Then on a hot, dry day in the summer of 1996, a driver crossing the bridge tossed a lit cigarette out of the window, igniting and destroying the bridge. Hundreds of people had to be ferried along with their cars off of the property (the sand dune is a wildlife preserve). The city of Bridgeport could not afford to rebuild or repair the bridge so now everything on the island lays abandoned and in varying degrees of decay.
I go to Pleasure Beach fairly frequently, and these are a few pictures I snapped while I was there last. I have a bunch more but I have to find them before I can post them, so stay tuned.