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' ' , i N . S ' V ' ' V V " '. V S V V V V V V V V. i V V V V V V V K. l. V ' t ' v w t , v - v . . v '. , v . '' ' 1 The Palm Beach Post WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1999 8B MSl LOCAL 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. 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 ' -j 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. Asians and other racial groups has increased 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. 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. x 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 1990s, 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 MARK HEMPHILLStaff Artist artin protests plan to 0 1 XI close road Ik-.-- -V- "W, BILL INGRAMStaff Photographer A big leap for Floyd By Howie Paul Hartnett Palm Beach Post Staff Writer STUART Martin County commissioners met Tuesday morning to tie up some loose ends and prepare for the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd. Commissioners passed new solid-waste rates and postponed the final hearing, on the county budget until Monday. f County Administrator Russ Blackburn also decided all but essential county employees will get the day off today as county offices will remain closed. They are expected to be open Thursday. "With regard to our employees, we want to make sure they are safe," Blackburn said. ' That suited commissioners just fine, "I don't think we need a full contingent of secretaries in Growth Management (Wednesday) afternoon," Commissioner Dennis Armstrong said. But Floyd wasn't the only topic of the meeting. Commissioners also discussed the possible closing of Loxahatchee River Road. The Palm Beach County Commission is discussing closing the major thoroughfare, which goes through southern Martin County, to force Martin officials to find another route for the more than 6,000 cars that use the road daily, Commission Chairwoman Janet Gettig said. "We seem to be being blackmailed," she said. Jupiter, Tequesta and Palm Beach County officials want to build a western corridor between Interstate 95 and U.S. 1 to relieve pressure on Loxahatchee. The road would run from Indian-town Road to Island Way in Martin County. ; But for the plan to work, the road would have to run through a portion of Martin County called Section 28. ; Martin officials will not even discuss building a road through that area until they resolve a lawsuit with the land's developer, Jack Palace. A judge ruled last July that Martin County must pay Section 28's developers $4.75 million for denying their development plans. : Martin officials estimate an answer to their appeal is still at least a year away. The Palm Beach County Commission will discuss the closing on Sept. 28, Gettig said. 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. Man charged in statewide robbery ring skips bail 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 they had evidence he and others were fashioning fake passports and planning to go to Holland. But Salnick said he's not con vinced 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. By Scott Hiaasen ,, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer ! - . A Chicago man charged with taking part in a family crime ring has skipped bail in what his lawyer fears was a ruse at the lawyer's expense. . ; . Angelo Moro was among 18 family , members arrested in March on charges of taking part in more than a dozen thefts from supermarkets and u convenience stores across Florida. , Police said members of the ring used distraction techniques to draw attention away from other ring members who stole cash from the offices of stores. The Florida thefts netted more than $100,000, prosecutors said. 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. Salnick said he last saw Moro on Friday, Sept. 3, when they met to discuss Moro's racketeering and grand Good Samaritans help others board up Supreme Court reviews ruling on Death Row inmate's sanity Jensen Beach, Ron Bernard and his son, Ron Jr., boarded up the diner's huge glass windows as people finished lunch. "I got my house done, and my son knows the owner," Bernard Sr. said. "He said he's got the panels, but nobody to put them up, so we thought we'd give him a hand." J Others enjoyed the breezy weather while they could. At Sandsprit Park in Stuart, Glenn Miner, 33, flew a blue, yellow and pink stunt kite that sounded like a jet as it dive-bombed and looped. "I'm all prepared, and there's no use just sitting there," said Miner. "All you can do is hope." ! Along Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach, a handful of windsurfers took advantage of the high winds and choppy waters of the Intracoastal. "These are the ideal conditions 30 to 40 mph winds," said Russell Kitz, 41, of Hobe Sound. Early in the afternoon Tuesday, a fire-rescue team was called to the scene where the windsurfers were riding the waves because one of them had fallen into the water and ivas missing. Bui he soon resurfaced and was OK. ' one who asked. At 1 p.m., three members of the Church of God on Cove Road in Port Salerno, along with one friend, put boards up on the church's stained-glass windows. "People need help," said Ferrel Graham, 46, when asked of his motivation. He and his friends had already boarded up five houses some belonging to church staff, others to those who simply needed help and planned to three more when they finished the church. "Everybody sees us and asks if we have this or if we have that and if we can help them, and we stop and do our best," Graham said. Across State Road A1A from the church, the staff of the Salerno Bay Manor nursing home finalized storm preparations. Plenty of water and medical supplies were on hand, along with some extra guests. "We're letting the families of the residents come in and stay here," said Gary Michaels, vice president of operations. Much of the staff was also spending the night, he said. At the Village Corner Restaurant in By Stephen Kiehl Palm Beach Post Staff Writer As the winds kicked up in downtown Stuart Tuesday morning, Michael Roberts and his crew from SWAT, an emergency construction firm, began working even faster. They had put up 600 sheets of plywood already, and they had 17 houses and seven businesses still on their to-do list. "We've done a few free board-ups," Roberts said as his crew finished work on the Luna restaurant on Osceola Street. "We did the Lyric Theater last night. They called us up and didn't know what to do. So we came down and did it for free." SWAT was selling plywood to grateful residents for $18 a sheet just two dollars more than what it cost them to buy it. Some of the SWAT workers had gotten no sleep Monday night and had not even boarded up their own homes. "I'll probably do my house when it's 75 mph winds and raining," said Roberts, shrugging. Teams of workers fanned out across Martin County Tuesday, helping out neighbors, friends and generally, any 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 she, 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 for Sept. 14 to give the court time to , Please see INSANITY, 7B

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