Beth Thorbin is waiting with a friend at the Pelican Lot for the short trolley ride to the Pier. She traveled from Dunedin to spend the day in the city where she grew up and graduated from high school.
"My high school prom was at the Pier," she says. Not this one, she explains. The one before. The Million Dollar Pier demolished in 1967. It's where her daughter celebrated her 16th birthday.
She has no sentimental attachment to the present structure. "I liked the old one," she says.