Watchdogging Florida Road Expansions

Sierra Club Florida, with many partners across the state, is working to oppose and intensify awareness of the largest road construction project in Florida since the 1950s.

Recently signed by Governor DeSantis, exact specifics are yet to be determined, but the current plan is certain to create substantial development in some of Florida’s last natural lands.

Not requested by constituents, the bill was birthed by a road-building association and backed by billion-dollar business interests, then ushered via horse-trading through the Florida Legislature as the number-one priority of Senate President Galvano.

The bill was ultimately signed after widespread controversy (and after a legislative session in which Senator Galvano delivered on the Governor’s priorities). Activists organized public events across the state, while journalists and editorialists adeptly covered and continue to cover “Billionaire Boulevard.”

A massive statewide constituency is now tuned-in, with many efforts underway to both stop and reshape this plan that would change the face of Florida.

Learn more and join efforts with Sierra Club Florida here.

Check out some of the media coverage:

DeSantis goes wrong way on environment with “toll road to nowhere” [Palm Beach Post]

Don’t let Florida’s destructive history repeat itself [Gainesville Sun]

Toll roads to nowhere no good for Florida [Tampa Bay Times]

DeSantis should have vetoed toll roads to nowhere [Daytona Beach News-Journal]

Governor cited this parkway as an example for Florida toll roads. Here’s the problem with that. [Tampa Bay Times]

Environmentalists protest massive “toll roads to nowhere” [Orlando Sentinel]

Protesters to Governor DeSantis: Veto toll road bill [Tampa Bay Times]

Hundreds of miles of toll roads on the line as Governor considers bill [WTVT]

With toll road bill, DeSantis faces his first test as an environmental champion [Tampa Bay Times]

Desantis pushed to veto toll road expansion [Gainesville Sun]

Environmentalists to Florida Governor: Veto toll roads to nowhere bill [Tallahassee Democrat]

St. Pete rally planned to urge Governor to veto toll road expansion [Creative Loafing]

Environmentalists rally in St. Pete against $1B toll road project [Florida Politics]

Controversial transportation bill puts Governor between a rock and a hard place [St. Pete Catalyst]

Toll roads to nowhere aren’t the best use of taxpayer money [WFLA Radio]

Protestors call on Governor for “Transit, Not Toll Roads” [WLRN]

Some Florida voters want Governor DeSantis to veto toll road [WTSP]

Protestors demonstrate against bill for new toll roads in Florida [WPLG]

New toll road proposal sparks protest in Gainesville [WCJB]

Protesters ask Governor DeSantis to veto toll road bill [WGFL]

Rally in St. Pete to ask Florida Governor to veto rural toll roads bill [WMNF]

Proposed toll road in North Central Florida faces opposition [WCJB]

Florida could get three new toll road highways by 2030 despite environmental concerns [WFSU]

Environmentalists stage protests against toll road expansion [Florida Politics]

Toll road bill goes to Governor DeSantis [WFOR]

For whom the road bill tolls: Governor pressured to veto, sign turnpike plan [The Center Square]

Governor, veto toll roads bill [Ocala Star Banner]

Proposed toll roads subject of St. Petersburg protest [WFLA-TV]

Governor, please veto two bad bills [Northwest Florida Daily News]

Toll road bill on Governor’s desk puts kids’ health at risk [Tallahassee Democrat]

Hopes for Governor to veto toll road bill [WFTS]

Governor to decide on expanding Suncoast Parkway to Georgia line amid protests [WFLA-TV]

Sierra Club, environmentalists protesting toll road expansion plans [Bay News 9]

Four ways Florida lawmakers affected your pocketbook [Tampa Bay Times]

State must stop pollution at its source [Gainesville Sun]

Vague, multi-billion-dollar plan to build new toll roads across Florida [Florida Phoenix]

Whether needed or not, Legislature approves 3 big FL road projects [Bradenton Herald]

Build Suncoast Parkway all the way to Georgia? Nobody told Georgia [Tampa Bay Times]

Road builders drive massive highway expansion, but at a price [Florida Times-Union]

New toll roads would damage environment [Gainesville Sun]

GOP leaders risk looking more like authoritarians than legislators [Palm Beach Post]

New toll expressways would be a boondoggle, not a boon [Tampa Bay Times]

New toll highways will take a toll on rural areas [Lakeland Ledger]

Legislature wants to pave paradise, put up toll roads [Florida Times-Union]

Governor should reject whims of lawmakers to expand toll roads [Sun-Sentinel]

Stop the “transportation corridors” bills [Tampa Bay Times]

$10 billion “boondoggle” highway bill [Sun-Sentinel]

Florida has more pressing transportation needs [Tampa Bay Times]

Use existing roads to benefit growth and the environment [Florida Politics]

New toll roads could be a boon to billionaires. To Floridians? Who knows. [Tampa Bay Times]

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