MANATEE -- Manatee County commissioners today denied a concrete company’s request to rezone 4 1/2 acres for a prooposed concrete batch plant.
The commissioners’ rejection was greeted by a round of applause from a standing-room only crowd of neighbors, most of whom wore green shirts in opposition to Tarmac America LLC’s request.
The company wanted the county to rezone the site at 6520 33rd St. E. from light manufacturing to heavy manufacturing. Doing so would have allowed the company to seek county approval for the batch plant, where cement, sand, gravel and water is loaded onto mixing trucks for delivery.
But neighbors who opposed the request cited a litany of concerns about the potential plant, ranging from increased truck traffic to potential health problems caused by escaping silica dust.
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It was the second time the county has rebuffed Tarmac’s efforts to put a plant in Manatee. Commissioners rejected a similar proposal along Lena Road in 2004.
Read Friday’s Bradenton Herald for the complete story.