Bradenton Herald | 05/09/2005 | Restaurant had a tragic front-row seat. 35 people died May 9, 1980, when the Summit Venture, caught in a storm hit a support of the Sunshine Skyway bridge, causing the entire center span of the southbound lanes to fall.
"It's hard to realize how much road fell into the water that morning," Phillips added. "Divers still come in and say there is so much roadway laying perfectly on the bottom of the bay that they look both ways before crossing it."Today GPS helps, but the ships are bigger. 1000 ft. long today - the Summit Venture was 608 ft long.