OUTCOME OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APRIL 17 TRANSMITTAL HEARING:
Despite overwhelming support from the public not to transmit, including mayors and council members of Estero, Bonita Springs, Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach, Lee County Commissioners approved to transmit the proposed amendments in a 3:1 vote with Commissioner Mann’s vote as the only one not in support. The approval to transmit does not impact the two mines in the permitting process, including the proposed Troyer Brother’s mine. Additionally, today’s motion to transmit does not automatically approve the amendments. The amendments now will be evaluated at the State level by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and other agencies before coming back to the County where an additional Commission meeting will be held with opportunity for public comment before a final vote for adoption.
The proposed amendments under consideration would amend Lee Plan Goals 1, 9, 10, 33, 47, and 114, Chapter XIII, and Map 14 to:
- remove the requirements for a limerock supply inventory and demand analysis and for future limerock mines to be designated on Map 14
- delete Map 14, the Future Limerock Mining Overlay
- add a policy regarding compatibility of mining operations on airport capacities, facilities and operations
- add a policy to require a public informational meeting prior to submittal of a mine excavation planned development rezoning application
Read about the proposed amendment changes from local news coverage:
- Changes to Lee County mining rules advance despite opposition, News-Press
- Lee County city leaders react to proposed changes to mining rules, Naples Daily News
- Lee County meeting brings homeowners against lime rock mining, WINK News
- Proposals to eliminate controls over Lee County mining are ‘disingenuous’, Joel Avila
- Mining rule changes in Lee County stirs worried residents, By Bill Smith
- Controversy surrounds the elimination of map 14, WINK News, Brendon Leslie, Michael Mora
- More mines: The ‘need’ is greed, By Kathy Dobash
- There is plenty of lime rock; no need to expand, By Tom Hayden
- Lee County Commissioners must stop mining proposals, By Randall Johnson
- Public Input needed before decision on mining, By Barbara Manzo
- Lee panel urges killing 2,000-foot buffer between mines and homes, Bill Smith
HEARING EXAMINER MEETING UPDATE: The Hearing Examiner Meeting ended on August 28. The Hearing Examiner has not released her recommendation on the Troyer Brothers mining case yet. Click here to complete the email sign up form to stay informed about the case!
THE LATEST FACTS: The Village of Estero’s recently completed Lee County lime rock peer review verifies that Lee County’s tri-county resource area (Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties) has an ample supply of lime rock to satisfy regional demand for at least 30 to 40 years.
Recognizing the need to balance clean water and land conservation goals with providing lime rock resource for the region, the Village of Estero recently commissioned Spikowski and Associates to provide a peer review of the 2018 Stuart and Associates Lime Rock Mine Study Update.
Review the Stuart report and learn more by visiting the links below!
EVERY 40 SECONDS
one or more dump trucks will
enter or exit the mine on SR82
1,000+ APPROXIMATE TRIPS
per day on SR82, Daniels, Alico,
Corkscrew, Homestead & Sunshine
NO NEW MINES NEEDED
If the rezoning is passed, the mine will impact our community for 35 years. Lee County reports indicate that no new limerock mines are needed for the next 33 years.
Limerock miners want to rezone land on SR82, destroying wildlife habitat, threatening nearby farmers, jamming traffic, and endangering lives.
3X THE FATALITY RATE
for crashes between cars
HARMFUL TO OUR
LIFESTYLE & WELLBEING
Traffic | Noise pollution | Silica dust
A THREAT TO THE ENVIRONMENT
The mine threatens a known panther
habitat, and potentially our water
and air quality