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||New power 'kind of scares' environmental agency chief
||Newspaper article by Jere Moore Jr. in St. Petersburg Times, "New power 'kind of scares' environmental agency chief."
||Moore, Jere, Jr. ( Author )
||June 16, 1975
||North America -- United States of America -- Florida
||Box 4, Folder 10 ( SF - ENVIRONMENTAL REORGANIZATION ACT OF 1975. FLORIDA. ), Item 5
||Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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V iSt. Petersburg Times, Monday, June 16, 1975
New power 'kind of scares'
environmental agency chief
By JERE MOORE JR.
TALLAHASSEE (AP) Jay Landeis says
the power he will have after July 1 is a little think it's good
frightening. that there's a
As the appointed secretary of the Environ- check on anything
mental Regulation Department, Landers and I dobecauseit can
district managers directly responsible to him f o be pealed to he
will make decisions on Florida's rivers, beaches be appeaorand
and countryside that now are made by the seven agoveinet'd
elected Cabinet members. y '
The responsibility "kind of scares me," says Jay Landers
Landers, 33. "I think it's good that there's a
check on anything I do because it can be ap-
pealed to the governor and Cabinet." .
pealed tothe governor and Cabinet." will accept. If I do my job well, there shouldn't
"THE NEW environmental reorganization be that many appeals."
law takes away from the Cabinet decisions on WHEN THE CABINET has rejected his
issuing permits for projects such as dredging recommendations, it has been on hotly contest-
waterways, building docks and marinas over ed issues.
state waters and building seawalls. Landers said he expected those kinds of is-
The Legislature gave to Landers the de- sues to continue to go to the Cabinet when an
cisions on big projects. applicant objects to a permit denial, or when
District managers will decide on smaller neighbors or environmental groups object to
projects in their regions such as less than granting a permit.
300-foot-long seawalls or dredging less than Most of those issues will go through public
4,000 cubic yards, hearings before reaching the Cabinet, he added.
Landers, who serves at the pleasure of the Landers said the Legislature made quite
governor, will have the right to hire and fire the clear what it wanted and what he will do- in
district managers. the environmental reorganization: Streamlining
the permitting procedure and delegating au-
SOME PROJECTS, such as rebuilding thority away from Tallahassee to make rapid
seawalls and docks, won't require any permit at decisions for applicants.
all after the new law goes into effect. "THE KEY positions are district manag-
For example, of 26 permitting requests to be ers," he said.
considered by the Cabinet Tuesday, 13 would be The agency must have good managers if they i
decided by Landers under the new law, 12 by are going to receive added responsibility, but I
district managers and one would require no per- there also must be good central control for state- :
mit. wide consistency, Landers said.
Landers said his work with the Cabinet for He said he had not decided who the district ;
the past year as head of the Internal Improve- managers would be or even how many districts :
ment Trust Fund staff has taught him the stan- would be established. He said he expected there j
dards of Cabinet members on environmental would be five districts to conform with the water j
protection. management districts, which also are brought i
"Very few of my recommendations were not into the new agency and are required to work j
followed," he said. "I think I know what they closely with the environmental districts.