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Eastpoint development in court

Imnestors sue
claiming fraud
Editor's Note: In 20.(. a tlewlt
ment g.i'n'l/ got appnwld fritm the
Franklin Cou'nt' Commission to
hbjudi a nhajo'r JrItt'/',ormit in Eaist-
point called P,'rtHaimn It had the
potential of changing the fitve of the
fishing '' fiwver But since then
,Irhinr ;,.'id'iet has haplpwedon their
pnwyrty, which is north of US. &

in the area where' Chap Hutts tcvnvw
niun snuw netiW ms+ 'I'imn tis week,.
neis broke that irinwtow file/ a ft/i
end hIwsuit in Arkainss i the
,Ir,,, L1 ', in, hlin,'n,' Fninklin Coun-
tv nvidenit a, e At illndrr I hei- /I
i. ii ii.' article is re-pnn ed with per-
VA thili w.t Arkansas Times
A grititp of investors filed a
federal lawsuit Thurrd.av against Bank of North Arkan-
.sa.. a loan officer and local devel-

opmrs Mitchell Massey, Edward
Davis, Mirg.rn Hooker and Rick
I lancock.
The lawsuit alleges plain-
,niI, invested $ 2. 7 million to pur-
chase land in 2005 for a Flori-
da townhouse pruiect known as
Eastpoint Redevelopment LLC
that "--wa! no more than smoke or
mirrors. The proujct was never
built, and the $ 14 million loan to
but the land is in default.
The developers are accused
of securities fraud for market-

To read the entire 62-page
complaint, go to
lfumkluChro mddcl.n

ing the failed and misrepresent-
ed project as a "private offering "
Plaintiffs seek to recov'.r their lost
investment and collect punitive

Continued on Page 191

Boat ramp


Right: the boats quickly returned to
Battery Park boat ramp.

Chwnicle Correspondent
The "grapc mc" was alive
and working very well
last weekend in Apala-
On Friday. the barricades.
barrels and yellow caution tape
were removed from around the
newly rebuilt Battery Park mari-
na boat ramp. By Saturday and
Sunday. it was business as usual
as boaters took to the water us-
ing the new ramp. The flock of
vehicles and boat railerss that ap-
peared under the Gome Bridge
parking area seemed as if they
had never left.
Although it probably
seemed like an eternity to boat-
ers wanting to use the ramp, it
was unusable for only about two
months. The ramp was complet-
ed and could have been opened
a couple of weeks ago. but open-
ing ran into a slight delay when
the question of liability on the
part of the City of Apalachico-
la came into question regarding
the other project still going on in
the marina. The pioic-t was be-
gun in mid-April and now opens
for use, sports three new docks
as well as the boat ramp.
Progress continues on the
main pier reconstruction Bat-
tery Park marina. Begun about
the same time as the boat ramp
project, the pier project will take
awhile longer to complete. Con-
crete piles are still being driven,
now toward the outer end of the
pier. The pier deck is well under-
way, with much of the sub-struc-
ture now done, and the decking
starting to be placed.

PI'r construction continues in Apalachicola's Batter' Park Marina.

Lafayette Park
The I .ifivcItc Park pier will probably
be the next waterfront project to be com-
pleted barring any unforeseen complica-
- Work has started on the shelter at the
end of the pier, while much of the pier
decking is in place.
This was the 3rd waterfront project
started about the same time as the Battery
Park marina projects, but has advanced at a
more rapid pace than the other project's.
It won't be long now before the fishing
rods will be bending over the railings on the
end of the Lafayette Park pier. Fishermen,
some from as far away as Georgia and Ala- Lafayette Part
bama have commented that they miss fish- tion as work c
ing on this pier. tinues.



k pier project nears comple-
on the end of pier shelter con-

State may

sue over

river plan
The seemingly never end-
ing water wars may head back to
The Florida Department of
Environmental Protection has
written a letter to the U.S. Army
Corps of EngineL-rs, informing
the federal agency that the state
may sue if it proceeds with a plan
to reduce water flows into Apala-
chicola B;it for the next five
State officials say more water
needs to flow into the Apalachi-
cola-Chattahoochee-Flint River
Basin, or the Gulf Sturgeon fish
and three varieties of federally
protected mussels in the Apala-
chicola River and bay will be fur-
ther jeopardized.
"In sum, the Corps has com-
mitted both procedural and sub-
stantive violations of the (Endan-
gered Species Act)," states the
60-day Notice of Intent to sue let-
ter, signed by state DEP Secre-
tary Michael Sole.
The seven-page letter adds:
"The purpose of this letter is to
put the Corps on notices of those
violations and provide it with an
opportunity to take corrective
Sole's letter is the latest chap-
ter in a long-running water war
between Florida. Georgia and
The latest issue involves a
new plan allowing operators of
federal dams in Georgia to with-
hold more water for Atlanta and
release less water downriver.
Apalachicola Bay needs the
flow of fresh water to keep the
Bay healthy for shellfish and oth-
er marine species that the local
economy relies on.
The U.S. Fish and Wild-
life Service recently ruled that
keeping more water in the res-
ervoirs north of Atlanta would
have some adverse effects on
Gulf Sturgeon and three types

Continued on Page 71


to host

Chonicle Corryoindev
Make plans now to be in
Carrabelle on Friday, July 4, for
a marvelous pyrotechnic display.
In other words, the city is throw-
ing an over-the-top fireworks
show in honor of the nation's
222nd birthday.
The professional team of
Melrose Pyrotechnics, Inc. will
set up at the end of Timber Island
road for the display to begin at
"dark-thirty," which is about 8:30
to 9 p.m. on these long summer
The display was funded part-
ly with a $4,000 donation from
American Legion Post 82 of La-
nark Village; the city of Carra-
belle picked up the rest of the
So come out early and get a
good seat; the display will be vis-
ible all along the riverfront, but
the best seats will be at the new
city wharf, the old Coast Guard
dock (Waterfront Partnership
dock) and the Riverfront Pavil-
ion, and points between.

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Page 2 June 27, 2008 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER The Franklin Chronicle

By To F o D p p

I dapWeathe

In a sad footnote to last
week's comments about the dan-
gers of lightning, I was informed
that on Sunday, June 15, a six-
year-old girl named Faith Jack-
son, frQm Cottondale, was killed
by lightning at Torreya State Park
where she was camping with her
family. She was standing 42 feet
from a tree and the rain had not
even started yet but lightning hit
the tree and traveled through its
roots to where she was stand-
ing. A witness said you could see
where the lightning had knocked
the dirt up over the roots. We
send our prayers to her grieving
In order to protect yourself
from lightning there are a few
simple rules to remember:
Seek safe shelter immediate-
ly when you hear nearby thunder,
see lightning, or see tall threat-
ening clouds begin to form near
The safest shelter is in a
building (a tent isn't a "building",
nor is a port-a-potty), or in a car
or truck cab.
If you are in the open and no
safe shelter is available, stay away
from tall things like trees, flag-
poles, street lamps, or other tall
Lightning seeks the highest
thing in the area to strike. If you
are that high object, you are in
danger. If you can't get to a shel-
ter, make yourself as low as pos-
sible by staying m low areas and
away from tall trees and bushes.
In the house, remember
that electricity (lightning) travels
through water, pipes, and wires.
People have been hurt while talk-
ing on a landline telephone or
taking a bath or shower during a
thunderstorm. (cell phones and
unattached remote phones are
Stay sheltered until 30 min-
utes after you hear the last thun-
To determine how far the
lightning is from you, count the

seconds between hearing thunder
and seeing the lightning flash di-
vide the seconds by live and the
answer is the distance in miles be-
tween you and the lightning. Re-
member, even if that lightning
is five miles away, the next bolt
might be right where you are,
Don't try for that extra five min-
utes in the water. It's a lot to risk.
Good, cheap eats
For those of you who still be-
lieve that a cup of coffee should
cost a dollar and a country-fried
steak with two eggs is a steal at
$4.50, there is a place for you on
St. George Island. I mentioned a
few weeks ago that Ed Schrock
and Rick Thornburg planned to
serve snacks at their pool hall and
arcade. I stopped in recently and
found that they have expanded
the idea and now have breakfast
and lunch available at old-fash-
ioned prices. Their place is called
the Snack Shack and is located at
49 West Pine Ave. Their menu in-
cludes such breakfast goodies as
eggs, grits, pancakes, biscuits and
gravy, French toast, sausage, ba-
con, and all the other tmmings
you would expect plus a little
more. For lunch they serve ham-
burgers, hot dogs, chicken ten-
ders, fries, onion rings, a BLT, or
a patty melt, among other things.
But the best part of the menu is
the prices. The most expensive
thing on the menu is the country.
fried steak with eggs at $4 50.
Terrific Tuesdays
The St. George Island Bust-
ness Association has announced
a new fun thing to do on the Is-
land Oust being on the Island is
great fun to begin with). Termfic
Tuesday begin on July 1st with
a party being held at these four
Island businesses: The Snack
Shack/ Island Pool and Games,
The Bakery, Survivors Bait and
Tackle, and Designs on the Half
Shell. The Island's visitors, as
well as residents and merchants,
are invited to attend. The parties,
which are hosted by the Business
Association, run from 4 in the af-
ternoon to 7 and are intended to

Straight talk on high gas prices
At gas stations across Flori- about 1.26 billion barrels of oil.
da, the consequences of our ad- This agreement struck a balance
diction to foreign oil are becom- between those who want to build
ing painfully clear. Family bud- oil rigs directly off our shores and
gets are being strained under those who want to protect our
the weight of skyrocketing gas beaches and Florida's billion dol-
prices. Local farmers are strug- lar tourism industry. At the same
gling with the high cost of diesel. time. this agreement maintained
Small businesses are feeling the the military training areas in the
gas price pinch also, which has gulf, which are critical to Tyndall
resulted in higher business costs ,A i Ta4 and Eglin Air Force Bases.
and less money in the pockets of I 4HVt I also support opening up ar-
hardworking Floridians. cas of the Arctic National Wild-
Gas prices have soared in re- By Rep. Allen Boyd life Refuge (ANWR) in Alas-
cent months due to many factors, term energy problems. Since ka to drilling. According to the
including the falling value of the 2000, drilling has increased dra. U.S. Geological Survey, ANWR
U.S. dollar, a drastic boom in oil matically climbing about 66 could hold between 5.7 and 16
consumption by developing na- percent- while gas prices also billion barrels of oil.
tions like China and India, and a have increased, from $1.47 per IHowever, proponents of
tighter supply of oil. Gas prices gallon in 2001 to the current price drilling must realize that oil deep
have soared in recent years, how- of over $4 per gallon. in the ground has no direct link
ever, because the U.S. has failed But don't get me wrong-- to today's gas prices. While we
to develop a balanced, forward domestic oil and gas explora- have seen a significant increase in
thinking approach to our energy tion should be a component of domestic drilling in the past few
needs, any multifaceted energy plan; it years, it will take about 10 years
Unfortunately, no silver bul- just can't be the only component, for this oil and gas to reach the
let solution will immediately low- and it must be done responsibly, market. Also, the long term ef-
er gas prices, and those who think In 2006, I supported allowing oil fects of increased domestic drill-
drilling directly off Florida's and gas exploration in a 5.9 mil- ing are dubious. According to a
coast is the answer may not have lion acre-area in the Gulf of Mex- recent study by the Energy De-
all the facts. History has shown ico, 125 miles off the coast and apartment, additional oil produc-

that drilling alone will solve nei-
ther our short term nor our long

outside the military mission re-
gion. The area is known to have

Continued on Page 9 l

A few thun-
Highs In the
mid 80s and
lows In the
mid 70s.

provide another fun event for the
Island's tourists while showcas-
ing the hosting businesses. Each
week another group of Island
businesses will host the parties.
(See related story below).
Tattoo for you?
The henna temporary tat-
too place on East Gorrie Dr. has
been doing well this summer with
many people stopping in for body
art or one of airbrush artist, La-
mar Mitchell's custom made T-
shirts. Next to the Henna Tat-
too place, Sam Holliday and Ken
Dykes seem to still be working on
getting the building that has been
so many things ready to open as
yet another place to relax and for-
get our problems on the Island.
I'll keep in touch.
Political forum plans
The St. George Island Civ-
ic Club is planning a political fo-
rum on Wednesday, July 9, from
6:00 to 8:30 PM at the St. George
Island Firehouse located at 324
East Pine Ave. They have invited
the candidates for office in Frank-
lin County to speak and present
their platforms and qualifica-
tions. There should also be plen-
ty of time to ask questions of the
candidates during the break and
after the forum. Refreshments
will be provided at the break.
There was so much to cov-
er on the Island this week that I
didn't write my usual short dis-
cussion on whatever I felt pressed
to share with my reader friends.
I'll be back with more next week.
In the meantime, keep these
words of Andy Rooney (1919-
). humorist and commentator,
in mind, "Not everyone has a
right to his own opinion. If he
doesn't know the facts, his opin-
ion doesn't count." I often think
of that when I get some of the n-
diculous e-mail political messag-
es that seem to be flooding the In-
ternet these days.
God Bless, stay in touch,
and remember, to contact me,
phone 850-927-2899 or e-mail

Los Angeles

stonns pos-

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A few thun-

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Highs In the
upper 80s
and lows in
the mid 70s.

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Florida At A Glance


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p sunny
pt sunny

ocala 8t
Orlando 90
PanameCity 84
Pensacola 85
PlontCRy 93
Pompano Beach 88
Port Charotte 93
Saint Augustine 85
Saint Peterurg88
Sarasot 90
Talhassee 85
Tampa 90
T1usvve 88
Venice 90
W Palm Beech 91



Mkirno 85383t-stomn

NewYork 88 71
Phoenix 10577
San Francisco 78 57
Seattle 79 59
St. Louis 91 74
Washington, DC 95 76

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Moon Phases

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UV Index
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Clerwagr 89
Cretvlmw 87
Dayton Beach 88
Fort Lu derdale90
FortaMyers 94
GehinMvle 86
Holywood 90
Jacksonvrwe 87
KeyWest 89so
Lady Lake 87
Lake City 85
Madison 85
Melbourne 88
Miami 89
N Smyma Beach 87

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The Franklin Chronicle


Page 2 June 27, 2008

June 27, 2008 Page 3

Oh, the joys of another scorching Florida summer!

