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Sebastian Sun Articles: March 1984
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March 7, 1984
Published by Treasure Coast Publishing Co., Inc., P.O. Box 1161,
Sebastian, FL 32958, 589-4566, as a weekly newspaper. Distribution
to homes and businesses in the circulation area from Melbourne to Vero
Beach and by subscription through the U.S. Mail. Subscriptions are
$12.50 per year within the U.S., $24 per year out of the country.
Deadline for news, editorial content, and classified ads is Monday,
noon. Display ads deadline is Monday, 5 p.m.
Publisher: David S. Henley
General Manager: Bobbie Wilson
Editor: Joan Pepper
Sales Manager: George Pepper
Senior Staff Writer: Jack Fay
Administration: Patty Harris
Production: Sue Stanbary
Production Artist: Paul Ledford
Editor's Note: Our regular editorial, appearing on page 4, was written
before we learned of the distribution of hate material against Police
Chief Nappi. It runs as written and we feel is an unbiased opinion.
Because of recent developments, we feel a stronger stand is necessary
and this front page editorial was written to advise citizens who
respect freedom of rights.
The political events in Sebastian get more ugly each day. This
newspaper cries out to the citizens of Sebastian to heed the signs.
Remember Nazi Germany? Don't laugh at our analogy. Democracy in our
city is at stake. Individual freedoms are at stake. Even a free press
is at stake.
A witch hunt to try to uncover personal and professional faults in
Police Chief Nappi's past has been undertaken by Mayor Flood without
the city's authorization. That is bad enough. But it is what Mayor
Flood has been doing with that information that is shocking.
Personal opinions of Chief Nappi, obtained in West Virginia and Ohio,
have been printed and distributed on the street. This is a gross
invasion of privacy and infringes upon human and civil rights of an
Mayor Flood is overriding justice in a personal vendetta on Chief
Nappi. When confronted by the Sebastian Sun about this railroading,
Mayor Flood said he had people who would purchase our paper -
presumably to keep us from reporting these events. Does control of the
press now make our analogy to Nazi Germany seem more realistic?
An election for the mayoralty of this city is only days away. We urge
the voters of Sebastian to end this turbulence, this head hunting and
this trampling of anything that gets in the way of the dictatorial
governing of our city.
Now we've discovered that Mayor Flood has had a background check done
on Jim Gallagher in the hope of finding a skeleton in his closet that
would ruin his election chances. This is a Gestapo tactic that is
inexcusable. Should we expect that anyone who crosses paths with Mayor
Flood will have a background check done? Then who will be next? Me?
Our fear is that the non-Flood vote will be split between the other
three candidates. The strongest of these appears to be Jim Gallagher
in terms of experience and general support. We urge you to cast your
vote for fair leadership. We suggest you cast your vote for Jim
David S. Henley
There was no question how Councilwoman Dorothy McKinley
voted Monday afternoon at the hearing to reinstate Police Chief Jerry
Nappi. Mrs. McKinley, chairman of the council's police committee,
voted in favor of Nappi's reinstatement and after it was all over she
gave him a congratulatory kiss. Mrs. McKinley is, in effect, the
city's police commissioner and she has been a strong supporter of the
chief during his differences with Mayor Pat Flood, Jr.
Nappi is reinstated
By a 3-2 vote of the Sebastian City Council, sitting in special
session, Sebastian Police Chief Jerry Nappi was reinstated to his post,
after being suspended Thursday, Feb. 29, by Mayor Pat Flood.
In a jam packed city council chamber, and with people either standing
or sitting wherever they could find breathing space, the hearing got
bogged down for 55 minutes in procedural matters over whether the
meeting had been properly called.
The hearing was based on allegations made by Mayor Pat Flood that
* Failed to initiate an investigation into the conduct of those
officers responsible for conduct prejudicial to the efficiency, good
name and reputation at the department, and the office of the mayor, by
causing to be published a letter to the editor which appeared in the
Feb. 15, 1984, edition of the "Sebastian Sun."
* Failed to make administrative reports to the office of the mayor in a
timely and efficient manner regarding the auto accident of Officers
Andrew Catalone and Ralph Smith, and regarding the suspension without
pay of Detective Edwina Thomas.
* Receipt of payment for overtime without authorization in violation of
Standard Operating Procedures for Personnel Administration, regular and
overtime compensation section.
* General insubordination, failure to cooperate and the fostering of
dissension between the department and the office of the mayor.
The procedural point was raised over whether or not the hearing was
being legally held. City Attorney Dan Kilbride representing the city
council, ruled that it was in fact legal, but that it was questionable
as to whether a reasonable amount of time to assemble witnesses and
present them at the meeting.
Mayor Flood made the charges on Thursday, Feb, 29, and the special
council meeting was requested by three council members, Mrs. Dorothy
McKinley, James Gallagher, and Richard Szeluga, to be held on March 5.
It was the same three that, in the end, voted to reinstate Nappi.
Mayor Flood and Vice Mayor Robert Fitzmaurice voted against the
reinstatement of the police chief.
A three minute recess called for following the wrangle over procedure
was followed by an agreement by council, to proceed with the hearing.
Attorney Gregory J. Gore, representing the mayor, said since the mayor
was not prepared to proceed, he would offer only the letter of Feb, 29,
with the mayor's allegations, and a document over the receipt of
payment for overtime.
Nappi's attorneys, Richard Saliba and Wayne McDonough then alleged that
the mayor's case had not been substantiated and they suggested that the
council proceed by making a motion to immediately reinstate Chief
Councilman Gallagher, himself a candidate for mayor, made just such a
motion and it was seconded by Mrs. McKinley. But that motion was
withdrawn when Vice Mayor Fitzmaurice maintained that the mayor had not
had a reasonable amount of time to present his case against Nappi, and
Councilman Szeluga indicated some support for that position.
However, Attorneys Saliba and McDonough again reiterated their request
that the council make a motion for reinstatement because of the lack of
substantiation presented by Gore to back up Flood's allegations.
So again, Gallagher made a motion to reinstate and again Mrs. McKinley
seconded it. The swing vote came from Councilman Szeluga, who went
into a somewhat lengthy explanation, but in the end voted for
reinstatement, along with McKinley and Gallagher.
After the meeting, Mayor Pat Flood said simply, "Due process was not
served here today."
Police Chief Nappi however, was somewhat more verbose.
"I'm elated with the fact that justice was served," Nappi said. "I want
to thank all my friends and supporters for their encouraging comments
and support. I'd like to put all these mundane trivialities aside now
and get back to operating the police department and hope that the mayor
and I can work together toward achieving a happy medium."
Following the hearing, the Sebastian Highlands Property Owners
Association held a candidates' night where the Sebastian Sun had the
opportunity to ask each candidate their feelings regarding the outcome
of the special council meeting.
"I support council's decision to reinstate Jerry Nappi
wholeheartedly," said Councilman Jim Gallagher, who is running for
"I support the council's decision and feel the decision was a
reflection of a unified effort," Peter Vallone, mayoral candidate said.
Alice Allard, candidate for mayor agreed. "I support the outcome of the
meeting. I feel the issue was nothing more than a personality clash and
am happy Jerry Nappi is back."
Betsy Adams, candidate for council, also Supported Nappi's re-
instatement. "There was not one shred of evidence to prove Jerry Nappi
should have been suspended," she said. "I wholeheartedly support the
decision made by council."
Pat Grant, council candidate, agreed with the decision with
reservations. "I support the decision made by council but in the
interest of the city, feel they should have looked at the information
Mayor Flood brought back from his trip up north. Let's face it; we
knew last week that council had already made up their minds in terms of
the outcome of the hearing."
Linda Keenan, a council candidate was in full support of Nappi's re-
instatement. "In my opinion, this suspension should never have taken
place. There was absolutely nothing to warrant this investigation by
Mayor Flood. I totally Support council's decision."
Both Ed Paluch and Bob Palmer, candidates for council agreed.
FDLE awaits word
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) office in Orlando
announced Mar. 2, that it is awaiting word from Florida Gov. Bob
Graham's office on whether or not it will investigate several incidents
involving the Sebastian city government.
"So far, we have not heard anything out of Tallahassee," John VanTronk,
who will lead the investigation, said Friday. He said it would be
necessary for the FDLE to get the governor's authorization before it
could look into such things as the deteriorating relationship between
Mayor Pat Flood Jr. and Police Chief Jerry Nappi whom Flood suspended
Thursday, Mar. 1.
"We may do some preliminary investigative work right now, but that
would be all," VanTronk said in a phone interview from his office.
The FDLE has also been requested to look into the possibility that the
City's Police Committee met recently without properly informing the
public or the press in advance, a violation of Florida's Sunshine Law.
It was at that meeting that the committee, headed by Mrs. Dorothy
McKinley, a member of the city council upheld Nappi's promotion of Lisa
Smith to the job of Corporal within the department.
Mayor Flood wrote a letter to Nappi refusing to approve the promotion
on the advice of City Attorney Dan Kilbride. Kilbride said Smith did
not have the required two years employment with the police department,
but Nappi countered that none of his employees in the department have
the required two years employment and that Smith's promotion was based
on evaluations by her superiors, in the department.
If the investigation is authorized by the governor's office it would be
the second investigation of Sebastian officers by the FDLE in recent
months. In February, the FDLE investigated the police department and
the investigation resulted in the arrest of former Police chief John
Melton on one count of grand theft, one Count of official and three
counts of forgery.
The investigation of Melton centered around a $2,000 fund used by the
department to pay informers. Some of the informants allegedly claim
they never received the money although there are receipts in their
The probe was conducted by the FDLE's Melbourne office and was headed
by Wallace Gossett Jr.
Contributions pour in; Allard tops candidates
Alice Allard continues to lead all candidates in the Sebastian city
election as far as campaign contributions are concerned with a total of
$1,069 in cash contributions and $1,017, in in-kind contributions for a
grand total of $2,036.
Mrs. Allard is campaigning as a candidate for mayor of Sebastian.
Incumbent Mayor Pat Flood Jr. is second in contributions, with a total
of $1,553 in cash contributions and $226.86 in in-kind contributions
for a grand total of $1,779.86.
During the two weeks, ending. Feb. 24, figures filed with City Clerk
Deborah Krages' office show that Mrs. Allard collected $50 each from
Armando Locicero and Noah's Ark retail store, another $35 from Gloria
and George Mark, and $30 each from Chris Trioli and Robert McCarthy.
Contributions of $25 each came from Don Marzin, Ernest and Hilda Lee,
Warren and Marjorie Miller, Thomas and Katherine McLaughlin, R.E. and
Marjorie Miller, Thomas and Katherine McLaughlin, R.E. and Marjorie
Baum, and Lee and Naomi Reeder.
Expenses incurred by Mrs. Allard included $80 of in-kind services to
the Holiday Inn Countryside, and $131 for advertising in two
Mayor Flood received donations of campaign contributions of $200 from
David and Barbara Borgnano, a $100 contribution from Pat Flood Sr., and
a $60 from Gregory J. Gore. Other contributions were $50 from Gene and
Linda Estes, $20 from Robert Quinones Sr., and $25 from Lifts
During the two weeks of the reporting period ending Feb. 24, Flood
spent $131.12 for a total so far in the campaign of $650.97, most of it
on advertising and printing.
Another mayoral candidate, James Gallagher, took in $110 in
contributions for a total for his campaign of $570.13 in cash plus $80
in in-kind contributions for a total of $650, for the campaign. He
has spent a total of $446.62, of which $70 was spent during the two-
week reporting period.
A $100 contribution came from Rose Gallagher, and there was one other
$10 contribution. The $70 in expenses incurred during the two week
period was for distribution of flyers and postage.
Tim Smith Jr., who has now dropped out of the race for mayor, filed a
report showing contributions of $145 and expenses of $424.45 of which
$309.50 was spent during the past two weeks for newspaper advertising.
Peter Vallone, the fifth candidate, had a balance of $410 at the
beginning of the reporting period, and received $162 during the two
weeks reported on, for a grand total of $572.
He has spent a total of $321, so far in the campaign; $10.43 was spent
during the two week -reporting period.
The $162 in new contributions came from Mr. and Mrs. Colori, $35; Fred
and Bea Guida, $20; Brond and Louise Bova, $20; Mrs. M. Varentini, $25;
Delores and David Sanders, $20; and four other donations of lesser
In the race for the one-year term on city council, Betsy C. Adams
reported a contribution of $50 from Mr. and Mrs. B.A. Payan, to boost
her total campaign receipts to $275. She had $17.18 in petty cash
expenses and $42 in advertising.
Her opponent Joseph (Pat) Grant, received $65 to boost his total
contributions to $350. The $65 was from Ben Wilt Jr., $20; Don Dappen,
$25; and Bert and Eunice Colcord, $20.
Linda L. Keenan reported she received $20 to boost her contributions
received from $60 to $80. She has spent a total of $55.19 on her
Joseph (Bob) Palmer running against Keenan contributed $50 to his own
campaign and received $10 from Marshall Debuque for a total of $65. He
has spent $25 on a filing fee paid to the City of Sebastian.
Ed Paluch the third man in the race for the two-year term on council
has contributed $25 to his own campaign fund and paid the city a $25
filing fee. He has received no other contributions, and has had no
Sebastian headed for state funds for park
With only some additional administrative procedure at the state level
standing in the way, Sebastian seems to be a sure bet to pick up
$147,000 in state funding for recreation improvements at the city-owned
The park is located on the southeast corner of the County Road 512 and
U.S. 1 intersection.
Both city engineer Earl Masteller and Mayor Pat Flood Jr. were elated
at the prospect. “I think we can build a beautiful park,” Flood said,
and Masteller, added, “We’re 99 percent sure that we will get it.”
The governor’s cabinet, and the governor, have both received a
recommendation from the Department of Natural Resources, that the grant
A 4250,000 grant for Vero Beach’s 15th Street Park was not approved.
Sebastian’s application for improvements at Riverview Park received
nine out of a possible 10 points when it was considered.
Currently, there are only a few picnic tables in the park, and the
grant money will be used to fund more picnic tables, drinking
fountains, restroom facilities and parallel parking along County road
As the plan now stands, only a few trees would have to be removed to
properly install the new equipment. The city will provide in-kind
services - with the value of the land appraised at $635,000 - submitted
as part of the city’s share. The project is expected to being later
Gallagher doubts Tyler's contention
In an effort to illustrate to Sebastian City Councilors that Shirley
Tyler may not in fact be considered an' “unbiased concerned citizen",
Councilman Jim Gallagher sent a letter to them, March 3.
"Attached find a telegram from my former wife, Mary Ann, informing me
that Shirley Tyler of Sebastian, FL. is conducting a fact finding check
of my personal background without my consent or knowledge", the letter
The letter continued by stating, "This information leaves me with
sincere doubts as to Mrs. Tyler's contention of her being an 'unbiased
concerned citizen,' regarding the suspension of Chief Nappi. I caution
you to consider this information and her possible political
At a recent press conference held by Mayor Pat Flood Jr., regarding the
suspension of Police Chief Jerry Nappi, Tyler said she represented an
unbiased, impartial witness regarding Flood's background check on Nappi
in West Virginia and Ohio.
“I sent this letter to alert our city councilors that perhaps she is
not as un-biased as she thinks she is," Gallagher said. "I feel that
Mrs. Tyler's [background check on me] was a way to dig up dirt but
there's nothing to dig up. It would have been less expensive to simply
contact me rather than my ex-wife. We'd both tell her there's nothing
for her to find out about."
Gallagher enclosed a copy of the telegram from his ex-wife in his
package to council.
The telegram read, “Shirley Tyler of Sebastian, Florida, called me
March 2 to inquire about your education and background." It was signed
by Gallagher's ex-wife, Mary Ann Butkiewicz, and addressed to
Gallagher said his ex-wife told him that Tyler asked her whether or not
Gallagher was a graduate of Penn State University.
"I'm not sure why she asked that since it's stated on my campaign
brochure that I'm a graduate of King College and Luzerne College and
studied at Penn State University," Gallagher said.
He also said Tyler asked his wife whether he had ever been arrested in
Ft. Lauderdale. She replied that he had had a couple of traffic
violations but nothing more.
When the Sebastian Sun contacted Tyler she said she didn't know there
was an investigation being done on Gallagher. However, she finally
admitted to doing a background on him by calling his ex-wife. Tyler
said she asked her if there was some reason Gallagher was so hostile
about not looking at any of the material she and Mayor Flood had
gathered during their background check of Police Chief Nappi.
"I feel the three city council people who sent telegrams to West
Virginia to try to discredit the mayor of the City of Sebastian in his
effort to complete a background check on Jerry Nappi, were remiss in
their duties as elected officials of the City of Sebastian in refusing
to co-operate or even review the information that was gathered at great
personal expense to the Mayor of Sebastian. They are a discredit to
the community," Tyler said. "If they read the information, then I'll
erase all I just said because it's their duty to review this.”
Tyler also added that in her opinion the information collected was a
combination of fact and opinion.
Tyler said she participated in the background check on Nappi and
Gallagher as an unbiased, impartial tax-paying resident and citizen of
Baby found abandoned
A newborn baby girl was found Monday afternoon in an abandoned shack a
half mile east of Fellsmere. The baby was rushed to Indian River
Memorial Hospital, where the infant was said to be in good condition
Sheriff's department officials said Tuesday morning that juvenile
division investigators are checking out several suspects, but that the
identity of the mother is not known as of Tuesday.
Sebastian's wild election campaign is winding down. Election Day is
Tuesday and it's a very important day for the future of Sebastian.
We are living Sebastian's history and years from now these events will
be recalled. Our concern is that democracy and good government
prevail...and in that order.
We are also concerned that this city returns to a state of peace and
harmony. That won't be easy after all the ugly events that have taken
place over the last few weeks.
Sebastian is a city of promise. It is a city with a great future of
potential growth. It is a city just starting to mature and that is
part of our problem. Our politicians are just starting to mature with
The citizens of our city are divided. Who is right or wrong is a
difficult thing to decide because all parties have a certain degree of
right or wrong about their story.
We've made our position clear. We've had two police chiefs who have
been suspended and one was asked to resign. It's been a turbulent
administration. We are growing too fast for this turbulence to
But the voters must decide. It's been said that people get the kind of
government they deserve. It's incredible how this axiom always turns
out to be true.
As we have said above, democracy is the most important issue at stake.
A free vote is the most important element of a democracy. Although the
issues may be clouded, you the voter must cast your ballot. Make sure
you get out and vote.
Letters to the Editor
Poison and hatred
I was very reluctant about writing a letter because first
of all there are doubts about it being printed and secondly I hesitated
about putting my feelings on the line.
However, after reading your publications with the continuously
increasing number of letters critical of Mayor Pat Flood--written by
the same people--as well as, in my opinion, the biased editorials and
articles, I make this submittal.
The "Letters to the Editor" have become an outlet for the venom of a
certain group of Sebastian residents under the guise of "a concern for
the good and welfare of the city" rather than their own personal
hatred. I have been a permanent resident of this city for over three
years and have yet to see where they are personally making a real
contribution to the good and welfare of this community. Their
Contribution lies in attending the Sebastian City Council Meetings
and/or Golf Board of Directors Meetings with tape recorders and
notebooks in hand to gather information, twist the facts, or quote out
of context and create another “Poison Pen Letter" for publication in
the Sebastian Sun.
It is common knowledge that these people belong to a select group of
hate peddlers whose main purpose in life seems to be to belittle Mayor
Pat Flood and anyone whom might recognize what he has accomplished for
our city and what he is endeavoring to further accomplish. The various
terms used in some of their letters, such as Police State, Hitler,
Communist, Back to Russia etc." should indicate to the thinking,
interested public, the venom this handful of people expouse.
Sebastian is a fine city and I am proud to be an active resident. I am
not proud of this handful of people who are trying to tear it down with
their personal hatred. Disagree if you will--this is your right and
privilege, but not with the hate and venomous manner shown. Respect
the position of Mayor even if you disagree with the man in office.
Let's all work toward the betterment of our city by being constructive
in our actions.
I would like to conclude my remarks with this statement. I firmly
believe that Mayor Pat Flood has done an outstanding job as mayor of
this city and deserves to be re-elected. I further state that I will
compare my patriotism against the letter writers at any time-any place-
and will not call anyone a derogatory name because I respect their
opinion, if not their actions.
A disturbed citizen,
667 S. W. Fleming St.
Editor’s note: Doubts about whether this letter would be printed are
unfounded. We accept and encourage citizens to express their opinions
on my subject.
By Jack Fay
Charlie is high
Charlie the Squirrel took a look from high in the tippy top branches
then called me on the phone to say that Ernest Hollings, Reubin Askew
and Alan Cranston have had Hart to Hart talks with themselves and
decided against trying to win a trip to the White House in Washington,
in a four-year raffle.
Sliding through all that snow and ice in New Hampshire and picking up
what Walter Mondale and Gary Hart left behind, sort of got too
discouraging even for Askew who was headed for Florida's preferential
primary and probably better things on his own turf.
Charlie said he thinks the American political system is something like
a roller coaster. It's got its ups and its downs.
The Chamber of Commerce people are running around getting headaches
trying to explain the wintry blast to the tourists. It's not an easy
thing to do, when you have to explain to a guy that's spending a
thousand dollars a week for sun and fun, and isn't getting either one.
There is always the solid old question you can throw back at them.
"What for did you bring this cold weather with you?”
[The following "paragraph" appeared this way in the paper.]
everything from a candidate with no law enforcement experience to the
incumbent sheriff. Far be it from Charlie the Squirrel to tell you who
to vote for or even make a recommendation. It wouldn't make any
difference because you've already made up your minds. It will be a fun
race. That's all Charlie will way.
Computer--Excuse it puleeze. I am not Squirrel said, "Everything they discover,
Thank you Carolyn
A fellow columnist, Carolyn Short, is moving on from one newspaper to
another and she had some kind things to say about her Uncle Jack in a
final column for an area daily. Thank you, "Miss Carolyn" and we all
wish you well in your new endeavor.
Short is one of the best writers around the area, and is a very
thorough reporter. As they say in Texas, Good luck, Podnah."
Computers are taking over
They have computers that call you up and give you a recorded message.
It is given in a hum-drum, he-ho voice that makes you want to yank the
phone off the wall. They try to sell you something you don't need and
The only way to beat them is to hang up half way through the
conversation. It shuts off the mechanism, and they are never heard
from again. Besides, you save a lot of money.
One called the other day and the following conversation took place.
Computer--You have just won a dream vacation for two to Bermuda. All
you have to do is give us your name, your address, your social security
number, a copy of your birth certificate and five copies of your
honorable discharge from the military.
Fay--Bermuda--I thought that was an onion. Can't you dig up something
better than an onion to give away?
Computer--No sir, it's a beautiful island in the Atlantic Ocean.
Fay--But, I see the ocean every day. It's only across the bridge and
up the road a piece.
Computer--You don't sound very grateful.
Fay--Why should I be grateful for a Bermuda onion?
Computer--Goodbye-I don't think you have been programmed right.
Letters to the Editor
Knit picking causes friction
Due to the investigation into the Sebastian Police Department, I would
like to express my views on the matter. As far as I can see the Mayor
Pat Flood is acting like a two-year old. I don’t believe that he has
grown up yet. He should conduct himself in a more professional manner.
I think that the Police Department should be under one, not two or
three. The Chief of Police should have the say about what goes on in
his department. It is hard to run a department headed by several
people. I think it is about time that the city of Sebastian
has a change in the office of mayor. Also, they should have legal
counsel that doesn't interpret the city charter to his advantage.
Also, if he was going to investigate the Chief of Police's background,
he should have done this when he first promoted Chief Nappi to the job.
Not at a later date, particularly at this time. I think that is kind
I do know that there has been a lot of harassment of the officers of
the Sebastian Police Department by the mayor. There has been entirely
too much bickering in the entire government of the city of Sebastian.
Chief Nappi has been doing a very fine job in trying to get the police
department in better running order, since the other two police chiefs
left under similar circumstances. Everyone has been doing a fine job
in the department for sometime, especially since Nappi was appointed
When Mayor Flood took his trip to St. Mary, West Virginia, and then to
Ohio, he did this without the consent of the city council of Sebastian.
I think this is getting to be a personal vendetta between him and the
This kind of trash and slander has got to be stopped. I think instead
of the mayor trying to smear Nappi, that he should be investigated
himself (the Mayor). What about the time that he filed for bankruptcy,
then he built a new house and purchased a new car? Where did all the
money come from? There is also a question in my mind about the
statement that Thomas Wagner has made concerning the chief. It is a
known fact that the chief and Wagner didn't see eye to eye on matters
concerning the department. The mayor should check the backgrounds of
some of his cohorts instead of the chief's. Be advised that Wagner is
a personal friend of the mayor's. In my opinion, that leaves quite a
few doubts in my mind about the mayor.
All the knit-picking is really causing friction among the officers of
the Sebastian Police Department. I would like to let Sebastian know
that they have some people who are very concerned about what is going
on in the Sebastian area.
N. U.S. 1
Can you imagine?
All the mud slinging and simplistic remarks, and hearsay accusations,
and down right viciousness, and childish remarks that I have read in
the public letter box of this paper, directed at our mayor, Pat Flood,
makes one hope that this is surely not representative of the majority
of the people of Sebastian.
There is nothing wrong with good constructive criticism based on fact.
All I can say is if these people who have been fomenting this type of
venom get elected to run the city of Sebastian, then heaven help us.
Granted some are just friends of the candidates, but as they say,
“birds of a feather flock together.”
Can you imagine what it would be like if they all got into a squabble
Being people of such suspicious and argumentative nature, it would seem
to be that it very like could happen.
The call of duty
I attended the Dedication Ceremony of the Sebastian Division of the
Indian River county Volunteer Ambulance Squad on March 3.
It was heart-breaking for myself and others not to hear Joy Snell’s
name mentioned for keeping the ambulance squad operational for so many
Joy’s dedication and professionalism to the call of duty was truly
above and beyond.
With Joy’s diligence I feel that the dedication could not have taken
P.O. Box 775
Who is that person?
In response to the letter “who is that Person?” Who has a house that is
completely paid for? Who had expensive landscaping done? Who makes less
than $10,000 per year? Who screams at people who disagree with them?
Who has declared bankruptcy?
I think there are quite a few people in this town who fit at least a few of the above questions.
Personally, I think it’s a cheap shot and frankly none of
anyone’s business. It has nothing to do with capabilities,
qualifications and dedication to any political cause. I’m surprised
they left out ethnic background and religious beliefs.
As far as harassment goes, I think they would find many people
in political office have had this experience and not had any publicity.
By the way, where did they have to go to find out that a home
is free and clear or the cost someone pays for landscaping? Did they do
the same research on all the candidates? It must be nice to have all
that free time to spend digging up such tripe.
Very Truly Yours,
Ask the Vet
By J. Jeffrey Slade, D.V.M
More on heartworms
Q: A neighbor of ours has a dog and went to all the trouble of
giving heartworm prevention for several years. Now we find out that the
dog has developed heartworm disease anyway. We have our own dog on the
same tablets. Do we have to worry that our dog will get the heartworm
disease too? J.F., Sebastian
A: Yes, you need to worry but not very much. For my
conscientious clients that have been administering heartworm preventive
tablets to their dogs at the correct dose on a daily basis for years I
usually only recommend a heartworm blood test annually. This is because
the drug is remarkably effective and the likelihood of complete
protection approaches 100 percent. Dogs that do not receive heartworm
preventive are tested much more frequently (three or four times
So, how can a dog become positive if on preventative? Well, no drug is
perfect. We are lucky however, to have a drug like disthycarbamizine
citrate (heartworm preventive). It is extremely safe, very efficient,
has virtually no side effects and is economical.
Again, it is possible to have a drug failure and to have a dog develop
heartworm disease despite preventive therapy. But, I find it many times
more common that the drug has been given at the wrong dose.
The classic case is the puppy that returns one year later for booster
shots and annual heartworm test. The owner has been faithfully
administering heartworm preventive but only enough to protect a 20lb.
dog and the dog now weighs 40 lbs. Perhaps even more commonly, close
questioning reveals that actually the owner gave the drug almost every
day except when they were away on long weekends and vacations.
To be effective, heartworm preventive must be given to dogs every day and at the correct dose for the dog's weight.
Firemen to explain need
A public meeting, during which the need for the on-year, one-mill tax
increase being proposed by the North County Fire District has been set
for today, March 7, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The meeting will be held at the cafetorium of the Sebastian River Middle School. Voters will vote March 13 on the issue.
The North County Fire District now has four fire departments,
one each in Fellsmere, Roseland, Sebastian, and Vero Lake. All four are
manned by volunteers.
The one-mill levy, to be imposed for one year only would bring
in about $350,000 and would be used to purchase capital improvements,
such as fire trucks and other needed equipment.
It will be the only meeting during which the fire levy will be
explained, according to Grover Fletcher, vice chairman of the
The vote on the proposed mill will come during the Tuesday,
March 13, election on the issues ballot. Voters throughout the fire
district will be voting on the proposal.
Firemen are placing emphasis on the fact that the added levy
will be for a one-year period only. Property owners now pay a half-mill
levy, and have been since the creation of the district. The half mill,
firemen say, barely provides enough on which the four stations can
operate. It leaves nothing for capital needs or major equipment. At the
present time, the district is attempting to purchase two used fire
trucks, one for Roseland and one for Fellsmere. The fire district's
advisory board has limited itself to a total of $50,000 and firemen say
it is very difficult to pick up even two used trucks for that amount.
“We must explain to the people the real need for the additional
millage,” Fletcher stated. Taxation for fire equipment in the North
county District runs far behind the tax money spent in the South County
Voters will also be asked to approve or disapprove the town of
Orchid’s request that it be included in the North county Fire District. At the present time, the town is not included in any fire district and it has no department of its own. The town has between 25 and 30 residents.
Firemen claim they want to explain, at tonight's meeting, that
by approving the one-mill addition in taxes for one year, they will be
saving the taxpayers a considerable sum by not raising the same amount
by a bond issue, with interest to be paid.
Golf board plans strict action on serving of drinks
The Sebastian Municipal Golf Course's Board of Directors acted
Monday to tighten its control over who can and who cannot order
alcoholic beverages at the 19th Hole, the golf course's restaurant and
The action was taken Tuesday at the meeting of the board when a
complaint was received over the weekend that non-club members were able
to purchase drinks without any problem.
The 19th Hole has a club license which it purchases annually
for $400 as compared to a commercial license for a regular lounge,
which costs $1,200 from the state, but are sometimes re-sold for as
much as $80,000 to $140,000.
Robert Young, who represents the State Alcohol and Beverage
Division, in the four county area of Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie
and Okeechobee Counties appeared before the board to explain what the
directors could do and couldn’t do.
One point the board wanted to know from Young was whether or
not an associate membership could be established for a set fee - say of
Young said this could be done, but the rate would have to be
set and approval given by state alcohol and beverage officials in
The board decided to pursue that avenue, while understanding it
is illegal to sell to anyone other than a member of the club or a
person who pays a greens fee. The latter would be able to order
alcoholic beverages only on the day covering the greens fee. In other
words, he would have to show a greens fee receipt dated the day he
orders the beverage.
Young said his office received the tip about alleged infractions, but that he would not identify the complainant.
Chairman Arthur Trowbridge, said in discussing the matter with Young he admitting that any infractions had taken place.
“I know of none that have taken place,” he said and other board members agreed.
One board member wanted to know if a golfer carrying a beer around the course either before or after hours would be illegal.
Two more candidates enter sheriff's race
Two more candidates, both Democrats, have entered the race for the Indian River County Sheriff's post.
Lt. Ronald Williams of 305 S. W. 30th Ave., Vero Beach, and
Bruce Campbell, also of Vero Beach, will join three others in a run for
the Democratic nomination in October.
Williams, of 305 S. W. 30th Ave., Vero Beach, announced Thursday, Mar.
1, that he was resigning, effective immediately, from the Indian River
County Sheriff's Department, and will run for his party's nomination
for sheriff in next October's primary.
Williams has been a law enforcement officer for the past 21 years, the
last 17 of which have been with the Indian River County Sheriff's
He will face three other Democrats who have already announced they
would run, including David Carter, Tom Williams, and John Pensch.
Carter is a former investigator for the state attorney's office and
John Pensch is a former detective with the Indian River County
Williams said in a statement issued to reporters, "I have greater
vision than any other candidate into the strengths and weaknesses of
the Indian River County Sheriff's Department. I recognize how best to
utilize those strengths to better serve Indian River County.
"I have the best insight into the past, present and future
direction necessary for this department to meet the increasing demands
and challenges of this rapidly growing community.
"I look forward to combining my experience and leadership with talents
of he professional individuals within the sheriff's department. Your
sheriff must promote a total effort of protecting and serving the
people of this county with a continued dedication to honest,
professional law enforcement. I feel the taxpayers of this county
expect and deserve an experienced and mature, professional law
Campbell, a supervisor with McCullers & Howard, of Vero Beach, and has no law enforcement experience.
"I'm the only candidate without local connections, such as family or
special interest groups. I would be completely impartial," he said.
Campbell said he has a background in administration and doesn't believe
that one needs a background in law enforcement, since the job of
sheriff is purely an administrative post.
He said he would be objective in his outlook as far as the department
is concerned. He said he wants to expand road patrols and make sure
that deputies are trained properly. He said he wants to see deputies
trained in the field and in the classroom.
He said his approach to the job would be administrative.
Three Republicans are running for that party's nomination. They include
incumbent sheriff, Tim Dobeck, Vero Beach Police Captain Carl Pease,
and Ed Ayres, who has a background in law enforcement in the western
portion of the country.
Special Election Issue
From now through the election the Sebastian Sun has set some new
publication dates, including this week's usual Wednesday, March 7
edition and a special election edition that will appear Saturday, Mar.
10, with 12 pages full of last minute pre-election information written
by Editor Joan Pepper and Senior Staff Writer Jack Fay.
Grant resident electrocuted
Rescue efforts of the Grant volunteer Fire Department which responded
to a 5:13 p.m. emergency call failed to revive Al Dyer, owner of Dyer
Shellfish, Inc., 5415 U.S. 1, Grant, who was electrocuted Thursday,
Feb. 23, while cleaning the shellfish tanks at this riverside facility.
Dyer, 54, who lived at 510 Ruffner Rd., Melbourne, operated the
only shellfish depuration plant in the state of Florida, and only one
of 14 in the entire United States.
His death was attributed to contact with the ultra violet
lighting system, while he was standing inside and washing one of the
cement treatment tanks used in the depuration process.
Melton enters not guilty pleas
A written plea of not guilty to four charges, against former
Sebastian Police Chief John Melton, were entered during a circuit court
plea day session Monday morning.
Melton is charged with three counts of forgery, one count of grand theft, and one count of official misconduct.
Melton did not appear in court for the hearing as clerk Cynthia
Gatt read off a statement that the not guilty pleas had been entered by
Circuit Court Judge L. B. Vocelle accepted the plea and gave
the public defender’s office seven days to file any motions in the
case. A hearing on any motions will be held April 1.
Tentatively, the case has been set for April 3, but actually it
is not likely that Melton’s trial will be held on that date as there
are other cases ahead of it that may have to be heard first.
Judge Vocelle said he will set a time certain for the trial later on.
The charges stem from a Florida Department of Law
Enforcement-State Attorney's office investigation requested by Melton's successor, Police Chief Jerry Nappi.
Nappi said he found discrepancies in a $2,000 fund used by the department to pay informants.
Nappi said some of the money did not get to the people whose names are on the receipts.
In the meantime, Melton, who is free on $5,000 bond, reportedly
has returned to South Carolina where he had been working for the
sheriff's department in Greenville, SC.
The money to provide Melton’s bail was provided by a group of Sebastian area citizens.
This is America
After reading last week's Feb. 29th, edition of the Sebastian Sun, I don't think they will ever have to run a comic section.
For a laugh a minute, we have the “Rumorist” Al Chaloux. In the last week's edition, he was so full of rumors, one would have to be Einstein to remember where they were all coming from. Keep those “rumors” coming, Al!
Then we have Marj Szeluga who seems to do all Dick’s talking
for him … She should be given the award for Spokeswoman of the Year!
Now let’s move on to the “Who,” who is so mixed up she doesn’t know if she is living in a dictatorship or a democracy. Kerry, if you tell me “Who” I’ll tell you!
