1. The current northbound Gandy Bridge crossing Tampa Bay was constructed in 1975. While it is in good shape (see their website), it will eventually become no longer useful and be replaced. The planned new construction of the nearby Howard Frankland Bridge with a pedestrian walkway offers precedent for a recreation trail on a new Gandy Bridge. Further, the popularity of recreation trails including the Friendship TrailBridge should add credence to that scenario.
2. Completion of a “South Tampa Trail” may be considered by the City of Tampa as an exciting way to link the Bayshore Greenway to the bridge. Other options exist.
3. Completion of plans of Pinellas County’s “Causeway Enhancement” would provide the link from the Pinellas County
A completed Friendship Trail would involve a variety of experiences including urban, suburban neighborhoods, parks, 2.6 miles over-the-water (Tampa Bay) and a possible return of fishing opportunities which had been lost.