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Title: The Bay beacon
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Title: The Bay beacon
Alternate Title: Beacon
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Bayou Enterprises
Place of Publication: Niceville Fla
Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: July 1, 2009
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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Volume ID: VID00061
Source Institution: University of Florida
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The Mattie Kelly Fine
and Performing Arts
Center presents the photo
exhibit "The
Appalachicola River: A
National Treasure,"
through July 23.
Saturday. 7 a.m.

Ring in Independence
Day with the 31st annual
dualthon at Lincoln Park,
Valparaiso. Winners of the
5K run and 200-meter
swim in various categories
will receive prizes.
Register for $22 through
Friday or $25 the day of
the event. Call 729-5402.
Saturday. I p.m.
The city of Valparaiso
will sponsor its annual
July 4 Family Day in the
Park in Lincoln Park. Free
watermelon and lots of
games. It's free.
Monday. 6 p.m.
P 4 Valparaiso
,* i 4. Garden
( Club's
Series will
hold a pro-
gram at the
city library on "Your
Butterfly and
Hummingbird Garden."
It's free.

More on these and
other events, CALENDAR,

Sansom hearing panel named;

House probe faults lawmaker

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Five members of the Florida House of
Representatives have been named to a
panel that will determine whether Rep.
Ray Sansom violated House rules, and if
so, recommend punishment.
Any sanctions against the Destin

Text of report, A-11.

Republican could range from a fine, to
reprimand, to expulsion.
Speaker of the House Larry Cretul, R-
Ocala, Friday appointed Rep. Bill
Galvano. R-Bradenton, to chair the Select

Committee on Standards of Official
Conduct after a House investigator sub-
mitted a report finding probable cause that
Sansom had violated House rules in three
Sansom, who cannot seek reelection
due to term limits when his two-year term
expires in November 2010, represents

District 4, which
includes Niceville Ray Sansom
and Valparaiso.
A south Florida woman, Susan D.
Smith of Odessa, filed a House complaint
against Sansom Jan. 6 claiming that
Please see HEARING, page A-10

Storm shelter

is delayed

Officials say no faulty

concrete was poured

Dispute over
evacuee capacity
By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Because of an expected three-
month construction delay, a long-
anticipated public storm shelter at
Northwest Florida State College,
Niceville, isn't expected to open
until two-thirds of the way
through the 2010 hurricane sea-
son, officials say.
Meantime, a disagreement has
arisen between college and coun-

ty officials over how many peo-
ple the shelter will accommodate
in an emergency. The county
says 2,700; the college says 400.
As previously reported,
Speegle Construction Inc. officials

No faulty concrete, A-6.

June 22 updated the college board
of trustees on the status of the $30
million public services and sports
complex which the Niceville com-
Please see STORM, page A-15

Jet noise report

clears hurdle

By Del Lessard
and Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writers
After three public meetings
last month resulted in no substan-
tive changes to the draft Joint
Land Use Study (JLUS) released
in May, elected officials Monday
approved the study for final pub-
lication and release to the public
by July 15.
JLUS is a Defense
Department-funded study that
makes recommendations for
making land-use regulations in
three counties and 11 cities com-
patible with the expanding mili-
tary missions on Eglin. The
study was initiated after the 2005

Base Realignment and Closure
(BRAC) decision to base 2,200
Special Forces soldiers, 113 F-35
Joint Strike Fighters and an F-35
training center at Eglin Air Force
Among other things, the non-
binding report recommends that
local officials take into account
that added jet noise from the F-
35s will affect much of
Valparaiso and parts of Niceville.
Okaloosa County Growth
Project Coordinator Jeff Fanto
said there were no substantive
changes to the final draft JLUS
after three public meetings held
during the first week in June.
Please see NOISE, page A-5

Eglin, 1

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt
Field will gain 939 positions, according
to the 2009 Air Force Force Structure
According to the announcement,
Eglin will gain 425 jobs, 302 of which
are civilian. Hurlburt will gain 514 jobs,
79 of which are civilian.
Eglin's increase includes nine civil-
ian jobs because of increasing support
to unit commanders, 200 contract posi-
tions that will be converted to civil serv-
ice, 11 new civilian positions in the

By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Work has begun to beautify
the median of State Road 20 in
Bluewater Bay at the expense of
a private donor.
Despite summer heat, dirt, and
the noise and exhaust of passing
traffic, landscape workers recent-
ly installed a network of irriga-
tion pipes to support the land-
scaping of the State Road 20
median in Bluewater Bay. Trees
were also planted.
The pipes were laid in the

lurlburt to gain 939 positions

33rd Fighter Wing, 28 civilian and four
military jobs with the 53rd Wing, 15
military and 32 civilian jobs with the
96th Air Base Wing, 26 military jobs
with the 96th Security Forces Squadron
and two military and one civilian job
with the Air Armament Center.
Combat Air Forces restructuring will
add 74 military positions at Eglin, and
the Air Armament Center program man-
agement offices will add five civilian
positions as a result of improved
emphasis on Acquisitions Excellence.
Other actions resulted in an increase
of one military position and 16 civilian

Eglin has 5,514 civilian employees,
3,600 contractors and 7,854 airmen on
base. The number of airmen assigned to
the 33rd Fighter Wing, which is transi-
tioning into a training and education
wing, declined from about 2,000 in
January 2008 to 882 today.
At Hurlburt, 11 civilian positions
have been added because of increasing
support to unit commanders and 39 con-
tract jobs are being converted to civil
service. The 11th Intelligence Squadron
will add 53 military and 13 civilian
positions. To enhance Special

Operations forces, the 319th Special
Operations Squadron will add 278 mili-
tary positions.
Irregular Warfare Initiatives will add
five civilian jobs to the 1st Special
Operations Wing, 24 military and seven
civilian jobs to the 623rd Air Operations
Center and 80 military jobs to the 720th
Special Tactics Group
Other actions will result in four new
civilian jobs.
On Eglin, the 58th Fighter Squadron
will lose 18 F-15 primary aircraft
authorizations because of a past pro-
gramming action, while the 85th Test

and Evaluations Squadron will lose two
F-15s under the Fighter Force
Restructure Plan. Meanwhile, the 33rd
Fighter Wing will gain six F-35 primary
aircraft authorizations.
Hurlburt's 500-member 16th Special
Operations Squadron will transfer to
Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., during
the coming fiscal year. Meanwhile,
Hurlburt is drawing down from eight
AC-130H gunships to none by the end
of fiscal 2010.
The base employs about 1,300 civil-
ians and about 19,000 airmen, accord-
ing to the public affairs office.

Trees have been planted in
State Road 20 medians in
Bluewater Bay, part of a pri-
vately funded beeautifica-
tion project.

Beacon photo
by Mike Griffith

median between Range Road and
a point between Bluewater
Boulevard and White Point Road.
Orange traffic cones and signs
were used to warn motorists to
slow down, as the workers
labored close to traffic moving
along the busy highway, fre-
quently crossing the highway on
foot to move supplies and equip-
ment. They were sometimes diffi-
cult to see as their bodies were
partially hidden by the trenches
Please see WORK, page A-5

Looking, then leaping

Beacon photo by Mike Griffith
Isis Sparks, 6, front and Lacey Everett, 8, beat the heat by jumping from a swimming plat-
form at Lincoln Park, Valparaiso.

Work begins on

median facelift


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Page A-2


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Raising sunken boats costs taxpayers

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Well into the 2009 hurricane
season, Okaloosa County last
month was still cleaning up dam-
age from Hurricane Ivan nearly
five years ago.
Ivan, which at one time was a
category 5 hurricane with winds
up to 165 mph, roared ashore as a
strong category 3 hurricane near
the Alabama-Florida line Sept.
16, 2004.
A barnacle-encrusted sailboat
abandoned by its owner in the
aftermath of Ivan was pulled
from the bottom of Boggy Bayou
June 16 at taxpayer expense.
"It's been a safety hazard,"
said Valparaiso resident Patrick

Pertuit. He noticed the 23-foot
boat sunk next to his dock on
Boggy Bayou the day after Ivan.
The boat had been moored in the
bayou to ride out the storm, he
said, but was one of two boats
tossed onto or next to his dock in
the 1200 block of North
Bayshore Drive.
At first, Pertuit said, he made
many calls trying to get the boat
removed, but money was a prob-
lem. The owner lives in Arizona,
Pertuit said, but abandoned the
craft and resisted all attempts to
get him to pay for its removal. "It
was in pristine condition before it
sank," Pertuit said.
Pertuit, who occasionally
rents a pontoon boat, said the

derelict posed a problem for any
boats trying to tie up at the dock.
He added, "we were more con-
cerned about the next hurricane.
It might damage another boat or
someone's dock, including
mine." For the past five years the
deck of the wreck had been visi-
ble above the surface at low tide
and did provide one benefit-it
improved fishing for the neigh-
borhood kids who use his dock.
The Boggy boat wreck was
just one of three sunk or aban-
doned boats that were raised by
taxpayers last month in Okaloosa
County at a cost of $1,750 per
boat, according to Richard
Brannon, the county's purchasing
The other two boats recently
removed included a 32-footer
partially submerged in Joe's
Bayou in Destin and a 28-foot
sailboat that ran aground in Santa
Rosa Sound off Okaloosa Island.
Brannon said the county got com-
petitive bids before awarding the
three boat contract to low bidder,
Redfish Marine Construction, a
Santa Rosa Beach firm.
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said, bringing the total to 21
raised wrecks removed. The
county has spent about $30,000
to date to remove derelict and
abandoned boats, he said.
Puckett said the county works
with the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Commission on the boat removal
process. Not all derelict boats are
a result of hurricanes, he said.
The FWC is responsible for
investigating the ownership of
sunken or abandoned boats and
citing the owners if identified, he
said. No one wants to be liable for
damages to a boat so the process
can take up to three years, he
After the vessel is formally
declared derelict by the FWC, the
declaration becomes the permit
for the county to have it removed,
Puckett said. Boater registration
fees collected in Okaloosa

County become the funding
source for having contractors
remove sunk or abandoned ves-
sels, he said.
The next three boats being
removed will cost a total of
$8,500, or an average of about
$2,833 each, Puckett said. The
higher cost reflects the difficulty
of removing the wrecks. Among
the next three removals, some of
which have already begun, is a
46-foot cabin cruiser, he said.
Matt Webb, a law enforcement
officer with FWC in Okaloosa
County, said there are between
four and seven more sunk or
wrecked vessels that have been
investigated by the FWC and are
now making their way through
the court system to try to force
owners to remove the watercraft.
The sailboat raised in Valparaiso
was the last derelict vessel that
sank due to a hurricane, he said.

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3 teens nabbed

in holdup

ofpizza man

By Del Lessard brandi
Beacon Staff Writer it sa
A Valparaiso man and two high "You th
school students, one of them am
from Niceville, were arrested ing?", ti
after they allegedly tried to hold the hea
up a pizza delivery driver on The piz
Okaloosa Island June 20, accord- out giv
ing to the Okaloosa Coun ty three r
Sheriffs Office. back to
The sheriffs office announced away.
the holdup June 24. The vic
According to sheriffs arrest descripi
reports deputies June 20 arrested the whi
the following individuals, and away c;
charged each with armed rob- indentil
bery, criminal conspiracy and About
battery: spotted
-Colten Daniel Griffin, a three y(
restaurant host, 18, of 324 Ohio bound
Ave., Valparaiso. a felon
-Michael David Spillane, a stu- Destin
dent, 17, of 921 La Jolla, Mary small .:
Esther. was fou
-Jack Joshua Byerley, a stu- car, alo
dent, 16, of 1697 Glenwood bullets.
Court, Niceville. The vi
The arrest reports gave the fol- the ma
lowing account: him at g
The three suspects were driving him in
over Brooks Bridge when they identify
spotted a pizza deliveryman and as the t
decided to follow his car onto Griffin.
Okaloosa Island. Spillane Griffin,
allegedly told the other two sus- from hi
pects that he had worked for the deputies
same pizza company and that gun bef
delivery drivers always have The tw
money after they make a deliv- over t
ery. Juvenile
When the deliveryman stopped uled tc
at a residence on Bluefish Drive, courtro4
Okaloosa Island, the three sus- Griffin
pects parked their car nearby, Okaloo
exited the vehicle and walked was bei
towards the delivery vehicle lieu of
waiting for the driver to return schedule
from delivering the pizza. Crestvic
Griffin approached the delivery
man while the 16-year-old and
17-year-old waited across the S0
street. Griffin told the victim,
"Give me all your money!" t
When the pizza deliveryman
refused, Griffin punched him in Ca
the face, according to the victim. ad
Griffin pulled a small silver
revolver from his waistband and

ying, Colten Daniel
link I Griffin
hen punched the victim in
d a second time.
za man drove away with-
ing up any money. The
robbery suspects then ran
their own car and drove

ctim called police with a
tion of three suspects and
te Mitsubishi Galant get-
ar, driven by a youth later
ied as Byerley.
10 minutes later deputies
the white Galant with
young males driving east-
on Highway 98 and made
ly traffic stop near the
Coast Guard station. A
32 caliber silver revolver
nd in the glovebox of the
ng with four .32 caliber

ctim identified Griffin as
n who attempted to rob
gunpoint and had punched
the face. The victim also
ed Spillane and Byerley
wo males who were with

who said he took a pistol
s grandfather's room, told
s that he unloaded the
ore the robbery occurred.
vo juveniles were turned
o the Department of
e Justice. They are sched-
appear in a Shalimar
om Aug. 12.
was taken to the
sa County Jail where he
ng held as of Monday in
$50,000 bail bond. He is
led to appear in a
ew courtroom July 21.

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By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
Eglin Air Force Base
plans at least three and
possibly four events to
coincide with its 75th
anniversary celebration
in 2010, according to the
base Public Affairs
In addition, the
Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida will
sponsor the traveling
Vietnam Wall next June
to coincide with the
The most visible ele-
ment of the celebration
will be the air show, ten-
tatively scheduled for
Saturday and Sunday,
April 10-11. Eglin has
requested a performance
by the Air Force
Thunderbirds to go along
with other aerial demon-
strations and a static dis-
play of aircraft.
The air show follows a
different kind of air
show, the arrival of the
first F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter, tentatively
expected in March.
Sometime during the
year, Building 68 on
Eglin, the Joint Preflight
Integration of Munitions
and Electronic Systems
(JPRIMES) building,
will be redesignated as
the Horton Hangar in
honor of Doolittle Raider
Master Sgt. (Ret.) Edwin
Horton, Jr.
Finally, Eglin officials
are considering staging a
combination anniver-
sary/Air Force ball. No
tentative date has been
The museum, mean-
while, will sponsor the
traveling Vietnam Wall at
the Okaloosa County
Fairgrounds June 17 to
20, 2010. The wall, a
replica of the memorial
in Washington, D.C.,
complete with the names
of the 58,249 people who
were killed or missing in
action during the
Vietnam War, will be
accompanied by a 43-
foot trailer that doubles
as a museum.


"The city council and planning
commission have already
approved it," he said of the store.
"We feel comfortable with two
weeks as far as reviewing the size
and location."
Margolis said the company
expects to start construction in the
fall. Actual construction will take

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about 10 months, with an addi-
tional two months for store and
product setup.
Still undetermined is the identi-
ty of the stores that will share the
location east of Oak Creek Plaze
where the store will be situated. A

spokesman for Valparaiso Realty,
which owns the land, said that he
received no commitments during
his visit to a recent national shop-
ping center convention in Las
"In years past, everyone was
lining up even at the rumor of a
Wal-Mart," the spokesman said.
"This year, because of
the economy, they're
saying 'Talk to us after
Wal-Mart starts.' We
won't get anybody seri-
ous until Wal-Mart is
under construction."
Baccadutre agreed.
"They want to see dust fly before
they commit," he said.
The design of the store will be
more upscale than those in sur-
rounding communities, the
Valparaiso Realty spokesman

By Kenneth Books
Beacon Staff Writer
A planned Wal-Mart will be
open for business in Niceville the
end of 2010.
But the local store, which will
contain a full supermarket, won't
be as large as those in Destin, Fort
Walton Beach or Crestview. At
149,961 square feet, it's
about 35,000 square
feet (23 percent) small-
er than the average Wal-
Mart Supercenter, said W
Cindy Margolis, senior Savw
Wal-Mart senior man-
ager of public affairs.
One casualty of the smaller
size is an auto and tire center.
Plans for the Niceville Wal-Mart
show no such department and
Margolis confirmed that it will not
have one.
It will not have a liquor store,
unlike the Destin Wal-Mart. Wine
and beer is expected to be sold in
the new store's grocery section,
which will include coolers, freez-
ers, preparation areas, a bakery
and a delicatessan.
City electricians and fire
inspectors are looking over more
than 100 pages of building plans
submitted to it Monday, June 22.
Building Inspector Don
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A 13-year-old Niceville boy,
a student, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies June 21 on a war-
rant for underage possession of
alcohol. The boy was released
to his parents and given a court
date of Aug. 12 at the Shalimar
courthouse annex.

Cody Lee Newberry, a land-
scaper, 18, of 1487 Cedar St.,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies June 21 for viola-
tion of probation on the original
charge of DUI.

Anthony Scott Bruno, a
detailer, 24, of 415 Davenport
Ave., Valparaiso, was arrested
by sheriff's deputies June 21 for
failure to appear on the original
charge of driving on a suspend-
ed license.

James Michael Harbin, a
laborer, 46, of 400 Primrose
Circle, Destin, and with a per-
manent address of 111 Coral
Drive, Niceville, was arrested by
sheriff's deputies June 18 for
aggravated assault. On June 17
Harbin allegedly pulled a carpet
knife and verbally threatened a
man at an address in Niceville,
telling the victim, "I am going to

gut you like a pig." Harbin
denied being at the Niceville

Tyler Eugene Gatlin, a con-
struction worker, 18, of 1906-D
Benton Ave., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
June 19 for failure to appear on
the original charge of failure to
change the address on a motor
vehicle registration within 20

Phillip Glenn Hutcheson II, a
delivery driver, 27, of 1215
Willow Lane, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
June 20 for battery. On May 24
Hutcheson was allegedly identi-
fied by witnesses as one of two
men outside a nightclub on
Okaloosa Island who kicked and
punched another man, knocking
the victim unconscious.

Kara Lee Decker, a laborer,
27, of 320 23rd St., Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's
deputies June 21 for unautho-
rized use of a credit card, three
counts. Decker allegedly admit-
ted stealing a credit card from a
Fort Walton Beach relative in
December, and again in
February, then using or attempt-
ing to use the card three times.

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Police Blotter
The following accounts of the activities of police are according to
records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the
Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriff's offices,
other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and
Walton County jails.

Charles Douglas Cuchens, a
flooring construction worker,
20, of 113 Teresa Court,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies June 20 for viola-
tion of probation on the original
charge of possession of less
than 20 grams of marijuana.

John Jirasak Schugmann,
unemployed, 37, of 322
Andrews Drive, Niceville, was
arrested by Niceville police June
17 for possession of child
pornography images, 41 counts.
The arrest was based on an
investigation and affidavit by a
detective of the Fort Walton
Beach police department with
the support of the Child Victim
Identification Program from the
National Center for Missing and
Exploited Children.

Richard Nelson Curtis, a
massage therapist, 40, of 164
Wildflower Lane, Pensacola,
and Tereasa Marie Curtis, a nail
technician, 36, of the same
address, were arrested by
Niceville police June 14 each
charged with domestic violence
battery, which allegedly
occurred in a restaurant parking
lot, 191 E. John Sims Parkway.

Scott Alan Tatum, a military
member, 22, of 848 N. 8th St.,
Apt. 411, Eglin Air Force Base,
was arrested by Valparaiso
police June 19 on a misde-
meanor charge of theft (bicycle.)
DUI arrests
Paul Aloysuis Pickett, 47, of
702 Green St., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies for
DUI on Navy Street, Fort
Walton Beach, June 13 at 7:39

Crystal Lee Harrison, a retail
store manager, 22, of 416
Parkwood Place, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies for
DUI on SE Beal Parkway, Fort
Walton Beach, June 20 at 1:29
a.m. Harrison was also arrested
for possession of drug parapher-
nalia and was cited for failure to
drive within a single lane and
exceeding the speed limit.
A Niceville resident from the
500 block of Boyd Circle report-
ed June 15 that someone had
stolen her daughter's bicycle
from the front yard.

On May 26 a Valparaiso resi-
dent contacted police after
receiving a notice from a collec-
tion agency for a past due bill
from a cell phone account. The
man claimed he had never had
an account with that phone com-
pany and that the account was
opened by someone in
Massachusetts without his

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and Social Security number.
The charges totaled $978.

A Niceville resident from the
1000 block of Everglade Drive
reported June 21 that a boat
anchor had been stolen.

A Niceville resident from the
1100 block of Ivey Terrace
reported June 17 that a $300
video game system had been
stolen from the residence.

Sometime June 12-17
unknown persons) stole a
$5,931 riding lawnmower from
a boat storage area at 1050 Bay
Drive. The owner of the facility
said that he found the gate to the
storage area unlocked and the
mower missing June 17.

Alerted by a sound, a
Niceville resident from the 100
block of Wilder Street went out-
side his home about 9:20 p.m.
June 13 and observed four males
pulling a stop sign out of the
ground at the comer of Wilder
and Stephen Drive. The males,
who appeared to be teenagers,
placed the sign in the back of an
older model black and gray sin-
gle cab Ford pickup with a loud
muffler and drove off with the
sign in the bed of the truck,
along with two of the males.
The witness said he did not con-
front the males because they
outnumbered him.

