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Sun Coast Gondolier (Newspaper) - August 15, 1977, Venice, FloridaSun coast gondolier the Volee of the South county vol. 33, no. 62 a 24 pages second class postage paid at Venice Florida 33595 Telephone 813 484-2611 monday August 15, 1977 published twice weekly a Price 10ccop discovers it s Best to Quot let sleeping dogs lie Quot the postman has become famous for his determination to deliver the mail no matter what the weather conditions and actors Are known for their belief that the show must go on under any circumstances. But How Many people Are aware of the ends to which a police officer will go to protect the citizenry he serves Deputy Mike kenyan of the South county sheriffs office recently put his dedication to the test and passed with flying colors. The Deputy was dispatched to answer a relatively routine report that an automobile had been abandoned near or 777 and East River Road. Upon arriving at the scene kenyan discovered a convertible sports car with its top Down a resting nose first in the ditch. A closer inspection of the wayward vehicle revealed it was occupied by a Man lying face Down on the floor of the passenger Side. With the car in its unusual position and the occupants even More Peculiar posture the Deputy became understandably alarmed that something might be amiss and reached across the seat to determine the victims condition. Well the heretofore unnoticed German Shepherd who had been snoozing on the floor of the Back seat made it quite Clear he did no to like uninvited company. The canine barked snapped lunged growled and did everything else in his Power to convince the Deputy he should Retreat. Throughout the dogs noisy inhospitable display the cards human occupant remained unmoving in his prone position causing kenyan to become increasingly worried. The officer radioed for an ambulance but just As he did two of his colleagues arrived to offer their assistance and advice. Together they coaxed and cajoled the canine in an attempt to distract him Long enough to retrieve the a a victims from the front seat. Nothing worked. Not even when kenyan sounded his screeching Siren did the dog lose the beat to his Barking. Just when kenyan and his compatriots were nearing their wits end a Man who said he was the vehicles owner appeared and removed the snarling cur. When he did so the sports cards occupant awakened from what had been a sound slumber and offered his explanation of How he came to be where he was. While attempting to turn the Auto around the a a victims recounted he lost control of the vehicle and it ended up in the ditch. The owner of the car who continued on Page 5 As budget review ends tax increase Likely Venice City Council has been unable to totally eliminate the $200,000 deficit in this years proposed budget after two weeks of review and revision making a tax increase for City residents almost a sure bet. City comptroller Bill Kern told the Council thursday after it had completed its preliminary review of the budget that a $44,669 deficit remained even after extensive cuts. If the figure remains unchanged Venice residents will face a tax increase of around one Quarter Mill the first municipal tax hike in years. But there Are indications that the deficit May be on the Rise again because the Council is considering providing $5,000 for the addition to the Venice Public Library and hiring a $17,000 a year administrative assistant. If the Council decides to Institute a tax increase in the coming year it must be decided soon to allow for Public hearings before the sept. 30 deadline. More budget hearings Are scheduled to begin today monday at 8 30 . At City Hall. The Council made some of its biggest budget cuts in the area of solid waste recreation and the insurance Reserve which combined to save $88,000. Venice saved $30,000 in recreation when the county offered to provide funds in the area and $33,000 in its refuse division when it decided to go ahead with the new solid waste ordinance. The new Law will establish fees for the collection of commercial garbage and thus provided the funds to reduce the deficit. The insurance Reserve was reduced by $25,000 to make up the rest of the $88,000 amount. The Council also made cuts in planned personnel salary increases the motor Pool the fire department and the Parks department. More adjustments May be made this week but it seems unlikely that the Council will end up with a completely balanced budget without instituting a tax hike. Mayor Harry Case suggested a final figure of 6.5 Mills last thursday but the rest of the Council seemed to feel it was too Early to set the rate. Storm topples Trees dumps deluge reflections of a summer rain a this peaceful scene of a Majestic Oak tree reflecting in a still Pool was shot in front of Venice s new Community Center and proves that Calm follows the storm As Well As proceeds it. The Pool Only appears in times of heavy Rains. Photo by Koelsch Council splits Over Airport two opposing philosophies dealing with the future of the Venice Airport emerged late last week among City Council members but for the second time in three Days the elected officials were unable to reach agreement on what path should be taken by the aviation facility. Mayor Harry Case advocated the anti development line of thought for the Airport and argued for maintaining operations there pretty much As they Are now. Councilman b. H. A a Berry Walker took the opposite viewpoint saying an elected Airport authority should be established and the facility should be developed according to the Airport master plan. Both agreed however that someone should be hired to at least handle the Day to Day operations at the Airport although there was some dispute Over just what his duties should be. Cases idea is to reconsider the request of City manager Dale Rieth for an administrative assistant and put him in charge of Airport matters. A i would recommend that we give some More thought to hiring some More help in this area a Case said. He reasoned that such an assistant would eliminate the need for an Airport manager or an elected Airport authority. Case who was at Odds with former Airport manager Russ Graham almost since his first Day in