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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 169

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ri THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1997 The Palm Beach Post MSL SECTION B HI .V TRIAL RESORT SALE For the second time in a year, Indian River Plantation is changing hands. BUSINESS, ID A h i n serving 1 1 veare: fnr a drunken driving accident that killed a friend will get a new trial. STORY, 2B " NEWS County cites tile maker for code violation Nearby residents have been complaining about the Hobe Sound business for several years. Sound N rA.v x f Eaglewood . W1 -;U Golf Course N'. - - NV- ty's Code Enforcement Office cited Pioneer for storing tile-making materials and finished tiles outside of the business' buildings. Local Pioneer officials did not return phone calls Wednesday and officials at the parent company in Deerfield Beach had no comment. Pioneer has a Dec. 19 deadline to move the materials inside or the matter will be sent to the Martin County Code Enforcement Board, which can fine or even shut down the business. The code enforcement officer who reluctantly cited Pioneer said he's not sure if there is a violation but said he's ready for the board to decide the severity of the factory's problems. "This has been an ongoing sore spot (with residents) for some years," said Dan Reardon. Reardon said the outside storage should be a violation according to zoning codes now, but building permits given to the company over the years may have allowed the storage. Commissioner Janet Gettig said the storage definitely is a violation and she can't believe how long it took to cite the company. "For some reason there was great reluctance to enforce the code," she said Wednesday. "It seems clear now that there has always been one (a violation). Finally." The rise in complaints coincided with Hurricane Andrew in 1992, which increased the demand for tile, residents said, ; By Stephanie Desmon Palm Beach Post Staff Writer HOBE SOUND The tile maker came first, in 1979, followed three years later by its neighboring golf course retirement community. Side by side, they paid little attention to one another until about five years ago when Pioneer Concrete Tile started doing more business at its Hobe Sound factory. Residents of neighboring Eaglewood complained and loudly about the noise, the dust, the odors and the outside storage, which they said was not permitted under the company's industrial zoning. The complaints kept coming. Inspections were made but no violations were found until last week. On Nov. 25, Martin Coun ra Jonathan o Dickinson c: State Park- , 1 Mile j MARK HEMPHILLStaft Artist TREASURE COAST IT St. Lucie debating road work 7 PALM BEACH "4$ INTERACTIVE Up to 20 stories from Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce and more than 50 other area communities atwww.GoPBI.comYourTown 4 V''ONw ... .A W ": 73 r5"' J . f f - Voters turned down a sales tax increase but officials may start work on South 25th Street. By Jim Reeder Palm Beach Post Staff Writer FORT PIERCE Improvements could start soon on a 3!4-mile stretch of South 25th Street despite voters' overwhelming rejection of a sales tax to pay for road projects. But St Lucie County officials are debating whether to accept the $2.9 million bid from Dicker- son Inc. or use TIC ill . a r 5 I II Y II, E f IjWeathefbee Rd. p Midway fidj s if .. j! ,,ir s PORT SALERNO Saving the Mid-CountySalerno Road Library is the main topic at County Commissioner Elmira Gainey's town meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at Pinewood Elementary School. Port Salerno residents were angered by the Library Foundation's announcement in November that the Jensen Beach library will be built before the Mid-CountyGreater Salerno branch. Foundation President Michael Ci-ferri has been invited. ; PALM CITY A presentation on the Sustainable Communities Demonstration Project will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the Palm City Civic Center, 770 S.W. 34th St. James Murley, secretary of the Florida Department of Community Affairs, and Sue Adams, Martin County Growth Management director, are scheduled to present information and answer questions. For more information, call Doug Coward, with 1000 Friends of Florida, at 335-4146. the available money elsewhere. "Our engineers are taking a look at our options," said County Administrator Doug -Anderson. "It's a good bid, but we have to decide what's the best use of our money." Port! St Lucie if 11 H n Vv U ; - . it I -1 ID I in I u Vv i i A N Saeger Ave. 12 mile ROB BARGEStaff Artist 7 v M l' ' :, - f I i YM 11 County commissioners said Aug. 21 they would start widening the section south of Midway Road to the Port St. Lucie city limit in advance of Tuesday's vote. But that plan was canceled, partly out of fear it would send a message the sales tax money wasn't really needed and partly because there just wasn't time to start the project. County officials received eight bids Nov. 19 ranging from $2.9 million to $4.32 million for the work. Now they're trying to decide whether to go ahead with die project, leaving a two-lane section between Edwards and Midway roads until more money is available, or to use the money elsewhere. "We could go ahead with the widening and have the two-lane bottleneck for awhile," Anderson said." "Or we could use the money for drainage improvements or right of way along South 25th Street so everything will be set to go when we have the money for widening." County officials