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Date of Issue: April 08, 2009

Pierce undecided on replacement bridge option

Bradenton Beach Mayor Mike Pierce said he has not made up his mind on whether he favors a high-rise, fixed-span bridge to replace the current Anna Maria Island Bridge.

At the March 26 Florida Department of Transportation's public hearing on the options for a new bridge, Pierce and Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger were asked collectively by The Islander what type of bridge they favored as a replacement, if any.

Both men appeared to respond “high,” but Pierce said later that he did not hear or understand the question.

Pierce said he has not yet formed an opinion on a replacement bridge, and has only “considered” a high-rise bridge as one of the available options.

“I would like it noted that I have not made up my mind,” he said.