As reported in June, ORCA’s Tim James, Vice President & Director of Public Safety, is working closely with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) to create a safer route for all who drive Card Sound Road. James says, “Based on the weekly statistics provided by the Sheriff’s Office on enforcement, traffic stops, written warnings and parking citations, the increased patrolling and visibility seems to be having a positive impact.” In addition, these initiatives for Card Sound Road and 905 have been implemented:
– A temporary speed sign is located at the three way facing Card Sound Road/905.
– A speed sign is located south of the Card Sound Bridge.
– During the weekdays, a Deputy is on proactive patrol at the three way and Card Sound Road/905.
– Foliage has been cut back from the speed sign by Card Sound Road.
One, avoid driving at the peak times which MCSO says are early morning and 4 – 5:30 p.m. when so many of the workforce are on the road. Two, concerned community members can report unsafe drivers (as much information on the vehicle as possible is helpful) at firstname.lastname@example.org. This information is shared anonymously with Sonny Vasquez who works with Public Safety. Vasquez says he continues to receive reports from concerned drivers and has followed up with the offenders. Being cited may negatively affect a contractor or associate’s right to drive on Ocean Reef property.
Claude Kershner, on behalf of Ocean Reef stakeholders (Members, Chamber of Commerce, business owners, Club and ORCA Associates), is awaiting a time/date for the group to meet both with designated elected officials and Miami-Dade County departments for a report on the Card Sound Road feasibility study.
Additionally, paving on CR 905 has begun so expect delays as you travel to and from Key Largo. Updates on both 905 and Card Sound Road, will be published in upcoming editions of the Ocean Reef Press and TORN.