Title: Memorandum to L. M. Blain re Save Our Rivers Program, draft of July 10, 1981, for 17 projects with locations on map, chart on acreage and costs, and p
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July 15, 1981


MEMORANDUM


TO: L. M. BLAIN, General Counsel

FROM: F. H. MUSSELMANN, Chief, Real Estate Section4

RE: Save Our Rivers Program


Please find enclosed the latest draft (7-10-81) of proposed priorities
and a detailed breakdown of my cost estimates in connection with the
referenced program. I am not distributing the breakdown of my cost
estimates.


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SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
WATER MANAGEMENT LAND ACQUISITION o iO
PROPOSED PRIORITIES AND FIVE-YEAR PLAN
DRAFT
GENERAL

The Southwest Florida Water Management District would acquire the
following types of lands under the "Save Our Rivers" Program pursuant to
Chapter 373.590 Florida Statutes:

a. Completion of the land acquisition necessary to the Four River
Basin, Florida Project; examples include the Green Swamp,
Lower Hillsborough and Cypress Creek areas, providing environ-
mentally sound flood control as well as other benefits.

b. Riverine swamps and corridors especially floodways downstream
of flood detention areas and in areas of heavy development
pressure or adjacent to other District land holdings; these
lands are necessary to allow the proper functioning of existing
and proposed water management systems as well as protecting or
restoring natural water management functions such as water
quality and recharge maintenance.

c. Other lands having some unique water management function, such
as special recharge areas or water supply protection; an
example is Prairie Creek in Charlotte County, a direct tributary
to the water supply for Punta Gorda.

PROPOSED PRIORITIES

Following is a preliminary proposed priority list and brief description
of lands which the District envisions acquiring under the "Save Our
Rivers" Program. The priority list is described as preliminary,
since this document is dynamic; and no formal action has been taken by
the District's Governing Board. Any priority or sequence of acquisition
would also be affected by possible negotiation terms. The District
views the dynamic flexibility of this priority list and five-year plan
to be essential in providing the most efficient use of funds for land
acquisition.

1. Green Swamp Project

As part of the Four River Basin, Florida Project, the District has
acquired over 75,000 acres in the Green Swamp area. An additional
21,971 acres are needed to complete this project which would
provide flood control and water storage while protecting and
restoring wetlands, water quality, flood plains, recharge areas,
and providing a good potential for recreation and water supply
development.






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2. Withlacoochee and Hillsborough Riverine Corridors

The acquisition of these lands in concert with completion of the
Green Swamp Project, would put the headwaters flood plains of the
Hillsborough and Withlacoochee Rivers entirely in public ownership.
These corridors cover over 15,000 acres and consist primarily of
hardwood forests and swamps. These lands function as a natural
conveyance for flood waters and have natural water storage
capabilities.

3. Anclote Water Storage Lands (Starkey)

The District has acquired 5,400 acres in the flood plains of the
Anclote and Pithlachascotee Rivers, which also serve as a well
field for New Port Richey. Approximately 4,000 adjacent acres are
currently being considered for additional flood plain and wetland
protection. This area is under considerable development pressure.

4. Sawgrass Lake Addition

The District has acquired 360 acres in Pinellas County as a water
retention area which protects the surrounding communities from
flood damage. The District operates the retention area in a manner
which preserves and restores the natural wetlands of the area. In
1977, the District built an environmental education center in
cooperation with the School District and Parks Department of Pinellas
County. The complex contains 5,700 feet of boardwalk and 2,900
feet of footpaths which provide opportunities for a close examination
of local flora and fauna. The acquisition of 40 additional acres
would provide for expansion of the complex and its water management
capability.

5. Cypress Creek

This area includes about 7,250 acres of riverine forest associated
with the downstream drainage of the Cypress Creek Flood Detention
Area. This part of the Hillsborough and Pasco Counties is under
intense development pressure. Acquisition would provide natural
flood control and water supply protection.

