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VOl. 1, NO. 5


Last Minute

Full Ambulance Service For Longboat

TUESDAY_WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22 .. 23 4:25 pm: Steve Critzer and John Waugh,

both walkouts from a Washington State prison work release program, checked in at LBK I s Holiday Inn with a l 5- year- old girl. 9:45 pm: Holiday bartender Denny Warne saw Critzer in the bar wi til what l ooked

The Longboat Town Commission approved the budget additions needed to give Longboat an efficient emergence service set-up at a special

Tuesday meeting. The core of the money will be spent to pay the salaric;s of six additional firefighters / EMTs. The funds for a new ambulance were approved earlier, and the like a concealed weapon. He asked off-duty ambulance is due to arrive in a few weeks. detective Tan Coons to check. Coons found The commissioners had been discussing these the man outside, asked permission to search budget additions, called the "betterments" him, and fOU"'ld no wea,?on. It was just section of the budget at earlier work sessions a.f(;er this that Waugh, probabl y fright.",d b had h d ' h d· .' ,.",. th 1· tte t· t k th . ut ope to approve t e expen ltures m ...,~ e po 1ce a n 10n, 00 e car 1n d I h h . which he and Critzer had arrived and left. gra ua stages. T en t e Sarasota City 1 0:15 pm: Critzer, now without a car and commissioners withdrew ambulance back-up probably increasingly nervous, allegedlJr support as of October 1st, and the Longboat retrieved t he gun and moved along the be&eh cOnmUssioners had no choice. They strongly collecting IIhostages. n When he reached 17- recommended that the taxpayers of Longboat year-old Edward McWilliams, a guest at the hotel, McWilliams didn't take him seriously •• and said, "If I don't come, what are you going to do, ahoot me?1I Critzer said "yes,'* and fired the .410 Shotgun into McWilliams IS neck. The hostages ran. Critzer fired Here's the status of the four major building another shot, hitting a lS~ear-old girlo projects now working their way through the 10:U2 pm: from the Fire~scue Depart.- Town' s checking system: meat log: "Responded to report of gunshot BEACHPLACE (Arvida), 340 units on 31 wou.nd-at-Holidaf-:lnn~ Al!ri..:vad at 10 :41-. acres just north of The- Privateer- on tne GUlf. Contacted Blake Hospl.tal by telemetryo Involv es 12 five-and s ix-story buildings unable to revive victimo" T . k f h Co· . . --- PoI ice Ch1e · f Wayne Mc Ca.'Ilmon organJ.. Z ed a entatlve 0 rom t e . town . tnmlSSIOn, . . search, calling in helicopters and dogso pendmg report on poSSible erOSIOn (.which Around 11:00 pn: Critzer tried to enter repor~, the OBSER~rER has heard, Wlll be an apartment at Lo ngboat Beach and Tennis negative, thus cleanng the way for work to Club, aiming a shotgun at lS-year-old begin on the project). Karol Hurst. Her stepmother, Ruby BA YPORT {Canadian-based Bennet-Hunt McMullin, knocked it away. ~ritzer fled. Corp.}: 136 units on 37 acres just south of the 2:30 am : Search called off, trailer park. To contain one-and twO-Story but watches left at bridges. b ·Id· PI h b h k d d 8:00 am: Officer Jim McBlain, new to UI l~gsl· k adns . have een c .e c e an the department, re sponded to a call from tentative y 0 e ,Wlt some a lteratlOns rec~mLongboat Harbour and found a man with a mended by the Town staff and the Pianrung shotgw1 in one of the boats. Man fled. and Zoning Board. Next, they go to the Town 9:00 am: Sergeant Lanny Tolly on top Commission. of Pattigeor ge I s saw suspect moVing along BUITONWOOD COVE {Ansell}: 56 units on the shoreline •. After an attempt to. corner seven acres JUSt north of Shenkel's. Four the sU3pect, Ch1ef McCammon called 1.n three-story buildings (with parking underneath Sarasota and Manatee SWAT teams to help. maki h If · . ' .,,) 10:30 am: Sarasota SWAT team member ng t em real your stones) to Wlnd around spotted Critzer in underbrush and he ld a Buttonwood Bayou. Same status as Bayport. THE BEACHES (Canadian-based Bennetgun on him. until a second SWAT team member arrived to help handcuff him. Hunt Corp.): 316 units on just over 19 and a half acres just south. of The Privateer on the Gulf. Four 1O~story build~ngs and four smaller ~uildings. Being studied by the Town staff.