And now on to Alice Allard’s political ad on page three of last
week’s Sun. This deserves the Drama Award of the Century. After the heavy dose of Cancer Disease, Dictatorships, Floods, etc., this ad set upon us we’re lucky the city wasn’t quarantined, shut down and wiped off the face of the map. One thing I’ll say Alice, if we ever have a community theatre, you should lead the Drama class!
Ah yes, we cannot forget the Peter Vallone political ad which
read “Which do we need as Mayor a Professional Administrator or
Housewife?” Well, when a candidate would equate balancing a household budget with the management of city finances as Alice Allard did, I would definitely say the choice would be a Professional Administrator. Chalk one up for you, Vallone!
And in closing to Patsy Baughan, I would say you should look to
several members of the golf course who were so prominent in the news
recently for a true look of couth and decorum.
For those who enjoy comedy - it's more Fun in the Sun!
Open our eyes
For quite a few years now, the city of Sebastian has been
flooded with contempt, flooded with lies, flooded with drugs, flooded
with misinformation to the people, flooded with power craved people,
flooded with fear, flooded with thieves, and most of all, flooded with
The people of Sebastian need to open their eyes and see the
cover up of some of these flooded areas and pull the plug and let the
Former councilman's views
I would like to take this opportunity to express my views regarding the next Sebastian City council election.
On Tuesday, March 13, 1984, elections will be held for the
office of Mayor, a two year city council seat, and one year city
council seat. Four candidates are currently vying for the Mayor’s
office: two candidates are running for the two year council seat: and
three candidates are seeking the one year council seat: and three
candidates are seeking the one year council seat. With such a broad
slate of candidates, especially for the mayor’s office and that of the one-year council seat, voters may have difficulty in narrowing their selection.
As a former Sebastian City Councilman, I have been asked privately by
many concerned voters, which candidates I would recommend for council
this year. While I have never before publicly endorsed any candidate
for the Sebastian City council, I will now do so for what I consider to
be in the best interests of Sebastian at this time.
I am deeply troubled by the much publicized events in our
city’s administration these past few weeks, and major change in
leadership on the council is necessary for cooperation, effectiveness
in legislative and other matters of concern, and improvement of the
council’s image in the eyes of Sebastian’s residents and those in the surrounding and neighboring counties as well.
To achieve a necessary change in the Mayor’s office and council
seats, and attain the required plurality of the votes to accomplish it,
I would recommend the following candidates for the elected positions as
Mayor - Alice Allard; Two Year Council Seat - Betsy Adams; One year Council Seat - Linda Keenan.
As to the proposed amendment to the city charter regarding Section 2.08, I recommend that a “NO” vote be cast.
I urge all Sebastian voters to exercise their right to vote on March 13, 1984, for the good of Sebastian.
Richard B. Votapka
Former Sebastian City Councilman (1981-1983)
City report shows finances on target
Sebastian City Finance director Joe Lancaster has issued a
report for the first four months of the fiscal year showing that the
city has received revenues of $428,295.97 out of an estimated
$1,399,550, or about 30.6 percent of the budgeted revenues.
However, the same report shows that the city has had
expenditures of $441,748.36 during the same four-month period, or about
31.4 percent of the $1,399,550.
A copy of the report shows that revenues and expenditures are
about on target since the four-month period represents one third of the
total fiscal year which began last Oct. 1.
Only one listing shows expenditures that are more than is
budgeted. The ambulance squad spent $12,465.54 of a budgeted $8,000.
However, Lancaster said $10,000, the price of the ambulance, came from
reserves being held during the past two years just for the purchase of
the ambulance. Actually the squad has spent only $2,465.54 of its
Other listings in the report are as follows:
Legislative & Executive
$10,561.90 (32.4% of $32,600.00 Budgeted)
$104,229.32 (36.6% of $276,802.00 Budgeted)
$7,253.86 (33.2% of $21,835.00 Budgeted)
Repairs & Maintenance
$33,357.43 (31.6% of $105,441.00 Budgeted)
$99,313.23 (27.1% of $366,553.00 Budgeted)
$17,199.80 (39.7% of $43,319.00 Budgeted)
$318.79 (31.9% of $1,000.00 Budgeted)
$12,465.54 (155.8% of $8,000.00 Budgeted)
$1,121.80 (17.3% of $6,500.00 Budgeted)
$11,308.55 (34.4% of $32,900.00 Budgeted)
$8,800.17 (29.3% of $30,000.00 Budgeted)
$99,389.75 (26.9% of $370,143.00 Budgeted)
$4,448.10 ($0.00 Budgeted)
$4,927.98 (82.1% of $6,000.00 Budgeted)
Parks & Recreation
$27,052.14 (27.5% of $98,457.00 Budgeted)
$441,748.36 (31.4% of $1,399.550.00 Budgeted)
$44,600.74 (35.3% of $126,400.00 Budgeted)
Utility Service Tax
$43,259.38 (36.1% of $119.800.00 Budgeted)
$3,139.50 (57.1% of $5,500.00 Budgeted)
$13,291.25 (29.5% of $45,000.00 Budgeted)
Construction Board Fees
$4,602.50 (57.5% of $8,000.00 Budgeted)
$3.00 (10.0% of $30.00 Budgeted)
Federal Grants (CETA)
$1,894.52 ($0.00 Budgeted)
State Shared Revenue
$38,440.05 (38.3% of $100,295.00 Budgeted)
One Half Cent Sales Tax
$38,152.62 (34.4% of $111,000.00 Budgeted)
$4,452.20 (89.0 of $5,000.00 Budgeted)
Charges for Services
$880.80 (60.8% of $1,450.00 Budgeted)
Cultural and Recreational
$5,987.56 (39.5% of $15,150.00 Budgeted)
$8,776.09 (41.8% of $21,000.00 Budgeted)
$950.00 (190% of $500.00 Budgeted)
$5,134.61 (4.7% of $35,000.00 Budgeted)
$1,877.29 (147.8% of $1,270.00 Budgeted)
$3,203.35 ($0.00 Budgeted)
Total General Revenue
$218,646.46 (36.7% of $595,395.00 Budgeted)
Ad Valorem Taxes
$209,649.51 (26.0% of $804,155.00 Budgeted)
$428.295.97 (30.6% of $1,399.550.00 Budgeted)
Man shot at while fleeing
An attempted strong-arm robbery of a Vero Beach man, who is
employed in the Sebastian area, resulted in two shots being fired, as
he fled the scene at County Road 510 and 63rd Avenue.
Nelson Driesler, who lives at 1406 15th Ave., in Vero Beach, told
deputies called to the scene that two men had attempted to take his
car, at about 12:15 a.m. Monday, March 5.
Deputies said they received a call to go to the Wabasso area
intersection and found Driesler’s car in a ditch and badly damaged on the inside. The car had been abandoned.
About an hour later, investigators were able to contact Driesler who
said a man had approached his car at the intersection and tried to
remove him from the vehicle. At the same time, a second man opened the
car on the passenger side and got in.
The second man grabbed him by the arm, but Driesler escaped from the
car and ran to a wooded area. One of the men fired two shots from a
small handgun as Driesler fled the scene, but neither shot hit the Vero
Investigators said there was considerable damage done to the inside of
the car and a small plastic bag of green vegetable matter was found in
Driesler’s car. It is being sent to a laboratory for analysis.
Pot found in a big pot - man arrested
Denny R. Harper, 37, of 9690 87th St., Vero Lake Estates, was arrested
Feb. 28, by Indian River county deputies after a search of his home
turned up 11 marijuana plants growing in a large, black pot.
The deputies obtained a search warrant before going to the Harper
residence. The pot found, in the big pot, so to speak, was on the west
side of the house.
In addition, officers found a baggie in the master bedroom of the home,
containing marijuana seeds. They were located in a dresser drawer.
County forms golf feasibility committee
A special golf committee headed by County Commissioner Dick Bird to study the feasibility of creating a golf course at Kiwanis-Hobart Park will begin to function soon, if the county commission, itself, approves the names submitted.
Approval should come March 7, (today), at a meeting of the com- mission. None of the eight persons suggested are from the North County area. All are from the Vero Beach or closely surrounding area.
They include Harold Djorup, Gerald Ashcraft, Richard Schuler, Rensen Walker, Ruth Mead, Vic Lunka, Ron Fanaro and Clyde Morrison.
All have long-time associations with golfing organizations.
The matter was first discussed about three weeks ago at a county commission meeting when Commissioner Bird, who heads the Indian River County Recreation Committee, brought the matter up toward the end of a commission meeting.
Bird pointed out, at the time, that he has received a number of requests for a public course, in Indian River County, as many of the courses are private and crowded through most of the year.
The only other municipally owned, public course in the county is located at the Sebastian Airport, and it has been telling those who call for tee times that there is a two and half day wait.
Bird said another public course is badly needed in Indian River County and offered to establish a committee that would conduct a feasibility study, to see if the golf course would be a viable project. One reason Kiwanis-Hobart Park has been chosen as a likely location is because the county already owns the property, and there is plenty of excellent land that would make an excellent golf course, without having to purchase additional land, Bird commented.
In Sebastian, officials agreed that a new course might have some negative effect on the Sebastian Municipal Course at first, but that the effect would not last long.
Bird said he thinks that is not too many years, a third public golf course would have to be constructed to keep pace with the growing population and the growing demand.
Wednesday, March 7
* The Sebastian Exchange Club meets at Vi's Restaurant each Wednesday at noon.
Thursday, March 8
* The Grant Volunteer Fire Department meets each Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
* Blood pressure readings are taken from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. by a registered nurse at the Sebastian Area County Library.
* St. Sebastian Catholic Church features bingo at 7 p.m.
* The Kiwanis Club of Sebastian meets at Vi's Restaurant each Thursday at noon.
* Beltone Hearing Service offers free tests from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sebastian Area River Chamber of Commerce.
* A visiting nurse from the Health Department is at the Sebastian Area River Chamber of Commerce from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday, March 9
* Bingo is featured at 8 p.m. at the Fellsmere Fire Department on Broadway Blvd., Fellsmere.
* The VFW Post 10210 features bingo at 7 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Louisiana Ave. and State Road 512, Sebastian.
Saturday, March 10
* The Fellsmere Hibiscus Grange holds bingo games at 7:30 p.m. in the Grange Hall, Fellsmere. Those 18-years and over are invited to attend.
* The Highlands Chapel Church of God features the musical group, Florida Harvesters from Lantana, FL, at 7:30 p.m. The church is located at 281 Delaware Ave., Sebastian Highlands.
Sunday, March 11
* Bingo is featured at 2 p.m. by the American Legion Ladies' Auxiliary at the American Legion Hall, Sebastian. Monday, March 12
* The Sebastian Cemetery Association features bingo at 7 p.m. at the Sebastian Community Center.
* Bingo games are held at 12:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall, Post 10210, Sebastian.
* The AARP provides free tax assistance for older persons at the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. North County Recreation meets at the Sebastian Area River Chamber of Commerce at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 13
* Overeaters Anonymous meets each Tuesday at the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce from 9 a.m. to noon. A small fee is charged.
* A Water Sanitation Consultant tests water from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Sebastian Area River Chamber of Commerce.
Delightful comedy featured
Leading the way into the Spring season is the spry cast of the Vero Beach Theater Guild production ”The Silver Whistle,” a delightful comedy by Robert E. McEnroe, directed by Shirley Edmundson (“6 rms, rv vw” and “The Pleasure of His Company”).
Included in the cast are veterans Eileen Needham (“Deathtrap”), Betty Abbott (“Oliver” and “South Pacific”), Grace Surber (“Oliver”), Jeff Maurer (“Deathtrap” and “Chapter Two”), Peter Peck (“Harvey”), Ray Wiebolt and Robert Ballou (both from “You Can’t Take It with You”), and Curt Cram (“Inherit the Wind”).
Newcomers to the Riverside State are Paul Buckley, Kenneth Garver, Mary Garver, Marthamae Schlow, Calvin Newfield and Heggie Holton. Kim Tyson will serve as stage manager.
The show is about a sad group of retirees residing in a rather “down at the heels” rest home. Into their lives comes Oliver Erwenter, an energetic 77-year old, who promises to show them the secret of eternal youth.
Performance dates are March 8 to 10 and 16, 17 at 8:15 p.m. with a matinee on March 10 at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets may be reserved by calling the box office at 231-6990.
Festival features fun for fishermen
Great fun is planned for fishermen and fun-seekers alike this St. Patrick’s Day when the Third annual River fishing Tournament and Festival kicks off, March 17.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Sebastian Area County Library, the fun-filled event will offer those who participate and win approximately $1,500 worth of prizes as well as entertainment for the entire family. Food and drink also headline the festive occasion.
The fishing portion of the day begins at the “first safe light” and ends promptly at 2 p.m. with weigh-ins beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m.
Kicking off the festivities part of the day is a Cake Walk at 11 a.m. The band “Tall Grass” is the featured entertainment at noon followed by banjo playing by Richard Votapka.
Square dancers will be featured at 2 p.m. with an encore performance by “Tall Grass” at 3 p.m.
A Casting Contest Cast-Off is featured at 4 p.m. followed by the fishing tournament awards ceremony at 5 p.m.
The casing contest is for all children and all those who are children at heart. There is no fee for entering this event and prizes will be awarded.
Booths provided by individuals and area businesses include craft displays, a Nautical Décor booth, green beer, fish chowder, a book booth, food galore and much more.
The fee for registration is $4 per individual and $2 for children 12 years and under. Tournament applications are available at area business or can be picked up at the Sebastian Area County Library.
Barefoot Bay Guild sponsors festival
The “One The Green” Arts and Crafts Festival will be held March 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the community Center grounds, adjacent to the parking lot in Barefoot Bay. Guild members will display oils, watercolors and mixed mediums.
Residents engaged in hobbies including photography, stained glass, ceramics, woodworking, leather tooling, basket weaving, or other crafts, have been invited by the Guild to participate.
The show will be professionally judged by Edward Korpela and Robert Penington, renowned artists residing in Barefoot Bay. Ribbons will be awarded.
Entries are limited to Barefoot Bay residents only; however, the public is invited to attend. There is no admission fee.
Dinner set at Roseland
The Roseland Volunteer Fire Department members have slated an open pit barbeque chicken dinner March 11 from noon to 5 p.m.
The dinner will be held at the Roseland Community Center.
Advance tickets are $3.50 for adults and $2.75 for children under 12. Tickets at the door are priced at $4 per adult and $3.25 for children under 12.
By Calvin Lake
Barker lands 350-pound shark
On this slightly windy day, of March 1st, some folks were brave enough to go fishing, even yours truly. Trundled down to the fingers this afternoon, and came home with one keeper trout and one blue, and had them for supper, It sure is good eating when you eat them so nice and fresh.
Sure hope the weather changes to warmer and clearer soon, for it will not only help the fishermen, but the tackle stores and other businesses.
Ozzie Evans was down to the Fingers and caught two trout, and a snook, which he could not keep because of the size.
On Feb. 29, Lou Schneider came home with five trout to five pounds. Lou said he had caught several small snook which he tenderly put back in the river.
Greer's Tackle Shop, reporting through Wayne Greer the owner, tells me that Bruce Boehl and Mike Miraglia were fishing 'Somewhere' west of Vero, and came in with six bass. They were using Jake's worms. On Feb. 23 Kelly Wadsworth and Willy Matthews fishing 'somewhere' west of Vero, with live shiners, came back with 11 bass. Willy Matthews caught the largest; a seven pound 14 ounce bass.
Helen Middleton says Joe is nursing a case of the virus; hope your feeling better soon Joe.
Sebastian River catches
Gladys, of the Sebastian River Marina reports that Paul Miller arrived in Port with four trout from 15 to 21-inches, and a sheepshead weighing in at six pounds which he caught using live shrimp.
On the 29th, Joe Strand came in with four nice trout caught on live shrimp. The same day Steny, of Micco, had 1 trout in his live well, from two to four pounds. Stony was using artificial shrimp. All of the above were caught in the Sebastian River.
Jim down at the L. & H. Bait and Tackle in Wabasso, told me that Roland Lane came in with an 11 1/2 lb. trout which he caught on live shrimp in the good ol' Indian River, on Feb. 28. On the 26, Woody Thompson had two trout to five pounds plus four blues, using live shrimp, which he caught in the Indian River.
On Feb, 28th, Dick Masters, came in with four trout. On Feb. 29, Greg Barker, while fishing ill the Inlet, hooked into a 350 pound shark; and it's not hard to imagine which one had the toughest battle - for Greg is a pretty hefty young man. Great work, Greg!
That is it, my fishing friends, but I'll be seeing you somewhere, sometime, someplace. Until then drop a line in the brine and catch a big one.
Vero Beach Dodgers to be feted
Minor League baseball being the way it is, very often championship seasons are never celebrated by the community. When the season is over, the players and coaches almost immediately head for their off season homes.
Such was the case in September, 1983, after the Vero Beach Dodgers authored their dramatic, come from behind victory over Daytona Beach in the Florida State League championship series. The Indian River County – Treasure Coast community never had a chance to honor and celebrate with their summer heroes.
WTTB Radio hopes to remedy this situation. Thursday night, March 15, between 6 and 8 p.m., WTTB and Dodger Pines will jointly sponsor the Belated Championship Celebration.
The public is invited to meet and honor members of the 1983 championship squad. With a very few exceptions, members of the ’83 Vero Dodgers will be in town for the beginning of the spring training. And they have been invited to celebrate with their fans March 15, at 6 p.m. at dodger Pines Country Club.
The Pastor's Perspective
By Stan Sanford, Pastor
Wabasso First Baptist Church
What are you worth?
Recently, I talked with one of the "old timers" of our community. Although this gentleman had acquired very little formal education, he had achieved a remarkable degree of success in his business.
At one point in our conversation, he spoke of the difficulties he had faced in his life because of his lack of education. In an effort to bolster his self-esteem, I commented, "Still you have done very well in your business."
"Oh, that's nothing," he replied. "I always could sorta look at something and tell pretty much what it was worth."
Possessing a keen sense of the value of things, my friend had overcome a number of handicaps to succeed in business. In much the same way, a person must attain an accurate awareness of his/her own self-worth to succeed as a human being.
As the foundational strata of their self awareness, most people harbor a rather low estimation of their essential worth. Even the majority of people who project a public image of self-importance conceal a very low self image behind their masks of inflated self worth.
The Bible, throughout, places a very high value on personhood. From the opening chapters of Genesis, where mankind emerges as the highlight of creation, to the closing chapters of Revelation, where mankind lives in eternal unity with God, the Bible affirms the high value that God places on person.
At the center of the Bible the Psalmist writes that man was created "a little lower than God." (In Psalms 8:5 the word translated "angels" in most English translations is the Hebrew word Elohim which is translated elsewhere in the Old Testament as "God" or "gods."
The Fourth Gospel, however, offers the supreme expression of human worth: "For God so loved (valued) the world (fallen, devalued mankind) that He gave His only begotten Son (who has ultimate value), that whosoever believes in Him (trusts Him for their essential worth) should not perish (end up worthless) but have everlasting life (ultimate value)." John-3: 16.
The value that God, the Father, places on a human being equals that I value He places on Christ Jesus, the Son!
James G. Swiger
Grant residents turned out en masse, Feb. 27 to say a final farewell to James G. (Jim) Swiger, owner of the Grant Grocery on U .S. 1. Swiger suffered a fatal heart attack, Feb. 24.
Swiger, 63, who settled in Grant 29 years ago after a long career with Sears in Ft. Lauderdale, built the tiny neighborhood store into a local legend, perpetuating its place in South Brevard history, started before the turn of the century.
Because he was a staunch supporter of the Grant Volunteer Fire Department and a member of its Boosters, the Swiger family, which includes his wife, Mary; son, James L.; daughter, Elizabeth Ann Christenson; mother, Bliss Swiger and sister, Betty Doles; all of Brevard County and a brother Gene of Pittsburg, Penn., requested in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Grant Fire Department.
Matthew D. Evans, 8, of 163 Nebraska Ave., Sebastian, a student at the Sebastian Elementary School, died Feb. 25, at Indian River Memorial Hospital, in Vero Beach.
He was a native of Valley Stream N. Y., and was a member of the Roseland United Methodist Church, and active in the Tee League baseball program.
Survivors are his father, Paul Evans, of Ozark, Ala.; his mother Sandra Kay Evans, of Sebastian; a brother, Paul J. Evans, also of Sebastian; his paternal grandparents, Kathryn E. Peterson, of Ozark; and Walter H. Evans, of Mobile, Ala.; his maternal. grandmother , Helen J. Kissire, of Canon City, Nev.; and his maternal great grandfather, Robin E. Macklon, of Goodley, Calif.
A memorial service was held Monday at the Roseland United Methodist Church.
Sebastian River Middle Junior High School Cowboy News
By Heather Haag
Superlative students announced
The Ninth Grade Superlative Students have been selected. These 24 individuals have been honored by their fellow classmates. Laurel Karr and Jamie Winkler were voted Most Likely to Succeed. Shawn Hoyt and Kim Rogan were selected for Most Polite. James Wymer and Annette Terry were chosen for Class Clown.
Charlie McIntosh and Heather Sellers were voted Most Athletic. Shawn Bethel and Dena Klipstine were selected for Most Friendly. Chosen for Best Looking were Steve Sembler and Angie Colvin. Kenny Taylor and Heather Haag were voted Most Studious. Jennifer Eirls and Kjorsvik Brown received Most Talented and Pat Braz and Tami Grammil got Most School Spirit.
For Best Dressed, Terrance Jett and Calenthia Hall were chosen. Best Dancer went to Les Goodrich and Liz Taylor. Mark Besancon and Jenny Waldis were voted Most Popular.
Congratulations to all ninth graders who received awards!
On Feb. 12, all students from Sebastian River, except those on the Academic or Behavior Restriction lists, are invited to attend a skating party. The tickets are on sale for $3 during lunch. The bus will leave SRMJHS at 6:30 p.m.
A great showing
After making a great showing at the National Academic Games for Social Studies, Sebastian River is back at the Games for Language Arts. The seventh and eighth grade team members are Todd Wehr, Jennifer Higgins, Brent Spivey, Rene VanDeVoorde, Rhett Thomas, Hyla Haag, Becky Kye, Stephanie Huber, Kevin Morris, Cheri Crockett, Eddi Harr and Adrianne Bradley.
The ninth grade team members are Shannon Hearndon, Missy Sikes, Laurel Karr, Jamie Winkler, Bill Conway, and Kenny Taylor. Good luck, teams!
On March 19, six ninth grade students and two sponsors will leave for a four day trip to New York. The group will tour, among other places, the United Nations, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Lincoln Center for the Performing arts, the American Museum of Natural History, and a Broadway play, “The Tap Dance Kid.”
Seniors to enter contest
“Area High School seniors are invited to enter an essay contest conducted by the Vero Beach – Indian River county Board of Realtors,” Board president Arthur A. Perruzzi announced today.
“The contest topic is a quotation attributed to Abraham Lincoln: ‘The Strength of a Nation Lies in the Homes of Its People,’” Perruzzi said. Essays are limited to 1,500 words or less, and high school seniors are being asked to interpret this quotation as it relates to their future.
The contest is being held in conjunction with Private Property Week, April 8-14, an annual event sponsored by Realtors and Realtor-Associates nationwide. This is the fourth consecutive year that the National Association of Realtors has offered an essay contest, and the fourth year of sponsorship by the Vero Beach – Indian River county Board.
Three local winners will be selected. First prize will be $100; second prize will be $50; and third prize will be $25. The winning essays will be determined by a panel of judges whose decision is final. The first place winning essay will be submitted to the Florida Association of Realtors who will then submit the three best State entries to the National Association of Realtors for final judging.
The winner of the National Association’s first prize will receive a trophy, a $1,000 savings bond, and an expenses-paid trip to Convention ’84 in Honolulu. Second place winner will receive a trophy and a $500 savings bond, and the third place winner will receive a trophy and a $250 savings bond.
Deadline for entries is March 23, 1984.
Lifeline provides assurance of help to many
More than 25,000 persons in the United States and Canada are finding independence and well being at home with LIFELINE Medical alert System. There are more than 850 of these systems in operation, 24 of them in Florida.
The Pilot Club of Indian River County is spearheading the program that brings the personal emergency response system called LIFELINE to Indian River County. For the elderly disabled or handicapped living alone at home, LIFELINE will give their assurance of help in any emergency with only the push of a button according to Mrs. Jean Euler, president of the club. This is an extension of the 911 Emergency Telephone System also introduced County by Pilot Club in late 1982.
LIFELINE Medical alert System is immediately available to one who in an emergency situation cannot get to the telephone.
“We are now in a position to begin assigning the “home units,” said Cory Van Zonneveld, coordinator. “In order to serve the large number we anticipate will qualify for this service, a criterion of ‘need’ screening of clients will be on the basis of need, in cooperation with the person’s physician. If it is possible, a small monthly rental will be charged; if the need is critical and funds are not available, a person will not be denied our service and Pilot Club will sustain the cost.”
If an individual wishes to make available a unit for a relative, for instance, a donation of the price of a unit would be considered and assigned with the understanding that when it becomes no longer needed by the relative, it would continue in use by another needy person; thus the donor would have made a tax-deductible contribution to LIFELINE – Pilot Club which will be qualified under IRS code 501 (c) (3).
Five committees have been set up for administering the project. Each committee will be headed by a Pilot Club member and every member of the club will be assigned a place on one of the committees.
The success of the program will mean the complete understanding of the System. Organization leaders will be contacted by the public relations and promotion committee for help in setting up the showing of a LIFELINE slide presentation and other illustrative media.
Any organization wishing the presentation of the program may call Mrs. Cory VanZonneveld.
“Please be one of the first to help us launch our newest and most ital community service,” Mrs. Garnett Radin said.
Mayor Pat Flood Jr. was one of many public officials who addressed the many spectators at the dedication ceremony of the new ambulance building, located on Main Street near Sebastian City Hall. “It’s an honor and pleasure to have this new building in our city,” Flood said. “The ambulance squad needs your help to make it a success. Whatever you can do will be appreciated.”
Although the dedication ceremony was exciting and illustrated strong, community support for the Sebastian division of the IRC Ambulance Squad, these two local residents were more interested in having a good time with their toys. Kenneth Brewer, left, and Raymond Arens were two of the many areas residents who attended the day-long event.
Property rezoned north of Sebastian
Two owners of 3.5 acres of property located between Old Dixie Highway and the Indian River, about 1,000 feet north of the City of Sebastian, got approval of the Indian River County Commission Wednesday, Feb. 22, for a change in zoning that will allow them to construct condominiums on it and adjoining property.
Margaret Ryall and Carol Crittenden, owners of the property, wanted the zoning changed from C-1 Commercial District and R-2 Multiple Family District which would have permitted them to build 15 units per acre, to R-2B, Multiple Family District which would allow them to build 8.1 units acre.
Approval had been previously given by the Indian River County Planning and Zoning Commission on Jan. 12 when Planning and Zoning Commission members voted 5-0 to recommend the county commission give final approval.
At Wednesday's meeting the commission voted 4-1 with Commissioner Maggy Bowman, who represents the North county District on the county commission, voting against the zoning change.
The Planning and Zoning Commission both were notified of opposition to the rezoning – first in a letter to the planning and zoning commission by Harry S. Willey who lives in the area.
Willey was also present at the Wednesday meeting of the county commission during which he explained that his property, at 13055 Indian River Drive, borders the south border of the Ryall-Crittenden property.
Willey said the only small piece of property zoned R-2B in this area borders on the north boundary of the Ryall-Crittenden property. Willey told the commissioners the majority of the property in the area is zoned C-1, R-2 and R-1 PM, with wholesale and retail fish markets and trailer parks predominating.
Willey told the county commission that he bought his property because it was zoned C-1 and R-2.
“I ask the county commission not to grant the applicants the R-2 B zoning.”
Ryall told the county commissioners that the condominiums being planned would be an asset to the area and that the property is undeveloped at the present time, except for one single family residence in the northeast corner. Ease of the property and across the Indian River Drive is the Indian River. South of the property is a duplex, vacant land, three single family homes, and the El Capitan Mobile Home Park. The three single-family homes are in a non-conforming use as far as zoning is concerned. Further south in the city of Sebastian there is a mixture of land uses in the area including fish markets, restaurants, marinas, the Sebastian community Center and the Oyster Bay Resort. There are mobile homes on individual lots which lay west of the property, and the area north of the property is zoned R-2B and contains a duplex, a single family residence and vacant land.
Cast call for Grant folly
Dave Marshall, producer of the entertainment evenings held at the Grant fire station, has issued a casting call for the “Firehouse Follies,” a vaudeville revue to be staged in conjunction with the Grant Volunteer Fire Department Boosters’ international dinner on March 16.
The “Firehouse Follies” is a spin-off of the initial entertainment evening held Jan. 20 which drew a record turnout.
“The popularity and requests for more of the same type of live, family-oriented entertainment has prompted us to schedule a series of entertainment events for the pleasure of the audiences and the benefit of the Grant Fire Department,” said Marshall, a Grant resident with an extensive theatrical background.
For audition hours and further information, call 725-0675.
Malabar hires new Town Clerk
Carol Thomas became the new Town Clerk of Malabar on Monday, Feb 6, replacing interim clerk Kathy Pitts who took over upon the September retirement of long-time Town Clerk Ethel Scaborozi.
Babette Barnes has been named Deputy Clerk of Malabar, it also was announced.
Thomas, a resident of Palm Bay, has an extensive background in finance and personnel. She became interested in the Malabar position, she said, in a desire to emulate her grandmother who was Town Clerk of Ypsilanti, Michigan, for 25 years.
March 14, 1984
Published by Treasure Coast Publishing Co., Inc., P.O. Box 1161,
Sebastian, FL 32958, 589-4566, as a weekly newspaper. Distribution
to homes and businesses in the circulation area from Melbourne to Vero
Beach and by subscription through the U.S. Mail. Subscriptions are
$12.50 per year within the U.S., $24 per year out of the country.
Deadline for news, editorial content, and classified ads is Monday,
noon. Display ads deadline is Monday, 5 p.m.
Publisher: David S. Henley
General Manager: Bobbie Wilson
Editor: Joan Pepper
Sales Manager: George Pepper
Senior Staff Writer: Jack Fay
Administration: Patty Harris
Production: Sue Stanbary
Production Artist: Paul Ledford
Alice Allard 421
Pat Flood Jr. 533
Jim Gallagher 875
Peter Vallone 184
Tim Smith 15
COUNCIL (1 year term)
Linda Keenan 706
Bob Palmer 485
Ed Paluch 777
COUNCIL (2 year term)
Betsy Adams 1077
Joseph (Pat) Grant 669
1. Should Ordinance No. 84-1 be adopted which amends Sec. 2.02 of Charter of the City of Sebastian by requiring one year residency in order to be eligible to qualify to hold the Office of Mayor and/or Council Member.
2. Should Ordinance No. 84-2 be adopted which amends Sec. 2.05 of the Charter of the City of Sebastian by stating that the Mayor and Council receive compensation, not salary, and permits reimbursement for expenses incurred while on city business when approved by majority vote of the Council.
3. Should Ordinance No. 84-3 be adopted which amends Sec. 4.12 of the Charter of the City of Sebastian by requiring "Run-Off" elections for Mayoral candidates when none receive a majority of the total votes cast.
4. Citizens initiative on Mayor's salary. Amends language in Sec. 2.08 of the City Charter by authorizing the Mayor to act as Chief Administrative Officer; declaring the job to be full-time and the compensation shall be equal to the highest paid salaried department head in the city.
5. Should a one-mill, one year levy be imposed in the North County Fire District for financing of capital improvements?
6. Do North County Fire District residents favor including the town of Orchid in the district.
NO FIGURES AVAILABLE
7. Do residents of Orchid favor being included in the North County Fire District.
NO FIGURES AVAILABLE
New City Officials
For the first time in six years, Sebastian has a new mayor. He's 33 year old James Gallagher, a substitute teacher in the Indian River County School system, and a city councilman who won election for the first time just a year ago.
Also winning seats on the Sebastian e Councilmen were Betsy Adams, and Ed Paluch. Adams a civic activist and president of the Sebastian Property Owners Association, and Paluch is a local contractor.
Gallagher won with 875 and incumbent Mayor Pat Flood Jr. was second with 533. Running third was Alice Alard with 421 votes, while Peter Vallone trailed with 184. Tim Smith got 15 votes despite the fact that he announced a couple of weeks ago that he was withdrawing from the race.
Paluch got 777 votes and defeated Linda Keenan who got 706 votes in the closest race of the evening. Bob Palmer received 485 votes. They were running for the one year unexpired term which opened up when Gallagher resigned to run for mayor.
Betsy Adams was the top vote getter in the election with 1,077 votes and she handily defeated Pat Grant who received 609 votes.
As the Sebastian Sun was going to press absentee ballots were not available but there were expected to be about 60-65 of them. A report on them will be made in next week's issue of The Sun.
The figures for the issues ballot were also not available at press time, but some of the issues were decided.
The Fire Department's one-mill, one-year tax levy went down to defeat rather handily and a one year residency requirement for mayoral and council candidates won the support of the voters.
An issue that would have amended the city charter by stating that the city council and mayor should receive compensation rather than a salary and that a majority vote of the city council would be enough to approve travel expenses was defeated.
The establishment of a run-off election in mayoral elections in the city of Sebastian received winning support from the voters, and a proposal to set the mayor of Sebastian's salary equal to the highest paid city employee went down to defeat. The proposal was placed on the ballot by a petition that was circulated by a group of residents, and it also called for the mayor to be the chief administrative officer and supervise all of the city employees with the exception of the city clerk and city attorney. The mayor, under the proposal, would have had the right to appoint, suspend, demote or dismiss any city employee.
Presidential preference primary results will be given in next week's issue of The Sun, along with the results of a proposal that the Town of Orchid should be included in the North County Fire District.
New Mayor Gallagher said, "I am very happy with the results. People indicated they want a change, and the results of the election tonight are indicative of that. "
Winner Betsy Adams said, "I appreciate the confidence the citizens of Sebastian have placed in me. I will do everything within my power to fulfill their expectations. I will work with my fellow council members to provide a quality government for Sebastian."
Election officials said a record turnout of voters turned up at the polls. Approximately 75 percent of the voters went to the community center to make their choices.
Mass resignations for Fellsmere
The Fellsmere City Council was faced with some "mass" resignations, at its meeting Thursday, March 8, including those of City Clerk Terri Cosner, Deputy Clerk Alice Walden, and three residents who chair council sponsored committees.
The resignations were by Lou Cosner from the budget and finance committee, Buddy Acres from the zoning and planning board and Susan Wilson from the Ways and Means Committee.
City Clerk Terri Cosner was said by Mayor Alvin Thomas to have resigned over dissatisfaction with the way things were being done, and Deputy Clerk Walden was reported by the mayor to have told him that if Cosner resigned she would go too.
A sixth resignation was narrowly averted when Acting Police Chief Robert L. Segien distributed letters of resignation to each council member and the mayor, then later in the evening withdrew the letter and said he would stay on until an investigation of suspended Police Chief Vance Roach was completed.
Roach was suspended Monday, Feb. 22, by Mayor Thomas for what Thomas described was the harassment of four Mexican migrant workers who Thomas claimed had their immigration cards damaged unnecessarily, when the four were stopped and questioned.
Roach claims that the investigation of the four men was conducted after a police bulletin was received warning of fraudulent driver's licenses. He said some of the four men's licenses looked suspicious. However, after a period of time, the four people were freed.
At last Thursday's meeting, it was agreed by the council to hold a special meeting on Thursday, Mar. 29, during which a date for a hearing requested by Roach, before council, will be set.
The action came after Roach's attorney, Richard Saliba, of Vero Beach, requested a delay so that he can have adequate time to prepare roach's case.
However, Councilman William Hunter strongly pushed for a date for the hearing because of growing pressures on the city to resolve the issue for the city's sake and for Roach's sake.
City attorney Dan Kilbride said the mayor would have to hire an attorney to represent him since he would be unable to do so. "It is my job to represent the council, and I will do that," he said.
Roach has hired Richard Saliba to represent him. Saliba, a Vero Beach Attorney, represented another police chief who was recently suspended, Police Chief Jerry Nappi of Sebastian.
