Board of County Commissioners should be open to further dialogue with FPL

So far, 2018 has brought Miami-Dade County unprecedented opportunities for growth. Amazon announced that Miami is in the running to be home for its new headquarters. We recently learned that Miami secured a Major League Soccer team, a favorite sport of mine. In late January, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced that the County is negotiating a deal with Florida Power & Light to install one million solar panels and bring several other pioneering, high-tech projects to Miami-Dade.

On February 8, the County Commissioner’s Chairman’s Policy Council met to consider an agreement to move forward with plans and negotiations with FPL. The Chairman’s Policy Council decided to defer the vote to next month. Moving forward with the planning process will enable the County and FPL to develop details of the proposed projects together and then come back and present a final agreement to the entire County Commission.

I wholeheartedly agree it is necessary to have the details of any agreement ironed out prior to signing on the dotted line, and County staff and FPL need the Board’s approval to be able to develop those details. The postponement delays getting these details presented. I know FPL to be committed to improving this community and is an important contributor to its growth and development. The company is willing to collaborate to create jobs, bring modernization to our area and help solve environmental challenges. It is important to move forward and allow the County and FPL to bring back a detailed plan to review and vote on.

The benefit here is that this will allow Miami to grow its reputation as a world-class city if it were also the capital of energy. I trust the County and FPL to collaborate to enhance our great community.

Author  Ricardo Forbes - South Miami-Dade Resident