A recent letter from a lady in Bradenton criticized the concept of an extension of 53rd Avenue across an open field with a low overpass over 86th Street, an extension through the mangrove swamp on Tidy Island and a touchdown some 700 feet north of the Longboat Pass Bridge.
It is clear she does not as I do -- live in the south end of Bradenton Beach. I am a fifth-generation local.
When I was in my second year at Palmetto High School, I was told there were 44,000 people in Manatee County. Now, in season, we can have approximately that many cars crossing Cortez Bridge.
Correcting information: The span would be 18 feet above the high-water mark, lower than the mangrove tops. The closest Tidy Island home would be one half mile from the extension. It would cross the bay at the point where the least seagrass exists.
The reason for my interest is that sometimes even now, but assuredly there is a daily vehicle backup in season from Longboat Key to Cortez Road, which moves at four miles per hour between stops.
I have researched this subject from the air, from the water surface, and administratively since 1989, and would like to be able to exit my street, and, if needed, be able to have emergency service to my home.