PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Residents who live along a busy Ponte Vedra road are trying to raise money to add sidewalks along Ponte Vedra Boulevard. Some fear without them someone's loved one could be killed.
Carol Lamb said, "I was walking my two dogs down Ponte Vedra Boulevard and all of a sudden this car came down the road and I didn't see it from nowhere...he hit my Yorkie on the side of the grass and flew him up in the air."
Lamb's beloved Yorkie, Sampson, died after being hit by car on Ponte Vedra Boulevard. It happened four months ago on a stretch of road where there are no sidewalks.
"He was a big part of our family. It was devastating what happened. I went through a very bad traumatic experience" Lamb said. "I just feel so bad because 28 years it was always safe walking down here now there are so many more people have built here and it's just not safe anymore."
That's why she and a group of residents have teamed up with the Muncipal Service District (MSD) to try to get sidewalks along a two and half mile section of Ponte Vedra Boulevard from the 800 block to Corona Road.
Gary Jurenovich, MSD vice-chairman, said, "There are so many people, so many bikers, so many joggers and really there is no side of the road and cars just travel up and down this road and it's an accident waiting to happen. It's unfortunate somebody's dog was struck and killed but what we really want to make sure is that a resident, a person doesn't get killed."
To add the sidewalks, it's projected to cost about $380,000, and those pushing for the sidewalks are asking residents to chip in to help foot the bill.
Jurenovich said, "What we have done in the past is the residents contribute 60% of the cost, the service district, the MSD contributes 20% and the county contributes 20%. And it's a public private partnership like that that really makes a project like this work."
The sidewalks would just be on the west side of the road right away. And the county would be responsible for ongoing maintenance costs according to the MSD.
The county says it has not yet considered the proposal but will look at it when it's presented.
Lamb said, " I just feel like it's going to make the property go up in value and it's going to be safer for the community. For people with their children, people with their dogs and walking. I always walk through the parking lots now because I'm scared to death."
Sidewalk supporters plan to go door to door in the coming weeks asking for donations and have already mailed fliers. They've posted more information on their Facebook page.
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