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C2 Palm Beach Post, Tuesday, December 7, 1976 , I 4 I ,'fV f New Fort Pierce Park To Open in February Developments Still Drawing Concern if if t 4 i New Chief Arrives Ready To Learn About Department - By JOHN BARTLETT Post Staff Writer FORT PIERCE - A February opening date has been set for the new state park on the Fort Pierce Inlet. Park Supt. William Benson told the County Commission yesterday that the name for the state's newest park will be the Fort Pierce Inlet Recreation Area and that construction is nearing completion. He said the park originally was scheduled to open in January, but construction delays have forced postponement until sometime in February. Power Plant Sale Plan Criticized Benson and Assistant Supt. Torrey Johnson attended the commission meeting because commissioners have expressed concern about plans for the park. "I'm concerned that Dynamite Point might be closed off to the public," Commissioner E. E. Green said. "A lot of kids learn to swim there because it's shallow water and there is no current," he said. Benson explained that development of the Dynamite Point area of the park originally was scheduled to be a later phase of construction, but in the interim the existing road will be left open so visitors to the park will be able to visit that area. "Eventually that will probably become a picnic area," he said. Commissioner George Price also expressed concern over the probable 8 a.m. to sundown hours of the park. Price said he'd like the park left open 24 hours a day so late-night and early-morning fishermen can get to the inlet. Benson said the hours of the park haven't been set officially and if the county wants any special concessions it should contact the state division of parks which sets the policy. He said park hours usually are limited to daylight hours because it requires much less staff to operate. FORT PIERCE - New city Police Chief Gerald Merritt arrived yesterday and said he is planning briefing sessions and staff meetings to get to know the strengths and weaknesses of the Police Department. Merritt, 42, who was assistant police chief in Knoxville, Tenn., said he received a warm welcome to the city. "I think you've got a whole lot to be proud of, and I hope I can give you a Police Department you can be proud of," he said. Merritt said he hasn't had time yet to start evaluating the problems here. "First we have to take an indepth look at the existing conditions," he said. He said he has no answers yet and still has a lot of questions to ask. He said one of his most immediate problems is trying to find a place to stay as his wife will be joining him soon from Knoxville. combination of franchise fees and property taxes. "That money could lower city taxes by half, and we could realize all of our dreams, the whole works, almost anything you could think of year after year. We could be the richest city in the state," he said. Not true, said Menge, who wasn't able to rebut Litty during the early part of the meeting. Menge, an expert on the power plant, said Litty's facts and figures are all wrong. "If we get a $60 million offer like he's saying, I think I'd be the first one in favor of selling it." FORT PIERCE - Mayoral candidate Larry Litty told a crowded City Commission meeting last night that riches will result if the city sells its power plant to Florida Power and Light (FPL). Litty's statements were criticized by Utility Authority Chairman Ewell Menge who said Litty's figures are wrong. In an unusual move the night before the election, Litty told about 200 persons in the audience that on a re-zoning matter the city would profit more than 2 million every year if it sold its power plant. "He explained his reasoning, saying the money would come from a v' . ' Vv k J t"i "Omit, aXt V Merritt Will Do In depth Study Plans for New Fire Unit Gear Up Area News ENCON Gets Okay On Water Bonds ity to fire him as he was elected to the post by the membership. The fire chief has insisted that it would take a vote of the County Commission to remove him. Today Higgins will ask the commission to do just that. After last week's vote of confidence by members of the Fire Department, the commission chairman said he apparently would have no choice but to close the existing department and replace it with one willing to recognize the commission's authority. Brady and Higgins have been in a series of disputes over operations, and Higgins cited Brady's "insubordination" as reason for his By JIM REEDER Post Staff Writer STUART - County Commissioner Tom Hig-gins said yesterday he has found enough personnel to organize a new District 2 Volunteer Fire Department and the one headed by Danny Brady will be abolished today. Higgins fired Brady Nov. 19, but the fire chief has refused to recognize the dismissal. Members of the department "re-elected" Brady to his post last week. "We have enough experienced