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Who is from Tampa/St.Pete and remembers the collapse of the Sunshine Skyway in 1980?
4-13-2012 | POWERSBOOTHEFAN

Posted on 04/12/2012 9:20:24 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN

I was going on four in 1980 and I don't remember hearing about this on the news. I was curious if anyone here remembers it or was actually stuck in traffic after the collapse.

I watched a video about it on YouTube.


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1 posted on 04/12/2012 9:20:37 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

I remember it well. I was a young woman living in St Pete and working as a bank examiner. Thankfully, the bank I was assigned to on that day was in Tampa and not Bradenton. It was a stormy and foggy morning. We were driving to work when we heard the news, and we could not believe it. Later that week, I drove out to Ft DeSoto, where I could see from across the bay how much of it was knocked down.

A lot of people were afraid to drive over that bridge. It seemed to go straight up and straight down. I didn’t like it, myself. The rescue workers were really shaken. I remember one talking about recovering the bodies from the Greyhound bus and the horror frozen on their faces. One lucky guy in a pickup truck survived because his truck landed on the barge instead of in the water. A lot of cars went over the edge as visibility was so poor. I remember one man stopped his car just short of the edge and warned others by standing at the edge waving frantically. It was a really sad day.

I was a native of St Pete, but I married and left the area in 1981.


2 posted on 04/12/2012 9:38:01 PM PDT by Montanabound
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To: Montanabound

Isn’t a part of it still there,next to the new one?

My mother had to drive over it a year or so ago and pulled over to the side because she started to panic. I’ve never been across it but I saw it from a distance in the video I watched.

I would be afraid to go across it,too. It’s so high up.

I think the man who just stopped short went to get his golf clubs out of the trunk!


3 posted on 04/12/2012 9:42:45 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you,Pumpkin. You are the best cat in the world. You're my Sweet Pea.)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN
I was stationed at MacDill back then. I just heard of the tragedy happening but I had no direct experience with it.

I remember individuals that had previously commuted over the bridge had a drastic change of lifestyle after that.

4 posted on 04/12/2012 9:49:48 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

The causeway-type approach sections of the old bridge are still there and have been turned into fishing piers.


5 posted on 04/12/2012 9:50:38 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

I grew up in dade city/ pasco co and remember 2 incidents regarding the sunshine skyway being hit by large ship or barge. However, i was a teenager at the time and only remember that is was a tragedy leaving many injury and dead. I’m not sure that greater detail would make it any more real than it already is to me.


6 posted on 04/12/2012 9:53:24 PM PDT by jmclemore
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

Some cards at the St Pete Times wanted to headline, “Ship Hits Span.”


7 posted on 04/12/2012 9:54:27 PM PDT by Poincare (Reality is not a fool.)
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To: higgmeister

I’d need therapy after that.


8 posted on 04/12/2012 9:59:02 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you,Pumpkin. You are the best cat in the world. You're my Sweet Pea.)
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To: Sherman Logan

I don’t know if I could go there. It’s too sad,even though it’s been 32 years.


9 posted on 04/12/2012 10:00:44 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you,Pumpkin. You are the best cat in the world. You're my Sweet Pea.)
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To: Poincare

Sounds dumb to me.


10 posted on 04/12/2012 10:01:44 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you,Pumpkin. You are the best cat in the world. You're my Sweet Pea.)
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To: jmclemore

Correction : I wasn’t as old as I thought. I just forgot the dates were earlier than I remembered.

The Blackthorn tragedy 1980 - I was 9 yrs and had lost my grandfather that year.

The Summit Venture disaster 1971 - was not even a year old so I must have remembered it from the new coverage in 1980.

Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_Skyway_Bridge


11 posted on 04/12/2012 10:03:09 PM PDT by jmclemore
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12 posted on 04/12/2012 10:06:18 PM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

I was impressed with how they rebuilt it. I have driven over the new Skyway several times, and it is not nearly so steep; more like a causeway. I was pleased with the design. They left quite a bit of the old bridge there, making fishing piers out of it. Before the old bridge was knocked down, I fished off the catwalks with my dad a few times.


