Landers Okayed As Land Management Head NEWS HEBALD.PanMwaCliy, Fla., Wednesday, July i9Ji^ Page »A TALLAHASSEE (UPl) Jay Landers won Cabinet approval as head of Florida's chief land management agency In spUe of accusations by Treasurer T6m O'MaUey that Landers Improperly campaigned; for a state bond Issue and spread false runiors that an O'Malley staffer tried to "procure" women for a state trip. Landers denied both allegations. O'Malley, who cast the lone dissenting vote on Landers* appointment as director of the Internal improvement trust fund, said Landers Illegally used state travel money to help promote a $240 million bond Issue for endangered lands In 1972. Landers, 31, denied allegations that he told other state employes that O'Malley press aide Jerry Davles asked two women to accompany them on a state plane to Miami. O'Malley called Davles to repeat the allegations under oath. "I received Information last year that Jay Landers made statements about you," said Davles, after taking an oath from Gov. Reublh Askew to tell the truth. "He said that on your (O'Malley's) behalf, I procurred a couple of women,' one for me and One for you, to take on a state alrc!;aft to VFW To Have Fish Fi) Here Veterans of Foreign Wars will have a fish fry at noon, July 4, at the new post home, comer of 21st Plaza and North Sherman Avenue, Panama City. Scamp and grouper will be served. J.D. Scogglns, commander of Post 2185, Invites everyone to attend. Miami." Davles, denying facts In the rumor, said he received word from a treasury department examiner, Jim Hanna, that Landers spread the allegations. Contacted by UPI, Haona said he told Davles that Landers had made critical remarks about O'Malley but does not remember mention! ig women. "I had heard the rumor from a third or fourth party source and mentioned It In passing to Mr. Davles," said Hanna. "I said I didn't know If there was any substance to It or not but that It concerned Improper use of a state airplane. I had said this nine months ago and could not swear under oath If I had mentioned the part about women." Landers told O'Malley that he has made statements about the treasurer's activities but none concerned alleged immoralities. O'Malley also said he felt Landers should not have used state funds to promote passage of "Lands For You," a $240 million bond program approved by voters In W2. Money In Tools Stolen Fifom Trucks William Henery Songer, 115 75th Street, St. Petersburg, reported to Panama City police Tuesdaiy assorted tools and gauges had been stolen from a truck owned by ^tisener Marine Construction, Inc., also of St. Petersburg. Songer told police the truck was parked In froh t of the laundry at Park Place Apartments at ,924 Florida Avenue and that the theft occurred sometime between 5 p.m. June 29 and 4 p.m. Monday. Value of the stolen Items was estimated at $800. "Lands For You" programs has been used to buy environmentally endangered lands, recreation facilities and, additional water and natural resource areas. Because the bond Issue was controversial, said O'Malley, Landers, an Askew aide, should not have been allowed to promote the project. Landers, an attorney, served as an aide to the then secretary of state Tom Adams before Thomas Drive Firemen Meet The regular meeting of the Thomas Drive Volunteer Fire Department will be held at 7:00 today at the Fire Station.' A board of directors meietlng will follow at 8:30 p.m.. All members are asked to attend. joining Askew's staff. He has advised the governor on majoi environmental Issues during Askew's administration. Death Takes C.F. Smith, Sr. News has been received of the death of Charles Frank Smith Sr., 35, of Llthla Springs, Ga., Julyl. He Is survived by his wife the former Rebecca Denman, sons Charles F. Smith Jr. and Gregory B. Smith, Llthia Springs, mother Mrs. Helen O'Kelley, Stone Mountain, Ga., father Grady A. Smith, sister Mrs. Phyllis Mayfleld, brothers Joel Smith, DouglasvlUe, Ga. and Sonny Smith, Augusta, Ga., grandmother Mrs. Barah Mayfleld, Atlanta, and great-grandmother Mrs. LlUa Rainwater, Llthla Springs. This Weekend at Low Low Prices! Gold Label Latex Paints on SALE! INTERIOR Reg. $7.99 SAVE $31 EXTERIOR Reg. $8.99 SAVE $31 Ask About Wtst't Paint QuarantMSl WEST'S PRICES START AT JUST 6x5-ft. Side Entry #KN-65-4 lOxlO-ft. Barn ?149 8-HP, Electric-Start, 36-in. Dynamark*Tractor-Mower $ GYPSUM BOARD Viiii.>4> 12 SANDED PLYWOOD %-ln .x2i2 -ft. Othwr Sizes Avallablel READY- Casing TO-FINISH neg.l3(t IMOULDING SAVE 32%l UTILITY PLYWOOD \4 -in .x4x8 -ft. 2x4 STUDS 92 H -in. length 497 WEST'S' LOW PRICE! Features 36-in. cut; 4-speed transmission with trans-axle drive; dependable electric starts and morel A $579 valuel Bate W^j Reg. 16* ^ I SAVE ^ 28%l J Good Insulation Can Cut Cooling Costs UP TO 50%! 