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||Letter to Victoria Tschinkel, DER, from Michael J. Gaylor, Chairman, Joint Water Committee, Pinellas Suncoast Chamber of Commerce, Committee of 100 of
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PINELI;S SUNCOAST CHAMBER OF COMMERCEINC.
"WE'VE GOT IT MADE ON THE SUNCOAST"
April 30, 1981
Ms. Victoria Tschinkel
Secretary, Department of
2600 Blairstone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Dear Secretary Tschinkel:
A recent document, published by the Department of Environmental Regulation (DER),
contained the following statement:
The development and adoption of a state water policy, designed
to provide certainty and predictability to both regulatory agencies
and industries in the state, would be of great advantage to the
Staff's efforts in encouraging industrial development and expansion.
The Pinellas Suncoast Chamber of Commerce supports the development and adoption
of a state water policy which will not only be of advantage to the DER staff,
but to the entire state.
The same DER document goes on to say:
The development of a state water policy could serve to solve many
of the problems which a regulated industry faces of a water-related
nature. While DER is the logical state agency to develop such policy,
the Florida Legislature, the body which generally establishes all state
policy, should approve such policies developed by.DER. This would
afford the elected representatives of the citizens of Florida the
opportunity to review this important matter. Such action would also
provide for broad input from a wide variety of interests into the
policy adoption process.
The Chamber also supports the above hypothesis.
We further believe that the State's water policy should be simple and straight-
forward. Therefore, the Pinellas Suncoast Chamber of Commerce representing
over 7000 members in conjunction with the Committee of 100 of Pinellas County
St. Petersburg / Clearwater Airport 239
Clearwater, Florida 33520 (813) 531-4657
LOCAL CHAMBER ORGANIZATIONS: Clearwater / Dunedin / Holiday Isles / Largo /
Madeira-Redington Beaches / Pinellas Park /
St. Petersburg Area / St. Petersburg Beach /
Seminole / Tarpon Springs / Treasure Island
AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS: Committee of 100
strongly urges the Department of Environmental Regulation to adopt the policy
statement contained in enclosure (1). Having reviewed the portions of Chapter
17-40 adopted to date we believe that those already adopted portions flow
freely and consistently from this simple, straight-forward policy statement.
With regard to a policy statement regarding property rights in water we
propose for your consideration the policy statement contained in enclosure
(2). We believe this statement is consistent with the General Policy
statement proposed for 17-40.03, and with the general tenor of the entire
The Pinellas Suncoast Chamber and the Committee of 100 of Pinellas County
are ready to assist you in implementing the proposed policy statement.
Michael J. Gay or
Joint Water Committee
Pinellas Suncoast Chamber of Commerce -
Committee of 100 of Pinellas County
Proposed General Policy Statement
"17-40.03 General Policy.....
(1) Water is a resource of the State. It shall be the policy of
the State to provide water supply for all reasonable and
beneficial uses requested by municipalities, governmental
agencies, and other certified or licensed water supply agencies.
(2) Water supply shall not be restricted due to land-use planning
except as may be provided for in Local Government Comprehensive
Plans adopted by the receiving local government.
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Property rights in water
(5) Water is a resource of the State, and individual property
rights should not impede the drawing of water by designated
agencies for reasonable beneficial uses.