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Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep.
Allen B~Jd have written a letter
to the U.S. ..\r mv Corps of
llgineerI' in an attempt to get
federal officials to halt its plan to
decrease the flow of water into
the Apalachicola HI.i so that
Florida's concerns can be
At a meeting with the
Florida Congrcts-ional ltEltgi.
tion, Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep.
Allen Ro\d circulated a letter
c\prc-,,ing serious concerns
about the et'leti that the histori-
cally low flows allowed for in the
Revised Interim Operations Plan
(I'l li would have on the
Apalachicola KRctm and .i\ and
,Juct.,ioninig the legality of the
new water plan.
"The Corps plan is unac.
ceptable," Sen. Nelson said.
Fhr .i could get less water
than ever before i1 1min; down
the Apalachicola Ri(r | .'.in:
a serious threat to the livelihoods
of the fishermen and ti. itc hat
vesters who rclV on the river to
make a living."
Fluord.i must stand :t eiltht
to protect our resources and the
people who depend on the
Apalachicola River and B.i. tor
their livelihood," said P,.~l
I lhil.i's concerns with this
water plan are serious., i ulit. I
and urgent. Ih lie Corps' water
plan must be put to a half so that
we can develop a responsible
plan that balances the needs ,,f
all of the users ,'.On: the
A p.I l.,I h .,I i *. r ii I ocheer
Illt I '. ,'m'n It can be done, but
this new water plan is not it"
Ihi RIOP allows for il..,,
as low as 4 Stlit cubic feet per sec-
ond (cfs) and more ,i 1 i :i reten
tion in upstream lakes to the
detriment of downstream users
without .unm consideration of
demand ' il 'ony the

Continued on Page 11

Stormy weather PHOTO BY PAUL PUCKT I
Many of you probably saw what looked like a waterspout in Apalach Bay tuesday morning.
It was actually an intense isolated rainshower from a single towering cloud system. The
photo was taken from IHwy. 98 near Two Mile in Apa.lachicola.

The Chronicle wins 2 journalism awards

The Franklin (Cmnrmucif won
two first place awards for column
writing during the annual
Florida Press Association con-
vention last weekend.
Chronicle columnist Richard
Noble won first place in the cate-
gory of humor column, and

Chronicle Publisher Russell
Roberts won first place in the
a .ilegoiv of serious column.
Noble's award was for a
humorous column about his call
to the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission for
advice on what to do about the

bears that visit his home. Noble's
weekly column is called The
Eastpointer and appears on page"
4 of 7 h 7u ,'n:r h
Roberts' award was for a col-
umn written about the Lanark
Village Water and Sewer Dis-
trict's attempt to expell a critic

from its public meeting, in clear
violation of the state Sunshine
Law. Roberts' regular column is
called The Editor.
This week, both columns are
being re-printed on page 4.

Landmark chinaberry tree is
in trouble.



at risk
Chronicle Correspondent
A small part of Carrabelle's
signature uniqueness is at risk.
The chinaberry tree that has
become part of the town's iconic
cultural history, the site of "The
World's Smallest Police Station,"
is the victim of a parasitic attack.
The chinaberry, while listed
as an invasive species by Florida
naturalists, has become a com-
mon shade tree in Franklin
County. The tree in question has
shaded the telephone booth
known as "the World's
Smallest..." for as long as most
remember. Growing out of the
asphalt parking lot shared by the
U.S. Post Office and the red brick
building on the corner of
Tallahassee Street and Highway
98. the :ree ptovidcJ welcome
shade for the manu Carrabelle
police officers who, at one time,
spent many on-duty hours in
Continued on Page 6

6th grader



Chronicle Cnorrespolndir
For decades to come, sixth
grader Ashley Butler will be able.
to claim that she is responsible
for n.aming a new barge
The name she proposed'
The O icihov
All sixth graders from
C o unt y
wiere gisen
the oH' "
ti it% to
write an
c'" %|pro-
poi ng a
the barge.
School stu- Ashley Butler
dent was
given the ,assinnient by her
teacher, Heather Freidman.
Every c-sav was read bi
Chalc'; Pionson. secretary of
the state Department of
Agricuilture. who was the only
judge of the contest.
She was announced the win-
ner and was presented with a
replica of the barge last week
during a .'crenony at school.
When Ashley found out that her
Continued on Page 18

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The Franklin Chronicle

S"Life is
a great ad-
venture, or
nothing." Helen Keller (1880-
One of the things I miss in
retirement is getting up and
going to work in the morning.
That's right, going to work in the
morning, Every day when you
start out the door, you are head-
ing into a new adventure. On a
smaller scale, it's kind of like
being Indiana Jones or Ulysses
starting out on a quest whose
end is clouded by mystery and
shielded by the future. You never
know what awaits around the
next comer or beyond the next
choice you make among the
many paths that appear before
you. The next moment may be a
prelude to unfathomable riches
and glory or it may start the
descent into misery and failure.
The important thing that will
determine the final outcome of
the day is the attitude with which
you meet it. With the right frame
of mind, even the worst of days
will end with a feeling of some
accomplishment. Surely if you
meet each day in the spirit of
adventure, even death will hold
few terrors for you. As Harry
Potter said in "Harry Potter and
the Sorcerer's Stone" by J K.
Rowling, "To the well organized
mind, death is but the next great
No local Democratic
I learned an ititcit'csting .and
puzzling thing last week, the
Republicans have ,in ,acti c
Executive Committee in
Franklin County, chaired by
Willie Norred of St. George
Island, but the Democratic
Party, with over 79V10 of the reg-
istered voters an Franklin County
as of October 17, 2007, has no
Franklin County Democratic
Executive Committee. Come on,
majority party of Franklin

Chronicle Correspondent
It has been pretty quiet here
in Lanark as the'"snow birds."
have flown north and the "year-
rounders" are coming and going
on vacations. Even though the
population has thinned out a bit.
there are many visiting grand-
children to keep things lively
Among the activities that arc
ongoing on a regular basis are:
Red Hat Luncheon, 2nd
Wednesday of the month at
11:30 a.m., contact: Carol Dictz,
Chillas Hall activities
open to the public The laill is
open for morning coffee and
conversation from 8:30 to 10:30
every morning except Sunday. A
"covered dish" dinner is held
every 3rd Sunday at I p.m. Bring
a dish to share and your
On every Monday and

County, are you staying under
cover or do you really not have a
county organization? I can only
find two other Florida counties
with no contact information for
the Democratic Party.
Last month we honored the
mothers who bore us and raised
us, arguably bearing a great deal
more from us as we grew into
our teen years, This month, on
June 15, we honor our fathers,
The origins of both Father's Day
and Mother's Day are a bit
murky but they were designated
national observances by presi-
dential proclamation, Mother's
Day by Woodrow Wilson in
1914 and Father's Day by
Lyndon Johnson in 1966.
Father's Day has become a day
to honor all the men who act as
father figures. Uncles, grandfa-
thers, stepfathers, and other
adult male mentors are all hon-
ored on Father's Day. If you're
having trouble figuring out what
to get for Dad or Uncle Ned,
remember that whatever it is,
they will cherish it as coming
from someone they love and
who loves them. My older
daughter, Kathleen, just celebrat-
ed her 50th and Heather is two
years younger but I still have
things they made for me when
they were little girls and I still
cherish the love given to mne by
both my daughters "Stuff"
rusts love is eternal
Lighthouse update
lo't all you Lighthouse lt.ns.
the conitruc(ton t.11. taltcll on
the st.air' inside tihe bu',ilulng
Heart pine hal been ordered
from source- all over the South
Heart pine is getting harder and
harder to find but it as what the
stairs were originally made from
The glass an the lantern room is
in except for two pieces that were
left out for ventilation. They will
be installed when the rest of the
work is finished. E. F San Juan
of Panama City has offered to

Friday at noon the bridge players
meet. An exercise group meets
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
at 9 a.m. On every Thursday of
the month, the Wandering Star
Quilting group meets at I p.m.
For more information on these
and other activities call Chillas
Hall, 697-9626. The Hall is also
available for rent for group meet-
ings and activities, contact Dot
Bless, 697-2524.
The Lanark Boat Club had a
large gathering for the Memorial
Day picnic and will hold another
fun picnic onil the thi of Julv with
himburgcis, hot dogs and all the
"fixin's" The public is invited,
Check the sign board in fiont of
the Boat Club building for more
The Lanark Boat Club owns
the adjacent boat basin, boat
slips and ramp. Overnight slips
for boats under 26 ft. and boat
launching are available as is
parking on the Boat Club proper-

create and donate the main door
to the Lighthouse. E. F San Juan
is a custom trim and molding
manufacturer north of Panama
City, specializing in exotic wood
trim. The stall' expects the door
to be installed sometime next
week, For those who wondered
what those dark lines running
down the side of the building
are, they are ground wires for the
lightning rods that will protect
the tower during storms. Pictures
of the original Lighthouse show
that it was also protected by
lightning rods.
Bikers beware
I was asked last week to look
into the way some bicycle riders
use the roads on the Island when
the bike and hiking path is avail-
able. The roads on St. George
Island are narrow and there are a
few blind spots where it's hard to
see a cyclist on the road ahead.
However, bicycles are street legal
and there are no rules that I can
find restricting them to the bike
and hiking path. That being said,
however, bicyclists should be
aware that cars and trucks are a
lot bigger than bicycles and it's a
lot safer ending on the bike path.
Island Business Association
The St. George Island
Business Association has invit-
ed Franklin County Commis-
sioner and Tourist Develop-
ment Council (TDC) member
Russell Crofton to spctak at thlir
nei C meeting The topl. will bhe
the TIC .and d the meeting is
clWhtiidulrl .Iiul'\ htih at 15 I in
the onltei nce't lom of the
Buccaneer Inn .at 160 West
Gorne Dr on St George Island.
Business owners and employees
or individuals with an interest in
the TDC are welcome
God Bless, stay in touch,
and remember, to contact me.
phone 850-927-2899 or e-mail

ty for vehicles and boat trailers.
See Mike Hopkins at the Lanark
Village Market. 697-4600. The
Boat Club Hall is available to the
public for non-political events.
Contact Marvin McIntosh for
rental information, 697-3169.
Several political events
have been scheduled for Chillas
Hall to "meet and greet" the
numerous candidates up for elec-
tion in the fall. The informal
morning coffee hours at Chillas
Hall seems to be the favorite time
for a chance to talk to the candi-
dates. Already several candidates
have started making the rounds
of all the homes in Lanark to
present their reasons for running
for office.
Even with the slow down of
organized activities there is still
enough going on in Lanark to
keep us busy, such as fishing,
boating, gardening and just plain


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Florida At A Glance


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Area Cities

Clearwater 89
Crestview 91
Daytona Beach 87
Fort Lauderdale 88
Fort Myers 91
Gainesville 88
Hollywood 86
Jacksonville 88
Key West 88
Lady Lake 87
Lake City 87
Madison 88
Melbourne 86
Miami 86
N Smyrna Beach 85


Ocala 89
Ordando 89
Panama City 88
Pensacola 87
Plant City 91
Pompano Beach 87
Port Charlotte 92
Saint Augustine 86
Saint Petersburg 90
Sarasota 89
Tallahassee 91
Tampa 90
Titusywue 87
Venice 89
W Palm Beach 87


National Cities

Los Angeles

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New York
San Francisco
St. Louis
Washington. DC

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June 13, 2008 Page 3

State Representative WILL S. KENDRICK
COMMITTEES: Environment & Natural Resources Council Policy & Budget Council
Committee on Conservation & State Lands (Chair) Committee on K-12

$66.2 Billion Budget Restoring Florida's Economy
Understanding the tough realities of our state and national economic picture, we made reductions that were
necessary to balance our budget responsibly while making investments in programs and services that will
revitalize and grow our economy. $22 Million was allocated for economic development tools while $36,8 mil-
lion was invested in infrastructure Improvements necessary to bring new businesses to the State.

