URGENT!!! Ask FL Senators to VOTE NO on SB 7068 funding toll roads that would destroy rural Florida.These will accelerate urban sprawl in the last of Florida’s undeveloped areas. Subdivisions & strip malls will proliferate & the natural resources that bring visitors to the State will be overused and overrun. The bill is now headed to the Senate Committee on Appropriations and we need your help. CALLS are VITAL and more effective than emails. If you don’t reach staff, please leave a voicemail.
Sen. Tom Lee, a homebuilder... is sponsoring the bill in the legislature to create the new regional toll road system.. Lee told lawmakers at a recent committee meeting that one of the goals is to spur development in rural areas that growth has passed by. Dave Cullen, a lobbyist for the Sierra Club, called the toll-road plan “a recipe for sprawl. That’s all you need for exploding development, because the land would be comparatively cheap,.. and they’ll come put in as many houses as they can sell as quickly as possible, and this state will suffer.”
generally, the plan calls for:
– A “Suncoast Connector” highway to extend the Suncoast Parkway from north of Tampa up to North Florida’s Jefferson County, along the Georgia border.
– A highway to link Polk County to Collier County, the “Southwest Central Florida Corridor.”
– A “Northern Turnpike connector” to extend the Florida Turnpike northwest from I-75 in Wildwood to the Suncoast Parkway on the state’s west coast.
“We’re concerned about... fragmenting the landscape, habitat, watershed features and the tremendous potential for sprawl... The interchanges and intermingling of the roads, with providing from the get-go water and sewer, that is a recipe for sprawl.” - David Cullen lobbyist for Sierra Club FL
** EXTRA EXTRA URGENT: CALLS NEEDED NOW!, early Tue to STOP the Transportation Corridors bill **
SB 7068 Transportation by Sen. Lee is on the agenda in the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
Call committee members listed below and urge them to vote NO on this bill.
The proposed expressway/turnpike proposals may well be the most environmentally detrimental legislation being proposed this year. If built they would lead to massive sprawl in some of the areas we can afford it the least.
SB 7068 shifts money away from where it can be used for education, hurricane recovery, and state parks to fund three toll roads through rural Florida. These toll roads will be able to include water and sewer infrastructure in addition to transportation and will seed an explosion of sprawl. Landscape and wildlife habitat will be fragmented and water resources and watersheds will be compromised.
Please call these Senators Monday or early Tuesday. Phone calls are more effective than emails. Also, look at the counties represented by the committee members. If you live in a Senator’s district, be sure to say so! Constituents are very important to legislators. Tell them politely, but firmly, why you don’t want these roads built. Be prepared to speak to staff or to leave a voicemail. Ask Sen. Lee (the sponsor of SB 7068) to please withdraw his bill.
WHY is this a BAD BILL? >> Hurricane evacuation. A million cars on the road in bad weather… what could possibly go wrong? >> The Florida Panther’s habitat in Collier, Highlands, and Big Cypress carved up by roads just when they need to adapt to climate change. >> Watershed features affecting drainage, aquifer recharge, and wetlands – all at risk >> Transit and planning relieve congestion, not building roads.
Call these Senators today to urge them to vote NO on SB 7068 Transportation.
Sen. Travis Hutson (R-FL-007), Chair Consists of Flagler, St. Johns counties and part of Volusia county firstname.lastname@example.org (850) 487-5007
Sen. Perry Thurston (D-FL-033), V. Chair Consists of part of Broward county email@example.com (850) 487-5033
Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-FL-024) Consists of part of Pinellas county firstname.lastname@example.org (850) 487-5024
Sen. Tom Lee (R-FL-020) Sponsor of SB 7068 Consists of parts of Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk counties email@example.com (850) 487-5020
Sen. Keith Perry (R-FL-008) Consists of Alachua, Putnam counties and part of Marion county firstname.lastname@example.org (850) 487-5008
Sen. Wilton Simpson (R-FL-010) Consists of Citrus, Hernando counties and part of Pasco county email@example.com (850) 487-5010
Sen. Annette Taddeo (D-FL-040) Consists of part of Miami-Dade county firstname.lastname@example.org (850) 487-5040
Sen. Victor "Vic" Torres (D-FL-015) Consists of Osceola county and part of Orange county email@example.com (850) 487-5015 ...