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 GIBA Swing Bridge opens per Coast Guard Regulation CFR 33:
Every Day after 6:00 pm: On Signal/on demand
Monday-Friday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm: On the hour and half hour
Saturdays,Sundays, and Federal Holidays 7:00 am to 6:00 pm: Every 15 minutes
The bridge may also open outside of the specified schedule based on maintenance staff requirements, tug and barge requests, or a vessel in distress.
Bridge Pass Accounts
Do bridge pass accounts expire?
Bridge pass accounts expire one year from the date of your last purchase and any money remaining in the account will be forfeited.
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.
Southern Roadway Sidewalk
Why wasn’t the “path” made wider?
GIBA added surface to the maximum allowable width within our ROW. Department of Transportation language specifies that a five-foot (5’) concrete surface is referred to as a sidewalk, so the southern roadway project can be called a sidewalk or concrete path.
Why does the “path” not extend to the corner of Gulf Shores south?
Charlotte County owns and maintains the roadway from the new crosswalk to the Lee County line.
Why does the crosswalk not go directly into the shopping center?
The GIBA Board in consultation with the engineers concluded that pedestrians crossing Gasparilla Road close to the curve, and to exiting vehicles (even with a flashing light) was not the safest road crossing.
Who owns and maintains the asphalt path on the eastern side of Gasparilla Road?
That path is part of the Charlotte County ROW.