Is M-CORES Running Scared?



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M-CORES is seeking support from the public.  Are they losing backing, or just now realizing they never had it?

So much has changed  in the last few months, and now we see a group called Connecting Florida (desperately?) seeking support from the public regarding the toll roads.   Connecting Florida is, according to their statement:

Connecting Florida is a coalition focused on infrastructure needs for Florida’s future, which includes connecting rural communities to the world commerce and our world-class destinations to tourists, providing efficient interstate and intrastate commerce and safe evacuation routes, while protecting and enhancing our precious natural resources.

We support the creation of multi-use corridors of regional economic significance and the mission to prioritize critical infrastructure enhancements and other connectivity services for the benefit of the State of Florida and all Floridians!

This group’s FaceBook page has posted a plea for support from the public, followed by a place to type in your personal information in order to subscribe/enlist yourself as a supporter.

Lend Your Name in Support!

Your help and voice are critical to showing just how important it is that we plan now for key infrastructure enhancements that will benefit the state and all Floridians. Lend your name in support today and we will get in touch with you on opportunities in your local area and other ways that you can help the effort.  

This group lists 13 sponsors, mostly road builders and business supporters.  Among these is the Florida Trucking Association, whose task force member expressed opposition to the Sun Coast Connector at one of the early meetings.  Perhaps that has changed, perhaps not.

As with some other issues, there is confusion over the role that the current pandemic may play with the toll road boondoggle, since some construction projects have halted, and others seem to be encouraged during these times of economic slowdown.

Regarding  the toll roads however, it appears that the virus has slowed the process.  No meetings have been taking place, and plans for the future  are vague and mention possibilities of meetings in May.  We already know the final conclusion time in Oct. has been moved back to November.

Regardless of the virus factor, it is a fact that not only many individuals but also municipalities and organizations strongly oppose this wild scheme by developers and corrupt officials wanting to profit by destroying rural Florida.

So in response to the question posed in the title of this post, the answer is we hope so.

Thanks to Tracey Barrett and Thomas Hawkins this information.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
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1 Comment

  1. When I was growing up, Florida had about two million residents with a cattle and farming
    economy. Today we have some twenty million residents with a “service” economy that is
    devastating to the natural environment. Yet “agriculture” gets blamed for water problems.
    But, politically, development is as unstoppable as tides and time……

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