Beckett Bridge – Tarpon Springs Is Unique even though it is not the only drawbridge in Pinellas County but 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 and not the double-leaf spans found in all the other Pinellas County drawbridges that’s what makes it unique.
It is also unique in that it does not have a full-time bridge tender on duty. Tall boats have to give notice to Pinellas County 2 hours prior to requesting a bridge opening! It stretches over Whitcomb and Minetta Bayous.
Beckett Bridge-Tarpon Springs Is Unique
The 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. You have to see the Sponge Docks, Beckett Bridge and downtown Tarpon Springs.
I’m sure you have been to the charming downtown area of Tarpon Springs with its antique stores, interesting gift shops and boutiques, and wonderful restaurants like Currents and Mike’s Blue Crab (this is Mike’s Instagram page). If you haven’t, consider a day trip there and include the Sponge Docks with its colorful history. It’s one of our favorite places and we enjoy going to the many Festivals and especially the Fine Arts Festival in April each year.
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Beckett Bridge -Tarpon Springs Is Unique