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SCCF decries signing of ‘Toll Roads to Nowhere’ bill

By Staff | May 23, 2019


On May 17, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law SB 7068 – Mid State Toll Expressways.

News that the bill, known by its opponents as the “Toll Roads to Nowhere Bill,” had been signed provoked a number of critical responses from environmental organizations. Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ryan Orgera issued the following statement:

“This is terrible news for Florida’s wild lands and wetlands. Regrettably this is a big step in the wrong direction on water quality, and an unfortunate regression in what has been a promising water agenda coming from the governor. Beyond the negative impact to our state’s environment, Floridians are the biggest losers in this deal – this will exacerbate our ongoing water crisis.”

The reasons SCCF previously called for the veto of SB 7068 remain true following the governor’s misguided action:

– This law will build costly roads and utility infrastructure through the most valuable conservation lands in our state; lands critical to store, clean and recharge our state’s water supply.

– Wetlands are the primary water filters for our state. These proposed toll roads will permanently eliminate thousands of acres of wetlands and threaten thousands more by becoming the anchor for future sprawled development.

– The funding to build these roads will divert existing state general funds away from badly needed water infrastructure priorities; projects critically needed to counter the pollution created by exponential population growth and the continued loss of wetlands.

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation is dedicated to the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed. For more information, visit www.sccf.org.