REDINGTON SHORES – An ordinance which sets a maximum speed limit of 20 mph on all town roads was unanimously passed at the Dec. 11 Town Commission meeting.
The decision means all streets that are now 25 mph will be lowered to 20 mph. Those currently having a 15 mph limit will not change.
The action was taken in response to complaints by residents that speeding vehicles were endangering children and others, especially on 175th Avenue East and other back streets. Though a speed survey by the police department showed few vehicles exceeding 30 mph, some were travelling as high as 50 mph. The study concluded that a lowering of the speed limit to 20 mph “would be reasonable.”
Commissioner Tom Kapper said last month that the law needed to be changed “to slow these people down.” He said it was unfortunate that everyone has to pay for the actions of a few “but if something happens, I wouldn’t be able to live with myself.”
The commission had considered other means to control speeding such as speed tables, which are similar to speed bumps, but decided the best option was to reduce the speed limit.
Commissioner Casey Wojcik had been opposed to the lower limit, calling it “minority rule.” But he voted with the majority on the issue.
The only resident who spoke on the subject was opposed. Kevin Cooper, who lives on 176th Avenue, said the present speed limit is not being enforced. He blamed “inadequate patrolling” by the police for any speeding problems.
“Enforce the current law,” Cooper told the commission. He added, “You don’t need to pull a Barack Obama here and create new laws.”
The new speed limit will go into effect as soon as the new signs posting it are installed, Mayor Bert Adams said later.
Lot sale finalized
A decision to sell two lots that the town owns in Redington Beach was finalized when the commission voted to declare the property surplus.
The lots were bought by the town of Redington Beach and will likely be used to expand an adjacent park.
The purchase price of $300,000 plus closing costs was agreed to after an appraisal of the land put the value at $315,000. The property was acquired by Redington Shores several years ago as part of an exchange with a developer.
Commission seats up for election
Commissioners Tom Kapper (District 1) and Casey Wojcik (District 3) are up for reelection next year. The election will be held March 11.
The qualifying period for candidates wanting to run for either seat runs until noon on Dec. 20. Election packets are available at town hall.
Both districts have changed since the last election due to redistricting done in 2012. District 3 is significantly different than before, with the addition of Redington Towers and exclusion of the peninsula bounded by 180th and 182nd Avenues. New district boundaries are posted on the town website.
Both Commissioners Kapper and Wojcik have announced they are running for reelection.