In February 2020, construction of the new bridge was complete with only the pedestrian portion to be completed with the old bridge being dismantled to make way for the parallel bridge to begin construction. However, just months later during Hurricane Sally on September 15-16, 2020, a barge got stuck under the bridge before a crane fell onto one span of the bridge; this knocked almost the entire span into Pensacola Bay, rendering the bridge completely unusable
The bridge was also knocked out for months in 1989 by a barge that hit a piling doing enough damage to render it unsafe for passage. At that time ferry boats were used to transport vehicles and People across the bay but the majority of the traffic was diverted to I-10 to Garcon Point which made the normal 15 minute trip from Downtown Pensacola to Gulf Breeze close to one hour.
Class action lawsuit
As with any major disaster You might expect lawsuits to be filed. One of the first to go after the barge owner is the law group, Levin Papantonio as reported by WEARTV
The company that was supposed to strengthen NWFL’s connectivity has destroyed it. Skanska USA’s barges have battered our shores and the company has jeopardized the safety and economy of Northwest Florida. We are committed to finding a way to make things right so we can rebuild. pic.twitter.com/OkCXe6APeK
Maritime attorney John Merting has written a letter to FDOT and Sen. Doug Broxson urging them to put a possessory maritime lean on all 22 of the Skanska barges that broke free during Hurricane Sally. https://t.co/F3MxSTVRL4
The Pensacola law firm Aylstock, Witkin, Kreitz and Overholtz is calling on people who believe they are victims of the runaway barges from the contractor of the Three Mile Bridge, Skanska USA. https://t.co/nFduKCDN5R
Rumble.com is a new video platform that many are now using because of what they consider YouTube’s unfair censorship. I found it a little amusing that there are google adsense on this platform which is of course owned by google which owns Youtube so I think that if google wants to censor content they will still do so by not allowing the posting to continue to earn money if it does not meet their criteria.
Defund the Police? No, increase funding for the Police makes more sense. The people that want to defund the Police are ones that have family members that are frequently breaking the law and they are tired of bailing them out. No upstanding American wants to lose the protection from the police, that would be total lunacy. Use more money for better training and more transparency. No officer should ever be by themselves on patrol, in fact, use the extra money to make sure they start to work in groups of four and at least one of those officers needs to be black. Training should make it so that even a first-day officer must stop another officer from implementing excessive force. Each officer must have a body cam that would give at least four vantage points to investigate and even more if they are traveling by car. The car should have a front and back camera running at all times. All communities should have cameras covering all busy areas of their City.
Cameras stop crime
It is a fact that cameras stop crime, it is a criminal’s biggest fear to be caught on camera. In Las Vegas during special events, Clark county uses portable camera trailers to monitor and record activity. Those should be permanent and should cover all the high crime areas. This cost can easily be offset by allowing local businesses to maintain the camera trailer, similar to how they clean a section of the highway. The business could have their advertising on the camera trailer.
Be a shame if this Joe Biden video went viral today- Biden bragging about how he threatened to pull $1 billion in loan guarantees from Ukraine if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor, who was leading a corruption investigation into Burisma pic.twitter.com/rNr7UT50F9