…and the Old Sunset Beach Bridge, too!
From 1958 until the construction of a high rise bridge in 2011, a one lane wooden slat pontoon bridge, opened and closed by way of hinges and cables operated by winches, served as the only route to and from the Island of Sunset Beach, NC. The bridge had several incarnations as repair work required that it be removed from the water on several occasions leaving crossing by boat the only way of crossing the waterway. In the 1980s discussions began concerning the building of a new high rise bridge. Some home owners objected because they liked the easy pace of living required by the very nature of the bridge and the sound of the horn announcing the opening and closing of the bridge to boat traffic on the Intracoastal Waterway. Some thought a new bridge would lead to more development. Others were concerned about environmental damage. Eventually, progress won out and the new bridge was finished in 2011. Residents were concerned about what would happen to the old pontoon bridge and formed the Old Bridge Preservation Society. This group, with the help of Ronnie and Clarice Holden who donated the land, arranged for the old bridge to be relocated to a lovely spot under the live oak trees. The bridge that sat so many years in the brackish water, now rests on a shady spot of land.
So what does all of this have to do with a Christmas Carol? The Old Bridge Preservation Society holds events at the bridge throughout the year for fun and fund raising. The next event upcoming is: