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MATLACHA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 05: In this aerial view, construction crews work around the clock to make temporary repairs to a bridge on the island of Matlacha on October 05, 2022 in Matlacha Florida. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis delivered remarks about the completion of the bridge to reconnect the island, and Pine Island as well, to the mainland during a press conference today. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

This is absolutely incredible. The idea that Pine Island would be connected again to the rest of Southwest Florida via a temporary bridge by next Monday is just staggering. What’s even more, it looks like they’re ahead of schedule. How about Wednesday (today!)If you’re unfamiliar with the condition of the road after the hurricaneNBC2 provided this video showing the scope of the damage:

It looks totally different now. Gov. Ron DeSantis was in Matlacha today to announce that the bridge would be open to residents this afternoon. Several days ahead of schedule. This will allow Southwest Florida Pine Island residents access to get the things they need. Equally important is that it will allow crews onto the island to begin repairs to the infrastructure.  During his speech he also announced a timeframe to the completion of temporary repairs on the causeway to allow road access to Sanibel. BY THE END OF THE MONTH. There’s so much to do here in Southwest Florida but I’m so encouraged by what has already been done. Here’s some pictures from today’s event:


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