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28 THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1997 m sl Badcock gets OK for 10 -story tower . i--nrs', ; ; Downtown Llolowrt T3 1 I '1 r 1, I v- , liS PALM BEACH INTERACTIVE I IT O W ' Up to 20 stories from 56 area communities at www. GoPBl.comYourTown 11 w OkeechobM Blvd. JSt J. 1 A IW"'W 1 ! ff J ' w sj -ui a a. ui-g : JBelvedere RdJJ jj g : retail and general commercial space; 20,000-square-feet of office space; and 6,552-square-feet of work-live lofts. The parking garage would have 375 spaces. But store President James C. Baber may also decide to sell the land. It is currently being marketed. Baber is in jail until Dec. 17, when he will be sentenced on a DUI manslaughter charge. He could go to prison for 17 years. According to testimony, Baber has assets of $3.87 million and liabilities of $1.67 million, for a net worth of $2.2 million. Commissioners rejected the Oct 21 recommendation of the planning board to eliminate two planned plaza entrances on Okeechobee and Quadrille boulevards. But they agreed that Badcock should be responsible for moving all utility lines. City officials rejected the project last year, partially in an attempt to keep the land vacant for the $375 million development of CityPlace. But after negotiations, the city in March dropped its efforts to seize the 3-acre parcel through eminent domain. By Martia Gelbart Palm Beach Past Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH Badcock's Economy Furniture Store received a go-ahead Monday on year-old plans to put a 10-story office tower and five-story parking garage on vacant land on the DowntownUptown site. Commissioners approved the site plan, at the northwest corner of Dixie Highway and Okeechobee Boulevard, by a 3-2 vote, with Mayor Nancy Graham casting the deciding ballot Also voting for the plan were Commissioners Howard Warshauer and Joel Daves. Commissioner Mary Hooks was absent But the commission required that the ground floor of the garage be used for retail. The plan had to be voted on by Dec. 31 to comply with a settlement agreement between the city and Badcock. The project, called Badcock Plaza, could mean the relocation of the store's Clematis Street headquarters. Overall, the plan calls for 42,000-square-feet of nn MARK HEMPHILLStaff Artist STUART SeaWind officials are asking for another extension before their public hearing before the Martin County Commission. The hearing was supposed to take place Jan. 20. SeaWind attorneys want it moved back to March 3. The new schedule is designed to give planners enough time to review all of the requested changes to the county's comprehensive growth plan, its blueprint for planning. "We're trying to be realistic," attorney Karen Kaplan said Monday. She said the volume of information and paperwork involved could require further delays. Commissioners will have to approve a revised schedule. SeaWind would be the county's largest planned development. JENSEN BEACH Residents are invited to a Dec. 15 meeting sponsored by Martin County officials to discuss a site for the new library, the meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Jensen Beach Civic Center on Jensen Beach Boulevard. For information, call Doris Gallahue at 221-1408. PORT ST. LUCIE Two public meetings to talk about water quality in the Indian River Lagoon are scheduled at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday at Port St. Lucie City Hall. The South Florida Water Management District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are studying canals, rivers and water management in the area to see what changes may be needed. The system, designed 50 years ago, provides water to people and agriculture, protects the area from floods, and delivers water to the Everglades. But it also has damaged the St. Lucie Estuary and Indian River Lagoon by dumping too much fresh water, upsetting the balance of salt water and fresh water. Both three-hour meetings are designed to update the public on studies by the water managers and the corps. One study focuses on water in Martin and St. Lucie counties; the other examines the water system in a 16-county area in Central and South Florida. Seizure caused fatal crash, attorney claims; f V4 T .A r 1 vi ' Regina Ann Cassera, 37, was killed in the crash in May 1996. By Val Ellicott Palm Beach Post Staff Writer . WEST PALM BEACH A man charged in a crash that killed a Delray Beach woman last year suffered an epileptic seizure and was convulsing uncontrollably just before he sped through a red light his attorney told jurors Monday. Mark Snyder is charged with manslaughter by culpable negligence and vehicular homicide in the May 1996 death of Regina Ann Cassera, 37, at Congress and Atlantic avenues in Delray Beach. Witnesses said Snyder, heading west on Atlantic, drove his pickup truck at about 60 mph through the intersection, against a red light colliding with a minivan driven by Cassera's husband, Joseph, who was turning left from southbound Congress onto east-bound Atlantic. Joseph Cassera, the couple's two children and Joseph Cassera's sister were injured in the accident. Snyder, 54, of Delray Beach, has a history of epilepsy and experienced two seizures in the hospital after the crash, his attorney, Mitch Beers, told jurdrs. "Eyes opened, rolled back arms jerking," Beers said, reading from hospital records. He said the anti-convulsive medication Snyder took the day of i ;" Al L LIU XINStaff Photographef Defendant Mark Snyder of Delray Beach and his lawyer, Robin Gerstein, arrive in court Monday.' Snyder is charged with manslaughter by culpable negligence and vehicular homicide. STUART Powerful boat engines worth more than ' $100,000 were reported stolen from Outboard Marine Corp. at 250 N. Flagler Ave. last week, according to Martin County sheriffs reports. Seven engines were reported miss-. ing, along with about $2,000 in other equipment and two Chevrolet vans worth another $15,000. Deputies reported the engines were taken from boats the company uses to test the engines. The vans were believed to be used to haul the engines away during the evening of Nov. 25 or early Nov. 26. There were no arrests reported Monday. INDIANTOWN Mitchell Dash, 34, of 11500 S.W. Kanner Highway 351 was arrested early Saturday after Martin sheriffs deputies stopped him for a traffic violation and found his children, ages 2 and 4, were left alone in his mobile home after 10:30 p.m. Dash was charged with two counts of child neglect. Deputies checked Dash's address after the original traffic stop in Indiantown because they were aware of a 1996 case in which Dash was arrested on neglect charges for leaving the children alone. That