I have a copy of a report of an open meeting with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, written by a stormwater engineer in the Water Management Program to a gentleman in the Florida Department of Transportation. The meeting was held in 1993. I quote one paragraph, which has held me very querious about “bridges to Anna Maria Island”:
“Incidentally, as noted on page 22077, volume 49, no. 103 of the Federal Register, the US Coast Guard’s recommendation for bridges on waterway 61, from Tampa Bay south to the Caloosahatchee River, is for 21’ vertical clearance bascule bridges, not for 65’ clear span bridges.”
Question 1: Why was that part of the intracoastal, that abuts Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, singled out?
Question 2: Has it been changed?
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Question 3: If so, what does it read now?
To get the answers, I have written the Coast Guard, St. Pete, Coast Guard Washington, even the Library of Congress. I have no replies. If you find out, please let us all know the answer.
Thank you for any help you can offer.
Billie P. Martini