POmpano to host A1A improvement meetings
If Broward County wants to keep State Road A1A a scenic highway, first given the designation in 2009, an update to its corridor management plan is required every five years.
This year, the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization is asking county residents for help and will be hosting a series of meetings to gather public opinion on how to improve the corridor as well as present preliminary plans.
“A1A is very important to us as an intrinsic resource and as an economic and tourist development tool,” said Priscila J. Clawges, transportation planner for the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization. “We want to keep the corridor as beautiful as possible and very attractive to outside visitors and our residents.”
Since A1A is already designated a scenic highway, Clawges said the roadway is promoted around Florida as a tourist destination in addition to being able to receive state and grant funding for improvements. It is also the only scenic highway designated corridor in the tri-county area, which makes it unique, she added.
“For us in Broward County, our designation is a treasure,” she said. “We’re showcased all around Florida as a scenic highway attraction to help bring tourists in.”
The public meetings will take from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Pompano Beach Marriott, 1200 N. Ocean Blvd. and Oct. 15 at the Hollywood Beach Marriott, 2501 N. Ocean Drive in Hollywood.
During the meetings, which serve as public outreach to gather feedback, the management team will also present an overview of the corridor with some coastal cities also presenting plans for the corridor. Typical improvement projects include pedestrian-friendly upgrades and added bicycle lanes.
“We definitely want to hear from the public and what they want to see on the scenic highway in Broward,” Clawges said.