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Tampa Council Cannot Sue for I-275 Expansion

By Ben Ostrowsky via Wikimedia Commons

Tampa city council members learned Thursday they can not sue the state for its planned widening of Interstate 275. 

Council members wanted to know if they could sue to stop the Florida Department of Transportation from adding an express lane through Tampa Heights.

Tampa City attorney Sal Territo said only people can sue, not another governmental body.

He added the project is in its planning stages, meaning it's not the right time for a lawsuit.

"The issue has not come to a head yet. The money has not been appropriated; the final plans have not been done, so we’ve determined that even if you do have standing- which you don’t, it is not ripe," Territo said.


Last week, dozens of Tampa Heights residents told the council they want to stop the proposed highway expansion. The residents have also started online petitions to stop the expansion. 

Christi Owiye is a senior studying Mass Communications at the University of South Florida. Christi is from Miami Gardens. She has interned with the USF College of Public Health's Alumni Communications and one day hopes to be a best-selling author and documentary filmmaker. When she isn't writing, she's catching up on the news via Twitter.
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