A decade has passed since its completion, but the bridge is still one of the first sights Gil Waters sees in the morning. Yaryna Klimchak
Sarasota resident Gil Waters drove over the new John Ringling Causeway Bridge for the first time in a vintage car during an Aug. 31, 2003, parade held for the bridgeâ€™s grand-opening celebration. File photo
In the early 1990s, a series of breakdowns in which the old Sarasota drawbridge got stuck created concerns about emergency access. The problems and age of the old drawbridge led to a new vision.