To its credit, the Florida Department of Transportation presented a plan this summer that it thought would make West Cervantes safer. Brownsville residents, businesses and neighborhood associations bordering the planned change in West Cervantes voiced that the plan didn’t work for them. It further divided the people in the neighborhood with its planned median wall. And it didn’t add more protected crosswalks and it didn’t slow down cars. In fact, it could be argued that the median – which would have been an impediment to getting to businesses on West Cervantes – would have encouraged drivers to go even faster than they do now.
FDOT relented and said it would come back with a new plan. The new plan will be shared at a public hearing at 5 p.m. Dec. 10, at the Fricker Community center, 900 North F Street, Pensacola.