Potential For More Mining?
Old Corkscrew Plantation – Mine Plans clears a big hurdle.
King Ranch, a Texas based company who owns dozens of Florida Citrus groves, purchased Old Corkscrew Planation for $29.5 Million from BMO Harris Bank in 2016. This land is 4,200 acres of which 1,112 acres are wetlands.
Mining could be a more attractive option for the land as Hurricane Irma destroyed 50 to potentially 100 percent of the season’s crop. With the outbreaks in citrus cankers and citrus greening, a local spokesman Mitch Hutchcraft for King Ranch, said “We think we are being prudent landowners, evaluating all reasonable and permit able uses on the property.”
This land is located near the junction of Lee, Collier and Hendry counties, and after being kept alive for years by a series of extensions granted by Lee County planners, a proposed lime rock mine off State Road 82 near Corkscrew Road, has been advanced to an expected December hearing.
The bid for a permit to mine 1,837 of the 4,200-acre site has been side lined for years. First, a judge struck down a county zoning change that would have barred the mining in the environmentally sensitive Density Reduction/Groundwater Resource area of east Lee County.
There is a rezoning application proposed mine. This will take place Wednesday, April 4 at 9:00 am at 1500 Monroe Street, 2nd floor in Downtown Fort Myers. You can attend the rezoning hearing and tell the zoning examiner your objections as a resident of the area.
This proposed mine will be a HUGE mining operation for many years adding an estimated 2,400 truck trips per day from the mine!! The environmental impacts alone are huge, with loss of wildlife habitat, clean water, surface water drain issues, blasting, noise and dust, on top of the dangers and stress of having additional trucks on our roads!