Letters to the Editors
Road project should not infringe on Skycrest area's quality of life
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 30, 2001
Re: Keene Road construction plan hits delay, Jan. 20 story.
We would like to thank the Times for the reporting on the proposed Keene Road extension in Clearwater.
As the story stated, many neighbors in Skycrest, as well as other residential neighborhoods along Keene Road, are concerned about the proposed extension. Many meetings and correspondence between Skycrest neighbors and the county and the city of Clearwater are resulting in some sensitivity to the many detrimental possibilities of this road. We look forward to a successful project for everyone in Pinellas County, as well as our neighborhood.
Skycrest, because of its location between Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and Drew Street (about to be widened), has become in recent years a major cut-through area. Skycrest Elementary sits in the center of our neighborhood. The proposed Keene Road extension will bring thousands of additional cars daily through our neighborhood, and many more will of course use our streets to try to save an additional second or two.
There was a brief mention of the traffic-calming plan that neighbors developed during a three-day design program led by Dan Burden and his staff. His group has developed many successful similar plans throughout the United States.
The mention of "small roundabouts" in the article can be misleading. The traffic-calming features proposed along Cleveland Street could be better described as "neighborhood circles." They are nothing like the large roundabout on the beach. A good example is the recently completed neighborhood circle in Clearwater Beach on Mandalay Avenue at Acacia Street, about a mile north of the roundabout. Anyone driving by and through this one will see how great they are for neighborhoods.
Over the years many neighborhoods have benefited, and continue to benefit, from city projects that maintain residents' quality of life with our tax dollars. We hope that Skycrest, a development that started at Crest Lake in the late '20s and '30s, will get more than just a major Drew Street road widening on the north side and a major freeway (Keene extension) down its center.
Roundabout construction misguided and senseless
Along with the "improvements" in the area bordering the Indian Rocks Beach Post Office, a roundabout is being constructed at the intersection of Second Street and Fourth Avenue.
The absurdity of such an ill-conceived and misguided project escapes reason. Did the planner's pencil slip on the drawing board, or did the project documents contain major typographical errors, or were pages missing? How do such senseless boondoggles develop?
Perhaps it's a step toward adopting the the Clearwater Beach image.
Common sense driving could greatly reduce U.S. 19 wrecks
I have been driving U.S. 19 for 20 years and not without accident. If drivers could adhere to the three-second rule or a car length for every 10 mph distance between cars and have all the folks who should be wearing glasses for driving wear them, I venture to say that the accident rate could be diminished by 80 to 90 percent.
Kudos to fire-rescue personnel in Seminole
Thank God for the city of Seminole fire and rescue squad and their paramedics. Anyone living in Seminole needing emergency medical attention can be proud of the stabilizing team and the ambulance care.
Since renting at Seminole Gardens, we have noted firsthand their quick response on two separate occasions for two of our neighbors. Their service is very commendable.
We'd like to offer a big thank-you to all the rescue squad for treating the ill as they would one of their own. May God bless them.
Our hats are off to you.
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