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approve the "betterments" section of the budget needed to give adequate emergency service. This commission decision w~s made by only three commissioners: Claire Bell, Harold Jenkins, and Samuel Seegel. Howard Ridyard was unavailable. Mayor Sid Ochs had left town the day before, believing the matter settled. Ken McCall had gone on vacation two weeks ago, at the beginning of the budget work sessions. Ted Sedwick has been on vaction for some rime. WHA T'S NEEDED. Chief Bob Bullard requested six additional firefighters / EMTs. plus some emergency equipment. The six men. he said, will enable him to have a minimum of three paid professionals on duty per shift, instead of the present two on duty on most shifts. Since ambulance transport usually takes two men off the Key for a period of time , the increase in Department strength will permit leaving at least one man on duty when this occurs, something that has not always been possible in the pa~t. Funds for housing the new ambulance were also included, although Where the ambulance will be housed has not yet been decided. Bullard emphasized that it's important to have emrgency vehicles at both ends of the island, but point~d out that the south end is the more vulnerable. Although Sarasota will no longer provide back-up service for the south half of the Key, Manatee has assured Longboat it will continue to provide back-up for the:: north half. See" Ambulance" Page 3

Youth Center Fall Program: Something For All Ages From Pee Wee Football to Belly Dancing, that's the scope of the classes to be offered by the Longboat Key Youth Center this fall. The schedule of classes begins on September 25. For information about any of the following, call the Center at 383-3136. (If a small child answers, keep trying--or Stop by with your request.) BEGINNING TENNIS, S30 for 10 lessons, M-WF, 10 a.m.-ll a.m. Instructor: Barry Fasold. INTERMEDIATE TENNIS, S30 for 10 lessons, M-W-F , 11 a.m.-12 noon . Instructor: Barry Fasold. BELLY DANCE: 320 for 10 lessons. Instructor: Candy Carlson. SLIMNASTICS: S15 for 8 classes. Instructory: Willia Scott. KARATE (continuing). Instructor: Mike Hancock SELF DEFENSE, 120 for 10 classes. Instructo" Mike Hancock. See " Youth Center" Page 4




THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER 524 Gulf Bay Rd. Longboat Key, Fla. 33548 Published every Friday by: LONGBOAT PUBLISHING INC. 524 Gulf Bay Rd . Longboat Key, FL 33548 Telephone: 383-5334 Publisher .......... . ........ Ralph B. Humer Sales Manager ............ . .. Janet E . Hunter Editor ................... Catherine P. Spurr

The Way It Was: Fireline •'The Longboat Key Volwlteer Fire Department was started in September 1953 after a serious fire at Sleepy Lagoon. Although the Department is now capable of fast, efficient service, with fine equipment and a trained, experienced crew, it was not treated too seriously in its early period of organization. EMERGENCY


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That's why Ellis Longboat Key Bank is situated in the Town Hall Complex .. . the heart of the Key. Convenience and satisfied customers are something we kno w all about!

Police Activity R eport August 16-22 (not including the Holiday Inn murder, which occured the evening of the 22nd), A total of 63 complaints investigated (53 miscellaneous, 2 accidents. 1 alarm, 1 burglary, 1 larceny, 4 rescue calls, 1 fire call)_ There were 99 traffic stopS, which resulted in 54 citations (19 for speeding, 6 for hazardous driving, 29 for miscellaneous violation), 26 warnings. There were three arrests (one for driving with a suspended license, two juveniles with drugs) . "In the first place, there was for many years considerable resistance to having a fire department on the Key at all. Finally a small group set out to look for a serviceable fire engine at a reasonable price. The going was slow and one of their number in desperation picked up a 1923 model for S75 to start things off. The results were explosive. Not only were active recruits drilling within a few days, but the fire engine, now christened " Red Maria" , turned out to be quite a serviceable piece of equipment, and money contributions poured in to equip her properly. With the fire engine fully equipped and painted and the men trained by the Florida State Fire College. the company waited on tenterhooks for the first fire . "I . mall il f I I al 1 t Cald\:rn a Sf h Pfi eo eaves on a oc awn, an t ee 0 t e lremen' s wives put it out with their brooms and thought nothing of it. " The brigade's public relations officer saw a chance for publicity and released the story that the women has beaten the men to the ftrst rIte . The wire services picked it up from the local papers and spread it across the country as a human interest story. The men were not pleased, it said. This was an understatement. "The National Broadcasting Company read of it and sent a cameraman to niake- a movie of the event which was then acted out, with the ladies apparently driving the rIte engine and putting out a bonfire (specially made by the frremen) . This was broadcast nationwide over television by NOC, and the Fire Department was famous . At least, its ladies were .... . " Reprinted, with pennission, from: Keynotes, H