A Niceville woman contact-
ed authorities about a case of
identity theft after becoming
aware of a telephone account
opened by an unknown person
in Las Vegas Jan. 20, 2008,
using her maiden name and
Social Security number. Law
enforcement officials are seek-
ing a subpoena to obtain records
of the Las Vegas account.

A Niceville man from the
300 block of Ruckel Drive
reported that two surfboards,
valued together at $950, were
stolen from the top of a friend's
vehicle June 12. The surfboards
were stored overnight strapped
to the top of a friend's SUV
which was parked in front of the

The owners of a Niceville
home in the 1200 block of North
Lakeshore Drive that had been
damaged by a fire in November
2008 reported June 25 that the
home had been burglarized in
February, while the residents
were living elsewhere. An all-
terrain vehicle, tools and a
mounted deer head were report-
ed stolen.

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Another Niceville resident
reported that when he checked
his account June 24 he discov-
ered three unauthorized charges
in three different Florida coun-
ties made the same day. The
victim, who said his card had
not been lost or stolen, was told
by the bank that it appeared that
his credit card had been dupli-
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about $30. The bank closed the
Criminal Mischief
A Valparaiso resident from
the 400 block of Andrew Drive
reported that sometime June 12-
14 unknown persons) caused an
estimated $50 damage to a
retaining wall.

A Niceville resident in the
process of moving out of a home
in the 1700 block of 26th Street
reported that unknown persons)
forced open a door sometime
May 28-30, while the residents
were not home. Nothing was
discovered missing, but the
intruder(s) tore a large hole in
the wallboard of the master
bathroom. The damage was
estimated at $800.

Sometime June 19-22 van-
dal(s) moved a concrete bench
from the front of a business,
4400 Highway 20, causing an
estimated $125 damage. The
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h lle Fire D rtrnt responded he following calls June 22

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0 Vehic1 lre ~" r fe Crash
0 Other Fire 0 Vehicle Crash w h Extric
0 Illegal Burn 5 Other Emergency Call
0 False Alarms 1 Hazardous Conditions
Location Situation Date Time
Magnolia Shores ......... .Medical ............6/22/09 ....... 10:29
Valparaiso Boulevard ...... Alarm activation ...... 6/23/09 ....... 12:24
Drew Court .............Smoke scare ........6/24/09 ....... 08:27
E. John Sims Parkway .....Medical ............6/24/09 ....... 17:50
SR85N ................. Alarm activation ...... 6/25/09 ....... 07:40
SR85N ............... .Alarm activation ...... 6/25/09 ....... 08:15
23rd Street .............. Dispatched/canceled .6/25/09 .......13:50
N. Cedar Avenue ......... Medical ............6/25/09 ....... 18:01
27th Street .............. Medical ............6/25/09 ....... 22:57
Kildare Circle ............Medical ............6/26/09 ....... 04:11
W. College Blvd...........Vehicle accident ......6/26/09 .......20:38
E. John Sims Parkway .....Medical ......... ...6/27//09 ...... 00:45
S. Cedar Avenue .........Medical ............6/27/09 ....... 05:05
Dogwood Avenue ......... Medical ......... ...6/27/09 ..... 15:37
46th Street .............. Medical ............6/28/09 ....... 08:04
Nutmeg Avenue .......... Medical ......... ...6/28/09 ..... 11:59
22nd Street ......... .... Medical ............6/28/09 .......13:00
Deer Street ..............Gas leak ............6/28/09 ....... 14:18
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The North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls June 21
through June 29.
Location Situation Type Date Time
E. Highway 20 ............ .Good intent/other ............ 6/21/09 .. .00:18
Ridge Lane .............. Dispatched/canceled ........ .6/21/09 .. .04:49
Dominica Circle ......... .. EMS excluding vehicle ...... 6/22/09 .. .08:15
Range Road .............. .Good intent/other ........... .6/22/09 .. .15:30
Merchants Way ......... .. EMS excluding vehicle ...... 6/23/09 .. .09:41
Clipper Cove/Destin ........ .Cover/standby ......... .. .6/23/09.. .13:35
Merchants Way ............Medical assist ............... 6/24/09 .. .14:26
N. White Point Road ......... EMS excluding vehicle ...... 6/25/09 .. .20:15
Ward Cove Drive ........... EMS excluding vehicle ...... 6/26/09 .. .22:27
White Point Rd. and Raintree .EMS excluding vehicle ....... 6/27/09 .. .00:21
Parkview Lane ............ .Rescue EMS ............. 6/27/09 .. .14:16
Evans Court ........... ....Rescue EMS ............. 6/27/09 .. .20:30
Meadowbrook Court ........ .Gas leak (natural gas or LPG) .6/28/09 .. .09:53
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Ridge Lane .............. EMS excluding vehicle ...... 6/29/09 .. .03:10

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reported that sometime June 17-
19 someone burglarized a vehi-
cle parked at the residence and
stole a GPS unit and various
textbooks valued together at

A Niceville resident from the
800 block of Ridgewood Cove
West reported that someone bur-
glarized an SUV at the residence
sometime June 11-12 and stole a
laptop computer and a GPS unit
valued together at $1,390.

A Niceville man reported
that unknown persons) stole his
1998 minivan from the 1100
block of 47th Street while he
was visiting a friend for about
20 minutes, around noon, June
22. About 5:35 p.m. the same
day Eglin Range Patrol officers
escorted deputies to a dirt road
leading north off Range Road
near Bluewater Bay, where a
1998 minivan was found
destroyed by fire.

A Niceville resident from the
200 block of Ruckel Lane
reported that sometime May 24-
June 24 unknown persons)
stole a $700 canoe from his back

A Niceville man reported
that June 15 he discovered that
there were two unauthorized
charges on his bank statement
totaling $100. After giving him
a new check card, the man's
bank instructed him to file a
police report. The victim report-
ed that no one else had been

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Page A-5

From page A-1
Discussion Monday called for
future modifications of JLUS
recommendations as the Air
Force releases more data on the
impact of the F-35 jet noise.
The next phase or change to
JLUS is expected after Eglin
releases a Supplemental
Environmental Impact Study
(SEIS) in the fall of 2010 outlin-
ing how it plans to reduce the
noise impact of the F-35 on
neighboring communities.
A few years after the F-35
operations at the Eglin flight
training center are established,
the base is expected to update its
Air Installation Compatible Use
Zones (AICUZ) report which
profiles jet noise levels based on
actual operations.
Fanto said the current JLUS
recommendations are based on
maximum noise contours
released in an October 2008
EIS. While the noise levels are
expected to change in the next
few years, the current report is
valuable as an initial planning
tool for local communities, he
said. A new zoning layer called
Military influence Planning

From page A-1
in which they worked.
During their Feb. 10 meeting,
members of the governing board
of Bluewater Bay's Municipal
Services Benefit Unit (MSBU)
reviewed drawings of plans for
landscaping the median of SR
20 between mile post 17.931,
just west of Range Road, and
mile post 18.525, east of
Bluewater Boulevard.
The cost of the landscaping
project is to be paid by an
"anonymous benefactor," board
members said. The benefactor
has contracted with a landscape
company to have the work done,
which will include planting
shrubs, grass, and small trees in
the median, and installing an
automatic irrigation system. The
median previously had only
grass and some weeds, which
were occasionally mowed by
state highway crews.
The benefactor, said board
members, has been coordinating
the design with the MSBU and
with state highway authorities,
and the MSBU has agreed to
maintain the median landscape
at its own expense for at least
five years after it is installed.

From page A-4

victim said she has had past
problems with skateboarders
moving the benches and
attempting to perform stunts on
Michele J. Snyder, a fast
food shift leader, 22, of 109-A
Sasser St., Niceville, was
issued a notice to appear by
sheriff's deputies June 5 for
petit theft (retail.) Snyder was
allegedly observed concealing
$150 worth of clothing and
other items, then leaving the
Destin Wal-Mart without pay-

A Niceville police traffic
stop July 24, about 7:48 a.m.,
resulted in this two-line dis-
patch record: "Driver was
driving down the street with

Areas (MIPA) defines the maxi-
mum areas possibly affected by
military operations at Eglin.
Meeting as the Policy
Committee, elected officials
Monday agreed to include word-
ing in the report referring to
future phases of JLUS. "I don't
think the committee has to
reconvene to make these
changes," said Fanto.
Valparaiso Mayor Bruce
Arnold, whose city is suing the
Air Force over jet noise from the
planned F-35 deployment, said:
"I have mixed emotions. I was
very confused when I left there.
A title change (adding Phase I
and Phase II) is not very mean-
ingful." Arnold is a member of
the JLUS Policy Committee.
"I don't know what the future
plans are," Arnold said. "Where
do we go from here?"
Fanto said the final JLUS
report will be released to the
public July 15 and a final meet-
ing of elected officials on the
Policy Committee will accept
the report at a public hearing
July 30.
It will then be up to each
community and county around
Eglin to decide whether to
accept all, some or none of the

The cost of such mainte-
nance, such as mowing, fertiliz-
ing, and providing irrigation
water, will be "fairly nominal,"
said board member Bart
Bredenkamp, as the MSBU
already does similar mainte-
nance for other irrigated medi-
ans and along main roads
throughout Bluewater Bay.
Bredenkamp said the trees to
be planted in the median will be
decorative, but will be small
enough not to restrict visibility
for motorists, and will be "fran-
gible," meaning easily broken
off if struck by a vehicle, in
order to prevent injury to anyone
in case of a traffic accident.
After reviewing the land-
scape plan in February, board
members passed a motion to "let
the benefactor know we support
and appreciate what he or she is
doing for the community."
During the MSBU's meeting
on June 9, Jemigan reported that
work was underway to land-
scape the State Road 20 median.
Weeds had been sprayed, and
bore holes had been made under
the road for an irrigation system.
During the week of June 14-20,
workers were seen digging
trenches and installing a net-
work of irrigation pipes under

her dog on a leash walking
beside the car. Passenger is
now out of the vehicle, prop-
erly walking the dog home."

Michael Wayne Porter, 27,
of 1808 Shay Lin Court,
Niceville, was issued a notice
to appear by Niceville police,
subsequent to a traffic stop,
June 17, for possession of less
than 20 grams of marijuana
and possession of drug para-
phernalia. Porter was also
cited for loud music audible
over 25 feet and given a verbal
warning for unlawful speed.

Vicki M. Eastman, 50, of
918 Rue De Palms, Niceville,
was issued a notice to appear
by sheriff's deputies June 23
for retail theft. Eastman was
allegedly observed concealing
and not paying for several
clothing items at the Kohls
department store, Fort Walton

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JLUS recommendations.
Among the recommendations
the JLUS report makes for
Niceville and Valparaiso:
-Retrofit of 1,579 homes in
the Twin Cities-741 in
Niceville and 838 homes in
Valparaiso-to reduce jet noise
inside the homes to acceptable
-Retrofit to reduce interior
sound levels at Valparaiso
Elementary and Lewis Middle
schools in Valparaiso, Edge
Elementary in Niceville, as well,
as well as five other public build-
ings, 18 churches, a half-dozen
motels, dozens of other business-
es, restaurants, private schools
and hospitals in the Twin Cities.
-Don't retrofit nearly 1,000
homes-218 in Niceville and
772 in Valparaiso-because
noise will be so loud that sound-
proofing won't help.
-Government purchase of
14 Valparaiso homes in the Clear
Zone where the danger of air-
plane crashes is too great to
allow residential use.
-If owners agree, govern-
ment purchase of up to 360
Valparaiso homes in Accident
Potential Zones up to three miles
from the north-end of Eglin's

the soil of the median, as well as
installing pumps and electrical
equipment for the irrigation sys-
New plantings of decorative
plants will commence within the
next few weeks, Jemigan said,
adding that he plans to negotiate
with state officials to see if the
state, which ordinarily funds
maintenance of state road medi-
ans, will partially fund the
MSBU's maintenance of the
beautified median on SR 20.
The MSBU is a branch of
county government, with its
own budget funded through a
flat-fee annual tax of just under

Runway 01/19. The voluntary
purchase of homes would speed-
up redevelopment plans also rec-
ommended for the city that
would change residential areas
to other uses, including commer-
cial, industrial or agricultural
-Government purchase of
land in Niceville, if owners
agree. The study calls for the
purchase of some vacant or
undeveloped land to create no-
growth buffer around Eglin.
Although 162 Niceville homes
are located in Accident Potential
Zones, the report does not rec-
ommend their voluntary pur-
chase because there is no recom-
mendation for citywide redevel-
opment, such as the redevelop-
ment recommended in
-Possible Eglin purchase of
private property outside the
base's East Gate as far north as
Toms Bayou, if such property
comes on the market.
-Building height restrictions
and subdued outdoor lighting for
the Twin Cities and other com-
munities in the three-county
study area to lessen the impact
on Eglin's flying and night mis-

$60 on each property unit in
Bluewater Bay. The funds are
used for landscaping, street
lights, and other maintenance
and improvements in common
areas of Bluewater Bay.
The MSBU is governed by an
elected board of unpaid volun-
teer directors, who usually meet
each second Tuesday of the
month at the Bluewater Bay golf
clubhouse on Bluewater
Boulevard. The meetings are
open to the public, and meeting
times usually alternate between
10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in order to
facilitate attendance by people
with different daily schedules.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Bayou Plaza

The Inquiring Photographer -Mike Griffith

What do you think about the cancellation of this year's

annual Fourth of July fireworks display over Boggy Bayou?

"Why? It's one of the "That's terrible. I under-
most popular things in stand it's been a tradi-
this area. There's not a tion around here for a
whole lot happening in long time. If they keep
Niceville." anything, that should
be it."

"If they can't afford it, "I think it's a shame. I "I think it's because of
they shouldn't do it. was very disappointed the economy. People
There are too many to hear they're not don't have the money to
other things that need having it." contribute."
to be done."

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massage therapist

Catherine Carter, 44,

Willie Williams, 42,
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carpet cleaner

John Alton, 65,

Larry Stewart, 61,

Cindy Claus, 42,
child welfare worker

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No faulty concrete

in college project

Charles L. Mitchell
Operations Manager
Speegle Construction, Inc.
Speegle Construction would
like to clarify a few things rela-
tive to the June 24, 2009 article
in The Bay Beacon entitled
"Trustees pick agent in
Richburg talks". The fact that
Speegle's name was mentioned
in the Richburg article gives the
false perception that somehow
Speegle is associated with Dr.
Richburg. Nothing could be fur-
ther from the truth. Speegle has
had absolutely no involvement
with issues surrounding the pro-
posed Destin Emergency
Management Facility and the
associated controversy sur-
rounding this project. The
Community Services Center
was a competitively bid project
on which Speegle was the low
bidder. The Trustees accepted
Speegle Construction's bid and
granted their approval for
Speegle to build the
Community Services Project.
In the June 24, 2009 Bay
Beacon article, a reference was
made to "faulty concrete" as
being the cause of delays at the

project. There has never been
any "faulty" concrete placed at
the college project. The word
'faulty' infers a structurally
inferior product. All concrete
placed to date has exceeded the
design parameters. There has
been a small amount of mis-
placed concrete that had to be
reworked. To date, there have
been almost 6,000 cubic yards
of concrete placed on the site.
Of this amount, approximately
3 cubic yards had to be redone
because of a layout error on five
column footings at the class-
room building. The error was
discovered by both the project
engineer and our own forces
and was remedied without argu-
ment. A project the magnitude
of the NWFSC project requires
a great deal of planning and a
careful review of the construc-
tion details in order to ensure
the proper installation of all
building components. As we
stated in the Tuesday meeting,
there is no "perfect" set of con-
struction documents nor are
there any "perfect" projects.
The Community Services
Complex is a very complicated
and technically challenging

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facility. It is designed to with-
stand hurricane force winds up
to 190 mph (not 170 mph as
reported in The Bay Beacon
article) in order to allow both
County and City personnel to
manage the affairs of the local
community. It is also designed
to serve as a shelter for a signif-
icant number of people during a
hurricane event. The facility has
its own power source, water
source, sanitary sewer storage,
and communications. Since the
facility will be occupied during
a hurricane event, it is impera-
tive that all construction be of
the highest quality and be
accomplished to the satisfaction
of all inspecting agencies. To
date, Speegle has been very suc-
cessful in satisfying the criteria
of the inspecting officials. As





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one would expect, there are
numerous clarifications that are
required from the design team
to construct such a technically
advanced facility. Clarifications
and the associated coordination
effort between the engineers
and the contractor's work force
often take a significant amount
of time. Such has been the case
in the construction of this facil-
ity. All parties participating in
this project agree that quality
and safety can not be ignored
and that neither will be compro-
mised in an attempt to "save
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about his actions as a legislator, his
relationship to and employment
with Northwest Florida State
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-Sansom's employment as
vice president of planning and
development at Northwest
Florida State College (NWFSC)

in December 2008 made him
supervisor of the college's new
Leadership Institute, which as a
legislator he helped create and
fund with tax dollars.
-Sansom's participation
and motives in planning and
channeling $6 million in state
funds to a construction project
called the Northwest Florida
State College Joint Training
Facility to be located at the
Destin airport. A state grand
jury found the college project
was actually designed to benefit
a key Sansom political support-
er, Destin developer Jay Odom.
-Sansom's key role in
arranging a "private" meeting
of the college board of trustees
March 28, 2008, which contra-
vened the Florida Constitution's
requirement that public officials

discuss public business in pub-
Sansom, Odom and former
NWFSC president James R.
Richburg were indicted earlier
this year by a state grand jury in
connection with the airport
deal. The three men have
pleaded not guilty.
Galvano said Monday that he
plans to have an organizational
meeting in July with the other
four members of the Select
Committee. They are: Rep.
Faye Culp, R-Tampa; Rep. Joe
Gibbons, D-Pembroke Park;
Rep. Rich Glorioso, R-Plant
City; and Rep. Ari Porth, D-
Coral Springs. The panel will
hold hearings on Kahn's inves-
tigative report, which noted that
its findings of probable cause
were not findings that viola-

tions occurred. That determina-
tion can be made only by the
Galvano said Sansom's case
is complicated by the fact that
the Destin lawmaker is under
indictment and under investiga-
tion by the Florida Commission
on Ethics. House rules appear
to give the Select Committee
the option of postponing its own
investigation until the other
legal proceedings are complet-
ed, Galvano said. Criminal pro-
ceedings, including any appeals
in the event of a conviction,
could take years, perhaps last-
ing until after Sansom's term
expires and he leaves House
jurisdiction. Galvano said it's
too early to say what course of
action the five-member Select
Committee will take in schedul-

ing its own inquiry.
Galvano, as chair of the
House Rules and Calendar
Committee, had recommended
to Cretul that the initial com-
plaint be turned over to a spe-
cial investigator.
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er this year when Sansom was
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post following the launching of
the criminal investigation that
led to his indictment, appointed
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whether Sansom's actions vio-
lated House Rules 15.1 and
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member to perform with
integrity and be respectful of
the confidence placed in the

member by colleagues and by
the people;" while House Rule
15.2 "requires that a member
respect and comply with the law
and perform at all times in a
manner that promotes public
confidence in the integrity of
the Florida House of
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machine to transmit his employ-
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Following is the text of a June 26 investigative report by D. Stephen
Kahn, special investigator for the Florida House of Representatives, on a
citizen complaint that Rep. Ray Sansom, R-Destin, violated House rules
in his relationship with Okaloosa-Walton College (now Northwest
Florida State College).

