The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 30, 1998 · Page 93
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 93

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m mmmmm m m i MONDAY, MARCH 30, 1998 The Palm Beach Post SECTION B . w GARBAGE PACT Wellington is expected to approve a cheaper trash collection proposal. STORY, 3B 73 LOCAL NEWS Rapids doesn't fear heat from county's water-park plan -Water slides Lazy Sand river volleyball vr ,;,-. The two public parks won't have the attractions of bigger commercial ventures. - X . J County Aquatic Complex and Recreation Center An Aquatic Complex will be built at South County Regional Park. f ft ... !'- ... Pool: Shade structure 441 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 I requires no swimming ability J 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. fK ; 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 i spin on a water slide. There also will be a water playground for kids, a lap pool for swimmers and a sand volleyball cotft for beach lovers. The first Aquatic Complex anr Recreation Center is coming to South County Regional Park in SulJarban Boca Raton in May 1999. It's expected to cost $3.6 it ! Kimberty Blvd. - . in South County Regional 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 i Si-i'i 5 CO 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. 7 Parking Parte II u I , 0 Rd. : SOURCE: MPA Architects Inc. SEAN TEVISStaff Artist Camel rides help ring in Israel's 50th Riviera's spirit of giving may violate law jS1" ' . . - - - - i : The city has always been ready to contribute to church fund-raisers, which could be unconstitutional. ! 'i 3 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- - . - n i 5ti . 3 vertisement in the church 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 J 'I l V 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 Village plans criminal checks on volunteers 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 money5 passing without a valid public purpose," he said., "And if the city is extending best wishes, it's a figu-" 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 BEACH5? The village council's concern about sexual abuse in the village led to a decision six weeks ago to buy newspaper advertising listing the names and addresses of 27 area sex offenders. But that idea was grounded when the list taken from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Internet site was found to be full of wrong addresses and people who Please see BACKGROUND CHECKS2S to take that responsibility," said the 47-year-old Gorran, who is retired and lives in Wellington. "I'm very surprised, but very pleased." Gorran said that sexual abusers know how to get at kids when the parents aren't around. "It's not a matter of what the parents can see," Gorran said. "It's a matter of a coach establishing a trusting relationship with a kid, then doing things away from the field." they voted to spend $15 per volunteer on background checks. The cost will become part of registration fees for the leagues. Village Parks and Recreation Director Lou Recchio said that would increase fees by $1.50 per person for a league session. Jody Gorran, who is on the board of HomeSafe, a shelter in Lake Worth for sexually abused children, applauds Royal Palm's decision. "It's unusual for any municipality By Matt Mossman Palm Beach Post Staff Writer ROYAL PALM BEACH What began as an effort to inform residents about sex offenders living in western communities has turned into a larger program to check the backgrounds of volunteers in recreation programs. The village council is worried that sexual offenders could be youth sports coaches, who make up 75 percent of the village's 410 volunteers. So 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 Beach Post Staff Writer : BOCA RATON More than 600eople crowded a Boca Raton Resort & Club ballroom Sunday, turning a symposium on Middle East peace into a boisterous ex- - s t:-v, 4 ' I 1 .y.3: f Change. To the mostly Jewish audience, panelist and Egyptian official Ahmed Maher El Saved 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 JEAN HART HOWARD, Staff Photographer COOL RECEPTION: Ahmed Maher El Sayed was a panelist at the symposium. A National Transportation Safety Board representative drains fuel Sunday from the engine of the Cessna 150 that crashed Saturday. Low fuel appears to be culprit in plane crash ians have suffered, adding Palestinians are "also victims of the Hohx-aust." 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 Ix-ster M. En- tin Memorial symposium was billed as a forum to promote tol- erance and understanding. It was sponsored by the I'? lends of Tel Aviv University and the Israel lYogram at Temple 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 stTurity and vent anger toward the Arab community. "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 Lantana airport when his engine quit, and he couldn't restart it. He had rtt had contact with 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 IVard said the plane's 2ga!lon tanks held less than 2 gallons of fuel. Pinly 23! t gallons of the fuel in a tank that size is considered usable for flight, said Tim MonvilleoftheNTSB. By Scott Hiaasen Palm Heat h Putt Staff Wnttr LAKE CIARKE SI IORES Investigators believe the two-seat plane that crashed in a parking lot Saturday night may have run out of fuel on a trip from Iunta 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 ilease see CRASH55

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