Blasting to start Monday near Parkland

Blasting will begin Monday just a half mile from upscale Heron Bay.

David Barron Land Development, Inc. of Fort Myers sent the county a memo that blasting will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and be completed by Dec. 31. The land is in unincorporated Broward County, just near Parkland.

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Parkland city commissioners said the area is a rock quarry owned by WCI which is leasing it to the mining company to dig up limestone with explosives.

“They’re blasting to get to the natural resources and use it,” said Commissioner Jared Moskowitz.

Moskowitz said WCI will eventually turn the pit into a lake and build new homes in the area. Plans haven’t yet been submitted to City Hall “but we expect they will,” he said.

WCI and David Barron officials could not be reached for comment Friday.

“None of us are happy about it,” said Commissioner John Willis. “I don’t like the idea of doing anything that’s a nuisance to people in the northwest part of Heron Bay. I don’t know if they’re going to hear it, but if they do, it’ll be a nuisance.”

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