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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Key Royale speeding complaints bring tickets - to Key Royale residents

There's an old Island saying that "you'd better be careful what you wish for, you just might get it," and some Key Royale residents today might be wishing they'd kept their mouths shut at the Feb. 7 Key Royale Homeowners Association meeting.

An estimated 50-plus people attended that meeting and a chief complaint from some members was that too many people were speeding in their normally quiet neighborhood.

Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson was present, and pledged to do something about speeders. Some homeowners complained that the speeders were visitors to the Island who did not know the speed limits.

Stephenson promised immediate action.

The day after the meeting, HBPD officers were out ticketing speeders in Key Royale, prompting a flood of complaints to city hall from people who got the tickets. Turns out, the majority of the six tickets issued on Feb. 8 and Feb. 9 were to Key Royale residents.

Stephenson said he only acted on a complaint from a group of concerned citizens.

"Whenever we have time, we run traffic control in Key Royale and elsewhere in the city," he said.

Four tickets were given to Key Royale residents, one to the driver of a pool company truck and another to a relative of a Key Royale resident, Stephenson said.

One homeowner, however, said the city should post "reduced speed ahead" signs upon entering Key Royale to warn motorists of the 15 mph speed limit zone across the Key Royale Bridge.