This year's Legislative Session produced a
vision of change in education. With budget
rtductiots impacting every decision, the
Fkluida House placed priorities first and we
continued our kongstanding commitment to
education. During S-ss In, I supported legis-
lation to revise how high schools are awarned
school grades.

FinitE ~U ~ia

* Fiscally Constrained Counties
Am',,'umnl 1I pa.s'dI overwhelmingly by voters in January.
This culminated in historic property tax reform in the State of
Florida. The xgLsLtun has aocaed $10 million to offset the
impact of the property tax reductions to local governments. The
estimated distribution will be based on documentation each coun-
ty submits to the Department of Revenue in November, 2008.
S Othir hifully funded projects for rural counties include:
Solid Waste Grants SCRAP and SCOP
Payment in Lieu of Taxes

Public Safety
o... The Safety and security of the pubic is a fundamental role of
"" government and the Legislature spent a great deal of time work-
ing to maintain public safety dollars and ensure the security of
our citizens.

Instead of solely using AT scores, one-half
of the grade will now be based on a mix of
other indicators of student success In addi-
tion, I supported efforts to create a worid-cass
curriculum to improve the rigor and relevance
of our schooVls. must pare our students
to reach higher in the Ig marketplace by
helping them to nh ghe in the classroom.
118623 School Food Secvic ProgrXm:
This year I sponsored and the Ir-gisLiture
passed this bill which will provide breakfast to
middle and high scoots beginning the 2010
school yrm Documented studixts have shown
that starting the day with brealdkfast has a
direct impact on attention spans a decrease in
absen=eaism, and tardmes
Th nation will make Fkmrda a ding
State in p the well-x of our chil-
dren a provide a national odel to be d

W* addressed and provided for the colabo-
rative effort between community colleges and
high schools to administer college readiness
assessments and provide remediation before
Funds allocated for
District 10 Include:
Franklin Comty.
288 bed work camp $9.56 million
Colmwbia Coun ty
322 bed amex $6.41 million
Dixie County:
432 bed work camp $9.82 million
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Hunter Safety Course Requirements:
I sponsored legislation this year that would
eliminate the firearms rqurement for tbtain-
ing a hunting license for military personnel
with an active ID card.

Pest Control Compact:
I sponsored HB 197 to codify Florida's par-
tcipaton in the Interstate Pest Control
Compact which was organized to provide
funding resources to states that may not have
the necessary capital to respond to a new pest
outbreak posing a threat to agriculture.

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The Franklin Chronicle

Reprint of Lanark column
Editor's note: The following column, originally published on Dec. 7, 2007, is
being reprinted in light of it winning first place for serious columns in the
Florida Press Association awards announced last week.
In 30 years of newspaper work, I've never seen a more public
affront to the idea of open government than what I witnessed last
week in Lanark Village.
A member of the public was prohibited from attending a public
meeting. Why? It wasn't because he was disruptive. He hadn't said a
Officially, the reasons given were that there is "criminal investi-
gation" of him, and his bad behavior at prior meetings.
As you may know by now, the Lanark Village Water and Sewer
District Board voted 2-1 to prohibit Lanark resident Bill Snyder from
attending their Board meetings. This was despite the fact that the
Sheriff's Office had told the board chairperson that it would not pro-
hibit him from attending, and despite
the fact that Snyder's lawyer accompa-
nied him and assured the Board that
Snyder would not speak. The Board
allowed no public comment before tak-
ing the vote.
Snyder has frequently been critical
of the Lanark District Board. He is
chairman of the Concerned Citizens of
Lanark Village, a group that supports
T4 C ^ dissolution of the Water District.
After the meeting, I asked Board
attorney Brian Armstrong what state
By Russell Roberts law permitted such drastic action. I fully
expected him to cite a statute, but he
didn't. Instead, he told me he knew of no specific state law that
allowed members of the public to be banned from public meetings
before they were disruptive.
I asked Armstrong whether I could be prohibited from attending
meetings if the Board didn't like what I wrote. No, he said, the Board
wouldn't do that, but Snyder had been so disruptive at pnor meetings
that two members of the Board feel threatened by Snyder's presence.
Armstrong noted that I haven't seen Snyder's behavior at some of the
meetings so I don't know how vocal he can get,
He's right. At the meetings I've been at when Snyder has been
present, he does have a tendency to raise his voice when he's inter-
rupted or when he's trying to correct something someone else sad
At a recent County Commission meeting, he raised hts voice when
Commissioner Cheryl Sanders made a comment he disagreed with.
prompting Commissioner Sanders to chide him to lower his voice
Snyder quickly regained composure and apologized. But the County
Commission didn't react by voting to ban him from future meetings
And threatening? Again, I haven't been to all the meetings when
Snyder has been present, but the only threat I can see that Snyder
poses to the Lanark Board is threatening their ability to do as they
please without public comment.
Continued on Page 5

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Fall is here! Don't harass the bears

Editor's note: The fidlowing column, originally pub-
lishe D c. 21, 2007, is being reprinted roday in honor of
it winning first place at the annual Florida Press
Association a.unis in the category of humorous column.
The aurds w're announced last week. This week's
Eastpointer column is on Page 9.
Ahh yes, once again it is fall. The robins are
heading south with all of their little friends. The
birds are all a-flutter.
the cypress trees are
shedding, the grape
VIInc leaves .u1c tun.
ing yellow and "I'm
as giddy as a kitten up
a tree."
Don't you just
love fall--everything
dying or hiding and
going into hiberna-
tion. It is just like real it&4* of4-i
life in the world
today. By Richard E. Noble
You might think
that I have fall fever, if you didn't hear me cursing
every morning as I gather up all the broken egg
shells, coffee grounds and gooey garbage that had
been strewn about my front yard by the raccoons
and black bears that are now an integral part of this
- the Franklin County Wildlife Preserve.
Yesterday, a little past twilight, as I sat on my
screened-in porch, I happened to notice that a 14 or
15 hundred pound black bear was standing there
on my septic tank mound. Naturally I was some-
what apprehensive, so I did what any man would
do I called my wife. She took one look at the bear
standing on our septic tank and ran out into the
yard to confront the bear. She clapped her hands
several times and yelled; shoo, shoo you bad old
bear-just like she was talking to the neighbor's
cocker spaniel.
I was, of course, still inside the house. I decid-
ed that since this was just a big, old, dumb animal
in my back yard, I would take some intelligent
thoughtful action. "Honey, are you out of your
mind" I screamed.
While my wife continued to play patty-cake
with the 2,000-pound black bear, I called the
Florida Wildlife Commission. I told the man on
the phone that there was a bear in my yard. He
I said, "What do you suggest I do?"
He said, "Stay indoors until the bear goes
I was expecting something a little more than
that response.
"Yeah, but what if the bear decides to come
inside and join me?"
"Oh wowl That would be something wouldn't

it." he said laughing.
"Right now my wife is out in the yard clapping
her hands and shooing it."
"Yeah, lots of people have been doing that."
"Is that a good thing to do?"
"I wouldn't say so. I heard about this lady who
rubbed peanut butter on her arm and tried to get a
black bear to lick it off."
"Oh my god!"
"Yeah, she didn't do well. I saw some pic-
"Well the only weapon I have is a BB gun. Do
you think I should shoot it with my BB gun?"
"Oh, don't do that!"
"Why, does that make the bear mad?"
"No, but you could hit the bear in the eye or
something and then you might find yourself before
the county judge getting a stiff fine."
"Oh yeah. You hurt the bear and you could be
in big trouble."
"Well, what if the bear eats my wife?"
"You shouldn't allow your wife to harass the
"Honey, honey!" I yelled. "The wildlife guy
says you should stop harassing the bear."
"But the bear is stepping on my daffodils."
"Yes, but if the bear eats you and then develops
heart problems and dies from having too much
cholesterol in its arteries, I could be prosecuted,
fined or imprisoned or both."
Eventually, my wife chased the bear out of her
daffodils, but I sat her down and gave her a good
talking to.
I said: "You know honey, I took a vow 'to
death do us part' and it has always been my inten-
tion to honor that commitment. Not only that but
as the alpha male in this 'herd,' I have always con-
sidered it my responsibility to love and protect you
from all harm. But, I must say that if a 2,000-
pound bear decides to eat you, there really isn't that
much I can do about it. Nevertheless, you have my
word that I will remove your mangled body from
on top of the septic tank--after the bear is gone."
"Thank you," my wife responded. "You have
always been my hero-the wings beneath my feet -
I'll cherish your concerns and sentiment."
In any case, if you have a 2,000-pound bear in
your daffodils, you too can call "the bear guy." He
is a lot of fun--not a lot of help-but very funny.
Riwhd E. Nobe has been a resident of Easpoint for
around 30 years now. He has authored two books: "A
Summer with Carlie," which is currently listed on
Amazon. co, and "Hoboing Americ" which should be
listed on Amazon in the not too distant future. Most
recent he completed his first novel "Honor Thy Father
and Thy Mothe," which will be published soon.

