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Published on Nov 22, 2011
Poorer neighborhoods and rural counties are often the victims of cost and corner cutting measures by larger corporate concerns. While we have no evidence that is the case here with Progress Energy, Apalachicola and Franklin County citizens are at a loss to understand why this Transmission Pole upgrade project, which is at least a month ahead of Progress Energy's schedule, cannot be put on a temporary hiatus to try and work out alternatives. This is the action that the City of Apalachicola Commissioners requested last week, and local Progress Energy CUSTOMERS, like Willie Joe in this video, fully expected to happen. Why has Progress Energy not listened, and why do they not want to discuss alternatives? Port St. Joe, Gulf County received $586,000 in Florida DOT money less than five years ago to have a half mile of waterfront utilities run underground, and a professionally designed streetscape installed. Why can't Apalachicola have an opportunity to try and do the same? We know Progress Energy has a corporate office in Gulf County. Are they playing favorites? Is our population not large enough, or wealthy enough for, as Willie Joe says, our "opinion to count"? [Editors Note: Differing viewpoints and videos are welcome.]