Title: Letter: Tentative Comments on State Comprehensive Plan
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Title: Letter: Tentative Comments on State Comprehensive Plan
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Abstract: Letter: Tentative Comments on State Comprehensive Plan 9/21/1977, From: Richard Hesse
General Note: Box 10, Folder 21 ( SF Water Use Plan, State-Water Element - 1977-78 and 1985 ), Item 22
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then moved to table nhe matter which was unanimously carried.


APPROVAL FOR THE GENERAL MANAGER TO SIGN CONTRACT WITH USF FOR
EVAPOTRANSPIRATION STUDY

Upon a motion by Mr. Twachtmann, seconded by Commissioner

Curry and carried, Mr. Hesse was authorized to sign a contract in the

amount of approximately $5,000 with USF for the evapotranspiration

study as budgeted in the 1977-1978 budget.


REQUEST FOR BOARD POSITION ON COMMENTS TO DIVISION OF STATE PLANNING
RE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN WATER ELEMENT

Mr. Hesse presented a statement which was given orally at the

public hearing of the Division of State Planning held in Tampa on

September 19, 1977. Upon a motion by Mr. Twachtmann, seconded by

Commissioner Curry and carried the following was approved as the policy

of this Board.

State Comprehensive Plan
Division of State Planning
660 Apalachee Parkway
IBM Building
Tallahassee, Florida 32304

Subject: Tentative Comments on State Comprehensive Plan

Gentlemen:

This responds tentatively to your mail-out of the draft elements
and policies proposed for the State Comprehensive plan. You may
expect our staff participation in the public meeting and workshop
to be held in Tampa on 19 September. I have been informed that
several of the Authority member governments will likewise be
represented at the meeting. There has been no opportunity to
meet with the Authority Board since your mail-out. Our tentative
comments will be placed before the Board at our earliest oppo.rtu-
nity.

During the past several months we have participated in the
discussions on the Utilities and Water Elements. The Authority
is much more concerned with the Water Element as it deals with
water sources, whereas the Utilities Element in large part deals
with local water distribution, which is not an Authority function.


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This Authority was formed under the provisions of Chapter 373.1962
F.S. which requires that "the Authority shall design, construct,
operate and maintain facilities in the locations and at the times
necessary to insure that an adequate water supply will be available
to all citizens within the Authority".. This "adequate water
supply" is in keeping with policy statement (g) of Chapter 373.016(1)
F.S. which states the policy of the Legislature is to be "to promote
the health, safety and general welfare of the people of this state".

As we examine the draft plans critically, we conclude that there
is an obvious lack.of understanding of both'the engineering and
hydrology involved in the development and use of water to meet
human needs. The "discouragement" of transportation of water
over distance will place major obstacles before the Authority
in discharging its legislative mandate and carrying out the
functions intended by member governments in devising the inter-
local agreement. The latter document was approved by the Governor
and Cabinet. Ultimately the discouragement of water transmission
must certainly lead to greater and greater urban sprawl. Thus
many small water systems would be needed, losing the advantages
of scale economies, and creating severe problems in the meeting of
water quality standards. We suggest you coordinate this matter
with local governments and get input from a broad spectrum of
qualified engineers and hydrologists as well as other disciplines.

It appears that the intent of the draft is to restrict growth
through water transmission restrictions and the proposal to maintain
water at historic levels. The draft also passes value judgment on
the uses to which water is put, such as the watering of lawns.
In times of real shortage such value judgments and use restrictions
may be desirable and necessary. However, arbitrary restrictions
in areas where plentiful supplies can be made available do not seem
to be appropriate, unless there is.abuse or threatened abuse of
the resources of the State. People willing to pay the full societal
costs of this renewable resource should be allowed to do so under
normal circumstances. Whether or not a use is essential is a
value judgment which must be related to the circumstances. It is
incomprehensible that a major planning effort can proceed without
first defining circumstances and facts different for every
region of the State.

Through various elements the theme of preservation for preserva-
tion's sake recurs. Certainly preservation is an admirable
objective within the framework of meeting people's needs. It is
suggested that conservation and protection of this renewable
resource, rather than pure preservation, should be the objective
normally more suitable both for us and our posterity.

The practical aspects of the proposed drafts and policies becomes
transparent in the document attached a memorandum opposing a
pipeline to bring more groundwater from the water-abundant interior
to the water-short coastal areas, all within the same county. It
was apparently not known that ground water and surface water
"basins" were not synonymous, nor that the Water Management District,
much closer to the problem at hand, supported the pipeline.

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Many of the comments above have been made before, orally and in
writing. It is not apparent that they have had significant impact
on the thrust of the draft documents. It is suggested that a real'
world workshop with governments of this region, to include the
Regional Planning Council, the Authority and SWFWMD is essential
if useful documents are to evolve. A thorough reworking of the
water element is suggested. The material developed could then be
applied to the other elements so that the role of water in the
state's future could be more appropriately addressed.

ncerely



ichar Hesse
Gener 1 manager

RJH:pam


BOARD ATTORNEY TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES OF STATE COMPREHEN-
SIVE PLAN AS IT RELATES TO WATER

Upon a motion by Commissioner Curry, seconded my Mayor Freeman

and carried, Attorney de la Parte was instructed to actively participate

in any and all activities concerning the State Comprehensive Plan as it

relates to water and to acquire any expertise help he might need.


DISCUSSION OF 5% CHARGE BY SWFWMD FOR COLLECTING MILAGE FOR WCRWSA

The Board requested the Attorney to write Southwest Florida

Water Management District a letter asking them to cite the authority

under which they propose to charge 5% to collect the milage.



APPOINTMENT OF TEMPORARY GENERAL' MANAGER .............

Chairman Rainey asked for a motion to appoint Walter D. Walker

as temporary General Manager effective October 1, 1977, moved by Mayor

Freeman, seconded by Commissioner Curry and carried.


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S/21/77


DISCUSSION RE AUTHORITY GIVEN LEGAL COUNSEL TO NEGOTIATE THE ACQUISITION
OF STARKEY WELLFIELD,

It was determined that the Attorney was given the full

authority to negotiate the acquisition of the Starkey Wellfield at the

July 27, 1977 Board Meeting.


DISCUSSION RE PENDING LITIGATION IN CASES OF KEY WEST VS ASKEW AND
JUPITER INLET CORPORATION VS THE VILLAGE OF TEQUESTA

Upon discussion of the two cases the Board decided that the

Board Attorney should discuss.the case of Jupiter Inlet Corporation

vs the Village of Tequesta with Attorney John Allen and if the Attorney

deemed it advantageous for the West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority

to become involved the Board would then take the necessary action.


ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to conduct, the meeting

adjounred at 2:25 P.M.


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