Major FL bridge to dump rainbow ‘Pride’ lights, will feature red, white and blue instead

In what we can only hope is an early sign of an end to projectile vomiting in support of those who reject traditional male-female sexual relationships, a bridge in Florida is dumping a display of rainbow lights in favor of red, white, and blue lights.

And somewhere, Gov. Ron DeSantis is smiling.

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a vital link between Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg. For the past three years, it has been a beacon of the left’s notion of inclusivity, featuring “a vibrant rainbow light display” for one week to honor Pride Month, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The bridge is operated by the Florida Department of Transportation, which decided to run with patriotic colors to honor America. The display of red, white, and blue lights on bridges will run all summer, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and will include all Florida bridges, the newspaper reported.

“That will not only wipe out the Pride rainbow lights, but other special days like Juneteenth and Mental Health Awareness Day will also go unrecognized because of the new lighting plan,” the Times bellyached.

Just last month, Gov. DeSantis declared, “We’re kicking off summer the right way in Florida—enjoy the Summer of Freedom!”

FDOT Secretary Jared Perdue stated in a tweet last week, “As Floridians prepare for Freedom Summer, Florida’s bridges will follow suit, illuminating in red, white, and blue from Memorial Day through Labor Day! Thanks to the leadership of @GovRonDeSantis, Florida continues to be the freest state in the nation.”

Manatee County Commission Chairman Mike Rahn reportedly expressed disapproval of light displays honoring Pride and Gun Violence Awareness Day. FDOT policy states that because the Skyway touches Manatee, Hillsborough, and Pinellas counties, all three county commissions must approve any light display requests.

Rahn rose above the drummed-up controversy, telling the Times that it should be up to “FDOT approval solely” because “the bridge is controlled by FDOT.” The agency has not commented on the matter.

“I do not have the authority to override the governor of the state of Florida. However, in my opinion, the lighting of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a FDOT matter and should not be left with the individual counties,” he said in an email.

Opening in 1954, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge experienced tragedy on May 9, 1980, when a large freighter collided with one of the bridge’s columns during a violent thunderstorm. The impact resulted in 1,200 feet of bridge collapsing and the death of 35 people.

As for inclusivity, one social media user summed it up well:

Tom Tillison


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