FPL trimming Island trees

Florida Power & Light Co. will have tree-trimming crews on Anna Maria Island during the summer months, cutting and trimming tree branches and vegetation that might interfere with power lines.

A press release from FPL’s vegetation management division said the company is “committed to protecting and maintaining our environment while providing safe and reliable electric service.”

Tree limbs and branches near power lines that are not trimmed can cause “safety hazards and power outages,” by touching power lines or falling on them during windy weather, FPL said.

FPL asked area property owners to assist them in their efforts by “providing access to trees near power lines behind your property.”

If access to a property is necessary, FPL said it would contact the owner personally, or leave a note on the door before performing any work.

Additionally, FPL strongly advised property owners against attempting to trim trees or vegetation on or near power lines.

An FPL spokesperson said property owners would be advised several days in advance of any tree-trimming operation in their area and a schedule for Anna Maria Island trimming locations and times would be released in the near future.

For more information, call FPL at 866-274-9098.

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