Progress vs. pristine: Traffic concerns dominate town hall meeting

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 04:11 PM.

Solutions to the problem that have been considered include a traffic light, installing a roundabout, and one group would like to see a traffic cop there during busy times. Results of such studies and considerations could take a year to materialize, said Comander.

However, one resident who lives near the intersection wants to speed things up.

Jane Soloman said she called the sheriff's office and was told there was no funding available for additional deputies to man the intersection. Soloman said since the situation is affecting her ability to get out of her driveway, she envisions holding a fundraiser to pay someone to direct traffic there over Memorial Day weekend.

She said her group of concerned citizens would stand at the intersection and collect money in much the same way other organizations do. While she has not cleared the plan with the Sheriff's Office yet, she sees no reason why it would not be OK.

"Backed up traffic here is a big issue and can result in a 35-minute wait to get through the intersection and for me to get out of my driveway," Soloman said.

The mass of cars trying to get through the intersection during peak season has been hampered recently by groups positioning themselves at the intersection trying to collect money for various organizations. 

Soloman said the most recent "panhandlers" were a Destin soccer team that had come over from the next county.

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