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Michigan company buys 78 acres for $1.9-million

The land is approved for a dirt mine and landfill. The new owners have debris management and rock crushing businesses in Florida.

By CHASE SQUIRES

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 19, 2001


DADE CITY -- Seventy-eight acres of grazing land and orange groves east of Dade City that was rezoned last year for a dirt mine and a landfill sold last week for nearly $1.9-million, according to county records.

Angelo's Aggregate Materials of Warren, Mich., bought the land off, Auton Road at the Enterprise Road intersection, from Dade City's Sid Larkin & Son real estate and orange grove corporation, a deed recorded in county files shows.

Company president Jon Larkin II last year obtained permission from Pasco County to operate a dirt mine on the property, with approval to remove 4.6-million cubic yards of sand from the mine over 35 years. The approval also allowed Larkin to bring in 8.2-million cubic yards of construction waste and debris at 500 tons per day.

But on April 12, records show, Larkin's company sold the land to the Michigan company, which operates various enterprises throughout Florida, including debris management in Largo, Jasper and Jacksonville and rock crushing in Inverness.

Angelo's Aggregate's president, Dominic Iafrate, did not return a call for comment Wednesday. His secretary said that no one else at the company could discuss the purchase. Iafrate's signature is on the sale document.

The property is listed in county records as grazing land and orange groves. The land is adjacent to the old Pasco County landfill off Auton Road. The landfill has been used recently only for debris and as a backup when the county incinerator was malfunctioning.

Pasco development official Cindy Jolly said once the landfill and mining permit has been issued, changing the operator in the case of a land sale is a small matter of paperwork.

According to the county permit, the mine and landfill can be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. six days a week. It must be closed on Sundays and county holidays. The mine could operate around the clock if it is providing dirt for a county or Florida Department of Transportation contract.

The permit allows for a maximum of 68 truck trips a day, with access from Enterprise Road off Old Lakeland Highway, also known as County Road 35A.

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