Mobility. What is your reaction to the May 2020 mobility study report and can you identify any recommendations that could and should be implemented in the short term?
Philip Cryar - District 1 - Republican
I disagree with the Mobility Fee associated with the plan; I don’t believe the citizens of Walton County should be subjected to any more taxes. But the implementation of a new transportation system in Walton County, particularly along Scenic 98 and 30a, is very necessary. I believe that funds should be budgeted toward this implementation, and a good recommendation for the short-term would be a parking garage near 30a that would encourage day parking and reduce overall traffic along 30a.
Lisa Johnson - District 1 - Republican
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William "Boots" McCormick - District 1 - Republican
I am not an engineer of any sort but the plan looks plausible.This would be one of the areas I will need to surround myself with the right experts to educate me.
Mike Barker - District 3 - Republican
The mobility study is great start to planning our future. With development as it is in South Walton County, it is imperative that we come up with alternative ways of traveling along our coast. Public transportation is a must for South Walton County. I would be infavor of involving more citizen input and a series of workshops to discuss options and planning.
Teddy Stewart - District 3 - Republican
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Tony Anderson - District 5 - Republican
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Debbie Heard - District 5 - Republican
This and several other mobility reports that have been completed have a wealth of ideas to alleviate our transportation issues. These plans will take much planning, funding, & infrastructure improvements to even begin. There will be a long build out time frame associated with such an undertaking. In the interim, Walton County planning can pinpoint the areas with the largest burden. Those areas should have some implements of the mobility plan put in place. Not only will this alleviate some congestion but will give us a working model for what we are trying to accomplish.
Dr. Carolynn Zonia - District 5 - Democrat
I’m a fan of the Mobility Report and I will work to implement the recommendations therein. We are a tourist destination precisely because we remind people of Old Florida. We must preserve and protect what makes us special, and that means no new roads thru the forest. In addition, there are a number of low cost, easy to implement, improvements we could institute right now that would improve the commute along 30a, like roadside sensors, real time traffic monitoring cameras, and apps like Waze that give you predictions of travel times and options for alternate routes when available. Improving traffic flow would be an immediate improvement of the commute and lead to improved quality of life. Please see my 3 part series at https://www.drzforwaltoncounty.org/traffic_solutions_for_30a
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