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Action Alert:   STOP NEW CEMEX MINE IN BROOKSVILLE

The Hernando County Planning Commission meets this coming Monday, Feb. 12th at 9am at the Brooksville Courthouse Commission Chambers, 20 North Main Street in Brooksville.

Please attend and speak out.  You can download the agenda for this meeting at the following link http://hernandocountyfl.iqm2.com/Citizens/Calendar.aspx.  The CEMEX mining issue is CPAM 1702 and it is the last item on the agenda.

If you click on agenda packet, you will find the original application by CEMEX followed by public comments.  The last item on the bottom of the page links to “Public comments by D.Quirolo.”    Those are the comments we submitted on behalf of Neighbors Against Mining, Women’s March Environmental Justice & Sustainability Committee and Sierra Club Adventure Coast Committee along with numerous supporting documents.

Background on this issue:  

What:  CEMEX is seeking permission to mine for lime rock on 730 acres of land located on Highway 50 across from Bayfront Hospital in Brooksville.  The land is currently zoned residential and commercial but CEMEX wants a land use amendment to allow open pit mining instead for the next 30 years.  This is the same proposal we fought and won two years ago, but they are back with a favorable county commission, so we have a big challenge this time.

Where: The Hernando County Planning Commission meets to vote on the new CEMEX mining application Monday, Feb. 12th at 9 a.m. at the Courthouse, 20 North Main Street in Brooksville.  Plan to attend.  Bring friends.  Let’s fill the room.  Speak out!  Ask the Planning Commission to JUST SAY NO TO CEMEX.  We have enough land permitted to mine for the next 100 years. We won this battle a few years ago, but CEMEX is back with the same bad deal.

Why is this important?  There are many good reasons why this is just wrong.

*This mine will not bring one new job. Existing employees from current mines will work them. 

* Mining threatens public health.  Lime rock dust releases asbestos and increases the likelihood of asthma which is at high levels in this county both for adults and children.  Asbestos is carcinogenic.

*There is no need to do this and no demand for lime rock. Most lime rock is supplied by mines in South Florida and Pasco County. Plus, CEMEX has five other mines in Hernando County already permitted with reserves to mine for the next 100 years.

*The blasting noise and velocity and heavy truck traffic destroys quality of life for local residents, reduces property values and threatens the health of hundreds of nearby residents.  No one wants to live next door to a mine and this area has many residents.

*The mining excavation would occur 250’ from the African American Spring Hill Cemetery located on this parcel and jeopardize operations at Bayfront Hospital across the street.  Mining will occur up to 400’ from Hwy. 50 leading into Brooksville.

*The mine would damage the Fort Dade Avenue canopy road.  CEMEX plans to build a conveyor belt over it to deliver lime rock to their processing plant further north where it will be trucked out or used at the CEMEX coal-burning cement plant.

*Mining undermines the growing business corridor into Brooksville on Highway 50.  It negates current efforts to grow our nature tourism economy.  People don’t come to visit an open pit mine.

*Mining at this location would threaten local fresh water wells, the Weeki Wachee Springshed and Peck Sink Watershed—a valuable resource the county has invested millions of dollars in to protect groundwater and drinking water supplies.

*Open pit mining here would result in outright removal and destruction of hundreds of acres of valuable and biodiverse upland hardwood habitat and all the wildlife it supports.

*Mining undermines efforts to build a sustainable clean economy for Hernando County, contributing to global climate change at a time when our nature tourism economy is growing rapidly and already generates more than 100 times the income of mining.  Let’s move forward, not backward.

Also, now is the time to contact the county commissioners by email, especially if you cannot attend this hearing on Monday.  Please send one email addressed to all the following addresses today so it goes into the record that the County Commissions will read when they meet on March 6th to vote on the CEMEX application:

Chair Steve Champion:  SChampion@hernandocounty.us *Commissioner Wayne Dukes:   WDukes@hernandocounty.us  *Commissioner Nick Nicholson: NNicholson@hernandocounty.us *Commissioner Jeff Holcomb:  JHolcomb@hernandocounty.us *Commissioner John Allocco:   JAllocco@hernandocounty.us

*Copy  planning@hernandocounty.us &  justsaynotomining@gmail.com

In the subject line, enter CPAM 1702: NO NEW CEMEX MINE.  In the body of the email, enter Dear Commissioners:  I am opposed to the new CEMEX application to mine followed by your name, address and any comments you want to make.

