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14 Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday. Nov. 10, 1968 County Geared To Growth IP 1 0 . M mmm. mm r T I :, - ,B - !;.L - neighborhood of $23 million, Palm Beach County's financial responsibirties arc almost as phenomenal as its population. The county had an annual budget of only $1V2 million as short-time ago as 1947. The county's population when the arei was broken off from Dade County in 1909 was 5,577. Financing of county government comes within the state-imposed limit of 10 mills that county commissions can impose. The 1967-68 millage levy by the county commissioners was 4.30H well within the limits. Under state law, the levy can be increased no more than 10 per cent per year. Fifteen county departments report to the county commissioners, through the administrator. They include airports, purchasing, civil defense, workmen's compensation, agriculture, planning-zoning-building, personnel, veterans, service, the county home, welfare, office services, county stockade, highway safety, health and engineering. The county engineer's office is, by far, the largest. County Engineer George Frost has responsibility for road and bridge, mosquito control, parks, survey, right-of-way, street improvement, building services, design and motor pool. Matters appearing before Planning-Zoning-Building and the county's Area Planning Board are regularly and normally referred to the county engineer's office for review to assure that plans and designs meet county requirements. The Board of County Commissioners is really a "permissive" group. Under the laws of Florida, the commissioners can only perform the functions spelled out by the state. At the present time, the commissioners are deep into a $7 million expansion of the county courthouse in downtown West Palm Beach and the establishment of government complexes in the north and south county areas. It is the avowed purpose of the commissioners in building the complexes to better serve all the people al1 the time. By PAUL PRICE Palm Beach County, with an estimated population of more than 340,000, is governed by a five-man Board of County Commissioners. Duties range from levying county taxes to listening to complaints from citizens. Second only to Dade County in square miles of area and the ninth largest county in area oast of the Mississippi River Palm Beach County has developed massively and well since its separation from its larger sister county to the south. In 1909, Dade County reduced its size by separating from what is now Broward County (Fort Lauderdale) and Palm Beach County, which then also included what is now Martin County. Martin County gained, so to speak, its own independence in 1929. After losing the two counties. Dade still remains with 2,042 square miles of area. Palm Beach County has 2,023 square miles and formerly had Martin's 556 square miles. The governing Board of County Commissioners comes from the five districts in the county, four along the more heavily-populated coastline and one from the agricultural western part of the county. Commissioners are elected at large, however, and serve four-year terms. The commissioners pick their own chairman. Administration of the county government was for years entirely in the hands of the commissioners. However, growth of government and its functions led the commissioners in July, 1967, to hire a full-time County Administrator. Jack Dean became a resident of Florida in 1957, although he did not retire from the U.S. Navy (as a captain) until 1963. From his retirement to assuming the task with Palm Beach County, Dean owned and operated a hotel and "did retirement things." Operating now with an annual budget in the Relaxation Prevails In Delray Beach Palm Beach's Worth Avenue A Mecca Of High Fashion Famous Palm Beach The World's Greatest Resort .jrtaaf, - " - V ate dinner at home only when they were giving a party. The magazine relevantly or not also made this estimate: there is one poodle for every ten residents In Palm Beach during the winter. Last year, between 30,000 and 35,000 visitors shopping in the well-known stores on famous Worth Avenue, sunning themselves on sandy shores, and relaxing In lavish motels visited Palm Beach. The permanent population of the six-mile square island Is now about 7,300 people. "It has become much more active year round recently" observes Reese, mayor for 15 years and a Palm Beach resident all of his life. The rising population of the Island has created one difficult problem: traffic. When John F. Kennedy was president, the North Ocean Blvd. home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Kennedy, was visited by some 50,000 tourists in the 1962 season. The Influx of sightseers prompted some residents to complain to the mayor of the Town of Palm Beach. "They want pictures of the town," says Mayor Claude 0. Reese. "They want to know w hat kind of place It Is." "Apparently," he speculates, "They have heard about Palm Beach and are writing essays about it." The Town of Palm Beach which Mayor