OK to mine by springs sought

Published: Monday, March 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 29, 2004 at 9:37 p.m.
A standing-room-only crowd is expected Tuesday when White Construction makes another effort to get a special zoning exception to allow mining near Manatee Springs State Park.
White officials first approached Levy County in 2001 about plans to develop a 160-acre limerock mining site off County Road 320 on property the company already owns. The plans were withdrawn by company officials a few days before a mandatory public meeting.
In 2002, county commissioners approved an ordinance regulating mining that county officials have said would prohibit the White mine from being developed because of its proximity to Manatee Springs, a major spring feeding into the Suwannee River. Under the ordinance, commissioners cannot grant the exception unless they find that the proposed land use would not endanger the springs and would be compatible with the residential area around the mining site.
Earlier this year, White officials submitted a new application for a special zoning exception. The county's zoning staff recommended against the exception, and the planning commission unanimously rejected the request. On Tuesday, White officials will make their case directly to the County Commission.
The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the Bronson High School Auditorium, directly behind the courthouse in Bronson. County officials said the meeting was moved from the courthouse to the high school to accommodate the large crowd expected, an expectation based on previous public meetings regarding the mining proposal.
Karen Voyles can be reached at (352) 486-5058 or voylesk@gvillesun.com.

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