I find myself downtown every day of the week, between work and sailing, but the Pier has become obsolete in my daily life. If I didn't sail past it twice a week with my sailing team, I might actually forget it was there. I need something that will remind me that the pier is there, and make me want to use it.
The Wave design really grabs me. It is unique but isn't so complex that it doesn't fit with the structure of the city. The attractions that are planned within the Wave would bring more activities right to the heart of downtown. I can't tell you how many times I have wanted to go ice skating, kayaking or putt-putt golfing but didn't want to make the drive to Ellenton, Fort De Soto or St. Pete Beach to enjoy these pursuits. The Wave would allow my friends, and future family, to enjoy a variety of amusement in one spot.
I sail the bay, and the water is not clear or clean enough for an underwater aquarium or tons of swimming activities like the other designs envision. When was the last time you saw Spa Beach populated with tanners and swimmers? My point: I like the idea of embracing water activities without actually embracing the bay waters directly.
The current Pier was part of my childhood, and I'm sad to see it go, but I am so ready for some flair to be added to this city. I need something to draw me back here after college (sorry, Mom and Dad).
Angela Skane is a senior at St. Petersburg High School in the Early College Program and a student editor of tb-two*, the Times' weekly newspaper and website for high schools.