What do HPS II Enterprises, Oceana and the Sumter Sunshine Community Foundation have to do with each other?
The answer is that they were all topics of Mary Hampton’s Villages Environmental Discussions Group at the public library in The Villages on March 14, 2018. And interesting topics they were, presented to an appreciative audience of seventeen.
Of most interest to us was Chris Mericle of Suwannee Saint John’s Sierra Club North Florida Working Group, who gave an excellent presentation on phosphate mining and the current situation with HPS II which is trying to obtain permits to mine in Union and Bradford counties.
This type of work is very important because it brings the phosphate issue to an audience who is sympathetic but mostly unaware of the situation. Their interest was apparent by the ensuing question and answer session which kept Chris busy for quite some time. From groups such as these we get recruits who become the next volunteers to join the battle.
Hunter Miller Ellen Didion
Campaign Organizer for Oceana Sumter Sunshine Community Foundation
The Villages Environmental Discussions Group meets on the second Wednesday of the month except during the summer, at The Villages Public Library, 325 Belvedere Blvd., The Villages, FL 32162, from 12:45 PM – 2:45 PM.
Thanks and congratulations to Mary Hampton and the Villages Environmental Discussions Group for their hospitality and the good work they do there.