The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 8, 1976 · Page 29
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 29

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Wednesday, December 8, 1976
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The Palm Beach Post News of . the T) aim Beaches D WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1976 SECTION 'The drapes were flying like flags. It was an eerie feeling to feel that wind. It wasn't cold, but I was petrified Jean Borchardt Winds Damage Southern Areas Of PB County By RAFE KLINGER Pott Staff Writer DELRAY BEACH - When the wind hit early yesterday morning, Pat Snyder thought "someone had set off a bomb in the house." At once, a tool shed was lifted from its foundation and thrown into the house as four large aluminum awnings collapsed. "It only lasted maybe five to 10 seconds," said Mrs. Snyder, of 518 Ibis Drive. "I heard the Staff Photo by Jim DoCirlt Pat Snyder of Delray Beach Stands in Front of Tool Shed Twisted by High Winds County Sets Up Municipal Taxing Unit Unincorporated Areas Face Possible Tax Increases By BUD NEWMAN Pott Staff Writor summer county property taxes will be adjusted accordingly. Some municipal officials believe this will lower taxes in the cities and possibly raise them in the unincorporated areas. It was precisely that possibility that drew opposition from Pat Cahill, president of the Village Mutual Association, which serves Century Village and other condominiums, and from Joseph Ram, president of the Alliance of Unit Owners in Century Village. Cahill complained that the ordinance did not specify exactly what county services would be charged to city or unincorporated area residents. Until that is known, lie said, it is impossible to assess the eventual cost of the new ordinance to the taxpayers. "How can you buy or ask us to buy a pig in a poke?" Cahill asked. "We don't like to pay for services without knowing what we're paying for." and may never receive," Ram said, urging that large condominiums, which provide many of their own services, "should not be included in the boundaries of such tax districts." He presented the board with a petition containing 1,000 signatures urging that Century Village be excluded from the new taxing district. Other opponents urged the commission to adopt a wait and see attitude while the legality of a similar ordinance in Pinellas County (St. Petersburg) is decided by the Florida Supreme Court and while the court considers a Broward County case involving an unincorporated area taxing district. Perhaps then, they said, the court will issue guidelines for the development of such an ordinance which Palm Beach County could follow. Turn to TAXATION, D2 He said if county residents are going to be taxed for the county services they use almost exclusively the goal of the ordinance then the senior citizens in the condominiums shouldn't have to pay for things they don't use. "Deduct the school tax we don't use them," Cahill said. "Let's deduct the welfare tax which we don't use." He also said Century Village residents should no longer have to pay for the sheriff's road patrol. "We don't get security from this county, so why should we pay for it," he said. Ram said, no ordinance should be passed '"without a referendum by the people involved." And he said "there is a possibility here that our taxes could be raised 50 per cent." "We object to being singled out to pay an additional tax for services we do not receive Despite objections from two organizations representing residents of Century Village and other condominiums, the Palm Beach County Commission voted unanimously yesterday for a new ordinance aimed at eliminating dual taxation city officials have complained about for years. After two hours of public debate, the commission passed an ordinance setting up the "Municipal Service Taxing Unit" for the county's entire unincorporated area. The purpose of the special taxing district is to distinguish for the first time between those county services which benefit all county residents, including those in the cities, and those county services aiding only unincorporated area residents. Once that distinction is made sometime before the next budget is adopted in late wind rise up. Then it hit and sounded like an explosion. Then nothing. "The house shook. I thought it was an earthquake." Trie heavy winds struck southern sections of Delray Beach and northern parts of Boca Raton about 2 a.m., mangling trees, shrubs and television antennae; uprooting small structures and boats, and playing havoc with screened enclosures. A Delray Beach police spokesman said the wind, called a tornado by the reporting officers, cut a 50-foot path from south to north' for four blocks along Heron Drive in the Tropic Palms section of the city. Streets affected were Lindell Boulevard, Heron Drive, Ibis Drive, Jaeger Drive and Kingbird Circle. Police said no one was reported injured. Residents said the wind came "suddenly" and was gone in less than a minute. Gloria Martin, who lives across the street from the Snyd-ers, said her husband's 16-foot boat lifted off its trailer and smashed into her daughter's bedroom window. Wrought-iron posts were knocked down, the television antenna was "twisted into a pretzel" and her clothes and clothesline were blown three blocks away, she said. "If it weren't for the noise, I would have slept through it. It was frightening," Mrs. Martin said. Jean Borchardt, who also lives on Ibis Drive, said she was about to close the windows in the south end of her home when the wind roared through. "The drapes were flying like flags," she said. "It was an eerie feeling to feel that wind. It wasn't cold, but I was petrified." The wind also hit Boca Raton, causing minor damage along Federal Highway from the 5500 to 7200 blocks. The most extensive damage was reported at the Sweden House Restaurant where rooftop air-conditioners blew over, a railing was knocked out and lum-.ber and garbage cans were strewn about one quarter of a mile along the highway. Damage was estimated at $3,800. Manager Dominique Marino, who lives less than a block away from the restaurant, said he slept through the storm and was "surprised" in the morning by the wreckage. 'The way I figure it, the highway will go 10 to 12 feet into the front of my building. It will wipe me out . . . The only thing I can hope for is that they'll come along and be fair with me Jack Hardy Road Widening Threatens 18 Jupiter Businesses TEQUESTA : ;N! INDIANTOWN BP. A .