sought voter approval Tuesday for a one-cent sales tax with proceeds to be used for widening South 25th Street and Midway Road. The tax was overwhelmingly rejected. It's not all talk: Limbaugh setting up island office By Tim O'Meilia Palm Beach Post Staff Writer BOB SHANLEYStaff Photographer He's got the moves . INDIANTOWN Free blood pressure and cholesterol screenings and information on nutrition, fitness and how to stop smoking will be combined with food, crafts and entertainment Saturday in a Booker Park Family Health Day sponsored by the Martin County Health Department and Florida Community Health Center. The event will include a gospel choir , and other music along with games, dancing and a flea market. Health officials are hoping to attract residents who do not receive regular screening for high blood pressure and other warning signs of heart problems that are frequently seen in minority populations. The event will be at the new fire station at 15101 S.W. 109th Ave. from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thanks to a $210,700 donation from the Quantum Foundation, a nonprofit Palm Beach County organization, the American Lung Association of Southeast Florida is getting a new set of wheels a 30-foot Lung Mobile. The vehicle is being custom-built in Tampa and is scheduled to begin touring Palm Beach County neighborhoods, schools, health fairs and malls by April 1998. It will be equipped with a computer, printer, videotapes, a lung disease library and health screening equipment. Lung association officials anticipate they will reach at least 25,000 children and adults with the vehicle. STUART - James Haskell, 14, shows his prowess skate-boarding on the ramps at the YMCA of Martin County on Wednesday afternoon. James said he's been skateboarding about two years and comes to the YMCA about once a week to practice. '4 ' City, state wrangle over U.S. 1 shrubbery PALM BEACH Rush Limbaugh really, really likes us. Maybe enough to preach the conservative way from the ever-so-Republican island. First, he remodeled and moved into a $6.7 million ocean-front estate, just up the street from where the Kennedys used to frolic. Second, the chief ditto-head 'Everybody would like to do something, but everybody's legal offices require contract provisions that nobody else likes. ' DON COOPER Port St. Lucie city manager Limbaugh By Teresa Lane Palm Beach Post Staff Writer PORT ST. LUCIE - Enjoy the scenery along Midport Road. Chances are you won't see anything like it along U.S. 1 when that widening project is completed in 2000. After a yearlong stalemate between the city and the Florida Department of Transportation, officials on both sides admit they hold little hope of reaching an agreement to plant and maintain colorful shrubs and trees in the median of U.S. 1, which is being widened from four to six lanes between Port St. Lucie Boulevard and Riomar Drive. DOT project manager Jose Velarde told City Manager Don Cooper last week if the two sides can't reach a compromise by Dec. 15, he'll end talks and instruct his road crews to plant only grass and occasional trees when the 2'-year project is completed. The department had offered to plant about $400,000 worth of flowering shrubs andjrees similar to those found along Midport Road if the city would declared himself an official, by God, resident of Palm Beach County. Registered Republican, precinct 77. Third, Marta, his third wife, is revamping the magazine Vent across the bridge in Phillips Point. And, finally, the radio talk show host is redoing a 2,000-plus-square-foot office on the third floor of an office building at 340 Royal Palm Way. The drywall is going up now. Earlier this year, Limbaugh denied talk that he was broadcasting from his Palm Beach bedroom, a no-no in a residential area. But it's OK in commercial areas such as Royal Palm Way. His lawyer checked that out with town officials last summer. But let's not, ahem, rush to judgment Neither Limbaugh's representatives nor his Palm Beach lawyer, Doyle Rogers, returned phane calls Wednesday. ' ! i - maintain the foliage, but the city said its charter was in conflict with the state's proposed maintenance agreement. The proposal allowed the state, but not the city, to end the agreement and said if the city stopped maintaining the median, DOT could do the work and bill the city, Cooper said. The contract also required the city to be liable for the median and hold the state harmless from all lawsuits over city negligence. "Everybody would like to do something, but everybody's legal offices require contract provisions that nobody else likes," Cooper said. "landscaping goes in at the very end. I'm remotely hopeful we can work something out by their." Velarde said after Dec. 15 it will be too late to bargain the road contractor needs to order plants and trees now. Most contractors order the plants as seedlings, he said. Although Cooper believes the state will compromise as the Dec. 15 deadline approaches much as it did when the two parties were grappling with how the city would move utility lines to accommodate the U.S. 1 widening Velarde said the state is not budging. "We've already redesigned 0and-scaping) for them once because they didn't want the plants irrigated, so we gave them something similar to what's ob Midport Road," Velarde said. Thafg worth something." STUART The east-bound lane of East Ocean Boulevard between Balboa and Hospital avenues will be closed to traffic from 5 to 8 a.m. Friday. Two sewer valves will be replaced.

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