Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Atlantic Considering Dropping Curb Idea

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Atlantic Considering Dropping Curb Idea

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ATLANTIC BEACH -- The City Commission discussed taking curbs and

gutters out of the core city stormwater drainage, sewer and

water project during a special meeting Tuesday, but no action

was taken on the issue.

The commission also voted Tuesday to approve a liquor license

for a First Night fundraising event and commissioners agreed to

spend up to $2,000 for insurance coverage of the event.

In May the commission voted to modify its $7.2 million

stormwater drainage, sewer and water project design by adding to

the plans baffle boxes, rectangular-shaped pipes that slow water

down, allowing sediments to drop out. That would keep Howell

Park from being the main stormwater treatment site, which was a

source of contention for many residents.

Tuesday, Mayor Suzanne Shaughnessy asked the commission to

consider further modifying the project plans by canceling the

curb and gutter option because it could save money.

The curbs and gutters added about $1.3 million to the project's

costs.

Shaughnessy's concerns were that the city could save money and

that the curbing system could change the water table and

jeopardize some plants.

While Commissioner Mike Borno agreed with Shaughnessy's

intention to consider alternatives to the drainage plan,

Commissioner John Meserve said to change the curb and gutter

option would mean redesigning an already designed project.

"We need to get out of this project," Meserve said.

Terry Rice, the consultant Atlantic Beach hired to review its

core city project plans that many residents had criticized, said

the city could save money by using smaller pipes, by cutting

down fewer trees and by not replacing some water mains if the

curb and gutter alternative were dropped.

Resident Cindy Corey asked the commission to take its time and

consider Shaughnessy's suggestion, but no motion was made in

support of it and no action was taken. …

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