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Sun Coast Gondolier (Newspaper) - August 4, 1977, Venice, FloridaSun coast gondoliers the Vole of Tho South county vol. 33, no. 59 a 38 pages second class postage paid at Venice Florida 33595 Telephone 813 484-2611 thursday August 4, 1977 published twice weekly a Price 10c county takeover of jail approved keeping clean and Cooling off a nine year old Angela Lyons gives her horse Kim Shaw a hosing Down at the Cross a Trail ranch in Nokomis. Kim Shaw does t seem overjoyed by the situation but Angela seems to be having a Good time. Photo by Koelsch scheduled Bridge openings okayed the coast guard monday gave final approval to a plan to schedule the openings of three drawbridge in Sarasota county including Hatchett Creek Bridge in Venice. The regulations will take effect sept. 3 and will mean that the Hatchett Creek Bridge at the North Venice City limits and new pass Bridge Between Lido and longboat keys in Sarasota will open four times an hour at 15-minute intervals Between the hours of 7 30 . And 6 . Ringling causeway in Sarasota will open every 30 minutes Between those hours under the new plan. The two other Bridges crossing the intr coastal waterway in Venice one at East Venice Avenue and the other South of the City on business 41, will remain unregulated and will open on approval for the scheduled opening of the Bridges was Given by vice . . Perry on the recommendation of the seventh coast guard District office in Miami. Representatives from the District conducted Public hearings in Sarasota several months ago to get input from area citizens on the proposal which was spearheaded by Sarasota county commission chairman Beverly Clay. The commission originally passed a Resolution supporting Bridge openings twice an hour for All county Bridges but Clay said monday that some regulation is better than none at All. Venice City officials and boating representatives were hardly As pleased however. Mayor Harry Case has said the regulations done to address the problem and local boating enthusiast Paul Atrochin commented that he does no to think the plan will accomplish anything. The Venice City Council had passed a Resolution asking the coast guard to limit openings at Hatchett Creek Bridge to once an hour but officials evidently found that proposal unworkable because of the problem of holding Korp suggests Golf changes the Golf course audit task Force committee which has been looking into complaints about the operation at Lake Venice Golf course has been advised to require the management to make whatever changes Are necessary to insure that the City receives its Revenue potential from the facility. In a letter to committee chairman Eugene Caffrey assistant City attorney William Korp said a it seems that the solutions to both the accounting problems and the operation problems depend upon the City a communicating its requirements to the Golf course management and the Golf course management complying therewith within a reasonable the committee was concerned Over accounting for the rent that is due the City under the courses current accounting methods and about the actual operation and maintenance of the course. Korp advised that a since the rental to be paid under the lease is based upon the a Gross revenues derived from All operations a it is continued on Page 3 new mall opens today Sarasota county a first major enclosed shopping Complex Sarasota Square mall opened today thursday at 10 . With More than 40 specially shops two major department stores a six Bay theater and a new cafeteria. High ranking City and county officials attended the gala preview opening ceremonies which began at 9 ., featuring the Kiltie band from Sarasota clowns a circus band and Organ music. Several stores in the mall Are offering door prizes and holding drawings in Honor of the opening. Sarasota Square mall is located at the intersection of . 41 and Beneva Road eight Miles North of Venice and covers 875,000 Square feet. For further details and photos of the areas latest shopping Complex see page5. A boat stationary in the Channel for that length of time. The longer intervals at Ringling causeway were justified because there is More room for boats to Man Uever while they Are waiting for the Bridge to open. The Hatchett Creek and new pass Bridges will open on the Quarter hour half hour three Quarter hour and hour when the schedule goes into effect. Ringling causeway will open on the hour and half hour. The operation of the Venice jail could be under the direction of the Sarasota county sheriffs department within 30 Days following a county commission decision to assign five comprehensive employment training act Ceta personnel to handle the duties. Capt. Charles Vilord of the sheriff s department told the Sun coast gondolier on tuesday that once the Ceta people Are assigned the county will take Over the entire operation of the jail including meals medical care booking and breathalyzer tests. The Venice jail will become a temporary holding facility for All arrests made in the South county Vilord said including those made by the Florida Highway patrol the sheriffs department the North port police department and the Venice police department. Currently All those arrested in this area must be transported to Sarasota so the plan will not Only save the City the expense of running the jail but will be a convenience to the sheriffs department. Venice police chief Robert ferry said since he has no one assigned to run the jail full time the new arrangement will not Cut his staff. Ferry said shift commanders have been doubling up their duties and keeping watch on the facility so it will reduce the work Load for those individuals. The City will save some Money however because it will be relieved of feeding the prisoners and will no longer be responsible for medical care. Patrolmen making arrests will be Able to get Back on the Road sooner too because they wont have to prisoners. Take time to Book Venice City Council approved the takeover of the City jail by the sheriffs department several months ago but the personnel to accomplish the task have just now been allocated. Sheriff Jim Hardcastle has indicated that his department will Only continue the operation As Long As Ceta employees Are available since they Are paid by the state instead of the county. Ferry indicated that the Only savings the City May