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Decision on speed humps is postponed

The residents on Curry Road are tired of seeing their street turned into a drag strip.

"Something that used to be private and secluded and peaceful is now a race track," said Carol Henderson, a Curry Road resident who was among the 82 percent of homeowners who signed a petition in favor of speed humps.

"I'm standing at the kitchen window. The speed limit's 25 mph and they're doing 45 and 50 mph without regard to the number of children who live on our street," Henderson said.

That's not mere anecdotal hype on Henderson's part. A county traffic study determined that drivers don't only break the 25 mph speed limit, they break it by a lot.

Technicians clocked the traffic and found that the slowest 85 percent of drivers, a standard nationwide measure, were driving an average of 41 mph.

The County Commission was set to vote on the speed hump issue Tuesday, but the item was pulled from the agenda for "further revisions."

Residents first brought their concerns to county officials last summer, and several meetings and hearings since then have given them a chance to voice their discontent.

"I'm the person who stands in front complaining," said Linda Lins, a speed hump supporter. "I'm the one who's had two cats killed. I've had two kids in the neighborhood almost hit in front of my house."

At a hearing on the matter in September, residents said they can't walk their dogs at night, animals have been killed by speeders, and children going to the bus stop are threatened.

"The cars are flying," was a common comment.

But while 20 residents spoke in favor of speed humps or wrote letters supporting them, 14 residents opposed them.

The county also tried beefing up enforcement in the area, but deputies writing tickets only had limited results for a problem that was continuous. So residents asked for the two speed humps.

The issue has pitted neighbor against neighbor in the self-contained development between Livingston Avenue and Interstate 275.

"Some of us around here have gotten almost obnoxious," Henderson said. "When we're standing out there, they fly by anyway and we go, "SLOW DOWN!' The biggest offenders are our neighbors."

"It's split the neighborhood up," Lins said. "People quit talking to each other."

Lins said the opposition has come mostly from residents who live in the back part of the development, Curry Cove, where speeding is less common.

"They think property values will go down, but I tell them they have them in Avila and Cheval," Lins said.

_ Logan Mabe can be reached at (813) 226-3464 or mabesptimes.com.

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