ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- Parts of the original Sunshine Skyway Bridge are about to be demolished. A project got underway today to remove dozens of aging spans of the old bridge, which were determined to be unsafe.
Still at question for many is what the project means for the estimated half-million anglers who have since come to use the old bridge as a fishing pier each year.
Officials say, for now, the western spans will remain open and people who fish there won't see much difference at all from the way it's been for the past three years.
Still, there are some who worry this project is a sign of things to come and may signal the eventual end of a local landmark.
The project will remove 75 spans, 48 to the south, 27 on the north end.