The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 10, 1968 · Page 82
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 82

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 10, 1968
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t, m m mm F8 Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, Nov. 10, 1968 elcome Station Tourist Guide Point w Where They Go What happens to the tourists arriving in Florida? The Florida Development Commission figures released for 1967 show that 446,-090 incoming automobile tourists come to Palm Beach County. The further breakdown has West Palm Beach as host to 208,206; Lake Worth, 66,266; Delray Beach, 46,373; Boca Raton, 39,909; Palm Beach, 23,887; Boynton Beach, 19,574; Riviera Beach, 16,636; and the other areas had 25,239. The people count would be an average of 4.5 per car according to the Palm Beach County Development Board. Many are repeat visitors, according to its records. That's a lot of people with a good eye for where the fun in the sun is found. dreds of people daily," said O'Neal. "Our biggest day was 165 cars. We also handle the mail-out of literature In answer to advertising requests. Our exclusive duty is to serve tourists, and we try hard." Some ways of trying hard; passing out job information on the "clean industry" moving into the area; where to shop; where to see the "big beautiful Palm Beach homes;" how to get a fishing license; air service to the Bahamas; special trips into the Everglades; repair a camera; find a nursing home for aged parents; tax information for home-steading; how to locate a room after all the motels hang "no vacancy" signs; and "is it hard to make a Norfolk Pine grow as pretty as the one outside the station." O'Neal expects his work will become heavier each year, but approves of thriving tourism experienced by the county. Based on last year's figures of 19,775 cars registered at the station (which was up 28.38. per cent over 1966), he expects the staff will welcome 22,000 this year. From indications signed In the registration book, at least 30 per cent stay and visit in the county. O'Neal's deduction: The swing to Florida fun brings a good many tourists to Palm Beach County. Once you get here, where do you go for fun? Ask the welcome man, Lee O'Neal, at the county's official Welcome Station on U.S. 1 at the county's north boundary. "People ask about more than points of interest," said O'Neal. "We help them locate friends vacationing in the area, or those who have moved down. Direct them to roads and destinations. Give them lists of accomodations and make available a complete brochure service for not only our county, but Florida-wide attractions and those in our Good Neighbor islands." When O'Neal waves his hearty hello to the tourist, he makes it tangible: He and his staff of three experienced travel directors offer a refreshing drink of orange juice. The station uses about 1,000 gallons of the cooling citrus drink yearly, and the demand is growing. More people are arriving from out-of-state, but Palm Beach County's attractions aerospace plants. "We only register the cars checking at the Welcome Station," said O'Neal. "Average passengers in each car for the summer months is five people, mostly children; and it's three per car In the winter season." That's a lot of orange juice, and a big pile of brochures, admits O'Neal, "but it's worth it!" he insists. Many travelers stop on their return trip and compliment the service. Others come back a year later. "One of our consistent requests is for help to locate a friend now living here, but whose address has been lost," said Mrs. Corrnman. "Sometimes it takes hours to locate a person but usually we can do it quickly with the aid of directories and police stations of the 38 municipalities in the area." O'Neal thinks he broke the record on locating a "lost" friend, when a stranger walked in and asked if anyone knew where his cousin, Jim Kelly, a banker lived. By coincidence, Kelly was also O'N- eal's banker. The stranger got the answer and address to his cousin in aboutl5 seconds flat. As many as 14 or 20 cars will be registering at the same time. To keep the drain on brochures at the minimum, signs ask children to limit their take to one each. The station has had parties of eight children from one car, and as many as 13 from two cars. But they all get the big Orange Juice welcome. The station was started in February, 1963, as a branch of the West Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce. It was acquired by the county in August of that year, and is operated by the Palm Beach County Development Board. August, the best month in the summer, jumped from 