Editor: Two articles in the Beach Beacon struck a nerve with me this week.
1. Park Boulevard bridge repairs delayed
Last October the county announced the bridge would be closed in June 2014.
Wouldn’t all these documented delays in the article had been in the process already at the time they announced the anticipated closure? The Project Engineer is just now finalizing a contract and getting it out for bids? Seems like that would have been almost completed when they announced the initial closure dates.
The real issue is now it appears the bridge will be closed as schools resume in the fall so school buses will need to be re-routed and northern tourists, part-time residents return for the winter adding additional traffic. Seems like an opportunity missed here to complete the repairs when the least amount of impact to the community would have been realized.
2. Residents urged to use sidewalks
The captain makes a good point but where this accident occurred at Spitzer Park at the intersection of 176th Avenue East and 176th Terrace Drive E. there are no sidewalks. The only sidewalk in the area is on 175th Avenue East
To flip a full size Cadillac in a residential area, speed had to be the issue, hopefully more patrols will remedy that.
Using sidewalks is always the recommended. But I hope the captain and the Indian Shores Police Department recognizes the more important issue in this accident was excessive speed and speeding in general in our residential neighborhoods.