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Residents fear ramifications of mining operation

March 21, 2018
By MELISSA?BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Residents are concerned about a recent proposal filed for a mining operation/rezoning of the Old Corkscrew Plantation off SR 82 at Wildcat Drive. The request will come before Lee County Planning Board on March 27 at 9 a.m.

Corkscrew Grove Limited Partnership has filed a request to rezone approximately 4,202.3 acres from Agricultural (AG-1 and AG-2) to Industrial Planned Development (IPD) and approval of a General Mining Permit to allow an aggregate mining operation with blasting and dewatering.

Linda Nelson is one of the residents in the area who is opposed to the rezoning and concerned about what it will do to the community.

"I have lived in my current residence for about 12 years, which is right on Wildcat Drive. The proposed mine operation would sit 100 feet from my property line. Many of us our worried that we could lose our homes," stated Nelson.

According to proposal records, the proposed mining operation will excavate to a maximum depth of 110 feet, and include 1,727.5 acres of excavation pits, 157.2 acres of maintenance/processing/administrative areas, 45 acres of haul roads, 1,694.5 acres of wetlands and preserves. Mining activities are expected to last 30 years, beginning in 2020.

"This would be a massive operation. There could be as many as 1,400 to 1,600 trucks per day going in and out of this mine and onto SR 82. They will operate well into the evening just like the current mine operating down the road," Nelson said of her concerns.

The property is on the south side of State Road 82, and is adjacent to the southwest corner of the intersection of Wildcat Drive and SR 82, across from Eisenhower Boulevard.

"A lot of people have farms out here. It's going to be horrible. If this one goes through you will have back to back mining operations with the proposed Troyer Brothers Mine and Green Meadows Florida Rock Mine," said Nelson.

The request to rezone will go before the Lee County Planning Board on March 27 at 9 a.m. The zoning office is at 1500 Monroe St, Fort Myers; phone is 239-533-8329.

"We need as many people as possible to go and testify to keep this from going through," said Nelson. "Unfortunately, if residents are not within 500 feet of this operation, they will not get the notification. That's why we need to get the word out," said Nelson.

The meeting is open to public, so anyone who lives in Lee County will get a chance to speak. Those with disabilities or in need of additional assistance can call Joan LaGuardia at 239-533-2314 or email at least five business days in advance.

The notice regarding the meeting also states that anyone who fails to attend the meeting and speak, gives up their right to be heard at the Board of County Commissioner's meeting later.

"Even if you don't want to give a full comment, you can just stand up and agree with the remarks made by the previous speaker," Nelson said.

According to Lee County Department of Community Development's Zoning Section staff report, a recommendation has been made in regards to the proposed rezoning.


Staff recommends APPROVAL of the Applicant's request with the conditions found in Attachment C. The applicant must demonstrate that adequate EMS, fire, and sheriff services are available. This must be addressed at the public hearing and prior to Board action.

For more information on the rezoning request visit The residents have also created a Facebook page



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