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FPL's Energy Encounter presents 'Florida's Mosquito Man' on Wonderful Wednesday

Apr 6, 2007

HUTCHINSON ISLAND, Fla. – Florida Power & Light Company’s Energy Encounter, located at the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant, will feature a presentation on mosquitoes on Wednesday, April 18 at 10 a.m. Dr. George O'Meara, Florida’s foremost expert on mosquitoes, will share his knowledge along with fun facts on these annoying insects at the center’s Wonderful Wednesday program series for adults.

Dr. O’Meara, who resides in Vero Beach, has spent his career at the Florida Medical Entomology Lab as a research scientist and as a professor at the University of Florida. The result of his field and laboratory studies has improved the knowledge of various aspects of mosquito biology and control.

All mosquitoes start their life cycle as eggs, deposited either on or near the water surface. Some species prefer salt or brackish water as found in our local coastal salt marshes while others prefer fresh water derived from rainfall or agricultural irrigation. Mosquitoes are pests that spread diseases such as encephalitis, dog heartworm, dengue fever, malaria, yellow fever and West Nile Virus.

To learn more about mosquitoes, their habits and control methods, attend the April Wonderful Wednesday program. To register or for additional information, please call the Energy Encounter at 1-877-FPL-4FUN or 772-468-4111. Interested visitors can also contact the Energy Encounter by e-mail at Energy_Encounter@fpl.com.

For more information on FPL’s Energy Encounter and the calendar of special events, call toll-free at 1-877-FPL-4FUN or visit us on the web at www.fpl.com/encounter.

Florida Power & Light Company is the principal subsidiary of FPL Group, Inc. (NYSE: FPL), nationally known as a high quality, efficient and customer-driven organization focused on energy-related products and services. With annual revenues of nearly $16 billion and a growing presence in 26 states, FPL Group is widely recognized as one of the country's premier power companies. Florida Power & Light Company serves 4.4 million customer accounts in Florida. FPL Energy, LLC, FPL Group's competitive energy subsidiary, is a leader in producing electricity from clean and renewable fuels. Additional information is available on the Internet at www.FPL.com, www.FPLGroup.com and www.FPLEnergy.com.

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