Slow down in Sebastian city limits
By Jessica Creagan
SEBASTIAN -- The Florida Department of Transportation has promised signs indicating a lower speed in portions of U.S. 1 in Sebastian is on the way.
From Jackson Street to County Road 512 eastbound the new speed will be 35 miles per hour. The signs will be slightly larger than current signs and at first the signs will marked with orange flags to gain motorist attention, said Lisanne Robinson, a business owner on U.S. 1 who has actively sought out the slow down for more than 10 years.
The thing that made the difference recently was the support by state Rep. Debbie Mayfield, as well as the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce, Mrs. Robinson said.
At 40 miles per hour, the city was failing to capitalize on the day-trippers that travel through the town daily, far more than the tourists that stay in the hotels, as there aren't that many hotels in the area, she said.
By slowing down the speed, motorists have time to look at businesses and restaurants and notice where they can stop, and with the city highlighting the street parking spots, more people actually will stop, Mrs. Robinson said.
"It's another part of the puzzle," she said.
Studies have shown that the slow-down will only increase the time it takes to get to Walmart by 14 to 16 seconds.
"If you don't have an extra 14 to 16 seconds to get to Walmart, you have a problem," Mrs. Robinson said with a laugh.
Law enforcement have said the speed slowdown will not be an excuse to go out and create aggressive speed traps, but rather bringing attention to the new speeds.
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