previously nixed proposal in Florida that would create an expressway authority
with the power to build toll roads and condemn property in the southwest part
of the state is being reconsidered.
proposal, introduced this past legislative session and then withdrawn, has been
modified in an attempt to satisfy county commissioners affected by the
initiative, state Rep. Mike Davis, R-Naples, told The News-Press.
will have veto power under the revised bill, Davis said.
won't file the bill this upcoming session until commissioners in Lee and
Collier counties, which lie along the state's gulf coast north of the
Everglades, pass resolutions of support. Another version of the bill includes
Charlotte County. None of the counties has passed such a resolution.
the revised version, the authority would have the power to issue bonds that
would be paid back by tolls.
said his new bill would mention a handful of projects the authority would focus
on first, with adding lanes to I-75 at the top of the list.