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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 142

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Saturday, March 28, 1998
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The Palm Beach Post MSL SECTION B SEEKING ANSWERS Prevention is focus of Treasure Coast seminar on stemming the tide of juvenile delinquency. STORY, 2B HOTEL QUESTIONS Judges grill attorneys about county commission approval of 102-room hotel. STORY, 3B Mhiss,. s&v m&mahbitl tfWW&tf iHUfeHfeww tUtM, SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 1998 TVTT7W7D Hi mm . Stuart sends draft annexation proposal to county The two sides began negotiations last month, and the county gave the city homework draw us a map of where you want to grow, an area we could plan together. notes prepared for the trip by the ' development department. The draft also proposes that In the 30 days after the -agreement begins, the county will ask that the city annex the Witham Field property and the Martin County jail property. If the county refuses the city's request to make improvements to a road within the plan-' ning area, the city has all rights to ' Please see ANNEXATION35 Gary Oldehoff and said he would make no comment. County Commission Chairwoman Donna Melzer also had no comment City and county officials agreed last month to share no opinions with the media on their ongoing argument over Stuart's growth. The two sides began negotiations last month, and the county gave the city homework draw us a map of where you want to grow, an area we could plan to- guidelines. If so, the county can't challenge annexations. And it would drop its current protests, which include a lawsuit and a state administrative complaint over more than 1,100 acres of county land the city wants to absorb. Growth, city officials explained this week in a lobbying trip to Tallahassee, is financially necessary. "Stuart is 95 percent built out and must annex to survive," read By Cara Anna Palm Beach Post Staff Writer STUART Imagine, if you will, a Stuart free to include the Treasure Coast Square mall within its city limits. And the West Jensen development And even Witham Field. These are the possibilities raised by the draft of a city proposal that soon will be sent to Martin County. Deputy County Administrator Randall Reid got a look at it Friday evening, consulted with County Attorney Martin Memorial agreement between the city and county. The city would be free to annex any land in what is called the joint planning area, as long as it follows regular annexation gether. So far, this is it. The proposal, titled "Who ya gonna call Sprawlbusters," is more than a few lines on a map. It is a request for a 10-year Fire cooks woods behind Stuart eatery : A 4 V if ih .v ,l I- , , - c mm I ! l: - x A 7 Officials renew sick fish warnings A fisherman who held nets in his ' teeth is the first person to report health problems possibly caused by contact with local rivers. By Sally D. Swartz Palm Beach Post Staff Writer STUART Martin County health officials don't know if a sore on a fisherman's lip is linked to lesions found on fish in local rivers, but Friday they renewed warnings against eating sick fish. The fisherman's sore is not herpes, as officials suspected, public health administrator Valerie Gryniuk said. ; The man, who said he routinely held his cast-net in his teeth while fishing the rivers, didn't keep an appointment for further tests at the health department and will go to a private doctor. "At this time there's no proven relationship between the sore in the man's mouth and the fish lesions," Gryniuk said. "We haven't identified the lesions as a public health threat to humans." Scientists still know very little about Crypto-peridiniopsis, the microscopic algae suspected as a cause of the fish lesions. No tests exist to see if the microbe affects humans. The fisherman was the first person to report health problems possibly caused by contact with the water. Gryniuk renewed the department's warning not to eat sick fish and repeated that healthy fish are safe to eat The health department Tuesday will test water at the Stuart and Jensen Beach causeways, where people swim, and in areas where people water ski. Scientists still are examining stomach contents of the sick fish for evidence of the microbe, said Ann Forstchen, fish health expert with the Florida Marine Science Research Institute in St Petersburg. Bacteria in the kidneys of the diseased fish indicate the illness affects the fish's entire system. Meanwhile, the Florida Game & Fresh Water Fish Commission has asked wildlife hospitals to accept any sick pelicans and to save the bodies of those that die to be tested and studied. Mark Robson said his office has received several calls reporting dead pelicans, but can't test those that have been dead for more than a few hours. The Department of Environmental Regula-, tion and Martin County now have designated several bait and tackle stores to accept sick or dead mullet and other fish. The shops include Roosevelt Bridge Bait & Tackle, Gordo's, and Gaffer's in Stuart, Snook Nook in Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound Bait & Tackle, Grand Slam Fishing Center and