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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 66

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THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 1998 w Developers must pay for right to exceed Those wishing to build more homes than allowed can buy rights from the county or from other landowners. By Joel Engelhardt Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH Developers who want to build more homes than allowed by the county growth plan will have to pay for the right, county commissioners decided Monday. And commissioners accepted a suggestion from the environment friendly 1000 Friends of Florida designed to help farmers sell the right to develop their land in the county's Agricultural Reserve. Commissioners voted 4-1, with Commissioner Ken Foster opposed, for the mandatory-pay approach. Developers oppose the program, viewing it as little more than extortion. They say the county will be charging for rights it now gives away. The program has been in place on a voluntary basis but seldom used since 1991. Supporters like the mandatory program because it caps the number of homes allowed in the county at the number approved now. Landowners who want to build more homes than authorized can buy rights from the county or from landowners with excess capacity. Commissioners Mary McCarty, Karen Marcus, Warren Newell and Maude Ford Lee voted for the approach and Commissioners Burt Aaronson and Carol Roberts were absent. The approach, which still must undergo state and regional reviews, is called mandatory even though it allows developers to proceed under current rules, which allow for additional homes if planning criteria are met. But by pushing the mandatory label, commissioners make it clear they would not look favorably on developers who follow the current approach. Commission approval is required to increase density. The county's Land Use Advisory Board voted 13-0 last month to keep the program voluntary. The county charges $5,575 for every extra unit it allows. The amount is so low, critics say, private landowners would have a tough time competing: To give them a better chance, 1000 Friends of Florida Legal Director Terrell Arline suggested the county sell rights only for development east' of Florida's Turnpike. Developers looking to add density west of the turnpike but within the county's urban service boundary could buy the rights only from private landowners. That would create a market for farmers in the Ag Reserve, who could sell the right to put homes . on their land but continue farming. 2B home limits Three arrested in carjacking, armed robbery "He started beating on the window of the car with the back of his gun He grabbed me by my shirt and pulled me out and hit me on the ear" with the gun, Oliphant said. The men then headed south nn T-Q5 with nnlirp in niirsnit Trip PALM BEACH INTERACTIVE Up to 20 stories from 56 area communities at www.GoPBI.comYourToum south, police said. Palm Beach Gardens police spotted the car on Interstate 95 and followed it onto the east-bound Blue Heron Boulevard exit. Driving on a flat tire, the men abandoned the Mitsubishi and the stolen money underneath the 1-95 overpass. Police said two women in a gold Toyota Corolla were the next targets. Joanne Oliphant, 30, of West Palm Beach, said she was stopped at the light on Blue Heron and 1-95 when she saw the Mitsubishi run the light and stop. She said three people ran toward her, one was brandishing a gun. clothing brandished handguns as they entered the lobby of the Credit Union Center, 4060 PGA Blvd. They demanded money, pistol-whipped a teller, then took off with a cash register drawer and bags filled with an undisclosed amount of money, Palm Beach Gardens Sgt. Robert Ar-tola said. The teller, who was not identified, was treated for head injuries. The men ditched the Cadillac in the parking lot of the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott about a block away, got into a maroon Mitsubishi Galant and headed By Kristin Vaughan Palm Beach Post Staff Writer A group of bandits robbed a credit union and pistol-whipped a teller Monday in a crime spree from West Palm Beach to Palm Beach Gardens and back that included a carjacking in which the driver was assaulted, police said. It started about 10:30 a.m. when the men allegedly stole an older model blue and white Cadillac from the parking lot of Sam's Club on 45th Street in West Palm Beach, police said. Fifteen minutes later the group four or five men wearing masks and sheets over their driver lost control just south of 45th Street, hit a center guardrail and three of the men fled on foot. West Palm Beach police officers caught two men running near a Burger King at 45th Street and Corporate Way. ; A third man was caught near 45th Street and Embarcadero Drive. ; BOCA RATON A police department review board will meet this week to determine whether a marine officer could have prevented a collision between his patrol boat and a private boat in Highland Beach on March 4, officials said. The . board will report to Chief Peter Petracco, who will decide ; whether any