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Gulf Coast Live: Remembering The Sunshine Skyway Bridge Collapse of 1980 / Symposium on Harmful Algae Blooms Returns to Sarasota

On May 9, 1980, tragedy struck Tampa Bay when a 600-ft cargo ship struck the Sunshine Skyway Bridge causing a segment of the bridge to collapse.    Seven cars and a Greyhound bus fell over the edge and 35 people died. We speak with writer Bill DeYoung about his new book, “Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought It Down,” covering the state of the bridge prior, details about the tragedy, its aftermath, and the man who was piloting the ship when it struck the bridge.

Researchers, policy makers and students from across the nation will be in Sarasota next week forMote Marine Laboratory and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s 7th annualSymposium on Harmful Algae Blooms in the U.S.We’ll take a closer look at the latest research and monitoring of Red Tide and other algal blooms that plague Florida waters; how they form and how they impact wildlife, the marine environment, the economy and human health.

The show will be live at 9AM on 90.1 FM

Call in: 1-877-428-8255
Email: gulfcoastlive@wgcu.org
Click here to go to the show’s page

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