Concerns raised over lighted pedestrian crosswalks in Cocoa Beach
COCOA BEACH, Fla. – Some Cocoa Beach residents have voiced concerns over the installation of new pedestrian crosswalks with lighted beacons because they flash yellow and not red, potentially giving walkers a false sense of security as they cross a busy roadway. “We don’t want these tragic incidents to happen like what happened to Sophia.”As part of a pedestrian safety project, FDOT was proposing additional pedestrian beacons to be installed along S.R. A1A in Cocoa Beach, from Cocoa Isle Boulevard and Lucie Lane. While Cocoa Beach city leaders are voicing their disapproval of the project, FDOT moved forward with a public meeting Tuesday and said that the plans for installing the pedestrian beacons are not set in stone. The pedestrian safety project was requested by the city of Cocoa Beach in 2017.
Satellite Beach organizer supports A1A crosswalks legislation following girl’s death
SATELLITE BEACH, Fla. – As far back as December 2018, people in Satellite Beach said they feared something tragic could happen at several new crosswalks on State Road A1A. [RELATED: Brevard officials criticize A1A flashing-yellow crosswalks after 12-year-old’s death | 12-year-old girl struck, killed on A1A crosswalk in Satellite Beach]"They put them across a highway and they didn't use the proper signaling," supporter Dan Willemin said. After Nelson was killed by the Dec. 22, 2019 crash, Willemin was an organizer of a rally in opposition to how the crosswalks look now. Willemin also raised his voice to the Brevard County Commission and Satellite Beach City Council. Two months later, the question remains if the unidentified driver who Nelson's parents said hit her will face penalties.