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Jax Daily Record Monday, May 11, 201512:00 PM EST

50 years ago: Public television auction hopes to raise $75,000

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by: Max Marbut Associate Editor

Items with a retail value of nearly $100,000 went on the auction block to raise funds for Community Television Channel 7.

On the list were the lectern used by President Lyndon Johnson when he made a speech in Hemming Park, three cars and a boat.

Thousands of items were donated by local groups and merchants.

The assortment included chandeliers, low-calorie canned fruits and juices, air conditioners, car batteries, bowling balls, water skis, clothing and household items plus ponies, a poodle, holiday cruises and paintings.

A profit of about $75,000 was anticipated to pay for operations at the educational television station.

• Lamb’s Yacht Center was granted a permit by the trustees of the State Internal Improvement Fund to make a major addition at its marina.

The fund denied the same application in October 1963.

Franklin McCormick, representing owners of adjacent property, homes across the river in Ortega Forest and in the Ortega Farms area, protested in vain to Gov. Haydon Burns and two other members of the board.

Burns said the trustees had no legal ground for denying the permit. He said the matter already had been considered by the Duval Zoning Board when the property was rezoned and the state fund had nothing to do with zoning.

Florida Attorney General Earl Faircloth told McCormick the protestors’ only recourse would be in the courts as to whether sufficient notice was given of the rezoning hearing.

He claimed the sign giving notice that a zoning change was sought had been placed behind shrubbery on the lot and neighbors were unaware of the proposal for the change.

• An injunction suit seeking to end operation of Jossepi’s Bottle Club along Atlantic Boulevard was filed in Circuit Court by County Engineer John Crosby in his capacity as county zoning director.

Named as the defendant was Joseph Borgia, listed as the operator of the club, which was described in the complaint as a dance hall where consumption of alcoholic beverages was permitted.

The complaint said the club’s location was improperly zoned for a bottle club and it was in violation of other zoning regulations.

The case was assigned to Circuit Judge Roger Waybright, who was asked by Crosby to permanently enjoin Borgia from the alleged violations.

• Board of County Commissioners Chair Bob Harris appointed a committee to draft rules and regulations for operation of water companies franchised by the county.

Harris directed the group to report within 30 days, after which a public hearing would be called before rules were adopted.

The meeting was marked by a statement by Dr. Thomas Morgan, county health officer, who said the county should adopt regulations that go beyond the state sanitary code.

Harris took action after hearing reports that bloodworms were found in water going to residents of Arlingwood and Fort Caroline.

• Justice was tough in Jacksonville in 1965.

Criminal Court Judge Hans Tanzler Jr. imposed a four-year sentence in state prison on Raymond Keir, 42.

He pleaded guilty to charges that he broke into Dixie Cleaners at 1513 Main St. with intent to commit a misdemeanor.

Keir was arrested inside the building after a silent alarm went off when he broke in through a skylight.

• Incidents related to a performance by Herman’s Hermits at the Civic Auditorium made the news this week in 1965.

Lead singer Peter Noon, 17, and the group were being escorted after the concert by police officers who planned to take the entourage to its hotel.

Everybody made it to the patrol car except Noon, who was left behind to fend for himself in a crowd of teenage girls.

Police said that before the show, overexuberant female fans smeared a car rented by the group with messages in lipstick, stole the windshield wipers and made off with a $75 watch after breaking into the vehicle.

• A former U.S. Air Force enlisted man who had been stationed in Vietnam died when he fired a single rifle shot into his temple after Duval County patrol officers lobbed tear gas bombs into his Marietta home.

Police said they were trying to serve a disorderly conduct warrant on the man when he chased them out of his home at gunpoint and threatened to shoot them if they tried later to enter.

After several hours of deliberation with Alton Polson, 36, the tear gas bombs were thrown into the house at 628 N. Jackson Ave. It was then that Polson took his life.

Patrolmen G.H. Bass and R.H. Futch said they were told to contact Polson’s wife, Wanda, who said her husband had beaten her badly in the head and choked her into unconsciousness.

The investigators advised her to secure a warrant, which she did. It was served by Deputy Constable Gus Moran.

• The week of May 11-18 was proclaimed as University of Florida Alumni Loyalty Fund Week by Mayor Lou Ritter.

A 1950 graduate of the university, Ritter cited the large number of alumni and friends in the Jacksonville area, the community’s support of one of the state’s leading educational institutions and the city’s interest in the betterment of higher education.

On hand for the ceremony were state UF Alumni President Nelson Harris, local President Louis Frost and local drive Chair Roy Turknett.

• In Tallahassee, state senators engaged in an extended oratory before approving, 25-18, a bill that would give people 90 days to file notice of damage actions against a municipality. Only 30 days was permitted in 1965 in many cities.

Sen. John Mathews of Jacksonville started a heated debate when he offered an amendment that would have killed a provision repealing all municipal ordinances and portions of city charters.

He was successful in placing the amendment on a section relating to injuries from falls on sidewalks or in public buildings but was voted down in an attempt to put it in a section covering accidents involving municipal vehicles.

• Speaking to the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville, Robert Davis, chair of the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce Aviation Committee, said as far as he knew, the only organized opposition to the proposal to build a new airport was coming from local Republicans.

“I don’t know why the Republicans are opposed,” he said. “Tom Slade (former state representative from Duval County) came out in February with a proposal to tie it into the port authority.”

On May 20, a referendum was scheduled in which Jacksonville property owners would decide whether $9 million in general obligation bonds could be issued to build a new airport to replace Imeson Airport.

The rest of the money for the $26 million project would come from federal funds, revenue certificates and the sale of Imeson Airport, estimated to be worth about $6 million.

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