It's a very real possibility that Florida Power & Light could put power lines through Everglades National Park. These would bring power from the Turkey Point nuclear power plant to points northward. The only time to object in person is tonight, at a public meeting at Florida International University.
Here's the back story, as explained by Matt Schwartz, director of the South Florida Wildlands Association: a long time ago, Florida Power & Light bought up tracts of private land that ran north and south, expecting that one day it might need to add more power lines. Twenty-five years ago, with the Everglades National Park Protection and Expansion Act of 1989, park boundaries were expanded. Suddenly, FPL's land was now inside the park. Congress authorized the National Park Service to buy the land from FPL.
In 1996, the park service moved to buy the land for $110,000. The park service warned that if FPL didn't agree, the agency would move to seize the land through eminent domain.
For whatever reason, the park service never followed through on its threat, leaving us in a conundrum today.
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