In re: Representative Ray Sansom
Complaint Number 09-01
House Rule 16.2(d)(2)a.4. states that if the Special Investigator determines that
probable cause exists to believe that a violation has occurred that, if proven, would be
sufficiently serious to justify the discipline set out in that Rule, then the Special
Investigator must make a plain and concise statement of the alleged facts of the
violation, including a reference to the applicable provisions) in the House Code of
SPECIFICATION I: I find probable cause to believe that the conduct of Representative
Ray Sansom, described in the Findings of Fact in Specification I and adopted here in
full by reference, regarding his employment as Vice-President of Planning and
Development at Northwest Florida State College beginning December 2008, particularly
the method he used to create, fund, and plan for construction of a facility to house the
Leadership Institute at that college, over which Institute he had and would have had
continuing supervisory control and oversight, could reasonably have caused the
complainant to lose faith and confidence in the integrity of the Florida House of
Representatives more particularly as she alleged it did in her sworn complaint dated
January 6, 2009.
SPECIFICATION II: I find probable cause to believe that the conduct of
Representative Ray Sansom, described in the Findings of Fact in Specification II and
adopted here in full by reference, regarding his knowledge of, participation in, execution
of, and his motives behind planning and funding the construction of the Northwest
Florida State College's Joint Use Facility to be located at the Destin airport, and the
benefit said facility was planned to bring directly to Jay Alan Odom of Destin and to his
company, Destin Jet, LLC, and/or to the college, and indirectly to Representative
Sansom himself, could reasonably have caused the complainant to lose faith and
confidence in the integrity of the Florida House of Representatives, more particularly as
she alleged it did in her sworn complaint dated January 6, 2009.
SPECIFICATION III: I find probable cause to believe that the conduct of
Representative Ray Sansom described in the Findings of Fact in Specification III and
adopted here in full by reference, regarding his knowledge of, participation in, and
motives behind the planning for and holding of the "private" legislative briefing meeting
of the Board of Trustees of Okaloosa-Walton College in Tallahassee on March 24,
2008, could reasonably have caused the complainant to lose faith and confidence in the
integrity of the Florida House of Representatives, more particularly as she alleged it did
in her sworn complaint dated January 6, 2009.
SPECIFICATION IV: As to the specification of misuse of a fax machine, I find that
probable cause does not exist. Accordingly, I dismiss Specification N under the
authority of House Rule 16.2(d)(2)a.2.
Dated at Tallahassee this 26th of June, 2009.
D. Stephen Kahn
Special Investigator
Florida House of Representatives
In re: Representative Ray Sansom
Complaint Number 09-01
June 26, 2009
This report is the result of a 4-1/2 month investigation into sworn charges pending
against Representative Ray Sansom, a member who has served in the Florida House of
Representatives as a committee and council chairman, as Speaker-Designate, and for
two months, as Speaker.
The purpose of this investigation was to determine whether there is probable
cause to believe that Representative Sansom violated House Rule 15.1 and/or 15.2.
At its core, House Rule 15.1 requires a member to perform with integrity and be
respectful of the confidence placed in the member by colleagues and by the people.
At its core, House Rule 15.2 requires that a member respect and comply with the
law and perform at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity
of the Florida House of Representatives.
The twin issues to be addressed are whether there is probable cause to believe
that the alleged violations of either or both of these Rules provided a reasonable basis
for the complainant to lose confidence in the integrity and independence of the House;
and whether there is probable cause to believe that Representative Sansom's actions,
as described in the newspaper articles and editorials that the complainant incorporated
into her complaint, demonstrated Representative Sansom's lack of respect for the
confidence placed in him by his colleagues and by the people of the state.
The dual role assigned to the Special Investigator by House Rule 16 is a) to
investigate, assemble, and present findings of fact regarding the allegations of improper
conduct, and b) to make findings of probable cause, if any. A finding of probable
cause is not a determination that a violation has occurred. Only Representative
Sansom's colleagues in the Florida House of Representatives can determine whether
he has violated a House Rule.
My investigation was independent of any concurrent activity at the Florida Ethics
Commission or at the office of the State Attorney or before any grand jury.
Every witness I interviewed appeared voluntarily. However, as the State
Attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit proceeded with his activities, a number of
witnesses, potential witnesses, and sources of pertinent information, began to decline to
answer my questions.
* On February 24, 2009, Representative Sansom was offered an opportunity to
make an oral statement responding to the allegations in the complaint. He made
that statement to me in an informal setting. However, because of his intervening
indictment on April 17, 2009, an attorney for Representative Sansom advised me
on Tuesday, May 26, 2009, that his client was not going to talk to me again as I
* Dr. James Richburg is the President of the college. Beginning with my initial
contact with him on Wednesday, February 18, 2009, (less than a week after I
was appointed Special Investigator) Dr. Richburg began answering my questions
and providing documents I requested. However, he too was indicted by a Leon
County Grand Jury on April 17, 2009. On May 11,2009, I was advised by his
attorney that because of the intervening indictment, his client would be
unavailable for any future interviews.
* On March 5, 2009, an attorney for Jay Alan adorn, the principal of Destin Jet,
LLC, the corporation that subleased the Destin Airport space to the college,
informed me that his client would not participate voluntarily in any Special
Investigator interviews, and if subpoenaed by the House of Representatives, he
would appear only after a grant of immunity. However, Mr. adorn's attorney did
make his Airport Operations General Manager available for an interview on April
16,2009. Additionally, Mr. Odom's attorney offered, and has several times
voluntarily provided, information on behalf of his client.
* On May 27,2009, an attorney for the Florida Senate's lead conferee on the 2007
regular session appropriations bill informed me by voice mail that his client had
declined my request to interview her.
* On Friday, March 27, 2009, the Florida Senate General Counsel, presumably
acting on behalf of the Senate President and/or Senate Chief of Staff, informed
me that I could not interview or otherwise question any member of the Florida
Senate or current Senate staff in relation to this investigation.
Witnesses or potential witnesses in matters such as this one have an array of
reasons for declining to be questioned. Some don't feel like cooperating. Some don't
want to get mixed up in something that has the potential of negative publicity. Some
don't want to testify "against" a legislative colleague or a friend. Some think that one
house of the Florida Legislature should not allow its ethics-type investigations to flop
over into the other equal house. Some, specifically or by inference, assert their state
and/or federal constitutional right against self-incrimination. Some think that your
Special Investigator, formerly a Senate attache, was merely trying to embarrass specific
members or staff of the Florida Senate.
The facts supporting my conclusions were obtained solely from the witnesses
who supplied information to me or from the documents that I reviewed. Some
witnesses had differing recollections of the same event or circumstance. In those
cases, I selected one version over the other based on application of commonly-used
credibility factors such as the person's motive or absence of motive, capacity to recall,
proximity to the issue or event under investigation, and so on.
Some witnesses were administered a verbal oath to tell the truth. For other
witnesses, administration of an explicit oath was not necessary; however, all material
witnesses were advised that this investigation was an "official proceeding" as defined in
Chapter 837, Florida Statutes, and/or that they were bound in conscience or law to
testify truthfully.
Probable cause determinations are not adversarial proceedings. There is no
prosecutor who assembles the facts and attempts to prove the charges. There is no
defense attorney who defends the Respondent against the charges. There is no
opportunity for confrontation or cross-examination of witnesses by the Respondent or
his lawyers. There is only a Special Investigator who inquires, interrogates, studies,
and assembles the facts in a fair, independent, thorough, well-documented, and
convenient way for use by the House in cases where the Special Investigator makes
affirmative findings of probable cause and transmits a "Statement of Alleged Violation"
under the provisions of House Rule 16.2(d)(2)(a)4.
Finally, a note about the name of the college. When it was created in 1964, the
institution was named Okaloosa-Walton Junior College. In March 1988 its name was
changed to Okaloosa-Walton Community College which it retained until July 1, 2004,
when it was renamed Okaloosa-Walton College. In 2008, it was given its current name:
Northwest Florida State College. Throughout this report this educational institution will
be referred to simply as "the college" except in direct quotes from another document
that uses a different form of the name or where it is necessary to use the full name of
the college to avoid confusion.
For convenience, copies of relevant documents that explain or illuminate the
facts or the analyses contained in this report are included in an accompanying Desk
Book. The documents are numbered D-l through D-67.
On January 12, 2009, the Florida House of Representatives received a sworn
complaint from Susan T Smith of Odessa, Florida. [0-1] The complaint was dated
January 6,2009. It alleged that Speaker Sansom had violated five sections of House
Rule 15 entitled Ethics and Conduct of Members. [0-2] Ms. Smith attached and
incorporated a list of newspaper articles and editorials printed between November 21,
2008, and January 4, 2009. These press items reported on Representative Sansom's
employment and appropriations relationship with the college, an airport hangar

appropriation "for his friend and donor Jay Odom," and a meeting in Tallahassee with
the college's Board of Trustees in March 2008. Ms. Smith alleged that her "respect for
the Florida House had been greatly diminished by Speaker Sansom's actions."
As required by House Rule 16, the sworn complaint was forwarded to the
chairman of the Rules and Calendar Council for a review of legal sufficiency. After his
review, the chairman forwarded the allegations relating to the violation of House Rules
15.1 and 15.2 to Speaker pro tempore Cretul. [0-3] The chairman dismissed the
alleged violation of House Rules 15.3(a), 15.4, and 15.5, relating to Improper Influence,
Conflicting Employment, and Use of Official Position. Chairman Galvano's basis for that
dismissal was the complainant's lack of personal knowledge of the facts alleged in her
complaint. House Rule 16 specifies that such knowledge is a required element of legal
sufficiency. [0-2] I was appointed on February 13, 2009. [0-4] Speaker pro tempore
Cretul's instructions to me were brief and simple: conduct a fair, independent, thorough
investigation to determine whether probable cause exists in this case.
This report is the result of that investigation.
Representative Sansom's conduct that formed the substance underlying the
charges that were dismissed is being realigned to become four specifications under the
two surviving general charges. There has to be some specific conduct to measure
against the general standard of the surviving charges.
Briefly summarized, the realigned specifications involve:
1. creation and funding of the Leadership Institute and Representative Sansom's
college job particularly relating to the Leadership Institute,
2. the airport "hangar" and Representative Sansom's relationship with Mr. Jay
Odom and Dr. Richburg concerning it,
3. the March 24, 2008, meeting of the college Board of Trustees in Tallahassee
and Representative Sansom's participation in it, and
4. the use of the fax machine in the Office of the Speaker to transmit
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November 2002 Ray Sansom was elected to the Florida House of Representatives and
established his first district office at 348 Miracle Strip Parkway, Unit
#8, in an office complex located on HWY 98 in Fort Walton Beach.
August 2004 Representative Sansom entered the "testing the waters" phase of
running for the speakership in 2009-2010, and received his first
member pledge toward that goal.
Monday March 5, 2007 Representative Sansom was selected as Speaker-Designate at the
Republican Caucus Designation Conference.
Summer 2007 Representative Sansom moved his district office to Unit 18 in Uptown
Station, a large shopping center at 99 Eglin Parkway in Fort Walton
Monday November 17,2007 Speaker-Designate Sansom's title was confirmed, post-election, by
the Republican Caucus on the day prior to the 2007 Organization
Tuesday November 18, 2008 Speaker-Designate Sansom was elected by the Florida House of
Representatives as its Speaker.
Wednesday November 19, 2008 Speaker Sansom's new job as Vice-President of Planning and
Development at the college was publicly announced by the college.
Monday January 5, 2009 Speaker Sansom announced to the House that he would resign from
his post at the college. [D-6]
Thursday January 15, 2009 Speaker Sansom filed his resignation with the college, effective
January 31,2009. [D-7]
Friday January 30, 2009 Speaker Sansom "recused" himself from his duties as Speaker. [D-8]
Friday February 13, 2009 Speaker pro tempore Cretul appointed a Special Investigator to
conduct a probable cause investigation on Complaint #09-01.
Monday March 2, 2009 Speaker Sansom resigned as Speaker of the Florida House of
Representatives. [D-9]
Tuesday March 3, 2009 Florida House of Representatives elected Speaker pro tempore Larry
Cretul as Speaker.
Friday April 17,2009 Representative Sansom and Dr. Richburg were indicted by a Leon
County Grand Jury, [D-10] with a Presentment attached. [D-11l]
Wednesday May 27,2009 Representative Sansom had a superseding indictment filed against
him by a Leon County Grand Jury. [D-12]
The findings of fact for Specification I along with their associated analyses will be
split into two Segments.
Segment One
Part One of Segment One covers the creation of the new Leadership Institute at
the college and how it evolved from its predecessor entities. Part Two of Segment One
follows the process by which $720,000 in seed money for the leadership Institute's initial
three to five years of operation at the college was obtained from the 2008 Legislature
and Representative Sansom's role in that process.
Segment Two
Segment Two covers the development of the idea to hire Representative
Sansom as Vice-President of Planning and Development of the college, and the
process that was used to do so.
Over the years, the college has provided economic development and workforce
training for employees of public and private entities in its northwest Florida service area.
This has been part of the college's statutory responsibilities. The college also provided
a speakers bureau that arranged for speakers on topics of interest to the requestors'
audiences. The training courses were generally done for a fee. The proceeds received
were deposited into an account containing the "auxiliary (non-appropriated) funds" of
the college. The speakers bureau operation was generally done as a community
service, without charge to the requestor.
College Vice-President David Goetsch has been at the center of the college's
community partnership and training efforts for over 30 years. He was instrumental in
the operation of the Leadership Institute's predecessor entities in responding to training
and workforce development requests from area businesses, non-profits, local
governments and military facilities.
By 1991, the college's participation in local economic and workforce development
was formalized when Dr. Goetsch and several community leaders organized the
Okaloosa Economic Development Council. A few years later, in response to the need
for expanded local training opportunities, Dr. Goetsch was instrumental in forming the
Total Quality Institute. In 1996, the TQI was replaced by the Institute for Professional
Development, a partnership between the college, the area Economic Development
Council, and the local chambers whose individual efforts had yielded varying levels of
effectiveness in the workforce training field.
About five years ago, the area chambers asked the college to create a collegebased
umbrella entity to coordinate their efforts. The result was "Leadership Okaloosa,"
the county-wide entity that took a lead role in workforce training and economic
development. Leadership Okaloosa continues to be active.
It is not clear who first came up with the idea for a Leadership Institute at the
college, but in mid-August 2007 Dr. Richburg directed Vice-President Goetsch to write a
"concept paper" outlining what he thought it would take to create a new Leadership
Institute at the college. Dr. Goetsch drafted the following comprehensive, two-page pro
forma proposal: [0-13]
* 11,000 square-foot facility to be built on the Niceville campus:
* One large-group training room
* Four classrooms
* Office space
* Storage space
* Small food service area
* Year-round operation permanently staffed by:
* An Executive Director
* A Marketing Specialist, and
* An Administrative Assistant
* Faculty drawn from:
* Existing college personnel, and
* Adjunct specialists, as needed
* $4 million for construction (non-recurring)
* Operations-The training programs would [eventually] be selfsupporting
based on the fees charged to the participants; however,
[to start] $193,000 per year would have to be built into the recurring
operating budget of the college for Institute staff and office
At 10:33 a.m., on Tuesday, August 21,2007, Dr. Richburg e-mailed
Dr. Goetsch's finalized proposed to Representative Sansom.
Over the next 20 minutes, the following flurry of e-mail passed between them:
10:38 a.m.: Representative Sansom acknowledged receipt and thanked
Dr. Richburg for the proposal.
10:50 a.m.: Representative Sansom further replied with "This looks great!! Next
10:53 a.m.: Dr. Richburg further responded adding: "We can make this work if
you can get it funded. It will involve some special legislative strategy since it would be
best to add the operations costs to our base next session and perhaps to add the
construction funds to either the new student services building or renovation. If you
would like, we can turn [lobbyist and former college Vice-President] Jeff Schembera
lose on strategy and get him working with us to help make it happen."
10:55 a.m.: Representative Sansom told Dr. Richburg: "That would be
great-please have Jeff come by and I will get to work on funds. Thanks again." [0-14]
This part recounts how $720,000 in seed money for the Leadership Institute's
initial three to five years of operation was obtained from the Florida Legislature.
A documented reference to the Leadership Institute's $750,000 in operations
money first appears on an annotated Agenda indicating that there was a December 5,
2007, meeting scheduled to occur between Representative Sansom and Dr. Richburg at
which they apparently were scheduled to discuss the college's overall legislative funding
request for the upcoming 2008 regular session. [0-15]
Item 3 of the Meeting Agenda states:
'The following are operating budget issues: ...
"Provide an additional $750,000 in start-up funds for the Leadership Institute. This
should be in recurring dollars."
This document states in a footnote that it was revised on December 20,2007.

