Honorable Mary R. Grizzle
Honorable S. Curtis Kiser
Honorable Ed S. Whitson, Jr.
Honorable Betty Easley
Honorable John J. Savage
Honorable A.S. Robinson
Honorable Richard Price
Honorable Roger H. Wilson
Honorable Donald R. Crane
Honorable James L. Redman
Honorable John L. Ryals
Honorable R. Ed Blackburn, Jr.
Honorable Jim Foster
Honorable Terrell Sessums
Honorable Paul W. Danahy
Honorable Richard S. Hodes
Honorable Guy Spicola
Honorable Elvin L. Marines
Honorable Ronald R. Richmond
Honorable John R. Culbreath
Honorable John T. Ware
Honorable Richard J. Deeb
Honorable Henry Sayler
Honorable David H. McClain
Honorable Louis De la Parte
Honorable Julian B. Lane
Honorable Curtis Peterson
Honorable Alan Trask
Mr. Harmon W. Shields Executive Director
Mr. Donald Feaster
Southwest Florida Water Management District Board Members
Mr. Derrill S. McAteer
Mr. Robert E. Vaughn
Mr. J. R. Graw
Mr. Thomas M. Vander Veer
Mr. Joe E. Hill
Mr. N. Brooks Johns
Mr. JChn A. Anderson
Mr. Herman Beville
Mr. S. C. Bexcly, Jr.
Mr. Jay T. Ahern
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Mr. Jacob D. Varn
September 23, 1974
have upon other local authorities including private water utilities; (6)
a survey of the existing and anticipated future water needs. (Section 7,
Chapter 74-114, Laws of Florida)
Each of these factors will require documentation or evidence supporting the
whereas recitals in the articles before favorable action can be expected.
We would anticipate that the five local governments would prepare a com-
prehensive plan for the Authority's function that would address each of
these various factors. In any event, it will be necessary for the Department's
staff to assimilate some data and evidence on these factors prior to rec-
ommending approval of the Articles to the Governor and Cabinet sitting as
the head of the Department of Natural Resources.
We appreciate the opportunity to review this Agreement and look forward to
working with you and the agencies concerned in this effort to most effectively
and efficiently supply the required quantities of water to the urban areas
and at the same time, protect the natural beauties of Florida.
S\ ^Charles M. Sanders
Division of Interior Resources
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"- REUBIN O'D. ASKEW
tat Florida DOOY .GLISSON
g tat IoVrid V Secretary of State
ROBERT L. SIIEVIN
\r i Attorney General
FRED O. D)ICKINSON, JR.
D P IENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES T'^ .O'MALLEY
W. FIELDS CROWN BUILDING / 202 BLOUNT STREET / TALLAHASSEE 32304 RCoLPmssioner AIgrOu
executive D etlor Commissioner of Education
SlSeptember 23, 1974
Mr. Jacob D. Varn .,/ .,
Attorney at Law ,
Post Office Box 3239 .
Tampa, Florida 33501
This is to acknowledge receipt of your letter of September 15, 1974 with
a copy of an unexecuted Agreement between Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas
Counties and the cities of Tampa and St. Petersburg to form a Regional Water
Supply Authority under authority of Chapter 74-114, Laws of Florida.
My staff has reviewed your draft articles for the West Coast Regional Water
Supply Authority. While we recognize that the problems involved in supplying
water to the various municipal distribution systems in the Tampa Bay area
will be best solved be a regional approach, we are concerned with the fact
that the territorial extent of the Authority is as large as that of the
three counties involved.
Regulatory problems will doubtlessly arise in the future with this Department,
the Southwest Florida Water Management District, affected property owners,
and environmentally concerned public interest groups. The proposed articles
are silent on this matter. We feel that a resolution of this issue is
necessary and would be most expeditiously accomplished by a provision
recognizing the jurisdiction of Southwest Florida Water Management District
and the Department of Natural Resources in the regulation and conservation
of the water resources.
The contact between the Supply Authority and the regulatory agencies is most
critical in the formative and planning stages of the Supply Authority's
existence. It is our sincere hope that this Authority will be able to
efficiently utilize the water resources without encountering the problems
that we have experienced in the past from water exploitation by excessive
demands upon a few limited well fields.
The Lawi required that the Department consider: (1) the size of the geographic
territory to be served by the Authority; (2) the maximum economic development
of the water resources; (3) the availability of adequate quantities of water
without adverse environmental effects; (4) the Authority's ability to design
and construct the necessary works; (5) the effect that the Authority would
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