.February 15, 1979 -
TO: L.M. BLAIN, legal Counse
DONALD R. FE olg e Director
J.B. BUTLER, Dir department of Planning & Regulation
BARBARA BOATWRIGHT, Director, Regulatory Division
ZEB PALMER, Director, Planning & Programming Division
THROUGH: JOHN R. WEHLE, Chief, Planning Section, PPD W
FROM: SUE P. KASPER, Engineer, Planning Section, PPOI
SUBJECT: February 14, 1979 Meeting Between the Pasco and Pinellas
This was the first time that the Pasco and Pinellas County Commissions met to
discuss their water problems. The first part of the discussion centered on the
common water problems that the counties shared and what they could do to help
each other. Pinellas offered to assist Pasco in getting into the water business
and share their experiences with such. Pasco also mentioned how they would like
to reduce the cost of bringing water to west Pasco by eliminating the excess
trip the water made to Pinellas and then back.
The next and last part of the discussions centered on Cross Bar Well Field.
A lot of old wounds were brought up at this point. Pasco can appreciate the
circumstances Pinellas must live with, however, they were quite serious about
Sthe following demands:
1. They want the well field developed one step at a time and refused to go
along with a blanket CUP application for 45 MGD. They are concerned about
possible environmental damages and believe development one step at a time
would foresee any adverse impacts.
2. Pasco County wants approximately half of the permitted water drawn from
3. Pasco wants Pasco Water Authority, Inc.'s contract with Pinellas signed
over without price increases to Pasco County.
Pinellas County's main concern was that they must get the 45 MGD from Cross Bar.
They have committed their fiscal resources to this source and whether the water
flows or not, they will have to pay for it. Pinellas said they did not have the
resources to go with any other source. Pasco County stated that they would
"go" with whatever the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD)
decided was environmentally sound and if the permit amounts were too low for
Pinellas, they would not join Pinellas in legal action against SWFWMD.
February 15, 1979
Re: February 14, 1979 Meeting Between the
Pasco and Pinellas County Commissions
Several references were made to the West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority
(Gene Heath was present). It was apparent that both counties were not willing
to depend on the Authority for developing and supplying their water.
Although these two bodies did not arrive at any decisions at the meeting, they
agreed to meet again in the future to continue working on the problem.
cc: E.D. Vergara