The Orlando Orange County Expressway continues in turmoil with chief executive Max Crumit forced out this week in a 3/2 vote of no confidence by the political appointees who constitute the board of directors.
2013-07-10: The Wekiva Parkway FL429 got its formal kickoff ceremony this morning with a gathering that included the state governor Rick Scott, state transportation secretary Ananth Prasad and local officials. Design work is well under way and some early construction too. The ceremony today was the first time they'd got leaders together to celebrate the start of the project.
2013-04-02: Orlando Sentinel readers were told this morning that local toll authority officials were "fretting" over possible train wrecks on the FL528 Beachline Expressway. "Expressway frets over wrecks with proposed Miami-to-Orlando train" reads the headline in the major area newspaper.
2013-02-24: Orlando's expressway standard highways are all tolled with the exception of the busiest - the I-4 that wends its way southwest to northeast though the middle of the metro area going right by the central business district.
A number of readers have asked whether I'll be at the IBTTA's annual meeting in Orlando Sept 9 thru 12.
No, because IBTTA maintains its anti-media policy that media people may attend "sessions only" which in Atlanta led to us being confronted twice by IBTTA's chief executive Pat Jones and prevented from continuing conversations at an after-session drinks event.
Max Crumit the temporary CEO at Orlando's toll authority (OOCEA) Orange County will go back to the private sector in the fall, local reports say.
Expressway authority chairman Walter Ketcham and other board members tried to induce him to stay offering him a raise from his $180k to $230k.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that interim chief executive of the Orlando Orange County Expressway Authority (OOCEA) Max Crumit has been offered the job as a permanent position. But he's said "No thanks" because he doesn't like being in the public limelight.
Board chairmanWalter Ketcham says Crumit has been doing a "fabulous job."
Who is least corruptible - appointees of elected officials, or elected officials themselves? That's the issue being discussed in Florida in the context of a tussle at the Orlando Orange County Expressway Authority (OOCEA).
Toll equity at the Beachline Expressway FL - new toll points but pricey for cash collection (CORRECTION)By Peter Samuel on March 5, 2012
Before the end of March the Orlando area Expressway Authority (OOCEA) will be opening a new toll plaza on its very first expressway, known now as the Beachline, but back then as the Beeline Expressway. It was so named because it made a "bee line" from Orlando airport to the Atlantic coast at Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral. The 15 miles stretch between SR417 and FL520 runs the whole distance across flat scrub and swampland in a perfectly straight line.
Two board members of the Orlando Orange County Expressway Authority's board are demand from staff details of contributions to a business group, plus justification. One is Theresa Jacobs county mayor. The group in question is the Central Florida Partnership. The other is an attorney Frank Kruppenbacher.