Progress poles tower over Apalachicola

Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 10:54 AM.


Despite protest, tears and promises, 2012 was the year that Progress Energy installed a new transmission line that raised 30,000 pound power poles to tower over the historic city.

Even as the materials to create the new line were stacked at various sites and cranes set to work erecting the monstrous structures, a group of citizens fought doggedly to block Progress.

After a lawsuit filed in the circuit court failed to stop the installation failed in 2011, in

Feb. 2012, Fernandina Beach attorney Arthur “Buddy” Jacobs who historical society President Tom Daly said agreed to work for expenses, made a last ditch effort to stop the construction which was already underway.

He attempted to block an impending merger between Progress and Duke Power unsuccessfully.

Named as potential intervenors in the merger case were Richard Bickel, Dr. Helen E.A. Tudor, Tom Brocato, George Coon, Leon Bloodworth, Michael and Catherine Bailey, Robert Lindsley, Susan Buzzett Clementson, and the Apalachicola Area Historical Society.

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