Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner said the city spent about $250,000 since 2009 to propose an alternate corridor. Engineers recommended the utility upgrade its infrastructure and bury portions of the transmission system instead of undertaking a new project running through multiple cities along U.S. 1.
"Had they prevailed, the adverse impact on U.S. 1, which is the gateway to all our cities and the commercial corridor, would have depressed commercial and residential markets," Lerner said after the Third DCA ruling.
The mayor was part of a delegation that flew to Tallahassee for a hearing on FPL's site certification application and returned disappointed.
"There was absolutely no discussion among the members of the Cabinet on the issue. It was simply rubber-stamped, as the governor seems to do with anything the utility companies request. I was shocked. I was horrified. The issues that were to be resolved were deserving of a lot more discussion than was given by the Cabinet," Lerner said. "I always knew we had the law on our side, and we had a much higher likelihood of prevailing in the courts than before the siting board, which was clearly politically motivated and incredibly cursory."