Saliba and his partner, Wayne McDonough, were able to get Nappi reinstated during a similar hearing recently before the Sebastian City council.
Hunter first pushed for a hearing for Roach in late March, but a compromise was reached which resulted in the council agreeing to hold a meeting Thursday, March 29, at which time a hearing date would be set for probably early in April.
Kilbride warned that the matter could not be rushed and pointed out to Hunter and the other council members that it was important and had to be approached in a deliberate manner.
"Rushing it won't clear the clouds," Kilbride maintained.
With the police force now down to three men, including Acting Chief Segien, Scott Sherbrooke and Gene Kosak, the three have had to work additional hours over and above their normal working hours to keep the department operating 24 hours a day seven days a week.
Acting Chief Segien said he is home about two hours a day and Mrs. Segien said they both felt that "it ought to stop."
Council members did approve special duty pay to take care of the extra time the three officers have spent on the job.
The council also acted to pay Acting Chief Segien the same pay that the Police Chief Roach was making and to make it retroactive to the day Segien was appointed acting chief.
This was done when Segien pointed out that because of seniority, he, as acting chief, was getting less pay than one of the men serving under him.
Sebastian 3-year growth tops county
Latest population figures released by the University of Florida, in Gainesville, show the city of Sebastian to be the fastest growing area in the county during the past three years.
The figures, just released last week, by the University and J. B. Norton, of the Indian River County-Vero Beach Chamber of Commerce show a gain of 68.3 percent increasing from 2,831 in April of 1980 to 4,636 in April of 1983.
Vero Beach had an increase of 3.2 percent, Fellsmere 18.1 percent, Indian River Shores 20.6 percent, and the unincorporated areas of the county, 17.3 percent.
Countywide, the population during the 1980 census was 59,896 for the entire Indian River County, but as of 1983, the figure has risen to 69,404, for a growth of 15.8 percent.
Gross retail sales for Indian River County for the latest 12 month period reported reached $777,695,266. Taxable sales reached $431,281,353.
One other significant figure in the report was that of the growth in population that was reflected, only 3.03 percent was natural growth, or growth produced by people living in the county.
The most growth, or 96.97 growth, came from people who moved into Indian River County.
Adams, Deretany qualify for race
Former Lt. Gov. Tom Adams, D-Melbourne, will face State Rep. Tim Deretany, R-Indiatlantic, in a special general election to be held April 10, for the District 16 Florida Senate seat being given up by State Sen. Clark Maxwell, R- Melbourne.
The deadline for filing passed and left only the two candidates facing each other.
Speaking before a group of North Indian River County citrus growers and cattle raisers at the Holiday Inn countryside, west of Vero Beach, Adams made a reference to the fact that he was censured and nearly impeached, in 1973, while he was lieutenant governor and secretary of commerce during the administration of Gov. Rubin Askew.
He said the censure will make him a stronger candidate, and that it was a case of Harry Truman's Famous saying, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."
"I got the heat, and stayed in the kitchen," Adams told his audience. He said he didn't think voters would hold the censure against him.
Adams got in political hot water when he allegedly used some state employees to work on his farm. "It was never proven," Adams told one high Democratic official in Indian River County.
Maxwell stepped down from the Senate seat when he was appointed to a $70,000 a year statewide post as an overall director of the state's junior colleges. He has long been considered an expert on state education matters. District 16 includes the North Indian River County area.
Deretany has served as mayor of Indiatlantic and is a Brevard County state representative. His wife is now mayor of Indiatlantic.
In a recent press conference in Vero Beach, Deretany said he would not make Adams' censure and near impeachment, an issue in his campaign.
Adams is vice president for public affairs, for Florida Institute of Technology, in Melbourne.
In last week's edition of the Sebastian Sun, a picture of Tom Adams was inadvertently labeled as being a picture of Bruce Campbell, a candidate for sheriff of Indian River County.
The Sun regrets any inconvenience Mr. Adams, or Mr. Campbell, the error may have caused either candidate.
AARP Meeting well attended
About 130 members and guests were treated to an informative and entertaining afternoon during the monthly meeting on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 22.
Those merchants of mirth more commonly known as the Spring Chicken Band played and sang for more than an hour under the direction of Millie Zaremba who is the only musical director who uses a feather duster for a baton. The highlights of the program included individual acts by Tony Parante, the trio of Peter Kraus, Bob Butterworth and Wally Holmes who depicted the beautiful Hawaiian Dancing.
The annual dinner dance will be held on April 18 at 6 p.m., at the Sebastian Community Center. It will be a B.Y.O.B. affair. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Only 150 tickets will be sold at $6 each. They can be purchased from any officer or at the Sebastian Chamber of Commerce. Bring your friends and buy your tickets early, publicity chairman Everett Gass said.
City council set to accept resignations
The Sebastian City Council is expected to accept the resignation of both City Engineer Earl Masteller and City Attorney Daniel Kilbride at its meeting tonight, (Wednesday, March 14,) when the council members meet in regular session.
The council, on March 7, agreed to put both resignations on the agenda for tonight's meeting which begins at 7 p.m. in the city council chamber.
Masteller announced Jan. 23 that he would resign, effective March 5. While he has now left his post, the resignation has never been brought before the council, never been discussed and never been acted on.
This brought some criticism at last week's city council workshop meeting from Councilman Richard Szeluga who said Mayor Pal Flood Jr. should have taken the necessary action to advertise the position or come up with a suggestion as to whether or not a replacement will be obtained.
Masteller was city engineer for approximately two years, leaving at a salary of $25,000 a year, the highest salary paid any city employee.
He resigned saying he wanted to return to his firm of Masteller and Associates to do consultant work on various construction projects in the area.
Szeluga complained that the letter of resignation was dated Jan. 23, but copies were not received by the council until March.
Kilbride announced Feb. 16, that he would resign his post as of March 31, of this year. His resignation also has never been acted on by council. It is effective March 31 of this year.
Kilbride said a growing private practice won't allow him to keep up the hours that it takes to do the City of Sebastian's work.
Recently, Kilbride told one of the councilmen that he spent 30 hours during a period of a week to complete the city's business.
Council agreed to place the resignation on the agenda for tonight's meeting but gave no indication in either case as to what it planned to do about filling either vacancy.
That American right!!
Think about the number of countries in the world that have a truly free press. One that can speak out against an issue it sees wrong--even if that issue involves government. There are not very many countries left in this world with a free press. The U.S. is one of them. The ownership and management of this newspaper believes steadfastly in that American right.
It takes courage to stand up for your convictions in the face of opposition. When, as a newspaper, we print those convictions for all to see we know there will be hostilities. They are entitled to their opinions too and that is why we print Letters to the Editor. That is why we talk to everyone that phones us.
Some people, perhaps unwittingly, try to exert control over a free press especially when it disagrees with their own opinions. We are talking now of some advertisers who have blackballed us from their advertising. Of course, they are entitled to do that but they are really affecting their own businesses more than ours. A free press is better read and more effective as an advertising vehicle than a fluffy, all-is-well kind of newspaper.
If these people would stop and think about the great American right granted in our Constitution and how their actions are endangering that right, maybe they would reconsider. Maybe, too, they might think for a moment that an opinion other than their own may be right also.
But no matter who is right or who is wrong, isn't it nice to know that we live in a country where we don't all have to think alike? Can you imagine the dullness and lack of objectivity in a situation where all opinions were the same?
God Bless America -- and the First Amendment.
Spirit and support
Community spirit and support manifests itself in many different ways.
In an effort to raise funds for an even bigger and better library, the Friends of the Sebastian Area County Library are hosting their Third Annual Fishing Tournament this weekend.
Local service organizations and area businesses are pitching in to make this the best tournament ever. Fun will abound, entertainment and food will be in abundance and the spirit of sharing and contributing will permeate the air.
We commend the library in their efforts to show some community spirit. We hope that many area residents will attend and support their endeavor.
Letters to the Editor
A new broom
On Wednesday, Feb. 29, I arrived in Vero Beach and decided to stay in the Vero Beach - Sebastian area for a few days. I rode around and, being from a small town up north, decided that Sebastian was the place for me. I have been looking for a small town without the plastic, neon, Coney Island and Miami Beach atmosphere.
I brought a paper and picked up a free copy of your paper and read about your Mayor Flood and his on-going feud with the Chief of the Police Department, Mr. Nappi. This news continues it seems, every day in the local Vero and Miami Herald.
I am sure that many resident tax-payers must be sick and tired as I am to see what has become a political campaign being conducted in the newspapers at no cost to the hope-to-be elected official.
I would think that the people who would like to serve all of the people in the City of Sebastian, could do so by campaigning in less name calling and under the table politics and let the people decide who to elect as mayor or any other office and do so on ability to serve all the people, all alike.
It is my opinion that a person should run for office only for the town or city's good and not for his own ulterior motive to serve self.
The only way this unhealthy political situation can change is for you the voter to get out on Election Day and exercise your right to vote to elect honest candidates, willing to serve as an elected official. I, of course, cannot vote here, but hopefully I will be able to some day.
Sebastian, in my opinion, is a beautiful city and has a lot going for it.
I hope people don't stay home on Election Day. Vote and make sure your vote is for the good of the City of Sebastian. If it takes change to do that, so be it. Remember, a new broom sweeps clean.
A. V. Vecchione
-Just someone passing through
A Special thanks
Could we please have the following letter printed?
The Sebastian Police Explorer Post No. 533 would like to extend a very special thank-you to some very nice businesses for their donations of considerable sums of money.
This money will be spent for ammunition and other supplies needed to complete our current academic course in police work. Any remaining funds will be used for uniforms.
The following people were very generous: Sebastian T .V. Center, My Mothers Kitchen, Clarks Automotive, Rich Realty, Steven J. Keir, Oberbeck and Associates, Bay Shore Associates Henry Fisher and Sons, Vincent Best Optician, Pat White Dry Wall True Value Hardware, Jim Harris, Huston Trip, Phelps Garage, Bob Adams Construction, Ingeborg G. Manger, Sebastian Plumbing, Chris Automotive and Surdi's Restaurant.
A special thanks goes out to Don Parrish of Custom Homes by Parrish for three new targets for the police range.
Thank you very much to all these wonderful people.
Sebastian Police Explorer Post 533 Sebastian Police Department
By Jack Fay
Up the airplane crash
Several interesting things have been in the news recently.
For instance, a Scandinavian airplane missed the airport and landed in a river up there in the Northeast part of the country. There were plenty of inflatable rubber rafts. However nobody could find a paddle. It's called up the airplane crash without a paddle.
Not their week
It was not Scandinavia's week here in America. The Scandinavian Seas, a cruise ship which takes area residents outside the three-mile limit for a day of slot machines, and other things, caught fire at Port Canaveral and burned things up pretty badly. They gambled and lost.
Then there was the lady from Detroit who got stuck in some gravity inversion boots and had to call 911. She got stuck hanging from a bar several feet above the ground in her bedroom. She was just trying to exercise, she told the operator, who is usually ready for most emergencies, but not this.
The lady finally got loose from her boots and the rescue unit was recalled, but it was one exercise routine Jane Fonda doesn't advocate in her exercise book. Gravity inversion boots! What will they think of next? It's called up the boots -- etc., etc.
Peter Valonne invited his supporters and a few "undecideds" to his back yard for hot dogs, baked beans, cole slaw, and some other good stuff, so he could shake a hand, or two before Election Day.
Candidates are like preachers. They don't like to hear of any backsliders just before communion.
A few words of compassion for Councilwoman Dorothy McKinley, who lost her husband, Joe, this week. Joe McKinley was keenly interested in this community and although his illness was a lingering one, he continued just as long as he could to try and do what he could for the City of Sebastian.
He was an administrative volunteer at the police department and he will be badly missed in the department and in the other activities in which he took part. He was active in his church, and really cared about people and their welfare.
Joe will be hard to replace, and the loss will be greatly felt here.
Democrats may be wondering
Democrats may be wondering who Richard Kay and Stephen Koczak were when they got their presidential preference primary ballots Tuesday. Some may have thought the election officials were playing a joke on them. Maybe trying to confuse the voters. A Republican trick.
Sorry, it wasn't any of those things. Every once in awhile somebody gets the presidential bug and just can't help himself. It's a disease for which no doctor has a cure.
Richard Kay has thrown his hat in the ring for the second time. It was handed back to him once, and Tuesday it was handed back to him for the second time. He's a 65-year-old West Palm Beach attorney who is pleading his case, but the jury wasn't listening.
Koczak is 66, and a retired diplomat. He had to sue the state to get on the ballot, which wasn't really a very diplomatic thing to do. Every little boy wants to grow up to be president. Kay and Koczak really took it to heart. (No pun intended, Gary!)
Letters to the Editor
This is America
What ever happened to our quiet and peaceful city of Sebastian? It seems to me that I'm living in Miami, not Sebastian and we can all thank our mayor for all the noise and disturbance. You can tell this is an election year. Pat Flood is working hard to get (free) advertisements in the media and he doesn't care who he crucifies to get it.
When he went on a tour to the north to check on Chief Nappi, he did it without council's approval. And he talks about other people who don't obey orders!
Our mayor has to remember that he was elected as mayor, not as God. Once we get a man in office such as that, he has to go. Being that he loves to travel so much, I say to put him on a fast freight and send him as far north as we can.
Who is Pat Flood to say our police can't write to the "Letters to the Editor"? What ever happened to our police having God given rights, too? Someone has to tell our mayor that this is America, the land of freedom of speech....it doesn't say unless you area police officer.
I feel that he suspended a darn good chief (Nappi). I also feel that our councilmen are smart enough to see who is right. Pat Flood will not have and should not have his own way; he is only one vote.
Speaking of voting, I pray that all of our voters get out and vote on Election Day, or forever hold their peace. His Honor wants to do away with our police force and let the county handle our problems. Can you just imagine someone with their hands around your throat, choking you to death as you wait for an officer to get up here from Vero to help you?
Our city police have often helped us, now it's our turn to help them. When this is all over, I know that our chief will be back at his desk and our mayor voted out, as the majority of people don't think much of dirty politics at someone else's expense and sacrifice. As far as you police officers go, stand by your God given rights and good luck to all of you.
Just a tax payer with a heart,
Robert F. Byers
Impartial and unbiased
It is my understanding that Ms. Shirley Tyler had questions arising about why I accompanied chief Nappi, my husband, and Sebastian Sun editor to St. Mary's, W. Virginia.
I would like to make it noted that I also went, off duty, as an "impartial and unbiased" witness. No threats were made to anyone while I was there, although I will say that that town could use investigating themselves.
Concerned and unbiased citizen
PHOTO CAPTION: And the winners are...Shannon Solesbee and Danna Carpenter! Both young ladies were honored by fellow students and faculty members of the Sebastian Elementary School when they won the 1983-84 Spelling Bee, Feb. 15. Shannon was the first place winner and Danna was the runner up. Participating students stated off with simple words and moved into progressively more difficult words which lasted for ten rounds. Both Shannon and Danna held their own throughout the competition.
Golf course group approved by commission
Eight Indian River County residents were approved to join County Commissioner Richard Bird in a feasibility study to determine whether or not a county-owned golf course should be constructed at Kiwanis-Hobart Park.
The eight include a cross section of people who would be knowledgeable and interested in establishing a second public golf course in Indian River County.
The only other municipally owned golf course in the county is the Sebastian Municipal Golf Course, which has been extremely busy during the tourist season, with some golfers saying that there is a two-day delay in getting a tee-time at the local course.
Bird said the opening of a course might have some initial effect on the Sebastian course but it would not be only an initial effect and that it might not be too long before a third public course would have to be built in the county.
Serving on the new study group will be Harold E. Djorup, Ph.D., who has been a leading proponent of a second public course in the county. He previously taught physical education, skiing, golf and tennis and has done health counseling and guidance counseling in New York State.
* Gerald J. Ashcraft, of Vero Beach, a retiree from the Owens Corning Fiberglass Corp. For the past three years he has scheduled tee times and calculated handicaps for the AARP Golf League.
* Richard Schuler, Vero Beach, presently co-chairman of the AARP Golf League and a past director of the City Loan and Savings Co., in Ohio. He has a background of 42 years in the field of financing.
* Remsen Walker, Vero Beach. He has been a builder of several multi-million dollar projects in New York City. He was a member of the Golf Project Feasibility Committee in Westchester County, New York and plays golf at Sebastian.
* Ruth Mead, of Vero Beach, she is a member of the Florida Women's Senior Golf Association reserve group. She is a former member of the Sebastian Golf Association and introduced to Indian River County the Elks PGA Mazda golf tournament benefit for the Cancer Society.
* Vic W. Lunka, of Vero Beach, a builder and designer of large condominium projects. He has served as chairman of the building committee in the planning of the building and site work for the very attractive new Holy Cross Church, in the beach area of Vero Beach.
* Ron Fanaro, an attorney with a Vero Beach law firm. He has been a resident of Vero Beach since 1959 and has played golf since he was a young boy.
* Clyde W. (Bud) Morrison, John's Island. He is a graduate engineer from Northeastern University, Boston, Mass., and has been a member of John's Island golf committee for four years. He is also a founding member of the Bent Pines Country Club.
Thief steals $700
Irving Maliskey, of 9400 52nd Ct., Wabasso, told sheriff's deputies this past week that sometime between Mar. 2 and Mar. 7, somebody removed a total of $700 from a small suitcase, and a coat that was hanging in a closet at his home.
Maliskey told deputies that three $100 bills in a plain white envelope were taken, one American Express check and three 100 dollar bills from a coat hanging in the closet.
Maliskey, deputies reported, is an elderly man. The front door of the Maliskey home was broken and needed to be repaired before it could be locked once again.
Mother of abandoned baby located
A 14-year-old Fellsmere girl is alleged to be the mother of a newborn baby girl who was recovered from a condemned shack near Fellsmere on Monday, March 5.
State Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services has taken temporary custody of the 5-pound, 4-ounce child found only two hours after she was born, abandoned in an ramshackle building, just a little east of Fellsmere.
The mother is believed to have called in a tip to authorities as to where the child could be found. Tuesday morning she was located in the Fellsmere area, where juvenile authorities said the incident would not be handled as a criminal matter. "We have a very frightened 14-year-old girl who handled the situation the best she could," said Miles Mank who works part-time for the state attorney's office. He said there would be no prosecution in the case.
Mank said he would like to see the girl's family take over the matter. He said he would like to see it kept out of the court system.
The baby girl was nicknamed "Mighty Mite" by Volunteer Ambulance Squad Members who took her to Indian River Memorial Hospital for care. Hospital officials said the baby is doing well.
Surfers vs. fishermen
Surfers and fishermen are having their own private war at the Sebastian Inlet, and officials there are worried that someone might get a seriously injured.
In fact, some people have already been injured, and the fact that there is a question about which agency should properly enforce the laws isn't helping the situation at all.
The Brevard County Sheriff's Department has the responsibility to carry out law enforcement on the land areas leading to the North Jetty, but on the jetty itself, there seems to be a question as to who is responsible.
Brevard deputies say the Inlet Commission is responsible, and while Inlet Commissioners admit that might be true, there is just one hitch -- the Commission has no enforcement officers to do the job.
Another thing Inlet Commissioners say is that fishermen or surfers have no right to be on the jetty in the first place and that there are signs telling fishermen to stay off that are routinely ignored.
Signs with stronger wording are being prepared and will soon be erected.
But whether or not anybody will order fishermen off is another question, and one that will be hard to deal with.
One of the problems involved in the situation is a small patch of water close to the shore on the ocean side of the North Jetty. A sandbar in that area makes excellent surfing waves about this time of year. It also is a place where game fish run about this time of year.
Fellsmere residents send letter to Graham
Twenty-two residents of Fellsmere have signed and sent a letter to Gov. Robert Graham asking for his help with a problem they have with the Fellsmere Police Department.
The letter states that "the problem has been in existence for sometime now, but finally came to a head the week before Christmas of 1983."
The letter states that, at that time, two police officers who were not certified with the state, entered into a county resident's home uninvited, and with intent to do bodily harm to the residents.
"One of these officers," the letter states, "had a controlled substance found in his home two times, by another officer of the city. There was no report made out and the substance was supposedly destroyed. There were minors hanging out at this officer's house and questionable things happening there," the letter states.
The letter goes on to say "The officers the city has in its employ now, we have found out, had not had back-ground checks made on them at the time they came to work for the city. We have gotten some public information, which we are enclosing. (This happens to be our acting Police chief.) This officer was also involved in the above drug problem.
To date, we have gone to our city officials and asked for an investigation into our police department," the letter to the governor states.
"We have gone to the State Attorney, we have called the local Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FDLE in Tallahassee. We have contacted your aid, Carolyn Franklin, and we were sent to the Attorney General's office to (Talk with) Dave Columbo and Ken Tucker.
"We feel, and we have been told there are criminal charges here, but we can't get any agency here to investigate. The officer that found the controlled substance admitted to our mayor, police chief and the State Attorney Mr. Parrish, that he did find and destroy it without reporting."
The letter continues, "We need help to point out to our city officials the importance of back-ground checks on these people they are going to give a badge and gun to, to protect citizens. There are a lot of things that are going on in our city that are illegal.
"Our children come into the city for entertainment and to hang around together, plus go to school in our city, so I believe you can see the concern we for the type of police department we now have.
"We would like FDLE and or the Criminal Justice Standards and Training to come in and investigate the department and the people we now have."
The letter concludes "We believe there are certain people working for the city that are not qualified and should pot be certified by the State of Florida. Buddy Phillips, with the FDLE, and Dan Cooksey, with the Criminal Justice Training Standards, have advised us this may be our only recourse to write to you to get action. We can appreciate any help you can give us in this problem."
It is signed by 22 residents. The Sun was asked not to reveal their identity.
The enclosure referred to in the letter was a file of newspaper clippings printed by TODAY newspaper, in Cocoa, regarding incidents involving Robert Seigen, acting police chief in Fellsmere.
The clippings which date from May of 1981, through October of 1982, tell of problems involved with Segien certification by the state, to serve as a police officer, and problems at Melbourne Village where Segien was charged with, but later cleared of, any wrongdoing.
Segien was hired Feb. 1, 1982, by the Fellsmere Department but was suspended in March while the matter of his certification was straightened out.
Unemployment rate down
The Florida Employment Service said Thursday, Mar. 1, that employment in Indian River County had dipped in January to 9.2 percent.
Officials credited a continued high rate of tourism, the height of the citrus season, and the opening of new businesses in the county including an Albertson's supermarket in Vero Beach.
They predicted that the trend would continue at least through March, which they said is usually the peak month for employment in the county.
A spokesman for the FES said the January rate compared favorably with the revised December rate of 9.6 percent.
The report shows that during January, 2,686 out of a work force of 29,314 were jobless.
In January of 1983, the unemployment rate was a very high percentage of 15.4 percent with 4,667 jobless people out of a workforce of 33,000.
St. Lucie County, Indian River County's neighbor to the south improved its employment figure in January, but was still one of the leader's in unemployment statewide. It dropped in January to 15.4 percent from a December figure of 15.9 percent.
Martin County showed a jobless rate of 7.5 percent in January, up slightly from the 7.2 percent in December.
Homeowners clash over annexation question
By Anne Henry
It could have been the Mason-Dixon Line that was in dispute, so fierce was the battle. Instead, it was the Valkaria-Malabar dividing boundary and the question was "should it or should it not exist".
Having attended a meeting of the Malabar Town Council, especially called on Tuesday, February 28, to discuss the feasibility of annexing the community of Valkaria with the Town of Malabar, the Valkaria Area Residential Improvement Association gave the discussion of annexation top priority at their own meeting which was held March 7 at the Grant fire station.
Present, besides Association members, were non-affiliated Valkaria homeowners who had been invited to attend and participate in the discussion and who didn't hesitate in voicing their opinions. One needed to listen only a few minutes to realize that the idea of annexation -- or "unification" as some members prefer to describe it as a means of taking the edge off its sharpness -- was not unanimously supported by Valkaria homeowners.
Of major concern was the quality of services homeowners could expect from Malabar compared to those they receive from Brevard County at the present time, such as road maintenance and bridge repair and replacement. They were concerned equally about the standard of fire protection and rescue service, which they presently receive from the Grant Volunteer Fire Department, and about protection against encroachment from development of the Valkaria Airport. They also questioned the possibility of added taxes.
Malabar Mayor Bill Radencic, himself a member of the V.A.R.I.A., attempted to present Malabar facts and figures objectively. He explained that, while the advantage of unification for Valkaria was local representation, he did not know how Malabar would raise the $175,000 required to replace the Tadlock Bridge, one of 30 wooden bridges in Valkaria, should this solitary access to the Tadlock subdivision be weakened or damaged beyond repair. The County now maintains these bridges with state funds not available to municipalities. He also explained that while millage was less, Malabar has a 6 percent Utility Tax to finance services.
Grant Fire Chief Harold Homerding, explained to the group that the Grant department, which now has jurisdiction over fire and rescue efforts in Valkaria, would become its secondary or back-up department should the annexation occur and would only be able to respond if especially requested. The GVFD, he said, has a No. 5 rating resulting in reduced fire-insurance rates. Malabar if it had a rating would possibly be a No. 10. He pointed out that, under protection of the Grant Fire District, Valkaria residents have free use of the Micco Volunteer Ambulance service. Malabar pays $72 per run to the City of Palm Bay for its residents' ambulance service.
Valkaria Airport, the group was told, was given to Brevard County by the Federal Aviation Administration with specific stipulations regarding its continued airport use and development. Deviation from those plans, whether Valkaria annexes or not, would result in the county losing jurisdiction of the facility, perhaps to Melbourne regional Airport, so that its intended purpose would not be overlooked.
The V.A.R.I.A. meeting didn't come to its customary parliamentary end. It just disintegrated as homeowners departed leaving Valkaria Board Chairman Paul Goetsch facing a firehouse full of empty chairs.
Agreement on traffic light reached by county
An agreement to install synchronization of the proposed traffic light at C.R. 512 and U.S. 1, just south of Sebastian has been agreed to by the Indian River County Commission.
In a meeting held March 7, the commissioners agreed that the Florida East Coast Railroad would install the synchronization equipment at a cost of $1,183, in accordance with detailed work plans and specifications. The county has agreed for its part to operate and maintain the devices at the county's expense and give the railroad sufficient notice prior to making any changes in the operation which might affect synchronization with the railroad devices.
If the synchronization device becomes inoperative and cannot be immediately repaired, the county shall control the flow of traffic at the crossing by traffic control personnel so as to clear the grade crossing upon the approach of trains.
The synchronization is necessary so that the traffic and railroad signals will be set to allow U.S. 1 to remain "green" while the railroad crossing is closed.
The county engineering department recommended the tri-party agreement between the railroad, the county and the Florida Department of Transportation.
The Department of Transportation will install or have installed all cables, circuitry and related equipment required to operate the highway devices in a synchronized manner, and will provide sufficient cable to reach the company's control box for connection by the railroad's personnel, according to the agreement.
Prop. I to give lawyers work
Calling Florida's proposed Proposition I, a "full employment act for attorneys," County Administrator Michael Wright met with Indian River County Commissioners to discuss the issue. The meeting was held as The Sun went to press this week. The county administrator said the issue is very complex and he felt the commissioners should be made aware of the effect the proposition would have on the county government.
Generally speaking the proposition, if approved by the voters at next November's general election, would roll back tax revenues to the level of revenues received in 1980. During a commission meeting on March 7, Wright said he would have the information available for the commission during a meeting which started at 1:30 p.m. yesterday and was confined to a discussion between Wright, the county commissioners, County Attorney Gary Brandenburg and county staff members.
The public was free to attend but any discussion by individuals from the public sector was discouraged at this time. Public meetings will be held later, during which individuals can participate, the commissioners said.
Artist's work displayed at Chamber of Commerce
For those who enjoy examining the works of award winning artists, why not pop over to the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce this month?
The work of renowned artist Marj Sorenson will be featured throughout the month of March and includes a variety of mediums.
Marj is a native of Wisconsin who relocated in 1968 to Sebastian where she resides with her husband Victor.
She majored in art Education at the University of Wisconsin and has studied with many instructors throughout the mid-west and Florida including Franz Massopust, and Frank Zozzora. Marj also studied at Lawrence University and St. Norbert's college and in Florida with various local instructors with whom she explored the mediums of watercolors, graphics, oil painting and portraiture. Not limiting herself to one phase of art, she has received awards in oil painting, water colors, and graphics and has also worked in acrylics and stained glass. Her paintings are in collections throughout the world.
Marj's varied career included playing violin professionally in symphony orchestras, in string quartettes, for road shows and theatres. As one of two women in the United States to own and manage a pattern shop that designed and manufactured machinery and equipment primarily for heavy industry, her artistic skills were utilized in designing the 10-foot high city seal to be cast in bronze for the city of Green Bay, Wis., the plaque on the Eisenhower locomotive in the National Railroad Museum, light standards, statuary for bridges and buildings and more.
Marj is active in the Vero Beach Art Club and the Sebastian River Art Club, and a past member of the Door-Dewaunee League.
Wednesday, March 14
* The Sebastian Exchange Club meets at Vi's Restaurant at noon.
* The Sebastian River Junior Women's Club meets at the Sebastian River Area Chamber of commerce at 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 15
* The Grant Volunteer Fire Department meets each Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
* Blood pressure reading is held from 1 to 3 p.m. with a registered nurse at the Sebastian Area County Library.
* Bingo at St. Sebastian Catholic Church at 7 p.m.
* Kiwanis Club of Sebastian meets at Vi's Restaurant at noon.
* The Upstate New York Club of Barefoot Bay St. Patrick's Day Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. in Bldg.'s D and E at the Barefoot Bay Golf Course. For reservations call Cathy Burt at 589- 7508.
* Beautifications Awards will be presented at the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce at 7:30 p.m. The public is welcome.
Friday, March 16
* Bingo at 8 p.m. at the Fellsmere Fire Department on Broadway Blvd., Fellsmere.
* The VFW Post 10210 bingo is at 7 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Louisiana Ave. and State Road 512, Sebastian.
Saturday, March 17
* Happy St. Patrick's Day!!
* The Friends of the Sebastian Library's Fishing Tournament is set throughout the day. Festivities and fishing with food, entertainment and a variety of fabulous prizes will be featured. Events take place beginning at "safe light" and weigh-ins beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m.
* The Fellsmere Hibiscus Grange holds bingo games at 7:30 p.m. in the Grange Hall, Fellsmere.
Sunday, March 18
* Bingo at 2 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, Sebastian.
Monday, March 19
* Bingo, sponsored by the Sebastian Cemetery Association, at 7 p.m. at the Sebastian Community Center.
* Bingo is held at 12:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall, Post 10210, Sebastian.
* The AARP provides free tax assistance for older persons at the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
* The Grant Volunteer Fire Dept. Boosters special meeting is at 10 a.m. at the Grant Fire Station. For further information, phone Betty Doles at 723- 6689.
* The Pelican Island Garden Club meets at the Sebastian Yacht Club at 1:30 p.m.
* The United Ostomy Society of Indian River County meets in the boardroom of the Indian River Memorial Hospital at 7: 30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 20
* Overeaters Anonymous meets each Tuesday at the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce from 9 a.m. to noon. A small fee is charged.
* Grant Library is open each Tuesday from II a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 8 p.m.
* Malabar Town Council meets at the Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.
Rummage sale, March 24
The Sebastian Fire Department and Rescue Squad is having a Rummage Sale, March 24 and 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
People who would like to clean out their closets, sheds and garages and would like to donate their used clothing, workable small appliances and knick-knacks to a worthy-while cause, may drop them off at the Fire House Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon on U.S. 1 and Jefferson St. or call June at 589-2031 after noon.
Three films will be shown by the Sebastian Area County Library tonight beginning at 7:30 p.m.
"Down to the Monitor," "Monument in the Mangroves" and "Prowlers of the Mangroves" will be shown to those who attend.
"Down to the Monitor" depicts the U.S.S. Monitor, a famed Civil War battleship, which was discovered in the Atlantic Ocean by a Duke University--National Geographic Society team of divers, in 1974. The film shows several diving missions to the shipwreck.
"Monument in the Mangroves" tells the story of Pelican Island near Sebastian. It is the first National Wildlife Refuge, and was declared so during the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt. Photography, by Des Bartlett, contributes greatly in showing the beauty and importance of this and all refuges of man and nature.
"Prowlers of the Everglades" is a study of the animal and plant life of the Everglades, with many close ups and underwater shots, illustrating the balance of nature and the constant struggle for survival.
On March 21, the library is scheduling two color slide programs, "The European Vision of America," and "Pennsylvania German Folk Art."
On March 28, "Ghosts of Cape Horn" will be presented retracing a harrowing voyage around Cape Horn, narrated by Jason Robards, and music by Gordon Lightfoot.
Annual picnic slated
The Florida Pennsylvania Club has set their annual picnic for March 18 at Rodes Park, Minton Rd., south of 192, from noon to 5 p.m.
A band will provide dance music and door prizes will be featured.
Those who attend are asked to bring their own picnic lunches. A donation of $1.50 may be paid at the door.
For more information, call Carl Taylor at 783-3235; Mary Lewara, 724-1583 or Stella Shockley, 724-2818.
Chamber Cook-out set
The Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce's Country cook-out date is fast approaching. Slated for March 24, the cook-out will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at Riverview Park on U .S. 1, Sebastian.
"For mouth-watering good food, and an afternoon of fun and entertainment, you can't beat the price of $6.50," said Pat Lambert, president of the Chamber of Commerce. "It's really the best bargain in town. Not only do you enjoy the food and entertainment, but you are also helping the area service clubs at the same time. "
Assisting the Chamber with the cook-out are the Sebastian Exchange Club, the Italian-American Club, The Sebastian River Art Club, the Edible Plant Society, The United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Sebastian Kiwanis Club.
The musical entertainment will be provided by the group, "Tall Grass" who are talented young musicians who are donating their time and talents for this worthy cause.
Tickets can be obtained from any of the above mentioned service organization or at the Chamber of Commerce.
Las Vegas Night hits area
Want to make a bet? Well, the City of Sebastian's July 4th Committee is betting you'll have a lot of fun at Las Vegas Night in Sebastian, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. to midnight at the Sebastian Community Center!
Proceeds from the fun-filled evening will be used to pay for the various expenses incurred in the City's July 4th celebration....to make this year's event the very best yet!
A $5 donation will get those who attend $3 worth of chips to start off on any game of chance you wish. At the end of the evening, the tables close and the auction begins. Participants may use their winnings to bid on a number of items donated by local merchants.
"We promise a fun-filled evening of entertainment," said Donna Keys, publicity chairman. "If you are 18 years of age or more, join us for a night of fun at Las Vegas Night in Sebastian."
By Calvin Lake
Lou lost the big one
Thursday was indeed a sunny day, but just a little on the windy side. Ozzie Evans and yours truly went down to the Gifford Fingers early this morning to fish. It was pretty cool when we arrived, but the sun warmed us up after it came out. However, our trip was for naught, for the fish were either not here, or just not hungry. I went back later in the morning but had the same results -- my cooler was still on the empty side.
Last Saturday morning, I was at the Fingers about 8:30 a.m. The trout did not want to oblige for awhile, but in about 1/2 hour they started to hit. I caught 15, and returned 13 to the water, as they were too small.
Last Monday morning, Ozzie Evans and Joe Moore, both from Sebastian, traveled up to St. John's River, near to Mullet Lake Park by Sanford. They were trolling for shad, and came home with ten to six-pounds.
In contacting all my fresh and salt water marinas and tackle and bait shops, I got the same answer "no news today." But don't forget...there's always next week, and our hope is also that it will get better and better.
Just heard on the evening news that flounder are being taken at the Sebastian Inlet early in the morning on live finger mullet. Maybe there is a biggy waiting out there for you!
Now that the snook season is with us, ol' Cricket Irvin of Nickelure, on the first of the month, caught two snook at eight pounds each, and repeated it all over again on the 3rd, at the Fort Pierce Inlet.
March 4, Kent Simpson, of Vero, brought in a 25 pound, 42 inch dolphin fishing in 119 feet of water off Ft. Pierce.