case was not pursued, according to court files. Deputies said they found the children at the mobile home, but the door was locked with a deadbolt and the children did not know how to open it. Deputies got in through a window and said there were sharp objects, medication and other "dangerous clutter" that could harm children. Dash was released from the Martin County Jail on $5,250 bond. The state Department of Children and Families took custody of the children. STUART The former president of American Bank In Martin County was arrested Monday afternoon on charges he sexually molested a child under the age of 12 from 1984 to 1991, according to sheriffs officials. Jimmy Myers Brown, 57, of 2256 N.W. Fork Road, was charged with sexual battery on a child and was held at the Martin County jail Monday in lieu of $500,000 bail. Investigators said the victim, who now is an adult, recently reported the incidents she said happened regularly during that seven-year period. Investigators are checking on other possible victims and more charges are possible, officials said. Brown was arrested at his computer business on West Ocean Boulevard. FORT PIERCE A 35-year-old Fort Pierce man was charged with child abuse Saturday after witnesses said he punched a 7-year-old boy in the face. Willie Hampton of 910 N. 19th St., Apt. B, almost knocked his girlfriend's son on the ground with the punch, according to police reports. W Roberts said. "The question is, did he drive recklessly, did he expose others to great harm, was his negligence gross?" she said. "He should have known he was going to kill the crash didn't work, a defense he promised to back up with testimony from an expert on epilepsy and driving. "You will hear that this is excusable," Beers told jurors. Prosecutor Ellen Roberts said witnesses saw Snyder maneuvering through traffic just before entering the intersection, which she said proves he was in control. And when paramedics questioned Snyder after the crash, he did not tell them he had suffered a seizure, Kim L. Sartory dies at 41 Kim Love Sartory, a former bank executive and wife of busi Mim nessman Larry Sartory, died Sunday afternoon in the Florida Panhandle. She was 41. Mrs. Sartory was northbound on U.S. 231 in Cottondale Sunday when she struck a car stopped at a (Well, almost nobody.) light at the intersection of U.S. 90, Cottondale Police Chief William Watford said Monday. The inci dent was minor. But while a patrolman was talking to the drivers, Mrs. Sartory began complaining of neck pain. She went into cardiac en) arrest on the way to a hospital, Watford said. The City Council Monday night: AUTHORIZED the collection of municipal water and sewer fees along with annual property taxes in two new phases of the city. Construction of Phase 3, which is bounded by Juliet Avenue, Florida's Turnpike, the St. Lucie River and C-24 Canal, could start in April, while construction of Phase 4, which is south of the C-24 Canal and west of the turnpike, could start next winter. Hearings will be held in April or March to inform residents of the one-time assessment fee, which will be placed on a customer's property tax bill for 20 years if it is not prepaid. MADE THE FINAL PAYMENT to contractor Felix Equities Inc. for construction of Phase 1 utility lines. Customers who prepaid assessment fees in that section will receive rebates because the work cost less than estimated. TABLED A DECISION on whether to buy 51 acres near Interstate 95 and the C-24 Canal for a police shooting range. Police Chief John Skinner is in New York City and asked that the item be postponed Monday. He added that it was not known whether the incident caused the heart attack. Mrs. Sartory was on her way to Milan, Tenn., to visit her mother and her ailing grandmother. . The Sartorys would have celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary next month, said Larry Sartory's daughter, attorney Wendy Sartory Link. Appeal focuses on 3 themes Course offerings would be eliminated, opponents say For last-minute gifts, delivered on time and for a great price, choose Express Mai? from your post office. Overnight delivery to most locations. Even on Christmas Day. For as little as $10.75. All major credit and most debit cards now accepted at most locations. For more holiday help, visit us on the Internet at www.usps.govlioliday97 i : LAWSUIT From IB ecutive session and said dismissal was not discussed as an option. "The way they left it was they were going to proceed full-steam ahead on both," he said Monday. The other four commissioners could not be reached for comment Monday evening. Stuart City Attorney Carl Coffin said called the dismissal "good news," but said dismissal of the appeal to the state would have been "terrific news." The appeal revolves around three themes: that the city did not fully discuss its plans with the county, that the city would be creating urban sprawl by gobbling up property as far north as Jensen Beach Boulevard and that the city would add to the county's traffic crunch since its road rules aren't as strict as the county's. The county's case before the Division of Administrative Hearings will be heard in Stuart in early January. y not to switch from the traditional six-period days to an alternative block schedule. Then and now, many prefer the five-period plan the school board terminated two years ago in order to save money. South Fork High School adopted a block schedule that same year. "The current schedule is not working at all," said union representative Judy Burgess, who says the 50 minutes of daily planning time teachers have in the current six-period day is not enough. Burgess and other union leaders worry that the block schedule will mean fewer course offerings and thus fewer teachers. And she agreed the school seems to be rushing a decision. "Parents and teachers should be involved in whatever fix they come up with," Burgess said. "This seems to be happening awfully fast." SCHEDULE From IB better prepare kids for college and save the district money. But some teachers and parents argue that having only four periods a day would cut course offerings in the arts, debate and other non-academic areas, and tax kids' attention spans. Opponents also say the first alternative plan overlooks the academic benefits of studying a subject throughout the year. "Education used to be child-centered, not money-centered," said White, who prefers the alternate-day schedule because it does allow yearlong classes. Martin County High Principal Joan Hunt could not be reached for comment Monday. La December teachers chose UNITED STATES . POSTAL SERVICE in 1": I I 5 i 'At no extra charge J?

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