Mine doesn't fit the neighborhood
The Hernando County Commissions will soon consider approval of a new rock mine a few miles west of Brooksville. A mining operation in the subject area is not in accordance with the county's own comprehensive land use plan, which has been in place now for approximately 25 years.
As intended, the comprehensive plan has effectively restricted the development of Cortez Boulevard west of Brooksville to residential and commercial purposes. People who purchased or built homes in this area did so with the assurance of county government that their right to quiet enjoyment of their property would not be disturbed by industrial projects nearby. The hospital was built with that confidence, as well.
There is no question that a rock mine will have a negative impact on the immediate environment. In addition, it will have a negative impact on the quality of life of the people living in a wide radius outside the mine itself. It will also have an immediate and again, negative impact on future development in the entire area.
A rock mine is not a good neighbor, and the citizens of Hernando County should not be forced to live in close proximity with such a neighbor.
Dianne Goode, Raleigh, N.C.