Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on June 26, 1974 · Page 15
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Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida · Page 15

Panama City, Florida
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Wednesday, June 26, 1974
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NKWS-MEBALI), Panama City,lift., Wednesday, , IUIJP2 «,1 W 4 PaftelC $ Revitalizing Of Area Is Outline ROTARY SPEAKER, OFFICERS - Don Gregor (left photo, left) discussed aspects of area planning and downtown redevelopment at Tuesday's luncheon meeting of the Panama City Rotary Club. With Gregor, who is chairman of the Bay County Cham- the club. Left to right are Larry Bodiford, vice ber of Commerce's downtown redevelopment com- president; James A. Shirley, president; Kent Hall, mittee, is David J. Turner, outgoing president of the secretary; and Malcolm Traxler, treasurer, civic group. In the right photo are the new officers of Muntzing Seeks Cabinet Post TALLAHASSEE, (UPI) - Kisslmmee attorney Bill Munt­ zing announced his candndacy for state comptroller on the Republican ticket Tuesday, saying It was time to bring the two-party system into the Florida cabinet. "I am not running against comptroller Fred Dickinson because he is in trouble," Munt­ zing said. He said the comptroller, although under investigation by a federal grand jury, has not been charged with any crime, Muntzing was a staff aide to former GOP Gov. Claude Kirk and later headed Kirk's interagency law enforcement planning council. "We need a non-policitian on the cabinet,".he said, denying he's a politician although conceding he's a member of the Kissimmee city commission. City Briefs On Dean's List Two area residents were among 50 Florida students to earn the dean's list at Bob Jones University, Greenville, S.C. Honor students who obtained at least a B average are Virginia Ann McKenzie and County Agrees To Federal Grant In Obtaining Airport Fire Truck Bay County Commission agreed Tuesday to a grant from the federal government in buying a new fire truck for the city and county airport. In the agreement the federal grant will provide 82 per cent of the needed funds. Airport Manager R.M. "Pappy" Myers thanked the commission for its cooperation and also for providing needed dirt to fix an eroded area beside one of the run ways. /Richard Dunn of the. Northwest Florida Development Council told the commission that In 30 days they will be required to submit a job list for the manpower training money the county is to receive. The commission also said that Panama City would be included in the second list of jobs. Don Sweeney asked the commission if it would consider putting $2,331 in its next budget for the Parker Coastal Little League program. Sweeney, representing the Parker Men's Club also asked for a renewal on the Earl Gilbert Park land. The commission will study both mission asked Gurde how the waste disposal area would be paid for. County Commissioner John Mullins said "they must want us to pay for part of the cost." The commission decided to drop the idea of getting a state grant to buy land from the .developers of Plantation Estates for a park. The commission decided that the land was mostly marshy and to be of any use as a park it would have to be filled in. County Engineer B.B. Murphy said that the state possibly would not permit the county to fill in the marshland. The commission received a letter from County Judge Larry Bodiford stating that money needs to be spent to build an office for • the second county judge yet to be appointed by Governor Reuben Askew. County Commissioner Isaac Bonifay Losing FSES Service BONIFAY - The Florida State Employment Service office in Bonifay will close June 30 because free office space will Byrd told the commission the state had received complaints w Deca use iree omce space wu on how the county gasoline was not be avai i ab i e after that date. being allocated. Byrd said that the complaints had come from beach area gas station Gas Truckers Seek 15 Per Cent Hike John Espy of Panama City, chairman of the Florida Petroleum and Chemical Haulers' Conference, which requested a 15 per cent hike for Florida petroleum truckers Tuesday, saidl he sees no letup in the rate of inflation. Espy, whose company is Motor Fuel Carriers, told the Public Service Commission in Tallahassee that "we find our pen, adding he has confidence the big oil companies with their big profits would not start hauling their own products and force the truckers out of business. He also said he's satisfied the companies are using their profits in the search for more 'oil, recalling a payment of over $1.5 billion to drill off Destin, and over $200 million just to area gas operators. Byrd said that the county fuel allocation officer gave the gasoline to the distributors, not the stations individually. The commission denied a request by Lake Wood Manor to build the subdivision roads after the subdivision regulation rules and must stick by them. George Cook, who is the manager of the county water plant, was approved as manager of the new county waste treatement facility. His appointment will have to be approved by International Paper Company. Pier, Dredging Planned Here %3F8S XlSSSSTof~ Gulf Mosquito Control District, selves in a horrible position. e x P \ 0 re for oil 30 miles out in the The 15 per cent we are begging > Panama City. Stie is seeking her degree in the school of business administration. Miss Hedger is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Hedger of Defuniak Springs. She is a junior in the school of fine arts. asked the commission to consider building a solid waste disposal area in the west end of the county. Since the Mosquito Control District is paid for by its own