The Franklin Chronicle


June 13, 2008 Page 5

One battle does not lose the war LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

While everyone was very
disappointed in the outcome of
Georgia's victory on the recent
ACF decision this does not con-
stitute the loss of the war.
Regardless of the criticism
of the Governor and the repre-
sentatives who are still trying
very hard to do their best to
resolve the Apalachicola,
Chattahoochee, Flint Issues the
hope is not yet gone.
There are still several
avenues being taken in efforts to
convince the Corps that the issue
is not black and white and the
human equation is an equation
that needs proper consideration.
The Franklin County Seafood
Workers and the Riverkeeper, as
well as other organizations and
associations are still working on
the same issues with the state
and local government agencies
and it is still the consensus that
our efforts are worthwhile.
Meanwhile the local sum-
mer bars are open and the men
and women are working on the
bars. Preparations are still being
made for the Oyster Relay,
which will most likely be around
the first of July. There is still
time to register with the FCSWA

By Linda Raffield
and sign the necessary paper-
work for the Relay.
The FCSWA would like to
thank the Franklin County
Commissioners for backing the
Lombardi project regardless of
opposing opinions of folks else-
where who are unaware of what
a precious jewel Apalachicola
Bay and our seafood industry
really is.
The only turkeys are the
ones who do not have the fore-
sight to want to preserve and
protect the environment and pro-
mote an area such as ours. The
FCSWA did write a letter to the
Governor requesting that he not
veto the needed funds for the
project and echoing the concerns

Kendrick responds to pos
BY REP. WILL KENDRICK Florida's wild- and plant hfe and

While I have great respect
for Governor Crist and his con-
tinued commitment to preserv-
ing the environment. I feel that
his intent to veto HB 7059 has
been made without fully under-
standing the wide-reaching
scope of this good environmen-
tal legislation. This legislation
has many valuable components
that seek to improve and
strengthen the protection of our
state's precious natural
One component introduced
would require lead agencies of
the Florida Forever program to
be more accountable for the
management of the land by eval-
uating their effectiveness in
achieving short and long-term
goals as outlined in the proper-
ty's land management plan. In
a time when budgets are lean
and resources limited, such over-
sight is paramount to maintain-
ing the integrity of resources.
Being good stewards of all our
resources-most importantly
our state's natural beauty--is the
bedrock of any government
committed to serving its citizens.
Vetoing this bill would jeopard-
ize the oversight of the Florida
Forever program and eliminate
the accountability this bill would
While pieces of this legisla-
tion stirred controversy among
some environmental groups, it
was backed by the Florida
Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) and the
Florida Fish and Wildlife
Commission (FWC). These
two agencies are charged with
the responsibility of protecting

their endorsement should have
earned heavier weight than the
protests of the environmental
community. Bottom line: these
agencies would simply not advo-
cate for a bill that would harm
our state's natural resources.
The piece of this legislation
that brought the most negative
press related to seagrass mitiga-
tion banks. It is important to
note-but often overlooked-the
bill states the Governor and
Cabinet "may" authorize mitiga-
tion banks, it does not say
"shall" or "will" and thus is only
permissive and carries no
requirements. In fact, Governor
Crist and the Florida Cabinet
already have the ability to estab-
lish seagrass mitigation banks if
they so desire and if it is in the
best interest of the state.
A veto of HB 7059 would
not alter their existing authority.
In fact, a DEP spokeswoman
issued the following statement at
the height of the controversy, "I
think it's important to under-
stand that the amendment allows
the trustees to establish mitiga-
tion banks. It does not dictate
that they have to be done. I
think that's where there's been a
lot of confusion." Bottom line:
the language of this bill is being
Many have overlooked the
positive in this bill and I firmly
believe the benefits of this good
bill far outweigh the potential
negatives. A main component
of this bill includes the authority
being given to law enforcement
to issue citations for careless
destruction of seagrass with boat
propellers in aquatic preserves.
In the past, this option has not


nsible veto
been available as an educational
tool for boaters and FWC
believes it could have been a
deterrent to seagrass damage by
propellers. A study by FWC in
1995 revealed 64.000 acres of
seagrass have moderate to severe
propeller scar damage. At that
time" one of the recommenda-
tions from law enforcement offi-
cers was the need for a civil cita-
tion. The fines would go to sea-
grass education .and enforce-
ment. Bottom line: this is a sig-
nificant positive for seagrass pro-
tection and far outweighs the
perceived view that this bill pro-
motes seagrass destruction
through mitigation banking.
There have been several mis-
conceptions relating to this bill.
In no way does this legislation
affect current regulatory permit
standards for new construction.
DEP still maintains the require-
ments of providing public benefit
and demonstrating avoidance
and minimization of impacts
prior to obtaining a building per-
mit. This legislation does not
call for an expansion of coastal
development. Instead, it simply
repeats current law that allows
for restoration of this critical nat-
ural resource.
As a resident and represen-
tative of Florida's coastal com-
munities, I understand the criti-
cal importance of seagrass beds
to our state's great fisheries and
wildlife. I urge Governor Crist
and members of the environ-
mental community to take
another look at the overall bene-
fits of this legislation in the hope
that next year this good bill
becomes law as leaders continue
protecting our state's natural

Writer critical of com r

I was searching on the TV
last night when I came upon a
meeting of the Franklin County
Board of Commissioners, What
I saw was deplorable.
The Board was discussing a
matter concerning Summer
Camp when the lady commis-
sioner started ranting and raving
and in this state of mind accused
or implied that the developer's
representative, Mr. Billy Buzzett,
was being disrespectful to her. If
I can borrow the old adage, the
pot was calling the kettle black.
I have known Billy Buzzett's
family and their families for over
seventy years. They are most of

all respectful and are held in the
highest esteem by all that know
them. Disrespectful in not in
their character. I think the lady
commissioner owes Billy and his
family a public apology.
Respect is a two way street.
Why doesn't the lady commis-
sioner respect and honor the
69% vote of Franklin County
Citizens to return to countywide
voting in electing members to the
Board of County Commission?
That my dear lady would be
Willie Norred
St. George Island

of the commissioners.
The need for landing parks
and places such as those, which
have been selected by the County
Commissioners, does not just
affect the Seafood Workers, it
affects our whole community
and will be sources of pride for
our community as well as places
that will invite and promote
tourism. While the Seafood
Workers are delighted that we
will have a huge say in the parks
we are also very pleased for our
families to have places to go and
things to do, thanks to an awful
lot of thought and perseverance
from our commissioners.
This is yet another battle for
our local commissioners but one
not yet lost and you can help as a
community by contacting the
Governor's Office and letting
him know this is important to
our whole community. There
are times when everyone can use
a little help and support, so be
sure and support those who sup-
port you.
Linda Rffd is secretary of the
Franklin Couny Smafbod Workers

Thanks in part to Andy
Smith, executive director of the
Apalachicola Riverkeeper, I
recently had the opportunity, as
a volunteer to assist in the
National River Cleanup.
I spent a Saturday morning
picking up trash and litter along
the Apalachicola causeway
between the two bridges while
others scoured the local water-
ways. I developed a better appre-
ciation for those tasked with the
responsibility of keeping our
roadways and right of way clean
of this senseless waste. It is one
thing to cruise along at 60 mph
and sigh in disgust at the eyesore
it creates but another to do some-
thing about it.
I couldn't help but note that
all of the trash and litter that is
discarded from passing vehicles,
be it tossed out the window by
the inconsiderate occupants or
blown out of the back of a pick-
up truck, boat or other con-
veyance, unbeknownst to the
occupants, is all destined for our
pristine rivers and bays. It is just
a matter of time before the after-
noon sea breeze or thunderstorm
whipping across the bay blows
all the discarded paper and
Styrofoam cups, plastic bags,
food wrappers, empty cigarette
packs, chewing tobacco tins, beer
and soda cans, etc., etc., etc., etc.
into our beautiful waterways.
All of this pollution of our
valuable ecosystem is preventa-

The Editor from Page 4

After the meeting, I contact-
ed the Florida First Amendment
Foundation, a non-profit organi-
zation in Tallahassee formed to
protect and advance the public's
constitutional right to open gov-
ernment. Director Adria Harper
said, "I don't like the idea of per-
manently banning someone from
a public meeting, even if he had
been disruptive in previous meet-
ing. Certainly, it seems reason-
able for that person to be per-
mitted to attend the meetings at
the very least. Just the mere sight
of him can't qualify as disrup-

ble. The more litter I picked up
the angrier I got' I started asking
myself why the State and
County officials are not more
actively involved in preserving
and keeping dean the two major
bridges and causeways in our
community. What kind of
impression does it make on the
tourists as they drive into
Apalachicola or onto St. George
Island? With that said I couldn't
help but wonder why there is no
"Adopt a Highway" program in
Franklin County? Or why the
Franklin County Sheriff's Office
is not enforcing the litter laws;
with 41 sworn officers, surely
they must occasionally witness
debris flying from the back of
unchecked and uncovered vehi-
cles. I certainly do. There is
what is called the "Broken
Windows theory," which holds
that ignoring the little problems
---graffiti, litter, shattered glass
-creates a sense of irreversible
decline that leads people to aban-
don the community or to stay
away. I would ask that the
Franklin County Sheriff's Office
subscribe to this "proven theory"
and start enforcing the state litter
laws along with their other serve
and protect duties.
Don't leave the cleanup of
our County to a few volunteer
R. Bruce Barnes
St. George Island

tive, right? It sounds like this
could be a prior restraint issue."
Through the years, I've
seen many attempts by public
employees to undermine the
concept of open government.
And I'm certain that many times
my access to information was
prevented in ways I never even
knew about. What sets the
Lanark action apart is that it
came during a public forum. To
use a newspaper cliche, if this
was a bank robbery at noon, a
reporter would call it a "brazen
midday holdup." Only this time,
the only loot taken was demo-

County should enforce

litter laws, writer urges

The Franklin Chronicle

Father's Day, fishing & the Funky Oyster .

This Sunday, June 15 is
Father's Day don't forget to tell
your favorite dad how much he
means to you, perhaps take him
out to a good dinner at one of
Carrabelle's seafood restaurants.
As it has been on every
Father's Day weekend since
1989, the Big Bend Saltwater
Classic fishing tournament will
be back, an event began to bene-
fit OAR, the Organization for
Artificial Reefs, and has grown
in its 18 years of history to
become one of the largest tour-
naments in the Big Bend area.
This year the Carrabelle
Boat Club will host the event,
and fishing gets under way at
5:30 a,m, Friday, June 13th, and
weigh-ins will be held from 3
p.m. until 7 p.m. The Carrabelle
Coastal Captains meeting will
be held Thursday, June 12, at 6
p.m. at Pirate's Landing restau-
rant on Timber Island, with live
music from Locomotive.
Saturday's weigh-ins will be
held from 3 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
at the three area weigh stations:
the Carrabelle Boat Club,
Panacea Harbor Marina, and
the Port St. Joe Marina. Allr
boats must be in line by 7:30
p.m. in order to weigh in their
Award ceremonies will be
held at the Carrabelle Boat Club
beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday,
June 15.
Over $130,000 in awards are
up for grabs this year, as well as
an entry in a drawing for a boat
for every angler who weighs in a
fish, the Skybox Sports Bar &
Grill Big ASS Fish prize, and a
new prize sponsored by Seatow,
the first-ever Record Breaker
Award of $1,500 going to the

Landmark from Page I
their cars, parked there and avail-
able to local citizens for com-
plaints, conversation, or just
plain visiting.
It has often been said over
the years, that to find a police-
man on duty, one could find him
"out there under the chinaberry

I By Laurel Newman
angler that breaks an
tournament record
Recreational Division.

