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||New Town Proposed in Big Cypress Swamp
||Newspaper article by Jim Dawkins, "New Town Proposed in Big Cypress Swamp." The Tampa Tribune,
||Dawkins, Jim ( Author )
||March 8, 1972
||North America -- United States of America -- Florida
||Box 1, Folder 7 ( FUNDING WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICTS ), Item 60
||Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
Vetw Town Proposed
In Big Cypress Swamp
By JLIM DAWKINS THE COIMPANY has owned man-made lake where C[prs.
Tribune Staff Writer the site since 1959 having pur- Creek is now located.
NEW PORT RICHEY A chased it for $68 an acre. Plans call for 4,000 apart-
20,000 resident, self-contained Irving J. Saunders of Saun- meant units and 2,000 single-
"new town" where residents ders Associates, planners and f a m ily dwellings clustered
work, play and sleep is developers a partner in the mainly around the man-made
planned for a 3,200 acre tract presented preliminary designs lake with a community center
in a big cypress swamp in cen- for the city to the county. located on an island mid-lake.
tral Pasco County. Under the "new town" con- The apartment s are
The virtually self-sufficient cept of munciipal construct- style aas twitb a lower
community is proposed as the ion, the new city would be de- dek extending to the adjacent
core of the 3,200 acre tract veloped completely from the lake.
owned by A to Z Holdings in existing swamp to a totally- lae*
the swamp northeast of Land planned community containing the remain trang ct are in-
of Lakes and located almost residential and recreation the 3,200 acre tra
parallel with Port Richey- areas complete with 200 acres tended for recreato
Bayonet Point but about half- set aside for five schools and public use.
way between U.S. 41 and In- another 100 acres for research EXCAVATION of
EXCAVATION of the lake is
terstate 75. and light manufacturing uses
to provide employment for the designed as a method d in
residents. the swamp lands providing
PRELIMINARY plans and Accorling to prelikiary
sketches indicate the city it- plans, the new city would pro-
self would be located on 700 vide its own water and sewer
acres around a 1,000 acre sy stems as well as roads pro-
viding access to State Road 52
and Interstate 75.
No construction or com-
pletion dates have been an-
nounced since only prelimi-
nary plans are available and
financing not yet arranged.
COUNTY PLANNER B. M.
."Mac" Irwin said the county
will have virtually no controls
fHE TAMPA TRIBUNE, Wednesday, March 8, 1972 *****3 over the development since
the county has neither zoning
or landuse controls.
According to the plans the
new city when fully developed
would have a tax evaluation of
$120 million adding about $3.5
million in tax revenue for the
county. Irwin added.
Presenting the plans to the
planning commission Monday,
dNew Pw Prp e Irwin said the Southwest Flor-
ew own rooose ida Water Management Dis-
trict will be the most involved
S* and the plans have been re-
ferred to them.
For Pasc S far nmlalnd Planning commission mem-
bers however noted con-
servation bills presently in the
Se From Page 2 ing the bottom of Cypress state legatue pass,
swamp listing it as the next water and the rest of thero c th rh ods
area- for the department to swamp storing water."
gage environmental impact
purchase conservation areas,
if possible, if the legislature Twachtmann said instead of areas and require land use
will appropriate funds. developments in the area, the controls.
"ACTUALLY the big cy- best use, aside form asthetic, SWFWMD Executive Direc-
press is unique," Twachmann environmental and flood con- tor Dale Twachtmann told the
said. "It is a discharge area trol uses, would be location of Tribune his office has not been
within a recharge area mean- a well field in the swamp. ee to tmake elatvy a
TWACHTMANN said no in-
dication has been given of how
deep the man-made lake will
be excavated or other water
displacements which would
begOVerned by his office.
"Obviouslyj anything of that
size would have a tremendous
impact,"' he said, "but without
details, a timetable, knowing
how many people, where their
water will come from or their
disposal go, we can't make a
Twachtmann said the pro-
posal may just be another gi-
gantic pipe dream if financing
un't received and no actual
The SWFWMD however has
plans of its own for the big