Ground water, bottled water and beautiful springs are the hot discussion items in Wakulla County. That's where county leaders are faced with a tough question of whether or not to share their valuable resource.
In Wakulla County the three-story courthouse is a major landmark. The downtown traffic is a snail's pace and the crystal blue water is a valuable resource, one that many locals are trying to protect.
Victor Lambou, a concerned citizen, says, “These are very valuable to us for commercial fishing, for sport fishing and eco-tourism.”
That's why Victor Lambou has drafted a resolution to stop any of the precious water from leaving the rural county, but his major hurdle is convincing county commissioners.
Parrish Barwick, a Wakulla County administrator, says, “It's an issue, there are sides to no concrete answers. Every commissioner has his own opinion; it's been tough for them to get their opinions drawn out.”
If the commissioning board decides against the resolution, a proposal to build a bottled water plant can move forward. It’s something Lambou fears. He also fears Wakulla residents would lose much of their valuable water source, forcing folks to conserve and developers to think twice about future endeavors.
The resolution to ban the transportation of water from Wakulla County will go before commissioners Monday night. That meeting is in Crawfordville at 6 p.m. at the commission chambers.