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Court rules frontage roads built now, not later

The grace period could be over soon for commercial developers who postpone building frontage roads, County Attorney Bruce Snow said Tuesday. The county recently lost an appeals court decision after Budget Inns of Florida Inc. resisted the county's demand to set aside land to build a frontage road.

He said county planners will have to rewrite the frontage road requirement, probably as part of the new comprehensive plan.

Snow said the court did not invalidate the frontage road ordinance, which requires developers of commercial property to set aside land to provide an access road parallel to major highways. The roads are designed for local traffic, leaving highways free for long-distance drivers.

But he said the county will have to rewrite the regulations to avoid another lawsuit.

The central problem with Budget Inns was that the county required the developer to provide land and build the road later _ when it decided the road was needed. But the county did not show how it would prove the road was needed.

In the future, the county might have to require developers to build segments of the frontage road when they build their projects, much the same way it requires parking lots.

Road names no clearer after changes

Sometimes it gets worse before it gets better. County commissioners renamed three streets Tuesday as part of a countywide effort to make street names clearer and non-repetitive. But here are the new and improved names, according to a Feb. 5 memo from Office Operations Coordinator Gary Fisher:

The portion of Melendez Road also known as the truck bypass or truck route and State Road 50, will become Cortez Boulevard, which also is known as State Road 50A.

The section of Mitchell Road between Summit Road and Cortez Boulevard (also known as the truck route or SR 50) became S Main Street.

The portion of Cortez Boulevard that is an extension of S May Avenue and runs east to SR 50 (the truck route or the truck bypass) will become E Jefferson Street.