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Naples takes preemptive strike against wind farms


8/14/2006 11:00 PM
(Katrina Irwin, WROC-TV)

The town of Naples has taken a preemptive strike against wind farms moving into town. Monday night, the town board voted to ban industrial wind turbines.

The debate over wind power has raged on in towns across upstate New York. There have been heated meetings in Perry, Arkport, Cohocton, and Nunda, just to name a few. But the town of Naples is hoping to avoid all that.

“There have been no proposals right now in the town of Naples, however, the town of Naples, seeing the controversy over it decided to take up the issue and deal with it.

Monday night the town board voted to ban industrial wind farms. People can still construct small wind turbines for residential or commercial use, but there will be no large scale wind farms, selling electricity back to the power grid.

It’s a move that many believe will help preserve the tourism industry.

“If you stand here in the village and look in any direction we are surrounded by hills. If these wind farms want to come in and set up property on any of these hills, it takes away from the beauty and views,” says Suzanne Farley. She owns “Artizanns”, it’s a shop that sells the work of Finger Lakes artists.

A majority of her customers are tourists, and she says they won’t come if wind farms move in.

Naples isn’t the only town in Ontario County that has passed a law banning industrial wind turbines. South Bristol passed a similar law a few years ago.