Of course everyone is quite aware that the Manatee County commissioners do not have this option on the table, but it is one that should be considered as one of safety for the people living on the islands, low environmental impact, and a source of income.
The proposal that should come under consideration is that the roundabout at 75th Street West and 53rd Avenue West be enlarged and a four-lane toll road and bridge, 3.4 miles long, be built along the right-of-way as an extension of 53rd across the north side of Tidy Island with a terminus at Coquina Beach.
It should be foreseen as a toll road and bridge flyover that would help defray the construction cost of the bridge.
When the construction costs have been paid off, a fund could be established to fund necessary repairs to the other bridges.
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A non-drawbridge would be the best option for the Inter Coastal Waterway. Most of the traffic across Cortez Bridge turns left at the light on Bradenton Beach onto Gulf Road South.
The Coquina Beach area is large enough for ample parking, and a system of shuttles could be maintained to and from the business areas in Bradenton Beach and northward, since parking has become such an issue.
Limited space is the biggest issue for all the cities on the island, but especially for parking. If needed, additional parking could be provided in the existing parking area of Coquina Beach by constructing a multi-level parking lot for automobiles.
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