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LINHART AVE. TRAILER PARK IS VOTED OUT Continued from Page One . have come to me about your statements. statements. I've been high-pressured, high-pressured, high-pressured, threatened and coerced by oppo-nonts oppo-nonts oppo-nonts of this change. '"Why, they even told me I wouldn't be elected to the council again if I maintained my stand. What in the hell do I care about that?" Previously, in a summing up of the case for the property owners, Attorney Parker Holt recalled that Councilman McWhorter had said he did not know what Cpl. Gresham intended to do with the property when Mr, McWhorter, a realtor, sold it to the veteran. He read from a 1944 classified advertisement advertisement in which Mr. McWhorter listed the property as a "fine site for tourist cottages." Mr. Holt also said there was no record of a deed at the court house showing purchase by young Gresham. Dr. Gresham'g Stand Dr. Gresham replied that "we did not tell Mac one word about what we wanted the property for when we put up the binder. He didn't know until several weeks later. Travis put his savings ac count into the property, for which he paid cash, and he has the deed which has not been recorded. Mr. Stevenson's question con cerning future intentions of Cpl. Gresham came after Dr. Gresham had said "we take the defeat gracefully. gracefully. We have no criticism of the council's action and no hard feelings. feelings. We still invite a good fight." In reply to Mr. Stevenson, Dr. Gresham answered, "we own the property and we're not making any statements on what our plans are." Councilmen Reynolds, Hough and Edenfield all said they favored, a trailer park for the city but did not feel they could vote for the petition petition over the objections of property owners. Although the crowd was much larger than the one which attended attended a hearing the week before, no property owners of the section spoke in favor of the petition last night as several had done at the previous meeting. Inequalities Noted In a written statement which he read, Councilman Hough held that there was "a great inequality in the zoning ordinance." He said the Linhart section, much of it undeveloped, undeveloped, was classed along with Edison Edison Park, Seminole Park and Riverside Riverside as Class A while his own section on Woodford avenue, all of East End and other residential areas were in Zone B along with Safety Hill. Noting that the council had been "handed a lemon and is expected to produce an orange," Mr. Hough contended that the question should not be voted upon until the zoning board of review had studied the ordinance and made recommendations recommendations to the council for changes. Mr. Reynolds noted that "there is no location in the city suitable for a trailer camp except in residential residential zones A, B or'C." He pointed out that in zone A the parks are specifically prohibited and require approval of three-fourths three-fourths three-fourths of the property owners in the other two zones. A Terrible Mistake "It looks as though the city is decidedly anti-trailer," anti-trailer," anti-trailer," he said. "It's a terrible mistake. It's a terrible terrible mistake. It's the biggest source of new settlers and income for the community." He recalled that he and Councilman Councilman Hough had visited other West Coast cities and found no objection objection to the trailer parks. He said the mayor of Sarasota had described described trailerites as the "cream of the country." Although disagreeing disagreeing with Mr. Hough that a vote should be postponed any longer, Mr. Reynolds commented that "if we are going to get a tourist camp, we've got to change our zones." Later Mr. Hough moved that the zoning board of review be asked to reconsider the ordinance. City Attorney R. E. Kurtz, however, however, said only the council had authority authority to change the ordinance and Mr. Holt suggested that a separate separate committee be named to consider consider changes in zoning. Whereupon, Whereupon, Mayor Dave Shapard was authorized to appoint a five-man five-man five-man group for the task. Previously, following the vote, Mayor Shapard who accompanied Councilmen Hough and Reynolds on their tour, said net income to the city of Sarasota from a munici-pally-owned munici-pally-owned munici-pally-owned munici-pally-owned munici-pally-owned trailer park ranged from $10,000 to $20,000 a year in addition to utilities. He said merchants merchants estimate they realize $5,000 a day from the trailer camp when it is filled. Suggests City Park Then, Mayor Shapard proposed that the city open a trailer park in Terry park. Attorney William J. Wood, representing young Gresham and also attorney for the county commission, said this was not possible possible under the deed by which the city acquired the property from the original owner. Clifford Anderson suggested that the city acquire some 236 trailers at Buckingham field, which Or- Or- A inn er to rrevlone l'milt U. S. Army Leader HORIZONTAL 1,7 Pictured U. S. Army leader, Maj.-Gen. Maj.-Gen. 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Bull and Cow Pasture Before the vote on the petition was taken, Attorney Wood said the question was "simply a business i proposition and this is all bull about zoning. Its not a high class residential property but a cow pasture grown up in trees and weeds. The property is right on the end of another trailer park now. No houses have been built there in a long time and it's doubtful doubtful when any will be built that cost as much as $10,000. Johnnie Jones, a barber, said he intended to build a $5,000 or $6,000 home in the area within 60 feet of the proposed trailer site. In making making his comments Councilman Edenfield said he thought "the owner of a $2,500 home should be given as much protection as the big fellow." Councilman Hough said that "personally I would vote for it but as a councilman I can't go against the will of the people." Mr. Reynolds Reynolds said he objected to taking one small part of a residential zone and changing it into business. He added that he would consider more favorably the change of a whole block. Councilman Fink did not comment. Councilman McWhorter's voting statement brought applause, particularly particularly from a large number of veterans and local men still in uniform uniform who attended the session. One of the veterans, Thomas Kurtz, a young attorney, asserted: "It