ACTION ALERT: STOP NEW MINES IN HERNANDO COUNTY! BE THERE, SPEAK OUT TUES. DEC. 12

December 1, 2017

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  This is the same old plan that was tried a few years ago and withdrawn when they didn’t have the vote.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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