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Sun Coast Gondolier (Newspaper) - August 8, 1977, Venice, FloridaSun coast gondolier vol. 33, no. 60 a 24 pages second class postage paid at Venice Florida 33595 Telephone 813 484-2611 monday August 8, 1977 published twice weekly a Price 10c Danson predicts 1-75 Progress Era defeat interstate 75 will be Complete through Sarasota county in ten years the equal rights amendment will not be approved in Florida and the new state imposed higher traffic fines May he declared unconstitutional. By Tony Briggs Sun coast gondolier news editor those predictions were made by state rep. Tom Danson Friday in an interview with the Sun coast gondolier. Danson the representative from District 73 which includes portions of Manatee Sarasota and Charlotte counties talked about the important Laws which have just been approved by this years legislature. The most controversial Law to emerge from that session is the one which More than doubled moving traffic fines and set up a Good Driver incentive program. Danson said he voted for the Bill but noted that the traffic Fine provisions Are Only a Small Zajc readies for Venice Campus do you realize you can Start going to College As a freshman in Venice starting october 22, and after completing the required number of hours credit you can graduate from Manatee Junior College Venice Campus. By Dorothy Lippstreuer interested students Young and old some new and some picking up additional credits Are pre registering for classes at the new Venice Campus of Mac located on the second floor of the South Wing at the Brickyard Plaza on . 41 bypass. Ellen Kansman chairman of the and hoc committee that is seeking funds for the seed Money needed to pay the top administrator assistant and Purchase the Basic furniture and building supplies introduced the new director to members of the Venice Nokomis rotary club thursday. Or. Jack Dale is in Venice and with an assistant is pre registering students who will begin classes on oct. 22. Dale told rotarians that the response to the Call for students has been enthusiastic and they already had registered 50 students for the classes which will be held for the present time from 4-11 . In the classrooms of the building. The administrator who is no stranger to Venice said if a need arises later for additional classes they will seek to expand the program to daytime hours. This would enable senior High students to Start taking afternoon freshman classes at Mac while finishing their credits at Venice High in the morning and permit those working evenings to take classes during the Day. Asked about the traditional English 101, math 102, and other Basic freshman courses which were absent on the course schedule shown to the rotarians Dale said they were there under the new standardized numbering system being implemented by colleges throughout the United states. A student can now receive Basic freshman course credits with written communications enc 1103 intermediate algebra mat 1033 introduction to philosophy Phi-2001 or general psychology psy-2012 . History am 1010 or american government pos-1041 or biology apr 1150 and take 15 hours during the monday through thursday schedule each Quarter at a Cost of $12 per credit hour or $180 per Quarter. In addition to those courses there will be principles of accounting acc2002, technical mathematics mob 1321 introduction to careers Coa 1000 real estate principles amp practices ii ree 2041 principles of marketing mar 2011 management amp supervision Man 1340 introduction to religion Rel 2000 real estate principles amp practice i re 1040 or management amp organization Man 2000. Classes Start at 4 ., and 8 . And continue for a three hour period in most instances with the exception of the real estate classes which begin at 6 30 . They Are conducting preregistration from 8 30-4 30 each Day at the Brickyard for those interested in signing up Early. Official registration will be held aug. 16 and 19, from 4-7 . For continued on Page 4 police hire actuary request pension costs a new pension plan for the City police and fire departments which has been the subject of debate and controversy for almost three years May be ready by the first week in september. The municipal police department pension Board authorized the expenditure of not More than $3,000 for a study which will detail the Cost of 11 improvements in the pension plan requested by the men in the department. I 1 red Munzenmaier with the Atlanta actuarial firm of Alexander and Alexander indicated that his firm could conduct a study for both the police and Dee departments for less than $4,000. Indications Are that the dual study will be approved and a hat the City Council will provide $ i .500 of the Cost. The fire department has also pressed interest in improving is pension plan. The uniformed depart ments Hope that if the Price is re rat they can come up with a local option plan to supplement the benefits they already have under their respective state administered pension plans. The Board told Munzenmaier that the benefits the department wants Are a coverage for disability from the first Day on the Job equal to 42 percent of the average salary and not to exceed 75 percent of the salary with social Security benefits. A retirement pensions equal to two and a half percent of their salary Over the last five years. It is now based on two percent Over the last ten years. A to alter the existing plan so that police officers can continue to contribute to a pension plan after the age of 60 so that final benefits will be based on a higher salary. A explore the Cost of separating the disability benefits from the retirement on the Assumption it might be cheaper. A find out what it would Cost police officers to a buy time Quot for continued on Page 4 portion of the entire Law and he defended the legislation because he said it would Lead to reduced automobile insurance rates. He explained the Bill freezes Auto insurance rates for six months changes the funding method for joint underwriters association Jua so that it is self supporting and provides a fund for victims of violent crime. A a it a a very Broad step in the right direction a Danson said but conceded the higher fines May be unconstitutional. The primary Benefit he said is that the joint underwriters which insure motorists who cannot get regular insurance because of a poor driving record will no longer draw income from All the other insurance companies. The Jua formerly got some of its funding by spreading its costs to every other insurance company in the state Danson explained which caused everyone a insurance rates to go up. Now the Jua will have to draw its funds from the Drivers it insures. A for the first time the Good Drivers wont be subsidizing the bad Drivers a he said. On the subject of the emotional equal rights amendment which was Defeated in this years session of the legislature Danson said its future looks