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Sun Coast Gondolier (Newspaper) - August 29, 1977, Venice, FloridaThe Volee of the South county by Tony Briggs Sun coast gondolier news editor in what some considered a dazzling display of efficiency Venice City Council finished revision of the proposed solid waste ordinance just one Day after it had scrapped the document because of controversial provisions it contained. Council had instructed City attorneys to rewrite the Law including the revisions and have it ready for adoption in october. During the Short work shop session last wednesday afternoon Council eliminated the most controversial provision in the ordinance a a requirement that residents bring their garbage cans to the curb for pickup a and increased the collections fee for business by 25 percent. It also altered the ordinance so that apartments would be considered residential units like Homes and condominiums and therefore free from having to pay any fees. Apartments were formally considered in the same category As motels and other commercial institutions which must pay for garbage collection. Despite the fact that the curbside pickup Rule was stricken from the proposed Law Public Light shows in blackout by Louis Sinclair despite an almost Complete Power blackout at Saint Marks episcopal Church the sunday before last the two services were held As usual with excellent attendance. A the lights and air conditioning went out during the 8 . Service a the Rev. James younger said a with the exception of the lights Over the altar. It seemed spiritually significant because the altar lights permitted the clergy to continue although the rest of the Church was in inasmuch As there was no Power for the Organ a piano was soon provided to take its place so the music a would not be interrupted. When my wife and i arrived for the 10 of clock period of worship we saw some people leaving the Church. They explained to us that due to the Lack of air conditioning they could not stand the heat. Whether they returned or not i do not know but inside i found the Church almost full. I remarked to an usher that i did no to know whether i could take it or not and he Cut me Down to size by replying a anyone who can spend hours in a hot Sun on the jetties and pier certainly could live through father younger the Rector explained the situation to the people before Church had started and praised the congregation for remaining despite the problems. A we have much happiness in our lives and sometimes we have some suffering and i guess you might say this is one of those times but in a sure you will carry on a he said. And carry on we did although Many of the men including myself took off our Coats to help us do it. I saw some other men taking off their ties also but i could not understand Why a few men accentuated the situation by not removing their Coats. As the service progressed the thought continued to run through my mind that we sinners in the congregation were being provided a preview of what was awaiting us in the future if we did not mend our ways while the non sinners were being Given the message just in Case they should stray from the beaten path. As we left the Church after completion of the service father younger said to us a i Hope All of those present were As thrilled by this unusual experience and dedication of the congregation As i works director Larry Heath said he still urges residents to comply with the idea. He explained that if citizens do bring their cans to the curb there will be less Chance of a missed pickup less Chance of property damage from the collection scooters running through private Yards and it will save the City time and Money because it is More efficient. All new customers will be urged to bring their cans to the curb he said. The curbside pickup pro vision had been the most hotly contested portion of the ordinance because some councilmen Felt it put an unnecessary Burden on older residents and would mar the aesthetic Beauty of the City. Also included in the ordinance and untouched by the revision process is a requirement for mandatory separation of newsprint so it can be recycled. The ordinance will come up for first Reading sept. 13 and is scheduled for adoption two weeks later. Plans now Call for the ordinance to become effective oct. 1. Once adopted the ordinance is expected to generate Revenue to bolster the solid waste division of the City without increasing taxes to do it. The new Law has had an Uncertain future in that it has come up for Reading and adoption twice and has been called Back for revision both times. Now the ordinance finally seems destined for approval because All of the objectionable provisions have been removed. Inside today classified. A. 18 crossword .12 editorial. .4 entertainment. .6-7 fishing. .16 Flea Market. .14-15 Hospital. .17 letters. .4 obituaries. .5 real estate. 19 thru 23 social news .8-9 sports. .10-11 tides. .13 m i v0l. 33, no. 64 a 24 pages second class postage paid at Venice Florida 33595 Telephone 813 484-2611 my Nuht my Zuj i Zvy refuse ordinance recycled by Council zoning code delay requested the Venice taxpayers league has recommended that the City Council delay adoption of the proposed zoning code until the state mandated land use plan is completed. In a letter to the Council league president a. Edwin Crockett cited the problems with the proposed code and suggested that the existing zoning Laws be revised in the interim period i while the land use plan is being prepared. Crockett explained that Quot the yet to be prepared land use plan will obsolete this proposed zoning code so we Are getting the proverbial cart before the he also expressed has displeasure with the code that has been in preparation for More than two years and cited the decidedly negative reaction it got during Public hearings last week and earlier this month. Said Crockett a the tremendous number of non con Formi ties that this ordinance will create and the Large number of people who attended the aug. 3 Public hearing and voiced their opposition objections should be sufficient evidence that this proposed ordinance will not be in the Best interests of the we contended that some of those that spoke at the Public hearings a were not merely expressing the opinions of a few continued on Page 5 fire extinguishers Are hot items by Sheri Bridges Sun coast gondolier staff writer part of the fun of being Young is participating in relatively harmless mischief like ringing doorbells and then running away wrapping Homes with toilet paper or soaping windows. But there a a difference Between fun and felony a a big distinction that some area youths evidently Are not aware of. Teenagers apparently looking for something to do have been pilfering fire extinguishers from their Hooks in local condominiums and apartment complexes and then engaging in Fluffy foam Battles. Det. Ron Dinero of the Venice police department said about 175 extinguishers have been reported stolen within the last two years. Not Only is the safety equipment expensive to replace at $25 apiece or higher but the extinguishers could also mean a substantial loss of More than Money to anyone caught stealing them. Florida statutes provide for a penalty of up to five years in state prison for a person convicted of Fil Ching fire extinguishers. Such thievery constitutes grand larceny a a felony in the third degree. A most people Are totally surprised that its a felony a Dinero said. A but if there was an extinguisher put somewhere to use until the fire department arrives and thieves take it there a a Good Chance someone could lose his life As a the detective said the safety items Are a being stolen As pranks by youths who them at cars houses or each other and toss them in a ditch or Yard when the contents have been emptied. Continued on Page 5 Back to school a Venice High school was buzzing with activity last week As incoming sophomores were briefed by school officials above. School buses stood ready for today s monday s opening below. Photos by Koelsch detective Ron Dinero time to go Hack to school faster than it arrived the summer Holiday is Over. The school Bells sounded today monday putting a Welcome end to kids boredom with having lots of time to do what they want but not being Able to decide what to do. Distraught mothers who spent their Summers telling children not to run in and out of the House to shut the door without slamming it and to leave their Sandy sneakers on the front porch gladly arose Early to pile the noisy youngsters in the station Wagon and drive them to the schoolhouse Steps. The television sets were quiet this morning As students with nervous stomachs spent an extra few minutes in front of the bathroom Mirror checking to see that their ears were clean and hair was combed. School crossing guards Are once again at their appointed places. The school zone Speed limits Tell motorists to drive slowly children Are plentiful and unpredictable. And of course the teachers waited anxiously today in their classrooms wondering if this continued on Page 5

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