Desoto County Attorney’s Remarks

For those who were unable to attend the Board Of County Commissioner’s meeting in Arcadia on 12-11-2018, here is a recording of the County Attorney, Donald D. Conn, as he presents his comments regarding the selection of Special Magistrate and the nuances of the mediation process between Mosaic and the County:

Also, this link will take you to the Florida Statutes, Chapter 70, that Attorney Conn refers to in his remarks.  The Statute is about Private Property Rights Protection and plays a significant role in what is taking place in Desoto County:   

https://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2011/70.001

Two BOCC Meetings Coming Up -DeSoto & Hardee

The BOCCs of DeSoto and Hardee Counties will be meeting on phosphate mining matters. As always, continued public appearance at these meetings is vital to show the decision makers that the devastation of mining is NOT acceptable and NOT supported by the citiz

Desoto County Board  is meeting December 11 (Tuesday) at 3pm and at 6:30pm in  Board chambers in Arcadia

As we understand this, the Board and Mosaic have agreed to a Special Magistrate for the mediation process but have not yet negotiated an agreement for services.  The County staff and Mosaic legal dept. are working on “key points” to be used for working toward a settlement once the magistrate is hired.  At the Board meeting the county attorney is expected to present the key points for discussion and comment.  It would be good to attend this meeting to show continuing interest and support for the Commissioner’s decision to reject Mosaic’s rezoning request.

NOTE:  This a a confusing gathering in that the county attorney’s report is apparently going to be delivered at the end of the 3pm meeting time, not the 6:30pm meeting as previously understood.  If you want to make public comment, it appears you must file out a comment time request card prior to the 3pm time.  Not sure when public comment will be heard.  Good luck to us all.

Hardee County BOCC meeting is scheduled for January 3, 2019 at 8:30am in Wauchula

Mosaic is requesting to mine an additional 8,000 acres of what’s left of Hardee County.  Let’s pack the chambers to show the outrage this continued avarice is manifesting in the citizens of Hardee and Florida.  News article for your reading pleasure:

Mine Expansion in Hardee

More detail on the venues for these meetings can be found in the Events page of this website.

Phosphate Mining Battle in Bradford & Union Counties

Battle over phosphate mining roils small Fla. town

Clip: 10/31/2018 | 7m 53s    PBS NewsHour Presentation

Phosphate mining is a major industry in Florida, but it’s also a major source of pollution, responsible for red tide, toxic algal blooms and killing wildlife. In the northern part of the state, residents of a small town are resisting a man who wants to mine phosphate near their homes. Can the local government balance individual rights and with community health concerns? Laura Newberry reports.

Aired: 10/31/18

PBS NewsHour Video 10-31-18

Nature Festival in Punta Gorda

What a great day to meet and enjoy the company of fellow citizens concerned with the environment and future of Florida.  Held in Punta Gorda in Laisley Park on November 17, 2018, there were lots of exhibitors including Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, Audubon, Rookery Bay Research Reserve, Lemon Bay Conservancy, Lee County Parks & Rec, the UF Florida Master Naturalist Program, People for Protecting Peace River, and many others.

It was a great chance to increase your knowledge of the great things Florida has to offer and the myriad ways these great things are under attack by man and nature.

For example, did you know there is a program that uses chickens to detect disease. Chickens are placed strategically around areas that have mosquito issues (like Florida) and their blood is sampled periodically to see if they have been bitten by a disease carrying mosquito.  The chicken is not harmed by the disease or the procedure, but the information provided helps identify areas that need immediate help.  Sentinel Chickens.

Here are a few photos of the event:

 

Mosaic Idles Hardee County Mine

This article from the Hardee County newspaper The Herald Advocate Sept 6, 2018 discusses the “temporary” closure of the South Pasture Mine and the impact on jobs. Note the comment at the end of the article regarding increased supply from China, Saudi Arabia and Morocco through increased production. Does this portend continuing disruptions in Mosaic’s ability to compete? Florida has only a fraction of the phosphate rock that is available worldwide. Will it become too costly for Mosaic to mine in Florida? What happens then?

Idle Mines