Takeaways from Tallahassee — Roadside assistance

Takeaways from Tallahassee — Roadside assistance

Trade associations and other organizations are standing together in support of infrastructure development as task forces prepare to examine the need for major highway projects in the Sunshine State.

The Connecting Florida coalition, formed this week, will be advocating for an infrastructure plan detailed in legislation (SB 7068) signed in May by Gov. Ron DeSantis. The bill requires the state to start saving money for three major toll road projects: extending the Tampa-area Suncoast Parkway to the Florida-Georgia line, connecting the northern terminus of the Florida Turnpike to the Suncoast Parkway, and constructing the Southwest-Central Florida Connector between Polk and Collier counties.

Last month, Ron DeSantis signed a new highway expansion bill, supported by the newly formed Connecting Florida coalition.

Connecting Florida views the projects as “critical” for infrastructure development. And the formation of the group comes as the state faces an August deadline to create three task forces that will examine the need for each project.

One of the Connecting Florida members is Craig Fugate, who led the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under former President Barack Obama’s administration. Fugate also served as former

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