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Blue Heron Bridge Possibly closing for a year!


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#1 vidodivr

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 06:53 AM

Force E posted this on their face book status today and I figured it warranted a post.
Not only losing the diving privilege for a year, but who knows the possible damage and disruption this may have on the unique ecosystem.

ALERT----BLUE HERON BRIDGE CLOSED TO DIVERS FOR A YEAR
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 Time: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location Name: Palm Beach Shores Town Hall Street
Address: 214 Edwards Lane City: Palm Beach Shores FL 33404
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will host an Open House to inform the community about the upcoming Little Blue Heron Bridge Replacement Project.
BE THERE AND HELP US KEEP IT OPEN TO DIVING
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Posted 19 August 2009 - 08:22 AM

It definitely warrants a post -- this is a gem for underwater photographers. Hope you can all be there!!
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Posted 19 August 2009 - 09:21 AM

More info, sent to me by Anna DeLoach:

Little Blue Heron Bridge Replacement Project Open House
District: Four
Meeting Type: Meeting
Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Time: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location Name: Palm Beach Shores Town Hall
Street Address: 214 Edwards Lane
City: Palm Beach Shores FL 33404
Directions: map showing meeting location
Purpose:
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will host an Open House to inform the community about the upcoming Little Blue Heron Bridge Replacement Project.

The project includes removing and replacing the existing low level bridge on Blue Heron Boulevard/State Road A1A near Phil Foster Park. Construction will begin this fall and last approximately one year.

The Open House will provide attendees with information about the scope of work, construction schedule and maintenance of traffic for this project. The Open House will have an informal format. No formal presentation will be made. FDOT and project representatives will be available throughout the Open House to discuss the project and answer questions one-on-one.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.

If you need special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, require translation services (free of charge) or would like further information about this project or Open House, please contact Public Information Officer Tish Burgher by phone at 561-640-6441 or by e-mail at Tish@QCAusa.com
Primary Contact: Tish Burgher
Primary Phone: 561-640-6441
Primary E-Mail: Tish@QCAusa
Additional Contact: FDOT District Four Public Information Office
Additional Phone: Toll Free 866-336-8435 ext. 4090
Additional E-mail: barbara.kelleher@dot.state.fl.us
Expires: 8/20/2009


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Posted 27 August 2009 - 10:35 AM

Just a thought - if any of the dozens of photographers have any shots of endangered species, might it be possible to force the Florida DOT to conduct an environmental impact study first? Keep in mind their interest is to do the project for as little money as possible, so when they say "some environmental damage is inevitable" they really could mean "we don't want to pay for a more expensive but innovative project that will protect life around the old pilings."

I think horseshoe crabs are officially listed as endangered and have seen a few comments about recent sightings. Might be worth looking into?

#5 james

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 01:12 PM

I have a photo of a horseshoe crab from the BHB - let me know if you need it.

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