GREEN BAY – As Mike Parkinson will tell you, there's no money in holding on to fresh fish.
"We're moving it every day, every day," said Parkinson, who owns the fish market Blue Harbor Fish & Seafood. "In and out, in and out, in and out.”
“Daily,” Parkinson said, snapping his fingers. “What comes in today is gone tomorrow."
Parkinson estimates he moves about 15,000 pounds of fresh and frozen fish a week.
But the Leo Frigo Bridge closure is throwing a wrench in the daily process. Parkinson’s shop is along the west bank of the Fox River. You can see the bridge from his parking lot.
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"My drivers are complaining about getting out of here in the morning – the traffic's backed up and they can't get out," said Parkinson. "Transportation is important to us because, in and out, in and out, in and out, everyday,” he said. “And the faster we get it out of here, the better off we are."
On Wednesday evening, Parkinson says it took one hour for a shipment of fish from Door County to get to his shop on McDonald St. on the near west side of Green Bay. Point of clarification: he says it took one hour to get to the shop once the truck got to the city. Parkinson says if those extra drive times become commonplace, it's going to start affecting the bottom line.
"On our end, time is money,” said Parkinson. “When my guys are sitting in trucks, we're using gas, we're using time, so yeah, it's going to cost us more."
It's also costing long haul truck drivers, like Lloyd Dale.
Dale's heading to the Upper Peninsula, on his way from Indiana. Drivers, like Dale, are limited to the amount of hours they can spend behind the wheel. While it might not seem like much, an extra 30 minutes because of a detour can be a lot in the long run – especially when you're not familiar with the area.
"It just slows you down – more traffic to deal with and all that,” said Dale of Lebanon, Va., who’s limited to 11 hours of driving. “You don't have many hours to drive in the day."
The bridge is no doubt a vital link to commerce and transportation here in the area – a fact Gov. Scott Walker touched on at a press conference addressing the issue Wednesday afternoon. As vital as it is, the governor reiterated several times the public's safety is of the most importance at this time.
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