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Caroline Co. panel turns down Vulcan mine request

Amid applause from the audience the Caroline County Planning Commission last week turned down the proposed Vulcan sand and gravel mining operation along the Rappahannock River that had aroused the objections of many King George County residents in the Hopyard and Berry Plains neighborhoods.

The commission tabled a special exception permit to the county’s comprehensive plan and, with a 3-t0-1 vote, then recommended that that the Caroline Board of Supervisors deny  Vulcan Materials Co.’s request for a permit  to the mine sand and some  gravel  on 372 acres of the Black Marsh

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Proposed Vulcan mine draws fire

King George, Caroline residents speak out to Planning Commission

Black Marsh Farm owner Albert Wachtmeister says he wants to be a good neighbor to the Caroline and King George County communities, but also feels he should be able to enjoy the benefits of what he understands to be the “American Dream.”

“I moved away from a socialistic country to get this freedom,” said the Swedish national. “Socialism is no good … I should be able to do what I want to do with my own property.”

A majority of Caroline and King George residents feel otherwise. At least, that was the sentiments expressed before the Caroline County Planning Commission last week as they voiced overwhelming opposition to Wachtmeister’s bid for a special exception to the Caroline Comprehensive Plan to turn 372 acres of his tree nursery over to the Vulcan

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