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Teaching Through



The Arts


The colorful, Picasso-like painting gracing the
cover of this edition of Arbus is the work of Ashley
Stokes, the youngest artist ever to be featured in
this magazine. The painting won First Prize in last
fall's Children's Picasso Art Contest held in con-
junction with the Arbus Celebrates Picasso event
held at Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art.
At the time, Ashley Stokes was a fourth grader at
Pine Forest Elementary School.
The Arbus contest provided the impetus for the
arts specialists at Pine Forest and Lake Forest
Elementary Schools to lead their students on an
in-depth study of Picasso's diverse career, encour-
aging the children to choose one style to emulate.
These students created more than thirty-five paint-
ings for the competition. Of these, fifteen were
shown at JMoCA.
Arbus continues to sponsor similar contests to
encourage student participation in all areas of the
arts, and is interested in locating possible co-spon-
sors. In the following article, arts education spe-
cialist Harolyn Sharpe takes a look at ways in
which the arts are being used to facilitate overall
teaching and learning skills in Jacksonville
schools.


48 ,-(,, May/June 1998


By Harloyn Sharpe

My hunch is that if you are reading this article you have
an interest in or a curiosity about "arts" opportunities that are
being provided for Duval County school children. You have
an opinion that the arts should be a part of every child's edu-
cation. You think that the arts enhance learning and under-
standing of core curriculum concepts and events. You think
the inclusion of the arts makes for better communities and
more well rounded citizens. So, do I need to preach to the
choir?! No, I don't think I need to sell the idea as much as I
need to spread information to all corners about what is hap-
pening and what can happen in the schools that are not per-
forming arts schools or arts magnet schools. There are sever-
al organizations that are providing tools for teachers -work-
shops, training and resources to better enable classroom
teachers to feel comfortable and competent in using the arts
as a medium for teaching and learning. The arts are a venue
for students to become more engaged in their learning, to
gain a clearer understanding of what they are learning, and to
show what they have learned.

The Galef Institute
Different Ways of Knowing
This fall, Brentwood, San Mateo, Gregory Drive, and
Sallye B. Mathis elementary schools will be entering their
third year of participation with the Galef Institute. Based in
Los Angeles, California, The Galef Institute is a nonprofit
continued next page 50





run. According to the DOT's Bill
Henderson, the decision should come
early next year. The Draft
Environmental Impact Study, after
approval by the Federal Highway
Administration, will be circulated to
various agencies, elected officials, and
appropriate interest groups. After a
public hearing in St. Augustine, a Final
EIS (with a recommendation) will be
drafted and circulated again. The final
step is the Record of Decision the
DOT's official pronouncement of the
bridge's fate.
"If things go on schedule," says
Henderson, "the decision should be
announced in the first quarter of 1999.
Either construction or rehabilitation is
due to begin in 2001."
The Bridge of Lions as Art
In the meantime, those determined
to restore the Bridge of Lions are
actively soliciting support through peti-
tions, bumper stickers, publicity and,
most recently, an art exhibition. In
August, the Save Our Bridge Committee
teamed up with the St. Augustine Art
Association to sponsor a special exhibit
entitled "The Bridge of Lions: Spanning
the Generations."
"The show featured art that show-
cased the Bridge of Lions," says
Theresa Segal, Co-Chair of the event.
"It was a celebration of the beauty and
historical enrichment that the bridge
brings to our community." Juried by
world-renowned photographer Anna
Tomczak, the show included artists' cre-
ative portrayals of the bridge, children's
representations of the bridge, and works
from private collectors. "The show was
a great success," says Segal. "I think it
helped increase awareness of the trea-
sure that is the Bridge of Lions and the
grave danger that it faces."
Julie II I '... *.. McGuire is a free-
lance writer and public relations con-
sultant based in St. Augustine.


