i Will PiWellas County succumb -Pasco's representative on
to the temtation to scuttle the the Regional Water Authority
West Coast Regional Water Sup has agreed to amend the offend
ply Authority because the Cy.' Ing clause to eliminate direct ref-.
press Creek Mangement Board erence to the Cypress Creek
may continue o exist? Managent Board. If the Pasco
Comimisdon acts quickly, as it
S .. ". should, to ratify this amended
PM U A WORRY Is based transfer agreement It win have
i this history. Pinells, St Pe- the advantage o pulttg the
tersburg and Pasco County ev. Isse squarely In Pinelas' lap. If
eral years ago agreed'jointly to it doesn't act quickly, it will play
develop a huge welleld in Pasco Into the hands of those Pinelas
$, 4 million to develop; becaupa tranfer and wo might call a
Pas contributed only a portion breach. because Peaca didn't '
of Its original tom nttment. the, transfer within speed t
principal edet woa borne equally limits. .
by St Peteroburg and Pinellas:
County. St Petersburg has not ob-
'd .tc" r ...a.aded Pa.sc
Recognizing the political ad grement In feet, Its repre.
practical need fo a regional sup. sdtative to the Regional Sup-
ply of water administered by im. ply Authority joined Paco,
partial hands, Pinellas and..St. Tampa and Hilsborough
Petersbug later agreed to turn meder in the 4 to I'vote
over their interests in Cypress Wednesaay to approve the
Creektothe new West Coast R- ngage chag How can
'gonal Water Supply Authority. PLFea reasonably continue.
the Inpartial body created by to oet to something when
the 1974 Legislature. In return, Its equal partner and sister
the two governments would buy government fnds no objee-.
an assured water supply from tio?
the Water Authority, which
would repay both governments -If the Regional Supply
for their Investments. Authority collapses (as It will i
S it cant run Cypress Creek), the
Getting to that point took two water war wll return to the Leg-.
years. Then came the necessity islature.whichkb might restore the
to bind the governments contract power of counters to regulate
tualy through transfer agree- water through cosumptive use
ments. T6 protect themselves permits. Pinelas would go
agnst a possible collapse of the thirsty under those powers.
Regional Water Authority, PInel
las and St. Peterstdg wrote into -There is a law suit before
their transfer agreements that the Florida Supreme Court argu-
S te Cypress Creek Management Ing the merits of the Cypres
SBoard mst go out of business. Creek Management Board. If
S Neither wanted to be n a posl. Pinellas wins the uit, .the
tion of being regulated bya five- bothersome clause In Pasco's
member board which had two agreement willbemootIf Pasco
representatives ro Pas wns Pinelas will find Itself In
.* Comut. the awkward position of being on
Sa board with two Pasc members
When the Pasco Commission who have bpen given Supreme
approved ts transfer agreement, Court standing.
':it specified the management .. i ":'
board wouldcotinue to exstif ,* .... I..t -
the Regional Authority collapsed
or there was a breach in the con- AND, FINALLY, we believe
Straits. Pineias red lag went up that majority interests ln Pin
when ts water attorneys told the las as well as Pasco, want the se
S Regional .Authority that Incdu curty of regional water supply.
don constituted a breach of con-, That need, combined with the
.tract. principle that trust should be .
Sg... nA untll It abused, should d
.bring Pinellas back to the table
I HOWEVER ominous that, -for permanent cease-fire.
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THE TAMPA IBUNE
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: Editorials .
SOne Final Obstacle
To Water War'sEnd
FOR ONCE In the long history sotuds, we bemve the Pinellas
of Wdt Coast Florida water Commission will not scuttle the
wars therels only one Issue In concept of regional water supply.
the way of a final cease-fire for the following reasons: