PETA offers help for Friendship Trail Bridge, if fishing is banned
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07/29/09 Mitch E. Perry
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The animal rights activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), today wrote a letter to Friendship Trail Bridge Chair Frank Miller. The group says they will help pay for the restoration of the now closed off bridge, if officials agree to ban fishing off of it.

The bridge that runs between Hillsborough & Pinellas Counties, next to Gandy Bridge, has been closed since last Christmas.

The park has been used for years by runners, cyclists, in-line skaters, fishermen, and those who just like to walk across the span.

Recent cost estimates by local officials say repairing the bridge range between a minimum of $10 million dollars and as high as $19.5 million dollars.

Frank Miller, the Executive Director of a group advocating that that local officials re-open the bridge, told the Tampa Tribune it’s not his call on whether to accept or reject PETA’s request. Instead, he said that’s the purview of Hillsborough and Pinellas County officials.

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