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Traffic study remains at issue

By Staff | May 13, 2015

To the editor:

I share the disappointment and frustration of many Islanders with the decision made by the Planning Commission to allow Doc Ford’s relocation to Periwinkle/Tarpon Bay Roads to move forward.

The Commission stated that they were required to follow code and protocol.

There is no reference to the credibility of the traffic study that was submitted for the restaurant. The study looked at traffic to and from the restaurant at 6 p.m. or later.

Anyone who lives on Sanibel knows that in season Doc Ford’s restaurant is packed from about 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The traffic to and from the restaurant outside of the 6 p.m. timeline will indeed create additional “gridlock” at Periwinkle/Tarpon Bay Roads as tourists and Islanders try to navigate Tarpon Bay Road.

It is difficult to understand why no member of the Planning Commission questioned the validity of the timeline quoted in the traffic study.

It is this type of action that frustrates citizens who believe that their opinions should matter. We all know that Doc Ford’s is a generous supporter of many charitable events on the Island.

However, this is not a reason to not question the flawed traffic study, since you cannot make a good decision without accurate and complete data.

I agree with last week’s letter to the editor perhaps Island residents should have purchased this property.

The question is: is it too late to do so now?

JoAnn Stehr

Sanibel