Florida Gov. Rick Scott vetoes three bills

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday vetoed three bills, all relating to water control districts looking to expand into other services. In separate letters, Scott explained why House bills HB 855, HB 1009 and HB 1281 were nixed.

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The South Indian River Water Control District “was created for the specific purpose of providing drainage and water control services,” Scott said.  The district sought to build recreational facilities, which Scott said falls outside its purview, and is traditionally a function of a city or county.

Similarly, the Fellsmere Water Control District was looking to expand the its powers “to include items as varied as community development, transit, mosquito control, fire control, and emergency medical services.” Scott’s letter said such services are provided by local city or county government.

Finally, the East County Water Control District wanted to install and construct street lighting and sidewalk facilities.

“Expanding the scope of authority of a water control district is not the most appropriate means for residents to receive the desired services and there are other avenues to which residents of the District may pursue,” Scott said in each letter. “I look forward to working with the local legislative delegation and residents of the District to help facilitate these needs.”


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