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TRAFFIC INBOX: Unusually Congested Road in Hillsborough County

In Hillsborough County, making the drive east or west across Brandon and Bloomingdale can be tough.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — As our communities grow, so do our traffic headaches.

This week’s Inbox looks at Brandon Boulevard, Lumsden Road, Bloomingdale Avenue County officials know it’s a troubled area; Group is studying solutions

In Hillsborough County, making the drive east or west across Brandon and Bloomingdale can be tough.

There are three main roadways: Brandon Boulevard, Lumsden Road and Bloomingdale Avenue.

All three are packed during the morning and afternoon commutes.

Spectrum Bay News 9 viewer Mary Ann Pidick is a Bloomingdale Avenue driver and says the intersection at Kings Avenue can be unbearable.

"Traffic turning east onto Bloomingdale from southbound Kings Avenue routinely blocks the intersection so that no one in the other travel lanes can move," Pidick said.

It’s frustrating for everyone.

According to Chuck Henson’s conversations with the county, officials know it’s a troubled area.

Groups like Plan Hillsborough are studying the road way, looking at ideas like reversible lanes as a way to move traffic better.

But for now, from the county’s perspective, there is nothing in the works.

"There are no operational improvements currently planned for the intersection of Bloomingdale and South Kings Avenue," said Chris Wilkerson, Hillsborough County senior media relations strategist. "Hearing that the intersection is unusually congested, we are sending an engineering team to investigate the traffic signal and ensure it is operating correctly."

A Brandon corridor study is nearly complete. Plan Hillsborough has removed the reversible lanes option and is now focusing on intersection improvements similar to what we are seeing as part of the Complete Streets Program, which would be intersection design and engineering based.

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News of Record for Friday, Dec. 14

SUITS: County of Volusia v. Robert Sanchez, other; Family Realty Properties LLC v. Charmaine D Koldon, real property; US Bank National Association v. Annie F. Johnson, real property; Nancy H. Johnstone v. Frank H. Norman, real property; Bank of New York Mellon v. Henry Brandon Gurney IV, real property; ABLDVC LLC v. Tarpon IV LLC, real property; Larkspur West Volusia Retail LLC v. Karalous LLC, in excess of $15,000; Laura E. Roth v. James H. Hanna, real property; Lillian Perez Borrero v. Alicia Cotto, auto negligence; James Gregory Ashworth v. Caleb Christian Coker, auto negligence; Clayton Benio v. Sheriff of Volusia County, other; Sieg Inc v. Marc Suckell, in excess of $15,000; Discover Bank v. Carol L. Hornikel, in excess of $15,000; Integon Preferred Insurance Co. v. Patrick Coogan, in excess of $15,000; Deborah Shaw v. Brillance Living Corp., discrimination, employment or other; Glenn Roland Roberts v. Jill Audrey Bates, auto negligence; Sonia Nieves v. Brenda Ramos, auto negligence; Timothy Vallance v. Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Co., auto negligence; Housing Authority of the City of Daytona v. Richard L. Boston, real property; Bank of America NA v. Donald B. Coffin, real property; Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC v. Richard Montero, real property; Nationstar Mortgage LLC v. Carl Clark, real property; J&M Restoration Services Inc v. FedNat Insurance Co., insurance claim; Wells Fargo Bank NA v. Nathan D. Curry, real property; Schindler Elevator Corp v. Daytona Beach Ocean Towers Inc, in excess of $15,000; Collis Roofing Inc v. Security First Insurance Co., insurance claim; Corey Hucka v. Benjamin Batdorff, auto negligence; Water Restoration LLC v. Melinda Hamlin, in excess of $15,000; Jose Pesante v. Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty, insurance claim; Fernando Perez v. Security First Insurance Co., insurance claim; JPMC Specialty Mortgage LLC v. Saundra L. Paddock, real property; Flagstar Bank FSB v. Jennifer Marie Juarie, real property; Finance of America Reverse LLC v. Marilyn J. Wilson, real property; Joanne Oliver v. Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Co., auto negligence; Town Park Homeowners Association Inc v. City of Port Orange, other; John R. Brooks v. Bill Dodge, in excess of $15,000; Juliana Scully v. Security First Insurance Co., insurance claim; M&I General Contracting LLC v. FedNat Insurance Co., insurance claim; Raymond C. Sallee v. Angela M. McKinney, auto negligence; Citizens Bank NA v. Maegan R. Rohrbach, real property; Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. v. Kathleen Carpenella, real property; US Bank Trust NA v. Green Emerald Homes LLC, real property.

