Earth First!, FPL protest: Activist group at Juno Beach facility to protest proposed new power plant

5 people arrested

JUNO BEACH, Fla. - A group of protesters created a disturbance outside the main Florida Power and Light building in Juno Beach Monday.

Several members of the activist group, Earth First!, formed a chain, blocking the entrance and attempting to prohibit traffic from entering or leaving the facility.

Juno Beach police arrested 5 people and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office assisted in transporting them after they were taken into custody, the sheriff's office said.

The group said in a statement that the primary concern of the protesters is "a proposal to construct a fossil fuel power plant in Hendry County, on the border of the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation."

The group claims the plant would pollute the water in the area.

Greg Brostowicz, spokesman for FPL said, "We are always planning for the future, which includes identifying locations for potential new power plants, to meet the needs of our customers. We own property all over the state. It is important to note that we do not have any specific plans for the Hendry property at this time. Any new power plant goes through years of public review by numerous local and state agencies. We always welcome input from the public on new projects."


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