TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1986 I
water use O
is drawing o
to a close
By DAVID BALLINGRUD .Z
St Petersburg Times Staff Writer
Along, bitter and sometimes embar- W ( |
rassing dispute between rural and urban .a
water users on the Suncoast appears to be > c
coming to an end. A truce, of sorts, has Ct
been declared. -o .
The Southwest Florida Water Manage- W | -
ment District, commonly called Swiftmud, -- -- ? o
was notified Monday that longtime antago- -_________ ..
Mutual are dropping out of a 2-year-old
lawsuit over who has the power to set water 4 "- "c
policy. o o
Robert Snow, attorney for Hernando (
County, the remaining plaintiff, could not be 6 4 j W.
reached for comment. But McAteer and 0' g" "- 8
representatives of Swiftmud and the citrus C
growers all said Hernando County also was g S-= o
abandoning the lawsuit. o E
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After two years of bare knuckles and o .0 c S 2
raised voices, all the parties spoke of har- 0 -o o
money Monday. 3 .._ o04, =-
"The district's attitude is good," said ..
McAteer, a former Swiftmud chairman who ho c 0 C
often speaks for rural water users. "We g = So Ct. .
now have a good relationship with the H S,., 2 8 0
district." "o -= 1 |
"Maybe this will help to heal some old o0 o -= u -, -g, -
wounds," said current Chairman Michael E | '- ^ o _ - = -
Zagorac. I |" 8 =-
"We have to work with them (Swift- "- "
mud) over the long haul," said Bobby i =
McKown of Florida Citrus Mutual. "This is '
in the best interest of all the parties." (0 =| "
Marion County Circuit Court Judge 8 .
Raymond T. McNeal was to rule on the
lawsuit this week, but McAteer and
McKown said the nearness of that ruling
had nothing to do with their decisions to
drop the case.
In August, however, McNeal decided a
related case with language that gave Swift-
mud hope it would prevail in this suit.
Please see SUIT 8-B