Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Residents vote against public U.S. 301 access road in Sun City Center

SUN CITY CENTER — A community vote last week revealed that a vast majority of Sun City Center residents opposed opening a public access road from S Pebble Beach Boulevard to busy U.S. 301.

Local developer Minto Group Inc. considered opening a full intersection last year, eventually deciding to restrict the access road to emergency vehicles. But before the Board of County Commissioners could approve the developer's plan, residents wanted to voice their opinions.

Some thought opening the road to residents would be a benefit, giving people a shortcut to the Publix or Walmart on U.S. 301. Others feared increased traffic.

More than 400 people attended a January meeting about the issue, and throughout the following month, Sun City Center's community association collected yay or nay ballots.

The final tally came Feb. 23 — 310 people in favor of the full public opening, 2,669 against it.

"I think the people have spoken," said Ed Barnes, president of the association, which remained neutral on the matter. "This was a reasonably significant change for the community and with a lot of interest."

Minto will now continue with the original plan to build an emergency-only passage, assuming county commissioners approve it.

"I'm just glad the process was able to vet itself," said Minto vice president Bill Bullock. "We're happy to carry the banner of the residents' wishes."

Bullock said the opening would be shut off to normal traffic by a 6-foot chain-link fence with a gate. Only police, fire or paramedic vehicles would be allowed through.

It will likely be several months before construction begins, Bullock said.

Kim Wilmath can be reached at (813)661-2442 or

Residents vote against public U.S. 301 access road in Sun City Center 03/03/11 [Last modified: Thursday, March 3, 2011 3:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Westshore Marina District project takes shape with another acquisition

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — One of Tampa Bay's prime waterfront areas took another major step toward redevelopment Friday as WCI Communities bought 2.35 acres in Westshore Marina District.

    WCI Communities, Lennar's high-end subsidiary,has paid $2.5 million for 2.35 acres in the Westshore Marina District for 35 townhomes. WCI is under contract  to buy an additional 9.5 acres.
[BTI Partners]
  2. Watch a man steal a lawn mower by driving it off the lot in Clearwater


    CLEARWATER — Police are looking for a man who drove a lawn mower straight off the Quality Motors lot on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard last week.

    Clearwater police are looking for a man who drove a lawn mower off the Quality Motors lot on May 18. (Clearwater police)
  3. Ex-daughter-in-law accused of $80,000 shopping spree with family Sam's Club account

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Plenty of people have in-law horror stories. But perhaps not as vexing as the one Thomas and June Simpson tell.

    Police said Mishay Simpson shot Andrew Noll in 2014 after he entered her Davis Islands home. An investigation found the two had been having an affair. Now she is accused in a civil lawsuit of charging $80,000 to her ex-husband's Sam's Club card, which was linked to his parents' bank account. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  4. Posh Guy Harvey RV park to open in Tampa Bay with $250,000 cottages


    Love those Guy Harvey T-shirts with the soaring marlins? In the not too distant future, you might be able to kick back in your own Guy Harvey cottage in the first-ever Guy Harvey RV park.

  5. Hard to believe NFL overtime change is about player safety


    If someone's house was engulfed in flames, would you hand him a fire extinguisher?

    Of course not.

    Fans await the beginning of overtime between the Patriots and Falcons in Super Bowl LI in February. [Associated Press]