THE BRIDGE IS FINALLY OPEN!!! At last the bridge now connects Ft Hamer Rd with Upper Manatee River Rd making easy access to Rt 64 and Lakewood Ranch. Some paving issues remain and traffic lights are to be installed on Ft Hamer Rd, but essentially it is now an easy commute to “the other side” of the river. You no longer have to travel to I-75 to access Lakewood Ranch and Rt 64. What a time saver this is!! Property owners in Parrish can now travel in much less time to Rt 64 and not worry about accidents on the interstate. This has been a long time in the planning and now completed. AND the Ft Hamer Park dock is completed, plenty of parking for your boat trailers in the expanded parking lot. There is a pavilion for picnics, restrooms and docks for fishing. I see property values going up in the Parrish area with this great addition to Manatee County.