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#1
Sep 5, 2012
 
An entity named Calusa Green LLC is attempting to get zoning approval for a 500+ acre landfill in East Charlotte County. The landfill would process toxic sewage sludge from Miami and West Palm and when completed create a 190 ft.tall mound of waste.

The dump truck traffic on Bermont Road would be 500 trucks per day. The meeting to vote on the land use change is Monday September 10th. at the Charlotte County office in Murdock.

This land use change request is not compliant with the Smart Charlotte 2050 Comprehensive Plan for maintaining the agricultural value in East Charlotte County. This change could severely damage the rural character and poses major public health risks to the citizens in East Charlotte County.

Please contact all of the county commissioners ASAP and let them know your opposition to this request. You can also email dbogle@tboglelaw.com for further details.
Fred Hill

Punta Gorda, FL

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Sep 6, 2012
 

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We are putting a large group together to fight this. We are having a meeting Monday, we all agree that this CANNOT happen. Five hundred more trucks per day on 31 and 74 already very dangerous roads due to heavy truck traffic. Additional concerns are possible water contamination to that area and possibly to Punta Gorda, huge loss of land value to surrounding properties. This area is made up of pristine cattle ranches, citrus growers, other agricultural farming, along with abundance of wildlife and endangered species. Calusa Green, LLC is trying quietly to slip this by. This should be a great concern to all Charlotte and Desoto county residences.
Gary Bayne

Punta Gorda, FL

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#3
Sep 7, 2012
 
Just some clarification to some of the points. Total trucks entering the site a day at full buildout is 150 trucks per day not 500. When running at full capacity a small portion of the business is a Bio Composting Facility.  This portion of the business may recieve 1 to a maximum of 2 trucks a day of treated sludge to be blended with yard waste debris.  Regarding the distibution of the 150 trucks - approximately 70 will come from the south via SR 31, 40 from the west on CR 74, 20 from the east on CR 74 and 20 from the north on SR 31.  None of these trucks will use Neal Road to access the site.  There is no storm water runoff from the facility the facility can handle a 500 year 24 hour storm event which is approximately 18 inches of rain.  According to the Protected Species Assessment Report and the County's assessment there are no protected species on site.  Just trying to get the right facts out there. 
Gary Bayne

Punta Gorda, FL

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#4
Sep 7, 2012
 
Also the Bio Composting is a market driven product which the product takes 90 days to cure before it is shipped offsite as a bulk product
David Bogle

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#5
Sep 7, 2012
 
The information about this landfill has been withheld from the public until the last possible moment. The posted information about the number of trucks and type of activity is the most recent information disseminated to the nearby residents. Our group is reviewing all available information about this site and welcomes the submission of any facts and opinions as we prepare to address the impact of this site to our community.

What is the history of Calusa Green LLC? It is not listed with the state as an active Florida corporation.

Who are the principles trying to get this land use change?

Why wasn't a landfill use in East Charlotte County presented in the 2050 Comprehensive Plan meetings?

What are the benefits to the community by allowing a change to the Comp Plan for this?
Gary

Bonita Springs, FL

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#6
Sep 7, 2012
 
David Bogle wrote:
The information about this landfill has been withheld from the public until the last possible moment. The posted information about the number of trucks and type of activity is the most recent information disseminated to the nearby residents. Our group is reviewing all available information about this site and welcomes the submission of any facts and opinions as we prepare to address the impact of this site to our community.
What is the history of Calusa Green LLC? It is not listed with the state as an active Florida corporation.
Who are the principles trying to get this land use change?
Why wasn't a landfill use in East Charlotte County presented in the 2050 Comprehensive Plan meetings?
What are the benefits to the community by allowing a change to the Comp Plan for this?
I can call you this morning if you wish to discuss. Please send me your info
David Bogle

Punta Gorda, FL

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#7
Sep 7, 2012
 
We all agree that accurate information is important in reviewing this landfill request. Gary Bayne, President of Southwest Florida Engineering provided the following details about the landfill today via phone:

1. They submitted their application to the county in May of 2012.
2. The principals own 5,000 acres in the area and they chose the 554 acre site as the best location for the landfill.
3. The site is owned by American Citrus (Henry Lang, Matt Sullivan)
4. They operate another landfill on Zemel Road.
5. The report submitted to the county predicts 427 trips per day to the site.
6. The site will have 25 employees.
7. 99% of people will not see the landfill.
8. The facility will utilize a clay slurry wall liner.
9. They will mix sewage slurry and yard waste for composting.
10. They will recover methane gas from the site.
11. The site will withstand 18 inches of rain.
12. The site will have two fences for litter
containment.
13. They plan to process waste from North Port and other entities.

