PODCAST: The Florida Turnpike – Political fights about its creation and path

Eventually everyone wanted to take credit for the building of the Sunshine State Parkway. But the development of a Florida Turnpike and its current route was a political football that last 20 years.

On this week’s Florida History Podcast we look back at the political fights that led to the building of the road and also the debates about where exactly the road should go.

One note – we didn’t mention the proposed West Coast Turnpike of Claude Kirk’s administration – eventually I-75 which then ended in Tampa was built southward toward Naples eliminating the need for this road.

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One comment

  1. Also take note of the work of Isiah C Smith and William Holland, (Palm Beach County’s first black attorney) who fought successfully to integrate the county’s schools, golf courses, department stores, airport taxi service, and the Florida Turnpike’s restaurants and bathrooms through lawsuits and negotiations in the mid-1950s.
    In 1956 the law firm of Holland and Smith successfully fought to eliminate separate eating and bathroom facilities on the newly opened Florida Turnpike.
    Whigham, Julius (2 March 2012). “Isiah C. Smith, Palm Beach County judge and civil rights leader, dies at 89”. Palm Beach Post.


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