| Planning for New Turnpikes Begins|
|During the 2019 Legislative Session, Senate President Galvano’s top priority – a bill that would explore creating three new turnpikes in Florida - sailed through both the Florida House and the Senate. Audubon worked to amend the bills to ensure due consideration would be provided for conservation lands and limiting sprawl. The planning task forces have since been named, and Audubon’s Charles Lee and Dr. Paul Gray are among the environmental representatives.|
Audubon Florida is committed to keeping you in the loop as the M-CORES task forces meet regularly.
M-CORES stands for “Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance.” At the first task force meeting on August 27, DOT Secretary Kevin Thibault and Senator Galvano emphasized the goals of providing for environmental land acquisition as part of the M-CORES projects and equally importantly, emphasized co-locating new turnpikes with existing highways as they instructed task force members.
Secretary Thibault encouraged task force members to consider using existing road corridors for new turnpike projects: “I challenge the task force, and I’ll challenge the group that’s working on these [projects], to keep an open mind to see what are the different options that are there,” Thibault said. “It’s not always building a brand new alignment.”
Senator Galvano added: “I challenge you to keep in mind the natural resources that this state has. When we design these corridors – or I should say, when you design these corridors, I ask that you consider concepts to combine right of way acquisition with other land acquisition to facilitate environmental, wildlife habitat, and water quality protection.”
While these roads are still a long way from approval, Audubon Florida and Audubon chapters must influence this process with a logical, science-based, and fact-based approach. That is our goal, and we hope you will join with us in this effort. As the task forces reach key decision points in the planning process, we will send out alerts to keep you engaged.
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