Herald columnist Fred Grimm offers a compelling narrative, why the actions of two Republican Miami Dade state legislators from Hialeah -- Manny Diaz Jr. and Rene Garcia -- deserve even harsher condemnation.
Since Gov. Rick Scott appears to have shut off any dialogue with citizens and is only listening to special interests, it seems likely that the rock mining industry will get a free pass just like every other special interest in Tallahassee.
It used to be that everything in Florida was for sale that wasn't locked down. These days everything is for sale even if it is locked down. "Rock mining mitigates risks with political influence" is just a more polite way of saying so.
Fred Grimm: Rock mining mitigates risks with political influence
04/15/2015 6:55 PM 04/16/2015 9:23 AM
The risks to our water and environment seem self evident. At least to those of us without a sweet and snuggly relationship with Miami-Dade’s rock-mining industry.
Situated in uncomfortably close proximity to both valuable wetlands and the wellfield that provides 40 percent of the county’s potable water, rock miners are blasting and hacking and hauling out prodigious quantities of limestone. Half the limestone aggregate used to build Florida’s roads, bridges, buildings and other construction is trucked out of that 77.5-square-mile area in the northwest corner of the county known as the lake belt region.
Digging that much rock out of a sensitive area comes with such calamitous potential that, over the years, the industry agreed to a series of mitigation fees to stave off government intervention.