Now that summer has of-
ficially begun, it's time to think
about all the things to be prepared
for in order to make the most of
the hot-weather season.
The beginning of the 2008
season is marked by the summer
solstice, Saturday, June 21, which
in this hemisphere began at 7:59
p.m. EDT (11:59 p.m. UTC, or
Coordinated Universal Time) on
Friday, June 20. The longest day
of the year, in Franklin County
we marked 13 hours, 42 minutes
of daylight, but we didn't get to
see that much of it. The first day
of summer, for our county, was
marked with intermittent thun-
derstorms, rain showers, and a
gloomy, overcast sky, which did
bring us welcome moisture, we
have to admit,
One of the most noticeable
"blessings" of summer in these
parts is the annoyingly healthy
and prolific population of our
mosquito, yellow fly, and sand
flea populations, not to mention
the positively demonic hordes of
dog flies which plague the shore-
lines. Scores of remedies, sure-
fire repellents and home treat-
ments begin to attract attention

IAroK4 cJ rrabele
By Laurel Newman
by those desperate for relief from
the biting, stinging, itching and
ruination of outdoor activities.
A new repellent method
that has been making the word-
of-mouth rounds lately, involves
a safe, inexpensive (compared
to commercial, chemical-based
products) and common super-
market-shelf item: Listerine
mouthwash, any flavor, or a ge-
neric equivalent. The method of
use is simple: just pour the prod-
uct into a spray bottle, and mist
the air around you, and any fur-
nishings, window frames, plants,
etc. in your vicinity, and whoosh!
No mosquitoes or yellow flies
will enter the area, according to


those who have tried this. (No re-
port on its efficacy regarding sand
fleas or dog flies yet.)
A Franklin County marine
mechanic with an open-air work-
shop, frequently driven out of it
on summer days because of the
torment by clouds of mosqui-
toes, sprayed the surrounding
wood frames and workbenches,
and his boots, and was amazed
to find that the remedy worked.
The spray bottle is now a fixture
in the shop.
Eliminating or at least re-
ducing potential breeding sites
around the yard will help keep
your evenings more likely to be
enjoyable, with fewer mosqui-
toes to deal with. Do a "yard pa-
trol" and empty or turn over any
container which can catch water,
such as old tires, empty plant pots,
pet bowls, children's plastic toys,
wheelbarrows. Keep the chlorine
level up in your swimming pool;
mosquitoes can't breed in chlori-
nated water.
Check your gutters for block-
age and standing water, and clean
them out if you haven't already.
Memorial Day weekend
marks the start of "beach sea-

son," and now that school is out
for the summer, the sand and cool
sea tempt more and more fam-
ilies to spend their days in sun
at the shore, enjoying surf fish-
ing, swimming, playing with the
children, or dogs, or both, or just
"hanging out." (A word to dog
owners: Franklin County has a
leash law, as well as a "pick it up"
ordinance when on the beach.)
For family with small chil-
dren, older members, or those
with health conditions, it is wise
to check the weekly water quali-
ty report status for the beach you
are headed to for the day.
Water quality testing is per-
formed by the Florida DOH (De-
partment of Health) at six Frank-
lin County beaches every Mon-
day: St. George Island (SGI) 11th
Street West, SGI Franklin Boule-
vard, SGI I Ith Street East, SGI
State Park, Carrabelle beach, and
Alligator Point. You can check
the report at,
on the beach water quality page,
which will give a breakdown of
the beaches tested and the results.
The page is updated on Wednes-
days, giving the results of the pre-
vious Mondays' tests.

The recent meeting attracted a large crowd.

Group discusses fishing rules

During a meeting at the Pi-
rates Landing restaurant on
Monday, June 23, the president
of the Gulf Partnership for Ma-
rine Fisheries, Inc. (Fishing for
Science, Science for Fishing) ex-
plained this historic effort by rec-
reational and commercial fishing
concerns to provide a source of
scientific information, expertise
and review for marine fisheries in

the Gulf of Mexico.
A cross-section of Carrabelle
people who came to the event:
There were 2 county commis-
sioners (Bevin Putnal and Russell
Crofton), 2 Carrabelle ex-may-
ors (Buz Putnal and Mel Kelly),
Mayor Curley Messer, seafood
industry people, Carrabcllc Area
Chamber of Commerce, realtors,
developers, business owners and

interested citizens. The common
thread seemed to be that all are
advocates of keeping the seafood
industry alive.
Wednesday, Jan 30 this year,
federal regulators acted to reduce
Gag Grouper fishing in the Gulf
by 45%. This proposed restriction
would close down recreation-
al grouper fishing for 3 months
in the winter, just when tourists
arrive. Commercial and charter
boat captains called it "devastat-
ing." The seafood professionals
present say that gag grouper, red
snapper, red and goliath grouper
are the most plentiful they have
ever seen, and that these regula-
tions arc not necessary.
The impression gained from
the discussion is that a battle of
the scientists and the politicians
will follow.

Carrabelle museum to

collect items for troops

Marsha Morrison, from Tal-
lahassee, recently addressed the
Camp Gordon Johnston Associ-
ation Board of Directors to ask
for our support for our troops in
Iraq and Afghanistan.
She had taken upon herself to
begin sending letters and packag-
es to our troops to let them know
that they are not forgotten and
are in our thoughts and prayers.
She mentioned that regardless
of our personal politics regard-
ing the war it is the troops who
are deserving of our support. She
gave examples of items that the
troops are in need of, especially
if the P.X. or B.X. does not have
enough on hand for them to pur-
One of the most interesting
items they requested are Beanie
Babies. It seems that our medics
do yeoman duty serving the civil-
ian population because of a lack
of trained Iraqi uitedical staff in
the outlying villages and neigh-
borhoods where troops oper-

ate. The children are given these
toys when they are brought in by
their parents to be treated. These
toys are the universal language
of friendship that can be demon-
strated to a happy child.
Other items that can be sent
are toiletry items, writing paper
and pens, and individual pack-
ets of flavoring that one puts into
bottled water. These packets
come in various flavors and can
be easily packed because of their
small size.
If you are interested in send-
ing items or letters, or money to
help with postage, the Museum
has set up a collection box in the
front section of the building and
will get the donated items to Mrs.
For further information,
you can go to a link at: www. or
call Marsha at (850) 508-8810.
She can also be e-mailed at: mar-

Franklin County has gotten no immunity from increasing gas
prices. In recent weeks, the price of regular has topped $4,
first in Apalachicola and Carrabelle, then in Eastpoint.

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While at the beach, or any
other outdoor activity, don't for-
get the sunscreen! Too much ex-
posure can damage the skin, and
even slight sunburn can have a
cumulative effect. Always protect
infants and small children with
sunscreen, sunglasses, hats and
light clothing, and provide good
shade from the fierce sun.
And finally, never underesti-
mate summer heat. Always keep
a good supply of drinking water,
and limit activity on days of ex-
treme heat. It is not uncommon
for Franklin County to experi-
ence a few triple-digit heat waves
in the summertime, so remember
to make sure elderly people are
kept cool, pets have shade and
plenty of water, and find alter-
nate indoor activities for children
on those especially hot days. The
Franklin County Public Library
has lots of children's summer in-
door activities; consider signing
your child up today for fun shel-
tered from the sun.
Hope everybody has a com-
fortable and enjoyable summer,
stay cool, safe, and healthy!


The Franklin Chronicle


Commission takes bold

action on health care
Anytime a family or a business considers whether to relocate to a
certain place, the quality of health care is one of the top concerns.
That's why I believe Franklin County Commissioners last week
took a giant leap in the right direction when they identified Tallahas-
see Memorial Healthcare as the top contender to form an affiliation
with Weems Memorial.
Let's face it, North Florida is not a hotbed for advances in the prac-
tice of modern medicine. Still, TMll is one of the premier health-care
organizations in the region, and an affiliation with TMH surely opens
_ up new possibilities for Franklin
County residents. They could cer-
tainly do worse than TMII, as we
have all seen in the past.
Last year, county commis-
sioners proved their dedication to
improving health care in Franklin
County when they took the lead in
convincing county voters to enact
a one-cent sales tax for health care.
In today's political climate, it takes
courage to advocate a tax increase,
but commissioners succeeded.
By Russell Roberts There's still work to be done
before county commissioners take
final action on deciding whether the proposal is best for the county and
best for Weems. But last week's action is a good sign.
Here is an outline of the talking points they considered last week
before voting to try to formalize an affiliation:
1. Governance
Weems Hospital Board as appointed by the Franklin County
Commission will continue its oversight, decision making, policy
formation and sales tax administration.
W\eems Hospital Board can attend TMH Board meeting in
an ex officio capacity.
Weems Hospital Board maintains selection approval of
\Weems CEO and CNO
2. Management Integration
Weems Hospital Board will contract with '.TMIl for a (T1-O
and CN()
Weems (1EO() will be part of T"Il, Ahdninistration Staff
TMI I Administration will report to Weems I lospital Bhoard
3. Clinical Integration
Weems CN() will be a part of" TMll clinical team
Weems will be a part of TMH clinical training and quality assur-
ance programs
Weems will be a part of the clinical rotation for TM I's res-
idency program
This clinical integration will enhance patient transfers and conti-
nuity of care

Continued on Page 5 -

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Been working at the wrong factory?

So there we were in our lackluster, "no star"
campground paradise by the sea, inhabited by all
the flotsam and jetsam of the oyster capital of Flor-
ida, when this nine million dollar, two mile long
wealthy transporter from the planet of the rich and
famous comes stumbling down our dirt road, two-
track. What the heck was this?
Now and again one of these fancy cargo ships
lumbered mistakenly down our way in uptown/
downtown Eastpoint but usually they took one look
around our little oysterman's paradise and slammed
it into reverse and were out of sight in a flash. But
this dude pulled n gh on in. just like he knew what
he was doing.
My wife and I sat there giggling to ourselves.
We watched rather astonished, as did everyone
else, as H.G. Oil
Wells wheeled
his Land Yacht
up beside one of
the many bent
over and half
broken electric
hook-ups that
were scattered
here and there
about the camp-
ground.The asto ter
five or ten min- By Richard E. Noble
utes out pops
"Dale Evans and Roy Rogers." These two looked
like a couple of billion-dollar cowboys right out of
the fanciest drugstore in America. They were cov-
ered with turquoise and what appeared to be ran-
dom scattered diamonds and rubies. The gentleman
had a giant rodeo type belt buckle and his lady was
sporting what appeared to be rattlesnake leather
cowboy boots. We didn't know what to think.
"Howdy," old Tex said as he and his bride from
Bonanza, or Big Ranch on the Prairie sauntered
The lady was carrying something in her arms
that looked to me to be a large rat. But this large rat
barked like a dog weird man.
They went walking down by the old oyster
shack and then headed off to the right for a walk
along the beach.
When they returned there was a crowd of mud
daubed, white booted, oyster cullers, shuckers, and
catchers meandering around their replica of the
QE-2 whispering and sputtering.
The man and his wife stood back and offered
the crowd a big smile. "You boys like my little home

away from home?"
"Sure enough do," was the majority chant.
"What the heck do you do for a living to be able
to afford a dang rig like that?" sputtered one of the
"Well, I don't do nothing any more."
"Oh you just be one of them rich people?"
"No, not hardly, I worked for the last 45 years,
sweatin' my butt off at a car manufacturing plant up
"You worked at the plant or you owned the
darn place?"
"No I didn't own it. I just worked there. Henry
Ford II owned the place."
"Man! That old Henry Ford must have been a
mighty generous boss man."
"Oh no, he wasn't all that generous. We had to
fight for every nickel that.we got. Henry wasn't giv-
ing anything away, let me tell you. We worked!"
"Well, it certainly looks like you got more than
nickels. You say you don't work there no more?"
asked one old oysterman.
"No, I'm retired now."
"Man that Social Security must be a lot better
than I thought it was!"
"Social Security doesn't have all that much to
do with it. I get a pension and I always saved my
"I tried saving money, but every week when I
get done buying what I have to have, and paying on
what I can get away with there just ain't nothing left
What the heck is a pension anyway?"
"Well, every month Old Henry sends me a
check in the mail."
"What for?"
"Because of all the hard work that I did for him
for the last 45 years."
"You're kidding me? I've been working out on
that factory (the oysterman pointed out towards the
Bay) for the last 45 years and they ain't nobody go-
ing to send me no check. And ifn I don't head out to-
morrow morning, I won't get nothing to eat tomor-
row night."
"Guess you've been working at the wrong fac-
tory," the man said with a laugh.
"I guess that I have!"
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Looking for support for Humane Society

I have been appointed to the
position of Executive Director of
the Franklin County Humane So-
ciety. Most of you are very aware
of my passion for animals, as I
have 3 rescue dogs, 5 rescue cats,
and am fostering 2 cats,
I began my tenure on Sun-
day, June 1, and Kam Marxsen
has made the decision to stay and
assist me. We are working very
hard to find new and different
ways to get our animals in front
of the public, as the location of
the Humane Society is really off
the "beaten path."
I also want all of you who
don't know that the County Com-
missioners have basically voted
to cut the Humane Society's bud-
get in talf. We amounted to only
1% of the entire county budget of
almost $49 million dollars, and
now we are expected to operate
on $31,000 a year. That is for ev-
erything, salaries, overhead, vet

> The Editor

TMH will assist Weems in
the recruitment of primary care
physicians TMH will encourage
the rotation of their specialist to
Franklin County
TM II will work with
W\ccms to establish protocols
and a new formulary
4. Financial Management
Weems will continue to con-
tract with Pioneer Health Ser-
vices for A/R Management and

supplies, cleaning supplies, veter-
inary care, etc. It is obvious that
we cannot do that. We have 3 to
4 fundraisers a year and with the
real estate market as down as it is,
our first fundraiser, Art For Arfs,
did well but not anywhere near
where it has been in the past.
I chose to take on this proj-
ect because I know, up close and
personal, that we DO make a dif-
ference in the lives of the animals
that we can. I also know that this
alleviates the load the already
overburdened Animal Control
Division has.
And I know, up close and
personal, that with the Coun-
ty feeling that we are not impor-
tant enough to have the $62,000,
at the very least, that we were ap-
propriated last year (our total
budget just to house and manage
17 cats, and 33 dogs every month
is $151,494 per year), that more
and more animals will go to ani-

CFO services
Weems will continue to
contract with Pioneer Health
Services for Critical Access
5. Public Image/Branding
\eccms will maintain its
nam:e as a local hospital and
.I'MI I will allow the use of
their naCme in some at~filation
Upon completion of the final
contract, both TMH and Weems
will make public announcement
of the affiliation

mal control. Already, I have had
to turn away 20 puppies, 5-7 dogs,
4 to 5 cats and countless kittens, I
don't need to tell you what their
fate is. If this bothers you at all,
call your county commissioners
and tell them how you feel. The
number for the County Commis-
sioners office is: 850-653-8861.
Russell Crofton (District 1), lives
on St. George Island, 927-4143;
Cheryl Sanders (District 2) lives
in Carrabelle, 697-2534; Noah
Lockley (District 3), lives in
Apalachicola, 653-4452; Smokey
Parrish, District 3, lives in Apala-
chicola, 653-2682; Bevin Putnal
(District 5), lives in Carrabelle,
We need your support to
continue to operate and to be the
stewards of our helpless crea-
Please pass this along to get
the word out about our situation.
Susan Turnaer

6. Other Contract Terms
Weems will purchase per-
sonnel services from TMH at
Weems will be allowed to
purchase goods from VlHA at
MH cost
Both Weems and TMH
will be allowed to terminate
the contract without cause
There will be no license or
provider number transfer
TMi !will nmvstigate vanous
opionms to eliminate the use of
the employee leasing company.

