NORTH REDINGTON BEACH – Although jaywalking is not a legal term, the ramifications of pedestrians crossing Gulf Boulevard at places other than the designated crosswalks can be costly. At the May 8 North Redington Beach town hall meeting, Mayor Bill Queen said fines for this type of pedestrian violation are now $62 per offense.
The discussion regarding pedestrian violations took place during miscellaneous business. A resident in attendance at the meeting reported that he had recently received a warning from one of the sheriff’s deputies while crossing Gulf Boulevard.
According to the mayor, deputies have been educating the public to use the crosswalks by issuing warnings. Now the deputies will be writing tickets.
With a number of crosswalks constructed by the Florida Department of Transportation along Gulf Boulevard in the last two years, the Town Commission wants pedestrians to use them.
“And push the button (to activate the blinking lights at the crosswalks),” said Commissioner Kevin Kennedy.
In addition to pushing the button, the mayor reminded pedestrians that checking to observe traffic before stepping into a crosswalk is key to pedestrian safety.
“You gotta look,” said Queen.
Also during miscellaneous business, no new information was available regarding the Wine Cellar property. The town clerk, Mari Campbell, received one anonymous inquiry about the property’s zoning. The property is zoned for light commercial.
Town attorney Jay Daigneault presented an update regarding legal proceedings associated with 16811 Gulf Blvd. The property is currently going through bankruptcy court. Liens made against the property by North Redington Beach are pending approval by the court.
Among old business, the ordinance restricting the height of detached structures in the town constructed within the buildable area in the single family residential district was passed on its second and final reading.
This ordinance arose from an issue the town had with a tiki hut that was built higher than the residence on the same property.