Taxpaying residents of Gulfstream Towers and surrounding neighbors received a notice that probably got tossed without the message ever seeing the light of day.
Too bad. Most everyone would have had more than a casual reaction. Some in horrific disbelief, others with a big belly laugh, imagining the show it would provide if ever a reality. Of course, there are the youngsters (under 55) who would just keep humming, "What Will Be, Will Be."
The Florida Department of Transportation, held in about as much respect by most intelligent adults as the Army Corps of Engineers, wants input on replacing the traffic lights at Main Street and Highway 41 with a roundabout or other "improvements."
One thing in their favor this time is history. Though they are in the City of Sarasota projects, it's probably a sure bet that FDOT was a sugar daddy and gave its approval to the roundabouts in our front and back yards. Even the staunchest critics have to be consider these three a success. Of course there were fender benders but not aware of a single accident with serious injuries.
Certainly the always important traffic counts at Main, Pineapple and Central or Ringling Boulevard and Pineapple or Ringling Boulevard and Palm Avenue combined won't be as impressive as in a few hours at 41 and Main.
Speed is the thing and just maybe the FDOT has come up with the answer. Only those with a snoot full of booze or a death wish would try to navigate a roundabout at the speed they drive today.