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Safety concerns had prompted condo owners to lobby for signal

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For residents living west of North Collier Boulevard in the area between Collier and Seaview Court their desires were simple; they wanted to be able to walk to or ride their bikes in safety to the east side of Collier Boulevard, and at the same time improve safe vehicle traffic there.

Those residents live in the many surrounding condo complexes, and have been lobbying for a solution to prevent potential tragedy.

For Don Anderson, the former President of South Seas West Condo Association, the issue is of the utmost importance, and he told the council that at their first meeting in May.

“I urge you to take action on this traffic light/pedestrian crosswalk mater before someone is seriously injured or killed,” said Anderson. Most who spoke that evening echoed Anderson’s sentiments.

Dr. Maurice Allard, President of South Seas East, questioned the rationale governing the consultant’s Saturn Court recommendation and suggested that Bayside Court instead be considered.

He did suggest a few modifications be considered should Saturn Court still be the choice:

“Please consider making Bayside one-way westbound. You might even consider no left turn from Bayside should you decide not to make it one-way,” said Allard.

Many others described Bayside Court as one of the most dangerous intersections on Marco and requested that more consideration be given to the signal being moved to Bayside versus Saturn Court.

Council decided at their second meeting in May to hear from Norman Trebilcock of Trebilcock Consulting Solutions of Naples, which did the study. Trebilcock explained he used the Florida DOT Standards for his recommendations.

After much discussion and input from citizens, Councilman Larry Honig moved to approve a resolution to approve the design for the light at Saturn Court. Councilman Batte seconded, and council voted 5-1 to approve the motion and go ahead with the construction design and funding within the 2017 budget; Councilman Rios was the sole dissenting vote, while Councilman Sacher was absent.

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