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||Letter enclosing Newspaper article in The Tampa Times, by Abby Kaighin
||Letter enclosing Newspaper article in The Tampa Times, by Abby Kaighin, "Spicola joins county water suit."
||Aug. 2, 1973
||North America -- United States of America -- Florida
||Box 3, Folder 5B ( WATER SHORTAGE, VOL. I. B3F5 ), Item 88
||Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
August 10, 1973
Mr. Merritt R. Steirheim
315 Haven Street
Clearwater, Florida 33512
Dear Merritt :
Here' s the clipping you wanted.
IAB:cs L. Blain
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Spicola joins county water suit .
By ABBY KAIGIlN providing requiring one One of the alternatives in-
Times Staff Writer county to pay another a cer- eludes the tptal restructuring 0 i
tain amount of money for of the Southwest Florida 0 S
State Rep. Guy Spicola, withdrawing water over a I
chairman of the h o u s e specified limit. Water Management District
environmental protection Spicola has outlined about (SWFWMD).
committee, today said he will .17 alternatives for legislative ."I am not satisfied with the W U f] r S U
become a party to Hillsbor- action which the Hillsborough composition of that board,"
ough County's suit against delegation could initiate to Spicola said, alluding to some
Pinellas County to recover relieve the water crisis in members who have been ac- from page one
damages caused by Pinellas' northwest Hillsborough Coun- caused of having a conflict-of- dered county attorney Clint
excessive" p u pumping of ty. interest because of business Brown to seek an injunction
water from this county. He said the alternatives will they do with Pinellas County. against Pincllas' pumping
SSpicola also has prepared represented to delegation The Hillsborough County from Hillsborough. The suit
legislation which would levy a members for their consider- .Commission yesterday or- will also e k damages
"severance tax" on water, ation. .See SPICOLA, page 14-A caused by excessive pumping.
The damage suit will be
filed on behalf of "a limited
number of porpcrty owners"
in the northwest section of
Hillsborough County, Brown
said. He declined to identify
the property owners,
Spicola, who owns property
in that part of the county, said
he would be joining the suit as
a state legislator.
Included among the alterna-
tives Spicola is considering
are the following:
S- Repeal of local legislation
allowing Pinellas County to
come into other counties to
-- Set by legislative action
S the amount of gallons of
water that one county may
S pump from another.
*- -Treat the northwest sec-
tion of Hillsborough County as
S an endangered lands area,
similar to the action taken on
S the Big Cypress Swamp.
'; Spicola said Hillsborough
!<. County was in a very pecu-
S" liar position in its water dis-
pute with Pinellas County.
have seen actions by
S government that either penal-
ize developers on behalf of the
i environment or that penalize
the environment on behalf of
S the developers," Spicola said.
"But Hillsborough County
is'getting the short end of the
stick on both counts and thi.
county has no control over
it," he said.
':Our lakes are reaching
lower and lower levels and
our environment is suffer-
ing," Spicola said.
"On the other hand,
Hillsborolugh cannot even de-
velop in a reasonable manner
because Pl'inclls is tupuirpng
our water supplyly"
"And we cannot dc\v'lof as
Pilllas is count inning to ido,"
Spicolai said. "There is no
S .. .