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||FCM Optimistic About SWFWMD Proposed Rule Negotiations
||Florida Citrus Mutual
||North America -- United States of America -- Florida
||FCM Optimistic About SWFWMD Proposed Rule Negotiations, Vol 45, No. 14, Nov 4, 1994
||Box 10, Folder 14 ( SF-Water Use Caution Areas-SWFWMD - 1993-1994 ), Item 10
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FCM optimistic about SWFWMD
Florida Citrus Mutual thanked the
Southwest Florida Water Management Dis-
trct's Governing Board for granting grow-
ers' requests to be heard in opposition to the
District's proposed rules under the South-
em Water Use Caution Area at the SWFWMD
verninBoard meeting Oct. 31, but ex-
piessed some docern hover the Board's
decision to continue any action on the rule
until a Nov. 15 hearing instead of withdraw-
ing and republishing the amended proposed
"Of course we were hopeful that
the Board would withdraw the rule as pro-
posed now to save the time, expense and
anguish of going to a hearing to oppose
SWUCA, in its current form, but Mutual will
continue to meet and sit at the negotiating
table and try to hammer this thing out,"
Florida Citrus Mutual Executive Vice Presi-
dent/CEO Bobby F. McKown said after the
meeting last Monday.
Later in the week McKown an-
nounced that he is confident that Mutual's
Board and staff can come to an agreeable
rue by working with the Governing Board
and staff of the District.
"Ithink we're all onthe same page,
so to speak, as Mutual has made much
piega in reaching goals for growers
Me rlatosusi," he said."t am hopui that
a successful resolution to this issue, whereby
both sides win, is only a matter of time and
"We are truly concerned about the
resource the District aims to protect and
being conservation-minded only makes good
business sense for our growers.
"KeeplngThat in mind, Mutual wil
continue to pursue the petition filed Oct.14
challenging the rules, but on a parallel course,
we are hopeful that significant changes within
the proposed rule will be incorporated and
that the District's Governing Board would
formally approve the stipulated changes,
thereby reducing our legal concerns," he
Florida Citrus Mutual, the state's
largest growers' association, representing
nearly 12,000 members, was joined by sev-
eral other agricultural interests in filing peti-
tions with the Division of Administrative
Hearings challenging the proposed rules
earlier this month.
The SWFWMD Governing Board
is expected to take further action at the Nov.
15 hearing by either amending, withdrawing
or adopting the proposed rule.
Mutual will continue to update
members on this very important issue in
future edition of the Trianoge.