Effective immediately, the Matlacha Bridge is no longer being manned or capable of being opened to boat traffic during the hours of 10 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon.
When the bridge replacement procedures were coordinated and approved by the residents and the county, nothing was said about changing bridge opening hours. Previous hours were 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends. The announced new hours on the website are 8 to 10 in the morning and 3 to 7 in the p.m. Mon thru Sat and 7 to 10 and 3 to 7 on Sun.
How will this surprise announcement effect shrimp boats, barge operations, boat repair facilities, emergency traffic, and Matlacha restaurants and other tourist traffic? I will raise the issue at the GPICA meeting Tuesday night (Elks Lodge, 7 p.m., 2 November). Anyone wishing to comment on this change should attend and do so.
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