Sierra Club call to action

Acquisition of Florida Power and Light Company Lands in the East Everglades Expansion Area

 Dear Friend of Everglades National Park:

The Florida Power and Light Hearing for the transmission lines will be held on the 19th of February in the Club Stadium at Florida International University.  It is an important hearing and the more environmentalists the better. Without significant environmental presence at this meeting,  power lines could very well end up going thru Everglades National Park.

The Acquisition of Florida Power & Light Company Land in the East Everglades Expansion Area Draft Environmental Impact Statement  is available for your review and comment. The Draft addresses options for National Park Service acquisition of FPL land in the Everglades to facilitate hydrologic and ecologic restoration of Everglades National Park.

Sierra Club is advocating for the following options and anyone attending the meeting should voice their support for these particulars:

 Alternative #2:  Acquire the land by purchase, condemnation or donation.  

If Alternative #2 cannot be accomplished by the National Park Service, we would then support alternative #5 which is to acquire the flowage easement by purchase, condemnation or donation.

Of Note:  Sierra Club does not support nuclear expansion at Turkey Point nor do we support a new transmission corridor.

 HOW TO ADVOCATE AT THIS MEETING

THE MOST IMPORTANT TIME TO BE THERE IS FROM 6:30 pm TO 7:15 pm SO THAT YOU CAN SIGN UP TO SPEAK AND PARTICIPATE IN THE HEARING

 However, if you can’t come early, you can still come anytime before 8:30 p.m.  We need you to speak up for the Everglades!

Date: February 19, 2014 Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm

5:30-6:30 PM. Open House:  opportunities for the public to review Draft materials, meet and have discussions with National Park Service staff and provide comments on the proposed document.

6:30-7:15 p.m. National Park Service Presentation:  Welcome by Superintendent Dan Kimball, then Brien Culhane, Chief of Planning and Compliance, will provide an overview of key features of the draft Environmental Impact Statement.

WE NEED YOU HERE!!! 7:15-8:30 P.M. PUBLIC HEARING:  A RECORDED PUBLIC COMMENT SESSION THAT ALLOWS THE PUBLIC TO PROVIDE FORMAL COMMENTS ON THE DRAFT EIS.

If you are unable to attend, Written comments may be submitted to the Park Service here:  comments

Location: Florida International University-Stadium Club

11310 Southwest 17th Street, Miami Florida, 33199

The Stadium Club is located within the FIU Football Stadium between gates 2 and 3.

Categories Conservation, Environmental Issues, Take Action | Tags: | Published in February, 2014 |

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