Florida Senate President Bill Galvano: Toll road funding on track despite opposition

Senate President Bill Galvano believes last Session’s toll road infrastructure plan is on track for continual funding over the coming years.

In May, Gov. Ron DeSantis approved Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES), one of the Galvano’s big asks last year. The controversial project is looking to build three toll roads, which the Bradenton Republican said would revitalize rural communities and improve rural networks.

Environmentalists cite habitat destruction and pollution and business groups argue local shops will be replaced with gas stations and fast food restaurants. Earlier this month, Florida Conservation Voters organized a rally in the State Capitol against the plan.

“I think you have a group of opponents that have really not taken the time to understand the whole opportunity that exists with the M-CORES,” Galvano said. “It’s M-CORES because it’s multi-use corridors.”