Solar amendment opponents rally in Fort Myers

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Close to 20 elected officials, political candidates, business owners and environmentalists turned out Thursday at Schandler Hall Park to rally against one of four proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution on the Nov. 8 ballot.

It was one of a dozen demonstrations statewide against the measure known as Amendment 1 that deals with solar power. Opponents of the amendment on Wednesday asked the Florida Supreme Court to throw out votes cast in favor of it, arguing that it’s misleading.

The amendment would establish a right for people to own or lease solar equipment on their property to generate their own electricity, and it would ensure those who don’t install solar equipment won’t have to help pay the electric costs of those who do.

Amendment proponents contend it would be a fair law that safeguards consumer rights, but critics say it could deter people from choosing to use solar power, thus helping traditional electric companies.

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