This PBS report was first posted on this website in December 2018 but it is such a good overview of the issue, along with flyover of the massive sinkhole event, that it deserves another viewing.
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.
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.
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:
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:
More detail on the venues for these meetings can be found in the Events page of this website.