Looks like a volunteer work group won't be necessary. I emailed Public Works again about the west gate, including adding the above photo, and got this response:
"Thank you for the information including the photograph of the closed gate. After further investigation, it was determined the gate on the west side of CR 40 can be open. O& M personnel will open the gate by the end of this week. "
I don't know if they plan to close it at the end of the summer as in years past. But the discussions at the Board of Supervisors meetings did not indicate they would.
"I don't know what you do, but I know what I do, and I don't do that." --Uncle Doug, R.I.P.
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