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S,, rEPA I 1N OF NAIUAL RESOliLCES
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
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.