ST. PETERSBURG TIMES
WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 1976
Back to the
An agreement that would have
L4 marked a bold plunge into regional wa-
iter distribution was sent back to the
drawing board by the commission.
S After receiving two versions of a
Contract that would turn over its inter-
S ests in the Cypress Creek wellfield in
Pasco County, to the West C -
gional Water Supply Authority, the Pi-ME
"neuas commission "ecicded that nei-
Sther would do.
S The first, hammered out in several'
months of negotiations between the au-
thority, Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsbor-
ough counties, and some cities, lacked
adequate safeguards of Pinellas' inter-
ests, county officials said.
The second, drawn up over the
weekend by Dunlap and John Allen, I
the county's water attorney, had too t
many, water supply authority officials
shot back. i
SALLEN warned the commission
Against approving the first contract.
He termed it "legal death."
"What this proposes is ttt there is i
Sno way back," he said. "If you turn
over your facilities and something goes
wrong, all the litigation in the world is
not going to get you the water you
S"The question is whether you want
to determine your own destiny or feel
the water board is so constructed that
it would be sureto take care of all your
The version he and Dunlap devised
had several safeguards. One was a
clause that said the county could have
Cypress Creek back anytime it wants
That did not sit well with water C
"board officials, including Commission-
,er Rainey, who is the water board .