ST. PETERSBURG — Visitors eager to see the city’s new Pier District will have to make reservations, at least for opening week.
The decision, made to ensure social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic, will require tickets during the week of the Pier’s debut, which kicks off Monday.
Reservations are limited for each day. Proof of the complimentary reservation is required with a phone or a printed document. Reservations will be processed through touchless scanning to enter the district.
Tickets will be issued for 5 p.m. through 8 p.m., Monday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through July 12. They can be reserved at StPetePier.org by going to the events page and selecting a day and time for a visit.
Visitors are encouraged to wear masks, indoors and outdoors. City regulations require masks when inside places of public assembly, such as restaurants. Officials say the policy will be enforced in the Pier District.
Parking at the Dolphin and Pelican parking lots, via Second Avenue N.E./Marina Way, may not be available on Monday. Visitors are encouraged to park at the Sundial garage, 117 Second St. N, or to take the St. Petersburg Looper Trolley (LooperTrolley.com), which will stop near the Pier. Drop-offs and ride-shares will be at Beach Drive and Second Avenue NE. Visitors with handicap permits will be allowed through the Bayshore Drive closure checkpoint.
Beginning Tuesday, parking will be available at both the Dolphin and Pelican parking lots. Overflow parking will be at the Sundial garage.