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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1999 s c 83 The Palm Beach Post LOCAL NEWS Census shows boom in area's Hispanic population Florida's growing population The state ranked among the top five for gains among black, Hispanic and AsianPacific Islander population increases from 1990-1998. creased substantially during the 1990s," said Kenneth Prewitt, the Census Bureau director. Florida's black population led the nation in growth, with an increase of 495,000. Georgia was second with 430,000, followed by Texas with 382,000. Palm Beach County's black population grew 37.6 percent, or about 41,000, during the decade. In Palm Beach County, Hispanics represent 10.7 percent of the population and blacks 14.5 percent; in Martin County, Hispanics make up 6.6 percent and blacks 6.9 percent; in St. Lucie County, Hispanics are 5.6 percent and blacks 19 percent. Nationwide, the Hispanic population grew from 22.4 million in '90 to 30.3 million in '98, and the black population rose from 30.5 million to 34.4 million, a gain of 12.8 percent. New ads hitting the airwaves as early as October aim to convince minorities to participate in the next national population count, Census 2000. "The idea is to make every American want to be counted and to increase the questionnaire return rate," said James F. Holmes, Atlanta-based regional director with the U.S. Census, who visited Miami last week. In 1990, only 65 percent of the nation's population returned their census forms, a decline from 75 percent in 1980. In Florida, like in other states, an accurate count represents money and power because the population determines federal money and political representation. Broward County Commissioner II-ene Lieberman, the statewide chairman of the Census' Complete Count Committee, said American Indians, children, blacks and Hispanics are among those historically undercounted in South Florida, cheating many counties out of federal dollars. "The way it's been figured, every citizen missed represents $1,500 in lost federal money, then you multiply that by 10 for each year the census is not taken," Lieberman said. Staff researcher Lynne Palombo and The Associated Press contributed to this report. By Dan Moffett Palm Beach Post Staff Writer ; The Hispanic population in Palm Beach County grew 65.7 percent between 1990 and 1998, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released today. ' The rapid increase is nearly twice the national rate of Hispanic growth a 35.2 percent gain, 7.9 million people, during the period. "We have seen dramatic changes here in Palm Beach County because of Latin immigration," said Clemencia Ortiz of the Latin American Immigrant and Refugee Organization (LAIRO) in West Palm Beach. "The future of the county will be to a significant extent influenced by these new arrivals." Florida ranked third among the states in Hispanic population increase with 669,000 new residents during the decade, according to Census estimates. California led the nation with gain of 2.4 million Hispanics and Texas was second With 1.5 million. : "These estimates show that the number of Hispanics and the number of Asians and other racial groups has in HISPANIC 1998 1990 Difference growth Palm Beach County 110,382 66,614 43,768 65.7 Martin County ' 7,696 4,728 2,968 62.8 St. Lucie County 10,083 5,952 4,131 69.4 Florida 2,243,441 1,574,148 669,293 42.5 BLACK 1998 1990 Difference growth Palm Beach County 149,806 108,833 40,973 37.6 Martin County 7,994 . 6,136 1,858 30.3 St. Lucie County 33,974 24,880 9,094 36.6 Florida 2,267,753 1,772,424 495,329 27.9 ASIANPACIFIC ISLANDER 1998 1990 Difference growth Palm Beach County 16,550 9,092 7,458 82.0 Martin County 1,084 581 503 86.6 St. Lucie County 1,981 1,057 924 87.4 Florida 271,305 156,444 114,861 73.4 SOURCE: U.S. Census MARK HEMPHILLStaff Artist I 0 If -1 X"'" .i.S-"'"" Jrrv77 4hyr:.z: "N t.T.-' Suspect in string of thefts skips bail j Police believe Angelo Moro and j members of his family stole more j than $100,000 from stores in Florida. By Scott Hiaasen Palm Beach Post Staff Writer A Chicago man charged with taking part jn a: family crime ring has skipped bail in what his lawyer , fears was a ruse at the lawyer's expense, j Angelo Moro was among 18 family members' arrested in March on charges of taking part in more '. than a dozen thefts from supermarkets and conve-; nience stores across Florida. Police said members ; of the ring used distraction techniques to draw at-j tention away from other ring members who stole ; cash from the offices of stores. The Florida thefts; netted more than $100,000, prosecutors said. j Moro spent more than five months in jail until . his lawyer, Michael Salnick, requested that Moro ' be granted bail stemming from charges in a similar; case in Pennsylvania. Moro was released on house ; arrest and prohibited from leaving his Lake Worth ; apartment except to go to court or visit Salnick's; office. i Salnick said he last saw Moro on Friday, Sept. 3, ' when they met to discuss Moro's racketeering and ; grand theft charges. Salnick later learned that his ; client had fled, leaving behind the ankle bracelet; meant to monitor his movements. "I was a just a little surprised at these things,"; Salnick said Tuesday. "I kind of feel I was a chess ' piece in some elaborate scheme." When Moro was first arrested, prosecutors said t they had evidence he and others were fashioning fake passports and planning to go to Holland. But Salnick said he's not convinced his client; has gone that far. Just last week, Salnick filed court motions seeking to loosen the restrictions on Moro's movements while on house arrest; Moro was prohibited from even sitting on his porch, and Salnick's assistant had to buy Moro's groceries. After the hearing a judge allowed Moro to sit ; on the porch, but grocery shopping was turned ; down Salnick said he spoke to Moro on the' phone. ! Prosecutors could not be reached for comment, i BILL INGRAMStaff Photographer A big leap for Floyd JENSEN BEACH - Brian Eichenlaub leaps off a piling into the Indian River were hoping to get to the beach for a little skim boarding. Police kept Tuesday afternoon. The 19-year-old Port St. Lucie man and two friends them away, though. Wellington tower demolition to end 