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Petitioning Hillsborough County and Pinellas County Florida

Stop $4.4M From Being Wasted To Demolish The Friendship Trail Bridge

Background:

The Friendship Trail Bridge is a Tampa Bay icon. Since its opening as a recreation bridge in 1997, over 900,000 citizens have used it. According to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at USF, they have confirmed that the “bridge has a very low probability of failure (19 in 100,000 [.00019%]) under self-weight alone between 2009 and 2029.”

Meanwhile, the Hillsborough County is facing a $14.5 million budget shortfall. They are proposing to partially demolish this bridge -- rendering it useless to pedestrians, and creating a senseless eyesore in the middle of the Tampa Bay community.

Solution:

Ask for ideas and bids for how to save this great asset for the community -- not just to tear it down. We could even lease the bridge for $1/year for the next 50 years, and allow entrepreneurs, community leaders, artists, and creatives to use the bridge and make it sustainable. Fundraising and the funds from vendors and pedestrians will pay salaries, operating expenses, maintenance, and repairs.

What You Can Do:

First, sign this petition to send a message to your local representatives. Furthermore, flood the email inboxes, write letters, and call your elected officials of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties -- and ask them to stop the bid. Tell them to stop wasting our taxpayer dollars in demolishing a bridge which can benefit our community.

For More Information:

Website coming soon

If you’d like more information, you can email CamelotFlorida@verizon.net.

Thank you.

Letter to
Hillsborough County and Pinellas County Florida
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Hillsborough County and Pinellas County Florida.

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Background:

The Friendship Trail Bridge is a Tampa Bay icon. Since its opening as a recreation bridge in 1997, over 900,000 citizens have used it. According to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at USF, they have confirmed that the “bridge has a very low probability of failure (19 in 100,000 [.00019%]) under self-weight alone between 2009 and 2029.”

Meanwhile, the Hillsborough County is facing a $14.5 million budget shortfall. They are proposing to partially demolish this bridge -- rendering it useless to pedestrians, and creating a senseless eyesore in the middle of the Tampa Bay community.

Right now the county is getting ready to approve contracts to destroy the Friendship TrailBridge. But, we can give them another option. We need your help to show there is a way to save this great part of community that over 600,000 people used each year.

Help us get 238 more people to sign the petition. Please take a moment today and ask your friends, family, and neighbors to join you in saving this amazing resource for our area. Forward this email and share this link on Facebook and Twitter:

http://chn.ge/yRivJl

The movement is growing everyday as people sign the petition, talk to their neighbors, and get more involved.

Here is our plan for the next few days:

- Get over 1,000 signatures on our petition
- Launch a new Website and social networking tools to promote our cause
- Talk to engineers, planners, and anyone else to gather ideas of how to save the bridge and the spirit of the Friendship Trail
- Speak out to the County Commissioners to give us the chance to present a plan

If we are going to accomplish all that, it starts with you. We need to make our voices heard now. Hillsborough and Pinellas counties held only two forums after the bridge was shut down and every single person stood in support at those meetings.

We just want time and more public discussion to create a public/private partnership that will keep this amazing resource for our community. Let's work to find a solution instead of tearing it down.

Help us reach our first goal of 1,000 people and tell our leaders that they we want another option. Please take a minute and ask your friends to sign the petition. Forward this email and share this link on Facebook and Twitter:

http://chn.ge/yRivJl

There is no question this will be an uphill battle, the status-quo is powerful force in local leadership. But if we want this region to attract new start-ups, young people, and future generations – we need to create an amazing urban environment for people enjoy our natural treasures like the TrailBridge does. We can’t accept the status quo without a fight.

This isn’t unprecedented. New York City turned a decaying elevated railroad into an award winning park called the HighLine – and it has generated nearly $2 billion in economic activity. Similar projects have begun in Chicago and St. Louis. In Washington D.C., upstate New York and Cincinnati they are trying to turn road bridges into reaction facilities.

We were ahead of our time when the bridge re-opened 10 years ago – we can’t go back. The County Commissions are planning on spending $4.4 million to take us backwards. The only effort they’ve made was to send a letter to bureaucrats in Tallahassee that we’d like a walkway on a new bridge.

Show them we won't settle for a letter. Ask your friends, share it on Facebook, and ask everyone to join you and sign up to help save the Friendship TrailBridge. Forward this email and share this link on Facebook and Twitter:

http://chn.ge/yRivJl

Thank you for being one of the first people to sign up. Thank you for helping us grow the movement.


Sincerely,