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WAUCHULA -- IMC Phosphates defiantly predicted Thursday that it will win a costly, high-stakes legal fight and gain permission to strip mine thousands of acres in central and southwest Florida.
"We're not going to be defeated," said Robert Kinsey, a company vice president.
Kinsey's comments came during a contentious meeting with the Hardee County Commission on the firm's mining plans for next year.
IMC's long-range mining plans, with Hardee County as the focal point for the next two decades, have been scrambled by the fight mining opponents waged to block more excavation in the Charlotte Harbor drainage basin. IMC had planned to open a big, new mine on more than 20,000 acres between the …