Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the three members of the Cabinet are green lighting a plan to build two nuclear reactors in South Florida and big transmission lines on U.S. Highway 1. But not everyone is in favor of the idea.
"Urban transmission lines are a job killer, despite what the (administrative law judge) thought, and the second is that above ground urban transmission lines are massively unpopular with the voters in my part of the state of Florida," South Miami Mayor Phillip Stoddard said.
Scott and the state's three other elected officials Tuesday voted in favor of the plan that would allow Florida Power & Light to add nuclear generators at its existing Turkey Point facility near Homestead. The project would add approximately 2,200 megawatts of power or enough for an estimated 750,000 homes.
The state's largest utility also got for approval for nearly 90 miles of new power lines to carry electricity from the plant.
Several cities in Miami-Dade County opposed the project. A city of Miami attorney said the city will challenge the decision.
Federal regulators must sign off on the project before construction could begin.
Meanwhile, the vote was unanimous in favor of FPL's plan to build big power poles and lines on U.S. 1 from Turkey Point to Coconut Grove.
An attorney for the city of Miami said the city will appeal the decision.