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Toll roads?

January 19, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

Before leaving office I gave a list of 10 things I thought the city of Cape Coral could achieve for the betterment of the citizens of Cape Coral and the city itself. A copy was given to the city attorney's office, the secretary for the city Council and Mayor, and the city clerk's office.

To date I have not seen one of those suggestions implemented.

A story on local news brought back the memory of one of those 10 suggestions. That being I told the County Commission at the time we were building the East-West corridor that they could not put up a tollbooth. My logic was that the East-West corridor is connected a state road on each side. The consequence of that would be the East-West corridor would be a state road not unlike 41 where tollbooths are not allowed.

After leaving office I noticed that the county was putting up little blue signs suggesting the East-West corridor was a county road. It could be that the state has leased the right to the road to the county. If that's the case, the state would still be the legal owner.

Were federal or state monies used ?. If so, there are laws regarding tollbooths. But I believe if a competent attorney would research one state road connecting another state road he or she would likely find a interesting conclusion.

Gary Giebels

Cape Coral



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