Relay. Be sure and read The
Franklin Chromncl and the back
page, Cullboard Report for fur-
ther updates.

Page 6 June 6, 2008


The Franklin Chronicle

More bricks in the Memorial Wall

People who have purchased
a brick in honor of a loved one
for the Memorial Wall in
Carrabelle have been wondering,
"Where is the brick I bought for
Dad (or grandpa, or brother, or
City employee .lamie Brown
explains, "We wait until we have
a certain llumlbe of bricks
ordered so that we call obtain at
discount on thilte 'oldC foi the
nmatufacturIe I hopefully, the
current hatch will bte up by
Father's Day, but they aie defi-
nitely going up soon, we Ilst[
don't know exactly when "
The City of Carrabelle, like
everyone else, must take advan
(age of all means to save a little
expense where it is still possible
to do so,
VMtcrfront Partnership final
community meeting
The group ofIt' citizens who
have come together with thie goal
of finding ways to revitalize the
Carrabelle waterfront, both visu-
ally, economically, and cultural-
lv, will hold their final communi-
ty meeting on Tuesday, June 17,
at the Carrabelle United
Methodist Church fellowship
hall from 5-7 p.m.
At this meeting, the ideas
and suggestions of about 305
Carrabelle area residents will be

By Liurol Nowman

ttIscussed Thle p.r1tn1eshp11 will
be choosing p lliities ll older toI
prepare a 'Ipolt to present to the
.'Ca belle CitvL C onlllllussion
"A hit of wolk went 1nto
this," l'atinara Allen of C'.i, t
belle Canes said Saturday "A lot
of people l nde the clol t to
collc t tohe meetings, and make
their suggestions We got a lot of
good, creatic ideas. This meet-
ing will be tihe opportunity for all
tile citizens to see what's been
suggested, and the priorities we
will set Everyone who cares
about the future of Carrabelle's
riverfront should come and see
what's Ibeen accomplished so far,
and what the next set of goals
will be."
Fishermen to meet
Representatives of both
commercial and recreational

fishing industries will meet in
Carrabelle in the second week of
June, with marine fisheries scien-
tists, to discuss the elletl of the
many fishing regulations on the

liio sitalinig tll.t tlie gag gtoup'er
fishicly is tnol over fished, and
that then SAC (Spawning Alca
Closure) should be included ti
Amlendmentl 30H I1 t1he
lMagnusson Stevens Act (See
1I iC l l'islellmantll 1 Pr1esent
Alictinaie IPlan elsewhere in this
dillonl ) Thlie meeting date, time,
and location will be anlllnounled
laei tin1. week, arnd will be
.intnounced herIe in next week's
F''ankl 7(ihiro>et /
Shrimp boil at American
The Legion Post 82 in
lanaik village e will be preparing
a boiled shrimp dinner this
Saturday evening, with a menu
of boiled shrimp, hushpuppies.
coleslaw, salad and dessert all
for only SS, from 5-7 p.m. All
profits from the dinners go to the
veterans home in Gainesville, so
coime out and enjoy good food
with good friend., and help some
veterans at the same time

Boyd receives planning council award

* 7 p.m.: Moms (and Grandmothers) meeting at the Fellowship Hall of
the First Baptist church on St. George Island for activities and discus-
sions. For more information, contact Rebecca Fowler at 370-6995.
* 3.5 p.m.: Big Bend Hospice Franklin County AdvisoryCouncil plant
swap at the Farmers Market in Apalach. Contact Pam Allbritton at
* II a.m.s Mullet Toss, Blue Parrot Restaurant on St. George Island,
Sign up at 10 a,m., tos begins at 11 a.m.
* Noon: Big Bend Hospice Franklin County Advisory Council meet-
ing AJ's Restaurant in Apalach.
* 11:30 am.: Lanark Red Hat Ladies will meet for lunch at-the White
Eagle Restairantfin Eastpoint. Carrabelle Red Hatter are invited to
join them. Contact Jean Sewell at 697-2798.
* 7 p.m.: Lecture on "Sharks and rays of Florida: An introduction to
the diversity, idntificaon, biology, and ecolog,"by Dr. L Dean
Grubbs, FSU Coastal & Marine Laboratory.
SS-7 p.m.: Carrabelle Waterfront Partnership commuitmeting to
discuss future of the waterfront. Carrabelle Methodist Church at 102
NE Avenue B. For more information or to arrange transportation to
attend the meeting, call the Carrabelle Waterfront Partnership Office at
* 2:30 pm.: Presentation on sea turmtleSt. Geoge Island Volutteer
Fire Dept. East Pine St
a 1 a.: Apalachicola Bluegrass Festival 313 Water Street. Food,
kids acivies crat and food vendo. prizes f rthe best blegrass
dressed male and female and featuring Ive bluegrass music For more
inf action contact Whehouse Restaant (850) 653-860.
* 2 pm.: Presentatioon sea tures, Steo Island Volunteer
Fire Dept. East Pine S

Congressman Allen FBoyd
(1-North Florida) has received
the 2008 Congressional Partner,
ship Award front (the Apalachee
Regional P'lanning Councilt
(ARPI') for hit- woik to pimonalt
comlllmunlllty, cotnmtic, and
infrastructure development pro-
grams in North Florida
The ARlPC member from

the counties of I eon. Calhoun,
Franklin. t.adsden., Gult. Jack
son. Jelteson., I iberv., W\Vakull.u,
aidl their .'S respciveC inllltic4
plilties pelted ti .lte award lto
Congire,"11n.ui liNAl
Ihc Ap.tIl. hlcc
Planning C.'ouncil is recogn zed
as Florida's only multi-purpoise
regional entity that is in a posi.

tioni to plan for and coordinate

growth related problems The
COuntCitl f 1u-s on regional

.AemnCnrI I t C(e 01noilI. dc\iclop
menC, an.d olthr nced.s of tlhe
conllunrmlteCs in lthe region


Question #226: True or False...
Larger stars bum for a longer
period of time than smaller ones.

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tee, comer lot, reduced to $299,000

* One acre, Harbor Road, high & dry, $89,900.
* 1.97 acre Homesite, Baywood Estates, cleared, $98,900.
* *10 acres in Riverbend Plantation, $225,000.

* 2.53 acres with large pond, Baywood Estates, $164,900.
* *2.2 acres Creekfront, Victorian Village, shared dock, $395,500.
S* 1-1/2 City Lots with riverview, $225,000.

* REDUCED to sell (2) Commercial city lots, older home &
storage shed, $149,500.


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June 6, 2008 Page 7

Peter F. Crowell CFP, Presents

Weekly economic update for
the week of June 2, 2008
These views are those of Peter Montoya Inc., and not the presenting
Representative or the Representative's Broker/Daler, and should not be con-
strued as investment advice.
Quote of the week
"The better work men do is always done under stress and at great
personal cost."-William Carlos Williams
Inflation eases, spending increases
A new batch of data from the Commerce Department showed
consumer spending and incomes up 0.2% in April. Core inflation
only rose 0.1% on the month. Is it reces-
sion, or slow growth? Even for econo-
I | mists, it is hard to tell.

Sponsored by
Peter F Crowel, CFP

Is housing battling back?
The Commerce Department annou-
nced that the pace of new home sales
increased by 3.3% in April, the first
jump north in 6 months. (Sales surged
by 42% in the Northeast.) On the down-
side, the Standard & Poor's/Case-
Shiller national home price index fell
14.1% in 1Q 2008.
Final IQ GDP: 0.9%

