JACKSONVILLE, Fla .– The colors of the pride flag will shine on the Acosta Bridge in Jacksonville tonight, according to the governor’s office, after the Florida Department of Transportation ruthlessly ordered the rainbow lighting removed. – sky from the bridge yesterday.
“Ultimately, the lights will be back on tonight,” said Taryn Fenske, spokesperson for Governor Ron DeSantis’s office.
She says she doesn’t know who actually turned off the lights or what happened behind the scenes with the last minute cancellation of the lights.
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Late Tuesday the bridge was illuminated blue instead of the intended multi-color display. The Pride Lights were to shine all week in honor of Pride Month, which recalls the Stonewall Uprising of June 1969 in New York City, when patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn tavern staged an uprising to resist police harassment and persecution of homosexuals.
Fenske told The Times-Union, which like USA Today is part of the USA TODAY Network, that the “discussion” around lights has taken place “at the local level,” but that the FDOT is considering revisiting its own process. ‘authorization.
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority declined to comment beyond yesterday’s statement: “This afternoon the FDOT informed the JTA that our planned color scheme for the Acosta Bridge did not comply with our permit. existing. The JTA will comply accordingly. ”
The state’s DOT last week rejected a request to light Sarasota’s John Ringling Causeway with rainbow lights to celebrate Pride Month, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, also a member of the USA TODAY network.
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