Monday, June 25, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters to the Editor for Nov. 10, Pasco Times

Keep mines away from residential areas

The Pasco County Commission conducted meetings as to whether to approve a permit for lime-rock mining in an area that is in close proximity to our homes. Unfortunately, the meetings occurred when most hardworking families are trying to make a living.

We already have one mine, Lago Verde (U.S.41, approximately 3 miles south of County Line Road), that has had us all upset. We can no longer enjoy our beautiful country setting.

For the life of me, I never thought at the age of 78 that I would have any interest in a seismograph reading. In fact, I’ll be quite honest — I didn’t even know what the word meant.

I do know that I was doing my laundry and I experienced the feeling that someone had run into my garage door. My laundry room abuts my garage, and I felt this terrific vibration. As far as I am concerned, there are no "allowable limits." Mines should not be approved in close proximity to residential areas.

This was a "waste of time" meeting scheduled by county commissioners. In the first go-around when they approved Lago Verde, we were told, basically, that we had nothing to worry about. They don’t live here. It’s not in their back yards. Would they approve a lime-rock permit in close proximity to their homes? I don’t think so. We are now faced with Seven Diamonds, applying for an even longer permit — also in our back yards. Why is this happening?

What happened to our rights and our entitlement to the quiet enjoyment of our homes? I don’t want to receive "courtesy calls" to let me know that a blast will be occurring tomorrow or the next day. I want what I am entitled to — the right to enjoy the peace and quiet of my home, and not be abused by a governmental agency that doesn’t have the slightest idea of what we have been subjected to since they approved a permit for the Lago Verde Mine to blast for lime rock!

Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and say that Commissioner Kathryn Starkey’s comment when she approved a permit for Lago Verde — "I don’t think it will be that bad" — was made because she honestly felt it wouldn’t be that bad. Well, it is bad. Our wells, our homes, our peace of mind, our property values, our faith in our County Commission are all being threatened. God willing, she and the other commissioners will realize the mistake they made in approving the Lago Verde mine and not approve the pending permit for Seven Diamonds.

Mary Wilson, Spring Hill

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