Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Dozens surprised to find Pier closed

On Saturday, a “pier closed” sign greets people who came to downtown St. Petersburg a day too late to go inside. A fence is being installed.

DIRK SHADD | Times

On Saturday, a “pier closed” sign greets people who came to downtown St. Petersburg a day too late to go inside. A fence is being installed.

ST. PETERSBURG — The man in the green tank top and camouflaged Budweiser baseball cap parked his pickup and walked over to the St. Petersburg police officer.

"I take it we're a day late?" asked Paul Gunnoe, 53, of West Virginia.

Nearby, a black electronic sign, about half the size of a billboard, flashed a message in bright yellow lights: "PIER CLOSED."

The officer had heard different versions of that same question all day. Dozens of people, by car, bicycle or dog walk, had come to the Pier's approach on Saturday only to learn that they were a day late for the funeral.

Most were tourists. A few, somehow, were locals.

Gunnoe and his wife, Anita, 45, had come to Tampa for their 27th wedding anniversary. They drove to St. Petersburg for the day just to visit the Pier. When asked what she thought of the 40-year-old inverted pyramid, Mrs. Gunnoe looked out at it from a distance and crinkled her nose.

"I think," she said, "it's kind of interesting."

The Pier is scheduled to be demolished in September.

Dozens surprised to find Pier closed 06/01/13 [Last modified: Saturday, June 1, 2013 9:30pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Video: Gator snaps at photographer who got too close at Paynes Prairie

    Wildlife

    Perhaps this guy should have just used a zoom lens.

    A video that was posted June 17 on Facebook by Ben Boukari Jr. shows the gator lurching at the photographer, causing him to stumble behind some shrubbery as it chomped at a tripod and rested near his backpack before staring him down. [Facebook]

  2. Timmy Claus is coming to town

    Blogs

    The circus is coming to town.

    Well, close enough.

    Timmy the Tebow is coming to Tampa Bay.

    It’s true. At least it could be. St. Timothy has been promoted by the New York Mets to high Class-A Port St. Lucie. If he stays promoted, Tebow should be in Tampa Bay for eight games beginning August 10 …

    Coming soon: Tim Tebow will hit Tampa Bay in August.
  3. Today: Scientology to film mock FBI raid on downtown building

    Special Topics

    CLEARWATER — The Church of Scientology will be filming a mock FBI raid on its downtown campus Monday at 3 p.m., according to the Clearwater Police Department.

    According to Clearwater Police, the Church of Scientology plans to hold a mock FBI raid at 3 p.m. Monday at this vacant building at 305 N Fort Harrison Ave. Police announced the raid in advance to alert the public. They said they did not know the reason for the event. [Google Earch image]
  4. Ranking Malik Zaire among 2017's top transfer quarterbacks

    Blogs

    The Florida Gators' Malik Zaire is among many transfers who could become starters at their new school. Here's how he stacks up in our rankings of top transfer quarterbacks:

  5. Video shows giant humpback whale breaching right off side of boat

    Environment

    A man filmed a whale breaching really close to his boat in a video that has gone viral.

    A giant whale breached right next to a boat in the waters off New Jersey last week. It was captured on video.