'saga' dismantling day would be because neighbors from Sheffield Court who forced the tower down have promised to throw a party. "I asked him if he would let me know," City Manager Charlie Lynn said. "Hopefully, the contractor will call us when they get ready to take it down. But if they don't, nothing will stop it." Sheffield Court residents were aghast to find the 150-foot stove-pipe jutting from village property behind their homes in May 1997. The council had approved it without holding public hearings. The hearings weren't necessary under federal telecommunications laws, but would have avoided the debate that followed. Sprint agreed to take down the tower at the village's expense after it had an agreement to lease space on a nearby cell tower. BellSouth Mobility is erecting a tower behind the scoreboard on Glenn Straub's Palm Beach Polo and Country Club main polo field. "It will be a great day in the village when they take it down, and the end of a saga," Lynn said. "But I will say we learned a lot from that experience," he added. "We passed one of the most progressive cell tower ordinances after that, and we learned to be a lot more receptive to the public." The tower, which is owned by Sprint, was erected without the consent of nearby residents and will be torn down at the village's expense. By Angie Francalancia Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WELLINGTON Contractors now have a demolition permit from the village to remove the controversial cell phone tower that went up 2lA years ago. And village officials have told the contractor hired by Sprint Spectrum to let them know when t Boat driver: I don't remember crash i Supreme Court reviews ruling on Death Row inmate's sanity those test results and denied drinking alcohol before 7 p.m. on the day of the crash. Other witnesses, however, have testified that he drank wine with dinner. There were no witnesses to the .crash, but police investigators talked to boaters who said they saw Cameron's 45-foot Merrymaker streaking along at speeds of up to 60 mph on a dark, narrow stretch of water. The speed limit in the area was 25 mph. Simon Prankerd, 32, a charter captain, was killed in the crash. He had been hired as the designated pilot for a group of businessmen out on an evening cruise. Also killed were cruiser owner, James "Jay" Colonna, a construction company owner from Delray Beach; his cousin, John Colonna, 38, of Sicklerville, N.J.; Donald Draper, 50, of Chicago; Roger Wypyszynski, 60, of Bausman, Pa.; and Joseph Mongelluzzo, 48, of Wilmington, Del. Cameron, who also faces a civil damage suit, said he did not own the speed boat at the time of the crash. He had given a $10,000 deposit, but said he intended to share the boat with the pre- vious owner. , Earlier Monday, Cameron's boat, mechanic, Edward Cozzi, testified he had seen Cameron several times on the j day of the crash but saw nothing to; suggest that Cameron was drinking al-! cohol during the day. Cozzi was working on the boat, replacing hydraulic power j steering lines that day. Three days before the crash, Cozzi ; said he accompanied Cameron on a test ; drive just before Cameron handed over i the deposit. i Asked how fast Cameron was going ; during the test drive, Cozzi replied: "Oh maybe 35, maybe 40 (mph)." ; Robert Taylor, a marine accident re- j construction expert, testified for the de- J fense that Cameron was likely traveling about 45 to 50 mph when he hit the Bill ! -It, estimated to be moving at about 10 ! mph at the time. Taylor said he believed j ; the crash could have been avoided had ; the Bill It captain not made a left turn as Cameron's boat approached. I Prosecutors maintain Cameron's i ability to drive was impaired by alcohol, ! he was going too fast, he was too far left; in the channel and caused the crash, j , The Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE A developer, accused of being drunk when his speed boat plowed into a cabin cruiser and killed six people, told jurors he could not remember the fatal crash. "I have no memory of the evening of the accident," Stanley Cameron, 58, said during 30 minutes of testimony Monday. Cameron sustained massive head injuries and hearing damage in his left ear in the fatal crash Nov. 24, 1997, on the Intracoastal Waterway near Fort Lauderdale. All aboard the Bill It were killed. "The biggest problem is I tend to stammer and stutter where I used to speak very clearly," he told the jury. Cameron is charged with multiple counts of boating under the influence of alcohol and homicide by vessel. He faces more than 50 years in prison if convicted. Blood tests showed Cameron, 58, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.21 percent, nearly three times the legal limit to operate a boat. He has questioned the reliability of , The Associated Press TALLAHASSEE Twice this summer condemned killer Thomas Provenzano avoided a trip to the electric chair with a claim of insanity. He may do it again. The Florida Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday over a trial judge's ruling that Provenzano had some mental health problems but still understands he is facing execution and why. Fifteen years ago, Provenzano opened fire in an Orlando courthouse and shot three bailiffs. William Wilkerson, a 60-year-old who had retired from the Navy 14 years earlier as a lieutenant commander, was fatally shot. Harry Dal-ton, a 53-year-old father of six, was left paralyzed and died seven years later. Mark Parker, then 19, remains paralyzed from the shoulders down. Provenzano, 50, is scheduled to be executed at 7:01 a.m. Sept. 24 unless he gets another stay. Provenzano was originally scheduled to die in the electric chair July 7, but his lawyers said he was so insane he couldn't be executed. Under Florida law, a condemned killer cannot be executed without understanding what is going to happen and why. The evening before Provenzano was to be electrocuted, the Florida Supreme Court gave him a 48-hour stay of execution based on his insanity claim. A day later, the bloody execution of Allen Lee 'Tiny" Davis for the 1982 murders of a pregnant Jacksonville woman and her two young daughters turned that two-day stay into a two-month stay. Provenzano's execution was set , Please see INSANITY, 7B

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