Frequently Asked Questions

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Who Owns the Bridge?

The State of Florida Independent Special Tax District, known as the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority (GIBA) was created by Special Act 96-507 of the Florida            Legislature to manage and maintain the three bridges and 2 1/2 miles of causeway. GIBA is run by a Board of 5 elected Supervisors and 4 appointed Supervisors who meet quarterly.  


When does the Swing Bridge open?

The swing bridge opens when hailed by a vessel or for maintnenace purposes. Per Coast Guard Regulation CFR 33 the opening schedule is:

Monday-Friday 7:00 am to 6:00pm: On the hour and half hour

Monday-Friday after 6:00pm: On signal/on demand

Saturdays,Sundays, and Federal Holidays: Every 15 minutes


What happens if I have a bridge pass sticker but get a new car?

Each sticker is affixed with an antenna which will break if the sticker is bent or peeled off. If you get a new vehicle contact GIBA customer service at 941-697-2271 to order a replacement sticker.