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C2 Palm Beach Post, Tuesday, December 7, 1978 r r Palm Beach County J Area News 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 Board Approves Contract Teachers1 Raises Now 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 names and get on with the business of educating the young people of Palm Beach County." Small Vote Expected In Boca BOCA RATON - What happens if the city throws an election and no one shows up? As long as one voter turns out, the election is legal, said Assistant City Atty. Mac Conahan. Today's election promises one of the lowest turnouts in recent history. The election is to approve a new contract with Florida Power & Light (FP&L), granting the company the use of rights of way throughout the city in exchange for 6 per cent of its revenues from residential, commercial and industrial users. Last year FP&L's franchise fees added nearly $864,000 to city coffers and estimates for the coming year place the amount at more than $900,-000. Part of the additional fees are accounted for by the inclusion of industrial users, exempt in previous years. Adding that category will increase revenues approximately $60,-000, according to city Finance Director John Williams. Receiving the fee in monthly rather than annual payments will add another $10,000 in interest-earning capabilities. - DEE WHITTINGTON Boynton Polls Open Today BOYNTON BEACH - Voters will choose from a field of six candidates today to fill three City Council seats. Two of the seats are held by Mayor Joe DeLong and Councilman Edward Harmening, who are prohibited from running for third consecutive two-year terms. The other seat is held by Councilman Emily Jackson, 68, the only incumbent in the election. Other candidates include: Richard Caldwell, 29; Joe DeMarco, 57; Morton Levine, 51; James O'Meara, 67, and Raymond Sweet, 49. The top vote-getter today will serve as vice-mayor for the coming year and mayor the following year. BELLE GLADE An inmate at Glades Correctional Institution (GO) 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 pjanned 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. Program To Teach Burglary Safeguards "What To Do Before the Burglar Comes," a program on safeguarding the home from intruders, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. today in the West Palm Beach Public Library, 100 Clematis St. The program which is free to the public will be given by Frank Messersmith of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. The talk will be followed by a film and a question-and-answer period. The date of the program was inad-vertedly given as Thursday on the Dec. 3 "Datebook" page. Inlet District Panel Plans De-Annexation OCEAN RIDGE - The South Lake Worth Inlet District Commission has notified Ocean Ridge officials of plans to de-annex the district-owned property. A petition for the de-annexation has been mailed to town officials, according to James Wearn, the commission's attorney. "It states that we are filing without prejudice to our claims that it was improperly annexed" in 1963, Wearn said. Commissioners for the taxing district asked Wearn to research the move several months ago. They claim that their operation of the recreational and sand transfer facility has been subjected to harassment by the town for several years. The operation and maintenance of the Boynton Inlet area has been the responsibility of the Inlet Commission, since it was chartered more than 50 years ago. The district owned land includes the north and south parking lots, sand transfer plant operation, recreation pavilion and a small apartment that is used by caretakers. 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 PtMttt by J. Icon Appltwhlt urn iiiiim, ii inm. I 1 : 4 , ' 'HI- ' y & ' ' vW ' ' f ' 1'S! . i - . - ' ' t ; V y I ' ' ' 1 ) V 'X f 1 ' I 'A I i 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 Pott Stall Writer 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 ')0 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 lie 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 lucks 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 4 'vl 6 GET YOUR ENCON Gets Okay On Water Bonds SWINE f A A SHOT n 1 ty to determine if proper procedures had been followed. ! ( it.. . C 0. 4 roifky 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. i Thomas Metz Richard Murphy 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. 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 WRONG PHOTOGRAPH - The Post published the wrong photograph Monday in a story on the death of 1 1-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.