About the Funky Oyste
The Funky Oyster
will now be open on a
schedule, and the owi
looking forward to servi
Cajun food in an open-a
West style atmosphere to
gry folks seeking good
good company. Live e
ment will be a periodic
and the owners are as
community's help in fin
artists, especially sing
duos. Stop by or call
Timm or Traci Justice
Funky Oyster Shac
Tallahassee Street, or 6
Even if you don't know
cal talent to recommend
and sample the spicy cui
inside tip confides t
Cajun-style sausage is on
finest taste treats you
anywhere. Hours are: T
& Friday 5 p.m. 1
Saturday &" Sunday no
Avian assassination: No
Not too long 1ago, at

Recently, within the past
year or so. a cabbage palm has
taken root in the fork of the old
tree, and its spreading root sys-
tem has started a large crack in
the tree's main trunk.
Called to the attention of the
City's Streets and Roads William
"Little William" Massey, the
supervisor is checking the situa-
tion, and will attempt to find a

solution that will not further
damage the main tree. If nothing
else, as much of the palm that
can be removed will be, in the
hope that the old chinaberry tree
has not already sustained an
eventually fatal wound.
Editor's ot': Thanks to Andy
Timmons for calling attention to the

noon get-together in a neighbor's
home, I happened to overhear a
monologue being delivered by
another guest. Coming in close
S to the end of the tale, I
heard,"....and those suckers
dropped, boom, fell like a stone."
Asking what fell, I was horrified
and amazed to hear the man tell
me, in grotesque detail, how
,U "easy" it is to kill seagulls, bait-
ing them with a French fry
wrapped around a bit of Alka-
Seltzer, which, after a few
existing moments, "explodes" in the
in the cramped quarter's of the bird's
stomach, leaving the bird's-
organs in pieces, and causing it
r Shaak to quickly fall from flight,
"There's plenty of them
r Shack gulls," he said, "more than plen-
regular ty. That'll teach 'em not to (defe-
iers are cate) on me when I'm out trying
ng good to enjoy myself."
air, Key- More in this vein followed,
all hun- and the mental midget talking of
food in his manly exploits was so taken
ntertain- with his cleverness, he did not
feature, notice the appalled expressions
king the on the faces of those in earshot.
ding live The hostess, a lady of strong eco-
les and logical and environmentally pro-
Randy active leanings, in whose stun-
at The ning "green" house the party
972324. was held, was fortunately not
0972324. present to hear the remarks.
of musi- I'm sure if she had, she
, stop by would have pointedly reminded
isine. An the bold braggart that, technical-
hat the ly, he was intruding on the seag-
ne of the ulls' territory. and was a tolerat-
will find ed guest in their domain.
[hursday Random cruelty and
0 p.m. destruction are with us every-
on 10 where, even the serene, sunny
beach of Carrabelle.
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June 13, 2008 Page 7

Peter F. Crowell Presents

Weekly economic update for
the week of June 9, 2008
These views are those of Peter Montoya Inc., and not the presenting
Representative or the Representative's Broker/Dealer, and should not be con-
strued as investment advice.
Quote of the week.
"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." -Sir
Richard Steele
Spike in joblessness
The Labor Department announced 5.5% unemployment for May
on Friday, up from 5.0% in April. Part of the jump was seasonal, as
youths looked for summer jobs. But
5.5% is the highest unemployment rate
Since October 2004, and the .5% month-
ly increase was the biggest in 22 years.
Oil prices jump

Sponsord by
Peter F Crowell. CFP

Oil prices gained $5.49 on Thursday
and $10.75 on Friday to end the week at
$138.54 on the NYMEX. A weakening
dollar, the new jobless report and a
Morgan Stanley analyst's claim that oil
futures may hit $150 by July all con-
Bernanke: rates just fine

Last week, Federal Reserve
Chairman Ben Bernanke stated that U.S. interest rate policy was
"well positioned to promote moderate growth and price stability." He
spoke of the Fed's commitment to a "strong and stable" dollar, and
said that the Fed and Treasury Department will "closely monitor
developments in foreign exchange markets."4 At Harvard University,
he said he did not foresee "a 1970s-style wage-price spiral, in which
wages and prices chased each other ever upward. "5
Factory orders rise
Against forecasts, U.S. factory orders rose 1.1% in April.
Economists had expected a slight decrease. The Institute for Supply
Management index also rose to 49.6 in May.
Stocks slump
Headlines prompted a 394-point slip in the DJIA on Friday and
losses for the week. The Dow had gained 214 points on Thursday.
% Change Y-T-D 1-Year 5-Yr Avg
DJIA -7.95 -10.28 +6.94
NASDAQ -6.70 .4.55 +10.41
S&P 500 .7.33 .11.52 +7.55
(Source: CNNMoney com. 6/6/08) Indices are
unanged, do no incur fees or expenses. and cannot be muwsed into
direct. T returns do not Iclue dividend
Riddle of the week
An algae growth in a pond doubles in size each day. In 28 days.
it will cover the entire pond. In how many days will the pond be half-
covered? See next week's Update for the answer
Last week's riddle
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?
Answer She placed her index finger under her shoe and stood on it.
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Franklin County property owner Contact him by e-mail at
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Cogno's Corner
Answer to question #239 is: b).
Isaac Newton created a principal that said "for every action
there is an equal and opposite reaction." When you pitch a base-
ball on Earth, you plant your feet firmly, twist your body and
throw the ball. But imagine you are floating in space and not
touching anything. As you throw the ball, you give it forward
motion. You will experience an equal and opposite reaction that
pushes backward on your hand. Since you are not anchored to
anything, your body will begin gently spinning from the force.

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meeting set
The Carrabelle Historical
Society will meet on Tuesday,
June 24, at 6 p.m. at the
Carrabelle Branch of the
Franklin County Public Library,
311 St James Street.
The speaker this month will
be Homer McMillian, the former
manager of the EconoFlo Flour
Company one of the largest
employers in Carrabelle during
the 1950's. This company was
out of Salinas, Kansas brought
pneumatic conveying system and
the first bulk flour trucks togeth-
er in Franklin Co. The plant was
located on the east bank near the
mouth of the Chrrabelle River.
The public is invited to attend.
For more information please
contact the Carrabelle Historical
Society at 697-2141,

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Let's start out with the good
news. Red snapper season is
open in federal water (9.1 miles
from the nearest shore) until
Aug. 30. State waters remain
open. Limit is 2 per angler, l0 in.
minimum size.
Red snapper also count
toward the 10 fish aggregate
snapper bag limit. If you catch
undersized snapper (or grouper)
or go over the bag limit please
release the fish carefully and
with a minimum of handling. A
hook disgorger, inline circle
hooks, and a venting synnge are,
as of June 1, required to be on
your boat if you are fishing for
these reef species. Please use
them. If the fish look swollen or
the eyes bulge out use the vent-
ing tool by putting it under a
scale behind the dorsal fin at a
45degree angle. Doing this
ensures that the fish can swim
down and avoid being eaten by
barracuda, shark or dolphin.
Fishing in 75' on any of the
artificial reefs has been pretty
consistent of late, but with the
warmer water (Gulf temperature
was 84 degrees on June 8) it may
be worthwhile to try 100' or
greater depths. We had a good
day on the 8th with 3 gag
grouper and 9 mangrove (grey)
snapper between 4-9 lbs and a 25
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some nice king mackerel and big
Spanish mackerel. The grouper
have been hitting live bait such as
sand perch and pinfish and the
mangroves on flat-lined cigar
minnows, live or frozen. Putting
out a chum bhag will attract
sharks but also the more desired
quarry. While I don't kill sharks
they do bend your rod and put
up a good fight. Once in a while
you will hook a 200 lb. bull shark
and enjoy an epic battle. Please
release the sharks carefully with
a hook disgorger or cut the
leader as dose to the fish as you

can safely do it.
Dr. Hobson Fulmer of SGI
and Eastpoint veterinarian took
me out kayak fishing the other
evening and it was quite an expe-
nence. Amazingly your reporter
did not tip over. The doctor
caught and released 5-6 keeper-
sized redfish. I caught 2-3 specks
and. of course, the ubiquitous
catfish and ladyfish. This was my
first time kayak fishing and it
was very enjoyable and some-
thing to try again. We used 1/8
oz jig heads with Gulp! New
penny shrimp and fished the bay-
side of SGI around oyster bars

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just inside the state park.
Also inshore are reports of
whiting, a few pompano and
some large specks on the beaches
of SGI. The rivers have pro-
duced some redfish but you have
to fight through the catfish to get
them The guides are getting
some big specks but gentle
inquiries as to where were under-
standably met with polite silence.
Our success or lack thereof
in the Big Bend Saltwater Classic
held June 1 3-1 5 will be report-
ed in the next column.
Major bite times:
Fri. June 13 8:23 a.m.; Sat.

June 14, 9:01 a.m.; Sun. June 15,
9:41 a.m.; Mon. June 16, 10:24
a.m.; Tues. June 17, 11:11 a.m.
Good fishing and tight lines!
Jef Bandk, a retired attorney and
lhferimefisherman, resides happily in
Eastpoint. Surrounded by some of
the best angling waters anywhere, he
takes full adane by writing this
column for the C7nide and doing
ShoriesA a Forgotten Coast TV
program, requiring him to fish as
often as he ca. When not fishing,
he's talking about fishing You am
contact him at chatch8888@aoL

"A dead discarded fisherman"

Chronicle Correspondent
Last week, Carrabelle fisher-
man Jim Clements traveled to
Houston to attend the Gulf of
Mexico Fisheries Management
Council (GMFMC) meeting, in
order to address them regarding
Spawning Area Closures (SAC)
and other issues impacting both
the commercial and recreational
fishing industries.
The official report on that
meeting is not yet available, but
Captain Clements has shared an
experience he had during that
time, and his reactions. Portions
of a letter he wrote to many fish-
ing industry interests, lawmak-
ers, and supporters across the
state are here:
"I consider myself a man
among men, but when I was at
the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries
Management Council in Hous-
ton last week, tears came to my
eyes and my heart was saddened
when I heard the story of a man
who has, along with his ances-
tors, been in the charter boat
business all his life. He fell to
his knees in front of a Council
member, an audience, a tape
recorder and a microphone, with
tears in his eyes, and begged the
Council not to impose any more
regulations that would surely put
him out of business and become
unable to feed his family.

