May 21, 1974
Ml. aobet L. Watson, Director
pfti laetfel Divis an
P. 0. Bmx 457
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ts a Lower Killsboagh Maeervrir 13-300
"riAs i a-~M sWitIa d of yewr atter aof M- 2, 1974
oniag the plan to vele the wamia g ai the silk
You will recall that, Tweal meaths eW, Ce question
esen enthflbg paase-a after twespeseiag e etae
pirope t, ard we ga e you an eptifo t n m te *e. I
ea-ebtag a oeo the 6epiae, o *ma "a lii a m ia letter
to you of imber s, 1llT. t AaIm mp ptsAo that this
will aieo be applicable in the preseat sittutin.
Yours very truly,
Myron 4. Gibbons
Water Marnagement District
P. 0. BOX 457
DERRILL McATEER, Chairman, Brooksville
S. C. BEXLEY, JR. Vice Chairman, Land O' Laki
JOHN A. ANDERSON, Treasurer, St. Petersburg
BROOKSVILLE, FLORIDA 33512
HERMAN BEVILLE, Bushnell
J. R. GRAW, Ocala
JOE E. HILL, Leesburg
N. BROOKS JOHNS, Lakeland
THOMAS VAN der VEER, Yankeetown
ROBERT E. VAUGHN, Brandon
Donald R. Feaster, Executive Director
May 2, 1974
MAY 7 1974
Mr. Myron G. Gibbons
Attorney at Law
Post Office Box 1363
Tampa, Florida 33601
Re: Lower Hillsborough Reservoir
Dear Mr. Gibbons:
Please find attached a copy of the District Policy as approved by the Hillsborough
Basin Board on the Management on the Lower Hillsborough Reservoir. Based on this,
we plan to close the swimming in the sink area. We expect to have problems on
this and some cases will have to be made.
Is there any reason why if our security officers make an arrest this will not hold
up in court?
Very truly y rs,
B TL ATSON
rctor eal Estate Division
Attachments: as stated above
March 22, 1974
All Division Directors
E. D. Vergara, Jr., Administrative
RE: Management of District Property
Within the Lower Hillsborough Flood Detention Area
The attached is to be used for staff purposes only and is not for general
public distribution. This policy has been formally approved by the Hills-
borough River Basin Board. It is a staff guideline only and is applicable
only in the Lower Hillsborough Flood Detention Area.
If you have any questions, please call either Sonny Vergara or Bob Watson.
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S6uthf:'.-':t Floricn ..-tifr M.ianacyf t District .-.-.'
SUDJECT: Effective: 02/74 No. 013-001
,1ArAAGE.,IEiET OF DISTRICT PROPERTY WITHIN Pago of 2 Distribution: F
THE LOWER HILLSUOiROUGHi FLOOD DETENTION AREA
Approved: Robert E. Vauqh rf ./
PURPOSE: To establish interim measures for the management and use of District
Property within the Lower Hillsborough Flood Detention Area.
1. BACKGROUND: The Lower Hillsborough Flood Detention Area is located in close
proximity to the Tampa Bay area. As the District nears completion
of its land acquisition, problems related to its location are becoming more apparent.
People looking for low-cost family recreation find this huge tract of relatively
isolated, government-ow.ned land a welcome respite from the interstates and highrises
that are beginning to ring the Bay. M'otorcyclists find it difficult to resist its
dirt trails and others have made it an excellent place to plant and harvest illicit
crops of marijuana.
The problems associated with allowing the public open, unrestricted access range from
simple littering to wholesale garbage dumping, from hunting with slingshots to hunt-
ing with scoped 30.06's, and from motorcycles to "dune" buggies.
The public, however, has certain, right to use the land if this use does not violate
the District's responsibility to manage the property wisely, and if such use is
compatible with the original purpose for which these lands were put into the
District's trust in the first place, i.e., water storage. The problem at this time
stems from tne fact tnat the Flood Detention Area has not been completed and com-
patible uses have not been determined. Ideally, upon completion of the Flood
qtention Area, a comprehensive multi-use plan will be developed to allow the
> lic maximum benefit during those times when the land is not in use as a holding
area for excess runoff. The problem also stems from the fact that more and more
people are wanting to use the land for purposes such as hunting, dirt trail riding,
dumping, and other, more legitimate reasons such as fishing, hiking, camping and
picnicking. The situation has become one of -- do we let them in or don't we; and
if we do, what will we let them do.
2. USE OF DISTRICT PROPERTY Until a comprehensive multi-use plan has been
completed that will assure maximum use without
compromising the area's originally intended use or its natural environment, certain
interim measures are to be taken.
a) Camping Camping is prohibited to the general public but certain Scout
groups are allowed to camp in designated areas.
b) Fires No open fires are allowed'except by the Scout groups in the
c) motorcycles Motorcycles are prohibited.
Sonituv.st Flori W nn Mnm~ir District / PO L IC
MAiJAGL: iL i k[ U 1I jULi i 'i(Ui!L:IlY 41i iliN idL LU'JbrV' /I
HILLSBOiOUGH FLOOD OETENTION AREA / Pag 2 N- 013-001
d) Vehicles Other than official District and security vehicles, only
certain vehicles are allowed within the Lower Hillsborough Flood Detention Area.
These vehicles are to be restricted to the road leading to and from the designated
Scout camping areas. These vehicles will require specific authorization from the
District before they will be allowed to enter.
e) Swimming Swimming will be allowed in the Hillsborough River only if
analysis of the water shows that doing so would not be hazardous to one's health.
Signs are to be posted prohibiting swimming when pollution levels become too high.
Swimming in sinkhole areas shall not be allowed.
f) Firearms Firearms are prohibited.
g) Hiking Hiking is permitted.
h) Horseback Riding Horseback riding is permitted.
3. RESPONSIBILITY Implementation and administration of this policy of interim
measures will be the responsibility of the Real Estate