Possible Solution for Beach Traffic Woes

Possible Solution for Beach Traffic Woes

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ORANGE BEACH, Alabama -

"There were a lot of people down here and a lot of frustration," state Governor Robert Bentley.

That frustration led Orange Beach mayor Tony Kennon to call for help from folks sitting in traffic over the fourth of July holiday.

"I want to choose someone to represent the Governors office who will take care of those complaints."

The governor says he's looking for a special personality to fill the position. Someone who never gets upset and can handle complaints with dignity. He has the perfect candidate in mind and holds up a sign stating "Complaints, Call Tony Kennon" and gives his phone number.

A little tongue in cheek humor to address a serious issue.

"We do need another bridge other than the toll bridge and there is maybe a public-private partnership that we're looking at to do that," says the Governor. 

The public-private partnership the Governor is talking about is the Wolf Bay Bridge project. Something folks in Orange Beach have been talking about for years. Another north-south route on and off the island.

"This is not an Orange Beach, Gulf Shores problem. This is Alabama's problem because this is Alabama's beaches and there are so many people that come here and this is there first impression of who we are," says Kennon.

The governor says the bridge could happen in the next two to three years. "We feel sure that at some point it's going to take place," says Bentley.

"Sounds to me like he is engaged," says Kennon. "Sounds like they know what the issues are and that he's experienced them."

A positive sign for a growing problem.

Mayor Kennon says part of his job is to make sure he gets the attention of the Governor and this time it apparently worked.

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