LIMEROCK MINING AMENDMENT APPROVED
Despite many passionate testimonies shared from concerned citizens opposing the limerock mining amendment at the Lee County Board of County Commissioners meeting on June 19 and the prior transmittal meeting, the proposed amendment to the Lee Plan was passed in a 3:1 vote. Thank you to all of the residents, businesses and advocates who have continued to share their time and testimonies in opposition of this amendment. Thank you also to Commissioner Mann for your vote not to approve the changes. Read more about the June 19 adoption meeting and approval in this New-Press article.
Read about the limerock mining amendment changes from local news coverage:
- County expected to vote on limerock amendments, Melissa Bill, Lehigh Acres Citizen
- Limerock mining could forever change the face of Lee County. We must protect our land., Meredith Budd, News-Press
- Paving paradise, Roger Williams in Florida Weekly Fort Myers
- 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
PROPOSED TROYER BROTHERS LIMEROCK MINE: On July 3, 2019 Chief Hearing Examiner, Donna Marie Collins, released a recommendation to approve the Troyer Brothers limerock mine zoning request, subject to conditions and deviations noted in the report including conditions to protect nearby residential development patterns. It is disappointing that the recommendation to approve does not take into consideration all neighboring land use and large concerns expressed by the public on lack of need and impacts to the water table, environment and a dangerous traffic situation being proposed on S.R. 82.
The Board of County Commissioners will hold a final hearing to consider the Hearing Examiner’s recommendation. Once a meeting date is set, the Department of Community Development will notify hearing participants of the final hearing date. Members of the public may attend and address the Board if they spoke on the record before the Hearing Examiner previously.
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