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ST. PETERSBURG TIMES .- THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1791977
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Regional water board takes
over last Pinllas web field
By DAVID M. SNYDER -f maap nt theid Tampe did not vote.
burTH ".tw.ritr ... ., -PASCO COUNTY Commniioner Curtis Law, pr-
CLEARWATER -In a m or leap forward fqr regional renting his cowty, votd ag lstthe takeover because the
water-sharing, the regional water supply authority athorityy ddinedtoprohilt dvelopmentofother region-
Wednesday took control of a planned Pinellas well a well fields In Pasco in the takeover agreement.
field in PascoCounty.. To no avail,^Pinellhs Counit Comnimioner Charles
tht W- Rainey, chairman of the authority told Law:".. The peo-
ter Authora musatwater pe of Pasco County would fe.eLomuh more comfortable
flowa wen wreident turn their spigot-.in the with Cros Bar in the hand of the regional authority."
19680, said Walter Walker ii he authority's acting general Unlike the authority's takeover f the Cypress Creek
manager .- .*..- well field ii Cental Pasco, Which took almost two years to
Pinelassoigtetteover to eaaeintercunty squab- compete, the authority et its sights on the Cross Bar
bles about largescale water pumping. Ranch only eight months ago. The takeover wa completed
: ..-. only a month after a contract was prepared by sti f negotia-
THE TERMS of the agreement require the authority to0- -
to deliverwater from the Cros Bar ranch well field, east of PINELLAS COUNTY purchased the 8,00-acre
U. 41 in north-central Pasco, to Pinellas by April 1,1980. Cross Bar Ranch from the Norris Cattle Co. in 1976 for
"We can do it," Waler said. $48- million. Pinellas is giving the authority water-
The takeover also means that Pinellas Count no longer pumping rights at no charge. Meanwhile, it is leasing the
controls any well fields in Pasco Pinellas County's water- land to citrus and cattle interests until the well field is de-
development moves in Pascohave been a rngstanding po- 'eloped. -
litical woundfor the two counties. Rainey; who in his role as authority chairman has
The authority, created in 1974 to nd interco ty water ed as a major figure in regional water politics, squired
wars,. approved an agreement with Pinellas for water- the t e r agreement through the Pinellas County Con-
pumping rights at the Cross Bar Ranch. m o last week.
Three of the five gvers nents represented by the au- n Wednesday he shortened quibbling among authori-
thority Pinellas and Hillsborough counties and the city ty ord members, saying. "Here's the land, here's the wa-
of St, Peteriburg- votedfor the takeover. Dale Twacht- ter rights -it's a very simple, basic agreement."
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