Distinguished speaker was Dr. Ruth Berkelman, former Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Director of CDC’s Division of Epidemiology and Surveillance Studies and later Deputy Director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases, retiring in 2000 as an Assistant Surgeon General. Dr. Berkleman told the Board members of the health dangers posed by mining phosphate. On the far right is the HPS II lawyer. We hope the Board listened carefully to this expert.
On Sept. 20, 2018, Bradf0rd County set the dates for the final meeting and vote on the mine permit, these being January 22, 23, and 24 if needed, the year 0f 2019. The county expects dozens of not hundreds to come and speak against the mine, so they have reserved the Charlie Johns Auditorium and three days of public input.
We would like to see a thousand people stand before the board and tell them that this is the decision to make to keep Bradford County the beautiful landscape that it is. We must tell the b0ard that the burden is on their shoulders, that if they fail here, the results will be felt forever. The land will never be the same. The mine owners will rape the land and leave with their money and what remains will not sustain agriculture as before. The jobs will bring outsiders to mine, and when the phosphate is gone, so will be gone the few jobs.
This is the date to tell Will Sexton and the board that we, the citizens, do not not want HPS II to destroy the land and the County of Bradford, in Florida.
Save the date to tell HPS II, Will Sexton and the Board of County Commissioners of Bradf0rd County Florida that we like Florida as it is, not dug up and turned upside down.
OSFR President Mike Roth addresses the board
Thanks to mine opponents for attending: Stasia Rudolph, Jill McGuire, and speakers Mr. and Mrs. Tom Germano, Mike Roth of OSFR, Kate Ellison, Carol Mosley, Dr. Ruth Berkleman, Paul Still, and Barry Osteen with health concerns for our environment. And your historian.
Intelligent concerned citizens suggested that Onsite Environmental Consulting should be discounted as a meaningless and useless entity, since they seem to be determined to help HPS II acquire the mining permit. These intelligent and concerned citizens also suggested that Bradford County Attorney Will Sexton recuse himself from this issue, due to his alleged lack of objective leadership.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
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