Ron DeSantis Had Bridge Built in Just 3 Days
(WatchDogReport.org) – When Hurricane Ian hit Florida’s Gulf Coast near Fort Myers, it packed winds just shy of Category 5 status along with a massive storm surge reportedly as high as 18 feet. As of October 8, the death toll stood at 119, with the greatest segment in Lee County, which suffered massive damage, including several bridges connecting the mainland to Pine Island. Governor Ron DeSantis (R) announced how the only overland access to the island was opened only three days after construction began on the vital link.
Construction on the Pine Island bridge has been completed today – just three days after construction began.
Happy to have the state step in and help get our Pine Island residents back on their feet. pic.twitter.com/a8GqPoHtP1
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) October 6, 2022
While this was nothing short of a Herculean effort, the governor and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) admit it’s facing a bigger challenge when it comes to the Sanibel Island Causeway, which they believe will take several weeks to install a temporary span. That roadway is a series of high bridges connecting several small atolls over approximately 3 miles, and most of the damage is on those little, low-lying patches of ground.
President Joe Biden visited the state on October 5, and in a statement, he called it a “historic, titanic, and unimaginable storm” that will take years to recover from. If there’s a silver lining to be found, it seems the president and the governor have been able to set aside their bitter political feud to benefit the citizens in need of help.
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