POD Episode 19 - Jacob Varn on Water and the Environment in Florida
Oral history interview
Jacob Varn ( Interviewee ) Julian Pleasants ( Interviewer )
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Oral history Podcast
United States of America -- Florida -- Alachua
While completing a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and a law degree at the University of Florida, Jacob Varn began working with the Southwest Florida Water Management District. During his law school career, Varn worked with Dean Frank Maloney in writing the Model Water Code, which served as the basis for the Florida Water Resources Act of 1972, now Chapter 373 of the Florida Statutes. He later served as the District’s first general counsel and Assistant Executive Director. In 1979, Governor Bob Graham appointed Varn Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation, and in 1981, Governor Graham appointed him Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation. Dr. Julian Pleasants, Director Emeritus of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, conducted this interview in 2005. In the following segment, Varn recalls his experience representing Pasco County in the water wars among Pasco, Hillsborough, and Pinellas Counties. He also discusses the creation and effectiveness of the West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority. Published as SPOHP's first podcast initiative project, POD.