Tarmac wins another round

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1st District Court of Appeal denies W.A.R. Inc.'s suit

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Tarmac America LLC won another round Friday in its 8-year drive to mine more than 6 million tons of lime rock on 2,757 acres on a 4,750 acre site known as the King Road mine near Inglis over a 110-year period. 

The 1st District Court of Appeal — in a terse 2 1/2 page ruling — denied W.A.R., Inc.'s claim that approval of a special exception permit by the Levy County Commission violated the county's Comprehensive Land Use Plan.  W.A.R. claimed the Conservation Management and Coastal Management elements and the environmentally sensitive lands policy of the land use plan were ignored in issuing the county permit. The ruling upholds an earlier decision by 8th Judicial Circuit Judge Robert E. Roundtree Jr. 

"We agree with the trial court that the development order is consistent with the County's Comprehensive Plan and affirm," the three-judge appeals panel said in the decision. 

Jeff Harris of Tarmac, who helped shepherd the project to county approval, said the decision by the appeals court "indicates to me that the case is solid for Tarmac and it removes some hurdles going forward."

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