I’ve been driving across the iconic Surf City Swing Bridge for 15 years. While it’s not nearly as long or as often as some people who live on the island full time, I sure will miss the sound of my tires on the bridge making the whirring sound and ker-thunk ker-thunk as I drove across the bridge. That sound meant we were finally at the beach. My wife, kids, dog and myself would all look out over the sound as we drove across every time.
But now the bridge is gone.
Some people are wishing they had a piece of the bridge, especially after learning that its remains were sent to a scrapyard with the demand that they be melted. I too, love pieces of the beach. In fact, after Hurricane Florence, I picked up scraps of wood such as 12x4x12s to take back home to build a chicken coop out of. I call the coop the Florence coop!
There is, however, one way to get a little piece of the bridge. Jeff Wenzel, a local aerial photographer / artist is selling pieces of the bridge.
Of course, some people are butt-hurt that only Jeff has the artwork for sale.
Turns out, I’ve met Jeff and I think he’s a great guy.
Should everything have gone to one person? I don’t know and I’d love a chunk myself. Then again, I’m in the middle of moving and my wife tells me that I’m a hoarder (I’m not, I am a “collector of things”), so….. I am fine not getting one. Besides, I took some amazing pictures of the bridge not long ago. Maybe I’ll upload them to this article or this site soon.
Here’s some of Jeff’s art, which you can purchase on his website here.
Here’s a video explaining why Jeff got the scrap:
Anyways, what do you think?
Do you miss the bridge?
Did you buy some of the art before it sold out?