On January 5, 2016 the Florida Public Service Commission gave Florida Power and Light (FPL) the initial green light to build a $1.3 billion, 1,633 megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Okeechobee County.
In January, Lawmakers and the Governor passed a major water policy law. Though the new law is flaunted by state lawmakers as a strong policy that will protect springs and dedicate money for water, there are several weaknesses.
Four years ago, the Miami-Dade County Commission approved an unusually controversial plan for a commercial project on agricultural land near Kendall Drive and outside the Urban Development Boundary on one key condition: that the site not include any housing, which requires costly services and can lead to further pressure for development.
Back then, the proposal prompted numerous public hearings, hours and hours of heated debate, court challenges, a mayoral veto and override, and finally review by the governor and cabinet.