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Cemex Operation in Florida Up for Vote

According to the Orlando Business Journal, the vote on Cemex’s proposed Four Points Sand Mine in Clermont, Fla., has been pushed back to May 21.

The project, which is designed to turn 1,200 acres of vacant farm land into a surface mine, has drawn criticism because it is right in the center of the master-planned Health & Wellness Way.

The sand mine would take $8 million to $12 million to construct, and would generate $4.7 million in economic impact.

The Lake County Planning and Zoning Board voted 3-2 to approve the project April 3. County commissioners were scheduled to vote April 23, but the meeting has been pushed back.

Cemex would like to start operations in 2014 and extract reserves for an estimated 27 years. “We believe [the application] meets all the criteria and there isn’t a basis for denial,” said Sara Engdahl, communications director for Cemex USA.

Cemex would invest $8-12 million to build the mine, a scale house, office and plant. The project would create 25 construction jobs, 15 indirect jobs and 12 permanent jobs, said a study by Orlando-based Fishkind & Associates Inc.