Action Alert: Jan 23 Commission Meeting: Be there or email the commissioners

January 2, 2018

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 9am 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.

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  This is the same plan filed a few years ago and withdrawn when they didn’t have the vote.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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