| .. sT. PETERSBURG TIMES a THURSDAY. JANUARY 27. 1977 3B
for water sharers
By DAVID M. SNYDER
St. PetrabrLw Tim Stff Wrier
LAND O'LAKES The two sides in an inter-county
water dispute remained deadlocked Wednesday on the
final link in the transfer of a wellfield in Pasco County to a
regional supply authority.
The dispute between Pinellas County and St. Peters-
burg and Pasco County over the terms for transfer of
Pasco's interest in the Cypress Creek wellfield marred
ceremonies marking the West Cost Rainnal W*.,r, -
ply Authority takeover o the welfield's operations. -
Sume of your might think that this dedication is a little
early, and it is," said Charles Rainey, authority chairman
and a Pinellas County commissioner.
SThe authority assumed operational control of the well-
field by virtue ofcontracts with St. Petersburg and Pinellas
County, major developers of the facility.
Pasco played a minor role in the wellfield development,
but "without Pasco, there is no regionall" supply authori-
ty, Rainey said.
St. Petersburg and Pinellas officials are unhappy with
some of the terms that Pasco has included in contract giv-
ing its interest in the welifield to the authority. When it be-.
came apparent that the dispute would not be resolved
Wednesday, the authority board delayed consideration of
Pasco's contract until next month hoping that a compro-
Smise will be reached.
Meanwhile, State Sen. Guy Spicola, D-Tampa, the
chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee who
attended the wellfield dedication, warned that "the legisla-
ture would be duty bound to do something" if St: Peters-
burg, Pinellas and Pasco cannot reach an agreement on the
S wellfield transfer.
If local efforts fail, the Legislature could mandate re-
gional control of the wellfield, Spicola said.
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