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Letter to the Editor: Resident Requests Support for Footbridge

Neighbors of the bridge say new proposal could save many trees and a lot of money.

Editor's Note: This letter comes from Cissy and Jack Bryson and Mary and James Connelly of Fox Point. 

Concerned Fox Point residents who care about the outcome of the should consider attending the Fox Point Village Board meeting on
Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. on the second floor of , 7200 North
Santa Monica Blvd. to hear the two latest reports.

Our , will
present his analysis of the footbridge and the REAL costs to restore the bridge
with an environmentally conscious approach. The Village’s consultants will also
provide their newest concept.

The Fox Point taxpayers need to make informed decisions regarding acceptable
live load limits, scope of ravine devastation and the bottom line costs involving in
restoring, replacing or eliminating our historic bridge.

We are interested in restoring our historic bridge, which will save hundreds
of trees and thousands of dollars by our proposed method. We’d appreciate
your support by attending the meeting on Tuesday. If you care to speak at the
meeting, you must arrive prior to 7 p.m. and fill out a speaker card.

Regards,

Cissy and Jack Bryson
Mary and James Connelly

Dave Koven October 11, 2011 at 02:46 PM
Just as the lion gate is an icon of Bayside, our distinctive street signs and the ravine bridge are Fox Point's. The Brysons and Connellys have generously funded a consulting engineer to help us decide to fix up this wonderful structure that connects us with our past while attempting to be easy on the environment. This effort is worth serious consideration. Please support fixing and keeping our bridge. Dave Koven
Sarah Worthman October 11, 2011 at 04:55 PM
Thanks for the comment, Dave. Seems there's quite a divide among residents, at least from what I saw at one of the last few Village Board meetings where the bridge was discussed. A couple of residents that don't live near the bridge said they'd rather see the funds used on road repairs and other things. Do you think this is the right time to work on the bridge, even when it's sort of a historical landmark of Fox Point?
Larry Booth October 11, 2011 at 07:51 PM
Dave; The bridge serves no useful function except for a handful of people who live east of Lake Drive in the secluded and exclusive neighborhood on either side of the bridge. I have talked to several of my neighbors and other residents and no one has ever used it or even knew where the bridge was. If a group of people wants to keep the bridge then I suggest they dig deep and pay for the project themselves and not expect taxpayers to fund this costly and unnecessary relic.
Dave Koven October 11, 2011 at 08:56 PM
To Sarah Worthman and Larry Booth...I certainly understand about the divide among residents. I also agree that economically, this is probably the worst time to consider a project like this. I do feel that it is a contributor to the lifestyle in Fox Point. It is a beauty spot well worthwhile for ANY resident to come check out. In these troubled times, any island of calm and beauty is to be appreciated. We've lived this long without the repairs, so we can wait a little longer. Although it is not a priority item, I still think it should be fixed eventually, when money IS more readily available. It should not be torn down. Dave Koven

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