With the sun's last rays casting an orange light over the Pier Friday evening, Sancia Nixon strolled along the sidewalks with her 10-year-old nephew, Jair Nixon.
Jair used a disposable camera to take snapshots of the soon-to-be-demolished inverted pyramid, documenting what his aunt called a piece of local history.
"I wanted him to see it before it's gone," she said. "It's history for him when he grows up. We made sure that today we had to come."
A native of the British Virgin Islands, Nixon moved to Tampa 33 years ago. She said she came to think of the Pier as a local hot spot — a must-see whenever friends or relatives visited from out of town. The indoor aquarium and the Columbia restaurant are enough to draw her across the bay at least once a year, she said. But the thing she likes most is the view from the top.
"It's just a nice feeling," she said. "It gives you a nice memory of the city."