Cemex proposal will hurt nature
On July 14, nature will be taking another back seat in what is called the Nature Coast if the Hernando Planning and Zoning Commission okays the rezoning of more than 700 acres in the heart of Hernando County on Cortez Boulevard, across from Bayfront Health Brooksville hospital. The land extends from Fort Dade Avenue to almost Cobb Road.
Just say "no" to this Cemex application for land use and zoning by signing the petition, e-mailing or writing Hernando County Planning and Zoning and appearing at the meeting July 14 and at the County Commission meeting Aug. 12. Visit the web site neighborsagainstmining.org. View the video and other information there.
Residents could have wells collapse and there will be pollution into Peck Sink and the Florida Aquifer. There would be air pollution and land disturbances from vibrations that could affect nearby businesses. The animals will disperse with the blasting, possibly running into traffic on major roads.
Several years ago I suggested this acreage would make a wonderful park for a bit of respite for workers, residents and tourists to stop to enjoy their lunch and walk trails in various natural surroundings. That use would be more in line balancing green space and growth which is what I believe the comprehensive plan for Hernando County is all about.
The land owners could erect educational signs explaining the history of Hernando County from its beginnings, the Civil War days through cattle ranching, mining, agriculture, the airport, natural areas, water activities and tourism highlighting the various people who have made Hernando County what it is today. This would be far better than leaving their heirs a giant hole in the ground from mining.
Mary Ellen Urban, Brooksville
Voter apathy blocking change
Politics begins at the local level. One of the things I have seen is a feeling of apathy, and a lack of interest, enthusiasm, and concern within minority communities, such as handicapped bus riders.
Every time I try to motivate them, the response I get is, "I am not signed up to vote,'' or "Go find someone else to help you.''
The only way to bring about change in this county is to get out and vote.
David Philipsen, Weeki Wachee