Thanks for your help.  Visit us on Facebook at Neighbors Against Mining in Hernando County or Sierra Club Adventure Coast Committee, visit http://www.neighborsagainstmining.org, email justsaynotomining@gmail.com or call DeeVon Quirolo 352 277-3330 .

Nature Coast Conservation, Inc. is a Florida nonprofit corporation registered as a 501(c)(3).  All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  Donate to help the Neighbors Against Mining Action Team stop the new CEMEX mine.  Write check to Nature Coast Conservation and mail to 222 E. Liberty St, Brooksville, FL 34601.  Thank you!

Never doubt that a small group of dedicated individuals can save the world; in fact, nothing else ever has.

Margaret Mead

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February 14, 2018

Neighbors Want to Stop Mining Expansion in Brooksville

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Tampa Bay Times article Feb. 13 , 2018

 
Mark Stephens of the Colinas Group, and James Morris, regional environmental manager for Cemex Construction Materials Florida, discuss questions about a proposed mining expansion posed by DeeVon Quirolo of Neighbors Against Mining during a public workshop in November BARBARA BEHRENDT | Times

BROOKSVILLE — For more than an hour and a half Monday, the Hernando County Planning and Zoning Commission listened to two dozen residents who had a litany of reasons why an application to expand a rock mine on State Road 50 should be rejected.

They were worried about destruction of wildlife habitat, water and air contaminants, negative impacts on tourism, destruction of the tree canopy, damage to the Spring Hill Cemetery, falling property values and the unsightly pit they expect to see left behind when the mining is done in 20 years.

Attorney Darryl Johnston, officials from Cemex Construction Materials Florida and experts representing owners of the 730 acres west of Brooksville made their pitch. They argued that the project met the county’s land use requirements, posed no safety hazards and would benefit the community. They responded to numerous questions from commission members and the public.

In the end, planning and zoning commissioners voted unanimously to recommend denial of the application to the County Commission. The county requirement to protect the residential nature of communities influenced their decision, as did questions about whether the county needs more mining land when so much already is set aside for lime rock extraction.

Planning commissioner W. Steven Hickey didn’t like the idea of leaving a 600-acre hole in the ground after mining is complete.

“That bothers me,’’ Hickey said. “I won’t be here to see that hole … I don’t want that to be my legacy.’’

The last two efforts to change the Cemex mine land use in the comprehensive plan and rezone the property did not fly.

Three years ago, when the issue landed with the County Commission, two commissioners were opposed. Under rules at the time, that stalled the project and applicants withdrew their request.

Since then, the County Commission has changed its rule requiring a super-majority vote. Now a simple majority of three votes out of five is enough to approve a project.

The application to change the comprehensive plan is the first step for mine owners. If the county commission approves it, they move on to rezoning.

About half of the acreage involved would be used for new mining operations under a lease that would last 20 years. The ownership group includes influential business leaders, including former mining executive Tommy Bronson and real estate broker Robert Buckner.

Mining would occur eight feet above the water table and could go down as deep as 60 feet. The only protected animals found on the site were gopher tortoises, which would be moved following state rules.

The land would be returned to use, possibly as residential, in the future.

Continuing mining operations would provide needed raw materials for construction, extend the availability of mining jobs and continue to provide millions of dollars in tax revenue to the county, the school district and other government entities, applicants said.

The arguments from thousands of county residents who have signed petitions, sent emails and appeared before the commission also were largely unchanged.

Residents reported rattling windows from blasts, and concern that deer, fox, raccoons and other wildlife they see around their homes would disappear. Others worried that dust in the air would worsen breathing conditions or that mining operations would put their drinking water at risk.

Those who bought property nearby relied on a future land-use map showing residential property in the area, not mining, argued resident Tina Henize.

“Very few would have anticipated’’ a mine near their home, she said. “This is an absolutely inappropriate land use.’’

