Adoption Hearing/Next Step

On June 19, the Lee Board of County Commissioners held an adoption hearing for the Lee Plan amendments.  The adoption hearing was the second of two public hearings before the Board.  At this hearing, the Board voted to adopt the Lee Plan amendments.

Prior to this hearing, comments received by State reviewing agencies supported Lee County’s conclusions that the amendments have no adverse impacts on water quality, surface water flows, groundwater levels, transportation networks, residential developments, water tables, or any rare, unique or endangered wildlife or habitat. 

The adopted amendments have been challenged and will become effective when the State Department of Economic Opportunity enters a final order determining the adopted amendments are in compliance with State requirements.
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In order to broaden public understanding on the upcoming meeting on limerock mining and the proposed changes to the Lee County Comprehensive Plan, we have established these informational pages to provide you with the facts associated with these amendments.  

Specifically, the proposed amendments remove an "economic necessity" component currently contained in the mining section of the Lee County Comprehensive Plan, which is contrary to a free-market economy. This "economic necessity" requirement is a non-traditional regulation that has been historically applied. The comp plan amendments being considered would eliminate the existing system, which triggers potential legal challenges and liability based on the market interference.

The removal of Map 14 has been the subject of many public discussions. A mining application's approval is not affected by Map 14's existence. Map 14 boundaries were always subject to change based on the comprehensive plan amendment process. Any mining application could be approved if the application is consistent with the Lee Plan. Chapter 12 of the county's Land Development Code establishes the true criteria for evaluation of a mining application. Chapter 12 provides a comprehensive and stringent set of regulations for mining that address compatibility of mines and the potential negative environmental impacts that could arrive from mining operations. All other mine-related requirements remain in effect to protect water quality, habitat and quality of life.

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Please note that the mining amendments do not impact mining cases known as Troyer Brothers and Old Corkscrew Plantation. 

For more information, view case documents:  

Troyer DCI2016-00025 – Zoning Planned Development Case (Approved, with conditions, on August 21, 2019; challenged)

Troyer CPA2016-00006 – Comprehensive Plan Amendment (Approved on August 21, 2019; challenged)

Old Corkscrew Plantation DCI2011-00007 – Zoning Planned Development Case (Denied on November 6, 2019; challenged.)

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News Releases

4/4/19 - Limerock Mining Public Education Open House

4/2/19 - Launch of Mining Amendment Site

Frequently Asked Questions

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Meetings that have occurred

This webpage is intended to provide the facts associated with these amendments.  If any of your questions are not answered above, please send your question to and include “Mining” in the subject line or call 239-533-8585 for additional information.

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Other Resources

Florida State Fire Marshal Blasting Information
SFWMD Consumptive Water Use Permits
FDEP Mining Mitigation Program