Thursday, February 26, 2009

Opposition to FPL Turkey Point transmission lines growing

Eye on Miami posts today that opposition is apparently growing to FPL high-voltage transmission lines in Miami-Dade, with city of Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner having written a letter to FPL asking that the lines along US-1 (South Dixie Highway) be buried or kept within existing right-of-way along the Don Shula Expressway.

South Miami residents are meanwhile organizing to oppose the transmission lines coming through their community and have called for residents to come out to a public hearing at South Miami City Hall Monday night to make their concerns heard. A flier being distributed calls similarly for the high-voltage lines to be buried or for FPL to stick to the existing right-of-way further west along the Expressway.

South Miamians have previously voiced their concerns and we have posted about Miami Herald news reports here and here.

Officially known by FPL as the Turkey Point 6 & 7 Transmission Improvement Project, the proposed transmission lines would carry high-voltage electricity north from the as-yet unbuilt nuclear reactors 6 & 7 at the Turkey Point plant through several communities in Miami-Dade County.

An online map of the proposed transmission line routes shows it would variously affect the communities of Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, South Miami, Coral Gables and Coconut Grove.

See the full Eye on Miami post today with photos of similar FPL lines in Miami, here.

UPDATE: Miami-Dade blogosphere a buzzin' ...
Coconut Grove Grapevine: Residents are concerned about proposed high voltage lines

Miami New Times' Riptide 2.0: As The Fight Over FPL's Proposed Mega Power Lines Continues, South Miami is Holding a Workshop
FURTHER UPDATE: Residents want to stop FPL high-voltage lines along US 1, Florida East Coast Railroad

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Absolutely not ... have you seen the traffic on South Dixie highway? Turning into South Miami's new downtown district? Or, into the Gables in morning rush hour? It's bad enough already ... when are they going to put these up? Why here, why now ... who's going to use all this electricity? More importantly, who stands to profit? FPL, big fat greedy FPL ...

Anonymous said...

Sign the petition! Show up to the South Miami Public hearing at South Miami City Hall on Monday, March 2nd @ 7pm. 6130 Sunset Drive. South Miami,Fl. 33145

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/STOPFPL/

Stop FPL said...

Thanks for the petition link, Anonymous! We've posted it in the right-hand sidebar along with two others ... hey, is this a "movement" growing here?!?

Anonymous said...

Over and over we see large corporations to increase their profits without the concerns for our environment and the people that are affected. I'm sure they would not have high voltage power lines in the backyard of FPL's CEO. I wonder, with the decision being made on state and county level, what favors have been given by FPL to our politicians. We, the people have to unite and fight for our rights. Nobody else will stand up for us. See you Monday night!!

Stand and Fight! said...

Dittos! We need a united front to stand up to FPL all the way up and down US1 ... can't let 'em get away with it ... "Not now, not this time"!

Anonymous said...

FPL did this sneaky series of "public hearings" back in December and January, poorly attended, making sure they went to different cities so that people up and down the proposed routes couldn't really communicate with each other, find out the truth about what's going on. Hopefully, enough of us have connected the dots now that we'll be able to draw a line in the sand ... or at least across US1 and tell them no way, Jose! Not through our communities ...

Anonymous said...

If the power needs to be brought from Turkey point to downtown and to who knows where, than they should go under ground. We stop them at US1 and they will go through somebody else's neighborhood. This is a principle issue and it effects everybody. Let's keep spreading the word and make everybody aware.

geniusofdespair said...

Well this looks like a good subject for a blog.

Anonymous said...

In California they focusing on conserving power with incentives. In Miami FPL gets away with murder by lobbying politicians. What is wrong with this picture?

Anonymous said...

Everybody needs to come to the Public Hearing tomorrow,
Monday @ 7pm - South Miami City Hall!

Stop FPL said...

Let's stay focused here ... South Miami is the current skirmish, but the issues are much larger. This can't devolve into a NIMBY issue, pushing off transmission lines to another neighborhood elsewhere. These 230-KV lines are integrally linked the transmission of power from unbuilt, unwanted, unnecessary Turkey Point nuclear reactors 6 & 7.

Folks are battling FPL up and down Florida over just this kind of unchecked expansion, encroaching on the Everglades and the natural environment with power-plant expansion (Palm Beach), creating blight in our communities high-voltage lines (Pinecrest & South Miami), and trying to lock communities in to the FPL grid with long-term franchise contracts (Biscayne Park, South Daytona) to block them from moving to competitive providers of other renewable energy sources for their communities.

So, yes ... go to the South Miami meeting and make your voices heard. But, keep the big picture in mind!!

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