Beckett Bridge in Tarpon Springs-Florida is a Unique Drawbridge

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Real Estate Agent with Sailwinds Realty
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Beckett Bridge in Tarpon Springs-Florida is one of several drawbridges in Pinellas County; but Beckett is unique in that it does not have a full-time bridge tender on duty. Tall boats have to provide notice to Pinellas County 2 hours prior to requesting a bridge opening!

Stretching over Whitcomb and Minetta Bayous, Beckett Bridge was originally constructed in 1924 and re-constructed as it is today in 1956. It is a concrete, low-level drawbridge. And, it features a single-leaf span rather than the double-leaf spans found in all the other Pinellas County drawbridges.
 

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Becket Bridge is named after a Pinellas County Commissioner, E. H. Beckett. Mr. Beckett was chairman of the Board of County Commissioners in 1924.

If you are taking a trip to the Sponge Docks; plan on a drive over the picturesque Becket Bridge. Take Alt. 19 into Tarpon Springs; go west on West Orange which becomes North Spring Blvd; continue until you see the Draw Bridge Ahead signs.
It is located next to the Tarpon Springs Yacht Club.
 

Toni Weidman, Broker Associate

 

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Toula Rosebrock
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Hi Toni:

Interesting information on this bridge.

I wonder how often the bridge needs to be opened.

Feb 11, 2011 04:01 AM #6
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Well, I would think several times a day; that's why I was surprised to learn that.

Feb 11, 2011 05:59 AM #7
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Chris - maybe that's why they don't have one anymore :)

Feb 11, 2011 05:59 AM #8
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Carol Ryniewicz
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Very interesting! Thank you for sharing :)

Feb 11, 2011 11:55 AM #9
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Great photo of the draw bridge, how interesting that arrangements need to be made in advance.

Feb 11, 2011 02:58 PM #10
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Hi Toni, you are really a wealth of information. Thank you for always sharing.

Feb 11, 2011 04:11 PM #11
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Toni...I've always found those really interesting. Nice post...Have a great day!---Rob

Feb 11, 2011 10:10 PM #12
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Carol - thanks for stopping in.

Steve - I thought so too.

Arleen - thank you - I can only try. :)

Rob - yes, they are interesting. We have quite a few in the area.

Feb 12, 2011 01:03 AM #13
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Michael J. Perry
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A lot of character in those old draw bridges. We are losing two this summer in Ocean City,NJ !!!!!

Mar 01, 2011 08:21 AM #14
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Oh, I'm sorry to hear that, Michael. I love seeing them.

Mar 01, 2011 08:22 AM #15
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Toni, Great to see that some of these type of bridges are still in operation.  They are reminders of a slower pace of life. 

When I lived in Seattle near Lake Union and it's draw bridge to the Puget Sound in the "90's, I always enjoyed hearing the boats call out to the toll bridge operator with their horns.  Not like this bridge's situation where a reservation has to be made.

Thanks for your post to the "Of Historical Interest" Group!   FEATURED!

Gloria

PS love your cat on the sidebar!

Mar 06, 2011 01:12 PM #16
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We have quite a few of the double draw bridges still in Pinellas County, Gloria. But this being a single is unique. Thank you for the feature.

 

The kitty says thank you too.

Mar 06, 2011 11:24 PM #17
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Will Hamm
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Wow Toni,  I hope everyone knows about this with talls boats, I would hate to get there and have to wait.

Jul 31, 2014 03:40 AM #18
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Hi Toni, I've been over the Beckett Bridge so many times and never knew the history behind it. It is a unique bridge being it's a single and a true beeauty.

Jul 31, 2014 04:29 AM #19
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It is unique, Beth. It was closed for a full day recently so they could work on maintenance. This is an old post from 2011.

Jul 31, 2014 06:12 AM #20
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Will, people very often do wait for the car traffic to slow up.

Jul 31, 2014 06:13 AM #21
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Toni: There is something about drawbridges that I have always found fascinating. I enjoyed reading about the Beckett Bridge.

Jul 31, 2014 07:21 AM #22
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Having spent a lot of time in Pass-a-Grille, I know the bridges you are talking about.

Jul 31, 2014 07:57 AM #23
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Kevin J. May
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Toni, I never seem to mind the bridges when I'm on the water and at least Beckett's has some character to it.  While driving around here though you could have a 10 minute wait for the bridge and another 10 minute wait for the train just to travel a mile.

Jul 31, 2014 11:01 AM #24
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Always enjoy reading about different sights in your area Toni. Nice way to showcase this Tarpon Springs bridge.

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