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environmental contamination on the site and economic losses that had plagued the golf course for years, according to a 2006 Sarasota Herald-Tribune article. The golf course was built over two former landfills, where trash was burned as late as the 1960s, according to the Florida Department of Health, which tested on-site and off-site soil samples in 2008. Sarasota County burned trash there until 1967 and buried garbage at the site until the landfills closed in 1972. "All classes and types of debris as well as construction materials were likely discarded at the site," according to the 2008 Health Department report. (See the link to the PDF.) After the landfills on Proctor Road were closed, the Foxfire golf course was built. Beruff hired a consultant to conduct two recent rounds of soil tests. Both were reviewed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, which found "no public safety concerns or chemicals leaking out of the landfills." "I am the guy who builds these houses and the people I build these homes for will hang me out to dry if it doesn't work," Beruff told county planners at the meeting Thursday. The former Foxfire Golf Course, at 7200 Proctor Road, could become the site of new single-family homes. Image from Google Maps DOWNLOAD THE PDF Read the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report. Sarasota News Leader May 16, 2014 Page 40

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