$750,000 Community Block Grant to Build Bottling Plant at Marianna

This is an e-mail exchange I had regarding the $750,000 Community Block Grant that was recently “awarded” to build infrastructure for a water bottling plant in Marianna, Florida (located near the Chatahoochee River and the Florida Caverns State Park.

Mr. Lakey,

We have received an inquiry about the County’s CDBG Economic Development grant for the water bottling facility in the Marianna industrial park. There is no indication that the County was contacted about this project and has addressed the inquiry. Therefore, I am requesting the County respond, within 15 days, to  Ms. Malwitz-Jipson  under your citizen participation policy, even though she may not reside in Jackson County. 

Since her inquiry was received by e-mail, you may respond by e-mail with a hard copy to the project file. Also,  please copy me on the e-mail response. (You may or may not want to copy all the other persons she copied.) 

Please include in your response information about the public hearings (notice date and comments, if any) and water permit issue. You may also want to include the “build out” economic development benefits of this project: job creation, private investment amount, and tax base increase over the first and future phases.

Thanks!

In addition, I’m providing for Ms.Malwitz-Jipson’s review a link to the Florida State Clearinghouse review comments which all federally assisted projects undergo. Both The DEP and NW Water Management District reviewed the application and provided no negative comments regarding environmental impact.  Therefore, I am unaware of any issue which would preclude this project from going forward.

http://appprod.dep.state.fl.us/clearinghouse/applicant/project.asp?chips_project_id=59061  

Steve Fellerman
Small Cities CDBG Program
850-922-1881 (direct)
850-922-5609 (fax)

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—– Forwarded by Steve Fellerman/DCA/FLEOC on 10/02/2008 09:39 AM —–

Anastasia Richmond/DCA/FLEOC
10/02/2008 09:00 AM

To:  Steve Fellerman/DCA/[email protected]

cc  Mark Yelland/DCA/[email protected]

Subject
Fw: Water Bottle Plant gets $750,000 from Florida Grant Money

Steve, 

Can you answer and of Ms. Malwitz-Jipson about how Marianna about the CDBG process?
Thanks.
Ana

The Department of Community Affairs is committed to maintaining the highest levels of service and values your feedback.  Please take a few moments to complete our Customer Service Survey by visiting http://www.dca.state.fl.us/CustomerServiceSurvey/.  We look forward to hearing from you. However, if you require assistance or a response from the agency, please use the “Contact Us” webpage at http://www.dca.state.fl.us/contactus/.

The Florida Discount Drug Card is designed to lower the cost of prescriptions for certain Florida residents. To learn more, visit http://www.FloridaDiscountDrugCard.com or call toll-free 1-866-341-8894 or TTY 1-866-763-9630.

Florida has a broad public records law and all correspondence, including email addresses, may be subject to disclosure.
—– Forwarded by Anastasa Richmond/DCA/FLEOC on 10/02/2008 08:58 AM —–  [email protected]

10/02/2008 06:40 AM
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Subject
Water Bottle Plant gets $750,000 from Florida Grant Money
Hello, 

  Does anyone know how these people/corporation/city government got $750,000 of our state dollars to assist in building a water bottle facility in Marianna, Florida (near Florida Caverns Sate Park)?
 
This is a terrible idea.  Especially making our tax payer money available to use our public natural resources during drought conditions with Georgia, Alabama, and Florida last year.  
 
Whose idea was this anyhow…the City of Marianna or Enterprise Florida?  This must be stopped…is it too late?
 
Please take into the account of the recent victory in Trenton,Florida, Wednesday morning October 1, 2008.  A smaller rural town needing jobs, just like Marianna.  The full story will be at highspringsherald.com later today.  The majority of people in Florida do not want any more of these extraction plants taking our water and putting it in plastic and shipping it to the ends of the earth.
 
This money needs to be used to repair our water infrastructure and make good healthy water available to everyone so that people wean themselves off the wasteful, luxury plastic bottle.
 
Sincerely,
Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson
board member Our Santa Fe River, Inc
1-386-454-4446
[email protected]
oursantaferiver.org
   
http://www.newsherald.com/news/county_68465___article.html/community_jobs.html

 

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