The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 30, 1998 · Page 56
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 56

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msl THE" PALM1 BEACH POST MARCH 30, 1 998" I 3 PORT OF PALM BEACH Jeep dealership to be customer-friendly -IJlfC Williams . Ciklin Tom Willett thinks you're tired of car salesmen keeping you locked in an office while they try to convince you to buy a car. He also thinks you're tired of hav ing nowhere to re- 31ft 7i fiSi I dealer- I ship's mechanics I I I work on your car. ruruieimuic, iic thinks you're fed up with not knowing where you can stow your kids while you rar shnn rjV"i mmm 1 JJ , Friends part company over port lawyer's fate RIVIERA BEACH Port of Palm Beach Commissioners Bob Williams, an accountant, and Blair Ciklin, a stockbroker, have been good friends for years. But when it comes to money, it seems these two financial pros have taken up arms in opposing camps. During a recent debate over whether to fire longtime port attorney Robert Cook for transferring nearly $7,000 of port trust funds into his general office account, Williams and Ciklin disagreed bitterly over the magnitude of Cook's action. Although Cook claimed he made a mistake and quickly returned the money, Williams called the transfer "a violation of trust that is irreparable." "How is it irreparable?" Ciklin exclaimed. "We got all our money." Williams snapped back: "Blair, if you were my stockbroker and you took $7,000, I'd fire you that second too, buddy, and you're one of my best friends." Cook resigned a few minutes later. MICHAEL UTLEY While their cars are fixed, customers will be able to relax at the Jeep Cafe at Stuart Jeep Eagle, sipping Starbucks coffee and eating croissants. Kris And Willett can Hudson do something about Treasure Coast 't at least at his mhmhbhhi dealership. Willett's Stuart Jeep Eagle dealership, which he bought from Stuart businessman Bill Chamberlain a year ago, soon will be addressing those deficiencies by moving into some new digs. In December, Willett purchased a vacant dealership at 2755 U.S. 1 directly south of Stuart Jeep at 2685 U.S. 1. He plans to move the Jeep dealership's new car sales into the new site by May 18. The used car operations will then expand to occupy all of the dealership's original site. To prepare for the move, Willett has planned an $800,000 renovation project to make the dealership more comfortable for customers and employees. "I'm trying to get back to dealer emergency room is continuing to grow," said Frank Irby, Columbia Rau-lerson's chief executive officer. "We're just at a point where we can't handle the volume in the emergency room as effectively as we'd like to." Columbia Raulerson's material's management division will occupy a 10,000-square-foot building the hospital bought less than a mile away. That move will happen by May. The 3,000 square feet that materials management vacates will be filled by the hospital's physical and respiratory therapy departments. After other moves, the vacated space will ultimately translate into more room for the new ER beds. Irby said the hospital plans for construction to begin in July and end about eight months later. BITS & PIECES: Steven Lachnicht, a senior planner in Martin County's Growth Management Department, will leave his position Friday to become director of planning at The Houston Cuozzo Group, a Stuart-based land planning firm. into a Jeep Cafe. There, customers could relax while watching CNN and munching on croissants baked by a dealership employee and sipping Starbucks coffee. Either that, or customers could corral their children into the fenced playground behind the cafe. The cafe will open this summer. "We're trying to make this as pleasant an experience as possible," Willett said. Willett's architect for the project is Dimiter Stoyanoff of Stuart. The project's general contractor is Custom Craftsman Services of Jensen Beach. OKEECHOBEE EXPANSION: Columbia Raulerson Hospital in Okeechobee is planning a $1.5 million expansion that will add six beds to its emergency room. In short, the hospital is moving its materials management division to another location in order to expand its ER to 14 beds. The new beds will prove particularly valuable in the winter, when Okeechobee's population typically doubles. "Generally, our volume in the EMPLOYMENT Work-force board gets unexpected praise WEST PALM BEACH Sometimes, a visit from the big boss can result in a pat on the back. That's what members of the Palm Beach County Workforce Development Board found out earlier this month when Florida Labor Secretary Doug Jamerson paid them a visit Jamerson dropped in on the board's March 19 meeting between his visits to one-stop career counseling centers in the county. Jamerson had little but good to say about the work -force board s programs particularly a plan to appoint a welfare recipient to one of the group's 35 director seats. "To have someone who's actually experiencing (welfare) to help you in your decision making is invaluable," Jamerson told the board, adding that he knew of no similar efforts among the state's other work -force boards. The work-force board, a collection of private industry and community leaders, handles local administration of several state and national programs. Those duties include overseeing local implementation of Florida't welfare-reform program. KRIS HUDSON ships that I remember: a place where you want to go," said Willett, a 56-year-old marketing executive. All told, Stuart Jeep's expansion will add 18,000 square feet of buildings on almost 6 acres to the dealership's site. At separate times in the past, the site of Stuart Jeep's expansion has been occupied by Stuart Nissan and Stuart AutoWorld. The expansion will allow Stuart Jeep to boost its inventory to 300 cars from 250, and possibly add more brands of cars down the line, Willett said. As part of Stuart Jeep's renovation, the dealership's new car showroom will display only one vehicle, leaving the leftover space for tables at which sale associates can speak with customers. Only the finance and insurance departments those that a customer visits after deciding to buy a car will be housed in offices. Willett's plans also call for a complete interior renovation of the building, which has already begun. Stuart Jeep will add a new front facade, new lifts in the service area's 14 bays and new landscaping. In a different twist, Willett plans to renovate one buMng at the new site Bloomies, UJA team up to help youth peal Federation system, is meant to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Israel. In addition, Bloomingdale's in Town Center at Boca Raton, along with the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, is sponsoring a contest to select the top 50 Jewish community builders of southern Palm Beach County. Nomination forms are available at the store's Passover Shop. JULIE WARESH BOCA RATON Blooming-dale's, which from time to time donates a percentage of certain sales to local charities, is in the midst of its first nationwide giving program. Buy selected Passover items at Bloomingdale's through April 13, and 10 percent of the purchase price will go to help Ethiopian youth in Israel The retailer's rn rgram, a team effort with the I 'mted Jewish Ap

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