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Advanced Manufacturing Research Center, I-4, Sanford Burnham, water quality, Pulse, on Central Florida lawmakers’ minds

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As they prepare for the 2017 Legislative Session, Central Florida lawmakers are looking out for help for the emerging Advanced Manufacturing Research Center in Osceola County, the demise of the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in Lake Nona, and I-4 throughout the region. Those are things almost everyone in Central Florida’s delegation is examining. The Democrats add, don’t forget about Pulse, and the economic fairness and mental health issues everyone spoke of during the election campaigns this year. But…

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Critics of Tampa Bay Express project now targeting Chamber of Commerce

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A Tampa grassroots organization still smarting over the decision by the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Organization to approve a controversial toll lanes project in Tampa is now directing its ire at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Sunshine Citizens is a nascent group formed to oppose what is known as the Tampa Bay Express project, a multibillion-dollar plan from the Florida Department of Transportation that would add tolled express lanes on I-275 from the Gateway area of St. Petersburg to Bearss Avenue in north…

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Favoritism in awarding state toll collection contract, company claims

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A company has filed a complaint claiming Florida transportation officials used favoritism in awarding a multimillion-dollar toll collection contract. WFTV Channel 9 Eyewitness News in Orlando reports an administrative judge will take up the 28-page complaint from Accenture over the $600 million state contract that may not have gone to the best company to do the job. The contract was awarded in June to rival Xerox. Belvin Perry, a former judge who is now a WFTV legal expert, said the…

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Tampa town hall focuses on negative impacts of proposed I-275 toll lanes

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A coalition of Tampa activists who hosted a two-hour town hall meeting in Seminole Heights on Tuesday night appeared to have two main goals that they wanted to impart on the hundreds who crowded into the American Legion Post No. 111. The first goal was to convince them that the proposal by the Florida Department of Transportation for a new tolled highway would be a disaster for residents in Seminole Heights and Tampa Heights on a number of fronts. The second goal was…

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A squirrely FDOT procurement process gets even stranger

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As Florida Politics reported in April, an ongoing procurement process within the Department of Transportation over a contract worth hundreds of millions has taken some strange turns, including a $3.6 million settlement payment to a firm that was not only ranked third in a competitive bidding process, but also left the State of Florida in a lurch when it previously divested its tolling interests. Things seem to have gotten only more curious since this last report shed light on this high-stakes procurement. To briefly…

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