SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
RESOLUTION NO. 599
ESTABLISHING COORDINATION WITH THE
ST. JOHNS WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
CONCERNING THE TRANSFER OF THE OKLAWAHA RIVER BASIN
WHEREAS, THE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT, hereinafter
called Southwest District, was created under Florida Statutes, Chapter 61-691,
as amended, Laws of Florida, Acts of 1961; and
WHEREAS, THE OKLAWAHA RIVER BASIN, hereinafter called Basin, was consti-
tuted in and part of the Southwest District under Florida Statutes 61-691, as
amended, Laws of Florida, Acts of 1961; and
WHEREAS, Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, also known as the Water Resources
Act of 1972, as amended, provides for the area within the Basin to be trans-
ferred to and become a part of the St. Johns Water Management District, herein-
after called St. Johns District, on July 1, 1975; and
WHEREAS, the Southwest District has publicly stated the constitutional,
operational and financial problems that should be resolved prior to the transfer
of the area within the Basin and has recommended delaying the transfer until
these problems are more fully resolved; and
WHEREAS, the Southwest District filed suit against Hernando County seeking
a declaratory judgement that the transfer of territory will not terminate the
status and existence of the Southwest District as a special district vested
with continued ad valorem taxing power on the date the 1968 Florida Constitu-
tion became effective, which judgement has been denied by the Circuit Court of
the Fifth Judicial Circuit in Hernando County and is being appealed;'and
WHEREAS, the Southwest District believes that the ad valorem tax issue
and other funding and contractual matters should be fully resolved prior to
such transfer but desires to keep the staff and Governing Board of the St.
Johns District advised of all activities and to afford the St. Johns District
an opportunity to participate in all matters affecting the Basin;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GOVERNING BOARD OF THE SOUTHWEST
FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT as follows:
1. The staff of Southwest District is directed to keep the St. Johns
District advised of all matters relating to the Oklawaha Basin by sending
copies of all notices, agendas and supporting documents relating thereto
to the Executive Director, to the Chairman, and to such other St. Johns
District Governing Board Members as so request such materials.
2. The St. Johns District is hereby respectfully requested to submit
suggestions and recommendations and to participate in all meetings, work-
shops and other activities relating to all matters affecting the Oklawaha
3. The St. Johns District is invited and requested to assign a member
of its staff to serve as coordinator, monitor and spokesman on matters
affecting the Oklawaha Basin and to occupy office space furnished by South-
west District at its headquarters in Brooksville, Florida, to facilitate
participation in all matters affecting the Oklawaha Basin.
4. The staff of Southwest District is directed to assist the St. Johns
District in fully understanding the long-range plans and the operating and
maintenance procedures so it will be prepared to assume full responsibility
therefore without interruption or undue cost when the transfer can be made.
5. Copies of this resolution shall be forwarded to each member of the
Governing Board of St. Johns District, to the Executive Director, and to the
Department of Natural Resources.
PASSED and ADOPTED this 14th day of May 1975 by the Governing Board of
the Southwest Florida Water Management District.
Derrill S. McAteer, Chairman
^ r ^ // t1/ 1Approved
Thomas M. Van der Veer, Secretary ~/ ..
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STATE OF FLORIDA
COUNTY OF HERNANDO
I, THOMAS M. VAN DER VEER, Secretary of the Board of Governors of the
Southwest Florida Water Management District, do hereby certify that the
foregoing is a true and correct copy of Resolution No. 599 duly adopted
by said District Board of Governors on the 14th day of May, 1975.
I FURTHER CERTIFY that said Resolution has not been revoked, modified or
changed in any way and is, at the date of this Certificate, in full force
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 14th day of
Thomas M. Van der Veer, Secretary
Sworn and Subscribed to this //
day of /TA _... 1975.
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