Grant application submitted for multiuse path despite opposition

Published: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 01:57 AM.

Despite opposition from the eight-person crowd at an Oct. 29 workshop, grant proposals for a 10-foot-wide multi-use path were submitted to Florida DEP Wednesday by Preble-Rish’s Cliff Knauer.

“The county has been trying to find funding sources for the plan that they adopted,” said Knauer of the county’s Genesis 30A study adopted in 2006. “One of the jobs I take very seriously is matching needs with opportunities.”

The opportunity is the DEP’s Department of Greenways and Trails recreational trails grant program which would be used to satisfy the Genesis 30A study’s plan to “minimize conflict between vehicles, pedestrians/cyclists and golf carts, and improve mobility.”

The multi-use path along 30A would accommodate low-speed vehicles, golf carts, and other motorized forms of transportation traveling a 45-mile-per-hour 2.05-mile stretch from C.R. 83 in Blue Mountain Beach to C.R. 283 in Grayton Beach. It would be built north of 30A with asphalt and timber bridges to cross three coastal dune lakes, and divided for east- and westbound traffic.

People in the crowd called it “dangerous” and “a road to nowhere,” but according to Knauer, this is the right measure for the county to take. The multiuse path could help relieve congestion and transportation along 30A by replacing cars on the road with golf carts on the path. As well, it would increase the range of motorized vehicles’ travel area as a link between Grayton Beach and areas west along 30A, which have a 35 mph speed limit where motorized vehicles can legally travel.

Some at the meeting had other solutions to the lack of traversable road.

Greg Bradford, owner of Gulf Cart Rentals, saw the advantage of bettering golf cart travel, though he saw lowering the speed limit as an alternative improvement and wished the path would extend to WaterColor.

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