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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Powerline fires and outages plaguing North Grove

Neighbors in the North Grove have been having electricity problems and FPL doesn't seem to care, they'are too busy on summer vacations or maybe planning their large Turkey Point expansion up South Dixie Highway with Governor Rick Scott's blessings.

FPL Power Delivery Customer Advocates are good at responding to emails, but they don't do anything other than lip service. Trees and other foliage are causing fire sparks and outtages in the Washington Street/Inagua area.

Since mid-June one particular street has experienced many frequent power outages. Neighbors claim they have had over 24 service interruptions. While FPL did go out for an engineering survey, nothing was done.

Now before the engineers came out sparks and crackling was coming from one of the outside lines. When the engineers were present, that particular line blew in front of them. But it's still occurring. FPL believes it may be foliage blowing against transformers. They need to do a "vegetation review of the lines." In the North Grove there is a lot of overgrowth which is never trimmed by FPL which causes the problems.

Other areas of the lines should be worked on and fireballs have been seen exploding in certain areas. A neighbor says, "My experience with filing complaints with FPL began nearly a year ago as I witnessed a fire on the power line caused by a sparked branch. The fire department arrived to assist and recommended that I begin pursuing FPL so that they would properly maintain the lines. Since my initial call I have witnessed at least four other instances in which smoke and/or flames have erupted from the lines as branches fall onto the active wires."

Neihbors had to coax FPL reps out to their properties a handful of times, but each instance concludes with their apology for the situation and explanation of their inability to take proactive measures until "something happens." Guess they are waiting for the neighborhood to burn down before any action is taken.

While this goes on, two top-tear execs from FPL went on vacation according to FPL's executive office and the Power Delivery Customer Advocate.

These lines should have all been buried years ago. Neighbors not only fear fire, but the electronics, tv's, etc, in their houses blow circuits when the power comes back on suddenly at any hour. Lots of long, sleepless nights, too, are caused by house alarms and car alarms that are triggered by the power bursts.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my front yard two tree limbs are touching one power line. One limb is about 6 inches circumference. My yard, my trees, my problem. I safely placed the ladder and with a simple hand held saw felled both branches. If a property owner isn't able to accomplish such a task, call your local tree trimmer, your sibling(s), a friend or get a few neighbors together, pay a hundred or so and eliminate the problem & stress from your property. It only took a few minutes. Jobie Steppe

August 09, 2014 9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jobie Steppe: You're kidding, right? You've got to be smarter than that. What an unkind and unhelpful answer to a dangerous problem.

August 09, 2014 4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 4:12 According to the Occupational Employment Statistics 40,720 individuals own tree trimming businesses, plus their employees. All power & cable companies own tree trimming businesses. The average pay is about $52,950, annually. On the internet many sites show average home & property owners how to safely trim branches touching power lines. According to you all these men & women are stupid.
I'm 71, fit and enjoy trimming all the trees on my property and during hurricane Andrew trimmed one oak at 2:30 AM to let the wind through and over 50 years saved about $20,000.00. WHAT'S IN YOUR WALLET? JOBIE STEPPE

August 10, 2014 9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My 55 year young wife called me in New York last year & said a FP&L crew was on our street trimming trees away from power lines poking big holes in the tree canopy lining our beautiful street & asked if she should try to communicate with the crew to not slash and cut. When I returned home the character of our street changed, except for two properties, one was ours. She got the wooden ladder out and trimmed the branches by herself. A neighbor and friend asked to use the ladder & saw and also trimmed his own trees. No big deal for folks who don't live in fear and ignorance and use common sense.

August 10, 2014 9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JOBIE wrote do it yourself safely or "call a tree trimmer" & anon 4:12 writes JOBIE STEPPE "you must be smarter than that". If one follows the logic of anon 4:12this hazardous situation remain hazardous & no one does anything. Sounds like a U.S. Congressman! HELLO!?

August 10, 2014 10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will second the notion that if the FPL crew visit your street to do tree trimming, you will not be happy. Happened to us a few months back. Horrible what they did. They cut every single branch - heck even the main trunk if it is within 5 ft of a power line.


August 10, 2014 11:52 PM  
Anonymous Bryan said...

Good luck with a city of miami inspector who catches you up there trimming trees. They are your trees/your problem until you are caught trimming without a permit, then you get fined.

August 11, 2014 7:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bryan, no permit is required to trim a tree, read the code [carefully] under the exemptions section. I had to fell 12 palms, called code enforcement to give them the date & time, they took pictures, placed a $350,000.00, lien on my home, I sued in Federal Court & they lost. And I still believe in Miami code enforcement who are now better trained before being turned loose on the public. Jobie Steppe

August 11, 2014 1:49 PM  
Anonymous Bryan said...

I received a $350 fine a few years ago for trimming a sick mango tree in my backyard. An inspector driving around on the weekend fined me $350 when he caught me dragging tree limbs to my front yard. We fought and won, because it was a joke since I was just trimming a small amount of branches, but they will nab you nevertheless. They rely on most people just paying the fine vs. spending all of the time fighting it in the courts. Good luck people, and trim safely.

August 12, 2014 8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You wrote on blog "There's no community anymore" 7:31, that you "live as a renter". You wrote that you received a $350.00 fine for trimming a mango tree. Renters are not issued code violations, the property owners get the citation! Hello & relax and don't open your mouth just to change your feet - - - - - JOBIE

August 12, 2014 5:59 PM  

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