Monday, September 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letter: New Cemex mine a bad deal for Brooksville and Hernando County

New Cemex mine a bad deal for Brooksville and Hernando County

Cemex seeks a land-use amendment for open pit lime rock mining on 758 acres on Cortez Boulevard in Hernando County. Itís a bad deal for Brooksville and the county. Replacing the current residential use with mining violates numerous provisions of our land-use plan because it is incompatible with adjacent uses.

Mining would restrict the quiet peaceful enjoyment of adjacent properties. More than 200 residents of this area invested here not expecting it to change from residential to mining and donít want the negative impacts on their quality of life, property values and health.

The Historic African American Spring Hill Cemetery is enclosed within this parcel. Cemex plans to mine within 200 feet of it and down 60 feet on two sides where generations of African American families and military veterans are buried.

Bayfront Health hospital is just across Cortez Boulevard. Local physicians, medical organizations, experts and the community are concerned with exposure to air pollution and possible interruption of delicate equipment and hospital operations. Lime rock dust contains silica, a known carcinogen.

The 7,100 residents of Brooksville are within a three-mile range and downwind of the airborne pollution, blasting and truck traffic. We need jobs, not more trucks lumbering through town, impeding our booming economic growth from tourism and destroying quality of life.

Mining is an inconsistent use when sited adjacent to any one of these uses, but certainly more so when surrounded by all five of them.

Furthermore, no need nor demand for more lime rock has been established. Hernando has more than 12,000 acres of land already permitted for mines. New mines have opened in Pasco, and most demand in Florida is met by mines in South Florida. Cemex plans to abandon the Brooksville Quarry north of this parcel and move their employees to the new mine, leaving that site blighted until they return after 20 years to mine again there.

The land is unsuitable due to the hydrology, geology, habitat and wildlife. This parcel contains 375.9 acres of upland hardwood forest that is prime wildlife habitat. The northern border is on Fort Dade Avenue, a protected canopy road. Cemex plans to build a conveyor belt across the road that would destroy its beauty.

The parcel is within the Peck Sink Watershed where the county spent $2.4 million dollars to protect water quality. Blasting and excavation could cause groundwater contamination once the limestone is removed down 60 feet, creating a huge pit.

This new mine would not create one new job. Nature tourism is a better way. You canít have it both ways: tourists are not drawn to a mining town. Tourism generates more than 200 times more income to Hernando County than mining, according to Visit Florida.

For these good reasons, we encourage the county commission to do its part to ensure a prosperous, healthy, sustainable community and say no to Cemex.

DeeVon Quirolo, president, Nature Coast Conservation Neighbors Against Mining Project

Comments

Tuesday’s letters: Amendment 4 is a matter of reason

Amendment 4 will save taxpayers money | Column, Sept. 23Amendment 4 is a matter of reasonMy lifelong Republican brother is a moderate, more mainstream thinker, not wedded to extreme right-wing orthodoxy, so I asked him how he plans to vote on Ame...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Monday’s letters: Dr. Robert Judson made great contributions to Pasco-Hernando State College

A pioneer in Pasco-Hernando education | Sept. 19Robert Judson pushed education forwardI had the pleasure of working with the late Dr. Robert Judson, the former president of what is now known as Pasco-Hernando State College, for many years. During...
Published: 09/21/18
Updated: 09/24/18

Saturday’s letters: We need stats that reflect our lives

We’re measuring the economy all wrong | Column, Sept. 18We need stats that reflect our livesMajor news outlets have uniformly declared the U.S. economy to be sizzling, on fire. This column was correct in wanting us to take a second, hard l...
Published: 09/21/18

Sunday’s letters: Inequality hurts democracy

We’re measuring the economy all wrong | Column, Sept. 18Democracy needs equalityEconomic inequality and the concentration of wealth have achieved levels beyond the comprehension of most American wage earners today. Income inequality has ri...
Published: 09/21/18

Friday’s letters: Florida’s workers aren’t reaping benefits of a booming economy

Scott didn’t put them to work | Sept. 16Florida workers not reaping the benefitsFlorida has just surpassed a GDP of $1 trillion. However, workers in Florida are not reaping the rewards. A new report released by anti-poverty organization Ox...
Published: 09/21/18

Thursday’s letters: For the sake of all involved, don’t rush the Kavanaugh vote

Delay Senate vote on Kavanaugh | Editorial, Sept. 18Don’t rush something that will last a lifetimeThe Senate Judiciary Committee finds itself in a sticky wicket. The committee should take a slow measured course of action. Trying to rush th...
Published: 09/19/18
Updated: 09/20/18

Wednesday’s letters: How home rule can help fight Red Tide

Red Tide on march | Sept. 18How home rule can help fight Red TideAt the end of 2005, as Red Tide ravaged the beaches and intracoastal waterways of Southwest Florida, volunteers from the Suncoast Sierra Club formed a coastal task force to begin de...
Published: 09/18/18
Updated: 09/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: Honor Flight restored my faith in America

Dogs are the best | Letter, Sept. 15Honor Flight restored my faith in AmericaJust as I was about to give up on our country due to divisiveness and and the divisions among its people and politicians, my pride was restored. As a member of the recen...
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/19/18

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 18

From Times wires
Published: 09/17/18

Mondayís letters: Are we paying for the wrong kind of military today?

$1 trillion here and there | Letter, Sept. 16Are we buying the right defense?I am weary of politicians of all persuasions handing our military a blank check ó in particular the conservatives who rail against budget deficits and want to cut discre...
Published: 09/14/18