The idea of linking 53rd Avenue with Anna Maria Island has been espoused before. Oh, it's so simple to connect that street by building north of Tidy Island and connecting to Coquina Beach.
Perhaps I should suggest that the proponents of this "bridge flyover" take a look a Google Earth or other satellite pictures of this area.
I will beg to differ with Mr. Roy Speer (Letters, Sept. 10) that a bridge in this "option" would have "low environmental impact." Yes, the area north of Tidy Island is a natural area seemingly available for use.
However, this land was bequeathed to New College with the stipulation that nothing be built there. It is also zoned by the county as a nature preserve.
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As Long Bar Pointe and Lake Flores come to a reality, this preserve will be the last natural habitat area for fish, dolphins, birds and other wildlife north of Sarasota Bay.
There are extensive sea grass beds here as well that would be put in jeopardy by construction of such a conveyance.
Is it not possible to leave any tiny sliver of land unaffected by ravenous expansion and desire for "improvement?"
And I will not mention the fact that there are homes and neighborhoods in close proximity to the north of Tidy Island that would also be greatly affected by a "bridge flyover," not to mention Tidy Island itself.
Well, as they say, "Not in my backyard" and not at the expense of what little is left of our natural environment.