The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 12, 1976 · Page 130
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 130

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Music Students Sing for Their Supper Club eala and euvs are waiting tables as r Bob Rollins Business Editor VERO BEACH - On the outskirts of this quiet town of 20,000 residents, an unusual venture in the supper club business offers more than food, service and entertainment. Patrons experience a happy happening. The Musicana looks like a typical small-town gathering place for Elks, Moose or Veterans of Foreign Warn. No architectural fanfare. No fancy decor. Black and white checkered tablecloths cover 50 tables to accommodate 200 customers. A large stage dominates the room. Young college students and graduates, most of them music majors, trek there often to perform between stints as waiters and waitresses. And their talents replace any shortage of design or decoration. The evening begins with a young master of ceremonies, one of the group, informing diners that the five per club closes, too, while the new group learns the several productions put together by the Alios, and reopens New Year's Eve.) In addition to their tips, students gain experience or "a sort of on-the-job training,' as Rybacki terms it. Each student also departs with a scholarship funded by Musicana. 'The kids really get involved. They hope to become professionals and they put their hearts into it. They rehearse four hours a day and many of them come in at all hours to practice. Customers seem to enjoy the personal contact." This is Rybacki's first venture. He plans to expand his supper club operation to other towns. Judging from reaction of customers that night, Musicana supper clubs could be the hottest thing since McDonald's. adults and $5 for children under 12.) Halfway through the gospel show, a young lady sits on a stool and picks up the microphone. She seems shy, a little nervous and not quite sure how to control her lanky body. But she controls her long-ranging voice in an unforgettable version of 'I Don't Know How To Love Him' from Jesus Christ Superstar. When she finishes, a glance around the room reveals an unusual number of handkerchiefs in use. More songs. A Christmas show that turns into a happening for the many families watching. Roger Rybacki opened Musicana in May 1975. Two friends, Anthony and Roberta Alio, music educators from nearby Fort Pierce, audition more than 100 students for the 13 jobs that turn over each semester. (This group closes Dec. 22. The sup a means of subsistence. Whatever they earn from tips is theirs. Likewise, the fishbowl on the piano is the sole source of income for the three young musicians. A young lady arrives bubbling with enthusiasm, charm and personality. "Hi, I'm Lisa and I'll be your waitress this evening. Our show will be starting in a few minutes and I'm in the first couple of numbers. I can bring you a drink now or place your order, whichever you prefer." "Scotch and water, please." Off she bounds and is back in a flash with her flashing smile and a drink housed in a beer mug. "Enjoy your drink. I'll see you in a little while." Off she goes again, this time to change into some funky clothes for a gospel rock show performed by fantastic voices. The customer has about enough time to skim the four-page combination menu-program before the show begins. The program has this to say about Lisa. "Touring the state of Kentucky with a performing group called Summer Sounds has occupied the past three summers for Lisa Davis. When not performing, she attended Eastern Kentucky University . . . graduated with a Bachelor of Music education degree. This year she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts de gree. Originally from Seymour, Ind., Lisa has performed in such shows as Once Upon a Mattress, Kiss Me Kate, The King and I, South Pacific Comparable paragraphs describe credentials of the other performers. They have appeared in about every musical you can name. For the next two hours, customers listen, watch and occasionally take a bite of food when they're not being inspired by this inspiring group. (Dinner prices average $7.50 for The Palm Beach Post-Times 111 Mi- SUMHY, DKCKMHKK 12, 1976 SECTION FF Arvida Plans New Project Developer Hopes Plans Symbolize Boca Future 4 t 4. -4 AWMs - i. .r At 5 By BOB ROLLINS Post Business Editor Some kingpins of the community, mostly members of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, and Gov. Rubin Askew will meet Monday to share progress reports on economic development in the state and county. But stealing the show may be a 35-year-old executive reporting on some plans of the corporate giant he represents. The session will take place at the Boca Raton Hotel and Club, 50-year-old flagship facility and symbol of quality for its owner, the Arvida Corp. After the