In another sign of a strengthening economy, CEMEX’s local operations-which have been a cornerstone of Brooksville’s local economy for generations-are soon set to expand. The company’s proposed plan, which would secure over 350 local jobs for two decades, recently drew supportive letters from two important Brooksville community institutions.
After studying CEMEX’s extension plans, Bayfront Health and Spring Hill African American Cemetery Trust-both of which are nearby CEMEX’s proposed operations area-issued supportive letters about the project.
James P. Morris, Regional Environmental Manager for CEMEX in Hernando County, expressed appreciation for both institutions taking the time to study the plan.
“The expansion secures hundreds of good jobs and provides cost-effective construction materials for Florida’s schools, hospitals and homes,” said Morris. “We’re grateful to Bayfront Health and Spring Hill African American Cemetery for touring our facility and sitting down with us to learn more about the plan.”
In their letter, which was addressed to Morris, Bayfront Health’s CEO, Kenneth Wicker, assured local residents that CEMEX’s planned extension “will not impact our daily operations.” He went on to explain that “the vibration levels […] are well below the maximum state vibration limit” and wished CEMEX good luck on the endeavor.
Spring Hill African American Cemetery Trust, Inc. expressed similar sentiments in a letter to the Hernando County Board of Commissioners.
After visiting with CEMEX’s scientists and engineers, touring its Brooksville Quarry and observing a lime rock blast conducted during normal operations, the cemetery determined the ground vibrations were “barely discernable” and “clearly not strong enough to have any material adverse effect on grave sites,” wrote cemetery President, James H. Hall. In his letter, Hall directly addressed concerns that CEMEX’s work would affect the cemetery, saying those “concerns have been alleviated.”
“This plan protects the environment, preserves our quality-of-life and secures high-paying American jobs right here in Hernando County,” said Morris. “It’s an all-around win for Hernando County.”
To read the letter from Bayfront Health, click here.
To read the letter from Spring Hill African American Cemetery Trust, click here.