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Bridge of Lions lighting test receives mixed reviews

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Updated: 7/05/2013 7:44 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The city's Bridge of Lions lighting test debuted to mixed reviews. City leaders say the idea was to show the public a glimpse, hear  feedback, then head back to the drawing board.

Tom Dreisbach, who lives in the North Davis Shores neighborhood, says he was disappointed when he saw how the lights looked.

"There were comments made it looked like a tunnel entrance and it was very bright highway lights. Not what we wanted," said Dreisbach.
A dozen lighting fixtures illuminated the north side of the bridge as workers tried different colors before the crowd of thousands gathered for the Fourth of July.

Amelia Frost, who was watching the fireworks on a boat, noticed the lights right away.

"I thought it was really cool, I liked the festivity of it all," Frost said.

Project manager Marcus Pinson agrees changes need to be made before they can move forward.

"We'll go back to the drawing board, look at some of the comments, adjust where we need to adjust and plan for the future," said Pinson.

According to Pinson, Thursday night's test did exactly what he hoped it would do, which is to generate community feedback. Pinson encourages everyone who saw the lights to email him with comments.

Meanwhile, Dreisbach says he's not against the idea, he just wants it done right.

"The residents spent a lot of money redoing a historic bridge. If there is lighting, it should be something that fits that bridge," said Dreisbach.

Pinson says the city does plan on testing different tones in order to make sure everyone is happy with the outcome.

The project will cost about $200,000. Leaders are hoping a donor or group donors will come forward to help fund the project.

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