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Updated: 03/11/2018 08:30:02AM

Big turnout for Kings Highway workshop, FDOT wants public feedback

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DeSoto County Administrator Mandy Hines listens to Commissioner James Selph at Thursday's FDOT workshop in Lake Suzy.

Bill Penny (left) and Vince Ventimiglia of Lake Suzy attend the FDOT hearing. Both men favor Kings Highway expansion.

PHOTOS BY CRAIG GARRETT

An FDOT engineer explains the Kings Highway proposal to visitors at Grace Presbyterian on Thursday.

By CRAIG GARRETT

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If showing up indicates interest, then a Thursday workshop near Lake Suzy was a big success.

The Florida Department of Transportation, or FDOT, hosted a first glimpse of the proposed widening of Kings Highway at the border of DeSoto and Charlotte counties and moving northeast into DeSoto about three miles. The event in government-speak was an Alternatives Public Meeting, which is an invitation to find out what’s going on. An easy hundred visitors heard FDOT engineers and staffers describe what that stretch of Kings Highway could soon look like. Safety and improved connectivity along the busy corridor are why FDOT is studying widening.

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