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QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX // Our times as told by statistics

Increase, in percent, in sales by seafood dealers in Hillsborough County, 1994 to 1995: +26.3

Increase, in percent, in sales by fruit and vegetable dealers in Hillsborough County, 1994 to 1995: +18.7

Decrease, in percent, in sales by meat markets in Hillsborough County, 1994 to 1995: -5

Births in Hillsborough County, 1995: 13,450

Deaths in Hillsborough County, 1995: 7,983

Burglaries in Hillsborough County, 1994: 16,980

Burglaries in Hillsborough County, 1995: 14,198

Number of cars that use Bayshore Boulevard every day: 37,000

Number of accidents during 1994 and 1995 on the section of Bayshore from Howard Avenue south to Gandy Boulevard: 63

Number of accidents during 1994 and 1995 on the section of Bayshore from Howard Avenue north to Platt Street: 107

QUALITY OF LIFE SOURCES, 1B

FISH, FRUIT AND MEAT: Florida Department of Revenue. Sales by seafood dealers rose from $4.63-million in 1994 to $5.86-million in 1995. Overall fruit and vegetable sales rose from $13.08-million to $15.52-million for the same year. In contrast, sales at meat markets dropped from $173.06-million to $164.36-million.

BIRTHS VS. DEATHS: Vital News, March 1996 newsletter published by the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services Office of Vital Statistics.

BURGLARIES: Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

BAYSHORE BOULEVARD: "Bayshore Boulevard: A Strategy for Improvements," an April 1996 report of the city-appointed Bayshore Boulevard Task Force. The report notes that the northern section is wider (three lanes in each direction versus two) and has more curves than the southern section. It also concludes: "the population density of the north section is great and the pedestrian crossover activity is very high. Pedestrian/auto accidents are greater in this area and the traffic speed needs to be decreased. Emphasis in original. The roadway was designed in the 1930s for traffic moving at 30 miles per hour." The speed limit on Bayshore is 40 mph, dropping to 35 mph near the intersection with Platt Street.

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