1,116 cars registered in 1963 to nearly 2,000 cars in August, 1967, almost double. February and March, best winter months, jumped from 1,673 cars in March, 1964 to 2,742 cars in March, 1968, February, 1968 out did that with 3,181 cars. "Our staff contacts hun KtSIDKMIAL & tOMMKKUAL LOANS Shopping Centers Office Buildings Medical Clinics ApDrtrnentt Warehouses JAMES K. SIEBRECHT AGENCY RtAl BT ATI-MORTGAGE LOANS' The Tralm Insurance Company. Hartford, Conn. Pan-Amenfwn Lire Insurance Company, Sew Orleans, I.a. Pilot Life ITMranre Company, (1 reensboro, North Carolina Gulf Life Insurance Company, Jacksonville. Florida Apartment, Home Construction Up 320 Koval l'al-aj lay. Pal Hrarh PORCH PROMOTION WE MAKE SCREEN PORCHIS CONVERTIBLE "IT'S LIKE HAVING AN EXTRA ROOM" - NO RAIN NO WIND NO COLD - 8:i2-nai2 NO DIRT - O - WEATHER (converts in seconds) No maintenance cost H - sued compared to 1,374 in the comparable nine months of 1967, or a 38.8 per cent gain. The gain on apartments as noted above was 89.1 per cent. Outstanding apartment gains were made in the third quarter July, August and September of 1968, with 2,033 units compared with only 600 units in those months of 1967. This quarter proved to be a 238.8 per cent gain! Total value of the first nine months in single-dwelling construction was $40.3 million, a 56.9 per cent gain over 1967 first nine months; apartments value same period was $61.3 million, a whopping 155.4 per cent gain! There should be more homes available this coming year. What about hotel, motel and space for travellers? There's more space coming up here, too. Permits worth $1,599,140 from January through September, 1968, for a 53.5 per cent gain over the same period in 1967, were Issued for hotel and motel buildings. Overall gains of 49.1 per cent were made in permits issued to date in the county for 1968 on all construction and allied work. This is based on this year's figures of $152.7 million compared to last year's $102.5 million. There was a drop in commercial and industrial construction, from $12.3 million in Jan.-Sept., 1967 down to $9.9 million In Jan.-Sept., 1968, for 20 per cent loss. Nevertheless, commerlcal building should pick up, as it traditionally does, during the last three months of the year. ORDINARY PORCH WITH PROTEK Slides Open - Slides Closed rv; Wrinkle-free clear vinyl panels, framed in rugged, lightweight aluminum. Weather proof your porch for year-round indoor-outdoor comfort. .: v J Low initial cost Proteb-O "Visit our Showroom" -Weather 4352 10th AVE No. LAKE WORTH 965-8911 are even interesting to instate tourists. "A big surprise question this year was for directions to reach our big new Palm Beach Shopping Mall," said Mrs. Irma Cornman, who has been giving directions from the welcome house for five years. "Some of these people were from two and three counties away, but another surprise was that some came from 150 miles. "We expected a lot of requests on how to reach the newly-established Lion Safari attraction, but even that exceeded our anticipation." Other common requests are how to reach the Science Museum and Planetarium, jai alai, the dog races, golf courses, especially the PGA (Professional Golfers Association) headquarters, deep sea fishing facilities, Florida Atlantic University, the television network Treasure Island show being filmed in Palm Beach Shores, and the location of many of the electronic and "The finest Gold Coast 75 SOLD mm f?. rr . FAMILY WELCOME The Wil- near the county line and gets a real Ham Neal family from Rochester, Florida Welcome orange juice! N.Y., stops off at the Palm Beach This is the family's second trip to County Welcome Station on U.S. 1 Florida. Exclusive dealer . . Seacrest Aluminum Products, Inc. Boca Raton 395-9271 lanlana 585-7588 Hiviera Beach 848-5553 Stall Photo b Fete Gordon Address" w miuMfii rsS ilhtlX CONDOMINIUM li It Li I U APARTMENTS .- :' .r- , - . m y-y J Apartment hunters will have more choice in Palm Bea.'h County next year with 4,".'16 units built or under construction during the first nine months of 18, compared with only 2,399 issued in the same period of 19(7. There is also an upward swing in single-family dwellings construction. From January through September, 1968, 1,907 home permits were is- Boca Leads For Homes Where are most apartments being constructed in Palm Beach County this past year? According to lists released through the Palm Beach County Development Board, there are permits Issued for 467 apartments to be built in county land. Boca Raton is the leader among cities with 428 units, West Palm Beach with 313, Palm Beach with 221, Del-ray Beach with 175, and Lake Park with 118. Single