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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 24

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The Palm Beach Ibst c SECTION B STOCK LISTINGS The listings from Friday's close of the New York and American stock exchanges. PAGES 7-10B 'BOXED HENRY?' African-American students take : part in the inaugural Black History Brain Bowl in Delray Beach. STORY, 4B 3 Sunday, march 29, 1998 L0GA.j Audit jeopardizes mayor's inner circle Is ,;;L-:? Mayor Nancy Graham avoided taking the blame, but made it clear heads will roll if more abuses surface. Analysis viewed as a victory for Commissioner Al Zucaro, Graham's chief political antagonist. Wright emerges with his $ 1 1 1 ,000 job intact, but his position weakened. His ties to Graham, once considered his greatest strength, are strained, threatening his authority within and outside city hall. ' The division jeopardizes the unity of Graham's inner circle of Wright, Deputy City Administrator Bob Sanders and City Attorney Pat Brown. The foursome have guided city policy Please see GRAHAM4? "'V 1 f V'.JA By Joel Engelhardt Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH Mayor Nancy Graham showed city residents mis week how seriously she views the findings in a critical internal audit. She pushed her top administrator and confidant, Mike Wright, to the point of resignation. Then, she pulled back and told him to stay. Graham's difficult week took her to a Lh AD. J0 I precipice as she followed her political instinct to avoid taking blame. She moved quickly enough to offset criticism, but she made it clear jobs are in jeopardy if additional abuses surface. She didn't give her enemies the satisfaction of seeing her top administrator lose his job, which could have been I DIFFERENT VIEW: Mike Wright, left, must have a different view of his relations with Mayor Nancy Graham after she announced his resignation before he offered it. Boaters look, dream Everglades protector ' retires aftetf 17 years J Burkett Neely is leaving his beloved Everglades foj retirement in North FlorkJ da. ' '' ' '' ' , - ALLEN EYESTONEStaff Photographer Willy Lump-Lump has been Jim Lemon's companion, despite condo rules. Man defies condo rules, jiidge to keep Chihuahua For three years now, a Lake Worth man with one lung has defied court orders, ignored thousands of dollars in attorney fees ' and gleefully irritated some of his fellow condo neighbors. The reason: his aged Chihuahua Willy Lump-Lump. By Eliot Weinberg Palm Beach Post Staff Writer BOYNTON BEACH Burkett Neely wasn't satisfied to be just the caretaker of a precious piece of the Everglades in Palm Beach County. The white-haired guy with a drawl, who leaves this week after 17 years as head of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatcheee National Wildlife Refuge, has been a noisy advocate and protector, shepherding the refuge through drought, fires, floods, and what he - 1 m 1 T" "1 "That dog is a medical necessity," Jim Lemon, 74, said between wheezes as he pointed to Willy, a 14-year-old Chihuahua who has gone from brown to white with age , and has trouble keeping its tongue X 1 V ' ' if ik ) , J ,n ' : ' ' Vr--- -.V-'v.' fjJ J, j'y s '. , ' " J. ' j , , ' " - ,' I ' ; y- , , -l . - ij - mmHn mfti . .-; .. i I i ' V ... m4y. - ! fcifc,.. -I-. -'--i:Sbtii-5c.:... ii m m y if! Frank Cerabino LP says are its greatest enemies pollution from sugar farms and the relentless spread of civilization. Now, at 61, he's retiring to a country home he bought along the Santa Fe River in North Florida. Palm Beach County is "the longest I've lived anywhere in my life," Neely said. He had HEATHER SELWITZ Staff Photographer NO HEDGING: Burkett Neely Jr., head of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatcheee National Wildlife Refuge, is known for 'telling it like it is.' JENNIFER PODISStaff Photographer This 1995 40-foot Garwood mahogany boat from The urday at the Palm Beach Boat Show. Only two of these Allied Marine Group turned more than a few heads Sat- boats were made, and this one sells for $350,000. Kids spin reels, fishing tales Fishing clinics teach children patience, how to snag the big one planned for his Wellington home to be his last, but South Florida has become just too busy. Even as he was moving into his new home in Columbia County, he was asking state officials about possible cattle and septic tank runoff into the Santa Fe. "He really deserves a tremendous vote of thanks from the Florida public," U.S. