St. Pete bans fishing on Eden Isle bridge
The last legal cast has been made off the Eden Isle bridge.
On Thursday, the law caught up with signs banning fishing from the narrow bridge between Snell Isle and tiny Eden Isle, posted about a month ago. The council unanimously approved the ban.
Before the vote, three people spoke.
Two residents---John Cappa and Robert Craven---said the bridge fishing was unsafe and brought strangers into the neighborhood with small children. There are other nearby areas where anglers can fish, they said.
Kevin Rzesz said he does most of his fishing from a boat, but said the city shouldn't further restrict fishing from public bridges. That's where people who can't afford boats fish, he said. He said Eden Isle residents bought their homes knowing that the public used the bridge to fish.
The city has now banned or restricted fishing from at least nine bridges in affluent neighborhoods including Snell Isle, Venetian Isles and west St. Pete.
Mayor Rick Kriseman's spokesman Ben Kirby said the city posted the signs banning fishing so long before the council approved the ban because it was being "responsive" to neighborhood concerns.