There is nothing about satisfying community concerns.
There is a statement that they will
“continue to refine and develop viable corridor concepts for this area”.
They’re going to write a report despite this “pause”,
and sooner or later they will plow ahead.
Nevermind no need for any of those alternative routes has ever been established.
Watch for that Report so you can comment No Build.
This pause is just a feint because of all the community objections thus far.
Don’t let this pause cool your objections.
More toll roads means more clearcutting and runoff,
more pollution from that runoff,
more development and more water withdrawals,
lower levels in the Floridan Aquifer, rivers, and springs.
And all that traffic is aimed up US 19 across the Suwannee River
to Madison County.
Water is more important than profit for developers and toll road builders.
Nobody has ever demonstrated any need for such a toll road, or for these I-75 “and possibly other” road expansions.
The M-CORES committee deliberated for a long time and reported no need.
The succeeding plan for four potential routes from Wildwood to US 19 did not dispute that lack of need,
but plowed ahead anyway.
the legislature said (in SB 100) that
the Northern Turnpike Extension
“in the strategic interest,” yet the new process would determine a need.
It did not.
This new push for an unnecessary toll road is ignoring previous county and city resolutions against it.
So ask them to pass another one, or a new one if they didn’t before.
draft resulution by the No Roads to Ruin coalition (Suwannee Riverkeeper is a member of NRTR).
Elimination of the proposed boondoggle is just what the state needs
TALLAHASSEE, February 3, 2021 — The announcement today of a bill filed in the
and soon to be filed in the House, to repeal the
bill that created M-CORES, the program that would construct 330
miles of unneeded and fiscally dangerous toll roads through rural
Florida, was welcomed by No Roads to Ruin Coalition partners from
across the state. After 93% of public comments were opposed to
M-CORES, the failure by FDOT and outside analysts to identify any
need at all for these roads, and the brutally obvious fiscal reasons
to stop the M-CORES process in its tracks, repealing the bill and
devoting the billions of dollars it would have devoured instead to
critical state needs is exactly what Floridians need.
“Need should have been established before wasting millions of dollars on M-CORES workshops, but that was not possible, because there is no need,”
said John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER, WWALS Watershed Coalition.
“US 19 from Crystal River to Thomasville, Georgia has nowhere near enough traffic to justify the Suncoast Connector toll road, before even getting into the damage it would cause the Suwannee River, springs, farms, and forests. Cancel M-CORES and spend some of the money directly on pandemic relief, rural broadband, solar panels and batteries, and hurricane shelters,”