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State Sen. Guy Spicola, D-Odessa, who r "A / To McAr, he wrote: t s s tt
To McAteer, he wrote: "It seems that
has achieved some measure of power in the A control of pumping in that critical area
state senate, is ready, willing and able to (northwest Hillsborough) will be placed in
use that power back home. jeopardy. I, unfortunately, will be out of
.And Spicola makes no bones about it. town on that date (today), but I certainly
Seeing one of his pet authorities the would like to know a lot more about thip
new Southwest Regional Water Authority lz J .I I project and have an opportunity to review
struggling to become an effective voice in ,. Times Political Writer and comment on same."
control of water resolirces in the bay area, TiTo de la Parte, Spicola said, "Lou, if we
Spicola has come out strong, attacking St. don't get the show on the road in reference
Petersburg and Pinellas County officials for go along with staff recommendations favor- to the wellfields in northwest Hillsborough
bad faith. ing the St. Petersburg and Pinellas County County, all hell is going to break loose
And as chairman of the state senate nat- request, again, and you can advise your clients of
ural resources and conservation committee, This is where Spicola's pressure comes my feelings in this regard."
the freshman senator may even have the in. In letters to Hillsborough County Com- There is no question that Spicola is using
clout to get things done his way. missioner Betty Castor, SWFWMD chair- his senate position to try to get SWFWMD
The issue over which Spicola anda lot of man Derrill McAteer and regional water and others to act as he wants. And, while
others are concerned is a request by St. authority attorney Louis de la Parte, Spico- he will no doubt face criticism from
Petersburg and Pinellas County officials to la has made it crystal clear that he won't SWFWMD members and from Pinellas
the Southwest Florida Water Management sit idly by and allow the action without at County officials, Spicola's constituency in
District (SWFWMD) to develop a wellfield least a review by the senate committee he Hillsborough County, especially the Key-
on the east side of Lake Tarpon. Residents chairs. stone Park Civic Association (which has
of northwest Hillsborough County (Spicola In explaining that he wouldn't be able to been fighting the wellfield plan for some
lives there, too) have opposed the wellfield attend today's SWFWMD meeting, Spicola time), will be behind him 100percent.
plan, seeing it as a danger to the water told Mrs. Castor: "You can advise those in- The question now is whether McAteer
resources of the area. volved (in today's meeting) that from and other SWFWMD members, wanting and
Spicola, who as a sponsor and prime where I sit as chairman of the senate natu- needing Spicola's support for the March 9
mover of the bill creating the regional ral resources and conservation committee, referendum on giving SWFWMD certain
water authority, was hoping to prod that I will be reviewing and reacting to the taxing powers, will bow to Spicola's wishes
SWFWMD into backing Hillsborough resi- actions they take, and I am prepared to and, at the very least, delay any final ac-
dent, fears SWFWMD board members will respond with appropriate action from that tion on the wellfield question,
the limited progress that has been made for level (his senate committee)."
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...using power back home