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Turtle Update Two more loggerhead runle nests produced this past week. In one, 138 curries hatched, leaving nine unfertile eggs. In the other, only 30 live babies appeared, and the nest contained 50 unfertile eggs. That makes a , 'l!al of 211 baby loggerheads which have ha~!a successfully on longboat so far this season.

ACITVlTY REPORT, Augusr 16 rhru Aug. 22: Aug. 16, 6:40 p.m. Heart attack at Sea Gate. patient ttansported to Sarasota Memorial by Sarasota Fire Dept. Aug. 17, 10:45 a .m . Fire alarm at Sea Place. Set off accidentally. 10:40 p.m. Fire in laundry room of Hilton. Minor damage. Put out by ftrefighters. Aug 18, 7,45 p .m. Accidental head injury on Broadway. Patient transported to Blake in private auto. Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m. Overheated auto at Emerald Harbor was dieseling. Firemen disconnected fueJ line. No damage ;;. Aug. 20, 6,16 p.m . Medical emergency at Col ony Beach. Patient to Memorial Hospital by private auto. 8 :49 p.m. Dumpster fire at Silver Beach. Balze put out by ftrefighters and dumpster coiled by booster line. Aug. 21, 4:10 p.m . TV antenna at private home fell into trees near power line. Firefighters removed it from trees. Aug. 22, Call to Edlee Lane for medical emergency. Patient released from custody of rescue squad. C=::::J


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"Ambulance" COST. The price tag for the additional Fire/ Rescue Department men and equipment will be around S96,OOO a year, Town Manager Wayne AUgire estimated. He said this would add around 0.282 to Longboaters' tax bills or about S14 a year, for a home appraised at S50,000. On the other hand it was felt that improvement of the Town's Fire/ Rescue Department should improve the Town's official -rating for insurance purposes. At present, Longboat is rated "8" on a one to 10 scale (one being the tOp). Bullard hopes this beefing up of the Department will bring the Town's rating to a six or maybe even a five , with eventual savings in insurance costs for home-owners. OTHER BETTERMENTS. The commissioners also voted to approve other expenditures to improve town service. The Town will get a second fire inspector-very important, said Chief Bullard, because the single fire inspector the Town now has, has to


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spend all of his time checking building project plans. He has no time to inspect existing buildings. There will also be money to promote three firemen/ EMTs to supervisory levels, so that there will be an official supervisor available for each work shift. The Police Depanmem is being given funds, if the budget receives approval, to hire an additional patrolman, purchase scuba equipment for investigation purposes, and buy a motorcycle with radar for traffic control. These additional bettennents will add another 0.119 mills to the tax bill (or an additional $6 or SO for the taxpayer who owns a home appraised at S50,000. These " bettennents" requests, said Town Manager Wayne Allgire, are the minimum needed by the Town. He said that Longboat taxpayers pay low taxes for services received in comparison with other cities of similar size.

The Australian pine is sometimes called ironwood or beefwood. The wood is red, dense, and heavy when fresh, and can be cut relatively easily. When it dries out, it is gray and hard. If used in a fireplace, if burns with a slow intense heat and does not spit, since it isn't a true pine. The Australian pine may be a problem in some areas, but it is a graceful and welcome part of the flora on islands like ours.

Pedal Power Since our beautiful bicycle path is used by walkers and joggers as well as bicycle riders, problems can result if people aren't willing to share. Here are a few suggestions to prevent accidents and irritations: "Bicycle riders should have bells or horns on their bicycles. This is a Longboat bike path ordinance. When approaching a pedestrian from behind, use your bell or hor well in advance. Startling someone can often be as dangerous as hitting them. *If passing from behind, pass on the left. Walkers and joggers being overtaken should move to their right and off the path if possible. Try to avoid riding off the path yourself; it can result in a bad fall. "'The rule for encounters of the face-to-face kind is to stay to the right. "'The most important thing is to be courteous. Say hello and smile. You may be surprised at the results. --Jerome Miller

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