Gilchrist County Commissioners are considering whether to approve a proposal to build a water bottling plant on the Santa Fe River. But they are facing opposition from residents who are speaking out tonight at the meeting.
The Gilchrist County Planning Commission voted to turn down the proposal.The company wants to withdraw hundreds of thousands of gallons of water from the river, bottle it, and sell it. but the full Commission has the final say... and they are hearing from residents tonight.
Blue Springs Properties did not reaveal how much they would profit from what their lawyer estimates to be a 25 million dollar investment in the factory.
The plant would pump a minimum of 500,000 gallons of water a day. Lawyers say this project would create up to 200 jobs.
"It's going to bring a tax base to this county its needed its going to bring close to an estimate of 3/4 of a million dollars in taxes and intangible taxes that's much needed in this county... Its in need of extra funds."
"Opposition says they are not happy with the plant being built in this area there's a number of environmental factors to consider such as the pine trees right behind me or shortages of water coming from Blue Springs"
At last report, the meeting is still taking place, and that means the final answer that everyone wants to hear is still uncertain.
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