firemen lined up who are ready, willing and able to fight any fires that may occur," Higgins said. "We also have mutual aid agreements with other county departments and the City of Stuart." Brady claims Higgins lacks the legal author Higgins refused yesterday to disclose who will head the newly-organized department, but he said it will not be Fire Marshal John Henry, who has been the focus of part of the dispute between Higgins and Brady. Brady said yesterday Henry has been "faced with additional charges" and has resigned as captain of the District 2 Volunteer Fire Department. Henry yesterday refused comment on the charges but said he has resigned as District 2 fire marshal to work fulltime at his job. Higgins said last week he had not decided if the controversy would be discussed at today's commission meeting but yesterday said he had decided to bring it up. 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 be invalid auto inspection sticker and said that Dixon had a revolver tucked in his belt. Dixon could not be reached for comment yesterday, but police officials said it seems to be merely a case of not understanding the law on carrying a weapon. They said Dixon explained that he owns a good deal of property in the Lincoln Park area and carries the pistol with him for protection. 35 Expected To Vote Today FORT PIERCE - Thirty-five per cent of the city's voters are expected to vote in today's election and elect a new mayor and two commissioners. Elections Supervisor Jim Brooks said he's predicting considerable interest among the city's almost 13,-000 voters because of the large number of candidates. The polls are open today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. fore the board voted to float the bonds. That vote was taken Nov. 18 and passed, 3-2. Yesterday's hearing basically was a formality to determine if proper procedures had been followed. 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 hf would have been suing himself. Council Scats Determined Today OKEECHOBEE - City Clerk Sandra Bennett predicts 40 per cent of the city's 1,813 registered voters will vote in today's city's election. Okeechobee has an approximate city population of 4.685. Nine candidates, the most who have run for two City Council offices since 1962, are running for seats vacated by recently-elected Clerk of the Circuit Court Clif Betts Jr. and E. H. Hunt, not seeking re-election. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and remain open until 7 p.m. Dixon Charged With Weapon Violation FORT PIERCE - Local millionaire J.W. Dixon was arrested by city police during the weekend and charged with possession of a firearm without a permit. Dixon, 74, of 3961 S. U.S. 1, was arrested Saturday by Officer A. Fried. Dixon posted bond and was not jailed. The news of the arrest wasn't made public until Monday by the Police Department which explained that the arrest occurred when the officer stopped Dixon because of an Area Deaths Phillips, Bessie M., 63, of Lakeland Blvd., Lakewood Park, Fort Pierce. Funeral at 2 p.m. today at Baird Funeral Home, Fort Pierce. Zukerman, Julia, 89, of 430 Tran-quilla Ave., Port St. Lucie. Funeral at 2 p.m. today at Port St. Lucie Funeral Home. Thompson, James, 77, of 419 N. Second St., Fort Pierce. Graveside services at 1 p.m. Wednesday at White City Cemetery. Baird Funeral Home, Fort Pierce. Crumbaugh, Margaret Emily, 73, of 1644 NE Orion St., Jensen Beach. Funeral yesterday. Schumacher, Fred, 77, of Lakehurst, N.J., a Stuart winter visitor. Funeral and burial in Whiting, N.J. Johns Funeral Home, Stuart. Darling, Emmy D., 81, of 865 SE St. Lucie Blvd., Stuart. Memorial services at 11 a m, today at Aycock Funeral Home Chapel, Stuart. IMovie Clock FORT PIERCE Sunrise Theatre: "Swashbuckler," 6:30, 8:20 Village Theatre: "Grizzly," 6:30, 8: 30 Fort Pierce Drive-In: "Drive-In," 7:30; "Watch Out We're Mad," 9:15 STUART Mayfair Theatre: "Grizzly," 6:30, 8:30 Pat Capps (left), a recruiter for the University of West Florida in Pensa-cola, briefs Mike Smody, a PBJC sophomore, about public relations courses. Above, Diann Zeldman, of Florida International University, waits for students to stop by her table. Staff Photoi By Giorgt Wtdding Youths Get Tips on College Life 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. 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. By JOHN PETERSON Post Staff Writer "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, job opportunities and housing, as well as finding out requirements for particular courses of study. Wagner said the The minimum cost estimates for upper-classmen attending state universities includes $742.50 for tuition, $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. 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." .... '' j" Thomas Metz Richard Murphy WRONG PHOTOGRAPH The Post published the wrong photograph Monday 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.