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Big Sur safety concerns top the list for Big Sur Multi-Agency Advisory council


PHONE SERVICE…..AT
THE TOP OF THE AGENDA
FOR THE BIG SUR
MULTI-AGENCY ADVISORY
COUNCIL MEETING
TODAY. ACTION NEWS
REPORTER KYLA LINVILLE
IS LIVE IN MONTEREY
WITH MORE ON TODAY’S
MEETING. TODAY WAS ALL
ABOUT LOCAL AGENCIES
COMMUNICATING WITH
THE PEOPLE OF BIG SUR. HEARING CONCERNS
AND ALSO LETTING THE
PEOPLE KNOW WHERE
THESE AGENCIES STAND. SPOTTY CELL PHONE
SERVICE….TRAFFIC FOR
MILES….AND ILLEGAL
CAMPING. THESE ARE THREE OF
THE MOST SERIOUS
SAFETY CONCERNS IN BIG
SUR. MARCUS FOSTER, ACTING
CAPTAIN WITH BIG SUR FIRE
0:34:00 “WE’RE GETTING
ILLEGAL FIRES ON THE SIDE OF
THE HIGHWAY, PEOPLE THAT
ARE CAMPING IN THEIR VANS AND PITCHING TENTS AND
ARE WAKING UP IN THESE
SCENIC PULLOUTS ALONG THE
HIGHWAY AND THERE’S NO
RESTROOMS OF COURSE,
THERE’S NO GARBAGE CANS, PEOPLE ARE DUMPING THEIR
BBQ COALS.” 0:34:18 THE
MEETING ALSO TOUCHED
ON DRIVERS- WHO ARE
GOING TOO SLOW ON
HIGHWAY ONE. SARA VON SCHWIND, DEPUTY
DISTRICT DIRECTOR CAL
TRANS DISTRICT 5 0:55:50
“ONE OF THE CONCERNS I
HEARD TODAY WAS THE FACT
THAT THERE’S LIMITED SPEED LIMIT SIGNS. AND THAT’S A
CONCERN FOR THE
COMMUNITY BECAUSE THE
TRAVELING PUBLIC DOESN’T
KNOW WHAT THE SPEED
LIMIT IS SO THEY’RE DRIVING SLOWER THAN THEY NEED
TO.” 0:56:02 SCHWIND
SAYS CAL TRANS WILL BE
TAKING PRE-EMPTIVE
STEPS THIS WINTER TO
ADDRESS MUDSLIDES. SARA VON SCHWIND, DEPUTY
DISTRICT DIRECTOR CAL
TRANS DISTRICT 5 0:51:50
“WE’RE ACTUALLY GOING TO
BE PREEMPTIVELY CLOSING
THE ENTIRE HIGHWAY EVEN TO EMERGENCY SERVICES
AND EVEN TO CAL TRANS
STAFF, BECAUSE WE DO NOT
WANT ANYONE TO BE IN
THOSE AREAS WHEN WE
HAVE SIGNIFICANT STORMS.” 0:52:02 SUPERVISOR
MARY ADAMS SAYS
ADDRESSING LACK OF
CELL PHONE SERVICE IS
HER NUMBER ONE
PRIORITY. MARY ADAMS 0:47:17
“TRAFFIC IS CERTAINLY ONE
THING, BUT WHEN YOU
THINK ABOUT THE CELL
TOWER ISSUE, TO ME, THAT
IS THE MOST CRITICAL ISSUE THAT WE FACE DOWN HERE. BECAUSE IF YOU DON’T HAVE
A CELL PHONE, YOU AREN’T
GOING TO BE ABLE TO FIND
OUT THAT TRAFFIC IS BACKED
UP FOR AN HOUR AT BIXBY
CREEK BRIDGE.” 0:47:32 MORE FOCUS ON THE
LACK OF PHONE SERVICE
CAME AFTER THE TRAGIC
DROWNING OF 18-YEAR-
OLD BRAXTON STUNTZ OF
CARMEL. AFTER HE FELL OFF A
CLIFF AT GARRAPATA
STATE PARK IN JANUARY. MARY ADAMS 0:48:33 “THIS
IS A LIFE AND DEATH
MATTER, THERE’S A YOUNG
MAN WHO LOST HIS LIFE
RIGHT HERE ON OUR COAST,
AND HAD THERE BEEN CELL PHONES, HAD HIS FRIENDS
BEEN ABLE TO
COMMUNICATE MORE
QUICKLY, PERHAPS THAT YOU
MAN WOULD STILL BE WITH
US TODAY.” 0:48:45 SUPERVISOR ADAMS
SAYS HAVING CELL
PHONE SERVICE IS
NECESSARY FOR THE
SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE
OF BIG SUR. NO CONCRETE
SOLUTIONS TO THESE
PROBLEMS HAVE BEEN
MADE AT THIS POINT.#
SUPERVISOR MARY
ADAMS SAYS AGENCIES WILL WORK ON
SOLUTIONS FOR THESE
ISSUES. AS FOR THE
CONSTRUCTION
PROJECTS ALONG
HIGHWAY ONE, CAL
TRANS SAYS THEIR WORK
WILL CONTINUE INTO NEXT SPRING. THAT’S WHEN THEY
WILL BEGIN REPAVING
THIRTY-FIVE MILES OF
HIGHWA

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