DeeVon Quirolo, who has lead the fight along with organizations including Neighbors Against Mining, Nature Coast Conservation and the local Sierra Club, reminded commission members of the strong community opposition to the plan. It’s inconsistent “with all of the adjacent land uses,’’ she said, including residential development, the historic Spring Hill Cemetery and the Bayfront Health Brooksville hospital across SR 50 from the site.

The applicant’s experts said the mine blasting is governed by specific rules. Records show that it does not violate those rules, they said, and there are no health threats from the mine.

Quirolo had counter arguments.

Public records showed that Cemex violated the blasting levels with little state oversight and that mercury had been released from Cemex operations at levels above acceptable levels.

“Overall,’’ she said, “it’s a bad deal for Hernando County.’’

Contact Barbara Behrendt at bbehrendt@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1434.

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Today the Hernando County Planning Commission held a public hearing on the new CEMEX mine application that featured extensive public opposition, and then voted NO against it in a unanimous vote. The beautiful canopy road will not be turned into a mining conveyor belt just yet and our homes and the surrounding wildlife are safe for the moment.

The hearing was well attended and 25 concerned citizens spoke out against the application, citing concerns that ranged from water quality issues, health risks, residential impacts, property value decline, lack of need for another mine, lack of documentation that resources exist at this site worth mining, failure of applicants to prove they cannot develop the land for what is it now allowed to do: commercial and residential, inconsistency with the existing mix of residential, cemetery and hospital and unsuitability of the location due to unresolved geologic, hydrologic and ecological issues that exist at that site.

One person spoke out in support of the mine and CEMEX had a team of lawyers and professed experts who made an hours-long presentation on the merits of the mine.

Our team of speakers included members of Neighbors Against Mining, Sierra Club Adventure Coast Committee, and the Women’s March Central Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee and Dr. Marc Yacht, who spoke out about health liability issues. DeeVon Quirolo presented comments on behalf of all three groups detailing how the application failed to meet the minimum standards of the current land use plan and state Community Planning Act.

Thanks to all who showed up and to those who have sent in their comments to the commissioners.

If you have not yet written the commissioners, it’s not too late—comments are needed before the next meeting that will be before the Hernando County Commission on Tuesday March 6th at the Brooksville Courthouse. So send yours in now and mark your calendar to be there and speak out. That will be the real test since the commissioners are the final authority on whether the new mine goes through, or not.

Please send one email addressed to all the following addresses today so it goes into the record that the County Commissions will read when they meet next month:
Chair Steve Champion: SChampion@hernandocounty.us *Commissioner Wayne Dukes: WDukes@hernandocounty.us *Commissioner Nick Nicholson: NNicholson@hernandocounty.us *Commissioner Jeff Holcomb: JHolcomb@hernandocounty.us *Commissioner John Allocco: JAllocco@hernandocounty.us
*Copy planning@hernandocounty.us & justsaynotomining@gmail.com

In the subject line, enter CPAM 1702: NO NEW CEMEX MINE. In the body of the email, enter Dear Commissioners: I am opposed to the new CEMEX application to mine followed by your name, address and any comments you want to make.

Finally, we’re all volunteers, but there are financial expenses to keep up the effort. Nature Coast Conservation, Inc. is a Florida nonprofit corporation registered as a 501(c)(3). Neighbors Against Mining is a project of Nature Coast Conservation.

All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Donations of any amount are urgently needed to help the Neighbors Against Mining Action Team stop the new CEMEX mine. Write check to Nature Coast Conservation and mail to 222 E. Liberty St, Brooksville, FL 34601. Thank you!

NEIGHBORS AGAINST MINING, Facebook at Neighbors Against Mining in Hernando County or Sierra Club Adventure Coast Committee, email justsaynotomining@gmail.com or call 352 277-3330 .

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What:  Protest Dr. James Gills’ financial and moral ownership of the Largo Verde Mine and adjacent Seven Diamonds Mine.   Dr. James Gills is founder of the St. Luke’s Eye Clinic who urges his staff treating patients to consider “What would I do if this was my mother, my brother, my sister?”  a moral doctrine he does not extend to those living near the mines.  So let’s pay a visit, and bring a friend and ask him to be his better self, a devout Christian, a respected physician, and a human being, to do all he can to restore peace and quiet to those he is harming.

