Ron DeSantis appoints Rusty Roberts, Alex Lastra to Florida Transportation Commission
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Roberts is a transportation consultant.

Gov. Ron DeSantis made two appointments to the Florida Transportation Commission Friday.

Russell “Rusty” Roberts of Longwood is a transportation consultant and previously served as vice president of government affairs for Brightline Trains. He also served as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. John Mica and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Roberts is a member of Floridians for Better Transportation, the Orlando Economic Partnership and the American Public Transportation Association.

Alex Lastra of Miami is a managing member of Desarrollo Florida, a custom home builder. He’s a certified general contractor and two-time Latin Builders Association developer of the year and past president of the Latin Builders Association.

Lastra earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida International University.

The Florida Transportation Commission was created in 1987 to serve as a citizen’s oversight board for the Florida Department of Transportation. This oversight has since been expanded to include Florida’s expressway authorities and regional transportation authorities.

The appointments are subject to Florida Senate confirmation.

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  • John

    May 21, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    LBA is on of the most corrupt organizations in Florida. So DODO HEAD appoints the leader to watch the hen house. Save us all.

  • John

    May 21, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Government must stay out of trains. If there is a profit to be made the trains would have never faded away in the middle of the last century. For government to tax me at gunpoint and then subsidize something I will never use is ground for WAR and armed revolution.
    FEC stopped passenger service because it could not make a profit.
    TRI-Fail and METRO FAIL have never turned a profit and are a constant drag on taxpayers. It must end.

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