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Governor, say No to FPL’s power lines


Gov. Scott and the rest of the Florida Cabinet will be meeting on Tuesday, May 13 to make a final decision regarding the two new nuclear-power plants and FPL’s “preferred” corridor (along U.S. 1 from Brickell to Palmetto Bay). I want them to know how I feel about it:

So, the idea of building new nuclear power plants at Turkey Point is not a good idea. Here’s why:

• There is no long-term solution for nuclear waste disposal.

• Turkey Point is prone to a sea-level rise, which could turn the site into an island.

• The possibility of hurricanes.

• The potential for damage from a tsunami caused by an earthquake in the Caribbean Basin (the Keys have been shaken two times this year).

• They’re eyesores and as ugly as homemade sin.

We might not see eye to eye on nuclear power, but the fact that we all live in Florida should put us all on the same page about above-ground power lines. I, for one, am sick and tired of losing power when my neighbor sneezes. Don’t even get me started about what happens when a tropical storm rolls through here. Really? And for what? Because it’s cheaper?

So I assume all those people who roll into town from all over the South to repair the downed electric lines work and stay here for free? Hey, FPL. If you’re going to do it, at least do it right.

Forget all those lobbyists that FPL has hired to butter y’all up. Do something for the little people. Remember us? The ones who gave you your jobs?

Here in South Florida, we’d greatly appreciate it. Have a nice weekend — and do the right thing.

Coco Palenque Torre, Coral Gables

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