Levy County 3RT Sand Mine is in Springshed of Rainbow Springs 2023-07-23.
Only one Levy County Planning Commissioner, a former miner, voted against recommending a Special Exception for a
proposed 1,100-acre sand mine,
after 70 people testified for four hours under oath that the mine is a bad idea in
a rural residential agricultural area.
The county mailed about 2,800 notices in April to residences within two miles of the site, because of the large number of truck trips that would be required,
about one every 90 seconds.
When this case comes up before the Board of County Commissioners of Levy County,
I recommend interested parties show up and speak.
And meanwhile send them a letter or call them.
If approved, this mine will be there for 40 years, and maybe 100 years.
This case will not be heard by the Levy County Commission at its next meeting on
Tuesday, July 25, 2023, because
on July 18th the Planning & Zoning Office received official notice from the 3RT Sand Mine (SE 23-01) applicant, Ryan Thomas, requesting a continuation to a date uncertain to have time to assess the project with the Planning Commission conditions.
This is a standard developer tactic: delay hoping the opposition will forget.
I recommend the opposition keep on it.
The Levy County parcels of the mine site and other parcels proposed for access
are shown in yellow on this map.
Manatee Spring on the Suwannee River is highlighted towards the left.
Levy County staff wrote,
“e) Site is not located within one mile corridor (one-half mile on either side) of known geological features with the potential to Impact Manatee Springs or Fanning Springs. Additional study is not recommended to be required.”
Apparently the staff believe what DNM Engineering & Associates, Inc., told them on behalf of the miners.
I’d prefer to see further study. Continue reading