Sarasota News Leader

02/15/2013

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A COMPROMISE AFOOT A light blinks continuously at the Beach Way crosswalk on Beach Road. File photo THE SIESTA KEY ASSOCIATION WILL WORK WITH THE SIESTA ISLES ASSOCIATION TO FIND A BETTER MEANS OF HELPING PEDESTRIANS CROSS BEACH ROAD TO REACH THE PUBLIC BEACH By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Siesta Key Association Vice President Peter van Roekens believes he and representatives of the Siesta Isles Association can resolve concerns about constantly blinking lights at four crosswalks near Siesta Public Beach, he told The Sarasota News Leader. Van Roekens raised the matter of the lights during the Feb. 5 meeting of the Siesta Key Village Association, saying their constant flashing at the crosswalks is dangerous be- cause drivers who have become inured to them fail to look for pedestrians in the crosswalks. During the Feb. 7 SKA meeting, van Roekens brought up the issue again. He had discussed the lights with Tom Maroney, general manager of business operations in the Sarasota County We insist that the [blinking] light Public Works Departstay, and there���ll be a riot from my ment, he added, and [neighborhood] association if it goes. Maroney had told him someone had requestDeet Jonker Director ed the lights blink conSiesta Key Association tinuously.

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