Hernando County commissioners accepted a request from Cemex to postpone discussion of a proposed mining expansion north of Brooksville, Fla., until Dec. 9, reported Hernando Today. The proposal was slated to go before the county commission on Aug. 12 but Cemex asked for the nearly four-month delay to give the company time to prepare a presentation that will better address concerns from the community. Cemex also plans to complete additional topographical and survey work.

James Morris, manager of aggregate resources with Cemex, said the company plans a computer-generated simulation of what a motorist would see while traveling State Road 50 and Fort Dade Avenue, the site of the expansion. The mining will take place beyond the tree line and proposed berm, essentially blocking the view of the site from passing motorists.

In July, the planning and zoning board denied Cemex’s request to amend the county’s future land use map on a 730-acre tract. The board determined that the expansion was inconsistent with the comprehensive plan.

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