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 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.
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
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
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.
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 Inc.in 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
“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.
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
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
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
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
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▪ Questions or Comments? Call
386/698-1644 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Or,
write us 330 North Summit Street, Crescent City 32112, or Fax 386/698-1994.
• Joseph M. Heatley, 41,
of Crescent City, was arrested April 7, 2005, for Driving Under the
• 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:
• Chris Robert Bassano, 18, of Crescent City, was arrested April 10, 2005,
for Posession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell.
• 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