Title: Tampa Bay Water Partnership Plan (the "Plan") dated Oct 3, 1997
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Title: Tampa Bay Water Partnership Plan (the "Plan") dated Oct 3, 1997
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Language: English
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: Jake Varn Collection - Tampa Bay Water Partnership Plan (the "Plan") dated Oct 3, 1997 (JDV Box 108)
General Note: Box 16, Folder 12 ( SWFWMS And Tampa Bay - 1997 ), Item 12
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Southwest Florida

Water Management District
2379 Broad Street Brooksville. Florida 34609-6899 1-800-423-1476 (Florida Only)
or (352) 796-7211 SUNCOM 628-4150 T.D.D. Number Only (Florida Only): 1-800-231-6103
Internet address: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/swfwmd

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Roy G. Harrell, Jr.
Chairman. St. Petersburg
Joe L Davis, Jr.
Vice Chairman. Wauchula
Curtis L Law
Secretary, Land O' Lakes
Sally Thompson
Treasurer. Tampa
James L. Allen
R-ar.cr. F. Caopo
Rebecca M. Eger
John P. Harilee, IV
Ronald C. Johnson
Lake Wales
James E. Martin
St. Petersburg
Brenda Menendez
E. D. "Sonny" Vergara
Executive Director
Edward B. Helvenston
General Counsel

7601 Highway 301 North
Tampa, Florid 33637-6759
1-80-836-0797 or (813) 985-7481
SUNCOM 578-2070

170 Century Boulevard
Bortow. orido 33830-7700
1-800-492-7862 or (941) 534-1448
SUNCOM 5726200

115 Corpoation Way
Venice. Florida 34292-3524
1-800-320-3503 or (941) 486-1212
SUNCOM 526-6900

2303 Highway 44 West
Inverness. Florida 34453-3809
(352) 637-1360

October 3, 1997

The Honorable Ed Turanchik
Chair, Board of Directors
West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority
2535 Landmark Drive, Suite 211
Clearwater, Florida 33761

Subject: Tampa Bay Water Partnership Plan (the "Plan")

Dear Ed:

I appreciate the courtesies that the West Coast Board extended to the
members of the Governing Board and Staff of the Southwest Florida Water
Management District on Monday, August 25, 1997, in allowing presentation of
the Plan. It is our understanding that the West Coast action was a direction to
West Coast Staff to meet with District Staff to commence negotiation of an
appropriate agreement. On September 23rd, the District Governing Board
directed the same action. The negotiating team for the District is Sonny Vergara,
Ed Helvenston and Jake Varn.

The specific issues to be addressed by our respective staffs can be wide
reaching, however, we have always considered the Plan a "three legged stool,"
namely production of 85 million gallons of new water, the reduction of existing use
of the central wellfields to 90 million gallons a day in two phases by the year 2007,
and the end of litigation because the permits of the central system would be tied to
the agreement. In addition, we have continually emphasized the need for aggressive
conservation and scientific peer review.

There will be many pressures on each of us to reach consensus on various
issues, and there will be a lot of different opinions about how to do it. For that
reason, the District Governing Board agreed that only our respective staffs should
be involved in the initial negotiations. Otherwise, there will be conflicting signals of
what the final agreement should be. Any communications by anyone from the
District that are not on the negotiating team do not speak with the authority of the
District. In short, they do not represent the District's position. Of course, our
respective Boards will reserve the right to approve all details of any accord reached
by our respective staffs.

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The Honorable Ed Turanchik
October 3, 1997
Page 2

It is important that West Coast and each member government stress to its representatives
in the negotiating process the need to reach an agreement and to do so expeditiously. That is
the directive of the District Governing Board to its Staff. With that understanding, I am fully
confident that West Coast and its member governments can resolve governance, then together
the District and West Coast can, by the end of this year, enter into a partnership agreement and
address the outstanding permits. My own personal belief is that with focused and coordinated
efforts by all parties, we also have the ability to reach consensus on minimum flows and the
recovery plan within the same timeframe.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me.

Kindest regards.

Very truly yours,

Roy G. H ell, Jr.

cc: West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority
Attn: The Honorable Ed Collins
The Honorable David J. Fischer
The Honorable Frank Parker
The Honorable Steven M. Seibert
R Michael Salmon
Jerry L. Maxwell, General Manager

Southwest Florida Water Management District
Attn: Members, Governing Board
E. D. "Sonny" Vergara, Executive Director

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