For Immediate Release
October 10, 2023
Governor DeSantis Directs FDOT To Illuminate Sunshine Skyway Bridge
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Ron DeSantis directed the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to illuminate the Sunshine Skyway Bridge blue and white this week to honor all of those affected by the terrorist attacks in Israel.
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge Illuminated White and Blue in Solidarity with Israel
“The terrorist attacks carried out on Israel over the past few days are horrific and as Americans and as Floridians, we stand with the people of Israel in this trying time,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “As I previously directed the Department of Management Services to light the Historic Capitol, I’ve directed FDOT to light the Sunshine Skyway Bridge blue and white to show our support for Israel.”
“FDOT stands with Governor DeSantis and his strong support of Israel by this symbolic lighting of Florida’s flagship bridge,” said FDOT Secretary Jared W. Perdue, P.E. “Illuminating the Sunshine Skyway Bridge with the colors of the Israeli flag conveys our sorrow for the victims and their families of these recent tragic events.”
“There is no question that Pinellas County stands firmly behind the people of Israel as they recover from and fight back against the truly horrific Hamas terrorist attack,” said Senator Nick DiCeglie. “St. Petersburg is home to the Florida Holocaust Museum, and we are all aware of the pernicious rise of anti-Semitism across the globe. Let the illuminating of the Skyway Bridge signify our unwavering support for Israel and our continuing fight against this kind of violent, senseless hate.”
“We are lighting up the Skyway Bridge in blue and white to let the world know St. Petersburg stands with Israel and the Jewish people,” said St. Petersburg Councilman Ed Montanari. “We mourn the innocent lives lost in this brazen, heinous assault and will never equivocate in our support for Israel and its status as a sovereign nation.”
The Florida Department of Transportation’s mission is to provide a safe transportation system that ensures the mobility of people and goods, enhances economic prosperity and preserves the quality of the state’s environment and communities. The department is committed to building a transportation system that not only fits the current needs of Florida’s residents and visitors but also enhances mobility throughout the state to accommodate its consistent and rapid growth. The unique nature of the Sunshine State and its year-round warm climate provides numerous opportunities to achieve the department’s mission through multiple transportation modes including highways/streets, air, rail, sea, spaceports, transit, and the ever-expanding deployment of bicycle & pedestrian facilities.