Manatee Planning Commission OKs Mosaic’s plan to extend phosphate mine

MANATEE -- A plan to extend a phosphate mine over 661 acres of East Manatee today won preliminary approval from the Manatee County Planning Commission.

Commission members heard a presentation from the applicant, Mosaic Fertilizers, LLC, and from a few opponents, before voting uanimously in favor of two resolutions that will allow an extension of the Wingate Creek Mine, west of Duette Road and north of State Road 64.

Mosaic, among the world’s leading makers of phosphate and potash crop nutrients, is seeking a master plan authorizing mining and reclamation; a waiver of the setback requirement for mining adjacent to the county’s Duette Preserve; approval of a build-out date for mining of Dec. 31, 2019, and reclamation until Dec. 31, 2023; and rezoning of 645.9 acres west of Duette Road and north of State Road 64, according to county records. The Manatee County Commission is slated to make the final decision at 9 a.m., Feb. 2 at the County Administrative Center.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031.