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Updated: 04/24/2013 08:18:02AM

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Why? I rode by the RaceTrac gas station on my way to St. Pete. The gas there was $3.62. Race Track in St. Pete was $3.37. I’m not a mathematician, but I believe that’s 25 cents a gallon more in Venice than in St. Pete.

Leave earlier. About bridge openings on the Intracoastal Waterway: The interstate highway system does accommodate sailboats when it crosses the Intracoastal Waterway. And very clearly, if you’re going south over the Peace River or over Charlotte Harbor, there’s a good bit of clearance on those interstate bridges and that is the height requirement. If you cannot meet that, you have to have an opening bridge. To even suggest closing the Intracoastal Waterway during daylight hours to accommodate the convenience of drivers on the road that are affected by the open bridges is an absolutely selfish, ludicrous statement. I cannot even believe that anyone with any logic is coming to that conclusion. Also, the quote that we spend $1 million a year manning the three bridges in Venice — I would like to know where that figure comes from because it could not even be close to that. The Intracoastal Waterway was a federal thing that was designed to allow safe navigation of the east coast of the United States, and there are very few spots that are not covered by it. So, if we’re going to close the Intracoastal Waterway, should we throw in the Venetian Waterway as well? This is coming from retirees who have nothing really on their schedule that couldn’t accommodate by leaving a little early just in case the bridge goes up.

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