The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 7, 1976 · Page 43
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 43

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Tuesday, December 7, 1976
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. Akfl Sprviitf I NeWS Of "ft M '''A J.! CML T ' Okeechobee County v m r ..u. cs i, a iin ifi- i ;v I section L J The Palm Beach Post TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1976 Boating Rules ; " " - - S v r.? - T - v-.' v., V.- ,-.. ? . v ' I V - ' - -V t -v " 1 Staff Photo by Robert Bedell SHIP TO SHORE - The 42-foot custom sportsfisherman Evytee II apparently struck a log and landed in the middle of the jetty along the north side of the St. Lucie Inlet yesterday. Capt. Larry Guarino and his mate, Jeff Gossweiler, of Sebastian were unhurt but the boat was declared a total loss. Commission To Resume Hearings Pushed Jupiter Island Claims Right T o Regulate By JIM REEDER Poit Staff 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 says 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 In-tracoastal 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 might have damaged the Jupiter Island shoreline. Two of those persons have hired an attorney to fight the charge and Lowell Clark of Pompano Beach says 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 say the wake from speeding boats has caused severe erosion damage to the river shoreline, including destruction 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. "Those who went before the court feel they won the battle," the unidentified resident said at yesterday's meeting. "Now the boaters are on a revenge campaign by deliberately speeding past the island," he said. One boat owner, Ralph Taynton of Juno Beach, said yesterday 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 Intracoastal 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 defense and hope other boat owners will do the same. He said he has never had any problem with Jupiter Island officials, but is concerned about the entire situation along the waterway. Mrs. Permelia Reed, president of the Hobe Sound Co., told town commissioners yesterday that the area of the waterway near Jupiter Island soon will be designated as a refuge for sea cows and that this would bring more regulations for boat traffic in the area. Questions on St. Lucie Two Site To Be Investigated By LINDA HARBISON Peit Staff Writtr STUART - The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will resume hearings next week on the proposed St. Lucie Two nuclear power plant after the last round of hearings left several site-related questions unanswered. The NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board spent four days reviewing evidence on alternate sites by Florida Power and Light Co. (FP&L), the NRC staff and the opposition. However, the interveners represented by Miami attorney Martin Hodder did not have enough time to present a complete case. The new hearings, scheduled to begin Dec. 15 in Miami, will deal exclusively with the issue of alternate sites. Testimony so far has indicated that neither FP&L nor the NRC staff studied other sites before deciding upon Hutchinson Island to house St. Lucie Two. That was the reason new hearings were ordered by an NRC appeals board some weeks ago. One of the last witnesses to testify before the licensing board, John R. Young of the NRC, was asked whether consideration of actual sites was required. "No, it's not necessary if it can be shown Hutchinson Island is better than any other site," Young told the board. He admitted, however, that the site selection process used for St. Lucie Two was "not normal." Young said it was by "simple deductive logic that we determined it would be impossible to find a better site" than Hutchinson Island. "This is the first case I can remember where a choice was made without considering an actual alternate site," said Young, who was responsible for originally recommending Hutchinson Island for St. Luc ie Two. He said one of the prime reasons Hutchinson Island was selected was that St. Lucie One is there. An NRC spokesman yesterday made! no prediction on how long the new set of hearings will last. The spokesman that said when the alternate site review is concluded, there will be more hearings, probably in January, on the environmental impact of reprocessing waste material. Dfl Dfl Dfl I I , r V . f v. II 1 J'V V - ' ,V4 v n ! if' Xip-0:WM cJ Jit " Alt -'i .."t Students at the Port Salerno Elementary School yesterday were, treated to a bit of the Christmas spirit when the PTA set up a 'Santa's Shop' for the children to do their Christmas shopping. On Santa's lap are second graders Frances Churchey (left) and Onelia Bonner. The students browsed among the gifts which they will purchase later in the week. Money from the sale of the presents will go to the PTA. The students will have their presents gift-wrapped so they will be ready to place under their trees on Christmas Eve. Staff Photos by Rotxrt BtdeMy

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