Progress vs. pristine: Traffic concerns dominate town hall meeting

town hall meeting
Deborah Wheeler | The Sun
Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 04:11 PM.

Walton County Commissioner Sara Comander hosted a "town hall" Q&A to take the pulse of the public Monday night at the Coastal Branch Library.

About a dozen people attended the meeting.

Topics ranged from the Restore Act, traffic congestion at the intersection of County Roads 395 and 30A, county right-of-ways, the county administrator position, the 30A bike path, solicitors, lights on the beach, preserving the uniqueness of 30A, and the need for public input on a strategic plan.

Comander said the visioning process for the county that was begun in 2008 is not where she would like it to be, adding she would like the process to go farther in getting public input on ways to achieve goals.

Comander had just returned from a week in Tallahassee , along with the other commissioners. While there, they met with the governor about the Restore Act, the money to come from the BP settlement, and how the money can be spent. She said so far, the county has not seen the money. But when the money does come in, guidelines are clear that it must be spent on infrastructure, the environment, job creation, and some tourism aspects.

Comander said she also favors putting some money aside for the future.

Another issue that was discussed was traffic congestion at the intersection of County Roads 30A and 395 during peak season.

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