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Friday, October 7, 2022

Florida Turnpike extension opponents vow to hold elected leaders accountable

Florida Turnpike opponents gathered this week to have the last word on the Florida Department of Transportation’s announcement of a “pause” for the Northern Turnpike Extension project before the upcoming primary and general elections.

“No Build” community activists from Citrus, Levy, Marion and Sumter counties minced no words when sharing their resolve to stop each and every attempt to ram a new toll road through rural Florida and responding to the legislators who voted for the  2019 and 2021 bills that created the costly M-CORES and the Northern Turnpike Extension threats to their communities.

Tillman’s Hammock activist Gay Lynn Light called on Sumter County voters to push forward with a clean sweep of the commission. Four Sumter County Commission races are on Tuesday’s ballot.

“As a Sumter voter, I think it’s time we elected a new slate of commissioners for Sumter County who actually represent long-time residents, and not developers,” the 75-year-old said.

Residents of Royal, who regularly took to the podium at Sumter County Commission meetings at Everglades Recreation Center, fought hard against the proposed turnpike extension and contend they have a right to be suspicious about their government.

“The state previously bisected our community putting Interstate 75 through Royal and it is unacceptable for politicians to try and put highways through our African American community like they have time and time again. Royal would have been ground zero for the Northern Turnpike Extension: Each of the four proposed routes would have cut Royal in half, dividing the fabric of a loving and caring community that has been there for generations. There are no viable corridors for Historic Royal and we expect FDOT and state leadership to continue to hold their word and nix the Turnpike Extension,” said Royal activist Kathy Towns.

Representing the Developer or the residents?

A Village of Belvedere resident looks the the Florida House race and asks if the candidates will represent the Developer of The Villages or the residents of the community.

A question of leadership

A Village of Hemingway resident, in a Letter to the Editor, poses a question about leadership.

Angry people strike out in angry ways

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Rio Grande resident warns angry people can strike out in angry ways and cites a frequent letter writer to Vilages-News.com.

Floridians must demand an end to lawsuit abuse

The executive director of Florida Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse argues that it’s time for residents of the Sunshine State to stand up and demand change.

DeSantis using Hurricane Ian to raise his national profile

The director or Faith in Florida contends that Gov. Ron DeSantis is using Hurricane Ian to enhance his national profile. Read her Letter to the Editor.