While I will not willingly go down the ICW and for sure some bridge tenders need to be slow roasted, I must admit that at times they can be superlative. I recall
a trip from Long Boat Key to Tarpon Springs. The winds had been 20-30 kt for almost a week hence the decision to come up the ICW. Most of the bridges are on a time schedule but since there was very little traffic on the water
and the weather
nasty, almost all of the bridge tenders were great. I would radio
ahead to inquire their next opening time and most responded their next opening was when I got there. Sure enough as I came within sight of the bridge, they stopped traffic and raised the bridge. It was a very..... I don't even have the word.... It was just great that there were still people like that.
My thanks to those ladies and gentlemen, it would have been a bit difficult to go into holding pattern under those conditions. Not impossible, but a hassle.