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Sun Coast Gondolier (Newspaper) - November 7, 1977, Venice, FloridaSun coast gondolier the Vole of Tho South county vol 33, no. 81-32 pages second class postage paid at Venice Florida 33595 Tel. 813 484-2611 monday november 7,1977 published twice weekly Price 15c Faa City to pay for Airport land use the City a continued use of Chuck Reiter Field the fishing pier and the a sewer treatment Plant can Only continue if it pays the Airport fund a return equal to the fair Market value of the land a Federal aviation administration Faa spokesman told the City Council Friday. James Sheppard chief of airports for the Faass Miami District office explained the revised surplus properties act through which Venice obtained the Airport and its properties following world War ii says specifically that non aviation uses of Airport land must return to the facility an amount equal to the fair Market value of the land. The Sarasota county property appraisers office has estimated the value of the land in question at $5.25 million. But the City Council told Sheppard it is unreasonable to expect the City to pay the Airport rental based on that value. Venice currently pays the Airport nothing for the use of the land. Sheppard pointed out that it does not matter who is using the property or what it is being used for. The conveyance document is Clear in calling for returns on the non aviation use of the land he said. Councilman Bill Freeman tried to defend the City a use of Chuck Keiter Field As recreational and got the support of. City manager Dale Rieth who said a we cannot believe you want us to destroy an James Sheppard makes Point existing recreational facility in order to allow it to lie the City would not be required to pay rent on unused Airport land. Sheppard explained that he sympathized with the City a position but reminded the Council that the City knew the conditions of the agreement when it took Over the Airport. His Job with the Faa requires that he enforce the terms of the agreements Sheppard said and he is not allowed to be swayed by the emotions of an Issue. A i done to have the latitude to take into account Community interests other than the airports a Sheppard told the Council. Sheppard said at the outset of the meeting that the Faass Job is to review All leases for non aviation uses of Airport property and to insure that a fair Market value is being returned. The City has never negotiated leases to allow for use of land that the fishing pier sewer Plant and Chuck Reither Field Are not located on. Councilman . A a Berry Walker warned that if the City was expected to pay fair Market value for the land it is now using it would necessitate a considerable raise in City taxes. Sheppard a reply to almost All of the questions put to him was that if the land is used it must be paid for regardless of who is utilizing it and who will have to pick up the Tab. Walker replied that a the stuff will hit the fan if taxes must be raised in order for the City to continue to use Airport land and said it would be tantamount to having the taxpayers subsidize the Airport. Sheppard was not moved from his interpretation of the Apee ment by anything City officials said but he promised to work with them in the future in any matters they did not understand. Continued on Page 5 Saunders experience is the key editor note to better acquaint the Community with the candidates running for City Council the Sun coast gondolier is publishing a series of candidate profiles revealing each ones background and platform. This week the candidates for the one year term Are being profiled. Running on a platform of experience and Community involvement or. Lewis m. Saunders says he wants to be elected so he can work to maintain the Quality of life that exists in Venice today. Saunders 40, has lived in Venice for 16 years having moved Here from Miami. He attended Western military Academy in Alton. 111., and Palmer College in Davenport Iowa receiving a doctor of chiropractic degree. He is presently a member of the Venice planning commission serves on the Board of directors of rotary is president of the Epiphany school Board and is a Lewis Saunders member of the Board of directors of the Sarasota county chiropractic association. Saunders said he feels he is the Best qualified candidate in the one year term race because he has spent so much time working in both City organizations and Community civic groups. Quot i have More experience in City government a he said. Saunders explained that he has seen the City grow from a Village continued on Page 5 Kalaj Iari common goals although John Kalajian is the youngest candidate for the one year Council seat he said he is not running on a youth oriented platform. Instead he believes that the Young and the old of the Community need each other and should work toward common goals. Kalajian 32, is a three year resident of the City having come to the area from Gainesville Fla. He holds a degree in nursing from the University of Florida. He