September 24, 2023

Residents are rejecting a possible $12 to $15 million revamp of Morse Boulevard to make it much less harmful.

They contend there’s a less expensive answer.

Rushing tickets.

Residents spoke out Thursday evening at a particular city corridor assembly Thursday hosted by the Group Growth District 1 Board of Supervisors at La Hacienda Recreation Heart. The subject was the hazard of Morse Boulevard north of County Street 466. The board had commissioned a six-figure examine from Kimley-Horn Associates Inc., which proposed $12 to $15 million options to the damaging intermingling of golf carts and cars on Morse Boulard.

Villager Patsy Oburn went to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Workplace previous to the assembly and pressed them on dashing enforcement on Morse Boulevard. She instructed the location of blinking indicators exhibiting motorists their pace.

“Go along with the only answer,” Oburn stated.

Like different residents, she stated the $12 to $15 million pricetag proposed within the Kimley-Horn examine is simply too excessive.

“I can’t help a $12 to $15 million enchancment. I don’t need one other bond,” Oburn stated.

Different audio system lined up on the podium and expressed related sentiments. Rushing was the highest concern of residents.

Villager Sherrie Hyer collected greater than 1,000 signatures in 2015 after 85-year-old Francis Cradock “Buck” Hughes was killed Jan. 13, 2015 when his golf cart was hit by a automobile on Morse Boulevard.

Francis Hughes died when his golf cart collided with a van Jan. 13, 2015 on Morse Boulevard.

“We want the pace restrict lowered,” she stated.

Villager Terry Zerger stated the Kimley Horn report proposed options which might be far out of the monetary attain of CDD 1 householders.

“There was no actual effort to make this an reasonably priced, doable challenge,” Zerger stated.

One other low cost answer proposed by residents was extra cease indicators.

Dan Edelman stated his golf cart was T-boned on Morse Boulevard and he believes a cease signal might have prevented the accident – and his in depth accidents.

He additionally faulted inaction by Sumter County, which owns Morse Boulevard.

“Somebody’s acquired to begin. Get began. Nobody else must get damage,” Edelman stated.

Supervisor Ellen Cora stated she wasn’t able to throw within the towel on the $12 to $15 million proposals to enhance Morse Boulevard for golf cart journey.

She stated residents ought to “demand what they deserve” from Sumter County.

“In the event that they don’t do it, throw them out,” she stated.