- JUPITER o W VT z ' h Yv 8 JUNO BEACHYW j DONALD ROSS RD. V ft. Z If z cc If V Ot 111 I 2 S'; ' k O I PGA BlVD H r-ZpALM BEACH ( i GARDENS JY NORTHLAKE BLVD. By ROBERT BURNS Pott Staff Writer JUPITER Property owners who may be affected by the widening of Alternate A1A have adopted the posture of "sit and wait." Widening of the highway to four lanes may be as much as three years away or as close as one year away, but the attitude here seems to be resignation to the inevitable. "The new road will come through the front of my store, right through the middle of my typewriter," said Vince Johnston, who owns an entire building on the proposed route. "But we're not worried, we've been through this before with the Blue Heron Bridge in Riviera Beach. We owned a restaurant there." The state Department of Transportation (DOT) plans to widen the crowded highway from its present two lanes sometime between 1978 and 1980. Plans for the "preferred alternate route" call for the building of sections beside the present road from Northlake Boulevard in Lake Park north to U.S. 1 at SR 707 in Jupiter. DOT will hold public hearings on the route Jan. 5 in Jupiter, Jan. 7 in Lake Park and Jan. 8 in North Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. DOT literature states that the exact location of the road will not be selected until after these hearings, but three alternates suggested for the project have been described by DOT as undesirable. The preferred route will go through 18 Jupiter businesses. "The way I figure it, the highway will go 10 to 12 feet into the front of my building. It will wipe me out," said Jack Hardy, who owns the building next to Johnston's. Hardy, unlike his neighbor, doesn't know what he'll do if the road takes his building. "I couldn't even answer as to what I'll do. I have to see what they're going to give me before I decide on a new building. The only thing I can hope for is that they'll come along and be fair with me," Hardy said. Local contractor Jim Bassett, whose office is within the proposed right-of-way, said, "We have already made preparations, but we don't want to move. However, we aren't going to stand in the way of the road when we need the road more than anyone else." Since the exact route is still unknown, some businessmen don't know how they'll be affected. "For years DOT has had drawings saying they're going to take 2 or 3 feet off my business," said Warren Brewster, who owns a package store and lounge. "When I went to the DOT meeting of property owners at Salhaven a couple of months ago, the photographs of the route were so bad that I couldn't find my business. "One thing I found out from the Salhaven meeting though, was that they're not going to take anything from the railroad. I would think they could take 3 or 4 feet from them to save the destruction of a building." like an explosion John Williamson "It looked hit," owner said. Weathermen said such wind is common during South Florida rainy weather Robert Bloodworth, specialist with the National Weather Service at Palm Beach International Airport, said an investigator at the scene reported the debris was not scattered around as it is when a tornado strikes. Proposed Route of Widening Project Truth About N. Carolina Doesnt Hurt To Tell The editors of The Post received a communication the other day from B. Edson Seaver of Okeechobee. Sea'ver heard that I was from North Carolina and wants to know if the things he's heard about it are true. "A friend who says he knows all about North Carolina claims that half the Tar Heels race moonshine-laden motor cars down treacherous mountain roads comfortably ahead of the pursuing revenooers, and the other half of the population drinks the stuff out of Mason jars," Seaver said. "Another chap who actually lived in Durham for two whole weeks has a different view. While he allows that the booze story is reasonably accurate, he insists that North Carolinians still have another activity. "It seems that all the basketball nuts (and who in that state ain't?) gather in college gyms to watch five tall, agile black guys from New York City play five tall, agile black guys from New York City the only discernible difference being that one group wears white shirts and the other red. "Could it be that, unlike the rest of us, Tar Heel fans root for shirt color instead of teams? This whole North Carolina experience is a bit confusing. Could you prevail upon Steve Mitchell to straighten us foreigners out?" Be glad to. It is true that a lot of moonshine used to be made and sold in North Carolina, but the federal government stationed so many revenue agents there that they threatened to outnumber the natives in places such as Wilkes County. The people got so tired of bumping into revenooers every time they turned around that they started buying their liquor at the state ABC stores. So now all they do is get illegally drunk on legal whisky. A serious word to the wise: If you are con victed of driving under the influence in North Carolina and I'm talking about first offense you can kiss your driver's license goodby for a year. And that's no joke. About basketball: It is true that North Carolinians have been nuts about basketball ever since Sammy Ranzino & Co. put N.C. State in the Top 10 back in the late 1940s. Then the University of North Carolina won the national championship in the late 1950s and N.C. State won it a couple of years ago by beating UCLA. It also is true that UNC used to get most of its good players from New York City in the late 1950s. Noting this, the Duke University pep band used to break into "The Sidewalks of New York" every time the two teams met. It also is true that in recent years many of the great North Carolina players have been black, notably Charlie Scott of UNC and the incomparable David Thompson of N C. State. But a lot of them have been white, such as Tom Burleson and Monty Towe of N.C. State. All of these players, incidentally, are now in the National Basketball Association and all except Towe are North Carolinians. Since North Carolina basketball has gone big time, the state is starting to get lots of good players from up North, thus reversing the trend of losing good southern players, most of them black, to northern colleges. Now we're recruiting their players to come South. But it is no exaggeration to say that North Carolinians are as crazy about college basketball as Kentuckians or Indiana Hoosiers. I'm no exception. I'd crawl over 10 color television sets showing the Super Bowl to get to one little black and white set showing N.C. State playing basketball against Duke or Wake Forest taking on Maryland. Steve Mitchell I-

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