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Group speaks out against new limerock mine in Lehigh

January 24, 2018
By MELISSA BILL (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

A hot topic during this month's Lehigh Acres Community Council meeting centered on a Land Mass Use Amendment that would allow the addition of another limerock mine site here in Lehigh Acres.

Currently, Lee County is considering the possibility of granting an amendment that would support the rezoning of the 1,790-acre Troyer Brothers Property on State Road 82.

According to Greg Stewart of Stewart and Associates, who was presenting on behalf of Sakata, while reserving enough land for mining is necessary for the economy, avoiding over-allocation is critical to protecting our natural resources.

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Greg Stewart, of Stewart and Associates Greg, talking about limerock mine during this month’s Lehigh Acres Community Council meeting.

MELISSA BILL

"The Troyer Brother Mine is simply not supported by our growth management public policy," said Stewart.

According to Lee County's recent mine study, The Waldrop 2016 Report, no new limerock mines are needed regionally for the next 20 years.

"What compounds the problem is that the Troyer property sits directly next door to the 2,471-acre Green Meadows Florida Rock Mine, which was recently approved and soon to be excavated for mining," said Stewart.

Besides a lack of necessity, the mine poses a threat to the environment, nearby wildlife, conservation lands, and increases traffic on roads that are already heavily congested, critics contend.

"They want a direct access to State Road 82. That's a lot of heavy industrial trucks going through an area already known for its fatal accidents," said Stewart.

According to Troyer Brother's rezoning application, these are the mine's proposed transportation routes and daily trip frequencies: SR 82 West, 847 trips; SR 82 East, 470 trips; Daniels Parkway, 268 trips and Homestead Road, 202 trips.

Council Vice President Mohamed Yasin, urged the public to call their commissioners and motioned to get the council involved.

"I motion for a resolution opposing the mine," said Yasin.

After some debate, Council Pesident Rick Anglickis and the majority of the council members motioned in favor of creating a resolution aimed at stopping the attempt by Troyer to rezone.

Stewart and Associates and Sakata are asking for residents who oppose the new limerock mine to take action now and voice their concern by calling Lee County zoning staff at 239-533-8371 or contact Lee County Commissioners prior to March 2018 to tell them you do not support the comprehensive planned amendment. For more information on the issue, visit NoMineOn82.com

Another topic on this month's agenda was the rescheduling of Incorporate Lehigh's next town hall meeting. Last month's meeting was postponed due to a resolution signed by Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District in December 2017.

"During our executive meeting we discussed LA-MSID's resolution and decided to send a letter to the three legislators who supposedly attended their meeting and signed the resolution. We want to make sure that there were no violations of the Florida Sunshine Law," said Cunningham.

According to Incorporate Lehigh President, Joan Cunningham, the next town hall meeting will be on Feb. 13.

The council also had its first zoning and review board hearing prior to the start of the regular council meeting.

The request was for a Special Exception and Development Order to permit a 140' stealth communications facility and associated 2,500 square foot fenced equipment compound on a land parcel located at 2719 4th St. W., behind the Walmart Shopping Center.

Council President Rick Anglickis motioned to recommend the project as specified upon the group's ability to obtain its permits from the necessary government agencies. The motion was passed unanimously by the council.

The last item on the council's agenda was the renewal of current members to the board as well a vote to select a president, vice-presidents, treasurer and secretary. While there were some changes in the current board positions, Anglickis was voted back in as their council president.

The council meets on the third Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lee County Sheriff's Office East District substation, at 1301 Homestead Road N.

For more information, visit online at: www.lehighacrescommunitycouncil.com.

 
 

 

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