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#272208 03/13/08 09:56 PM
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Marty Offline OP
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from the Chamber of Commerce

The streets were discussed, with the Mayoress outlining the Town Council's plans for paving remaining streets. Third Street (or Back Street as it is also called) is being designed to service commercial delivery vehicles, and once competed, to direct those larger heavier vehicles to avoid both Front and Middle Streets.

Traffic volume was brought up, and the letter from a resort along the street whose guests are awakened every early morning from the street noise. Big trucks, rusting mufflers, and speeders all contribute to destroying our island's attractiveness.

Tom congratulated the Mayoress and the Town Council on the new palm trees planted on Beach Road, and the realization that traffic had to be allowed temporarily due to the water and sewerage lines being installed to the bridge. Plans for this street to be paved will occur once the lines have been completed.

Vehicles were discussed, with a concentrated effort to down-size as much as possible, and have larger vehicles carry more of the burden of road repair. Tom brought up Manuel Heredia's original hope to get taxis to use smaller vans as they need replacement and begin to standardize color and markings. Tom mentioned that Harry Longsworth, our Traffic Chairman, intended to enforce removal of vehicles before a replacement would be allowed. Mr. Longsworth also has expressed a desire to continue discouraging large or heavy vehicles.

Mayoress Paz announced a plan to have Harry become a paid Traffic Manager once the traffic authority has been transferred to town responsibility. She also announced the plan to hire 10 to 12 Traffic Wardens once the income from that area remains in our Town's coffers.

Marty #272474 03/15/08 10:42 AM
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&nbsp Marty,
I hope that there's a solution to the traffic mess. I don't see a way to fix the problem, unfortunately, and I can't think of anywhere on the planet that's reversed a problem as big as San Pedro's. Some cities have ended vehicular traffic in the older sections of town, although they allow deliveries. I don't see a way to do that on a narrow island such as Ambergris Caye, however. Maybe it's a write-off. Maybe it's Pasadise Lost.

&nbsp &nbsp Dan


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I hope Harry can do what everyone else before him hasn't been able to. Someone needs to say NO to all these new vehicles.
Are all those SUVs really necessary? I see more and more parked on front street every week. Parking now is a total nightmare!
Many vehicles, including taxis, can be downsized and parking should be on a diagonal.
Closing off front street to traffic is a great idea but what large piece of prime real estate are they going to use for a parking lot?
There is a lot of tough decisions and hard work ahead for the town if they want to control this situation.

JZB #272490 03/15/08 12:09 PM
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The method that I use to start reducing traffic is easy. It is a personal commitment that every two out of three times I want to hop in the cart,I opt to either walk and carry my stuff, or choose to ride the bicycle. I usually end up walking and seeing friends along the way...if one person tries this because of this message, I would be grateful.

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