“We are moving full speed ahead to install state-of-the-art, energy-saving replacements,” said Garcia. “We will have computer-controlled scheduling for additional energy savings, and the new fixtures will also greatly reduce offsite spill light in the neighborhood.”
The project will be under way by next week and is due to be completed by the end of August.
“First and foremost, I would like to recognize Carol Foster and Tammy Romero (head of purchasing for the city) for never giving up on this project and working diligently to make it happen,” said Miami Springs parks and recreation director Omar Luna. “With that said, this is a great project not only for the City of Miami Springs but for all park patrons who use Prince Field. This project will provide with state-of-the-art and energy-efficient lighting for Prince Field.”
In a special meeting on July 8, the Miami Springs City Council chose Musco Sports Lighting, LLC as the group that will install the selected rugged, reliable and cost-effective Sportscluster Green luminaire assemblies.
“Our city operates under a very tight budget,” Foster said. “The Prince Field lighting has been inadequate for our kids and families who use the ball fields, tot lot and senior center since we received the double whammy of Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma, and we haven’t been able to replace it.”
Foster said that she has persisted in applying to several sources for assistance since she started working for the city years ago.
“Since I monitor state and federal opportunities on a daily basis, I found a little notice from the Florida Office of Energy for a bit of remainder ARRA Energy-Efficiency funding that EXACTLY fit our need,” Foster said. “But it had an unusually quick turnaround, as it had to be spent on qualified projects by Aug. 30, or be returned to Washington. I’m so happy that we’ll be able to greatly improve the situation at Prince Field, and reduce our energy usage and costs dramatically at the same time. Energy efficiency might not always be visible, but it will be tangible every month when we get the FP&L bill.”