In the January 21, 2016 edition of the Union County Times, a handful of Union and Bradford County Families announced their intent to join together in a multi-million dollar industrial venture of mining for phosphate deposits buried underneath some 3600 acres in southeastern Union County and 3800 acres in southwestern Bradford County. This new venture became known as HPS Enterprises.
After two months of debate, including a Town Hall style meeting held by HPS Enterprises, the Union County Board of County Commissioners voted to issue a moratorium for accepting new mining permits for a period of one year on April 17, 2016. This moratorium was extended for an additional year at the January 17, 2017 by vote of the county commission.
The moratorium was put in place to enable the Union County Board of County Commissioners to work with agencies such as the North Florida Regional Planning Council, to review and update the county’s land use regulations.
On July 28, 2017, HPS Enterprises submitted an application for development approval in the form of a mining master plan to Union County. On August 21, 2017 at their regular monthly meeting, the Union County Commissioners voted to reject the application, which was submitted even with a moratorium in place.
On August 30, 2017, the Union County Board of County Commissioners Office received a notice from Hopping, Green and Sams, the law firm that represents HPS Enterprises. The law firm notified the county that they are requesting relief under the Florida Land Use and Environmental Dispute Resolution Act, Section 70.51 Florida Statute.
The full letter can be viewed here:
Hopping Green and Sams