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West Palm Beach, Florida
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Wednesday, November 27, 1968
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en Post, Wednesdav, Nov. 27. 1568 Board Authorizes Lease Signing For $50-Million PBIA Proposal y & .- ' j zynf - ? county-owned land located at Palm Beach International Airport ( PBIA I. Signing of the lease had been expected at Tuesday's regular Palm Beach County Commission meeting. County Atty. Bruce Jones has Paul Butler's signature on the lease, but Butler wants changes, dealing with extensions on dates of completion, specifically pin-pointed. Jones advised the commission to authorize the commission chairman, E. F. Van Kessel. and the county clerk, John Dunkel. to sign the lease once the corrections have been made and initialed by By MARY SKMPEPOS Staff Writer A minor rewrite job consisting of "three or four changes" was reported as being all that is holding up signing of a lease between Palm Beach County and Palm Beach Industries. Inc. for a proposed $50-million development of 175 acres of , I'Pl Telpplwio, tering and leaving France as part of the exchange controls set up Monday by the French government in an attempt to stabilize the nation's BANKNOTES, PLEASE - A French customs officer checks the banknotes in the wallet of a pretty passenger at Orly Airport Tuesday. A careful check is maintained on currency en- e" - . t - t ' 4 1 , , T 'il ?S , i' J ' A i : - 1 r , ? i ' 1 1 4 1 t i ' i . - f A v i '" V If f I . J i 1 ; i ' U ; : :$ 11 !: j 1 U - -r-lw ' . ' I 1 1 ..'o :'. I I ;'-Sir-l "laiiiifiiaaHllMeltt ii mil in.- rinatrt h r inn i S1 Stm- - .... 11 Poor Workmanship Charged In Suit On Como Residence Clandestine Fiscal Meet Is Denied By JACK OWEN Bureau Chief LAKE WORTH - Charges of clandestine meetings" by Mayor Robert C. Johnson were denied by members of the city commission at a workshop meeting Tuesday night. He charged members of the commission, or administration, with meeting fiscal agents Prespnch & Co.. of Miami, financial consultants, to arrange an agreement for the sale of $5.6 million worth of electric and water revenue bonds. The matter of the financial agreement appeared on Tuesday's workshop agenda. When I saw this I thought members of the administration or commission had been in touch with the agent, unbeknown to the mayor. I was shocked to see it on the agenda." Johnson said. "It has echoes ot some clandestine meeting. He asked individual members ol the commission it there had been any meetings They denied it. City Atty. John waddeli said the agreement had been received at his office, he had checked it and prepared a report for the commission to consider. The sale of bonds will be for the enlargement ol the city-owned power plant Commissioners agreed to abide by consulting electrical engineers Reynolds. Smith & Hills recommendations. Nov. 4. in a 3-2 vole; the mayor and Commissioner Bob Thomas voting against the action. Commissioner Robert Small told the mayor Tuesday night : "You are trving to put some-Hung in here which is not in existence. There have been no meetings with the fiscal agents, it's wide open. Il was authorized at an earlier meeting to follow the engineers' recommendation." Commissioner Kenneth Miller commented It was common knowledge we would need to linance a bond is-ue "".'7ar as Fm concerned it s wide open to am financial consult. mt in the world to ot-leran agreement. " Commissioners will art on Hie matter at Monday's regular meeting In matters related to the power plant. Richard Hill, vice president ol Florida Power iV Ligbl Co., presented a map showing territorial limitations lor Lake Worth to operate in. if an interconnection contract is agreed upon. The city experienced black-oats during the summer, and attempted to inter-connect with FIWL lor emergency u-e. Details ol the arrange-i icnt are being studied b the city's consulting electrical engineers nother matter aliening the power plant wa contained in a request I rom civil delense authorities. The request asked the commission to consider including lall-out protection in any Inline construction at the plant. The request received a lukewarm reception fromthecommission the forms for the combined beam and cornice, Keene's superintendent ordered them to just pour the beam and then add wooden mouldings or cornices. This, too was rejected by Bennett and Wehage said it took four men at $150-$155 a week. 17 days to remove the wooden cornices and attach forms for concrete to the beam. Another witness, John J. Salerno, who said he was a structural engineer and a carpenter, said he had to spend "one and one-half days or (SUff Photo by Tony lies) ward Bandlow left, and George Warren listen as Jones advised the board to authorize the commission chairman and court clerk to sign the document once the changes are made, possibly by the end of the week. JONES EXPLAINS - County Attorney-Bruce Jones, seated, didn't have the Palm