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Fort Walton Beach Playground Sunday News (Newspaper) - October 4, 1970, Fort Walton Beach, Florida Playground sunday news weather vol. I 16 pages four sections fort Walton Beach Fla., sunday morning october 4, 1970 generally fair aril i Cool Nighta and warm afternoons through monday. High today and monday w to 87. Lows tonight 34 to 82. Low tide 1 h single copy 20cents p m Sunrise 8 4# Sunset a a i m a a a a 8 28.a newsman a dedication plate Fey inert put to playground daily news staffer Chuck Deloach carefully examining a photograph in preparation for writing the outline typifies a reporters dedication to putting out the Best product possible on a Day to Day basis. News paper staffs across the country Are being re minded of the goals of a newspaper As National newspaper week kicks off its week Long Observance today. D. O. T. Condemns Wayside pie landmark coming Down the fishing pier at Wayside Park on Okaloosa Island which is looked upon a a a kind of landmark of local residents is coming Down soon and those who use it to cast for fish Are none too Happy about it. . Webb or. District Engineer of the Florida department of trans rotation explained in an announcement that the old pier was being torn Down a because of. The potential danger to the he said the the department planned to carry out the a demolition work in the first weeks in the extent of the deterioration of the piling was revealed earlier this year when a portion of the far end of the pier caved in. The Boardwalk is also minus three or four planks making even a walk on it a Little hazardous. Peter Antosh 55, of Valparaiso who fishes from the pier a about once a week a said the Structure had been Here As Long As he could remember and he would a hate to see it to Peter or. His son the pier was one of his Best fishing places. A i ave caught a lot of fish off he said. A gee in a going to miss fishing off the elder Antosh said the pier besides being Ideal for fishing is also used by Many a people who just like to come Down Here and just stroll he voiced the opinions of others by stating that the present Structure should be repaired or a new one built by the Highway department. Antosh added that the pier also served As an excellent place for youths to gather. Quot it has helped a lot of them stay off the streets. They come out Here and enjoy a Good clean in his notification to the Okaloosa county commission Webb said that a recent investigation by structural engineers from his department had determined the pier a is a definite Hazard to the people using he said some bracing work and replacing of flooring had been done but Only As a a temporary Webb said the Basic problem was that the piling which has deteriorated a will not support pile driving equipment necessary for their replacement a the District Engineer noted that Wood materials deteriorates Quot very rapidly at this particular location because of the wave action and the Marine life and said that his department had investigated the possibility of providing a Concrete Structure. However if built the same length the Structure would Cost about $200,000, which he said was prohibitive. Bruce Robertson a fort Walton Beach youth thought the departments decision was he was of the opinion that the state department should build a new pier next to the present one and not tear the old one Down until the new one is ready. A we done to want the pier taken Down a said Terry Stahr 14, of Ocean City he added that he and two of his friends had discussed posting signs around the pier protesting the Highway departments decision. Louis Hicks of fort Walton Beach who moved to this area from Michigan after retiring said that Destin and the surrounding area had won Fame All the Way up to where he lived As one of the Best fishing places in the country. He added that it would be a shame to see the pier which is one of his favorite places go. He suggested that perhaps a Cam fish Rodeo Box score pain could be started to raise a fund for a new pier. A a in la donate $100 to it a he declared. Webb in his letter assured the county commission that the Highway department a will continue to work with the local governmental agencies to provide for a Public pier. To this end a he added a i will recommend to the Secretary of transportation the release of sufficient property on the West end of the Wayside Park so that a pier and parking could be constructed by Aid Grants below Norm to state Tallahassee Fla. Apr Florida seems to be getting a less than its fair share of Federal Grants in Aid allocated allocated among the Southeastern states comptroller Fred Dickinson said saturday. A Federal Grants in Aid to Florida increased More than $156 million Between 1960 and 1968, but floridians Are now having to pay $1.32 for every Dollar received a Dickinson said. Dickinson who is the states top fiscal officer said that recent Federal Reserve figures indicate that Federal Aid accounts for about 28 per cent of the combined general Revenue of state governments in the Southeast. Florida ranked second of All states in the Southeast in total funds received in 1960, but eight years later dropped to third place while receiving $327.7 million the comptroller said. A those were crucial years for Florida. While we did receive More Federal Aid it did not come close to Matching our tremendous growth in population a Dickinson prize division King mackeral Leader Mercer Gainesville a 22 la. 13 of. Runner up Fred Hoffman fort Walton Beach 20 la 14 of. Today Fred Hoffman. Red snapper Leader Charles Schaefer fort Walton Beach 26 la. 8 of. Runner up Charlie Hill fort Walton Beach 18 la. To of. Today John h. Taylor Mary Esther 14 la. 14 of. Special ladies Bonus Leader Edne Andrews Pine Bluff Ark. King 12 la. 4 of. Weekly Leader oct. 19 red snapper mrs. C. Roach Sim Sonia ky., 17b la. 3 award division l a i