Thou shalt not covet

Exodus 20:17, of The Old
Testament, is one of the Ten
Commandments, and is a reflec-
tion of the world today.
Back years ago during times
of depression when the oyster
business really took off here in
Franklin County, it was a differ-
ent time and a different world.
Many industries had come and
gone by the wayside, all taking
with them their fat bank accounts
and depleting many of our natu-
ral resources.
The mills had shut down but
the mill attitude lived on. Give
a man a roof over his head, pro-
vide him with a way to make a
dollar, run a company store, and
keep as many of the dollars being
made as you could. Keep a man
in debt, keep him subservient to
you and you control him, and his
Many turned to oystering to
make a living. Lived in shotgun
shanties to have a roof over their
heads. Turned to company stores
for their needs at a little higher
price for lack of transportation.
Got their needs met and despite
all were able to get by on the few
dollars and save a little.
Hurricanes came and went
often taking with them the shot-
gun shanties and their contents,
many were just destroyed and
others almost destroyed but al-
ways they were rebuilt with what-
ever could be found from here,
there and yonder. The workers
even scrapped materials together
to rebuild the man's business they
worked for in order to continue
to have a job.
The oystermen were laughed
at, made fun of for living in those
old shanties, considered sorry,
no good. not wanting any bet-
ter...the reputation of drunks,
no 'counts, and a bunch of unin-
telligent people who just did not
care evolved into a stereotype
which even today is hard to live
down. Those same people were
the brunt of jokes and often taken
advantage of. Easy pick'ens for
the smart landowner who wanted
to get rid of his most undesirable
property, selling on time at high
interest, and high prices to many
who wanted to have a place they
could finally call home.
Markets and seafood houses
sprang up all over, all wanting a
piece of the pie. Selling oysters
and seafood and being the mid-
dleman was good money. The
poor people making a living were
just glad to have a job. Even gov-
ernment started stepping in to get
their fair share in taxes and laws,
which ultimately costs the poor
people even more of the little
money they had.
Over a hundred years lat-
er little has changed, the middle
man still makes the money, con-

The C44l IroW
By Linda Raffield
trols when the oystermen work,
how much they make, the quan-
tity of seafood bought and where
and who it is bought from. Gov-
ernment still takes their fair share
and laws and regulations contin-
ue to become a hardship to the
ones who oply want to make a
living the way they have for gen-
erations on Apalachicola Bay.
The land that was so unde-
sirable to those who could really
afford to buy land, and was sold
as a sucker sale to seafood work-
ers who broke their backs to clean
and fix up a place they could fi-
nally call home is now prime real
estate. So prime in fact that oth-
ers from out-of-state investors to
local greed mongers are trying to
get it any way they can, by loan
default on second mortgage, liens
on property, back taxes to down
right unscrupulous means to sell
for profit.
Meanwhile the local seafood
workers, those poor ol' bunch of
rag-tag people who were made
fun of, continue to support their
community, pay the taxes to build
schools, roads and the needs of
their community.
The very same ones that have
been here for generations with
their old trucks, trailers and dirty
ol' oyster boats, the same ones
that send their kids to schools,
frequent the local grocer, and
are here after the tourist season
is over. The same ones that will
be here when the greedy investors
are gone, and when the next di-
saster is over as always, just want-
ing to make a living the way they
have done for generations.
These are the same ones that
can quote you the scriptures, and
go to many of the churches they
helped to build.
How funny it seems that so
many want what they have, their
property, their money, and even
their loyalty. The only thing is
that while many may have very
little they do in fact have a memo-
ry, they have pride and they have
dignity if nothing else it is some-
thing that even the ones with
money will never be able to af-
Linda Raffleld is secretary of the
Franklin County Seafood Workers

The forests are drying as

water declines

Forests of the Apalachicola
River floodplain have changed in
recent decades due to a drier mix
of species.
They have also lost 4.3 mil-
lion trees, a decrease of 17 per-
cent from 1976 to 2004. These
arc among the findings of a re-
port released by the U.S. Geo-
logical Survey (USGS) that in-
dicate an overall loss of swamps
in the largest river floodplain in

A loss of swamps would de-
crease floodplain forest produc-
tivity and reduce the contribution
of organic matter that sustains
food webs in the river and Apala-
chicola Bay. The changes are the
result of flood durations decreas-
ing since river levels began to de-
cline in 1954.
Continued on Page 1910

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SGI Business Association starts new year

At the June 18th meet-
ing of the St. George Island Busi-
ness Association (SGIBA), the
new year's officers were final-
ized; they are President Kim Da-
vis, CPA, and Vice President
Beth Brinkley with Resort Vaca-
tion Properties, Treasurer Elaine
Rosenthal of Data Decisions,
and Secretary Susan Ficklen of
Collins Vacation Rentals.
Russell Crofton, County
Commissioner and a member of
the Tourist Development Coun-
cil (TDC), was the speaker, He
explained how TDC funds are
distributed between infrastruc-
ture and promotion and admin-
istration, and between areas of
the county. He listed the various
projects and purposes to which
TDC funds have been applied on
St. George Island and noted sug-
gestions from the merchants for
assistance with other needs such
as signage, sidewalks, a flagpole,
flood control, and improvements
to the appearance of the commer-
cial district.
Other items on the associa-
tion's agenda included July 4th
activities and Terrific Tuesdays.
The Business Association will
be assisting the St. George Island
Yacht Club with its annual 4th of
July parade and has purchased a
very large American flag to dis-
play, as well as a host of small
flags to mark the occasion and
hand out to viewers and partici-
pants. The parade starts promptly
at 11 a.m. from the center of the
island in the public parking lot
near the lighthouse. The Scouts
will be the color guard, the Oys-
ter Radio van will lead the pa-

New officers are, from left, Treasurer Elaine Rosenthal, Vice
President Beth Brinkley, Secretary Susan Ficklen and Presi-
dent Kim Davis.

rade, Harry A's band will partic-
ipate, and everyone is invited to
join in with a float or decorated
vehicle. Water guns are expected
but water balloons are banned!
Terrific Tuesdays begin on
July Ist with a party being held
at these four island business-
es: Snack Shack/Island Pool &
Games. Bakery. Survivors Bait &
Tackle, and Designs on the Half
Shell. Then, on July 8th the party
moves further cast on Pine Street
to Sea Oats Gallery. Hooked on
Books, and J & J Produce. Other
businesses will be providing the
summer fun on the Tuesdays that
follow. The island's visitors, as

well as residents and merchants,
are all invited to attend. The par-
ties, which run from 4 in the af-
ternoon to 7, are intended to pro-
vide another fun event for the is-
land's tourists while showcasing
the hosting businesses.
The next meeting of the
Business Association will be held
on July 9th at 6:15 at the Bucca-
neer Inn and feature Wayne Hry-
dziusko of the Department of
Environmental Protection's Di-
vision of Recreation and Parks.
He will speak about funding, ad-
vertisang opportunities, and sup-
port for events, from the State of

AMVETS Post 107

elects new officers

AMVETS Post 107, Carra-
belle recently elected a new slate
of officers.
They are:
David Butler, U.S. Army,
Commander and Treasurer;
James Lawlor, U.S. Air
Force, First-Vice in charge of pro-
grams and the Adjutant;
Rhonda Mellon. U.S. Navy,
Second-Vice in charge member-
Tommy Jack Massey. U.S.
Army, Judge Advocate;
Anthony Minichiello, U.S.
Air Force, Communications Of-
Gene Halstrom, U.S. Army,
Post Chaplain.
Monthly meetings will be
held at the Camp Gordon John-
ston WWII Museum located at
302 Marine Street in Carrabelle
with the next meeting at June
26th at 7 p.m. All interested vet-
erans, regardless of current mil-

itary affiliations (active, reserve
or retired) are invited to attend
meetings and are encouraged to
join AMVETS Post 107.
"Our Post's primary focus
is to assist veterans in obtain-
ing their well-earned V benefits.
The Post is seeking land from the
City of Carrabelle upon which
to place "family oriented" meet-
ing hall and recreation center that
will be open to all veterans pos-
sessing a serviceman's ID or oth-
er Veterans organization mem-
bership card.
The American Veterans was
formed to include all veterans
but especially those who might
not qualify for membership in
the other veterans groups. AM-
VETS Post 107 will always strive
to work alongside fellow veteran
organizations in serving all ser-
vice men and women that have
need of fellowship or help in time
of hardship.




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Satellites orbit the Earth at high
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> River

of endangered mussels-the fat
threeridge, Chipolaslabshell and
the purple bankclimber. But the
agency also had determined it
won't endanger the continued ex-
istence of those species.
U.S. Congressman Allen
Boyd (D-North Florida) said in
response to Florida's announce-
ment that he supports the aggri-
sive position.
"I am pleased that the state
has joined the Florida Congres-
sional Delegation in our efforts
to halt the Corps' irresponsible
water plan," said Boyd. "The
Apalachicola River and Bay are
critical to our environment, our
economy, and the quality of life
for hundreds of thousands of res-
idents. It is imperative that we all
stand together to make sure that
these resources are protected. I
am eager to support the state
in their efforts to challenge the
Corps' water plan."
In a related development,
U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-Flor-
ida) and Boyd have introduced
legislation calling for a compre-
hensive study of the water man-
agement, needs, and conser-
vation along the Apalachico-
la-Chattahoochee- Flint (ACF)
River System.
The legislation introduced
in the Senate and the House of
Representatives would require the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
to enter into an agreement with
the National Research Council
(NRC) of the National Acade-
mies to conduct a basin-wide as-
sessment of the ACF system.
"We cannot sit back and
watch as the river and bay de-
cline," said Nelson. "The Apala-
chicola River is suffering under
the current way of doing busi-
ness. We need a solution that
takes into account the environ-
mental sensitivities and real wa-
ter needs of the citizens of the
three surrounding states. This
study is a first step toward reach-
ing that goal."
"It is dear from talking with
Florida's stakeholders, the Corps.
and the Fish & Wildlife Service

that more information about the
ACF system, specifically the im-
pact of freshwater flows on the
Apalachicola Bay, is desperately
needed," said Boyd. "This study
will show the real impact that low
water flows have had on our river
and bay. The National Research
Council has a long history of
providing policy makers and the
public with expert advice based
on sound scientific evidence and
research. A study by thile NRC
will allow the three states and
the Corps to develop a more suc.
cessiul, long term water manage-
ment solution that recognizes the
needs of all the users along the
ACF system."
Similar to the legislation,
Nelson and Boyd also are circl-
lating a letter amongst the mncm
bers of thile Florida Congressional
P)elegation that asks the Corps
to enter into a contract with the
NRC to complete the compre-
hensive study of water manage-
ment in the ACF river basin.
Both the legislation and the
letter call for the NRC study to in-
Scientific information on
the Apalachicola River and Bay
and the impact of freshwater
flow on the ecology of the river
and the bay.
An assessment of water
availability, supply options, de-
mand-management alternatves.
and socioeconomic factors that
influence uses in the ACF River
Recommendations for an
approach to determine water lim-
its that recognize the needs of all
users along the ACF River Sys-
Suggestions for any addi-
tional measures to address the
long term watershed mnanage-
ment ne-tds of the ACF River
"We appreciate the leader-
ship of Congressman Boyd and
Senator Nelson filing their legisla-
tion to further protect the Apala-
chicola River and Bay." Sole said
in response. "All along, while we
have understood that the Army
Corps of Engineers' focus is on
the Endangered Species Act. we
have said repeatedly that the en-
tire ecosystem deserves to be both
considered and protected."

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Cogno's Corner

Answer to question #271 is: True.
Satellites orbit the Earth because they maintain just the right
speed, so that the satellite's momentum (pulling in a straight line)
and the Earth's gravity (pulling toward the ground) balance one
another. Then the satellite simply "falls" around the Earth over
and over! If the satellite suddenly slowed or stopped, it would fall
toward Earth.

