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BE CONSIDERATE OF RESIDENTIAL ROADS

Re: Clearwater-Largo Road speed limit.

For more than 15 years, the merchants and residents along Clearwater-Largo Road have lobbied for a reduction of the speed limit on this road. Unlike other major corridors, this road is narrow, with sidewalks abutting the road. It has a high residential population.

With the speed limit at 40 mph, drivers thought nothing of going 50 or 60 mph. We have many crosses on the sides of our road because of this.

We were told that the speed limit could not be reduced until the city gained control of this road.

In a meeting with the mayor and director of Planning and Development, I inquired about the progress of the speed limit reduction. They informed me they were working on it and less than a month later, it was implemented. Not only did the City Commission recognize the importance of this, our police chief, who has personally walked this street on many occasions, and his police force know of the need to enforce this.

I only hope that the people who pass through our neighborhood can understand that it is more than a span of road that they rush through to get where they are going. It is a neighborhood.

This is not about speed traps. Just like the neighborhood you live in, we ask you to be considerate of ours.

Ron Bortolini, Largo

Re: Fast drivers, slow learners - story, July 18

Reduced speed is a poor solution

This story said Largo City Commissioners voted to drop the speed limit from 40 mph to 30 mph on the section of Clearwater-Largo Road between Belleair Road and West Bay Drive.

The primary reason was reduced visibility due to newly installed landscaping and medians.

I drive a wheelchair transport van to HealthSouth rehabilitation center many times a week. I no longer can safely exit HealthSouth, no matter what the speed limit is. The new shrubbery was planted next to the curb, preventing a view of oncoming cars even though I am in a high vehicle and the shrubbery is still small.

What kind of solution to blocked visibility is reducing the speed limit? I guess Clearwater is not the only city to waste taxpayers' money on stupid projects. Clearwater just does it on a larger scale.

Jack R. Weber, Clearwater

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Cooperative Ministries, an outreach branch of the United Methodist Church, hosts a variety of workshops geared toward teaching people about becoming effective volunteers.

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