Courier Journal


July 31, 2007

Crescent City, Florida

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Festival fishes for fun
William “B.J.” Laurie
Sunday dinner
Chicken Cacciatore with noodles is on the menu for Sunday dinner on April 24 at the Woman’s Club as the club holds its monthly Dinner After Church for community members. In addition to the chicken, guests can enjoy a build-your-own salad, a choice of beverage and a choice of homemade desserts. Dinner is $6 per person. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the clubhouse, 604 N. U.S. 17, Crescent City. There is ample free parking.

Earth Day

Earth Day Celebration and Native Tree and Plant Sale will be held at the Water Works Environmental Education
Center on April 23rd, 8 a.m. to noon, corner of White Water Drive and S. 13th Street, Palatka. The event is co-sponsored by the Water Works Committee, the City of
Palatka, Putnam County Environmental Council, Watershed
Action Volunteers, and Keep Putnam Beautiful. Help plant and care for native plants, remove invasive exotic vegetation, clean up
debris, or just visit, and enjoy this beautiful piece of property. The City of Palatka will provide cold drinks for volunteers. Bring your gloves and gardening tools. A wide variety of native trees will be available for purchase. Part of the proceeds from the sale will benefit the Water Works Environmental Education Center. Tours of the 1886 Water Works building and grounds will be given at 10a.m. and 11a.m.

  If there is anyone left in South Putnam that hasn’t heard, boat racing is here, and getting bigger by the month! It has been barely a month since the race teams and boat trailers crowded Lake Stella for the annual APBA “Romp in the Swamp” and already the excitement is building for another once-in-a-lifetime boat racing event in our little piece of heaven. Next week,  (Top Left) AMF Racing Production’s boat which will be coming to Crescent Lake to attempt to set a world record. (Above) The two 1,400 hp turbine engines which power the boat
came from a Huey helicopter.
April 20-22, some of the fastest boats in the world will be testing their limits on that massive body of water called Lake Crescent. The expanse of water has a history that goes back centuries; It is said that any number of watercraft going back to pre-Civil war days have sailed the length of it. Steamboats were once used to ship citrus from Crescent City to all corners of the world. In fact, some could argue that the very existence of this place we call “home” is because of that lake. For all of it’s history and lore, nothing has prepared us for next week’s “First Annual Crescent City Power Boat Run for Records.” History will once again be made on Lake Crescent, but this time it will be three days of World Record speed trials. The folks responsible for bringing boat racing to the area, (Ron and Jan Baker) are now going to bring the world to our town.
Measured and certified by the National Sanctioning Body (APBA) and the Monaco-based Union of International Motorboating, the kilometer course has been set and is ready for some of the fastest boats ever built! Although we all like to think our boat is the fastest, this is the chance to prove it, and set a world-record!
The “flagship” of the event is AMF Racing Productions boat, which has been on display all over the country (including Crescent City). Now outfitted with two 1,400 hp turbine engines, are favorites for setting the record for the “performance yacht” class in which no record currently exists. Bass boats, pontoon boats and even inflatables will be competing for World-Record Standings. Details are changing constantly as for a schedule, check AMF’s website at for more information or just come down and watch from 3 Bananas (race headquarters) or anywhere along the lake. It is sure to be an event like none-other.
Commission to
mull applicants
and pay issues
Carlee Brown
Staff Writer

The next regular meeting of the City of Crescent City will be held on April 14 at 7 p.m. in City Hall.On the agenda is the second reading of Ordinance #05-001, an amendment concerning water and sewage fees. If passed, it would add service and administrative charges. Discussion at the first reading of the ordinance grew heated between a split commission. Commissioners Harry Banks and William “B.J.” Laurie were opposed to the fees and Commissioners
Joey Froehlich and Judy West were in favor. The first reading passed with a vote of 3-2 with Mayor Lee Kinsella casting the deciding vote.
The second reading of the ordinance at this month’s meeting will be when the deciding vote is taken on the matter. Another major item on the agenda is a report from the Review Committee regarding applications for City Administrator. The position has been vacant since former Administrator Joe Smith
abruptly resigned in November. The Review Committee is composed of Crescent City Police Chief George Penley, Crescent City Attorney Jay Asbury, Interim City Administrator Ive Sauls, Mayor Lee Kinsella and Al Galton. The purpose of the committee is to narrow down the field of candidates
to three. The committee is to do so by further evaluation of applications and conference calls.
Also to be discussed at the meeting is the consideration of a pay increase for employees not given the proper increase in February of this year. Two employees did not get more than a 2% raise due to human error. The correct figures will be obtained and presented to the commission at this meeting.
Other items to be discussed include the consideration of the maintenance agreement between Florida's Department of Transportation and the city, the dedication of a new Rescue Boat for the Crescent City Police and Fire Departments and reports from the department heads.

