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No Pier Over Here
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A quick little cache with a nice big view
On my way home today from St. Pete I recalled many days of pulling off at the rest area, finding an unoccupied spot and letting the stress of the work day unwind. Today was a little different trip as I was visiting the WSJT radio studios and the rains has subsided so I pulled off to recall the view, the peace and the quiet of the area. And what better way to celebrate the rest then placing a cache along the way.
Regardless of what your GPS might say, this is NOT a PAG and do not attempt to grab this cache while pulling off the side of the road. This cache is located at the start of a neat little walking and biking path by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. It might take a little bit to figure out where to park to get here, but once you do it’s a short walk to the cache. Please be careful when approaching this cache as the spot can be a little tricky to access and if there be muggles around they will probably be more concerned with fishing then what you are up to.
From this spot you will find a little privacy and a neat spot if you have to make the trek from Manatee to Pinellas counties each day for work. I did this trek for almost three years and many an afternoon were spend unwinding at this spot. The cache is hidden so storms and high tides should not harm it so please be sure to hide back the way you found it. If there are muggles around be sure to use your best of stealth so this cache can be around a while.
The original Sunshine Skyway Bridge (visit link) opened in 1954 joining the shores of Bradenton and St. Pete via the 15 mile span. The original bridge was 150 high at the tallest point. On May 9th,1980 at 07:38 during a violent storm the freighter SUMMIT VENTURE slammed into the south pier knocking 1261 feet of the span down, killing 35 people, most of whom were on a Greyhound bus bound for Miami that plunged 150 feet into the water. This is the worst bridge disaster in US history and left a dark shadow on the Tampa Bay area. After demolition of the old bridge was turned in to the North and South Skyway Fishing Piers which are designated as a state park (visit link)
In 1982 construction began on the new 1,200 foot long, 193 feet tall bridge designed by Figg & Muller with “dolphins” designed by Parsons Brinkerhoff around the pilings that would withstand an impact from an 87,000-ton tanker traveling at 10 knots. At a cost of $245 million the new Sunshine Skyway Bridge (visit link) was completed in April of 1987 with four lanes of traffic handling 20,000 vehicles a day.
There is a lot of history here so while you visit this cache, be sure to check out the area and remember all that has gone in to this area of our great state. And if you get a chance, enjoy fishing at the fishing piers as there is usually something biting and where else could you go to park within spitting distance of where you set down to fish? Bait shops and bathrooms make this a truly memorable fishing experience (just don’t cast net from the pier, trust me :O)
Enjoy the cache and if you can, practice a little CITO as this little spot could surely use some of it.
FTF - July 15, 2006 by Clearwater Rob, 6 Feet More and CacheStan
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Last Updated: on 3/17/2018 9:57:41 AM Pacific Daylight Time (4:57 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum