AUGUST 12, 2009
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss solutions to traffic flow problems on Hotz Ave. The meeting was sparked by an event on the July 4th weekend when a fire truck had difficulty traversing through downtown Grayton.
Commissioner Cecilia Jones
Interim County Administrator Lyle Seigler
Interim Public Works Director Starsky Harrell
Sheriff Mike Adkinson
SW Fire Chief Rick Talbert
1. Making Hotz Ave. one way going east bound from DeFuniak St. to Garfield St. Public works would reclaim right of way to the south which would provide a few more feet to move the parking spaces out. They would also re-stripe the road along with the parking spaces to make them suitable for one way traffic, and post necessary signage.
This solution did bring up other questions such as, “Is Lydia St. wide enough to accommodate the additional traffic? Public Works is going to look at what is required to make this possible.
2. Leave Hotz Ave. two way traffic, but convert the parking to parallel parking to provide the adequate space needed for emergency vehicles. Public works would reclaim right of way to the south which would provide a few more feet to move the parking spaces out. They would also re-stripe the road along with the parking spaces to make them suitable for parallel parking.
This solution would remove some of the much needed, parking spaces that are there currently.
There is still a parking issue created from the local businesses, large rental properties and people going to the beach. Representatives from both the Red Bar and Shorty’s were present and committed to working with the Community to find solutions. The overall feeling was that they needed to provide off site parking for their customers. The idea of pursuing State property to put in a parking lot that could be used by everyone was brought up and met with mixed feelings.
Sheriff Mike Adkinson also offered to work with the businesses to provide off-duty Deputies to help with the parking problems.
A committee was formed to find solutions to the parking issues which both representatives from the Red Bar and Shorty’s agreed to be on along with several local residents. Anyone interested in joining this committee can contact Commissioner Cecilia Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org .