Northwest Florida Daily News, March 9, 1995

Northwest Florida Daily News

March 09, 1995

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Northwest Florida Daily News (Newspaper) - March 9, 1995, Fort Walton Beach, Florida WEATHER TODAY Sunny. High near 60; low 30s. North wind 10 to 15 mph/2A.FEATURES INSIDE INDEXGadgets can become indispensiblePAGE 1CBig college tournaments begin todayPAGE 1D 6B Local.................. 1B ?0 AD 3C 2B BB 2B 70 1D 7D 1C 4A TV Schedule..... SD r 4 sections, 36 pages Fort Walton Baach, Fla. Copyright® 1895. The Daily News THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 1995 0 ™m "T" NORTHWEST FLORIDADaily News 3, 1995 ■ ~~ 50# GOP takes aim at taxes ■ House Democrats oppose the measure that is a big part of the 'Contract.' WASHINGTON (AP) - Families with children and thousands of businesses and investors would be the chief beneficiaries of tax cuts House Republicans plan to unveil Thursday as part of their "Contract With America." Some Republicans, including many senators, have said they would rather focus on deficit reduction than on tax cuts. But Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Archer, R-Texas, said Wednesday that his package will closely track the plan the contract envisioned, calling for $200 billion in tax cuts over five years. "We're committed to the contract," Archer said in an interview. "We ran on it, we all signed it, and we'll do what we said we were going to do." Like the contract, the Ways and Means measure will include a $500 tax credit per child below age 18 for families earning $200,000 a year or less, reductions in the capital gains tax rate paid by people who sell land and other property, and more generous individual retirement accounts. Republicans say they plan to pay for it with savings from revamping welfare, renewing some restrictions on Medicare and cutting other programs. Most House Democrats will oppose the measure that is all but certain to be approved by the Ways and Means panel next week and the full House later. The Democrats, now in the minority, complain that it would bestow tax breaks on the wealthy, paid for with cuts in programs for the poor. They also argue that tax cuts should wait until the budget deficit is heading sharply downward. "We just think it's wrong to move forward at this time with tax cuts," said Rep. Beryamin Cardin, D-Md., a Ways and Means member. "If it's later in the session, if we've seen we've moved forward against the deficit, then Please see TAX/9A It was Spartan and sometimes lacked heat, but the old Destin Community Center had room enough to accommodate crowds such as this one when It served as City Council's first meeting hall between 1985 and April 1987. Growing Destin gears up to party down at City Hall ■ The once tiny fishing ■village went through some big changes in its first 10 years By PATRICK GILSENAN Daily New« Staff Writer DESTIN - What started with a volunteer secretary and a borrowed typewriter has grown to become a viablexity with 36 employees providing a multitude of services. The City of Destin turned 10 years old last November and will celebrate the anniversary Friday with an open house at the new City Hail. The multimillion-dollar facility, which opened in February, houses more than eight offices and 25 computers. It is a for cry from the single room in the rodeo building behind the community center which served as the city's first office. "We started off with nothing, said Theo Shaw, one of the city's first councilmen. During the city's first few months the volunteer employee used her own borrowed typewriter to handle city business and council meetings were held in the old community center, which often had no heat, Shaw said. Although things have im .....-....... " I .............. ■" .......... ' 7——'-------- Destin at a glance 1984 1994 Population 6,200 8,985 City «mployaos 0(8 in 1985) 36 City budget 0 ($1,567,700 in 1986) $7,167,549 Tax Revenue 0 ($997,352 in 1986) $1,104,550 Tax rate 0(1.5 mills in 1986) 1.48 mills Property value $657,544,962 $784,696,284 City computers 0 25 • Daily News/DEBBIE ADKISON proved, the effort to turn the 4,574-square-acre stretch bordering the Gulf Coast into a city was an often difficult and divisive task. Destin was incorporated Nov. 6,1984, when a scant 108-vote margin approved a public referendum on the issue, 1,135-1,027. The vote followed two Coiled incorporation referendums in 1973 and 1982 and marked the seventh time a citizens' group had pushed to make Destin a city. Incorporation opponents, including current councilman Dewey Destin Jr., feared the city would duplicate services with the county or impose unnecessary taxes, Destin said. "The folks that moved to Destin ... were the type that didn't want to live in a city," said Destin, whose ancestors were Daily News/DEBBIE ADKISON among the first fishing families to arrive in the area around the' 1830s. "They were a pioneering type and suspicious of government." Becoming a city was only the first step. Numerous growing pains remained ahead for the new citizens. Deciding who to elect, adopting ordinances and setting the tax rate were among the early controversies. There were also allegations of sexual harassment, obscene phone calls and improper labor practices leveled against then and current City Manager Phiiip Cook. Most point, however, to the closure of old U.S. Highway 98 as the city's most controversial issue in the last 10 years. Please see DESTIN/10A Study targets straight skinny on fat ■ Researchers say there's a body of evidence that despite the diet, some people burn fewer calories after losing weight. BOSTON (AP) - The hardest part of a diet is keeping off the weight. Now researchers believe they know why: The body simply burns up less energy after a weight loss. It turns out that a newly slender person uses considerably fewer calories than does someone exactly the same size who has always been slim. Even exercise does less good following a diet. After a diet, people eat .reasonable meals, get modest exercise and still grow