Beach Industries Inc. lease ready for signing by the County Commission Tuesday, due to changes necessary in the lease. County Commissioners Ed- Butler. The board voted to do so. Van Kessel said Tuesday afternoon that he will then see that the lease is immediately forwarded to the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) for study. Jones said at Tuesday's meeting that if FAA approval is granted without delay, construction of the first phase of the $50 million development, a hotel-motel complex, might begin next summer. One of the extension dates, requested for change in the lease was that for the hotel. Originally it was to have been completed by Dec.. 1969. The new performance date will be a year later. Also Tuesday, the commission was requested to participate in a project assisting the South Lake Worth Inlet District (SLWID) Commission. James M. Brown Jr., chairman of SLWID asked the board for $9,000 appropriation toward an overall $27,000 for placement of four groins at the Boynton Beach Inlet. Brown said the groins are urgently needed to stop beach erosion. He explained that the inlet commission is budgeting $9,000 and that another $9,000 has been requested from the state conservation board.. Commissioners deferred action on the request pending further study by County Atty. Jones and County Engineer William Hill. In other action the commission: Authorized County Engineer Hill to proceed with construction of sidewalks as submitted on a priority list by the county school board. The school board submitted eight requests for projects which will cost approximately $12,200. Awarded the contract for site improvements at the Belle Glade Vehicle Inspection Center to Rubin Construction Co., the Low .hiddwv-Bt--approximately $33,500. Approved the payment of bills submitted by AA Ambulance Service and Universal Ambulance Service. 8 Authorized County Atty. Jones to represent the county as defense counsel in a suit filed by P.B. Mall Inc. against Palm Beach County. Wolf Sued For Divorce A divorce suit charging James Wolf. 28-year-old former press secretary to Gov. Claude Kirk, with "extreme cruelty" was filed Tuesday in Palm Beach County Circuit Court by his lormer beauty-queen wife. Christine Ann Fischer Wolf. 21. formerly of West Palm Beach, and Wolf were married Julv 16 in West Palm Beach. Wolf was appointed press secretary May 2. 1967, and helped map out Kirk's unsuccessful campaign for the Republican vice presidential nomination. He resigned Oct. 16 to enter private business in Miami. Mrs. Wolf, a 1965 graduate of Forest Hill High School, was chosen Miss Florida-World in 1966 and subsequently was first runner-up in the Miss USA contest later that year. Growing Rift Over Aides Splits Kirk, House GOP IivRKX NKWMAN T.ii hi i' s ec Ii u re a u ''ALLAH VSSKK AKN -The rill between (inv. Claude Kirk and If leaders in the House continued to grow today. The latest outbreak came during the late hours of a private meeting in the governor s mansion tins w eek. giving credence to reports ol constant 1 3 Robbery Suspects Fail To Post Bond -Hfe key "to KTrRVs'uccess in upholding a veto in the Florida legislature, was represented at the meeting bv Rep. Donald Reed. Hep. Bill James. Del-ray Beach: Rep. John Savage. St. Petersburg: Rep. Mary Grizzle. Bellaire Beach: and Rep. George Caldwell, r'ort Lauderdale. Present from the governor's stall were Ferguson. Warner. Loyd ILiggaman and Kirk. Reed, who has become increasingly critical of Ferguson, after being one of those who recommended Ferguson to Kirk, restated his case for purging Ferguson Irom the stall. Reed apparently was turned down and he ended the "social gathering'' bv leaving abruptly. Reed has told Kirk that legislative Republicans will not follow Kirk's lead blindly in the future. The consensus in the legislative halls is that Ferguson and Warner will remain on his staff contrary to the constant rumors which say that Kirk will eventually purge Warner and Ferguson. Gov. Kirk, when asked point blank about Ferguson last week, indicated bluntly Ferguson would remain. The impressions gathered lent support to speculation that Kuks press aide Jim volf's leaving last week was Hie offering of a sacrilicial lamb on the altar of political expediency. Ferguson has been sharply attacked by Florida parly chairman Murlin among other's and Kirk has been told bluntly by party officialdom that cooperation from Kirk is important to his plans to get the l!)7i) Republican nomination for governor with the blessing ol i he party structure. Farm V alue Up WASHINGTON iL'PIi -The average value of all U.S. farm land and buildings on March 1 was $178 an acre, up 6 per cent from a year ago. the Agriculture Department said Tuesday. Testimony of poor workmanship and use of low grade lumber that had to be replaced, featured the second day of a hearing Tuesday in Circuit Court as television star Perry Como disputed a final payment of $53,760 on his Tequesta home claimed by builder Hank Keene. Keene