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09/21/12

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An FDOT rendering shows the design of the pedestrian crosswalks to be installed beginning Sept. 24. Photo by Rachel Hackney Her sister-in-law from New Jersey, who owns a unit in Excelsior, "will be happy, too, that [using] that middle lane is not il- legal, as long as you don't drive in it." Richard Chapman, a Sarasota County fire safety inspector, told the News Leader, "This is nice," as he looked at the cross- walk rendering. "This whole design here will work." He, like Malloy, was relieved to know the crosswalks would not impede the use of the center lane. "As much as [it] gets used as a merge lane by the residents, it gets used as a loading zone," he added. Kathy Barshinger, manager of the El Pres- idente condominium complex at 6326 Mid- night Pass Road, also was pleased with the plan for the crosswalks. "It looks good to me." Vern Johnson was concerned about whether the flashing-beacon signs would impede bi- cyclists, after looking at the crosswalk ren- dering. However, once he had spoken with project consultants, he too, was pleased. He said he learned the signs would be adjacent to the sidewalks. The FDOT plans call for the crosswalks to be placed approximately at the following locations: • Sarasota Surf & Racquet Club • Gulf & Bay Club/Wells Fargo • Siesta Royale/Midnight Cove • Excelsior/Siesta Harbor • Peppertree Bay • The Palm Bay Club For more information on the project, visit www.siestakeypedcrossing.com.

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