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1. Does In
5. Mel, "The Velvet
10. After the whistle
14. Like Kansas
15. Shakespearean
16. Full of zeal
17. "See yal"
18. Prefix with
19. Brie coating
20. Overcome one's
23. Olympics blade
24. Enola
25. Talk radio guest
28. "Hurry!" in the OR
30. Friskies eater
33. Bold poker bet
34. Chimney weep's
35. Words in disco
36.1987 Olmos
39. Friendly to
40. Put film in
41. For all to see *
42. Noteworthy time
43. Mass seating
44. Dreaded fly
45. Debtor's letters
46. Subway Series
47. Make it big
53. Betting group
54. Of ancient Peru
55. Touch upon
57 Have no love lost
58 Martin's "That's

59 Gipp, to Reagan
60. 'Phooeyr
61. Colorful
62. Call for

1. Frequently, in
2. Marker on a
3. Irs inevitable
4. "Welcome to New
York" sign spot
5. _-proof (hard to
6. Mount the
7. Rolling in dough
8. "A formality!"
9. Stretch out
10. Stooge known as
11. Tel_
12. Fork prong
13. Actor "Kookie"

21. Turn topsy-turvy
22. Compete like Joey
25. Social stratum
26. "I do" location
27. Andean beast of
28. Fizzy drinks
29. Broadway's
"Sweeney _"
30. Hanker for
31. New _(mellow
32. Linzer
34. Pre-cable TV
35. Care
37. Alaska's
38. Hard-luck case

43. "The Gold-Bug"
44. Macbeth and
45. Spot of land
46. Get underway
47. Surf sound
48. Tiny bit
49. "Don't tread _"
50. Garbage hauler
51. Conical reed
52. Sterile equine
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both near Apalach Bridge (south- t1 .n- . o 101A 2
side) and west toward the area TIDE CHART FOR TURKEY POINT
called the Miles. Fish for them T CHAR F TUKEY POINT
with a cork or float with about 4 ----Cr-.---
18-24 inches of fluorocarbon I 1S J Aa-..: a 9" "
leader-201b test and a 1/0 hook :.. '" -_ -*-.-4_- --4 --
I 3I1am 1 216pm 4 51a I 10pm
should do. Try to cast past the J Th .' i : -
target and bring the bait slowly 4 : a : -
right next to the buoy or marker.a s -- -I
If the fish are hungry they will al- rabelle in the vicinity of Yants such as storm and Calcuta shad
most immediately eat a small live Bayou. They fished with Got- imitations are effective as well as
bait or shrimp. cha! jigheads and Gulp artificial live bait pinfishh, mullet etc.).
Most folks cruise through shrimp. Some trout are beginning Don't be surprised if you see
an area with plenty of crap trap to show around Cat Point bar and rolling tarpon that will not bite.
buoys and stop to cast if they spot adjacent Eastpoint areas. They only seem to feed inter-
a tripletail. These fish are strong I've noticed a lot of bird ac- minently but are certainly worth
fighters and will make good runs tivity in the Bay and much more waiting for. Use 20-30 lb line and
and occasionally jump. Try to bait so it should not be long be- a 50-80 lb leader with or without
get them away from the buoy as fore these fish are around the nv- a float
quickly as you can so you are not crs and the head of the East Bay This past week. offshore trips
broken off by getting wrapped Tarpon reports arc becoming on the Branch Office produced
around the buoy rope. Tripletail more and more frequent They near limits (5 per angler) of 5-8 lb
are excellent tasting fish as well have been spotted and hooked mangrove snapper as well as king
as being fun to hunt and catch. up in the iy toward Carrabelle,. mackerel. amberjack, cobia and
In other inshore action, near the mouth of the East River, many sharks.
speckled trout fishing is heating West Pass and the mouth of the The grouper and red snapper
up. Several anglers reported suc- Apalach River. Try to get out to seem to have headed for deep-
cess wading on grass flats in the fish for them as close to daybreak er water as temperatures have
Bay between Eastpoint and Car- as You can. Soft swimming lures warmed in the Gulf of Mexi-

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co. We will try 100 ft. deep spots
this week. Trolling deep-running
lures or skipping cigar minnows
just beneath the surface should
produce good-sized kings and
if you get to deeper, bluer water
wahoo and mahi may enter the
At this time of year, I marvel
at the myriad of fishing opportu-
nities, inshore and offshore and
from boats or shore. Often, it is
hard to decide what to try. Make
yourself a plan including a cou-
ple of different options if your
first one doesn't pan out. Get out
now, catch some good fish and
follow the bag and size limits.
And please be good stewards of
our pristine waters by not litter-

ing with used line or other trash.
Most of all be safe and enjoy the
great Forgotten Coast fishing!
Good fishing and tight lines!

Jeff Hardi a retiredattorney and life-
time fisherman, resides happily in
Eastpoint. Surrounded by some of
the best angling waters anywhere, he
takes full advantage by writing this
column for the Chronide and doing
Shorelines, a Forgotten Coast TV
program, requiring him to fish as of-
ten as he am. When north fishing, he's
talking about fishing. You can con-
rta him at rdatt8888@aolcom.

Survey results disclosed during Carrabelle

Chronicle Correspondent
At the third and final Town
Hall community meeting last
on Tuesday, June 17, the mem-
bers of the Carrabelle Waterfront
Partnership presented a summa-
tion of their mission, ultimate
goals, outcomes they hoped to
achieve (objectives) and how they
would go about achieving them
Each of the five team lead-
ers presented each teams' activ-
ities and progress over the past
year, which will be presented to
the city commission for action or
consideration at the next com-
mission meeting on July 3.
Project Manager Tamara Al-
len briefly reminded all of the
Partnership's mission, which in-
cluded engaging the communi-
ty in planning for the waterfront

and its future and attracting tech-
nical assistance and resources
to help the community meet its
needs in alignment with the com-
prehensive plan.
This prompted a remark
from Roger Bybee, who had been
active in the shaping of Carra-
belle's Comp Plan, who said,
"This means we are not going to
try to do something that we can't
do, something that is not in com-
pliance with the existing Comp
Plan?" Allen verified that he was
correct, all suggested projects
would be examined to make sure
that they met the compliance
terms set forth in the city's com-
prehensive plan.
Other goals of the partner-
ship include preserving natural.
historic and environmental re-
sources, promoting a working
waterfront and sustainable mia-
nne and marine dependent busi-

nesses; helping businesses and
individuals plan, prepare and re-
cover from disasters and preserv-
ing the history, character and
identity of the area.
At the first Town Hall meet-
ing in January, five teams of Car-
rabellc area volunteers were iden-
tified, and they set forth to con-
duct research, including five
different surveys which eventu-
ally reached over 500 individu-
als whose responses helped each
team. in turn, to set their goals,
objectives, and strategies,
Reflecting the results of the
Walk Around Town survey, team
members found that those sur-
veyed most often responded that
Carrabclle had a lot of potential,
that the view on the waterfront is
the best, it is a clean place to fish
and should be kept so. the town
has a "blach atmosphere" to pre-
serve, it offers relaxation and such

attractions as Dog Island, but the
most-often received response is
the access to fishing of all sorts.
The Fishing Survey respons-
es centered on not only the ex-
cellence of the fishing itself, but
what the town has to offer that
enhances that experience: that
there is not TOO much develop-
ment, there is a family friendly at-
mosphere, the fact that there are
no high-rise buildings, especial-
ly on the waterfront, the air is re-
freshingly clean and clear, and the
area's overall beauty in its natural
A survey of boat ramp us-
ers included boats of many dif-
ferent types and sizes, from ten
to 30 feet, jon boats to sailboats.
The things that most appealed
to these responders included the
good fishing and that it was close
to their favorite fishing spots,.
the fact that it was close to home

for many of them, and there are
things to see.
Things that those boaters
would like to see include better
parking, provisions for and direc-.
tions to free camping sites, more
docks, and improved launching
During the Riverfront Festi-
val, survey results were divided
between 44 residents and 31 vis-
itors. Of those, 38 use the river-
front for walking and relaxation,
48 commented on several build-
ings and businesses as areas that
need to be protected from the el-
ements and disasters (natural and
The strategies being pursued
by the Partnership's team can be
seen at work in the many new
projects either underway or un-
der consideration at this time.

Carrabelle fisherman reports success at Gulf Council meeting

Chronicle Correspondent
At the June meeting of the
Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Man-
agement Council in the first week
of this month, Carrabellc fisher-
man Jim Clements attended to
follow up on his suggestions to
the council in April, regarding
the establishment of Spawning
Area Closures for grouper.
The council agreed, and

passed Creating Marine Reserves
and Time/Area Closures which
establishes a new area closure
within the gag spawning area
the Edges 40 fathom contour re-
serve, and that all fishing is pro-
hibited January through April, all
fishing allowed May through De-
cember. During the June meeting,
the Council agreed to add option
(iv): all fishing prohibited March
through April, and all fishing is
allowed May through February.

They also approved a motion that
if a seasonal area closure is ul-
timately adopted, then the gag,
red, and black grouper commer-
cial closure from February 15
through March 15 will be elimi-
In addition, the Council re-
defined its preferred alternative
for Action 8, that is, Application
of Quota Closures, and includ-
ed as its preferred an option for a
200 pound incidental harvest trip

The Council will send a letter
to the Secretary of Commerce re-
questing the referendum process
be initiated for a commercial indi-
vidual fishing quota program for
grouper and tilefish in the Gulf of
Mexico. In accordance with the
Magnuson Stevens Rcauthoriza-
tion Act, the Council moved to
restrict participation in the refer-
endum to persons that have sub-
stantially fished in the grouper

and tilefish fisheries. Only com-
mercial reef fish permit holders
who have combined average an-
nual grouper and tilefish landings
firom logbooks during the qualify-
ing years of at least 8,000 pounds
(per permit) are considered as
having substantially fished. Votes
will not be weighted by the per-
mit's grouper and tilefish catch

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June 27, 2008 Page 9

State and federal grants fund 17 city projects

At the town hall meeting of
the Waterfront Partnership last
week, teams representing five
sectors of the Partnership's mis-
sion to develop, protect and re-
store the city's waterfront pre-
sented a complete list of grant-
funded projects, some in progress
and others under consideration
within the city of Carrabelle.
A two-year DCA (Depart-
ment of Community Atlairs)
grant was awarded to the city
to create a vision to develop the
city's waterfront and plan for the
ftiture. Carrabelle Cares, dba Wa-
terfront Partnership, is a non-
profit organization that works
solely with grants to help build
and repair the waterfront areas of
the community. Carrabelle Cares
is in partnership with the city on
this project, and represents the
city in grant fund applications for
these city projects.
As noted at the meeting, the
five teams are frequently over-
arching, conjoining in goals and
The list of projects begin with
the Gulf Avenue Frog Park Con-
servation Park, located at 12th
Street and Gulf Ave (C-30); with
the waterfront steering commit-
tee initiative to seek funds to pur-
chase, restore, and provide limit-
ed public access to the area.
The next project, the 12th
Street Southeast Access Park,
has already been approved by the
city commission, and will be on
the waterfront side of Gulf Ave-
nue, directly across from the Frog
Pond park. The park will feature
a soft canoe launch access point
and picnic tables, with nominal
funds I.abor will be provided by
the Franklin County work camp.
Not far away, the 10th Street
Southeast Stormwater Project.
funded by an $800,000 Florida
Forever grant will restore and
enhance this major stormwa-
ter drainage component, which
serves the north and eastern por-
tions of the city. Project is under-
At the 7th and 9th Street
right-of-way sites, no project are
specifically planned at this time,
but the 7th Street site would be
adjacent to another project, the
Blounts Cove City Park.
The city applied for a Florida
Communities Trust (FCT) grant
for the purchase of this water-
front property, which if awarded,
would include picnic tables and
other park amenities. The city

The "old Tom Crum" fish house on Marine Street, planned to become a commercial fisher-
men's offloading site.

oKtthe W erfro

By Laurel Newman
is awaiting grant award notifica-
The Carrabelle Wharf proj-
ect is well underway, after receiv-
ing a Carrabelle Redevelopment
Area (CRA) grant in the amount
of $S454.000. The project includes
double boat ramps, staging dock.
a fish cleaning station and oth.
er site impnrormlcnt
Should he complete n the nearic
Complementing that proj-
ect, the Waterfront Partnership's
stcnring committee applied for a
$50,000 grant under the Coast-
al Partnership Initnat~-e for the
Wharf Enhancements project
These improvements will in-
clude accessible dockage, sea
grass restoration, education ki-
osk. fish cleaning station accessi-
bility modifications and various
site amenities. The application
received top ranking in its cate-
The CRA also provided
funding of $149.000 dedicated to
the Marine Street Improvement
Project, which involves the re-
milling, repaving and retopping

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of Marine Street and improving
the parking facilities for the Car-
rabelle Wharf Park.
Adjacent to the Wharf Park,
the old Coast Guard dock, (Wa-
terfront Partnership dock), re-
ceived $30,000 in improvements
by the Franklin County Tourist
Development Council last year.
Another $135.000 has been grant-
ed by the Florida Recreation De-
velopment Assistance Program
(FRDAP) to provide nature sig-
nage, a lower fishing dock, a cov-
ered picnic area and public rest-
The Waterfronts Florida
steering committee is seeking
funding for its plans to purchase,
and for improvements of the
"Tiom Cruni Fish louse" prop-
ertv, to be used as a commercial
landing facility lfo the working
11hC I.inp on I Highw.y 08,
also known .is the 4th Street
i.imp, has $20.000) m funds
from the Franklin County Tourist
Development Council to be des-
ignatcd for improvements to this
public access facility, including a
picnic and kayak/canoe launch
A proposal from a develop-
er is currently under consider-
ation by the city, to exchange wa-
terfront property and capital im-
provements for an existing road
right-of-way. If accepted, the
12th Street Community Fishing
Pier will feature a pier, parking,
gazebo and other amenities.
A potential public access
point has been identified at a pos-
sible street end at the Marvin

Drive right-of-way, but no spe-
cific plans have been considered
Another .possible public
launching area for kayaks and ca-
noes on Three Rivers Road is un-
der consideration by the Water-
front steering committee.
A line item grant from the
Florida legislature has awarded
$75,000 to the city for the Sands
Field project, which will be the
site of a major new component
of the stormwater treatment sys-
tem for the city.
Finally, the city is in the pro-
cess of negotiating a long-term
lease to manage a portion of AN-
ERR (Apalachicola National Es-
tuarine Research Reserve) land
extending from Postun Bayou to
Carrabelle Beach This oppor-
tunity came about through the
"charting the course" activities
of the Partnership's environmen-
tal committee.
Responsible management
of this important resource will
be aimed at protecting the wa-
ters, managing recreational uses,
and keeping the area free of de-
bns and activities that may affect
the life cycles of the many plants,
bards, animals and fish which rely
on the bayou for food, shelter,
and nursery areas.
The people of Carrabelle
and the many visitors who come
here because of the abundance of
wildlife, natural settings, and off
course, the water, can look for-
ward to many exciting changes,
protective and conservation ef-
forts, and revitalization now and
into the future.