Because these handwritten annotations appear on the December 20th version, the
meeting (or perhaps meetings) would have occurred sometime after December 5th but
no later than January 10, 2008. That is the date Representative Sansom gave the
annotated copy of the Agenda to Michael Hansen, the House's Budget Director.
It has been reliably established that this Richburg/Sansom Agenda Items
document has the word "Niceville" written on it in Representative Sansom's handwriting.
This reflects his decision (or perhaps a decision made jointly with Dr. Richburg) that the
Leadership Institute would be on the Niceville campus, not at the Fort Walton Beach
campus. The Agenda's top margin contains the marking "1 +" which was a code, later
written by staff, that the request was to be given top legislative priority. The "1 +" code
was used when a request was received from and was of high interest to someone at the
pinnacle of House leadership.
At the time Representative Sansom gave the Agenda sheet to Mr. Hansen, he
told Mr. Hansen to "put this in the budget" or "I would like to see this in the budget," or
words to that effect.
As Budget Director, Mr. Hansen's job was to take instructions such as these from
the Speaker, the Speaker-Designate, and the Policy and Budget Council chairman, and
to make sure that whatever was contained in the request got on the list to get into the
House's legislation.
Mr. Hansen gave the annotated Agenda to Deputy Budget Director Skip Martin
and also passed along Mr. Sansom's verbal message, something to the effect of "the
chairman would like this in."
On February 11, 2008, three weeks before opening day of the 2008 regular
session, Mr. Hansen received a reminder document entitled "Okaloosa-Walton
College's Legislative Request." [0-16] It is not clear who prepared this document but in
its top margin, in what again has been reliably identified to be Representative Sansom's
handwriting, it says "Mike." There is also the following entry, similarly attributed to
Representative Sansom's hand, after the typed line that says:
"Leadership Institute 750,000 (Recurring)"
the handwritten inserted letters "/N.R." [non-recurring]
This document also bears an encircled numeral "1" in the top margin indicating
to those who saw or handled it that it was some House leader's top "must fund" priority.
Unclear again, is the identity of the person who hand-wrote the numeral, but in any
event, its presence was not lost on Mr. Hansen who passed the message to Mr. Martin
to "make sure that this is in the SLC [Schools and Learning Council] budget."
As was the customary practice in the annual budgeting process, the higher
education allocations were bubbling up from the analyst levels at the House
Appropriations Committee. Inputs of needs were assembled by the committee staff,
along with prior year's information, requests from members, requests from affected
parties in the public education sector, and so on. The allocation spreadsheets
eventually made their way to the Speaker's Office for approval before the allocations
were handed back down to the members and committee staff.
The two-page document entitled "ALLOCATIONS-March 17,20084:28 PM."
shows the handwritten word "final" in the top margin of page two. [0-17] Stapled to the
lump-sum allocations sheet was a color-coded breakout sheet entitled "General
Revenue Funding Issues 3/14/09" that clearly identified for Speaker Rubio's office that
the higher education allocation included $750,000 for the Okaloosa-Walton College
Leadership Institute. [0-18]
Meanwhile, the Proposed Committee Bill that would become the House's
General Appropriations Bill for FY 2008-2009 was being assembled by House staff. As
was customary, the general revenue operations money for all the community colleges
was appropriated in a lump sum. The total for all the community college operations was
just over $974 million. Out of that amount, the general revenue allocation for Okaloosa-
Walton College was $16,979,547. Later LAS/PBS documents [0-19] show that
$750,000 for operating the Leadership Institute was in fact in the $16.9 million. 1
House Bill 5001, the General Appropriations Bill was filed and had its first reading
onApril 4, 2008. The total of $16,979,547 lump sum from General Revenue for
operations of the college remained unchanged until the bill was engrossed. [0-20] The
$750,000 for the Leadership Institute was still part of that appropriation.2
1 In addition to the $16.9 million in General Revenue appropriated to Okaloosa-Walton College through
the CCCF,
the Legislature appropriated $2,234,678 in lottery funds to be spent for operations at the discretion of
college's Board of Trustees; and $981,703 to support the college's baccalaureate programs, based on
2 During the conference process nearing the end of the 2008 session, the so-called "little chairs" met to
budget items. At the end of the meetings) between Representative Pickens and his Senate counterpart,
House Schools and Learning Council staff created a list of Education Issues for Review. The purpose
of this list was
to advise Mr. Hansen, the Budget Director, of the items that the "Ilittle chairs" had agreed to and those
remained open and would have to be "bumped-up" to the "big chairs" namely, Representative Sansom
Senator Carlton. The Budget Director instructed the staff to include the $750,000 for the Leadership
Institute on
the list and to roll it into the Community College Program Fund. Inclusion in the CCPF gave the col-
lege discretion
on how to spend the money for the stated purpose and removed the item from visibility.
As House Bill 5001 ran the legislative gauntlet toward final passage on May 1,
2008, it was House senior staff who tracked the "special projects and issues" of
importance to the House leadership. This tracking process had a two-fold purpose.
The first was to see that none of the leadership's priorities unintentionally got lost in the
confusion of the final days of the session. The second purpose was to make sure that,
at final passage of House Bill 5001 (2008), the budget was in balance.
These ever-evolving, daily-changing tracking documents contain the following
entries regarding the $750,000 to operate the Okaloosa-Walton Leadership Institute:
"Group Speaker-Designate"
"Council SLC"
"Start Up funds for the Leadership Institute
"Recurring funding is requested"
from tracking document dated 3/1/08
captioned "2008 Regular Session Special Projects" [0-21]
The "General Revenue Funding Issues" green sheet (so named because of
the color of the shading of roughly half of the 48 items listed on it) dated
March 17,2008,4:27 PM., produced and used by the staff in the Speaker's
office contains the following two entries that address primarily the allocation
of available funds between the various councils:
a. Item "126 I Okaloosa-Walton College Leadership Institute"
Non-Recurring $750,000
Total $750,000
b. "Items highlighted in green must be funded at
the level shown." [0-22]
There is a significant volume of back and forth e-mail traffic between mid-level
and higher-level House appropriations committee analysts during the 2008 regular
session seeking guidance on, and discussing the issues of 1) whether the $750,000
was to be rolled into the Community College Program Fund (CCCF), or was intended to
be "on top of' the $16.9 million FY 2008-2009 lump sum operating money for Okaloosa-
Walton College; [0-23] and 2) whether it would get nosed out in favor of some other
projects) in the final conference negotiations. The applicable LAS/PBS documents
show that the $750,000 was appropriated as part of the $16.9 million of General
This chain of events is confirmed (although slightly modified) by the following:
* the college's official January 2009 "Business Plan" for the Leadership Institute,
[0-24] as amended, acknowledges that the college received and has the unused
portion of the appropriated funds on deposit in the college's Fund #2 (Grants);
* that because of a state-imposed statewide budget cut during FY 2008-2009,
what started out as a $750,000 appropriation was reduced to $720,000 by the
time it was actually received by the college.
This Part outlines the process of how Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO)
money was obtained from the Florida Legislature for the Leadership Institute's future
home on the third floor of the proposed (and now fully funded) Student Services
Building on the main campus of the college in Niceville.
In July 2007 the PECO Revenue Estimating Conference issued its initial
estimate of FY 2008-09 revenue. Based on that forecast, the Florida Department of
Education, Office of Educational Facilities, determined that the total projected amount
that would be available for construction projects at all of Florida's 28 public community
colleges in FY 2008-2009 would be $319,974,866.
The Student Services Center (Building "K") remodeling project at OkaloosaWalton
College first appeared on college's project request list submitted to the Florida
Department of Education around August 1,2007. The college asked for $4,310,777 for
FY 2008-09 (the initial year of the 2-year project) and $2.2 million for FY 2009-2010.
The $6,518,777 sum was the projected cost of remodeling and renovating 23,792
square feet of the existing student services building that was built in, and had the style
of, the 1960s. The one-story, high-roofed building housed the college bookstore, the
cafeteria, the dining and student gathering area, a gallery where the college Board of
Trustees met, a large central common area that can hold about 500 folding chairs for
community events, and student government offices. This project also included adding
9,744 square feet of new student service space as recommended in the educational
plant survey dated June 12,2007.
On October 18, 2007, as part of the FY 2008-2009 initial legislative budget
request and in response to the July 2007 PECO Revenue Estimating Conference
projections, the Division of Community Colleges released its three-year list of
recommended PECO projects for all 28 colleges. The amount recommended for the
requested Student Services Building project for FY 2008-09 was zero. That
decisionlrecommendation if accepted by the Legislature would have had the effect of
delaying the start of the Student Services Building project by at least one year. Then,
for FY 2009-2010, the DOE designated $785,396 for planning and design of the Student
Services Building. Five million dollars was put on the list for FY 2010-2011,the third
and final year of the proposed budget. Presumably, the balance of the project would be
funded in FY 2011-2012.
In November 2007 the Revenue Estimating Conference revised the estimate. It
raised the projected FY 2008-2009 overall PECO pot from $1,251,500,000 to
$1,397,000,000. That was translated by DOE administrators to increase the overall
community college PECO project pot from $319,974,866 to $349,439,165.
On December 17, 2007, Jeff Schembera, who was apparently operating as a
lobbyist for the college, talked to DOE employee Ron Fahs, then the Director of
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Facilities Planning and Budgeting for the Florida Community College System.
Schembera got Fahs to "move up one million to FY 2008-2009 on the three year PECO
list for the Student Services project." Mr. Schembera reported this fact in an e-mail to
the House's Deputy Budget Director, Skip Martin. [D-25] As Mr. Schembera said, "This
will at least get it into the Senate budget." Mr. Schembera also reported to Skip Martin
that he avoided answering Fahs' inquiry about how much the total project would cost,
and that Schembera told Fahs that he could not disclose that dollar amount "unless the
Speaker-Designate agreed." This, of course is the building that was planned to house
the Leadership Institute.
In its January 17, 2008, revision of the Community College PECO legislative
budget request, the DOE changed its earlier position and recommended providing some
first year funding for this project, namely $1 million for FY 2008-2009. Then $2 million
was shown for FY 2009-2010, with the $3,528,777 balance in for FY 2010-2011. This
decision had the effect of getting the project planning and start-up phase going in the
first year.
In March 2008 while the regular session of the Florida Legislature was
underway, the PECO Revenue Estimating Conference revised and reduced its earlier
estimates for FY 2008-2009 state revenues. The reduction resulted in a $42.5 million
reduction by the DOE of the total estimated amount available for all public community
construction projects in FY 2008-2009, from $349.4 million to $306.9 million.
In response to the third and final Revenue Estimating Conference projection in
the series, on March 25, 2008, the DOE released a spreadsheet keeping the initial $1
million in the planning and start-up phase of the college student services renovation
funding in FY 2008-2009, but it reduced the projected allocation to $1 million for each of
years two and three.
On March 31, 2008, Dr. Gary Yancey, Vice-President for Administrative Services
at the college, sent an e-mail to Ron Fahs explaining that what initially had been a
24,000 square foot student services remodel/renovation project with a 9,700 square foot
addition was now a 105,000 square foot project with a new "third floor to be entirely
dedicated to the Leadership Institute approximately 25,000 square feet." [0-26]
By April 3, 2008, the House Appropriations Bill showed full advance, first-year
funding of $25,500,000 for the student services reconstruction project, all in FY 20082009.
However, on the 56th day of the 60-day regular session, the Senate
Appropriations Bill still reflected only a $1 million appropriation for the corresponding
year one, sticking with the March 2ih recommendation of the DOE administrators.
On April 21, 2008, after the session and about the time that the Governor was
considering the veto of PECO projects that were funded by the Legislature but not on
the DOE list, Dr. Yancey sent Ron Fahs a memo containing "a little background
information on the third-floor Leadership Institute." In that memo, Dr. Yancey explained
that there had been a feasibility study, and that their initial plan for an 11,000 square
foot Leadership Institute facility permanently staffed with a director, a marketing
specialist, and an administrative assistant, had grown into a 25,000 square foot floor of
its own on top of the proposed new Student Services Building. Dr. Yancey closed with
"... we will likely need every dollar of the [$25,500,000] appropriation. Hope this helps
you defend it." [0-27]
During the 2008 regular session, Representative Sansom's input to, and
influence over, the PECO side of the Leadership Institute funding process generally
paralleled his activities regarding the Institute's operations funding outlined in Part Two
of this section.
For example, Dr. Goetsch's initial "Proposal" fromAugust 2007 [D-13a] that
Dr. Richburg sent to Representative Sansom on August 21,2007, also had a PECO
component. Dr. Goetsch estimated initially that the construction cost of an adequate
facility for the Leadership Institute would be $4 million. His plan didn't address location
or whether it would be a stand-alone building or a floor in the new Student Services
Center being planned for the Niceville campus.
The 2008 Regular Session Special Projects List dated December 12, 2007,
included $7,500,000 attributed to the Speaker-Designate's "Group" for a "(New) Project
Classroom building for the Leadership InstitutelOkaloosa-Walton College" with the
note "possibly incorporating this project" with the Student Services Building project.
It was at the Sansom-Richburg meeting that took place sometime between
December 5,2007, and December 20,2007, that either Dr. Richburg or
Representative Sansom documented a decision that the new facility, initially estimated
by Dr. Goetsch to cost $4 million was, by December, projected to cost $7,500,000, and
that it would be built on the third floor of the new Student Services Building.
This decision was sent to Budget Director Hansen on a written reminder from
Speaker-Designate Sansom on February 11, 2008. [D-28] That document was titled
"Okaloosa-Walton College Legislative Request." The second entry on it stated:
A footnote to that document disclosed that the PECO item was:
"Included in Governors and FDOE Budget Recommendations at $1,000,000"
The two projects had been combined: $18 million for the new Student Services
Center building, and $7,500,000 for construction of the Leadership Institute up on the
third floor of the new building.
There does not seem to have been much documented discussion on the issue
after that point. The combined project was included in the House Bill and when the
conference report was published, it was funded in full. As explained in the Introduction
of this Report, because neither Representative Sansom nor Senator Lisa Carlton, his
budget committee counterpart in the Florida Senate at the time, are willing now to talk to
me about this issue, and the Senate appropriations staff is not allowed to do so, I can
make no conclusions about precisely how or when or by whom the PECO funding for
the Leadership Institute was agreed upon by the 2008 appropriations conferees. It just
In 1989, Okaloosa-Walton President "Bob" Richburg was looking for an
"Assistant to the President"' He appointed a selection committee chaired by the thencollege
Vice-President, Jeff Schembera. That committee reviewed 29 applications.
They reduced the list to 11, and on the second round, the list was further reduced to
four. The following short list, arranged alphabetically, was presented to Dr. Richburg on
January 24, 1989:
Ernest C. Blankenship
William C. Bradley
Bolley "Bo" Johnson
Ray Sansom
On January 31, 1989, Dr. Richburg offered the $49,500 full-time job to "Bo"
Johnson, subject to confirmation by the Board of Trustees at its next meeting. [D-29]
There were two conditions. First, Mr. Johnson had been a member of the Florida
House of Representatives since 1978 and he was then-current chairman of the
Education Appropriations Subcommittee. So when he was on official legislative duty
(defined as session and committee meeting weeks), he would have to take leave from
the college without pay. Second, the job offer was contingent on Mr. Johnson obtaining
an ethics-type letter verifying the appropriateness of the hiring. Mr. Johnson's initial
assignment at the college was to develop an "Institute of Government" that would
provide training to government agency personnel. Mr. Johnson accepted the position
on February 1, 1989. [0-30]
On April 15, 1992, Representative Johnson resigned from his college job citing
the demands of increasing legislative duties, particularly relating to his run up to holding
the office of Speaker in November 1992. [0-31]
Representative Sansom has over the years expressed to others his
disappointment on how he was treated during that 1989 interview process; he felt that
he was just going through the drill, and that Dr. Richburg's interview process seemed
perfunctory because "Bo" Johnson seemed pre-determined to get the job.
After that incident, Representative Sansom's career continued with other
endeavors. He was elected to the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners in
November 1992. He served there until the year 2000. He was elected to the Florida
House of Representatives in 2002. He has served here continuously since then.
In August or September 2008 Dr. Richburg first raised the employment possibility
issue with Representative Sansom saying something to the effect that "maybe you
ought to be working at our college." However, the talk stayed general and Dr. Richburg
did not offer Representative Sansom a job at that time.
It so happened that the Executive Director who had worked at the college
Foundation for many years had announced his retirement and relocation to Maryland.
That move would create a vacancy in the existing administrative structure of the college.
Dr. Richburg immediately focused on the idea of using the vacancy as the basis for a
new slot for an additional vice-president.
Beginning in October 2008 word of Dr. Richburg's plan to hire Representative
Sansom began to circulate around the aroundollege the college top administrative staff. Different
administrators found out about the new employee at different times as Dr. Richburg saw
the need arise.
* In an informal staff meeting held sometime in early to mid-October 2008
Dr. Richburg first mentioned in passing to his two personal office staff assistants
that he "was looking at employing Ray Sansom." Dr. Richburg did not tell them
what the new employee's position would be.
* Around the last of October Dr. Richburg told the Associate Vice-President of
Business Services at the college that he "wanted to do something good for the
college"' He told Mrs. Utley, a CPA, to think about a method to accomplish the
proposed new hire. He asked her to figure out whether it would be better for the
college for Ray Sansom to come on as an independent contractor or as a regular
part-time payroll employee.
* Because Dr. Richburg classified the $750,000 Leadership Institute funding
received from the 2008 Legislature as a grant, he needed a grant administrator.
So, Mrs. Julie Cotton was hired and began work at the college on July 1, 2008.
Her title initially was Grant Administrator. Her job included interviewing dozens of
community leaders and prospective users of the Leadership Institute services. In
fact, when she met with Representative Sansom in his Fort Walton Beach district
office on July 29, 2008, Mrs. Cotton had no inkling whatsoever that she was
interviewing her future supervisor. Representative Sansom was generous with
his ideas about what services a Leadership Institute should provide the
community. Recently, Mrs. Cotton's job has been expanded to Leadership
Institute Administrator along with additional special projects responsibilities. Mrs.
Cotton first found out about Vice-President Sansom and that she was going to be
reporting to him when Dr. Richburg told her about 10 days prior to the November
19th public announcement.
* Nancy Murphy is the Director of Human Relations at the college. Dr. Richburg

told her sometime in October 2008 that the college would have a part-time VicePresident
for Planning and Development. He also told her that he would provide
her with a preliminary job description for her to work on. It is not established to a
certainty if it was Dr. Richburg himself who told her, or whether she learned it
from someone in the office, but at the point she started to work on the job
description, she knew that the job was being created for and fashioned to
accommodate Representative Sansom. Mrs. Murphy worked on various
versions that Dr. Richburg gave her, [0-32] until on November 13, 2008, she emailed
her draft of a "final" job description to Dr. Richburg. [0-33] In that e-mail
she asked him several questions: "Do I have too much information at the
beginning for a part-time position?" and "Maybe we add this when he becomes
fulltime?" When Dr. Richburg replied a few minutes later, he did not address her
questions, especially the one about the job maturing into a full-time one. All he
said was "Good-I will review in the morning with Ray and get back to you."
Dr. Richburg vetted the hiring of Representative Sansom to all but one member
of the Board of Trustees before November 19, 2008.
1) The earliest vetting to a trustee began "three or four weeks before September 19,
2008," when Dr. Richburg met Representative Sansom and a trustee for breakfast at
a local Cracker Barrel Restaurant. Dr. Richburg told the trustee at that time that
"Ray eventually wants to come to work for the college." That same day, September
19, 2008, after a Homeland Security meeting, Dr. Richburg came outside and said to
Trustee #1, "I'm gonna blow your socks off I am going to hire Ray Sansom." The
trustee responded with something to the effect that "What will our enemies say?" Dr.
Richburg's response was along the lines of "It will be in the paper a couple of days
and will blow over." The third time Dr. Richburg raised hiring Representative
Sansom's with Trustee #1 was on November 18, 2008, when he told Trustee #1 that
he would "put out a press release the next morning about Ray."
2) A couple of weeks before the November 18, 2008, trustees' meeting, Trustee #2
was at the college for a meeting concerning an engineering-related degree program.
Dr. Richburg engaged Trustee #2 in a conversation on the way out to the trustee's
vehicle. At the close of that conversation, Dr. Richburg first told Trustee #2 about
his "idea of hiring Ray Sansom, part-time to fill the departing Executive Director's
Foundation position plus some other things." Trustee #2 was not asked for a
decision but responded voluntarily with a "that sounds fine" or words to that effect.
The two of them didn't speak about it again until the November 18th board meeting.
3) Well prior to November 18,2008, Dr. Richburg came up to Trustee #3 at some
ceremony at the college and told the trustee that he "was contemplating hiring Ray
Sansom." Dr. Richburg asked the trustee if the trustee "had any problem with that."
Trustee #3 replied that he did not. The trustee asked if this hire would be as a
replacement for the departing Executive Director and Dr. Richburg replied
affirmatively and added that "the college could use Ray's [fund raising] skills at the
Foundation." Trustee #3 pursued the issue about the Speaker-Designate being able
to do two jobs at once, meaning running the House of Representatives and his
college duties. Dr. Richburg assured Trustee #3 that he thought it would work out
and that he "would have Ray do a time sheet to make sure that we didn't pay him for
the time he was on duty in Tallahassee."
4) Sometime in early to mid-November 2008 Dr. Richburg visited Trustee #4 at the
trustee's business office. Dr. Richburg told Trustee #4 t-at the departing Executive
Director gave the college an opportunity and that "Ray Sansom could do more for
owe in his college position." Dr. Richburg said that there would be "a new title,
more money, and some additional responsibilities" over those performed by the
departing Executive Director. Trustee #4 said "It sounds good to me" or words to
that effect. Trustee #4 expressed concern "for the possible pushback" but said that
Dr. Richburg should proceed with whatever he thought was best for the college and
the community.
5) In late fall during an outdoor conversation between Dr. Richburg and Trustee #5, Dr.
Richburg asked something to the effect of "Don't you think Ray Sansom would be
perfect for a new high-level position at OWC?" Trustee #5 replied that he thought
there was "no person better poised" and assured Dr. Richburg of his "support 100%."
6) Well prior to November 18, 2008, Trustee #6 met Dr. Richburg at a yacht club
function. Dr. Richburg told the trustee that he had an idea to float by Trustee #6 to
see what the trustee thought of it. Dr. Richburg explained that he was trying to get
the college's Leadership Institute off the ground and the Foundation's Executive
Director's retirement gave him the opportunity to do so. Then about one week prior
to the board's November 18, 2008, board meeting, Dr. Richburg again mentioned
the "Ray Sansom thing" briefly to Trustee #6. Then on November 18, 2008, while in
Tallahassee for the Speaker-Designate Sansom's swearing-in ceremony as
Speaker, Dr. Richburg told Trustee #6 that "we will vote on Ray Sansom tonight."
On one of these three occasions, Dr. Richburg told Trustee #6 concerning the
Leadership Institute that "Ray will oversee it." The full-time Grant Administrator who
had been hired in the summer of 2008 and who was doing a lot of the research and
groundwork for the Leadership Institute would "report to Ray and work under his
oversight. "
7) About one week before the board's meeting on November 18, 2008, Dr. Richburg
phoned Trustee #7 on the trustee's cell phone. Dr. Richburg asked Trustee #7 what
the trustee thought about his hiring Representative Sansom. The trustee said that it
would be a "great gift to OWC."
8) The first that Trustee #8 heard from Dr. Richburg about the hiring of Representative
Sansom was while Trustee #8 and Dr. Richburg were seated next to each other on
the floor of the House chamber, a moment or two before he was sworn in as
Speaker on Tuesday, November 18, 2008. Dr. Richburg told Trustee #8 that
Speaker Sansom was going to be hired at the college and that a public
announcement was imminent. A very brief discussion ensued between them.
Trustee #8 asked Dr. Richburg about "the propriety of hiring Ray in light of the
college's experience with 'Bo' Johnson." Dr. Richburg replied to the effect that "this
one was OK" and that "the Johnson th Jnson ing was different." The ceremony then
began and their conversation ended. That was the last word between these two on
the subject until the board meeting that evening in Niceville.
Quid Pro Quo
Florida has a citizen Legislature. Every member is entitled to earn a living. No
person forfeits that right because of the mere fact of election to, or attainment of office
in, the Florida Legislature. And, when a legislator works for a public institution or entity,
there is no reason, per se, for that entity to suffer, just because one of its employees is
a legislator or an officer of the Legislature.
What the legislative ethics laws and rules generally prohibit is the misuse of
public office for a member's personal benefit.
Over the recent three decades ooor so, our state universities and community
colleges have been like magnets attracting incumbent and former Florida legislators,
termed-out legislators, retired legislators, defeated legislators, and recycled legislators,
for employment as administrators and academics. There is absolutely nothing wrong
with, or suspect about, these relationships per se as long as the jobs are not no-show
positions, or created by or for legislators as rewards for past or future legislative actions
by legislators who are or will be in positions to provide legislative rewards tailored for
their employers.
In short, Quid Pro Quo means this for that, or the giving of one valuable thing in
anticipation or expectation of receiving another.
1. Whether the legislator was employed in the same or a similar post prior to
election or ascension to a leadership position in the Legislature
2. The legislator's "new" leadership position in the Legislature, if any, i.e.
freshman member of the minority party [with relatively little influence over
the legislative process] vs. officer or chair of a relevant committee or council
(with substantial influence over what the Legislature does and/or how the
Legislature legislates on the interests of the employer)
3. Who the employer is
4. The level of the employment position involved
5. Nature of the position, i.e. an established, pre-existing job with an existing
job description vs. ajob created for, or created with, a single legislator in
6. Whether the legislator's job credentials and qualifications (education,
experience, and training) fit and objectively qualify the legislator for the
7. Compensation
a. Part-time vs. full-time position
Full-time requires advertisement and selection "process"; part-time does not
9. Timing of hiring the legislator, i.e., before, during or after the legislator
became a member of the Legislature, or before or after the legislator
attained a position of significant influence in the Legislature.
10. Process used to fill the position, i.e.: inside track hire vs. competitive
considerations, appropriate advertisement, or selection mechanism
11. Special nature of the "benefits" brought or to be brought to the employer by
the legislator, over and above the value of the work for which the salary or
other compensation is/was/will be paid by the employer to the
12. Timing of the benefits bestowed in item (11) above
13. Level of participation, if any, directly or indirectly, of the legislator in
arranging for, advocating for, participating in, or otherwise obtaining a
legislative benefit, largesse, appropriation, or program for the employer
14. Whether any benefit, largesse, appropriation, program, etc., is/was targeted
or specialized for, or exclusively tailored to or toward, one recipient or to a
member of a very small group of similarly situated recipients
15. Whether the legislator sponsored or "guided" legislation that created or
funded ajob that the legislator slipped into during or at the end of the
legislator's legislative career.
The application of the foregoing tests to 14 of to 14 of the members of the Florida
Legislature who have moved into or held administrative or teaching positions in the
state university or community college systems and who were considered in the sample
suggests a continuum along which the conduct of these legislators can be placed.
Some of the above elements deserve greater weight than others, but that fact only
highlights the problem of using a subjective evaluation to try to create an objective
classification system.
There would be no benefit added to this report by identifying the individual
legislators who were considered in the sample, nor any benefit to the analysis by trying
to place each of them in some precise place on a continuum that runs from acceptable
behavior that does not violate House Rule 15 to unacceptable behavior that does. This
is so because 1) the application and weight given to the above factors and the location
of an individual on the continuum is a matter of subjective opinion and 2) only one of the
14 legislators, Representative Sansom, is the object of this analysis.
So, focusing on the one legislator who now matters, it is my view that as to
Specification I, that 13 of the above 15 factors weigh in on the probable cause side of

