Vol. 38, No. 34 March 25, 1988 Florida Citrus Mutual 813/682-1111
iFCC tables Mutual intervenes in defense of
fresh fruit SWFWMD water permitting rule
S Mutual this week intervened said. "If the 5-3-1 Rule is invali-
,agency issue in the defense of Southwest Florida dated, citrus growers could be
The Citrus Commission on Water Management District's adversely impacted by large water
March 16 tabled a controversial (SWFWMD) 5-3-1 Rule, which is users withdrawing vast quantities
motion by Commissioner Bernard one of the district's guidelines for of water."
Egan that four advertising agen- issuing consumptive use permits. A state administrative hear-
cies be asked to recommend fresh The rule assures that large with- ing officer allowed Mutual and
fruit advertising and merchandis- drawals of groundwater do not re- Pasco County to intervene in as-
ing strategies for the Department sult in harmful impacts to adjacent sisting SWFWMD's defense of the
of Citrus (DOC). water users, lakes, wetlands and 5-3-1 Rule.
Egan's motion was based on a other water resources.
suggestion by the Indian River The 5-3-1 Rule is being chal- Mutual and other parties pre-
Citrus League. The League has lenged by West Coast Regional sented evidence at a hearing in
asked the commission to forward Supply Authority, which wants to Brooksville Wednesday and Thurs-
results of the recently conducted withdraw millions of gallons of day. Among other Mutual wit-
Fresh Focus Group Study to four water daily from numerous one- nesses were two Mutual members
advertising agencies, including acre well sites in Hillsborough -- John D. Cook and Dr. Herb
current DOC fresh fruit agency County. The 5-3-1 Rule hinders Chapman. Cook is a Hillsborough
Fry/Hammond/Barr of Orlando. the authority's well field develop- County grower who had an acre of
Under the League proposal, the ment plans. his property condemned so that
agencies would advise the Citrus "Mutual supports the 5-3-1 West Coast Regional Supply
Commission how they would apply Rule as being a reasonable method Authority could develop a well
the results of the study to the of ensuring that everyone has ac- field. Chapman is vice chairman
U. S. domestic market in the form cess to water," Mutual Executive of SWFWMD's Agricultural Advis-
of advertising and merchandising Vice President Bobby F. McKown ory Committee.
League Executive Vice Pres- Waste facility won't be in DeSoto
ident Doug Bournique said fresh
fruit marketing programs need to
be reviewed because domestic fresh if ERC recoendation is adopted
fruit sales are down this year
compared to the previous season As requested by Mutual, the the only one of the four in the cit-
and larger crops are expected in state's Environmental Regulation rus belt.
the future. Commission has recommended that The governor and the Cabinet
Several Citrus Commissioners Florida's hazardous waste treat- will make the final decision whether
who are not from the Indian River ment facility be located somewhere to place the facility in Union Coun-
District immediately attacked the other than DeSoto County. ty. If the state does not select a
League proposal. On March 17, after hearing site by May, it could lose its share
Commissioners Ed Smoak and testimony from Mutual and others, of federal superfund money for
Joe L. Davis Sr. said nothing the commission recommended that hazardous waste landfill cleanup.
should be done until the study is the facility be placed in Union
presented to the commission. County in northern Florida. M dfly found
Commissioner Dave Hamrick Mutual urged the commis-y IUu
added that he would want to know sion on March 17 and the Depart- in Dade County
what Fry/Hammond/Barr has done ment of Environmental Regulation
wrong before he considered chang- on March 9 not to place the facility A single Mediterranean fruit
ing agencies. in DeSoto. Mutual feared that fly was found Tuesday in the Dade
Ed Shores, an executive with placement of the facility in DeSoto County community of Sweetwater,
large fresh fruit shipper Orange- could jeopardize the citrus indus- state and federal agricultural of-
Co. Inc. said Fry/Hammond/Barr try that is a key part of the coun- ficials announced.
has been doing a good job and is ty's environment. The male Medfly was discov-
very responsive to suggestions DeSoto was one of four coun- ered in a Jackson trap baited with
ties which the DER was consider- trimedlure hanging in a guava
(Please see FRESH, Page 6) ing as a potential site, and was (Please see MEDFLY, page 6)