Stop Florida's “Roads to Ruin” toll roads

By Mark Ferrulo - August 22, 2019

Despite overwhelming public opposition, the legislature passed, and Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill to create three major new toll roads that will destroy large swaths of Florida’s last remaining rural lands, pollute waterways, and threaten endangered wildlife including the iconic Florida manatee and panther.

We’re not done fighting to stop these costly and disastrous “Roads to Ruin”, and we need your help.

A group of task forces, formally known as M-CORES1, will meet on Tuesday, August 27th in Tampa to begin developing recommendations for the Florida Department of Transportation to move this boondoggle forward. We need to be there to show community opposition from community leaders and everyday Floridians like you. Here are the hearing details:

Toll Road Task Force Meeting
Tuesday, August 27th, 8am-8pm
(public testimony 4:30-8:00pm)
Tampa Convention Center
RSVP on Facebook (optional)

Make no mistake: we’re not interested in just making this horrible proposal less disastrous or getting a “better” route for these unneeded and destructive toll roads. Our aim is to stop this new toll road debacle in its tracks.

We’re already working with allies to build a diverse coalition that will use our collective power and take a very hard line against these “Roads to Ruin.” But the task forces charged with developing a plan are stacked with representatives from industries who stand to gain financially from carving up what remains of unpaved Florida. We must mobilize as many people as possible to turn out Tuesday in Tampa in opposition.

Please join us on Tuesday, August 27th to show up and speak out Tuesday in opposition to Florida’s “Roads to Ruin.”

These “Roads to Ruin” are a recipe for out of control urban sprawl that will further strain our state’s water resources, contribute to climate change, and wreak havoc on wildlife and wilderness. We won’t stop fighting until this boondoggle is stopped once and for all.

For a better Florida,

Mark and the Progress Florida team

P.S. To learn more about this issue, here is a Tampa Bay Times column by one of our coalition partners: “Special interests tip scales in toll road fight”

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1Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES)