A road project in Sorrento and an additional phase of improvements for LYNX’s paratransit service center were among the $64 million of line-item projects that Gov. Rick Scott vetoed Friday when he signed the state’s $88.7 billion 2018-19 budget
Those and three other Central Florida items were among the 87 local items that were eliminated through Scott’s vetoes.
In Sorrento, Lake County officials were seeking $7 million for right-of-way acquisition to re-allign and upgrade State Road 437, in preparation for the changing traffic patterns in the Sorrento-Mount Plymouth area when the Wekiva Parkway is completed. The upgrades were to address vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic improvements.
For LYNX, the Central Florida public bus system, officials were seeking $2 million to help with a new operations center for paratransit/on-demand services for disabled riders.
Lynx officials said the project, a new operations building, fueling center and parking area, will go forward, but scaled back a bit without the state money.
Also vetoed was $1 million for the city of Apopka for a planned extension of Harmon Road; $282,366 for pedestrian improvements in the are of Quail Pond Circle in Casselberry; and $250,000 for a shoplifting electronic monitoring pilot project for the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.