As Florida's federally funded high-speed rail project moves forward, a potential site in Lakeland at the campus of the University of South Florida (USF) Polytechnic is facing criticism. Lakeland's Community Development Director Jim Studiale is arguing that the proposed USF site would threaten the Green Swamp Area of Critical State Concern. The Orlando Sentinel also has criticized the USF site, noting that the proposed site is near what one city planner calls a "vacant cow field," arguing instead that the rail stop should be located where potential riders already live, such as a site near U.S. Highway 98. Purportedly, the site is being supported by State Sen. J.D. Alexander, the Central Florida Development Council, and the Polk County Transportation Planning Council.