Title: Florida Association of Realtors Water Supply Policy
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Title: Florida Association of Realtors Water Supply Policy
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Language: English
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: Jake Varn Collection - Florida Association of Realtors Water Supply Policy (JDV Box 39)
General Note: Box 29, Folder 5 ( Water Supply Issues Group (File 3 of 3) - 1996 ), Item 17
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Volume ID: VID00001
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OCT n 6 1996
Calton Fields TallahasseeEALTO

PO. Box 1853
TO: Jake Varn Tallahassee, FL 32302-1853
FROM: Howard E. Adams 200 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301-1872
Vice President of G mental Affairs T F 320112
FAX 904/224-0702
DATE: October 23, 1996 E-Mail: FAR@FL.RealtorUSA.com

RE: Water Supply Development

Please find attached to this memorandum a draft copy of policies that the
Florida Association of REALTORS Water Policy Task Force has reviewed
on a preliminary basis. This policy is similar to that of the Florida Home
Builders Association and also some combined elements from the Florida
Farm Bureau and Agricultural Coalitions. While this policy has not yet
been finalized and adopted, I anticipate that the Florida Association of
REALTORS will adopt this in substantially this form at its January
Business Meetings.

Please utilize this draft policy to help guide you in the Water Supply
Development Committee to which you have been appointed. As you are
aware, I have also been appointed to the Funding Committee along with
Keith Hetrick of the Florida Home Builders Association. I look forward to
working with you on this committee as well.

Please let me know if I can furnish further information or be of any
assistance with your committee work.

Cathy Whatley
PO. Box 8058
Jacksonville 32239
E-Mail: CathyWhatl@aol.com
Jim Burr
317 Wekiva Springs Road, Suite 200
Longwood 32779
E-Mail: JBurrWat@aol.com
Cathleen F Smith
11924 Forest Hill Blvd., 18
West Palm Beach 33414
E-Mail: CatheCFS@aol.com
Margaret C. Turney
533 Anchorage Drive
North Palm Beach 33408
E-Mail: Margareffurn@Compuserve.com
Gerald W. Matthews, CAE
PO. Box 725025
Orlando 32872
E-Mail: JerryM@fl.realtorusa.com

Florida Association of REALTORS
Water Supply Policy

Florida is a peninsula and is surrounded by non-potable salt water on three sides. Florida
is largely dependent on rainfall for fresh potable water replenishment. Weather
irregularities and the randomness of the weather cause different areas of the state from
time to time, to experience water supply shortages. The provision of potable water to
both supply the people and to maintain the natural systems of Florida is increasingly a
matter of cost and redistribution of potable water supplies. The Florida Legislature should
create, through public policy, a public water supply program which will assure that there is
an adequate, affordable and consistent supply of water for present and future users. This
public water supply program should provide necessary potable water to accommodate the
growth expected in Florida and continue to supply current users with ample supplies for
their needs. This program and planning for adequate potable water supplies by the State
of Florida should incorporate planning guidelines for the preservation of the natural
environment. Florida's natural environment contains water and it is this natural
environment which attracts population to the state, both for its beauty and for recreational
purposes. Accordingly, the Florida Association of REALTORS espouses the following
policies regarding water supply and believes the government of Florida should carefully
consider these policies in developing its water supply policies and programs for the future.

FAR Public Water Supply Policies

1. There should be a local or regionally based long-range plan for future public water
supplies. This planning process should avoid bureaucratic review processes, minimize
state involvement and rely on a system of citizen and affected person involvement and
enforcement. In conjunction with this, the Florida Legislature should state that the
primary mission of water districts is regional water supply planning and development in
order to meet the needs of Florida's citizens, business, agriculture and the natural

2. While recognizing the viability and propriety of private water suppliers and other
water users, local governments or where jointly created by local governments, regional
water supply authorities should have primary responsibility for planning public water
supply. Incentives should be provided to encourage local governments to create regional
water supply authorities to plan and develop regional water supplies. All local or regional
water supply plans should have common review dates established by the appropriate water
management district. A process for mediating conflicts between plans who may use
common water sources should be established and the appropriate water management
districts should participate as parties in that dispute resolution. Water management
districts should also continue to retain responsibility for flood protection and the
management and storage of surface water at the district level.

3. There should be a recurring dedicated source of revenues for use by local
governments and regional water supply authorities for planning and developing long term
water supplies and water supply facilities. It is suggested that a portion of the water
management district millage rate be dedicated to the development of long term capital
facilities for water supply.

4. The long term public water supply plans should be developed separately from the
local government comprehensive planning process. Local governments should not be
required to base potable water concurrency decisions on water supply availability. Water
management districts should remain a regulatory body to protect and to allocate water
resources. Water management districts should provide water resource information and
data to local governments and to regional water supply authorities for use in water supply

5. Chapter 373, Fla. Statutes, should be amended to require that each water
management district prepare a District Water Management Plan (DWMP) containing
water supply resource information and data. Chapter 373 should clearly set for the
requirements of the DWMP, including requiring the adoption of those parts of the DWMP
that impact third parties to be adopted as a rule.

6. With regard to consumptive water use permitting, the duration of a water use permit
should be as long as is feasibly possible consistent with the amount of water available and
current demands. Water management districts should adopt a standard of twenty years of
consumptive use permit duration, unless to do so would cause irreparable harm to water
resources, or is otherwise inconsistent with demand. In permitting consumptive water
uses, Florida law should be amended to balance, as part of the public interest test, the
proximity of the proposed source of water in the area in which it is used and other
economic and technical alternatives to the proposed source. This includes conservation,
desalinization, reuse, stormwater or aquifer storage and recovery measures. The policy of
local sources should be strongly encouraged.

7. Water management districts and regional water supply authorities should develop
economic and regulatory incentives to promote alternatives such as conservation, water
reuse, desalinization, alternative storage methodology, and innovative uses of surface
water sources.

8. Where appropriate, public lands should be made available for multiple uses including
water supply. Parks, forests and recreational areas can supply water and can be used in
this way compatible with other recreational uses. In addition, the Florida Legislature
should review on a regular basis the continued land acquisitions by water management
districts. Land acquisitions should be screened to insure a balance between the multiple
missions of water supply, water management and flood protection. Proper funding should
be provided for the management of purchased lands.

9. Concurrent with other organizations, the Florida Association of Realtors supports
present statutory authority which allows reallocation of water in Florida based on the
reasonable-beneficial use standard. The Florida Association of Realtors opposes any
policies, proposals or concepts which would weaken this standard and would recommend
strengthening existing user rights to permit renewals.
10. Water management districts as a sub-division of government should be made more
accountable through enhanced oversight by both the executive and legislative branch of
government. The Legislature should review and approve state water policy, water
management district budgets and review capitol improvement projects for funding. The
Legislature should also establish appropriate sub-committees or committees in the House
and Senate to annually review programs and budgets of the water management districts.
The Legislature should also continue to review the rulemaking authority of the water
management districts and take appropriate action where such rulemaking authority may
exceed the primary mission of the districts.

11. The Legislature should review and approve state water policy and all future
amendments should be ratified by the Legislature before taking effect.

12. Water management district governing boards should be provided with governing
board members who have experience in water management issues and who can gain
experience in order to serve the public. Gubernatorial appointments with Senate
confirmation to water management district boards should be maintained with terms of
appointments staggered to provide that the terms of no more than three members expire in
any given year. The Governor should also strive to appoint board members with
experience and the current limitation of two terms should be discontinued in order to
encourage those with experience to continue to serve the public.


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