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Pier may add a little color

Published Mar. 1, 2006

The Salvador Dali Museum is getting a new home. A new waterfront park is coming soon. Even Albert Whitted Municipal Airport is getting a facelift. So what to do with the Pier, with its iconic inverted pyramid overlooking Tampa Bay since 1973? St. Petersburg City Council member John Bryan has an idea: new lighting. Under his proposal, brightly colored lights would illuminate the structure at night. City administrators will provide council members with specifics, including a cost estimate, later this month. Bryan estimated the cost at around $100,000. But the city doesn't want to spend too much: The Pier's approach and base are crumbling and will be replaced in the next six years. During the rebuilding, the city is considering tearing down the pyramid and replacing it with another structure.