disciplinary action will be taken against John Brock, officials said. A Florida Marine Patrol report of the in- cident that will be forwarded to the state attorney's office ' found Brock was careless, violated navigational rules and : failed to avoid the risk of a collision. B0YNT0N BEACH The city said Monday that it has fired ; police officer Charles Graham, who is charged with stealing a ; computer and cellular telephone while on duty. Graham will - decide in the next few days whether to fight for his job, said his attorney, Alan Aronson. Police spokeswoman Sgt. . Wendy Danysh and Chief Marshall Gage declined com- Purchase of building saves synagogue from eviction By Marc Freeman Palm Beach Post Staff Writer levying $250-a-day fines in the hopes of a settlement. Boca Admin's phones were down Monday and representatives could not be reached for comment. ?; complained to the county a few years ago. Though the synagogue and Boca Admin were using the building illegally, code enforcement officials delayed have a place we can call our own and no one can throw us out." Boca Admin substantially lowered its asking price late last week to make the sale possible, County Commission Chairman ; ment. Investigators said Graham stole a cellular telephone and computer from a Boynton Beach AT&T Wireless Servic-' es office in August. I Palm Beach County commissioners approved a proposal Monday for Polo Trace, a 795-unit adult community on 234 acres on Hagen Ranch Road north of Lake Ida Road. In I 1991, landowner William Mazzoni had won county approval to reduce the number of homes allowed to 234 from 1,165 I for a golf-course community. When that deal fell through, ; Mazzoni needed county and state permission to revert to the mmim ; larger community. can No more unsettling stories of Jew against Jew. No more threats of Century Village West going commercial. No more zoning violations. Tiny Congregation Torah Ohr is being saved from eviction from its decade-old house of worship in a surprising deal that ends years of strife in the 5,712-unit village west of Boca Raton. The Orthodox synagogue's 180 members unanimously voted Sunday to buy the complex's administration building from developer Boca Admin Inc. for $500,000. The terms were announced to the membership before the vote; a portion will be mortgaged. "We waited for this for a long time," Torah Ohr President Max Rudoler said Monday. "We now IMPOTENT? - GET THE FACTS! Unable to get or maintain rigid erection? Current therapies not working? We can help where others haven't! Our specially trained doctors have been successfully treating men using safe, FDA approved, non- surgical medications. Don't wait call for 3E HTFTm D WE Burt Aaronson said Monday. Residents and synagogue leaders praised Aaronson for shepherding the deal. "Once again, neighbor will be able to speak to neighbor," said Aaronson, calling the synagogue dilemma one of the toughest he's faced as commissioner. "They will live in peace and harmony." Torah Ohr still must petition the county for a zoning change because the building is supposed to be used only for recreational purposes. Aaronson said getting the zoning change won't be a problem. The synagogue's future has been in jeopardy since a resident I Til ITfTOHF ' our cojifidenjial FREE CONSULTATIO raJ7H--Tm i 800-946-2537 The Palm Beach County School Board will hold a workshop on paraprofessionals on Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the board room at the district headquarters, 3340 Forest Hill Blvd. Alexander W. Oreyfoos School of the Arts teacher Shelly Va- na has been elected president of the local Classroom Teachers Association, according to runoff election results posted Monday. With 1,883 votes, Vana defeated Lena Roundtree, a teacher at Duncan Middle School in Palm Beach Gardens, who received 1,544 votes. The election took place last week. The term is for two years and begins July 16. Vana replaces Frank Williams, who did not seek reelection. Palm Beach Gardens'- Boca Raton - Miami "MT'iJ ! g Medicare Assignment Affordable Self-Pay Program j Kichard Garrett, P.O. Med. Dir. Sam Leb, KID. y fpf ffSfl, .fife Wr" W' WEST PALM BEACH Steven Schwartz, charged with extortion after demanding $50,000 from Palm Beach County commissioners last year, began a two-year deferred prosecution program Monday that will allow him to avoid a criminal conviction. Schwartz, angry that his wife had been fired from ; the county's public affairs office, demanded money from commissioners and threatened to use their images in sexu ally explicit drawings, prosecutors said. The two-year program requires Schwartz, 51, of West Palm Beach, to receive a psychiatric evaluation and bars him from entering the ; county Governmental Center or contacting county commis sioners or their stan. BOCA RATON Former Miami Dolphins General Manager Mike Robbie will pay a police officer who broke his ankle I I : while trying to pull Robbie off a street, the officer's attorney ; said Monday. Kichard Ketamar, the lawyer for officer Robert . , K I Hilton, 39, would not say how much Hilton will receive. 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