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04/05/2010 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC History on Display at the Historic Capitol Museum


TALLAHASSEE — Who was Florida’s first Public Service Commissioner (PSC)?  When did the PSC regulate the Airline industry?  Who threatened to step in during the Florida East Coast Railway Strike?  Find answers to these and other trivia at the premiere of the PSC’s historical exhibit, “Trains, Planes, and Solar PVs,” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, at the Historic Capitol Museum (Monroe Street entrance).

The PSC, overseeing Florida’s regulated utilities, was invited to participate in the Historic Capitol Museum’s ongoing series of temporary exhibitions that allows different Florida departments to showcase their history.

“The PSC is rich in history, and we look forward to sharing our past, as well as our present, with visitors to the Historic Capitol,” said PSC Chairman Nancy Argenziano.  “Our agency has had 60 commissioners since our beginnings in 1887, and endured many changes, but our primary role remains steadfast . . . to ensure that Florida’s citizens receive safe, reliable, utility services at affordable rates.”

Thirty-year PSC veteran and new Executive Director Timothy J. Devlin will open the exhibit, and former and present PSC employees will be attending.

On display through June 25, the exhibit will include information and items from the Commission’s early years to the present.  One special artifact on permanent exhibit at the Historic Capitol is the oak 1902 Supreme Court Bench, which later served as the PSC’s dais (bench) in the old Whitfield Building.  During the Historic Capitol’s restoration, the bench was returned to its original location in the south wing.

Wednesday, April 7
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Historic Capitol Museum (Monroe Street Entrance)
“Trains, Planes, and Solar PVs”
PSC’s Historic Exhibit

The PSC is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive their electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater services in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner. The PSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in the areas of rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and monitors safety, reliability, and service.

The mission of the Florida Historic Capitol Museum, a service of the Florida Legislature, is to illuminate the past, present, and future connection between the people of Florida and their political institutions through programs of education, interpretation, and preservation.

For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com and http://www.flhistoriccapitol.gov/.



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