CARROLLWOOD — Slowing down is a hot issue here.
It was standing room only for more than 250 Carrollwood Village subdivision residents who crammed the Carrollwood Cultural Center to speak their piece about speed humps and other traffic calming measures to an arbitrator Thursday night.
For a little more than two hours they clapped, cheered and jeered as more than 60 residents addressed arbitrators from IBI Group, a development company selected as the intermediary.
Their report is due to the County Commission by September.
County officials said this was the final chance for the community to air opinions on the controversial plan to slow down traffic in Carrollwood Village with speed humps, raised pavement and road markings.
Gelia Palmer, dressed as Uncle Sam, said she never would have bought her home five years ago if there were speed humps. "I can not get to my house without hitting a hump," she said.
A.J. Finalles has lived in Stonegate subdivision for 17 years. He started a petition against speed humps and traffic calming devices after the May meeting.
"If you let them, they will fill the place with them (speed humps)," Finalles said.
A handful of resident were for the traffic-calming measures at least on Old Orchard Drive.
"We see the benefits every day," said Diane Melendez who has lived on Old Orchard Drive for 27 years. "It is working."