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Palm Beach Post, Friday, December 10, 1976-D3 School Tax Option Gets Capital Push fe- v ck ri TALLAHASSEE - Sen. Kenneth MacKay (D-Ocala) yesterday breathed new life into a real estate transfer tax pushed unsuccessfully for the past two years by the Palm Beach County School Board. Levied like a documentary tax at .4 per cent of the value of transferred real estate, the proposed new tax could raise as much as $260 million statewide. "It sounds like an excellent way to get a handle on growth problems," MacKay told the Senate Finance and Tax Committee during a review of tax alternatives to replace property taxes as the basis of school funding. "While we're looking at all these alternatives, I'd like to see some consideration of that proposal," he added. As originally proposed by Palm Beach County School Board, agricul- The kite which formerly nested in the area just north of the Everglades, now nests in the southwest portion of Lake Okeechobee. Stabilized water and sloughs thickened with vegetation caused the move northward. 'Critical Drop Area' for Endangered Kite Urged in Volume of Birds, Their Food Prompts Action water level there also has been stabilized for too long," he said. Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge Manager Tom Martin has said the many birds facing devastation in South Florida "are not victims of the Army Corps of Engineers or the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District. What has happened to Florida was caused by the people of the state. 'The people's water needs mostly 'dictate where the water goes," Martin said. In recent years the kite has switched its primary nesting area from the area just north of the Everglades to the southwest portion of Lake Okeechobee. According to Jones, stabilized water and sloughs thickening with vegetation in Conservation Area No. 3 has caused the move northward. "The vegetation is so thick in Area No. 3 that the birds cannot get to the water level where the snails live," Jones said. He said airboats and halftracks knock down the thick vegetation, enabling the kite to reach the snails at the water level. "There has been controversy about how these vehicles affect the kite, but it is my belief they do not frighten the bird - he doesn't seem to be shy at all - and they're beneficial in helping the bird get to his food supply," he said. The Fish and Wildlife Service also wants 50 square miles of savanna near the state's east-central coast declared a "critical habitat" for the dusky seaside sparrow. The entire population of the bird is found in Brevard County where the birds live in a plain between 10 and 15 feet above sea level in the St. Johns River Valley. Experts say any further changes in salinity or water levels could devastate the species by altering vegetation on which the birds depend. water marshes. There are only about 100 of the birds remaining from an original population of thousands. Widespread development of the Everglades region in recent years and diversion of water to agricultural areas have affected both the bird and the snails. The snails live and feed on certain plants and algae, and their habitat is greatly affected by water levels. "Any type of action that would protect the Everglade kite is a good one, but true management of the bird cannot be made without control of the water level," said John Jones of the Florida Wildlife Federation in West Palm Beach. The water in the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge has been stabilized, and the snail is best suited for fluctuating water levels, he said. "In Conservation Area No. 2, many of the old tree islands, which were used by the kite for nesting, have rotted away because the By LARRY MLYNCZAK Post Staff Writer The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed the government designate about 1,000 square miles of Southeast Florida as a "critical habitat" for the endangered Everglade kite. If the proposal is adopted, no federal agency may take or fund any action which would have an adverse impact on the birds in that area. The