Florida Avenue raised median project meeting

H■ Mary Ann Morris / Editor
emet and San Jacinto residents will have another opportunity to share their thoughts about the raised median planned for Hemet’s main drag, Florida Avenue, at a meeting on Monday, March 6.
The meeting, held at the Simpson Center at 305 E. Devonshire Ave. in Hemet, will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Caltrans’ plans to install a raised median along an 8-mile stretch of Florida Ave/Highway 74 from Cawston Avenue to the Ramona Expressway in Hemet, and ultimately all the way to Lake Elsinore, has garnered criticism from residents and business owners.
A June meeting drew a large crowd of such people, many of whom were vehemently against the proposal because they feel that dividing Florida Avenue with a raised median will destroy the small-town feel and will hinder such community events as parades. People also have expressed that the raised median will be a likely gathering place for panhandlers, as well as restricting access to businesses with fewer entry and exit points via turn pockets.
Draft maps and more information about the project can be found at http://www.cityofhemet.org/sr74.

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