6. Lower Hillsborough Project

As part of the Four River Basins, Florida Project, the District has
acquired nearly 15,000 acres of riverine forest and adjoining water
storage areas along a ten (10) mile reach of the Hillsborough River
downstream of the Hillsborough River State Park. Approximately
160 acres additional land along Flint Creek, from the river upstream
to Lake Thonotosassa is needed for water management, water storage
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7. Mac Arthur Tract

This 30,000-acre site could provide various water management
functions; including water conservation, wetlands protection and
water supply. The site is in an area under development pressure
and is within a region of limited naturally available potable
water.

8. Brooker Creek Riverine System

Brooker Creek originates in the marshes and swamps of Northwest
Hillsborough County and travels less than ten (10) miles into Lake
Tarpon in Pinellas County. These 1,015-acres of wetlands remain
essentially intact in an area of extremely rapid suburban development.

9. Medard Reservoir Floodway

The District owns approximately 1,250 acres in the upper reaches of
the Alafia River in Hillsborough County. A reservoir and park
exist on the land already owned. An additional 140 acres are
necessary along the river as a floodway to allow maximum discharges
to occur safely without additional structural modifications.

10. Jack Creek

This 865-acre site in Highlands County represents the ten-year
flood plain of Jack Creek. The land is necessary to allow safe
discharges to occur from the upstream structures regulating lake
levels in the area. This area is under residential development
pressure on its south and east boundaries.

11. Anclote River Floodway

This 4,328-acre site, in concert with the Starkey lands in No. 3
above, would provide public ownership of the Anclote River from
Seven Springs to the headwater. The flood plain consists of
riverine forests and wetlands which are under considerable develop-
ment pressure.

12. Cypress Creek/Trout Creek

The 9,984 acres of flood plain adjacent to these tributaries of the
Hillsborough River are primarily mixed swamp forests composed of
cypress and other hardwoods. At present, this area of Hillsborough
County is under development pressure. Acquisition of these low-
lying forested swamps would prevent future flood problems while
preserving the natural resources of the swamps.










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13. Blackwater Creek

Blackwater Creek, a tributary of the Hillsborough River, has been
subject to the same suburban encroachment generally associated with
many areas within this basin. Purchase of approximately 12,224
acres of Blackwater Creek's flood plain would protect an essential
floodway, prevent further urban encroachment and help alleviate
flooding problems which have developed in the poorly drained upstream
areas.

14. Squirrel Prairie

Squirrel Prairie is a limestone sink region in southern Hernando
County and northern Pasco County. The area's 1,728 acres normally
absorb drainage into the subsurface through the numerous sinkholes,
ponds and sloughs. Acquisition of the Squirrel Prairie area would
preserve the area's recharge capabilities and limited flood abatement
role.

15. Prairie Creek

As a tributary to Shell Creek, the potable water supply source for
the city of Punta Gorda, the 2,752 acres of hardwood flood plain
forest along Prairie Creek represent an important natural resource
to the area. Land acquisition would ensure the protection of water
supply sources in these traditionally water-poor areas of DeSoto
and Charlotte Counties, as well as protect other natural resources.

16. Gum Slough

The 4,416 acres designated for purchase along Gum Slough represent
the ten-year flood plain in this portion of the Withlacoochee River
(Sumter County). The area is primarily extensive hardwood swamps
that extend to the northeastern shore of Lake Tsala Apopka. Purchase
of these lands would preserve large areas of relatively undisturbed
wetlands and swamp forests along with their wildlife and water
resources.

17. Tatum Sawgrass

Located in Sarasota County, the 4,300 acres proposed for acquisition
would include large areas of marshlands and peripheral hammocks
that may provide flood storage within the area, as well as ensuring
water conservation both in supply and quality. Additionally,
acquisition would prevent agricultural encroachment upon wetlands
and therefore preserve the wildlife resources of the area.

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WATER MANAGEMENT LAND ACQUISITION FUND

PROPOSED DISTRICT FY 81-82 Plan

The following land acquisition recommendations for next fixcal year are
based on the best information, estimates, etc., available as of
July 1, 1981.

