Milford Strong's brother-in-law was in from Tallahassee, so Strong brought him to the Pier to fish.
"This is the first time I've been down here with a rod and reel in years," the Lakewood Estates resident said.
Any decision about the Pier should include popular restaurants such as the Red Lobster, Olive Garden and Outback, and other attractions to draw visitors, he said.
"That's always been the issue down here," he said.
"If you look at the artist's rendering of the Lens, it's just a basic attraction. People want some type of entertainment they can relate to," said Strong, suggesting that entertainment should be culturally diverse. "It's one thing to build it, but you've got to have the attractions to bring the people, or else you're going to end up with the same problem."