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More apartments coming to Bayshore Boulevard, neighbors still concerned with safety

TAMPA — For many developers, Bayshore Boulevard is the place to build right now. In fact, a developer from West Palm Beach has proposed a 21-story condo tower at South De Soto and Bayshore. 

The Kolter Group filed its preliminary plans with the city last week. 

But for many who live in the area, new developments should not be the city's top priority. 

"It's about safety," said Stephanie Nay. 

She said ever since the drag racing crash that killed a mother and her 2-year-old daughter, she has had a hard time taking her own daughter out to Bayshore for walks in the afternoon.

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"We are terrified to even cross the street out here," said Nay. 

The city lowered the speed limit to 35 miles per hour after the crash. Neighbors say that's not enough. 

"I think we can just do so much better," Nay said. 

Jean Duncan, with the city's transportation department, said more safety changes are coming.

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According to Duncan, There will be new crosswalks added from Platt to Gandy Boulevard. She said three of them will be in place by October, and the rest by the end of December.

Each crosswalk will have flashing caution lights. Duncan said the city will also be conducting a traffic study at Euclid and Bayshore to see if it'll make sense to put a traffic light there. 

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