Title: The Vote on Water
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Title: The Vote on Water
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Publisher: The Bradenton Herold
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Abstract: The Vote on Water, Sept. 21, 1975
General Note: Box 10, Folder 1 ( SF Taxation, ad valorem tax referendum-SWFWMD-1975 - 1975 ), Item 82
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Bibliographic ID: WL00002034
Volume ID: VID00001
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The Bradenton Herald
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The vote on water


Floridians on March 9 will deter-
mine who controls their water, a
decision one legislator said is more
important than who should run for
President.
"There is not one issue more
important to people than this issue
of March 9," Sen. Philip Lewis,
D-West Palm Beach, said of a
proposed constitutional amend-
ment that will appear on the presi-
dential preference ballot.
THE IMPORTANCE OF THAT
amendment, the need for ground
rules for the use of water, is par-
ticularly apparent in Manatee
County.
The lack of clearly-defined water
control regulations is largely to
blame for the blind opposition to
progress in Manatee.
The current organization is this:
Manatee and Sarasota counties
form the Manasota Basin Board.
THE MANASOTA BASIN Board
is part of a temporary water
management district made up of
five basin board which are not
contiguous.
Because of the lack of taxing
powers and solid guidelines, the
district and basin board do not
have the proper facilities, staff and
authority to be as effective as it
should.
.If Florida voters approve the
constitutional amendment on the
presidential primary ballot next
March, many of the shortcomings
would be solved.


PASSAGE OF THE referendum
would give the water management
districts the financing necessary to
draw up their segments of a state
water-use plan, and to implement
the plans.
A rejection of the amendment
raises the spectre of unpleasant
alternatives:
Manatee County would be left
with ineffective means to assure
the wise use of water.
The authority to regulate
water would be established in
Tallahassee and Floridians would
lose local control over their water
supplies and usage.
A CHARGE ON ALL WATER
used in the State Bradenton
would be charged for water taken
from Ward Lake, Manatee County
for water from Lake Manatee, and
farmers and homeowners for water j
pumped from wells.
These alternatives, as unplea-
sant as they may be, are real possi-
bilities, because water rights are
becoming increasingly important
to the state.
The State Legislature has
already established the state's
right to regulate all water beneath
the ground, on the surface and in
the atmosphere.
IT IS NOW UP to the voters to
decide the best way to control the
use of water.
The plan set forth in the proposed
constitutional amendment is the
best alternative.


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