While Warren Buffet and a host of
economists think that America really is in a recession, the U.S. econ-
omy grew faster than first thought in the year's first quarter. The
Federal Reserve revised first quarter GDP up from 0.6%, but that is
still far below the 2.5-3% pace many analysts consider healthy.
What oil didn't do
Oil prices didn't go up last week-prices fell 3.7% for the week on
the New York Mercantile Exchange to $127.35 per barrel. But oil
futures did gain 12% in May.
What did stocks do?
Well, the Dow ended a subpar May by gaining 1.4% last week.
While the S&P 500 lost 1.8% last week, the NASDAQ gained 3.2%
on the week, and 4.6% for the month.
% Change Y-T-D 1-Year 5-Yr Avg
DJIA -4.72 -7.87 +8.56
NASDAQ -4.89 -2.77 +11.61
S&P 500 -4.63 -9.27 +9.07
(Source USAITdAy com. CNNMoony com. S/23/0) Inde are
unmanau d, do nAo mcur fes or expenses and cann be rinesd
into dectldy. These return do not mcude dmvidend
Riddle of the week
Angie bet Jon that she could stand on one finger. Jon took the
bet, knowing she couldn't do it ... but she did. How did she do it? See
next week's Update fr the answer
Last week's riddle
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? Answer
Kingfdiamonds, jck of hearts, queen of spdes.
Peter F Comrfl is a Cerified Financial Panner in Tallahasse and a
Franklin County property owner. Contact him by e-mail at
info@franklindrnide. ne, or by mail at PO Box 590, Eastpoint, FL 32328
The Dow Jones Industrial Averge is a price-weighted index of 30
actively traded blue-chip stocks. The NASDAQ Composite Index is an
unmanaged, market-weighted index of all over-the-counter common stocks
traded on the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated
Quotation System. The Standard & Poor's 500 (S&P 500) is an unmanaged
group of securities considered to be representative of the stock market in gen-
eral. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. NYSE Group. Inc.
(NYSE:NYX) operates two securities exchanges: the New York Stock
Exchange (the "NYSE") and NYSE 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 Mercantile Exchange, Inc. (NYMEX)
is the world's largest physical commodity futures exchange and the preemi-
nent trading forum for energy and precious metals, with trading conducted
through two divisions the NYMEX Division, home to the energy, plat-
inum, and palladium markets, and the COMEX Division, on which all other
metals trade. These views are those of Peter Montoya Inc., and not the pre-
senting Representative or the Representative's Broker/Dealer, and should n6t
be construed as investment advice. All information is believed to be from reli-
able sources; however we make no representation as to its completeness or
accuracy. All economic and performance is historical and not indicative of
future results. The market indices discussed are unmanaged. Investors cannot
invest in unmanaged indices. Please consult your Financial Advisor for fur-
ther information. Additional risks are associated with international investing,
such as currency fluctuations, political and economic instability and differ-
ences in accounting standards.

This Weies Aswer

Cogno's Corner
Answer to question #226 is: False.
It seems like this should be true, but it's not. The larg-
er a star is, the faster it consumes its fuel and the faster it
gets to a stage where it can't burn enough stuff to keep its
own gravity from crushing the star itself.


1. Picketer's
5. Chessboard
9. Cozumel cash
14. River of Pisa
15. Settled down
16. Nile dam site
17. Jared of "Panic
18. Flabby
19. Volleyball smash
20. Ironic event
23. Hamm of soccer
24. Jamboree setup
25. Went bad
27. Some whip
30. Beer, after a shot
32. Spiff up
33. Panty_
34. Antacid brand
37. Pewter
38. Smal bt
41. Rugrats break
42. Signs, as a
44. Cool treats
45. *-Tikki-Tavi"
47. Egg hunt time
49. Ted of "Cheers"
50. Beautician's
52. Blood: Prefix
53. Semi part
54. Short-lived mail
60. In pieces
62. Quittes word
63. Osso
64. Lash of oaters
65. of Cleves
66. Dr. Seuss's "if
the Zoo"
67. Good thing
68. Petr dish fer
69. Grab with

1. A dash, maybe
2. Coxswain's
3. Voting no on
4. Athletic
5. Stone workers
6. Up in the air
7. Petty quarrel
8. Singer James or
9. Promenades
10. Eerie ability
11. Beach wear
12. Jack, master of
the doubletake
13. Golfs "Stmmin'
21. Gul relatives
22. Pay the market

26. Vietnamese
27. Jacques of "Mon
28. Score after
29. Playground
30. Playfl prank
31. Elvis swiveled his
33. Red beans go-
35. Powerful shark
36. Board game tun,
39. Explosive stuff
for short
40. Chaplin persona
43. Ele Canal mule
46. Likea satellite
48. Disney's dwarfs,

r I


49. Michael C. Had
serial drama
50. La (opera
51. Spanish
52. Salon shade
55. March Madness
56. Yin's complement
57. Cash on thej
58. Reed the bar
code of
59. Billboard chart
61. Regret bitter

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The Franklin Chronicle

Local fisherman will present alternate plan for fish closings

Captain Jim .Clements, a
Carrabelle fisherman who has
fished both recreationally and
commercially in the area for
many years, is on his way to
Houston to present an alternate
plan for Gulf Closings on the
grouper fishery.
In April, he presented a plan
to the Gulf Council (GMFMC -
Gulf of Mexico Fishery
Management Council) in which
he stated: "This will be, in my
opinion, the best solution to the
declining grouper stocks in the
Gulf. If this solution is included
in Amendment 30B, 1 believe
30B will be the last amendment
needed to meet all the require-
ments of the Reauthorization of
the Magnusson Stevens Act
(MSA). To me, the MSA boils
down to,three objectives: 1. To
protect the economic viability of

O4 de W4a
By Laurel Newman

fishing communities and fisher-
men. 2. Ensure the optimum
amount of fish he provided to
the consumer, and most impor-
tantly 3. To prevent fish species
from over fishing and to achieve
and maintain optimal yield
(OY). This solution is the cre-
ation and enforcement of
Seasonal Area Closures Season-

al Area Closures means that
when grouper gather (aggregate)
at known staging areas and
known spawning areas, these
areas should be closed to fishing
for the entire time it takes to
complete the spawning process,
while allowing fishing in the
remainder of the Gulf the entire
year, and reopen these areas after
spawning is complete.
We presently have closed
areas and a one-month closure
during the spawning periods.
This is a step in the right direc-
tion, but protects the reproduc-
tion of grouper for only one-
fourth to one-third of the time
needed. Gag grouper spawn over
a three month time period and
red grouper spawn over a four
month time period. The entire
time the grouper stage and
spawn in known areas should be

established and protected.
"I am reminded of some-
thing I learned in my youth,"
Clements said. "My father used
to take me fishing in farmer's
ponds in our neighborhood. Mr.
Taylor's pond had more fish and
larger fish than almost all the
other ponds put together, even
though it was fished year round
and by more fisherman than the
other ponds. I asked Daddy how
this could be, since all the ponds
looked alike to me. He said,
'Because Mr. Taylor put a paint-
ed cork line around the area
where the fish spawned every
year during the entire spawning
season and forbid fishing in that
area during that time.' Mr.
Taylor allowed fishing in the
remainder of the pond all year
long. After the spawning period
was finished, he then opened the

spawning area also. Mr. Taylor
understood how Mother Nature
works. Although he is dead now
and may not have known it, he
was the first person I know who
implemented a Seasonal Area
Clement's suggestion was
adopted in May, however, the
designated area only partially
included the SAC as intended.
At this weeks' meeting, Clement
will propose that the area be
defined by the National Marine
Fishery scientists, and the desig-
nate that area for a four-month
closure between January and
April, eliminate the current Feb.
15 -March 15 seasonal closure,
and open the rest of the Gulf to
all fishermen year-round.
The result of that meeting
will be reported in next week's
Franklin Chronicle.

Sea Grant reminds beachgoers that rip currents can be a threat

Heading to the beach for a
mid-week break or summer vaca-
Bill Mahan, Florida Sea
Grant Agent and Extension
Director for the Franklin UF-
IFAS Extension Program is urg-
ing beachgoers to learn how to
"Break the Grip" of rip currents
before getting into the water. Rip
currents are a potentially deadly
threat on Florida's coasts -
accounting for more than 80 per-
cent of lifeguard beach rescues.
Rip currents are narrow
channels of fast-moving water
that pull swimmers away from
the shore, and can occur every
day in the state at any beach with
breaking waves.
Moving at speeds of up to

eight feet per second, np currents
can move faster than an Olympic
swimmer and can easily over-
power a swimmer. Panicked
swimmers often try to counter
the current by swimming straight
back to shore-putting them-
selves at nsk because of fatigue.
"If caught in a np current.
it's important to remember not
to panic, and not to fight it." says
Mahan. "Swim parallel to the
shore and then swim at an
angle- away from the current
toward shore."
As part of an ongoing np
current awareness campaign by
the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA). the United States
Liflaving Association (USLA),

and the Florida Coastal
Management Program. Sea
Grant has helped develop bilin-
gual English-Spanish rip current
signs to reach a wider audience
with life-saving instructions on
how to break the grip. Many
signs can be seen along beaches
in Flonda coastal communities.
"Rip currents can be killers.
The United States Lifesaving
Association estimates that the
annual number of deaths due to
rip currents on our nation's
beaches exceeds 100," said Peter
Davis with the USLA. "The
greatest safety precaution that
can be taken is to recognize the
danger of np currents and
always remember to swim at
beaches wih lifeguards."

