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Old 01-05-2011, 11:40 AM   #11
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And now for the rest of the story. This is a quote from and article in one of the mullet wrappers about the toll situation:

"County Commissioner Bob Cole in April urged the Santa Rosa County Bridge Authority to decrease the toll. Cole then learned the bonds were originally written so the toll could only be increased, not ever decreased, to protect bond holders."

Google Santa Rosa County Bridge Authority for more info.
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:12 PM   #12
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what if everybody stops using the bridge, and financially it becomes more of a disaster than it is now ? Will the bridge go out of business, get repossessed ?
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:18 PM   #13
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what if everybody stops using the bridge, and financially it becomes more of a disaster than it is now ? Will the bridge go out of business, get repossessed ?
That would be absolutely wonderful. I personally avoid the bridge because I am "boycotting" it so to speak. I'm not about to validate this absurdity. These guys need to look at history, I don't know, maybe the Boston Tea party. Prediction- the more the toll is raised, the more alienated drivers will become and avoid the bridge. Anybody ever notice that even walkers and bicycles have to pay $1. Yep, there is a little toll box for them, too.
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:32 PM   #14
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i only use the bridge on emergency occasions...last time i used it was about 3 yrs ago...coming back from working in s. fl and the company i was working with was out of ft walton...got back to my truck at about 2am and drove home....wreck on 3 mile so i had to go back across the money trap at 3:45am...it was another hour and a half before i was home...my hour and a half trip turned into a 3hr one....oh and i had to go to a ATM to get some money to get across it...i hate it with a passion
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I will not use it again. I used it frequently to fish the intercoastal as I live on Avalon and like to fish the midway area in the sound. Last year it cost 11 dollars each way. I will be avoiding it now and will just put the boat in at shorline and run to midway. It is probaly going to cost more in gas in the boat but I would rather it go to the boat then to the crooks that built that bridge.

I think the reason they are increasing the toll is that Oil is increasing in value. Every time Oil jumps up the "need" to raise the toll to make ends meet. Just seems funny how the price of gas affects the bridges operating cost.

They can all go pound sand as far as I am concerned. I will never use that bridge again. It wont be long and it will be 5 dollars per vehicle.

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they cant lower the price to a $1, even if they wanted too. (Unless it was subsidized). Review the legislature of the bonds that were purchased to pay for the bridge, just doesnt work that way. Everyone always has an answer to someone else's problems.
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I crossed it once on a harley on a ride, have had no need to cross it again.
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Old 01-06-2011, 09:24 AM   #18
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I live close to the south end of it and do use it if I'm going to Milton or east on the interstate. The main reason it aggrevates me is that the original reason for taxes was roads and bridges.
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