Sen. Gwen Margolis, D-Miami, was on a mission Tuesday.
The former Senate president pushed to amend a broad transportation bill so that Florida International University would be able to build a second access road into its Biscayne Bay campus.
FIU says the road is necessary to safely evacuate the campus and two nearby public schools: David Lawrence Jr. K-8 and Alonzo and Tracy Mourning High. But the City of North Miami had blocked the move, saying it would damage the adjacent nature preserve.
"This is a safety issue," Margolis said when making the pitch to Senate Democrats at a Tuesday morning meeting. "They need a second entrance."
The full Senate failed to see it her way. They defeated the amendment in a voice vote.