also has a degree in history and political science from northeastern University in Boston. He is currently an anaesthetist offering his services to the Venice Hospital. Kalajian said he is primarily concerned about the growth of the City and wants to insure it is fair to both the residents and local businesses. To do this he advocates passage of a new zoning code but not necessarily the one that is currently being considered by the a new look at the pier a one of the project the City is undertaking with comprehensive employment training act Ceta personnel is replacing the old Telephone Oole Cor stops in the parking lot of the fishing pier with o Fence Mode of Palm tree trunks. The workmen Here Ore drilling the holes for the new Fence posts. Photo by Sandy Gray ambulance Home to change by Sheri Bridges Sun coast gondolier staff writer after less than a year at its present location the South county ambulance service is looking for a new Home. Members of the districts advisory Board have been informed in a letter signed by Robert Johnson owner of the Mobile Home station South of Grant Plaza that the lease on the property expires feb. 15,1978. At that time the correspondence informs them Johnson will a on a Short term lease of not less than 5 years move the Mobile Home now used by the District to other property facing Albee farm the Cost of moving and resetting the station a would have to be recovered a necessitating an increase in rent to $350 per month the letter to the District goes on. Current rent on the location is $250 per month. Another alternative suggested in Johnson a letter involves moving the country he Wood t Trade by Sheri Bridges Sun coast gondolier staff writer driving Down the Road it looks no different than any other Model to pickup with a shiny Black finish and fancy front Grille. But a tap against the Hood reveals that there a something unusual about Hal Allardus gleaming Street vehicle. It a a thunks where most cars Allardus favorite automobile is made of Wood. The unique Street machine is comprised of a Volkswagen Chassis a couple of Metal bumpers and a whole lot of Marine plywood glue and Staples. John Kalajian City Council. Kalajian explained that he does not think the a non conform ties that would be created would be fair and he advocates grandfathering existing buildings. He also believes that the code should take into account future growth but indicated he is not totally familiar with the proposed document. Kalajian is also concerned about the City Sparks and wants to insure that they Are not turned into parking lots or sold for continued on Page 5 the project started As what Allard hoped would someday become a business putting together and Selling wooden car kits. A but it got to be too expensive. It took too much time to put together and put together right a the ingenious Wood Rafter explained. So Allard forgot his business proposition and continued his work a just for however he did sell the first wooden car he and fran Birchfield a retired Venice cabinetmaker made. Its in Sarasota now painted flame red and gussied up to look continued on Page 5 Wayne More input in a political year that lacks hard and fast issues City Council candidate George Wayne believes that what is needed in Venice is More input from the citizenry. Wayne 69, is a former supervisor of personnel services for . Steels Chicago office and has lived in Venice since he retired eight years ago. Now a Dweller in one of the City a Many Beac Side condominiums Wayne said More people should speak up about How the City is run and explained he is disturbed by comments from councilmen that Quot its lonely up a we Are not getting enough input a Wayne said. The subject of taxes is one that also interests Wayne and he said he is not in agreement with those who continually advocate holding the line on tax increases. Although he conceded he would not always be in favor of store building which is South of the ambulance Headquarters to the Albee farm Road location for the districts use. This property would also be offered under a five year lease program and would have to undergo a renovations of the Interior to provide sleeping quarters Kitchen and office space. The Cost of this work has not been determined at this time a Johnson sap a therefore i am not in a position to quote an continued on Page 5 inside today classified p. 23-24 crossword.14 entertainment 8-9 fishing22 Hospital.14 obituaries6 real estate 24 thru 31 society .17-18 sports12-13 tides.23 George Wayne such tax hikes if enough residents were against them be stressed that it is not Good to try and provide the same services when the costs have gone up. He explained that he used to live in a City where the City councils primary concern was holding the line on taxes and the eventual result was that a massive increase had to be instituted later to make up for All the years that had been skipped. If there is an instance when More Money is needed to provide continued on Page 5

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