The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 31, 1998 · Page 65
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 65

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SECTION B TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 1998 w PAY DOUBLES POWERFUL TIDES Dangerous rip currents along area beaches could last through the weekend. STORY, 4B United Technologies pays its : CEO $12 million, double what he earned in 1996. BUSINESS, 6B , T tfj. surDO" Metft. The Palm Beach Post LOCAL Tough team to make Shopping center use scrubbed Commissioners were undecided, but it : A Loxahatchee Groves folks opposea the retail mix in their rural midst. By Joel Engelhardt Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH The owners of 97 acres on the edge of rural Loxahatchee Groves gave up their struggle Monday to win county commission approval for a 30-acre shopping center. They made the decision after about 15 residents lined up to oppose the project and their land planner held a lunchtime meeting with county Commissioner Ken Foster. 1 ' Developers must pay to build extra homes 2B Fncter and Commissioner Marv McCarty showed support for the project, but Commissioner; Karen Marcus opposed it ana commissioners dui i Warren Newell did not commit r V'V i , a-' V----- v ; -1 t Commissioners Maude Ford Lee and Carol Roberts were absent. A week earlier, the owners, represented by Alexander "Sandy" Simon of Delray Beach, withdrew their request to put 66 homes on 67 acres but continued to seek approval for a 261,000-square-foot shopping center, more than double the size of a m4 JEAN HART HOWARDStaff Photographer of SWAT team tryouts in West Palm Beach recently. The group had to run from the police department to the tower and stay in step all the way. Brian Kapper (center) and Ron Rowe (to right of Kapper) jog with other hopefuls to the Marine Corps rappel tower at the start of the second day Two proudly joining W Palm SWAT unit f " J V 3 0 v 5 r. I County's largest city. "You're the last line of defense for the police department," Lt. Ron Sowers, the SWAT team commander, said as he congratulated Kapper and Ron Rowe. Only four of 10 original applicants survived the rigorous two-day physical testing that's required before the oral exams. Rowe made the team because of his "determination" after fire-rescue paramedics needed to assist him in his March 9 tryout when he threw up during the 50-minute run. "It would have been easy for him to have given up because of the weak- Mease see SWAT4 By Tim Pallesen Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH Brian Kapper traces his desire to be on a SWAT team to his youth, when he watched the action TV drama SWAT. "It goes back to being a kid, the TV shows and all," Kapper told a lieutenant and two sergeants during his March 20 interview for the West Palm Beach squad. Kapper, 27, got his wish Monday. The West Palm Beach police officer was one of two chosen to fill vacancies on the elite 25-man team that's trained to handle the most dangerous situations such as hostage standoffs in Palm Beach typical grocery store-based center. Currently, the county allows nine homes on the 97-acre site. The request called for the county to extend its urban services boundary, the line at which it stops providing water and sewer service. Loxahatchee Groves residents rely on wells and septic tanks. The property faces Southern Boulevard across from the Binks Forest Drive entrance into Well-ington. The county will continue to plan the area's future with Wellington and Royal Palm Beach. Simon's land planner, Bob Basehart, said he would participate in those sessions. Landowners , also can seek annexation into Wellington but not Royal Palm Beach. Residents feared allowing development near, their 8,000-acre community of homes on 5-acre lots. "Our neighborhood is so special. We are an endangered species in Palm Beach County," Rita ( Miller said. Downtown projects deserve lower fees, developer argues By Rebecca Goldsmith Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH The state policy--makers who dreamed up Eastward Ho! the concept of redeveloping urban coastal areas before breaking ground near the Everglades must have been thinking of places like Clematis Street and Atlantic Avenue. These downtown hubs of pedestrian-friendly entertainment in West Palm Beach and Delray Beach draw people and cars to the urban east So why are the visionaries who transformed these once sleepy, shabby downtowns slapped with hefty impact fees whenever they renovate a mom and pop furniture store to make room for The Gap? , Renaissance Partners, the developer of Clematis Street wants county officials to answer that question, and in the process, to reduce impact fees in community redevelopment agency areas. David Frisbie, the managing principal of Renaissance, thinks the county should give investors an incentive to make downtown improvements. . JEAN HART HOWARDStaff Photographer Officers Ron Rowe (left) and Brian Kapper hear the news that they made the SWAT team from team commander Lt. Ron Sowers on Monday. School district computer system aims to end overspending Miltenberger, who is now on probation. The new system will be able to track bids spanning more than a budget year and give a warning when purchases get close to bid limits. Meanwhile, Swan said she may ask the board to allow buyers to go a set percentage over the bid limits, if deemed necessary, before returning to the board to ask for more money. "Right now, I don't have the authority to go one penny over," she said. place to assure that overspending didn't occur. The first time the need for a tracking system became apparent was at the start of 1997, when the food service department spent three times more than approved on printing. At the time, there was an unwritten policy that allowed purchases to exceed board approval. The investigation into food service overspending led to findings that produced unrelated criminal charges against former food service chief Joy "Well track everything we spend this way," Swan said Monday during a demonstration. The program was created after the school district spent hundreds of thousands of dollars more than approved on cleaning supplies last year. Superintendent Joan Kowal shut down the department for several days and put Gus Lopez, the purchasing manager, on paid leave and later said she would not renew his contract That was months after a computer system was said to have been put in By Stephanie Desmon Palm Beach Post Staff Writer This computer program won't let school staffers spend money they don't have. It won't let them spend more than authorized by the school board. And it keeps track of how much they've spent over the years for specific items. At least that's what's supposed to happen once the Palm Beach County School District's computerized bid-tracking system is running full time in mid- to late-April, predicts Sharon Swan, director of procurement Please see IMPACT FEE4S Pahokee tries to resuscitate Everglades Medical Center Health-care options When Everglades Regional Medical Center stopped admitting patients last week for ongoing treatment, the hospital also closed its clinic, the Family Care Center in Belle Glade. Other health clinics in the area have since extended their hours. They include: South Bay Medical Center 161 S. U.S. Highway 27, 993-5777 New hours: 9 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday. First Community Medical Center 132 S.W. Ave. B.. Belle Glade. 992-0024 New hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Palm Glades Rural Health Associates 217 S.W. Ave. A, Belle Glade. 992-4888 New hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. year power struggle between the private hospital board and the tax-financed Palm Beach County Health Care District which owns the facility. Now, though the hospital board says it can't afford to keep running Everglades, health district officials won't take over because they fear inheriting Everglades' financial problems. Still, Pahokee commissioners on Monday asked Chiles' office to press regulators to give the health district a license to run the hospital. Everglades was the city's biggest year-round employer and the only hospital in 13 miles. Dr. Alfredo Roberts tossed out another idea during the commission's emergency meeting, which drew a crowd of nearly 100. Roberts, who lives in Pahokee but runs a clinic in South Bay, said he had contacted potential investors about buying the hospital. There's nothing written down yet but I'm trying to get a group together. I'd just like to see the hospital open." The health district meanwhile, has asked a court to step in. A hearing is set for this morning. By Jennifer PeKz Palm Beach Post Staff Writer PAHOKEE The closing of the city's hospital sank in enough for residents to acknowledge it Monday, but not to accept it City commissioners asked Gov. Lawton Chiles to help Palm Beach County officials reopen Everglades Regional Medical Center, while a local physician looked for private money to revive it Meanwhile, several local health clinics extended their hours to accommodate patients of Everglades' closed Family Care Center. And Glades General Hospital in Belle Glade hired about 10 Everglades workers and welcomed business from its doctors. Administrator Gene Faile said. About 10 Everglades patients were transferred to Glades before the shutdown, and doctors have since admitted several more, he said. Everglades started providing only emergency care Friday. The emergency room and ambulance are expected to operate for up to two months. The closing comes after i seven- v 0 t.A. FV1 NPrtUT 11131311 riwwV" Woman convicted of masterminding hit for beau WEST PALM BEACH - Misti Ehrlich weeps as she is fingerprinted Monday at the Palm Beach County Courthouse. Ehrlich. 21. was found guilty on two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree attemptedmurder Sentencing is set for May 14. 5TDKT,

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