g e s t edible fish Gregory Thomas Columbus ga., Wahoo 60 lbs. Today same. Warsaw jew fish Leader Floyd Quinn Shalimar 118 lbs. 8 of. Weekly Leader oct. 1-9, awards division amberjack r. C. Rumph Fairfield. A la., 49 lbs. Dolphin or c e. Whitaker. Co Lumbus ga., 2b lbs weekly Leader oct. 1-9, same. Little tuna Bonita g f. Gor such Huntsville Ala to lbs. 3 of Black grouper Leader Stan Reyes sentenced on drug charges Ley Bloodworth Paducah by. 59 lbs. Today Charle Latterner Hunt Ville Ala. 39 la. 8 of. I e r Bridge surf division Leader George Berry Mary Esther Jack 27, la. 8 of. Today same. A 20 year old fort Walton Beach leading Pompano Don Enoch you a was sentenced to a total of 30 fort Walton Beach 12 of. Years in prison on four counts of Nar billfish Cutie violations according to the Oka Loosa county sheriff s department longest Sailfish m. C. Keith Joseph Allen Reyes was charged Hopkinsville ky., b it. 8 % in. With Possession of marijuana Sale of longest White Marlin Roger marijuana Possession of hashish and Shatzer fort Walton Beach 6 it. In 4 Sale of hashish and was sentenced to in. Five years on each count of Possession largest Blue or Black mar and m years on each count of Sale to in Richard Miller Iii Brewton Ala., no concurrently by circuit court 2uu la. 8ft. But in. Judge Charles Wade Junior division Reyes was arrested along with seven other youths in raids last june 4. It Leader Keith Najarian Destin was claimed that Reyes had sold the choler 6 of. Narcotics to state agents. Reyes Bond was set at $2u,, according to the Index sheriffs departments. A not guilty plea was entered by Reyes on All counts. According to Bridge judge Wade the Trail lasted five Days classified.16-17 ending Friday. Wade also stated that dear Reyes will be kept at the Okaloosa editorials.4 county jail until a motion Tor a new hospital.3 Trail is heard obituaries.9 for All four counts Reyes will spend sport. 11-13 in years in Raiford he received the stocks.14 maximum penalty allowed on Allrn omen.7-8 counts seeks insurance freeze Kirk summons special session Orlando Fla. Apr demand ing an a Send to Willy Nilly rate increases a gov. Claude Kirk saturday called a one Day special session of the legislature to act on his proposed 90day freeze on Auto insurance rates. Kirk said the special session set for next Friday was made necessary by the refusal of Allstate state farm and Liberty Mutual insurance companies to withdraw recent rate in creases averaging As much As 25 per cent or More. Efforts to obtain assurances from other companies that policy rates would be kept constant also failed Kirk said. A moratorium Kirk said a will allow the legislative committees time for proper research and to find a permanent fair solution to Florida a automobile insurance problems a so egyptian mobs denounce Israel by the associated press thousands of egyptians tramped through the streets of Cairo saturday shouting slogans denouncing Israel but they continued to mourn the death of president Gamal Abdel Nasser. Premier Alexei n. Kosygin left Cairo for Moscow after admonishing egyptian leaders to stand by the peace plan for the Middle East and the 90-Day cease fire the authoritative newspaper Al ashram reported. Acting president Anwar Sadat considered by Many diplomats a Likely member of a new collective leadership to replace Nasser said goodbye to Kosygin at Cairo a Airport. A joint soviet egyptian communique published later in Moscow said the two countries intend to a continue pooling and coordinating efforts aimed at a settlement of the Middle East it added that the soviet Union and Egypt a again reaffirmed the need for the earliest elimination of the consequences of israeli aggression and establishment of a lasting peace in the Middle East for All Peoples of that Lution that will forever prevent these huge insurance companies from prof iting at our a the action i am taking today will permit the new legislature to work with a new insurance commissioner and a new Cabinet after the novem Ber elections a said Kirk. The Republican governor is seeking re election in the nov. 3 general elec Tion. Incumbent insurance commissioner Broward Williams a Democrat was Defeated in his party a primary last month. Williams had drawn Sharp criticism from legislators and the Public Over his support of the so called California plan for fixing insurance rates. The plan allows companies to raise rates without a hearing. It was this system that state farm Allstate and Liberty Mutual utilized in announcing their increases shortly after Williams defeat at the polls. Kirk who called a news conference in Orlando to announce he was Sun Monlong the legislature said he Quot had hoped for a voluntary moratorium until the reorganization session of the a i have demanded that they with draw these staggering rate increases. They have refused a he said. Calling insurance rates a National problem Kirk said he would seek help from Republican governors in California new York Ohio and Illinois if necessary to Block the spiralling trend. Telephone service subscribers face major state rate increase subscribers to Southeastern Telephone company service will be paying annually an additional $1,346,9u5 if Southeastern follows through on the Florida Public service commissions authorization to file for a rate increase. The information came from an analysis of Southeastern petition to the commission for rate increases. The commission turned Down South Eastern a initial petition and recommended that the company refile the petition seeking rate increases less than they sought in the original petition. In reviewing Southeastern request the commission made several adjustments in figuring the results of the company a earnings. The commission noted that a additional Gross Revenue in the amount of $1,346, 905 would be necessary to give Southeastern the additional net operating income of $677,702 