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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 91

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Monday, March 30, 1998
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MONDAY, MARCH 30, 1998 The Palm Beach Post s SECTION B LAWYER CRITICIZED A federal judge accuses a Fort Lauderdale attorney of 'guerrilla litigation.' r STORY, 3B N-i-.rfWii.i.Jt&-Sil..'fr(. NEWS LOCAL Rapids doesrj't fear heat from county's water-park plan I a7v Sand Water The two public parks won't have the attractions of bigger commercial ventures. river volleyball '- slides .. 4 r . County Aquatic Complex and Recreation Center An Aquatic Complex will be built at South County Regional Park. 31 (44)1 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. 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 'Peach 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 and Recreation Center is coming to South County Regional Park in suburban Boca Raton in May 1999. It's expected to cost $3.6 it! r ;j Kirrrberly Blvd. i- m 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." v 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. ( South Coanty Regional Aide's Rd. 4x bfcAN ItVlbaiart Arusr Camel rides help ring in Israel's 50th Riviera's spirit of giving may violate law t T 4 ' t - h - i . i -v, The city has always been ready to contribute to church fund-raisers, '.. which could be unconstitutional. 4 By Ian Trontz . Palm Beach Post Staff Writer RIVIERA 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 i . A 4 J 4 'I y. - .i . i i. ' vertisement in the church s souvenir program. The ad, which :xest 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 Williams message, may violate one of the country's founding principles JEAN HART HOWARDStaff Photographer 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 Boca Raton airport to revoke lease for 20 acres 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 figui rative 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 Thursday, the authority held a closed-door executive session. Rhodes wouldn't comment on what happened in that meeting. But he said the status of negotiations was "an ongoing issue and we want to work in partnership with the FAA." It was unclear whether the authority would risk a lawsuit for canceling the Boca Aviation contract. Neither authority attorney Rick Murdoch nor Boca Aviation President Mark Wantshouse could be reached. airport authority and freeze grants for expansion. Airport officials and the FAA negotiated the tentative agreement March 20. The agreement would end some of the Boca Raton authority's problems by freeing money for such projects as a proposed $1 million control tower. Still, any deal negotiated with the FAA must be approved by the authority, said Nelson Rhodes, the airport's executive director. said Friday. The authority would have to consider all qualified applications except any from Boca Aviation, now the airport's only aircraft maintenance operator, she said. Boca Aviation had planned a $2.5 million expansion with a new jet maintenance facility and hangar space on the land. But Stuart Jet Center, a competitor for the lease, complained. That prompted the FAA to rule against the By Lisa Ocker Palm Beach Post Staff Writer - BOCA RATON The Boca Raton Airport Authority would revoke a lease with Boca Aviation for 20 undeveloped acres to satisfy federal regulators who say it creates an illegal monopoly, officials said. The authority also would seek other proposals for aircraft maintenance and hangar facil itiesonl5ofthe acres, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergin Middle East peace panel draws opinionated crowd 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 peach Post Staff Writer BOCA RATON More than GOO people crowded a Boca Raton Resort & Club ballroom Sunday, turning a symposium on Middle East peace into a boisterous ex ,: ? ........ -.. ..?"'" change. To the moslly Jewish audience, panelist! and Egyptian official Ahnled Maher El Sayed ac-kndwledged the Israelis' suffering. Then he said', it was time for Ithe 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 iV ZT J ' - A i -, it. ,- . ,. - .. - . COOL RECEPTION: Ahmed Maher El Sayed was a panelist at the symposium. JEAN HART HOWARDStaff PtxWographef A National Transportation Safety Board representative drains fuel Sunday from the engine of the Cessna 150 that crashed Saturday. how fuel appears to be culprit in plane crash terrorism into a negotiating tool. Applause for Gold slowly turned into disapproving murmurs as chief Palestinian repre-sentau've Hasan Rahman described Palestinian suffering and torture by Israel's government He 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 ians." have suffered, adding Palestinians are "alsi 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 Lester M. En-tin Jtlemorial symposium was bilKil as a forum to promote tolerance and understanding. It was sponsored by the Friends of Tel Avii University and the Israel Program at Temple University By Scott Hiaasen Palm Beach Post Slatf Writer LAKE CLARKE 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. Pilot 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 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 26-gallon 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. There is no evidence of fuel leakage" 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 Intana airport when his engine quit, and he couldn't restart iL He had not had contact with Tw see CRASH55 the Arab community. h . Hn.i Tiin.lm .it. tiLAn.-.trni lftfcfc tWaW.k h a. V N aj mw

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