& carodar /J/uans. Tafrd^y, fuarchd 20, 1975-7.A
Jim Neville "Me der Line
Water Groups' Merger Delay Queried
Q. As a former member of right from the horse's worred ahoitu b *. c laxity-; inellas and
the Manasota Basin Board. mouth. Believe me we bore wa p nc'eai -i ; .-. Hiisborough are two others
don't you think the deray of down heavily and circcily on ... Jler.vy to -mr.c ,T.s -. that_ have been withholding
a merger with the houi'hpst this point to be sure there operaion. We is a ce payment to this sinecure. Why
Water Management Distriai could be no misunderstanding of concern, but tne cost vii remain suckers? Hope. this
leaves the public vulnerable citrer way. And the reply was not be great because e ibrps you some.
to unregulated well drilling by straight and blunt, spread over 18 counties: -t
Beker and others? R. 1H., The precise regulations and ati s necessary. I think e- A-C KN4OWLEDGEMENT:-
Palmetto. procedures await only the need can bee q u it ar passing: through our hands
A. No, I do not. Let me drying of the ink on the financed by eliminating s re a: cartoon depicting a
tell you why I feel so certain, documents. With the high presently boondoggling c x bulging- soctalite-type saying
We checked this out last week humidity prevailing in such levies. Take for example e l to her balding husband, "I
in Tallahassee. Both the head atmosphere, the final edition West Coast Inland Navi=z-- can't believe that NICE
of the Water Resources will probably be ready in District. It is stUl c om mui-rities r-e-leaise
Division, and the executive about 90 days. Which is not existence. and still eff'ents' tch tc i
director of the Department of enough time lapse to hurt taxes on us, and five rr el.l-r tci
Natural Resources s ok e anyone. .The main point to coastal counties yet th- b
"flat-out" on this subject to remember about this is that of di-eing the waterway v AS
us. We brought the subject all roads are covered. We are CO.:?LETED O V ER A
up to them for a discussion assured that there is "no DOZEN YEARS AGO. If r.
at a meeting of the Council way" that anyone can slither legislators are on the -sal,
on Conservation and t he through a loophole, drill for they will seek to elirt-ze
Environment. The answer is water and be "grandfathered this WCIND, and transfe- :ts
that f-' cOrm .torf in." This is the best and taxing powers and t "lon
ermj)s ca ed firsthand reply I can give ycu dollar bankroll to the EBL-u
past the -. s n ri'ht from the forepart of Board for greater put .c
he Siftmud DiStrict, the beast. I believe that those benefit. It makes no seas: to
o np ithnui b^ing who answered our queries continue taxing us f-e a
weighed also b,,the-governor are sincere and correct. I also moribund boondoggle. A. we .
and the cabinet. This is the think that the Minasota Basin a n the o
legally enforced word we got Board, and the citizens of e the ol
both counties need'to remain objecting to such legit,_ve
diligent, wary and sagaciously -
__ |I alert. We cannot afford any
losses or excessive
consumption of water from i
our seriously limited supply.
Incidentally, in the fuss and
fury of whether "quality" is i
solely a concern of the
Department of Pollution
Control and the Basin
Board jurisdiction is limited
solely to "quantity." Well,
this has now been resolved,.
We give Harmon Shields a
low bow for securing the
answer to this dilemma for
all of us. His fast executive '
decisiveness got the answer .
before you could spell the full
moniker of Swiftmud. This
question was raised to him
at noon, during lunch, by .
Mary Kumpe, secretary of the
Manasota Basin Board. Mary
was attending as guest of a,
Council member. Harmon had
had the law researched, and
at 2'p.m. the decision was
confirmed to Charles Sanders,
honcho of the W a t e r.
Resources Division ( a so s o
titular chairman of the i
Manasota Basin Boardi. The i '
decision is that the Manasota
Basin Board, as well as
wiftm'd does have
jurisdiction over quality of
'OaterqTa1i t y1
above ground level remains
in the jurisdiction of the
Department of Poilution
"Yes," also, to the
questions about water being
pumped do w n "injection"
wells. The Basin Board, et al,
has the jurisdiction to stop
..'7 *Ah, yas; one other thing. .
When, as, and if, the
Manasota Basin Board is
legally absorbed by Swiftmud
(or even before that) the
question of financing this
operation becomes a nut to
crack. Some officials are