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Residents Share New Ideas for U.S. 19

An online survey seeks ideas for future development and land use along U.S. 19. Preliminary results will be shared with city leaders Monday.

The U.S. 19 Innovative Places website was developed for residents and business owners to share their ideas for future land use and development along the commercial corridor. 

The study area is defined by Gulf to Bay Boulevard, Drew Street and North McMullen Booth Road and is divided into five segments including the Countryside Activity Center, the Gulf to Bay Activity Center, the Sunset Point and Coachman District, the Belleair District and the “in between areas.” 

The study sought recommendations dealing with land use, design, sustainability and economic development impacting property fronting U.S. 19 from Belleair to Curlew roads.

Planners will share ideas taken from the survey, which was open from March 5 to May 12, at the City Council meeting at 1 p.m. Monday. 

Another survey was created May 14 and is seeking ideas. The final study is expected to be finished after the summer for city leaders to vote on in September.

Some of the ideas include: 

Countryside Activity Area

Gulf to Bay Activity Center

Sunset Point and Coachman District

Vincent L. Ravaschieri June 04, 2012 at 11:57 AM
There is no reason I can think of for not having a left turn signal at the US19 - Enterprise Road junction for cars going north or south on US19. Also, the center strip on US19 south to Sunset Point was redone with left turns north and south along US19. These have all been removed causing excess driving time and distance.
Carol December 06, 2012 at 01:31 PM
I would like to see an outlet mall in the area. A perfect place would be where there are blocks of vacant buildings and empty lots on the east side of 19 between Coachman and Sunset. It is not conducive to get off the main road for small business but would be for something like an outlet mall.
BKL December 06, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Really need to make a decision if this is a business district or a highway. Everyone going 55mph and then trying to look for an address or business, slowing to turn into these driveways, people pulling out of businesses... And all being honked at by angry drivers trying to do the 45 to 50 and up because so much of the time it looks and feels like an expressway!!
Michael D. December 06, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I fully agree with the traffic around Clearwater Mall area. I have to go through their back and forth from work and live in the area. In the 11 miles from work to home, it's a 30 minute trip. 10-15 of those minutes is traveling down Gulf to Bay from the Original Hooters to US 19 (where things clear up).
Jared Leone December 06, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Hey Carol, BKL and Michael D., have you also left your comments on the myus19plan.com website?

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