The most famous landmark is the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Florida's largest bridge, and the world's longest cable-stayed bridge. The Hillsborough County line extends throughout the bay and to the Gulf of Mexico, in which is part of the city's water area. The current bridge replaced a cantilever bridge that fell when the freighter Summit Venture collided with it on May 9th 1980, killing 35 people. The remaining roadway from the original bridge was turned into two fishing piers, one each on the north and south end of the bridge. The southern pier, at 1.5 miles long, is the longest fishing pier in the world.
Another highly visible but somewhat mysterious landmark is the Sulphur Springs Water Tower.
The city of Tampa is proposing building a more recognizable landmark in the downtown area - and two ideas that have been proposed is a Space Needle building similar to that of Seattle's. Another plan calls for four large fabric "gates" to be placed at four areas leading into the downtown area that would be illuminated at night and would be recognizable to outside visitors welcoming them into the downtown area. The downtown area is also undergoing a large transformation to be mostly completed in time for the hosting of the Superbowl in 2009 with over 43 condo, hotel, and mixed-use developments proposed/approved/under construction as of October 2005. An earlier list by the city of Tampa includes large developments that have been approved and/or are under construction. A large portion of these projects have multiple towers to compensate for the high land values in Downtown Tampa. The next landmark currently under construction in the central business district is the Trump Tower Tampa, the largest residential tower on the Gulf Coast according to The Tampa Bay Business Journal.