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Fri Sep 11, 2020, 03:50 AM

Florida accused of push for 'roads to nowhere' under cover of pandemic

Opponents of Florida’s largest highway construction project in decades say officials are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to advance three new unwanted toll roads that would destroy more than 50,000 acres of rural landscape and pave hundreds of miles through ecologically fragile wetlands and wildlife corridors.

A diverse coalition of opposition groups fighting the state’s so-called m-cores project insists the 330 miles of new highways planned for south-west, central and north Florida at an estimated cost of $26.4bn are not needed, and wanted the process halted at least until in-person public hearings could resume to evaluate the proposals.

The state, however, has pressed ahead with online meetings, appointing taskforces it requires to make recommendations to Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, by 15 November. Virtual gatherings held over the last 10 days, the coalition said, were beset by technological issues with the digital format so lengthy and laborious that it was almost impossible for their voices to be heard.

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Reply Florida accused of push for 'roads to nowhere' under cover of pandemic (Original post)
yortsed snacilbuper Sep 2020 OP
secondwind Sep 2020 #1
Maraya1969 Sep 2020 #2
Bernardo de La Paz Sep 2020 #5
dhol82 Sep 2020 #3
mitch96 Sep 2020 #4
Zorro Sep 2020 #6

Response to yortsed snacilbuper (Original post)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 03:57 AM

1. Unbelievable


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Response to yortsed snacilbuper (Original post)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 05:23 AM

2. Desantis needs to be dropped next to a Florida panther in the wild and left to fend for himself.

They are losing their habitat as I write this. Let him deal with one of them directly.

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Response to Maraya1969 (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 05:57 AM

5. Florida man mauled by panther while naked and high on rhetoric


(we can dream)

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Response to yortsed snacilbuper (Original post)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 05:40 AM

3. Hey, somebody needs to payoff somebody else.

Isn’t that the way it works?
Not sure why it might be but, follow the money.

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Response to dhol82 (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 05:50 AM

4. Yup, Propose a road to nowhere. Charge millions for feasibility study. Legislators approves

over priced road to nowhere. Build in overpriced delays and kick back money to legislators via money laundering.. Yup, that's how it works.. That method is used in South America for years..
squid pro quo......
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Response to yortsed snacilbuper (Original post)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 02:40 PM

6. "Roads to nowhere" may sound catchy but it's misleading

Tampa is at one end of the proposed Suncoast Connector, which is a continuation of the current toll road that terminates about 50 miles north of Tampa at Brooksville. Its extension even further north is hardly "unwanted".

I-75 these days is oversaturated with traffic from the Georgia state line to Florida's Turnpike. I think the Suncoast Connector will reduce that I-75 traffic and be beneficial overall, so long as corridors accommodating wildlife migration are planned and integrated into the route design.

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