The City of Norfolk began removing the love locks from the Hague Bridge this morning.
The folks who consider the love locks a danger to life and limb — this is their actual argument — took their cause all the way to Norfolk Circuit Court, where a judge said an obscure 1919 law “forced him to summon a panel.”
The City of Norfolk had said they’re okay with the love locks. Apparently, the cost — and exhaustion — of continuing to deal with the issue has become too much, at least for now.
“The City Council would like to end the grand jury process while it considers whether to allow love locks and if so, their guidelines,” said Lori Crouch, the city’s Corporate Communications Director. “Citizens are asked not to place a love lock on the bridge while Council is considering whether to allow them.”
The city is holding onto the locks they take down. Citizens can visit Public Works Operations (located at 2205 McKann Avenue) during normal business hours.
On the one hand, kudos to the local citizens who fought and fought and fought for what they believed in until they got their way. There is a lot to be said for their diligence, passion, and endurance.
On the other hand……………………………………………..