Posted December 19, 2010
APTA‘s Letter to Franklin County Administration, Alan Pierce
RE: PROPOSED PLAN FOR SOLUTION OF INADEQUATE AND UNSAFE PARKING AT
PUBLIC BEACH ACCESS POINTS
Responding to calls from concerned Alligator Point residents, our County Commissioner, Cheryl Sanders, initiated a project intended to address and, hopefully, resolve parking snarls at public beach access points. The County maintains only three public access points on the Point (1) at Chip Morrison Drive, (2) Alligator Drive between Carnival Lane and Fiesta Drive, and (3) the so-called "S" curve to the west on Alligator Drive.
The extent of the problem became apparent July 4th weekend when there were more cars than parking spaces at the "S" curve plus boats loading and unloading trailers across the street at the boat ramp. It was an unsafe mess both for pedestrians and auto traffic. Commissioner Sanders asked APTA to collect information, suggestions and comments from residents as part and parcel of this effort to improve traffic safety and flow for visitors using these access points.
Details of the proposal, prepared by the Franklin County Engineer, were published on the APTA website including aerial photo overlays. APTA members were urged to review and provide input either by email or by U.S. mail no later than November 1, 2010.
Information collected by APTA was formatted as a letter and sent to Franklin County Administrator, Alan Pierce.