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Public Involvement


Public Involvement is a critical part of a successful transportation project. A proactive approach to informing, educating, and involving the public helps to promote a productive atmosphere which leads to transportation improvements which meet both the community's needs and desires.

A Public Involvement Plan has been prepared in order to develop and document the methods used to reach those affected by this project. It identifies the concerned public, ways in which the public will be notified about the progress of the project, and the project's scheduled public outreach activities.

Please visit this website often to get the most up-to-date information on the Gulf Coast Parkway study. All Public Meetings will be advertised on this website, in addition to updated project information. If you have any questions or comments about this project, please submit them to the Project Manager, Rosemary Woods. If you go to the "Contact" page, you can obtain her contact information. Or better yet, use the option provided on that page to submit your comments or questions directly to her!

SCOPING MEETING

A scoping meeting was held for the Gulf Coast Parkway project on November 14, 2007 at the Springfield Community Center. This meeting was attended by representatives from federal and state agencies, local municipalities, and the public. The purpose of the meeting was to further define the scope of issues that the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will need to analyze and address before submission to the Federal Highway Administration. The EIS is a full disclosure environmental report that describes the impacts on the environment as a result of a proposed action, in this case the construction of a new roadway.

At the meeting, a presentation was given by Rosemary Woods from PBS&J, the engineering firm originally hired by Opportunity Florida to conduct the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study and prepare the EIS. The presentation focused on the history of the project and those environmental issues/concerns that had already been identified by federal and state agencies from the Environmental Technical Advisory Team (ETAT). After the presentation, there was a public comment period. The meeting was concluded in an "open house" format, where those in attendance were invited to view the aerial maps and boards that were on display and speak with project staff.

Illustrations of the proposed Alternative Corridors and Roadway Sections can be viewed from the document links on the menu at left. Click here for the PowerPoint presentation from the scoping meeting, and click here for the transcript of the meeting.

ALTERNATIVE CORRIDORS PUBLIC MEETING

An alternative corridors meeting were held for the Gulf Coast Parkway project on August 14, 2008 in Gulf County at the Centennial Building in Port St. Joe, Florida. This meeting was attended by representatives from local municipalities and the public. The purpose of the meeting was to present the 12 potential corridors and receive comments and preferences on the potential corridors for the proposed roadway. This feedback was used to assist in determining corridors for further study. An additional meeting with the same presentation was held on August 21, 2008 in Bay County at the Springfield Community Center in Springfield, Florida.

At the meeting, a presentation was given by Rosemary Woods from PBS&J, which focused on the 12 alternative corridors, the project's purpose and need, and the environmental, cultural, and social concerns, as well as the estimated costs for these alternatives. A public comment period was held after the presentation. The meeting was concluded in an "open house" format, where those in attendance were invited to view the aerial maps and boards that were on display and speak with project staff.

Illustrations of the proposed Alternative Corridors, Roadway Sections, and a copy of the PowerPoint presentation shown at the meeting can be viewed from the document links on the menu at left.

ALTERNATIVE ALIGNMENTS PUBLIC MEETING

An alternative alignments public meeting was held for the Gulf Coast Parkway project on October 15, 2009 in Bay County at the Springfield Community Center in Springfield, Florida. This meeting was attended by representatives from local municipalities and the public. The purpose of the meeting was to present the 5 alternatives roadway alignments, the roadway typical sections, and comparative information on each alignment to the public and to receive comments and preferences on the alternative roadway alignments. This feedback will be used to assist in determining the preferred alternative for the study. An additional meeting with the same presentation was held on October 20, 2009 in Gulf County at the Centennial Building in Port St. Joe, Florida.

At the meeting, a presentation was given by Rosemary Woods from PBS&J which provided a project update and then focused on the five alternative roadway alignments, the roadway typical sections, and the environmental, cultural and social concerns, as well as the estimated costs for these alternatives. A public comment period was held after the presentation. The meeting was concluded in an "open house" format, where those in attendance were invited to view the aerial maps and boards that were on display and speak with project staff.

Illustrations of the proposed Alternative Roadway Alignments, Roadway Sections, and a copy of the PowerPoint presentation shown at the meeting can be viewed from the document links on the menu at left.

PUBLIC HEARING

A public hearings was held for the Gulf Coast Parkway project on May 6, 2014 in Gulf County at the Centennial Building in Port St. Joe, Florida. This meeting was attended by representatives from local municipalities and the public. The purpose of the meeting was to present all of the material that was shared at Alternative Alignment meetings, to provide an update on how the Federal Highway Administration and cooperating state and federal agencies had commented on the project, and to present FDOT's recommended alignment in order to receive additional comments on the project and recommendations that were presented. An additional meeting with the same presentation was held on May 8, 2014 in Bay County at the Springfield Community Center in Springfield, Florida.

At the meeting, a presentation was given by Rosemary Woods from Atkins (formerly PBS&J) which provided a project update and then focused on the five alternative roadway alignments, the roadway typical sections, the environmental, cultural and social concerns, the estimated costs for these alternatives, and then concluded with FDOT's recommended alternative for the project. A public comment period was held after the presentation. The meeting was concluded in an "open house" format, where those in attendance were invited to view the aerial maps and boards that were on display and speak with project staff.

Illustrations from the meeting, along with a copy of the presentation that was given and all of the approved draft project documentation can be viewed from the links under the "Documents for Public Hearing" title in the left sidebar of the website.