VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The new multimillion-dollar Lesner Bridge has already been redecorated and Virginia Beach residents are calling it an eyesore.
Armed with a paint can, someone tagged not just the bridge, but the sea wall on Chicks Beach and trash cans in the area
Police have investigated the graffiti and determined it is not gang related, but residents like Linda Salamon said it still makes them feel uncomfortable.
“Listen to the ocean that all by itself and then when you do find it just makes your heart feel good for me at least,” she said as she spent her day looking for sea glass on the beach.
But her relaxing walk on the beach and pristine view were interrupted by views of graffiti.
“It’s just so sad. I don’t understand why people feel the need to destruct beautiful things, but it is a different world now,” she said.
Some graffitti is on columns on the new bridge, others on trash cans and the sea wall along the beach.
“When I was a kid you didn’t go around and paint things on walls, maybe knock down a trash can cause that was fun but you certainly wouldn’t leave something where someone is going to have to pay money to take care of it,” she added.
Linda feels this could be the beginning of a downward spiral
“Once that is done, who’s to say that they won’t start damaging the dunes, the sand, throwing trash,” she said.
So much so she is fearful of walking alone at night
“If you came here later in the evening, of course, yes I would definitely make sure I was walking with somebody,” Salamon said.
As far as the images on the bridge, Virginia Beach officials say it’s the responsibility of the contractor of the bridge to clean up until the city takes possession of it — but they are willing to work together to clean up the mess.