Progress vs. pristine: Traffic concerns dominate town hall meeting

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

Comander said there is a permit process that solicitors are supposed to go through prior to manning an intersection.

Her audience suggested that permit process be widened to include no solicitation during Spring Break weeks or major holidays, and none at congested intersections such as 30A and 395, and 30A and 393. The audience also expressed a desire that only Walton County clubs and organizations be permitted. Some would like to see solicitors only allowed during the off-season, and still others would like to see solicitation stopped all together.  

The intersection of 30A and 395 is currently a three-way stop. A roundabout would keep the traffic moving and would have the least impact, said Comander. However, some in the audience voiced objection to a roundabout.

If a traffic light was put in and a turn lane was built, the county's right-of-way could be used, but that scenario could interfere with existing homes' parking spaces.

Before the meeting adjourned, Bob Hudson threw out another consideration: "As we look for ways to solve the traffic problems, we need to think about 'Will the solution ruin the uniqueness of 30A?"

 He also expressed concern about the county's track record in hiring and keeping professionals to run the county's business.

"Our track record is not good," he said. "We need to hire qualified professionals and get out of their way. Our challenge is to entice someone to come here. Public Works is a revolving door. As is the TDC. I want a county commission that can address issues in a professional manner. We've got to make progress, carry the county forward and get stability. It's my sincere hope that we can grow up."

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