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S.C.C. Southside Golf Cart Path

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E-MAIL PAUL

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E-MAIL GENE

In 1986, Sunmark Corporation, The Developer of both Sun City Center and Kings Point, during this timeframe: Deeded the property needed to Four lane State Road 674, with the following stipulation:
 
That the Florida State Department of Transportation (FSDOT) would build, on the southside of S.R. 674 right-of-way, a Golf Cart Path, running parallel to S.R. 674, from Kings Blvd. to the entrance of St. Andrews Estates. The path would end at the intersection of Stoneham Drive and S.R. 674.
 
The Florida State Department of Transportion agreed to the Stipulation that they would build and maintain the path. The property was deeded to FSDOT and the path was built and completed either during the Four laning of S.R. 674; or shortly after.
 
Mr. Frank Diehl, Owner and Developer of the Shopping Mall, located on the southwest corner S.R 674 & U.S. 301: Made an agreement with the FSDOT, and was given written authority by the state to build a Golf Cart Path from Stoneham Drive to his Strip Shopping Mall. He agreed do the work according to state specifications. He said, he donated all the equipment and supplies necessary to build and complete the path link, for Golf Carts to travel to his Shopping Center and the Copper Penny Restaurant. He also stated, that the State agreed at this transaction; for the state to maintain the path, since is on the state's right-of-way.
 
The path was built, in 1987 or shortly after in 1988. It has to date, never been resurfaced: It has been repaired twice to my knowlege; the last maintenance work, was during the week of April 17, 2006, maintenance crews from the FDOT Tampa Maintenance Yard were sent to this area to patch any surface deficiencies and bring the path into an acceptable condition.
 
It has been nearly 20 years since the path was built; and at this point of time the path is in dire need of a complete resurfacing, for the safety & welfare of over 7,000 golf cart drivers in Sun City Center.
 
Both, Eugene (Gene) McElroy and the Kings Point Federation received a letter from: Mr. James Moulton jr., P.E. Director of Transportation Operations
 
Re: Sun City Center Golf Cart Path
 
Dear Mr. McElroy:
 
Audi Canny of Commissioner Storm's office has requested that I reply regarding your inquiry of maintenance responsibility for the golf cart paths in Sun City Center.
 
The department has researched the background of the golf cart path that is on the south side of State Road 674 and extends from Kings Boulevard eastward to the strip shopping center at the southwest corner of the intersection of US 301 & State Road 674. We have determined that the golf cart path is located within the FDOT Right-of-Way and as such the Department will be responsible for its maintenance.
 
During the week of April 17, 2006, maintenance crews from our Tampa Maintenance Yard were sent to this area to patch any surface deficiencies and bring the path into an acceptable condition. Representatives from our maintenance facility will monitor the condition of this path in the future to ensure that it is being properly maintained.
 
If any of the local residents have any concerns about the maintenance of this path, they can call Harvey Hunt, P.E., Tampa Area Maintenance Engineer at (813) 744-6038.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jim Moulton jr., P.E.
Director of Transportation Operations  

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 S.C.C. Southside Golf Cart Path.
 
Update report: April 5th, 2012! The new paving of the Southside Golf Cart Path is completed.
 
The reports I have been getting are positive; everyone seems satisfied and happy to have a much safer path.
 
We thank Mr. Harvey Hunt, P.E., Ms. Anita Montjoy, P.E., Tampa Area Maintenance Engineers { (813) 744-6038 } and their Maintenance Crews, for a job "Well Done".

 
 S.C.C. Southside Golf Cart Path April, 2006
 
If any of the local residents have any concerns about the maintenance of this path, they can call Harvey Hunt, P.E., Tampa Area Maintenance Engineer at (813) 744-6038.
 
I sent an e-mail message to: Mr. Harvey Hunt, P.E., Tampa Area Maintrnance Engineer, with the following message: Mr. Hunt, I am Eugene (Gene) McElroy, Chairman of the KP Federation Golf Cart Committee, Sun City Center, FL 33573.
 
I have received many Complaints about the condition of the Southside Golf Cart Path, on the southside of S.R. 674. I will relay most of them thru the enclosed pictures.
 
I have talked to you before, relating to the history of the path, when it was built, who built it, and also when Frank Diehl got permission, from the state road department, to build the connecting link, from the eastside of Stoneham Drive, to his Shopping Mall: Located on the Southwest side of the S.R. 674 & U.S. 301.
 
To get to the point: This Path is approximately 20 years old and has never been resurfaced.
 
This Path has problems that need to be corrected. Would you check into the feasibility of the Path being resurfaced.
 
If this is possible, then all the existing problems could be corrected or eliminated, hopefully for the next 20 years.
 
We have over 22,000 residents here, plus over 7,000 Golf Carts operating on our roads and Golf Cart Paths.
 
Please keep me informed as to what can or will be done!
 
