Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Skyway, Debby make for early trip to TIA

Here's a Tropical Storm Debby story with a happy ending.
Parrish residents Rosina and John McFadden's son, daughter-in-law and their three children were going to Alaska Wednesday and had a 9 a.m. flight out of Tampa International Airport.
Problem was the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Would it be open?
Or would it be closed, as it had been since Sunday afternoon?
Should they give the bridge a shot?
Or take the long way around I-75?
Rosina called 511 Tuesday night to find out the bridge's status.
The bridge was closed when she made the call, but got no further information.
Then she called again at 4 a.m.
Still no announcement about the bridge.
So rather than take any chances, her husband left home at 5:15 a.m. to rendezvous with the family, who'd left their Siesta Key home at 4:45 a.m.
They tried the bridge and -- eureka! -- it was open for business.
The family made it to TIA in plenty of time.
Try 6:30 a.m.

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