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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 50

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B14-Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 12, 1976 Killing the Canal Won't Quite Bury the Controversy TALLAHASSEE (UPI) - The Cabinet this week al Donald Wisdom, whose Jacksonville-based Army Corps of Engineers region is building the canal, says it is unlikely Congress would appropriate the $350 million to $425 million needed to complete it when Florida doesn't want it. The department said any land which would not be used for recreation or wildlife should be sold with the money and any remaining Canal Authority funds used to reimburse the canal navigational district counties Duval, Putnam, Clay, Marion, Levy and Citrus. 2T The most likely property to be declared "surplus" and sold is in land at $35 million to $40 million. , " , Before the Cabinet could do anything with the canal land, it must be given title. The Canal Authority has ' title to the bulk of it, 51,000 acres; the corps, 8,300 acres, and U.S. Forestry Service, 7,500 acres. As much of the land as feasible should be maintained for public use and wildlife preservation, DNR recommended. The 30 miles of completed canal, Buck-man Lock, Rodman Dam and spillway, Inglis Lock and the Bypass Channel Spillway should be operated for commercial and recreation traffic. The Cabinet holds hearings Thursday and Friday hundreds of canal supporters and opponents plan to attend and then votes on whether to restore official state support of the project, which it suspended in 1972 about the same time President Nixon halted construction. Four of the seven Cabinet officers have said publicly they intend to vote against completion of the Palatka to Yankeetown waterway Gov. Reubin Askew, Atty. Gen. Robert Shevin, Comptroller Gerald Lewis and newly elected Treasurer Bill Gunter. The vote even could be unanimous. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recommended against construction last week, as the state Division of Planning, Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Department of Environmental Regulation and other agencies did earlier. most certainly will vote to kill the Cross Florida Barge Canal, but that won't end the controversy that has continued for 15 years. Cabinet aides and environmental groups say the struggle over what to do with the valuable canal land probably will be as intense as the one over whether the 111-mile waterway now one-third completed should be finished. "We may be worrying over what to do with the canal land for the next five years," said Randall Kel-ley, chief Cabinet aide to Secretary of State Bruce Smathers. "Killing the canal should be easy. We hope we have the votes to do it," Dr. David Anthony, president of Florida Defenders of the Environment, said at a press conference last fall. "It will be a lot tougher deciding how to dispose of the already constructed segments of the canal and the canal land." Nearly 67,000 acres along the canal route are in public ownership, and there will be pressure to keep it for recreational purposes and wildlife preservation. There will be conflicting pressure to sell part of it to refund the $9 million contributed by counties in the canal navigational district. The Jacksonville-based Canal Authority is the only state agency to recommend construction. IHC AC iw Congress makes the final decision next year, but the Cabinet vote probably will decide the issue. Col. FRC)JV li JT ' X I j ! (J Ibhllh MAIN ENTRANCE PALM BEACH MALL Q NXS A I (I L ( ( Sy and tw0 8" ful1 range -lCo YZ?. v r- U I VVv yVTy2 ' speakers. Mediterranean gJJfL k VIkS" k&Vt- -1 ftflBBH magic sounds ay & VV- J K V . : mm IS Season NEW VINTAGE - Frank Laumer shows off his 1976 version of the original Model A Ford. 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TALLAHASSEE (UPI) - Despite some positive economic indications in recent months, Florida orange and grapefruit growers still are experiencing financial hardships, Edward Taylor, the director of the State Department of Citrus says. A record orange crop, said Taylor: has evaporated the industry's cash market. Although the orange juice sales are expected to finish 10 per cent higher this year than in 1975, Taylor said some growers are barely making ends meet. "Our own economists tell us that the average price must be $1.70 per dozen six-ounce cans for nonad-vertised brands of frozen concentrated orange juice during the 1976-77 season in order for growers to meet cash operating costs, not including a charge for return on investment, mortgage interest or return to management," said Taylor. "Yet, the announced price from the state's largest independent processor has already been set at $1.63 per dozen six-ounce cans, beginning in January." Forecasts of returns for grapefruit growers, he said, are just as bleak. "These factors spell deep trouble not only for Florida's 18,000 citrus growers but with the total Florida economy," said Taylor. "The only reprieve could come from a severe freeze, not a welcomed solution. We must find a market for an extra 40 million gallons of frozen concentrated orange juice and two million cases of canned single strength grapefruit juice in order to boost grower returns back to satisfactory levels." Citrus promotion has been hurt by stiff rises in advertising costs, he said. Taylor told Gov. Reubin Askew during recent appropriations sessions that a 5 per cent reduction in the citrus department's budget would eliminate about $1.8 million dollars worth of advertising and ten weeks of prime time television exposure. Night advertising during prime time hours, he said, will cost 20 per cent more in 1977 with radio spots going up by 13 per cent. 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