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DeSoto denies Mosaic

By CRAIG GARRETT

ARCADIAN EDITOR

Talk about a change in momentum.

Within minutes of what seemed like slam dunk, Mosaic Fertilizer staff and consultants were left wondering what’s next.

After two days of emotional testimony in support of and against phosphate mining in the county’s rural back reaches, the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners late Wednesday voted to deny the Fortune 500 firm its application to rezone some 14,000 acres from agriculture to industrial mining. It appeared things were moving in the opposite direction, when Commissioner Elton Langford began questioning the impact mining would have on neighbors and the county overall.

“We’re not (building) a convenience store,” Langford said in concluding remarks that followed nearly 12 hours of input from the public and Mosaic on rezoning. “It’s a mine.

DeSoto County commissioner Elton Langford, right, was congratulated for leading the effort to deny rezoning to Mosaic Fertilizer on Wednesday. To Langford’s right is Commissioner Terry Hill, who voted in the minority. Mosaic could refile its application in the near future.

SUN PHOTO BY CRAIG GARRETT

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