In preparation for the April 3, 2019 Mediation in Desoto County beginning at 9am, please review the Mediation Statement attached. This document contains Mosaic’s opinions and legal analysis of reasons the BOCC offered for denying Mosaic’s rezoning application in July 2018.
Article in the Arcadian March 14, 2019 discusses recent comments by DeSoto County Attorney Donald Conn about Mosaic looking toward 2023 to request agriculture to mining rezoning.
This article was presented in the McClatchy DC Bureau publication January 21, 2017. Written by Tony Pugh, it presents many impacts of phosphate mining and some of the myriad efforts being made to counter it. To review the article in the publication format, click below.
Mosaic is pursuing an increased mining overlay to allow phosphate mining to continue eastward in Hardee County. Here is the county staff report that briefly discusses the matter. View it or download it to your files. The BOCC will be meeting on this matter on January 3, 2019. Public comment is needed.
If approved by the County and Mosaic, Terrance E. Schmidt might become the Special Magistrate for the mediation process in DeSoto. Here is a link to his webpage bio: https://www.bledsoejacobson.com/attorneys/terrance-e-schmidt
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:
DeSoto County rejects new Mosaic phosphate mine, surprising even mining foes
Tampa Bay Times News Roundup – Craig Pittman
Updated: July 26, 2018 at 12:41 PM
The world’s largest phosphate company, Mosaic Co., lost its bid Wednesday night to open a new mine on 18,000 acres of land near one of the state’s most pristine creeks.
After hearing impassioned testimony from hundreds of people over the course of two days, the DeSoto County Commission voted 4-1 Wednesday to reject Mosaic’s request to change the zoning on its property from agricultural to mining.
FULL ARTICLE IN TAMPA BAY TIMES AT THIS LINK: