FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 11, 1977
C. Fred Jones Committees:
Representative, 52nd DistrictTransportation, Chair
Reply to: Appropriations
X Post Office Box 1246 Rules & Calendar
103 South Bartow Avenue
Auburndale, Florida 33823
L 330 House Office Building
Tallahassee, Florida 32304
Mr. Lester M. Blain, Attorney
Southwest Florida Water Management District
P. 0. Box 1363
Tampa, Florida 33601
I would appreciate receiving your comments on the enclosed
Haines City Herald editorial at your earliest convenience.
C. Fred Jones
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Ridge Shozdd Form
ti wn Water Basin
City governments up and al years of massive flooding.
down-t&e ridge area are being
asked to ratify an attempt to Problems in the Peace
extract a sizeable portion of River Valley are peculiar to
eastern Polk and Highlands that area. In matters of water
counties from the Peace conservation, drainage, re-
River Basin water manage- tentik'n or flood control, the
ment program. ridge section has nothing in
....-.- common with the Peace
We hope the effort is River plains.
If our part of Polk and
The Southwest fFlorida Highlands counties i not
Water Management District removed from the basin it is
and its----subsidiary water likely that as the Peace'River
basins,- administered -by Board moves toward solving
boards consisting of local is problems we will dicOver
landowners, have life and technicians in the SW)PiM
death authorityry over all headquarters in Broisvlaie
water matters, including drafting plans for water
usage, well drilling, control conf jand rietd-t-Ut i
of streams; d'a g|,et .o be*ii2 ;i *
The, proposal before the -: ..i"....
cities .is to withwdrew." ^4b "ed e
Ridgeap ez. ~ ~#u
basin mteander soe P^ hd we will receive zero'
instance, only one-third of the benefits.
City of Dundee would be
within the basin lines.
Dundee's Town Council has
indicated preliminary appro-
val of the 'plan. 'but has also:
requested inclusion of the
entire town in the basin. We.
think this position is sound, in
order to avoid confusion
about' the boundary.
Along with it's ~regulatory
authority in water matters,
the SWFWMD also has taxing
authority. It can levy up to
one mill of ad valorem taxes
to finance water manage-
this is the prime reason we
hope the communities up and
down the ridlge go along with
the new proposal.
The Peace gtiver Valley is ,a
feast or famine area regjard-
ing water. The area is now .n
its eleventh year of drought.
Prior to the dry years, the
valley contended with sever-gt