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Well stated. Thank you for addressing so many points raised in the editorial. I was frankly surprised at what appeared in the TC Palm as my impression at the meetings was that most people were in favor of lane and speed reductions.
I fear the City Council will vote for a compromise plan that reduces speed limits and one lane on the westbound branch of HW60. Given the required $1.9 million city commitment associated with the Kimley Horn lane repurposing proposal, I have been advocating for a much less expensive and easily reversible painted (as opposed to a raised curb) version of the traffic calming corner bump-outs. A simple google search of "painted traffic calming bump-outs" shows what is possible, even one example in Orlando. This could be implemented as a proof-of-concept on traffic flow well ahead of the 2026/2027 FDOT street repaving. I'm told that FDOT will not support such a solution, even if it is interim. I ask, "why?"
My fear is that six lanes of traffic through Vero Downtown will dampen developer enthusiasm for building the residential units needed to provide consistent support for Vero Downtown venues. Kimley Horn and other experts have clearly demonstrated that only two lanes in each direction are required to support current and projected traffic flow and hurricane evacuation.
However, the key next step, regardless of the decision on HW60 lane repurposing, is to complete the Downtown Redevelopment Plan that will establish what is wanted by residents and what is economically feasible. That likely includes some change in downtown density zoning (not building heights) and a mechanism for the benefiting developers, property owners and operators to fund shared Downtown infrastructure cost and ongoing maintenance, rather than City of Vero Beach voters.
I agree with you, Bob. People are entitled to their feelings and opinions, but if they are not backed up with data from the study, then it shouldn't impact the outcome. Actually studies (plural) because several have been done over the years and they pretty much say the same thing. People are making all sorts of unsubstantiated claims, which is unfair to the rest of our community. If they can't back up their claims with data, it is easy to dismiss their complaints.
Well said. I found the you tube video, also posted on Lets Talk Vero, of city and transportation planner Victor Dover's walk through downtown with Vero Civic leaders absolutely inspiring in terms of the potential of our city center!