the balance. The factors that are neutral are #3 and #4. The remaining 13 factors, at a
minimum establish the appearance that the Representative Sansom's employment was
a quid pro quo for (1) his past services to the college and (2) the probability that as the
new Speaker, he would continue to perform similar services for the college. It is my
view that a reasonable person would conclude that his employment was designed
primarily to take advantage of his position as Speaker to the benefit of the college and
the salary was direct compensation for Representative Sansom's official acts as a
member and Speaker on behalf of the college and its President.
Actions are taken by those in the legislative process, as well as in business and
in life in general, are often based on the advice of legal counsel. In order for a lawyer's
advice to be reliable, the lawyer must be given (or dig out for himself or herself) full
knowledge of the facts upon which the advice is to be based. As the facts change, or
more facts come to light, or are disclosed by the client to the lawyer, the lawyer's
conclusion can and often does change. This is implicit in advice given in any lawyerclient
There are three documents relevant to this issue:
1. In October 1989 Representative T K. Wetherell asked the Florida Ethics
Commission whether it would be a conflict for him to be President of Tallahassee
Community College and Speaker of the House of Representatives at the same
time. [0-35] The Commission followed its own precedent from 1979 and 1981
and said in effect that it would not be a conflict, per se, as long as he followed
several clear rules that the Commission set out.
2. In the second week of December 2008, after the media raised the hiring issue
with Dr. Richburg, he asked the college board's attorney for an opinion. Attorney
Lorenz replied to Dr. Richburg by letter dated December 10, 2008. [0-36]
Mr. Lorenz said "I... want to assure you and the Trustees that I am aware of no
impropriety in his [Ray Sansom's] hiring, nor am I aware of any conflict of
interest." His response addressed solely what the lawyer was or was not aware
of. There are at least three readily apparent reasons for Attorney Lorenz's lack
of awareness: he didn't know, he didn't ask, and/or he was not told the operative
facts and circumstances necessary for him to give an informed opinion. Because
of its guarded nature, the opinion letter, in my view, remains of limited reliability.
3. On December 30, 2008, well after the issue became public, Representative
Sansom or someone on his behalf asked the House General Counsel for an
Informal Opinion on essentially the same question that Mr. Wetherell had asked
the Florida Ethics Commission 20 years ago. Ms. Camechis' answer is well
reasoned and scholarly. [0-37] It contains in one comprehensive explanation,
all of the advice that a House member needs to know and follow to stay out of
trouble in the conflict of interest area. However, by its own terms, the opinion
applied on a prospective basis only and did not consider or pertain to any event
that occurred before December 30,2008. Furthermore, it appears to me that Ms.
Camechis had no knowledge of any of the operative facts that subsequently have
been uncovered by this Special Investigation.
Accordingly, it is my view that Representative Sansom's prospective defense of
reliance on the advice of counsel, if advanced, will be of little value in the case, at
least to the extent that it is based on the above three documents.
I find probable cause to believe that the conduct of Representative Ray Sansom,
described in the Findings of Fact in Specification I regarding his employment as Vice-
President of Planning and Development at Northwest Florida State College beginning
December 2008, particularly the method he used to create, fund, and plan for
construction of a facility to house the Leadership Institute over which he had and would
have had continuing supervisory control and oversight, could reasonably have caused
the complainant to lose confidence and faith in the integrity of the Florida House of
Representatives as she alleged it did in her sworn complaint dated January 6, 2009.
A finding of probable cause is not a determination that a violation has
occurred. Only the House of Representatives can make that determination after
Representative Sansom is given an opportunity for a hearing at which to present his
defenses to the charges contained in the sworn complaint.
3 The central problem in the application of House Rule 15 is that the concepts of "public confidence"
and "integrity
... of the House" are vague and undefined by Rule or statute. So, as one moves beyond core misconduct
by other sections of Rule 15 (e.g., taking a bribe for a legislative vote), difficult questions arise such as
giving fair
notice to those governed by House Rule 15.2 of what conduct is prohibited. It would go too far, in my
view, to
include every kind of possible legal or ethical abuse remotely connected to the office of state legislator.
Nevertheless, legislative bodies in this country have been applying a general standard of conduct for
over 200
years. There are many permutations expressing the same idea: 1)... shall conduct himself to justify the
confidence placed in him by the people...; 2)... can be given meaning by reference to generally accept-
standards of conduct; 3) that which departs from the public trust expected of a member and tends to
bring the
body into dishonor and disrepute...; 4) brings discredit upon the body by a pattern of improper conduct
... even
though the conduct doesn't violate any law or specific legislative rule; and 5) the one on which this
House's Rule
15.2 appears to have been based that provides It*** a member of the House shall conduct himself at all
times in a
manner that shall reflect creditably upon the House." House Rule XXIII Code of Official Conduct,
United States
House of Representatives.
This story begins over three years before Dr. Richburg or Representative
Sansom had any relevant contact with each other concerning the airport hangar project.
The Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners owns the land on which
the Destin Airport is located. In February 2004 the board entered a 20-year lease with
Destin Jet, LLC. The lessee was to build and operate a facility for the LLC to become a
Fixed Base Operator (FBO) with a small terminal building to service civil (noncommercial)
aircraft, offer aircraft charters, run a light aircraft maintenance facility, rent
hangars, and operate a fuel depot. At the time, there was an FBO at the opposite end
of the airport. The commissioners and Jay Odom, the principal of Destin Jet, LLC,
thought the expanding population in the area and the resulting civil air traffic warranted
two FBOs at the Destin airport.
In April 2004 Destin Jet, LLC, applied to the City of Destin for a Development
Order authorizing the LLC to proceed with development.
On October 10, 2005, the planning and environmental staff of the City of Destin
recommended to the City Council that, with a few changes, the Development Order be
issued. However, at a meeting on October 21, 2005, the City Council turned the
application down on a 4-3 vote. The primary reasons were noise and air-quality
concerns. In no longer than it took for his lawyers to do the paperwork, Mr. Odom sued
the City of Destin.
At its May 17,2006 meeting, the Destin Airport Advisory Committee noted that
they were still awaiting a report from a consultant on the placement of Destin Jet's fuel
tanks, and that Mr. Odom had offered to pay $25,000 toward the cost of an independent
air-quality study for the site.
Negotiations came to fruition the next day, May 18, 2006, when a Settlement
Agreement was reached in which it was agreed, among other things, that Mr. Odom's
company would get its Development Order from the city, would pay the $25,000 toward
an air-quality study, and would dismiss his lawsuit. [D-38]
City planning officials continued to meet with Mr. Odom to discuss noise barriers,
trees, and similar details prior to issuance of the Development Order.
On June 30,2006, the City of Destin issued Development Order #06-12
authorizing Mr. Odom's FBO with 11 hangars, offices, fuel depot, towing and tarmac
access, automobile parking, stormwater management facilities, and so on. [D-39]
In late November or early December 2006 Mr. Odom had a luncheon meeting
with the Destin City Manager. They discussed the possibilities of public financing for his
FBO and its related facilities. The meeting was arranged by a lobbyist who did grant
research, grant writing, and special projects for Mr. Odom. One of the other possible
sources for funding for Mr. Odom's FBO and its hangar that they discussed was public
money from the Florida Legislature. Either the lobbyist already knew about the
Legislature's Community Issue Budget Requests (CIBRs) process or she learned
enough about it in order to write one.
The lobbyist assisted the City of Destin's in-house grant writer prepare the CIBR
form. Their concept was that Destin Jet, LLC, would have primary use of the FBO
facility (including its large hangar) throughout the year but when a hurricane or other
disaster occurred, Mr. Odom would remove his aircraft from "his" company's hangar and
local emergency service personnel and equipment would move in and have the
exclusive use of the hangar until after the event.
The CIBR form stated that there was a $4 million, in kind, private match, the
stated "value of the land and infrastructure." There was no mention in the CIBR (1) that
the land was really a leasehold from the county to Destin Jet, LLC, or (2) that this facility
would be used exclusively by a private company for perhaps as many as 300+ days a
year, and maybe more if there were no hurricanes blowing through the area in a
In any case, the grant writers attached an excerpt from the Okaloosa County
Hurricane Loss Mitigation Strategy document that reviewed Destin's vulnerability after
Hurricanes Ivan in 2004, Erin in 1995, and Opal in 1995. They obtained and assembled
letters of local support to attach to the CIBR.
* The Okaloosa County Sheriff emphasized the benefits of having his deputies and
emergency equipment stay in what would become Destin's own little EOC during
hurricane or disaster events.
* The Destin Fire Control District Chief said that the importance of the proposed
Category 5 hardened facility for his firefighters and equipment staged in Destin
could save lives and would avoid the necessity of evacuation and re-entry across
bridges that were of uncertain reliability in Category 5 storm events. He closed
his letter with the urgent plea that "the importance of the proposed facility cannot
be understated."
* The Okaloosa County Director of Public Safety added emphasis to the Fire
Chiefs support.
On December 28, 2006, the City Manager formally advised the Mayor and City
Council of his contacts with Mr. Odom. [0-40] The City Manager gave further details of
the plan to the council including that Mr. Odom would remove his aircraft from the
15,000 square foot hangar and most likely fly them out of the area to allow the city to
use the hangar and the 12,000 square feet of administrative office space for an EOC.
The manager recommended approval of Mr. Odom's request for a formal Resolution of
Support and for the Mayor to sign the CIBR, making the city the applicant. After a bit of
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would be for the city and for Mr. Odom, and commending Mr. Odom for his willingness
to move his aircraft out at his expense, the Destin City Council unanimously adopted the
Resolution. [D-41]
The CIBR form is dated January 5,2007. [D-42] It got to the legislative staff, in
both houses, sometime in late January or February. On the House side, Representative
Coley's staff submitted it along with the other CIBRs that she had received for that
session. Representative Coley did not get the CIBR from Speaker-Designate Sansom
or talk to him about it.
During the 2007 regular session, Representative Sansom was aware of the
city's $6 million CIBR. He said subsequently that he "was not supportive of the
[Destin/Odom] plan as a public-private partnership because it was hard to justify."
Representative Sansom also has subsequently acknowledged speaking to Mr. Odom
from time to time about matters of mutual interest; however, Representative Sansom
does not remember Mr. Odom asking him specifically during the 2007 session, for CIBR
dollars for this project, or generally about funding the Destin EOC joint use project.
I am unable to determine precisely what or who prompted Representative
Sansom to do so, but he phoned Dr. Richburg at some point during the first two weeks
of April 2007, about half way through the 60-day 2007 regular session of the
Legislature. The Representative Sansom asked Dr. Richburg if the college would be
willing to operate a year-round facility in Destin that could serve as an emergency
operations center in times of natural disaster. The Legislature was funding a new
community services and EOC building on the college's Niceville campus at the same
time. Dr. Richburg was aware that Destin was not part of the emergency operation
response because of the bridges across the bay being closed during times of tropical
storms or hurricanes. So, in Dr. Richburg's mind, the request from his Speaker-
Designate fit completely within the programming and responsibility of the college to the
After the phone conversation with the Representative Sansom, Dr. Richburg
phoned the Okaloosa County Manager and Destin's City Manager to find out what
county land was available in the Destin area. Dr. Richburg was told that the only land
that the county owned was where the airport was located and that there already was a
lease in place with Jay Odom for a new flight-based operations center on it. Further,
Dr. Richburg was told that although there was county land on the other side of the
runway, the county administrators did not want to develop it because of noise reasons.
It was during this phone conversation with the County Manager in April 2007 that
Dr. Richburg says he first learned that Jay Odom had proposed to the City of Destin an
EOC operation that would function as his hangar when not in use as an EOC.
The problem with the foregoing findings of fact entitled "Enter Richburg and
Sansom" regarding who first knew about the airport/Odom/college arrangement and
when, is that they were based on the testimony of Representative Sansom and
Dr. Richburg given to me before their indictments. What neither disclosed was
Dr. Richburg's April 3, 2007, e-mail to Representative Sansom entitled "Meeting with
Jay." [0-43]
The e-mail describes in great detail Dr. Richburg's "good meeting yesterday
afternoon" in which they discussed:
1. The OWC-Destin Emergency Response Training Facility will be a PECO funded
2. Odom would have to "vacate" the land so it could be leased by the county to the
3. 'The lease will need to be developed between Odom and the college for Jay to
use some of the facility for a commercial FBO and maintenance/storage
4. 'The lease between Odom and the college will need to be very specific as to
the space that is to be used by the college for instruction and training."
5. The college will plan and build the facility on a fast-track basis
The e-mail stated "Jay and I agreed that the project is to be held close until after
your actions and until after we receive guidance from you." It closed with a request from
Dr. Richburg for Representative Sansom to "let me know if we are on the right track."
Thus it is established that by April 3, 2007, when this plan took off as a college
project, that Dr. Richburg, Mr. Odom, and Representative Sansom were all fully
invested in, or at the very least, communicating about, the concept of having Jay Odom
use some of a PECO-financed and built building that would include a hangar for
Mr. Odom's commercial FBO and maintenance/storage facility.
It is true that as the development of the concept approached the final leg,
Mr. Odom's company's FBO was split off from the college's planned building and in fact
has now been built at Mr. Odom's own expense as a stand-alone facility. However, the
above e-mail demonstrates that on April 3, 2007, in the middle of the legislative session
when the $6 million in PECO construction funds were appropriated, apparently on the
strength of Speaker-Designate Sansom's prerogative as budget chair, he was fully
aware that the plan when it finally came in for a landing would include a substantial
benefit for Mr. Odom.
The Florida Department of Education prepares a moving, multi-year list of
recommended public education construction projects for the Florida Legislature to fund.
This list is revised periodically and provided to the Legislature annually as a roadmap
for construction based on the department's evaluation of many factors including relative
need, student populations, programs, geography, and so on.
There was no college/Destin airport/EOC project on any DOE list that was
transmitted to the 2007 Legislature. There was no college/Destin airport/EOC project
included in the Proposed Committee House Appropriations Bill. There was no
college/Destin airport/EOC project included in House Bill 5001, the House's General
Appropriations Bill. There was no college/Destin airport/EOC project in Senate Bill
2008, the vehicle that became the General Appropriations Act for FY 2007-08.
Sometime between Dr. Richburg's early April call and prior to April 17, 2007,
the Speaker-Designate gave a document to House Budget Director Michael Hansen.
[D-44] The 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of plain paper said:
OKAL Jt-Use Emergency Response Workforce center w/Okal Co. Destin Airport complete (spc)
An inch or so below the above-typewritten information, there was what has been
reliably (but not absolutely) identified to be the numeral "1" inside a circle about the size
of a nickel coin. Budget Director Hansen does not recall if the encircled mark was on
the paper when he got it from the Speaker-Designate, but one thing he is certain about:
he himself would never have written it on there without being told to do so by
Representative Sansom. It is established as fact that the mark was on the paper when
Hansen gave the document to his Deputy Budget Director, Skip Martin. So, the
encircled mark was either on the document when Hansen got it from Representative
Sansom or Representative Sansom wrote it on there himself or directed someone else,
other than Hansen, to do so. The most likely scenario is that the mark was meant to be
an encircled "1" indicating again that this budget item was of high leadership priority and
that it was written on the paper by Speaker-Designate Sansom in his own hand.
On April 17, 2007, Budget Director Michael Hansen handed the above document
to Skip Martin, one of the Deputy Budget Directors of the House, and relayed the
Speaker-Designate's instruction "to fund."
On April 24, 2007, Sarah Voyles, the Deputy Budget Chief at the Policy and
Budget Council, hand wrote on the document, just below the numeral "1," for this item to
be "put on our request to Senate."
4 No one has claimed authorship ofthis document. By process of elimination, it is quite likely that it was
by someone on the college staff who was familiar with DOE and legislative terminology.
The House and Senate customarily rotate regular sessions "hosting" the
appropriations conference process. In 2007, it was the Florida Senate's turn.
As explained above, the $6 million for the college/Destin airport/EOC project was
nowhere to be found in the House bill going into conference. The $6 million was not in
the Senate bill either. Although the two PECO lists totaled the same amount of money,
they had different projects in them that made up their totals. So the differing projects on
the Senate and House PECO lists had to be negotiated and resolved by the budget
chairs in a meeting or meetings that were held either in Senator Carlton's conference
room in the Senate Appropriations Committee suite or in her Senate Office Building
suite. Generally, there were only four people in attendance at the final budget
negotiations: Senate budget chair Carlton, House budget chairman Sansom, the
Senate budget chief Cynthia Kelly, and House budget director Mike Hansen. However,
Kelly and Hansen were not in the room during all of the negotiations. At times during
the process the two chairs sat alone without any staff in Senator Carlton's conference
area and they resolved the differences in the PECO list components. Even though
neither the Senate Bill nor the House Bill had the $6 million in it for this PECO project,
the issue qualified as a "difference" for conference discussions because the chairs and
the staff considered PECO as one pot of money with many component differences. In
short, the PECO list components did not match when the chairs went into the room.
The PECO list components did match when the chairs came out. Part of that matching
process included adding $6 million for the college/Destin airport/EOC. The other
considerations on the table that may have been traded and thus enabled this agreement
to be "closed" are unable to be determined because of intervening legal events.
In order to carry out the above agreement, the following language was added by
staff to the conference report that was adopted by both houses after the 72-hour period
mandated by the Florida Constitution:
26 Fixed Capital Outlay
Community College Projects
Okaloosa-Walton College
Okaloosa Jt Use Emergency Response Workforce Center 6,000,000"
Somewhere around May 4,2007, which coincided with the end of the 2007
regular session, Mr. Jay Odom phoned Dr. Richburg and asked about the $6 million that
the Legislature had just given the college and the potential use of his Destin airport land
that he had leased from the county.
The first reliably documented meeting on the subject between Dr. Richburg and
Jay Odom took place at the college on July 11, 2007, about two months after
Mr. Odom's opening phone call. No notes were taken or kept of that meeting.
In summer, sometime after the above July 11, 2007, meeting, Jay Odom called
Destin City Manager Kisela and told Kisela that he had "developed a strategy" by which
his project would be funded by the Legislature through the college. He would sublease
about half an acre to the college. The college would build the building on land leased
from his company. It would be partly an educational facility for first responder training,
partly an EOC in emergency situations, and mostly his FBO.
City personnel then met with the local fire control, police and emergency
services, sheriff, and Gulf Power people as well as with Jay Odom's architect, to come

