Tampa Bay Water opposes hunting on Cypress Creek wellfield public land

12/20/11 Atecia Robinson
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Southwest Florida Water Management District’s proposal to allow hunting on some public land met opposition Monday from Tampa Bay Water. The board of directors of Tampa Bay Water opposed changes to SWFWMD’s land management plan that would allow hunting at the Cypress Creek wellfield.

Pinellas County Commissioner and Tampa Bay Water board member Neil Brickfield said it seemed like SWFWMD was being overbearing.

Brad Spacone, a citizen from Eagle Island opposes hunting and read a 2006 statement from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Because Cypress Creek Wellfield is such an important source of water and provides flood protection, Pasco County Commissioner Ted Shrader, said he opposed hunting in Cypress Creek.

Shrader also said that SWFWMD already uses 1/3 of the land for hunting. Commissioner Sandra Murman said recreation and hunting was not a good mix.

Tampa Bay Water sent an attorney to Tuesday’s SWFWMD board meeting. General manager Gerald Seeber said the attorney would be representing Tampa Bay Water during the decision about hunting on public lands.

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