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Acosta Bridge rainbow light feature returns to blue after FDOT says scheme 'out of compliance' with permit

The Acosta Bridge features the JTA’s dynamic LED lighting system, which the Authority uses to highlight different events.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Acosta Bridge returned to its blue lights a day after it was lit with rainbow colors to celebrate Pride Month Monday night.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) told the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) to change the colors of the bridge lighting because it was "out of compliance" with its existing permit.

First Coast News reached out to FDOT for comment, who said questions regarding the bridge's lighting should be referred to JTA.

The St. Elmo W. Acosta Bridge, better known today as the Acosta Bridge, is a 1,645-footbridge that spans the St. Johns River, connecting Downtown Jacksonville’s Southbank and Northbank.

The office of Governor Ron DeSantis told First Coast News that they wanted to be very clear that the office had no involvement.

The Acosta Bridge features the JTA’s dynamic LED lighting system, which the Authority uses to highlight different holidays, awareness campaigns, events and other recognitions throughout the year.

Among the holidays and campaigns, the bridge has been lit for are Christmas, Autism Awareness and even orange and purple to celebrate the Jaguars drafting Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

This week, the bridge was scheduled to display rainbow colors the entire month for Pride Month. Here is a list of the scheduled lighting colors for the remainder of the month.

  • June 18 Sickle Cell Awareness - Red
  • June 19 Juneteenth - Red, Black and Green 
  • June 20-24 PTSD Awareness Month - Teal 
  • June 25-27 100th Anniversary of the Acosta Bridge - Yellow and Acosta Blue
  •  July 1-4 Independence Day Holiday Week - Red, White and Blue