The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 8, 1976 · Page 118
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 118

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Wednesday, December 8, 1976
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News of the outh Coast Also Serving South lake Okeechobee The Palm Beach Post 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 tpX-, X ' X. X , ' .... W X y t1 y r';4- - t . . By RAFE KLINGER Post 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 Stafl Photo by Jim DaCarla 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 Post Staff Wrltar 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, he 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." 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 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 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 Boynton Elections wind rise up. Then it hit and sounded like an explosion. Then nothing. "The house shook. I thought it was an earthquake." The 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 lumber and garbage cans were strewn about one quarter of a mile along the highway. Damage was estimated at $3,800. Mana'ger 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. P I. IW" Vfflt. Independent Candidates Defeat League Choices r It 'It means that the people thought for themselves. I'm very proud of the people of Boynton Beach.' Joe DeMarco . . finished second Emily Jackson ... top vote-getter thought for themselves. I'm very proud of the people of Boynton Beach." DeMarco, an unsuccessful candidate for county commissioner, said he "intended to follow through" with his campaign promises. By RAFE KLINGER Post Staff Wrlttr BOYNTON BEACH - Traditionally, the lack of an endorsement here by the United Boynton Civic League acted as the kiss of death for City Council candidates. But yesterday, it was the league's three endorsed candidates who lost. Councilman Emily Jackson, top vote-getter in the primary repeated her performance, receiving 3,362 votes out of 5,839. The city has 18,184 registered voters, winners of the other two, two-year council seats, are Joe DeMarco, 57, with 3,047 votes and Richard Caldwell, 29, with 2,979 votes. The league's three candidates were James O'Meara, 67, with 2,270 votes; Morton Levine, 51, with 2,068 and Raymond Sweet, 49, with 1,874. League President Richard Vastine hurriedly left City Hall last night with a sheepish "no comment" in the wake of the independent candidates' victories. Mrs. Jackson, 68, who in the past five years has been the only candidate who ever beat the league, will serve as mayor in 1978 because of her win yesterday. "I'd like to express my appreciation to all who helped me," Mrs. Jackson said. Asked 'what the sweep by independent candidates meant, she said: "It means that the people I like an explosion John Williamson "People evidently wanted a change and want to be the voice of the people," he said. "It looked hit," owner said. X ' .J Caldwell was yesterday's surprise story since he placed sixth among the candidates in the Nov. 23 primary. He credited his win to a hard-working group of independent voters who went door-to-door in the Leisflreville condominium development. He won 898 votes there. Yesterday's turnout represented 32 per cent of the registered voters. Last year 33 per cent turned out. 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. Richard Caldwell . . . surprise victor James O'Meara . . . led league's ticket Truth About N. Carolina Doesn't Hurt To Tell -oik The editors of The Post received a communication the other day from B. Edson Seaver of Okeechobee. Seaver 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 cjaims 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

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