Lamar Sessoms drove from Lakeland to visit the Pier on Tuesday.
"I wanted to see it one last time before they tear it down," he said. "I've seen pictures of the one they want to replace it with. The first time we get a hurricane it's going to be gone."
He brought Sonja Parson, a friend who is retiring to the area from Washington, D.C.
"It's nice so far," she said as she approached the inverted pyramid.