Chipley, Florida --
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will host a Public Hearing for a proposed project on State Road 30E (Cape San Blas Road) from north of Test Site D3A to Coastline Drive. The hearing is Tuesday, October 5, 2010, at the Centennial Building, 300 Allen Memorial Way, Port St. Joe. An open house begins at 5:30 p.m. with a formal presentation from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.
The proposed project will improve approximately 2 miles of State Road 30E from north of Test Site D3A to Coastline Drive. This roadway provides access to approximately 1,500 private homes and 200,000 tourists annually and is vulnerable to coastal flooding due to coastal erosion from the Gulf of Mexico, especially during hurricane events. S.R. 30E is the only means for motor vehicle access to the properties on the peninsula, including emergency vehicles and beach traffic, and is considered a hurricane evacuation route. The roadway is also the only means of reaching local parks and recreation areas including the T.H. Stone Memorial, the St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, the Williams J. “Billy Joe” Rish Recreation Park, the Cape Palm Park, the St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve, and the St. Joseph Peninsula Wilderness Preserve. Additional right-of-way is not anticipated for this project.
This Public Hearing is being conducted to give interested persons an opportunity to express their views concerning the location, conceptual design, and social, economic, and environmental effects of the proposed project. Draft project documents and other information is available for review until October 15, at the Port St. Joe City Hall, 305 Cecil Costin Boulevard, Port St. Joe, FL. Persons may make verbal comments at the meeting and/or in writing to Peggy Kelley, Project Manager, at Florida Department of Transportation, 1074 Highway 90, Chipley, Florida 32428. All exhibits or statements postmarked on or before October 11, 2010 (10 days after hearing date) will become a part of the Public Hearing record.