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Coal Ash Controversy Affects Lake Wales

Candidates Spar Over Impact, Transparency


Last updated 5/27/2019 at 12:03pm

One hundred thousand tons of coal ash being hauled from Puerto Rico to a Central Florida landfill have resulted in a raging controversy that affects Lake Wales, as a candidate tied to the project seeks to represent the city in the Florida House.

The coal-ash controversy led to more than an hour of agitated public comments at a recent County Commission meeting in Osceola County. At that meeting Commissioner Fred Hawkins Jr. found himself the target of much of the ire.

Hawkins, who is seeking the District 42 Florida House seat that includes most of southeast Polk, abstained from the April 1 v...

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Reader Comments(1)

Tweedy2020 writes:

The local residents need to be aware of the political practices of Fred Hawkins, Jr. aka Fred Hawkins running for HD42 in your area. He has hurt the residents of Osceola County in so many different ways - Coal Ash from Puerto Rico, he fought for higher taxes, he’s overdeveloped our County with his friends building projects, he’s heavily involved with ruining our conservation area “Split Oak”, we are in a mess with traffic issues and no other access routes to take. Definitely study up on him before you vote in 2020. You will be quite surprised when you see all of the problems he has caused here for so many people - elderly, families and children. Osceola County is ready for a definite change!


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