College Park Community Newspaper : CPCN 022717
News 5 MARCH 2017 COLLEGEPARKPAPER.COM Warning signs along Dubsdread Golf Course Local author wins yet another prestigious award By David Karch By Debbie Goetz Residents who like to stroll along the paths of Dubsdread Golf Course have recently noticed a new set of signs placed along much of the perimeter of the course. The signs permit “Registered Golfers and Guests ONLY” and include this warning: “The Public must register at the Dubsdread Golf Shop and pay ap- plicable fees to access the Golf Course.” The College Park Paper contacted Dubsdread and spoke with General Manager Rodney Reifsnider. “While the signs may be new, what they are meant to help us communicate is not new,” said Reifsnider. “The City has had an Ordinance in effect for years that outlines this policy.” Reifsnider said similar signs are common on golf courses around the country. Reifsnider understands residents like to use the pathways to allow small children and pets to exercise in a seemingly safe area. Ironically, the signs were posted to keep residents safe. “As you can imagine, golf balls can cause serious injury or worse as they travel at speeds up to 160 mph,” said Reifsnider. “These can become even more hazard- ous to folks who are not paying attention or wearing headphones, versus golfers who are more accustomed while playing to be aware of these issues.” Reifsnider is a College Park resident and under- stands people like to use the course for nongolfing activities. “Although the golf cart paths may seem like they can be used as sidewalks and bike trails by some that are doing their best to not interfere with golfers, they are not meant for that use or constructed in loca- tions for that,” said Reifsnider. The city of Orlando is looking into adding sidewalks around the golf course to provide safe biking and walk- ing opportunities in the Dubsdread area of College Park. We are never surprised when College Park’s very own award-winning children’s author and illustrator Ethan Long has another of his books awarded with top honors. Long’s book “Big Cat” has won the Gold Medal in the 2016 Florida Book Awards Young Children’s Literature Category. Said Long of the book, “ This little story about our big, fat cat Bailey (may he rest in Peace) is truly resonating with people, just as Bailey did with our family. I am grateful for this honor ...” This was the eleventh competition held for the Florida Book Awards. “Coordinated by the Florida State University Libraries, the Florida Book Awards is the nation’s most comprehensive state book awards program. It was established in 2006 to celebrate the best Florida literature. Authors must be full-time Florida residents, except in the Florida nonfiction and visual arts categories, where the subject matter must focus on Florida” (floridabookwards.lib.fsu.edu). Learn more about Long’s entire collection of titles at ethanlong.com. Edgewater Drive traffic study By David Karch To be kind, the short stretch of Edgewater Drive between Smith Street and Vassar Street is a quagmire. Its effects ripple through the nearby neighborhoods, sending pass-through-ers and belong-ers in search of less congested routes. People with professional degrees way smarter than I studied the intersections, collected data with impressive machines, interpreted the information and concluded that traffic is just not that bad. What traffic figures did the city study? The College Park Paper contacted Orlando’s transporta- tion department to dive a little deeper into the Edgewater Drive traffic study. The Paper spoke with Director Billy L. Hattaway, Interim Division Manager Cade Braud and Civil Engineer IV Jeremy M. Crowe. For those unfamiliar with the study, the city of Orlando conducted a traffic study last year to determine if the Vassar Street intersection should be changed. For 30 days, the transportation department collected baseline data, then placed a barrier on Edgewater Drive that prohibited left turns onto Vassar Street from Edgewater. The city collected data for another 30 days before removing the barricades and returning the traffic pattern to its current status. Did a human observe the intersections during rush hour? Yes, a division manager made “field observations” during the study. These observations added a qualitative aspect to the study, but the numbers — the data collected — were the primary pieces of information. In the report, intersections were graded on an A to F scale three separate times: before the left-turn restriction, during the restriction and after signal optimization. The intersection at Edgewater and Smith Street received a C, C and B respectively. Edgewater and Vassar received a B, B and B respectively. These grades are “industry standard” designations based on wait time at an intersection where an A grade equals less than a 15-second wait and an F equals more than an 80-second wait. Given that the backup of traffic on Smith Street seem- ingly disappeared during the time the barricades were in place restricting left turns onto Vassar Street, why is this not a permanent solution? The city saw “potential for improvement in the future,” but is going to take a multiphase approach. The first step is “signal optimization,” which will entail a master sequencing of the traffic lights along Edgewater Drive. Signal optimization will make drive times in both direc- tions almost equal and will make the Edgewater corridor from Dartmouth Street to Par Street more reliable. Step two of the multiphase approach is to wait for the apartment project The Princeton to open, and then the city will revisit the corridor and consider restricting left turns onto Vassar from Edgewater Drive. When asked what the city what would like to tell the residents of College Park, the city replied that they tried to do an extensive traffic study. “There is no compelling need at this time to change the Vassar intersection,” said Hattaway. Flexible size office space 300 - 2,500 sq. ft. Starting at $485 a month (includes utilities and parking) 1600 N. Orange Avenue OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE Ivanhoe Village Business Center Contact Jerry Kemp for additional information: (407) 760-3881 Take a 3D TOUR of any of our properties at PGA VERANO • Port St Lucie, FL • $349,900 2/2 + Den, Screened Lanai, Pond-Front SUMMERPORT • Windermere, FL • $349,000 4/3 Move-In Ready Pool Home 1803 Edgewater Drive Orlando, FL 32804 LakesideRealtyFlorida.com 321.303.2850 JUST SOLD! Nancy Spain Kristen Whipple Nicholas Russo Brian Spain Broker 407.247.3327 Nancy@LRFlorida.com Broker 407.494.1444 Brian@LRFlorida.com Broker Associate 407.575.2338 Nick@LRFlorida.com Sales Associate 407.493.6255 Kristen@LRFlorida.com VERO BEACH SPECIALIST COLLEGE PARK RESIDENT Courtesy photo Ethan Long’s list of awards in children’s literature has been steadily growing over the past several years. Photo by David Karch Residents living near the golf course have been con- fused about the recent addition of warning signs around Dubsdread.