No to the mine in south Lake

A little refresher course in Florida may be in order today?

Someone needs to remind the government of Florida, the taxpayers in Florida, the greedy politicians taking kickback from CEMEX and for that matter the CEMEX company, Florida is Ocean Sand!

Florida has no dirt, all of Florida in a peninsular of sandy soil, hence the ‘Sinkholes’!

This means that companies like CEMEX can dig in many places, not just in neighborhoods?

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OURVOICE – EMEX is back.

Less than six months after withdrawing Cits request to develop a sprawling sand mine in southeast Lake County, the massive cement products manufacturer recently refiled its application in hopes of winning county approval.

http://leesburgdailycommercial.fl.newsmemory.com/

EMEX is back.

Less than six months after withdrawing Cits request to develop a sprawling sand mine in southeast Lake County, the massive cement products manufacturer recently refiled its application in hopes of winning county approval.

CEMEX withdrew the application for the 1,196-acre mine in May over objections about possible traffic effects, noise and dust. It’s likely that public opposition will be just as vehement this time around, given that the proposed mine is close to area farms and homes.

CEMEX will press its case, of course, and it’s a strong case. The company produces material that is critical to the construction industry, and having a mine close to highgrowth areas like south Lake and the western edge of Orlando is no doubt a good, strategic business proposition.

But the case for the mine will be met by an equally strong case for Wellness Way, an ambitious plan being developed by private sector interests and government officials to create a themed community around fitness and health. This self-contained community will feature 16,000 homes east of Clermont, but its planners also hope to attract high-quality medical and health-related industries in hopes of creating enough well-paying jobs to sustain Wellness Way’s residents.

Think of it as The Villages for people interested in health and fitness.

A 1,200-acre mine, Wellness Way supporters say, will create an unsightly and intrusive scar in the midst of this upscale community.

To be sure, Wellness Way is an ambitious undertaking. In the planning stages for several years, it is now scheduled to come before the Lake County Commission for final approval in November. So it’s not a sure thing. CEMEX supporters have argued that the mine shouldn’t be shelved in favor of a development that might never come to pass. They also argue that the two projects can co-exist.

We disagree.

While it’s true that Wellness Way is not a sure thing, it’s equally true that this area of Lake County is poised to explode with growth — as a result of Wellness Way or just the inescapable westward onslaught of development from Orlando. One way or another, massive development is a certainty east of Clermont, barring another real estate collapse.

So the question is, is it wise to put out the welcome mat for a massive mining operation in an area that is so fertile for good growth? The answer is no.

Mines are ideal for rural communities, where wide open spaces provide natural buffers from the noise, dust and traffic that accompany heavy industrial operations. The area of Lake County in question is wedged between two high-growth areas — Orlando and Clermont — that are poised to explode with growth.

With a nod to CEMEX — a major employer and taxpayer that is important to the construction industry — this is the wrong place for a large mine.

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