Background

Please Plan to Attend the Second Transportation Innovation Workshop                                May 24-26, 2016

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South Walton, located in the Florida Panhandle is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and amazing towns offering unparalleled vacation and residency opportunities along Florida’s most scenic and pristine coastal highway, the legendary 30A. Nestled here, along one of the world’s most prized coastlines and unique dunes lakes eco-systems, are some of the country’s most beautiful beach communities and renowned resorts – Blue Mountain Beach, Grayton Beach, Watercolor, Seaside, Seagrove, Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach. Open land and unobstructed views set South Walton apart from the condo-canyons that obscure beach views elsewhere.

As this area is discovered, it is this simple charm that presents the biggest obstacle to sustainability. County Road 30A is a single lane road with little room to expand and a character so unique to the location that is simply known as 30A. As more and more people choose to vacation or live along this corridor, traffic woes are becoming its biggest problem. The highway is so congested that Walton County has made transportation options a high priority.

On October 19 and 20, 2015, the Seaside Institute in coordination with Walton County, the International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC) and Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) hosted a workshop to help develop alternate transportation planning for County Road 30A. Vehicle, communication and power system designers, entrepreneurs active in on-demand transportation and transportation infrastructure experts from across the country were invited to participate in what proved to be one of the most innovative transportation planning initiatives ever launched in Florida.

The workshop was partially funded with a grant from the Department of Economic Opportunity.

On May 24, 25 and 26, 2016, the Seaside Institute, ITIC, and Walton County hosted the second of these transportation conferences to present and expand upon the findings of the October 2015 conference.  A special presentation to stakeholders within the community was held Tuesday evening, May 24.