March 26, 2012

The Bahia Honda Bridge - Home to a new "green" resort?

The Old Bahia Honda Bridge
The old, no longer used bridges of the Florida Keys Overseas Railroad are icons illustrating the unique history of our island home.  While some have been converted into fishing piers, others battle the elements in a test of time.

Proposed Resort atop the Bahia Honda Bridge
A European development group, Legend Systems Group, has a vision to build a "green" resort atop one of the most recognizable bridges in the Florida Keys - the old Bahia Honda Bridge. 

Proposed Resort atop the Bahia Honda Bridge
Dubbed "The Green Mile Bridge", plans call for approximately 300 rooms of various sizes and budgets, along with three to four restaurants and five to six bars, two transparent swimming pools and a variety of shopping venues. A noiseless "train" will deliver people along the bridge to their rooms and entertainment spots.

The developer submitted a modest proposal to Governor Rick Scott in October, which was forwarded to to the state Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Recreation and Parks.The State did not immediately reject the proposal.

The old Bahia Honda Bridge, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is considered part of the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail.

How will the residents of the Keys react to one of it's beloved icons being turned into a modern resort?

Learn more about the proposed resort at:


Anonymous said...

Legend systems wants to kill a hystorical landmark for some resort? There are so many resorts and such few beautiful historic attractions left. I hope the bridge stays as it is so that I may have an opportunity to show it to my grandchildren someday.

Anonymous said...

No...! Im sorry, first, I dont think it will ever pass, second the environmental impact is too great as well as the aesthetic impact.

We dont need another resort in the Keys.. and we especially dont need a resort next to one of the few remaining natural beaches in the Keys.

Honestly, they need a "train" to transport people a mile along the bridge to their rooms? And bars 50 feet above the water.. there is an accident or 100 waiting to happen.

Its currently bad enough getting in and out of Bahia Honda during busy season just to go to the beach and it is become less and less of a wonderful place to be with all the garbage that washes up or people leave that never gets cleaned up. I cant imagine what having a few hundred residents on a bridge will do for the level of garbage and noise.

It used to be a more peaceful place to go than it even is now with all the jetski's and powerboats.

Again.. I say NO..stop ruining what is left of what is natural. Leave the resort to Holiday Isle..

Tracy Larson, Realtor in the Florida Keys / 305-522-3812 said...

I agree. This is absurd and is not needed - or wanted here in the Keys. Our islands are special and unique because of what they are, not because of what someone thinks they could be. Thank you everyone for reading!

Sushine said...

This is crazy! Besides the obvious concerns, what makes them think that the old bridge will be able to carry all of that weight, anyway? These people don't even merit any publicity. They are irresponsible opportunists.

Nathan Holth said...

This is an extremely rare historic bridge... and not only one of the longest truss bridges in Florida, but indeed the entire country. I would very much like to see this bridge preserved by making whatever repairs are needed to ensure that time and weather do not lead to the eventual loss of the bridge. However, this proposal will greatly reduce the aesthetic quality of the bridge. Additionally, the surface area of the various walls of the proposed buildings would likely increase the force of lateral pressure on the bridge due to winds like those from hurricanes. Bridges were designed to handle stress from live loads and even dead loads, but their ability to handle lateral stress from wind would have been limited to that expected from wind acting on the bridge alone, not the massive increased surface area of an entire resort complex.

Anonymous said...

Great idea!

Seems like everyone likes to talk about their heritage while it falling apart. But no one willing to spend a 1% of their cash on its preservation.

Good luck Legend Systems! Break the wall of local
bureaucracy, conservatism and ignorance. Take a look at the full description on their page:

Indeed, unique concept aiming to attract few new, environmentally aware people to the Keys.

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