Fishhawk Ranch Opposition to Power Line Grows

RETA has reported previously on Tampa Electric Company’s (TECO) plans for a new 230 kilovolt overhead power line through several Florida communities including Fishhawk Ranch.

About 300 angry residents of Fishhawk Ranch and Channing Park attended a meeting on May 24 to determine what they can do to stop TECO from building this line through their communities (Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch). They are concerned about the health impacts of electromagnetic fields, property devaluation, visual impacts of the 120-foot-tall transmission towers, and environmental impacts on a conservation area.

Starting in 2004, builders and realtors had told property buyers the wooded area behind them served as a buffer between Fishhawk Ranch and Channing Park and was a dedicated conservation space. Many residents said they paid $10,000 to $30,000 more for their lots backing up to the conservation space. (This is identical to the situation with the Heartland Transmission Project now under construction in the Sherwood Park and Edmonton Greenbelts.)

Apparently, under an agreement between TECO and the developer of Fishhawk Ranch, Newland Communities, if TECO ever wanted to build a high voltage power line through this conservation area, they were obligated to install it underground. TECO later decided they wanted to build a new power line above ground instead. Fishhawk Ranch residents are particularly upset with TECO and the developer because the Fishhawk Community Development District II has been maintaining the wooded conservation area using residents’ fees.

The Randall Area Youth Service (R.A.Y.S.) Council, formed at Randall Middle School, is also opposing the new overhead line citing health, property value and environmental risks (Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch).

RETA wishes the Fishhawk Ranch and Channing Park communities success as they go to battle to stop this overhead power line altogether or to get it buried.

~ by RETA on June 6, 2012.

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