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:
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.
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.
This letter to The Arcadian by Dennis Mader dated 09-27-2018 discusses the need to keep the DeSoto County – Mosaic mediation process open and above board and to eliminate “backdoor channel” communications:
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?
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.