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tion and would likely only bring
oil prices down by 75 cents a bar-
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gering $131 a barrel.
The bottom line: we can-
not drill our way out of the ener-
gy crisis. We must develop a long
term plan that makes us less de-
pendent upon foreign nations for
our energy needs.
This Congress is making
some inroads in this effort by im-
plementing short term solutions
to bring down gas prices and by
working towards a long term
strategy to make our nation en-
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tegic Petroleum Reserve (SPR),
the nation's emergency supply of
crude oil. The SPR is already at
97 percent capacity. Experts have
concluded that by stopping ship-
ments to the reserve we can add
70,000 barrels of oil a day back
into the market, which is estimat-
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principles that offer a compre-
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long term energy policy. The
principles focus on domestic en-
ergy production, renewable en-
ergy sources, and technology de-
velopment. These principles rec-
ognize that, when it comes to our
energy policy, we must look at all
the pieces of the puzzle.
As we work to combat high
gas prices and establish a long
term energy plan, we also must
recognize the role of the private
sector in this effort. Our ener-
gy crisis is a supply and demand
problem. While the government
can provide incentives for the pri-
vate sector to develop alternative
energy and energy efficient prod-
ucts, the private sector, not the
government, ultimately will bring
stability to the market. Also, we
must work to improve our eco-
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U.S. dollars, and as the price of
the dollar increases in value, the
cost of oil will go down.
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challenges and opportunities be-
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gy needs. The answers may seem
overwhelming, but we have the
tools to regain control of our en-
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est resource: the innovative spirit
of the American people. The en-
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ing together toward a compre-
hensive plan that addresses our
immediate energy problems and
ensures that our energy needs are
met for generations to come.

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Candidates attend Franklin Republican Committee meeting

Chronicle Correspondent
The Franklin County Repub-
lican Committee held its month-
ly meeting on June 18th at noon
at Harry A's on St. George Island
with a gathering of enthusiastic
members. In addition to the good
food, there was a chance to meet
the seven candidates registered to
run in the next election.
Chairman Willie Norred, atf
ter introducing the candidates
to the group, discussed what the
Committee needed to do to sup-
port Republican candidates.
Bruce Barnes, candidate for
Franklin County Sheriff, asked
if any public forums had been
planned. Norred said they had
planned a "Kick Off Jamboree"
as a fund raiser and Allan Feifer,
Chairman of the Concerned Cit-
izens of Franklin County, Inc.,

Will S. Kendrick

said there would be a "Meet and
Greet: on July 9th. Barnes sug-
gested an August 26th date for
a public forum where the candi-

dates could point out the ditlkr-
ences between the Democrat and
Republican candidates as well as
discussing some of the problems
within Franklin County.
Ken Osborn, Chairman of'
The Alligator Point Taxpay-
ers, said that the geographic lo.
cation of Alligator Point, at the
eastern end of the county, isolat-
ed that community from the rest
of the county. He pointed out
that it took 45 minutes for an am-
bulance and EMS personnel to
reach a critically ill resident in
need of immediate care.
Osborn also explored the
idea of District #2 (which runs
from the middle of Carrabelle all
the way down to Alligator Point)
being split into two voting Dis-
tricts, each with their own Com-
missioner, when the 2012 re-
districting is done. Osborn also
challenged both Mike Williams,

Senate candidate, and Don Cur-
tis, Representative candidate, to
pay more attention to Franklin
County and Alligator Point as
there are residents here that feel
that their vote is irrelevant.
The speaker for the meeting
was Will Kendrick, House Dis-
trict # 10 Representative for the
last four terms. His term ends on
November 4. He reviewed some
of the problems faced in the last
Legislative session as they tack-
led Property Tax issues and the
reduction of State spending.
When asked why the State did
not use its Financial Reserves, he
explained that the money in the
Reserve could only be used for
emergencies such as hurricane re-
lief. Kendrick noted that the fund-
ing for preservation of a working
water front would be in the state
budget for Franklin County.
House Bill 759, The Sea

Grass Bill was discussed. Kend-
rick told the group that it was his
intention to protect the sea grass-
es not to put the grasses in jeopar-
dy. Some environmental groups
have been critical of his amend-
ment to the bill, and the governor
has threatened to veto it.
Kendrick was questioned
why he is registered as a Repub-
lican yet is a nonpartisan candi-
date for Superintendent of the
Franklin County Schools. His re-
ply was, that by filing as nonpar-
tisan he could attract both Demo-
crat and Republican votes.
The meeting closed with the
handing out of campaign mate-
rials, a call for donations to the
Party and a sign-up sheet for vol-
unteers to campaign for the Re-
publican candidates.

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offers a rare glimpse inside the
private worlds of more than 30
NASCAR stars, including Dale
Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Green, Tony
Stewart and Bobby I ablntc, as
they putter around their hous-
es and yards, play with their kids
and pursue various off-the-track

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of the racetrack gets you thinking
of romantic trysts instead of spin-
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The Franklin Chronicle


June 27, 2008 Page 11

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Chronicle Correspondent
Following is a summary of
the June 17th Franklin County
Commission meeting:
All five Commissioners were
present at the meeting. Com-
missioner Bevinn Putnal made
the motion seconded by Russell
Crofton to pay County bills total-
ing $573,833.65. Motion carried
Public Works Department
Hubert Chipman reported
that one of his workers quit the
Public Works Department be-
cause the salary is too low, Com-
missioner Cheryl Sanders told
the other Commissioners that
they needed to address this prob-
lem when they meet to work on
the budget.

County Administrator Alan
Pierce requested Board action
to renew an annual VMS con-
tract for Public Works to mow
the right-of-way in Eastpoint and
Lanark Village and receive com-
pensation. Sanders made the mo-
tion, seconded by Putnal, which
passed unanimously. Commis-
sioner Joseph "Smokey" Parrish
told the Board that VMS trimmed
bushes on a right-of-way and left
the trash behind. Chipman was
directed to write VMS a letter
telling them to go back and clean
up the right-of-way.
Chipman's written report
listed 26 projects completed and/
or in progress.
Solid Waste/Parks and
Van Johnson requested
Board approval to transfer own-

ership of a 1995 Chevrolet pick-
up truck that is no longer in ser-
vice to Bay City Work Camp
for parts. The truck was former-
ly used in Animal Control. Put-
nal made the motion seconded
by Crotlon which passed unani-
Van Johnson reported to the
Board that Indian Creek Park has
been cleared of debris and lev-
eled. Eastpoint Water District
gave a quote of $1,987.80 to in-
stall a water meter at the Park.
Six picnic tables have been built
and are awaiting placement and
the playground equipment has
been ordered
Information about the La-
nark Village recycling site reloca-
tion indicated that construction
materials have been ordered. The
new site will be fenced to discour-

age bears and the containers are
designed to prevent the dumping
of non-recyclable items.
Crofton asked Johnson where
the band equipment owned by the
County is stored. Crofton made a
motion that for insurance purpos-
es the instruments should be kept
in the Armory but can be loaned
or checked out to places like the
schools but not to private homes.
Crofton made a motion second-
ed by Parrish which passed with
4 yeas and I no by Commissioner
Noah Lockley.
County Engineer
Dan Rothwell reported in his
written report that he had 9 proj-
ects completed and/or in prog-
ress and no requests for Board ac-
tion. The Board asked when the
SGI boat ramp will be ready for
use. Warren Yeager from Pre-

ble-Rish, Inc. told the Board that
they wanted to get the boat ramp
ready for use as soon as possible,
hopefully by the July 4th holiday.
Alan Pierce notified the
Board that they received a let-
ter on June 5th from state Com-
missioner of Agriculture Charles
Bronson informing the board
that the Department has funds
available to assist in building at
the Lombardi site a boat ramp,
repairing the dock and improv-
ing the parking, and perhaps ad-
ditional items depending on how
much the first three items cost.
The letter did not specify how
much money is available. The
Seafood Task Force believes the
Board should ask for $200,000.
The Board was asked to give

Continued on Page 19

Ida Cooper Elliott running for

county supervisor of elections

My name is Ida Cooper El-
liott and I am seeking the office
of Franklin County Supervisor
of Elections.
I have worked in the Elec-
tions Office since 1979 and cur-
rently hold the position of Assis-
tant Supervisor of Elections.
It has been my privilege to
work for you while under Dons
Shiver Gibbs terms as Supervisor
of Elections. It is my goal that
the citizens of Franklin County
know that under my leadership
you can expect the same high
standards that you have grown
. accustomed to over the 28 years
under her guidance.
Over the course of my ca-
reer with the Supervisor's Office,
I have become very knowledge-
able of the state and federal laws
concerning the election process
due to the many years of state ap-
proved training dealing with ev-
ery aspect of the election proce-
During the past 29 years of
service to the citizens of Frank-
lin County, I have had the oppor-
tunity to serve in many different
phases of the election process.
Some of my duties have includ-
ed training employees and assist-
ing in poll worker training in ad-
dition to help to prepare., conduct
and finalize local, state and feder-
al elections. I have had the priv-
ilege of running the office at dif-
ferent times during the absence
of the Supervisor, which has giv-

Ida Cooper Elliott

en me the expeience of making
decisions and being sure that the
office runs smoothly I am proud
of the fact that Franklin County
elections are conducted with as
much accuracy and integnty as
possible, and given the opportu-
nity to serve as your Supervisor.
I will continue to strive to keep
these standards in place.
If given the chance to serve
as your next Supervisor of Elec-
tions, I will strive to inform you.
the public, on any new chang-
es being implemented in the of-
fice. I will make it my priority to
be educated in the latest technol-
ogy. I promise to always operate
the elections office with an open
door policy and always be avail-
able to assist, whether voter or
candidate to the best of my abil-
tty. I will be ready to serve you
from day one with experience,
immense knowledge of this posti-
tion, and a desire to make this of-

fice work fol you
I am a hlie long resident of
Franklin County and I am the
oldest daughter of Charles (Jr.)
and Mildred Cooper I graduated
from Apalachicola High School
in 1978 and started working in
the elections office the following
I haive lx-n Imarnced for 28
years to Mark Elliott. son of
Adnennc and the late Gene El-
liott Mark and I have two daugh-
tir.v Miranda l:llihtt Atd, who is
a. tccrni graduate of Flonda Sta.te
University with a degrtc in Busi-
ness Administration, and Saman-
tha Jill Elliott, who is currently
attending Flagler College in Tal-
lahassec, also pursuing a business
Our daughter Miranda and
her husband Tim are expecting
our first grandchild in January of
2009 and we look forward to the
new addition to our family.
I am the qualified candidate
with 29 years of real hands on
election experience. I am com-
mitted to conducting a campaign
based on the highest integnty and
honesty, both of which are ex-
tremely important to me. I ask
that you would consider me when
you cast your ballot for your next
Supervisor of Flections
Vote foir IDA COOPI'R F1
1,1IOIT for Supervisor of Flec-
tions on August 26. 2008.
Vote Absentee, Vote Early or
Vote at the Polls and make your
voice heard for Franklin County.

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The whole wide world is
now at your public library every
Friday from 10 until noon. The
summer reading participants at
the Eastpoint library and Car-
rabelle branch have just visited
the continent of Asia and will
be traveling through stories, ac-
tivities, games, and snacks to the
continent of Europe this next
week. Children in kindergarten
through grade six are invited to
participate every week, registra-
tion is always open.
All the manufactured piec-
es of the new Eastpoint library
building have arrived in East-

point, and arc being stored at a
local business. The library site
between North Bayshorc rive
and lickory Dip has been cleared
and the project continues to move
forward. Building updates will be
published as progress is made on
the site and the building.
Movies at the Carrabellc li-
brary will premiere Saturday,
June 28, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Families and friends are invit-
ed to enjoy weekly movies in the
community room, children under
12 need to be accompanied by a
parent or guardian.
The Annual Membership

meeting of the Friends of Frank-
lin County Public Library will
be held on June 30, 7 p.m. at the
Fastpoint Firchouse. Friends
who are current on their dues or
anyone else who would like to be-
come a friend that night are invit-
ed to attend the meeting. Build-
ing updates, election of directors
and voting on by-laws will be on
the agenda.
For more information about
any of the library's programs
phone 670-8151 in Fastpoint or
697-2366 in Carrabelle.

The Franklin County Commission approved the expenditure of
$573.833.65 at their June 17, 2008 meeting. The bills are listed as fol-
lows, published for the Board by the County Finance Office.

