The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 7, 1976 · Page 41
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 41

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Tuesday, December 7, 1976
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Horse Trailers, 'Pretty Girls9 Block Developer By ROBERT BURNS Post Stiff Wrlttr LOXAHATCHEE - Local residents have banned together in their cowboy hats and horse trailers and have done what they thought the courts would take too long to do stop a developer from using their private roads to build his course. A group of about 40 persons Saturday blocked developer William Roach from covering a culvert in a drainage ditch. Roach was planning a road into his Mill River Golf Club Project. "There were horse trailers lined up and down the road to keep the developer away from the culvert, and finally, six or eight pretty girls got on top of the culvert to keep them from, covering it with dirt," said Bob Hope, of Loxahatchee. There were some reports of persons threatening the developer with guns, but Dan Yearty, who lives across the road said, "Why shoot somebody when you've got enough people there to eat him?" Hope said, "It all started in November 1975 when a delegation of Loxahatchee residents signed a petition to object to the use of our single lane, dirt roads for Mill River Golf Club. Faced with this strong opposition to the use of the Loxahatchee roads as access, Mr. Roach presented a new proposal to the County Commission." The proposal, Hope said, was that Roach would not use the roads, but would gain access to his property through Royal Palm Beach, and the commission agreed to proceed on Roach's zoning request on good faith. Roach now claims the only access to his undeveloped property is through F Road, from SR 80 in Loxahatchee. "There is no other access," Roach said yesterday. "The other access they talk about doesn't exist at all." Roach's attorney, Alan Ciklin, described the other route: "It's an easement along the drainage district canal. When it rains it gets flooded, and Florida Power & Light has a power pole in the middle of it." The residents claim Roach has no right to use their private roads, which they maintain with tax monies, when his development isn't in the taxing district. "I'm going to pay $600 a year for some golfers to ride on the road?" said Pam Wheeler, 2728 B Road. Roach said he made the drainage district an offer to help maintain the roads two years ago for the use of them until the golf course was completed and to help maintain them after that, but the drainage district refused. In August, the drainage district denied Roach a permit to place the culvert and thus use F Road, but Ciklin says Roach may legally put in the culvert at his own expense. Drainage district officials, saying the culvert was placed illegally on drainage district rights-of-way, had it removed with a backhoe Sunday afternoon. Still to be resolved is the County Commission's role in the dispute. Ray Liberti, county executive director of planning, zoning and building said the matter couldn't be brought before the commission before January as a result of legal limits on advertising on zoning matters. "It was never the intent of the County Commission to allow this," Liberti said. News of the The Palm Beach Post Also Serving South Lake Okeechobee . outh Coast TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1976 section 1 Democrats Re-Elect Bianco Arnold Pulls Out In Protest .1 4 w7 j -vt . ,.-1.3.. ..m m. Tt jar "t S r Staff Photo by Robtrl Bodtll SHIP TO SHORE The 42-foot custom Inlet yesterday. Capt. Larry Guarlno and sportsfisherman Evytee II apparently his mate, Jeff Gossweiler, of Sebastian struck a log and landed in the middle of the were unhurt but the boat was declared a jetty along the north side of the St. Lucie total loss. By BUD NEWMAN Post Staff Wrltor ' Sunshine Democratic Club President John Bianco was re-elected to a third one-year term last night after his only opponent, Howard Arnold, withdrew from the race just before balloting began. Arnold, twice an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for sheriff, made his surprise withdrawal statement when the club meeting began at 7 p.m., saying he'd heard that Bianco '"was claiming that he has a number of jobs available in the county field that he will give to people if he is elected." The remark drew angry cries of "you're a liar" from many Bianco supporters in the audience, but Bianco and others hushed the crowd so Arnold could continue his statement. "I'm withdrawing and leaving Mr. John Bianco your president for the next year," Arnold said before leaving the small meeting room at the CTA Hall on Spencer Drive in West Palm Beach. Outside the hall, Arnold said he had heard about Bianco's alleged offer of jobs for votes from "someone in Delray" but would not say who told him. He said "that's the only reason" he withdrew and he dismissed a suggestion that he might not have had enough votes to win. "I ll be darned if I'll keep the people from working," he said. "I ain't going to stop them from getting jobs it's as simple as that. If he (Bianco) can get the jobs, good." Bianco, surrounded by well-wishers after his victory, denied that he'd offered anyone jobs or had jobs to offer. I "He's a liar," Bianco said of Arnold. "He withdrew because he couldn't win, that's why ... I really think Howard Arnold was not a serious candidate." ; Among those congratulating Bianco was Lou Wise, president of the Council of Democratic Club Presidents. "We're proud to have you back in as president," Wise said. Also adding congratulations was Bianco political ally Maria Bruno. Bianco told Ms. Bruno that "my association with you has been the best thing that has ever happened to the county." The Sunshine Democratic Club claims a paid membership of about 2,200 and is one of two Democratic clubs representing the residents of heavily Democratic Century Village. Only about a third or less of the membership showed up to vote in shifts last night. Planning Director Accused of Fraud Skokowski