Stop FPL land swap

 

How disappointing to see nothing in the Miami Herald about a proposed land transfer from Everglades National Park to FPL. The National Park Service held a public hearing on its Draft Environmental Impact Statement and everyone, but for one person who represented FPL, spoke against the proposed land swap.

These lands are not only designated by Congress as a national park, but also designated by the international community as a World Heritage Site, Wetlands of International Importance, and an International Biosphere Reserve. The land swap is inconsistent with the 1989 law that preserved this part of the park and with long-standing restoration initiatives, and will have noticeable adverse affects on the area’s hydrology, water quality, wetlands, and wildlife including endangered species.

FPL doesn’t want to have to pay to put together a transmission corridor some place outside of the park. How convenient to get the Park Service to swap land at no cost. But our National Park Service has an obligation to American citizens, not the ratepayers of FPL. We may not be upholding our legacy and commitment to future generations if we sit idly by and don’t speak up for the Everglades.

Sara Fain, executive director, Everglades Law Center, Coral Gables

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