Neighbors Against Mining
Neighbors Against Mining is the name of a new group of Hernando County property owners and residents who have organized to oppose a Cemex plan to mine for limerock over the next 20 years on a 728 acre tract of land fronting Cortez Boulevard and across from Bayshore Health near Brooksville.
The group will host a panel discussion of the Cemex application on Tuesday, June 17th at the Hernando Council No. 1, Senior Citizens, Inc. , 8187 Fort Dade Avenue, Brooksville, Fl. The public is invited to attend to learn more about this proposal to amend the Hernando County Comprehensive Land Use Plan to allow such mining activities. Topics to be addressed include the planning process, property values, hydrology and geology of the area, residential quality of life impacts, as well as economic, environmental, and legal aspects of the proposal.
Jill Graddy, a Brooksville resident, member of Neighbors Against Mining and a retired, seasoned Atlanta realtor noted,“I’m very concerned that mining operations will further reduce property values; values that have already suffered a serious decline resulting from the economic downturn. Florida was hit hard and Hernando County especially hard. Why would the County Commissioners approve something that will so negatively impact hundreds of property owners and benefit so very few? We are only now seeing values increase and, even then, it’s minimal.”
“In the past the mines have been good for Hernando County but their time has passed. ” added Gwen Bassick, another Brooksville property owner and member of Neighbors Against Mining. “Hernando County has a bright future as an eco-tourist destination that will attract much needed economic growth. Mining is just inconsistent with that vision and this project will not create any new jobs.”
“This is a bad deal for property owners and residents in Hernando County. We would be better off with an environmentally sustainable activity that would improve our economy while protecting our environment,” concluded DeeVon Quirolo. “There is no compelling reason to change our land use plan to allow mining so close to the historic district of Brooksville and across from the hospital. It’s hard to believe this is the highest and best use of this land. I’d like for us to be the community that just says ‘NO’ to mining.”
A buffet will be served from 6 p.m. — 6:30 p.m. The panel discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. and continue until 8 p.m. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.