Safety tips and educational
materials about "Break the Grip
of the Rip" are free and available
to download at the NOAA web
site, http://www.ripcurrents.
NOAA also offers the fol-
lowing safety tips:
Swim at lifeguard-protect-
ed beaches.
Never swim alone.
Speak to lifeguards on duty
about rip currents and other
expected water hazards.
Flonda Sea Grant research
has produced a predictive rip
current index that may help
reduce the number of rp cur-
rent-related deaths by more
accurately identifying the condi-
tions under which the strongest

and most dangerous rip currents
occur. A daily rip current out-
look is now included in the
coastal weather forecasts issued
by many National Weather
Service (NWS) offices. These
"Surf Zone" forecasts provide a
three-tiered structure of low,
moderate and high to describe
the rip current risk. All NWS
offices forecasting a moderate-
to- high risk of rip currents
include this information in their
Hazardous Weather Outlook,
and are also available online at
For additional information
please contact Bill Mahan at
653-9337, 697-2112 x 360; or via
e-mail at

State helps
The Southern U.S. seafood
industry continued to make
inroads in the European market
by reeling in more than $42 mil-
lion in actual sales and an addi-
tional $14 million in anticipated
sales during the turopean
Seafood Exposition held in
Brussels in April.
Two Florida seafood com-
panies -- Beaver Street Fisheries
and Marky's Caviar --- partnered
with the Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer
Services to participate in the
three-day event, which was coor-
dinated by the Southern United
States Trade Association
(SUSTA). While viewing prod-
ucts displayed by the companies,
potential buyers sampled Florida
and Southern U.S. seafood items
prepared by the department's
executive chef. Other depart-
ment staff assisted with making
trade lead contacts and distribut-
ing directories of Florida and
Southern U.S. seafood suppliers.
More than 1,600 exhibiting
companies from 87 countries
were represented at the event,
which brought together seafood
buyers and sellers from all over
the world. An estimated 25,000
decision-making buyers repre-
senting supermarket buyers,
foodservice companies, seafood
processors and import compa-
nies attended the exposition.
The SUSTA pavilion, which
included a display of seafood
products from the Southern
United States, helped attract
show participants to discuss
products and collect trade leads.
Products exhibited included pink

Florida seafood companies gain export sales

shnmp, croaker, spiny lobster,
Atlantic mackerel, clams,
American caviar, scallops, cat-
fish and strped bass. All prod-
ucts harvested from Southern
U.S. waters are sustainable and
managed by the U.S government
and many fishing industries have
implemented voluntary pro-
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June 6, 2008 Page 9

Office Dilectwwoi

News from FWC

Enforcement action
On May 25, 24 officers from
FWC were joined by fellow offi-
cers from the Florida Highway
Patrol, Florida Department of
Alcoholic Beverages and
Tobacco, and Franklin anti
Wakulla County Sheriff's
Offices for the Memorial Day
weekend annual "White Trash
Bash" on Dog Island. Thirteen
vessels and one helicopter were
utilized as officers checked 248
vessels and made 1,088 contacts
at the event. Only one boating
under the influence arrest was
made due to individuals desig-
nating drivers for their respective
vessels. Thirteen citations were
issued for violations relating to
possession of drugs and para-
phernalia, underage drinking,
contributing to the delinquency
of a minor and boating safety
issues. A total of 75 written
warnings were also issued during
the annual event.
Death investigated
Investigators FWC are put-
ting together pieces of the puzzle
surrounding the death of 24-
year-old kayaker Eric Toothaker
in Santa Rosa Sound on
Monday. However, they still
need the public's help. "We
know Eric sent a text message to
his wife at approximately 1 p.m.
We also know that the witnesses
who came forward with the
kayak and paddle reported find-
ing them before 2 p.m.," said Lt.
Doug Berryman, the FWC's
chief boating accident investiga-
tor. "We need anyone who was
in the area of the Woodlawn
Beach Boat Ramp (near Gulf
Breeze) on Monday from noon
to 2. p.m. or after, who might
have seen Eric and his blue
kayak or might have heard any-
thing about his death, to call us."
The reporting number is 888-
Toothaker and his wife lived
in Navarre. He was an Airman
1st Class assigned to the 1st
Special Operations Aircraft
Maintenance Squadron at
Hurlburt Field.
His wife reported him miss-
ing on Monday after he failed to
return from a kayaking trip to the
sound. Searchers found his
body shortly after 7 a.m.
Tuesday, approximately one-half
mile from the boat ramp.
Snapper season
The recreational harvest sea-
son for red snapper in Gulf of
Mexico federal waters opens on
June 1 and will close on Aug. 5.
Gulf federal waters extend
beyond nine nautical miles from
shore off of Florida. The red
snapper sport harvest season
opened on April 15 in Gulf state
waters and will close on Nov. 1.
Florida Gulf waters extend from
shore out to nine nautical miles.
The daily red snapper bag limit
for sport anglers in all Gulf
waters off of Florida is two fish
per person, and the captain and
crew of for-hire vessels in the
Gulf may not keep the recre-
ational bag limit.

Following are highlights of
the report to the Franklin
County Commission from
Extension Director Bill Mahan
on June 3,
Gulf of Mexico Fishery
Management Council
(GMFMC) Updates
Next GMFMC Meeting:
The next GMFMC meeting is
June 2-6 in Houston, TX.
Red Snapper Season in Fel rul
Waters: The recreational harvest
season for red snapper in Gulf of
Mexico federal waters opened on
June I and will close on Aug. 5.
Gulf federal Waters extend
beyond nine nautical miles from
shore off of Florida.
The red snapper sport har-
vest season opened on April 15
in Gulf state waters and will
close on Nov. 1. Florida Gulf
waters extend from shore out to
nine nautical miles.
The daily red snapper bag
limit for sport anglers in all Gulf
waters off of Florida is two fish
per person, and the captain and
crew of for-hire vessels in the
Gulf may not keep the recre-
ational bag limit. The minimum
size limit for recreational red
snapper in the Gulf is 16 inches
total length.
Florida Fish & Wildlift
Commission (FW) Updatm Next
FWC Meeting: The FWC will
meet at the International Game

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Fish Association Fishing Hall of
Fame and Museum in Dania
Beach June 11-12.
Agenda items include:
Considering proposed rule
changes concerning taking, pos-
session and sale of freshwater
turtles. These proposals would
help protect freshwater turtle
populations while the FWC
develops a comprehensive man-
agement strategy for wildlife
species that are not regulated
under current rules. On Thurs.
day, a final public hearing on a
proposed rule to allow commer-
cial fishermen to harvest striped
mullet on weekends will be held.
Another final public hearing will
take place on a proposed rule to
extend the Stone Crab Advisory
Board to July 1, 2011 and allow
the use of galvanized 16-gauge
or thinner degradable staples to *
construct the degradable panel
on wire stone crab traps.
In other marine fisheries
action, the FWC will review and
discuss the use of fishing nets
and net-related issues, Gulf of
Mexico Fishery Management
Council gag and red grouper reg-
ulatory actions and South
Atlantic Fishery Management
Council vermilion snapper and
gag grouper management alter-
natives. The Commission will
also consider other federal fish-
ery management issues.
UF-IFAS Extension Updates
New approwd BRDs: The
new federally approved By-catch

"Steps to Unlimited
"Whoewr wants w soar fivy on the unimiie d parkway of
pomssbidite must fira take steps"
Dear Community Member and Businesn Owner,
The First Graduating Class from the new consolidated Franklin
County Schools will be the "Seahawk Senors 2008". We are honored.
hanktl and proud to be pan 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 log to come up with a
fundraiser that truly bnngs us al together as a community and recog-
nizes you as a donor
Leave Your Mark! In appciation to our community and your sup-
port, we are offering the "Steps o 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 experi-
ence. Each stone you purchase will be placed on the school grounds
for each generation of students to see and be proud that their commu-
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. Engravement: up to 2 Lines
with 16 letters each line.
2. Stones are approximatey 12" round in diameter and 1" thickness
with smooth edge made of genuine slate stone. A naturally textured
top surface will give each stone depth and beauty.
3. Each stepping stone will be $100 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.
Name: __
Phone Number:
Address: _____ _._
Personal Engravcment:

Stones Purchased: __ Check Enclosed $: ._
MAKE AND MAIL CHECK TO: Project Graduation 2008
(All donations are tax deductible). 661 U.S. Hwy. 98, Eastpoint,
FL 32328.
Thank you very much for teaming with the Seahawk 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 be used as a scholarship to ALL
2008 GRADUATING SENIORS who attend project graduation 2008, For
Questions please contact: (850) 323-0380.

