Union County Stands Strong and Adopts New LDRs

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MerrilleeUnionvoteFI In: Union County Stands Strong and Adopts New LDRs | Our Santa Fe River, Inc. (OSFR) | Protecting the Santa Fe River
Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson addresses the board.

LDR 18-03, consisting of amendments to the county’s land regulations, was before the commissioners tonight, Dec. 17, 2018.  Commissioner Jimmy Tallman made a motion to adopt, and at 5:41 the board voted unanimously to pass the motion, thus ending months of discussions regarding HPSII and their attempts to obtain a permit to mine in Union Co.

Many thanks go to the Union commissioners who stood up for the people and for the future of their county.  Because of them, future generations will be able to enjoy a healthy, beautiful rural landscape.

We also thank all the loyal, tireless workers who opposed this mine threat for years.  Dan Hilliard drove from Citrus County to speak for the Florida Springs Council, Whitey Markle drove from Williston to speak for Sierra Club, Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson from Fort White spoke, also Carol Burton and Michelle Moretti, as did your Historian, who represented Sierra Club Phosphate Committee.  Other supporters of the amendments were in attendance but did not speak.

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



  1. On behalf of present and future generations of Union County, FL, thank you to the Board of County Commissioners who stood strong and adopted new LDR’s. The commissioners should be proud to have stood united against the attempt to permit a mine for phosphate. Thanks to all who traveled and spoke (or did not speak). This achievement is a wonderful reason to celebrate!

  2. AWESOME job commissioners, about TIME they stood for the good of the people n OUR natural Florida!NOW if Desoto county can do the same!

  3. I am so proud of you all. I am so proud of the Union County Commissioners who took a stand a stood up for the citizens in their community.
    Union County is a standing symbol of what democracy and choices can do .
    I am sure the commissioners and the people of Union County are relieved and have the weight of the world off of their shoulders .
    Fantastic job !!!!!!!!!!!

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