This is the now closed St Pete Pier. Time has not been kind to the supports for the pier.
It was called the inverted pyramid of five stories of shops, restaurants and an aquarium that drew many tourists. Not only for all the offerings inside the building, but also for the fishing and the views of St. Petersburg, FL from the top of the structure. It was built in 1973 Now due to structure deterioration of the sub-structure, the pier is closed. The city planned on demolishing it and building a new “lens” structure which is very controversial. In August 2013, there was a vote to stop moving forward on “the lens”.
This site has been the host for a number of piers – starting with the Railroad Pier in 1889, then replaced with the Electric Pier in 1906 which extended 3,000 feet into the bay. The Electric Pier was replaced in 1914 with the Municipal Pier which was severely damaged by a hurricane in 1921. The Million Dollar Pier was dedicated in 1926 which had a casino. It was demolished in 1967 and the site remained vacant until the Inverted Pyramid was built in 1973. So what is next for the pier? We will have to wait to see what St Pete’s residents decide. I am missing the restaurants and the views from the pier, but at least now you can walk around it and people are fishing from it again.