Gulf Shore Blvd Restoration
City of Naples Resident Petition
If you believe that wide sidewalks and bike lanes keep cyclists and pedestrians safe, please join us by clicking this PDF petition and signing it on or before Friday, February 12.
Read more about the restoration below.
CLICK HERE FOR THE PETITION.
Numbers will speak loudly to City Council during their decision making process and everyone's voice will count.
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Thank you for your support of this important initiative.
The City of Naples storm water outfall project is tentatively slated to begin in this spring. The state of Florida has mandated this work be completed to improve the water quality draining into the Gulf of Mexico costing Naples' tax payers millions of dollars. Failure to comply will result beach re-nourishment permits being denied. The project will require the removal and replacement of the entire roadway between 8th Ave N and 2nd Ave S. on Gulf Shore Boulevard (GSB) south of the Naples Beach Hotel. The project will limit construction areas to segments of two blocks and will require utilizing a significant area within of the 60 foot public right of way for road bed fill and equipment.
City Council directed staff last June to move forward and submit a restoration plan which includes the removal and replacement of storm water pipes, roadway and sidewalk, while maintaining utility services and access to all homes adjacent in the effected area. All of this must be done within the city's 60 foot right of way. The city planners have also suggested that council consider replacing an aging water main and raise the road bed to be increase storm water resiliency against rising sea levels. Lastly, rebuild the roadways with accordance with the City's "Complete Streets" Resolution and Blue Zones Initiatives.
There's no better time than now to reconstruct GSB with multi-modal transportation options and follow through with the resolutions City Council passed in 2014 and 2015. The plans provide 20,000 Naples residents and visitors with facilities to enjoy a healthy lifestyles. Studies have concluded that "Sharrows" are dangerous and used when there are no other options. The addition of bike lanes will take the bicycles off the sidewalk and significantly improve the safety of runners, walkers, their pets and cyclist.
The addition of bike lanes and wider sidewalk on this 10 block stretch of GSB will provide the necessary connectivity to the new Central Avenue bike lanes and sidewalks. This will provide people the option to walk and bike to and from Baker Park and the Gordon River Greenway, Lowdermilk Park, Naples Beach Hotel, the Edgewater Beach Hotel and more.
Don't allow a handful of property owners influence City Council by remaining silent. Pedestrians and bicyclist are put in harms way daily due to inadequate facilities on this stretch of GSB and City Council take this opportunity to improve upon it with safe multi-modal transportation options. Simply moving the curb 2-4 ft to the east and west within the public right of way and displacing what property owner's have claimed as (their?) hedge row will provide safety to all.
City residents sign and return the petition, put on your high visibility yellow to be seen and plan to attend the GSB Restoration City Council workshop on February 18th at 1 pm to be heard. County residents please join the active community end users of GSB outside chambers sporting high visibility yellow, bring a sign and be seen at 12:15 pm.
LET CITY COUNCIL KNOW PUBLIC SAFETY
MUST BE THEIR FIRST PRIORITY!