Governor approves controversial FPL power poles
Today, Tuesday, May 13, the Governor signed off on FPL's proposed 100 foot tall transmission poles along US1.
Hundreds of letters of protest meant nothing. The request from mayors of various cities like Pinecrest and Coral Gables meant nothing.
One set of lines was kept out of Everglades National Park, but the huge poles and lines going up US1, which neighbors have been fighting for years, was approved. Many feel this will bring down property values, be an eyesore and be harmful health-wise.
The real solution would be to bury the lines and have FPL pay for that. If they're paying $24 billion for the plant, I'm sure they can afford to bury the lines alone the way. They want the cities to pay for that.
Approximately 750,000 homes will benefit from the new nuclear plants that the lines will serve. One plus is that the lines are said to prohibit expansion of US1 to allow for additional lanes.
Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, along with the Governor, unanimously approved FPL’s request at the recommendation of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. All of them were on the power plant board.
Local governments are now planning to sue the state. The only other way the lines and poles would not be installed is if the nuclear plants are declined approval by the state. Most don't see that happening.
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