up with details-in short, an FBO and maintenance hangar for Destin Jet, LLC, that
could and would be emptied on short notice for the City of Destin and other local law
enforcement and emergency services officials to use, a lot of storage, a lot of cots and
emergency supplies, and so on.
Throughout the fall of 2007 and into the spring of 2008, there were many
sporadic meetings of and phone conversations held between the expanding list of
participants involved in this project.
In November 2007 Jay Odom proposed an Amendment to his Development
Order to untangle these two interests into two separate parts. His FBO would be a
separate, free-standing building next to the college facility. He would build his separate
FBO building with his own sources and without public money.
On December 4, 2007, Mr. Odom and the Board of County Commissioners
entered a First Amendment to their lease that increased the amount of acreage being
leased, adjusted the rent, and deleted the original lease's 20-year term.
On January 22, 2008, the Board of County Commissioners consented to
Mr. Odom's plan to sublease .57 acres to the college and agreed that all of the county's
obligations under the main lease would run also to the college.
On Friday, March 7, 2008, at the end of the first week of the 2008 regular
session, Mr. Odom e-mailed Dr. Richburg saying that he was excited about the
progress being made on the facility. There was a meeting that morning and a lot of
back and forth communication between college Vice-President Yancey, Dr. Richburg,
and Mr. Odom.
There was communication between Dr. Richburg and Mr. Odom that took place
on the general subject but there is no reliable documentation of the dates or the
specifics until the meeting of April 8, 2008, when Mr. Odom and Dr. Richburg met to
work out an outline of elements to be put into the sublease from Destin Jet, LLC to the
college. Dr. Richburg forwarded that list to the college board's attorney, Joseph Lorenz,
that afternoon with instructions to "transform this into a good ground lease agreement
for OWC'"
On April 17, 2008, the City of Destin approved Mr. Odom's request to further
amend his Development Order. What was first approved as a 2-story FBO/hangar was
now approved as a separate single story FBO built 20 feet northwest of what would be
the main structure. The college building was still described in several places in the
Amendment as a building containing office space, a hangar, and workspace.
The next relevant, documented meeting was on May 6, 2008, when
Drs. Richburg and Yancey met with Mr. Odom to discuss the college lawyer's draft of
the sublease.
On May 15, 2008, the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners agreed
to allow Mr. Odom's company sublease .57 acres to the college.
Over the next few months, as the summer dragged on, there were dozens of emails,
calls, and visits between lawyers, college administrators, county personnel,
Mr. Odom's assistants, Mr. Odom himself, city inspectors, consultants, architects, and
others, all with a view toward getting the required sublease in place, properly
documented, and signed. Finally, on August 21, 2008, Dr. Richburg e-mailed his VicePresident
Yancey saying "Good to see some action on this project."
In September 2008 the college's architectural firm produced a "Special Purpose
Building Program Statement" for the college that identified the nine "stake holders" in
the airport project. [0-46] With two irrelevant exceptions, the document makes no
reference whatsoever to Jay Odom, or to Destin Jet, LLC, or to Crystal Beach
Development which was one of Mr. Odom's development companies as stake holders.
The architect's "Outline of the Program" refers to the 14,960 square foot "Staging Area"
in place of all earlier references to "Hangar." However, the architect's description of
the "Staging Area" contained later in the booklet still had two references to "aircraft
November 18,2008, was the day that Speaker-Designate Sansom was sworn in
as Speaker in Tallahassee in the presence of Dr. Richburg and his college Board of
Trustees. That evening, Dr. Richburg asked his college Board of Trustees, back in
Niceville, to amend the consent agenda of their bi-monthly meeting to add the item to
hire the Speaker to fill the newly-created slot of Vice-President of Planning and
Development. [0-47] That evening the Board of Trustees did so and unanimously
confirmed the status of the new Vice-President, Ray Sansom. [0-48] It was also the
day that Dr. Richburg signed a 40-year sublease with Mr. Odom [0-40] for the land next
to the Destin Jet FBO. [0-50]
It was not until two days later, on November 20, 2008, that the parties to the
underlying lease (the Board of County Commissioners of Okaloosa County and
Mr. Odom as the Managing Member of Destin Jet, LLC.) signed the Second
Amendment to their lease changing the length of Destin Jet's tenancy from 20 to 40
The next morning, Saturday, November 21, 2008, Mr. Odom signed the
In December 2008 there was a lot of activity going on concerning the
college/Destin joint-use facility proposed for the Destin airport next to Mr. Odom's FBO.
On December 10, 2008, there was a meeting at the Destin Fire Station of well over a
dozen representatives from the fire and emergency services communities, a delegation
from the college, and a delegation from Tallahassee including Craig Fugate, Speaker
Sansom, and three or four of his legislative staff.
On February 3, 2009, the sublease got its final signature, that of the Board of
County Commissioners of Okaloosa County. At that point, all the legalities of the
sublease arrangement were in place. Attention then shifted to filing and obtaining
approval of a Third Amendment to the Destin Jet Development Order.
On February 25, 2009, Dr. Richburg signed and filed a Third Amendment with
the City of Destin with several requests: to reduce some no longer necessary floor
space that had been approved for Mr. Odom's (now separate) FBO building, to add
8,940 square feet offloor space to the college building; to delete reference to the
14,960 square-foot "hangar" to substitute a 14,960 square-foot "staging area" for "the
hangar" on the exact same footprint, to retain the same "hangar doors" from the original
plan, to add some bicycle space and automobile parking, and to recalculate the "floor to
area" ratio. The word "hangar" was nowhere to be found on the newly-minted plans for
the college's building. However, in the Development Order, it still said "hangar."
On April 27, 2009, Governor Crist wrote to the Board of Trustees asking for the
return of $310,000 that the college had spent from the 2007 $6 million PECD
appropriation for planning the airport project. [D-51] Two days later, the Chairman
responded to Governor Crist and told him that "the Board voted to place the Destin
project on hold indefinitely" and asked him to reconsider his reimbursement request.
[D-52] Discussions continue to determine how much, if any, of the $310,000 will be
returned to the state treasury and how the college will retreat from or cancel the 40-year
sublease with Destin Jet, LLC.
On May 13, 2009, the college Board of Trustees voted, in principle, to abandon
and disengage from the Destin project entirely. Negotiations continue with the relevant
contractual parties to accomplish that end with a minimum amount of financial
repercussion on the college.
On May 14, 2009, Destin Jet, LLC, held the grand opening ceremony for its FBO
terminal facility at the Destin airport.
1. Who is Jay Alan Odom? He:
* Was raised in Shalimar and attended Choctaw High School and OkaloosaWalton
* Has a Bachelor of Science degree in ocean engineering from Florida Atlantic
* Worked out of state for five years for a multi-national oil industry well service,
* Returned to the Florida panhandle in 1988 and began on the first of his
residential development projects,
* Has developed and sold more than 1,000 residential lots,
* Has done commercial development for several national tenants, defense
contractors, churches, various other governmental entities and small businesses,
* Has purchased, constructed, and managed over 200,000 square feet of
commercial office space, 35,000 square feet of office/warehouse space, and
300,000 square feet of retail space,
* Has served on the boards of several local authorities; the Emerald Coast Bridge
Authority and the Northwest Florida Transportation Corridor Authority, and
* Is and since at least 2007, has been the principal of a company that has a
registered lobbyist active at the Florida Legislature.
2. Mr. Odom and Speaker-Designate Sansom have had a relationship that has
spanned many years and that has existed on many levels.
a. The Speaker-Designate leases his current district legislative office at Uptown
Station on Eglin Parkway in Fort Walton Beach from "a Jay Odom Company."
b. The rental rate is well below the market rate for identical units located in that
shopping center.
c. In 1992, Mr. Odom was appointed to the first Board of Governors of Citizens
Property Insurance Corporation. He was re-appointed in 2002 by Speaker
Bense but when that term was up in the summer of 2008, Speaker Rubio
appointed another person to the seat that had been held by Mr. Odom since the
beginning of Florida's legislatively-created property insurance carrier. When
Mr. Odom discovered in 2008 that he was not being re-appointed by Speaker
Rubio, he contacted Speaker-Designate Sansom who called House Chief of
Staff Bob Ward and expressed disappointment in what had happened to Mr.
Odom. Mr. Ward reported this call to Speaker Rubio who told Mr. Ward to
contact Representative Sansom and explain that it was not an intentional slight
to Mr. Odom or to the Speaker-Designate, but that he had already appointed
Mr. LaCasa to what was Mr. Odom's seat and it was too late to change
anything. Speaker-Designate Sansom then contacted Senate President Pruitt
and asked him to put Mr. Odom back on the Board of Governors using the
president's still-available vacant slot. By letter dated July 14, 2008, President
Pruitt acceded to the Speaker-Designate's request and appointed Mr. Odom to a
three-year term beginning August 1, 2008. [D-53] The new term would have
expired August 1,2011. Mr. Odom did not serve out his third term. He resigned
on February 19, 2009. [D-54]
It is noted here, without further comment, without any inference to be drawn,
and without examining the truth of what the editor printed, that Mr. Odom
resigned on the Thursday before the following article appeared on page 5A of
the Tallahassee Democrat under the following caption:
Grand Jury resumes investigation
Into House Speaker Ray Sansom
by Bill Cotterell
Besides Sansom's short-lived job at
the campus, the grand jury is also
investigating arrangements for a $6
million airplane hangar complex and his
dealings with developer Jay Odom,
whose airplanes could be parked at the
proposed hangar. Odom has been a
major contributor to the Republican
Party of Florida.
State GOP Chairman Jim Greer said
Monday he cancelled all party contracts

with Odom last month. Greer said the
party had used some of Odom's jets but
he felt "for the sake of appearances"
that the GOP should end its involvement
with him.
d. In August or September 2008 the Speaker-Designate took four of his top staff
employees on a three-day visit to his legislative district to "meet and greet the
local players" with whom they likely would be dealing after he was sworn in as
Speaker. The staff visited the Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections,
members of the Destin City Council, members of the Board of County
Commissioners of Okaloosa County, and the administrators of the college,
including Dr. Richburg. They also travelled to Mr. Jay Odom's office and met
him there. Some on Representative Sansom's legislative staff were already
aware of Mr. Odom's name and status in the Speaker-Designate's community,
but it was the first time that others of them had ever met him or talked to him in
e. N255TC is the tail number of Mr. Odom's 1990 Citation II, eight passenger jet.
[D-55] The aircraft is registered to B&J of Destin, Inc., a Delaware corporation
that is not qualified to do business in Florida. The jet was generally made
available to Representative Sansom. One leading 'person on Representative
Sansom's legislative staff flew on N255TC between a dozen and 20 times over
the last two years. The cost of the air trips that Representative Sansom and his
legislative staff made on this jet in 2007 and 2008 were either paid for by the
Republican Party of Florida, or the value of the trips were an in-kind contribution
from Mr. Odom to the party's state committee.
f. Mr. Odom and his associated corporate entities have been unusually steadfast
and extraordinarily generous contributors to Representative Sansom's causes
going back almost 10 years to the days when Representative Sansom was a
county commissioner. Mr. Jay Odom, personally, has contributed directly to
Representative Sansom's political campaigns. The Division of Elections records
also list 17 separate business entities, all associated directly with Mr. Odom to
some degree, that over the years have done likewise by making the maximum
contributions allowed by state law to Representative Sansom's political
campaigns. In addition, Mr. Jay Odom has been an equally generous check
and in-kind contributor to the Republican Party of Florida, supporting events that
either featured Speaker-Designate Sansom as a "draw" or as a party leader
under whose watch the event or activity took place. For example: On August
28, 2008, the RPOF reported an in-kind contribution of $8,256.02 for a "food,
beverage, House" event. The RPOF similarly reported an October 17,2008,
$11,999.25 contribution of air travel as "in-kind-House." Finally, the RPOF
reported a contribution by check #1472 in the amount of $178,950.42 received
from "Mr. Jay Odom" and labeled "House-Destin Boat Cruise" apparently
including the $12,499.50 actual tab that someone paid to SunQuest, the
registered owner of the Motor Yacht Solaris that runs private charter trips out of
Destin. This is the trip where the RPOF held a major annual fundraising effort in
2008 in the Northwest Florida area. There were 146 passengers aboard.
g. Mr. Odom was among Representative Sansom's friends who came to
Tallahassee to be with the Speaker-Designate on the day of his installation as
Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.
3. The college personnel who are still able or willing to talk about the subject insist that
there was/is no side agreement, no understanding, no winking at Mr. Odom over
the airport hangar use issue. However, there is no way to rule out, with absolute
certainty, that one or more of these individuals did not or even still may have
maintained an intention or hope, eventually to try to figure out a way to accomplish
that end after the commotion died down and Representative Sansom fulfilled his
long-range plan to serve several years as Vice-President of the college and then
become President Sansom.
It goes without saying that a Special Investigator cannot get into any other
person's head to determine intent and motive. The House has only what they said
and say, and did and do after the fact. 5
5 William K. Blackford, the General Manager of Destin Jet, LLC's FBO, testified to me unequivocal-
ly, under oath,
that when he told a news reporter that the facility at the Destin airport was a "joint use facility" for the
college and
Destin Jet, such was true when the project was initially conceived. That is what he said he was talking
about with
the news reporter who quoted Mr. Blackford's statement. However, now under Destin Jet's sublease to
college, he maintains that the joint use refers to a joint use between the college and the relevant emer-
services personnel at the time of a disaster and that now, neither Destin Jet nor Jay Odom could or would
ever use
the college building under any circumstances, for any purpose, including storage or maintenance of air-
* Jay Odom and Ray Sansom were acquaintances, or possibly friends, or at a
minimum, both local graduates from Choctaw High School.
* Ray Sansom had Jay Odom's jet at his disposal when he wanted a ride.
* Ray Sansom rents his district legislative office from one of Jay Odom's business
* Ray Sansom pays what appears to be less than the market rate for his office
* Ray Sansom went to bat for Jay Odom by calling in a chit from Senate President
Pruitt when Jay Odom was passed over for a slot on the board of Citizens
Property Insurance Company.
* Ray Sansom took his staff on a "meet and greet trip" to Destin, one purpose of
which was to visit Jay Odom.
* Jay Odom, both personally and indirectly through his many corporate entities,
was very generous in contributing to political candidates and causes, including
the RPOF and Ray Sansom.
* Jay Odom brought his complaints to Representative Sansom and his legislative
staff concerning the way one of his development projects was being handled by
the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
* Jay Odom and the registered legislative lobbyist for one of Mr. Odom's
development companies asked Representative Sansom for assistance
concerning where to find a state agency or district entity to buy a parcel of
unused land that belonged to Jay Odom or to one of his companies.
* Representative Sansom's calendar shows at least ten office meetings with Jay
Odom on assorted subjects between December 6, 2006 and October 24, 2008.
* Jay Odom was high enough on Representative Sansom's list that when
Mr. Odom showed up at the Capitol one day toward the end of the 2007 regular
session, a legislative assistant "pulled Ray off the floor to meet with Jay."
* On April 3,2007, Representative Sansom knew about and clearly and
demonstrably facilitated the Richburg/Odom plan to use state PECO funds to
build a college building that was planned to bring substantial benefit to Mr.
I find probable cause to believe that the conduct of Representative Ray Sansom,
described in the Findings of Fact in Specification II regarding his knowledge of,
participation in, execution of, and his motives behind planning and funding the
construction of the Northwest Florida State College's Joint Use Facility to be located at
the Destin airport, and the benefit said facility was planned to bring directly to Jay Alan
Odom of Destin and to his company, Destin Jet, LLC, and/or to the college, and indirectly,
to Representative Sansom himself, could reasonably have caused the complainant to
lose confidence and faith in the integrity of the Florida House of Representatives, more
particularly as she alleged it did in her sworn complaint dated January 6, 2009.
As already noted, a finding of probable cause is not a determination that a
violation has occurred. Only the House of Representatives can make that
determination after Representative Sansom is given an opportunity for a hearing at which
to present his defenses to the charges contained in the sworn complaint.
This Specification concerns the legislative briefing/dinner meeting of the
Okaloosa-Walton College Board of Trustees on March 24, 2008, at the University
Center Club in the FSU stadium in Tallahassee. The Findings of Fact are followed by
an analysis and a conclusion.
On Tuesday, March 6, 2007, the opening day of the 2007 regular session, which
coincidentally was one day after he was selected Speaker-Designate at the Republican
Caucus Designation Ceremony, Representative Sansom signed an application for a
"Gold Dining" membership in the University Center Club at the Florida State University.
This is a member and guest-only club run by a company that operates over a hundred
private business clubs and other resort facilities. Representative Sansom's application
was approved by the club operator's local management on March 13, 2007. He was
assigned a member account number. He paid the initial membership fee and agreed to
pay a continuing monthly membership fee plus the cost of all food, beverages, and
other club services subsequently charged to his account.
The college has for many years been a member of the Florida Association of
Community Colleges. FACC normally held its annual pre-legislative session conference
in Tallahassee. The minutes of the January 24, 2008, meeting of the Florida
Community Colleges' Council of Presidents state that Chairman Sasser reported to the
Council that the 2008 annual legislative conference had been cancelled. There is no
reason stated in the minutes, but the legislative committee meetings that had been
scheduled for that same week had also been cancelled. As a substitute for the
cancelled conference, and because there were a number of legislatively-dependent
issues facing his college, sometime in early 2008 Dr. Richburg asked Representative
Sansom to arrange for a suitable meeting location in Tallahassee for the Board of
Trustees of the college. The purpose was to get a legislative briefing from, as Dr.
Richburg put it, "their new Speaker-Designate."
Representative Sansom's scheduling coordinator was familiar with the personnel,
procedures, and accommodations at the University Center Club. So, the use of
Representative Sansom's account number for the proposed legislative briefing was a
natural. After some back and forth phone calling between Dr. Richburg's executive
secretary and Representative Sansom's scheduling coordinator, March 24, 2008, was
selected. Speaker-Designate Sansom's official daily calendar for March 24, 2008,
"7:00 PM-9:00 PM 7:00- PM EDT Dinner with OWC (OB) University Center Club-Fifth Floor Dinner
with President Richburg and Board of Trustees ...?'
1. The following e-mail dialogue took place between Speaker-Designate Sansom and
Dr. Richburg from the time Dr. Richburg first suggested the idea of a legislative
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briefing for the Board of' trustees until the day of the meeting, about six weeks later.
Richburg to Sansom
Tuesday, February 12,2008 12:40 PM
"...Think about a meeting in Tall. With you,
the trustees of OWC, and me to talk about
the proposed college change and the
system questions. It's probably the only
way we can do it in privacy but with a public
notice here. We could either do dinner or a
lunch at FSU Club or Governor's Club. I
haven't talked to Jody [then the Chairman of
the college Board of Trustees] about the
idea and want your thoughts. Schedules
will be the hardest issue." [0-57]
Sansom to Richburg
Tuesday, February 12,2008 12:41 PM
'That would be great!!
We can get a private room on 6th floor at
We can set whole meeting up with Dort
[Representative Sansom's scheduling
Just give us the word
Thanks again" [0-57]
Richburg to Sansom
Tuesday, February 12,2008 12:43 PM
"Let me get with Jody and see what he
Sansom to Richburg
Wednesday, February 13, 2008 8:52 AM
... "Let me know about OW Board of
trustee's in Tallahassee."
Richburg to Sansom
Thursday, February 14, 2008 9:19 AM
"We are waiting to hear from Dort on a date
to begin working the OWC trustees to travel
to Tall. to meet with you. Calendars are
hard to manage for busy people."
Richburg to Sansom
Monday, February 18,2008 8:23 AM
... "I am getting a good response to the
trustee dinner. As it gets closer we can
work out the details of the presentation.
This meeting is a wonderful opportunity to
make sure all are on board and ready for
the college change."
Sansom to Richburg
Monday, February 18,2008 2:09 PM
"Everything looks good
I will call tomorrow with an update
We are excited about March 24th
See you soon"
Richburg to Sansom
Monday, February 18, 2008 3:08 PM
...'We have 100% trustee commitment at
this time for the dinner. That's all eight."
Sansom to Richburg
Wednesday, February 20,2008 3:21 AM
... "Looking forward to March 24
Mike Hansen and I will have powerpoint and
Dort [will] be there to take care of the
Richburg to Sansom
Wednesday, March 19,2008 5:18 PM
"It is going to be a wonderful dinner and
I look forward to your interaction with the
owe District Board of Trustees. As of last
night's board meeting, all eight trustees are
going to attend and are eager to hear from
their Speaker...."
Sansom to Richburg
Wednesday, March 19,2008 4:55 AM
... "1 will call you tomorrow afternoon and talk
more about Monday night to make sure I
take the right approach. I am excited and
thankful to share this time with you and your
Richburg to Sansom
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 3:40 PM
"... Since we have the evening, you might
encourage questions or comments as you
go through it."
Richburg to Sansom
Thursday, March 20, 2008 7:59 AM
'The presentation looks great... We are
going to have a grand evening.
Richburg to Sansom
Monday, March 24, 2008 10:40 AM
"... all is on go for tonight's dinner with the
2. The following occurred (or as described, did not occur) before the March 24th
legislative briefing:
a. The Monday, March 17,2008, edition of the Ft. Walton Beach Daily News
carried the following legal advertisement [0-58] in one column of 6.9 point type:
"Public Notice:
The OWC District Board
Of Trustees will attend a
legislative briefing in Tallahassee
on March 24,
2008 at 6:00 p.m. at the
FSU University Club."
b. The Board of Trustees Facilities and Programs Committee meeting was held
between 2:05 p.m. and 5:10 p.m. at the college on March 18,2008, a week
before the legislative briefing. Near the end of the meeting, Dr. Richburg
verbally reminded seven of the eight trustees and the four college staff persons
whose presence was recorded in the official minutes of the Board's "legislative
meeting in Tallahassee on March 24, 2008."
c. A bi-monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees was held immediately following
the above committee meeting. This regular meeting was attended by all eight
of the trustees, the board's long-time attorney Joseph Lorenz, and of course,
Dr. Richburg. There was an audience of perhaps 30 people, many of whom
were on the staff of the college, one who was a member of the local press
corps, and three who were potential contractors seeking work on a college
building project. The official and approved minutes of the full board meeting
contain no record of any legislative briefing that was scheduled for the following
week in Tallahassee being mentioned.
d. Attorney Joseph D. Lorenz of Shalimar, the Board Counsel for many years, was
present at the board's March 18th regular meeting. He was not asked for his
legal opinion or guidance on the notice sufficiency question, either then or at
any time before the March 24, 2008, Tallahassee legislative briefing meeting.
e. Expressing her concern as to whether or not the legislative briefing meeting
was legal, college trustee Sandy Sims privately asked Dr. Richburg: "Did we do
a notice?" He told her something to the effect that "Yes it would be noticed in
the customary method." That ended it. There was no follow-up about
sufficiency of the notice.
f. There was no signage, either on the entrance level marquee board, or outside
the University Room located directly off the University Center Club's 5th floor
elevator lobby or on the sign board in that lobby, or posted on the signboards
located in the two elevators leading from the ground floor entrance lobby to the
5th floor maitre d' station through which every participant at the briefing had to
pass in order to get into the University Room where the legislative briefing was
being held.
g. The doors to the University Room are heavy, wooden, and spring-loaded, set to
return to the closed position when unobstructed. The doors do not have any
locks on them. Each door has a large, opaque, decorative window pane
through which one can see light, but no detail of who is in the room or what
they are doing.
h. In early to mid-March, Representative Sansom told his scheduling coordinator
that Dr. Richburg and the trustees were coming to Tallahassee and had invited
him to speak to them. It was up to her to arrange the details with the club and
the college.
i. The reservation and food service details for the legislative briefing were made
by phone with the club's Senior Private Events Director. [0-59] The date of the
call is undocumented but the details of the dinner and the program can be
summarized as follows:
i) Event: "Sansom Dinner Meeting-NO SIGN'
ii) Reservation: 11 people to dine beginning 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
iii) Date: Monday, March 24, 2008
iv) Facility: University Room, 5th Floor
v) Host: "VVIP meeting w/college presidents!"
vi) Menu:
* Salads
* 6 Iron Seared Delmonico steaks
* 4 Walnut-Crusted Grouper
* 1 Penne pasta primavera
* 11 creme brulee w/wild berries
* Beverages
vii) Total cost: $597.02
viii) Paid: that evening with the RPOF AMEX credit card issued to the
ix) Staff: There were several RPOF staff members there
x) Staff: The Speaker-Designate also brought a legislative employee
with him to respond to potential questions about the college PECO
or operating funds, or about the power point program he was going
to give them.

xi) Presentation: After President Richburg made
some opening
remarks, the Speaker-Designate covered funding in
general, the
current and planned construction projects, the state
college system
plan and the college's pilot status in it, and miscella-
community college issues that normally reappear
every year.
xii) There was a generous opportunity for questions
and answers.
xiii) There were no paper hand-outs.
j. Dr. Richburg prepared the "record" of the March
24, 2008, legislative briefing
about nine months after the event. He presented the
"record" to the Board of
Trustees at their January 20, 2009, regular meeting.
The board approved the
document unanimously. [0-60] Dr. Richburg's
"record" of the briefing seems
especially cryptic when compared to the extensive
list of subjects that he had
prepared Representative Sansom to cover that night.
k. During a February 18, 2009, interview at a college
branch facility in Crestview,
Dr. Richburg stated two relevant things to me:
i) That he believed that there was a sign on the
entrance level of the
FSU stadium that said something to the effect of
"Welcome OWC
Trustees"; however, he is mistaken; and
ii) That he was sorry that he used the words "private
meeting" in his email
correspondence with Speaker-Designate Sansom
referring to the March 24, 2008, legislative briefing
when what he
meant was that the meeting would be held without
I Representative Sansom stated to me during a
February 24, 2009, interview at
his attorney's office that in his e-mail correspondence
with Dr. Richburg when
they were planning the March 24, 2008, legislative
briefing meeting, although
he used the word "private," he didn't mean secret-he
meant it was not at a
public restaurant where there was always a lot of
noise and a lot if interruptions.

