Title: Statement for Public Hearing
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Title: Statement for Public Hearing
Alternate Title: Statement for Public Hearing of the Department of Natural Resources Pursuant to Section 12 of Florida Water Resources Act of 1972. (Presented Nov. 2, 1972 at Brooksville)
Physical Description: 2p.
Language: English
Publication Date: Nov. 2, 1972
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
General Note: Box 3, Folder 3C ( LEGISLATION - BOX 3, FOLDER 3 ), Item 71
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00051452
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Levin College of Law, University of Florida
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I i\ i..-,URSUAi'N TO SE;TION 12 Of ILOI ';;A ',ATFi I<[.Roi.O;Cr.C s ACT o- 1972

v The Southwest Florida Water MI.anagement District believes that at this time no

changes should be 1m0ade in any of the boundaries of the District. If changes

are to be made, we believe that the boundai-ies should follow natural drainage

divides and not county lines, as appears to be the case in some instances on

the small map which we have previously been furnished. We note from this map

that the following significant changes are made and we will direct our comients

to them:

1. Waccasassa River Basin -- The Department of Natural Resources plan shows

that the Waccasassa River Basin will become a part of the new Suwannee

Water IManagement District. Io further consideration should be given to

this transfer until electors of the new district show their int-erest by

approving an ad valorem tax. Only after the Suw.annee Water iManageme--nt

District is operational should further consideration be given to this
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2. Oklawaha River Basin -- The Oklawaha River Basin Board has requested that

it remain a part of this District. That Board and this District are

actively involved in construction of the "Four River Basins, Florida"

project and a transfer of the Oklawaha River Basin at this time would

jeopardize progress of this important work. In addition, the District

and Basin are responsible for the operation of three major water control

structures on the Oklawaha chain of lakes, and no consideration should

be given to the transfer until the St. Johns Water M.anagement District

is operational and an orderly transition can be arranged.

3. Peace River Basin _- The Department of Natural Resources map indicates

that the southeasterly portion of Char-lotte County, which is not now a

part of this District, will become a part of the District. Thlis part of

Chlarlotte County flows southerly into the Caloosalhatchee River. It is

not truly a part of the Pec.c. RIiver ,:W:ltlrshed and thec true droinagec di-

vide should 'I folI'..,d.

4. Sorc rota and M

should bc:.e a part of th: SIoult.hwrt Ilorida 1 1ter dian ic mrent DistrirctL,

bu~ only afte electors of eachIc county have shown their inltcrest by ap-

proving an Od valorem tax to support local projects.

The proposed boundary changes have been discussed with tile Governi-ng Board's

retained counsel a;nd they are of the opinion that a change now. may affect the

District and Basins' present right to levy an ad valorem tax.

We realize that the purpose of this meeting is only for the tak-ing of testi-

mony relative to the boundary lines of the Southwest Florida Water 1Management

District. We have limited ourself to these points; however, we believe that

Chapter 72-299, Laws of Florida, has several technical problems which should

be resolved prior to the effective date of the Act. We request that at an

early date we be allowed to sit down with the staff of the Department of Natural

Resources to discuss these problems.


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