fat, Even though they think they are watching their diets, they eat more than they need. This does not mean keeping weight off is impossible, only that it is very, very difficult. It requires eating no more calories than are burned, and that means a lifelong commitment to modest eating and regular exercise. While it may seem like grim news for overweight people, Dr. Rudolph Leibel sees a bright side. "It suggests that the maintenance of body weight is a biological phenomenon, not solely a voluntary activity," he said. In other words, obesity is not necessarily a badge of gluttony and sloth. It's natural. Leibel and his colleagues at Rockefeller University in New York believe they have found an internal control that tries to keep body fat at a reasonably constant level. This level differs from person to person, and no one knows how an individual's fat target gets set. The body does this by adjusting its metabolism — the rate at which it burns up calories — in response to both weight loss and gain. When someone takes pounds off, the metabolism slows. When they put it on, their metabolism burns food more quickly. Either way, the body tends to try to get back to a particular level of fatness, what some experts call the set point. The latest work results from a study of 18 overweight volunteers and 23 people who had never been obese. The results, published in today's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, show the fat and the lean alike respond to weight changes the same way. When they lose 10 percent of their body weight, their bodies compensate by burning up 15 percent fewer calories than would be expected. When they increase their weight by 10 percent, they use up 15 percent more calories than would be expected. About 60 percent of the body's energy is used to keep the heart pumping, the lungs breathing, the cells working and other internal housekeeping, what's called the resting metabolism. Another 10 percent is used for digestion. The final 30 percent is the energy burned up in physical activity. The researchers found that when people gain weight, they burn up more calories during physical activity than would be expected for people their size. But their resting metabolisms are the same. When they lose weight, however, the energy consumed by both their resting metabolism and exercise go down. Somehow, their muscles become more efficient. Hospital eyes deal ■ The Twin Cities and Destin facilities could become part of a spinoff package. By BETH CHACEY Daily News Destin Bureau Chief DESTIN - Destin Hospital was a foreseen target of sale speculation. Now HCA Twin Cities Hospital has stumbled into the world of corporate curiosity. With Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp.'s proposed merger with HealthTrust Inc. looming, Okaloosa County and Destin city officials have passed resolutions supporting Columbia/HCA spinning off its Destin and Twin Cities hospitals to competitors. The resolutions were drafted Tuesday by Destin Hospital advisory board member Lloyd Blue and will be forwarded to officials investigating antitrust issues. But Twin Cities isn't going anywhere, a Columbia/HCA official said. "It is our goal to retain the facility," said Columbia/HCA spokeswoman Lindy Richardson. And "details of the merger process, we're not making public." Destin Hospital lessee-in-waiting Scott Hopes provided his version of what he says Columbia/ HCA has proposed to antitrust investigators: The corporation has offered the Destin and Niceville hospitals with their combined 125 beds to be sold to competitors if, in return, it is allowed to keep Crest-view's North Okaloosa Medical Center and Santa Rosa Medical Center, which would be obtained through the controversial merger. The Crestview and Santa Rosa hospitals have 229 beds combined. The pending HealthTrust merger would give Columbia/HCA control of every Okaloosa County hospital except Eglin Regional Hospital. But no one, not even Columbia/HCA, expects a monopoly scenario to fly with state or federal officials. Blue named Twin Cities as a likely candidate in the divestiture process in his resolutions because, in his opinion, "I think it probably gets down to a Crestview divestiture or a Twin Cities-Destin divestiture." Blue, who told Coun-Resolutionsurprisesofficials By BRUCE ROLFSEN Daily News Staff Writer NICEVILLE - A move to sell HCA Twin Cities Hospital as part of a deal involving the closed Destin Hospital caught Niceville and Valparaiso leaders off guard. Tuesday, the Okaloosa County Commission and Destin City Council passed resolutions supporting the sale of HCA Twin Cities Hospital by Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. in order to smooth the way for the sale of Destin Hospital, also owned by Columbia/HCA. Before saying "yes" to the resolution, neither the County Commission nor Destin Council asked people in the Twin Cities what they thought of the proposal. "It came as a total surprise," said David Whalen, Twin Cities Hospital administrator who has held the post for seven years. Whalen said he has heard nothing from his corporate bosses in Nashville that the 75-bed hospital was on the block. The Niceville hospital employs about 225 people and in 1995 has had about 49 percent of its beds filled. Late Wednesday after- Please see SURPRISE/1 OA cilman Joe Mizell he was acting independently, urged passing the resolution so the document could be forwarded to the state Attorney General's office and the Federal Trade Commission to show community support. Both agencies are investigating the merger. But Trisha Spillan, spokeswoman for the Attorney General's office, said, "I think the decision we make will be based Please see DEAIV1 OA BIKER BARKER Boe, a 3-year-old chow chow owned by Gary Shfrey of Carterville, Qa., sitaout, a brief shower Wednesday beneath an umbrella on the back of his itiaster'l^ motorcycle on Main Street in DaytonaBeach. Thousands of bikers haye h^t^gr beaches and the streets for Bike Weefc, tfhich began Friday and runs through " Sunday/Related story/3B. • ÌÉÉHÌMÉÉÉ ;