SEMINOLE — Council members have decided not to build a crossing to help shoppers get from Seminole Mall to the new Publix because it's too expensive, just a convenience and not their responsibility.
But they have authorized "No Jaywalking" signs and have instructed deputies to crack down on violators.
Crossing 113th Street N became an issue last month when Publix moved from the mall to the former Albertsons across the street. The grocery, 7880 113th St. N, is in the center of the block and shoppers who live in nearby senior housing had worried about crossing the busy street.
Seminole city staff members looked into the possibility of creating a crosswalk. But council members nixed the idea when they found out the cost was about $54,000.
The Publix, they said, is in the county. And 113th is a county road. It's the county's job to put in any crosswalk, they said. Additionally, the crosswalk would merely be a convenience that would prevent shoppers from having to walk down to Park to cross, then up again to go to the store.
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