No rush on power lines - Editorials - MiamiHerald.com
Click on the link above or the Editorial Headline "No rush on power lines." This is the Miami Herald editorial regarding the FPL power line issue posted online, Miami Herald (and published in the Tuesday, May 13, editorial section). As I have stated, this is a huge issue for hte community and time has passed on local leaders taking a stand to protect their communities, to weigh in and have an impact one way or another.
The Miami Herald Editorial Board acknowledges that (i)f approved, the plan could affect the scenery along one of South Florida’s heaviest traveled roads: South Dixie Highway.
The giant utility wants to erect two corridors of 80- to 100-foot high-voltage power lines to deliver electricity to customers. One of them stretches along U.S. 1; a less controversial one is further west.
Residents have pleaded with FPL to bury the power lines and pay for the cost. FPL says that’s not feasible, but cities affected can choose to have the lines buried — at a cost to them of up to $18 million a mile. Some of the cities are challenging that estimate.
THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE MIAMI HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: What should the governor do? Take his time, and recommend that FPL, the municipalities and consumers themselves, better gauge who is prepared to pay for what. No one can be blamed for not wanting to invest the extra cost.
FPL still needs approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the reactors, and at a time when the GreenLink park planned for the path beneath Metrorail is about to get under way, power lines alongside are regressive, so 1970s, not 21st century.
FPL’s forward thinking cannot be dismissed. Yes, our grandchildren will save money on their electric bills. The reactors are expected to represent a savings of $170 billion to Miami-Dade residents in the next 60 years.
But we also can’t ignore those packed town hall meetings where there has been little support for the above-ground power lines towering above the streets.
“Maybe a handful have spoken in favor of FPL’s plan,” Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner told the Editorial Board. Ms. Lerner will be among those traveling to Tallahassee Tuesday.
Ms. Lerner says that her city’s commercial corridor will be ruined by the power lines — “monstrosities” she calls them. She says FPL has painted her constituents with a broad brush. “They say this is just a case of an affluent community not wanting the power lines for aesthetic reasons. That couldn’t be further from the truth.”