Title: Report on Water Resources Problems of Western Collier County, Florida as affected by the GAC Corporation's Canal System in it's Golden Gate Development Project
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Title: Report on Water Resources Problems of Western Collier County, Florida as affected by the GAC Corporation's Canal System in it's Golden Gate Development Project
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Language: English
Publisher: Golden Gates Estates Study Committee
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Abstract: Richard Hamann's Collection - Report on Water Resources Problems of Western Collier County, Florida as affected by the GAC Corporation's Canal System in it's Golden Gate Development Project
General Note: Box 12, Folder 4 ( Golden Gate Estates Redevelopment Study - Phase I - 1975 ), Item 3
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REPORT ON WATER RESOURCES PROBLEMS OF WESTERN
COLLIER COUNTY, FLORIDA AS AFFECTED BY THE
GAC CORPORATION'S CANAL SYSTEM IN ITS
GOLDEN GATE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT















Frank E. Maloney
Dean Emeritus and
Professor of Law
University of Florida


June 15, 1975

















REPORT ON WATER RESOURCES PROBLEMS OF WESTERN
COLLIER COUNTY FLORIDA AS AFFECTED BY THE
GAC CORPORATION'S CANAL SYSTEM IN ITS
GOLDEN GATE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT


I. The Physical Problem

The land and water management problem of western Collier County as

affected by the canal system of the Golden Gate Estates Development proj-

.ect of GAC is an extremely complex one, and obviously is not subject to

simplistic solutions. It is an extremely serious problem for Collier

County and its environment, and has been many years in the making. If

allowed to continue in its present form, it will be extremely destructive

of the aquatic environment of Fahka Union Bay and the Bay of Naples, and

may well have serious deleterious effects in Rookery Bay. In addition,

if the evidence offered by those testifying at the May 2, 1974, meeting

of the Golden Gate Estates Study Committee is to be believed, it will

result in the destruction of hundreds of thousands of acres of cypress

forests which are inextricably bound up with the welfare of the aquatic

areas referred to above.

At the same time, the'canal system, according to the Black, Crow,

and Eidsness canal system report, is inadequate in most areas of the

Golden Gate properties to meet even the ten year flood for which it was

designed, let alone the 100 year flood criteria required for full com-

pliance with the 1973'amendments to the National Flood Insurance Act


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E without which prospective homeowners will be unable to obtain federal

financing of any sort to assist them in building the homes for which they

purchased lots in Golden Gate Estates.

The Black, Crow and Eidsness proposal to remedy the situation meets

only a part of the problem. The additional work their report recommends

on the canals, at a cost of over $50 million, is apparently designed to

meet 50-year flood criteria, whereas the federal flood insurance law

now requires planning for the 100 year flood. See, 42 U.S.C. 4001 et

seq. Moreover, the Black, Crow and Eidsness proposal does not address

.the alternative possibility that the true wetlands areas within the

Golden Gate Estates properties be returned to their natural condition as

cypress swamps or marshes where they can serve a valuable ecological

purpose and not harm county water resources, as well as preventing a

serious fire hazard to the area.

It would seem that a much sounder approach from the viewpoint of

preserving the ecological integrity of western Collier County would be

to re-plan the Golden Gate Estates area with a view toward aiding the

development of future homesites on those portions of the area which are

located on sufficiently high ground to justify their use for such pur-

poses. At the same time such re-planning would envision returning to

their best use as wetlands those areas which are properly suited for

that purpose, and which are needed as wetlands to deter harm to the

S coastal areas of the county both in the Bay of Naples and the Ten Thou-

sand Islands area. This action would alleviate the substantial danger

of salt water intrusion inland from the coastal areas as a result of

the lowering of the needed head of fresh water in the area.


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