Palmetto Bay

Palmetto Bay council OKs FPL request to create plat on utility’s 84-acre site

The Palmetto Bay council granted a request from Florida Power & Light on Tuesday to create a new plat on their 84-acre property at 6525 SW 152nd St.

The power plant on the site ceased operations in 2012 and has since been demolished. FPL now hopes to sell off most of the land — prime real-estate with waterway access to the bay — and keep just 13.4 acres on the northwest corner of the property for a substation. It’s those 13.4 acres that Palmetto Bay granted a plat to on Tuesday.

The property is often cited as potential spot for a fire station — something Palmetto Bay needs two of to fill a coverage gap in the northeast and southeast parts of the village. Hugo Arza, a lawyer for the power company, told the council on Tuesday that while a fire station on the 13.4 acres was not on the table, the Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue Department had expressed interest in a station on the remaining 70 acres with whoever ultimately purchased the parcel.

Arza also confirmed that though still under FPL ownership, the property is under contract. Saying he was not the company’s lawyer for the transaction, he said he did not know who the potential buyer is.

“Obviously all eyes are on those remaining 70 acres,” Mayor Eugene Flinn said at the meeting’s conclusion.