Toll Booth Could Come to Main Highway Through the Keys

Update: 4:30 p.m. 6/21/17

The exploration of whether or not visitors should pay a toll to enter the Florida Keys will moved forward.  Monroe County Comissioners unanimously approving the resolution Wednesday to further research the possibility of placing a toll on US-1.

Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers says they need to find ways to protect environmental resources and their infrastructure.


The main highway through the Keys may start collecting a toll.  

For now it's just up for discussion, but Wednesday Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers says she's asking fellow board members to explore the idea of a toll into the Florida Keys for non-residents.

The commissioner says the rural county is double it's size on any given day due to tourists, putting a strain on infrastructure and environmental resources.

"The idea is how do we pay for these expenses and how do we share the burden with folks who come down to visit and utilize our resources and our infrastructure on a regular basis," said Commissioner Carruthers.

She says some of the county's municipal partners, like Islamorada, have requested a feasibility study on whether or not to place a toll on US-1 and says her resolution simply supports that.

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