REDINGTON SHORES – An ordinance that would prohibit commercial trucks and vehicles from using the city of Redington Shores’ residential streets as a through route passed unanimously at the Feb. 12 Town Commission meeting. The trucks can make a delivery to a residence or business, but must return to Gulf Boulevard by the most direct route.
The law’s intent is to keep trucks from rumbling down the town’s side roads through residential neighborhoods, instead of returning straight to Gulf Boulevard after making their stops.
Commissioner Casey Wojcik said the ordinance resulted from several years of town officials listening to complaints from residents about truck traffic using the through streets in their neighborhoods. There have been a lot of comments on the subject, he said.
Town Attorney James Denhardt said the law applies whether the delivery is to a residence or a commercial establishment. The trucks will now “be required to go directly and depart directly, and not tarry through the residential neighborhoods,” Denhardt said.
Lee Avenue has been a particular problem area due to trucks using it as a through street before heading back to Gulf Boulevard, Wojcik said.
“No Thru Truck Traffic” signs will be posted in the neighborhoods, Mayor Bert Adams said. Wojcik said those signs are already up on Adams’ street.
“My constituents are asking for signs like yours,” Wojcik told Adams.
The commission passed the truck ban ordinance with a 4-0 vote (Commissioner Lee Holmes was absent) on first reading. It will become law after a final reading at next month’s regular meeting scheduled for March 24.
Speeding has also been a concern on the town’s residential streets. Just last month, the commission passed a law reducing the citywide speed limit from a maximum of 25 mph to 20 mph.
Gulf Boulevard road work nearly complete
The lane closures resulting from road resurfacing work on Gulf Boulevard are nearly over, Adams said. The months’ long project has been causing additional traffic delays due to the arrival of seasonal visitors.
Adams said the project was supposed to be finished by the end of January.
“They’re getting very close now – hopefully,” he said, adding that several things remain to be touched up.
The end of the Gulf Boulevard road project is coming just in time, as work on the Park Boulevard bridge is scheduled to begin in June, Adams said.
The bridge is expected to be closed for upgrades until the end of June, he said.