Why:  Dozens of people have spoken before the Pasco County Commissioners for over eight hours on how explosions at the existing Lago Verde mine have wrecked their lives, and how doubling the explosions with a second mine at Seven Diamonds will destroy their quality of life. A woman married to a Vietnam veteran sees him reliving the combat he experienced.  A mother with an autistic child watches him terrified, banging his head to try to shut out the noise.  The mother of a son killed in Afghanistan can’t hang his portrait on the wall because the explosions knock it down.  A neighbor, also a physicist, says the explosions will create not just sinkholes but will ruin the Weeki Wachee aquifer.  A veteran who was a demolitions expert says the efforts to lessen the impact of the explosions at the mine are not just inadequate, they are fraudulent to maximize the profits.

When:  Saturday, January 27 at 10:00 a.m.

Where:  43309 US Hwy 19 N, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

We will assemble at Northern Tool – on the east side of US19 about 1/4 mile north of the Hospital. There is a sidewalk leading to St Luke’ from there. People should park in the right rear lot at Northern.

Who:  YOU.  Please show up to help us express our outrage at the injustice and destructive environmental impacts that mining brings to this area of Florida.

More info:  We will have “No Mine” signs, but feel free to bring your own. See you there! Questions?  Contact Dan Callaghan. (727) 372-1742.   Hernando people call DeeVon at 352 277-3330 if you want to carpool.

 

 

 

 

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BAN NEW MINING PERMITS IN THE 2040 LAND USE PLAN  

Join us at the Hernando County Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, December 12th at the Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 20 North Main Street in Brooksville.   The agenda includes a discussion of the 2040 land use plan and a presentation on changes some individuals want to the land use map.  The 2040 land use plan also includes a troubling provision to fast track land use amendments to allow mining where it is not currently zoned for it.  Ask the commission to Ban New Mines in the 2040 Land Use Plan.  Oppose efforts to further weaken environmental protection in the plan.

Note: This is Item G2 on the agenda and its expected to be discussed at 9:30 a.m.  Fill out a speaker form to make a 3-minute comment.  Thanks !

If you cannot attend the hearing and even if you do plan to be there, contact the commissioners by email NOW. Email addresses are:   *Chair Wayne Dukes:    WDukes@hernandocounty.us

*Commissioner Nick Nicholson:   NNicholson@hernandocounty.us

*Commissioner Jeff Holcomb:   JHolcomb@co.hernando.fl.us

*Commissioner John Allocco:   JAllocco@co.hernando.fl.us, and

*Commissioner Steve Champion:   SChampion@co.hernando.fl.us

*Send a copy to:     planning@hernandocounty.us

In the subject line, enter Ban New Mines in 2040 Land Use Plan. In the body of the email, enter Dear Commissioners:  Ban New MINES in the 2040 Land Use Plan followed by your name and address and any other comments you have.

Why is this important?  They’re back!  CEMEX has just filed an application to change the land use plan to allow them to mine on 573 acres of land across from Bayfront Hospital on Cortez Boulevard leading into Brooksville.  This is the same plan filed a few years ago and withdrawn when they didn’t have the vote.  The problem now is they have the vote.  But if enough of us show up and speak out against new mines, they may listen.

