Hire expert hydrologist Dr. Gary Danemiller to give critical testimony calling for the protection of the Corkscrew Plantation property from a proposed limerock mining industrial operation.
Agri-business giant Kings Ranch, the current owners of Corkscrew Plantation have filed a zoning change application for another massive mine in the DRGR - Density Reduction Groundwater Resource - area of SE Lee County (Corkscrew Road). The hearing for this zoning change is currently scheduled with the Lee County Zoning Hearing Examiner for January 31st. This proposed mine of approximately 1, 837 acres would be located on the 4,205 acre agricultural Corkscrew Plantation property currently used as a citrus farm.
The zoning application calls for all of the ~4,205 acres to be changed from AG-1 and AG-2 zoning to IPD or Industrial Planned Development. The implications to the hydrology of the precious DRGR if the zoning is changed and this mine is permitted for operation are significant and far-reaching as Lee County draws most of its drinking water from DRGR wellfields.
As stated in the landmark 2008 Dover Kohl Study commissioned by Lee County: "The importance of DR/GR-designated lands extends beyond their actual boundaries. DR/GR lands store and protect a critical supply of water for the region. Several wellfields already tap this supply for public use, while valuable natural and agricultural systems also depend on this same resource. DR/GR lands constitute a last frontier of natural wetlands and uplands with a remnant system of interconnected flowways that historically have supported abundant wildlife and the critical estuarine system of Estero Bay."
The Hearing Examiners process requires that 'competent and substantial' evidence be presented to refute the testimony presented by the applicant's attornies, and professional consultants. We have a chance at success by hiring an expert hydrologist of our own. We ask for your support in making Dr. Danemiller's research and testimony possible. Please help fund this important cause to protect the DRGR's hydrology and ecology and save our vital drinking water resources fpr the future.