Title: Letter from Governor Bob Graham to Bruce Samson, Chairman SWFWMD, requesting his active support on two water-related matters of vital importance to th
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STATE OF FLORIDA

OFFICE OF GOVERNOR BOB GRAHAM


April 8, 1981




Mr. Bruce Samson, Chairman
Southwest Florida Water Management
District
2709 First Florida Tower
Tampa, Florida 33602

Dear Bruce:

The purpose of this letter is to request your active support on two
water-related matters which I believe you will agree are of vital
importance to the future of Florida.

The need to protect our fresh water supplies and natural environment is
a critical issue in south Florida, southwest Florida, and the St. Johns
River Basin, and in the next few years will become critical in the
Suwannee Piver Basin and in northwest Florida. I am convinced that the
most effective means of ensuring the long-term protection and maintenance
of these resources is through the acquisition of substantial amounts of
wetlands and floodplains. To achieve this goal, I am proposing legisla-
tion (House Bill 535) to enact a five-cent surtax on documentary stamps
on deeds. Estimates are that the surtax would raise about $300 million
over a ten-year period. The surtax money, along with a 20 percent match
by water management districts, would go far toward protection of our
water resources. The documentary stamp tax bill is one of my highest
legislative priorities.

The second matter that I believe to be of major importance is the state
water policy. I was very pleased that Vicki Tschinkel adopted the
majority of the water policy on March 27. This should provide the State
with a basis for moving forward with a uniformly progressive water
management program. However, I was concerned that the general policy
portion of the rule did not advocate strong and direct emphasis on water
conservation, floodplain protection, and nonstructural water management.
Water management in Florida should include these goals.

With your help, I feel that legislation to enable the acquisition of
water management land can pass. Also, I would appreciate your lending
Secretary Tschinkel your support in revising and strengthening the
general policy portion of the water policy so that the State conveys the
clear intent to protect and conserve its water and other natural resources.








Mr. Bruce Samson, Chairman
Page Two


With warm regards,
Sincerely,

...o. /""


BG/mrw
cc: Ms. Vicki Tschinkel




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