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Sun Coast Gondolier (Newspaper) - September 12, 1977, Venice, FloridaSun coast gondolier the voice of the South county vol. 33, no. 67 a 28 pages second class postage paid at Venice Florida 33595 Telephone �813 484-2611 monday september 12,1977 published twice weekly a Price 10cringling attorney fans circus move rumours by sunny Sullivan Sun coast gondolier staff writer the Ringling Bros and Barnum amp Bailey circus is moving. Or is it the curtain May come Down on the circus in Venice if the hostile government climate continues according to Granville Crabtree. Attorney Crabtree said recent government policies and a harassment techniques have prompted a Shock and concerns from the circus Headquarters in Washington . A problems have been accelerating on an annual basis a Crabtree commented a and this year is a prime example of what might spark the greatest shows final exit from Venice. Recent rulings by Sarasota county a appraisal adjustment Board about property and tangible personal property have prompted serious thinking about the Venice location. Whether the circus actively searches out new territory has a no definitive answer a according to Crabtree. And it depends on whether the a government climate remains hostile to the circus. A they the circus just want to be Good citizens a Crabtree said artist s conceptions this is an artist s Conception of what the Sun coast gondolier s new offices and printing Plant will look like when it is completed later this year. The fully landscaped Complex will Back up to the intr coastal waterway and North of the Venice elementary school grounds. Construction begins on new Home by Tony Briggs Sun coast gondolier news editor construction of the Sun coast gondoliers new Home began last week at the Corner of Florida Street and East Miami Avenue and is scheduled for completion Between thanksgiving and Christmas. The building will House the news advertising and circulation offices of the Sun coast gondolier the Sun coast times and new presses which will print the newspapers in Venice for the first time. Publisher Derek Dunn Rankin estimates the total Cost of the land and building will be $205,000. Fresh water influx kills bait shrimp normally As plentiful As the Sand on our beaches area shrimp supplies Are shrinking with Marina owners reporting massive losses of the Small crustacean widely used for bait. Pelican Cove Marina on Tarpon Center drive lost 6,000 shrimp last week according to owner Jim Green. Hiette Mitton of a amp a Marina on Albee Road Nokomis said she lost 7,000 of the Small crustaceans in one Day. Gary Sharp an employee of buoy bar amp Marina on circuit Road Nokomis reported losing 90 percent of last weeks entire shrimp Supply. All three marinas pump water for their bait tanks from the Bay. Green and Sharp indicated the water coming into the tanks has recently been very Brown in color while mrs. Mitton said her inflow contains a Milky White foam. Pat Bird a Marine biologist with Mote Marine Laboratory said several factors Are probably to blame for the substantial shrimp losses. She noted that when water is warm such As it presently is the oxygen Content is lower than in periods of cooler weather and consequently cooler water. This condition of oxygen depletion can Lead to the death of Marine life she said. The biologist indicated that after extended intervals of frequent rain water can become stratified. In such cases the lighter fresh water sits on top of the heavier Salt water of the continued on Page 5 of the current tax problems. A and in a convinced that since the circus is already filing in Leon county Tallahassee that its a mix up which can be the attorney explained there has been some unresolved Cross circuiting measures flashing Between Sarasota county and the state department of Revenue regarding where the circus is to file its assessed taxes. Washington based circus a pcs have indicated to Crabtree that they think a it is unusual and strange that it keeps accelerating a Crabtree said of the increasing monetary pressures on the circus. Their concerns Are not confined to the tax situation although it is a major sore Point a considering the county put it on the tax Roll at a full 100 percent this year a Crabtree said. He added that the county appraisers office a knew it was filed in Leon on top of the 100 percent assessment Crabtree asserted that the county also levied a 25 percent penalty on the Central assessment a for failure to file in Sarasota when the department of Revenue stated they should file in a i done to think Mikos John continued on Page 5 planners defend new zoning code he also announced that a four unit Harris web offset press has been purchased and will be installed in the South Side of the building. Dunn Rankin said space has been provided for expanding the newspapers printing capabilities in the future by doubling the size of the press. A construction permit for the new Complex was issued last wednesday and land Clearing began almost immediately. Sarasota contractor n. Craig Mcallister has been awarded the building contract and will follow plans prepared by architect George Palermo. The Sun coast gondolier and All three regional editions of the Sun coast times will be printed in the new building when it is completed in addition to the new port Richey press and the West Pasco Green Sheet. The last two publications Are under the same ownership As the Sun coast gondolier. The newspapers new Home will be owned by Lindsey Schaub Florida inc., and will be leased to the Sun coast gondolier inc. The 8,300 share foot Structure will be located behind the existing office that now sits on the land and will be fully landscaped. The existing building will be renovated and leased As professional office space according to Dunn Rankin. Members of the Venice planning commission came to the defense of the embattled proposed zoning code during a Council workshop on the subject last week in the face of what seemed almost certain major revisions in the document. One commissioner or. Lewis Saunders said a i think the planning commission has been impugned. I done