Opinion: A new age of megaprojects in Florida

When the Florida Senate voted 37-1 in 2019 to begin work on a trio of colossal new toll roads, Floridians knew something extraordinary was underway.

After all, it isn’t every year that our normally divided state senators come together in such a spirit of bipartisanship. Whether our legislators were wise beyond the comprehension of mere mortals like us, or were bought and paid for, I leave for you to decide.

The important thing is that Florida has embarked on a new age of megaprojects, returning to a legendary time when sprawl was good and Florida was a frontier to be conquered and civilized. Fantastically rich men dreamed of becoming richer by draining the Everglades or clear-cutting whole counties.