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Friday, March 9, 2012
Latest on Alternative Transportation Study for Ding Darling--open house on 3/29
Note that the latest recommendations for the Ding Darling Alternative Transportation study focus on connections to the Sanibel Shared Use Path system and enhanced biking through the refuge. Sanibel residents are encouraged to attend the public workshop on 3/29.
City of Sanibel
Sanibel, Florida - March 9,
Contact - Sanibel City Manager's Office
The City of Sanibel Received the
News Release from Lee County Transit
Alternative Transportation Study for J.N.
"Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Open House Scheduled
3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March
at the Sanibel Community House
March 9, 2012 - The project partner agencies, J.N.
"Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, City of Sanibel and
LeeTran, will host an open house to share the details of the refined draft
project recommendation for the Alternative Transportation Study funded by
the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Public Parks Program. The program was established to address the challenge
of increasing vehicle congestion in and around national parks and other
federal lands that threatens the environment and diminishes the visitor
recommendation is the result of a four-year
process of public engagement, data collection and analysis, and partner
agency direction and cooperation. At the open house, the public may view a
short slide show, review the project recommendation, ask questions and
provide comment. The
public is invited to attend anytime from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday,
March 29, 2012, at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way,
goals of the project are to reduce traffic in the Refuge, lower emissions
and lessen impacts to wildlife and the environment. An additional goal of
this project is to improve Refuge visitor mobility and accessibility and
enhance Refuge visitor experience. Based on input received at the public
meeting in April of 2011 and an online survey conducted on the project
website, the project recommendation has been revised to no longer include
circulator service outside the Refuge.
revised project recommendation elements are as follows:
Improve safety for wildlife to cross Sanibel-Captiva Road
trail connecting Tarpon Bay Recreation Area to the Shared Use Path
Enhanced Refuge wayfinding plan
Bailey Tract wayfinding to the Shared Use Path
Expanded Refuge parking options at existing overflow parking
Bicycle rentals at the Refuge
* Enhancements to Refuge tram and new Refuge shuttle service
To review project
documentation prior to the open house, visit the project website after
Friday, March 23, 2012.