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Gov. Rick Scott approves SunRail

TALLAHASSEE — In an affront to his tea party base, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday announced he will allow SunRail, a commuter rail project in Central Florida, to go forward.

"This decision was made after a long, deliberative process," Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad said in a morning news conference. "All stakeholders will be held accountable."

The controversial, $1.28 billion, 61.5 mile Central Florida project has been on hold since January, when Scott started a review of $238 million worth of SunRail contracts.

Full St. Pete Times coverage here. And see tea party reaction below:

“It is sad day for tea party members and taxpayers," said Everett Wilkinson, Chairman of South Florida Tea Party and Florida Tea Party. "Governor Rick Scott was clearly being influenced by big money lobbyists and failed to deliver on his promises. I really thought he was going to fight more for the taxpayers and wouldn't give up. Across the Florida tea party members are shaking their heads wondering why Scott did this. In coming weeks, I am sure Governor Scott will face disappointed and angry tea party members across Florida."

[Last modified: Friday, July 1, 2011 1:21pm]

    

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