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   Galveston Daily News (Newspaper) - April 25, 2004, Galveston, Texas                                eon TEXAS OLDEST NEWSPAPER FOUNDED IN 1842 LIFESTYLE Passion for poetry G A L V E S T cN C O U N T THEIMYNE Sunday April 25 2004 Vol 162 No 15 0018733 Sfll HIRCRPUHILISHIKC INC 2GZ7 YflHDflL BR EL PftSU TX 733033724 n Rn R ADC 780 GALVESTON Mayoral race one of the most competitive in years By SARAH VIREN The Qaily News The mayoral race has been one of the most heated this season and one of the most competitive in years It includes two current council members as well as a community activist from UTMB and a former beach patrol employee AbdulH Amin This is the second time AbdulH Amin 55 has run for mayor His previous at tempt was against incum bent Roger Bo Quiroga Quiroga could not run this year because of term limits Amin who works as a respiratory therapist at the University of Texas Med ical Branch said he learned from that experience and is much more confident this time around Raised in Arkansas Amin moved to Galveston in 1981 lured in by the turquoise waters of the Gulf He is a selfdescribed idealist and said lie thinks significant shifts in the leadership and manage ment culture of council and city hall are the first steps See MAYORAL HITCHCOCK Afairto remember 66th annual county fair winds to a close By NATHAN SMITH The Daily News With muddy parking lots still filled with a sea of pickup trucks and trailers smokers still filled with brisket and sausage and a rodeo arena still full of roping and riding on Saturday it looked for all the world as if Galveston County never wanted its annual fair and rodeo to end As the events final day drew to a close in the wee hours of this morning however fair and rodeoor ganizers heaved a tired sigh and propped their boots up content with creating the liveliest in years Despite a bit of rain on Friday morning good weather came to gether with new events such as the fairs firstever jalapenoeating con test to draw an estimated visitors by the time gates closed late Saturday night said Mark Gerald the fairs director of security How ever the events biggest draw he said remains community together ness and fellowship People see each other for the first See CHAD Daily News Martin Hernandez left and Jesse Her nandez with the BarBQue Outlaws Cook Off Team prepare ribs for fudging at the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo CHAD Daily News Jessica Sanders 14 does a flip on the bungeejumpatthe Galveston County Fair and Rodeo at Jack Brooks Park in Hitchcock on Saturday Muddy parking lots and gray skies werent enough to keep fair goers away from the last day of the 66ih annual fair and rodeo Officials visitors at tended this years event between April 15 and Saturday TEXAS CITY Opposing postons Firefighters city differ on proposition By ALICIA GOODEN The Daily News Between the two of them Brian Ringleben and Harmon Hart work six jobs Its not something we want to do but we have to do said Hart president of the Texas City firefighters union Over the last month firefighters in Texas City have picked up another job trying to rally sup port among resi dents to defeat Proposition 1 during Mays elec tion That measure would let the city optout of a consti tutional amend ment guaranteeing municipal em ployees especially firefighters and vol unteer firefighters and their beneficia ries a pension From the citys perspective not going to the voters for approval on whether to spend taxpayer money to make up losses in the firefighters pension fund would be irresponsible If youre going to ask the voters to make up the deficiencies they have the right to say whether they want to optin or said Mayor Carlos Garza Texas City firefighters said that they are trying to squash misinformation and pro paganda which have created a false sense of panic among voters I think there is this sentiment that the residents will have to make up for bad in vestments and thats simply not Ringleben said See What the proposition says all nonstatewide retirement and dis ability retirement ben efit plans established and maintained by the City of Texas City be exempt from the appli cation of and provi sions of Article XVI Section 66 of the Texas Constitution entitled Protected Benefits Under Certain Public Retirement Systems Web site Floating bed and breakfast sinks off Pier 22 By NATHAN SMITH The Daily News Did a group of obese people sink Mussolinis yacht in its berth at the Port of Galveston The truth of that version of events could not be verified Sat urday But it was an obvious fact that the 120foot schooner Stacia Leigh sat with its keel in the mud of a slip at Pier 22 where it has operated as a bed and break fast since 2000 A Coast Guard represen tative said the Stacia Leigh was reported taking on water at GALVESTON CHAD Daily News The Stacia Leigh Bed and Breakfast is shown after it sank Saturday The Stacia Leigh which was once owned by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was moored at Pier 22 in Galveston and eventually sank No one was injured in the accident according to a Coast Guard rep resentative When the Coast Guards Ma rine Safety Unit determined that See STACIA KEMAH Residents question proposed land swap ByTEDSTREULI The Daily News A developer wants to trade a sandpit for usable land in Kemah and so far Mayor Bill Ring thinks it might be a pretty good idea even though the city doesnt yet own the land it would swap Some residents and city council members remain un convinced A 57acre site owned by the county was promised to the city of Kemah for use as a park about a decade ago but Kemah doesnt want the Bill King land yet A master parks plan was sub mitted to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Depart ment last week if the plan is approved the city hopes to apply for a state park grant that would match the amount raised by the city for park construction The city wants to use the See Weather Todays Forecast Thunderstorms High 76 Low 64 Details B14 2004 The Galvcslon County Daily Mews C o u N 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