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Title: Gulf Shores Citizen Survey: Quality of Life, Growth,


1
Gulf Shores Citizen Survey Quality of Life,
Growth, Development
  • Commissioned by City of Gulf Shores
  • Conducted by USA Polling Group
  • Report Compiled by Keith Nicholls, Associate
    Professor Director
  • Presentation by ACE Sustainable Growth
    Committee, Dennis Hatfield

2
Agenda
  • Survey Overview
  • Review Results
  • Comments and questions

3
Survey Project Overview
  • Survey creation Sustainable Growth, with input
    from Econ. Dev., Quality of Life, Leadership,
    City Council and Mayor, USA Polling
  • Questionnaire 43 questions re citizen attitudes
    and preferences, 7 demographic measures
  • Sample size 410, 95 sure results are within 5
    of results which would be obtained if all
    residents were polled
  • Interviews10 day process, 54 participation,
    reflects significant interest and cooperation by
    citizens, average interview 12 min

4
Who got Interviewed?
  • 86 between ages of 41-65
  • 41 full time, 43 retired
  • 93 white
  • 74 live s, 24 n of I/C
  • 50 have lived in GS more than 11 yrs
  • 25 made over 100K last year
  • 55 made over 60K last year
  • 49 male, 51 female

5
Rate the Quality of Life in Gulf Shores
  • 91 rated quality of life as good (49) to
    excellent (42) !

6
Rate the importance of several issues re
enhancing the areas quality of life
  • Issue
    Important
  • Insuring govt accountability
    81
  • Controlling traffic
    80
  • Protecting environment
    78
  • Controlling development
    76
  • Improving education
    75
  • Providing affordable housing 42
  • Develop public transportation 41

7
Greatest Agreement



  • Agree Disagree
  • GS family oriented, has unique
    91 7
  • character, must be protected
  • Public beach is attractive and
    89 8
  • well maintained
  • Safer cross walks at areas
    89 9
  • busiest intersections
  • Area roads s/b designed to
    88 9
  • accommodate walkers and
  • bikers
  • City comprehensive recycling
    87 8
  • City should acquire more open areas 84
    14
  • for public access and enjoyment

8
Moderate Agreement



  • Agree
    Disagree


  • City roads well maintained
    78 18
  • City should plan for acquisition
    74 21
  • of land for schools
  • City projects look good
    70 21
  • City should prohibit large
    70 23
  • digital signs
  • Nothing larger than 6 stories
    66 28
  • n of beach
  • City protects unique character and
    62 33
  • environment
  • Hwy thru State Park good idea
    62 32
  • Everyone off septic tanks
    60 28
  • City should do more to control
    60 33
  • color and style new construction

9
Least Agreement

  • Agree Disagree
  • Adequate parking at public beaches 42
    49
  • Golf carts are ok on low speed
    46 50
  • limit streets
  • City decisions on zoning and density 44
    47
  • preserve neighborhood character
  • and environment
  • City makes good decisions on
    45 40
  • development approvals
  • Zoning protects neighborhoods
    50 38
  • from incompatible development

10
Service Improvements Needed

  • comments
  • No comment
    140 34
  • Traffic Control, congestion 29
    7
  • Police, public safety issues 25
    6
  • Road conditions, maintenance 19
    5
  • Storm drainage, flooding 15
    4
  • City environment, appearance 13
    3
  • Recreation, options, facilities 13
    3
  • Insect, mosquito control
    12 3
  • Accommodating pedestrians 11
    3

11
Rate the importance of recreational opportunities
provided by City

  • Important

  • Public Beach Access 70
  • Youth Sports Facilities 64
  • Senior Activities
    63
  • Tennis Courts
    39
  • Dog Parks
    37
  • Swimming Pools 31

12
Agree or disagree statements-City representation

  • Agree Disagree
  • City adequately represents
    78 5
  • developers
  • City adequately represents
    62 17
  • business owners
  • City adequately represents
    54 36
  • residents
  • Citizens have opportunity to
    57 33
  • give opinion on new developments
  • Adequate advanced notice about 48
    41
  • proposed developments

13
Main source of info re growth and development
  • Info Source
    percent
  • Newspapers 54
  • Word of mouth 17
  • Personal observation 7
  • City officials
    6
  • Internet
    3

14
Summary
  • Citizens appreciate their quality of life and
    look to the government to protect it
  • Citizens favor limits on growth and development
  • Citizens perceive that City government favors
    developers over citizens
  • Service improvement opportunities exist in
    traffic, roads, and police
  • Public beach access and recreational activities
    for youth and seniors are most important
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