Annual dinner will honor Bates as volunteer
William “B.J.” Laurie

The United Way of Putnam County will hold its annual campaign dinner at Ravine State Gardens on May 3, at 6 p.m. Long-time resident and community leader Ben Bates will be honored as Volunteer of the Year and receive the Catherine Deshotels Myers Volunteer Award. Each year the United Way honors one person for outstanding volunteerism to the United Way and the community.
Bates came to Palatka in 1967 as a teacher and coach before entering the real estate and insurance businesses. Along with Dale Hewett, the two men formed Bates & Hewett Insurance Agency in 1986. Bates went on to establish Coldwell Banker Ben Bates Palatka. He was one of the original founders of our local United Way program in 1991.
Bates has donated his time to work with numerous groups in the county. He is a past president of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and is currently an executive board member and Vice Chairman of the Economic Development Committee. He is a current executive board member of the United Way of Putnam County and is head of the Unit A Corporate Contributions Committee.
“We are proud to honor Ben Bates as our volunteer of the year,” said Campaign Director Taylor Douglas. “We hope to see many people come to our dinner to be with us as Ben receives this honor. As a community, we should be proud of Ben Bates and all he has done to make Putnam County a better place to live.”
The dinner will be buffet-style and offer a choice of prime rib or breast of chicken marsala, and will be served with red roasted potatoes, vegetable, Caesar salad, bread rolls, iced tea and/or coffee, and assorted cheesecake for dessert. The cost of the dinner is $25 per person. Requests for reservations must be received by April 22nd.
Checks may be mailed to the United Way, PO Box 981, Palatka, FL 32178. For count purposes, please indicate your entrée(s) of choice. Corporations may reserve a table of eight for $200. Wayne McClain will be in charge of the 50/50 raffle on the night of the event.

The United Way of Putnam County funds agencies who provide much needed services to residents of Putnam County: American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, The Caring Center, Catholic Charities, Center for the Visually Impaired, Child Care Resources, Children’s Home Society, Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, Lee Conlee House Domestic Violence Shelter, Palatka- Putnam County Senior Citizens, Putnam Chamber Education Foundation, Putnam County Family YMCA, Putnam County Habitat for Humanity, Putnam County Literacy Services, Redlands Christian Migrant Association, and the Rodeheaver Boys’ Ranch.
For additional information, call Jim Melfi at 328-8992 or email

Antique boats bring
something new to town
Carlee Brown

Staff Writer

Over the past few years, Crescent City has become a popular place for racing boats. From local regattas to national races, many fast boats have found a place in Crescent City.
On April 22 and 23, a different kind of boat will sail into town. The Antique Outboard Motor Club (AMOC) of
Florida will hold its monthly Rendezvous at Lake Stella in Crescent City. Instead of the new speed boats that normally dominate the area, boats that date back 80 years or more will make an appearance in the area. “These are rare boats that you just don’t see anymore,” said Bill McGuffey, local coordinator of the Rendezvous. “A lot of people come to see the boats and motors they had when they were younger.” The AMOC Rendezvous will draw members from all across the Southwest. They will display, demonstrate and operate their collectible boats and motors on the water.
There will also be contests for the best boats and motors at the event.
Although the Rendezvous is geared to antique boat collectors, the public is welcome to attend the event. Everyone
is welcomed to watch demonstrations of the boats, to look for parts for their own boats, or just to reminisce about boating in “the good old days.”
A special feature of local historic interest is a display of two restored wooden boats by Rand Speas of Welaka Landing Boat Shop. Speas will bring a 25’ cypress motor launch used as a buoy tender by the Everett Babbit family from 1920 to 1940. He will also bring a 1926 mahogany racing hull powered by a 22 and a half hp Evinrude Speedy Twin. “They’re one of a kind,” said McGuffey of Speas’ boats.
The event will last from dawn to dusk at Lake Stella.
It is free to the public. For more information, call Bill McGuffey at 649-4472.


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Auction in
The Woman’s Club of
Palatka will hold an auction by auctioneers Judy and
Gene Caputa on April 23 at the corner of S. 13th St. and Crill Ave. A preview of items to be sold will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. with the auction beginning at 11 a.m. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. There will be a 10 percent buyers fee. Items will include vintage furniture and clothing, old books, jewelry, china, glasswear, collectibles, railroad memorabilia and more Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

VFW election
The VFW Bass Capital Post 10177 will hold its monthly meeting on April 21 at 5 p.m. at the Crescent City Library. At this meeting nominations will be taken and election of officers will be held. For more information contact the Post Commander at 386-649-6621.

Crescent City
Jail Log

• Joseph M. Heatley, 41, of Crescent City, was arrested April 7, 2005, for Driving Under the Influence.

• Eugene Eric Glover, 24, of Crescent City, for Warrant (Violation of Probation Re: Driving While License Suspended or Revoked).

• Zenovia King, 27, of
Crescent City, was arrested April 10, 2005, for Possession
of Cocaine with Intent to Sell and Warrant(Violation of Probation Re: Domestic Violence).

• Chris Robert Bassano, 18, of Crescent City, was arrested April 10, 2005, for Posession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell.

Hot Spots

Junction Road
S. Prospect Street
Resulting from citizen complaints, these are locations at which officers will be stationed during the time that the residents have reported to them.