  • Mining for lime rock threatens public health—the dust releases asbestos and increases the likelihood of asthma which are at high levels in this county both for adults and children.
  • There is no demand for lime rock locally. CEMEX has five other mines in Hernando with reserves to mine for many more years locally. The majority of lime rock is provided by mines in South Florida and Pasco County.
  • The blasting noise, velocity and heavy truck traffic destroys quality of life for local residents, reduces property values and threatens the health of hundreds of nearby residents.
  • The mining would border the African American Spring Hill Cemetery and jeopardize operations at Bayfront Hospital across the street.
  • Mining would damage Fort Dade Avenue’s canopy road by building a conveyor belt over it to deliver lime rock to the CEMEX mine further north where it will be trucked out or used at the CEMEX cement plant.
  • Mining would undermine the growing business corridor into Brooksville on Highway 50.
  • This new mine will not bring one new job—they will use existing employees from one of CEMEX’s current mines.
  • Mining will negate current efforts to grow our nature tourism economy, which already brings in ten times as much income as mining in this county. People don’t come to visit an open pit mine.
  • Mining at this location threatens Peck Sink—a valuable water resource located across the street that the county has spent millions of dollars to create to protect drinking water supplies.
  • Most of all, mining undermines efforts to build a sustainable clean economy for Hernando County, contributing to climate change bringing stronger storms, dangerous fires, frequent flooding and increased temperatures.

For more information, visit us on Facebook at Neighbors Against Mining in Hernando County, call DeeVon Quirolo at 352 277-3330 or email DeeVon at dquirolo@gmail.com.

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Below is the email that DeeVon Quirolo sent to each of the county commissioners.  Please  send out your email today to them and plan to be at the meeting Tuesday Dec. 12 at 9am at the Brooksville Courthouse Commission Chambers.  Ask then to ban new mines in the 2040 land use plan. 

Email addresses are:

*Chair Wayne Dukes:    WDukes@hernandocounty.us

*Commissioner Nick Nicholson:   NNicholson@hernandocounty.us

*Commissioner Jeff Holcomb:   JHolcomb@co.hernando.fl.us

*Commissioner John Allocco:   JAllocco@co.hernando.fl.us, and

*Commissioner Steve Champion:   SChampion@co.hernando.fl.us

*Copy  planning@hernandocounty.us.  In the subject line, enter Ban New Mines in 2040 Land Use Plan . In the body of the email, enter Dear Commissioners:  Ban New MINES in the 2040 Land Use Plan followed by your name and address and any other comments you want to make.  Encourage others to do the same!

Dear Commissioner:
Thanks for meeting with us to present our concerns that the 2040 land use plan has been gutted of many valuable policies and strategies that would have insured economic and environmental health for Hernando County.  Attached are our earlier comments detailing them for you.
At this point, with approval of the plan approaching, most of all we ask you to seriously consider supporting a ban on new mines in the land use plan.    Previously approved permits in Hernando County provide enough acreage to insure that mining can continue for the next 100 years without permitting any new mine sites. Most importantly, no need has been established for additional mining and some existing mining sites are inactive, based on mining reports submitted to the county in 2016.
We continue to be affected by the blasting, heavy industrial traffic, property value declines, quality of life impacts, and decline in water quality in local wells that mining delivers to many Hernando residents every day.  Not to mention the health and environmental consequences of industrial open pit mining that releases silica dust into the environment, that contains asbestos, a know carcinogen, and displaces threatened and endangered plant and animal species.

We therefore respectfully recommend the county land use plan remove any reference or language that would allow the establishment of new mines in areas outside of existing mining permits and that there be no provision in the land use plan that would allow amendment of the land use plan to allow mining to occur in any area not zoned for it as of January 1, 2017.  Further, that the future land use map remove any new areas in the mining zoning category that were not permitted for mining as of January 1, 2017.     

This is entirely within your power.   Mining is arguably more dangerous than either RV’s or strip malls to the health and prosperity of Hernando Citizens and is not an economic factor,  other than to diminish the growing success of our nature tourism economy.  Chapter One of the draft plan currently includes a ban on mobile homes in the Coastal Zone and a ban on more strip malls as follows:

Chapter One Future Land Use Development

Strategy 1.04B(9): New zoning for mobile homes shall not be permitted in the Coastal Zone as defined in the Coastal Management Element of this Plan.

Strategy 1.04G(7): Expansion of the existing mapped pattern of strip commercial is not  desirable, and the creation of new strip commercial areas in the County is not allowed. 

Thank you for your consideration and Happy Holidays!   

All the best,  DeeVon 

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http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/dewitt-hernando-commissioners-again-ignore-voters-will/2317515

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Commissioners urge a ‘flexible’ growth plan that would cost us all

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Fill the Room!  Stop the New CEMEX Mine in Brooksville! 

