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FDOT PUBLIC HEARING, re Stickney Point/US 41 (Promenade) Intersection

December 11, 2019 @ 5:30 pm 8:00 pm

FDOT PUBLIC HEARING, Wed. Dec 11, 2019   5:30pm

Siesta Key Chapel, 4615 Gleason Avenue, Sarasota, Fl 34242

Must Contact FDOT BEFORE DEC 3, 2019 if YOU want to speak.

Contact: email Kyle.Purvis@dot.state.fl.us Phone: 863 -519-2396  Physical mail: PO BOX 1249  Bartow, FL 33831-1249

As many of you know, there is an agreement being worked on between FDOT & Sarasota County to transfer the responsibility of Stickney Point and the roadways described in the attached notice in today’s paper, from FDOT to the County. The Florida Department of Transportation has indicated that there are,

 “…growing safety and operational concerns related to the intersection of US41 and SR 72.  The department has a responsibility to provide a safe and efficient roadway for our residents and the thousands upon thousands of visitors and tourists that come to our great state each year.”  This quote is from a letter dated 7/25/16, from Keith Slater, FDOT, Traffic Services Program Engineer.

If you want to be heard at the FDOT December 11th meeting you must sign up by December 3 to speak – this is next Tuesday! This is our only opportunity to voice our concerns that FDOT, an independent agency, should be the controlling voice as to what is feasible traffic-wise on the Stickney Point approach to Siesta Key and on the key. It has been stated that should the road swap take place, that FDOT would have the opportunity to “weigh-in”, but the ultimate decision would be the County’s (Commissioners).

FDOT requirements are intrinsic to the evaluation of what is, or could occur in this 1-mile section of roadway.  Decisions made here will affect public safety and the economy of Siesta Key and surrounding areas. The responsibility for Stickney Point belongs under the jurisdiction of FDOT from US41 completely across the bridge and ending at SR 758.

FDOT’s oversight of this segment of SR72 (Stickney) should not be relinquished.

We have been assured the State will remain involved in any major modifications to the roads. The only difference will be ‘who pays’. The road segments are between State-run Bridges and US 41.

We need to hear this spoken aloud within a public forum. The issues brought forward in the FDOT letter of 2016 will worsen if the intensity of development and road/vehicle access to the Key is overwhelmed on either bridge. We are greatly concerned about the traffic impact on the ‘approach’ neighborhoods and traffic management entering or leaving Siesta Key. We have identified areas that are extremely challenging and create a safety risk.

Sign up by December 3 to speak; attend the meeting on December 11th at 5:30 pm.