Living Tree Donation Program
Dear Cmmunity Member and Bsine Owner,
Thank you in advance for taking an interest in our children. This let-
ter comes from the parents of the first Consolidated School 2008
Graduating Class of Franklin County.
This project is a first, for Franklin County Schools and for our com-
munity. You will be the first tobe part of this great "Livi'ee
Donation Program". When you purchase a tree from the Living
Tree Donation Program, you wil be helping a graduating senior
expand their possibilities. Many students might not have the
resources to further their education, but with your help they can
achieve avenues they 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.
Project 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, during 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-
lee and how to manage their money and time wel. All who attend
wil be awarded equal amounts of the Project Graduation 2008
Scholarship Fund that comes directly from the Living Tree
Donation Pundraiser
SThis program not.only helps the graduating udents, you will also
be beautifying our new "Franklin County School Campus" all the
trees purchased will be planted on the school grounds for all to see
for future years 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 as many trees as you would
like): $150 per tree.
Your Name:
Phone Number:
How many trees will you be donating:
MAKE AND MAIL CHECK TO: Project Graduation 2008
(All donations are tax deductible). Questions: (850) 323-0380.
661 U.S. Hwy. 98, Eastpoint, FL 32328.

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Reduction Devices (BRDs) for
shrimp trawls are the "Modified
Jones Davis,""Composite Pan-
el;" and the "Extended Funnel."
At this time, none of these are
approved for use in inshore state
4-H Tropicana Public Speaking
Program: The Countywide 4-H
Tropicana Public Speaking
Contest was held at the West
Campus Auditorium on May
22nd. The results for the 4th/5th
Grade Division are: 1st Place:
Mikel Lewis (5th Grade) East
Campus, Mrs. Marshall-
"Mikel Lewis for President;"
2nd Place: Adriane Elliot (4th
Grade) ABC School, Mrs.
Poloronis-"Global Warming;"
3rd Place: Cha'Maiya Williams
(5th Grade) West Campus, Mrs.
Gay-"Movin'On Up;" and 4th
Place: Jared King (4th Grade)
Central Campus, Ms.
Lumberto-"A Great Inventor."
The 6th Grade Division
results were: 1st Place: Jessica
Shields-ABC School, Mr.
Banks-"Boys & Girls;" 2nd
Place Holden Foley-West
Campus, Mrs. Parrish-"Hunt-
ing Dog." A big THANK YOU
goes out to all the students,
teachers and judges who partici-
pated in this year's program to'
make it a success!
4-H Butterfly Dewlopment
Program: This year's 4-H
Butterfly Development Program
is complete. The painted lady
caterpillars have all hatched and
been released. This is our largest

4-H youth program in the
County with more than 600 stu-
dents participating in the pro-
UF's Wedgworth Leadership
Institutefor Agriculture and Natural
Resources: The 30-members of
the Wedgworth Leadership
Institute's Class VII visited
Franklin County on May 20 -21
as part of their two-year training
program. The participants had a
great time oystering, eating oys-
ters and learning more about
local issues.
New Franklin County UF
Master Gardeners: The Franklin
UF-IFAS Extension Program is
proud to announce that the fol-
lowing county'dilredents have
recently completed the UF
Master Gardener Training Pro-
gram. They are Wanda Barfield,
Katie & Tom Herzog, Arlene
Oehler and Kim Reijers.
Congratulations to our new
Franklin County Master
4-H County Camp: Planning
for our annual 4-H County
Summer Camp continues. This
year's camp will be the week of
July 14th 18th at 4-H Camp
Timpoochee. We will again be
camping with Covington Coun-
ty, AL and Walton County, FL.
We are the only multi-state sum-
mer 4-H camp.held during the
summer If you would like addi-
tional information about sum-
mer camp, please give me a call
at 653-9337.


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Jones and the Temple of Doom and
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. It's a
popcorn-fueled, triple-feature thrill ride
with a sidecar of DVD extras, including
several documentaries and new inter-
views with Ford, his co-stars, and creators
Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.
(Rated PG-13)
Just Ask Mom
Hardcover, 206 pages ($19.95)
When she couldn't find a book with
all the information she needed to impart
to her own teenage daughter, Nancy
Malone wrote this one. With hundreds of
insightful, practical and vital tips on
everything from doing making a bed to

stocking a first-aid kit. it's a portable, well-
organized compendium of solid. wide-
ranging and timc-tested advice folr better
living, no matter your age

77ir Franklin Cinnicle publishes classified
ads free. Up to two free ads per telephone
number. E-mail your information to
Info a
UORS & GIFTS- Retail Package & Gift
Store- Liquor License includes consump-
tion on premises local coastal resort area
Ii l'ianaca- turn key operation owner
financing available (850) 509-4945 or
JOBS: Fast paced real estate company
looking for full time, licensed agents to
work in the Franklin county area. Please
fax resumes to 850-325-1686.
JOBS: Looking for reliable and responsi-
ble receptionist to work approx. 20 hrs.
per week, Thurs-Sun. for fast paced real
estate company in Franklin Co. area.
Please fax resumes to 850-325-1686.
FOR SALE: 2003 Gheenoe. 13 ft., olive
green, very good condition, boat only,
$500.00 obo. Eastpoint. 850-879-6496.
FOR SALE: 2005 Coachman Cascade
Deluxe 218FL. travel trailer. 23 ft., front
sofa. rear full bed/bunk/full bath, center
kitchen/dinette, lots of storage, exc. con-
dition, road ready, hitch, 3,850 Ibs.,
$9,450.00 obo. Eastpoint. 850-879-
FOR SALE: Double paned, 8 feet in
height sliding glass doors with all hard-
ware $75. per set OBO 850-697-5187.
SERVICES: Harrison's Lawn Service.
Insured. 323-0975 (mobile). 614 Ridge
Road, Eastpoint.
JOBS: New Home Community in
Carrabelle. Part-time Sales Assistant.
Must have sales experience and FL. Real
Estate License. Commission only. Call
Michael Leo Sales Manager at 850-273-
2433. .
JOBS: Part-time weekend receptionist
wanted for New Home Community in
Carrabelle. Please Call Michael Leo Sales
Manager at 850-273-2433.
JOBS: Driveline Retail is accepting appli-
cations for merchandisers with prior retail
experience to service local stores. No sell-
ing. Must be friendly and a self starter.
Hourly pay plus bonus for performance.
Please send name, e-mail address, city,
state, zip to: CParks(a'
FOR SALE: I+ acre, on C.C. Land Rd.,
Easlpoint, mobile home with large addi-
tion, city water, septic asking $140,000,
call 670-8076.
FOR SALE: Lot SE of Cottage Hill in
Apalachicola. Backs up to Estuarine
Reserve. $35,000, cash or terms. (850)

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.
west Florida Regional Housing Authority
is accepting applications for I, 2, 3 and 4
bedroom apartments in Carrabelle. Rent
is based on income. For more informa-
tion, call: (850) 263-5302 or 5307. Equal
Housing Opportunity.
FOR SALE: Classic Globe slicing mach-
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Call 670-8076.
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truck drivers w/CDL. Call (850) 697-
FOR SALE: Refrigerator/Freezer Frigi-
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FOR SALE: 2003 750 Honda Shadow,
cherry red, immaculate shape, chrome
and leather, less than 8,000 miles, $3,800,
JOBS: Homemaker and companion
(CNA & Nursing Aides) needed in
Franklin County. For more information
call Allied Care@ 850-627-2445.
FOR SALE: Carrabelle. 5 city lots
reduced from $80,000 to $65,000. 653-
FOR RENT: 1 bedroom, 1 bath, historic
downtown Apalachicola second-floor
apartment, with balcony facing Market
Street. $750 a month. All appliances.
First, last, plus security; 850-323-0599.
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, $250,000 or
best offer!Call for details. Bobby Turner,
FOR RENT: Alligator Point 2 bed/2 bath
home $850/month, 6/12 month lease,
furnished or unfurnished. Pets. Credit &
references required. 349-2408.
FOR SALE: 1980 Dodge R/V, runs
good, good tires, needs interior work,
ood hunter's camper, MUST SELL!
1000 OBO. Greg 228-6239.
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will clean homes, rentals, offices in
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The former Presidential yacht "Sequoia" leaves Carrabelle after a repair stop on a tour in
1974. The boat crew performed maintenance and repair tasks, and conducted tours for local
residents during their stay. The luxurious yacht was built for President Theodore Roosevelt
in 1928 at the American Car & Foundry shipyard, and was enjoyed by presidents up through
John F. Kennedy, after which it was used for pleasure tours around the United States, enter-
taining guests for large corporations.

