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From Polk to Collier County
NEW! 1000 Friends has prepared a series of detailed recommendations it is asking the M-CORES task forces to incorporate at its upcoming meetings. Check out the recommendations and cover letter and urge task force members to incorporate them.
Please participate in the upcoming FDOT M-CORES Task Force Meeting:
FDOT has announced plans for the August task force meeting, described below. Visit the FDOT M-CORES website to check for further updates.
- August 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Southwest-Central Florida Corridor TASK FORCE MEETING 7, Punta Gorda — Charlotte Harbor Conference Center, FDOT Information Here
- Check out 1000 Friends of Florida’s new Citizen Primer on the Southwest-Central Florida Connector
- Check out May 29 FDOT Southwest-Central Draft Guiding Principles and Avoidance and Attraction Map
June 2, 2020 — 1000 Friends of Florida Statement on Broadband, Economic Development and M-CORES
Part of the M-CORES project, the proposed Southwest-Central Connector extends 140 miles from Polk County south to Collier County. The planning area encompasses nine counties: Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Lee and Polk Counties. Florida Department of Transportation District 1 Secretary L.K. Nandam is chairing the task force with Tracy A. Hood serving as co-chair.
Also involved in the planning process are representatives of the Southwest Florida and Central Florida Regional Planning Councils (RPCs), the South Florida and Southwest Florida Water Management Districts (WMDs), the Collier, Lee County, Charlotte-Punta Gorda, Heartland and Polk Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), representatives of the nine counties, impacted municipalities and others. Board member Andrew Dickman represents 1000 Friends on the Task Force. More information on some of these entities is included below.
Under the provisions of SB 7068, on August 1, 2019 FDOT established the Southwest-Central Florida Connector Task Force. In addition to general task force responsibilities outlined in SB 7068, the legislation also specifies that the Southwest-Central Connector Corridor Task Force shall also:
- “Address the impacts of the construction of a project within the corridor on panther and other critical wildlife habitat and evaluate in its final report: the need for acquisition of lands for state conservation or as mitigation for project conservation,” and
- “Evaluate wildlife crossing design features to protect panther and other critical wildlife habitat corridor connections.”
Southwest-Central Corridor Planning Entities
Visit the FDOT Southwest-Central Connector Page for the list of Task Force members
Task Force Chair and Co-Chair:
Chair: Florida Department of Transportation Southwest Florida District 1 Secretary L.K. Nandam, 863-519-2201
Co-Chair: FDOT District 7 Consutlant Project Management Engineer Tracy A. Hood
FDOT District 1 includes Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Lee & Polk Counties
Main Office: 801 N. Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830-3809, (800) 292-3368
Southwest Area Office: 10041 Daniels Parkway, Ft. Myers, Florida 33913, (239) 225-1900
Hardee County Comprehensive Plan — not available online
The Lee Plan (Lee County, 2019)