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Bury the power lines to keep Florida’s lights on | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Friday’s letters to the editor.
Waves pound a home on Hollywood Beach at Walnut Street and Surf Road as Tropical Storm Nicole continues to move towards our coast on Wednesday November 9, 2022
Waves pound a home on Hollywood Beach at Walnut Street and Surf Road as Tropical Storm Nicole continues to move towards our coast on Wednesday November 9, 2022 [ MIKE STOCKER / SOUTH FLORIDA | South Florida Sun-Sentinel ]
Published Nov. 11

Bury our power lines

Nicole knocks out power to thousands in Tampa Bay and across Florida | Nov. 10

After every major hurricane there’s always a cry to bury power lines. After Hurricane Ian, 2.1 million Florida Power & Light customers lost power. FPL states on its website that “Underground power lines are more reliable than overhead lines,” but they use the “overhead standard as the most cost-effective type of construction.” Then the utility announced plans to recoup $1.1 billion from customers to pay for restoring power after Ian. Gleaning information on the utility’s own website, I conclude that cost is chosen over reliability. Adding up all the direct costs of restoring power and the indirect costs to Florida’s economy, it makes obvious sense to me to bury the lines. How sad is it that it’s 2022 and we have a system that depends on wires hanging from poles?

Ben Furleigh, Port Charlotte

Honor our veterans

Veterans Day

Today, on this Veterans Day, let us share our gratitude and appreciation for our veterans and their families for their unimaginable sacrifice and service to our nation. Today — and every day — let us honor those heroes not just with our words but with our actions.

Paul Bacon, Hallandale Beach

Year-round Daylight Saving Time

How Florida, the nation’s biggest swing state, turned deep red | Nov. 10

As a “blue voter,” I’m disappointed by midterm election results in Florida. But even I could support a Republican who promises — and delivers — year-round daylight saving time in Florida.

Charles Lehnert, Sun City Center

Not feeling so free

Florida’s GOP Sweep | Nov. 9

Freedom won in Florida? Are you serious? With all of these new state laws — with quite a few limiting my personal and business freedoms — enacted by the GOP-dominated Florida Legislature this year, I think not.

David Burg, Tampa

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