Bay News 9: Residents against possible mining site near Brooksville

June 23, 2014

http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/hernando.html

By Ferdinand Zogbaum, Reporter
Last Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014, 10:48 PM

A group of residents in Hernando County is petitioning a proposal that would turn a big piece of land into a mining site.Nearly 728 acres of field and forest just north of State Road 50 and just west of Brooksville might eventually be used for limerock mining.

DeeVon Quirolo and a group of other residents are worried about pollution, health issues, environmental impact, property values and more.

“I feel it is important for citizens to speak out when they see something like this coming down the road that’s going to change life for all of us,” Quirolo said.

The group of residents started a petition that is circulating around town and online.

Viennesse Timmons Black is against the proposal because of a historic cemetery that’s right next to the possible mining site, where many of her family members are buried.

Black is worried the blasting could harm the graves.

“It’s a desecration of sacred ground to even consider putting a mining operation near a cemetery,” Black said.

The proposal is set to go before the county’s Planning and Zoning Commission in July. If they approve it, it will go before the County Commission.

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