Progress Energy open house draws crowd

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Levy County residents get first look at path of transmission lines

By Chris Van Ormer

CRYSTAL RIVER — Residents swarmed the National Guard Armory in Crystal River Tuesday to look


at maps of the potential routes of Progress Energy Florida’s new

transmission lines.

“We sent out about 6,000 letters in the whole area,” said Gail T. Simpson,

manager, public policy and constituency relations for Progress Energy.

By a rough estimate, at least 500 residents attended Tuesday’s open house.

The parking lot at the armory was overflowing.

Inside the armory, residents lined up to see how close their property would

be to the potential transmission corridor. Each resident could input his or

her address for an aerial view on a computer screen. A staff member from

Progress Energy would then explain how close the corridor would be to the


The lines affect residents in Levy, Citrus and Hernando counties and largely

follow the path of existing lines. This is one of three main segments of the

transmission corridor. The other two segments will run from the Oldsmar area

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