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M 30, 1973
S uthwest Florida
W ter Management District
P 0. Box 457
B ooksville, Florida 33512
rsuant to your memo to this office several weeks ago, I finally
s able to talk with Joe Brown, an insurance agent for the District.
is my opinion that it is not legally necessary to have a require-
nt in all contracts entered into by the District, that a certificate
insurance be furnished to the District showing that the contractor
is workmen's compensation insurance and general liability insurance
order to protect the District for the payment of any damages, be-
use of the failure to require such certificates however, it is my
inion that it would be in the District's best interest to require
1 contracts provide for such certificate by the contractor showing
ch insurance coverage. This certificate should not, in any way,
y that the District is being covered, because we do not want to
ntract for or assume any liability which we are not required to be
eponsible for under the law. These individuals or corporations
contracting with the District are independent contractors, and it
makes just good public policy to require such certificate.
ven though the District may be made a party defendant in some case,
t, in my opinion, would not be ultimately liable for any damages,
s long as it does not indemnify or assume any responsibility with
he contractor, as long as the contractor is an independent contractor
nd as long as the state law provides for sovereign immunity.
f you have any questions, please contact me.
Yours very truly,
Myron G. Gibbons, Attorney for
Southwest Florida water Manage-