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||Newspaper article in Winter Haven News-Chief
||Newspaper article in Winter Haven News-Chief, March 30, 1977, "Hamilton Seeking New Water Basin," by Lize Mittenzwei.
||March 30, 1977
||North America -- United States of America -- Florida
||Box 2, Folder 2 ( RIDGE BASIN - Box 2, Folder No. 2 ), Item 55
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P.O. BOX 10278
TAMPA, FLORIDA 33609
SNew Water Basin
By LIZE MITTENZWEI extend about 100 feet off the
Staff Writer boundary of the Ridge.
LAKE HAMILTON Griffiths said if the new
There may be a new water water basin is not created it
basin created in th ide would be detrimental to the
arpa. if proponents are suc- area's citrus industry and
cessful in having state local taxes will be used to
legislation approved, supply water management
Lake Hamilton will be services to other areas.
joining in the effort, through The area to be included in
a resolution, approving the the proposed water basin
creation of the new water now fali into several other
basin, water management areas,
J.T. Griffiths, represen- "riffiths sai, and the citrus
ting Florida Citrus Mutual, industry would like to see all
spoke with the town council the area included in the
of Lake Hamilton Tuesday SWFWMD, which it has
at a work session, and urged more in common with.
approval of the resolution as "Our water problems in
in the best interests of the the area have been created
water needs of the area. "by excessive pumping by
"We want to preserve the the phosphate industry,"
water under the Ridge," Griffiths told the council.
Griffiths said, "and in our Speaking in favor of the
lakes. There is going to be proposed basin, Mayor
legislation on water from Theron Bryan said he would
now on and we want our in- like to see anything approv-
terests protected. It is a ed that will be closer to
selfish interest to get the home but he can understand
citrus industry and the the legislature's concern
Ridge int anear.jut we about "opening a can of
feel i t essar worms" in approving the
the new water basin is change.
approved by the Florida resolution supporting
Legislature it will be a part th proposed water basin
of the Southwest Florida w I be presented to the town
Water Manage-ment council at 'its regular
District, according to Grif- meeting on April 5.
Lake Hamilton bec ses
area o approve the re-
quested change from the
legislature, Griffiths said.
Haines City is also to con-
sider approving a resolution.
favoring the change when it
meets in April. Griffiths
said the change is also look-
ed on with favor by many
grove owners in the area.
The proposed basin would
include the entire
geographic area known
topographically as the
Florida Ridge. The northern
boundary would be, Grif-
fiths said, approximatley at|
the north boundary of Polk
County, around U.S. 27 and ir 20
1-4. The proposed basin APR 20 1977
would follow along U.S. 27
into Highlands County. To
the west the area would ex-
tend about 125 feet off U.S.
27 and to the east it would