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We Inflation, higher capital and construction costs, Increased operating expenses and environmental requirements, announced Tuesday that It Is seeking Increases In Its retail rates totaling approximately $19 million and wholesale rates of $3 million annually. cannot maintain adequate stores of material necessary to meet emergency conditions such as equipment damaged In bad storms. "And'If the day-to-day needs cannot be met, neither can we construct the enormously , . expensive generating units The company is asking the which we need to meet future Florida Public Service Com- demands and which take five to mijssion to approve Increases in ten years to construct, the company's retail rates to Blackouts and brownouts will residential, commercial, and then become a way of life to Industrial customers and the people in Northwest Florida. Federal Power Commission for "Inflation Is literally eating an Increase In wholesale rates us alive. Other businesses have to four rural electric been able to raise their prices cooperatives and one consistently over a period of Investor-owned utility. time to cover Increased costs The proposed retail rate while we have had to absorb mcrease would raise the bill of higher and higher costs from the average residential oUr suppliers without offsetting customer using 1,000 rate Increases. And we are kilowatt-hours per month being deluged by notices of approximately 18 cents a day, price Increases in all materials or about $5.47 per month. almost dally, to wit the announ- In November, 1973, Guf cement last week of the 15 per- Power requested Interim retail cent steel price Increase, rate relief. In the form of a sur- ..^^^ T„„.,„ J, charge on all retail electric .,.,|^°^,f3P^J"« ^^"^^^ salel, to provide additional 1973 you have seen the prcesn revenues which would have all markets go up dramatically enabled the company to earn at ;:^°°t'rl'i ^^^^Tl^^': ^" least the earnings level which £t„f St.l„iT „m the commission had authorized t^i,:^eotLt£:L''^'^ in Gulf Power's previous rate increase. On April 22, the Public Service Commission rejected the company's request for interim relief. Gulf Power president, R.F. Ellis Jr., said: "The necessity to seek a retail rate Increase at this time Is due. In no small part, to the Public Service Commission denying Gulf Power Company's request for an interim rate increase. The fact that the costs of doing business have risen drastically due to inflation and environmental restrictions is a matter of record. These costs have seriously eroded our earnings.;' According to Ellis, the company's earnings have dropped eyen further below the level needed to provide the authorized rate of return than they were at the time of the November rate increase filing. He added: "Our financial status has continued to deteriorate alarmingly. The simple fact is that, unless we receive sufficient rate Increase, we will be unable to pay for the future construction needs of the company. "We cannot purchase all the poles or power lines we will need to hook up customers moving Into new homes, apartments, or businesses. We cannot purchase the needed materials to replace worn or percent. One of the most commonly used wires on transmission power lines is up 40 'percent. And those are just a few examples of some of the increased costs we face." In addition to the rising costs, Ellis noted that the company must finance more than $200 million worth of additional environmental equipment in order to comply with present state and federal pollution regulations with no additional revenues to offset this added expense. "The era of cheap energy has come to an end," he said. "If we are to continue to have reliable electlric service, then we must be willing to pay for It. There Is no other choice; the economic situation demands It. "Gulf Power Company Is committed to the job of continuing to provide reliable electric service for the people of Northwest Florida. Every effort has been made to keep our rates fair and reasonable. We can meet these comnutmen- ts, however, only if we have the understanding and support of the public in seeking necessary rate increases from the Public Service Commission and the Federal Power Commission. The requested Increase Is absolutely essential to the existence of Gulf Power Company." Senate Candidates Active In Area Former state Sen, Mallory Home called for better protection of Florida's shellfish Industries and estuarlne breeding grounds In a campaign speech Tuesday in Apalachlcola. Home, running for the U.S. Senate on the Democratic ticket, told a civic club that "creative conservation" is needed. He defined it as going one step further than just correcting what has been done to damage the environment. "It's more than just stopping something bad, It's starting something good," he said. He gave as an example the recent proposal to dredge a channel and build a series of dams and locks on the Apalachlcola River to provide a reservoir for a shipyard. "Granted the shipyard is sorely needed to improve the economy of the river basin area, but not to the detriment of our thriving seiafood industry," Home, from Tallahassee, said. Home, who resigned as Senate President Monday to campaign, said officials Including him forced the Army Corps of Engineers to produce acceptable alternatives to the proposal. Meanwhile, another senatorial aspirant, Secretary of State Richard Stone, was talking about foreign aid in Tallahassee. Stone issued a statement calling on the United States to "either cut off foreign aid to Turkey or require the Turkish government to repay $20 million In loans because of Its recent decision to lift the ban on tl e growing of the opium poppy." He said Turkey should grc^ enough opium to ease ar^y existing worldwide medical shortage "and noTnore."
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