Orange County homeowners fight construction of concrete crushing plant



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A group of Orange County homeowners is fighting to keep a new business from moving into their back yards.

They’re worried a new concrete crushing plant will ruin their quiet neighborhood, and the noise is just part of the problem.

“Your have children out there playing and when you crush concrete you produce a lot of toxins,” said resident Charles Jeffrey.

The area near Colonial Drive and Forsyth Road was approved by Orange County commissioners for construction and residents said they heard about the approval this month.

Crews have already cleared out the piece of land, which is right behind Cheney Elementary and a group of homes.

“Not only do we have to breathe it. It is going to land in the dirt, roots are going to suck it up, it is going to land on our fruit,” said resident Brian Steinecke.

County officials said the 10-acre land had been zoned for industrial use.

They said the company, Angelo’s Recycled Materials, had also followed all of the rules for construction of the establishment.

But residents said rules or no rules the county should do more to protect them.

“I would like them to reconsider what they have done, and look at it closely, and help us in this situation,” said resident Melba Medina.