Graham sets deadline for end
of water board feud
By PATRICE FLINCHBAUGH Gov. Bob Graham resolved.
Tribune Staff Writer Graham said he expected the
TALLAHASSEE Gov. Bob gave board members agency to clarify the role of its vari-
Graham lectured and his appoint- until Nov. 14 to settle basin boards. He warned that some
ees, soundly admonished, listened basinn boards might be expanded in
quietly as he demanded the power their differences. membership. And, Graham said, all
board members can expect to serve
struggle end at the Southwest Flor- only two terms from now on.
ida Water Management District. "This relationship can and will
In a terse 10-minute address on reconsider the prospect of continu- s relationship can and will
Monday, Graham said he expected ing to serve," Graham told the ap- be clarified in a harmonious way,"
members of the district's basin pointers. Graham said.
boards to settle and voluntarily with- "This is no time, and Southwest Following his remarks Monday,
draw a lawsuit filed in 1984 by the Florida is no place, for quibbling," none of the district officials ques-
basins and Citrus Mutual against the he said. Nearly 3 million Foridians tioned Graham, and the governor
agency's parent board in Brooks- live in therapidly growing area coy- departed the Cabinet meeting room
se board iered by the district. Water use swiftly, thus avoiding inquiries from
Graham set a Nov. 14 deadline reaches 1.5 billion gallons each day, -reporters.
for m settlement the date of the next he said. h Bruce Samson, chairman of the
hearing in the court case. Graham said the average Florid- district governing board and a candi-
Anything less than settlement ian is not interested in the legal dis- date for mayor of Tampa, told
would mean no new terms for board putes at the agency and even less in- Graham he agreed with his settle-
members facing reappointment, he terested with the details of whose ment plan and that the governing
threatened, budget funds what activity board would try to adopt it as an ad-.
The squabble concerns which "These Floridians are interested, ministrative rule. Proceedings for
faction control s the destiny and tax- however, when these disputes result the new rule would begin today and
faction controls the district. Thean in double taxation, in a lack of coor- Wednesday, he added.
ing powers of the district. The The proposedsettlement would
agency is charged by law primarily donation or jeopardizithe rein any wayfirmly seat control of budgeting and
/ with monitoring the water supply of the quality of life in the futur enforcement of water regulations at
S the region and issuing permits for its said Graham. the governing board level, whilo pre-
use. The $7 mionflictn in resulted in an serving the basin board's say iu locir
"Anyone who currently is serv- cess $ million in taxes being col- ering b board l i pe
1S ins on any of these boards who is not elected by the agency in 1984. Dis-
imitted to settlement needs to bursement of the funds has yet to be See GRAHAM, Pag 'B
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