"I'm wondering if anyone is taking a look at the totality of the situation. I think if we focus on pimples we might miss the fact that we have heart disease."
NAVARRE — Navarre residents went before the Santa Rosa County Commissioners on Thursday to voice concerns about traffic and speed zones on residential streets.
Members of the Holley by the Sea Improvement Association requested the county commissioners focus attention on more than just storm water drainage solutions, but also how to resolve transportation woes on residential roads.
Stephen Halstead, a Holley by the Sea resident who spoke before the board Thursday, said over the past 10 years he has witnessed the U.S. Highway 98 traffic become disconcerting as the population has continuously grown.
"When you're moving 50,000 to 60,000 people on a road designed for 25,000, there are a lot of issues ...," he said. "I'm wondering if anyone is taking a look at the totality of the situation. I think if we focus on pimples we might miss the fact that we have heart disease."
Rob Williamson, District 4 county commissioner, said for any growing community, traffic is always a problem.
"The solutions that have been recommended only push the problem from one street onto another," Williamson said. "They haven't solved it but pushed the problem onto their neighbors."
Two other Holley by the Sea residents, who live on Edgewood Drive and Broadmore Street, also came forward Thursday to raise concerns about speeding on residential streets. The complaints were focused on the drivers who take back roads to avoid U.S. 98 traffic.
As a solution, Williamson suggested the county commission consider purchasing electronic speed indicators to make drivers more aware of speed limits.
"We've seen some success with these in and around school zones," Williamson said. "I asked the Holley by the Sea board to identify three to five streets where speeding is an issue. We don't want to (throw) money on something that isn't going to make anything better."