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'Lions'

continuedfrom page 43

Roberts, whose official title is "Professional U.S. Coast Guard
Licensed Master and First Class Pilot of Vessels of Any
Tonnage," is a 30-year veteran on the waterways, and he
would like to see the Bridge of Lions restored, not replaced.
"There are two main reasons for the barge accidents of
the past," says Roberts. "Inexperienced operators and pres-
sure from the companies to meet delivery deadlines, which
causes the operators to ignore currents. The DOT could estab-
lish regulations requiring that all barge transits be made at
slack tide and never when winds exceed 25 knots. Many
Northeastern states already have this requirement in place," he
adds.
Although the DOT will make the final decision on the
bridge's fate, so strong is the Coast Guard's concern about
navigational safety that they have threatened to invoke the
Truman-Hobbs Act of 1940. This previously obscure piece of
federal legislation gives the Coast Guard the power to "order
the alteration" of a bridge that is deemed to obstruct naviga-
tion. Some question whether "alteration" could mean ordering
the replacement of the Bridge of Lions.
What Lies Ahead? The Denouement of the Drama
When will this ongoing conflict be resolved? While
divided in their hopes for the final outcome of the plot, the St.
Augustine audience is more than ready for the denouement of
this drama, which has been playing for much too extended a


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'l1i.at Peopfe Are Saying About the Bridqe


In faIor ot retor.iltion.
"I [hnk oft he Brid'e of Lion justI likc a btuildine. It',
ledit..inariean Re\i al t\ Ile. tihe samine a, ie timlner Ponci:'
de Leon Hotel. \\lhl, i, no', Flluler Collee. If Fl.Itile
Collegee needed lepal. ,oi. ld '"e ear it do~J n.i No. \e.
i\\ uld ir I [ preei\e it.'" L Tlh.., ,it -li lilti i o ../


"The Bridee of Lions is the critical \ 'i-ual ienitr tI a
L il, lior e \ er\ lifeblood s [otlrirn .md \\ hoe to'. in plan.
1101 il. itnd' duil huildini-~ it the ba'i, fol its National
Hitint. L.indmia.k ttinis. AlthoLnLh onl\ 1 ,ears old. tihe
hi idte 1s. \e\ iliuch a part of SI AIueti. iine'. sio.l. Aind Js
itlitli Frmlilner olnce ioite. "Tourislt do not o o20 1 .'Il
la l l ha I,',-il it' Oltil. L)i Ri,, HM t. D i .fi .i'lill' tIe
. I I i E P. 'it '. t Loiii ELm, iiua il r itii ( 1ii 0n i t
Fi. i i', (. '.l / ,1 t LLa

"E en people n\ho i-1 an a nlie hi IdE-e don like the
allil't rendcrini2 presented h\ ihe DOT It ', iiiodemn.
.nium.reie bride taller. hbu ei. '.hiler \\ hat 'li otld %Aie
di t r tin o a\e ilir hlid e-.' Rai.- till. h. .ItI .t ,.-
[l/I l Ii'tls i C ./ \ / ., Si 1livi1i',i t li 'i1 . li i III'i l'
RA Ii i B. IJ

"Tic- -il\ hclleeftiidl\ ,it a repldLecTlitCn hridce 'itlid
he the h.llee ind.iusri \\e donl' \\want it I'-e a ke' land-
Iii.ik of St Auc'tuiinle .ind tlhe I0'1' itcal estate h,",Im for
[heir benefit Reiceniher. Geor_,e \\ha'hini-rtin had been
dead tnil\ 5i \ea1r' \\lleri iioTnll e ,\ nied [t. [rll NIlounlit
\.inol n 11110 .il1 l l cillten pai k People fi.U'hli to [ .a\ e II.
11id v.C nuiuiN[ tihil o10 a3\c [le ride id Chuhit Ti,.l \ Ix .
Pit 'iit i. F l ,iI ,"I StI 41lulltlIt 4i, hl llht L i

"\\V!ncri hjare hili the ieide '- i tender,. ,onime people
SJnil [ti hblime the Inllce. It'. like the\ ie .,\ ini.. "The
bridge g''r in ithe x 1i.'" never l.tiltiti the h.n ge otper.itir
The himid,.e hliould l e !t'i'it'd hbe>unIe of Its helnil\ Jnd 11t
de'"ltn. x\hlict' refIlec i tlie a,-.'iitecitre ot S[. ALIOU' ,[ille
The tilh %n 1unld le los-t lxiltlit tihe Brid'e ,t Lionti
C,11i. 1 l l t-. l ,A /.l P ',' 1 ,lul / '1 L.-,, ( ud

"I IIt l,'t


In fa .I.i of ilplac ilenit .
"A'1 St..\iciIuIne natli'e. I lo\. l hait bridge but al
lhe 'aile nline. I ha e it be practical. The current li .idc
repic',iiit .i boi[lene.k till North-Souih nIla ig.iiion in
Floiida Stime people elected v. hei the ea \\%all\\..
m-o\ ed tn older to nallke Bj\ Steet. n0\\ A.cnlildJ
NIenctide7. into four l.tnes. \\ here oulti \\ c h1e it iihe\
hadn't done thati" Bill ). :.. R r, .1 Pc,'hita B,, hit ii
Baid f ,'r 'ht it. .l.l i