Oh, Boy! My buddy Lou Schnieder of Vero is finally doing it! On Saturday March 5th, Lou snagged three trout; an 18-incher, a 20-incher, and a 24-incher; and Lou tells that the 4th trout which was really bigggg got away.
Wayne Greer of Greer's Tackle Shop in Vero tells me that on March 2, Jim Lanster of Vero was fishing at the marl pits at the end of Gifford Road, and came home with a five-pound bass, which had wanted to enjoy the offering of a live shiner, but didn't get the chance!
So sorry to have to stop but hopefully next week we will have more news. So long for now, but I'll be seeing you somewhere, someplace, sometime. Until then drop a line in the brine and catch a big one.
Franks, Miss B's, Po Boys win games
The Sebastian Men's Winter Softball season continued with three games on Wednesday, Feb. 29.
The first game saw Frank's defeat Highland Homes 5-3 with John Norris pitching for the winners and Charles Coplin for the losers.
Allen Kea, Kevin Gibson and Wayne Crawford got two hits each for Franks and Kea and Ray Jones each scored two runs.
For the losers, Bob Panasiti and Doug Clemence each scored two runs and Billy Adams added a two base hit. Panasiti, Clemence, and Scott Silva each scored a run for Highland Homes. There was a double play in the fourth and seventh innings by Highland Homes and a double play in the fourth by Franks.
In the second game, it was Miss B's Restaurant 9 and Hines Construction 2, Charlie Barkwell pitched for Miss B and Wayne Hughes for Hines Construction.
Britt Martin, Mike Owens and Wally Lindsay got two hits each for Miss B. Charlie Barkwell scored two of Miss B's nine runs.
For the losers Skip Ryan, Randy Hines and Jeff Irish each got two hits one of them was a two base hit by Hines. Pat Keeler and Ted Blumberg scored the two runs for Hines.
Miss B kept the bases clear of Hines players with double plays in the second, third fourth and fifth innings.
The third game saw Po Boys defeat Sebastian Hospital by a whopping 24-0. Ron Strickland pitched for Po Boys and Brad Dull for the Sebastian Hospital team. Jeff Williams got a home run and Jackie Williams banged out a triple to lead the Po Boy Hit Parade.
Brown scored four times and Rackard and Poole each scored three times, to lead the scoring for the winners.
For Sebastian Hospital, John Roberts and Steve Trott each got a double with five others adding singles.
Little League season set
The Sebastian River Area Little League will kick off its season Monday evening, March 19. Game time begins at 6 p.m. with late games at 7:45 p.m. Major league teams are slated to play every Monday and Thursday, while the minor league teams play Tuesday and Friday nights.
This year's major league sponsors include, Ameron Homes, Fellsmere Farms, Keen's Foodtown, S.E. Bank and United Indian River Packers. Included in the minor league's list of supporters are Atha Insurance Agency, First Bankers, Mid-Florida Real Estate, Post 189 of the American Legion, Rich Realty and United Irrigation.
Extensive work has been undertaken at the Sebastian ball diamond in preparation of opening night. The advertising wall has been repainted, along with the dug-out floors.
Organizers extend a hearty thanks to a few parents who have pitched in and helped prepare for the 1984 season.
Organizers stress that parent participation is the key to the success of the season and expect a 100 percent turnout from all parents. Parents will be asked to work at least one night in the concession stand or the scorekeeper's box.
The public is welcome to attend the games. The diamond is located on Main Street in Sebastian, near Sebastian City Hall.
A victorious finish for top four
The conclusion of the Barefoot Bay Men's Golf Association saw four top notch players rise to victorious finishes, Feb. 29. In Flight A, Donald Affhauser eliminated Howard Elan.
Flight B saw Jim Gee defeat Bob Carillion.
Ralph Sweetland eliminated John Donovan in the flight C Category.
Flight D winner Charlie Stortstrom defeated Bruce Warner.
Beginning today, March 7, the Flight A winner will play against the Flight C winner and the Flight B winner will play the Flight D winner.
The match for the overall championship is slated for March 14 when the winner of the match between flight A and C will meet the winner of the match between Flights B and D.
"Better Nine" winners announced
Despite high winds, the Barefoot Bay Ladies 18- Hole League completed their "Better Nine" tournament, Feb. 28.
Flight A winners were Ginny Brake and Martha Peterson.
In Flight B, Cathy Newton picked up first place followed by a tie between Mary Haas and Marge Ge.
Iowne Kimball placed first in the Flight C category, followed by Ruth Mistron.
Winners of the Flight D. category were Phyllis Fischer and Mary Jane Boydin.
The league members all extend their congratulations to Lucy Walmsley who had a hole-in-one Feb. 21 at the 15 hole.
Tournament winners announced
The February tournaments for the Barefoot Bay Nine Hole Ladies Golf Association included low putts, low net foursome, throw out two worst holes and two-lady best ball.
Ladies who came in first in their flights included Ruth Bedell, Bertha DeLuca, Lib Kendrick, Joy Huff, Betty Karg, Enid Garthwaite, Barbara Glaeser, Ruth Robinson, Verna Phillips, Lil Ritchie and Ruth Collidge.
In the previous listing of their new officers for 1984, two officers who were inadvertently omitted were Arlene Hutchins, handicap chairman and Mary Van Housen, sunshine chairman.
In the social event department, tickets are now available for the Ladies Golf Dinner Dance, slated for March 31.
The Pastor's Perspective
By Stan San Sanford, Pastor
Wabasso First Baptist Church
Commonly considered a task of the young, growing up remains a challenge before us as long as we live. Have you not noticed? All living things grow! The signs of spring, everywhere evident now, remind us of the on-going growth processes of life.
I would be foolish to suggest that growth does not cease in many aspects of our lives. We stop growing taller. We reach a particular height, and then we even grow shorter. Likewise, in our physical, intellectual, and emotional strengths we all through our life spans experience increases, plateaus, and decreases.
Yet, our growth as persons involves more than these more easily measured capacities. In some dimensions we possess a potential for growth our entire lives. We usually think of these areas as spiritual qualities. For example, we have unlimited capacity for faith, hope, and love. The apostle Paul tells us in I Corinthians 13:13 that these remain even when other abilities have weakened and faded.
God, himself, has set our spiritual growth goals: a maturing human being of "the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." (Ephesians 4:13) Jesus Christ provides the standard by which we measure our growth as persons. In addition to growing up in faith, hope, and love we may continue to grow in such qualities as courage, commitment, truth, purity and beauty of soul, justice, honesty, compassion, kindness, patience, concern for and sensitivity toward others, openness to an acceptance of others, and many other such capacities.
Involving these qualities, our greatest growth potentials lie in our capacities for rich interpersonal relationships. God has created us for himself and for one another that we might live in mutually fulfilling community.
The New Testament calls this the Kingdom of God and states the primary task of its citizens as: "You shall love the Lord your God with ail your heart, and all your soul, and with all your mind. And...you shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:37&39)
Viewed from this perspective, we all have a lot of growing up to do.
Ladies Guild has speaker
The St. Sebastian Ladies Guild will have a special guest speaker at their next meeting, March 20 at 1 p.m. in Sebastian.
Mrs. Helen Wright, the professional advisor of the Stroke Club of Vero Beach will discuss high blood pressure and strokes. Mrs. Wright is a professional in her own right, and is a retired R.N. who teaches and taught nursing for many years. She is currently the professional advisor of the Vero Beach Stroke Club.
Ann Marcisin, guild member, invites all members and their guests to hear Mrs. Wright's lecture on this important issue.
Joseph McKinley Jr.
Joseph E. McKinley Jr., 57, of 494 S.W. Easy St., Sebastian, died Wednesday, Mar. 7, at Indian River Memorial Hospital.
A native of Pittsburg, Pa., Mr. McKinley moved to Sebastian eight years ago from Hialeah. He was the husband of Sebastian Council Member Dorothy McKinley.
Mr. McKinley was a retired letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service and a former executive vice president of the Florida Letter Carriers Branch 1071, of Miami. He was also a trustee of the veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 10210, Sebastian, and a volunteer administrative assistant of the Sebastian Police Department, Badge 937.
He was a member of the Indian River County Civil defense Board of Directors, the Sebastian AARP and the Sebastian Highlands Homeowners Association.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Sebastian; two sons, Joseph E. III, and Jody, both of South Carolina; a daughter, Janis Reynolds, of Miami, and three grandchildren.
A funeral service was held Saturday at the Strunk Funeral Home, in Sebastian, with Rev. Joseph LeSage, pastor of the St. Sebastian Catholic Church, officiating. Burial followed in Sebastian Cemetery, with a member of the V FW Post 10210, Sebastian, officiating.
Those who wish to do so, may make contributions to the American Cancer Society, Strunk funeral home is handling arrangements.
Frank L. Warner
Frank L. Warner, 75, of 761 E. Oriole Circle, Barefoot Bay, a retired plumber and Brevard resident for six years, died Monday, Mar. 12, at his home.
Survivors include his wife, Gertrude, of Barefoot Bay; a son, Daniel, of Walton, N.Y.; and a daughter, Jane T. 'Wright, of McMinville, Ore.
A funeral Service was held Sunday at Roseland Methodist Church.
Fountainhead Funeral Home, of Palm Bay, was in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made to the Quogue Wildlife Sanctuary.
George W. Waterman, 73, of 1125 W. Barefoot Circle, Barefoot Bay, a retired engineer with the Eastman Kodak Co., died March 9, at Humana Hospital Sebastian.
He was a native of Rochester, N. Y., and moved to Barefoot Bay 10 years ago from New York State. He also worked 10 years for the Navy Department, in Washington, D.C.
He was a member of the Wakan Masonic Lodge, in Irondiquoit, N .Y. and the Loyal Order of Moose 1767, Sebastian.
Survivors are his wife, Ruth (Betsey), of Barefoot Bay; Capt. Russell Waterman, U.S. Navy, Alexandria, Va.; two daughters, Leann Jensen, of Candor, N.Y., and Joy Johncox, Rushville, N.Y.; two brothers, Alfred, of Middlesex, N.Y. and Frederick Waterman, of Rochester; two sisters, Harriett Lowe, of Rochester, and Marion Davey, of Naples; and 11 grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, March 13, at the Concordia Lutheran Church, Barefoot Bay. Donations may be made to the Micco Volunteer Ambulance Squad.
The Fountainhead Funeral Home, of Palm Bay, was in charge of arrangements.
Dolly M. Streitman
Dolly M. Streitman, 65, of 1038 Warbler Circle, Barefoot Bay, a retired LPN nurse from the John J. Kane Hospital, in Scott Township, Pa., died March 8, at Holmes Regional Medical Center.
She was a native of Coraopollis, Pa., and a resident of Brevard County for the past four years.
She is survived by her husband William A., of Barefoot Bay; a son, William A. Jr., of Aliquipta, Pa. ; a daughter, Susannah E. Kastaborder, of Danville, Calif. ; three brothers, Harvey Watts, Harold Watts and Norman Watts, all of Pennsylvania; and three sisters, Helen Hudzinski, Louis Hudzinski and Edna Sebastian, all of Pennsylvania; two grandsons, and one great-grandson.
A Memorial Mass was held Monday, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, in Palm Bay. Fountainhead Funeral Home, of Palm Bay, was in charge of arrangements.
Sebastian River Middle Junior High School Cowboy News
By Heather Haag
SRMJHS welcomes a new teacher
There is a new 6th-grade teacher at Sebastian River. This reporter gave Mrs. Gilstad a rather short but informative interview so that those who are not in her class can still get to know her a little better.
Mrs. Gilstad taught a third grade class before, in Melbourne. She chose teaching as a career because she feels it is important for students to learn and felt she could make a good teacher.
"Teaching can be a very rewarding career," Mrs. Gilstad said.
Mrs. Gilstad completed her education at the University of Arizona. Although she was very involved in her academic studies, she wasn't too involved in extra curricular activities because she was married and had to look after her home as well as attend classes.
So far, Mrs. Gilstad's impressions of our school are very favorable.
"I like this school and feel the students are a great group," she said. "I think that as far as discipline goes, the students are pretty well behaved. The teachers seem to be very supportive too."
Mrs. Gilstad's hobbies include lifting weights with her husband and going to the beach.
Following the interview, I concluded that Mrs. Gilstad was very friendly and cooperative and, on behalf of everyone at SRMJHS, I would like to extend to her a big Cowboy welcome!
Many members of the Science Research Club at Sebastian River attended a Science and Engineering Fair at the Palm Bay High School on March 1 to 3. Three students place in the top four in their category.
Jennilee Waldis placed fourth with her project, "Amount of Light vs. Behavior in Mice". Janet Molenaary placed third with "Production of an Antibiotic". Kevin Morris received a second place award with "Eutrophication of a Florida Pond." Congratulations, Science Research members!
On March 5, there was a PTA meeting in the auditorium. Many members of the band performed their ensembles from the recent Solo and Ensemble Competition. The second semester drama students put on a very funny play that went smoothly, despite some last minute substitutions due to absences.
At the meeting, all of the students who had a straight "A" average for the first semester received a special certificate.
Mr. Winkler addressed the parents and told them about the goals our school has set. He also commended the Advisor Board for their input.
Students exhibit their talents
A Countywide Art Exhibit featuring art work created by students attending 14 Indian River County Public Schools has been scheduled to commemorate March as Youth Art Month. The display will be set up in the Vero Mall during the week of March 12 to 18.
A selection of drawings, paintings, sculptures, three-dimensional work and crafts will be exhibited. This show, under the direction of Gary Brady, Art Coordinator for the Indian River County School System, is a result of the combined efforts of secondary and elementary art teachers under the supervision of Patrick Trimble, Director of Secondary Programs, and Claudia McNulty, Director of Elementary Programs. It is the second exhibit of this type.
Those art teachers working on this community activity are Catherine Ashcraft, Sebastian and Fellsmere Elementary Schools; Lois Bryan, Citrus and Vero Beach Elementary Schools; Cynthia Cutter, Rosewood and Osceola Elementary Schools; Marsha Sesack, Middle School 6; Sharon West, Middle School 7; Willie Reagan, Vero Beach Junior High School; Lorraine Carroll and Douglas Leatherman, Vero Beach High School; and Martha Usher, Sebastian River Middle- Junior High School.
The public is invited to view the exhibit during the daily hours of business.
Evening of entertainment featured
The fourth annual Indian River County Music Festival will be held March 29, at 7:30 p.m., in the Vero Beach High School gymnasium. A chorus made up of students from every elementary school in the district will begin an evening of entertainment.
Guest clinician, James Hughes, choral director of Jupiter High School, and Joe Wise, band director of Winter Park High School, will conduct groups composed of chorus and band students from Sebastian River Middle/Junior High School, Indian River Middle School 7, and Vero Beach Junior High Schools.
Each year this portion of the program has been more outstanding than the last. Gene Putnam and James Sammons of Vero Beach High School will conduct the Varsity Chorus and Symphonic Band, both of which have won numerous state and regional awards in the 1983-84 school year.
Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.
High school, 10 years?
A school official said establishment of a high school in the North County area is still 10 years away, but officials may begin planning for it in eight years.
The plan, according to Ken Evitt, assistant superintendent, is to convert the present Sebastian River Middle-Junior High School into a high school but both Supt. James A. Burns and Evitt say the school board will have to purchase an additional 50 acres adjacent to the present property.
The Indian River County School Board discussed the matter at its meeting Monday, in the school board room.
The Library Corner
By Lynn Walsh
During the month of March, china paintings by Vinnie Dempski, will be featured in the display case at the front of the library. Be sure to come in and see this unique art work.
Attendance at the library is still growing, as demonstrated by the 1,960 people who visited the library in February. Approximately 246 people attended the film programs during February. Story Time programs were filled to the limit of 20 children each week and 110 blood pressure readings were taken on Thursday afternoons.
The total number of books now available in the library has grown to 7,000 volumes and the number of patrons is now le up to 1,600. Several new issues of Consumer Guide are now available on the periodical shelf on such topics as Auto Test 1984, Flatten Your Stomach, For Men Only, and Porsche: a Tradition of Greatness. They cannot be checked out from the library, but may be used in the building.
Polaroid cameras will be available for loan at no charge at the library, beginning March 12. There are four cameras available, and these will be loaned for one week periods on a first-come, first serve basis.
Two new novels of interest are Jonathan Gash's The Gondola Scam, and The Gathering Place, by Jon Breen. In The Gondola Scam, antiques expert Lovejoy strives to save some priceless Venetian art from natural and man-made disaster. Venice is sinking. Can anyone save the city and its works of art? If anyone can, Lovejoy can!
Inlet Commission wants project expanded
The need for dredging the Sebastian Inlet is crucial and it can't start too soon for the Sebastian Inlet Tax District Commission, area commercial fishermen and local Sebastian fish houses.
The situation is frustrating to local fishing interests. The lack of dredging, according to commission Chairman Tim Smith, of Sebastian, is costing local fish house considerable amounts of business and causing fishermen to take their catches to fish house sin Fort Pierce.
There is a dredging project about to get under way in June, which will take about 90 days to complete, however this project concerns only the inlet's sand trap and not the navigational channels between the Inlet and the Intra-Coastal Waterway.
One commercial fisherman, Gordon Hales, owner of the 50-foot trawler, Ellen Marie, recently tried to haul a considerable catch of fish through the Inlet to be delivered to Sembler & Sembler, a Sebastian fish house. However, his boat ran aground in the north channel. He had to be pulled off by passing boats, and was forced to take the fish to Fort Pierce, to preserve the freshness.
Commission Chairman Tim Smith, of Sebastian, said he hopes to get permission to expand the dredging project to an area west of the sand trip in the shallow area that separates the Intra-coastal Waterway and the Inlet.
Smith said he thinks he can get the expansion idea through the Army Corps of Engineers with little difficulty but that it will be more difficult to get it through the Department of Environmental Regulation.
Time is running short if the expansion of the project is to get approval, Smith said at a meting of the Inlet Commission recently.
He said the cost of expanding would be borne from Inlet Taxing District funds available in Tallahassee. He said it will be better to do the entire job while the equipment to dredge the same trap is in place.
Gore says appeal depends on election
Mayor Pat Flood's Sebastian attorney, Greg Gore, said last week that an appeal of the city council's decision to reinstate Police Chief Jerry Nappi will depend on the outcome of yesterday's election.
Nappi was suspended when the mayor expressed objections to a letter to the editor published in the Sebastian Sun on Feb. 15, of this year, in which a number of police officers signed. The mayor claimed it was conduct prejudicial to the efficiency, good name and reputation of the department and the mayor's office.
The mayor also charged that Nappi failed to make administrative reports regarding a patrol car accident involving Officers Andrew Catalone and Ralph Smith, and another report regarding the suspension without pay of Detective Ediwina Thomas.
In a third charge, Mayor Flood accused Nappi with general insubordination and receipt of overtime without authorization.
In a special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to reinstate Police chief Nappi.
Attorney Gore said if the matter is appealed it will be in the Circuit Court for Indian River County.
Chamber, Paluch ask land development delay
Two voices were heard from Sebastian this past week asking for a delay in adoption of the proposed Land Development Code and Zoning map.
Sebastian Chamber of Commerce President Pat Lambert sent a letter to City Hall dated March 1, asking that the delay be a minimum of six weeks. A second letter, dated March 6, came from Ed Paluch, a local contractor, chairman of the airport advisory board, and a candidate for city council in yesterday's city election.
In his letter, Paluch said he feels that the attitude of the 351-page proposed Land Development Code, of which public hearing, draft dated February, 1984, some 60 changes also dated February, 1984 and a proposed master plan for parking and curb cut controls within the COR-CL Zoning District of the City of Sebastian, dated February, 1984, should be re-evaluated.
Paluch claims "The means to supply the basic needs of our residents seems to be clouded by index, definition, numerology and excessive print."
"We should all keep an attitude that is harmonious with our past and present when instructing those who may be employed to plan for our future," Paluch commented.
"I urge you not to overlook our rivers and commercial fishing heritage, our ability to attract industry, our need for multi-family development, and the obligation to provide the residents of Sebastian with suitable complimentary zonings. The State Road 512 commercial corridor that was intended by the original developer is being cur tailed, and the services to the community which should occupy this location are not receiving the priority they deserve," the letter continues.
"The State Road 512 area should be resolved in such a way so as to consider the property rights of the owners, the needs of the community and Sebastian's ability to encourage sound commercial development," Paluch states.
Paluch listed seven specific suggestions in his letter, including:
* That the industrial activities exclusions be reviewed and considered as to excessive, in view of the fact that they eliminate almost everything.
* Building height restrictions be revised in all categories to allow flexible planning needed to encourage all development, especially in the areas of multi-family and large residential.
* That all conditional uses be reviewed and changed to justify the nature of the zoning attached to a given area of our community.
* That design criteria be left up to the owner with restrictions being imposed by our adopted codes.
* That you reconsider the attitude of further restricting the ability of the people to acquire basic housing due to still another increase in minimum lot and living areas and amenities.
* That those businesses, or property owners, who presently exist in business environment of Sebastian be considered and attempts at an attitude of investment security be made.
* That limited commercial activities be spelled out in no uncertain terms.
February construction tops $800,000 mark
Permits for a total of $770,500 in residential construction, plus $1,965 in commercial construction, and $56,845 in other miscellaneous construction, brought the total value of construction during February, in the City of Sebastian, to a total of $829,310.
Of the residential construction, 15 single family homes were being built at a cost of $718,500. One duplex valued at $52,000 made up the balance.
Commercial construction which was light during February consisted of a canopy in front of Dan Preuss' Real Estate office, and a utility building for J&S Aviation at the Sebastian airport.
The other construction included four enclosed carports, $5,300; three utility buildings, $2,195; three swimming pools, $26,200; two screen enclosures, $2,750; one remodeling, $20,000; and one patio slab, $400.
The city took in $3,955.35 in permit fees, on all permits issued.
Construction in the city since Oct. 1, of 1983, the beginning of the 1983-84 fiscal year totaled $3,949,221.83, compared to the same period in the 1982-83 fiscal year which was $3,490,006.85.
The city is running ahead of the 1982-83 fiscal year in value of permit fees with $16,263.35 for the first five months of the 1982-83 fiscal year, and $18,469.20 for the first five months of the 1983-84 fiscal year.
So far, there have been 72 single family homes built in the 1983-84 fiscal year, compared with only 58 during the same period for the 1982-83 fiscal year.
This month's total construction figure of $829,310 reflected a dip from the $1,185,177.85 chalked up in January, 1984.
Grant Gala stars the "Firehouse Follies"
Once again, Grant is marrying theatrical and culinary talents to create dinner-theater evenings for the residents of South Brevard and North Indian River County.
"Firehouse Follies," a vaudeville revue, will be presented in conjunction with the Grant Volunteer Fire Department Boosters' March fund-raising dinner to be held March 16 at the Grant fire station. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with the show following at 8 p.m.
The "Firehouse Follies," produced by show-biz-pro David Marshall, promises to be an extravaganza never seen before in Grant. A theater stage complete with proscenium will transform the normally cavernous fire station into a veritable dinner theater where the feasting audience will be treated to old-time vaudevillian entertainment.
The march event will feature an international dinner prepared by the boosters members under the direction of Nick Ziccardi, Grant resident and former owner of Ziccardi's Restaurant in Melbourne, offering such homemade specialties as Polish and Italian sausage, scalloped potatoes, sauerkraut, vegetable, salad, rolls, dessert and beverage.
Tickets for the entertainment evenings are $4 for adults and $2 for children under 10. Advance tickets are available at the Grant Grocery, Shiron Beauty Salon and the Our Town Feed Store, all on U.S. 1 in Grant.
March 21, 1984
Published by Treasure Coast Publishing Co., Inc., P.O. Box 1161,
Sebastian, FL 32958, 589-4566, as a weekly newspaper. Distribution
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City election turns out record vote
The official results of the Sebastian City Election are now in and after some confusion the vote has been announced.
One of the most important results was the size of the vote -- a record 78 percent of the total number of Sebastian's registered voters.
Of the 2,721 voters, a phenomenal 2,122 persons voted, including absentee ballots.
It was a record, by far, officials said. The mayoral race was believed to be the spark that got the voters out with the hotly contested race between the two top contenders Jim Gallagher and Pat Flood, drawing their attention. Gallagher was the winner. It was a hotly contested race between Gallagher, Flood, Alice Allard and Peter Vallone.
The official figures involved in the election have now been released and they are as follows: The mayor, the official count showed Gallagher the winner with 888 votes, while the incumbent, Flood, received 557 votes. Mrs. Allard was third with 444 votes and Peter Vallone trailed with 195 votes. Tim Smith, chairman of the Sebastian Inlet Tax District Commission, withdrew from the race early in the campaign but still received 15 votes.
In the race for the two-year term on city council to replace Richard Szeluga, Betsy Adams was the winner with a landslide vote of 1,108 to her opponent, Pat Grant's, 694. Adams was the top vote getters in the city election as far as candidates were concerned.
A turn-around in the preliminary figures announced Tuesday night was in the three way race for a one year term on council created when Gallagher, a city councilman elected to a two year term just a year ago, resigned to run for mayor.
The first figures made Linda Keenan, a resident of Sebastian, and an executive of a financial institution in Port St. Lucie, a winner.
On a second check of the seven machines involved, an error of 100 votes was believed to have been found by the poll workers, in favor of Paluch and he was declared the winner, later Tuesday night.
Keenan however, did not let the matter drop, and Wednesday morning asked for a re-count of the race between herself, Paluch and Bob Palmer.
City election officials obliged, and found that the machine operated alright, and had given Paluch 84 votes. The poll worker who called out the vote to those recording numbers called out 84 votes, but the person recording the vote misunderstood and recorded it as 184 and thus gave Paluch an extra 100 votes.
The official count in the race, after the mistake was found and corrected, gave Keenan 725 votes, while Palmer got 506, and Paluch 695. Following Wednesday night's city council meeting where the results were announced, Paluch said he thought all of the city election should be recounted.
City Attorney Dan Kilbride told Paluch he would have to officially protest the entire election, and could do so if he wished.
However, so far, Paluch has made no move to protest. One protest was filed with the city clerk's office by Sebastian resident Louis Priori, who said he was unable to use the voting machine he was assigned to, when he voted for four of his choices for presidential delegates.
The presidential preference primary in Sebastian's Precinct 12 reflected the vote of the rest of the county in the Democratic side, with Hart gaining the most votes, 560; and Mondale second, with 264. Glenn was third with 65. Reubin Askew received 23 notes, Jesse Jackson got 11, George McGovern got 10, Alan Cranston received 4, Ernest Hollings 3 and others, Richard Kay and Stephen A. Koczak, received one vote each.
Incumbent U.S. President Ronald Reagan received 551 votes in the Sebastian precinct.
New Sebastian City Council members were sworn in during a special ceremony, March 19. City Councilwoman Betsy Adams and Linda Keenan look on as Deputy Clerk Libby Reid assists Mayor Jim Gallagher in taking his mayoral oath. Also during the ceremony, the new council appointed Dorothy McKinley as the new vice-mayor for the city. Vice-mayor McKinley is the first female vice-mayor for the city of Sebastian. She was also the second female councilwoman in 50 years of Sebastian city government.
Mayor gives other side of controversial letter
Mayor Alvin Thomas, of Fellsmere, called a press conference Friday morning to give his and the city council's side of the story in a dispute over a letter published in last week's edition of the Sebastian Sun. The letter was signed by 22 residents of the Fellsmere area, all of whom requested their names be withheld.
The letter was said to have been sent to Gov. Robert Graham and it asked for help in an investigation of the Fellsmere Police Department.
The complaint, the letter indicated was regarding two officers, one of whom has now left the department who entered "the home of a county resident uninvited and with intent to do bodily harm."
Mayor Thomas said the letter was not factual and identified the leader of the group that sent the letter to Gov. Graham as Mrs. Susie Wilson, who is resident of the Fellsmere area, but not of the city, itself.
Until the Fellsmere City Council's March meeting, she had served as the chairman of the council's Ways and Means Committee. She resigned her chairmanship at the meeting, but retained membership on two other committees.
Part of the letter complained about a visit to the home of a county resident where a domestic dispute was in progress. The policemen were identified as Patrolman Scott Sherbrook, who is currently with the department, and Patrolman Jack Yates, who is not. The two told a reporter for a daily newspaper Friday that they were the ones who went to the home after the son of the parents involved asked Yates to go to the home with him and intervene.
Yates, according to information brought out at the press conference by Mayor Thomas, told the boy that the sheriff's department officials ought to be called since the domestic dispute was taking place within the county. The youth pleaded with Yates to go to the home because he said he thought the deputies would put his father in jail and he didn't want that to happen.
Upon arrival, Mayor Thomas said, the officers told the man why he was there and that he came only because he was a friend.
Officer Yates and Officer Sherbrook were then asked to leave, the mayor said, and they did so. No arrests were made.
The letter also complained that drugs were stored in Officer Yates' home, but it was revealed at the press conference that the drugs did not belong to Officer Yates, but to someone living in his home.
However, Mayor Thomas said he knew nothing about the drugs until Mrs. Wilson complained about it. He then went to Roach and asked if drugs had been found in Yates' home. When Roach said some had, he asked Roach why no action had been taken.
When a satisfactory answer was not forthcoming he said he wrote a letter to the State Attorney's office asking for an investigation.
So far, although Dave Powers, of the State Attorney's staff has talked with Roach, Powers has not completed the report.
"I think it is because the state attorney's people involved have had to be in St. Petersburg for the trial of David Gore, and that has delayed completion of the report here.
"I could not get the truth when the subject of drugs came up, and I needed professional help, so I called in the state attorney investigators. It takes time for these things to be completed," the Mayor said.
"I want to assure the community that something is being done about it and we want to get the word out to the community. That is why we are calling this press conference."
Roach has been under suspension without pay since February, by Mayor Thomas. The police chief has requested a hearing before council and a special meeting has been called on March 29, at which time a date for the hearing will be set.
Thomas backed the present members of the Fellsmere Police Department and said they were all dedicated people doing an excellent job of law enforcement. He had high praise for Acting Chief Robert Seigen, and the other two officers, Scott Sherbrook and Gene Kosak.
Squad continues training
Training continues for first aiders, drivers and dispatchers in preparation for duty at the new ambulance headquarters opened on Main Street this past weekend, just south of city hall on city-owned property in Sebastian.
Several newly trained first aiders are now riding the ambulance on active runs, and their training is continuing with work cardiac pulmonary resuscitation.
Many of the new dispatchers are senior citizens recruited since last November. But the squad continues to be short of enough personnel to man the new facility on a 24-hour basis.
Squad officials say the North Indian River County residents must recognize that the work of the squad is essential and volunteers are the most important ingredient.
In recent weeks, squad officials say, Vero Beach personnel had to make runs to the North County area due to the shortage of volunteers.
The squad has issued a report for the week of Friday, Feb. 17, to Thursday Feb. 23, and it shows that 15 runs were made. Four of the runs were for heart, chest pains or strokes, one was a seizure, one was a fracture or sprain. Three were for lacerations, one involved a death on arrival, another involved violence, and four were classified as miscellaneous.
Exchange club does it again!
Renowned for their community oriented endeavors, the Sebastian Exchange Club has done it again! Just a few weeks ago, the civic minded group donated $500 to the Citizen Scholarship Foundation, otherwise known as "Dollars for Scholars".
The funds, as specified by the Exchange Club are designated to be given to a student in the northern end of Indian River County who will attend a Florida school.
Dollars for Scholars is a county wide foundation which was created 20 years ago by prominent citizens of Indian River County to offer students who have a difficult time attaining funds, a higher level of education. So far, the organization has given more than 400 scholarships to students.
Funding comes from individuals, service clubs and the private industry. Who receives the scholarships is determined by an eight member board called the A wards Committee.
In order to qualify scholarship, a student must fill out and submit a formal application and en- close a copy of his or her high school transcript. A financial statement of the parents is also required and is reviewed to determine the need as well as how much funding the particular student requires. Once the need is determined, and the student's academic program is reviewed, the awards are made.
Dollars for Scholars personnel are all volunteers. John Avril, current president, describes the program as very positive and beneficial to the community and county.
"The program has enabled several hundred students to continue their education," Avril said. "Each year we receive more donations and more students applying for scholarships. With the help of many concerned people, the program has become very successful."
Avril is the Dean of the Mueller Center of Indian River Community College in Vero Beach. He has been president of the Citizen Scholarship Foundation for three years and a member of the worthy organization for 16 years.
The group's annual drive for funds will get underway the end of March. Those who wish to contribute to the organization and assist a student in attaining a higher level of education can contact Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 339, Vero Beach. All contributions are tax deductible.
Give a hand...or two to support your local ambulance squad was the message to those who attended the dedication of the Sebastian division of the IRC Ambulance Squad's new building. One-year-old Christa Arens obviously got the message as she offers both hands to this photographer! Her mom, Judee, a Sebastian resident, was one of the many proud and happy residents who witnessed a year-long dream come to fruition.
Taking a short break from the excitement and whirlwind of activities featured at the Sebastian Area County Library's fishing tournament over the weekend are organizers John Preuss, left, Jo Miller, Lynn Walsh and Jean Bertram.
Old council makes way for new
Mayor Pat Flood Jr. and three city councilmen met, March 14 for the last time and wound up the council's business before a new city council took over Monday, March 19.
Mayor Flood, who was ousted at the Tuesday, March 13, city election, presided for the last time. Three other current council members were present, including Mrs. Dorothy McKinley, Vice Mayor Robert Fitzmaurice and Richard Szeluga. Only Fitzmaurice and McKinley will remain on the council.
Present in the audience were election winners Linda Keenan and Betsy Adams. Mayor Elect Jim Gallagher did not appear at the meeting.
The meeting was a rather hurried one with everybody apparently anxious to get it over with following a very hard fought campaign for the mayor's post that saw charges and counter charges being made almost down to the last day.
The council held a public hearing on the annexation of property lying north of the Trans Florida Right of Way and east of Sebastian Highlands Unit 1, containing 43.95 acres that will serve as the location of the proposed new North County Elementary School. No one spoke for or against it from the audience, and it received final approval later in the meeting.
The city's proposed Comprehensive Land Use Plan Amendment and the amendment to the zoning ordinance both covering a PUD Development on the Nelson Hyatt property in the southern part of the city was tabled until a council meeting today at 7 p.m. in the city council chambers.
The council also:
*Tabled an ordinance that would regulate operation of watercraft within the city.
*Accepted the resignation of Earl Masteller who has been the city engineer. His resignation was effective March 5.
*Accepted the resignation of City Attorney Dan Kilbride effective Mar. 31, of this year.
*Authorized the hiring of James Linn an attorney who specializes in Labor relations, to represent the city in any negotiations that might arise if the city police decide to go through with plans to form a union.
*Approved a resolution accepting the town of Orchid into the North County Fire District.
*Announced that Kenneth Middleton had agreed to drop his suit against the city before the Fair Employment Practices Commission. Actually, the suit was settled out of court when the city agreed to pay Middleton $5,000 and in return, Middleton agreed to pay his own attorney fees, and also agreed not to continue his suit against the city. The recommendation for the settlement was made by City Attorney Dan Kilbride who said a continuation of the matter in court would have resulted in the city having to pay considerably more than the $5,000 settlement, and if the city had ended up losing the suit, it would probably have also had to pay Middleton's attorney fees.
Mrs. Donna Burtrem, for the past six months, secretary to the mayor of Sebastian, resigned her position, effective Monday, March 19. The letter was dated Wednesday, March 14, the day after last week's city election.
The letter states, "I would have liked to continue on as the secretary to the mayor and would have done so had you been reelected, or Mrs. Allard, or Mr. Vallone been elected to the position of mayor.
"However, over the past few months I have seen Mr. Gallagher, (Mayor-Elect Gallagher), and Mr. Nappi, (Sebastian Police Chief Jerry Nappi) get involved in a political campaign that in my opinion is a disgrace to not only themselves, but the entire city of Sebastian. I personally feel I could not work for a man like Mr. Gallagher.
"I have enjoyed working for the City of Sebastian as your secretary and feel it has been especially, a pleasure and an honor to know you."
(Signed) yours Truly, Donna L. Burtrem
With the dust from a recent election slowly settling and residents begin to anticipate and look forward to a new revitalized city government, we too look anxiously toward a brighter future.
