We live in the Sunshine State (actually the fifth sunniest in the Nation), but we only rank 20th in harnessing solar power per capita. Not flattering. But if "big power" has anything to say, they'll keep it that way...or worse.
The Miami Herald and dozens of other media outlets have shed sunlight on the deviously crafted language around Amendment 1 on our ballot this election to find that a vote NO on the Florida Solar Energy Subsidies and Personal Solar Use Initiative, also known as Amendment 1, is actually PRO-SOLAR and PRO-CONSUMER!
And while "big power" has spent $22M of consumers' money to put out slick TV ads and mailings telling you to vote yes on the deceptive Constitutional Amendment they slipped past the Florida Supreme Court, the smart ones will prevail here.
On Wed, Oct 26, 2016, I attended an interesting meeting put on by Cutler Bay Solar Solutions and Palmetto Bay artist and environmental activist Xavier Cortada. It was a joint meeting involving Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay. Each of the Mayors were on hand, and while the government cannot endorse a particular vote, it was clear each mayor (as a voting individual) was firmly in support of a NO VOTE ON AMENDMENT 1.
"The Amendment looks to stifle competition and sets up mechanisms that dis-incentivize rooftop energy. Utilities would rather have change on their own terms. They’re not accustomed to having competition and will do anything to stop potential competitors,"explained Cortada. "I'm angry that the utilities are deceiving citizens and tricking them to vote against their own interests so that they can line their own pockets and increase the rate of our planet’s destruction."
Teamed with Cutler Bay Solar Solutions, Cortada painted three solar panels with suns, each named Let The Sunshine In. The idea is to raise awareness by temporarily putting these panels in public spaces within Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay.
The "friendly competition" that has been set up will pit the Villages against each other to see which populous will have the highest percentage of NO VOTES on Amendment 1. The "winner" will get first choice of the art. Xavier Cortada will then permanently award each of the art pieces for permanent placement, renaming them Let The Sunshine In Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay and Pinecrest.
So get out there and VOTE NO on Amendment 1!