Sincerely, Gene McElroy, PH: (813) 634-2607
 
 
 

I then sent the following e-mail to Mr. Hunt:
 
Dear Mr. Hunt, Here is some more information, on the Southside Golf Cart Path's condition; also some action that was taken and possibly with some misunderstanding!
 
There was supposed to be placed, on the new Sidewalk, (Leading to U.S. 301) in the Strip Mall, a Sign reading, "No Golf Carts Beyond This Point." This was to prevent, or help prevent Golf Carts from crossing U.S. 301 to try to get to the new Super Wal-Mart Store.
 
The Sign was missplaced, as shown in the previous pictures I have sent you!
 
The "Stop Sign", on the Golf Cart Path, was removed;  and the Sign "No Golf Carts Beyond This Point" was installed, in it's place, at the entrance to the Strip Shopping Mall. Note: Someone promptly sprayed it with black paint. Not only that, but the Sign that read "Golf Carts Only", on the Golf Cart Path as you leave the Shopping Mall, was also removed!
 
We have residents of Sun City Center who work in the Mall, some of them not only work there, they own Shops in the Mall, and drive their Golf Carts back and forth to work. Since I am Chairman of a Golf Cart Committee; they have asked me to see if I can do something to get this corrected.
 
Sincerely, GeneMcElroy

I got a phone call from: Anita Montjoy, P.E.. Assistant Tampa Area Maintenance Engineer, FDOT.
 
She wanted to know if I could arrange to have a Discussion type meeting setup, where she and Dwayne Kile, P.E., District Design Engineer:
Could discuss with the local dignitaries:
1. Correcting existing problems on Golf Cart Path.
2. Discuss Resurfacing of Path-------Long Range Planning.
 
This will be a Discussion type meeting to come to a solution, beneficial to all residents of Sun city Center.
 
I told her on such short notice, I could possibly set up an Ad-Hoc type meeting that would work!
 
She said the FDOT could meet with our members, on July 3, 2007 @ 4P.M., I said I would try to get the K.P. Federation Room, for that date and would call her Monday, June 25, 2007 to confirm the Meeting!
 
I called Monday, to confirm that we did have the K.P. Federation Conference Room for July 3, 2007 @ 4P.M.
 
Anita Montjoy P.E. DOT, said the date and time for the Meeting, would have to be changed to: July 18, 2007 @ 2P.M.: To meet with the schedule of Mr. Dwayne Kile P.E., District Design Engineer.
 
"I said, (to myself, back to the drawing board) I'll see what I can do!"
 
Our Meeting was held, on July 18, 2007 @ 2:00 PM. Present, from Kings Point, Eugene McElroy Chair, and  Dave Green. Present from SCC Community Association was Uta Kahn and Jim Duffy. From FDOT Anita Montjoy, P.E. and Dwayne Kile, P.E., District Design Engineer, and Thomas Gaffney Sr. Roadway Engineer.
 
This was a discussion type meeting, covering the problems with the Golf Cart Path and the possibility of getting the path repaved. The Maintenance Manager said all of the pot holes had been filled in and the bad sections of the path had already been repaired. Mr. Dwayne Kile PE, design engineer; said Long range planning, it would be, at least four or five years, down the line, before the path could be re-surfaced. Somewere in the year 2011 or 2012. Guess what; it is 2012 and it is going to be resurfaced in March and possibly finished inApril! It will be the same width, but a much smoother surface. It will not be a multi-purpose path as a lot of residents had hoped for!  
 
Gene McElroy

THE  NEW SIGN THAT READS "NO GOLF CARTS BEYOND THIS POINT", HAS BEEN PLACED ADJACENT TO THE NEW SIDEWALK LEADING TO THE NEW CROSSWALK ON US301, WHERE IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE, IN THE FIRST PLACE. 
 
A NEW "STOP SIGN", AT THE END OF SOUTHSIDE GOLF CART PATH, LEADING INTO THE SHOPPING MALL, AT BOGGS JEWELERY HAS BEEN  INSTALLED.
 
 AND A NEW "GOLF CARTS ONLY" SIGN, AS YOU LEAVE THE SHOPPING MALL, HAS BEEN INSTALLED.
 
 
THERE ARE STILL SOME PROBLEMS THAT NEED TO BE CORRECTED, WHICH ARE LISTED BELOW. BUT THE FDOT HAS ASSURED THE SCC RESIDENTS THAT THEY WILL MAINTAIN THE PATH IN A SAFE CONDITION, FOR US TO DRIVE OUR GOLF CARTS.
 
THE FDOT HAS POSTED ON THE GOLF CART  SIGNS, AT EL RANCHO AND STONEHAM DRIVE, THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION: "CROSS SR 674 AT PEBBLE BEACH."

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HE IGNORED THE SIGN!

SR 674 & TRINITY LAKES DRIVE INTERSECTION
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SR 674 S.C.C.SOUTHSIDE GOLF CART PATH

Location: Trinity Lakes Dr. & SR 674
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Area floods after every rain

VERY GOOD SECTION OF PATH
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