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Contact: Amy Davies, Lee County Department of Transportation, (239) 479-8589

COUNTY TO DECREASE SANIBEL CAUSEWAY DISCOUNT TOLLS NOV. 1

FORT MYERS, Fla. (August 10, 2005) - The Board of Lee County Commissioners on Tuesday (Aug. 9) approved reducing the discount prepaid toll on the Sanibel Causeway from $3 to $2 starting November 1. The Board also reduced the discount tolls for eight other prepaid and unlimited toll options for the Causeway. The new toll rates include a provision that requires all unlimited account holders establish a minimum $15 prepaid account. The regular cash tolls ($6 for two axle vehicles) will remain the same until 2012; see chart below: Program Old Existing Proposed Cash 3.00 6.00 6.00 Discounted Reduced Toll .50 3.00 2.00 3 axle 4.50 9.00 9.00 4 axle 6.00 12.00 12.00 5 axle 7.50 15.00 15.00 Extra Axles 1.50 3.00 3.00 Motorcycle 2.00 2.00 1.00 Annual Unlimited 150.00 600.00 400.00 Annual Prepaid 25.00 100.00 67.00 Semi-Annual Unlimited 90.00 450.00 300.00 Semi-Annual Prepaid 15.00 75.00 50.00 Annual Combo Unlimited 380.00 930.00 730.00 Annual Combo Prepaid 50.00 140.00 107.00 Semi-Annual Combo Unlimited 230.00 650.00 500.00 Semi-Annual Combo Prepaid 30.00 99.00 74.00 The reduction in discount tolls is possible because of the settlement of the City of Sanibel's lawsuit against the county and the ability of the county to obtain permanent financing for the $127 million project in June at favorable rates. Pete Winton Assistant County Manager Lee County Administration wintonpx@leegov.com Phone: (239) 335-2777 FAX: (239) 335-2262 LeeWayİ 2001 LeeWay Service Center 1366 Colonial Blvd. Fort Myers, Florida 33907 Fax: (239) 278-7854 Phone: (239) 533-9297