Florida commission votes no on toll road study

| 5/4/2007

Landowners pushing for the construction of the Heartland Parkway, a new 150-mile tolled highway linking Orlando to Immokalee, received a setback this week, when a county commission voted against authorizing a feasibility study.

The Collier County Commission voted 4-1 against the authorization proposal.

Environmentalists with the Florida Wildlife Federation declared the vote a step in the right direction to block the road proposal, according to the Naples Daily News. The environmental group is opposed to urban sprawl.

Landowners involved in a coalition want to grow economic activity on their properties. They belong to a group called the Heartland Economic, Agricultural and Rural Taskforce – calling themselves HEART.

Despite the setback from the commission vote, HEART supporters vow to keep trying.