Carrabelle Waterfront Partnership
to hold community meeting
Carrabelle Waterfront Part- of the Carrabelle Methodist resources. All who come will
nership cordially invites the pub- Church at 102 NE Avenue B. vote on the final priorities to be
lic to a Community Meeting to Presentations will include presented to the City Commis-
learn what over 305 Carrabelle reports about revitalizing the sion at their July meeting.
area residents want to see for the economy of Canrabellc. protect. For more information or to
future of their Waterfront. ing ourselves from loss in disas- arrange transportation to attend
The Community Meeting ter. keeping public access to the the meeting, call the Carrabelle
will be held on Tuesday. June 17, watcrlront and protecting our Waterlroni P.irtnrship Offic at
from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Hall environmental and historical 697-2141

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Each puzzle is divided into nine sections, and each section
has nine blank squares. Fill in all.81 squares on the puzzle
with numbers I 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 puzzle is completed when you
correctly fill every square. Answer to this week's Sudoku
Puzzle is on page 13.

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June 6, 2008 Page 13

Franklin County Ambassador training this month

The Franklin County
Tourism Development Council
(TDC) is holding a workshop
this month to teach hospitality
employers and employees about
Franklin County and how to
present area information to visi-
The "Ambassador Pro-
gram" workshop will be held
June 18th in the conference
room at the Water Street Hotel
located at 329 Water Street in
Apalachicola. Presented by the
Gulf Coast Workforce Board
and Gulf Coast Community
College, the training programs
will focus on teaching Franklin
County history, area amenities,
activities and then how to pres-
ent that information to visitors in
a friendly professional manner,

The 'training sessions are free.
Each of the daylong training
workshops is divided into a
morning and afternoon session.
Those who attend both the
morning and afternoon training
sessions will earn "Ambassador"
certification and will receive fact
sheets and area information
resources to pass on as part of
their job. Similar training pro-
grams have been underway for
several years in larger tourism
destination areas such as
Panama City Beach.
"This is a wonderful oppor-
tunity for employers and
employees in the restaurant,
accommodations and retail sec-
tors to learn about the area and
be able to share consistent accu-
rate and appropriate information

to our many visitors," said Sheila
Hauser, TDC board member and
coordinator for the event. "We
know these types of programs
are successful elsewhere and
we're looking forward to provid-
ing this training service to our
hospitality industry here," she
Each daylong workshop will
focus on area background
including history, location of his-
toric landmarks, outdoor activi-
ties, state parks, beaches, accom-
modations, restaurants, shop-
ping, area events and services.
The second part of the workshop
will focus on how to provide
exceptional customer service to
visitors and will include such
topics as communication skills,
personal appearance tips, diffus-

AHigator Point St. Patrick Catholic Church Carrablle
Father Roger Latosynski Mark Mercer, Pastor
Mission by the Sea 27 6ih trr,,,e 106 SE Av. A

Pastor Ed McNeely
County Road 370
Sunday Worship 9 a.m.
Covenant Word Christian
Pastors David & Harolyn
158 12th St.
Sunday Worship: 10 a.m.
Children's Church (2 and up)
First Pentecostal Holineu
Revs. Emory and Susan Roach
379 Brownsville Road
Sunday Worship, 11 a.m.
nursery provided
Living Waters Assembly of
Pastor (Rev.) Lois 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.



Highway 98 & 6th Street
EST. 1836
8:00 A.M.
10:30 A.M.

Sunday Mass, 10 a.m.
no nursery
First Assembly of God
Rev. Gwinell & David Wilson
267 Brownsville Road
Sunday Worship, 11 a.m.
no nursery
Friendship Missionary Baptist
Pastor James Williams
233 9th St.
Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.
no nursery
First Baptist Church of
Pastor Bill Plazarnn
46 Ninth Street
Sunday Worship 11 a.m.
Nursery Provided
Carrabelle Christian Center
Donald B. Carroll, Sr. Minister
142 River Road
Sunday Worship, 10 a.m.
nursery provided
First Baptist Church of

Sunday Worship, 10:55 a.m.
nursery provided
Eastpoint Church of God
Pastor Casey Smith
379 Avenue E
Sunday Worship, 11 a.m. and 6
nursery provided
United Baptist Church
Pastor Bobby Shiver
Brian St and C.C. Land Road
670-5481 or 670-8451
Sunday School. 10 a.m.
nursery provided
Lanark Village
Lanark Community Church
171 Spring St.
Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.
Sacred Heart of Jesu Parish
Catholic Church
Father Joseph Ssemakula
2653 Hwy. 98. Lanark Village
Sunday Mass, 10 a.m.
no nursery
First Baptist Church of


ing complaints, improving listen-
ing skills, telephone etiquette
and basic writing skills.
Space for the workshop is
limited to the first 25 participants
and reservations must be made
by June 12th. To reserve a space
in the workshop contact Arifa
Garman, Career Manager at
agarman( or 850-
227-9670 ext. 5504 or Joe
Chavariaa of Gulf Coast
Workforce Board at jchavar-
ria(a) or 850-814-7617.
For additional Ambassador
training information and links,
contact: Franklin County Tourist
Development Council; 1-866-
914-2068 (toll free); 1-850-653-
8678 (voice mail); P.O. Box 819;
Apalachicola, FL 32329.

Ochlockonce Bay
Rev. James O. Chunn Sr.
366 Coastal Highway
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 E. Bayshore Drive
(on the bay)
Pastor Mike Whaley
Sunday Worship 11 a.m.
nursery provided
Children's Worship II a.m.
SGI United Methodist
201 E. Gulf Beach Drive
Pastor Themo Patriotis
Sunday Worship, 9 a.m.
nursery provided
Having your main church sr vic
listed is free. To be indude, submit
information by e-mail to
in bfo@fnklindcrode. net or by
mail to PO Box 590, Eastpoint, FI

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Pastor: Themo Patriotis Dir. of Creative Ministries: Dusty Turner


Questions & Answe
About Our Environ ent

Dear EarthTalk:
How is it said that we are
"losing winter" because of cli-
mate change? It didn't seem so
last winter, when it even snowed
in places for the very first time.
-Peter Kim, Duxbury, MA
The effects of global warm-
ing manifest themselves differ-
ently in different locations, and
winter is no doubt getting short-
er and warmer across New
England, the Canadian Mari-
times and Northern Europe.
In New England, average
winter temperatures have increa-
sed 4.4 degrees Fahrenheit since
1970. The years 2006 and 1998
were the first and second
warmest years on record in the
U.S. since we started counting,
with the last eight five-year peri-
ods the warmest in history.
According to the National Cli-
matic Data Center, that warming
has been accelerating over the
last three decades, from just over
a tenth of one degree Fahrenheit
per decade to almost a third of a
degree now.
By 2100, temperatures in the
Northeastern U.S. are predicted
to have risen by 8-12 degrees
Fahrenheit, with the number of
snow days half of what we are
used to now. A recent study by
the Union of Concerned Scien-
tists on the effects of global
warming in the Northeast con-
duded that, under some scenar-
ios, "Only western Maine is pro-
jected to retain a reliable ski sea-
son by the end of the century,
and only northern New Hamp-
shire would support a snowmo-
biling season longer than two
And it seems that as one
moves farther north, more and
more winter is lost. The Arctic
Climate Impact Assessment of
2004 reported that Arctic tem-
peratures are now rising at near-
ly twice the rate of the rest of the
world (as much as 14 degrees
Fahrenheit over the next 100
years), reducing sea ice and melt-
ing frozen soils. It's been widely
reported that Alaska's polar
bears are probably doomed by
2050, but the scale of this climat-
ic shift will likely do much
more--completely changing'the
culture of the Arctic.
Global warming impacts are
far from monolithic: Some parts
of the planet are heating up and
others are experiencing colder
than average temperatures and
record snowfalls, just as climate
models predict. But the overall
trend is clear: It's getting
warmer, and winter is losing
intensity and duration. "If
you've ever enjoyed ice skating,
sledding, skiing, snowboarding
o, building a snowman, writes E
The Environmental Magazine,
y i should know that the future
of these enshrined institutions is
by no means guaranteed."
Winter's retreat may be sad
for children intent on sledding,
but it also augurs badly for the
economy, especially for business-
es reliant on snow. New
England's ski industry has expe-

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501 E. Bayshore Drive

R. Michael Whalcy. Pastor

Join us as we praise and
worship the living Christ!

Sunday Bible Study 10:00 a.m.
Worship & Praise I1:00 a.m.
Sunday Night 7:00 p.m.
Wed. "Power Hour" 7:00 p.m.

"Walking in Christ"

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Comfortable 3BR/2BA apartment in Eastpoint.

All appliances, walk-in closet.

$850 per month and $850 deposit.

Call 850-899-1212.

Left to right: Fred Gaske, State Historic Preservation
Officer; Barbara Revell, Carrabelle Lighthouse Association
Founder; Arlene Oehler, CLA President; John Canetta,
CLA Historian; Ken Smith, architect.

Architect receives award

for lighthouse restoration

Kenneth Smith Architects of
Jacksonville received an Out-
standing Achievement Award
from the Florida Trust for
Historic Preservation for restora-
tion of the Crooked River
Lighthouse at the annual confer-
ence recently held in Pensacola.
The Crooked River Light-
house was constructed near
Carrabelle in 1895 and was
decommissioned by the U.S.
Coast Guard in 1995. The Coast
Guard then transferred owner-
ship of the lighthouse to the City
of Carrabelle.
The Carrabelle Lighthouse
Association was formed in 1999
to restore the Crooked River
Lighthouse so it could be opened
to the public. Restoration of the
lighthouse cost $340.000 and
was completed by Worth
Contracting, Inc. of Jacksonville.
Gary Knappenberger custom-
built a replica of the original

lighthouse bi-valve Fresnel lens
that was installed as part of the
restoration. The lighthouse was
relit and re-dedicated on Decem-
ber 8, 2007, as part of the Carra-
belle Holiday on the Harbor cel-
A park has been created on
the lighthouse grounds. The cen-
tei piece of the park is a 62' pirate
ship that was built in 2007 to
provide a recreational setting
with a maritime theme. Ground
will be broken soon on a replica
of the original Keeper's House
which will house historical light-
house artifacts, a gift shop and
space for educational activities.
When all construction is com-
plete, a 2008 grand opening is
planned for the Lighthouse,
Keeper's House Museum and
surrounding park.
Kenneth Smith Architects
specializes in historic preserva-
tion projects and has received
over 60 design awards for their

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Chrnicle Correspondent
The Franklin County Com-
missioners met June 3 with all 5
Commissioners present. After
approving the minutes of the
May 20th meeting and paying
the county bills, Commissioners
moved on to department super-
visor's reports.
Public Works
Hubert Chipman in his writ-
ten report listed 20 projects
either completed or in progress.
He had no requests or other
activities to report at this meet-
County Engineer
Dan Rothwell requested
Board action on a motion to
authorize payment to Ben
Withers, Inc. of $17,709.
Commissioner Russell Crofton
made the motion, seconded by
Cheryl Sanders, which was
unanimously approved. In his
written report, Rothwell, listed 6
projects either completed or in
Commissioners questioned
the condition of the completed
Airport Access Road. Rothwell

said he was sorry about the sur-
face condition of the road but
the road was structurally sound,
Possible access roads to the
affordable housing site in
Apalachicola was discussed with
the possibility of either coming
off of Hwy. 98 or Bluff Road.
Commissioners directed
Rothwell and Alan Pierce to
contact DEP about the need to
build dune walkovers on
Alligator Point. There is a prob-
lem that the walkovers cannot be
built during turtle nesting sea-
Clerk of Court
Clerk of Court Marcia
Johnson told the Board that
there are just two payments left
on the jail bonds issued back in
1989 and if they pay them off
the County can save $7,893.39 in
interest. She requested that the
Board approve a line item budg-
et adjustment to move the need-
ed funds from the jail bond
reserve of contingencies to prin-
cipal. Commissioner Bevin
Putnal made the motion to pay
off the bonds, seconded by
Sanders, which passed unani-

Johnson next gave the Board
members a list of property items
from the County inventory that
are obsolete and no longer used,
She requested Board action to
approve their removal from the
property records. Putnal made
the motion to remove the items,
seconded by Crofton, which
passed unanimously. Putnal sug-
gested the items be donated to
other groups if the items still had
some use.
Director of Administratve
Director of Administrative
Services Alan Pierce requested a
resolution from the Board for
support for obtaining high-speed
broadband access for Weems
Hospital, along with broadband
access for eight other rural hospi-
tals. A grant from the Governor's
Office will provide the funding
for the project. Putnal made the
motion for the grant application,
seconded by Sanders, whichh
passed unanimously.
Pierce next requested Board
action to clarify and finalize rev-
enue stream for Weems Hospital
and the ambulance service. At
this time the Board is in receipt

of 3 months of sales tax revenue
that total $297,000. Putnal made
the motion, seconded by Sanders
and passed unanimously. This
motion provides that the Board
will continue to control the rev-
enue funds and will disburse
them on a monthly basis to the
hospital and ambulance service
in keeping with the 50/50 split of
tax revenue between hospital
operations and capital outlay/
Pierce notified the Board
that they need to move forward
on the Alligator Road improve-
ment project. The proposed
routes were reviewed and prob-
lems with each route noted. The
alternate routes are across pri-
vate land owned by Secon
Village Steve Fling representa-
tive. If FEMA wishes to use this
alternative route then the Board
will need to condemn the Secon
Village land.
County Attorney Michael
Shuler said that it was discovered
that in a plat filed in 1946, the
County established a right of
way through what is now Secon
Village so that route has
belonged to the County even

though contested by Mr. Fling.
Motion was made by Sanders,
seconded by Crofton, and passed
unanimously to proceed with the
.Alligator Road improvement.
Ken Osborn, Alligator Point
Tax Payers Association Chair-
man, spoke of the problems cre-
ated by the storm' debris that has
piled up and formed a jetty that
is eroding the beach. Shuler and
Pierce are exploring other fund-
ing for storm debris removal.
The Board was given a copy
of a letter from Progress Energy
on a public information meeting
to be held on June 12 from 5:30
to 7 p.m. at the Living Waters
Church at 1580 Bluff RoaaT'ffe
meeting will be to discuss con-
struction of a new transmission
line. Commissioner Joseph
"Smokey" Parrish made the
motion, seconded by Crofton,
which passed unanimously -to
advertise this as a public meet-
ing. Commissioners may all be
present for this meeting.
The Board was reminded
that there will be a turtle educa-
tion workshop at the June 10th
Planning and Zoning meeting.
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The Franklin Chronicle

Carrabelle River banks yield cache of trash

Chronicle Correspondent
About 18 volunteers and one
bot participated in the
Carrabelle Riverfront Clean-up
on; Saturday, May 31, fewer in
ntbers than past clean-up
eorts, but with more than
enough energy and determina-
tion to make up for it.
i. Volunteers waded along the
shallow edges, fortified with cot-
ton gloves, collection bags, and
cold drinking water. t
From the water, a large
"catch" of plastic bags were
puled, grocery bags, ice bags,
and food packaging. Along the
shores, broken crab traps, old
clothes, shrimp netting tangled
in rusted cables, old rope, foam,
paper cups and food containers,
and pieces of old fiberglass were
found, along with a considerable
supply of recyclable aluminum
cans and glass and plastic bot-
Volunteer Penny Anderson
displayed her first two bags col-
lected from the shore near the
site of the new city boat ramp at
the end of Marine Street, divided
into paper and foam trash, and a
bag of aluminum beer and soda
cans, plastic drink bottles, and
glass beer bottles.
."Look -at this!" she
exclaimed. "This is almost exact-
ly 50-50 trash and recyclable
stu.f! Why aren't they in the

