Thanks jredburn and robherc.
And robherc, yes, that would be a blast, wouldn't it? I almost feel guilty getting paid for all of this because it's so fun, but I have to justify it for the wife.
I think I may have secured a very experienced central Florida removal expert. We have tentatively agreed on the money situation, but he still thinks, even after seeing the photos, that it's a soffit job.. Haha, I think I agree with you all that it goes beyond that area.
Here's an excerpt from his email:
.I am still betting soffet.