KISSIMMEE, Fla., February 17, 3:00 p.m. — A living piece of Kissimmee history was moved today to accommodate an expanding downtown area.
The noontime whistle at Kissimmee Utility Authority’s historic Roy E. Hansel Generating Station was relocated as part of the planned dismantling of the power plant that produced electricity continuously for 104 years.
The diesel plant was decommissioned in September because the generators were no longer economical to operate. The historic building and adjacent property will be returned to the city of Kissimmee for future development.
The brass whistle was lowered and carried 175 yards south to its new perch located atop the utility’s combined cycle plant exhaust stack.
Residents might notice that the length of the whistle blast has been cut in half due to the limitations of the air compressor at its new location.
The whistle at the power plant has been a part of Kissimmee’s history since the turn of the century when it was used for signaling and timekeeping. Decades of exposure to the elements, however, forced the whistle and the tradition to fall silent in the early 1990s.
The whistle was refurbished and returned to service in October 2000.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.
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Chris M. Gent
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