proposed rules, however, would not have any direct impact on private uses of the area. The proposed "critical habitat" area would include the southern portion of Lake Okeechobee and areas to the south and east of the lake, including three conservation areas. The Everglade kite, a type of hawk, feeds only on the apple snail which lives in fresh tural property would be exempted ; and revenues raised earmarked for school construction. The tax was to be levied only in counties where voters approved. Palm Beach County officials estimated the tax would raise $10-$12 million for school construction in the county. They pushed it as an impact tax asserting that except for agricultural land real estate transfers were a good measure of growth. Bridge Changes Proposed Cox Newspapers Washington Bureau WASHINGTON - In an effort to relieve traffic congestion along U.S. 1, the Coast Guard has proposed the drawbridge across the Intracoastal Waterway in North Palm Beach be opened only twice an hour between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. for sailboats and other private vessels. The proposal, published Monday in the Federal Register, would eliminate the current practice of opening the Parker Bridge on signal from approaching boats. Instead, the bridge would open only on the hour and hilf-hour during daylight hours. Between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., boats would be able to open the bridge on signal as they have in the past. The proposal does not affect U.S.-owned vessels, tugs with tows, scheduled cruise boats or vessels in distress, all of which would be able to open the bridge on signal at anytime. The Coast Guard said it proposed the change at the request of the North Palm Beach Village Council, which adopted a resolution calling for scheduled opening times last summer. It said the change is being considered because of a "significant increase in vehicular traffic" from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Palm Beach Gardens Village Council was scheduled to take up a similar resolution at its meeting last night, calling for scheduled opening times for the bridge at PGA Boulevard. Village Manager John Orr said the proposal probably would call for the bridge to open 15 minutes before and after the Parker Bridge to speed the movement of boats up the waterway. Unit Faces Duty Switch STUART - Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council Director Sam Shannon warned members yesterday the state is considering taking away the new group's power to act on large-scale zoning proposals. Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs) now are handled by the regional planning councils, but Shannon said the state is thinking of placing them under the new water management districts. DRIs include large-scale housing projects as well as airports, shopping centers, petroleum facilities or any zoning proposal that affects an area on a regional scale. Since the council, made up of representatives from Palm Beach, Martin,. St. Lucie and Indian River counties, still is in the process of organizing, it has not yet acted on any DRIs. A representative of the state division of planning attended yesterday's meeting to explain the DRI process. 1 t'hTfr , ' -.. . n fil J SA$ - r w ! ' i ft lriiiriiin-imrjiiiiia-iT " t-nf ffinnniimmTifr'-it'ifiTnr Tfim- -i r-- ' i.s.A .-. : -, J,V . . Jff -, . , A 1 - jr if- U - ' 1 TOYS TO HELP Christmas came early for youngsters at the Open Door School in Port Salerno after a local resident donated a rocking lion and elephant for the kids to play with. The sturdy wooden toys also will serve a practical purpose for some of the handicapped children who have motor difficulties. School director Mabel Witham said the anonymous donor made the toys himself and presented the school with homemade greenhouses which students will fill with plants in the spring. College Exp a nswn Sought PB Atlantic Wants Palm Beach Help By CHARLES KEEFER Post Staff Writer Palm Beach Atlantic officials went on a foray across Lake Worth into Palm Beach yesterday in search of "muscle" to back long-range plans to