October 27, 2017
Dear Coquina Sands Association members, Attached is a response I sent to Gregg Strakaluse, Director, Streets and Stormwater, the City Council, and our Association neighbors in response to the letter shown below sent on behalf of Old Naples Association by John Lehmann.
The issue of a lane diet for US41 is being proposed again by the City off Naples. I was skeptical that they would bring it uo again, however, I am learning that the City is persistent in representing the interests of development. We are asking for your support in opposing a reduce in the number of lanes on the portion of US41 shown in the diagrams displayed in the letter from the Old Naples Association (ONA). Coquina Sands, Old Naples , and The Moorings are setting up a meeting in November with and Gregg Strakaluse to discuss the issue. We will keep you posted about developments.
Bill Lutz, President
Coquina Sands Association
Sent on Behalf of the Board
Gregg, That you for expressing sensitivity to the potential for increased traffic through residential neighborhoods. We look forward to seeing the comments from the consultant supporting their argument. The Coquina Sands Association would like to support the concern expressed in ONA’s letter by John Lehmann’s concerning the potential for increased traffic through our neighborhoods by a narrowing of US41. We are skeptical with respect to your comment that that the lane reduction would cause locals to use US41 more often rather than have them cut through residential neighborhoods by diverting vehicles to Goodlette. Many of the locals coming from Coquina Sands, The Moorings, or Park Shore to which we have spoken indicate that they often use Crayton Rd. and Gulf Shore Boulevard instead of US41 particularily when they anticipate that traffic will be heavy (in season and during morning and afternoon rush hours). We also believe that most of the North/South trips taken by these residents culminate in the Fifth Avenue neighborhood or Third Street area not continuing east along US41. Although a lane diet approach to the traffic problem, forcing traffic east to Goodlette Road, might have worked in other cities, we are also concerned that the magnitude of people in Old Naples, Aqualane Shores and Port Royal may represent a different fact pattern versus similar areas due to the limited egress they have to move North or South through Fifth Avenue South. The constraint of the heavy car and people traffic along Fifth Avenue South causes traffic to move extremely slowly encouraging people to find alternative paths. In particular we would like to hear the consultant speak to the unique features of the traffic pattern of our City, not what has worked in other communities that may have a different fact pattern. Best regards,
Bill Lutz, President
Coquina Sands Association
John, thank you for copying me on this email. To address one point of your letter, I too am sensitive to the concern about the potential for increased traffic through residential neighborhoods so I’m following up with our consultant to obtain additional information deep in the plan that shows that diverted traffic is essentially that traffic using the highway to pass through the City and it diverts further north and to the east, not to west were residents live. You may have heard a councilmember indicate at Monday’s presentation that rather than compete with the heavy highway traffic that exists on US-41 in season now, he cuts through residential neighborhoods to move south from the north. I would suggest that the proposed lane reduction and subsequent diversion of 11,000 vehicles per day to Goodlette and other roads east, that locals may desire to use US41 more often rather than cut through residential neighborhoods. Looking out to 2040 is difficult, but if we look at other communities that have done something similar, the benefits can be significant.
Dear Ms. Meunier, I attach the Old Naples Association’s response to your request for input regarding the reconstruction of portions of 8th Street and Third Avenue South. Please provide copies of the attached document to the reviewer(s) that I will be meeting with at 11:30AM this morning.
Best regards, John Lehmann
President, Old Naples Association
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