reports, the firm's group vice president, Rick Miller, will officially announce a new project, the Arvida Park of Commerce, which he hopes will become another symbol, a symbol of progress creating, as he terms it, "high quality economic development opportunities." Actually, Arvida projects itself as a symbol of the future for Boca Raton and the south county area. While Arvida and the Boca Raton City Council ciash frequently on plans, few people would quarrel with the idea that the council and corporation are closely linked in development of the area. And Miller is the conduit. Arvida, formed in 1958 by the late Arthur Vining Davis, former board chairman of Alcoa, assumed the ownership and management of his extensive real estate holdings in Florida. Today, Arvida is a resort and community development company with $60 million in assets and 18,000 acres of land in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Sarasota and Atlanta. Projects include Bird Key and Longboat Key Club in Sarasota, Sabal Chase and Crossings Communities near Miami, and Chimney Springs in Atlanta. In the Boca Raton area, Arvida owns 5,000 acres with assets of $100 million. In addition to the Boca Raton Hotel and Club, projects include: Boca West, a residential community of 1,450 acres with emphasis on recreation. Via Verde, a residential community of 700 acres with prices from $55,000 to $250,000. Timber Creek, another residential community of 2,000 acres of single - family houses. Housing construction to date by Arvida in Boca Raton totals 2,200 dwelling units with a projection of 20,01)0 units during the next 20 years. Put another way, Arvida will develop housing for about 50,000 people or communities equivalent in population to the Boca Raton of today. "We are not developers that are here today and gone tomorrow," Miller said. Besides housing .construction, Arvida has major commercial development planned. A 140-aere regional shopping center site will soon be started jointly by Federated Stores (Burdines) and Arvida. Located near 1-95 and Glades Road, the project calls for an enclosed mall of 1 million square feet by is the IBM facility. Boca Raton Executive Airport and Florida Atlantic University are in the background. Arvida Park of Commerce will be located on the 800-acre site in the foreground. The white complex is the Hollymatic plant. To the south and across Yamato Road 1979 A civic center, theaters and offices are included in the overall plan. Monday Miller will announce detailed plans of the Arvida Park of Commerce, an 800-acre project near I-95 and Yamato Road. "It is a unique concept consisting of three areas," Miller said. "One area offers sites for research and office buildings surrounding the Brokffn Sound Golf Club. Another has light industrial sites along Congress Avenue, and the third is a distribution center offering sites with excellent road and rail service. "The golf course, lake and forest preserve will provide a park setting and recreation focus for employes. Bicycle paths and a planned recreation center with tennis, jogging and executive health facilities are part of the plan." Miller said the objective is to bring in attractive employers. "We don't want smokestacks, chemicals and heavy manufacturing." Also in the plan are meeting facilities, restaurants shops and a motel. Miller said this is another long-term, 20-25 -year, project aimed at a broader economic base for Palm Beach County. "Companies make slow, deliberate decisions when they move their operations or begin new ones," he said. Arvida is selling more than houses and office space and Miller, who also serves as chairman of the Economic Council, does a masterful job of promoting the area and organizations he serves. "Less than an hour's drive from Boca Raton are three fully accredited universities, four professional theaters, two science museums and three philharmonic orchestras. "1-95 and the nearby Florida's Turnpike link with other major transportation centers on the Gold Coast. Boca Raton is within 50 minutes of downtown Miami and the Miami International Airport, which served 17 million passengers in 1974 and 400,000 tons of air freight. "Miami is also one of the nation's important cruise ship ports. It is now the largest passengt-r port in the world. "Fort Lauderdale, with its international airport, and Port Everglades, Florida's third - ranking harbor facility, are 20 miles south of Boca Raton Twenty miles north is the Palm Beach Interna'.ional airport Nearby is the Port of Palm Beach. "The Boca Raton Airport with executive jet capa Dility is less than 10 minutes away. In addition, the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad will serve the Park of Commerce. "The Gold Coast, famous for its climate, is also Florida's major financial and economic center. One-third of the state's labor force is employed in the three-county area. The Gold Coast is also the hub ot Latin businesses and is a bilingual area with strong historical ties to the growing Latin American market " And after talking a few minutes with Rick Millei, you realize that Arvida has another symbol in him, a personification of this growing corporation. Flimflam Season Leaves Con Victims in Cold BANK tiATKKNCL- L. x . I- sMi'.. V .' 