COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Some people in Lee County are lobbying their commissioners to more actively oppose a rock mine, that is planned for Collier County. The residents fear more big trucks on the roads. Others say: the mine would bring jobs.
"I have been here sine 2003 and I believe that rock mining is the single, biggest threat to the quality of life we have here," said Phil Douglas of Estero. "The mines add those huge dump trucks to Corkscrew Road and State Rd. 82. Those can be dangerous for other drivers. If one of those hits you, it's all over. Plus mines pose water quality issues, threat to panthers with the big trucks, and also blasting the rock. The blasting can damage homes.There really are no positives to a mine."
Not so fast, says Miles Smith who lives near the proposed Lost Grove Mine, which would be located just inside the Collier County line. "What about jobs? We need jobs. I would love to get a job driving a truck for the mine! Plus, we are going to need the dirt and rock if we are going to build anything around here," Smith told WINK News. "I say, go ahead with the mine. We have to have them."
On Tuesday, Douglas and other Lee residents will formally ask commissioners to oppose the mine.