seems to me the town is refusing refusing to grow. People my age want Fort Myers to grow but it appears the town is refusing to expand. The council has decided this issue on one basis that a law has been made and they don't want j to change it. I firmly believe the council is making a big mistake i i n adopting that attitude." Service Officers Fund Going into other business the council voted to divert $100 a month appropriated for , welfare purposes to help pay for a local service officer to assist and advise veterans of all wars, their dependants dependants and survivors. The suggestion suggestion was made by Mayor Shap-pard Shap-pard Shap-pard who said the $2,000 budgeted for the purpose by the county was not adequate to pay a full time man. The mayor said the welfare board whs getting within $1,200 of what it received "during the depths of the depression and I don't see why they need so much now." Councilmen also indicated agreement with the mayor that the city should discontinue welfare payments after this year and turnl the entire problem over to the county. !j "City taxpayers not only take care of all city cases," the mayor said, "but also pay 70 per cent of the county's appropriation, none of which is used inside the city.' Ignoring a petition which thc mayor said objected to a sewer line down the center of Maravilla avenue off McGregor boulevard as provided in the new sewer project, the council voted to lay the line anyway. The petitioners had asked for two lilies, one each down the back casements of property on the street. Councilmen pointed out that other lines had been cut out of the project entirely, a fact they held would make it discriminatory to give residents of the street an extra extra line at an additional cost of $3,-000 $3,-000 $3,-000 to the city. The property owners owners said they would not connect to the street line unless forced to do so hy the city. "Let's put it down like the project project calls for," said Mr. McWhorter. McWhorter. "This is just like the trailer issue, it was agitated by individuals individuals who had nothing else to do. If their septic tanks became unsanitary unsanitary then we can imike them connect. WVje way behind on the project already. Let's not jeopard ize it by anything like this." On motion of Mr. Hough, the council authorized an advertise- advertise- Editor News-Press News-Press News-Press Everywhere there is talk of World War III and who it will be between. It is so plain I don't see why people don't just right out and say so. It will not be a war between between nations as some would have us believe but among classes of people, capital and labor. Every day in the papers we read about a civil war in China and other places. It is brewing in places not even mentioned. Before or soon after our next election we will have it right here in the United States. Democracy A is now failing here. Power politics and money are now too strong and corrupt for a freedom loving na tion such as we are to stand for. The common soldier who fought in this war and saw his buddies so mercilessly slain, fought for freedom freedom and a way of life. Do you sup pose they will lie down now when the battle has just begun? The soldier in the front in Germany Germany and Japan were men and vfe boys fed up with propaganda. They were forced and frightened and sicked-on sicked-on sicked-on by politicians. We have many here who fought, killed and were killed in the bloodiest war in history. Still the ones who were really to blame are given a fair, impartial trial with the best of lawyers to defend them and with ample time to prepare the best defense defense possible and are considered innocent until proven guilty be- be- A yond the shadow of doubt. Then if found guilty given a quick and painless execution or a humane im-prisonemrnt; im-prisonemrnt; im-prisonemrnt; while they and some of our own high mucky-mucks mucky-mucks mucky-mucks are entirely responsible for every life lost in this war. The FBI knew and warned our officials as to what was happening so that they had ample time and warning to prepare for the attack and possibly even to avert it. But gfb they the officials whom we, the people, trust, sat idly back and allowed allowed materials of war to be sold out of our American ports to aggressor aggressor nations. It even sent the army to force the longshoremen in Seattle to go back to work and continue loading scrap iron on boats to be sent to Japan. For all the deaths, broken hearts, homes and bodies these men should be held accountable. We are a de- de- mocracy. We should be very proud. (J We owe a huge national debt. What I should like to know is just to whom we owe this debt? I know that it is the taxpayers who pay it. You have some people that howl like fury for compensation paid to a laborer, a debt the taxpayer must pay. It is only a drop in the bucket compared to the rest he must pay and keep on paying. He bought war bonds so the govern- govern- -ment -ment could pay the manufacturer for war material, He will pay taxes taxes so the government can redeem his bonds. Huge amounts of sur-plus sur-plus sur-plus war material and government owned house trailers and such were destroyed so that manufacturers could make more and sell more. Never a thought of to what good advantages some of these materials could have been used, perhaps by returning service men or another who did not have the price to pay ( for a brand new one straight from " the factory,'. We pay and keep on paying. How much longer can it go on? SOLDIER'S SISTER. LOAN TO BRITAIN WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (JP) Top-ranking Top-ranking Top-ranking British and American financial officials conferred six hours today in an attempt to smooth out differences over a proposed multi-billion multi-billion multi-billion dollar loan to Britain. A British spokesman said "some progress" had been made in today's today's conversations and that a decision decision "one way or the other" could be expected shortly. The. talks are in their twelfth week. ment for bids for construction of 24 new shuffleboard courts in the yacht basin park. Councilmen also authorized the' recreation committee committee of which Mr. Hough Is chairman chairman to arrange with Max Mc-Kpown, Mc-Kpown, Mc-Kpown, recently returned from service, to resume his duties as recreation director. Eighty-four Eighty-four Eighty-four per cent of the U. S. population lived in electrically lighted houses in 1910.