A Valuable Mineral Mine in Opa-Locka?!?!?

 

I’m a bit perplexed as to what the hell Miami Today is referring to when they claim that a mine at the Opa-Locka airport can provide enough revenue to help cover cost overruns at MIA. The preliminary estimates claim that as much as $300-600 million in profits can generated in the mine’s lifetime. This sounds kind of wacky. It could be I’ve been out of the loop on this, but what’s next, panning for gold in the Miami River to pay for operational overages at the PAC? There is one critical bit of information the Miami Today article left out. What rock or mineral is so valuable as to be mined? Is it diamond, marble, emerald, coral stone? What is it? You would think that critical piece of information would not be left out, but it was. Does the County think residents are going to infiltrate the area and take matters into their own hands with picks and drills? If taxpayer funds are going to finance the operation, I want to know what friggin stone is being mined!

The idea is that the county should run the mine. Is there a precedent for this anywhere else in the country? I assume there might be, but I haven’t heard of one. Given the project’s unprecedented nature and local gvernment’s lack of mining operational experience, I’m not convinced that the county can effectively and efficiently run it, yet I don’t a want private company usurping control neither. It’ll be interesting to see how this whole situation will play out.

 

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4 responses to “A Valuable Mineral Mine in Opa-Locka?!?!?

  1. nonee moose

    they refer to a rock mine. for rocks. like those found in commissioner’s heads. the rocks are used to make cement, gravel, and other materials for construction of roads and such.

    you are right to doubt the government can do anything effectively and efficiently, especially something that can be found competitively.

    panning for gold? hey it beats a bake sale. county officials are rumored to be spectacularly bad cooks.

  2. They might bake better than they administrate though. How about putting the commissioners in a dunk tank or even pies in the face for funds? Considering the widespread discontent, lots of money could be raised. In any case, thank you for the clarification Nonee. Let me know if you hear about a local government bake sale. I’d like to see if the rumors are true.

  3. gimleye

    for further information on this topic, read “They must have rocks in their heads” at eyeonmiami.blogspot.com

  4. Thanks gimleteye. Great article! I had no idea that there was such a long history of rock mining in the region and that it is such a secretive industry. I think your proposal is a solid one.

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