The Naples Daily News from Naples, Florida on March 31, 1977 · Page 49
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The Naples Daily News from Naples, Florida · Page 49

Naples, Florida
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Thursday, March 31, 1977
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( % NAPLES DAILY NEWS Thurs., Mar. 31, 1977 3B Southwest Briefs Wheels , Tires Stolen The Lee County Sheriff's Department Tuesday investigated the theft of a wheel and tires off a car parked at a residence on Pine Road in Estero. The loss was reported to the Bonita Springs substation at 12:02 p.m. Tuesday the deputy said. Cows in the Meadow? A Lee County Sheriff’s deputy responded Wednesday afternoon to a call for help in rounding up five cows that were reported loose in the area of Park Avenue and West Broadway in Estero. The cows were nowhere in sight the deputy said when he arrived in the area, but the owner of the cattle was notified, he added Burial Service Proposed A proposal has been submitted to the state legislature providing that indigent persons having served in the military can be transported at state cost to the nearest national cemetary in Florida for burial The bill has been submitted to the state legislature by State Rep. Mary Ellen Hawkins, of Naples, and State Rep. Frank Mann, of Fort Myers. '■he proposal is not specifically covered by any existing staie law Congressman Against Upgrading Plan WASHINGTON (U P I) President Carter's plan to upgrade less than honorable military discharges is “one of the most confusing, arbitrary and ill-advised executive an- nouncements"onecongressman says he’s ever seen Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt, D-Ark., a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, blasted the President's plan Wednesday and said he wouldi n t r o d u c elegislation awarding a tax credit to Vietnam veterans who served honorably in the combat zone. “President Carter has made a complete mockery out of the notion of honorable service," Hammerschmidt said. “It is the duty of the Congress to maintain the distinction that the administration has at fern pied to eliminate.” .TOVÜ1Ä GEARED UP FOR GREAT MILEAGE. The new Tovota Corolla The Answer s Toyota s lowest pfcea car v\>tn tru? great gas mileage you d expect from Toyota' in 19 ?7 the EPA estimates The Ansv\e' at x* mpg highway, xx city. Your actua m.ieage win vary depending on your driving habits and your car s condition and equipment put the answer to more miles per gallon is definitely 'The Answer The Answer Its here today '»ou asked for t You got it Toyota mpg 49 HIGHWAY 36 CITY 2788 Standard Features Wo ' ' MacPtV-sonst'utf'On»sostv -so« rrs-sv vj I power ‘¡ont O'sc brakes su eo stee v\*ve s a-M FREIGHT AND DEALER PREP NOT INCLUDED Utility Bills Concern Legislators Bonita Men Arrested Two Bonita Springs men were arrested Wednesday after they allegedly became disorderly during an interview conducted by Lee County sheriff’s deputies. According to the sheriff’s department, the deputies were conducting a field interview at 2:20 a.m. Wednesday with three persons at the Dome Bar in Bonita Springs when two men who were trespassing on the property became disorderly and one man tried to strike one of the deputies. The blow, aimed at the deputy’s face, was fended off, the law official said. Arrested were: Danny Brian Dowdal, charged with battery on a police officer, and Thomas Patrick Dowdal, charged with disorderly intoxication and trespass after warning, the sheriff’s agent said. Both Dowdals were booked into the Lee County Jail Bond for Danny Dowdal is set at $1,541. Thomas Dowdal is held on an $87 bond. Planners To Meet The Lee County Planning Commission will meet at 7:30 tonight in the commissioners’ meeting room at the Lee County Courthouse in Fort Myers. The meeting is open to the public. Pot Suspects Arrested Responding to a report of a robbery that allegedly took place on Canal Street in Fort Myers, a Lee County sheriff’s deputy Tuesday arrested the “victims.” Dale Allen Greenbar, 19, and Stewart Waine Taylor, 18, both of Bonita Springs told the deputy that an unidentified black male “removed $52 from their pockets.” After investigation, it was found the pair had not been victims of a robbery, but allegedly had given the $52 to the black male for the purchase of marijuana, the sheriff’s agent said. Both Greenbar and Taylor were charged with making a false report of commission of a crime and were booked into the Lee County Jail. Bond on each is set at $501, the law official said. