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...