"The nimt ha, come to replace the Bridge of Lion'
It's io longer al'e it, opciate lii ih alii. 'iint of traffic '' e
haxe. and it doe'i mieel tile requirenenit, ot iodai. The
Coast Guaid i'. uinhilappi ill it. lite DOT is unhapp,. %\ iIl
it. a1nd I alli unlla'1 p \ ih iht.'" i/ \ H[, ,.,.: fii i


"Mlst people !io uint to rc'tore the old hbude lite
on Ilhe IIx\ sidee. oit A a resident of A.-n'tja.ta [land. l'im
.onrcened about lthe jafel\1 o l.i fail\ .nd ,. heiher ithe
Brid.ie oI Lion,' .'uld li.indile an e\Jal.'itiiin hetiore ,in
Ijpiplia'I.'li lh nil tanc Bi Leu', i 1 t \wiiit, iii. Cior


"-The Bi id.-'c o" .f[ in i, obhiolehte .j1.1 1.1.ii'iiLIN 10 [lhe
puhhle alnd i -crrnlenl. Abouiit ll,' i of the Bridl'c of Lionn
need', replacing. .. o h-i not build a nei. one The D( )T
c.alri ,i\e 1 1 ne ., hridl e \'. ili ia Lt.'e 'side \ ie .. nice aiclie',.
.1 nlice feeling. jabo tI it.'" P, ., i, 1Iri, /'..n .* 1, ,liii


"It \a'. .1 be uttilul old hi dee. buti it hIa. ,i \ed its pil-
p eC. Ni\ i. ithe [lilne lor a lepji.elen il bridge. Sa. ill tlie
Brd,'e oit L!', ln \V.OUld he .1 leOIIIl.[' llcon project. tnol a
re'lir.atin priiject. I'd ihat dde to addle mi 'randkid' \ih
dealing illi the tr.ittil lain i t re.ite. iiiv- T/i. i-, .
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312 Bridge), another span joining Anastasia Island with the
mainland. Located about four miles south of the Bridge of
Lions, the 312 Bridge will be widened from a two-lane to a
four-lane bridge in 1999. That bridge should appeal to
motorists who want a quicker trip across the Intracoastal and
will also be a principal hurricane evacuation route.
To those who contend that the Bridge of Lions could be
closely replicated in a new structure, the Mayor responds,
"That just won't happen. There are two separate sets of design
and construction guidelines that will be in effect, depending
upon whether the bridge is restored or replaced. If the bridge is
considered a historic restoration project, federal guidelines
mandate that it be returned as closely as possible to the way it
originally looked in 1927, with wrought iron style railings,
lamp posts, light fixtures, etc. more authentic and more
beautiful than it is today.
"But if the DOT decides to build a new bridge, a whole
new set of guidelines will be used, using modern technology
and engineering and based on cost efficiency. The scale and
dimensions the entire look of the bridge will change."
A Relative Newcomer But A Treasured Symbol
While some may call the Bridge of Lions a newcomer
when compared to the city's other historic sites that date back
to the 16th Century, it is an integral part of the architecture and
skyline of the Oldest City. And it is a significant part of
Florida history. Because of its relevance to the land boom of
the 1920's and its importance to the historic city plan of St.
Augustine, the bridge was named to the National Register of
Historic Places in 1982. More recently, the National Trust for
Historic Preservation put the bridge on its 1997 List of 11