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Veterans memorial dedication set ft

The dedication ceremony
for a regional veterans memorial
park in Apalachicola will be held
July 12.
The culmination of a sev-
en-year million-dollar effort will
feature a bronze partial repli-
ca sculpture of the Three Ser-
vicemen Statue the original of
which stands on the National
Mall in Washington's Constitu-
tion Gardens.
When officially complete,
the park will be managed by the
Florida State Park system and is
expected to draw thousands of
visitors annually from across the
The July 12 dedication cer-
emony will be held at Apalachi-
cola's newly completed Veterans
Memorial Plaza, a City-owned

park complete with memorial
brick pavers dedicated to veterans
of all walks of the military. The
dedication event is scheduled for
10:30 a.m. and will feature Viet-
nam Veteran Memorial founder
Jan Scruggs, and an exhibition of'
Vietnam-era "lluey" helicopters
from lothan, Alabama,.
The focal point of the Apala-
chicola-based memorial and the
dedication ceremony is the stat-
ue itself. Known as the Three
Soldiers Detail, the memorial
was designed by the late Freder-
ick Hart, a renowned American
sculptor, as a tribute to Vietnamn
Apalachicola is the only
city in the U.S., other than Wash-
ington, to feature a partial repli-
ca of the bronze sculpture. The

sculpture depicts a realistic im-
age of Vietnam servicemen, and
is a symbol of their courage and
devotion to their country. The
three men represent various eth-
nic backgrounds.
Three Servicemen Statue
South, Inc. is a non-profit organi-
zation that obtained permission
front the Vietnam Veterans Me-
morial Fund (VVMF) and the es-
tate of Frederick I hart more than
seven years ago to bring a bronze
sculpture of the lnmed Three Ser.
vicemen Statue to Apalachico-
la, Florida. The Three Service-
men Statue South, Inc.'s founder
and President is Jimmy Mosco-
tis, an Apalachicola native and
decorated Vietnam Veteran who
once served with VVMF found-
er Jan Scruggs. The memori-

or July 12
al has been funded through pri-
vate donations. The public is in-
vited to attend this dedication,
which is Apalachicola's home-
grown tribute to the men and
women who went off to war
from the many towns and ham-
lets throughout the southeastern
United States. For more infor-
mation about the dedication cer-
emony or the Three Servicemen
Statue South ellffort, visit www.



This Sunday, June 29th, Trin-
ity Church will hold its 8 a.m.
service in Lafaye3tte Park. All
are welcome-bring your lawn
chairs. The 10:30 service will be
at the church.

This photo, taken in 1895, shows "African Americans gathering oysters: Apalachicola Bay,"
according to the Florida Photographic Archives.

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Each puzzle is divided into nine sections, and each section has
nine blank squares. Fill in all 81 squares on the puzzle with
numbers I through 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 col-
umn of nine squares. The puzzle is completed when you cor-
rectly fill every square. Answer to this week's Sudoku Puzzle
is on page 15.

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Bevin Putnal running for re-election
SUBMITTED ing hard for a new prison that One of my oldest
BY BEVIN PUTNAL would produce these much need- was the county's accel
"Friends and voters of Dis- ed jobs. That prison is now a re- maintenance and imp
trict 5, I1 have worked hard for the ality with over 300 employees, of the Light House Esi
people of Franklin County. With and the sign out front welcomes ways. They have been
d.... lTi .....a ,ilr n more. and benefitted great

yUUr VULote, I ca dn an wil icont-
ue to stand by you and do what is
best for our county."
1 have kept my word in the
past, and will continue to do so
when it comes to the betterment
of our county for all the people
through the difficult decisions
that come before our Board of
County Commissioners. I keep
an optimistic outlook on the pos-
itive growth, and question its im-
pact from every possible angle be-
fore I render my vote. This is be-
cause I too call this fragile piece
of God's greatest work home.
I have always been in favor
of clean industrial improvements
for the long-term well being of
the county's logistical develop-
ment. I support industries such

as nursing homes, housing manu-
facturing companies, and
other clean bi-product busi-
nesses that produce jobs to sup-
plement the ever
growing need for a broader
job market for our young adults.
Four years ago, 1 came to
you for your support for reelec-
tion, and at that time I was work-

I have always favoredd com-
plete access to our waterways for
both our commercial and recre-
ational use. These too are a re-
ality from the newest boat ramp
facility on St. George Island to
the recent purchase of property
along two-mile channel in Apala-
chicola, to the Indian Creek
property in Eastpoint. I sought
$30,000 from the Tourist Devel-
opment Council and we received
an additional $100,000 from the
Legislature for the much needed
renovation of the Vrooman Ball
Park in Eastpoint. Another great
achievement for our county came
through the building of the sports
complex in Carrabelle, which
came as a result of the dedicated
efforts of many.

t concerns
ptancc for
states road-

ineats with more to come, 1 have
plans to bring in more roads
through district 5 and support the
improvements overall.
Today we sit on the threshold
of one of the most important de-
cisions to come before us. The 1%
Health Care Tax is now a reali-
ty, and I will continue to fight for
quality facilities to be geographi-
cally located according to the de-
sires of the voters that made it
What God expects you to
attempt, He also enables you to
achieve. With your help, God's
guidance, and 16 years of loy-
al dedicated experience, we can
continue to make Franklin Coun-
ty an even better place to live and
work. Thank you.

- ~

Alligator Point

Mission by the Sea
Pastor Ed McNeely
County Road 370
Sunday Worship 9 a.m.


Covenant Word Christian
Pastors David & Harolyn Walker
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 God
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.
St. Patrick Catholic
Father Roger Latosynski


Highway 98 & 6th Street
EST. 183
8:00 A.M.* 10:30 A.M.

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 Church
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 II a.m.
Nursery Provided


Carrabelle Christian
Donald B. Carroll. Sr. Minister
142 River Road
Sunday Worship, 10 a.m.
nursery provided
First Baptist Church of
Carrabe le
Mark Mercer, Pastor
206 SE Ave. A

Sunday Worship, 10:55 am.
nursery provided


Eastpoint Church of God
Pastor Casey Smith
379 Avenue E
Sunday Worship, II a.m. and 6
nursery provided
United Baptist Church
Pastor Bobby Shiver
Brian St. and C.C. Land Road
670-5481 or 670-8451
Sunday School. 10 a.m.
nursery provided
Lanark Village

Lanark Community
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, 10a.m.
no nursery


First Baptist Church of
Ochlockonee Bay
Rev. James 0. Chunn Sr.
366 Coastal Highway

Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.
nursery provided
Panacea Congregational
Holiness Church
Rev. Ronnie Metcalf
1127 Coastal Highway
Sunday Worship. 11 a.m.
no nursery

St. George Island

First Baptist Church of
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
Having your main church service
listed is fire. To be induded, sub-
mit information by e-mail to info@ or by mail to
P.O Box 590, Eastpoint, FL 32328.

St. George Island
United Methodist Church


201 E. Gulf Beach Drive on the island
Phone: 927-2088 Web site:
Pastor: Themo Patriotis Dir. of Creative Ministries: Dusty Turner

St. George Island
501 E. Bayshore Dr.
.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 Hour" 7:00 p.m.
"Walking in Christ"


June 27, 2008 Page 13


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Questions & Answers
About Our Environment

Dear EarthTalk:
Summer's going to be a
scorcher this year, and I'd like
to know how I can keep cool in-
doors without just running my
energy-hogging air conditioners
all the time. Any tips?
-John McGovern, Cohasset,
According to Harvey Sachs
of the non-profit American Coun-
cil for an Energy-Efficient Econo-
my, the movement of air over the
skin is what's key to keeping the
body cool. So instead of turning
on that A.C., see which direction
the breeze is blowing outside (no
matter how minimal it may be),
and then open a few windows
strategically to try to get it flow-
ing through the house from end-
to-end or side-to-side.
If the breeze alone isn't
enough, apply some fan power.
Even small tabletop fans, which
can be had for $30 or so at Tar-
get and similar stores, can really
whip the air around. Placing one
facing in by the window where
air is coming in, and one at an
opposite window positioned to
blow warm air out, can create a
nice "wind tunnel" effect in pull-
ing air through the house.
This strategy can be espe-
cially effective at night when it is
cooler. But then it's important to
shut the windows when you leave
for the day in the morning to keep
the cooler air in and the warmth
of the new day out. Keep blinds
shut and curtains drawn, too, as
sunlight pouring into the house
only creates more heat. And re-
member that lights left on are not
only wasting electricity-they're
creating heat, as well.
Ceiling fans also do a nice
job of circulating air in the rooms
you occupy most, and though
they do require some up-front
costs for installation they use
only about 1/30th the electricity
of a room air conditioner.
Beyond moving the air
around to keep cool, the website lists several tips
for using water to keep cool sans
AC. One tried and true method is
to wet your wrists and other pulse
points with cold water, and then
keep those spots cool by hold-
ing an ice cube wrapped in a face
cloth against them. The relief is
immediate, and this method will
cool down the entire body-by
as much as three degrees Fahr-
enheit-for upwards of an hour.
Another WikiHow suggestion:
Wear a short-sleeved shirt and
keep the sleeves wet with cold
water fromm a squirt bottle, faucet
or hose). Keeping the pant legs of
long pants wet is also a good way
to keep your legs cool. Add in a
breeze or a fan, and you can actu-
ally get cold.
Of course, if you justcan't live
without air conditioning, there
are greener options out there. For
starters, a single window unit that
keeps one room cool is far less
energy intensive and polluting
than central air conditioning that
keeps all the rooms in the house
(including those you're not using)
cool. Look for new models sport-

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Kayaking and canoeing creates new business in Carrabelle

Expeditions in Hell, a kayak-
ing and canoeing rental and sales
outfitter, is now open for busi-
"We want to promote Car-
rabelle and its pristine water sys-
tems teeming with wildlife," Rob-
in Hilton, the owner said. "We
have kayaks and canoes for every-
one... from novices to masters;
we want to provide a fun time for
all. One of our customers, a first
timer to Carrabelle, told me that
this was one of her most mem-
orable vacations. Shl said, 'The
dolphins were all around us.
They even went underneath the
kayak...they put on a show for
us.' That is the kind of experi-
ences we want to provide for our
customers," Hilton continued.
Robin Hilton's partner, Rama
BenBaruch, originally from Chi-
cago, had spent more than thir-
ty years living in Israel, where
the two met. Hilton was on her
sailboat with her spouse Rodney.
"After completing our circumnav-
igation which took 18 years, we
decided we wanted to go to Eu-
rope so we did... and eventually
wound up in the Mediterranean,
where we wintered in Herzliya,
Israel. We met the BenBaruchs
who were living on their boat, in
the marina. Rama and I became
fast friends. In fact, the first time
I ever kayaked, was with Rama
on the Mediterranean," Hilton
said. "I know Rama has a lot of
experience kayaking and that she
would be the perfect partner in
this kind of venture."
Rama's husband Martin is
working with Robin getting the
shop open and running until
Rama joins them the end of July.
"We are looking into becom-
ing dealers for a few kayak man-
ufacturers so that we can offer a
variety to our clients, not only
to rent, but also to buy. We now
have sit-on tops, sit in side, kay-
aks as well as a couple of canoes
for rent. One of our sit on tops is
specifically a fishing kayak, some-
thing that is becoming more and
more desirable, although anyone
can fish out of any kayak if they

want to," Robin added.
"We want to introduce peo-
ple to this eco friendly boating ac-
tivity. We are offering great intro-
ductory prices and hope that ev-
eryone will come and try out our
vessels. Not only are they fun,
but they are a great way to exer-
cise and stealthily view the wild-
life. And all the family can have a
good time together," she said.
"Some people will wonder
about our name," Hilton said.
"The reason why we chose it
was that it grabbed us immedi-
ately when my husband suggest-
ed it. It catches the attention and
we want to promote the rivers
of Tate's Hell State Forest's, un-
spoiled waters. We otler group
tours (please give us enough no-
tice to line up a guide)."
"We carry accessories for
kayaks and canoes, aloha shirts,
camo jackets and will soon have
jewelry too. Eventually we will
add to our retail lines anti are
considering offering bicycles for
rent too. During these hard times
when gas is so high, we want to
offer everyone an enjoyable al-
ternative to using up precious
resources, especially their hard
earned cash. If anyone has any
other good suggestions we are
happy to consider them.
"Feel free to stop on by. We
hope to see all of you partaking
in this eco friendly way of expe-
riencing your environment; glide
through the bayous, paddle in the
bay and frolic with the dolphin or
meander in the numerous rivers.
The choice is yours. We will be
happy to show you how to paddle
and handle your craft. We can
deliver the kayaks or canoes to
your vacation rental or drop you
at one of the numerous landings
or you can put them on your ve-
hicle and take them with you, for
an adventure to remember."
To find the business, look for
Sally paddling her kayak above
the store at 208 Hwy 98 in Carra-
belle, or call 850-697-2434. They
will soon open a website: expedi- for reservations
and your questions.

The unique store location in Carrabelle.

Robin Hilton paddling a kayak under Tillie Miller Bridge.



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Peter F. Crowell, CFP, Presents

Weekly economic update for

the week of June 23, 2008

These views are those of Peter Montoya Inc., and not the presenting Repn-'sen-
tative or the Representative's Broker/Dealer, and should noit te ,onstnied as int-
vestment advice.
Quote of the week
"Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance." Con-
Credit, oil challenge stocks
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at it lowest mark in three
months Friday as investment banks reported lower quarterly profits
and regional banks and bond insurers absorbed downgraded credit rat-
ings. Crude futures rose to $134.62 a barrel on the New York Mercan-
tile Exchange; the yield on 10-year Treasuries dipped to 4.15%.
Wholesale prices jump in May
Producer prices went up 1.4% in May, according to the Labor De-
partment compared to a 0.2o% in-
crease in April. Energy prices rose
4.90/6 last month. But there was a
silver lining to this story: core infla-
tion rose just 0.2%, as opposed to
0.4% for April.
Mortgage rates up, housing
starts fall
Is a recovery beginning in the
housing sector? Well, not accord-
[cOIk MwitfcC i cing to Commerce Department data
Sponsored By for May. Housing starts dipped
Sponsored By 3.3% and building permits also fell
Peter F Crowell, CFP for the month. Rates on 30-year
fixed mortgages averaged 6.42* o
last week, stated Freddie Mac; 15-year FRMs were at 6.02%, 5-year
ARMs rose to 5.89%, and I-year ARMs averaged 5.19%.
Leading indicators improve again
In May, for the third month in a row, The Conference Board's in
dex of leading economic indicators gained 0. 1%. exceeding median
expectations of economists. From October to March, the index had
fallen 0.7%.
Tough trading week
The NASDAQ lost 2% last week; the Dow and S&P 500 respec-
tively declined 3.8% and 3.1%.

