Bunnell, FL – Flagler County officials and the Flagler Beach City Commission will be meeting on Tuesday, January 3rd, to discuss permanent repairs to State Road A1A in Flagler Beach, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Matthew in October.
The meeting’s a response to the December 15th Department of Transportation presentation of possible repair options for the road. FDOT options included putting up a retaining wall or sea wall, moving A1A to the west, making A1A 1-way and Central Ave another way, moving traffic back onto Central and Daytona, or do nothing. “What was disappointing about that meeting is we were under the impression that the Army Corps, DEP, and Fish and Wildlife would all be there,” said Linda Provencher, Mayor of Flagler Beach. “Because really this is a joint effort to repair the road and the beach together. This was just FDOT’s presentation, there was no representation from the other agencies there.”
She went on to say “all the agencies really need to work together. If we put up the sea wall the Army Corps will not move forward with their project. If we want to plant sea oats and dune plants, which we really believe in to protect the dunes, we need DEP’s permission for that.” A lot of county and city officials are leaning towards the renourishment project through the Army Corps.
Provencher says at the meeting officials will review all the options presented by FDOT and the Army Corps. Hopefully, everyone will come to an agreement so they can move forward and get to work.
(Provencher’s photo courtesy CityOfFlaglerBeach.com)
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