Title: Article in Tampa Tribune by Flinchbaugh, Patrice and also Seegal, Jane
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Title: Article in Tampa Tribune by Flinchbaugh, Patrice and also Seegal, Jane
Alternate Title: Flinchbaugh, Patrice. "Governor dives into water board dispute." and also Seegal, Jane. "Plan outlines county waste water needs." Tampa Tribune.
Physical Description: 2p.
Language: English
Publication Date: Oct. 31, 1986
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
General Note: Box 4, Folder 2 ( SF BASIN BOARD CONCEPT ), Item 69
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Volume ID: VID00001
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Governor dives into

water board dispute

By PATRICE FLINCHBAUGH The governor is inviting
Tribune Staff Writer
members of the feuding
Gov. Bob Graham is stepping in to try to
settle.the long-standing power struggle at the water district governing
Southwest Florida Water Management Dis- board and basin boards to
In an unprecedented move, Graham has meet in his office.
invited the members of the governing board
and basin boards of the district whom he
appoints to a discussion next Monday in his
Tallahassee office. \ man Bruce Samson, an entry in the 1987 race
"I don't recall anything like this, not in for mayor of Tampa.
water management issues," said Victoria Influenced by politicians sympathetic to
Tschinkel, secretary of the Department of En- the basin boards, the Florida Senate politically
vironmental Regulation. slapped Samson n May by not confirming his
"It came to the point where the governor reappointment to the governing board.
said he wanted it taken care of," said John Graham exercised executive powers to name
Wehle, an assistant to Tschinkel. "I don't know Samson, a distant cousin, to a new one-year
that he's had to sit down and talk with a group term.
of his appointees before." Then, earlier this month, the Pasco County
The squabble at the district erupted in Commission asked Graham to consider
1984 primarily over which group controlled removing Samson as chairman because his
the budget of the little-known water manage- mayoral campaign literature proclaimed sup-
ment agency in BrooksvlUe. The governing port for city interests in the feud with rural re-/
board, in an attempt to streamline Its agency, gions for water rights. Graham declined.
ha attempted to abolish a group of local On Monday, the governor is expected to
water boards and take away their taxing offer a plan drafted by Wehile for clearly
powers. d delineating the responsibilities of the govern-
Basin boards, which map rivers and deal Ing board and basin boards.
with local flood control, act as liaisons be- The proposed settlement would firmly seat
teen the public and the parent board n control of budgeting and enforcement of
Brooksville. water regulations at the governing board
members and agricultural interests prompted In water-related projects with local flavor. The
a lawsuit that has yet to be resolved. The fight
also has spilled over to affect district chair- See GRAHAM, Page 2B

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