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||Newspaper article in Haines City Herald, "Gold Coast Wants Our Water and Money."
||Newspaper article in Haines City Herald, Mar. 24, 1977, "Gold Coast Wants Our Water and Money."
||Mar. 24, 1977
||North America -- United States of America -- Florida
||Box 2, Folder 2 ( RIDGE BASIN - Box 2, Folder No. 2 ), Item 56
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h a s an arm of its territory Distri s intricate network
mee River Valley and takes have turndned the Kissimmee
Thin some of the Rida Water engineer or hydrolic ex's largesti
a management ago, District which the country who can convince
is made up mostly of Palm us that rainfall of. But
little in ch, Broward, mmon with thade coun- appreciable amount os--and
ties and some of the smaller west side of the Ridge
counties along the east coast, its way into the South Florida Distridact in
has an arm of its territory District's intricate ne
that extends up the Kissim- of dams, spillways etc.and Mon-
mee River Valley and takes have turned the Kissimmee
in some of the Ridge. River into the State's aratest
As we commented here are storm sewer.
a few weeks ago, the citrus They'll never convince us
growing Ridge Country has that water runs uphill. But
little in common with the money sometimes does-
sugar cane and vegetable this is the real concern of the
producing Lake Ocheechobee South Florida District in
the Ridge area or the Seminole Indian opposing the loss of anySouth
reservations there basin, terri Fltory.
We expressed the belief Dade, Broward and Mon-
that the portions of the Ride roe counties are in deslywell
that are in th Smanage- need of new sourcesity to tax
should be moved over into the potable water. Those coun-
South West -Florida Water ties 'would much rather
management District where otain their municipal its
the idge area can therict jurisdiction form supplies from thealf a mill
its own water basin, the unit Florida Water Managjects.
that identifies compatible isng of trict than dig e district
and contiguous subdivisions fields. The South Florida
within the parent manage- District has authority to tax
; ment district. property owners wiiLln its
The South Florida District jurisdiction up to half a mill
boundaries. could tax landowners in our
The objection came in area half a mill ,to pay for
response to a request from supplying water to the Gold
SFlorida Citrus Mutual that 25 Coast and the Keys.
I square miles in Polk County We think Florida Citrus
Sand 110 .square miles in .Mutual is correct. We hope
Highlands County be trans- the legislature will change
Sferred to the Southwest the boundaries to put the
Florida Water Management Ridge into the South West
District, so that Ridge citrus Florida District.
growers would be under the We don't want our tax
jurisdiction of the same money pushing our water
water management district, uphill for the counties down
The South Florida District there to use .
Board was emphatic in its -i--*.-
desire to keep the water
management district's boun-
daries along hydrologic lines,
rather than political or
convenience lines. "
Dr. John M. DeGrove,
board vice chairman, noted
that several years of study
and discussion preceded the
final setting of boundaries,
and' that the legislature
should stand firm on the
current boundaries, unless
there is some proof that they
Sdo not fall into a hydrologic
We strongly suspect that
South Florida's interest is i
more mercenary than John \
DeGrove's statement indi-
iWe dcb't .eiieve there is an