SunPass explained: Passes streamline NWF tollbooth process

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Jamie Green and Amanda Babiasz staff a SunPass informational table Wednesday at the Okaloosa County Tax Collector's Office in Crestview.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, March 31, 2014 at 06:04 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The next time resident Clyde Locke heads to Destin, his journey will be more direct now that he has a SunPass.

"Trying to get down to Destin, you don't want to go through Fort Walton," Locke said.

He was first in line Wednesday morning when Mid-Bay Bridge representative Jamie Green and Orlando-based SunPass staffer Amanda Babiasz opened an informational table at the Okaloosa County Tax Collector's Crestview office.

The passes — which make paying tolls easier and, in some cases, offer discounts — never expire and they lack hidden administrative fees or charges. The entire amount a passholder puts in his account, whether online or by phone, is available for paying tolls, Green said.

Both attributes made buying a pass seem like a good idea to Ken Curring. The Crestview resident occasionally goes to Destin for shopping or entertainment.

"We cross the Mid-Bay Bridge enough during the year to make it worthwhile to get a $5 sticker," Curring said.

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