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Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority troubles are nothing new

History of controversy plagues Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority

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2011: Expressway Authority director Mike Snyder resigns amid controversy over how the authority planned to pay for the proposed Wekiva Parkway toll road; Snyder resigned in November but continued to collect his salary until his retirement date the following March.

September 2013: Expressway Authority director Max Crumit, who attempted to keep Expressway Authority business out in the open, resigns after just two years in office. State Attorney Jeff Ashton says he will look into allegations that the Expressway Authority held secret meetings to conspire against Crumit.

January 2014: State Rep. Stephen Precourt quits his job as a public official when he is tapped to become next Expressway Authority executive director; he later turns down the position abruptly and accuses the authority of “backdoor dealings.”

April 2014: Expressway board member Scott Batterson, appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the board, is indicted on bribery charges related to State Attorney Jeff Ashton’s investigation.

May 2014: Expressway board member Marco Pena resigns from his position on the board.

May-June 2014: Gov. Rick Scott expresses interest in abolishing the Expressway Authority and creating another even bigger authority that would command more money, more roadways and involve even more political appointments. Surely that will resolve the culture of corruption that has plagued the Expressway Authority since its inception.

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