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CHAPTER 6456—(No. 36).

AN ACT to Establish the Everglades Drainage District in This State and Define Its Boundaries, to Create a Board of Commissioners for Said District and to Define Its Powers, Authorizing the Construction of Canals, Drains, Dikes, Reservoirs and Other Works for the Reclamation and Benefit of the Lands Embraced in Said District and to Levy Assessments of Taxes Upon the Lands Embraced in Such District and to Provide for the Collection of the Same and the Sale of Lands to Enforce the Collection of Such Assessments and to Authorize the Board of Commissioners of Said District to Borrow Money and to Issue Bonds and Dispose of the Same, to Procure Money to Carry Out the Provisions of This Act, to Prevent Injury to Any Works Constructed Under This Act, and to Provide a Penalty for Violating Such Provision.

Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:

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created.

Section 1. That for the purpose of draining and reDrainage claiming the lands hereinafter described and protecting District the same from the effects of water, for agricultural and sanitary purposes, and for the public convenience and walfare, and for the public utility and benefit, a drainage district is hereby established to be known and designated as the Everglades Drainage District, the territorial boundaries of which shall be as follows, to-wit:

Beginning at the northeast corner of Township thirtyseven (37) south, Range thirty-nine (39) east, thence west along the township line between Townships thirtysix (36) south and thirty-seven (37) South to the northwest corner of Township thirty-seven (37) south, Range thirty-one (31) east.

Thence south along the range line between Ranges thirty (30) east and thirty-one (31) east to the southwest corner of Township forty-three (43) south, Range thirty-one (31) east.

Boundary
of Drainage

District.

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Thence east along the township line between Townships forty-three (43) south and forty-four (44) south to the southeast corner of Township forty-three (43) south, Range thirty-one (31) east.

Thence south along the range line between Ranges thirty-one (31) east and thirty-two (32) east to the southwest corner of Township fifty-four (54) south, Range thirty-two (32) east.

Thence east along the township line between Townships fifty-four (54) south and fifty-five (55) south to the southeast corner of Township fifty-four (54) south, Range thirty-two (32) east.

Thence south along the range line between Ranges thirty-two (32) east and thirty-three (33) east to the southwest corner of Township fifty-five (55) south, Range thirty-three (33) east.

Thence east along the township line between Townships fifty-five (55) south and fifty-six (56) south to the southeast corner of Township fifty-five (55) south, Range thirty-four (34) east.

Thence south along the range line between Ranges thirty-four (34) east and thirty-five (35) east to the southwest corner of Township fifty-nine (59) south, Range thirty-five (35) east.

Thence east along the township line between Townships fifty-nine (59) south and sixty (60) south to the southeast corner of Township fifty-nine (59) south, Range thirty-six (36) east.

Thence south along the range line between Ranges thirty-six (36) east and thirty-seven (37) east to the southwest corner of Township fifty-nine (59) south, Range thirty-seven (37) east.

Thence east along the township line between Townships fifty-nine (59) and sixty (60) south to the shore of the Atlantic Ocean.

Thence northeasterly along the shore of the Atlantic Ocean to the point where the section line between Sections twenty-one (21) and twenty-two (22), in Township fifty-four (54) south, Range forty-one (41) east (or this line produced) intersects the shore of the Atlantic Ocean.

Thence north through the middle of Townships fiftyfour (54), fifty-three (53), fifty-two (52) south, in Range forty-one (41) east, to the northeast corner of Section four (4), in Township fifty-two (52) south, range fortyone (41) east.

Thence east along the township line between Townships fifty-one (51) south and fifty-two (52) south to the southeast corner of Township fifty-one (51) south, Range fortyone (41) east.

Thence north along the Range line between Ranges forty-one (41) east and forty-two (42) east to the northwest corner of Section nineteen (19), in Township fortynine (49) south, Range forty-two (42) east.

Thence east along the north boundary of Sections nineteen (19), twenty (20), twenty-one (21) to the northeast corner of Section twenty-one (21) in Township forty-nine (49) south, Range forty-two (42) east.

Thence north through the middle of Range forty-two (42) east to the norteast corner of Section twenty-one (21) in Township forty-one (41) south, Range forty-two (42) east.

Thence west through the middle of Township forty-one (41) south, Range forty-two (42) east, forty-one (41) east and forty (40) east to the northwest corner of Section nineteen (19) in Township forty-one (41) south, Range forty (40) east.

Thence north along the range line between Ranges thirty-nine (39) east and forty (40) east to the northeast corner of Township thirty-seven (37) south, Range thirtynine (39) east to the point of beginning first above enumerated.

