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Reader Spotlight: 'Growth May Be Threatening'

Safety Harbor Patch highlights interaction with our readers. Today, it's a comment about what kind of business should come to town.

Devoted Patch reader JC had this to say in response to our story about downtown growth:

I have noticed an increasing and bad trend along Bayshore, Phillippe Pkwy, and Hwy 580 in Safety Harbor over the past several months. Cars racing and red lining motorcycles early on weekend mornings and many late evenings. I have even been passed on the double yellow line by cars on both Bayshore and Phillippe Pkwy within the past 2 weeks. What is going on…we are primarily residential here! Maybe, with any growth in Safety Harbor (especially the more and more drinking establishments), the existing road structure can't handle the selfish driving that results. I can't think of any other reason for this. “Growth" may be threatening a reason many of us love Safety Harbor - the peace and quiet! And of course, the new Mullet Park, the Marina Park expansion downtown, and the future Courtney Campbell Causeway trail will bring more walkers, bicyclists, and outdoor enthusiasts to our town, and vehicles passing through our town - directly conflicting with our single lane residential streets. If this future is left unmanaged, someone will get hurt or killed along our little city's roadways. We need to get in front of this. I am not a fan, but we require SERIOUS traffic calming measures or clearly marked lowered speed limits along our main thoroughfares. As an example, 40 to 45 mph on some parts of Bayshore and Philippe Pkwy? Really? That's the same speed as McMullen Booth and that road is 2 lane divided. Leaving things to work themselves out does not seem to be working.

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Gisela Bennie November 05, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Not true! I drive between 35 and 40 mph on Bayshore south of the Spa = speed limit, and I have been passed a number of times recently. Same on Philippe Parkway.
Joseph Snyder November 05, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Lowering the speed limit will have no effect on those that break the law.
Jeffrey Rosenfield November 05, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I appreciate all the feedback here. It's been brought to my attention that one reason for the problem could be traced to the fact that along Bayshore the speed limit fluctuates numerous time between Gulf to Bay and SR 580, sometimes rather abruptly. I'm sure there are many other factors. Keep the comments coming.
Steve November 05, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Growth in Safety Harbor and the region will only bring increased traffic on Safety Harbor's roads. Unfortunately, many commuters from northern Pinellas County already try to avoid the traffic and lights on McMullen Booth Rd. by using Philippe Parkway and S. Bayshore to get to Gulf To Bay Blvd. Much of our morning and late afternoon traffic comes from commuters outside our community just cutting through our town. We like outsiders to come and patronize our downtown businesses, but not to use our roads just to avoid the traffic on McMullen Booth Rd.
Tammy Vrana November 07, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Learn more about ways to make our streets safer for walking and biking from this webinar (free) "Road Diets and Pedestrian Safety" on Tues, Nov 20, 2012, 2 pm to 3:30 pm EDT. Register at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/893317730 . Then, talk to city commissioners about what changes you think should be considered in Safety Harbor. Note: Webinar by University of NC Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.

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