North again wins in new north-south battle
A short war between the north and south took place on a short street
in Bradenton Beach last week. The north won.
The "battle" began
last Tuesday, when one of the city's public works
crews began installing new street signs along Bay Drive - at
the time, Bay Drive North, but following the signage
installation, surprisingly, the street sign named it
Bay Drive South.
One stretch of
street between Bridge Street and First Street North - actually
just First Street, since there is no longer a First
Street South - had historically been designated "north," but
more recent maps indicated it should correctly be labeled "south," hence
And hence the
concern by resident Ross Benjamin. He checked on the
Internet and found that most map locations indicated
that most sites designated the short block "north."
"Gadzooks - city
officials of Bradenton Beach did it again, they just
couldn't let sleeping dogs lie!" he wrote
in an e-mail. "It's sooooooo confusing.
No wonder so many people here can't figure anything
out! But that's really not a change either, is
Director Dottie Poindexter responded by saying, "Sorry
about the error in staff trying to fix an old error.
The official record does say Bay Drive North, to the
circle, overrides the old maps that shows south at
the end near Bridge Street. Please accept our apology."
signs were changed forthwith, from south back to