The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 7, 1976 · Page 20
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 20

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Tuesday, December 7, 1976
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a C2 Palm Beach Post, Tuesday, December 7, 1976 C74 Palm Beoch County Area Where's The Tree? Disguised Prisoner Escapes LANTANA - In their eagerness to attract crowds to the lighting of their Christmas tree, National Enquirer employes yesterday morning placed signs advertising the event on the 1-95 right-of-way near the Lantana Road exit. "You can't put up signs on a state road for advertising," said Dave Smith, Department of Transportation (DOT) maintenance engineer, in explaining why DOT workers removed the signs almost as soon as they went up. "We didn't notify them about it we just took the signs down." Royce Emley, a community relations employe for the weekly tabloid Enquirer, sounded surprised later in the afternoon when he learned of the DOT "sign-naping." "I think whoever put them up knew (it was illegal)," Emley said. "We were getting a lot of requests on how to get here. All we were doing was just trying to well, when you get a lot of requests our people were just trying to help." - RAFE KLINGER BELLE GLADE - An inmate at Glades Correctional Institution (GCI) escaped by dressing as a woman during visiting hours over the weekend. ' Assistant Supt. Wesley Taylor said James Pringle, 24, left the GCI compound about 10:30 a.m. Sunday after dressing in women's clothing. Taylor said Pringle's prison clothing later was found in the bathroom next to the chapel. Pringle was visited by a Miami man who claimed to be his father and by a girlfriend from Belle Glade. The girlfriend brought two children with her. "He walked out the main gate with one of the children," Taylor said. Pringle is still at large. He said they contacted Pringle's father in Miami who denied being at the prison that day. Taylor said the escape appeared to have been well planned even down to someone rubbing a fluorescent stamp on Pringle's hand which guards check at the main gate. Each person who goes through the gate is stamped with the fluorescent material. : Pringle was serving a 6-month to 30-year sentence for a local robbery conviction. Board Approves Contract Teachers' Raises Noiv Certain School Board members yesterday unanimously approved a three-year contract with the Classroom Teachers Association (CTA) giving pay boosts to more than 3,900 teachers. . The document, approved by CTA members last week, was approved virtually without comment and was signed immediately by School Board Chairman Arthur Bougae. School Supt. Joseph Carroll, CTA President Ed Foley and CTA Executive Director Pearlena Wallace. Under terms of the contract, teachers will receive a 3 per cent pay boost plus raises for experience earlier denied because of tight finances. Provisions on salary and proposals to limit class size and institute bonus pay for outstanding teachers will come up for negotiations again in April. "It is a good feeling to arrive at a point where we can reach agreement," said board member Daniel Hendrix, School Board chairman during the protracted negotiating process. "I hope we (the School Board, administrators and teachers) will have a much more meaningful relationship, stop calling each other hames and get on with the business of educating the young people of Palm Beach County." Building Review Proposed By GARY BLANKENSHIP Pott Staff Writtr The next developer who wants to build a camera store shaped like a Kodak model or a disc-shaped record store may have problems in West Palm Beach. The City Commission yesterday voiced approval of a plan for an architectural standards ordinance and a review board which would have veto powers on most new construction. The idea was proposed by Ken Spina, chairman of the city Environmental Review Board. "No one has the right to come into West Palm Beach and build a structure that would cause deterioration of the city," Spina said, explaining the need for the ordinance and review board. "It isn't going to be just the building itself, it (the ordinance) will involve the building, the landscaping, signs and other things." The ordinance will be drawn up by a special committee composed of architects, real estate agents and other interested people who will tour the city. The special review board, consisting of four architects and four lay people, would examine building plans to make sure they conform with the ordinance and do not cause declining property values for nearby structures, he said. "Nine out of 10 buildings might be run down (in an area) but there would be some quality buildings in that area and these would be evaluated and used to set the standard for the area," Spina said. "New buildings would not be able to detract from the area. "The idea is not to be over-restrictive. The idea is to prevent ugly buildings being built in West Palm Beach ... We want it to be something with some teeth in it." Spina said current plans call for the ordinance to cover all new buildings except single-family homes and will take about a year to draw up. WIMl Board Okays 57-iVIonth Lease INCREDIBLE SIGHT The National Enquirer Newspaper, called the world's largest weekly and publisher of some of the world's more amazing news events, added another dimension to the Christmas season yesterday with the lighting of the paper's annual 'world's largest' tree at the firm's Lantana office. Donna Lucas and son, Chris, and Danny Luce (below) are wide-eyed