The July 23 edition of the Digital Access version of the Miami Herald features a lead story entitled “Miami-Dade started installing modern streetlights this year. Was that a mistake?”
This story is available to on-line subscribers of the Miami Herald at:
The story is also available in the e-Edition of the Herald — See July 28 Neighbors section.
Written by the Herald’s long-time civic affairs reporter Douglas Hanks, the story reviews various aspects of FPL’s efforts to “modernize” the Miami-Dade County’s street lighting. In particular, it features on-the-street interviews with three of the local citizens who last month first lodged complaints against what they consider very serious inadequacies of the new LED light fixtures.
There is also interesting information about successful implementations of LED street and building lighting in Albany, NY; Cleveland, OH; Fresno , CA; and Kansas City, MO.
Perhaps most controversial in the news item, is Miami-Dade Parks & Recreation’s claim that, in the nine districts with new LEDs, their “photometric audit” shows “…the overall square footage being covered by the newly installed LED fixture is greater than its [sodium-vapor] counterpart.” “County administrators insist that [citizen] complaints are based on misconceptions about light and dark, with the sharper LED illumination drawing more attention to coverage gaps that have always existed.”
Those of you who have followed this story may remember that on June 4 and June 18, in response to complaints brought forward by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis Moss, FPL promised that it would suspend installation of LED fixtures pending further study. There is considerable evidence that this promise was not kept. Nevertheless, pending “audit” results, the LED installation suspension was supposed to stay in effect at least until today’s (July 23) County Commission hearing.
Since most of that hearing was taken up by a very contentious incorporation issue, no such “audit” results were ever publicly presented by Miami-Dade Parks & Recreation. There is a rumor that the FPL installation suspension was officially lifted via a quickly approved resolution buried deeply in one of the hearing agenda items, but, at the time of this posting, neither we, nor the Miami Herald, have been able to verify this rumor.