Put the gate arms back up

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To the Editor:

A recent Letter To the Editor may represent a misunderstanding either by its author, or myself. Upon our relocation to The Villages we were advised the Village gates were not a matter of security, but rather an attempt to exercise (albeit minimally) a degree of traffic control, and perhaps to a lesser degree a means of welcoming residents and visitors.
The gates will not prevent the entry of the “bad apples”, or “riff-raff” noted by the author of the October 8, 2017 letter titled, Gates are costly “smoke and mirrors,” although it could deter “bad guys” unaware of the gates intended purpose – i.e. an unintended benefit.
If our understanding is correct, the gates are intended to, and have been instrumental in reducing fender benders, and more serious accidents.
During the period cited by the author, following hurricane Irma, we have noted a number of near accidents between golf carts and larger vehicles utilizing our roadways.
The near accidents noted occurred at the intersections of multi-modal paths and neighborhood streets. Village entrance marquees, at these intersections, commonly obscure line of sight. Stop signs placed at these intersections during the absence of gate arms do little to slow, let alone stop the larger vehicular traffic. For my two-cents, I would rather have gate arms replaced as soon as possible, rather than face the prospect of a long wait at our Villages Emergency Room, as the result of a preventable vehicular accident.

Rich Pelkowski
Village of Dunedin

13 COMMENTS

  1. ONCE AGAIN A COMMENT THAT DOESN’T DESERVE TO BE ON THIS SITE.
    CLIP HIM. WOW THATS QUITE THE PUNISHMENT TO A BIKE RIDER. IF YOU DID CLIP HIM AND HE WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED YOU WOULD BE IN JAIL.

    THE GATES ARE ESSENTIAL TO BIKERS AND GOLF CART SAFETY. I USE THE ST JAMES GATE WITH MY GOLF CART. ITS RUSSIAN ROULETTE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT IF A CAR IS GOING TO STOP AT THE GATE. SIMPLE SOLUTION PUT UP THE GATE ARMS AND THEN YOU WONT HAVE SOMEONE THREATENING TO “CLIP” A BIKE RIDER.

  2. As I for one did enjoy not having the gates up while they were down, I do realize that they are a safety issue with cars/trucks not stopping while going through. With all the broken gates that are mentioned with cars not stopping and hitting them, I fell that if they would put in LARGE SPEED BUMPS, that it would solve the problem of cars and trucks flying through our gates and save on the expense of repairing our gates. After they try and speed through the speed bump and then put their teeth back in their mouth, it will stop them from doing it again.
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  3. “I should have clipped him.” these immortal words spoken by our newest edition of asinine TROLLS, that always has something REALLY ignorant to say… don’t know if it is just regular stupidity, drugs and/or booze, or mental illness… but this clown will join the ever growing list of posters to skip over… don’t read them, and don’t bother responding… he is just looking for the attention he never got as a child… hopefully he is Guiallrdo’s son and will be gone SOON, once the house is sold…

  4. Since the gates gave been down it has been very dangerous there gave been more times that I had to stop & wait for cars & service trucks who never bother to stop they just speed through the gates.
    I feel the gates to slow cars & service trucks down
    JoAnn G.

    • you are absolutely correct JoAnn… the traffic for all, especially the carts, is much safer WITH our gates… do be very careful, as i was nearly rear- ended by a car behind me… i had the audacity to actually S T O P, like the sign plainly says, before entering… thankfully, the debris is FINALLY leaving and hopefully OUR gates will all be back soon

      • As I for one did enjoy not having the gates up while they were down, I do realize that they are a safety issue with cars/trucks not stopping while going through. With all the broken gates that are mentioned with cars not stopping and hitting them, I fell that if they would put in LARGE SPEED BUMPS, that it would solve the problem of cars and trucks flying through our gates and save on the expense of repairing our gates. After they try and speed through the speed bump and then put their teeth back in their mouth, it will stop them from doing it again.