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Fearful of Oldcastle suit costs

If Oldcastle Southern Group ultimately sues Baker County for denying the company’s application for a sand mining permit it won’t happen until 2014 after the holiday season ends. Meanwhile, attempts to reach a compromise and settle the issue may continue, officials said this week.

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County is awaiting Oldcastle proposal

By Thanksgiving, county officials should have the latest proposal from Oldcastle Southern Group for its request to mine sand in southeastern Baker County, following a 30-day adjournment of a mediation hearing that had been scheduled in an attempt to resolve an ongoing dispute over the issue and avoid litigation.
So far, the county and Oldcastle remain far apart on any agreement that would permit sand mining for decades. But the mediation process, which was initiated after the county commission denied the company a mining permit in July, has not run its course. Read More »

Oldcastle, county on the road to impasse?

A special magistrate charged with mediating a dispute between Oldcastle Southern Group and the county commission over the issue of sand mining suspended the procedings on the afternoon of October 29 with an order given to both sides.

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Oldcastle mediation scheduled Oct. 29

A South Florida lawyer will serve as a special magistrate in a mediation hearing on October 29 pitting Oldcastle Southern Group against the county commission for rejecting the company’s sand mining proposal in April following months of protests lodged by local citizens groups.

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