LOCAL NEWS OF CRYSTAL RIVER, INVERNESS, BROOKSVILLE AND
other counties that desire to take it for their own develop-
LOC CO Tit OON FEB. 23, Charles Smith, chairman of the council, .
' O Osent a letter to Gov. Reubin Askew asking approval for Cit-
O f e yrus, Levy, Hernando, Marion and Sumter counties to form
0 .7 ate 7 1 V a regional water authority. The proposed regional authori-
ty had the unanimous support of the county commission of
b da each county involved. It also received the support of the leg-
b e u p e se e islative delegations representing the area.
Legislators representing water-rich areas are recom-
S= b mending similar regional water authorities to other water-
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yu s bot rich counties so that control of water resources will remain
in the hands of local elected officials.
Since overall water management already has been givennt.
By JACK NAST to appointed water management boards such as n of the South-
^3i^U> ~~~ ~ en a^t lettera^^ to G ^ov. Reubin Askew asking approval forCt
citrus-Hernando Tims Staff Writer West Florida Water Marionagemen t District (Swiftmud) re-
CRYSTAL RIVER If a prefiled bill calling for the es- ginealwate authorities wer te onl loophole left in the
establishment of a statewide t is a water authority. The proposed f regional aur i
Legislature, it coudupers the attempts of local author HOUSE BILL 484, although written in general terms,
it position of their own water resources appears to be an attempd. It talso received the is loophole.rt of t
se Bill 484y representatives John Culbreath, D Jislative delegations representing dithe aretor, says the council
B v w on Richmond, R-New Port Richey, has done a staff analysis of the new billch arend has arsent its
proposes a statewide water authority that would be con- findings to the chairman of each of the five commissions inter
trolled by the governor and his Cabinet. the region. So far, Citrus and Marion commissions have
passed resolutions taking a stand against the proposed bill.
During a six-month period before the filing of this new Mimcountes says the bontroad aspects of water resources wsed bill create
bill, the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council had many unanswoveralled questions. For instance, who would has bve
been working on the establishment of a five-county region- operational control of a state war authority and wh o
al watrus-Her supply authority. TWrhe authority was being pro- w Fould make the day-to-day adminManagement Distrative decisionsftm
Rposed to insure "preferential rights" to the wate r gional water authorities were the only loophole leftwa-
ter-rich counties and to Iprotect the water resources from See WATER, Page 3.
tlishmnt .t i the aTaongT^ rane eta and coic e t o f
Legislature, it co supersede etherattempts of local author- HOUSE BILL 484, although written in general
iti Cab te isposition of their own water resoue sporting appears toge amoun attempt to close this loophole.
house Bill 4 iy representatives J t ohn Culbreath, D- e wer m Mims counclpefrom one county to another, sa the
end'ticts, ined Riche od ep r -New Po r cein has done a staff analysis of the new bill and has se n
lReglton,.are1speniRic hmo ritndit h c, R it wo chey
proposes a e statewide water authority that would be con- fime nd ings to the chairman of each of the five commiss
trolled by the governor and his Cabinet. the regin So far, Citru *s 'and Marion commissioners
MEMBERS of th e ouncil also ask if the studies deter- t resolutions taking a stand agai e e nst the propose
b ui, g th six-oth Rpegriona f eling Coun frio hd M s saythe b ro aspects of the proposed bill
benwri, o the c-,stablishment Rg ofnal fnive-countyreion mad ny unanwered questions. For instance, who wouldae
benwrigo0 h salsmeto iecut ein operational control of a state water authority and h
al water supply authority. The authority was being pro- woue kd o day-to-day administrative decision
posed to insure "preferential rights" to the water in the wa-
ter-rich ~~~~~ ~ ~ 'onte and o prtc th wate eore rmgeWTR ae3
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