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Public vote should be taken on wind turbines  

OK, I agree, producing more affordable, environmentally-friendly energy is a top priority to our country.

The question is, why build nine 40-story towers, some of which are on a small patch of public land, and not allow the public to be involved? A vote by the citizens of St. Lucie County should be the deciding answer.

After all, we are the people who will have to live with these monsters, day in, day out for the rest of our lives. I would rather see the sun rise over the natural flora that abounds on the barrier islands.

Looking at high-rise condos along the beach is bad enough and, by the way, isn’t there a height limit on the barrier islands in St. Lucie County?

Why not build these towers at the Florida Power & Light power generating plant in Indiantown with lots of land and only a few cows to look at and listen to them? I don’t think the wind is any different there.

I’m not against using wind energy, but why on our beautiful coastline? Just remember, once built, we will live with them for a very long time and it is just the beginning. I believe FPL’s goal is once this test site is secure, it will then take any public land coast to coast to build there with their towers.

Edward Stowell

Fort Pierce

TCPalm

24 February 2008

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