There's a lot of community spirited projects underway and we wish each organization the best of luck and give each a pat on the back for "getting involved".
Area residents have already proven that "getting involved" gets results...look at what that great voter turnout did during election time! Now, let's begin to get involved in this great city by supporting the many community activities that are dotting the horizon.
First, there was a successful and fun-filled fishing tournament sponsored by the Sebastian Area County Library's Friends. Then, there was Las Vegas Night, sponsored by our illustrious, hard working 4th of July Committee. Now, we've got a mouth-watering "Country Cook-Out" sponsored by the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce to look forward to this weekend. And to think, not only do we have a great time attending these gala events, but the city benefits from our efforts...not a loser among participants!
The latest population figures show that the city of Sebastian has been the fastest growing area in the county for the past three years. With the help of the many community service organizations we are fortunate to have in this city and the vast number of concerned residents who patronize their activities, we should continue to grow in a positive, proud manner.
By sharing our talents and spirit, there is no telling what the future may bring. All we can be certain of is that when we combine the efforts of talented' people who truly care with the natural beauty that surrounds our area and the kind of growth potential we are witnessing on a day to day basis, the outcome can only be beneficial to us all.
Let's all take advantage of these exciting possibilities. Just because the election is over, it doesn't mean we should stop getting involved...after all, we've only just begun!
Little short sided
Sebastian voters either didn't understand the proposal for a one-mill, one-year tax levy to provide the North County Fire District with some badly needed capital equipment or they got swept up in the Sebastian mayor's race and didn't care about a very important issue.
Somehow this equipment will have to be obtained and maybe an increase will go through when there are not quite so many other extraneous issues on the ballot.
Nevertheless, the tax levy was important and our hardworking volunteers are certainly filled with disappointment that it did not pass although the vote was very close.
Fire District officials should not let the matter rest. Sufficient fire protection for a growing community should be one of the first matters the district should consider.
By Jack Fay
Sunday morning I was getting ready to attend church when I picked up a can of Kiwi Shoe Polish intending to make my shoes look a bit more reputable.
Unfortunately, the Kiwi Shoe Polish Co. wasn't cooperating. A young 20 year old virile college student couldn't have opened that can let alone a wizened up old senior citizen like myself. I gave it to my 80-year-old Uncle who has been staying with this winter to get out of the cold weather off Lake Erie, and he found that the company was somewhat at fault, just as I did.
I do not like to have my Sunday's disturbed by a "ding dang" can of shoe polish that refuses to be opened.
Things being what they are, Sunday is somewhat of a day off for me and a day that God and I have a few words for each other, and I don't want it interrupted by a can of shoe polish that won't open.
Besides, I'm getting to the point in life where I don't want to have to put up with a bunch of nonsense.
Consequently, I am packing up the can of Kiwi shoe polish and I'm sending it back to the company, the Kiwi Polish Co. PTY. LTD, Douglasville, Pa. 19518. I am asking them to please open it and send it back, preferably before next Sunday.
I only put their address in because there might be some of you out there that want to support your Uncle Jack, and write the company upholding my position.
I certainly hope so. Kiwi should not be allowed to get away with a bad can and I plan to fix it, so it doesn't happen again.
Counting votes isn't as easy as it looks. The vote counters have a long day. It starts at 7 a.m. in the morning and voting goes until 7 p.m., but that is only part of it. The count begins at 7 p.m. and despite the machines, it is not easy. Say what you want to about the cranky machines they are still better than the mass hysteria that goes on with paper ballots.
Unfortunately, once in awhile one of the machines decides not to work. Usually it can be fixed pretty quickly if a good fixer is hanging around the place with a screwdriver.
However, once in while fate steps in and the machine goes a little haywire and spits at the wrong person. Such was the case with Louis Priori, who was trying to vote for some delegates to the political convention.
Something snapped in the machine and it wouldn't work. Something snapped in Louis, who is not known around town for his patience or for taking meek stands about things. Louis has been known to protest with considerable might when he gets riled, and I am thinking of asking him to head up my campaign against the Kiwi Shoe Polish Co.
Anyway, the dear ladies are trying to count the vote and be heard over the candidates, the press, and the general public, all of whom were invited to watch. Because of all the confusion, they missed by 100 votes in one race, and put the wrong candidate in office until about 3 p.m. the day after the election, when the error was discovered.
The new mayor hiked off for a brief trip somewhere after the results were made known, and got back in time to be sworn in. For the next two years he'll probably be sworn at instead of in. Let's hope not.
That takes care of the Kiwi Shoe Polish Co. and the Sebastian election. Now all we have left is the Olympic Games, a Special General Election to elect a state senator, a primary, a runoff primary and a general election, plus two political conventions.
By that time, Monday night football will be back and we can forget about the problems of the world.
Letters to the Editor
A generous donation
I would like to take this opportunity to express my many thanks to the Sebastian River Area, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 10210, for their recent and very needed donation.
It isn't very often you see people give to youth organizations, and maybe that's why we have so few of them, but with organizations such as the VFW, the Sebastian Police Explorers, sponsored by the Sebastian Police Dept. is getting off to a good start and their gift will go to purchasing uniforms for our members.
Thank you Comrades from myself and the members and leaders of the Sebastian Police Explorers Post 553.
Sgt. Tom Butts
Sebastian Police Explorers Post 533.
The time has come
This is directed to: "Legislators"!
The time has come, the people say, to speak of many things: of crime, of taxes, your ineptitude and the suffering it brings."
Without exception, each and every time a new tax and/or increase in existing taxation, is introduced the specific reasons are: Need for education, more schools, more libraries, more recreation areas. How pitiful! What a travesty on our system of education. The school buildings are scattered all over the landscape, necessitating additional buses and hardship on the very ones our taxes are supposed to assist -- the student.
By busing them miles from their home base, valuable time is robbed them. They must adjust to exceptionally early rising or waste time waiting for the session on their schedule. Their lives are jeopardized by being exposed to daily traffic problems. The end result of all the moneys and energy and time expended has resulted in our children being more poorly equipped to handle their productive years, when they are "dumped into the employment mills." More money for education! For whom? The very legislators who oppress us with their willful disregard for our own existence? Cut the bureaucracy; cut the government jobs; cut the horrendously exorbitant salaries of our elected representatives - But cut taxes!
Inheritance tax is illegal! Income tax is illegal! Intangible tax is illegal! Property tax is abhorrent!
Did anyone of you hear the voice of one Jarvis of California? It was not a voice heard only in the wilderness. He put the thorn under the saddle and just may be the White Knight who will spur a revolution amongst the bureaucrats, and stimulate their brains they should be exercising for our benefits, rather than just warming their pants during the legislative sessions.
Edna S. Willey
A Concerned Citizen
One person's impression
Mr. David Henley, I am one person in Sebastian that was not impressed with your inaccurate mud slinging attack on Pat Flood in your March 7 issue.
In your editorial on page one, you set forth a scurrilous attack on Pat Flood for obtaining information from W. Virginia and Ohio on Jerry Nappi and then giving copies of this information to people in Sebastian.
This information comprises of 30 pages of documents from the various places in W. Virginia and Ohio where Mr. Nappi worked, and furthermore these people have signed each document stating that they will stand back of them in an investigation of Mr. Nappi, so this means just one thing.
These statements would have to be true; otherwise these people would be libeling themselves.
In my opinion, Mr. Flood made one mistake, when he agreed to have the hearing on Mr. Nappi's suspension on the 5th of March instead of March 14, the date when these people from W. Virginia and Ohio could be here, and it would have given Mr. Flood's attorney time to go through the 30 pages of evidence, and other evidence concerning this case. Had this been done, the hearing in my opinion would have turned out much differently, and I am sure there would have been three council members with egg on their faces.
Grant fire chief lauded for service
By Anne Henry
Fire Chief Harold Homerding was treated like King Mackerel at a covered dish dinner held by the Grant Volunteer Fire Department and Boosters members at the Grant fire station, March 9. He was toasted, roasted and, with a few surprising ingredients tossed in, he was lightly sautéed.
He will long remember that his team of volunteers did not forget his decade of unselfish and distinguished service to the Grant community, and their determination to assure the memory would linger.
First came the recollections of the members, the guests, and especially the Homerdings, tossing juicy morsels into the roasting pan. Then, there was the plaque, presented by Chief Bob Lee, Battalion 3 of the Brevard County Fire District, "with heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for your 10 years of unselfish devotion and distinguished service" from the Grant Volunteers. Finally, the bellygram from all guests that garnished the feast and made the occasion a truly memorable banquet.
PHOTO CAPTION: The most surprising ingredient at the Grant Volunteer Dire Department party, March 9, was the bellygram sent by members to their Chief, Harold Homerding, in recognition of his decade of service. There was no feigning of indifference on Harold's part, as he openly enjoys every second of the surprise his members had in store for him!
County to apply for grant funds
The Indian River County Commission voted May 14, to make application to the U.S. Department of Commerce, for designation as a redevelopment area.
The Department has notified the county that it is eligible for such a designation because of its high unemployment rate.
The designation would qualify the county for participation in Economic Development Agency grant programs. To acquire the designation and the funding eligibility, the county must take several actions including formally declaring its intent to apply for the designation and preparing an Overall Economic Development plan.
A necessary resolution which includes a declaration was approved and now the county has several months to prepare an OEDP and submit it to the Economic Development Agency for approval.
As part as the plan's preparation, it is necessary to establish an economic development advisory committee, members of which will have to come from all segments of the community. Federal officials say the committee should consist of some 40 members, but the local planning department believes that because of the size of Indian River County the committee could be much smaller.
The committee will work with the planning department to develop a document that will identify existing population and economic characteristics of the area and potential and constraints for economic development. It must also establish economic development policies and strategies for the county.
A brush fire burned Sunday in the Sebastian Highlands area. The fire broke out about 5:15 p.m. and firemen had it out in about 20 minutes. No one was injured and no structures ere burned, despite the fact there were a number of homes in the area. Quick action by the Sebastian Volunteer Fire Department kept the blaze confined to an area of about an acre and a half.
Recreational taxing district OK'd
According to official reports, 52 percent or 1,257 residents of Barefoot Bay voted in favor of the creation of a recreational taxing district in the south Brevard County mobile home community, while 1,151 voted against it.
As a result of the election, a taxing authority with an elected board of nine trustees will be created in the near future. The board will assess taxes for the purpose of purchasing and maintaining the recreational facility in Barefoot Bay.
Avatar Holding Company, owners of Barefoot Bay, have not yet placed a value on the cost of the facilities but did say they would sell all its recreational facilities and common areas sometime in late 1985.
The amenities include an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, a swimming pool, Indian River dock facilities, a recreational vehicle area and a community center.
Much interest has been expressed by Barefoot Bay residents concerning this issue. In fact, several hundred people attended a "standing room only" forum March 11, to listen to proponents discuss the fact that the district would allow for a board of trustees to be elected. Any price negotiated with Avatar for the facilities would also be put to a vote they said.
Others, who opposed the measure stressed that some type of asking price should be established in advance of the initial vote. Another concern expressed was that Barefoot Bay's large number of out-of-state residents were unable to cast ballots in the matter.
Bike-a-Thon invites bikers of all ages
The annual "Wheels of Life" Bike-A-Thon, to benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, will be held in Grant on March 31, and is open to bikers of all ages.
Bike-A-Thon Chairman, Cathy R. Butler, said the event is co-sponsored by the Grant Community Club and the Grant Volunteer Fire Department.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a non-sectarian medical institution which materialized from a 1940 pledge made by comedian Danny Thomas, to provide hope for those who had none, into the largest childhood cancer research center in America, has to date treated children from 39 states and 29 foreign countries. As a result of its research, treatment and education efforts, the survival rate for children diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia has increased from less than five percent when it accepted its first patient in 1962 to the more than 50 percent rate that it has achieved today.
The Bike-A-Thon covers an easy two-mile course through the streets of Grant that is a comfortable challenge to senior citizens as well as young children, Butler said.
"While children have been the most active participants in past years we have seen an increasing number of entrants from among the retirees of our area. We extend a hearty invitation to the bikers in all our neighboring Brevard and Indian River County communities to sign up and pedal for a very worthwhile cause," Butler said.
Entrants' forms are available at the Grant Grocery on US I in Grant. For further information, call Cathy Butler at 675-2943.
Bruce Campbell enters sheriff's race
Bruce Campbell, 36, whose address is listed as P.O. Box 2281, Vero Beach, a Democrat has announced he will be entering the race for his party's nomination, in the Indian River Sheriff's race.
Campbell is a Vietnam veteran who served three years in the military beginning at the age of 19. He is the recipient of the good conduct, meritorious service award, with high government clearances.
Campbell said he decided to enter the race as a service to the community.
"I think I can do a good job, and I'm certainly not in it for the prestige," he said.
He is now employed at McCullers and Howard, in Vero Beach, and was previously employed at Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and Piper Aircraft. He has had no law enforcement experience but says he doesn't believe it is necessary, because the sheriff's job is an administrative position, and he will go in without any pre-conceived notices or ideas. "The sheriff is not called on to be a police officer. He is mainly the top administrator of the department," Campbell said.
Campbell said he would like to see three main changes in the department. They include:
*Increase in road patrols.
*More federal funding for upkeep and repair of equipment.
*Better training of deputies.
Campbell said he had talked to one of the employees of the department and was told that there were few government funds applied for, if any. He said he wants to make each of the departments more efficient and improve it where possible.
Campbell said he hopes to see the department able to buy a helicopter that could give quicker response time to bad traffic accidents, particularly on I- 95 and the Florida Turnpike. Reaction time in many cases is too slow, he said.
He said he has an excellent record in writing budgets, and came away from RCA saving the tax-payers thousands of dollars on military equipment.
"I know what is involved, and I would use the same talents to save tax payer dollars here. There will be no family nepotism, if I am elected," he said.
Campbell may be on the ballot and may not. He does not have the required $1,793.50 cash to pay his filing fee and has established a campaign account at First Bankers to accept contributions.
Benefit fund established
The Vero Beach - Indian River county Board of Realtors has established a benefit fund for Carl and Jeanne Elliott, parents of Lynn Elliott, to assist them with expenses when attending the Waterfield/Gore trials on the west coast of Florida.
Members of the community may make contributions to the Elliott Benefit Fund, c/o The Beach Bank, P.O. Box 3309, Vero Beach, FL 32964.
Riding mower stolen from area
A riding mower belonging to the Atlantic Machine works, of 4300 45th St., in Gifford, was reported stolen by Fellsmere resident Robert Vereen, of 15 N. Willow St., upon arriving at work shortly before 8 am. Saturday, March 8.
The sheriff's department was called in and reported that the fence around the company compound had been cut and entered.
A riding mower valued at $2,875 was taken from the southeast corner of the compound. Another portion of the fence was cut to make an exit through which the mower was removed.
A fun time was had by all those who attended the 4th of July Committee's "Las Vegas Night, March 17. As the sounds of dice rolling, cards shuffling and squeals of delight filled the air, winners and losers alike agreed that the evening provided everyone with fun and excitement. Proceeds from the evening will be used to pay for the various expenses incurred in the city's celebration July 4. Be sure to watch for other fun-filled fund raisers in the near future.
Domestic dispute brings charges
A 36-year-old Sebastian man, Franklin D. Owl, of 11116 Hotchkiss Ave., was arrested at Humana Hospital Sebastian's emergency room on Tuesday, March 6, and charged with battery on a spouse and disorderly intoxication.
Owl and his wife, Jo Ann, officers reported, got into a domestic argument. Owl met the officers who were called to the scene, one from the Sebastian Police Department and one from the Sheriff's Department, and told them he and his wife had a "little fight." A report by the sheriff's department said investigators found drinking glasses, a pitcher, picture frames, lamps and potted plants broken and all over the floor of the living room.
Mrs. Owl reported she had a redness around the right eye and she told investigators that he had beaten her, and had-been drinking. She said she tried to leave. The officers took her to the emergency room and told her husband what they were going to do.
Owl later showed up at the emergency room where he was told to sit and stay quiet. He reportedly did not follow the instruction and became very belligerent, at which time he was placed under arrest. Mrs. Owl said she would press charges.
Vote expense proves heavy
Indian River County Supervisor of Elections Rosemary Richey told the county commissioners at a meeting March 14, that the cost of Tuesday's election was much higher than expected and that she is registering some 500 people a month, to vote in Indian River County.
She said new residents and the re-registering of those who have let their registration expire and now want to vote in the presidential election this year, is forcing her also to add one more employee temporarily.
Mrs. Richey said the added expense would be about $28,000 between now and Sept. 30. She said a special election on April 10, to elect a state senator for District 16, including South Brevard, Indian River county and North St. Lucie County, would also add an expense that could not be foreseen at budget time last year.
All told, Mrs. Richey asked for and got $28,000 to cover the additional expenses through to the ends of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30.
The October runoff primary, and the general election, which could set a record for voting in Indian River County, will be paid for from funds yet to be budgeted for the 1984-85 fiscal year.
Mrs. Richey said she does not budget any kind of a contingency fund. The county commissioners authorized a transfer of $28,000 from the commission's contingency fund, to Mrs. Richey's office.
New member to Malabar's council
Richard T. "Rick" Whitworth was appointed councilman at the February 21 meeting of the Malabar Town council, replacing Skip Hard as representative of District 4.
A Malabar resident for three and one-half years, Whitworth is President of Logical Data, Inc.
Councilman Jim Gentry has been selected as Liaison between the Malabar Town council and the roads and Drainage Department, also replacing Skip Hard in this vital responsibility.
Patchett denies he supports Adams
State Rep. Dale Patchett, R-Vero Beach, has written a letter to the editor of an area daily newspaper saying he was shocked and incensed to have the editor confirm that Tom Adams told the editor Patchett was supporting him for the Florida Senate.
Adams, a Democrat from Melbourne, is in a hotly contested special election on April 10, against Republican State Rep. Tim Deratany, of Indiatlantic, for the District 16 Florida Senate seat.
The Senate District covers the southern part of Brevard County, all of Indian River County and a northern portion of St. Lucie County.
The seat was vacated by Sen. Clark Maxwell R- Melbourne, who has taken over a top state job that makes him director of Florida's Junior Colleges.
"The audacity of this man (Adams) is unbelievable. I met with him before Christmas and told him personally, that under no circumstances would I support him for elected of- rice, "Patchett stated in his letter.
The letter continues, "I have read the testimony and debate, as recorded in he House Journal, surrounding the impeachment efforts and subsequent censorship of former Lt. Gov. Tom Adams in 1983. His false statements, to you (the editor) and others about me, confirm my worst fear, he hasn't changed. I don't want him as my senator."
"In 1973, Bill Nelson, now Congressman Nelson, voted to impeach and to censure Tom Adams. Now he is supporting him in his bid for the Senate seat.
Why? It is hard enough to maintain public confidence in politics today. I can only assume Congressman Nelson is very gullible. I certainly hope the voter is not!
"I support Tim Deratany; he is the best man for the job. I have served with Rep. Deratany for five years. He has worked hard and served this area well. Let's keep Tim Deratany working for good, ethical and sound government."
Patchett was one of the first to come out in support of Deratany and The Sun was one of the first to learn of Deratany's decision to run.
The special election will bring local voters back to the polls on Tuesday, April 10, for a special election, throughout Indian River County. Already both men have been campaigning heavily in the county.
Guns may be missing from Fellsmere locker
Still another investigation has been requested by a Fellsmere official, this time by Acting Police Chief Robert Seigen.
Seigen said, when he took over in February as acting chief, he sealed off the department's evidence room and then took an inventory of what was there only to find that at least one police gun and an unknown number of confiscated guns were apparently missing.
Seigen replaced Police Chief Vance Roach who was suspended without pay while an investigation is being conducted into Roach's alleged orders to police to harass Blacks and Mexicans.
Vance has issued a statement to reporters saying that he was only reacting to a police bulletin which had come through stating area officials should be alert to the possibility that some driver's licenses might be fraudulent.
A group of four Mexicans complained when they were detained up to two hours and they also said their immigration cards had been damaged.
Besides Seigen's own investigation the state attorney's office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are being asked to look into the situation.
In the meantime, FDLE official Walt Israel, of Orlando, said Friday morning that the State Attorney's office is handling the matter as far as he knows.
"I have talked with Fellsmere officials and told them who in their department was certified as a police officer and could be hired to do police work," Israel said.
Mayor Thomas said Friday that all of the certification problems have now been straightened out and everyone working for the police department is certified by the state to do so. Councilman William Hunter, who acts as the city's police commissioner confirmed that proper certification had been obtained.
Acting clerk, deputy appointed
Fellsmere Mayor Alvin Thomas has appointed Gloria Sheldon as the community's new acting city clerk and Janet Dale as acting deputy clerk.
The two were selected by Thomas after former City Clerk Terri Cosner and former deputy clerk resigned just prior to the city council's March meeting.
Cosner said she resigned because of a written reprimand by Mayor Thomas regarding her "attitude" in the communitywide debate over the mayor's suspension of Police Chief Vance Roach.
Roach was suspended in February by Mayor Thomas over disagreement about what Thomas said was lack of action regarding a former Fellsmere police officer who was charged by some citizens with allegedly having some drugs in his home.
Cosner said she supported Chief Roach and felt he was not being treated fairly. Walden said she quit because she could not do the job if Cosner resigned.
Thomas said there was little interruption of business for the city.
Sheldon said she was having some problems with learning her new duties, but that she was picking it up. She complained in one published report that her predecessor had left very suddenly and gave her no training at all. She said the right approach overcomes most problems.
Sheldon is 31 and has had no government work experience before, but she does have experience as a payroll clerk for a citrus grove owner and she has been manager of a music store.
Both Sheldon and Dale will be on a 30-day probationary period after which the mayor will either recommend or not recommend that they be hired permanently.
Thomas suspended Police Chief Vance Roach also when he reportedly was told that Mexicans and Blacks were being harassed by Fellsmere police under orders from Chief Roach.
Roach, whose suspension was without pay, will have a hearing before council sometime in early April. The date will be set at a special council meeting on Thursday, Mar. 29.
Four charged with nude sunbathing
Two men were arrested on morals charges about three miles south of Wabasso Beach Park when they were found either sunbathing in the nude, or walking on the beach without any clothing.
Donald Gaumont, of Tunisan Lane, Sebastian, according to a sheriff's department report was in a place open to and available to the public without wearing any clothing.
Three others, Francis Sherwood, of Fort Pierce, Todd A. Jeffrey, of Fort Myers and Robert B. Brown of Indian Harbor Beach, were charged with the same offense.
They were taken to Indian River County Jail following complaints and the personal observation of deputies.
It was a proud day for Dorothy Roux, March 3, when the dedication ceremony for the Sebastian Division of the Indian River County Ambulance Squad's new building took place. The building was dedicated in the memory of Bill Roux, a community minded resident whose contributions to Sebastian were outstanding. Pictured, left to right, are Jim Hewitt, Paul Larson, Dorothy Roux and Vic Foster, who all attended the ceremony.
Fun-filled films featured
A special treat is in store for younger patrons of the Sebastian River Area County Library during their spring recess from school. Beginning March 20 to March 22, five films will be featured, chosen especially with the youngster in mind.
"The Pigeon That Worked a Miracle" kicked off the film festival, March 20. This Walt Disney film tells the story of a 12-year old boy confined to a wheelchair as the result of a fall, who takes an interest in raising pigeons. Through the passing days, the boy and one particular pigeon find a warm common bond--their need for companionship and a deep affection begins to grow between them. Adapted from the novel, "Pigeon Fly Home" by Thomas Liggett, the boy's dedicated love for his pigeon works a miraculous cure and forces him from the confinement of a wheelchair.
The classic "Tale of Two Critters", and other Walt Disney feature, is a northwoods adventure. A bear cub and a young raccoon trapped in a hollow log accidentally roll into a river and drift many miles from their home. A summer of fun together and a winter of separation passes. When they meet again, they do not remember each other, but they share a bond that will keep them from ever being enemies. This film will be shown March 21.
Three films highlight the March 22 showing; "The Lorax", "Dr. Seuss On The Loose" and "An American Red Cross Safety Program".
"The Lorax" is a Dr . Seuss story where animation is used to tell the tale of an ecology minded Lorax who is out to save a certain tree needed for the survival of some of the animals. The film illustrates how a mercenary outsider moves into the area, cuts down all the trees for industry and doesn't replant them.
"Dr. Seuss on the Loose" explores the notions of the pressure to conform, the inevitability of change, and the resistance to try something new. Intermingled with the usual madcap adventures associated with the creative mind of Dr. Seuss, the outcome of the film is quite delightful.
Basic common sense safety rules are explored in "An American Red Cross Safety Program." The slide presentation with sound involves the viewer in a Think Safety program.
There is no admission fee for the films. Show time is set for 2 p.m. each day and the programs last approximately one hour each.
Art contest requires imagination plus
Students in grades kindergarten through twelve who attend public or private school in Indian River County are invited to enter an art contest conducted by the Vero Beach -- Indian River County Board of Realtors. The art contest is being held in conjunction with Private Property Week, April 8- 14, an annual event sponsored by Realtors and Realtor-Associates nation-wide.
The theme for the contest is "'The Strength of a Nation Lies in the Homes of Its People", a quotation attributed to Abraham Lincoln. Prizes will be awarded for each grade level if sufficient entries per grade warrant; otherwise grade levels will be combined at the discretion of the judges. The winners in each grade will be awarded a first, second and third place cash award (1st -$15, 2nd -$10, 3rd -$5).
The art work should illustrate how the students feel about their home or school; the results of the care or neglect of public or private property; homes of the past or future; a home the artist would like to live in when he or she becomes an adult.
Originality, imaginative use of materials and quality of the finished art work will all be considered in the judging. Projects must be no larger than 12" by 18" for a picture, or 12" by 18" for a table-top display.
Winners will be determined by a panel of judges whose decision is final. All projects should be solely the work of the student. Winners will be announced at the Vero Beach Dodger game on April 9, and all entrants will receive tickets which, with an additional 50 cents per ticket, will gain admission to the game.
Projects should be turned in to the Board of Realtors office, 2182 Ponce de Leon Circle, by the deadline of March 23.
Wednesday, March 21
* Sebastian Exchange Club-Vi's Restaurant-noon.
* Sebastian Inlet Sportfishing Association-regular monthly meeting-7:30 p.m.-Sebastian Yacht Club.
* AARP Board of Directors meeting-10 a.m.-Sebastian Chamber of Commerce.
Thursday, March 22
* Grant Volunteer Fire Department- 7:30 p.m.-Fire station.
* Blood pressure readings-1 to 3 p.m.-Sebastian Chamber of Commerce.
* Bingo-St. Sebastian Catholic Church- 7 p.m.
* Kiwanis Club of Sebastian-Vi's Restaurant-noon
* Malabar Fire Department Training Meeting- Malabar Fire Station-6:30 p.m.
Friday, March 23
* Bingo-Fellsmere Fire Department, Broadway Blvd." - 8 p.m.
* Bingo-VFW Post 10210, VFW Hall, Louisiana Ave.-7 p.m.
* Trustees of Sebastian Cemetery Association,-1 p.m.-Sebastian Chamber of Commerce-Regular Board of Directors meeting-2 p.m.
Saturday, March 24
* Bingo-Fellsmere Hibiscus Grange, Grange Hall, Fellsmere-7:30 p.m.
* Grant Seafood Festival Worker's Party-Grant Community Center-4 p.m.
* Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce- Country Cookout-1 p.m. to 3 p.m.-Riverview Park Sebastian.
Sunday, March 25
* Bingo-American Legion Hall, Sebastian-2 p.m.
Monday, March 26
* Bingo-Sebastian Cemetery Association-7 p.m. - Sebastian Community Center.
* Bingo-VFW Hall, Post 10210, Sebastian-12:30 p.m.
* Free tax assistance for older persons by AARP- Sebastian Chamber of Commerce-9 a.m. to I p.m.
Tuesday, March 27
* Overeaters Anonymous -- 9 a.m. to noon -- Sebastian Chamber of Commerce.
* Grant Library-11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.-Grant Community Center.
* Water Sanitation Consultant tests water-8 a.m. to 11 a.m.-Sebastian Chamber of Commerce.
Directors meeting set
The Board of Directors of the North Indian River AARP Chapter 3234 will meet at Sebastian chamber of commerce March 21 at 10 a.m. All members are urged to attend.
All chapter members planning to attend the dinner-dance on April 18 are urged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible. Attendance is limited to 125 members and their guests. Present indications are that ticket sales will have to be cut off before the deadline which is April 20. See Vice President Ken Roth, or any officers, in order to purchase advance tickets.
Closet clean out time
Those who would like to clean out their closets, garages and attics and would like to donate to a worthwhile cause at the same time will have the opportunity to do so March 24 and 25.
The Sebastian Fire Department and Rescue Squad is having a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
Clothing, workable small appliances and knick-knacks may be dropped off at the Sebastian Fire House n U.S. 1, Monday through Friday form 9 am. To noon or phone June at 589-2031 for further information concerning drop off schedules.
Tasty treats at cook-out, March 24
For those who can't resist the mouthwatering temptations of smoked roast pork, chicken and beef, the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce's "Country Cook-out" might be just the thing for you!
As the cook-out rapidly approaches, those who haven't yet purchased their tickets are urged by organizers to do so as they are limited in number and are being purchased quickly.
Set for March 24 at Riverview Park, located on the corner of U.S. 1 and State Road 512, the cook-out runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The smoked main course will be prepared and served by the famous Jim Drawdy's Bar-B-Q Catering Service. The meal, which costs $6.50 per person, includes the main course, dinner rolls, beans and cole slaw. Beverages will be served by the Sebastian Exchange Club and desserts can be purchased form the Italian American club booth.
Also featured at the cook-out will be an art exhibit by the Sebastian Art club, a display table set up by the Edible Plant Society and displays by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Sebastian Kiwanis Club.
The musical entertainment will be provided by "Tall Grass," who are a talented group of young musicians who are donating their time and talent for your listening pleasure.
Tickets can be obtained from any of the above mentioned service groups or at the Chamber of commerce on U.S. 1, Sebastian.
Fun featured in Fellsmere
An action packed slate of events will be offered during this year's Fellsmere Day, March 31.
The festive occasion kicks off with a pancake breakfast served from 8 to 10 a.m. with a "Little Miss Fellsmere Contest" featured at 9 a.m.
The famous Fellsmere Day Parade takes place at 11 a.m. followed by a cat-fish dinner at 11:30 a.m.
Throughout the day, entertainment will be offered. Some of the entertainment includes the Barefoot Bay Spinners, the Florida Cracker Cloggers and the AARP Spring Chicken Band.
Booths jam-packed with items for sale and show will fill the festive grounds. Anyone interested in renting a booth during the celebration is asked to contact Susan Wilson at 571-1119 or the Fellsmere City Hall. Booth rental is $10.
Those who wish to participate in the parade may contact Lu Cosner in Fellsmere. "The Youth of Today are the Leaders of Tomorrow" is the theme of this year's parade. Those will imagination and a desire to join in the festivities are urged to contact Mrs. Cosner.
Pre-sale tickets for the catfish dinner can be purchased at the Sebastian River Chamber of Commerce or at Fellsmere City Hall.
"Check this out"
The Sebastian Area County Library is participating in "Check This Out" - a program providing free instant cameras to public libraries throughout the United States.
The cameras, which are from the 600 series, feature built-in electronic flash and one-button operation. Sponsored by the Customer Service Division of Polaroid Corporation, the program is being offered in cooperation with the American Library Association.
Beginning March 12, at the Sebastian area County Library, persons 18 years or older with a valid library card may borrow a camera for up to one week. Patrons must supply their own film.
1982-83 Fiscal year audits completed
The annual audit of the City of Sebastian has been completed for the 1982-83 fiscal year by the W .O. Daley Company, certified public accountants.
In a letter to the mayor and members of the city council, the company officials state that their only criticism was regarding the city's property records, prior to Sept. 30, 1983, the end of the last fiscal year. They do not permit separate identification of the cost of property, plant and equipment used in the city airport and cemetery operations. The operations were included in the audit's combined financial statements as Proprietary Funds.
The letter says that "Generally accepted accounting principles require that the cost of property, plant and equipment, and related depreciation be separately accounted for in proprietary funds."
The letter concludes "In our opinion, except for the effects of such adjustments as would have been required had the cost of property, plant and equipment used in airport and cemetery operations been determinable, the combined financial statements referred to present fairly the financial position of proprietary fund types for the year than ended, in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles applied on a basis consistent with that of the preceding year."
The audit showed the city ending up with $7.3 million in assets and the same amount balanced out in Liabilities and Fund Equity.
Broken down, the audit showed assets balancing liabilities as follows:
General Fund, $314,934.49; Federal Revenue Sharing Truste, $30,448.50; Golf Course, $1,724,558.73: airport, $49,552.45; Cemetery, $59,736.60; General Fixed Assets, $5,121,164; General Long Term Debt, $95,332.34; Total $7,395,727.11.
However, Finance Director Joe Lancaster said the books were balanced when $157,422 in surplus funds were used to make up a deficit for the 1982-83 fiscal year.
New Mayor Jim Gallagher said he is not worried about Proposition I passing because, "Sebastian will make it."
Proposition I is scheduled to be on the November general election ballot, and if it passes, tax revenues for all levels of government will be rolled back to the 1980 level.
Florence Phelan heads "Wheels for Life"
Mrs. Florence Phelan has been appointed chairman for the annual Wheels for Life Bike-A-Thon in Sebastian, to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The event is slated for April 7 with a rain date of April 14.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a research treatment education center where physicians and scientists working side-by-side have actually succeeded in rewriting medical textbooks through research and treatment advances.
The institution is the largest childhood cancer research center in America. Danny Thomas realized this lifelong dream which became a reality when the doors opened in 1962 which is dedicated solely to the conquest of hopeless diseases of children.
When St. Jude Hospital accepted its first patient, the survival rate for children diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia was less than five percent. Today, the disease free survival figure for children in long-term remission has grown to more than 50 percent.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has treated children from 39 states and 29 foreign countries. Upon referral from their physician, they are admitted to a research study with regard to race, creed, national origin or ability to pay. The sole criterion is a medical determination that their disease is under study. They receive the very best and latest total medical care because it is through these children that we will learn how to save others.
St. Jude Hospital is largely supported by voluntary contributions which are tax deductible. Event such as the "Wheels for Life" bike ride raise the funds to continue the research and treatment programs which are freely shared with all physicians and research scientists, extending the benefits of its work beyond its walls to children throughout the world.
Three people had their car broken into Friday, March 16, approximately a mile north of the McLarty Museum on State Road A1A sometime between 2 and 3:15 p.m.
The car was entered by using a coat hanger or "Slim Jim".
Driver Bob Di Patrio, of Albany, N.Y. said his driver's license, $250 in cash and a number of credit cards were removed.
Pat Gengile, of Hollywood, FL, lost her driver's license and $200 in cash plus a watch valued at $325 and some credit cards.
A second passenger, Ann Beard, of Miramar, FL, lost a wallet and $25 in cash.
In a similar incident on Friday, between 3 and 3:15 p.m. a vehicle was burglarized near the intersection of State Road A1A and 110th St., north of County Road 512.
Taken was a Virginia driver's license, a credit card and $60.
And now...the winners! Proudly displaying their award winning catches are Sam Pryor, left, with his 9.70-pound trout; Hiram Sessions, with this 2.21-pound snook and Debbie Sembler with her 7.81-pound redfish. Not only did Sam's winning fish win him the honor of recognition, but he also landed a 3-day, 2 night trip for two to the Bahamas! Hiram picked up a Diawa rod and reel and Debbie won an electric fishing motor for her efforts.
Just a pickin' and grinnin' is Ernie Anderson who is renowned for getting toes tapping and fingers snapping when he gets anywhere near a guitar. Ernie entertained the crowds at the Sebastian Area County Library's fishing tournament March 17. "Tall Grass," a local bluegrass band, was the other musical entertainment featured.
Friends feature fun-filled festival
More than $1,500 worth of prizes, fun, good food contests and festivities comprised the Sebastian River Library Association Indian River Fishing Tournament, March 17.
There were winners galore and even those who didn't pick up a prize enjoyed themselves.
"It was a 'reel' good time," said one fishing fan.
"I won that prize hook, line and sinker", commented another happy participant.
