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A Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District
VOLUME 2 NUMBER 2 FEBRUARY 1976
)Central and Southern Florida
Flood Control District
'.P.O. Box "V"
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Permit No. 8
FlE 2 3 1976
Lt. Governor J. H. "Jim" Williams..
S and two Cabinet members have joined with
Governor Reubin O'D. Askew, Senator
Philip Lewis and many other distinguished
Floridians, in supporting the Constitu-
tional Water Management Amendment that
will appear on the March 9 Presidential
Preference Primary ballot.
In a published statement, Lt. Gover-
nor Williams said in part: "It is be-
coming increasingly apparent to most
Floridians that wise water management is
-necessary to allow people in all parts
of the 'State to make the best use of our
*, natural resources and preserve our unique
"As we have grown, as we have become
more aware of the need to protect our
.. natural resources, we are recognizing
.that water management is the only way to
A 1 assure an equitable system that will
kr achieve these goals...but the uniform
concept of local water management for all
parts of the State, as envisioned in the
~'Water Resources Act, cannot be imple- ;
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mented without passage of the Water Man-
Attorney General Robert L. Shevin in
a news release stated: "The 1972 Water
Resources Act will be enhanced by the
Constitutional Amendment since it will
provide for greater legislative direction
to preserve Florida's precious water re-
sources... The preservation of Florida's
water resources, such as fish and wild-
life, and the prevention of flood dam-
age are state-wide interests that need
to be treated in a uniform manner."
Commissioner of Agriculture, Doyle
Conner said: "Farmers probably know
more about water and its importance than
any other segment of our society... We,
in Florida, are blessed with a favorable
climate and an abundant supply of water
which has contributed both to our ever
increasing population and agricultural
production. I feel now we must begin to
plan for the wise use of our water re-
sources. Florida's burgeoning popula-
tion and increasing competition for water,
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dictate good water management adequately
.supported by a combination of federal,
State and local funds.
"I support the concept of property
i. taxes to give the local support neces-
sary for a balanced water management
~ program administered locally by the
, statewide water management districts...
SOnly with sound water management will
there be enough good quality fresh water
. to meet the needs of Florida agricul-
,ture now and in the future."
,*S' Senator Philip D. Lewis, a strong
supporter of the amendment and President
f 'low", an organization dedicated to
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promoting the passage of the referendum,'
calls it one of the most important
issues to face Floridians today. He
states: "A vote for the water manage- I
ment amendment will reflect statewide
concern for resource management in
Florida. It will send a message to the
Legislature that'Floridians want sound
programs of water management and plan-
ning....It would solidify the State-
local partnership in water management
and continue to vest with local resi-
dents the responsibility for daily plan-
ning, management and regulatory deci-
sions in each district."
R ETAW skNAGEMENT COSTS
''""The price of water management comes in at least two forms- ...
monetary costs and environmental costs. Both of these areas will .
be the subject of a cooperative study program between the FCD
- sand a.University of Florida "Water-Resource Economics".graduate
Professor of the class, Dr. Jerry Milliman, who has taught
urban and regional economics for 15 years and been involved in
water management programs for 25 years, has worked closely with
the FCD Land Planning staff to pinpoint areas where detailed re-
search is needed. Subsequently, his students will spend this
quarter examining a methodology for calculating environmental costs,
with a primary concentration on Lake Okeechobee, and they will
attempt to compute the costs of the present FCD water supply
.system in terms of price per acre foot delivered to municipal
areas, agricultural regions and Everglades National Park.
Of course, this class project is only a starting point, but
Dr. Milliman hopes to at least identify the problems of dealing
with the subject matter. In order to provide all the answers,
more research will be necessary.
The FCD intends to continue the studies., and it is possible
more of Dr. Milliman's classes will pick up the program next
WARRANT CAREFUL WATCHING
Careful watch is being maintained
by the Central and Southern Florida
Flood Control District (FCD) on water
levels throughout the District. Rain-
fall for the dry season up to this
.point has been below normal,,.and if
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this trend continues, the District fore-
sees possible placement of restrictions j
on water use for some areas, according
to William C. Brannen, Director of.',
Field Services. .
Lake Okeechobee levels ;are dow
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i. FCD AND LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS SPONSOR PUBLIC SEMINAR
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Passage of the March 9 Constitu- "That means you are paying your
tional Amendment on Water Management fair share for local water management
will not alter the tax structure of and also contributing to support dis-
water management districts in.central tricts in north Florida," explained
and south Florida, however it will re-. DeGrove. "Actually, this is an 'equity
duce"the allowable taxation in some amendment' to let each area of the
areas, representatives of the League of state pay for water management benefits
Women Voters were told February 3 at a' to be received."
seminar heldninthe Flood Control Dis- The FCD and the Southwest Florida
trict office.' ''' < ;' Water Management District (SWFWMD)
S'The women were told that a vote currently have the authority to tax.
"for""the referendum means a vote in : The FCD is allowed to tax up to one
favor of overall state water manage- mill, but it presently levies only .375.
mentrand will insure that all'-Florida'- SWFWMD's tax cap is 1.3 of a mill, so l
residents will'be paying only their '.~,`. residents in that District will lower
fair'share for sound water and land the maximum allowable tax rate to one
management'practices'on a local basis. ." \ mill if the referendum passes.
