By the way, Natalie Kahler did not oppose the mine; her comment was, “This is not our issue. It does not build good relationships.”
‘Neighbors Against Mining,’ a local advocacy group that is trying to stop the expansion of a mining operation to a property on Cortez Blvd by the Cemex Company, packed the Brooksville City Council meeting tonight. The group had asked the city council to condemn the operation in a public show of support that they hoped would encourage the county commission to vote against the project too.
However, much to the dismay of ‘Neighbors Against Mining,’ the mayor and some members of the city council started the meeting by saying that they didn’t think they should do anything until the study the county had ordered was completed and that they didn’t think they should tell the county how to do their business. The Mayor, Frankie Burnett, expressed his concern about the council’s involvement and did not want to vote on the issue.
Council members Betty Erhard and Natalie Kahler both advised those in attendance that they don’t want the mining operation there. The other council members recommended that city staff monitor the county and update council members on developments.
At the end, several residents spoke. One resident said, “You are cowards for not voting. You represent us residents.”