Governor and Cabinet Approve Route
On Oct. 28, 2008, Governor Charlie Crist and the Cabinet voted unanimously to approve the recommended corridor for the Bobwhite-Manatee 230-kilovolt transmission line.
The corridor approved for certification, shown on the attached map, travels due south from the Manatee Energy Center to County Road 675, which it then follows to State Road 64. The corridor follows State Road 64 west to Dam Road, where it turns south along the east edge of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch property. At University Boulevard the corridor turns southwest to connect to the proposed Bobwhite substation, following a path along the east side of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch's proposed new development.
Please see the map for the location of the approved corridor.
FPL is pleased that the Governor and Cabinet agreed to place the new transmission line in a right-of-way separate from the existing one that contains several other lines. This will benefit the community in case a natural disaster, accident or other event disrupts service on those existing lines. FPL pursued certification of the Bobwhite-Manatee transmission line as part of its commitment to provide the reliable electric service that the residents of Manatee and Sarasota counties need and expect in this growing region. Both county governments support the corridor.
The company's team has worked diligently with the community and regulatory agencies for two years to find a location for the new Bobwhite-Manatee transmission line that appropriately balances considerations of land use, the environment, engineering, cost and safety.
Current information will be available on the following Web sites of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Division of Administrative Hearings, as well as FPL. The addresses for these Web sites are as follows:
You may contact FPL regarding this project at Bobwhite-Manateeproject@FPL.com or call us toll free at 1-800-693-3267.
Next Steps for FPL
2009 – Survey, engineering and right-of-way acquisition
Mid 2011 – Start construction of the power line
Late 2012 – Power line is energized and in service