Manalapan considering underground costs

Their interest piqued by Gulf Stream’s progress on putting power lines underground, town officials wonder how much it would cost to do the same thing in Manalapan.
“I sure would like to see the ‘Third World’ appearance go away,’’ Commissioner Donald Brennan said about the overhead lines along State Road A1A.
Town Manager Linda Stumpf said Florida Power & Light Co. gave her a ballpark estimate of $4.9 million, not including the cost of restoring any landscaping and pavement or putting new connection boxes on homes.
Now she will contact the same consultants Gulf Stream is using to see if the price can be lowered.
“I think there will be a lot of people in favor of it and a lot of people violently opposed to it,’’ Mayor-elect Basil Diamond said.
— Steve Plunkett
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