For Immediate Release, December 4, 2019

Contact:

Sarah Gledhill, (904) 347-6490, sgledhill@biologicaldiversity.org

No Roads to Ruin Coalition to Launch Campaign Against Florida Toll Roads at Capitol Thursday

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— The No Roads to Ruin Coalition, an alliance of more than 50 Florida-based organizations and businesses, will unveil its strategy to stop Florida’s destructive toll road plan, known as M-CORES. On December 5 at 11:30 a.m., leaders from across the state will call upon Gov. Ron DeSantis to halt M-CORES.

“The toll roads will be the death knell for iconic species like the Florida panther and Florida black bear,” said Sarah Gledhill at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Gov. DeSantis needs to recognize that loss of habitat and vehicle collisions are leading causes of wildlife decline. These toll roads and the sprawl that comes with them will be disastrous for some of Florida’s most imperiled animals.”

What: Organizations and businesses from across Florida will gather to introduce the No Roads to Ruin coalition devoted to stopping M-CORES. The coalition will reveal its campaign to address the fatally flawed task-force process.

When: Thursday, December 5, 2019

Press conference will begin at 11:30 am.

Where: Capitol Building Rotunda, plaza level, near the State Seal on the floor

Who: Representatives of many of the dozens of coalition partners, including the Center for Biological Diversity, Bear Warriors United, Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Farmworker Association of Florida, Florida Conservation Voters, Florida Policy Institute, Florida Springs Council, League of Women Voters of Florida, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Progress Florida, Save the Manatee Club, Sierra Club, and Young Leaders for Wild Florida.

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Florida black bear cubs. Credit Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Image is available for media use.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.6 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.