.,,Dr. John M. DeGrove, Director of In attendance at the seminar were
the FAU/FIU Joint Center for Environ- League representatives from St. Lucie, ,
mental and Urban Problems and Vice Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, and Dade
SChairman for the FCD Governing Board, counties. These women helped to spon-
said the State Legislature is presently sor the program in order to inform the
orting throUhgeneral revenue the public about the referendum and FCD
three'new water management districts projects, such as the -SouthFlorlda
created by'the .1972 Florida Water Re- Water Supply Plan and the Kissimmee
sources Act. '" River/Lake Okeechobee Study.
FCGD FILM STILL POPULAR But MoM RE READILY AVAILABLE
The FCD's latest motion picture "A Living Lake" is continuing
to be popular and we apologise to the people who have requested
..-. the film, but were unable to receive delivery because of it's pop-
However, the first mad rush seems to be behind us and we have
a limited number of copies that can be loaned out for short periods
i of time. If your organization has not yet viewed the film, and
would like to, drop us a line, or call, and we will attempt to
schedule a film for your proposed showing date.
S The film outlines the District study of the Kissimmee River
'and Lake Okeechobee and shows several solutions to improve the
water quality for this giant lake, often called "the living heart
of.the central and south Florida water supply system.
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PALM CITY NAVI&ATION CHANNEL APPROVED
: The long-awaited Palm City navi-
gation channel received a final go-
Pahead, as the Governing Board of the
Central and Southern Florida Flood
;Control District (FCD) today approved
a $67,110 construction bid from Pros-..
perityDredging. Maggy Hurchalla,
|Martin.County Commissioner, appeared
.before the.Board to endorse the pro-
' The channel has been in the nego-
tiating stage for more than five years,
while permits were acquired and an
,appropriate spoil area to meet envi-.
ronmental requirements was sought.
Through cooperation between the county
and the District, an agreement was
reached whereby Kiplinger's Island
would be used for spoil, and all
attempts would be made to protect the
environment, quality.of water, trees,
and-manqroves at'the spoil ,area. 'y .
Zeb Grant, FCD Director of Resource
Management, explained why the project
"When finished, it will be possible
for the first time to navigate from
the Palm City public park north.to the
ocean and south to Lake Okeechobee
through the South Fork of the St. Lucie..,,.
Construction of the 815-foot long
and 25-foot wide channel will begin in
February and is scheduled for comple- .S
tion April 23.
According to the Martin County
Engineer, Kenneth Ferrari, construction
of a boat ramp in the park will be one
of the county's "top priorities" in the
1976-77 fiscal year. Ferrari also ex-
pects there will be minor park remodel-
ing to make it more suitable for fish-
ermen and other visitors., -'.,
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Moving cartons and packing m erials had hardly been disposed
of by FCD employees, when the mo ing trucks appeared again and
unloading started all over.
This new move, however, was )t FCD people, but employees of
the Central and Southern Distric of the Department of Environ-
mental Regulation (DER). Twenty six administrative, regulatory,
enforcement, technical, and clerical personnel moved from the
DER office in Fort Lauderdale to;the West Palm Beach office of
the FCD, to comply with the Envi onmental Reorganization Act of
1975. That Act mandated the DE district offices be located
with the various water manageme district offices whenever pos-
The move was designed to makI the permitting process more
efficient for those applying for permits,as well as for the regu-
latory agencies. Paul L. Phillips, who has charge of the DER
permitting in this area, said the location change has already
started to bear fruit. Technical personnel from both the DER
and the FCD have gotten together" on an informal basis to ex-
change information and ideas, and to help move permits, which
must be reviewed by both agencies, through the proper channels
"We still have a way to go before everything is really work-
ing smoothly,".Phillips said, "but we are off to a very good
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,. start already." ;
-. The West Palm Beach DER office will eventually house 34 em-
J ployees. This is the headquarters office for the Central and
Southern District, with subdistrict offices in Fort Myers and
SWinterhaven, and field offices in Punta Gorda, Fort Pierce,
S. .,and Marathon Shores. Acting District Manager for this office
-..is Philip R. Edwards, who is also subdistrict manager for the
..T1 4-c. Fort Myers.office.
S. DAIL HONORED BY CORPS
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Former Executive Director of the
MCentral and Southern Florida Flood Con-
|trol District (FCD),.G.'E. Dail, Jr.,
was honored by the U.S.'Army at the FCD
IGoverning Board's January 23 meeting in
West Palm Beach. Dail was commended
'for his long service to the Army and the
.people of Central and South Florida.
ail, 'contributions throughoLuthis,
I17-year term as Executive Director were
-highlighted. Col.' Donald Wisdom, Dis-
_trict Engineer of the U.S. Army Corps
,of Engineers, made the presentation of
GOVERNING BOARD TRIE
Because of overloaded agend
to change their meeting dates a
S' a plaque
and a medal for "Distinguished
Service to the United States.",
The Corps of Engineers works closely
with the FCD in construction of water
control works in the Central and South-i
ern Florida Flood Control Project.
Following the surprise ceremony,
Dail]received.a standing ovati on from __
....the Board and audience, as well as con-
"gratulations from Board and fellow staff
members. Dail is currently director of
the FCD's Regulation Division.
NEW MEETING SCHEDULE
the FCD Governing Board has voted
instead of only one meeting a
month they will be holding two.'
The regular "Workshop Meeti will continue to be scheduled
at 1 p.m. on Thursdays, but the meeting will be adjourned at 3 p.m.
and the Board will officially t to handle any regulatory matters
including public hearings. If 1 workshop matters have not been
completed they will return to t m after their official meeting.
On Friday another official meeting will be held starting at 9 a.m.
Meeting dates for the next three months are: February 19 and
20th; March 18 and 19th; and Ap 1 15 and 16th.
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