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Pensacola Beach Resort wants to slow down speeders
Are people driving too fast on Pensacola Beach?
Portofino Resort thinks so.
Channel 3's Christina Leavenworth tells us how they are trying to slow people down.
There are plenty of speed limit signs all along Via de Luna on Pensacola Beach. But there really isn't anything to slow drivers down. That's why Portofino is trying to do something about it.
Portofino wants to put up what they are calling four speed calming devices. They are roundabouts that look like which will force people to slow down. The resort says they've noticed that once people clear the Gulf Islands National Seashore, their speed creeps up, drivers going as fast as 50 to 60 miles per hour. Fortunately, no one has gotten hit, but they are trying to prevent that before it happens.
"Dont see why it would be a bad idea at all...Can't hurt, especially with little kids."
Mike Manetta is out here, vacationing with his wife and two kids, and even during the off season, he's seen plenty of speeders.
"It's sporadic but when they come, they come quickly."
"It's a two lane road in the middle of nowhere so people just let it go."
The project is going to cost around 1.5 million dollars. It will be paid for by the Portofino Island Improvement Fund. It's intended for beautification projects along Via de Luna near the resort.
But the Island Authority holds on to that money, and will have to decide whether to release those funds. If approved, Portofino will then have to take the plan to the county and FDOT.
Gordon peel has visited several times and agrees on slowing things down, He says aren't days at the beach supposed to be slow and easy anyway?
"It's a pretty good idea, no where to get to in a hurry on this road, your on the beach, enjoy it go slow.
The island authority will discuss this at their meeting on Wednesday.
Reporting from Pensacola Beach, Christina Leavenworth, Channel 3 News.