To the editor:
Fort Myers Beach has been a part of our lives since 1967 when our family acquired one of the first condos in Southwest Florida at The Privateer across from the Beach Movie Theater. Every one of these past 45 years has been a source of happiness, pride and enjoyment. The Island has grown and gets busier every year, which has proved to be both a promise and a tragedy as we have "witnessed" the suffering brought about by the loss of life and/or major injury experienced by friends, neighbors, visitors and residents as they attempted to navigate Estero Boulevard.
I applaud our community leadership in trying to address this issue, especially given the recent formation of a task force and ad hoc committees. While this project gets underway I would like to reinforce the comments made by many, and that is the need to find ways to educate and alert our pedestrian and vehicle driver community, primarily at the south end of the Island where many of these tragedies have occurred. Permit me to propose the following recommendations for immediate consideration and implementation:
- Strategically place attention-getting signs beginning at the bottom of the north side of Big Carlos Pass Bridge:
1)25 MPH Zone;
2)Dense Pedestrian Traffic
3)Slow Down and Turn on 4-Way Flashers day and night
4)See, Be Seen, Stay Safe and Cross Carefully
5)Use Marked Crosswalks
6)Wear Reflective material
n Blanket the south end of the island with eye-catching bi-folded notices with the above messages.
Thank you for your consideration of the above.
Joel S. Rudy
Fort Myers Beach