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Sun Coast Gondolier (Newspaper) - July 7, 1977, Venice, FloridaSun coast gondolier the Volte of the South county vol. 33, no. 51 40 pages second class postage paid at Venice Florida 33595 Telephone 813 484-2611 thursday july 7, 1977 published twice weekly a Price 10cgrosse family getting Back to Normal say parents by Sheri Bridges gondolier staff writer Charlotte Grosse is physically healthy and in a a very Good state of mind a her parents told reporters at a news conference tuesday. Sitting under the hot afternoon Sun in the courtyard of the Sarasota county courthouse Richard and Carol Grosse appeared composed As they said their family spent the july fourth weekend a talking and getting Back to Normal family Grosse then read a prepared statement thanking sheriff Jim Hardcastle the sheriffs department other participating Law enforcement agencies and volunteers for their assistance in bringing his daughter to safety. Charlotte was abducted last wednesday before Dawn from a tent in Oscar Scherer state Park where she was camping with a group of girl scouts. The 15-year-old girl was rescued Friday morning from her Kinda per a Home on siesta key and her alleged Abductor is being held in the county jail. Wilfred a. A a Rusty Bannister 33, the Man believed to have dragged Charlotte from the Park locked her up and sexually and physically abused her has confessed to kidnapping and sexual Battery and is scheduled for arraignment on monday. He was arrested by detectives shortly after Charlotte was Able to break Loose from her Bonds and phone her parents for help. Or. And mrs. Grosse declined to comment on any of the abuse their teenage laughter was subjected to during her 53-hour ordeal. When one reporter asked what Charlotte had described As the worst part of her abduction mrs. Grosse turned to her husband and visibly shaken said a a that a too however Grosse who was dressed casually and was perspiring slightly under the blazing Sun said there Are presently no plans to seek psychiatric help or psychological counselling for their daughter. Her father said Charlotte has seen friends since her return and said he is confident the teenager will make a Swift return to Normal life with Little difficulty. Grosse added he does not expect Charlottes experience to have any effect on her future dating or social plans. Both he and his wife stressed that at no time would Charlotte be available to speak with members of the Media about her Nightmare experience. A we asked her and she said she does no to want to talk to the press a Grosse said. He noted that the the girls continued on Page 4 new garbage fees get preliminary nod Bridge breakdown a traffic flow Over the Hatchett Creek Bridge was Cut off for More than an hour and a half tuesday evening when something in the Bridge s electrical system malfunctioned and the North draw would not close. A 1200-foot dredging Rig pictured being towed South took 30 minutes to Clear the Span. When it passed and Bridge tender Lou King tried to lower the draws at 7 30 p.m., the North Side stuck. After an hour of trouble the draw finally went Down. Cause of the malfunction is As yet undetermined but Albert Settenreich who was at the controls wednesday morning said the Bridge is now Quot working photo by Koelsch after months of delay the Venice City Council gave preliminary approval to a new solid waste ordinance which will establish fees for the collection of garbage from businesses and institutions and establish uniform collection methods. The Council did not vote formally on the 14-Page document during tuesdays workshop meeting but agreed in the end that the ordinance should go into effect oct. 1, once it is approved. City clerk Steve Albee was instructed to have the final draft of the ordinance prepared As soon As possible so action can be taken and Public hearings can be held. Mass transit decision postponed prime movers behind efforts to establish a countywide mass transit system spun their wheels at the Sarasota county commission meeting tuesday As Board members listened to a report on the program but again made no definite commitments regarding the Issue. Joe Lutz and Abe Sainer both members of the coalition of organizations for mass transit queried commissioners about their Lack of action on the proposed system and suggested they meet with officials from the Florida department of transportation foot to get buses rolling As soon As possible. Near drowning prompts commission action by sunny Sullivan Sun coast gondolier staff writer a close Brush with death by a woman who nearly drowned off Englewood Beach july fourth resulted in Charlotte county commissioners voting unanimously tuesday to put a lifeguard at the Beach As soon As possible. The three Man majority which had voted Down the proposition on june 14, changed its thinking a after Joan Summers of Punta Gorda almost drowned. She was pulled ashore by her 11-year-old son David. It was the second near drowning at the Beach in a month. After mrs. Mary Povilaitis of Grove City was rescued the commissioners were besieged with requests for a lifeguard by area residents. One commissioner remarked a a in be been Here 24 years and there a Only been one the men voted 3-2 against the plan. Funds for the lifeguard will come from Federal Revenue sharing funds. Englewood Jaycees were at the Beach on the fourth drumming up signers for a petition to present to the commissioners the following Day. In that Short Span of time they had collected almost 1,000 names. Breuggeman past president of the Jaycees was on the Beach when the woman was pulled ashore by her son. More help for the drown ing victim came from a nearby woman who applied artificial respiration to the unconscious mrs. Summers until the Englewood Volunteer fire department ambulance service arrived at the scene. A can you imagine what would have happened if that woman a i think she was a nurse a Hadnot been there Quot Breuggeman asked. A if we had a lifeguard a he added a the would have been there with oxygen and with the kind of training necessary to save the reason for not having a lifeguard until now according to one county official is that there has been Only one drowning at Englewood Beach in the last 20 years. A that kind of approach is ridiculous Quot Breuggeman said a a there a Only been one titanic area residents were up in arms according to Breuggeman and continued on Page 4 saying he feels the coalition has shown Board