Title: Letter from the Florida House of Representatives re: the Future Activities of the House Select Committtee Water Management
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Title: Letter from the Florida House of Representatives re: the Future Activities of the House Select Committtee Water Management
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Abstract: Jake Varn Collection - Letter from the Florida House of Representatives re: the Future Activities of the House Select Committtee Water Management (JDV BOX 54)
General Note: Box 17, Folder 5 ( Water Policy - 1981 ), Item 6
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RALPH H. HABEN, JR., Speaker/BARRY KUTUN, Speaker pro tempore

James Harold Thompson Fred Breeze
Chairman Staff Director
Charles R. "Chuck" Smith
Vice Chairman
July 16, 1981

Mr. Jake Varn, Secretary
Department of Transportation
Burns Building
Tallahassee, Florida 32301

Dear Jake:

The following information represents all that we know so far
about the future activities of the House Select Committee on
Water Management. The information, especially the topics to be
considered, is tentative at best, subject to change, and based
primarily upon informal conversations with Representative Chuck
Smith who has not finalized his own thinking in this regard.
Therefore I would encourage the liberal use of qualifiers in
anything you had to say concerning this committee.

The composition of the committee is Representative Chuck Smith
(Brooksville), Chairman, Representative Tom Brown (Daytona Beach),
Representative Pete Dunbar (Dunedin), Representative Frank Messersmith
(Lake Worth), and Representative Don Price (Tallahassee). The
committee was appointed by the Speaker during the last few weeks
of the Session, and the creation of the committee appeared to
result primarily from the controversy which had developed
surrounding HB 387, eminent domain, sponsored by Representative

Thus far the following topics have been identified as likely
issues to be considered by the committee during its deliberations:

(1) Use of eminent domain by local and regional governmental
bodies, including water management districts, outside
their jurisdictional boundaries for water-related purposes.

(2) The recently adopted State Water Policy

(3) Property rights as they relate to the use and ownership
of groundwater.

(4) Regional Water Supply Authorities

214 House Office Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32301 (904) 488-1564


Mr. Jake Varn
July 16, 1981
Page Two

(5) Management of Florida's water resources. Are Water
Management Districts the appropriate principle
management agency of this resource? If they are, are
they willing to make the hard decisions which such
management will require.

At present Representative Smith is planning three public
workshops-hearings. The first has been officially scheduled
at the end of this month as follows:

July 27 Tour well fields and other sites in Tampa area
July 28 Tour SWFWMD and WCRWSA
July 29 Public hearing at SWFWMD in Brooksville.

Two other similar sets of tours-workshops-hearings are contemplated
in middle August and the end of August in the Orlando area and
the Clewiston-West Palm Beach area respectively.


Fred Breeze
Staff Director


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