Neighbors Against Mining Plan June 17th Forum in Brooksville

June 5, 2014

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

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Tina Henize June 7, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Kudos and great thanks to this group for organizing the ‘little people’ to oppose one of the most egregious insults to residents of this area in quite some time. It’s profit for a few at the expense of many others in many ways, and if ultimately allowed to proceed, the tremendous in-your-face and health-compromising assault (on people and nature) will continue for decades.


Dave Curtis June 7, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Agreed Tina. The dust alone directly causes horrendous sinus headaches. In the military I used to be driven down range in tracked vehicles and without fail the dust caused blinding pain that sapped me of strength and lasted days at a time. It took me a while to connect the headaches to the road dust but once I figured it out it was a 100% correlation.


MaryAnn June 9, 2014 at 7:45 pm

Is this meeting going to have anybody in attendance that is in a position to disapprove the permit? I did receive a petition in the mail and have obtained a few signatures but have no instructions on what to do with them. Should I notify my county commissioner with the list? Thank you for bringing this matter to my attention.
Mary Ann Stanley


Neighbors Against Mining June 10, 2014 at 1:28 am

Thanks so much MaryAnn. No officials or decisions — the meeting Tues. June 17th will be for neighbors to learn more about the CEMEX mining proposal, meet and share our strategies for opposing it. You can either bring the petitions with you then or mail them to us at: Neighbors Against Mining, 222 E. Liberty Street, Brooksville, FL 34601. We will turn them all in all at once at a public hearing. The first hearing before Planning and Zoning will be July 14th; the County Commission will consider it in August. We will let you know specific dates of the hearings so we can all show up if you sign in at the meeting next Tuesday. We will also post it on this website.


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