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Planning Commission tables mine decision

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By Jeff M. Hardison

BRONSON - After almost four hours of heated discussion, the Levy County Planning Commission voted 4-1 on Dec. 3 to table making any recommendation to the County Commission regarding a special exception for a major mining operation.

Tarmac America is leasing property from Plum Creek in a project attorney Jake Varn said would generate an estimated $2.1 billion during the estimated 100-year lifespan of the mine, which is about two miles north of Inglis.

Tarmac applied for a special exception to zoning codes in an area zoned Forestry/Rural Residential to create a 4,800-acre mining operation on a 9,400-acre site in the Plum Creek Timberlands area of Gulf Hammock.

The almost 4,600-acres of remaining property will be used for mitigation of environmental impacts.

Commission member Vaughn Lee cast the dissenting vote. Lee voted "No" to tabling the request, he said, because he felt he had enough information. Voting in favor of the motion by Commission member Thomas Harper, seconded by Toni Collins, were Chairman Thad Barber and Ron Grant. The Planning Commission is an advisory board for the Levy County Board of County Commissioners.


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