Residents won’t pay for bridge toll

Many of the Marco Island residents who attended a public meeting Monday night told Collier County officials and members of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) that they were against a toll for a new S.S. Jolley Bridge.

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The meeting was part of a toll bridge study authorized by the MPO, the organization that prioritizes road projects in the county. The Jolley Bridge project to expand the two lanes to four is high on the MPO’s priority list, second only to the expansion of Davis Boulevard.

Many of the residents said only visitors should pay the price if a toll was mandated. Several noted that a toll would “devastate” workers who cross onto the island to provide services.

“I’m speaking for the employees,” businessman Richard Shanahan said. “The employees are going to pay.”

Don Scott, Collier County Transportation Planning Director, spoke to approximately 100 Marco Island residents Monday night about a toll for the S.S. Jolley Bridge. Scott said a toll is one of several possible options to fund a new four lane bridge.

Photo by Ed Bania, Eagle staff

Don Scott, Collier County Transportation Planning Director, spoke to approximately 100 Marco Island residents Monday night about a toll for the S.S. Jolley Bridge. Scott said a toll is one of several possible options to fund a new four lane bridge.

Citizens noted that the toll costs would eventually be added onto the price of goods and services. Other residents said that traffic would be backed up on Hwy. 951 to Capri Boulevard if a toll booth was constructed.

Don Scott, Collier County Transportation Planning Director, told the attendees that a toll is one possible funding option for a new bridge. He used a $2 fee as an example of a possible toll. Scott added that the project was estimated at $44 million several years ago. The project isn’t expected to begin until at least 10 years from now. The cost would likely increase because of inflation.

About 100 Marco Island residents attended a meeting Monday night about a toll for the S.S. Jolley Bridge.

Photo by Ed Bania, Eagle staff

About 100 Marco Island residents attended a meeting Monday night about a toll for the S.S. Jolley Bridge.

Cambridge Systematics, a consulting firm hired by the MPO, conducted a survey of drivers for the study. Handouts were given to drivers at the intersection of North Collier Boulevard and Barfield Drive. The forms asked information relating to the sex and income of the drivers and many driving habits and routes.

Many of the people attending Monday night’s meeting said several of the questions were unimportant and an invasion of their privacy.

Scott said another public hearing will be scheduled for July to gather data during the off-season.

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Comments » 8

1Paradiselost writes:

The S.S. Jolley Bridge belongs to the state of Florida. The state is responsible for its repair or replacement, if needed. Not the residents or visitors of Marco Island or Collier County! The survey taken was a waste of our tax dollars. If a bridge is needed, we should be talking to state of Florida. Not the drivers on Collier Blvd. No more needs to be said!

strike3 writes:

The toll is needed. Boca Grand, Sanibel, Cape Coral, and there are many more all have tolls. The toll is needed. The money generated from the Jolly Bridge should also be able to help with replacement and maintenance for our other Marco bridges. That said I won't miss the people that don't need to be here, aka..... less traffic.

strike3 writes:

where does toll money go from other cities that have tolls??

Mercedes writes:

Let's charge a toll for boaters to go under the bridge. Better yet, have Enterprise build it and the job will never get done.

strike3 writes:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

strike3 writes:

WTF!!!!!!!!!!!Never remove a joeyWnuts comment!!!!!!!

Lolala writes:

Here is another project being shoved down our throats that is not needed. There is no emergency, the State of Florida inspected the bridge and declared it safe. It has scheduled minor repairs and does not view the replacement of this bridge to be a priority. Why does Minozzi feel only he is wise enough to determine what is and what is not needed on this island? Is he transferring his paternal feelings to our citizens? Does he believe that he is our father figure? If so, he needs to be locked up!

jwputnam writes:

Minnozzi is an arrogant stuffed suit (expensive ones, admittedly). It would be tolerable if he had just a little bit of intelligence, but it is not to be. His comments in council have amused me greatly for years. I really should have written them down and published a comedy book. He may have hit a high point with "animals don't drink coffee" a year or so ago, but he still does not disappoint.

This island has been cursed with exceedingly bad leadership. I still have hope for the recall and POP petitions, but if they don't get the job done, I hope that the people of Marco make an effort to elect four new serious, intelligent and fiscally conservative candidates who will work to reverse the severe damage that this (and the last) council has done to this island. Three come to mind immediately: Joe Batte, Roger Hall and Dr. Mario Sanchez, although I do not know if they have interest.

You know, the current council and administration have that norhteastern liberal attitude that Marco can "easily" afford whatever outlandish schemes that t hey can come up with. This is how we wind up with a federal budget that is only 30% (!!!) controllable by congress due to 70% dedicated to entitlements AND GROWING. People need to stop and think a little before we replace good playground equipment and bridges with more "desirable" ones.....especially when you are spending OTHER PEOPLE'S money! (Disgusted!)

PS The purchase of "Marco Man" for $10,000 of MY dollars was the last straw for me. ARROGANCE along with a dash of stupidity!!!!

John Putnam

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