is suing Como in a civil action for that amount on the house that the singer contends Keene said he could build for $150,000, but which wound up costing $356,000. and taking 21 months to build. When the plaintiff's attorney, Ward Wagner Jr., rested his case in the morning, the defense moved for a directed verdict in favor of Como on several points, including the major contention that Keene's -action was- tor ?ed by the -statute of limitations. Judge James R. Knott, who is hearing the case without jury, reserved decision. Como's attorneys, Phil D. O'Connell and associate Laurence H. Cooper Jr. called Albert Wehage, long time Palm Beach County builder and carpenter as their first witness. He testified that he was first employed on the job early in July, 1965 and the first thing he noted on arrival at the site of the Como home on El Portal Drive, was that the foundation lines were crooked. He added that Keene had noticed it the day before and that he already gave orders to have them straightened. Then he testified that a "very poor grade' of cedar was used for sheathing the roof. He said he objected to its use. acting as carpenter foreman, but was told to go ahead by Keene's superintendent. Later he said Amos Bennett, the architect, who had been hired by the Comos to act as general supervisor of the job after they had become dissatisfied with Keene's work, rejected the sheathing and had it replaced with t inch plywood. Under questioning by Cooper. Wehage testified that it took five men two days to tear the rejected sheeting off. "The sheathing was so soft," he added, "that nails stayed in the rafters and added to the time it took to "cn'ti'.'c 't. lllp " 'it" h'd to be pulled out or hammered in." Wehage also testified that the architect's plans specified a poured beam with concrete cornices all around the house, but when they were building 1,000 Arrested TRAPA.NT, Sicily (UPIi -More than 1. 000 persons were arrested or charged for various offenses Tuesday in Sicily during one of the biggest anti crime operations in recent months. Police also seized a variety of arms ranging from shotguns to dynamite and artillery shells. the Chapel-by-the-Lake with Dr. Jess Moody. pastor, presenting the Thanksgiving message. Music will be by the Sanctuary, Junior and Junior High Choirs. Special Thanksgiving service will be at 10 a.m. in the First Church of Religious Science. 811 N. Olive Ave. "Pilgrims 1968" will be the message of the Rev. Wayne L. Burtcher. associate pastor, at Northwood Baptist Church, 39CM) Broadway. Mission pastor, the Rev. David Cobb, and David Morris, minister of youth, will assist in the service. The Adult Choir will present special music. The annual Thanksgiving breakfast, sponsored by the Brotherhood, will be at 8 a m. "A Lesson in Thanksgiving" will be the subject of the Rev. Walter Schoech. pastor, at 10 a m at Redeemer Lutheran Church. 2300 S. Dixie. more" correcting faulty tile and marble work.' He also said high grade and expensive "clear cedar" was used in building cement forms. He explained that "clear" meant there we,re no knots in the wood and then added that 350 linear feet of the lumber that was left over and stored in the garage disappeared. Como sat quietly between his attorneys throughout the day long session without offering any comment. The hearing will continue today. Delray Club Grills Four Candidates DELRAY .EACH - Pointed questions Tuesday night Irom more than 100 interested citizens spiked the lour candidates in the Dec. 3 election. The meeting sponsored bv the Delray Beach Mens Republican Club brought forth questions demanding "ye" or "no" answers. One such question was. "Are you willing, here and now. to pledge continuously and competently to press lor enforcement of all ordinances; or. as an alternate, repeal such ordinances'.''' Jack Pitts said. "es James Schcifley responded first with' a no", but later rose to change his -answer to "yes" il repeal wa the alternate I ncumbent council man James Jurne1, said that be la-vored revision of some ordinances and enforcement ol others. James McGuire answered, "yes . A question aimed at all the council candidates asked if they favored increasing the number of police personnel, increasing pay for police officers and increased technical training for law enforcement personnel. Pitts said that he favored increased pay lor police. Schcifley answered that the entire question should be "surveyed" He then re- ilKllM-ll UliH enlo rcement - i." problem facing the citv in his opinion, was to provide the help that has been asked for in the west end of the city II the people out there want the bars closed at 2 a.m.. let's close the bars at 2 o'clock!" said Scheifley to audience applause. McGuire responded. T agree with Jim Schcifley ". Jurney said that the entire pay structure for city employes needs to be "looked at". He said that increased pay lor police would "create problems" with other city employes. When one of the written questions was read by meeting chairman William Cole regarding the city's oceanlront revetment. Scheillev was quick in getting to his feet. "This entire question ol the revetment is under litigation. I think for any of us to discuss this would be a disservice to the city ." Cole went on to another question. Bond Releases Man On Larceny Counts Carl Svlvester. 