Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coast Lines

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coast Lines

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QUOTE, UNQUOTE

"It was the most heartbreaking thing in the world. It is so

painfully obvious that he takes good care of her."

-- New Jersey hospital spokesman Joseph M. Orlando about a deaf

and speechless couple that was anonymously left there for care.

Story, Page B-1.

PLUM ORCHARD PROJECT

Officials at Cumberland Island National Seashore said 22 people

representing eight different groups expressing interest in

renovating the island's Plum Orchard mansion toured the facility

yesterday.

The National Park Service is seeking an individual or group to

spend up to $4 million to repair the decaying structure, built

by the Carnegie family in 1896. In return, the park service will

grant a 75-year lease to the winning bidder.

The deadline to submit bids is June 20, and the winning bidder

will be named in August, park service officials said.

COLEMAN INVESTIGATION

Attorney General Michael Bowers has asked for a state audit of

Rep. Terry Coleman's bank accounts as part of an investigation

into allegations that the Eastman Democrat converted campaign

funds for personal use.

Coleman, chairman of the budget-writing House Appropriations

Committee, hired an accountant to review his records after

Claude Godfrey, Coleman's Republican challenger last year, filed

an ethics complaint. But Bowers said an independent review is

necessary because of the number of transactions involved.

"We're not doubting the accountant in any way; it's just that

the accountant works for Mr. Coleman," Bowers said. "We thought

we needed an independent audit."

Last month, the state Ethics Commission ordered a formal

hearing into the case after learning that an estimated $14,000

was transferred from Coleman's campaign accounts to personal

accounts over a threeyear period, beginning in 1990. …

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