10/16/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/16/2019 13:44
Notice of Public Meeting
Florida Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance Task Force
Southwest-Central Florida Connector
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
The Florida Department of Transportation will host a meeting of the Florida Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) Task Force for the Southwest-Central Florida Connector at 10 a.m., Wednesday, October 30, at Polk State College - Lakeland Campus, 3425 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, Florida 33803. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The public is invited to attend and observe the proceedings of the Task Force. Comment stations will be available throughout the meeting where comments may be submitted in writing, verbally to an on-site court reporter, or by email to [email protected] In addition, a public comment period will begin at 4:30 p.m.
Two or more members of the Collier County Board of County Commissioners may be present and participate at the meeting. The subject matter of this meeting may be an item for discussion and action at a future Collier County Board of County Commissioners meeting
The M-CORES program is intended to revitalize rural communities, encourage job creation and provide regional connectivity while leveraging technology, enhancing the quality of life and public safety, and protecting the environment and natural resources. The program was signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis May 17, 2019. The intended benefits include, but are not limited to, addressing issues such as: hurricane evacuation; congestion mitigation; trade and logistics; broadband, water and sewer connectivity; energy distribution; autonomous, connected, shared and electric vehicle technology; other transportation modes, such as shared-use nonmotorized trails, freight and passenger rail, and public transit; mobility as a service; availability of a trained workforce skilled in traditional and emerging technologies; protection or enhancement of wildlife corridors or environmentally sensitive areas; protection or enhancement of primary springs protection zones and farmland preservation areas.
The Florida Department of Transportation may adopt the result of this planning effort into the environmental review process, pursuant to Title 23 U.S.C. § 168(4)(d) or the state project development process.
Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. People who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Angela Starke at [email protected] or at (407) 264-3321 at least seven days prior to the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, (800) 955- 8771 (TDD) or (800) 955-8770 (Voice).