St Pete's been known for its pier for over 125 years! Starting with the Orange Belt Railroad Pier in 1889 there have been several versions of "the St Petersburg Pier".
Today however St Pete's last pier the "Inverted Pyramid" has been torn down. We may no longer have an iconic pier from which to fish from or stroll down... BUT it's coming...
There was much discussion over whether the Inverted Pyramid Pier could be saved, but in the end the decision was largely based on the fact the pilings and support were in serious need of repair (much of the foundation was from the 1926 Million Dollar Pier) and it would be too costly to continue to maintain.
I liked the unusual look of the Inverted Pyramid pier and was sad to see it go, but I'm hopeful St Pete's new pier will standout and be equally unique.
The new project will simply be called..."The Pier" and the approach "Pier Park". It is a joint effort between two firms, one designing the pier itself and the other the approach to the pier. The new St Pete pier is scheduled to be completed in late 2018, the demolition is running a bit behind.
Due to budgetary concerns some of the details (features) have been altered and are likely to continue to change as the project moves along. I'm hoping the powers that be in St Pete don't sell the pier short trying to save money. Then in 20 years say a new the pier with better features needs to be built.
Let's make this pier rock!
Otherwise this could happen...
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