The recent public hearing in Wauchula regarding zoning and permitting the huge Ona mine continues the downward spiral of Hardee County. Here is an excellent letter from Nancy Armstrong in which she reviews the hearing and its consequences.
Link to Article by Greg Martin in the Charlotte Sun July 22, 2018
Link to an Article in the Charlotte Sun July 22, 2018. A discussion with Bill Lambert of Hardee County
“Don’t wait until the mining is done and then have a knee-jerk reaction and say, ‘Oh, what have we done?’” Lambert warned.
Link to letter to the editor in July 19, 2018 Arcadian:
Mark your calendars for these vital dates. Public appearance, voicing your concerns about the future of DeSoto County, take action that impacts your own future. Make a Difference!
July 24, 2018 (Tuesday) 6:30pm to 10:30pm
July 25, 2018 (Wednesday). 9am to noon and 2pm to 7pm
Due to the terrific turnout at last nights meeting in Arcadia, we ran out of this list of websites for additional information on Regenerative Agriculture and Phosphate Mining.
As posted in the Sunday Port Charlotte Sun, this is notice of upcoming County meetings about phosphate mining permitting.
An excellent letter by Candace Lawless. A vision of the results of relentless mining of phosphate and the devastating effects on all we hold dear.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
No more sitting outside
To the Editor
I am a 30-year resident of Hidden Acres. You ask how I think phosphate mining will affect me. For all these years the threat has loomed over us. At my age, I will probably not see the devastation first hand. The first thing to go will be the well, as the mining sucks the water up. The polluted dust will be everywhere, AC a must at all times. No more sitting outside.
The rumble noise will be a constant irritant. The creek will just die; if we are lucky, it will dry up—the alternative is total poisoning when it floods any land the flooding touches … and it will flood. The birds will be gone, the bees and insects gone. Without them, the plants will go next.
Pine Level, which is a particularly pretty area, will be a moonscape. After reclamation, it will never ever be the same. I’ve been to Mulberry via (CR) 663 to (SR) 37; I have seen the strange landscape there. I first saw the moonscape up near 14 years ago when my job had me traveling the state. What a shock! The children’s lives will be the worst, the cancer, the shortened lifespans, the breathing problems.
I have told people I will probably never set foot into the bribery arena; I feel strongly that the people are being sold out.
Excellent documentary about the impact of mining on Florida citizens