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Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, Nov. 10, 196& H3 Coast Guard Is Always Ready To Aid And Assist knowledgeable crew is on the scene within minutes for rescue or assistance. "Search and rescue is our major mission," said Chief Warrant Officer Rex Coulson, who heads the Peanut Island station, "but we also maintain 63 aids to navigation lighted buoys along the Intracoas-tal Waterway, help federal agencies with law enforcement and make safety equipment checks on craft in the area." Chief Coulson called the By SH ARON WILLIS A small boat with a stalled motor ... a 65-foot yacht on fire ... a sick seaman on a passing freighter ... a boat run aground in an inlet . . . All are missions for the U.S. Coast CJuard's Lake Worth Inlet Station on Peanut Island In the lake off Riviera Beach. The 21-man station Is always ready for such emergencies. An efficient, hardworking and Peanut Island Station "the busiest on the east coast of Florida." The station answered 377 assistance calls during the fiscal year of July, 1967 to July, 18, and answered 43 during the month of July alone. The aids to navigation, along the Intracoastal waterway from St. Lucie Inlet (near Fort Pierce) to Hillsboro Inlet (near Boca Raton), must be serviced every month. If a battery or bulb goes dead in one, the buoy must be taken out of the water, a relief buoy put In its place, and then it must be taken back to the sta- the Coast Guard, but by former President John F. Kennedy, who docked his boats at the station when he visited his home In Palm Beach. He had a Navy Communications Center set up near the station building, and built new docks. The station gets Its power from Riviera Beach, but has its own auxiliary power plant on the grounds in case of emergencies. Several times in recent years, the underwater lines supplying utilities to the island have been broken by vessels using the Port of Palm Beach, and the auxiliary plant had to be used. keep the boats and buoys in tip-top shape. But no sooner do the men get acclimated to the station, than they are transferred elsewhere. "We have such a large turnover," Coulson said, "that there aren't any men left who were here when I came a year and a half ago." The little plot of land on Peanut Island leased by the Coast Guard (the rest of the island Is under control of the Port of Palm Beach) is well-kept with green grass, palm trees and a picnic area. "And we have our own bomb shelter." This was not built by tion for repair. The station has four boats, one of them a new 44 foot self-righting rescue boat which cost about $118,000. The shiny white metal CG 44371 is equipped with radar, a radio direction finder (RDF), a fathometer and a six-channel ship-to-shore radio. The 32,800 lb. boat was built in 1967 with the main objective that one man, the one piloting, could handle all communications while working, leaving the other two crew members free for assistance or rescue. The lifeboat, with a capacity of 43 persons, Is frequently used when calls are received on boats missing between Palm Beach County and the Bahamas, where there is a great deal of drift in the ocean. The boat can "go in any weather," Coulson said. The station also mans three other boats: a 40-footer, a 19-foot boat used mostly for carrying supplies, and a 16-foot launch. The radio room In the frame-building station Is constantly busy, manned 24 hours a day. There are two landline telephones, three radio receivers with a total of 9 channels, and a teletype receiver on a circuit covering all Coast Guard stations on the east coast of Florida. When a call for assistance comes in, the radio man must notify the Officer of the Day, who decides what should be done and directs operations. There are two boat crews on duty at all times, and if one goes out, another crew must come into the station. There's always paperwork. "We have to fill out four forms on every assistance case, no matter what," Coulson said. And continual maintenance there are five engineer personnel working all the time to BEFORE YOU BUY OR BUILD IN THE Palm Beaches : 1 f FINEST EQUIPMENT Ens. Stewart Munroe checks the controls of the Peanut Island station's new 44-foot self-righting rescue boat, which is equipped with radar, radio direction finder, fathometer and six-channel ship-to-shore radio. FIRST FEDERAL'S FULL FEATURE MORTGAGE PLAN - jj Mfc - V xrcii II I; .,4 & M A llll n flY.' Over the years First Federal of West Palm Beach has made more home loans than any other lender in Palm Beach County. The Full Feature Mortgage Plan is the result of many years experience in providing borrowers with the best possible plan to help them achieve their goal a debt free home. If you are thinking of buying or building a home, stop into one of First Federal Savings of West Palm Beach four convenient offices. Your inquiry will receive prompt courteous attention. v FLEXIBILITY In the event of unemployment, illness, accident or other emergency we may, upon proper application modify the terms of your loan to help you through the time of difficulty. ESCROW The Full Feature Morgage provide! you