1) No Signage -
It has been established beyond peradventure that
there was no signage directing
either the participants in the legislative briefing meet-
ing, or members of the public
who might have travelled from Okaloosa County to
attend after having read the
Notice in the Daily News. Thus there is no issue
regarding appropriate signage.
There was none.
2) The Sunshine Law issue-
Article I, Section 24(b) of the Florida Constitution
provides in relevant part that
"all meetings of any collegial public body" ... "at
which public business of such
body is to be transacted or discussed, shall be open
and noticed to the public ...
." [e.s.]
The Sunshine law, 286.011, FS., prohibits public
boards (including the board
of a community college) from meeting to conduct
public business without notice and
without preserving minutes
Combining the constitutional provision and the statu-
tory one, it is my view that
the legislative briefing meeting of March 24, 2008,
was required to be reasonably
open to the public.
The Speaker Designate's potential legal position on
this point can be pieced
together from what he told me during his February
24, 2009, interview at his legal
counsel's office: even if a sunshine violation had
occurred (which he does not
concede to be the case), he is (a) not on the college's
Board of Trustees, (b) he is
not covered by the executive branch sunshine law, (c)
because he was the only
legislator there, he did not violate any legislative
open meeting rule, (d) there were
no votes taken-it was all just an educational onnortu-

nity for the trustees, and (e) it
was published in the home town newspaper.
3) The case law on publication-
No one on the board asked Mr. Lorenz, the board's attorney, for legal advice or
counsel before they set off to meet for their legislative briefing in Tallahassee. If
they had, he would likely have advised them of Rhea vs. School Board of Alachua
County, an appellate court decision that applies to Okaloosa, Walton, and Leon
counties. [0-62]
6 In 2005, Representative Sansom asked the Attorney General whether the sunshine law applied to a
support organization for a community college. In AGO 2005-27, [D-63] Attorney General Charlie Crist
Representative Sansom that it did. Presumably, Representative Sansom would have known that if the
board of a college DSO was subject to the sunshine law, the college Board of Trustees was also.
[See box above right: Rhea Vs School Board ofAlachua County]
The transferrable lessons from the Rhea case can be summarized:
a. For a school board or a college board public meeting (whether it is called a
briefing, or a workshop, or a whatever) to be "public" under Florida's sunshine
provisions, the public must be given advance notice and a reasonable
opportunity to attend.
b. The relevant "public" means the public from back home. The Rhea case
turned on whether any interested persons fromAlachua County had a
"reasonable opportunity" to attend the workshop in Orlando.
c. The Rhea court balanced the interests of the back-home public in having a
reasonable opportunity to attend a board workshop at a site beyond the
district's normal geographical area against the board's necessity to conduct
the workshop outside its home area.
d. The court found that 100 miles away was a good starting place for the
analysis, but it declined to set 100 miles away as a "bright line" test. The
needs of the residents of the school district must be balanced against the
needs of the school board.
e. The Alachua County School Board lost that balancing test in 1994.
f. In my view, in litigation the current NWFSC Board of Trustees would lose the
Rhea case balancing test 14 years later.
4) No final action-
An issue not necessary to consider at the probable cause level is Representative
Sansom's apparent legal position that no final action or vote was taken by the board
at the March 24th legislative briefing meeting. That may be so; however, the Florida
Constitution applies whether the board votes or not. The constitution specifically
covers discussions of public business-clearly what occurred at the briefing. The
March 24th meeting in Tallahassee was not a social occasion. The board convened
for a purpose other than a purely social one.
5) Post meeting actions-
On January 27,2009, Attorney General McCollum wrote the Board of Trustees a
rather threatening sounding "education" letter. [D-64]
That day, the board issued a press release [0-65] that listed its four defenses:
* No action was taken,
* Legal ad in the Okaloosa paper,
* Their "legal consultants" believed it was OK beforehand,? and
* It was announced at a Facilities Committee meeting about a week prior to
the trip
The board's formal response to the Attorney General was dated February 9,
2009. [0-66] It basically re-iterated the four points in the press release. The letter
closed with a request for advice or suggestions about what should be done when the
board attends future meetings in Tallahassee.
The standard by which the Speaker-Oesignate's conduct and role in hosting and
conducting the March 24th briefing is to be measured not by 286.011, FS., or even by
Article I, Section 24(b), Florida Constitution, but by House Rule 15. If the Rule means
anything at all, it must mean that members of the House cannot enable local
government bodies that are covered by Florida's sunshine provisions to try to avoid their
application using the methods that existed in this case. The actions of the college
president, when combined with those of Representative Sansom, particularly the plain
reading of correspondence between them and the history of how the "no sign"
instruction got there and the many opportunities that Representative Sansom had
between March 13,2007, and March 24,2008, to monitor and alter his "no sign"
situation, evidence their mutual intent to remove discussions from public view which
were required to be in it.
7 If this is a reference to the board's regular attorney, Mr. Lorenz, the statement appears to contradict
testimony given in this Special Investigation.
Accordingly, I find probable cause to believe that the conduct of Representative
Ray Sansom, described in the Findings of Fact in Specification III and adopted here in
full by reference, regarding his knowledge of, participation in, and motives behind the

planning for and holding of the "private" legislative briefing meeting of the Board of
Trustees of the college in Tallahassee on March 24 2008, could reasonably have
caused the complainant to lose faith in the integrity of the Florida House of
Representatives, more particularly as she alleged it did in her sworn complaint dated
January 6, 2009.
A final reminder that a finding of probable cause is not a determination that
a violation has occurred. Only the House of Representatives can make that
determination after Representative Sansom is given an opportunity for a hearing at
which to present his defenses to the charges contained in the sworn complaint.
Under the circumstances described elsewhere in this Report, one day after
Speaker Sansom was sworn in, Dr. Richburg announced in a college-wide e-mail
forwarded to many local community leaders, that Speaker Sansom was going to be
employed as the college Vice-President of Planning and Development beginning
December 1, 2008.
Five days earlier, on Friday, November 14, 2008, Dr. Richburg sent an e-mail to
the Sansoms' private e-mail address requesting that Representative Sansom complete
the college's employee application standard form and fax it back to the college.
Speaker-Designate Sansom, still in Destin, filled out the required form in his own
hand and gave it to Mrs. Baltes, his scheduling coordinator. He asked her to handdeliver
the completed application to the college's administration building. She said she
would do so on her way home that afternoon.
On Monday morning, November 17th
, the day before organization day and by
then in Tallahassee, Mrs. Baltes discovered that her boss's application form was still in
her possession. She had simply forgotten to hand deliver it the prior Friday after work.
Mrs. Baltes, upset and embarrassed at her oversight, went immediately to the
nearest fax machine. It was located in the Speaker's office on the fourth floor of the
Capitol. Without telling anyone, even Representative Sansom, that she had failed to
deliver the application form, she hand wrote "TO: President Richburg" "FROM: Ray
Sansom" on the bottom of the cover sheet Dr. Richburg had sent to the Sansoms the
Friday before. She faxed the application to the college. She didn't call the recipients,
either before or after the transmission. She just pushed "send" and got a confirmation
sheet. That was it. [0-67]
The e-mailed application, a copy of which is attached to Mrs. Smith's sworn
complaint, bears the Speaker's Office fax machine identification information in the top
1) House Policy 2.31 in effect on November 17, 2008, stated:
a. "Long distance service and facsimile equipment... is only for use by
Members and House employees for legislative business ", and
b. "The House recognizes that some minimal, non-official use of the e-mail
system and access to the Internet will be permitted."
2) The relaxed standard that allows minimal use of House equipment for non-official
purposes specifically covers e-mail and Internet, but by its own terms, does not
extend to the House FAX machines.
3) The House's facsimile equipment use policy appears to be stricter than the House
e-mail and Internet policy.
4) To the casual observer Mrs. Baltes appeared to have been an employee of the
Florida House of Representatives on November 17, 2008. She was not. She was
an independent contractor for the House. She was bound, by her contract, to
comply with House policies. Her contractual duties were to be Special Assistant to
the Speaker Designate, to be his scheduling coordinator, to perform administrative,
scheduling, and telephone duties in his office, and to perform other duties as he or
the Chief of Staff assigned.
5) Representative Sansom did not direct Mrs. Baltes to use the House's fax machine to
send his job application to his prospective employer.
6) Representative Sansom did not know that Mrs. Baltes had done so until days after
the fax was sent.
Under the above circumstances, a one-time misuse of an official House fax
machine by an independent contractor, without Representative Sansom's knowledge or
approval, fails to establish probable cause to believe that Representative Sansom
violated House Rule 15 with regard to that FAX transmission.
Accordingly, Specification IV is dismissed.
Respectfully submitted,
D. Stephen Kahn
Special Investigator
June 26, 2009


Rhea vs. School Board of Alachua County
636 So.2d 1383 (Fla. 1st DCA 1994)

Gainesville Facts Niceville Facts

Alachua County School Board of OWC Board of Trustees

Meeting was called a "workshop" Meeting was called a "legislative briefing"

Regular meeting location was Regular meeting location was
Gainesville, Alachua County Niceville, Okaloosa County

Workshop meeting was held in Orlando, Legislative briefing was held in Tallahassee,
over 100 miles away over 100 miles away

Only benefit accruing to Board was There was no business benefit to the Board
saving travel time and expense by to have its legislative briefing in Tallahassee.
holding the workshop meeting in The board incurred extra travel time and
conjunction with the annual school board travel expense.
convention near Disney World.
The trip was educational and entertaining
However, there was nothing peculiar but could as well have been held at the
about the Orlando site. Nothing college in Okaloosa County where the
physically located there, nor any activity Speaker-Designate had his legislative
taking place there that necessitated the district office and home. It was actually an
board's observation of discussion at that inconvenience for several of the trustees to
particular location. In short, not a site come to Tallahassee. In short, not a site
visit, visit.

The December 3, 2991 workshop The March 24, 2008, legislative briefing was
meeting WAS announced during the NOT announced at the Board's regular
Board's regular November 1991 meeting. meeting on March 18, 2008.

Notice of the December 3, 1991 Notice of the March 24th legislative briefing
workshop was published in the November was published in the Northwest Florida Daily
26, 1991 edition of the Gainesville Sun. News on March 17, 2008.

The Notice also stated that it was "a Although not required in a Notice, and one is
public workshop to which all persons are implicit, the ad was silent on any invitation.

The workshop meeting was held in an The legislative briefing was held in a location
open and public meeting room at the the access to which can be called
Twin Towers Hotel in Orlando, a "controlled" in the sense that a maitre d'
convention facility, screened all guests.

The meeting room had sufficient space Unable to say either way.
and accommodations for anyone who
might reasonably have shown up.

The door to the room was left "open" Doors were closed but not locked.
throughout the workshop but it is
unknown whether "open" meant ajar or
closed but unlocked.

Hotel staff was advised to direct anyone One trustee did not know where the briefing
who inquired about the workshop to the meeting was being held and asked someone
appropriate location, in the building for help in finding it. That
person guided the trustee to the correct floor
and location. However, it is unknown
whether or not club personnel would have
directed any member of the public who
showed up to the meeting room, or whether
there was reasonable accommodation for
them if they had asked to sit down and

Case does not say anything about By direction of the host, there was no
signage instructions from host. signage anywhere on the premises.

Source: House special investigative report in re: Representative Ray Sansom

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Field narrowed to four in Valp. administrator search

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
Valparaiso city commission-
ers narrowed their search for the
position of city administrator to
four applicants.
Former city administrator
Lisa Algiere resigned her posi-
tion June 12, after accepting a job
as city manager in Dunnellon, a
small town southwest of Ocala.
She began working as the
Valparaiso administrator Sept. 6,
2005, though for the past 15

months performed most duties
from her home near Tampa.
Having received 27 resumes,
the commissioners, at their June
29 special meeting, set their
sights on four, for the position
advertised as paying $40,000 to
$55,000 (depending on experi-
Of the final four to be consid-
ered for the position, one is from
Okaloosa County.
One applicant is from Petal,
Miss., a municipality of 13,000.

The applicant-Carl L. Scott-
served as mayor of that city for
five years.
A second applicant, Frank
Thomas, is from Mulberry, near
Fort Lauderdale, with more than
37 years of experience in the
municipal government adminis-
tration field. He is also a former
The third applicant, another
Floridian, is from Winter Haven,
Jim Gallagher. Gallagher's most
recent position was as town man-

ager of Dundee, a very small
town of less than 5,000 in Polk
County. According to
Gallagher's resume, he was
responsible for all day-to-day
municipal operations.
The fourth applicant,
Malcolm Foley, a resident of
Shalimar, has 22 years of experi-
ence in municipal government.
His most recent position was as
planning manager for the city of
Fort Walton Beach where he is
very familiar with zoning, code

regulations and building supervi-
Commissioners say they will
not consider the telecommuting
arrangement they had with
Algiere during her final 15
months as administrator.
Though commissioners had
no complaints about the situa-
tion, members of the public did,
said Mayor Bruce Arnold.
"It just wasn't a satisfactory
arrangement," Arnold said. "She
wasn't available to the general

public. If someone needed to
talk about zoning or construc-
tion they had to make an
appointment or talk by phone.
We just got too many com-
plaints from the public."
The city clerk will contact
the final four applicants and set
up interviews for the week of
July 6-10. Hotel and travel
expenses (gas) for those coming
from out of town will be paid by
the city of Valparaiso, said

From page A-1
pany is building. Speegle estimat-
ed there would be a three-month
delay in completion, from the
original target date of mid-July
2010 to late September 2010.
According to college officials
and the contractor, the 90-day
delay is a result of disputes and
misunderstandings between the-
builder and the architect, Sam
Marshall Architects.
Speegle Construction engi-
neer Chuck Mitchell and
NWFSC Vice President Gary
Yancey said that no "faulty con-
crete" was poured, contrary to a a
Bay Beacon report June 24.
Rather, some concrete was
poured in the wrong spot and had
to be removed, and some con-
crete-block walls had to be rein-
forced, officials said.
Mitchell said that of about

6,000 cubic yards of concrete
poured so far, only about three
cubic yards were removed,
because it was poured in the
wrong place due to a misunder-
standing between Speegle and the
In addition, Yancey said, some
concrete block walls needed
additional reinforcement to meet
Speegle corrected both defi-
ciencies, Yancey said.
Yancey said Monday that
Speegle has asked for additional
time and money because of the
dispute, but that Speegle is mak-
ing every effort to shorten the
construction time while main-
taining the quality of the project.
The latest schedule calls for the
project to be substantially com-
pleted by Sept. 24, 2010, Yancey
Sam Marshall could not be
reached for comment.
The complex includes a facili-

ty for Okaloosa County's
Emergency Operations Center,
which will move from a flood
zone in Shalimar, and a college
sports arena that will double as a
public hurricane shelter.
Okaloosa County contributed
$7 million to the $30 million
project so that it could locate the
county's Emergency Operations
Center (EOC) and its 911 call
center on the college's Niceville
Plans call for a college sports
arena seating 2,500 fans as part of
the public service complex. Both
the arena and the EOC are being
built to withstand 190 mph
winds. The arena is expected to
become a hurricane shelter when
construction is completed next
The Twin Cities area has been
without public hurricane shelters
since about 2004, after the state
tightened standards, effectively
putting off limits shelters operat-

ed in older buildings by local
schools and churches.
As a result, Okaloosa County
has just one public hurricane
shelter south of Crestview,
Kenwood Elementary School in
Fort Walton Beach, with space
for 467 people. A second south-
county shelter at Choctawhatchee
High School has 435 spaces but
is reserved for emergency
responders and will act as a stag-
ing area after any storms.
County officials including
Dino Villani, head of the county's
Public Safety Department, say
they anticipate that the NWFSC
sports arena will provide shelter
space for 2,700 people. Villani
said that estimate is based on a
Red Cross shelter formula requir-
ing 15 square feet per person. He
said the 2,700 spaces is based on
using that formula and the square
footage contained within the
footprint of the arena.
But college officials say that

the arena will only shelter about
400 or so.
Yancey said Monday that col-
lege officials and the project's
architect met with the Red Cross
about a year ago and were told
that the shelter space cannot
include the space used to seat
fans. He said the shelter might
house people for several days
after a hurricane, and that evac-
uees would need more room to lie
down or move around than they
would have in a stadium seat.
Villani said it's premature to
finalize the number of shelter
spaces. He pointed out that the
county worked with the school
district during construction of
two new Crestview schools to
include provisions for use as shel-
ters. The county expects to be
able to shelter up to 1,700 people
in Shoal River Middle School,
and another 1,700 at Riverside
Elementary School, starting this
summer. Both schools will open

to students for the first time in
Bill Smith, the school dis-
trict's facilities director, said
cooperation with the county
allowed both school buildings to
be constructed with provisions
for dual water supplies and to be
generator-ready, among other
shelter requirements that were
built-in during construction.
The addition of the two new
Crestview schools will increase
the number of county hurricane
shelter spaces by nearly 60 per-
cent, Villani said. The county and
the Red Cross are expected to
review the shelter status of both
new schools before school opens
in August.
Randy McDaniel, the county's
emergency manager, said the
school district is still moving
things around in both schools and
they expect another walk-through
this summer to come up with a
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The Board of Trustees of
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Katrina E. Hamilton gradu-
ated Magna Cum Laude with
from the
University of
West Florida
May 1, earn-
ing a BS in
r environmen-
tal science.
Katrina is a
past 1999
Katrina E. graduate of
Hamilton Shelbyville
High School,
Shelbyville Ind., and is a 2001
AA graduate in Environmental
Science of NWFSC. Katrina is
employed in her dream job as a
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State
Park Ranger. She is the daughter
of Deborah and Larry Tipton of
Crestview, and Charles and Pam
Hamilton III of Valparaiso. She is
the granddaughter of Alice and
Forest Bowling of Valparaiso,
and Elaine and the late Charles
Hamilton Jr. of Niceville.
The winners of the 2009
Knights of Columbus Council
13527, Christ Our Redeemer
Catholic Church, college scholar-
ships are Jenna Testa and
Madison Stapleton from
Niceville High School and Gary
Frey from Rocky Bayou
Christian School. All winners are
graduating seniors and will
receive $500 each.
Hannah Thummel, a 2009
summa cum laude, National
Honor Society graduate from
Niceville High School, will
this fall, i
majoring in
She just
received a
from the Bill
and Gayle Hannah
Creamer Thummel
Memorial Scholarship through
the Emerald Coast Auburn Club.
This scholarship is $6,500 with
Auburn matching contributions.
A total of $12,888 in scholar-
ships have been awarded to her.
Hannah is the daughter of Jerold
Thummel, and Debra Douglas of
Please see WHO'S, page B-3

set for July 4

By Stacie Morgan
Beacon Staff Writer
There are plenty of
Independence Day activities this
weekend even though the
Niceville-Valparaiso area will
have no fireworks display of its
Surrounding and nearby cities
offer much to choose from,
including pyrotechnic
displays. The city of
Valparaiso itself
will sponsor its
usual Family
Day in the Park
at Lincoln Park
on Bayshore
Drive as well as
its 31st annual
July 4th Duathlon.
The 5K run/200
meter swim event
begins at 7 a.m., Saturday, at
the park. Awards will be given for
overall male and female winners
as well as winners in the Masters
category (ages 40-49) and each
individual age category beginning
with ages 14 and under, progress-
ing upward. Registration until
July 3 is $22 and will be $25 on

the day of the race. All partici-
pants will receive a T-shirt.
Valparaiso's Family Day in the
Park is 1-3 p.m. and will feature
lots of games for families and
children and also include free
watermelon along with several
watermelon-related games.
Other Independence Day fun
is happening in Destin, Fort
Walton Beach,
Crestview and
Springs. For
DoD cardhold-
ers, Hurlburt
Field will host
its 14th annual
Sound of
Festival Thursday,
July 2.
-Friday, July 3, Morgan's
Sports complex, Two Trees Road,
6 p.m., Independence Celebration
and Bike Parade for children 14
and below. Youth can decorate
their bikes, wagons, scooters or
skateboards with patriotic flair.
Please see JULY 4. page B-4

Sharing & Caring is once
again organizing its Tools for
School program for the 2009-
2010 school year. The school
supply project runs July 1-Aug.
Tools for School provides
school supplies for local students
whose families are not able to
purchase the necessary back-to-
school items. Last year, more
than 300 students in grades K-12
received supplies appropriate for
their grade level.
Supplies needed:
--,12- and 24-count crayons
-Washable markers (regular and
fine tip)
-Colored pencils
-Pencils (#2, and primary large)
-Erasers (rectangular pink and
white, pencil-top)
-Construction paper, graph
-Highlighters, Dry Erase mark-


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(850) 651 -1919

Niceville Banking Center
1003 A. John Sims Parkway
(850) 729-8882

-Fiskar scissors (blunt and
-Elmer's glue (4-oz. and 8-oz.),
glue sticks
-Wide-ruled and college-ruled
notebook paper
-Marble Composition notebook
-Compass, protractor and rulers
(metric and inches)
-Folders (two-pocket with no
prongs and two-pocket with three
-Basic calculator
-Post-it notes
-Three-ring binders (half-inch,
one-inch, one-and-a-half-inch,
Trapper Keeper)
-Zippered pencil bags and plas-
tic pencil boxes
-8tab notebook dividers and 3-
by-5 index cards
-Pens (black, blue and red ink)
-Hand sanitizer
-Regular-size thick bath towel
(to be used as a mat)
Questions: Freida Spence, 678-
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Edge's top spellers
Edge Elementary School held its annual spelling bees May 27 and 28 in grades one through
five. The top three spellers in each grade level are, from left: bottom, first grade-first place,
Marissa Rung; second place, Tavey Edelman; third place, Reed Ferrell; second row: sec-
ond grade-first place, Zack Boyette; second place, Keon O'Brien; third place, Talben
Francis; third row, third grade-first place, Aidan Ferrel; second place, Nicholas Nolan;
third place, Donovan Porter; fourth row, fourth grade-first place, Tatum Hackler; second
place: Alex Tolbert; third place: Zack Starrett; and top row, fifth grade-first place, Riley
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Navy Chief Petty Officer
Joey R. Short, a 1975 graduate
of Niceville Senior High
School, along with sailors and
Marines from the Bataan
Amphibious Ready Group
(BATARG), Norfolk, Va., and
22nd Marine Expeditionary
Unit (22nd MEU), Camp
Lejeune, N. C., recently
deployed to support Maritime
Security Operations, provide
crisis response capability, and
increase theater security cooper-
ation and forward Naval pres-
ence in the Fifth and Sixth Fleet
areas of operation.
Prior to deployment, the
BATARG and 22nd MEU com-
pleted Expeditionary Strike
Group Integration, a Composite
Unit Training Exercise and a
Certification Exercise.
The BATARG and 22nd
MEU provide the combatant
commander a versatile sea-
based force that can be tailored
to a variety of missions, includ-
ing quick reaction crisis
response options in maritime,
littoral and inland environments
in support of the Navy's
Maritime Strategy.
Short joined the Navy in
November 1990.