special tax district, the com- Courthouse, Jail Picture Is Viewed If the new Bay County jail and courthouse were built today; architects told the County Com- mision Tuesday, it would cost around $7,000,000 but with inflation and more time needed to draw plans the building complex will cost around $10,000,000. Architects told the Bay County Commission Tuesday County Commission Chairman Isaac Byrd said: "at a price of 10 million the courthouse complex might cost five county commissioners.'' Architect consultants Bayne Collins, Bue Connet, J.J. Clark and Lonny Fowley presented an overview of a study they have done on the needs of the judicial complex. Architects suggested to the commission that a new jail be built on Fourth Street beside the present jail. They said that after the new jail is completed the old jail should be demolished and the new courthouse portion of the complex build on the old jail site. The architects also suggested remodeling of the present cour­ thouse. The county courtroom was suggested to be used for a county commission meeting room. The architects told the com- inissiuiHTs ihat they recommended 1% cells for the new county jail. This will meet the anticipated needs of the county until the year of 1995. The architects also suggested that qualified personnel be trained now so they would be ready when the new jail is built. The city of Panama City has shown interest in the new jail but it does not want to pay any of the cost, the commissioners were told by the architects. The architects suggested to the. commissioners that they leave the courthouse parking lot alone and later add a parking deck at the site. The architects said that the condition of the present county jail is leaving the county wide open for various suits. They said plans for the new jail will meet all the requirements of state and federal governments. The commissioners took no action of the report. for would give only minor relief. We still have to look elsewhere for working capital." Four major oil companies opposed the requested hike on the grounds that the only way to turn off inflation is to hold down on all costs. Espy said operations in other states actually are going to help support the Florida operations of many companies. He also called attention to the "windfall profits" of oil companies in the past year which, he said, ranged from 50 per cent to 400 per cent over last year. Oil companies opposing the increase — which would make permanent a 10 per cent emergency hike approved in February to head off a threatened strike over rising fuel prices and add another five per cent, Included Exxon, Union, Gulf and Amoco. Ed Atkins of Exxon said his firm wants proof that the whole amount is justified, adding "all I've heard is just a general claim that every cost is going up. "If we're ever to get Inflation turned off, we have to hold down on every cost." Bob Wilson of Amoco said the truckers got a 10 per cent increase last October which with the present proposal would provide a 25 per cent hike in less than a year. "The railroads are not getting 25 per cent," he said, adding "w e have to keep down costs." Atkins questioned Espy closely about the danger of the truckers pricing themselves out of the market. Espy said that would not hap- gulf, Guy McKenzie; Jr., Tallahassee, said there will be higher costs connected with a new law requiring that all gas stations ffer no-lead fuel by July 1. He represented McKenzie Tank Lines. Frank Gardinia of Fleet Transport co„ which serves the Tampa-Fort Lauderdale areas, told the PCS that the price of computer printout paper alone had risen 73 per cent between January, 1973, and January, 1974. The PSC, which moved the hearing from its own auditorium to a Senate hearing room across the street when its air conditioner broke down, said a decision will not be made for several weeks.. The Army Corps of Engineers has received applications from local residents for proposed pier construction and dredging. Jack Witherspoon of Panama City has applied for a proposed pier and boathouse to be constructed at Bay George. Work will include construction of a 29 foot long pier with a 22 foot "L" on the outboard end and a boathouse adjacent to the pier is proposed. Work will front the applicant's property. Col. John W. Emig of Panama City has applied for construction of a 60 foot private pier and installation of three mooring piles outboard of the pier In Callaway Bayou. Samuel E. Moore of Ohatchee, Ala., has applied for a proposed dredging to connect a partially completed private boat slip to Doty's Cove In East Bay. Work will front the applicant's property. "While the city provided free space, we could maintain our office in Bonifay," John Wesley White, employment security director, said. "But the relatively low number of job applicants and job orders from employers in Bonlday simply won't justify expending funds to pay for the space." On an average, Bonifay places 25 people in jobs each month and receives 44 job orders from employers. "We are looking for other rent-free space so the people of the area will have continued access to the services offered by the Florida State Employment Service," White said. The employment service offers job placement, testing and counseling services. No charge is made either to job applicants or employers. Chipola Takes Registrations M ARI ANN A - Late registration for Chipola Junior College's summer term will continue through Wednesday, June 26, according to President Raymond M. Deming. College credit summer session enrollment to date is' approximately the same as last year. Late registrants may still register for most any course offered at Chipola since but few classes are closed at this stage of registration. Any student interested in completing registration is urged to contact the Registrar's office at once. Vocational certificate program enrollment for the second term of the session is open only to cooperative on-the-f arm trainees. Plans aimed at revitalizing the downtown Panama City business area were discussed Tuesday by Don Gregor, guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Panama City. Gregor, chairman of the Bay County Chamber of Commer­ ces downtown redevelopment steering committee, said his committee is looking at all aspects of planning for the downtown area as well as the 770-square-mile trade area surrounding it. An expanding population, spreading traffic congestion and the need for planning center were focal points of Gregor's presentation. Gregor said current trends forecast a population of 76,000 by 1980 for Panama City alone. He added that of population increases in the immediate six-county area between 1970 and 1973,72 per cent occurred in Bay County. What does population growth cost? Gregor said figures compiled by the state indicate a governmental cost of $367.68 per person for each newomer, based on a 1970 survey. Using charts, Gregor pointed. out that many of these newcomers generate only a fraction on that amount in taxes needed to provide the needed services including education, fire and police protection, health, sewer and water utilities and streets. Traffic congestion In the area, Gregor noted, was the greatest at the junctures of Harrison, U.S. 231 and 15th Street and also at Hathaway Bridge. One proposal for the downtown area would be to construct a dual-lane thououghfare from the downtown marina connecting to Cove Boulevard which would then be dual-laned to U.S. 231, the Chamber official revealed. He said studies are also being made regarding a limited Home Names Walton Head DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — Senate President Mallory E. Home has announced that Angus G. Andrews will serve as access east-west bypass arouhd the city to relieve downtown congestion. Regarding Hathaway Bridge, Gregor said perhaps the only solution there is construction of an additional span. Current plans are being made on 15-year projections, Gregor said, noting "it gets a little iffy after that." Compilation of data has been the first main task of the committee. Many sources of data are being used and Gregor noted that some data — such as complete physiographic information — is not available. Regarding physiographic information, Gregor said Panama City was above a 65-foot layer of muck. This economically precludes sturc- tures more than eight stories high due to the expense of deep pilings in taller construction. Legislative approval for a downtown redevelopemnt authority has been granted, said Gregor, and he forecast the authority would be activated late this year or early in 1975. Coast Guard Invites Public An open house will be held July 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the U.S. Coast Guard Station here and the Cutter Dependable in conjunction with National Safe Boating Week. The public is invited to visit and ask questions concerning boatiing safety. National Safe Boating Week is observed eaclv year during the week of July 4. This year the dates are June 30-July 6. During National Safe Boating Week, federal, state and local agencies, as well as numerous volunteer organizations, seek to focus the attention of the boating public on the need to develop safe boating habits. The need for attention to safe boating is especially critical in the Gulf Coast states. During 1973, there were more than 500 boating accidents resulting in 237 deaths and almost a million and a half dollars worth of property damage. During the open house July 4 Angus G. Andrews will serve as -~ - , . - , ^ ^. chairman of his campaign for the Dependable and Station per- the U.S. Senate in Walton Coun- f om f t wiU ^distributing safe ty boating literature and Andrews is an attorney and a answering questions concer- member of the DeFuniak " in S new f ons affectin g Springs Junior Chamber of the recreational boatman. Commerce, KiwanisClub, Lit- „ Tne P ubhc( !f. invited to take tie League Association, advantage of this opportunity to Okaloosa-Walton County Bar mPOt thp members of the Iocal Station Closing Is Protested 'The closing of the Millville Phantom Government End Is Signalled by Askew TALLAHASSEE (UPI) With a stroke of his pen Tuesday, Gov. Reubin Askew marked the beginning of the end for Florida's so-called "phantom government." He signed into law the new administrative procedure act which eliminates the ability of executive agencies to adopt far-reaching rules, affecting everyone's daily life, without public notice or an opportunity for timely appeal. "Several provisions combine to wrest from small groups of experts and from bureaucrats the ability to secrete from the public the decisions which agencies make and the reasons for those decisions," said Arthur England, Miami attorney and reporter to the law revision council on administrative procedure. The council helped draft the law and England was on hand for the bill-signing in Askew's office. The bill does not become fully effective until Jan. 1,1975. Governor Askew said the measure has far greater implications than most people have yet realized. England said it will affect the judicial as well as executive branch of government. It replaces the 1961 act which was riddled with exceptions and widely ignored. Any exceptions under the new law will have to be approved in public meeting by the governor and cabinet sitting as the administration commission. Due process procedures will apply for the first time to all agencies of government, including the Department of Banking which now operates in an atmosphere of secrecy solely dictated by Comptroller-Banking Commissioner Fred