Governor signs bill to extend Suncoast Parkway

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed a controversial measure aimed at expanding and building three toll roads on the western side of the state, with supporters saying the plan will help prepare for future growth and aid in disaster evacuations.  5c9b7cbd40611.image

The bill creates three toll road corridors, including extending the Suncoast Parkway from Citrus County to Georgia and connecting the Florida Turnpike to the parkway.

Environmentalists, who were joined by former governors Charlie Crist and Bob Graham in opposing the plan, said they will continue to wage “war” against the toll roads, which they maintain will devastate large rural and natural tracts of land.

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