PRESS RELEASE -- 7, /73 '
Applications which are now in hand will be frozen and will receive first priority
at such time as the Boa rd of County Commissioners authorizes that additional permits
may be issued.
The members of the Commission felt that a ban on construction in the
unincorporated areas of Pinellas would not be effective if the municipalities
now being served by the County Water System did not adopt similar policies.
Accordingly, I am requesting that each of the municipalities served
by the Pinellas Cownaty., Water System immediately adopt the 45-day holding
The County Commissioners felt that this holding period would provide
time to complete negotiations now in progress, to more thoroughly study the
County's water requirements and to adopt policies designed to meet future
In addition I have directed the Water Department not to receive
applications for water connections within those municipalities for new building
permits issued after today.
As requested by the members of the County Commission I am preparing
a position paper on this entire matter which will go into considerable detail
and offer several recommendations for the Board's consideration. I want to
emphasize that this action is being taken at the direction of the members of
the County Commission and with their concern for the health, safety and
welfare of the residents of Pinellas County and that this administrative
action is subject to confirmation by the Board of County Commissioners
as their next regular meeting.
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"PRESS RELEASE -- 7/20/73
M. R. Stierheim
During my discussions with each member of the County Commission prior
to my appointment as County Administrator, the Commissioners without exception
expressed their deep concern over the water resource requirements of Pinellas
County. I was specifically requested to give this matter my immediate personal
attention. It was clear to me that the Board of County Commissioners felt that
this was a matter of the utmost importance and priority.
This review has been in progress for the past two weeks. Included has
been a careful analysis of present and committed Pinellas water requirements.
Additionally, negotiations are underway with our neighboring counties of
Hillsborough and Pasco, and the Southwest Florida Water Management District
which has already declared that a water shortage exists. Effective this afternoon,
I have, with the unanimous authorization of the individual members of the County
Commission, who are cognizant of the gravity of the present situation, directed
the appropriate County Departments to cease issuing building permits that would
require additional demand upon the County Water System. This ban has been
established for a 45-day period and may be extended, if necessary, at the
discretion of the Board of County Commissioners.
Applications will continue to be accepted. They will be dated and time
stamped; however, no building permits will be issued that place an additional
demand on the County Water System.
In my discussions with each member of the County Commission, I received
their personal endorsement of this action and an expression that they would
collectively confirm this administrative directive at their next regularly scheduled
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July 20, 1973
This letter sent to Mayors of the following cities:
Treasure Island, Seminole, Redington Shores, St. Petersburg Beach, North Redington
Beach, Redington Beach, Madeira Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Safety Harbor, Pinellas Park,
Largo, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Rocks Beach South Shore,
Belleair Beach, Belleair Shores, Kenneth City.
As you know, the Board of County Commissioners today authorized an administra-
tive directive to the appropriate County departments establishing a 45-day ban on
new construction that would place additional demands on the Pinellas County Water
I am attaching a copy of a statement that I released to the news media pertaining to
this action. The purpose of this letter is to request on behalf of the Chairman and
members of the County Commission that your city cooperate with the County in this
effort by withholding the issuance of building permits that would place any additional
demand on the Pinellas County Water System for the 45-day holding period.
Within the next week the County Commission will consider a detailed report analyzing
this situation which will be distributed to you and will, I believe, amply demonstrate
and justify this action.
On behalf of the Board we earnestly solicit your cooperation and understanding.
M. R. Stierheim
cc: City Manager
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