office said a this idea of the Airport and my idea of the Airport did not even come Graham was trying to develop and improve the Airport along the lines of the Airport master plan which was updated for the City in 1975 at a Cost of More than $30,000. He resigned last june Over frustrations brought about by councils refusal to go along with his continued to expound his View that he could not see How the Airport would be of any use to the Federal government and that the Faa should just let the City have it free and Clear. The deed Grant through which the City obtained the Airport contains a Reverter clause which lets the Federal government regain control if the conditions of the Grant Are not met or in Case of a National emergency. Walker reminded Case that the facility itself May not be Worth much but the land is and could generate considerable Revenue to the general services administration. The remaining three Council men did not enter the argument and would not even voice an opinion until pressed by the mayor for their thoughts on the matter. Most agreed with cases philosophy but the Council gave no direction to Rieth other than to indicate it May allocate funds for an assistant to help run the Airport. The idea will be discussed in greater detail during budget hearings this week. Consolidation consequences not quite Clear by Sheri Bridges Sun coast gondolier staff writer county officials Are anxious to put to referendum the Issue of whether five government services provided by both the county and its municipalities should be consolidated. Twice the courts have ruled unconstitutional the proposed Public vote on the question and twice commissioners have decided to Appeal the rulings. But despite the determination of officials to get the Issue on the ballot directors of those departments being considered for merger Are unsure what changes or benefits such a move might bring. The services involved in the proposed consolidation Are Parks and recreation planning and zoning Road and Bridge Law enforcement and air and water pollution control. The Heads of four of those departments who were available for comment All indicated the Issue has not been formally discussed and said they could Only speculate what consolidation of services would mean to county residents. Walt Rothenbach director of Parks and recreation said a merger of recreation programs would permit the City residents to use each others facilities a without the hassle of who a using what and who a footing the he explained that the use by a outsiders Quot of Tennis courts swimming pools and other sport centers within any municipality is sometimes objected to by the City taxpayers who foot the Bill for such facilities. If the county was picking up the Tab there could be no room for protest. But Rothenbach said he is a unclear Quot How the county would handle such Parks department tasks As the maintenance of median strips and municipal grounds. These responsibilities might cause problems under a consolidated program he noted because each City has a different concept of the level of service that should be provided. Acting director of air and water pollution control Norman Thomas said he does t Quot really see any change Quot that might occur in his department if consolidation occurs. A we Monitor air and water Quality irrespective of political boundaries. But under a consolidated system there May be some City responsibility for duties which Are now he said. Bill Millar who directs the county s Road and Bridge program said he has a no idea Quot what consolidation would mean in that department. He indicated the subject has never been discussed with him and said he could not even speculate on the Chantres that might occur. Continued on Page 5 a locally severe thunderstorm ripped through the South county last thursday afternoon uprooting Trees flooding streets and reportedly dumping More than five and a half inches on the area in a Little More than an hour. Damage was minimal except to Florida Power amp Light which had serious interruptions in service. High winds accompanied the storm and some residents reported the wind blew so hard the rain was parallel to the ground. One Venice gardens resident said he thought there were Small tornadoes lurking in the Black Clouds because Trees were pushed Down near his Home and aluminium siding was ripped off a neighbors Home. Glenn Martin a Nokomis resident recorded five and a half inches of rainfall in the rain gauge at his Home on Malibu court and said some of the neighbors Trees were blown Down. Quot the rain was just coming Down in sheets Quot Martin explained and said he had to pump about five inches of water out of his Pool following the storm because it was almost overflowing. The official . Weather service rainfall total in Venice recorded at the water treatment Plant on West Venice Avenue was a Mere one and a half inches. Other Venice residents reported similar totals. The Venice police department and the sheriffs department had no reports of any damage from the storm other than a tree Down on Ponce de Leon. A Sarasota Man was struck by lightning during a heavy thunderstorm Friday afternoon As he was standing at the first National Bank facility on bypass 11, but was not seriously injured. The Man was identified As Larry walking 32, of 6932 Tema Lane. A spokesman for the South county ambulance service said walking seemed alright except that he complained of a tingling in his Arm and Chest. Heavy Rains Friday afternoon also caused some local flooding in Venice and police were brought in to direct traffic at some locations where the water was High. Many motorists stalled As they tried to pass through the flooded streets. The towering Coco Plumos plams on Miami Avenue and Tampa Avenue got a thorough pruning by the High winds and showered dozens of fronds to the Street below giving Drivers a few More obstacles to negotiate. Hardest hit by the thursday continued on Page 5 storm s fury a j. Bosmyer of 440 Edgewood drive in Venice gardens stands beside the tree that was uprooted in his Yard during last thursday s violent storm. He said he believes the tree was toppled by a Small twister. Photo by Briggs

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