Several area papers have recently written about the proposed Heartland Parkway, and have suggested that state Sen. J.D. Alexander and other Central Florida landowners worked for and got legislation to make it easier to build this proposed project.

We found no evidence of this in the legislative session just concluded. To be sure, 1000 Friends scrutinized bills looking for such efforts on anyone's part and found nothing.

We have always found Sen. Alexander and those interested in the Heartland Parkway to be up front with us in their dealings, and believe we would have been informed directly if they were promoting such legislation. Any such project can move forward, regardless of development implications, only with major conservation considerations and heavy public scrutiny. In fact, we have had several discussions about these matters with Heartland Parkway supporters and found the meetings to be informative.

Given Sen. Alexander's support for conservation funding and his help this year in securing another $300 million for Florida Forever land acquisition programs, as chairman of the powerful General Government Appropriations Committee, we can only conclude that neither he nor others supporting the Heartland Parkway were behind the legislation of which you wrote.

CHARLES G. PATTISON, AICP

Executive Director

1000 Friends of Florida

Tallahassee