Sumter County residents opposed to the extension of the Florida Turnpike across the county’s landscape plan to appear en masse before the Sumter County Commission on Tuesday.
This follows an appearance by a number of project opponents at the June 14 commission meeting.
The residents are asking Sumter commissioners to take a stand on the project as officials in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties have. Officials in the other counties are on record opposing the project.
This project is a leftover from a more extensive list of road projects proposed to open vast tracts of rural land in north Florida and southwest Florida for development under the guise of everything from improved hurricane evacuation to the expansion of rural broadband.
The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. in the Grand Canyon Room at the Everglades Regional Recreation Center, 5497 Marsh Bend Trail in The Villages.
There have been reports in local media in Sumter County that commissioners’ stand on the issue could play into this year’s County Commission elections in which four of the five seats will be on the ballot.