Dickinson. The act also covers the boards of professional and occupational regulation such as the medical board, real estate board and board of law examiners. The law specifically requires that all policy statements and agency decisions be made fully public. meet the members of the local Xs7o7a ^n'and'wa"uon County Coast Guard units and to learn Quarterback Club. Hehasser- new ways to "av.od the drink . ved as city attorney for the DeFuniak Springs, Niceville, Paxton, and Ponce de Leon, city judge of Niceville, and Walton County School Board Attorney. The candidate said he will be visiting Walton County and Fire Station will have an effect hopes to announce further on all of Bay County because of developments in his campaign the location of three schools and in the area at that time. fuel storage tanks in Millville," M 4-U m j Mrs. JoAnn Dickenson told the iVlOiner rlaCeO Bay County Commission On Probation Mrs. Dickenson said that ST. PETERSBURG, (UPI) — because of the reciprocal fire A 25-year-old woman who spent agreements between the cities eight months in county jail for of Panama City and Springfield contempt of court for sending the closing of the fire station by her children out of the country Panama City will effect Everitt was placed on five years Junior High and Rutherford probation here for perjury. High School. Mrs. Anne C. Bianchi burst Mrs. Dickenson said the out- into tears after Circuit Court com e of the closing of the Judge Jack Dadswell placed station wi n hit a n county tax- heron probation. pavers she asked the county Mrs. Bianchi and her husband commissio n to think about the were divorced last July but Clr- situation . County Commission r »L™Z I BC ^ h Chairman Issac Byrd told Mrs. reserved a decision on the , „„„„„ „. ,/ . . . custody of their three young P > cke f°« that the cl ° sin 8 of boys, ages two, five andsix. "? e , s * atl °" was ,n Panama Last August, while the City's jurisdiction, children were in the temporary Mrs - Dickenson asked the custody of the mother, they commissioners to attend the were taken by their grandfather Panama City commission to France, the mother's meeting Tuesday night and previous home. Mrs. Bianchi hear all sides of the issue, was unable to produce the County Commissioner Bill children at a hearing Sept. 5 and Peeke said that he would she was jailed for contempt. attend. Textbook Moratorium Lifted Hearing Value Is Stressed DR. STEVEN TONER Dr. Steven Toner, Panama City eye, ear, nose and throat specialist, told fellow Kiwanians Tuesday that "hearing is a more valuable sense than sight". Dr. Toner said that without verbal communication, relating to others woulb be more difficult than without visual communication. With the aid of graphs called audiograms, he explained, the different types and degrees of hearing losses and explained which dificien- cies could be remedied with hearing aids. Fred Bynum assisted Toner and discussed hearing aids . Bynum reported that costs of aids average from $200 to 425. depending on how much a hearing aid must amplify sound waves. He stated that older hearing aids were less efficient because they amplified all tones whereas newer models used today filter out lower frequency tones making them more specific to individual needs. Dr, Toner used a diagram of the ear to explain the process of hearing and discussed the anatomy of the ear in relation to where diseases occur and how they can be cured. He also discussed hearing problems and diseases in children and stated that with the help of special "bone hearing aids" some children who are supposedly deaf can pick up vibrations and thus learn to communicate easier. Bay County school board, as well as others in the state, has been notified that a moratorium on disposal of obsolete and surplus textbooks and instructional materials by such boards has been lifted. State Education Commissioner Ralph Turlington, who Imposed the moratorium June 3, noted in lifting it that the disposal is subject to meeting standards set by the State Board of Education. Present board regulations in this area are inadequate up-to-date, he said, many materials become outdated while still in good physical condition. "An obsolete book, however, despite its good bindings and clean pages, is still an obsolete book," he said. He said counties should make every effort to see that no materials are destroyed that could be beneficially used by any student or public or private school or charitable institution. Surplus materials, he said, VIIAta 14* »-» — 4 Turlington said, and are being should be offered to other coun- reworked. ties that may have a need. Until new ones are approved, Where there are especially he notified Superintendent Cur- large numbers of the same tis Jackson that he may proceed materials, he said, the school along the lines of a general board should find out why so memorandum which he many are ordered and take distributed by mail Monday. steps to reduce such incidents in Because Florida is deter- the future, mined to keep its curriculum He directed the board to develop policies for redistribution of surplus but usable materials to assure maximum educational use, and for disposal of obsolete and unusable materials to assure maximum financial \ return to the public. There are many ways surplus material can be used, he said, including giving them to students to use at home, donation to early childhood programs to be cut up or colored, distribution to Sunland centers for retarded children for similar use, and making available to everyone on a first come first served basis. •; "When all education uses are exhausted," he added, "explore sale of the materials for recycling, using student clubs to put the materials in saleable condition."

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