"Unless you are a fisherman
with the inherent independence
and fierce pnde, you may not
understand his embarrassment
and frustration. I, for one, great-
ly admire this man for his bold-
ness and simple honesty. At this
point, I realized that even though
I have spent recent years helping
fishermen. I was not doing near-
ly enough. If you were to look at
this man's hands and weather
beaten face you would realize he
has never asked or accepted any-
thing from anyone.
"I personally know the
Council member, and I am sure
he made the other Council mem-
bers aware of this. Unlike most
people, and especially fishermen,
the Gulf Council and the
NMFS. even though they may
have inaccurate scientific data,
are mandated to protect the fish-
cry from being overfished. This
is not their fault. If anything they
need more young scientist and
marine biologists to provide
more accurate data. The Gulf is
a big body of water with a vast
amount of fish to be counted."
Clements goes on to make
the point that from the fishermen
who were the disciples of Christ
until the 1970s, no regulations
had ever been imposed on fisher-
men hence their fierce tradition
of independence.
He continued, "In the early
70s, fishermen on the Georges

Jim Clements
Banks witnessed the presence of
Russian and Japanese factory
ships with satellite boats that
were devastating their fishery. It
took the New England fishermen
a week to steam out, a week to
fill their holds, if they were fortu-
nate, and another week to steam
home. The factory ships stayed
on the grounds until they had
processed tons of fish ready for
retail markets. What did the fish-
ermen do? They went to
Congress and asked for help.
Congress did help them by estab-
lishing a 200 mile exclusive bor-
der around the United States.
The problem arose when
Congress passed The Magnuson
Stevenson Act that requires the
Gulf Council and the NMFS to
impose laws to protect fish
species from over fishing.
"This is a good thing, but
fisheries lawmakers have gone
full circle, and have not only

placed severe burdens on recre-
ational and commercial fisher-
men, but have practically put
charter boat captains and shrimp
boat owners out of business.
Laws such as NAFTA, passed by
Congress, have allowed imports
to expand exponentially, at low
prices American fishermen can
not compete with. You may be
paying a high price to eat
grouper that may not even be
grouper. This is the exact oppo-
site of what Congress intended,
and the American fishermen
asked for. Congress should be
made aware of this. This is
The accuracy of Clements'
statements are reflected clearly
in the state of Franklin County's
seafood industry, much reduced
from former years. Fish houses
which arc still in business are
selling less-costly imports, not
locally-caught seafood products,
with some few exceptions.
Clements concludes, "This
man who is going through such a
hard time needs our help. This is
not only his plight, but also of
hundreds of charter boat cap-
tains in the entire Gulf. Recent
federal regulations have shot
holes in, and stolen the anchors
from these fisherman's vessels,
and have surely set them adrift.
Fishery lawmakers need to stop
being so concerned about dead
discarded fish and be more con-

cerned about dead discarded
fishermen.- Jim Clements."
The meeting of commercial
and recreational fishing industry
representatives, to hear addition-
al marine biologists' data on fish-
ery health is now tentatively
scheduled for July 23. Time and
location will be announced in
next week's Famnklin Chkrnide.
Recreational boaters should act
In a recent press release to
customers, marine supplier West
Marine is urging them to contact
their congressmen and urge the
passing of Senate Bill
2766/H.R. 5949, the Clean
Boating Act of 2008. A recent
court ruling targeting pollution
dumped from commercial ship's
ballast water would require all
recreational boats to obtain cost-
ly permits by September of this
year, in spite of the fact that
almost no recreational boats are
equipped with ballast tanks.
The proposed legislation
would exempt recreational
boaters from these permits
required of large ships. In order
to urge the passing of this bill by
September 30, 2008, go to, and click
the "Take Action" button, which
will provide more information
and direct links to your congress-
men and representatives (State
and Federal).

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June 13, 2008 Page 9

Apply now for quota permits

Every hunter knows you
have the best chance of catching
a monster buck off-guard during
the first part of hunting season.
That's why many of us
enjoy hunting the archery and
muzzle-loading gun seasons -
and, why we can't miss opening
weekend of the general gun sea-
If you plan to hunt on public
land next season, you should
know many of Florida's wildlife
management areas (WMAs)
require a quota permit to hunt
during archery, muzzleloading
gun and the first nine days of
general gun season.
There are several types of
quota permits and most are
issued by random drawing. No
costs are involved with quota
permits, but hunters may apply
only once for each type of permit
during the first phase of the
application period.
The application period for
archery/muzzleloading gun and
general gun quota hunt permits
ran June 2-12, so you've missed
it. But there also are quota per-
mits available for hunts involving
airboats, track vehicles, quail,
youths, families and mobility-
impaired. The application period
for these hunts is June 25 to July

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By Tony Young, FWC

9. You may apply as early as 10
a.m. on the first day of the appli-
cation period and have until
midnight on the last day.
In the western Panhandle,
hunters wanting to quail hunt at
the field trial area of Santa Rosa
County's Blackwater WMA
must have a quail quota permit.
The FWC offers youth hunts
for deer at Camp Blanding
WMA in Clay County and
Andrews WMA in Levy County.
If you have children ages 8-15.
and you want them to have the
chance of experiencing one of
these great hunts, apply for a
youth hunt quota permit. During
these hunts, only the youngsters
may hunt, and they and their
adult supervisors are the only
people allowed on the area.

This coming season, there
will be family hunts on 15 differ-
ent WMAs! Those areas are:
Matanzas, Andrews, Devil's
Hammock, Dinner Island
Ranch, Lafayette Creek,
Allapattah Flats, Perdido River,
Cary, Okaloacoochee Slough,
Blackwater, and the newly estab-
lished areas of Belmore, Four
Creeks, Hatchet Creek, Thomas
Creek Kings Road Unit and
Hilochee Osprey Unit, You must
have a family hunt quota permit
to hunt these areas during specif-
ic time periods. Should you get
drawn, the permit requires one
adult to take one or two youths
Disabled hunters, certified
mobility-impaired, can apply for
mobility-impaired quota per-
mits. These permits allow exclu-
sive access to general-gun hunt
on eight of the state's better pub-
lic hunting areas.
If any of this is starting to
sound exciting to you, you'll
want to get ahold of the correct
quota permit worksheet so you
can apply for one or more of
these great opportunities. All
quota permit worksheets are at under
"Quota." General gun and
archery/muzzleloading gun

quota worksheets also are avail-
able at tax collectors' offices and
license agents. Worksheets for
other quota permits are obtain-
able at FWC regional offices.
Once you've completed the
worksheet, you may submit it to
any license agent or tax collec-
tor's office. If you have a valid
Florida driver license, you also
can go through the Internet at
The random drawings to
decide who gets general gun and
archery/muzzleloading gun
quota hunt permits take place in
late June. In early July, you'll
receive, by mail, a.quota permit
if you were selected. You should
know by late August if you've
drawn one of the other quota
permits. Also, the results are
posted after each drawing at under
"Limited Entry Hunts."
Tony Young isn avid sportsman
and native Fordian who co-man-
ages the wildlf and timber sources
on family property in Franklin
County. Heis themediarelations
coordinatorfor the FWC's Division
of Hunting and Game
Management. You can reach him
with questions about hunting at
Tony. Young@fyFWCco n

Les Hassel Excursions is on the road

Chronicle Correspondent
A new "ceo-tour" venture is
taking off in Carrabcllc, as
Lesley Cox makes her many eco-
logical and environmental quah.l
fications available to the public.
She holds numerous certifi-
cations, including Green Guide.
Florida Master Naturalist, and
Florida Wildlife
Conservationist. She is a current
member of many naturalist and
guide associations, including the
Florida Green Guide
Association, the Florida Trail
Association, Florida Defenders
of the Environment, Florida
Native Plant Society, Florida
Wildlife Federation.
Apalachicola Riverkeeper. and
Leave No Trace Center for
Outdoor Ethics.

Lesley Cox

Her new venture takes off
from her recent efforts as a
Green Guide, working with the
Florida Trail Association. She
has conducted tours at many
nature sites across Florida,

including a recent three-day set
of excursions as director of off-
site activities for the Florida
Guide's trade show guest pro-
gram. which con.sisted of tours
t'f 2:0 IVoplc through the CFlotnda.
Trail at St Marks National
Wildlife Presecrve in Wakulla
County. She also conducted a
writer for Backpacker magazine
on the same tour, opening his
eyes to the abundant natural
wealth of beauty to be found
Her goal is to "raise environ-
mental awareness with positive
direct experience as we guide
you through North Florida's nat-
ural habitats. It is our goal for
you to have the most memorable
encounter with nature that we
can provide."
Towards that end. Les

Hassel Excursions offers a wide
variety of tours, from a simple
half-day hike, to an overnight
camp-out, as well as partnerships
with boat captains for fishing,
kayak and canoe providers for
river excursions. nature photog-
raphers who can provide insight
on capturing the elusive wildlife
on film. and knowledgeable
experts for tours of the Big
Bend's many archeological and
cultural sites. Make a wish to see
Florida's oft-overlooked won-
ders, and Les Hassel Excursions
will be there to fulfill it with any
kind of guided tour that can be
imagined. For reservations or
more information, call 850-697-
5555, 239-404-4137(cell) or
inquire at

Nothing really lasts forever

I remember when I used to
buy things thinking that they
would last forever. It seems so
silly today when I think of it.
Where did I ever get such an
idea? I remember in my not so
distant past actually becoming
annoyed if a screwdriver broke.
Of course, screwdrivers are guar-
anteed today. You can buy a
screwdriver and when you twist
off the end of it trying to rotate a
screw that is made out of
stronger, harder metal than the
screwdriver, you can bring the
screwdriver back and they will
give you another one that will do
the very same thing. That's
called a lifetime guarantee you
can spend your lifetime traveling
back and forth to the hardware
department at some department
store. Actually our money has
the same guarantee. If you don't
think that it is worth anything
you can bring it back to the bank
and they will exchange it for
more of the same.
I think I got this notion by
being born too soon. We had the

By Richard E. Noble

same refrigerator in my house
from the beginning of my mem-
ories until I left home as an
adult. My mother would save up
the money to buy something
once and then took care of it and
it was understood to last forever.
I had the same radio, the same
bed, the same mattress, the same
comforter, the same everything
in my bedroom all my life at.
Automobiles were like that
too. Actually when Henry Ford
manufactured his first Model T,
it was advertised as so simple

that even a "woman" could fix it.
If the person who bought it
couldn't fix it, no one in those
days would have bought one.
Tobday nobody can fix an auto-
mobile. If your automobile
breaks even the dealership where
you bought it probably can't fix
it. And nobody buys a car for
"keeps." Everything on today's
automobile is designed to last as
long as the warranty. In Cuba
they are still driving the cars that
were manufactured when I was
growing up. They can be fixed
and repaired forever,
Now I actually buy things
just because it is time to get a
new one. My old one still works
but the company no longer
makes parts for it and even if it
did, there is no one who can
remember how those parts used
to fit together.
I buy clothes because that's
what they have for sale, not
because that is what I want. In
my dressing career I've looked
like Elvis, the Beach Boys, a
guest on Hee Haw, a Wigger, and

an off duty marine.
Sometimes I buy a new
thing simply because they no
longer sell supplies for my old
Today I don't even expect
that anything I buy will last.
There are many things I buy to
use just once and throw them
away. I spend my disposable
income buying disposable
things. If anything I buy lasts
longer than the warranty I feel I
I buy tape that doesn't stick
to anything and glue that only
sticks to my fingers and eyelids. I
buy scissors that can't cut paper.
I buy hammers that shatter
pounding a nail. I buy light bulbs
that fizzle out as I screw them in.
I buy broken things that come in
packaging that can't be opened
with a blow torch, I buy knives
that can cut through a tin can but
won't slice a loaf of French
bread. I buy T-shirts marked XX
large that won't fit over my head
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Nw4 f4o FWC

The Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC) will hold a supplemental
sales period for people who
failed to get an alligator hunt per-
mit or those who would like to
return a permit with the hope of
trying to obtain another.
This additional sales period
will help reduce any inconven-
iences caused by a computer pro-
gramming glitch during the ini-
tial sales period on Tuesday,
June 3.
At 10 that morning, approx-
imately 4,800 alligator hunt per-
mits went on sale on a first-
come, first-served basis. Shortly
after the start time, the licensing
system operated by a third-party
vendor, Outdoor Central of
Jefferson City, Mo., experienced
problems handling the high vol-
ume of applications. For some
applicants, the system either
failed to process the permit
requests or failed to provide elec-
tronic confirmation to those who
were successful at obtaining a
permit. This computer glitch
resulted in confusion and frustra-
tion for many applicants as they
tried to buy permits. Persons
who are unsure of whether they
have been awarded a permit
should check their status online
by going to
gators and clicking on "Check
Your Alligator Harvest Permit
A limited set of permits will
go on sale starting at 10 a.m.
(EDT) Tuesday, June 17 on a
first-come, first-served basis
through the Total Licensing
System. Outdoor Central's
management team identified and
corrected the glitch in its system,
and the next day the FWCheld a
successful first-come, first-served
hunt process with no troubles.
A listing of the minimum
number of permits that will be
available during this supplemen-
tal sales period, along with
instructions on how to return
unwanted permits and more
details about this opportunity,
will be posted on the FWC's
Alligator Management Web site
at The
deadline to purchase a permit
during this supplemental sales
period is 11:59 p.m. (EDT) June
During this supplemental
sales period, people will be
allowed to purchase only one
permit, enabling them to take
two alligators. Anyone who has
already been awarded a permit
will not be allowed to apply dur-
ing the supplemental sales peri-
od, unless they have already con-
tacted the FWC to return the
previously awarded permit.
Persons who applied on June 3
and wish to apply during the sup-
plemental sales period are
encouraged to check their permit
status to ensurethey do not have
a valid permit,
The date, when customers
can purchase additional permits,
if any are available after the ini-
tial and supplemental sales peri-
ods, has been postponed from
June 10 to June 24 at 10 a.m.

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Water Plan from Page I
Flint (ACF) system. The plan would be
in effect for the next five years as the
Corps rewrites the water control manuals
for the ACF system.
"This new water plan is especially
frustrating to me because I see it as a
reward for Georgia's lack of long term
water planning," Boyd stated. "Florida
has been planning for our water needs for
the past 35 years, while Georgia has failed
to do so amidst major development in the
state. Georgia must recognize their need
to look further down the road and devel-
op a plan for their continued growth and
water needs that does not cripple their
downstream neighbors."
Following is wording of the letter to
John Paul Woodley, Jr., Assistant
Secretary of the Army (Civil Works).
"The implementation of the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers' Revised
Interim Operations Plan (RIOP) allows
for extremely low flows to the
Apalachicola River over the next five
years. In fact, the water levels under this
plan will be the lowest in history for the
lower basin, and the impacts are poten-
tially devastating.

"Not only do we have serious
concerns about the effects that the RIOP
will have on the Apalachicola River and
Bay, we also have questions about the
legality of this new water plan as it relates
to the authorized uses of the
(ACF) system, the 1958 Water Supply
Act, and the recent ruling by the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the District of
Columbia Circuit (Southeastern Federal
Power Customers, Inc. v. Peter Geren,
Secretary of the U.S. Department of the
Army et al.).
"We ask that the Corps immediately
halt the RIOP so that our concerns can be
fully addressed. We stand together in pro-
tecting our state's resources from irrepara-
ble damage and for the thousands of
Floridians who depend on the
Apalachicola River and Bay for their
"The members of the Florida
Delegation must ensure that the needs of
all of the users along the ACF system are
met. Thank you in advance for your reply
and assistance in this most urgent mat-

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This photo from the Florida Photographic Archives is titled, "Unidentified man culling oys-
ters : Apalachicola, Florida." The photo was taken in April, 1957 by Karl Hollard (1919-
1993) for the Florida Department of Commerce. A note accompanying the photo states:
"Randolph looks over a rakefull of oysters from one of his leased areas of Apalachicola Bay.
The oysters are grown in about five feet of water, a good depth for these is enough water on
the bars at all times to protect the shellfish from high temperature from the sun rays during
the hot summer days and from cold weather during the winter."


adjacent to
Chronicle Correspondent
Bud Chiles and Tony Attalla
of GreenSteel Homes appeared
at the Carrabelle City Council
meeting June 5th to relate their
progress in Workforce Housing.
The GreenSteel home (of
any size or shape) will be energy-
efficient, mold-and-mildew-
resistant, fire resistant (nothing
burns), will help in insurance
costs, will be "green" in all
aspects, hurricane-resistant and
will be lower in cost than typical
housing, in spite of the several
millions of dollars they have
invested in physical plant and
According to Randall Web-
ster, consultant, what GreenSteel
is doing has the blessing of all
the "alphabet" agencies of our
government that are involved in
affordable housing.
The GreenSteel estimate for
total monthly payment cost of
one of their affordable units is
only $700.
Chiles proposed an idea to
add acreage to the factory site to
become a GreenSteel subdivi-
sion/Land Trust area that would
remain affordable into the future.
(Land trust land is not sold, only
leased to the homeowner, so the
cost remains constant).

proposes subdivision
Carrabelle factory

Summary of other action
Lee Noms of ECT, the
Wharf and Tillie Miller Park
engineer/contractors, noted that
at John Patton Park the 64
gopher tortoises there would be
taken care of by grant funds.
Two thousand dollars per turtle
is required to make them "at
home," then they are on their
After the Waterfronts
Carrabelle report of a river
cleanup that netted 460 pounds
of trash. Dan Auslecy of Pickett's
Landing had a proposal for a
new pier. The idea included
extending 12th street to end in a
public cul-de-sac at the water.
Pickett's Landing would build a
gazebo and fishing pier at no
cost to Carrabelle. Roger Bybec,
Carrabelle's expert witness on all
things related to development on
the coast, noted that this was a
much better deal than was had in
the past. The commission voted
to decide on the final proposal in
City Administrator John
Mclnnis noted that in the
process of the "beach" extension
of the sewer system, 2 businesses
may have been particularly
affected: 2 Al's At The Beach
Cafe and Carrabelle Palms RV
Park. The reason is that the local

sewer control structure is so large
that it obscures vehicle views of
the businesses. Paul Osterbye, of
the RV park, had a proposal of a
sign and landscaping that would
fix the situation at shared cost.
The commission voted that both
businesses should present reme-
dial plans by next month's meet-
ing. The commission also
approved Osterbye's plan to
install an 18 x 5 banner and land-
scaping to camouflage the struc-
Skip Cook, of CDM con-
sultants, confirmed that the total
cost of fixing the water disinfec-
tion byproducts problem in this
area was lowered by incorporat-
ing Lanark and Carrahclle. They
are to apply for permits and bid
the multi-million dollar work
completion is projected to be in
Commissioner Jim Brown
cited a major problem with trash
in the city. Many residents appar-
ently cannot afford the cost of
the pickup service. He asked that
anyone who can help with a sub-
sidy to hefp those in need should
contact the City office.
The preliminary Phase 2
plat by Inovia Consultants for
Long Pointe subdivision was
approved, as it had been
Continued on Page 13

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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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GreenSteel from Page 12
approved by the P&Z board,
Attorney Dan Hartmann noted
that the plat must conform to all
code requirements. Ray Tyre
was the lone dissident.
Sam Carnley, of the coun-
ty school system, led a discus-
sion on the .5 mill operating levy
on the June 10 referendum. He
explained that the tax would kick
in to replace the 2 mill Capital
outlay tax for the new school.

The new tax would go to pay for
teacher raises, considered opera-
tional costs.
Robert Aitkens, of Blount's
Cove (C30A just past Willie's
and Millender's on the water)
requested a re-acknowledgement
of the old 20-foot building set-
back from the water. Aitkens'
argument was that the 2006
Comp Plan change to 50'
trumped the 2003 city decision
to allow 20', and that now his
property rights are in jeopardy.

Attorney Hartmann's reply was
that the applicant has the burden
of proof that his rights are being
Robin Hilton's request to
change the name of her street
(3rd St NE) to another name was
disapproved. The commission,
however, voted to erect a sign on
the corner, where no sign has
stood, so that the 911 service can
find their way to aid residents.
In the last general business
transaction, the council voted to

request and accept the assign-
ment of lease from ANERR
(Apalachicola National
Estuarine Research Reserve) to
the city of Carrabelle of Jordan
Bayou. Jordan is the bayou west
of Poston Bayou, which is west
of the harbor entrance.
Carrabelle Beach is the next
western land. Lesley Cox is cred-
ited with working to make this
lease happen.

SGOP meets on Wednesday, June 18

The Franklin County
Republican Committee will hold
its June meeting on Wednesday
the 18th, at noon in Harry A's on
St. George Island.
If you are heading East on U

S 98/319 in Eastpoint, take right
turn on Island Drive, left turn if
heading west. Cross the Bryant
Patton Bridge. Take first right on
St. George Island and Harry A's
is on your immediate left pass

the blue store.
District 10 Representative
Will Kendrick will report on the
happenings in the 2008 legisla-

Alligator Point St. Patrick Catholic Church Carrabelle Ochlockonee Bay

Mission by the Sea
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 Holiness
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.

Father Roger Latosynski
27 6th Street
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 Plazarin
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

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St. George Island
501 E. Bayshore Drive

R. Michael Whaley. Pastor

Join us as we praise and
worship the living Christ!

Sunday Bible Study 10:00 a.m.
Worship & Praise 11:00 a.m.
Sunday Night 7:00 p.m.
Wed. "Power Jlour" 7:00 p.m.

