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.

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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, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.