13 posted on 04/12/2012 10:13:51 PM PDT by Montanabound
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To: Montanabound

It’s just so high. I don’t have a fear of bridges but that one would make me nervous.

It is pretty amazing how they rebuilt it. The math and science that went into it are incredible.


14 posted on 04/12/2012 10:24:31 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you,Pumpkin. You are the best cat in the world. You're my Sweet Pea.)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

I am not from the area... I watched a Youtube with an emergency call about the collapse after reading this thread - absolutely horrific. At first, when I saw the thread title, I thought of the tragedy the next year in Kansas City ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyatt_Regency_walkway_collapse ), which I remembered very well from news coverage.


15 posted on 04/12/2012 10:30:21 PM PDT by PghBaldy (Obama is afraid if he needs to start a fight with Catholics. He's losing the women's vote!!!)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

I have a fear of high bridges and spans and even not so high ones.

I have bad dreams about going over a HUGE bridge that is like a hump with no guardrails. I know, I need help! lol

I got afraid of heights more as I got older. I don’t know why.

There is a long span of bridge over rivers crossing the southern TN border into AL on I-65. It’s safe but I drove over once in the dark and it was raining and I was, I should say, cautious.


16 posted on 04/12/2012 10:32:34 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useless.)
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To: PghBaldy

I watched that video,too. It really is horrific and chilling.


17 posted on 04/12/2012 10:39:14 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you,Pumpkin. You are the best cat in the world. You're my Sweet Pea.)
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To: Fledermaus

my mother developed a fear of heights when she got older,too.


18 posted on 04/12/2012 10:40:15 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you,Pumpkin. You are the best cat in the world. You're my Sweet Pea.)
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To: Fledermaus

Never been on the Sunshine Skyway, but recently drove from Buffalo to Toronto and there were three bridges that were the highest, steepest, and longest ones I believe I’ve ever been on, and not to mention pretty narrow. I was fine, but for those who have a fear of bridges, these would have absolutely freaked those people out.


19 posted on 04/12/2012 10:46:56 PM PDT by Ackackadack
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

My stepfather was one of the engineers that investigated the why’s of the disaster.

Gruesome work, I was told.


20 posted on 04/12/2012 10:53:56 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: Montanabound

I was living and working on Anna Maria key back then

Quaint

skyway jacks

Cortez....overrun with square groupers...lol

Yep....,that was a wild time

Took my family down last summer to relive it and st pete beach from passa grille to Clearwater was over developed ...even The Don was different

All so tacky and crowded with midwesterners

We spent one night at the Don annex...a joke...and cancelled

Went to Sanibel and rented a little 50s style pastel cottage and had a great time

My wife took a xanax bar to get over the bridge

Of course i had to make it worse slowing down and clowning

Saw a good friend that trip too in NoFla....

Man....how crowded 75 is nowadays

When i was a boy you took US hwys 19 27 41 or 31 into Coppertone nation 98 90


21 posted on 04/12/2012 10:55:39 PM PDT by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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To: tcrlaf
God bless him. I can only imagine how horrible it must’ve been for him.
22 posted on 04/12/2012 10:59:48 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you,Pumpkin. You are the best cat in the world. You're my Sweet Pea.)
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To: tcrlaf
God bless him. I can only imagine how horrible it must’ve been for him.
23 posted on 04/12/2012 10:59:48 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you,Pumpkin. You are the best cat in the world. You're my Sweet Pea.)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

I rode across it on a Trailways bus a week before that happened.


24 posted on 04/12/2012 11:14:32 PM PDT by real saxophonist (The fact that you play tuba doesn't make you any less lethal. -USMC bandsman in Iraq)
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To: wardaddy

We used to drive to Ft. Myers to visit family at least once a year. My mother had a Pontiac station wagon, and I loved to sit in the very back and to bury myself under the back seat, folding it down on top of me like it was a coffin. Heh. Anywho, I remember the first time we drove over that bridge after the accident. My mother, who was very big on driving all the way from Jackson to Ft. Myers without stopping to sleep, made it to that bridge and made my teenaged brother drive over it. She rarely to never allowed anyone else to drive her. But she did this one time. I buried myself in the back and prayed. It was the middle of the night and foggy just as I imagined it to be when the accident occurred.

