Time is ticking away for the Port Everglades power plant and its iconic smokestacks.
At 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, blasting contractors are scheduled to trigger 450 pounds of explosives designed to topple Florida Power & Lights half-century-old power plant in Fort Lauderdale.
The demolition will first drop four hulking steel boiler buildings, quickly followed by four 350-foot-tall candy-cane-striped smokestacks that were one the citys tallest structures. The demolition is expected to take only one minute.
For security and safety reasons, no public viewing areas are set up. Port roads will be closed a half hour in advance and remain so until about 7 a.m. Local television stations plan to broadcast live from a viewing site at the Broward County Convention Center and FPL will stream a live Web feed at www.FPL.com/port.
FPL plans to build a $1.1 billion gas-burning facility that will be much cleaner than the old oil-burning plant.