Garcon Point toll could rise again

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A view of the Garcon Point Bridge from Garcon Point

Bill Gamblin | Press Gazette
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 12:54 AM.

The yellow brick road from Milton to Gulf Breeze is in dire need of some traffic to drop green into the toll booths, but that is just the start of its problems.

Garcon Point Bridge, which operates as the Santa Rosa Bay Bridge Authority, is waiting with bated breath if Mellon Bank in New York will raise the toll from $3.75 to $4 or $4.25 in the near future.

"Right now that decision is made by the bank," said Morgan Lamb, chairman of the Authority. "They work with the traffic consultant and then recommend if we need to raise the toll to meet the revenue necessary."

As of 2011, the bridge had trouble making its semi-annual payment to the bank and basically went into default.

With the authority going into default with the bank, leaders like Rep. Doug Broxson stepped in to help get some necessary items for the authority to operate without fear of retribution.

Last December the bridge authority reorganized thanks to Broxson's efforts to figure out a way to pay off the bridge's $550 million debt.

In June of 2011 the bridge when into default when they could not make its $2.2-million dollar payment.



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