Federal Judge Slaps Temporary Restraining Order on S. Ft. Meade Mine Extension

This afternoon (07/01/10) United States District Court Judge, Henry Lee Adams, ordered a 28-day restraining order on any mining activities at the South Fort Meade Mine Extension in Hardee County. A hearing for preliminary injunction has been scheduled for July 22, 2010 at the US Courthouse in Jacksonville, FL.

The Restraining Order follows a Complaint filed by Sierra Club, 3PR, and Manasota-88, on June 30. The Complaint alleged violations of the Clean Water and the National Environmental Policy Act by the Army Corps of Engineers. The plaintiffs demonstrated “likelihood of success in their claims that The Corps acted in a manner that was arbitrary, capricious, and contrary to the law.” The Order went on to state that ” the public interest favors the issuance of a temporary restraining order to protect these resources (the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor) and the natural environment until the case can be resolved on the merits.”

Dennis Mader
Pres. 3PR

24,000 Acres of Phosphate Mines in Desoto County Require Comp Plan Amendment

This is huge! Please Plan to Attend en Masse

Charlotte Sun April 20,2010 – Notice of Public Meeting

Tues. May 4, 2010 5:30pm


Tues. May 25,2010 6:30pm public hearing:

1. LS 010-01  General Phosphate Mining Overlay for future land use Map and Comprehensive Plan – Transmittal
Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC and Desoto County have prepared an application to amendment the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) to create an overlay category identifying lands with a high potential for Phosphate Mining.  Supporting policies regulating density, intensity and permitted uses within the overlay are included as an amendment to the Comprehensive PLan Future Land Use Element text.  The proposed overlay includes lands not owned by Mosaic Fertilizer LLC or their subsidiaries.  The overlay is approx. 24,000 +/- acres and located west of the Peace River and the city limits of Arcadia and covers an area to the Manatee/DeSoto County line, often referred to as the PINE LEVEL area.  Portions of the overlay are approx. 3 miles or greater north of SR70 and approx. 2 miles south of SR72.  A map showing the general location is provided herein  A legal description is on file with the application in the Planning Department office.