5.v:v::-;;.Vv;.:;. women, who also stole $3,500 in antique jewelry trom her apartment. In January and February, pigeon drop" victims all over the county lost nearly $35,000. Also in February, two young women pulled the same scheme in West Palm Beach using "found" valuable objects instead of money to trap their victims Police officials said this particular con artist team had bilked county residents of $50,000 last year Another often successful con is the "bank examiner" scheme. It worked for $3,500 a few weeks ago in Buea Raton and probably will work again. Con artists posing as "bank examiners" ask the victim for help in uncovering a teller at his bank whom they suspect of stealing. The victim is persuaded to go to the bank, make a large withdrawal from this teller and give the money to the "examiners," who are to redeposit it in the account later. The victim withdraws and hands over the cash often a life's savings of thousands of dollars not realizing he'll never see it again. The Boca Raton victim didn't know she'd been swindled until weeks later when her bank statement arrived showing the withdrawal but not the deposit. In May, two victims lost $4,000 to a phony television salesman who said he overbought color TVs and had to get rid of them at a loss. Victims met him in the Palm Beach Mall parking lot with $250 for each TV they wanted With their money in hand, the phony salesman disappeared into the mall, ostensibly to order the sets brought out. Wristwatches make fine Christmas gifts and con artists know it. That "Seiko watch you buy lor $25. one tilth its retail price, actually may be an "Aseikon" whose name on the waich face has been altered. Other well known brand names are picked on, too. The altered watches in this scheme generally aren't worth more than $10. Pots-and-pans salesmen hit the Jupitei area this year, selling for $20 cookware purported to be worth $89. Some con games are outdoor jobs "This is the time of year for it." said Alice Skaggs, director ot the Palm Beach County Office ot Consumer At fairs. "Rooters, gypsies, driveway people . . . there are probably many already in operation. Truck-driving transients specializing in sham home repairs usually prey on widows or elderly persons not likely to check credentials And the "repairs' may not be exposed until the first rain Fraudulent roofers, who make only cosmetic repairs with poor quality mate rials, could do more than just swindle the homeowner out of a couple ol hundred dollars Roof leaks that remain unattended may damage the house's structure, and the gooey gunk that phony repairmen use instead ot tarpaper could spread to the home's exterior walls, necessitating an expensive professional clean-and-paint job. Fraudulent driveway repairmen and house painters aren't so potentially dangerous. When the white stuff washes off the walls and the driveway's "asphalt'' turns out to be oil, the homeowner has learned a hundred dollar lesson and calls a reputable firm to re do the work Turn to FLIMFLAM, FF2 By BECKY SCHROEDER Pott Stalf Wntsr One of the least welcome winter visitors to Florida is the flimflam artist in search of an easy mark and an easy dollar. Too often, he finds it in Palm Beach County. So far this year county residents have handed about $70,000 to con artists pulling the same old tricks that have fooled people for years. And that's only the amount reported to law enforcement agencies. Flimflam season arrives with the tourists. January was the most sucesslul month of 1976, when con artists raked in $30,000 in cash and jewelry, nearly all of it still unrecovered. In October and November, picking up from a relatively slow summer, confidence games netted about $10,000. "Confidence games" rely on the victim's being persuaded to trust the swindler and they especially exploit the victim's desire for quick gain. Con artists' looks deceive generally they are well dressed, well-spoken and apparently responsible. The most-practiced con game here probably will continue to be the "pigeon drop." In this scheme, the victim often an elderly person is told that a large sum of money has been found. The victim is told he may share in the find if he first puts up some "good faith" front money. By the time he realizes that there is no "found money," the victim has lost sight of both his cash and the con artists. This game is played successfully with a two-partner team. A Boynton Beach woman gave $14,000 in cash to two young msf r lis i tti .mm. V

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