Monday, May 21, 2012
A meeting with Rep. Rachel Burgin, R-Riverview, is set for Thursday, May 24, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Palmetto Club.
FishHawk Ranch residents are taking their concerns about a proposed transmission line through their neighborhoods to their state officials. The residents have set up a meeting with state Rep. Rachel Burgin, R-Riverview, and a representative from the office of state Sen. Ronda Storms, R-Valrico, to discuss Tampa Electric Co.'s proposal to install 120-foot-tall high-voltage electrical lines between The Bridges and Channing Park neighborhoods in FishHawk Ranch. The meeting will take place May 24 at 6:30 p.m. at The Palmetto Club, 17004 Dorman Rd, Lithia. "Rep. Burgin has great concerns for the residents of FishHawk," said Burgin's legislative aide, Sheryl Grover. "She has already met with TECO to discuss their plans and will meet with them …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Residents said they were told the power line corridor was a conservation area.
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- D'Ann White
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
What do you think? Should TECO be permitted to build transmission lines in FishHawk Ranch? Express your opinion in the "comments" box below. FishHawk Ranch residents are pulling out all stops to halt a proposal to run transmission lines through the community. Residents are appealing to state legislators and have started a Facebook group, Stop Power Lines Now, in an attempt to convince Tampa Electric Co. to abandon its plans to install the high-voltage power lines near their neighborhoods. Leading the protest are residents Jason and Christie VanVleet, who have lived in the Bridge View subdivision of FishHawk Ranch for three years. Jason VanVleet said they were surprised to learn that the 200-foot-wide strip of land running from Dorman Road …
Friday, April 13, 2012
Tampa Electric held an open house Thursday evening in FishHawk Ranch to explain its proposed power line and substation expansion, and take comments from residents.
At an open house meeting Thursday night about proposed power lines, Tampa Electric's message to FishHawk Ranch and Channing Park residents was, we're here to listen. The residents' message to TECO? Not in our backyard. Since mailing notices to households in the area on April 2, TECO has faced growing opposition to its proposed plans to build a 40 mile high-voltage power line that would stretch from TECO's Polk Power Station in southwestern Polk County, run through FishHawk Ranch and Channing Park, and terminate at the company's FishHawk Substation. The project also proposes building a new substation near Balm-Boyette Road and Aspen Avenue, and expanding the Polk Power Station. Several TECO representatives set up shop in a meeting room …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Tampa Electric will hold a community meeting tonight, April 12, on its plans to build a new transmission line from Polk County to FishHawk Ranch.
Some FishHawk Ranch residents are concerned about a Tampa Electric plan that could bring high-voltage power lines through their neighborhood. Christie VanVleet, a 38-year-old mother of four young children, has started a Facebook group in opposition of TECO's planned expansion of its Polk Power Station. The group, Stop Power Lines NOW, had more than 150 members as of Thursday afternoon. VanVleet has also handed out nearly 100 fliers this past week to residents of nearby Channing Park that warn of health risks and call for the power lines to be re-routed or buried. One resident, she said, "looked like he had been given a death sentence" when she told him about the plans. VanVleet says TECO's proposal shows power lines adjacent to her home. "…