Skepticism over proposed toll road between Orlando, Naples dominates webinar

By Chad Gillis
Fort Myers News-Press
State transportation planners and consultants pitched a second highway in as many days, and they got a similar response both times: many in the public simply don’t want any of the three proposed toll roads to cut through different sections of Florida.


Many at the meeting said they were concerned about this Southwest connector because it would cut through the heart of the Florida panther breeding population. 

Eugene Kelly with the Florida Native Plant Society said the webinar felt like a justification for building the roads. 

“I’ve grown frustrated and I feel like I’m just repeating myself,” Kelly said. “I just can’t understand why it feels like the burden of proof is on the public.”  

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