Air Force Airman Jeffrey M.
Schultze graduated from basic
military training at Lackland Air
Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
He is the son of Greg
Schultze of Parkwood Drive,
Schultze graduated in 2000
from Niceville High School, and
received a bachelor's degree in
2008 from the University of
West Florida, Pensacola.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class
Brandon E. Parsons, son of
Eva and Eric Parsons of
Niceville, recently was promot-
ed to his current rank while
serving at Naval Medical
Center, San Diego, Calif.
Parsons was promoted based on
sustained superior job perform-
ance and proficiency in his des-
ignated specialty. Parsons is a
2006 graduate of Niceville High
School and joined the Navy in
February 2007.
Krista M. Miller has been
commissioned as a second lieu-
tenant in the Air Force after
completing the Air Force ROTC
(Reserve Officer Training
Corps) program and graduating
with a bachelor's degree from
Xavier University, Cincinnati.
She is assigned as a pilot
trainee with the 71st Operations
Support Squadron, Vance Air
Force Base, Enid, Okla.
She is the daughter of Mikel

M. and Colleen M. Miller of
Persimmon Way, Niceville.
First Lt. Jon Michael
Kaskela of Niceville received
his Air Force pilot wings at a
graduation ceremony at
Laughlin AFB, Texas, on June 5.
Lieutenant Kaskela was the
recipient of the Commander's

Trophy, the Daedalian Award,
and the T-38 Distinguished
Graduate Award. After complet-
ing Introduction to Fighter
Fundamentals, he will enter for-
mal training in the F-15E Strike
Eagle at Seymour Johnson AFB,
N.C. Kaskela is a 2007 graduate
of the United States Air Force

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From page B-1

Eighth-grader Haley Lee rep-
resented Rocky Bayou Christian
School at the Florida State
MathCounts competition in
Orlando in late March. Her sec-
ond place finish in the regional
MathCounts earned her the trip to
state, where she tested in the first
quartile among the state's top
competitors from each region.
Haley also excelled in the
(American Mathematics
Competitions), where she
achieved a USA Honor Roll per-
formance and won an achieve-
ment award from AMC 10 for her
115.5 score.
Jason R. Snyder graduated
from the University of West
Florida May 1 with a masters
degree in mathematics. Jason is a
1998 graduate of the University of
South Alabama, earning his bach-
elors in geography, and a 1989
graduate of Niceville High
School. He is employed with
Okaloosa County in the GIS
Department and resides in Fort
Walton Beach. He is the son of
Susan and John Greenslade of

U.S. Reps. Jeff Miller (R-
Chumukla) and Allen Boyd (D-
Monticello) appointed several
local high school graduates to the

nation's service academies.
Miller appointed William
Morgan of Valparaiso to the
Merchant Marine Academy, John
Graves, Tim Calvert and Joshua
Allen, all of Niceville, to the Air
Force Academy, and Camden
Rogers and William Morgan,
both of Valparaiso, to the U.S.
Military Academy.
Boyd appointed Ryan James
DeCarlis, Brian Joseph Kane
and Loring Hewes Ross, all of
Niceville, to the Air Force

Michael Dye, choral music
director for Niceville High
School, announces the 2010 Opus
One members. They are: Maggie
Alexander, president; Chris
Dugre, vice president, Brandon
Bubel, Chase Cloutier, Jessica
Erickson, Rachel Guidry,
Natalie Harris, Nick Harvey,
Natasha Jackson, Elle Keenan,
William Kortbein, Aaron
Overton, Aline Rackley, Kim
Schell, Colton Schniepp, Ryan
Smith, Hillary Vest and Tasha
The 2009 Opus One graduat-
ing seniors were also recognized:
Melissa Whitworth, president;
Jordan Francis, vice president;
Deborah Barnette, Chorus
Librarian; Jonathan Helms,
Nate Rolen, Brittany
Scarborough, Sydney Simpson,
Jonathan Tredway and Alex

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Jami Baumgardner and Jeremy
Schultz were married May 30,
2009, at Resurrection Catholic
Church in Miramar.
The bride is the daughter of
Barbara and Dave Baumgardner
of Louisville, Ky. The groom is
the son of Drs. Marian and Jim
Schultz of Niceville.
The maid of honor was Jami's
sister Lauren. Her other brides-
maids included Alexandria
Henning, Angela Crawford,
Candis King, Nicole Framer and
Whitney Baumgardner.

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Jami and Jeremy Schultz
The groom's best man was his
brother, Joshua. Groomsmen
included Cory Mohrbacher, Bruce
Tabor, Drew Knott, Scott
Blackmon and Fred Neely.
The reception was held at the
Eglin AFB Officers Club.
Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Schultz
reside in Bluewater Bay,

$1,640 donated

for substation

The most recent donations to
the Save the Substation Fund in
Bluewater Bay are: Buddy and
Becky Perrott, $220.
These each gave a donation
of $100: Robert and Jane
Baxter; C21 Wilson and
Minger; Jerome and Jennifer
Barnes; Michael Hughes;
Magnolia Forest property own-
ers; Roy Sutton; Michelle
Leavins; Roger and Donna

Bennett; Janeen and Bob
Booker; Kelly Shepherd; Kathy
Campbell; Helen Shaw; and
Clara Miles.
John and Bonnie Brooks,
$50. Anonymous, $50. S.
Rosenthal and Melissa Pearce
donated Save the Substation T-
shirts totaling $20.
The current total collected is
$18,860, leaving $6,140 yet to

Matthew Minkley and
Ashley Marie LaMonica
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas
LaMonica of Niceville
announce the engagement of
their daughter, Ashley Marie, to
Matthew Minkley, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Don Minkley of
Amarillo, Texas.
The bride-to-be is a graduate
of Niceville High School and
Auburn University, where she
received a Bachelors Degree in
management information sys-
tems. She is employed by
Tybrin Corp.
The prospective groom is a
graduate of Claude High School
and Texas Tech University,
where he received a Bachelors
Degree in general studies. He is
a captain in the U. S. Air Force,
currently stationed at RAF

Lakenheath, United Kingdom.
The wedding will take place
on Sept. 26, 2009, at the Eglin
Chapel Center, Eglin AFB.

Tricia Fantaski and
Jordan Hess
Mr and Mrs. Michael
Fantaski of Niceville announce
the engagement of their daugh-
ter, Tricia Fantaski, to Jordan
Tricia is a 2000 graduate of
Niceville High School and 2005
University of Florida graduate
with a Bachelor of Science in
computer engineering. She is in
the masters program at UF in
computer engineering and
works for Harris.
Jordan is a 1999 graduate
from Cooper High School,
Cooper City, Fla., and a 2004
UF graduate in journal-
ism/communication. He is
employed with Life Brokerage
Financial Group in Boynton
The wedding date in Sept. 5,

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Ready to

Christina Broadway, 11, of
Niceville, fixes her rocket to
the launch pad during the
"Fly Me To The Moon" class
at Kids on Campus at
Northwest Florida State
College. The participants
built their rockets from kits
and launched them from
one of the college's parking
lots. The Kids on Campus
program introduces young-
sters to a variety of disci-
plines, from scientific to cre-
ative to occupational. It con-
tinues through this week. A
second session is sched-
uled for July 20-30.

Beacon photo by Ken Books


From page B-1
The family celebration continues
with a free concert, food vendors
and a small fireworks show (short-
ly after 9 p.m.). Don't forget to
bring chairs and blankets.
-Saturday, July 4, main fire-
works display at East Pass, Destin
Harbor. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
Rain date is Sunday, July 5, at
8:45 p.m.
-Saturday, July 4 will also
find fireworks being shot off at
Destin Commons at 9 p.m. but not
before the Alaqua Animal Refuge
holds its Pet Adoption event 4-8
p.m. All those hoping to catch the
colorful night time light show are
asked to watch from Central
Plaza. Don't forget to bring lawn
Fort Walton Beach
Saturday, July 4, at the
Landing, Brooks Street, 4 p.m.
The shindig kicks off with live
musical entertainment, games,
balloons and activities. Children
can register for a bike parade at 5
p.m. Winner of the parade gets a
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The evening's opening cere-
mony is 6:30 p.m. and will begin
with flag presentations and
pledges and feature a flyover from
Eglin Air Force Base at 6:45 p.m.
The celebration continues with
food and merchandise vendors,
rock wall climbing, a moon walk,
euro bungee and free ice cream
(while it lasts). The activities cul-
minate with fireworks slated for 9
p.m. Remember to bring blankets
and chairs.
The north Okaloosa County
city's hurrah starts with the nation-
al anthem 4 p.m., Saturday, July 4,
at Spanish Trail Park, Industrial
Drive. Musical entertainment will
be provided by Larkins Express.
The freedom celebration also
includes a bouncy castle, slide and
train rides for children as well as
food and drink vendors. The fire-
works shoot off at dark.
DeFuniak Springs
The 18th annual Fourth of July
Celebration will begin bright and
early at 8 a.m. at the Lakeyard,
Circle Drive, with the town's first
Smoky J's Bar-B-Que Contest and
a Que Contest Award Ceremony

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best-tasting vittles. Then at 4:30
p.m. the Spring's Independence
Day Parade will march. Opening
ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. and a
flyover at 6:15. Entertainment will
be presented throughout the day
by Jones and Company. The
night's fireworks show happens
just after dark. Day's events are
sponsored by the DeFuniak
Springs Business and Professional
Hurlburt Field
All who hold a DoD identifica-
tion card (and their guests) can
enjoy thel4th annual Sound of
Independence Festival on
Thursday, July 2 from 3 to 9:30
p.m. at the Hurlburt Field Marina,
located on the Soundside. The cel-
ebration includes an
Independence Day 5K Run, 7-9
a.m. at the Aderholt Fitness
Center and the Cardboard Boat
Regatta at 5:30 p.m.
Opening ceremonies begin at 5
p.m. and include presentation of
the colors, the national anthem
and the Freedom Dance.
Fireworks start at 9 p.m. DJ Dave
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Blood drives
Wednesday, July 1: Hurlburt
LRS, 122 Perry Avenue, 8 a.m.-1
p.m.; City of
Hall, Wilson
Street, 10 a.m.-
2:30 p.m.
Friday, July 3:
Santa Rosa Mall, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.;
Publix, Crestview, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.;
Kelly IGA, Niceville, noon-6 p.m.
Saturday, July 4: Possum Ridge,
Ferdon Blvd Crestview, 1-7 p.m.
Senior Center activities
Bridgeway Senior Services,
Valparaiso Senior Center Activities,
268 Glenview Ave., Valparaiso, July
1 -7.
Wednesday, July 1: Wii Games,


9:30 a.m.; exercise, 10 a.m.
Thursday, July 2: Sing-along
with Janet Smith, 10 a.m.
Friday, July 3: Closed for
Independence Day holiday.
Monday, July 6: Trivia, 9:30
Tuesday, July 7: Board games,
9:30 a.m.
Senior center programs are for
people 60 and older. Meals will be
served at 11 a.m. Donations are
appreciated. Reservations for meals
must be made the day before by
noon. Call 833-9291, Barbara
Harris or Jessie Craft.
Apalachicola River art
"The Apalachicola River: A
National Treasure," Art Exhibit,
through July 23, Monday to
Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday
1-4 p.m. Mattie Kelly Fine and
Performing Arts Center at
Northwest Florida State College,
100 College Blvd., Niceville,
McIlroy & Holzhauer Galleries.
Free and open to the public.
Women's art exhibit
The Walton County Tourist
Development Council (TDC) and
Friends of
Coastal Branch
Library present
the July 2009 Art
in Public Places

exhibit, featuring the Women's Art
Network (WAN). Each month, this
partnership brings new, diverse art
exhibits to the public through dis-
plays at the Coastal Branch Library.
Info: Vicki Kitahara at vkita
or 267-1216.
31st Valp. Duathlon
The city of Valparaiso will spon-
sor the 31st annual July 4 Duathlon,
7 a.m., Lincoln Park, Bayshore
Drive. The 5K run/200 meter swim
will present awards for overall male
and female winners as well as mas-
ters(40-49) and first- through third-
place winners in each age category.
Registration fees are $22
through July 3 and $25 the day of
the race. For registration form, call
July 4 Family Day in Park
The city of Valparaiso will spon-
sor its annual July 4 Family Day in
the Park, 1-3 p.m. at Lincoln Park,
Bayshore Drive. The event features
family and children's games,
including free watermelon with lots
of watermelon-related games.
Butterfly garden program
Valparaiso Garden Club's
Creative Gardener Series will host
its next program July 6, 6 p.m., at
the Valparaiso Community Library.
The program for this session will be

"Your Butterfly and Hummingbird
Garden." Guest speaker will be
Mary Ann Friedman. Info:
Living Treasures program
Henderson Beach State Park
will host Living Treasures of the
Gulf; July 6-10. Learn about dol-
phins, sea turtles, jellyfish, sting
rays and their families. Special
guests include
Shaun Wallace
from "Monsters
of the Deep,"
Orange Beach,

ties will include arts and crafts, a
puppet show, and end with a fun
family movie. All events are free to
the public with paid park entrance
fee. For a schedule, call 650-5928.
Blood drive scheduled
Northwest Florida Blood
Services has scheduled a blood
drive is scheduled for Friday, July 3,
noon-6 p.m. at Kelley's IGA on the
corner of Palm Boulevard and John
Sims Parkway, Niceville.
Donors will received a free cho-
lesterol screening test and a free
baseball cap or visor.


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owner of the Vacuum Center.
In case you didn't notice the
end of the recession, Bob
explained. "Business is great.
Our sales have increased
every month this year and last.
The tourists are back." In addi-
tion, "People are definitely
cleaning their houses, and
realize the importance of a
healthy home."
The key factor driving the
economic recovery is that,

"High quality products are still
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such product is the Simplicity
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which Weichman, with a life-
time of experience, considers
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pounds but outperforms much
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Bob offers new Simplicity
purchasers $100 on trade-ins,
plus a free canister vacuum
valued at $179.95 while quan-
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Dave, son of Vacuum Center owner Bob Weichman, has 24 years expe-
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here, "is the best repairman I've ever seen," according to Bob.

Simplicity, the Vacuum Center
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and everything else to do with
floor care and home cleaning.
"We have the finest prod-
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advance and $25 the day of the race. Call 729-5402 for a
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(*Includes $10 user fee that goes to City of Niceville.)
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limits of Niceville or Valparaiso; both fees go to City of Niceville.)
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Contact Brenda Zins at 678-8220
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The city of Valparaiso will
sponsor the 31st annual July 4
Duathlon, 7 a.m., Lincoln
Park, Bayshore Drive. The 5K
run/200 meter swim will pres-
ent awards for overall male
and female winners as well as
masters(40-49) and first-
through third-place winners in
each age category.
Registration fees are $22
through July 3 and $25 the day
of the race. For a registration
form, call 729-5402.
Little League football,
cheerleading signups
Niceville Football Little
League registration for foot-
ball and
will take place
on Saturday,
July 18, and
July 25, 9
a.m.-1 p.m. at Niceville City

Hall for ages 5-12.
Registration fee $90 for foot-
ball and $75 for cheerleading
(an additional city Of
Niceville Usuage Fee of $10
for in-city and $20 out-of-city
residence will be collected
with each registration). A
birth certificate copy and a
current picture for the league
ID cards will be mandatory
for football registration to be
accepted. For more informa-
tion, call Mary Quinn,
NHS cheerleaders set
summer mini-camp
A summer cheer mini-camp
will be presented by the
Niceville High School
Cheerleaders Aug. 10-13, 9
a.m.-1 p.m. at the Niceville
High School cafeteria. Each
participant receives a T-shirt,
spirit surprise, cheer tryout
instruction. Kindergarten and
up; $75 per child. Shorts and
sneakers required. Bring a
sack lunch. Registration and
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in May in the Florida Middle
School Panhandle Regional
Championship. They won
eight ribbons ranging from ( 1
second to eighth place. With
an overall score of 32 points,
the girls' team earned seventh
place among 20 competing
teams. Five members of the
team competed at the Florida
MS State Championship,
where the girls' 4x800 team
earned sixth place.
Competing in the state meet
were, from left: Alix Biller,
Anna Herrera, Maxine
Simpson and Jordan Phillpott.

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2009 Rocky Bayou Country
Club Junior Classic June 18-
Tournament Results (Local
winners only)
Boys 14-15 (6,100 yards,
Course Rating: 67.9,
Slope: 115)
Branden Poe, Niceville, 97-
86-183; Spencer ODonnell,
Niceville, 91-DQ; Corey
Andre, Destin, 83-85-168.
Boys 16-18 (6750 yards,
73.1, 129)
Cody Sims, Niceville, 77-
79-156; Ross Spock, Niceville,
Girls 15-18 (5,474
yards, 71.5, 124)
Marissa Marinan,
Niceville, 87-88-175; Mary
Mackin, Niceville, WD (heat);
Jaime Jordan, Niceville, 80-
82-162; Ivey Kelly, Destin, 90-
Girls 12-14 (4,976
yards, 68.5, 116)
Kayla Bloor, Niceville, 89-
90-179, Third; Bailey Rimes,
Niceville, 112-120-232.
Boys 12-13 (5,474 yards,
66.2, 111)
Brock Ochsenreiter,
Destin, 81-83-164; Jason
Rogers, Destin, 78-80-158,
First; Andrew Smith,
Niceville, 89-73-162, Third
(scorecard playoff); Stephen
Shephard, Niceville, 81-81-
162; Mathew Glaess,
Niceville, 109-100-209; David
Locht Jr., Destin, 102-97-199;
Crystian Hopper, Niceville,
91-WD (heat); Austin Poe,
Niceville, WD (heat).
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The First Tee of Northwest
Florida held its first golf tour-
nament to start the 2009 sum-
mer tour June 16 at A.C. Read
Golf Course in Pensacola.
Catie Craig, 6, and Caroline
Craig, 8, both of Bluewater
Bay participated. The results
are as follows: girls 6-7, first,
Catie Craig, 45; second,
Harper Davis, 52; third (tie),
Avery Beauchaine, 60, and
Claudia Laux 60. girls 8-9,
first, Malia Stovall, 41; sec-
ond, Caroline Craig, 43; third,
Alexa Laux, 47.

Rocky Bayou Country Club
Ladies Golf Association, Best 9
Holes, 1/2 Handicap, weekly
play, June 23, second flight,
first, Marilyn Reisenwitz; sec-
ond, Bonnie Weideman; third
flight, first, Sandy Miller;
fourth flight, first, Gloria Hall;
second, Beth Franz, third,
Orean McCord, fifth flight,
first, Joan Hegarty; second,
Vicki Wilson. Chip-ins: Hole
No.13, Beth Franz.
The Bluewater Bay Senior
and Super Senior Club
Championship was held June
Results: senior champion
low gross, Don Wood; senior
champion low net, Don
Sharpe; low net second place,
Clip Clippinger.
Super senior champion low
gross, Bill Giese; super senior
champion low net, Johnnie
Prichard; low net second
place, Bill McPherson; low net
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