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considered would mean that the District would ow1n fee title of the entire
flood detention area of 12,000 acres and that each of the other participating
governmental bodies would, in essence, own a percentage of the flood detention
area. This new suggestion would mean that the District would ow:n fee title
to the heart of the swamp and the various participating governmental bodies
would own fee title to specific parcels on the fringes of the swamp.
The primary monetary point of difference in these two approaches is that
participation through the agreement would mean that the participating
governmental bodies would loan the District an unknown sum of money for
an unknown period of time and that probably the money would be reimbursed
and the participating bodies would have a well field without a permanent
investment in land. In the latter suggestion, they would have a permanent
investment in land.
Since the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County are of the opinion that they
have an adequate water supply now and for far into the future, it would
not be practical for them to consider acquiring fee title to any property
in the Cypress Creek Swamp at this time. St. Petersburg has already acquired
a tract which they believe will adequately take care of their needs for the
future and, therefore, only Pasco and Pinellas Counties remain as parties
that would consider participating in acquisition at this time. Pinellas
County has an immediate need and Pasco County would like to assure a future
Everyone attending the meeting agreed that studies should proceed in the
direction of a complete tie-in between all area water systems so that water
can be interchanged between all cities and counties involved.
It was suggested that after the District's engineering study is completed,
specifically delineating the flood detention area, that the District suggest
which part of the flood detention area would be acquired by the District
and which parts would be required by each of the participating bodies. It
would appear at this time, that this is the best move to take.
We would appreciate receiving any comments or other ideas which you may have.
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The Pasco County representative stated that the Pasco (Co.ny Board of
Commiissioners were "favorable" to participation in thle (,,,"ment. He went
on to explain that resic cents of Pasco County and the Coc; .'y Commissi owners are
concerned about the valuable water resource of Pasco Cc'niy being pulped
from the area to supply developments in another county kand that it was the
general consensus that restrictions should be imposed in t he other counties
so that they would not have to go out of their area for water supply.
The representative of the City of Tampa stated that Mayor Greco had indicated
his willingness to participate in the agreement, but that action by the City
Council was unknown. He went on to explain that the City of Tampa's primary
source of water would continue to be the lillsborough River, and that the City
of Tampa was about to install several wells as an emergency water supply.
In the near future, the \well field in the Lowver Hillsborough Flood Detention
Area will be developed and placed into production. He further stated that
now and for the foreseeable future, the City of Tampa did not need an additional
source of water; however, participation in the Cypress Creek agreement would
be considered a "good investment."
The representative of Hillsborough County stated that Hillsborough County
was "interested" in the proposal; however, he saw no need to go outside the
County to obtain an additional water source. He went on to say that the
pure economics of the matter would preclude going as far as Cypress Creek
for a County water supply. He further stated that he could not recommend
to his Commissioners participation in the agreement until the actual land
acquisition costs as well as amount of water that could be developed were
Representatives from Pinellas County stated that they were generally in favor
of the concept, but that legal and technical problems would prevent partic-
ipation. They went on to state that it was legally impossible to participate
in the land acquisition of a "flood detention area" and further that they
could not legally loan money which, in essence, the agreement proposes.
St. Petersburg representatives stated that the regionalwater supply concept
was the best w.ay to go and that they also must confine their expenditures
to a well field and that they could not legally spend money for a flood
detention area. They further stated that if the extent of land acquisition
was reduced to that required only for a well field, they would like to
participate. However, they could not loan money to another governmental
All in attendance understand that the District is obligated to acquire
the entire flood detention area, that funds available are inadequate and
that only by borrowing can land acquisition be expedited. It was suggested
that SWFWMD use whatever funds are available to acquire the heart of the
swamp and then the other governmental bodies, that wished to do so, acquire
property on the fringes of the swamp for their individual use. If this was
done, then in essence, joint funding would still be used for the acquisition.
of the Cypress Creek Flood Detention Area and the area would be still used
as a regional well field. However, participation in the agreement being
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November 30, 1972
TO: District Governing Board
) yroun Gibbons, Attorney
FROM: Donald R. Feaster, Acting Executive Director :
RE: Staff Level meeting Regarding Cypress Creek Regional Well Field
On November 28, 1972, a staff level meeting was held in Brooksville for
the purpose of discussing the Cypress Creek Regional Welil Field agreement.
Those in attendance were:.
DaynI Pirc..fiUd, Deputy County Engin eer
B. I:iT.'-ac"' Irwin, County Planner
Lowell C. 1ikoff, County Administrator
Gray Dunlap, County Attorney
Gardner Collins, Superintendent of Water System
Pick Talley, Assistant Superintendent of Water System
Lloyd Dove, Public Works Administrator
Carl R. Linn, City Attorney
Ed Knudsen, Director, Water Department
Tam pa '
Dale Twachtmann, Coordinator, Water Resources
Black,' Crow & Eidsness, Inc. (Engineers for Pinellas County)
C. I!. i;cDonald
Souto:est Florida Weat r Ma.nai Int District
DionaIj d i. Feas?,ter, Axct. i ng Executive L.i rector
Jake Veirn, Assistant Director
The discussion initially involved the broad general concept behind the we'.'
field ]g'ro;.;it and the participation by the various go verne nt' l bodies.
All i L a !,. CC ,:v' 1 in O aJOji'. 'nt witl l ; -ohe cepLo_ 1 t i :
iztior, of the Intcr supply.