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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 67

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Tuesday, March 31, 1998
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TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 1998 The Palm Beach Post MSI. SECTION B PAY DOUBLES United Technologies pays its CEO $12 million, double what he earned in 1996. BUSINESS, 6B " LOCAL M aritime rSS-' 1 i y.': ( m V m V ' r ?vy- ; " museum gets delay The long-running proposal to put a . museum into the Rayz restaurant . site now will be heard April 27. :. ByCaraAnna Palm Beach Post Staff Writer STUART Gregg Burdick compares his situation to having sand in a boat tank. The going is a bit slow. A month after the city gave his maritime museum more time to prepare a presentation to commissioners on its dream move, the museum asked for another delay late Friday and got it. Teenagers pulled from rip current A would-be rescuer also had to be saved after tiring. By Jill Taylor Palm Beach Post Staff Writer JENSEN BEACH Four teenagers who were caught in a rip current and a man who tried to rescue them were treated by paramedics at an unguarded beach south of Jensen public beach Monday afternoon. The teenagers were taken to Martin Memorial Medical Center as a precaution because they were all minors, but rescue workers said the teens were fine other than being cold and tired from fighting the current. Frederick Bercker, visiting from Germany, jumped in to help when the teenagers began screaming from about 100 yards offshore. Bercker, 55, was able to pull in one girl, but grew tired when he returned for the others. "He was trying to be a hero," said friend, Ursula Rehberg of Stuart, who told the exhausted Bercker: "And don't do it again." Lifeguard Brad Beckett at Jensen Beach was called out and rode south to the scene on an all-terrain vehicle. Using a flotation buoy, Beckett was able to swim out and rescue Bercker and the teenagers. The names of the teenagers were not available. Bruce Shaw of Martin County Marine Safety, said there were six rescues from rip currents Saturday at Hobe Please see RESCUE26 a St. Lucie River ; Old Roosevelt U LSs-JSP-ggQ Jlid---Bridge nr3 r" . Stuart : I he presentation, scheduled for Monday's meeting, now will be April 27. By then, the Maritime and Yachting Museum of the Treasure Coast will no longer be Burdick's. He and the four other members of the museum's executive board have STAFF GRAPHIC DAVID LANEStaff Photographer Frederick Bercker gets some much-needed air and comfort from his wife, Christel, after the rescue attempt. agreed to step down when the museum holds elections April 14. Arguments among board members, which led to the dismissal of museum director Marge Pratt earlier this year, have slowed the museum's process in convincing the city it is able to move onto the city's waterfront It also has slowed plans for fund raising. A long-requested business plan from the museum still has not arrived at the city for review. How the museum, which Burdick said is "marginally always up-to-date on our rent," will pay for the move to the former Rayz restaurant site is not yet known. On Monday night, Burdick suggested that grants may be possible. But Mayor Jeff Krauskopf went ahead and suggested tearing down the very building the museum has its eye on. He was voted down, 4-1. What it will take is proof that the museum is able to renovate, Burdick said. ' Demolition is cheaper, estimated at $50,000. In fact, any option involving demolition is cheaper than renovation, according to a study done for the city by CAPTEC Engineering. Making required repairs on the existing building would cost $268,000, the report said. "Bringing Rayz up to code is going to choke us," City Manager Dave Collier said. But the 14,000-square-foot building, whose basic structure was called fine by engineers, would be a wise investment Vice Mayor Karl Krueger said. "You could never replace it for the cost of renovation," he said. Commissioners approved going ahead with grant applications for the anchorage, and just in time. The deadline is Wednesday. St. Lucie seeking $400,000 for beach study for financing and monitoring beach renourishment on the 1.3 mile project An agreement between the county and Army Corps of Engineers officials in Jacksonville was changed in Washington so the county would bear more costs of environmental monitoring after the project is complete. "We had a long conference call last week," Marlowe said. "I think we made progress." of possible renourishment of 1 mile of beach just inside the Fort Pierce city limit. Congress has already authorized that project as well as renourishment of 1.3 miles of beach just south of the Fort Pierce Inlet County and federal officials are negotiating terms of an agreement outlining each party's responsibilities the Fort Pierce city limit to the Martin County line. "If we're able to get the study authorized in time, we could get the money this year," Howard Marlowe, the county's Washington lobbyist, said. "Otherwise, we may have to ask again next year." The remaining $300,000 requested by the county is to complete a study By Jim Reeder Palm Beach Post Staff miter FORT PIERCE St. Lucie County officials have asked Congress to allocate $400,000 in next year's federal budget for more beach re-nourishment studies on South Hutchinson Island. The newest study, if approved by Congress, would cost $100,000 to look at the feasibility of pumping sand from Charter school won't see extra state money y . (mm- II -- T INTERACTIVE Up to 20 stories from Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce and more than 50 other area communities at wumi.GoPBI.comYourToum about $35,000 to the Orange Avenue school for its facilities. Much more money will go to the district because of 1997's School Infrastructure Thrift Program Act, meant to reward districts which avoid costly construction. Districts get a share of $250 million either by building "smart" schools like Weatherbee Elementary, which cost less than the state average, or by opening charter schools in non-district buildings. Ninety students at the Orange Avenue Charter School have earned $5,800 each, or $522,000 total, for the district through state attendance formulas, said Tracey Bailey, the state Department of Education's charter school specialist The state actually will give less $385,170 total to the charter school this year. The law specifies the thrift fund money must be spent on facilities, and it does not require Hease set SCHOOLS The district will get more cash from the state than it will pay to the school. By Mary Ellen Flannery Palm Beach Post Staff Writer FORT PIERCE The Orange Avenue Charter School will earn $522,000 for the St Lucie County School District this year, but the beleaguered school hasn't seen a dime of that money and is struggling with a $32,000 deficit The district hasn't received the half-million dollars yet but officials don't intend to give any to the charter school, said Schools Superintendent Bill Vogel. "Our capital budget is extremely limited. We don't have enough money for our own projects," he said. "Hopefully the money (for charter school projects) will be available in legislation," Vogel said. A not-yet-passed 1998 bill seeks a Charter School Outlay Trust Fund, which would give FORT PIERCE Nine-year-old Jams Stovall, of 202 North 31 St, suffered burns on his hands Monday evening after grabbing a bare electrical cord at his home, said police spokeswoman Sonya Fossett He was in fair condition at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center. FORT PIERCE Police charged Airtwane Maurice Ferguson Monday with one count of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder in the February snooting death of Jonathan Ingram. Ferguson, 18, was already in jail on cocaine sale and delivery charges. Ingram, 30, was shot one through the arm and chest as he stood next to his wife behind 433 N. 12th St on Feb. 23. His wife, Leathia, 27, was shot once in each leg and has recovered from her injuries. : -m m m .i i i ' JASON NUTTLEStaff Photographer Safe to go boating again FORT PIERCE - St. Lucie County leisure services worker Tim Tuttle cleans the boat ramp near the manatee center Monday in preparation for its opening Wednesday. The ramp is closed during manatee season to protect the animals from boat propellers. The center watches over hundreds of manatees that gather in the warm water from the utilities plant. Commissioners at loggerheads over river quandary STUART The Martin County School District will hold a public hearing April 9 to discuss the possible privatization of its transportation department Representatives from Ryder Student Transportation Services, Laidlaw Transportation Services and the school district's own transportation department will discuss their bids to run the 98-bus operation and answer questions from the audience and the school board. The meeting was originally set for Wednesday, but was changed because of a scheduling conflict sick fish and salinity problems. Gainey recalls the meeting with state and federal officials differently. "I'm really surprised." she said late Monday afternoon. "That's not what I thought the meeting was about at all We didn't talk about (deep water storage areas). I have no idea what's going on here. ) of understanding of the degree of involvement of all state and federal agencies and diverse public interests in drafting a completed report for Congress." Gettig's memo is geared toward Gainey's scheduled discussion of forming a task force at today's commission meeting to iackle the river's Elmira Gainey made at a March 19 meeting of water officials. "Deep-water reservoirs on the Al-lapattah (Ranch) are supposedly the only measure both the (St Lucie River) Initiative and Commissioner Gainey favor, regardless of the data collected ..." Gettig wrote. That position shows an extraordinary lack By Howie Paul Hartnett Palm Brash Post Staff HVirr STUART Problems in the St Lucie River have two county commissioners scrambling for answers, and the last word. In a Monday memo. Commissioner Janet Gettig responded strongly to comments Commissioner

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