members that there is both a need and a demand for mass transit in the county Sainer added that the group is a considerably disappointed by the Progress we be made with the commission. A a we be refrained from turning this into a political Issue. We feel it is an economic matter because it involves people and their livelihood. A pollution matter because it takes eight autos to Emit the pollution of one bus. A health matter because we have a lot of residents who need this system to get to Sainer complained. A it was my opinion the commission would go along with the people of Sarasota county Quot he continued noting that a petition containing More than 11,000 signatures of proponents of the system was presented nearly a month ago and still no action has been taken. Lutz addressed his re Marks to routes open to the county for receiving financial assistance in establishing a transit program. He noted that at a coalition sponsored Public meeting june 16, the foot explained that various types of Federal and state Aid Are available to counties for bus systems. A the state service development program is probably the quickest most economical and most efficient Way for Sarasota county to provide mass transit service. Under this program the Federal and state governments pay 75 percent of the operating deficit leaving Only 25 percent to be paid by the county a Lutz said. He asked commissioners to meet with foot officials to discuss possible Aid and questioned whether they would a let the coalition know by mid August what you decide about providing continued on Page 4 included in the ordinance Are requirements that residents have no More than two garbage cans and that they be placed within 10 feet of the curb. An unlimited number of garbage bags Are allowed for residents who can to squeeze All of their garbage into two cans. These stipulations caused the most concern among the Council men because they were afraid some of the elderly citizens of the City would not be Able to carry the heavy cans to the Street. A special provision in the ordinance however allows the Public works director to exempt such residents from the provisions if they Are unable to comply and this seemed to satisfy the Council men. The proposed ordinance also Calls for the mandatory separation of newsprint from the rest of the garbage for the first time. City manager Dale Rieth asked that this be included so As to allow an additional source of Revenue for the City. The Council spent some time debating a provision in the ordinance which would charge residents if they have More than two cans require More than two pickups a week or refuse to bring their cans to the curb. Councilmen John Vickers and Eugene Caffrey were violently opposed to the stipulation and asked that All fees on residential customers be dropped. The rest of the Council agreed but left the discretionary Power As to who would be required to meet All of the mandates in the ordinance to Public works director Larry Heath. Rieth explained to the Council that if the ordinance is adopted it would allow the present garbage collection Crew to continue to do their Job even As the population expands because it will make the operation More efficient. In addition Heath said the City should realize at least $34,000 annually from the fees collected from businesses for refuse service thus allowing for replacement of worn out or obsolete equipment. The $34,000 figure is a a conservative estimated he said because it is based on All businesses getting two pickups a week. Many now get service everyday. The fees for businesses vary according to the number of cans or the size of the dumpster in use and the number of pickups required. A business with a three cubic Yard dumpster and three pickups a week would pay $30 a month under the proposed fee schedule while one with a one cubic Yard continued on Page 4 Council rejects request to fund pension study 1-75 will be built past Venice interstate 75 will be built past Venice to the River Road interchange the Florida department of transportation foot announced last week alleviating fears of local residents and government officials that the area would become a bottleneck for traffic during the Winter months. Earlier the foot said 1-75 would Only be built As far South As Osprey thus changeling a heavy volume of traffic onto an already overcrowded . 41 North of and through Venice. Of Dot a Bill Trefz said the seven mile Extension from Osprey to River Road will be made As soon As Money is available. He could not say when the contract would be let for that portion of the super Highway but added that none of the interstate would be open to traffic in Sarasota county until the Bridge is completed Over the Manatee River North of Bradenton. That Bridge is not even scheduled for contract until 1978. The River Road inter change will be located just Southeast of Venice at the intersection with Center Road. Traffic will be routed to . 41 by Way of River Road however entering the Highway just West of North port. Continued on Page 4 a request from the municipal police and firemen pension Board that the City share the Cost of a study to determine How much it would Cost to drop their current pension plans and establish a local pension fund was rejected by the City Council tuesday in a split vote. Police chief Robert ferry made the request in an attempt to try and upgrade the uniformed departments pension plans so they will offer benefits similar to the one the other City employees get under the Florida retirement system frs. He estimated that the study would Cost Between $1,500 and $3,000 and projected that the end result might be a new pension plan which would offer similar benefits of frs to the police and firemen at a reduced Cost to the City. The uniformed depart ments have been trying to change pension plans for More than a year because they Are unhappy with the benefits they now receive under their current state pension programs. All of the City employees went under the frs several years ago but the uniformed departments were excluded at the time because continued on Page 4 High Low Roin june 30 92 74 .00 july 1 91 72 .62 july 2 90 69 .27 july 3 88 70 .01 july 4 90 71 00 july 5 93 69 .40 july 6 89 70 to. Rain for the week rain for june. 2.86 rain for july. Rain for the year 11.44 temperatures and rainfall Are recorded at 8 a m daily on the dates shown for the preceding i 24 hour period Richard and Carol Grosse

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