For Immediate Release:
October 13, 2011

Media Contact:
Ivonne Pérez Suárez


Commissioner Rebeca Sosa introduces legislation urging FPL to place transmission lines underground in residential neighborhoods

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
In an effort to protect the beauty of residential areas while not interfering with residents' and visitors' enjoyment of outdoor activities, Commissioner Rebeca Sosa authored a resolution opposing any decision by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection that would authorize the placement of above-ground 230kV and 500kV transmission lines in residential areas within any alternate transmission line corridor in Miami-Dade County. The legislation also urges Florida Power and Light (FPL) to place the 230KV and 500 KV transmission lines underground if placed in any residential areas, and place transmission line poles in the least intrusive locations.  The resolution passed during the Tuesday, October 4, 2011 Board of County Commissioners meeting.

"Placing the transmission lines underground is a more desirable alternative for residents who want to maintain an appealing aesthetic in their communities, and would be consistent with County policies regarding the protection of residential neighborhoods," said Commissioner Sosa. "The decisions on where to place transmission line poles within a corridor will impact the immediate areas surrounding those poles. FPL could minimize the negative impacts of transmission lines by placing its transmission line poles in the least intrusive locations."

Various municipalities in Miami-Dade County have proposed alternate corridors for the 230kV and 500kV transmission lines, and these alternate corridors would also pass through residential areas.  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is currently reviewing those proposals and after a determination from an Administrative Law Judge and the Siting Board, final corridors will be certified.

The Clerk of the Board will transmit a copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Power and Light.

For more information or to obtain a copy of this resolution, please contact the office of Commissioner Sosa at 305-267-6377.


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