1000 Friends of Florida President Charles Pattison, FAICP, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to serve on the East Central Florida Corridor Task Force. Part of the broader, statewide Florida’s Future Corridors Initiative, the Task Force is “to evaluate and develop recommendations on transportation, environment, and land use planning for portions of Brevard, Orange, and Osceola counties.”
A cooperative effort between the Florida Department of Transportation and statewide, regional and local partners, Future Corridors is an initiative to plan for major statewide transportation corridors over the next 50 years.
“We are pleased that Charles has been appointed to participate in this process, and thank Gov. Scott for this appointment,” explains 1000 Friends of Florida Chairman Tim Jackson. “This task force will set important precedents for transportation corridor planning throughout Florida.”
Jackson notes that last year 1000 Friends coordinated with its conservation colleagues and FDOT Secretary Prasad to develop a series of conservation principles to guide planning for the transportation corridors. “Charles will work with other appointees to help ensure that conservation principles are integrated into the planning process.”
Says Pattison, “We advocate that Florida’s limited state highway transportation dollars should be allocated to expand the capacity of major interstates and expressways, incorporating multimodal options, and replace aging infrastructure.” For more information on 1000 Friends of Florida and the Future Corridors Initiative, please click here.