Green Swamp F.D.A.

Hampton Parcel Approximately 6,744 acres to be negotiated with
(10-200-157) a long-term agreement specifying incremental
purchases (options) over a ten-year period.

First purchase FY 81-82 approximately one-tenth
of total parcel.

$665,000 estimated land acquisition cost
of first purchase if negotiable.

133,000 District Matching Funds

$532,000 Save Our Rivers Funds

Kinsinger Parcel Approximately 1,144 acres to be negotiated by
(10-200-158) agreement (options) providing for two purchases.

First purchase FY 81-82 approximately one-half of
total parcel.

$565,000 estimated land acquisition cost of
first purchase if negotiable.

113,000 District Matching Funds

$452,000 Save Our Rivers Funds

Anclote Storage Approximately 4,000 acres to be negotiated by
Lands (Starkey) agreement (options) providing for four purchases.

First purchase FY 81-82 approximately one-fourth
of total parcel.

$1,100,00 estimated land acquisition cost of
first purchase if negotiable.

220,000 Pinellas-Anclote Matching Funds

$ 880,000 Save Our Rivers Funds







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Sawgrass Lake Approximately 40 acres.
Addition
(16-560-133) $1,000,000 estimated land acquisition cost
if negotiable.

200,000 Pinellas-Anclote Matching Funds

$ 800,000 Save Our Rivers Funds

Lower Hillsborough FDA Approximately 30 parcels consisting of 160+
acres are needed due to modification of Lake
(The FY 81-82 Basin Thonotosassa project. (Some condemnation will
Budget could be reduced probably be required.)
by $525,000 using doc.
stamp tax funds pro- $1,000,000 estimated land acquisition cost
vided the District in- if negotiable.
cludes LHFDA in its
five-year plan to be 200,000 Hillsborough Basin Matching Funds.
submitted by January 15,
1982. $ 800,000 Save Our Rivers Funds


TOTAL STATE REVENUE $3,464,000

TOTAL MATCHING FUNDS BY DISTRICT $ 866,000



It is anticipated that there will be a maximum State revenue of $5,125,000
produced between July 1, 1981, and September 30, 1982.

$5,125,000 Total Anticipated Revenue.
3,464,000 Proposed Expenditures Outlined Above.
$1,661,000 Balance to be used for continuation of
existing acquisition program within the
Green Swamp project.

Note: There is approximately $125,000 budgeted for FY 81-82
acquisition within the Green Swamp F.D.A. which could be
used as matching funds for Green Swamp project purchases.

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SAVE OUR RIVERS
ESTIMATED COST BREAKDOWN
BY PROJECT

NOTE: Wherever used herein "Ancillary Cost Factor" is defined as
estimated costs over and above actual land cost such as District and
Landowner attorney and appraiser fees, as well as other fees and costs
which may be incurred during negotiation and/or condemnation proceedings.


I. GREEN SWAMP PROJECT

A. Hampton Parcel 10-200-157

Approximately 6,744 acres to be negotiated with a long-term
agreement specifying incremental purchases (options) over a
ten-year period. The first purchase is based on $900.00 per
acre with the remaining purchases increasing approximately 10
percent (i.e., inflation factor) per year over the term of the
agreement. It should be noted that a 10 percent ancillary
cost factor has been added in the estimate for the first
purchase to cover the appraisal costs as well as attorney fees
for preparation of the initial agreement. This methodology is
assuming that the subsequent purchases would be routine in
nature and would therefore not require as great attorney
involvement as the initial negotiation and purchase. The
following is a breakdown by purchase of the estimated total
cost of Parcel 10-200-157:

