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Title: Letter from Department of Natural Resources to President
Alternate Title: Letter from Department of Natural Resources to President, Central Pasco County Taxpayers Assn., Inc., responding to their concern about release of funds for purchase of water storage lands in the Cypress Creek Flood detention area
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Sl JREUBIN O'D. ASKEW
SGovernor
RICHARD (DICK) STONE
Stateof Florida Secretary of St
.. ROBERT L. SHEVIN
41 Attorney General
W .FRED O. DICKINSON, JR.
- Comptroller
THOMAS D. O'MALLEY
Treasurer
DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES DOYE NN
Commissioner of Agriculture
HARMON W. SHIELDS LARSON BUILDING / TALLAHASSEE 32304 Commissioner of Education
Executive Director Ralph D. Turlington





August 23, 1974
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Mr. W. B. Moorer .
S P. O. Box 476 974
Land O' Lakes, Florida 33539 y

Dear Mr. Moorer:

The Honorable Fred-O. Dickinson's Office has referred your telefax
including the Central Pasco County Taxpayers Association, Inc.,
letter to us and requested that we respond for them concerning the
release of Water Resources Development Account funds for the
purchase of water storage lands in the Cypress Creek Flood de-
tention area.

The request for release of these funds was placed on the agenda
before the Governor and Cabinet on August 6, 1974, without our
having prior knowledge that.there was concern as expressed in your
letter. We had personnel from the Department of Natural Resources
as well as personnel from other agencies within the State, along
with representatives of the Division of Planning to make an in-
spection of this area prior to the particular action being taken.

It is our understanding that a draft Environmental Impact Statement
is in the Clearinghouse at the present time. We assure you that no
transmittal of the funds for the purchase of this area--has been
submitted to the Southwest Florida Water Management Di-stricttior
will they be submitted until our attorney's have assured us that all
legal requirements as dicated by the courts have been;satisfactorily
resolved. -. co I

I hope that this will give you some explanation as to the st us of
this matter at this time.

Sincerely,



e- Harmon W. Shields
Executive Director

HWS/csm
cc: Don Feaster /
Don Duden
Don Duden /ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PROTECTION INTERIOR RESOURCES
MARINE RESOURCES RECREATION AND PARKS





W r: z, REUBIN O'D. ASKEW

State o Florida Secretary of State
ROBERT L. SHEVIN
Attorney General
one FRED 0. DICKINSON, JR.
Comptroller

DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES DOYLE CONNER
N ur Commissioner of Agriculture
HARMON W. SHIELDS. LARSON BUILDING / TALLAHASSEE 32304 Commissioner of Education
Executive Director
Ralph D. Turlington





August 23, .1974




The Central Pasco County
Taxpayers Association
P. O. Box 476
Land O' Lakes, Florida 33539
Gentlemen:

The Governor has been kind enough to share your telegram concerning
the release of Water Resources Development Account funds for the
purchase of water storage lands, in the Cypress Creek Flood de-
tention area with us.

The request for release of these funds was placed on the agenda
before the Governor and Cabinet on August 6, 1974, without our
having prior knowledge that there was concern as expressed in your
telegram. We had personnel from the Department of Natural Resources
as.well as personnel from other agencies with the State, along with
representatives of the Division of Planning to make an inspection
of this area prior to the particular action being taken.

It is our understanding that a draft Environmental Impact Statement
is in the Clearinghouse at the present time. We assure you that no
transmittal of the funds for the purchase of this area has been
submitted to the Southwest Florida Water Management District nor
will they be submitted until our attorney's have assured us that
all legal requirements as dicated by the courts have been sat-
isfactorily resolved.

I hope that this will give you some explanation as to the status
of this matter at this time. " :

Sincerely, c
cJ,
r-
Harmon W. Shields
Executive Director
HWS/csm
cc: Ken Woodburn
Don Duden
Don Feaster /
DIVISIONS / ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PROTECTION INTERIOR RESOURCES
I MARINE RESOURCES RECREATION AND PARKS
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Regular Meeting. First Tuesday of The Month 7:30 P.M.


.CENTRAL PASCO COUNTY

STAXPAYERS ASSN., INC.

