Gov. DeSantis to lower rate at popular toll plaza in Florida Panhandle

Governor asking bridge to be under control of Florida Turnpike

FILE - In this July 3, 2021, file photo Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a briefing near the Champlain Towers South condo building, where scores of victims remain missing more than a week after it partially collapsed in Surfside, Fla. As he prepares for a reelection bid next year that could propel him into a presidential campaign, the tragedy in Surfside is exposing voters to a different side of DeSantis. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
FILE - In this July 3, 2021, file photo Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a briefing near the Champlain Towers South condo building, where scores of victims remain missing more than a week after it partially collapsed in Surfside, Fla. As he prepares for a reelection bid next year that could propel him into a presidential campaign, the tragedy in Surfside is exposing voters to a different side of DeSantis. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

MILTON, Fla. – Drivers in Florida’s Panhandle will see reduced toll rates soon along a popular bridge.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis hosted a news conference Wednesday morning in Milton, northeast of Pensacola, to make the announcement.

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The governor coordinated with the Florida Department of Transportation authorities to reduce the rate at Garcon Point Bridge Toll Plaza from $4.50 to $2.30 for SunPass users and from $5 to $2.75 for cash customers. He did not say when these tolls would go into effect.

DeSantis said the move was meant to provide toll relief to the 6,000 drivers that cross the point every day.

“Someone makes $10 an hour, that’s one hour of their day just to pay to go through the transportation,” he said.

DeSantis said he also asking FDOT to reach a settlement with trustees and bondholders to purchase the bridge and transfer control to Florida’s Turnpike enterprises.

The next steps will include calling on Florida legislatures to make these measures law to make the move permanent, the governor said.

“We understand the difficulty that many had commuting,” he said. “So we believe it’s good to provide this relief to the folks here in northwest Florida.”