Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Gov. Rick Scott okays 2 nuclear generators for South Florida

In a victory for the state's largest utility, Florida Power & Light, Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet granted it permission to build two nuclear generators and 88 miles of transmission lines in Miami-Dade County.

Local governments that challenged the placement of the 80- to 150-foot transmission towers vowed to sue the state.

"This entire process has been so one-sided in favor of FPL that we look forward to getting this into the court system where justice will be served," said Miami City Attorney Victoria Méndez after the meeting.

Under the proposal, FPL will build two new 1,100-megawatt nuclear generators, known as Turkey Point 6 and 7, at a cost of $24 billion. The project would come online in 2028 and, over its 40-year life, is projected to save customers $64 billion in fossil fuel costs.

Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, sitting as the Power Plant Siting Board, unanimously approved FPL's request at the recommendation of the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The next step for FPL is to seek approval from the Public Service Commission to start charging customers to build the lines.

Since 2010, FPL has contributed nearly $3 million to the campaigns of the governor, the Cabinet and the Florida Republican Party. In the past 18 months, FPL has contributed $550,000 to Scott's campaign alone and the Republican Party of Florida has sent more than $500,000 of the money it has collected to each of their campaigns, making impossible to trace how much came from FPL.

Crist's neighborly approach

Charlie Crist, who previously has relied almost entirely on massive TV campaigns to win his elections, is intent on showing he's the one leading a people-powered operation as he seeks to reclaim the Governor's Office as a Democrat. His campaign showed some muscle Monday night as it organized what it said were more than 50 house parties across the state. "I don't care how much he spends," Crist, appearing at a party in St. Petersburg and speaking to groups across the state, said of Gov. Rick Scott. "People power is much better than money power."

He urged people to donate $1 to his campaign online, and noted that he already has raised more than $10 million, which he said was more than any Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate had ever raised at this point. At least 40 people, mostly women, showed up for the house party in the Old Northeast neighborhood of St. Petersburg hosted by Dona Stewart, 47, a geographer and registered independent.

Survey says it's tight

Rick Scott has closed the gap with Democrat Charlie Crist in a new statewide survey from a business interest showing the two candidates are virtually tied, 43-44 percent.

Then again, WFLA released its latest poll from SurveyUSA showing Crist with a 44-41 percent lead, the same spread as two weeks ago. Prior to that, it found Crist with a 46-41 percent lead. Scott has led Crist in one clear category, TV advertising, where the governor has spent at least $8 million to the former governor's 0 since March.

Adam Smith and Marc Caputo contributed.

Gov. Rick Scott okays 2 nuclear generators for South Florida 05/13/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 9:21pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Tropics watch: The latest on Harvey and what systems could hit Florida

    Weather

    While Eastern and Central America monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Harvey, two tropical disturbances are moving through the Atlantic.

  2. Roberto Aguayo, Jonathan Drouin, Tim Beckham are coming for revenge

    Bucs

    Forget the Three Tenors.

    Make it the Three Terrors.

    The 2017 Unfulfilled Expectations Tour is about to hit Tampa Bay.

    From left, former Bucs kicker Roberto Aguayo, ex-Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin and former Rays infielder Tim Beckham. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times; DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times; Getty Images]
  3. Carlton: A moment of sanity when citizens finally said no

    Courts

    If you were looking for some small sign of sanity in the world, here's one courtesy of the people of Tampa and Hillsborough County.

    The Confederate memorial statue outside the old Hillsborough courthouse is now boxed up in plywood to prevent vandalism. Private donors have ponied up money to have the statue relocated to a cemetery. [JIM DAMASKE  |  Times]
  4. Review: Jason Aldean fires up a country-dude party at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

    Blogs

    Country music has a dude problem.

    I’m not talking about the proliferation of mindless bro country over the past half-decade, nor am I referring to the fact that most of Nashville’s best music these days comes not from said bros, from female singers and songwriters.

    Jason Aldean performed at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Aug. 18, 2018.