The air quality along Florida Park Drive is just fine, according to city officials.
City staff members told the city council at its Aug. 25 workshop that pollutants measured at the city’s busiest intersection — Palm Coast Parkway and Cypress Point Parkway/Boulder Rock Drive — don’t even come close to exceeding state pollution standards or National Ambient Air Quality Standards.
The city studied that intersection as a “worst-case scenario,” staff members said: Not only does the area get heavy traffic, but much of that traffic is stop-and-go, which increases emissions.
FDOT standards mandate further screening if concentrates exceed 35 parts per million for a one-hour period or nine parts per million for an eight-hour period.
The Palm Coast Parkway and Cypress Point Parkway concentrates aren’t even a third of that level, staff members said, and if that intersection is in no danger of violating air quality standards, the less busy Florida Park Drive isn’t, either — regardless of resident complaints.
“They’re not even close in volume,” Palm Coast City Manager Jim Landon said. “It’s really a waste of time, and more particularly money, to analyze it further and expect that you’re going to get results that are worse than Palm Coast Parkway.”