Once I parked (blue Camry hybrid on the back left) it was all on foot. The beach road still is destroyed nearly 4 years later.
There was one little patch of pavement, then more road construction. Note the free-standing bank vault to the right. That’s where we’re going!
Approaching the vault, notice the appropriate graffiti on the side: “SOLID”
Imagine this vault being surrounded by a big bank until the morning of August 29, 2005.
Not much there but the remains of a linoleum floor, and another “SOLID” from an urban artist with a sense of humor.
And bada bing, we’re in as the iron door slowly squeaks open. Actually, it’s been frozen in this position since Hurricane Katrina.
And not much inside this former Merchants Bank vault. To the right, an old safe and some lumber. (Now I know how Geraldo felt when he opened Capone’s secret vault. At least it contained a couple empty gin bottles.)
Looks like the safe had a timelock movement as well. (See the inside of the door.)
A larger room to the left had even more debris—some filing cabinets and lumber.
I have no idea what this could have been. Air holes in case you get locked in the vault?