DOES PHOSPHATE MINING ENDANGER THE PEACE RIVER?08/05/03
Charlotte County has challenged a move to strip mine 2300 acres in Manatee County, near Horse Creek, one of the headwaters of the Peace River. This week an administrative law judge rejected the proposal, ruling the mine would obliterate a diverse eco-system. It was a victory for Charlotte County, which fears that the mining would ultimately harm the Peace River which in turn flows into Charlotte Harbor. The river is a source of drinking water, recreation and natural beauty for hundreds of thousands of people in Southwest Florida. Our guest, Edward DeLaParte, an attorney who represents Charlotte County.