Dear Friends of Old Seven;

We are so very excited to announce that on December 11, 2013, the Monroe County Commission voted 4-1 to work with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the city of Marathon on a plan to restore the Old Seven Mile Bridge!  On December 12, 2013, the City of Marathon voted 5-0 in favor of adopting this plan.  We are on the road to restoration!

Under the terms of the agreement, FDOT would maintain ownership of Henry Flagler’s 100-year-old railroad bridge. Also, FDOT would pay $57 million of the projected $77 million in repair and maintenance costs over the next 30 years. Monroe County would pay $14.2 million, and Marathon would pay $5.3 million to help cover the cost of repairs. The county would have to pay an additional $720,000 up front to repair the Pigeon Key ramp, according to the agreement.

We are deeply appreciative of the amazing support that you have given to this effort!  In addition, we wish to thank the Monroe County Commissioners, the City of Marathon and the Florida Department of Transportation for this important agreement.  Friends of Old Seven will continue to work with the responsible entities to ensure that the entire area between Knights Key and Pigeon Key, including the Old Seven Mile Bridge, becomes a world-class facility capable of serving the recreational needs of Monroe County residents and of the hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to enjoy it each year.  Henry Flagler’s historical masterpiece will be preserved for this and future generations, while creating a new economic engine for the entire Florida Keys.

We expect 2014 to be full of positive news, which we intend to share with you as we progress along this exciting new road.

We wish you all the best for the coming Holidays and New Year.

Sincerely,

Bernard Spinrad, President