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Sun Coast Gondolier (Newspaper) - October 27, 1977, Venice, FloridaSun coast gondolier vol. 33, no. 78 a 50 pages second class postage paid at Venice Florida 33595 Telephone 813 484-2611_thursday. October 27,1977_published twice weekly a Price 10c convicting on tickets by Tony Briggs Sun coast gondolier news editor tickets issued by the Venice police department Are often thrown out of court since the abolishment of municipal courts City atty. Charles Wheeler told City Council tuesday night evidently because the state attorney is not prosecuting the cases. A it is up to the state attorney to prosecute these things and he evidently is not doing it a Wheeler said. City manager Dale Rieth said the courts reluctance to convict on tickets issued by the fire and police departments has made the City reluctant to Issue fire code violation citations because it is Felt that nothing will come of them. Fire chief ted Deming told the Council he has been on the verge of issuing fire code violation citations on several occasions but has stopped because there is no mechanism to prosecute once they Are issued. City clerk Steve Albee said he first realized there was something wrong when the City came up $20,000 Short on the amount of Money it normally collects for traffic fines. A obviously people Are not being prosecuted a he said but added that the City of Sarasota has had the same problem and has hired its own prosecuting attorney to try and remedy the situation. He said someone in his office went to court with a Friend that had been charged with a second driving while intoxicated offence and the judge threw the Case out when he saw it was a City ticket. A everybody is a Little spooky about it a Albee said because without prosecution the people with the Power to Issue citations really have no Teeth to Back them up. Wheeler said one reason the cases Are not being prosecuted is that they Are based on City rather than state statutes but explained that he has not talked to the state attorneys office. The Council seemed amazed that the situation had been ongoing and instructed Rieth and the City attorney to try and find out what the problem is. In other fire department matters Deming told Council he would not recommend instituting a fire Cadet program using High school students because the City a insurance liability would be too High. The Cadet program was suggested several months ago to bolster the ranks of the fire department but Deming said research has showed the cadets could not be put in positions of responsibility and therefore would be of Little use. An investigation by the City attorneys office in the possibility of charging the unincorporated enclaves within the City for fire service revealed that such a practice would not be Legal. That office also nixed a proposal to get formal Mutual Aid agreements signed Between Venice and the surrounding Volunteer fire departments because of a Legal technicality which forbids such agreements. In other action the Council a approved a bid of $160,882 continued on Page 5 ghosts and goblins will abound on halloween night done to look now but Black cats witches in hats and night flying bats Are lurking in the shadows around Venice preparing to help local Ghoulie and gho sties celebrate halloween. The creepiest Day on the Calendar halloween is awaited eagerly by children anxious to dress up in scary costumes and collect treats from neighbors and friends. The celebrations name Means Quot holy or hallowed evening a so designated because it is the Day before All hallows or All saints Day on nov. 1. The original Observance of halloween had its roots among the druids whose year ended oct. 31 and who lighted fires in Honor of the Sun gods debut into the new year the first of november. Back in the time when people firmly believed in witches and ghosts it was thought that halloween was the Day these frightening creatures were Likely to wander abroad. The Black cloaked witches topped with peaked hats and perched upon flying brooms were believed to be evil women who had sold themselves to the Devil. Legend has it that the symbolic Jack of lanterns originated when a stingy irishman named Jack played pranks on satan. For his not trickery. Jack is said to have been condemned to wander forever around the world carrying a lantern to Light his Way. The trick or treating custom probably survived from the 17th Century when poor persons went to the Homes of Well to do neighbors begging for soul cake or treats. Now the festival is a Day when children Parade around their Home cities asking for Candy and perpetrating harmless tricks with impunity. The costumed youngsters Dart in and out of Homes and parked cars As Quick As lightning on their Way to seek More Candy and fun. To keep halloween a Safe and not a haunting experience follow these Basic tips a Treater should stay in groups of two or More with a Parent to chaperone whenever possible. A youngsters should carry flashlights or Wear fluorescent garments to insure they Are seen by motorists. The lights will also help kids avoid Pitfalls in roads and Yards. A masks Are scary but they tend to limit vision. Therefore makeup is highly preferable. A children should be instructed not to eat any of their treats until they be been taken Home and inspected by parents. Have a Happy and done to let the goblins get you. U1 j1 la a def n courts subscribe and save the newsstand Price of the Sun coast gondolier will be fifteen cents a copy effective with the Issue of thursday november 3. The subscription Price remains $8.50 a year or about eight cents a copy. Out of county subscriptions Are $10.00 per year. Newsstands and vending machine buyers May get the savings of an annual subscription by filling in the form below. 0494 line length please enter my subscription to the Sun coast gondolier for one year 104 copies. Name address City state zip Check enclosed for $8.501 i $101 please Bill me. Q mail to Sun coast gondolier Box 1028, Venice Fla. 33595 Sun fiesta week is in full swing the venetian Sun fiesta is in full swing with Many of its exciting events already past. Doreen Ogonowski was crowned miss Venice during a dazzling pageant last saturday upper left and was present during the Day Long go Kart races which were held sunday afternoon below. Gray skies dampened the turnout for the Sand sculpturing contest held at the municipal Beach but a few Brave souls ventured to try their hand. Brian Casey upper right and his sister Michelle won first prize for their Sun in the children under ten division. Park idea at Hospital approved the concept of converting a portion of the Rialto in front of Venice Hospital into a City Park was approved by the Venice City Council tuesday afternoon after a lengthy discussion. But the elected officials made it Clear that the plan May be scrapped if there Are problems in getting Clear deeds to the property or if the Florida department of transportation nixes the idea. Venice Hospital executive director Ronald Hanson and landscape architect Lane mar shall presented a plan which would create a Park like open space in the Triangle of land in front of the Hospital that has been used for the past two years As a construction storage area. Councilman Rill Freeman objected because it would end Rialto Access to southbound traffic on . Business 41 and inconvenience residents in the Southern part of the City who use that route. A i think we Are creating a monster Quot Freeman said further commenting that it would be difficult to get onto the Rialto if the Park were built according to the plan. Continued on Page 5 weather High Low rain oct. 20 77 55 .00 oct. 21 82 ,59 .00 oct. 22 81 65 .02 oct 23 75 64 .02 oct. 24 84 65 to. Oct. 25 85 70 .00 oct. 26 86 71 .00 rain for the week .04 rain for the month .75 rain for the year 42.42 temperatures and rainfall Are recorded at 8 a m daily on the Dales shown for the preceding 24 hour period anger Over broken agreement Venice City Council members became angered tuesday when they were informed that the county has no intention of honouring an agreement made five years ago to maintain two City streets. City manager Dale Rieth told the Council he had received a letter from county administrator de Maroney saying the Resolution Between the City and the county calling for county maintenance of Harbor drive and West Venice Avenue is considered no longer valid. In essence Rieth said Quot the county has no intention of providing maintenance on these two most of the Council Wai angered that the county Wouch Spring such news on the City jus Days after final approval of that budget when it is too late to it allocate City funds for additional Street maintenance. Quot How can they Willy Nilly decide that this the Resolution Isnit so Quot councilman a a Berry Walker said. Or continued on Page 5 inside today Bridge scene .27 churches.16-30 classifieds.33 entertainment.20-21 fishing.29 Flea Market ads 32 Horoscope .3 inquiring photographer. 8 letters. 4 obituaries .5-7-27 real estate 33 thru 39 social news 13-14-15 sports.10-11-12 tides.5

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