Major boondoggle? National public-interest group rips FL’s toll-road plans; state says, too soon to judge

The Florida Legislature’s controversial plan to build three major toll highways through rural landscapes is a “boondoggle” of the first order, says the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), which named it among the nation’s top seven transportation boondoggles for the year.

Not so, says the Florida Department of Transportation, saying the PIRG report fails to acknowledge “important nuances” and the fact that the projects are early in the planning phases – maybe too early to be labeled as anything but legislatively authorized proposals.