April 4 Newberry Meat Processing Facility Special Meeting

Press release from Alachua County

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – The Alachua County Commission will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, to discuss the proposed Newberry Meat Processing Facility. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the Jack Durrance Auditorium on the second floor of the County Administration Building (12 S.E. 1st Street, Gainesville).

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Federal government provided Alachua County funding through the American Rescue Plan. Alachua County has budgeted $2.5 million to construct a USDA-certified meat processing facility/workforce training center.

The County Commission approved the preliminary work plan at their December 6, 2022, Special Meeting.

View the December 6 discussion.

View the backup items from this meeting:

  • Ranchers and meat packers better read the fine print on that plan, if local politicians have a say on the wording. Fair warning.

  • I still don’t know what problem this is supposed to solve. I’m sure Prizzia has an ulterior motive.

    • Prizzia has a high paid do nothing fluff job at IFAS. She is representing them, not county citizens. She should be required to register as a lobbyist on this issue. IFAS is a cult of big ag loving true believers whose vision of agriculture is closer to year 1920 than year 2023. This is the crown jewel in Queen PrIzzia’s crown: Prizzia’s Pork House. Remember this slaughterhouse’s taxpayer budget has $100,000 required to be spent for Art in Public Places, which will fund a 30 foot high bronze statue of Queen Prizzia to stand in front of her slaughterhouse.

  • Capitalism is an economic system based on the private ownership of the means of production and their operation for profit. If an enterprise is not economically viable it does not get built by private funds.
    Communism is an economic ideology whose goal is the establishment of a communist society, a socioeconomic order centered around common ownership of the means of production, like a County owned taxpayer funded non tax paying Newberry slaughterhouse and meat processing plant.
    Yet suddenly all these MAGA hat wearing free enterprise loving ‘Merican conservative ranchers in Springs County are all FOR a pure communist slaughterhouse in Newberry.
    Can someone please explain?

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