33. of 527 Jackson Ave was released Irom Palm Beach County Jail Tuesdav alter posting $5,000 bond on charges of possession of stolen property and grand larceny. He was booked into jail at t 20 p m. Monday Det. Sgt Gradv Brannam of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Dept. said Svlvester had been wanted in connection with a boat thelt at San Carlos Marina Inc. of Fort Mvers Beach The boat was later sold to a Singer Island man b.ic k h;d I X u ;. n.hl ings wittos the Kepubliean party The ditlerence centered around controversial Kirk stall members Tom r'ergnson and Dick Warner whom legislative leaders and Kepubliean ollieiaK blame lor setting up communication roadblocks with the governor's office It was learned thai the House leadership winch holds Those involved in the arrest ol the three men were Detectives Sgt Hichard Sheets, liichard Hall. Hubert Meena-ghan. Robert Murphy. Eugene Schuler and Capt. Robert Iler-ron.chiel of detectives. The spokesman said that Le-vine told detectives last summer that he had purchased a 20-m i I li me tor a nt i - ta nk cannon lor $125 and Cuban nationalists had offered him as much as $400 for il. The antitank gun. which deputies onliscated alter responding to a newspaper advertisement in which the gun was offered for sale at $500. was still being held. TVn rooties Charges Hold Two Two local men are being held in Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bond each on charges of possession of narcotics, and a woman was free in $1,000 bond after she had been booked Tuesday on charges of violating the drug abuse law. West Palm Beach Patrolman R. L Fresh stopped a car being driven hv Lewis Barber. 34. of 853 Eighth St., Riviera Beach, for a routine check Police have not yet been able to verify the fact, as reported to them by Barber, that the 1969 Continental he was driving belongs to a Miami woman. Police also are holding Willie Edward Shednck. 22. of 611 Third St.. West Palm Beach, who allegedly is a hitch-hiker Barber picked up Flesh reported he found a small envelope in Barber's shirt pocket containing marijuana, adding that he found marijuana seeds scattered over the car's interior. Barber was fined $150 for possession of bolita tickets. $50 for altering a driver's license and $25 for operation of a motor vehicle without a valid drivers license in West Palm Beach Municipal Court. Except for the fact that Gloria Moll. 24. of 316'2 Miller Ave.. West Palm Beach, was booked into County Jail late Monday night on charges of violation of the drug abuse law, and later released on bond, no further information was immediately available concerning her. FATHER FIDELIS RICE Well Known Priest Joins Retreat House NORTH PALM BEACH -The Rev. Father Fidelis Rice. C. P., well known as a radio and television producer, recently was transferred to Our Ladv of Florida Monastery and' Retreat House. 1300 U.S. Highway 1, from the Passion-ist Radio-Television Center. West Springfield, Mass. He joins the Passionist team conducting retreats at the spiritual center, and wi!'. also serve as director of public relations for the monastery. A native ol iviaine. Fatiier-Rice was ordained in 1936. and recived his degree in theology at the Collegio Angelico in Rome. Father Rice founded a radio program in 1954. "The Hour of the Crucilied." which is now heard regularly in the United States, Canada. Panama, the Caribbean islands, the Philippines. Australia, and on the Armed Forces Radio network. Since his arrival here, Father Rice has initiated a week ly program heard at 8:15 a m Sunday on radio station; WQXTand WWOS. Special service will be at 10 30 a m. at inter denominational Royal Poinciana Chapel where Dr. Samuel M. Lindsay is the pastor. At Grace Episcopal Church. 3600 Australian Ave.. 7:30 p.m. today, the Rev. John Sanderson, pastor of Northwood United Methodist Church, will present the message. The Rev. Philip E. Perkins, rector, will officiate at an 8 a.m. service Thanksgiving day. At 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 301 S. Olive Ave., the Rev. Elwood V. Graves, pastor, will deliver the message. There will be special music. At Lakeside Presbyterian Church. 4601 S. Flagler Dr.. there will be a service at 10 a.m. when the Rev. Donald W. Scott, pastor, will give the message. "A Day of Grace." The Chancel and Chapel Choirs will sing. The public is welcome. The three area men arrested Tuesday morning in connection with Hie Saturday robbery ol a Wells h'argo truck remained in county jail late Tuesday night in lieu ol $111.