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    Sunshine Skyway Bridge #11850 09/02/22 04:25 AM
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    Beautiful bridge, I have a personal connection to the bridge. Back in the summer of 1985 I worked a college summer as a deckhand pushing a construction barge around on the flat approaches.

    Re: Sunshine Skyway Bridge [Re: BeachBum] #11851 09/02/22 04:26 AM
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    Great memories of that job. I remember we were on overtime by Thursday. Time and a half.

    Re: Sunshine Skyway Bridge [Re: BeachBum] #11852 09/02/22 04:27 AM
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    I remember seeing big schools of fish swim by every day, especially sting rays, just thousands of them.

    Re: Sunshine Skyway Bridge [Re: BeachBum] #11853 09/02/22 04:27 AM
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    I remember rainstorms at 3pm every afternoon. Could almost set your watch by them.

    Re: Sunshine Skyway Bridge [Re: BeachBum] #11854 09/02/22 04:28 AM
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    I also remember a good group of guys out there, working hard, good sense of humor, made the job fun

    Re: Sunshine Skyway Bridge [Re: BeachBum] #11855 09/02/22 04:28 AM
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    My Captain was a great man, a Vietnam Vet, became a friend, may his soul Rest In Peace.

    Re: Sunshine Skyway Bridge [Re: BeachBum] #11856 09/02/22 04:30 AM
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    I have fond memories of a girl I dated in St. Pete. She showed me what fun looked like, we had a good times. I have always remembered her and now wonder how her life has been. Oh yeah, I’ve googled her name, but nothing comes up.

    Re: Sunshine Skyway Bridge [Re: BeachBum] #11857 09/02/22 04:32 AM
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    My connection to the bridge was my brother, who was working as a mainspan quality engineer up on the pylons. Cool job for him and led to a very propsperous engineering career. He is still at it. Typical engineer, only knows work. But he is a great person and father, so there is that. Hardest working person I know.

    Re: Sunshine Skyway Bridge [Re: BeachBum] #11858 09/02/22 04:34 AM
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    Pushing barges around was great fun. I would say it was a transformative summer for me. Stepping away from Texas for a few months and seeing another part of the country and things I was not familiar with. Good stuff.

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    Re: Sunshine Skyway Bridge [Re: BeachBum] #11859 09/02/22 04:36 AM
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    I also enjoyed seeing the beaches around St. Pete. Snorkeling, beach combing, and generally having a great time.

    Re: Sunshine Skyway Bridge [Re: BeachBum] #12003 09/03/22 12:06 PM
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    I also remember snorkeling around the rocks near the bridge, visibility was not great, but good enough. That was a great summer. I think about it often.

    Re: Sunshine Skyway Bridge [Re: BeachBum] #12015 09/03/22 12:17 PM
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    I’ve always wanted to explore Tampa Bay shallows, flats, and shoreline on the south side of the bridge. Wonder what is to be found?

    Re: Sunshine Skyway Bridge [Re: BeachBum] #12016 09/03/22 12:18 PM
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    And I’ve wanted to go fishing in that area too. Never done it. Need to do it soon.

    Re: Sunshine Skyway Bridge [Re: BeachBum] #12017 09/03/22 12:18 PM
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    I wonder if a kayak would be sufficient to get around? I know the area is bigger than it seems.

    Re: Sunshine Skyway Bridge [Re: BeachBum] #12018 09/03/22 12:19 PM
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    Do big grouper live around the piles of the old bridge?

    Re: Sunshine Skyway Bridge [Re: BeachBum] #12019 09/03/22 12:19 PM
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    I guess the old bridge is the fishing pier

    Re: Sunshine Skyway Bridge [Re: BeachBum] #12020 09/03/22 12:20 PM
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    Are there any mangroves on the shoreline?

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    Is there anywhere to camp without trespassing?

    Re: Sunshine Skyway Bridge [Re: BeachBum] #12027 09/03/22 12:23 PM
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    Thoughts of exploring this area brings excitement and happiness.

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