Be There, Speak Out on Tuesday, December 12th

The Hernando County Board of Commissioners will vote whether to approve the draft 2040 Land Use Plan for transmittal to the state for review on Tuesday, December 12th at 9am at the Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 20 North Main Street in Brooksville.   The new land use plan includes a provision to fast track land use amendments to allow mining where it is not currently zoned for it, despite the efforts of many citizens asking them to instead ban all new permits for mining.  This is our last chance add a ban on new mines in the new land use plan that will guide development until 2040.

ASK THE COUNTY COMMISSION TO BAN NEW LIMEROCK MINES IN THE 2040 LAND USE PLAN

If you cannot attend the hearing and even if you do plan to be there, contact the commissioners by email NOW to tell them you want a ban  on new mines in the new land use plan. Email addresses are:

*Chair Wayne Dukes:    WDukes@hernandocounty.us,

*Commissioner Nick Nicholson:   NNicholson@hernandocounty.us,

*Commissioner Jeff Holcomb:   JHolcomb@co.hernando.fl.us,

*Commissioner John Allocco:   JAllocco@co.hernando.fl.us, and

*Commissioner Steve Champion:   SChampion@co.hernando.fl.us

Copy *planning@hernandocounty.us

They’re  back!  CEMEX has just filed an application to amend the land use plan to mine on 573 acres of land across from Bayfront Hospital on Cortez Boulevard leading into Brooksville.  This is the same old plan that was tried a few years ago and withdrawn when they didn’t have the vote.  The problem now is they have the vote.  But if enough of us show up and speak out against new mines, they may listen.  There are many good reason we don’t want any more mines.

  • Mining for limerock threatens public health—the lime rock dust releases asbestos and increases the likelihood of asthma which are at high levels in this county for both adults and children. The new CEMEX mine would jeopardize operations at Bayfront Hospital located just across the street.
  • There is no demand for lime rock locally. CEMEX has five other mines in Hernando with reserves to mine for many more years locally.  Most lime rock is provided by mines in South Florida and Pasco County,
  • The blasting, noise, velocity and heavy truck traffic destroys quality of life for local residents, reduces property values and threatens the health of hundreds of nearby residents.
  • The new CEMEX mine would border and damage the African American Spring Hill Cemetery on this parcel.
  • The mine would damage the Fort Dade Avenue canopy road by building a conveyor belt over it to deliver lime rock to the CEMEX mine further north where it will be trucked out or used at the CEMEX coal-burning cement plant that has been cited for numerous violations and required to pay stiff fines.
  • Mining would undermine the growing business corridor into Brooksville on Highway 50.
  • This new mine will not create one new job—CEMEX will use existing employees from current mines.
  • Mining will negate current efforts to grow our nature tourism economy, which already brings in ten times more income than mining in this county. People don’t come to visit an open pit mine.
  • Mining at this location threatens Peck Sink—a valuable water resource across the street that the county has spent millions of dollars to create to protect drinking water supplies and contaminate local drinking water wells.
  • Most of all, mining undermines efforts to build a sustainable clean economy for Hernando County, contributing to global climate change and the effects it brings including more and stronger weather patterns, storms and dangerous fires, more frequent and more extensive flooding, and increased temperatures that bring invasive plants, animals and diseases.

For more information, visit us on Facebook at Neighbors Against Mining in Hernando County, call 352 277-3330 or email justsaynotomining@gmail.com.   To learn what time this will be discussed during the meeting that begins at 9am, go to Agenda for Dec. 12 at http://hernandocountyfl.iqm2.com/citizens/

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Action Alert: 7 Diamonds Mine Final Hearing Tues. Nov. 28 1:30pm 

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Be there! We need your help to stop the 7 Diamonds Mine in Pasco County that would imperil our Weeki Wachee Springshed. The Pasco County Commission meets to vote on the 7 Diamonds Mine Application on Tuesday, November 28th at  1:30 PM at the Pasco County Government Center, 8731 Citizens Drive in New Port Richey, […]

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Robert Howell’s comments

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Robert and Cynthia Dietrich

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Notice of Hearing

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