Written by Gary Wonning
The present John Ringling Bridge in Sarasota Florida was constructed a few years ago, connecting St. Armand’s Circle to the mainland of Sarasota Florida, it has become a prominent landmark in the local landscape.
John Ringling Bridge
The bridge is the present reincarnation of a long line of bridges to connect St. Armand’s Circle to the mainland. The first bridge was constructed by the then circus magnate John Ringling who used elephants from his circus to pull the logs used to construct the bridge.
He had visions of St. Armands becoming the play ground of the rich and famous, a popular hang out of presidents and such. As a result the streets on the circle were all named after previous presidents of the United States.
That dream didn’t quite pan out the way he had envisioned it, however the circle and Longboat Key has become a favorite of the more affluent of our society. Longboat Key is known to be one of the most exquisite ten addresses in the United States and as a result it has gained a lot of notoriety. The most recent claim to fame being that George W. Bush was staying at a prominent tennis resort on the island on 9/11/2001.
As a result of what the area has become, even though for the most part , presidents don’t hang out here on a regular basis, John Ringling’s dream has been fulfilled.
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Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!
He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.
For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com
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