Lake Co. residents want Wekiva Parkway rerouted away from homes

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LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - A group of wealthy residents said Tuesday they want Wekiva Parkway plans redrawn so it's farther away from them.

If redrawn, the parkway would go right through a protected state forest.

Residents took their concerns about property values to county leaders Tuesday.

"If it had gone down the middle of the property, it would have had a very bad effect on the property," Lake County resident Scott Taylor said.

Taylor could lose 28 acres of property if County Road 46A goes through his land.

"This is the least cost option for the taxpayers," Taylor said.

Taylor said he doesn't mind the road, but residents living at the Redtail subdivision turned in 400 signatures Tuesday, asking Lake County to have the road moved further away from their homes.

Florida Department of Transportation plans to build right up next to the back of the homes.

Residents of Redtail said that would be too noisy. They want an alternative route.

Their suggestion is to build the road right through the Seminole Forest.

Channel 9 attempted to talk to some of the 400 people who signed the petition, but were unable to get past the gate at the Redtail community.

County commissioner Leslie Campione voted in favor of a third alternative route away from the homes, but was defeated.

FDOT officials said plans for the road will move forward.

Homeowners could file a lawsuit.

"We have extensive amounts of environmental documentation and community input that supports the alignment being as far west of the forest as possible," said T.J Fish with the Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization.