The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 20, 1968 · Page 11
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 11

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falm BeacH Post, Wednesday, Nov. 20. 1968 11 Walking Catfish ' Jog Further Into Florida Florida Pioneers Housing Project For Elderly Government Retirees i 1 , h urn they simply ctimb out and amble to another. Woods saysthe fish probably got started in Florida when some of them walked away from a tropical fish dealer's pond. It was hoped at first that they would be found only in a small area and could be obliterated by sacrificing marine life in that area. But by the time the war was launched the catfish army was all over the Florida Gold Coast. "They will be with us now as one of our fish," Woods said. "How bad they will iv :s hard to say at this time. We are wondering if they will find their niche in nature." Dickinson said priority is being given to applicants who are retired from city,, county or state service. "There is no question of competing with private enterprise," he said, "because there are no private new apartments like this being offered to persons in this income bracket in Tallahassee." Construction will begin in six months and it should be open for occupancy within 18 months. The efficiency apartments will rent for $88.50 a month, the larger units for $118. The government is loaning the money at three per cent interest. In other actions, the Cabinet: Approved a master plan for a mental health institute to be built on a site donated by Dade County adjacent to psychiatric facilities of Jackson Memorial Hospital. Secretary of State Tom Adams said the multiple-purpose facility would provide treatment of 16.000 persons a year along with "vast" training and research opportunities. A similar master plan was approved earlier for an identical facility in the Tampa Bay area. Heard a report from Treasurer Broward Williams that a recommendation is near on a proposed site in Jacksonville for a regional mental health center with the hold-up being the fact that 21 acres was offered whereas 50 are needed and some negotiating is underway. Approved, subject to a check by the Attorney General N. Lording, a 10-year lease with option to purchase of a new building to house a branch office of the beverage department in Fort Myers for $6,000 a year or $2.40 per square foot including parking TALLAHASSEE (L'PI) -Florida became the first state in the nation Tuesday to join in a cooperative venture with the Federal Government to provide low-cost housing for elderly government retirees. The project, in the works for over a year, became a reality with announcement that the Housing and Urban Development Department had agreed to loan $1.9 million to finance construction of a 12-story apartment house in downtown Tallahassee. The Cabinet, which pioneered the venture, voted to name the building for the late Mrs. Georgia Dickinson of West Palm Beach, mother of State Comptroller Fred Dickinson who headed up the project. The name was recommended by the non-profit corporation, chairmaned by former state School Supt. Thomas Bailey, that will supervise the building. Dickinson said 30 other Florida cities have inquired about undertaking similar projects for retired employes. Although open to any person 62 years of age or older with an income of no more than $3,780 a year to be eligible for one of the efficiency apartments or $4,445 a year to get a one-bedroom apartment it might be a member of a species which grows in length of four to five feet in Africa. A report circulated that one was seen attacking a dog. But Woods estimated that the ones in Florida won't grow any longer than 15 to 17 inches. And besides, he said, the big ones in Africa don't attack dogs and people, either. The only real problem, he said, is that the fish will upset the balance of nature by devouring desirable game fish. Remains of shrimp, snails, tadpoles and smaller fish were found in their stomachs. After a survey which included capturing and studying about 4.000 specimens. Woods said the walking catfish infests most of the canals in Palm Beach and Broward counties and has migrated southward into the Miami area. In one canal, he said, the oddball import represented about half the fish population. There's no telling yet how far afield the fish will meander. Tests have shown that it is equally at home in the fresh water of the canals and the salty currents of Florida's In-tracoastal Waterway. "We had hoped that it would not be able to tolerate weather colder than its native Africa," Woods said, "but when we dropped the temperature in a tank suddenly from 70 to 59 degrees and kept it there, the fish took it in stride. "We don't know how far north they will go." So far, the fish have not been found in the south Florida flood control water storage areas, but Woods said "we have every reason to believe they are there. There's nothing to keep them from sc ra mbl ing over the di kes . " The fish, which use their fins to crawl with a snake-like motion, have been observed traveling 75 feet up an incline. If they find one body of water unsuitable for some reason, MIAMI (API - The state of Florida surrendered Tuesday in its war with the weird "walking catfish" and said the ambulating invader not only is here to stay but is hiking into new territories. "It's impossible to get rid of them" said John W. Woods, chief of the Fisheries Division of the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission. "All we can do is hope it won't be too bad." "At least," he added, with a grin, "we have determined that they don't attack dogs and people." 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He said the plan was drawn up after Foreign Minister Abba Eban's call at the United Nations last month for world efforts to solve the refugee problem. The spokesman said 21.000 permits were issued to refugees in Jordan in August. 17. under a family reunion scheme. Only 14.000 returned within the time limit. "We extended the time limit of the permits twice before. Now we are giving them another chance.'' the spokesman said. The scheme will run from Nov. 24 until Jan. 31. the spokesman said. 'Treasure Isle' lias New Format PALM BEACH SHORES -A new format for "Treasure Isle," the NBC network show, will be taped on the set at the Colonnades Hotel here Thurs-dayatlla.m. In making the announcement a spokesman for MacAr-thur Productions issued a special invitation to the public to watch this new version of the game show which is being tried out for the new season beginning in January. BEACH RED CROSS CHAIRMAN -Sam O. Smith Jr. of the Citizens Bank has been named county fund chairman for the 1969 Red Cross Drive. He served as chairman for West Palm Beach in the 1968 drive. Fiv e Arrested In Bar Brawl Five area men were arrested on disorderly conduct charges stemming from a barroom brawl about midnight Monday at Johnny's Bar, 3564 S. Military Trail. Sheriff's Deputy Joel Monroe arrived at the scene and found the fight in progress. He was assisted by Deputies Stephen Newell and William Metz. The five, who were released after posting $100 bond each, were identified as Douglas T. Martin, 24, of Foley Road. Loxahatchee; Raymond D. Creech. 26. of 4088 Narcissus St.. Lake Worth; Levi S. Ma-lone. 25, and Chester F. Galli-nari. 23. both of 4122 Forest Hill Blvd., and Larry E. Ba-glcy.22. of 2829 Kirk Road. 1 .il l W i , nil III - i but no utilities or janitorial services. Faircloth said the lease would not be binding on the state for more than two years, the life of a state appropriation for rent. 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