"Holy mackerel! I hope I can hook a snook," yelled one enthusiast.
Ah, yes...a fun time was certainly had by all. Fish chowder, blue grass entertainment and children's laughter was sprinkled throughout the festive day...add some serious contest winners and the recipe turned into the most successful fishing tournament the library has ever had!
The library made approximately $1,200 with 180 tournament entries and a few hundred spectators just out enjoying the sunny, action packed day.
In the children's category, Danny McCarthy was the winner of the largest trout award with his 1.63-pounder. Andrea Watts picked up a first place prize for her .88-pound snapper. In the sheepshead division, Heather Crippen came out a winner with her 1.88-pounder and Coble Griffith landed the largest catfish which weighed in at a whopping 6.52 pounds.
Adults did quite well for themselves, too! There was Sam Pryor who placed first with his 9.70-pound trout followed by Becky Crippen with her 8.58-pounder.
In the snook category, Hiram Sessons placed first with his 2.21-pound award winner. Debbie Sembler picked up a first place award with her 7.81-pound redfish.
First place winner in the sheepshead division went to Robert Courser for his 3.51-pounder. Vincent Maffei came in second with his sheepshead which weighed in at 2.93-pounds.
Throughout the day, special prizes were awarded to lucky ticket holders. Winners included Patrick Courser, Nellie Walker, Barbara Smith and Ruth Flesher.
Not only was this catfish a challenge to land but it netted 8-year-old Nate Smith a Micro-Computer as first place prize for the largest catfish in the children's division! The fishing tournament attracted approximately 180 tournament entries and about three hundred spectators last weekend at the Sebastian Yacht Club.
Progress made on trip units
The Indian River County Council on Aging, Inc. is optimistic about the reception their transportation units are receiving from the public.
"Trip units to the North County, our target area, have increased by 43.7 percent, so obviously we are making some progress," said Bernice Carroll, transportation supervisor.
The following figures represent the number of transportation units provided throughout Indian River County by the Council on Aging during the month of February, 1984: Fellsmere, 48; Gifford, 459; Roseland, 31; Sebastian, 249; Wabasso, 28; Vero Beach (Mainland), 1,494 and Vero Beach (Barrier Island), 71.
The total was 2,380.
It's accuracy that counts in casting and the winners for outstanding casting were awarded to Benny Smith, left, and Lee Cooper. Both entrants won rods and reels for their fine efforts during the Sebastian Area County Library's fishing tournament sponsored by the Friends of the Library, March 17.
It takes teamwork to make a tropical fish farm a success and Tom Simmons of Fellsmere's Tropa-Fish Inc. is proud of his sons Johnny, left, and Tommy. The trio has been raising exotic and unusual tropical fish for three years in Fellsmere, and despite freezing winter temperatures have made a success of their business. In fact, last year they picked up five awards at the 1983 Florida Tropical fish Farms Association Livestock Show for their efforts.
Off Shore with Capt. Dick Gemberling
The Uglys Strike
Friday, Lou Montgomery, Gene Montgomery and daughter Kathy chartered T.C. Lady. Lou has fished a great deal and Gene has also fished a lot. Daughter Kathy had never fished in the ocean before.
The first fish she ever caught was a 34-pound Wahoo, on 20-pound tackle with a 16-pound test line. Her mother, Gene, caught a 33 1/2 - pound sailfish which she had mounted.
Goes to show that even a novice can land large fish when they listen to the mate and captain!
The wind just will not quit...maybe in June!
The Sebastian Anglers Club meets the first Monday of each month at the T.C. Lady Ships Store. If you enjoy bass or fresh water fishing or river fishing it's a good club to join. Dues are $10 per year and $5 per year junior anglers.
Some nice grouper in the 16 to 22-pound range have been caught on board the Simbar.
Fishing, like any other sport, is great exercise. Cast some lures and loosen up those muscles! Walk the beach and surf fish...put a pair of oars on your boat...use light tackle...have some "reel" fun.
This weekend is supposed to be good, weather wise. If you go off-shore, look for king fish and dolphin.
Sixth sponsor for Little League
With Little League Season just around the corner, the Little League Organization announced their sixth sponsor for their teams. Originally, organizers had slated First Bankers as the sixth team sponsor but have recruited Fischer and Sons Developers instead, for the Minor League.
"We are very appreciative of the time and effort Fischer and Sons have made in their endeavor to assist our organization," said Kris Parish, secretary. "They have done a considerable amount of work for us at the Fellsmere Ball Field and we appreciate their efforts very much."
Other organizations who have contributed time, manpower and materials include Fellsmere Farms who donated manpower to get the field ready and Bill McCarthy of Sebastian Sod who donated sod for the infield.
By Calvin Lake
It is said that some people have all the luck! Charles Veneziano and Allen Campbell were out shrimping around the Sebastian Inlet in Allen's boat, when Charlie suddenly brought in the net with a $20 bill in it! Now that was a real catch, especially for Charlie, but we do feel kind of sorry for the poor fellow who lost it.
I heard from one of my sources (sounds like police talk, eh?), that Joe Moore of Sebastian was out fishing the Indian River for four hours and came in with only three keeper trout. Now when fishing is that slow, it's slow, for O'l Joe usually catches a bunch of trout.
Helen Middleton out at Blue Cypress Lake tells me that there are lots of shellcrackers being taken on worms and jigs. She also said that on the 13th, Jerry Stewart came in with an eight pound, eight ounce bass, which took a liking to a top water lure. It seems likely that the bass ought to be hitting in the grass on some of the noisy lures.
It's being reported that some flounder are still being taken out at the Sebastian Inlet.
Darold Hite of Camp Holly up at St. John's River on 192, says that lots of shellcrackers and blue gills are being caught. In fact, on the 13th to 15th, Danny Kovar came in with his share of shellcrackers and blue gills.
On the 10th and 11th, Robert Barker and his son, were fishing with just plain old worms, and came in with a total of 151 shellcrackers and blue gills for the two days of fishing.
On the 13th, Cy Sorrell and John Jones caught their limits of specks. On the 13th to 15th, Bob Piscope and his group had 27 specks weighing from one to two pounds. On Saturday the 10th, Joe Sabo of Indiatlantic had a total of 27 catfish to eight pounds.
Dave, reporting from the T.C. Lady Ship's Store, said that on Sunday, the 11th, Joe Carrdone of Sebastian, fishing from his dock, using a Johnson silver minnow spoon, caught a four pound snook, only to be outdone by Little Joe, his eight-year old son, who landed a six pound snook, and then Little Joe brought in a six and a half Ib. and a seven Ib. trout. How's that for such a young fisherman's good fortune? Keep up the good work, Little Joe!
The barrel has run dry, so I must stop. I'II be seeing you somewhere, someplace, sometime. Until then drop a line in the brine and catch a big one.
Zukowski tops winners list
Florence Zukowski topped the list of winners, March 13, when the Sebastian Municipal Golf Course Women's Golf Association met for their "Beat the Pro" tournament.
Zukowski's winning score was a 67.
Bootie Briggs ran second, with a score of 73.
Jeanne Blom's score of 73 put her in third place followed by Lil McDonald and Bert O'Neill with a tied score of 74.
Ginny Oltman's score of 75 made her the fifth place winner, followed by Ruth Mayhew, whose score of 77 put her in sixth place.
Summit fishing tourney offers $20,600
As Spring hovers just around the corner and we all begin to look forward to clear blue skies and sun, sun, sun, fishermen and women can also look forward to the Summit Landings 6th Semi-Annual Billfish Tournament!
Slated for April 7 and 8, the ever-popular tournament features more than $20,600 in cash prizes, two Hanlon fire extinguishers valued at $600 and door prizes and gift cer-tificates...not to mention the Summit's famous Steak and Beer Blast!
A $5,000 cash award highlights the prize list and is waiting for the Grand Slam winner who is the first to weigh in a Sail, White Marlin and Blue Marlin in the two-day event. The Mini-Slam offers a $2,000 cash award to the talented fisherman or woman who lands the first Sail with a White Marlin or Blue Marlin in the two-day tournament.
Other award winning categories include Biggest Dolphin, Biggest Wahoo, Top Woman Angler, Top Man Angler, Top Boat, Top Crew, First and Last Billfish Boated on First Day, Heaviest Billfish, Smallest Billfish, First and Last Billfish Boated the Second Day, "Double-Up" , and Heaviest Sail.
Entries received on or before April 1 will be eligible for a $100 cash drawing. The entry fee is $150 per boat. Registration forms can be obtained at Summit Landings and Yachting Center, 8525 North U .S. 1, Micco, FL. Registration forms may be mailed in or filled out at the Kick-Off Party, April 6, from 5 to 9 p.m.
The Pastor's Perspective
By Stan Sanford, Pastor
Wabasso First Baptist Church
A place to stand
Standing on the beach in the edge of the surf, the waves gently washed up around my ankles. As each wave retreated, sand washed from beneath my feet. I found, as everyone else has discovered when he or she stood on sand in a flowing current that I had to shift my position in order to maintain my balance. I thought, "If only I could find a large smooth rock, I would have a stable place to stand." My uncertain footing in the surf brought to mind Jesus' parable of the wise and foolish builders. One built his house upon the sand. The other built his house upon a rock foundation.
Although Jesus had earned a reputation as the carpenter of Nazareth, he had no intention of instructing house builders in their trade. Rather, he taught that a person should be careful to construct his or her life upon a solid foundation.
In both Matthew 7 and Luke 6 Jesus compares the people who hear and do his teaching with the wise builder. In both gospels the parable concludes that passage of scripture we commonly know as "The Sermon On the Mount." Matthew 5:48 and Luke 6:36 state Jesus' purpose in this "sermon" is teaching people to model their life after God: "Be mature (Matthew) or be merciful (Luke) as God the Father is mature or merciful."
Therefore, Jesus teaches that one must build his or her life upon God as the foundation, and that life must exhibit the personal qualities of God himself.
No other foundation will withstand the tides that sweep through our lives. Regardless the strength of those other foundations -- whether they be family name, strength of personality, community or national identity, business or vocational success, intellectual or educational achievement, or any of the "good" things that people make foundational in their lives -- they prove unsubstantial in the storms of life. At best they offer only sand upon which to stand.
God alone remains unshakable and unchanging. He alone provides a sure foundation, a place to stand.
GED Prep. Course set
The Adult and Community Education Program of Vero Beach High School is accepting registrations at this time for the GED Preparation course which will begin March 26.
Registration is being conducted in the Guidance Office of the high school during regular day time hours or from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
For additional information, contact Gordon Pople at the high school at 567-1131.
Mepham to chair program
Mrs. Mary Mepham, has been appointed Chairman for the annual "Wheels for Life" Bike-A-Thon, in Fellsmere. The event is scheduled for April 7, with a rain date of April 14. This ride will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a research-treatment-education center where physicians and scientists working side by side have actually succeeded in rewriting medical textbooks through painstaking research and treatment advances.
St. Jude Hospital is largely supported by voluntary contributions which are tax deductible. Events such as the "Wheels for Life" bike ride raise the funds to continue the research and treatment programs which are freely shared with all physicians and research scientists throughout the world.
Homecoming Day, March 25
The First Baptist Church in Wabasso has scheduled Homecoming Day for Sunday, March 25. Following the morning worship service, there will be dinner on the grounds at noon followed by a special program of musical entertainment.
Former pastors and charter members will be special guests and all former members and friends are extended a cordial invitation by Pastor Stanley Sanford.
Rev. Richard Williams, a former pastor of the church will be the guest speaker for the morning worship service.
A nursery will be provided for parents with young children who wish to attend.
The First Baptist Church is located in Wabasso, one block southeast of the traffic light, at 86th St. and 47th Ave.
Loretta Earlin, 66, of 1052 E. Barefoot Bay Circle, Barefoot Bay, died March 13, at Humana Hospital Sebastian.
Mrs. Earlin was a homemaker and a Brevard County resident for eight years.
Survivors are her husband, Elmer, of Barefoot Bay; two sons, Bruce, of Newford, Pa., and Lawrence, of Charleston, S.C.; three sisters and three brothers, living outside the state, and three grandchildren.
A memorial service was held, March 15, at Pottinger and Son Garden Chapel, on Sebastian. No calling hours were scheduled and donations may be made to the Heart Fund.
Sebastian River Middle Junior High School Cowboy News
By Heather Haag
SRMJH welcomes Mrs. Holland
Most members of the student body already know Mrs. Holland from the many times she has substituted at Sebastian River Middle Junior High. For the benefit of those who have not yet met Mrs. Holland, and so that we can all learn more about her, I asked her to tell me about herself.
Born in Buffalo, N. Y., Mrs. Holland attended high school in Kingston, N.Y. She attended Eastern Nazarene College near Boston, Mass. where she received a B.A. in Literature and English.
Mrs. Holland moved to Florida in 1972 and worked for HRS as a social worker for seven years. She terminated her employment to become a mother. Her son, Mathew, is four years old.
She taught for one year in Warwich, N.Y. and started substituting in 1980. She is now a member of the faculty at Sebastian River Middle Junior High.
"After substituting for four years, I feel it is a privilege to teach at SRMJHS because I consider it to be one of the best schools in the country," Mrs. Holland said.
Some of her hobbies include reading, sewing, and traveling. During the summer of 1982, she spent some time traveling throughout Spain and Italy. Welcome to Sebastian River, Mrs. Holland.
On March 27, there will be a meeting at Sebastian River for the parents of the students who took the DAT tests. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the results of the tests. The parents of the 8th graders are invited to attend at 8 p.m., and the parents of the 9th graders should come in at 7 p.m. Students are advised to accompany their parents. If there are any 8th graders and their parents who would like to hear the 9th grade presentation, they are invited to attend the 7 p.m. meeting.
Junior American Citizen's Club
The installation of officers for the Sebastian Elementary Junior American Citizen's Stars and Stripes 5th Grade Club, under the sponsorship of Mrs. Joanne Shepard, was held on Thursday, Feb. 16th.
Mrs. Peggy Copeland, J.A.C. Chairman of the Treasure Coast Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, came from Vero to conduct the installation ceremony and present the program for the day. The newly inducted officers include: President Zak Parish, Vice- President Gwen Gossett, Secretary Gronlund and Emily Bismark.
Each officer repeated the following oath: "I promise to be loyal always to the United States of America, and to respect our country's Flag. I promise also to be faithful to the objects of the Junior American Citizens and to serve to the best of my ability as a member of this club."
The meeting was based on parliamentary procedure and was opened with the reading of the motto of Justice, Americanism, and Character, followed by the J.A.C. Prayer and Creed.
The J.A.C.'s become involved in home, school, and community projects throughout the year. At the present time, the club is working on a community project to collect food items for those in need.
Band students given ratings
Thirty four students from Sebastian River Middle-Junior High School recently participated in their district solo and ensemble contest. Seven soloists received superior
ratings including Julie Stocker, Anne Thomas, Teri Lord, Tunicia Marine, Troy Murphy, Jennifer Eirls and Lisa Jackson.
The other ensembles and soloists were awarded 19 excellent ratings. None of these students had ever performed before a judge. "We are proud of how these students who represented their school," said Harold Winker, principal of the school.
Approximately 200 elementary and secondary students from public and private schools in Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties have been competing as teams in the social Studies portion of the Martin County Academic Games League which held its final matches Feb. 8. The finals were held at J .D. Parker Elementary School in Stuart, FL.
Students' scores were tallied on a cumulative basis over three consecutive rounds with the top five individual scorers in the elementary, middle, and high school divisions qualifying to compete in the nationals which will be held in Eagleton, Georgia, April 30 to May 4.
Winning teams and individuals were recognized with trophies and ribbons in an awards presentation immediately following the final rounds.
Eight Indian River County students coached by Joan Edwards, Osceola Elementary; Stephanie Evjue, Middle School 7; and Pamela Ridgeway, Sebastian River Middle Junior High; qualified to compete as one of the five members of the "super teams", while three students qualified as alternates.
Included in the list of entrants from the elementary schools are Aaron Burchfield, second, Sebastian Elementary; Jennifer Horne, third, Glendale Academic; William Lee, fourth, Citrus Elementary; Mark Smith, fifth, Rosewood Elementary; and Seth Brubaker, sixth, Beachland Elementary.
At the middle school level, winners were Rene Van De Voorde, first, Sebastian River Middle Junior High; Chad Browder, fourth, Middle 7; Greg Hatmaker, fifth, Middle 7 and Katie Biller, sixth, Middle 7.
High School level winners were Jamie Winkler, fifth, Sebastian River Middle Junior High and Lewis Taylor, sixth, Sebastian River Middle Junior High.
Adult Education courses offered
The Adult & Community Education Program of Vero Beach HIGH School will be con- ducting registration March 26-29 for the fourth quarter classes. Registration will be held in the high school library from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Among the courses being offered will be Home Repair, which will include basic electricity and plumbing; Auto Mechanics for Woman; Introduction to Computer Programming; English for the Foreign Born; How to Talk So Kids Will Listen; Real Estate Practices, Principles and Law; Sign Language; Small Engine Repair; Clothing Construction; Conversational Spanish; Beginning & Advanced Stained Glass Construction; Woodworking; and Word Processing.
If additional information is needed, contact Gordon Popple at the high school, at 567-1131.
The Veteran's Voice
By Jerry R. Cook
Indian River County Vets Svs Officer
Health care act
The president has signed into law legislation expanding the health care a benefits available to veterans. The following, based upon available in formation, is a brief synopsis of the provisions of the VA Health Care Amendments of 1983:
* Vietnam vets readjustment program: This segment of the Viet Nam Veterans Health Care is extended indefinitely. It also extends to four years (to Sept. 30, 1988) the time that the transition of this program to VA health care facilities transfer.
* Post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological programs: Requires the VA Administrator to design and conduct a comprehensive study of the prevalence and incidence of post-traumatic stress syndrome and other psychological problems in readjusting to civilian life experienced by Viet Nam Era Veterans.
* Adult day health care services: Authorizes a five-year adult health day care program for the VA Veterans who are determined to be eligible for community nursing home placement would be eligible for placement in a proposed new adult day health care program.
* Community residential care: Establishes authority for the VA to set standards for placement of veterans in a community residential care facility but would not otherwise give the VA regulatory authority over these homes.
The foregoing is all the information that I have on this legislation. As soon as additional information or implementing instructions are received, this column will have the information.
It is something that has been recommended for quite a long time. We have long been seeking an alternative for institutional care.
Representative Marilyn Evans-Jones, sponsor of the Child Restraint legislation in 1983 which became effective July 1, 1984, has been notified that Brevard County is the recipient of a $10,000 grant to provide low cost, federally approved car seats to families of children ages 0-4 residing in Brevard County. Reducing the potential of injury and the death rate of young children has been the primary reason for this legislation in Florida as well as in other states.
The program will be administered by Earline Wesley, Director of the Brevard County Social Services Department. The program will make available the approved restraint seats on a first come, first served basis for those families, meeting the economic need requirements.
A refundable deposit of $20 will be charged. This program will make available approximately 300 approved child restraint seats.
New 1984 Officers of the Sebastian Chapter No. 204 Order of the Eastern Star include, back row, left to right, Virginia Vincent, DeLloyd Vincent, Marie Smith, George Smith, Louise Smith and Edward Nettleton. In the center row are Annabelle Moore, Mary Nettleton, Marion Redmond, patty Harris, Florence Hume, Anna Hill and Hazel John. Pictured in the front row are Virginia Page, Maxine Nunally, Maude Fleming, Elsie Duval and Roger Allis.
It was a night to remember when the Sebastian Chapter No. 204 Order of the Eastern Star installed their new officers for the 1984-85 year. Installing officers included form left to right, Elsie Kauffman, Louis Smith, Mary Woodall, Roger Allis, Ruby Waddell and Wanita Ayres. Installation night was held March 17.
Tom Simmons' favorite tropical fish is the African Electric Blue or Haplochromis jacksonii. This fish is not a mindless, little tropical but rather, an intelligent, hardy aquatic pet," Tom said. Tom keeps approximately 75,000 fish in various stages of growth on his eight-acre farm and looks forward to the day that he completes his new hatchery. The hatchery will enable him to expend his facility and make it even more productive.
Fish farming requires hard work and faith
By Joan Pepper
Tucked away between tropical trees and plants, outside of the downtown area of Fellsmere, lives a man and his two sons. His farm can't be seen from the road. In fact, if you didn't know he was there, you'd drive right by, without giving his place a second glance. But those who are acquainted with Tom Simmons know that he is very serious about what he does and also very proud of his 25-acre farm.
"Tropa-Fish Inc." is an eight-acre tropical fish farm that specializes in rare, unusual, exotic and show fish. Tom and his two sons, Tommy and Johnny spend seven days a week tending to their work in the hopes that one day all 25-acres can be utilized in a productive, lucrative manner.
Tom has always enjoyed fish and, coming from Miami, has been around water all his life. In 1957 he "accidentally, got into" fish farming and has been doing it ever since. In fact, he has been doing it so well that he received five awards at the 1983 Florida Tropical Fish Farms Association Livestock Show in Tampa last year. Tom's awards include a first place in the African fish class, Best of Show, first place in the Swordtail Class, second place in Goldfish and second in the Grow Out category.
When Tom moved to Fellsmere three years ago, he had some serious difficulties to overcome. The weather was a primary problem for his fish farming and one that he is still having some trouble coping with. The freeze in 1979 all but wiped him out, but undeterred, he overcame the problem and is expanding his business almost daily.
"The freeze was a bit of a blow, but we learned some valuable lessons from it," Tom said. "We don't let that kind of problem get us down though. We just look toward the future in-stead."
Tom specializes in "mouthbrooding" fishes, which he describes as an extremely beautiful fish with a high degree of intelligence and interesting behavioral habits. The mouth-brooders are a rare form of fish which are primarily raised in Africa. When the African government cut off the exportation of the species, they became rare and difficult to purchase here.
"'These fish are regarded as pets," said Tom. "They are a hardy breed and very interesting. They are by no means mindless little tropicals."
The African Electric Blue or Haplochromis jacksonii, is a challenge to raise for Tom. The male depicts its shocking blue true coloration when its needs are fulfilled, thus making raising it almost a science in producing the right quality.
"There are so many aspects and fields involved in fish farming," Tom said. "A combined knowledge in biology, pathology, animal husbandry and the understanding of water are only the basics."
Tom teaches every aspect of fish farming to his sons, who help him out on a daily basis. He said he feels fish farming has had a very constructive, positive effect on them.
"Fish farming gives my sons an interesting education in understanding the field and in aquaculture," Tom said. "It also gives them strong insights into the environment and ecology by working with these animals."
Tommy, Tom's 16 year old has become so involved in his dad's business that he is already dabbling in genetics. He has developed a swordtail that he hopes to show in the next livestock show and has ambitions of picking up a first place award.
This year too, the Simmons family plans to build and utilize a new fish hatchery. Tom described the hatchery as the most modern hatchery in aquaculture type farming which will ultimately increase his farm's productivity.
Tom presently keeps approximately 75,000 tropical fish in various stages of growth at his farm and sells them to markets throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Germany and England.
"Fish farming is not an easy job," Tom said. "But it's had a very positive effect on my sons and on my life. I love this area even though it's a tough place to raise fish but I feel we are making progress. It's a nice, light type of clean industry and a very meaningful one. I am convinced it can be done in a lucrative, profitable way. It's just a matter of a lot of hard work and faith."
Realtors look for oldest man, woman
The Vero Beach -Indian River County Board of Realtors are conducting a Special Search to find the oldest man and the oldest woman in Indian River County, the man and/ or woman who has lived the longest number of years in Indian River County; and the couple, who has lived in the same house or location the longest number of years.
This special search is being conducted in conjunction with Private Property Week, April 8- 14, an annual event sponsored by Realtors and Realtor-Associates nation-wide.
"Our senior citizens are a very important ingredient in our community" said Board of Realtors' President Arthur A. Perruzzi. "Their years of knowledge and experience have benefited all of us. We hope all of their retirement years in the Vero Beach area have been enjoyable for them."
Perruzzi went on to say the Vero Beach-Indian River County Board of Realtors would like members of the community to join the Special Search.
"If you know of a relative, friend or neighbor who might qualify for this honor, please contact the Vero Beach -Indian River County Board of Realtors at 2182 Ponce de Leon Circle and register their names and addresses. We're asking the whole community to help us find these special people," Perruzzi said.
The deadline for registration is March 30. Winners of the Special Search, along with their spouses, will be honored at a dinner to be held at the Ocean Grill Restaurant on April 8, the first day of Private Property Week.
Heat pump workshop set
Five educational workshops intended to answer frequently-asked questions about heat pumps have been scheduled for March and April by St. Johns River Water Management District staff.
The first workshop is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 28 in the lecture auditorium of Brevard Community College in Melbourne.
Additional workshops are scheduled for Daytona Beach Community College Conference Center on April 3; Vero Beach Community Center on April 17; Titusville Campus of Brevard Community College on April 18; and Jacksonville at the down-town campus of North Florida Junior College on April 24. All workshops begin at 7 p.m.
Jim Frazee, assistant director of the district's Office of Executive Planning and Coordination, will lecture at each educational workshop.
"Each session will emphasize resource alternatives a citizen can select to choose an environmentally-correct installation while still obtaining maximum energy saving benefits and reasonable pay back for the investment," Frazee said.
Emphasis will also be placed on a selection of energy alternatives including earth-coupled closed-loop, air source and gas systems since water-source units are one of may choices available to the consumer.
"Resource problems identified in Brevard County, "Frazee noted, "created the need for studies describing the impacts and remedies over the past six years."
Frazee nationally recognized for his work with community heat pump systems and resource impacts, hopes these workshops will create the atmosphere necessary to remedy uses of the ground water system in areas such as Brevard County.
"Past abuses were caused by the cumulative impact of large numbers of residential heat pumps and lawn irrigation wells in an area where ground water was naturally marginal. Any large scale use of ground water would have created similar responses, "Frazee added.
Some areas of the 19-county district are without current impacts. Information presented at the workshops will demonstrate how planning can prevent future impacts and benefit the resource. A key part of each workshop will include a discussion of model ordinance components allowing adaptive structuring a local ordinances or codes. The components are seen as an aid to heat pump users and installers since the resource alternatives parallel the model framework.
For further information, write the Office of Executive Planning and Coordination, St. Johns River Water Management District, P .0. Box 1429, Palatka, FL. 32078-1429, or, if you prefer, call (904) 328-8321.
Commissioners up court filing fees
Indian River County residents will be paying higher court costs now that a new schedule of filing fees has been adopted by the Indian River County Commission.
The new fees will provide an extra $30,000 to $50,000 each year and will be earmarked for the providing of adequate Court room facilities and improvements to those facilities in Indian River County.
The new fees have the approval of the Indian River County Bar Association, whose representatives have been advocating for some time now that additional funds were needed.
The new filing fee will be called a Court Facilities Fee, and as it is received, the clerk of the court will pay it into a nonlapsing fund to be used exclusively in providing and maintaining court facilities.
For all civil actions of claims of $1,500 and not more than $2,500 - $ 3
For all civil actions or claims of $2,500 and not more than $5,000 - $ 5
For all other proceedings including, but not limited to, garnishment,
attachment, replevin and distress -$10
Cases Filed in County Court:
Summary Claims Div.:
For all claims less than $100 - $10
For all claims of $100 and less than $1,000 - $12.50
For all claims of $1,000 and less than $1,500 - $15
For all other proceedings including, but not limited to, garnishment,
attachment, replevin and distress - $15
Cases Filed in Circuit Court - Civil Division
For all civil suits filed including probate (see exception below)-$20
Exception - Private matters where administration is unnecessary - $10
County employee racially slurred
Sheriff's Deputies are looking for a man who made a racial slur and used foul language to a county employee who protested when the man dropped other than household trash in a dumpster at the Roseland Plaza.
Henry Parker, of 6095 8th St., Fellsmere, the county employee, was working with a fellow employee at the time.
The unidentified man first approached Parker's fellow worker and was told to stop throwing his material into the dumpster since it was for household goods.
The man refused and continued dumping the material in the receptacle. When Parker approached the man, the unidentified person went to his car and pulled out a knife, then left the scene.
March 28, 1984
Published by Treasure Coast Publishing Co., Inc., P.O. Box 1161,
Sebastian, FL 32958, 589-4566, as a weekly newspaper. Distribution
to homes and businesses in the circulation area from Melbourne to Vero
Beach and by subscription through the U.S. Mail. Subscriptions are
$12.50 per year within the U.S., $24 per year out of the country.
Deadline for news, editorial content, and classified ads is Monday,
noon. Display ads deadline is Monday, 5 p.m.
Publisher: David S. Henley
General Manager: Bobbie Wilson
Editor: Joan Pepper
Sales Manager: George Pepper
Senior Staff Writer: Jack Fay
Administration: Patty Harris
Production: Sue Stanbary
Production Artist: Paul Ledford
The re-sentencing of James Chandler convicted of the July, 1980, murder of an elderly Sebastian couple Harold and Rachel Steinberger, has not been given a definite hearing date as yet, but a court spokesman says it will probably be handled during the month of May.
The re-sentencing was ordered by the Florida Supreme Court which upheld the jury's verdict of guilty, but found legal flaws in the handling of the sentencing portion of the trial.
Chandler, who was 25 at the time of the murders, was sentenced to die in the electric chair by Circuit Court Judge Royce Lewis after the jury that heard the case recommended such a sentence.
However, the Supreme Court said Judge Lewis had incorrectly dismissed jurors who testified, during the selection of the jury, that they did not believe in capital punishment.
The Florida Supreme Court automatically reviews all capital offense cases throughout the state.
The Steinbergers had purchased a home in a rather secluded area of the Sebastian Highlands. They came from Fort Lauderdale to escape the high crime rate in that area, and lived in their Highlands home just nine days when the murders took place. Both were in their 70’s.
Chandler allegedly befriended the couple and he made arrangements to be hired by them as a yard man.
When he went to the home the morning of the murder, testimony indicated that he bludgeoned the pair to death just outside their home in a wooded area and stole some valuables from them.
A few days later, he was caught by authorities when they were tipped off by a person to whom Chandler attempted to sell the valuables.
A baseball bat, which the prosecution alleged to be the murder weapon, was later found in a canal near the Steinberger home and it was introduced as evidence in Chandler's trial.
One of the problems involved with the sentencing is that much of the trial and many of the witnesses will have to be rehashed and represented, but the State Attorney's office in Vero Beach, has indicated it plans to do just that.
Some newly purchased pipes formed this unusual pattern for a Sebastian Sun photographer, as they await placement in the ground. Its part of the approximately half million dollar General Development Utilities project in the Sebastian Highlands that will greatly expand the company’s present water system. The new pipes will bring water into areas along State Road 512, and other areas of the Highlands. General Development Utilities Official Greg Kisella said more than six miles of 6, 12 and 16-inch pipe will be put in the ground and the project should be completed within the next 120 days. He said private property owners will be required to pay for the connection in a lump sum or they can opt for a plan to pay the cost over several months with interest.
Joseph D. Lancaster, director of finance for the City of Sebastian, has turned in his letter of resignation to Mayor Jim Gallagher and the Sebastian City Council.
Saying only that "I feel it would be in the best interests of both the City Administration and myself, I hereby tender my resignation, effective Mar. 30, 1984."
Lancaster was the second top city employee to resign this week. Lancaster resigned Friday, Mar. 23, but City Clerk Deborah Krages, resigned a day earlier. Her resignation was effective April 18. She gave her health as the main reason for leaving.
A third employee, Jamie Zello, who was on Lancaster's staff, also resigned Friday. She will accept a position with a law firm in Vero Beach. Lancaster said he has accepted a position with a private firm. He did not say which firm it would be.
Jessie Brock will fill the post of Finance Director temporarily until a permanent director can be hired. Brock is currently owner of the Eversafe Security So., a private security firm in the Sebastian Area.
Brock was a contributor to Mayor Gallagher's campaign and has had considerable experience as a maintenance department head with a $3.3 million budget for New York and a wide area of New England.
He retired from that job on Dec. 31, 1979.
"I've been meeting with Mr. Lancaster for the past several days,” Brock said Monday, “to familiarize myself with the finance office.
A meeting of the city council has been scheduled for today beginning at 4 p.m. to officially accept the resignation of both Lancaster and Mrs. Deborah Krages, the city clerk, who also announced her resignation this week.
In addition, today’s meeting will see the city council hiring a temporary city attorney to take the place of Dan Kilbride who recently resigned as of Mar. 31.
City investigation continues
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has apparently begun its investigation of the city of Sebastian. The Sebastian City Council requested the state agency to investigate the reasons why three senior officers in the police department had left the department and the relationship between former Mayor Pat Flood's office and the Police Department.
Lawrence Beiltz, an FDLE agent met with Sebastian's new mayor, James Gallagher, Wednesday, May 21, and Mayor Gallagher said he has issued a memorandum to all city employees that they should cooperate with Beiltz.
Beiltz did not say what was discussed at the meeting stating only that the FDLE would not make any comment while the investigation was on-going. Beiltz's superior also took the same view. John Van Tronk, said he would not comment on what he said was a preliminary investigation. He did say that the investigation was not directed necessarily at the city's government.
Gallagher told news reporters that Beiltz had met with some city employees, but both Finance Director Joe Lancaster and Police Chief Nappi said no one had spoken to them.
Gallagher said several city employees were questioned briefly by Beiltz but would not comment on what Beiltz had found.
Jorgenson’s landing begins to materialize
By Anne Henry
Back on Sept. 10 last year, the people of Grant had high hopes for better things, spurred by the dual groundbreakings of an annex to the Community Center on First Street and the John Jorgenson Dock on the river, named for one of the pioneers of Grant's bustling seafood industry.
The Florence Christenson addition was dedicated on Dec. 11, a much used and admired facility for Seafood Festival activities and community functions since then. Until now, the much-needed dock remained an unrealized dream, but things are changing on Grant's waterfront too.
Travelers on U.S. 1 are noticing the dunes of sand mounding from the dredging of shoreline river bottom as Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department, District 3, fulfills its promise to provide a new, more functional and accessible boat-launching facility. The existing county dock and ramp, located at the foot of First Street, is plagued with recurrent silt build-up that hampers launchings and provides no parking area for cars and trailers.
The Jorgenson's Landing facility will feature a 48-foot wide concrete ramp with three wooden docks, the center one being 40-feet long and the two outer ones slightly shorter. There will be a huge rail-tie-curbed parking area paved with marl that will prevent the mud-bogged encounters familiar to local boatmen now.
When the new launching and docking complex is completed, the First Street ramp will be used predominantly as a commuter dock for the resident of Grant Farm Island who now often find themselves hedged and wedged in a crush of fishboats and trailers. Their request for ordinances to control the First Street dock regarding overnight parking curfews, use of the dumpster and outlawing abandoning boats and household equipment that create a littered landscape for adjacent property owners is under serious consideration by Brevard County authorities.
Work begins on John Jorgenson’s landing, the new, enlarged Brevard County boat dock and ramp in Grant that will accommodate boaters and fishermen in the southernmost end of the county. The site was named to commemorate John Jorgensen, son of an early Grant settler. After affectionately remembered as “Captain John,” he started one of the first fish companies in Grant.
Boy Scouts unveil new program - Varsity Scouting
A new program aimed specifically at mid-teen boys will be unveiled by the Boy Scouts of America next September.
To be known as Varsity Scouting, it will offer heavy emphasis on "high adventure" activities and other programs which appeal to the older boy, according to Chief Scout Executive J. L. Tarr.
Tested for the past six years in 28 of the nation's 413 local Scout councils, the program is the second new major thrust of the BSA in two years. Just over a year ago, Tiger Cubs, a program for 7-year-old boys, was introduced and to date has attracted some 142,000 youngsters.
Although membership in Scouting's youth programs has made substantial gains in recent years, officials acknowledged that “our greatest loss in boys to Scouting is during the 14 and 15-year age levels.”
Approximately 51 percent of the nation's 1.1 million Scouts are under 14; another 20 percent are 14 and 15.
Varsity Scouts will join a team rather than a troop, under the direction of an adult coach (instead of Scoutmaster), and will be led by a youth captain instead of a senior patrol leader.
