An open letter to the residents of Golden Gate Estates:
Recently, Lennar Homes LLC initiated the lengthy process of applying for permits with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a rock mine in Collier County.
These permit applications are the first in a multistep process required prior to the start of any mining operations on the proposed site, which is located south of 16th Avenue Southwest and east of 17th Street Southwest.
In addition to the Corps of Engineers and DEP permits, Lennar will be required to make application to Collier County for a mining permit for the site. A critical component of the county process includes a neighborhood information meeting and public hearings at which residents have the opportunity to voice their support for, or concerns about, the proposed application. To ensure residents are adequately notified, Collier County’s Land Development Code requires a quarter-page legal advertisement in the newspaper, a sign to be prominently posted for a period of 10 days, and written notices to be mailed to residents within 1,000 feet of the property boundary.
Collier County Commissioner Jim Coletta has begun receiving calls regarding the project and asked us to share the following points with the residents of Golden Gate Estates:
1. No mine will be considered, much less approved, without strict adherence to the county’s public involvement requirements;
2. Because Lennar has not yet filed a permit application with Collier County, none of the commissioners nor county staff is able to comment about the proposed project;
3. Lennar does not intend to propose the use of either 16th Avenue Southwest or 13th Street Southwest as the designated haul route.
Due to the extensive permitting process, we don’t anticipate making application to the county until late 2010 or early 2011. In the meantime, should you have questions, please feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.