realize As a result of the Transfer of operation is $500 budgeted for food for the prisoners. County administrator de Maroney said $34,000 in state funds have been allocated to pay the five Ceta employees who will Man the jail. Council makes budget cuts the tedious line by line review of the City a proposed budget began monday with City Council making it Clear it is in the mood to reduce the $197,000 deficit it contains and avoid a tax increase if possible. Neville appointed to Muirhead s position Sarasota Republican Jim Neville has been appointed by gov. Reubin Askew to fill the county commission Post vacated by William Muirhead who resigned last week rather than meet the state s new financial disclosure provisions. Neville is a former elected official having served on the county commission from 1956 to 1960. The new commissioner should be sworn in within the next few Days according to a spokesman from Askews office and will remain in office until Muirhead a term expires in nov., 1978. Most of the commissioners seemed pleased at the Choice but area Democrat leaders were angered that Askew did not appoint a Democrat to fill the vacancy. County democratic party Leader William Mccracken of Venice suggested that the governor had killed his party in the county by making the Choice and said there Are plenty of qualified democrats who could have filled the spot. Neville who lives in Muirhead sold District has lived in the county for 24 years and is probably Best known for the meander line column he writes for the Sarasota Tribune. The new commissioner is 70, married and has two sons. The Council made its first cuts in the proposed salary increases for More than a dozen employees who had been scheduled to get a two step pay raise in the coming year under the City a pay plan. Those employees will now Only get a one step increase at a savings to the City of More than $4,000. The decision to make the cuts came after a lengthy discussion of the matter and some Sharp criticism of the pay plan and the department Heads who recommended the pay hikes. Councilman Bill Freeman voiced the loudest opposition to the across the Board pay increases for nearly every City employee and explained when he voted for the new pay plan last year he understood it would be based on Merit. City manager Dale Rieth in defending the planned pay hikes said the Way the City pay system is set up an employee would either get a raise every year or be fired because he would not be doing the Job. Freeman countered that his idea is that Only employees who Are doing an outstanding Job should get an increase in salary and not those who Are just doing a minimal Job. Rieth explained that each department head decided if his employees increase. Warrant a pay Freeman then suggested the City should a look very critically As the department Heads and get some new ones if they think everyone deserves a raise. Rieth stunned by Freeman a remarks said a i can to believe you made that a Well i made it and i stand by it a Freeman replied. The other four councilman did not seem As adamantly opposed to the one step increases As Freeman but finally voted to Cut out All two and three step hikes which have been proposed. The Council also refused to authorized hiring an assistant to the City manager and the Community Center director As had been proposed in the budget. The proposed administrative charges which was one of the hottest topics at last years budget hearings again underwent close Council scrutiny. Councilman Eugene Caffrey who is known for watching the purse strings the closest in matters of accounting said the charges Rieth proposed Are about $47,000 too High based on last years figures and asked that they be revised. Continued on Page 3 intrigue surrounds local detective As Money becomes less plentiful new approaches to getting it Are considered. One method not to consider if you live in Venice is counterfeiting. Counterfeiting is a special area of investigation for local Venice resident h. Rex Smith. You could have him to contend with during your spending spree soon finding yourself forged behind sunny Sullivan Sun Coos gondolier staff writer recently Smith was called upon by his pre retirement employer american express to investigate and destroy a ring of counterfeiters in Bogota Columbia. The suspects were printing millions of dollars of . Currency and started inking up traveler a checks resembling american express checks. A a a Check showed up in Hamburg Germany and the office called me to investigate the fellow they were holding Quot Smith recalled. The captured Man was holding four bogus passports along with a chunk of counterfeit Money according to Smith. A the cooperated with us and that produced the assignment to Bogota. This gang had been counterfeiting for Over 14 years a Smith stated. A it was a difficult weather assignment because it was the first time id Ever worked in South Smith related details of the event guardedly but what he does Tell of his recent Job dangles weaving of intrigue with an adventurous fringe. A american express created an identity for me to assume and i went to South America with phony papers a Smith recalled adding that he often went with some kind of disguise. This time the tanned Blue eyed Smith was represented continued on Page 3 High Low rain july 28 88 75 .33 july 29 89 76 .05 july 30 91 74 .00 july 31 90 75 .01 aug. 1 89 76 .02 aug. 2 89 73 .20 aug. 3 90 75 .07 rain for the week ,. .68 rain for july 9.23 rain for August 29 rain for the year 19.56 temperatures and rainfall Are recorded at 8 daily on the dates shown for the preceding 24-hour period disclosure mandated four Sarasota county commissioners lost their Battle to avoid making Complete financial disclosures this week when a Leon county circuit judge ruled that they Are constitutional officers and must therefore comply with the Sunshine amendment. Commissioners Larry Rhodes Beverly Clay Andrew Sandegren and John Saba had argued that they were not constitutional officers but charter officers and that the Law did not apply to them. But judge Charles Miner ruled monday in Tallahassee that the commissioners along with All other county officers Are constitutional officers and gave them one week to file financial disclosure statements. All but one of the county commissioners had filed the continued on Page 3

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