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FDOT closes Jensen Beach causeway bridges to fishermen over trash and traffic concerns

One local fishing organization says its willing to help keep the bridge clean
Posted at 9:28 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 23:49:01-05

JENSEN BEACH, Fla. — A Treasure Coast organization is stepping up to clean the causeway after Florida Department of Transportation officials announced that it would be closed to fishermen.

"The ridiculous part to me is that they're blaming people for trashing the bridge but there's nowhere to put the trash," said Michael Conner, Director, Indian Riverkeeper.

Conner's organization focuses on protecting local fisheries.

"If we would do a contract that basically, we would police it, take care of it, they would consider taking the signs down for sure," said Conner.

"I would understand why people don't want trash on the bridge but it's a shame to not allow people to fish," said Dave Henrichs, fisherman.

Henrichs said he used to see lots of fishermen on the bridge before the new signs went up.

"It's an excellent fishing spot," said Henrichs.

"It's a choke point," said Conner. "Water dynamics make a lot of current."

Conner said if Martin County commissioners will help form a partnership with FDOT, he will help keep the bridge clean.

"The majority of the commissioners are in favor of doing something to fix the problem instead of keeping people out," said Conner.

The board of county commissioners could not be reached for comment on the status of a partnership.