Breakfast with DOT

Bakin' & Eggs: Bacon wafflesGoodness Gracious. Whatever one thinks of the outcome of the CSX/High Speed Rail/Tri-Rail/Rail Authority/Sunrail monstrosity that finally romanced its way through Tallahassee last week, can we all agree on the general lameness of DOT’s supposed leaders? I’d long since given up on any expectation that Stephanie Kopelousos and her top staffers would actually provide public service. But I expected them to somewhat competently sell out their state to CSX.

Instead, we find Kopelousos and another top DOT official, Kevin Thibault, using goofy comfort food codewords like “french toast” and “pancakes” in the subject lines of emails related to controversial elements of the CSX deal. This would, critics say, help them avoid detection when public records requests sought to search emails for rail-related issues. Top notch spycraft. It’s all like a bad episode of “Burn Notice.” On the other hand, their illicit digital communication concerning trains does inspire me to invent a new word: CSeXting. Careful kids, it can get you in trouble. Or at least laughed at.

I’ll have a more thorough post mortem of the rail deal and vote later this week. Suffices to say, we’re no worse off in Lakeland for fighting it than we would have been had we rolled along quietly two and a half years ago. And, whatever happens, a whole bunch of legislators from both parties had to take a bad vote with an election year bearing down. We’ll see how all of that plays out.

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6 thoughts on “Breakfast with DOT

  1. Hope that Polk is able to keep its metro-mess contained and does not sprawl more “parkways” (Polk ways) southward into Florida’s southern heartland. What a mess. How many polk ways does polk need anyway? Polk ways are another tax on motorists, pay and pay and pay day after day… while those polk ways fragment a once beautiful agricultural scenery. Why so many? And what happens to the existing business folk when those polk way new super center sprawling developments suck their business away and 27 becomes a ghost town? And what happens to homeowners with big developers build more housing units – property values sink even lower and lower…Use Sunrail CSX to reduce polk ways, not amplify them. Concentrate your development monies on existing cities, not new sprawl.

  2. Hope that Polk is able to keep its metro-mess contained and does not sprawl more “parkways” (Polk ways) southward into Florida’s southern heartland. What a mess. How many polk ways does polk need anyway? Polk ways are another tax on motorists, pay and pay and pay day after day… while those polk ways fragment a once beautiful agricultural scenery. Why so many? And what happens to the existing business folk when those polk way new super center sprawling developments suck their business away and 27 becomes a ghost town? And what happens to homeowners with big developers build more housing units – property values sink even lower and lower…Use Sunrail CSX to reduce polk ways, not amplify them. Concentrate your development monies on existing cities, not new sprawl.

  3. What does a bad rail deal have to do with another parkway? Stay off unstated personalities and let’s maintain our focus on the problems. First, let’s readdress the rail deal. We can work to make it better or even make it go away. Remember, moving people by rail in florida has essentially been a taxpayer boondogle and would become a prime terrorist target! My problem is I can’t easily go from Northeast Polk to South Polk on US 27. It’s like driving through a parking lot! Bring on a parkway that runs adjacent to US 27. They did the same thing in Orlando when Hwy 50 got backed-up…

  4. What does a bad rail deal have to do with another parkway? Stay off unstated personalities and let’s maintain our focus on the problems. First, let’s readdress the rail deal. We can work to make it better or even make it go away. Remember, moving people by rail in florida has essentially been a taxpayer boondogle and would become a prime terrorist target! My problem is I can’t easily go from Northeast Polk to South Polk on US 27. It’s like driving through a parking lot! Bring on a parkway that runs adjacent to US 27. They did the same thing in Orlando when Hwy 50 got backed-up…

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