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Sunshine Skyway fishing piers
By TERRY TOMALIN, Times Outdoors Writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published May 5, 2000
The state took the rubble from the old Skyway Bridge, damaged by a freighter in 1980, and used it to build artificial reefs on the western sides of the north and south fishing piers. The hard and soft corals, barnacles and sea anemones that attached themselves to the concrete attract a variety of large and small fish.
The artificial reefs run perpendicular to the structure, which gives anglers more area at which to cast. Placed about 100 feet apart, the reefs vary in length from 100 feet to 300 feet and begin about 100 feet from the edge of the old roadway.
Admission is $2 per person and $3 per vehicle, which is comparable to the rates at most private fishing piers. Seniors and children get a discount.
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