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Estero Boulevard should be one continuous project

March 13, 2013
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

Two years ago, the Fort Myers Beach Town Council shared a plan with the Board of County Commissioners to complete Estero Boulevard reconstruction in one-mile segments over a continuous time period by overlapping planning, engineering and construction. At that time, Town and County staffs agreed to work on the plan.

Last September, County Commissioners approved their five-year capital improvement plan. Money for the first mile of Estero Boulevard was included for fiscal year 2014, but nothing more appears until sometime after 2017. How could this have happened if the Town and County were talking?

The Estero Boulevard project should not start until it can be totally completed. The $7 million that has been set-aside for 2014 could be used to obtain lands needed to improve traffic flow, provide safe bicycle travel and allow trolleys to pull-off at all stops.

Funds are tight for transportation projects. Knowing that, how can County Commissioners consider reducing or eliminating impact fees? Encouraging further growth in our area without planning to improve travel to its most popular beach is irresponsible.

Tom Babcock

Fort Myers Beach



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