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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 18

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c SECTION B MONDAY, MARCH 30, 1998 SLOWDOWN The county is installing speed humps in Jupiter Farms to slow traffic. -rp STORY, 3B The Palm Beach Post LOCAL NEWS geV Rapids doesn't fear heat from county's water-park plan -Water Lazy Sand " river voiieyoau , The two public parks won't have the attractions of bigger commercial ventures. County Aquatic Complex and Recreation Center An Aquatic Complex will be built at South County Regional Park. C . Shade ' ,, ir structure not worried. The 12-acre facility, which charges $18.87 per person, expects to attract big business this year with the addition of the $1 million "Tubin-Tornadoes" 1,000-foot slide. "There's nothing at this point that can compete with what the Rapids has," said Tina Hatcher, a Rapids spokeswoman. t The county aquatic centers are expected to be open between . May and September and should be able to accommodate as many as 1,500 visitors at one time. - Refreshments will be sold too, so families can make a day of it. "It requires no swimming ability," said Lill, adding that lifeguards will keep watch just in case. "Everybody has fun." By Marc Freeman Palm Beach Post Staff Writer ; For those sweltering summer days when you just can't get wet enough, Palm Beach County is Building two cool water parks where you can splash yourself silly. ', ' All you'll need is a bathing suit and about $3 to $6 to go for a tube ride, down a "lazy river" and take ' a spin on a water slide. There also will be a water playground for kids, a lap pool for swimmers and a sand volleyball court for beach lovers. The first Aquatic Complex ad Recreation Center is coming to South County Regional Park in suburban Boca Raton in May . 3599. It's expected to cost $3.6 ' Kimberly Blvd. i n 5- While the county hopes to ride the popularity wave of big water attractions such as the Rapids Water Park in Riviera Beach, it's not trying to take away their business, David Lill, county aquatics supervisor, said Thursday. "We can't compete with the Rapids because their whole facility is more extravagant," Lill said. "But I think the enjoyment factor ; (at the county water parks) will be about the same." Rapids management also is million to build, with annual operating expenses covered by admission fees, park officials said. A second aquatic facility is scheduled to open in the summer of 2000 in Seminole Palms Park in Royal Palm Beach. That will be a bit cheaper at $3 million, because it won't have the recreation building. Both centers will be run by the county Parks and Recreation Department. Construction costs will be paid with public bond-money approved three years ago. i County fi CO I Regional .5 Parking- - : SOURCE: MPAjJrJJjiteeta Jnc.(s SEAN TEVISStaff Artist ivieras Camel rides help ring in Israel's 50th ""miilll,"" i 1. i 'if' : 1 i it ' - spirit of giving may violate law The city has always been ready to contribute to church fund-raisers, which could be unconstitutional. ? By Ian Trontz , Palm Beach Post Staff Writer " RTVIERA BEACH The Rev. Griffin Davis'" 32nd anniversary as minister was good enough reason for the Hill Top Missionary Baptist Church to celebrate and, as churches often do, raise a little money for the year ahead. The city of Riviera Beach, as it often does, . obliged by buying a full-page ad- t '' Pi i J -J - ! i . -i . , - -a:.:- vertisement m the cnurcn s souvenir program. The ad, which ' cost taxpayers $250, extended "best wishes" to the church along with city officials' names and a city seal. It was warm, understated and, according to legal experts, possibly unconstitutional. The payment, as well as the message, may violate one of the country's founding principles -.. .ft JEAN HART HOWARDStaff Photographer Williams Butch Rivers, a cowboy from Ocala who owns 30 camels with his suburban West Palm Beach. Rivers and his son, Deke, dressed in brothers, snuggles with Sheba, 6, between rides at IsraelFest 50 in Mideastern attire for the event. STORY, 3B role Playful pooch trains for search and rescue that government and religion should not mingle, said Robert O'Neil, a University of Virginia law professor and director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression. "While the amounts are minimal, there is money passing without a valid public purpose," he said; "And if the city is extending best wishes, it's a figurative endorsement of religion." According to city records, Riviera Beach has sent a total of $3,025 to 23 area churches or religious organizations in the past 18 months. In most cases, the money paid for an ad in a church program. One $30 donation went to a Gainesville church where a local family's relative had entered a pageant ; Most of the donations were ordered by