Mathers Bridge Restaurant Merritt Island Florida

by Mike Miller
(Mount Dora, Florida)

Mathers Bridge Restaurant 1981

Mathers Bridge Restaurant 1981

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Oct 09, 2020
Mather's Bridge memory
by: Bubba Baker

I grew up in Satellite Beach until moving to IHB in 68. I was 13 and loved to fish on the bridge and even took occasional breaks in the heat (with my younger brother) to jump off Mather's Bridge and into the murky water of the Banana River.

One Christmas, my mom got me a very much coveted and highly desired (at least it was- among my peers) fishing rod and reel. I could barely contain my excitement to rush to the bridge to use it on Christmas morning! On the very first cast, - yep, you guessed it- my brand spankin' new rod and "Mitchell Garcia 302 spinning reel" went into the river.

I went home so beyond devastatingly sad that my sweet, beautiful Mom responded to my near suicidal state by persuading the man at the bait and tackle shop on South Patrick Drive to allow her to hock her wedding ring to get money to replace my rod and reel on that Christmas day!  I have tons more great stories and memories of the bridge and fish camp.

Mike says: thanks for the great story!

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