Starke & Lawtey are becoming aware of HPS and the Mine.

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Jane Blais installs new sign on busy Hwy 301. As more people become aware of the mine threat, many oppose it.  Suwannee St. Johns Group of Sierra Club are paying for the signs, with some donations by volunteers and sign recipients.  Several Sierra Club and OSFR members are helping with donations and the installation.

More signs went up today, two double-sided ones on US. Hwy 301 and a busy lead-in road on the property of Lloyd Crawford, friend of many and well-known in the area.  Mr. Crawford understands the threat of the mine to our water, our river, and the well-being of his city. That is why he opposes it with emotion.

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A passerby walking her dog commented on the mine, saying she opposed it but it was going in anyway.  She got quite an education in a short while, and a strong invitation to attend one of the monthly commission meetings, with specific details on location and times.

We want ONE THOUSAND  people to clog the commission chambers on the night of the vote Bradford County.  The people with the power to stop the mine must know that the people do not want their county ripped up nor the New River polluted, nor the aquifer drawn down even more than it is now.

If you know anyone in Bradford County, please call them to let them know what is happening in their county.  Ask them to contact their commissioner and ask him to stop it.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life: once taken, it cannot be brought back-


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  1. One thing I learned today : many of the local residents assume that Phosphate Mining will be similar to local sand mining. Making the public aware of the uniquely invasive and toxic nature of phosphate mining is a large part of our challenge to inform and educate. The tragedy we know as phosphate mining; the spills, the breaches, radioactive water leaching & seeping into our aquifer, chemical runoffs , vegetation & marine life kills , eutrophication and flow disruption… this invasive industry , poised to destroy more of our waterways, our springs, raises huge red flags of alarm.

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