Purchase Cost Per Estimated Cost
Number Acreage Acre Per Purchase

1 674 X $ 900.00 = $ 665,000.00 *

2 674 X 990.00 = 667,260.00

3 674 X 1,089.00 = 733,986.00

4 674 X 1,197.90 = 807,384.60

5 674 X 1,317.69 = 888,123.06

6 674 X 1,449.45 = 976,926.30

7 674 X 1,594.39 = 1,074,618.86

8 674 X 1,753.82 = 1,182,074.68

9 674 X 1,929.20 = 1,300,280.80

10 674 X 2,122.12 = 1,430,308.88

$ 9,725,963.18 Say
"* Includes 10% Ancillary Factor
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST $ 9,725,000.00

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B. Kinsinger Parcel 10-200-158

Approximately 1,144 acres to be negotiated by agreement
(options) providing for two (2) purchases the first purchase
is based on $900.00 per acre plus a 10 percent ancillary cost
factor with the second purchase increasing approximately 10
percent (i.e., inflation factor). The following is a break-
down of the estimated cost of the two purchases:

Purchase Cost Per Estimated Cost
Number Acreage Acre Per Purchase

1 572 X $ 900.00 = $ 565,000.00 *

2 572 X 990.00 = 566,280.00

$ 1,131,280.00 Say
"*Includes 10% Ancillary Factor
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST $ 1,130,000.00

C. Remaining small tracts to be acquired within Green Swamp Flood
Detention Area approximately 4,907 acres to be negotiated
and/or condemned if necessary. Total estimated cost at this
time based on $900.00 per acre plus a 25 percent ancillary
cost factor.

4,907 Acres X $ 900.00 Per Acre = $ 4,416,300.00

+ 25% Ancillary Factor 1,104,075.00

$ 5,520,375.00 Say

$ 5,520,000.00

D. Upper Hillsborough Flood Detention Area

Approximately 8,056 acres remaining to be acquired either by
negotiation and/or condemnation if necessary. Total estimated
cost at this time based on $900.00 per acre plus a 25 percent
ancillary cost factor.

8,056 Acres X $ 900.00 Per Acre = $ 7,250,400.00
+ 25% Ancillary Factor 1,812,600.00

$ 9,063,000.00





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REC3P OF CORRIDORS

A. 1,918 acres $ 2,157,750 Estimated Cost

B. 11,048 acres 12,429,000 Estimated Cost

C. 2,287 acres 2,858,750 Estimated Cost
15,253 Total $17,445,500 Say

$17,446,000

III. ANCLOTE STORAGE LANDS (STARKEY)

Approximately 4,000 acres to be negotiated by agreement (options)
providing for four (4) purchases. The first purchase would be
base on $1,000.00 per acre with the remaining purchases increasing
approximately 10 percent (i.e., inflation factor) per year over the
ter. of the agreement. It should be noted that a 10 percent
ancillary factor has been added in the estimate for the first
purchase to cover the appraisal costs as well as District/Landowner
attorney fees for preparation of the initial agreement. This is
assr-ing the remaining purchases would be routine in nature. The
following is a breakdown of the four purchases:

Purchase Cost Per Estimated Cost
Number Acreage Acre Per Purchase

1 1,000 X $1,000.00 = $ 1,100,000.00 *

2 1,000 X 1,100.00 = 1,100,000.00

3 1,000 X 1,210.00 = 1,210,000.00

4 1,000 X 1,331.00 = 1,331,000.00

$ 4,741,000.00 Say
* Includes 10% Ancillary Factor
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST $ 4,740,000.00

IV. SAWGRASS LAKE ADDITION

40 Acres X $20,000.00 Per Acre = $ 800,000.00

+ 25% Ancillary Factor 200,000.00

$ 1,000,000.00



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E. Little Withlacoochee Flood Detention Area

Approximately 1,120 acres remaining to be acquired at no cost
by amending our existing easement with the Florida Board of
Forestry to include the additional acreage.