triple the Christian college's size and build a new campus. Dr. Warner Fusselle, college president; Dr. Don Warren, vice chairman of the Board of Trustees; Frank Lamb, presidential assistant, and Al-bin Holder met with eight other Palm Beachers at Holder's Poinci-ana Club yesterday to begin forming an advisory committee to open the doors, "both financial and political," toward expansion. Guest list for the small meeting included Frank Wright, head of the Palm Beach Round Table; George W. Hersey; Bill Brown, vice president of the First National Bank in Palm Beach; Richard Adams, president of the Mall Bank; Brig. Gen C.J. Mara; Lt. Col. George Garrett, and Philip Lukin. "We raised $750,000 last year and very little of it was from this side of the lake," Warren said. "We wanted you to know about it and be interested in it. (Palm Beach Atlantic College located between Dixie and Olive at Okeechobee )." Plans for the expansion are now in the conceptual stage but, according to architect John Stetson, could lead to a new campus for a 1,200 students. The college, formed by local Baptist churches in 1968, has about 450 students. Channel 12 Broadcast Interrupted Viewers of Channel 12's late night news broadcast missed the station's weather forecast last night when the Mangonia Park-based television studio lost its power. The source of the interruption was traced to a Riviera Beach auto accident, according to Channel 12's news anchorman John Matthews. "I understand, according to the reports we are getting, that a motorist ran into a light pole," Matthews said. For those viewers who may still be wondering, the cold front is still with us but some moderating temperatures with partially cloudy skies are expected today. Thief Donations Coming Slow; 2 More Weeks To Give fi.-ih - s !- ':S, ' !, lit . L ,1 tnmk IlLl h r'V A 1 Empty Stocking Fund 5, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Breu, 25, Joaquin A. Fernandez, 5, William Seitz, 2, G W Corddry, 10, Willard Utley, 10, Ricky Brown. 15; Ms. M. Ehr-man, 5, Leonard C. Matlovich, 5, Bland Ralph, 10, Capt Frank L. Smith, 5, Harry J. Marks, 1, E. Mcghee, 10, Charles L. Grirtin 5, Andrus T Snyder, 10, Richard B Johnson, 2, Mrs. Paul K Bresee, 25, Herbert V. Sites, 25, K. Bourguignon, 10, Samuel Silverman. 3, Irene Hansen, 5, Earl Pealo, 5, GilrJa Gritlin, 2, Mrs Fred Siebens, I, Mrs. R. F. Murdock, 5; Neil Whatmough, 15, John L Reams, 5, William Koponen, 5, Bernard Freeman, 25, Au stm W. Hutchinson, 25, Mr. and Mrs Uriah G. Knowles, 5, Mrs. Ho Cope, 2, Mr. and Mrs Arthur H. Lancaster, 5, Marg W Cragg 10, Josephine L. Silvernai, 2, Rachel McClintock, 15, In Memory of Mrs, K Prinzhorn, 5, Leon A. Conover, 2, The Rev. H. J. Wilson, 5, Steven A. McNeece, 5, M. C. Price, 10, Charles Gerow, 10, Mrs. A. L Painter, 5, Mrs. K. B Jones, 25, Frederick A. Komlosy Jr., 3, Heavy Lift Services Inc., 100, V. A. Harder, 5, Mauro A. Salazar, 5, William F. Lutz, 10; Howard Grunke, 2, Eugene W. Borecky, 5, Roy H. Meldrim, 10; Edward Steigman, 5; Connel L Shelton, 10; Julian Platz, 10, Marc A. Turkaly, 5, Ira Van Bullock, 25; in Memory of Wilbar H. Scales, 10, Frank B. Fairfield, 10, Louis P. Fantozzi, 2, Rudi Rosen, 5, Dr. J. J. Goodman, 10, Mr. and Mrs. Royal Molhneaux Jr., 2; M. G. Crume, 10, Harry Sites, 5, D. J. Brodey, 25, Arthur C Seitz, 10, Harold E. Hetzler, 5, Mrs. W. J. Reilly, 5, Raymond J. Elliott, 10, Harry L. Baker, 2; Edward A Kohl, 10, William R. Hambnght, 5, Walter P. Puhlman, 3, James W Nims, 5, Dan C Clarke, 2, Archibald P Turner, 20, Otto J Albrecht, 2, Annette Murphy, 10; Dr. Arley G. Everhart, 5; Mr. and Mrs. Roy H Clements, 15, Gail Myers, 3, James R. Young, 5, Fred 0. Easley, 50, Mr. and Mrs. E W. Dorman, 3, Lawrence C Callaway, 5, John Lucas, 1, Lyle Swan son, 2, James R. Herritt, 5, Mortimer Sachs, 25, Mrs. Edward G. Newell, 10, L. E. Hammond, 5, E. S Nenninger, 5, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde E. Wilson, 5, John McAmff, 10, Blanche C Webb, 10, William M. Freitag, 5,C L. Smith. 