Letters to Editor Tampa Tribune from Linda Welker and Mary Ellen Urban

July 14, 2014

Letters to the editor

Published: July 13, 2014

Cemex mine is bad for cemetery

What do the 100 year old Spring Hill Cemetery and the Cemex Corporation have in common? Cemex has a plan that could destroy the cemetery.

Cemex is proposing to mine rock on the 750 acres next door to the cemetery, from State Road 50 across from the hospital all the way to Fort Dade Avenue. How do they rock mine? They use explosives. Blasting designed to break apart the rock and the headstones of the cemetery. The question is: Will there be anything left of the cemetery after Cemex mines the area for the next twenty years?

The Spring Hill Cemetery is an active cemetery in use today. Families believe they are putting their love ones to rest in a peaceful place. Cemex’s proposal will destroy that peace.

Cemex is a worldwide corporation in more than 50 countries. They have no intention of hiring new employees from Hernando County. They already have all they need. This new proposal will have no economic benefit to Hernando County.

There are 22 mines in Hernando County. We don’t need another one.

The beautiful Fort Dade Canopy road will suffer, the Spring Hill Cemetery will suffer and the hospital will suffer. Tell the county commissioners to say “no” to the Cemex proposal.

Linda Welker



Mining is bad use of Cortez Blvd. property

On July 14 nature will be taking another back seat in what is called “the Nature Coast” if Planning and Zoning OKs the rezoning (for 20 years) of over 700 acres of land in the heart of Hernando County on Cortez Boulevard across from Bayfront Health Brooksville Hospital extending from Fort Dade Avenue to almost Cobb Road. Just say “no” to this CEMEX application for land use and zoning by signing the petition, e-mailing or writing Hernando County Planning and Zoning and appearing at the Planning and Zoning meeting on July 14 and the County Commissioners meeting August 12. Visit the website http://www.neighborsagainstmining.org. View the video and other information there.

Residents could have wells collapse and there will be pollution into Peck Sink and the Florida Aquifer. There would be air pollution and land disturbances from vibrations that could affect delicate surgical equipment at the hospital and equipment at local businesses. The animals will disperse with the blasting, possibly running into traffic on Cortez Boulevard and Fort Dade Avenue.

Several years ago I suggested this acreage would make a wonderful park for a bit of respite for workers, residents and tourists to stop to enjoy their lunch and walk trails in various natural surroundings. That usage would be more in line with a balance of greenway and growth that what I believe the comprehensive plan for Hernando County is all about. The well-known Brooksville businessmen that own the land could erect educational billboards explaining the history of Hernando County from its beginnings, the Civil War days through cattle ranching, mining, agriculture, the airport, natural areas, water activities and tourism, highlighting the various people who have made Hernando County what it is today. This would be far better than leaving their heirs a giant hole in the ground encompassing many acres.

Mary Ellen Urban


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