% Change
S&P 500



5-Yr Avg

(Source USAToday com. CNNMoncy com. 6/20/OS) Indices
are unmanaged, do not incur Ices or expense s and cannot he
invested into directly These returns do not include dividends
Riddle of the week
If the difference of two numbers is 8 and their product is 18. what
is the sum of their squares? See next wrek's Upate fitr the answer
Last week's riddle
A triangle has sides of 13, 18 and 31 inches What is its area' An-
swer: Zero.
Peter F. Crowell is a Certified Financial Planner in Tallahassr and a Firnk-
lin County property owner Contact him by e-mail at uIdi/jahjkluliflrodnlc.
Ug, or by mail at PO Box 590. Eastpoint, FL 32328.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a price-weighted indcx of 30 actinv-I traded
blue-chip stocks The NASDAQ Composite Index is an unmanaged. market wrighthel
index of all over the counter common stocks traded on the National Aisoci.ition of Sc
cuntics l)ealcrs Automated Quotation System The Standard & hr's 5r00 (SAPt 5tI) si
an unmanaged group of securitis considered to be representats.c of the stock market in
general It is not possible to invest directly in an index NYSf Group. Inc (NYSI: NY X)
operates two seccuntes exchanges the New York Stock Exchange (the "NYSF") and
NYSE Area (formerly known as the Archipelago Exchange, or ArcaEt:x. and the Paif
ic Exchange) NYSE Group is a leading provider of ccurities listing. trading and mar-
ket data products and serves The New York Mercantile Fxchange. Inc (NYMI:X) is
the world's largest physical commodity futures exchange and the preeninenit trading
forum for energy and precious metals, with trading conducted through two divisions
the NYMEX Division. home to the energy. platinum. and palladium markets. and Ihe
COMEX Division, on which all other metals trade These views are those of Peter Mon
toya Inc and not the presenting Representative or the Representative'% Itrokcr /raler.
and should not be construed as investment advice All information is it'heed' t, lie I onm
reliable sources, however we make no representation as to its completeness or accira-
cy All economic and performance is historical and not indicative of flturem rstillts he
market indices discussed are unmanaged Investors cannot invest in unnianaged indices
Please consult your Financial Advisor for further information Additional risks arc asso
cited with international investing, such as currency fluctuations, political and econom-
ic instability and differences in accounting standards

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Questions about marriage licenses

Q. Is there a waiting period
in the State of Florida for getting
married after a couple applies for
a marriage license? Are blood
tests required, and do you have
to apply in the county you live in?
Can a minor apply for a license?
A. Florida law imposes ait
3-day waiting period. I However,
if both parties have taken a 4-hour
premarital preparation course
given by a minister or counselor
who is registered with the Clerk
of the Circuit Court, the wait-
ing period is waived and the li-
cens e e is educed. If no mari-
tal course was completed, the ef-
tective date of the license shall be
delayed 3 days from the date of
If neither applicant is a Flor-
ida resident, the waiting period
is not required. If one applicant
is not a Florida resident, and the
other is a Florida resident and has
taken the premarital course, the
wailing period is not required. A
Judge can waive the delayed ef-

I Q iA
By Marcia Johnson
Clerk of Courts
fective date for good cause.
Blood tests have not been re-
quired since this test was abol-
ished October 1, 1986. A mar-
riage license may be applied for
and solemnized in any Florida
county. Minors, who under oath,
swear that they are parents or ex-
pectant parents of a child may
apply. The pregnancy must be
verified by a written statement
from a license physician, and the
Judge may issue the license. A

* *'., *,., ..

FlIP may conduct vehi-
cle checkpoints during daylight
hours at the following locations:
* July 1-3: SR 30, SR30A. SR 65
* July 4-10: SR 384. SR 67.

SR377, SR385
* July 11-17: CR 370, CR 157,
CR 159
* July 18-24: CR374, CR30A,
SR300 (St. George Causeway)

*July 25-31: SR 30, SR30A, SR

Comfortable 3BR/2BA apartment in Eastpoint.
All appliances, walk-in closet.
$850 per month and $850 deposit.
Call 850-899-1212.

previously married minor may
also apply. A person age 16 or
17 may apply with the consent of
both parents or guardian, unless
the parents are divorced and only
one parent has full custody. No
license may be issued to any per-
son under age 16, with or with-
out parental consent, without the
Judge's okay and sworn oath the
parties are parents of a child or
expectant parents and a doctor's
statement of pregnancy.
Once received, the marriage
license is good for 60 days. If the
marriage is delayed and the li-
cense expires, the couple can ei-
ther re-apply or request an exten-
sion through judicial action.
If you have questions or
comments about this column,
please forward them to: Marcia
Johnson, Clerk of the Court, 33
Market St., Ste 203, Apalachico-
la, Florida, 32320, or by email to:
Visit the Clerk's website at www.

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FOR RENT: 1 bedroom, 1 bath,
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The Franklin Chronicle


Pag 1 *Jue 7, 00 ALOALY ONE NWSAPRtTeFaki hoil

The following felony cases were
disposed of in Franklin County
Circuit Court in June.
Aponte, Carlos E.: Defendant
charged with violation of proba-
tion on 2 counts. Defendant ad-
mitted violation; adjudicated
guilty. Defendants probation rein-
stated with following conditions;
no use of alcohol, two AA meet-
ings per week, meet with sponsor
2 hours per week, submit to DNA
tests, any conditions not met re-
imposed, sentences concurrent.
Brooks, Randy C.: Defendant
charged with violation of proba-
tion on battery of child charge.
Defendant admitted violation,
probation revoked, adjudicated
guilty. Defendant sentenced to 18
months at DOC, with credit for
314 days served; 2 years proba-
tion; no contact with victim; sub-
mit to DNA testing.
Critton, Samuel: Defendant
charged with sale of cocaine.
Defendant entered a plea of no
contest, adjudicated guilty. De-
fendant credited with 67 days
jail time served; sentenced to 36
months probation (jail time a
part of probation); submit to sub-
stance abuse evaluation, follow
recommendations. Sign up with-
in 30 days; no use of alcohol or
drugs, random alcohol and drug
testing, pay costs thereof; submit
to DNA tests; $560 costs.
Dalton, Jennifer: Defendant
charged with 2 counts of viola-
tion of probation. Defendant ad.
mitted probation violation, adju.
dicated guilty, probation revoked.
Defendant sentenced to 45 days
in jail with credit for 34 days
served; submit to DNA testing.
Dempsey, Donald Gene: Defen-
dant charged with (1) aggravated
assault with deadly weapon, (2)
possession of firearm by convict-
ed felon; (3) criminal mischief.
Defendant entered a plea of no
contest, adjudicated guilty. De-
fendant credited with 100 days
jail time served on count #3. sen-
tenced to 7 years probation on
count #2; 5 years probation on
count # 1, counts to run concur-
rent; submit to substance abuse
evaluation, follow recommen-
dations. Sign up within 30 days;
no use of alcohol or drugs, ran-
dom alcohol and drug testing.
pay costs thereof; submit to DNA
tests; no contact with specified
victims; $510 costs.
Dillon, Misty Dawn: Defen-
dant charged with 2 counts of vi-
olation of probation. Defendant
plead in absentia to no contest,
adjudicated guilty. Defendant
sentenced to 22 months at DOC
with credit for 213 days served;
submit to DNA testing.
Dixson, Billy C Sr.: Defendant
charged with simple battery. De-
fendant entered a plea of no con-
test, adjudication withheld. De-
fendant sentenced to 12 months
probation; submit to substance
abuse evaluation, follow recom-
mendations. Sign up within 30
days; no use of alcohol or drugs,
random alcohol and drug testing,
pay costs thereof; submit to DNA
tests; submit to mental health
evaluation, follow recommenda-
tions; sign up within 30 days; no
unsupervised contact with minor
children; 250 hours of commu-
nity service at 25 hrs per month;
$542 costs.
Estes, Robert C.: Defendant
charged with 2 counts sale of
controlled substance. Defendant

entered a plea of no contest, ad-
judicated guilty. Defendant sen-
tenced to 24 months at DOC with
credit or 120 days served; submit
to DNA testing.
Flowers, Richard Stacy: l)elen-
dant charged with 3 counts of vi-
olation of probation. Defendant
admitted probation violation,
adjudicated guilty, probation re-
voked, defendantt sentenced to
00 months at DOC with credit
for 410 days served; all sentences
concurrent and coterminus; sub-
mit to DNA testing.
Foret, Lisa Michelle: Defendant
charged with possession of co-
caine, possession of drug without
prescription, disorderly intoxica-
tion. Defendant entered a plea
of no contest, adjudication with-
held. Defendant credited with 17
days jail time served; sentenced
to 24 months probation; submit
to substance abuse evaluation,
follow recommendations. Sign
up within 30 days; no use of alco-
hol or drugs, random alcohol and
drug testing, pay costs thereof,
submit to DNA tests; $510 costs.
Harris, Tatiana Elaine: Defen-
dant charged with violation of
probation. Defendant admitted
violation, adjudicated guilty, pro-
bation revoked. Defendant cred-
ited with 87 days jail time served:
sentenced to one year community
control, submit to DNA testing
Hodges, Abdul Lavonn: l)fen.
dant charged with driving while
license suspended felony lefen.
dant entered a plea of no contest,
adjudicated guilty lOcfendant
credited with 17 day jail time
served, sentenced to 24 months
probation; no use of alcohol or
drugs, submit to random alcohol
and drug testing and pay costs.
not to drive without valid drivers
license or permit; submit to DNA
testing; $410 costs,
James, Jason Paul: Defendant
charged with sle of marijuana

Defendant entered a plea of no
contest, adjudication withheld.
Defendant sentenced to 2 days in
jail with credit for 2 days served;
30 months probation; no use of'
alcohol or drugs; random alcohol
and drug testing, pays costs there-
of; submit to substance abuse
evaluation, follow recommenda-
tions, sign up for treatment with-
in 30 days; $510 costs.
Kuhne, Jeff: D)efendant charged
with violation of probation. De-
fetndant admitted probation vio-
lation, probation revoked, adjudi-
cated guilty. Defendant sentenced
to 13 months at DOC with credit
for 84 days served; to be placed at
specified facility, submit to DNA
Lominec, Edward Jr.: Defen-
dant charged with sale of co-
caine. Defendant entered a plea
of no contest, adjudication with-
held. Defendant sentenced to 180
days in jail with credit for 107
days served; 180 days probation;
no new law violations; submit to
DNA testing; $410 costs.
Pace, Jonathan G.: Defendant
charged with sale of methadone,
2nd offense Defendant entered a
plea of no contest, adjudication
withheld Defendant sentenced
to two days in jail with credit for
2 days served; 30 months proba-
tion, submit to substance abuse
evaluation, follow recommen-
dations Sign up within 30 days.
no use of alcohol or drugs, ran-
dom alcohol and drug testing,
pay costs thereof, submit to D)NA
tests $510 costs
Phillips, Michael Bradford: De-
fendant charged with corruption
by threats, resisting officer with-
out violence, disorderly intoxi-
cation Defendant entered a plea
of no contest-adjudication with-
held Defendant sentenced to 2
days in jail with credit for 2 days
served. 30 months probation on
count # 1. one year probation on

counts 2 and 3, sentences concur-
rent; attend and complete NPI
and aftercare; submit to DNA
testing. Once NPI is complete,
may transfer probation to Geor-
gia. $410 costs.
Richburg, Amanda S.: l)efen-
dant charged with sale of con-
trolled substance. Defendant en-
tered a plea of no contest, adju-
dication withheld. Defendant
sentenced to 24 months proba-
tion; credit for 2 days jail time
served; submit to substance
abuse evaluation, follow recom-
mendations. Sign up within 30
days; no use of alcohol or drugs,
random alcohol and drug testing,
pay costs thereof; submit to DNA
tests; $700 costs.
Rogers, Michael Shea: Defen-
dant charged with violation of
probation. Defendant admitted
violation, probation revoked, ad-
judicated guilty. Defendant sen-
tenced to 6 months in jail with
credit for 28 days served, submit
to DNA testing.
Simmons, Matthew Russell:
Defendant charged with three
counts of violation of probation.
Defendant admitted probation
violation, adjudicated guilty, pro-
bation revoked. Defendant sen-
tenced to 295 days in jail with
credit for 178 days served; submit"
to DNA testing.
Smith, Charles Micheal: De-
fendant charged with 2 counts
of possession of controlled sub-
stance marijuana Defendant en-
tered a plea of no contest, adjudi-
cated guilty Defendant sentenced
to 90 days in jail with credit for 61
days served, submit to DNA test-
ing. $410 costs.
Thompson, Kayla Denese: De-
fendant charged with sale of con-
trolled substance. Defendant en-
tered a plea of no contest, adju-
dication withheld. Defendant
sentenced to 30 months proba-
tion with credit for 2 days jail



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time served; submit to substance
abuse evaluation, follow recom-
mendations. Sign up within 30
days; no use of alcohol or drugs,
random alcohol and drug testing,
pay costs thereof; submit to DNA
tests; $570 costs.
Turrell, Jeremy J.: Defendant
charged with violation of pro-
bation. Defendant admitted vi-
olation, adjudicated guilty, pro-
bation revoked. Defendant sen-
tenced to 102 days in jail with
credit for 102 days served; new 24
months probation; submit to sub-
stance abuse evaluation, follow
recommendations. Sign up with-
in 30 days; no use of alcohol or
drugs, random alcohol and drug
testing, pay costs thereof; submit
to DNA tests; 7pm to 7am cur-
few; any conditions not met re-
Vause, Corey Dewayne: Defen-
dant charged with driving under
the influence. Defendant entered
a plea of no contest, adjudicated
guilty. Defendant sentenced to 10
days in jail with credit for days
served; 24 months probation; li-
cense suspended for 5 years; vehi-
cle impounded for 30 days; vehi-
cle interlock for 1 years; no driv-
ing without valid drivers license;
submit to substance abuse evalu-
ation, follow recommendations.
Sign up within 30 days; no use of
alcohol or drugs, random alcohol
and drug testing, pay costs th&re-
of; submit to DNA tests; $1270
Williams, Robert Kennedy Jr.:
Defendant charged with sale and
possession of controlled sub-
stance with intent to sell with-
in 1000 ft of church. Defendant
entered a plea of no contest, ad-
judicated guilty. Defendant sen-
tenced to 3 years at DOC with
credit for 107 days jail served;
sentence concurrent with Gulf
County cases, submit to DNA
testing; $410 cost.

