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Sarasota News Leader May 10, 2013 Page 55 Commissoner Nora Patterson, who lives on "I think just giving the public the opportunity the north end of the island, cast the "No" vote to weigh in on the issue is an important one," on that proposal by Commissioner Christine Mason added. Robinson. Patterson said she felt people would find it difficult to keep straight which Siesta roads are under state control and which are under county control. Moreover, she said, she feared that people would be amenable to golf carts and low-speed vehicles traveling in some areas of the key without considering the fact that many residents drive to and from the island to go to work. THE BACKGROUND On April 10, the board originally addressed the request to lower the speed limit from 40 mph to 35 mph on Midnight Pass Road from Vista Hermosa Circle to Sanderling Road. The county's Traffic Advisory Council had recommended the change, but Patterson pointed out that she understood the petition from a resident in The Sanderling Club was designed to enable residents to use golf carts on that Chairwoman Carolyn Mason said the public segment of the road. outreach efforts would clarify the issues. As a result of her comments, the commission"I'm talking about an overall policy discus- ers asked staff to research the Florida State sion," Robinson explained. Statutes regarding use of golf carts and low- With a 20 mph speed limit in Siesta Village, golf carts and low-speed vehicles are being operated along Ocean Boulevard, according to County Commission reports. Photo by Norman Schimmel

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