Grant application submitted for multiuse path despite opposition

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

“The TDC is pushing for this to be a golf cart-friendly community,” said Bradford, touting the ease of parking a golf cart. “My golf carts can run from WaterColor almost to past Seagrove Beach. The biggest problem … is a path from WaterColor to Grayton that is 45 mph. If that half-mile stretch was changed to 35, you could go from Seagrove Beach to Blue Mountain Beach on a low-speed vehicle.”

But Knauer said that speed limits are designated by following the 85th percentile “the speed at or below which 85 percent of the observed free-flowing vehicles are traveling.” With most roads much above 45 mph, “I don’t think legally changing the speed limit would be feasible.” He also mentioned that a similar path extending east to WaterColor would cost millions of dollars in bridges alone.

Attendees saw the scenic aesthetic of 30A as a key issue in the project.

Jan Rieveschl said putting in a 10-foot wide asphalt path compromises the “green space on a scenic highway.

“If we keep managing (the natural area), and making it smaller and smaller, I don’t think that’s necessarily best economically for the county,” he said.

Preble-Rish moved forward with the grant application to fund the $553,000 project, although a select group of local residents were vehemently opposed.

But Knauer maintains this is the right route for the county to take in mitigating and improving golf cart and other traffic issues along 30A.

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