TECO power line plan draws FishHawk residents’ ire

Some FishHawk Ranch residents are concerned about a Tampa Electric plan that could bring high-voltage power lines through their neighborhood.

Christie VanVleet, a 38-year-old mother of four young children, has started a Facebook group in opposition of TECO’s planned expansion of its Polk Power Station. The group, Stop Power Lines NOW, had more than 150 members as of Thursday afternoon.

VanVleet has also handed out nearly 100 fliers this past week to residents of nearby Channing Park that warn of health risks and call for the power lines to be re-routed or buried. One resident, she said, “looked like he had been given a death sentence” when she told him about the plans.

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