FEMA strikes down second appeal on beach nourishment

Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:48 AM.

“They are taking a functional situation and making it a dysfunctional situation,” Hardman said. “They are quite honestly screwing it up.”

In particular, Hardman said the design will eliminate one of the access points and one egress point, making evacuation in a storm incident or traffic during the summer all but intolerable.

The change in design, she suggested, will also send more tourists from the Cape to Franklin County instead of Gulf County due to the easier travel and said the design plans indicate the veer-off from U.S. 98 to 30A will be eliminated.

She added that the proposed plan to make the speed limit 45 mph along the newly-redesigned roadway was unworkable, too high for an area such as Simmons Bayou and too low for less populated sections of the road.

Yeager said some of the issue had been brought up during the design phase but he would reach out to FDOT.

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