Is there an echo in here? Yes, my friends, there is.
In this space last week The Press’ publisher Jim McGauley called on the county commission to exercise due diligence in evaluating the two sand mining proposals it delayed taking action on until August.
That’s great advice considering how much water the mines intend to use. Water is a public resource and perhaps the most important natural resource behind the air we breath.
But here’s why I would go even further, and say the county should hire this independent third-party engineer, that the mining companies have so generously pledged to pay for. Commissioners would be wise to ensure this expert digs deeper (pardon the pun) than the St. Johns River Water Management District appears to be going with its permitting process.