FPL Issue


I promised I’d give my opinion on the FPL issue this week, so here it is:

First, a brief history of what is going on. The Florida Power and Light Company, your electricity provider, is attempting to upgrade the power lines along the US1 Corridor, linking the area to the Turkey Point Power Plant. The proposed line goes directly through the city, snaking up along US1, passing South Miami, Cutler Bay, Pinecrest, Coral Gables, and Coconut Grove. These lines would be above-ground, presenting a multitude of issues to residents of the aforementioned neighborhoods. A committee was formed by the Coconut Grove Village Council, which I am now sitting on, to address this issue and we intend on proposing an alternative plan for FPL. Many of the other municipalities have passed resolutions stating their oppositions, and the Coconut Grove Village Council should be passing a similar resolution in mid-May at their next meeting.

A further explanation, from our committee’s first report:
“FPL has stated the new transmission lines are needed to provide better power reliability and capacity to meet future power needs. The proposed transmission lines will be overhead, and carried on single pole concrete pillars 80 – 100 feet tall. Construction is scheduled to occur between 2012 and 2016. “

The issues, again taken from the report are as follows:

  1. The proposed overhead power lines may have a considerable negative visual impact at key entrance points to the Grove along South Dixie Highway. The poles are not attractive.
  2. The proposed overhead lines, even though “hardened” to withstand hurricane force winds are never-the-less vulnerable to high wind events. If they come down for whatever reason, they could cause safety issues for Grove residents.
  3. The proposed overhead power lines, with their associated visual, and potential safety issues could have property value implications for properties within and immediately adjacent to Coconut Grove along the South Dixie Highway corridor.

I’ve come to the conclusion that it would be far more beneficial in both the short and long term to our community for FPL to put the lines underground. While the upfront costs are significantly higher, it is essential that the West Grove not have yet another eyesore intentionally placed in our area. We cannot allow our property values to decrease any more than they have, and more importantly, if we are to be hit by another major hurricane, I fear for the safety of our residents and their property. These 100 foot poles WILL come down and WILL cause damage to the surrounding houses and businesses, regardless of the storm-proofing measures FPL claims to take while building them.

We are looking for more input from the community as we take the issue up the government’s chain of command. This is an issue that is easy to understand and rally behind because of the many adverse effects of it, and I encourage you to get involved. Please give me a call if you are interested in helping this important cause.

-Stephen P. Murray

2 Responses to “FPL Issue”
  1. Anonymous says:

    Your comments appear to be in conflict with what Tom of the Coconut Grove Grape Vine states. Of course, Tom is no beacon of truth and enjoys creating commentary just to create readership via the conflict and appears to have achieved a form of quixotic sophism that frankly is just plain ignorant.

  2. Which of Tom’s posts are you referring to? One thing to keep in mind is that we are both concerned members of the community, and while we share a lot of similar stances on issues, differences of opinion will come up.

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