Letter to the Editor: Smokehouse Bridge – again?

I just finished reading about the continuing saga of this bridge. It seems that mismanagement, lack of planning and absence of oversight are in full bloom. The bids run from roughly 46 to 60 percent higher than the original estimates, and this does not include lighting at roughly $370,000; nor does it include the $2 million for the failed design.

Now we’re looking for new bids and new design work? We could have, and should have, spent the $1.7 million to repair the bridge and replace the seawalls, and we would have already saved $300,000 from the $2 million we paid for only a design that has already been scrapped.

Larry Honig is right; my confidence has eroded to the point of nonexistence.

Quit squandering money we don’t have. Do the repairs and seawall work for the $1.7 million. Then we can all quit talking about this and wasting more time and money.

Bill Harris

Marco Island

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