Orange County: Controversial Osceola Parkway extension is in Osceola County’s hands

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County officials said a controversial proposal to put part of the Osceola Parkway extension through the Split Oak Forest is not in their hands.


Both Orange and Osceola counties invested in the land in the early 1990s, but an Orange County spokesperson is telling Channel 9 that, as far as a proposal to build a toll road through the land, it falls on Osceola County’s side of things.

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The fight over Split Oak started at the end of 2019, when Orange County voted in favor of allowing an $800 million toll road to cut through it. The very next year, voters passed a referendum undoing that decision.

Last month, a state agency voted in favor of allowing construction on the toll road.

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Orange County officials sent Channel 9 a map showing that the proposed route doesn’t touch Orange County, and that none of the 160 acres are in Orange County.

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Adam Poulisse,

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.