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By ARCH ABERNETHY One staffer recalled getting at least nuclear units generating nearly 12,000 me-
'. Tribune Staff Writer three calls from out-of-state from busi- gawatts of electricity.
ARCADIA Officials at the DeSoto nesses and contracting firms interested in DeSoto officials, including Arcadia
County Chamber of Commerce late yester- the huge plant. Mayor Coleman Brewer and county com-
had been comin a hodfb fising mission Chairman R. V. Griffin, have said
day said telephoneacalshabeencomd Florida Power and Light officials re- such a project would be a boon to the
in all day concerning Florida Powervealed tentative plans at a meeting county, creating new jobs, housing and
Light Company's plan to build a $3.5- Wednesday with directors of the allied benefits
billion generating plant, hopefully nuclear, Southwest Florida Water Management Those in opposition to the. proposal
in the area. District in Brooksville. seem to be in the minority in DeSoto,
Chamber officials said the calls gener-.
ally were not of a pro-or-con nature, lssaibut The plant would be built on 20,300 acres chamber officials said, and most residents
were from private citizens and business- owned by the company in northern DeSo- favor the plan as long as the environment
men interested in working on the project. to, and eventually could consist of 10-12 is protected.