Politician gravy train: SunRail marketing blitz begins this a.m. in Lake Mary and p.m. in Sanford

SunRail, Floria's much-hyped rail service comes to Lake Mary & Sanford today / Headline Surfer®Photo illustration for Headline Surfer® /
The big push is on today in Lake Mary and Sanford by politicians and Florida Department of Transportation bureaucrats alike to push the virtues of SunRail.
 

LAKE MARY -- The carnival-like atmosphere will be in full swing today in Lake Mary and Sanford with politicians and Florida Department of Transportation officials taking center stage like car salesmen pleading with every man, woman and child to "Get on Board the SunRail Train!"

And there literally is a carnival planned, not just a figure of speech.The City of Lake Mary is holding its fifth annual "Family Fun Day downtown from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There's the Farmers Market, children's activities (including public safety demonstrations) and while you are there, DOT officials will be cajoling you to step inside the platform. Of course, it's not going anywhere. At least not until May 1 when the free rides begin and the subsidies have to be doled out by local governments like Lake Mary's.

As for media coverage, you can expect a lot of that, too, since DOT has heaped nearly half a million bucks to ensure everything is just peachy-keen. So don't expect any in-depth news coverage in terms of the financial boondoggle on the taxpayers that has been the norm for the better part of two years now.

As for media coverage, you can expect a lot of that, too, since DOT has heaped nearly half a million bucks to ensure everything is just peachy-keen. So don't expect any in-depth news coverage in terms of the financial boondoggle on the taxpayers that has been the norm for the better part of two years now.

Then the DOT officials and host of state, regional and possibly Washington politicians will car pool it to Sanford to continue more of the same pomp and circumstance from 2 to 4 p.m.

In the Works: Headline Surfer will tell you how hundreds of thousands of dollars were doled out to select Central Florida media outlets to promote SunRail with a complete breakdown of who got what.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com for a decade now. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.