A journey beyond a car-centric 30A: Sunshine Shuttle, Seaside team up in unprecedented partnership

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 04:48 PM.

Funded by Seaside Community Development, Sunshine’s Owner John Finch sees this program as an extremely positive stepping stone for repositioning the car-centric attitude along 30A.

“Many people may not know this, but Walton County owns a large percentage of land north of 30A. We can turn that into a tremendous asset by carefully creating designated parking areas along its 18 miles,” said Finch. “Imagine restaurants like the V in Seagrove and Stinky’s in Santa Rosa Beach each having their own large, or shared, parking areas. Combine that with communities like Rosemary Beach and WaterColor offering employee transportation, and a 30A Tram connecting all of these. That’s a bona fide route system incorporating parking areas, employee transportation, and tourism, taking hundreds of cars off the road. Everyone will benefit.”

Since creating a Unified Transportation System (UTS) with the business owners of Sandestin, Finch is hopeful that a privately or publicly funded 30A Tram is simply inevitable. He added, “If Sandestin can do it, the business leaders of 30A can do it.”

 “Bringing communities together, and pointing out the benefits of creating more parking for their visitors by transporting their employees from a single spot, may help everyone understand that 30A just cannot withstand the daily onslaught of vehicular overload,” Finch concluded. “When the 30A Tram comes to fruition, every community will see positive change.”



An earlier version of this story originally stated that the parking lot was county-owned. The land is privately owned and used with permission of the owner.

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