Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on June 30, 1974 · Page 28
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Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida · Page 28

Panama City, Florida
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Sunday, June 30, 1974
Page 28
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Page 2D NEWS-HERALD, Panama City, Fla„ Sunday, June 90,1974 Wet -Dry Issue Raised Again CHIPLEY - The Tri-City Jaycees have asked the Washington County Circuit Court for rulings to questions regarding the holding of another wet-dry liquor referendum. Recently, the Jaycees — representing Bonifay, Chipley and Graceville — undertook the task of obtaining enough signatures to force a wet-dry liquor referendum in Washington County. The Jaycees obtained sufficient signatures and May 28 was set for the referendum regarding the sale of liquor in the county which currently forbids liquor sales. A person or persons unknown subsequently filed a complaint with the Secretary of State and State's Attorney Leo Jones was assigned to conduct an investigation into allegations of election law violations. Jones reported a number of violations and the circuit court granted an injunction against holding the referendum. Bonifay attorney Warren Edwards, representing the Jaycees, is asking the court in essence when another election can be held according to Florida law. Edwards is also asking if support for the referendum by obtaining signatures without expressing support or opposition to the issue concerned would cause the referendum sponsors to be classified as a political committee under the meaning of Florida laws relating to campaign financing. Real Estate Fees Slated For Hike The spectacular growth of the Florida real estate industry which is now operating with more than 98,000 registrants, and applications flowing in at the rate of 2,000 a month has resulted in an increase in fees schedules for both applicants and broker and salesman license renewals. James E. Hollenbeck, Jr., chairman of the Commission, pointed out that the fee increase allowed in the new budget for fiscal 1974-75, was tied to the approval of increasing the hard-pressed staff personnel to get this job done and done right and expeditiously." The necessary financing, explained Hollenbeck, is to be provided by increasing fees for applicants for registration and through increases in renewals and reissue fees. The effective date of these increases is July 1." On and after July, explained Executive Director, C.B. Stafford, active broker and broker salesman licenses will carry a $20 annual renewal charge, and active salesman will be assessed $10 per year for the renewal. The fee for a non-active broker or salesman is $5 per year. Stafford also explained that corporation or partnership renewal fees have been set at $20 annually, and the same fee applies to branch offices registration renewal. Real estate school renewals carry a fee of $100. Reissues for registrants which includes change of address or change of employer will cost each registrant $10. Application fees for corporation or partnership have been set at $50, with $20 for each branch office, and $100 for real estate schools. Said Stafford: "By this action, the Commission expands the scope of its responsibility into a broad-based true regulatory effort for the benefit of the consumer public and all of its registrants. UNDER SIEGE-Olson Farm Museum at cushing, Maine, which has been the subject of a controversy for two years. The old residence is the site for Andrew Wyeth's famous painting 'Christina's World'. The dispute arose over the hordes of tourists that were attracted to the area. (By UPI) Marine Patrol Gears For Fourth All Marine Patrol Officers will be on duty on the water and in the air during the approaching July 4-7 holiday, Harmon Shields, of Panama City, director of the Department of Natural Resources, has announced. Shields said the Fourth holiday period has the heaviest boating traffic of any of the national holidays, and the Marine Patrol will be on duty to assist boaters and fishermen in every possible way. The director said Patrol offices in Pensacola, Panama City, Jacksonville, Titusville, West Palm Beach, Miami, Marathon, Fort Myers, St. Petersburg, Crystal River and Tallahassee will remain open all four days. He emphasized that the Tallahassee office will be manned 24 hours a day. Shields asked boaters to help keep the accident rate down b c making sure prescribed safety equipment is on board their craft and by operating their boats in a safe manner. 'Christina's World' Disturbed -tourists Invade Maine Town CUSHING, Maine (UPI) The tranquillity of "Christina's World" was shattered this week by a dispute between artist Andrew Wyeth and the townsfolk he made famous in hundreds of paintings and sket ches. The rancor may drive the artist and his wife out of town. Townspeople claim that the famous Olson farmhouse, where the polio-crippled heroine of the beloved American painting spent her life, has generated intolerable amounts of tourist traffic, caused sanitation problems and escalated land values. "Frankly, most of us could care less whether they stay or not," one town official said. Wyeth, a White House favorite in the Camelot days of Jack and Jackie Kennedy, and his wife, Betsy, are bitter against the town. They say there has been lack of support for Wyeth's projects, including one launched jointly with movie producer and art collector Joseph E. Levine, to turn the grey clapboard structure into a museum to house Wyeth's works. "I need to be able to work in peace," Wyeth said, "and there is no peace for me here. "I will probably leave Maine entirely and never come back," Wyeth said. "There is a great deal of contention here and it is not conducive to my creative effort." Years ago, the old house was used as a tavern, kept for the crews of clipper ships that came to Maine from Newfoundland, but in 1948 the house became known to the world as the enigmatic goal of the crip- First Death The first black killed for the American Revolutionary cause was Crispus Attucks, who died when British troops fired on a patriot mob in the Boston Massacre of 1770. pled girl crawling through a desolate field. Natives resent the fuss and uproar Wyeth has created with his and Levine's work to turn the Olson place into a museum, which opened to the public in 1971. "The traffic was considerable and there was a lot of litter," said June Champlln, a Cushing resident Thursday. "If I lived on Hathorne Point I would object to 15,000 people driving by my house. People were littering and there were no toilet facilities," Champlln said. I don't know of anyone who has been rude or discourteous to the Wyeths," Champlln said. "Why, Cushing people even protect Mr. Wyeth," he said. "The joke around here Is that when the tourists ask where Andrew Wyeth lives you say, 'You can't get. there from here;' but speaking for myself I don't think the town needs anyone here that doesn't want to be here." A town official who asked not to be Identified said she believes it is the residents of Hathorne Point, a high promontory overlooking the St. George River, who are mainly responsible for the Wyeths' bitterness. "It's been blown up to the point where everybody in Cushing doesn't want the Wyeths," the official said. "Frankly, most of us couldn't care less whether they stay or not. Their presence in the town has increased the land values, though, and a lot of rich people have built homes near the Olson place. "Some of those houses down on the Point cost $70,000 or $80,000—and they don't like the litter and the traffic," the official said. Betsy Wyeth said she had a hard time convincing her husband to come back to Cushing this summer, and that they are thinking of leaving for good. The Wyeths spend their winters In Chadds Ford, Pa., .where Wyeth has painted the landscape extensively. "There was Incredible bitterness In the community, and the important thing is that no one here came forward and supported us," Mrs. Wyeth said. "She has asked for no support and what kind of support does she want anyway?" the town official said. "I really don't know what she means." The Olson house was closed last summer because of all the complaints, and Wyeth's work was stored in another museum near here. Wyeth said Waterloo Village, a recreated pre-Revolutlonary town near Stanhope, N.J. had expressed interest In acquiring the Olson house. Levine, who bought the property In 1969 to save it from developers who wanted to build 25 ranch houses oh the property, said he would not be opposed to moving it. 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