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The main Sea Ranch road, Leeward Road, particularly via Leeward Spur, is a mini Highway 1. [Lisa Dundee lives and speeds on this part of Leeward.] The evidence is clear with respect to what roads to do nonhuman animals and their homes, shelter, and safety. My documentation also supports the claim that cars and trucks regularly speed far in excess of 25 mph from Leeward Spur toward Dune Drift beach and back. As my documentation also shows, the primary violators are SR residents and service vehicles. (Visitors here tend to try to follow rules, in my experience.)
One TSRA “Slow down: Wildlife Area” sign has been placed at the other end of Leeward, at Fish Rock. Without a sign like it on the Leeward Spur side, permission to exceed the speed limit in this area is functionally granted. TSRA’s choice to designate one side of Leeward as a “wildlife area” and ignore the other puts considerable pressure on the nonhuman residents who call the spur side of Leeward home.
TSRA’s choice to erect just one sign demonstrates a passive policy effort, one that avoids creating a new speeding policy, and instead effectively winks to residents and service people, saying “You can go as fast as you want to on this part of Leeward.” That there are few humans occupying homes on this side is not justification for ignoring all the nonhuman residents who live and shelter here. Again, TSRA has neglected to consider the SR nonhuman residents.
Questions that ought to be asked: How was the decision made to erect a “wildlife sign” on Leeward near Fish Rock? Who was a part of that decision-making process? How many other Sea Ranch residents were involved in this policy decision? What did the process look like?
A study is needed to document the traffic patterns and speeds traveled on the spur side of Leeward. Speed bumps or humps are particularly effective on roads like Leeward. In the meantime, signs need to be erected to slow traffic. More than this, SR residents need to make a commitment to “Live Lightly on the Land”: respect for nonhuman residents here will extend to how fast we drive our vehicles through their habitat.
TSRA responses: (1) 1 electronic speed measure sign on spur side of Leeward for half a day. It has been moved around The Sea Ranch and stayed in each place for no more than a day. (2) Removal of “wildlife area” sign from Halcyon side of Leeward. UPDATE: Another electronic speed measure sign placed only on the spur side of Leeward, for half a day (11.20.19)
Sea Ranch resident responses: primarily increased speed on Leeward and open hostility, with a few exceptions of residents slowing their speed to accommodate other animals who live here.
November 3: Today, I witnessed the third deer who’s had to run at speed to avoid getting hit by a speeding vehicle coming from Dune Drift beach side to the Leeward Spur. A Recology truck almost hit the other one two weeks ago while speeding up to tailgate me further down Leeward, past the spur (I complained and cancelled my service)*. And, a red pickup truck (a resident) almost hit the first deer I witnessed about 6 weeks ago, pulling onto the spur.
Sea Ranch security either speeds up to accommodate speeding residents or pulls over to let them pass, at speed. I have witnessed as many Sea Ranch security vehicles speed as go near the 25 mile an hour speed limit.
Top 3 service vehicle speeders: Tom’s Plumbing, Recology garbage service, and UPS. (Mehls Electric, Pacific Glass, Pete’s Glass, and the many “landscape” trucks come in a close 4th)**
*To be fair, the driver may have mistaken me for one of the “Highway 1 Sea Rancher Speed Regulators”: Those cars you always seem to come up on when it seemed all was going along nicely. No brake lights to indicate they’re slowing because they take their foot off the accelerator when they see you in the rearview. Every time. I’ve been documenting using my cruise control. I car-dance behind them, while they go 30 in a 55 with no lights in FOG. I have fun and document. Others trying to get to work, not so much fun when Sea Ranchers steal their time.
**Apparently, UPS is sad that they are last on this list. Today, 3:44 p.m. , Thursday, November 14, the UPS driver gunned it when he saw me, way down the street. By the time he passed me, the property, and my two flipped birds, he was easily doing 60 mph. On purpose. The Dundee-TSRA misinformation machine is alive and well. (And, he doesn’t win the speeding pissing contest. No one does–and everyone forgets the bucks, the deer, the quail, the turkeys, all the other than human animals the brown and blue and green trucks scare, scatter, stress, and–will eventually–hit).