The red herring of "jobs, jobs, jobs" and "economic development" is the broken record refrain from developers and road builders for every project they conceive. It's bull malarkey.
That isn't the issue. The issue is where do we spend our taxpayer dollars overall, and for that portion designated for transportation, where should those dollars best be applied.
I guarantee you spending the 9B funds on education of our kids will do far more for jobs and our economy than building 9b to serve Flagler Development and the likes. And, spending those same dollars on mass transit, such as commuter rail on FEC's tracks with a stop at Flagler might both generate more jobs and economic development while simultaneously reducing urban sprawl and providing a "green" solution.
As to the comment about complaining to elected officials, that is unrealistic for most of us citizens with families and jobs. We should not have to make a full time avocation of watching our planners and politicos who are charged with making PROFESSIONAL decisions in the areas of planning our community. If I have to do your job, give me your paycheck. And, no politico is going to side with Joe the Plumber when they have their campaign accounts lined by developer and contractor donations and a plethora of "planners" and road builders armed with CYA "studies" (paid for by the pound) and jargon galore about building a road that keeps said planners and road builders employed.
Take the 9B money and put it on a ballot with all the other community projects that money could fund. I would bet 9B would fall to the bottom of the list.
In the real world, this is just another example of special interests overriding community interests, plain and simple.