This petition was printed this week in the San Pedro sun and is reprintedd here for the benefit of those who read the message board and might like to respond to the Town Council at [email protected]
The number of vehicles on San Pedro has been growing at an incredible rate. Even if more restrictions are placed on those who can bring new vehicles to San Pedro, the population is growing at such a rapid rate that hundreds of new vehicles will be brought onto the island in the next few years. Paving the streets is one solution but the sand streets is a part of the ambiance of San Pedro and is one of the things tourist love that set us apart from most other tourist destinations. Paving the narrow streets does not take care of parking, the excess traffic or speeding. Therefore the types of vehicles brought onto the island must be restricted.
We, the undersigned people of San Pedro, want all future vehicles brought onto this island to be limited to electric golf carts, taxis included. The only exception would be: 1. Dump trucks limited to five cubic yard boxes for delivery of sand, rocks and gravel. 2. Tractors and trailers for the delivery of large goods and building materials.
This means there would be no more automobiles, pick-ups, motorcycles, SUV's, vans or light trucks allowed to be brought onto the island.
"Golf carts only" has been established in other communities around the world that are even larger than San Pedro and it is working well and giving charm to these cities. Electric charging stations would have to be established at the airport and downtown for the taxis.
Consideration needs to be given to permanently closing Barrier Reef Drive with posts that can be slipped out easily for emergency vehicles. Land will need to be set aside for parking at the south end of town for all the development that is now going on, clear down to the end of the island. Parking will also need to be established at the north end of town for all of that traffic that will be coming to town when the bridge is installed and the new community developed.
Owners of vehicles stored overnight on public streets must lose their permit for that vehicles, as San Pedro's narrow streets leave no room for vehicle storage.