MANATEE - This has caught backlash from many petitioners in the county. The environmental agency Manasota 88 as well as two former county commissioners are included in the list of different groups that filed a petition Wednesday asking for a state administrative law judge to hear their case against the Florida Department of Transportation.

"Keep the bridge as is and also maintain it as it has been. Building a new bridge is not only going to be environmentally damaging but also extremely expensive and it's an expense that's not necessary," Manasota 88's Glenn Compton said.