Title: Letter to Robert Lamoreaux from Kenneth G. Oertel re EESC's possible recommendation to the Legislature that all environmental permitting relating to w
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Title: Letter to Robert Lamoreaux from Kenneth G. Oertel re EESC's possible recommendation to the Legislature that all environmental permitting relating to w
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Mr. Robert Lamoreaux
September 11, 1987
Page Two


If you want more information on this I will send you
a list of the members of the Study Commission and try to
answer any questions you may have.

Yours truly,


Kenneth G. Oertel
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SLAW OFFICES
SOERTEL 6e HorFFMAN
A PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION
KENN TH 0. OERTEL SUITE C
KENN TH K HOFFMAN 2700 BLAIR STONE ROAD
SEGUNDO J. FERNANDEZ TALLAHASSEE FLORDA 301
TERRY COLE TELEPHONE (004) 07700
HAROLD F. X. PURNELL TELCPHONC (004) 877-00
M. CHRISTOPHER BRYANT
W. DAVID WATKINS MAILING ADDRESS:
4MATHA J. EDENFIELD POST OFFICE bOX 507
ELEANOR A. JOSEPH September 11, 1987 TALLAHASSEE. FLORIDA 3234-eso0
DOUGLAS P MANSON
R. L. CALEEN, JR
WILLIAM E. POWERS, JR.


Mr. Robert Lamoreaux
Deseret Ranches of Fla., Inc.
Star Route, Box 1250
Melbourne, FL 32901

Dear Bob:

I want to alert you to something that might affect
Deseret Ranches' interests. Pursuant to recent legislation,
the Governor and Legislature have appointed what is called
the Environmental Efficiency Study Commission. The purpose
of this Commission is to study ways and make recommendations
to the Legislature as to how environmental permitting can
be simplified and made more "efficient." This Commission
has had several meetings and appears to be strongly headed
in the direction of recommending to the Legislature that
all environmental permitting relating to waters and wetlands
be delegated to Water Management Districts.

My personal opinion is that this would be a disaster
for everybody, but I realize I am prejudiced in my opinion
as to the worthiness of Water Management Districts. However,
regardless of their merits, the proposal, if adopted by
the Legislature, would raise significant fiscal impacts
on landowners such as Deseret that are paying taxes on large
tracts of land. Since Water Management Districts pay for
their budgets by assessing property taxes, if environmental
permitting is delegated to the Water Management Districts
I feel certain their tax assessments would have to be raised
in order to pay for the increased manpower responsibilities
each District would inherit. Presently these functions
are paid for out of General Revenue. Water Management Districts
are funded by property tax assessments.





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