There are two meetings taking place before the Public Hearing. The first meeting of opposition landowners and effected parties is this Sunday 4:00 pm at Williams Farms Hunting Lodge off Neal Road at Highway 31.

The second meeting is at the Wyvern Hotel in Punta Gorda at 9:00 am. Monday.

Please email dbogle@tboglelaw.com for further details.
Fred Hill

Charlotte, NC

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#8
Sep 8, 2012
 
Waxler states it won't effect anyone in the area however she didn't ask me or anyone else that just found out about the proposed landfill. Everyone I have spoken with that lives in the area is very upset. The last thing I want to do is go out on my ranch and smell garbage and deal with more trucks on roads that are already too busy with all the mining in the area. I don't believe that Waxsler, or any of the principals in the proposed landfill would want to have their children driving on these roads with all the additional trucks. I am also certain that when they went home or to their special little getaways that they would not want to sit on there porch and smell garbage. It's all about the money, not what the county needs and it's surely not what the people that live or have property out there want. It is not in the 2050 plan. It is inside the Critical Wildlife Corridor. It is very close to the State Babcock Ranch. A landfill in this area is WRONG.
Chris Geller

Santa Monica, CA

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#9
Sep 15, 2012
 
I find it very interesting that despite the fact that the zoning staff and ag board voted against the landfill for all the right reasons; yet the inside information is that it still may pass at the Commissioner's meeting. How can that be? Why is it that Bob Starr is the only commissioner that stands up for what is right for the growers, ranchers and the entire community. I sure would love to see some independent news reporter go digging into that issue to see why there are any commissioners in favor of a landfill after the zoning people have the good sense to unanimously turn it down. The negatives from this landfill project FAR exceed the revenues or jobs that could come to the community. Smells like pure greed is mixed in there with the foul odor of garbage.

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#11
Sep 26, 2012
 
Calusa Green, LLC's attorney and investor Geri Waksler of Port Charlotte was issued a Public Reprimand by the Florida Bar Association for failing to adequately safeguard her client's funds held in her law firm's trust account. See Florida Bar news dated 3/22/2011 case number 200910429.
The missing funds were 2 million dollars that she was unable to pay upon demand by her clients. Ms. Waksler agreed to pay back 55% of the funds from future earnings.
While it is evident from the case notes the missing money was due to a dishonest employee, Mrs. Waksler has a lot of money to pay back.
Our community should consider her motivations for earning big money on this landfill venture where she is both the spokesperson attorney and an investor. Is she willing to sell out our county as a regional dump in order to pay back the stolen money that she is on the hook for?
SW Florida Landowner

Punta Gorda, FL

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#12
Oct 2, 2012
 
Charlotte County Citizens,

NBC Television Channel 2 will air a story on the landfill at 5:30 pm October 2, 2012 (today).

Tune in to hear what is going on!

To join the opposition and prevent this kind of activity in the future, go to:

www.stop calusagreen.com
Concerned Citizen

Sarasota, FL

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#13
Oct 13, 2012
 
Same old Charlotte County good ole boy network. These guys will get what they want- watch out! They have close ties with County Commissioners and politicians at state level. The whole deal stinks of corruption. These money grubbing, self-serving, smile in your face users will do ANYTHING for money.
NAVRETRD

Punta Gorda, FL

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#14
Oct 21, 2012
 
No way not in my back yard, what is their alturnitive
Ken Minor

North Port, FL

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#16
Oct 21, 2012
 
I live in North Port, so I have no direct role to play in the ongoing Old Timers Vs. New Citizens of Punta Gorda. Why voice my opinion, then? Most of us know that "Old Timer" land owners exist all over the world--like warts on a modern girl's face. Since they "arbitarily" ruled their "land" for many generations, it's hard to relinquish that power. I think we all understand that. I think, however, all of us equally understand that power changes hands with economic changes to an environment. Landowners are replaced with corporate owners--and still citizens suffer from an arrogant attitude of dictorial rule--however gently disguised it may be. Landowners, your idea is a bad one. Work it out through the city, county, state, and nation. Then it will become a citizen's project--not a landowner's play toy. I vote NO on the proposed plan--and I don't even live in that area. Why am I concerned? For two reasons:(1) It's another bullied shaft to local citizenry--and (2) I have a daughter and family living in the Punta Gorda area. What also bothers me is that, if it happens in Punta Gorda, it can also happen in North Port. Then, my feathers will really need settling.... Ken Minor, North Port, FL
robert pettigrew

