May ^, 1979
Section 21 Well Field,
City of St. Petersburg
1940 The City of St. Petersburg purchased the Pinellas Water
Company including approximately 600 acres of Section 21.
1963 / The City of St. Petersburg developed and placed a well
field into operation on the Section 21 property.
February 1972 The need for regulation of the City of St. Petersburg's
South Pasco, Cosme-Odessa, and Section 21 well fields,
established during Public hearings held in December
1971 and January 1972, led the Board of Governors of the
Southwest Florida Water Management District to issue
Order No. 72-1 establishing potentiometric surface
regulatory levels for the Cosme-Odessa and Section 21
July 1973 The Board of Governors of the Southwest Florida Water
Management District, by Order No. 73-1D, declared that
a water shortage existed within an area of the south
three miles of Pasco County and the north eight miles
of Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties lying between
State Road 55 (U.S. 19) and State Road 45 (U.S. 41).
September 1973 Due to a still existing water shortage, the Southwest
Florida Water Management District entered Order No.
73-5D requiring that withdrawals of water in Section
21 be limited to staff recommended potentiometric
levels and that water conserving practices be immediately
constituted in the water shortage area.
November 1973 At the regular public hearing, Order No. 73-6R was
entered which established in addition to existing re-
gulatory monitor levels, a gallonage cap upon the Section
21 and Cosme-Odessa well fields so that the total
maximum withdrawals from the combined well fields
could not exceed 168 million gallons per week non-
cumalative, with production reasonably balanced between
the two well fields.
April 1974 The Governing Board of the Southwest Florida Water
Management District issued Order No. 74-11R amending
Order No. 72-1 and extending a hearing date to consider
establishing monitor levels for the shallow aquifer in
the well field from August 10 to August 14, 1974.
June 1974 Order No. 74-34 was entered at the Southwest Florida
Water Management District public hearing amending Orders
No. 73-5D, 72-1, and 73-6R. This Order called for the
City of St. Petersburg to require water conserving devices
on all new construction based on the availability of the
January 1975 A program for issuance of permits authorizing the consump-
tive use of water was implemented cormmencin lJanuary 1,
1975. Existing users prior to January 1, 1975 were ---
allowed to be continued through December 31, 1976 without
a Consumptive Use Permit.
September 1975 The City of St. Petersburg applied for a permit for public
water supply at an existing use of 9 mgd and new use
of 18 mgd from 6 wells located in Section 21, Hillsborough
County for off-site consumption. Quantities applied for
Average Annual: 18 mgd
Maximum Daily: 22 mgd
May 1, 1979
Section 21 Well Field
October 1975 The City of St. Petersburg sold 16 acres of its property
in Section 21 to the Tampa Electric Company. The Tampa
Electric Company inturn, conveyed all Of the water rights
under certain TECO properties adjacent to the City of
St. Petersburg's Section 21 property bringing the total
of City owned or controlled properties in Section 21 to
675 acres. : .
January 1976 The first public hearing on the Section 21 Well Field
was held at the Southwest Florida Water Management
District. In addition to the requested quantities, the
applicant requested that the existing .regulatory levels
be maintained, that the pumping cap be removed, and that
a 5 foot variance in the regulatory levels be allowed as
opposed to the 3 foot .variance set forth in Order No. 73-6R.
Since the application did not refer to the desired quanti-
ties of water or the removal of the pumping cap, the
hearing was scheduled for continuation on February 18,
February 1976 At the continued Section 21 hearing, a permit was granted
under the same regulations which the City of St. Petersburg
had been operating under through Order No. 73-6R with
one exception. During 1976, the City would be allowed
to exceed the 168 million gallons a week cap in connection
with the Cosme-Odessa well field, by up to 21 million
gallons per week during any six weeks with all production
to be reasonably balanced between the two well fields.-
The permit was set-,to-expire on December 31, 1980.
March 1976 The Governing Board of the Southwest Florida Water
Management District issued Final Order No. 76-1 for
permit applicationJ7500003, -Section 21, City of St.
August 1976 Permit No. 7500003 was issued to the City St. Petersburg
under Order No. 76-1 by the Gpverning Board of the South-
west Florida Water Management District. The combined
withdrawals for six wells were authorized at:
18 mgd average annual
S22 mgd maximum daily .
The Regulatory constraints of Chapter 160 were met with
the exception that the proposed withdrawals would cause
a drawdown of the potentiometric surface at the boundaries
of the applicants well field by more than five feet. The
amount of water consumptively used would exceed the water
crop by 2667% based on the availability of 675,000 gpd
September 1976 The City of St. Petersburg filed a petition for a
Writ of Certiorari with the Second District Court of
Appeals to review the Southwest Florida Water Management
District final orders and permits. The City of St. Peters-
burg sought authorization to withdraw quantities of water
at Section 21 well field based on regulatory levels rather
than gallonage caps permitted for withdrawal by the South-
west Florida Water Management District. The petitioner.
also sought to demonstrate the regulatory levels were
based on the water crop theory; the water crop theory
being in derogation of Chapter 373, maximum use of the,
water resource, and the water crop theory limiting
withdrawals to the amount of property under control by
the applicant. : ...
May 1I 1979
Section 21 Well Field
October 1971 The Second District Court of Appeals upheld the decisions
of the Southwest Florida Water Management District
because the City of St. Petersburg failed to show that
the regulatory levels of the aquifer, as set by the
District, were established by other than reference to the
test of significant harm to the water resources of the
area. The City of St. Petersburg then petition to the
District Court of Appeals for a rehearing and asked that
the case be referred to the Florida Supreme Court.
November 1977 The Second District Court of Appeals denied the petition
for a rehearing.
January 1978 The City of St. Petersburg filed a petition for a Writ
of Certiorari with the Florida Supreme Court-and also
filed a petition for the Court to exercise jurisdiction
in the matter.
March 1978 The Florida Supreme Court denied a motion to take jurisdiction
in the matter.
January 1979 The Florida Supreme Court entered an Order denying the
City of St. Petersburg's petition for a Writ of Certiorari.
This final dismissal exhausted the judicial avenues for
the City to petition the Southwest Florida Water Management
District's-permitting decisions for Section 21 Well Field.