The July 2 edition of Miami New Times’ daily newsletter features a lead story entitled “Miami-Dade Commissioners Say New LED Street Lights Could Lead to More Crime”
Written by staff writer Manuel Madrid, the story reviews many of the aspects of the controversy swirling about FPL’s efforts to “modernize” the Miami-Dade County’s street lighting system. The controversy began when on June 4 County Commissioner Dennis Moss mentioned constituent complaints, along with his own reservations about the new lights— they don’t cast wide-enough light; residents say the LED beams are too concentrated and downward-facing, leaving dark areas (“dark spots”) between light poles. On June 18, Moss claimed that the “dark spots” had facilitated a wild shooting spree near his home. He further criticized FPL for ignoring a June 4 promise it had made to the County Commission to suspend all new LED installations pending further study.
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