Environmentalists will rally in St. Pete against the $1B toll road project

Environmentalists statewide are calling on Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto legislation that would create more than 300 miles of toll roads through rural areas of the state.FloridaTollRoad

DeSantis, who received the bill Monday, has 15 days to sign it into law.

Environmental groups say the three projects would harm natural habitats, degrade water quality and encourage urban sprawl.

The project would extend the now 60-mile Suncoast Parkway from its current terminus north of Spring Hill along 150-miles of pristine rural land.

It would also create a 150-mile toll road from Lakeland to Naples and create 30 miles of tolled expressway to connect Wildwood to the new span of the Suncoast Parkway.

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