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October 2019 Update

 
 
 

M-CORES Meeting Schedule
Set for October, November

 

The second round of Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) meetings is coming up. For the first time, the three task forces will meet within their respective study areas. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) encourages the public to attend any or all of the events, observe the proceedings, and provide input.

The subsequent community open houses provide an opportunity for the public to view information presented at the task force meetings. There will be no formal presentation at the open houses, but attendees may come anytime during the event to watch the task force presentations, view displays, and hold one-on-one conversations with staff. Everyone wishing to provide comments for the public record can speak to a court reporter, fill out a comment form, or type comments into a laptop. All displays, videos, and documents will be available at FloridaMCORES.com after the meetings.

The October–November schedule is as follows:

Northern Turnpike Connector Task Force Meeting #2
Tuesday, October 22 at 10:00 a.m. (registration opens at 9:00 a.m., public comments begin at 4:30 p.m., and comment stations will be available all day)
Citrus County — College of Central Florida Citrus Learning Center
3800 S Lecanto Hwy
Lecanto, FL 34461

Suncoast Connector Task Force Meeting #2
Wednesday, October 23 at 10:00 a.m. (registration opens at 9:00 a.m., public comments begin at 4:30 p.m., and comment stations will be available all day)
Citrus County — College of Central Florida Citrus Learning Center
3800 S Lecanto Hwy
Lecanto, FL 34461

Northern Turnpike Connector Community Open House
Thursday, October 24 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Citrus County — College of Central Florida Citrus Learning Center
3800 S Lecanto Hwy
Lecanto, FL 34461

Suncoast Connector Community Open House
Thursday, October 24 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Dixie County — Old Town Education Center
823 SE 349 Highway
Old Town, FL 32680

Southwest-Central Florida Connector Task Force Meeting #2
Wednesday, October 30 at 10:00 a.m. (registration opens at 9:00 a.m., public comments begin at 4:30 p.m., and comment stations will be available all day)
Polk County — Polk State College - Lakeland Campus
3425 Winter Lake Road
Lakeland FL 33803

Southwest-Central Florida Connector Community Open House
Tuesday, November 12 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wauchula Train Depot
135 East Main Street
Wauchula, FL 33873

To stay up to date on all M-CORES events, or to receive email notifications, please visit FloridaMCORES.com.

To provide comments, send an email to FDOT.Listens@dot.state.fl.us.

 
 
 
 

M-CORES Website Gets Update

 

The official website of the Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) has undergone some recent updates. The site, FloridaMCORES.com, has been streamlined to better help the public stay informed on M-CORES news and events.

Each task force page has been updated to make it easier for users to find information. New links at the top of the task force pages enable users to quickly find and access information about the study, task force members, and upcoming events.

In addition, new buttons (▼) allow information to be shown or hidden with a simple click for a better overall reading experience.

Documents from the August 27 plenary session and task force meetings have been added to the site, and there are links to the videos of all three task force meetings.

FloridaMCORES.com also now has buttons for quick and easy access to the Facebook pages for M-CORES and the three study areas: Suncoast Connector, Northern Turnpike Connector, and Southwest-Central Florida Connector. By liking one or more of these Facebook pages, the public can stay up to date with the latest news, and get reminders about upcoming M-CORES events.

Head to FloridaMCORES.com to stay up to date on all the latest news; sign up for email updates; provide input; and find meeting materials, videos, photos, and more.

 
 
 
 

As M-CORES Task Forces Start Work, Now Is the Time to Join the Public Conversation

 

Three task forces have begun studying the feasibility of building three Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES).

Although the yearlong task of gathering public input is still in its early stages, the process already offers the public many opportunities to voice suggestions, convey concerns or support, and ask questions. Each task force will hold several public meetings within its study area, followed by an informational open house. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will hold at least one public-engagement event in every county within the study areas.

In addition, the public can offer feedback via email at FDOT.Listens@dot.state.fl.us or through the comment form on FloridaMCORES.com. The public can also stay updated by visiting FloridaMCORES.com and clicking the “Stay Informed” tab to learn more, see a calendar of upcoming meetings and open houses, and sign up to receive news and notices of upcoming meetings.

Craig Fugate, former director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management and former head of FEMA, supports the corridors, in part to provide more emergency evacuation routes. He also encourages people to get involved in the process, regardless of their position on M-CORES.

FDOT is required to ensure that any new roadway construction is done in an environmentally friendly way that creates positive economic and lifestyle impacts with minimal disruption. Many task force members have environmental expertise to ensure all points of view are considered.

To learn more about the task forces go to FloridaMCORES.com, click the “Task Forces” tab.

 
 
 
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