Critics Question Timing of Cemex Mine Delay

Hernando Today

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A Cemex official said he has four months to convince residents their fears of expanding mining operations along State Road 50 and Fort Dade Avenue are groundless.

But a member of Neighbors Against Mining questioned a decision to delay presenting the proposal to county commissioners until Dec. 9, after the November general election.

Two seats on the county commission are up for grabs: District 2 where Wayne Dukes is facing opposition from Jimmy Lodato and Brian Moore and District 4 where Dave Russell is stepping down and Jeff Holcomb, Daniel Oliver, Laurie Pizzo and H. David Werder are running.

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Hernando Commission Approves Job-Creation Incentives for Three Companies

Hernando Times

When Richard Smith decided to move his company from South Florida to Central Florida earlier this year, he starting hunting in Hillsborough and Pasco counties.

Then he got snagged by the Hernando County economic development team.

Last year, he already had purchased a home and some acreage in Hernando, where he says he has numerous relatives. Finding a new business site near his home simply meant he could be close to his work. This week, Smith told county commissioners he loves his new arrangement.

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Sad State of Our Politics on Full Display

Leonard Pitts, Miami Herald

Leonard Pitts

It’s a revealing video.

Not in the sense of physical nakedness. No, what is naked in that clip is a kind of political opportunism that has become all too common.

Our scene is a roadside in Oracle, Ariz., where protesters have gathered. Word is, a busload of children from Central America is about to pass through, en route to a local shelter. People are there to shout at the bus.

Among them: Adam Kwasman, a tea party candidate for Congress. On the video, run by KPNX, a Phoenix TV station, Kwasman is seen inveighing against the flood of unaccompanied minors now showing up on the nation’s southern border when someone whispers to him and he abruptly cuts his spiel short. It seems the bus is coming.

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Mining Group Seeks Delay on Brooksville Land Use Hearing

Hernando Times

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Just a week after a resounding rejection by the Hernando County Planning and Zoning Commission, the applicants for the Cemex mining expansion west of Brooksville have asked for a delay in their next hearing.

The application by Cemex and the landowners to change the county land use map to convert 573 acres of residential property to mining was slated to go before the Hernando County Commission on Aug. 12. The applicants want to delay the hearing until December..

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Hernando Commissioners Give Nod to Sales Tax Referendum

Hernando Today


County commissioners voted 5-0 Tuesday to pass a formal ordinance allowing the Penny for Projects referendum to appear on the Nov. 4 general election ballot

The money will be used for capital improvement projects that the county, city of Brooksville and school board have identified as high-priority needs.

If approved by voters, the sales tax would begin collection on Jan. 1, 2015 and continue through Dec. 31, 2024.

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State Report Shows Hernando Lags in Recycling Effort

Dan DeWitt, Hernando Times

Dan DeWitt

Toss it. Pitch it. Dump it. Chuck it.

All describe the disposal of stuff.

And all of these phrases, no surprise, sound a lot like other expressions — “the heck with it” being one of the more polite examples — that mean we don’t care.

Throwing something away is often a shortcut.

It means you don’t want to make the effort to repair a no-longer-useful item, or take it to a thrift store, or, most appropriately for this discussion, recycle it.

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Rick Scott’s Nonanswers Bring National Ridicule

 Steve Bousquet, Tampa Bay Times

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Rick Scott, who ditched his adopted rescue dog Reagan after the 2010 election, and who invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination 75 times in a deposition, once again finds himself all over the Web and cable as the rest of the world discovers what Florida already knows.

He doesn’t like to answer questions.

Name a subject, and Scott won’t address it.

Climate change. Problems with the state’s jobless claims website. How a sex offender slipped through the cracks and got a state license as a massage therapist. Amendment 1, the land and water proposal on the November ballot.

Scott might well revise his campaign slogan to “Let’s Keep Working at Obfuscation.”

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Rare Florida forest set to be leveled for a Walmart and Chik-fil-A

Pine Rockland

One of the world’s rarest forests, a section of Miami-Dade County’s last intact tracts of endangered pine rockland, is getting a new resident: a Walmart.
About 88 acres of rockland, a globally imperiled habitat containing a menagerie of plants, animals and insects found no place else, was sold this month by the University of Miami to a Palm Beach County developer. To secure permission for the 158,000-square-foot box store, plus an LA Fitness center, Chik-fil-A and Chili’s restaurants and about 900 apartments, the university and the developer, Ram, agreed to set aside 40 acres for a preserve.

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Nugent Calls Kids At Border “Gang Members” From Culture Of “Rape”

Andrew Kaczynski, Buzz Feed

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A Florida Republican congressman called undocumented immigrant children at the border not children at all but gang affiliated persons from a culture of thievery, murder, and violence.

“A lot of these children … quote-unquote … ya know, the first caller mentioned it, ya know, they’re gang members. They’re gang affiliated,” Florida Republican Rep. Rich Nugent said on WOCA radio Monday.

Nugent added that the culture the children were coming from was one of violence and there would be a complications in bringing the children into American culture.

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Behold the consequences of total freedom

Lane Filler, Newsday

Total Freedom

What if we were just free?
What if my employer paid my entire compensation package in money, and I could do with it what I wish? I could buy cars or books or Chia Pets or travel to Idaho hunting for potatoes that resemble famous political leaders.

I could buy health insurance. Or not.

I could buy any kind of policy I wanted, were I just free. I could take out a plan that covered contraception and abortion, but not pregnancy, if we decide we want no more kids. I could take out a policy that covers pregnancy but not abortion or contraception, if we decide we want endless kids. I could take out a policy that covers addiction treatment, knowing that if I fall off the wagon it’s going to take a lot of resources (and repeated whacks with a baseball bat) to get me sober again. But I could also purchase a policy that does not cover rehab, hoping that knowing I could not afford treatment would scare me straight.

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