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,sin Concept Has Little Interet
By TISH GRAY how residents here want the legislated," he told her. "The County officials for the future
News Editor takeover to be handled. Legislature would have to this county faces as a part of
Sl 1Q7~ C 'spell it out." the large district where past
S EP 1975Collier County's chances of nly about 35 people at- efforts have concentrated
entering the South Florida tended the first meeting Sept. During the long session mainly on needs of the East
Water Management District 3. The small attendance was from 10:30 a.m. until after 1 Coast.
Ss a separate basin, with its blamed on a conflict with' p.m., those present heard the
Py ---- ---"gd"' rning board and another gathering in Collier two districts debate which The lack of enthusiasm
taxing authority, seemed County at the same time concept could better handle was mutual. Don Morgan of
slim after a conference held the U.S. Corps of Engineers the problems Florida is fac- the FCD staff, told the gath-
with water management of- hearing on Deltona's request ing in water conservation. ering, "We did not promote
ficials here Sept. 3. for dredge and fill permits. taking Collier County into our
Southwest stressed the lo- district. Lord knows we have
"It would cause us tre- All county commissioners, cal control basins give. The enough problems."
mendous problems," said with the exception of David FCD pointed out that South-
Robert Grafton, attorney for C. "Doc" Brown were pres- west taxpayers pay more for
the Central and Southern ent Sept. 3 for the meeting, the advantage, with a tax And rcprcsrnttives of the
Florida Flood Control Dis. with representatives of Cen- levy to both the basin and the Southwest Florida Manage-
trict. That is the district into trial and Southern Flood Con- district. ment District, known as
which Collier County is trol District, and those from SWIFT1D, hastened to add
scheduled to be absorbed on Southwest Florida Water Grafton, the FCD attorney, that their presence did not
Dec. 31, 1976, when the en- Management District, the stated, "You can write it in mean they wanted Collier
large district will change its only other of the five state the book if the basin County added to their juris-
name to the South Florida districts which is already concept is better, it's because diction either.
Water Management District. operating. you pay more to get it."
The most evident agree-
In all of its 25 years' Southwest Florida oper- "Water systems in Florida ment came in recognition by
existence, Central and ates on a basin board con- should be inter-connected in both districts that concern
Southern has never had a cept. It has 11 basins, each a grid system, like electric for water is the major issue
basin, separate and authoriz- with its own governing board companies," was the com- in Florida today.
ed, to tax within its own and with authority to set its ment of Don Feastor, execu-
borders.. FCD officials here own taxing requirements, up tive director of Southwest.
Wednesday stated quite to one mill. Bob Carlton, a "It is becoming one of the
plainly they will resist the member of one basin board But L.M. "Buddy" Blain, coastal areas versus the in-
concept when the state water in the district calls the idea Southwest's attorney, had land," said Derrell McAteer,
management plan is imple- great, "because it keeps con- the final say. His comment to Southwest's chairman. He
mented. tact with the people of the Collier officials was state addedhis belief that Florida
localities." water management is going is headed for much more
The meeting Sept. 3, was to be implemented one way regulation in the future.
arranged by Rep. Mary Ellen The FCD takes an opposite or another.
Hawkins, to brief county res- view, that a district cannot
idents on the issue involved consider localities, but must "The transfer will take
when the state water man- gear its management for the place, regardless of the vote
agement plan is implement- benefit of the entire district. outcome next March when
ed. voters are asked to approve
Rep. Hawkins has publicly the taxation."
How it is done is yet to be stated she favors a basin
decided. Legislators will concept because she believes Most of Collier County's
have to wait until after it would give more local concern expressed Wednes-
March 1976 to see if Florida control to Collier County of day was what would happen
voters will approve taxing its water management and of to Collier tax dollars once the
authority to fund the five tax dollars paid here. county is swallowed up in the
water districts into which the huge, new South Florida dis-
state is divided. During Wednesday's meet- trict.
ing she put the question
"I want people in Collier bluntly to the FCD repre- No one was very reassur-
County to know all the cir- sentatives:. ing there would be visible
cumstances of this issue be- benefits, at least not immed-
fore they vote in March," said "Would you consider ac- lately.
Rep. Hawkins. cepting us as a basin? .
There was little ent"-'
Toward this end she has Attorney Grafton dodged asm expressed _b^
arranged another meeting an answer. "It would be a
for 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8, decision for the governing
when the House of Repre- board," he replied.
sentatives' Select Committee
on Water Management Dis- But Don Morgan, assistant
tricts will be at the Collier director for the FCD, was
County Courthouse to find out direct. "It would have to be -
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