MARRIAGES: Tyyawn D. Robinson and Eleanor Talatu Gbokamuno Jediel, DeLand; Thiago E. Falcao and Danielle A. Epling, Holly Hill; Kyndall B. Koenke and Brian F. Roberts Jr., Daytona Beach; Dimitri A. Wilks, Oviedo, and Johnna N. McCarthy, Daytona Beach; Lesley R. Goins and Cassie T. Scheller Freeman, DeLand; Ana M. Diaz Caban and Samuel de Jesus Burgos, Deltona; David R. Bachelor and April D. Morris, DeLand; Mary A. Sparaccio and Adam H. Dovi, Port Orange; Evadene I. Jackson and Matthew M. Brabham Jr., Edgewater; Latricia L. Harris and Stephen A. Scicere, Daytona Beach; Shaun P. Borey and Dominic J. Bertolino, Deltona; James C. Giles Jr. and Sheryl C. Ashe, Pierson; Jessica K. Hamilton and Thomas J. Fry, Port Orange; Jack P. Cannon, Ormond Beach, and Susan A. O’Rourke, Waterbury Center, Vermont; Joel V. Bressett and Katrina M. Adkins, Edgewater; Thomas J. Jackson and Shannon L. Hardwick, Port Orange; Paul F. Arellano and Yesenia N. Proano, Orange City.

MARRIAGE DISSOLUTIONS STARTED: Darlene v. Israel Gonzalez Jr,; Kemesha v. Lemuel Williams; Patrina v. James Nunnally; Wendy v. Kevin Pearson; Lajos v. Isabelle Nagy; Judith v. Craig Myers; Dakota K. v. Chase M. Ward; Patrica A. v. Carl T. Lupica III; Craig v. Nesetta Spencer; Tamara A. v. Gregory S. Kaiser; Debra L. v. Richard E. Howell Jr.

MARRIAGE DISSOLUTIONS GRANTED: Adrian and Kelly F. Nasufi ; Kaitlyn M. Christiansen and Christian R. Cirotti; Sean Dolich and Danielle Dragone; Joseph A. and Priscilla Campbell; Frederick O. and Tracey Johnson; Jamie H. and Robert W. Jarrard; Amanda B. and Michael Niesen; Kenneth J. Falco Jr and Genesis M. Evans; James M. and Julianne F. Leblanc; Iris M. Santoni Tirado and Richard C Jamie; Randy F. and Maria A. Crocker; Jean M. Califar and Stephen M. Therre; Greg and Mizell Mais; Darrell J. and Erica L. Graham; Elizabeth Pulido and Hugo H. Pulida Garcia; Robert V. and Julie A. Hennessy; Jessica Cruz and Josue Ramos; Julia Booth and David Bassett; Neysa and Christine Gregory; George M. and Rebecca G. Barnes.

BIRTHS:

HAMILTON/HALL: Krista Hamilton and Justin Hall, New Smyrna Beach, are the parents of a daughter weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces, born at 10 p.m., on Dec. 12, 2018, at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, Daytona Beach.

HERBERT: Adrian and Chelsea Herbert, Bunnell, are the parents of a daughter weighing 8 pounds, 10 ounces, born on Dec. 10, 2018, at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, Daytona Beach.

PHILLIPS/GOODWIN: Brittany Phillips and Chris Goodwin, Palm Coast, are the parents of a son weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces, born at 11:29 a.m., on Dec. 12, 2018, at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, Daytona Beach.

PRAKOPOVA/RECHITS: Volha Prakopova and Sergei Rechits, Daytona Beach, are the parents of a son weighing 9 pounds, born at 6:41 a.m., on Dec. 12, 2018, at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, Daytona Beach.

SELLERS: Kyle and Santana Sellers, South Daytona, are the parents of a son weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces, born at 8:59 p.m., on Dec. 11, 2018, at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, Daytona Beach.

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Brandon: See 5 Local Homes For Sale

BRANDON, FL — On the hunt for a new home nearby, but tired of looking through the same old real-estate listings again and again? Not to fear! To save you some time, we here at Patch have compiled the latest batch of five new listings nearby.

