THE DAVIS ISLANDS NEWSLETTER
Welcome to the July issue of The Islands View newsletter.
I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer. This month, there is a great first time event on the Islands-the July 4th golf cart and bike parade. This event is sure to be well attended with our Islands spirit and the American spirit shining strong. Speaking of bicycles, I have included information on bicycle safety, something we can all use as we cruise the Islands on our two wheelers.
Well if you enjoy cycling as much as I do then you are probably preparing to watch the start of the Tour de France. You know the great annual road race that takes professional cyclists across France for three weeks. Well even if you are not a professional but enjoy riding around the Islands I thought it would be an appropriate time to provide a little insight on bicycle safety, in particular some of the rules of the road for cyclist.
- Bicyclists have the same rights to the roadways, and must obey the same traffic laws as the operators of other vehicles. These laws include stopping for stop signs and red lights, riding with the flow of traffic, using lights at night, and yielding the right-of-way when entering a roadway.
- When riding on sidewalks or in crosswalks, a bicyclist has the same rights and duties as a pedestrian.
- A bicyclist riding on sidewalks or in crosswalks must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and must give an audible signal before passing.
- Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles. Persons riding two abreast shall not impede traffic when traveling at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions existing, and shall ride within a single lane.
- Moving violations, such as running stop sign or signal, riding against traffic have a civil penalty of $52
If you would like a more in-depth review you can always visit the City of Tampa’s website on Bicycle Law Highlights or Florida Uniform Traffic Control Law Chapter 316 Florida Statues
Are you still trying to figure out great activities for your son or daughter to participate in this summer? Why not register them for a week of Youth Sailing at the Davis Islands Yacht Club. For the past two years my son Sebastian has participated in this program and it was great, so much so that we registered for him to do it again. It was an excellent opportunity for him to learn the basics and just get more comfortable on the water. You can register and find out more at DIYC Youth Sailing. FYI, you do NOT need to be a member of DIYC to participate.
If you are new to Davis Islands this month I encourage you to download our updated New Resident Packet. This will give you great information on the Islands History, Islands Business Directory and Common Contact numbers for our great amenities.
Are you interested in staying updated on Islands activity, events and safety? Then I encourage you join over 2,366 islands residents at Nextdoor.com. Register for free @ Nextdoor.com/DavisIslands Also if you are already a member please invite one other person and remember this is just for Davis Islands residents.
DAVIS ISLANDS LAND DEVELOPMENT & ZONING ACTIVITY
We thought it would be helpful to keep residents updated on requests made to the City of Tampa for zoning, variance or design changes for properties on the Islands. Each month the City of Tampa publishes these filings for all City of Tampa residents, it is called the C.A.R.E. S Newsletter. Details on the filings can be found by logging into the City of Tampa Online Portal This months requests are as follows: