Fort Lauderdale News from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 30, 1981 · Page 143
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Fort Lauderdale News from Fort Lauderdale, Florida · Page 143

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Thursday, April 30, 1981
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Fort Lauderdale News and Sun-Sentinel, Thursday, April 30, 1981 . 9 SL Man r . , , About. Town LMj Congestion, maybe . . . crime, no! by Henry Kinney Some political and civic leaders around the territory are worrering now if much of their concern about congestion on the highways has been misplaced and they ought to stop worrying so much about it. This stems from the recent Florida Newspapers Poll showing that people are more willing to tax themselves to control crime than to build more roads. It came as something of a shock and just possibly could bring on a sharp turnaround in political circles. As one long-time resident put it, "We've had traffic problems since the 1940's and somehow managed to survive and prosper. But crime means you can get robbed and hurt, and that really worries everybody." When the Wall Street Journal ran a story recently about a fellow named Bob Erkins in Idaho who is harnessing hot springs to grow vegetables in greenhouses, the name rang a bell with some folks around here. The Erkins family lived in Fort Lauderdale for many years and left about 20 years ago or more to settle in Idaho. Well, August Burghard the historian pounced on the story right away and pointed out that Bob is the son of A.W. (Bert) Erkins, who was an early land developer and civic leader. With the late M.A. Hortt he built the old Sunset Theatre, and he built the Towers Apartments on the Sospiro Canal north of Las Olas Boulevard. Bert's family came from Cincinnati, where his father was an old-time brewer. After they settled here his mother built what August says was the first mansion in town, on New River in the All Saints Episcopal Church neighborhood. Bert was also a close friend of Merle Fogg, the town's pioneer aviator who was killed in a crash, and because of Merle, Bert was instrumental in getting the first airport, called Merle Fogg Field, built on the site of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International. Since Bert's father was a friend of Henry Flagler, the family was one of the first trains to cross the old trestle structure into Key West . . . and among Bert's own claims to fame is that he once drove a Model T Ford across the Everglades to toil Myers beiore Iheie was even a road .... With August's help he wrote a book called "My Early Days in Florida," and more about that some other time .... Bernie and Theresa Castro have sold part of their ranch in Ocala to an Englishman who intends to put a $150 million development on the property, focused on two championship golf courses and a soccer complex . . . along with the standard tennis courts, pools and stuff. One of the courses will have holes patterned after 18 of the best in the world, from such courses as St. Andrews and Augusta National The luxury housing market: Arvida put on the market a 55-unit condominium in Boca Raton, with apartments priced from $210,000 to $335,000, and sold it out in nine days .... When Bud Hunter of Florida Power & Light (a football and track star at Columbia University some years back,) spoke to the Free Enterprise Day luncheon of the Chamber of Commerce last week, he said that Moses had a "good news-bad news" story to tell the awaiting throng when he came down from the mountain: "The good news is that He's cut the thing down to ten items. The bad news is that adultery is still one of them." That was the lighter side of his remarks. On the heavy side, he said only 25 percent of the money spent by the federal government to help the poor ever reaches them. The rest is eaten up by administration and grants, and in Florida this would be a violation of state law. -The law says a philanthropic organization can spend no more than 25 percent of its income on administration. Also, if the government confiscated all the profits of all U.S. corporations, all the dividends paid to stockholders and all the earnings of people who make over $100,000 a year, the total amount would run the government for 11 weeks . . . Free Enterprise Day is held mostly for the purpose of honoring school teachers for the fine work being done in the county's education system in teaching kids about the U.S economic system. (This is mandatory in all school systems in Florida, but Broward seems to be away out in front of the other counties with its program). Fifteen teachers were honored, getting cash awards totalling $5,000 put up by local business firms. Two very dedicated individuals, insurance man Hervey Ross and curriculum specialists Anne McMichael conducted the presentations. School superintendent Bill McFatter and the school board members were roundly praised for the strong official support that the project gets. Some of the winning teachers were quite candid about what they were going to do with the prize money. One of them said she was going to get the brakes fixed on her car . . . Don't worry about the friction among the generations. It's inevitable and will always be with us, because the young and the old have all the answers and those in between are stuck with the questions .... (iff jphtoW SPRING CLEARANCE j 1 j 111 SALE! Ill What better time to find your If III favorite fa shions on sale. Come If III t early for best selection. ..Sale J I f x prices ood this week only. .l '.',"""".'"'""7''""'- I .... 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