With the recent remnants of Hurricane Patricia creating high winds and buckets of rain, it is a reminder that we are always at great potential risk if a hurricane hits us.
I was an early objector to building the Garcon Point Bridge. I remember the conversation I had with others in 1986 about what I thought was the mistake of building “Bo’s Bridge”. Bo was adamant that it was the right decision and told me so. Only after Hurricane Ivan (September 2004) did I understand the necessity of having another north route off of the Gulf Breeze Peninsula. A fast moving category 4 or 5 hurricane could result in a mass exodus of people needing this bridge. It could one day save many lives.
The problem of paying for the Garcon Point Bridge remains and the daily use of it a function of changing toll charges. But when we need it the bridge will be there. Maybe Bo Johnson should be given fair credit for seeing the need long before most of the rest of us.