I heard a conversation on local radio the other day about this bridge.
Iconic as it is, there are folks out there that think they need to renovate it
The issue is that new cruise ships are too tall to fit under the bridge and make their way in to Tampa Harbor so the port is losing revenue.
The fixes include
- raise the bridge
- build a tunnel under the bay and eliminate the bridge
- build a new cruise ship port outside the bay
Can you imagine the work involved to raise the bridge? And not just a few feet. It’s currently 131 ft tall and I’m sure I heard the new ships are closer to 400′ . Talk about “lift off”!
OK, we’ve seen the bridge, where to now?
Last year while boating with Ronny and Donna near Lake Okeechobee we got a quick look at a Mannatee but just saw the back of them. That really got my curiosity going so when we heard how they like to gather in the ponds near the Tampa Power plant at Appollo beach I was all in.
We arrive yesterday about noon to see over 50 of those big gals and guys floating around just waiting for us to get there. Apparently, we got a bonus.Because of the colder weather (their words, not mine when we were there) they come in for the 85 degree water compared to the mid to high 70’s air temperature
We think we’re dolphins
We have been in a pool almost every day for the past two weeks. We are back to the point where we are swimming laps lazily for more than an hour most days. A little caution here, our Olympic swim team does not need to be concerned, we are not that good yet but we do think we will in great shape for the 25 metre “crawl” in the 2018 senior’s games. I tell you that so I can show you the pool where we are currently training.
“There’s an old adage: the sensation of drowning reminds you of everything you ever knew about swimming.”- Frederick Weisel