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||Pinellas Voids Water Pact, Demands Pasco Concession
||St Petersburg Times
||North America -- United States of America -- Florida
||Pinellas Voids Water Pact, Demands Pasco Concession, 3/17/1977
||Box 10, Folder 19 ( SF Water Wars - 1975-2000 ), Item 31
||Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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ST. PETERSBURG TIMES U THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 1977 3.
Pinellas voids water p act .. ...
demands Pasco concession, I.i;
By CHARLES PATRICK las a od St..Bbur dib je.oardised. ,
SItp. tfr Tim Stauff Wr Pinealu County ofirdals fethat Pasco County, which.'
has invested only 330,000 in Cypress Creek, could gain ma-
S CLEARWATER- With stern words and solemn faces, jority control over the management board d take over
Sp,- ^ wwithdrew from the facilities that were paid for by Pinellas and St. Petersburg.
est Coast ater thority as the dec- Charging that the Pasco County Commission has not
Swar boro counties acted in good faith, Pinellas County Atty. W. Gray Dunlap
Continued. delivered a letter to the West Coast authority, declaring
Striking a fierce legal pose, Pinellas voided its contract 'that Pinellas' membership automatically was voided Jan.
With the authority but agreed to keep its membership ac-, 22.
tive while the agency tries to resolve a dispute with Pasco When Pinellas turned over its Cypress Creek holdings
About control ofthe Cypress Creek wellfield in Pasco. to the regional authority last Nov. 22, the transfer included .
S But Pinellas officials played out the legal posturing, in- a requirement that the auxiliary-managemnent board must-:
. sisting that the authority must negotiate a concession by be abolished within 60 days or the contract would be void- :
Pasco before regional water control can be achieved. ed. -
The West Coast authority was created in 1974, but it is Dunlap contends that Pasco has embraced the concept
not yet off the ground because of squabbling among its of a regional water control authority in-word, but not in
members Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties and ded. As evidence, he cites two pending court suits against
the cities of St. Petersburg and Tampa. Pinellas and St. Petersburgin which Pasco is trying to gain
The issue for Pinellas is the continued existence of the legal control over the Cypressreek wellfield and force an
. Cypress Creek Management Board, which has legalauthor-. environmental study that could lalt or delay full use of the
f ity to take over the Central Pasco wellfield and a mammoth wellfield. .
X water pipeline to Pinellas if the West Coast authority is Dunlap said Pinellas County remains committed to re-.
Sever dissolved. gional water control asa solution to the long water war, but
Unless the regional authority makes good on a commit- must legally protect investment at Cypress Creek.
; ment to abolish the management board, Pinellas officials Members of the regional authority merely "received
S said, the $25-millioninvestment n Cypress Creek by Pinel- and filed" the Pinellas letter without discussion.
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