Stop the new CEMEX mine! Be there!
Brooksville City Council Meeting Monday March 16th 7pm
CEMEX Construction Materials Florida is seeking to change the comprehensive land use plan for Hernando County on 728 acres fronting Cortez Boulevard (State Road 50) to Fort Dade Avenue on the north from agricultural to mining. The property is across from Bayfront Health Hospital. CEMEX wants to use the property over the next 20 years for open pit industrial lime rock mining that would include blasting and removal of the existing pine forest, grassland, and wetland habitat adjacent to the historic African American Spring Hill Cemetery and near over 150 residents. A conveyor belt would move all the limerock over the scenic Fort Dade Avenue canopy road.
CEMEX wants the county to consider this an interim use. Once the property is excavated down 45’, the property owners plan a commercial/residential development along the Cortez Boulevard. 20 years is too long to endure mining as an “interim use” with the hope that something good may come of the site thereafter. Reclamation is a false hope if we look at all the other past mine sites around Hernando.
The Hernando County Planning Department has many concerns. The Planning Commission voted to down 4 to 1 at their July 14 meeting. The final vote will come up at a quasi-judicial hearing before the Hernando County Commission on Tuesday, April 28th at 9am at the Brooksville courthouse. Mark your calendar now to be there!
The Brooksville City Council will consider their position on this important issue on Monday March 16th during their meeting at City Hall on Main Street. Be there to speak out! In 2011, the city agreed to concur with the county and has been silent on this issue since then. Other adjacent uses have come out to just say no to more mining. But the Brooksville, with 7100 residents, is the largest adjacent use. The chronic silica dust pollution, the open pit mine on the business-zoned corridor into town and the lack of even one new job to be created despite 20 years of mining are all good reasons to reject more mining at this location. CEMEX has other mines further north so no one will lose a job. But it will deter sustainable growth through tourism; you can’t have an open pit mine at the entrance to the city and expect tourists to come here to enjoy the Nature Coast.
What you can do:
• Mark your calendar now to attend and speak out at the City of Brooksville City Council March 16th 7pm
• Attend the final county hearing 9am, April 28th at Brooksville Courthouse.
• Submit an email comments to the county at: Planning@hernandocounty.us. In the subject line, put CEMEX CPAM 1102 so it goes into the official file. Copy the commissioners or email them directly at: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
• Get involved. Neighbors Against Mining is an all volunteer group working to stop this bad deal for Hernando. Offer to put a sign in your yard and pass out flyers to get people to the hearing.
• Make a tax-deductible donation to Nature Coast Conservation, Inc. for our Neighbors Against Mining project. Help pay for our legal team and experts needed for that meeting. All contributions are tax deductible. Nature Coast Conservation Inc. is a Florida not for profit with IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. The official registration on file and available from the Florida Division of Consumer Services.
• For more information, go to http://www.neighborsagainstmining.org, on facebook at Neighbors Against Mining in Hernando County, Fl. or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.