2, George E. Munt, 5, Mrs. A. Elberson, 1, Char-' he Murray, 5, J.D. Bryan, 5, Steve J. Doran, 20, Mrs. Will A. Taylor, 50, Mrs. F, Goossens, 3, Theodore Radowski, 10, Vance Percy, 5, John W, Shirk, 15; Rose Cottie, 3, Mr. and Mrs. NL. White, 5, Dana Davis, 5, Edwin W Brown, 25, Henry P Koester, 5, Frank A. Sauer, 10, Mr. and Mrs, E Milton Eshleman, 20, Norman M Kelly, 5; Thomas L Gilbane, 2, Joseph Angelicchio, 10, Richard A Woolery, 5, Mr. and Mrs. AL. Hannum, 10, Christen Boylboll, 10, Helena Manning, 25, John T Dimon, 3, TOTAL t 2 01$ .50 TOTAL TO DATE Sl 2.7 Contributions for the Empty Stocking Fund are coming in much slower this year, according to Maj. Byrd Hudson of the Salvation Army. Contributions totaling $39,000 are needed to reach this year's goal of $70,000. The fund reaches nearly 2,-000 Palm Beach County residents providing Christmas toys and food. Donations may be sent to: The Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 789, West Palm Beach, Fla., 33402. The latest donors are: Harry Carlson, 1; Maryaret M. DecKer, 5, Elizabeth J. McLaughlin, 5, Dr. Steve E. Kiltau, 10; Grace F. Crotts, 5, Harold B Curne, 5, W Gi-rard, 1 Arthur F. Johnson, ); Lucille Trough!, 5, W, O. Tidd, I, Clark W. Lee, 5, Mrs. W, B. Stelwagon, 5; Mrs. Charles S. Humphrey, 25, Bertha E. Dutour, 5, Edwin F. Drangel, 5, Mrs. CW Simpson. 10, Paul Col, 1; Mildred R. Cox, 25; Gernie H. Moor-head, 5, N. Dangelo, 2; Mrs F Femdel, 2; S. Jessup, 5, Arthur R Wright, 2, Vera Knutson, 5, Edwin M Tucker, 5, Mrs. E B. Spitale and Donna Spitale, 10, E. v. Moss, 5, Martin A. Verbeyst, I; William Schenkl, 1; Clifton Carlin, 2, Alice H Clark, 2, Gertrude Slotterbeck, 5, Ruth A, McChesney, 5, Thomas Kressal, 10, Joseph Rosati, 3; Mrs. John Hasson, 25, Fred Price, 3; Richard S. Buker, 5, Mrs. Almet Jenks, 5, R P. Sears, 10, W L. Krause, 5, Mildred M Philbrook, 5, Mrs. H. D. Schmidt, 1, H. B Wilson, 1, Patrick E. Hickey, 5, M. H. Trafton, 2, John Lundy, 5, Anton I Lundin, 2. William J. Doherty, 2, Henry Lebensburger, 5, Charles Reamsnyder, 20, Mrs. H. Etherington, 10; Aubrey Mewbourn, 5; I. S Merkel, I, Robert E. Hunt, 5, Harold C Patterson, 5, Leonard A Baldwin Jr., 2, Joseph D. Fagan Jr., 3, Carey W Mason, 5, Mrs. June R., 5, Mr. and Mrs. Richard N. Gay-lord, 25, Edward W McDavitt, 2, Herbert Car-len, 10, J. C. H. Lanau, 50, Joseph E. Evans, 2; Eugene Muth, 2, Price H. Vincent, 10, Mrs. W P. Wallace, 5, Rosa Tsthanz, 1; Robert E. Mueller, 100, Felix Newbold, 5, Howard C Miller, 1, Harry Deionge, 5, Francis C Manning Jr, 5, Jaik L. Hudnall, 10, Maurice B Ades, 7; Joseph Woiick Jr., 1; Ronald G Schlusemeyer, 10; T R. Starry, 25, W. H. Arpe, 5, Emily M Fentress, 50, Barry E Perlman, 5, Wilbert C Bloomquist, 5, Thur-ber G. Zeh, 5; Charles H. Rogers, 2, Rodman A. Heeren, 25, Julia A. Reinhold, 10, J. R. Pruitt, 10, Ernie Ruka, 2, Darlene Kohuth, 5, William C. Spoonhour, 10, Mrs. C H Marquis, 3, Eugene J Siburn, 2, Edmond Preti, 5, William R. Gleichauf, 25, Richard Beymer, 10, Ellen Griffith, 5, Belvedere Auto Upholstery, 20, Ms. Herbert F. Aujlhgan, 5, Peter J Shatranas, 2, August Sifu, I, Ethel R Boxt, 5, Julia R. Lipp, h es- " Staff Photos by Linda Harbison Rips Off Band's Instruments John Whalen, mandolin player and business manager for Phoenix, said the group felt like it had lost one of its members. "We're posting a $300 reward for information leading to the recovery of Scott's equipment. Anybody wanting to help should call the West Palm Beach police," he said. "There's no way we can replace this loss." Phoenix, a trio from Jupiter that plays country bluegrass, has come down with a case of musical blues. Jamming Wednesday night at Hot Nights in the South, a West Palm Beach club, the group was playing with Travis Moon, warming up for their session later in the evening. Scott Eng-strom, who plays a collection of instruments for Phoenix, was strumming on his fiddle, not hav ing broken out his banjo or guitar thus far that evening. When Engstrom went to tthe group's van to bring in the instruments, he found his van had been rifled. . Taken was a Martin guitar, a Gibson banjo, both with pearl inlay work, and a customized guitar case resembling a coffin. The equipment was valued at $2,800.