The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 1, 1968 · Page 27
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 27

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Palm Beach Post, Friday, November 1, 196877 Burns Tells Legislators Land Deal Offered To Ease Boca's Refuse Dump Crisis Memphis Bus Driver Slain Of Peanut Isle Project keep our Industrial develop MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)-A Memphis Transit Authority driver was shot to death Wednesday night when he stopped his bus at an Intersection. Police said Russell Sing Jr., 39, of Hernando, Miss., was shot four times in the back and once in the shoulder. Chief Inspector Jack Wallace said officers are assuming that Sing was resisting a robbery attempt when he was killed. His money bag and changemaker were found Inside the bus. Police said they understood between $40 and $50 had been taken. Lucky Stroll MIAMI BEACH. Fla. (AP John Wilbar. a Miami Beach fireman who is the mayor's driver, strolled into a rehearsal for the Jackie Gleason Show recently to kill time. Wilbar caught the eye of Jeannie Bryant, a dancer on the show. They will be married this week. ment in the proper prospective." "To maintain this posture of cooperation for the benefit of the people, we must re evaluate laws which limit permits on dredging and tilling, and establishing bulkhead lines," he added. "We must look to the ultimate good rather than live with a blinded periphery." Urging that the guidelines for good and meaningful conservation never be violated. Bums said the state must keep foremost In its mind that "natural resources and natural beauty are prime reasons for the popularity of the state." "We are discussing an existing contract for development, not a ghost of the past or a phantom of the future. The Port of Palm Beach stanJs ready, and with your help and understanding, we will make Florida the ocean' science capital of the world," he The development plans are the result of negotiations between the port commission and a private firm, Oceanographlc Development Corp., which proposed to invest $50 million to $100 million In the project, Burns said. Burns added that he emphasized the role of port commissioners only because It pointed up "how government can cooperate with private capital for the benefit of the people." Bums said the proposed Investment by Oceanographlc Development Corp. would Include $4 million In preliminary construction of a bridge to Peanut Island and leveling and grading of the island. The project Is expected to bring rental of more than $20 million to be paid to the port district over the term of the lease. Because oceanography is compatible with the natural environment of the Palm Beaches, Bums said the port commissioners "intend to By DAVE TATHAM Bureau Chief BOCA RATON - A local developer has proposed to trade to the city, property at an undisclosed location which could be used as a new dump, in exchange lor the present south Dixie Highway dump site. Fred E. Mason of Mason Realty Corp. proposed to build a total of about 600 homes and apartment units and a recreation area on the 17-acre dump site and the 39 adjoining-acres he owns. The living units would be built on separate parcels north and south of the dump, with a park and recreation area to be developed on the site and extending south to the Hillsboro Canal, he said. The canal, which flows into the Intracoastal Waterway, is the dividing line between Palm Beach and Broward Counties. , Mason said Thursday he has ; "several sites, including at least one within the city limits ; of Boca Raton, which he could ', offer to the city on an equal-; acreage trade basis. ', In addition to the land deal, ' Mason said he would wat.t at least a portion of his 39 acres rczoned from Its present R-l-D (single-family residential) zo ning classification to an R-2 (duplex) or R 3 ( multiple-family) classification for the construction of apartments The proposal is to be considered by the city council Tuesday night. It Is to come up at the same meeting the International Or-ganics. Inc. is to report on the status of Its proposed compost plant. Composting Is a chemical method of treating garbage. City Manager Alan Alford has been told by company president Howard Burr that evidence of the company's corporate structure, its financial capability and plans for a possible plant site would be presented at the meeting. The company through Florida Compost Corp. has a tentative contract to process city garbage at a plant it has contracted to have in operation by March 5,1969. Because of the eight-month delay in action on the compost plant due to money and plant site problems, city officials have become less and less enthused about the compost arrangement, and are investigating alternative methods for disposing of garbage. Considered by officials as one of the most practical ways of relieving a growing garbage Frank Heads Merchants New Membership Drive KEY BISCAYNE - The proposed development of Peanut Island Into a "sophisticated and complete oceano-graphic research complex," could conceivably "establish oceanography as the major industry of