millions handful of Ninth North fans out there, I do apologize for the lack of news over the past several months. There is truly no excuse. Things have been very busy, very hectic, but I assure you: There will be updates aplenty. Soon.
For now, I'd like to tell you about a bridge that needs some help, and it happens to exist right here in Tampa Bay. It's the Friendship Trail Bridge, and it's scheduled for demolition in a matter of weeks. For nearly a decade, the bridge was used as a recreational pedestrian and bicycling trail open to all residents (and tourists, for that matter). While the bridge could use some TLC, studies indicate that it's likely strong enough to remain intact without major restoration until 2029.
Luckily, a group of passionate Tampa Bay residents have come together to come up with an alternative to demolishing the bridge. They started a petition led by Neil Cosentino, the individual that fought to turn the bridge into a recreational trail back in the late 90's. There's also a Facebook group that anyone who's interested in doing something with this bridge other than blowing up should strongly consider joining.
We don't have to blow up this bridge. It physically connects Hillsborough and Pinellas counties and offers amazing views of Tampa Bay. It's unique, it's ours, and it's worth saving. So let's get together and figure out a plan so this bridge can once again be an integral part of our region's future.
Don't let good bridges get blown up.