Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner reports that the FPL Transmission Line Administrative Hearing begin today (after 4 years of preparation) .
There are 18 tables of Attorneys here, half are for FPL, the others include Village of Pinecrest, cities of Coral Gables and Miami, Miami Dade County, DEP, Everglades Law Center, and others. This is a monumental battle, which Mayor Lerner fully expects that we will ultimately prevail!
Note that Palmetto Bay was once part of this neighborhood protection team under the former Mayor and Council. Mayor Stanczyk and the current council have bowed out of this important effort of protecting the character of US1, which serves as our main route home for so many of us. The withdraw from the effort was done without any public action being taken. Some view the stipulation as an official certification by Palmetto Bay officials for the new transmission lines.
It is also important to note that Mayor Stanczyk never brought forth a resolution or motion in public to undertake the withdraw. So much for transparency. Regardless, this hearing is going forward without the support or participation of the Palmetto Bay elected officials who so obviously prefer to have important decisions regarding our future quality of life for our community to be made by others, reducing Mrs Stanczyk and the council to spectators in this effort, not leaders. Palmetto Bay's current "leaders" have turned their backs on the prior committments made and the prior joint efforts to protect our quality of life.