The drawn-out Ringling Bridge saga made for some long meetings … and plenty of April Fools’ fodder. Here’s a look at the spoofs from our annual April Fools’ issue:
In 2001, the Longboat Observer claimed it obtained a 90-page document outlining the Bridge Too High Committee’s strategy to create hysteria about traffic in Sarasota to force a bridge to Longboat.
But that couldn’t top 2003, when we ran a huge aerial photo of the new Ringling Bridge under construction, taken and doctored by photographer Jack Elka, that showed the bridge noticeably out of alignment. The story claimed water currents in Sarasota Bay had moved the 800-ton section of the bridge.
An engineer working on the construction of the Oakland Bridge in California, destroyed by an earthquake, called the Longboat Observer in distress and asked that we fax him the story NOW. He was serious … and less than amused when the Longboat Observer told him: “April Fools.”
Currently 0 Responses
2 Power Networking Seminar
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
2 Florida's Children First 2014 Sarasota Reception
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
16 Pillar of Hope Open House
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
16 Business After Hours Networking Event
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Correction: Heitlers to net 75 years in April
In its Sept. 18 issue, the Longboat Observer featured Plymouth Harbor resident George Heitler, a lifelong tennis player who has played tennis for most of his 99 years and is a regular at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center.
Win big in two Observer contests
Starting in October, the Observer will now offer prizes for winners of the weather photo contest, sponsored by Manasota Flooring Inc.
Mar Vista begins dock construction
Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub is on track to have a new dock by the end of October.