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Court: Gov. Scott and Cabinet erred when they sided with FPL in 2014 ruling



A Florida appeals court on Wednesday found Gov. Rick Scott and his Cabinet erred in approving two massive Florida Power & Light transmission lines cutting through some of Miami-Dade County’s most affluent cities and fragile wetlands.

In its ruling, the Third District Court of Appeal found Scott and the Cabinet — acting as the state siting board, which oversees power plants — failed to consider the city of Miami’s development rules when it signed off on allowing the utility to string 88 miles of line atop towers standing 80 to 150 feet high. Scott and his cabinet also failed to take into account the damage done to wildlife and Everglades marshes by buildings roads and concrete pads.

The board also erred, judges said, when it concluded it did not have the authority to order FPL to pay to bury the lines.

The siting board signed off on the two controversial lines in May 2014 as part of an approval for two proposed new nuclear reactors at Turkey Point, immediately drawing challenges from the county and cities of Miami, South Miami and Pinecrest saying the board trampled on local rules in its approval. Story by Jenny Staletovich here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 3:48pm]


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