On April 23rd the DeSoto County Board of Commissioners will decide on approval of a settlement with the Mosaic Fertilizer Company that would allow the company to return to the Commission in 2023 with a re-zoning proposal that the Commission denied in 2018. If granted, Mosaic's proposed phosphate mining operation will devastate land in DeSoto County and drinking water supplies in neighboring coastal counties.
On April 3rd we were there when DeSoto County and Mosaic engaged in a formal dispute resolution session with a professional mediator. Under consideration was the County's proposal that Mosaic wait until 2023 and then begin anew its request to rezone 14,000 agricultural acres to mining. Mosaic ultimately accepted the proposal.
Opponents of the proposal are hoping their presence in large numbers at the meeting will encourage the Commissioners to vote against the mediation proposal.
Fifteen members of Englewood Indivisible attended the April 3rd mediation in Arcadia. Can we improve on those numbers on Tuesday?
Here are the details:
What: DeSoto Board of County Commissioners Meeting — with vote on Mosaic settlement
When: Tuesday, April 23 at 3:00 PM
Where: 201 East Oak Street, Suite 103, Arcadia 34266
If you want to carpool from Englewood with us, please email EnglewoodIndivisible@gmail.com with your phone number.
Any member of the public can make a verbal comment when this agenda item comes up for discussion. But even if you don't want to speak, please be there. Let's fill the meeting to standing room only so the commissioners know how much the public doesn't want this deal.
If permitted, the mining would allow Mosaic to pour millions of gallons of waste into Horse Creek which flows into the Peace River, a source of our drinking water. Mosaic would also cover huge tracts of the mining site with slightly radioactive clay byproduct, making DeSoto County's beautiful rural landscape a barren moonscape.