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pose Board
of Commis-
sioners of

Everglades
Drainage
District.

Sec. 2. The Governor, the Comptroller, the State Treasurer, the Attorney-General and the Commissioner Who comof Agriculture of the State of Florida, and their successors in office, are hereby constituted the governing board of said District and shall be designated the "Board of Commissioners of Everglades Drainage District," with all the powers of a body corporate including the power to sue and be sued by said name in any court of law or equity, to make contracts and to adopt and use a common

Authority,

etc.

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General powers of the Board.

Exercise
right of
Eminent
Domain.

seal and alter the same at pleasure, to hold, buy and convey such personal or real property as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act, to appoint such agents and employees as the business of the Board may require, and to borrow money and to issue bonds therefor, as hereinafter provided, to enable the said Board to carry out the provisions of this Act.

Sec. 3. The said Board is hereby authorized and em. powered to establish and construct a system of canals, drains, levees, dikes, dams, locks and reservoirs of such dimensions and depth and proportions as in the judg ment of the said Board is deemed advisable to drain and reclaim the lands within sad drainage district, and to maintain such canals, drains, levees, dikes, dams, locks and reservoirs in such manner as said Board shall deem most advantageous. Said Board is hereby authorized and empowered to clean out, straighten, widen, change the course and flow, alter or deepen any ditch, drain, river, water course, pond, lake, creek, or natural stream in or out of said district that may be deemed necessary by said Board to be done to facilitate the drainage and reclamation of the territory in said district; to construct and maintain main and lateral canals or ditches; to construct such levees, dikes, sluices, revetments, reservoirs, pumping stations and other works and improvements deemed necessary to preserve and maintain the works in said district; to construct any bridge or roadway over any levees, embankments, public highways, railroad right-of-way, track, grade, fill or cut, or across any stream or pond that may be necessary to facilitate the work of draining and reclaiming the territory or any part thereof embraced in said district; said Board shall have the power and authority to hold, control and acquire by donation or purchase for the use of the district any real or personal property, to condemn any lands, easement, railroad right-of-way, in or out of said district, for a right-of-way for any canal, ditch, drain or reservoir, or for material to be used in constructing and maintaining said works and improvements for draining, protecting and reclaiming the lands in said district.

Sec. 4. That the said Board is hereby authorized and empowered to exercise the right of eminent domain and may condemn for the use of said district any and all

lands, easements, rights-of-way, riparian rights, and property rights of every description required for the public purposes and powers of said Board as herein granted, and may enter upon, take and use such land as it may deem necessary for such purposes, pending condemnation proceedings.

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Annual tax

Sec. 5. For the purpose of constructing, completing and maintaining the works of drainage and reclamation to be levied. hereby authorized for the benefit and protection of the lands in said district, annual assessments of taxes shall be and are hereby levied and imposed upon all the lands within said district, as follows, to-wit: That upon the following described lands in said District, all being in Townships south of the Tallahassee parallel, and in Ranges east of the Tallahassee meridian, to-wit:

nual drain

In Township forty-two (42), Range thirty-one (31), Lands upon Sections twelve (12), thirteen (13), fourteen (14), fifteen which an(15), twenty (20), twenty-one (21), twenty-two (22), age tax is twenty-three (23), twenty-four (24), twenty-five (25), levied. twenty-six (26), twenty-seven (27), twenty-eight (28), twenty-nine (29), thirty-three (33), thirty-four (34), thirty-five (35) and thirty-six (36);

Also in Township forty-three (43), Range thirty-one (31), Sections one (1), two (2), eleven (11) and twelve (12);

Also in Township forty (40), Range thirty-two (32), Sections one (1), eleven (11), twelve (12), thirteen (13), fourteen (14), fifteen (15), nineteen (19), twenty (20), twenty-one (21), twenty-two (22), twenty-three (23), twenty-four (24), twenty-seven (27), twenty-eight (28), twenty-nine (29), thirty (30), thirty-one (31), thirty-two (32), thirty-three (33) and thirty-four (34);

Also in Township forty-one (41), Range thirty-two (32), Sections three (3), four (4), five (5), six (6), seven (7), eight (8), nine (9), ten (10), fifteen (15), seventeen (17), eighteen (18), nineteen (19), twenty (20), twentyone (21), twenty-eight (28), twenty-nine (29), thirty (30), thirty-one (31), thirty-two (32), thirty-three (33), thirty-four (34);

Also in Township forty-two (42), Range thirty-two (32), Sections two (2), three (3), four (4), five (5),

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