Tarmac King Road Mine rings of White Construction issues

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By Jeff M. Hardison

BRONSON - While Tarmac America is using Science Applications International Corp., to prove the level of impact on the environment by its 2,700-acre mine, another Levy County mining issue goes back to a 2004 Special Exception to zoning.

White Construction Co. of Chiefland wanted a Special Exception from the Levy County Board of County Commissioners to establish a major limerock mining operation.

This 60-acre and 20-acre site was in an Agriculture/Rural Residential area, according to records.

The Tarmac Kings Road Mine is in a Forestry/Rural Residential area, and it requires a Special Exception to allow mining there now.

Before the County Commission sees the Tarmac request, however, the Levy County Planning Commission will look at the proposal and either recommend the County Commission accept it or reject it.

A March 5, 2004 letter from the County Commission to White Construction shows the county denied that mining application then because the proposed use is:

* located within a prohibited area with its proximity to a natural spring (Manatee Springs);

* not consistent with the Comprehensive Land Use Plan;

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