FPL looks to improve service in Bonita Springs

Bonita Springs residents may see fewer power outages this year as a utility company finishes an infrastructure upgrade and maintenance plan.

Florida Power & Light Co. said it will perform maintenance as part of its four-year plan to improve power service after the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons blew seven storms to the state.

“While no system will be immune to the devastating power of a severe weather event, our goal is to minimize damage to critical infrastructure so that we can respond more quickly,” said spokeswoman Charlotte Miller in a written statement.

After Category 4 Hurricane Charley struck Southwest Florida on Friday Aug. 13, 2004, 874,000 customers had lost power, according to a timeline on FPL’s Web site. A majority had been restored in days and thousands were without power for about two weeks.

Florida’s largest electric utility will reinforce Bonita Community Health Center’s main power line, inspect more than a third of the city’s nearly 11,000 power poles and examine several main power lines with infrared technology.

It will also try to curb the biggest cause of power outages by trimming plant and tree overgrowth from 114 miles of power lines.

FPL also improved service to several Collier and Lee county hospitals, the statement said.

The Juno Beach-based company serves 4.5 million customer accounts in Florida.

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