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Lee mining challenge starts Wednesday
Oct, 26 2011
(Lee County) -- An administrative law judge is scheduled to begin hearing arguments Wednesday in a legal challenge to a Lee County mining ban.
Mining company Cemex and landowners Old Corkscrew Plantation and Troyer Bros. sued Lee County when it put part of eastern Lee County off-limits to earthmining to protect an environmentally sensitive region known as the Density Reduction/Groundwater Resource Area, or DRGR.
The Florida Wildlife Federation, Collier County Audubon Society, Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the Estero Council of Community Leaders have intervened in the legal fight on the side of Lee County.
Administrative Law Judge Bram D.E. Canter recently agreed to let Florida's former growth management agency, the Department of Community Affairs, to drop out of the fight, citing provisions of a new law that dismantled the agency.
The hearing is scheduled to last through Friday before resuming again next Wednesday through Friday in a conference room at the Lee County Public Works building in downtown Fort Myers.
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