Re: Work on busy IRB intersection may begin December, Belleair Bee, June 11 Editor: A couple of thoughts on the recent article about improvements to Gulf Boulevard and the issue of cigarette butts on the beach. Taking out the turning lane on Walsingham Boulevard leading into Gulf is an awful idea. This will back up traffic for no reason. Can we not install a light like some of the intersections on East/West Bay that restrict turning when a pedestrian pushes the crosswalk button? This would fall into the common sense category for a solution – much unlike the solution that completely changes the entire intersection and does not allow turning on red.
Let’s not create unnecessary traffic backup when there is another solution that is both cheaper and more efficient for everyone. Secondly, on the issue of cigarette butts on IRB, I don’t see how charging for parking would be a solution to the cigarette-butt problem. These things are completely unrelated. I believe a solution would be to restrict smoking on the beach altogether. I agree that the cigarette butts are a problem but there is no way police officers will be able to regulate this. They will be able to watch for people smoking. I also am tired of smelling the smoke that inevitably blows our way. Thank you.