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Have we gotten a good deal?

January 16, 2013
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

Am I the only Islander who has found the new bridge bumpier than the old one was, even with all its pot holes and patches? After all that time under construction and having to ask for $300,000 more of taxpayers' money to fix the mechanism that raises and lowers it, have we gotten a good deal?

The old "fishingest bridge in the world" would sing a welcome song to every car that crossed over her. It gave each one a smooth ride over Matlacha Pass and into a Florida wonderland of art galleries, gift shops, eateries and happy folks living a charmed life. Now, as they tear her down, piece by piece, all I hear is the mournful sound of destruction. No more singing her welcome song as the traffic passes over her once smooth span. No more the fishingest bridge in the world. Now we can boast the bumpiest bridge in the world. I guess that's what some would call progress. But I will miss her song and her beauty and all the happy memories of her.

Nancy Leake




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