And there are other "improvements" planned west of I-75 which, if brought to fruition, will likely have as a major impact huge sprawling growth. This will, of course, add more and more population in rural areas, creating what this writer feels will meet the real reason for the roadwork: to turn beautiful rural North Florida, a land of lowlands and many swamps, into an extension of Miami, Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville.
The most recent meeting of the task force, the fourth in a series of seven meetings, was held this past Wednesday and on today's North Florida Writer Live blogcast we will discuss it. A well informed group of citizens attended to observe and make public comment and the result has been that task force members, appointed by FDOT, are starting to take a better look at the process and its intended result. Some of the issues are need, what really are the traffic patterns, the importance of using existing roadway first, how will the decision be reached, and should a new roadway possibly even be nixed from the plan with allowance for communities to make the needed transportation changes. This latter comment was brought up by Commissioner Scott Adams of Citrus County who is an advocate of more informed home rule, something that was truly refreshing and should be looked at very carefully. If you live in or around the "target" area I hope you'll pay attention.
The show: I-75 Relief Task Force Meeting #4 will air live Friday at 3 pm. It will also be available on demand upon completion. We hope you'll join us because if you don't pay attention and get involved, don't be surprised when the bulldozers show up in your backyard. Here's the link:
The entire task force meeting can be found on the Florida Channel for viewing, but we are providing this blogcast for those of you who don't have the time to watch the entire day's meeting which ran from 9-4:30. Yours truly was there for the duration and spoke as well. It's an eye-opening experience, indeed. Join us, won't you?