Mayor Clara Williams or a city manager. "No one's ever said anything to me about it Williams said. "It's been going on for as long as the Please see RIVIERA BEACH55 bombing and an earthquake in Mexico City. The unit came to Palm Beach County last November to assist with the search for Kazue Perron of West Palm Beach, whose body was found in an overgrown drainage ditch 2 miles north of Indiantown. Bolton, 33, hopes Sasha will prompt a similar response team to be formed here. Please see DOG5B find a missing child or a body submerged in water or buried in rubble, said Bolton, a trained paramedic. "It could take hours to search a collapsed building, while a dog could locate someone much quicker and help you focus your search better," said Palm Beach Gardens Acting Fire Chief Peter Bergel. The Metro-Dade Task Force, which gets federal money, used its search and rescue dogs to look for survivors of the Oklahoma City Gardens firefighter Jules Bolton drives to Miami to train Sasha with the Metro-Dade Fire and Rescue task force. "Every week it gets better. She responds to verbal and hand signals and I've already got some control over her," said Bolton, who has been with the department four years. "She's still such a puppy. She's very playful, inquisitive and into everything." Eventually, Sasha's olfactory senses will become acute enough to By Kristin Vaughan Folm Beach Post Staff Writer ; PALM BEACH GARDENS She may be shredding newspapers and chewing on toys now, but month-old Sasha will soon become a tool for finding missing children and sifting through rubble in Palm Beach County.. The 35-pound white Labrador retriever is being trained as a search and rescue dog for the fire department. , Three times a week, Palm Beach Middle East peace panel draws opinionated crowd i i n School of Law. Diplomatic representatives of Israelis, Jordanians, Egyptians and Palestinians conceded the deterioration of the peace process and emphasized its By Alexandra Navarro Clifton Palm Beach Post Staff Writer BOCA RATON More than 600 people crowded a Boca Raton Resort & Club ballroom Sunday, turning a symposium on Middle East peace into a boisterous ex I change. To the mostly Jewish audience, panelist and Egyptian official Ahmed Maher El Sayed acknowledged the Israelis' suffering. Then he said it was time for the Israeli government to realize Palestin Dore Gold, Israel's representative to the United Nations, added that Israel's security is essential. Then he set an adversarial tone by accusing Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat of turning a previous commitment to fight - -- .j:- r. jr h JEN MART HOWARDStaff Photograoher A National Transportation Safety Board representative drains fuel Sunday from the engine of the Cessna 150 that crashed Saturday. COOL RECEPTION: Ahmed Maher El Sayed was a panelist at the symposium. Low fuel appears to be culprit in plane crash ians have suffered, adding Palestinians are "also victims of the Holocaust" The comparison had the crowd muttering, although it didn't spark boos as when he and a Palestinian said Israelis were oppressing Palestinians. The inaugural lister M. En-tin Memorial symposium was billed as a forum to promote tolerance and understanding. It was sponsored by the Friends of Tel Aviv University and the Israel Program at Ternf-le University terrorism into a negotiating tool. Applause for Gold slowly turned into disapproving murmurs as chief Palestinian representative Hasan Rahman described Palestinian suffering and torture by Israel's government, lie was booed by some. Although two dozen people had the opportunity to question panel members, most used their turn to explain Israel's need for security and vent anger toward the Arab community. p.m. Saturday. Hatfield. 43. of Delray Beach, told police he thought he had 30 minutes of fuel left before his engine died. But an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board said the plane's 2(gal!on tanks held less than 2 gallons of fuel. Only 23 t gallons of the fuel in a tank that size is considered usable for flight said Tim MonvilleoftheNTSB. By Scott Hiaasen Palm Bf ach Past Staff Writer LAKE CLiRKE SHORES Investigators believe the two-seat plane that crashed in a parking lot Saturday night may have run out of fuel on a trip from Iinta Gorda on the Gulf Coast. Hint Bruce Hatfield and his wife. Linda, were injured after their Cessna 150 lost power in midair and came down within eyeshot of motorists on Forest Hill Boulevard about 8 linn i . ii" v.tvjvuvv vi iuci ItdKdge from the crash, Monville said. In the plane, Monville did find a receipt for 15 gallons of fuel bought in Venice on Saturday. Hatfield told police he was heading for the Lantana airport when his engine quit and he couldn't restart it He had not had contact with , Hcast see CRASH5

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