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.
This is a link to good article in The Bradenton Times about the excellent outcome in DeSoto County:
Environmentalists Prevail in DeSoto
Letter to the editor in July 18, 2018 Arcadian regarding the phosphate industry’s relationship with CHNEP (Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program):
Mosaic Money and CHNEP
Link to Letter to the Editor in July 19, 2018 Arcadian:
P is For Phosphorus
To all 3PR members and associates.
The hearing to decide the huge Ona mine will be held July 9 and 10 from 3pm to whenever it ends, on both days, Monday and Tuesday. Decisions will be made on these important items:
1. How much financial compensation (Economic Mitigation) the county will be able to get for the future economic losses due to degraded farmland and development potential.
2. A Major Special Exception, or rezoning of 28,000 acres from agriculture to strip mining.
3. Whether to approve the 28,000 acre mining of natural and agricultural lands.
We need your showing and arguments, whatever they may be. We know that very few benefit from phosphate strip mining and many are harmed in one way or another, including future generations deprived of their historical and natural heritage. The hearing is at:
Hardee County Board of County Commissioners Chambers
412 West Orange Street
You can contact Brooks or Dennis
863-558-1588 or 863-494-4687
In DeSoto County, a float is being prepared to participate in the 4th of July parade in Arcadia starting at 9 AM, downtown. Call or text Sarah if you want to be in the parade with 3PR and Friends of Horse Creek. 863-244-1663.
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!
Public Hearing Notice 7-24-18 (Link to full Notice)
July 24, 2018 (Tuesday) 6:30pm to 10:30pm
July 25, 2018 (Wednesday). 9am to noon and 2pm to 7pm
Letters to the Arcadian June 14, 2018
More letters to the Arcadian June 14, 2018
Side note to Debbie Taylor re your comment about how important phosphate is to get clothes clean. Phosphates were banned from use back in the early 1970s due to extreme environmental damage from water runoff into our water system. And yet, our clothes still get clean.
This presentation by Dennis Mader, introduced by Andy Mele, was delivered to a full-house audience on May 31, 2018 in Arcadia, DeSoto County, FL. Dennis discusses the fact that phosphate mining activities have been the subject of citizen protest for decades and continues on today.
May we all stand and be accountable
Topic of the day … is phosphate [stripand- rape] mining good or bad for DeSoto County? Will the citizens be heard, or will their pleas fall on deaf ears dull of hearing? Will it be profit over people, again?
I wanted to make a public announcement that I pray for this county and all that goes on here. Nothing is done or said without God knowing. May we all stand and be accountable for ourselves now and for the future of DeSoto County and the surrounding county, especially those who get their drinking water from the low river/ Horse Creek through the Peace River/ Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority. Just how many wells, wetlands, flag ponds, sloughs, named and unnamed stream tributaries to the Peace River and Horse Creek, are within the proposed mining boundary in DeSoto County?
There is a scheduled planning/zoning board meeting in Arcadia on June 5-6. Please attend, thank you.