2014 Legislative Session Loser: Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority

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Timing is everything, and the OOCEA picked a bad day to have one of its board members pull a three-count felony indictment for bribery and corruption.

It was the same day the Legislature was considering whether to dismantle the OOCEA and create a newer, bigger, and presumably less corrupt authority to build toll roads throughout Central Florida.

Governor Rick Scott had to quickly suspend the indicted board member, Scott Batterson, and the state attorney hinted that more indictments may be coming down the pike in this growing scandal.

What began as a modest inquiry into possible technical violations of the Sunshine Law has metastasized into what could become Florida’s political scandal of the year.         

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.