PINE ISLAND, Fla.- Some Pine Island residents are upset by disposal of most of the old Matlacha bridge. A hauler is transporting huge chunks of concrete to an old airstrip in Bokeelia, where a developer wants the material crushed up.
"I am disappointed, confused and frsutrated by what is happening in our community," said Susan Chura, who lives near the site where the concrete is being dumped.
"We have a peaceful quality of life here. We don't need these big trucks hauling this material through here," she added.
Lee Co. Department of Transportation says a company named Archer-Western has the contract to demolish the old bridge. Then another company is hauling away the debris. That hauler has struck a deal with the owner of the land on Pine Island, to store the concrete there. DOT says eventually a crushing machine will be brought in to pulverize the concrete. The material then can be used as base for roads in a possible development of an air-field community with dozens of homes.
Nearby residents are not pleased.
Renee Johnson told WINK News, "We love our nature our here, we don;t want it or the wild animals to be disturbed. There has to another way to dispose of the material."