August 30, 1966
Re: SWFWMD purchase of aerial surveys
You inquired whether it would be necessary for the DistrAtt
Board of the SWFWMD to complywith the competitive bods statute
when awarding a contract for aerial surveys. F. S. 125.08 form-
erly required the Board of County Commissioners in counties where
there is a population of less than 10,000, to obtain bids when a
contract called for a payment in excess of $300.
In an opinionhanded down in 1950, the Attorney General ruled
that the Board of County Commissioners is empowered to enter into
a contract to purchase maps without competitive bidding when the
total cost of the maps xx does not exceed $300. I would suggest
that you use this ruling as the basis for your opinion to the
SWFWMD. I can obtain a copy of the opinion for your at the county
'law library. What I have quoted you is merely based upon my recol-
lection and an upon andnotation that appears under F. S. 125.08
and reprinted in the 1965 cumulative annual pocket part to Volume
8 of Florida Statutes Annotated.
September 1, 1966
Mr. Clint Schultz, Accountant/
Southwest Flord a Water Management District'
P. O. Box 216
Brooksville, Florida 33512
This is to confirm our telephone conversation of today, regarding
your inquiry to the value of easements obtained by the
Southwest Florida water Management District.
It is my opinion that all easements, whether temporary or permanent,
are of material value to the Southwest Florida Water Management Dis-
trict and should be included in your fixed assets inventory. In
_ many instances, the value to the District would be almost equal to
acquiring the fee simple title to lands, in that the District, under
such easements, may use the lands for every purpose that the District
is allowed to exercise under the laws creating the District.
In some instances, of course, the easement is a temporary one or
there are additional reservations by the land owners, and these
easements do not have a. much value as a permanent easaemnt
which gives almost unqualified use to the Diatrict. I believe that the
District's Land Department would be in a much better position to ad-
vise you as to the actual value, based upon either outside appraisals
or appraisals made by the Land Department.
If there is any further information you need concerning this matter,
please let me hear from you.
Myron 3. Gibbona
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