Title: Letter to Mayors of 18 cities in Pinellas County
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Title: Letter to Mayors of 18 cities in Pinellas County
Alternate Title: Letter to Mayors of 18 cities in Pinellas County establishing a 45-day ban on new construction that would place additional demands on the Pinellas County Water System
Physical Description: 3p.
Language: English
Publication Date: July 20, 1973
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
General Note: Box 3, Folder 6A ( WEST COAST REGIONAL WATER SUPPLY AREA B3F6 ), Item 41
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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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

water needs.

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
County Administrator

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.

Sincerely yours,

M. R. Stierheim
County Administrator

cc: City Manager

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