Gulf Breeze wrangles better deal for bridge right-of-way

State officials blinked in their negotiations with Gulf Breeze City Council and agreed to pay the municipality nearly three times Tallahassee’s original offer for right-of-way to build the planned new Pensacola Bay Bridge.

The Florida Department of Transportation had offered $2.2 million for a sliver of the city’s 6-acre Wayside Park on Highway 98.

But when the city council appeared adamant that the property is worth more, FDOT raised its offer to $5.9 million, which the panel accepted in a 4-1 vote on Tuesday night.

Mayor Pro Tem Joe Henderson dissented in the belief that the city might eventually get an even better deal by waiting for an appraisal on the property.

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