Palm Coast, Fl - Excessive Traffic - City Council Endangers Residents' Health/Lives




Palm Coast City Council did not let this happen - they made it happen ! 

Nine items (and there are more) says the City intentionally wanted to harm resident's of FL PK DR.
1). Ignored yearly Florida Park Drive traffic count reports from FDOT and did nothing to protect residents
2). Abanded ITT's design of Palm Coast Parkway and Palm Harbor Parkway Intersection for traffic interchange between parkways
3). Abanded ITT's deign of limited traffic in residential neighborhoods - ITT's Traffic Design
4). Ignored proven traffic calming methods, used by other cities, to keep thoroughfare traffic out of residential neighborhoods
5). Ignored scientific studies of the harm to children and the elderly by close proximity traffic fumes and traffic dust to homes
6). Ignored what harm to all residents would incur; financial or health
7). Added turn lanes onto FL PK DR from Palm Coast Parkway and Palm Harbor Parkway, using a residential street for traffic exchange
8). Ignored the pleas of residents as to the harm to their health as stated by sceintific studies
9). No Traffic Calming Methods have been used on FL PK DR since the City knew of the traffic problem in 2003 (15 yrs)

Under the leadership of Mayor Jon Netts - Turn lanes from the parkways onto FL PK DR completed, which funnels traffic from the parkways through a residential area. Florida Park Drive reclassified as a "major collector road", allowing commercial trucks to use the thoroughfare.
The basketball courts of Holland Park were moved from the center of the park to within 80 feet of 3+ Million vehicles per year.  - Harming children using Holland Park?
Residential Traffic Exposure and Childhood Leukemia  - article from American Journal Of Preventive Medicine

This kind of leadership has left all neighborhoods vulnerable and all children at great health risks. (See Health Risks Below)
When it comes to protecting other people's children the true character of a person will appear.
 
Why is the current administration allowing harm to the residents, the children, and the elderly to continue?  Ask them - City Contacts

How is FL PK DR Different from Other Roads   - - Leukemia Incidence is Higher Among Children Living Close to High-Traffic Roads

What is a safe distance to live or work near high auto emission roads  - - -   Busy roads put kids at higher risk of cancer: CDC

How the Street You Live On May Harm Your Health  - - Residential Traffic and Children’s Respiratory Health  

How traffic noise near your home can be a short cut to an early death: Sound linked to higher risk of stroke and heart disease       

Exhaust Fumes; Daily Dosage Kills Slowly    -     Health fears as traffic fumes shown to damage immune system

Any Doubts About Health Harm; Watch Videos From the University Of Colorado - Part 1 of 2 (10 min)     Part 2 of 2 (10 min)

The leadership of the City of Palm Coast abandoned ITT's design of limited traffic in residential neighborhoods. SEE:  ;
ITT Traffic Design

Deception: "We have come to draw a false sense of security from our collective sharing of regional air pollution and, perhaps, the belief that regulatory agencies protect us." M.I.T.

When buiding a City's Legacy becomes more important than protecting the health / lives of children.
1). The City will decide which children will NOT have a healthy environment. (Harmed by traffic fumes and traffic dust)
2). The City will decide which children learning capabilities will be harmed. (Harmed by traffic noise)
3). The City will decide which children will have higher risks of cancer, diabetes, asthma, and other respiratory problems.

It is not about traffic; it's about people, it's about their health; it's about their lives.

Violations of the City  - - City Contacts  

It will not harm the health of any driver for the City to fix this problem; but to not fix it will continue to harm the health
of all FL PK DR residents.
  FL PK DR has more traffic than non-residential (Palm Harbor Parkway or Old Kings Road) - FDOT-TrafficMap

15+ years the City has ignored the traffic problem, allowed residents suffering,  and ignored the harm to residents' health. 

Opinion based on scientific studies by World Health Organization, Environmental Protection Agency, Center for Disease Control, and many Universities:  Euthanasia by traffic  does not just target the elderly (early death);  it targets children  (life long struggles) with diseases such as leukemia, diabetes, and asthma just to name a few. - - Deaths on Florida Park Drive

Information about Florida Park Drive       

Learning disabilities for children and declining health for all will continue to plague the residents of FL PK DR as long as the cause, excessivee
traffic is not addressed and fixed by the City.  
 Status of Research on Traffic Exposures and Health Impacts   ::  by California Environmental Protection Air Resources Board and United States Environmental Protection Agency (published August 23, 2012)

Study on Traffic Fumes and Children's Health   - (Published June, 2004) - Added 12/27/2014
Report recommends not building schools near heavy traffic areas, such as interstates. (Where was Matanzas High School built? How close are outside activities to the interstate? 2015 the Matanzas Woods Interstate Exchange Project and Palm Harbor Extension Project will increase the amount of traffic surrounding the High School. Have parents been informed of the health risks?) Traffic Fumes and Schools  
Children attending schools near traffic had a smaller improvement in cognitive development (May 2015)
See Also Protect Children's Health Below



Protect Children's Health  (Updated: 02-11-2016) Protect Elderly's Health  
(Updated: 11-19-2015)
Protect All Residents' Health  (Updated: 02-11-2016)

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