The Franklin Chronicle


Page 18 June 27, 2008

TileFrakli Chrnice ALOCALY WNE NESPAPR Jne 7, 208 Pae 1

> Commission

some direction on the size of the
ramps and dock. The Task Force
requested that outside engineer-
ing not be used at this time but
someone familiar with construc-
tion is to develop the plans and
specifications so that the project
can be bid out. Putnal directed
Pierce to write letters and coor-
dinate the possible NOAA, DEP
and Department of Agriculture
grants. Mark Berrigan, Depart-
ment of Agriculture represen-
tative, suggested that the Board
write back accepting their offer
of funds and to direct County
staff to work out the details. Put.
nal stressed that there is a need
to get a call for bids out quick-
ly to begin the work at Lombar.
di before the funds in question
get used elsewhere. Van John-
son, Pierce, Rothwell and Par-
rish should work together to get
plans drawn up. There was also a
request that a management plan
be drawn up for the use of Lom-
bardi Park
Parrish made a motion to
take action on funding and plan-
ning of Lombardi Park, seconded.
by Crofton, which passed unani-
The Board opened five bids
for the rehab of runway 06-24.
The five bids were as follows:
1. Ben Withers for $471.110.51
2. Civil Tech for $692.233.00
3. GAC for $525,000.00
4. Phoenix Construction for
5. Poloronis Construction for
The Board directed that the
bids be turned over to Ted Mos-
teller, Airport Advisory Board.
The Board next opened
Qualifications for Engineering
Consultant for the Airport. Three
firms sent qualifications, which
were opened. Putnal made a mo-
tion, seconded by Sanders, that
the qualifications be turned over
to Ted Mosteller, the Airport Ad-
visory Board, County Attorney
Mike Shuler, and Commissioner
Crofton to look over and advise
the County Commission. Motion
.passed unanimously.

Mosteller and the Airport
Advisory Board recommended
that the Board reject all of the bids
that were submitted and opened
at the May 20th Board meet-
ing for a maintenance hangar as
FDOT recommends the Board
and the Advisory Committee
complete the process of selecting
an airport engineering firm and
let the engineering firm re-bid for
the maintenance hangar. Sanders
made the motion to reject all the
bids, seconded by Crotlon which
passed unanimously.
River update
Dan Tonsmeire, Apalachi-
cola Riverkeeper, told the Board
about the planned visit to the
Apalachicola River by two Army
Corps of Engineers representa-
tives. County Commissioners are
to meet with the men on July 8th
at the Gibson Inn for a 7:30 a.m.
Commissioner Parrish told
the Board that Congressman Al-
len Boyd is sponsoring a meet-
ing in Chattahoochee at 2 p.m.
at the COE office on July 21st to
discuss the water flow problem in
the Apalachicola River. As many
Commissioners as possible are to
attend. Parrish made the motion
for the Commissioners to attend
this meeting, seconded by Croft-
on, which passed unanimously.
Hospital update
Curt Blair, Chairman of the
Weems Hospital Board, gave an
update on a proposed affiliation
with Tallahassee Memorial Hos-
pital. He introduced members
of the Advisory Board and went
over the concepts and issues of
an affiliation with TMH Mark
O'Bryant. CEO of TMII, dis-
cussed the issues in detail with
the County Commissioners as
was reported in the June 20th is-
sue of the Chninurle and elsewhere
in this issue. Sanders made a mo-
tion to draw up the necessary
documents for the affiliation, sec-
onded by Crofton. which passed
Zoning Issues
The Board approved the fol-
lowing two requests by the Plan-
ning and Zoning Board.
I. To construct a single fam-
ily private dock on Lot 72 St.
James Island Park. 3096 US
Highway 98.
2. To rezone 33 acres north-
west of the Apalachicola Air-

port from R-3 Single Family Es-
tate residential to R-MH Single
Family Estate. Residential/Mo-
bile Home.
The Board passed unani-
mously two requests recommend-
ed by the Advisory Board of Ad-
justment as follows:
1. Request for variance to
construct a single family residen-
tial boat ramp on SGI.
2. Request for variance to
construct a vinyl seawall on Alli-
gator Point.
Clerk of Court
Clerk of Court Marcia John-
son told the Board that the Weems
Hospital's financial report for the
month ending May 2008 indicat-
ed a balance in the account in the
amount of $340,146.89.
She requested Board action
to approve a line item budget
amendment to move funds from
the Fine and Forfeiture Reserve
Account to purchase the sound
system for the circuit courtroom.
The Board earlier approved the
purchase and this amendment
is necessary to cover the pur-
chase. Parrish made the motion
to approve, seconded by Crofton,
which passed unanimously.
Johnson also presented a list
from Jim Harris. Tax Collector,
of insolvencies of $10,955.89,
subtractions of $145,276.79 and
addition of $11,522.81 to the As-
sessment Roll with the request
for the Board's approval. Sanders
made the motion, seconded by
Crofton, to table this request un-
til the Board could talk to Harris.
Motion passed unanimously.
County Administrator
Alan Pierce covered the fol-
lowing items in his report:
Gave the Board a copy of
Seaside Village Community De-
velopment District budget as
Flonda law requires the District
submit a budget to the County.
Sanders made a motion second-
ed by Parrish to give the budget to
County Attorney Michael Shul-
er to look over. Motion passed
Requested board action to
approve agreement between SGI
Lighthouse and the board for
$175,000 of Legislative funds
from the 2007 Florida Legisla-
ture. Sanders made the motion
to approve, seconded by Crofton,
which passed unanimously.
Provided the board with a

copy of DCA Notice of Intent to
find the recent comp plan amend-
ments to be in compliance. Board
approved the amendments on
April 22, 2008. Pierce was direct-
ed to send a copy of the letter to
the Apalachee Regional Planning
Informed the Board that state
Department of Agriculture Com-
missioner Charles Bronson has
responded to the Board's letter re-
questing a marketing strategy for
Apalachicola Bay products.
Inform the Board that Seth
Blitch, Apalachicola Reserve
manager, said the Reserve has
signed a contract for the construc-
tion of the new reserve facility in
Eastpoint. Construction costs are.
approximately $7 million. Con-
struction should start in August
and take about 18-24 months to
complete. The Board requested
that local labor be used.
Sanders made a motion, sec-
onded by Crofton, that Shuler in-
vestigate access issues related to
St. Teresa Blvd, a public road but
not entirely open. Motion passed
Sanders made a motion sec-
onded by Crofton to impose a
time limit of Friday July 18th on
the variance granted at the May
20th Board meeting to Harry A's
on SGI to obtain a building per-
mit. If the application for the per-
mit is not made within the time
limit, then the variance is re-
voked. Shuler was instructed to
send Harry A's a letter informing
them of the time limit. Motion
passed unanimously.
Informed the Board that the
Governor has signed the budget
approved by the Legislature, and
the following two items are in the
budget: $100,000 for Vrooman
park and $150,000 for Lombardi.
Parrish thanked Representative
Will Kendrick and Alan Pierce
for their support in getting these
funds approved.
Shuler informed the Board
that the State has forgiven Weems
Hospital the Medicaid debt left
by the last managers of the hos-
Sanders made the motion,
seconded by Crofton, to sign the
contract with CW. Roberts for
$2,086,307 for the reconstruction
of CR 370, Alligator Point Road.
Motion passed unanimously af-
ter much discussion about the
engineering plans and construc-
tion materials. Sanders made a

motion, seconded by Crofton to
check to see how much money is
left in the paving fund. They asked
a representative from C.W. Rob-
erts about obtaining the milled
asphalt from the reconstruction
of Hwy 98. He indicated that it
was available. After much dis-
cussion the motion passed unan-
imously. Putnal made a motion
to obtain the milled asphalt, sec-
onded by Sanders, which passed
Larry Hale from SGI pre-
sented concerns about flooding
at the center of the island. Crof-
ton made a motion for Pierce to
write DEP about the drainage
problems on the island, seconded
by Parrish, which passed unani-
Request for Board direction
on whether to request Opportu-
nity Florida representatives to at-
tend a Board meeting to present
reasons why Franklin County
should support a project in Cal-
houn County. Motion made by
Sanders, seconded by Putnal, to
request the representatives to at-
tend a Board meeting. Motion
passed unanimously.
Sanders made a motion, sec-
onded by Putnal, to support a
resolution to investigate how the
price of fuel impacts on the lo-
cal budget. Motion passed unan-
County Attorney
Mike Shuler reported that le-
gal work is in progress toward ob-
taining the land for the Urgent
Care Clinic in Carrabelle. He also
reported that his investigations
into County records indicate
that the road through the former
KOA Campground was original-
ly platted as a public right-of-way.
A judge will make the decision
on July 1st.
Shuler and Parrish reported
on the Progress Energy transmis-
sion line meeting. All five Com-
missioners attended the meet-
ing. All were concerned about
the chaotic way the meeting was
conducted and the negative re-
sponse by Progress Energy. A
motion was made by Parrish, sec-
onded by Crofton, to hold a Pub-
lic Hearing in the Courthouse to
continue the discussion about the
easement request. Motion passed
Commissioners adjourned
the meeting at 12:10 p.m.

> Development

The suit claims that defen-
dant John Russell Meeks, a loan
officer for the bank, received a
$ 1 million interest in Eastpoint
without making a cash contribu-
tion. He is the nephew of bank
board of directors member John
Ed Chambers III, according to
the complaint.
Meeks was out of the of-
fice Thursday afternoon, and his
home phone number is unlisted.
Chambers number appears to be
unlisted. Massey, Davis, Hook-
er and Hancock could not be
reached for comment.

The suits alleges that the
bank knew or should have known
that Meeks had an interest in the
development and that Eastpoint
had insufficient funds to close
on the development loan. Two
"John Does, which arc as yet-
unknown bank officials, are also
named in the suit.
Bank board of directors
member Robert Taylor, speaking
from the Fayetteville branch, said
he had not been served with the
lawsuit and would not comment
on it. Regarding Eastpoint, he
said that he only "knew there had
been some controversy with it. "
Plaintiffs in the case include
S. Bradley Daniels, Jay and Kar-
en Garnett, Terry Harper, David
Mix, James Renner, Scott Smith,

Arthur Starr, James and Laura
Smith, and four limited liability
Other defendants include
Bruce Millender, Scott McLain,
J. Y. Massey. Dirk Van Veen and
several limited liability compa-
nies, including Growth Group.
Brandon Barber. Cham-
bers' son-in-law, allegedly made
a short-term loan at a very high
rate of interest to Eastpoint, but
he is not named in the suit.
The developers are accused
in the 62-page complaint of de-
ceiving investors from the begin-
ning of the project and then pro-
viding bogus project updates that
lured the plaintiffs into investing
more money.
Defendant developers are

also accused of overstating the
project equity and then later
changing the scope of the project
without advising the plaintiffs.
According to the complaint:
In the spring of 2005,
Massey, Davis and Hooker of-
fered the plaintiff an opportuni-
ty to invest in "attractive water-
front homes in a new urban at-
mosphere in the coastal village
of Eastpoint, Fla.
Plaintiffs were told the proj-
ect had been approved by the city
of Eastpoint for 220 mixed-use
units on 16. 9 acres, but there is
no such city in Florida. (East-
point is an unincorporated cen-
sus area in Florida.)
In October 2006, Massey is-
sued a capital call that resulted in

an additional investment totaling
$388, 500, making the total in-
vestment more than $ 3 million.
In June 2007, plaintiffs ex-
amined financial records of East-
point and learned the scope of the
project had grown and Growth
Group had failed to create and
maintain proper accounting re-
cords, and that Massey, Hancock,
Hooker, Davis and Van Veen had
commingled funds with other
Defendant Strategic Build-
ers LLC, acting through Massey
and Hooker, invoiced Eastpoint
and was paid more than $ 1. 7
million between May 2005 and
February 2006.

N Forests

"We compared floodplain
forests in 2004 to forests de-
scribed in studies conducted in
the late 1970s," said USGS bot-
anist Melanie Darst, the lead au-
thor of the report. "The greatest
changes were in tupelo-cypress

swamps where tree species com-
position was 8.8 percent drier in
2004 than it was in 1976."
Tree density declined in
swamps, according to Darst,
overall by 37 percent. Water tu-
pelo, the most dominant tree in
swamps, decreased in density by
20 percent. Ogecchee tupelo, the
primary source of tupelo hon-
ey in north Florida, decreased in
density by 44 percent.

"We also compared differ-
ent size-classes of trees to each
other on the same plots," said
Darst. "Smaller and usually
younger trees were a significant-
ly drier mix of species than the
larger, older canopy trees on the
same plots in 2004. As the young-
er trees replace the older canopy
trees in coming decades, the shift
toward drier species composi-
tion will continue. We expect that

floodplain forests will be at least
38 percent drier in composition
before the end of this century."
The declines in river levels
over the past 50 years were caused
by erosion of the river channel af-
ter 1954 and decreased flows in
spring and summer months since
the 1970s.
"Spring and summer are the
most critical time of the year for
wetland tree growth, fish repro-

duction, and many other impor-
tant biological processes," said re-
tired USGS scientist Helen Light,
the second author of the report.
"Unfortunately, spring and sum-
mer are also the time when cit-
ies and farms in the upstream ba-
sin have the greatest water de-
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you automatically think of gourmet
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of my favorite meat prepared for
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time. It 1s an old seine boat fisher-
man's breakfast; I had smoked
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