described a pattern of "stabbing someone in the back" that doesn't go along with things. Ned Brooke, the APB'S director of transportation planning, told APB members he has never seen morale at the low level it now exists. "It's because there is a problem," Brooke said. "You can't do it in one session. I know exactly how these people feel. There are ways to deal with people and people are people. Give them a break and see they are treated like people." Brooke said there are some facets "best left unturned," hinting with others that not all of the complaints were brought out at yesterday's meeting. "There are people in this office that are unhappy," Brutt admitted, but added it is because he has had to criticize them for doing things like reading the newspaper in the office and not doing enough work. He did not comment on the grand larceny and fraud charges filed with the State Attorney's Office. By GAYLE PALLESEN Pott Staff Wrlttr Charges ranging from grand larceny to harassment of employes were leveled against Area Planning Board (APB) Executive Director Frank Brutt by nine of his employes yesterday, moments after APB members gave Brutt a vote of confidence. "You've only gotten to the tip of the iceberg," former APB member Ann McKay told APB members after they had heard six hours of testimony, nearly all of it critical about Brutt. After being told there is a lot more to learn if it doesn't have to be said in public, APB members instructed their attorney to see if he can get around Florida's government in the sunshine law and come up with a way testimony can be taken from employes in private. "Everyone's paranoid. We are afraid to talk to anyone," said Joyce Keegan, an APB secretary. APB planner William C. Robbins told APB members he has filed formal charges with APB member Chuck Potter, who at the beginning of the meeting talked of Brutt's "unblemished record" and called for the vote of confidence, urged staff members to come forth with any additional information. "This stuff is comparatively minor if this is an iceberg," he said. The one employe to speak in Brutt's behalf, Dean Turney, denied there was any "iceberg" to be uncovered, saying a lot of it was gossip. After listening to several of the APB employes detail problems in drawing up the county's comprehensive development plan, County Commission Chairman Bill Medlen, who also sits on the APB, said dissatisfied employes should find jobs elsewhere. He told Brutt he should take a "stronger, harder line" in dealing with employes who don't agree with decisions made by superiors. "The problem stems from a certain level of incompetence in the people responsible for the preparation of the plan," said Henry Skokowski, a planner who has worked for the APB for more than lVa years. the State Attorney's Office charging Brutt with grand larceny, fraud and accessory to fraud concerning milage funds. He said he has been asked by the State Attorney's Office not to discuss the specifics of the charges. "I feel I have been harassed by Mr. Brutt and my division head about information they are aware of in the affidavit," Robbins said. He said Brutt tried to fire him yesterday morning, but that County Administrator John Sansbury intervened in his behalf." Ms. Keegan said she has received above-average ratings during her 2Va years with the county, but was demoted and suspended for insubordination for two days for refusing to move her transcribing machinery into another room. "The problems you have heard today, don't even touch the real problem," she said. "There is absolutely no control over this office and what people do." She declined to be more specific about her criticism of Brutt, saying: "If I said more, it's going to be so embarrassing." Youths Get Pointers on College Life By JOHN PETERSON Pott Staff Wrltor "Articulators" from the nine state universities set up shop at Palm Beach Junior College yesterday to prepare students for the realities of university life including a $3,000 minimum yearly cost estimate. Despite final examinations, a steady stream of students asked the representatives questions and studied brochures. "We couldn't get the stuff out of the boxes there were so many of them here," Ernest St. Jacques, of the University of Florida, said. Dave Wagner, from Florida State University, said most questions concerned money, lob opportunities and housing, as well as finding out requirements for particular courses of study. Wagner said the state universities figure that $2,922,50 is the "minimum budget" for a junior or senior. "Tuition's about twice as much as at a community college," he said. "You're talking about one-half your cost of education being tied up in. housing." Wagner also had advice for students who want apartments. "We let them know they're going to walk into about $500 in deposits," he said. "Utilities just kill students." He urged students to take housing contracts to the university legal services office before they sign them to avoid problems. Recruiter Diann Zeldman Awaits Prospective FIU Students :-'. &s& jO ... .-t . I Most students appeared eager to learn course requirements for transferring to a four-year school. "I asked them if they had a program in social psychology and what the requirements are," sophomore Nora McGuire said. "I'm going to take the books home and look at them." , Wagner said the universities also counsel students on how to make money last. "One of the biggest problems is budgeting money through the quarters," he said. The minimum cost estimates for upperclassmen attending state universities includes $742.50 for tu ition, $200 for books, $1,425 for room and board, $165 for transportation and $390 for miscellaneous needs, he said. Most students don't ask detailed financial questions before they go to school, Wagner said. "Unfortunately they usually don't understand that until it happens to them," he said. Staff Pl V Owot Wadding Jeff Einsohm, PBJC business administration student, talks to Florida Technical University recruiter Susan Davis.

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