Developer says South Levy mine enviro-friendly

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By Jeff M. Hardison

Albert W. Townsend, director of real estate and environmental services for Tarmac America, wants people to know the proposed mine in southern Levy County is unique - just as all mines are different from each other.

It is named King Road Mine.

This site has high quality limestone, and is among the few places where such rock exists in Florida, Townsend said. This aggregate material is a vital resource for construction and it is in short supply, he said.

There are only five general regions in Florida where construction quality limestone exists, Townsend said. Aggregate material is found in Miami, in Southwest Florida (Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties), in the area of Hernando, Citrus, Sumter and Levy counties, and in the area of Taylor and Dixie counties.

Tarmac is leasing a 9,377-acre site from Plum Creek Timberlands on the west side of U.S. Highway 19 about five miles north of Inglis to create a 4,796-acre mining operation. The land is zoned for Forestry/Rural Residential uses by Levy County. King Road enters the center portion of the area to be mined.

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