with the opportunity to pay your real estate taxes and hazard insurance in small equal monthly installments along with your regular payment, instead of one large lump sum. First Federal pays all taxes in November, giving you the advantage of the four per cent 0 ADVANTAGEOUS TERMS Your Full Feature Mortgage Plan naturally includes high percentages of loan value as well as low interest rates and closing costs. ON DUTY The radio room is constantly busy, manned 24 hours a day. The station answered 377 assistance calls during the period from July 1967 to July 1968. Seaman Robert Wiley is kept busy during his duty hours. Transportation Facilities Fulfill Area's Needs v7 OPEN END ADVANCE This means you can reborrow on your equity without the cost of refinancing your entire loan. NO PREPAYMENT PENALTIES You can pay down your home loan as fast as you wish and save the interest without penalty ... or pay off the entire loon at any time without penalty. MORTGAGE REDEMPTION LIFE INSURANCE PLUS ACCIDENT AND HEALTH INSURANCE Full Feature Mortgage plan not only offers mortgage payoff insurance in the event of death, but also accident and health coverage in the event of personal illness or injury to preclude delinquent accounts. For your convenience, insurance premiums may be added to the mortgage payments. 0 MONTHLY STATEMENTS When each payment is made, you receive a statement showing the application of the money to principal, interest and escrow. You know exactly where your account stands at all times. 0 PAYMENT DATE Most mortgages call for payment on the first day of the month. If you have a Full Feature Mortgage Plon, you can select the payment date that suits your needs best. v ASSUMPTIONS When you want to sell your property .. . it's easy. When we approve the credit of the new buyer, the transfer fee to cover the cost of the paper work is nominal. LOCAL INSTITUTION When you deal with a local institution, you know your documents are available to you immediately if you need them. If you have a question, you con call us or visit any one of our four conveniently located offices. Avoid the delay and frustration of letter writing to another area to have your questions answered or problems solved. nation. Although both operations are limited to the South, transferals can be made to other railroads without extra charge. Thinking of moving to the Palm Beaches? The area has approximately 30 moving firms which can satisfy either local or long distance hauls. Big name corporations Include United Van Lines, Mayflower Movers, Inc., Greyhound Van Lines, North American Van Lines, Atlas Van Lines and Allied Van Lines. All of these agencies are prepared to store vour valuables too. But let's not forget the movement of people and goods over the sea. The West India Shipping Co., Inc., can move freight to any world port and specializes in runs to the Virgin Islands. For oasseneer business, ADVANCE PAYMENTS When a borrower pays ahead, then has personal difficulty in the future, the advance payments may be applied as monthly v One of the cornerstones in the operation of a thriving, expanding area such as the Palm Beaches, is the availability of transportation for passengers and freight. Besides being the home of an international airport, the area has railway, waterway, roadway, and air charter service for its inhabitants, their possessions, and industry. In addition to several national airlines. Palm Beach International Airport houses Bahama Airlines, Ltd., which flies to its namesake islands at least once daily, and four times on weekends. Company official William F. Foster says that about 18,1X10 tickets are bought for flights to the islands yearly by Palm Beach-ers, and that the air service's activities are expanding. For group flights and for those who wish to reach the islands when other service Is unavailable, there are two air taxi charter services. Butler Aviation, and Tilford Flying Service both fly regularly chartered flights, and like Bahama Airlines, are located at the large West Palm Beach air center. Greyhound and Trailways Bus companies have terminals in West Palm Beach. There's never a long wait as buses come and go continually to and from state and out of state points. Railway service Is also efficient. Florida East Coast Railway and Seaboard Coastline can transport freight or passengers to any national desti- there is the Grand Bahamas Shipping Co., Inc., which makes bi-weekly runs to West Fnrl In the beautiful Bahamas. INGrS RAL S&V The company also carries freight to the same destina tion. On the local level there are numerous means of getting .ihnut. Resides city transit ve hides, several taxi companies tv?i opraY;,., crt misea serve the Pa m Beaches most of which have limousine services Biltmore Taxi, Yellow Cab and Checker Cab. In a metropolitan area where a large percentage of LAKE PAKK 500 Federal Hwy. 844-6366 Florida s tourists spend pan WESTSIDE 2701 Okeechobee Hd, 683-3133. SOUTHSIDE 301 Southern Blvd. 833-5523 DOWNTOWN 215 South Olivk Ave. 833-5511 of their winter months, trans portation of all types must be modern, ready and waiting, it is just that in the Palm Beach es.