S. STATE OF FLORIDA
/ HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
TAJLIAH A SSEE
SPEAKER October 17, 1973
Representative Donald R. Crane, Jr.
2520 Madrid Way, South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33712
Thanks for your thoughtful response of September
26, 1973, regarding our regional water problems.
I am taking the liberty of sending a copy fo Guy
for his information, and will respond again in
the near future.
With best personal regards, I am
cc:Representative Guy Spicola
FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
REPRESENTATIVE, 52No DISTRICT September 26, 1973 COMMUNITY AFFAIRS
2520 MADRID WAY, SOUTH GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33712 & EFFICIENCY
Honorable Terrell Sessums
Speaker of the House
Tallahassee, Florida 32304
Dear Mr. Speaker,
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to meet
with members of the Pinellas County delegation to discuss the water
crisis. There were a number of suggestions and observations made
that are of benefit to all of us. I would again like to ask that
you consider the possibility of forming a house sub-committee to
study the subject of water problems for our region or encouraging
a House-Senate sub-committee. My request is based on some of the
following observations and conclusions reached over the last
The total problem is one of immediate cooperation among the
various Counties concerned. I see little hope of local government
solving any of these problems without the direction of an outside
force and that force must be the Florida Legislature. All of us in
the Florida House have our own special subjects we are interested in.
Those persons not immediately concerned with our crisis certainly
will not give our water problem the attention it deserves.
What would a sub-committee do that is of impending importance?
The following thoughts have occurred to me and I will endeavor to
outline them to you.
1. On the short range problem:
A. Determine if the hydrologists now representing various
interests agree on the findings submitted to the South-
west Water Management District.
B. Determine if outside disinterested hydrologists must be
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C. Determine if the St. Petersburg and Pinellas
hydrologist, Mr. Pyne is correct in stating that
the aquifer has in no way been damaged, either from
salt water intrusion from beneath or from side
D. Determine if Swift Mud has any immediate short range
plans to recharge the areas that are damaged on the
surface. It was stated at a meeting in St. Petersburg
that by rechannelization, the lakes and recharge areas
may be revitalized quickly and at a low cost. Further
information on this subject should be made public.
E. Determine why the board of Swift Mud did not follow the
recommendation of its own staff.
F. Determine why Swift Mud cannot ammend its present
position to coincide with a phase-in of new pumping
facilities under construction or in the planning stage
for Pinellas Co. and St. Petersburg. If it is a valid
statement that the aquifer is not in immediate danger,
then it appears to be an unjust and severely damaging
decision by Swift Mud affecting the entire economy of
Pinellas Co. By affecting our economy, the -economy of
surrounding areas must also feel some of the hardship.
2. The committee should analyze the Spicola bill and other
suggested legislation regarding the Southwest Water
Management District. The consensus among the St. Petersburg
delegation seems to concur with that of your delegation in
that the water problem is a regional problem but how do we
get there from here? The Spicola bill might be a step in
the right direction but creates some of the following problems.
A. There is no provision for a more equitable representation
on the Board.
B. The bill speaks to taking all existing water systems but
does not provide for compensation either for the purchase
of the existing systems or future systems.
C. The bill may have trouble in the rest of the state where
their problems are not as severe as ours.
D. Further consideration must be given to the boundaries of
the regional water management district.
E. Consideration must be given to whether we should divide
the district into two agencies representing regulation
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3. On the long-range program, we must consider the following:
A. What is the long-range potential life of the existing
B. How can we improve the existing aquifer and what is the
time span and cost involved?
C. Why has the Southwest Water Management District avoided
the long-range planning involved in going to other
sources such as the rivers that are known to have vast
quantities of fresh water.
D, What are the legal implications in going to various rivers
for additional water, the cost involved, the time span
E. What is available under Senate Bill 629 as regards areas
critical to state concern. It would appear to me that
through this mechanism and the use of the bond fund we
could purchase the necessary wells.
Mr. Speaker, these thoughts will not be answered by special
interests or parochial thinking. They are so important as to
demand the non-partisan cooperation of those persons interested
in the overall well-being of our area. My sponsorship in cooperation
with those interested in the state land planning bill and the land
water management act indicates my interest and concern in this most
serious of all state problems. My support for and cooperation with
the County of Hillsborough while serving as a Road Board member, I
believe also demonstrates that I do not look upon our problems as
Pinellas Co. problems only. Further, my close working relationship
with Norm Thompson has made me extremely aware of our regional and
I think that you realized the other day that those of us meeting
with you are concerned with the problems of Hillsborough and Pasco
Counties and we are most anxious -to solve this problem to the satis-
faction of all.
I realize that we can committee ourselves to death, but I again
ask you to consider the problem. There are still other reasons I
do not wish to state in this letter.
Thank yo for your consideration.
Very t/ul3 yours,
Donaid R. Crane
Representative, 52nd Dist.