(111(1 bond each. Robert Marshall I.evine 23. ol 'MM Hunt lid., suburban Lake Worth, was arrested at bis home in connection with the robbery at a night depository at Citizens Hank. 4:til." Southern Blvd. I.evine attempted last sum mer to sell an anti-tank c annon which was later seized by shei itl sdeputies. Also in jail on charges ol armed robbery were Charles J ollz. 2ii. ol Hull Broadway. West p;ilm Beach, anil Robert tint t- . 25. ol 1 Lake Worth A sherill s spokesman said stemmed Irom supplied by a source 22 N l( St depa rtmelil the arrests inlorinatioti conlidential More than $i'i().H00 in non ne-goliatable checks were stolen during the holdup. Most of the checks were payroll checks cashed Saturday, according to the Sheriff's Department. The checks were recovered at 5 p m Saturday by a mailman. Robert Lewis, in a public mailbox at Second Avenue and Congress Avenue in Lake Worth Lewis was making his routine mail rounds. Head Of FOP Is Elected PALM BEACH - George M. 1). Lewis Jr.. was elected president of the Palm Beach Fraternal Order of Police Associates. Lodge 1!). at its annual meeting on the club grounds near Okeechobee Boulevard. Others elected were Harru son Chauncey Jr.. first vice president: Lawrence II Connelly, second vice president; Robert 0. Beesch. secretary, and E. Lewis Hutchens. treasurer. Trustees are John Stetson. Robert Salisbury . Walter Elder. Edwin Westphal and Robert L Wilson, all former presidents. The lodge voted on contributions to local Christmas funds and to its scholarship fund, which is supporting one student at the I'niversity of Musgrove Becomes New Chess Champ PALM BEACH - The new chess champion of Palm Beach Count v is Charles Mus-grove. of 525 Silver Beach Road. Lake Park. He emerged the victor in the tournament held at Holiday Inn in Palm -feH4 : County Commissioner E. F, Van Kessel awarded the cup to Musgrove Kenneth Darkness ol Boca Raton, author of "The Official Chess Handbook." directed the tournament Second place went to Joseph Lesko. and third place winner was Kenneth Eiribler, the 1967 champion. Lion Safari Planned For Teloision Show Lion County Safari, which has become one of Palm Beach County's most popular tourist attractions in one vear. will be featured on "Focus 68" Thursday night at 10 30 on channel 12. Bill Dredge. Lion Country's general manager, will talk with Paul Thompson. Palm Beach County Development Board executive director. They w ill show one of the lion cubs which has been seen at trade shows and expositions throughout the United States and Canada. "The lion is becoming syno-nomnus with Palm Beach County." said Thomson, "and is one of our greatest selling tools." The Palm Beach Post 2751 S. Dixie Highway West Palm Beach, Fla. 33402 Publhhrd evrry morning fxrepl Saturday and Sunday by Vrrry Pub-llrallons, Inc , al 2751 S Dlxlf Highway, 'et Halm Brarh, Fla Enlrred as M-cond claui mall al Wnl Palm IK-arh Published every Saturday and Sunday in combination wllh The Palm Beach Times, as The Palm Beach Post Times Subscription rales and additional Information on Editorial Page. Churches Observe Thanksgiving me I'Uit iiiVul1' veil a JtipUid- tion between the two that Wolf would agree to pay a lump sum alimonv of $3,000. Mrs. Wolf requested that the file on the case be sealed forever in the records of the Clerk of Circuit Court. Santa Claus Due At Westward Center Santa Claus will pay a pre-Christmas visit to the Shop Westward Center Friday at 7:30 p.m. Television personality "Skipper Chuck" and the entire "Popeye Playhouse Gang" will entertain children as they await Santa's arrival. All offerings home. will go to the "How Green Is, My Valley" will be the topic of the Rev. William W. Swift, rector, at the 10 a.m. service at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. The combined choirs will sing under direction of Mrs. Laura Hewitt Whipple, organist-director. Holy communion will be at 7:30 a.m. and at 10a.m. Lecture on "Thanksgiving and the Bible" will be presented by Dr. George M. Lam-sa. translator of the Bible from the original Aramaic, at 10 a.m. service at Unity of the Palm Beaches. The Revs. Hal and Lassit losencrans, ministers, will conduct the service. Special music will be by Mrs. Sylvia Bernet at the organ and Hugh Albee. tenor. Annual Thanksgiving service of the First Baptist Church will be at 10 a.m. in "Our Greatest Thanksgiving" will be the subject of Dr. Ryan L. Wood, pastor, at the 10 a.m. annual Thanksgiving service at Memorial Presbyterian Church of West Palm Beach. The traditional service of attracts many seasonal worshippers each year. As a prelude there will be an appropriate program of hymns by the Memorial Bell Choir, talented teenagers well known in South Florida for the unique contribution to church music. Anthem selections will be by the Chancel Choir, featuring Miss Shirley Younkins. mezzo soprano, as soloist. Leslie L. Thompson, organist choirmaster, is the director. The service will climax month-long emphasis by the church on support of the Thornwell Home and School for children in Clinton, SC.

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