P.O. Box 476 Land O' Lakes, Florida 33539

August 12, 1974



Honorable Fred 0. Dickinson, Jr.
Comptroller, State of Florida
The Capitol
Tallahassee, Florida 32301

Dear Comptroller Dickinson:

The purpose of this letter is to bring to the attention
of the highest decision and policy makers of this State a
problem of deep concern to the citizens of Pasco County.
Within the last month the Southwest Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD), Pinellas County, Pasco County and the City
of St. Petersburg have collectively proceeded with lawsuits
to acquire lands, totalling approximately 12,000 acres, for a
flood control project and a regional well field. Southwest
Florida Water Management District, as the local sponsor for
the Four River Basins project, a federally authorized flood
control project, and in cooperation with the Florida Depart-
'ment of Natural Resources, has the responsibility for acquir-
ing these lands in Central Pasco County, so that the U. S.
Army Corps of Engineers can construct a massive flood detention
reservoir, to be known as the Cypress Creek Flood Detention
Area. Pinellas County, Pasco County and the City of St.
Petersburg.have joined the Southwest Florida Water Management
District so that they can cooperatively utilize the flood pr.o-
ject area for a well field.

Since the proposed work involves a federal project an
Environmental Impact Statement is required. At this time no
Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared and sub-
stantial amounts of land are being condemned. If the purpose
of an Environmental Impact Statement is to evaluate alterna-
tives so that the environmental impact can be determined, it
S seems. that any expenditures at this time are premature. What
do you do if you find that the proposed project creates too
many adverse affects? What do you do if you purchase. more land
than you need? Already the State has been requested to deposit
close to $1,500,000 for land acquisition of some 3,000 acres.
Before investing these amounts of money it seems that the State
should be more concerned about protecting 'the natural resources
and environment. ,

















Honorable Fred O. Dickinson, Jr.
August 12, 1974
Page 2



We are attaching copies of recent newspaper articles de--
scribing the actions taken by one of the affected landowners.
Since the. State and Southwest Florida Water Management District
have chosen to disregard the National Environmental Policy Act
and feel that they are above complying with the Act, a private
landowner has had to assume the burden of requiring the State
and SF-WMD to comply with the law. The facts are clear, there
has been no Environmental Impact Statement for the Cypress
Creek Flood Detention Area.

On Tuesday, August 6, 1974, the Governor and Cabinet
Approved the disbursement of funds for land acquisition of the
Cypress Creek Flood Detention Area. In view of the non-
compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, we don't
understand why the Governor and Cabinet would approve funding
for this project.

We respectfully urge you to take the necessary steps to
rescind the disbursement of these funds and decline to disburse
any funds in the future until such time that an Environmental
Impact Statement is prepared, reviewed and approved by the
appropriate government agencies.

In bringing this matter to the attention of the Governor
and Cabinet we would also like for an investigation of the
purposes for which these funds are to be used. It is our under-
standing that State funds are to be used for the acquisition of
water storage lands. In the lawsuit called Southwest Florica
Water Management District vs. Burnside, which is one of the
lawsuits to condemn lands supposedly ii the Cypress Creek Flood
Detention Area, the land is high and dry and is currently
planted to citrus. It does not take an experth-oKnoT-~ Tat
citrus does not grow in low lying or flood prone lands. If the
truth were known, these lands are actually being acquired for a
water pumping station and treatment plant for Pinellas County,
Pasco County and the City of St. Petersburg. We do not under-
stand why State funds that are to be used for flood control
can be used for this purpose.

All of these activities have raised numerous questions as
to whom is protecting the public's interest. We trust that
bringing these matters to your attention will bring about the
necessary investigation.






















Honorable Fred 0O Dickinson, Jr.
August 12, 1974
Page 3



It is our desire that ,the Governor and Cabinet withhold
funding of this project until, at a minimum, an acceptable
Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared, reviewed and
approved. Not knowing what can be done about the funds already
authorized for release, -we would urge you to attempt to with-
hold actual delivery of these funds until you can verify the
information we've provided and the necessary investigations are
completed.
Very truly yours,




President

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OFFICE OF TII GOVERNOR
DATE: August 7, 1974 4 ,---- -
TO: Harmon Shields R CElV

ROM; Ken Woodburn 2 "3
(PLEASE DIRECT INFORMATION REQUESTED BELOW TO MY ATTENTION). I
SExecutive D rector ;
SUBJECT: Bypress Creek Flood Detention Area Oeartf a I
SOURCE: Central Pasco County Taxpayers Assn.
Your prompt attention to the following will be appreciated:
X Acknowledge, stating the Governor X Send copy of your letter to this
has referred this matter to you office
_Draft reply the Governor might Furnish this office with necessary
make and return -information to respond to attached
.. letter
Furnish this office with a report
on the matter Furnished your office for appro-
priate action
Furnished your office for infor-
mation only X Retain attached correspondence
REMARKS:




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