FPL to raze Port Everglades smokestacks on July 16



The four 350-foot-tall candy cane-striped smokestacks that have towered over Port Everglades and spewed pollution over Fort Lauderdale for a half century will come down on July 16.

Florida Power & Light, which closed the oil-burning plant earlier this year to make way for a cleaner one using mostly natural gas, set the date for the demolition of the smokestacks and boilers on Wednesday.

FPL said a new $1.2 billion plant will cut emissions of carbon dioxide, a “greenhouse” gas contributing to climate change, by half and reduce overall emissions by 90 percent. Three gray stacks about 150 feet tall will be built as part of the new project.

The old plant emitted a number of pollutants and soot, drawing periodic complaints from nearby residents and environmental groups.

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