BCC asks attorney general if TDC funds can be used for transportation network

Published: Friday, February 22, 2013 at 05:58 PM.

"We estimate that for every two seats, you'll eliminate about one car," said Reichman, who has worked as a project consultant with Finch Transportation and Friends of Scenic 30-A.

Everyone in the room seemed to be in agreement that trams would be a great answer for tourist transportation.

"Everybody thinks it's a great idea, but nobody wants to stroke the $50,000 check," said Jim Bagby, a city of Destin councilmember and town manager for Rosemary Beach Property Owners Association, Inc.

Reichman and the committee did their research and estimate the initial year funding could cost $1.1 million. That would include operating costs such as labor, fuel, insurance, repair and maintenance and administrative support as well as initial capital expenditures.

"We're looking into grants," Reichman said, "Pensacola Beach got grants from the federal government. Florida Department of Transportation does have money that has not been allocated. They have about $5 million unallocated."

The question of how many trams are needed is situational.

"The idea is to have four or five vehicles running along 30A, especially during summer season," Reichman said. "This is just an example. None of this is written in stone."

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