March 21, 1977
Mr. D. R. Feaster
Southwest Florida Water
5060 U.S. Highway 41 South
Brooksville, Florida 33512
RE: Proposed Legislation Relating to Sale of
Water Management Lands
Attached find copy of a bill which has been drafted
by DER. Al Bishop tells me this is drafted at the request
of the Governor's office.
This proposed legislation is prompted by the proposal to
sell lands formerly acquired by C & SFFCD in the upper
St. Johns area.
The bill probably would not create a lot of problems for
SWFWMD but on at least one occasion, we have found it to
the advantage of the district to declare a five acre tract
as surplus so we could offer it for sale and dispose of it.
If this bill must be passed, I think it would be appropriate
to amend it to provide that the water management district
could at least recover all costs expended in connection with
the acquisition of the land.
It would probably be helpful if I had a breakdown of total
costs expended in connection with several different represen-
tative parcels to show that far more goes into acquiring land
than simply what is received from the state.
L. M. Blain
cc: Mr. Derrill S. McAteer
Mr. Jay T. Ahern
Mr. E. D. Vergara
Mr. Myron G. Gibbons
chased by water management districts with state funds may not
be sold without the written approval of the Board of Trustees
of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund. Prior to granting
approval, The Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement
Trust Fund shall, within 30 days after a surplus determination
has been made by a governing board, verify that no other state
agency has need of the surplus lands in question. In the
event that the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement
Trust Fund determines another state agency has need of the
surplus lands, the governing board shall convey title to the
Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund for