Doug Sutton, a dock master for the city marina, drove his John Deere vehicle down the middle of the Pier to take one last photo. He recalled moving from New York to St. Petersburg in the early '80s as a child. His grandmother already lived here and the first place she took his family was the Pier.
"We called her Ma. I remember she got us ice cream and we fed the pelicans," Sutton said. "I'm going to miss it."