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County Commission sets aside time to hear about controversial Key Largo crosswalk

The crosswalk around mile marker 100 sprung up seemingly overnight in April. The Islands of Key Largo Federation of Homeowner Associations asked the state Department of Transportation to install it.
The crosswalk around mile marker 100 sprung up seemingly overnight in April. The Islands of Key Largo Federation of Homeowner Associations asked the state Department of Transportation to install it.

A controversial Key Largo crosswalk and proposed new rules on mobile businesses will be among issues reaching the Monroe County Commission at its Aug. 20 session in Key Largo.

Ron Miller, an Upper Keys activist, plans to speak to the commission about the pedestrian-activated crosswalk at mile marker 99.7. Many residents, including Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay, have complained that the crossing is dangerous with its flashing yellow lights and is not needed.

"There has been a lot of talk and a lot of misinformation about the crosswalk and its relationship to the traffic light" at mile marker 99.4, Miller said Tuesday.

He said the crosswalk serves as a valuable safety measure since the area of "downtown" Key Largo "has a large number of hotel rooms on one side of the highway and most of the restaurants are on the other side."

"People are not going to walk to cross at the traffic light," he said. "It's 1,200 feet away."

Miller said the commission should ask the state Department of Transportation for a review of speed limits through the congested business area. "A slower speed limit for about a mile would be safer and ameliorate a lot of problems," he said.

In other items at the Aug. 20 commission meeting at the Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center:

  • Two ordinances that would affect mobile businesses such as food trucks and mobile engine repair go to hearing. Proposed changes specify that mobile businesses that operate out of a residential area must have a home-occupation license, and limit how much work activity can take place.



  • A final sale contract for the county-owned Hickory House property on Stock Island will go to a vote. Oceanside Investors, headed by developer Pritam Singh, has offered $2 million for the one-acre waterfront property for use as part of marina improvements.



  • Discussion of delays in the county's mooring-field plan, which has been slowed by problems finding a land base for a proposed Buttonwood Sound mooring site for boats in Key Largo.
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