Commission fom Page 16
Commissioners and public are
Pierce requested Board ac-
tion to approve a change order
for the St. George Island Boat
Ramp with BCL contractors to
build concrete stairs and a hand-
icap ramp for $26,992. There are
grant funds available for this.
Ctofton made the motion, sec-
onided by Sanders which passed
unanimously for approval.
C6mty Attorney
County Attorney Shuler
reported that he has delivered a
letter to the Franklin County
School Board requesting they
accept $25,000 for five acres next
to. the Carrabelle Health
Department for the proposed
Urgent Care Facility in
Carrabelle. He or Chuck Colvert
will attend a public hearing by
the School Bo to make a deci-
sion on this offer.
SShuler contacted the Phoe-
nix Construction concerning
their use of the land fill scales to
weigh lime rock for construction
on Hwy. 98. The Landfill and
Phoenix have agreed that all
repairs and maintenance on the
scales will be split 50/50.
The Board was informed
that they cannot act to purchase
property next to the Eastpoint
Boat Ramp as it is in litigation
and the Board must wait until
the litigation is resolved.
Shuler worked with Mahan
to resolve the safe way to kill
Cogan grass on the DOT right of
way at the Hinton property. No
Board action is required.
Shuler recommended to the
Board that they should make a
motion to abate the eminent

(county-provided) bins, instead
of on the beach and in the river?"
No one had any answer except
perhaps, laziness or carelessness.
Lesley Cox, wading through
the silty water lapping at shores
edge, came up with an entire
large garbage bag packed full
with discarded plastic bags
found in the water, which are
known to cause harm to peli-
cans, or wrap around propellers.
Soaked to the waist and wet to
the elbows from fishing the bags
out, she said, "What are they
thinking?" Again, no answer but
A couple of young volun-
teers eagerly joined in to help
while their parents fished off the
pavilion dock. Armed with a
grabber" arm and collection
bags, they set off to pick stuff up
along the beach next to the pavil-
ion. Returning, they proudly
showed off their minds" and
clamored to go back for more. So
as to keep them in sight,
Carrabelle Cares director and the
event organizer Tamara Allen,
assigned them to "pavilion
patrol," and they happily com-
plied, picking up stray paper,
plastic and cigarette butts from
the pavilion deck.
The day's heat caught up to
most of the volunteers by about
11 a.m., and by 11:30, most of
the bags were in the dumpster
provided, and a trailer was mak-
ing the rounds of the river and

domain lawsuit again Steve
Fling about a right of way
through Secon Village since the
County already has an estab-
lished right of way.
Shuler then said the Board
should make a second motion
authorizing him to pursue con-
necting Alligator Drive and
Harbor Circle along existing
public right of way, including a
lawsuit. Motion made and
passed earlier in the meeting.
Shuler reported on his work
on the Wargo vs. DEP and the
Board of Trustee of the Internal
Improvement Fund. He will
keep the Board informed on the
progress of the litigation and a
possible settlement.
Shuler ended his report with
information about zoning issue
negotiations on a foreclosed
property on North Franklin
Street in Eastpoint.
Commssonens' Reports
Commissioner Sanders
told the Board they should con-
tact the Governor and ask that
he not veto funding for parks.
There was a general discussion
among Commissioners, the
Seafood Workers Association
and The Seafood Task Force
concerning the important use of
the parks by the seafood workers
and public. It was reported that
there are several groups who are
trying to limit funding to these
parks. Sanders made a motion to
contact the Governor concerning
this issue, seconded by Crofton,
which passed unanimously.
Sanders asked why hospital
billing was being sent out in
envelopes bearing the name of
the County Commissioners.
Shuler said that the return

The Franklin County Commission approved the expenditure of
$1,240,363.96 at their June 3, 2008 meeting. The bills are listed as
follows, published for the Board by the County Finance Office.

Volunteers scour the beach
and banks of the river next to
the old Tom Crum fish

Timber Island to pick up the
bags that could not be carried
back to the pavilion.
The total collected will not
be known until the trash is
weighed later this week, but
Carrabelle's river and shorelines
are much cleaner now. At least
for now.

address had to be the owners of
the hospital which is the County.
Commissioner Crofton
told the Board that the Humane
Society needs donations of
cleaning supplies. They can
either be dropped off at the
Humane Society or someone
will pick up the supplies if they
call and request a pick up.
Crofton also commented about
trash on the SGI bridge. The
trash blew out of a Waste Pro
truck and when notified of the
Waste Pro went out and
cleaned up all the debris on the.
The Board discussed the use
of golf carts for transportation in
the County. It was pointed out
that Apalachicola and Carrabelle
have golf can use policies in
place. Crofton made a motion,
seconded by Putnal, that the
County look into a golf cart use
policy. Motion passed unani-
SCommissioner Parrish told
the Board that he had attended a
meeting on the water flow issue
with the Riparian Stakeholders.
All were concerned about the
decision on the Corps of Engin-
eers plan for reduced flow into
the Apalachicola River. Another
meeting is planned for July 7th
for discussions that could lead to
a Federal injunction against the
COE. The State of Florida is the
only entity that can file for this
Supreme Court action.
Commissioner Noah
I.ockley requested that Pierce
meet with the Housing Board to
discuss affordable housing in the
The meeting adjourned at
10:30 a.m.

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helping to build what I later dis-
covered, were the very landing
craft we were on that day."
Hallstrom continued, "They
were still shelling the beach
when we landed. There were all
these balloons, like dirigibles,
attached to the craft with cables,
to prevent fighter planes from

flying over and strafing the sol-
diers on the beach. There were
still bodies there, too.
"The next day," he said, "I
was assigned to the 70th Tank
Battalion, as a radioman and
assistant gunner. We fought in
the hedgerows from then until
the end of the month, and then it
was on to the liberation of Paris.
After that, we went on to

Cherbourg, a port town, which
the Allies wanted for the landing
of their troops."
Hallstrom feels blessed to
have come safely home from the
war in which so many of his fel-
lows died, and is now a member
of the Camp Gordon Johnston
Association, and attends all their
events memorializing veterans.

Chronicle Graphic Designer Diane Beauvais Dyal has paint-
ed Dynamite, Carol and Richard Noble's cat. The painting is
in color and done with acrylics. She also painted a second
"Dynamite Noble" painting which is on sale at Chez Funk
in Apalachicola.



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June 6, 2008 Page 19

Gator hunt permits sell

Within the first six hours,
the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
(FWC) sold 4,555 alligator hunt
permits, despite a computer pro-
gramming glitch. The alligator
hunting season runs Aug. 15
Nov. 1.
The licensing system, oper-
ated by a third-party vendor,
Outdoor Central in Jefferson
City, Mo., experienced problems
handling the high volume of
applications and failed to pro-
vide confirmation to customers
when they tried to purchase a
license and permit. This resulted

in some people being unable to
successfully purchase a license
and permit, generating confu-
sion and frustration for many
"This is not the first time we
have had issues with this ven-
dor," said Rodney Barreto, FWC
Commission chairman. "This is
totally unacceptable, and I am
asking agency stalfl to look into
all options for recourse and rem-
edy, including possible termina-
tion of tile vendor's contract and
seeking a new vendor.
"In addition, 1 am asking

staff to identify options for mak-
ing this right for people who
encountered problems with the
system and were unable to pur-
chase a permit."
As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, fewer
than 200 permits remained and
are still available for issuance.
The deadline to purchase a per
mit is I1:59 p.m. (E)DT) on June
People can check the avail-
ability of permits, in real time, by
going to
and clicking "Check Alligator
Harvest Permit availability."

