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Sun Coast Gondolier (Newspaper) - July 21, 1977, Venice, FloridaSun coast gondolier vol. 33, no. 55 38 pages second class postage paid at Venice Florida 33595 Telephone 1813 484-2611 thursday july 21, 1977 published twice weekly a Price 10cbridge regulation proposal draws fir the coast guards recommendation that the Hatchett Creek North Bridge be regulated so that it opens four times an hour instead of on demand has met some Sharp criticisms from Venice City officials. By Tony Briggs Sun coast gondolier news editor councilman John Vickers and Eugene Caffrey were reserved in their comments but mayor Harry Case said flatly that the regulation proposal is a a Peculiar and a does not address the the seventh coast guard District has recommended that Hatchett Creek Bridge raise Only four times an hour Between 7 30 . And 6 . In response to requests from both county and City leaders that Bridge openings be controlled. The City Council passed a Resolution last july however asking that the Bridge be regulated in such a Way that it Only be allowed to open once an hour for a ten minute interval to eliminate traffic flow problems that have been experienced there. The county passed a similar Resolution calling for the controlled opening of Bridges in the North county once every half hour. Caffrey said that any recommendation Short of what the Council Resolution asked for was a a disappointing and Vickers agreed saying he thinks limiting openings to at least every half hour would be better. Spending squeeze holds Down taxes after weeks of burning the Midnight Oil and juggling figures until they fell neatly into place Sarasota county administrators have arrived at a balanced budget with no increase in taxes for county government operation. By Sheri Bridges Sun Coos gondolier staff writer it is the third year in a Row that officials have been Able to hold the line on spending to the Benefit of county residents pocketbooks. Mike Frazier Deputy director of management control said that although the assessments sent to county occupants May reflect an increase Over their last years Billing a the portion dealing with county wide operations wont Rise a his in other words although the school system the Hospital or the City might raise its taxes leading to an increase in the total assessment the county a share of the tax Bill will not change. The tentative budget presented last week to commissioners is approximately $24 million which is about $4.5 million More than last years budget of $19.5 million. This surge in funds Frazier said is a result of additional state and Federal funds being funnelled to the county and a consequence of new construction on the tax Rolls. County coffers will also swell next year with the acquisition of nearly $800,000 in franchise fees from the Florida Power and Light company. Continued on Page 3 sen. Stone pushes Bill to Speed interstate warning that at its current rate of Progress the Florida interstate system will not be completed until the year 2000, . Sen. Richard Dick Stone has introduced a Bill which would allow the state to Issue federally backed Bonds to Speed construction of the Highway. The Senate Public works subcommittee on transportation is scheduled to hold hearings on the proposal next tuesday july 26 and will consider other methods of financing which were recently Analysed by the . Department of transportation. Stone says his Bill makes sense because it would allow for completion of the interstate at today a prices instead of the inflated costs of the future. The Bill would also allow the states to use the yearly allotment from the Federal Highway Trust fund to pay off the principal and interest on the Bonds which can to be done under the present Laws. Quot finishing the interstate highways soon should help reduce safety hazards Lessen the Impact of inflation on Highway costs create additional construction jobs and serve the growing number of Florida residents and visitors a Stone said. A these hearings will help Congress come up with a better system of financing construction of these currently the construction of 1-75 in Sarasota county is scheduled to begin this year but it will not be completed for at least ten years. The Florida department of transportation has scheduled the interstate from Manatee next five years but the stretch from Venice South to the Charlotte county line has not yet be scheduled. Florida now gets a yearly allowance of $125 million for interstate construction but it has been estimated that to Complete the system it will Cost almost $2 billion at today a Cost. With the Ever present inflation the costs Rise every year. The . Department of transportation has indicated that Many states could Benefit from a federally backed Bond program to pay for the roads and stones Bill has gained co sponsorship from senators Lawton Chiles Robert Dole James Eastland and Jennings Randolph. Quot my Bill could save the Federal and state governments millions of dollars a Stope said a and it would put people Back to work on a product we know we can Stone originally introduced the Bill during the last session of Congress but it was never acted upon. But Case was the most vocal saying a i think its a Little the mayor explained that he could see no advantage to a regulation which would allow the Bridge to open every 15 minutes. A it looks like an exercise in futility to me a Case said. A a regulation of that nature is not Paul Atrochin a member of both the coast guard auxiliary and the Venice Power Squadron was not too pleased with the recommendation either saying a i personally done to see How its going to accomplish a hell of a his concern was not Only for the motorists but for the boaters Manu Evering in the waterway. He explained that even in 15 minutes the boats could stack up causing a longer delay for the motorists than they now experience with demand openings. He conceded that there a is no easy solutions to the problem of the conflicting boat and automobile traffic but said he does not think the proposed regulation will accomplish anything but to make matters worse. A it May compound the problem a Atrochin said. The mayor conceded that there Are two sides to the Issue and that it May be difficult to maintain a Large Sailboat or similar Craft in the waterway while waiting for the