dwelling construction leads in Boca Raton with 190; followed by county dwellings at 141; Palm Beach Gardens with 59; 'Tcquesta, 36; West Palm Beach, 31; and Riviera Beach with 27 in the first nine months of 1968. Cornered Market? Charles B. Darrow, a salesman jobless In the depression invented the game "Monopoly" In 1929 and died a millionaire in 1967. How to find good people in a tidit employment TIOrP'f Recruit on IN WEST M.IM f "V'VV major ncciw Ul u Enlist radio, billboards, and publications to recruiting story. Expensive and Why not find efficient way Employment The good people professional than 400 offices and Snelling opportunities mobility, more to, and easier If your company employee-finding decision today Snelling Advertise like crazy in the classified pages. Interview dozens of candidates to find one good employee. campuses fot High Rise Waits On Road Rule Construction of a proposed high-rise apartment building on the lake front immediately south of the First Baptist Church Chapel-by-the-Sea is being delayed while owners await decision on road widening, according to city building officials. The owners have pumped lake bottom and bulkheaded a 380-foot frontage on South Flagler Drive projecting 366 feet into Lake Worth. First plans called for a 10-story apartment building. The City Engineering Department plans to widen Flagler Drive by 20 feet, taking all the necessary land on the lake side. This would put a limitation on setback for the building, thus lowering Its height and number of units possibly. The other obstacle Is the new city ruling that apart-' ments must have one-and-a-half parking spaces for each apartment. The old ruling required one space for each apartment. Unless the developer can procure necessary setback to create enough parking spaces, the number of apartments will also be limited in this manner. The developer is suggesting that the 20 feet required for road widening be taken either from the west side, or at least split the difference and make It 10 feet from each side. In the meantime, the indecision Is stopping the developer from preparing suitable plans until appeals are heard by planning board and city commissioners. Owner of the bulkheaded property and Its developers are listed under various corporation names: Mugwump, Inc., Hart-Bet Corp.; and West Palm Beach Pier, Inc. Principal spokesman for the group Is S. F. Hemphill. Hemphill has developed numerous rental apartments in the area. He recently completed a gardens type, two-story group of apartments directly across from the newly bulkheaded property. Fire Danger iiiiiu. television, vertical trade spread your time-consuming, isn't it? your people the easy, through a Professional Service. today are finding jobs the way. And why not? With more coast to coast, Snelling offers job seekers greater for advancement, greater fine companies to talk job finding. is caught in the new cost squeeze, make the to call Snelling and Snelling (Phone 655-3671) We have the nose for finding the people OCEAN AND INTRACOASTAL VIEWS Enjoy a view of the azure blue Atlantic waterway from your spacious balcony. Dock your boat at your back door easy access to Intracoastal and Atlantic Ocean, near shopping centers, convenient to fine Golf courses, horse racing, Jai-Alai, polo and trotting races. Restaurants and theatres abound in Palm Beach Delray area. Professional offices, churches and hospitals nearby. Directly across the street is one of the finest ocean beaches along the Gold Coast. IMMEDIATE OCCUPANCY CHOICE FEATURES Wall-to-wall carpeting. 1 1' fireproof and soundproof walls, walk-in closets central all electric ait conditioning and heal Gt all electric kitchen BuiH -in vanities master color TV antenna laundry facilities 2 stories with 7 elevators heated swimming pool recreation room dock space and many more. 2 Bedrooms 2 Full Baths M 8,900 .ZIP. $20,700 75 FINANCING Sling i 1 FOR FREE COLOR BROCHURE I WRITE: WELLING TON AIMS MKMT y Wtff I IS PAUi I T HA CM I A J M PaUM HACH E loiirai tut I M aaUAY MACK I BEACH 20t CLEMATIS ST. ISTH 100) 6530 N. OCEAN BLVD., OCEAN KICKS!, flA. NAME "ONCE IN A LIFETIME" LOCATION. THE GREATEST VALUE IN THE WORLD. THE ADDRESS OF PRESTIGE AND REFINEMENT. It's your life live it at WELLINGTON ARMS. Phone (305) 732-2442 Every day fire strikes more than 6,560 times in the United States. Every 47 seconds at least one fire breaks out in an American home. Every 43 minutes fire claims a life. In 1967, there were an estimated 12,200 fire fatalities. The grim statistics come from the Insurance Information Institute. t I I I I ADDRESS I CITY ! STATE ;.A ! t If

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