Image by Will Vragovic (Times 2011)
Fort Dade Avenue is a protected canopy road. CEMEX is proposing to build a conveyor belt over it to move ALL the lime rock from 20 years of mining on their parcel on Cortez Blvd, if approved. Can you image that????? This scenic highway will become an industrial mine site. And they don’t even mention that they will have to be granted an easement by the county to damage the road. The ordinance specifically prohibits damage to the road to provide access. I would say this falls squarely into that category. And we haven’t seen any engineered drawings of this folly yet. We’re just supposed to agree that it’s ok.
This is Fort Dade Avenue today. Many cyclists enjoy this road and this area because we have hills, thanks to the Brooksville Ridge. But mining is slowing taking the Ridge away. To the north of this road, acres of the ridge have been removed from mining that is still going on there today.