St. Petersburg Times, Army Corps studies Lake Tarpon flooding in 1960
St. Petersburg Times, 1/23/66: New plan formed for Lake Tarpon.
TARPON SPRINGS - Plans are in the works for developing Lake Tarpon as a boating mecca, according to U.S. Rep. William Cramer.
Cramer wants to put a lock in the proposed channel between the lake and Tampa Bay so boaters from the bay can enter the lake. He also plans for the 19-foot-deep channel to become a boating area.
The Corps of Engineers, which Cramer questioned about the feasibility of his plans, said the lock will not hinder the channel construction.
[Epilog: the "proposed channel" is now the Lake Tarpon Outfall Canal, which does not have a lock, only a dam. It is possible to drag a small boat up the bank and around the dam. The proposed "boating area" did become a world-class ski area, then became an idle speed zone in 1984.]
St. Petersburg Times, 2/16/65: Plans for Upper Tampa Bay call for changes in salinity.
In Six months time, an earthen dike could separate Tampa Bay from Upper Tampa Bay, and turn the latter into a freshwater lake. Officials of the Pinellas-Anclote River Basin Board and the Northwest Hillsborough Basin Board met Feb 15 to approve a contract with Reynolds, Smith and Hills, a Jacksonville engineering firm, to design and supervise the work converting the salt water area into a freshwater lake.
Plans can be finalized in nine months, once the Southwest Management District and the Hillsborough County commission approve the contract. Under the agreement between the four agencies, the Pinellas board and the northwest Hillsborough board would share the costs of engineering, legal work, design and inspections, estimated at $500,000. The Pinellas Basin board and Hllsborough County would share the estimated $4.3 million construction costs.
[Epilog: Upper Tampa Bay is still salt water.]
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