South Florida Water'
NManagement District T7
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West Palm Beach, Florida 33402 4e
State Water Policy June 3, 198
J, T. Griffiths, Director
Special Projects o s
Florida Citrus Mutual Okslle,
P. 0. Box 89
Lakeland, Florida 33802
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the statement you propose to present
for inclusion in the State Water Policy. That statement is as follows:
(5) In implementing a consumptive use permitting program, the
Department and Districts shall recognaie tha qualified rights
of property owners to use the ground water under their land for
reasonable-beneficial purposes, and shall continually seek main-
tenance of a proper balance between competing users.
On behalf of the District, I must advise that this inclusion cannot be supported.
P Your explanation of what it means is at variance with the explanation of both other
supporters and those opposed.
It is my position that there is no simple 7 line. 10 line or 40 line statement that
can be made as to the legal position with regard to rights to water usage. The
whole subject is complicated by the fact that not all Districts have adopted con-
sumptiv se sepermitting and that you have existing users at the time of adoption of
consumptive use programs (in those Districts that have adopted them) who did not
perfect their right of use within the required 2 year period.
There could be different legal situations with regard to property owners nt present-
ly using water in a District with consumptive use permitting and those in a District
without it. There could be different legal situations with regard to a water user
who received a consumptive use permit within the 2 year required period and one who
did not. There could be different legal situations with regard to a property owner
who was an existing user and received a consumptive use permit, but desired at a
later date to increase the use of water, and a property owner in a District not in-
volved In permitting who has an existing use and desires to increase it.
All of the suggestions made have been too simplistic an approach to what is obvious-
ly a very complex legal situation. I do not have any magical words that can in a
few brief sentences transform these complex legal problems into a statement that
will solve all of the problems.
With best wishes, I am
John R. Maloy
JRB:rglp Executive Director..
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