- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

PERDIDO KEY, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Department of Transportation has announced plans to improve pedestrian safety outside a landmark Panhandle bar that straddles the Alabama state line.

The Pensacola News-Journal reports (https://on.pnj.com/2bmShKz ) that a Flora-Bama employee died in May after being struck by a vehicle in the crosswalk outside the Perdido Key bar. Two people were injured in the crosswalk last week when they were struck by a vehicle.

Department of Transportation spokeswoman Tonya Branton told the newspaper that officials have completed a safety analysis and determined that a pedestrian signal is needed for the crosswalk.

Branton said the state would work with Escambia County on the project.

Flora-Bama spokeswoman Jenifer Surface said the bar’s owners have lobbied Florida transportation officials for improvements and hired off-duty police officers to monitor the crosswalk.

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Information from: Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, https://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com

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