Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Nov. 11: Snap Jaws Shut On Alligator Alley Privitization Plan

By Sylvia Gurinsky

Run, do not walk, to the public hearing planned for this Thursday night at Florida Atlantic University's Davie campus. The subject: Proposed toll hikes for Alligator Alley as the State of Florida aims to have a private company manage the road.

These would be Hikes with a capital "H," since tolls would go up every year for 50 years. According to The Miami Herald, tolls would rise each year at either three percent or the rate of inflation - whichever is higher. That's ridiculous.

The state has come up with a lot of schemes in its time, but this one takes the cake. For starters, it's going to force more drivers without the dough onto Tamiami Trail to travel across the state. That will put more stress on the historic road, which is set to undergo a renovation in four years that would restore more water flow in Everglades National Park. Think of the traffic nightmares if there's an accident.

Thursday night's hearing is at the Liberal Arts Building at 2912 College Ave., Davie. It starts with an open house at 6 p.m. Be there - and shout out a big "NO" to this plan.

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