witnesses to the tree's unusual height and extraordinary decorations. Stiff Mwtoi by J. Scott Applawtmt LAKE WORTH - City commissioners yesterday approved a 57-month lease with a West Palm Beach company that will operate the food concession at the city-owned golf course. Gulfstream Enterprises expects to operate a restaurant starting Jan. 1 at a monthly rental of $500. The city will get an additional 1 per cent of any profits exceeding $250,000 the first year. The commission also approved closing hours for four city parks starting today. Bryant Park South, Sunset Ridge and Memorial Park will be closed from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. and South Park from sunset to 8 a.m. a) f 1 - Gunman Escapes After Kobbery West Palm Beach police yesterday were searching for a lone gunman who held up a supermarket clerk and escaped with an undetermined amount of cash. According to police, the man entered the Publix Supermarket store in the Palm Coast Plaza shopping center shortly before 2 p.m., pulled a gun on Lynn Farrell, clerk of the service-cigarette counter, and ordered her to give him all the money in the register. "She gave him the money and he ran out of the store. That's about all there was to it," a detective said. The gunman was described as a 5-foot-10 white male, wearing a white shirt and black pants. Police said they don't know if the man had a car. Defense of Regulation of Boaters Gears Up tracoastal Waterway is a highway for boats," Taynton said. "These other guys park their boats in the highway and expect other boaters to look out for them because they don't know how to properly moor their boats. "A ripple comes along and bangs their boat against the dock, and they want the other driver to be punished," he said. Taynton said he and two other boat owners have pledged $25 each to Clark's By JIM REEDER Post Statt Writtr JUPITER ISLAND - Town Atty. Evans Crary said yesterday he already has begun the necessary legal research to support enforcement of the town's ordinance regulating the speed of boats passing in the In-tracoastal Waterway. The town's regulation prohibiting boats from creating a wake which damages or might damage the shoreline came under attack in Municipal Court Friday, and a Pompano Beach man said he will appeal his conviction to higher courts. "We are researching our ordinance," Crary said. "Their claim is that only the state or federal government can regulate boats in the Intracoastal Waterway. "We do not concur and we intend to be prepared for their court test," he said. Thirteen boat operators were given tickets Nov. 24 and 26 by the town's marine patrolman for speeding excessively so that the wake from their boats damaged or struction of 30 feet of lawn at one residence and damage to docks, boats and other property. One resident told the Town Commission yesterday that the problem has worsened since Friday's court session. One boat owner, Ralph Taynton of Juno Beach, said that he and other boat operators are willing to help pay expenses of Clark's legal battle against the town. "The Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard's attitude is that the In might have damaged the Jupiter Island shoreline. Two of the persons have hired an attorney to fight the charge, and Lowell Clark of Pompano Beach said he will appeal his conviction and $42 fine. He claims the town lacks authority to regulate speed of boats and that the ordinance is so vague as to be unconstitutional. Town officials said the wake from speeding boats has caused severe erosion damage to the river shoreline, including de GET YOUR ENCON Gets Okay On Water Bonds SWINE iFLU 3sT SHOT f s . ML VI2 ' , HI jj ' I Sili "WW1"' 0 ' ty to determine if proper procedures had been followed. TOWAY Circuit Court Judge James Knott yesterday approved a $7.1 million, bond program for the Loxahatchee River Environmental Control District (ENCON), saying that a validation hearing was not the proper forum to challenge the issues. Long time opponent of the issue B. C. Paul Sharpe, who recently was elected to the ENCON board, objected, but Knott noted that the objections could have been made only before the board voted to float the bonds. That vote was taken Nov. 18 and passed, 3-2. Yesterday's hearing basically was a formali The bonds will be used to purchase the Tri-Southern Utilities water treatment plant in Jupiter and coordinate water facilities in the area that encompasses parts of Martin and Palm Beach counties. Sharpe previously filed suit against ENCON to prevent the purchase of Tri-Southern and won election to the board on a campaign against the bonds. However, he was forced to drop the suit when he became a board member because he would have been suing himself. " Thomas Metz Richard Murphy 1 Swine flu shots will be given today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Health Department in West Palm Beach, 826 Evernia St.; Delray Beach, 345 So. Congress Ave.; Riviera Beach, 1500 West Eighth St.; Jupiter, 6405 Indiantown Road, and Belle Glade, 1024 Northwest Ave. D. In addition, shots will be given today from 3-6 p.m. at the Tavares Cove Mobile Home Park Club House, 6100 Purdy Lane, West Palm Beach. WRONG PHOTOGRAPH - The Post published the wrong photograph yesterday in a story on the death of 11-year-old Thomas Metz of Boynton Beach. The picture used was that of 11-year-old Richard Murphy of Riviera Beach who was killed recently in a hunting accident. The correct photographs are pictured above. The Post sincerely regrets the error.

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