From The Florida Times-Union:
A plan to take water from the St. Johns River to supply growing Central Florida suburbs won approval from a state agency Monday despite pleas from scores of opponents.
“This is the most difficult decision that has come to the board in my term,” said Susan Hughes, chairman of the St. Johns River Water Management District board.
She supported the permit, which the board passed on a 5-4 vote.
The decision allows Seminole County’s utility system to take up to 5.5 million gallons daily for drinking water and lawn watering.
Many critics warned that would open a floodgate of communities wanting to take far more.
This decision is disastrous for Jacksonville and all of North Florida. The results, once other Central Florida communities realize how easy it is to pull one over on the St. Johns River Water Management District, could be devastating for the long-term health of our St. Johns River.