"Walking in Christ"

Mark Mercer, Pastor
206 SE Ave. A
Sunday Worship, 10:55 a.m.
nursery provided
Eastpoint -
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
Bnan St. and C.C. Land Road
670-5481 dr 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 Jesus Parish
Catholic Church
Father Joseph Ssemakula
2653 Hwy. 98. Lanark Village
Sunday Mass, 10 a.m.
no nursery
First Baptist Church of

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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 11 a.m.
SGI United Methodist
201 E. Gulf Beach Drive
Pastor Themo Patriotis
Sunday Worship, 9 a.m.
nursery provided
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Questions & Answers
About Our Environment

Dear EarthTalk:
What's available now in
lawnmowers that are easier on
the environment? My yard is too
big for one of those "reel" mow-
ers, and I'm no longer a spring
chicken, so I have to buy some-
thing that runs on more than
human power. What's out there?
- Joel Klein, Albany, NY
According -to the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agen-
cy (EPA), traditional gas-pow-
ered lawnmowers are a public
nuisance to say the least. Using
one of them for an hour gener-
ates as many volatile organic
compounds-dangerous air-
borne pollutants known to exac-
erbate human respiratory and
cardiovascular problems-as
driving a typical car for 350-
miles. The EPA estimates, that,
with some 54 million Americans
mowing their lawns on a weekly
basis, gas lawnmower emissions
account for as much as five per-
cent of the nation's total air pol-
lution. Beyond that, homeown-
ers spill some 17 million gallons
of gasoline every year just refuel-
ing their lawnmowers.
So what's a green-minded
property owner to do about
keeping the grass down? Go elec-
tric, of course!
Electric mowers, which
either plug into a wall outlet via
a long cord or run on batteries
charged up from the grid, create
no exhaust emissions and run
much cleaner than their gas-
powered counterparts. They also
need less maintenance, with no
spark plugs or belts to worry
about, and are easier to use, as
they tend to be smaller and come
with push-button starters. The
icing on the cake might be the
fact that electric mowers are
cheaper to run, using about as
much electricity as an ordinary
toaster. Most electric mower
owners spend about $5 a year on
electricity to keep their grass
trimmed just right. The non-
profit Electric Power Research
Institute reports that replacing
half of the 1.3 million or so gas
mowers in the U.S. with-electric
models would save the equiva-
lent amount of emissions of tak-
ing two million cars off the road.
But going electric has some
minor trade-offs. Electric mow-
ers tend to cost up to $150 more
than their gas-powered counter-
parts, and the plug-in varieties
can only go 100 feet from the
closest outlet without an exten-
sion cord. And the cordless mod-
els last only 30-60 minutes on a
charge, depending on battery
size and type, though that's plen-
ty sufficient for the average lawn
(just remember to re-charge it in
tiitte for the next mow).
And, of course, just because
c ctric mowers don't consume
fossil fuels or spew emissions
directly doesn't mean they are
totally green-friendly. Most peo-
ple derive their household elec-
tricity from coal-fired .power
plants, the dirtiest of all energy
sources. Of course, running an
electric mower on electricity gen-
erated from clean and renewable
Continued on Page 18

Sailing the waters of Apalachicola Bay

Chronicle Correspondent
It was one of those delight-
ful afternoons that you might not
want to end. It is sometimes said
that even good things must come
to an end. But not before a
leisurely afternoon plying the
waters of Apalachicola Bay.
The Heritage of Apalachi-
cola usually sits quietly tied up
waterside in front of the site for
the soon-to-be-built Apalachi-
cola Maritime Museum. But on
a recent Sunday afternoon, freed
from the bonds of land, she
slipped smoothly into the waters
of the bay and headed out
through the channel toward St.
George Island. After dodging a
few small boats in the Sykes Cut,
the Heritage ventured into the
"big waters" of the Gulf of
If you are an organized
group, from a church, school,
community or civic group, you
can schedule a sailing for your
group by calling the Apalachi-
cola Maritime Museum at 850-
653-2500. The Heritage can take
up to 20 sailors at a time. George
Floyd, owner of the Heritage
and the Maritime Museum says,
"Come along and sail with us."
The mission of the overall
project is to celebrate the mar-
itime history of Apalachicola in
the form of a maritime museum,
active sailing, boat building and
restoration programs. It also
emphasizes educational pro-
grams and stewardship of
ecosystems in the Apalachicola-
Chattahoochee-Flint River
System, the Apalachicola Bay
and the Gulf Coastal regions.
George was our captain


Passengers and crew enjoy a leisurely afternoon aboard the Heritage of Apalachicola.

aboard the Heritage. and he
demonstrated skillful and capa-
ble handling of the vessel. His
deck crew displayed a collective
experience of years of sailing.
As the Heritage made her
way back across the bay, the late

afternoon turned into one of
those "moments in time," that
you just as soon didn't end.
You've had those moments,
haven't you? All is night with the
world, and life right around you
is so perfect that you can't find

the words to describe the
The hazy orange ball of the
sun sank below the horizon just
before the Heritage snuggled
back into her berth in Apalach. It
is the end of an almost perfect

For your group adventure on
the Heritage of Apalachicola,
call the Apalachicola Maritime
Museum. Sailing trips are free of
charge to museum members and
organized groups.

The Heritage of Apalachicola passes under the John Gorrie
Bridge as she sails into the waters of Apalach Bay. The
Heritage of Apalachicola usually sits quietly tied up water-
side in front of the site for the soon-to-be-built Apalachicola
Maritime Museum.

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Dawn Radford running

for County Commission

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Dawn Evans Radford of
Eastpoint has filed to run for
office of County Commissioner,
Republican seat, District 5,
Franklin County.
Ms. Radford grew up in
Apalachicola, attending Chap-
man elementary and high
school. Members of her family
and step-family were local light-
house keepers, bridge tenders,
seafood workers, construction
workers, and law enforcement
officers. She completed high
school and two master's degrees
in North Carolina, working ten
years at the University of North
Carolina at Wilmington as an
instructor and writing consult-
After raising a daughter, Ms.
Radford returned to Franklin
County for semi-retirement and
to pursue professional writing
and community service. She has
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Philaco Woman's Club and the
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libraries, and including the arts,
conservation, citizen advocacy,
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der. cook and serve in the
Eastpoint Fire Department's
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Apalacee Regional Planning
Commission, as the governor
appointed representative from
Franklin County. She is a volun-
teer speaker advocate in area
domestic violence and Refuge
House programs. She teaches
Spanish, creative writing and
recreational reading classes in
the Lifelong Learning program
for mature adults at the Port St.
Joe campus of Gulf Coast
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Growing up in Franklin
County was one of the great
blessings of my life. Some mem-
ories still vivid include walking
barefoot over the splintery wood
of old docks from which my
stepfather captained shrimp
boats; climbing steep drawbridge
steps to visit my grandfather and
uncle who worked as bridge ten-
ders; paying 15 cents to see my
hero Elvis at the Dixie; and
singing in the youth choir after
feasting on Methodist potluck
food every third Sunday.
While I thrived on oysters,
shrimp, mullet and other fruits of
our bountiful bay, it took an
entire generation of travel in
many of the world's most beauti-
ful places to teach me how much
of a natural treasure the Apa-
lachicola Bay area is, the superi-
ority of its seafood, and the
uniqueness of its people.
After raising a daughter and
studying and working in one of
the best education systems in the
United States, I returned with
my husband to the Panhandle
with intentions of making some
sort of difference. My lifeong
loyalty to the area called me to
return something of what I took
away with me.
I found volunteer jobs which
took me into local schools and
libraries, onto the streets and
docks, and into offices and serv-
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Ashley Butler, 6th

Grader at ABC School

writes The Oysterhog!!!
The reason I would want the barge to be called "The
Oysterhog" because it hogs oyster shells and also helps
spats become more safer for the spats to land and live!!
Also if you think really hard you will probably under-
stand that the oysterhog could be a name for a barge but
also in a couple of years be for the bay to!!!
This is the reason I would want the barge to be called
"The oysterhog!!!!!!!!!"
Also if the barge gets named by me I will be sooooo
happy because it will be sooooo awesome.
Thanks for reading my story about "The oysterhog!!!"

Oysterhog from Page I
name for the barge was chosen,
she was a little surprised, "espe-
cially because around 100 essays
were entered in the contest," she
After the program, Ashley
was surrounded by her class-
mates, family, government offi-
cials, photographers, and school
personnel, all wanting to con-
gratulate Ashley and get a closer
look at the model barge.
During an interview later,
Ashley said she finally knew
what Hannah Montana meant
when she said. "she felt like one
in a million," "except, in my case
it was only one in a hundred."
When asked what kind of
research she had to do to write
her winning essay, she said.
"none, my family has done it for
years, so I pretty much know all
about it."
A lot of information came
from her "Paw-Paw," Norman
Freeman, and when the essay
was assigned, her information
came mostly from a presentation
provided for the students by Joe
Shields of the Department of
Agriculture Consumer Services
Aquaculture Division here in
Franklin County.
She elaborated on Shields'
presentation. "Well, it was real-
ly cool. It shows how the little
spats get in the shell, and the
barge will take the shells that the
spats will move into and it shoots
the shell into a cleaner place for
the oyster to grow so it can turn
into a grown oyster."
Ashley said the shells will
come from Franklin and other
counties. Somewhere during the
trip some shells may have to be
loaded onto the Oysterhog from
a river barge, but she didn't know
much about the river trip. She
does know that once the used

shells are on the barge, their jour-
ney will take between live to
seven hours. That's with a full
load. Once the barge reaches it's
destination, it takes a few more
hours to shoot the shells (unload
them) into, what Ashley
explained, is a much cleaner
She said the shells are used
shells. "They come from places
that shuck the oysters and toss
the shells. You know, those big
piles of shells outside the oyster
house? Those."
Ashley's mother says she is
going to display the model barge
and the accompanying certifi-
cates in a special case.
This exceptionally bright.
soon to be 7th grader, is the
daughter of Lena Luckie and
Rhctt Butler. (She made it per-
fectly clear to me that her dad is
not the Rhett Butler from Gone
With The Wind, but the other
Rhett Butler.) She has three sib.
lings, Jelly Bean. Hunter and
Benjamin Her grandparents are
Norman and Mary Freeman and
Lee and Rena Heusel, all from
She told me her hero is her
mother because "she always tells
me to be independent and that I
can be or do anything in the
Ashley is very proud of her
academic accomplishments and
she has always been an A-B stu-
dent. "This year I made my first
C. ever, but that's all right
because I pulled it back up." she
So will she continue the fam-
ily oystering tradition? Perhaps
not. She plans on becoming an
interior designer after attending
college. She has never actually
been oystering. but if she does
get a chance to. she wants to

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From left to right are sister Jellybean; mom Lena Luckie; Ashley, and Ashley's teacher
Heather Freidman.

A replica of the barge, now known as the Oysterhog.