to think they have been Given credit for what they have Saunders was highly critical of councils attitude toward the zoning code which was prepared by the planning commission Over a period of two years and went through five revisions. Saunders spoke up when mayor Harry Case said the proposed code had too Many districts and suggested some of them be deleted. A if you Start changing districts you Are going to end up rewriting the entire code a Saunders said. He explained that he would not mind the Council making minor revisions in the code but it should avoid cutting the document apart. The code was designed for future construction in the City and not for its present structures Saunders explained so All that is needed Are Small changes. A we did not design the code for buildings that now exist in the City a Saunders told the Council. The proposed code has been the target of widespread attack in recent months primarily due to the non conformity it would create and a controversial amortization clause. Saunders acknowledged that those provisions would cause problems and said he would go along with having them removed. But he advocated leaving the rest of the document pretty much intact. A i Hope Council does not Loose the concept a Saunders said. A if it does we will wind up with a Mish Mash which is what we have he concluded a i think the planning commission has done an excellent Job. Tearing out entire sections of the code is although some Council men seemed philosophically opposed to some of the provisions in the code and seemed to disagree with some of Saunders statements they agreed to conduct a careful review of the document before they made any major revisions. The Council has spent four hours in workshop meetings on the controversial code so far but has failed to make even one revision because its members could not decide which tack to take. Councilman . A a Berry Walker who has been a supporter of the code criticized his fellow members for being so non committal. Following a two hour debate with planning commission member thursday Walker said Quot we rep Lowed the same ground we did the other Day and Are right Back where we started. We Are responding to various selfish interests and Haven t yet looked at it the code As a Walker termed the code a a document of the future Quot and said a i see strength is this lets dream a he conceded however that he never believed the new code would please everyone and concluded that when the revisions Are finished a this is going to be a tremendous bypass bumps will remain there a Good news and bad news from the Florida department of transportation foot regarding recently resurfaced bypass-41. The glad tidings Are that the Railroad Crossings along the 3.1 mile stretch of Road will be reworked. When the Highway was repaved the additional layer of Asphalt resulted in a jarring drop off Between the Road surface and the rails. Plans to Correct the situation Are underway said Bill Anderson foot District utilities Engineer. The transportation department will pay for the work but the Railroad will handle the actual construction he said. But outside every Silver lining there a a Gray Cloud. The Ripples in the heavily travelled surface Are Here to stay according to . Pinion foot Road and agreed that they done to resident Engineer. Make for a very smooth ride. Pinion acknowledged the however the repaved Highway existence of the bumps in the meets foot specifications he explained so the construction work has been accepted inc Fla Faliu the Engineer noted that the Mwiwa Luray surface passed a a straight edging Check conducted by the foot r. Before final approval was Given. Classified.r.22 Pinion indicated the Check crossword.21 involves an examination of the editorial.4 Roadway to insure the Rise and entertainment.6-7 fal1 of the driving surface is no fishing if greater than three sixteenths of a v it an Inch Over every 15-foot Flea markets 16-17 stretch letters .4 the Ripples were All less than obituaries.13 the specified deviation Pinion real estate 23 thru 27 said necessitating acceptance of sports 10-11 the work performed by Earl society. 8-9 Collins paving. He said the cause of the tides.18 irregular pavement is unknown. Continued on Page 5 chief Allen Slater a Man who knows his Jobby Sheri Bridges Sun coast gondolier staff writer he a been around for a Long time he knows just about everyone in town and just about everyone in town knows him. And he likes it that Way. Allen h. Slater acting chief of the Venice police department Cedis beginning his 27th year in local Law enforcement. During his More than a Quarter Century of service with the Cpd the 63 year old officer has worn Many hats Back when Slater joined the Force Venice was Little More than a Small quiet Seaside Village. When the two Man fire department received a Call policemen rushed to the scene to lend assistance. There was Only one funeral Home in those Days and when an ambulance was required patrolmen were on hand to Load the patient into the makeshift emergency vehicle. The Airport was a Grassy Field until the police department helped Burn it off to provide Landing and take off visibility. After four Short years with the Force Slater was appointed assistant chief by mayor James Kiernan. Quot in be always been honest fair and just with the people a he said to explain his rapid advancement. Quot right wrong or indifferent in a going to Tell it the Way it is that goes a Long Way with these now the department Veteran is sitting in the chiefs chair As a result of the recent resignation of Robert j. Ferry. Slater was temporarily appointed to the position until a permanent chief is designated. But the dedicated Lawman Hopes the search for a candidate will end up right Back in his office. Slater thinks the next chief should be chosen from within the department and believes he a the Man for the Job. Quot i know the people in be lived with them and worked with them Quot he said. Slater cited his operation of a full service garage and wrecker service in Michigan As proof of his continued on Page 5 acting police chief Allen Slater

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