Thank you for visiting The Islander Newspaper Online.

We are currently updating our website to provide you better service and function.
If you would like to access the new site, please, click here: The Islander Newspaper

Sorry for any inconvenience. Our new site and service will resume shortly.

Web Master

The Award Winning & Best News on Anna Maria Island, FL Since 1992

"The Award Winning & Best News on Anna Maria Island, FL Since 1992"

Sunday, Dec, 21, 2014
Florida Press Assn. Award-Winning Web Site
Home Latest News Weather Sports Real Estate Classifieds Island Guide Islander Store

 SECTIONS

 • 

Main News

 • 

Classifieds

 • 

Opinions

 • 

Streetlife

 • 

Calendar

 • 

Fishing

 • 

Sports

 • 

Real Estate

 • 

Obituaries

 • 

Weather

 Features

 • 

Cortez Cook Off: The Results

 • 

Anna Maria Island Bridge FDOT replacement bridge

 • 

National Hurricane Center (Atlantic)

 • 

Advanced Search

 • 

I love AMI

 • 

Mystery Story

 • 

Fishing Laws

 Classifieds

 • 

Classifieds Page

 • 

Place An AD

 • 

Items for Sale

 • 

Garage Sale

 • 

Estate Sale

 • 

Announcments

 • 

Lost & Found

 • 

Pets

 • 

Transportation

 • 

Boats & Boating

 • 

Fishing

 • 

Kids 4 Hire

 • 

Help Wanted

 • 

Health Care

 • 

Services

 • 

Lawn & Garden

 • 

Landscaping

 • 

Home Improvement

 • 

Business Opportunities

 • 

Rentals

 • 

Real Estate

 Weather

 • 

Today's Forecast

 • 

10 Day Forecast

 • 

Today's Tides

 • 

Emergency e-mail

 • 

Storm Watch

 Archive

 • 

News Archive

 • 

2009 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2008 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2007 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2006 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2005 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2004 Top Notch Gallery

 Useful Links

 • 

Island Links

 • 

i.wed

 • 

Islander Store

 • 

About this Site

 Contact Us

 • 

Islander Store

 • 

Subscribe

 • 

About Us

 • 

e-mail us

Story Tools

Date of Issue: December 06, 2007

Buchanan seeks consensus on new bridge

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan will carry a request for funding for a new bridge to Anna Maria Island to Washington, D.C.

But first, the local congressman needs an Islandwide consensus behind a new bridge, according to Buchanan spokesperson Sally Tibbetts.

Buchanan is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which already is working on a reauthorization bill that would include transportation money for 2010. The fiscal year would begin in October 2009.

Last week, Buchanan discussed the prospect of building a new bridge to the Island with Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger.

“I’m asking him to help get money for a new bridge,” Bohnenberger said. “I think the message is clear from the Island. We need to start thinking about a new bridge.”

A new fixed-span, high bridge to replace the drawbridge on State Road 64 was proposed but dropped by the Florida Department of Transportation a decade ago.

While the DOT maintains that a new bridge will be needed in 10-15 years, the state plans a $9 million rehab of the Anna Maria Island Bridge beginning in January. The project will involve the full closure of the bridge for 45 days next fall, forcing motor vehicle traffic to the Cortez Bridge and possibly delaying boat travel on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

The DOT’s plans for a rehab, especially the full bridge closure, resurrected talk of a new bridge.

During a town meeting in Holmes Beach earlier this fall, many attendees urged the DOT to build a new bridge. Island municipal officials, emergency officials and county commissioners also have urged a study for a new bridge.

Many people also endorsed a new bridge - though not whether such a structure should be a drawbridge or fixed span - in a poll conducted by the DOT.

State transportation officials have estimated that a new bridge would cost about $70 million and emphasized the current need at the state level for fiscal restraint.

Tibbetts said there is a process to follow for requesting federal funding for such a new bridge.

The 13th Congressional District office “would need for community leaders and elected officials to build a consensus throughout the region that this is a priority. They would need to fill out a form that we provide to make the request so it can be weighed and reviewed against other requests that we receive.”

“It’s important to lay the groundwork now,” Tibbetts added.

Proposed transportation projects would be reviewed by the House Transportation Committee.

Florida members on the committee include Buchanan, Corrine Brown, Mario Diaz-Balart, Connie Mack and John L. Mica from Orlando, who is the ranking Republican on the committee.

The state representation, Tibbetts said, should be helpful in securing funding for projects to Florida.

Have your say:

No comments for this page. Feel free to be the first

Username:

Contact:

(email or url)

Subject:

Your View:

Please enter the security code below:

security  

Get breaking news

Follow the Islander on TwitterBecome a fan of The Islander on Facebook

Sign up to receive breaking news alerts via e-mail. We'll send you a notice when the news and classifieds appear online every week, before the print edition hits the streets.

Click here for Gulf oil spill updates related to Anna Maria Island.

Historic Anna Maria City Pier Plank Walk

Put your name, your message, your memorial on the Historic Anna Maria City Pier prior to the Pier Centennial Celebration! And join the fun!

CLICK HERE for Stoltzfus e-mails and related court documents.


FREE Island
Vacation Guide:
get it here

Cortez Cookoff

Click here for 2010 Cortez Cookoff Winner and recipes

To advertise here, please
visit our rates page
or contact us at:
sales@islander.org
Phone: (941) 778-7978
Fax: (941) 778-9392

Back to top of Page

Home | Weather | Real Estate | Classifieds | Archives | Contact | Island Links
Islander Store | Subscribe About this site | Classifieds Page | Place an Ad
For Sale | Garage Sales | Announcements | Lost & Found | Pets | Transportation
Boats & Boating | Fishing | Kids for Hire | Help Wanted | Health Care | Services
Lawn & Garden | Landscaping | Home Improvement | Business Opportunities | Rentals | Real Estate

Our Privacy and Copyright Statements © 1992 - 2009, The Islander