Sen. Latvala working to put Sunshine Speedway property back to work

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At the suggestion of Senator Jack Latvala, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has begun the process of determining if an underutilized state asset can be put back to work to help create jobs and new economic activity in central Pinellas County.

The old Sunshine Speedway not only generated family-oriented entertainment, but also fostered a number of small auto repair businesses in the corridor between Ulmerton Road and 118th Avenue North. This property was purchased by the state for the Roosevelt Boulevard connector which has been postponed. Constituents of the Senator have suggested re-opening the Speedway in the interim which he then discussed with FDOT. They have now agreed to advertise for bids on leasing the property. A pre-bid meeting is scheduled for 11:00 AM on December 8th at the site which is located at 4550 Ulmerton Road in Clearwater.

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