Groveland Stands Alone against Niagara Water Permit in Lake County

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Groveland stands alone against Niagara water permit in Lake County

By Stephen Hudak | Sentinel Staff Writer

TAVARES – County commissioners decided this week that Lake could not afford to continue its legal battle against Niagara Bottling.

Tuesday’s decision — a 4-0 vote by commissioners to end the legal challenge — is a turning point in Central Florida’s water wars. It could hasten the decision on whether to let the California-based water bottler tap water from an area already contemplating shortages in the future.

In July, a staff recommendation submitted to the St. Johns River Water Management District‘s governing board recommended granting Niagara a five-year permit to take water from the Floridan Aquifer and sell it.

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