our area," Port of Palm Beach Commissioner Billy B. Burns said Thursday. Bums addressed the legislative council's oceanography subcommittee at the Tropical Atlantic Biological Laboratory In Key Blscayne, Thursday. Burns called the development of the island by a private company "the most exciting and far-reaching plan yet undertaken in Florida and perhaps In the country." Law Change Needed For Sea Industry MIAMI (UPI) - A revamping of state conservation laws to capitalize on the "exploding aquaculture Industry" could clear the way for establishment of multi-million dollar physical installations and payrolls In Florida, the Senate subcommittee on oceanography was told Thursday. Martin J. Roess of St. Petersburg, chairman of the Florida Council of 100's oceanography committee, said Florida must commit a portion of Its coastline and lake regions for sea farming or face the loss of this new field to other states. Roess said the many of the state's conservation laws are "completely obsolete" and were enacted "in a different day to fit a different era." Roess said there are now about 45 sea farming companies operating In Florida and said raising of many varieties of seafood under artificially controlled conditions has passed the experimental stage. He said the stage Is now set for commercial production "provided the necessary changes in state policy, legislation and regulations can be made quickly to accommodate this new industry. "The State of Florida must grant to various units of the aquaculture industry the right to the exclusive use of certain bodies of water for sea farming," he said. He suggested portion of the state's waterways and 9,000 miles of tidal coastline be zoned for private aquaculture development. Roess said seven large national food companies are ready now to establish multi-million dollar physical Installations and payrolls in Florida In connection with disposal problem here is obtaining another garbage dumping site. The south dump on Dixie Highway as well as the 10-acre west dump adjacent to the Florida Parkway and Glades Road are both full. Councllmen have discussed securing another west side location, buying a dredge to dig garbage pits and a pump to keep them dry. Mayor Harold Maull responded with Interest to the land-trade proposal made by Mason Thursday but offered no comment pending Its pre: sentatiorf to council. Mason, who has developed the Ill-unit Palm Royal Apartments, located two blocks north and one block east of the south dump, estimated that removal of the dump would result in an additional $20 million in taxable dwellings being put on the city tax roll. Each year land elsewhere Increases in value and continued postponement of eradicating this blight (the dump) makes the move more costly and therefore more difficult," Mason said in a letter to the council. "It must be done sooner or later if this general area Is to be developed". Mason asked that the council take Into consideration extending SW 18th Street in any response to his land swap' plan. Hewants a trade of equal property over and above the land taken when the road cuts through the dump to Dixie Highway. Rogers Visits Okeechobee OKEECHOBEE U.S. Rep. Paul G. Rogers, candidate for re-election, was guest at a breakfast here Thursday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. McArthur, 309 Stafford Place. The dairy operators' open house was attended by all county officials, as the congressman and his wife stopped while en route to a noon luncheon at the Clewlston Inn. Hendry County officials were hosts to the Rogers party along with representatives of the U.S. Sugar Corp. Prior to the stop in Clewlston, the party visited with residents of Moore Haven briefly. A reception for Rogers and his wife is to be held at the Holiday Inn, Belle Glade, from 6 until 8 p.m., Saturday. Directors To Meet DELRAY BEACH The directors of the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce are scheduled to hold their regular meeting at noon today at the Arcade Tap Room. Purpose of today's meeting is to establish the program of work for the Chamber for 1969. STUART A chairman for the Stuart Retail Merchants' membership drive was named at Thursday's business meeting of the organization at Holiday Inn. Immediate past president of the organization H. G. Frank will head the drive, and Frank set a membership goal of 75 for the coming year. Frank stressed the Impor- J Today's BIGGEST PICTURES in space-saving fine-furniture tance of Increasing the membership so there will be more active participation among the merchants. The drive is expected to get under way shortly after the Stuart Chamber of Commerce membership campaign which is slated for Nov. 12-14. The Retail Merchants Association is a division of the Stuart chamber. Thursday's business luncheon session was called by John Jochem, association president, to dlcsuss plans for the coming year. Meeting with Jochem were James Driscoll, vice president; Robert E. McGraw, secretary-treasurer; W. L. Brit-ton, a former vice president; Mrs. Rosaleen Murray, chamber manager; and Frank. CHINCH BUGS? 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