Matlacha Bridge Closed to Water Traffic From 10AM to 3PM

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.

Phil Buchanan
3861 Galt Island Avenue