By Tamas Mondovics
Florida Governor Rick Scott made a stop during his “Let’s Keep Florida Moving” tour at the Brandon Chamber of Commerce last month to discuss his statewide transposition initiative.
The Chamber considered the opportunity an extreme honor while welcoming dozens of guests to the event held at 330 Pauls Dr., Ste. 100 in Brandon.
While Scott’s brief comments mainly covered some of the major projects planned for the state, the event also gave a chance for Senator Tom Lee, R-Brandon; Representative Ross Spano, R-Dover; and Representative Dan Raulerson, R-Plant City, to expand on the governor’s policies and their local impact.
Scott’s “Let’s Keep Florida Moving” tour itself focuses on transportation policies, including investments in Florida’s airports, seaports, road networks and space industry, along with the advancement of more than $806 million for six major transportation projects throughout the state that he says will enhance safety, relieve congestion and increase mobility for Florida’s families. Projects include I-75 in the Tampa Bay region.
“Our economy is strong and growing,” Scott said. “Because of our growth, we were able to secure more than $10 billion for transportation projects, which is the largest transportation funding ever in Florida history.”
While speaking of the $114 billion economy Florida airports generate, Scott said, “We are going to spend about $325 million to expand airports.”
The Governor also promoted the State’s current success of being “on track for a record year for tourism,” while he spoke about spending close to $25 billion dollars on roadways in the next five years.
“Well maintained roadways mean drivers pay an estimated $181 less than the national average,” he said.
Taking his turn to address the audience and bringing the topic to a more local level, Lee spoke highly of Scott’s goals when he said, “Transportation is vital for the health of the Brandon community,” adding, “Our Governor understands what it takes to create jobs.”
In a brief interview following the press conference, Spano agreed with Lee and said that he is grateful for Scott’s efforts to help the many transportation issues facing the state.
“We must give more attention to transportation especially within our local communities as we anticipate the estimated growth in Hillsborough County.”
For more information about the Brandon Chamber of Commerce visit www.brandonchamber.com or visit www.rickscottforflorida.com.