Darnell, Reid to compete in Alachua County Heart Walk
Published: Monday, October 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 1, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.
Alachua County Manager Randall Reid and Sheriff Sadie Darnell are at war. No, they are not clashing over budgets or the jail. Instead, they have a challenge on to see who can raise the most money in the Alachua County Heart Walk to benefit the American Heart Association.
Reid is chairman of this year's walk while Darnell is cochair.
The wager: The loser will stand on University Avenue and Main Street with a sign saying either "Randy Reid is my hero" or "Sheriff Darnell is my hero."
The walk is Oct. 13 in the Haile Village Center. Heart disease and stroke are the numbers one and three killers in the U.S.
Donations can be made to either Reid or Darnell or at http://alachuaheartwalk.
Reid said he is up for the battle. "You know how sheriffs are - they are always trying to challenge the County Commission. I accepted that challenge," Reid said. "I just think the sheriff is always trying to get a bigger pot of the money. This time, the County Commission is going to win."
Closing loopholes:Â As Gainesville city commissioners worked to close loopholes in recently passed roam towing regulations Sept. 24, they were already worrying about new ways their rules could be circumvented.
The commission already required companies to show customers photos to prove the cars were illegally parked. They also began the process of requiring companies to post a "towing bill of rights" in their offices, even if they wondered if it would do any good.
"Will it be posted so that it's facing the wall?" Commissioner Rick Bryant asked.
"Written in invisible ink?" Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan offered.
"White writing on white paper," was Commissioner Jeanna Mastrodicasa's suggestion.
Commissioners recently had said towing companies were improperly profiting off measures designed to protect those whose cars have been towed by twisting the rules to their advantage.
Public's Buddy:Â Alachua County Clerk of the Court and County Recorder J.K. "Buddy" Irby is one of nine Floridians appointed to the Florida Electronic Recording Advisory Committee under a new state law designed to regulate the electronic recording of documents.
The committee will be working with Florida's secretary of state to develop rules and standards to be used to ensure uniformity when mortgages and other documents are electronically recorded with clerks throughout the state.
"In our effort to reduce paper in the courthouse and save a few trees, this is the direction that courts and recording are heading in," Irby said. "We are hoping to not only make it more efficient but also conserve our resources."
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