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THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 1998 -4A 'J MODERN VENETIAN BUND CORP. Welcome to capitalism: Agents jockey for defector ballplayers '' BAMBOO & MATCHSTICK SHADES Hills, Calif., said he'd spoken with Chinea at the camp on 1 uesaay. Cubas met with the players on SunHav. I f ': 7rU i Timeless beauty :V"J 7 1 Natura wood -Stained Painted FJS2tf. i "We were contacted by family TKy F---t J MOW MOT J NOW MOTORIZED! members and by Mr. Lninea to mme and trv to heb and that's what we're doing," Dominguez said. "The players have the op Visit Our Factory Showroom Today! tion. They can go with Joe or they 417 Bunker Road West Palm Beach 585-2561 ( 1 Block West of Dixie Between Southern Blvd. & Forest Hill) can come with us. Thp Bahamas was unlikelv to deport the ballplayers, despite an fit ami sports agent Joe Cubas to Costa Rican President Jose Maria Figueres on Monday. They asked for humanitarian visas. Cubas said Tuesday night they were still awaiting a reply from Costa Rica. Some 107 Cubans at the Nassau camp began a hunger strike Monday and continued to refuse food Tuesday to demand equal treatment with the ballplayers. Detainees have complained of poor conditions and inadequate food. In Miami, Brothers to the Rescue, a volunteer fliers group that searches for Cuban rafters, was organizing aid shipments to the camp. Cuban national baseball team players Angel Lopez, 25; Jorge Luis Toca, 23; Jorge Diaz, 23, and Michael Jova, a 17-year-old junior Olympics player, left Cuba by boat Friday. Along with pitching coach Enrique Chinea, 41, and four friends, they were picked up by a Bahamian fishing boat later that night and were turned over to Bahamian authorities. Gus Dominguez of Total Sports International of Beverly Vie Associated Press NASSAU, Bahamas Rival U.S.-based sports agents pursued the release Tuesday of four Cuban baseball players and five companions who defected last week from their communist homeland. The defectors detained in a Bahamas refugee camp since Sunday are trying to win asylum in Costa Rica, where they may be able to negotiate better contracts as free agents than if they are subject to baseball's draft in the United States. Costa Rica's foreign minister, Fernando Naranjo, said Tuesday his country is ready to grant them asylum if they are not first returned to Cuba. Another Cuban star, Orlando Hernandez, won Costa Rican asylum after defecting to the Bahamas in December. "Definitely there are no problems to grant them exile," Naranjo said. "There is the same readiness as when we gave it to the other group." A letter signed by the nine defectors and another man who has been at the Nassau camp since December was sent by Mi TotaUnveniu,yZ- agreement with the Cuban government to return all refugees. Still, the defections had created a "very delicate situation" for the Bahamas, a foreign ministry official said. The Bahamian government has been trying to deport 68 Cuban migrants but Cuban officials have not responded to information requests since the Bahamas allowed Hernandez to leave for Costa Rica in January, the official said. All Cuban migrants who don't qualify for political asylum have the chance to obtain sponsors to go to third countries before they are deported, the official said. On Tuesday, the camp held 235 people, 151 of them Cuban. (OFF ANTIQUE & NEW DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY OR BEST OFFER SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE The entire selection is a commitment to high quality designs & colors to suit designers & most discriminative tastes. PERSIAN OUBOSSON Ushaks Traditional Modern Wool Silk Includes: Serapi Heriz Sarouk Kashan Kerman I aDnz Manai rrom smaii 10 paiaua i:b. 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Billions of gallons of fresh water pouring into the ; rivers from overflowing Lake Okeechobee to the : west. Fish with sores, lesions and tumors be-' lieved caused by a mysterious microscopic algae '. called Cryptoperidiniopsis. ! State scientists are studying samples of sick fish ! from local rivers found this month from New ; Smyrna Beach to Jupiter Inlet. The influx of fresh water from the lake has ; thrown off the mix of salt and fresh water needed to ; nourish marine life. ; On this day the waters are empty and eerily ; quiet, with few other fishermen and boaters out. ' Pelicans and sea gulls are bird-dogging Gentile, ': though. "They think I might be a crabber," Gentile ! said. The crabber who works the area feeds the ; birds when he services his crab traps. ! Many of the pelicans are babies, still in juvenile I feathers. Some stand in the yards of private water-' front homes, lined up along the sea walls, i Ordinarily, Gentile would figure the birds were ' looking at bait fish, and he might join them in fishing ! the area. But these birds aren't looking at the water. ! They seem listless, staring at nothing. : A pelican soars out of nowhere, chasing and harassing a seagull carrying a small fish. Gentile j calls it "looting, mugging. They're all hungry and ; there aren't enough fish." ; He motors up beside a seagull picking at a rotted ; catfish. "Desperation feeding," he said. The color of the water brown makes Gentile mad. The smell of it makes him madder. "It : smells like the garden section at Home Depot," he " said. "Fertilizer." Some scientists blame nutrient-laden runoff for boosting growth of the microbes that may be making the fish sick. Crows are drinking river water. Gentile notes. '"You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that means the water is no longer salty. These rivers are all fresh water now." ! At each stop. Gentile casts his bait into the dark -waters and remembers what it used to be like. Four tarpon in one world class morning here. Drifting in fellewes PS40 HrtMil Shredder FellowesPS5S Paper Sartdder feflewet PSEOCC Cms-Cut Shredder h-shtrl tapattl txtra rrdutlton and unu 1 v.ir p.mvlatn and -vxcn tullrr arr.mt 717-CI Manila: rt.rrsr Itiru ttori-. hc t i. apat it -w.v p.ir'.Vlj'vir and 5-ejr uiier warrant 7172M I ir pjnUKM and 5 car cutter warranty 7I7M riiahMiiinogfflgmT a school of jack and ladyfish there, catching so many fish you think you should be on TV. At Hell's Gate, near the inlet, five weeks ago, 30 boats fished for pompano on an outgoing tide. This day, there's only one other boat Gentile's dad, Capt. Bill, and his uncle Bobby, are visiting from Chicago. Gregg asked them to come out and fish so there would be "a couple other sticks in the pond." Dad and uncle have four ladyfish and jacks, with no lesions. "Four fish in an hour." Gentile scoffs. "That isn't even my idea of a bite." A half-down dolphins and their babies head north in the Indian River, away from the too-fresh water. Gentile sees a fish jump nearby, judges it a pompano, but gives up trying to catch it after a few casts. Heading back up the North Fork later, he uses the quiet trolling motor to check a bird island where egrets and herons are nesting. He worries they won't have enough fish to feed their hatchhngs. "I want everyone to go out to the St Lucie Ijocks and smell the water I want everyone to come out on the river and see what isn't here," Gentile says. "It's just kind of overwhelming. "If I had real clients today. 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