Dawn Radford from Page 15
ices where our citizens continue
to serve each other and voice
their concerns about change and
challenges to their way of life.
Some of my friends are newcom-
ers with the same concerns as the
locals, particularly of how to pre-
serve the local character and sta-
bility of our home, while meet-
ing the needs of growth and visi-
To balance these concerns
and needs of Franklin County,

Earth Talk from Page 13
sources (solar, wind or hydro
power) would be the greenest of
all possibilities, and those days
may be upon us soon.
For those ready to take the
electric mower plunge, the
Greener Choices websitc, a proj-
ect of Consumer Reports, gives
high marks to Black & Decker's
corded ($230) and cordless
($400) models for their efficien-

effective leadership will need the
strength of informed minds and
courage to address, investigate,
determine and implement the
best procedures and solutions. It
can be done .It will require dedi-
cation, open minds, and care.
As a friend and relative
(close and distant) of many
Franklin County residents, I care
that our children have access to
the best education and libraries
we can give them. I care that we
enjoy clean, safe and attractive
neighborhoods. I care that we

cy, reliability and ease-of-use.
Corded models from Worx and
Homelite (both around $200)
also fared well, along with cord-
less offerings from Craftsman,
Homelite, Remington and
Neuton ($300-450).
Decker, www.blackanddecker.
corn; Remington, www.reming-; Homelite,; Worx, www.

have affordable utilities and
homes, that our working families
and communities thrive. And I
care for the beautiful and pro-
ductive bay area which many of
us profit from and enjoy.
Since my return to Franklin
County, I have served this com-
munity, and will continue to do
so, no matter what chance sends
my way. I hope to serve in
greater ways as a County
Commissioner, protecting and
equipping Franklin County for
the future.; Neuton,
www. neutonpower. com;
Greener Choices, www.greener-
TAL QUESTION? Send it to:
EarthTalk, c/o E/The Environ-
mental Magazine, P.O. Box
5098, Westport, CT 06881; sub-
mit it at:
earthtalk/thisweek/, or e-mail:

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June 13, 2008 Page 19

Franklin County girl gives Salutatorian speech at Wakulla

Lizzie Butler, daughter of
David and Eugenia Butler, gave
the Salutatorian speech at
Wakulla High School's gradua-
tion May 30.
Butler distinguished herself
academically as a National Merit
Scholar and on the playing field
as a member of 'the Florida
Athletic Coaches All State
Soccer Team. Below is the
speech she gave to the graduat-
ing class:
I am in no position to give
advice because my experiences
have been different than each of
your experiences. We all learn in
different ways, have diverse inter-
ests, and reach for the goals of
our own heart's desires.
However, we all gain life experi-
ence: one mistake, one success,
one memory at a time.
Collectively we have not just an
education in school, but in life.

Lie Butler
The piece of paper we are about
to receive is merely a stamp of
approval for learning what is
required, but what is more
important is what we require of
Though holding ourselves to
a higher standard may seem like

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an individualistic endeavor, the
best way to achieve this goal is to
rely on one another. We are not
alone. We are not just a class of
Wakulla High School; we are
part of the next generation tak-
ing the reins of the future, As we
strive to better ourselves, we
must turn to the support of oth-
ers. And in involving others in
our lives we may hopefully lift
them up with us in the process.
Remember, this is also true in
reverse: though helping others
may take time from your own
goals, the action will make a pos-
itive difference for everyone. Yes,
individuals can bring change, but
the power of a group can bring
the greatest impact.
There is a study that involves
a game of guessing the number
of marbles in a jar. When indi-
viduals guessed, most were dras-
tically wrong, much too high or

too low. However, if all the indi-
vidual guesses were averaged
together, the answer was so close
to the actual number of marbles
that it was astounding. The col-
lective knowledge of the group
outperformed the many tries of
the individuals.
Stepping up in the world is
not as easy as guessing the num-
ber of marbles in a jar, but with
motivation and direction we can
make a strong start. We all have
different and counterbalancing
knowledge and skills, so use the
experience others possess and be
sure to share your own. If some-
one has always expected some-
thing of you and especially if no
one has ever expected anything
of you, now is the time we must
expect something of ourselves.
I would like to close with a
quote from Pulitzer Prize win-
ner, Theodor Geisel.

Eastpointer from Page 9
and if they do get over my head
they don't hang low enough to
cover my belly button, I buy
socks that form a hole in them as
I put them on my feet for the first
time. I buy hamburger and chick-
en livers that go bad while wait-
ing for the frying pan to heat up.
I buy chickens, hafm and beef
that lose weight just sitting on
the counter. I buy vegetables that
you can't even wash the salmo-
nella from. I buy cans of tuna
fish packed in water, that contain
more water than tuna fish. I
order things on the Internet that
I know can't work. I guess that I
have become so accustomed to
being cheated that I have a long-
ing for the feeling.
We don't even discuss

"workmanship" anymore. The
only place that I hear workman-
ship even being mentioned is on
the Antique Road Show and
This Old House. My wife and I
were watching a show on wood-
working. My wife's grandfather
was a carpenter and a house
builder. "Do you think that your
grandfather could have done
that?" I asked.
"Yes," she replied, "but he
would have done it with a hand
saw and a rasp. In his day work-
manship wasn't covering up slop--
piness in an attempt to make it
look professional. My grandfa.
their used to do everyday of his
life what the carpenter of today
doesn't even believe is..ossehlc "
People go to college and
don't specialize m anything. If
they do. by the time they gradu-

ate their chosen specialty could
very well be obsolete. Jobs are
disappearing faster than you can
learn how to do them. What you
want to study today in college is
flexibility and elasticity. You
have to be flexible enough to do
anything that is asked of you and
then you've got to be able to
stretch it out long enough topay
your rent or next mortgage pay-
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Freshwater Turtle limits proposed

The Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) proposed a draft rule
on Wednesday that will set new
limits for the harvest of freshwa-
ter turtles. The proposed change
will be up for final action by the
Commission at the Sept. 17-19
meeting in Jacksonville.
The new rule would limit
the harvest of native Florida
freshwater turtles to five per day

to protect freshwater turtle popu-
lations while the FWC develops
a long-term comprehensive strat-
egy for sustainable use of
amphibian and reptile popula-
tions. Current possession limits
for turtle species will not change.
"The FWC staff is aware of
increasing demand for freshwa-
ter turtles nationally and interna-
tionally," said Bill Turner, an
FWC amphibian and reptile spe-

cialist. "We are evaluating our
management of these animals to
ensure these populations aren't
over-exploited because of these
In March, the FWC received
two'petitions for emergency rule-
making to restrict freshwater tur-
tle harvests, but these emergency
measures last only 90 days.
Instead, the FWC opted for this
draft rule as an interim measure.

Referendum passes
Franklin County voters percentage of 63.8 to 36.2. Voter
approved a referendum this week turnout was 19.73%.
to enact a half-mill tax to help School officials say it won't
fund raises and benefits for increase your taxes. Rather, it
teachers. amounts to a transfer from one
The vote was 940 in favor budgetary fund to another.
and 533 against, for a winning

Indian Creek paddling trip set

The Apalachicola River-
keeper and the Franklin County
Parks and Recreation Depart-
ment will sponsor the third in a
series of FREE educational pad-
dling programs at Franklin
County's newly acquired Indian
Creek Public Park
The park is located on North
Bayshore Dnve in Eastpoint.
The ICE paddling trips are
scheduled for the fourth
Saturday of every month.
The upcoming trip is sched-
uled for Saturday, June 28, 2008
from 9 a.m. to I p.m. A short
educational talk will be followed
by a 3.5 hour kayak/canoe trip
with Tom Herzog, who is a
Riverkeeper volunteer and for-
mer Canadian wilderness canoe-
ing guide. Tom and his wife
Katie have also taken students

on environmental education
trips to South and Central
No boat? A limited number
of kayaks, PFD's, and paddles
are available through the
Apalachicola Riverkeeper.
Participants should bring water
and lunch and be comfortable
paddling open water, tidal
streams, and narrow creeks
teeming with wildlife. Partici-
pants should be prepared to use
their vehicles as shuttles to water
access locations. The exact loca-
tion of the trip will be governed
by weather conditions and the
skill level of the participants.
Reservations are required
and can be made by calling the
Apalachicola Riverkeeper office
at 850-653-8936.

June is Florida's

Rivers Month

Governor Charlie Crist
recently signed a proclamation
honoring June as Florida Rivers
Month, recognizing the more
than 50,000 miles of rivers and
streams throughout the state.
Florida's famed waterways
include the 310-mile St. Johns
River, one of the only rivers in
North America flowing north, as
well as two designated National
Wild & Scenic Rivers, the
Wekiva and Loxahatchee Rivers.
To help showcase these
majestic places and celebrate
rivers month, the Florida
Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) is launching its
inaugural Florida Rivers Month
Photo Contest. The contest
invites residents and visitors,
experienced and novice photog-
raphers, -to submit images of
favorite Florida rivers and water
"Water is the lifeblood of
our state, and celebrating Florida
Rivers Month allows us to recog-
nize how important our rivers

are to our environment and
economy," said Janet Llewellyn,
director of DEP's Division of
Water Resource Management.
"By launching the photo contest
we hope to encourage the appre-
ciation, conservation and protec-
tion of these rivers which define
Florida's landscape."
Color photos will be
accepted through July 31, 2008
and should capture the environ-
mental richness, unique land-
scape, flora and fauna, human
involvement, recreational oppor-
tunities or simply the exceptional
beauty of Florida's rivers and
surrounding landscapes.
Photographs will be judged in six
geographic categories with spe-
cific river basins within each
region, including Northwest
District: Ochlockonee-St. Marks
Rivers, Apalachicola-Chipola
Rivers, Choctawhatchee River
and Bay-St. Andrew Bay,
Pensacola Bay, Perdido River
and Bay.


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The Franklin Chronicle

Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!
You have brains in your head?
You have feet in your shoes?
You can steer yourself any direc-
tion you choose
You're on your own.
And you know what you know?
And YOU are the guy who'll
decide where to go.
And when things start to hap-
pen, don?t worry.
,Don't stew. Just go right along. ?
You'll start happening too.



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It looks i we wl be starting the Oysler Relay after the
firs t July. The Florida Department of Aquaculure wo-
uld Be to ge the Relay in Cedar Key out of the way
befom we start in Apalchicola Bay. This w give
you the extra time you need to get the 20 alone bxes for
the Relay. Wile there are many rumors circulatng around
about the Relay, I you have any questions about the Relay
cal the FCSMV 850.653-1221 or3704873. Youcanalso
contact Linda Rafieid at Wite Eagle Restaurant. 850-
670-1111. The FCSM hokis the contract with the state
, and thiis not a hand out The men and women who
work he Relay are paidfor tram ting oys shfor
the purpose o seeding areas the by .There are no im-
its on the ads, and R is usually from 8am unil 2:pm
weather perwlting. The location of the Relay dierm
from one week D the next and wi be advertised by The
Callfoerd Repot in the Frandin Chlonicle, Oyster Radio
and by the cicution f fyers The same rulesapply a
in years pst alprtcipans must sign a wai, and give
general portion to the FCSWA for lax records.
The ru on boxes is permit per 2 bushel box, while
smnaer galon boxes were used in the past the boxes wee



not being filed as required, so the size box has been incre-
ased to encourage the correct measure of oysters are in
each box. While many may complain that the added expense
of these boxes is hard especially with the economy and
increased gas prices, the fact remains that the rww boxes
should actual last longer, and cost less in tong run.
20 ga lon rec= e boxes have been ordered by MayVan-
Johnson for who are interested and can rchase
them from Sold Waste. Both the Florida Department
ofAquacuAure and the FCSM have encouraged the
particiption in a fulmeasure in past relays, this
as been to insure that the contracts be met as specified
and that the end rest would be a rnore effective p1ertk
relay, while new boxes may be iritating, and added
expense, Loosing the Relay could be a lot wore
so please ep this in ndRepresentate V Kendrick
was very imstrumrental in making certain more monies
would be available for Relay thw year, and the FCS
is woldng to get the price per box increased because
of the increased price of gas and expense, so please be
awamre that the Florida Department of Aquacuwie and the
FCSWA are working together in the spirt of Cooperation.

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