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People speakout against proposed wind turbines

A New York activist opposed to wind turbines urged locals today to organize to defeat a plan to bring nine windmills to South Hutchinson Island. The 400-foot-tall windmills, proposed by Florida Power and Light Co., aren't suited to Florida's coast, which gets winds that average 5-8 mph, far less than optimal for wind power, said Brad Jones, a Naples, N.Y., resident battling windmills under construction or proposed for three of his neighboring communities. Jones said the windmills also produce far less electricity than proponents claim, can significantly harm wildlife, and produce visual and noise pollution that will drive down nearby property values.

A New York activist opposed to wind turbines urged locals today to organize to defeat a plan to bring nine windmills to South Hutchinson Island.

The 400-foot-tall windmills, proposed by Florida Power and Light Co., aren't suited to Florida's coast, which gets winds that average 5-8 mph, far less than optimal for wind power, said Brad Jones, a Naples, N.Y., resident battling windmills under construction or proposed for three of his neighboring communities.

Jones said the windmills also produce far less electricity than proponents claim, can significantly harm wildlife, and produce visual and noise pollution that will drive down nearby property values.

"It's basically the biggest sham of all time," said Indian River Drive resident Julie Zahniser, who helped organize the meeting.

About 30 people attended, including County Commissioners Doug Coward, Chris Craft and Charles Grande.

Coward told the group he opposed the plan to put one of the windmills at Blind Creek, an environmentally and archeologically sensitive slice of state conservation land, which the county helped purchase.

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A New York activist opposed to wind turbines urged locals today to organize to defeat a plan to bring nine windmills to South Hutchinson Island.

The 400-foot-tall windmills, proposed by Florida Power and Light Co., aren't suited to Florida's coast, which gets winds that average 5-8 mph, far less than optimal for wind power, said Brad Jones, a Naples, N.Y., resident battling windmills under construction or proposed for three of his neighboring communities.

Jones said the windmills also produce far less electricity than proponents claim, can significantly harm wildlife, and produce visual and noise pollution that will drive down nearby property values.

"It's basically the biggest sham of all time," said Indian River Drive resident Julie Zahniser, who helped organize the meeting.

About 30 people attended, including County Commissioners Doug Coward, Chris Craft and Charles Grande.

Coward told the group he opposed the plan to put one of the windmills at Blind Creek, an environmentally and archeologically sensitive slice of state conservation land, which the county helped purchase.

"If I were hired to find the worst possible place to put a wind turbine, I would probably pick Blind Creek," he said.

FPL's plan calls for two other windmills to go on land owned by the state and the South Florida Water Management District. The remaining six windmills would go on FPL property at the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant.

Grande and Craft said they were still weighing the issue.

"There's another side to this," Craft said, noting that no one from FPL spoke today.

The meeting was billed as a forum for all views on the windmill proposal, but was organized by anti-windmill activists.

Opponents have said the windmills would be a menace to migrating birds. The noise they produce also would bother nearby residents, as well as spawning fish and sea turtles, they said.

FPL officials have said the nine windmills could generate enough electricity to power 3,000 houses. They also have said that tourists will come to see the windmills.

 


Source: http://www.palmbeachpost.co...

FEB 2 2008
https://www.windaction.org/posts/13111-people-speakout-against-proposed-wind-turbines
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