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B2-Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 12, 1976 Interlocking Jacks Help Stop Erosion of Underwater Line FORT PIERCE - The Utilities Authority is using an old wartime invention to stop erosion of its underwater line to the city sewage plant. Looking like a giant children's toy, the jacks designed to prevent enemy landing craft from successfully delivering troops are scattered over an area of the South Causeway Island plant. The jacks are small versions of those first used during World War II. i,- , . . - j. t ' The shape makes them ideal for stopping erosion because they interlock and can't be washed away by swift tides. The jacks were built by Earl Yearicks, head of Underwater Maintenance Systems Inc. which is doing the work for the authority, spokesman John Litton said. "Some have already been placed over the pipe by divers and Yearicks took underwater movies before they were placed and will take them again to see if they are effective at causing sand to build up around the pipe," Litton said. Because of their unusual shape and weight, the jacks interlock well no matter how they are placed and are expected to support the pipe that was scoured clean of sand by fast tides running near the sewage plant. If the pipe is exposed above the floor of the waterway by the tides, there is a danger it could be easily ruptured by a dragging anchor, Litton said. Use of the jacks should prevent this, he said. Yearicks also has proposed using the jacks to shore up the old water-line under the inlet to the North Beach Water Co. That line also has been plagued by problems because the tides have removed all the sand from around it making it more vulnerable as well as being unsupported. Yearicks said the jacks could be placed around this line to support it because they would be more effective than sandbags which would get washed away. - JOHN BARTLETT Jacks Located Near Utilities Authority South Causeway Plant Staff Photo by John Bartlott Jo ' Fort Pierce Sales Of Mini-Motorcycles Disappoint Dealers the cost of the faster motorcycles. "We're hoping sales will pick up now that Christmas is approaching. We've had a lot of inquiries," said Al Holmes, who sells the Demm Smiley model in his used-furniture store on Orange Avenue. Joel Nicholson, general manager of the Fort Pierce Honda shop, agreed. "We've been getting interest from people of all ages, but few sales so far," he said. He said Honda's Express isn't a true moped under the law, but it's so similar most people consider it as one. While it's classed as a motorcycle, it's so much cheaper that a rider can pay the insurance, buy a helmet and still come out ahead of most mopeds, he said. Frank Leeland, who started selling them three weeks ago at his bike shop on Orange Avenue, says many older people have shown interest. He's sold two. "A lot of people who live in trailer parks have said they'd like to have them, and we had one 74-year-old man who took a brochure, but so far not many people have been putting their money down. Maybe it's a problem with the tight economy," he said. All the dealers said they haven't yet lost faith in the mopeds, however. "We think they are going to become popular here soon, because they've caught on everywhere else," Leeland said. By JOHN BARTLETT Post Staff Writer FORT PIERCE - Mopeds, the latest transportation craze, may have taken off like wildfire in other South Florida cities, but the fad is starting slowly here. While the mini-motorcycles are whizzing all over Fort Lauderdale, Miami and West Palm Beach, local dealers, hoping to cash in on the craze, are expressing disappointment. So far, less than a dozen of the easy-to-ride motorized bikes have been sold here, even though dealerships have been springing up rapidly. In the past month no fewer than five dealers have started selling different makes of mopeds in furniture stores and motorcycle dealerships. "In the three weeks we've had them we've only sold one, and that was to a man from Okeechobee," Larry Hopkins of Fort Pierce Cycle said. "We've had a lot of people looking at them, but money's awful tight right now and things like this are still a luxury." Fort Pierce Cycle is selling Coppi Pacer mopeds, which cost about $425, about the same as other mopeds in town. Hopkins said their appeal is because under state law, moped riders don't need expensive insurance, a driver's license or a helmet all items which push up Wmftm9M .-, apw"""; 7r " ' ""-'-v-. i i 111 iL -::w::s:: :vjf-: COOKS' KITCHEN GIFTS THAT WON'T JUST STAY ON THE SHELF A. HENCKELS' FOUR STAR KNIVES. Save 20 on great knives of Friodur steel. 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Rowoco 12.50 St. Lucie 1 County FP Men Charged In Theft of Calves FORT PIERCE - The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office arrested two local men and charged them with larceny of five calves. Sheriff's deputies arrested John William Metzgar, 24, of 2710 Orange Ave., and William Andrew Bigger, 24, of Okeechobee Road Friday after spotting them with the calves earlier in the day and questioning them. They arrested them later, after CD. Hargrove reported the calves stolen MacArthur Leaves Good Sam from his farm on Glades Cutoff Road. Service Station In PSL Hobbed PORT ST. LUCIE - Thieves broke into the Country Club Exxon Station on Morningside Boulevard Friday and got away with more than $5,000 worth of merchandise, a spokesman for the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office said. Thieves took 30 tires, batteries, other auto parts and two motorcycles from the Port St. Lucie station. Car Leaves Road; Driver Found Dead STUART - An 80-year-old Stuart man became the 21st fatality in Martin County, when his car left the road and came to rest in a field off of SR 707 A, near Jensen Beach. Earnest Hofer of Stuart died Friday after his car, which was east-bound, crossed into the westbound lane and ran into a field. Police said they were unsure how Hofer died. His car was upright in the field and had not flipped or crashed. Movie Clock FORT PIERCE TODAY Sunrise Theatre: "Macintosh and T.J.," 7:30, 9:15 Village Theatre: "Obsession," 3, 5, 7, 9 Fort Pierce Drive-In: "Slumber Party," 7:30; "Mama's Dirty Girls," 9:05 Angle Road Drive-In : "Brotherhood of Death," 7:30; "Killing Machine," 9:10 MONDAY Sunrise Theatre: "Macintosh and T.J.," 7:30, 9:15 Village Theatre: "Obsession," 6: 30, 8:30 Fort Pierce Drive-In : "Slumber Party," 7:30; "Mama's Dirty Girls," 9:05 STUART TODAY Mayfalr Theatre: "The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday," 3, 5, 7, 9 MONDAY Mayfalr Theatre: "The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday," 6:30, 8:30 Billionaire John D. MacArthur has been released from Good Samaritan Hospital after being admitted for exhaustion 20 days ago. The 79-year-old Singer Island resident left the West Palm Beach hospital at 3 p.m. Friday and returned home to the Colonnades Beach Hotel. "He's feeling fine and is up watching the football game," MacArthur's executive assistant Ted Climer said yesterday. Climer urged people not to call his boss for a while, saying MacArthur still needs his rest and has a lot of work to do. "He's been away from work and he's trying to catch up on his work load," Climer said. MacArthur, who normally smokes three packs of cigarettes a day, hasn't smoked under doctor's orders since he was hospitalized and looks "better than ever," Climer said. Dr. Donald Warren ordered Mac-Arthur hospitalized Nov. 22, after the billionaire choked on an ice cube. Warren said MacArthur, whose work day begins at 5 a.m., was suffering from exhaustion. MacArthur spent one day in intensive care and then was .transferred to a private room. ENJOY FREE PARKING SUNDAY Christmas shop today 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Monday thru Friday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.