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A monumental mistake would be made if the City put Minozzi's name on the bridge. Mr. Minozzi was one of the most controversial figures to ever enter the public spotlight in our community. In addition to their notoriously overpriced STRP, Mike Minozzi and John Arceri are the reason many of us could no longer afford to live on Marco Island. They wanted to replace the existing span and charge the residents a toll to enter or leave their home town. They tried to justify this expnditure by submitting misleading data about the safety of the current span. In an effort to further justify the replacement of the Jolly Bridge, these two fellows convinced the City to charge the taxpayer for private focus groups and public surveys. In spite of the negative support those efforts garnered (overwhelming public disapproval) of their inititive, they continued to push for it. Why would recognitiion be given to a fellow who wanted to not only waste money on replacing a perfectly good bridge but also contrary to the public will, make us pay for it? The fact is, the new bridge span is a totally different inititive and will cost our community only the inconvience of it's construction. The plans to replace the standing original bridge (which continues to serve us) are the plans used to acquire the shovel ready federal funding of the new span. If you want to give credit to where it is due, then give it to Presidents Bush and Obama, who made the stimulas funding available for the new span. Facts are hard things to deny, but I'll bet someone out there will try. Arceri's suggestion deserves nothing more then a big raspberry.
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