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The St. Petersburg Pier

  1. St. Pete Pier demolition contractor owes money, says staffing company

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Along with being months behind schedule in demolishing the Pier, Sonny Glasbrenner Inc. is again the target of allegations that it has fallen behind paying its bills.

    Demolition of the old Pier, which had been scheduled to finish in February, may now be completed in late September.
  2. St. Pete pier design costs exceed construction budget, forcing cuts

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Budget constraints have forced designers to eliminate prominent features in the new pier project, and they won't be restored before construction begins later this year.

    The latest design for the pier was unveiled March 17. The designs will be used to develop construction documents for the downtown landmark that city officials hope will be completed by 2018. [Credit: Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers and ASD]
  3. Public considers options for new St. Petersburg Pier Approach

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Residents reviewed ideas Tuesday for the Pier Approach, the sweeping $20 million project that will link the city's waterfront landmark to the popular downtown core.

    W Architecture and Landscape Architecture and Wannemacher Jensen Architects
A diagram shows the Pier Approach with an overlay of activities and ideas recommended by St. Petersburg’s new Downtown Waterfront Master Plan.
  4. Sneak peek of $20 million Pier Approach design set for Tuesday night

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Those eager to have a say about how the gateway to the new pier will look and function will get a chance to do so tonight, when designers of the $20 million project unveil their preliminary concepts.

    Tonight, a public workshop will unveil the new Pier’s approach plans. Demolition of the old Pier is set to finish in the summer.
  5. St. Petersburg's Pier Park now simply the St. Pete Pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The name Pier Park hasn't had much luck in St. Petersburg. Back in 1984, voters soundly defeated a $72 million proposal by that name.

  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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] 
  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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.