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The St. Petersburg Pier

  1. Memories of a Pier gone by



    I write to you about my recollections of the Pier. Not just this Pier, but the Million Dollar Pier, as well.

    Colin Vaughn of St. Petersburg and sister Kayla Suchier hang out on the St. Petersburg Pier while Vaughn’s cousin Evan Rodriguez fishes in the Pier Aquarium’s Kids’ Fishing Tournament.
  2. Three companies compete to manage St. Petersburg's Pier District

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Three companies will compete for a chance to manage, operate and program the city's new Pier District.

    Visitor Sara Briggs of Asheville, N.C., stops Monday to look at the what was left of the St. Petersburg Pier. Three companies submitted proposals to manage, operate and program the city’s new Pier District, which will link the western edge of the new Pier Park to Bayshore and Beach drives.
  3. St. Pete residents catch final glimpses of the vanishing Pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Chris Nemi sat astride his light blue BMW motorbike, his eyes fixed on the husks of steel beams that are all that remains of the Pier's inverted pyramid.

    Sonny Glasbrenner Inc. crews have demolished much of the inverted pyramid structure of St. Petersburg’s Pier and are working on the center portion that remains. Materials are being trucked away for recycling. [SCOTT KEELER | Times] 
  4. St. Petersburg gets zero bids for restaurant at new Pier Park

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Not a single restaurateur submitted a bid by Thursday's deadline to open an establishment at the city's new Pier Park, fueling doubt that the dining anchor of the $46 million project is considered viable by those who would operate it.

  5. Auction of Pier bait house gets called off after outcry

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The inverted pyramid will soon be just a memory, but the fate of a historic bait house has hung in the balance in recent days.

    This bait house dates to the 1926 Million Dollar Pier. The city stunned preservationists by announcing an auction.
  6. Midway through Pier demolition, contractor faces legal, job-related challenges

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The company hired in the city's $3.2 million demolition of the Pier is the target of a lawsuit filed this month that claims it failed to pay a subcontractor on three other jobs and that it bounced a check.

    Crews from Sonny Glasbrenner Inc. of Clearwater have demolished much of the inverted pyramid structure of the St. Petersburg Pier.
  7. Architects chosen to design St. Petersburg's Pier approach project

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Two architectural firms that lost a bid to design the city's new pier have won the $20 million project that will link the waterfront landmark to the booming downtown.

  8. Committee set to select designer for St. Pete Pier approach

    Local Government

    Five design teams are competing for the $20 million project.

  9. Columbia restaurant could be back at the St. Petersburg Pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Fans of the Columbia could see the popular restaurant return to the St. Petersburg Pier.

    Columbia Restaurant owners Richard Gonzmart, left, Casey Gonzmart and Melanie Gonzmart opened on the Pier in 1988.
  10. Council wants say in $20 million to link St. Petersburg pier to downtown

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — With key steps seemingly in place for the new pier, including demolition and a design, city officials are moving ahead with what they're calling the Pier Approach Project.

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman requested dedicating $20 million for capital projects, such as the pier approach, in the downtown waterfront master plan.

Debate over Pier's future isn't new

In these historical photos, you'll see that the Pier has generated its share of hand-wringing over what to do about the aging structure.

What will the Lens look like?

Look through our gallery of renderings provided by the architectural firm that won the design competition for the new pier. Some of the planned features have since been modified.