RECAP OF GREEN SWAMP PROJECT

A. Parcel 10-200-157 6,744 acres $ 9,725,000 Estimated Cost

B. Parcel 10-200-158 1,144 acres 1,130,000 Estimated Cost

C. Remaining GSFDA Parcels 4,907 acres 5,520,000 Estimated Cost

D. UHFDA 8,056 acres 9,063,000 Estimated Cost

E. LWFDA 1,120 acres -0- Estimated Cost

Totals 21,971 $25,438,000

II. WITHLACOOCHEE AND HILLSBOROUGH RIVERINE CORRIDORS

A. Corridor "A" (Withlacoochee River)

1,918 Acres X $ 900.00 Per Acre = $ 1,726,200.00

+ Ancillary Factor 431,550.00

$ 2,157,750.00

B. Corridor "B" (Withlacoochee River)

11,048 Acres X $ 900.00 Per Acre = $ 9,943,200.00

+ Ancillary Factor 2,485,800.00

$ 12,429,000.00
C. Corridor "C" (Hillsborough River)

2,287 Acres X $ 1,000.00 Per Acre = $ 2,287,000.00

+ Ancillary Factor 571,750.00

$ 2,858,750.00




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V. CYPRESS CREEK

7,243 Acres X $ 1,500.00 Per Acre = $ 10,864,500.00

+ 25% Ancillary Factor 2,716,125.00

$ 13,580,625.00 Say

$ 13,581,000.00
VI. LOWER -ILLSBOROUGH PROJECT

160 Acres X $ 5,000.00 Per Acre = $ 800,000.00

+ 25% Ancillary Factor 200,000.00

$ 10,000,000.00
VII. MAC ARTHUR TRACT

30,000 Acres X $ 665.00 Per Acre = $ 20,000,000.00

+ 25% Ancillary Factor 5,000,000.00

$ 25,000,000.00

VIII.BROOKER CREEK RIVERINE SYSTEM

A. Corridor "A" (Hillsborough County)

420 Acres X $ 4,000.00 Per Acre = $ 1,680,000.00

+ 25% Ancillary Factor 420,000.00

$ 2,100,000.00

B. Corridor "B" (Pinellas County)

595 Acres X $ 4,000.00 Per Acre = $ 2,380,000.00

+ 25% Ancillary Factor 595,000.00

$ 2,975,000.00

IX. MEDARD RESERVOIR FLOODWAY

140 Acres X $ 4,500.00 Per Acre = $ 630,000.00

+ 25% Ancillary Factor 157 500.00

$ 787,500.00 Say

$ 788,000.00


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X. JACK CREEK

864 Acres X $ 1,200.00 Per Acre = $ 1,036,800.00

+ 25% Ancillary Factor 259,200.00

$ 1,296,000.00
XI. ANCLOTE RIVER FLOODWAY

4,328 Acres X $ 1,000.00 Per Acre = $ 4,328,000.00

+ 25% Ancillary Factor 1,082,000.00

$ 5,410,000.00
XII. CYPRESS CREEK/TROUT CREEK

9,984 Acres X $ 2,500.00 Per Acre = $ 24,960,000.00

+ 25% Ancillary Factor 6,240,000.00

$ 31,200,000.00
XIII. BLACKWATER CREEK
12,224 Acres X $ 1,200.00 Per Acre = $ 14,668,800.00

+ 25% Ancillary Factor 3,667,200.00

$ 18,336,000.00
XIV. SQUIRREL PRAIRIE
1,728 Acres X $ 3,000.00 Per Acre = $ 5,184,000.00

+ 25% Ancillary Factor 1,296,000.00
$ 6,480,000.00

XV. PRAIRIE CREEK i

2,752 Acres X $ 1,500.00 Per Acre = $ 4,128,000.00
+ 25% Ancillary Factor 1,032,000.00
$ 5,160,000.00




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XVI. GUM SLOUGH

4,416 Acres X $ 500.00 Per Acre = $ 2,208,000.00

+ 25% Ancillary Factor 552,000.00

$ 2,760,000.00
XVII. TATUM SAWGRASS

4,300 Acres X $ 1,000.00 Per Acre = $ 4,300,000.00
+ 25% Ancillary Factor 1,075,000.00

$ 5,375,000.00

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