Legislative Agendas

RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

FUNDING

Ensure that we at least maintain current levels of funding for Florida's existing economic development programs

TRANSPORTATION PRIORITIES

MARINE COMMERCE

Encourage and hasten construction of the First Coast Expressway, an important corridor that supports regional economic development and improves navigability of the St. Johns River.

The Shands Bridge limits development at the Putnam County Barge Port. It currently prohibits access for large ship and tall-mast sail boats to our marinas and numerous tourist destinations. Ports south of the bridge all have a definite economic disadvantage caused by the Shands Bridge and we urge the FDOT to fix the bridge height to 72 feet or at the very least the minimum of 65 feet.

The Chamber supports fixing the Shands Bridge to allow for tall ships to reach south-ern river ports.

HIGHWAY ACCESSIBILITY

Completion of four lane project - SR 20 from Interlachen to Hawthorne.

Four lane US 17 from San Mateo to Volusia County or at minimum continuation of improvements.

RODMAN RESERVOIR

The Putnam County Chamber of Commerce continues support for Rodman Reservoir and opposes all efforts to restore the Ocklawaha River.

FEDERAL ISSUES

The Putnam County Chamber of Commerce opposes the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan. If implemented, Putnam County stands to lose hundreds of jobs and Florida’s electric rates will become vastly uncompetitive for economic development projects