The Bradenton Herald from Bradenton, Florida on November 1, 1987 · 15
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The Bradenton Herald from Bradenton, Florida · 15

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Civic Center showcase offers browsers nautical booty CHRIS DOWNEY Herald Staff Writer " They uy the two happiest days in a boat owner's life are the day ns buys his boat and the day he sells his boat In between there are boat shows The annual Florida Boat Show washed into the Manatee Civic Center this weekend showcasing a variety of sea craft and high-tech accessories But there was no spark of impulse shopping in Don Nipper’s eye as he surveyed the nautical booty The 31-year-old Valrico man has been walking the boat' show circuit for several years searching for the elusive flat-bottomed bass boat that he can afford “You know what the definition of a boat is? It’s a hole in the water you throw money into” he said A1 Carr 41 of 6820 12th St E already has a boat — (me that he just finished paying for Now he wants to trade it in for a better boat “I like this one” he said running “You know what the definition of a boat Is? It’s a hole in the water you throw money into” Don Nipper boat shopper his hand over the sleek fiberglass hull of a small flat-bottomed bass boat “Me and the old lady like to fish" Video-taped promotional spots show the wind-blown faces of happy boat owners as they slice through the water at a tremendous speed But one boat salesman said utility not velocity was what interested most boat browsers at the show “The ones I’ve talked to aren't interested in speed’’ he said “Moat of the men want a good fishing boat but when the wives talk they want something comfortable for the family” said Lau GutshaU salesman for Helmsman Marina 7700 S Tamiami Trail Sarasota Dale Robbins general manager of the Florida State Boat Show said that high technology has given the boating industry new vitality “Boats have become more sophisticated” he said “They literally give you all the comforts of home while afloat” Nowhere is this revolution in boating more evident than the display put on by Rotary Marine Air — manufacturers of a boat air-conditioning system “You take a day when it is 90 degrees out it will be 95 or 100 degrees in the cabin of your boat” said Lyman Bower a salesman for Rotary Marine Air — the Sarasota company that can climate control your cabin cruiser for under 92000 “People who go out on their boat want to be comfortable” And people who fish want results At least that’s the message BOATS ToB-3 Myakka murder i' unsolved The Aug 19 slaying has the dubious distinction of being the sole unsolved homicide since Sheriff Charlie Wells took office MARTY ROSEN Herald Staff Writer ' Todd McAfee’s shocked family huddled in a comer of the public safety complex as four TV cameras turned up their bright lights and newspaper photographers clicked tlywr cameras It was the morning of Aug 19 less than 86 hours after McAfee a 27-year-old tomato farm manager had been killed ' But the media frenzy wasn’t for lum Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Jeff Young was murdered Aug 18 in an unrelated shooting A suspect in that case was in jail and officials tint Hntnila to release The McAfee family passed through the lobby almost unnoticed Since then Manatee County sheriff’s investigators have said leads in the case have run dry - This gunshot killing of tht Myakka City man has the dubious distinction of being the sole unsolved homicide committed in Manatee County since Sheriff Charlie Wells took office No arrest is in sight : “What see have is out We’re ‘Sandpile’ optimism tempered The initial plans were big Now three years later some of the construction has panned out while other projects died STACEY FRANK Harald Staff Writer MURDBR ToB-3 M '“YY ' QRANT JEFFERESBraderton Herald ' Hobgoblins witches and all manner of scary creatures roamed area streets Saturday with nearly 5000 turning out for the festKntSesfitthe Manatee County Fairgrounds in Palmetto The night’s “devilment" sponsored by the Manatee County Board of Realtors included a haunted house and trick-or-treating ' V- '"Jvs -SteW-i Halloween candle sets child’s costume on fire MARTY ROSEN Herald Staff Writer -A 5-year-old Palmetto girl was binned Halloween night when flames from a candle set her costume on fire - Chelsea Shackelford of 906 20th Avenue W was waiting fra candy at a neighbor’s house when she brushed against the patio decoration Palmetto police said She suffered second- and third-degree burns on the backs of her legs police said Chelsea was in stable condition Saturday night at Manatee Memorial Hospital The child was standing with a group of costumed children' at 2202 Sixth St 1 W when the accident happened “She got too dose to a decorative candle in a vase on the front porch Her costume caught 'on fire” said Palmetto CpL Dennis Hair She had been trick-or-treating with her mother Alice Palmetto police did not know how the fire was extin guished or what type of costume the child was wearing That was the only incident fra a quiet Halloween night Across Manatee County police and hoepital workers said they were treated to few tricks At Manatee Memorial Hoepital radiologist Paula Jones turned the X-ray machine on bags of Halloween candy as some parents took the hoepital up on its five offer to check fra tampered treats “They didn't find anything Just a couple of staples and that was in the plastic bags surrounding food It tinned out to be a real nice experience fra everybody" said a hospital employee At HCALW Blake Hospital more than 30 youngsters lugged begs of candy to the X-ray room None of the goodies had been tampered with said technician Pat More He said the children were pleased to learn their candy was safe but not grateful enough to share with him Three years ago the “Sandpile” — heralded as the next yuppie playground on Florida’s southwest coast — was the talk of the town Today people still are talking and it’s not all good Officials now are finding they must temper their initial enthusiasm for grand development because of the economic realities of the Bradenton market And that according to one expert should not be all that surprising Carol Taylor a research economist at the Universi-r ty of Florida in Gainesville said developers and city ' officials may have overestimated the population of young professionals in Bradenton “I’m not sure how big of a yuppie market there is in Bradenton” Taylor said “That was not my general impression and that could be a problem with that type of waterfront development” - But others disagree with Taylor’s assessment saying the “Sandpile” still has the potential for big development “I think the city waterfront can definitely take off with a festival mall with attractions that bring people into the area” said John Sumner developer of the Plaza del Rio office tower “But the reality is that it cannot be done any faster than the market is ready” Local developers dollar signs running through their heads originally proposed several large projects Bradenton officials with dollar signs also in mind began adding up lease fees and taxes that could be generated from that strip of city-owned land Between the Green and DeSoto bridges the 52-acre stretch of land known as the “Sandpile” was framed when the city filled the area with dredge material from the Manatee River in the late 1960s to increase downtown waterfront property The initial plans were big A new hotel Ritzy shops and restaurants Swanky condos And a modern six-story office tower And when construction on the first projects began in the early 1980s it signaled a new beginning in downtown development — or so everyone believed From the time the city created the “Sandpile” two decades ago the land had been vacant Now three years later some of the construction has panned out while other projects died The rest of the proposals have shifted to a more conservative scale The Holiday Inn is relatively successful said city ’SANDPILE' ToB-3 - Policy flip-flops jeopardize roads sewers The revisions by county decisionmakers have slowed the multimillion-dollar program — and more delays could threaten federal aid MARC PERRUSGUIA HeraW Staff Writer - Flip-flops in policy and inconsistent decision-making have helped to jeopardise a multimillion-dollar program to build new sewer lines and pave roads in Manatee County County commissioners will hold yet another round of taiira on the special-assessment program Tuesday The plan this time is a “safety-net” designed to pay costly special assessments fra low-income families The proposed safety net is the latest in a series of revisions intended to reduce the expensive special Heart attack on vacation becomes a federal study AUSON DAVIS Harald Staff Writer - JENNIFER TEETERBradanton Harald Joanne Douthett Is participating in a national heart study When Joanne Douthett and her husband Harry planned their fall vacation they ' mapped a route that would take them from their Zipperer Road home on an autumn drive through the Appalachian Mountains Fra their final destination they chose Pennsylvania where they would visit rela- tives Joanne Douthett never considered a stop in Georgia to become part of a federally funded study on treatment fra heart disease She hadn’t considered heart disease at alL No rate in her family had it and Douthett 62 felt fine She thought something else was wrong when she had a heart attack the first day of the trip She had eaten a salad fra lunch She had grown bored after hours of riding in the car smoking cigarette after cigarette to pass the time When the pain In her throat started Douthett thought the combination of raw vegetables and Tareytons had made her 11L “In about an hour It was so bad — it was like I was getting gas in my stomach” she said “It was squeezing my chest so bad — between my throat and my cheat” The pain continued to worsen When they stopped fra gasoline in Athens Ga Douthett told heir husband that MEANT ToB-7 wvuuoni lntenaea vo nauov uw npuiiiw pww i Reach out and touch county s public records? septic tanks The revisions have slowed the program — and more delays could threaten federal aid and attempts to protect the environment by eliminating septic-tank waste runoffs That’s why county decision-makers say they must get their act together — soon “I’m really having some second guesses about this whole special-assessment program” said Ed Chance riflmran of the County Commission “We need to NICK MASON Herald Staff Writer SEWERS TO B-8 You press a few keys on your computer at home or work Seconds later a court document flashes on your screen or rolls off your computer printer That sounds visionary but Manatee County's official records should be at your fingertips within fivs years The 8800000 computer expansion charted by Clerk of the Circuit Court R B “Chips” Shore will make it easy for lawyers businesses and citizens with tone push-button telephone lines to get their hands on public information “Once we're (finished) in three to five years you’d never have to stop at our office Shore said “You'll be able to get identical copies of official documents transmitted to you The ramifications are far reaching" Real estate brokers and house-hunters will examine property deeds mortgages and foreclosure records Company personnel directors will have instant access to criminal records of employees and lob applicants Lenders will look fra civil judgments to learn if borrowers are good credit risks “Car dealers should be interested in this” Shore said "They’ll be able to check end see if a judgment exists against a customer's trade-in when he walks in to buy a new car” Optical discs and laser printers will team to transmit records so precisely that the copy contains human finger RECORDS To B-2 I I

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