Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Hillsborough County Commissioners Vote NOT to Demollish the Friendship TrailBridge

Today SWFBUD celebrated a huge win when I joined a chorus of voices at a Hillsborough County Commission meeting where we convinced county commissioners to NOT demolish the Friendship TrailBridge -- the beloved bicycle/ped bridge that has been closed since 2008. I want to thank County Commissioners Kevin Beckner, Mark Sharpe and Victor Crist who said demolishing the 2.6-mile bridge that connects Tampa and St. Petersburg was putting the "cart before the horse" when the county administrator proposed a new budget that included a possible bond referendum for $80 million in parks and recreational facilities, including a new Friendship TrailBridge. After the 7-0 vote to NOT demolish the FTB, Beckner joined FTB group organizer Kevin Thurman for a Bay News 9 interview outside the county center. Below, Jim Shirk spoke out for the TrailBridge.  And below that photo Ken Cowart talks with Mike Salinero of the Tribune and Mitch Perry of Creative Loafing about our success at saving the FTB.

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