Here are the five newest properties to hit the housing market in the Brandon area — including one with 2 beds and 2 baths for $149,000, and another with 4 beds and 4 baths for $474,900.

Like what you see? Simply click on any address in the list to get additional pics and details. Enjoy!

Price: $149,000
Size: 1,240 sq. ft., 2 beds, and 2 baths

Price: $158,000
Size: 1,574 sq. ft, 2 beds, and 3 baths

Price: $220,000
Size: 1,369 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 2 baths

Price: $474,900
Size: 2,936 sq. ft., 4 beds, and 4 baths

Price: $244,900
Size: 1,856 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 2 baths

That’s not all! Keep scrolling for more listings. And there are even more homes for you to check out in Patch’s real-estate section for the Brandon area.

Photos courtesy of Realtor.com

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Brandon: Check Out 5 Local Homes For Sale

BRANDON, FL — When you’re looking for a new home, keeping tabs on all the latest listings can take hours of tedious hunting online. That’s why we’ve gone ahead and done the prepwork for you.

Here’s a list of the five most recent homes to go up for sale in the Brandon area — including one with 3 beds and 2 baths for $149,000, and another with 4 beds and 3 baths for $399,900.

Want more information on one of the houses listed below? Just click on any address to learn more. Happy house hunting!

Price: $289,900
Size: 2,320 sq. ft., 4 beds, and 3 baths

Price: $149,000
Size: 1,169 sq. ft, 3 beds, and 2 baths

Price: $399,900
Size: 2,412 sq. ft., 4 beds, and 3 baths

Price: $240,000
Size: 1,807 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 2 baths

Price: $134,900
Size: 1,168 sq. ft., 2 beds, and 3 baths

Still want to see more options? Keep scrolling for more listings. Or there’s always a complete list of local homes in our real-estate section for the Brandon area.

Photos courtesy of Realtor.com

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Boca Raton unveils new vision for its Midtown without apartments

A woman walks through Boca Center, near where the city is proposing improved lighting, crosswalks, trees and roundabouts. (Sun-Sentinel)

Instead of a massive mini-city designed by developers, Boca Raton is proposing its own changes for Midtown, a square mile off Military Trail near Town Center Mall that the city has been working for years to revitalize.

The city wants to create public gathering areas, add medians, trees and lighting and make the area pedestrian-friendly, even though walkers would have to cross six-lane Military Trail in some spots.

“There are ways to make it less scary and less dangerous,” Brandon Schaad, the city’s planning director, said of the north-south route, known for its traffic jams and long stoplights.

The city is not recommending any residential development in Midtown, Schaad said. The proposal is the city’s counter to a developer’s plan that had envisioned shops, restaurants and up to 2,500 apartments or condominiums. But as the plans became public, residents complained the development had too many apartments and new buildings.

The City Council rejected the development in January and later called for the study that was unveiled on Tuesday at the Spanish River Library. Crocker Partners, a real estate and management firm that had proposed Midtown Boca, filed suit in October, asking for $137 million in damages.

Crocker owns several buildings in or near Midtown, including The Plaza, 5355 Town Center Road; One Town Center, at 1 Town Center Road; One Boca Place, 2255 Glades Road; and Boca Center, 5150 Town Center Circle, which consists of two office buildings, a retail center and Marriott hotel.

After residents protested the proposal, the city asked for ideas on what they would like to see in Midtown, currently home to office buildings and restaurants, a bowling alley and a former Bally’s health club that has been closed since 2009. The consensus, according to Schaad: They want incremental changes that make the area prettier, safer for pedestrians, and accessible for community gatherings.

“They don’t want to see too much change too fast,” he said.

He said the city is looking at improving sidewalks and adding trees on several Midtown streets, including Northwest 19th Street, Butts Road and Military Trail. He said officials also are researching roundabouts that would slow traffic, bike paths and grass- and tree-filled medians. A survey will explore how employees in the office buildings commute to their workplaces.

He said moderate changes would take place over the next five years.

Residents in attendance on Tuesday said they liked what they heard.

“I’m glad to see the Midtown project is being well thought out and planned,” Bill DeAngelis said.

Resident Jack McWalter said he would like to see a development similar to Mizner Park, developed by Crocker, a retail-residential center in Boca Raton with many public gathering spaces that offers a “sense of place.”

“That’s what a lot of people in the community visualize,” he said.

Lsolomon@sunsentinel.com

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