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||Two newspaper articles from Tampa Tribune Feb. 27, 1975: "Merger of Environmental Agencies Is Seen Useless," and "Stay Vague, Cabinet Urged."
||Feb. 27, 1975
||North America -- United States of America -- Florida
||Box 3, Folder 3C ( LEGISLATION - BOX 3, FOLDER 3 ), Item 81
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Merger Of Environmental
Agencies Is Seen Useless
TALLAHASSEE (AP) The citizen heads of two state But they said the senate bill was not the way to do it.
regulatory agencies told a senate committee yesterday a
legislative plan to merge environmental agencies into a super IN RESPONSE to a request by Sen. W. D. Childers, D.
agency would not cut down on bureaucratic bungling or save Pensacola, both said they would- prepare specific proposals
money. for reorganization and present them to the panel.
The senate natural resources committee began consider. Under the senate bill, the department of pollution control
ation of the bill, CS-SB123, sponsored by Senate Presidant and internal improvement trust fund would be merged into
Dempsey Barren, D-Panama City, and House Speaker Donald' the department of natural resources under the cabinet's con.
Tucker, D-Tallahassee, but observers expected it to be sent to trol with Harmon Shields as head. The game and fresh water
a three-member subcommittee for further study. fish commission would not be touched.
Natural Resources Chairman Phil Lewis, D-West Palm "The rat's nest of dredge and fill is under the governor
Beach, who had hoped to vote out the bill later yesterday, and cabinet now, a group you would throw all further
referred it to subcommittee and scheduled a full committee problems to," Frederick told the committee.
vote for March 11. "TO PUT THE entire nestegg under their warmth is to in-
sure that nothing will be hatched," he added.
THE BILL, originally proposed by a senate staff task The problem with lengthy delays in processing applica-
force, was amended heavily in the governmental operations tions for dredge and fill permits is already in the cabinet's
committee, and members of Lewis' committee proposed lap, he said.
changes of their own. Phipps and Frederick called on the senate committee to
Lewis appointed a subcommittee headed by Sen. Guy make a proposed seven-member advisory council the final
Spicola, D-Tampa, to study the amendments. .authority in environmental matters coming before the new
Ogden M. Phipps of Miami, head of the Florida Game. and agency, instead of allowing it only to advise the cabinet.
Fresh Water Fish Commission, and William Frederick of' PHIPPS SAID preliminary calculations showed the new
Orlando, chairman of the pollution control board, said they agency would not cut down on paper shuffling or save money.
favored a reorganization of environmental agencies to speed He said the proposal looked like it was simply substituting
processing for dredge and fill permit applications. one bureaucracy for another.
r TALLAHASSEE (UPI) An adviser to Department of
Natural Resources Director Harmon Shields spoke yesterday
against a suggestion to make a specific priority list for buy-
Don Duden, Shields' chief assistant, told the "little cabi-
net" that making specific priorities for and purchases might
prevent future acquisitions. Several cabinet aides noted that
about half of the $200 million set aside for buying environ-
mentally-endangered lands has been spent, a reason for the
Dudenl actively involved in the transactions, said the
department can not predict when desirable land tracts might
become available. Hie said the department has priority cate-.
gories but does not list preferences in individual order. Duden
said the department currently has about 25 possible pur-
chases in the "top priority" class.
"Specifically categorizing lands mifht cause the endan-
gered land program to fall apart," he said. "It would hurt
our bargaining position for land which becomes available
after setting the priority list."
Duden made Iis comments during a discussion of a
proposed purchase of 429 acres of land adjoining the Paynes
Prairie state preserve in Alachua County. The $1.5 million
price will be discussed at Monday's cabinet meeting.