LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A proposed rock mine has Estero residents upset. At more than 4,600 acres, the mine would be the largest on Corkscrew Road.
On Wednesday, the Estero Council of Community Leaders testified against the mine proposal, saying it would cause environmental issues and dangerous traffic conditions.
"It's a rural community, residential. We don't want to see Corkscrew Road turned in an industrial corridor," said Phil Douglas, Environment Director for the Estero Council of Community Leaders.
One by one, Estero residents took the podium and spoke out against a proposed rock mine South of Corkscrew and East of Alico Roads.
Douglas lives five miles away from the area and says, quite simply, the mine is unnecessary.
"It's an example of an unneeded mine that would establish about 25-27 truck loads of aggregate in Lee County, primarily on Corkscrew road," he said.
Kevin Hill has lived in the area for 25 years and is concerned about the effects a mine will have on the environment and the added truck traffic to and from the site.
"We enjoy the wildlife. We enjoy the open spaces, the peace and quiet. We want to preserve that as long as possible," Hill said.
Five times since 2001, mining companies have attempted to industrialize Corkscrew Road. This time, the applicant is Six L's Farms.
"Each time we've been successful in defending the community," said Hill.
The hearings will continue Thursday morning at 9 a.m. No additional public comments will be heard. Once completed , a recommendation will be made to the Board of County Commissioners.
Wink News did ask the lawyers representing Six L's Farms for an interview but they respectfully declined.