Reese matter-of-factly calls the "greatest resort in the world" is known to millions of people as an island playground of the rich and famous. "Look" magazine a few years ago described Palm Beach as a virtual paradise "for those who can afford its lavish delights." Of the town's well-known winter social life, "Look" writers noted that parties were stacked as high as four a night because of the short season and that many families Steak family-style doesn't have to break you. Bonanza Sirloin Pit will feed your family good steaks cooked the way you order them - for decent prices. Along with smoking-hot baked potatoes, big hunks of Texas Toast and crisp green salad dressed to order. Feeding the family steaks at Bonanza doesn't cost much. Even if Hoss happens to be with you. traction, and more than $200,-000 is spent annually to maintain the beach, public parks and recreational facilities. The city boasts excellent municipal tennis courts, where state tournaments are frequently conducted. Its shuf-fleboard courts and lawn bowling facilities are in constant use. DELRAY BEACH Tourism Is the lifeblood of this city of 18,500 persons. The population doubies during the winter season. And the vast majority of visitors are elderly persons who want to avoid the carnival atmosphere of some larger South Florida cities. :The city spends several thousand dollars each year to advertise its attractions in national publications. And yet most of the city's winter residents are families who own homes or apartments here and those who have visited at the same beach-side resorts for years. An impressive number of prominent persons visit here each year, and there is a busy limousine service between Palm Beach and Delrav Beach. But the majority of visitors come for the relaxed atmosphere. Smart shops located along Atlantic Avenue, the main east-west thoroughfare, boast the finest in clothing and art objects. The one-mile, rock-free beach is the citv's main at Privacy, Beauty Mark Secluded Jupiter Island J.I about the traffic congestion. "Traffic," says Mayor Reese," has become more of a problem every year." Besides the Kennedy family, Palm Beach Is the home of Marjorie Morriweather Post. Her multimillion dollar estate, "Mur-A-LaKO." described by "Look" magazine as having 12i' rooms, is the scene of many of the lavish parties in Palm Beach. Mayor Reese notes: "In recent years, we have had more celebrities of the world come here." When Mayor Reese was a child, Palm Beach was saw-grass and marshland-filled with fish and alligators." "A lot of people don't realize how recently this area has been developed, says Reese. The future of Palm Beach? , Mayor Reese says without hesitation: "It's going to grow until there won't be any more land to ouildon." With a smile, he adds: "You know, it's getting to that point even now." Averell Harrlman and Gen. James Van Fleet, for example, reportedly are among the people who have homes In the town. Jupiter Island is about eleven miles long, a quarter of a mile wide. Besides the small town of Jupiter Island, the island contains the unincorporated area known as Hobe Sound, which has a railroad and a post office. The town of Jupiter Island, which is incorporated, is without a post office or railroad station, according to the town manager, Richard Tuggle. Tuggle, a retired Rear Admiral of the Navy, says there have been homes on the island since about WHO. "I like to say we have had a slow and easy growth since then," he says. In the summer, there may be only three or four families living in the town of Jupiter Island. Houses are boarded up, the golf course is almost empty. About October, families start returning to their winter resort homes. "We really open Nov. 1," says Nat Reed, "but people have been arriving earlier and earlier every year." Nat Reed sums up life on Jupiter Island: "We have a unique beautiful island that has been taken good care of. We have our own lives, and are privileged to be able to live here, quietly, by ourselves." Duplicate Bridge Popular Here According to Mrs. John Ri-quet, coordinator of bridge results In Palm Beach County, seventeen Duplicate Bridge Tournaments are held each week In the Palm Beaches. All reporting clubs must be affiliated with the American Contract Bridge League, and are conducted by certified directors. Interest in Duplicate is so great that several of the clubs operate on a year 'round basis. Open games are always available, and Invitational clubs welcome winter visitors. More detailed information on times and locations may be obtained by calling Mrs. Jon? Riquet, 582-7257. between 9:30 and noon. Big But Shallow Lake Okeechobee, all 700 square miles of it, is only 14 feet deep maximum. Pit 222 1029 N. CONGRESS PALM SPRINGS Pit 221 U.S. HIGHWAY & NORTH LAKE BLVD. NORTH PALM BEACH By DAVID HUKEMNG . Hundreds of students, from practically every country In the world, have w ritten letters LAY-A-WA1 NOW v. magnificent Beautiful Compact Versatile only $1985o qihruk -kWHlllviiia iw IOYV 4i GUIS' 71. 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