Most-Endangered Historic Places.
Enter the U.S. Coast Guard
Impacting heavily on the DOT's bridge decision will be
input from the U.S. Coast Guard, which has the responsibility
to maintain the Intracoastal Waterway. Coast Guard officials
are worried that the Bridge of Lions has only 76 feet of hori-
zontal clearance, significantly less than the 125 feet required in
newly constructed bridges. They point out that more barges
have hit the fenders of the Bridge of Lions than any other on
the Intracoastal. Since 1982, the fenders have been struck 30
times.
"But there are ways to avoid these accidents," contends
Janis Williams, Save Our Bridge Committee member. "In the
past, most fender bumping has occurred because barge captains
were attempting to pass under the bridge during periods of
heavy currents, rather than waiting for the recommended 'slack
tide' the calm water when the tides are changing."
Williams points out that since 1996, when the Coast
Guard installed "lay-up dolphins," large wooden pilings on
either side of the bridge, there have been no accidents. These
structures allow barges to tie up and wait for slack tide. The
Coast Guard currently "recommends" but does not require that
barges use lay-up dolphins in the interest of safety.
John Winslow, Chief of the Bridge Section of the 7th
Coast Guard District, explains why: "The Intracoastal is a
commercial waterway. If commercial traffic has to wait at the
mooring dolphins, companies will be losing a lot of revenue,"
he says.
A Tugboat Captain's Perspective
Tugboat captain Vince Roberts agrees with Janis Williams.
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Bridge of Lions DramaBuiCds


in 9istoricSt. Augustine
by Julie Thordarson McGuire


A critically important drama continues to evolve in the
nation's oldest city with a diverse and emotional cast of
characters that could rival a Shakespearean play. The com-
pelling central theme is the fate of St. Augustine's Bridge of
Lions. One might say, "to replace or not to replace, that is the
question."
The starring players include the Department of
Transportation; the Federal Highway Administration; the U.S.
Coast Guard; the town's historic preservationists (who obvious-
ly want to save and restore the bridge); a group of citizens who
want to tear the bridge down and build a new one; and the
Bridge of Lions itself.
The plot has been thickening since 1981. when the
Department of Transportation (DOT) discovered a number of
structural problems with the bridge during a routine inspection.
When the DOT recommended building a new bridge, there was
a chorus of protest from many St.
Augustine residents. Yielding to
pressure from the public, the DOT
performed what were described as
"effective repairs."
But as time passed, some
feared that those repairs might no
longer be adequate, and in 1989,
the City Commission asked that a
new and detailed study of the
bridge's condition be done by the
DOT. That study's conclusion pre-
sented two basic alternatives: reha-
bilitation of the existing bridge, or
replacement of the existing bridge
with a new two-lane bridge with a draw span.
DOT Is Directing the Show
The decision on which alternative to pursue will be made
by the DOT, which has recently completed the first step in the
process, a Draft Environmental Impact Study (EIS) that took
two years to prepare. "The Draft EIS is a compilation of envi-
ronmental studies and analyses pertaining to alternatives for
the bridge," explains DOT Project Engineer Bill Henderson.
"It does not contain a recommendation at this point." Each
course of action has zealous supporters, and the topic continues
to be hotly debated in public forums, at dinner parties, in bar-
ber shops wherever people gather in the Oldest City. To
say that passions run high on this issue is a serious understate-
ment.
"Dixie's Most Handsome Span"
Built in 1927, the bridge is a pre-eminent example of the
Mediterranean Revival architecture that is associated with the
famous Florida land boom of the 1920s. The town's Spanish
heritage is reflected in the bridge's graceful arches and tile-
roofed towers, harmonizing perfectly with the nearby towers of
the Castillo de San Marcos, the Catholic Cathedral, the build-
ing that once was Henry Flagler's Hotel Ponce de Leon, and
the town's only "skyscraper," the six-story structure that is now


First Union Bank.
The original bridge joining the town of St. Augustine with
Anastasia Island was flat, wooden and unattractive. When it
needed replacing, visionary community leaders decided to
build a "million dollar bridge" of concrete and steel that would
complement the city's ambience while opening Anastasia
Island for development. The public overwhelmingly approved
a bond issue to finance the project, which was described as
"Dixie's Most Handsome Span."
When the new bridge was completed, Dr. Andrew
Anderson, a wealthy resident and friend of Henry Flagler,
donated two majestic lion statues to stand guard at the Western
end. Modeled in Carrara marble by Italian sculptor F.
Romanelli, the lions and the bridge that they protect have
become internationally known symbols of St. Augustine.
An Aging Leading Lady With Problems
Today, some might compare the
Bridge of Lions to an aging leading
lady in dire need of a facelift.
Others contend that the star should
retire gracefully and be replaced by
an ingenue with more sparkle.
Indeed, the elements and increased
auto traffic have taken their toll on
the structure, and irritating traffic
jams are becoming more common
in St. Augustine. In addition, the
bridge's 76-foot span does not meet
the Coast Guard's minimum require-
ment of 125 feet (adopted in 1996)
for newly constructed bridges, mak-
ing barge clearance difficult in certain currents. The issue of
safety is a frequent topic of discussion.
Those who favor building a new bridge argue that traffic
problems would be alleviated, barge accidents reduced, and
potential danger lessened.
Besides, they say, the Bridge of Lions isn't that old, and a
new one could be built to look just like it.
The Mayor Responds
St. Augustine Mayor Len Weeks begs to differ. "Based on
discussions I've had with the DOT for the last seven or eight
years," says Weeks, "I'm 100% convinced that a restored
bridge would meet today's safety standards for pedestrian and
vehicular traffic, and the DOT concurs.
"And regarding the traffic issue: there is a common mis-
conception that a new bridge would be four lanes," he adds,
"but the DOT has ruled that out. It would be a two-lane bridge
with a draw required to open on demand for every boat too
high to pass underneath not on a schedule, like we have
today. Think of how that would impact traffic and the
motorist's ability to time a trip over the bridge."
Weeks also points out that construction is currently under
way on the Mickler-O'Connell Bridge (known locally as the
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T-he Afhambra Y Keeps

