New Connector Road Between 30A and 98 East of Seagrove

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  1. Everytime

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    I run through that area as there are some trails and sandy timber roads that connect Pt Washington State Forest and Deer Lake State Park including the powerline sandy road and it’s immediate vicinity. There are several osprey nests and a wetlands patch right in the middle of it, and I’ve seen racks or scat from just about every wild animal that’s native to the area. I guess this road is absolutely necessary to make the area more accessible to all the increasingly dense inland rental and residential development development development.
     
  2. Emerald Drifter

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    I have written the state and will again asking them to NOT approve the connector road. The state has to approve any roads going through the state forest. But that does not stop four of the BCC braintrust from thinking that giving $600,000 to an engineering firm is a good idea.
     
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  3. Shannon Lince

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    Excellent review of the issue. Once again, we have a solution in search of solving the wrong problem.

    The problem is the density of 30A is already past it's peak and now the county is making last ditch efforts to fix the over-density they created (or assisted the real estate industry in creating). These are bad decisions on top of bad decisions.

    This isn't rocket science, it's simple math. When you have a neighborhood of residential homes with 2 adults in each home, and then turn them into mini-hotels with occupancy of 20 people, all you need to do is look at the number of cars in the driveways. Those cars are going on 30A.

    There is only a need for more roads three months out of the year and tourist popular holidays. That should tell you all you need to know.

    Over-density is already here. The answer is not to destroy what unspoiled natural areas we have left. This is our moment to stop the madness.

    Shannon
     
  4. Shannon Lince

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    Thanks for doing this - can you post the body of your letter and where you sent it please? I too would like to make my voice heard and I'm sure others would as well. I have no confidence in our BCC's ability to make appropriate growth or protection decisions.

    When I first heard about a road through a forest I realized these investors would burn down their neighbor's house to get more parking for their renters.

    Shannon
     
  5. James Bentwood

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    When Governor Scott was in town he said he would do whatever was needed to get you people your vital connector road.
     
  6. Low Brow

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    Is this for real?

    I would love to read a transcript if it exists.
     
  7. Amp22

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    It was in print. Think it's posted here.
     
  8. James Bentwood

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    Proposed Seagrove Road Through Point Washington State Forest

     
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  9. einnadica

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    Too too bad the county doesn't have an engineer leading Roads and Bridges. Had a great one a while back but opted instead to hire an equipment operator to run the largest department of the BCC. Administration chases away the qualified professionals so their will be done though they lack expertise in many fields. They favor the corrupt so they can just take and take from the taxpayers. The corrupt won't tell, just as long as they get a share or bank a future favor. Just take a look at the professional histories of the current male administrators. With the installation of new board members things may change the county's rep and mission (does it have one) but only if commishes take a long hard look at those two. What with #MeToo, rising racial tensions, and hiring "friends" who are thieves, misogynists and illiterates I guess the lawsuits will continue. Where are the women in impactful positions? Where are the people of color in salaried positions? Commishes...wake up and serve your constituents, ALL of them and please, please, watch your administrators x 2.
     
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    BCC meeting tomorrow:

    33.19-0328 - Pdf
    Request approval to schedule a Special Meeting for the South Walton Connector Road PD&E Study presentation and update in August

    HISTORY:  August 11, 2015-BCC approved to request Atkins to begin updating the Study and to bring a Scope of Work and Cost Estimate to the Board.  February 9, 2016-BCC approved Task order No. 16-01 with Atkins Engineering.  December 13, 2016-BCC approved the Atkins Engineering 30A Traffic Study.  February 14, 2017-BCC approved to look at Alternate 4 and to look at the east boundary.  February 13, 2018-BCC approved for staff to develop an RFQ for the PD&E Study (least impactful method to alleviate traffic on 30A) and bring back to the BCC for approval to advertise.  March 13, 2018-BCC approved the SCOP of Services for CR 30A PD&E Study and to advertise an RFQ as presented.  May 17, 2018-RFQ 018-027 closed.  June 28, 2018- BCC awarded RFQ 018-027 PD&E Services for SW Connector Roads and approved to begin negotiations.  August 28, 2018-BCC approved to advertise and hold a public hearing to recognize $597,750.00 from the Proportionate Fair Share fund for the professional design & engineering services for the South Walton Connector Road 30A & Hwy 98.  September 11, 2018-BCC approved Contract No. 018-027 PD&E Services for South Walton Connector Road with Atkins North America, Inc. in the amount of $597,780.00. BCC approved a Resolution to recognize Proportionate Fair Share Fund in the amount of $597,780.00 for the professional design and engineering services for the South Walton Connector Road from 30A to Hwy 98.
     
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  11. FactorFiction

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    Build another road and all it will do is bring more people in and cut the forest in two in the process. WHEN are we going to make protecting our resources a priority? Seems we are going to pay for study after study for something that has already been discussed ad nauseam. Hopefully the state forest service will protect what Walton County seems unwilling to protect.
     
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  12. Mike Jones

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    Don't count on it. Greed will take state lands if we don't fight for them.
     
  13. Emerald Drifter

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    And that is what must be done. Emails, phone calls, a campaign to the state decision makers to stop this in its tracks. We, the people must stop this. Walton County created this mess. There are key people at the county level who are pushing their buddies in Tallahassee for this. The state lands should be sacrificed because the dimwits allowed unbridled growth with very little forethought and vision.
     
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    Meant to say "state lands should NOT be sacrificed"..
     
  15. FactorFiction

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    Wow! Nothing like a commissioner, the sheriff, and our governor all looking to ignore the express purpose of preserved land and habitat for flora and fauna so we can dump more people into an already congested area. Build a road, they will come!
     
  16. Jimmy T

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    This forest road idea just won't die! Who actually supports it? Definitely not the majority of people who live here...
     
  17. Emerald Drifter

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    I do take comfort that the article is from when Rick Scott was governor and that the road did not happen while Rick Scott was governor. Team DeSantis seems to be much more preservation minded.
     
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  18. Bob Wells

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    I believe Governor DeSantis approved the toll road that is going to be funded even though it goes through some area that conservation minded people opposed.
     
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    He also signed a poll tax that wasn’t part of a voter approved referendum.
     
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    Unfortunately times have changed. Back in the day (not too long ago) most people who lived here were passionate about preservation. Now most people who live here are chasing the buck, or just living a "normal" American life - busy and distracted.

    I urge people who are passionate about preservation to get involved and organize. There is no reason we shouldn't have a strong preservation group. Check out South Walton Community Council, which has a long legacy of preservation issues. It is an organization with everything needed already on place. We need to come together in this day and age of social media and deals behind closed doors.

    The developers and politicians have gotten the upper hand. Until people band together and exert the power of the populace, with adequate work and funding, things are going to go downhill as they have everywhere else in Florida. The momentum of the development dollar has really taken hold here and I don't know if there is any stopping it.
     

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