Title: Water Issue is Critical
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Title: Water Issue is Critical
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Publisher: Naples Star
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: Water Issue is Critical, Sept 19, 1975
General Note: Box 10, Folder 1 ( SF Taxation, ad valorem tax referendum-SWFWMD-1975 - 1975 ), Item 87
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Bibliographic ID: WL00002039
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Levin College of Law, University of Florida
Holding Location: Levin College of Law, University of Florida
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Naples City Council is to be
congratulated for its resolution ask-
ing the state legislature to allow
incorporation of Collier County as a
part of Southwest Florida Water
Management District rather than
the South Florida Water Manage-
ment District.
The city's stand is one in which
we concur and one which we urge
the Collier County commissioners to
equally support.

The issue of water is critical to
growth and development of South-
west Florida. Even the county's
"controlled growth" master plan
projects the population in Collier
County will be 145,000 by 1990. Water
for drinking and irrigation must be
assured for our children and for
those who will move here in the
future as others before them.

However, if this county's water
- resources, which are principally
located in the Big Cypress Water
Preserve, are put under jurisdiction
of the South Florida Water Mange-
ment District Dec. 31, 1976, as now
provided for by the Water Manage-
ment Act of 1972, our water re-
sources will be controlled by and
used for the growing millions on
Florida's East Coast. Equally as
bad, Collier Countians may have to
pay up to one mill annually in the
South Florida district without any
prospects those monies will be spent
in this county for water manage-
ment that benefits us locally.

On the other hand, if Collier
County were to become a part of the
Southwest Florida Water Manage-
ment District, as urged by Naples
City Council, the county's water
resources could be managed and
controlled locally as a semi-autono-
mous basin and most of the one mill

water management tax would be
spent within the Collier basin which
is separate and apart from any
The Collier Basin would be an
addition to the 11 other basins
already now existing within the
overall Southwest Florida Water
Management District which extends
from Citrus County, north of Clear-
water, south to Charlotte County.
In contrast, the South Florida
district has no comparable basin
concept such as Southwest. Accord-
ing to present plans, the South
Florida district intends to continue
its policy of absolute control of all
water resources as one unit and thus
Collier County water resources
would be absorbed by the end of 1976
into a pool to be drawn upon by the
East Coast of South Florida.
Collier County fought a bitter
battle 25 years ago against control of
its water resources by the East
Coast counties masquerading as the
Central and Southern Florida Flood
Control District. Collier won. Now
the same interests seek to take over
Collier's water resources by creat-
ing the South Florida Water Man-
agement District in December of
1976 by the merger of Collier with
the Central and Southern Florida
Flood Control District.

It is just as true today as 25 years
ago that Collier is geologically sep-
arated from eastern Florida by the
Sa-Ha-Legge Divide, a ridge running
from. northwest to southeast across
the eastern portion of Collier Coun-
ty, dividing it from the Okeechobee
drainage system, the backbone of
the East Coast district.
As far as water management
goes, the east coast should make do
with the Everglades and the state
should leave the Big-Cypress to us.

S)Water Issue Is Critical

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