Residents weigh in on scenic byway

WILMINGTON -- Thursday Wilmington residents had the chance to give city planners their opinions about a future scenic byway. While there are 50 scenic byways in North Carolina, the Cape Fear Historic byway will be the only urban scenic byway in the state. Planners wanted to hear suggestions from residents about what they'd like to see it look like. The future Cape Fear Historic byway will start at 1898 Park on Front and Third. It will travel down Water Street, around Greenfield Lake and back down Third. The idea is to connect the different areas, and beautify and improve the roadway that does it. Third Street resident Shane Fernando says the byway may improve street safety, mainly slowing down traffic, something he says has been a problem for his neighborhood. "I believe it will bring attention to the issue and give residents and platform to speak about these problems and hopefully bring them to light, because it definitely needs to be addressed," Fernando said. The byway has potential to improve quality of life here, but also attract tourism. The future byway path has already been designated by the state as a scenic byway program, which means going forward the project will in part be funded by the state. As our area continues to grow, the planning organization hopes the byway will take Wilmington in to the future. "This plan is not a plan of what you're going to see tomorrow, not five years from now, but thirty years from now," Senior Transportation Planner Mike Kozlosky said. The planning organization is also seeking federal funding. That money can be used for anything from transportation improvements to things like street lamps.

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That would be wonderful, more people driving 10 miles under the speed limit looking out their side windows instead of paying attention to their driving. Will there be a mugging station near 12th and Greenfield? How about a count the trash in the lake game in the same area? Give me a break.
Look at the individual elements: * Start at the 1898 Riot Memorial (political correctness) * Circle Greenfield Lake (enviro-loons will have their input) * Most importantly, come back up Third Street, beautifying and improving the road that undoubtedly fronts the Historic District home of the person who arranged this tax-blowing boondoggle. I wonder how they will make Nesbitt Courts "scenic?" Don't you just love it when the politicians claim the budget is so tight they may have to increase taxes....but they can still fund this kind of nonsense?
I forgot about the drive by shooting range at Nesbitt Courts.