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More heavyweight lobbyists join Pasco landfill fight



Angelo's Aggregate Materials, the Largo company behind the controversial east Pasco landfill near the Green Swamp, has hired more lobbyists as the state's decision on the project nears.

The latest to join: former "Everglades czar" Allison DeFoor and Colleen Castille, previously secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection and before that, secretary of the Department of Community Affairs. They're joined by Eva Armstrong, former director of DEP's Division of State Lands, of their recently created firm, Castille, DeFoor & Armstrong in Tallahassee (see Web site here).

That brings the total to at least 11 lobbyists supporting or fighting the 90-acre project south of Dade City. Lobbyists for Angelo's also include Brian Ballard, an ally of Gov. Charlie Crist. Nearby landowners Robert Thomas and Bill Blanchard have hired former Gov. Bob Martinez and attorney Chris Kise, a confidant Crist, to fight the project.

How intertwined are these folks? DeFoor was Martinez's running mate in 1990 when the governor lost re-election. Ballard was Martinez's chief of staff.

DEP is expected to announce its decision on a permit for the project Thursday.

David DeCamp, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:45am]


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