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt said last week from his office. "Burkett, more than any other person, fought for and spoke and argued the Everglades issues to the top of the agenda here in Washington." "He tells it like it is, whether you like the answer or not," said Hobe Sound environmentalist Nat Reed, who worked with Neely in the U.S. Interior Department Neely works mostly a desk job at the Loxahatchee Refuge, but outside Please see NZELV13B By Ron Hayes Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH Clarence Bridgett III, 8, says the biggest fish he ever caught was a 20-inch yellowtail snapper. His father, Clarence Bridgett Jr., says the biggest fish his son ever caught was an 18-inch mutton snapper. Telling fish tales is easy. Learning to fish takes time. Saturday afternoon about 250 fathers and mothers, aunts and uncles, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, took time to bring a child to three Kids' Fishing Clinics at the 1998 Palm Beach Boat Show along Flagler Drive. They learned how to cast a rod, cast a net, tie a knot and pack a tackle box. And they were given a free rod, reel and box for their efforts. The biggest mistake they're making is casting too hard," reported Wdlie Puz, of the state Department of Environmental Protection, overseeing the casting pond where a line of youngsters waited patiently to try out their new rods and reels. They want to throw it down Clematis Street" That's why the long, shallow Please see FISHINGAWfi TmmmmTmmmm from slipping out of the side of its . snout. " "' ' ' ' . '"' ' ' Willy has been an unwanted resident of the Lakeside Point Gardens, Building No. 2, condos since the day of his arrival with Lemon three years ago. : The 20-unit condo off Lake Osborne, unlike the condos that surround it, has a rule that forbids pets of any kind. Lemon knew that when he moved in. Before the board approved the purchase of his unit, Lemon signed a paper saying he wouldn't have a dog living there. ,' The day after he signed the pa-ptj-j he's out walking his dog," condo president Arnold Johnson said. "I told h)Hl, you signed a paper that said you don't have a dog, and he said, 'So, I lied." : Lemon knows he's violating his cbndo's laws, but he says his neighbors should leave him and his dog alone. He has claimed selective enforcement, citing a neighbor who has had a bird for years. And he has been the inspiration for a petition drive among some of his neighbors to change the rule forbidding pets. "If an old person wants a pet, why can't they have one?" asked neighbor Millie Visconti, who led the building petition drive. "Half of these people wouldn't be as nasty as they are if they had something." But Visconti's lobbying efforts resulted in only seven of the 20 unit bwners expressing any interest in changing the pet ban. "I feel it is extremely unhealthy, as many older people have allergies," one of the anti-pet neighbors wrote on Visconti's survey. "And also, what is to become of pets that are left behind?" Condo president Johnson said dogs "do things on the grass and on the sidewalk, and lawn men don't like that There are lots of reasons why people don't want to live with pets." ' Johnson said that if Lemon wants to live with a dog, he should have picked a condo that allowed them. Lemon picked his condo because his girlfriend, Mickey McGee, lived across the parking lot in a unit in the adjoining condo, which allows pets. He and Willy had been with McGee in her"condo when the unit in the pet-free condo became available. Lemon bought it, hoping that his neighbors would turn a blind eye to , his dog. He underestimated condo law. After the usual threatening legal letters, the condo association took , Ixmon to Palm Beach County Circuit Court, where he has lost at every turn. Judge Richard Wennet wasn't swayed by the two letters Lemon pro- " Htasr see CIMBIHQ4B Delray couple survive crash landing in parking lot The plane struck a power line and just missed an apartment building before it crashed in a parking lot at 1495 Forest Hill Blvd. 'He was very crafty to land where he did without hitting the building. Tliey are very lucky to be alive.' ROB N0BSY Resident of area where plane crashed Saturday. Both were conscious at the scene and Bruce Hatfield even walked around the crashed plane. Linda Hatfield had chest injuries and cuts to her face, rescuers said. The pilot said that he had about a half hour's worth of fuel, but that the engine cut off," Lake Clarke Shores Police Chief Michael Bruscell said. "He said he was trying to land on Forest Hill Boulevard." "I was sitting on the sofa and looked up and saw a plane coming toward me, then it hit the light and it looked like fireworks going off with the sparks from the power line," said Rob Hobby, whose apartment was about 100 Please see CRASM6B By Kristin Vaughan Palm Beach Post Staff Writer LAKE CLARKE SHORES A Delray Beach couple survived a crash landing of the Cessna 150 they were flying Saturday night after the pilot steered the stalled plane over power lines and rooftops to a Forest Hill Boulevard parking lot The two-seater plane they were flying from Tampa to Lan-tana struck a power line and just missed an apartment building and medical office before it crashed, nose down, in the parking lot at 1495 Forest Hill Blvd., just east of Florida Mango Road, about 8 p.m. Bruce and Linda Hatfield were both in serious condition at St Mary's Medical Center late ALLEN EYESTONEStaff Photographer Pilot Bruce Hatfield and passenger Linda Hatfield were in serious condition at St. Mary's Medical Center late Saturday after their plane crash-landed in a parking lot.

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