Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Aerialist Nik Wallenda to wire walk over U.S. 41 in Sarasota

Nik Wallenda in Niagara Falls, Canada, June 13, 2012.

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King of the High Wire Nik Wallenda has permission to wire walk over U.S. 41 and across the bayfront in downtown Sarasota Jan. 29.

The Sarasota City Commission approved the stunt at its last meeting. Wallenda's walk will cross roughly 600 feet of open space at a height of 180 feet in the air from the Unconditional Surrender statue to the top of the Marina Tower building, reports our partners at Bay News 9.

The anticipated Sarasota skywalk will be attempted without a net.

The Florida Department of Transportation will close traffic and allow the wire over the Tamiami Trail for the 10:30 a.m. event.

Wallenda, a Sarasota native who lives in the area, holds a $20 million insurance policy, claiming it covers mental distress if anyone witnesses him falling.

Wallenda is a six-time Guinness world record holder for aerial feats.

He wire walked across Niagara Falls last year.

'We could die,' Nik Wallenda, age 12, on life as a daredevil 

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—AP Photo by David Duprey

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