New policy prohibits similar street names in Auburndale

- Auburndale could be on a postcard as an All-American small town. The train always runs the same through downtown, but for first responders, directions are critical. 

"Every second ends up counting," says Deputy Fire Chief  Brian Bradway. "We need to know exactly where to go. We don't want any question about it."  

But if the emergency call is on Howard, it could be Howard Road or Howard Street. They're miles apart, setting up a potential mistake that could be deadly.

Like some other towns, Auburndale has streets with names that are very similar.

"You've got Gandy Road and Gandy Street, you've got Arianna Place and Road. Sometimes it can be difficult," says Police Chief Chris Nelson.

But he worked with city commissioners for months on a new policy that now prohibits new streets with names similar to existing streets. Nelson says it's important because the city is growing with new subdivisions.

He says officials may look at changing some existing street names, but that is more complicated, in some cases requiring a vote by residents.

Nelson says the new policy is patterned after ones in Bartow and unincorporated Polk County.

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