Local officials to consider toll for Florida Keys highway

Posted at 8:20 AM, Jun 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-26 12:19:44-04

MIAMI (AP) -- Local officials in the Florida Keys are launching a study into whether a toll could be placed on the highway that connects the chain of islands to the Florida mainland.

The Miami Herald reported Sunday that Monroe County Commissioners have endorsed a resolution calling for a study. The resolution says the tolls would apply to non-residents only.


U.S. 1 is the primary road that runs from the peninsula all the way to Key West.

One county commissioner said the idea of putting a toll on U.S. 1 has been around for 30 years. The paper reported some residents and businesses are fearful tolls could scare away tourists.

Supporters, however, say a toll could ease traffic problems and that the money could be used to take care of environmental concerns.