- Rick ScottFlorida Governor
- Jimmy PatronisFlorida's Chief Financial Officer
- Manny DiazState Representative
- Wayne M. MessamMayor Miramar, FL
NO MORE BLASTING IN W. MIRAMAR AND NW MIAMI-DADE, FL.
White Rock Quarries is destroying our houses, our environment, and our quality of life!
Tens of thousands of residents in Riviera Isles, Sunset Falls, Nautica, Huntington, Sunset Lakes, Country Club Ranches and many other communities in West Miramar (Broward County), as well as Palm Springs North in Miami-Dade County are living in a constant state of panic due to the rock mining blasting that occurs many times a week, and that is causing severe structural damage to their houses and ruining their quality of life. The frequency and the impact of the rock mining blasting have increased over time. Residents describe it as "living in a war zone".
Cracks appear everywhere in walls, foundations, driveways, pools, garages. Light bulbs breaking, windows shaking, picture frames falling off the walls. The shaking is so scary that area residents are worried that their houses will collapse. Veterans with PTSD are being affected, as well as our most vulnerable population: school-age children, especially those with disabilities, the elderly, and our pets. Local and state authorities have been notified. Many complaints have been filed to try to make WRQ pay for the damages, but the huge level of corruption got state legislators to curtail people's constitutional ability to use civil courts to sue for damages. The creation of the DOAH process implemented a standard of proof which is unheard of in any legal proceeding. This is a story of political corruption and that is what we need to expose.
In an article posted on December 2016, Miami New Times reminded us that in 2008 "an investigation revealed the mines were leaking cancer-causing amounts of benzene into the water supply. In the meantime, mining company officials have dumped thousands of dollars into the coffers of local and state politicians: After shoveling campaign donations all over Florida, the state agreed to cut down environmental impact fees for rock-mining companies last year. Those fees were meant to safeguard the public from potential mining-related natural catastrophes."
Big companies like White Rock do not care about the wellbeing of the residents. They do not care about the environment. They only care about profit. This problem has been going on for decades, and unless we do something, White Rock will continue the destruction of our houses, our quality of life, and jeopardizing our water supplies. The tremors are stronger than ever. The closer they blast, the more damage they do.
Please help us stop rock mining blasting near residential areas before it's too late. Your VOTE is your VOICE. Use it!
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- Florida Governor
- Florida's Chief Financial Officer
- State Representative
- Mayor Miramar, FL
Wayne M. Messam
NO MORE BLASTING NEAR RESIDENTIAL AREAS IN W. MIRAMAR AND N.W. MIAMI-DADE, FL.
A petition from the Residents of West Miramar, Florida.
We, the undersigned would like to bring to your attention a problem that our community has been dealing with for more than sixteen years, and that is getting worse by the day. White Rock Quarries performs mining related blasting at least four times a week, with an intensity that affects all the residents of our community, as well as at least 15 neighboring communities of similar size. These blasts are more than a mere nuisance, they are causing physical and structural damage to our homes, as well as exacerbating the effects of psychological conditions like PTSD in valued members of our community. The true intensity of the blasts is unknown because there is no independent party review. Even if they were found to be within the limits allowed by law, our homes may well survive the intensity of one blast, but certainly not the combined effects of repetitive blasting. No structure can be built to withstand repeated blasts, the effects are cumulative, our homes do not ‘snap back’ into shape after each detonation, they deteriorate further and are weakened by each additional explosion.
We cannot allow White Rock Quarries to continue to insult us by referring to our communities as ‘Urban Encroachment,’ as if rock mining by using explosives was somehow a natural occurring event. The environmental impact of their actions will be with us long after the blasting moves to other areas. We cannot allow their greed to compromise our most important investment as well as our tranquility. These explosions shake the ground under the feet or both adults and children. We live in a constant state of panic and we need your help to shake the ground under White Rock Quarries, we seek:
1. Transparency in measuring the intensity of the blasts by giving that authority to an independent 3rd party, not paid by White Rock Quarries or the mining industry.
2. White Rock Quarries to be financially liable for the damages their activities have caused throughout our community over the last 18 years and to continue as long as blasting lasts. Specifically, we seek repeal of FL Statute 552.36 which gives the Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH) exclusive jurisdiction for damages to real or personal property caused by the use of explosives in connection with construction materials mining activities. This violates our rights under Section 22 of the Florida constitution which guarantees trials by juries.
3. Revision of blasting limits to ensure that acceptable levels are imperceptible to both the homes and residents of the community where the blasting is taking place.
4. Implementation of proximity limits to ensure that blasting occurs at safe distances from occupied structures and water sources.
Since our movement started, we have managed to get the support of different groups and communities both in Broward and Miami-Dade County. The city of Miramar Commission recently created a Blasting Citizen Advisory Board that will be working alongside with the city government in order to create strategies to fight this problem. The Broward County Commission also passed a resolution opposing the damages caused by White Rock Quarries’ blasting operations, and more recently the City of Miami Lakes got on board with the same initiative. Lastly we are in conversations with some environmental groups that are as concerned as we are in terms of the long lasting effects of the blasting in the Biscayne Aquifer and the Everglades. We are also advising people to document damages and file the pertinent complaints. We are holding several community outreach events to gather signatures from as many residents as possible.
We have reached out to and are working with some local and state representatives, however, we believe the magnitude of the situation as well as the political clout that White Rock has built over several decades at the local and state level, warrants your involvement.
We would like to invite you into our community to see the damages for yourself. We are constituents, tax payers and registered voters. This is an issue that we have raised to recent candidates for office in our community, we were successful in making it a campaign issue and have every intention of doing the same for elections at all levels in the future. We hope that you value our participation in the democratic political discourse enough to meet with us and see firsthand what you might have heard about from representatives of the miners. If every story has two sides, I guarantee you that our side is the most compelling. The amount of local jobs provided by our property taxes and sales taxes is significant. We are the ones that are responsible for the vitality and prosperity of our city, a prosperity that WRQ disturbs between 4-5 times per week.
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