The Bridge (Isn’t that thing Paid for Yet)

Depending on what blogger you follow, our city is either sprinkled with a few speckles of mud or in a over flowing mosh pit in regards to our financial state. If you follow my Nosy Neighbor postings, you all know how curious I am about my observations about town. So when I found myself stuck at the Atlantic Beach Bridge in the bleacher seat, that would be near the toll booth and not actually on the bridge where you can take a breath or two and appreciate the water or envy the yacht they’ve opened the bridge for, I noticed a sign in the toll taker’s window for Inwood golf. I thought perhaps they were having a fundraising event because why would the Atlantic Beach Bridge put up signs?

Then my keen Spidery sense heightened and I noticed more signs.  The thing that goes up and down, yes it has a name but it’s hot and I’m having a Senior moment also had signage for a local realtor.  Hmmmmm.

Welcome to “How Not to Raise the Tolls”.  Really.

There’s actually a company that works for different municipalities around the country assisting in uniting advertisers with blank canvases.  The canvas happens to be roadway areas.  Ingenious!! states

With budgets stretched to the limit, your state roadway agency has to make a lot of tough decisions. Well, here’s an easy one. What if you could take the assets you already have–like Safety Service Patrols, toll plazas, rest areas and bridges–and generate new sources of revenue without raising tolls?

Their web site indicates they are partnered at state and fed levels including our Nassau County Bridge Authority, NJ DOT, PA Turnpike Commission and a host of others.

So as I sat behind the mini van with the ever-annoying growing stick figures of the family and pets (another ingenious idea I didn’t think of) I remembered Anthony’s articles on how to make revenue for our City. The discreet flags on the Boardwalk lights make some revenue for the City but let’s think BIG!

I’ve yet to see the blimp this year so Snoopy maybe in financial woes as well.

I say sell our beach front rooftops for a tax break (insert sarcasm) as the helicopters pass over to Southampton and beyond advertising whatever would attract the see-er of said advertisement to the advertisee and we wouldn’t see it so few would complain. Hey I maybe on to something, someone trademark this for me!

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9 thoughts on “The Bridge (Isn’t that thing Paid for Yet)”

  1. atlantic beach bridge – corrupt overpaid pension paying bridge that has past mafia links and refuses to join EZpass because of the pentions for all their ex employees with current employees who dont wear a uniform sleep in booths and are basicaly the most unprofesional bridge ive ever seen. always a pleasure to pay $2 to this shady operation.

  2. there used to be a guy who worked the AB bridge toll booth…whenever asked how he was doing, he would reply enthusiastically “Living the dream!!” – always put a smile on my face.

  3. One Day I asked him how he was doing Bryan, and I said “Living The Dream!” Cheerfully With Him, and… I haven’t seen him there since unfortunately. I only ride my bicycle over that bridge in protest.

  4. Years ago I knew somebody who worked at that bridge and was told that the only reason that bridge existed was to keep the minorities from the Rockaways off the barrier Island. I believe it’s the only toll bridge in the area that isn’t part of the port authority conglomerate.

  5. I apologize anon for the confusion. The Nassau County Bridge Authority has a fascinating history. This isn’t about the Bridge per se but to highlight the advertisements one now sees when crossing. It’s a good thing, in my humble opinion, to keep the toll cost down using the company stated in the above “Free Thought” piece.

    My English professor would have given me a D.

  6. I don’t know where else to put this, but can’t we get a discussion going about the ridiculous amount of work and closures the loop parkway bridge subjects us to? No other bridge I’ve ever seen is this high maintenance. I use the word high ironically because the bridge is so low it needs to go up to let a canoe pass by.

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