Water Wars from Page I

"What is truly unfortunate is
that, as the Corps leaves Florida
with an additional five years of
flow reductions, Georgia refuses
to fully address and implement a
proper response to the drought;
implement any meaningful
water conservation measures
such as the Flint River
Protection Act; develop long-
term water supply planning; or
even hear the recent proactive
requests by the City of Atlanta to
enact new watering restrictions.
Even more troubling is the
expectation that, as
the Service's Biological Opinion,
municipal and industrial con-
sumption will increase by 27 per-
cent by 2017, further emphasiz-
ing the need to for Georgia to
recognize its overall effect on the
system and implement reason-
able and prudent actions to bet-
ter manage water resources.
"Understanding the com-
plexities of a limited resource,
Flonda has a long history of
conservation and water supply
planning, including comprehen-
sive water supply legislation to
ensure water is available to meet
the needs of its communities,
prior to development as well as
the governance since the 1970s
of regional water management
districts, drawn for hydrological
basins. Through necessary plan-
ning, Florida is, and has been,
less vulnerable to periods of
"We remain committed to
protecting the Apalachicola
River and Bay despite this unfor-
tunate decision, and appreciate
the continued support of
Florida's elected leaders as we
.fight to protect the economy and
quality of life of our residents."
Gov. Charlie Crist agreed.
"Today's decision by the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is
disappointing," he said. "A con-
tinued reduction in flows to the
Apalachicola River over the next
five years places the economic
and environmental future of an
entire region at risk. This revised
plan creates significant chal-
lenges in managing one of the
most productive and diverse
estuaries on the Gulf of Mexico.
"Regrettably, today's deci-
sion jeopardizes the hope of
Florida's downstream communi-
ties which rely on proper flows to
sustain a vibrant ecosystem.
Floridians in these areas can be
assured that we will continue to
advocate for the protection of
the Apalachicola ecosystem. We
will encourage all stakeholders
to work together to further devel-
op a long-term, comprehensive
strategy that includes water con-
servation and balances the needs
of all communities within the

ACF region, particularly those
facing the downstream conse-
quences of any flow reduction.
"I will continue to engage
my friends, (Georgia) Governor
Perdue and (Alabama) Governor
Riley, to resolve these critical
water issues in a fair and appro-
priate manner."
Congressman Allen Boyd
(D-North Florida) also expressed
"I am deeply concerned
that the potential for historically
low flows to the Apalachicola
River for the next five years
could have devastating effects on
our river, our bay, and the people
of North Flonda," said Con-
gressman Boyd. "The Corps'
most recent tri-state water plan
does not even come close to bal-
ancing the needs of all of the
users along the ACF system, and
that is what we should be work.
ing towards, instead of interim
approaches that reward the state
of Georgia for failing to plan for
their water needs. The Fish and
Wildlife Service has even said
that this RIOP is not the answer
for how water along the ACF
should be managed or allocated
over the long term."
On Monday. July 21.
Congressman Boyd will be hold-
ing a Congressional Forum in
Chattahoochee on the impact of
the southeastern drought and
low water flows on the
Apalachicola River and Bay and
North Florida's communities.
Representatives from the Corps
and USFWS will be at the
Congressional Forum to hear
from Florida's stakeholders and
local experts on the ACF system.
"The people of North
Florida who depend on the
Apalachicola Rivir and Tay for
their livelihood must be heard."
Boyd stated. "I am eager for the
Corps and USFWS to hear first-
hand from our oystermen,
shrimpers, and others along the
river and bay who have a tremen-
dous stake in the ACF issue
Those of us in North Florida are
committed to making sure that
Florida's resources are protected
After years of disputes, I will
continue working and pushing
on a local, state, and federal level
to see that a reasonable and long
term water management solution
for the ACF system is devel-
Sam D. Hamilton, Southeast
Regional Director, U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service said the ruling
"relies once again on the best
available science and data for its
The Corps revised plan pro-
vides increased storage through-
out the system water stored at
Lanier, West Point, and Walter
F George. Increased storage
facilitates lake level recovery and

maintenance and, if extreme
drought conditions continue,
provides water to augment
Apalachicola flows in the sum-
mer and fall.
Water use planning needs to
be a higher priority for the states
and agencies, Hamilton said.
This proposal is but another step
in a long series of challenges
dealing with a limited resource.
The time is now for the three
states to develop a more sustain-
able plan, he said.
On April 15, the Corps
requested that the Service con-
sult on the impact to listed
species of the revised interim
operating plan. The four species
that the Service reviewed in the
Biological Opinion are the Gulf
sturgeon, fat thrcnrdge mussel.
purple bankchimber mussel and
Chipola slabshell mussel The
Service said the would not
appreciably reduce the likeli-
hood that the four listed species
can survive nor would it pre-
elude their future recovery
In recorded history, there
have only been a handful of days
where flows of the Apalachicola
River have been less than 5.000
cfs. There were no days below
5.000 cfs in the time before the
reservoirs were built. Under the
Revised Interim Operations
Plan, the Corps will consistently
ensure a minimum flow below
the dam of 5,000 cfs, except-in
extreme drought when the mini-
mum flows will be reduced to
4,500 cfs. While there is a possi-
bility that a reduced minimum
flow might be implemented this
summer, current conditions do
not indicate that this will be
Once the reservoirs, particu-
larly Lake Lanier refill, the
Corps models indicate that the
4,500 cfs will not be triggered in
the future because of tihe
increased opportunities for stor-
age identified in the RIOP.
However if municipal and
industrial consumption have a
significant increasing trend, con-
sumptive water use could cause
the drought zone minimum flow
to be triggered in droughts simi-
lar to those experienced in 2000
and 2007.
lamilton went on to s.ay
that the river system is used for
many purposes, including power
generation, flood control, navi-
gation, drinking water, pollution
dilution, agriculture, and recre-
ation. It will take everyone work-
ing together to be a part of pro-
tecting and restoring this nation-
al treasure so that the bountiful
resources, including the seafood
and recreational fishing of the
world-renowned Apalachicola
Bay are here for generations to
come, said Hamilton.

David Allen stands by the new 50 ton travelift.

Allen's Dockside Marine

offers haul-out service

ChwmncIrl CorespOwdenl
Since the age of 5, David
Allen has been coming to
Carrabelle with his family, from
their home in Tennessee. When
David retired from his job with
Northwest Airlines a couple of
years ago, he thought he was
going to go sailing with his wife
Gale. But when he returned to
Carrabelle, he found he didn't
want to leave. He feels it is, "just
like home, geographically a
beautiful place."
So David asked his friend
Tommy, who worked at the boat-
yard on Timber Island, if he
"knew of any businesses for
sale." Tommy told him that he
was planning on retiring in a
couple of years and that maybe
David would want to work at the
David umpedd at the chance
and two year-s later took over
Dockside Marine. He negotiated
a "management agreement with
St. Joe Property," and took over
the facility in his own name, the
beginning of this year.
David heartily took up the
challenge and "overcame a bad
reputation that came with the
property, lie confessed. Not
only has lie given the 7.5 acres a
fIacclift by getting rid of a lot of
trash and derelict properties, he
has given the boatyard a new
travelift that holds up to 50 tons.
He credits his staff of yard work-
ers and his office manager with
assisting in making the facility a
better place and "boater friend-
He caters to all boats, even
though he is a sailor at heart. He
wants everyone to know that he
will haul out sailboats, power-
boats and commercial boats up
to "100,000 pounds and 19 feet
wide. We support the local, tra-
ditional business." This month's

schedule shows at least two
shrimp boats to be hauled out
thus far.
The facility has a "10 ton
forklift that can handle up to a 30
foot boat and 20,000 pounds,"
according to David Allen. Long
term storage is available on jack
stands, on indoor and outdoor
racks and everyone is welcome
to join their Hurricane Club.
The dub offers boaters an oppor-
tunity to "reserve a guaranteed
spot, out of the water on jack
stands, during the hurricane sea-
son," Allen continued. There is
a "waiting list for their wet slips
but they do have room available
in the indoor rack storage, out-
side rack storage and on the land
storage," the new owner said.
He said, "27 boats are used
to come and go to Dog Island.
We are a turn key operation. We
get the boats in the water and
ready to go so that the boat own-
ers have the maximum amount
of time on the water."
"An outboard mechanic is
available as well as an excellent,
helpful staff that work on rig-
ging, wiring, electrical and will
paint the bottom of any boat,"
he said. They also use contrac-
tors in order to repair most any
boating problem. And they
work on wooden boats. He said
the "standards of the ABYA,
(American Boat and Yacht
Association) have to be applied
to the work."
Allen said that they are
working on "recycling and dis-
posal, towards attaining a 'Clean
Marina' status." As far as prices
go, "We are the only haul out
facility from Tarpon Springs to
Port St Joe and Panama City.
Our prices are competitive," he
You can contact Allen's
Dockside Marine on Timber
Island at 850-697-3337.

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