February 28, 2012

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board voted today to begin the process to sell its Bartow Service Office and relocate staff to two other locations.

The move is part of the District’s reorganization to increase efficiencies, reduce operational costs and meet the District’s core mission responsibilities in the areas of water supply, flood protection, water quality and natural systems.

About 10 field employees will relocate to the District’s existing Lake Hancock property about 14 miles north of the current Bartow Service Office, which is at 170 Century Blvd. Staff also will use the Lake Hancock site to house some of the District’s heavy equipment such as airboats.

In addition, the District will look to lease office space in an existing government building in the Bartow area. About 15 additional employees will relocate to this site once identified.

The District will continue to maintain a local presence in these offices to maintain quality customer service and to ensure the public has convenient access to District staff.

The District will sell its current Bartow Service Office composed of two buildings with a combined 27,300 square-feet of space.

Lloyd Roberts, General Services Bureau chief, said the move will use District-owned space more efficiently and save taxpayer money.

“It’s important for the District to evaluate space requirements on an ongoing basis and provide the most efficient and cost effective options available,” Roberts said.

The process should be completed during the next several months.

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