Florida Citrus FS Mutual
TELEPHONE '813 682-1111 P. 0. BOX 89 LAKELAND. FLORIDA 33802
July 7, 1977
Mr. Derrill S. McAteer / :.
Southwest Florida Water Management District >
Post Office Box 457
Brooksville, Florida 33512 '. .
I suppose I have been derelict in not attending your .water.. -
board meetings on a regular basis, but so far I have always
felt that you have dealt very fairly with the Florida citrus
industry. We will have to have a meeting of our Water Com-
Smittee before I can express for certain the positions that
Florida Citrus Mutual will take, but I feel sure they will be
-constructive and I hope helpful.
I -You will recall that Mutual filed a request with your board
y concerning the establishment of a new Ridge area as a permanent
.and separate basin area. In subsequent discussions with you,
I understood that there were probably three options open for
the board insofar as a decision was concerned;
S1. A separate basin
I 2. A part of the Peace River Basin
S3. An area directly under the supervision of the board
Sin a-manner similar to that for the Green Swamp area.
I was further given to understand by someone that Buddy Blain
questioned whether or not the area could be similar to that for
Green Swamp due to the fact that the Green Swamp was placed as
a separate area by legislative act. As I read the law I feel
that option is available.
In any case, it was my understanding that there would be a
formal hearing on the matter and the area would be designated
specifically in some way with the hearing probably to take place
sometime during the summer or early fall of 1977.
I would like to request that this matter be brought up for consid-
eration and final action by either the September or the October
board meeting. I am not sure about the procedure that needs
to be followed. If you wish a request in which we specifically
outline a boundary we will be happy to supply it. If you would
prefer that the staff performed it, that would be satisfactory
with us. However, we would like an opportunity to discuss the
line between the Peace Basin and the Ridge so that we can agree
on what the line should be in the event it is created as a separate
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f Mr. Derrill S. McAteer
July 7, 1977
I think prior to starting formal action, it would be desirable
if some of the Mutual Board members who live in this area could
informally meet with Mr. Johns and Mr. Lambert and perhaps some
members of the staff to discuss the matter and to see if we could
reach an accommodation subject only to the final decision of the
S I have discussed this with Mr. Lambert. I am aware that he
believes it would be better for the Ridge to be a part of the
Peace Basin. I am probably not persuaded and I don't imagine
that our Board will be. We feel this is a geologic and hydrologic
entity and that basin taxes should be spent in that area. I am
aware that the Peace Basin is spending money in the area at the
present time with no taxation. This is highly commendable and
Appreciated, but I have to wonder if it is really justified,
until a final decision has been reached.
i I would appreciate knowing how you wish to proceed on this matter.
/' I would now like to address myself to another subject which is
concerned with the rule changes suggested to more quickly imple-
ment well permitting on the Ridge and in the Manasota area. I
think you will find that the citrus industry is completely in
agreement that the more rapidly this can be accomplished, the
better. I frankly see no mechanical problem insofar as the appli-
cants are concerned in filing a permit application by early next
S year. However, I am having substantial difficulties with the
i desirability of accomplishing this by declaring a water shortage
Sin the area south of Highway 60.
If my understanding is correct, a water shortage area permits the
i board to take other acts of an emergency nature that could not
be taken under regular rules and regulations. Also, if the matter
is accomplished in this way, the groves that lie north of Highway
60 would not be filing applications within the same period of
time. I don't see any reason to separate the south from the
north end of the Ridge. Perhaps this could be accomplished
by having different degrees of water shortage areas.
I agree completely with you that the problem of the deep "purple
pit" needs some resolution. I have felt that the board was
Generally proceeding in the right direction. There is substantial
question as to the contribution of wells on the Ridge or in the
Winter Haven area or in the Waucfhula area as compared with
phosphate company wells per se, in terms of any contribution to
the overall reduction in potentiometric surface. I have my own
opinion, but I don't think I am in any better position to prove
it than people who would have a different one from me.
Mr. Derrill S. McAteer
July 7, 1977
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I agree that we need information on the amount of water
being pumped. I would hope that this could be accomplished
with tachometers on gasoline or diesel motors and with
electric meters on electric motors and accomplished initially
I on a voluntary basis. I think you will find that the citrus
industry at least will be very happy to cooperate in supplying
your staff with data on many individual groves and the sample
* should be satisfactory to arrive at a pretty good estimate of
* what is actually taking place insofar as the grower is concerned.
I guess I would really like to see the permitting situation set
on a voluntary basis as well. I will need authority from my
Board, but I think we will be happy to recommend to our growers
that they cooperate voluntarily and get permits filed early next
!.. year; or if this could be done by regular rule rather than
through a water shortage concept, we would be glad tO have a
shorter period of time in which to file, but still have the dead-
line .the same as originally suggested.
I would be interested in your comments on this matter and I would
specifically like to know if you anticipate considering the
i entering concept at any early date.
I know you have a busy schedule, but I would be happy to sit and
discuss this with you at your convenience if you feel it would
Best personal regards.
J T. Griffiths
Scc: Mr. Donald Feaster