Big changes in store for South Dade have folks talking

We’ll probably be hearing about this for awhile. A number of local leaders are upset that Governor Rick Scott and the state cabinet have approved a plan by FPL to build two additional nuclear reactors at Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant and run 90 miles of high-voltage power lines alongside the Metrorail and down US-1. This will have an impact of one kind or another on Cutler Bay, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest and other cities along the path of the lines, and has raised questions about the advisability of building more nuclear plants in an area prone to hurricane damage due to winds and storm surge. Also a concern to some is that apparently under state law, utility companies are allowed to charge customers for construction of nuclear power plants before they are even built. It’s hard to tell if this will have any effect on the outcome of the November 4th elections, but we expect that a lot more will be said on this topic in the weeks and months ahead.

Changes of a different type are going on here at Community Newspapers as well. Besides the continued success of our 13 print newspaper titles, the increasing popularity of our website and our growing newsletter database which is now up to 52,000, we are bringing out an all new health care magazine in December called Inspire Health. An 8” by 10” magazine printed on coated stock, it will be published six times a year, with 10,000 copies distributed in medical professional offices, vitamin shops, med spas, gyms and work out studios from Coral Gables to Palmetto Bay. It will be both in print and online in its entirety. To request the complete media kit, including the editorial calendar, rates, and ad specifications, send an email to Amy Livergood Donner at or call her at 786-223-0747.

Everglades fans, take note. To celebrate the release of Mac Stone’s new book, The Everglades: America’s Wetland, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science will exhibit some of the incredible photos contained in Mac’s new book from now until January 2015. Stone’s visual journey through the Everglades has more than 240 striking photographs of the glades, including images taken at Everglades National Park, Corkscrew Swamp, Fisheating Creek, and dozens of sites that few are permitted to visit. An award-winning conservation photographer and a biologist for the National Audubon Society, Stone’s photos are stunning and speak to the importance of wilderness conservation and the need to protect this irreplaceable wetland. The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum is located at 3280 South Miami Avenue, in Miami, near the Vizcaya Metrorail station.

Thought of the Day:
Some of us are like wheelbarrows— only useful when pushed and very easily upset.
— Jack Herbert

Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column.

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Michael Miller
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