In addition to high adventure activities, they will be encouraged to continue their advancement toward the Eagle rank, to fulfill service projects, participate in special programs on Scouting's council, regional, and national levels, and continue personal development in leadership, physical fitness, citizenship, and in social and spiritual fields.
Specific participation in all five areas will be recognized with the awarding of VS (Varsity Scouting) jacket letters.
The Varsity program, which will be open to boys 14 through 17, will remain optional. Youths may continue in traditional scout troops or can switch to coeducational Explorer posts. (Exploring is the senior, career-oriented program of the BSA with some 605,000 members.) But a key goal will be to reach many of the approximately 90 percent of American males 14 to 17 who are in no Scouting program, Tarr said.
Suit filed against city
A suit asking for an unspecified amount of damages in excess of $5,000 has been filed by Mary Rose Mazzeo against the city of Sebastian.
The court action was filed Thursday, Mar .8, in the Indian River County Circuit Court Clerk's office and is the result of an incident that took place on July 5, 1982, when Ms. Mazzeo dove into Swim Lake, in the Sebastian Highlands and was injured.
The suit claims that at the time the lake was used by the public frequently for swimming and diving.
The petition states that the plaintiff was injured in and about her body and extremities, and suffered pain, injuries and physical handicap, and her working ability was impaired permanently or continuing in nature. It also claims that she will suffer the loss or impairment in the future.
She asks for a judgment against the city and for an amount of damages in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limits of the court which is $5,000.
Ms. Mazzeo is being represented by Melbourne Attorney William H. Harrell. No date has yet been specified for a hearing on the matter but the case has been assigned to Circuit Court Judge William Hendry. The petition asks for a trial by jury.
Doherty resigns position
Another resignation has hit the new administration of Sebastian Mayor Jim Gallagher.
Sebastian Public Works Supervisor Bob Doherty announced Monday he was retiring and said he had been thinking about it for sometime.
He said the resignation was not political but he did admit he was a loyalist of former mayor Pat Flood who was defeated by Gallagher in the Tuesday, Mar. 13 election.
In another development, Mayor Gallagher asked for the resignation of Sylvia Flood, former wife of Pat Flood who works as a secretary in the city's building department.
Mrs. Flood, however, refused the request and Gallagher said he will not force her to resign. "I haven't done anything wrong except stand up for Pat (Flood)” she said. "I have nothing against Gallagher."
Doherty will leave his city post April 13.
City clerk resigns
Sebastian City Clerk Deborah Krages has notified Mayor Jim Gallagher and the members of the city council that she has resigned her post effective 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 18.
In a letter to Gallagher and the city council members, Mrs. Krages said "This has not been an easy nor a rash decision on my part. I have considered this action for months."
The letter continued, "The amount of time required on my part, to do the job effectively, and the number of additional monthly meetings, has increased to the point that it has created a tremendous hardship on my family and my health."
Mrs. Krages thanked the mayor and council for allowing her the experience and pleasure of serving as the city clerk "and I want you to know that I have enjoyed working with the councils and mayors over the past three years," she stated.
"In closing I would like the council to consider advertising and hiring a certified municipal clerk, as the city continues to grow and the laws change rapidly. I feel it is essential for the proper growth and management of the office, "Mrs. Krages said.
Public input time
There is a time and place for everything and that includes public input into city council meetings. There is nothing more disconcerting as waiting for an important decision to be voted on by council only to hear the interjection of a question (which had been covered four weeks ago) by a resident who perhaps had missed those meetings.
Under our previous administration, public input time was dealt with rather haphazardly. Sometimes there was a lot of input when there shouldn't have been. Other times, input wasn't allowed when it rightfully should have been allowed.
Mayor Jim Gallagher contends that input is not only welcome but absolutely necessary. ..at the right times.
Gallagher says there is ample opportunity for the public's voice to be heard. And there is. In fact, when council votes on any kind of legislative decision, there are five opportunities for the public to agree, disagree or just voice an observation or opinion. And that's not bad considering there are only five steps in order for a piece of legislation to be passed or voted down.
However, because there is a time and place for everything, there is a time and place for the public voice to be heard. As mayor of our city, it is Gallagher's right to see that the public adheres to the manner in which they participate in council meetings. The fact that he encourages public input at the appropriate time is a step in the right direction.
We support the public's right to speak their minds. We also support the idea that by doing it at the right time, business will be conducted more efficiently and effectively in this city.
Gallagher supports the idea that city councilors are representatives of the city’s residents. He encourages residents to contact their councilors and discuss important issues with them. In this light, not only does the public have an opportunity to voice their opinions and recommendations during council meetings and public hearings, but at any other time they wish to contact their city councilors.
It's a city for everyone. Let's take advantage and voice our concerns at the right time, of course.
Refining and revising
The Sebastian Police Department's Police Committee is diligently working away at refining and revising their standard operating procedures. (SOP). The existing SOP was taken from an SOP tailored for a larger department in a larger city. The intention of the revision is to make it flexible enough to fit the needs of the growing department while taking into consideration the fact that Sebastian is still a relatively small city.
We have already seen that some of its procedures are not acceptable to our city. The case of Lisa Smith’s promotion to the level of corporal is a case in point.
Although certain criteria for that promotion we’ve spelled out, there was a conflict. Granted, Mrs. Smith did not have the proper amount of time behind her in the department, as deemed necessary by the SOP. But she was, according to Chief Nappi, the most qualified for the job and there was a definite need for a corporal in the department.
Mayor Gallagher decided to uphold Smith’s promotion until such time as the SOP could be revised to accommodate these needs. We support his decision and support the notion that the SOP should be revised in order that it represent out city in a more accurate manner.
Letters to the Editor
A letter to Uncle Jack
This letter is addressed to Jack Fay.
Jack, as usual someone gave you the wrong dope. It was not the delegate to the convention I had trouble voting for, but the lever for the candidate Ed Paluch (my son-in-Iaw) that would not open or close. The same thing happened to a friend D. Mathews. He was told to "stomp your feet and kick the machine". Honest!
You should have sent me the KIWI shoe polish and I am sure Dale would get it opened. I'm with you, Jack. Anytime you want to go after KIWI, let me know. They could put shoe polish in plastic containers like margarine and it spreads easier for us campaigners. I knew I could help you, Jack!
A deserving client
This note follows the very nice article you published earlier this month about our LIFELINE program.
As a result of that article, it is possible that one of our first home units will go to a deserving "client" in your area. We would like to know who at your newspaper we should contact should this develop. We installed our first units in the afternoon of March 20.
Thank you for your interest in our newest service project.
Indian River County - Vero Beach
We are happy that the publication of our article resulted in such a positive outcome. The Sebastian Sun supports service organizations and is always willing to publicize such worthy events and projects.
A big disappointment
After having 20 years of winter vacations in Florida, my husband and I have decided that the Sebastian area is where we want to spend our retirement years.
The Sebastian Municipal Golf Course was the thing that finalized our decision - until last week, that is.
Our first visit to your golf course was the Christmas after it opened. We were very excited about it after our first round and thought to ourselves, "This is great!" In a year or so we expected the club house would be added and everything would be beautiful.
Well, on Mar. 1, we finally arrived in Sebastian. Our first stop was the golf course. At first glance, the club house was impressive. However, when I opened the front door (which was warped and would not close) it was all over!! The first thing I saw was an ugly brown, dreary thread bare carpet covering a long, dreary corridor painted some non-descript color. A lingering odor of wine bit my nostrils and when I used the ladies room, I was shocked at how dirty it was.
I guess I could say the whole scene was one of the biggest disappointments of my life.
I'm still trying to figure out how a building so new could have deteriorated to such an extent in such a short time.
We left within 15 minutes feeling depressed and have abandoned our decision to become members there.
Also, we love your paper but this city's politics leave a little to be desired!
Sign us “Burned Out,”
Tom and Kay Lombardi
By Jack Fay
This is a political year, and everything is going about as expected. Absolutely nutty.
Newspaper people are trying to accurately portray the candidates so that the people can make an intelligent choice. Some candidates have trouble portraying themselves accurately since they want to favor all of the voters. It isn't easy.
Candidate Horace Hornblower takes a swipe at his opposition during a political rally. He wakes up next morning with the swipe looking him in the face from a headline in his morning paper. He decides it doesn't look good, and wants to fix it, so he calls the editor, complains about the reporter, and between them it is fixed. The reporter is lucky if he isn't fired.
I learned long ago as a cub reporter that if you write something nice about the candidate and it doesn't disturb his orange juice on publication morning, then you are indeed an excellent reporter.
However, if he has to wash the orange juice down with a slug of Russian Vodka, there is woe in the newsroom because it is quite obvious the reporter cannot do the job and even more obviously can't spell, C-A-T.
Woe, is us, as the Roman gladiators used to say, as the lions sprang to attention, ready to chew on the Christians like they were a piece of Wrigley chewing gum.
After a politician spits you out about three times, you really do wonder whether or not you can write.
Shoe polish flap
I knew I would get some support from you good people over my difficulty with the Kiwi Shoe Polish Company. No sooner did I mention in this column that Louis Priori, a resident of Sebastian, who backs up his views and opinions with strong tongue, assured me that if I needed his assistance I would get it.
I thank you Louis, and I'm sure that the Kiwi Company will understand just where Louis stands when he gets through with them.
Thank goodness I won't have to put up with scruffy shoes much longer. Thank you again, Louis.
You might know
The Sea of Japan is a large expanse of water that really is part of the immense Pacific Ocean. Recently with all that water out there to drive around in, an American aircraft carrier and a Russian submarine banged into each other.
You would think that with all that water out there they could somehow, by dent of all the latest scientific apparatus both ships had on board, they could miss each other.
Nope. Right in the dead of night the Russian sub stuck its conning tower out of the water and nearly had it torn off by the American Carrier coming up from behind.
I'm not like some people. I don't mind paying my share of an aircraft carrier, but if we have to start putting traffic lights in the Sea of Japan then I am going into the streets and protest.
The American Commander said he couldn't see the Russian sub until it was too late. He just felt a nudge. He probably was fortunate that was all he felt. Anyway, they didn't see each other or hear each other, despite all the radar and sonar devices aboard both ships.
Does it make you a little shakey? Write your congressman. You are paying for all that scientific stuff they put on those ships to tell where they are going and where they are.
Remember Pearl Harbor!
Police committee wants records back
The Sebastian Police Advisory Committee headed by Council member Dorothy McKinley met Thursday, Mar. 22, and began a preliminary review of an 80 page document that will make up the department's Standard Operating Procedures, that will be recommended to the Sebastian City Council, as the department's guidelines per rules and regulations.
The committee did decide while making a detailed preliminary study of the plan, that it would ask Mayor Jim Gallagher to return the personnel records of police employees that were removed from the department and placed under the control of former mayor Pat Flood, Jr.
Flood had the personnel records removed from the department to his office during a pre-election squabble with Police Chief Jerry Nappi.
Flood claimed that as the mayor of the city, he was also the Personnel Director and thus needed the files in his office. Nappi opposed the move but until now took no action to get them back.
Part of the controversy surrounded the promotion of Lisa Smith from patrolman to corporal, a matter which the new Mayor James Gallagher acted on last week, by upholding the promotion.
Flood claimed that while Smith was a good officer and had a fine record with the department, she did not have the required two years with the department for such promotions.
He was backed up by City Attorney Daniel Kilbride. Kilbride resigned his post as of Mar. 31.
Mayor Gallagher has upheld Nappi's decision by making Smith acting corporal until the Standard Operating Procedures are changed.
"I'm pleased with Mayor Gallagher's decision," Smith said. "I think Flood had a personal vendetta against me and for that reason attempted to block my promotion. I'm happy with the way Mayor Gallagher is handling the issue and look forward to continuing my job in the future."
Accident injures Grant Residents
Ila Carpenter and Wilma Matherly of Grant were injured March 22 when their car collided with that of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bowers of Navarre, Ohio at the intersection of U.S. 1 and First St. in Grant.
Grant Volunteer Fire Department Firefighters responded to the emergency call. The local women were taken by the Micco Fire Department ambulance to Humana Hospital Sebastian for examination and treatment. Due to the lack of additional treatment space, Mrs. Bowers was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne for precautionary evaluation.
Bowers, who was driving his car at the time, was uninjured. The Ohio visitors who are vacationing in the campground in Mims were en route to visit friends in Whispering Palms Mobile Village, Sebastian, at the time of the accident.
The extent of the injuries of the three victims was not immediately known.
Police commissioner’s duties are spelled out
The duties of Fellsmere's Police Commissioner have been spelled out in a document released to the public and press recently.
To begin with, the commissioner must be an elected member of the Fellsmere City Council, and he must be appointed to the position of police commissioner by a vote of the council.
The commissioner should attend all city council meetings and report to the mayor and City Council all police activities and reports.
He will keep the mayor informed of serious incidents or events that take place each day, and will report to the mayor and council all expenditures over $50 spent by the police department.
The commissioner, along with the police chief will review all applications for hiring of new police officers and make their recommendation to the mayor and the council.
The commissioner will ensure that when an officer has been charged with a violation or misconduct that the investigation is conducted by the police chief and police commissioner in accordance with the Police Bill of Rights.
The commissioner may make periodic checks of police officers to see that they are in their proper uniform and well-groomed. At any time he may ask an officer for his police duty log to ensure that it is being kept up-to-date.
The commissioner will hear complaints of police officers, only if they go through the proper chain of command and he will review expenditures of equipment and materials for his own approval and for approval or disapproval to the mayor and council.
He will hear and review all complaints of residents of the city of Fellsmere and make the proper corrections or recommendations to the police chief.
The commissioner will cooperate with the police chief to ensure that the police department operates at high standards and harmony for the residents of Fellsmere and be above reproach.
The current commissioner in Fellsmere is City Councilman William Hunter. Hunter is one of the three new council members who became a councilman earlier this year.
Injured Osprey gets care
An Osprey, with a large wing span was found injured on Roseland Road this past week and taken to the Indian River County Humane Society for some tender loving care.
It was the first Osprey that the Humane Society ever handled, and it had either flown into a power line or had been hit by car.
The Osprey is doing quite well thanks to the care given to it by the Humane Shelter Staff, and soon it will be shipped to the Audubon Society’s rehabilitation center in Maitland. When it regains its strength, it will be returned to Indian River County and set free, according to Humane Shelter workers.
It is believed that the Osprey may be one of several that are nesting west of Vero Beach.
A large Blue Herron was taken in by the Humane Society in January of this year, and now is a part of a native wildlife exhibit in the Dreher Park Zoo, in West Palm Beach.
PHOTO CAPTION: Taken slightly by surprise when the photographers flash went off are Dick and Pat Gemberling (left and center) and Ed Paluch. The three area residents attended the grand opening party at Hurricane Harbor Restaurant march 23. Guests were given the opportunity to sample some of the restaurants hors d-oeuvres and the tasteful atmosphere of the recently renovated restaurant.
Jones Intercable planning expansion
Ken Vickers, manager of the North County office of Jones Intercable, U.S. 1, Wabasso, says he is awaiting word from his corporate headquarters on the feasibility of expending the current program service.
Following a survey taken recently during which local subscribers were asked what type of programs they would like to see added to the local cablevision programming, it was decided that the local office would ask the corporation to consider:
* The return of Channel 1, WESH-TV, Orlando, to Channel 2 on the local system.
* The establishment of two movie channels, one of which would probably be "Show time" since it is already being shown, and probably Home Box Office.
* The new equipment that would be installed that would also permit three other channels that could bring in a tier of programs that would be directed at specific groups with specific types of programming.
* This would all be in addition to the current service now being provided on the cablevision system.
Costs of optional services, and which services would be brought in, is yet to be determined.
Depending on the speed with which Jones Intercable Corporation makes a decision on purchasing the necessary equipment, Vickers said, he is hopeful that the new system can be in operation sometime in April.
A favorable decision would expand the 12 channels now on the system, to the proposed 17. Vickers wouldn't say what the tier of three channels would have as programming and he would not definitely say that Home Box Office would be added. He did say that HBO was probably the best prospect at the present time.
Vickers said he would be able to tell more in a few weeks as to just what specific programming would be made available.
Jones Intercable, Inc., operates the area cablevision service in the Barefoot Bay and other areas of South Brevard, the city of Sebastian and unincorporated areas of Indian River County as far south as Wabasso.
Edward Roux faces D.I. charge
Sebastian resident Edward Roux, 27, of 547 S.W. Webster Street, was arrested by Indian River county Deputies and charged with disorderly intoxication Monday, March 12, during an incident at the Fellsmere Farms front gate.
Deputies reported that Roux was trespassing on Fellsmere Farms property and that while Fellsmere Farms officials did not want to press charges, the arresting officers was of the opinion that roux was unable to drive safely since he was unsteady and there was other evidence that he had been drinking, and was not sober enough to drive home.
He was taken to the Indian River County jail.
City council delays hiring city attorney
The Sebastian City Council has decided to hire an interim city attorney while it goes about the business of hiring a permanent employee for the post.
The action came as a result of the resignation of Attorney Dan Kilbride of Vero Beach, who resigned as of March 31.
At a city council meeting on March 21, Mayor James Gallagher said the process of hiring a new permanent city attorney might take as long as two months, and that an interim attorney would have to be hired to fill the gap.
Mayor Gallagher said the interim attorney would have to be someone who was not interested in accepting the position permanently. The permanent attorney will be hired on a retainer basis just as Kilbride had worked under during the past five years.
In the meantime, the council tabled a requested at its Wednesday, March 21 meeting, to hire an engineering firm to represent the city.
The request was sent to the council by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. The request was tabled until April 4, when it will be discussed at a workshop meeting.
The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the firm of Mosby and Associates be hired on a “per need” basis to review site plans and other documents which come before the commission. Site plans fees, the planning and zoning commission suggests, would be used to pay the consulting firm for its services.
Gallagher said that a consultant for the commission was needed, but he wasn’t prepared to make a decision as to whether or not a full-time engineer should be hired.
Union election set for April 4
A union organizing election will be held April 4 from 8 to 10 p.m. on whether or not Sebastian City Police want to join the Communication Workers of America.
The city has remained neutral on the matter and has even waived its right to have an administrative hearing on the union issue. It has also consented to the election.
The CWA requested the election, after members of the department contacted the union about organizing a unit locally. The election will be held under the direction of the Public Employee Relations Commission.
The city Attorney recommended that the city hire an attorney specializing in labor law, the council took no action to do so, even though it was also recommended by L. Gene Harris, currently a home designer and chairman of the Sebastian Planning and Zoning Commission. Harris is a former business agent of a union in Vero Beach.
The city would have to bargain for a contract with the police through the CWA if the election favors that organization.
Sixth candidate wants sheriff’s job
A sixth candidate for the Democratic nomination for Indian River County Sheriff has joined the crowded primary to be held this October.
A former Ohio policeman who has lived in Indian River County since 1982, Michael Walsh, 31, of 649 S. W. 20th Place, in the Vero Beach Highlands, filed papers Friday to open a campaign contributions account.
Walsh thus joins Ronnie Williams, David Carter, Tom Williams, John Pensch, and Bruce Campbell as announced prospective candidates.
Walsh is now working as a fork-lift operator in the shipping section of the Riverfront Groves citrus packing house.
His previous law enforcement experience consists of four years as a patrolman in Massilon, Ohio.
He was lured to this area by its weather and he admits that the newness to the area, in his case, may be a political liability.
He claims, however, that there is a lot of controversy surrounding the sheriff's department, and people are dissatisfied with the status quo, so he decided he would run, particularly when he found out that the Democratic Party officials in Indian River County were looking for someone in the 30 to 35-year age group.
He said another reason he is running is because he misses law enforcement.
He is a native of Canton, Ohio, and is a high school graduate. He has completed 370 hours of police academy training, taken emergency medical treatment and some on-credit courses in real estate.
Ann Kellum running for election post
A Vero Beach business woman, Mrs. Anne Kellum, has filed papers to establish her as a Democratic Party candidate for the Supervisor of Elections post in Indian River County.
Mrs. Kellum, a resident of Rio Vista Boulevard, entered the race Friday, saying she will seek the $28,000 a year post which incumbent Supervisor Rosemary Richey announced she will not seek in the October Primary. Mrs. Richey announced her retirement in December of last year. Mrs. Richey held the office for the past 30 years.
Mrs. Kellum said she announced now, well before the July deadline for county offices, because she needs to get started early.
Her Republican opponent, Ann Robinson, has been campaigning since last December when she announced that she would run for the post.
Kellum apparently wants to take a bi-partisan approach to collecting votes. She said she is being encouraged by both Democrats from her own party, and Republicans.
She told reporters this week that she was sure she had the potential and ability to do the job and she has the ability to work well with people.
She is a savings counselor and teller at Harbor Federal Savings and Loan Association of Vero Beach.
Mobile voter registration will be one of the main points in her campaign and she will visit St. Lucie, Orange and Palm Beach county Election offices to study the operations in those areas.
Kellum said she is a political newcomer but was spurred on by a local political organization, Democrats in Action. The group suggested that she run for the job.
The job pays $28,000 a year salary. At the present time, no other Democrat has filed to run against Mrs. Kellum in the October primary. Mrs. Robinson is the only Republican to have filed so far, but one other Republican woman has expressed a desire to run, but as yet has made no move to run in the GOP primary against Mrs. Robinson.
Gallagher, Keenan get posts
While Sebastian's new mayor, Jim Gallagher has not had time to set up all of the council's standing committees, at least two council members were given posts during council's Wednesday, March 21, regular meeting.
Mayor Gallagher himself will act as a city representative on the North County Fire District Advisory Board, and Council Member Linda Keenan will head the city's Parks and Recreation Commission.
Mrs. Keenan has long been interested in the recreation field and volunteered for the post during the Wednesday meeting. In addition, Mayor Gallagher said he wanted to establish two new committees including a Ways and Means Committee that would concern itself with city financial matters, particularly the best way to finance needed projects over the next few years.
The second new committee to be established would be a Development Committee.
Mayor Gallagher said all committees would be filled and operating sometime in April.
Sebastian man arrested for theft
A 23-year old Sebastian man who has been working for the Indian River County Sheriff's Department as a deputy, was arrested March 21, and charged with the theft of a police scanner.
The scanner, according to a spokesman for the sheriff's department, was taken from a marked sheriff's patrol car parked behind the jail sometime last year.
J. A. Schwartz, 23, of 690 Brookedge Terr., was fired from his job with the department, and Sheriff Tim Dobeck said Schwartz may face other charges in the near future.
The scanner had both police and sheriff's department frequencies, and was valued at $164. It was sold, but recovered from the buyer, and is now in the possession of the sheriff's department.
According to a press release investigators confronted Schwartz about the situation late Wednesday and he admitted taking the scanner from a patrol car.
Schwartz was hired in June, of 1983, as a jailer. His record, according to the press release shows he didn't have any disciplinary problems while employed by the department.
The Sebastian resident was released on his own recognizance after his arrest.
Call charged with arson
A former Fellsmere resident, Roy E. Call, 45, was arrested in Birmingham, Ala., recently and charged with arson in connection with a fire last November, in Fellsmere.
Lt. Gunter Kuehn, Indian River County's arson investigator said the fire destroyed the mobile home at 19 S. Oleander St., in Fellsmere, and that an investigation was conducted jointly by the sheriff's department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The mobile home belonged to Call's ex-wife.
Call is being held on $75,000 bond pending extradition to Florida, Kuehn said.
Wednesday, March 28
* Sebastian Exchange Club -Vi's Restaurant - noon.
* Social Security representative -1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce.
Thursday, March 29
* Grant Volunteer Fire Department -7:30 p.m. - Fire Station, Grant.
* Blood pressure readings -1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce.
* Bingo- St. Sebastian Catholic Church -7 p.m.
* Kiwanis Club of Sebastian -Vi's Restaurant - noon.
* Sebastian Cemetery Association -6 p.m. - Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce.
Friday, March 30
* Bingo -Fellsmere Fire Department, Broadway Blvd.-8 p.m.
* Bingo- VFW Post 10210, VFW Hall, Louisiana Ave.-7 p.m.
Saturday, March 31
* Bingo -Fellsmere Hibiscus Grange, Grange Hall, Fellsmere- 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 1
* April Fool's Day!!
* Bingo -American Legion Hall, Sebastian 2 p.m. Monday, April 2
* Bingo- Sebastian Cemetery Association - 7 p.m. - Sebastian Community Center.
* Bingo- VFW Hall, Post 10210, Sebastian -12:30 p.m.
* Free tax assistance for older persons by AARP, Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce -9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
* The Edible Plant Society regular monthly meeting-1:30 p.m. -Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce.
Tuesday, April 3
* Grant Library -11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. -Grant Community Center.
* Blood pressure clinic -9 a.m. to noon -small fee - Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce.
* Water Sanitation Consultant tests water -8 a.m. to 11 a.m. -Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce.
* Sebastian Lions Club -Vi's Restaurant, Sebastian -8 p.m.
Residents invited to program
Residents from throughout the South Brevard area are invited to attend a Crime Watch Program being presented by the Little Hollywood Homeowners Association on March 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Roseland Community Building on Bay Street in Roseland.
The speaker will be Cdr. Jerry Pierce of the 2nd Precinct of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
For further information, call Mrs. Christopher at 589-4619.
Fellsmere Day set for Saturday
The time is getting ever closer to Fellsmere Day Saturday March 31, and the newest wrinkle, to be added to the program, will be a street dance Friday March 30, from 8 p.m. to midnight on Broadway Boulevard in front of the fire station.
The dance will feature the music of David John and the Stepping Out Band.
The following day, Saturday, there will be a fun-filled day and night program which will kick off with a pancake breakfast served from 8 to 10 a.m. at the fire station. There will be a little Miss Fellsmere Contest, beginning at 9 a.m.
The famous Fellsmere Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. with the theme of this year's parade, being "The Youth of Today are the Leaders of Tomorrow."
At 11:30 a.m., there will be a catfish dinner. There will be musical entertainment throughout the day by the Barefoot Bay Spinners, the Florida Cracker Cloggers and the AARP Spring Chicken Band.
There will also be booths with many items for sale and everyone interested in renting a booth during the celebration is asked to contact Susan Wilson, at 571- 1119 or the Fellsmere City Hall. Booths rent for $10.
Lu Cosner is the one to see for those who wish to participate in the parade.
Pre-sale tickets for a cat-fish dinner can be purchased at the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce, or at the Fellsmere City Hall.
Spring fling fund-raiser featured
There will be some fancy stepping and tall talking going on at the Sebastian Community Center March 31, when the Sebastian River Junior Women's Club hosts a fund-raising dance with a country western flair.
The festivities will begin Saturday at 9 p.m. and continue until 1 a.m. at the community center. The center is located at the intersection of 10th St. and North Central Ave. in Sebastian.
Providing the music for the fund-raising gala will be the "Two Plus Two" combo.
In addition to enjoying some good music and good company, everyone who pays the small, per-person admission charge at the door is eligible to win one of several valuable door prizes to be given away during the evening.
The Sebastian Junior's dance is a B.Y.O.B. affair. Set-ups and ice will be provided by the hosting woman's club.
The proceeds from the dance will be used by the Junior's in support of a number of community service projects.
Barefoot Bay holds gala auction
The Barefoot Bay Kiwanis Club has set a gala auction at the Barefoot Bay Auditorium on March 3l from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Residents and visitors from the Sebastian River area are invited to attend. Bargains galore will go on the block including both new and used merchandise. Delectable goodies will be available at a bake sale and carnival games and entertainment will be offered continuously throughout the event.
Proceeds from the day will be used in the Kiwanis Tree planting and Beautification Program in the Barefoot Bay Community.
For further information, call Kiwanian Ray Ledoux at 589-8494.
Election of officers set
The election of new officers is scheduled for Sebastian Highland Property Owner Association regular monthly meeting at the Sebastian Yacht Club April 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Also featured during the meeting will be guest speaker Police Chief Gerald Nappi.
The public is invited to attend. Refreshments and door prizes will also highlight the event.
Producer seeks musicians
For a revival of the authentic American Folksay, Grant Producer Dave Marshall has issued a casting call for old-time fiddle players for the Grant Fire Department "Firehouse Follies" presentation to be held Friday, April 27.
For further information, call 725-0675.
Fishing tournament set for April
With the Library Association fishing tournament out of the way, the next tournament area fishermen will take part in is the Summit Landing sixth annual Billfish Tournament.
The event will be held April 7 and 8 and this year's tournament will feature over $20,600 in cash prizes plus two Halon Fire extinguishers valued at $600, plus door prizes, and many gift certificates.
All that along with .famous Steak and Beer Blast! The top prize in the event is $5,000 in cash and it will go to the Grand Slam Winner--the first to weigh in a Sailfish, a Blue Marlin and a White Marlin, in the two-day event.
A $2,000 mini-slam will go to the fisherman who gets the first Sailfish combined with a catch of either la blue or white marlin.
Entries received early, (on or before April 1) will be eligible for a $100 cash drawing. Registration will be by mail or at a kick-off party Friday April 6, from 5 to 9 p.m. A steak and beer blast will be held Saturday, April 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. and tickets are $12.50 each.
A hard luck trophy will be donated by Gamefish Miniatures and the first 30 entries get a case of Budweiser Beer, donated by Summit Landings. There will be $250 in cash prizes for the biggest Dolphin and biggest Wahoo, with a minimum of 25 pounds in each classification.
The top female angler, the top male angler, the top boat, the top crew, the first Billfish boated the first day, the last Billfish boated the first day, the heaviest Billfish, the smallest Billfish, the first Billfish boated the second day, the last Billfish boated the second day, the first boat to catch two or more Billfish in the two-day tournament and the heaviest Sailfish will all be good for $200 each in cash prizes.
All boats are away at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 7, and fishing will start at 8 a.m. The steak and beer blast will be Saturday on the Summit Patio from 6 to 9 p.m. All boats will get away again at 7 a.m. Sunday, with fishing to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday's fishing will stop at 4 p.m. while Sunday's stop at 3 p.m. Awards will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sunday and there'll be music all night on the Summit patio.
Other prizes will be $1,500 first prize for a Blue Marlin, $1,000 for second place and $750 for third place.
The same range of prizes will be given for a White Marlin. First prize for a Sailfish will be $1,000, and second prize will be $750. Third prize will be $500, fourth prize will be $400 and fifth prize will be $200.
Still other prizes will be a hand carved wood marlin, which will go as a first place trophy for the top angler, a five year battery, to the top point angler, while the Halon fire extinguishers, valued at $600, will go to the entry with the outstanding catch.
A $50 dive spotlight will also be given away, along with a bag of fresh clams, $50 gift certificate good at Sembler's Retail Seafood.
The Summit Landings and Yachting Center is in Micco, at 8529 North U.S. 1., just north of Sebastian.
There is no doubt whatsoever that trespassing is not a major concern of this strange water creature! In fact, this Wahoo’s main concern is probably wondering what that strange bill is doing attached to is face! The weird apparition was discovered at a recent fishing tournament at Summit Landings and was designed to be a joke…You want a billfish? You’ve got a billfish!
Who said what to whom? That is the controversy
State Senate District 16 Candidate Tom Adams, D-Melbourne denied this past week that he told a Cocoa newspaper editor that Rep. Dale Patchett, R-Vero Beach would secretly support him in the special election pitting Adams against State Rep. Tim Deratany, R-Indiatlantic.
Patchett, who represents a portion of Indian River and Brevard County in the Florida House of Representatives, was obviously angered over the claim made by Nick White, to Today Newspaper. White told the Sebastian Sun, that the remarks were made at a meeting in Cocoa between Adams, White and Robert Delaney, a political analyst and writer for Today.
White said he remembers the conversation as including the remarks about Patchett's support. But, White also admitted that when he asked Delaney about his recollection of the conversation that Delaney told White he had no remembrance that any such remarks were made by Adams.
Patchett said he was only going on what White had written in the Today newspaper, and was not at the meeting with Delaney White and Adams. His letter to White emphatically declaring his support of Deratany was published in last week's Sun.
With the election between Adams, and his Republican opponent, Tim Deratany, of Indiatlantic scheduled for April 10, in South Brevard, all of Indian River County, and a portion of Northern St. Lucie County, the controversy stirred Adams' campaign headquarters.
To make sure Adams got the message, Patchett took out newspaper ads declaring his support of Deratany, and it was stated by Patchett that he has supported Deratany ever since the Republican announced that he would run for the State Senate.
The seat became vacant when State Sen. Clark Maxwell, of Melbourne, resigned to become the state's first director of its community colleges.
The special general election will be held Tuesday, April 10, and Sebastian and other North County voters will once again be making their way to the polls. Sebastian, Precinct 12 voters will cast their ballots in the Sebastian Community Center as usual, between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Other North County precincts include: Precinct 10, Roseland; Precinct 11, Fellsmere; Precinct 13, Wabasso, and Precinct 14 Winter Beach. Orchid residents will vote at the Wabasso precinct.
Campaign kicks off
The Center for the Arts kicked off its Citrus Industry Campaign with the announcement of $1,300,000. This represents more than two-thirds of the $1,800,000 goal. The Business and Industry Campaign, which started Feb. 6, is responsible for $50,000 in additional gifts.
The Campaign is receiving vital, broad-based support and plans for an intensified thrust during the next six weeks are being activated, according to Ellie Johnson, campaign coordinator.
Ground breaking is scheduled for mid-April.
AARP fighting health costs
Mrs. Marguerite Boutwell, Assistant State Director, AARP local district, recently returned from a meeting in Tampa that was called for the purpose of containing health costs and saving the Medicate program.
This is a very worthwhile and needed program which should have the interest of all the members, said Everett Gass, publicity chairman.
Mrs. Boutwell will review the program at the next AARP Chapter 3234 meeting on March 28 at the Sebastian community Center at 1 p.m.
Candidate Adams addresses future goals
Tom Adams, 16th District Senate candidate, said today some of the goals that must be accomplished for residents of the senate district include those which deal with health care and law enforcement.
'”There is also one other area which must be addressed," Adams said. "That simply is the fact that we are over-taxed and the state has a large cash surplus. There is no need for new taxes."
Speaking about health care issues, Adams said, "It is evident that we must find ways to cut health care costs for all our residents. One way that we can do just that is to reduce excessive malpractice insurance rates.”
The former Lieutenant Governor also said, "We must also develop fair hospital cost controls which can be, and will be, enforceable for all parties involved in that process.” Adams, who also has served as Florida Secretary of State and twice as a State Senator, said all government officials must work together “to strengthen law enforcement agencies to insure that the senate district is a safe place in which to live.”
“These areas are of key concern to me and I believe that we can address and solve these problems once the legislature goes back into session,” Adams said.
The special election for the senatorial seat will be held April 10. The district includes all of Indian River County, the northern portion of St. Lucie County, including a part of Fort Pierce, and the southern portion of Brevard County.
Hurry down to Hurricane Harbor
By Joan Pepper
Hurricane Harbor Restaurant is not only a place to dine but a unique and beautiful evening out, according to owners Linda and Jack Eromin. And they're right!
Whether it be sitting out on the patio enjoying the peaceful ambiance created by the gentle lapping of waves upon the shore, or sitting in the bar listening to contemporary tunes and chatting with a friend or indulging in a favorite seafood dish in the antique flavored dining room, Hurricane Harbor is definitely where it's at!
Hurricane Harbor has been an established restaurant since 1978, but the building has stood on the edge of the Indian River since early 1927. The part of the building closest to the street was the original structure which was first a garage and is now the main dining room. It was there that during Prohibition kegs of rum were hidden and often stacked at times as high as the rafters. The building, built of old Florida heart of pine, has survived every hurricane to hit the middle east coast of Florida since 1927.
Owners Linda and Jack contemplated purchasing the restaurant back in June of last year, intrigued by the beauty and potential of the area.
"It's absolutely breathtaking here," Jack said. “We are both excited about living in Sebastian and excited about the potential the area has."
Both Jack and Linda are expert restaurateurs. Hurricane Harbor is Jack's ninth restaurant opening and he has been in the restaurant business for a total of 23 years. For the past 10 years, he has specialized in the fresh fish and seafood area. He has established bars in the Montreal area, fresh fish and seafood restaurants in Montreal and a chain of restaurants in Ontario and Nashville, Tenn., to mention only a few.
Linda has been specializing in the restaurant industry for nine years. The couple met in Montreal where they were both managing restaurants.
