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Questions follow leaders' answers to water problem

Editor: Now I think I understand. Sometimes I don't catch on real quick. However, if you read enough newspapers, you eventually will find answers.

I read recently that a county commissioner in Hillsborough County felt that by exercising growth guidelines it infringed on developers who want to profit from building wherever they want. It was reported she felt it was illegal to hamper their efforts, although the county attorney said the restrictions were defensible.

This goes back to the water issue, or lack of it. One report was that a body was obligated to provide as much as another body wanted. A Citrus County person told me they cannot deny water hookups that have already been permitted or curtail new hookups until the crisis is over. I also was told I cannot use my pump to access water from the canal because it is all part of the aquifer.

That makes sense to me, but it made me wonder: How can building a desalination plant be good for the aquifer when it will really take a lot of water out of the bay? Salt intrusion was mentioned to me regarding the comparatively small amount I would use from the canal, even though I was informed an environmental office said this would be good because the brackish water would filter to the aquifer sans the salt.

The big issue to some of us is this: We invest many thousands in our homes and landscaping, which are a factor if we decide to sell. My parched yard would not turn too many heads lately. Result, no sale, which means I have been financially hurt by the lack of water. Who is to say the developers' desire to make money on building is more important than mine is to maintain what I already have? Developing is somewhat like investing in the stock market: Some make money, some do not. Developers do not have roots in any one area; they can move wherever infrastructure permits them to ply their trade. I do have roots and obviously can't move my home to a place where there is adequate water. Seems pretty simple to me. Then why doesn't it seem so to those who control the faucet?

I stated in another letter to the editor that I feel government not managing water to ensure those who rely on it to do so is tantamount to the taking of my property, even if just a teensie bit. It's relative. Resodding is not inexpensive, but when the rains come, that is what many of us will have to do. All the while, there seems to be no restriction on new construction.

In a Robert Ludlum book, I read the heavy stuff. It said we have as much water today as thousands of years ago, only many more people. The efforts I am aware of to be stewards of this precious commodity are feeble. I submit that simple solutions are available that are not even addressed. Why not? I wouldn't get on an airplane with a pilot who gave me no more assurance than I am hearing from those in control of our water problems.

Frank B. Hill


Very grateful to all who helped

with Day of Prayer 2000 events

Editor: The Prayer Task Force for Citrus County would like to thank everyone who helped make National Day of Prayer 2000 a success. Thank you to those who got up early to participate in our 7 a.m. prayer gatherings around the county. We are also very grateful for all of the public officials who took time to attend the Leaders Prayer Breakfast, as well as the residents who sponsored them. Thank you, Stan Olsen, and all your staff at Rock Crusher Canyon who helped us plan both the Leaders Prayer Breakfast and an evening gathering that ran smoothly.

As coordinator of the day's events, I especially would like to thank all the public safety personnel who made themselves available for the Children's Thank You Walk. Though it was a small beginning as far as attendance was concerned, the hearts of the children and their parents were warmed and filled by your loving, caring attitude. You are the ones we wanted the children to have the opportunity to say "thank you" to. In this day and time they need some real heroes and role models to look up to. You all worked together to make the event an experience none of us will ever forget. Everybody had a wonderful time.

The evening prayer meeting we chose to call the County Churches General Assembly was just that, as believers from many diverse backgrounds took the time to come together as the body of Christ to pray about a variety of issues. May God bless all those who, through prayer, took part in breaking down the walls between our churches and took more steps toward racial reconciliation.

Please continue to pray for Citrus County, the state of Florida and the nation. May God richly bless you all in the days to come.

Suzanne Koerner, coordinator

Citrus County Prayer Task Force

Golf tournament chairman says

thanks for "tremendous' support

Editor: I would like to express my sincere thanks to all members of the community for their tremendous support of the fourth annual Superintendent's Golf Tournament held in April.

More than $16,000 was raised with the tremendous effort of all volunteers who helped coordinate this great event. The proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Citrus County Education Foundation and all of the many worthwhile projects it is involved in, which help the students and teachers of the Citrus County School District. With more than 135 hole sponsors, the community support was overwhelming.

A special thanks goes out to those special people who served on the steering committee, whose guidance made this event successful. Also, to Pete Summers of the Citrus Hills Country Club for his help and support in coordinating the event.

Jack Brady, chairman

2000 Superintendent's Golf Tournament