Dr. Gill said there was no rush, since there will be one or two ballot initiatives on solar energy on the ballot this year or in 2018, and that it would be premature to give FPL a 30 year standard form franchise. Dr. Pawlowski called for a citizen's committee and full public participation.
Mayor Richard O'Brien spoke for everyone when he said we're "interested in alternatives." The franchise does not expire for two years, so Commissioner Snodgrass said, "I don't know why we're discussing this now," stating he wanted to hear "other options and alternatives," including plans involving interconnection and wheeling of electric power "through the grid system," cogeneration and solar energy buybacks.
Some 25% of Florida residents get our power from municipal and cooperative electric utilities. We don't have to give FPL a franchise and we don't have to pay franchise taxes on electric power. We don't have to sell out to central station power plants and powerful monopolists.
Happy New Year! St. Augustine Beach Commissioners are listening to the people, not monopolists.