LETTER: So-called improvements would put paradise in peril

Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 03:20 PM.

Significant as well is Dobson's downplaying of the ongoing cost of boardwalk refurbishment. We may only have a direct hit hurricane once every 10 years, but we annually have a multitude of nearby or lesser category hurricanes and tropical storms which, due to huge tidal surges, decimate the beaches and wash away whatever is in the path of the surge.

A beach boardwalk would inevitably end up a dangerous mess of boards and hardware both on the beach edge and washed out to sea and need to be refurbished or fully replaced each year. Such would coincide with the peak tourist season. Of even more importance, it would impede the natural process of beach replenishment.

As to the widening of 30A, besides the enormous cost of doing so, where would the fire hydrants, which must be accessible, go? Where would the utility poles, water meters, mailboxes or garbage pick-up bins go? A better suggestion would be regrading the bike path where needed, perhaps widening it just enough to accommodate single file racers, a minority of bikers, and maintaining it more regularly by keeping it free of debris.

Motorized golf carts do not belong on a pedestrian path. They are more appropriate on side streets in their home base neighborhood — or on the golf course.

Lastly, it is foolish to so cavalierly dismiss the impact on the Coastal Dune Lakes. 30A was built decades ago when traffic was sparse and the lakes were not rimmed with residences. Reconstruction over them would be a major undertaking, which could very easily harm the lakes themselves and would likely be responsible for great losses in revenue throughout the process.

South Walton is still a unique paradise. Let us leave it that way.


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