White's in Fort Pierce. Hurricane Bait & Tackle in Jensen Beach will accept fish starting Monday. profits fall By Kris Hudson Palm Beach Post Staff Writer STUART Officials at Martin Memorial Health Systems Tcnew that matching the hospital's 1996 financial performance would be tough. Turns out, they were right Stuart-based Martin Memorial, which netted a hefty profit of more than $9.6 million in 1996, weighed in with a $4.7 million profit last year, according to the not-for-profit health-care company's annual report for the year ending Sept. 30. "In 1996 we had a little bit of a windfall," Martin Memorial President and CEO Richmond Harman said Friday. "And that was a good thing, because in 1997 it came down." - Martin Memorial officials attributed last year's drop-off in profit to the cost of the company's expansion projects; the growth of local health maintenance organizations restricting the rates that hospitals can charge for services; and recently enacted federal limits on the reimbursements hospitals can seek for serving Medicare patients. Martin Memorial's not-for-profit status dictates that all profit must be funneled back into the company's facilities, technologies . and services. Included in the ' company's not-for-profit division are its two Martin County hospitals, six walk-in medical centers, two out-patient surgery centers, a home health agency and two diagnostic centers, among other businesses. In terms of revenue, Martin Memorial recorded an 11.5 percent increase last year, the annual report says. The company logged almost $167.9 million in 1997 revenue, compared with almost $150.6 million in 1996 revenue. A more definitive measure of Martin Memorial's success its profit margin measured 2.8 percent in 1997. That's lower than both the company's 6.7 percent margin in 1996 and the company's desired margin of at least 4.5 percent. Harman singled out expansion costs as a major factor in Martin Memorial's dip in profitability in 1997. Last year the company opened a medical center in Palm City, opened a rehabilitation and wellness center at its Port Salerno hospital and bought Family Care Associates, a 17-physician practice in Port St Lucie. In the same span, Martin Memorial added about 500 workers, boosting its workforce to 2,700. "We've experienced tremendous growth, especially in the past year," Harman said. Martin Memorial will begin distributing its 1997 annual report next week. 4T - 'U - 1 -- -T---, ,V.t....ii.i.-'. v,i 'S-t..! .,, DAVID LANEStaff Photographer STUART - Martin County Firefighter John Cantiello pulls a long stretch of hose through the charred and smoky remains of palmettos to fight a woods fire behind R.J. Gators off Indian Street Friday. Fire officials said the fire began near a homeless camp in the woods. No one was in the makeshift home, made of plastic sheeting wrapped around trees, when firefighters arrived. Gang's 2nd trip to marijuana farm a bloody one, arrest papers show Police Athletic League may return grant for roller rink Carver, was carrying a handgun whpn thpv both Killed during a struggle at the Clementsville house was a homeowner armed with a realistic-looking BB gun. By Jill Taylor Palm Beach Pent Staff Writer STUART The lure of hundreds of high-quality marijuana plants drew four teenagers back to a rural Clementsville house in January for a second burglary, just days after they got away clean with some of the pot and a bunch of Nintendo Instead, Executive Director Garry Wilson said, building estimates came in $20,000 higher than expected and club volunteers had to postpone plans for the 3.600-square-foot building at Walton Road and Village Green Drive. A condition of PAL's $56,000 community development block grant requires that the money be spent by Oct 1. Wilson told City Manager Don Cooper that appears unlikely and suggested the money be used to help build an outdoor FleaseseelIAG)V3B By Teresa Lane Palm Beach Post Staff Writer PORT ST. LUCIE The Police Athletic League was supposed to be hosting boxing tournaments and soothing scraped knees at its new hockey rink this spring, but club officials may have to return a $56,000 federal grant because of higher than expected construction costs. PAL and city officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking at the proposed building site Dec. 29 and said they expected a metal building with outdoor roller rink to be completed by April. peered around a Carver corner on the second floor of the home and surprised each other, nearly bumping heads. During a struggle. Carver, 19, was shot in his hand by his own gun. Carver then fired "again and again and again and again until Giotis dropped to the floor. Carver told Martin sheriff s investigators he bent to pick up Giotis' gun and suddenly became afraid the man was going to rise up and grab him. Carver IlfaseseeKllUHG2B Cuevas Landeverde grand theft charges. According to records released Friday with the arrests of the three suspsects, homeowner Christian Giotis was carrying a realistic-looking BB gun the night of Jan. 16. One of the teens. Piy Ijee II r, ...... But the return trip didn't go as smoothly. Now, all four are being held without bail on murder, burglary and

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