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St. Petersburg Times Staff Writer
-. CLEARWATER Five
'1 f ". ~Tampa Bay area governments
-that waged decades of water
7 ^" '. war made their peace Friday,
S signing a regional water pact
." :-"'.' hailed as a starting point for
Joking and grinning broadly
as television cameras ground
S. away, officials from St. Peters-
"" '^ '- ough and Pinellas put their
.. 'names on documents creating
S' the West Coast Regional Water
"I ; .. Supply Authority.
6 f' The Cabinet is expected to
-..;t 'f- ratify the agreement Tuesday.
1 .^ t' -. _i THE AGREEMENT, wrung
S. out of years of feuding and
4 ,-' - "" 'weeks of often bitter debate in
'. i ". "- .. "the 1974 Legislature, is designed
S J .. to supply water through
-. .", .. .- wells, recycling and desaliniza-
S- '-" -'tion to the entire region.
r ._ -i '- And none of the 17 officials
S. .. *\ .- -.;. ,. >^ < '.present for Friday's signing was
down-playing its significance,
.,' \ :" \ ",."-' ..-. both by itself and as a guide for
I ". -. ... the future.
S.-.. ..' ,' "It's a great day when you get
-- "" 'five governments all proud
.,. .'. -- ones on the same sheet of
,. paper," said Tampa water di-
"rector Dale Twachtman.
State Rep. Guy Spicola, D-
_._ _._ _-__-_._ .... '. .. r -in. ...i ^,-Tampa, the legislator who shep-
St. Petersburg Times Photo By Steve asl herded the agreement through
the fractious Legislature, told
Smiles reflect'great day' when five governments sign the officials they did "a hercu
S. from left, Pasco Commission chairman Walter Voorhees; Pasco clerk Miller Newton; Pinellas clerk Harold Mullendore, and Pinellas Commission lean job I'm really proud of
chairman Charles Rainey. you.(See WATER, 4-B)
S "IN MY eight years in the the disagreement that ham-
Legislature, I don't know of any pered negotiation of the authori-
/ bill that had more man-hours in ty could be joked about Friday,
S it," Spicola added. when it was all over.
"The regional authority will
"have a five-member board with NOTICING that Twachtman
a representative from each gov- was looking over the agree-
ernment, a $25,000-a-year exec- ment, Pinellas Commissioner
utive director and a $228,960 Charles Rainey, the authority's
budget in 1974-75.. acting chairman, broke in with a
.. Most officials assume that the quip. "Dale, quit reading; you're
new authority eventually will going to find something you're
supplant a smaller authority in- dissatisfied with."
volving Pinellas, Pasco and St. .Rainey and Hillsborough
Petersburg and operation of the Commissioner Robert Curry
new Cypress Creek wellfield in both called the water agree-
"central Pasco. There has been ment the first step in further re-
speculation that the authority gional cooperation in other
ultimately might take over op- areas like transportation, solid-
eration of existing water facili- waste disposal and sewage
ties, too. treatment. i
The authority's first meeting The agreement "should not be
Tentatively is scheduled for 1:30 the end of the road, but the be-
p.m. Nov. 20 at Tampa Interna- ginning," added Assistant City
tional Airport. Atty. Carl Linn of St. Peters-
The bitterness of the past and burg.