PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — More than 20 osprey nests in the Florida Panhandle have to be moved to make way for a new power line.
Gulf Power is moving the nests to platforms atop new 60-foot wooden poles before construction begins this month on the 25-mile line through Bay and Walton counties. The new poles were built within 100 feet of the old utility poles.
Spokesman Jeff Rogers tells The News Herald (http://bit.ly/16YMQEQ ) that moving the nests will protect the ospreys during construction.
Osprey nests are usually found with a few miles of bodies of water such as lakes, bays, salt marshes, swamps, reservoirs and rivers. The state requires a permit and replacement structures to move osprey nests.
Rogers says the nests will be moved through January, during months when ospreys are not nesting.
Information from: The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald, http://www.newsherald.com