This morning, a few dozen protesters gathered outside the Sarasota County Administration Building at 1660 Ringling Boulevard in advance of the Public Hearing on Petition 17-01 by TST Ventures, LLC.
As the hearing got underway, County staff made two overflow rooms available to accommodate all the attendees who gathered to witness, and possibly speak during, today’s public hearing.
For live updates throughout the day, we recommend following Zach Murdock from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, who will be tweeting throughout the day:
— Zach Murdock (@zach_murdock) August 23, 2017
Additionally, this story has been published on the Herald-Tribune website and will be updated periodically today.
Our official Twitter account will also publish occasional updates today:
Question from Commissioner Detert: what could Mr. Gabbert do on the property if we deny all of this today? A: One unit per 10 acres.
— Celery Fields (@CeleryFieldsSRQ) August 23, 2017
Supporters of Save Our Celery Fields will gather from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the corner of Palmer Boulevard and Apex Road, the site of the proposed facility for recycling construction and demolition debris.
Groups plans Saturday protest of recycling plant near Celery Fields
by Zach Murdock, Staff Writer
This story announces the rally planned for Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 10am was published online on Wednesday, August 16th and appeared on the front page of the August 17, 2017 print edition of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
This morning, hosts Bob Connors and Tom Walker invited Tom Matrullo from Citizens for Sarasota County and David Johnson from CeleryFields.org to join them on the Peace and Justice Report for a segment on the Celery Fields and the upcoming hearing before the Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners.
To listen, visit the Peace & Justice Report page on the WSLR website and look for the August 16, 2017 episode. The segment on the Celery Fields begins at approximately 36:10 into the episode.
Tom Matrullo shared a significant chunk of useful information. Check out his work on the Citizens for Sarasota County site for more: http://sarasotavision2050.blogspot.com/
Join us this Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 10am for a community rally to protest Petition 17-01 to build a construction- & demolition-debris processing facility on Celery Fields lands.
The rally will be held at the corner of Apex Road & Palmer Boulevard in Sarasota, just west of the entrance to the Celery Fields parking area.
Share this event on Facebook here (and RSVP if you’re thinking about joining us!).
About this Threat to the Celery Fields
Local developer James Gabbert plans to combine 3 adjoining properties in order to build a facility to process construction and demolition debris and yard waste with concrete crushers, wood chippers, and dozens of inbound and outbound truckloads per day of waste. The combined properties will be bigger than 16 football fields and will operate 6 days per week, starting at 7AM.
This property threatens the Celery Fields with:
- NOISE – Concrete crushers produce substantial amounts of noise, as do wood chippers. If this project is approved, both will be in use on this property—just a few feet away from Sarasota’s beloved bird habitat. Additionally, trucks containing loads of yard waste, construction and demolition debris, will be entering and exiting the property 6 days per week, adding significantly to the noise levels
- POLLUTION – Crushing concrete releases silica particulates into the air, which are damaging to the lungs and respiratory system. Imagine what this will do to the birds! The developer plans to control this by spraying it with water, which will produce runoff into the Celery Fields Regional Stormwater Facility which was built at a cost of over $24 Million to protect the Phillippi Creek Stormwater Basin. Water in this system feeds directly into the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, pesticides, insecticides and other harmful chemicals from yard waste, as well as other substances from demolition debris (remember Chinese drywall?) will also end up in this critical water supply
- TRAFFIC – Roads like Palmer Boulevard and Apex Road, already suffering from overuse, will be clogged with trucks entering and exiting this property. Remember, 600 new homes are being built at the east end of Palmer Boulevard in the new development. We already experience long wait times trying to leave our neighborhoods or the Celery Fields on Palmer Boulevard. We can’t handle more industrial traffic as well!
- PROPERTY VALUES – Already Realtors® are expressing hesitancy on the part of buyers due to the potential for this project to be constructed. This means homes will stay on the market longer and sell for less than they would without this project.
In short: there are better places in Sarasota County to handle the recycling of construction and demolition debris and yard waste. Next door to this beautiful eco-tourism attraction and bird habitat is not a good place for this activity!
Let Your Voice Be Heard
Call or write your County Commissioner and let them know how you feel about this petition!
Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners: (941) 861-5344
- Michael A. Moran (District 1) email@example.com
- Paul Caragiulo, Chair (District 2) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nancy C. Detert, Vice-Chair (District 3) email@example.com
- Alan Maio (District 4) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Charles D. Hines (District 5) email@example.com
This Monday, WMNF’s Seán Kinane interviewed Adrien Lucas and Luigi Verace on Midpoint about their efforts to stop the approval of a construction and demolition debris processing facility near’s Sarasota’s beloved Celery Fields.
The wide-ranging interview covers a lot ground and provides a useful overview of the issues surrounding the petition, including the upcoming meeting before the Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners on August 23rd.
WMNF has posted an archive of the interview on their website that’s worth listening to and sharing!
I can’t help but wonder if any commissioner will bother to ask what I’m wondering: Which county management types were behind this effort to give that plant the exclusive inside track, and why?
Lyons: Why so much county welcome for such an unwanted neighbor?
Tom Lyons, Columnist
Published July 10, 2017
The Sarasota County Commission is setting aside an entire day on Aug. 23 to consider controversial plans for a proposed recycling facility near the Celery Fields.
Special hearing set for recycling center near Celery Fields
by Zach Murdock, Staff Writer
Published online June 23, 2017
In a coup that surprised even leaders of the opposition against the project, the Sarasota County Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend the denial of the planned construction and demolition debris recycling center at the corner of Palmer Boulevard and Apex Road near the popular wildlife and recreation area.
Planning Commission sides with protesters against recycling facility
by Zach Murdock, Staff Writer
Published online Thursday, June 1, 2017 during the Planning Commission hearing that day in which Commissioners voted unanimously to recommend denial of Petition 17-01 TST Ventures, LLC, and in print the following day.