Bright & Brief
HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) _ There are houseboats and boat houses and now there’s a house on a barge that doesn’t have a home.
The house belonged to Dale Hulst of Holland, who removed it from his property to make room for a new home.
Hulst gave it to his brother-in-law, Paul Van Huis, who offered it to The Mooring, a resort on Lake Macatawa with nine other rental cottages. Van Huis put it on a 75-foot barge to move it across the lake.
But, like the New York garbage barge that no one wanted, the house wasn’t allowed to land. Bob Smit, Park Township zoning administrator, said he denied a permit ″because it’s an 80-year-old structure and not up to code.″ The house also doesn’t fit the proposed neighborhood, he said.
The Planning Commission will hear an appeal Monday.
DESTIN, Fla. (AP) - Most wildlife agencies tell you not to throw things overboard, especially plastics, which don’t decay. Here, the Florida Natural Resources Department is leaving plastic on the sea floor.
The agency is spending $37,000 to test a prototype artificial reef made up of a dozen yellow plastic cones, half 12 feet high, the rest 6 feet. They are perforated with round holes 6 to 10 inches in diameter so fish can swim in and hide.
The big question is whether fish will stay and provide a hotspot for anglers in Choctawhatchee Bay.
″By mid-summer grouper, red snapper and amberjacks may come in,″ said Steve Bortone, a marine biologist at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, who led installation of the first three cones Thursday. Anglers normally have to travel some distance into the Gulf of Mexico to catch such species.
Unlike wrecked cars, building debris and rubble that now are typically used for reef construction, the plastic cones provide a permanent shape and should remain secure for years beneath the water, Bortone told the Playground Daily News of nearby Fort Walton Beach.
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Everything’s coming up roses this week in Shreveport.
The 111th national convention of the American Rose Society opens Monday for lovers of the fragrant flower from across the United States and as far away as Japan and Ireland.
Participants will see rose shows and rose gardens and hear talks on such subjects as ″Bermuda: Its History and Its Roses.″
Hundreds of roses were being arranged at the American Rose Center here. ″The roses ... are ready. They really look good,″ said ARS executive director Harold Goldstein.
Horticulturalists and other experts will lecture on new mini-roses, hybridized roses, new big roses, rose arranging and photographing roses before the convention closes Thursday.