"We are both in love with this area," Linda said, her green eyes sparkling as she quickly scanned the restaurant checking to see that everything was in order. "We feel the area is refreshing and exciting and look forward to creating a unique restaurant environment for this area."
Hurricane Harbor specializes in fresh seafood and fish. The menu is moderately priced and features mouth watering dishes both for the adventurous palate and the not so adventurous. There are appetizers galore including Bahamian Conch Chowder, escargot, smoked Nova Scotia salmon and crab avocado cocktail.
Entrees feature five varieties of fresh fish including a catch of the day, and eight shellfish entrees. Shrimp and mushroom caps sautéed in garlic butter, shrimp Fra Diavlo and New Orleans famous Bouillabaisse are only a few of the palate pleasers.
Taking into consideration the fact that not everyone is crazy about seafood, the menu also features a pleasing array of "From the Land" items. Included in this area of specialization is prime rib, New York sirloin, grilled Iamb chops, roast duckling and veal scaloppini.
Entrees include sour-dough rolls, liver pate, house salad, fresh vegetable and home fries.
Hurricane Harbor will be open year round, seven days a week. A "day menu" will be served every day from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. The hours of the dining room are from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and reservations are advisable for parties larger than six. A pianist will be featured from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. six nights a week and highlighting Sunday's program is a jam session from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. featuring jazz and Dixieland tunes.
As porpoise gently and playfully break the glass-like surface of the Indian River and a combination of excited conversation and stimulating music permeates the air, it is easy to see that Hurricane Harbor is certainly more than "just a place to eat"...it's truly a beautiful evening out!
The “antique Flavored Dining Room” at Hurricane Harbor Restaurant, Sebastian, is conducive to privacy, enjoyment and sheer elegance juxtaposed with a rustic ambiance. Dinner items include mouthwatering fresh fish and seafood as well as several deliciously prepared dishes “From the land.”
More than 300 Invited Guests attended Friday night’s grand opening of Hurricane Harbor Restaurant in Sebastian including Marlene Henley, co-publisher of the Sebastian Sun. The combination of tasty hors d’oeuvers, drinks, contemporary piano tunes and good conversation resulted in one of the most memorable social events of the season.
The Charming Hurricane Harbor Building is really an historical landmark in Sebastian. Established as a restaurant since 1978, the building itself has stood on the edge of the Indian River since 1927. New owners Linda and Jack Eromin have paid a lot of attention to detail in the building’s restoration, making the rustic structure a delightful place to visit to enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner.
Jeremiah Buckley, born in Ireland and retired in Barefoot Bay, belts out ditties in the true Irish tradition during the fundraising dinner sponsored by the Boosters and the Grant Fire Department’s auxiliary. Homemade Polish and Italian sausage and homemade sauerkraut mixed in with local entertainment made for a fine, well-rounded evening for those who attended the festivities.
Irishman attends St. Patty affair
By Anne Henry
Murphy's Law stating that "anything that can go wrong will go wrong" most certainly could have applied to the Grant Fire Department's March dinner-fundraiser. But Murphy, a true son of Erin, didn't care. He brought his well-worn Law along to the Grant fire station to welcome in St. Patrick's Day on the eve before, March 16, and sang along-louder than the rest-with the scores of other guests in a whiz-bang celebration of that happy Irish tradition.
Unmarked calendars caused the oversight that scheduled a sausage supper during the period of Lent. Despite that, the Boosters, the Grant Fire Department's auxiliary that hosted the dinner, just about sold out of the homemade Polish and Italian sausage, homemade sauerkraut and assorted "fixings" that accounted for the tantalizing aromas that wafted from the kitchen and wrapped the diners in total culinary reverie.
Then, the piano player who'd be tinkling the keys during the dinner hour and show was "rear-ended" in Melbourne less than 24 hours before the gala event and spent Friday evening tapping his toes in his hospital bed to the tunes he had expected to be playing. Tre Herr, a piano virtuoso with an apparent friendship with Murphy, was there at the piano at dinner time and delighted Grant guests with his musical renditions.
Jeremiah Buckley, Ireland-born and now a Barefoot Bay resident, belted out such St, Patty favorites as “'When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" and "Danny Boy" despite not even time for an introduction to his accompanist.
But the show went on--rooted by Murphy who was really enjoying himself.
Dave Marshall, the show's producer, and Barbara O'Neil, also a Grant resident, put on flawless skits steeped in a kind of rich, familiar humor that is typical of the Irish. Joe Henry of Grant added to the satires that drew bolts of laughter from the firehouse guests. Gilbert White, also a local resident, played the harmonica, while George Fisch, an out-of-state visitor, thumped foot-tapping bass rhythms for the pianist on his washtub.
Someone thinks he heard Murphy, as he left the station house, say, "Good show...Again next year!” And that’s no blarney!
Hines tops softball league with two wins
The Men's Winter Softball League in Sebastian chalked up two more games for each team on Mar. 7 and March 14, this past week, with the league leading Hines Construction team still on top of the league followed by Miss B's Restaurant. Hines won both its games but Miss B's fell slightly behind when they lost one of theirs to Franks.
Mar. 7 games
The first game saw Miss "B" narrowly win over Franks 6-5, with Charlie Barkwell on the mound for the winners and John Norris for the losers.
Steve Barkwell, Charlie Barkwell, Mike Owens and Mike Widner each got two hits for Miss B's.
For Franks, Wayne Crawford got three hits, while Ray Jones, Kevin Gibson, and Gary Gehrke each got two hits. Jeff Monehan hit for two bases and Crawford crossed the plate twice. Miss B's got a double play in the first inning of the game.
In the second game, it was Highland Homes 15, Po' Boys, 7. Rich Ostrowski was on the mound for the winners. Ron Strickland was the losing pitcher.
Bob Panasiti scored three times for Highland Homes while Charlie Gifford, Gene Siwer, Doug Clemence, Chris Hall and Scott Silva each scored twice. One of Panasiti's hits was a triple.
Po' Boys Ron Strickland got two hits, while Craig Cobb and Mike Poole each scored twice. Randy Shepherd hit a homer for the losers.
In the third game of the evening, Hines Construction walloped the Sebastian Hospital 17-1.
Brad McAllister and Pat Keeler each got three hits and Wayne Hughes, Jeff Irish and Nicky Schaumman got two each.
McAllister and Jeff Irish each crossed the plate three times for Hines and Pat Keeler, Wayne Hughes, Warren Sileo and Nicky Schaumann each scored twice. Schuman got a double, Martin O'Neil got a triple and McAllister got a home run.
For the Hospital team, Wayne Trundle, Jay Askett, and Mike Keeler each got singles and Trundle scored the loan Hospital run.
Mar. 14 games
In the first game it was Franks avenging the loss of a week earlier by walloping Miss B's Restaurant 12-1.
The winning pitcher was John Norris and the loser was Joe Klucinec.
Tracy Frey, Ray Jones, and Jeff Moneyhan each got two hits with Moneyhan collecting a double and a triple. Moneyhan, Danny Norris, and Tony Martin each scored twice for Franks. For Miss B's Klucinec got a hit and scored a run, while Britt Martin and Ronnie Wilmot also banged out singles. There was a double play in the third by Franks.
In the second game, Hines Construction got their second win of the week with a 10-3 win over Po Boys.
Wayne Hughes was the winning pitcher and Craig Cobb was credited with the loss.
Brad McAllister and Rand Hines each got two runs with McAllister and Wayne Hughes each scoring two hits. One of McAllister's hits was a double, with Jeff Irish adding another double.
Mike Poole scored two runs for Po' Boys with Craig Cobb, Marck Beatty and Randy Shepherd, each getting two hits. One of Cobb's hits was a triple. Hines executed a double play in the second inning.
The final game of the evening was an 11-90 victory by Highland Homes over the winless Sebastian Hospital.
Charles Coplin was on the mound for the Highland Homes and Brad Dull pitched for the Sebastian Hospital.
Chris Hall, and Doug Clemence each got three hits while Scott Silva and Charlie Colplin helped the attack with two hits each.
For the Hospital team, John Mick scored three times while Dull pounded out three hits and Wayne Trundell and Joe Roberts got two each.
Moss scores first homer of season
After months of preparation, the Little League Kicked off its opening week with six games in Sebastian and one at the new municipal field in Fellsmere.
On Monday night, Keen's Foodtown was pitted against Ameron Homes and Fellsmere Farms against Southeast Bank. Keen's defeated Ameron 8-0 and Southeast Bank downed Fellsmere Farms, 12-3 during the first game.
Zak Parrish batted 500 with hits in the third and fifth innings and AI Rinkel was credited with a single in the third to score Zak. Todd Brognano knocked out a double to the out- field. John Orth and Tommy Stokes also got hits.
Later that night, Tyree Ross and Roger Moss both got hits for Fellsmere Farms. Southeast's Rickey Flesher singled in the third and Darcel Thompson doubled in the fifth.
Fischer and Sons walked away with a resounding victory over Mid Florida Real Estate Tuesday night during the Minor League games, when they slaughtered Mid Florida, 17 to 1. Atha Insurance downed Rich Realty 9-6 in the second game of the evening.
Fischer's players credited with hits included Mario Burgdo, Junior Rivera and Teddy Murray. Junior hit twice for three times at bat. Johnathan Miles singled for Mid Florida.
In the second game, Gronnica Russ doubled and Jarvis Bell singled for Atha while Rich Realty went hitless.
Thursday night's game saw United Packers defeat Ameron Homes, 15-4 and Keen's over Fellsmere Farms, 8-5.
The first homer of the season was scored by Roger Moss followed later by Robert Pressley, both of Fellsmere Farms. In spite of the homers, Keen's Foodtown won with two hits by Scott Senatto, a double by Zak Parrish and a single by Corry McClain.
Thursday night's second game was a hitting dual with United Packers tallying 11 hits and Ameron Homes with five.
Those scoring hits for United Packers were Marcello Payton with two, Eddie Marine, Mervin Jones with three, Jerome Johnson with three and Dean Collins with one.
Heavy hitters for Ameron Homes were Joe Scadlod, Todd Brognano, Evert Tripp and Tommy Stabes.
Malabar youth picked
Mia Palmieri, 13, of Malabar, has been selected as one of only three students from Stone Middle School to participate in a four-day, government-oriented field trip to Tallahassee, April 25-38. Mia is the daughter of John and Sue Palmieri of Orange Ave. in Malabar.
The trip is a cooperative school system project in which 41 honor students --three from each Brevard County middle school -- will travel to the seat of Florida's government and get a first-hand look at how the wheels turn. While there, they will meet with Gov. Bob Graham and tour the governor's mansion, visit the Florida Senate and House of Representatives, and meet the Justices of the Florida Supreme Court.
Each student has been assigned a legislator for interviewing. Mia will meet with Senator Frank Mann of Fort Myers and report on her conversation in a trip summary to be presented on her return at the Rockledge Elementary School.
In addition to the government branches in Tallahassee, the students will also visit the Consumer Lab complex, the Black Archives, the Florida State Museum, A&M University and Florida State University.
Despite her eagerness to familiarize herself with government, Mia admits that, at this stage of her life at least, her interests lie elsewhere--in architecture, law, and especially archeology. She is very proud of her extensive bone collection.
Chaperoned by six teachers, the students will be transported by chartered buses and will be headquartered at one of the local Tallahassee motels.
JTPA programs aid
Sebastian area employers can receive help recruiting and training new workers under the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) that became effective October 1.
The Treasure Coast Private Industry Council (PIC), which is responsible for guiding local JTPA programs, has allocated $400,000 in federal funds to assist small businesses in Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties in hiring new employees through on-the-job training programs. Local JTPA job training programs are developed by the Martin County School Board and offered through the Job Training Center. Sebastian Chamber of Commerce secretary Mary Ellen Ballough holds a seat on the Private Industry Council.
Through JTPA, employers can hire and train a person with the federal program paying half the cost of the salary during the training period. Two types of business benefit from JTPA programs: the small business who needs an employee who can be trained in a one-month to one-year period; and the industry interested in training a large group in the classroom and then employing the majority of that group following the conclusion of the classroom instruction.
Employers with job opening can contact the Job Training Center Counselor at the Sebastian City Hall, 589-4304, on Wednesdays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., or at the Vero Beach office, 569-0355, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Award Winner Franchisee Donald L. Carr is congratulated by Bill Evans, senior vice president, Kentucky Fried Chicken (right), or earning Kentucky Friend Chicken’s QSC 100 Club award. The award for excellence in quality, service and cleanliness was presented February 27 during Kentucky Friend Chicken’s International Franchisee Convention in New Orleans. Kentucky Friend Chicken employs more than 100,000 people to serve some 826 million meals in the system’s 6,600 stores in 48 countries. Carr operates the Kentucky Friend Chicken store in Sebastian.
By Calvin Lake
Trout with a name!
Lou Schnieder says the seven-pound, 25-inch trout that he finally caught on Saturday the 18th, had to have his name on it. It was the same trout he had lost two other days when out fishing! He finally hooked into the old gal, and with the line whistling off the reel, finally got her turned and to the boat. OI' Lou really had a ball on that one.
Greer's Tackle Shop , reports that on the 11th, Bruce Boehl and Mike Stokes were fishing west of Vero in a canal, using live worms, and came in with 11 bass to 4 ½ pounds. On the 19th, Wayne and Sherry Greer and their son, Charles, were fishing in Lake Kissimmee, using live worms and came home with 21 shell crackers.
Dave Gemberling reporting for T .C. Lady's Ship Store says that on the 20th, Jack Cooper caught a 32" inch, 13 ½ pound snook on a live shrimp at the end of an eight pound test line. Jack said he had 15 hits and came home with eight fish. He also had a 23- inch snook which weighed about three and one half pounds and six trout. Great fishing Jack.
Joe Middleton up at Blue Cypress says that shell crackers fishing is real good, and some good bass are being taken also. Joe tells me that Wally Caldwell of the camp is catching shell crackers every day he goes out. On the 19th to 21st, Jack and Christine Butler had a total of 300 shell crackers for their three days of fishing. On the 22nd, Pinky Ashcraft of Missouri came in with six bass to seven pounds.
Pat up at Camp Holly on the St. John's River at 192, tells me that on the 19th, Dick Free of W. Virginia came in with a seven pound bass caught on live shiners. On the 22nd, Bob Piscope who does some of the guide work up there, came in with about a five pound bass, caught using a muddler minnow, and also his share of specks. Pat tells me that the bass are really jumpin' up at St. John's River.
That's it for now, so I'll be seeing you somewhere, sometime, someplace. Until then drop a line in the brine and catch a big one.
Mayhew and Bane win tourney
The Women's Association of the Sebastian Municipal Golf Course, March 20 tournament, saw Ruth Mayhew and Helen Bane pick up first place in the first flight with a score of 54.
The "Best Ball of Twosome" tournament saw Sophia Hoey and I Florence Zukowski tie with Joan Seeley and Betty Willet for first place in the second flight. Both two-person teams came out with a score of 60.
Third flight winners were Marcy Hall and Bootie Briggs who came in with a score of 61.
It was a three-way tie for the fourth flight title. Winners were Lou Krays and Beryl Campbell; Delores LaPere and Mary Spena and Bert O’Neill and Ginny Oltman. The final flight's score was 62.
Fields tops “Odd Holes” tourney
The Barefoot Bay Ladies 18-Hole Golf League's March 20 tournament saw the second week of their match-play event. The tournament for members, who were not participating in the match play, was an "Odd Holes-Half Handicap" game.
Winners in Flight A were Marty Fields, first place; Eileen Harkins, second, and Joyce Clarke, third.
Flight B winners were Gloria Hannon, first; Lola Hakim, second and Priscilla Loheed, third.
Fishing petition picking up steam
The Committee to Restore Florida's Fish and Wildlife Resources (CR- FFWR) is moving along better than anticipated, since its revival on Feb. 1, when its new chairman took on the job to provide Florida Fisherfolks the opportunity to show their great positive concern about saltwater fishing problems.
More and more grass roots fisherpeople are coming to the rescue to save saltwater fishing and to transfer its management from the DNR to the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission. Fishermen and fisherwomen have attended workshops held previously in surprising numbers but more workshops are needed to give the grassroots anglers more chances to show their concern. An update on petition figures is now available and workshops are scheduled during March and April.
Although much progress has been made in the petition drive, there is still a great need for some Regional Chairpersons and County Chairpersons. The state was divided into eight regions with several counties being within those regions. Regional chair-persons are needed for several counties being within those regions. Regional Chairpersons are needed for Regions I, II, IV, VI, and VII, and county petition chairpersons are needed within those regions.
State Chairman, Dr. Bob Barrickman, is asking for help from all concerned conservationists and fisherfolks. Volunteers are asked to contact Chairman Barrickman and sign up as County chairpersons. The workshops are designed to help all the chairpersons and interested volunteers with information and on how to get the 300,000 needed signed petitions.
If you plan to offer your help by being chairperson of one of the counties, contact Chairman Barrickman by writing to: 2164 Dolphin Blvd. South; St. Petersburg, Florida 33707, or by calling (813) 347- 4698. The places for the northwest Florida workshops will be announced in the near future.
The Pastor’s Perspective
By Stan Sanford, pastor
Wabasso First Baptist Church
Occasionally Christians have been accused of focusing attention on the world to come to the neglect of genuine concern for the present world. Karl Marx included Christianity when he indicted religion as "the opiate of the people" which promises eternal rewards in a life to come while seducing them to settle for a depreciated existence in their present life.
No doubt some Christians have perhaps placed too great of emphasis on "pie in the sky in the sweet by and by."
One of the songs I enjoyed singing as a youngster firmly asserted, "this world is not my
home, I'm just a-passing through." Such epithets do appear to reflect a preoccupation with the future.
Without argument or apology, the "ultimate future" holds a major place in Christian thought but not to the devaluation nor neglect of the present. Emerging from Biblical traditions, Christianity strongly affirms the world of empirical reality. The Bible opens with the repeated assertion that God considers the created order as "good," and it closes with that creation not being destroyed but being renovated.
The Psalmist claims without reservation or hesitation, "The earth is the Lord's", and the Gospel of John unashamedly proclaims that "God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son.”
If it remains true to its ancient sources, Christianity must care about the earth, the best utilization of its resources, and the protection of its ecology. Christians, who faithfully follow their Lord, must care for the present physical and psychological needs of people as well as their eternal spiritual needs.
While in a real sense they are pilgrims on their way to a world to come, Christians also have a significant interest and a unique investment in the very real and important present world.
Angelo Debernardi, 69, of Sebastian, died Mar. 22, at Humana Hospital Sebastian.
He was a native of Pennsylvania and was a retired junior high school teacher for the Chambersburg Area School District. He was a graduate of Slippery Rock University, of Pennsylvania, and a member of the Audubon Society.
He is survived by his wife, Wilma, of Sebastian; and two sisters, Jane Jenary, and Angelina Merrill, of Rositer, Pa. Memorial service was held Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Community Church in Vero Beach, with Rev. Dr. G. Julius Rice officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Church for the Youth Center.
Arrangements were under the direction of Pottinger & Son Funeral Home, Sebastian.
George W. Waterman, 73, of 1123 W. Barefoot Circle, Barefoot Bay, a retired engineer with the Eastman Kodak Co., died March 9, at Humana Hospital Sebastian.
He was a native of Rochester, N. Y., and moved to Barefoot Bay 10 years ago from New York State. He also worked 10 years for the Navy Department in Washington, D.C.
He was a member of the Wakan Masonic Lodge, in lrondiquoit, N .Y .and the Loyal Order of Moose 1767, Sebastian.
Survivors are his wife, Ruth (Betsey), of Barefoot Bay; Capt. Russell Waterman, U.S. Navy, Alexandria, Va.; two daughters, Leann Jensen, of Candor, N. Y ., and Joy Johncox, Rushville, N.Y.; two brothers, Alfred, of Middlesex, N. Y .and Frederick Waterman, of Rochester, two sisters, Harriett Lowe, of Rochester, and Marion Davey, of Naples; and 11 grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, March 13, at the Concordia Lutheran Church, Barefoot Bay. Donations may be made to the Micco Volunteer Ambulance Squad.
The Fountainhead Funeral Home of Palm Bay was in charge of arrangements.
A memorial service for Ruth Mae Burton, 76, of 105 Hawthorne Circle, Barefoot Bay, has been held in Connecticut.
She was a retired insurance clerk and a Brevard resident for nine months. She died Wednesday, Mar. 14, at Humana Hospital Sebastian.
Survivors are her husband, Lewis, of Barefoot Bay; a son, Arthur, of Vernon, Conn.; and two sisters living out-side the state.
Fountainhead Funeral Home, of Palm Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Hannah Scharmen, 82, of 1019 E. Barefoot Circle, Barefoot Bay, died Monday, March 19, at Carnegie Gardens Nursing Home, in Melbourne.
Mrs. Scharmen was a native of Austria, a resident of the area for 10 years, and a retiree from the U .S. Civil Service.
Mrs. Scharmen is survived by her husband, Wilmer, of Barefoot Bay, and a brother, Isadora, Fishbeck.
At the request of the family, there was no viewing.
Arrangements were handled by Pottinger and Son Funeral Home, Sebastian.
Noticeable changes at city hall
It's been a busy week for Mayor Jim Gallagher. As the City of Sebastian's newly elected mayor, he faces many challenges and has so far managed to tackle each with confidence and good common sense.
One of the most noticeable changes around city hall these days is a relaxed, calm atmosphere. Concerned residents walk the halls, coffee cup in hand either to voice their opinions to the new mayor or to introduce themselves and wish him well.
One of the first priorities Mayor Gallagher has addressed is to encourage public input during council meetings at the appropriate times.
"There are many opportunities for the public to give council their feelings regarding issues during council meetings and I want everyone to know about this, “ Gallagher said. "However, there is also a proper time for this input and I feel it is important for the public to be informed about correct procedure."
Citing the procedures for legislative decisions made by council as an example, Mayor Gallagher explained when the public has the Opportunity to express their opinions and recommendations.
The five steps
There are five steps council takes before voting for or against an issue. In each of these steps, the public has an opportunity to be heard. To adopt an ordinance, for example, first there is a workshop meeting to determine whether it will be placed on the council's agenda.
During this meeting there are two types of input: direct public input and council input. If it is decided that it will be on the next council agenda, a first reading is held. The council and the public both have the opportunity to voice their views at this time.
Step three is a public hearing where both council and the public, once again, voice their views. The next step is the second reading where the public and council give their input into the decision making process. The last step is the third and final reading and both council and the public have a final opportunity to express themselves.
At no time during the procedure is the public dissuaded from contacting their city councilors to discuss items at length or to do their own research by consulting with professionals or research information, Gallagher pointed out.
The method in which public input is heard is designed in accordance with open government laws giving the public ample opportunity to voice their feelings," Gallagher said. "It's a government for the people and their opinions are important. It is important to conduct meetings properly and in an orderly fashion to insure that necessary city business can be taken care of efficiently and in a reasonable amount of time."
Other changes introduced by Gallagher include appointing Jean Tarbell as his secretary, moving her from the City Clerk's Office. The position became vacant when Donna Burtem resigned. Gallagher said he will ask the City Council not to fill Mrs. Tarbell's position but instead will recommend that the money be used to purchase word processing equipment. The new equipment will make it easier for the City Clerk's Office to transcribe minutes of meetings and complete form letters.
"The city is continuing to grow and we are better off automating," Gallagher said. "Now is the time to start gearing for that growth."
Gallagher also has ambitious, plans for the city's finance department. "I would like to see our finance department set up so that focus is on analyzing what our city is doing financially," Gallagher said. "Right now we have an efficient bookkeeping system in that department but that's where it stops. I would like to find someone who is qualified to move into the present. We need to change with the times and now is the time to begin.”
Mayor Jim Gallagher is looking forward to serving the city of Sebastian by providing residents with good, efficient government. One of his main concerns lies in the area of public input at city council meetings. Gallagher supports the notion that public input is valuable and constructive and stresses the idea that there are many opportunities for the public to voice its opinions.
The Veteran’s Voice
By Jerry R.Cook, Jr.
Indian River County Vets Svs Officer
Vets job trail
A little-known, totally under-publicized, but now functioning program is the Veterans Jobs Training Program. This program is aimed at finding jobs for unemployed Korean and Vietnam Era veterans. Employers who enter this program are re-paid half the veterans salary, up to a $10,000 limit, for training the veteran on-the-job.
I personally think that this is one of the best programs to come along in a long time; especially insofar as pertains to the employer. The program gives direct payment to the employer -- not some gimmick like the "tax incentive" program.
The VA (in our case the Regional Office in St. Petersburg) funnels the money to employers and the Department of Labor and our office helps identify eligible veterans.
The money is already appropriated; the key is just how many employers or companies are willing to hire unemployed veterans of the two wars cited.
At a time when many companies are considering hiring more workers because of the improving economy, this job program could really be a big assist.
How to qualify
To qualify, a veteran must have been employed for 15 of the last 20 weeks. About 1,100 veterans have been given their "Certificate of Eligibility" for the program, but only 550 slots have been found, state-wide.
I am aware of the fact that Indian River County has quite a number of eligible veterans; and a heck of a lot of employers who could benefit under the program. The way to get in on the program is to contact the V A Representative at the Florida Employment Service (to the west of the bowling alley) and ask to apply for your letter of eligibility. Employers interested can either call the VA Employment Rep. or my office.
We will be glad to help!
Annual Seabees Reunion
The 35th annual reunion of the United States Navy Seabees, will be held on September 1 to 3. This year it will be held at St. Louis, Missouri, headquartered at the Holiday Inn, Westport, located at 1973 Craigshire (which is Interstate 1-270 at Page). Mark it down on your calendar, and attend if you can!!!
Legion celebrates birthday
The American Legion was born when a group of soldiers of the American Expeditionary force met in Paris in 1919 and organized as association based on devotion to mutual helpfulness. A sub committee of 17 veterans returned to the States to promote interest among those who had already returned. In two months, 1,100 delegates met in St. Louis and drafted the blue print of the American Legion. In only eight months, the force had grown to 6.48,000 and now it numbers in the millions.
As members enter their 65th year, they call upon all veterans to join their ranks.
Members of Sebastian Post 189 and Auxiliary and their vacationing guests will celebrate this 65th birthday with a Dinner Dance March 24. There will be a Social Hour at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. followed by dancing at 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Music is by the Carter Family Band. It will be B.Y.O.B. after Dinner. There is no charge for this gala affair.
School board meeting day changed
The regular meeting day of the Indian River County School Board has been changed form Monday to Tuesday. Henceforth, the first regular meeting f the month will be on the second Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. and the second regular meeting of the month will be on the fourth Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
All meetings unless otherwise specified will be held in the Board room at 1990 25th Street, Vero Beach, FL. Agendas will be distributed the previous Thursday.
The second regular meeting for March will be held on March 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Hawkins seeks declaration of Mission Children Day
In an effort to keep attention focused on the national problem of missing children, U .S. Senator Paula Hawkins of Florida has introduced a resolution asking the President to designate May 25, as Missing Children Day.
Senator Hawkins, who has passed similar resolutions in the Senate the past two years, said the emphasis of Missing Ch\ In an effort to keep attention focused on the national problem of missing children, U .S. Senator Paula Hawkins of Florida has introduced a resolution asking the President to designate May 25, as Missing Children Day.
Senator Hawkins, who has passed similar resolutions in the Senate the past two years, said the emphasis of Missing Children Day 1984 will be to increase awareness of child safety programs.
"We are encouraging wider involvement by the private sector and volunteer service organizations in the fight to protect our children from the risk of abduction and to help locate the children already missing," Senator Hawkins said.
"Our public awareness program emphasizes education and increasing community awareness of the issue. It highlights the importance of communications between the parent and the child as the basis of preventing abductions. It also stresses that fingerprints, photographs, and dental charts will not prevent abductions -- they are merely the investigative tools to be used by law enforcement agencies once tragedy strikes, " she said.
Senator Hawkins sponsored the Missing Children Act, which was signed into law in 1982. That act established a central clearing house of information, using the FBI's crime information computer, to help police locate and identify missing children.
In addition to the Missing Children Act, Senator Hawkins is cosponsor of several new measures pending before the Senate, including the Missing Children Assistance Act, which creates a National Center on Missing and Exploited Children within the Department of Justice, and Legislation to establish a National Commission on Missing Children, which would convene a national symposium on the problem of missing and exploited children.
The theft of $2,600 worth of six-inch pipe was reported by L.A. Davis Farms Inc., citrus growers located near Roseland Road on Potomac Avenue during the past two weeks.
The pipe was said by the owners to be in 20-feet lengths and was located there to be installed in the grove.
The Library Corner
By Lynn Walsh
Attention fiction lovers
Several new novels are available in the library this week to intrigue our fiction-loving patrons: Once More the Hawks, by Max Hennessy; With This Ring, by Leona Blair; The Black Velvet Gown, by Catherine Cookson; Lord of the Dance, by Andrew M. Greeley; Fly Away Home, by Marge Peircy; and, The Salt Line, by Elizabeth Spencer. A Death at St. Anselm's by Isabelle Holland is our newest addition to the mystery collection.
Of interest to parents are two interesting new books: Talking with your Teenager, by Ruth Bell, and Between ourselves; letters between mothers and daughter, edited by Karen Payne.
History buffs will enjoy Nigel Hamilton's Master of the Battlefield: Monty's War Years, 1942-1944; Pacific destiny, by Edwin P. Hoyt; and The Great Depression, by Robert S. McElvaine.
Of current interest are The Bishops and the Bomb: Waging peace in a Nuclear Age, by Jim Castelli; How to Keep from Being Robbed, Raped and Ripped Off, by Richard A. Fike; and, 1984 and Beyond: Nigel Calder Talks to his Computer About the Future.
There is still room for more beginner bridge players in our classes which are held on the second and fourth Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Call the library to sign up.
Arsonist may have set fire
Fire department investigators are looking into a suspicious fire at 8665 63 Ave., in West Wabasso, during which a home owned by Joseph Colley was totally destroyed by fire recently.
The Sebastian Fire Department put out the fire but were unable to save the home. A utility shed caught fire, officials reported, and spread.
Firemen suspect the fire was set by an arsonist.
Barnett to buy HETRA bonds
HETRA Computer and Communications Industries, Inc., has obtained a commitment letter from the Barnett Bank to purchase up to $2.5 million worth of Industrial Revenue Bonds which were the recent subject of an inducement resolution provided by the Indian River County Commissioners.
John Hallstrom, the vice president of the bank, has indicated that the bank probably will not require that the bonds be validated.
According to a letter from HETRA Vice President Robert J. Byer to County Attorney Gary M. Brandenburg, Hall has been provided a copy of the inducement resolution which he intends to forward to the bank’s bond counsel.
"If they concur, they will so notify Mr. Jud Freeman, who has been designated counsel for the county. For our part, we place no particular value in validation. If the bank's counsel concurs, we ask that the commissioners waive the requirement for validation," Byers letter continued.
The letter pointed out that such a move will assist HETRA to keep the project's budget under control and aid in speeding the project to fruition.
The HETRA plant will be built near the 1-95 State Road 512 intersection and is expected to aid the employment picture both in Sebastian and Fellsmere.
Commissioners praise Sebastian Library
The Sebastian Library appeared before the Indian River County Commission Wednesday, Mar. 14, to thank them for the support the commissioners have given the local facility. They received heartfelt thanks in return from the commissioners.
Mrs. Joan Preuss, vice president of the board of trustees of the Sebastian Library and Library Director Lynn Walsh said the library has made great strides since it opened and
that the use of the library is increasing week by week.
The library opened May 10, 1983, in the old city hall building on Main Street, in Sebastian. Mrs. Preuss said the library is now circulating 2,000 books a month and about the same numbers of people are making some sort of use of library programs.
The programs include child development programs and children's films. There are family film programs that have become so popular that admission has had to be somewhat limited on Wednesday nights. Special reference rooms and programs aimed at young adults and students will be started as soon as possible and periodicals for adults and juveniles will be included in a proposed expansion of library programs.
An attempt will be made to reach out to Fellsmere and Wabasso with the library services in the near future, according to Mrs. Preuss.
County Commission Chairman Don Scurlock said it was really exciting to see the progress being made by the library.
County Realtors plan Private Property Week
The Indian River County Board of Realtors has scheduled a list of events during Private Property Week, April 8-14.
The schedule gets off Sunday, April 8 with a dinner at the Ocean Grill during which some of the oldest property owners in Indian River County will be honored.
On Monday, April 9, the Board of Realtors Luncheon will honor government leaders in the local area. Private Property Week essay contest winners will also be announced. The luncheon will be at Dodger Pines Country Club, at 11:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, April 10, there will be a Proposition One symposium beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Vero Beach Women’s Club, 1534 21st St., in Vero Beach.
Pete Noel will be the moderator and panelists will include Indian River County School Supt. Dr. James A. Burns, Vero Beach city Manager John Little, County Administrator Michael Wright, Realtor Jack Sherman, and Joseph Steinitz. The meting will be open to the public.
Wednesday, April 11, will be community Service Day with Realtors and Realtor-Associates lending a helping hand in painting two selected homes in Indian River County.
Thursday, April 12, will be Blood Bank Drive day with the Indian River Blood Bank mobile unit to be stationed at the Vero Beach-Indian River County Board of realtors office, 2182 Ponce de Leon Circle form 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On Friday, April 13, there will be a “Spring Fling,” at the Holiday Inn Countryside west of Vero Beach, beginning at 6 p.m.
The final day will be Saturday, April 14, during which there will be an art display in the Vero Mall. Entries in the Private Property Week art contest will be on display.
Concession available for July 4
Beginning April 2, applications will be accepted at the Sebastian River Area of Commerce building on U .S. 1, for those who wish to have a concession at the 4th of July celebration in Sebastian.
The building will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and applications will be available from April 2 to June 1. The City of Sebastian will equip booths with electricity and the cost of each booth is $20. Ground space will be available to anyone who would like to set up their own booth. The cost of the ground space is $5 with an extra charge of $15 for those requiring electricity. Payment of the fee is required at the time of the application.
Permits will be given on a “first come” basis, according to the July 4th Publicity Chairman Donna Keys. It is very important that concessionaires apply early since each food concession will be limited to one item to avoid duplication of services, Keys said.
Hunters warned about St. John’s hunting rules
The upper St. Johns River Type II Wildlife Management Area, water management officials are attempting to clarify some of the Water Management District's new and existing rules.
The Type II area is located in Brevard and Indian River Counties between U.S. 192 and State Route 60.
One of the new regulations calls for the inclusion of wheeled vehicles along with tracked vehicles when a maximum of seven of all these type vehicles are permitted during each hunt period.
The Land Management staff want to emphasize the regulation relating to this which states that no individual may hunt from any conveyance having any structure more than eight feet in width including any swing-out seat, outrigger or other protrusion capable of bearing the weight of a person or when such structure shall be more than six feet higher than the lowest bottom surface of such conveyance."
“No such conveyance shall be powered by more than one six-cylinder engine. Such engine shall be gasoline powered, not having 250 cubic inch displacement, be equipped with not more than one two-barrel carburetor, be muffled with a standard automotive muffling device and shall not be modified to increase horsepower.
“The conveyance, if equipped with tracks, shall be equipped with tracks less than 16 inches in width.”
Another regulation which the staff wants to insure is understood by all is the one which provides for the revocation of permits. The regulation reads, “the District reserves the right to cancel or refuse a permit to any person who violates the District’s regulations or any laws of the state of Florida pertaining to this area, or any other area owned by the District.”
Guns will be allowed only during the open season designated for hunting with guns in this area.
However, weapons (not including concealed weapons) are allowed only within the sovereign borders of the St. Johns River (north of Three Forks) at all times.
Marsh users should be aware that no motorized vehicles are allowed in the area south of U.S. 192, west of the St. Johns River and north of Bulldozer Canal at any time. This area is designated as a still hunt area and boaters are urged to respect the rights of the other still hunters when entering or leaving the area.
A complete set of regulations will be available after July 1, 1984, and can be requested by writing or stopping by District offices in Palatka and Melbourne. The addresses are SJRWMD, P. O. Box 1429, Highway 100, Palatka, FL 32078-1429 and SJRWMD, 2133 Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32935.
Applications for permits will also be available on July 1 and the District will begin accepting completed applications on August 1.