We drove over the remaining bridge other times, and I have been afraid of bridges ever since. When my mother and I made the long drive to Ft. Myers in later years, we would take 75 in order to avoid the bridge and the zillion stoplights between st. Pete and Ft. Myers. I will never forget the drop off at the top of that bridge. I will have nightmares now after reading and responding to this thread. I did drive over that bridge alone one time when I was on Christmas vacation from Bama one year. It was very late, and I prayed the whole way over. Lol. Obviously, I made it.

Hubby makes fun of me for my bridge phobia. We went to Mackinaw several times, and that bridge is no fun when the wind is 35 to 54 mph gusting. We had to drive over at 10 or 15 mph. /shiver


25 posted on 04/12/2012 11:15:26 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

We were in a Lamaze class in Tallahassee, in 1979 with a young couple also expecting their first baby. Both of us had boys in October, and the following year, the young mother was going to take the bus to visit her family and let them meet the newest member. Sadly, she and the baby were on the bus that went off the bridge. The father moved out of the Student Housing apartments, and we never saw him again. It was so very sad.


26 posted on 04/12/2012 11:17:39 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

I also remember that morning well.

I lived in north Tampa and was getting ready to go to my office in downtown Tampa. It was raining cats and dogs. In fact, the storm was so bad that morning that I wasn’t surprised when I heard that something bad had happened. It was a big storm that covered the entire Tampa Bay area.

I had gone over that bridge many times to get to Longboat Key. It was a creepy bridge - very high.

I even sailed under the bridge twice in a Hobie Cat race to and from Longboat Key. We put in on the beach on the north side of the beginning of the bridge.

The thought of unknowingly driving off that bridge into the abyss gives me the willies even today.


27 posted on 04/12/2012 11:51:55 PM PDT by Rum Tum Tugger
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

I left Tampa in ‘69. I remember riding over it, scary especially on a bike.


28 posted on 04/13/2012 12:48:52 AM PDT by stuartcr ("In this election year of 12, how deep into their closets will we delve?")
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

I left Tampa in ‘69. I remember riding over it, scary especially on a bike.


29 posted on 04/13/2012 12:49:11 AM PDT by stuartcr ("In this election year of 12, how deep into their closets will we delve?")
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

I left Tampa in ‘69. I remember riding over it, scary especially on a bike.


30 posted on 04/13/2012 12:50:29 AM PDT by stuartcr ("In this election year of 12, how deep into their closets will we delve?")
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

I left Tampa in ‘69. I remember riding over it, scary especially on a bike.


31 posted on 04/13/2012 12:50:43 AM PDT by stuartcr ("In this election year of 12, how deep into their closets will we delve?")
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

Sorry stupid mobile


32 posted on 04/13/2012 12:55:58 AM PDT by stuartcr ("In this election year of 12, how deep into their closets will we delve?")
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To: jmclemore
You are referring in part to the 1980 collision of the Coast Guard vessel Blackthorn with another ship in the channel near the bridge. Some 23 crewmen perished when the ship sank.
33 posted on 04/13/2012 1:40:03 AM PDT by Rockingham
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN; mickie
Picked up a married, young relative at the Sarasota airport and returned over the old bridge to my place north of Clearwater.

When we approached the bridge, she dropped to the floor in the back seat with a sweater over her head. She didn't emerge till we were back at ground level again. She had Sunshine Skyway Bridge Phobia.

The peculiar thing was that she flew all over the country in the course of her business, but airplane height didn't appear to bother her.

Leni

34 posted on 04/13/2012 1:41:22 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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amazing account,
http://www.francesfarmersrevenge.com/stuff/bridges/skyway.htm


35 posted on 04/13/2012 2:25:14 AM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

I had a large Allstate Insurance Agency in Naples for many years and drove over the bridge many times. Our Regional office was in South St Pete and I attended meetings there often. Prior to goimg to Naples I lived in Clearwater and we use to fish off the cat walks along the roadway on the approaches to the actual bridge ( we fished at night). We would walk as far out as we could and fish. they had barriers up so you could not go up on the bridge. There was some wild and different creatures that would swim in the channel under that bridge. It was a wild night because the traffic was right next to you all night long. I remember the accident well and used the bridge after they turned the one way into two way to get traffic flowing. You drove righy by the damage and while the repairs were going on.


