Title: Letters from Sumter County Recreation
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Title: Letters from Sumter County Recreation
Alternate Title: Letters from Sumter County Recreation and Water Conservation and Control Authority enclosing copy of a resolution to abate the problem of aquatic weeds in the County and State.
Physical Description: 4p.
Language: English
Publication Date: Jan. 11, 1974
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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General Note: Box 3, Folder 3B ( LEGISLATION - BOX 3, FOLDER 3 ), Item 43
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South st I orida
Water M anagmerent District
P. 0. BOX 457 BROOKSVILLE, FLORIDA 33512


DERRILL McATEER, Chairman, Brooksville HERMAN BEVILLE, Bushnell N. BROOKS JOHNS, Lakeland
AGE S. C. BEXLEY, JR. Vice Chairman, Land O' Lakes J. R. GRAW, Ocala THOMAS VAN der VEER, Yankeetown
JOHN A. ANDERSON, Treasurer, St. Petersburg JOE E. HILL, Leesburg ROBERT E. VAUGHN, Brandon
Donald R. Feaster, Executive Director










February 25, 1974
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Mr. L.M. Blain
P.O. Box 1363
Tampa, Florida 33602

Dear Buddy:

Please note the attached resolution and explanatory letter from
John Springstead of the Sumter County Recreation and Water Conservation
and Control Authority.

We do believe we should support such legislation and would appreciate
your comments.

Very truly yours,



E. D. Vergara
Administrative Assistant

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Enclosure

cc: District Governing Board
Myron G. Gibbons
Robert J. Gates
All w/enclosures








SUMTEk COUNTY RECREATION and V*/ATER

CONSERVATION and CONTROL AUTHORITY
Office Phone 793-4571
P. 0. Box 446
BUSHNELL, FLORIDA 33513
JAMES W. VEAL, Chairman GETZEN & HAGIN, Attorney
Lake Panasoffkce, Florida 33538 r 1 17 Bushnell, Florida 33513
JAMES R. EDWARDS, Vice-Chairman January JOHN W. SPRINGSTEAD, Sec.-Treas.
Wildwood, Florida 32785 Bushnell, Florida 33513
B. M. HEWITT
Webster, Florida 33597
HARRY S. LOVETT
Bushnell, Florida 33513
T. P. CARUTHERS, JR.
Oxford, Florida 32684

Honorable Herman Beville, Chairman Ex-Officio
Withlacoochee River Basin Board
Southwest Florida Water ManagementDistrict
P. O. Box 457
Brooksville, Florida 33512

Dear Mr. Beville:

Attached please find a copy of a resolution which the Sumter
County Recreation and Water Conservation and Control Authority
passed at its meeting on January 10, 1974. The purpose of this
resolution is to abate the continuous problem of rooted and
floating aquatic weeds in the State of Florida and Sumter County.

This resolution was presented before the Sumter County Commission
on Wednesday, January 23rd., at which time they accepted and
supported the resolution unanimously. Since that time, the reso-
lution has been made public information by the Sumter County Times.
We have forwarded copies of this resolution to Representatives
John R. Culbreath and Richard Langley, and to Senator Jim Glisson.

We would be very grateful if your Basin and Governing Board would
join in the support of formulating the necessary legislation to
accomplish this purpose.


Sincerely,





JO W. SPRINGSTEAD, P. E.
Secretary-Treasurer |"

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Attachment

cc: Mr. Donald R. Feaster
Mr. Robert Gates /


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RESOLUTION NO. 74


A RESOLUTION OF THE SUMTER COUNTY RECREATION AND WATER
CONSERVATION AND CONTROL AUTHORITY TO ASSIST IN THE
FORMULATION OF LEGISLATION TO PROHIBIT THE SALE OF
NOXIOUS AQUATIC WEEDS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA.


WHEREAS, Sumter County Recreation and Water Conservation

and Control Authority created by Chapter 57-1877, Laws of Florida,

1957, is charged with controlling and conserving fresh water re-

sources in Sumter County; providing recreational facilities for

tourists and citizens and taxpayers of the County by a more

efficient use of the streams, lakes and canals in the County;

preserving, protecting and improving the fish and wildlife of the

County; to enlarge, change, modify or improve any stream, lake or

canal within the territorial limits of the authority and to clean

out, straighten, enlarge or change a course of any waterway or

canal, natural or artificial, in the territorial limits of the

authority, and,

WHEREAS, in recent years noxious aquatic weeds have been

increasing to such an extent that they have caused the loss of

valuable native plants, fish and wildlife, natural resources

within the State, and have the effect of interfering with naviga-

tion and the use of our natural waters, and,

WHEREAS, it has been noted by this Board that some of these

noxious weeds have been harvested for the purpose of using them in

aquariums; and that when aquariums are emptied for cleaning or

other purposes these noxious weeds have become distributed and

populate themselves in our public waters, and,

WHEREAS,'the Department of Natural Resources advised that

through the efforts of the Federal Government, State and local

water management districts and agencies spend approximately ten

GETZEN AND HAGIN P.A. (10) million dollars per year for limited control of aquatic weeds;
ATTORNEYS AT LAW
P. O. BOX 248
BUSHNELL, FLA. S33S13 that the Department of Natural Resources has enacted a Statewide

cultivation, harvesting and propagation ban on two noxious aquatic

weeds--Florida elodea (hydrilla and verticillata), eurasian

I watermilfoil (myriophyllum spicatum), and have been experir






with the renr,-al of the water hyacinth "ichhornia crassipes) by

harvesting them from the waters, and,

WHEREAS, the Sumter County Recreation and Water Conservation

and Control Authority is concerned about the rapid increase of

noxious waterweeds and solicit the assistance of the Board of

County Commissioners of Sumter County in the preparation and

presentation to the Legislature of the State of Florida, Statutes

which will ban the harvesting of noxious water weeds for resale

purposes and any act which will create a further dissemination

of such noxious water weeds.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SUMTER COUNTY RECREA-

TION AND WATER CONSERVATION AND CONTROL AUTHORITY OF SUMTER COUNTY,

FLORIDA, as follows:

1. The Legislative Delegation for Sumter County, both

Senators and Representatives be urged to cooperate in the prepara-

tion and the introduction into the next session of the Legislature

of Florida a bill which, if enacted, will make it illegal to sell

in the State of Florida any cutting, o a noxious aquatic weed as

defined by te State of

Florida, and wil4 make it illegal in any way to disseminate further

any such noxious aquatic weeds.

2. That a copy of this resolution be sent to the Board of

County Commissioners of Sumter County, Florida for their informa-

tion and support.

3. That a copy of this Resolution be published in the

Sumter County Times.

4. That this Resolution be spread on the minutes of this

meeting.

PASSED AND RESOLVED unanimously this 10th day of January,
1974, at Bushnell, Florida.

GETZEN AND HAGIN P;A. SUMTER COUNTY RECREATION AND WATER
ATTORNEYS AT Aw CONSERVATION AND CONTROL AUTHORITY
P. O. BOX 248
BUSHNELL, FLA. 33513


JOHN SPRING STEAD LJES W. VEAL, CHAIRMAN
S < crtary-Treasurer




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