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c THE PALM BEACH POST MONDAY, MARCH 30, 1998 BB , Ads may also violate state constitution Riviera Beach donations Hill Top Missionary Baptist Church, Riviera Bch $1,100 RJ. Hendley Christian Education Center, Riviera Bch $300 New Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, Riviera Bch $115 Saints Holy Temple Church of God in Christ, Riviera Bch $110 Apostolic Church of Jesus, WPB $100 Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, Mangonia Park $100 Faith Unlimited, WPB $100 New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, WPB $ 100 New Macedonia Baptist Church, Riviera Bch $100 Mount Son Missionary Baptist Church, Riviera Bch $100 Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, WPB $100 United Christian Missionary Baptist Church, Riviera Bch $100 Gray's Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, WPB $90 Union Missionary Baptist Church, WPB $70 Simpson Memorial United Methodist Church, Riviera Bch $65 Bible Way Church of God in Christ, Riviera Bch $60 Hurst Chapel AME Church, Riviera Bch $60 Faith Holy Temple Evangelist Church, Riviera Bch $50 First Church of God in Christ, WPB $50 Greater Mount Sinai Baptist Church, WPB $50 Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, WPB $50 Spring Hill Baptist Church, Gainesville $30 Pleasant Heights Missionary Baptist Church, Riviera Bch $25 Source: Riviera Beach city finance record! lv V' iflsj-- I I J J JENNIFER POOISStaff Photographer ::Palm Beach Gardens firefighter Jules Bolton drives to Miami three times a week to train Sasha, a white Labrador retriever, to become the city's new search and rescue dog. Sasha will be available to other cities RIVIERA BEACH From IB city's been around, I'm sure. I probably give just as much out of my own pocket." But City Manager William J. Hunter, who approves all donations, said Friday that he would create stricter standards regarding when the city can donate to churches. The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of speech, the press, assembly and worship and prohibits government from endorsing or "establishing" religion. Colonists had fled persecution in England and wanted to ensure no one religious institution gained government favor, said Jim Green, a West Palm Beach attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union. While O'Neil believed Riviera Beach's ads may violate the U.S. Constitution, Green and constitutional lawyer Bruce Rogow of Fort Lauderdale said the ads posed more of a problem with Florida's Constitution, which is even more strict. Green and Rogow said the ads may violate the state's prohibition against spending public money "in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution." In reality, the wall between government and religion has doors. Courts have struck down school-voucher programs for parochial schools, but have allowed governments to support church programs when they fulfill a social function that cannot be performed in nonreligious settings. The RJ. Hendley Christian School in Riviera Beach has a contract with the county school board to teach at-risk high school students. But the contract specifies that the money cannot be used for religious instruction. "We try to avoid the concern about the establishment clause," said school board attorney Cynthia Prettyman. "We cannot use state dollars on religious educa- 'It could take hours to search a collapsed building, while a dog could locate someone much quicker. ' PETER BERGEL Palm Beach Gardens acting fire chief DOG .'From IB ! The end goal is a multi-lagency team in our county" Bolt-ion said, adding that Palm Beach ;Gardens would make Sasha ;available to other fire depart-ments. Bergel said Bolton approached him over a year ago with the idea of starting a canine 'program. "It's a huge committment and she felt she had the nine units cost the city $4,670 this year. "I take a lot of joking because they see her as nothing but a puppy," Bolton said, "but the end result is definitely worth it." time to do it," he said. On Thursday, the city council agreed to create the fire department canine program and pay $6,700 for Sasha's care and other fees. The police department ca munity more than any other institution. We help the homeless, we help with food, we help with drug addicts. It shouldn't be an issue because the church does so much for this city." Said the Rev. Isaiah Clark of Union Missionary Baptist Church in West Palm Beach, "The Bible gives them the authority to spend it the way they think is best for human means." O'Neil said he doesn't doubt the churches' contributions to the city. "But that doesn't justify putting an ad in a publication," he said. "The city could be better served by spending it on the soup kitchen or the shelter. How many homeless or hungry will read the ad and be inspired to come to the church?" Hunter said he will push for a policy requiring churches to justify the public benefit of their solicitations. Donations will be earmarked for that program, he said. tion." Almost all of Riviera Beach's donations came with no caveats. Typically, a church sent a letter to the mayor or city manager asking them to buy an ad, a common fund-raising tool. The ads cost between $15 and $250, depending on the size and the church. All the contributions went to black churches, which form the backbone of the city's social life. Their shelters, soup kitchens and programs provide services the city won't or can't provide. The churches the city has at least 52, according to county property records also have political roles. Ministers often back candidates or even run for office. One city council member, William Burrs, is a reverend. "Yeah, church and state are separate on paper," said Hill Top's Davis, 59. His church received the most money, five donations totaling $1,100. "But the church plays a role in the com Boca airport to revoke land's lease million control tower. Still, any deal negotiated with the FAA must be approved by the authority, said Nelson Rhodes, the airport's executive director. Thursday, the authority held a closed-door executive session. Rhodes wouldnt comment on what happened in that meeting. But he said the status of negotia 35 YEARS ACUPUNCTURE The airport will seek other proposals for the 20-acre site By Lisa Ocker Pdm 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 facilities on 15 of the acres, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergin said Friday. - - The authority would have to EXPERIENCE 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 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 IN U.S.A. 20.00 OFF 1st TREATMENT WITH AD tions was an ongoing issue and SALES & SERVICE we want to work in partnership I ' "- If you have any questions, please call us first! AMERICAN M.D. ON STAFF FREE CONSULTATION MOST INSURANCE ACCEPTED LIC. BY CHINA & FLA. WE USE DISPOSABLE NEEDLES ONLY. with the FAA PALM BEACH CLOCK CO. It was unclear whether the fiSi Menlrlwr . tonnwi 73 1-5885 WASHINGTON ACUPUNCTURE SCEARL authority would risk a lawsuit for canceling the Boca Aviation con More acupuncture experience than any clinic in the U.S. Dr. Lee opened the nation's first Acupuncture Center in 1972. Since then tract. Neither authority attorney proven results of millions of acupuncture treatments earned us a world-wide recognition as the leading clinic tor treatment of medical conditions. 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