Bleak. The amendment never got out of the Senate last session he said continued on Page 4 rep. Tom Danson police endorse Union the Union gained its first toehold in the ranks of City employees Friday As Venice policemen below the rank of Sargent voted to have the state fraternal order of police Fop to be their bargaining agent in future negotiations with the City. The Victory was almost by a two to one margin with 12 of the 18 eligible patrolmen voting for Union representation. One of the officers was not present and did not cast an Absentee ballot. Assistant City atty. Jack Mcgill said the City will now a have to bargain in Good Faith with the Fop instead of chief Robert ferry who formerly represented the men. Because the police department budget has already been submitted this year Mcgill said the vote would probably have very Little immediate effect. The Fop will be Able to bargain for everything but retirement benefits for the men Mcgill said and will probably Cost the City More Money in the Long run. Some of the patrolmen who voted in the election said they would use their Union representation a with discretion and would not a go hog wild in making any unreasonable demands. Zoning code is sharply criticized i he City s proposed new zoning code which has been in the works for More than two years came under Sharp attack during the first in a series of Public hearings. By Tony Briggs Sun coast gondolier news editor More than 100 persons turned out for the first meeting wednesday night the largest crowd at a Public hearing in years. Nearly every individual who spoke criticized the document for being unworkable and impractical. The sharpest remarks came from Long time Venice resident finn Caspersen who told the Council a the Best thing to do is scrap the thing in its Caspersen has been critical of the lengthy proposed code since the planning commission began working on it two years ago and last week stepped up his attack to the Delight of the decidedly anti zoning code crowd. He termed the new regulations a snob Appeal zoning Quot because it Call for Large spacious lots and big setback requirements. Such provisions Are out of Date he said and would create a a typical example of Urban sprawl Quot at a time when just the opposite should be happening. A this mess has been so Long in preparation it is outdated a Caspersen said. A the thing to do is concentrate the people to save Caspersen is the chairman of the zoning committee for the Venice taxpayers league and has had extensive experience in planning and zoning. Despite his experience Caspersen told the Council there Are some things in the proposed code. A i Don t even understand yet Quot even though he has read the document five times. He reasoned that if he does no to understand the Complex code then the Council probably does no to either and he told the body a a done to adopt something you done to Caspersen criticized Many sections of the new code but said a my main objection of course is the non conform ties that will be he said he has calculated that 80 percent of the structures in the City would become non conforming under the code and that it is unclear whether those buildings would have to conform in a certain period of time. One provision in the code Calls for All homeowners to be notified if their property is non conforming and come to City Hall to a admit their guilt Quot Caspersen said. Quot that is the nearest thing to a police state i can think of Quot he said Caspersen suggested Council continued on Page 4 City must pay for use Airport the Federal aviation administration Faa has told Venice that the municipal fishing pier Chuck Reiter Field and Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey circus Complex Are not generating enough Revenue for the Airport. The City has been ordered to Correct the situation. By Tony Briggs Sun Coos gondolier news editor All of the facilities Are located on Airport property and must produce Revenue equal to the fair Market value of the land under the conveyance Grant through which the City obtained the Airport land from the Federal government in 1944. The Faa also has indicated that it has not consented to some non aviation uses of Airport property which the City is allowing. The remarks were made in a letter to City manager Dale Reith from James Sheppard chief of the Faass Airport District office in Miami. It was in response to continuing questions from the City As to its duties to bring the Airport in compliance with Faa regulations a problem which has been a Thorn in the City a Side for nearly two years. Sheppard said the Ringling Brothers lease a should reflect adjustment in the rental rate based on the Price Index for 1977 As compared to the Price Index in 1960.�?� when the lease was originally negotiated. He explained that the process should be done every five years and gave the City until oct. 28 to take action on the mat ter. The continued use of Chuck Rieter Field by area baseball teams also came under attack by Sheppard because the Airport is not being paid rent on the property. A the Chuck Reiter Ball Park As of land a non aviation use of Airport property should provide benefits equivalent to the fair Market rental value Quot Sheppard said. A it must also be considered that property May not be leased at a discount or for a nominal consideration to subsidized non aviation objectives. The Faa will have to review the continued use of the property in the present manner he said. The fishing pier which the City has been subsidizing for almost its entire existence was scheduled to be turned Over to the Airport department in october but the Faa letter throws a Shadow of doubt Over the plan. City officials had hoped to unburden themselves with what they have openly called a a White elephant a but Sheppard said Quot the pier must not become a financial liability to the a the land associated with the fishing pier. Must produce benefits equivalent to the fair Market value of the property a he explained. The Faa rejected Riethe a Contention that the City is paying for the property through benefits such As police and fire Protection and water and sewer services. A these benefits must be attributed directly to the operation of the Airport and not to non aviation use of Airport property Quot he said. Rieth said he is a disappointed Quot with the letter which has taken More than a six months for the Faa to draft and said it offers no solutions Only More questions. Quot if i take As Long As they have to answer it we can All retire Quot he quipped. Rieth said the Bottom line is that a the Airport matter is not resolved and is not even close to being resolved Quot and indicated he thought the Faa is asking too much from the City. Long stretch a As the fall semester approaches these workmen Are preparing the new Home for Manatee Junior College in the Brickyard in Venice. Photo by Koelsch

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