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$25 Million, $2 at a Time

February 8, 2012

Escambia County Commission Chairman Wilson Robertson said he wasn’t sure how he felt about the proposed $25 million project at Pensacola beach. He’s hoping to have a better idea after tonight’s Santa Rosa Island Authority meeting.

“I want to sit up in the meeting and learn what’s going on first hand,” Robertson said.

The SRIA is considering the construction of an overpass for vehicular traffic on Via de Luna and Fort Pickens Road in order to better enable foot-traffic flow between the Portofino Boardwalk and Casino Beach.

The project has met some criticism from the public because it eliminates parking spaces and may require that the toll to cross over onto the beach is raised from its current $1 rate to $2.

The SRIA board—which is, except for one elected member, appointed by the county commission—will take up the issue tonight at 5 p.m.

Robertson said he understood the desire for the project, but also knew a $2 toll would be a tough sell.

“It may not sound like a lot—$2—but you’re still doubling it,” he said. “And to a lot of people that’s a lot.”

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  • eric February 10, 2012 at 9:35 am

    These politicians hiding behind their political appointees, did not listen to their constituents. Not only are the people they represent against the 25 million dollar makeover, but Escambia county is going to need any available funds to pony up its share of 3 mile bridge replacement.( I know, folks will say its from a different pot of money, but money can be moved around in guberment accounting)
    Do the figures suggest that the additional $1 per trip will even pay the interest on the debt?

    Maybe Grover will chime in on why he allowed he directed his appointee to vote in favor. Are the beneficiaries campaign supporters? Maybe Grover is showing us what he learned in DC, spend baby spend.

  • Ames February 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Yup, a cat walk is the way to go

  • Pat Kerrigan February 9, 2012 at 11:29 am

    My commemt should have read that “There is just simply no rationale for this plan.”

  • Pat Kerrigan February 9, 2012 at 11:22 am

    There is just simply nothing rationale in this plan. If 25 million means so little to the folks who want to do this, let them pay for it themselves.

  • jeeperman February 9, 2012 at 9:50 am


    Is the 01-2012 Master Plan presentation with all the pretty pictures the SRIA is drooling over.

  • Jeneane Skelton February 9, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Why don’t they build a walk over just like the one in Gulf Breeze! Seems like that would be so simple, wouldn’t take up parking and would cost less!

  • eric February 9, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Escambia county, not wanting to be out-done, or is it out-dumbed, by the 90mil ballpark decide on a 25 million walkover, that loses parking. Idiots!

    These men are SO in the pockets of the hotel owners.
    They think little of spending 25 Million because its not their money.

  • Leroy Carter February 9, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I live in Dist 4 so if Robinson votes for this he is finished as far as I am concerned. It is stupid to eliminate over 300 parking places for this.

  • Jim February 9, 2012 at 8:11 am

    This has to be the most blatant disregard for common sense I have ever seen in my life! 25M so people can cross the street? I go to the beach all the time and I have yet to see anyone stuck on one side of the road unable to get across. This is as smart as “Bo’s Bridge” in Garcon Point. The overpass will ruin the look of the beach. Why not a walkover bridge if it’s such a problem? The toll will go to $2 today and $3 tomorrow. Seriously, how often do you see a toll go down? It used to cost 50 cents to get on the beach. This whole idea is ridiculous! Grover, I hope you’re not in favor of this or you could have major problems come election time!

  • Westsider February 8, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    A 25 million dollar elevated ramp thru the middle of Pensacola Beach that munches up 300 parking spots is freaking insane. Isn’t this the same crowd that perpetually bemoaned the lack of parking on the beach?

    Why not blow the 25 million bucks on hot air balloons (colored to resemble the Pcola Beach Ball) to transport beachgoing pedestrians all over the island. At least that would be more memorably scenic than an overpass.