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March 8, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

An open letter to Commissioner Hamman:

You are Vice Chair of the Lee County Commissioners.

You were appointed by the Governor of Florida to serve on the Florida Association of Counties Water Policy Committee. The purpose of this group is to engage local officials to help protect this important natural resource.

You released a statement:

"Dirty water and poor system management have brought economic pain and environmental harm to Lee County far too many times over the last decade."

The recently postponed Limerock Mining-SE Lee County BoCC Transmittal Hearing did not give the real reason for removal from the Commissioner's meeting agenda.

Although I am happy to see pause by the County on this situation, I request a statement released about the reasons. The public has a right to know.

This proposal will impact our area for decades. It influences the quality of well water in the surrounding residential areas. The proposed amendments under consideration would amend Lee Plan Goals and Map 14.

It removes requirements for a limerock supply inventory and demand analysis and for future Limerock mines to be designated on Map 14.

Lime Rock is nature's natural underground filter for clean water. Does every last bit of it need to mined?

Why all the exceptions and elimination of thoughtful protections?

Dewatering the surface water to ease lime rock mining is harmful and devastating. There are real concerns about water quality.

I ask you to serve to protect our water and the environment.

Was the postponed meeting to reconsider your position or was it to wait until you had the votes to pass this reckless rezoning of Agricultural land to mining?

Kathy Dobash

Fort Myers



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