Bridge to open. But he added that he sees no reason for such Large sailboats to be in the waterway in the first place and suggested they stay in the Gulf. A from a landlubbers Point of View Why not sail around in the Gulf. If he the Sailor is just out for a sunday afternoon spin Why not cavort around in this end Roberts Bay or that end Lemon Bay a Case said. The mayor went on say that the coast guard a would be better off if they had come up with a regulation that better addresses the continued on Page 3 afternoon Rains flood City streets the Onset of daily afternoon thundershowers May be a Blessing to backyard Farmers but to residents who must travel near Venice Hospital or Down Harbor drive the torrential downpours have caused a soggy problem a flooding roads. By Tony Briggs Sun Coos gondolier news editor beating the heat a and having fun a summer is Here school s out and it s hot. So what better Way to spend an afternoon of than jumping off the Bridge at your Friendly neighbourhood swimming Hole. In this Case the Cooling off spot was the Gotfried Creek Bridge near Englewood. Photo by Koelsch the water has been backing up almost daily at the intersection of Nokomis Avenue and Soprano Street causing a mini flood at the place where it is least needed the Entrance to the emergency room at Venice Hospital. There have been flooding problems at several other locations in the City too including the intersections of Miami Avenue and . 41, Harbor drive and Palermo place Nokomis and Miami avenues and several sections of East Gate Terrace. City Engineer ted Yeatts and Public works director Larry Heath have been studying the flooding problem in the City for the past few Days and have concluded that the backed up water is the result of an antiquated storm drainage system. A the system is underside. Considerably undersized Yeatts said. When the storm drainage system was built Yeatts explained it was not designed to handle All the run off from the Many paved areas and buildings which now exist. Continued on Page 3 Englewood elementary costs pared the administrative logjam that threatened to delay indefinitely construction at the Englewood elementary school broke apart tuesday evening As school Board members approved design modifications which bring building costs to within an acceptable level. By Sheri Bridges Sun coast gondolier staff writer deletion of 15 specifications from the plans with inclusion of two other items As deletion alternates pares the projects Cost by $300,000 a reducing it to about $1.8 million. In june the school Board awarded an inflated $2.1 million contract to . Mills but two weeks later rescinded the vote. The Board explained that after further consideration of the matter they Felt they neither had the Money nor the justification to agree to a bid that was $500,000 More than the $1.6 million final estimate. The Board s decision to repeal the contract hurled construction plans into limbo As members debated whether to ask for completely new architectural drawings or to modify the existing drafts. After lengthy discussion tuesday evening the Board agreed to the suggestions of Ramaeker and Parris architects for the project that More than two dozen changes in specifications be made to bring Down costs. The plan alterations include deletion of the Asphalt play court and the Parent drive omission of continued on Page 3 sidewalks on Esplanade suggested by councilman Library growth plans spurred plans for renovation and construction at the Venice Public Library will shift into second gear next week when the friends of the Library hold a special meeting to discuss putting the project out to bid. The impetus to get the $450,000 project underway was Sarasota county a recent announcement that the $200,000 in financial support pledged last year toward the construction costs has been incorporated in next years county budget. Deputy director of management control Mike Frazier has said the allocation is certain to be approved by commissioners. This Money coupled with a sizeable donation from the estates of or. And mrs. William Pearson and another hefty contribution from an unnamed source provided the financial fuel necessary to get the project off the launch pad and into the air. Betty Koch president of the friends organization which is sponsoring the Long need construction said she expects the members to agree to Call for bids on the design plans when they meet next week. Mrs. Koch was not sure when the group will assemble because the Date will depend upon when the necessary contractual agreements can be drawn up. If the decision is made to put the project to bid it will be advertised a minimum of two weeks. Then a 30-Day deadline for receipt of the bids will Likely be set mrs. Koch said. After that construction would begin at a time agreed upon by the City which administers the contract and the company awarded the bid. A suggestion has been made by councilman Eugene Caffrey to use some of the $77,000 the City is going to receive from the Federal government to build sidewalks along the Esplanade Extension instead of Down Harbor drive and Bahama Street As had been planned. Caffrey said he followed the route of the proposed bicycle path with City Engineer ted Yeatts this week and was surprised to find that sidewalks already exist along part of the route. The path begins where the county bicycle path ends at Hatchett Creek Bridge and turns East on Tampa Avenue under the Venice Avenue Bridge and then West on Miami Avenue to the intersection with Bahama Street. At that Point Caffrey said the school Board has apparently constructed a sidewalk next to Venice elementary school but it is behind a Fence. Caffrey s idea is to ask the school Board to move the Fence so the sidewalk will no longer be enclosed and Widen the path two or three feet to accommodate three wheel bicycles. A it makes More sense to me than constructing parallel walks twelve feet or so to the West a he said. Continued on Page 3 High Low rain july 14 91 73 .00 july 15 92 73 .00 july 16 92 71 2.12 july 17 87 70 1.06 july 18 86 71 .05 july 19 90 70 1.48 july 20 91 70 .06 r Ain for the week 4.77 r Ain for the month ,. 7.64 rain for the year. 18.18 temperatures and rainfall Are recorded a t 8 it 3 m daily on the dates shown for the preceding 24hour period 1

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