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8-inch-wide pedestrian bridge in Sarasota? 'I'm no engineer, but…'

Twitter followers have some fun after a county government gaffe on social media.


Piles are driven as part of the construction of a pedestrian bridge over Phillippi Creek in the Pinecraft neighborhood.
Piles are driven as part of the construction of a pedestrian bridge over Phillippi Creek in the Pinecraft neighborhood.
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Twitter followers last week had some fun at the expense of Sarasota County government’s official social media account after a posting that updated readers on a pedestrian bridge over Phillippi Creek in the Pinecraft neighborhood.

The four-part Tweet included this: “The project includes construction of an eight inch wide pedestrian bridge,’’ followed by news the work should be completed by late spring.



Wise-guy commenters followed with responses that included a reference to Sarasota’s circus-tightrope-walking Wallenda family, a comment that began with  “I’m no engineer…" and mentioning balance beams.





For the record, the $1.3 million bridge is really going to be 8 feet wide.

 

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Eric Garwood

Eric Garwood is the managing editor of the Longboat Observer and the Sarasota Observer. Since graduating from University of South Florida in 1984, he's been a reporter and editor at newspapers in Florida and North Carolina.

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