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10-A + Moaday, Oct.11. I17,
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"PINELLAS COUNTY Commis- ties. The idea is that a neutral
sioner Don Jones' public op- body representing all interests
position to a regional solution for would eliminate the past tactic
water supply makes it manda- of one county going into another
tory that the Legislature again county for water which may be
step in to solve the Bay area's needed by that county for its own
water war. growth.
Jones, for all practical pur- Jones knows that Pinellas
poses, stands as the lone dissent- cannot supply itself with water
er in the takeover of Cypress from beneath that county be-
Creek wellfield by the West cause of salt water intrusion.
Coast Regional Water Supply Jones seems to think that if Pi-
Atithority. He is using his posi- nellas can stop the regional ap-
tion as Chairman of the Commis- proach it can win in court or
sion to block the regional ap- -from the Legislature the right to
proach and to browbeat fellow take water from anyone under
Commissioner and Authority the theory that water belongs to
Chairman Charles Rainey, who everyone, not the people whose
favors it. ground it is on or below.
The Pinellas Commission last Not only is that parochial,
w :ek refused to take the first confiscatory and shortsighted
step toward that transfer. Jones but it goes against the record of
argues that Pinellas must retain Legislature. Rainey opts for re-
half its interest in the pipeline gional water control as the best
running from the wellfield and protection for Pinellas and
opposes a transfer of Pinellas' argues that Pinellas must make
holdings in the wellfield itself, a full-faith transfer of its Cy-
-. press Creek facilities to make
"?3Jones contends he must have
such a plan work.
security against a failure by the "
Authority to keep its commit- The reluctance of fellow Com-
ment to supply water to Pinellas missioners (except Rainey) to
after the transfer. His real ob- stand up to Jones and Jones' own
section is against any regional self-appointed position as the
approach to solve any regional rightful protector of Pinellas' in-
problems. Besides fighting the terests leaves only one alterna-
Authority, Jones wants to abol- tive.
ish the Southwest Florida Water
Management Board and the
Tampa Bay Regional Planning THE LEGISLATURE must do
Council. two things. It must replace the
Authority's present Board of
S* Directors, composed of politi-
cians, with lay members ap-
THE PROPOSAL would have pointed by the Governor. It must
Pinellas and St. Petersburg, grant the Authority eminent do-
joint owners of the wellfield in main powers to acquire present
Pasco County and the existing wellfields and future land for
pipeline, sell the whole works to wcllfields.
the Authority at the cost of their
These are steps of a last re-
investment. In return, the Au-
sort. But they are measures
thority would provide Pinellas
made necessary by the conduct
30-million gallons of water daily of on Jones. T do ss is t
from the wellfield.
consign future water supply for
Such a plan is lnecessary to all three counties to the hands
put the Authority in the business of narrow-mlinded, unrealistic