To the Editor:
I agree with many of the observations Skip Perry made in his well-written letter of May 11 to the Boca Beacon. However, I felt a bit uncomfortable with the tone of the article and, perhaps, being classified as one of those residents whose investment in the community did not extend “beyond a deed and a three-month winter vacation.”
I don’t believe for a second that an older generation of Boca Granders appreciated the island more than its current residents, and that an increased bridge toll would create a “downtown commercial district where real estate offices will take the place of old Florida restaurants, shops and grocery stores.”
I just want to thank the Beacon on behalf of the Art Alliance for the wonderful and timely coverage of our 25th Anniversary Celebration and Spring Show! It helped generate a lot of interest in our beginnings and we really appreciate the support.
Cecilia Jonsson-Bisset, Boca Grande Art Alliance Show Chair Boca Grande
GIBA and its Board are bringing us three new bridges which will be safe, functional and aesthetically pleasing for a projected seventy-five years. During the last five years, and including the coming October toll increase, the board will have raised the cash toll from $4 to $6, a 50% increase, the discounted tolls from $2.25 to $3.90, and annual passes from $450 to $780, both reflecting a 73% increase.
Proceeds from these increases have allowed us to repay previous debt (from the purchase of the bridges) and to finance both the design of the two fixed bridges and part of their construction.
Bill Holmberg, community volunteer and finance advisory committee member to the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority, is to be heartily thanked by all of us for the yeoman job of correlating all of the innumerable factors necessary to assist in identifying how the bridge, now under construction, will be financed.
To the Editor:I recently submitted this letter to the GIBA Board and Committee members.
These are some observations and recommendation from Wednesday April 25, 2012 meeting.
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