needed to provide a return of 7.50 percent on total capital and 11.25 percent earnings on common equity. Southeastern which has not been granted a rate increase in la years said that unlike some businesses Tele phone utilities do not necessarily reap higher profits from increased business they went further to say that Southeastern presently earning less than 6.0 percent. Commission investigation and analysis indicated that the company has a rate return of 6.12 percent. The addition $1.3 million Revenue would boost the figure to 7.5 percent. A portion of the commissions report was devoted to service deficiencies some of which were brought out at Public hearings in fort Walton Beach and Tallahassee during the commissions examination of Southeastern is petition for rate increases. Commission chairman William t. Mayo struck particularly hard at the deficiencies and had his comments reported in the commissions Overall report on the petition. A i am not satisfied with the Progress made by the company in improving the Quality of its service a said Mayo. and fort Walton Beach have Long been plagued with poor Telephone service. In my opinion there is Little or no excuse for the Type of service we have experienced in this area year after year. I recognize that improvement in this Day and time is costly and requires additional capital at High interest rates. However we appear to be in the beginning of a period when interest rates will be lower and this should be helpful to the company. Still the poor Telephone service in this area is not a product of our current inflation but is a carry Over from the Days of 3.0 percent and 4.0 percent interest rates and plentiful skilled labor. I strongly believe that the equity owners of Southeastern have an obligation under their certificate to provide ser Clee of a High Quality and i do not believe that they have adequately met their the commission classified the complaints from witnesses at the Public hearings As being primarily a Busy conditions with direct distance dealing disconnects on Long distance Calls failure to receive incoming Calls delayed dial tone slow operator answering time inter office trunks Busy and double seizures causing third party on of the most frequent complaints related to Billing errors. We can see no continuing justification for such Billing practices and have the distinct impression that the Billing of Florida subscribers from computer centers far removed from this Juris diction is the primary reason for the the commissions investigation pointed to some expansion being carried on by Southeastern As a step to Ward improving services. 8 agents say specifications avoided Council insurance award protested eight local insurance agents have charged that an insurance bid awarded by the fort Walton Beach City Council to one of its members was not awarded according to specifications. The controversial insurance bid was awarded to councilman . Long owner of the Long insurance Agency through two companies Hartford and travellers. The letter read As follows Quot the following insurance agents of fort Wal a ton Beach wish to state to the City of fort Walton Beach and the taxpayers therein the reason we did not Render a proposal on the City a insurance business. A the bid specifications indicated a the following conditions will be applicable to bidding and be binding on the successful bidder All coverages requested in these specifications shall be awarded Only to one successful agent with the possible exception of the loss of time Long term disability and accidental death coverages. With the exception of the umbrella coverage and t h e health coverages mentioned above ail coverages shall be written by the same company or company group a Quot the award was made not in accordance with the specifications. This is True because the insurance was written in two company groups not one As required in the above specifications. Quot it is recognized that the City has the right to reject any and All bids however since the taxpayers dollars will be spent to Purchase this insurance we the undersigned believe that the City wishes to allow bids to be made on an equal bid specification basis by ail agents in the City. Quot we Are hopeful that in the future we will be Given ample time to submit a bid and that the bid will be awarded in accordance with the specified the eight agents addressed the charges to City manager Winston Walker in a letter dated oct. I. Hie letter was signed by . Hunnicutt of Brooks Hunnicutt insurance and in vestments inc. Charles d. Jeffcoat assistant vice president of the Commonwealth corporation j. Floyd Courtney president of Courtney and Sci Quagge inc. Dee w. Parkton president of fort Walton insurance Agency inc. C w. Harris Harris insurance Agency Rupert b. Mcclamma president of Mcclamma Hood company Sam Lindsey presi Dent of Sam Lindsey insurance Agency inc. And Lloyd h. Waldorf presi Dent of Waldorf insurance and Bond ing inc. City councilman Higdon chair Man of the councils committee formed to review the City a insurance Purchase policies defended the City a position saturday saying that his committee had worked for Quot two months on this and had the advise of a Tallahassee insurance consultant who Drew up the specifications. Higdon also contended that Many insurers Are hesitant to write coverage for cities because of a riots and such things a the rates on the bid awarded to Long Are 15 percent or $9,, lower than the same coverage for last year according to Higdon who pointed out that no agents had appeared before the Council to protest the single bid received. Although the Premium is still sub Lect to adjustment. City clerk Charles Evans estimated Ibu. for the years coverage of ail City property. Long a bid was the Only one received although invitations to bid were sent out to 16 county agents

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