Make the Jungle Trail Safe!
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The Jungle Trail is unique in Indian River County and much of Florida for its historical, cultural and ecological significance.
County officials are aware that there are also untapped recreational opportunities with the Jungle Trail, but to date, there have been no serious efforts to unlock the JT’s potential as a unique source of recreation for walkers, runners, cyclists and equestrian users.
Many potential recreational users of the JT avoid using it because of issues caused by motor vehicles. These include:
- Puddling, rutting and wash‐boarding of the surface
- Dumping of trash and debris
- Speeding and reckless driving – some resulting in fatalities
Bottom line - the mix of motorized traffic and non‐motorized uses are inherently unsafe on the JT.
To provide a safe experience for all users of the JT it has been proposed to the county that a section of it be designated for non-motorized use only:
- A 3¼ mile section of the JT from CR‐510 north to the southern border of Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (PINWR) is the most logical choice for this designation
- Rights of way for the communities of Old Orchid, Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club, Windsor and PINWR would be maintained
- Traffic bollards would block motorized traffic, but could be removed by authorized users (e.g. emergency response vehicles, mosquito control…)
- Occasional motor vehicle access would be possible on a scheduled basis (e.g. one Sunday a month)
CALL TO ACTION
Let the Board of County Commissioners know that the current situation is not acceptable and that you support a motor-vehicle free section of the Jungle Trail. Once enough signatures have been collected, this petition will be presented to the county to show the community's support for this idea! In the meantime, please consider contacting County Commissioner Joe Flescher at firstname.lastname@example.org or (772) 226-1919.
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