The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 29, 1998 · Page 13
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 13

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, March 29, 1998
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r4 14A THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998 4 Thinning council notes struggle tb hold quorum 1 'If there aren't enough people left, you'll just have to continue on with less than five people. Once we no longer have three, then the town council ceases to Junction.' JIM WATT attorney PALM BEACH POST FILE PHOTO GOLFVIEW From 1A ftr the last purchase is complete, probably in June, Town Cleck Cynthia Harmon will file a document at the courthouse abolishing the 61-year-old town. -It will be the first time in more than a decade that a Florida municipality has dissolved itself. That's assuming Harmon can bring herself to sign the dissolution papers. I don't know if I can see it through or not," says Harmon, 57, who was the first child born to Golfview residents and has lived there most of her life. ; Named for a golf course swallowed up by the Army airfield that became Palm Beach International Airport, Golfview was its gravy days, attorneys, lobbyists - even a former West Palm Beach city manager, called the town home. Things changed when the airport grew and Military Trail traffic enroached. THEN: Golfview - named for a golf course long since absorbed by a military airstrip that turned into PBIA - once showcased prosperous addresses where business and professional leaders lived. In Russian " ex-officiali-'J will seek C presidency::; The Washington Post ( MOSCOW Vikt.ot Chernomyrdin, ousted l4,st: week as Russian prime minis; v ter, announced Saturday that , he will run for president, de:o scribing himself as the candidate of experience after six . turbulent years at the side 'of ', President Boris Yeltsin. ., In a television interview) , Chernomyrdin, 59, displayed , some of the characteristics; that have prompted analyststo : question whether he has any , political future. He often 1 speaks in mumbled sentence fragments, and takes an old- style, indirect, paternalistic I approach, more akin to the . Soviet era, when he was min? -ister of natural gas. "" " Asked why he decided W" run, Chernomyrdin said,'' "Because today I am prepared . to take on all responsibility f6r 1 the country." ,, As prime minister from late, 1992 until last Monday, whfen , Yeltsin dismissed him, Chernomyrdin was both a steadying force and criticiaed-; as a symbol of the status quo? Chernomyrdin was an un-s abashed advocate for GafcS prom, the huge natural gsJI monopoly he once headed, anjij during his tenure, a small cir; cle of wealthy magnates great ly expanded their clout overs the weak Russian government But in public opinion poll,- Chernomyrdin never has rejr istered in the first tier of posJ sible successors to Yeltsin. LJ Okeechobee Blvd.. C95, It, A Buyout area Remaining part of l town that will become 1 I I unincorporated area. Belvedere Rd. J? Palm Beach ? f" International : ! Airport Southern Blvd. 1 three, then the town council ceases to function. We don't have a quorum." Council members spent much of the meeting discussing the frustrations, great and small, of the final days. Some businesses have been slow to pay occupational license fees, said Harmon, who speculates they are figuring the lame-duck town won't collect them. A strip of businesses along Military Trail is part of the town but not part of the buyout. When Golfview dissolves, the stores will become part of the unincorporated county. So will any of the six homeowners who aren't part of the Golfview Property Ownership Association if they decline the county's buyout offer. Husband-and-wife council members Guy and Peggy Cor-bosiero (he's in his second term; she was just awarded a seat after filing with no opposition) say they aren't sure whether to accept the county's $213,247 take-it-or- once home to about 150 souls in spacious homes on tree-shaded lots. It was a stable place peopled with accomplished types: attorney and real estate bigfoot Phil O'Connell and other members of the Bar, semi-prominent lobbyists Tom Hayes and Barkley Henderson, former West Palm Beach City Manager Ron Schut- ta.:- "At the peak of the go-go '80s real estate boom, with Golfview squeezed between the expanding airport and the growing bustle of Military Trail, most homeowners banded together with the idea of selling en masse to a hotel or office park developer. There were dreams of a $35 million payday. That was 1985. After more than a decade, though, the only interested buyer LINA LAWSONStaff Artist day," says Peggy Corbosiero of the town's transformation. "We're still getting used to it." Harmon doesn't want to get used to it. After being born and raised in Golfview, then returning 30 years ago, she plans to light out for Wellington next month. "It's depressing. It's sad," Harmon said of Golfview's present state. "I'll remember it at its best There's no point in remembering it like this." MARK MIRKOStaff Photographer NOW: At the height of anonymity, Golfview sports boarded up doors and windows and a steady stream of curiosity seekers. leave-it offer for their 2,478- month. While they were gone, square-foot house on Belvedere their lawn furniture was stolen Road. and two dozen of their neighbors' The Corbosieros recently re- houses were boarded up. turned home after traveling for a "It was just like night and was the county with its vague plans for bulldozing Golfview's 65 residential acres to accommodate airport-related development. Price includes legal fees : The county and town agreed on the terms of the sale last year. The" $16.3 million includes $500,000 for the Golfview prop erty owners legal fees, with the lion's share going to O'Connell's $275-an-hour partner Bill Boose. - The county's first purchase was-consummated at the end of January. For just under $2.3 mil lion, it took title to the 9-acre Brockway properties, homestead of one of the town's founders and sitei)f the annual town picnic. ; A torrent of closings and ply wood hammerings and spray paint numberings followed in February, quickly changing the town's appearance and gradually attracting the homeless, the curi-ousland the criminally Now get AT&T Digital PCS quality and the largest digital wireless network in Florida at great values. And there's more: No activation fee (a $25 value) 151 flat rate per minute wireless I. lit gives you an eerie feeling. You" come in and everything's boarded up," says Helen Stock, a Is 25-year resident whose house is the last occupied dwelling on Ba-hiaLane. Her neighbors, she says, "just vanished." It isn t the abandoned houses that bother Deenna McKenzie, who rents on Melaleuca Lane. 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"If there aren't enough people left, you 11 just have to continue on with less than five people," Watt said. "Once we no longer have

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