Mar-June 2006 Archive:
|May 12, 2006
More Dump Truck Wrecks on Corkscrew - On Tuesday morning May
9th, two accidents involving dump trucks occurred on Corkscrew Road.
The first occurred around 5:41 AM at the intersection of Alico and
Corkscrew. The second accident happened around 6:00 AM about one
mile west of the Country Store where Estero High students waited for
their school bus. Two dump trucks were involved. Traffic was stopped
for hours in both directions. It's unknown at this time whether
there were injuries in either incident. We'll edit this entry as
more info is available.
Corkscrew resident Mark Hansen provided us
with photos of the second wreck which can be
|May 3, 2006
Cause of Six L's brush fire determined - Corkscrew neighbor
Becky Reisen, whose husband is Lieutenant with the Estero Fire
Department, reported that the source of yesterday's brush fire was a
horse manure compost pile. Given the right conditions, compost can
reach temperatures high enough to catch fire, especially in dry
No injuries or structural damage occurred. Many thanks to
the Estero Fire Dept., State Dept of Forestry, and other local
agencies for responding quickly to contain the blaze.
|May 2, 2006
Update: Fire under control - The
News-Press reports that the fire is under control as of around
4:15 PM. The fire consumed about 5 acres and 5 homes were evacuated.
Brush fire west of Six-L's Farm Road
threatens homes - A brush fire, reported at around 1:30PM
today is threatening several homes on the west side Six L's Farm
Road. Residents of four homes have been told to evacuate, but the
residents have refused to leave.
Firefighters have told homeowners to turn on their sprinkler systems
and to douse their homes with water. The Division of Forestry has
sent a tractor to the area and a helicopter is carrying water to the
fire. There are twelve units and 30 firefighters on scene battling
the blaze. (info from
|April 27, 2006
Map of Corkscrew Excavation
Phasing Plan - the largest of three current mining
applications proposes to mine 1,062 of the total 1,350 acres. The
mine master concept plan shows about 100 acres mined each year over
the course of 10 years, resulting in a 1,062 acre pit with existing
wetlands remaining as islands in the pit. The mine entrance and
industrial equipment area will be located less than 1/4 mile east of
Burgundy Farms Road. See map
for details. (PDF 171k)
|April 27, 2006
Map showing new Corkscrew Road
mining applications - click image for larger view.
Not all land grabbed by developers - Opportunities to
preserve land in south Lee County shrink for Conservation 20/20
program. Article by Denise L. Scott - Ft. Myers News-Press
Map of Lee County
Conservation 20-20 Lands - (large file warning - 1.3 MB in
Acrobat PDF format)
|April 25, 2006
Third Corkscrew Road mining application confirmed - On
12/29/2005, Lee County DCD received an application from Golf Rock
LLC to rezone 255.2 acres from Agricultural to Rural Planned
Development for excavation on 144.8 acres to a depth of 150
feet with an expected duration of 10 years. After mining, the
property will be developed with 24 single-family residences.
Blasting is proposed.
This application, along with Estero Group
IPD and Corkscrew Excavation, has not been found sufficient by
county staff for public hearings at this time.
|April 24, 2006
Corkscrew Neighbors establish community information line - Bill
and Jim Lytell have set up a dedicated phone line for information
about the proposed mining operations. They will keep the information
up to date and will respond to those who call. The number is
948-3002. Please share this with neighbors and friends who don't
have access to Internet & email.
|April 17, 2006
Residents gear up again to
fight mining - "The life of a mining operation can span
several decades. At age 54, Bill Lytell doesn't have that kind of
time. But his grandchildren will." Article by
Jessie Bonner, Bonita News
|April 16, 2006
The Lee County Department of
Community Development (DCD) maintains an online database of
zoning applications. The application for the project owned by
Resource Conservation Holdings, LLC is named "Corkscrew Excavation".
view the permit status here.
The application by Estero Group
Limited - named "Estero Group IPD" - was determined to be
"insufficient" by DCD staff. The applicant has 60 days from the date
of determination to correct and resubmit the application. The status
of that application can be found
|April 15, 2006
Groundwater Resource & Mining Study
A draft report of the "Groundwater
Resource & Mining Study" is available via the Lee County DCD
website. The final report was due to be released in March 2006.
In June, 2003, Lee Commissioners directed staff to commission a
study of the water and mineral resources in lands designated as DRGR
(Density Reduction Groundwater Recharge).
Interest in the study rose at that time as Lee County sought to
amend the Land Development Code as it applied to mining. As mining
regulations were tightened, a
staff-produced map showing where mining should be allowed was
dropped for lack of documentation and concern by residents that
their voices would be silenced if the map was accepted. Residents
opposed to mining operations near their homes and mining interests
called for fresh information.
The study was awarded to consultant Greg Rawl, Professional
Geologist. Assessments made by the study will be used by the County
in future planning decisions.
|April 6, 2006
Here we go again
off your boxing gloves friends and neighbors - the latest "Gold
Rush" to industrialize Corkscrew Road has begun.
More than two years have passed since Westwind Corkscrew Mine
withdrew their zoning amendment to mine to 95 feet. Now, at least
two rezoning applications for new mining permits on Corkscrew Road
have been submitted to the Lee County Department of Community
- Resource Conservation Holdings, LLC proposes to mine
a 1,365 acre site to a depth of 20 feet.
- Estero Group Limited proposes to mine a 318 acre site
to a depth of 95 feet.
Both operations will utilize Corkscrew Road for transport of
their excavated material.
Many residents of the East Corkscrew Road Rural Community are
concerned about the effects of increased mining activity on their
health and safety, quality of life, the aesthetics of their land and
surrounding land, property values, truck traffic, noise, lights,
dust, potential pollution and other nuisances, as well as damage to
the fragile ecosystem that many of us prize in southeast Lee County.
How can you help?
Countering a threat to our community's safety and quality of life
requires commitment. Of course, the most important commitment needed
is your time and energy; for meetings, letter writing, information
gathering, communicating, and for participating in the
decision-making process. Time off from work to participate in these
activities will be costly for many of us, and that is appreciated by
No hearing dates have been set at this time. In the near
future, we will schedule a neighborhood meeting to discuss our
options and strategies to oppose the increase in mining activity on
What can you do?
- Stay tuned to this website for news and updates.
- Sign up for the “neighbors” mailing
list if you support our efforts and are a residential land
owner east of the Alico-Corkscrew intersection in the East
Corkscrew Road Rural Community / Corkscrew Settlement.
- Sign up for the “friends” mailing
list if you live in other areas and support our efforts to
stop expanded mining on East Corkscrew Road.
If you are already subscribed to the neighbors or friends
mailing lists, but your e-mail address has changed since
November 2003, please send your new address to me at
email@example.com so that I can update the list.
- Communicate with your neighbors about the proposed mines,
about this website, and about ways we can work together to
preserve the community that we value. Share your ideas via the
mailing lists above.
What will it cost?
It's not clear at this time what the financial costs will be,
however it's likely they will be significant. Winning these battles
will require legal representation, and testimony from expert
witnesses. We've got good people "in the trenches" that will work
out the details, but they can't foot the entire bill. We'll discuss
ways to coordinate contributions and provide accounting for those
that can contribute when we meet in the near future.
I'll be busy over the next few days updating and reorganizing
this website. If you come across news or other info you'd like to
share, or notice errors on the site, please let me know by emailing
|March 29, 2006
Letter from Corkscrew neighbors Bill and Jim Lytell
in opposition to the latest mining application was recently mailed
and hand-delivered to Corkscrew Road residents by Jim Lytell. In
case you didn't receive a copy, you can
read it here.