There is a growing contingent here in The Golf Capital of The World who believe that Pinehurst village staff and state bureaucrats have gone sign-crazy — cluttering up the landscape in a locale where THE VIEW is a key component of the tourist attraction. Pinehurst village councilman Mark Parson has helped give that concern a much higher profile.
Pinehurst village council is in the midst of procuring a whole new set of redesigned “gateway” and directional signs for the community. Parson has put together a rather thoughtful, provocative presentation that suggests the governing body should re-think what has been already been done, sign-wise, before adding even more to the equation.
One of the best examples in Parson’s presentation is at the famous — some say notorious or infamous — Pinehurst Traffic Circle. Approaching the circle, there is a sign that sets the speed limit at 30 MPH. Yet, as you take one exit, a sign tells you to reduce your speed. A matter of feet past that sign is one that sets the speed limit at 35 MPH. I wasn’t a math major in college, but I could swear going from 30 MPH to 35 MPH is NOT a speed reduction.