Some newer South Florida communities, such as Weston, have most power lines buried. Four neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale — Idlewyld, Riviera Isles, Las Olas Isles and Seven Isles — have applied to bury lines, but still need to meet the city's requirement that 70 percent of their property owners agree to pay the costs.
Here are the some South Florida cities that have buried some power lines or have plans to do so:
Coconut Creek: Buried lines at Promenade shopping development on the southwest corner of Lyons and Wiles roads. Will start work this week on burying about 1.2 miles of power lines on the west side of Lyons Road from Hilton Road to Sawgrass Expressway and along parts of Hilton Road. Plans under way to bury about 2 miles of line along Collum Road from the Promenade development to State Road 7 and along parts of NW 54th Avenue and the city's Main Street area.
Total cost: More than $3.5 million after FPL's 25 percent discount
Who pays: Developers of the Promenade paid for the first part; Seminole Tribe paid $2 million for the second; developers of the Main Street area will pay $1.5 million for the third.
Hollywood: Burying lines between the city's beachfront Broadwalk and Highway A1A. Finished a pilot project to bury lines on six blocks around the city's renovated garage and community center near Connecticut Street and A1A, then started converting 12 blocks just south of that area. Started design work to bury lines 15 blocks north of the pilot project. Plans to do another 19 blocks from Harrison Street to Magnolia Terrace.
Total estimated cost: $11 million, before FPL's discount
Who pays: The beach redevelopment area will pay through projected increases in tax revenue.
Plantation: Burying about 1 mile of power lines along State Road 7, from Broward to Sunrise boulevards.
Total estimated cost: $977,000
Who pays: City's redevelopment agency pays through projected increases in tax revenue.
Palm Beach: Has approval to bury lines for a small strip of mansions along Ocean Boulevard.
Total estimated cost: $175,000
Who pays: Each homeowner in the neighborhood pays $30,000 to $40,000; the area is too small to qualify for FPL's 25 percent discount.
Jupiter Island: Buried all lines.
Total cost: About $8.5 million, after FPL's discount
Who pays: Each homeowner pays a tax based on their property values over 20 years — about $12,000 for an average homeowner.
Jupiter Inlet Colony: Begins work this week to bury all lines.
Total cost: About $3.1 million, after FPL's discount
Who pays: Each resident pays an estimated $11,000 to $13,000 in a lump sum or in increments over 15 years.
Source: City governmentsCopyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times