Those of you who have been following the FPL street lighting saga– the County-wide installation of new LED street light fixtures– would no doubt have been interested in hearing the testimony of County Commissioner Dennis Moss at yesterday’s bi-weekly Commission meeting. [We are working on a set of instructions that would allow a computer user to see/hear the appropriate portion of the 6/18 Commission meeting.]
During a discussion of legislation relating to street light taxing districts, Moss told the story of how a large weekend (6/15) pool party very close to his home was interrupted by gunfire—thirty eight shots fired in all. He said that he had no doubt that this attack by intruders was facilitated by the “dark spots” that have resulted from FPL’s installation of new LED street lighting equipment. They crept through the “dark spots,” he said, to be able to reach the party location.
Based on constituent complaints and his own research in his neighborhood, at the June 4 County Commission Meeting , Moss criticized this new technology— not because it is, for certain, more energy efficient, but because it is not lighting up the streets in an effective and safe way. The new lights are too downward directed and leave large dark spots between adjacent light poles. Discussion by eight of his fellow commissioners then led to a promise by FPL that it would suspend the LED installation program (for 41,000 lights on 33,000 poles) until further study could be conducted.
Continuing his criticism in yesterday’s (June 18) meeting, Commissioner Moss stated that he had information that FPL had *NOT* suspended the installation process as promised on June 4 and wanted to know why. The County person responsible for liaison with FPL replied that the company was in the process of moving their installations “from the south to the north” — to the City of Miami Gardens. The Commission Chairperson seemed rather disturbed by this reply and asked why if we know there is a bad problem in the south, why would we move it north? Don’t you think we need to tell the City of Miami Gardens about the “dark spots?”