County sets Tarmac hearing for May 3

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Planning Commission recommends approval of project

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

The proposed Tarmac King Road mine project won a recommendation for approval from the Levy County Planning Commission by a 4-1 vote in the wee hours Tuesday and will face a public hearing before the Levy County Commission  at 6:30 p.m. May 3.
The Planning Commission vote at 1:22 a.m. — 7 hours after the meeting started — came after an overflowing crowd in the courtroom that can hold 180 persons had dwindled to about 75 people. Most of the Levy County residents who attended and spoke at the meeting were from the Yankeetown/Inglis area and almost all were adamantly opposed to the mine.
Some came from Citrus County, including Crystal River Mayor Jim Farley. He said the 250 trucks the mining project will send through the middle of his city on U.S. Highway 19 will impact its daily life, efforts to unite the two sides of the bisected area, and possibly hurt tourism. He said the trucks loaded with tons of lime rock will be a danger to people trying to cross the road. "Will they decide to go elsewhere because its just too bloody noisy and scary here?" he said.

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