Split Oak Forest Construction

Have you heard? Orange and Osceola County are considering to build a toll road  right through Split Oak Forest

Local News segment from March 7th Orange County Comissioners public hearing

 

One of the proposed paths. This plan is favored through Split Oak as it is costs the least dollars.

What: Toll road being proposed to cut through Split Oak Forest Wildlife and Environmental Area 

Who: Central Florida Expressway authority will decide on the fate of the construction of the road through or around Split Oak

Where: TBD

When: TBD

Additional Details: Inquire with us if you can help raise awareness about what's going on. Please send a quick email to Pete Dunkelburg petedunkpi@gmail.com or Deborah Green at watermediaservices@icloud.com or 407-637-2525 or Valerie Anderson valerie@andersongeospatial.com if you plan to be help with public interest so we can provide further assistance or answer general questions.  Concerned members from Orange Audubon, Sierra club, Tarflower FNPS, and other groups are involved in this grassroots initiative. Tarflower Chapter would like people of Orange County to show support for Split Oak Forest and need the need to preserve current green spaces in ever-increasing urban sprawl. Public hearing meetings are essential for all interested parties to understand the political aspect of this controversial construction. 

 

Latest Update on the Osceola Parkway Extension: 

No decision has been officially made that the road may or may not go through Split Oak Forest. Osceola County wants a new multilane road, and wants part of it to go right through Split Oak Forest, which is supposed to be a parkland. Some alternate routes have been considered, but Osceola prefers the Split Oak route. This has been tentatively planned for years, and the planning continues, unsettled due to objections from Friends of Spit Oak Forest. Evidently the project is being taken over by the Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX). The next big meeting on the proposal is a CFX meeting sometime in August this year. At that time, alternate routes will be presented again. It will be good if a number of pro-environment folks attend that meeting. Meanwhile, get on THIS LIST to stay informed! Write to members of the CFX board if you're inclined!

 

Synopsis of March 7th meeting at Orange County Commissioners Chambers Office:

This meeting was well-attended by concerned citizens. This issue is now being taken up to the Central Florida Expressway- which will certainly be an uphill battle due to the Expressway's broad powers that supersede the county's laws in many instances. This page will be constantly updated- please check back frequently and share with your loved ones.

 

Coverage of Split Oak:

 

Why save Split Oak from this construction:

 

 

Published on  Jun 19, 2017