Cape Coral, FL

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#17
Oct 24, 2012
 
commissioner stop landfill in middle of our water supply drinking water that is we need to stay healthy and our produce farms needs good water so help us out a voter
Tim Fitzpatrick

Punta Gorda, FL

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#18
Nov 17, 2012
 
Stop Landfill before it happens. We do not need another Landfill for other counties garbage. Let each counties treat there own garbage.
Punta Gorda Resident

Hollywood, FL

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#19
Dec 6, 2012
 
No landfill is ever safe...don't be fooled. Landfills often have pipes designed to route and collect leachate to keep it from contaminating ground water (which can become your tap water). However, even the best collection systems and landfill liners inevitably deteriorate and leak, according to the EPA:

"No liner ... can keep all liquids out of the ground for all time. Eventually liners will either degrade, tear, or crack and will allow liquids to migrate out of the unit. Some have argued that liners are devices that provide a perpetual seal against any migration from a waste management unit. EPA has concluded that the more reasonable assumption, based on what is known about the pressures placed on liners over time, is that any liner will begin to leak eventually."
If and when a landfill does leak, toxins are allowed to escape directly into the environment, where they can contaminate air, water and soil.

Studies have shown possible increased risks of certain types of cancer, including bladder, brain and leukemia, among people who live near landfills.

Further, a study by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine also found that babies born to mothers who live near landfills have a greater risk of birth defects.
Punta Gorda part time res

Hollywood, FL

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#20
Dec 15, 2012
 
I think a landfill in that area would just add to the destruction already occuring. I agree with the resident claiming all the dangers associated with the risks to release toxins. Each county should deal with their own discards. The hole idea stinks!
Charlotte County Resident

Punta Gorda, FL

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#21
Jan 1, 2013
 
Who is this Company American Citrus?

American Citrus and it's Principle Henry Lang from Chicago:

Henry Lang was employed in various capacities at Home Juice from the early 1970's onward. He became Home Juice's president in 1978 after his father-in-law's death. In 1982 he formed American Citrus for the purpose of acquiring 100% of the shares of Home Juice, which were owned by his father-in-law's estate. Lang has been American Citrus's chief executive officer and principle shareholder ever since.

From 1982 to 1998, American Citrus conducted its business as the Home Juice Company. In 1998, Lang sold American Citrus's assets, including the Home Juice trade name,to National Beverage Company.

AMERICAN CITRUS WAS SUED ON ADULTERATION CLAIMS AT LEAST FOUR TIMES-FOR UNFAIR COMPETITION IN 1988, 1989, 1990 AND FOR CONSUMER FRAUD IN 1993.

Source: JPM Law, Chicago
Ellie

Punta Gorda, FL

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#22
Jan 3, 2013
 
Fred Hill wrote:
We are putting a large group together to fight this. We are having a meeting Monday, we all agree that this CANNOT happen. Five hundred more trucks per day on 31 and 74 already very dangerous roads due to heavy truck traffic. Additional concerns are possible water contamination to that area and possibly to Punta Gorda, huge loss of land value to surrounding properties. This area is made up of pristine cattle ranches, citrus growers, other agricultural farming, along with abundance of wildlife and endangered species. Calusa Green, LLC is trying quietly to slip this by. This should be a great concern to all Charlotte and Desoto county residences.
Please contact all county commissioners before Tuesday, January 8th, 2013. They will be voting at 2PM.
Contact all commissioners at : bcc@charlottefl.com

Urge them to vote NO on the plan amendment to allow a landfill in East Lee County. We already have a landfill in Charlotte County for our waste, we don't want investors to make money by further polluting our natural areas by allowing other counties to use Charlotte County as their dump.

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