February 12, 2006
Florida Power & Light Co., Biscayne National Park, South Florida Water Management District host celebration to mark land transfer
Partnership for Preservation celebration at Biscayne National Park marks success of ecosystem preservation
MIAMI, Fla. -- Florida Power & Light Company, Biscayne National Park and the South Florida Water Management District have teamed-up in a creative partnership to transfer more than 300 acres of wetlands from FPL to the park and the South Florida Water Management District. The land is located in Miami-Dade County, Florida north of FPL’s Turkey Point power plants. The celebration marking the transfer will take place on Friday, Feb. 17, 2006 from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Biscayne National Park.
“The preservation of this land serves the goals of the company, its customers and the citizens of Florida,” said Randy LaBauve, vice president of environmental services for FPL. “We are pleased to partner with the park and South Florida Water Management District in preserving this natural area that is truly a national treasure. It is critically important that we balance the electrical needs of our customers with the protection of our environment.”
“Land transfer is a perfect example of how private industry, state and federal government are working together to make ecosystem restoration land transfers in South Florida a success,” said Linda Canzanelli, former superintendent of Biscayne National Park. Canzanelli and her staff participated in the power plant expansion certification process.
The land transferred to the South Florida Water Management District is within the Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands Project area which is part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. The project will help restore wetlands and reestablish the historical creek network feeding Biscayne Bay in Miami-Dade County, enhancing the ecological health of Biscayne National Park.
“We are committed to accelerating the construction of projects to benefit the Everglades ecosystem" said Carol Ann Wehle, executive director for the South Florida Water Management District. "Acquiring needed lands through successful partnerships such as this helps maintain our positive momentum in getting restoration projects in the ground sooner, rather than later."
The land transfer from FPL to the park and the South Florida Water Management District is one aspect of a comprehensive wetlands mitigation plan developed during the licensing of a new electric power generation natural gas fired unit at the existing Turkey Point site.
The public celebration recognizing the land transfer from FPL and marking the success of ecosystem preservation and restoration will include food, music and presentations by the three partners. The event is co-sponsored by Florida Power & Light Co. and the South Florida National Park Trust.
About Biscayne National Park:
Biscayne National Park’s 172,000 acres, is mostly covered by water, protected mangrove forests and clear bay waters. It is located at the northernmost Florida Keys. The Park is home to a portion of the world’s third-largest coral reef. The Dante Fascell Visitor Center features exhibits and films about the park as well as plenty of opportunities for hands-on learning. Visitors to the Park can enjoy canoe and kayak rentals, glass-bottom boat tours and snorkeling trips. For more information visit www.nps.gov/bisc/
About Florida Power & Light Company:
Florida Power & Light Company is the principal subsidiary of FPL Group, Inc. (NYSE: FPL), nationally known as a high quality, efficient and customer-driven organization focused on energy-related products and services. With annual revenues of more than $10 billion and a growing presence in 26 states, FPL Group is widely recognized as one of the country's premier power companies. Florida Power & Light Company serves 4.3 million customer accounts in Florida. FPL Energy, LLC, FPL Group's wholesale electricity generating subsidiary, is a leader in producing electricity from clean and renewable fuels. Additional information is available on the Internet at www.FPL.com, www.FPLGroup.com and www.FPLEnergy.com.
About South Florida Water Management District:
The South Florida Water Management District is a regional, governmental agency that oversees the water resources in the southern half of the state – 16 counties from Orlando to the Keys. It is the oldest and largest of the state’s five water management districts. The agency mission is to manage and protect water resources of the region by balancing and improving water quality, flood control, natural systems and water supply. A key initiative is cleanup and restoration of the Everglades.