SFWMD challenges Martin’s CPA: ‘will adversely impact regulation of state’s water supplies’

SFWMD Executive Director Blake C. Guillory has asked the Department of Economic Opportunity to file a challenge to Martin County Comp Plan Amendment 13-5 (Source SFWMD)

 

Local attorney and civic activist Virginia Sherlock details recent comments by the South Florida Water Management District (also see below the SFWMD objection letter to the Department of Economic Opportunity):

 

The newly appointed executive director of the South Florida Water Management District has wasted no time letting Martin County residents know that he thinks we have no business trying to protect our water resources.

 

SFWMD Executive Director Blake C. Guillory has asked the Department of Economic Opportunity to file a challenge to Martin County Comp Plan Amendment 13-5 because it contains a policy that states: “Seasonal water tables shall be preserved, and protected, and/or enhanced. Water withdrawals from the aquifer shall not be allowed to change normal seasonal variation of wetland water levels. The County will use its land use authority under Chapter 163 to implement this policy.”

 

SFWMD objects to this provision because the new executive director says that allowing local governments like Martin County to regulate water resources will “erode the regional approach to water resource management and will likely adversely impact District regulation and protection of the state’s water supplies.”

 

SFWMD joins Lake Point and King Ranch and Hobe Grove in objecting to Martin County Comp Plan revisions designed to protect and preserve our water resources.

 

The Department of Economic Opportunity issued a “no comments” letter when the amendments were initially reviewed and should stick with that position and issue a Notice of Intent to find the adopted Martin County Comp Plan revisions in compliance with state law.

 

If you haven’t already done so, please let DEO know that you support the Comp Plan revisions and efforts by Martin County to protect and preserve our waters, our lands, our neighborhoods and our quality of life.

 

Send comments to: Ray.Eubanks@deo.myflorida.com, compplans@freshfromflorida.com, plan.review@dep.state.fl.us, gerry.oreilly@dot.state.fl.us, tmanning@sfwmd.gov, mbusha@tcrpc.org, nikkiv@martin.fl.us

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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