County to make parkway case to FDOT head

Published: Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 09:26 AM.

Two weeks ago the Board of County Commissioners decided to increase the intensity of the lobbying campaign concerning the proposed route for the Gulf Coast Parkway.

Commissioner Warren Yeager picked up the baton this week.

Yeager, accompanied by county administrator Don Butler and county attorney Jeremy Novak, was scheduled to meet with Florida Department of Transportation Anand Persad in Tallahassee on Tuesday to present the county’s arguments on the Gulf Coast Parkway.

“We are going to make our case and we’ll see,” Yeager said during Tuesday’s regular bi-monthly BOCC meeting.

The county’s argument is that the intent of the parkway is not being met by the latest proposed route alternatives being recommended by the DOT.

The parkway, commissioners argued, was meant as economic development and tourism boon for south Gulf County, with a preferred alternative that would take the parkway well to the north on a direct link with U.S. 231.

However, commissioners contended two weeks ago after a public hearing on the parkway, the proposed route will now primarily be a benefit for shoppers heading from Gulf County to Callaway.

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