Since the St. Petersburg Pier will be closing on May 31, 2013, I didn't want to miss the opportunity to get out and about in Tampa Bay at the St. Petersburg Pier. The Pier that stands today opened in January, 1973. In the shape of an inverted pyramid, twelve unique shops, four waterfront restaurants, and the Pier Aquarium are among the businesses that are still operating at the Pier. People enjoy fishing and exercising amid the beautiful views of Tampa Bay.
Some of the businesses at the Pier have second locations in the Tampa Bay area that will remain open. Other businesses are closing their doors. A few of the businesses will be moving. The Aquarium will be relocating to St. John's Pass in Madeira Beach.
Since 1889, some form of the Pier has been a part of St. Petersburg's waterfront. Plans to demolish the current Pier are controversial. The design for the new pier, "The Lens", is still being discussed. History is once again being made in St. Petersburg.
Sentiment is strong at the Pier. A few "Stop the Lens" signs were sprinkled about. Residents spoke of past memories and visitors made new ones. People and pelicans alike will miss the St. Petersburg Pier!