36 posted on 04/13/2012 3:12:31 AM PDT by depenzz (There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by sword. The other is by debt. John Adam)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

I used to drive a big box truck (used Ryder) for my father’s business and crossed those spans at least 6 times per year. After the accident, the remaining span was made into a two lane and as I would drive by the damaged bridge I would take pictures where the road ended. Surreal.

A year and a half ago, I rode a Ninja sport bike from Florida to visit family in Kentucky and my sister works near Lake Barkley. I rode my bike over the bridges to the Land Between the Lakes and on the way back, I had my family video me riding over the bridge. That was the scariest bridge I’ve ever been on. That is the bridge knocked out this year on KY state road 80. The ship that hit it was carrying a rocket to Cape Canaveral.


37 posted on 04/13/2012 3:13:14 AM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

I came here right after that happened. We see the new (beautiful) bridge from our window.

It was a horrible tragedy.


38 posted on 04/13/2012 3:20:35 AM PDT by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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39 posted on 04/13/2012 3:24:20 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: Fledermaus
OK, I feel a little better knowing I'm not the only one with weird dreams. My nightmare bridge also goes almost straight up then down. Behold the bane of my childhood, when I would ask dad to move to the inside lanes and away from the guardrail.

(It don't look like much but terrified this 5 year old!) db1b
40 posted on 04/13/2012 3:50:42 AM PDT by 2sheds
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

Recall the Wild weather that day as a child in Sarasota.
Interstate 75 did not go the land route south of Tampa then so the bridge was the only major link to the north so we took the bridge all the time .


41 posted on 04/13/2012 4:29:51 AM PDT by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !H)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

My first wife was terrified of the bridge before it collapsed. She spoke of seeing it for the first time and commenting “Oh look at the pretty suspension...oh that’s the bridge.”


42 posted on 04/13/2012 4:37:36 AM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 11 y/o granddaughter will have more relevant executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: petitfour

“the zillion stoplights between st. Pete and Ft. Myers.”

I recall it used to take 7 hours to go from Tampa to Naples via that route.


43 posted on 04/13/2012 4:47:45 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Fledermaus

Up here in Michigan the Mackinaw Bridge Authority will drive you and your car over the Bridge to or from the Upper Pennisula if you are too scared to drive over the bridge yourself. The bridge is 5 miles long from causeway to causeway. I believe two cars have gone off the bridge in its history.

Sometimes the winds are too high at the Straits, and they close the bridge to traffic.

It is “cool” drive to those who have experienced it.


44 posted on 04/13/2012 5:20:22 AM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: stuartcr

On a bike? Wow.


45 posted on 04/13/2012 6:56:19 AM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you,Pumpkin. You are the best cat in the world. You're my Sweet Pea.)
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To: SuziQ

I can’t imagine how scary it was for those people.


46 posted on 04/13/2012 6:58:11 AM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you,Pumpkin. You are the best cat in the world. You're my Sweet Pea.)
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To: petitfour

I’ve never been across it. Maybe I should make a trip down there just for the hell of it. I wanna know what it’s like.


47 posted on 04/13/2012 7:00:50 AM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you,Pumpkin. You are the best cat in the world. You're my Sweet Pea.)
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To: Brandonmark

I think the man who drove that car went back for his golf clubs! Others who got out of their cars in time actually went to close their doors,LOL.


48 posted on 04/13/2012 7:03:26 AM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you,Pumpkin. You are the best cat in the world. You're my Sweet Pea.)
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To: MinuteGal

That’s funny. I guess a lot of people are afraid of that bridge.


49 posted on 04/13/2012 7:05:43 AM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you,Pumpkin. You are the best cat in the world. You're my Sweet Pea.)
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To: ncalburt

I’m surprised the current one doesn’t have higher guardrails.

People have actually survived the fall after attempting suicide!


50 posted on 04/13/2012 7:11:33 AM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you,Pumpkin. You are the best cat in the world. You're my Sweet Pea.)
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