It’ll be the first legal battle to Lee Plan’s Limerock Mining Overlay, which prevents new mines from operating along Corkscrew Road, as opposed to assigning future mining operations in the Alico Road area. The overlay, known to be Map 14, was taken in 2010 and completely deployed in February 2012 after winning a legal battle.
FFD and Troyer Brothers Evacuation were denied mines from the Map 14 restrictions, but multiple mining applications have been shot down in the DR/GR before as the county was reviewing the long range mining vision.
At present, the county is being sued by Estero Group, Ltd., based on an Inverse Condemnation claim for a denied mine application back in 2008. Another firm, GolfRock LLC, is looking for a declaratory judgment against the county, making room for a future suit regarding its mine application in 2005.
Both groups are active in lobbying for environmental matters in Florida and have testified against FFD on its rezoning hearing. They also showed support for the county on its defensive stand of the overlay map.