T■ By Mary Ann Morris / Editor
he Caltrans community meeting originally scheduled for March 6 to discuss the plans for a raised median on Florida Avenue has been rescheduled for March 20.
The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Simpson Center at 305 E. Devonshire Ave. in Hemet. Caltrans officials said they need additional time to prepare exhibits necessary for the meeting.
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 and will negatively impact response times for first responders. 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.