Santa Rosa Citizens DO NOT support amending the LDC to allow mining of natural resources!

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On December 10, 2020, despite input and overwhelming opposition from geologists, engineers, environmental attorneys, public water board members, and a plethora of tax paying citizens, Santa Rosa County Commissioners voted to REMOVE protective language from the Comprehensive Land Development Code (LDC) restricting the extraction of natural resources from within the designated East Milton Wellfield Protection Area. Commissioners Wright and Piech voted against removing the protective language, while Commissioners Cole, Parker, and Caulkins voted FOR removing the language and amending the LDC to allow for the extraction of natural resources within the wellfield protection area. 

This specific portion of Santa Rosa County has been designated as CRITICAL in maintaining access to clean water for 80,000- 100,000 citizens in Santa Rosa County. The citizens of Gulf Breeze, Midway, Navarre, Navarre Beach, Holley, and East Milton ALL get their water from within the East Milton Wellfield Protection Area!  

Removing this language from the LDC, will allow for existing pits within the wellfield protection zone to expand, exponentially increasing risk for contamination of the underlying sand and gravel aquifer. 

Removing this protective language from the existing ordinance will also allow new pits to be permitted, used, and eventually converted to land/yard waste disposal areas. These are NOT required to be lined, and carry NO requirements for groundwater monitoring. Every pesticide, insecticide and fertilizer ever used on that yard waste, will have a direct path to our precious aquifer. 

This fight isn’t over!! Despite thumbing their nose at the recommendation of their zoning board, who voted 7-1 in favor of denying the amendment to the LDC, and despite scoffing the outcry from citizens and experts alike, this isn’t over! 

This large scale amendment must first be approved at the State level by the Florida Department of Community Affairs (aka Florida Department of Economic Opportunity) . Upon approval at the State level, there will be a required SECOND PUBLIC HEARING. 

It’s time to let the State know that our local elected officials are NOT listening to their constituents; are not protecting the health, safety, and quality of life of their citizens!

And it’s time to send a CLEAR message to our Santa Rosa County BOCC that WE DO NOT APPROVE OF THIS AMENDMENT; WE DO NOT APPROVE OF THEM THREATENING OUR WATER SUPPLY BY ALLOWING THE EXTRACTION OF NATURAL RESOURCES WITHIN AN ALREADY ESTABLISHED WELLFIELD PROTECTION AREA!!! 

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Water is life.