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Your skyrocketing utility bills and what to do about them top the list of consumer-oriented issues that will be considered by the 1977 legislature. The proposed response to high utility rates is to make the Public Service Commission appointive instead of elective. The idea is to get better commissioners who possibly could save you some money by making more informed decisions in rate cases. The 1977 legislative session begins Tuesday. We, as consumers, represent the biggest special interest group in Florida, but we lack the clout of organized lobbies which feel threatened by consumer legislation. But lawmakers will be pushing various bills this year, including one to set up a separate Department of Public Advocacy, another for a “truth in menu” bill and a measure to bring auto repairmen under greater control. It’s the Public Service Commission reorganization bill which is given the greatest chance of success. The leaders of both houses have announced support for the measure It would abolish election of commissioners and expand the three-member panel to five. The proposal has cleared key comittees in both houses, but there is one major difference Will PSC Posts Become Appointive? The House version, sponsored by Rep Hyatt Brown, D-Daytona Beach, would have the appointments m<jde by the governor, with Senate approval. The Senate bill, sponsored by Sen. John Vogt, D-Daytona Beach, would have the selections made by the governor and Cabinet. Brown argues that the voters should have one person they can single out if they are unhappy with the choices, whiie Vogt maintains that placing such appointment power with the governor would give him too much control. The proposal has widespread support in the legislature, with the chief opposition coming from Republicans, led by current PSC Chairman Paula Hawkins. Mrs. Hawkins charges that the bill is an industry measure. She says utility companies are afraid they will be on the losing end of rate increase decisions if another utility foe is elected to the PSC in 1978. However, the switch, which has long been supported by consumer groups, will allow people with specialized knowledge in engineering and accounting to serve on the PSC. The bickering which has plagued the PSC in recent months has given supporters of the switch added ammunition. House Speaker Donald Tucker has called the disputes a “three-ring circus” and says he’s never seen such juvenile behavior among three adults. Establishment of a Department of Consumer Advocacy is being sponsored by Rep George Sheldon, D-Tampa, who says consumers need one state agency they can come to for help in consumer battles. The“truth-in-menu''measure proposed by Sen. Sherman Winn. D-Miami, would place greater control over restaurants and the food they offer. Winn also is pushing a measure to require more protection for persons getting auto repairs. Sheldon said his department of public advocacy was needed to bring together the diverse efforts currently being made by the state in the field He would put the public counsel, who argues the consumer side of rate cases, and the Division of Consumer Affairs, currently under the Agriculture Department, in the new agency. He would also establish a di­ vision to fight environmental cases for the public in addition to putting consumer advocacy panels now under the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services in the new agency. With such a major reorganization, Sheldon acknowledges he’ll face tough bureaucratic lobbying. “It’s going to be an uphill battle, but I hope we can come up with a workable compromise,” he said. Winn’s restaurant bill would help diners who feel they’ve been cheated by being served frozen food advertised as fresh or through other misrepresentations. His auto repair bill would do a similar job by including more protection for consumers, including requiring estimates if Loan Applicants CHICAGO (UPI) - One of every 16 applicants for a mortgage loan last year was an unmarried woman, the National Association of Realtors notes. The association says that it expects the ratio to be one in 10 by the end of this decade. repair costs are going to exceed $25 and requiring the car owner to be contacted if the mechanic discovers the Estimate will be exceeded by more than 10 per cent. Both bills are certain to face heavy lobbying efforts and their futures are uncertain. Rep. Gwen Margohs, D- Miami, is once again sponsoring her “lifeline” electric rate bill which would set a flat cost for the first 750 kilowatts of electricity used. She says the measure would provide needed rate relief for people on fixed incomes who have watched electric bills increase steadily in recent years. Sheldon says the fate of all the measures may depend on how much support can be garnered from new members of both houses. “Consumer legislation generally gets its impetus frm incoming freshmen,” he said. “It remains to be seen whether there will be enough support within that group to push these bills over the top.” INDUSTRIAL LOTS 995 °° DOWN 20 Years To Pay 597 4300*262 4921 STAHLMAN & SONS LANDSCAPING AND DESIGN 597-3104 RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL Irrigation Systems Lawn Maintenance Sodding Lawn Spraying Tree Removal EDGEWOOD DR. Off Pine Ridge Rd. DIVISION of STAHLMAN INC. Be Sure to Visit Our‘Retail Nursery PINE RIDGE NURSERY V* mile No. of Pine Ridge Rd. on Airport Rd. Fr— Estimatei WOFFICE y EQUIPMENT COMPANY WAREHOUSE CLEARANCE NEW & USED OFFICE EQUIPMENT STARTS TOMORROW AT 8 A.M. 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