PINELLAS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – St. Petersburg’s inverted pyramid has been a fixture on the city’s water front since 1973. But now the sounds of heavy equipment fill the air as demolition crews begin tearing down the iconic structure.
Former St. Petersburg resident Bob Graham, who now lives in North Carolina but is visiting the area came out to take one last look. Graham said, “I am disappointed that it is coming down because we used to have a really good time, great restaurants out there, and we enjoyed walking out there to the pier, so we will miss that part of it .”
All day, on-lookers have been coming to the water’s edge to take pictures, while it still looks like the famous structure. Among them, St. Petersburg resident Monica Troxel. “I thought I wanted to go get one last picture and look at it, but it really hit me and brought tears to my eyes when i really see what’s going on and hear the noise of the equipment, its sad,” said Troxel.
The site of the demolition crews at work is stunning, even to visitors like Silvia Maccari from Italy. ‘Oh my gosh that’s so sad, because it seems to be very beautiful, I am sorry about that,” said Accari.
For years there’s been debate over what should happen on the location, where several variations have stood since the late 1800’s. St. Petersburg resident Nancy Wexel said, “I was for just repairing the place I am sure it is a lot more cost effective, but I am hoping the new one will be better for everybody.”
The current pier will be replaced with a 46 million dollar redevelopment of the area that will be called “Pier Park’. Those who want to say a final goodbye to the pier will have a chance to do so Friday night, when the city will hold an event at six to honor the structure.