My extreme gratitude to Graham Haile for his July 12 letter regarding the urgent need for another island bridge -- from an extension of 53rd Avenue to the southern tip of Anna Maria Island.
Even more amazing, he is from the mainland.
I am a fifth-generation local and, except for nearly a quarter century as a naval aviator, have been mostly in Manatee County. I have served as a city official in Bradenton Beach twice.
Around 1989 the need for more access to a bridge, to particularly serve the north half of Longboat Key and Coquina Beach, began to exacerbate. That term is now historic!
Never miss a local story.
Even now it happens briefly, but in "season" it is almost certainly most of each day, and the "it" is bumper-to-bumper traffic moving about 4 mph from south of the Longboat Pass Bridge to our Cortez Road stoplight.
The factuality of FDOT efforts to thwart our efforts to demand relief could provide the basis for a very interesting movie.
And around Thanksgiving it will all start again, worse every year. The details of every related factor are still immediately available, but it seems all the research means nothing to either FDOT nor our MPO, and why do the citizens of LBK accept their massive daily inconvenience and say nothing?