Parents fear for kids’ safety as Collier beach re-nourishment project moves forward
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ESTERO, Fla. - Many parents whose kids go to a school in the Estero area or catch the bus along Corkscrew Rd are worried that the approved Collier County beach re-nourishment project could put their kids' safety at risk.
"It's the number of stops that we have along Corkscrew that is our concern", said Marc Mora with Lee County Schools.
Mora spoke with Fox 4 and expressed his opposition to the Collier County beach re-nourishment project a week ago, when sending hundreds of sand trucks down Corkscrew Rd to make it to the Naples Beaches was just one of the options on the table.
Today, that plans has the green light after the Collier County Board of Commissioners approved it Tuesday morning.
Now, parents are concerned about the safety of their kids.
"With all the kids out here, that's a problem,” said Kim Moglia.
Moglia’s child attends Pinewoods Elementary School. The school has about 230 students and sits just a football field off Corkscrew Rd.
Lee County Officials estimate nearly 400 dump trucks will be using Corkscrew Rd – an average of one truck every two minutes, six days a week.
Those statistics don’t sit well with parents.
“They wont be able to slow down,” said Moglia, “We have a back up every morning and every afternoon, [trucks] can't stop fast enough."
Traffic congestion is also another concern for parents at Pinewoods Elementary.
Half an hour before school started this morning, cars lined the entrance to the school bumper-to-bumper, inching to drop their kids off.
“Anything additional to this road in the morning or afternoon for drop off or pickup is just going to delay everybody,” said Mark Donahue, another concerned Pinewoods parent.
This is exactly the nightmare Lee County officials hoped to avoid.
But in the end, Collier commissioners decided to stick with a plan that would use Corkscrew Rd instead of Alico Rd.
Lee County officials suggested using Alico Rd because it is less populated and does not have the nearly 30 bus stops lining the route like Corkscrew Rd does.
The Collier County commission sited it would save the county a reported three-quarters of a million dollars.
Now parents are left wondering, who is going to have to pay the price.
"Saving money as opposed to safety and convenience, that's a tough balance,” said Donahue.
The beach re-nourishment project could begin as early as Saturday and could be completed by late February 2014.