the 3Busin ess in

Showv CBusilness
b\ Angela Tau BaileN

Non-pro'ii theater is definitely alihe and well in
Northeast Florida. But another r pe of theater is also cele-
brating a long. continuous run in Jackson ille. the
Alhanbra Diinne Theater is no%\ in its 31 st ear. The
Alhambra produces se en Broadway-,si.le show s a \ear.
preceded b\ fine butfcr diini, and it operates like a busi-
ness: it shol a. profit e\ er \ear.
Accoidilni to MNarketing Director Ste\ e Osborn.
Aliambra o\ ner Todd Booth is ustifiabl\ proud of hisN
theater's local economic: and cultural impact. "AnnuallN.
The .-\lhamhra has a $2.5 nmllion impact on the
Jacksonri rlle ec>nolnt. We spend about li.sitIill each
ea;r on .id\i ltisin\. \e employ nearly\ 1010 people and
donate ten, of thousand, of dollars \\ orth of tickets to
cha ities of all i\ pes e\ eri ear." ,a, s Oshborn
O)-born L.ontinue,. "People usuall\ think of the aris a.
somnlehinLE funded b \ grant programs and Lorporallons So
I thinkk it's refreshing to kno>\ that a business like otirs i,
able to both support itself in the arts and support local
chlarlle. % while iunultaneousl\ contnbutine to the eco-
nomic \ ell-bein, of our community. "
"And \ e do it b\ offering a product-musicals and
comedie-s are our forte-that attracts more than a hundred
thousand people a weai." he :sa\ "\-hle \~e can't com-
pete irth the sale of a large Broadvl national touring
hoi\. ire can oftei an intimtac\ of theater that can't be
gained in a larger 'enue. Etern seat at the Alhambra is
lose to the stage The audience .an see the actors. teel
their emlotionll. and enter into the theatrical experience
nore directly .
At a time \ hen man\ theaters nation% ide ha\ e found
II econolmcallh necessary\ to s'\ Itch from for-profit to non-
profit status to take advantage of the many funding oppor-
tunities at; lable to non-profit theater s. Tod Booth choos-
es to remain for-prutit. Wh\ would Booth choose the
touuher route' In a w' ord. control.
\\hen Booth decided to pluchase the Alhambra 13
\ears ago. he had been anistic director and general manag-
er for si. \ears at one of the nation's largest tor-profit din-
ner theater chainss But Booth \vas equallNy %ell-\ersed in
non-protil theater manaemrenit from prior years moiking
in ommnunit\ and university\ theater. and fiomi consulting
for sltae and federal art agencies;. including the NEA.
The chance to personally conntll e\ ei element ot his
art forin prompted Booth to commit to a fror-profitt sce-
nario. and lie', neier looked baLk. Answvering onl\ to the
audience.. Booth's Alhambra keeps the business in shol\
business And like amn good businessman. Booth is grati-
tied to kno\ that his shl business L continues t be i~cll-
recei' ied as an enrichment to the cotinmunit\


Campus. Opening, 6-8 pm. 620-2023.

7-23-The Gingerbread Lady, Neil Simon. ABET. 716 Ocean Blvd. 8
pm; matinee, 2 pm. 249-7177.

8-Kevin Sharpe, pianist. Friday Musicale. 645 Oak St. 11 am. 355-
7584.

