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   Record-Eagle (Newspaper) - March 10, 1976, Traverse City, Michigan                                Sections, 22 Pages Court mulls federal bid for park land GRAND RAPIDS (UPI) A federal judge is considering a government request to force a Kalkaska land developer to sell some acres of lake front land in Benzie County to the National Park Service for the proposed Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. U.S. District Judge Noel P. Fox took under advisement Monday a land con- demnation suit filed by the National Park Service against Pierce Stocking, of Kalkaska Park officials say Stocking's partially developed land is a "key parcel" in the proposed 62.000-acre park. The suit was filed in 1974 after Stocking and the Park Service failed to agree on a selling price. Stocking's attorney, Dale Rhoades of Grand Rapids., said the government's original offer for the land in 1974 was The offer now stands at million, he said! The offer is included in the report of a commission appointed by the court last year to study the proposed transaction and suggest a fair settlement. The report was the subject of Monday's hearing. "We find the report Rhoades said. So far. the government has acquired some 22.000 acres of park land since it tirst began buying up land from private landowners in .1974. Park superintendent Julius Martinek said the process has been slower than originally expected. Land values in some cases, he risen 300 to 400 per cent since the beginning of the acquisition process. Martinek said con- gress originally authorized million for land acquisition. With little more than a third of the land bought, it will take another million to complete the process, he said. Traverse City Record-Eaqle k. m Tmmrui r Traverse City, Michigan, 4MM Wednesday, U, President Ford and Jimmy Carter both have the look of winners after Tuesday's Florida primary. Ford dealt Ronald Reagan's bid for the Republican nomtoaUdTa Price II cents Ford, Carter tvin in Florida critical blow and Carter topped George Wallace and Henry Jackson in the election. News analysis MIAMI (UPI) President Ford roll-' eel ,to a fourth straight primary win Tuesday in Florida and Jimmy Carter claimed the role of Democratic fron- truhner by ending George .Wallace's rule in Dixie: Ronald Reagan, 65-year old leader of the GOP's conservative wing, and Wallace, the paralyzed three-term Alabama governor, were.the big losers in the nation's fourth and the South's first primary of the, Bicentennial election year. Reagan, who to stop the suddenly smooth political machine, said he would not quit. But he hinted at a new Southern strategy to keep his hopes alive for the GOP nomination: Wallace who shocked the Democrats four years ago by winning the Florida primary with 42 per cent of the vote said he was 'proud of his second place finish although almost 10 Reagan's campaign in deep trouble fTTPTY__ AC- j WASHINGTON (UPI) As a result of Tuesday's Flonda primary results, if Ronald Reagan's campaign is not dead it at least is on the critical list. And if Jimmy Carter is not the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, then no one is. Jleagan says he will continue his challenge of Ford all the way to the GOP national convention in Kansas City m August. But unless the former California governor can quickly erase the memory of losses to Ford after confrontations in New Hampshire and Florida, as well as defeats in Massachusetts and Vermont, he will be regarded as nothing more than a dogged loser. Carter says there still is a long way to go to win the Democratic nomination, and he is right. But by defeating the Alabama governor in Florida, a state where Wallace routed all .Democratic .comers four years ago, Carter demonstrated that Wallace is vulnerable in the South and reduced him again to the status of protest candidate. This has the practical effect of further reducing the Democratic 'nomination field and could assure Carter of at least second place on the ticket. Reagan was supposed to have a lock on the conservative voteln Florida, and that was supposed to be the ball game. Florida also was supposed to be Wallace country and few pundits believ- Bank, city spar over zoning Rv HAVRS _r c___._., By DAVID HAYES _ Record-Eagle staff writer TRAVERSE CITY A showdown between city officials and represen- tatives of the Michigan National Bank may be approaching over a banking facility at the Grandview Plaza office building. Howard Stoddard, manager'of the bank's loan production office in Grand- view Plaza, told .the Record-Eagle to- day that the bank has applied to the U.S. Controller of the Currency for authority to open full-service branch banking facilities at the office building on East Grandview Parkway and at the Cherryland Mall. Stoddard said the banking facility would include full-service banking, han- dle checking and savings accounts and continue to operate as a loan production office The loan production office presently employs six persons, Stoddard said The full-service function would mean the ad- dition of four tellers, he said. City officials expressed concern about the banking operation at a meeting of the Traverse City Planning Commission Tuesday night. Under the Planned Unit Development zoning code under which the office building was con- structed, customer service operations are banned because of limited parkins facilities. The city commission instructed City Attorney Dennis Huntley to study the banking operation to determine if it is in' violation of city zoning codes at a meeting last month. Grandview Plaza also contains an ac- counting firm and a trust office for the Empire National Bank. Stoddard said Michigan National Bank applied for the two branch bank- ing operations "several months ago Officials of the U S Controller of the Currency's Office in Washington, D. C were unavailable for comment on the bank's application at press time today. Stoddard said he "can't understand" the controversy over the bank's office in Grandview Plaza because it would not'add additional traffic to the western Traverse City area. "People don't travel all over town to cash a check or place money in a savings Stoddard said. "The savings rates are the same all over town. It is difficult to get retail trade to come across town from different neighborhoods." Stoddard said. Michigan National Bank's interest rates and checking facilities are competitive with other Traverse City banks. Most of the branch bank's customers in Grandview Plaza would be from "the building itself and the he said Tony Miceli of Orchard Cove Associates, developers of the office building, said there is "definitely adequate parking" at Grandview Plaza Stuart Hubbell, attorney for the Michigan National Bank and a representative of Grandview Proper- ties Limited, which has a controlling in- terest in the office building, was un- 'available to comment because he will "be-out of town until Monday." ac- cording to a secretary. ed Carter could do much beyond cutting into the Alabaman's 41.8 percent winn- ing figure of 1972. But Ford showed himself to be a good campaigner and quick to learn the ad- vantages of the presidency in seeking votes.'He called in professionals to replace 'well-meaning amateurs in New Hampshire and Florida, but it appears it was Ford himself who piilled victory out in both states by timely visits and well-placed darts in his opponent. Ford also had help from' the economy. Increasing signs of recovery, especially the continued reduction of unem- ployment, had to be a campaign asset tor him. Reagan can' pull himself -up by defeating Ford in North Carolina or Wisconsin. But he had planned to show.-in. .thef first primaries that ,Ford was no more than a smalltime Michigan congressional politician who would' fold at the first punch. Blast, gas, kill in Kentucky mine .D A v_ i WH mi _. _ _ A crashed cable car, in which 42 lies In a ravine to Trenton, Italy. The car wai carrying 43 people when it plunged 238 feet coUapKd. (UPI) after a pylon a support cable Cable car crash kills 42 TRENTO, Italy 
                            

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