The Northern Turnpike Connector Task Force is commissioned to evaluate the Northern Turnpike Connector corridor, which extends from the northern terminus of the Florida Turnpike northwest to the Suncoast Parkway. The task force will work in coordination with the Florida Department of Transportation to address the need for the corridor and its potential economic and environmental impacts. As the work of the task force progresses, the location of the right-of-way corridor will be determined as well as the location of public infrastructure such as interchanges, stormwater ponds, and other ancillary highway improvements.

The task force may consider and recommend innovative ways to combine right-of-way acquisition with the acquisition of lands or easements to facilitate environmental mitigation or ecosystem, wildlife habitat or water quality protection or restoration. The task force will specifically study how project design and land acquisition can mitigate the impact of construction on the water quality and quantity of springs, rivers and aquifer recharge areas; agricultural land uses; and wildlife habitat.

The task force will summarize the results of its analysis in a final report by October 1, 2020.

Northern Turnpike Connector Task Force

No.State Agencies Commissions PartnershipsMember Name/Title
1Florida Department of TransportationTom Byron, Assistant Secretary for Strategic Development
2Florida Department of TransportationChristina Colón, P.E., Director of Transportation Development, Florida Turnpike Enterprise
3Florida Department of Environmental ProtectionJames R. Maher, Northeast District Assistant Director
4Florida Department of Economic OpportunityMario Rubio, Director of Community Development
5Florida Department of EducationNancy Brown, Blind Services District Administrator, Division of Blind Services
6Florida Department of HealthMichael Napier, Health Officer, Pasco County
7Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation CommissionShannon Wright, Northeast Regional Director
8Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer ServicesThe Hon. Matt Surrency, Mayor, City of Hawthorne
9Florida Public Service CommissionMark Futrell, Deputy Executive Director – Technical
10Enterprise FloridaTim Vanderhoof, Senior Vice President of Business Development
11Florida Department of Business and Professional RegulationJim Patton, Regional Program Administrator
12CareerSource FloridaRusty Skinner, CEO of CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion
13Volunteer FloridaKatie Troncoso, Grants Administrator
No.Water Management DistrictsMember Name/Title
14Suwannee River WMDWarren Zwanka, Resource Management Division Director
15Southwest Florida WMDJennette Seachrist, Resource Management Division Director
16St. Johns River WMDJeff Prather, Director of Regulatory Services
No. Metropolitan Planning OrganizationsMember Name/Title
17Hernando/Citrus MPOThe Hon. Jeff Kinnard
Chair, Citrus County Board of County Commissioners
18Ocala/Marion County TPOThe Hon. Valerie Hanchar, Chair Vice-Mayor, City of Dunnellon
19Lake-Sumter MPOMike Woods, Executive Director
No.Regional Planning CouncilsMember Name/Title
20East Central Florida RPCHugh Harling, Executive Director
21Tampa Bay RPCSean Sullivan, Executive Director
22North Central Florida RPCScott Koons, Executive Director
No.Community Individual or Member of a Nonprofit OrganizationMember Name/Title
23Florida Chamber of CommercePending
24Florida Trucking AssociationPhilip Fulmer, CEO, Carroll Fulmer Logistics
25Florida Rural Water AssociationChristopher Saliba, VP of Operations & Maintenance for U.S. Water Services Corporation
26Florida Internet & Television AssociationBill Ferry, Senior Director of External Affairs – Florida Region, Comcast
27Florida Economic Development CouncilDanielle Ruiz, Senior Manager of Economic Development, Duke Energy
28Florida Farm Bureau FederationCurt Williams, Assistant Director of Government & Community Affairs
29College of Central FloridaDr. Vernon Lawter, Vice President of Regional Campuses
30Lake-Sumter State CollegeDr. Stanley Sidor, President
No.Environmental GroupsMember Name/Title
311000 Friends of FloridaPaul Owens, President
32Audubon FloridaCharles Lee, Director of Advocacy
33Defenders of WildlifeKent Wimmer, Senior Northwest Florida Representative
34The Nature ConservancyZachary Prusak, Florida Fire Manager and Central Florida Conservation Program Director
35Florida Wildlife CorridorJason Lauritsen, Executive Director
No.Local Government OfficialsMember Name/Title
36Local governments in Sumter CountyBradley Arnold, County Administrator, Sumter County
37Local governments in Citrus CountyThe Hon. Scott Carnahan, 2nd Vice Chairman, Citrus County Board of County Commissioners
38Local governments in Levy CountyThe Hon. Russell “Rock” Meeks, Commissioner, Levy County Board of County Commissioners
39Local governments in Marion CountyThe Hon. Kathy Bryant, Commissioner, Marion County Board of County Commissioners

The Northern Turnpike Connector Task Force has recently published a draft Avoidance Map which is a first step to narrowing the focus of the study corridor.

Northern Connector Task Force Schedule 2020