8-Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Mozart & More Series,
Fabio Mechetti, conductor. Jacoby Symphony Hall. 8 pm. Coffee
Series, 11 am. 354-5547.

8-10-Les Miserables. FCCJ Artist Series. Moran Theater. 8 pm;
matinees 2 pm; Sunday, 7:30 pm. 632-3373.

9-Black & White Show. St. Augustine Art Association. 22 Marine
St. Opening, 5:30-7:30 pm. 824-2310. Thru January 27, except
January 18-22, during Tom Lynch watercolor workshop.

9-Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Mozart & More Series,
Fabio Mechetti, conductor. 8 pm. Flagler College Auditorium. 8
pm. 354-5547.

10-Bob Brown Puppets, Prokofiev's Cinderella, Jacksonville
Symphony Orchestra. Jacoby Symphony Hall. 3 pm. 354-5547.

12-Curious George. Theatreworks. Florida Theatre. 10 and 11:45
am. 353-3500.

14-15-Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Series,
Fabio Mechetti, conductor. Jacoby Symphony Hall. 8 pm. 354-
5547.

15-Daniela Pellaud, Installation & Juried Student Exhibition.
Alexander Brest Museum, JU. 743-7354.

15-30-Beast on the Moon. Theatre Jacksonville. 2032 San Marco
Blvd. 8 pm and Sunday, 2 pm. 396-4425.

15-Die Fledermaus, London City Opera. FCCJ Artist International
Series. Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. 8 pm. 632-
3373.

15-Piffaro, The Renaissance Band. Riverside Fine Arts Series.
1100 Stockton St. 8 pm. 389-4952.

16-Cecile Licad, pianist. EMMA/Flagler College Concert. Flagler
College Auditorium. 8 pm. 797-2800.

17-Secret Garden. Theatreworks. Florida Theatre. 2 pm. 353-3500.

20-Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Tiny Tots Concert. Orange
Park Methodist Church. 9:35 am. 354-5547.

22-Creative Influences in Secondary Music Education, John
Larson, Director First Coast High School Chamber Singers. Friday
Musicale. 645 Oak St. 11 am. 355-7584.
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Save 'The


!Bridge:


The facts

FACT 1: The existing bridge.
built in 19'2. i on the Nntional
Reis ier ot Histonc Pl.aces.

FACT 2: The Bi ldce of Lions
m.ide the list of Al/It ni a II
\l.t, E' a llo.d en.-J' Hiti. 'li PIa 5^ ,
b\ the National Trut for Historic
Presern aton for 1 \I.'

FACT 3: The Department *ff Tiranportation h..- determined that taou lane
hibdge mt ll not Nsignitficantil improve tratfiL co.nges!i.l on All .ltemL(ati no\\
heing considered are t< i line. dratt span strictlures Theiefore. a ne bhi idge
t ill not impto e traffic tlos.

FACT 4: S.lety is ihe Depanment of Transporiatlon's priniar concem.
Whether restored .,r replaced. the bridge will he :I safe 'tructuie.

F.CT 5: The res,,,loni'm 'ption \i ll iepltcc a \ersi high perc'entai e of the
e\Lstlng structure. IFact. The Got emnien Hotuse \ das almost cornpletel.
rebuilt in the mid- 191.3t. \et is still considered a prime e\anmple at our cit. '%
historic ic lcihie ure. I

FACT 6: A ne\\ bndge t would become -,ubject 0t current Coast Guard regula-
lions %i which require all dra;\ bndges to) open for marine traffic on demand.

FACT 7: The e\ilting bridge channel i, 76 feet itde Cunient U.S. Coast
Guard standards tfo honzontal clearance is 125 feet The ec\lus\i purpose ot
a nec\ bridge \\ th a w ider span i, to accommodate minre barge traffic.

FACT 8: The replacement option presenil. being considered ill raise the drn-
i nP surface ot' the ne bnide br appro\imn:tel\ feet Hote\erc. the draj\
span will .lso he deeper: vertical clearance for boat traffic \ on't significantl\
imlp)rove.

FACT 9: The bridge fenders had been siruick bi charges se eral times until
li)b. \\hen the L S. Coast Guard constructed lat\ up dolphins north and south
oi the bridge. allom ing barge, to ie up and av.ani slack tide for hr her rip
through the bridge. There has not been another incident ol i charge 'inking the
bride since then.
Prepared b\:
Sa\e Our Bridge Committee
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St. Augutiine. FL 321.,85


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