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'Water war' veterans suggested
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to direct regional authorit
By DALEWILSON Before his present job with the city,,
Times Stalf Writer Twachtmann was SWFWMD's 'executtive*"s
0 1 director and was considered .a strong ad-.
Although- the West Coast Regional Water ministrator.. *,. ,"..-
Supply Authority is still in its infancy, the .
names of -three local water experts have. Talley, when asked his feelings" on the.-
recently- been suggested among authority post, said if he were to leave his present..'
members as good choices unofficially for position with Pinellas County, "I'd be leav-
the authority's executive director. ing a lot of things here undone. ,*". : .
Tampa water resources coordinator Dale "It would be difficult to leave in the mid-'
Twachtmann, Pinellas County water re dle of the stream," he said, adding'that it is5-;.
sources director Pickens Talley, and Pasco too early to even guess at who will be the:
County's consulting attorney Jake Varn director, since the state cabinet has yet to"
have all been asked to consider the full-time give iis final approval of the new authority.
post. The Times has learned. Talley said he would throw his support to:
But sources emphasize the approach by naming Twachtmann as director if he were
authority members has been informal and asked. "He (Twachtmann) would be benefi-L
unofficial. cial to all parties concerned," Talley said. '
All three -have been instrumental in the Varn, when contacted by The Times, said
formation of the authority that was created only that he wanted to continue, to prac-.
aflter the long and bitter water war" of last tice law. Varn is presently ,retained by
year between Pinnellas, Hillsborough Pasco County as its water specialist ,ator-
land Pasco counties, the city of St. Peters- n .. ":" ,
' burg and the Southwest Florida Water Man- : "MY.
agement'District (SWFWMD). The regional water supply authority was.,
And all three have said they don't want created by local governments at the.urging
the job. of the legislature, which instructed warring
"I've been so involved in helping to put it Tampa Bay governments to create an au-
(the authority) together in the legislature thority themselves, or one would be imposed
that I've'never thought about running the upon them. ." / !-..,
thing." Twachtmann told The Times. Only Pasco County and Tampa officials
"I have heard about it (the post of execu- have failed to vote themselves a part of the
tive director), but presently no, no authority/ and Twachtmann said he expects
plans," he'said. the city to join shortly. / '' ......