For whom the bell tolls...

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For whom the bell tolls....

...or keeping things all literary-style, this could also be "The Toll Also Rises".  As in other parts of the country, those of us here in the metro Orlando area are feeling the pinch from local governments and regulatory agencies.  They struggle for funding as their tax bases dwindle, and those lost monies must be found elsewhere.


We have a number of toll roads here- and unless you have some burning desire to sit on I-4 all day, it'll cost you a good bit in tolls to avoid said parking lot.


This article from the Orlando Sentinel brings tidings of great joy in the form of news that tolls are rising once again.  An exerpt is below, the above link tracks to the complete article.

For whom the bell tolls....

Don't really know how it's happened, but I've become a "go to" guy of sorts with regard to regional housing and transportation issues- and Dan Tracy reached out to me yesterday to get my opinion on these toll increases.  My knee-jerk reaction was pretty funny, as I asked myself "What does he expect me to say?"  I mean, would anyone respond and say that "Hey, I think those toll increases are great!  As a matter of fact, I wish some other costs would go up, too!"?  I doubt it.


Gas and tolls are a huge expense for a vast majority of us, though- and any type of increase stinks...


Tolls will rise on Central Florida roads

By Dan Tracy, Orlando Sentinel

Tolls will rise as much as 25 cents per booth or ramp on toll roads in Metro Orlando and across the state starting Sunday.

The first wave of increases will kick in Sunday on roads operated by the state, including Florida's Turnpike, State Road 417 in Seminole County and parts of the BeachLine Expressway.

Tolls on roads run by the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority will go up the following Sunday, July 1.

State-road tolls will jump 25 cents at most plazas and ramps, both for motorists who toss quarters into the baskets and vehicles equipped with transponders, which debit a prepaid account.

Dennis Burgess, a 43-year-old property manager and Realtor, said the toll hikes are offset — at least for now — by the falling price of gas.

"Toll increases that have no time to settle in before gas prices rise again would be a tough thing," Burgess, who lives in Apopka, wrote in an email.


For whom the bell tolls...


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Malcolm Johnston
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Dennis, it's time to invest in a jet-pack and avoid the roads altogether.

Jun 21, 2012 03:16 AM #1
Dennis Burgess
AmeriTeam Property Management - Mid Florida, FL
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Hi, Malcolm:  Thank you for dropping by, and for your comment.  I'm a bit discouraged, though.  After I remembered seeing a story on Key West's Jetpack Adventures not too long ago, I checked on pricing for the Jetlev R200 that they use (shown here).  Cool thing and all, but it'd set me back over $100,000 (with tax and all).  Yeah, you do get a little boat with it, too- but still hard to justify the out-lay versus the extra quarter coming off the Sunpass!

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Jun 21, 2012 08:36 AM #2
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