MOORE HAVEN – The speed limit on County Road 721, from north of Brighton Seminole Reservation to the county line, is now 40 mph.
At their Feb. 22 meeting Glades County Commission voted to approve the speed limit change, which had previously been publicly advertised, and give the Glades County Sheriff’s Office the authority to enforce the ordinance.
Safety concerns, due to the poor condition of the road, is the reason for the speed limit change.
At the Jan. 12 Glades County Commission meeting, James Hull of Aim Engineering told commissioners Florida Department of Transportation has provided some funding for repaving CR 721, but “the road is just caving in,” he said. The roadbed is not stable, he said. It is built on muck. Water from Highlands County drains through the area. Cleaning of the drainage canals to remove aquatic plants has caused the drainage canals to become larger which amplifies the problems. Hull said he will request DOT to change the scope of work so they can use current funding to stabilize the roadbed instead of using the funds for repaving, but they will need more funding to solve the problem.
At that same meeting, Sheriff David Hardin said the Seminole Tribe has asked the speed limit be lowered on all of County Road 721 due to the number of accidents. He said a speed monitor device was placed on the roadway to let drivers know how fast they are going, and it was destroyed.
Seminole Tribe Police have logged speeds in the 90s, he explained.
In other business at their Feb. 22 meeting, the commission voted to spend $1,884 from 1 cent surcharge fund to add a swing set at the Harney Pond recreation area to make the site more family-friendly.
The county also declared the month of April as Water Conservation Month.