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Realtors urge Gov. Rick Scott to support SunRail



sunrail.jpgWhen Gov. Rick Scott addressed Florida realtors at the Capitol on Wednesday, he faced fistfuls of signs urging him to support the SunRail commuter line around Orlando. Scott put the project's contracts on hold in January.

"SunRail has always been an important issue for the region," said Steve Costa, a real estate agent from Volusia County. "We've been tyring to get it through for a long time. We finally found a solution that the House and Senate and the last governor approved. It would mean a lot of jobs for our economy and connecting peeople and places more efficiently. Nothing but good things."

Costa said he and other realtors in the region are concerned that Scott is taking so long to review the contracts, which is driving up costs.

"We're so close. We were 18 days from breaking ground when he delayed it," Costa said.

In an interview after his remarks to realtors, Scott said he wants to make sure the local communities really understand the financial commitment required to run the trains.

"We have a seven-year committment and at the end of that they'll be responsible if it's not profitable," he said.

--- Janet  Zink, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 1:32pm]


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