I just do not get it. These roads will disintegrate in a tropical storm. I have argued this on the PNJ for ten years and for at least three years here, that the roads are not constructed correctly. When a storm surge hits the dunes it spills the sand over the road. You would think the road would disintegrate on the south side, but the water deposits sand on the south edge and then undercuts the north end as the sand collapses and then the blacktop crumbles. All is needed is a backhoe and going three to five feet down and putting white three to six inch Bahamian limestone as a base on the north shoulder. You would finish that shoulder off with a six inch concrete cap using fiber mesh concrete with NO rebar. The problem is once you do this people will be able to park along the shoulder which the park service would rather control where people go in the park, than stop the Oreo machine from destroying more pristine beach. Yes, it would cost more money, but I think I have a solution for all concerned. Simply designate parking areas along the road and have parking ticket machines where a visitor could purchase a parking pass for seven dollars. The ticket would be displayed on the dashboard and parking authority folks would constantly drive through and monitor the cars issuing steep parking tickets for those who just pull along the road.
I understand that the Park service does not want some areas to have visitors because there might be nesting birds or environmentally sensitive areas.......you simply post no parking in those areas. The idea that 13 miles of blacktop will disintegrate and pollute this beautiful park disgusts me. However, what disgusts me more is the arrogance of the park service to restrict visitors who want to park and enjoy an isolated section of the beach. The revenues from the parking could maintain the hardened north shoulder and allow a great and unique beach experience where folks are turned off by the mobs at PB and Navarre. So the result is that the dumb asz administrators just put fresh blacktop down without any hardening and certain pollution and road closures will follow.....by design.